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    The Love Your Shorts Film Festival celebrates short films in Sanford, Florida.

    The Festival screens only short films under 30 minutes in length. Films are divided into different blocks for screening and the audience votes for their favorites.

    The winning films from each block advance to a final block for a panel of judges to pick the overall festival winner. Winners of each block earn the festival’s award, the “Monroe,” an original piece of metal artwork named after Sanford’s Lake Monroe. 

    At the end of each block a brief Q&A session is conducted between the filmmakers and audience members. The Festival also hosts an hour-long moderated filmmakers panel.

    In 2013, 72 short films were shown to an estimated 2100 people. Over 30 filmmakers attended.

    For our 2014 submissions we will be providing feedback for EVERY film submitted.

    For more information visit www.LoveYourShorts.com.
    To view 2013 festival photos visit www.facebook.com/LoveYourShorts.

     

    MISSION STATEMENT

    To support, promote and recognize the art of short film and its artists.

    VISION STATEMENT
    The Love Your Shorts Film Festival will be one of the preeminent short film festivals in the world. As the art of short film changes, the festival will adapt with it. We will be known for treating our visiting filmmakers with the highest level of hospitality. The festival will be a platform where film lovers and filmmakers can socialize and collaborate. We will be a respected member within the local creative arts community.


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    Nadine Vinzens continues her tour around the Palais for the 66th Cannes Film Festival.


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    October 18 - November 11, 2013

    Cannes: Saturday, May 18

    Contact: Gregory von Hausch, greg@fliff.com

     

    The Fort Lauderdale Int'l Film Festival Lauderdale International Film Festival announced  their dates at their annual beach soiree on the Croisette last night, their dates and plans for their 28th annual event, touted as the longest film fest in the world.  FLIFF will run October 18 - November 11 in Fort Lauderdale Int'l Film Festival Lauderdale, Hollywood, Sunrise, Weston and Pompano Beach.  The host hotel is the Riverside on trendy Las Olas and the Official Airline is JetBlue.

     

    FLIFF On-Location also take the show to Grand Bahama Island sailing aboard the Bahamas Celebration from Palm Beach October 30th and returning via BahamasAir on November 3.  Each filmmaker gets their own cabin for the overnight voyage and then is lodged in suites at Pelican Bay Resort for the four night fest.  The theme this year is Junkanoo, with screenings taking place outdoor on the beach on the 31st as well as inside four screening rooms Nov 1 - 3 at Pelican Bay.

     

    FLIFF on-Location also presents at Daytona Beach (Nov 8 - 11) and Saint Augustine (Jan 16 - 19, 2014).

     

    FLIFF will feature over 200 films from around the world including features, docs and shorts.  For further info contact Gregory von Hausch at Cannes thru May 25. 


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    On May 21, film personalities were welcomed to the island of St. Honorat for the Festival de Silence where they visited the Abbey of Lérins, accompanied monks in their prayer, and shared a monastic meal.


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    Nadine Vinzens talks to Pascal Vicedomini, the founder of the Ischia Global Festival. Later, Christoph Waltz and others speak during the festival's press conference at Cannes.

     


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    Our mission at the HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL is to bridge the gap between established Hollywood and the global creative community, while providing an avenue of discovery for emerging filmmakers. Be discovered in Hollywood. Submit NOW! SCROLL DOWN TO PROCESS SUBMISSION

    Our Executive Director, Jon Fitzgerald, was the co-founder and former executive director of Slamdance, AFI Fest, Santa Barbara and Abu Dhabi film festivals among others. In addition, he launched CineCause, a philanthropic platform, connecting socially relevant films to related causes.

    With film presentations taking place in the heart of Hollywood, the Festival presents a valuable screening platform for independent filmmakers, while providing for access to the studios and industry at large. The 2013 event will take this concept to the next level, presenting a unique networking program with“**HOLLYWOOD NETWORK® INITIATIVE.” Once again the Hollywood Film Festival will take place at the state of the art ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood.** Subject to executives availability.

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MAY 31, 2013

    HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL

    Visit us at http://www.hollywoodfilmfestival.com

     

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    Yesterday, during the Closing Ceremony of this 66th Festival de Cannes, the Jury presided over by Steven Spielberg revealed the award winners.

    The winners © AFP

    The winners © AFP

     

    Audrey Tautou hosted Uma Thurman on the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière to award the Palme d’or to the best film among the 20 in Competition.

    la vie d'adèle Palme d'or winner

    Palme d’or: LA VIE D’ADÈLE - CHAPITRE 1 & 2 (Blue Is The Warmest Colour) by Abdellatif KECHICHE 

    © AFP / V. HACHE

    Jérôme Salle’s Zulu starring Orlando Bloom and Forest Whitaker, was screened at the end of the ceremony.

     

     
     
     
     
     
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    Prix d'interprétation masculine/Best performance by an actor: Bruce DERN 
    NEBRASKA by Alexander PAYNE

    Alexander Payne a accepté le Prix au nom de Bruce Dern 

    © AFP / L. VENANCE
    Audrey Tautou

    © AFP / L. VENANCE
    Palmes Caméra d'or: ILO ILO - Anthony CHEN

    © AFP / L. VENANCE
    Palme d’or: LA VIE D’ADÈLE - CHAPITRE 1 & 2 (Blue Is The Warmest Colour) by Abdellatif KECHICHE avec Adèle EXARCHOPOULOS & Léa SEYDOUX


    © AFP / L. VENANCE
    Prix d'interprétation féminine/Award for Best Actress: Bérénice BEJO - LE PASSÉ (The Past) by Asghar FARHADI

    © AFP / L. VENANCE
    COURTS MÉTRAGES / SHORT FILMS

    PALME D'OR: SAFE réalisé par MOON Byoung-gon

    MENTION SPECIALE - EX-ÆQUO
    HVALFJORDUR (Whale Valley / Le Fjord des Baleines) réalisé par Gudmundur Arnar GUDMUNDSSON
    37°4 S réalisé par Adriano VALERIO

    © AFP / L. VENANCE
    Prix du scénario/ Best screenplay: JIA Zhangke for TIAN ZHU DING (A Touch Of Sin)

    © AFP / L. VENANCE
    Grand Prix: INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS by Ethan COEN, Joel COEN

    Oscar Isaac a accepté le Prix au nom de Joel et Ethan Coen 

    © AFP / L. VENANCE
    Prix de la Mise en Scène/Best Director Award: Amat ESCALANTE for HELI 

    © AFP / L. VENANCE
    Prix du Jury/Jury Prize: SOSHITE CHICHI NI NARU (Like Father, Like Son / Tel Père, Tel Fils) by KORE-EDA Hirokazu 

    © AFP / A-C. POUJOULAT
    Uma Thurman 

    © AFP / L. VENANCE
     
     
     

     


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    It's Time to Announce the Lineup for SFSFF 2013!

