ANNOUNCEMENT International Short Film Festival of Cyprus15 - 22/10/2011 Announcement for the new International Short Film Festival of CyprusCall for Entries The Ministry of Education and Culture and Rialto Theater announce that the Short Film and Short Documentary Festival has been upgraded to the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus (ISFFC). The aim of the festival is to promote and propagate the production of short films and to develop a spirit of friendship and cooperation among filmmakers. ISFFC has as its main objective the promotion of cinematographic art by presenting a diverse showcase of short films from around the globe. It also aspires to present the work of talented filmmakers who successfully use creative cinematic language forms and effectively tell a story in a short film. It is an annual event. Fiction, documentaries, experimental and animation short films not exceeding 25 minutes in length are eligible for participation in the festival's competition. Cypriot films compete for both the international awards and the national awards of the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture. Cypriot Directors who live and work in Cyprus or abroad are entitled to submit their work. Foreign films running the international contest for 2011 are selected and invited by the Artistic Committee, comprised by directors Alexia Roider and Ioakim Mylonas. The right to participate is reserved for films that were not shown in any other festival in Cyprus. The Festival will take place at the Rialto Theatre in Limassol, between 15-22 October 2011. A five-member international Jury will award the prizes among submitted and invited films. Jury names will be announced in due time. The Festival's upgrade to an International Competitive one marks an especially prolific year which aspires to boost local production of short films and at the same time reveal new talents and stories from around the globe. Interested parties are invited to submit an entry form by 20 July 2011. For details on the ISFFC terms and entry forms, please visit www.isffc.com.cy , www.filmfestival.com.cy and www.moec.gov.cy (Announcements) For further information, call 77 77 77 45, 77 77 25 52 and 00357 22-80 98 11. RIALTO THEATRE ΘΕΑΤΡΟ ΡΙΑΛΤΟAnastazia Anastassiou Αναστάζια ΑναστασίουΤ:(+357) 25 34 39 00 Τ:(+357) 25 34 39 00F:(+357) 25 74 96 63 Φ:(+357) 25 74 96 63www.rialto.com.cy www.rialto.com.cy
The European broadcasting festival Prix Europa 2011 announces this year’s nominees. The category of feature-length television documentary presents also two successful Czech documentaries Katka, made by Helena Třeštíková, and Coal in the Soul filmed by the directing couple Martin Dušek and Ondřej Provazník. Prix Europa 2011 takes place in October 22 – 29 in Berlin.
Kraków, 29th May 2011 - "Tonia and Her Children" by Marcel Łoziński, "The Argentinian Lesson" by Wojciech Staroń, and "1994" by Haveh Tehrani chosen as the best films at the 51st Krakow Film Festival; "Phnom Penh " by Paweł Kloc awarded twice - with Silver Horn and Silver Hobby-Horse.
The winners of the National, Documentary, and Short Film Competitions were announced on May 29th, at the Award Ceremony at Kijów.Centrum. The host of the evening was Maciej Stuhr. The ceremony began with a concert of a famous jazz band, Marcin Wasilewski Trio, a group that for many years worked with Tomasz Stańko, our guest last year.
Altogether 87 films, selected from 2700 entries, entered the three competitions. From these the following received awards:
The jury of Documentary Competition, chaired by Tue Steen Müller, chose "The Argentinian Lesson" by Wojciech Staroń as the best film for maintaining its form and story from the beginning to end; a story not only about different cultures but rather about the beauty of a young boy and a young girl getting closer to each other, a story about a growing friendship. The jury found the film a true masterpiece. The film was also awarded with the Award of the Polish Association of Cinematographers PSC for its cinematography.
Silver Horn for the Director of the Best Medium-length Documentary went to Marcus Lindeen for his film "Regretters". Jury appreciated the author for finding a perfect solution to self-analysis performed by two human beings who have undergone sex changes in search of their identity. In the feature-film category, Silver Horn was awarded to Paweł Kloc for "Phnom Penh Lullaby" whose strong cinematic language was used to depict a very unconventional struggle for love and acceptance in a devastating family environment. Special mentions were awarded to Alejandra Sanchez for "Agnus Dei" and to Tomasz Wolski for "Doctors".
Golden Dragon for the best short film was given to Haveh Tehrani, the director of "1994". The jury, chaired by Lech Kowalski, based their choice on the theme and characters which pose a question crucial to the contemporary film making, "What is fiction, and what is non-fiction?' The film challenges the viewer to consider the role of immigrants in European society. The film received also the award of the FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Jury.
