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    Ambiance Festival G. Piel/CITIA

    Tuesday 11

    09:30 - 12:30Conferences
    Development, Pipeline Choices, Post-Animation
    Venue: Chambre de métiers / Salle Mont-Blanc
    Within the industry of TV series as well as feature films, the major challenge studios are exposed to is to maximise the quality/productivity ratio. This conference will present different examples from studios' current practices: how do they respond to the artistic and technical challenges?
    Blue Spirit: how to keep the animation of the series The Mysterious Cities of Gold in France
    Cube: Cube's tube, Kaeloo 2 (made in Paris)
    Digital Graphics: colouring and rendering of Ernest & Celestine
    An overview of the pipeline of an episode from scenario to colour grading to show how insisting on pre-production (2D/3D) and developing custom tools allows us to automate advanced rendering and compositing.
     
    14:30 - 16:30Conferences
    Previsualisation and Pre-Production
    Venue: Chambre de métiers / Salle Mont-Blanc
    Pre-vis tools are becoming more common, although primarily used in VFX live action productions to try and obtain a better artistic control and lower cost by highlighting direction choices well beforehand. Could they be used in the same way in animation and are they going to create big changes in pre-production practices?
     
    16:30 - 17:30Conferences
    From Character Design to Animation: an Animator's Experience
    Venue: Chambre de métiers / Salle Mont-Blanc
    Movement, acting etc.: find out how a character is developed in pre-prod. Kristof Serrand will present the process and show how these different moments change the original design.
     

    Wednesday 12

    09:30 - 12:30Conferences
    Feature Films: 4 Case Studies
    Venue: Chambre de métiers / Salle Mont-Blanc
    The animation feature has to deal with the difficult equation of proposing original visual and narrative universes but without either the economic power of the American studios or the cheap labour force of emerging territories. The feature films presented offer different answers to this challenge at an editorial, organisational and technical level, as well as many examples to think about.
    Oggy and the Cockroaches
    Cafard
    The Congress
    Khumba
     
    14:30 - 16:30Conferences
    Anatomy of a European Feature Studio: the Danish Example
    Venue: Chambre de métiers / Salle Mont-Blanc
    Over the past few years now, the Danish studio Copenhagen Bombay has been an example of sustainable production as it is able to create many home-made productions with remarkable controlled costs. This conference will explain the components of such a success.
     

    Thursday 13

    09:30 - 12:30Conferences
    VFX: The State of Technical and Artistic Art
    Venue: Chambre de métiers / Salle Mont-Blanc
    VFX and animation have a lot in common, from tools and skills to the same language. Through the presentation of some of last year's best creations, this Annecy traditional VFX conference will draw up an artistic and technical inventory that may be a source of inspiration for professionals of both activities.
     
    14:30 - 16:30Conferences
    Anatomy of an International VFX Studio: ILM
    Venue: Chambre de métiers / Salle Mont-Blanc
    What is a large-scale international VFX studio? What talents must it gather together? What tools does it use? What is the importance of R&D in such a studio? What pipeline(s) must it be able to implement?
     
    09:30 - 12:30Conferences
    Emerging Tools: Looking Ahead and the Effect on the Technical-Artistic Approach
    Venue: Chambre de métiers / Salle Mont-Blanc
    This conference presents a prospective look on different tools, practices and organisational methods that may be able to renew the artistic and technical approach of professionals to extend their possibilities of representation and/or improve productivity.
     
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    Tailored to both the emerging filmmaker and film aficionado, this year’s host of events will delve into the inner workings of the film industry. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from some of the industry’s best, brightest, and boldest, as they reveal the various layers of film pre-production, production and post-production. Each session is an education all its own.

    Tailored to both the emerging filmmaker and film aficionado, this year’s host of events will delve into the inner workings of the film industry. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from some of the industry’s best, brightest, and boldest, as they reveal the various layers of film pre-production, production and post-production. Each session is an education all its own.

    AIFF 2013 - Leap Into the Unknown from Aruba Film Fest on Vimeo.


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    Revelation Newsletter

    Program launch
    Well, we officially launched Revelation for 2013 on Saturday morning at the Luna Cinema, and our program is now online. There is just so much to share with you, so we'll start by recommending that you check out Jack's special "director’s picks".


    Special Guests
    We have plenty of extra-special guests for you this year and we are particularly excited about Alice Krige joining us. She'll be centre stage on July 7th and 9th with her film Jail Caesar.



    Opening Night
    Opening Night is July 4 and we’re screening the fabulous documentary Burn. Directed by Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez, it captures a year in the lives of Detroit firefighters, the people charged with the thankless task of saving a city that many have written off as dead.
    Following the screening, our ON party kicks off at our special location just up the road.
    Tickets for this joyous occasion are available from the website... but of, course they’re free to our
    RevRelations.


    RevRelations
    I love you, you love me, we're a happy RevRelations family!
    If you love indie films, then the RevRelations membership scheme is for you.
    Gorge yourself on Revelation with discount entry to all films and special events, a free ticket to Opening Night and access to daily giveaways during the festival, complimentary drinks n eats, and Revelation merch. Click on this link
     to read more and sign up. Frankly, if you don’t, you’re mad.

     


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    Dífferent 6! L’autre cinéma espagnol - Paris, 14 au 21 juin 2013

     

    Avec nous, c'est le public qui reçoit un Prix...
    Dífferent est bien différent...!
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    ici : Prix Vueling au Public

    ici : Tous les films

    ici : Horaires et tarifs
    ici : Concours "O Apóstolo"

    ici : Nos partenaires

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    Small is biútiful
    Encore et toujours des projets espagnols à découvrir ! 

    À l'occasion de Dífferent 6! L'autre cinéma espagnol, la Commission du Film d’Ile-de-France et Espagnolas en París, en partenariat avec le Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes et Variety, en collaboration avec l'Institut Catalan des Entreprises Culturelles (ICEC), Catalan Films, l'Axencia Galega des Industrias Culturais (Agadic), Etxepare et l'Unidad Audiovisual Valenciana de CulturArts-IVAC, organisent pour la sixième année une rencontre de coproduction à Paris entre des professionnels espagnols et de la région Ile-de-France.

    Ce déjeuner de travail, le vendredi 21 juin 2013, au restaurant Le Patio de Paris, a comme objectif de faire découvrir aux professionnels de la région d'Ile-de-France des projets de cinéastes espagnols répondant au concept “Small is biútiful”, des productions indépendantes de cinéma d'auteur à la recherche de nouveaux partenaires.

