Monday, 30 June 2008


1. La fecha límite para la recepción de material para la selección en
competencia es el 15 de noviembre del 2008.
2. Se considerarán las películas mexicanas e internacionales que
reúnan las siguientes condiciones
1. Ficción en 35 mm o video, duración de 50 minutos en adelante,
producción 2008-2009
2. Documental en 35 mm o video, duración de 45 minutos en adelante,
producción 2008-2009
3. No haber sido proyectada en la República Mexicana.
3. Todo el material para la selección en competencia debe ser
presentado en su versión original, con subtítulos en español o inglés
en VHS (PAL o NTSC) o DVD además de la forma de inscripción
debidamente completada.
Este material deberá enviarse a la siguiente dirección:
Festival Internacional de Cine Contemporáneo de la Ciudad de México
Av. Sta Fe # 481 piso 12
Col. Cruz Manca Santa Fe
C.P. 05349
México, D.F.

The Fifth Eurasia International Film Festival

We are glad to inform you that the Fifth Eurasia International Film Festival will be held in Astana between 7 and 13 September 2008. The year 2008 is a year of two anniversaries – the fifth anniversary of the Eurasia International Film Festival and the 10th anniversary of the new capital of Kazakhstan. Astana has changed over these years and has joined the ranks of the world’s most beautiful and modern capitals. That the Eurasia International Film Festival will be held in the capital is another chance of showing foreign guests of the Film Festival dynamically developing Kazakhstan and present the best new films from all over the world, film stars from Europe, Asia and America and, of course, our Kazakh premieres to residents of Astana.

The Eurasia Film Festival aims to put Kazakh and Central Asian cinema on the world festival map, strengthen international cooperation and cultural exchange between filmmakers of Eurasia. The Festival’s motto is “A Window to Central Asia!”

The Fifth Eurasia International Film Festival will be organised by the General Directorate of the Eurasia International Film Festival, the Culture and Information Ministry of Kazakhstan and Shaken Aymanov Kazakhfilm Studios.
What makes our Film Festival original and attractive to the world cinema community? It is, above all, because we represent the cinema of the Central Asian region: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, and offer films that are practically inaccessible or very hard to see in other film festivals. These are films that are little known in the world, but represent original and booming cinematography, like the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic generates interest with its programme of eastern European cinema, the International Film Festival in the Greek city of Thessaloniki with a programme of Balkan cinema or the Pusan International Film Festival with the New Trends in Asian Cinema programme.

Kazakhstan is now enjoying a cinematographic boom. Our country filmed only two to four films a year in 2002-2003, whereas over 20 feature films are being shot every year at the moment. The success of Kazakh cinema over the past two years has been proven by the nomination of Mongol for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category and the 61st Festival de Cannes’s Un Certain Regard Prize for Tulpan. Shuga, The Lineman’s Diary, Kurak Korpe and Karoy have also won prizes of international film festivals in the past two years. The Kazakh film Racketeer has attracted great viewer attention.

Kyrgyz cinema is also on the rise now. Bos Salkyn, Saratan and My Brother, Silk Road have also won international prizes.

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Ryan- Dir Chris Landreth
Elephant Gun - Dir: Alma Har'el
Live from Shiva's dancefloor - Dir: Richard Linklater

To celebrate the launch of 'The Lift', the unique new venue at the
Southbank Centre, Future Shorts has curated 2 specially selected
programmes of short films in response to the Lift Festival 2008's
'Adventures in Conversation' festival theme.

'New Conversations' is a collection of dynamic and eclectic short
films and music videos from all over the world which includes Chris
Landreth's Oscar-winning animation 'Ryan', short film classic 'Live
from Shiva's Dancefloor' directed by Richard Linklater (Fast Food
Nation, A Scanner Darkly) as well as hand-picked music videos from
artists including The Chemical Brothers and Beirut, and much more to
get you talking.

View Trailer:
Full details of both programmes are on
Future Shorts at the Lift Festival 2008
Programme 1 Wed 2 July, 8pm-10pm
Programme 2 Fri 4 July, 8pm-10pm
Venue: The Lift, Southbank Centre Square
Tickets £8.50 / £5 concessions
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London, 24 June 2008 The British Council is delighted to announce that Steve
McQueen has been selected to represent Britain at the 53rd Venice Biennale.
McQueen will present a solo exhibition in the British Pavilion to be shown from
June to November, 2009.