Silver Dragon for the best documentary went to José Miguel Ribeiro for "A Journey to Cape Verde", which perfectly captured the hot and primitive island environment of the coast of Africa. The best short animation is "1989 (When I Was 5 Years Old)". In awarding Thor Ochsner with Server Dragon, the jury appreciated his artistic style of storytelling which fits perfectly the intimate character of the film. Silver Dragon for the director of the best feature film was awarded to Daniel Mulloy for "Baby" as a well-crafted film which uses a tight directing style to play with the usual stereotypes.
Special Mentions in Short Film Competition were given to "Photographer's Wife", directed by Karsten Krause and Philip Widmann, and to "Decrescendo" by Marta Minorowicz. The nomination to the European Film Award 2011 in the short film category went to "Paparazzi", directed by Piotr Bernaś.
The National Competition Jury, chaired by Jerzy Kapuściński, awarded Golden Hobby-Horse for the director of the best film to Marcel Łoziński for the film "Tonia and Her Children", for combining the tradition of the Polish documentary with intellectual bravery and critical perceptiveness.
Silver Hobby-Horse for the director of the best documentary went to Paweł Kloc for "Phnom Penh Lullaby". "The Lost Town of Świteź" by Kamil Polak was chosen the best animation, whereas the award for the best short film went to Magnus von Horn for "Without Snow". Special Mentions were given to Natalia Brożyńska for "Shivering Trunks" as well as to Joanna Turowicz and Anna Zakrzewska for "Kwiekulik".
The Dragon of Dragons Award at the 51st Krakow Film Festival went to Piotr Kamler, one of the greatest animation makers.
Also those who could not make it to the Festival had the opportunity to watch some of the films. Twelve chosen works were available on the VOD Kinoplex.gazeta.pl website.
The organizer of the Krakow Film Festival is Krakow Film Foundation in cooperation with Polish Filmmakers Association and Apollo-Film.
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INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
Having seen all the competition films, the International Documentary Competition Jury of the 51st Krakow Film Festival consisting of: Tue Steen Müller - the chairman (Denmark), Dušan Hudec (Slovakia), Marcin Koszałka (Poland), Kaleo La Belle (Switzerland), and Annamaria Percavassi (Italy) have decided to award:
GOLDEN HORN for the Director of the Best Film: for Wojciech Staroń, the director of THE ARGENTINIAN LESSON (Poland). The film maintains its form and story from beginning to end, a story not only about different cultures but much more about the beauty of a young boy and a young girl getting closer to each other, a growing friendship. The jury finds the film a true piece of art.
SILVER HORN for the Director of the Best Medium-Length Documentary: for Marcus Lindeen,
the director of REGRETTERS (Sweden). The film has found a perfect solution to self-analysis performed by two human beings, who have undergone sex changes in search of their identity and the gender of their personality. The dialogue carries the touching story in a perfect arc.
SILVER HORN for the Director of the Best Feature-Length Documentary: for Paweł Kloc, the director of PHNOM PENH
LULLABY (Poland). The film uses a strong cinematic language to depict a very unconventional struggle for love and acceptance in a devastating family environment under hard existential conditions. A very strong character development kept the jury on the edge of our seats.
THE AWARD OF THE POLISH ASSOCIATION OF CINEMATOGRAPHERS (PSC) for the best cinematography in the documentary film, founded by Lightcraft: for Wojciech Staroń (Poland) for cinematography to THE ARGENTINIAN LESSON,
AGNUS DEI: THE LAMB OF GOD, directed by Alejandra Sanchez (France/Mexico). The film follows the bravery of the main character's decision to challenge the institution of the church.
DOCTORS, directed by Tomasz Wolski (Poland). The film is taking its audience to an important public institution and tells the story through amazing imagery and sparse and sometimes humoristic dialogue in serious moments of life and death.
The Student Jury for Documentary Competition consisting of: Michał Lesiak, Małgorzata Steciak, and Daniel Stopa have decided to award the film DOCTORS directed by Tomasz Wolski (Poland) for surgical precision in his style and successful operating on characters' open hearts.
INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION
Having seen all the competition films, the International Short Film Competition Jury of the 51st Krakow Film Festival consisting of: Lech Kowalski - the chairman (USA), João Garção Borges (Portugal), Bartek Konopka (Poland), Delphine Lyner (Switzerland), Ülo Pikkov (Estonia) have decided to award the following prizes:
GOLDEN DRAGON for the Director of the Best Film for Kaveh Tehrani (Norway), the director of 1994. The themes and characters presented in the Norwegian film 1994 beg an essential question in contemporary film making, "What is fiction and what is non fiction?' The film challenges the viewer to consider the role of immigrants in European society as it blurs the lines between two cinematic storytelling techniques. It is serious, humorous, bold yet delicate, all at the same time.
