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Felicite (Gomis, 2017): Senegal

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Felicite, a new film written and directed by  Alain Gomis, set in Senegal in modern time, paints a portrait of a community through the trials and tribulations of a full-figured female singer, Felicite, played convincngly by Véro Tshanda Beya. The film received funding from the World Cinema Fund and participated in the Venice Final Cut Program.

Felicite opens with low-key lighting, handheld camera work providing a cinema verite feel characters breaking the fourth wall inviting the viewer into their world.Celine Bozon is credited as the Director of Photography. Slowly, the scene reveals a night club and a Singing begins. Drinking ensues. Mayhem rears its face as the nightclub erupts with brawling instigated by a massive male, Tabu (Papi Mpaka).

When not clubbing, Tabu is a handy man, selling and servicing Felicite’s newly purchased second-hand refrigerator in side Felicite’s sparsely furnished flat. Oumar Sall (le grand) is the film’s Production Designer.

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Vera Tshanda Beya, above, as lead character, Felicite, is on a mission in Alain Gomis new meserizing film, Felicite. (Photo credit: Andolfi)

In addition, the culture depicted has an undercurrent and Gomis stunningly reveals it in the form of religious zealousness, classically trained musicians and singers rivaling any found on the planet. Interestingly, Gomis juxtaposes diagetic and non-diagetic music in convincing fashion melding the worlds into one. The Kasaï Allstars are credited with the music. Jean-Pierre Laforce and Fred Meert are responsible for the Sound Design. And, Benoit De Clerck crafted the film’s sound.

Outside the streets are strewn with trash, scooters dominate the dirt thoroughfares as the towns inhabitants navigate the market area. Not exactly Shangri La. In many respects quite the opposite. Yet, the community has its redeeming virtues and long-standing cultural nomes often found missing in larger, modernized communities..

However, tragedy is quickly introduced as Felicite’s son has been involved in a motor scooter accident.  Frantically, Felicite finds her son, discovers he needs medicine and an operation she can’t afford. The love a mother has for a child radiates as Felicite reaches out to those closest to her to generate the monies necessary for the operation. But, it’s not enough. Felicite is not a woman who takes no for an answer. She manages to get the necessary funds. Unfortunately, the hospital proceeded with an amputation drawing laughter from a patron seated directly behind me.

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Vero Tshanda Beya, left, and Papi Mpaka merge and meld in  as Felicite and Tabu inAlain Gomis’ heartfelt film, Felicite. (Photo credit: Andolfi)

While, I didn’t find a mother discovering her son had an amputation humorous, I did find a warmth in Felicite’s acceptance of her evolved condition after her experience and seeing Tabu bring her son out of despair following his amputation. At her most basic essence, Felicite is a deeply committed woman in a community that values itself, its culture and one another.

Felicite is an artistic delight with surreal mise-en-scen and heartfelt emotions. While, the film delves into the religious aspect too deeply for comfort, Gomis makes his point – spirituality is the driving force behind the community. With singer/mother Felicite, Gomis embodies the community in a human form – imperfect and spirited.

And, while the film could have been made in 65 minutes, Gomez chose to expand the run time to 123 minutes. In doing so, he takes the film to a new level a higher dimension representative of the driving force behind this fictionalized Senegal community. Highly recommended!

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#SBIFF Announces 2017 Winners

Posted by Larry Gleeson

The  32nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced it film awards. This morning over breakfast at The Fess Parker filmmakers were thanked for their participation and the following awards were bestowed:

Audience Choice Award
sponsored by the Santa Barbara Independent
MY HERO BROTHER
Directed by Yonatan Nir

Best Documentary Award
MY HERO BROTHER
Directed by Yonatan Nir

Jeffrey C. Barbakow Award – Best International Feature Film
THE CONSTITUTION
Directed by Rajko Grlić

Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema
THE GOOD CATHOLIC
Directed by Paul Shoulberg

Nueva Vision Award for Spain/Latin America Cinema
TAMARA
Directed by Elia K. Schneider

Social Justice Award for Documentary Film
ANGRY INUK
Directed by Althea Arnaquq-Baril

ADL Stand Up Award
sponsored by Santa Barbara and Tri-Counties ADL
STRAWBERRY DAYS
Directed by Wiktor Ericsson

Valhalla Award for Best Nordic Film
SÁMI BLOOD
Directed by Amanda Kernell

Best Documentary Short Film Award
REFUGE
Directed by Matthew K. Firpo

Best Documentary Short Film Award
REFUGEE
Directed by Joyce Chen and Emily Moore

Bruce Corwin Award – Best Live Action Short Film
IT’S BEEN LIKE A YEAR
Directed by Cameron Fay

Bruce Corwin Award – Best Animated Short Film
CONFINO
Directed by Nico Bonomolo

The festival has year-round programs and screenings including its weekly Showcase Film Series and its Wave Film Festivals featuring films from foreign and exotic locales including Spain, France and Asia. For more information visit sbiff.org.

