Final Week For Mirage International Film Festival's 2014 Regular Deadline
The Mirage International Film Festival is currently accepting submissions for all competition categories. Submit Now before the 2014 Festival's May 16 Regular Submission Deadline!
Festival Dates: August 13-17, 2014
Location: on the famed Las Veags Strip in Las Veags, Nevada USA
FINAL WEEK LEFT to submit your Short Film, Feature Film, Original Screenplay or New Media Film before the 2014 Regular Deadline.
Regular Deadline: May 16, 2014
Late Deadline: May 30, 2014
Withoutabox Extended Deadline: June 10, 2014
Filmmakers can submit their features, shorts, new media projects or scripts at the festival website www.miragefilmfest.com or through Withoutabox. We thank all filmmakers for their support and look forward to seeing some amazing submissions.
AWARDS & PRIZES
THIS YEAR THE FESTIVAL WILL BE AWARDING MORE THAN 40,000 IN CASH PRIZES. We also have numerous Jury awards will be presenting in all of our competitive categories. Visit our website for a complete listing of all our competition awards.
In addition, the will have MORE THAN TWO DOZEN DISTRIBUTORS, guaranteed to attend. You can find the current list of confirmed distributors on our website.
Main Event - main competition program for all eligible feature-length films
A Program of Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota
On May 16th, the 7th annual EDU Film Festival will feature over 50 of the best youth-made short films from 30 different schools and youth media organizations from across the state. The full day of programming, held this year at the Kerasotes Showplace ICON Theatre at The West End in St Louis Park, includes four short film programs screening in two theaters, as well as filmmaking panels with industry professionals. The festival takes place between 10am and 3pm, with a Best-of-Fest screening at 1:20, followed by an Awards Ceremony at 2:30pm.
Newton, Mike Rapuano, Rosemount High School
Selected films span the gamut of genres: from comedies to dramas, narratives to
documentaries, animated to experimental, music videos to video poems. Best of all, the films are all student-directed, offering the public a unique opportunity to see and experience a youth perspective of our world.
This year's panels offer attendees the opportunity to hear about the latest trends in independent filmmaking. "Social Media in Video Production" will bring together youth filmmakers and industry professionals to explore how Facebook, Twitter and Kickstarter are changing the filmmaking landscape. "The Art of Freelance" panelists will share their experiences of turning their artistic passions into viable media careers in the Midwest.
As the only state-wide youth media festival, the EDU Film Festival serves an important
Opulence, Sophie Deutsch, Perpich Center for Arts Education
role for Minnesota's next generation of filmmakers. The event gives many youth their first opportunity to see their work in a state-of-the-art movie theater and provides an invaluable opportunity for networking among those young artists. The festival also offers youth the opportunity to meet local filmmaking professionals and become aware of post high school educational institutions, exposing youth to a wide variety of filmmaking opportunities available in Minnesota.
The EDU Film Festival is a program of Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota (IFP MN), celebrating youth media in Minnesota. Thanks to generous support from Best Buy, the EDU Film Festival is presented free of charge and is open to the public.
Additional support is provided by CTV North Suburbs, Hennepin Technical College, Institute of Production and Recording (IPR), Kerasotes Showplace ICON Theatres at The West End, Migizi Communications, Minnesota School of Business, Minnesota Transitions Charter School (MTS), Perpich Center for Arts Education, St. Paul Neighborhood Network, and the Twin Cities Youth Media Network.
The EDU Film Festival will showcase work from the Twin Cities metro area as well as Greater Minnesota communities as far away as Henderson and Owatonna. This year's festival selections include films from the following schools and organizations:
Stillwater High School, Stillwater
Eastview High School, Apple Valley
Benilde-Saint Margaret, St Louis Park
Mahtomedi High School, Mahtomedi
Creative Arts High School, St Paul
Perpich Center for Arts Education, Golden Valley
Lakeville South High School, Lakeville
MTS High School, Minneapolis
Planet Homeschool, Minneapolis
Southwest High School, Minneapolis
Avalon School, Minneapolis
Eagan High School, Eagan
Great River School, St Paul
St Paul Academy, St Paul
Rosemount High School, Rosemount
Owatonna Senior High School, Owatonna
Highland Park High School, St Paul
Minnesota New Country School, Henderson
Wayzata High School, Wayzata
South High School, Minneapolis
Central High School, St Paul
School of Environmental Studies, Apple Valley
Fridley High School, Fridley
Maple Grove Senior High Schol, Maple Grove
Chanhassen High School, Chanhassen
SCC TV, White Bear Lake
MIGIZI Communications, Minneapolis
SPNN, St Paul
Independent Filmmaker Project MN
Twin Cities Youth Media Network
CTV North Suburbs, Roseville
The EDU Film Festival is a free event, open to the public. We invite parents, friends, community members, and other individuals to attend the festival and support these young artists. There is no fee, registration, or reservation required for members of the public. School groups may make reservations on the website.
The International Festival of Digital Arts and New Media, Athens Video Art Festival, celebrates its ten-year long faithful presence in free expression of the arts and new technologies returning to the familiar paths of “Technopolis” of City of Athens from 2 to 5 October.
Through a series of screenings, exhibitions, performing actions, workshops, lectures and academic presentations the festival combines the industrial heritage of the old gas factory with digital arts and technology, aiming at providing cultural energy that will illuminate the city and expanding creativity to the edge.
This year's edition of Athens Video Art Festival aims to present a multifaceted undertaking a multifaceted artistic nature harmoniously linking eight categories : video art, animation, applications, installations, performances, digital image, web art, music, set up the network by associating the emergence of various sources of expression with the need for a re-"establishment" art . It discovers, unlocks and interacts on a new basis with all aspects and possibilities of lively spaces of “Technopolis” of City of Athens for coformulating an active core of social innovation.
Acquisition of half of Tribeca Enterprises for $22 million by the Madison Square Company, MSG, will permit Tribeca to expand. The festival and some related ventures have grown so much since the festival was founded in 2002 that funds for the expansion seem necessary. Apart from the festival, its principal venture, Tribeca enterprises is involved in a digital studio, theatrical and non-theatrical distribution using traditional and digital plat forms, the non-profit Tribeca Film Institute, a film division, ownership of two theatres and other endeavors. The CEO of MSG, James Dolan, will join the Tribeca board, establishing a link to the Cablevision System and the Sundance and IFC channels of the AMC networks They are prone to carry eventually indie and art house productions embraced by Tribeca Enterprises Access to MSG resources permits the festival to gain a greater foothold for its brand locally and nationwide if not internationally.
The Tribeca Film Festival shapes the visual and artistic experience of film makers and the audience through the constant addition of new innovative components. Programs such as the Tribeca Innovation Week which was staged for the first time this year connect the creative and technical communities. The week included sessions on the future of films, the 11th Annual Games for Change festival, which has been exploring for several years interactive and digital media use, the fifth edition of the Tribeca Innovation Awards, the third edition of Tribeca’s TFI Interactive with the showcasing of 22 interactive projects, a two day exploration, Tribeca Hacks, of new forms of storytelling, and Storyscapes , the presentation of genre shifting ultra-short films as well as a new section Interactive&Interlude aimed at story tellers for music films.
