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  • 03/03/15--17:08: 2016 Call for Entries!
  • You’ve made your movie—now it’s time to show the world!

    The Dam Short Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the 2016 season. Films of any style and genre with a total run time of 40 minutes or less are eligible. Submission categories include Drama, Documentary, Animation, Student, Nevada Filmmaker, Sci-Fi/Horror, and Comedy.

    Already sporting some of the lowest submission fees going, the Dam Short Film Festival has reduced submission fees across-the-board this year making it even easier to submit. In addition, students receive an additional $5 break, and entries in the Nevada Filmmaker category are free!

    In addition, we’re proud to announce that our festival is now accepting submissions on FilmFreeway! We’re excited about this new submissions platform, and as always we’re still accepting submissions through Withoutabox.


    This season’s deadlines and fees:

    $20 – Super-Earlybird: April 20, 2015
    $25 – Earlybird: June 15, 2015
    $30 – Regular: September 20, 2015
    $35 – Late: November 24, 2015

    Submissions in the Student Category receive a $5 discount.
    Submissions in the Nevada Filmmaker Category - FREE!

    The Dam Short Film Festival Selection Committee is chomping at the bit to see your film. Don’t make them wait–submit early and save!

    Visit our Submit page for all the details and 2015’s Official Rules. GoTo: http://www.damshortfilm.org/submit/

    See you at the movies!

     


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    > Fantasporto Feb 27 - March 7

     

    THE HOERDER had its World Premiere in Fantasporto

    FLASH INTERVIEW by Mario Dorminsky TIM DENNISON | THE HOERDER Why did you choose Fantasporto to screen your film?  BECAUSE WE KNOW THIS IS ONE OF THE PREMIER ‘GENRE’ FESTIVALS FOR OUR KIND OF FILM 2- Why do you think coming to the festival from so far away, is wortwhile? BECAUSE FROM AN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE, BEING SEEN AND SELECTED FOR FANTASPORTO IS A STAMP OF APPROVAL OVER A FILM 3- Did the city Oporto play a role in your decision? NO, NOT REALLY. 4- When did...
     

    HUNGERFORD played at Fantasporto in the first features section

    Hungerford is the first feature from up and coming British Director, 19 year old Drew Casson. The film tells the story of what happens when a group of friends discover that the small English town where they live has come under a malign influence... Shot for £20,000, but including some 100+ special effects shots, the film combines great heart with a scale more usual from a film 100 times as expensive. Equal parts zombie flick, sci fi shocker, black comedy, and apocalyptic disaste...
     

    Retrospective to Fernando Vendrel

    RETROSPECTIVA FERNANDO VENDRELL PELE de Fernando Vendrell, 102’ (Portugal) – VO Port Wednesday, 4 march - ( granny ) wednesday, march 4 Small auditorium - small auditorium 15.15 - prize cinema portuguese - best movie The door 21 of john mark, 93 ' ( portugal ) - i am going to port World antestreia / world premiere 17.15 - prize cinema portuguese - best movie: Short 1 - i am going to port Last seconds of stephane de oliveira and rui co...
     

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    Here Comes The Fuzz: WOLFCOP Trailer

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    It's not unusual for alcoholic cop Lou Garou to black out and wake up in unfamiliar surroundings, but lately things have taken a strange turn. Crime scenes seem oddly familiar. Lou's senses are heightened, and when the full moon is out, he's a rage-fueled werewolf. WOLFCOP is one cop's quest to become a better man...one transformation at a time. Check out our website and social channels. Get badass stuff including action collectibles, graphic novel, vinyl soundtrack and open...
     

    Fantasporto March 3 Good Cops, Bad Cops and WOLF COP my favourite so far

     image of the film to cry from within = 19.15 - WOLFCOP de Lowell Dean, 79’ (Canadá), CF Antecedido by... The last supper of vanessa quintanilla cobo, 10 ' (mexico), Cf 21.15 – LANDMINE GOES CLICK de Levan Bakhia, 108’ (Georgia), SR 23.00 - the channel of ivan kavanagh, 92 ' ( irlanda ), Cf Wednesday, 4 march - ( granny ) wednesday, march 4 Great auditorium - big auditorium 13.30 - pink zone of benjamin wa...
     

    Dementia won the audience in Fantasporto

    People asked for my autograph!!! It was a good first screening of DEMENTIA here at #Fantasporto! Some people went up to me to say how much they liked it and even asked me to sign their tickets! Congratulations Team Dementia! On Tuesday afternoon is an even bigger screening. Let's do this #DEMENTIAFantasporto! ...
     
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    The 16th Golden Trailer Awards 
    May 6th, 2015

    Submit by march 16th
    Movie trailers play an increasingly important role in entertaining us and helping us determine where to spend our leisure time. The best trailers are works of art in their own right, expertly blending elements of cinema and advertising.

    Each year through an open competition judged by film industry notables, the Golden Trailer Awards recognize the creative people who make movie trailers, and the best examples of their unique art, in a gala award show.

    Trailers must be under 4 minutes and 30 seconds long (no exceptions). Trailers/Teasers/TV spots/Video Game Trailers must be created between April 11th, 2014 through March 16th, 2015. For SUMMER 2015 BLOCKBUSTER (Film RELEASE date between May 7th, 2015 until September 7th, 2015)... Rules for Entry GTA2015   

    Entry FAQs GTA2015 I Entry Prices GTA2015 I Category List GTA2015 I SUBMIT

    Golden Trailer Awards's blog I Website: http://goldentrailer.com/

     

    Manchester International Film Festival
    July 10 - 12, 2015


    Submit by March 5, 2015

    The Manchester International Film Festival has been founded to become an annual event to showcase strong and inventive film-making from around the globe. Running alongside the established and world renowned Manchester International Festival, which brings over 200,000 people to the city, the inaugural Manchester International Film Festival will take place across 2 screens at the AMC Cinema in the Great Northern Warehouse and various original and cool venues in and around the vibrant and creative city of Manchester.

    The organisations quest is to champion great story telling that translates brilliantly onto screen through works from Up-and-coming writers, directors and producers, along with established industry professionals. SUBMIT via filmfreeway and withoutabox

    The Montreal World Film Festival
    August 27, September 7

    The regulations and entry forms to submit a film to the 2015 edition of the MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL are available for download. Please follow the links to get a copy. 
    2015 REGULATIONS
    ENTRY FORM FOR THE 2015 MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL
    ENTRY FORM FOR THE 2015 CANADIAN STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL

    Click to submit your film

    The Montreal World Film Festival's blog I Website http://www.ffm-montreal.org/ 

     

    Oaxaca FilmFest 6
    October 9-17, 2015

    We are passionately committed to providing audiences around The Globe with an excellent entertainment experience simply by introducing them to Great Film.

    SUBMIT NOW

    Oaxaca Film Fest's blog  I Website   http://www.oaxacafilmfest.com/
     

    Hollyshorts 
    August 13-22, 2015

    The 11th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival and Film Conference/Film Market, scheduled for August 13-22, 2015 at the world famous TCL Chinese Theatre and Roosevelt Hotel, is now accepting submissions. (www.withoutabox.com/login/4655)   2014 HSFF, 3 times named to MovieMaker Magazine “Top 25 Fests Worth the Entry Fee” lists, featured over 400 projects showcasing stars and filmmakers including Sofia Loren, Bill Plympton, Anthony and Joe Russo, and Felicia Day.  HSFF awarded over $150,000 in prizes, including $50,000 in post services courtesy of COMPANY 3 and METHOD STUDIOS for Best Short, Director, Music Video, Cinematography, VFX, and Commercial. Shorts HD distribution deals for winners and Final Draft prizes for Screenplay Contest winners.  

    HollyShorts.com/submissions: www.withoutabox.com/login/4655

    Screenplays:  www.withoutabox.com/login/12900

    Hollyshorts's blog  I Website http://hollyshorts.com/

    Le MIAFF ANIMAZE Montreal International Animation Film Festival
    April 16 – 19, 2015


    Submit by march 6

    Le MIAFF (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. 

    Le MIAFF provides an animation industry conference, workshops for animators, producers network, cocktail networking and ANIMAZE DAYS international co-production incentive. For independent filmmakers festival strategy workshops. 
    Taking place during The City of Montreal Printemps Numerique (Digital Spring) Le MIAFF will also facilitate and curate works and subjects pertaining to digital arts. 
    Expect news to unfold, great guest and films to be screened. Motivational guest speakers, teachers and master classes. Taking place on site at Concordia state of the art Hall Theatre which just completed a 3.5 million dollar state of the art screening room. 
    The festival will screen animation features, shorts and experimental film. Industry conferences, panels and international co-productions will be facilitated. Workshops on the state of the art(s). Public film festival screening, panels and educational platform for children. A student film contest challenge from all graduate level animation film schools across the province of Quebec and Canada.
    Submit

    Animaze - Montreal International Animation Film Festival's blog I Website: http://animazefestival.com/

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    For festival consideration

     

    Pseudonym, for festival consideration

    First feature by french actor director Thierry Seban. Produced by la Petite Reine (The Artist) and Diabolo Films (The Suicide Shop).
    Synopsis:  Alex is a divorced father, a stressed executive. His daily routine is work, work, work. Tonight he's in a hurry, he's due to meet a beautiful young stranger... who contacted him via the internet. But this blind date will flip him into a downward spiral and disrupt forever the course of his life.  Thriller, 75 min., Scope, Dolby 5.1  Directed by Thierry Sebban  Starring: Simon Abkarian, Igor Skreblin, Perrine Tourneux... Email us for a screener
     

    March Selection of Films for your consideration

    $ 5,000 from Luxor African Film Festival to develop new African films

     
    The ETISAL Fund Management has announced the details of STEP Program to support African feature films specially the first or second features by a director. Submitted to this competition were 14 different projects from 8 African countries: Namibia, Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Egypt, Ethiopia, Morocco and Nigeria. The jury has decided to support 5 projects in the development workshop with French expert Isabelle Fauvel for two weeks starting from March 1. These projects are: 1. "Nine...
     

    Pseudonym selected as North America Premiere at Houston Worldfest

    Coming this April... The 48th WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival. Its the 48th annual event of WorldFest-Houston, and this year is packed with 10 Great Days of 50 award-winning Indie Films, 111 great Short Films, and 550 Indie filmmakers from around the globe. Come see the rising stars of film from the festival that discovered Spielberg, George Lucas, Ang Lee, Francis Ford Coppola, Randal Kleiser, Oliver Stone, John Lee Hancock, The Coen Bros and hund...
     
    Showing the BEST in independent film from around the world: February 21 - March 1, 2015.  ROOTED IN PEACE SCREENINGS AT THE 2015 SEDONA FILM FESTIVAL Rooted in Peace will have its World Premiere: Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 9:10am - The Harkins Theatre, Sedona, AZ Friday, February 27th at 3:00pm – Mary D Fisher Theatre, Sedona, AZ From features to shorts, documentaries to animation and foreign films to student films, you will be treated to a cinephile’s dream ... NI...
     
     

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    The Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA) Announces the Nominees for the 9th Asian Film Awards

    At a press conference in Hong Kong on February 25, 2015, the Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA) announced the nominees for the 9th Asian Film Awards (AFA). Forty-two films from eight countries and regions received a total 74 nominations. This year, the AFA received over 1,000 eligible films from 34 countries across Asia. In a parallel announcement, the AFAA revealed that internationally acclaimed film director and producer Ms. Mabel CHEUNG...
     

    The Cinedelphia Film Festival announces the first wave of programming for this year’s fest!

     
    The Cinedelphia Film Festival is excited to announce the first wave of programming for this year’s fest!  The CFF will run from April 9 - 25 at PhilaMOCA and is loosely based around the theme of the “outsider”:  untrained filmmakers, special interest archivists, and those who simply refuse to play by Hollywood’s rules.  As always, it’s an eclectic and highly entertaining lineup of film programming that you won’t find anywhere else in the Delawar...
     

    FIRST TIME FEST: Third Time’s The Charm - March 5-9, 2015 with a tribute to Harvey Weinstein

    CELEBRATING FIRST-TIME FILMMAKERS WITH A GRAND PRIZE OF THEATRICAL DISTRIBUTION AND INTERNATIONAL SALES 6 NEW INTERNATIONAL FILMS IN COMPETITION Following last year’s acclaimed second edition, FIRST TIME FEST is back, and it shows that third time’s the charm.   The 3rd FIRST TIME FEST is set for March 5-9, 2015, and it will be based at an exciting new array of venues.  Screenings will take place at Core Club (55th St. and Park Avenue), the Wild Project (195...
     

    New York Jewish Film Festival 2015

    Held for the 24th time from January 14 to 27 at New York’s Walter Read theatre Center the Jewish Film Festival offered an expanded selection. Organized by the Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center the main program presented 22 features from 13 countries including several co-productions, 36 films in special programs and four seminars. Compared to last year’s edition the program has become more differentiated to reach its goal of proving a broad exploration of the...
     

    Last weeks to submit your short films to Laity section

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    The rules to register your short-movies at the 14th edition of the Reggio Film Festival are online. The authors from every country of the world are invited to send their works related to the theme of this year: WAIT. As usual there is the OPEN CATEGORY section, for short-movies not related to the theme. Furthermore, in agreement with the association INIZIATIVA LAICA, a special section, Laity, is dedicated to Freedom of Choice. The deadline to submit your short movies is May th...
     

    39HKIFF to open with Murmur of the Hearts and close with Port of Call

      http://hkiffedm.hostmezone.com/HKIFFedm227/index.html ...
     

    The 1st Annual WideScreen Film & Music Video Festival

    Be a part of History in the Making, this weekend. Kindly see below, the Schedule of Events. With over 29 countries participating, the 1st Annual WideScreen Festival is proud to showcase 100 Projects at it's Inaugural Festival. The Festival was a God-inspired idea, founded by Jarrod A Knowles on Oct 12, 2014. The mission of the Festival is, "To Inspire the Creation and Distribution of Art, while ultimately enhancing the Creative Mind.   Actually, before you look at...
     

    Macae Cine International Film Festival

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    https://filmfreeway.com/festival/MacaeCineInternationalFilmfestival   Macaé Cine International Film Festival is in the 5nd annual edition realized at Macaé - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil and presents national and international screenings with competition and non competition categories. It shows the best in the world of film productions. Feature movies and short films are one of the most powerful and potential product to news midia and electronic devices. We’re seeki...
     

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    AMPAS 26th Annual NY Oscar Night Viewing Party

     
    By Maria Esteves – March 1, 2015 The 26th Annual New York Oscar Viewing Party celebrated the 87th Academy Awards at DANIEL, Sunday, February 22, 2015. Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), East Coast Academy members, prior Oscar winners, Oscar nominees, industry executives and special guests enjoyed the evening with an exclusive cocktail reception, French cuisine by award winning chef Daniel Boulud and watched live on big screens Oscars 2015 hosted by Neil ...
     

    Birdman Top Winner at the 87th Academy Awards

     
    By Maria Esteves – February 25, 2015 The 87th Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) for outstanding film achievements of 2014, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris was held at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre & Highland Center, televised live on ABC Network and in over 220 countries Sunday, February 22, 2015. Four Oscars went to Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) including Best Picture and Best Director ALEJANDRO G. IÑ&Aacut...
     

    Danish documentary filmmaker Mads Brügger completes lineup at Visegrad Film Forum

     
    4. Visegrad Film Forum (11th – 14th March 2015)    The Danish documentary director Mads Brügger will come to Visegrad Film Forum Bratislava to talk about his trademark documentary filmmaking. In his films Mads Brügger plays different roles in order to gain access to environments controlled by dictators (North Korea) or corrupt politicians and businessmen (Central African Republic). His debut The Red Chapel,&n...
     

    Sue Hollenberg Named Education Director Of The Montclair Film Festival

     
    The Montclair Film Festival (MFF) in Montclair, NJ announced today the appointment of Sue Hollenberg as Education Director of MFF. This newly created position will serve to launch and manage the MFF’s year-round film and media education initiatives and community partnerships.   “We are thrilled to welcome Sue to our team,” said MFF Executive Director Tom Hall. “As we look to launch our education department to reach throughout our community and beyond, Sue provides ...
     