SILVER DRAGON for the Director of the Best Documentary Film for José Miguel Ribeiro (Portugal), the director of A JOURNEY TO CAPE VERDE. Utilizing hand drawn animation, the Portugese film, a Trip To Cape Verde tells a story as real and as unique as any documentary using traditional camera images. The director's sensual technique and his firm personal point of view, capture the hot and primitive island environment off the coast of Africa. No other documentary in the short film competition was as evocative of a filmmaker's journey.
SILVER DRAGON for the Director of the Best Animated Film for Thor Ochsner (Denmark), the director of 1989 (WHEN I WAS 5 YEARS OLD). The Danish film, 1989 takes us on a journey that is both personal and tragic. This personal story wears it's artistic style extremely well. The filmmaker shares with us his intimate life story, rarely seen in films.
SILVER DRAGON for the Director of the Best Feature Film for Daniel Mulloy (UK), the director of BABY. The British Baby shows us that in today's world danger may come from the least expected place. The very involving story and sharp cinematography keeps the audience close to the main characters. This well crafted film and uses a tight directing style, which plays with the usual stereotypes.
THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S WIFE, directed by Karsten Krause and Philip Widmann (Germany),
DECRESCENDO, directed by Marta Minorowicz (Poland).
The jury has decided to give a special mention to two documentary shorts; the German, The Photographers Wife and the Polish film, Decrescendo. Both films are outstanding because of unexpected and unusual main characters, shown in a common situation and surrounding. Both films are very subtle and touch the audience with a poetic and intelligent form, letting them be part of the main characters lives.
EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY AWARD for the Best European Film (nomination to the European Film Award 2011 in the short film category) for PAPARAZZI, directed by Piotr Bernaś (Poland). The Polish film, Paparazzi, follows the work of a professional doing the dirty job of tabloid press photographer and at the same time deals with the soul of a man facing both the cruel and contemporary reality of history and the minor facts of life. After this film there is a good chance that Polanski will allow the photographer to take his picture.
The FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Jury at the 51st Krakow Film Festival, consisting of: Andrzej Fogler (Poland), Dominique Martinez (France), and Simon Weaving (Australia), after watching all the competition films, have decided unanimously to award the film 1994, directed by Kaveh Tehrani (Norway),
The FICC (International Federation of Film Societies) Jury at the 51st Krakow Film Festival, consisting of: Line Klungseth Johansen (Norway), Kata Kovács (Hungary), Grzegorz Szklarczuk (Poland) have decided to give the Don Quichote Award for the film A JOURNEY TO CAPE VERDE, directed by José Miguel Ribeiro (Portugal),
THE BIRTHDAY CIRCLE directed by Philip Lepherd (UK)
RAÚL'S WORLD directed by Jessica Rodríguez Sánchez and Zoe G. Miranda (Cuba)
The Student Jury for Short Film Competition, consisting of: Anna Grądowska, Ewa Popowska, and Tomasz Rachwald
have decided to award the film CZECH POST-WAR HISTORY directed by Jaroslav Kratochvíl (Czech Republic) for a skilful combination of parody and the criticism of an ailing educational system.
Having watched all the competition films, the National Competition Jury of the 51st Krakow Film Festival, consisting of: Jerzy Kapuściński - the chairman, Anna Kazejak-Dawid, Tomasz Kozak, Tadeusz Słobodzianek, and Marcin Wrona, have decided to award:
GOLDEN HOBBY-HORSE for the Director of the Best Film
For Marcel Łoziński, the director of TONIA AND HER CHILDREN, in recognition of creating masterpiece that combines best traditions of Polish documentary films with intellectual courage and critical acuity,
SILVER HOBBY-HORSE for the Director of the Best Documentary Film
for Paweł Kloc, the director of PHNOM PENH LULLABY,
SILVER HOBBY-HORSE for the Director of the Best Animated Film
for Kamil Polak, the director of THE LOST TOWN OF ŚWITEŹ,
SILVER HOBBY-HORSE for the Director of the Best Feature Film
for Magnus von Horn, the director of WITHOUT SNOW,
SHIVERING TRUNKS, directed by Natalia Brożyńska, for an innovative approach to narrative structure and for her sense of humour,
KWIEKULIK, directed by Joanna Turowicz and Anna Zakrzewska for the reference to the tradition of the Polish avant-garde,
The President of the Association of Polish Filmmakers Award for Wojciech Staroń for THE ARGENTINIAN LESSON,
The President of the Association of Polish Filmmakers Award for the Best Film Editing for Tomasz Wolski, the editor of the film DOCTORS,
The President of TVP S.A. (Polish Television) Award for the Best Director for Marcel Łoziński, the director of
TONIA AND HER CHILDREN
The President of TVP S.A (Polish Television) Award for the Best Cinematography for Wojciech Staroń, the director
of THE ARGENTINIAN LESSON.