    Les projets retenus sont les suivants :

    Ana de día, de Andrea Jaurrieta (Andrea Jaurrieta PC) - Madrid
    El desconocido, de Dani de la Torre (Vaca Films) - Galice
    Fishbone, de Adán Aliaga (Jaibo Films) - Communauté de Valence
    La novia, de Paula Ortiz (Get in the Picture Production) - Catalogne
    Reservado al personal, de Neus Ballús (El Kinograf) - Catalogne
    Vulcania, de José Skaf (Zentropa Spain) - Catalogne

    Les participants pourront aussi découvrir les premières images de Radio La Colifata, résiste!, de Carlos Larrondo (Carlos Larrondo, Catalogne).

    Un total de 52 projets - 8 de plus que l'an dernier - ont été soumis aux organisateurs, 24 en provenance de Catalogne, 9 de la Communauté de Valence, 7 du Pays Basque, 7 de Madrid, 5 de Galice, 1 d'Andalousie et 1 des Canaries.

    Pour la première fois, le Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes collabore avec Small is biútiful en donnant à cette rencontre une visibilité spécifique sur la Video Library de Cinando pour que les professionnels invités puissent visionner en ligne les films précédents des réalisateurs et producteurs des projets proposés.


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    ODESSA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (July 12 - 20, 2013) ANNOUNCES COMPETITION PROGRAMS


    Press Release – June 11, 2013, Kiew, Ukraine

    11 film directors from USA, UK, Israel, Georgia, Italy, Poland, Germany, Romania, France, India, Russia and Ukraine will compete in International Program for the OIFF Grand Prix – 'The Golden Duke'. Four features, including much-anticipated biopic ‘Parajanov’, and twelve short films are nominated for the Ukrainian National Film Award.

    «In the selection process the OIFF program committee reviewed around 1000 films, many of them at international film festivals in Cannes, Berlin and Venice as well as film forums in Sofia, Warsaw, Locarno, Moscow, Plzen, Rotterdam and others. There were 650 film entries received, among which 182 from Ukraine» - told OIFF President Victoria Tigipko at the press-conference of the 4th Odessa International Film Festival.

    INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION OIFF 2013
    11 films were selected for the OIFF International Competition. The majority of the film directors are debutants or emerging filmmakers, nevertheless, they already collaborate with the leading actors of Europe, USA and Asia.

    The winner of the OIFF Grand Prix – 'The Golden Duke' for the best film of the International Competition will be awarded by tradition by audience. The International Jury will define the winners in the following categories: 'The Best Film', 'The Best Director' and 'The Best Actor'. The Jury consists of German actress Franziska Petri (‘Betrayal’); British producer of Harry Potter franchise TanyaSeghatchian (UK); film director, actress and teacher Nana Jorjadze (Georgia / Germany / Russia); as well as one of the most successful Ukrainian writers, Andrey Kurkov. Head of the International Competition Jury is the Ukrainian film producer Alexander Rodnyansky. The selected films are

    DOMESTIC director Adrian Sitaru, Romania, 2012, 85 min

    EAGLES director Dror Sabo, Israel, 2012, 99 min

    THE FUTURE director Alicia Scherson , Chile, Germany, Italy, Spain, 2013, 95 min

    THE GEOGRAPHER DRANK HIS GLOBE AWAY director Alexander Veledinsky, Russia, 2013, 100 min

    IN BLOOM directors Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Groß, Georgia, Germany, France, 2013, 102 min

    THE LIABILITY director Craig Viveiros, United Kingdom, 2012, 95 min

    THE LUNCHBOX director Ritesh Batra, India, France, Germany, 2013, 104 min

    THE NECESSARY DEATH OF CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN director Fredrik Bond, United States, 2013, 107 min

    OH BOY director Jan Ole Gerster, Germany, 2012, 88 min

    PARADJANOV co-directors Serge Avedikian, Olena Fetisova , Ukraine, France, Armenia, Georgia, 2013, 95 min

    TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT director Wojtek Smarzowski, Poland, 2013, 117 min


    UKRAINIAN NATIONAL FILM AWARD OIFF 2013
    The Jury of the Ukrainian National Film Award consists of film director, film critic and curator of the social-cinema projects Mark Cousins (UK); co-founder of the world's leading short film festival at Clermont-Ferrand Georges Bollon (France); Georgian producer Tamara Tatishvili; as well as Ukrainian film score composer Vadim Khrapachyov. Nominees in the feature section are:

    CREDENZA director Valentyn Vasyanovych, Ukraine, 2013, 90 min

    DELIRIUM director Ihor Podolchak, Ukraine, Czech Republic, 2012, 96 min

    I DON'T WANNA DIE director Alisa Pavlovskaya, Ukraine, Russia, 2013, 70 min

    PARADJANOV co-directors Serge Avedikian, Olena Fetisova, Ukraine, France, Armenia, Georgia, 2013, 95 min


    12 films compete in the shorts section of the Ukrainian National Film Award – including award-winning 'Nuclear Waste' by Myroslav Slaboshpytskyy (Silver Leopard at Locarno IFF, Grand-Prix at Kinoshok IFF); ‘Nympho’ by Oleg Borshchevskyi – Ukrainian probe at erotic movie; documentaries -independent project by Olexandr Techynskyy ‘Sirs and Misters’ and ‘Junk Edit’ by Dmytro Gluhenky. The majority of the selected films are debuts. Nominees in the shorts film section are:

    A DATE director Yevhen Matviyenko, Ukraine, 2011, 10 min

    CINEMA UKRAINE director Maksym Madonov, Ukraine, 2013, 13 min

    COMMEMORATION director Iryna Tsilyk, Ukraine, 2012, 24 min

    HELEN director Lesya Kalynska, United States, Ukraine, 2013, 20 min

    HUG director Philip Sotnychenko, Ukraine, 2013, 30 min

    NUCLEAR WASTE director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, Ukraine, 2012, 29 min

    NYMPHO director Oleg Borshchevsky, Ukraine, 2013, 20 min

    SCRAP METAL director Dmytro Glukhenky, Ukraine, 2012, 12 min

    SIRS AND MISTERS director Olexandr Techynsky, Ukraine, 2013, 35 min

    THE FIRST STEP IN THE CLOUDS director Alina Gorlova, Ukraine, 2012, 15 min

    THE WAY director Maxim Ksjonda, Ukraine, 2013, 20 min

    UKRAINIAN LESSONS director Ruslan Batytsky, Ukraine, 2012, 30 min


    Odessa International Film Festival (OIFF) was founded in 2010 and is supported by the Ukrainian State Film Agency, Odessa Regional State Administration and Odessa Mayor’s Office. The Festival is held under the patronage of the Odessa Region Governor Eduard Matviychuk.

     


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    12- day Gay and Lesbian Film Festival presents over 100 films and special appearances from filmmakers and actors.

    -Thursday, July 11, 2013 – Monday, July 22, 2013- Philadelphia, PA - June 12, 2013 –
    The 19th annual QFest hits Philadelphia with a lineup that promises to make the summer a bit steamier! Running July 11 through July 22,
    2013, the East Coast’s largest LGBT film festival will play host to over 100 films, filmmakers from across the globe, and a jam-packed schedule of events.