     
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    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... 
     

    Ikusmira Berriak is born, an interinstitutional programme of support to new audiovisual projects

     

    IKUSMIRA BERRIAK is a new programme of support to audiovisual projects committed to innovation and experimentation in areas of both cinematic language and means of production. The initiative is the result of collaboration between Tabakalera – International Contemporary Culture Centre, Donostia Zinemaldia / San Sebastian Festival, San Sebastian European Capital of Culture 2016, Donostia Kultura and the Filmoteca Vasca Foundation. Its main objective is to promote audiovisual creation. ...

     

    The Market Coverage 2014

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    Check the coverage Filmfestivals.com gave to Cannes Market 2014 edition with texts pictures and videos. Download to view. ...
     
     

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    > UNE SEMAINE SUR LE CIRCUIT DES FESTIVALS FRANCOPHONES    

    RETROUVEZ TOUTES LES INFOS SONT SUR LA NOUVELLE NEWSLETTER EN FRANCAIS

    Major Buzz Factory : Expérience du marketing Digital pour les films

    Fort du expérience acquise dans la distribution de film spour deux Majors (Sony et Fox mariée sous a direction avec UGC) Bruno Chatelin propose une expérience pointue au service de votre stratégie digitale à Travers sa structure de Conseil MAJOR BUZZ FACTORY Le fondateur Bruno Chatelin : un Professionnel de la communication entouré de spécialistes, son expérience est ancrée sur trois univers La publicité, Le mark...
     

    > COVERAGE FROM CANNES

    The exhaustive coverage of Cannes competitions as PDF

    Your Cannes Market Dailies as PDF
    Check videos of our Cannes ambiance coverage on our YouTube Channel

     


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    The organization of Curaçao IFFR is proud to present the line-up of the Yellow Robin Award competition 2015! Five films from talented young directors from the Caribbean compete to win a prize of USD 10,000, the chance to screen their film during the 2016 edition of IFFR in the Netherlands, as well as priority access to industry activities such as Cinemart and Rotterdam Lab.  

    This competition was launched in 2013 to offer emerging filmmakers from the Caribbean and Latin America a hospitable platform to develop their talent and support them in their careers by opening the doors to the world market through the festival’s connection with IFFR the Netherlands.

    The nominees for the Yellow Robin Award 2015 are:

    POR AMOR EN EL CASERIO from Antonio Morales/Juan Luis Rodriquez (Puerto Rico)
    This variation on Romeo and Juliet set in the poor neighbourhoods (called caserio) of San Juan,Por amor en el caserio is partially based on the experiences of local amateur actors. Antonio Morales previously also wrote the script for the play that aimed to reduce drug-dealing and violence on the streets.

    PRIMERO DE ENERO from Erika Bagnarello (Dominican Republic/Costa Rica)
    A great road movie about children that also tackles tough adult themes. Crime, divorce and illegality are dealt with airily in the story about a boy who will stop at nothing to find his father’s stolen piano. Because if the piano comes back, his father is sure to follow.

    SIN ALAS from Ben Chace (Cuba)
    When 70-year old, retired journalist Luis Vargas reads that celebrated ballerina Isabela Muñoz has died, his thoughts return to his brief, passionate, yet impossible relationship with her. A love story with great music and lots of local color.

    TÚ Y YO from Natalia Cabral (Dominican Republic)
    A tragi-comic documentary on the daily lives of an elderly Caucasian widow and her Afro-Caribbean housekeeper who lives with her. Their quiet days are filled with hard work, soap series and grumbling within four spotless walls. However, sometimes the fact that the gradually intertwined women are from entirely different social classes becomes painfully apparent.

    LAS VACAS CON GAFAS from Alex Santiago (Puerto Rico)
    When a solitary, eccentric artist and professor hears he’ll go blind, he has to deal with this terrifying fact and reconcile with his daughter, who became alienated from him due to circumstances years ago. Subtle drama about aging and coming to terms with the inevitable.

    The winner is announced during the official Award Ceremony on Saturday 28 March.

    Watch the trailers here.


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    The International Oriental Film Festival of Geneva is supported by the City of Geneva’ Department for Culture and other significant partners. This year, the Festival celebrates its 10th edition. Its organization is led by the “FIFOG” association in partnership with other organizations that promote cinema, cultural dialogue and cultural diversity. The event will be held between March 20rd and 29th 2015, in several venues that include the Cinemas of “Grütli”, Versoix, Lausanne and neighbouring France.

     

    The 2015 edition will host around 100 movies of a wide range of genres that originate from Eastern countries as well as Western countries. These movies are meant to showcase high quality and tackle human values, while being thought-provocative. The agenda thus reflects the association’s quest to pursue an understanding of Eastern societies and to question the cultural barriers between the East and the West, by means of exclusive fiction movies, documentaries and short movies. The aim of FIFOG is also to spark a debate on various themes that pertain equally to the East as to the West, and to facilitate dialogue and understanding between the two. At the same time, FIFOG offers a platform for young film directors who can be Swiss and also from the East. This year’s theme centres on: the body and whether it constitutes a fantastical object and/or whether it represents an expression of ideologies.

     

    A series of movies will examine the relationship artists cultivate in relation to the body in cinema: fantastical object and / or space of ideological expression. The movies will be grouped along the following categories: “The Orient in all its forms”; “Voices and visions of women”; “Voices and visions of America”; “Perspectives: East-West and Switzerland-East“; “Migration and Integration”; and “FI-FON-FAN” (the festival of children). In parallel, 5 prizes will be awarded and for each category; a Golden FIFOG and a Silver FIFOG will be presented respectively to winners and runners-up.

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  • 03/06/15--03:58: Serbian Brigitte Bardot
  • Serbian Brigitte Bardot

     

     The Loop (Petlja) crew is my favourite younger generation Serbian actress Ljuma Penov. Beside very successful theatre career Ljuma is one of the rare who manages theatre and film career together.  Ljuma Penov became more known to a wider audience outside of Serbia by her part in a small black comedy film Black Zorica/Crna Zorica from 2012, film that went off really well in UK and USA, but managed to stay outside of the present Serbian critic authority praise due to a shell content of the film. This part brought Ljuma Penov to a list of IBM Actresses on the Screen San José Sinequest list. And to keep her good – reputation- special outside of a usual Serbian film pattern of glory and fame I am bringing her up now to be my special mention. So here is she, Serbian Brigitte Bardot, Ljuma Penov!

    1.       The relatively short time has passed since the unexpected success abroad of film Crna Zorica/Black Zorica (directed by Hristina Hatziharalabous and Radoslav Pavković) what do you expect from this film, what is the Loop/Petlja. The film is dedicated to the famous Yugoslavian photographer Ljubomir Šimunić and his opus on erotic photography that he became famous by in the past.

     The film is completely different, visually, aesthetically, artistically, from the movie Black Zorica, it goes in completely different directions. What I was very glad about is that I can play in a variety of roles, directions and genres of film, diametrically opposite roles and films.

    Film The Loop/Petlja by Serbian film director Milutin Petrović honors Ljubomir Šimunić, beside him in the film there is also Marina Marković another name, which gives a special tone and the multilayered to a film. The film is a thriller with a lot of different sub-layers. This film awakens the imagination, mind, first, the one who is open to the arts in general, and it seems to me to be such, however, the smaller the number, the greater the number of those who only think they are, or were, unfortunately, completely unconscious and not know what is art, either, let alone other things. Some have probably heard only the word exists, which is regrettable, but so is the value system for a long, in the value system of people, society. I think you should do a poll, it would be very interesting. Here, and in all the arts, openness in the matter, permeation, and this is true of all art alike.

    As far as expectations, do not expect anything, as with any role, I'm happy just to have been part of that, although I was so self-critical, almost to exhaustion. Is it good or bad, I do not know. For me it's probably better that way, especially in a movie where everything goes fast and there is no time for so many probes as in the theater, but there is still a feeling, and nothing fundamentally, not different in the paper, because here I am preparing for months earlier, only used different means.

    Beside me, the film has Ivan Zaric, Tanja Venčelovski, Amra Latifić, Daniel Smith, and Sasa Radojevic, except that such co-writer of the film, appears in the role. All this gives the film a special note in the aesthetic and artistic, above all, artistic, sense.

     2. In addition to the successful role, do you feel that this is the most memorable film role, especially if you are in the focus as a female erotic object. Šimunić nonetheless dealt with erotic aesthetics in his photographs and as far as Milutin Petrović, he managed to convey his erotic aesthetic to the big screen?

     The film honors Ljubomir Šimunić, and in some ways, it's a film about him personally. The Loop/Petlja is very multifaceted film, including the title suggested by. This is how Milutin Petrović managed to convey Šimunić’s erotic aesthetics, ie, without a transfer, but only to adapt themselves and then transferred to us, and the audience; everyone will be able to see who might come to look at the film, and will be surprised whatever expect and whatever prejudices, perhaps, had. As for me, eroticism in this film is pure and beautiful, she is on the side of beauty, art and artwork.

     3. What is your role in the loop?

     The role of the Marina is completely different from the others, just as I get different roles, but it is different even in its very draft, and outlines, through the film. I've worked on it as an actress, because I can not help but to specifically and faithfully prepare for each role, a long time, with myself that something came out of it, I do that strange in my personality, and while I'm not entirely psychologically and physically, morally, aesthetically in that role, I am completely united with her, I do not move: and there is of course still in preparation and director, as well as on the set, of course, and together we bridge this time, it should be together, even though sometimes it unfortunately not happen, which is in this case.

     4. Here you worked with Saša Radojević, the screenplay writer, film director and actor in the Loop, which is the next role?

     Saša Radojević I concurrence of circumstances precious working on the film Country where he co-writer, The Loop  besides the fact that I worked with him as co-screenwriter, I worked as an actor, which I was pleased and very interesting. As for some of the following enterprise we plan some new stories later, when the time is right.

     

    5. Who recommended this film? Milutin was on display of FEST, the International Film Festival in Belgrade with his film Jug Jugoistok /South South-East from 2005?

     I think everyone should view each film, and this especially. The society needs a little more culture and art, to invest so much more in culture, but unfortunately, because of everything else, the value system of the society is drastically decreased.

     6. How it is significant for you as an actress that with the role in the film Black Zorica/Crna Zorica get on the list for most IBM Actress on the Screen of San Jose Sinequest?

     Me, as an actress, it certainly does, because the criticism is really nice received and noticed my role in the world, it's always nice when someone recognizes something good in you. But how important is the list, I do not know if people here do know about it. Some people here pay attention to such things, and neglect any other things that are not merely easy and fun and which do not concern some trivia. Here are worried about gossip, take care of completely irrelevant and superficial things, instead to little broader the  view, in connection with anything, to keep eyes wide open, not just standing but developing.

     7. For the second time you cooperate with the Italians in the film, tell us something about this collaboration whether they be new role in the Italian film? It is the dream of many of  Serbian actresses?

     Twice I've worked with Italian productions and working with them is completely different than working with Serbian productions. For me it was really very creative, hard and expensive, as far as the very actors and directors concern I do not know the dreams of other actors, I know what my dream is and where it is, it will remain known only to me.

     


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    In its 14th edition Documentary Fortnight 2015, MoMA’s International Festival of nonfiction Film and Media’ showcased from February 13 – 27 twenty one feature films, seven shorts, archival films, a seminar and a media installation. As with other major festivals Documentary Fortnight is expanding its wide range of themes and creative approaches. Held at one of New York’s most prominent museums, the Museum of Modern Art, programming the festival had more flexibility because MoMA serves an educated upscale trending audience. Thus productions could be selected which break the boundaries of traditional documentary film making. Among this year’s approaches were historical, experimental and ethno-fictional departures, with a frequent emphasis on the image and atmosphere.  Yet there was no neglect of conflict areas. Issues tied to migration, natural and man-made disasters, the media, minorities and homelessness were well presented in the program.

     

    BRULE LA MER (Burn the Sea) 2014 Tunisia/France, Nathalie Nambot, Maki Berchache

    After the overthrow of Tunisian Dictator Ben Ali leaving the country became possible. The documentary follows the survival of some young Tunisians who decided to emigrate. Interlaced with images of the sea and coast the documentary depicts their passage through Milan and Marseille with Paris as the final destination. They have little success looking for a home or permanent work and find themselves with despair and hopelessness in a country that confines them. Liberation and economic independence in France is as far away as it was in Tunisia and their longing for a home and their lost childhood remains unfulfilled. Their families give them strength but that joy is diminished by the split existence of their bodies in France and their hearts in Tunisia, not having a home in either place

     

    HOTEL NUEVA ISLA, 2014 Spain and   Cuba, Irene Gutierrez Torres

    Jorge de los Rios, a retired and unemployed worker uses a decrepit former luxury hotel in Havana as his shelter with a few other homeless people. He meanders through the building looking for objects and material to save, yet has no clear objective. There is scarce communication between him and the others, a women friend and her little daughter. They decide to leave fearing the building’s collapse as does a young man he befriends. Like a vestige from the past Jorge decides to stay. His passage through hallways and rooms which are falling apart and his encounters are beautifully recorded in the mostly slow and stationary cinematography

     

    OF MEN AND WAR, 2014 France/Switzerland, Laurent Becue-Renard

    In this compelling documentary Becue-Renard provides a human face to the suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As distinct from other superb productions on that problematic issue like HBO’s War Torn we learn through numerous statements by soldiers beset by the condition what happened to them during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan und how they tried to survive the aftermath. There is no footage from the war. Comments by a therapist running group sessions with the soldiers and affected family members who try to keep them grounded are kept to a minimum. Recollections from killing the enemy and civilians, witnessing close up the death of close friends and fellow soldiers, even of murder, permits us to better understand. But these experiences are frozen in the soldiers’ memories.  For the viewer it is difficult to grasp how overcoming the horror was possible, many soldiers considered killing themselves and a many combatants suffering from PTSD actually did so during the conflict and afterwards.  The camera recorded for nine months their interactions and the documentary becomes a record of the transformatory power of the war experience, an experience shared by less than 1 percent of the population, and not readily accessible to most.  Their actions had a lasting impact on the moral fiber of these war torn soldiers and their sense of self has become precarious.

     

    PARK LANES, 2015, USA, Kevin Jerome Everson

    Known in part because of its length, spanning eight hours, the film provides a real time record of the transactions in a factory producing and repairing equipment for bowling alleys covering a full day of work. The everyday working life of mostly minority workers in this setting is captured through fixed and slow motion cameras focusing on the working act and stations. We follow jobs ranging from the assembly of small mechanical parts to larger complex components. The production process is fragmented yet each worker is skillfully completing the assigned task. Apart from coffee breaks and lunches there is little communication between the workers, each of them has become part of the work process. The documentation of the aesthetic nature of work is superb, yet it is difficult to show the film outside festival settings and film departments.

     

    CAFÉ: CANTOS DE HUMO (Coffee: Chants of Smoke) 2014, Mexico, Hatuey Viveros Lavielle

    This enchanting production from Mexico presents in a subdued non-directive approach the life in a small indigenous Nahuati community in the Puebla region. Starting with the funeral of his father and ending with the memorial gathering one year later, the film centers on the son Jorge who studies to become a lawyer. Conflict and changes transpire through comments by family members and their views of work and education, having a family, abortion for the 16 year old sister, and the role of parents. They show the difficult passage to today’s times from traditions that ruled that community for generations. With Jorge as a lawyer his ethnic community will be able to better cope with the clash between past and present.

