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    Every year, Sundance Institute selects more than 1,800 volunteers – more than half of whom live in Utah – to help create a global platform for independent film. Volunteers assist in all areas of the Festival—from theatre entrances to shuttle stops. Local, insider knowledge is always helpful, and of course, there are exciting benefits such as being among the first to see the best new independent films. Applications are now being accepted at http://www.sundance.org/volunteer.

    The Sundance Film Festival® 
    Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, the Festival has introduced global audiences to some of the most groundbreaking films of the past three decades, including Beasts of the Southern WildFruitvale StationLittle Miss SunshineAn Educationsex, lies, and videotapeReservoir Dogs,The CoveHedwig and the Angry InchAn Inconvenient TruthPrecious, and Napoleon Dynamite, and through its New Frontier initiative, has showcased the cinematic works of media artists including Isaac Julien, Doug Aitken, Pierre Huyghe, Jennifer Steinkamp, and Matthew Barney. Sundance Institute recognizes critical support from the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development, and the State of Utah as Festival Host State. The Festival is a program of the non-profit Sundance Institute®. www.sundance.org/festival


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    Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, the Festival has introduced global audiences to some of the most groundbreaking films of the past three decades, including Beasts of the Southern WildFruitvale StationLittle Miss SunshineAn Educationsex, lies, and videotapeReservoir Dogs,The CoveHedwig and the Angry InchAn Inconvenient TruthPrecious, and Napoleon Dynamite, and through its New Frontier initiative, has showcased the cinematic works of media artists including Isaac Julien, Doug Aitken, Pierre Huyghe, Jennifer Steinkamp, and Matthew Barney. Sundance Institute recognizes critical support from the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development, and the State of Utah as Festival Host State. The Festival is a program of the non-profit Sundance Institute®. www.sundance.org/festival


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    17th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival finished on Sunday after drawing a record number of viewers to the cinemas of the Estonian capital city over two weeks. The attendance peaked at the all time high of just over 77500 spectators, more than 10 per cent increase from the last edition.

    17th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival finished on Sunday after drawing a record number of viewers to the cinemas of the Estonian capital city over two weeks. The attendance peaked at the all time high of just over 77500 spectators, more than 10 per cent increase from the last edition.
     
    The festival presented 258 full-length feature films from all over the world with a strong focus on North American and Asian cinema as well as the Nordic region. The main international competition EurAsia Grand Prix was awarded to "The Great Beauty". Tridens Competition of Feature Debuts from the Baltic Sea and Nordic Countries jury awarded the Best Film to "Of Horses and Men". The Heave(i)n award for the best Estonian film went to the Estonian-Georgian co-production "Tangerines". The festival’s close ties to Asian and North-American independent film communities were articulated by awarding of Japan’s Koji Fukada with the Best Director for "Au revoir l’ete" whereas the Best North American feature went to Diego Quemada-Díez’ "La Jaula de Oro".

    In its 17th edition the festival has seen the audience attendance to increase by a remarkable 10 per cent.  With the sub-festivals of Sleepwalkers, Just Film and Animated Dreams the Black Nights has succeeded to address a new generation of viewers.
    “A third generation of festival-goers has found their way to our cinemas, and we are thankful for their trust in the festival’s programming and production standards. The fact that we effectively managed the full transition to digital projection standards for this edition has been certainly a contributing factor as well”, comments festival director Tiina Lokk.
    This year’s festival also attracted a record number of international premieres and has firmly established itself as an important meeting point in the winter season for film professionals across the world.

    Based on the sold out screenings the most popular films of this year’s festival were “Enough Said” (USA), “Love and Lemons” (Sweden), “Amazonia” (Brasil), “Three Many Weddings” (Spain), “Only Lovers Left Alive” (USA), “The Great Beauty” (Italy), “Geograf Globus Propil” (Russia) and "Camille Claudel 1915" (France).
    The top five audience favorites were: "The Broken Circle Breakdown" (Belgium), "Three Many Weddings" (Spain), "Frances Ha" (USA), "Like Father Like Son" (Japan) and "A Thousand Times Good Night" (Norway)
     
    Black Nights in numbers:
    1) 250 volunteers worked for the festival
    2) 20 cinema halls in Tallinn and Tartu
    3) 585 films were screened, out of these 258 full-length features
    4) Films from 69 countries, first time films in Venda language (Elelwani) and Roma language (Papusza)
    5) 715 screenings
    6) 1 world premiere, 1 European premiere, 10 international premieres
    7) Between 5.11 - 1.12 the festival website www.poff.ee had 240242 visits from 114 countries, mostly Estonia, Finland and USA but also from Senegal, Mali and Mongolia.
    8) Out of 585 films only 8 arrived on a 35mm filmstrip
    9) 560 accredited guests attended the Black Nights FF
    10) 90 films were translated into Estonian and partly Russian

    With ”The Great Beauty” by Paolo Sorrentino the jury experienced the passionate spirit of an elegantly Roman decadence expressed at a very high artistic level. The main prize 10 000 Euros is donated by the City of Tallinn. The camerawork of Luca Bigazzi in “The Grand Beauty” earned him the award of the Best Cinematographer for “giving us images that are not only on the highest technical standards, but in first hand pleasing us by being musically dynamic.”

     

    The Best Director award went to Japanese director Koji Fukada for “Au revoir l’été” for its sensitively observed scenes to create a story with intelligent deep insight of Japanese everyday life, earning him a 5000 Euro prize donated byAvaKosmos.

    Maksim Sukhanov won the Best Actor award for “The Role”. Best actress award was given to Juliette Binoche for her role in “Camille Claudel 1915” (France). The jury commented both winners as “outstanding performers who convince us by being more than just brilliant actors. For whom it is not enough to slip into different characters but to turn into a completely different life just to find out that there is no way back.”

     

    The Jury has decided to split the Special Jury Prize between two very different movies that encompass a wide range of cinematic language. The first film “Stray Dogs” by Tsai Ming-Liang (Taiwan) is awarded for creating a complex and unique atmosphere, using original cinematic language. The second is awarded to “Paradjanov” by Serge Avedikian and Olena Fetisova - a film that is not only a portrayal of the genius artist but as well the story about the power of art overcoming all the human obstacles.

     

    Tridens Competition of Feature Debuts from the Baltic Sea and Nordic Countries jury has awarded the Best Film doted with 5000 Euros to “Of Horses and Men” byBenedikt Erlingsson of Iceland forDepicting simplicity of life using attractive cinematic tools.”  Special prize for the most original story goes to “Intimate Parts” byNatasha Merkulova, Alexey Chupov (Russia), for Treating socially daring subjects with respect towards right of individuality.” Bergsteinn Björgulfsson wins the Best Cinematographer award for his work in “Of Horses and Men”.

     

    The Heave(i)n award for the best Estonian film goes to the Estonian-Georgian co-production “Tangerines” by Zaza Urushadze as a A heartfelt story, which takes us on an emotional journey juxtaposing duty and humanity.”

     

    The international film critics FIPRESCI AWARD for the best film goes to “Of Horses and Men” by Benedikt Erlingsson (Iceland). LA JAULA DE ORO by Diego Quemada-Díez (Mexico) was awarded the best film in the North American film competition. The International Film Clubs award goes to “Tangerines” and “Circles” deserved a special mention.