UPDATED: Berlinale FILM CAPSULE: On Body and Soul (Enyedi, 2017): Hungary

By Larry Gleeson

On Body and Soul (Testről és lélekről) from Budapest Writer/Director Ildikó Enyedi captured the hearts and minds of the audience early this morning at the spacious Berlinale Palast Theater.

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Director lldiko Enyedi on set during On Body and Soul. (Photo courtesy of Berlinale.de)

Director Enyedi manages to weave together a narrative with parallel story lines for the first half of the film. Beautifully shot, Enyedi’s On Body and Soul showcases a stunning mise-en-scen with the woods setting. The other setting is a slaughterhouse. No details are left out. Everything from immobilizing cattle for fattening to gutting the animals with their entrails and blood pouring from their opened undersides. These, however, are just the details. The real story takes place in the moments in between.

Two co-workers, Maria and Endre, have a thing for each other. Neither one can seem to find the right words or make an appropriate move. Endre is the company’s Director of Finance and acts more like a site general manger. Maria, on the other hand, is relatively new, and operates as a quality control inspector. She is referred throughout as Doctor. She’s smart like an idiot savant and manages to portray aspects of an awkwardness somewhere between addled and autistic. She’s also obsessive compulsive.

One day, a burglary has taken place and a large amount of mating powder has been lifted. The ensuing investigation borders on the macabre. Without credible physical evidence, a annual mental health assessment is ordered to begin immediately. A shapely, auburn woman with a rather sassy hair style conducts interviews with all the employees. Most of the questions revolve around sexual and reproduction issues and histories. Based on the responses, she makes a conclusion about who the thief probably is. One aspect of the study, however, is skewered, and sets in motion a lovely sequence bringing the two awkward co-workers into relationship.

Filled with subtle humor and adult idiosyncrasies, On Body and Soul, is making an early case for the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Stay tuned for more. In the meantime, I’ll see you at the cinema!

*UPDATE: On Body and Soul received the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival’s Golden Bear, the festival’s top prize for a film.

Berlin Film Fest International Jury Press Conference

Posted by Larry Gleeson

The 67th Berlin International Film Festival International Jury held its  opening press conference Thursday, February 9th, at the Berlin Grand Hyatt Hotel to introduce this year’s  Berlinale festival goers to its panel. As previously announced, Director and Screenwriter, Paul Verhoeven is serving as this year’s  Jury President. Other members of the Jury include; producer Dora Bouchoucha Fourati (Tunisia), artist Olafur Eliasson (Denmark), actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (USA), actress Julia Jentsch (Germany), actor and director Diego Luna (Mexico), and director and screenwriter Wang Quan’an (People’s Republic of China). After a warm Berlinale welcome and very brief introductions, the panel opened for questions from the floor.

Interestingly, a Kurdistan/Iraq news agency reporter popped the first question with all the zeal of a U.S. White House Press Briefing first informing the press conference her agency would be reporting live for ten days. From there, she set the tone for her question stating “traditionally the Berlinale is quite political with its selection of films. What political message do you want to transmit with this year’s festival?” Verhoeven coolly replied as the International Jury President his focus is on a film’s qualitative nature rather than any specific ideological or political message.

Quickly, the Boston Herald took the floor next delivering a two-pronged inquiry for Ms.Gyllenhaal and Verhoeven into the courageous nature of creating film roles and insider casting details of Elle.

Taking the lead, Verhoeven affirmed the Herald’s line of questioning telling the room he and the Elle producers tried to make Elle a Hollywood film with a profit motive. However, after several unsuccessful pitches to A-listers, the Elle team returned to France moving forward with a French film production. French starlet Isabelle Humbert had made it known through various channels she was very interested in the film. She thoroughly studied the characters from Phillipe Dijan’s novel “Oh…” With hat-in-hand, Verhoeven offered to Humbert. She accepted. And she delivered according to Verhoeven with a courageous performance.