Tribeca’s Disruptive Innovation Awards are unique in the film festivals circuit and certainly not restricted to film, television and video making as one would assume. To provide some examples from the list of 15 individuals and organizations recognized as honorees this year: Adam Braun for international educational innovations, Yael Cohen for founding a unique cancer education , Fuck Cancer, Idea Paint for improving interpersonal work relations, Lindon Leader for the design of branding programs, Sesame Workshop, the landmark television program aimed at children, and Kay Walker who established TEDMED to stimulate imagination in the health and medicine sectors. An underlying focus of some programs has been the analysis of the relationship between the audience and visual media and the shifting taste and use of media preferences. Given the differentiation of the viewership, the constant development of new platforms, increase in low cost production technologies with a resulting explosion of productions, and the progressive erasure of strict thematic and narrative boundaries of film and television productions these out of the box explorations by the Tribeca fest have become indispensable.
The 1914 festival program reflects some other significant changes. In the narrative and documentary sections the number of productions from outside the United States has increased with the festival offering again a very strong documentary selection. It extended its audience base by an on line program, N.O.W., with 12 productions and the fifth annual Tribeca on line festival , TOF, with free video-on- demand offerings of eight feature and short films. The audience of this section voted for the best feature and short. Three other festival selections from Tribeca Film Release were also shown nationwide through major cable video-on-demand providers.
Tribeca received a record number of submissions, 6,117, including 3.043 features and 3,074 shorts of which of which 89 features and 57 short films were selected from 40 countries. They competed for $150,000 cash awards and prizes from the seven Tribeca Film Festival juries. A high proportion of selected features and shorts were world premieres, that is 55 of the features and 29 of the shorts. The audience of movie-goers and panel participants reached more than 120,000. AT&T sponsored a free “Film for All Friday” on April 25 drawing 8,000 ticket holders and will fund periodic free screenings of the most popular films throughout the year, as voted by the Tribeca film goers. If free community events, Drive-Ins, the Family Festival Street Fair, and other public components of the festival are added, Tribeca drew in 2014 an audience of more than 400,000 individuals.
Tribeca has itself established as a major international film festival in a comparatively brief 13 year period and caught up with Sundance as a must attend U.S. festival. It benefits from excellent relations with the mainline and independent film sectors. It is also well tied to commercial and public or non-profit funding sources as enabled by the legal status of the festival and the Tribeca Film Institute. Its innovative program approach, digital involvement and exploration of disruptive innovations are well suited for the complex and rapidly changing visual media universe. Thus it will be most intriguing to see how the partnership with Madison Square Garden will impact the development of multifaceted Tribeca Enterprises
“Films made in Thailand look like high-budget productions, although they are low-budget ,because of the superior facilities ."
Inspite of political strife in the country, there has been a range of film festivals in the country.
The biggest was the ‘Thailand International Destination Film Festival’ ,organized by the Department of Tourism, which concluded last week, with the screening of 17 movies shot in the country, as also
the ‘Amazing Thailand Film Challenge’ competition , where nearly 100 young film-makers from around the world made ‘short’ films on the country within a limited budget and time-frame, and a well-attended Workshop on Film Location , conducted by noted Hollywood Location-Manager Chris Baugh from Paramount Pictures ( ‘Argo, Transcendence’).
Among the big names who shot in the country, and attended the festival, were renowned cinematographers Larry Smith, Geoff Boyle, Ross Clarkson .
The Festival saw the world-premieres of three films ,including the directorial debut of Larry Smith, ‘Traffickers’ , and Oscar-winning producer Peter Fudakowski , ‘ Secret Sharer.’
Smith’s story, set in Australia, Singapore, was re-created in Thailand, and completed in 25 days at a budget of $ 2 million, which he says he would not have been able to pull off in any other country. Interestingly, his lead pair were popular Thai star Guy Ratchanont ad LA-based American-Thai actress Krystal Vee (she acted in 4 films,at the Festival).
Smith is already working on his next script, as he has an exciting five-year business plan with his financier Martin Vestergaard .
“ We’re aiming to produce one film a year , for five years” said Vestergaard “ and we’re looking at cost-effective films, with good stories.” Smith’s next film is based on a Dubai-story, and he was flying there to acquire the rights.
But the ‘Only God Forgives’ cinematographer warned that Thailand needed to offer more incentives, if it was to remain in the race.
“ They don’t even refund the VAT tax!” he complained. Malaysia on the other hand , had begun to offer a 30% rebate ,if the budget of the film exceeded $ 1 million, he informed.
“With the formation of the ‘Asean’ union next year, Thailand needs to watch out, as we would have greater choices” he stated.
‘Secret Sharer’ , based on a short story by Joseph Conrad ,was shot within the confines of a ship, on the East China Sea. It had a cast from six nationalities, including the lead-pair from Britain ,China, and many non-professional artistes from Thailand, at a budget of $4 million, according to well-known Thailand line-producer Tom Warrenne of ‘De Warrenne Pictures.' The latter is location-hunting in Thailand,for another mega Hollwyood action- film 'Mechanic 2'.
According to him,Thailand was a popular film-destination for top Hollywood production-houses ,like Paramount Films,Millenium Films etc.
Another debut film-maker who premiered his film at the Festival, was television producer Corrado Jay Boccia. His action-drama ‘A Stranger in Paradise’ had a multi-global cast and crew- Columbian actress Catalina Moreno (based in LA), American actor Sturat Townsend, French and Indian producers from Bangkok, Paul Vacharasinthu and Kulthep Narula.
Infact it's the first international film of Narula's Benetone Films,which has been involved with more than 70 Indian film productions in Thailand.Their American office is called Benetone Hillin Entertainment Co.
Boccia ‘s company ‘24/7’ has other film projects lined up, including a grand biopic on Jim Thompson ,which he is all set to start shooting in January. He informed that a ‘big international star’ would be playing the lead.
James Chankin, producer/director of ‘The Mark: Redemption 2’ said he had spent six months in Thailand, last year, and shot three films, including the first and second parts of this film , all within the budget of $ six million.
“ The dollar-baht rate is good for film producers, and we can get maximum financial potential here” he stated ,adding “ Films made in Thailand look like high-budget productions, although they are low-budget ,because of the superior facilities .”
The lead-actress of his film was well-known Thai-Brit star Sonia Couling, who held her own in a complex tale of religion and sci-fi.
'Glory Days' was a Pattaya-based story, which producer/casting agent Ivy Isenberg,said was a a pleasure to make. 'Scorpion King 3' re-created a mythical world, among the ancient Khmer temples of Buriram,in north-east Thailand.Thai actress Krystal Vee played the lead in this film too.