    With 108 films that include 46 feature films, 23 documentaries, and 39 shorts films, as well as 3 World Premieres, 4 East Coast Premieres and over 50 Philadelphia Premieres, QFest is showcasing the absolute best in LGBT cinema. As has become tradition for the festival, QFest will be also offering up films that touch on several hot button topics facing the LGBT community, immigration, sexual identity, addiction, and
    marriage equality.

    “While not prone to hyperbole, I have to say that this year’s selection is the best in many years,” says Ray Murray, Artistic Director for QFest. “Not only are there entertaining comedies and dramas from Philadelphia to around the world, there are amazing documentaries that examine queer politics and heart rendering family stories.
    We open with a pop high school coming out comedy and end with a stylish noir murder/mystery. And in between there are talking bears, murderous gay boys, slinky vampires, drug addiction, sex addiction, a politician who sees the light and a gay rugby player who becomes a national hero.”

    Opening Night kicks off July 11th at 7:15pm in Ritz East 1 with a screening of G.B.F.
    This light-hearted comedy involves the hottest new accessory trend among high school girls: a gay best friend. Directed by Darren Stein, the film features an all-star cast including Megan Mullally, Natasha Lyonne and Rebecca Gayheart.  Actors Paul Iacono, Xosha Roquemore, Taylor Frey will be in attendance.

    What’s an Opening Night without a party? Festival attendees are invited to head over to Lit Ultra Bar, 460 N. 2nd Street, from 9:30pm- 2:00am, for the official “Prom Night Gone Wild”

    Opening Night party, presented by TD Bank, tlagay.com, Lit Ultra Bar, Tavern on Camac, U Bar, and Underground Arts. Dance the night away with performances by Brittany Lynn and the Drag Mafia, along with hot bodied dancers dressed in their finest prom night attire. The night will end like any traditional prom would: with the crowning of the fiercest Prom Queen and her G.B.F.!

    QFest closes this year’s  festival on Sunday, July 21st with a screening of Hot Guys with Guns in Ritz East 1 at 7:15pm. The film, directed by Doug Spearman, is a thrilling murder mystery about a young man willing to go to great lengths to become an actor on his favorite TV show. Spearman will be in town with the film.

    As another year of amazing LGBT cinema comes to an end, festival goers are encouraged to attend the official Hot Guys with Guns Closing Night Party at Philly’s most talked about new venue, Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St, from 9:30pm- 2:00am. Presented by TD Bank, tlagay.com, Lit Ultra Bar, Tavern on Camac, U Bar, and Underground Arts, and hosted by Brittany Lynn and the Drag Mafia, the Closing Night Party will feature live music from the Philadelphia Freedom Band ensemble and local celebrity performances. Spearman and his Hot Guys with Guns posse will help bring the festival to a close in a blaze of glory!

    The Tavern Group, owners/operators of Tavern on Camac, U Bar, Upstairs Inn, terra restaurant, is the first-ever Gayborhood business to become a presenting sponsor of QFest. Philanthropists, business and life partners Stephen Carlino and Dennis Fee have supported the festival in the past but have increased their support this year at a crucial time when funding for arts and culture in general have been dramatically decreased. What’s more, QFest is excited to have TD Bank on board as a returning sponsor.

    “TD Bank is extremely proud and excited to sponsor QFest 2013. This event is a wonderful example of the investment in the LGBT community through film by depicting positive images and building LGBTA awareness in a fun and meaningful way,” said Robert Pompey, Head of Commercial Management Administration at TD Bank and Co-Chair of the bank’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Allies subcommittee.

    Tickets for single screenings can be purchased in advance at the William Way Center, 1315 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, or at the
    door for $11. A pass for 10 screenings can be purchased for $100. An All-Access pass, good for all screenings and parties, can be purchased for $240.

    This year’s Centerpiece Screenings are:

    • The Happy Sad: This narrative, directed by Rodney Evans, follows two couples, one black and one white, whose lives collide as they
           navigate open relationships and sexual identity. The film will be screened on Saturday, July 13th at 7:15pm in Ritz East 1. Director (and
           Temple University professor) Rodney Evans, screenwriter Ken Urban, and actors Leroy McClain and Cameron Scroggins will be in attendance.
    • Alice Walker: Beauty in the Truth: Directed by Pratibha Parmar, this feature documentary film follows the captivating story of Alice Walker, the first black woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize for her novel, The Color Purple. This film will be screened on Saturday, July 20th at 6:45 in Ritz East 1 and Sunday, July 21 at 2:45pm in Ritz East 2.  Director Pratibha Parmar will be in attendance.
    • Five Dances: A coming of age tale about a talented young man who comes to New York City on a dance scholarship and must overcome
           many obstacles in his life. Directed by Alan Brown. This film will be screened on Saturday, July 20th at 12:15pm in Ritz
           East 2. Director Alan Brown and actor Ryan Steele will be in attendance.
    • Animals: Directed by Marçal Forés , Animals is a story of teenage love, talking bears, tragedy and sacrifice among high school students. The film will be screened Thursday, July 18 at 7:15pm in Ritz East 1 and Friday, July 19th at 5:00pm in Ritz East 2.
    • Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?: Forty year old Anna sets out to recreate an old favorite film of hers, hoping the project will turn her life around before she hits rock bottom. This film will be screened on Saturday, July 13th at 7:15pm and Sunday, July 14th at 2:30pm in Ritz East 1. Director Anna Margarita Albelo will be in attendance.
    • The Go Doc Project: A young college grad plans to shoot a documentary about New York City go-go dancer, Go, in hopes to build a real
           life relationship with him. Directed by Cory Krueckeberg. This film will be screened on Saturday, July 13th at 9:15pm and Tuesday, July 16 at 5:00pm in Ritz East 1.

    This year’s QFest promises to deliver 12 days of cinematic magic from directors and producers driven by a desire for outstanding LGBT filmmaking. It is an event truly worth attending this July in Philadelphia.

    Screening locations for QFest 2013 are the Ritz East Theatre 1 and 2 and the Ritz at the Bourse. For more information on QFest, visit www.qfest.com or call 267.765.9800. And be sure to follow thefestival @QFEST on Twitter, and Facebook: www.facebook.com/qfestphilly.

    Says Murray, “Forget the shore –air conditioned Old City cinemas are the place to be this July!”

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    By Sheila Appleby Williams

    Albuquerque, New Mexico

     

    Oscar-winning actor/director/filmmaker, conservationist, Robert Redford, lent his megawatt star power and film festival acumen to the socially and environmentally conscious Albuquerque Film & Media Experience this past week.

     

    AFME’s weeklong itinerary showcased independent local and international movies, student-created digital media, art exhibits, film events as well as a series of “Intimate Conversations” with socially conscious and relevant actors, directors and producers at local venues.