     

    EPISODE OF THE SEA, 2014 Netherlands, Lonnie van Brummelen, Siebren de Haan

    Urk a former fishing village is now landlocked with a tightly knit very religious small population. It has remained in the fishing business, proud of its past and speaks a unique peculiar dialect, alien to Dutch. Having worked closely with the villagers for two years and gained their trust von Brummelen and de Haan completed an unusual documentary using cameras from the eighties corresponding to the age of the trawlers they filmed. Footage was shot in stunning black and white on 35 mm recording the fishing and processing work on the trawler and the unloading resulting in some amazing imagery of the moving sea and synchronized labor.  The delivery of statements by the fisher men is stunning since the film makers trained them how to recite the text reflecting the filmmaker’s distillation of their opinions.  The ship and land settings set the stage for their theatrical performance which seems stiff and bereft of motions. Yet in its ethno-fictional approach Episode of the Sea offers succinct insight into the fishermen’s interpretations of their conditions, from criticism of regulations forced on them by the Dutch and European Union authorities, their tricks of the trade, to the problem of market driven competition, the use of foreign labors on their boats, and the challenge of passing their vocation to the children.  This production breaks the boundaries of traditional documentaries but it certainly delivers a message.

     

    HOT TYPE: 150 YEARS OF THE NATION, 2015, USA, Barbara Kopple

    The production offers a comprehensive history and current status of the United States most renowned left liberal weekly, The Nation. Archival material as well as pointed interviews with former and current contributing writers as well as full time staff editors provide a poignant overview of the changes and conflicts of American politics and the shifting media landscape. Special attention is paid to the current editor in chief Katrina vanden Heuvel and The Nation’s renowned internship program from which many of the current staff graduated. The grounded journalism of the Nation is well illustrated through documenting their research driven field work such as the staging of conventions, political struggles of Wisconsin, the Occupy Wall Street campaign, and current civil rights struggles in North Carolina to name just a few which are illustrated. Undoubtedly the Nation has printed crucial analytic and fact based reports on the issues the United States is facing before later media discovered them.

     

    HAZE AND FOG, 2013, China, Cao Fei

    This production provides an extraordinary artistic perspective on current human conditions in contemporary China which can be applied to many other advanced industrial societies. Images of individuals living and working in modern urban citiblocks are shown who seem to live a solitary existence disconnected from other people and immured in social isolation.  The company of others does not provoke responses and no communication can be observed but erratic behavior patterns such as individuals dancing in supermarket aisles, playing golf in a living room, taking a bath covered by balls or attacking a desk. There is a stark contrast in this film to a marauding band of zombies who engage in collective purposive action that make sense. The ‘normal’ people in this film are alienated and in their social isolation engage in meaningless action whereas the Zombies appear to be well and alive. The critical and satiric approach is similar to the work of the Swedish filmmaker Ruben Oestlund. Haze and Fog is one of the most original selections in the 2015 Documentary Fortnight program. Funded by European agencies the film is not made for theatrical distribution in China but can be accessed at festivals and the art house circuit.

     

    The 2015 edition of Documentary Fortnight reflects a successful selection of stimulating and demanding production covering a broad thematic range.

     

    Claus Mueller

    filmexchange@gmail.com

     


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    The 2015 CFF will run from April 9-25 at PhilaMOCA and is loosely based around the theme of the “outsider”:  untrained filmmakers, special interest archivists, and those who simply refuse to play by Hollywood’s rules.  As always, it’s an eclectic and highly entertaining lineup of film programming that you won’t find anywhere else in the Delaware Valley.

     

    PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED HIGHLIGHTS:

    http://www.cinedelphiafilmfestival.com/2015-cinedelphia-film-festival-is-go/

     

    SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS

     

    Wednesday, April 15, 7:30 PM @ PhilaMOCA
    AS-SEEN-ON-TV CREATURE FEATURE
    – Exhumed Films presents a 16mm double feature of Paul Naschy ‘70s horror films with vintage commercials inserted throughout.

     

    Thursday, April 23, 7:30 PM @ PhilaMOCA

    BEYOND CLUELESS– Philly Premiere of the ultimate teen film comprised of clips from over 200 classic teen movies.
    Festival page: http://www.cinedelphiafilmfestival.com/beyond-clueless
    Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEz8pdxslYU

     

    Friday, April 24, 7:30 PM @ PhilaMOCA
    MORON MOVIES Retrospective
    – Broomall’s Len Cella will be in attendance for a live retrospective of his Johnny Carson-favorite short film series, guest hosted by Dimitri Simakis from Everything Is Terrible!.
    Festival page: http://www.cinedelphiafilmfestival.com/moron-movies-retrospective

     

    Saturday, April 25, 7:30 PM @ PhilaMOCA

    BEST WORST MOVIE MARATHON – A 12 hour overnight movie marathon of our favorite bad movies!  Featuring a 25th Anniversary screening of TROLL 2 with a green-colored food feast, the Philly Premiere of WHITE COP, and a special Everything Is Terrible! presentation of 90s super hero classic THE SKID KID!  Plus five surprise features.

    Festival page: http://www.cinedelphiafilmfestival.com/best-worst-movie-marathon

    Poster by Ghost Bat: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1374594

     

    FULL SCHEDULE

    http://www.cinedelphiafilmfestival.com/2015-schedule/

    All events are held at PhilaMOCA unless otherwise noted.

     

    WED, April 1, 7:30 PM – CFF PREVIEW NIGHT

    FRI, April 3, 7:30 PM @ Cinemug – VIDEO PIRATES: ARTIFACTS

    SAT, April 4, 8:00 PM @ Viva Video! – BLEEDING SKULL VHS SHOWCASE

    THU, April 9, 7:30 PM – VIETNAM APPRECIATION DAY

    SAT, April 11, 7:30 PM – ROCK SCHOOL 25TH Anniversary

    SUN, April 12, 7:30 PM – Ken Del Vecchio Horror Double Feature

    MON, April 13, 7:30 PM – hate5six Retrospective

    TUE, April 14, 7:30 PM – Artsploitation Films Belgian double-feature

    WED, April 15, 7:30 PM – As Seen On TV Creature Feature

    THU, April 16, 7:00 PM – Mega-Bad Movie Night + Movie Movie Live

    FRI, April 17, 7:30 PM – RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: THE ADAPTATION

    SAT, April 18, 3:30 + 6 – THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS

    SAT, April 18, 10:00 PM – Terry Gilliam Burlesque

    SUN, April 19, 6:30 PM – Best of Vivisections International Horror Shorts

    SUN, April 19, 8:30 PM – BAG BOY LOVER BOY

    MON, April 20, 7:30 PM – I AM THOR

    TUE, April 21, 7:30 PM – ELEKTRO MOSKVA

    WED, April 22, 7:30 PM – BLOODY KNUCKLES

    WED, April 22, 10:00 PM – I AM A KNIFE WITH LEGS

    THU, April 23, 7:30 PM – BEYOND CLUELESS

    THU, April 23, 10:00 PM – DWARVES KINGDOM

    FRI, April 24, 7:30 PM – MORON MOVIES Retrospective

    FRI, April 24, 10:00 PM – Wham City Comedy

    SAT, April 25, 7:30 PM – Best Worst Movie Marathon

     

    Official site:

    http://www.cinedelphiafilmfestival.com

     

    2015 CFF poster by Philly-based artist Box Brown:

    http://www.cinedelphiafilmfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/cff-poster.jpg

     

    Contact:
    Eric Bresler, CFF Director – ericbresler@philamoca.org

     

    PhilaMOCA

    531 N. 12TH Street

    Philadelphia, PA  19123

    http://www.philamoca.org


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    The 2nd edition of SR Socially Relevant Film Festival will take place in New York at several venues March 16-22.

     

    This year’s lineup of 54 films opens with Come to my Voice, at CUNY Graduate Center, Proshansky Auditorium March 16, at 7pm. We will be specially honored by your presence at this film and the opening party following it immediately. Attached you will find the invitation and information on both these events and a press release.

     

    The festival’s timely and socially engaging selection offers World and U.S. premieres and interesting industry panels. This year there are 33 countries represented in the film selection. We hope you can join us at these screenings during the week. There will be receptions at the Copenhagen Restaurant next door to Tribeca Cinemas where you can relax with free WiFi and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks in a comfortable cinema friendly atmosphere. Please check our website for individual screening times: www.ratedsrfilms.org

     

    Founded in 2013, the festival runs from March 16 - 22, at Tribeca Cinemas, Maysles Cinema, the Quad Cinema & SVA (Chelsea campus). A wide range of social issues are portrayed during the week of the festival, namely:  Gun control & police brutality, race relations & discrimination, violence against women & empowering women, LGBT rights, conflict in the Mideast, the environment & climate change, the US economy & oil rush, immigration & exile.


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    THE 13th ANNUAL INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES ANNOUNCES FILM LINE-UP

     

    Highlights include Centerpiece and world premiere of British comedy
    ONE CRAZY THING, Danis Tanović's TIGERS, A.R. Rahman documentary JAI HO, Cannes’ entry TITLI and the Los Angeles premiere of MISS INDIA AMERICA.

     

    *Passholders treated to Secret Screening of award-winning title* 

     

    LOS ANGELES, CA (March 10, 2015) – Today, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) proudly announced its 2015 lineup of narrative and documentary features and short films for this year’s festival. The impressive program reflects the rich diversity of Indian cinema, as well as the future of Indian filmmaking, with cutting-edge filmmakers bringing their acclaimed films to Los Angeles.

     

    IFFLA is widely recognized as the premiere showcase forgroundbreaking Indian cinema globally. Celebrating its 13th year, IFFLA will run April 8-12 at ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles, the festival’s home since its inception. Festival Passes and Gala tickets are currently on sale on the festival's website. Individual screening tickets go on sale March 20.

    IFFLA 2015 presents 25 films, including four world premieres, seven North American premieres, two U.S. premieres, and 10 Los Angeles premieres. The films hail from six different countries, including India, United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Cuba, in 10 different languages, from Hindi and Tamil to English, Spanish, and German.

    Highlights include: the centerpiece and world premiere screening of ONE CRAZY THING, directed by IFFLA alum Amit Gupta (JADOO) and featuring BAFTA ‘Breakthrough Brit’ winner Ray Panthaki and Daisy Bevan (THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY) in a comedic story about a man who meets the girl of his dreams, but struggles to find a way to tell her how he became an internet sensation and the Los Angeles premiere of Academy Award-winner Danis Tanović's latest feature film TIGERS, starring Bollywood heartthrob Emraan Hashmi in a political thriller based on the true story of a salesman who took on a multinational pharmaceutical corporation guilty of marketing a baby formula that caused hundreds of infant deaths.

    Additional highlights include: JAI HO, a documentary feature on one of the most prolific composers in the world, A.R. Rahman directed by Umesh Aggarwal; Following a world premiere at Cannes in 2014, Kanu Behl’s TITLI is shot on Super 16 and stars gifted newcomer, Shashank Arora, in a coming of age story set against Dehli’s dark side where perpetual cruelty and violence prevail; and MISS INDIA AMERICA, directed by IFFLA alum Ravi Kapoor and starring Tiya Sircar (THE INTERNSHIP) and Hannah Simone (New Girl), is the story of a woman's plan to win the crown after her boyfriend runs off with the former Miss India America.

     

    The Opening and Closing night red-carpet galas were announced last week: Shlok Sharma’s debut feature film HARAAMKHOR, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and produced by Anurag Kashyap (GANGS OF WASSEYPUR) and Guneet Monga (THE LUNCHBOX) will open the festival with its world premiere. Nagesh Kukunoor’s DHANAK (RAINBOW) will have its U.S. premiere as the Closing Night film, fresh from 2015 Berlinale where it won Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for best feature-length film.

    The 2015 lineup also includes titles from the diverse regional language cinemas of India. Along with Bengali and Malayalam films, IFFLA will screen two Marathi language features, including the North American Premiere of ELIZABETH EKADASHI. Tamil language titles include the documentary AMMA AND APPA about a filmmaking South Indian/German couple and their parents, and the U.S. premiere of the delightful THE CROW’S EGG, which premiered at the 2014 Toronto InternationalFilm Festival. Produced by famed South Indian actor Dhanush (best known for the popular song “Why This Kolaveri Di” from the film 3), THE CROW’S EGG follows two young boys in a slum who try to get their first bite of pizza after seeing it in an ad.

     

    “Many of the films at this year's IFFLA look at contemporary youth from diverse backgrounds, united in their creative ways of overcoming life’s situations. The palpable energy of youth spirit runs throughout our film lineup, and these stories take you on an adventurous journey,” said Jasmine Jaisinghani, IFFLA’s Artistic Director. “I believe our audiences will engage with these riveting characters and be fully entertained."

     

    A special inclusion for IFFLA 2015 is a Secret Screening for passholders only, offering a first look at a film that has become a sensation in festivals around the world, winning numerous awards. The film is slated to release later this year. Directed by one of the most exciting auteurs in contemporary Indian cinema, and featuring a powerhouse performance by one of India's brightest young stars, this is a film IFFLA passholders won’t want to miss!

     

    The festival’s popular “Bollywood by Night” series returns this year with an exciting screening of Bollywood smash TAAL. Directed by Subhash Ghai and featuring Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Akshaye Khanna. Originally released in 1999 to worldwide acclaim, TAAL features iconic music composed by A.R. Rahman and is considered one of the best soundtracks in Bollywood history.

     

    The shorts competition showcases an eclectic selection of 10 films including narrative, documentary, experimental, and animated works. Highlights of this year’s program include: acclaimed director Gitanjali Rao’s TRUELOVESTORY, a stunning animated film that made its premiere at the Critics’ Week section of Cannes; Jayisha Patel’s multiple award-winning documentary A PARADISE (UN PARAISO); and the U.S. premiere of three of India’s National Award winners, Pranjal Dua’s FLY, BIRD (CHIDIYA UDH), Christo Tomy’s VIRGIN (KANYAKA), and Ruchir Arun’s MANDRAKE! MANDRAKE!.

     

    In addition, screening with JAI HO will be Satyajit Ray’s TWO, a spellbinding and deeply affecting short film by India’s master storyteller, which has been beautifully preserved by the Academy Film Archive.

    Attending the festival this year to present their films will be a host of celebrated filmmakers, including Nagesh Kukunoor (DHANAK), Kanu Behl (TITLI), Amit Gupta (ONE CRAZY THING), Ravi Kapoor (MISS INDIA AMERICA, Paresh Mokashi (ELIZABETH EKADASHI), Bikas Mishra (FOUR COLORS), Shlok Sharma and award-winning producer Guneet Monga (HARAAMKHOR).

    IFFLA will also host a number of the films’ stars, including: Ray Panthaki and Daisy Bevan from ONE CRAZY THING; critically-acclaimed Nawazuddin Siddiqui for HARAAMKHOR; and MISS INDIA AMERICA’s Hannah Simone (New Girl), Tiya Sircar (THE INTERNSHIP), and Meera Simhan (Anger Management) who is also the film’s co-writer.



    Tickets and Passes 
    The 13th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) runs April 8-12 at ArcLight Hollywood, located at 6360 W. Sunset Blvd between Vine and Ivar. Festival Passes and Gala tickets are currently on sale on the festival's website. Individual screening tickets go on sale March 20. Access to the Secret Screening is exclusively for passholders only. For more information please visit www.indianfilmfestival.org or follow us on:

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    About IFFLA 
    Now in its 13th year, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) is a nonprofit organization devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films, honoring entertainment industry business executives, and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora.

    The five-day festival is the premiere platform for the latest in cutting edge global Indian cinema and bridges the gap between the two largest entertainment industries in the world – Hollywood and India. The festival will showcase more than 30 films from the Indian filmmaking community across the globe, host the highly anticipated opening and closing red carpet galas, and the closing awards ceremony. This year will feature again the wildly popular "Bollywood by Night" series, live music and dance performances.

    About ArcLight Cinemas  
    ArcLight Cinemas, created by Pacific Theatres, a privately owned Los Angeles based company with 60 years of theatrical exhibition history throughout California, Hawaii and Washington. ArcLight Cinemas operates five theaters in California including Hollywood, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, El Segundo and La Jolla, and one theater in Bethesda, Md., with additional theaters under construction in Chicago and Santa Monica, California, slated for a 2015 opening. ArcLight also owns and operates the historic Cinerama Dome and programs the TCL Chinese Theatre and IMAX in Hollywood. Pacific Theaters currently operates theaters in Los Angeles that include The Grove and The Americana at Brand in Glendale, CA.

