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    Global buyer attendance sees increase from Latin America and the Middle East

     

    The 2014 American Film Market (AFM®) wrapped its 35th edition today after 7,946 attendees visited the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica for the eight day market.

     

    The AFM again was host to a truly global market, with 1,670 buyers coming from over 70 different countries. Of the 794 registered buyer companies, 90 were new to the AFM. The market saw a 3% increase and an uptick in overall buyers from last year, with a notable growth in buyers from Latin America (up 34%) and Asia (up 8%).  Overall exhibitor attendance was up 1% from last year with 2,825 executives from exhibiting companies from over 40 countries, with the largest number of exhibitors coming from the United Kingdom, France and Japan, after the USA. 

     

    Overall industry attendees, the non-buyers and sellers that include Attorneys, Bankers, Festivals, Film Commissions, Filmmakers, Financiers, Post Production Facilities, Producers, Studio Facilities, and Writers finished at 2,624, up 1% from last year’s numbers. The repetition of strong attendance reflects the AFM’s expanded programs for production community including the Conference Series, Roundtables, Conversations, and Producers Forums.  The AFM screened 432 films with 352 Market Premieres, 85 World Premieres and a total of 654 screenings across the AFM Campus in Santa Monica.

     

    The popular five-day AFM Conference Series showcasing sessions on Financing, Pitching, Production, Marketing and Distribution featured global industry leaders including: Brett Ratner (producer), Cassian Elwes (Independent Producer), Tobin Ambrust (Exclusive), Mark Damon (Foresight Unlimited), Mark Gill (Millennium), Rena Ronson (UTA), Emanuel Nunez (Paradigm), Russell Schwartz (Relativity), John Sloss (Cinetic), and Nicolas Gonda (Tugg). The AFM Conference Series, which launched four years ago, hosted international audiences of more than 700 daily.

     

    The second year of the AFM Producers Forum brought together experienced producers from around the world, to learn and network at the AFM.  The 16 forum sessions touched on a wide range of topics from working with sales agents to digital delivery to the future of independent film financing, led by experts including: Ben Browning and Aaron Ryder (FilmNation), Stephan Paternot (Slated Inc), producers Ted Hope and Clark Peterson, and Clay Epstein (Arclight Films).

     

    This year’s Roundtables and Conversations featured notable industry elites including Wei Han (Bliss Media), filmmaker and comedian Adam Carolla, Meyer Schwarzstein (Brainstorm Media), Caroline Stern (Kaleidoscope Film Distribution), and many more.

    AFM 2014 Newsletters  N°1 N°2 N°3 N°4 N°5 N°6 N°7 N°8

    For the complete AFM 2014 buyers analysis http://www.americanfilmmarket.com/sites/www.americanfilmmarket.com/files/AFM_2014_Buyers_Country_Analysis.pdf)

     

     

    About the American Film Market

    The business of independent motion picture production and distribution reaches its peak every year at the American Film Market.  The global film industry converges in Santa Monica for eight days of deal-making on films in every stage of development and production, as well as screenings, conferences, networking and parties.

     

    With 8,000 industry leaders from more than 80 countries, 700 screenings and the industry’s largest Conference Series, AFM is the pivotal destination for filmmakers, producers


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  • 11/12/14--13:29: AFI Fest Day 7 Nov 12
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    AFI FEST 8 DAY FILM FESTIVAL NOVEMBER 6 TO 13

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Held at the American Museum of Natural History the Margret Mead Film Festival was guided by the theme “Past Forward”   and presented from October 23 - 27 44 films from more than 50 countries. The film program of this well organized fest was accompanied by events including art installations with cell phone made content and a participatory web-based interactive documentary project on the history of a rural US county. Three ‘Mead Dialogues’  covered screening and discussion of Lisa Jackson’s  HOW A PEOPLE LIVE on the  cultural development of a people forcibly relocated from their homeland in Canada in 1964; a  Culture Lab on interactive media  practices of  producers, scholars and communities  and a tribute to  the documentary filmmaker Robert Gardner with the screening of his 1964 film DEAD BIRDS and premiering his 2013 production DEAD BIRDS REENCOUNTRED, both focusing on the Dani people of West  Papua,  New Guinea. In the Emerging Visual Anthropological Showcase special short ethnographic documentaries were presented. Compared to 2013 the festival had a larger audience this year receiving about 750 submissions. There has been a shift in how the audience is accessing films. But given the audience growth and the festival’s success in prior editions, this shift has not impacted its expansion to date. It may very well be that greater exposure to more information and documentary material about the US and other cultures through the new platforms raises the interest in the Margaret Mead Film Festival. 

     

    In HAPPINESS by Thomas Balmes, a 2013 co-production involving France, Finland and Bhutan a subtle approach conveys the gradual shift of traditional life to modernity. This touching documentary on changes in the small Bhutan village Laya portraits an eight year old boy and his reaction to the slow transformatory  changes modern life brings, from electricity to the internet and  specifically television which most villagers are longing for. His family is too poor to sustain him so he becomes a monk, though the small monastery has lost several members to the attraction of the city and closes down.  He joins his uncle in a three day trip to the capital city to buy a television set with funds from the sale of a yak. Though knowing how to use a cell phone he is struck by the contrast between the isolated village and urban life, between the past and the future and is startled by the modern life technologies from cars to electricity.  Balmes made an excellent choice focusing on Laya the last Bhutan village without roads and television.

    His detached documentation is most persuasive and appears to be more effective than the similarly themed THE CORAL AND THE WIND. This Bolivian film by Miguel Hilari shows the everyday life of Andean villagers and their children in an isolated area, but only hints at the fading of culture and political issues. The absence of a compelling narrative also holds for the Australian-Indian production UNDER THE PALACE WALL by David MacDougall which offers numerous scenes of the everyday life of the Indian village Delwara from early morning to evening. The audience viewer gains an excellent impressionistic view of the beautifully filmed village activities. Reality as it is rather than its interpretation may be the guiding rationale in these seemingly ethnographic approaches.

    On the other hand ELEVATOR, a 2013 Mexican production by Adrian Ortiz Maciel provides a compelling story using comments by elevator operators and tenants of a Mexico City housing complex. It was constructed for several thousand civil servants like a housing machine following Corbusier’s design. Now privatized and partially destroyed after an earthquake, the complex has gone through a decline, shutting down services and amenities, leaving elevators broken and garbage uncollected. It serves an aging isolated population living of their memories. Most do not want to leave since they have lived there for decades or cannot afford other housing. There are few young people living there, for some older tenants a source of trouble. Through the non-invasive brief testimonies of individual operators and tenants we get a clear idea of the consequences of privatization of the complex, of the issues faced by those living there and of the memories and problem solutions embraced operators and tenants.

    Last year the Margret Mead Film Festival presented Peghi Vail’s GRINGO TRAILS a superb documentary on the devastating impact large scale tourism by young people has on many areas they discovered in the Third World. This year, THE VENICE SYNDROM by Andreas Pichler a 2013 co-production from Germany, Austria and Italy offers a similar message through well executed interviews with the few Venetians still living there and convincing research.  It is a requiem for a city which has today as many tourists as local residents, about 58,000 and is likely to have no Venetians left by 2030 if current tendencies prevail. The city has been taken over by tourists numbering about 21 million in 2013.  Enterprises catering the tourists, wealthy real estate speculators and the international jet set are making Venice properties unaffordable to the locals who are increasingly forced to live on the main land. Public institutions such as the post office, medical facilities and schools have been closed down.  The local government is impotent since the driving forces of development are large domestic and foreign transnational corporations which draw the primary benefit from the massive tourist trade. At the same time Venice is sinking gradually not having an infrastructure coping with the additional tourist strain; all sewage goes into the canals. It lacks proper maintenance of many of its historic buildings which have lasted for several hundred years. An expert estimates a life span of 50 years today given the low quality of the building repairs carried out, fast and shoddy. Lastly their fundaments are threatened by the vibrations from the growing number of huge cruise ships arriving each day in Venice. Interviews with locals show that they are very much aware of the destruction of Venice, but as the interviewed tourist guides point out it they cannot talk about the deterioration since tourist want to retain their illusion of Venice.  There are plans underway to build a world cruise port allowing bigger cruise ships to dock in Venice since the size and number of cruise ships entering Venice will be restricted in 2015, but there is no limit on the number of tourists. Thus the city can be renamed VeniceLand following the DisneyLand example. THE VENICE SYNDROME is impressive and persuasive because of its humorous strain, respect for local residents and the absence of an overtly didactic approach which is frequently shared by issue oriented documentaries.

    As a superbly photographed and researched film H2O MX by Jose Cohen and Lorenzo Hagerman documents the water crisis of the Mexico City area impacting 22 million people living there. It calls for action to fix a water system which will totally fall part in eight years. Among the problems depicted are, to name but a few, leakage resulting in the loss of half of the water, increase in the pollution of the ground water pollution , absence of effective regulations separating  storm water from human and industrial waste, and release of all waste into one drainage  canal. Only ten percent of the raw sewage is treated. Also depicted is the failure to control disposition of chemicals. Since 60 % of the needed water is drawn from aquifers the ground water level is lowered continually contributing to the slow sinking of Mexico City and the absence of a drainage system to cope with the frequent flooding. As a result there is no direct access to water in many Mexico City neighborhoods. Thousands of trucks deliver water daily. In affluent sections residents are forced to have expensive water delivered and in poor areas residents spend long hours to bringing water home. Ironically farmers in the Hidalgo area which provides much vegetable to the city use the city’s polluted and toxic drainage water to irrigate their crops. In their words they draw the water from the,” river of revenge” and use “poop to make food”.  There are some isolated efforts such as the Isla Urbana to cope with the problem through installing rainwater harvesting systems, yet the water crisis is too massive to be overcome by small and isolated projects.  According to the film maker solving the problem is not a priority and politicians suffer from a collective amnesia regarding the water issue. Though the documentary has proven popular in its numerous screening policy makers and the civil society have not been responsive thus far. The municipal agency handling water supply is severely underfunded and its officials do not expect a larger budget in the future though the water problem is getting worse each year.  There seems to more interest in building a huge airport serving Mexico City. H2O MX received the 2014 Margret Mead Filmmaker Award.

    The 2014 festival programmed a well-balanced combination of ethnographic and issue oriented documentaries meeting the expectations of a knowledgeable audience. As in past editions it provided novel information and insights into many cultures and the problems faced by their people. The festival continues to be among the best film showcases New York City offers.

     

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    The opening of the Third Edition of the LosCabosInternational Film Festival took place at the outdoor theater of the Pabellón Cultural de La República, framed by the Marina Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos.
     
    Around 1,200 guests witnessed the beginning of this edition that will feature a program that places its best bet on, and supports filmmakers seeking to internationalize their job, as well as industry activities, galas, red carpets, honor tributes, free and outdoor screenings, in one of the most sought after places in Mexico, Los Cabos.
     
    Alonso Aguilar-Castillo, General Director of Los Cabos International Film Festival, accompanied by Mexican actress Irene Azuela, Rubén Reachi, Tourism Minister of Baja California Sur; Jorge Sánchez, Director General of the Mexican Film Institute; and Alfonso Pasquel, President of Los Cabos Arte y Cultura, presided the opening ceremony.
     