     

     

    Native American actor, Wes Studi (Dances with Wolves, Last of the

    Mohicans, Geronimo) was interviewed in the backroom of O’Niell’s Irish pub by Breaking Bad’s Steven Michael Quezada and had some hard hitting responses to questions about Native Americans in film and the media.

     

     

    We caught a screening of Affair of the Heart, a surprisingly touching look at the 80’s pop star, Rick Springfield (Jesse’s Girl) and the emotional connection with his devoted fans. Director/producer, Sylvia Caminer, spoke to the audience at the Lobo Theatre, about her choice of subject (her film partner is a die hard Springfield fan) and the effort involved in creating this multi-award winning documentary.

     

     

    “We wanted this to be an experience for the entire community,” said Lainie Sevante Quirk, co-founder of AFME.  Quirk said she and co-founder, hospitality industry guru, Ivan Wiener (former Executive Producer of the Albuquerque Film Festival) worked on the project for nearly eight months.

     

    Sevante Quirk said the idea stemmed from her travels around the world and seeing how TV and film put Albuquerque on the map. “I would tell people that I met overseas that I was from Albuquerque and they would immediately connect it to ‘Breaking Bad,’ ” she says. “We saw this as a chance to keep Albuquerque in the global spotlight and try to make amazing alliances with other countries.”

     

    Friday nights “An Evening with Robert Redford and Special Guests” was a sold out event (at $100 per person) and featured an informal interview and conversation with Robert Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Art.  The two Bobs have worked together for the past 10 years and their camaraderie and mutual respect forged a very relaxed dialogue. 

     

    The week long festival included industry-focused panel discussions, intimate conversations (guest interviews), after parties, receptions, lounge and happy hour schmoozing and music performances.  

     

    Thomas Dolby (She blinded me with Silence), kicked off the AFME with excerpts from his first film, The Invisible Lighthouse, followed by a live performance at the LOBO Theatre.

     

    German American Artist, Sibylle Szaggars Redford (wife of Robert), gave an art performance “The Way of the Rain,” in collaboration with Icelandic musician David Thor Jonsson, followed by a Pulizer Prize winning essay reading by Mr. Redford.

     

    Its not surprising, following the success of this year’s inaugural event, that Ms. Quirk is already making plans for next year’s film experience, “We want to create a great relationship with various countries,” she says. “Next year, we’re looking to add a lot more international films and programming.”


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    Raising the curtain at the 34th Durban International Film Festival, which is principally funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, is the challenging and evocative, yet humorous film, Of Good Report, from South African director Jahmil XT Qubeka. In what he describes as “a passionate homage to classic film noir”, Qubeka’s latest offering, which has its world premiere at the festival on July 18, tells the sombre tale of a small-town high-school teacher with a penchant for young girls. The director’s third feature is an hypnotically engaging journey into the soul of a mentally troubled man.

     

    The trouble for Parker Sithole (Mothusi Magano) begins when he accepts an invitation to a drinking session at the local tavern. Here, he meets the undeniably gorgeous Nolitha Ngubane (Petronella Tshuma). Captivated by her beauty, Parker experiences an ecstasy he’s never known before and truly feels like a man reborn. From this mutual attraction, an illicit affair ensues. However, there ’s just one problem: the beautiful Nolitha is one of Parker’s pupils and just sixteen years old. Parker quickly spirals into a deep obsession that ultimately turns to a tragedy.

     

    Six months later, the sociopathic Parker has moved on from his previous job. Trudging along the barren landscape, he stumbles upon an opportunity for a fresh start. According to a caption on an old strewn newspaper, there is a shortage of teachers in Zimbabwe. A qualified educator like him shouldn't struggle to find a post; after all, he does come ‘of good report’.

     

    In Qubeka’s words, Of Good Report, which is produced by Mike Auret and Luzuko Dilima (Spier Films), “is a serial killer origins story about how a social misfit turns into an inadequate man hell-bent on satisfying his shameful lust. It is Little Red Riding Hood, told from the wolf’s perspective.”

     

    The director of television programmes and documentaries for production houses such as Ochre Media and Urban Brew Studios, Qubeka’s documentary and feature film work has screened at festivals around the world. He has directed Talk to Me, an hour-long HIV/Aids documentary special with Sesame Street New York, which won the Peabody Award for best Actuality Programming. He also produced the low budget feature film uMalusi, which was released by Ster Kinekor in March 2009. His second feature, A Small Town Called Descent enjoyed its world premiere at the 31st Durban International Film Festival, and won the Founders' Award for Narrative Feature at the Pan African Film Festival.201

     

    Says Peter Machen, newly appointed manager of the Durban International Film Festival: “We are extremely happy to be opening DIFF 2013 with Jahmil's brave and remarkable film. Of Good Report does so much more than simply telling a South African story – the film redefines the local filmmaking landscape and extends the language of African filmmaking while acknowledging the rich history of global cinema”.

     

    The Durban International Film Festival takes place from July 18 – 28, 2013. The Festival includes 170 theatrical screenings, a full seminar/workshop programme as well as the Wavescape Film Festival and industry initiatives: the 6th Talent Campus Durban (in cooperation with the Berlin Talent Campus) and the 4th Durban FilmMart (the co-production market in partnership with the Durban Film Office), with the Wild Talk Africa Festival taking place in the city from July 23 to 26. For more information go to www.durbanfilmfestival.co.za

     

    The 34th Durban International Film Festival is organised by the Centre for Creative Arts (University of KwaZulu-Natal) with support by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (principal funder), National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism, City of Durban, German Embassy, Goethe Institut, Industrial Development Corporation, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture, and a range of other valued partners.

     


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    Nominacje Festiwalu:

    - „Najlepszy film fabularny dziecięcego studia telewizyjnego”;

    - „Najlepszy film dokumentalny dziecięcego studia telewizyjnego”;

    - „Najlepszy program telewizyjny dziecięcego studia telewizyjnego”;

    - „Najlepszy program wiadomości dziecięcego studia telewizyjnego”;

    - „Najlepszy film animowany studia dziecięcego”;

    - „Najlepszy program radiowy studia dziecięcego”;

    - „Najlepszy program telewizyjny dla dzieci”;

    - „Najlepszy film dla dzieci”;

    - Nagroda CIFEJ (nagroda Międzynarodowego Centrum dla Dzieci i Młodzieży);

    - „Samorządy lokalne – to My! ” (specjalna nominacja przy wsparciu Rady Europy. Preferowane będą prace, odzwierciedlające uświadomienie roli i specyfiki samorządów lokalnych oraz opowiadające o udziale młodzieży w podejmowaniu decyzji o charakterze lokalnym).

    - najlepszy reżyser;

    - najlepszy operator;

    - najlepszy prowadzący;

    - najlepszy dziennikarz telewizyjny;

    - najlepszy aktor.