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American Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, third from left, at the 67th Berlin Film Festival International Jury Press Conference on Thursday, February 9, 2017. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

Gyllenhaal interjected “Isabelle was meant to play that role and was very courageous.” Continuing Gyllenhaal remarked most often actors choose roles they can identify with as a person versus as an actor and when a collaboration between a director such as Verhoebven and Humbert works together something special is created.

A handful more of questions came forth ranging from why Russian films weren’t in the festival to Luna’s feelings about a  border wall to what does the jury expect from the festival. In reverse order, the jury has high hopes of learning more about film, while Luna artfully and quite diplomatically said he is still investigating the wall issue. However, he plans to be a part of the solution as he has several love stories with the United States and to sever such beauty makes no sense. Verhoeven reminded the audience, the jury does not select films.

Coming full circle, the press conference concluded with how Gyllenhaal was introduced as the brother of Jake Gyllenhaal. Jake served on the jury five years ago. As inquiring minds want to know, Maggie was asked if she called Jake to ask about being on the jury. She did and Jake told her it was an amazing experience seeing films from all over the world from filmmakers he didn’t know existed. Wrapping up and putting the finishing touch on the morning, “What an amazing time to be an American at an international film festival,” said Ms. Gyllenhaal. Without further adieu, the 2017 Berlin Film Festivals’s International Jury Press Conference concluded.

The festival runs through February 19th.

 

 

 

 

BERLINALE WORLD CINEMA FUND DOC DAY ON FEBRUARY 15

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Since it was founded in October 2004, the World Cinema Fund (WCF) has been committed to the development and support of cinema in regions with a weak filmmaking infrastructure, as well as for cultural diversity in German cinemas.

The goal is to support films that surprise with an unusual aesthetic approach, tell powerful stories and convey an authentic picture of their cultural heritage. Subsidies are available for both narrative and documentary films.

Three WCF-funded films are in this year‘s official Berlinale programme:

Competition: Félicité by Alain Gomis (France / Senegal / Belgium / Germany / Lebanon)
Panorama Opening Film: The Wound by John Trengove (South Africa / Germany / The Netherlands / France)
Panorama: Pendular by Julia Murat (Brazil / Argentina / France)

The WCF is active year round and traditionally holds a WCF Day during the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2017, that day is dedicated to the documentary universe and is called WCF DOC DAY.

Why a WCF DOC DAY? WCF provides production subsidies to both narrative and documentary film projects – and everything in-between. Does that make sense? It does – now more than ever. The WCF DOC DAY aims to tackle both theoretical and practical issues. To what extent does a documentary film reflect reality? How do we define a documentary film? And how does the WCF deal with them? Our desire is to focus specifically, and with greater intensity, on exciting non-fiction film projects from the WCF regions.

Wednesday, February 15, 11.00 am – 2.00 pm
Filmmuseum Berlin – Deutsche Kinemathek, Potsdamer Str. 2, 4th floor

WORLD CINEMA FUND DOC DAY – The Challenge of the Real: What is Documentary?
Questioning the Meaning and the Interpretation of Reality

Welcome
Berlinale: Dieter Kosslick (Festival Director, tbc), Vincenzo Bugno (Project Manager WCF)
Federal Foreign Office: Dr Andreas Görgen (Director General of the Department for Culture and Communication)
German Federal Cultural Foundation: Dr Lutz Nitsche (Assistant to the Executive Board)

WCF documentary funding opportunities

Including:

  • Keynote speech by Marta Andreu, director/producer (Barcelona): “The Documentary Gesture and the Sense of Beauty”
  • Discussion with Raed Andoni, director (Ramallah / Paris)
  • Keynote speech by Viola Shafik, director / film scholar / curator (Berlin / Cairo): “Dissecting the Arab Documentary”
  • Discussion with Dieudo Hamadi, director (Kinshasa)

Moderating will be Vincenzo Bugno, Project Manager WCF
In English / free admittance, priority for accredited festival guests

Berlinale World Cinema Fund since 2004

In the last twelve years, the WCF has awarded production or distribution subsidies to a total of 160 projects chosen from 2,888 submissions, from Africa, Latin America, the Mideast, Central and Southeast Asia and the Caucasus. Additional initiatives have been launched to complement the traditional WCF subsidy programme. Among these are WCF Europe, started in 2015 thanks to the support of Creative Europe / MEDIA programme of the European Union, and in 2016, funding from the German Foreign Office enabled the launch of WCF Africa, providing support for production from sub-Saharan Africa.