Maciej Szumowski Award for remarkable social awareness founded by Kino Polska TV for Kuba Maciejko for BON
Bronisław Chromy Sculpture for the Best Producer of Polish Short and Documentary Films for STUDIO FILMOWE KRONIKA (KRONIKA FILM STUDIO), the producer of TONIA AND HER CHILDREN, directed by Marcel Łoziński.
The Student Jury for National Competition, consisting of: Jolanta Rydel, Miłosz Stelmach, and Krzysztof Siwoń have decided to award THE ARGENTINIAN LESSON directed by Wojciech Staroń (Poland) for creative and personal approach to the documentary form and for great visual sensitivity.
LIFE IN A DAY directed by Kevin Macdonald
HBO Development Award for the film project EVIL IN US directed by Daria Lipko
DRAGON FORUM AWARD for the film project NUSRAT. THE LAST PROPHET OF MUSIC directed by Tomek Wysokiński and Armand Urbaniak
After the positive resonance of CineFest's film history series CineClassics, the program continues in September 2011 with retrospective screenings, exhibitions and conferences. CineClassics' aim is to emphasize Central Europe's contribution to world cinema. A retrospective of director István Szőts celebrates the 70th anniversary of his 1941 masterpiece Men of the Alps (Emberek a havason). An exhibition and an international conference will accompany the film. Another great attraction of CineClassics will be a spectacular exhibition, based on the legendary Polish series Dekalog (Ten Commandments) by Krzysztof Kieslowski.
Continuing the series dedicated to expatriate Hungarian filmmakers, the Arad-born producer Gabriel Pascal will be in focus this fall. Pascal was the producer of Pygmalion, the Anthony Asquith adaptation of Bernard Shaw's play, starring the Hungarian-born Leslie Howard (pictured), and the director of Caesar and Cleopatra, starring Claude Rains and Vivien Leigh, as well as Major Barbara, starring Wendy Hiller and Rex Harrison.
In 2009 the Miskolc International Film Festival organized an international conference about the Miskolc-born Oscar winning screenwriter and director Emeric Pressburger (attended by his grandson, director Kevin Macdonald), and in 2010 about the Korda family, focusing Zoltan Korda, director of The Jungle Book and Elephant Boy (attended by his son, David Korda).
ZAGREB: Croatian television is still struggling to find its way. The recent departure of several top executives and uneven results for attempts at new programming - as well as the declining audiences for some previously popular genres - has channels in crisis mode. Deep debts and editors replaced every few months at public broadcaster Croatian Radio-Television make negotiations over coproductions difficult, while commercial broadcasters are faulted for lowering standards.
CRACOW: Tonia and Her Children directed by Marcel Lozinski won the main prize in the National Competition at the 51 Krakow Film Festival (www.kff.com.pl) (23-29 May 2011) for best Polish documentary. The prize for Best Documentary went to The Argentinian Lesson directed by Wojciech and the prize for Best Short Documentary went to 1994 directed by Haveh Tehrani. The festival has three competitions, National, Documentary and Short Film Competitions. Phnom Penh Lullaby directed by Pawel Kloc was awarded the second prize in the Documentary competition.
Altogether 87 films, selected from 2700 entries, entered the three competitions.
Krakow, 31st March 2011 - There are 39 films competing in the International Short Film Competition at the 51st Krakow Film Festival, which is held from May 23rd to May 29th. The short film category is one of the festival's three competitions of equal rank, and its winner is awarded the Golden Dragon prize.
This year there are three hundred representatives of the documentary, fiction, and animation genre taking part in the oldest competition of Krakow Film Festival. The accepted films must have been no longer than thirty minutes. Although statistically the documentary film is the most frequent winner, this year the battle within the fiction film category will be particularly fierce. Daniel Mulloy, the winner of the Golden Dragon in 2007 whose shocking "Dad" divided the festival audience, is now back in the competition with his new film "Baby". There is also an American comedy with Anthony Hopkins. On the other side of the emotional pole is the Lithuanian depiction of the tragedy that took place in a small Austrian town, where a monster-father imprisoned his daughter and their five consecutively born children ("Our Father").
