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Fantasporto festival directors ready to welcome the world at Rivoli Theatre

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:58:48 +0000


...with Mário Dorminsky and Beatriz Pacheco Pereira at Rivoli Theatre a few hours before opening

Roger Durling introduces his festival, speaks of the tragic events and looks ahead

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 21:54:01 +0000



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IFFI Goa 2017, VIII: Message of Sunit Tandon, Festival Director

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:46:13 +0000

IFFI Goa 2017, VIII: Message of Sunit Tandon, Festival Director In the run-up to the International Film Festival of India, Panaji, Goa, November 20-28, I continue to monitor the news and developments. Here’s one link I found: At the bottom is a button called Download. When you click on it, you get: Sorry! Page not Found Back To Home However, on the second link, found right next to the above link, Download proves fruitful. Here’s where I first discover an official mention of the Festival Director, by name, and the existence of an IFFI Secretariat within the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India. Obviously, there is no explanation of the side-stepping of the Directorate of Film Festivals and what role, if any, will the DFF and the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) play or not play in the staging of IFFI Goa 2017, and the rationale behind shifting the responsibility of the organising of the event on the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC). This is what Festival Director Sunit Tandon, who has long years of Doordarshan, National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), IFFI and Indian Institute of Mass Communication, experience, writes: “Over the years, the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has created a firm place for itself in the global Film Festival calendar. Organised under the aegis of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, IFFI has become one of the most important Film Festivals in the Asian region. In this 48th edition of the Festival, we are delighted to be presenting a strong International and Indian film programme. The IFFI 2017 Film Programme is showcasing a total of 195 films from across 82 countries, thus, vouching for the diversity of cinematic endeavours from around the globe and their representation at the Festival. The Cinema of the World section showcases 82 films of several national, international and transnational productions and co-productions of exceptional mainstream, independent and art cinema. The Indian Panorama section – introduced in 1978 and devoted to showcasing the best new Indian films of the year – showcases about 26 feature and non-feature films in 24 languages selected by our eminent jury from a total of 178 features and 161 non-features entries. The features have films by accomplished directors, as well as those by young, debut filmmakers.  The non-feature films selected represent the cultural and aesthetic flavours of different parts of the country, making every film special. The Festival is also delighted to open this year’s edition with renowned filmmaker Majid Majidi’s ‘Beyond The Clouds’ and close with the well-regarded filmmaker, Pablo Cesar’s ‘Thinking of Him.’ Both the films reflect true Indo-International collaborations and the Make in India outlook. The Country Focus on Canada has been taken forward in association with Telefilm Canada and with collaboration from the TIFF. We also have a selection of films from the “Biennale College” of the Venice International Film Festival. We are confident that all of you will enjoy the carefully curated programme of the best of international and Indian films, many of which are being presented in the country for the first time, including some cinematic landmarks in the Restored Classics. We have curated a Bond Retrospective package that includes 9 impressionable films from the vastly popular cult of the British spy who has influenced local film icons and cultures across the world. Our Indian Retrospective this year focusses on the recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award (2016), K. Viswanath, a man who turned from being an audiographer to becoming a director, screenwriter and character actor who has made invaluable contributions in Hindi, Tamil and Telegu Cinema. His films not only have strong content, endearing narratives, honest handling, but also cultural authenticity, which has great[...]

Sandra Seeling Lipski on the upcoming 6th edition of Evolution! Mallorca FF

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:46:38 +0000

  Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival’s 6th edition is landing at the end of October (October 26 - November 4) in the vibrant town of Palma with a great line up of feature and short films, including great tributes to acclaimed filmmakers from around the world. For a full week, Palma will transform again into a film hub for local film enthusiasts, filmmakers and talent from Spain and beyond, brought together under the umbrella of constant film evolution for the island’s film vision, created six years ago by Sandra Seeling Lipski, the director of the festival.          Despite being young in age, Sandra has travelled the world after moving with her family from Berlin to Mallorca where she went to school, learned the language and got so emotionally attached to the people and the land. Currently living between Los Angeles and Mallorca, Sandra knows that every October she has a rendezvous with the local film community she merged under Evolution! “When I was just finishing mu studies in LA and pursuing my career as an actress, I knew that Mallorca needed a festival. A place where cultures would merge under the umbrella of film.” She tells me about the conception of the idea for the inaugural edition of the festival, now over seven years ago. “My friends were telling me that I should totally do it. I was at film school and surrounded by fellow colleagues from Egypt, Canada, Spain and all places in the world. That’s why I felt the festival needed to bridge all these cultures, establish strong connections between the local film production in Mallorca and the world.”    Now Sandra travels across to Mallorca for at least few months every year, to put the final touch to a film event she’s been fully invested in for the past six years. “It was difficult in the beginning. I needed to get people to trust me, but they were really excited with the idea of a film festival and we all joined forces to educate the local audiences into seeing film they hadn’t been exposed to before.”, says Sandra for the very first steps of putting Evolution! together. “The local authorities and the film professionals were thrilled, though. As crazy as it sounds, there are 12 production companies based on the island and working on co-productions with many countries globally to produce documentaries, local TV content and much more.”          The festival has of course changed in the first few years of its life, evolving along with the message it carries to bridge cultures and bring new talent together. “We did try a couple of new things in the course of year two and three, but I always wanted the initial mission of the festival, that of merging cultures, to remain vivid and present throughout. We have introduced a lot of new things, including the ‘Evolution Edge’ section for first and second time filmmakers, along with a pitching forum, where first time directors can present their ideas to a panel and get ideas, interact and become more aware of how things in the industry work. Our kids strand has also been quite successful and cannot wait to have it back in the programme”.    This year’s festival is full of exciting projects from young filmmakers and first time directors from Spain, Europe and the world, documentaries and short films that will challenge with new ideas offering unique cinematic experiences. “Also, in the highlights for the sixth edition are our distinguished guests, among them Academy Award Winner director and producer Paul Haggis and fast emerging Norwegian talent Joachim Trier.”, Sandra continued. Haggis will present a special screening of his multi-awarded film Crash, that got him an Academy Award for best director among other. Joachim Trier will present at Evolution! his new film Thelma, closing the festival on November 4th.    Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival runs from October 26 to November 4th in the Spanish town of Palma. More information for this year’s programme ca[...]

