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- 06/04/14--12:14: A Week in Festivals. Newsletter 643 - Filmfestivals.com
- the “Courts des îles” Grand Prix,
- the “Courts des îles” Best Screenplay Prize,
- the “Courts des îles” Coup de coeur Prize.
- the “Courts des îles” First film Prize.
- the Courts des îles” Audience Award.
- made by a director born on an island*1,
- not exceeding 20 minutes, credits included,
- displaying the characteristics of a fiction or animation short film,
- shot in HD (1,920 x 1,080, minimum),
- respecting applicable legislation concerning authorship rights and intellectual property rights,
- the version delivered must be in French or in Englishr*2, or in either one with subtitles in the other.
- of at least 1 km²,
- inhabited by at least 50 permanent residents,
- not linked to a continent by a permanent natural structure,
- separated from a continent by a stretch of water at least 1 km in length.
- a summary of the film in French and in English,
- two photographs from the shoot, at a resolution of at least 3,000 x 2,000 pixels (.jpg, .tif),
- a photograph and a biography of the director in French and in English (.jpg, tif),
- a full list of the film’s crew (director, technicians, actors, producer, etc.),
- a list, if relevant, of pre-existing works used (music, archive footage, etc.),
a clip or a teaser, 3 minutes in length (maximum), matching the following criteria:
- accepted formats: .mp4 (h264) or .mov.,
- resolution: Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels),
- the version delivered must be in French or in English, or in either one with subtitles in the other,
- a film or a link to download the movie so that it can be viewed by the selection committee,
- a copy of the identity justifying the place of birth of the director,
- a copy of the initialed and signed settlement, with the words “read and approved”
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The 61st Sydney Film Festival presents over 180 films and welcomes over 100 filmmaker guests from 16 countries to walk the red carpet introduce their films and participate in talks, panels and Q&A sessions this 4-15 June.
For the most up-to-date information on guests and film please visit sff.org.au
Direct from its world-premiere screening at the Cannes Film Festival, SFF and Vivid Ideas are proud to present the Australian Premiere of the highly anticipated futuristic thriller The Rover and host director David Michôd, actors Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson and producer Liz Watts at the State Theatre on Saturday 7 June. The Rover screens as part of SFF’s Official Competition. Michôd, Pearce, Pattinson and Watts will also give a talk as part of Vivid Ideas at Town Hall on Sunday 8 June.
Actor Cate Blanchett will attend the Festival to introduce a special screening of DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 the second chapter of the epic trilogy in which Blanchett is the voice of the character Valka. The screening is held at 2pm on Public Holiday Monday, 9 June, at Event Cinemas George Street.
UK visual artists and film directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard introduce SFF’s Opening Night Film, the Australian Premiere of 20,000 Days on Earth, on Wednesday 4 June at the State Theatre. The film, a highly stylised imagination of a day in the life of musician and author Nick Cave is also in SFF’s Official Competition. Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard have worked together as artists since the mid-1990s. Performance and music play significant roles in their work, including a sound installation with Scott Walker at Sydney Opera House and their ongoing collaboration with Cave. 20,000 Days on Earth is their debut feature.
Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard will also join Academy Award® winning director Ross Kauffman for a special industry workshop day presented in partnership with Screen Australia called Think Big at the Festival, on Friday 6 June at the Festival Hub, Lower Town Hall.
New Zealand director Taika Waititi and actor Jonathan Brugh introduce the SFF Closing Night FilmWhat We Do in the Shadows on Sunday 15 June at the State Theatre. This vampire mockumentary is Waititi’s third feature film (after Eagle vs Shark and Boy, SFF 2010), and the first in collaboration with his longtime comedy mate Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords). Waititi became an international name in 2005 when his short film, Two Cars, One Night, was nominated for an Oscar.
Director Fred Schepisi takes part in the annual Ian McPherson Memorial Lecture on Monday 9 June at Event Cinemas George Street, following the Australian Premiere of his new feature Words and Pictures, starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche. ABC-TV’s David Stratton will bring his consummate interviewing skills to host a special discussion with Schepisi, one of the most respected directors in the international film and television industry. Schepisi’s first feature film, The Devil’s Playground (1976) won six AFI Awards. Two years later, the success of his second film, The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, took him to the USA, where he directed Barbarosa (1982), Iceman (1984), Plenty (1985) and Roxanne (1987). He returned to Australia to write and direct Evil Angels (1988), based on John Bryson’s book about the infamous Azaria Chamberlain case. His other films include The Russia House (1990), Six Degrees of Separation (1993) and The Eye of the Storm (2011).
Official Competition Guests
Black Coal, Thin Ice writer and director Diao Yinan (China) is a leading figure in China’s avant-garde theatre, and has also written numerous screenplays. He is attending SFF for his third feature film Black Coal, This Ice, which won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale 2014. He graduated with a degree in literature and screenwriting from the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing. His screenplays for other directors include: Spicy Love Soup, Shower, All the Way and Eternal Moment. As an actor, he starred in Yu Likwai’s independent feature All Tomorrow’s Parties, which premiered in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003. He wrote and directed his debut feature Uniform in 2003; the film went on to win the Dragons & Tigers Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival and was released in several countries. He wrote and directed his second feature, Night Train in 2007; it premiered in Un Certain Regard the same year, winning critical acclaim for its minimalist style and securing distribution throughout Europe.
Boyhood actor Ellar Coltrane (USA) and producer Cathleen Sutherland (USA) will attend the Australian premiere and take part in a Meet the Filmmakers talk at the Apple Store Sydney on Saturday 7 June. Coltrane was born and raised in Austin, Texas. Unconventionally schooled through most of his childhood, he was allowed to learn through experience and develop a deep interest in art of all kinds. He stumbled into acting at a young age, and after a few small roles in independent films and commercials, was cast in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, which was filmed over a 12-year period. Sutherland is also a native Austinite, and holds a BS in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas. Having been exposed to film production at an impressionable age – while visiting the set of her aunt’s production of The Whole Shootin’ Match, appearing as a fish-chomped kid camper in Piranha, and securing her first PA job at 16 on Mongrel– her roots are firmly planted in the early days of independent filmmaking in Texas.
Australian Director Kasimir Burgess will attend the World Premiere of his first feature, Fell, and take part in a Meet the Filmmakers talk at the Apple Store with actor Matt Nable on Saturday 14 June. Burgess studied at the Victorian College of the Arts. His award-winning shorts include Lily, winner of the Crystal Bear at the 2011 Berlinale. Also attending are Fell producers John Maynard and Mary Minas and writer Natasha Pincus.
Fish & Cat director Shahram Mokri (Iran) will introduce the Australian premiere of his film at the State Theatre on Thursday 12 June. Born in 1978 in Marand, Iran, Mokri is a graduate of cinema from Tehran’s Soureh College. He has been making short films since 2000 and he has also edited eight TV dramas, two TV series and more than 20 short and documentary films. His short films brought him national and international recognition and Ashkan, The Charmed Ring and Other Stories, his debut feature film, had its international premiere at Busan in 2009. His second feature, Fish & Cat, premiered at Venice in 2013.
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter director David Zellner (USA) is an Austin-based filmmaker who has directed, written and produced a number of award-winning shorts and two feature films, Goliath and Kid-THING, which have screened at international festivals including Sundance and the Berlinale. David will introduce the Australian Premiere of Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter at the State Theatre on Monday 9 June.
Locke producer Guy Heeley (UK) worked as an assistant director on over 30 films before forming Shoebox Films with director Joe Wright and producer Paul Webster in 2011. His credits include the BBC series True Love, which was written and directed by Dominic Savage; and Hummingbird, written and directed by Steven Knight, which was released in the UK in 2013. Heeley’s credits as first assistant director include The Iron Lady, starring Meryl Streep; My Week With Marilyn, with Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh; Joe Wright’s Pride And Prejudice, and Wright’s Hanna (SFF 2011), with Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana. In addition, Heeley’s credits include Brighton Rock, Cemetery Junction, It’s a Wonderful Afterlife, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Sleuth, Miss Potter, Love + Hate, Bend It Like Beckham, The Warrior and Hilary and Jackie.
Ruin co-directors Amiel Courtin-Wilson and Michael Cody will introduce their Australian Premiere screening on Tuesday 10 June at the State Theatre. Amiel Courtin-Wilson (SFF 2012 Official Competition jury member) is an Australian writer, director and producer. At 19 his feature-length film debut Chasing Buddha (2000) won best Australian documentary at SFF. His narrative-feature debut Hail (SFF 2011) premiered at Venice and won international attention. Michael Cody is a graduate of UTS. He produced Hail (SFF 2011). Ruin is his feature debut as director. Also attending this screening are Cambodian cast members Malen Sang and Mony Ros. Mony Ros featured in the Australian feature Wish You Were Here, which premiered on opening night at Sundance in 2011. He has also recently received accolades as a drummer and dancer in theatre productions across the country. Sang Malen is an actress, circus performer, acrobat, gymnast, and choreographer. Malen’s circus performing has taken her around Southeast Asia including international tours to Laos in 2012.
Official Competition Jury President and Full Jury:
The 2014 Jury PresidentRachel Perkins (Australia) is also the director of Black Panther Woman, competing for SFF’s Documentary Australia Foundation Award. Rachel’s filmmaking work spans documentary, TV drama series, telemovies and feature films. She recently directed the multiple-award-winning series Redfern Now as well as the telemovie Mabo which premiered at SFF 2012. Her feature-directorial work includes the musical hit Bran Nue Dae, One Night the Moon and Radiance (SFF 1998), which screened at Berlin, Sundance and many other international festivals. In 2009 she completed the landmark documentary series First Australians. Other documentary work includes the series Blood Brothers and From Spirit to Spirit. She is currently engaged in the development of multiple TV drama and factual projects through her production company Blackfella Films, one of Australia’s leading content creators, which she co-founded in 1992. Rachel lives between Sydney and Alice Springs, the traditional lands of her people, the Arrernte Nation.
Perkins is the seventh Jury President of the Official Competition, following Australian actor Hugo Weaving (2013), Australian filmmaker Rachel Ward (2012), Chinese filmmaker Chen Kaige (2011), Australian producer Jan Chapman (2010) and Australian filmmakers Rolf de Heer (2009) and Gillian Armstrong (2008).