A special film at the Festival, was 'Out Of Inferno',based on the life of firefighters,made by the well-known Pang Brothers from Hongkong..
'White Storm' was another action-packed drama from Hongkong.
Indian film 'Bhaag Milka Bhaag',which swept the AIFA Awards,held at Florida recently, created its lush Australian beach-sequences in Phuket,Thailand.
Indian actor Abhinav Chaturvedi,who attended the festival, hoped to launch an Indo-Thai film production soon.
Veteran New Zealand actor Temuera Morrison , of ‘ Once were warriors’ and ‘Star Wars’ fame , who acted in ‘Scorpion King 111’, stated that the Thai stunt men could match with the best in the world.
“They do in one week what Hollywood would take a month!” That to a large extent accounts for our low budgets" he added.
Infact,the Thai stunt-men were raved over by renowned cinematographers Geoff Doyle ( 'Street Fighter:The Legend of Chun Li ') and Ross Clarkson ( " Ninja: Shadow of a tear.') as also debut director Jeremiah Hundley whose film 'Lazarus Papers' was screened at the festival.
An interesting character in 'Lazarus Papers' was played by actor- script-writer Damon Whitaker, brother of Hollywood icon Forest Whitaker, who was also in the Jury of the Short Film competion. He informed that he had an offer to write the script for two films by Thailand-based producers, to be shot in the country.
Bhutanese female film-maker Karma Deki, who was also on the Jury, informed that she had just completed her ambitious second film 'Kusuthara-The Pattern of Love', whose post-production she had done in Bangkok. There was a lot of anticipation about this film, a love-story between an American tourist and a married Bhutanese woman, she declared. She admitted that she was also considering a joint production with Thailand.
As for the Short Film competition, which focused on different destinations in Thailand, the top prize was won by two foreign film-students from NYU, Charlotte Rabate from France and Chananum Chotrungroj from Thailand.
Other prizes were won by film students from Philippines,Spain,Malaysia,who were part of 50 pairs of students who partook in the film competition from around the world.
It was a pleasure to meet the country's top stunt-men,local and foreign -Ron Smoorneburg, Kevin Chisnall, Kawee 'Seng' Sirikhaneurit, Charlie Ruedpokanon, all of whome partook in many of the action-films screened at the Festival.
"Not many can match the martial super-star Scott Adkins (hero of the 'Ninja' series), but the Thai guys did! " exclaimed action-star Gary Daniel,who acted in three of the films,at the Festival.
The festival brought to the forefront, many Thai talents who have not been seen in local films- Krystal Vee, ‘Only God Forgives’ star Vithaya Pansringarm , veteran of 42 ‘foreign’ productions, Sahajak Boonthanakit, and others.
Program Director Paul Spurrier stated that the festival had newer films and larger audiences than its inaugural edition,last year.
However,one must admit that the ticket-distribution was badly handled, thanks to telephone-bookings,and quotas kept for VIPs who never turned up.
Also strange was the system of asking audiences to fill a form,at the end of each film,where they were asked not to 'comment on the film ,but 'where' they had heard of the Festival! It would have made sense to have an audience-poll,and choose the Most Popular Film,in a non-competitive festival like this. One hopes they consider this,next year.
Permanent Secretary,Ministry of Tourism & Sports, Dr Suwat Sidthilaw,said that the main aim of the festival,was to show that Politics had not dampened the spirit of the people in Thailand, and that foreign film-shootings were important to the country.
According to the Thai Dept of Tourism, more than 700 films were made in the country, last year ,which was a 12.74 % increase, from 2012 .
This year, inspite of the political problems , as many as 108 films have already been shot in the country. They hope to gain a revenue of 2.5 billion baht by the end of 2014.
The South African delegation lead by the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa in partnership with KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, Durban Film Office and WESGRO will this year celebrate 20 Years of Freedom at the 67th Cannes International Film Festival. The festival has been scheduled to run from the 14th until the 25th of May in Cannes, France.
"As we celebrate the 20 years of Freedom we reflect on the strides that we have made both as a nation and the local film industry. From a tool that served as propaganda tool for the apartheid regime, the industry has evolved to a conduit for social cohesion and economic vehicle that creates jobs and contributes to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP),” says NFVF CEO Zama Mkosi. In addition to the national celebrations, South Africa’s participation will be driven by the NFVF message, “Attracting new markets and investments”.
South Africa’s key objective in participating at the festival is to expose SA film industry and to market South Africa as a location and as a filmmaking country of choice by networking and interacting with international sales agents, distributors, funders and other global players. To ensure that the objectives are met, the NFVF has once again offered financial support to filmmakers who will be conducting business in Cannes. Moreover, the foundation will screen films that speak to the country’s 20 years of freedom, amongst these films is: Miners Shot Down, Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me, iNumber Number and One Humanity. “We hope that this year’s selection of films will resonate with our liberation, the freedom and the ideals our national icons Govan Mbeki, Walter Sisulu and our first democratic elected president Nelson Mandela fought for,” says NFVF CEO Zama Mkosi.
To coincide with the theme the NFVF will also showcase three films that celebrate 20 years of freedom, made by women. In addition, the NFVF has also sponsored 5 South African filmmakers to attend the Creative Minds producers network programme; a programme that guides filmmakers as they get introduced to international platforms and ways of conducting film business. NFVF will also host co-production forums with New Zealand, UK and Brazil to introduce filmmakers from these countries with the objective of future collaborations.
Participating officially for the first time at the festival is the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, which aims to market the KwaZulu-Natal province as a location for film. With its vast array of locations, provincial incentives and filmography of major films that have already been shot in the province, the commission looks forward to a promising visit to the Cannes Film Festival. “The province of KwaZulu-Natal is positioned to be the next big film destination. Our mandate is to stimulate the economy in the area of film and thereby contribute to the GDP of the country. Over and above being a destination for film, we plan to grow the film industry from a skills and facilities point of view, our plans includes being a content generator through our film fund, funding films by local filmmakers, as well as those from elsewhere who are planning to shoot their film in the province,” says KZN Film Commision CEO Carol Coetzee.
The NFVF, its partners KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, WESGRO and Durban Film Office, and South African filmmakers will be based at International Village Riviera, Pavilion 120.
18 May 2014 : 4.00-5.00 p.m atThe India Pavilion (112 Village International Riviera)
Do not miss this central Panel Discussion with organizers of top international film festivals and film markets
Shankar Mohan, Director, International Film Festival of India
Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director, Toronto Film Festival
Marit van den Elshout, Manager, Cinemart, Rotterdam International Film Festival
Dorothee Wenner, Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlinale, Berlin
Shivani Pandya, MD, Dubai International Film Festival
Guneet Monga, CEO, Anurag Kashyap Films, and Co-Founder, Sikhya Entertainment
Colin Burrows, CEO, Special Treats Productions
The India Pavilion (112 Village International Riviera) 5.00-7.00 p.m. Networking reception co-hosted by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, and Mr T.P. Aggarwal, First Vice-President, FIAPF, and Film Federation of India.