The World Cinema Fund is an initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Berlin International Film Festival, in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office, with further support by the Goethe-Institut.

The special WCF Europe programme was launched with the support of the European Commission’s Creative Europe MEDIA programme.
Thanks to additional funding from the German Federal Foreign Office, the special program WCF Africa was started in 2016.

(Source: Berlinale Press Office)

Paul Feig Is AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women’s Distinguished Artist

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Following a recent kick-off event on campus with DWW’s 2017 Distinguished Artist, filmmaker Paul Feig (BRIDESMAIDS, GHOSTBUSTERS, SPY), the incoming AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) Class of 2018 will embark on a year of mentorship, collaboration and creation to make a short film or series — all in preparation for professional success in narrative directing.

Feig, long a champion of female creators through his film and television work and his production banner Feigco Entertainment, fielded questions from the incoming DWW participants in an intimate meet-and-greet on Friday, February 3, on campus.

The DWW Class of 2018 filmmakers are: Beth de Araújo, Georgia Fu, Milena Govich, Tiffany Johnson, Katrelle Kindred, Nancy Mejía, Gandja Monteiro and Lorraine Nicholson. Read their full bios here.

The 2017 DWW Showcase for this year’s graduating class of participants, who began their work in the program last year, will take place on April 18, 2017, at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles.

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*Featured above: Paul Feig with the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) Class of 2018 

(Source: afi.com)

GLAMOROUS OPENING OF THE RACE FOR THE BEARS 2017

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Minister of State and Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media Prof. Monika Grütters, the Mayor of Berlin Michael Müller, Jury President Paul Verhoeven and Festival Director Dieter Kosslick will open the 67th Berlin International Film Festival at the Berlinale Palast at 7.30 pm on February 9.

During the Opening Gala, the International Jury will be introduced. In addition to Paul Verhoeven (director, screenwriter, The Netherlands), Dora Bouchoucha Fourati (producer, Tunisia), Olafur Eliasson (artist, Iceland), Maggie Gyllenhaal (actress, USA), Julia Jentsch (actress, Germany), Diego Luna (actor, director, Mexico) und Wang Quan’an (director, screenwriter, People’s Republic of China) will also be introduced. Anke Engelke will host the evening. The event will be broadcasted live on television by ZDF/3sat and via www.berlinale.de.

Following the Opening Gala Django by Etienne Comar will have its world premiere. The director and his film team, including the actors Alex Brendemühl, Cécile de France, Reda Kateb, Bim Bam Merstein, Beáta Palya and Jan Henrik Stahlberg will present the film in the Berlinale Palast.

The members of the International Jury and the GWFF Best First Feature Award Jury, director Jayro Bustamante (Guatemala), French actress Clotilde Courau and director and producer Mahmoud Sabbagh (Saudi Arabia) are all expected on the Red Carpet. Also the Jury members of the Glashütte Original Dokumentarfilmpeis, Daniela Michel (Mexico), Laura Poitras (USA) und Samir (Iraq / Swiss), will be there. A number of prominent German politicians and ambassadors have also announced their attendance.

Other international and national guests are also anticipated: Mario Adorf, Fatih Akin, Thomas Arslan, Hartmut Becker, Iris Berben, Senta Berger, Anne Zohra Berrached, Sebastian Blomberg, Can Dündar, August Diehl, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Andreas Dresen, Katja Eichinger, Alexander Fehling, Veronica Ferres, Inka Friedrich, Liv Lisa Fries, Maria Furtwängler, Martina Gedeck, Jan Ole Gerster, Michael Gwisdek, Jella Haase, Fritzi Haberlandt, Monika Hansen-Sander, Corinna Harfouch, Leander Haußmann, André M. Hennicke, Hannah Herzsprung, Jutta Hoffmann, Oliver Hirschbiegel, Louis Hofmann, Henry Hübchen, Sandra Hüller, Hannes Jaenicke, Christian Jankowski, Odine Johne, Sibel Kekilli, Friederike Kempter, Burghart Klaußner, Herbert Knaup, Hanno Koffler, Juliane Köhler, Wolfgang Kohlhaase, Thomas Kretschmann, David Kross, Frederick Lau, Alina Levshin, Enrico Lo Verso, Heike Makatsch, Jacob Matschenz, Ulrich Matthes, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Ursela Monn, Antoine Monot, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Nele Mueller-Stöfen, Wanja Mues, Jannis Niewöhner, Ulrich Noethen, Christiane Paul, Christian Petzold, Max Riemelt, Oskar Roehler, Andrea Sawatzki, James Schamus, Clemens Schick, Tom Schilling, Jenny Schily, Sebastian Schipper, Volker Schlöndorff, Maria Schrader, Emilia Schüle, Jannik Schümann, Marie-Lou Sellem, Robert Stadlober, Lilith Stangenberg, Jasmin Tabatabai, Aylin Tezel, Anna Thalbach, Rosalie Thomass, Antje Traue, Ludwig Trepte, Jördis Triebel, Elisabeth Trissenaar, Tom Tykwer, Justus von Dohnányi, Rosa von Praunheim, Nora von Waldstätten, Franziska Weisz, Wim Wenders, Lavinia Wilson, Ai Weiwei, Johanna Wokalek, Tang Yan, Roland Zehrfeld, as well as many others.