     

    Prace będą przyjmowane do 15 sierpnia 2013 roku. Udział w Festiwalu jest nieodpłatny.

    W Festiwalu mogą uczestniczyć wyłącznie prace, które powstały w okresie od sierpnia 2012 po sierpień 2013 roku.

    Finaliści zostaną zaproszeni do Charkowa, gdzie od 25 do 28 września 2013 roku przejdzie Gala Finałowa Festiwalu.

    Dla udziału w Festiwalu należy złożyć:

    - wniosek o udział w Festiwalu, który należy wypełnić oddzielnie na każdą pracę;

    - płytę z nagraniem pracy konkursowej (pliki wideo należy nagrywać w formacie MPEG-2 lub AVI, pliki audio – w formacie .mp3). Trwałość prac – do 30 min. Trwałość prac w nominacji „Najlepszy film dla dzieci” - do 120 minut.

    Dla wszystkich finalistów w okresie imprez Festiwalu zapewniamy zakwaterowanie i wyżywienie. Nie będzie możliwy udział prac wideo w finałowym etapie Festiwalu przy nieobecności ich autorów albo ich pełnomocników.

     

    Wnioski i prace dla udziału w Festiwalu należy wysyłać pod adresem:

    Ukraina, 61002, м. Харків, вул. Сумська, 64, кімн. 96.

     (61002, m. Charków, ul. Sumska 64, pok. 96)

    Informacje można uzyskać dzwoniąc pod numery: (057) 700-53-05, 050-401-36-02.

    E-mail: pressa@oblrada.kharkov.ua

    http://fest.dytiatko.org.ua


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    CRAIC GAY & LESBAN FILM FESTIVAL

     

    The 3rd annual Craic Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (CGLFF) in partnership with the Irish Arts Center is scheduled for Friday, June 21st. at the Irish Arts Center (553 W. 51st) during PRIDE week in Manhattan. This year CGLFF is collaborating with the GAZE Film Festival. Gaze now in its twenty-first year, is Ireland's premier LGBT film festival. GAZE is a proud supporter of Irish film and is delighted to present this program of Irish LGBT short films at the Craic Fest. Presented by Tullamore Dew Whiskey and

    Tourism Ireland

     

    The CGLFF is a one-night festival of films by Irish gay and lesbian filmmakers based in the New York City area as well as award winning short films from Ireland. The program will include a combination of short documentaries and live action comedy shorts.

     

    The program of films will run from 7:00-8:30pm. The event will end with a reception from 8:30-10:30pm with complimentary Tullamore Dew and PBR will be served.

     

    Founded in 1998 the CRAIC Festival annually presents cinema and music that has a Celtic connection to the New York City and tri-state region. “We are delighted to be collaborating with Gaze and the Irish Arts Center in bringing the best of Irish film to New York, we’re delighted to see CGLFF expand in the right direction” says Terence Mulligan, Director of The Craic.

     

    CGLFF will screen award winning short films from Ireland such as Oddity and Somebody’s People. For further information contact 646-549-1349. Advance tickets

    at Ovationtix.com. Full lineup at ww.Thecraicfest.com

     


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    QuantumConvex International proudly announces the first edition of INAMOVIE (Indonesia International Movie Industry Expo). – a benchmark Indonesian film industry event to be held in Jakarta and Bali (edition 2014) in Southeast Asia, September 25th-27th 2013 at the Ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta Pacific Place. The first edition focus will be on France as Guest Country and will include the world’s leading film festivals held in France annually and include The Cannes Film Festival, Annecy the leading international animation festival and Clermond-Ferrand the number one short film festival.

    An international delegation and some keynote speakers will share their knowledge about the film industry, international co-production, festival strategy, marketing best practices, programming and knowledge with INAMOVIE audience and participants.

    INAMOVIE is targeting a including creative, development, production, post-production, distribution, marketing and education. Positioning itself to become in the short term the largest film market and conference in South East Asia quickly gaining broad support from Indonesian and international players within the film and contributing industries.

    A premiere international event. INAMOVIE will bring together the Indonesian and international film industry experts, an international delegation with the main exhibition including a film market, business forum, conference, workshops, and movie screenings all under one roof and exclusive venue; the Ritz Carlton is known to have the highest standards.

    This historic announcement took place at the world’s number one film festival Festival de Cannes made in Le Grand Hotel Cannes – La Plage 45 during the Indonesian Cinema Cocktail Party given by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia in attendance. Over 200 film professionals joined including Indonesian and international film directors, filmmakers, producers and media.

    Cokorda Istri Dewi, (Special envoy of the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia) accompanied by Harya K. Sidhartha, (Indonesian Consul General in Marseille France), Armein Firman (Director of Development Film Industry of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia), Harry Simon (Indonesian Motion Picture Producer Association), Toton Hutomi, (CEO of PT QuantumConvex International), INAMOVIE founders and organizers, as well as Marcella Zalianty and Happy Salma, two famous Indonesian artists who became the spokespersons of INAMOVIE. Also present was Novrisal Dimas, MT, representatives from the University of Mercu Buana Jakarta, Prof. Nunung Prajarto, MA, PhD from the University of Gajah Mada, Guillaume Catala of East West Synergy

    Also confirmed at Cannes is the new alliance the international partnerships Bruno Chatelin CCO (Chief Creative Officer of Inamovie) of Filmfestivals.com based in Paris, France and Laurie Gordon (Director of International Relations Inamovie) of Musivision films based in Montreal, Canada who will bring their international experience in film events and animation, open their network and contribute to the vision as well as spearhead the structuring and implementation of the INAMOVIE conference, programming and satellite events.

    INAMOVIE is located in one of Indonesia’s major tourist destinations and will be presented as a potential filming location, which will increase a synergy between the Indonesian film industry, international film producers and tourism. With its unique geographical position, strategy and population of over 235 million people with the world’s fastest growing economy overtaking Beijing and will easily expanding its regional and global markets. Natural wealth and diversity of Indonesian culture reinforces this potential, as evidenced by the increasing number of international cooperation with the filming took place in Indonesia and involving Indonesian talent.

    Closing remarks of Cokorda Istri Dewi states: “The official launch of INAMOVIE in the international arena of Festival de Cannes adds a sense of pride and shows the world that Indonesia has a huge potential for growth in the sector of film industry and is expected to expand the network of cooperation as well as the market for the Indonesian film industry”.

    Contact : Tedy Tricahyono Email: tedytri@inamovie.co.id Cel : +62 812 133 500 73

    About QuantumConvex International
    QuantumConvex International media industry and MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Convention, Exhibition) the Organizers of Inamovie was founded by Toton Hutomi.

    The company has built a solid reputation in hosting numerous national and international events and welcoming the likes of President Obama…

    The company schedules 15 to 20 exhibitions, conferences and professional events in Indonesia a year.

