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Claire Denis (President)
Born in 1948, in Paris. She grew up in Africa. She studied at the Institut des hautes études cinématographiques (now FEMIS) and was assistant director to Dusan Makaveyev, Jacques Rivette, Costa Gavras, and Wim Wenders. She is regarded as one of France's most important auteurs. She is also known with her collaboration with the British rock band Tindersticks. With her feature debut Chocolate (1988) she competed for the Palm d'or at Cannes. In 1996, she won the Golden Leopard at Locarno with Nenette and Boni. She gathered herself a loyal mass of admirers with her later films Good Work (1999), Trouble Every Day (2001), Friday Night (2002), The Intruder (2004), 35 Shots of Rum (2008) and the latest White Material (2009). She received the prestigious Berliner Kunstrpreis in 2011.

Anna Bonaiuto
Born in 1950 in Italy. She received her degree from the National Dramatic Arts Academy S.D'Amico in Rome. She has appeared as actress in 48 films and TV shows since 1973. In 1993, she won the Volpi Cup for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Dove Siete? Io Sono Qui / Where Are You? I'm Here. She starred in L'amore molesto / Nasty Love (1995) with which she won the David di Donatello Best Actress Award, De Sica Award, the Silver Ribbon for Best Actress from the Italian Syndicate of Film Journalists and from Chicago Film Festival, Fratelli e sorelle / Brothers and Sisters by Pupi Avati (1991) with which she won a Golden Grail from St. Vincent. Her acting credits include Storia di ragazzi e di ragazze / The Story of Boys and Girls by Pupi Avati (1989), Il Postino / The Postman by Michael Radford (1994), Il Caimano / The Caiman by Nanni Moretti (2006), Mio fratello e' figlio unico / My Brother is an Only Child by Daniele Luchetti (2007), and Il Divo by Paolo Sorrentino (2008).

Piers Handling
He is the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto International Film Festival since 1994, where he joined in 1982. He began his career at the Canadian Film Institute (CFI), ultimately becoming Deputy Director. After leaving the CFI, he taught Canadian cinema at Carleton University in Ottawa and Queen's University in Kingston. He has published extensively on Canadian cinema. He is currently Chair of the Canadian Festivals Coalition, on the Board of the Canadian Film Centre, and is a member of the Minister of Culture's Advisory Council for Arts and Culture. He has been honoured with the "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres", France's highest cultural insignia. In 2003, Handling was named CEO of the Year by the Canadian Public Relations Society (Toronto), recognizing for the first time, a CEO from the cultural not-for-profit sector. In 2006 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law from Ryerson University.

Perihan Mağden
Born in Istanbul in 1960. She graduated in psychology from Bosphorous University. She has written novels, poetry, short stories and worked as a columnist. She is the author of the novels Messenger Boy Murders, The Companion, Two Girls, Whom were We Running From? and lately Ali and Ramazan. Her novel, 2 Girls (2005) was a bestseller in Turkey and achieved high acclaim in English. It was adapted to film by Kutluğ Ataman and premiered in London Film Festival. Her latest novel Ali and Ramazan is published in 2010 and will be published in German in 2011. She is the honorary member of English PEN and recipient of Freedom of Speech Grand Award given by Turkish Publishers Association. Her novels have been translated into 17 languages including English, German, Italian, Spanish, French, Korean, Portuguese and Dutch.

Jim Stark
His first involvement with film came when he helped Jim Jarmusch finance, produce and sell the low budget independent hit Stranger than Paradise. He went on to work on three more feature films for Jim Jarmusch (Down by Law, Mystery Train, Night on Earth ), as well as producing two short Coffee and Cigarettes films. His other producing credits include such critically acclaimed and prize winning films as Alex Rockwell's In the Soup, and Gregg Araki's The Living End. In 2009 he co-produced Here & There, a first feature by Serbian director Darko Lungalov that won the Best Narrative Award at Tribeca. In addition to his producing activities, he co-wrote and produced Fridrik Thor Fridriksson's Cold Fever (which won the top prizes at Edinburgh and Troia film festivals) and Factotum, which he adapted as co-screenwriter with director Bent Hamer from the Charles Bukowski novel. In 2010, he executive produced Gerard Hurley's film The Pier and is developing the script The Package for a new film to be directed by Vladan Nikolic in 2011.