    The Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund awards ceremony took place, where Jorge Sánchez and Gabriel Figueroa Flores granted seven Mexican projects in development stage USD $5,000 each, and two others,  in post-production stage received USD $ 52,000 in Labodigital services.


     

     2014 GFFF winners

    The seven winning projects in development stage:

    The two winning projects in post-production stage:

    • El charro de Toluquilla (Director José Villalobos Romero, Producer Sergio Adrián Morkin – Documentary).
    • Semana Santa (Director Alejandra Márquez Abella, Producers Nicolás Celis and Sebastián Celis - Fiction).

    In the framework of the second year of the Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund, the opening of the photographic exhibit "Gabriel Figueroa Homage" took place. This display rends tribute to the art of Figueroa, and shows the quality of his work as inspiration and as an example for new generations of Mexican and international filmmakers.

    Additionally, the Festival celebrated the life and achievements of Roger Ebert, through a Posthumous Tribute in honor of the famed film critic. His widow, Chaz Ebert, received the Tribute from Mark Adams, Chief critics and reviews editor for Screen International. 
    The role of critique is essential for the evolution of filmmaking. The words of skilled viewers (the pens of the critics) decode a film’s many attributes and accompany it in its search of an audience.
     
    To begin the screenings at the Opening Gala Wild by Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallée. The film that renders the brave story of Cheryl Strayed with a powerful performance by the actress Reese Witherspoon, was showcased as a Latin American Premiere at the Festival.
     

    COME AND SEE WHAT THE NEIGHBORS ARE DOING.
    Mexico, USA and Canada showcase their best films to the world. 
     


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    By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent

    Here they are, the winners and full list of the sparkling moments that made AFI Fest presented by AUDI a hit this year:

    AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi
    ANNOUNCES JURY AND AUDIENCE AWARD-WINNING FILMS

    Encore Screenings of Selected Award-Winning Films
    at the Chinese 6 Theatres Today

    LOS ANGELES, CA, November 13, 2014 – AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi today announced this year's Jury and Audience Awards for features and short films included in the festivals New Auteur and Shorts programs. The New Auteurs section highlights first and second-time feature film directors and the Shorts selections represent diverse and varied international perspectives. Grand Jury Awards were presented to SELF MADE (BOREG), which received the New Auteurs Critics' Award, and to THE TRIBE (PLEMYA), which received the VIZIO Visionary Special Jury Award. BUFFALO JUGGALOS by Scott Cummings received the Live Action Short Award, and YEARBOOK by Bernardo Britto received the Animated Short Award. Special Jury Award winners went to GÜEROS and VIOLET. RED ARMY, GÜEROS, 10,000 KM and THE MIDNIGHT SWIM received Audience Awards.

    Select award-winning films will screen again today at the Chinese 6 Theatres. Admission is available to AFI FEST 2014 pass holders and the general public via the rush line, which begins forming one hour before each film's scheduled screening start time. For screening times visit AFI.com/AFIFEST

    "The films in competition have screened at other festivals throughout the year and AFI FEST is the place where they are presented together in the context of showcasing bold, original and audacious auteur work from new filmmakers," said Jacqueline Lyanga, Director of AFI FEST. "We hope the recognition from our jury of film critics will lead audiences to discover these films."

    NEW AUTEURS CRITICS' AWARD

    The New Auteurs section highlights first and second-time feature film directors from around the world. This year's New Auteurs jury featured Alonso Duralde (The Wrap), Tim Grierson (Screen International), Eric Kohn (IndieWire) and Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood).

    New Auteurs Critics' Award: SELF MADE (BOREG). DIR Shira Geffen. Israel

    VIZIO Visionary Special Jury Award
    Presented in recognition of the extraordinary visual storytelling in their film. The winner will receive the all-new VIZIO P-Series Ultra HD Smart TV and Sound Bar System.
    THE TRIBE (PLEMYA). DIR Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy. Ukraine

    "What a fantastic way to end the festival. We are thrilled that our audiences responded so strongly to the film line up," said Lane Kneedler, Associate Director of Programming of AFI FEST. "I am also especially thrilled that our jury gravitated towards such bold and visionary filmmakers."

    GRAND JURY AWARDS, LIVE ACTION AND ANIMATED SHORT

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST Grand Jury Award winners in the Live Action and Animated Shorts categories as qualifiers for the annual Academy Awards® Short Film category. The Shorts jury featured Kahlil Joseph (filmmaker), Sara Murphy (producer), Mike Ott (filmmaker), Matthew Takata (Sundance Institute) and Brian Udovich (producer) (AFI class of 2004).

    Grand Jury Award for Live Action Short: BUFFALO JUGGALOS. DIR Scott Cummings. USA

    Grand Jury Award for Animated Short: YEARBOOK DIR Bernardo Britto. USA  

    AUDIENCE AWARDS

    World Cinema Audience Award: RED ARMY. DIR Gabe Polsky. USA, Russia

    New Auteurs Audience Award: GÜEROS. DIR Alonso Ruizpalacios. Mexico

    American Independents Audience Award: 10,000 KM. DIR Carlos Marques-Marcet. Spain, USA. (award accompanied by a $60,000 Panavision grant)

    Breakthrough Audience Award (award accompanied by a $5,000 cash prize):
    THE MIDNIGHT SWIM. DIR Sarah Adina Smith. USA.

    The complete list of award-winners, including special awards, is attached at the end of this press release.

    The complete AFI FEST 2014 program included 120 films (75 features, 45 shorts), representing 39 countries. The Opening Night Gala was the World Premiere of J.C. Chandor's A MOST VIOLENT YEAR. The Closing Night Gala is Bennett Miller's FOXCATCHER, which screens tonight at the Dolby Theatre®.

    The many highlights of the festival included a special Tribute to Sophia Loren with a presentation of MARRIAGE ITALIAN STYLE (MATRINONIO ALL'ITALIANA); a Surprise Screening of AMERICAN SNIPER from director Clint Eastwood; a first look at SELMA featuring a conversation with producers Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner; director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo following a standing room only screening of the film in its entirety; The Hollywood Reporter's Indie Contenders Roundtable moderated by columnist and blogger Scott Feinberg featuring panelists director/writer J.C. Chandor (A MOST VIOLENT YEAR); director/writer Damien Chazelle (WHIPLASH); actress Marion Cotillard (TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT); actor Jake Gyllenhaal (NIGHTCRAWLER); actor Bill Hader (THE SKELETON TWINS); actress Michelle Monaghan (FORT BLISS); actress Kristen Stewart (STILL ALICE); and actress Tilda Swinton (SNOWPIERCER); an engaging conversation On Acting with actors Michael Keaton and Edward Norton co-stars in Alejandro González Iñárritu's current release, BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE); a Conversation on Cinematography with Roger Deakins (UNBROKEN, A BEAUTIFUL MIND, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, SKYFALL) legendary cinematographer and 11-time Oscar®nominee, Deakins shared his wisdom and expertise in a discussion about the art of cinematography; a special presentation by Paul Thomas Anderson of the underground cult classic documentary MONDO HOLLYWOOD which was listed by the critically acclaimed director as a chief inspiration and influence on his latest film, INHERENT VICE, an AFI FEST Gala presentation; and the Los Angeles Times' Young Hollywood Roundtable featuring Joey King (FARGO, TV Series), Logan Lerman (THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER), Jena Malone (THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY) and Jenny Slate (OBVIOUS CHILD) participated in a lively discussion with the Times' Amy Kaufman on life in the industry and being thrust into the limelight.

    Several international filmmakers and cast members were in attendance, including Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, the directors of Belgium's official Foreign Language Film Oscar® submission TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (DEUX JOURS, UNE NUIT) with star Marion Cotillard; Xavier Dolan, the director of MOMMY, Canada's official Foreign Language Film Oscar® submission; Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, the directors of THE SALT OF THE EARTH; Bertrand Bonello, the director of France's official Foreign Language Film Oscar® submission SAINT LAURENT with star Gaspard Ulliel; Paolo Virzì, the director of HUMAN CAPITAL (IL CAPITALE UMANO); Italy's official Foreign Language Film Oscar® submission; Shlomi Elkabetz, the director of GETT, THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM, Israel's official Foreign Language Film Oscar® submission; Ukrainian director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, director of The Tribe (Pleyma), along with the film's star Yana Novikova; director Shim Sung-bo, the director of Korea's official Foreign Language Film Oscar® submission HAEMOO, Andrey Zvyagintsev, the director of Russia's official Foreign Language Film Oscar® submission; Damián Szifrón, director of Argentina's official Foreign Language Film Oscar® submission WILD TALES; Viggo Mortensen, the star of JAUJA; Timothy Spall, who won the Best Actor award at Cannes for his performance in MR. TURNER; French director Mia Hansen-Løve with EDEN, along with cast member Félix De Givry, Abderrahmane Sissako, the director of TIMBUKTU, Mauritania's official Foreign Language Film Oscar® submission, Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement of WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS; Marc Zinga, star of Toronto's Discovery Prize winner MAY ALLAH BLESS FRANCE! (QU'ALLAH BENISSE LA FRANCE!); and Karidja Touré, the star of GIRLHOOD (BANDE DE FILLES).

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    AFM Day 7 – Distribution Conference (November 11, 2014) Video on Demand Session

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    Closing sessions of the AFM Producer Forums

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    The second of the two sessions addressed the topic of “DIY Distribution: Finding Your Film’s Audience and Digital Niche” with moderator Russell Schwartz, President, Domestic Marketing, Relativity Europa Distribution, and panellists, Richard Abramowitz, President, Abramorama, Nicolas Gonda, CEO, Tugg Inc, Adam Leipzig, CEO, Entertainment Media Partners, Sam Toles, VP, Content Acquisitions, Vimeo, Dylan Wiley, Ind...

     

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    INHERENT VICE Red Carpet at AFI FEST

    The cast of INHERENT VICE walks the red carpet at AFI FEST ...
     
     

    AFI Reality Movies: American Sniper, SELMA, Tales of The Grim Sleeper

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    The 18th Black Nights Film Festival opens tonight in Tallinn with “Warsaw 44” by Jan Komasa with the introduction by the director Komasa, actor Józef Pawłowski and producer Jan Kwiencinski. The Bruno Oýa Award for the young Estonian actor will be presented at the red carpet opening ceremony in the Nordea Concert Hall.

    The award has been an initiative by the Polish actor Daniel Olbrychski and is supported by the Polish insurance company PCU AMA with a grant for a young Estonian actor on the verge of international breakthrough. Bruno Oýa was an Estonian-Polish actor who reached international fame in 1967 with the film “Nobody Wanted to Die”. The foundation will work as part of the Black Nights and issue the award annually.
    The winners of the competition “My Polish Film” will be announced at the ceremony. People were invited to submit their memories and experiences with the Polish film as texts or videos.
    With the Polish focus Black Nights wishes to celebrate one of the most unique film cultures of Europe. The historic continuity, strong tradition of film education and dialogue of generations symbolize the strength of Polish film. 16 Polish films will be screened at the Black Nights.

    The President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves will speak at the opening ceremony as well as the Minister of Culture and Heritage of Poland, Prof. Malgorzata Omilanowska. Choreography of the ceremony is by Rene Köster, music by Sander Mölder, video art by VJ Emiko (Poland), dance performance by Twisted Dance Company.