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(Source: Berlinale Press Office)

APPLAUSE FOR THE OFFICIAL PARTNERS OF THE 67TH BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Besides having four Principal Partners – Audi, Glashütte Original, L’Oréal Paris, and ZDF – the Berlinale is supported by more than 30 national and international enterprises. The Festival’s Co-Partners are Mastercard and Tesiro.

 

Berlinale_Director“We would sincerely like to thank Prof. Monika Grütters for the unflagging support of the federal government. We are also extremely indebted to all our Official Partners. Along with backing us financially, they contribute indispensably to the festival experience by offering diverse services and funding various initiatives. The Berlinale, as we know and love it, would not be possible without this fantastic support,” says Festival Director Dieter Kosslick.

Principal Partners

Audi

As official automobile partner, Audi is providing the Berlinale with about 300 vehicles which bring the stars to the Red Carpet. At the Audi Berlinale Lounge directly in front of the Berlinale Palast, the automobile manufacturer will also give exciting insights into the world of cinema. Here the Berlinale Open House Programme will offer movie fans a chance to experience the important personalities of this year’s Berlinale films up close.
Audi has supported short film directors at the Berlinale with the Audi Short Film Award since 2015. Endowed with € 20,000, this award for innovative artistic filmmaking will be presented during the official Award Ceremony by the International Short Film Jury (Christian Jankowski, Kimberly Drew, Carlos Núñez).
In 2017, under the newly created umbrella of “EFM Horizon presented by Audi”, the European Film Market (EFM) will be offering a variety of different initiatives focussing on the film industry of the future.
Audi is also supporting the Berlinale Social Hub and has again been responsible for the production of the Berlinale’s popular festival bag. Once more there will be an official Berlinale box office for advanced ticket sales at Audi City Berlin (Kurfürstendamm 195).

 

Glashütte Original

This year, Glashütte Original – a watch manufacturer rich in tradition – will sponsor for the first time the Glashütte Original Documentary Award. Endowed with € 50,000, it will be presented during the official Award Ceremony. The prize money will be split between the director and the producer of a documentary film from the Competition, Berlinale Special, Panorama, Generation, Perspektive Deutsches Kino or Forum section. The jury members in 2017 are Daniela Michel (Mexico), Laura Poitras (USA), and Samir (Iraq/Switzerland). In addition to the prize money, Glashütte Original will also provide the statuette, which will be crafted in the company’s manufactory in Saxony.

As Principal Partner, Glashütte Original is official host of the Golden Bear Lounge in the Hotel Grand Hyatt Berlin, which will be the central meeting place for film teams in the official programme as well as other eminent festival guests.

L’Oréal Paris

With its professional make-up team, the Berlinale’s official cosmetic specialist will again provide the stars with the perfect Red Carpet look. The fact that the world of film is closely related to the world of beauty is embodied by film icons such as Julianne Moore, Susan Sarandon, Jane Fonda, Eva Longoria, and Iris Berben. Festival-goers will also have a chance to get the latest “Berlinale look”, free of charge, at the L’Oréal Paris Make-up-Studio at Potsdamer Platz.
On the occasion of the Berlinale, L‘Oréal Paris will for the first time present “The Atelier” in Berlin: a creative location that will allow people to actually experience the brand known as L‘Oréal Paris. Lena Meyer-Landrut and Miss Fame, both brand ambassadors, are expected at the opening of “The Atelier” and on the Berlinale’s Red Carpet.

