Browsing: Festivals

For years, Iran has proved a formidable force in Middle-Eastern cinema. After Majid Majidi’s Children of Heaven lost out to Roberto Benigni’s Life Is Beautiful for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar 1998, Asghar Farhadi eventually emerged as the shining light of Iranian cinema. Cementing himself as the most recognisable name in Persian production of recent times,Farhadi has single-handedly catapulted Iran back onto the world stage not once but twice this decade. Winning the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for A Separation (2011), Iran and Farhadi again won Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards with The Salesman (2016), an inclusion in last year’s festival. Despite no works…

Iranian short films “Retouch” and “Lunch Time” received best short narrative award and honorable mention at the 18th annual Ojai Film Festival. According to Bita Elahian, Cinema Without Borders reporter, at the closing ceremony of the eighteenth Ojai film festival, Retouch, a short film directed by Kaveh Mazaheri, and “Lunch Time” directed by Alireza Ghasemi were awarded with the Best narrative short Film award. Bita Elahian, who is also an Iranian/Americans filmmaker received the award on behalf of Alireza Ghasemi. 24 short films competed during the festival. In addition to “Retouch” and “Lunch”, two other fictional short films “Not yet”…

Iranian film maker Mostafa Taghizadeh’s ‘Yellow’ will be the inaugural film of the 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival where films from 53 countries will be screened and UK will be the ‘focus country’. Jean-Luc Godard’s ‘The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company (Grandeur et Decadence d’un Petit Commerce de Cinema), which had been made for French Television in 1986 and released in cinematic format in October this year in France, will be screened in cinematic format in 23rd KIFF. The 23rd KIFF will be held from November 10 to 17. https://youtu.be/95gnvoa4xhw “This will be the first time that…

Indigenous voices from around the world arrive at Event Cinemas George Street as Winda Film Festival returns for a second year. Nine feature films from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the USA will screen, as well as 33 short films grouped into four sessions. Winner of major prizes at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, Warwick Thornton’s western Sweet Country will open the festival, while closing night’s After the Apology is a documentary exploring the increased number of Indigenous child removals since the days of the Stolen Generation. From the USA comes Mankiller, a powerful documentary about Wilma Mankiller, who defied sexism to emerge as the Cherokee Nation’s first female Principal…

17th Hungarian Film Festival, Los Angeles opens on November 2nd and goes on until November 16. Jury members of the festival to pick the Best Feature Film Award are: Susan Morgan Cooper Susan Morgan Cooper is an award winning documentary film Director/Producer. Her highly acclaimed film, An Unlikely Weapon was about Eddie Adams, the photographer who’s photo Saigon Execution was credited with helping end the Vietnam War . For Mulberry Child Susan filmed in China. Roger Ebert called the film powerful and touching. For To the Moon and Back Susan went to Russia to explore the Russian Adoption Ban. The…

17th Hungarian Film Festival Los Angeles will run from November 2 to November 16 screening the latest Hungarian films. After watching a few films of the festival, we strongly recommend attending this amazing festival to all the international film fans. For screening venues and dates please click or touch here. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIEREA Kincsem Record-breaking film about a record-breaking horse, Kincsem, has already been seen by more than 600,000 people in Hungary and is still going strong in cinemas.  This means that it has become the 10th most widely seen Hungarian movie in Hungary since the regime change in 1989. …

ANIMATION IS FILM FESTIVAL is a major animation festival produced by GKIDS in collaboration with Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Variety, and ASIFA Hollywood. The inaugural event takes place October 20-22, 2017 at the historic Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood (TCL Chinese 6 Theater) and features a highly selective showcase of the best animated films from around the world, plus red carpet, filmmaker Q&As, special events, receptions, short film programs, VR Lounge, and both juried and audience awards. https://youtu.be/YjoPsMc3UqU ANIMATION IS FILM fills a gap in the market by launching a world class animation festival in the US, with its…

Three films from Iran, ‘No Date, No Signature’, ‘A Man of Integrity’ and ‘The Skier’ have earned nominations at the 11th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), slated for November 23 in Australia. Actor Navid Mohammadzadeh has been nominated by the jury panel in the category of the best performance by an actor for his role in the film ‘No Date, No Signature’ directed by Vahid Jalilvand; Mohammad Rasoulof’s acclaimed movie ‘A Man of Integrity’ is nominated for the best feature film award and ‘The Skier’, directed by Fereydoun Jafari, is nominated for the best youth feature film, cinematicket.org reported. Established…

Here is a video interview with Jonasz Wiewior, the young Polish filmmaker, animator and composer that his short animated film, Blue Inventor will be screened at the 2017 Polish Film Los Angeles. Blue Inventor, 3 min.2017 All American High School Film Festival, New York – Best International Film Award2017 Teen Animation Festival International—Best International Film; First Place in Short Animated Film 3d Category https://youtu.be/xJb6_7O94EM Blue Inventor: Director, Producer, Screenplay writer, Cinematographer, Animator and composer Jonasz Wiewior A small blue creature is about to create bio fuel. Yet, having brought its project to school, it meets with its teacher’s incomprehension and disapproval. In…

Under president Park Geun-hye, thousands of people and organizations working in the arts in South Korea found themselves on a government blacklist over work that appeared critical of the conservative government. The targets of the government’s crackdown included some of the most revered names in the arts in the country, and one of Asia’s top film events, the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF). With many artists cut off from vital public funding, and authorities discouraging the showing of their work, the film festival became embroiled in a battle over its independence that divided the country’s film-makers. The event’s executive director Kang Soo-youn…

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