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    Film Festival recognizes 80+ of the best wildlife and nature films

     

    The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, (JHWFF) the premier event of its genre, has announced the 2015 finalists for its 13th biennial Festival. Winners will be unveiled in Jackson, Wy at the Grand Teton Awards Gala on Thursday, October 1st, 2015. The awards are one part of a five-day industry conference hosted at the Jackson Lake Lodge in the Grand Teton National Park, September 28-October 2, 2015, that attracts the leading filmmakers, organizations, scientists, broadcasters, and visionaries engaged in conservation and wildlife media. This year’s submissions in the prestigious competition included nearly 1,000 category entries, a record number, competing for 23 special awards. This year’s finalists were selected by over 150 international judges who viewing 3200 hours of media. A distinguished panel of international judges immediately preceding the Festival will select the 2015 award winners. Finalists in Best Sound and Special Consideration will be announced shortly. Click attachment below to see full list of finalists: CONTENT CATEGORIES: Best Animal Behavior Program Brothers in Blood: The Lions of Sabi Sand Aquavision Television Productions Disneynature Monkey Kingdom Disneynature Life Story – First Steps BBC Natural History Unit, BBC Worldwide, Discovery, France TV and The Open University Best Wildlife Habitat Program Africa’s Giant Killers Icon Films in association with Natural History Film Unit Botswana, BBC and Animal Planet Congo- Deep and Dangerous (Ep. 1) Doclights GmbH/NDR Naturfilm; Blue Planet Film, NDR, ARTE, ORF, WDR and National Geographic WILD Vanishing Kings A co-production by ORF, Interspot Film, ARTE, Smithsonian Networks, into nature productions and Boksdocs Best Conservation Program (sponsored by Tangled Bank Studios) I Bought a Rainforest KEO Films/The Open University for BBC Two Racing Extinction Oceanic Preservation Society, Presented by Okeanos - Foundation for the Sea and the Discovery Channel. In association with Vulcan Productions, Earth Day Texas, JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs, and Insurgent Media The Messenger Songbirdsos Productions Inc. and Films À Cinq/ARTE France Best People & Nature Program (sponsored by The Nature Conservancy) I Bought a Rainforest KEO Films/The Open University for BBC Two India’s Wandering Lions Ammonite Ltd., Kosmik Global Pvt. Ltd., Earth Touch and Discovery Communications India Natural World: The Bat Man of Mexico Windfall Films Racing Extinction Oceanic Preservation Society, Presented by Okeanos - Foundation for the Sea and the Discovery Channel. In association with Vulcan Productions, Earth Day Texas, JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs, and Insurgent Media Best Science and Nature Program (Sponsored by Marco Polo Films) License to Krill DOX Productions Ltd, Films á Cinq, Arte France in association with NOVA/WGBH Racing Extinction Oceanic Preservation Society, Presented by Okeanos - Foundation for the Sea and the Discovery Channel. In association with Vulcan Productions, Earth Day Texas, JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs, and Insurgent Media THIN ICE—The Inside Story of Climate Science DOX Productions, Oxford University and Victoria University, Wellington Conservation Hero (Sponsored by World Wildlife Fund) E.O. Wilson—Of Ants and Men Shining Red Productions, Inc. for PBS Natural World: The Bat Man of Mexico Windfall Films Racing Extinction Oceanic Preservation Society, Presented by Okeanos - Foundation for the Sea and the Discovery Channel. In association with Vulcan Productions, Earth Day Texas, JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs, and Insurgent Media Tiger Tiger George Butler/White Mountain Films PROGRAM CATEGORIES: Best Educational/Institutional Program (Sponsored by North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences) An Elephants Tale: The Matriarch Wildlife Conservation Society Disneynature Monkey Kingdom -- A Conservation Story Disneynature Great Transitions: The Origin of Birds Howard Hughes Medical Institute Great Transitions: The Origin of Tetrapods Howard Hughes Medical Institute Best Limited Series—Long Form (Sponsored by Universum/ORF) Hidden Kingdoms BBC Natural History Unit, BBC Worldwide, Discovery Channel, France TV, CCTV Life Story BBC Natural History Unit, BBC Worldwide, Discovery, France TV and The Open University Your Inner Fish Tangled Bank Studios, Windfall Films for PBS Best Limited Series—Short Form Deep Look KQED, PBS Digital Studios If Not Us Then Who? Handcrafted Films Power of Nature BBC Earth Productions Best Children’s Program (Sponsored by Boréales) Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature Series 2—Central American Coast BBC NATURE—A Sloth Named Velcro BelugaSmile Productions, LLC & THIRTEEN Productions LLC for the PBS Nature series Secrets of Bumblebees A co-production by ORF and Power of Earth Productions in association with ORFEnterprise, bm:ukk and Kultur NÖ The Marvelous Musical Report (of the Marine National Monuments) Open Boat Films, LLC, Sisbro Studios Best Hosted or Presenter-led Program David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D Colossus Productions, Sky and Atlantic Productions Host: David Attenborough The Secret Life of Your House The Garden Productions Presenter: Dr. George McGavin Your Inner Fish, Episode 1 Tangled Bank Studios, Windfall Films for PBS Presenter: Neil Shubin Best Short Program Animated Life: Pangea Howard Hughes Medical Institute & Sweet Fern Productions Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland Colossus Productions film in association with SKY 3D Return of the Cicadas Samuel Orr Best Short Short Elephant’s Tale: Matriarch Wildlife Conservation Society Power of Nature: Elephants BBC Earth Productions Pygmy Seahorses: Masters of Camouflage KQED and PBS Digital Studios Why Bears Wildlife Media & TriFilm Best Theatrical Program (Sponsored by Terra Mater Factual Studios) Disneynature Monkey Kingdom Disneynature Racing Extinction Oceanic Preservation Society, Presented by Okeanos - Foundation for the Sea and the Discovery Channel. In association with Vulcan Productions, Earth Day Texas, JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs, and Insurgent Media Unbranded Fin & Fur Films, Cedar Creek Productions, Implement Productions Best Immersive (Sponsored by Sky-Skan) David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D Colossus Productions, Sky and Atlantic Productions Habitat Earth California Academy of Sciences Humpback Whales MacGillivray Freeman Films, Pacific Life Tiny Giants 3D BBC Earth Productions Marian Zunz Newcomer (Sponsored by Disneynature) 16 Legs: Spider Love Bookend Trust Return of the River Elwafilm LLC Sirocco—How a Dud Became a Stud Ashwika Kapur, Centre for Science Communication- Otago University Best Interactive Media David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D App Atlantic Productions PLUM LANDING WGBH Educational Foundation The Evolution Lab NOVA/WGBH ZooMoo App ZooMoo Networks CRAFT CATEGORIES: Best Sound (Sponsored by Dolby Laboratories) Finalists in this category will be announced shortly. Best Visualization Hidden Kingdoms—Under Open Skies BBC Natural History Unit, BBC Worldwide, Discovery Channel, France TV, and CCTV Cinematography: Rod Clarke, Jonathan Jones, Alastair MacEwen, Mark Payne-Gill and Keith Brust Life Story—First Steps BBC Natural History Unit, BBC Worldwide, Discovery, France TV and The Open University Cinematography: Mateo Willis, Mark Payne-Gill and Jamie McPherson Wild Yellowstone—Frozen Frontier Brain Farm Digital Cinema for Nat Geo Wild and Terra Mater Factual Studios Cinematography: John Shier, Dawson Dunning, Curt Morgan. Aerial Cinematography: Nel Boshoff, Richard Burton, Greg Wheeler, Nick Wolcott; Additional Cinematography: Howard Bourne, Jeff Hogan, Theo Jebb Best Editing (Sponsored by Sony Electronics) Jago: A Life Underwater Underdog Films Production in association with James Morgan Films, Fantomline Pictures and Vistaar Productions Editor: Sam Rogers NATURE—Touching the Wild Passion Planet & THIRTEEN Productions LLC for PBS Nature series Editor: Charles Davies Wild Yellowstone—Frozen Frontier Brain Farm Digital Cinema for Nat Geo WILD and Terra Mater Factual Studios Editor: James Taggart Best Original Musical Score David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D Colossus Productions, Sky and Atlantic Productions Composer: Ilan Eshkeri Disneynature Monkey Kingdom Disneynature Composer: Harry Gregson-Williams Poached Ignite Channel and Doc Life Films Composer: Mark Orton Wonders of the Monsoon: The Drought BBC Natural History Unit, BBC Worldwide and Discovery Composer: Nitin Sawhney Best Writing E.O. Wilson—Of Ants and Men Shining Red Productions, Inc. for PBS Writer: Graham Townsley Return of the River Elwafilm LLC Writer: Jessica Plumb Your Inner Fish, Episode 1 Tangled Bank Studios, Windfall Films for PBS Writer: David Dugan The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and gala takes place during a week of critical importance in the industry: the Festival, The Elephant Summit and the Conservation Summit. The events of the JHWFF attract a world-class audience and participation from key influencers in the conservation community. Again this year, a series of community screenings in Jackson are planned. For information about the JHWFF, please visit WEBSITE, or call NUMBER. For tickets, sponsorship, or conference attendance, please call 307-733-7016 or visit http://www.jhfestival.org/2015-festival.html ### About JHWFF: Recognized as the premier event of its genre, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival is an unparalleled biennial industry gathering. Hosted biennially in Grand Teton National Park, over 650 international delegates participate in an exceptional slate of leadingedge equipment presentations, seminars and state-of-the-art screenings. The Festival’s international board members include: Animal Planet, BBC Natural History Unit, Discovery Channel, Disneynature, FujiFilm Optical Devices, Gorongosa Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute/Tangled Bank Studios, National Geographic Channel International, National Geographic WILD, National Geographic Society, National Parks Conservation Association, The Nature Conservancy, Nature/WNET, Off the Fence Productions, PBS, Sony Electronics, Terra Mater Factual Studios and UNIVERSUM/ORF, Vulcan Productions, WGBH, and World Wildlife Fund


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    The 39th edition of the Montreal World Film Festival gets with the times. A digital age requires a digital solution. Over 86 countries will be represented in its 2015 edition, a new record. We wanted to allow domestic and international media simultaneous access to the line-up of films in the World Competition and the First Films Competition. This announcement will be accompanied by an online discussion open to journalists from anywhere and the MWFF will respond directly via chat mode to questions. This virtual conference was held Tuesday August 11, 2015 beginning 11 am Eastern Time followed by Q & A until 1 pm.


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    Montreal Dailies August 27 - September 7, 2015 

    The Montreal World Film Festival had added the world premiere of The Girl King, directed by Mika Kaurismäki to the competition

    The Montreal World Film Festival had added the world premiere of The Girl King, directed by Mika Kaurismäki to its official competition, it was announced. Co-produced by Galafilm and Triptych Media(Canada), Marianna Films (Finland), Starhaus Filmproduktion (Germany) and Anagram (Sweden). “I was seduced by Michel-Marc Bouchard’s script,” says producer Arnie Gelbart. “It’s an unusual  story of an extraordinary woman. The characters are very cont...
     

    Belgian Rhapsody by Vincent Bal selected as the MWFF closing film

      Belgian Rhapsody the MWFF closing film will be North-American Premiered (Out of Competition) it was announced. Produced by Peter Bouckaert for Eyeworks (Ben X, The Verdict, Marina presented and awarded at the MWFF) this comedy stars Amaryllis Ouitterlinden, Arthur Dupont, Jos Verbist, Marc Weiss, Koen Van Impe, Philippe Résimont. Two Belgian brass bands, the Flemish “Sint Cecilia” and the Walloon “En Avant”, have both been select...
     

    24 films in the World Greats (out of competition) section of the MWFF 2015

    THE WORLD GREATS SECTION OF THE MWFF PRESENTS NEW FILMS BY NOTED DIRECTORS     Twenty-four features from a score of countries are being shown in the World Greats (out of competition) section of the MWFF. “ Dedicated to experienced filmmakers, this selection offers the latest works by some of the best known directors from around the world, ” said Serge Losique.   Notable among the cineastes included are Majid Majidi whose Muhammad will be getting ...
     

    Jury of MWFF competition 2015

     
    39TH MWFF JURY   DANY LAFERRIÈRE, President Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1953, Dany Laferrière left his native country following the killing of his colleague and friend, journalist Gasner Raymond. His first novel, Comment faire l’amour avec un nègre sans se fatiguer was published in 1985 and became an overnight success, propelling him into the front ranks of the new generation of Quebec writers. The novel was later adapted into a sccreenplay by Laferri&e...
     

    MWFF unveiled the line up with a virtual online press conference

     
    The 39th edition of the Montreal World Film Festival gets with the times. A digital age requires a digital solution. Over 86 countries will be represented in its 2015 edition, a new record. We wanted to allow domestic and international media simultaneous access to the line-up of films in the World Competition and the First Films Competition. This announcement will be accompanied by an online discussion open to journalists from anywhere and the MWFF will respond directly via chat mode to ...
     

    Montreal Native Subject of Film Premiering at Montreal World Film Festival

     
      TREE MAN, a feature documentary film, will have its world premiere at the 39th Montreal World Film Festival, with screenings on August 28th and 29th at the Cinéma Quartier Latin. Directed by Jon Reiner and Brad Rothschild, Tree Man focuses on Francois, a Montreal native who leaves his wife and children every holiday season to sell Christmas trees on a New York City sidewalk while living out of his van. Francois is one of hundreds of men and women from Quebec and elsewhere who, ove...
     

    MİSAFİR "the visitor" will attend at world competition in montreal ff. from Turkey.

    Some say about the fate of any girl ‘like mother, like daughter’. But, Mum, I swear to God that my little girl’s fate will be nothing like mine.” - NUR Ten years after being thrown out of her parental home, Nur hears that her mother is at death’s door. Taking her young daughter with her, Nurhurries back to her father’s world to see, and reconcile with her mother before it is too late. While the universal theme of mother-daughter relat...
     

    An Ode to Italian Silent Film Love Among the Ruins Selected to 39th Montreal World Film Festival

    The charming Italian faux documentary Love Among the Ruins (Amore tra le rovine) will screen among official selections at the Montreal World Film Festival on Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30.   Following its European premiere at Valdarno Cinema Fedic Festival and North American premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival, this enchanting mock-doc drama continues to delight festival audiences with its blend of earnest tutorial on film restoration and play...
     

    Film "Now We're Alive" : First feature of the talented young french director Thibault Arbre at Montreal World Film Festival

    The film started a promising festival circuit with 7 selections and several prizes so far: Montreal World Film Festival, Cleveland Intl. Film Festival, Shanghai Intl Film Festival, Rhode Island Intl Film Festival (Grand Prize for Best Feature), Worldfest Houston (Platinum Award for Best First Feature Film, and Gold Award for Best Original Music), California Film Awards (Orson Welles Award), Skyline Intl Film Festival. From producer Giles Daoust (ex...
     

    3 INDIESTORY films are invited to the 39th Montreal World Film Festival!

     
    2 features and 1 short from INDIESTORY are invited to the 39th Montreal World Film Festival which is held from August 27 to September 7 in Canada. The 1st feature is STRANGERS ON THE FIELD(Dir. KIM Myeong-joon) invited to ‘Documentaries of the World’ and it deals with Korean-Japanese baseball players in old times. The 2nd is HALF(Dir. KIM Se-yeon), selected for ‘Focus on World ...
     

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    Brian De Palma to receive Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2015 Award

    The award will be given on September 9th in the Palazzo del Cinema   the documentary De Palma by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow to screen out of competition The Biennale di Venezia and Jaeger-LeCoultre are pleased to announce that the great American directorBrian De Palma wi...
     

    MAD Solutions Offers an Award at Final Cut in Venice Workshop

     
    MAD Solutions has announced a new award to be granted under its name at the Venice International Film Festival, through the 3rd Final Cut in Venice workshop that will be held at the festival's next round (2 - 12 September 2015). The award comprises promotional and distribution services in the Arab world offered to one of the contending film projects in the workshop.   On the new partnership, Alaa Karkouti, CEO at MAD Solutions, stated, "We are constantly looking for unconventiona...
     