Jacob Tierney
Born in 1979 in Montreal. He has worked as a professional actor since the age of six. He acted in the feature film Josh and S.A.M., and appeared in The Neon Bible. He began his directorial career in 2002 with the comedic short film Dad, which he also wrote, produced and appeared in. His feature debut Twist, a modern take on Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, premiered at the Venice Film Festival, receiving Genie nominations. Following the comedy The Trotsky (2009), Good Neighbours (Notre Dame De Grace) (2010) is his latest feature film which premiered at Toronto Film Festival.

Hülya Uçansu
Born in 1950 in Bandırma, Turkey. She studied English Language and Literature at Istanbul University. After working with various film festivals in Turkey, and later at the Film Production Centre, a subsidiary of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism as Screening Director, she started working as the Director of the International Istanbul Film Festival organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts in 1983, a post she held until 2006 when the festival celebrated its 25th year. She took part as a jury member or jury president at numerous film festivals, such as Venice (1996), Edinburgh (1990), Montpellier (1995), Chicago (1997), Montreal (2001), Rotterdam (2004), Taormina (2004) and San Sebastian (2004). She is currently a lecturer at the University of Kadir Has, and also appointed member of the Executive Committee of the Mithat Alam Film Center of the Bogazici University.


Reha Erdem (President)
Born in Istanbul in 1960. He graduated from the Film Department of Paris 8 University. He obtained his MA in Plastic Arts at the same university. He shot his first feature-length film Oh Moon in 1989 as a French-Turkish co-production. He scripted all of his films except for Mommy, I'm Scared, for which he was one of the co-writers. He also has short films and directed a stage play, Maids (Les Bonnes) by Jean Genet. His feature films are Run for Money (1999), Mommy, I'm Scared (2004), Times and Winds (2006) which won the Golden Tulip at Istanbul Film Festival, My Only Sunshine (2008), and Kosmos (2009) which won the Golden Orange at Antalya Film Festival.

Tülin Özen
Born in İskenderun. She first went on stage in high school. She graduated from Yeditepe University Drama Department. While she was a student, she took on some parts at the State Theatre and some private theatres. With her role in Semih Kaplanoğlu's Angel's Fall (2004) she won awards at Antalya, Ankara and Nürnberg film festivals. She later acted in Semih Kaplanoğlu's Egg (2006), Milk (2007), and Honey (2010), and Pelin Esmer's 10 to 11 (2009). She won Best Supporting Actress awards from SİYAD, Sadri Alışık and at Adana Film Festival with Erden Kıral's Vicdan / Conscience (2008). She worked with the State Theatre, private theatres and dance companies. She took part in TV series such as "Beyaz Gelincik" and "Kapalıçarşı". She is actively working in theatre and film.

Fatih Özgüven
Born in Istanbul. He graduated from the Austrian Highschool and later the English language and Literature department of the Istanbul University Faculty of Letters. His articles on film and literature were published in magazines such as Yazko, Çağdaş Eleştiri, Gösteri, Video-Sinema, Sokak, Yeni Gündem, Roll, and the dailies Cumhuriyet and Radikal. He taught film and literature at Boğaziçi and İstanbul Bilgi universities. He translated works of Borges, Nabokov, Kundera, Henry James, Karen Blixen, Thomas Mann, Thomas Bernhard, Raymond Chandler, Paul Auster, Flannery O'Connor, and Virginia Woolf into Turkish. He published three books which comprise of his short stories.

Karel Och
Born in 1974 in the Czech Republic. He studied law and received his BA in film theory and history at Prague's Charles University. Since 2001, he has worked for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival as a member of the selection committee. He has programmed this festival's documentary competition and curated tributes and retrospectives to Sam Peckinpah, John Huston and Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, among others. In 2010, he was appointed artistic director of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. He is a member of FIPRESCI and has published in numerous magazines such as Cinepur, Cinema and Iluminace.

Jay Weissberg
Born in New York. He is a is a film critic for the industry paper Variety since 2003, regularly travelling to film festivals throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America. His articles on silent cinema have appeared in numerous publications, and he's curated for the Pordenone Silent Film Festival. He has served on a number of festival juries worldwide and has taken part in panel discussions on the state of contemporary cinema as well as acted as a mentor in programmes for young film critics, most recently in Abu Dhabi, Rotterdam and Berlin. In addition to film history and criticism, he has a background in art history. He lives in Rome.

Blueberry spirits tells the ghost stories of the small Gypsy family who spend their summers living in forest. Every member of the small community has experienced several scary encounters with the ones from the other world. These meetings change the behavior of the Gypsy family. They often move because of the unwanted visitors. In film the visualized ghost stories do alternate with the events from the main characters' everyday life. It feels in the air that the two worlds are going to meet again.