Born in London in 1969, McQueen works predominantly in film and is considered one
of Britain' s most influential artists. He was awarded the first ICA Futures
Award in 1996, the Turner Prize in 1999 and an OBE in 2002. His work is
represented in museum collections throughout the world and he has shown widely in
important group and solo exhibitions. These include Documenta X and XI, the 50th
and 52nd Venice Biennales, Musée d> '> Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Museu
Serralves, Oporto, Fondazione Prada, Milan, and the Renaissance Society, Chicago.

As Official War Artist to Iraq, commissioned by the Imperial War Museum in 2003,
McQueen generated international media attention with one of his rare non-film
works Queen and Country. His first feature film Hunger, commissioned by Channel
4/Film 4, won both the Camera d> '> Or and an International Film Critics
Federation Prize at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, in addition to the inaugural
Sydney Film Prize, for best film at the Sydney Film Festival.

Steve McQueen is represented by Thomas Dane Gallery, London and Marian Goodman
Gallery, New York and Paris.

He lives and works in Amsterdam and London.

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LONDON, JULY 27, 2008: Rushes Soho Shorts Festival has today announced the
shortlist for its short film competition and the full festival programme for
this, its tenth anniversary year. The full list of films screening in the
competition can now be viewed at

The non-profit event, which will take place from 23rd July to 1st August, is
acclaimed, nationally and internationally as being a major platform for the
short film genre, with an equal focus on emerging and established talent.

Productions feature a host of recognisable names and faces alongside gifted
Œunknowns¹. Maureen Lipman, David Horovitch, Ray Panthaki, Ashley Walters,
Alexis Rudney, Dexter Fletcher, Denise Van Outen, Tamzin Outhwaite, Sheila
Reid, Joseph Fiennes, Silvia Lombardo, Mark Benton, Dominique Pinon, Sophie
Winklemon are just a few of the celebrated individuals who can be seen this
ŒAs ever, we¹ve had a phenomenal number of entries. It¹s been an incredibly
tough short-listing process and we¹re certain viewers will enjoy the
selection that¹s been chosen. The programme has something to cater for all
tastes, from nerve-shredding horror to quirky romantic comedy and
spectacular special effects, to gritty, gut-wrenching drama and charming
character-driven comedy¹, comments Joe Bateman, festival director. ŒThe full
cinematic spectrum from the heights of breathtaking musical masterpieces to
the astonishing real life characters and sometimes heartbreaking stories may
change the way you see the world around you.¹
Long time festival supporter, actor, director and writer Nick Moran (Lock
Stock, Rancid Aluminium and Telstar) and award-winning actor Con O¹Neill
have joined the tenth year celebrations as festival spokespeople.
Distinguished musician and filmmaker John Foxx, original lead singer of
Ultravox and supporter of Soho Shorts, will be playing at the festival. He
commented: ³I think short films are the future - as a prep for full movies,
but also as a form in themselves ­ virals are an example of emergent new
forms allowed by digital technology and new viewing platforms from cinema to
TV, to computer, and there will be others - this really is the era where
short films truly come into their own. Soho Shorts is bang on the button.²
ŒWe¹ve 20 film programmes and 30 events over the 10 day period¹, adds Joe
Bateman, Œand as usual just about all the events and screenings are free.
Last year saw us try a few ideas out and this year you¹ll see the results.
Whether its technical seminars or Q & A¹s with directors, make-up master
classes or discussions on the future of TV, film and advertising - there¹s
something for everyone.¹
Festival highlights include:
Film & Festival Surgeries: Daily lunchtime presentations on Gaming, Editing,
Sound, Science in Film, Pitching and Funding at Foyles on Charing Cross Road

Shooting People ŒFuture Of¹ Panels: Daily, late afternoon, discussions
looking at where animation, documentary, short film and music in film and
television is heading.

Fashion In Film: Mac Cosmetics have teamed up with Jenny Hammerton to bring
you a master class on Hollywood Glamour and lectures on Joan Crawford and
1950's Hair & Style

An audience with John Foxx: The renowned musician will be performing a live
soundtrack to his film Tiny Colour Movies.

Simon & Schuster present Tom Rob Smith in conversation: Tom discusses his
debut novel, Child 44. The film rights to the book, which originated as an
idea for a short film, were bought by visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott/Fox
2000, with Ridley Scott scheduled to direct. Tom has worked as a
screenwriter for the past five years, including a six-month stint in Phnom
Penh story lining Cambodia's first ever soap.