    Line-up of the 15 projects selected for the 2015 European Gap-Financing Market

     
    The first edition met with considerable success and some of the titles presented last year have already had their world premiere at prestigious festivals. These positive results clearly indicate that the policy of the Venice Film Market and European Gap-Financing Market to help the completion of films, is evidently filling a void in the European film industry. As soon as a project shows a real potential for an audience, the increasing involvement of alternative international financing sources, s...
     

    Venezia 72 Juries headed by Alfonso Cuarón

    The selection is complete for the members of all three international Juries (Venezia 72, Orizzonti, “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for Best Debut Film) at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival (2-12 September 2015), directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale di Veneziachaired by Paolo Baratta.     Venezia 72 The distinguished members of the Jury for the Venezia 72&nbs...

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    San Sebastian Dailies September 18-26, 2015  

    Short films and Schools Selected at The 14th International Film Students Meeting

        The 14th International Film Students Meeting will take place on 22nd-25th September at the 63rd edition of the San Sebastian Festival and is going to have Tabakalera-Contemporary Culture International Centre as new headquarters   Yet another year the San Sebastian Festival and Tabakalera present the International Film Students Meeting, an event seeking to shed light on the work of students from film schools across the world. The pre-selection of works for this 1...
     

    European Film Forum event on “Audiences in motion” planned for San Sebastian Fest

    The San Sebastian International Film Festival and Creative Europe MEDIA organise a European Film Forum event on “Audiences in motion” in the framework of this year’s edition Donostia - San Sebastian. San Telmo Museum. Sunday, September 20 DEVELOPING AUDIENCES - Audiences in Motion The European Film Forum is a platform facilitated by the European Commission for a structured dialogue between policy makers and stakeholders in the audio-visual sector. The aim is to develop a s...
     

    The programme of aid to Latin American cinema, Films in Progress 28, lines up 6 films

      Six films by Alejandro Fernández Almendras, Eliane Caffé, Daniel Hendler, Marialy Rivas, Pepa San Martín and Rober Calzadilla to be presented at Films in Progress 28 Films in Progress 28 will take place on September 21, 22 and 23 The Films in Progress 28 call for submissions received 113 films from 20 countries. The final selection includes the following titles: Aquí no ha pasado nada (Much Ado About Nothing) ...
     

    Retrospective to directors Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack in San Sebastian Film Fest

      The 63rd San Sebastian Festival will dedicate a retrospective to directors Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack     Merian C. Cooper (1893-1973) and Ernest B. Schoedsack (1893-1979) were, in the golden age of Hollywood, one of the strangest and most exciting creative twosomes ever to come out of Hollywood. The coming edition of the San Sebastian Festival will recover their work in a cycle dedicated to th...
     

    35 films lined up in the ''Japanese Independent Cinema 2000-2015'' retrospective

    The 63rd San Sebastian Festival will dedicate a cycle to new Japanese independent cinema produced in Japan over the last fifteen years. Beyond the bounds of the films produced by the big studios, the phenomenon of independent cinema in Japan has generated an important source of cinematic creativity expressed in a series of films produced outside the industry. This category includes not only the first work...
     

    The latest works by Liu Hao, Joachim Lafosse and Peter Sollett join the San Sebastian Festival Official Selection

    The latest works by Liu Hao, Joachim Lafosse and Peter Sollett join the Official Selection in competition at the 63rd San Sebastian Festival Peter Grönlund’s film ''Tjuvheder / Thieves Honour'' closes the New Directors selection   Three new competing titles join those previously announced for the Official Selection at the coming San Sebastian Festival: the Chinese director Liu Hao returns to San Sebastian with Xiang bei fang / Back to the North, five years af...
     

    Fourteen titles compete in Horizontes Latinos at the 63rd San Sebastian Festival

    "El club", by Pablo Larraín, will open the section The San Sebastian Festival will once again present, in its 63rd edition, some of the most outstanding Latin American films of the year. The Horizontes Latinos programme includes fourteen productions from Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Cuba, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. Films that have competed or premiered at important international festivals, but which have not yet been screened at a Spanish festival or had th...
     

    Best of Fests to screenat the Pearls section at the San Sebastian Festival

    A selection of important titles presented at other international festivals will screen in the Pearls section at the San Sebastian Festival          Anomalisa Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson ...
     

    24 titles to be presented in the Zabaltegi section of the San Sebastian Festival

    Yet another year, the Zabaltegi section will become a privileged space at the San Sebastian Festival as it reveals some of the most difficult to classify and suggestive proposals in today’s movie scene. The Zabaltegi programme at the 63rd edition showcases the Spanish premieres of the latest works by reputed filmmakers (Laurie Anderson, Jem Cohen, Anca Damian, Andrés Di Tella, Eric Khoo, Corneliu Porumboiu, Walter Salles, Alexander Sokurov) alongside films selected for intern...
     

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    Early Bird Deadline July 30th, 2015

    Announcing Call for Entry for the Inaugural World Trailer Awards in partnership with filmfestivals.com

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    MANHATTAN SHORT 2015  September 25 to October 4, 2015 

    Final Call For Entries: Deadline July 31.

    Filmmakers have until July 31st to get their films and screenplays into NYC if they hope to be part of the 18th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival to take place in over 250 cinemas across 6 continents. MANHATTAN SHORT is more than just one of the largest short film festivals in the world today, it’s the world’s first and only global film festival.

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    The World of Film Festival October 1-4 2015

     

    The World of Film Festival, formerly known as Commonwealth Film & Theatre Festival Glasgow is coming back for its second edition October 1-4 2015. In four days full of film screenings, theatre performances, live events, panel discussions and networking receptions WoFF will bring new, more vibrant and youthful vibe to the city’s emerging film and theatre scene.

    WoFF’s errand is to bring together audiences from Glasgow’s multi-stranded art scene, while at the same time engaging people with powerful background in film and theatre that will bring fresh ideas, filling the gaps in Glasgow’s film and theatre events’ agenda.

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    Pseudonym, for festival consideration

    First feature by french actor director Thierry Sebban. 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

     

    Rooted in Peace by Greg Reitman

    ROOTED in PEACE, 97 minutes - 2015

    Documentary by SUNDANCE alum GREG REITMAN (Sundance Audience Award Winner for fhis first documentary 'Fuel')

    Starring: Deepak Chopra, Donovan, Mike Love, David Lynch, Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire, Pete Seeger, Ted Turner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu

    "ROOTED in PEACE challenges viewers to examine their values as Americans and human beings. Today we are at war within ourselves, with our environment, and with the world. Director and award-winning filmmaker Greg Reitman invites viewers on a film journey to take notice of the world we live in, proactively seek ways to find personal and ecological peace, and stop the cycle of violence".

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    Wim Wenders: Portraits Along The Road," a major touring retrospective

     
    Janus Films announced today "Wim Wenders: Portraits Along The Road," a major touring retrospective of the legendary German director's work. It will launch at the IFC Center in New York (with Wenders present for select screenings) on August 28, and travel to a 15+-city tour of the nation's top art houses, with stops in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Columbus, Houston, Austin and Van... 
     

    The 59th BFI London Film Festival Closing Night film will be STEVE JOBS.

    Working from Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography, STEVE JOBS is directed by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle and written by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin. The film takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to create a revealing portrait of the man at its epicentre. STEVE JOBS stars Michael Fassbender in the title role, Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael  Stuhlbarg, and K...
     
    HOLLYSHORTS ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL LINEUP FOR 11TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL   OVER 400 SHORT MOVIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD SET TO BE SHOWCASED HOLLYWOOD   $15,000 CASH PRIZE ON THE LINE FOR OVERALL WINNER FROM ZYPE   $60,000 POST PRODUCTION PRIZES SET TO BE AWARDED FROM COMPANY 3 AND METHOD STUDIOS...Digital Gym

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    The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival announces finalists

    Film Festival recognizes 80+ of the best wildlife and nature films   The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, (JHWFF) the premier event of its genre, has announced the 2015 finalists for its 13th biennial Festival. Winners will be unveiled in Jackson, Wy at the Grand Teton Awards Gala on Thursday, October 1st, 2015. The awards are one part of a five-day industry conference hosted at the Jackson Lake Lodge in the Grand Teton National Park, September 28-October 2, 2015, that attracts the ...
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    Hollyshorts announces 2015 Winners

      The HollyShorts Awards were presented last night in front of a standing room only crowd at OHM in Hollywood. Hosted by Damon Campbell and Gabrielle Loren, Awards were given to the top short movies created from content creators from all over the globe. Nearly $200,000 in cash and in-kind prizes were awarded. Screenings will continue through Saturday at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres and the closing party takes place this Saturday at the W Hollywood. This year’...
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    Kerem Ayan appointed to Head Istanbul Fest

    Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), the Istanbul Film Festival goes through a restructuring after 9 years. Azize Tan, Festival Director for the last 9 years, hands the post over to Assistant Director Kerem Ayan. As of October, Azize Tan is stepping down as Director of the Istanbul Film Festival, and the Istanbul Film Festival’s Assistant Director for the past 9 years, Kerem Ayan will be taking over the position. With the Istanbul Film F...
     

    Film Fest Gent welcomes new Managing Director Martijn Bal

    The Board of Directors of Film Fest Gent has appointed Martijn Bal as Managing Director of the festival in Ghent. He will be assuming his duties officially on 1 October 2015. Chairperson Claire Tillekaerts is very happy that this crucial vacancy was successfully filled in time for the 42nd edition of Film Fest Gent. "The Board of Directors is confident that Martijn Bal, with his love of film and strong reputation within the industry, will be a tremendous asset for Film Fest Gent. The ent...
     
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    The Girl King de Mika Kaurismäki est rajouté à la sélection des films en compétition à Montréal

      Le FFM annonce que le film The Girl King d’Aki Kaurismaki fera partie de la compétition mondiale du 39e FFM en première mondiale. Le film est coproduit par Galafilm et Triptych Media (Canada), Marianna Films (Finlande), Starhaus Filmproduktion (Allemagne) et Anagram (Suède). « J'ai été séduit par le scénario de Michel-Marc Bouchard, l’histoire unique d’une femme extraordinaire. Les perso...
     

     

    La Brabançonne de Vincent Bal en clôture du Festival de Montréal

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    The Montreal World Film Festival had added the world premiere of The Girl King, directed by Mika Kaurismäki to its official competition, it was announced. Co-produced by Galafilm and Triptych Media(Canada), Marianna Films (Finland), Starhaus Filmproduktion (Germany) and Anagram (Sweden). “I was seduced by Michel-Marc Bouchard’s script,” says producer Arnie Gelbart. “It’s an unusual  story of an extraordinary woman. The characters are very contemporary, young, ambitious and full of passion, torn between duty and desire, and it’s all been brought to the screen by a great director.” The international cast features Swedish stars  Malin Buska and Michael Nyqvist, Canadians Sarah Gadon and Lucas Bryant, Finnish actress Laura Birn, French actor Hippolyte Girardot, veteran Belgian actor Patrick Bauchau and German actors Peter Lohmayer and Martina Gedeck. The Quebecer François Arnaud is also part of the cast and Guy Dufaux was the director of photography. The English version of the script has been written by award winning Linda Gaboriau.

     

    The Girl King was scripted by Quebec playwright Michel-Marc Bouchard who had great success in 2012 with his play on the life of Queen Christina of Sweden when it was staged in Montreal TNM and later at the Stratford Festival.

     

    It’s the 1600s and Queen Christina is set on making Sweden the most sophisticated country in Europe. Having been raised as a prince under strict Lutheran control, the enigmatic, flamboyant, and unpredictable queen faces powerful resistance in her quest to educate her subjects and end the bloody Thirty Years War between the Protestants and Catholics. Amidst all this, Christina struggles to come to terms with an irresistible passion for her lady in waiting, the stunning Countess Ebba Sparre. Her quest to understand love runs parallel with her quest to understand humanity and the violent and restrictive forces conspiring against her. Torn between the conflict of political and personal aspirations, Christina chooses to make one of the most controversial decisions in history.

      

    Born in Orimattila, Finland in 1955, Mika Kaurismäki studied film in Germany and his first film, his graduation production, THE LIAR (1980), was an overnight sensation; it marked the beginning of the cinema of the Kaurismäki brothers and started a new era in the Finnish cinema. Eventually, Mika established a base and second home in Brazil and concentrated on international co-productions, among them, CONDITION RED (1995), L.A. WITHOUT A MAP (1998), HONEY BABY (2004), BRASILEIRINHO (2005, shown at the MWFF), THREE WISE MEN (2008), BROTHERS (2011) and ROAD NORTH (2012).


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    The 35th Atlantic Film Festival will run Sept. 17- 24 in Halifax, NS
     

    The 35th annual Atlantic Film Festival announces its full festival program, featuring over 200 films and a full slate of special events, to be presented over eight days in Halifax, Nova Scotia, September 17-24.

    "Our audience will find that in this year’s program in particular the diversity of culture and community is on display like never before”, said Wayne Carter, Executive Director. “As new technology changes allow filmmakers to create their stories in more austere circumstances the incredible effect is the ability to hear a broader range of voices from around the globe. "

    The Atlantic Film Festival’s Gala Red Carpet Opening Night returns to the Dalhousie Arts Centre’s Rebecca Cohn Auditorium on Thursday, September 17. Sponsored by CTV, Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund, this star-studded evening will feature the Opening Gala presentation of Hyena Road, written, directed and starring Paul Gross (Passchendaele).
     
    A sniper (Rossif Sutherland) who has never allowed himself to think of his targets as human, becomes implicated in the life of one. An intelligence officer (Paul Gross) who has never contemplated killing, becomes the engine of a plot to kill. A legendary Mujahideen warrior (Neamat Arghandabi) who had put war behind him, is now the center of the battle zone. Three different men, three different worlds, three different conflicts – all stand at the intersection of modern warfare – a murky world of fluid morality where all is not as it seems. Fuelled by moving performances from an all-star cast, including Rossif Sutherland, Paul Gross, Christine Horne, Allan Hawco and Clark Johnson, Hyena Road is, without a doubt, unlike any other film ever made in Canada and is a testament to the work that our nation’s soldiers do on a daily basis. Hyena Road is produced by Rhombus Media, Triple 7 Films, Buffalo Gal Pictures and Bron Creative, and is distributed in Canada by Elevation Pictures. Both Paul Gross and Newfoundland actor Allan Hawco will be in attendance for the Opening Night festivities.
     
    Following the Opening Gala film presentation is the Opening Night Party. Penned as one of Halifax’s ‘most anticipated parties of the year’, the red-carpet event is sponsored by CTV and will take place at The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites on Thursday, Sept. 17.
     
    The Festival's Closing Gala presentation on Thursday, Sept. 24 will be Beeba Boys, written and directed by Academy Award® nominated filmmaker, Deepa Mehta. Her latest feature film mixes guns, bhangra beats, bespoke suits, cocaine and betrayal in an adrenaline-charged look at Indo-Canadian gang war, and a violent clash of culture and crime. It is a gangster film by an internationally celebrated female director; a movie where stereotypes are intentionally challenged and which takes us right inside this Indo-Canadian world – a specific culture which no crime movie has explored before. Beeba Boys is produced by Hamilton-Mehta Productions and distributed in Canada by Mongrel Media. Deepa Mehta will be in attendance for the Closing Night Gala.

    The Spotlight Gala is new this year to the Atlantic Film Festival’s Gala lineup. Into the Forest, written and directed by celebrated Canadian filmmaker, Patricia Rozema and starring Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood will be the inaugural Spotlight Gala on Saturday, September 19. Adapted from Jean Hegland’s inspiring novel of the same name, Into the Forest tells the story of two sisters living in a dense, remote forest, learning to survive and find hope in the wake of society’s sudden collapse. As a cloud of mystery surrounds them, sisters Nell (Ellen Page) and Eva (Evan Rachel Wood) find themselves shuttered in their home, surrounded by nothing but miles of dense forest in the Pacific Northwest. Ultimately, the sisters must work together to survive and learn to find comfort in each other and the happy family life they once shared. Into the Forest is produced by Bron Studios and Rhombus Media, and is distributed in Canada by Elevation Pictures.

    The AFF will once again feature French films from Canada and around the world. This year’s Cinéma En Français S.V.P. initiative features two Gala Presentations. Philippe Falardeau’s Guibord s'en va-t-en guerre (My Internship in Canada) will be the Gala Français Canadien on Tuesday September 22. And Jacques Audiard’s Palme d’or winning Dheepan will be the Gala Français International on Wednesday, September 23. The Cinéma En Français S.V.P. initiative will also feature four additional French Canadian and four international French feature films scheduled throughout the Festival.