Prague, 11 April 2011 – The Czech Film Center will be presenting three events at this year’s 24th annual festival of Czech films, Finále Plzeň. In addition to the traditional Panel of Upcoming Feature and Animated Films (April 22), there will also be a showing of Czech Short Films from the collection of Czech Short Films vol. II (April 20). This year, in cooperation with the Czech Film Commission, a Location Tour of Plzeň Region Sights (April 21) will also be held for the first time.

The Czech Film Centre has also been intensively involved in short cinematic work, which can open the gates to the international world of cinema for beginning filmmakers. On Wednesday 20 April from 7:30 p.m. in the Mayor’s Room in Měšťanská beseda there will be a showing of short films from the collection of Czech Short Films Vol. II, which CFC issued at the beginning of this year. This will involve films from the production of the following film schools: FAMU, FAMO Písek, Film School Zlín and the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague.
Domino / Žofie Zajíčková / Film School Zlín / CZ 2010 / animated / 9 min.
Automatic for the People / Jan Vejnar / FAMO / CZ 2010 / short film / 29 min.
Graffitiger / Libro Pixa / FAMU / CZ 2010 / animated / 10 min.
Father / Viktoria Dzurenková / FAMU / CZ 2010 / short film / 26 min.
Lucas or Curse of the Drowned Cat / Jaromír Císař / AAAD / CZ 2010 / animated / 9 min.

The invited directors and guests will be introduced after the projection of their films. Jan Vejnar and Jaromír Císař have confirmed their participation at this time. CFC’s showing will be followed by a collection of films produced by the Institute of Art and Design of the University of West Bohemia in Plzeň.
The anthological DVD Czech Short Films 2011 Vol. II was released in January 2011 as the second part of an edition of DVDs of short films that CFC started issuing in 2010. This year’s disc is also enhanced with French and German titles, which means a greater opportunity for the films to find a place in foreign festivals. CFC first presented the DVD at the festival and market of short films in Clermont-Ferrand in January, on the basis of which films have already been selected for roughly ten film festivals.

On Thursday, 21 April the CFC and Czech Film Commission will hold a day-long Location Tour of Sights in the Plzeň Region in cooperation with the regional branch of the National Heritage Institute in Plzeň and with the support of CzechTourism. Film professionals will have the opportunity to see historical buildings and get to know the possibilities and conditions for filming in the Kladruby monastery, Horšovský Týn state castle and chateau, Švihov castle and moat and Červené Poříčí state chateau.

On Friday, 23 April from 10:30 a.m. the traditional Panel of Feature and Animated Films will take place in the Small Hall of the Měšťanská beseda. For the tenth time producers, directors and scriptwriters will be presenting a selection of twenty projects. Thus the festival will continue to work as a platform for Czech cinema and the Czech film industry. A Czech-English brochure, which contains a total of 84 projects that are under development, will be available to the visitors of the panel and will subsequently be distributed at all the festivals at which CFC presents Czech cinematography.

Showcase of Short Films – Markéta Šantrochová, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Czech Republic the Guest Country at the Festival of Short Films in Barcelona – the audience will see Švankmajer and films from young authors

My father and I get into an old camper and head for Paris where, 23 years ago, he dispersed his mother's ashes in the Luxembourg Garden. Our trip will take two weeks. We're both documentary filmmakers so we've decided to make a film recording the journey. We stop at camper parks or gas stations for the night. We each have a camera to keep the conditions fair and so we're both the directors and protagonists at the same time. My father is 70, I am 44. We discuss various things - family history, difficult past, my father's divorces. Any question is allowed. The journey is a pretext to get to know each other a little better.

Call for Documentary Projects and Films
June 30, 2011 marks the deadline for the following activities of the INSTITUTE OF DOCUMENTARY FILM:
· EAST SILVER MARKET - supporting sales and international distribution through festival screenings and TV broadcast (October 25 - 30, 2011 in Jihlava, CZE)
The 8th East Silver - the only market for feature and TV documentaries from Central and Eastern Europe accepts completed East European documentaries with English voiceover or subtitles, produced 2010 - 2011. We offer online streaming and hand out the Silver Eye Award to the best documentaries of the market. Online entry form.

· DOC LAUNCH - supporting festival and theatrical distribution of soon-to-be-released documentaries (October 27 - 28, 2011 in Jihlava, CZE)
The Doc Launch presentation showcases outstanding feature documentaries from Central and Eastern Europe slated for theatrical release. It is designed for documentary projects and rough cuts scheduled for release from November 2011 - October 2012. Application.