    Toton HutomiQCI CEO declared “When I first met with Tedy Tricahyono a few years ago we shared the same desire to launch an event that would allow our country to enter a new stage, when we met Bruno Chatelin and Laurie Gordon in Cannes to whom we asked to join us, we knew we could could make it happen. Our mission is to elevate the level of knowledge , expertise and connectivity of our Industry. It is time for us to showcase our creativity and enter the world industry at large as the new potential partner.”

    QCI References:
    Listed below are only a few
    * The 19th ASEAN Summit & Related Summits, Bali – Indonesia, November 2011 (attended by: Barack Obama & Hillary Clinton)

    * Opening & Closing Ceremony Indonesian National Games (PON), September 2012, Pekan Baru – Indonesia

    * UFI (The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry) Open Seminar in Asia, February 2013, Jakarta – Indonesia

    * Jakarta Creative Week Exhibition & Conference, June 2013, Jakarta – Indonesia

    About Bruno Chatelin

    Bruno Chatelin, HEC 1977 alumni, began his marketing career with large international Advertising Agencies: Intermarco – Publicis, DMM Masius and JWT.

    He became a film distributor in 1985 working in France for Sony then for UGC FOX from 1995 (Marketing Director and Managing Director) he has launched over 150 films grossing some 830m€ at the Box Office.

    He co founded filmfestivals.com and fest21.com web portal and social network listing festivals worldwide.

    He runs a consulting boutique Major Buzz Factory specialized in online marketing for the entertainment and founded a film Production company Emotion Film Factory where he produced Ensemble a short film by Mohamed Fekrane which won in Cannes 2011.

    Prior to this he ran a Film School and Film Studio in Cherbourg and a TV production company in Tunisia in partnership with Endemol where he produced “who wants to be a millionaire”, for ENTV the national TV in Algeria.

    He currently serves as elected Board Member of European Film Academy (EFA Awards…) which is chaired by Wim Wenders, he is an advisory Board Member at IFFS International Film Festival Summit.

    He served as Jury member in many important film events : Jury President of Deir-el-Qamar short film festival in Lebanon, President and Producer of Fastrack 2005 Students International Short Film Competition in Cherbourg, Co Producer and co chair of the European Holywood Awards in Los Angeles, Jury member at several festivals Funchal, Festival Pris de Courts Paris, Fantasporto Porto, ECU, CINERGIA Lodz, Bahamas, Off de Cannes …

    A regular panelist and moderator

    Cannes Film Festival 2004-2011, Locarno Film Festival 2008: Producer of the “Future of Cinema Salon” series of panels.

    FAS Screen Training Ireland: Screen Leaders “Which business models”

    Moderator and speaker at Mediawave 2011 Film Festival forum in Zombathely, Vilnius Festival 2011 and , Berlin.

    Tedy Bruno Laurie and Toton

    About Laurie Gordon

    Laurie is a filmmaker, producer and director, founder of Musivision Films with a focus on animation. She has worked with masters of animation and prepares a series of documentaries on several Oscar winners and Nominees Animation Masters. She joins the project as Director of International Relations.

    The team in Cannes

    Tedy, Wydia and Toton guarding their Booth at th eInternational Village in Cannes (Pantiero)

    Make no mistake, DO NOT MISS this inaugural event.


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    Moments forts

    Rendez-vous of the day

    10:30 am: Screening of Pinocchio

    12:15 pm: Feature at Noon: Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return and Pinocchio, with the film crew

    8:00 pm: Awards ceremony – see you at 10:00 pm to discover the award-winners. Follow the award ceremony live on #annecyfestival

    10:15 pm: Closing party

     


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    Maria Conchita Alonso Actress Maria Conchita Alonso attends the Peace Over Violence's 37th Annual Humanitarian Awards at the Beverly Hills Hotel on November 7, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California.

    The day began with masterclass ‘Words in Motion’ with Robert Alderingk Thijm, followed by ‘In Conversations With’ with veteran actress Maria Conchita Alonso and masterclass ‘The Hollywood Indie’ with Hollywood bigwig producer Randall Emmett (Empire State, 2013). Randall spoke on panel with Hollywood Reporter's Stephen Galloway. They discussed Randall's journey of film production from his days as a maverick indie film producer to becoming one of Hollywood's most prolific producers (Rambo, 2008; Bad Lieutenant Port of Call, 2009; Broken City, 2013; Empire State, 2013). In his youth, Randall used to go from producing shoestring budget indies and assisting at talent agencies until his final big break. Today, Randall’s producing resume includes over 75 films. When asked by Galloway what his secret to producing was, Emmett replied: “I think you have to be uncomfortable to do your best work. Being uncomfortable forces you to do your best.” When asked what his most inspirational films were growing up, Emmett named Scarface and Raging Bull.

    An eclectic list of films screened at night from short films to documentaries and features. Director Cullen Hoback screened his much debated film Terms and Conditions May Apply. Hoback attended a contentious Q & A after the screening, stating this about the response to his film: "We had a strong turnout and an enthusiastic audience. The issues surrounding digital privacy are a global issue, and it was great to see so many people in Aruba concerned and motivated by the film." Hoback is receiving international critical acclaim for his film, being compared to nonconformist documentarian filmmakers Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock.

    A double feature of bloody psychological thriller films (Raze and Mine Games) confirmed there was no shortage of the color red on this 4th of July. Raze recently held its world premier at TriBeCa in April. The film was attended by director Josh C. Walls, actress/producer Zoe Bell and actress Tracie Thoms.

    Following Raze, the film crew of Mine Games, by director Richard Gray, was attended by emerging stars Briana Evigan (Step Up) and Joseph Cross (Lincoln). Richard Gray said this after screening to an Aruban audience: “What an amazing experience, the locals and filmmakers were all so generous and supportive. To have Briana Evigan and Joe Cross a part of this and seeing Mine Games on the big screen for the first time was a once in a lifetime experience. We love Aruba International Film Festival."

    Other films screened: The Caribbean Spotlight Series section- Abo So (Only You) by Juan Francisco Pardo and Ring the Alarm by directors Storm Saulter, Michelle Serieux, Nile Saulter. Shorts Films- Back of Beyond by Leonardo Aguirre; Captain T & T by Christopher Guinness; El Jardineiro by Jo Henriquez; Kung Fu Grandma by Jeong-One Park; Las Lagrimas by Pablo Delgado; Matilde by Vito Palmieri; Passage by Karim Mortimer; Soup A Pye by Karine Gama. Documentaries- Finding Hillywood by Leah Warshawski and Chris Towey; Little World by Marcel Barrena. International feature- The Rocket by Kim Mordaunt

    The AIFF 4th of July after party took place at the Sand Bar from 23:00- 1:00am.

    -OFFICIAL AIFF PRESS RELEASE-


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    34th Durban International Film Festival (July 18-28, 2013)

     

    The 34th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, with principal funding by the National Lottery Development Trust Fund, has finalized selection of participants for the 6thedition of the Talent Campus Durban which takes place from 19 to 23 July.

     

    Forty African filmmakers and film experts will come together in Durban to be inspired and enlightened in the medium and industry of cinema. The programme provides the selected participants with a unique opportunity to meet with international industry professionals, experts and mentors in various aspects of the filmmaking business through participation in a 5-day programme of masterclasses, workshops and industry networking events.

     

    This year’s candidates, chosen from over 450 submissions, hail from 15 different African countries, including Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, and Uganda. Participants will be also be able to attend the DIFF.

     

    Running in parallel to the general Festival programme, this year’s Talent Campus Durban will offer three hands-on training programmes: Doc Station  which will focus on documentary-making, Talent Press which is dedicated to film criticism and Script Station which will foster story development. 

     

    For the third consecutive year, Doc Station will offer three selected Talents the opportunity to refine and polish documentary projects for pitching at the 4th Durban FilmMart’s DOC Circle. Meanwhile, Talent Press will mentor four African journalists in the art of film criticism with access to all the screenings of the 34th Durban International Film Festival. This initiative, promoted in collaboration with FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) and the Goethe Institute of South Africa, will welcome film writing experts Didi Cheeka (Nigeria), Espera Donouvossi (Benin and South Africa), Leon Van Nierop (South Africa) and Katarina Hederen (Ethiopia and South Africa) as  programme mentors.

     

    For the first time, Script Station will offer the opportunity to four selected writers to develop their stories in the Writers Circle, while being mentored by qualified script editors Tracey Lee Dearham-Raniers and Karima Effendi. This new activity is presented in collaboration with the NFVF’s Sediba SPARK Scriptwriting workshop.

     

    In 2013, the Talent Campus Durban theme is “Memetic Africa?” highlighting and interrogating the continent of Africa as a source of myriad narratives which offer possibilities to be re-imagined, re-told, overlapped and adapted within numerous contexts.

     

    Talent Campus Durban is presented in partnership with the Berlinale Talent Campus, with support from the German Embassy of South Africa, the Goethe-Institut of South Africa, and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism. Through the international programme, which extends to Talent Campuses in Buenos Aires, Guadalajara, Sarajevo and Tokyo, as well as Durban, participants are initiated into a global community of filmmakers and connected via a wide social network operated through the Berlinale.

     

    Talent Campus Durban 2013:

    Drifa Mezenner (Algeria), Pierre Loti Tawokam Simo (Cameroon), Tumbo John Wani (Democratic Republic of Congo), Alia Hassab (Egypt), Kamal Elmallakh (Egypt), Dawit Zewedu (Ethiopia), Hiwot Getaneh (Ethiopia), Anita Afonu (Ghana), Joseph Wairimu (Kenya), Mercy Mkaiwawi Mwakaba (Kenya), Sarah Muhoho (Kenya), Ng’endo Mukii (Kenya), Saad Eddine Said (Morocco), Inadelso Cossa (Mozambique), Oshosheni Hiveluah (Namibia), Aderinsola Ajao (Nigeria), Adeyinka Edward Daniyan (Nigeria), Kayambi Musafiri (Rwanda), Thiaw Rama (Senegal), Antoinette Engel (South Africa), Ari Kruger (South Africa), Caitlin Pansegrouw (South Africa), Dylan Bosman (South Africa), Howard Fyvie (South Africa), Katey Lee Carson (South Africa), Maanda Ntsandeni (South Africa), Nduduzo Shandu (South Africa), Nosipho Sharon Mngoma (South Africa), Pierre Paul De Villiers (South Africa), Rolisizwe Nikiwe (South Africa) Siphamandla Ngcobo (South Africa), Siphiwe Dominic Mpanza (South Africa), Sivela Mgudu (South Africa), Zethu Mashika (South Africa), Zwelethu Radebe (South Africa), Ahmed Jlassi (Tunisia), Narjes Torchani (Tunisia), Nathan Magoola (Uganda), Polly Kamukama (Uganda) ,Tapiwa Chipfupa (Zimbabwe).


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    JULY 6&7, 2013. DAY 5&6 of the 4th ANNUAL ARUBA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    The final screenings of the 4th edition of AIFF were held at the Caribbean theater.

    Screenings included: the Winners of AIFF 2013 Jury Award Aruba Flavor BACK OF BEYOND by Leo Aguirre; Caribbean Spotlight Series film BRECHA EN EL SILENCIO by Luis & Andrés Rodríguez; Audience Award Aruba Flavor THE SHADOWS ARE SHINING by Ken Wolff; Caribbean Spotlight Series ABO SO by Francisco Pardo; La Globovida by Lucía Gimenez Viloria; ANINA by Alfredo Soderguit; Peruvian director Adrián Saba’s THE CLEANER (‘El Limpiador’, 2012); the Puerto Rican short film BROKEN by directors Juan Agustín Marquéz and Andres Anglade; A PERFECT MAN by Kees Von Oostrum; BORN TO HATE by Habib Faisal; Randall Emmett’s film EMPIRE STATE directed by Dito Montiel; STEEKSPEL (Tricked), Tribeca Films THE EXIT ROOM by Todd Wiseman, Jr.; RAZE by Josh C Waller; ANGELS IN EXILE (narrated by Oscar-winner Charlize Theron) by Billy Raftery; CAPTAIN T&T followed by THE ROCKET by Kim Mordaunt; THE HOT FLASHES by director Susan Seidelman (Desperately Seeking Susan) with actress and AIFF ambassador Virginia Madsen. The screening to close the festival was CHILDREN OF THE WIND by Daphne Schmon followed by a Q&A with the director.

    Sunset on the 4th AIFF took place on the beach in front of the Divi Golf Resort when stuntwoman actress Zoe Bell and actress Tracie Thoms from RAZE held stunt classes to young aspiring local talent. An intimate class of twenty students attended the class with journalists and festival guests. It was indeed a highlight of this year’s festival and the perfect ending to this year’s AIFF edition.

    On July 7, 2013, the film festival closed with a sunset tour of the island by catamaran, a tour hosted by the Aruba Tourism Authority.

    For more information on the 4th AIFF visit us: http://2hands20fingers.com

    -OFFICIAL AIFF PRESS RELEASE-


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    In September, the CIFEJ Days in Ukraine will be held for the first time during the 5th International Children's Television Festival «Dytiatko» (Days of the International Centre of Films for Children and Youth). Among the activities a 5-day workshop on animation, documentary and short live action for youth in Kharkiv is planned to be hold. A workshop under the guidance of famous  trainer, an expert in children's television and animation, a member of the CIFEJ Board, director Maikki Kantola (Maija Kirsti Markareetta Kantola) from Finland.