    The International Film Producers’ Association has designated Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival as a non-specialized competitive festival. Black Nights Film Festival is the 15th international film festival to be inducted to that category by FIAPF. The most influential film festival of the European North Eastern region takes place from 14th to 30th November.
     


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    The 18th Black Nights Film Festival opens tonight in Tallinn with “Warsaw 44” by Jan Komasa with the introduction by the director Komasa, actor Józef Pawłowski and producer Jan Kwiencinski. The Bruno Oýa Award for the young Estonian actor will be presented at the red carpet opening ceremony in the Nordea Concert Hall.

    Warsaw 44: Summer 1944. Warsaw, Poland, is occupied by the Nazis. After the death of his father, Stefan works at a chocolate factory to support his mother and brother. Humiliated by the Nazis every day, Stefan wants to join the anti-Nazi resistance but he can’t because he promised her mother not to engage in any military activity. At last, he plans a revolt with his friends, while also falling in love with a girl. 

    “Warsaw 44” is based on an actual revolt that happened on August 1, 1944 in occupied Warsaw. This is a story of young Varsovians full of life and passion. They live their lives as if each day was to be their last. It’s not, however, due to their bravado or recklessness – this attitude is a natural thing considering the reality they face. They witness sacrifice and heroism, but also cruelty, betrayal and murder. They learn about love and discover what hate feels like. History teaches them a bloody and brutal lesson in growing up.

    What they don’t know is that History has something in store for them...

    The award has been an initiative by the Polish actor Daniel Olbrychski and is supported by the Polish insurance company PCU AMA with a grant for a young Estonian actor on the verge of international breakthrough. Bruno Oýa was an Estonian-Polish actor who reached international fame in 1967 with the film “Nobody Wanted to Die”. The foundation will work as part of the Black Nights and issue the award annually.
    The winners of the competition “My Polish Film” will be announced at the ceremony. People were invited to submit their memories and experiences with the Polish film as texts or videos.
    With the Polish focus Black Nights wishes to celebrate one of the most unique film cultures of Europe. The historic continuity, strong tradition of film education and dialogue of generations symbolize the strength of Polish film. 16 Polish films will be screened at the Black Nights.

    The President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves will speak at the opening ceremony as well as the Minister of Culture and Heritage of Poland, Prof. Malgorzata Omilanowska. Choreography of the ceremony is by Rene Köster, music by Sander Mölder, video art by VJ Emiko (Poland), dance performance by Twisted Dance Company.


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    Los Cabos Meets Ace Best Practice Exchange from Film Funding Agencies

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      - Joycelyn DeBoer, Michael Beugg, Daniel Junge, Tom Bower, Lawrence Jordan, Roberto Andò, Bruce Greenwood, Nathan Zellner, David Zellner in-person to receive prestigious Festival awards -   - Piano Prodigy and Keep On Keepin' On Subject Justin Kauflin to Perform -   The Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF), sponsored by Starz Entertainment and produced by the Denver Film Society, announced today its films in competition and award recipients. T...
     

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    AMAA Nominees 2014

     
    Efere Ozako Amaa 2014 Award For Best Short Film: Dialemi – Gabon 2014 Award For Best Animation: Khumba – South Africa 2014 Award For Best Documentary: Hamu Beya- The Sand Fishers – Mali And Potraits Of A Lone Farmer – Nigeria/denmark 2014 Award For Best Film In An African Language: B For Boy – Nigeria 2014 Award For Best Diaspora Short: Passage – Bahamas 2014 ...
     

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    HIFF Award winners announced at Halekulani Hau Terrace Awards Presentation

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    Stephen Daldry (“The Hours,” “The Reader,” “Billy Elliot”) will receive ‘Excellence in Directing Award’ from Camerimage

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    Submit animation to ANIMAZE - April 16 – 19, 2015

    Earlybird Deadline December 19, 2014 Regular Deadline January 16, 2015 Late Deadline February 6, 2015 Extended Deadline February 13, 2015 Notification Date March 13, 2015   ANIMAZE (April 16 – 19, 2015) is a Montreal-based international animation film festival providing a showcase for animators and animation producers to showcase and market their works.  ANIMAZE is registered non-profit organization with feature animation films, documentaries and shorts animated. SUBMIT
     

    The 48th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival is now open for entries!

    THE WORLDFEST REMI AWARDS The 48th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival (April 10th-19th, 2015) is now open for entries! All Winners are submitted to Seoul, Korea, Concorto, Italy & the USAFilmFestival, Dallas at no extra cost! WorldFest does not get down with Without-A-Box. We remain fiercely independent! One WorldFest Entry Form per entry please. Complete the form below, then double-check it before submitting to WorldFest. SUBMIT.

    Submit to the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival APRIL 23 - 26, 2014

    October 31, 2014 Earlybird Deadline

    Cash prizes are awarded to winning filmmakers; as well as a PARTIAL REIMBURSEMENT for those that are Officially Selected into the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. Filmmakers from around the world are invited to submit films. 

    The coveted JDIFF "Feather" award, as well as CASH PRIZES are given in the following categories:

    Submit in one of the Following Categories Grand Jury, Best Documentary Feature, Best of Iowa, Best Short, Best Feature. Submit

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    Fantasporto 2015 35th edition February 27th - March 7th

    Submissions close December 5th 

    This year's edition will pay tribute to Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers and Orson Welles celebrating his 100th anniversary and screening new restored prints of Citizen Kane and Top Hat which opened 75 years ago. Both are in the Fantas Classics area.

    The selection for shorts is only for fantasy ones, like always. Submissions are open and we are accepting online submissions.

    Since we are making a new site that will be ready only later in October we propose you to send us the screener(s) for the selection commitee to see and, if the film(s) is(are) chosen, we will ask you all the materials needed. SUBMIIT

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    The Nashville Film Festival 46th Annual April 16 - 25, 2015

    The Nashville Film Festival is proud to bring the world to Nashville through a celebration of the diversity of the human spirit expressed through the art of film. In year-round programs, NaFF helps build a more informed, collaborative and alive community.

    The call for entries for the 2015 Nashville Film Festival is now open. Make sure to enter your film today. We offer cash and prizes valued at over $54,000 and qualify Live Action, Animated and Documentary Short Films for Academy Award™ consideration. SUBMIT VIA WAB or use the Call for Entry 2015 .

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    The Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) March 25 - 29, 2015

    Final deadline is January 30th 2015.  Please submit via "Withoutabox"

    The Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) is presented by the Sonoma Film Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, as a welcoming, entertaining and inspiring cinematic experience that supports and promotes independent films, celebrates the cultural diversity in the Sonoma Valley through film, and funds visual arts in education.
    "2014" - 220 Filmmakers - 14 countries - 114 films

    Named one of America's "Top Ten Destination Film Festivals," Sonoma prides itself on giving every filmmaker the royal treatment. Celebrated as one of the friendliest and most uplifting festivals on the circuit. SUBMIT

    Sonoma International Film Festival's blog I Website www.sonomafilmfest.org

     

     

    Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival April 23 - May 3, 2015

    EARLY-BIRD DEADLINE – November 19, 2014

    Hot Docs (www.hotdocs.ca), North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 22nd annual edition from April 23 – May 3, 2015. An outstanding selection of approximately 200 documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker and The Doc Shop. In partnership with Blue Ice Group, Hot Docs operates the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.

    SUBMIT

    Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival's blog I Website http://www.hotdocs.ca/

     

    New York Int'l Children's Film Festival February 27 - March 22, 2015


    Final Deadline for Shorts Oct 14, 2014 - Final Deadline for Feature Films Nov 10, 2014

    New York Int'l Children's Film Festival is North America's film festival for children and teens. Each year the Festival presents 100 animated, live action and experimental shorts and features from around the world plus retrospectives, filmmaker Q&As, workshops, audience voting, and an annual Awards Ceremony.

    We are looking for creative, original, non-formulaic short and feature films that support our mission to create a more dynamic film culture for children and teens. We often program films that were not created with a young audience in mind, but are received passionately and enthusiastically by attendees ages 3-18 nonetheless. We are not shy about showing films with mature themes, subject matter, language or sensibilities.

    Members of the Festival jury include Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Bill Plympton, Christine Vachon, James Schamus, Henry Selick and Gus van Sant, among others. The Festival is an Academy®-qualifying festival. SUBMIT

    NYICFF's blog I Website www.gkids.com  

     

    The Myrtle Beach International Film Festival April 22 -25, 2015

    This will mark the 10th year anniversary of the festival ranked one of the top 25 film festivals in the World by Movie Maker Magazine.
    We are open to all genres. MBIFF also has a budget category, so a film with a 10 thousand dollar budget does not compete against a project with a 10 million dollar budget (with the exception of the overall winner).
    We have been quoted as the best or one of the best festivals ever attended by films makers around the globe.

    We are passionate about film and it shows! Submit by January 10th 2015

    Myrtle Beach International Film Festival's blog I Website http://www.myrtlebeachfilmfestival.com/

     

    The Garden State Film Festival

    2015 Call for Entries is OPEN NOW!!!

    The Garden State Film Festival was founded to promote the art of filmmaking on all levels by showcasing a wide variety of film, video and animated works as well as provide educational programs in the creative arts to the public by industry leaders. The artistic philosophy of the Garden State Film Festival is rooted in the celebration of the independent film genre and the creation of a forum where local and other independent filmmakers can exhibit their work.  Film, Screenplay and Movie Music competitions all open now!!

    Film Entries
    Screenplay Competition
    Movie Music Competition

    The Garden State Film Festival's blog I Website http://www.gsff.org

    L Europe autour de l' Europe Festival calling for entry for 2015

    Film submission deadline: December 15, 2014   Subscription fee : free   Participation rules: 1) Production: 47 countries of the Council of Europe 2) Screening formats : 35mm, 16mm, DCP, Quicktime, BluRay, Beta SP, Digibeta, DVD 3) Screeners : DVD, BluRay or link with French or English subtitles   Address : Evropa Film Akt / Festival L’Europe autour de l’Europe 22 rue Deparcieux 75014 Paris, France   E-mail : leuropeautourdeleurope@gmail.com...

    Evropa Film Akt's blog I Website http://evropafilmakt.com

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    Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival opens tonight with Polish focus

    The 18th Black Nights Film Festival opens tonight in Tallinn with “Warsaw 44” by Jan Komasa with the introduction by the director Komasa, actor Józef Pawłowski and producer Jan Kwiencinski. The Bruno Oýa Award for the young Estonian actor will be presented at the red carpet opening ceremony in the Nordea Concert Hall. Warsaw 44: Summer 1944. Warsaw, Poland, is occupied by the Nazis. After the death of his father, Stefan works at...
     

    Black Nights Film Festival opens tonight with Polish focus

    The 18th Black Nights Film Festival opens tonight in Tallinn with “Warsaw 44” by Jan Komasa with the introduction by the director Komasa, actor Józef Pawłowski and producer Jan Kwiencinski. The Bruno Oýa Award for the young Estonian actor will be presented at the red carpet opening ceremony in the Nordea Concert Hall. The award has been an initiative by the Polish actor Daniel Olbrychski and is supported by the Polish insurance company PCU AMA with a g...
     

