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(Los Angeles, May 8, 2007) – On May 7 The 2007 South East European Film Festival held its closing night screening of Harun Mehmedinovic’s AFI-produced short film, “In the name of the son”, followed by the Serbian feature, “Seven and a half” by Miroslav Momcilovic, at the beautiful 1920’s art deco theatre Fine Arts in Beverly Hills. Hosted by radio personality Hettie Lynne Hurtes, the evening’s guests included Gary McVey, executive director of the American Cinema Foundation and Bijan Tehrani, editor-in-chief of the Cinema Without Borders film magazine. They spoke about the importance of the festival and its growing impact…

Celebrated actor from the former Yugoslavia and well known character actor in the USA, Rade Serbedzija (Shooter, Saint, Macedonian Oscar-nominated Before the Rain, recurring guest star in TV’s 24, with other memorable roles in features such as Eyes Wide Shut, MI2, Snatch, Batman Begins, Broken English, to name just a few) officially opened the South East European Film Festival 2007 this week in Los Angeles. He was joined by Hettie Lynne Hurtes, KPCC radio personality, who served as the celebrity MC. Other guests included the Honorable Ivo Mouskourov, Consul General of Bulgaria, the Honorable Catalin Ghenea, Consul General of Romania,…

South East European Film Festival in Los Angeles showcases the work of filmmakers from Southern and Eastern Europe, and films made by expatriates who live in California and who trace their origins to the Balkans, the countries of the Danube, and the Black Sea. The only one of its kind in the United States, its message is not only to show films but to educate about South East Europe, its troubled history, and cultural diversity. In Los Angeles since 1992, Vera Mijojlic founded the first-ever festival of films from Southeast Europe, www.seefilmla.org, and launched promotional campaigns for Balkan films, as…

The Polish American Film Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a higher level of understanding of Polish culture through film. This organization showcases outstanding achievements of Polish cinema right in the heart of Hollywood. Each year, the Polish Film Festival of Los Angeles screens the finest selection of contemporary Polish cinema including full-length features, documentaries, animations, and shorts. Polish Film Festival provides an exciting venue for Polish filmmakers and actors to share their talents with an American audience. In an interview with Cinema Without Borders, Vladek Juszkiewicz, Director of the Polish Film Festival of Los Angeles talked about the…

Francois Truffart COLCOA Director and programmer after completing a Master’s degree in Politics in Paris in 1989 became the cultural attaché in charge of cinema promotion at the French Embassy in Hungary, Japan and the United States (Los Angeles) successively. He has also been the Director for the Cinefondation at Cannes Film Festival and represented the Cannes Film Market in the US. He is a programming consultant for festivals and also for film finance and international film distribution through his LA-based company Sorry Angels, Inc. In 2004 in Tokyo, he founded the Japanese music label, Cinemania 35. He has been…

The Polish American Film Society has announced that the eighth annual Polish Film Festival Los Angeles will be held under the auspices of the First Lady of the Republic of Poland, Madam Maria Kaczynska. The First Lady will be attending the festival to celebrate the achievement of Polish filmmakers from April 26 – May 3, 2007. On April 26, 2007 the Polish Film Festival Los Angeles will launch its eighth annual, week-long event with an Opening Night Gala at the prestigious Directors Guild of America. We are thrilled to announce that acclaimed director David Lynch will join us at the…

Aideen Ratteray Pryse is a founding member of Bermuda International Film Festival, Aideen has served as Festival Director since 1997. Aideen trained as an urban planner, having obtained a Bachelor’s degree at McGill University and a Master’s at the University of Waterloo. She was formerly employed with the Bermuda Department of Planning as Assistant Director (Administration & Control). In addition to her film festival work, she is a member of the board of directors of the Centre on Philanthropy. Cinema Without Borders: Please tell us about the Bermuda International Film Festival, how did it start and its approach to cinema…

Approximately twenty-five years ago, Israeli’s premiere rock musician left fame and fortune in Israel and came to the United States. Since that time, Meir Fenigstein has become a major force in the entertainment industry, particularly as Founder and Executive Director of the Israel Film Festival. From its earliest beginnings with a few, Hebrew language films (without sub-titles) shown in a dusty theater in a less than stellar section of Boston, it has grown to be the premiere showcase of Israeli films in the world today. This year, the 21st Israel Film Festival will present 35 films in 3 cities to…

The 4th Annual Other Venice Film Festival Highlights and Schedule 90 Films, 60 World Premieres, Live Music, Art and Parties OVFF is dedicated to screening full-length, short and animated films that embody the spirit, energy and diversity of Venice, CA – an epicenter for LA artists and filmmakers who continue to pave the way toward expanding the language of underground, alternative cinema. The OTHER VENICE FILM FESTIVAL bridges the community of Venice and that of greater LA together in a wild, exciting, fun-filled weekend of movies, music and mayhem. To find out more about this festival we interviewed two of…

Nearly 200 films will be on hand for the first AFI Dallas International Film Festival, starting March 22nd in Texas. The festival will begin with Steven Sawalich’s “Music Within” and close on April 1st with Sarah Polley’s “Away From Her.” The large list of films has surpassed the expectations of even the organizers. There will be 99 features and 92 short films for the inaugural Dallas event. Organizers have also noted that the Victory Plaza site will also feature film screenings from the AFI 100 Greatest Films list running near 24 hours a day throughout the festival. “Music Within” has…

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