    The audience award of 2000 Euros goes to “The Broken Circle Breakdown” by Felix Van Groeningen. It is donated by the City of Tallinn. The Black Nights Film Festival Lifetime achievement award was given to Istvan Szabo.
     

    The awards were announced at the closing ceremony of the Black Nights Film Festival in Nokia Concert Hall on 30th November 2013.

     


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    The road to success in non-scripted formats and factual programming in Asia.

    Whether you are producing or commissioning programmes, whether you are creating ideas, selling or buying: the international business of entertainment is changing dramatically. But how do you develop an idea ‘from scratch to screen’ and build it into a business?

     

    The international business of entertainment is complex, even for the most experienced players. Where do you scout what’s hot on the international marketplace and adapt it for the Asian market? And in return: How do you pitch and sell home-grown format ideas to international buyers? How do you develop a business case for your show and what are potential revenue streams? How do you do deals? How do you turn commissions into cash? How can you own and protect your entertainment properties? How does ‘digital’ change the game and how can you capitalise on the growing opportunities in social media, mobile and branded entertainment? How can newcomers break in to the market?

    This 1-day event focuses on the essential ‘How To’ and targets producers and executives from across the entertainment industry who want to learn directly from international industry experts.

    MIPACADEMY is produced by Reed MIDEM (producer of MIPTV & MIPCOM) and Reed Exhibitions Singapore in collaboration with The Entertainment Master Class and will take place in conjunction with Asia TV Forum and Market, in Singapore.

    10:00am - 10:45am
    Level 3, Cassia Ballroom

    WHAT'S HOT IN NON-SCRIPTED AND FACTUAL?
    Fresh TV from around the world - presented by the WIT

    Virginia Mouseler
    Chief Executive Officer,
    The WIT,
    France
     

    Join the whistle stop tour of the freshest formats and factual hits from all over the TV world complete with promos and all the information you need. It's also your chance to 'vote' on whether or not you think they have any chance of making it in your market!

    10:00am – 12:00pm
    Level 1, 
    Singapore Pavilion - H02

    SNEAK PEEKS
    (by invitation only)
     

    11:00am - 12:00pm
    Level 3, Cassia Ballroom

    FROM SHOWS TO GLOBAL SUPER BRANDS

    How to format the show and turn it into a global entertainment business

    Rob Clark
    Director of Global Entertainment Development,
    FremantleMedia,
    United Kingdom
     

    Fremantle is one of the biggest producers of hit formats in the world with production companies in more than 20 countries worldwide. They are the company behind global franchises such as Idols, The X Factor, Got Talent, The Farmer Wants a Wife, The Apprentice and Take Me Out. How do they work to ensure that their shows have the best possible chance of becoming these global hits?

    11:00am – 12:00pm
    Level 1, Animation Lab

    ATF ANIMATION LAB – NETWORKING SESSION
     

    1:00pm - 1:45pm
    Level 3, Cassia Ballroom

    FACTS ABOUT FACTUAL

    How to navigate the changing landscape of non-fiction

    Tom Jennings
    Executive Producer,
    1895 Films (Tom Jennings Productions), 
    United States
     

    The documentary genre is undergoing a significant shift with increasing challenges to get serious work on the air. But could applying documentary techniques and investigative journalism tactics mixed with a cinematic approach also infuse innovation and depths into factual entertainment? Award-winning television and documentary movie producer Tom Jennings will share insights on how to create work that tackles relevant topics of our society and make it appealing to networks.

     

    2:00pm - 2:45pm
    Level 3, Cassia Ballroom

    SUCCESS STORIES - FORMAT HITS MADE IN ASIA

    How to successfully develop & produce local formats


    Na Young Suk
    Producer,
    tvN, CJ E&M,
    South Korea
    Beryl Yan
    Head of Programme Strategy,
    R&D Center, Hunan Satellite TV,
    China
     

    The current reality of the global format market is that it is dominated by English language and European businesses and ideas but SE Asia is a real hub of creativity and there are broadcasters and producers working hard to ensure that their formats make it on screen and get the attention they deserve. This is your chance to hear the stories of two of the most successful.

     

    3:00pm - 3:45pm
    Level 3, Cassia Ballroom

    THE NEW GAME-CHANGERS - YOUTUBE, SOCIAL TV, SECOND SCREEN, BRANDED CONTENT

    How to engage audiences across multi screens and manage multi-stakeholder teams

    Michael McKay
    President, activeTV,
    Australia
     

    Social media integration and brand-funded content have been heatedly discussed as new game-changers in television. However, few get it right. 'Driving Change', the 360-degree series produced by activeTV Asia and media agency MEC, is one of the success stories. Host Henry Golding travels across Southeast Asia to make a difference to communities around the region and harnesses the power of social media to rally support from the audience. activeTV's President Michael McKay will share how the project got off the ground, how to manage and collaborate with different stakeholders, the lessons learned in producing a true multi-platform show and how success is measured beyond ratings.

     

    3:45pm - 4:15pm
    Level 3, Cassia Ballroom

    COFFEE & TEA BREAK
     

    4:15pm - 5:15pm
    Level 3, Cassia Ballroom

    THE ART OF PITCHING

    How to prepare the perfect pitch for non-scripted formats

    Ben Hall
    Managing Director, 
    Chalkboard TV,
    United Kingdom
     

    A great pitch cannot save a bad idea but it can certainly elevate a good idea into a great one. Self-confessed 'Pitch Lover' Ben Hall has been on both sides of the table in giving and receiving pitches and will share in this session, his views on what works and what really doesn't!

     

    5:15pm - 6:00pm
    Level 3, Cassia Ballroom

    DISTRIBUTION & DEALMAKING

    How to sell your entertainment properties around the world

    Matthew Ashcroft
    Senior Vice President - Asia Pacific,
    Shine International,
    United Kingdom
     
    Michel Rodrigue
    Chief Executive Officer and Partner,
    The Format People,
    USA
     
    Ann Christin Siljan
    Director of Sales & Acquisition,
    Nordic World,
    Norway
     

    Our panel of experts take centre stage to share with you their thoughts on what is happening in the world of format and factual distribution at the moment and also to talk us through the best and worst deals that they have ever done!

     


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  • 12/06/13--05:26: How is DC Shorts Different?
  • DC Shorts turns the spotlight on truly independent short films created around the globe. In 2013, we received over 1,200 entries from 51 nations. We ultimately programed 152 films into 18 unique showcases that played over 11 days to a combined audience of over 9,300 people.

    • Our main judging criteria is STORY. Do you have an interesting, original story about developed, well-written characters? If so, then you are a good fit for us.
       
    • We screen all genres and styles of films.
       
    • We screen films from :30 seconds to 20 minutes. Longer films may be considered, but are generally difficult to program. We will not consider any film over 30:00.
       
    • All entrants receive written feedback from the selection panel. This information has been invaluable to thousands of past entrants – and is the reason we have been a top pick of Moviemaker Magazine year after year.
       
    • Films that screened at past DC Shorts Film Festivals have gone on win countless other competitions, including the Academy Awards.
       
    • Washington, DC has some of the most sophisticated audiences in the world. In a city with over 70 film festivals a year, DC Shorts continues to be a dominant force for film distribution in the region.
       