    New York: 2014 Margaret Mead Film Festival

    Held at the American Museum of Natural History the Margret Mead Film Festival was guided by the theme “Past Forward”   and presented from October 23 - 27 44 films from more than 50 countries. The film program of this well organized fest was accompanied by events including art installations with cell phone made content and a participatory web-based interactive documentary project on the history of a rural US county. Three ‘Mead Dialogues’  covered screenin...
     

    AFI Reality Movies: American Sniper, SELMA, Tales of The Grim Sleeper

    by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Only Clint Eastwood could take the story of slain US Military Sniper Chris Kyle, who was mysteriously shot and killed at age 38 last year at a Texas gun range by a fellow vet, and make it a hit as well as a memorial to the man in question. The surprise screening of this highly anticipated feature film last night at AFI Fest presented by AUDI was a crowd-thriller, especially in its subtlety, its restrained sound design, the whoosh of wind, the cr...
     

    Full Program for the 2014 AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN IN CINEMA FILM FESTIVAL

     
    The African-American Women in Cinema announced today the FULL LINE-UP of this year’s 17th Annual AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN IN CINEMA FILM FESTIVAL (November 19th – 22nd), which features an opening night premiere and reception, keynote panels, additional premiere screenings, a youth filmmaking event, and a short films program. The films chosen for this year’s festival are judged by a jury committee made up of prominent industry leaders, who adhere to the organization&...
     

    POW! AFI Fest: Tons of Talent, Michael Keaton & Edward Norton, Plus Kristen Stewart, More A-Listers

    by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent When Michael Keaton “was frozen” in a scene for the newly released Birdman, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, according to Edward Norton, who appeared with him at an AFI conversation on 11/8, “you could see he was having trouble.” “I mean, I don’t know if this story is apocryphal,” Norton offered, “but there’s this story I heard (from a director), that when Greta ...
     

    Black Nights’ inaugural International competition brings record number of premieres to Tallinn

     
    The 18th Black Nights film festival beginning on the 14th November will present 18 worldwide entries in the main competition, among them a record-breaking number of International and European premieres. The competition programme presents a remarkable variety of film cultures. The decision by FIAPF to accredit Black Nights as one of the festivals with thematically and geographically unlimited competition has considerably widened the reach of the international competition programme. “At ...
     

    New York: New York City Independent Film Festival

    Staged for the fifth time, the New York City Independent Film Festival show cased this year from October 15-19 over 254 films from 38 countries covering feature films, documentaries and short films.  Aimed at new, underground and experimental independent filmmakers the NYCIFF has established itself as a festival platform for domestic and foreign independent producers and directors. Panels of more than 100 judges selected  from 1000 submissions 47 features, 132 short films and 75 supe...
     

    Impressions of Dok Leipzig

    Impressions of Dok Leipzig for filmfestivals.com   The 57th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film that took place from October 27th -  November 2nd, 2014,  known as Dok Leipzig, is one of the oldest documentary festivals in the world. Originally founded in 1955 when it was the only independent film festival in the German Democratic Republic, a socialist state under Soviet control, the festival has traditionally attracted controversy by allowing ...
     

    The 63rd International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg has opened

      “Film has become the key medium of our times,” spoke Festival Director Dr. Michael Kötz. He invited the guests and visitors to the Festival to “not just quickly consume a film, but to really watch them, to experience them with all your senses, to lose yourself in them and by doing so to really celebrate them – because the Festival is here to celebrate these films and cinematic art together with our audience!” The Festival celebrated its Grand Opening i...
     
     

    A few more reasons to register to this edition of the Fest Summit in Austin

    The 2014 conference and trade show will be held in Austin December 7-9th. There are two tracks but all attendees network together on the trade show floor. Some of our sponsors include SAG-AFTRA, WordPress, Delta Air Lines, Starwood, Panasonic, Lagunitas, Tito's Vodka,  and many more! We also have launched our magazine called Lineup (LINEUPLIVE.COM) about the festival industry.  Annually there are industry leaders speaking from Live Nation, Insomniac, 4Fini, Superfly presents, SFX,...
     

    Berlinale Talents main theme "2015: A Space Discovery"

    Oscar® winner Howard Shore confirmed as an expert With the main theme "2015: A Space Discovery", Berlinale Talents invites 300 emerging filmmakers to discover new ways of looking at cinematic space. Throughout nearly 100 talks and workshops, experts and talents dedicate themselves to film as a multi-dimensional spatial art, jointly exploring various perspectives for the screen, or how characters unfold the action spaces of edited stories and imagery. Berlinale Talents relates a...
     

    Eastern Neighbours Film Festival is back!

    06 - 12 November - Filmhuis Den Haag 13 - 15 November - Het Nutshuis The Hague, The Netherlands After intense work, a programme of 38 features, shorts and documentary films - mainly Dutch premieres – is ready to be presented during the 6th edition of Eastern Neighbours Film Festival (ENFF). The festival is made possible by: Filmhuis Den Haag, Het Nutshuis, City of The Hague, Dutch Film Fund, Fund 21, Fund 1818 and the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund. Get to know the life ...
     

    World Movies Secret Cinema comes to BAPFF

    The inaugural Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival (BAPFF) has announced an exciting addition to its program with the hugely successful World Movies Secret Cinema to be held over four nights in December. BAPFF, an international film event initiative of the Brisbane City Council, will run from November 29 to December 14 and includes about 85 of the best films from the Asia Pacific Region, producers of half the world's film content. BAPFF Executive Chairman Michael Hawkins...
     

    New York: 2014 NY Film Festival - Documentaries

    Not offering any awards, outlandish social events and a sales market the New York Film Festival remains one of the most important US film festivals following its unique strategy of programming demanding artistic films as well as excellent movies which meet commercial demands.  As the main selection, the retrospective,   the revival, and Spotlight on Documentary programs and side bars demonstrate the fest has retained its appeal for cineastes as does the inclusion of first rate f...
     
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    Ai Weiwei’s ice sculptures attract attention at Stockholm Film Festival

    Roy Anderson and ice sculpture At the inauguration of the Stockholm International Film Festival last week, two ice sculptures created by renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei were unveiled. Each in the shape of a lion, the two sculptures embody the Spotlight theme of this year’s festival: HOPE. The ice sculptures have got a lot of attention since the unveiling on November 4. Actors, directors, festival visitors as well as the public have been showing their support for Ai Weiwei, by ta...
     

    AFI & Hollywood Bow for Sophia Loren on 50th Anniversary of “Marriage Italian Style”

    by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Between Charlton Heston on Jan. 8 at #119 and Kirk Douglas on Nov. 1 at #121 in 1962, Sophia Loren would be the #120th handprint and footprint ceremony at famed The Chinese in Hollywood on July 26, 1962. She was 28 years old, and Natalie Wood had received her star the year prior. The next year a joint ceremony would be held for the dynamic and wildly popular married duo of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. But Sophia Loren’s hands had barel...
     

    THE WAY HE LOOKS Interview with director Daniel Ribeiro & actor Gilherme Lobo

    Hoje eu quero voltar sozinho (The Way He Looks) is a film focusing on the awakening of the sexuality of a blind teenager. Country of Origin: Brazil Running Time: 96 minutes Genre: Drama Official Brazilian Entry Foreign Language Film 87th Academy Awards Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize and Teddy Award, Berlin International Film Festival Winner, Audience Award, Frameline Film Festival Winner, Audience Award, Outfest Winner, Audience Award for Best Feature, NewFest The Way he Looks is...
     

    Clancy Brown, Ansel Elgort, Jack O’Connell and Tessa Thompson To Perform At Academy Nicholl Fellowships Live Read

    Presenters include Destin Cretton, Ava DuVernay, Eva Marie Saint and Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith   Actors Clancy Brown, Ansel Elgort, Jack O’Connell and Tessa Thompson will perform a live reading of selected scenes from the four winning scripts at the 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read on Thursday, November 13, at 7:30 p.m., at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  For the second consecutive year, the event will ...
     

    Celebration at the Centre for the Moving Image of pioneering animator, artist, and musician Norman McLaren

    NORMAN MCLAREN – 100 YEARS OF ANIMATING THE WORLD The centenary of pioneering animator, artist, and musician Norman McLaren has been marked by the Centre for the Moving Image (CMI) in conjunction with the National Film Board of Canada with a ground-breaking, nationwide celebration of McLaren’s life and work.    More than 62,000 people took part in over 80 events, ranging from exhibitions, screenings, workshops and performances at 41 venues in Stirling, Glasgow, Edinbur...
     

    Emir Kusturica Guest at the Gala of Words with Gods in Los Cabos fest

      Our Life - Words with Gods Los Cabos International Film Festival proudly confirms the presence of Emir Kusturica, Serbian director, writer, producer, actor and musician, at the Gala of Words with Gods. The acclaimed filmmaker directed Our Life, one of the 9 short films of Words with Gods, which narrates how humanity has created the best idea of 'God'. In addition to discussing orthodox Christianity, he creates the image of a man who always sacrifices himself for his o...
     

    Netherlands Film Fund leads towards a greener film industry

    As of January 1 2015 Els Rientjes will take on the new role of Sustainability Manager for the Dutch film industry. The Netherlands Film Fund is facilitating this new position, which is considered an important step towards a greener Dutch film industry. Els Rientjes will stimulate the sustainable production of projects that receive production support from the Fund. She will also share relevant knowledge on sustainable innovation within the (international) film industry with Dutch...
     

    International star Irrfan Khan, special guest of the 14th River to River Florence Indian Film Festival

    The first European tribute to the actor, known all over the world for films such as “Life of Pi”, “The Millionaire”, “The Amazing Spiderman”, “A Mighty Heart” and the HBO series “In Treatment”. Indian star Irrfan Khan will be the special guest of the 14th River to River Florence Indian Film Festival, the only festival in Italy totally devoted to Indian cinema, who will be celebrated with the first European tribute to his films. Taki...
     

    IQIYI Chief Content Officer Ma Dong to deliver keynote at Asia TV Forum & Market and ScreenSingapore

     
    Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF), Asia’s leading entertainment content market announces today that Ma Dong, Chief Content Officer of Baidu’s IQIYI, will deliver an Asia Media Keynote speech “Digital China: The New Storyteller – IQIYI” on 9 December 2014.   For the third consecutive year, ATF 2014 will be held in conjunction with ScreenSingapore 2014. The four-day conference programme will take place from 9 to 12 December 2014 at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Conv...
     

    Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Jury announced

     
    INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION PROGRAMME JURY Kati Outinen, Finland Katie Outinen has worked after graduating from Theatre Academy in Helsinki 1984 in several theatres (Komteatteri, Helsinki City theatre and Ryhmäteatteri among others) and in radio theatre, where she also wrote. She worked from 2002 to 2013 as a Professor of acting in Helsinki Theatre Academy. Kati Outinen has participated in about 50 films over the years. The most impo...
     

    Interview with AMAA Founder Peace Anyiam-Osigwe

    Africa has beautiful stories to tell, says Peace Anyiam-Osigwe. At 16 years old, the Nigerian published her own magazine. She later continued bringing a “voice to voiceless issues” as a talk show host and film producer. Founder of the African Movie Academy Awards, Peace now dedicates her time to building cinemas in rural Africa, and helping other Africans tell the untold stories of their homeland. Among other accomplishments, you’re a published poet, a TV/film director and p...
     

    Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) Jury Members

    Our Jury Members BERNI GOLDBLAT Self made filmmaker Berni Goldblat directs, edits, produces and distributes films since 1999 in West Africa. In 2000 he created CINOMADE (www.cinomade.org), an organization based in Burkina Faso, which specializes in intervention cinema through awareness films and debates.  In 2006 Berni established the independent film production company LES FILMS DU DJABADJAH also based in B...
     

    AFI World Premiere: Mark Wahlberg Puts His Chips on Oscar in The Gambler, All In

    Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Mark Wahlberg sits in a director’s chair on stage to a packed house at The Dolby Theater after the world premiere of his new film The Gambler at AFI Fest presented by AUDI, and says “there are four pictures on the wall in my basement. Steve McQueen, Jimmy Cagney, John Garfield… and James Caan. I wanted him (Caan) to see The Gambler. He comes over to my house, sees the pictures on the wall, and says ‘Did you put this up just...
     

    ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS Announces 2014 International Juries

     
    Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced the complete line-up of the two International Juries, comprising of 10 eminent members of the international filmmaking community, that will determine the winners in the 8th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), to be announced in Brisbane on December 11. Cr Quirk said the six-member APSA International Jury would comprise acclaimed Palestinian actress, director and writer Hiam Abbass, Chinese direc...
     

    Interview with Paula van der Oest: Director of ACCUSED - Dutch film Candidate for Oscar’s Foreign-Language Nomination

      Accused directed by Paula van der Oest - is a film based on the true story of Lucia de Berk, an intense drama about the biggest failure of the legal justice system in Dutch history. After one of so many inexplicable baby death’s where Nurse Lucia (40) was once again present, the children’s hospital alerts the police. Assistant District Attorney Judith (28), driven by ambition and genuinely outraged, puts a lot of efforts in the investigation and considers Lucia guilty. The...
     

    Oscar Isaac: Probably Time for Oscar & AFI Fest 2014 Opens Wide

    by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   What is it about Oscar Isaac? When he and Jessica Chastain kicked off AFI Fest 2014 Opening Night with A Most Violent Year, the energy between the two of them was evident. Not because they both attended Juilliard, or because they are both born in March, or even the visible screen chemistry as a couple on film. But because if you trace both of their film choices, between the pair, you begin to see them build their credits and their onscr...
     

    Living Legend Sophia Loren’s Top10 Fun Facts & AFI Star-Packed 2014 Fest Warms Up

    by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent When Sophia Loren was tapped as the banner honoree of the 2014 AFI FEST presented by AUDI, it was no surprise that they also dubbed her “one of the last living legends” of Hollywood. But that only begins to explain the career of Loren, having come from the proverbial nowhere to grace screens worldwide with a kind of charisma unseen in the bevy of ‘dark-haired beauties’ before her. As AFI opens its annual gala tomorrow, h...
     

    Darren Aronofsky to be Jury President of the Berlinale 2015

    American director, screenwriter and producer Darren Aronofsky will be Jury President of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. "Darren Aronofsky has distinguished himself as an outstanding protagonist in contemporary auteur cinema. In his artistic approach he consistently sounds out cinematic language and its aesthetic possibilities. I’m pleased to be able to welcome him as Jury President of the Berlinale 2015,” says Festival Director Dieter Kosslick.   Fol...
     

    Alan Rickman will receive Krzysztof Kieslowski Award during the 22nd edition of Camerimage.

     
    The International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography CAMERIMAGE is above all a celebration of the artistry of filmmakers who do not stand in the limelight for most of the time, and prefer to stand behind, not in front of camera; a way of saluting those wonderful craftsmen for their efforts in turning cinema, medium brought to life for strictly entertainment purposes, into a true realm of art. Nevertheless, Camerimage is also vastly appreciative of the work of distinguished actors, arti...

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    Metropolitan Entertainment Featured Post Production Services

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    Conference program @ Asia TV Forum & Market and ScreenSingapore 2014

    All Conference and Market activities are held at Level 4 and 5, Sands Expo and Convention Centre (Marina Bay Sands). Media registration will be at the Protocol Welcome Desk on Level 4.   (A)   Pre-market Conference: Tuesday, 9 December 2014   Venue Level 4, Roselle Ballroom, Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands (MBS) Programme schedule 8.45am – 9.20am ...
     
     

    IFFS 2014 Panel confirmed: Anatomy of a Successful Collaboration

    In a rapidly expanding festival market, where community members, audiences and sponsors are being pulled in multiple directions and oftentimes spread thin, this panel of experts will provide tools to help you stand out and succeed with your film distributors, sponsors, and community through successful collaborations. Moderator: Benjamin Oberman, President/CEO, Film Festival Flix   Panelist: Stephanie Northen, Director of Publicity, Roadside Attractions  Panel...
     

     

    Need more and better film submissions for your festival? don't miss the one month booster

     
    Filmfestivals.com was established 1995 as world reference in this niche, we are proud of our track record in helping festivals attract more legitimacy, visibility and film submissions from our large base of international film professionals (370 000 unique filmmaker visitors each month), 159 500 subscribers to the newsletter. ONE TIME OFFER We suggest this quick one month booster program for your call for entry including  with 4 newsletter ads, your call for entry promoted one month lon...
     

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    Mardi prochain, 18 novembre, commence la 18è édition des Œillades, Festival du Film Francophone d'Albi.

     
    Du 18 au 23 novembre Les Œillades 18è Festival du Film Francophone d'Albi www.cine-oeillades.fr   Mardi prochain, 18 novembre, commence la 18è édition des Œillades, Festival du Film Francophone d'Albi. Au programme :  - 15 avant-premières - une carte blanche au producteur Christophe Rossignon - une compétition de courts-métrage - une programmation ...
     

    Michel Gondry président de la 5e édition de MyFrenchFilmFestival

     
    Le réalisateur présidera le jury de la prochaine édition de MyFrenchFilmFestival, premier festival en ligne du cinéma français, organisé par UniFrance films, qui aura lieu du 16 janvier au 16 février 2015. Dix longs métrages et dix courts métrages français seront en compétition pour cette 5e édition de MyFrenchFilmFestival.com. Les internautes du monde entier seront invités à visionner le...
     

    Jean Becker Président du jury du Festival du Cinéma et Musique de Film de la Baule

     
    Jean Becker commence sa carrière comme assistant réalisateur pour son père Jacques Becker, Julien Duvivier et Henri Verneuil.   Plus tard, il signe quelques comédies policières avec Jean-Paul Belmondo en vedette qui ont été de grands succès, comme « Un nommé la Rocca » (1961), « Echappement lib...
     

    La programmation du nouveau Festival du Cinéma et Musique de Film de la Baule

     
    PROGRAMME COMPLET Toutes les projections auront lieu au cinéma le Gulf Stream de la Baule et seront gratuites y compris les avant-premières (seule la soirée de clôture et le concert "Ciné Musique" seront sur réservation et billeterie : http://billetterie.atlantia-labaule.com/ Venez retirer vos places Gratuites au cinéma le Gulf Stream la veille des projections. JEUDI 20 NOVEMBRE  Après midi ...
     

    Christophe Barratier présente son Festival du Cinéma et Musique de Film de la Baule

     
    J’avais six ou sept ans. Une petite salle de quartier à Montmartre où mon père m’emmène voir un film au titre presque répulsif pour l’enfant que j’étais : « Autant en emporte le vent ». Comme, en plus, ce n’était pas un dessin animé, je faisais sans doute la tête . Puis commença le générique, avec le fameux jingle des productions Zelnick…. Soudain, ...
     

    La 37e édition du Poitiers Film Festival (28 novembre au 7 décembre) présentera un focus sur la chine

     
    La 37e édition du Poitiers Film Festival aura lieu du 28 novembre au 7 décembre au TAP et au TAP Castille. Au programme : 12 programmes de compétition, un focus consacré à la Chine et 9 grandes soirées : leçon de cinéma de Pierre Salvadori, avant-premières, soirée spéciale dédiée aux séries... 10 jours de fête dédiés au jeune cinéma ! les longs m&e...
     

    Le festival européen « Lux Film Days » s’invite à Troyes

     
      Le festival européen « Lux Film Days »se tiendra à Troyes les 17, 24 et 28 novembre, au Ciné City.   Le Parlement Européen a choisi Troyes, Paris et Arras pour la projection, en France, des trois films finalistes du « Lux Film Days » 2014. Orchestré par le Parlement Européen, le « Lux Film Days » est une compétition internationale qui soutient, depuis sa création e...
     

    Top 10 des entrées hebdo France du 05/11/2014 au 11/11/2014

     
    Rang Titre du film Distributeur Entrées semaine France Nbr de copies M/C Cumul entrées S 1 INTERSTELLAR WARNER 1 071 360 747 1434 1 071 360 1 2 SAMBA GAUMONT 401 ...
     

    Lancement du Prix Coal 2015 / Édition spéciale Paris Climat 2015

     
    Cai Guo-Qiang, The Ninth Wave sailing on the Huangpu River by the Bund, Shanghai, 2014. Photo by JJY Photo, courtesy Cai Studio   Édition spéciale ArtCOP21, pour la 21ème Conférence des Nations Unies sur le changement climatique, Paris 2015.   Le Prix COAL Art et Environnement révèle la richesse des réponses portées par les artistes aux problématiques envi...
     

     

    Le Palmarès des Ecrans Documentaires

     
    Palmarès 2014 Le jury Premiers films composé de Grégory Cohen (réalisateur), Sebastien Descoins (monteur)  et Axel Salvatori-Sinz (réalisateur), décerne le Prix des Ecrans documentaires 2014 à  - Vous qui gardez un cœur qui bat de Antoine Chaudagne et Sylvain Verdet  et  - Mutso, l’arrière pays de Corinne Sullivan Le Prix Moulin d'Andé...
     

    Festival Aérospatial des Etoiles et des Ailes pour les passionnés du Cinéma et de l'univers aéronautique et spatial

     
    Catherine Jacob, Michèle Laroque et Lionel Abelanski donnent rendez-vous à tous les passionnés de l'univers aéronautique et spatial au Festival Aérospatial des Etoiles et des Ailes qui se tiendra à Toulouse du 13 au 16 novembre prochain.   Un festival qui donne une large part au cinéma avec la projection de films comme Gravity, Oblivion, Destiny in space, Planes, Dragons 2… pour le plaisir des petits et grands ! C'est au...
     

    Le Salon de l'édition DVD indépendante déploie pour la 3ème édition ses tentacules

      3è édition du Salon de l'édition DVD indépendante au cinéma La Clef - Paris les 6 et 7 décembre 2014 de 14h00 à 20h00   Du 6 au 7 décembre, Le Salon de l'édition DVD indépendante déploie pour la 3ème édition ses tentacules chargés de DVD originaux et de qualité : 14 éditeurs DVD vous préparent un raz-de-marée de fictions et de docum...
     

    L’édition 2014 du Maghreb des Films en novembre décembre à Paris

     
    Au Club de l’Etoile, le vendredi 14 novembre à 20h, projection en avant-première de  L’ORANAIS , un film de Lyes Salem (Algérie/2014/126’)  14 Rue Troyon, 75017 Paris    Durant les premières années euphoriques qui suivent l’indépendance, deux amis, Djaffar et Hamid, sont promis à un bel avenir dans une Algérie libre jusqu’au jour où la trahison les sépare. « Nou...
     