Rachael Blake (Australia) is currently in production on Alex Proyas’ Gods of Egypt alongside Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Gerard Butler. Blake has recently completed production on the independent feature film Melody and will next be seen in Stephen Lance’s upcoming feature, My Mistress. Her other feature credits include Paws, Alkinos Tsilimidos’ Tom White, Ray Lawrence’s Lantana, Derailed with Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston, Kenneth Glenaan’s Summer, Daniel Young’s Pinprick, Cherry Tree Lane, Gaylene Preston’s Perfect Strangers, and, most recently, Julia Leigh’s Sleeping Beauty (SFF 2011). She has appeared in some of Australia’s most popular television series including Wildside, Water Rats, Home and Away, Heartbreak High, The Straits and Grass Roots. Her other television credits include Pacific Drive, Nowhere to Land, The Three Stooges, Auf Wiedersehen, Clapham Junction, Suburban Shootout, Inspector Lewis, False Witness, The Prisoner, Network Ten’s telemovie Hawke, and the ABC/HBO co-production Serangoon Road. Rachael was awarded the Centenary Medal for her services to the Australian Film Industry. She has also received numerous awards and nominations for her film and television work.
Oh Jung-wan (South Korea) is the chief producer and founder of BOM Film Productions, known for its producer-based production system and creative marketing strategies. Oh has focused on producing accomplished feature films with a unique style that challenges the conventional ideas of cinema. Her filmography includes the award-winning box office successes My Dear Enemy, Come Rain, Come Shine, A Tale of Two Sisters, A Bittersweet Life, Untold Scandal, Foul King and many more.
Shelly Kraicer (Canada) is the guest programmer of the SFF 2014 China: Rebels, Ghosts and Romantics program strand. A Beijing-based writer, critic and film curator, he has written for magazines and journals including Cinema Scope, Positions, Cineaste, Village Voice and Screen International. Since 2007, Kraicer has been a programmer at the Vancouver International Film Festival and has worked as a consultant for the Venice, Udine, Dubai, and Rotterdam film festivals. Shelly has written numerous articles on Chinese cinema, including a two-part review on 100 years of Chinese cinema for the Village Voice, and interviews with Johnnie To, Wai Kai-fai, Tsai Ming-liang and Edward Yang.
Khalo Matabane (South Africa) is the multi-award-winning director of numerous feature-length documentaries, drama series, campaigns and commercials. His feature film Nelson Mandela: The Myth & Me (SFF 2014) won the 2013 Special Jury Prize at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam. He completed his first dramatic feature film, State of Violence, in 2010, and his work has been screened in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Matabane has a passion for narrative storytelling, working with scripts that challenge the society we live in and creating challenging roles for his actors. With his latest film, Matabane sees his quest to make sense of current South African and global politics with the opinions of people who have known Mandela, or whose perspectives and destinies have in some way been shaped by him.
Altman on Altman retrospective:
Michael Altman (USA) is the eldest son of director Robert Altman. At age 14 he wrote the lyrics for ‘Suicide Is Painless,’ the theme song for M*A*S*H. He has spent most of his career working in feature film. He founded several technical and service companies relating to motion-picture production. In the last 10 years Michael has focused on producing, writing and directing, including the Hollywood stage production of EXIT 10, several soundtrack albums and the multi-award-winning documentary film American Songwriter. He currently has a number of projects in development and is looking to expand his directing career.
Program curator Richard Moore (Australia) is a former Executive Producer of TV Arts at ABC TV, and ex-director of the Brisbane and Melbourne International Film Festivals. Richard is still active as a programmer and producer, including programming a film series called ART MATTERS for the Melbourne International Arts Festival, which last year featured a special tribute to John Landis. He also works as head of theatrical distribution for Umbrella Entertainment.
James Benning: An Outsider Visionary retrospective:
James Benning (USA) is an avant-garde filmmaker hugely important to a discerning group of curators, critics, academics, and fellow artists from all over the world who continually support him and engage in dialogues about his work. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, during World War II, Benning played baseball for the first 20 years of his life, receiving a degree in mathematics while on a baseball scholarship. At the age of 33 he received an MFA from the University of Wisconsin. For the next four years he taught filmmaking at Northwestern University, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Oklahoma and the University of California, San Diego. In 1980 he moved to New York, making films with the aid of grant and German television money. After eight years in New York he moved to Val Verde, California, where he currently resides, teaching film and video at California Institute of the Arts.
Program curator Gabe Klinger (USA) is a film-studies professor, critic, archivist, curator and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in Sight & Sound, Film Comment, Cinema Scope, and many other publications. Klinger has taught film studies at University of Illinois and Columbia College in Chicago, and has worked in the motion-picture departments at George Eastman House, MoMA New York, and the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University. His book on Joe Dante, co-edited by Nil Baskar, will be published by the Austrian Filmmuseum and Slovenian Cinematheque in fall 2013. Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater (SFF 2014) is his first feature film.
Keep on Keepin’ On director Alan Hicks (USA) is the winner of Best New Documentary Director and the Audience Award for Best Documentary at Tribeca. A first-time director/drummer/surfer from Australia, Hicks convinced his surfing mate and cinematographer, Adam Hart, to travel to the USA to follow and film 89-year-old jazz legend, Clark Terry (Quincy Jones’ first teacher) over four years – to document an unlikely mentorship between Terry and a driven, blind piano prodigy, Justin Kauflin.
Dior & I director Frederic Tcheng (France) also co‐produced, co‐edited and shot Valentino: The Last Emperor, the 2009 hit documentary shortlisted for an Oscar. He is the co‐director of Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel. His collaborations include such varied personalities as the poet Sarah Riggs and the fashion photographer Mikael Jansson. He works as an editor on commercials for brands such as H&M, Jimmy Choo and Ferragamo.
Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater director Gabe Klinger (USA) (see James Benning retrospective notes above for bio)
E-Team co-director Ross Kauffman (USA) is the director, producer, cinematographer and co-editor of Born Into Brothels, which won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Born Into Brothels was shown in over 50 film festivals worldwide, and has since received a multitude of awards. Ross filmed a number of the E-Team missions in Syria and Libya and travelled with them to Moscow, Paris, Berlin, Geneva and beyond. E-Team subject Dr. Anna Neistat is a specialist in humanitarian crises and works to investigate and expose human-rights violations in crisis situations on a rapid-response basis. She has experience working in Haiti, Zimbabwe, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Armenia, Belarus, Israel, the Philippines and Kenya. Previously, as director of Human Rights Watch's Moscow office, Neistat worked on the conflict in Chechnya and other human rights problems in the former Soviet Union. Neistat also holds an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School, a J.D. and Ph.D. in law, and an M.S. in history and philology.
Ross Kauffman will also join UK visual artists and filmmakers Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard for a special industry workshop day presented in partnership with Screen Australia called Think Big at the Festival, on Friday 6 June at the Festival Hub, Lower Town Hall.
Nelson Mandela: The Myth & Me director Khalo Matabane (South Africa) will also attend the festival as an Official Competition jury member (see details above).
Particle Fever director Mark Levinson (USA), earned a doctoral degree in particle physics from the University of California at Berkeley before embarking on his film career. In the film world, he became a specialist in the postproduction writing and recording of dialogue known as ADR. He has worked closely with such directors as Anthony Minghella, Francis Ford Coppola, Tom Tykwer, Milos Forman and David Fincher. He is the writer/producer/director of the narrative feature film Prisoner of Time, which examined the lives of former Russian dissident artists after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and premiered at the Moscow International Film Festival.
Pulp: A Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets screenwriter Peter O’Donoghue (New Zealand) is an award-winning editor, director and writer from New Zealand based in Sydney. In 2013 Peter directed his first documentary, Happy Every Day: Park Life in China, an upbeat reflection on self-censorship in Beijing and Shanghai. Peter’s main collaborations are with New Zealand director Florian Habicht: their 2011 co-written feature film Love Story (shot in New York) won Best Film, Best Director (Florian) and Best Editor (Peter) at the 2011 New Zealand Film Awards. Their new collaboration – Pulp: A Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets is a UK production showcasing the iconic Britpop band Pulp and their enigmatic front man Jarvis Cocker. Peter was again co-writer and editor. The film had its world premiere at SXSW 2014 in Austin, Texas, and will have theatrical releases in the UK, the USA and Australia in 2014.
Watchers of the Sky director Edet Belzberg (USA), is known for elegant, in-depth, and powerful storytelling. Her debut feature Children Underground was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Sundance Film Festival’s Jury Prize, the International Documentary Association’s Documentary Award, and the Gotham Awards Documentary Achievement Prize, among many others. Her film The Recruiter had its premiere at Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO. It was awarded a DuPont-Columbia University Award for Journalism. Watchers of the Sky, her most recent film, had its world premiere at Sundance, where it won the Special Jury Prize for the use of Animation and the US Documentary Editing Award. The MacArthur Foundation, in selecting Belzberg as a Fellow, praised her for her “graceful and insightful” films.
Appropriate Behaviour director Desiree Akhaven is an Iranian-American filmmaker and the co-creator and star of the award-winning web series The Slope, a comedy that follows a pair of superficial homophobic lesbians in love. She was recently featured as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Film and is currently in production on an animated series for former MTV CEO Judy McGrath’s new site, Astronauts Wanted, called The Origin of Shame. Her first feature, Appropriate Behaviour premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2014.
The Two Faces of January director Hossein Amini (Iran) was nominated for a BAFTA and an Oscar in 1998 for his adaptation of Henry James’ classic novel Wings of a Dove, which starred Helena Bonham Carter, Linus Roach and Alison Elliott. Amini also wrote the screenplay for the 1996 release Jude, starring Kate Winslet and Christopher Eccleston, which won the Edinburgh Film Festival prize for Best British Film. Other credits include the 2002 release The Four Feathers, with Heath Ledger, and Killshot (2008). In 2011, Amini wrote the screenplay for the international hit Drive, starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan. Drive screened in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival and was also nominated for Best Film at the 2012 BAFTAs. Most recently, Amini co-wrote Universal Pictures’ Snow White and the Huntsman. His directorial debut is an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s The Two Faces of January, starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac.
Casa Grande director Fellipe Barbosa (Brazil) was born in Rio de Janeiro and completed his MFA in film at Columbia University. Two of his shorts – La muerte es pequeña and Salt Kiss– screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Salt Kiss was also an official selection of the New York Film Festival and won numerous awards at festivals including Aspen, Austin, Guadalajara and the Rio de Janeiro Short Film Festival. In 2007, Fellipe was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. His screenplay Casa Grande went to the 2008 Sundance Screenwriter’s and Director’s Lab, won the Annenberg Grant and was a finalist of the Sundance/NHK Award. His feature documentary Laura won Best Documentary at the 2011 Hamptons Film Festival, where it premiered, and then played at Hot Docs, Visions du Réel and Bafici among others.