    Featuring the newest and most anticipated films of the year, moviegoers will want to be first in line to see the ten films comprising the 2015 Rogers Special Presentations. Savour the sights and sounds of soon to be award-winning films: Born to be Blue, starring Ethan Hawke as jazz musician Chet Baker; Brooklyn, a moving Irish/American romance with a screenplay by Nick Hornby;The Daughter, a contemporary adaptation of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck starring Academy Award® winner Geoffrey Rush; Grandma, a raucous comedy starring Lilly Tomlin; I Saw the Light, the story of Hank Williams, played to perfection by Tom Hiddleston; The Lady in the Van, based on Alan Bennett’s celebrated memoir and starring Dame Maggie Smith; Natasha, Adapted by celebrated author David Bezmozgis from his own award-winning short story; Remember from Atom Egoyan and starring Academy Award® Winner Christopher Plummer; Room, from Irish director Lenny Abrahamson (Frank) and starring Brie Larson and William H. Macy; This Changes Everything, an adaptation by Avi Lewis of Naomi Klein’s best-selling book of the same name.

    Rounding out this year’s complete program is a top-tier line up of features and documentaries from Canada and throughout the world. Viewers will delight in a wide range of films such as: animated features, The Boy and the Beast (Japan) and Avril et le monde truqué (France); Canadian films, Fire Song, No Men Beyond this Point, How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town, The Saver and Guy Maddin’s The Forbidden Room; international award-winners, Son of Saul (Hungary), Rams (Iceland), The Lobster (Greece), Victoria (Germany) and Mountains May Depart (China); among many more.

    Select documentaries include: mountain climbing epic Meru; an audience award winning look at blue collar British racehorse owners in Dark Horse; a look at the life of beloved jazz and gospel singer Mavis Staples in Mavis!; a look at the history of Greenpeace in How to Change the World; and a look at the history of the Women’s movement, past and present, in She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry; among many other captivating and enlightening titles.

    Also included in this year’s line up are Short Film Programs, featuring both a Canadian and international selection, a ViewFinders: Films for Youth program, and film retrospectives celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the AFCOOP FILM 5 program and the 40th Anniversary of NIFCO.

    The 2015 Festival will host several one-of-a kind special events and parties to celebrate the movies, the people and the city of Halifax. In addition to the Opening Night Party and returning at this year’s festival is the Festival Music House Atlantic presented by Radio Starmaker Fund, and the 35th Atlantic Film Festival Awards Reception, honoring the amazing talents of Atlantic Canadian film industry professionals.
     
    Strategic Partners, a one-of-a-kind event focusing on film, television, and digital first fiction, from across Canada and around the world, will take place as part of the 35th Atlantic Film Festival, Sept. 17-20. Each year, top Canadian and international industry players, including producers, investors, sales agents, funding agencies, broadcasters and distributors are selected to attend. Recognized as one of the world’s pre-eminent co-production markets and celebrating its 18th year, Strategic Partners 2015 is shining the Country Spotlight brightly on Latin America and the U.S., and offering delegates over 1,000 pre-scheduled 1-2-1 meetings, co-production focused roundtable sessions, cutting edge panels, visionary keynote speakers, screenings and receptions as well as the popular Nova Scotia Lobster Dinner By the Sea.

    Keynote speakers for Strategic Partners 2015 include: Carol producer, Elizabeth Karlsen (Number 9 Films, UK), and Bernie Su, the Emmy award winning Producer of The Lizzie Bennett Diaries,Emma Approved and Vanity. In addition there will be a television case study of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, a Canada/UK co-production success story.  Finally, watch and learn as producers and financiers untangle one of the most intricate content financing webs in recent years; in Navigating a Creative New Paradigm, panelists will explore the new life cycle of content financing and distribution.  

    Financed with the support of Telefilm Canada as the Presenting Partner, Signature Partner, Bell Media, and Gold Partners: Canada Media Fund, Canadian Media Production Association, Shaw Media and Super Channel, Strategic Partners is a convergence of talent and innovation, producing tangible results. For more information, visit: atlanticfilm.com/sp.

    Tickets for screenings and special events along with ticket packages, group tickets and passes are on sale today, August 26 at 2 p.m.

    Tickets are available by phone at 1-888-311-9090 and online at atlanticfilm.com or ticketpro.ca. Tickets are also available at all Ticketpro outlets in Nova Scotia, including Video Difference (6086 Quinpool Road). Please note that Ticketpro outlets accept cash or debit only. Tickets will be available at the Festival Box Office in Park Lane Mall (5657 Spring Garden Road) beginning September 11th at noon. For hours of operation, visit: atlanticfilm.com.

    Tickets for the Opening Night Film are available through The Dalhousie Arts Centre box office (6101 University Ave.), by phone at 1-800-874-1669 and online at arts-centre or atlanticfilm.com. Tickets for the Opening Night Party are available at atlanticfilm.com, ticketpro.ca or at the Festival Box Office.

    Receive the most up-to-date information, including sneak peeks and Festival highlights at our website: atlanticfilm.com, our Facebook page: /atlanticfilmfestival, Twitter account: /thefilmfest and NEW this year, Instagram: thefilmfest. To support these online channels, the Festival will continue to offer our Atlantic Film Festival App for iPhone, before and throughout the event to help coordinate your festival experience.

    Another way to be part of the action is by visiting the Reel East Coast Festival Lounge located in the Georgian Lounge, at the Lord Nelson Hotel (1515 South Park Street). Open from noon to midnight daily, this is a place for the industry and the public to connect. Large HDTV’s with Reel East Coast programming and plush leather couches are just a couple of the modern amenities within the charming comforts of the lounge.

    “A Festival of this magnitude cannot happen without the generous support of our sponsors and donors,” added Carter. “Along with their support, the incredible efforts put forth by our staff and volunteers is what truly makes the Atlantic Film Festival experience happen, and on this special 35th birthday we would like to express a huge thank you to all.”

    About the Atlantic Film Festival

    The Atlantic Film Festival is an eight-day celebration of film, media and music from around the world. It’s a festival that turns Halifax, Nova Scotia – a charming and historic coastal city – into an international Mecca for the arts, abuzz with filmmakers, industry types and film lovers. This year’s event celebrates 35 years of the Festival and takes place from September 17-24.

    Offering a first-look at the best international films of the festival season, the Atlantic Film Festival attracts some of the biggest players in film, media and music from around the world. A champion of local filmmakers, all of our film selections are chosen with our community in mind and our special events are designed to bring us all together.

    A not-for-profit organization, the Atlantic Film Festival began as a tiny, grassroots operation in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1981, relocating to Halifax the following year. Just three decades later, the Festival has blossomed into one of Canada’s premier film festivals. Whether for industry folk, unabashed film lovers or curious onlookers, the Festival offers a slew of opportunities to engage through the celebration of film.

    Today’s Atlantic Film Festival is now a year-round celebration, growing beyond our cornerstone event in September to include: ViewFinders: Atlantic Film Festival for Youth, AFF Outdoor Film Experience, and Strategic Partners.


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    Last week the official festival jury and the visual of the 42nd edition were announced as part of the British focus. Today Film Fest Gent releases its first 15 titles. Besides the best films from its own soil as well as international features, the programme also includes the closing event and anniversary of the 15th World Soundtrack Awards.

    The official competition includes the French-Belgian co-production ‘Les Cowboys’ by Thomas Bidegain, also known as Jacques Audiard's screenwriter and ‘Our Little Sister’ by Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda. There are also two debuting features competing for Best Film and Best Music: British-New-Zealand ‘Slow West’ by John Maclean starring Michael Fassbender amongst others and Cannes sensation & Grand Prix winner ‘Son of Saul’ by László Nemes.‘The Lobster’, the first international production by Yorgos Lanthimos, features a dazzling cast including Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly and Léa Seydoux.

    Besides the opening film ‘The Ardennes’ by Robin Pront, the section Galas & Specials consists of films that will be screened at the festival before being released in Belgian theatres. ‘Carol’ by Todd Haynes, an adaptation of ‘Price of Salt’, one of the most personal novels by Patricia Highsmith, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. 'The Assassin’ by Hou Hsiao-hsien proves once again why he remains the greatest director of Taiwan’s New Wave Cinema.

    The section Global Cinema, which covers contemporary authors films, presents one of the most cinephile events at the last Cannes film festival: ‘Arabian Nights’, the monumental triptych by Portuguese director Miguel Gomes (‘Tabu’). Furthermore, there will a few intriguing portraits of artists and musicians such as ‘Mr Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown’ by doc guru Alex Gibney and actor Ethan Hawke delivers a touching homage to pianist and friend Seymour Bernstein in ‘Seymour: an Introduction’. For the 50th anniversary of one of the most well-known film books 'Hitchcock/Truffaut', Kent Jones asked A-list directors Martin Scorsese, David Fincher and Wes Anderson among others how they were influenced by the director of ‘Vertigo’ and ‘Psycho’.

    This year the festival’s focus is on UK Cinema, which will cover a wide variety of recent British films. ‘45 Years’ by Andrew Haigh (‘Weekend’) features Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay as a retired couple undergoing a crisis when celebreating their 45th wedding anniversary. The amusing ‘A Royal Night Out’ by Jullian Jarrold is an imaginary piece of history about a night on the town with a young Queen Elisabeth II. 

    The film music concerts also remain a highlight of Film Fest Gent. The British focus will also be showcased at the Great British Film Music Concert on 22 October and for the past 15 years the festival has always closed with the annual World Soundtrack Awards Ceremony & Concert. This year, central guests are Alan Silvestri, Patrick Doyle and Discovery 2014 Daniel Pemberton, who will all be attending the event on 24 October. The best scores of Silvestri were performed by Brussels Philharmonic and the Flemish Radio Choir, conducted by Dirk Brossé and recorded at the Flagey Studios by Galaxy Studios. The CD will be released later this October. 

    Film Fest Gent and Vooruit will join forces once again! During the festival there will be two unique audiovisual shows from artists like Nozinja and Jeruzalem in My Heart. The legendary composer Terry Riley will perform live music to a film of his choice, together with his son Gyan. With his ensemble Black Flower, Nathan Daems provided the score for ‘Love, Theft and Other Entanglements’, the latest film of Palestinian director Muayad Alayan. There will also be various art installations in Vooruit and the literary event ‘Uitgelezen’ will be tailored to a film-based theme.

    The entire program will be announced on 24 September. The 42nd edition of Film Fest Gent takes place from 13 October until 24 October at Kinepolis Gent, Studio Skoop, Sphinx, Vooruit, KASKcinema, Bijloke and ’t Kuipke. Info and tickets at www.filmfestival.be.

    The listed films are divided throughout the various festival sections:

    In competition:
    - LES COWBOYS by Thomas Bidegam – Fr/Belgium
    - THE LOBSTER by Yorgos Lanthimos – Griekenland/UK
    - OUR LITTLE SISTER by Hirokazu Koreeda – Japan
    - SLOW WEST by John Maclean – UK/New Zealand
    - SON OF SAUL by László Nemes – Hungary

    Galas & Specials
    - THE ARDENNES by Robin Pront - Belgium
    - THE ASSASSIN by Hou Hsiao-Hsien – Taiwan
    - CAROL by Todd Haynes – UK/USA

    Global Cinema
    - ARABIAN NIGHTS I, II and III by Miguel Gomes – Port/Fr
    - LOVE, THEFT AND OTHER ENTANGLEMENTS by Muayad Alayan – Palestine

    UK Cinema
    - 45 YEARS by Andrew Haigh – UK
    - A ROYAL NIGHT OUT by Julian Jarrold – UK

    Sound and Vision
    MR. DYNAMITE: THE RISE OF JAMES BROWN by Alex Gibney – USA
    - SEYMOUR: AN INTRODUCTION by Ethan Hawke – USA

    Artists on Film
    - HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT by Kent Jones – USA

     

     

     


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    Just when you thought that the 2015 Broken Heel Festival couldn’t get any more spectacular, the party that celebrates Priscilla Queen of the Desert’s 21st Birthday has released its full programme and it’s sure to have your inner Ru Paul shivering with anticipation.

    With over 15 Drag Queen and Drag King artists performing, cabaret, street parties, comedy, fireworks and live music over three jam-packed days, the outback has never looked this fabulous!

    The Festival is on from Friday 11 – Sunday 13 September and tickets are on sale now, so pack those heels and grab a ticket lovvies!

    Expect hilarious banter, sharp-tongued wit and wigs that defy gravity on Friday 11th September because Queens of the Stuart Highway will be performing at the Palace Hotel. Nothing is out of bounds for the sassy Mon Cheri, Sianne Tate and Sherri lee Valor – if it’s a classic drag number these queens have got it covered. The troupe have travelled Australia and know how to raise important issues, like why are there never enough sequins? You may want to bring an umbrella for this show, there’s a high chance that it will start raining men.

    The famous “Priscilla Bus” from the million dollar stage production will also be on display all weekend long. Get up close and personal with its gaudy tropical interior and imagine you’re one of the girls in the film. It won’t be hard to immerse yourself with bands like BAAB – Newcastle’s kookiest ABBA cover band - smashing out all the hits on Friday 11th September. 

    Add some flair to that head of hair with the Sir Madam Salon pop-up interactive performance. Curl up and be a part of the salon chatter about fashion, art, culture, gender and remote Australia. Hairdresser and interdisciplinary extraordinaire, Mel Barkan, will be weaving a unique hairpin line through the anthropological tangle of “what is art” using hair, whilst Kate Fielding and Ben Fox will be cutting through the issue of social change in remote Australia and around the world. 

     

    The lovely locks will continue to flow with the screening of Alex Kelly’s highly anticipated documentary, Starlady. Armed with pink extensions, painted on eyebrows, glitter stockings and superman hotpants, Starlady is a youth worker on a mission: to improve the lives of young indigenous people through the art of hairdressing.  Like a real life Priscilla, Starlady takes us on a Queen of the Desert journey to Areyonga, an indigenous community in Central Australia, where she’ll work with a group of curious and cheeky young people. The Screening on Sunday September 13th is not to be missed!


    The fabulously talented Peter Goers will also be joining the pageantry on the Sunday of the Festival. The host of The Evening Show on 891 ABC Adelaide will be masters of ceremony for the Broken Heel Festivals intimate Q&A special, with a never before assembled collection of cast from Priscilla. Peter will also be a judge at the “Lap of the Main Drag” event on Saturday midday starting in the town square. Gentlemen start your Engines! And may the best woman win!

     

    Broken Heel is organised by the Palace Hotel, in Priscilla’s spiritual home of Broken Hill. The Festival invites road-trippers, seekers of fun, and the outrageously spectacular to visit the quirky mining town on the western edge of NSW, just a mere 1,100kms from Sydney. What better time to visit than when Broken Hill will be at its most glamourous. The weekend will be jam-packed full of all laughs, lycra and levity


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    The Denver Film Society announced today it will host their second annual CineLatino Film Festival September 24 - 27 to coincide with Hispanic Heritage month. The four-day long festival will celebrate the best in cinema from Latin America, Mexico, Europe and the United States. The Festival will present seven feature length films, three documentaries and one retrospective title.

     

    CineLatino will close out the festival with the crowd pleaser, Landfill Harmonic. The film follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight.  Additional highlights of this year's festival include a special screening of the animated hit, The Book of Life, in partnership with the Denver Botanic Gardens. Experts from the Botanic Gardens, as well as the film's Art Director, Paul Sullivan will be on hand to discuss the folklore and symbolism behind Dia de los Muertos. Guests will be invited to decorate their own sugar skull in Henderson's Lounge following the film.

     

    "Last year's CineLatino exceeded everyone's expectations," says Denver Film Society Programming Manager, Ernie Quiroz. "This year's incredible lineup features films from Cannes, Berlin, San Diego Latino, Cine Las Americas, and the Chicago Latino Film Festival. We are proud to add Denver to the list of prestigious festivals celebrating Hispanic and Latino culture and heritage."

     

    "The Denver Film Society is thrilled to bring Latino film and culture to life on the big screen. CineLatino is a four-day celebration of Latino culture that shines a spotlight on the community during Hispanic Heritage Month," says Denver Film Society Programming Manager Ernie Quiroz.