    37e Festival du film italien de Villerupt - PALMARES

     
    37e Festival du Film Italien de Villerupt Du 24 octobre au 11 novembre 2014 www.festival-villerupt.com   Au cours de son dernier week-end, le Festival du Film Italien de Villerupt propose traditionnellement au public de voir ou revoir tous les films primés durant l’édition en cours, et ce jusqu’à la fin  de la manifestation qui interviendra le lundi 11 novembre 2014.  Sur les 67 films présentés cette ...
     

    Au programme du Festival de Cinéma Européen des Arcs 2014

     
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    In mid October 2014, the Press Information Bureau (PIB) of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, started calling for accreditations from media-persons. Soon after the International Film Festival of Mumbai (IFFM) got over, journalists started applying for the same. It would be 10 years since the travelling festival moved to Panaji, Goa, and took-up permanent residence there, and in power was Goa's Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who had been in office in 2004 too. Attendees have admired his hands-on and no fanfare approach whenever he is at the helm during IFFI (his party has been in and out of office a few times in these 10 years). Once, in 2004, I was pleasntly surprised to discover that the man supervising the road repairs outside the main venue late at night was he, and also once again to find him supervising, but effectively standing as an usher, at a major function held at Kala Academy, during IFFI.

    During late October, one started hearing about several friends trying to register as media-persons and others as delegates, but unable to do so due to PIB's website issues. It happened to me too. Copies of the filled-in online registration form, which just did not go through on clicking SEND, were sent to half a dozen persons, both at PIB and at the Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF). Nobody responded. The problem persisted for two weeks, and repeated reminders were sent. Nobody replied. A regular attendee told me not to use Google Chrome but to use Internet Explorer, since PIB's website is more accessible via IE. Ironically, I always use Internet Explorer. Even more ironic was the fact that when my form did go through, three weeks after I started my attempts to register, it was through Google Chrome.

    Hotels in Panaji are in great demand and rooms are in shoprt supply due to the special Exposition of Saint Francis Xavier, which clashes with the festival. Parwinder Gavas of Hotel Delmon, had assured me back in May of a room at an affordable rate for my two-week stay for IFFI. He backed out in August, quoting the Exposition. Later, he offered to find me a room at another, similar hotel, within my budget, but then became incommunicado. When I spoke to him again in September, he said he would still try, but did nothing. Last week, he said he had one room, but he would charge me twice the rate which I had been assured, and that was after a generous 30% discount. That ended the poossibility of staying at Delmon. My regular, Trimurti, is out of the running, because my body is unable to withstand the night-time heat and humidity in Panaji, and I cannot sleep under the agingTrimurti fan, which is far from fast. Old-timer journalist and friend Mohan Siroya suggested Hotel Keni's, an affordable, air-conditioned option, and luckily they had a room available. Mr. Dilip Kumar from the hotel's management confirmed my booking. So, I will be reaching Goa on Tuesday, the 18th, late evening, and staying at Keni's.

    A week ago, some 10 days before IFFI is scheduled to begin, Parrikar was summoned to New Delhi to take over as Defence Minister, and thus forced to vacate his CM's chair in Goa. It was felt by a host of Indians, especially numerous Goans, that Goa's loss was New Delhi's gain. Some doubts are now being raised whether IFFI 2014 will have the same ambience that it did during the years when Parrikar was in-charge. Is New Delhi's gain going to be IFFI's loss too?

    Meanwhile, some announce ments have been made by DFF.

    *The Chief Guest for the inauguration ceremony will be Amitabh Bachchan

    *Indian Centenary Personality of the Year will be Rajanikanth

    *Wong Kar Wai will be given the Lifetime Achievemnt award

    *The 26 films to be shown under the Indian Panorama are:

    S.No. Title of the Film Language Director

    1. Othello Assamese Hemanta Kumar Das

    2. Punashcha Bengali Souvik Mitra

    3. Chotoder Chobi Bengali Kaushik Ganguly

    4. Bodhon Bengali Ayananshu Banerjee

    5. Jodi Love Dile Na Praane Bengali Ms. Sudeshna Roy & Mr. Abhijit Guha

    6. Teenkahon Bengali Bauddhayan Mukherji

    7. Gour Hari Dastaan - The Freedom File Hindi Ananth Narayan Mahadevan

    8. Ankhon Dekhi Hindi Rajat Kapoor

    9. 1-December Kannada P. Sheshadri

    10. Ri Khasi Pradip Kurbah

    11. 1983 Malayalam Abrid Shine

    12. North 24 Kaatham Malayalam Anil Radhakrishnan Menon

    13. Njan Steve Lopez Malayalam Rajeev Ravi

    14. Drishyam Malayalam Jeethu Joseph

    15. Munnariyippu Malayalam Venu

    16. Swapaanam Malayalam Shaji N. Karun

    17. Njaan Malayalam Ranjith

    18. Ek Hazarachi Note Marathi Shrihari Sathe

    19. Elizabeth Ekadashi Marathi Paresh Mokashi

    20. Killa Marathi Avinash Arun

    21. Dr. Prakash Baba Amte - The Real Hero Marathi Samruddhi Porey

    22. Yellow Marathi Mahesh Limaye

    23. Lokmanya – Ek Yugpurush Marathi Om Raut

    24. A Rainy Day Marathi Rajendra Talak

    25. Adim Vichar Odiya Sabyasachi Mohapatra

    26. Kuttram Kadithal Tamil Bramma G.

     


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    The eleventh annual Glasgow Film Festival will run from 18 February – 1 March.  

    Strewth! Australia, Ingrid Bergman, nerd culture, Glasgow’s cinema history and family cinema celebrated at Glasgow Film Festival as 2015 dates and new programming strands are announced.

     

    Glasgow Film Festival organisers today announced their 2015 dates, as well as a slew of new programme strands for the upcoming festival. This year the festival stretches out over a wider geographic area than in previous years, making use of even more cinemas and venues across Glasgow, while paying special tribute to the city itself.

     

    Supported by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Creative Scotland, BFI and EventScotland, the festival, which in 2014 logged over 40,000 admissions, will return from 18 February to 1 March 2015 – a day longer than previous festivals. Glasgow Youth Film Festival has been rebranded as a sleeker, weekend-long festival focusing tightly on cinema for teenagers and young adults, from 6-8 February, and Glasgow Short Film Festival moves away from the others for the first time, standing by itself from 11-15 March.

     

    Amongst the new programme strands this year are Nerdvana, bringing together the festival’s previous ‘geek-friendly’ events with a focus on cult cinema, gaming and comic book culture; Pioneer, which consolidates the festival’s growing reputation as the place to have a first encounter with the great directors of the future; andCineMasters, offering a sneak peak at new work from internationally renowned auteurs. And Glasgow Youth Film Festival’s sharpened focus on teenagers allows GFF to welcome in children (and their parents) with the Modern Families strand. 

     

    The festival runs an annual strand focusing on new cinema from a particular country, as well as a retrospective looking back over the career of a particular era or star. Following Glasgow’s passing of the Commonwealth Games baton over to the Gold Coast, our new strand Strewth! showcases the best new (and classic) Australian cinema, while Here’s Looking At You, Kid pays homage to Ingrid Bergman’s life and work.

     

    These strands will run alongside and in conjunction with GFF’s signature pop-up cinema events, which make imaginative, unusual use of some of the city’s unique venues. However, this year the festival will take its celebration of the city a step further. Taking its name from the four-year local history project run by Glasgow Film, the Cinema City strand is about Glasgow’s love affair with the movies: screenings of classic Glasgow-set films will sit alongside an exhibition showcasing memorabilia and oral histories of cinema-going in the city. 

     

    Due to a major refurbishment at regular festival venue Cineworld on Renfrew Street, GFF will be using alternative venues across the city this year. While this will result in slightly fewer films in the programme, the festival's extension for an extra day immediately opens up new and exciting opportunities. More of the festival will be based out of the CCA, where new DCP equipment will be installed, and screenings will also take place in the West End at the Grosvenor Cinema for the first time since 2011. Additional venues across the south and east of the city will be announced closer to the launch date.

     

    Festival Co-Director Allison Gardner said: “We’re using this opportunity to take the festival out beyond the city centre and bring it to new audiences.  We have always been an audience-focused festival, and our new strands like Pioneer and Nerdvana are the result of listening to feedback and picking up on elements of the festival our audience responds to. We’re also excited to engage with younger cinema-going audiences; so our Modern Families strand will show some really extraordinary and imaginative films about childhood. And I’m delighted that the culmination of our Cinema City project will result in a real celebration of what the movies mean to Glasgow – it’s like a little extra gift to our audiences.”

     

    The full GFF programme will be announced on Wednesday 21 January 2015 and available to browse on www.glasgowfilm/festival from Thursday 22 January.

     

    Glasgow Short Film Festival: 11–15 March

    Scotland’s leading short film festival returns, this time in March and extended to five sublime days of screenings devoted to petite and perfectly-formed movies. Alongside a wealth of exciting new talent competing for the Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film and the Scottish Short Film Award, GSFF will stage unique events and parties in venues across the city, including a celebration of Finnish underground film and music, and a guerrilla cinema walking tour screening films in some of the city’s overlooked public spaces. The full programme will be announced in January 2015, with some special events announced in December. More details atwww.glasgowfilm.org/gsff

     

    Glasgow Youth Film Festival 6­­­–8 February

    GYFF has a new look this year. Now one weekend-long, the festival will focus exclusively on films which look at teenage and young adult life. As the younger child-friendly films graduate into GFF’s Modern Families strand, the youth programming team (all aged 15-19) are pulling together an issue-based programme. Industry insiders (and a few starrier teen heroes) will offer masterclasses and advice to young people who want to make a career in film or TV. GYFF are also venturing into pop-up cinema this year, with a mystery closing event at a yet-to-be disclosed location as part of Glasgow’s Green Year 2015. Full programme announced early December; more information at www.glasgowfilm.org/festival/gyff

     

    New programme strands for 2015

     

    Strewth! As Glasgow hands over the Commonwealth Games to the Gold Coast, we celebrate Australia’s home-grown film industry, from some old favourites to a showcase of the excellent new films coming up from Down Under. The duality between broad, empty outback and the increasingly sleek metropolis, ever-present racial tensions, particularly as they relate to land ownership, and jet-black humour that occasionally veers into a gritted-teeth sense of camp, are themes that run through the last three decades of Aussie cinema, and come together in the films in this strand. Ripper, mate.

     

    Modern Families Packed with gorgeous films which have found new, imaginative ways of telling stories to and about children, and their families. The festival has been somewhat remiss in catering to younger audience members in the past: with family-friendly screenings throughout festival weekends we’re hoping to make up for that. This strand will offer a range of perspectives on the tricky business of growing up, in animation and live action: you don’t have to bring a child with you to enjoy them, either!

     

    Nerdvana Hey, remember when Judge Dredd creator John Wagner came to GFF? When Joss Whedon charmed three cinemas’ full of loved-up fans and the gigantic signing queue outside? When comic book legend Mark Millar took on gamer icon Robert Florence in a battle of the fans, or that time the red carpet was packed withGame of Thrones cos-players out to meet the Hound? Yeah, Glasgow Film Festival’s geeky streak is at least a mile wide. Nerdvana is a new programme consolidating all of our alt-culture interests, from gaming to comics to cult film, in one handy strand.