Paradoxically, Poland is represented by a Swede, outstanding Magnus von Horn ("Without Snow"), the two-time winner of our festival, who was last time awarded the Silver Hobby-Horse in 2009 for his "Echo"- adds Krzysztof Gierat, the Festival director. The fiction film category is complemented by the intriguing and entertaining films playing with the conventions of the genre cinema („Hasaki Ya Suda" and „Prunelle and Melodie").
The documentary section powerfully demonstrates the cultural diversity of the world. Although we have a very European slant this year, you will find a wealth of more exotic cinema at the competition. From Cuba we have the enigmatic "Raul's World", and from India "At the Stairs", which shows us the cremation grounds where widows who have escaped suttee - the ritual suicide after husband's death, are awaiting Moksha - liberation from the cycle of life and death. Two documentary films from Poland will have their world premiere in Krakow, along with "Without Snow" by von Horn. We will also show "Paparazzi" by Piotr Bernaś, an extravagant portrayal of celebrities' most hated profession, as well as "Decresendo" a cheerful story of a rest home by Marta Mironowicz who won of major prizes in Lipsk and Clermont-Ferrand for "A Piece of Summer".
While choosing films for the animated film section we have aimed at showing its adundant diversity - says Krzysztof Gierat - There will be short and amusing films from the Russian school of animation, and philosophical German films, along with Portuguese poetry and animated documentaries. A big favourite last year was "Millhaven" by Bartek Kulas which features a soundtrack by Nick Cave, but this year we are going ahead with "Stones", the animated Czech musical about love and crime!'
The results for national competition will be published on 1st April, the results for documentary competition could be found on the website http://www.krakowfilmfestival.pl/
The list of films selected for the international short film competition
„Bread for Bird", dir. Aleksandra Strelyanaya, Russia 26'
„Playground", dir. Susanna Helke, Finland 30'
„Out of Round - What is Behind?", dir. Jaro Vojtek, Slovakia 30'
„At the Stairs", dir. Rajesh S. Jala, India 30'
„Raul's World", dir. Jessica Rodríguez, Zoe Miranda, Cuba 20'
„Czech Post-War History", dir. Jaroslav Kratochvíl, Czech Republic 9'
„Photographer's Wife", dir. Philip Widmann, Karsten Krause, Germany 29'
„I'm Never Afraid!", dir. Willem Baptist, Netherlands 20'
„Stranger", dir. Christophe Hermans, Belgium, 12'
„I Will Forget This Day", dir. Alina Rudnitskaya, Russia 25'
„Night Falls on the Menagerie", dir. Nicolas Philibert, France 11'
„Paparazzi", dir. Piotr Bernaś, Poland 30'
„Decrescendo", dir. Marta Minorowicz, Poland 22'
„Baby", dir. Daniel Mulloy, UK 25'
„1994", dir. Kaveh Tehrani, Norway 29'
„The Quartet", dir. Sarah Arnold, France 15'
„The Third Rule", dir. Aundre Johnson, USA 15'
„Our Father, dir. Marius Ivaskevicius, Lithuania 28'
„Prunelle and Melodie", dir. Simonet Mathieu, France 32'
„Hasaki Ya Suda, dir. Cédric Ido, France 24'
„Yuri Lennon's Landing on Ralpha 46", dir. Anthony Vouardoux, Germany / Switzerland 15'
„Battle for Britain", dir. Alex Helfrecht , UK 13'
„I", dir. David Fonjallaz, Switzerland 12'
„The Birthday Circle", dir. Philip Lepherd , UK 5'
„Casus Belli", dir. Yorgos Zois, Greece 11'
„Without Snow", dir. Magnus von Horn, Poland / Sweden 30'
„Journey To Cape Verde", dir. José Miguel Ribeiro, Portugal 17'
„Sticky Ends", dir. Osman Cerfon, France 6'
„1989. When I Was 5 Years Old", dir. Thor Ochsner, Denmark 10'
„One More Time!", dir. Ekaterina Ovchinnikova, Tatiana Okruzhnova, Alina Yakhyaeva, Nataliya Pavlycheva, Mariya Arkhipova, Russia 3'
„Stones", dir. Katarina Kerekesova, Slovakia 26'
„I Have Fear", dir. Mariola Brillowska and her students, Germany 15'
„Lowdown Empire", dir. Polina Grinberg, USA 13'
„Once Only", dir. Nuno Amorim, Portugalia 6'
„Swings and Milkshakes", dir. Fernando Mendes, Erick Ricco, Brasil 10'
„The Renter", dir. Jason Carpenter, USA 9'
„Sunday 2", dir. Jochen Kuhn, Germany 11'
„Women's Day Gift", dir. Mihail Dvorjankin, Russia 8'
„Talk to Him", dir. Agata Prętka, Poland 7'
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