Gabrielle actor Alexandre Landry (Canada) graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada in 2009. He participated in the theatrical production Les aventures de Lagardère, directed by Frédéric Bélanger for the Théâtre de la Roulotte (2009-2011). At the same time, Alexandre was in the cast of Chambres (2009), directed by Eric Jean and presented at the Théâtre du Quat’Sous. In 2011, he appeared in the play Tom à la Ferme by Michel-Marc Bouchard, directed by Claude Poissant and presented at the Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui. That same year, he was in the play Médée produced by Caroline Binet at the Théâtre Denise-Pelletier. From 2010 to 2012, he portrayed the role of Olivier Côté in the TV show Destinées. On the big screen, Alexandre appeared in Gabriel Pelletier’s La peur de l’eau (2011). In 2013, he will be part of the cast of Rodrigue Jean’s L’amour au temps de la guerre civile. In Louise Archambault’s Gabrielle he portrays Martin, Gabrielle’s boyfriend.
Calvary director John Michael McDonagh (Ireland) made his first foray into writing and directing with The Second Death, a short film released in 2000. Next McDonagh adapted Robert Drewe’s 1991 novel Our Sunshine into the screenplay for the 2003 film Ned Kelly, which was directed by Australian filmmaker Gregor Jordan. McDonagh gained considerable attention in 2011, with the theatrical release of his feature-film directorial debut The Guard (SFF 2011) starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle. The film received critical acclaim and went on to become the most financially successful independent Irish film of all time. His brother is the playwright and filmmaker Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). This screening will also be attended by Calvary co-producer Elizabeth Eves.
Faith Connections director Pan Nalin (India) is a self-taught filmmaker. He was born in a remote village in Gujarat and made several short films and documentaries before venturing into feature films. His first feature film, Samsara, was a huge commercial and critical success worldwide and won him over 30 awards. With box office collection of US $27million, Samsara remains the highest-grossing Indian independent film internationally. Nalin’s documentary Ayurveda: The Art of Being has also won many awards and was theatrically released worldwide. Nalin’s epic Valley of Flowers was filmed in the remote Himalayas and in Japan and was considered a major underground hit. Nalin has been hired to write Race, about the incredible story of Jesse Owens. Nalin is also scripting the Paris-set spy thriller Codename: Madeleine with Isabelle Sobelman (writer of Oscar winner La Vie en Rose) for Cite Films & Virginie Films France. He is also attached to direct forthcoming India-New Zealand set drama Beyond the Known World for The Reservoir Films NZ and Arsam International France.
The Little Death director Josh Lawson is a writer, director and actor. He has written and directed an original feature film, The Little Death, the short film, After the Credits, (Best Comedy at the LA Shorts Fest, Best Narrative Short (Comedy) at the Fargo Film Festival and Best Achievement in Screenplay at St Kilda Film Festival and the screenplay was nominated for an AWGIE award). Josh also wrote for the Jungleboys comedy series The Elegant Gentelman’s Guide to Knifefighting which aired on ABC1 in 2013. Other television credits include writing for TV Burp, Twenty Four Seven and My New Best Friend and he hosted the series Wipeout. His play Shakespearlialism won Naked Theatre Company’s Top Shorts playwriting competition, The 11’o’clock won best comedy script in Short and Sweet. Shakespearlialism was subsequently produced as a radio drama by ABC radio’s Airwaves program and enjoyed a return season at the Old Fitzroy alongside The 11’o’clock and a new short play, Work In Progress. These plays resulted in Josh being shortlisted for the Phillip Parsons Award at Belvoir.
Rock the Casbah director Laila Marrakchi (Morocco) studied cinematography at the University of Paris III. She directed the short films L’horizon perdu (2000), Deux cents dirhams (2002) and Momo mambo (2003). Her debut feature Marock (2005) screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
Siddharth director Richie Mehta (India) has recently completed two feature films: I’ll Follow You Down, a science-fiction drama starring Haley Joel Osment, Gillian Anderson, Rufus Sewell and Victor Garber, which premiered at the 2013 Busan International Film Festival; and Siddharth, a Hindi-language film starring Rajesh Tailang and Tannishtha Chatterjee, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2013. Both films will be theatrically released in 2014. Mehta’s first feature film, Amal starred Naseeruddin Shah, Roshan Seth, and Seema Biswas. Amal has won over 30 international awards, was nominated for six Genie awards, including Best Picture, Director, and Adapted Screenplay, and was named one of the top ten Canadian films of the decade by Playback Magazine. Amal’s remake rights were optioned by producer Oprah Winfrey and Harpo Films, the screenplay being written by Mehta as well. Trained as a painter and sculptor, Mehta was mentored by directors such as Wim Wenders, Shekhar Kapur and Brian DePalma. Mehta is also an on-screen judge for the Canadian version of the popular reality TV program Bollywood Star, airing in 2014.
Touch director Christopher Houghton originally trained as a fine-art photographer and is an award-winning graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. Christopher’s short comedy Versus, featuring award-winning actor Russell Dykstra, collected the Australian Screen Directors Association/AFTRS award for Best Director. The film premiered internationally in the Cinema des Antipodes Showcase at Cannes 2003, and with two other graduate films went on to screen at numerous film festivals around the world. In 2007 Christopher directed Swing, a 26-minute short financed by the South Australian Film Corporation and the Adelaide Film Festival (AFF). Premiering at AFF in 2007, the film won the Audience Award for Best Short Film. Swing also won Best Film at the St Kilda International Film Festival and was nominated for Best Short Film at the 2007 Australian Film Institute Awards. In 2010 Christopher secured investment through Screen Australia’s Signature Fund for Sons & Mothers, a feature-length observational documentary about a unique group of artists. Sons & Mothers premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival in 2013, and premieres internationally at the Lucerne International Film Festival (Switzerland) in October 2014.
What We Do In The Shadows director Taika Waititi (New Zealand) is an acclaimed artist, comedian, writer, actor and director. What We Do in the Shadows is his third feature film, and the first in collaboration with his long time comedy mate, Jemaine Clement. Taika became an international name in 2005 when his short film, TwoCars, One Night, was nominated for an Oscar. The concept was eventually expanded to a feature-length film, Boy, shot in 2009, which went on to break all box office records in New Zealand, becoming the highest grossing local film of all time. After Jemaine’s appearance in Waititi’s first feature, Eagle vs Shark, Taika became one of the writers and directors on the HBO TV hit, Flightof the Conchords, and has since directed for ABC, MTV, and other companies with three letters in their name. Comedian Jonathan Brugh, who plays Deacon in the film, has been performing his unique brand of comedy theatre for over 15 years. He began with the absurdist tragic-comic duo Sugar & Spice, who won critical acclaim throughout New Zealand and Australia; and won the Chapman Tripp Award for best Comic Performance in 1996 and the Billy T Award in 1998. Jonny has appeared in several local films, including How to Meet Girls from a Distance and Tangiwai. His television drama credits are extensive.
Australian Documentary Foundation Prize Guests:
SFF is pleased to include the following Australian documentary filmmaker guests:
35 Letters director Janine Hosking’s career highlights include producing and directing the feature documentary My Khmer Heart for HBO, which won several awards including best documentary at the Hollywood Film Festival and the Gracie Allen Award for Best Feature Documentary. Her critically acclaimed film about French academic Lisette Nigot, titled Mademoiselle and the Doctor (SFF 2004), premiered in competition at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and was televised worldwide. Her second film for HBO, Ganja Queen, went behind the scenes of the controversial Schapelle Corby case and was nominated for the Most Outstanding Documentary Logie in 2008. In 2012 SFF premiered I’m Not Dead Yet, Janine’s portrait of popular country-music legend Chad Morgan and his roadie wife Joanie.
Once My Mother director Sophia Turkiewicz was born in a refugee camp in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia. She arrived in Australia as a young child. Sophia grew up in Adelaide, where she completed an arts degree at Adelaide University. She became a teacher before being selected for the prestigious first intake of full-time students at the newly created Australian Film, Television & Radio School. Since graduating from AFTRS in 1978, Sophia has worked in the film and television industry as a drama director. Her credits include the feature film Silver City, which was released internationally in 1984 and won three AFI Awards, as well as Best Film at the 1984 Sydney Film Critics Awards. Her television work includes both adult and children’s drama (Something in the Air, Escape of the Artful Dodger, Mirror Mirror, A Country Practice) and telemovies (Time’s Raging, I’ve Come About the Suicide). She spent six years lecturing in the Directing Department at AFTRS before leaving to prepare for the making of Once My Mother, her first documentary.
All This Mayhem director Eddie Martin’s debut film Jisoe (2005) was praised by critics as “one of the best, most significant documentaries to be produced in Australia.” It continues to be sold around the world and has gained a cult following; it won the Audience Award at the St Kilda Film Festival and was selected to screen at several international festivals. Lionel (2008), a documentary about the legendary Indigenous world-champion boxer Lionel Rose, was nominated for a FCCA award and two AFI awards, including Best Documentary Feature. Lionel was commissioned by SBS Television and premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival, where Eddie was also invited to participate in the prestigious Accelerator program for emerging filmmakers. All This Mayhem (2013) is produced by George Pank and James Gay-Rees (Senna, Exit Through the Gift Shop) and edited by Chris King (Senna, Exit Through the Gift Shop). The documentary was produced with the backing of Vice Films, Screen Australia, Screen Queensland and the Adelaide Film Festival where it recently premiered.
Black Panther Woman director and producer Rachel Perkins is also the SFF Official Competition Jury President (details above). The film’s subject, Marlene Cummins, was born in the southwest town of Cunnamulla; the traditional people on her fathers’ side are Guguyelandji, and on her mother’s side Woppaburra. By the time she met the leader of the Black Panther Party, Marlene, still a teenager already bore the scars of discrimination and institutionalised racism. Drawn to the party’s potent mix of militant, sexy black power, Marlene became a member of the first and only Australian Black Panther Party. Marlene is Australia’s foremost Indigenous female blues writer and performer.
She refined her skills as a blues saxophonist and songwriter at the Berklee College of Music in Boston in the mid-1990s. She continues to busk a few times a week as she finds this helps her to maintain and develop her feel as a musician. In addition to her musical talent, Marlene has been a regular broadcaster on Koori Radio for years with her renowned blues show, Marloo’s Blues, She won Broadcaster of the Year at the Deadly Awards in 2009. Now Marlene is preparing to release her first full-length album, Koori Woman Blues, to coincide with the premiere of Black Panther Women.
China’s 3Dreams director and producer Nick Torrens has commissioned documentary programming for the SBS Television Network and conducted film-development programs for various institutions and agencies. Torrens has designed and directed courses for the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), taught documentary history and practice, chaired international forums, prepared industry submissions and reviews, acted as mentor for emerging filmmakers and worked to enhance the profile and sense of community among documentary practitioners. In 2005 he directed Headlands, Australia’s first Documentary Ideas Development program. He conducts master classes and seminars in documentary technique, including presentations at the AIDC, the Victorian College of the Arts, AFTRS, the Australia‐China Business Council and the Australian Graduate School of Management. His award-winning films include The Men Who Would Conquer China, To Get Rich Is Glorious, Running From the Ghost, Vis à Vis: Techno Tribal and Liberal Rule: The Politics That Changed Australia.