     

    Cinema City The culmination of our four-year Cinema City project, this strand celebrates Glasgow’s enduring relationship with the flicks. In the 1930s, the ‘cinema city’ had more cinemas per head of population than any other in the world; and now it regularly acts as a backdrop for Hollywood blockbusters. Films and events will look at both the history of cinema-going within the city and notable Glasgow-set films. The centerpiece of this strand is our Cinema City exhibition, to be held at the Mitchell Library, comprising of memorabilia, archive footage, and oral testimony from film lovers across the city, aged from 19-92, about their memories of the movies.

     

    Pioneer GFF has been steadily gaining a reputation as the place to catch the best filmmakers of tomorrow. We’ve screened early work by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the 2014 Cannes’ Palme D’or winner for Winter Sleep, Ben Wheatley, Lena Dunham, Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), and Palme D’or nominees Zhangke JiaXavier Dolan and Asghar Faradi, to name but a few. Pioneer celebrates emerging filmmakers – directors and writers on their debut or second feature who we think might go on to do even greater things.

     

    CineMasters Previews and premieres of new works from the biggest names in international cinema.

     

    Here’s Looking At You, Kid On the centenary of her birth, GFF’s retrospective strand celebrates the luminous Ingrid Bergman, tracing her career through ten of her best films. Bergman is now most famous for Casablanca (1942), but she carved a singular figure throughout sexist, code-neutered Hollywood, tending to play serious, intelligent roles: career women (psychologists, Mother Superiors), political figures (revolutionaries, spies); women of honour and decency like Joan of Arc orCasablanca’s Ilsa Lund. This strand follows her from her early days in Sweden, through three Oscar wins, to the last cinema film she made before her death in 1982.

     

    PROGRAMME STRANDS, GFF15

     

     

    ·                     Best of British: Gritty realism, fraught relationships and outstanding debuts abound in some of the newest and brightest productions from all over the country. 

    ·                     Cinema City: Look back on 100 years of Glasgow movie-going with films, special events and exhibitions celebrating the city’s unique relationship with cinema

    ·                     CineMasters: A first chance to catch new works from some of the biggest names in international filmmaking

    ·                     Crossing the Line: Experimental films to challenge and inspire. Somewhere between visual art and cinema. Bring your imagination. 

    ·                     FrightFest: Back-to-back horror premieres to get hearts racing and adrenalin pumping.

    ·                     Galas: Stars, premieres, red carpets – get your glad rags out for our most ‘gala-morous’ events

    ·                     Great Scots: Celebrating Scottish talent with an exceptional selection of homegrown productions both new and old

    ·                     Here's Looking at You, Kid: In celebration of Ingrid Bergman’s centenary, we screen her best films.

     

    ·                     Modern Families: Fantastical, imaginative features and animation to delight all audiences

    ·                     Nerdvana: Spectacular screenings and heated discussions collide in a celebration of cult classics, gaming gregariousness, and all things geek.

    ·                     Pioneers: International first-time and emerging filmmakers pushing the limits of cinematography.

    ·                     Pop-Up: Unique and atmospheric venues become picture houses, as the films step off the screen. Rediscover cult classics and old favourites in a ‘total cinema’ experience.

    ·                     Sound and Vision: Exploring the interplay between music and cinema with a specially curated programme of screenings, live music, and events

    ·                     Stranger than Fiction: You couldn’t make it up – weird, wonderful and thought-provoking new documentaries from across the world

    ·                     Strewth!: Australia enters the spotlight at GFF15, featuring some of the freshest films from down under – and a few more recognisable classics…

    ·                     Window on the World: Explore the world from your cinema seat with a selection of brilliant international titles

     

     


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    A 40 minutes delayed flight on Jet Airways from Mumbai to Panaji, accreditation badge not ready on arrival, late first night due to checking into the hotel, unpacking, settling down, dinner with a friend, etc, missing the next morning's Indian film preview screening because it clashed head-on with the Curtain-Raiser Press Conference (PC), missing the next one while trying to get the badge made, going for the third film of the day, KUTTRAM KADITHAL-Tamil-director Bramma G-2014-122 min-Blu-Ray-Colour--and walking out 16-17 minutes into the screening, out of sheer diappointment at the content. Add to that poor sound. Learnt from a colleague that the other film, on Lokmaya Tilak, had DVD problems and was mediodre too. Felt rather sad that I could see only 16-17 minutes out of 6 full films screenings. That, in short, is what happened in the 24 hours since I reached Mumbai doemstic airport. Far from ideal start to what, I pray, will be a much more memorable period of 11 days, from now till the 30th.

    Keni's Hotel has idiosyncratic staff, Raphael and Dilip Kumar. Famous names both. The room was okay, but the lift would not stop at the first floor. Ordinarily, it would be no issue, but when you arrive with luggage to last out 14 days, from the 18th till the 2nd of December. But they sent a man along to help. They don't accept credit cards, or even debit cards, and insist on daily advance payment. Two days paid. But where was Mohan Siroya, who suggested the hotel in the first place? He managed to get a room in his usual choice, Hotel Neptune Deluxe. Keni's is 15-minutes' walk from the festival centre, while Neptune Deluxe is 5 minutes away. I am tempted to shift, provided the management can find a room for me by Thursday afternoon.

    Shankar Mohan, the Director of the Festival (in his last appearance in this capacity), Rajan Satardekar, CEO Entertainment Society of Goa (in his first appearance) and Ira Joshi (Director, Press Information Bureau, making her first visit to IFFI) addressed a press conference, which was long-winded and boring. A colleague asked for tea,  noticeable by its absence at all IFFI press conferences, and, surprise, surprise, tea came with potato vadas, a popular Indian snack, courtesy ESG.

     
    The joke about my accreditation continued. Four emails were received as follows: Approved; Rejected; Under consideration; Approved. When shown these printouts, PIB staffs blamed a technical glitch. It took four hours to get the badge, but all's well that ends well. Or is it? Press kits were not given. Inquiries revealed that you would have to walk 500 metres to get the kit.
     
    Incidentally, travelling on our flight was actor-director, the rotund Satish Kaushik. We learnt at the PC that he would conduct a workshop session on My Journey as Comedian in the Film Industry. 
     
    Late into the evening of the 19th, Anurag Mishra (usually an Officer on Special Duty at IFFI) and Ira Joshi (cheerful official) introduced me to the new Director General of PIB, Frank Noronha. Seems nice chap.
     
    Some concerns for tomorrow: Inaugural function is at an Indoor Stadium (first time), far from my hotel and the festival centre. The screening of the inaugural film will follow at the Kala Academy, closer to the centre. Cocktails and dinner follow, at Marriott Hotel, not too far from Kala Academy. No invitation has been received so far, for any of the above, and transporting thousands of delegates and media-persons is not likely to be a smooth exercise. Hope it is, though.
     
    Ticketing has begun. Haven't booked any show yet. Fingers crossed about availability of seats, for the films I choose to watch. 

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    International and regional celebrities to grace the 25th edition of the filmfestival from December 4 to 14 20 November 2014, SINGAPORE – Stars who will be walking the red carpet at this year’s Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) include world-renowned auteur John Woo, actresses Zhang Ziyi, Juliette Binoche and Cheng Pei Pei.

    John Woo and Zhang Ziyi will be in Singapore for Woo’s latest film, The Crossing, an epic love story spanning half a century of modern Chinese history. Woo, who has been making movies for over 40 years including A Better Tomorrow and The Killer in the 1980s, as well as a series of box office hits such as Broken Arrow, Face/Off, and Mission: Impossible II, will also be conducting a master class for the public on 5 December 2014.

    Binoche will attend the Singaporean premiere of Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria (Sils Maria), screened in conjunction with 4th Rendezvous with French Cinema. Tickets for the film have already been sold out.

    Meanwhile, Cheng Pei Pei will be in Singapore to confer the tribute to the late Sir Run Run Shaw, who founded Shaw Brothers Studio and TVB, at the Silver Screen Awards on December 13. Cheng was recently nominated for the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) Best Actress honors for her role in Lilting. The first screening for Lilting on December 6 has been sold out, but audiences can still catch a second screening on December 12. In keeping with the festival’s spirit of unearthing new talent, 36-year-old Ahmad Abdalla El Sayed Abdelkader, an Egyptian film director, editor and screenwriter, will be here as this year’s Filmmaker in Focus. Joining Ahmad Abdalla is Egyptian actor, TV host, producer and director Khaled Abol Naga, who has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since his appointment in 2007.

    Also making an appearance at this year’s festival is renowned director Wang Xiaoshuai, who is also regarded as one of China’s “Sixth Generation” filmmakers. Wang will be here for his film, Red Amnesia, which follows a 60-year-old lady and her family in Beijing, reflecting on contemporary China and the country’s needs to recall its past. He is also the Jury Head for the Asian Feature Film Competition at the Silver Screen Awards.

    Wang will also conduct a master class for the public on 9 December 2014. For details on Wang’s and Woo’s master classes, please visit the SGIFF website at www.sgiff.com.

    Joining the list of stars are also well-known regional and local names including:

    • Kongdej Jaturanrasmee, Huang Lu and Kelvin Tong, constitute the jury for the Asian Feature Film Competition of the Silver Screen Awards.

    • Royston Tan (Jury Head for the Southeast Asian Short Film Competition of the Silver Screen Awards), and jury members Nguyen Trinh Thi and Yeo Yann Yann.

    For the first time, SGIFF has received confirmation from all finalists of the Silver Screen Awards for their attendance. They include Meeting Dr Sun director Yee Chih-yen and his cast Chan Huai-yun and Wei Han-ting, as well as Court director Chaitanya Tamhane and his producer Vivek Gomber.

    SGIFF will also be giving its first Honorary Award this year to legendary director Im Kwontaek.

    Im, one of South Korea’s most prolific and respected directors, has directed more than 100 films over six decades. A Tribute to Im Kwon-taek will see three of his films screened including Mandala, Revivre and Village in the Mist.

    SGIFF in partnership with Chaumet will also hold a roundtable talk titled Women in Film on 13 December featuring model and actress Marine Vacth, who is also Chaumet’s Ambassador, Huang Lu and Yeo Yann Yann. The three actresses from three different countries – France, China and Malaysia – will reflect upon their accomplishments in the past year, share their collective experiences and their working process with the directors of the films. The roundtable will also play trailers of films where the three women respectively acted in - Young & Beautiful by François Ozon, Blind Massage by Lou Ye and Ilo Ilo by Anthony Chen.

    Ken Kwek, director of Unlucky Plaza (Opening Film), will also be walking the red carpet on December 4 with his cast including Epy Quizon, Guo Liang, Adrian Pang, Judee Tan and Shane Mardjuki. Meanwhile, Lucky Kuswandi, director of In the Absence of the Sun (Closing Film), will attend the red carpet on December 14 along with his cast including actresses Adinia Wirasti. Marissa Anita and Ina Panggabean.

    SGIFF, to be held from December 4 to 14, focuses on groundbreaking Asian cinema and discovering new film talents from Southeast Asia. SGIFF is known for its dynamic film programming and commitment to the development of a vibrant local film culture.

    Yuni Hadi, Executive Director of SGIFF said: “Having regional and international stars attend the film festival will enable the filmmaking community as well as filmgoers to further expand the conversations on films and the art of filmmaking. We are looking forward to a thrilling 11 days next month!

