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A New Jury for the “Made in Germany – Perspektive Fellowship”

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  Based on treatments that young and talented filmmakers had to submit by October 1, 2012, a three-member jury will pick the winner of the €15,000 fellowship. The jury has already been put together and includes three members who are closely associated with German cinema. All three want to actively support up-and-coming German filmmakers. Hans-Christian Schmid Author and director Hans-Christian Schmid has enriched the world of German and international cinema with a number of impressi...

Berlinale goes Kiez

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  “Berlinale goes Kiez” pictures from previous years Since 2010, the Berlinale’s “Flying Red Carpet” has travelled from arthouse cinema to arthouse cinema on seven evenings during the Festival, visiting Berlin’s movie lovers in their neighbourhood cinemas. On each of these evenings, one Berlin arthouse cinema turns into an additional Festival venue and presents two selected films from the Berlinale programme. Just like...

Berlinale NATIVe – a journey into indigenous cinema

  Photo: www.markrogers.com.au Rowan McNamara and Marissa Gibson as Samson & Delilah (AUS 2009; directed by Warwick Thornton) The 2013 Berlinale will see the launch of a special series devoted to the cinematic story-telling of Indigenous peoples worldwide: “NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema.” The programme will introduce audiences to the milestones of Indigenous filmmaking and includes features, documentaries and short films. With the ...

30 filmmakers from the Talent Campus present their projects in the Berlin House of Representatives

30 international filmmakers from the Campus present their projects in the Berlin House of Representatives   At the Berlin House of Representatives—home amongst other events to the Co-Production Market and located across the street from the Martin-Gropius Building where the European Film Market is held—30 selected Campus filmmakers have the unique opportunity to present their projects to the festival public. In addition to participants busy advancing their feature film projec...

Film Festival Tofifest highlights

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 Yesterday the organisers of the International Film Festival Tofifest revealed the last secrets of the 10th edition of the event, during a press conference. Zbigniew Zamachowski shall be the chairman of the Jury of the On Air Feature Films Competition section. Krystyna Janda shall be awarded the Golden Angel of Tofifest for Artistic Insolence and Jakub Gierszal shall receive the Flisak Tofifest Film Award. This year’s special retrospective will focus on blaxploitation films and the In...

Berlinale to Honour Chris Marker by Screening Description d’un combat

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On September 23, 2012, the Berlin International Film Festival will honour documentary and experimental filmmaker Chris Marker, who passed away in late July, by screening his film Description d’un combat (Description of a Struggle). In this film, which received the Golden Bear for Best Documentary in 1961, Chris Marker took a personal look at the development of Israeli society and its identity twelve years after the state of Israel was founded. Chris Marker’s cinematic oeuvre co...

Wong Kar Wai (With a staggering 21 wins and 35 award nominations so far) will preside over the Jury of Berlinale 2013

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Chinese director Wong Kar Wai will be the Jury President of the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. The director, who has won many international awards, is one of the most important representatives of world cinema. Wong Kar Wai’s unique and extraordinary style has inspired countless filmmakers and made him a cult figure of contemporary auteur cinema. Wong Kar Wai was born in Shanghai and grew up in Hong Kong. He made his directorial debut in 1988 with As Tears Go By. His...

The Co-Production Prize choose Sofia to expand its workshops for young Eastern European filmmakers

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Karin SchyleThis year the Robert Bosch Stiftung carried out a training for short and documentary projects with a focus on Black Sea and Caucasus during Sofia Meetings. Three teams (director and producer) from the Caucasian countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, three teams from the Black Sea countries Moldova, Romania, Ukraine and further four teams from Bulgaria were invited to participate in it. The event was organized in cooperation with the partners of Тhe Co-Production Prize o...

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...

Berlinale: European Film Market 2012 interview with its Director Beki Probst.

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            In 2012 the Berlinale had another successful edition as the largest audience oriented international film festival selling 299.362 tickets. Total professional accreditations came close to 20.000 including 3.800 members of the press. 402 films were featured in its public programs  and 760 at the European Film Market.  The festival continues to expand each year, yet over the last year the strongest growth has been experienced by the European Film market under the direct...

6th Edition of BABYLON EUROPE is underway with feature film development workshops

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  The 6th Edition of BABYLON EUROPE is underway with feature film development workshops in the UK, Austria and France. Eight feature film projects from the UK took part in the London workshop (March 30th-April 1st), a further eight projects in the Diverse Geschichten workshop in the Steiermark (March 25th-28th).    Selected filmmakers from each workshop will meet in Cannes (May 18th-21st) to work together on their projects as part of a mentored programme that runs through till the...

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...

IJSWATER FILMS – short filmography

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Sarajevo Talent Campus Call for Entries 2012

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New call for entries for emerging filmmakers from Southeast Europe to participate in Sarajevo Talent Campus held within the framework of the 18th Sarajevo Film Festival is open from the 15th of March 2012. Application deadline is the 8th of May, 2012. Sarajevo Talent Campus, the educational and networking platform for emerging filmmakers from Southeast Europe, was launched in 2007 in cooperation with Berlin International Film Festival and Berlinale Talent Campus. The programme offer...

