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Today the legendary Iranian/American actress Vida Ghahremani passed away after battling cancer for many years. She was born on May 27, 1937 in Tehran, Iran.  Miss Ghahramani began acting in films as a teenager. She has a long list of credits as an actress and producer. She is known for films such as “Love and Vengeance” (1965), “Storm in Our Town” (1958) and “The Midnight Terror” (1961). She went beyond taboos of her time to have the very on-screen kiss in Iranian film history. After leaving Iran, Miss Ghahramani moved to California, became a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) member, and…

Burbank, CA – May 29th, 2018: Today, Cinema Without Borders announced jury members  for GoE Bridging The Borders Award at  the 2018 Palm Springs International ShortFest Film Festival and Market. The Bridging The Borders Award at the 2018 Palm ShortFest will be given to the most successful film in bringing the people of our world closer together. GoE Bridging The Borders Award  is presented by Cinema Borders and award sponsored and prize provided by GoEnergistics. The winner of Bridging the Borders Award will receive a cash prize of $2500. Palm Springs ShortFest award ceremony will be held on June 24th at Camelot…

Putin.Obama.Orphan Hostages.Murdered Russian Lawyer.Billionaire British Investment Banker.The Accidental Death of an Innocent Child.A Loving American Family Caught in the Cross-hairs. This entire story is told by provocative Hollywood filmmaker, Susan Morgan Cooper, in her latest documentary To The Moon and Back. Already creating international political waves, the film is available in-stores and on demand in it’s national release by top distributor Gravitas Ventures on Tuesday, May 22nd. From the reports of Trump Jr. meeting Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, Billionaire Bill Browder, the Magnitsky Sanctions, to Miles Harrison – the innocent father that was personally targeted by Putin — the public…

Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda won the Palme d’Or at the 71st Cannes Film Festival for his film “Shoplifters,” a moving portrait of an self-made family scraping by at the bottom of Japanese society. Spike Lee won the Grand Prix for “BlacKkKlansman,” using his time at the microphone to describe the current moment in American politics as “the year of living dangerously,” accepting the prize “on behalf of the People’s Republic of Brooklyn, New York.” Lebanese director Nadine Labaki earned the Jury Prize for her film “Capernaum,” a wrenching neorealist portrait of a Beirut street urchin who sues his parents for bringing him…

The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury headed by Bertrand Bonello and including Khalil Joreige, Valeska Grisebach, Alanté Kavaïté and Ariane Labed, has awarded the 2018 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films. The Cinéfondation Selection consisted of 17 student films, chosen out of 2 426 entries coming from 512 film schools around the world. FIRST PRIZE EL VERANO DEL LEÓN ELÉCTRICO (The Summer of the Electric Lion) directed by Diego CÉSPEDES Universidad de Chile – ICEI, Chile JOINT SECOND PRIZE KALENDAR (Calendar) directed by Igor POPLAUHIN Moscow School of…

MUBI announced today its June release slate featuring films and curated series from both emerging talent and acclaimed directors from across the globe. Next month, as part of its Special Discovery series, MUBI opens the doors of Casa Roshell, a tiny cabaret in Mexico City where the boundaries of gender and sexuality are blurred, in Camila José Donoso’s spellbinding documentary. MUBI also pays tribute to the best of British cinema with a selection of the timeless comedies produced by Ealing Studios — films that brightened up post-war Britain with their wit, verve and sensational comic turns from cinema luminaries such…

A real friend of cinema, who devoted his life into finding the real meaning of cinema as art, is not among us anymore. Hooshang Azadivar, an Iranian filmmaker, poet, and film scholar, passed away on April 27 In Tehran at the age of 76. We were friends for almost half a century. Hooshang was found of pure cinema with no ties to politics, he was a man of culture and his world was crushed when he did not find a chance to make the kind of movies he liked. The world after Iranian revolution was the world of compromises and…

ASIFA-Hollywood has announced that its Animation Educators Forum will hold its General Membership Meeting on May 5, 2018 at The Animation Guild in Burbank, California from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm PDT. The meeting will feature a full afternoon of discussions and screenings, along with an opportunity to catch up with colleagues. This year’s theme is “Where the Jobs Are: Mapping the Expanding Universe of Animation Employment” Forum’s special focus this year is the ever-expanding universe of animation employment from opportunities in big Hollywood studios to newly hatched positions in online streaming services, virtual reality and other emerging technologies. The…

BURBANK, Calif.  – The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood’s Animation Educators Forum (AEF) has awarded its annual Faculty Grants to Tom Bancroft (Azusa Pacific University), Soyeon Kim (California State University, Long Beach), Kaho Albert Yu (City University of Hong Kong, School of Creative Media), and Zachary Zezima (California University, Los Angeles). The AEF Faculty Grant program is designed to provide support for individuals or groups with reasonable expenditures associated with research, scholarly activity or creative projects in the field of animation, and were open to both full- and part-time teachers at accredited post-secondary institutions. AEF reviewed applicants from all over…

 A documentary on Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning drama “The Salesman” is scheduled to premiere in Tehran in the near future. “About the Salesman” directed and produced by Vahid Sedaqat and Tahmineh Monzavi will be screened at the Art and Experience Cinemas, which are dedicated to screening art films, Farhadi has announced on his Telegram channel. The documentary shows how the idea of making the film began to form and how the various stages of production were completed. Top film critics such as Godfrey Cheshire, Peter Bradshaw, Fabio Ferzetti, Philippe Rouyer, Michel Ciment, and Hushang Golmakani also speak about the acclaimed movie…

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