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    The 13th annual Tchechische Filmwoche– Week of Czech Film, which is organised by the Czech Center in Munich in cooperation with the Czech Film Center, the Finále Plzeň festival and AG Kurzfilm, begins today in Munich, Germany. The screenings, which will continue until 14 July, will introduce the German film public to a selection of recent Czech films that were successful in festivals at home and abroad and were not distributed in Germany. The guests of this year’s film week will be the Czech documentary director David Vondráček and cameraman Jan Kadeřábek.

    The presentation will get underway this evening in Munich’s Arena Filmtheater with David Ondříček’s film In the Shadow, which received 9 Czech Lion awards in 2012, starring Ivan Trojan and German actor Sebastian Koch.

    Another of the films being shown is director Jan Hřebejk’s Garbage, the City and Death, based on a play by Reiner Werner Fassbinder, which tells the story of Romi, a prostitute played by Gabriela Míčová, who won a Czech Lion award and the Best Actress award at the Czech Film Critic Awards.

    The presentation will also screen the winning picture at this year’s Finále Plzeň festival, Flower Buds by Zdeněk Jiráský, the controversial My Dog Killer by director Mira Fornay and the directorial debut of Richard Řeřicha, Don’t Stop.

    Czech documentary filmmaking is represented in the programme by David Vondráček’s film Love in the Grave about two homeless people who found a home in an abandoned graveyard in Prague’s Strašnice district and the documentary Karel Reisz – A Life of Film about a Director of Czech origin who stood at the birth of a movement that inspired the French and the Czech new wave.

    The films are supplemented by the so called Fein.KOšt, programme of Czech and German short films selected by the Czech Film Center in cooperation with AG Kurzfilm, a concert by the Brno group Fiordmoss and a film brunch with director David Vondráček.

     

    ORGANISERS:

    Munich’s Czech Center is an allowance organisation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It presents the Czech Republic at events from the area of culture and science in the south of Germany.

    Münchner Volkshochschule is the largest communal educational institution in Europe.

    Ahoj Nachbarn e. V. is an association founded in 2005. Its main goal is the support of cultural cooperation between the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

    The 13th Week of Czech Film arose with the kind support of the Cultural Department of the City of Munich and through the long-standing sponsorship of the official partner, the Staropramen brewery.


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    The Sebastiane Latino Award will applaud a film released in the previous year to best represent sexual and gender diversity

    This year’s San Sebastian International Film Festival will include the presentation of the first Sebastiane Latino Award, an award given by the association Gehitu to the Latin American feature film released in the previous year that best represents lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual vindications and values.

    This award emerges as a natural spin-off from the Sebastiane Award, a prize granted by Gehitu for 14 years as a recognition to the production that best reflect sexual and gender diversity in the different sections of the San Sebastian Festival. However, the Sebastiane Latino overshoots these borders to applaud the best Latin American film, whether or not it has been screened at the Festival.

    The Jury for both awards is made up of members of Gehitu, the Basque Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Bisexual Association, and enjoys close collaboration with the San Sebastian Festival team.

    The Sebastiane Latino Award stems from a cultural proximity with Latin America and from the dedication to its cinema by the Zinemaldi, as vouched for by its “Horizontes latinos” and “Films in Progress” sections. Also drawing on this proximity and on the repercussion of an International Festival such as San Sebastian, our aim is to take a hand in ensuring that the values of respect and sexual freedom gain ground against male chauvinism and intolerance in Ibero-America.

    The jury will consider productions that support the LGTB community. Although only one of these works will be chosen, the idea is that the selected work will lend support and recognition to all of the people who have made them possible, and that it will help to raise the voice of the ever-increasing number of films in defence of LGTB people.


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    Another first for the Victoria Film Festival this year is the introduction of a new summer camp. Targeted at youth ages 11-14, Shoot the Write Stuff aims to take camp participants filmmaking skills to the next level with mentoring and feedback from professional filmmakers. Day one, students shoot a short film. Throughout the week, they receive mentoring and feedback on their work from real world professionals to hone their skills. By the end, students will reshoot their work implementing what they’ve learned and screen it to the class and their parents.

    “We are thrilled to have local filmmakers come on board and help us with this new initiative,” says MaryAnne Dieno Outreach and Development Coordinator for the Victoria Film Festival. “For the full five days, Barbara Hager of Arrow Productions will be facilitating the class with three other mentors assisting the students.”

    Hager, an award-winning filmmaker, has amassed a long list of film credits. Among many of her projects, Hager produced, directed and hosted The New Canoe, an Aboriginal arts and culture series which aired on CHUM, CTV's A-Channel and APTN for eight years as well as two seasons of Down2Earth (APTN, NITV), an Aboriginal environmental series that airs on APTN (Canada) and NITV (Australia). The series won the 2011 Environmental Media Award for best green documentary series in Canada. Currently, Hager is developing a one-hour documentary about urban deer titled Jane Doe: The Tale of an Urban Deer, with support from KCTS9 (PBS Seattle).

    Along with Hager will be award-winning screenwriter BD Young, CineVic’s own Executive Director and independent filmmaker, Bryan Skinner and local cinematographer Karl Schoepp.

    The Festival introduced the camp this summer as a new initiative to keep youth involved and interested in film throughout the year. “The Victoria Film Festival's mandate has always included education and by launching our first Summer Camp we will directly support youth in using the tools to create and understand the medium,” says Kathy Kay, Victoria Film Festival Director. To further support this mandate, Arrow Productions and the Victoria Film Festival will also be awarding a scholarship to a First Nations youth to participate in the week long camp.

    Shoot the Write Stuff will be held at the St. Michael’s University Senior Campus (Richmond Street). The camp runs July 29th to August 2nd from 9:00am to 4:00pm and participants are asked to bring a lunch. The camp is open to ages 11-14 and no previous film experience is required. Cost is $225 per student. Please call 250-389-0444 for more information, or visit www.victoriafilmfestival.com to register online. Space is limited.


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    The 36th Annual 2013 Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF13) commence July 24-August 3, at New York City venues. Presented by Asian Cinevision, this year’s festival will showcase 34 feature films (premieres, presentations, 3D), workshop session, music videos, shorts, and screenplay presentations, awards ceremony, opening and closing night gala receptions.

    AAIFF13 Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing Premieres are LINSANITY, directed Evan Jackson, Wednesday, July 24, 7:30PM at Asia Society; SOONGAVA (Dance of the Orchids), directed by Subarna Thapa, Saturday, July 27, 8:00PM at New York Institute of Technology; and OUR HOMELAND, directed by Yang Yonghi, Saturday, August 3, 7:00PM at Asia Society. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 1.212.989.0017 or visit http://aaiff.org.

    *AAIFF13 Full Slate of Films

    Watch AAIFF13 Slate of Films Trailer
     


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