Tenderpixel present artist Nicko Straniero in conversation: Nicko will be
creating a large-scale installation that will incorporate all of the
Tenderpixel gallery walls and as part of the process documentary filmmakers
are invited to make shorts films of the process which will be presented
during Nicko's Q&A

Shorts Film Festival & Australia Day: David Lightfoot discussing Wolf Creek
and Rogue and life as an Aussie Film Producer, and introducing the exclusive
screening of work from the Shorts Film Festival.


Sheffield Doc/Fest is delighted to announce a taster of this year's film
programme, which includes award-winning documentaries from around the
world. The 15th festival will screen more than 100 films over the five

Last year, Doc/Fest introduced several themed strands, which highlighted
the current trends of documentary filmmaking. The success of the Green,
Bent, Anti Doc, Sports and Music strands mean they will be heading for
Doc/Fest audiences again this year, with the addition of Kinky Docs: a
celebration of sex and its representation in documentary. Doc/Fest's
retrospective of Japanese documentary classics will also continue in
2008, specially curated by Mark Cousins.

For the first time this year, Doc/Fest will introduce a leading strand
of documentaries about a specific cultural issue. As Doc/Fest 2008 will
open just after the announcement of the next US President, this year's
festival will be led by a series of films that investigate Regime
Change. As the world begins to explore what the alteration in this
highly influential government will mean, Doc/Fest will highlight the
best documentaries from around the world that interrogate and celebrate
the impact of a 'shift in power' on our everyday lives.

Among the films to be premiered in this strand are:

War Love God Madness (dir. Mohamed Al-Daradji)
In 2007 Mohamed, a young and idealistic filmmaker, summons the courage
to look back over the last three years of his turbulent life, piecing
together the jigsaw of his experiences of filming in a war zone. In 2004
Mohamed had returned to his home, Baghdad. Stumbling upon the once
vibrant streets that were then consumed by unemployment, hunger,
poverty, political violence and madness, he set forth to make a film.
War Love God Madness tells the story of the making of Iraqi feature
'Ahlaam' and the horrific toll placed upon its cast and crew.

Bulletproof Salesman (dir.Micheal Tucker, Petra Epperlein) UK Premiere
Bulletproof Salesman tells the story of German salesman Cloer who sells
armoured vehicles in the Iraq war zone. This incisive and darkly
amusing film follows Cloer through sales pitches and product
demonstrations, which include being fired at while at the wheel of an
armored vehicle.

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Foreign cinema win out at the Ischia Film Festival

In the 5th century Torre of Michelangelo took place the final ceremony of the 6th edition of the Ischia Film Festival.
Music and cinema entertainment as corollary of a award night ceremony with the quintet “Architorti”.
The giury composed by the film maker Francesco Munzi, the set designer Amedeo Fago, the actor Mattia Sbragia and the journalist Francesco Alò awarded the foreign cinema.
“Lost Holiday” by Lucie Králová as best documentary, “Eau boy” by Eric Gravel as best short movie, “Angels Die in the Soil” by Babak Amini, for the section Location Denied, a new section of this edition to report about the land breached by the progress, the war and natural catastrophy and deprived of their stories.
In the official selection, more than 100 works coming from 23 different nations, a success that consolidated the importance of a festival characterised by a unique theme. A special mention was for the documentary “Feet Unbound” by Khee-Jin Ng and the short movie “Salvador” by Abdelatif Hwidar.
The “Coral Ciak” for the career, in the past given to protagonist of the world cinema such as Ken Adam and Vittorio Storaro, Academy award for the set design of the “L’ultimo Imperatore”, Osvaldo Desideri.
Moment of great suggestion the interview with the film maker Ron Howard, who was awarded by the artistic director Michelangelo Messina with the Foreign Award 2008, the award for the best international production who choosed Italy like privileged location for the shooting.
«The locations are essential for a film and the Dan Brown’s book takes the viewer in a fantastic journey» Ron Howard said on the set of his last movie “Angels and Devils”
«Italy is a wonderful placet o shoot» said the american film maker, excited to receive an award with a siren’s effigy. «I collect sirens since I realized my first important work, “Splash a siren in Manhattan”».
«I hope this award will take you lots of fortune» said Michelangelo Messina giving appointment to Ron Howard to the next edition of the Festival, from the 22nd to the 28th of June 2009.