    • The DC Shorts Film Festival is the largest short film event on the East Coast of the United States.
       
    • DC Shorts just topped the list as Moviemaker Magazine’s Coolest Short Film Festival – an honor we are trilled about!

    Read more at http://festival.dcshorts.com


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    RIP Nelson Mandela July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013 Bahamas International Film Festival 10th Edition. BIFF 2013, Honoured Guest Danny Glover. festival director Leslie Vandepool, Movies and conferences. Beautiful Islands. Filmfestivals.com Musivision Logo. Video by Laurie Gordon all rights reserved. Music by Summer Heart -( Laurie on vox ooh's aaah's) I Miss You. & Down de Road by Authentic Calypso Band Dedicated to Nelson Mandela. Cameo Muhammed Ali - Little Leslie. :)


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    As a host organization at AIR Besiendershuis, Go Short - International Short Film Festival Nijmegen invites the Finnish filmmakers Hannes Vartiainen and Pekka Veikkolainen to work in Nijmegen for two months as Artists in Residence. From February till April they will reside in the Besiendershuis, a historic building situated on the quay of the Waal river.

     

    Artist In Residence Besiendershuis

    The Besiendershuis annually asks four organisations from Nijmegen to be a host for Artist in Residence Besiendershuis. In this period the Artist in Residence works closely with the host organisation and other people and artists from Nijmegen. The residence of Hannes & Pekka will start in February and will result in a final presentation at Go Short - International Short Film Festival Nijmegen 2014.

     

    Hannes Vartiainen & Pekka Veikkolainen

    Hannes Vartiainen (1980) began as a filmmaker, and Pekka Veikkolainen (1982) as an animator and illustrator. In 2008, they combined their talents to work together on new and exciting ways of filmmaking. The duo combines various digital techniques with, amongst others, stop-motion and x-ray scans. Their short films and documentaries have a unique style and feel, that manages to be experimental and accessible at the same time. They take the audience on an adventurous audiovisual trip. Their films The Death of an Insect (2010) and Gates of Life (2012) were selected for the European Competition at two editions of Go Short. The Death of an Insect also received a special jury mention in the category art film at Go Short 2011.

     

    Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen is the Dutch festival for short film. For five days, over 300 short films are screened in and around LUX in Nijmegen. Besides screenings there are exhibitions, workshops, performances, parties and more. The festival takes place from April 9th till April 13th 2014. Watch a new Short Shot every week at blog.goshort.nl. More information on the festival at www.goshort.nl.  


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    Click on this link to submit your film to the North Hollywood CineFest, which will take place in the heart of the NoHo Arts District in Los Angeles next April.   http://www.withoutabox.com/login/12514

    The festival will offer awards and a great networking environment to indutry professionals and filmmakers.  Both US and international categories accepted.  See you there!


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    The 37th International Film Festival in Göteborg turns its gaze eastward. The Russian film tradition is one of the world’s most famous and Russia is currently one of the most interesting countries for film.
    “We have a large and broad Russian film program that is both artistically strong and that takes up current events in Russia. Several of the films touch upon subjects about the distribution of the country’s resources and the restrictions on freedom of speech,” says Marit Kapla, artistic director at the Göteborg International Film Festival.


    Both renowned filmmakers and a younger generation with new perspectives will be included in the festival’s Russian focus. The film program also mirrors the contemporary political and social situation in Russia, as well as events that have recently drawn much attention, such as the trial against the festival’s poster artists, Pussy Riot, and the coming Winter Olympics in Sochi. The program includes documentaries and fictional films, both of which have their finger on the pulse of Russian society and which provide nuanced perspectives on the world’s largest country. Circa 20 films will be shown as part of the Russian focus. In addition, a number of current directors and actors will visit the 37th film festival. A selection of the program’s Russian films can be found below.
     


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    Watch manufacturer Glashütte Original is extending its co-partnership with the Berlinale until 2016, and continuing its support of a talented young director from the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section with the “Made in Germany – Perspektive Fellowship”. Conceived for the development of a project, material and screenplay, the €15,000 fellowship is funded by Glashütte Original. “We are very pleased that for the third time now we will be able to award the ‘Made in Germany – Perspektive Fellowship’, which may be seen as both an incentive and a sign of appreciation,” comments Festival Director Dieter Kosslick.  

     

    The Berlinale and Glashütte Original will award the fellowship at 11.00 am on January 14, 2014. On this occasion, the press will be invited to talk with the new fellowship holder; the previous winners, Annekatrin Hendel and Jan Speckenbach, will also be on hand to report on the state of their projects. The award ceremony and talk with the press will kick off the Perspektive Deutsches Kino’s press screenings which begin on that same day.

     

    A New Jury for the “Made in Germany – Perspektive Fellowship”

     

    Based on treatments that the directors from the Perspektive 2013 could submit until October 1, a three-member jury will pick the winner of the €15,000 fellowship. In 2014, the jury members will be Katja Eichinger, Frieder Schlaich and Andres Veiel.

     

    “I think it’s wonderful that every year there are people from the film industry who are excited by the idea of the fellowship and show an interest in the projects of up-and-coming filmmakers,” remarks Linda Söffker, head of the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section, about the jury’s commitment.

     

    Katja Eichinger

    After completing her A-levels, author and producer Katja Eichinger went to England and studied at the British Film Institute. She worked as a film journalist for many magazines, including “Variety”, “Esquire”, “Vogue” and “Dazed & Confused”. In 2006 she married film producer Bernd Eichinger, who died in 2011. She published a biography about him last year. She lives in Munich and Los Angeles, and is currently producing Werner Herzog’s new film, Vernon God Little.

     

    Frieder Schlaich

    Under the name FILMGALERIE 451, producer and director Frieder Schlaich has run a film production, DVD label and film distribution company with Irene von Alberti since 1992. Schlaich’s first films, Paul Bowles – Halbmond (Halfmoon, 1995) and Otomo (1999), received numerous awards. His latest film, Weil ich schöner bin (Cause I Have the Looks, 2012), a political film for young adults, received the “Bronze Horse for Best Film” at the Stockholm International Film Festival Junior in April 2013. Since 2005 FILMGALERIE 451 has had at least one production in different sections of the Berlinale.

     

    Andres Veiel

    Andres Veiel is one of Germany’s most renowned directors. He has worked on projects that are, for the most part, situated between reality and fiction. For his films Winternachtstraum (1991), Balagan (1993), Die Überlebenden (The Survivors, 1996), Black Box BRD (2001), Die Spielwütigen (Addicted to Acting, 2004), Der Kick (The Kick, 2006) and Wer wenn nicht wir (If Not Us, Who? 2011) he has won more than 40 awards, including a European Film Award and several German Film Awards. Since 2005, Andres Veiel has taught a master class for documentary film at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie (dffb). From it have emerged films such as Sebastian Heidinger’s Drifter (Perspektive 2008, winner of the “FGYO-Award Dialogue en perspective”) and Sandra Kaudelka’s Einzelkämpfer (I Will Not Lose, Perspektive 2013).

     

    Jury members Frieder Schlaich, Katja Eichinger and Andres Veiel with section head Linda Söffker

     

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    Already twelve films produced and co-produced in ten countries have been invited to the Berlinale Generation section. The complete Generation programme will be announced in mid January.