New Prize Added for Best Director Award in 2018!

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 17:09:48 +0000

New Prize Added for the 9th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival! The winner of the Best Director Award at the 2018 Festival will win a Panasonic AG-DVX200 4K camera! Want to win? Be sure to submit your film today, the regular deadline for submissions is November 30, 2017:


Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:44:58 +0000


Last Alain ZIRAH's book Blood on Red Carpet get a Prize at Carrousel du Louvre 2016, october. The two new books ROCK FICTIONS (1976-2016) and Cannes Festival Backstage (2017) are showed for the first time in Carlton Ballroom during the 70th Cannes festival 2017, May 20th.
Three (good) books published in less a year !


Wine Tasting Party with Festival Directors in Cannes

Tue, 30 May 2017 15:16:10 +0000


We started with a few words about our missing colleagues : Fernanda Silva from festroia, Philip Bergson paid an hommage to our good friend and we honored the memory of Donald Ranvaud, a friend of many Festival directors. Great weather, warm hospitality from friends at Estonian Film Institute, tuned in to party spirit and wine tasting with peers and friends at the Estonian Pavilion, with a view that will be missed till next year!.

Below a few of my festival moments with festival directors...

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Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe announced as new Friday night film host on Colourful Radio

Sun, 21 May 2017 22:37:13 +0000

Watch promo HERE:


Meet The Critics will launch on 2 June and will be fronted by Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe, the award-winning founder of the British Urban Film Festival (BUFF).

The show’s target audience will be family-oriented millenials, mainly of African Caribbean descent aged between 25- to 54-years-old. Anyiam-Osigwe will host Meet The Critics from 21.00-22.00 pm on Friday evenings. Joining him on each show will be 4 pundits from the world of film as they debate a range of topics circulating the film business and the business of film.

Meet The Critics will launch with its’ own Twitter page (@_MeetTheCritics) plus on-air advertising on Colourful Radio which is available to listeners around the world at and also via the Colourful App and the Tunein App. Listeners across London, Manchester and Birmingham will also be able to tune in via DAB digital radio.




About Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe

The British Urban Film Festival was founded by award-winning film programmer Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe in July 2005. To date, the festival has exhibited over 500 films, securing broadcast platforms for BAME and urban independent writers, actors, actresses, producers and directors on the BBC i-player, Channel 4, Community Channel and London Live. In September 2015, BUFF launched its’ own awards and honours system to showcase creative talent that has been championed by the festival.


About Colourful Radio

Voted “Best Radio Station” at the Urban Music Awards (2015), Colourful Radio is a unique family-friendly digital radio station for lovers of music and conversation. The conversation strand provides a platform for news and information, views and stories reflecting an increasingly diverse demographic, while the comprehensive music mix stretches numerous genres. Listen in at or get the Colourful App.

NYFF54 The Lost City of Z Press Conference Photos

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 01:12:00 +0000

By Maria Esteves
The 54th New York Film Festival 2016 (NYFF54) Closing Night Premiere Press Conference of THE LOST CITY OF Z, with director James Gray; cast members , Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland, and Angus Macfadyen moderated by festival director Kent Jones, NYFF, was held at the Walter Reade Theater, NYC, Saturday, October 15, 2016.


Questions posed to director Gray and cast members by moderator Jones and members of the press included: When did you read this material for the first time, the David Grann’s? Can you talk about your experience shooting in the jungle and how difficult it was? Did you familiarize yourself with Herzog’s work in the Amazons? If you did, what is different in this film in what you tried to achieve? The actors, how did they oriented themselves within the world of this movie? How did you cultivated the father and son relationship? THE LOST CITY OF Z in theaters April 14, 2017. Watch trailer

NYFF54 The Lost City of Z Press Conference: L-R, festival director Kent Jones,
NYFF, director James Gray, actress, Sienna Miller, actors Robert Pattinson,
Tom Holland, and Angus Macfadyen.  

NYFF54 The Lost City of Z Press Conference: Actress, Sienna Miller.  

NYFF54 The Lost City of Z Press Conference: Festival director Kent Jones,
NYFF, left, and director James Gray.  

NYFF54 The Lost City of Z Press Conference: Actors Robert Pattinson,
left, and Tom Holland.  

NYFF54 The Lost City of Z Press Conference: L-R, Actors Robert
Pattinson, Tom Holland, and Angus Macfadyen.