Opening Night Film Announced

We are proud to announce that The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival will open on
Wed 15 Oct with the world premiere of Universal Pictures' electrifying drama
FROST/NIXON, from Oscar?-winning director/producer Ron Howard.
Adapted for the screen from his own stage play by BAFTA-winning scriptwriter Peter
Morgan, FROST/NIXON sees Michael Sheen and Frank Langella reprise their West End and
Broadway roles as journalist David Frost and President Richard Nixon.
Receiving its world premiere in the same city that launched the play's phenomenal
success, FROST/NIXON re-creates the televised David Frost/Richard Nixon interviews
that attracted the largest audience for a news program in the history of American TV
in summer 1977, and the weeks of around-the-world, behind-the-scenes manoeuvring
between the two men and their camps as negotiations were struck, deals were made and
secrets revealed.all leading to the moment when they would sit facing one another in
the court of public opinion.
Festival Artistic Director Sandra Hebron comments: "We're delighted to be opening
our festival with this fascinating study of a unique moment in cultural and
political life. Engrossing and entertaining by turns, and brilliantly performed, it
is a film with strong London links and a perfect opener for this year's festival

Students discover Eldorado at Pesaro

Students discover Eldorado at Pesaro
44th Pesaro Film Festival ended with triumph for Liew Seng Tat’s Flower in the Pocket. The Malaysian film, a Tiger Award winner at the Rotterdam Film Festival, beat out seven other titles – most of which were not European – for the Lino Miccichè Award.

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Karlovy Vary announces line-up

Czech-born director Ivan Passer will lead an international jury in selecting the grand-prize winner of the 43rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival .

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Glasgow Film Festival/Glasgow Film Theatre

Friday 18 – Monday 21 July
Director Oliver Hodge, Documentary, UK 2007, 1h26m
Reynolds is not so much an architect as a one-man eco-movement, a
visionary whose ideas will either help us save the planet or just land
him in more trouble with the local authorities.
Two very different films about sufferers of Autism -

Friday 22 – Monday 25 August
Director Sandrine Bonnaire, Documentary, France 2007, 1h25m,
French actress Sandrine Bonnaire makes her directorial debut with this
documentary about her younger sister, whose autism went undiagnosed for
decades and whose vivacious character was almost destroyed

BEN X 15
From Friday 29 August, Director Nic Balthazar, Netherlands/Belgium
2007, 1h33m, Dutch with subtitles
Diagnosed with autism variant Asperger’s syndrome, Ben is hardly a
typical adolescent. He never speaks, save to his long-suffering,
divorced mother and a little brother. Bullied at school, Ben’s only
solace is the time spent playing sword-and-sorcery game Overlord, where
he can be the fearless hero slaying foes left and right.

Cuban Cinema from revolution to reinvention

Thursday 10 to Tuesday 17 July

This July Barbican Film presents Cine Cuba, a stand-out season that explores
the heart of Cuban Cinema, with gems from the Havana archives plus
outstanding new works and films which celebrate Cuba¹s musical heritage.

Following the revolution in 1959, Cuban cinema emerged as a unique
phenomenon, with directors creating films which reflected their
revolutionary ideals and innovative ideas. A highlight of Cine Cuba includes
the re-release of one of the early landmark film of post-revolutionary Cuban
cinema, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea¹s 1968 masterpiece, Memories of
Underdevelopment. Also for the Opening Gala, Barbican Film presents the UK
Premiere of El Benny, the colourful biopic about Benny Moré which will be
preceded by a live performance from Moneda Nacional, an 8-piece ensemble
from Santiago who will play the best of Cuban Boleros Son and Salsa.

From 10-24 July to complement Cine Cuba, the Barbican is also hosting an
exhibition of hand painted, screen printed Cuban film posters ­ featuring
original artwork for films including Lucia and Strawberry and Chocolate. Cinema Hotline: 0845 120 7527

Berlinale World Cinema Fund

New funding decisions and World Cinema Fund Spotlights in Syria and Armenia
In the eighth selection round of the World Cinema Fund (WCF), five film projects
from Lebanon, Brazil, Argentina, Turkey and Columbia have been proposed for
production funding.
The World Cinema Fund jury – film scholar and curator Viola Shafik (Germany/Egypt),
programme coordinator of the Swiss Television Alberto Chollet (Switzerland),
director of the script programme of the EON Screenwriters' Workshop Alby James
(England), as well as WCF project managers Sonja Heinen and Vincenzo Bugno – chose
between 110 projects submitted from a total of 36 countries and granted funds
totalling 200,000 euros.
The funding recommendations of the eighth selection round on June 25, 2008: