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Stefan Kitanov: “The Festival is 16, I feel a teenager”

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After 15 successful editions of the Sofia International Film Festival, what more can surprise the viewers and loyal moviegoers? Stefan Kitanov: Contrary to the economic stagnation, we remain true to ourselves –over-ambitious and responsible in the selection of movie titles and guests. The viewers will be surprised by the huge choice of quality films and numerous guests of the festival, including “Oscar” winners and the most prestigious film awards. There is no turning bac...

16th International Film Festival SOFIA FILM FESTIVAL

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SFF is organized by Art Fest under the patronage of the Sofia Municipality, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, the National Film Centre and National Palace of Culture, with the support of the programs MEDIA and MEDIA Mundus of the European Commission, UNESCO – Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, national and foreign cultural institutes and sponsors. The main sponsor of the 16th edition of the festival is Jameson Irish Whiskey. The 16th Sofia Intern...

Fernando Solanas will receive a 2012 Ischia Legend Award

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Retrospective of Solanas’ Work To Be Presented as Part of Festival’s Salute To Argentina Famed Argentine film director, screenwriter and politician Fernando Solanas will receive a “2012 Ischia Legend Award” in recognition of his lifetime of outstanding contributions to the cinema of Argentina during the 2012 Ischia Global Film & Music Fest to be held from July 8th to 15th on the isle which is located off the coast of Naples. The announcement was made here today by actor ...

27th Midnight Sun Film Festival celebrates screen gems

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The 27th Midnight Sun Film Festival (13.-17.6.2012) will be graced by the presence of two female actors who began their career in the 1950s: Finland's only Hollywood star Taina Elg, and Ingmar Bergman's protégé Harriet Andersson. Of directors, together with their productions, the American cult movie maker Alan Rudoph, Hungarian Béla Tarr, whose quite personal films never fail to cause a stir, two Swedish talents of a younger generation - Ruben Östlund and Axel Petersén - and the Portugues...

Subversive Slovenian Film

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Following the latest Retrospective of Slovenian Film in March in Belgrade, Serbia, ever since the 70s, films coming from Slovenia were representatives of the Yugoslav black wave film or one way or another, film avant-garde. Slovenian cinematography was and still is today somehow, closely related to a Serbian cinematography, but without burden of present Serbian film-a post civil themes. Slovenian film today may be overburden with social questions of a coming liberal capitalism be...

The sketches of the IFFS Summit Europe panelists by Nesta Morgan

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http://www.fest21.com/en/blog/nesta_morgan Nesta's.fest21.com, the Signature Sketch collection of caricature filmic moments in the festival community... "I storyboard, and design film and tv sets. My sketchbooks are full of the character and environment settings of both cinema and literary worlds, they are my own original storyboard collection of festival travel sketches, with pen and paper. Nesta's Sketch Collection covers The Berlinale Talent Campus, Edinburgh Film & ...

31. Istanbul Film Festival Daily: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

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  YESTERDAY AT THE FESTIVAL (12.04.2012) • GOODBYE IRAN! Director Mohammad Rasoulof focuses on an Iranian woman in his film. He shaped the whole story on the Iranian lawyer and her efforts to find a visa out of the country. Goodbye was screened at Atlas Sineması at 11.00 with the participation of director Rasoulof. Rasoluof stated: “It is difficult to make independent films in every part of the world. But it is even more difficult in Iran due to censors... Besides, there isn...

31. Istanbul Film Festival Daily: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

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    YESTERDAY AT THE FESTIVAL(09.04.2012) • A FULL WEEK AGAIN!!! Second week of the festival presents a programme even more intense than the first day. • STREET DOGS FROM THE DIRECTOR WITH GOLDEN PALM Who remembers the street dogs exterminated in 1910 for the sake of modernisation? How is the life for street dogs today and how will it be in the future? Director Serge Avédikian looks for an answer to that question... Dogs Story was at 11.00 at Fitaş 1 with the pa...