     

    All-access Festival passes are on sale now. A complete Festival pass to CineLatino is $55 for DFS members and $70 for non-members. The pass includes all films, as well as access to all special events, receptions and parties. Visit DenverFilm.org for more information and to purchase your tickets. Individual tickets to CineLatino will go on sale August 31.


    Direct Link to full program and to purchase http://www.denverfilm.org/filmcenter/detail.aspx?id=27676&FID=80
     

    Online & Social Media: www.denverfilm.org "Like" Denver Film Society on Facebook (Facebook.com/DenverFilm), "Follow" Denver Film Society on Twitter(@DenverFilm), join the conversation by using #CineLatinoDFS

     

    FEATURES

     

    CLIMAS

    Peru | Colombia

    Spanish with English subtitles

    Three women, three regions of Peru, three different stories affected by various geographies and climates. Eva lives in Amazonia, in a tropical climate where it's always humid and hot and the people are happy and friendly. She is a young adolescent girl awakening to her sexuality. Victoria is from Lima which is grey, dark and rainy. This wealthy woman has everything she could wish for: a lovely house, a husband and money; however, she is not happy. She carries a tragic secret which makes her life dull and cold like the city she lives in. Zoraida is the oldest. She lives high up in the Andes, where there's little more to see than snow-covered peaks. This reticent and restrained woman watched her children leave the inhospitable region and move to the city. Completely alone she struggles with her fears and waits to welcome her son after a very long absence. Yes, climate does affect us...

     

    EXTRAORDINARY TALES

    Luxembourg | Belgium | Spain | USA

    English

    Poe's spirit, embodied in his infamous Crow, meets Death while visiting his beloved wife Virginia Clemm's grave. Death says the time has come to collect the poet's soul but Poe needs to linger a little longer in the land of the living. He engages with Death in a creepy, macabre storytelling game. Directed by famed Spanish animator Raul Garica and featuring the voices of: Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Julian Sands, Guillermo Del Toro, Cornelia Funke, Stephen Hugues, Roger Corman.

     

    LA JAULA DE ORO

    Mexico/Guatemala

    Spanish | Tzotzil with English Subtitles

    Juan, Sara and Samuel, all 15 years old, flee from Guatemala towards the USA. On their journey through Mexico they meet Chauk, a Tzotzil Indian who does not speak Spanish and has no official documents. They all believe they will find a better world beyond the USA-Mexico border but they run into a harsh reality.

     

    MANOS SUCIAS

    Colombia

    Portugese with English Subtitles

    From the port of Buenaventura--the most dangerous city in Colombia--three men embark on a journey over the dark murky waters of the Pacific. A set of mysterious coordinates is their guide, a fishing net is their cover, and a narco-torpedo filled with 100kg of cocaine is their cargo. Following estranged brothers as they they risk everything for a chance a better life; Manos Sucias takes a close look at life at the bottom of the food chain in the international drug trade.

     

    MARSHLAND

    Spain

    Spanish with English Subtitles

    The Spanish deep South, 1980. A series of brutal murders of adolescent girls in a remote and forgotten town bring together two disparate characters - both detectives in the homicide division - to investigate the cases. With deep divisions in their ideology, detectives Juan and Pedro must put aside their differences if they are to successfully hunt down a killer who for years has terrorized a community in the shadow of a general disregard for women rooted in a misogynistic past.

     

    NATURAL SCIENCES

    Argentina / France

    Spanish with English Subtitles

    In the mountains of Argentina, in the freezing cold of winter, Lila tries to escape from a boarding school on horseback. At 12 years old, she has just hit puberty, and she's determined to track down the father she's never known. Her teacher stops her, concerned for her well-being, but Lila's force of will eventually wins her over. Against the wishes of the school principal, the teacher drives Lila to the place where her father used to work, setting in motion a twisting, turning journey through buried memories and interconnected lives. In his debut feature, director Matías Lucchesi brings sensitivity and insight to his exploration of the psychological ramifications of family connections, framing the brittle emotions of his characters against sweeping vistas of the harsh Sierras de Córdoba mountain range.

     

    A WOLF AT THE DOOR

    Brazil

    Portugese with English Subtitles

    Based on real events, and set in Rio de Janeiro, A Wolf at the Door is the nerve-rattling tale of a kidnapped child and the terror of the parents left behind. When Sylvia (Fabíula Nascimento) discovers her 6 year old daughter has been picked up at school by an unknown woman, police summon her husband Bernardo (Milhem Cortaz) to the station for questioning. There Bernardo confesses his extra-marital affair with Rosa (Leandra Leal), whom detectives believe to be involved in the kidnapping. Inspired by real events, Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Coimbra's debut feature captures the heightened anxiety of every parent's worst nightmare, casting a light upon the cruelties of which humans are capable.

     

    DOCUMENTARIES

     

    ALL OF ME

    Mexico

    Spanish with English Subtitles

    In 1995, two sisters stood by the railroad tracks with their shopping bags, waiting for the train to pass by. "Madre, we are hungry," they heard from the roof of La Bestia (the Beast), the train on which many illegal migrants from neighboring countries try to reach the border between Mexico and the United States. In reply, the two young women threw milk and bread up to the travelers. This was the beginning of Las Patronas, a group of women from the village of La Patrona in central Mexico, who ever since that day in 1995 have thrown packages of food and bottles of water up to many thousands of migrants on the railway line. Every day they cook a simple lunch in big, blackened pots on charcoal fires, the ingredients for which are donated by sympathizers and local small businesses. They haven't missed a single day in all these years. While the camera records the preparation and distribution of the food, the women talk about what motivates them. How they understand, from their own personal experience of human suffering, great and small, that people are willing to undertake the hazardous train journey out of a desire for a better life. Fairly regularly people fall from the train, or discord among the migrants erupts. Las Patronas help out in these cases as well.

     

    FINDING GASTON

    Peru

    Spanish with English Subtitles

    Can a cook change his country through his food? Finding Gaston follows acclaimed chef Gaston Acurio, largely credited with creating and popularizing Peruvian cuisine, to find out the stories, the inspirations and the dreams behind man who has taken his cuisine outside the kitchen on a mission to change his country with his food. Join the culinary journey into the world of Peruvian cuisine to discover the power of food in Peru - and around the world.

     

    LANDFILL HARMONIC

    USA | Paraguay | Norway | Brazil

    Spanish with English Subtitles

    Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. Under the guidance of idealistic music director Favio Chavez, the orchestra must navigate a strange new world of arenas and sold-out concerts. However, when a natural disaster strikes their country, Favio must find a way to keep the orchestra intact and provide a source of hope for their town. The film is a testament to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit.

     

    RETROSPECTIVES

     

    The Book of Life

    USA

    English

    Art Director Paul Sullivan in-person

    Join us and Denver Botanic Gardens as we explore the symbolism behind Día de Los Muertos, with a special screening of The Book of Life. This vibrant fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village. After the screening, representatives from Denver Botanic Gardens and Mexican Cultural Center, as well the Art Director of the film Paul Sullivan, will lead a discussion on the imagery behind the film. Post discussion, head over to Henderson's lounge to decorate your own sugar skull to take home.

     

     

    Sponsors

    Relish Catering, Visit Denver, Biennial of the Americas, SCFD, Goose Island Beer Co. & Denver Botanic Gardens

     

    Media Partners

    KUVO, KBNO, & Telemundo Denver


    Community Partners

    Servicios de la Raza, Project Enye, Consulado de Mexico en Denver & Mexican Cultural Center

     

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    About the Denver Film Society 

     

     

    Denver Film Society founded in 1978, the Denver Film Society (DFS) is a membership-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural institution that produces film events throughout the year, including the award-winning Starz Denver Film Festival and the popular, summertime series Film on the Rocks. With a vision to cultivate community and transform lives through film, the Film Society provides opportunities for diverse audiences to discover film through creative, thought-provoking experiences.

     

    The permanent home of the Denver Film Society, the Sie FilmCenter, is Denver's only year-round cinematheque, presenting a weekly-changing calendar of first-run exclusives and arthouse revivals both domestic and foreign, narrative and documentary - over 600 per year, all shown in their original language and format. DFS's one-of-a-kind programs annually reach more than 200,000 film lovers and film lovers-in-training. 

     

     

     

     
     

     

     
     
     
     
     

     

     

       

     


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  • 08/26/15--12:06: 2016 CALL FOR ENTRIES!
  • We're accepting films to our 3rd year!  We will boast 7 days of independent cinema from all over the world in a modern theater in the heart of the world-famous arts distrcit in North Hollywood, California!  All genres accepted.  Awards given in multiple categories.  Check us out at www.nohocinefest.com.  We are on Withoutabox and Film Freeway!


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  • 08/28/15--11:36: ARY Film Festival
  • ARY Films has created its place in the filmmaking industry & is quickly pacing up to accomplish new models; hence, they are ready to organize ARY Film Festival at the end of this year. ARY Films aims to culture the art of filmmaking in Pakistan through ARY Film Festival. The festival will provide its participants with a platform where they will be challenged with projects and exercises and will get a chance to expose their work to the world. 
        The submissions for the ARY Film Festival are open; the festival is seeking both aspiring and professional filmmakers. The festival will offer dynamic experience to the participants and they may get a chance to learn from renowned names of the industry. Bring in fresh ideas, participate in the festival & get a chance to engage with people having a powerful background in film! 

    Submissions for the following categories are open:
    Fiction(Feature Film)
    Fiction(Short Film)
    Documentary(Feature film)
    Documentary(Short Film)

    Are you a filmmaker or have you always wanted to become one?
    If yes, then what are you waiting for?

    Grab a hold of this opportunity and apply now!
    Apply here: bit.ly/1Mt5tZR
    Deadline: 30th September, 2015.


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  • 08/30/15--08:54: 2016 submissions Now Open
  • The 4th annual Tally Shorts Film Festival is looking for top-notch short films! We strive to provide our audience with a wide collection of films, which is why we love shorts! There is no better way to experience a fantastic variety of film than with a great selection of shorts all brought together in one exciting event!
     
    To submit simply go to www.tallyshorts.com/submit/
     
    Do you have what it takes?
     
    ENTRY FEES
    Earlybird Submission – $8 (Aug 31 - Sep 27)
    Regular Submission – $15 (Sep 28 – Nov 16)
    Late Submission – $20 (Nov 17 – Dec 18)
     
    Max Length:
    25 minutes
    Please note: Length includes all credits and graphics, any films received that exceed 25 minutes will not be considered.
     
    Release Date:
    Must have a production release date no earlier than 01/01/2013.
     
    Genres:
    Narrative, Animation, Documentary, Children's most any genre is acceptable, however we maintain the right to exclude films based on content that is found unsuitable. Non-narrative films such as music videos, experimental films, artistic interpretations, etc. are also welcome but must be under 5 min in duration.
     
    To submit simply go to www.tallyshorts.com/submit/
     
    All submissions will be reviewed by our selection committee and you will be notified by email once a decision has been made on your film. Final selections will be made no later than Jan. 04, 2016.
     
    www.tallyshorts.com

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  • 08/31/15--18:58: Camerimage news
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    BEST OF LODZ FILM SCHOOL AND FH DORTMUND AT CAMERIMAGE 2014!

    During the upcoming 23rd edition of the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography CAMERIMAGE we will screen films from two prestigious European film schools – The Faculty of Radio and Television of the University of Silesia and ELO Film School Helsinki.

     

     

    The Faculty of Radio and Television of the University of Silesia came to existence in 1978. One of its first lecturers was its current patron – Krzysztof Kieslowski. The Faculty, known also simply as Katowice Film School, offers three types of specialization – Film and Television Direction, Film and Television Picture Realisation, and Media Managing and Organization of Film and Television Production. Students learn their future craft from the distinguished filmmakers such as Bogdan Dziworski, Adam Sikora, Krzysztof Zanussi, Filip Bajon, Andrzej Fidyk, Marcin Koszałka, Maciej Pieprzyca, Marcin Wrona and Michał Rosa, just to name a few. Every year the Faculty's students make dozens of etudes, many of which are presented and awarded at film festivals of national and international level (students from Katowice Film School were awarded five times at Camerimage, including three Golden Tadpoles). Soon the whole Faculty will move to its new premises, equipped with a brand new film and television recording studio, hi-tech editing and production facilities and a screening room.

     

     

    ELO Film School Helsinki at Aalto University’s School of Arts, Design and Architecture is Finland’s only university-level film school. The versatile teaching program offered at ELO gives the future filmmakers and producers a chance to prepare for their profession by working on high-level cinematic and set design projects. The department’s research facilities bring new understanding of the various forms of expression and contemporary film production processes and open paths to further unique international research opportunities in the field. The aim of the education provided by the ELO School of Film, Television and Scenography is to familiarise students with the artistic and research processes and practices in the fields of cinema, set design and costume design, while contributing to the renewal of the art forms their represent. In accordance with the general practice followed by international film schools, the BA and MA programs in Film and Television consist of seven areas of specialization, providing education for those willing to pursue their careers as artists and professionals in film and other audiovisual productions.
     

     

     

     

     23rd Camerimage will be held in Bydgoszcz

    from the 14th through 21st November 
    More about Bydgoszcz can be found here: www.visitbydgoszcz.pl

    Camerimage Festival Office
    www.camerimage.pl
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    Organized with financial help of The City of Bydgoszcz, The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Polish Film Institute and with the support of Creative Europe - Media Programme of the European Union.

    Festival is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund within the Regional Operational Programme for Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship for the years 2007-2013 and the budget of Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship.

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    - Award-winning films from international festival circuit to define "Independent by Nature" Sept. 25-30, 2015 -

    Aspen Film announced today its full schedule for the 37th Aspen Filmfest, which runs Sept. 25-30 at Paepcke Auditorium and the Isis Theater in Aspen and the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale. The complete lineup of films is available at www.aspenfilm.org.

     

    Timed to the spectacular fall color in the Rocky Mountains, Aspen Film presents a six-day celebration of independent and big-screen cinema for locals and visitors to the Roaring Fork Valley's inspiring alpine locale alike. Showcases of award-winning features and documentaries from around the world along with previews of starry studio releases are punctuated by filmmaker guests, in-depth discussions and classroom education programming.

     

    CITY OF GOLD (Sundance Selects) launches the festival on Sept. 25 at Paepcke Auditorium - programmed by Aspen Film's new Artistic Director Maggie Mackay. Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times food writer and restaurant critic Jonathan Gold is the delightfully fascinating subject of filmmaker Laura Gabbert's thought-provoking, convention-challenging, and of course mouthwatering documentary. She will join Mackay on stage following the film for an in-depth Q&A.

     

    The film is preceded by an Opening Night Reception (4:00pm-5:00pm) at Harris Hall on the Aspen Institute campus - free to the public and sponsored by The Aspen Times, Aspen Sojourner, Carne Humana Wine and Aspen Brewing Company. 

    ROOM (A24) will conclude festivities as the Opening Night Feature.

     

    Closing Night, Wednesday, Sept. 30, will kick off with Closing Documentary ROMEO IS BLEEDING. Donté Clark is on a mission to combat his hometown's gang violence with poetry. As Clark and his high-school students delve into an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, real-life and fictional tragedies begin to overlap. This portrait of a young man struggling to give voice as well as hope to a hurting community is as inspiring as it is absorbing. A Q&A with director Jason Zeldes will immediately follow.

     

    Filmfest will conclude with the always-anticipated "SURPRISE FILM." Last year, Filmfest audiences were delighted to see Whiplash revealed in its opening credits.

     

    Once again Filmfest will cast a spotlight on documentary filmmaking in its True Stories section. In addition to CITY OF GOLD, Mitch Dickman's ROLLING PAPERS (Alchemy), produced by a team of Colorado filmmakers including frequent Aspen Film guest and Academy Award® winner Daniel Junge, screens on Saturday, Sept. 26. The impending death of old media and the legalization of recreational marijuana sound like two different stories. This offbeat yet revealing documentary, revolving around Ricardo Baca, the first-ever marijuana editor for a major American newspaper, indicates otherwise, asking whether the development of a whole new beat is enough to save traditional journalism. This screening will be followed by a lively panel discussion with filmmakers and special guests.

     

    Films in New Voices showcase emerging talent and innovative filmmaking while Global Visions explores international cinema at its finest. Both sections highlight prize winners from the international festival circuit this year including SON OF SAUL (Grand Prix prize, Cannes 2015), EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT (Art Cinema Award, Director's Fortnight, Cannes 2015), SWORN VIRGIN (Nora Ephron prize, Tribeca 2015), THE SECOND MOTHER (Special Jury Award: Acting, Sundance 2015).

     

    "Aspen Film is honored to present Laura Thielen and George Eldred's final Aspen Film program and we are thrilled to introduce audiences to our new Artistic Director Maggie Mackay," says Executive Director John Thew. "Maggie and I look forward to continuing the growth of Aspen Film." 

     

    Aspen Film REEL PEOPLE member ticket pre-sales begin Friday, Sept. 4. Tickets to the general public go on sale Friday, Sept. 11. Tickets for all Aspen and Carbondale shows are available through the Wheeler Opera House Box Office (320 E. Hyman Ave., 970.920.5770, www.aspenshowtix.com); tickets for Carbondale shows are also available through Bonfire Coffee (433 Main St., 970.510.5327, www.bonfirecoffee.com).    

     

    Aspen Filmfest is presented by The Aspen Times and generously supported by grants from the City of Aspen, Embrey Family Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, Les Dames d'Aspen, Thrift Shop of Aspen and AspenOUT. Aspen Filmfest is sponsored by The Aspen Club & Spa, The Gant, Aspen Public Radio, Aspen Sojourner, Alpine Bank, Meat & Cheese Restaurant and Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media.

     

    For full Aspen Filmfest program, more information and to join Aspen Film, please visit www.aspenfilm.org. For updates, like Aspen Film on Facebook follow @AspenFilm on Twitter and Instagram and join the conversation by using #Filmfest15. 

     

    ABOUT THE FILMS:

     

    SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS:

     

    CITY OF GOLD (dir. Laura Gabbert, USA, 2014, 96 min.)

    Opening Night Documentary, Friday, Sept. 25, 5:30 p.m., Paepcke Auditorium

    Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times food writer and restaurant critic Jonathan Gold is the delightfully fascinating subject of filmmaker Laura Gabbert's thought-provoking, convention-challenging, and of course mouthwatering documentary. Q+A with filmmaker Laura Gabbert.

     

    ROOM (dir. Lenny Abrahamson, Ireland/Canada, 2015, 113 min.)

    Opening Night Feature, Friday, Sept. 25, 8:15 p.m., Paepcke Auditorium

    Both highly suspenseful and deeply emotional, Room starring ever-talented indie darling Brie Larson, is an unexpectedly tender exploration of the boundless love between a mother and child under the most harrowing of circumstances. 

     

    ROLLING PAPERS (dir. Mitch Dickman, USA, 2015, 79 min.)

    Documentary Spotlight, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2:30 p.m., Paepcke Auditorium

    The impending death of old media and the legalization of recreational marijuana sound like two different stories. This offbeat yet revealing documentary, revolving around Ricardo Baca, the first-ever marijuana editor for a major American newspaper, indicates otherwise, asking whether the development of a whole new beat is enough to save traditional journalism. Screening will be followed by a lively panel discussion with filmmakers and special guests. Screening will be followed by a lively panel discussion with filmmakers and special guests.

     

    EXPERIMENTER (dir. Michael Almereyd, USA, 2015, 108 min.)

    Special Presentation, Sunday, Sept. 27, 8:15 p.m., Paepcke Auditorium

    In 1961, Stanley Milgram, an American social psychologist, conducted a controversial experiment that became household news, impacting his life and career in unexpected ways. Filmmaker Michael Almereyda's latest, starring Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder and peppered with surprise cameos, investigates profound questions about the dynamics of social behavior while highlighting the filmmaker's trademark irrepressible style.

     

    ROMEO IS BLEEDING (dir. Jason Zeldes, USA, 2015, 93 min.)

    Closing Night Documentary, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 5:30 p.m., Isis Theater

    Donté Clark is on a mission to combat his hometown's gang violence with poetry. As Clark and his high-school students delve into an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, real-life and fictional tragedies begin to overlap. This portrait of a young man struggling to give voice as well as hope to a hurting community is as inspiring as it is absorbing. Q+A with filmmaker Jason Zeldes and special guests.

     

    GLOBAL VISIONS:

     

    THE PASSION OF AUGUSTINE (dir. Léa Pool, Canada, 2015, 103 min.)

    Saturday, Sept. 26, 12:00 p.m, Paepcke Auditorium.; Sunday, Sept. 27, 5:00 p.m., Crystal Theatre

    At her convent in rural Québec, Mother Augustine has long enjoyed a reputation for nurturing young classical musicians. Now she finds that not just her music but her way of life is at odds with the sociopolitical upheaval of the 1960s. Léa Pool's light-hearted drama explores the inevitability of change and the courage required to confront it.

     

    THE NEW GIRLFRIEND (dir. François Ozon, France, 2014, 107 min.)

    Saturday, Sept. 26, 8:30 p.m., Paepcke Auditorium

    French master François Ozon's bold and provocative adaptation of a story by mystery writer Ruth Rendell about the bourgeoning friendship between newly widowed David and Claire, his deceased wife's best friend, raises questions about the nature of identity, desire, and sexuality in the modern world.

     

    EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT (dir. Ciro Guerra, Colombia, 2015, 123 min.)

    Sunday, Sept. 27, 2:30 p.m.,Paepcke Auditorium

    Winner of the Directors' Fortnight prize at Cannes, this mesmerizing Colombian epic journeys into the heart of the South American rainforest to tell the story of Karamakate, a shaman who, four decades apart, serves as a river guide to two scientists. Part fever dream, part ethnographic exploration, the film evocatively interweaves these two journeys.

     

    EL CINCO (dir. Adrián Biniez, Argentina/Uruguay, 2014, 100 min.)

    Saturday, Sept. 26, 8:00 p.m., Crystal Theatre; Monday, Sept. 28, 2:30 p.m., Isis Theater

    Argentinian writer/director Adrián Biniez's unconventional coming-of-age romance about a self-defeating pro soccer player in midlife crisis takes a wry, engaging look at love's redemptive power.

     

    DOUGH (dir. John Goldschmidt, U.K., 2015, 94 min.)

    Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2:30 p.m., Isis Theater

    An exploration of the unlikeliest of friendships, this heart-warming dramatic comedy revolves around Nat Dayan (played by the venerable Jonathan Pryce), an aging Jewish baker who has fallen on hard times. When Dayan hires charming young Ayyash, a Muslim refugee from Dafar, business begins to boom. But is it all too good to be true?

     

    THE DARK HORSE (dir. James Napier Robertson, New Zealand, 2014, 124 min.)

    Tuesday, Sept. 29, 8:15 p.m., Isis Theater

    Kiwi megastar Cliff Curtis (Whale Rider, Once Were Warriors) gives a towering yet tender performance in writer/director James Napier Robertson's spirited drama based on the life of Maori chess master Genesis Potini.

     

    THE SECOND MOTHER (dir. Anna Muylaert,Brazil, 2015, 110 min.)

    Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2:30 p.m., Isis Theater

    Val, the longtime housemaid and nanny to a family of means in São Paulo, accepts without question her station in life. Enter Jéssica, the smart and strong-willed daughter Val hasn't seen in years. Examining the boundaries between old ways and new, filmmaker Anna Muylaert's family drama is both social study and sharp-edged comedy.

     

    NEW VOICES:

     

    TUMBLEDOWN (dir. Sean Mewshaw,USA/Canada, 2015, 105 min.)

    Friday, Sept. 25, 5:30 p.m., Crystal Theatre; Saturday, Sept. 26, 5:30 p.m., Paepacke Auditorium

    Bringing vibrant indie sensibilities to bear on a classic genre, this updated romantic comedy stars Rebecca Hall as the widow of a brilliant-but-troubled singer-songwriter and Jason Sudeikis as the academic determined to write a biography about her husband. Griffin Dunne, Blythe Danner, Richard Masur, and Joe Manganiello bring joie de vivre to supporting roles.

     

    SON OF SAUL (dir. László Nemes, Hungary, 2015, 107 min.)

    Monday, Sept. 28, 8:15 p.m., Isis Theater

    Writer/director László Nemes' Cannes-winning epic tells the story of Saul Ausländer, a Jewish prisoner at Auschwitz-Birkenau forced to assist the Nazis in their large-scale exterminations. When Saul discovers the body of a boy he believes to be his own, he embarks on an impossible mission made all the more terrifying by his fellow inmates' planned uprising.

     

    SWORN VIRGIN (dir. Laura Bispuri, Italy/Germany/Switzerland/Kosovo/Albania, 2015, 90 min.)

    Tuesday, Sept. 29, 12:00 p.m., Isis Theater

    In rural Albania, women may avoid a life of domestic servitude by agreeing to the terms of an unusual social contract: adopt the identities of men and remain celibate. Thus, Hana becomes Mark, one such "sworn virgin." But 14 years on, as the limitations of Hana's situation grow ever-more confining, she makes a decision to leave behind everything she has ever known.

     

    THE GREAT MAN (dir. Sarah Leonor, France, 2015, 107 min.)

    Wednesday, Sept. 30, 12:00 p.m., Isis Theater

    Markov and fellow French Legionnaire Hamilton, dedicated to one another during their final days behind enemy lines in Afghanistan, reunite in Paris as civilians under very different circumstances. An affecting treatment of identity, trauma, and fraternal responsibility, this finely wrought tale is so suffused with generous humanity that we're never sure to whom the title actually refers.

     

    TRUE STORIES:

     

    SHERPA (dir. Jennifer Peedom, Australia/U.K., 2015, 96 min.)

    Friday, Sept. 25, 8:15 p.m., Crystal Theatre; Sunday, Sept. 27, 12:00 p.m., Paepcke Auditorium

    Award-winning filmmaker and veteran climber Jennifer Peedom's at once breathtaking and heartbreaking documentary about Nepalese Sherpas explores the impact that our dream of conquering nature has on the people bound by economic circumstance to help make it come true.

     

    PEGGY GUGGENHEIM: ART ADDICT (dir. Lisa Immordino Vreeland USA, 2015, 96 min.)

    Sunday, Sept. 27, 5:30 p.m., Paepcke Auditorium

    A combination of archival footage, recently re-discovered audio recordings, stills, and commentary from myriad present-day tastemakers serves as the judiciously straightforward frame for Lisa Immordino Vreeland's portrait of Peggy Guggenheim, which derives all its luster from the colorful-and indeed lusty-subject herself. Q+A with filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland.

     

    FRAME BY FRAME (dirs. Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli,USA, 2015, 85 min.)

    Saturday, Sept. 26, 5:30 p.m., Crystal Theatre; Monday, Sept. 28, 12:00 p.m., Isis Theater

    After the 2001 fall of the Taliban regime, a fledgling free press emerged in Afghanistan and a media revolution was born. Interweaving revealing interviews and never-before-seen archival footage, this award-winning documentary is an inspiring portrait of four Afghan photojournalists determined to reclaim their country's humanity. Q+A with filmmakers.

     

    ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD (dir. Suzanne Crocker, Canada, 2014, 88 min.)

    Monday, Sept. 28, 5:30 p.m., Isis Theater

    A multi-award-winning hit on the festival circuit, Canadian filmmaker Suzanne Crocker's portrait of a family-her own-living off the grid in the Yukon wilderness reveals that connecting with nature and one another is a sometimes funny, sometimes moving, and always fascinating experience.

     

    A BALLERINA'S TALE (dir. Nelson George, USA, 2015, 85 min.)

    Tuesday, Sept. 29, 5:30 p.m., Isis Theater

    Veteran documentarian Nelson George's stirring behind-the-scenes documentary about American Ballet Theatre star Misty Copeland, who personifies the drive to realize one's dreams against all odds, bears the hallmarks of the greatest sports dramas. That it happens to be true is all the more astonishing.

     

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    ABOUT ASPEN FILM:

    Established in 1979, Aspen Film is one of Colorado's most active film arts organizations, presenting dynamic programs and featured guest artists throughout the year. Internationally recognized, Aspen Film organizes a major film event in every season, along with an extensive education program: Aspen Filmfest, Academy Screenings, Aspen Shortsfest and Film Educates. With a mission to enlighten, enrich, educate and entertain through film, Aspen Film stimulates thought, encourages dialogue and broadens understanding of our world and selves through the diverse spectrum of ideas presented by filmmakers worldwide. To learn more, visit www.aspenfilm.org and socially on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

     
     
     

     

     


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    Together, Go Short (NL) and International Short Film Festival Leuven (BE), adopt the role of gatekeeper for Euro Connection, the largest and most important coproduction platform for short films in Europe.

     

    Euro Connection takes place every February at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France and aims to promote co-production of short films in Europe. Go Short and International Short Film Festival Leuven (IKL) will work together to make a preselection from Dutch and Flemish productions, and choose a project to pass forward to the international jury in France. Eventually 16 producers are allowed to pitch their project during Euro Connection.

     

    Dutch and Flemish producers of short films, animations and creative documentaries up to 40 minutes who are looking for a European co-financing partner are eligible to submit their project from September 1, 2015. An important condition is that partial funding has been granted. Projects can be submitted until October 23 2015. From all entries and Go Short and IKL will then select one project to be presented to the international jury. This jury ultimately decides which projects will be invited to Euro Connection 2016. The selected producers will be invited to pitch their project in Clermont-Ferrand and to participate in networking events. Producers of the selected projects who are not among the selected 16 are also assured of participation in Euro Connection and welcome to expand their international network.

     

    Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen is the Dutch festival for short film. For five days, over 300 short films are screened in and around LUX in Nijmegen. Besides screenings there are exhibitions, workshops, performances, parties and more. The 8th edition of the festival takes place from 6 – 10 April 2016. More information on the festival at www.goshort.nl

     

     


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    CineFest, Hungary`s biggest film event starts on 11 September with a CineClassics screening: the digitally restored Once Upon a Time in the West - in the presence of Claudia Cardinale. The festival's 6 years old film history series presents an extensive western focus, screenings and a conference - and what`s more, it commemorates the Hungarian born Paramount founder, the legendary studio boss Adolph Zukor, producer of many early westerns, who was born in the nearby village Ricse.


    CineFest`s country focus program screens Ivan Passer's 50 years old masterpiece Intimate Lighting and Michael Haneke's early film, the cathartic Benny's Video - in cooperation with the Czech Centre and the Austrian Cultural Forum.  A Hungarian language presentation tells the story of the right 90 years old Miskolc city cinema, and an exhibition remembers the Russian stage and screen legend Smoktunovsky who was born 90 years ago (watch his brilliant Hamlet in the Miskolc Theatre Museum, Déryné u. 3.).

    Smoktunovsky was one of the best Hamlets - for his 1964 performance in Grigory Kozintsev's legendary film Innokentiy Smoktunovsky was even nominated for the BAFTA (and the film was nominated for the Golden Globe). He was one of the best Shakespeare actors - and one of the best Russian actors ever. The Siberian-born son of Polish-Russian exilants appeared in hundreds of plays and in dozens of great films from The Unsent Letter to Nine Days in One Year, from Crime and Punishment to Uncle Vanya, just to name a few. Now a small exhibition - curated by Anna Geréb and Gábor Mikita, in cooperation with the Moscow Bahrusin Museum - honours him in the Miskolc Theatre Museum (Déryné u. 3.). Opening: right before the grand opening of the festival, 11 September, 3 PM.






     


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    The programme for the 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. BFI London Film Festival is Britain's leading film event and one of the world's oldest film festivals. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience. The Festival provides an essential platform for films seeking global success; and promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes. With this year’s industry programme stronger than ever, offering international filmmakers and leaders a programme of insightful events covering every area of the film industry‎ LFF positions London as the world’s leading creative city.

    The Festival will screen a total of 238 fiction and documentary features, including 16 World Premieres, 8 International Premieres, 40 European Premieres and 11 Archive films including 5 Restoration World Premieres.[1] There will also be screenings of 182 live action and animated shorts.  A stellar line-up of directors, cast and crew are expected to take part in career interviews, ScreenTalks, Q&As and a new programme of Industry Talks: LFF Connects. The 59th BFI London Film Festival will run Wednesday 7 – Sunday 18 October 2015.

    Taking place over 12 days, the Festival’s screenings are at venues across the capital, from the West End cinemas – Vue West End and the iconic Odeon Leicester Square; central London venues – BFI Southbank, BFI IMAX, Picturehouse Central, the ICA, Curzon Mayfair, Curzon Soho, Cineworld Haymarket and Ciné Lumière; and local cinemas – Ritzy Brixton, Hackney Picturehouse, Curzon Chelsea, Vue Islington and Rich Mix.  Additional screenings and events will take place at Tate Modern. Audiences across the UK can enjoy the Festival via simultaneous screenings in their local cinemas.

     

    GALAS

    OPENING & CLOSING NIGHT GALAS

    The Festival opens with the European Premiere of SUFFRAGETTE, starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Duff, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw and Meryl Streep. Director Sarah Gavron returns to the Festival for a third time with a film that tells the story of the ordinary British women at the turn of the last century who risked everything in the fight for equality and the right to vote.

    Audiences around the UK will have the chance to enjoy a live cinecast from the Opening Night red carpet via satellite to cinemas across the UK, followed by an exclusive preview screening of Suffragette. All the red carpet action will also be live-streamed on the BFI’s YouTube channel, thanks to our partners at Pathé and Google.

    The European Premiere of STEVE JOBS will close the Festival, directed by Danny Boyle whose films Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and 127 Hours (2010) previously closed the Festival. Based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography, the film takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to create a revealing portrait of the man at its epicentre. The film stars Michael Fassbender in the title role, Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg and Katherine Waterston.

     

    HEADLINE GALAS

    Among the other highly anticipated Galas are the previously announced American Express Gala of Todd Haynes’ CAROL, a beautiful 1950s romantic drama about a young woman working as a clerk in a department store who meets and falls in love with an alluring woman trapped in a loveless convenient marriage.  The film stars Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, who won the Best Actress Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for her role in the film. The Accenture Gala is the European premiere of TRUMBO, directed by Jay Roach and starring Bryan Cranston in a cracking performance as Dalton Trumbo, the Hollywood screenwriter who was blacklisted after refusing to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947.  Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Elle Fanning, Louis C.K. and John Goodman round out the cast. We are delighted to welcome back Official Airline Partner to this year’s Festival, Virgin Atlantic who will present Scott Cooper’s chilling crime drama BLACK MASS starring Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch and Joel Edgerton. The May Fair Hotel Gala is the European Premiere of the stirring drama BROOKLYN starring Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson and Emory Cohen, adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby from Colm Tóibin’s best-selling novel about the exquisite pain of choosing between an Irish homeland and the new promise of America.  The Centrepiece Gala supported by the Mayor of London is the European Premiere of director Nicholas Hytner’s THE LADY IN THE VAN adapted from writer Alan Bennett’s play and starring Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Jim Broadbent, Frances De La Tour and Roger Allam.  The Festival Gala is Ben Wheatley’s HIGH-RISE starring Tom Hiddleston as Dr. Robert Laing, a man who has just taken ownership of a luxurious apartment in this brilliant satire based on JG Ballard’s classic novel. The Archive Gala is the World Premiere of the BFI National Archive restoration of SHOOTING STARS, directed by A.V. Bramble and Anthony Asquith (1928).

     

    SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

    This year, the Festival introduces three Special Presentations, they are: the Experimenta Special Presentation, Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson’s phantasmagoric opus THE FORBIDDEN ROOM which screens at BFI IMAX; the Documentary Special Presentation, Davis Guggenheim’s HE NAMED ME MALALA an inspiring portrait of an incredibly brave and resilient young woman who carries a message of hope for women in the world; and the previously announced Fellowship Special Presentation of James Vanderbilt’s TRUTH starring Cate Blanchett in honour of the actress receiving the BFI Fellowship at this year’s LFF Awards Ceremony.

     

    STRAND GALAS

    The nine programme strands are each headlined with a gala, they are: the Love Gala, Luca Guadagnino’s A BIGGER SPLASH; the Debate Gala, Stephen Frears’ THE PROGRAM; the Dare Gala, Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE LOBSTER; the Laugh Gala, Ondi Timoner’s BRAND: A SECOND COMING (European Premiere); the Thrill Gala, Deepa Mehta’s BEEBA BOYS (International Premiere); the Cult Gala, S. Craig Zahler’s BONE TOMAHAWK (International Premiere); the Journey Gala, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s THE ASSASSIN; the Sonic Gala, Hany Abu-Assad’s THE IDOL (European Premiere) and the Family Gala is Rob Letterman’s GOOSEBUMPS (European Premiere). 

     

     

    AWARDS AND COMPETITIONS

    The Best Film Award will again be handed out in Official Competition; the Sutherland Award in the First Feature Competition and the Grierson Award in Documentary Competition. This year there is also the newly introduced Short Film Award, presented to one of a shortlist of 12 films selected from across the programme. Each section is open to international and British films.

     

    OFFICIAL COMPETITION

    The Official Competition line-up, recognising inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking, includes the following:

    ·         Jerzy Skolimowski, 11 MINUTES

    ·         Cary Fukunaga, BEASTS OF NO NATION

    ·         Apichatpong Weerasethakul, CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR

    ·         Athina Rachel Tsangari, CHEVALIER

    ·         Simon Stone, THE DAUGHTER

    ·         Jonás Cuarón, DESIERTO (European Premiere)

    ·         Lucile Hadžihalilović, EVOLUTION

    ·         Johnnie To, OFFICE (European Premiere)

    ·         Lenny Abrahamson, ROOM

    ·         László Nemes, SON OF SAUL

    ·         Terence Davies, SUNSET SONG

    ·         Sean Baker, TANGERINE

    ·         Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya, VERY BIG SHOT (European Premiere)

     

    FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION

    Titles in consideration for the Sutherland Award in the First Feature Competition recognising an original and imaginative directorial debut are:

    ·         Mai Masri, 3000 NIGHTS (European Premiere)

    ·         Eva Husson, BANG GANG (A MODERN LOVE STORY)

    ·         Magnus von Horn, THE HERE AFTER

    ·         Trey Edward Shults, KRISHA

    ·         Yared Zeleke, LAMB

    ·         Esther May Campbell, LIGHT YEARS

    ·         Ariel Kleiman, PARTISAN

    ·         Eugenio Canevari, PAULA

    ·         Bentley Dean, Martin Butler, TANNA

    ·         Piero Messina, THE WAIT

    ·         Nitzan Gilady, WEDDING DOLL (European Premiere)

    ·         Robert Eggers, THE WITCH

     

     

     

    DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

    The Grierson Award in the Documentary Competition category recognises cinematic documentaries with integrity, originality, and social or cultural significance. This year the Festival is screening:

    ·         João Pedro Plácido, (BE)LONGING

    ·         Mor Loushy, CENSORED VOICES

    ·         David Sington, THE FEAR OF 13 (World Premiere)

    ·         Alexandria Bombach, Mo Scarpelli, FRAME BY FRAME (European Premiere)

    ·         Alexander Sokurov, FRANCOFONIA

    ·         Frederick Wiseman, IN JACKSON HEIGHTS

    ·         Walter Salles, JIA ZHANGKE, A GUY FROM FENYANG

    ·         Tomer Heymann, MR. GAGA (International Premiere)

    ·         Patricio Guzmán, THE PEARL BUTTON

    ·         Sarah Turner, PUBLIC HOUSE (World Premiere)

    ·         Jennifer Peedom, SHERPA (European Premiere)

    ·         Hanna Polak, SOMETHING BETTER TO COME

     

    SHORT FILM AWARD

    In its inaugural year, the Short Film Award recognises short form works with a unique cinematic voice and a confident handling of chosen theme and content. This year the Festival is screening:

    ·         João Paulo Miranda Maria, COMMAND ACTION

    ·         Till Nowak, DISSONANCE

    ·         Nina Gantz, EDMOND

    ·         Peter Tscherkassky, THE EXQUISITE CORPUS

    ·         Mees Peijnenburg, A HOLE IN MY HEART

    ·         An van Dienderen, LILI (International Premiere)

    ·         Maïmouna Doucouré, MOTHER(S)

    ·         Shai Heredia, Shumona Goel, AN OLD DOG’S DIARY (European Premiere)

    ·         Caroline Bartleet, OPERATOR (World Premiere)

    ·         Jörn Threlfall, OVER

    ·         Vivienne Dick, RED MOON RISING (World Premiere)

    ·         Ziya Demirel, TUESDAY

     

    FILM GUESTS

    Key filmmaking talent due to attend the Festival’s gala and special presentation screenings include: Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham-Carter, Meryl Streep, Sarah Gavron, Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Danny Boyle, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Todd Haynes, Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, Jay Roach, Benedict Cumberbatch, Scott Cooper, Saoirse Ronan, John Crowley, Nick Hornby, Colm Toíbín, Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Nicholas Hytner, Alan Bennett, Tom Hiddleston, Ben Wheatley, Luca Guadagnino, Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Yorgos Lanthimos, Ben Foster, Stephen Frears, Ondi Timoner, Randeep Hooda, Deepa Mehta, S. Craig Zahler, Hany Abu-Assad, Guy Maddin and Davis Guggenheim.

    Additional filmmaking talent attending for films in competition include: for Official Competition: Jerzy Skolimowski, Cary Fukunaga, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Jonás Cuarón, Lucile Hadžihalilović, Lenny Abrahamson, Brie Larson, Terence Davies, László Nemes, Sean Baker; First Feature Competition: Mai Masri, Eva Husson, Magnus von Horn, Trey Edward Shults, Yared Zaleke, Esther May Campbell, Nitzan Gilady, Ariel Kleiman, Eugenio Canevari, Robert Eggers, Piero Messina; Documentary Competition: João Pedro Plácido, Mor Loushy, David Sington, Walter Salles , Tomer Haymenn, Patricio Guzmán, Sarah Turner and Hanna Polak.

    The Festival will announce its complete guest line-up for all sections in early October.

     

    STRANDS / PATHWAYS

    The Festival programme is organised into categories clustered around the themes of Love, Debate, Dare, Laugh, Thrill, Cult, Journey, Sonic, Family and Experimenta– an approach designed to help Festival-goers find the films that appeal the most to them and to open up the Festival for new audiences.

     

    LOVE

    Love is a complex and many splendoured thing. The Love Gala is Luca Guadagnino’s feature A BIGGER SPLASH set on the volcanic, windswept Sicilian island of Pantelleria and starring Tilda Swinton as a rock star, Matthias Schoenaerts as her filmmaker lover, Ralph Fiennes as a cocky music producer and Dakota Johnson as his petulant, sexy daughter.

    Other titles in this section include: Naomi Kawase’s sweet, light and leisurely AN; Tom Geens’ COUPLE IN A HOLE, about a couple living in an underground forest dwelling to be left alone to deal with their mysterious grief; DEPARTURE, Andrew Steggall’s delicate first feature about longing, loneliness and nostalgia for a sense of family that may have never existed; Jacques Audiard’s Palme d’Or-winner about a makeshift family trying to cement their bonds, DHEEPAN;  the World Premiere of Biyi Bandele’s FIFTY, a riveting exploration of love and lust, power and rivalry and seduction and infidelity in Lagos; the European Premiere of Maya Newell’s documentary GAYBY BABY, following the lives of four Australian children whose parents all happen to be gay; Mark Cousins returns to LFF with his metaphysical essay film I AM BELFAST, Stig Björkman’s documentary INGRID BERGMAN – IN HER OWN WORDS, a treasure trove of Bergman’s never-before-seen home movies, personal letters and diary extracts alongside archive footage; Hirokazu Kore-eda’s beautiful OUR LITTLE SISTER, focusing on the lives of four young women related through their late father in provincial Japan; the European Premiere of Mabel Cheung’s sweeping Chinese epic based on the true story of Jackie Chan’s parents A TALE OF THREE CITIES and Guillaume Nicloux’s VALLEY OF LOVE starring Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu in a tale of love, loss, memory and the mystical.

     

    DEBATE

    Debate thrives on conversation, which is never more engaging than when the world outside the cinema is reflected back at us.  This year’s Debate Gala is Stephen Frears’s THE PROGRAM starring Ben Foster as cyclist Lance Armstrong, charting his rise to near canonization and his subsequent fall from grace.

    Other highlights in this section include: Pablo Larraín’s THE CLUB, a mordant morality tale set in a sleepy Chilean coastal town, which won Berlin’s Grand Jury Prize; CHRONIC, Michel Franco’s uncompromising study of grief and isolation, featuring a revelatory performance by Tim Roth; brothers Tarzan and Arab Nasser’s feature directorial debut, DÉGRADÉ, a smart drama that moves seamlessly between humour and despair, set in a women’s hair salon in Gaza; the European Premiere of George Amponsah’s intimate documentary THE HARD STOP, revealing the story of Mark Duggan’s friends and family following his death after being shot in a ‘Hard Stop’ police procedure in 2011; Jonas Carpignano’s engrossing feature debut, THE MEASURE OF A MAN which won Vincent Lindon Best Actor at Cannes Film Festival, MEDITERRANEA, an ultra-topical tale of two young African men from Burkina Faso who, in search of a better life, make the difficult and dangerous trip across the Sahara desert and Mediterranean Sea to reach Italy; the drama MUCH LOVED, Nabil Ayouch’s searing, no-holds-barred look at the world of prostitution in Morocco; David Evans’ thought-provoking documentary MY NAZI LEGACY, which raises the harrowing question, ‘What if your father was a Nazi?’; the World Premiere of John Dower’s MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE which features Louis Theroux as he heads to Los Angeles to explore the Church of Scientology; Sebastián Silva’s beguiling, seductive and confrontational NASTY BABY; PAULINA, Santiago Mitre’s intelligent parable for contemporary Argentina, which won the Critics Week Grand Prize in Cannes; TAKLUB, Brillante Ma Mendoza’s riveting ode to a Filipino city wreaked by a typhoon; and Jafar Panahi’s latest film, TAXI TEHRAN, winner of the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlinale and set and shot from inside a car.

     

    DARE

    Here you’ll find films that are in your face, up-front and arresting, taking you out of and beyond your comfort zone.  The Dare Gala is Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE LOBSTER which stars Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Olivia Coleman, John C. Reilly, Léa Sedoux and Ben Whishaw in a bleakly hilarious skewering of fundamentalist diktats and rituals that is also a tender plea for genuine intimacy amid society’s self-imposed absurdities.

    Other highlights in this strand include: Miguel Gomes’ mixes fantasy, documentary, docu-fiction, Brechtian pantomime and echoes of MGM musical in the epic ARABIAN NIGHTS; the World Premiere of William Fairman and Max Gogarty’s CHEMSEX, an unflinching, powerful documentary about the pleasures and perils associated with the ‘chemsex’ scene that’s far more than a sensationalist exposé; the European Premiere of CLOSET MONSTER, Stephen Dunn’s remarkable debut feature about an artistic, sexually confused teen who has conversations with his pet hamster, voiced by Isabella Rossellini; THE ENDLESS RIVER a devasting new film set in small-town South Africa from Oliver Hermanus, Diep Hoang Nguyen’s beautiful debut, FLAPPING IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, a wry, weird socially probing take on the teen pregnancy scenario that focuses on a girl whose escape from village life to pursue an urban education has her frozen in mid-flight; LUCIFER, Gust Van den Berghe’s thrillingly cinematic tale of Lucifer as an angel who visits a Mexican village, filmed in ‘Tondoscope’ – a circular frame in the centre of the screen; the European premiere of KOTHANODI a compelling, unsettling fairytale from India; veteran Algerian director Merzak Allouache’s gritty and delicate portrait of a drug addicted petty thief in MADAME COURAGE; Radu Muntean’s excellent ONE FLOOR BELOW, which combines taut, low-key realism with incisive psychological and ethical insights in a drama centering on a man, his wife and a neighbor; and QUEEN OF EARTH, Alex Ross Perry’s devilish study of mental breakdown and dysfunctional power dynamics between female best friends, starring Elisabeth Moss.

     

    LAUGH

    This year’s Laugh strand encompasses richly diverse geography, subject matter and senses of humour, from gleeful to bittersweet and wickedly satirical.  This year’s Laugh Gala is the European Premiere of BRAND: A SECOND COMING, an energetic, complex and frequently hilarious documentary about Russell Brand directed by Ondi Timoner.

    Other titles in this strand include: comic visionary Jaco Van Dormael’s scabrously provocative, philosophically asute parable THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT, which poses the question ‘What if God were Belgian and a cantankerous, vindicative slob who runs the whole show from a dilapidated apartment in Brussels?’; the World Premiere of Chanya Button’s debut feature BURN BURN BURN starring Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael, which takes the road trip buddy movie on its own smart, female-centric spin; Ali F. Mostafa’s FROM A TO B, a ‘dramedy’ following three estranged childhood companions who embark on a road trip to commemorate the fifth anniversary of a friend’s death and offers a new perspective on life in the Gulf and Middle East; Paul Weitz’s GRANDMA, a supremely enjoyable ‘road movie’ starring Lily Tomlin as the gloriously profane septuagenarian whose curt words and emotional armour can’t quite mask her broken heart; Bao Nguyen’s Saturday Night Live documentary LIVE FROM NEW YORK!; MEN AND CHICKEN, Anders Thomas Jensen’s dark, twisted and extremely animalistic comedy as black as pitch, but with the sweetest heart, starring Mads Mikkelsen; Fernando León de Aranoa’s black comedy A PERFECT DAY, a freewheeling tale centering on two veteran aid workers starring Benico Del Toro and Tim Robbins; the International Premiere of Brendan Cowell’s debut RUBEN GUTHRIE about an advertising exec trying to quit the booze, which spikes social observations with dark, wounded humour and the European Premiere of Japanese auteur/icon Takeshi Kitano’s latest comedy, RYUZO AND HIS SEVEN HENCHMEN, about a group of elderly, retired Yakuza who reteam to take revenge on a younger rival gang.

     

    THRILL

    This year’s Thrill strand features nerve-shredders that’ll get your adrenalin pumping and will keep you on the edge of your seat.  The Gala presentation for this strand is the International Premiere of Deepa Mehta’s BEEBA BOYS, an energetic gangster movie that also explores South Asian family values set in Vancouver’s Sikh immigrant badlands and starring Randeep Hooda.

    Other highlights in this section include: the European Premiere of Choi Dong-hoon’s colourful period bullet opera, ASSASSINATION; the European Premiere of Daniel Junge’s thrill-a-minute BEING EVEL about the legendary daredevil Robert Craig ‘Evel’ Knievel; the European Premiere of David Farr’s crafty and suspenseful study in paranoia, THE ONES BELOW starring David Morrissey and Clémence Poésy; Atom Egoyan’s latest drama REMEMBER, offering a provocative study of the nature of evil as well as serving as a stark reminder of the atrocities of 20th century history, starring Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau; Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna’s gripping documentary STEVE MCQUEEN: THE MAN & LE MANS, featuring unseen archive footage, contemporary interviews and previously unheard commentary from McQueen himself; Stephen Fingleton’s thrilling, post-apocalyptic debut THE SURVIVALIST; Sebastian Schipper’s exhilarating one-shot sensation, VICTORIA; and THE WAVE, Roar Uthaug’s high-octane and nerve-shredding portrayal of a potential catastrophe.

     

    CULT

    In the Cult strand, the dark side is welcomed with outcasts and reprobates taking centre stage in this year’s crop of films. The Cult Gala is the International Premiere of S. Craig Zahler’s gloriously imaginative genre hybrid BONE TOMAHAWK starring Kurt Russell in a film with enough surprises to satisfy even the most jaded horror hounds and western fans.

    Other highlights in this strand include: the World Premiere of Thierry Poiraud’s DON’T GROW UP, a stylish and inventive film about a group of teens on an unnamed island who wake up to find their youth facility eerily abandoned; the World Premiere of Jon Spira’s affectionate documentary ELSTREE 1976 about the bit performers who appeared in George Lucas’ box office behemoth Star Wars; GHOST THEATER, the latest film from director Hideo Nakata, the forerunner of J-horror; GREEN ROOM, Jeremy Saulnier’s latest exercise in edge of the seat suspense, starring Patrick Stewart, Imogen Poots and Anton Yelchin; returning for the third year running, Sion Sono screens LOVE AND PEACE, his tale of punk rock and talking turtles; and the fantastically prolific Takashi Miike’s riotous, unruly gangster vampire concoction YAKUZA APOCALYPSE.

     

    JOURNEY

    Journey is all about the temporal voyage.  This year’s Journey Gala is Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s breathtakingly elegant and mesmerizing first foray into wuxia (martial arts), THE ASSASSIN, which won him the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Hou Hsiao-Hsien is the subject of retrospective – Also Like Life– at BFI Southbank this month in the lead-up to the Festival and will participate in a career interview on Monday 14 September at BFI Southbank.

    Other titles in this section include: Radu Jude’s vivid, Wallachian western AFERIM!, COWBOYS, the directorial debut of Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet and Rust and Bone co-writer Thomas Bidegain; the breathtaking ethnographic Colombian Amazon odyssey EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT; James Ponsoldt’s THE END OF THE TOUR starring Jason Segel as writer David Foster Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg as Rolling Stone journalist David Lipsky in this engrossing two-hander; Writer-Director Jayro Bustamante’s IXCANUL VOLCANO, the European Premiere Stevan Riley’s enthralling Marlon Brando documentary LISTEN TO ME MARLON; Jia Zhangke’s ambitious, astute and humane MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART; the European Premiere of Sylvia Chang’s often-ethereal magic-realist drama love story, MURMUR OF THE HEARTS; the European Premiere of THE NEW CLASSMATE about a single mum in India battling to ensure her daughter’s future; SEMBÈNE!, Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman’s incisive documentary on acclaimed African filmmaker Ousmane Sembène; Chloé Zhao’s SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME; and Paolo Sorrentino’s deliciously bittersweet drama YOUTH, starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda.

     

    SONIC

    ‘We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams’, so goes Arthur O’Shaughnessy’s 1873 poem Ode, and so goes this year’s Sonic strand.  The Sonic Gala is the European Premiere of two-time Oscar-nominated director Hany Abu-Assad’s new film THE IDOL, based on the incredible true story of Mohammad Assaf, winner of ‘Arab Idol’.

    Other highlights in this strand include: the World Premiere of Bernard MacMahon’s documentary THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS, a haunting collision of past and present, presided over by the high priests of the great tradition of American music, Jack White and T Bone Burnett; the World Premiere of James Caddick and James Cronin’s documentary ELEPHANT DAYS, which charts The Maccabees creative process as they record their 4th album Marks To Prove It in an anonymous studio in Elephant and Castle; JANIS: LITTLE GIRL BLUE, Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg’s Janis Joplin documentary drawing on archival footage, contemporary interviews and the singer’s personal correspondences; punk filmmaker Khavn De La Cruz’s RUINED HEART: ANOTHER LOVE STORY BETWEEN A CRIMINAL AND A WHORE, an irreverent orgy of sex and crime with a banging soundtrack at its core; the International Premiere of Bobbito Garcia’s STRETCH AND BOBBITO: RADIO THAT CHANGED LIVES, a documentary about The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show which broadcasted on New York’s WKCP radio in the 1990’s and featured unsigned at the time artists such as Jay Z, Nas and Eminem; and the European Premiere of THEY WILL HAVE TO KILL US FIRST: MALIAN MUSIC IN EXILE, Johanna Schwartz’s debut feature which intelligently captures the complexity and emotion of the life of musicians forced into exile and desperate to keep their music alive.

     

    FAMILY

    Showcasing films for the young, as well as the young at heart, this year’s Family section is a truly international affair, kicking off with the Family Gala, the European Premiere of Rob Letterman’s GOOSEBUMPS, featuring Jack Black. 

    Other highlights are ADAMA a deeply moving animation about the life of a young boy in West Africa in 1914; Mamoru Hosoda’s THE BOY AND THE BEAST, an exquisitely animated fable about a boy who has run away from home and is alone in the human world following the passing of his mother; Jury Feting’s CELESTIAL CAMEL, a fascinating and thrilling tale about a 12 year old herder whose father has sold a young colt who may be the fabled ‘celestial camel’; Academy Award® winner Gabriele Salvatores’ THE INVISIBLE BOY, a charming coming of age tale about a shy boy, picked on by his peers, who gets his wish to hide from the world when he discovers a Halloween outfit that makes him invisible;  Alexandre Heboyan and Benoît Philippon’s hugely enjoyable CGI animated adventure MUNE, about a faun who lives in a faraway world; Studio Ghibli’s beautiful drama WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE, directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi; and the World Premiere of Tim Clague and Danny Stark’s WHO KILLED NELSON NUTMEG?, featuring Bonnie Wright from the Harry Potter series.

    There is a dedicated section for animated shorts for younger audiences which bring together eclectic, exciting and colourful films from all around the globe. English language and subtitled, suitable for all ages. Amongst the highlights of this year’s 14 titles is director Sanjay Patel’s SANJAY’S SUPER TEAM from Pixar.

     

    EXPERIMENTA

    Experimenta, the LFF showcase of experimental cinema and artist moving image is programmed in partnership with LUX for a third year and is supported by the Arts Council England. Focused on films and videos by artists, it aims to screen films that use the moving image to change the way we think of film and how it functions. The Experimenta Special Presentation is THE FORBIDDEN ROOM, a gleeful, hypnotic and totally deranged epic directed by Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson.

    An extensive selection of work from across the world is presented including the World Premieres of William English’s HEATED GLOVES and THE HOST, in which director Miranda Pennell delves deeper into her past and her late parents’ involvement with the Anglo Iranian Oil Company (BP); Ben Rivers’ THE SKY TREMBLES AND THE EARTH IS AFRAID AND THE TWO EYES ARE NOT BROTHERS, the feature element of Ben’s current Artangel installation at BBC White City; EVENT FOR A STAGE by Tacita Dean, a filmed presentation of her live theatrical happening in collaboration with actor Stephen Dillane at the 2014 Sydney Biennial; the European Premiere of Omer Fast’s REMAINDER, a London-set thriller adapted from Tom McCarthy’s acclaimed  novel of the same name; the European Premiere of INVENTION which highlights the possibilities of camera movement and the development of artistic apparatus and Kevin Jerome Everson’s PARK LANES, set in an American bowling alley over the course of a day.   

     

    SHORTS

    A hugely diverse range of original and exciting short films that will captivate audiences span the festival strands this year.

    Films of Love and Devotion explores and attempts to explain the old adage that the course of true love never did run smooth with Rob Savage’s  ABSENCE starring Paul McGann as a grieving man and OFFLINE DATING, a documentary about a single man’s search for love without the use of the internet. The Last Man Standingis a Girl programme explores the role of young women in society with GROOVE IS IN THE HEART, a tale of music and memory revealed through a school girl’s mixtape and A GIRL’S DAY from German director Hannah Ziegler. The Family at War shorts attempts to show what families are really like and how we survive them with TAMARA by Sofia Safonova and VIDEO where we see Elaine having trouble balancing life between her teenage daughter and a secret evening job. Funny How? How am I Funny? explores the comedy in cultural misunderstanding with OTHRWISE ENGAGED and black comedy KUNG FURY. The Fight or Flight programme charts the human response to extreme situations and Wild at Heart and Weird on Top presents eleven shorts that explore the history of film. In the Neighborhood is human stories of love, death and life-changing moments and includes Oscar Hudson’s LORD AND LIDL, where God unexpectedly shows up at the supermarket. London Calling is a selection of shorts from some of the capital’s most exciting new filmmakers and is supported by Film London. Sound Mirrors features nine diverse shorts all on a musical theme and Animated Shorts for Younger Audiences bring together a mix of exciting stories from around the world to surprise and delight children and adults alike.

     

     

     

    TREASURES

    Treasures bring recently restored cinematic riches from archives around the world to the Festival in London. The previously announced Archive Gala is the World Premiere of the BFI National Archive restoration of A.V. Bramble and Anthony Asquith’s silent film SHOOTING STARS (1928), presented with a new live score by John Altman, BAFTA and Emmy award-winning composer whose work includes Titanic and Goldeneye. Asquith’s feature debut not only announced the arrival of a significant new director, it is an exuberant, joyful pastiche of the movie industry and is a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse and searing comment on the shallowness of the star system. The film restoration and new score is supported by a number of generous individuals, trusts and organisations.

    A number of other major restorations will have their World Premieres at the Festival:  Carol Reed’s atmospheric Graham Greene adaptation of OUR MAN IN HAVANA (1959), set in Cuba at the start of the Cold War, makes timely viewing as US/Cuba relations thaw; Ken Russell’s reworking of D.H. Lawrence scandalous classic WOMEN IN LOVE (1970) stars Oliver Reed, Alan Bates and Glenda Jackson and shows two couple’s contrasting searches for love, and was restored by the BFI National Archive working alongside cinematographer Billy Williams; A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (1966) is directed by Fred Zinnemann from a script by great British screenwriter, Robert Bolt from Bolt’s play about Sir Thomas More, a perfect companion piece to Wolf Hall; Henry Fonda stars in the ripe-for-discovery WARLOCK (1959), a seething study of vengeance and repressed sexuality in a Utah mining outpost; and Bryan Forbes' THE RAGING MOON (1971) starring Malcolm McDowell and Nanette Newman in a tender story between two young people in wheelchairs which was ahead of its time in its attempts to change attitudes to disability.

    From newsreels to comedy sketches, the 21 films that make up MAKE MORE NOISE! SUFFRAGETTES IN FILM (1934) are a historical accompaniment to our Opening Night film and a fascinating representation of women at the time that the battle for universal suffrage was being fought on the streets. 

    Martin Scorsese said of Ousmane Sembène’s BLACK GIRL (1966): ‘An astonishing movie – so ferocious, so haunting and so unlike anything we’d ever seen. ’Sembène’s  first feature, which tells the tragic story of Diouana, a young Senegalese women eager to find a better life, draws from the Nouvelle Vague, but the film’s heart and soul is definitely African.  It is the perfect companion to Samba Gadjigo’s documentary SEMBÈNE!

    And for a lighter-hearted but no less majestic cinema experience, George Sidney’s breathlessly delightful KISS ME KATE (1953) brings the Cole Porter penned musical to screen, here in magnificent 3D.

    Rock and roll hall-of-famer Leon Russell is the heart of an ineffable, joyous collage of mesmerising live performance and vérité realism in A POEM IS A NAKED PERSON (1974), filmed between 1972-1974 by director Les Blank. Previously unavailable theatrically in the four decades since it was made.

    Other highlights include Mira Nair’s Oscar-nominated debut feature SALAAM BOMBAY! (1988); the Holy Grail of silent comedy shorts, a previously-thought-lost Laurel and Hardy THE BATTLE OF THE CENTURY (1927), and Luchino Visconti's fully restored masterpiece ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS (1960), starring Alain Delon in a grand emotional opus on imploding fraternal tensions.

     

    Screen Talks

    We are delighted to announce this year’s programme of events will include Screen Talks with filmmaker Todd Haynes, actor Saoirse Ronan, casting director Laura Rosenthal and filmmakers Jia Zhangke and Walter Salles.

    This year, the BFI warmly welcomes Todd Haynes to discuss his inspiring and critically acclaimed directing career.  His latest film, the poignant CAROL, is screening as the American Express Gala in this year’s LFF. A pioneer of the Queer Cinema Movement Todd Haynes’ films explore the themes of identity and sexuality beginning with the controversial SUPERSTAR: THE KAREN CARPENTER STORY, the acclaimed FAR FROM HEAVEN and the Bob Dylan biopic I’M NOT THERE in more recent years. – Thursday 15 October

    We are thrilled to welcome Casting Director Laura Rosenthal to lead a Screen Talk about the work of a casting director when taking a film from script to screen. Having worked with a number of ground-breaking directors, Laura Rosenthal’s impressive credits include Paolo Sorrentino’s YOUTH, BUFFALO SOLDIERS, starring Joaquin Phoenix, THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDIATE and most recently CAROL, continuing her long-standing collaboration with Todd Haynes. – Saturday 10 October

    Saoirse Ronan shines in The May Fair Hotel gala Brooklyn in which she delivers a nuanced, mature performance that not only reinforces her acting credentials, it signals a new phase in her already impressive career. She received Academy and BAFTA Award nominations for her performance in Joe Wright’s Atonement (2007), a BAFTA nomination for Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones and has worked subsequently with directors the calibre of Wright, Peter Weir, Neil Jordan, Kevin MacDonald and Wes Anderson. – Sunday 11 October

    Internationally-acclaimed Chinese director Jia Zhangke and the Academy and BAFTA award-winning Walter Salles will partner in a Screen Talk dedicated to discussing Salles’ documentary JIA ZHANGKE: A GUY FROM FENYANG and their respective approaches to film making. Both established film makers, the documentary is a tribute from one artist to the other as well as a revealing look at Jia’s life and work offering audiences a rare insight into the creative mind. – Thursday 8 October

     

    LFF Connects

    LFF Connects is a brand new series of thought-provoking high-impact talks intended to stimulate new collaborations and ideas by exploring both the future of film itself and how film engages with other creative industries including television, music, art, games and creative technology. 