DIGITAL CINEMA @ Berlinale 2012 on 50 screens in the City

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The number of films screened in DCP (Digital Cinema Package) formats has risen significantly since last year’s Festival - especially at the European Film Market. The Berlinale 2012 presented a total of 659 screenings in DCP formats, as well as 627 in 35mm film and some 1,100 in diverse video formats.    For festivals worldwide – and the Berlinale in particular with its enormous programme - this development poses substantial technical, logistical and financial challenges. ...

Record Participation and a Flurry of Business at the European Film Market 2012

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The European Film Market 2012 (EFM), which took place from February 9-17 during the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival, had its strongest year to date and was marked by a bustling atmosphere at the Martin-Gropius-Bau and the Marriott Hotel. This year, close to 8,000 participants from 100 countries attended the international trade fair for film and audiovisual content, a 15% increase to the previous year.  In addition to the high volume of participants, Exhibitors reported numer...

Interview with EFM's Beki Probst

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Beki Probst is the head of the EFM, European Film Market, for Berlinale since 1988. Before this position, she worked for the Berlinale as the film festival’s delegate for Turkey and Greece for seven years. Beki was born in Istanbul, Turkey where as a student she studied law and journalism and wrote for Turkish newspapers ‘Tercuman’ and ‘Hayat’. It was when she moved in Switzerland in 1960 that her career in cinema began where she managed the Probst-Kinobetriebe.After 23 years of runnin...

The 59th Sydney Film Festival is coming… Soon!

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Across 12 days and nights, the 59th Sydney Film Festival brings the CBD to life with screenings of over 150 films, red carpet galas, talks and forums; plus some very special, soon-to-be-announced, events and international guests. From 6-17 June, Sydney Film Festival will showcase the best in cinema from across Australia and around the world, including features, documentaries, short films, retrospectives, restorations, animation and more. The Sydney Film Festival programming ...

Glamour, bears and stars at Berlinale 62

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International Jury Glamour, bears and great stars [...] International Short Film Jury The Bears in the Shorts section [...] Generation Crystal Bears for the best children's and youth films [...] Independent Juries Awards from audience, industry and film critics [...] Best First Feature Award © Daniël Bouquet The most important award fo...

Berlinale prizes

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PRIZES OF THE INTERNATIONAL JURY GOLDEN BEAR FOR THE BEST FILM Cesare deve morire Caesar Must Die by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani       JURY GRAND PRIX-SILVER BEAR Csak a szél Just The Wind by Bence Fliegauf SILVER BEAR FOR BEST DIRECTOR Christian Petzold for  Barbara (Barbara) ...

Prizes for Berlinale 62 were very democratic

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Berlin is known above all for its political and social commitment, or what the French Existentialists would call a Festival "Engagé".Esthetic purists sometimes question the Berlin prize decisions on artistic grounds but art is often of secondary importance in this ballparkwhere politics can also have to do with the pecking order in the upper echelons of the international film establishment. Clearly the film with the most obvious socio-political content this year was the Hungarian entry "Csak a ...

Berlinale 2012: Crystal Bears and Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk Awards in Generation Kplus

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members of the Children's Jury Generation Kplus   Kimia Godarzani-Bakhtiari Rosa Münchmeyer Anne Marie Dominik Fittje Nikita Neitzke Justin Braun Fion Mutert Victor Neumeister Lale Öztoprak Anna Luisa Cruz Pia Jacqueline Heß Simon Kajdi   give the following awards:   Crystal Bear for the Best Feature Film: ARCADIA by Olivia Silver, USA 2011 A family realises that it cannot just run away fr...

Perspektive Deutsches Kino: Marten Persiel's This Ain't California Wins the "Dialogue en perspective" Prize

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  Today, during the award ceremony of the Independent Juries of the 62nd Berlinale, the young French-German-Slovak jury awarded the "Dialogue en perspective" prize. This year the prize goes to Marten Persiel's film This Ain't California. The award was initiated in 2004 by the German-French Youth Office (DFJW), an official Berlinale partner, in association with the Berlin International Film Festival.   The young jury that decided who would receive the "Dialo...

Berlinale 2012: Panorama Audience Awards go to Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present and Parada

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  The audience has cast its votes: the 14th Panorama Audience Award, which is presented in collaboration with radioeins of rbb (Berlin-Brandenburg’s public radio and television station), Berlin’s city magazine tip and the Berlinale’s Panorama section, goes to Parada for the best feature film. For the best documentary film, Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present came out on top, receiving more votes than its competitors. The official award ceremony will be held on ...

Berlinale 2012: Crystal Bears in the Generation 14plus

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  The members of the Youth Jury in the Generation 14plus   Klara Kruse Rosset Gülcan Çil Solveig Lethen Jarnail Fang Yu Singh Sekhon Sami Yacob Nico Palesch Lino Steinwärder   give the following awards: Crystal Bear for the Best Feature Film: Lal Gece by Reis Çelik, Turkey 2011 We were deeply touched by he brilliant actors in this year's winning film. They let us take part in the feelings of t...
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