    Safety Last!

    2013 San Francisco Silent Film Festival

    July 18 - 21 at the Castro Theatre

     

    Silent films with brilliant live music in a magnificent movie palace - it's the best four days of the year! The 2013 festival features films from nine countries, and musicians from around the world and across the country. From the incandescent 

    Louise Brooks, to the Legong dancers of Bali, to the Kings of (Silent) Comedy

    to the intense beauty of Weimar Cinema, to the lyricism of Yasujiro Ozu

    to Harold Lloyd hanging from the hand of a clock high above a city street - each of the seventeen programs delivers its own distinct version of the wonder of silent film. And with accompaniment by Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, Stephen Horne, Matti Bye Ensemble, Günter Buchwald, and Clubfoot Orchestra with Gamelan Sekar Jaya, each program promises to be a revelation, 

    whether you've seen the film a dozen times or never before.


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    Poster Contest is Open for the 13th Annual Tiburon International Film Festival. Deadline to submit artworks: December 1, 2013.

    www.TiburonFilmFestival.com


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    EIFF 2013 Preview Reel

    Artistic Director Chris Fujiwara announced this morning at Filmhouse in Edinburgh details of the programme for the 67th edition of Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF). This year the Festival, which runs from 19-30 June, will showcase 146 features from 53 countries, including 14 World premieres, 6 international premieres and 10 European premieres.

     

    The Festival boasts 125 new features, with highlights including FOR THOSE IN PERIL, the debut feature by Paul Wright, a contender for the Michael Powell Award, starring newcomer George MacKay and Kate Dickie. Alex Gibney’s controversial We Steal Secrets: THE STORY OF Wikileaks screens within Directors’ Showcase. Noah Baumbach brings FRANCES HA to the Festival with co-writer and star Greta Gerwig, as part of the American Dreams strand which also includes Sofia Coppola’s depiction of fame-obsessed teens, The Bling Ring. Special Screenings include FIRE IN THE NIGHT, which receives its World premiere ahead of the 6 July anniversary of the Piper Alpha North Sea oil rig disaster of 1988. JURASSIC PARK 3D and the 1950 landmark Scottish film The Gorbals Story are two of the 21 classic titles in the Festival.

     

    EIFF Artistic Director Chris Fujiwara said: “I’m very proud that in my second year at the Festival we’ve again put together a programme that reflects our festival’s commitment to international cinema, while giving our audiences opportunities to discover a broad range of outstanding work from British filmmakers. This year we take the Festival in a number of new directions. In our new “American Dreams” strand we bring the highlights from an exceptionally good year for American independent cinema. In our Focuses on Korea and Sweden, we recognise films that represent the artistic vitality and social commitment of two strong filmmaking nations. Our “New Realities” strand reaffirms our Festival’s continuing support for documentary filmmaking. And “Not Another Teen Movie” is a new section programmed by 15-19-year-olds for their peers. Altogether, our programme is filled with films that I’m sure our audiences will find exciting and inspiring.”

     

    British films competing for the Michael Powell Award include 7 World premieres and 6 feature debuts. Among the Michael Powell Award contenders are the captivating Scottish tale of belonging and loss BLACKBIRD by Jamie Chambers; the black comedy EVERYONE’S GOING TO DIE by the two-person collective ‘Jones’; Paul Wright’s FOR THOSE IN PERIL; DUMMY JIM by Matt Hulse; MISTER JOHN by Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy; and John Hardwick’s SVENGALI, expanded from a YouTube series. A LONG WAY FROM HOME by Virginia Gilbert stars Natalie Dormer, who serves on the International Feature Film Competition jury; while THE SEA by Stephen Brown stars Ciarán Hinds and Charlotte Rampling. A documentary feature competing is LEVIATHAN by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel. Completing the selection are UWANTME2KILLHIM? by Andrew Douglas, based on true events, WE ARE THE FREAKS by Justin Edgar, in which misfit teens go on an all-nighter, and NOT ANOTHER HAPPY ENDING, the Festival’s Closing Gala film, directed by John McKay. The Award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film will be awarded from films within the Michael Powell selection.

     

    The International Feature Film Competition includes a selection of live-action narrative films, animated films and documentaries, highlighting filmmaking from around the world that is imaginative, innovative and deserving of wider recognition. The selection introduces debuts from Mahdi Fleifel with A World Not Ours, a portrait of family life in a Palestinian refugee camp; Iraqi-Kurdistan-born director Hisham Zaman with Before Snowfall a coming-of-age odyssey from East to West; and Argentine director Leonardo Brzezicki, who paints an erotic psychological landscape with sound in Noche. The European premiere of JOY by Greek documentary filmmaker Elias Giannakakis competes along with titles such as Alexey Fedorchenko’s Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari which focuses on the rites and customs of a Russian ethnic group; a dreamlike allegory set in Tehran, Fat Shaker by Mohammad Shirvani; and I.D. by writer-director Kamal K.M. based on a real incident in Mumbai. Juvenile Offender, a gritty story of family neglect in Korea by Kang Yi-kwan, and Of Snails and Men, a Romanian post-Communist era social satire by Tudor Giurgiu, round out the International Feature Film Competition.

     

    There are a number of Special Screenings across the Festival, including the World premiere of The Battle of the Sexes from co-directors James Erskine and Zara Hayes about the historic 1973 tennis match between Wimbledon winner Billie Jean King and retired champion and self-proclaimed chauvinist Bobby Riggs; and, receiving its European premiere, Hawking, for which filmmaker Stephen Finnigan was given unprecedented access to the world’s most famous living physicist, Stephen Hawking. I Am Breathing tells the true story of Neil Platt following his diagnosis with Motor Neurone Disease just months after the birth of his son; the film screens in the Festival ahead of MND Global Awareness Day on Friday 21 June. There will also be a chance to see on the big screen the first two episodes of BBC Two’s crime drama Peaky Blinders, set in the lawless streets of post-war Birmingham on the cusp of the 1920s, starring Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory and Sam Neill.

     

    The American Dreams strand includes the European premiere of Scott McGehee’s What Maisie Knew, a modern story based on the Henry James novel; Sebastian Silva’s Magic Magic, which reveals a star turn by Juno Temple; and THE EAST, which stars Brit Marling, who co-wrote with director Zal Batmanglij. International premieres include Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s C.O.G., adapted from humourist David Sedaris’s autobiographical essay; the sci-fi thriller Upstream Colour by writer-director and actor Shane Carruth; and This Is Martin Bonner from Chad Hartigan, in which an unlikely friendship blossoms.