     

    OPENING NIGHT GALA

    HARAAMKHOR
    India/2015/90min/Hindi
    World Premiere
    Director: Shlok Sharma
    Producer: Guneet Monga, Anurag Kashyap
    Screenwriter: Shlok Sharma
    Cinematographer: Siddharth Diwan
    Editor: Kratika Adhikari
    Composers: Vishal Khurana, Karan Gour
    Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shweta Tripathi, Harish Khanna

    Innocent young love is put on a collision course with the messy reality of budding adulthood in Shlok Sharma's unforgettable feature debut. Young student Kamal is infatuated with his 15-year-old classmate Sandhya, and together he and his best friend Mintu devise countless imaginative schemes to win her affection. But Sandhya has a troubling infatuation of her own: she is carrying on an affair with her teacher, Shyam (another masterful performance by Nawazuddin Siddiqui). When the two young boys catch on to this illicit arrangement, events are set into motion that could lead to tragedy for all involved.

    Shlok Sharma deftly alternates the tone of his film between lighthearted, youthful adventure and more sobering, truthful moments. Sharply aware of the fact that childhood longings rarely come to fruition, Sharma watches sympathetically as each of his four central characters stumble and falter in their attempts to hold onto a desire they'd be better off forgetting, while the audience braces for impact when the inevitable crash comes.

     

    CLOSING NIGHT GALA

    DHANAK (RAINBOW)
    India/2015/103min/Hindi
    U.S. Premiere
    Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
    Producer: Manish Mudra, Nagesh Kukunoor, Elahe Hiptoola
    Screenwriter: Nagesh Kukunoor
    Cinematographer: Chirantan Das
    Editor: Sanjib Datta
    Composer: Tapas Relia
    Cast: Krrish Chhabria, Hetal Gada, Gulfam Khan, Vipin Sharma, Suresh Menon, Chet Dixon, Fllora Saini, Vijay Maurya, Vibha Chhibber, Rajiv Laxman

    Fresh from his award-winning premiere at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival, Nagesh Kukunoor arrives at IFFLA with this stunning tale of a brother and sister who embark on a journey across Rajasthan in an attempt to meet the great Shah Rukh Khan. Pari is the responsible older sister to Chotu, a high-spirited blind boy on the brink of his ninth birthday. Chotu wants nothing more than to have his vision back and Pari -- inspired by a message she sees on a Shah Rukh Khan poster -- promises him he'll get it before his birthday arrives. When the two learn that Shah Rukh Khan is filming only a few hundred kilometers from their village, they sneak away from home and set out to meet the superstar.

    What follows is a trek full of side-splitting banter and bickering between the two remarkable children, vibrant colors, lively music, new friendships and harrowing danger. Kukunoor's two young leads embody the adventurous spirit that comes with growing up and taking fate into your own hands for the first time. He has crafted a gorgeous film around one simple wish, and ultimately delivers a disarming, heartfelt plea to recognize and appreciate the beauty that exists around us.

     

    FEATURE FILMS

    TIGERS
    India/France/UK/2014/90min/English/Urdu
    Los Angeles Premiere
    Director: Danis Tanović
    Producers: Prashita Chaudhary, Kshtij Chaudhary, Guneet Monga, Anurag Kashyap, Cedomir Kolar, Marc Baschet, Andy Paterson, Cat Villiers
    Screenwriters: Danis Tanović, Andy Paterson
    Cinematographer: Erol Zubcevic
    Editor: Prerna Saigal
    Composer: Pritam
    Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Geetanjali Thapa, Danny Huston, Khalid Abdalla, Adil Hussain, Satyadeep Misra, Maryam D'Abo, Heino Ferch, Sam Reid, Vinod Nagpal, Supriya Pathak

    Ayan is a frustrated pharmaceutical salesman who can never get his doctor clients to prescribe his products because they are from local manufacturers and not from the ubiquitous multi-national brands. Newly married and eager to build his career, he finally gets hired by a prominent Western company looking to gain a bigger foothold in the country by selling baby formula. Through his salesmanship and drive, Ayan builds his network and reputation in the company. However, it all comes crashing down when a doctor shows him the real cost of his product to the families that use it.

    Faced with the truth, Ayan has to decide who he is, what he can live with, and what he is willing to sacrifice. Based on a true story and told through an innovative narrative style, Oscar-winning director Danis Tanović constructs a modern morality tale about living under transnational capitalism and the struggle of one individual to do the right thing.

     

    TITLI
    India/2014/124min/Hindi
    Director: Kanu Behl
    Producer: Dibakar Banerjee
    Cinematographer: Siddharth Diwan
    Editor: Namrata Rao
    Composer: Karan Gour
    Cast: Shashank Arora, Ranvir Shorey, Amit Sial, Lalit Behl, Shivani Raghuvanshi

    Born into abject poverty, Titli, the youngest of three brothers, takes a bride without telling her about his patriarchal family's criminal life. However, after the bride refuses to consummate their marriage, another secret unravels: her longstanding illicit affair. Desperate to break free from the only existence he has known, Titli—meaning "butterfly"—orchestrates a dubious plan to leave home, grappling with the choice between intergenerational loyalty and an uncertain future on his own. Hard life lessons are not to be learned in the hallowed halls of school, but rather in the jagged boundary lines of his slum.

    Following an auspicious premiere at Cannes in 2014 (nominated for the festival’s Un Certain Regard and Caméra d’Or prizes), filmmaker Kanu Behl gained continued recognition on the international circuit for TITLI, his feature debut. A standout within a new wave of Indian independent cinema, character specificity and emotional honesty are hallmarks of this crime drama shot on Super 16 and starring a gifted newcomer, Shashank Arora. Behl's intricate narrative about a young protagonist's coming of age sheds tender light on the grittier tale of perpetual cruelty and violence, while his humanistic point of view suspends moral judgment of inner Delhi's dark side.

     

    ONE CRAZY THING
    UK/2014/90min/English
    World Premiere
    Director: Amit Gupta
    Producer: Dean Fisher
    Screenwriter: Amit Gupta
    Cinematographer: Robin Whenary
    Editor: James Taylor
    Composer: Graham Hadfield
    Cast: Ray Panthaki, Daisy Bevan, Dan Skinner

    Former television star Jay is haunted by the sex tape that destroyed his life and turned his unknown actress girlfriend into an A-list Hollywood celebrity. Following his rise to fame on a popular soap opera and then plunge to viral notoriety because of the scandalous tape, Jay now cowers in obscurity as the manager of his family’s Indian restaurant in London. His acting career is nonexistent, his family is irredeemably disgraced, and he constantly fears being recognized by any of the millions of viewers of his very public mistake.

    When Jay falls for the exciting and artistic Hannah, an American musician studying in London, he realizes he must confront the errors of his past, rather than hiding from his future.

     

    KILLA
    India/2014/105min/Marathi
    Los Angeles Premiere
    Director: Avinash Arun
    Producer: Alan McAlex
    Screenwriter: Tushar Paranjape
    Cinematographer: Avinash Arun
    Editor: Charu Shree Roy
    Composers: Naren Chandavarkar, Benedict Taylor
    Cast: Amruta Subhash , Archit Devadhar

    Forced to leave the family home in Pune because of his mother’s work, young Chinu struggles to fit in with the kids in the coastal countryside of Konkan. Smart, quiet, and still mourning the death of his father, Chinu befriends some boys at school after sharing his answers in math class. Meanwhile, his mother also bends the rules in order to get by in her new surroundings. Soon both find change and friendship are never quite as easy as they seem.

    In his assured and memorable debut feature, which won the Crystal Bear at the Berlinale, director Avinash Arun presents this coming-of-age story with profound empathy and care. The terrible beauty of youth is reflected in the lush photography of the exotic coast and its landscapes. The performances by Amruta Subhash and Archit Davadhar as mother and son are both gentle and genuine. With a story that speaks to all ages, KILLA reminds us that growing up is hard and that’s okay.

     

    ELIZABETH EKADASHI
    India/2014/90min/Marathi
    North American Premiere
    Director: Paresh Mokashi
    Producer: Nikhil Sane
    Screenwriters: Madhugandha Kulkarni, Paresh Mokashi
    Cinematographer: Amol Gole
    Editor: Abhijeet Deshpande
    Composer: Late Anand Modak
    Cast: Shriranga Mahajan, Saili Bhandarkavthekar, Pushkar Lonarkar, Nandita Dhuri, Vanmala Kinikar

    In the village of Pandharpur in Maharashtra, a precocious little street preacher named Dnyanesh and his younger sister Zendu proudly stroll through the streets with their prized possession: a gleaming yellow bicycle they’ve named ‘Elizabeth.’ Though neither child has grown tall enough to actually ride Elizabeth, they pamper her and keep her close as a reminder of their late father, who handcrafted the bicycle especially for them. The kids live in poverty with their mother and grandmother and hard times strike when the bank repossesses mom’s knitting machine - the family’s sole source of income. When it looks as if Elizabeth must be sold in order to reclaim the machine, Dnyanesh and Zendu sneak out to the streets and devise a plan to raise the money on their own.

    Paresh Mokashi (HARISHCHANDRACHI FACTORY) has crafted a joyful and heartwarming tale of two children with indomitable spirits. Throughout Dnyanesh and Zendu’s journey, Mokashi cleverly guides us through their town’s social dynamics, demonstrating how the two kids live life with an open-hearted acceptance of all the children whose paths they cross, even those their elders might shun for wrong-headed reasons. It’s an endlessly optimistic film, one that firmly believes in the benefits of putting positive energy into the world, and is sure to put a smile on the faces of viewers young and old.

     

    THE CROW’S EGG
    India/2014/99min/Tamil
    U.S. Premiere
    Director: M. Manikandan
    Producers: Dhanush, Vetri Maaran
    Screenwriter: M. Manikandan
    Cinematographer: M. Manikandan
    Editor: Kishore TE
    Composer: Prakash Kumar GV
    Cast: Ramesh Thilaganathan, Vignesh, Aishwarya Rajesh

    Director M. Manikandan’s debut feature is at once a charming, bittersweet family film and a stinging satire of corporate misbehavior, all drawn from the simple tale of two brothers who just want to have their first taste of pizza. The boys – known as Little Crow’s Egg and Big Crow’s Egg (named after the snack they pluck daily from a nearby tree) – become infatuated with the tasty-looking dish when a new restaurant opens nearby, constantly barraging them with tantalizing advertisements. But the boys live in the Chennai slums with their struggling mother and aging grandmother and the cost of pizza is far more than they can afford.

    While Manikandan delights in the wide-eyed, bright-smiled disposition of his young leads, he never shies away from their tough circumstances and he takes harsh aim at the corporate structure that exploits poor neighborhoods. At its comic height, the film – which had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival - watches gleefully as the greedy corporate overlords bumble their way into a public relations nightmare. The film’s heart, however, is always with the two little boys, who maintain their pride and dignity in the face of an unfair and unfeeling social structure.

     

    FOUR COLORS (CHAURANGA)
    India/2014/88 min/Khortha/Hindi
    North American Premiere
    Director: Bikas Ranjan Mishra
    Producers: Sanjay Suri, Onir
    Screenwriter: Bikas Ranjan Mishra
    Cinematographer: Ramanuj Dutta
    Editor: Irene Dhar Malik
    Composer: Vivek Philip
    Cast: Sanjay Suri, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Arpita Chatterjee, Soham Maitra, Riddhi Sen, Dhritiman Chatterjee

    Bikas Ranjan Mishra announces himself as a powerful new voice in Indian cinema with his debut feature, an intricately designed portrait of a rural Indian village slowly poisoning itself. Based on true events, Mishra’s film takes a critical look at the village’s patriarchal power dynamic and the unjust caste system that tragically condemns a young boy simply for writing a love letter.

    That young boy is Santu, who wishes to leave the village for school like his older brother Bajarangi, but is wholly dependent on the undependable kindness of the upper-caste village headman. Santu’s mother works as the headman’s maid and carries on a dangerous affair with him in the hopes that he’ll offer help to her son. Meanwhile, the headman’s daughter – herself struggling to achieve an education while her father insists a woman’s place is in the home – becomes the object of Santu’s affection. This infatuation sets a chain of events into motion that inextricably links the fates of each character, while Mishra masterfully builds the tension until the film feels like a massive volcano poised to erupt.

     

    MISS INDIA AMERICA
    US/2014/93min/English
    Los Angeles Premiere
    Director: Ravi Kapoor
    Producers: Megha Kadakia, Saurabh Kikani
    Screenwriters: Ravi Kapoor, Meera Simhan
    Cinematographer: Alan Caudillo
    Editor: Varun Viswanath
    Composer: Amritha Vaz
    Cast: Tiya Sircar, Hannah Simone, Kosha Patel, Meera Simhan, Bernard White, Satya Bhabha, Cas Anvar, Kunal Sharma, Anjali Bhimani, Rizwan Manji

    Recent Orange County high school graduate Lily has it all figured out. She’ll become a doctor like her father, marry her longtime boyfriend Karim, have children, and live happily ever after. When Karim deviates from Lily’s plan by leaving her for the reigning Miss India National, for the first time in her life, Lily doesn’t know what to do. But that quickly passes when she sets her sightson a new goal: becoming Miss India National herself!

    Jumping head first into the world of Indian-American beauty pageants, Lily has to rely on friends and family and go outside of her comfort zone. Her drive to win pushes her to make some surprising decisions. With a cast of some of the most exciting young talent in the industry today and under the direction of IFFLA alum Ravi Kapoor in his first feature, MISS INDIA AMERICA is a hilarious look at what you might win if you are willing to lose.

     

    DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

    AMMA AND APPA
    India/Germany/2014/89min/German/Tamil/English
    Los Angeles Premiere
    Directors: Franziska Schönenberger & Jayakrishnan Subramanian
    Producers: Ferdinand Freising, Cosima von Spreti, Marina Voeth
    Screenwriters: Franziska Schönenberger, Jayakrishnan Subramanian
    Cinematographer: Minsu Park
    Editor: Robert Vaklily
    Composer: Illayaraja
    Cast: C Viruthambal, D Subramanian, Christine & Albert Schönenberger, Franziska Schönenberger & Jayakrishnan Subramanian

    Franziska, a Bavarian German woman working as a journalist in India, and Jayakrishnan, a young Tamil artist, met in Mumbai and fell in love. Soon they were engaged and eager to spend their lives together, but a major hurdle stood in their way: Jay’s traditional parents, who were determined to arrange a marriage for their son. The young couple decides to document Franziska’s first visit to Jay’s home in Tamil Nadu and so we have AMMA & APPA, a delightfully funny and keenly observed documentary about the changing nature of love and marriage in today’s world.

    Jay’s parents are welcoming to Franziska, but not shy about expressing their disdain for “love marriages.” In fact, they’re devastated – and they let it be known. Franziska’s boisterous German parents arrive to visit as well and the culture shock experienced by both families is uproarious. When the young couple turns the camera on their parents’ relationships, we realize that traditional ideas of love often don’t play out quite as simply as they might in our fantasies. Assembled with a charming, hand-crafted quality by two gifted artists, AMMA & APPA is a warm and generous invitation to spend time with families working to adjust to a new, unexpected but ultimately happy situation.

     

    TOMORROW WE DISAPPEAR
    US/India/2014/84min/Hindi
    Los Angeles Premiere
    Directors: Jim Goldblum, Adam Weber
    Producers: Jim Goldblum, Adam Weber
    Cinematographers: Will Basanta, Joshua Cogan, Naveen Chaubal
    Editors: Hye Mee Na, Isaac Hagy
    Composer: Dan Romer

    For nearly 50 years, some 3000 Indian street and folk artist families have lived in the colony of Kathputli in Delhi. Surrounded by overcharged construction changing the face of India’s capital, the slum has fallen into the grasp of developers eager to build towering luxury apartments and a mall. Now, some of the country’s most talented puppeteers, magicians, acrobats, and performers of traditional arts are facing not only the destruction of their homes, but the loss of a way of life that has been passed down for generations.