The India Pavilion (112 Village International Riviera) at the 67th Cannes Film Festival, May 2014, will be a path-breaking one indeed. The Pavilion, co-ordinated by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), India's oldest and apex chamber of commerce, on behalf of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, will be inaugurated by the legendary Kamal Haasan, producer, film-maker, actor and Chairman, FICCI Media and Entertainment Committee – South, along with luminaries such as HE Arun K Singh, Indian Ambassador to France; Shri Bimal Julka, Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, Filmmaker Ramesh Sippy and Mr Jerome Paillard, Executive Director, Marche du Film (the Cannes Film Market). Also accompanying them will be Uday Chopra, who heads the international arm of Indian production powerhouse YRF, in a rare public appearance. Uday's presence at Cannes is a matter of pride for Indian cinema – YRF is one of the producers of the festival's opening film, Olivier Dahan's Grace of Monaco. Later in the day there will be a discussion and felicitation of Titli, India's official selection at the festival (Un Certain Regard section) along with the cast and crew including director Kanu Behl.
The India Pavilion will showcase Indian cinema across linguistic, cultural and regional diversity, with the aim of forging an increasing number of international partnerships in the realms of distribution, production, filming in India, script development and technology, and promoting film sales and syndication. In particular, the area of focus at this year's Cannes Film Festival is establishing India as a global film shooting destination and highlighting initiatives such as Single Window Clearance and co-production agreements with various countries that will enable this.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has carefully planned and ensured that this year the space available for Indian delegates is probably the most substantial in the Cannes village with an area of 126 sq metres. To ensure optimum utilization of this coveted space, the Ministry and FICCI have worked hard to make an extensive schedule of pre-structured B2B meetings for delegates. Both the government and FICCI hope to forge an enviable number of international partnerships in the realms of distribution, production, filming in India, script development and technology, and promote film sales and syndication. Apart from structured B2B meetings between delegates, FICCI and the Ministry are also working on doing small focused networking events with specific countries such as New Zealand, Australia and Germany, in order to propel Indian co-productions with those countries.
In another significant first, the Ministry has released the 'India Film Guide' for the Cannes Film Market, which will be on display and distributed at the Pavilion and which has exhaustive descriptions of the policy initiatives of the ministry, its affiliated bodies; details of all India's co-production agreements; all Indian films at Cannes and visiting Indian delegates; key databases pertaining to the sector and the winners of this year's National Awards.
The India Pavilion aims to bring about substantial interest from the international community in exploiting India's full potential as the largest film-making nation in the world. India has the most vibrant film sector and is currently occupying a significant space in the global arena. We produce over 1000 films in more than a dozen languages annually.
The key area of focus at this year's Cannes Film Festival for India is to establish herself as a global film shooting destination through highlighting progressive government initiatives such as Single Window Clearance and co-production agreements with various countries.
Apart from being a bridge for the international stakeholders to seek out Indian counterparts, the India Pavilion will also be a platform for Indian filmmakers and producers to navigate international waters in order to market their films on the world stage and hold fruitful discussions to forge important ties towards co-production arrangements.
To fulfil this goal, there will be interactive sessions with Indian and international film industry stakeholders at the India Pavilion organized by FICCI in partnership with the Ministry. Speakers at these sessions will include Dave Gibson, CEO, New Zealand Film Commission; Graeme Mason, CEO, Screen Australia; Cindy Shyu, CEO Lighthouse Productions, China; Colin Burrows, CEO, Special Treats Productions; and crew members from Grace of Monaco, the opening film at the festival, and the first international venture from YRF Entertainment, the Hollywood arm of Yash Raj Films; cast and crew members from Titli, India's official entry to Cannes.
The India Pavilion will also be showcasing trailers of recent Indian films and displaying brochures and other literature of Indian film companies. FICCI will be facilitating structured B2B meetings between Indian and international delegates at the festival, and coordinating for exclusive networking events. Alongside, the 'India Film Guide', which will list all film related initiatives undertaken by the Government of India and information about all Indian films and delegates at Cannes this year, will be distributed to key international stakeholders.
India will be represented at Cannes by senior Government of India officials as well as industry stakeholders such as Uday Chopra, Actor, Producer and Director; Bobby Bedi, Producer and Filmmaker; film-makers Sudhir Mishra, Dibakar Banerjee, Gitanjali Rao; Ravi Kottarakara, President, Film Federation of India; Supran Sen, Secretary General, FFI; Kulmeet Makkar, CEO, Film & Television Producers Guild of India; and many others. As well, India Pavilion will see the presence of Indian filmmakers whose films have been selected at Cannes this year and other industry veterans and stars.
According to Shri Bimal Julka, Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, 'The India Pavilion at Cannes will provide a platform for Indian filmmakers and producers to navigate international waters in order to market their films on the world stage and hold fruitful discussions to forge important ties towards co-production arrangements.' (click here to download programme)
'We are honoured and privileged to be working with and on behalf of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting at the prestigious 67th Cannes Film Festival,' said Dr A. Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI. 'It is the next step in FICCI's continual efforts to bring Indian entertainment to the global forefront.'
The San Francisco Film Society wrapped its 57th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 24-May 8) with 263 screenings of 168 films from 56 countries, which were attended by over 300 filmmakers and industry guests from over 20 countries. Over 15 days, SFIFF57 showed 74 narrative features, 29 documentary features and a total of 65 short films.
SFFS Executive Director Noah Cowan onstage on Closing Night. Photo by Pamela Gentile.
This year SFIFF awarded nearly $40,000 in prizes to emerging and established filmmakers from 13 countries. Thanks to its unique programming choices and the always-enthusiastic San Francisco Bay Area audiences, the Festival sold out 113 screenings this year. Of particular popularity were the many screenings and events featuring filmmakers in person, and SFIFF was able to bring a record number of out-of-town guests to the Bay Area engage with audiences through in-depth post-screening Q&As.
"In my first months as Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society, I have been especially grateful for the incredible support from all quarters -- our board of directors, members, donors, sponsors and most of all the extremely talented staff," said Noah Cowan, SFFS executive director. "This festival experience has energized the team here to find new ways to keep the extraordinary spirit of the festival thriving year-round."
Sponsors and Partners
Among SFIFF57's 170 sponsors, leading corporate partners were Grolsch, RBC Capital Markets, Blue Angel Vodka, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Bank of the West, TV5Monde, the French American Cultural Society, the Consulate General of France in San Francisco, Dolby, Bloomberg, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office of San Francisco and the San Francisco Film Commission. Union is the Festival's creative agency partner and its website is powered by Ingeniux. Media sponsors included 7x7 and SF Weekly. More than 45 restaurants supported the Festival, technical companies provided essential equipment, media partners promoted programming, numerous consulates and cultural organizations helped bring in special guests, and hundreds of hotel rooms were donated for Festival filmmakers.