    LFF Connects: Film – Friday 9 October

    As previously announced, the inaugural LFF Connects will feature British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, internationally acclaimed for some of the most original, compelling and successful films in contemporary cinema (Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight, Memento), and Tacita Dean, lauded for her art work in film (and whose grand-scale Tate Modern exhibition FILM transfixed audiences).

    Christopher Nolan and Tacita Dean are both passionate advocates within their fields for film – not simply as a technology – but as a medium that offers intrinsically rich and unique qualities needed by artists and filmmakers, as well as a hugely engaging experience for audiences. Moderated by BFI Creative Director Heather Stewart, the conversation about the future of film as a medium will also include Alexander Horwath, Director of the Austrian Film Museum.

    More LFF Connects events will be announced in the lead-up to the Festival.

     

    INDUSTRY & EDUCATION

    The Festival offers a full benefits package for Industry delegates supported by The Mayor’s Office and Film London.  This year’s industry programme includes the new LFF Connects strand, a Global Symposium on gender in media in partnership with the Geena Davis Institute and Women in Film & Television, talent development programme NET.WORK@LFF with Creative England, the launch of Screen International’s UK Stars of Tomorrow 2015, a Foreign Language Oscar® panel with AMPAS, Press and Industry screenings at Picturehouse Central, the Digital Viewing Library, new delegate hubs, discounts at new partner venues and numerous networking opportunities with delegates and filmmakers.  Visit www.bfi.org.uk/lff/professional-delegates  for further details.

    The also Festival offers an exciting Education programme, thanks to event partners and our funding contributors Arts Council England, the Film Music Foundation and IdeasTap. It includes films from the festival programme and special events for schools, students and young people, plus the LFF Young Jury Project supported by the BFI Film Academy, all featuring a wide range of film industry professionals. It also includes student accreditation scheme, and the 'Film School Programme' presented in partnership with the National Film & Television School, London Film Academy, London Film School and Birkbeck College.

     

    BFI PLAYER

    The BFI London Film Festival experience can be enjoyed UK-wide on BFI Player, the BFI’s VOD service, featuring a Festival digital channel showing regular red carpet action and film maker interviews. BFI London Film Festival content will be a key attraction in the range of services on BFI Player – at player.bfi.org.uk/

     

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    Surreal fairytales, cinematic pioneers & forest adventures

     

     

     

     

     

     
     

    Festival of New Cinema,

    Digital Culture & Art

     

    Grizedale Forest, Cumbria

    18-20 Sept 2015

     

     

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    For the festival this year we bring you cult and new cinema from around the world with films which draw on the forest as site for refuge, work, adventure and transformation.

    These film bring you deep into the forest and feature hauty princesses, sentinel beings and young runaways. You can sign up for the film retreat, drop into the mobile cinema or roll up to our outdoor drive in.

    Book your tickets here.

     
     
     
     
     

     

    Opportunities

    BFI LOVE: Moonrise Kingdom Drive in
    Moonrise Kingdom
    Sat 19 September 18:30

    On Saturday Wes Anderson's award winning  Moonrise Kingdom takes centre stage as part of the BFI Love Season. Join us in our very own camp Ivanhoe as 12 year olds Suzy and Sam take refuge from the residents of New Penzance, an island off the coast of New England. She wears blue eyeliner he puffs a corncob pipe. They both take life very seriously. Expect pre cinema audiovisual performances. You can purchase tickets here.

     

     

     

    Opportunities

    Green Porno
    Fri, Sat 12:00-20:00, Sun 12:00-18:00
    Grizedale Forest, Lake District

    Isabella Rossellini’s critically acclaimed videos Green Porno cover both land and sea! Delve into our mobile cinema and watch acclaimed actress Rossellini as she acts out the reproductive habits of insects and marine animals in a scientific yet comical way. 
     

     

     

     

    Opportunities

    Late Night Drive-In
    Predator
    Fri 18 September 21:00
     

    "Run! Get to the chopper!" There’s something hidden in the trees - invisible to the naked eye, something not of this earth – a technologically advanced form, a sentinel being. Join us for a special screening of Predator in the forest. Stay alert, keep your car doors locked, prepare to be hunted. Purchase your tickets here.

     

     

     

    Opportunities

    Film Retreat / Losing the Plot
    18-20 September 2015
    Grizedale Forest, Lake District

    A special and social opportunity to see some of the best cinema from around the world in a deep rural setting. Our screening programme features films which draw on the forest as a site for mysticism, adventure and transformation. The programme introduces new cinema from Filipino Raya Martin alongside significant documentary works from Margaret Tait, Chick Strand and Harun Farocki. Purchase your tickets here.
     

     

     

     

    Opportunities

    Hiker Meat / Jamie Shovlin
    Fri, Sat 10:00-18:00, Sun 10:00-16:00
    Grizedale Forest, Lake District

    This bespoke screening space features props dedicated to an exploitation film that never existed by fictitious Italian director Jesus Rinzoli. Originally filmed on site at Grizedale Forest, Hiker Meat is set   on an American summer camp in the 1970's, and includes archetypal exploitation film characters from hitchhiking heroine to a charismatic  commune leader. Not for the faint hearted! See more here.
     

     

     

     


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    New York Peruvian Film & Art Showcase 2015:   September 15 – 18, 2015

    The New York Peruvian Film & Art Showcase (NYPFAS) is proud to announce the film line-up and art program for 2015. Through documentaries, an art exhibition, short films, feature-length fiction and live music performances, the NYPFAS will try to portray Peru´s migration legacy as well as honor all of those citizens that, through origin or adoption, made the birth of a new nation possible.

     

    This Showcase, which returns to New York City for a sixth year, will take place on September 15, 16, 17 and 18, 2015 (program and additional information enclosed) at the Instituto Cervantes – New York (211 E 49th St). This year’s program includes a diverse schedule of over 10 features, shorts and documentaries. The film selection presents, among many other groundbreaking works, Seeking the light, documentary by Delia Ackerman; Madeleine Truel: The Peruvian Heroine of the Second World War, documentary by Luis Enrique Cam; Guard dog, feature-length fiction by Daniel Higashionna and Baltazar Caravedo and Aunt Helga, fiction short movie by Ruben Carpio. A retrospective of Japanese- Peruvian master painter Venancio Shinki (September 14-19, 2015- Instituto Cervantes-Gallery) will be part of this year´s program. Shinki is one of the living masters of Peruvian painting; his artworks recall Eastern, Western, and Andean traditions, which links this visionary and groundbreaking artist with other great Latin American creators.  

    This year´s highlight is the participation of the internationally renowned Peruvian singer, two-times Latin Grammy Award winner and Minister of Culture of Peru in 2011, Mrs. Susana Baca. This special event on Friday September 18, 2015 at 6.00 pm, will feature a live music performance, film screenings and the presentation of her book TheBitter Road of Sugar Cane, recently published.

    The Sixth Edition of the New York Peruvian Film & Art Showcase is directed and produced by photographer and filmmaker Lorry Salcedo, in collaboration with the Trade Commission of Peru in New York, Peruvian American Cultural Institute (ICPNA), Mr. Jeffrey Rosen and Ana Maria Estrada de Rosen, the Center for American Studies in Lima (CEA), Cerveza Cusqueña - Backus Corporation, the Consulate of Peru in New York and the Film Library of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (Filmoteca PUCP).

     

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    Javier Iturralde de Bracamonte

    Marketing & Communications| New York Peruvian Film Showcase 

    646 509 4298/ peruvianfilmshowcasepr@gmail.com

    + Info: http://nyperuvianfilmshowcase.com 

     


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      The 63rd San Sebastian Film Festival will present eight feature films in the Zinemira section, dedicated to films produced in the Basque Country. Four world premieres and another four titles from this year’s production make up the selection.

    All of the premieres compete for the Irizar Basque Film Award, alongside the remaining productions with a minimum of 20% Basque production presented as a world premiere in any of the Festival sections. The Irizar Award is decided by a specific jury and comes with €20,000 gross for the producer or producers of the winning film.  

     

    ZINEMIRA

    Section dedicated to Basque film organised by the San Sebastian International Film Festival, the Basque Government Department of Culture and the Filmoteca Vasca; with the sponsorship of Irizar and EITB; and the collaboration of EPE/AVE and IBAIA.

     
    UN OTOñO SIN BERLíN
     
    UN OTOÑO SIN BERLÍN
    LARA IZAGIRRE

    World premiere – Basque Film Gala
    June returns to the town of her birth by surprise after spending time abroad. The return home will be painful: her family and her first love, Diego, have changed. She too has changed, and repairing the broken ties won’t be easy. But just like the autumn wind, June will take the place by storm.

     
     
     
    DISTRICT ZERO
     
    DISTRICT ZERO
    JORGE FERNÁNDEZ MAYORAL, PABLO TOSCO, PABLO IRABURU ALLEGUE

    What’s in a refugee’s mobile phone? Their recollections, their memory, their identity, contact with the world they’ve left behind. This film narrates everyday life in a mobile phone repair shop in the Zataari refugee camp.

     
     
     
    GURE SOR LEKUAREN BILA
     
    GURE SOR LEKUAREN BILA
    JOSU MARTÍNEZ

    World premiere
    Hasparren, 1956. Amid great expectation, a documentary in the Basque language about the Basque Country was released in the local cinema. In the following months it was screened in other Basque and French towns on both sides of the border, and even in Paris, San Francisco and Dakar. But suddenly it disappeared from sight and everyone forgot about it. Sixty years later, filmmaker Josu Martinez sets out to find it.

     
     
     
    JAI ALAI BLUES
     
    JAI ALAI BLUES
    GORKA BILBAO RAMOS

    World premiere
    A documentary narrating the incredible story of the Jai Alai through its most iconic characters. A great many similarities can be drawn between the biography of our characters and the actual history of the Jai Alai. Beginnings in humble surroundings, huge successes all over the world in pelota courts packed to the hilt with distinguish publics, losses of identity due to adapting a traditional game to societies with completely different values...

     
     
     
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    #JAZZALDIA50
    CARLOS RODRÍGUEZ

    The San Sebastian Jazz Festival looks back over its 50 years of history in this documentary with comments from some of its leading figures and images of extraordinary concerts forever engraved on the memory.

     
     
     
    POS ESO
     
    POS ESO (POSSESSED)
    SAM ORTI MARTI

    Feature film directorial debut from the animation movie director, Sam. La Trini, a world-famous Flamenco dancer, leaves the tablaos in deep depression after her husband’s death. Damian, her 8 year-old son, is possessed by an evil demon who prompts him to commit horrendously cruel and bloody acts.

     
     
     
    SANCTUAIRE / SANCTUARY
     
    SANCTUAIRE / SANCTUARY
    OLIVIER MASSET-DEPASSE

    A film about two adversaries who will learn to know and respect one another, despite their differences: Domingo Iturbe, "Txomin", head of the ETA military apparatus, and Grégoire Fortin, adviser to Mitterrand’s Minister of Justice.

     
     
     
    WALLS
     
    WALLS
    PABLO IRABURU ALLEGUE, MIGUELTXO MOLINA AYESTARÁN

    World premiere
    The world is increasingly more divided by walls. There are human beings on either side of them. The question is not whether their existence is absurd or logical, whether they can be avoided or not, but to demonstrate that the people on both sides are basically exactly the same.

     

    ZINEMIRA AWARD

     Makeup artist Karmele Soler will receive this year’s Zinemira Award, given by the San Sebastian International Film Festival and the EPE/APV and IBAIA producers’ associations to the career of an outstanding personality in the world of Basque film. The Zinemira Award will be presented at the Basque Film Gala on September 22 at the Victoria Eugenia Theatre, with premiere of Lara Izagirre’s film, Un otoño sin Berlín. The Basque Film Party, sponsored by Eroski, will take part after the Gala.


    Karmele Soler was born in San Sebastian, daughter of a professional footballer and an aesthetician who passed on her love of makeup. She began at a very young age and had two excellent teachers. In the city of her birth she studied Aesthetics and two years later professional makeup at Estudio 24 in Madrid with makeup artist Juan Pedro Hernández. Thanks to Alfredo Landa, she landed the position of apprentice with the makeup artist Romana González on José Luis Garci’s film, Sesión continua (1984). She later specialised in Film Makeup at the S

    ociété Française de Maquillage in Paris. She took her first professional steps at what were at that time the recently opened ETB Miramón studios, where she continues to work today.  

    Her first movie experience as a makeup artist was on the first films in the Basque language produced by ETB in 1986: Andu Lertxundi’s Hamaseigarrenean aidanez; Alfonso Ungría’s Ehun metro; and Xabier Elorriaga’s Zergatik Panpox. In 1988 came Ander eta Yul, by Ana Díez. And in 1989, Felipe Vega’s El mejor de los tiempos was her first film away from home. She continued to combine Basque cinema with national and international films, providing makeup in co-productions with numerous countries all over the world: Cape Verde, Morocco, Mexico, Colombia, Bolivia, Argentina, Italy, Norway, Nepal, Portugal and France.

    She has worked with directors including: Iciar Bollaín on Hola, ¿estás sola? (Hi, Are You Alone?, 1995),También la lluvia (Even the Rain, 2010), Katmandú, un espejo en el cielo (Kathmandu, 2011) and El olivo(2015);  Pedro Almodóvar on Hable con ella (Talk to Her, 2002) and La piel que habito (The Skin I Live In,2011); Julio Med

    em on Tierra (Earth, 1996) and Los amantes del Círculo Polar (The Lovers of the Arctic Circle, 1998); Juanma Bajo Ulloa on Alas de mariposa (1991), La madre muerta (The Dead Mother, 1993),Airbag (1997) and Frágil (2004); Joaquín Oristrell on Novios (1999), Sin vergüenza (No Shame, 2001) andInconscientes (Unconscious, 2004); Achero Mañas on Noviembre (November, 2003) and Todo lo que tú quieras (Everything You Want, 2010); Daniel Calparsoro on Salto al vacío (Leap into the Void, 1995) andCombustión (Combustion, 2013); Daniel Sánchez Arévalo on Azuloscurocasinegro (Dark Blue Almost Black, 2006) and Primos (2011); Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón on Cosas que dejé en La Habana (Things I Left in Havana, 1997); Imanol Uribe on La carta esférica (The Nautical Chart, 2007); Pablo Malo on Lasa eta Zabala (Lasa and Zabala, 2014) and Fernando González Molina on Palmeras en la nieve (Palm Trees in the Snow, 2015). Karmele was also head of the makeup and hair department on another 54 films. 

    She has received several Goya award nominations, for Noviembre in 2002, Inconscientes in 2003,También la lluvia in 2009 and Andrucha Waddington’s Lope in 2009. In 2012 she finally landed the Goya for La piel que habito. She has also been nominated twice for the Gaudí awards, for Lope and The Frost(2009), by Ferran Audí.

     

     


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    WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival

    WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival Calling

    UNITED STATES
    April 8 to 17, 2016
    Next Deadline: November 16, 2015

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    Enter the Festival that discovered Spielberg, Lucas, Coppola, Ang Lee, the Coen Brothers, David Lynch, and John Lee Hancock with their first awards!

    Competition in 10 major categories! More than 200 specialized sub-categories offer fair competition and a chance for a Remi Award!

    The 49th Annual WorldFest-Houston offers Screening Shorts, Docs, Features, Music Videos, Experimental & Student Films on Big 60' AMC Theater screens, with over 600 Intl filmmakers attending the ten-day International Film Festival.

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