     

    EIFF is privileged to welcome to Edinburgh one of the world’s greatest animators, Richard Williams, to celebrate his work with a retrospective, Richard Williams: 80 Animated Years. This screening is in partnership with Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival and charts the development of Williams’s animated career. Williams will also present the coveted McLaren Award, which provides a focus for new British short animation. This year marks a new partnership with the British Council, which will see films selected from the McLaren Award competition for an international touring programme representing the best contemporary British animation. The Festival hosts a further Special Screening of short animations in tribute to Scott Ward, the award-winning cinematographer who died earlier this year. Scott had worked as animation programmer for EIFF for ten years.

     

    The Directors’ Showcase presents work from established auteur directors and emerging talents with 23 films from 17 countries. The selection includes 6 documentaries including Thomas Riedelsheimer’s BREATHING EARTH Susumu Shingu's Dream, following artist Susumu Shingu; and actor and director Sarah Polley's intimate family portrait Stories We Tell. Narrative films cover a variety of genres and include high-speed Hong-Kong cop film MOTORWAY directed by Pou-Soi Cheang and produced by action auteur Johnnie To, while Dibakar Banerjee takes Bollywood in a new direction with political thriller Shanghai. Intimate human dramas are represented with Bruno Barreto’s Reaching for the Moon, about the love affair between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares; Mania Akbari’s From Tehran to London, a poetic exploration of the roles of women, during the filming of which Akbari fled to the UK; and The Deep, Baltasar Kormákur’s breathtaking drama about an Icelandic fisherman who reluctantly became a national hero.

     

    The World Perspectives strand presents 25 films from 18 countries, offering a spectrum of work from emerging directors. BIG BOY, from the Philippines, was shot on Super 8 by Shireen Seno; Days of Grace is a breathless triple-kidnapping thriller from Mexican director Everardo Valerio Gout; Die Welt, set after the 2011 Tunisian revolution, is the feature debut from Dutch director Alex Pitstra; from Li Lou, Emperor Visits the Hell is a political satire inspired by a Ming Dynasty literary classic; and Everybody’s Gone is an outstanding debut by Georgiy Paradjanov, nephew of legendary master director Sergei Paradzhanov.

     

    With New Realities, EIFF features some of the most interesting documentary filmmakers working today, including Thomas Heise, who observes the routines of a crematorium in Consequence; PJ Raval, who reveals the lives and loves of three gay seniors in Before You Know It; and first-time director Khaled Jarrar, who follows fellow Palestinians’ attempts to cross the wall separating them from Israel in Infiltrators. The enigmatic Scottish maker of salmon flies Megan Boyd is the subject of Eric Steel’s Kiss the Water; and with Lunarcy! Simon Ennis takes an affectionate look at a group of individuals obsessed with the moon. The strand also hosts the World premiere of Desert Runners by Jennifer Steinman, an intimate film about competitors in RacingThePlanet’s 4Desert Ultra-marathons, and the European premiere of Jeanie Finlay’s The Great Hip Hop Hoax, the stranger than fiction story of Billy Boyd and Gavin Bain, aka ‘Silibil 'n' Brains’.

     

    Filmmakers and filmmaking is the subject of the Film on Film strand which includes: Natan, David Cairns and Paul Duane’s moving account of Bernard Natan, a forgotten giant of French cinema;    A Story of Children and Film by Mark Cousins; and Graham Eatough’s The Making of Us, commissioned by the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art.

     

    The late-night Night Moves strand hosts the World premiere of Outpost 3: Rise of the Spetsnaz, with producer Kieran Parker turning director for the third instalment of the popular Nazi zombie saga; and the European premiere of Shooting Bigfoot, in which British filmmaker Morgan Matthews travels to America and forms uneasy alliances with several Bigfoot trackers. Concept artist Richard Raaphorst directs his first horror flick, Frankenstein’s Army, a Nazi v Communist ‘found footage’ horror; while Paris Countdown, a high-octane thriller, is director Edgar Marie's debut feature; and the master of Japanese horror Hideo Nakata brings us The Complex.

     

    EIFF will this year screen 172 short films from 38 countries across 22 programmes. In addition to animated shorts the Festival continues to showcase new work by Scottish, UK and international filmmakers, including DAY TRIP by Park Chan-wook and his brother, Park Chan-kyong. The experimental Black Box strand presents a series of shorts programmes from innovators in the visual art world as well as the World premiere of documentary poem and travelogue ‘10’ from photographer filmmaker Telemach Wiesinger. The Festival enters new territory this year with BLACK BOX LIVE, a presentation of multi-projector expanded cinema artworks performed live by experimental practitioners Nominoë, Sami van Ingen, and Screen Banditas.

     

    The first of the retrospectives previously announced will celebrate the work of French director Jean Grémillon with a programme of features and short films in partnership with the BFI, while the second, presented as part of a wider programme running at Filmhouse, recognises the Hollywood director Richard Fleischer.

     

    As previously announced, this year’s two country Focuses showcase work from Korea and Sweden not previously seen in the UK. The Focus on Korea includes films ranging from the commercial mainstream to independent cinema that show the diversity and vitality of Korean film today. The Focus on Sweden includes feature films from contemporary mainstream and experimental filmmakers, a film by an old master from the silent era, and a selection of shorts.

     

    A new initiative this year has seen a group of 15-19-year-olds with a keen interest in film select films under the mentorship of the Festival. Entitled ‘Not Another Teen Movie’, their new strand includes include quarter-life crisis comedy OLD STOCK by Canadian director James Genn; 7 BOXES, a thrilling chase movie set in the markets of Paraguayan capital Asunción, from co-directors Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori; Struck by Lightning, starring Chris Colfer and Rebel Wilson; Danish coming-of-age drama You & Me Forever and a collection of short films.

     

    As previously announced, the 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival opens with the European premiere of Drake Doremus’s BREATHE IN with Felicity Jones and Guy Pearce and the Closing Gala is the World premiere of the Scottish romantic comedy NOT ANOTHER HAPPY ENDING, starring Karen Gillan and Stanley Weber. Disney•Pixar’s Monsters University is this year’s Family Gala, screening at Festival Theatre Edinburgh in 3D.

     

    www.edfilmfest.org.uk/press

     

    For further information, please contact:

     

    EIFF Press Team, Organic Publicity: EIFFPRteam@organic-publicity.co.uk / 0203 372 0970

     

    The Edinburgh International Film Festival 19-30 June 2013

    EIFF Box Office opens on 3 June to the public, 30 May to Filmhouse Members

     

     

    World Premieres

    ·         "10"

    ·         THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES

    ·         BLACKBIRD

    ·         DESERT RUNNERS

    ·         FIRE IN THE NIGHT

    ·         A FLONG WAY FROM HOME

    ·         THE MAKING OF US

    ·         MISTER JOHN

    ·         NOT ANOTHER HAPPY ENDING

    ·         OUTPOST 3: RISE OF THE SPETSNAZ

    ·         THE SEA

    ·         SVENGALI

    ·         UWANTME2KILLHIM?