Numerous guests graced the stage during SFIFF57, starting on Opening Night with The Two Faces of January director Hossein Amini and continuing throughout the 15-day event. Scores of Festival screenings featured actors and filmmakers who participated in on-stage introductions and Q&A sessions with SFIFF audiences; these guests included Patricia Clarkson, Gia Coppola, Zooey Deschanel, Romain Duris, Stephen Gaghan, Ryan Gosling, Bill Hader, Boyd Holbrook, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Isaac Julien, John Lasseter, Richard Linklater, Chris Messina, Parker Posey, Emma Roberts, David Thomson, Bob Weir, Josh Wiggins and Kristen Wiig, among many others.
Film Society Awards Night, the fundraising gala cochaired by Victoria Raiser and Todd Traina, honored four world-class film talents at the Regency Ballroom on May 1. Honorees were Richard Linklater, recipient of the Founder's Directing Award, presented by actor Parker Posey; Jeremy Irons, recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award for acting, presented by director and producer Wayne Wang; Stephen Gaghan, recipient of the Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting, presented by Zooey Deschanel; and Chief Creative Officer at Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios John Lasseter, recipient of the George Gund III Craft of Cinema Award, presented by actor Josh Gad.
Additional award recipients who were honored during the Festival include pioneering filmmaker and installation artist Isaac Julien, who received the Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award; and legendary film historian David Thomson, who was awarded the Mel Novikoff Award.
The Festival's Big Nights continued successfully with the Bay Area premiere of the Centerpiece film, Palo Alto, featuring a Q&A with director Gia Coppola and actor Emma Roberts. The festivities ended on a high note with the Closing Night screening of Alex of Venice, attended by director Chris Messina as well as actors Don Johnson, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Katie Nehra.
Other notables spotted frequently attending SFIFF festivities were Tracy Chapman, Francis Ford Coppola, Roman Coppola, Danny Glover, Lauren Hutton, Barry Jenkins, Delroy Lindo and Sam Rockwell, among many others.
This year, 11 films were in juried competition for the 18th annual $10,000 New Directors Prize, given to a first-time filmmaker whose work exhibits a unique artistic sensibility. The jury, comprised of Filmmaker Magazine Editor-in-Chief Scott Macaulay, Fandor cofounder Jonathan Marlow and writer Ella Taylor, chose director Benjamín Naishtat's History of Fear (Argentina/France/Germany/Quatar/Uruguay). The film was chosen for "its slyly assured reflection on suburban paranoia where Naishtat makes expert use of the implicit with a wit and visual flair unusual in a novice filmmaker." Special jury recognitions were given to Noaz Deshe's White Shadow (Italy/Germany/Tanzania) and Claudia Sainte-Luce's The Amazing Catfish (Mexico).
Nearly $30,000 in prizes was awarded by Golden Gate Awards juries at SFIFF this year, with $15,000 going to winners in two categories: Documentary Feature ($10,000) and Bay Area Documentary Feature ($5,000). The Festival's Golden Gate Awards were held on Wednesday, May 7 at Rouge | Nick's Crispy Tacos. The Golden Gate Award Documentary feature competition jury was comprised of filmmaker Rob Epstein, journalist Nathan Heller, and Film Society of Lincoln Center Co-Executive Director Lesli Klainberg. The GGA for Documentary Feature was presented to The Overnighters by Jesse Moss (USA), and the GGA for Bay Area Documentary Feature was presented to The Last Season by Sara Dosa (USA). Special jury recognition was given to Return to Homs by Talal Derki (Syria/Germany).
The Golden Gate Award Short Film jury consisted of journalist Jonathan Kiefer, author Vendela Vida and filmmaker Diana Williams. They awarded Best Documentary Short to The High Five by Michael Jacobs (USA). The Best Narrative Short was awarded to two films this year: The Birds' Blessing by Serge Mirzabekiantz (Belgium) and So You've Grown Attached by Kate Tsang (USA). The prize for Best Bay Area Short was also split and went to Santa Cruz del Islote by Luke Lorentzen (USA) and No One but Lydia by Rob Richert (USA). The award for Best Animated Short went to The Missing Scarf by Eion Duffy (Ireland) and the GGA for New Visions Short was given to Numbers & Friends by Alexander Carson (Canada).
The Family Film jury was comprised of teacher Donna Lee, writer Nicki Richesin and artist Jeena Wolfe who awarded Best Family Film to The Dam Keeper codirected by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi (USA). Special jury recognition was given to The Numberlys by codirectors WIlliam Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg (USA). The Youth Works jury was Davis Avila, Sophie Edelhart and Julia Pollak, all local high school students. The Youth Work award went to Epitaph by Charles Blecker (USA). Special jury recognition was given to Bay Area Girls Rock Camp by codirectors Lily Yu, Judy Lee and Jeremiah Mellor (USA).
The SFIFF57 Audience Awards gave filmgoers the opportunity to select their favorite narrative and documentary feature. The Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature went to Justin Simien's Dear White People (USA), with Chinese Puzzle (France/USA) by Cédric Klapisch also tallying high votes from filmgoers. The Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature was given to Mike Fleiss' The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir (USA), with Stanley Nelson's Freedom Summer (USA) also scoring well with SFIFF audiences.
Live & Onstage Events
This year's eclectic Live & Onstage program delivered a double dose of a festival favorite -- the pairing of silent film with new original works by contemporary musical talents. On April 29, Bay Area-based and nationally renowned Thao Nguyen appeared with her band The Get Down Stay Down for a unique program of shorts, some of which she co-directed with filmmaker Lauren Tabak. On May 6, Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields made his second Festival appearance, wowing the Castro crowd with a new score for Tod Browning's The Unknown, which he performed with the help of local accordionist Daniel Handler. Long-running live program Porchlight returned to New People Cinema on May 5 after a year off, boasting on-stage appearances by a motley cast of filmmakers, film-lovers and friends, including Sara Dosa, Michael Jacobs and Xandra Castleton, who came together to present their passions, experiences, and relationships in ten-minute tales. The Live & Onstage program continued on April 28 with Stand Up Planet, a hybrid program of stand-up comedy and film that found TV comedian Hasan Minaj travelling the world from Mumbai to Johannesburg in search of the world's most vibrant comedy scenes. On April 27, Academy Award nominee and acclaimed production designer K. K. Barrett took SFIFF audiences on a wild ride though the multi-talent's body of work, including Spike Jonze's Her and Where the Wild Things Are, and enlightened them about his creative process with the help of Pop-Up Magazine's Derek Fagerstrom in A Conversation with K. K. Barrett.