     

    Generation will be returning to the recently reopened Zoo Palast cinema. Here, as well as at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, it will celebrate film premieres and repetition screenings. The section’s short film competition has been given a new home in the CinemaxX at Potsdamer Platz.

     

    Generation 14plus

     

    52 Tuesdays– Australia

    By Sophie Hyde

    Every Tuesday for a year Billie spends with her mother who is undergoing gender transition and is now called James. As a result, everything is changing. Though actually, Billie has enough on her hands trying to cope with her own problems.

    European premiere

     

    Atlántida– Argentina / France

    By Inés María Barrionuevo

    A hot summer day in a village in Argentina. Adults are nowhere in sight and time has come to a stop. Yet for two teen sisters everything is in motion. It is their feelings and desires that propel the film onwards.

    World premiere

     

    Einstein and Einstein– People’s Republic of China

    By Cao Baoping

    China’s one-child policy has had a profound impact on Li Wan’s family. When she is 13 years old, she is given a dog named Einstein to console her for her father’s disinterest. But Li Wan is more interested in astrophysics and rebelling against social norms.

    European premiere

     

    Galore– Australia

    By Rhys Graham

    A dramatic love triangle set against the backdrop of raging bushfires. The summer nights hardly cool off and the parties keep getting wilder. Falling in love for the first time is a mysterious thing and here lies the danger for Billie, Danny and Laura.

    International premiere

     

    God Help the Girl– United Kingdom

    By Stuart Murdoch

    Music is like medicine for Eve. In the underground scene in Glasgow, she finds a sense of security, friends and discovers her own talent. This musical directorial debut by the lead singer of Belle and Sebastian shows great ease and tact.

    European premiere

     

    Il Sud è Niente (South Is Nothing)Italy / France

    By Fabio Mollo

    It seems as if everything around Grazia has come to a halt. Her father obeys the code of silence prevailing in this southern Italian village. In her family it is even off limits to mention her brother who has disappeared.

    European premiere

     

    Ömheten (Broken Hill Blues)– Sweden

    By Sofia Norlin

    In Kiruna, a small Nordic mining community, the earth trembles day and night. Sparse in dialogue and with a gentle empathy for its protagonists, this directorial debut tells of growing up on very unstable ground.

    International premiere

     

    Somos Mari Pepa (We Are Mari Pepa)– Mexico

    By Samuel Kishi Leopo

    The four boys in the band “Mari Pepa” have only one song in their repertoire. Yet music is their big hope. Friendships and dreams are suffering from the constraints of everyday life. A film as poetic as punk rock. European premiere

     

     

    Generation Kplus

     

    Ciencias Naturales(Natural Sciences)– Argentina

    By Matías Lucchesi

    There’s nothing to keep Lila at her boarding school high up in the cold and foggy mountains. This 12-year-old girl does not know who her father is but wants to find him. She sets out on a complicated quest for the truth.

    World premiere

     

    Loulou, l'incroyable secret (Wolfy, the Incredible Secret)– France

    By Grégoire Solotareff and Eric Omond

    Loulou is off on another adventure. He fights against the dark dynasty of the Wolfenberg, to whom he is related in some mysterious way. Artistically animated, this work is about the most courageous wolf in the world and a valiant but timid rabbit named Tom. 

    International premiere

     

    MGP Missionen (The Contest)– Denmark

    By Martin Miehe-Renard

    For Karl, a boy from the country, moving to Copenhagen is like a voyage into a completely new world. A girl named Sawsan tries to help him. Yet it is not long before all of Denmark is searching not only for a superstar, but for the two children who have vanished without a trace.

    International premiere

     

    Tante Hilda! (Aunt Hilda!) – France / Luxembourg

    By Jacques-Rémy Girerd and Benoît Chieux

    The genetically-engineered grain called “Attilem” is supposedly the new wonder weapon against global hunger. Only environmentally-minded Hilda has her doubts. A masterpiece from the famous animation studios Folimage and Melusine – and an unconventional plea for more flower power.

    European premiere

     


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    International Film Festival Rotterdam | LOGO

    The Hubert Bals Fund of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has selected fourteen film projects to receive grants for postproduction and for script and project development. In its Fall 2013 selection round, the Fund gives 161,700 Euro to projects from nine Asian, Eastern European, Latin-American and African countries. The selection was made out of 464 applications, the highest number of funding applications to date. Five HBF supported projects get the opportunity to further develop their project as part of the Boost! programme.

     

    Two of the eleven projects selected in the script and project development category are from Thailand. Cemetery of Kings by Golden Palm winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul and By the Time it Gets Dark by Anocha Suwichakornpong, who won a Tiger Award for her feature debut Mundane History in 2010. Emir Baigazin (Kazakhstan) also receives funding in this category for his second feature The Wounded Angel.

     

    HBF also supported several projects by new and promising filmmakers with a contribution for script and project development, including two debut films from Serbia: Against the Day by Katarina Stankovic and Before Enmity by Dane Komljen. South African filmmaker Vincent Moloi also receives a grant in this category for Tjovitjo. His short film Berea is included in the African Metropolis short film programme, which has its European premiere at the upcoming IFFR.

     

    Argentinean director Rodrigo Moreno receives a postproduction grant for his fourth feature Reimon, after receiving HBF funding for script and project development for this film in 2008. Reimon joins the harvest of recently finished Hubert Bals Fund-supported films that will screen during the upcoming International Film Festival Rotterdam (22 January – 2 February 2014).

     

    See the full line up of the IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund Fall 2013 Selection Round online.

     

    Yearly five projects selected for Hubert Bals Fund script and project development support get the opportunity to further develop their project with script consultancy sessions at Binger Filmlab as part of the Binger On Demand programme, a tailor-made approach to meet specific needs of a filmmaker's project. During IFFR, the Boost! projects are presented at either the CineMart or Rotterdam Lab.

     

    The Boost! Selection of 2013 at the 31st edition of the CineMart/Rotterdam Lab consists of: Wild Fire by Ranjan Bikas Mishra (India), White Sun by Deepak Rauniyar (Nepal), La tierra y la sombraby by Cesar Acevedo (Colombia), Wasswa by Donald Mugisha (Uganda), and Tjovitjo by Vincent Moloi (South Africa).

     

    The Boost! programme is a joint initiative of IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund, CineMart and Rotterdam Lab and Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam, in partnership with South Africa’s Durban FilmMart, Fundación TyPA from Argentina and the National Film Development Corporation of India. Boost! is supported by MEDIA Mundus of the European Commission.

     

    The next application deadline for Hubert Bals Fund support is 1 March 2014. All information about the Fund can be found here


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    Ann Arbor, MI | Boston, MA | Chicago, IL | Houston, TX Nashville, TN | Orlando, FL | San Francisco, CA | Seattle, WA | Tucson, AZ

    2014 sundance usa films announced

    Sundance Institute announced today the films from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival that will each screen in one of nine independent theaters in cities across the country on January 30 as part of the Sundance Film Festival USA initiative. These audiences will share in the excitement of discovery of a film fresh from its world premiere at the 2014 Festival and hear directly from the filmmaker during a pre-screening introduction and post-screening Q&A. The filmmaker travel to these cities is courtesy of the Festival’s Official Airline Sponsor, Southwest Airlines.
     