    ·         WE ARE THE FREAKS

     

    International Premieres

    ·         BEFORE YOU KNOW IT

    ·         C.O.G.

    ·         EVERYONE'S GOING TO DIE

    ·         SANCTUARY (Faro)

    ·         THIS IS MARTIN BONNER

    ·         TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT (Drogówka)

     

    European Premieres

    ·         BREATHE IN

    ·         THE GREAT HIP HOP HOAX

    ·         HAWKING

    ·         INFILTRATORS (Mutasalilun)

    ·         JOY (Hara)

    ·         KISS THE WATER

    ·         LILOU'S ADVENTURE (Lilou No Bouken)

    ·         THE OBSCURED HISTORIES AND SILENT LONGINGS OF DAGULUAN'S CHILDREN

    ·         SHOOTING BIGFOOT

    ·         WHAT MAISIE KNEW

     

    About Edinburgh International Film Festival:

    Established in 1947, Edinburgh International Film Festival is renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema - and for heralding and debating changes in global filmmaking. Intimate in its scale, ambitious in its scope, and fuelled by pure passion for cinema in all its manifestations, EIFF seeks to spotlight the most exciting and innovative new film talent, in a setting steeped in history. 

     

    Notable films premiered in recent years have included: THE IMPOSTER, BRAVE, TABU, THE HURT LOCKER, MOON, FISH TANK, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, MAN ON WIRE, CONTROL, KNOCKED UP, RATATOUILLE, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, TSOTSI and BILLY ELLIOT.

     

    EIFF is supported by Creative Scotland, the BFI, the Scottish Government through the Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund, the City of Edinburgh Council, and EventScotland.

     

    The Centre for the Moving Image (CMI) was founded in 2010 with a vision to be at the forefront of the development of film and the moving image in Scotland.  The CMI currently comprises EIFF, Edinburgh Filmhouse and Edinburgh Film Guild. 


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    The Love Your Shorts Film Festival celebrates short films in Sanford, Florida.

    The Festival screens only short films under 30 minutes in length. Films are divided into different blocks for screening and the audience votes for their favorites.

    The winning films from each block advance to a final block for a panel of judges to pick the overall festival winner. Winners of each block earn the festival’s award, the “Monroe,” an original piece of metal artwork named after Sanford’s Lake Monroe. 

    At the end of each block a brief Q&A session is conducted between the filmmakers and audience members. The Festival also hosts an hour-long moderated filmmakers panel.

    In 2013, 72 short films were shown to an estimated 2100 people. Over 30 filmmakers attended.

    For our 2014 submissions we will be providing feedback for EVERY film submitted.

    For more information visit www.LoveYourShorts.com.
    To view 2013 festival photos visit www.facebook.com/LoveYourShorts.

     

    MISSION STATEMENT

    To support, promote and recognize the art of short film and its artists.

    VISION STATEMENT
    The Love Your Shorts Film Festival will be one of the preeminent short film festivals in the world. As the art of short film changes, the festival will adapt with it. We will be known for treating our visiting filmmakers with the highest level of hospitality. The festival will be a platform where film lovers and filmmakers can socialize and collaborate. We will be a respected member within the local creative arts community.


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    URANIUM FILM FESTIVAL RIO DE JANEIRO

    URANIUM FILM FESTIVAL AWARD WINNER - ATOMIC IVAN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

    VIKTORIA GROMIK WITH YELLOW OSCAR IN RIO DE JANEIRO


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    Concrete Night, Bufo Oy

     

    Building on the success of its first edition, the Helsinki International Film Festival follows up with a second edition of the Finnish Film Affair – the country’s main international industry showcase from Sept 24 to 26, 2013.

    During HIFF (aka Love & Anarchy Sept 19-29 2013), the Finnish Film Affair presents new Finnish films and works-in-progress for sales agents, buyers, festival programmers and trade press. Approximately 250 film industry professionals from Finland and abroad are expected to attend.

    The programming focus will be on about 30 titles of some of the latest and upcoming films with a wide range of genres. In addition the works in progress showcase will present about 10 productions in development. The line-up of projects will be announced mid-August. Besides the Finnish titles, the participants have a chance to see recent Russian, Estonian and Nordic films featured in the festival programme. The domestic films will also be available for industry guests to view in the new Finnish Film Affair online screening library.

    Information on the Finnish Film Affair program, line up, registration and participants will be updated on HIFF's industry website


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    COME FOR THE FILMS… AND STAY FOR THE FOOD, THE WINE, THE PASTIS, THE MUSIC, THE CONVERSATION, THE RAFFLE, THE ART EXHIBITION, THE SUMPTUOUS ART DECO AUDITORIUM OF THE CREST THEATRE, PROFESSOR KEVIN ELSTOB, THE FUN ATMOSPHERE, THE SPECIAL GUESTS, THE CHAMPAGNE, THE SURPRISES, ETC…

     

    12th SFFF – JUNE 21-30 2013 – SHOWTIMES

    You can find synopsis, trailers, posters for each film:
    http://www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org/program.htm

    Here is a link to a printable version of our showtimes:
    http://www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org/2013showtimes.pdf
     

    FIRST WEEKEND JUNE 21-23
    Friday, June 21

    Opening Night

    6pm-8pm Opening Reception

    8:30pm     CLOCLO (149 min) 2012, Florent Emilio Siri  – MUSICAL BIOPIC that will introduce you to one of France’s biggest stars: Claude François, alias Cloclo, the man who co-wrote and created the song “Comme d’habitude”, later made famous by Frank Sinatra under the name “My Way…”
    ONE SCREENING ONLY!

     

    Saturday, June 22

    11:00am   THE SUITOR(LE SOUPIRANT, 84 min) 1963, Pierre Étaix – A hilarious CLASSIC COMEDY unseen for more than thirty years due to a legal dispute.

    1:05pm     STARBUCK (100 min) 2012, Ken Scott – a fun and original COMEDY from Quebec with a script so good that
    Hollywood is already working on a remake starring Vince Vaughn. We love Vaughn, but Patrick Huard, a star in Quebec, is quite impressive in the role!

    3:35pm     THREE WORLDS(TROIS MONDES, 101 min) 2012, Catherine Corsini – a SOCIAL THRILLER starring Clothilde Hesme, one of our favorite French actresses, seen in THE GROCER’S SON at the Crocker in May.                      