    Given the opportunity to sign over their rights for the promise of new flats, many of the poorer members of the community consider making the deal and moving on, while others continue to fight. But is there any room in a new India for the folk art ways? With beauty and heart, directors Jim Goldblum and Adam Weber show the other side of India’s meteoric financial rise and the cultures and art forms under threat of disappearing right before our eyes.

     

    JAI HO
    India/2014/60min/English
    Los Angeles Premiere
    Director: Umesh Aggarwal
    Producer: Rajiv Mehrotra
    Cinematographers: Alphonse Roy, Vijay Karthik, Anu Gunn, Bipin Anand, Madhav Salunke, U Shekhar Naidu
    Editor: Naveen Samhotra
    Composers: A.R. Rahman, various artists

    While his two Oscar wins for SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE officially introduced A.R. Rahman to American audiences, he had been a household name for fans of Indian film and music the world over for nearly two decades. For the first time, composer, singer-songwriter and producer Rahman opens his life and story for the screen. From humble beginnings to a career that includes more than 120 film scores, Rahman talks about his work and life experiences in unprecedented personal terms.

    Director Umesh Aggarwal takes us through the journey of Rahman’s career, from his first collaborations with director Mani Ratnam and superhits like “Chaiyya Chaiyya,” to working with Andrew Lloyd Webber, steadily growing his profile in the West. Despite changing the face of film music with his unique blend of classical Indian compositions with modern musical technology like the synthesizer, Rahman has continued to challenge himself and grow as an artist. JAI HO is an exclusive look at one of the most iconic artists of our time.

     

    BOLLYWOOD BY NIGHT

    TAAL
    India/1999/179min/Hindi
    Director: Subhash Ghai
    Producer: Subhash Ghai
    Screenwriters: Sachin Bhowmick, Subhash Ghai
    Cinematographer: Kabir Lal
    Editor: Subhash Ghai
    Composer: A.R. Rahman
    Cast: Anil Kapoor, Akshaye Khanna, Aishwarya Rai, Alok Nath, Amrish Puri, Sushma Seth, Mita Vasisht, Saurabh Shukla

    While visiting Himachal Pradesh with his wealthy father, London based Manav meets Mansi, the daughter of a traditional folk singer. With some perseverance on Manav’s part, the two fall in love. Despite his promise of marriage, the difference in social status between the families is not easily overcome. After a particularly humiliating visit to Mumbai, Mansi calls off the romance. A chance meeting with Vikrant, a famous music producer, shoots Mansi to international fame. Yet Manav patiently waits, insisting the two will one day be united in marriage.

    With a story, performances and music only Bollywood can provide, TAAL is an unforgettable film and a new classic of popular Indian cinema. Aishwarya Rai, in one of her first roles, is radiant as the strong-minded and musically talented village girl Mansi, while Anil Kapoor steals the show as the amoral music producer rogue. But the brightest star of the film is A.R. Rahman’s soundtrack, one of the greatest in Bollywood history.

     

    SHORTS

    A PARADISE (UN PARAISO)
    Cuba/UK/2014/14min/Spanish
    Los Angeles Premiere
    Director: Jayisha Patel
    Producer: Jayisha Patel
    Cinematographer: Jayisha Patel
    Editor: Jayisha Patel

    In this haunting documentary about human loss, a Cuban family mourns the suicide of their 12-year-old son. As the family struggles to make peace with what happened, complex questions arise as it becomes clear that this kind of tragedy affects not only them, but also the larger community in harrowing ways.

     

    BIG TIME - my doodled diary
    India/USA/2015/12min/English
    World Premiere
    Director: Sonali Gulati
    Producer: Sonali Gulati
    Screenwriter: Sonali Gulati
    Cinematographer: Sonali Gulati
    Editors: Sonali Gulati, Anupama Chandra, Matt West
    Composer: Jen Schwartz

    As “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” dominates the pop charts, Maya writes in her diary everything that rocks her teenage world, from the assassination of Indira Gandhi and her parents’ divorce, to the latest pimple that made its appearance. But suddenly not much else seems to matter when a new girl arrives at school. A delightful and intimate exploration of youthful obsession, budding sexuality and what it means to be a teenager, which all too often sucks, big time.

     

    DANDEKAR MAKES A SANDWICH
    USA/2015/10min/English
    Los Angeles Premiere
    Director: Leena Pendharkar
    Producers: Jane Kelly Kosek, Megha Kadakia, Sohini Sengupta
    Screenwriter: Leena Pendharkar
    Cinematographer: Daud Sani
    Editor: Eleanor Infante
    Composer: Chris A. Gabriel

    Armed with plenty of time on his hands, Dandekar, a curmudgeonly retiree with a picky palate, will stop at nothing to find just the right ingredients for the perfect sandwich. A heartfelt, offbeat tale about the perks of aging.

     

    FLY, BIRD (CHIDIYA UDH)
    India/2013/22min/Hindi/English
    North American Premiere
    Director: Pranjal Dua
    Producer: Film and Television Institute of India (FTII)
    Screenwriter: Pranjal Dua
    Cinematographer: Sushant Arora
    Editor: Shweta Rai
    Composer: Swaroopnath Bhatra

    He works in a chicken factory. She works as a maid at an upscale hotel. Two young souls whose menial existence helps turn the giant wheels of a harsh, nameless city will give each other strength to carry on. A bold and haunting ballad about urban alienation and the transcending power of human connection.

     

    JOURNEY (SAFAR)
    India/2013/26min/Hindi
    North American Premiere
    Director: Pratyusha Gupta
    Producer: Sumit Gyanchandaney
    Screenwriters: Pratyusha Gupta, Manju Iyer
    Cinematographer: Pooja Gupte
    Editor: Ujjwal Chandra
    Composer: Tajdar Junaid

    Determined to carve out a better future for herself, teenage Gouri leaves behind a life of prostitution that was forced upon her at a young age and takes a job as a caregiver for a mistrusting elderly widow. But just as she starts to find her footing in this new life, Gouri’s past rears its ugly head again. Skillful direction and understated performances shine in this nuanced exploration of the challenges and triumphs of starting over.

     

    MANDRAKE! MANDRAKE!
    India/2013/25min/Hindi
    North American Premiere
    Director: Ruchir Arun
    Producer: Film and Television Institute of India (FTII)
    Screenwriters: Ruchir Arun, Anasuya Sengupta
    Cinematographer: Kavin Jagtiani
    Editor: Samarth Dixit
    Composer: Gourab Dutta

    A dusty projector and an old film reel introduce Babu, a Bihari migrant living in a Bombay prop house, to the marvels of legendary magician Mandrake. A tense day of communal unrest turns into a joyful journey of discovery and wonder when Babu realizes that everything he needs to make his own magic lies right in front of him. An exuberant ode to the magic of art and the power of imagination that won India’s National Award for Short Fiction.

     

    THE RABBIT (KHARGOSH)
    India/2014/13min/Bengali
    North American Premiere
    Director: Sudarshan Suresh
    Producer: Sudarshan Suresh
    Screenwriter: Shakti Bhagchandani
    Cinematographer: Mrinmoy Mondal
    Editor: Sudarshan Suresh

    A debt-ridden farmer struggles to keep afloat amidst mounting pressure from his lenders. When his young daughter decides to adopt a stray rabbit, the relationship between father and daughter is put to the test. What the child considers to be the loving companion she desperately needs her father sees as an additional threat to the family’s meager existence. An intimate and nuanced exploration of familial love and strife, evocatively photographed amidst stunning Indian countryside.

     

    THE SPACE BETWEEN
    India/2015/14min/Hindi/English
    World Premiere
    Director: Will Sankhla
    Producer: Will Sankhla
    Screenwriter: Will Sankhla
    Cinematographer: Arnab Gayan
    Editor: Pradeepto Roy

    Evaristo and Yojan have built a safe, insular life for themselves. But a terminal illness brutally exposes their loving union to the inhumane reality for gay couples in India. A deeply affecting exploration of the human cost of India’s recent decision to re-criminalize homosexuality.

     

    TRUELOVESTORY
    India/2014/19min/No dialogue
    Los Angeles Premiere
    Director: Gitanjali Rao
    Producer: Gitanjali Rao
    Screenwriter: Gitanjali Rao
    Cinematographer: Gitanjali Rao
    Editor: Gitanjali Rao

    Stunning animation and a vivid soundtrack transport us to the treacherous streets of Bombay, a city soaked in Bollywood dreams, where a young flower seller, eager to star in his own heroic romance, falls in love with a girl. Soon fantasy and reality vehemently clash in this poignant ode to romance that made its World Premiere at Cannes’ Critics Week.

     

    TWO
    India/1964/12min/No dialogue
    Preserved by the Academy Film Archive
    Director: Satyajit Ray
    Producer: Esso World Theater
    Screenwriter: Satyajit Ray
    Cinematographer: Soumendu Roy
    Editor: Dulal Dutta
    Composer: Satyajit Ray
    Cast: Ravi Kiran, street boy

    Commissioned by US public television to make an English language film in a Bengali setting as part of a trilogy of Indian films, Satyajit Ray chose instead to forego any dialogue in this eloquent fable which is filled with gripping dramatic tension and fierce emotion.

    A young boy lies on the sofa, nursing his ennui by sipping on a soft drink and bursting the balloons that surround his upscale existence, when he hears the mellifluous sound of a flute. The tune is a call-to-friendship from a kid who lives in a slum beneath the wealthy high-rise. Unhappy to be disturbed, the rich boy quickly responds by blowing into his loud toy trumpet, instantly drowning the song and, with it, any chance of harmony with his neighbor. The game of one-upmanship that ensues through the window quickly descends into a vicious battle for supremacy, with the threat of violence looming dangerously close. This spellbinding and deeply affecting film by India’s master storyteller has been beautifully preserved by the Academy Film Archive.

     

    VIRGIN (KANYAKA)
    India/2013/11min/Malayalam
    North American Premiere
    Director: Christo Tomy
    Producers: Shri Sanjaya Pattanayak, Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute
    Screenwriter: Christo Tomy
    Cinematographer: Lalitha Prasad Kalluri
    Editor: Goutham Nerusu

    Nirvala, a young nun, eagerly awaits her convent’s anniversary celebration as she has been entrusted with the dream task of escorting her secret idol, actress Urvasi. But her excitement turns into despair when, on the big day, an elderly nun’s health deteriorates and Nirvala is ordered to stay behind and care for her instead. A brooding emotional landscape lurks underneath the peaceful Kerala setting in this engrossing tale of teenage rebellion that won India’s National Award for Best Non-Feature Debut.

     

     
     

     


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    THE CITY EYES THE FESTIVAL

    34TH ISTANBUL FILM FESTIVAL KICKS OFF ON 4 APRIL

    The 34th Istanbul Film Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by AKBANK for the 11th edition, will take place on 4-19 April 2015. The city will satiate with cinema in the two weeks of the festival that will provide a rich palette of award-winning films of the world cinema, the latest of the Turkish cinema, classics, masterpieces and the latest discoveries, along with talks with directors and actors and the most entertaining parties.

    It’s only a few days to the Istanbul Film Festival, which proudly keeps its position as the standard-bearer after 34 years, for the diversity and the quality of its content. To be held between 4-19 April this year, Istanbul Film Festival will once again offer cinephiles a most generous programme that pushes the boundaries of creativity, encompassing the newest films from 2014 and 2015, as well as the masterpieces of all times, the latest films of great directors, and those of the up-and-coming prodigies yet to be discovered. Further to the 20 odd sections featuring 204 films by 222 directors from 62 countries, there will also be free-of-charge talks and workshops by renowned filmmakers, master classes, and other special events within the scope of the festival.

    The programme of the 34th Istanbul Film Festival was announced at a press meeting led by the Istanbul Film Festival Director Azize Tan, also with the participation of İKSV General Director Görgün Taner, and Akbank General Manager Hakan Binbaşgil, at İKSV’s official accommodation sponsor Martı Istanbul Hotel today, 10 March.

    Please find detailed 34th Istanbul Film Festival and 10th Meetings on the Bridge press releases and the festival's programme

    For further information on the Istanbul Film Festival: film.iksv.org/en

     

    For high resolution images of the Istanbul Film Festival: www.iksvphoto.com

     

    The promotional video of the Istanbul Film Festival: https://files.secureserver.net/0f0SWsrDshwJYM

     

    For the press releases of the Istanbul Film Festival: iksv.org/en/press

     

     

    THE CITY EYES THE FESTIVAL

    34TH ISTANBUL FILM FESTIVAL KICKS OFF ON 4 APRIL

     

    The 34th Istanbul Film Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by AKBANK for the 11th edition, will take place on 4-19 April 2015. The city will satiate with cinema in the two weeks of the festival that will provide a rich palette of award-winning films of the world cinema, the latest of the Turkish cinema, classics, masterpieces and the latest discoveries, along with talks with directors and actors and the most entertaining parties.

     

    It’s only a few days to the Istanbul Film Festival, which proudly keeps its position as the standard-bearer after 34 years, for the diversity and the quality of its content. To be held between 4-19 April this year, Istanbul Film Festival will once again offer cinephiles a most generous programme that pushes the boundaries of creativity, encompassing the newest films from 2014 and 2015, as well as the masterpieces of all times, the latest films of great directors, and those of the up-and-coming prodigies yet to be discovered. Further to the 20odd sections featuring 204 films by 222 directors from 62 countries, there will also be free-of-charge talks and workshops by renowned filmmakers, master classes, and other special events within the scope of the festival.

     

     

    34th Istanbul Film Festival Press Meeting

     

    The programme of the 34th Istanbul Film Festival was announced at a press meeting led by the Istanbul Film Festival Director Azize Tan, also with the participation of İKSV General Director Görgün Taner, and Akbank General Manager Hakan Binbaşgil, at İKSV’s official accommodation sponsor Martı Istanbul Hotel on Tuesday, 10 March.

     

    Underlining Istanbul Film Festival’s significance in the establishment of a culture and tradition of cinema in Turkey, Hakan Binbaşgil, General Manager of Akbank said, “Every year, this impressive artistic event presents the most prestigious and original films. The festival also plays a major role in the advancement of our cinema. I think one of the key reasons behind the success of the Istanbul Film Festival as a world-renowned event is the passionate support of its viewers. The ceaseless enthusiasm of viewers since 34 years encourages the organisers to always aim higher.” Binbaşgil continued: “Akbank is glad to support this prominent festival for the 11th time in a row.
    I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who has worked to turn the Istanbul Film Festival into a prestigious event that also contributes greatly to cinema on an international scale. First and foremost, I would like to commemorate Şakir Eczacıbaşı with great respect; he will always be remembered as a mentor and a pioneer. And, of course, I would like to thank Chairman Bülent Eczacıbaşı and his successful team at İKSV, an organisation that has contributed tremendously to our artistic and cultural lives for more than 40 years.

     

    Istanbul Film Festival Director Azize Tan briefed the guests on the festival programme and the events, while also announcing the films that will compete for the International Golden Tulip Competition, National Golden Tulip Competition, as well as those in the FACE Human Rights in Cinema and the newly launched National Documentary Competitions. Azize Tan noted that this year was the 20th anniversary of the death of Onat Kutlar
    –co-founder of the festival–and the 50th anniversary of the Turkish Cinematheque Association, which was also founded by Kutlar and his friends in 1965. In her speech, Tan also referred to the insufficiency of movie theatres in Istanbul, stating that the festival still had difficulty after all these years in finding adequate venues for screenings.

     

    The press meeting of the 34th Istanbul Film Festival was broadcast live on film.iksv.org and medyamerkezi.vodafone.com.tr, with the kind support of İKSV’s Official Communication Sponsor Vodafone.

     

     

    Cinema Honorary Awards

     

    This year, the Istanbul Film Festival Honorary Awards will be given to five esteemed figures of the Turkish cinema: director-producer Yılmaz Atadeniz, musician Cahit Berkay, actress Nebahat Çehre, writer-director Safa Önal, and actor Süleyman Turan. The Honorary Awards will be presented at the festival's Opening Ceremony at the Lütfi Kırdar International Convention and Exhibition Center on Friday, 3 April.

     

    As a tribute, the festival will screen Yılmaz Güney’s unforgettable film Seyyit Han (1968) starring Yılmaz Güney and Nebahat Çehre, Yılmaz Atadeniz’s Maskeli Beşler / The Masked 5 (1968) with Süleyman Turan in the lead alongside Tamer Yiğit, Selma Güneri and Erol Taş and Temel Gürsu’s Dikkat Kan Aranıyor / Attention! Blood is Wanted featuring Süleyman Turan and Ekrem Bora.

     

     

    Festival Programme

     

    The programme of the 34th Istanbul Film Festival is replete with films that recently premiered at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, as well as with documentaries, children’s movies, and the latest masterpieces of master directors, along with many other features. The festival’s traditional sections such as the Akbank Galas, Masters, From the World of Festivals, New Visions, Documentary Time with NTV, Mined Zone, Antidepressant, Kid’s Menu and Midnight Madness will this year be complemented with extra sections and special screenings.

     

    The festival catalogue that gives comprehensive information about the films and the events, as well as the screening schedule and all other details about the festival, will be available at all the festivalmovie theatres and Biletix sales points for 5 TL.

     

    New Sections in the Festival

     

    ·         Balkans: Cinema of Flames: This year, the Istanbul Film Festival dedicates a special section to the cinema of the Balkans, for which Kujtim Cashku says “The Balkans is the land of stories and storytellers” and which Nuri Bilge Ceylan describes as “a certain type of character, a certain type of spirit, an essence.” “The Balkans: Cinema of Flames”, inspired after Professor Dina Iordanova’s book of the same title, will bring together the best and the most contemporary films from this very special region. Seven films in total from Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Albania, Croatia, and Macedonia will be screened within the scope of this section.

     

    ·         Family Ties: Another new section in this year’s Istanbul Film Festival focuses on the family, which Brad Pitt refers as “a risky venture”, for which actress Aishwarya Rai says “My family is my strength and my weakness”, and which Haneke deconstructs in each and every one of his films. The ties that constitute a family–the most sanctified, the most criticized, and the most exploited social institution of all–are approached, scrutinized, questioned, and even battered in the 10 films in this section.

     

    ·         Special Screening: Little Truths: In its 10th year, the Istanbul Modern pays a tribute to the centenary of the Turkish cinema with a film project, for which five directors or director duos chosen by the Istanbul Modern Cinema made short films referring to cinema in Turkey. These short films that contribute to the country’s cinematic history from a contemporary point-of-view were produced specifically for Istanbul Modern’s project with the support of Istanbul Development Agency, and they will be screened together under the title of “Little Truths” in the festival.

     

    ·         German Animation Cinema: This section is a collaboration of the Istanbul Film Festival and Goethe-Institut and includes German animation films from the past three years from young upcoming and already celebrated directors and filmmakers. The programme to be formed by two sections is prepared by Annegret Richter, Head of the Animation Programme of the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animation Film.

     

    Lisandro Alonso Retrospective at the Festival

     

    The festival celebrates the work of writer-director Lisandro Alonso, a leading figure in the New Argentine Cinema, by screening his entire filmography for the first time in Turkey. This special section, which comprises Alonso’s latest movie Jauja (2014) with Viggo Mortensen in the lead, as well as his tetralogy Liverpool (2008), O Fantasma (2006), Los Muertos (2004), and La Libertad (2001), provides a unique opportunity for cinephiles who would like to explore the enchanting and mysterious atmosphere typical to the movies by Alonso, who combines the conventional techniques of fiction and documentary cinema.

     

    A Masterpiece of Turkish Cinema Renovated: Metin Erksan’s “Revenge of the Snakes”

     

    With the collaboration of Groupama, the Istanbul Film Festival has been renovating the distinguished works of the Turkish cinema and reintroducing them to the modern viewers, for eight years now. This year sees the restoration of one of the masterpieces of the Turkish cinema: Metin Erksan’s 1962 film, Revenge of the Snakes. Restored by Fanatik Film Revenge of the Snakes will premier within the scope of the Turkish Classics Revisited section on the evening of 9 April and subsequently meet its audience on 12 April.

     

     

     

     

    The Festival Commemorates Onat Kutlar

    Tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Turkish Cinematheque: “Il Gattopardo”

     

    The festival commemorates Onat Kutlar on the 20th anniversary of his death with a special screening. The Istanbul Film Festival pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Turkish Cinematheque Association, founded in 1965 by Onat Kutlar and his friends, who was also among the founders of the festival, by a special screening of one of Kutlar’s favourite directors. Visconti’s masterpiece Il Gattopardo / The Leopard (1963) will be screened at the festival from its restored print, while Kutlar’s article on Visconti, originally published in the Yeni Sinema Magazine in 1967, will be republished in the festival catalogue. A panel will be held on Friday, 10 April at Istanbul Modern, where the mission and heritage of “Cinematheque years” will be discussed.

     

     

    The Golden Tulip Excitement at the Festival

     

    The Istanbul Film Festival’s competition films will meet the audiences, along with the jury, during the second week of the festival. The winners will be announced at an Award Ceremony at the Lütfi Kırdar International Convention and Exhibition Center on Saturday,18 April.

     

    International Golden Tulip Competition: In the “International Competition” section of the 34th Istanbul Film Festival, 12 films dealing with themes of art and artist or literature adaptations will vie for the Golden Tulip.
    The International Competition Golden Tulip Award, presented in memory of Şakir Eczacıbaşı, will be supported with a 25,000 Euros monetary award by the Eczacıbaşı Group. The jury of the International Golden Tulip Competition, presided by Rolf de Heer, consists of director Bence Fliegauf, writer-director George Ovashvili, producer Cédomir Kolar, and actress Melisa Sözen.

     

    National Golden Tulip Competition:11 cream of the crop films that were completed in the 2014/15 season, will be vying for the Golden Tulip in the National Competition of the festival, while raising the occasion to threeTurkey and six world premieres. The National Competition Jury will be headed by the prominent Turkish film director Zeki Demirkubuz, with actor Tansu Biçer, cinematographer Emre Erkmen, author Şebnem İşigüzel, and the International Berlin Film Festival Panorama Section Selection Committee Member and TEDDY Award Founder, filmmaker and author Wieland Speck as its members.

     

    Best Film in the “National Competition” selected by the jury headed by the prominent Turkish film director Zeki Demirkubuz, will be awarded with the Golden Tulip and 150,000 TL, and the Best Director will be awarded with 50,000 TL. Best Actress and Best Actor will be awarded with 10,000 TL each. The Istanbul Film Festival National Golden Tulip Competition Jury will also give the Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Music awards. Producer of the movie awarded with the Special Jury Award in memory of Onat Kutlar will be given 60,000 TL by AnadoluEfes.

     

    National Documentary Competition:The 34th Istanbul Festival will be awarding prizes in the documentary category in the TurkishCinema section, with the support of Anadolu Efesfor the first time. The Istanbul Film Festival, which has shown great interest in documentary film production in Turkey for many years, will be awarding a Best Documentary and Special Jury Prize, in order to support documentary film-makers and documentary film production in Turkey. The Documentary Competition Jury, assembled for the first time this year, will be awarding a total of 15,000 TL with the support of Anadolu Efes, in the categories of Best Documentary and the Special Jury Prize. The National Documentary Competition jury consists of documentarian Emel Çelebi, director and producer Pelin Esmer, and director Paul Poet. 11 world premieres and 2 Turkey premieres will be held at the Istanbul Film Festival National Documentary Competition.

     

    Human Rights in Cinema: The Film Award of Council of Europe FACE:FACE, exclusive to the Istanbul Film Festival, continues to be awarded with the support of the Council of Europe. The FACE Award will be presented to one of the films screened in the “Human Rights in Cinema” section, which aims to raise public consciousness and sensitivity to human rights related issues. A representative from the Council of Europe will present the 10,000 Euros monetary prize to the director of the winning film. Eurimages Fund of the Council of Europe supporting co-production, distribution, and presentation of cinema is a partner to the FACE Award.

     

    In the “Human Rights in Cinema” section, 10 films will meet the audiences, along with the FACE Award Jury that comprises author, actor and screenwriter Ercan Kesal, European Film Fund Eurimages Executive Director Roberto Olla, Palestinian screenwriter and director Najwa Najjar, and Leyla Kayacık who is the Senior Adviser at the Private Office of the Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary General on matters related to Human Rights and Supremacy of Law.

     

    In Memoriam Seyfi Teoman: Seyfi Teoman Best Debut Film Prize: The Istanbul Film Festival presents the Seyfi Teoman Best Debut Film Prize in memoriam director and producer Seyfi Teoman, who passed away at a young age. Director of the film awarded with the Seyfi Teoman Best Debut Film Prize will be presented 30,000 TL by CMYLMZ Fikirsanat. All the debut fiction films from Turkey in the International Golden Tulip Competition, Human Rights in Cinema and the Turkish Cinema (National Golden Tulip Competition, “Out of Competition” and “New Turkish Cinema”) sections will be eligible for the prize. Seyfi Teoman Best Debut Film Prize jury consists of scriptwriter and director Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun, actor and director Syllas Tzoumerkas and actress Selen Uçer.

     

    FIPRESCI Award:The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) will give awards in the Istanbul Film Festival as in the previous years. One film from the International Competition and one film from the National Competition will receive the FIPRESCI Award. The FIPRESCI jury will be headed by Alexander Grozev from Bulgaria and will have Antti Selkokari from Finland, Sasja Koetsier from The Netherlands, Giovanni Ottone from Italy and Senem Erdine and Şenay Aydemir from Turkey.

     

    Cineuropa.org Prize: Cineuropa.org Prize, will be presented to a film that besides having indisputable artistic qualities also brings out the idea of European dialogue and integration. Cineuropa.org Prize will be presented to a film in the National Golden Tulip Competition section of the 34th Istanbul Film Festival and selected by film critic Vladan Petkovic.

     

    Radikal People’s Choice Award: Since 2000, Radikal, as one of the media sponsors of İKSV, has been presenting one film from the National and one from the International Golden Tulip Competitions the Radikal People’s Choice Award. Festival audiences will submit their online votes on the terminals set up at the festival movie theatres to determine the people’s choice. The award-winner will be travelling to the Sarajevo Film Festival as the guest of Radikal.

     

     

    Meetings On The Bridge Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

     

    Bringing filmmakers from Turkey together with international professionals, Meetings on the Bridge will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2015 as part of the Istanbul Film Festival and sponsored by Anadolu Efes. Meetings on the Bridge has contributed to the realisation of 29 film projects over the past 9 years and has raised close to 430,000 Euros for 36 different projects.

     

    The Film Development Workshop, where directors, screenwriters, and producers give the first international presentations for their feature-length fiction or documentary projects, is aimed to create opportunities for finding the necessary support to initiate the production process. The Film Development Workshop, within the scope of Meetings on the Bridge, will be held on 15-16 April 2015 and will culminate in the award ceremony on Thursday, 16 April. For more information about Meetings on the Bridge: film.iksv.org/en/meetingsonthebridge

     

    This year, initiated in the 10th year of Meetings on the Bridge, there will be a training program for the first time including workshops and group works on script development, pitching, production, distribution, and marketing held by experienced international filmmakers and trainers.

     

    In its 10th year, the Meetings on the Bridge launches a new project, inviting film projects from neighbouring countries with a view to fostering the dialogue and cultural exchange between the nations and pioneering new collaborations in co-productions by creative people of similar cultures.

     

     

    Festival Guests

     

    The Istanbul Film Festival continues to bring guest directors and actors together with the festival audiences. Presentations and Q&A sessions before and after screenings will host such renowned figures of the cinema including;

    -     Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi (Words with Gods), known for his films A Time for Drunken Horses and Turtles Can Fly,

    -     Iranian actress Simin Fatemah Motamed-Aria (Nabat), who served in the Golden Tulip International Competition Jury of the Istanbul Film Festival in 2013,

    -     Director of An Education and One DayLone Scherfig (The Riot Club) who has proven her ability to make literature adaptations and directing star actors and actresses,

    -     The leading actor of Peter Greenaway’s Eisenstein in Guanajuato to be screened in the Masters Section of the festival Elmar Back,

    -     Italian director Duccio Chiarini (Short Skin) who competed in the Generation section of the Berlinale this year,

    -     Kurdish director based in Norway Hisham Zaman(Letter to the King) who has been awarded in several international festivals,

    -     Ivano De Matteo, director of The Dinner who has won the Best European Film in the Venice Days section of the Venice Film Festival and Pasinetti Special Award, and the leading actor of the film Luigi Lo Cascio,

    -     The leading actress of The Duke of Burgundy, which received overwhelmingly positive reviews at Toronto, Rotterdam and London Film Festivals, Chiara D’Anna, who has also worked with the director Peter Strickland in Berberian Sound Studio,

    -     Severija Janušauskaitė, actress of the Golden Tulip International Competition Film Star, among many other guests.

    Cine-concert: Damon & Naomi play “Fortune”

     

    The festival also hosts a cine-concert this year, with the collaboration of the Salon İKSV: Damon & Naomi play ‘Fortune’. The Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang duo has contributed to the soundtracks of various films such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Greenberg, as well as of TV shows including The Sopranos and The Ghost Whisperer. The duo’s performance will be based on the 30-minute silent movie ‘Fortune’, directed by Naomi Yang, with Norman von Holtzendorff and Anabel Vazquez Rodriguez in the leads. Damon and Naomi started off their musical career at the Galaxie 500 and conjured the intimacy of the 70’s music through their enchanting, comforting, and fresh sound, which weaves the elements of folk, psych, dream pop, and indie rock together with the electro-guitar. Damon and Naomi will be at Salon İKSV on Saturday, 11 April, at 21:30 and the tickets for this performance will be on Biletix and the İKSV box office.

     

     

    Festival Parties will expand to both sides of Istanbul just like the festival

     

    Istanbul Film Festival and Fil’m Hafızası will expand the festival festivities to the Anatolian side of Istanbul with a party from 18.00 on Saturday, 4 April in Kadıköy. Attendance will be free of charge to the party in 8 different venues including Dunia, Stereogun, Lâl, Masal Evi, Liman Kahvesi, Flu, Trip and Hera, where cinema chats and competitions awaits party-goers.

     

    Another party within the scope of the festival in collaboration with Fil’m Hafızası will get the cinephiles together at the European side of the city at InnPark on Friday, 17 April. Following the screening of Dead Snow2: Red vs Dead by Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola at Beyoğlu Movie Theatre at 24.00, surprise guests, DJ performances and film chats will meet the audiences. The tickets for this party will be sold for 25TL (full) and 15TL (student) while the ticket holders for the screening of Dead Snow2: Red vs Dead before the party will be able to attend the party free of charge.

     

     

    The city eyes the festival, social media throbs with excitement

     

    You can follow the festival’s social media channels for easy and instant access to all information on films, events, guests, and other details. You can carry along the festival excitement with you wherever you go–while whether you are making your festival programme or taking a break between two films, you can always check the festival’s Facebook and Tumblr pages, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Also, fun competitions will allow you to learn more about the programme while winning surprise presents. You can use the #istfilmfest15 hashtag to be a part of the festival buzz.

     

    To follow the Istanbul Film Festival on social media:

    facebook.com/istanbulfilmfestivali

    twitter.com/ist_filmfest

    instagram.com/istfilmfest

    istfilmfest.tumblr.com

    youtube.com/iksvistanbul

     

     

    İKSV Mobile Anew: Follow the Festival on Your Phone

     

    You can access the festival programme from the official festival website film.iksv.org, as well as from İKSV Mobile application, renewed with the contributions of Vodafone which is free for download on AppStore and Google Play. The new version of the application has an improved user-friendly interface and offers a multifunctional calendar and dynamic user notification. The new features allow users to access the upcoming events easily, to filter events according to date range, type, and location, and to add events to their personal calendars. 