TERRACOTTA FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES OPENING AND CLOSING FILMS: MY WAY AND HIMIZU

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  OPENING FILM MY WAY In recent years, cross-border productions have been flourishing and Terracotta are thrilled to be opening the festival on Thursday 12th April 2012 with one of the most high-profile and ambitious examples to date, the Korean war epic MY WAY.   From Korean cinema's box office champion Kang Je-Kyu who also directed ‘Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War' and ‘Shiri', MY WAY tells the story of two marathon runners, one Korean and one Japanese, duri...

ART CINEMA = ACTION + MANAGEMENT 2012

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9th Edition of the International Training for Cinema Exhibition Professionals :40 tutors, 20 nationalities, 2 festivals and 60 participants for 7 days of conferences, case studies, workshops and film screenings.The training is organized by the CICAE in the framework of the MEDIA Program of the European Union. Are you a young professional aspiring to become a film programmer or a cinema manager?Are you already a film programmer or an arthouse cinema theatre manager and searching for a specialized...

Fourteen movies will screen in the 1st Latin American Film Festival on-line: iber.film.america

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● Organized by Filmotech.com, the Festival offers for free fourteen Latin-American and Spanish productions through www.iberfilmamerica.com from March 27th to April 16th. ● The Latin-American and Spanish Internet communities will give the Audience Award through the official Facebook application. ● iber.film.america has been created with the vision of presenting and displaying audiovisual content through new distribution channels  Last Tues...

IFFS Europe The Fest Summit Agenda april 3 & 4

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2012 IFFS EUROPE - PARIS - CONFERENCE AGENDA Tuesday April 3, 2012 Co-chairs:  Bruno Chatelin Chief Operating Officer FEST21.COM FILMFESTIVALS.COM Scott Hillier Festival Director European Independent Film Festival 8:30 am - Registration Opens ...

This must be the place closed B-Est Fest with the awards ceremony

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THIS MUST BE THE PLACE, director Paolo Sorrentino’s first English language film (awarded the Jury Prize at Cannes 2008, for Il Divo), will be presented, in absolute premiere and exclusively in Romania, within the Bucharest International Film Festival Closing Gala, March 25, 2012. "Anchored" by Sean Penn’s unbelievable performance ("flawless…transcending the masklike qualities of eyeliner and lipstick with deadpan, childlike candor." - Variety), THIS MUST BE THE...

The jury of Bucarest B-Est

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JAN HARLAN (Head of the Jury) Producer and Director „I joined Stanley Kubrick in 1969 for his Napoleon project, which was unfortunately abandoned, but I enjoyed working with Stanley and he liked me, so I added the study of film-production with a great teacher to my previous profession. My first film as an assistant was A Clockwork Orange. Four years later I became Kubri...

The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Short Film selection

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The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by founding sponsor American Express, today announced its lineup of 60 short films, 26 of which are world premieres. For the second year running, the recipient of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Best Narrative Short award will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules. The 2011 TFF Narrative Short Pentecost was n...

Contract With the Devil

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Tucaković reconstructs his story, yet not much as it is known, as chapter of Ray Nicholas´ life.   The film is quite diverse and eclectic: there are poetic sequences that evoke old Nicholas’ movies, which is in general more or less cinematic poetics. Central subject is the arrival of Ray in Belgrade at the beginning of 60s, and the ambition of Yougoslav communist leader Dražević to make his own communist Hollywood and get hold of Oscar Award for the film done by Nicholas....

Nippon Connection 2012 – Preview on the Festival Program

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Nippon Connection 2012 : the 12th Japanese Film Festival, Frankfurt am Main, will take place May 2 - 6, 2012  From May 2 to 6, 2012, Nippon Connection Film Festival, located in Frankfurt am Main, will present the whole spectrum of contemporary Japanese film for the twelfth time. Whether blockbuster or independent film, animation or documentary: numerous works will be presented as premieres with the film makers in attendance. The world’s largest festival of Japanese cinema invites its expecte...