    5:55pm     ADIEU BERTHE (ADIEU BERTHE: L’ENTERREMENT DE MÉMÉ, 100 min) 2012, Bruno Podalydès – a quirky COMEDY about a middle-aged man, his wife, his mother-in-law, his mistress, his mistress’s daughter, and his forgotten grand-mother.

    8:15pm     WAGES OF FEAR(LE SALAIRE DE LA PEUR, 147 min) 1953, by master of suspense, Henri-Georges Clouzot – CLASSIC
    ADVENTURE/THRILLER. Get ready for a perilous trip that will keep you on the edge of your seat till the very last minute!

    11:20pm   GOING PLACES(LES VALSEUSES, 118 min) 1974, Bertrand Blier – DARK EROTIC FARCE starring Gérard Depardieu in the shocking role that made him a star. Discover Patrick Dewaere, one of France’s most promising actors of the 1970’s who committed suicide at the age of 35.

                        Followed by an early Breakfast                                                                                                        

     

    Sunday, June 23

    11:00am   THREE WORLDS                                                                                                                       

    1:20pm     STARBUCK                                                                                                                                  

    3:50pm     ALIYAH(ALYAH, 90 min) 2012, Elie Wajeman – THRILLER DRAMA
    ONE SCREENING ONLY!                          

    6:00pm     THE SUITOR                                                                                                                               

    8:05pm     ADIEU BERTHE                                                                                                                         

     

    SECOND WEEKEND – JUNE 28-29

    FRIDAY, June 28

    6:15 pm    DELICACY(LA DELICATESSE, 108 min) 2011, David & Stéphane Foenkinos – ROMANTIC COMEDY starring America’s most beloved French actress, Audrey Tautou.                            

    8:45pm     LE GRAND SOIR(92 min) 2012, by mind-blowing Belgium duo Gustave Kervern & Benoît Delépine – A
    PUNK COMEDY starring Benoît Poelvoorde (from last year’s audience favorite Romantics Anonymous)  with a hilarious cameo by Gérard Depardieu.

                                                                                                                                                

    Saturday, June 29

    10am         Petit Déjeuner (French Breakfast) with filmmaker Nicolas GUIOT, director of LE CRI DU HOMARD
     Lobby of the Crest Theatre. FREE with Short Film Screening admission.

    10:30am   SHORT FILM SCREENING (90 min)                                                                                                    
    Followed by a post-screening discussion with Nicolas Guiot.                            

    12:50pm   DELICACY                                                                                                                                    

    3:15pm     LOUISE WIMMER (80 min) 2012, Cyril Mennegun – SOCIAL DRAMA. A beautiful portrait of a woman who fell into the new “working poor” class, and has lost everything except for her pride and her will to enjoy life!

    5:15pm     THE DANDELIONS (DU VENT DANS MES MOLLETS, 89 min) 2012, Carine Tardieu – A COMEDY set in the 1980’s about how to stay true to yourself, whether you are a child or an adult…
    ONE SCREENING ONLY!

    7:25pm     IN THE HOUSE (DANS LA MAISON, 105 min) 2012. This is acclaimed director François Ozon’s first appearance at the SFFF with a film that many consider as his most accomplished work to date, a PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER about a teacher, his student and the danger of mixing fiction and reality. Starring Fabrice Luchini and Kristin Scott Thomas.

    9:50pm     LE GRAND SOIR                                                                                                                        

    12am         AALTRA (90 min) – 2004., Gustave Kervern & Benoît Delépine’s first feature, a politically incorrect  ROAD MOVIE & DARK COMEDY.

                        Followed by an early Breakfast.                                                                                                       

     

    Sunday, June 30

    11am         IN THE HOUSE                                                                                                                                          

    1:25pm     LES MISERABLES (188 min + 20 min intermission) 1958, Jean-Paul Le Chanois – CLASSIC EPIC DRAMA starring “the world’s coolest movie star”, Jean Gabin, as France’s most legendary character, Jean Valjean. There is no singing but there is plenty of adventure and drama in this one!
    ONE SCREENING ONLY!

                        Followed by a post-screening discussion with Chuck Zigman.                                                           

    5:45pm     LOUISE WIMMER                                                                                                                    

    Closing Night

    7:45pm     THÉRÈSE(THÉRÈSE DESQUEYROUX, 110 min) 2012, Claude Miller – A HISTORICAL DRAMA starring
    Audrey Tautou in a rare dramatic role, portraying one of French literature’s most famous  and ambiguous heroine.
    ONE SCREENING ONLY!          

    Followed by a Champagne Party!

     

    SPECIAL GUESTS.

     

    ·         NICOLAS GUIOT will present his debut feature LE CRI DU HOMARD on Saturday, June 29 at 10:30am. The film has received numerous awards, including the Magritte (Belgium Oscar) and César Awards for Best Short Film 2013.

     

    ·         CHARLES ZIGMAN, will conduct the post screening discussion after LES MISERABLES (Sunday, June 30 - 1:25pm), starring the world's coolest movie star, Jean Gabin! Zigman is the author of WORLD'S COOLEST MOVIE STAR, the two-volume biography and filmography of French movie legend Jean Gabin (www.jeangabinbook.com), which was one of critic Leonard Maltin's picks for Best Film Book of 2009.

     

    INFORMATION

     

    ADDRESS: CREST THEATRE – 1013 K Street, Downtown Sacramento.

    WEBSITE: www.SacramentoFrenchFilmFestival.org

    PHONE: 916 44-CREST

     

    TICKET PRICES: From $11 (Single Tickets) to $90 (Full Festival Access)

     

    §  Single Ticket: $11 / $10 (Discount for Students & Seniors with ID, members of the deaf community, and members of the following organizations: EFSac, Sacramento Jewish Film Festival, Alliance Française, Club Français, with membership card.)

    §  Passes:

    o   Bleu Opening Night Pass: $50 / Access to Opening Night Reception and Film - Valid June 21 only.         

    o   Blanc First Weekend Pass: $35 / Access to All Screenings, Opening Reception not included - Valid June 21 (film only)-23.

    o   Rouge Second Weekend Pass: $40 / Access to All Screenings & Closing Party - Valid June 28-30.

    §  Passes Combinations:

    • Bleu + Blanc + Rouge = $90 / Two-Weekends Full Access to all Screenings & Parties - Valid June 21-30.
    • Bleu + Blanc = $70 / First-Weekend Full Access to All Screenings & Opening Reception – Valid June 21-23.
    • Blanc+ Rouge= $65 / Two-Weekend Experience, Access to All Screenings, Opening Reception not included - Valid June 21 (film only)-30.

    Closing Night Film & Reception: $16 / $15 (Discount for Students & Seniors with ID, members of the deaf community, and members of the following organizations: EFSac, Sacramento Jewish Film Festival, Alliance Française, Club Français, wit


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    8 and 10-13 June 2013

    At The Cinema Museum

    Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road)

    London SE11 4TH

     

     

    This Festival is an event for anybody who is interested in documentaries that rely on archival footage as a narrative vehicle.

    The Festival aims to showcase international archive-based documentaries, some of which never get a showing in the UK.

    Three of the documentaries featuring in this year’s Festival are UK premieres while the fourth is the London premiere.

    Saturday, 8 June 2013 @ 2.30 p.m.

    WORKSHOP WITH SHANE O’SULLIVAN AND SAM DWYER

    A rare opportunity to spend an afternoon with two of the UK’s most accomplished archive producers.  Shane O’Sullivan is a documentary filmmaker, whose recent films include the feature documentaries, RFK Must Die: The Assassination of Bobby Kennedy (2008) and Children of the Revolution (2011).

    Sam Dwyer has worked on Marley and Crossfire Hurricane and has sourced footage for several Julien Temple films, including Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten.

    Monday, 10 JUNE 2013 @ 7.30 p.m.

    WHEN ALI CAME TO IRELAND  ** UK PREMIERE ** FOLLOWED BY Q&A WITH DIRECTORS ROSS WHITAKER AND AIDEEN O’SULLIVAN

    Winner of an Irish Film & Television Academy Award 2013.

    From the makers of HOME TURF (*Official Selection* Hot Docs 2012) and BYE BYE NOW (*Winner* Silverdocs, Nashville 2011), WHEN ALI CAME TO IRELAND captures the madcap week when legendary boxer Muhammad Ali went to fight in Ireland at the height of his career.

    Self proclaimed ‘World’s Strongest Publican’ Michael ‘Butty’ Sugrue pulled off a massive sporting coup in 1972 when he convinced Ali’s promoter that he was good for the $300k down-payment required to bring Ali to Ireland and then largely paid for proceedings in beer-stained bank notes.

    The trip had a huge impact on those Ali met and, some say, on the man himself. The documentary reveals that his trip to Ireland influenced how Ali viewed white people in the aftermath of his conversion to Islam and his declarations that white people were devils.

    The documentary by Ross Whitaker and Aideen O’Sullivan combines a wealth of archival material with colourful reminiscences to tell an unlikely tale that is infused with great warmth and moments of real hilarity.

    Tuesday, 11 June 2013 @ 7.30 p.m.

    ICI, ON NOIE LES ALGERIENS ** UK PREMIERE **

    In response to the call of the Front de libération nationale (F.L.N., the National Liberation Front), thousands of Algerians from Paris and its surroundings march on October 17, 1961, to protest against the curfew imposed on them. This peaceful demonstration will be violently put down by the police.  50 years on, the filmmaker sheds light on this still taboo subject. Blending testimony and unseen archive footage, history and memory, past and present, the film relates the different stages in these events and reveals the strategy and methods applied at the highest level of the French state: manipulation of public opinion, the systematic challenge of every accusation, the censoring of information in order to prevent investigation…

    Wednesday, 12 June 2013 @ 7.30 p.m.

    UNFINISHED SPACES  ** LONDON PREMIERE  **

    In 1961, three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro

    and Che Guevara to create Cuba’s National Art Schools on the grounds of a

    former golf course in Havana, Cuba. Construction of their radical designs began

    immediately and the school’s first classes soon followed. Dancers, musicians and

    artists from all over the country revelled in the beauty of the schools, but as the

    dream of the Revolution quickly became a reality, construction was abruptly

    halted and the architects and their designs were deemed irrelevant in the prevail-

    ing political climate. Forty years later the schools are in use, but remain

    unfinished and decaying. Castro has invited the exiled architects back to finish their

    unrealized dream. Unfinished Spaces features intimate footage of Fidel Castro, revealing his devotion to creating a worldwide showcase for art, and it documents the struggle and passion of three revolutionary artists whose inspiration and ideals could ultimately

    destroy them.

    Thursday, 13 June 2013 @ 7.30 p.m.

    FINDING THE FOOTPRINTS: A LOOK BACK AT MISE EIRE   ** UK PREMIERE AND WINNER OF FOCAL AWARD FOR BEST USE OF FOOTAGE IN AN ARTS PRODUCTION **

    More than fifty years on, the definitive story of Ireland's most famous documentary film, Mise Eire (I Am Ireland) is told through the eyes of its director, George Morrison, key creative personnel behind the production and ordinary Irish people who experienced the film upon its theatrical release in 1960. Lorg na gCos uses  archival footage carefully and intertextually of Ireland over a range of key periods in its 20th century history, and is a film that deals fundamentally with the inherent power of archive footage, charting as it does, the complicated creation and cultural impact of Ireland's great archival film, Mise Eire (I Am Ireland).


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    The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT), one of the world’s most prominent academic institutions for entertainment and performing arts education, announced today the honorees for its 22nd Annual Film Festival. 

     

    Academy Award® nominee Shane Acker,’98, ’04, will be honored with the Crystal Anvil Award on Saturday, June 8 at the James Bridges Theater during the Festival of Animation. Acker, whose first feature length animated production, “9,” was based on his thesis film and Oscar-nominated short of the same name, will next direct Reel FX’s animated feature “Beasts of Burden,” based on the Dark Horse Comic.

    Two-time Academy Award winner Ben Affleck will collect the Filmmaker of the Year Award during the Directors Spotlight on Thursday, June 13 at the Directors Guild of America Theater. In February, “Argo,” in which Affleck starred, directed and produced, was honored with the Academy Award for best picture at the 85th Academy Awards. He received his first Oscar in 1997 for his original screenplay “Good Will Hunting,” which he co-wrote with Matt Damon, and made his directorial debut with “Gone Baby Gone” in 2007. His second effort was “The Town” in 2010. As an actor, Affleck has appeared in 39 films, including “Armageddon,” “Shakespeare in Love” and “Pearl Harbor.” Previous Filmmaker of the Year honorees include, Lisa Cholodenko, Lee Daniels, alumnus Alexander Payne, Brad Silberling and alumnus Gore Verbinski, among others.

     

    Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura will be given the TFT-PGA Vision Award on Tuesday, June 11 at the Skirball Cultural Center during the Producers Marketplace. Di Bonaventura began his career as an executive at Warner Bros., where he was instrumental in bringing “The Matrix” and the rights the J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” books to the studio. After forming his own production company, he produced such high-octane films as “Transformers” and its sequels, as well as the “G.I. Joe” and “Red” franchises. His latest film, “Jack Ryan,” starring Chris Pine and Kevin Costner, will be released in December.  Last year, Producer Gale Anne Hurd was honored with the TFT-PGA Vision Award. Earlier honorees include Lawrence Bender, Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner, Hawk Koch, Mike Medavoy and Cathy Schulman.

     

    Two-time Academy Award-nominee David Magee will receive the Excellence in Screenwriting Award on Monday, June 10 at the Writers Guild of America Theater. Earlier this year, Magee was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay adaptation of Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi,” which was based on Yann Martel’s critically acclaimed book. Magee was previously nominated for his adapted screenplay “Finding Neverland” and co-wrote “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day” with Simon Beaufoy.

     

    The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television also celebrates the outstanding achievements of its students throughout the weeklong film festival. During the Screenwriters Showcase, portions of eight scripts, selected by a committee of 215 industry professionals, will be previewed in five-minute staged excerpts. The Producers Marketplace features four graduate students from the Producers Program who present their projects in five-minute concept pitches to the industry judges. The judges will select the most promising proposal and the audience will also select its favorite pitch. The Directors Spotlight showcases 10 films that have been chosen by TFT students and a Blue Ribbon Jury of industry professionals to receive a coveted Spotlight Award. Design Showcase West exhibits students’ innovative costume, scenic and lighting designs on the Freud Playhouse Stage at UCLA.

     

    The 22nd Annual Film Festival at a Glance:

     

    Friday, June 7: Opening Night, 7:30 p.m., James Bridges Theater, UCLA

    Saturday, June 8: Festival of Animation, 5:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m., Crystal Anvil Award presentation to Shane Acker, James Bridges Theater, UCLA

    Saturday, June 8: Design Showcase West, 10 a.m. (invitation only), 2 p.m. (public review session) Freud Playhouse Stage, UCLA

    Sunday, June 9: New Works Program, 12:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., James Bridges Theater

    Monday, June 10: Screenwriters Showcase, 7:30 p.m., Excellence in Screenwriting Award presentation to David Magee, Writers Guild Theater, Beverly Hills

    Tuesday, June 11: Producers Marketplace, 7:30 p.m., TFT-PGA Vision Award presentation to Lorenzo Di Bonaventura at the Skirball Cultural Center

    Wednesday, June 12: TV Night, 7:30 p.m., James Bridges Theater, UCLA

    Thursday, June 13: Directors Spotlight, 7:30 p.m., Filmmaker of the Year Award presentation to Ben Affleck, Directors Guild of America Theater, Los Angeles

     

    AboutUCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

    The vision of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television is to serve as a premier global interdisciplinary professional school that develops outstanding humanistic storytellers, industry leaders and scholars whose diverse, innovative voices enlighten, engage and inspire change for a better world. Consistently ranked as one of the top elite entertainment and performing arts institutions in the world, TFT offers an innovative curriculum that integrates the study and creation of live performance, film, television and the digital arts. Our distinguished graduate and undergraduate programs include acting, directing, writing, producing, animation, cinematography, and lighting design, set design, costume design, sound design, Moving Image Archive Studies, and offers PhDs in Theater and Performance Studies and Cinema & Media Studies. For more information, visit www.tft.ucla.edu.


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  • 06/04/13--07:29: Kino Otok Isola 2013
  • IsolaCinema.org

    The 3 -  9 June 2013 is once again come to life in Isola at International Film Festival Kino Otok - Isola Cinema.Young authors will present their works under a starry sky at Isola Beach Lighthouse - on display will be a wide selection of independent productions, always exploring the wealth of expressive possibilities the medium of film as well as a bold and innovative way of showing your posture to society and the world around you.The subjects of films are open, free, connecting to demolish a series of constructed religious, cultural, ethnic, political or generational barriers.

    "Renowned international authors will be at the Manzioli Open-Air Cinema, 3 - 9 June 2013 at Kino Otok Isola in Slovenia. Great filmmakers are getting ready to arrive; the screens in Isola are ready to shine in the wideness of inspiring stories: Isola’s traditional venues will be imbued with the 9th International Film Festival Kino Otok – Isola Cinema. The international part of the festival will begin on Thursday, 6 June, with an official opening, paying tribute to Silvan Furlan and his work. The Year of Silvan Furlan, honouring the 60th anniversary of his birth, Slovenian film director, all year long with various events, the Silvan’s Bay section will screen his only author film Deklica s frnikulami (Slovenija, 1997), a documentary on Slovenia’s first worldwide famous film star Ita Rina. Live piano will afterwards accompany Erotikon (Gustav Machatý, Czechoslovakia, 1929), a silent film which placed Ita Rina among the immortals. 

    Prior to Thursday evening, each day will be dedicated to one of the great film stories. All of them, yet each in its own way, focus on decisive historical moments and speak loudly – of today and tomorrow above all. Na svoji zemlji (France Štiglic, Slovenia (Yugoslavia), 1948), depicting a two-year-long fighting of partisans to liberate the Primorje region from Italian occupation, is the first Slovene sound feature film and the first Slovene film that was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. We will remember the 65th anniversary of this important event together with Štefka Drolc and Aleksander Valič.

    Milestone events of the 20th century are vividly remembered by the lucid hundred year old Dragica Srzentić in the film One Woman – One Century (Jedna žena – jedan vek, Serbian filmmaker Želimir Žilnik, Srbia, 2011. A documentary comprised of statements, interviews and reconstructions depicts her fascinating and almost incredible life story. At the same time, it serves as a quick course of the history of the Balkans before, during and after the Second World War. Dragica was born in Istria and was, due to an unusual set of circumstances, present at a series of key events that shaped the destiny of Yugoslavia. The screening in Isola will be attended by the renowned Serbian directorŽelimir Žilnik, known for his cult films, such as his first feature Early Works (Rani radovi, 1969).

    The 9th Kino Otok will be rounded up by The Cardboard Village (Il villaggio di cartone, Italy, 2011) by Ermanno Olmi, one of the most noted Italian filmmakers, well known to the Slovene film audience also due to his complete retrospective, organized in 2004 by the Slovene Cinematheque. In his latest film, Olmi puts Michael Lonsdale in a role of a priest who rediscovers the essence of his vocation: to help those who have been driven to the gates of Europe and to the edge of existence and dignity by the current political and economic situation.

    The Manzioli Open-Air Cinema section gladly presents a French interlacement of reality, memories and illusions, The Girl from Nowhere (La fille de nulle part, Jean-Claude Brisseau, France, 2012), winner of the Golden Leopard award at the 2012 Locarno Film Festival. Jean-Claude Brisseau became famous at the end of the eighties and beginning of the nineties with sincere dramas, including the White Wedding (Noce blanche) with Vanessa Paradis, and is also well known to the audience of the Ljubljana Film Festival. Diego Star (Frédérick Pelletier, Canada / Belgium, 2013), a drama full of social realism, will shove us into a fierce daily routine of Russian cargo ship workers at the Canadian coast in winter – a world in which workers are collateral damage and rights are proportional to the obedience to the superior.  Frédérick Pelletier, the director of the film, will join us in Izola! The Open –Air Cinema programme will be rounded up by a shocking personal story My Stolen Revolution (Nahid Persson Sarvestani, Sweden, 2013). Nahid Persson Sarvestani was a young left-wing student at the outburst of the Iranian revolution in 1979. Thirty years later and with new protests in sight in her former homeland, she organizes a moving encounter with her peers who, like her, managed to get away and survive, " said Maja Ropret Kino Otok Isola

     


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    -TIFF PRESS RELEASE-

    The 12th edition of the Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF) kicked off on May 31st.. The festival will run until June 9th, 2013. Located in the beautiful historic city of Cluj, TIFF is the largest film festival in Romania and has experienced a fabulous and highly energetic growth over the past few years. In 2012, festival presented 241 films from 46 countries, screened in 13 venues.

    More than 800 guests (directors, actors, producers, sales agents, journalists, distributors) visited the festival in 2012 and there have been a record number of 70.000+ viewers. Past festival guests include Wim Wenders, Claude Lelouch, Claudia Cardinale, Geraldine Chaplin, Catherine Deneuve, Vanessa Redgrave, Marin Karmitz, Annie Girardot, Alexandra Maria Lara, Nicolas Roeg, Radu Mihaileanu, Julie Delpy, Udo Kier, Jacqueline Bisset, Lukas Moodysson, Michael Radford and Todd Solondz.

    The festival’s main goal is to promote the art of cinema by presenting some of the most innovative and spectacular films of the moment. The Festival program features a 12-title competition for 1st & 2nd features, a FIPRESCI Competition, a panorama of 2012 award-winners from prestigious international film festivals (Supernova), premieres of Romanian features and shorts, a section dedicated to horror and fantasy films, filmmakers’ profiles, a “no limit” showcase of transgressive and provocative films, retrospectives, special and collateral events and open air screenings in the Central Square of Cluj.

    The 2013 line-up consists of more than 200 feature films, including a Focus on Slovakian and Greek cinema, a special program dedicated to Russian cinema, the traditional Hungarian Day, tributes to Stephen Frears, Forgacs Peter, Olivier Assayas, a parallel music festival called AlternaTIFF, a rich program of children and youth films - EducaTIFF, and the 2nd edition of Transilvania Talent Lab, a campus for film students, producers, writers, actors scheduled from June 2nd-6th. Romanian Days is a 3-day marathon including the most recent local productions, along with several workshops and panels, scheduled between June 5th-8th.

    -TIFF PRESS RELEASE-

    Edited by Vanessa McMahon


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    The first Czech & SlovakFilm festival starts tomorrow in Melbourne, Australia. The festival will open in the exclusive spaces of the Capitol Theatre, a building that opened in 1924 and is one of the most notable historical buildings in Melbourne, with this year’s winner of the Czech Lion for best film, David Ondříček’s In the Shadow. The opening was preceded by the start of an exhibition of Jiří Trnka in Gallery Domov as well as the showing of some of Trnka’s films.

    The opening of the Jiří Trnka exhibition and the official introduction of the programme for the 1st Czech & Slovak Film Festival in Melbourne took place on 18 May. With the participation of the festival’s Artistic Director, Cerise Howard, the Head of the Czech Consulate in Sydney, Hani Stolina, and the Honorary Consul of the Slovak Republic in Melbourne, Vojtěch Markuš, the 120 present filmgoers were not only introduced to the legendary puppeteer and animator, Jiří Trnka, and his film work, but also to the programme of the entire first Czech & Slovak festival. Thus the festival organisers, together with the Consulate of the Czech Republic in Sydney, the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Canberra, the Czech Film Center, the National Film Archive and Czech Centres put together a worthwhile presentation of films from recent years that were successful both with audiences and in festivals.

    “I have to emphasise that the idea to organise a presentation of Czech and Slovak films in Melbourne did not arise only from my initiative. The Czech & Slovak Film Festival arose thanks to enthusiasts around me, all fans of Czech and Slovak cinematography just like me, and they were not all of Czech or Slovak origin.  I was even more delighted when I was invited to Prague last September to be a member of the jury for the Mezipatra festival and could thus use the opportunity to establish contacts with representatives of film institutions in both countries, to share my eagerness to organise a film presentation on a faraway continent… I am sure that the Czech & Slovak Film Festival will not be only a one-off affair and that Australian film fans in other cities all over the country will be able to see contemporary Czech and Slovak films,” added the festival’s Artistic Director, Cerise Howard.

    Trnka’s exhibition entitled “Jiri Trnka – Serving Imagination” will run until 9 June 2013 and will be accompanied by screenings at ACMI Cinemas of five of Jiří Trnka’s classic animated films, in cooperation with The Melbourne Cinémathèque – The Emperor’s Nightingale (1948), Cybernetic Grandma (1962), The Archangel Gabriel and Mrs Goose (1964), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1959) and The Hand (1965). The Archive Programme will be complemented by the 1962 Slovak film The Sun in a Net by Štefan Uher.

    The presentation of current films will open in the aforementioned Capitol Theatre on Thursday 5 June with David Ondříček’s successful film In the Shadow and it will go on to present films that were successful with both audiences and in festivals, such as Hřebejk’s Cosy Dens and Tomáš Luňák’s animated film Alois Nebel, Zuzana Liová’s successful debut The House, Helena Třeštíková’s documentary Private Universe and the family comedy The Blue Tiger. Slovak cinematography is represented by the classic film from the year 1962, The Sun in a Net, and a short film from Martin Snopek and Ivana Laučíková, The Last Bus. The whole festival will conclude on 9 June with another film that won the Czech Lion for best film, Flower Buds, a social drama from the year 2012 by director Zdeněk Jiráský.

     

    The full programme and further information can be obtained on the festival’s web pages: www.casffa.com.au

     

    Contact: festival@filmcenter.cz, tel: +420 221 105 398

     


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    Annecy is Showcasing Animation at its best Through its Festival and the Market (12-14, june)
    the program kicked yesterday
    Last year figures were impressive: 
    110 000 tickets sold, 7 000 accredited, + 500 films screened, 229 films in competition, 23 prize. This year's edition seems ready to break these records. We will be reporting live from Annecy for you.

    Welcome from the Team to a full house

    Opening films The team of The Blue Umbrella and Monsters University, salle des haras

    The Jury members on a spectacular backdrop of the Alps

    Press conference for The Blue Umbrella with Saschka Unseld and Marc Greenberg

    Press conference for Monsters University with Dan Scanlon and Korie Rae

    2013 Special Cristal Award: Jerzy Kucia

    Pictures Courtesy Annecy Festival http://www.annecy.org/annecy-2013/

     


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