    John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “Year-round audiences and arthouse theaters are vital parts of the independent film community, and our Sundance Film Festival USA initiative allows us to extend the energy and excitement of the Festival to them.”
     

    Tickets for each screening will be available through that theater’s box office.
     

    Ann Arbor, MI — The Michigan Theatrewww.michtheater.org

    Infinitely Polar Bear / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Maya Forbes) — A manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don't make the overwhelming task any easier. Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, Ashley Aufderheide.
     

    Boston, MA — Coolidge Corner Theatre www.coolidge.org

    WHITEY: United States of America v. James J. Bulger / U.S.A. (Director: Joe Berlinger) — Infamous gangster James "Whitey" Bulger’s relationship with the FBI and Department of Justice allowed him to reign over a criminal empire in Boston for decades. Joe Berlinger’s documentary chronicles Bulger’s recent sensational trial, using it as a springboard to explore allegations of corruption within the highest levels of law enforcement.
     

    Chicago, IL — Music Box Theatrewww.musicboxtheatre.com

    Happy Christmas / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Joe Swanberg) — After a breakup with her boyfriend, a young woman moves in with her older brother, his wife, and their 2-year-old son. Cast: Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham, Joe Swanberg.
     

    Houston, TX — Sundance Cinemas Houstonwww.sundancecinemas.com

    Cold in July / U.S.A. (Director: Jim Mickle, Screenwriters: Jim Mickle, Nick Damici) — After killing a home intruder, a small town Texas man's life unravels into a dark underworld of corruption and violence. Cast: Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, Vinessa Shaw, Nick Damici, Wyatt Russell.
     

    Nashville, TN — Belcourt Theatre www.belcourt.org

    Low Down / U.S.A. (Director: Jeff Preiss, Screenwriters: Amy Albany, Topper Lilien) — Based on Amy Jo Albany's memoir, Low Down explores her heart-wrenching journey to adulthood while being raised by her father, bebop pianist Joe Albany, as he teeters between incarceration and addiction in the urban decay and waning bohemia of Hollywood in the 1970s. Cast: John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Glenn Close, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Flea.
     

    Orlando, FL — Enzian Theaterwww.enzian.org

    Little Accidents / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Sara Colangelo) — In a small American coal town living in the shadow of a recent mining accident, the disappearance of a teenage boy draws three people together—a surviving miner, the lonely wife of a mine executive, and a local boy—in a web of secrets. Cast: Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Chloë Sevigny, Jacob Lofland, Josh Lucas.
     

    San Francisco, CA Sundance Kabuki Cinemas www.sundancecinemas.com

    Camp X-Ray / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Peter Sattler) — A young woman is stationed as a guard in Guantanamo Bay, where she forms an unlikely friendship with one of the detainees. Cast: Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi, Lane Garrison, J.J. Soria, John Carroll Lynch.
     

    Seattle, WA — Sundance Cinemas Seattlewww.sundancecinemas.com

    The Skeleton Twins / U.S.A. (Director: Craig Johnson, Screenwriters: Craig Johnson, Mark Heyman) — When estranged twins Maggie and Milo feel that they’re at the end of their ropes, an unexpected reunion forces them to confront why their lives went so wrong. As the twins reconnect, they realize the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their relationship. Cast: Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell, Boyd Holbrook, Joanna Gleason.
     

    Tucson, AZ — The Loftwww.loftcinema.com

    Young Ones / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jake Paltrow) — When a series of events is set into motion, altering his young life forever, Jerome is forced to make choices that no child should ever have to make. Cast: Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning, Kodi Smit-McPhee.
     


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    In the name of God

     

    "Cinema Vérité"

    7th Iran International Documentary Film Festival

     

    27th Oct - 2nd Nov, 2013

    Regulation

     

     

    Documentary & Experimental Film Center (DEFC) organizes"Cinema Vérité" Iran International Documentary Film Festival, on 27th Oct - 2nd Nov, 2013

     in Tehran, Iran.

    The festival tries to express the relationship between reality and truth though documentary films.

     

    Sections:

    International Competition

    National Competition

    Market

    Retrospective

    Tribute

    Special Sections

     

     

     

    I.           International Competition

         The international competition consists of three sections:

     

    - the films and videos up to 30 minutes, the films and videos longer than 30minutes and up to 60 minutes, the films and videos longer than 60minutes.

    The eligible documentaries:

     

    -      Produced after January 2011

    -      All formats and subjects.

     

    II.        Non-competitive section

    All the documentaries in all lengths, formats, and subjects produced before 2009 are eligible to participate in "Tribute, Retrospective or Panorama" which is non-competitive sections.

     

    III.     Doc Market

    Doc market is reserved to Iranian documentaries, applied for the festival.Doc Market offers the international distributors ,buyers ,Festival and TV representatives a good opportunity to view recent Iranian documentaries.

     

     

         

     

     

     

     

    Dead line

     

    The dead line for entry is July 10, 2012.

    Required materials:

    -      a fully completed and signed entry form

    -      a brief synopsis

    -      a CV and a complete filmography of the director

    -      stills and a photo of the director(digital,300DPI,JPG is preferred)

    -      press materials(credits, electronic press kit, press book, poster, etc)

    -      Video cassettes or DVD must be sent by mail or EMS (TNT, DHL...), please specify “No Commercial value, for Cultural Purpose only”, (declaring a value less than 20 us $).

     

    All materials should be sent to the festival office:

    No.15, Ghandi(PALIZI) Sq, Shariati ave,

    15569

    Tehran, Iran

    Tel: +98-21-88511326

    Fax: +98-21-88511242

    Emails:  int@defc.ir, naderi@defc.ir

    Website: www.irandocfest.ir

     

    Shipping and Insurance

    The screening prints and videos will be returned after the festival to the address given on entry form. The shipping cost to Tehran, Iran must be paid by the sender; return shipping cost will be paid by the festival. In case of loss or damage, the responsibility of the festival is limited to covering the costs for the replacement of the print.

     

                       Prizes     

     

    The international Jury will award the following prizes:

    1.Best documentary longer than 60 mins.10.000 Euros, Diploma and trophy of the festival

    2.Best documentary up to 60 mins.7000 Euros, Diploma and trophy of

    the festival.

    3.Best documentary up to 30 mins.5000 Euros, Diploma and trophy of

    the festival

    4. Special Jury prize: 2000 Euros, Diploma and trophy of the festival.

     

     

    Invitation

     

    The festival invites those filmmakers whose films have been selected for one of the sections, for three to five nights. The festival can afford only accommodation and food costs.


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    Revolution in Tehran, it's official !!!

     
    Rob Stewart's Revolution poster sits on the wall of the Felestin Theater (during Cinéma Vérité) next to The Act of Killing, the recent winner of the European Film Awards for Best Documentary which is also shorlisted for the Oscar. ...
     

    Dutch producers Volya Films and Waterland Film have been selected for Hubert Bals Fund Plus in fall 2013.

     
    Dutch producers Volya Films and Waterland Film have been selected for Hubert Bals Fund Plus in fall 2013. Each receives a grant of €50,000 from the Netherlands Film Fund for co-producing a Hubert Bals Fund-supported film. Volya Films co-produces Big Father, Small Father (Vietnam), and Waterland Film co-produces Women of the Weeping River (the Philippines). Big Father, Small Father is the second film by Phan Dang Di (1976, Vietnam), whose debut film Bi, Don’t Be Afraid premiered at th...
     