Golan Fantasy Comes True

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The 40th International Film Festival 2012 FEST brought to Belgrade major filmmaker, Israeli director and Hollywood producer, Menahem Golan. Director who has signed close to 80 films, produced over 250 Hollywood and international films, had more than ten nominations for the "Oscar", whose works have received several "Golden Globe" awards at festivals in Cannes, Venice, Berlin ... This author has worked with major film artists of our time Coppola or Goddard etc. On the press...

The Orator! Interview with Tusi Tamasese

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  Saili is a small man with a big heart who lives happily with his beautiful wife Vaaiga and her daughter Litia. Sadly however, the whole family is somewhat of an outcast; Saili because he has been denied his title and Vaaiga because, although her family wants her back, they cast her out years ago. In trying to stay peaceful and to themselves they only aggravate everyone else in the village and their lives as they know it become threatened unless they, namely Saili, speaks up to the pow...

The Orator! Interview with Tusi Tamasese

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  Saili is a small man with a big heart who lives happily with his beautiful wife Vaaiga and her daughter Litia. Sadly however, the whole family is somewhat of an outcast; Saili because he has been denied his title and Vaaiga because, although her family wants her back, they cast her out years ago. In trying to stay peaceful and to themselves they only aggravate everyone else in the village and their lives as they know it become threatened unless they, namely Saili, speaks up to the powe...

Egyptian Cinema at the Ankara Film Festival.

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Organized by The World Mass Media Research Foundation and supported by Turkish Ministry of Culture, the 23rd. Ankara International Film Festival will take place between 15 – 22nd March. Festival will be showcasing a special selection of the latest Egyptian Cinema which will include films that address contemporary cultural movements and social sentiments across the Egyptian landscape. Without a doubt, one of most talked about issues of the 2011 was, collapsing of the thirty year d...

WINNERS OF THE 27TH ANNUAL SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL (SBIFF 2012)

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WINNERS OF THE 27TH ANNUAL SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL (SBIFF 2012) With closing film of festival, the Lebanese hit film by actress/writer/director Nadine Labaki, WHERE DO WE GO NOW? (Arabic: وهلّأ لوين؟ w halla' la wayn‎, French: Et maintenant, on va ou?, 2011) which held its world premier during the 2011 Cannes Film Festival as part of 'Un Certain Regard'. It was the Lebanese 2011 Oscar submission this year. The film held its North American premier in Toronto at TIFF...

WINNERS OF THE 27TH ANNUAL SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL (SBIFF 2012)

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  WINNERS OF THE 27TH ANNUAL SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL (SBIFF 2012) With closing film of festival, the Lebanese hit film by actress/writer/director Nadine Labaki, WHERE DO WE GO NOW? (Arabic: وهلّأ لوين؟ w halla' la wayn‎, French: Et maintenant, on va ou?, 2011) which held its world premier during the 2011 Cannes Film Festival as part of 'Un Certain Regard'. It was the Lebanese 2011 Oscar submission this year. The film held its North American premier in Toronto at TIF...

AMERICAN NGO RUNS GLOBAL SEMINARS AT VON TRAPP FAMILY HOME,AUSTRIA

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The Austrian Road Show in Mumbai organised by Stefan Herzl's Panorama Tours saw a large number of travel experts waxing lyrical on the Tirol, Salzburg, Innsbruck,Wien, Mozart Concerts, and some lesser known places in the country. Of special interest to movie fans would be the Sound of Music special which pays tribute to the film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.  The Von Trapps fled Austria in 1938 to settle in Vermont,USA which reminded them best of their home on a sylvan...

Fantasporto Tribute to Robbe-Grillet, fantastic screenwriter of "Last Year in Marienbad,"

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EVOKING ALAIN ROBBE-GRILLET     To most cinema lovers Robbe-Grillet is best known for the fantastic screenplay of  "Last Year in Marienbad," directed by Alain Resnais and the winner of the Golden Lion in Venice. A story about the the paths of memory, the game of Marienbad has become one of the most interesting mathematical challenges that subverts the very idea of ​​the game since the first one to play is the one that always wins. The film caused an uproar...
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