The Last Impresario director Gracie Otto, from the Australian Otto acting family, graduated from Sydney Film School in 2006 and works as a director, editor and actress. Her debut feature The Last Impresario recently premiered at the London BFI Film Festival. Previously her five short films screened internationally. She was the lead actress in Three Blind Mice, LBF and Poor Little Rich Girls.
Love Marriage in Kabul director Amin Palangi is an Iranian-born Australian filmmaker who has been making documentaries and fictional films in Australia, Afghanistan and Iran. He spends his days dramatising the human experience, teaching at a number of film schools and running the Persian International Film Festival in Australia. Amin is in the final stages of his PhD (ANU). He holds a Masters from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), and a BA with Honours from the Australian National University.
The Redfern Story director Darlene Johnson started her career as a writer and director with the short film Two Bob Mermaid in 1996, a story inspired by her mother’s experiences of growing up under the assimilation period of the 1950s. It deals with the effects of racism on a fair-skinned Aboriginal teenager, and struck a chord nationally and internationally. Darlene has continued exploring themes of race, identity and perception in both documentary and fiction. Her films include Stolen Generations, which was nominated for an International Emmy Award; Stranger in My Skin; The Making of Phillip Noyce’s Rabbit-Proof Fence; the supernatural drama Crocodile Dreaming, which featured the first-time pairing of legendary Aboriginal actors David Gulpilil and Tom E. Lewis; and her poetic and moving portrait, River of No Return, about the complexities of living in a remote Indigenous community. River was chosen as the opening film at the Imaginative Film Festival in 2008. Darlene has recently been producing documentaries for the Message Stick series at ABC TV. She is currently writing two feature films. Her first, Obelia, will be executive-produced by Phillip Noyce.
Tender director Lynette Wallworth is an Australian artist whose immersive video installations reflect on the connections between people and the natural world. Her work uses photography, film and interactive technologies – like touch-based interfaces – to engage viewers and allow them to experience her works intuitively. Often working in series or meditations on one theme, her measured pace suggests that patient observation might lead to richer understanding between ourselves and the natural environment. Always experimenting with the newest technologies, her ability to build a sense of community and compassion with these tools is startling. Beauty, revelation and wonder are celebrated in these works. Wallworth’s work has been exhibited at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Sundance Film Festival, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne, Auckland Triennial, England’s Brighton Festival and the Vienna Festival among many others. In April 2009, Wallworth’s largest solo show in Australia opened at the Samstag Museum of Art as part of the Adelaide Film Festival. Wallworth has been awarded an International Fellowship from the Arts Council of England, a New Media Arts Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts, and was the inaugural recipient of AFTRS Creative Fellowship in 2010.
Ukraine Is Not A Brothel director and producer Kitty Green is a graduate of the Victoria College of the Arts School of Film and TV. After graduating, Kitty worked for ABC’s Art Nation, producing documentary content for national broadcast. Kitty spent a year in her mother’s native Ukraine shooting with the topless feminist movement FEMEMN. Her abduction by the KGB made headlines across the globe. Her feature documentary, Ukraine Is Not a Brothel, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September 2013, was nominated for the Grierson Trust award at the London BFI Film Festival, and screened at IDFA as part of the Best of the Fests program.
Devil’s Playground co-director Rachel Ward adapted and directed her first feature film Beautiful Kate (SFF Closing Night Film 2009) starring Ben Mendelsohn, Rachel Griffiths and Bryan Brown. The film also won an IF Award for Cinematography and was nominated for 10 AFI (Australian Film Industry) Awards including Best Direction. Rachel’s television directing credits include Heart Attack (2005), an episode of the Twisted Tales series starring Greta Saatchi for Channel 9, episodes of Rake (2010), My Place (2010) and The Straits (2011-12) and the telemovie An Accidental Soldier (2013), all for ABC-TV. In her former life as an actress, Rachel Ward was the recipient of several International drama awards and nominations including two Golden Globe nods. She’s starred in a number of International films throughout the last 20 years and is most well known for her portrayal of Meggie Cleary in The Thorn Birds.
Devil’s Playground co-director Tony Krawitz is currently in pre-production on the Gothic thriller The Kettering Incident, to be screened on Foxtel. He directed the feature film Dead Europe based on the award winning book by Christos Tsiolkas. The film premiered in Official Competition at SFF 2012 and screened at many international festivals including Toronto, London, Melbourne, Thessaloniki and Istanbul. The film was nominated for Best Film at the Film Critics Circle Awards and received five AACTA nominations. Tony wrote and directed Jewboy, which premiered in Un Certain Regard at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and which went on to screen at many festivals including Sundance. The film won three AFI Awards and the AWGIE Award for Best Original Telemovie as well as the Film Critics Circle Award for Best Australian Short Film. It was released theatrically by Dendy Films. For television, Tony has directed episodes of the TV series The Surgeon for Southern Star/Channel Ten and City Homicide and All Saints for Channel Seven. In 2007 he was awarded the Best Director award by the Australian Director’s Guild for an episode of All Saints.
Dendy Short Film Award Guests:
Crochet Noir director Jessica Harris and producer Heamin Kwun; Grey Bull director and screenwriter Eddy Bell and producer Khoby Rowe; The iMom director Ariel Martin; I Want to Dance Better at Parties directors Matthew Bate and Gideon Obarzanek and producer Rebecca Summerton; Man director Richard Hughes and writer and producer Dave Christison; Showboy director Samuel Leighton-Dore and producer Diana Burnett; Stuffed director Warwick Young and producer Rachel Argall; The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray, Aged 33 & ¾ director and screenwriter Steve Baker; and Welcome to Iron Knob director Dave Wade and co-producer Maxx Corkindale
The 61st Sydney Film Festival runs 4-15 June and brings a packed program of screenings and special events to even more venues across Sydney. For tickets and full up-to-date program information visit sff.org.au
On 4 June, the opening ceremony of the 10th International Film Festival Kino Otok - Isola Cinema is launching a 5-day festival schedule of screenings, Q&A sessions, film industry panels, filmmaking and creative workshops, art exhibitions and much more. Set on the Slovenian coast, with screenings taking place outdoors under the stars in the old town of Izola, Kino Otok promotes genuine interaction between filmmakers and audiences, making the event an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.
The festival will open with France/Chad coproduction Grigris in the presence of award-winning director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. The subtly stylized but realistic testament to all those who defy the harsh reality with invincible will and a smile on their face won the Vulcan Award in Cannes last year. Haroun remains one of the rare messengers to be able to speak of contemporary Africa - or, contemporary Chad - with compassion and sensitivity for human dignity.
Four Faces of India to mark 100 years of Indian cinema
Another award-winning author, Shaji N. Karun, returns to Izola after his appearance at the festival's first edition in 2004. In The Voiding Soul, his rich tapestry of sound, dance, love, passion, jealousy and conservative ignorance invokes a story of an individual and of the society, of an inspiring and destructive devotion to art and of a tight bond between two hearts.
After opening the 1st edition of Kino Otok in 2004, Indian film has become its constant companion. This year, the tradition continues on an even greater scale with four different faces of India, including the legendary The Vagabond (Awara, 1951) by Raj Kapoor, one of the most successful films of all times.
The programme of 10th Kino Otok is to browse various coordinates of space and time, focusing on new Galician cinema, the emerging young generation of artists from South-Eastern Europe, and on some of the biggest legends in the business. In addition to Mahamat-Saleh Haroun and Shaji N. Karun, the guests arriving to Izola include Eloy Enciso Cachafeiro with Arraianos, Ernesto de Nova with Hassan’s Way, Gabe Klinger with Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater, Vicky McClure and Jonny Owen with Svengali, Siegfried A. Fruhauf with a programme of short films, Stefan Ivančić with Springtime Suns and Moonless Summer, and many more.
LOS CABOS FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCEMENTS THROUGH CANNES
Strategic Alliance between Los Cabos Film Fest, Tribeca Film Institute®, Halifax’s Strategic Partners and Moscow Fest
Los Cabos International Film Festival signed a strategic alliance with Tribeca Film Institute ® , Halifax’s Strategic Partners and Moscow Fest.
On the 3rd edition of Los Cabos Film Festival, the first coproduction forum Mexico-USA-Canada will take place, 12 projects (4 for each Country) will be selected to participate. Los Cabos Film Fest will select a project from the filmmaker/industry meetings that Tribeca Film Institute holds for its grantees each year during the Tribeca Film Institute ®and a Canadian project of Halifax Atlantic Festival’s.
The project of TFI must fulfill the next conditions: be a U.S. production, a fiction film and be in development stage.
A Russian project in development will have access to the Forum, it needs to have a coproduction with North America as part of Moscow Fest Moscow Business Square.
Three Mexican projects in development awarded in Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund, will be invited to participate at Tribeca, Moscow and Halifax, one for each event.
The announcement of the project selected will be made during Los Cabos Film Fest dates, Nov. 11-16, 2014.
“Inzomnia” from Mexican animation pioneer Luis Téllez, will be traveling to Moscow Business Square, which participated in Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund 2013 open call. A stop-motion animated feature, that mixes a future world and a mythological past.
With these three-part partnerships Los Cabos Film Festival approaches in its goal of reducing distances between producers and filmmakers from Mexico, U.S. and Canada, between each other and with the rest of the world.
Jorge Michel Grau, Emma Films, Filmoption and Alonso Aguilar-Castillo, Los Cabos Film Fest Director.
Industry Deals Announcements
Jorge Michel Grau and Mayra Espinosa Castro form Velarium Arts and Andrew Corkin from Uncorked Productions, will produce Grau’s next film “Yamaha 300”, pact developed in Los Cabos Film Fest.
In addition, Velarium Arts, EMAfilms and Filmoption International are teaming up to co-produce “Multiplier” of Rodrigo Hernández, Mayra Espinosa Castro & Jorge Michel Grau (Velarium Arts), Anne-Marie Gélinas and Benoit Beaulieu (EMAfilms) and Andrew Noble (Filmoption International) signed the deal in Cannes for Hernandez’s sci-fi.
The film is currently in development with an aim for principal photography to start in Mexico in 2015. Post-production, including the visual effects, will take place in Montreal.
At Los Cabos International Film Festival, Velarium Arts did the first pitching to Anne Marie and Andrew Noble for “Multiplier”.
"Los Cabos Film Fest is the place were we first did a pitch to Anne Marie and Andrew Noble about "Multiplier" at the meeting point were all the industry gets together, so this is how everything started so good. Also, by the beach, Andrew Corkin listened our "Yamaha 300" project and he loved it, our plan is to keep things moving and keep closing deals in order to shoot these two projects in 2015" mentioned Mayra Castro (Velarium Arts) to Los Cabos Film Fest.