    Tiger Teasers - What to expect from IFFR 2014

     
    Tiger Teaser #10: A Thousand Suns » Warm tribute by Mati Diop to an African film classic and its lead actor. Tiger Teaser #8: Love Steaks » She is a sharp and swift chef. He is a shy and sweet masseur. In the luxury retreat where they work, a one-of-a-kind love story develops between Lara and Clemens. ...
     

    First competition selections for IFFR 2014

    The Hivos Tiger Awards Competition of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) gives up-and-coming talent the opportunity to shine on a global stage. IFFR announces the first five films selected in its Hivos Tiger Awards Competition 2014. Among these, one has been supported by IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund. The complete line up of the fifteen first or second features concurring for the three equal Hivos Tiger Awards of 15,000 euro each will be presented around 9 January 2014. The first fi...
     

    Berlinale Classics: Restoration of Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari Nears Completion

     
    As previously announced at the Berliner Philharmonie on Sunday, February 9, 2014, the 64th Berlin International Film Festival will present a special Berlinale Classics highlight: the world premiere of the digitally restored version of Robert Wiene’s masterpiece Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, 1920).   For the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung’s restoration in 4K resolution, for the first time all relevant mat...
     

    AMERICAN HUSTLE TO RECEIVE ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE AWARD AT 25th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

     
    AMERICAN HUSTLE TO RECEIVE ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE AWARD AT 25th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA   The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will award its Ensemble Performance Award to the film American Hustle. The award will honor the film’s cast, which includes Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Sandra B...
     

    A Small Festival is a Beautiful Thing… Ephraim Walker Fruitville Station Oscar nomination buzz!

     
    A small film festival is a beautiful thing. The close proximity in which you can be talking to a first time director or emerging film producer in an impromptu exchange in an elevator is always possible...  bumping into Ephaim Walker in an elevator his film Fruitvale Station isnow buzzing with the coveted Oscar nod...the hopes and dreams his aspirations and inspirations of an unrelenting passion for a film, a story,  and cause.  The nomination is the fruits of  labour passion ...
     

    UniFrance Films Unveils 4th Edition Shortlist and Exclusive Features of Online French Cinema Fest MyFrenchFilmFestival.com

     
    MyFrenchFilmFestival - the first online French film fest in the world - will be back up and running in 2014 from January 17 until February 17.   We, at filmfestivals.com do not understand why UniFrance insist on calling this online feast a festival. We are not such snobs as to not not consider this great iniotiativeworth sharing. It clearly benefits a score of film directors and producers that are part of the UniFrance family and need the exposure. Not sure about the selectio...
     

    "The Ghosts in Our Machine" - bringing invisible animal abuse into perspective

     
    Oscar qualifying documentary "The Ghosts in Our Machine" is about the human mistreatment towards animals, through the lens of the animal activist and photographer Jo-Anne McArthur. The journey of a year around the globe, including the USA, Canada and Europe, follows Jo-Anne's photography, looking animals in the eye, approaching their personalities and individuality. Very compelling film, bringing to the surface the misuse of these beings in science experiments, food, e...
     

    THE MIRROR OF ARTAUD (ex-ARTAUD, Le surreél) prepar looks for principle actors Characters Artaud, negromance, Atreyu LES FILMS

     
    Antonin Artaud was born in Marseilles in 1896. He was an actor, poet, ... extremes of interpretation, Antonin Artaud is a rare phenomenon. ... ARTAUD - appearance age of 36 - green eye, brown hair, 1, 70/5 m tall, thin- sex-appeal,French -Spanish speaking   Magnetic, with desire of acknowledge, eclectic, strong personality. he is a part of intellectual society  with a mandate of the government. Able to ride a horse. In the film: he b...
     

    Hong Kong blockbuster FIRESTORM has its World Premiere at Screen Singapore

     
    Hong Kong blockbuster FIRESTORM <<风暴>> starring Andy Lau and Gordon Lam Ka Tung made its world premiere at ScreenSingapore this evening. The red carpet event was held at Resorts World Sentosa and both Andy Lau and Gordon Lam graced the occasion. The movie is scheduled for Asia-wide release on 12 December. In Singapore, FIRESTORM is co-distributed by Clover Films, Golden Village Pictures and Starhub.     ...

     

    Revolution will play this week end in Venice at the Think Forward Film Festival, out of competition

     
    Revolution will play this week end out of competition http://www.therevolutionmovie.com/ Revolution is a film about changing the world. The true-life adventure of Rob Stewart, this follow-up to his acclaimed Sharkwater documentary continues his remarkable journey; one that will take him through 15 countries over four years, and where he'll discover that it's not only sharks that are in grave danger  – it's humanity itself. In an effort to uncover the truth and find...
     
     

    "I Spy My Father" Feature Documentary Film in Development

    In Development: I Spy My Father. Documentary.director. Laurie Gordon. Completion 2015 Genre: Documentary Feature –Live action - animation Length: >90 min Production Company: MusiVision - Emotion Film Factory - Director: Laurie Gordon Delivery: 2015   I Spy My Father The 20th century zigzags its way through the short but intense life of enigmatic ...

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    Cinema Verite is organised by DEFC (Documentary & Experimental Film Center)

     
    DEFC (Documentary and Experimental Film Center) is the main center for production, distribution and promotion of fiction, documentary, animation and experimental films in the Middle East. During last years, we have produced and promoted also the first and second long feature films of young, talented cineastes, among them: “Bitter Dream” ( Mohsen Amir Yousefi) 2 prizes in Cannes 2004, quinzen des realisateurs and selected and won prizes in more than 40 international film fest...
     

    Advertise your festival in the next eBlast to our filmmakers (leaving this Thursday).

     
                                                         

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    > LES NOUVELLES DU CIRCUIT    

    Sept jeunes jurés au Festival International du Film de Berlin grâce à l’Office franco-allemand pour la Jeunesse (OFAJ)

     
    En route pour la Berlinale ! Dans le cadre du 64ème Festival International du Film de Berlin, sept jeunes jurés passionnés de cinéma seront membres du jury « Prix OFAJ Dialogue en perspective » du 06 au 16 février 2014. Vous pourrez retrouver la couverture intégrale de cet événement sur notre site filmfestivals.com; le site phare du ciruit des Festivals. Trois Français, trois Allemands et un Israéli...
     

    Bruno Chatelin sera un des Témoins Privilégiés de la Coopération Franco-Allemande lors des Prix OFAJ Dialogue en Perspective

     
    L’Office franco-allemand pour la Jeunesse (OFAJ), partenaire officiel du 64ème Festival International du film de Berlin, organise du 06 au 16 février 2014, pour la onzième année consécutive, l’opération « Prix OFAJ - Dialogue en perspective ».     Un jury franco-germano-israélien composé de sept jeunes cinéphiles, sélectionnés parmi plus de cent vingt candidature...
     

    LE B.O CONCERT - Les plus grands compositeurs de musiques de films réunis au Grand Rex [10 JANVIER 2014]

     
    A l’occasion de son 10e anniversaire, L’Union des Compositeurs de Musiques de Films présente LE B.O CONCERT Un concert exceptionnel au cœur de la musique de film française Présenté par Vincent PERROT _______________________________________________________ Le Grand Rex 10 janvier 2014 - 20h00 ☆ ☆ ☆     JEAN-MICHEL BERNARD, CLAUDE BOLLING, LUDOVIC BOURC...
     