SFIFF57 featured 21 local narrative features, documentaries and short films. Among the Bay Area features were The Last Season by Sara Dosa, Impossible Light by Jeremy Ambers and The Overnighters by Jesse Moss. Bay Area shorts were also abundant and included Angels (Jim Granato), Barn Dance (John Haptas, Kris Samuelson, Amy Seiwert), Bright Mirror (Paul Clipson), The Claustrum (Jay Rosenblatt), Cookie Wars (Natasha Lasky), Cosmic Flower Unfolding (Benjamin Ridgway), The Dam Keeper (Robert Kondo and Daisuke 'Dice' Tsutsumi), DeLuce 2: Architectura (Janis Crystal Lipzin), Entr'Acte (Lawrence Jordan), Entropic Apogee (Bill Manolios), Epitaph (Charles Blecker), Fat Chance (Jeanne C. Finley), The High Five (Michael Jacobs), No One but Lydia (Rob Richert), Point Reyes, CA (Sean Rossiter), Bay Area Girls Rock Camp (Lily Yu, Judy Lee, Jeremiah Mellor), Santa Cruz del Islote (Luke Lorentzen), Sin Madre (Buffy Almendares) and Spacetime (Ryan Wicks). The Live & Onstage programs also included some local highlights such as Thao Nguyen; San Francisco's beloved nonfiction storytelling series Porchlight, hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick; and the world premiere of Stand Up Planet, preceded by live, politically minded comedy sets featuring Hasan Minhaj and local favorite Nato Green.
Schools at the Festival
SFFS Education's Schools at the Festival (SATF) program achieved record attendance this year with more than 4,700 students (ages 6-18) and teachers from schools across the Bay Area attending 17 screenings of feature films and shorts programs over the course of the two-week Festival. Each screening included Q&A discussions with filmmakers and special guests. Twenty-six local and international guests (screenwriters, producers, directors, actors and animators) also discussed their films and craft in Bay Area classrooms during SATF's 28 school visits, reaching an additional 1,100 elementary, middle and high school students and educators. Now in its 24th year, SATF aims to develop media literacy, broaden insights into other cultures, enhance foreign language aptitude, develop critical thinking skills and inspire a lifelong appreciation of cinema.
Master Classes and Salons
SFIFF57 featured three Master Classes with various film professionals and industry leaders. In Funny or Die: Anatomy of a Comedy Short, creative artists Alex Richenbach, Eliza Skinner and Jason Carden from Funny or Die offered insights into how they create their online short-form comedy content. Pixar digital matte painter Paul Topolos presented Painting with Pixar: A Workshop for Kids, offering participants ages 10-16 a hands-on look at the work of the art department in the production of animated films. And Angus McGilpin and John Loose of Dolby Laboratories presented Dolby Labs: The Sound of Movies, a behind-the-scenes look at the art and history of sound in film -- from how it is created and designed in the mixing room to how it is experienced by audiences in the theater.
The Festival's Salons engaged participants in in-depth discussions led by filmmakers and industry professionals about major issues and ideas related to cinema. At Future Audience, members of the SFFS Education team, Bay Area educators, and documentary filmmaker Marcia Jarmel (Havana Curveball) explored the challenges, resources and strategies of educational outreach and how and why to use films effectively in K-12 classrooms. Ellen Schneider and Shaady Salehi of Active Voice presented How Do We Know If We're Making a Difference?, an interactive session about how different kinds of films can help fuel different kinds of movements. And using her new book The $11 Billion Year as a launchpad, film critic/reporter Anne Thompson led a spirited discussion about the future of the film industry with co-founder and chief content officer of Fandor Jonathan Marlow, Gary Meyer of Telluride Film Festival and EatDrinkFilms, and SFFS Executive Director Noah Cowan.
SFIFF57 featured a record-breaking number of films supported by the Film Society's Filmmaker360 support programs, including winners of SFFS / Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grants, participants in the Off the Page screenwriting workshop and projects enrolled in the SFFS Project Development program. Seven SFFS-supported films hit Bay Area screens for the first time at the Festival and were lovingly received by local audiences, including a number that have already garnered much acclaim on the global festival circuit. These films were Kat Candler's Hellion (SFFS / KRF grant winner -- $70K for postproduction) Sara Dosa's The Last Season (SFFS project development program), Sara Colangelo's Little Accidents (SFFS / KRF grant winner -- $50K for postproduction), Josef Wladyka's Manos Sucias (two-time SFFS / KRF grant winner -- $45K for production, $90K for postproduction), Gillian Robespierre's Obvious Child (Off the Page screenwriting workshop participant), Jesse Moss' The Overnighters (SFFS project development program) and Michael Tully's Ping Pong Summer (SFFS / KRF grant winner -- $50K for postproduction).
[Katya Mtsitouridze, Director General of ROSKINO, third from right]
The Russian Pavilion was packed with press Thursday, May 15 for the Gala Opening of the Russian Pavilion at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Katya Mtsitouridze, Director General of ROSKINO, Russia's establishment for the promotion of Russian film and filmmakers in the international community, was there to introduce the program.
There as well was Ukrainian producer Natalya Mokritskaya [below] with her co-producer Mila Rozanova to present a trailer for the upcoming Battle for Sevastopol, a biopic of Soviet sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko by director Sergey Mokritsky. They hope to enter the film into competition at the 2015 Cannes FIlm Festival in honor of the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war. Speaking on the co-operative work between Russia and Ukraine on creating the film, Mtsitouridze says, "We hope that culture and cinema is the best language to communicate between us".
[Natalya Mokritskaya, co-producer of Battle for Sevastopol (2015)]
In the continutation of co-operation between nations, ROSKINO announced the first Saint Petersburg International Media Forum (SPIMF). This forum will include not only movies, but television and new media platforms such as web produtions as well, with each media platform having equal standing. Mtsitouridze expects many major networks, such as HBO, Showtime, and Stars, will participate. Five projects have already been confirmed, and she encourages people to come to the pavilion for more information or to apply for grants.
This year marks RUSKINO's 90th anniversary, and the 7th anniversary of the Russian Pavilion at Cannes.
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The first edition of Rated SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York was a huge success with the screening of 55 films from 18 countries and exciting opening and closing celebrations.
Festival Founding Artistic Director Nora Armani will present the winning documentary films at the Cannes Film Festival Doc Corner, May 14–23rd:
Small Small Thing, directed by Jessica Vale;
Not Who We Are, directed by Carol Mansour;
Five others from the festival’s slate.
Grand Prize Winner, Small Small Thing, will also have its New York City theatrical premiere at The Quad Cinema, from June 6–12, 2014. This week–long run is offered by Rated SR Film Fest as the Grand Prize, courtesy of the QuadFlix Select program.
The films from the Rated SR slate at Cannes are: Coal Rush, Coney Island: Dreams for Sale, Orphans of the Genocide, From the Black You Make Color, Stable Life and Born in Adana.
In New York, a new partnership with IndiePix will see six short films from the Rated SR slate streamed and released on DVD under the heading Rated SR on indiepixfilms.com
Best-Seller to Box-Office held a cocktail at the Literary Adaption Pavilion yesterday, welcoming producers and screenwriters to hear about the initiative. Founded by Nathalie and Laure Kniazeff five years ago, the company's new online database has been helping connect producers with viable books for film or television adaptation for two years.