Also, Machete Films is co-producing “X Quinientos” from Juan Andres Arango (“La Playa”), that is also produced by Montreal-based Peripheria Productions and Septima Films in Colombia. Peripheria’s Yanick Letourneau and Machete’s Edher Campos first met at Los Cabos where they start talking about the project.
For more information: www.cabosfilmfestival.com
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Mexico, Canada and USA showcase their best films to the world.
About Tribeca Film Institute ® (http://www.tribecafilminstitute.org)
Tribeca Film Institute champions storytellers to be catalysts for change in their communities and around the world. Through grants and professional development programs, TFI supports a diverse, exceptional group of ﬁlmmakers and media artists, providing them resources needed to fully realize their stories and connect with audiences. The Institute’s educational programming leverages an extensive film community network to help underserved New York City students learn filmmaking and gain the media skills necessary to be productive citizens and creative individuals in the 21st century. Featuring hands-on training and exposure to socially relevant ﬁlms, the Institute administers programs to more than 25,000 students annually. TFI was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in the wake of September 11, 2001 and is a 501(c)(3) year-round nonprofit arts organization.
By Alex Deleon, <film festivals.com>
INNSBRUCK in the Tyrolean Alps, a slice of Austria wedged in between southern Germany and northern Italy -- A stone's throw from the famous Brenner Pass where Hitler met Mussolini in the spring of 1940 -- is a city better known as a venue for the Winter Olympics than as the venue of a modest film festival. However, the Int'l Film Festival of Innsbruck established by Dr. HELMUT Groshut 23 years ago, dedicated largely to the counter cultures and lesser known alternative film cultures of countries from the four corners of the earth, has been a treasure trove of discoveries from Day One. Three films seen yesterday were two dazzling eye-openers from Pakistan and Kazakhstan, plus a major new work from the little known Malayalam language film industry in deepest south India by leading Kerala director and festival special guest Shaji n. Karun, 62.
The first film, "Good Morning Pakistan" opens an entire new page on the poorly understood and highly maligned nuclear bastion of islam, Pakistan, and introduces a fantastic new feminine screen presence, 23 year old Model turned actress AMNA ILYAS. We will no doubt be seeing more of her soon! Only 77 minute In length but so full of striking events and personalities that it seems twice as long. Director Sabiha Sumar Applies Occam's Razor with unerring sharpness to a story that could have run three hours~~this is a film which must be seen far more widely!
A dazzling discovery from a nation whose films are hardy ever seen outside of their home territory.
"The First Rains of Spring" is a 180 degree opposite leisurely study of the ordinary daily life of an isolated family of sheep herders out on the central Asian steppes with some odd twists and turns reminiscent of recent Mongolian masterpieces. In Kazakh and Russian, but directed primarily by a Japanese Kazakhophile, Shinju SANO. Utterly charming and unimposing but fully satisfying in every way. Another discovery.
Finally, "SWAPAANAM" is a Bollywood length study (120 mins. with intermission) of a little known percussion musical form (Chanda drumming) in the person of a gifted drummer so obsessed with his art that he goes mad, leaves his wife and becomes a kind of cross dresser with googles in a highly specialized musical milieu, ending up in a mental asylum conflagration. Definitely not for every taste but a large scale window on another way of life in Indiaand another way of film making. In subsequent days a bakers dozen of Indian films from all eras will be screened to commemorate the centennial celebration of Indian cinema starting with Satjajit Ray's Pater Panchali, 1955, with other landmark films by Guru Dutt, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen.
Fastening seat belt for what looks like it's going to be a for a hot ride through new silver screen territory here in the Tyrolean High Country.
The short film Berlin Beirut (directed by Lebanese filmmaker Myrna Maakaron) won the first ‘Berlin Today Award’ back in 2004, this year the connection between Berlinale and Beirut will be further strengthened through the inaugural edition of Talents Beirut. The programme will invite about 15 promising Arab cinematographers, editors and sound designers/score composers to take part in a four-day programme of master classes and workshops and will be held from September 18-21, 2014. Expanding in the Middle East and Northern Africa, Talents Beirut will be part of the international network of Talents initiatives aiming to support and connect emerging filmmakers worldwide, linking to the range of programmes and platforms the Berlin International Film Festival annually offers.
Emerging cinematographers, editors and sound designers/score composers from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, the Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen will be eligible to apply online at www.talents-beirut.com from April 8 until May 23, 2014.
Talents Beirut is an initiative of Metropolis Art Cinema in Beirut and the Goethe-Institut Lebanon in cooperation with Berlinale Talents and FIDMarseille.
“Strong films from the Arab world in the past years have proven to be essential in understanding this region of the world”, commented Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick. “Talents Beirut will focus on an often disregarded group of film professionals, who nevertheless define the image and sound of stories coming from the Middle East and Northern Africa. This project will intensify film relations with the Middle East and Northern Africa in the future”.
The director of Talents Beirut, Hania Mroué, said “The partnership with key partners like Berlinale Talents in Germany and FIDMarseille in France, and the ongoing support of the Goethe-Institut offers a unique opportunity to help develop a strong new generation in the Arab film industry.”
Programme details, experts, and selected participants will be announced in summer. For more information, go to:
Berlinale Talents is an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, a business division of the Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, in co-operation with MEDIA - Training programme of the European Union, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Canon
The 13th Sacramento French Film Festival will present 12 of the most acclaimed, awarded, and talked about recent Premieres (including many 2014 César winners), three Classics, two Late Night Movies; and plenty of Short Films. Our 2014 film selection is one of our strongest ever. It includes every genre: romance, adventure, drama, comedy, musical comedy, dark comedy (yes it is a comedy year!), thriller, horror, biography, history, fantasy … But what most of these diverse films have in common is the presence of extremely strong and magnificent women characters of all ages and situations!
NOT MY TYPE (PAS SON GENRE) by Lucas Belvaux – ROMANCE
TURNING TIDE (EN SOLITAIRE) by Christophe Offenstein – ADVENTURE, DRAMA
9-MONTH STRETCH (9 MOIS FERME) by Albert Dupontel – DARK COMEDY
AGE OF PANIC (LA BATAILLE DE SOLFERINO) by Justine Triet – DRAMATIC COMEDY
ATTILA MARCEL by Sylvain Chomet – QUIRKY, MUSICAL COMEDY
BRIGHT DAYS AHEAD (LES BEAUX JOURS) by Marion Vernoux – ROMANTIC COMEDY
CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915 by Bruno Dumont – BIOPIC, DRAMA
CHINESE PUZZLE (CASSE-TETE CHINOIS) by Cédric Klapisch – ROMANTIC COMEDY
ON MY WAY (ELLE S’EN VA) by Emmanuelle Bercot – ROAD MOVIE, DRAMA
SUZANNE by Katell Quillévéré – DRAMA
VENUS IN FUR (LA VENUS A LA FOURRURE) by Roman Polanski – DRAMA
YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL (JEUNE & JOLIE) by François Ozon – DRAMA
DONKEY SKIN (PEAU D’ANE) by Jacques Demy – MUSICAL FANTASY
QUEEN MARGOT (LA REINE MARGOT) by Patrice Chéreau – HISTORICAL DRAMA
THE MURDERER LIVES AT NUMBER 21 (L’ASSASIN HABITE AU 21) by Henri-Georges Clouzot – THRILLER, COMEDY
LATE NIGHT MOVIES
INSIDE (A L’INTERIEUR) by Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury – HORROR
STRANGERBY THE LAKE (L’INCONNU DU LAC) by Alain Guiraudie – EROTIC THRILLER
OPENING FILM– Friday, June 20 – 8:30pm
Lucas Belvaux’s romance NOT MY TYPE (PAS SON GENRE), which was just released in France this April, will open the 13th Sacramento French Film Festival.
Parisian philosophy professor Clément Le Guern (Loïc Corbery) is sent to teach in the northern town of Arras, and
it makes him feel like he’s been sentenced to a year in the sticks… Things get better when he meets Jennifer (Émilie Dequenne, Rosetta), a fun and karaoke-loving hairdresser. Everyone knows that opposites attract, but can they sustain a relationship? Not My Type is our "coup de Coeur" this year and we are very excited to present it as our 2014 opening film.
2014 – Running time: 111 min / ROMANCE – ONE SCREENING ONLY!
CLOSING FILM– Sunday, June 29 – showtime TBA
TURNING TIDE (EN SOLITAIRE), Christophe Offenstein’s ambitious first feature will conclude the 2014 SFFF. Sailor Yann Kermadec (a fantastic François Cluzet, The Intouchables) is competing for the first time in the prestigious Vendée Globe round-the-world solo yacht race. Weathering storms like the seadog he is, he seizes the early lead… All is well, when Kermadec discovers a stowaway hidden on his boat. If it becomes known that he has a passenger, it would mean immediate disqualification…
2013 – Running time: 97 min / ADVENTURE, DRAMA – ONE SCREENING ONLY!
9-MONTH STRETCH (9 MOIS FERME)by Albert Dupontel, with Sandrine Kiberlain, Albert Dupontel, Nicolas Marié, Philippe Uchan and cameos by Jean Dujardin, Yolande Moreau, Terry Gilliam.
Judge Ariane Felder (Kiberlain, 2014 César for Best Actress) is pregnant. This comes as a surprise because Ariane is a confirmed bachelorette, and doesn’t remember anything… Even more surprising is the fact that, according to DNA tests, the father is none other than Bob (Dupontel), a.k.a. the Eye Gobbler, a dangerous criminal… This inventive, pitch-black and laugh-out-loud comedy took the French box office by storm. The film also won the 2014 César for Best Original Screenplay.
2013 - Running time: 82 min / DARK COMEDY – June 27-29, showtimes TBA.
AGE OF PANIC (LA BATAILLE DE SOLFERINO) by Justine Triet, with Laetitia Dosch, Vincent Macaigne.
Panic is on for TV reporter Laetitia (Dosch). It’s presidential Election Day, and she is late leaving home for work when her ex, Vincent (Macaigne), shows up unexpectedly to visit their two daughters. Writer/director Justine Triet is part of a group of directors championed by Cahiers du Cinéma as the representatives of a New-New Wave of French filmmakers. Much of the film was shot in the streets of Paris during the 6 May 2012 national elections.
Star Laetitia Dosch will attend the Festival.
2013 – Running time: 94 min / DRAMATIC COMEDY – June 21-22, showtimes TBA.
ATTILA MARCELby Sylvain Chomet, with Guillaume Gouix, Anne le Ny, Bernadette Lafont, Hélène Vincent.