     

     


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    The 25th Stockholm International Film Festival has come to an end. This year’s festival set several records, including the number of films in the program, countries represented, and visitors. 2014 is also the year for female award winners. 

    It has been a record breaking year for the Stockholm Film Festival - 201 films, 60 countries, and a grand total of 141 000 visitors throughout the year. The number of female directors and actors who won awards is also greater than ever before. 8 out of 17 awards presented at the Award ceremony on November 14 were given to a woman, and it’s the third consecutive year that the Bronze Horse for Best Film goes to a woman.

    This year’s winning film was the French director Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood. The film is a tale of class identity and belonging. It fills a gap among the stories that are traditionally told about Paris. The award for Best First Film went to July Jung for A Girl at my Door. Ninja Thyberg won the 1 Km Film scholarship with her short film Hot Chicks. The price enables the director to make a new short film which will be screened during the 2015 Film Festival.

    For the second year running, the Festival collaborated with the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. This year, he designed two ice sculptures inspired by the lions guarding the Forbidden City in Beijing. The sculptures received a lot of attention; directors, festival visitors and the public showed their support for the artist.

    The Telia Film Award went to Carlos Marques-Marcet’s 10 000 km. The prize sum is 100 000 SKR to promote Swedish distribution of the film.

    Canadian director Xavier Dolan visited the festival with his latest feature, Mommy. The film won the Silver Audience Award on November 16.

    This year’s Stockholm Visionary Award went to Roy Andersson and the Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Mike Leigh. Uma Thurman visited the Festival, and was presented with a Bronze Horse for the Stockholm Achievement Award.

    Next year’s Stockholm Film Festival will be November 11 through 22, 2015


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    The 14th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival (5 - 13 December 2014) just unveiled its line-up and juries, surpassing even last year’s galore of big names in the industry that attended the Moroccan Film Festival. 

     

     

    After making known that this year’s tributes will honour Japanese Cinema, Egyptian actor Adel Imam, British actor Jeremy Irons and the American actor Viggo Mortensen

     

    The festival stated: “For this year’s edition, the Festival will welcome a major delegation of actors, directors and producers, and will also put the spotlight on some of the masters from the history of filmmaking in Japan: from Yasujiro Ozu to Kore-Eda Hirokazu, through Kenji Mizoguchi, Mikio Naruse, Akira Kurosawa, Nagisa Oshima, Shohei Imamura, Takeshi Kitano, Hayao Miyazaki, Shinji Aoyama, Naomi Kawaze, Kyoshi Kurosawa, Mamoru Oshii, Takashi Miike and Masaki Kobayashi. And continuing on this year’s tributes to three widely renowned actors:“After the tributes paid in 2013 to Juliette Binoche, Mohamed Khouyi, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Sharon Stone and Fernando Solanas, the Festival continues to bring the spotlight on some of the great names of international cinema, and will this year pay tribute to the Egyptian actor Adel Imam, the British actor Jeremy Irons, and the American actor Viggo Mortensen.” 

     

    After announcing that the jury this year will be led by French actress Isabelle Huppert, MIFF revealed the rest powerful names that will stand beside her this year, including Indian Director Ritesh Batra (Lunchbox), Danish director Susanne Bier, French Director Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent), French actress Melanie Laurent, Italian director Mario Martone (Il Giovane favoloso), Romanian director Christian Mungiu, British actor Alan Rickman and Moroccan director Moumen Smihi. Yes, ALL these! 

     

    The films in competition that the 14th edition will feature include: 

     

    The blue Elephant, dir. Marwan Hamed - Egypt 

     

    Chigasaki story, dir. Takuya Misawa - Japan 

     

    Chrieg, dir. Simon Jaquemet - Switzerland 

     

    Corrections class, dir. Ivan I. Tverdovsky - Russia/ Germany 

     

    Everything we love, dir. Max Currie - New Zealand 

     

    The keeping room, dir. Daniel Barber - US 

     

    Labour of love, dir. Aditya Vikram Sengupta - India 

     

    The last hammer blow, dir. Alex Delaporte - France 

     

    Mirage, dir. Sczabolcs Hajdu - Hungary/ Slovakia 

     

    Nabat, dir. Elchin Musaoglu - Azerbaijan 

     

    No one’s child, dir. Vuk Ršumović - Serbia 

     

    L’ orchestre des aveugles, dir. Mohamed Mouftakir - Morocco/ France 

     

    Red rose, dir. Sepideh Farsi - France/ Greece/ Iran 

     

    The sea fog, dir. Shim Sung-bo - South Korea 

    Things people do, dir. Saar Klein - US 

     

     

    In Le cinécolessection, where the jury consists from Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako, American director Zoe Cassavetes, French actress Ana Girardot, Moroccan director Driss Roukhe, French. Italian & Egyptian actress Elisa Sednaoui and French actor Gaspard Ulliel, the films competing are: 

     

    1920 by Yassine Gaamer 

     

    Dalto by Essam Doukhou 

     

    Dolls by Mohammed Oudghiri 

     

    En dehors de la ville by Rim Mejdi 

     

    Fabulari by Dalal Tantaoui Al-Araqui 

     

    Goodbye Cinéma by Madane El Ghazouani 

     

    Layla by Ahmed Messoudi 

     

    Shoes by Meryem Benheddi 

     

    Le souffle de la vie by Driss Tabaa 

     

    Think before you click by Ayoub Ziane 

     

     

    Special Screenings out of Competition: 

     

    The theory of everything, dir. James Marsh, UK (Opening Film) 

     

    A most violent year, dir. J.C. Chandor, US (Closing Film) 

     

    Ardor, dir. Pablo Fendrik, Argentina/ Mexico/ Brazil/ France & US 

     

    Far from men, dir. David Oelhoffsen, France 

     

    Happy New Year, dir. Farah Khan, India 

     

    The imitation game, dir. Morten Tyldum, US 

     

    May Allah bless France, dir. Abd Al Malik, France 

     

    Silent heart, dir. Bille August, Denmark 

     

    The silent storm, dir. Corinna McFarlane, UK 

     

    Timbuktu, dir. Abderrahmane Sissako, France/ Mauritania 

     

    Atlantic., dir. Jan-Willem Van Ewijk, The Netherlands/ Belgium/ Germany & Morocco 

     

    Bollywood Dream, dir. Yassine Fennane, Morocco 

     

    Half the sky, dir. Abdelkader Lagtaâ, France/ Morocco 

    Hope, dir. Boris Lojkine, France 

     

    The narrow frame of midnight, dir. Itar El-Layl, Morocco/ UK/ France & Qatar 

     

    Un pari pimenté, dir. Mohamed Karrat, Morocco 

     

     

    The festival will also hold tributes on Moroccan producers Khadija Alami and Zakaria Alaoui

    Danish director Bille August, French director Benoit Jacquot and Spanish director Alex De La Iglesia are going to give filmmaking masterclasses. 


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    Kendal Mountain Film Festival for Outdoor Enthusiasts is in it’s 15th straight year and is held in the Lakes District in Cumbria County, UK, Thursday- Sunday, November 20-23, 2014.

    http://www.golakes.co.uk/

    Covering all aspects of mountain and adventure sports culture, the film genres shown at ‘KMF’ include wildlife, outdoor sports, and environmental documentaries. Their vision is to encourage more people to explore the great outdoors.

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    Every single film being shown this weekend looks AMAZING!

    http://www.mountainfest.co.uk/film.

    Cumbria, home to the Lakes District, England’s largest National Park, and perhaps the most idyllic countryside in the UK, is also renown for the illustrations and writings of English author, Beatrix Potter (July 28, 1866- December 22, 1943), and her children’s books about animals and the British landscape (The Tale of Peter Rabbit). She is credited with preserving much of the land that now comprises the Lake District National Park. ‘Miss Potter,’ starring Renee Zellweger, is a lovely film depicting the life of Beatrix Potter.

    http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/beatrix-potter-gallery.

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    This beautiful area spans over 40 miles and is home to the famous Lake Windermere.

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    “The Hunt for Hipmasama,” directed, produced, and edited by UK surfer, Oli Adams, is just one of the great films being shown this weekend.

    Professional surfer, Oli Adams, had a photo of a perfect wave. After years of inquiring as to who took the photo and where that location was, he finally figured it out  and was invited to his home to surf on this remote, isolated island inhabited by only 50 people. His name (last name is not disclosed as to probably protect the anonymity of the unchartered surf spot), is Andy. Andy lives the surfers dream, riding uncrowded, perfectly tubed, beautiful, naturesque, picturesque, tunnelled waves, all alone, everyday. Oli realizes the risk involved, as there is no one really around to help out in the event of a problem. There is no real transportation off the island to the mainland, if need be. Ferries that do arrive, only do so, once a week, if that, as the pier is so small, the weather, unpredictable, and the water, often too choppy to dock, that they may turn around and wait until next week to try again. Cars have to be crane lifted on and off the ferry, as no cars can drive off the boat.

    Watch the following professional surfers:

    Mitch Corbett
    Tom Butler
    Mark Harris
    Andy
    Michah Lester
    Ben Skinner
    Marcus Lascelles
    Fergal Smith
    Tom DH
    and, of course,
    Oli Adams (OliAdams.com)

    surf this undisclosed location.

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    One World Cinema

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    Moderator: Dave Margolis, Executive Director, Ashland Independent Film Festival

    Panelist: David Glanzer, Director of Marketing, Comic-Con

    Panelist: David R. Bell, Xinmei Zhang and Yongge Dai Professor/ Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

    Panelist: Dale Strack, Chairman/CEO, San Diego Film Festival

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    The Intenational Film Festival Summit returns this December 7-9,  2014 in Austin, TX.
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    On Sunday, November 23, exground filmfest 27 closed a successful festival edition with the award ceremony followed by a party at Caligari FilmBühne. In the past ten days the festival presented highlights of international independent film Wiesbaden. Numerous guests from all over the world came to the Hessian state capital to present their works at the festival to the audience in packed cinemas. Following the second screening the winners of all exground filmfest’s competitions were announced.
    German Shortfilm Award
    The German Shortfilm Award is the festival’s centerpiece. The audience voted this year’s winners and chose on Sunday, November 23 at the sold out Caligari FilmBühne 3 EXPERTEN DREHEN AUF by Volker Heymann as winner of the first price, which is endowed with € 3,000, donated once more by the state capital of Wiesbaden. Peter Baumann, director of BORDER PATROL came in second and could take € 2,000 home, sponsored by the Wiesbaden tv production company Magenta TV. Veronika Hafner made the third place with her film GRÜNERES GRAS. The check for € 1,000 was also handed over by the head of department of culture Rose-Lore Scholz. On top of that Pille film equipment rental gave a non-cash prize worth € 2,000 to PHALLOMETER by Tor Iben.
    International Shortfilm Competition
    The French production 37°4 S by Adriano Valerio won the International Shortfilm Competition and the cash prize of € 1,500 – sponsored by the circle of exground friends. In this year’s International Shortfilm Competition 19 films from 15 countries competed for the jury’s favour. The three person expert jury were Insa Wiese, festival director of the International Shortfilm Week Regensburg, successful shortfilm director Simon Ellis and Axel Behrens, co-founder of the Hamburg shortfilm agency. A special mention went to RABBITLAND by Serbian directors Ana Nedeljković and Nicola Majdak.

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