The inspiration for Best-Seller to Box-Office, according to co-founder Laure Kniazeff, came from her own experience as a producer having difficulties finding books to adapt. She noticed there were no professional tools available to help producers. "We created [Best-Seller to Box-Office] to help make things easier; to have a big catalog of books available to adapt. Nothing too famous so it is not too expensive to adapt," says Kniazeff.
Books entered into the catalog are classified by genre. Marine Da Silva [below], who has been working with the database since February as a translator, notes that the most successful genre in the database currently are crime stories and thrillers.
Annmarie Bell of Azure Productions [below] is one of the producers who arrived to the pavilion interested in the service. Up to this point, she noted that without a professional tool like Kniazeff's, her most reliable source of discovering new literature for adaption is personal recemmendations. In the current climate where about 40% of films under consideration for production are literary adaptions, online databases like Best-Seller to Box-Office seem to be on the right track.
Best-Seller to Box-Office will be holding pitching sessions at the Literary Adaption Pavilion through Tuesday the 20th.
Queer Night Sponsored by Queerty, will be held at The American Pavilion in Cannes on Sunday, May 18th at 10:00pm-2:00am. Event entry is gratis and open to all festival badge holders.
Leading entertainment and culture website Queerty.com reaches an engaged audience of over three million LGBT readers and is proud to sponsor film festivals and events around the world. The site has a specific targeted entertainment focus, marketing films from studios like The Weinstein Company, Sony Pictures, Universal, Focus Features, HBO and Showtime. Queerty is excited to sponsor this unmissable event at Cannes for the first time in 2014. Readers and fans who are attending the festival will help introduce Queerty to those who aren't yet addicted.
“Our audience's passion for film and culture are at the heart of what has made Queerty the leading LGBT news and entertainment site. We're excited to bring that passion to Cannes and sponsor Queer Night, our first ever sponsorship at the festival,” commented Scott Gatz, Founder & CEO, GayCities, Inc.
”We are thrilled to host the seventh Anniversary of the biggest, best gay party in Cannes with sponsor Queerty, the leader entertainment and LGBT news,” continued AmPav founder Julie Sisk.
Queerty is the leading news and entertainment site targeting the LGBT community. Each month, over three million LGBT readers start their day at Queerty.com. With its sharp eye for news, entertainment, culture and fashion, Queerty reaches upwardly mobile gay men and women who long ago abandoned traditional (and staid) gay media. Queerty’s unique voice sparks a high level of passionate engagement and repeat usage, with readers adding their own insights and twists to today’s hot topics. Queerty's parent company GayCities is a fast growing media company targeting the LGBT community. Together GayCities & Queerty reach almost 4 million LGBT consumers, making it a first stop for advertisers looking to reach a valuable, highly targeted audience.
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THE AMERICAN PAVILION
Recently celebrating its 26th year as the center of American hospitality for the film industry in Cannes, The Pavilion brings professional and emerging filmmakers together. The American Pavilion is the center of activity at the Cannes International Film Festival for the American film community, offering membership for professionals, provocative and insightful programming, immersive student programs, the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase, and more.
Serving as a communication and hospitality center for the thousands of Americans in Cannes during the Cannes Film Festival, The American Pavilion provides an impressive array of facilities and services to the international film community. Since its debut at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival, The Pavilion has become a permanent fixture on the Cannes landscape.
For the corporate sponsors of The American Pavilion, the dozens of exhibitors and office holders, and the thousands of American participants, The American Pavilion accommodates the need for information, orientation, and recreation. For the duration of the Festival, The American Pavilion provides both a dynamic business environment and an opportunity to relax in comfortable surroundings.
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Producer Jon Kilik in Conversation on Foxcatcher, The Hunger Games and the 25th Anniversary of Do The Right Thing"
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The State of the Indie Film Industry
• Tom Bernard (Sony Pictures Classics)
• Bob Berney (Picturehouse)
• Ira Deutchman (Emerging Pictures)
• Rena Ronson (UTA)
• Bart Walker (ICM)
• Moderated by Anne Thompson
4:00pm-6:00pm- Spreading Wings Happy Hour
10:00pm-2:00am- Queer Night sponsored by Queerty
Featuring International DJ Q Boy Music
Industry in Focus: Film Finance
• Jay Cohen (Gersh)
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• Hal Sadoff
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• Moderated by: Pam McClintock (The Hollywood Reporter)
By Maria Esteves – May 18, 2014
The Eighth Annual 2014 New York Dance Parade and Festival with Grand Marshals Tony Award winning tap dancer and choreographer Savion Glover, artistic director Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women, Queen of House Music Barbara Tucker and DJ Hex Hector commenced Saturday, May 17, 1:00pm - 7:00pm down on Broadway and Tompkins Square Park. Presented by executive director Greg Miller, Dance Parade, Inc,, this year’s theme Be The Momentum, a celebration of the love of dance showcased over 150 international dance groups from ancient to modern dance styles.
2014 New York Dance Parade: EDM DJ Breeazy spinning on the
Electric Daisy Carnival Float, Saturday, May 17, 2014.
2014 New York Dance Parade: Grand Marshal DJ Hex Hector spinning
on his float, Saturday, May 17, 2014.
2014 New York Dance Parade: Grand Marshal Barbara Tucker, Queen
of House Music with her float, Saturday, May 17, 2014.
2014 New York Dance Parade: World renowned dance music DJ and
filmmaker Nicky Siano, LOVE IS THE MESSAGE, left, with Loft Kid Luis
on the House Coalition Float, Saturday, May 17, 2014.
2014 New York Dance Parade: Grand Marshal DJ Hex
Hector Float pays tribute to legendary DJ Frankie
2014 New York Dance Parade: DJ David DePino on the Grand Marshal
DJ Hex Hector Float, Saturday, May 17, 2014.
2014 New York Dance Parade: World renowned dance music DJ and filmmaker Nicky Siano, LOVE IS THE MESSAGE, right, and THE GALLERY former member Gregory (Flame), Saturday, May 17, 2014.
2014 New York Dance Parade: Ukranian Dance Academy and Ensemble,
Saturday, May 17, 2014.
2014 New York Dance Parade: Lei Pasifika Lotus Music and Dance,
Tahiti, Saturday, May 17, 2014.
2014 New York Dance Parade: PachaMama Dance Ensemble,
Saturday, May 17, 2014.
2014 New York Dance Parade: MIYABI Wind, Japan, Saturday,
May 17, 2014.
2014 New York Dance Parade: Grand Marshal DJ Hex Hector, left, with world renowned dance music DJ and filmmaker Nicky Siano, LOVE IS THE MESSAGE, Saturday, May 17, 2014.