ZDF

As the Principal Media Partner of the Berlinale, the ZDF/3sat television network is producing and broadcasting all the stage events at the Berlinale Palast – from the Opening Gala to the Shooting Stars Awards, from the presentation of the Honorary Golden Bear to the Award Ceremony of the International Jury. As pool leader, ZDF is also in charge of providing TV footage to countless national and international broadcasters covering the Festival.

At 7.20 pm on February 9, 2017, the Opening Gala of the Berlinale will be broadcast live by 3sat, ZDF’s partner station, during the programme “Kulturzeit extra”. On February 18, 2017, 3sat will also televise the final highlight of the Festival in a special live broadcast: the awarding of the Golden and Silver Bears by the International Jury.
Industry get-togethers will be held daily at the ZDF Lounge in the “mesa” restaurant of the Grand Hyatt Berlin.

Co-Partners

Mastercard

Mastercard, a leading international technology company for payment solutions, builds on emotionality and exclusivity. This makes its partnership with the Berlinale a significant component of its branding strategy.

In partnering with the Berlinale, Mastercard is again setting up an exclusive ticket counter in the Potsdamer Platz Arkaden mall. Here Mastercard holders can secure tickets to highly-coveted film premieres. In addition, all sorts of “priceless surprises” await visitors during the festival.

Tesiro

Each year since 2009, Tesiro has presented an exclusive Berlinale jewelery collection that illustrious guests may adorn to crown their appearances on the Red Carpet. Tesiro is not only continuing its long-standing co-partnership with the Berlinale, but also its support as principal partner of the European Shooting Stars initiative. The presentation of the Shooting Stars Awards will take place in the Berlinale Palast on February 13, 2017. Tesiro is also bringing a large number of representatives of the Chinese press to Berlin for media coverage about the festival.

Initiative Partners in 2017: ARRI and Nespresso (Co-Partners of Berlinale Talents).

Third Partners in 2017: ARRI, Colt Technology Services, Dell EMC, Dolby, GWFF, rbb TV station, TV Movie.

The “Gesellschaft zur Verwertung von Film- und Fernsehrechten (GWFF)”, a society for safeguarding film and television rights, is funding the GWFF Best First Feature Award endowed with € 50,000. This year’s jury members are Jayro Bustamante (Guatemala), Clotilde Courau (France), and Mahmoud Sabbagh (Saudi Arabia).

Suppliers in 2017: Akkumat, Aspera (an IBM company), Barco, Canon, ChariTea, CineStar, Cup Concept, Deutsches Weininstitut (DWI), Haus Rabenhorst, Nespresso, Rohde & Schwarz, Potsdamer Platz – Brookfield, Sony Center at the Potsdamer Platz, TOP-IX, Viva con Agua, Vranken Pommery, Wall.

For editorial coverage, the website of the Berlinale offers more details and contact information.

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(Source: Berlinale Press Office)

 

#SBIFF VANGUARD Eschews the spirit of the festival: Watch the acceptance speech!

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams were celebrated for their remarkable roles in Kenneth Lonergan’s deeply poignant Manchester by the Sea and were feted with a tribute at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara Sunday night.

Watch the video as Affleck, Williams and Lonergan share their collective experiences during the course of the past year as they accept the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Cinema Vanguard Award.

I fully expect to see more  “remarkable” performances in the near future from these talented actors!

The Cinema Vanguard Award was created in recognition of actors who have forged their own path – taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film. Previous honorees include Rooney Mara, Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo, Nicole Kidman,Christoph Waltz, Vera Farmiga, Stanley Tucci, Peter Sarsgaard, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Ryan Gosling.

(Source: sbiff.org)

Chicago Film Fest CineYouth Challenge 2017 – Entries Now Open

Posted by Larry Gleeson

CineYouth Film Challenge
Do you know an aspiring young filmmaker? We’ve got a great opportunity for students ages 10-18 to participate in a single day filmmaking experience. Join us for CineYouth Film Challenge on Saturday, April 22, at Columbia College Chicago, where students will collaborate on making a short film from start to finish. The completed films will go on to screen at CineYouth Festival, May 4-6.
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The Film Challenge is generously supported by sponsor Allstate Insurance and partner Columbia College Chicago.

(Source: Chicago Press Office)