After The Triplets of Belleville and The Illusionist, Sylvain Chomet's first live action film, Attila Marcel, continues to display his fascination with the directors Tati and Demy. The film is a tender and unpredictable comedy seasoned with dreamlike musical numbers. Paul (Gouix) is a young piano virtuoso who hasn’t spoken since his parents died in mysterious circumstances when he was a toddler. He lives with his two overly protective, oddball aunts (Vincent and the late Lafont, who died last July). A chance encounter with an eccentric neighbor will send him on a journey of self-discovery that will change his life forever.
2013 – Running time: 102 min / QUIRKY, MUSICAL COMEDY – June 21-22, showtimes TBA.
BRIGHT DAYS AHEAD (LES BEAUX JOURS) by Marion Vernoux, with Fanny Ardant, Laurent Lafitte, Patrick Chesnais, Jean-François Stévenin, Fanny Cottençon, Catherine Lachens.
For recently retired, 60-year-old dentist Caroline (the sumptuous Fanny Ardant, 8 Women, Confidentially Yours), a new life of freedom and opportunity lies before her. To celebrate her retirement, her daughters give her a one-year membership to the local Seniors' Club. Needless to say, the sophisticated Caroline is not impressed by either her daughters' present, or by the ceramics and amateur theater classes that the club has to offer… That is until she meets the club’s computer instructor…
2013 - Running time: 94 min / ROMANTIC COMEDY – Dates & showtimes TBA.
CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915 by Bruno Dumont, with Juliette Binoche, Jean-Luc Vincent, Emmanuel Kauffman, Marion Keller.
In Camille Claudel 1915, Binoche gives a mesmerizing performance as sculptor Camille Claudel, Auguste Rodin's protégé (and mistress), and sister of Christian poet and playwright Paul Claudel. Inspired by the correspondence between Paul and Camille, writer/director Bruno Dumont (Flanders - SFFF 2007, Outside Satan - SFFF 2012) chronicles Camille Claudel's reclusive life in the asylum where she has been confined by her family for two years. She awaits a rare visit from her beloved brother Paul (Vincent), whom she hopes will help release her from the mental institution. Dumont provides his signature stark realism in perfect blend with Binoche’s raw emotions to tell Claudel’s tragic story.
2013 -Running time: 95 min / BIOPIC DRAMA – Dates & showtimes TBA.
CHINESE PUZZLE (CASSE-TETE CHINOIS)by Cédric Klapisch, with Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Cécile de France.
Recently divorced Xavier (Duris) decides to trade the comforts of his native Paris for the cultural kaleidoscope of New York City in order to be close to his kids who have moved there with their mother. And this change of scenery, which reunites him with old roommate Isabelle (de France) and old flame Martine (SFFF favorite Tautou), may be just what he needs to cure his writer's block and put his life back together. This is the third installment of Klapisch’s trilogy that began with L’Auberge Espagnole and continued with Russian Dolls. But you need not have seen the earlier films to appreciate this charming romantic comedy!
2013 – Running time: 117 min / ROMANTIC COMEDY – Date & showtime TBA – ONE SCREENING ONLY!
ON MY WAY (ELLE S’EN VA)by Emmanuelle Bercot , with Catherine Deneuve, Nemo Schiffman, Gérard Garouste
Now in her early sixties, former beauty queen Bettie (a superb Deneuve) finds herself jilted by her lover and left alone to deal with the financial problems facing her family’s restaurant... What begins as a quick drive to clear her head turns into a full-fledged road trip that may end up turning her life around for the better.
2013 – Running time: 111 min / ROAD MOVIE, DRAMA – June 21-22, showtimes TBA
SUZANNEby Katell Quillévéré, with Sara Forestier, François Damiens, Adéle Haenel, Paul Hamy, Corinne Masiero.
Suzanne (a touching Forestier, The Names of Love - SFFF 2011) is close to her family, but between her widower father (Damiens, Delicacy– SFFF 2013) and her quiet sister (Haenel, 2014 César for Best Supporting Actress), she is the troublemaker of the bunch. Her forgiving family endlessly endures the consequences of her dreams, her whims, and her bad choices. Largely set in 1990's Marseille, the story elliptically takes us through 25 years of Suzanne’s turbulent life: childhood, early pregnancy, single parenthood, and above all, her destructive love for an aspiring bad boy.
2013 - Running time: 94 min / DRAMA – Dates & showtimes TBA.
VENUS IN FUR (LA VENUS A LA FOURRURE)by Roman Polanski, with Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric.
Thomas (Amalric, the spitting image of a young Roman Polanski) still hasn’t found the right actress for his new play, an adaptation of the novel by Sacher-Masoch (whose name gave us the word masochism) , Venus in Fur. When a vulgar woman (Seigner, Polanski's real-life wife) shows up late for the auditions, he first refuses to hear her, but she persuades him and as she starts reading, a transformation occurs, one that arouses much more in Thomas than curiosity. This two-character film is based on the play that took Broadway by storm, and you will have no choice but to submit to this engrossing psychosexual -and often comical- confrontation.
2013 - Running time: 96 min / DRAMA – Date & showtime TBA – ONE SCREENING ONLY!
YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL (JEUNE & JOLIE) by François Ozon, with Marine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas, Frédéric Pierrot, Fantin Ravat, Nathalie Richard.
In his most complex and mature film to date, François Ozon (In The House - SFFF 2013, 8 Women, Swimming Pool) tells an unsettling comingof-age story, inviting us to follow, over the course of four seasons, the sexual and personal awakening of Isabelle (Vacth), an arrestingly beautiful sixteen-year old. Ozon’s 14th feature explores, with new depth and subtlety, his favorite themes of voyeurism and precocious adolescent sexuality.
2013 - Running time: 95 min / DRAMA – Date & showtime TBA – ONE SCREENING ONLY!
DONKEY SKIN (PEAU D’ANE)by Jacques Demy, with Catherine Deneuve, Jean Marais,Jacques Perrin, Delphine Seyrig, Micheline Presle, Fernand Ledoux.
Jacques Demy (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg - SFFF 2004, and The Young Girls from Rochefort - SFFF 2011) adapted Donkey Skin from the classic fairytale by Charles Perrault (of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Little Red Riding Hood fame) published in the 17th century, and a favorite of French children. With catchy music by Michel Legrand, Donkey Skin is a dreamlike, eccentric, and joyful musical fantasy.
1970 - Running Time: 90 min / MUSICAL FANTASY – June 21-22, showtimes TBA.
QUEEN MARGOT (LA REINE MARGOT)by Patrice Chéreau, with Isabelle Adjani,Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Vincent Perez, Virna Lisi, Dominique Blanc.
Incest, kingslayers and kinslayers, a powerful queen mother, intrigues, betrayals, slaughters, poisonings, beheadings... Game of Thrones has nothing on the darkest pages of French history! Based on the historical novel by Alexandre Dumas, the film centers on Catholic Marguerite de Valois, nicknamed Margot (Adjani), sister of King Charles IX (Anglade), as she is forced into a loveless marriage to Protestant Henri, King of Navarre (Auteuil). The union has been planned by Margot’s infamous mother, Catherine de Medici (Lisi), in order to put an end to the religious war plaguing the kingdom. But even the most carefully premeditated plans don’t always work out the way they should…
The SFFF is pleased to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Queen Margot, and honor one of France’s most acclaimed filmmakers and stage directors, Patrice Chéreau, who passed away last October. The triumphant winner of five César Awards is presented in a digitally restored director’s cut that is not to be missed!
1994 - Running time: 162 min / HISTORICAL DRAMA – Date & showtimes TBA.
THE MURDERER LIVES AT NUMBER 21 (L’ASSASIN HABITE AU 21) by Henri-Georges Clouzot, with Pierre Fresnay, Suzy Delair,Jean Tissier, Pierre Larquey, Noël Roquevert, René Génin.
One of the first films by Henri-Georges Clouzot (Wages of Fear - SFFF 2013, Quai des Orfèvres - SFFF 2005, Diabolique), the French grandmaster of suspense, The Murderer Lives at Number 21 is part Agatha Christie mystery, part screwball comedy. Inspector Wens (Fresnay) is hunting down a serial killer calling himself Mr. Durand. The trail leads him to 21, rue Junot, the address of a boarding house that an assortment of misfits and oddballs call home, and among them, Mr Durand himself.
1942 - Running time: 84 min / THRILLER, COMEDY – Dates & showtimes TBA.
LATE NIGHT FILMS
STRANGERBY THE LAKE (L’INCONNU DU LAC) by Alain Guiraudie, with Pierre Deladonchamps,Christophe Paou,Patrick d'Assumçao,and Jérôme Chappatte.
Handsome Franck (Deladonchamps, 2014 César for Best Supporting Actor) spends his summer days searching for companionship at a popular gay cruising spot on the shores of a lake in rural southern France. One day, he meets Michel (Paou), an attractive and darkly mysterious man, and falls blindly in love. When one of the regulars is found murdered, Franck and Michel become the primary suspects. But Franck chooses to ignore the danger and instead continues to engage in his passionate and potentially lethal relationship with Michel. One of the most talked about and acclaimed French films of 2013, the risky and original Stranger by the Lake garnered eight Cesar nominations this year, including Best Film and Best Director. Note: this is a sexually explicit film.
2013 - Running time: 97 min / EROTIC THRILLER – Saturday, June 21, showtime TBA.
INSIDE (A L’INTERIEUR) by Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury, with Alysson Paradis, Beatrice Dalle, Jean-Baptiste Tabourin, and Claude Lulé.
To celebrate our lucky 13th edition, we are happy to present one of the best -and most scary- French horror films of all time. A pregnant widow (Paradis) waiting for her ride to the hospital must fight for her life, and that of her unborn child, against a mysterious woman (Dalle) in this daring tale of Caesarian terror.
2007 - Running Time: 87 min / HORROR! – Saturday, June 28, showtime TBA.
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Are you an up-and-coming filmmaker? Ever wanted to get your film in front of Danny Boyle?
This is your chance…
In a world first, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker will not only judge SHUFFLE’S new short film competition, but will also give the winner a unique, exclusive insight into how he works.
There are three categories to SHUFFLE’s inaugural short film competition:
1. Science and Imagination
2. The City
3. Young People (under 25 years of age)
Other prizes include a ‘top secret’ trip to California to be part of the most cutting-edge filmmaking technology, a trip to New York for a once-in-a-lifetime filmmaking opportunity, extensive Panalux equipment hire and more, still to be announced.
SHUFFLE – a film, arts and music festival experience – takes place over five days, from July 31st to August 4th, in London's most urban woodland (Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park). It includes an innovative programme of events centred around Nature, Death and Survival. Together with films and live music, the event hosts a pop-up restaurant, a Banker’s Feast for over 500 guests (who are not actually bankers, but local artists), plus art installations, two outdoor cinemas, guided tours and much, much more.