    Palmarès du 1er Festival Film Noir

     
    1°FILM NOIR FESTIVAL 5-8 décembre / Gisors   PALMARÈS > Compétition Internationale des Courts Métrages   Patrick Brion, président du jury de la 1°édition du Film Noir Festival, et les membres du jury : les comédiennes Déborah Grall et Alexandra Génovès, le comédien Jean-Pierre Martins et le comédien & réalisateur Karim Adda ont décerné les prix suivants...
     

    « Paris Images Trade Show » le nouveau rendez-vous consacré aux métiers du cinéma et de l'image animée

     
    L’excellence des savoir-faire des industries techniques et techniciens français constitue l’un des atouts majeurs de notre pays dans l’ensemble des métiers du cinéma, de l’audiovisuel et de l’image animée. Le « Paris Images Trade Show » constituera chaque année le temps fort de promotion auprès des professionnels du monde entier d’une  filière dynamique et génératrice d...
     

    La 19e cérémonie des Prix Lumières se déroulera le lundi 20 janvier 2014 à 21H00 à l’Espace Pierre Cardin.

     
    Décernés chaque année par les correspondants de la presse étrangère à Paris, les Prix Lumières sont surnommés les Golden Globes français. Cette année encore, ils inaugureront la saison des prix cinématographiques en récompensant les meilleurs talents du cinéma français et francophone de l’année écoulée.   Les Prix : Meilleur film, Meilleur réalisateur, Me...
     

    Retour sur Toute la mémoire du monde Festival international à La Cinémathèque française du 3 au 8 décembre 2013

     
    8.000 spectateurs ont assisté aux 40 séances organisées dans le cadre de la seconde édition du Festival International Toute la mémoire du monde (3 - 8 décembre 2013), créé par La Cinémathèque française en partenariat avec le Fonds Culturel Franco Américain. Le Festival s’est achevé dimanche soir devant une salle enthousiaste, avec la projection du film Le Métis (The Half-breed) d’Allan D...
     

     

    Excentris lance un grand concours de création vidéo : « Ma bande-annonce en Technicolor »

     
    Parce que le Cinéma Excentris s'est donné comme mission de soutenir et de promouvoir la relève, c'est avec fierté qu’il répète son grand concours de création vidéo : Ma bande-annonce en Technicolor. Cinéastes en herbe, étudiants et jeunes professionnels sont invités à soumettre leur vision du Cinéma Excentris par le biais d'une publicité de 30 secondes. L'équipe ga...
     

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    The South Asian International Film Festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary from December 3-8, focuses on films from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Indian Diaspora. It presented this year 9 feature films and 5 shorts, including 6 Indian co-productions and 2 films from Pakistan. HBO is the principal sponsor of the festival which is considered to be the largest US film festival with productions from that region. The current edition programmed several outstanding films including but not restricted to the opening film Monsoon Shootout, the centerpiece Good Morning Karachi and the closing film The Good Road which all premiered in New York. The remainder had not been shown in the US or New York. Three films in the program were world premieres, the Pakistani indie feature Anima State by Hammad Khan, and from India the feature Ankhon Dekhi by Rajat Kapoor and the documentary First Sight by Jaya Dass.
    Directed by Amit Kumar, Monsoon Shootout received much acclaim in Cannes and other fests with its three divergent story lines prompted by the different choices a young detective has to make when he is charged with killing a violent gangster. The Pakistani film Good Morning Karachi by Sabiha Sumar is a coming of age story of a young woman in Karachi aspiring to be a model. She is caught up in the conflict between traditional and modern values as articulated by her family and fiancée and reflected in their views of the role of women. The feature is staged in Karachi with its coexistent contradictions of conservative life styles, the fashion industry and the impact of modernizing changes.
    The Indian film The Good Road by Gyan Correa is an outstanding regional production and India’s Oscar contender. This independent production runs counter the widely shared stereotypes of films produced in India and has common people in its center focusing; weaving story lines around two children and a truck driver. State highway 378 on a border of a desert serves as the back bone for the film. A boy is separated from his upscale parents who do not notice he is gone and is taken care of by a truck driver and his mechanic He develops an emotional rapport with them after some initial conflicts and eventually becomes closer to them than to his parents. A nine year old girl hitch hiking to join her grandmother is left stranded on the highway and rounds up in a road side brothel. She makes friends with the young prostitutes working there but refuses to join in their work. The truck driver is pressured by his gangster boss to get rid of the boy since the truck is supposed to be destroyed in an insurance scam. Yet he refuses to abide on moral grounds. Gyan Correa offers an extraordinary portrait of the people making a living around the state highway based on several years he spent exploring the road and actually living with truck drivers. Virtually all elements of the story correspond to the director’s experience and much of the authenticity of the feature derives from Correa’s use of individuals without acting experience. The truck driver who is most impressive in his role never acted before or ever watched a film.
    Though overshadowed by Bollywood, India’s small independent film sector delivers creative, pace setting productions as evidenced by the program of the 2013 South Asian International Film Festival.
    Claus Mueller,
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    It is a true pleasure to invite you to yet another edition of the greatest event devoted to abstract art in motion. On this occasion, RCVM and MAD have joined forces to organise the Reykavík Visual Music - Punto y Raya Festival, which will take place from January 30th to February 2nd 2014 at HARPA, the Reykjavík Concert Hall (Iceland), and promises to make history :)

    Not only will we explore the intrinsic relationship between music and abstract imagery, but also carry out educational activities in the Academy Programme, a Visual Music exhibition curated and hosted by Listasafn Reykjavíkur (the Reykjavík Art Museum), and experience the wonders of the Icelandic nature through excursions devised specially for our audience.

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    Created by Guillermo Daldovo & Bernard Arce.
    Produced by Sonia Figuera
    Music by Raúl Santos



    PROGRAMME

    LIVE CINEMA SESSIONS

    We're opening the festival with deluxe concerts commissioned specially by RCVM (Reykjavík Center for Visual Music) to Bret Battey + Hugi Guðmundsson & Sigurður Guðjónsson + Anna Þorvaldsdóttir. The acclaimed Ryoichi Kurokawa and Ryoji Ikeda will conquer our senses with their overwhelming guest sessions.

     

    GUEST POLISH and AUSTRIAN FILM PANORAMAS

    Curated and presented by Ania Głowińska and Thomas Renoldner, these panoramas will introduce us into the history and evolution of experimental abstract cinema in their respective countries.




    INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM & LIVE CINEMA COMPETITIONS

    This year, we received 371 films from 46 countries to the PyR call for entries. The 95 selected works have been structured in seven 50' modules, and will be screened in FULL HD. And 102 live set proposals were submitted to the first Reykjavík Visual Music call. The finalist artists will perform LIVE at HARPA: D-Fuse+Labmeta (UK), Usaginingen (Japan·Germany), Max Hattler + VesperOn (Germany·UK + Spain) & RKO (France)!