     

     

    Festival Movie Theatres and Screening Times

     

    The 34th Istanbul Film Festival screenings will take place at the Atlas (2 halls), Beyoğlu movie theatres and Institut Français in Beyoğlu, Feriye in Ortaköy, and Rexx (2 halls) movie theatres in Kadıköy, as well as the IstanbulModern Cinema hall. Screening times are 11.00, 13.30, 16.00, 19.00 and 21.30. In the “Midnight Madness” section of the festival, a film will be screened at 24.00 every Friday at the Beyoğlu and every Saturday at the Atlas throughout the festival.

     

     

     

     

     

    Festival Tickets

     

    The festival tickets will be on sale starting from 10.30 on Saturday, 28 March. The tickets can be purchased through Biletix sales channels, main box offices at festival movie theatres Atlas and Rexx.

     

    Ticket Prices:

    Weekday daytime screenings at 11.00, 13.30 and 16.00 are only5 TL.

    Weekday 19.00 screenings and weekend 11.00, 13.30, 16.00 and 19.00 screenings are 17 TL; student and senior (over 65) tickets are 12 TL.

    All 21.30 screenings are 17 TL.

    First screenings of Akbank Galas at Atlas and Rexx movie theatres are 20 TL.

     

    Early Bird Discount

    Everybody who buys tickets as of 28 March before the Istanbul Film Festival starts on 4 April will get a special discount of 10% this year.

     

    Special Discounts for Tulip Card Holders:

    Tulip Card holders enjoy the advance sale privilege and 25%special discount on the festival tickets. Advance sale for Tulip Card members: 24 March for Black and White Tulip Card members and 25-27 March for Red and Yellow Tulip Card members at the festival theatres Atlas and Rexx, as well as at the Tulip Card Communication Centre and Biletix website.

     

    Festival Sponsor AKBANK provides special advantages to Axess Card holders. The Axess Card holders will get a 20% special discount on the festival tickets, except for the weekday morning sessions.

     

    PasoFilm! Card Exclusive to Students

    The 34th Istanbul Film Festival introduces a special advantage card exclusive to students. Undergrad and high school students will be able to get a PasoFilm! card for 20 TL by showing their student ID’s at the İKSV main box office. The card will give them priority in ticket sales, discount at certain venues during the festival period, and a free festival catalogue. PasoFilm! card holders will be able to buy tickets from the Atlas and Rexx movie theatres, providing their students ID’s together with their cards, as of 27 March Friday, 13:00.

     

     

    Supporters of the 34th Istanbul Film Festival

     

    The 34th Istanbul Film Festival is held with the support of more than 20 institutions. The festival is organised by the generous support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey. The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and Beyoğlu Municipality continue their publicity support for the festival.

     

    Apart from the Festival Sponsor Akbank, 6 theme sponsors support the festival:

     

    -         Anadolu Efes          National Competition and Turkish Cinema

    -         Sabah Newspaper   From the World of Festivals

    -         NTV                       “Documentary Time with NTV

    -         Pupa Bilişim           “Antidepressant”

    -         NESCAFÉ Gold       New Visions

    -         TV2                         “Midnight Madness

    -         MUBI                       “Mined Zone”

     

    “Akbank Galas” supported by Akbank are shown as part of the festival.

     

    Istanbul Film Festival brings the masterpieces of Turkish cinema by restoring them to the silver screen in its “Special Screening: Turkish Classics Revisited” section, initiated seven years ago under the sponsorship of Groupama.

     

    In 2015, Renault will transfer the guests of the Istanbul Film Festival.

     

    The leading sponsor of all festivals of İKSV is Eczacıbaşı Holding, the Official Communications Sponsor is Vodafone, the Official Carrier is DHL, The Official Accommodation Sponsor is Martı Istanbul Hotel and the service sponsors are Zurich Sigorta, GFK, Memorial Health Group, PDR Group, directComn Marketing Group and AGC.

     


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    The 2015 edition of the festival of films from Greater Europe, Europe by Europe, will take place in Paris and surrounding region from 16 March to 15 April. This landmark 10th edition will be inaugurated at the Cinema l’Entrepôt (7-9 rue Francis de Pressensé, 75014 Paris) on Monday, 16th  March at 8pm, with a screening of Colour of the Pomegranate by Sergueï Parajanov in a restored version.

    The theme of this year’s festival, Body and Soul, examines the infinite articulations of these two components of the human being in two cycles. In the first, Eros or love, and in the second, history in its most monumental embodiment, War. Two potentialities which have in common the utter lack of fear.

    Why kick off the festival with Colour of the Pomegranate by Sergueï Parajanov?

    The name of the festival, Europe Autour de l’Europe (Europe by Europe) was inspired by the question  or the theme of the central and the more peripheral regions of Europe, and the constant shifting between them. The goal of the Festival is to cause and produce in the French capital a European atmosphere favourable to reinforced professional ties, between tradition and the present, a desire to move, circulate and encounter.

    By presenting masterpieces from the 47 countries of the Council of Europe, the Festival aims to create an atmosphere of possible spiritual and geographic journeys and the desire and ability to approach the Other. Because if one thing is indisputable, and something on which we can all agree, it’s that a European culture is a reality. The film and the life of Sergei Paradjanov are perfect examples of this.

    Colour of the Pomegranate is proof that cinematic heritage is a living thing, that restoration is a grand gesture of ‘reanimation’ of archives, and at the same time a call for projects from young filmmakers.

    Sergueï Parajanov born in Georgia in 1924 (d.1990), is considered the great national filmmaker of Armenia, where his ancestors were from. Controversial in the USSR during his lifetime, imprisoned several times, he is now admired for his singular and original aesthetic. He has communicated to us this profound tenderness, which at this time of ‘rising extremism’ may serve to guide us in its beauty, its modernity, its liberty and its humanism.

     

    Opening Night Programme

    8pm Opening Ceremony

    8:30pm Colour of the Pomegranate by Sergueï Parajanov (in a restored version) with Sofiko

    Tchiaoureli, Melkop Alekian, and Vilien Galestian

    The film relates the life of the 18th-century Armenian-Georgian poet Aruthin Sayadin in successive episodes, like the illuminations of  Medieval book of hours, in almost static, highly decorative tableaux : the majesty of  authentic decors, palaces and  monasteries, the exquisite splendour of princely costumes and warriors’ uniforms, the richness of the props (animals, books, carpets, fruits , flowers) compose a sumptuous world for this biography of the poet, embodied at different stages of his life by diverse actors, including the statuesque and regal Sofiko Tchiaoureli. Cut by censors at the time of its release, the film will be shown here in its entirety.

     

    The film will be followed by a cocktail reception

     

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    About the Europe by Europe film festival

    The Europe by Europe film festival was founded in 2006 by filmmaker Irena Bilić. Her cultural ambition is to help a wider public discover the films of European countries whose history, literature, languages and current events are less well-known to us. The festival’s goals, then, are to see more contracts signed with distributors, derivative media publishers, broadcasters and producers; to consolidate and enrich private and institutional partnerships;  but also to increase and diversify their public (15 000 viewers are expected to attend the festival this year).

    The festival will present 72 feature films and 62 shorts from 40 countries – a selection compiled  by founder-Artistic Director Irena Bilić. In all, 135 films will be presented this year, making this the biggest line-up ever. The great majority of films are from countries with a low production capacity (61%). The nine films in competition are unreleased in France, and looking for distributors. 


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    At a press conference at Locarno the full program for the third edition of L’immagine e la parola, the Festival del film Locarno’s spring event, part of Primavera Locarnese, was announced. Guests of honor are French writer, screenwriter and filmmaker Emmanuel Carrère –co-curator of the program –, Oscar winning director Pawel Pawlikowski and actress and director Valeria Golino.

    L’immagine e la parola, held 19 – 22 March, at the venues Teatro Kursaal in Locarno, Monte Verità and Teatro San Materno in Ascona, inaugurates a new approach this year by involving an outstanding guest curator. French writer, screenwriter and director Emmanuel Carrère has created the program for the event, alongside Carlo Chatrian, the Festival’s Artistic Director. There are numerous events that enable an exploration of Carrère’s creative worlds and the relationship between writing and film, starting with a screening of his works for both the large and small screen: his two feature-length films, Retour à Kotelnich (2003) and La Moustache (2005), and the TV series Les Revenants (2012).

    This “Carrère world” will also host an encounter and a conversation with the event’s other prestigious guests: Pawel Pawlikowski and Valeria Golino.

    The Polish director, will, along with Carrère, participate in a conversation with the audience. His documentaries Dostoevsky’s Travels (1991) and Serbian Epics (1992) will be shown, as well as the much lauded Ida, winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

    Valeria Golino, actress and director, well known to the wider audience, will feature in a dramatized reading from Carrère’s latest novel, The Kingdom, and there will be a screening of her directorial debut film Miele (2013).

    L'immagine e la parola will open to the sound of music, with Robert Siodmak’s 1929 film People on Sunday, with live musical accompaniment by a four-piece orchestra.

    The program will be rounded out with screenings of ¿Quien puede matar a un niño? (Narcisco Ibáñez Serrador, 1976), Sans Soleil (Chris Marker, 1982), Running on Empty (Sydney Lumet, 1988) and The Magic Flute (Emanuele Luzzati and Giulio Gianini, 1978), a family film presentation organised in collaboration with Cinemagia.

    Professional training and development, one of the event’s distinctive features, is again on offer this year. Film students and young directors will have an opportunity to explore tendencies in writing for film through a series of workshop run by Emmanuel Carrier. The two days will be devoted to charting his trajectory as a writer moving between documentary and fiction, through recurrent modes in his work, such as using real events to develop novels, and a specific case study of his writing for the series Les Revenants, at which filmmaker Fabrice Gobert will also participate.

    L’immagine e la parola is one of the three events that comprise Primavera Locarnese, alongside Eventi Letterari Monte Verità and Youtopia.

    The complete program

       

       

     


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    The MIAFF Montreal International Animation Film Festival will be held from April 16 to 19 in Montreal on both Concordia rooms and a few other places in the city.
     
    Teletoon Our main partner is committed to our side for five years. 
     
    Here is an outline of our new edition, with high ambitions, the desire to gather and unite the term creative industries related to entertainment (gaming, interactive ....)
     
    The festival is accompanied by a program of 3 days with professional panels, keynotes, presentations promo reel of film footage in post production, facilities and several surprises related to Spring Digital, our partner, the sréunions will be held in the Industry Office 7th Heaven 7th floor of the main building e Concordia.
     
    The founder Laurie Gordon explains his programming choices: "I chose a rich and varied program for all public and all ages choices that showcase all aspects of the creation and animation J wanted.. especially to a beautiful square in related industries, related to animation and digital arts. "
     
    The competition has a half dozen features unreleased in Canada. The festival will have several competitive sections: audience award, the price of the Battle of the Schools
     
    BEST OF Fests
    A selection of the best animations programmed in partnership with major festivals around the world
    Best of Ottawa International Animation Film Festival, Best of Art by Chance, Best of FNC Best of Hollyshorts, Best of Annecy, best of ECU best of Fantasporto ...
     
     
     
    BETWEEN ADULTS
     
    daring or bleeding courts and a cult movie by surprise on Saturday night, followed by a theme party.
     
     
     
    WHITE CARD
    Steve Woloshen - Experimental
    Erik Goulet - Stop Motion
     
     
     
    ANIMAL HEROES
    A beautiful collection of animals very fine company, short and long
     
     
     
    WOMEN
    It is strong, is not it? shorts and documentaries
     
     
     
    FIAT LUX
    Light, Light, films selected for our partner Le Printemps Digital (Digital Spring in Montreal) who elected Light as the main theme.
     
     
     
    Early Bloomers
    For children ... but not that ...
     
     
     
    FIRST NATIONS
     
     
     
    EXPERIMENTAL AND INTERACTIVE
     
     
     
    WORKSHOPS AND MASTERCLASSES
     
    the program (7th Heaven)
     
    Stop Motion
    Oscar Hoedeman
     
    Experimental Film
    Steve Woloshen
     
    Master Class
     
    Gerald Potterton (Heavy Metal) RDV on www.lemiaff.com for more information.

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    HorrorQuest Film Festival is now seeking submissions for 2015. HorrorQuest accepts horror, sci-fi, dark comedy or animation of any kind. HorrorQuest is 100% free, there are no submission fees! To submit your film please vist www.thehorrorquest.com


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    2015 marks the 100th anniversary  of Bulgarian Cinema and special acknowledgement of SOFIA as one of the UNESCO's Creative Cities of Film.

    For 19th year Sofia International Film Festival will gather together in Sofia films, guests, stars, journalists and cinema fans from 5th until 29rd March 2015. Featured in Variety’s Top 50 of cinema festivals, the event presents Bulgaria to the world as the host one of the important film festivals in Europe and takes place annually in March. What started as a thematic music film festival, went through 18 previous editions to become the cinema event of the year, bringing the current world cinema trends to the domestic viewers in Bulgaria and the latest in Bulgarian cinema to the rest of the world.

    Since 1997 more than 1,600 feature films and documentaries have been screened within the festival’s framework. More than 1,000 distinguished guests have attended, including established professionals such as Wim Wenders, Volker Schlondorff, Katja Riemann and Karl Baumgartner (Germany), Claudia Cardinale (Italy), Alan Parker, Peter Greenaway, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Tony Palmer and David Mackenzie (United Kingdom), Nikita Mikhalkov, Andrei Konchalovsky, Karen Shakhnazarov and Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov (Russia), Jiri Menzel, Jan Sverak, Jan Hrebejk and Petr Zelenka (Czech Republic), Emir Kusturica (Yugoslavia), Krzysztof Zanussi (Poland), Otar Iosseliani (Georgia), Jean-Claude Carriere, Agnes Varda, Siegfried and Jacques Dorfmann (France), Assumpta Serna (Spain), Bent Hamer and Unni Straume (Norway), Jafar Panahi and Babak Payami (Iran), Jerry Schatzberg, Michael Wadleigh and Lech Kowalski (USA), Jos Stelling (the Netherlands), Mika Kaurismaki (Finland), Friðrik Þór Friðriksson (Iceland), Lone Scherfig (Denmark), Kornel Mundruczo (Hungary), Goran Markovic, Goran Paskaljević, Radivoje Andric, Dusan Milic, Srđan Karanović and Srđan Dragojević (Serbia) and many others.
     
    The festival is organized by Art Fest under the auspices of the Municipality of Sofia and in partnership with the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture, the National Palace of Culture, the National Film Center and the Bulgarian National Television with the support of the MEDIA programme of the European Commission, national and foreign cultural institutes and sponsors.
     
    For its 10th anniversary as an international cinema event in the year 2010 named Year of Bulgarian Cinema, Sofia International Film Festival received as present the recognition from FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) - it was accredited as competitive festival specialized in first and second films. Since its creation the director of the festival has been Stefan Kitanov.

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     WE OPEN NEXT WEEK!!  

     

    13th ANNUAL GARDEN STATE FILM FESTIVAL FEATURES 180 FILMS 

    Premieres and Award-Winning Work Presented  

     

     Atlantic City, NJ - March 5, 2015 - International, domestic and local filmmakers will showcase 180 films from 19 countries including a number of premieres and award-winners.  "The festival program really runs the gamut this year and the quality is outstanding," says festival executive director and founder, Diane Raver.  "We are also excited by the well-known personalities from both sides of the camera who will be available to the festival attendees to discuss their work."

    Notables include festival honorees Ed Asner (MVP), Armand Assante (Lifetime Achievement), Siobhan Fallon Hogan (Spirit of New Jersey), Eric Roberts (Wave of Excellence), and James Wilder (Independent Spirit).  They will be joined by a host of other featured actors from the presented films along with directors, cinematographers, composers and producers.  Atlantic City VIPs attending the festival include the festivals 2014 and 2015 Honorary Chairmen Mayor Don Guardian and Resorts Casino Hotel Mark Giannantonio; and Deborah Frank, EVP of Frank Theatres and this year's Impact Award recipient for Arts and Business Alliance.  They will gather at the Opening Night Kick-Off Cocktail Party in Resorts Ballroom on Friday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $25.00 and include the first screening.  

                                                                 
    AS THE CROW FLIES


    Following the party at 8:20 p.m. in the Superstar Theater, the opening screenings begin with the short, The Girl and the Gondola. Directed by award winning writer/director Abbe Robinson, it's a coming of age story shot in Venice about a young girl who wishes to follow in the footsteps of her gondolier father.  The premiere feature is Jacob LaGuardia's As the Crow Flies, an exciting adventure about a brother-sister duo of modern-day bootleggers as they transport cash from a bank robbery over mountain trails outwitting FBI agents and hijackers along the way.  Up and comers Alec Shaw (Meridian), and Morgan Wolk (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) play the siblings, Boe and Bird.

          

    Charlie, Trevor and a Girl Savannah

    In addition to this feature, suspense and mystery are the themes of several films headlined by well-known talent.  Charlie, Trevor and a Girl Savannah is a psychological thriller making its worldwide premiere at the festival on Saturday, March 21 at 8:15 p.m. in Resorts Ballroom. Eric Roberts leads a young and talented cast as a psychiatrist trying to help a disturbed young man named Trevor, played by Toby Hemingway, with Ty Hodges and Emily Meade as Charlie and Savannah, respectively.   Art and madness are explored in The Painting directed by Robert Rothbard, also making its worldwide premiere at the festival.  With the help of his faithful butler, the talentless son of a famous dead artist will stop at nothing short of murder to be famous himself in this chilling drama playing Saturday at 8:30 p.m. in the Claridge Showroom -3rd floor. 


    Three Holes, Two Brads and a Smoking Gun

     

    Starring James Wilder is the award-winning black comedy, Three Holes, Two Brads and a Smoking Gun (theatrical release title: 3 Holes and a Smoking Gun).  Wilder is garnering awards and critical acclaim as an ex-Hollywood screenwriter turned teacher in a battle of wits with a devious student.  Scott Fivelson won for best screenplay and Wilder for best actor at the 2014 Downtown Film Festival in Los Angeles.  Screening is Saturday at 5:45 p.m. in Resorts Screening Room.  

     

    The Antwerp Dolls, an independent film from the U.K. makes its U.S. premiere at the festival.  Directed by Jake L. Reid, this British crime thriller stars Jason Wing (Rise of the Footsoldier, Hamlet) as a ruthless gangster, who struggles to maintain his crumbling 'business' empire.  It screens 8:15 p.m. on Saturday in the Screening Room  13th Floor at Resorts.
    Dramatic and comedic full-length features with popular performers include Porter Farrell's Windsor, starring noted character actor Barry Corbin (Lonesome Dove, No Country for Old Men), Nick Kraus (The Descendants, Boyhood) and Quinn Shephard (Unaccompanied Minors).  Shephard is the festival's 2015 Rising Star, an annual honor bestowed on an up-and-coming actor/actress with New Jersey roots.  She plays best friend to the daughter of a Texas farmer who collides with big agribusiness resulting in long-term and devastating effects on his family in the drama screening on Sunday, March 22 at 2:45 p.m. in Resort's Superstar Theater Dining Level. Director Phil Falcone's Joe's War screens at Resorts Superstar Theater - Dining Level on Saturday at 8 p.m.  Co-starring Michael Markiewicz as Joe, Armand Assante and Ed Asner, the film deals with the challenges faced by a local hero on his return home from the war on terror.    


     


    Hollywood royalty - Shirley Jones, Lee Meriwether and Sally Struthers - add to the hilarity in director Jenn Page's Waiting in the Wings: The Musical in which a savvy male stripper takes a naïve farm boy under his wing as they pursue their dreams on Broadway via on-line contests.  Starring Jeffrey A. Johns and Adam Huss as the mismatched pair, the film screens Saturday at 5:45 p.m. in the Claridge Hotel Showroom. 3rd Floor.  Joseph Pernice's film Chasing Yesterday was shot on location in Monmouth County with an all-star cast of both seasoned and up-and-coming actors including Steve Schirripa (The Sopranos, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), Eric Nelsen (A Walk Among the Tombstones, Epic), Courtney Baxter,  (Night Has Settled, Hallows' Eve) and Blanche Baker (Sixteen Candles, The Girl Next Door).  This story of a washed up twenty something and former hometown hero, convinced by a local sweetheart to run a marathon and get his life back on track, screens at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday in Resorts Superstar Theater.

     


     


    Full-length documentaries include The Millionaires Unit directed and produced by Ron King and based on the book by Marc Wortman.  Known as the First Yale Unit, and dubbed 'the millionaires' unit' by the New York press, a privileged group of college students became the founding squadron of the U.S. Naval Air Reserve and were the first to fly and sacrifice for the U.S. in World War I.  Descendants of these heroic men will attend the screening on Saturday in Resorts Screening Room at 12:15 p.m. Jeffrey Bonna's film  Oro Macht Frei (Gold Will Set You Free) is the heartbreaking revelation of the plight of Rome's Jewish population in World War II.  After Italy's Armistice with the Allied Armies in 1943, much of Italy fell under the control of the Germans.  In their nine-month occupation of Rome, the Nazis stripped Jews - whose families has prospered for generations in the most Catholic of cities - of their rights, assets and, in a false promise of salvation, demanded all their gold.  It screens Sunday at noon in Resorts Ballroom. -Dining Level

    Flory's Flame, directed by Curt Fissel, also concerns Jewish populations in Europe preceding and following the two World Wars.  Flory Jagoda was born in Sarajevo to a musical family whose roots stretched back to Spain for centuries prior to the Jewish expulsion in 1492.  These Sephardic Jews were among the last few speakers of their ancient and native tongue, Ladino.  Songs were passed down through generations, ultimately reaching Flory, the only member of her extended family to survive the Holocaust.  Now 90, she is a living archivist and preservationist of Ladino and has spent her career composing, recording and performing this music for worldwide audiences.   The film is a compelling life history and a celebration of musical lore, and screens Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at Resorts Horizon Room-Dining Level.

     


     

     

    Women athletes are the subject of two contrasting documentaries. The subject of

    Stella Walsh was one of the most celebrated female athletes of all time. After winning a gold medal in the 1932 Olympics 100 meters, she was a popular national figure until she was killed in a robbery and it was discovered that she had ambiguous gender.  Directed by Rob Lucas, the film explores how this revelation generated controversy and bigotry; and features interviews with friends, trainers, members of the media and a geneticist.  It screens at 2:45 on Saturday at Dante Hall. In Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story, director Brian Gillogly introduces us to Kathy Kohner Zuckerman and how her account of surfing Malibu in the mid-50's became the basis for a best-selling novel by her father Frederick Kohner. The documentary screens on Sunday at 3:00 PM Resorts Ballroom- Dining level. 

    FILM SCREENING TICKETS AND INFO CLICK HERE


    In addition to film screenings and the cocktail party, panel discussions, book signings, Q & A sessions, educational programs, an open casting call, and a black-tie awards ceremony are offered to festival attendees.  Weekend passes are $45 and provide access to all screenings and sessions. Individual screening ticket are $12 and the Awards Dinner is $125.  All can be purchased at www.gsff.org where information on films and the festival is also provided.  

     

     



     

     

    About the Garden State Film Festival:

     

    The Garden State Film Festival was envisioned by 25-year film industry veteran Diane Raver and the late Hollywood actor Robert Pastorelli in 2002 and launched the following year. Since 2003, thousands of films have made their public premiers, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world have attended; and the total infusion of cash to local businesses since inception exceeds $5 million. Until 2013, it was held in Asbury Park.  In 2014, it moved to Atlantic City as a major component of DO AC, the marketing campaign to promote arts and culture the city spearheaded by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.  The GSFF is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization.

      

    About the Sponsors of the 13th Annual Garden State Film Festival:

     

     

    The 13th Annual Garden State Film Festival could not be possible without the generous support of the following sponsors:  

     

     

     

     

      


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    #VOFF5 launches with fully-curated animation edition and a new jury made up of leading industry talent

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    Zurich – March 12, 2015 – Viewster (http://www.viewster.com/), the only online video service with its own global film festival, is launching the latest edition of the Viewster Online Film Fest #VOFF5: Animated Worlds (12 – 26 March), with films that bring to life some of the finest animated worlds – from far-off galaxies to worlds within our heads (the trailer can be viewed here). The festival has been fully curated and has a new jury of leading industry talent, who have been recognised by the likes of BAFTA and the Emmys.

    #VOFF5 is the world’s largest online showcase of animation content, with the hand-picked festival selection covering the best global talent, from students to award-winners. There are over 140 short films from 37 countries, all of which have been selected on the merits of production quality and for their imaginative scope. The films comprise of various animation methods across 2D, 3D, CGI, Stop-Motion and Cel Animation. Each film in #VOFF5: Animated Worlds is listed in the festival catalogue, available to view online http://festival.viewster.com.

    The festival winners will get a share of the $50,000 USD prize fund, making #VOFF5 the biggest prize fund in the world to reward purely animation talent. The final films will be chosen by the jury from the shortlist, following the public voting period when fans will watch, discuss, share and vote for their favourite entries.
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    The new jury for #VOFF5 consists of:

    • Prolific voice-actor Yuri Lowenthal (Sasuke Uchiha in Naruto and Ben Tennyson in Ben 10, numerous video game credits such as The Prince from The Prince of Persia series)
    • Athena Yvette Portillo (Lucas Film producer of Star Wars Rebels and line producer on Clone Wars)
    • Samantha Youssef (Toronto International Film Festival award-winner for La Fuga Grande and character animator and director, with credits for Disney, Ubisoft and Filmax International)
    • Two-time Emmy winning animator Christophe Vacher (credits include work on Transformers: Prime,Despicable Me9EnchantedFantasia / 2000Hercules and Beauty and the Beast)
    • BAFTA-nominated animator Michael Schlingmann (credits include work on Corpse Bride,ParanormanAlice in Wonderland)

    Kai Henniges, CEO, Viewster, said: “#VOFF5 cements our festival’s position as a global fandom destination, where fanboys and fangirls can connect with each other and interact with the filmmakers around the content. The films in this edition of the festival are truly impressive and are a testament to the amazing talent out there, and the imaginative variety of styles and subjects in animation. Viewster is a global first-stop for fresh Anime content, and our catalogue has a wealth of complementary content across sci-fi and fantasy, so #VOFF5: Animated Worlds will play directly into our audience’s tastes.”

    The fifth edition of #VOFF hosts a number of award-winning creations and talent, including:

    • Posthuman (USA) – Screamfest ‘Best Animated Short’-winner starring the voice of Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica)
    • The Silence Beneath the Bark (France) – Oscar nominated short which was also nominated for the Annecy Cristal and won the best animated short at the Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival
    • ARK (Poland) – SIGGRAPH ‘Best of Show’-winner which was also accepted into official selection at Cannes, from director Grzegorz Jokajtys (animation/digital arts credits include Star TrekIron Man 2,Captain America: Winter Soldier, Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth)
    • Golem (Germany) – Won Rising Star Award at the Canada International Film Festival and Audience Award at the Creative Arts Film Festival, and is from director Tobias Wiesner (animation/digital arts credits include Game of ThronesThe Hobbit trilogyDawn of the Planet of the Apes and Hugo). The soundtrack is from renowned film composer Cliff Martinez (DriveSolarisOnly God ForgivesSpring Breakers)
    • Way Home (South Korea) – directed by Oscar-nominated Erik Oh (BraveMonsters University and the upcoming Pixar films Inside Out and Finding Dory, Oscar-nominated for his latest film The Dam Keeper)
    • The Gift (Chile) – crowd-funded film screened at over 90 festivals and has received numerous animation awards

     

     

     

    About Viewster

     

    Viewster (www.viewster.com) is a worldwide online video service connecting passionate audiences. We are the first stop destination for anime lovers, featuring an ever-growing line up of the latest shows directly from Japan. Our wider catalogue brings the best of specialist shows and movies, with more than ten thousand titles across anime, thriller, sci-fi, and fantasy. Viewster is free, supported by advertising and available to stream on desktop, mobile and smart TV apps.

    The Viewster Online Film Fest brings millions of visitors together with the creators. Each festival we feature the best up and coming filmmakers and invite our online community to help select the finalists. But we don’t stop there. We believe so much in fan culture, that we have created a global platform for fans to interact with each other, and we invite anime enthusiasts to join our translation community to create subtitles on a professional level. Meet with us – both online and at international conventions throughout the year.

    Viewster, and its network of partner sites, serves an 18-24 year old audience of more than 20 million unique users per month across the U.S., U.K., Germany and Australia alone – the ideal advertising platform for all brands looking to bring cool stuff to awesome people.

    For more information, please visit: http://corp.viewster.com.
    Find Viewster on www.viewster.com, in iTunes or Google Play

     
     
     

     


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    At a press conference at Locarno the full program for the third edition of L’immagine e la parola, the Festival del film Locarno’s spring event, part of Primavera Locarnese, was announced. Guests of honor are French writer, screenwriter and filmmaker Emmanuel Carrère –co-curator of the program –, Oscar winning director Pawel Pawlikowski and actress and director Valeria Golino.

    L’immagine e la parola, held 19 – 22 March, at the venues Teatro Kursaal in Locarno, Monte Verità and Teatro San Materno in Ascona, inaugurates a new approach this year by involving an outstanding guest curator. French writer, screenwriter and director Emmanuel Carrère has created the program for the event, alongside Carlo Chatrian, the Festival’s Artistic Director. There are numerous events that enable an exploration of Carrère’s creative worlds and the relationship between writing and film, starting with a screening of his works for both the large and small screen: his two feature-length films, Retour à Kotelnich (2003) and La Moustache (2005), and the TV series Les Revenants (2012).

    This “Carrère world” will also host an encounter and a conversation with the event’s other prestigious guests: Pawel Pawlikowski and Valeria Golino.

    The Polish director, will, along with Carrère, participate in a conversation with the audience. His documentaries Dostoevsky’s Travels (1991) and Serbian Epics (1992) will be shown, as well as the much lauded Ida, winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

    Valeria Golino, actress and director, well known to the wider audience, will feature in a dramatized reading from Carrère’s latest novel, The Kingdom, and there will be a screening of her directorial debut film Miele (2013).

    L'immagine e la parola will open to the sound of music, with Robert Siodmak’s 1929 film People on Sunday, with live musical accompaniment by a four-piece orchestra.

    The program will be rounded out with screenings of ¿Quien puede matar a un niño? (Narcisco Ibáñez Serrador, 1976), Sans Soleil (Chris Marker, 1982), Running on Empty (Sydney Lumet, 1988) and The Magic Flute (Emanuele Luzzati and Giulio Gianini, 1978), a family film presentation organised in collaboration with Cinemagia.

    Professional training and development, one of the event’s distinctive features, is again on offer this year. Film students and young directors will have an opportunity to explore tendencies in writing for film through a series of workshop run by Emmanuel Carrier. The two days will be devoted to charting his trajectory as a writer moving between documentary and fiction, through recurrent modes in his work, such as using real events to develop novels, and a specific case study of his writing for the series Les Revenants, at which filmmaker Fabrice Gobert will also participate.

    L’immagine e la parola is one of the three events that comprise Primavera Locarnese, alongside Eventi Letterari Monte Verità and Youtopia.

    The complete program

       

       

     

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    Come join us at the international reggae concert, Saturday, August 22nd, 2015, from 1pm-11pm.

    This event will be held at 35 Carl Hall Road in Downsview Park (main intersection Keele & Sheppard)

    Children under 12 are free - Buying tickets before the event is $7 - At the gate is $10.

    Activities such as music, dance, drumming, arts/craft market place, ital food demonstration, film and video screening, children/youth acivities, dub poetry workshops, writers' corner and live concert featuring national and international reggae artists from Canada and the Caribbean to keep everyone entertained for the day.

     

     


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