"SHUFFLE is the most fun anyone can have in an asylum and graveyard in Mile End,” says Danny Boyle. “It's going to be brilliant: outdoor film screenings, live music, a restaurant serving locally foraged food, and a fantastic programme of science events. The point of the festival is to help build a stronger community in East London and campaign for permanently affordable housing in the area, so please do come on by."
SHUFFLE’s artistic director, Kate MacTiernan, adds: "SHUFFLE is about all the things that make London great: the diversity and inventiveness of the citizens. It is an inclusive and creative vision for the heart of urban areas like Mile End, and an alternative to the monoculture known as 'regeneration'.”
“This year, Danny Boyle and SHUFFLE have created a new film prize, to recognise up-and-coming talent as well as celebrate the art of the short film – where concept, idea, character and visual execution must be realised quickly and concisely. We are thrilled that Danny Boyle will judge the competition and offer his expertise to the winner.”
SHUFFLE began in summer 2013 to create awareness for the UK’s first urban Community Land Trust (CLT) (affordable housing scheme) at the former St Clements Hospital. SHUFFLE also secured the space as a cultural centre for Mile End. In 2014, this initiative moves into the surrounding streets, and includes a mile-long hopscotch. Very fitting for Mile End.
Last year’s guests included Jarvis Cocker, Nic Roeg, Martin McDonagh, Julien Temple, Brian Cox, Tim Key, Underworld and Mark Kermode.
A full announcement for this year’s SHUFFLE line-up is due on June 9th.
All prizes are sponsored by Canary Wharf Group and Panalux.
Deadline for entries is July 11th.
All film competitions are free for young residents (under 25) from E3.
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The Calgary International Film Festival (15 Annual September 18 - September 28, 2014) is an 11-day showcase of over 200 multi-genre films from Canada and over 40 other countries. We program feature films, documentaries, and short films of all genres. In addition to our regular programming, we have a competitive award series (“DISCOVERY”) for emerging feature length fiction filmmakers. CIFF exists to transform the way visual stories are shared and experienced. We champion filmmakers, especially new voices, for the delight and benefit of the audience, to whom we are a guide and provider of the best stories, presented within a remarkable festival environment.
Regular deadline: June 1st, 2014 Extended deadline: June 15, 2014
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The Arab Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the 18th Annual Arab Film Festival to be held in the San Francisco Bay Area in October 2014. AFF annually showcases works by independent filmmakers that provide insightful and innovative perspectives on Arab people, culture, art, history and politics.
The Arab Film Festival is the largest independent annual showcase of Arab films and filmmakers in the country. The festival has an international standing and is considered one of the most important Arab film festivals outside the Arab world. AFF strives to present the best contemporary films that provide insight into the beauty, complexity and diversity of the Arab world alongside realistic perspectives on Arab people, culture, art, history and politics. To submit please visit the Call for Entries page.
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The APICA, an association for the promotion of images, creation, and the arts, based in French Polynesia organizes from November 8th to 16th, 2014 the second edition of the International Festival of Short Fiction Films from the Islands of the World: Courts des îles, in Papeete, Tahiti (French Polynesia).
Entering the “Courts des îles” Festival
Only a film whose director was born on an island may be in competition at the Courts des îles Festival. Registrations for the competition can be made on the www.filmfestplatform.com, www.clickforfestivals.com, www.festhome.com, www.uptofest.com or www.courtsdesiles.com website, and by post, until October 12th, 2014, at midnight. Registered films will be shown to a pre-selection committee, who will determine which films are selected. Titles of films entered into the competition will be revealed on October 27th, 2014.
Films in competition will be submitted to a vote by the public, for the length of the Festival, from November 8th to 16th, 2014, and by a jury made up of professionals from the audiovisual sector and the international film industry. Five prizes, representing a total amount of 18,675 Euros (international flights for stranger competitors included), will be awarded:
The Awards Ceremony, during which the winners are announced, will be held on November 15th, 2014.
To be eligible for the International Festival of Short Fiction Films from the Islands of the World, Courts des îles, your film must comply with the following criteria:
*1 By “island”, the APICA, organizers of the event, understand a territory:
*2 French subtitles for original versions other than French is highly recommended but not mandatory.
For movies wishing to compete for the ” First movies ” Courts des îles prize, the director of the work must have realized no more than two movies submitted to an international festival of short films of fiction. The works produced within the framework of a school or of a formation can compete to the ” First movies ” Courts des îles prize.
Entry into the International Festival of Short Fiction Films from the Islands of the World is free. There is no set theme. The deadline for submissions is October 12th, 2014, at midnight, as evidenced by the postmark.
In order for their film to be registered, entrants must fill out the registration form available below or www.filmfestplatform.com, www.clickforfestivals.com, www.festhome.com, www.uptofest.com websites and provide the following material:
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Discover the Annecy poster for 2014
"I wanted to pay tribute to stop motion in creating this poster as the technique is in the spotlight at this year’s Festival.
It also has a very personal significance, as my first short, made in stop motion, was rewarded with the Junior Jury Award at Annecy exactly ten years ago in 2004.
It’s the layout of Annecy, situated between lake and mountains, that inspired the idea of the Capricorn, this fabulous half goat, half fish animal that originates in ancient Mesopotamia where it was considered, by those that imagined it, as a sort of guardian spirit.
One way of putting Annecy 2014 under the best possible auspices!"
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On the recommendation of their therapist, a married couple spends a weekend away at a vacation home, where their romantic rekindling takes a turn for the surreal. This sophisticated blend of relationship drama and "Twilight Zone" twists features outstanding performances from Mark Duplass (Safety Not Guaranteed) and Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men"). Actors Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass in attendance for the Closing Night Gala of #SIFForty, featuring THE ONE I LOVE!
This sophisticated blend of romantic drama and science fiction follows married couple Ethan and Sophie (Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss), who are having trouble rekindling the sparks that began their relationship. Their therapist (Ted Danson) suggests a weekend getaway at a secluded vacation estate, where the couple spends their first night enjoying a quiet dinner, some great conversation, and even a little weed. As Sophie takes a moment to explore the grounds, she wanders into the charming guesthouse by the pool and discovers Ethan waiting for her. Their spark rekindled, they make love, and all seems back on track. That is, until she returns to the main house to find Ethan passed out on the couch with no memory of what happened. So begins a fantastical, original, and completely unpredictable story of devotion, deception, and wish fulfillment reminiscent of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" set in "The Twilight Zone." Using a bare-bones script from first time screenwriter Justin Lader, director Charlie McDowell and Seattle-based producer Mel Eslyn staged extensive, collaborative rehearsals with Duplass and Moss, leading to a pair of superb performances filled with depth, humor, and humanity. The result is a series of fantastical twists and turns that feel utterly real, but we dare not spoil a single moment in attempting to describe them. The One I Love simply must be seen to be believed.
Charlie McDowell graduated from the American Film Institute's directing program, and while there wrote and directed several short films. McDowell received a book deal in 2008 to publish his entertaining and popular Twitter feed, entitled "Dear Girls Above Me." The One I Love is McDowell's debut feature film.
Sponsored by Cinerama, MOHAI, Boeing, Kaspar's Catering, New Belgium Brewery, Brotherton
Music provided by Bruce Pavitt.
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41st Telluride Film Festival presented by National Film Preserve LTD., proudly announces visual artist Christian Marclay as its 2014 poster artist. Telluride Film Festival’s prestigious annual gathering for film industry insiders, cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers and critics takes place every Labor Day weekend in the picturesque town of Telluride, Colorado. The 41st edition of TFF will run August 29 through September 1, 2014.
Over the past 30 years, Christian Marclay has explored the fusion of fine art and audio cultures, transforming sounds and music into a visible, physical form through performance, collage, sculpture, installation, photography and video. Early examples include the series ‘Recycled Records’ (1980-86); the ‘Body Mix’ series (1991-92); Virtuoso (1999); and ‘Snapshots’, an ongoing, informal series of photographs that depict elements of sound and onomatopoeia that the artist discovers in everyday situations. Over the last decade, Marclay has created ambitious work in a variety of media including the video Guitar Drag (2000); Video Quartet (2002); Crossfire (2007); and most recently The Clock (2010) from thousands of edited fragments, from a vast range of films to create a 24-hour, single-channel video.
Christian Marclay was born in California in 1955, raised in Switzerland and now lives in New York and London. He has exhibited widely, including solo exhibitions at LACMA (2011); LEEUM Samsung Museum of Art (2010); Whitney Museum of American Art (2010); Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain (2008); Cité de la Musique (2007); Moderna Museet (2006); Barbican Art Gallery (2005); Seattle Art Museum (2004); Tate Modern (2004); UCLA Hammer Museum (2003); and the SFMoMA (2001). Christian Marclay also continues to collaborate with musicians, including recent performances with Steve Beresford, Okkyung Lee, Shelley Hirsch and Otomo Yoshihide. He was awarded the Golden Lion at the 2011 Biennale di Venezia for his video work The Clock.
“I was very pleased to be invited to design the poster for the Telluride film festival,” said Christian Marclay. “I decided to celebrate celluloid at a time when the old analog medium is being replaced by digital technology. I have always been interested in outmoded formats such as vinyl records, cassette tapes, or rotary telephones. I also wanted to show how cinema is an art of collage – fragments are collected and assembled to tell a story. The filmstrip with its sprocket holes and optical sound track is instantly recognized as the universal symbol for film. I wonder what will replace it?”
“We have always been enamored with Christian’s work, particularly The Clock and its concept,” commented Telluride Film Festival executive director Julie Huntsinger. “There is such wealth in cinema’s history and Christian pulls from different elements from the past and assembles them in a wholly new arrangement. The poster is a further exploration of this work. His ideas reflect one the most important goals at TFF, which is to create and sustain an appreciation of the art and history of film.”
Marlcay joins a prestigious list of artists who have shared their talents with Telluride Film Festival. Past poster artists include Dean Tavoularis, Ed Ruscha, John Mansfield, Julian Schnabel, Dottie Attie, Doug and Mike Starn, David Lance Goines, Chuck Jones, David Salle, Alexis Smith, Jim Dine, Seymour Chwast, Frederic Amat, Francesco Clemente, Dave McKean, Gary Larson, Chip Kidd, John Canemaker, Mark Stock, Laurie Anderson, William Wegman, Ralph Eggleston, Maira Kalman and Dave Eggers.
To view and download the 41st Telluride Film Festival poster art, visit: http://we.tl/XJVIA96A1x
41st Telluride Film Festival posters will be available for purchase throughout the four-day Festival or by visiting the TFF website at www.telluridefilmfestival.org.
41st Telluride Film Festival passes are now available at http://www.telluridefilmfestival.org/show.