This year, Filmfest Hamburg will take the festival on a journey to visit its neighbours. The project's name: "Stadt, Land, Filmfest" ("Town, Country, Filmfest").
For the first time ever, selected movie theatres in the German states of Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern will receive a visit from the Filmfest during the festival dates of 25 September to 4 October 2014. Each theatre visit will feature a specially selected film from the current programme.
“In this, the 22nd year of Filmfest Hamburg, we would like to present our festival in five towns within the Hamburg Metropolitan Region – with everything that goes along with that: The red carpet, exciting films and interesting discussions with directors or actors. Because, after all, this privilege should not just be reserved for those who live in big cities. This year we are looking forward to new audiences, committed theatre exhibitors and a fresh country breeze,” Albert Wiederspiel says about the new project.
"Stadt, Land, Filmfest" is sponsored by Hamburg Marketing GmbH, who wish to broaden the festival’s reach.
“Some of the things which all areas of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region have in common are a love of culture and the big screen. The festival really brings the world of cinema to life and blurs the divisions between urban and rural areas,” says the company’s Managing Director Thorsten Kausch.
The plan is to show five different European films with German subtitles. The locations and programme are not yet confirmed, but will be made public in due time before the festival begins.
Held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFC.
The annual Human Rights Film Festival goes where so many fear to tread by devoting attention to people and issues that are so often ignored and neglected. Travel to distant countries, and observe how different cultures and societies are run.
“Evaporating Borders: A Story in 5 Parts” directed by Iva Radivojevic, is a 73 minute film about migrants who travel from Syria to the island off the coast of Syria and Lebanon, Cyprus.
Sharing the viewpoints from many perspectives; the migrant, the case worker, the locals, and the government, the film’s impact is extremely powerful.
June 15, 2014 at 7pm at IFC, and on
June 17, 2014 at 9:15pm at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Screening followed by discussion with filmmaker Iva Radivojevic
Presented with: Independent Filmmaker Project, http://www.ifp.org
Part 1: An Island in the Sun
The viewer is reminded how migrants risk their lives on a daily basis, traveling by boat from countries in turmoil with the hopes of settling in an EU country. For example, many travel from Tunisia to Croatia and Italy, or journey from Syria to Cyprus, because it is considered one of the easiest ports of entry. All too often, the outcome is unsuccessful.
Cyprus, a multicultural island with a Greek Cypriot majority and a Turkish Cypriot minority, consists of a population made up of 25% immigrants from Sri Lanka and the Phillipines, Russians, Christian Orthodox, Eastern Europeans who fled the Balkan Wars, Romanian’s and Bulgarians, and Bangladeshi, Chinese, and African college students.
The Capital of Cyprus, Nicosia, is the only military divided city in Europe.
In 1974, Greek Cypriot nationalists attempted a coup d’etat, and Turkey invaded Cyprus, turning many Cypriots into refugees.
Part 2: The Visitors.
Many refugees make their way from Syria, Iran, Sudan, Afghanistan, Egypt, and Palestinians from Iraq, and register as asylum seekers at the immigration center in Cyprus. As can be imagined, they come searching for stability and a future for their children, because, in Syria, many of their families have been killed, have disappeared, or have been threatened.
5o year old Palestinian professor and Physics researcher, who was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and left Syria with his wife and son to escape the suffering, have traveled into Cyprus using fake Algerian passports. He shares his heart wrenching story of the discrimination he has faced.
Part 3: Fear’s Invention
Shares the side of the story from the case workers, and their conundrum of where the migrants are supposed to live and work in the small nation of only 800,000 people.
The migrants will often lie about their religious beliefs, and health status, in order to be eligible for benefit pay. Resentment builds by the locals who work for low wages, while they see that the refugees receive pay for doing no work.
The Anti-Fascist parties also share their negative feelings regarding the migrants, and believe the migrants bring problems to the country, such as, unemployment.
Part 4: Imagined Identity
The harsh reality. Tent cities, benefits being taken away, long hours, low wages, missing children, hunger strikes and suicide plagues the area.
Part 5: Evaporating Borders
Migrants starting to believe they are criminals who have overstayed their welcome. The EU’s assistance towards the Cyprus Government in order to cover the benefits for the Asylum seekers. The laws the asylum seekers are entitled to.
At the opening event on June 3rd, Les Rencontres Internationales present a screening and two outstanding performances: "DOT, a video game with no winner" by Henrique Roscoe (10PM, German Premiere), an audiovisual performance played with a videogame console, constructed and reprogrammed, manipulated through joysticks. The audience becomes player-actor; their interactions with the artist produce a multimedia concert in real time. The performance "Novaya Zemlya" by Thomas Köner (10.30PM, Berlin Premiere), named after an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean where once stood a centre of experimentation for nuclear trials under the soviet era, creates an audio-visual cartography of space and time, a hallucinating exploration of image and sound.
Other highlights of this year's program include the German Premiere of "Coming to Terms", the latest film by Jon Jost, pioneer and significant protagonist of the American independent cinema (June 7, 7PM), the German premiere of "Doctor Fabre will cure you", the latest film by Pierre Coulibeuf, with Jan Fabre (June 6, 9PM), as well as, an exclusive screening by Les Rencontres Internationales in Berlin of "Beyond metabolism" by Stefanie Gaus and Volker Sattel: the film draws parallels between the architecture of the Kyoto Congress Hall, built in 1966, and the HKW (June 6, 7PM).
Furthermore, "Staging Silence (2)" by Hans Op de Beeck (German premiere, June 8, 6PM), the screening of "Coast Zone" directed by Merce Cunningham and Charles Atlas (June 4, 7PM). Additionally, "Requiem NN", a documentary by the artist Manuel Echavarria, premiered at the MoMA in New York last October, screened in Berlin as German Premiere (June 8, 1PM), and "Belle comme le jour", the latest film by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Tristan Bera (German premiere, June 7, 9PM). The film creates a dialogue with Buñuel's cinema, and writes the history of Séverine (played by Catherine Deneuve in 1967), before she had become ' Belle de jour '.
Among the 102 films and videos - mostly international premieres - are works by: Adel Abidin, Sandro Aguilar, Kasper Akhøj and Tamar Guimaraes, Michele Bressan, Broersen and Lukacs, Jasmina Cibic, Anouk de Clerq, Andreas Bolm, Stephen Connolly, Carles Congost, Peter Downsbrough, Zackary Drucker, Jeroen Eisinga, Pietro Fortuna, Niklas Goldbach, Pascal Grandmaison, Crispin Gurholt, Julieta Hanono, Daniel Kötter, Valérie Massadian, Bjørn Melhus, Ariane Michel, Yves Netzhammer, Jean-François Neplaz, Sasha Pirker, Noëlle Pujol, João Pedro Rodrigues, Paul Rowley, Larissa Sansour, Liina Siib, John Smith, Robert Todd, Su-Mei Tse, Sarah Vanagt, Barbara Visser, Myriam Yates among others