    PARALLEL ACTIVITIES

    Listasafn Reykjavíkur

    2014 Academy Programme
    January 29th & 30th 2014 · Listasafn Reykjavíkur
    Animation, code programming and interactivity workshops, tutored by renown professionals in the field. + info
    "Cadences of Colour and Line"
    February 1st to April 13th 2014· Listasafn Reykjavíkur
    Exhibition devoted to Visual Music. The opening is on January 31st, right before Ikeda's concert. + info

     

    Excursions
    January 30th to February 1st 2014
    Explore the most attractive points in the island, WITHOUT MISSING A SINGLE FESTIVAL ACTIVITY!
    Find out how to arrive to Reykjavík, where to stay and how to participate in the incredible excursions devised specially for our audience. + info



    All info on the festival, the programme and how to get your tickets or season passes, at
    www.puntoyrayafestival.com


    We hope to meet you all in this fascinating place in our planet, joined by the universal language of pure expression, and under a spontaneous Northern Lights show.
     


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    Under the motto “Ready to Play? Breaking the Rules”, Berlinale Talents 2014 will encourage its 300 budding filmmakers to experiment with new and unusual ways of bringing their stories and characters to life on screen. The focus in 2014 will be on storytelling and successful scriptwriting. Berlinale Talents will assist the filmmakers in playfully approaching character development.

     

    “For us, Breaking the Rules means introducing filmmakers with daring and new methods, it's about boldly questioning established structures and playfully discovering new paths and possibilities,” says programme manager Matthijs Wouter Knol.

     

    Berlinale Talents 2014 will take place from February 8 to 13 at the Theater HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Each year around 4000 filmmakers from about 140 countries apply, and a selection committee composed of international professionals selects 300 exceptional talents to invite to Berlin.

     

    For more information, go to: www.berlinale-talents.de


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    The 14th edition of Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) and the 3rd edition of ScreenSingapore concluded last Friday (6 December) on a high note with strong market attendance. The event took place from 4 - 6 December at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands, with a pre-market conference that kicked-off on 3 December. 

     

    Adding to the buzz of the market and conferences was the world premiere of Firestorm(风暴).  Following this was the Southeast Asian premiere of The Nightingale (夜茑). This was presented by 3rd Rendezvous with French Cinema in conjunction with ScreenSingapore 2013.

     

    Record Participation

    For the first time ever, ATF and ScreenSingapore had a participation of 16 international delegations, with new representations from Indonesia, Russia and South Korea. The attendance at the market shot up by 10% this year as 1179 companies from over 60 countries gathered to trade and network. This increase in participation is a significant indicator that the combined TV and film market is progressing from strength to strength. Kamal Jain, CEO and MD, Superfine Films Private Limited, India, agrees, “ATF and ScreenSingapore is promising and attractive for content sellers and buyers. As a regular attendee, the market is getting busier every year with new promising business ventures, opportunities and sheer representation of content.”

     

    Indeed the crowd at the market floor seemed larger this year. Seo Jang Ho, Head of International Sales & Acquisitions, CJ E&M Media B/U, South Korea, said,“ATF is a growing and vibrant market. We witnessed increased traffic at our booth this year, and were kept busy with back-to-back meetings all day. The show is well-timed, and attracts many Southeast Asian buyers who may not necessarily visit other major international event.”

     

    A new company that benefitted from increased traffic was The Finnish Broadcasting Company. Its Head of Sales and Marketing, Tuija Snellman, said, “I first visited ATF last year to understand how the market worked. With a good impression of the well-organised market, I made a decision to exhibit this year. After these three hectic days, my decision has proven to be right. We have met many broadcasters, VOD buyers, distributers, channels and companies that we would never have met in Cannes. Indeed, ATF is the gateway for our Finnish audio-visual content for the region.”

     

    Contributing to higher content sales is the significant and uncommon deal secured between Iran and China. Changiz Hasani, General Director, IRIB Media Trade, Iran, shared,“We are going to distribute our programmes with one of the main distributors in China. Having secured this deal at ATF 2013, we look forward to being part of ATF 2014.”

     

    For another, the deal was sealed along with another promising proposal. Hazrul Hisyam Hassan, Business Development Director and Co-founder of CreaTVtoon, Malaysia, said, “For a new company like ours, ATF is my second international market this year and we are looking for buyers and opportunities. TVT Productions from UK came by our booth and after viewing our content, was excited and interested to be our distributor. They were even offering to co-produce for the second season. We’ll definitely be back next year. “

     

    Attesting to ATF and ScreenSingapore’s role as a catalyst for the Asia content industry and a sign of its strategic place on the calendar, committed exhibitors have pre-booked 80% of the showfloor for 2014, which is scheduled to take place in December 2014.

     

    Adding onto the market fare, the richly-packed four-day conference was well-attended as its sessions were presented by a roster of 69 international speakers such as Anthony Chen and Shekhar Kapur, both filmmakers of award-winning hits, and keynotes by Yu Dong, Bona Film Group, Sunny Xiangyang Zhu, Youku Tudou, Inc. Quoting an attendee, Joe Chang, President, Ambassador Theatres, Taiwan, “This is one of the best conferences for Asia.”  

     

    New additions

    Aside from the substantive ATF and ScreenSingapore programme, new additions completed the event’s offering for 2013. The ATF Animation Lab designed to present Asian animation projects to international financiers was newly launched and warmly welcomed. Irwan Junaidy, Partner, The R & D Studio, Malaysia, one of the producers pitching to The Walt Disney Company, exclaims, “For a small and new studio like ours, the ATF Animation Lab gave us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to  meet,  network and beyond that, understand the kind of content [they] wanted. Furthermore, we are now on [their] radar and we have even scheduled appointments for future meet-ups. We have also met with Nickelodeon and Turner during the networking sessions and it all seems rather promising.” The three-day closed door event wrapped-up with happy participants and equally happy financiers from Australian Broadcasting Corporation, BBC Worldwide, The Walt Disney Company, Turner International Asia Pacific Limited, Viacom International Media Networks, ZDFE.junior and ZDF German Television.

     

    MIPACADEMY, though scheduled on the last day of the market was well-received. Programmed for TV executives and producers, the sessions focussed on the essentials of non-scripted formats and factual programming.  Suriana Selamat, Senior Producer, Screenbox, Singapore, who attended the inaugural edition here, commented, “MIPACADEMY is the must-attend platform to learn about the best formats in Asia!” From popular Asian producers to global entertainment veterans, attendees benefitted from takeaways from speakers like Na Young Suk, tvN, CJ E&M and Mikiko Nishiyama, Nippon Television Network Corporation to Matthew Ashcroft, Shine International, Rob Clark, FremantleMedia and Ben Hall, Chalkboard TV.  

     

    About Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) and ScreenSingapore

    Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) & ScreenSingapore, held concurrently in December 2013, create the unmissable platform for making an impact on the entertainment industry for TV and film. It is Asia’s premium content market to buy, sell, finance, distribute and co-produce across all entertainment platforms, and is the sister show to MIPTV and MIPCOM in Cannes, France, which is also organised by Reed Exhibitions.

     

    Held at Marina Bay Sands Singapore, 3 – 6 December 2013, ATF & ScreenSingapore is the perfect event to experience the electrifying energy of Asia’s expanding content entertainment industry.

     

    For more information on Asia TV Forum & Market, please visit the official website at www.asiatvforum.com. For more information on ScreenSingapore, please visit the official website at www.screensingapore.com.sg.


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