The 35th Durban International Film Festival (July 17 to 27) is proud to present the 7th edition of Talents Durban (formerly named Talent Campus Durban) – a skills sharing, development and networking platform or emerging filmmakers from Africa. Talents Durban is presented in collaboration with the Berlinale Talents programme of the Berlinale Film Festival with support from the KZN Film Commission, German Embassy, Goethe Institute and Gauteng Film Commission. Talents Durban, along with the Durban FilmMart (which is a co-production between DIFF and the Durban Film Office) forms part of the Durban International Film Festival Industry Programme.
40 filmmakers from 10 countries across the continent including South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Madagascar, Tunisia and Namibia will be in attendance. The programme consists of master classes, in depth discussions with critically acclaimed film professionals from across the globe, hands-on training programme as well as networking opportunities for selected participants.
Talents Durban participants will be able to participate in a co-production master class with French producer Denis Vaslin. Vaslin is a producer of documentary and fiction, and his titles include 40 Days of Silence, Solo, The World Belongs to Us, The Hum of Holland and Snackbar. He heads up a Dutch production company Voyla Films and co-owns a French production company Madra Films.
Australian documentary development expert, Julia Overton will present a Documentary Finance master class on Documentary Financing. Overton is a Development and Investment Manager at Screen Australia where she is instrumental in assisting filmmakers with getting their projects produced with local or international support. Overton has been involved in the development of several critically acclaimed films including The Snowman, A Good Man, Forbidden Lies, First Australians, Contact and Salt.
Talents Durban participants will also have access to a master class with pitch expert Stefano Teadly, a South African-born, Italy-based producer, director and pitch expert. Teadly has produced and directed numerous films including A World of Pasta, Doctor Ice, Coffee Please and Tea for All and the series Food Markets - In the Belly of the City. Recent works produced include Mostar United, Vinylmania and Char, No Man’s Island. Teadly is a graduate of the EAVE programme and director of the Italian workshop, Documentary in Europe, has chaired EDN and is a national coordinator for INPUT. He also tutors film development and production at numerous universities and organizations including ; Biennale Cinema College, Cannes Film Market, Films de 3 Continents – Produire au Sud, Media Business School,Med Film Factory, Scuola Holden, TFL-Torino Film Lab, ZELIG Film School.
The above master classes will also be open to Durban FilmMart delegates.
Talents Durban will also feature a hands-on training programme including Doc Station, Script Station and Talent Press.
Doc Station selects three documentary projects in development for coaching and mentoring towards participation in a public pitch at the DFM’s pitching forum – The African Pitch. Participants are given mentoring prior to the pitch and during preparations at the festival. After the pitch they are given advice from mentors on how to proceed with their projects.
Script Station is a script development programme for short films which pairs four participants with script editors who assist in clarifying story and getting to an advanced draft of their script.
Talent Press is presented in cooperation with Fipresci, an association of national organizations of professional film critics and film journalists from around the world which lobbies for the promotion and development of film culture and for the safeguarding of professional interests. The programme invites four critics to cover the films and events of the Durban International Film Festival for online and print publication.
The following are the selected participants of the Talents Durban:
Susan Wanjiru (KENYA), Christiaan Kritzinger (SOUTH AFRICA), Timoteo Edzeani Doh (GHANA), Donovan Orr (SOUTH AFRICA), Alexander Melck (SOUTH AFRICA), Jozua Malherbe (SOUTH AFRICA), Bahaaeldin Elgamal (EGYPT), Frances Bodomo (GHANA), Shane Vermooten (SOUTH AFRICA) Abdellatif AMAJGAG (MOROCCO), Mohamed Siam (EGYPT), She Mulinya (KENYA), Harold Holscher (SOUTH AFRICA), Udoka Oyeka (NIGERIA), James Walsh (SOUTH AFRICA), Diana Keam (SOUTH AFRICA), Willem Grobler (SOUTH AFRICA), Francis William Nicholson (SOUTH AFRICA), Zolani Ndevu (SOUTH AFRICA), Roger Young (SOUTH AFRICA), Sitraka Randriamahaly (MADAGASCAR), Fatma Azibi (TUNISIA), Perivi John Katjavivi (NAMIBIA), Manqoba Nkosi (SOUTH AFRICA), Miklas Simeon Manneke (SOUTH AFRICA), Aidan Whytock (SOUTH AFRICA), Mustafa Aiman (EGYPT), Henok Birhanu (ETHIOPIA), Ofonime Inyang (SOUTH AFRICA), Terhemen Agbedeh (NIGERIA), Monica Obaga (KENYA), Oribhabor Kelvin Aigbokhaevbolo (NIGERIA), Saskia Schiel (SOUTH AFRICA), Morokwe Kaizer Mokgobu Mokgobu (SOUTH AFRICA), Ntuthuko Qwabe (SOUTH AFRICA), Caroline Doherty (SOUTH AFRICA), Mark Middlewick (SOUTH AFRICA), Kulanen Ikyo (NIGERIA), Penelope Tshilwane (SOUTH AFRICA), Marcus Hebbelmann (SOUTH AFRICA), Emma Bestall (SOUTH AFRICA)
“The Durban International Film Festival welcomes these filmmakers to the Industry Programme and are proud to present them as the future of African Cinema,” says DIFF festival manager Peter Machen, “The diversity of voices in this selection echoes the theme of this year’s Talents Durban – Continent of Contrasts/de Contraste – inspired by a revered elder of African cinema Djibril Diop Mambéty whose 1968 short films was entitled Contras’city (City of Contrasts). We hope this crop of Talents at DIFF will follow in the footsteps of giants of African cinema.”
Talents Durban takes place on 18-22 July within the DIFF Industry Hub at Elangeni Hotel on the Durban beach front. For more information go to www.durbanfilmfestival.co.za
Talents Durban is produced by the Durban International Film Festival and Berlinale Talents, and is supported by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism, German Embassy in South Africa and the Goethe-Institut South Africa and Gauteng Film Commission.
The 35th Durban International Film Festival is organised by the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (a special project of the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Humanities, Cheryl Potgieter) with support from the National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development & Tourism, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, City of Durban, German Embassy, Goethe Institut, Industrial Development Corporation, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture and a range of other valued partners.
Patrick Eveno - CEO - Director - Carole Bonneau of Teletoon -CORUS Entertainment - Mikael Marin - International Relations MIFA
The Market is opening its doors on Wednesday 11th June. Mickaël Martin, Head
of Economic Development & Mifa, stated that "internationalisation, more meetings
offered and a higher presence of global partners and decision makers are some of
Mifa 2014’s promises".
Some events that you absolutely won’t want to miss:
Mifa Special Events: not-to-be-missed appointments
in the animation industry
France Télévisions will organise their traditional press conference, presenting the group’s latest
advances in its editorial line and its young viewers’ programming policy. They will also announce the
young filmmakers chosen to take part in the next season of En sortant de l’école, the collection of
animated shorts devoted to poetry.
Wednesday 11th June, 6:30 pm, Impérial Palace, Chill Out
The family/youth channels of Lagardère Active will be giving two press conferences: one on the new
animation series and feature projects they co-finance, and the other to present the winners of the
2014 Espoirs de l’animation as well as the competition’s new format.
Thursday 12th June, 11:30 am, Impérial Palace, Verdi A&B
Laurence Blaevoet, Head of Youth Programmes at CANAL+ and her team will present their new
strategies for the channel during a press conference.
The calm before the MIFA storm
Thursday 12th June, 6:00 pm, Impérial Palace, Beach
TFou is making a date with students and professionals for an exclusive meeting with its artistic team.
It will also give them the chance to present the latest TFou talent contest, co-organised with SACD.
Thursday 12th June, 2:30 pm, Impérial Palace, Verdi A&B
The CNC, uniFrance Films and TV France International have organised a round table on the theme of French Animation, in France and Abroad. With participation from Benoît Danard (the CNC’s
Director of Research, Statistics and Forecast), Jean-Paul Salomé (CEO at uniFrance Films), Isabelle Giordano (Executive Director of uniFrance Films) and Mathieu Béjot (Executive Director of TV France
Wednesday 11th June, 3:00 pm, Impérial Palace, Berlioz A&B
The Keys to a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign Crowdfunding is blowing up. Ulule is offering a workshop to familiarise you with participative funding, how it works and what issues arise, and to have a discussion amongst professionals about the topic.
Wednesday 11th June & Thursday 12th June, 10:00 am–12:00 pm, Impérial Palace, Berlioz C
2,500 animation industry
professionals are coming to the International Animation
Mifa, the leading platform for discussions
Recruitment: the talents of tomorrow at Mifa
The Mifa is a unique opportunity for recruiters to discover talents and for candidates to present their portfolios to major animation studios. Ubisoft, Rovio, Sony Pictures Animation and Disney Channel
are some of the studios coming this year.
Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th June, Mifa Open Space
Territory Focus: a whole territory within reach
Territory Focus sessions put the spotlight on industries of a particular country or territory to parade their skills and talent and to promote networking to set up new collaborations. Focus on South Africa
and Canada (Vancouver) on Wednesday 11th June or even Russia on Thursday 12th June at the Networking Lounge at Impérial Palace.
Pitches: a few minutes to convince
The Pitches will give 26 film crews (selected out of 227 applications) 15 minutes or less to convince major studios to pick up their projects. These works come from diverse countries like Chile, Czech
Republic, Bulgaria, Argentina, China, etc.
From Tuesday 10th to Friday 13th June, Impérial Palace, Ravel A&B
Share With: an exclusive meeting with key investors
The Share With sessions give participants, especially producers, the chance to have privileged discussions with key buyers of short films or TV series, or with feature film distributors. Disney Channel,
DreamWorks Animation and Arte will be present amongst many others.
Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th June, Impérial Palace, Haendel B
A scorcher of a day at Lac Annecy next to the Imperial Hotel
More than ever, discussions rotating around the Mifa and Conferences guarantee productive meeting opportunities about creative and economic processes.
These different meeting formats are set up to best satisfy the expectations of all professionals while reflecting the sector’s evolution.
The Mifa Pitches are unique occasions to meet future partners, offering the selected candidates the opportunity to present their project before an audience of professionals.
The Share With sessions give participants (notably producers) the chance to have privileged discussions with key investors.
The Territory Focus sessions promote the development of new collaborations by highlighting a territory’s animation industry and the diversity of its resources, expertise and plans for the future.
The Mifa Recruitment sessions provide studios with the opportunity to meet new talents and also give filmmakers prospects of advancing their careers. Check your Annecy Network, "Find a job" and at the Recruitments welcome desk (Impérial Palace, Brasserie and Rotonde du parc) to look at the programme in detail.
At the Video Library, you can watch projects in the following stages: in project, in production or completed productions.
Finally, the Conferences offer insight and put forward a transversal vision of animation around three principal themes: Creation, Business and Production Organisation.