September 1, 2011 is our deadline for:

· EAST EUROPEAN FORUM - supporting funding and promotion (October 24 - 31, 2011, Jihlava, CZE)
East European Forum is the largest co-production meeting for creative documentary projects in development and production from Central and Eastern Europe. At the Forum, producers and directors offer their projects for co-production, pre-buy or acquisition. The presentations are followed by Feedback Round Tables where the projects are discussed in detail. Online entry form.

September 30, 2011 is the industry registration deadline for the entire INDUSTRY PROGRAMME:
East European Forum, East Silver Market and the Doc Launch presentation are the central events of the Industry Programme organized in Jihlava by the Institute of Documentary Film since 2001. The Industry Programme includes Industry Screenings, one-on-one meetings at the Project Market, country-themed Co-production Breakfasts, Case Studies, Master Classes, Networking Dinners, Seminars and other forms of support for documentary films. In 2011, the Industry Programme is expected to host around 100 representatives of European and North American broacasters, festivals, distributors, sales agents and film funds. In addition, it will be attended by some 400 filmmakers, producers, representatives of film institutions, organizations and schools. Documentary professionals can register to attend the Industry Programme starting June 2011.

Institute of Documentary Film,,, Školská 12, Prague 1, 11000. More contact details in the relevant sections of our website.


Krakow, 1st April 2011 - National competition of 51st Krakow Film Festival (23rd -29th May) includes 35 titles. The winner of the national competition will be awarded with the Golden Hobby-Horse.

It is for the first time that feature documentaries enter the national competition. Two of them participate also in the international competition: "The Doctors" by Tomasz Wolski, currently in the post-production phase, and "Phnom Penh Lullaby" by Paweł Kloc, which has already been invited to three foreign festivals: in Nyon, Sheffield, and Toronto. Among feature films, there is also "Pomeranian Illusions" by Jacob Dammas and Helge Renner, which may move the audience just like "North from Calabria" did last year.

Marcel Łoziński, a Polish documentary classic, will present his most recent production, "Tonia and her children". - says Krzysztof Gierat,
festival director - This year we will have the opportunity not only to thank him for his regular presence at the Festival, but also to congratulate him on his birthday, a round anniversary coming up. It was after a nomination at our Festival that his "Poste Restante" was awarder with the European Film Award.

Once again, we have the pleasure of watching many talented laureates come back with their new films. Among them, there are Marcin Sauter,
Maciej Cuske, and Wojciech Staroń, whose "Argentinian Lesson" participates also in the international competition. These films comment not only on our Polish reality; filmmakers more and more often turn to the exotic parts of the world. This year, we will visit Cambodia, Argentina, Cuba, Kalmykia and Kyrgyzstan, Syria, and Lebanon. Having taken its rather absurd title from Marcin Świetlicki's song, "Jewish Moon" presents an unexpected spiritual transformation of a young soccer yob, while "Paparazzi" (also in the international competition) is a dynamic story about a photojournalist who, employing a rather particular ethic code, hunts his prey like a hound.

Debuts are also awaiting; they are always mostly anticipated because of the fame of the Polish documentary school. - continues Krzyszof Gierat - I am sure that there are award candidates among the debutants.

What about the fiction film category? Can we expect a fierce competition between two previous laureates of the Festival: Kuba Czekaj and Magnus von Horn? Or maybe they will be beaten by the only woman in this section, Julia Kolberger, or by Maciej Bochniak and Sławomir Shuty, whose insane, and very Krakow-like in its cast, "The Room" will be premiered here?

In the animation category, we will see films both from awarded, well-known filmmakers like Dragon of Dragons laureates - the Quay Brothers and a many times winner in Krakow - Piotr Dumała and from young authors, often still students. A new production from Damian Nenow will be presented by Platige Image studio.

List of films selected for National Competition.


1. "Phnom Penh Lullaby", dir. Paweł Kloc, 97'
2. "The Doctors", dir. Tomasz Wolski, 82'
3. "Pomeranian Illusions", dir. Jacob Dammas, Helge Renner, 70'
4. "Tonia and Her Children", dir. Marcel Łoziński, 57'
5. "Downtown", dir. Piotr Śliwowski, Marta Dzido, 54'
6. "Argentinian Lesson", dir. Wojciech Staroń, 52'
7. "Agnieszka Is Not Here", dir. Paweł Jóźwiak-Rodan, 52'
8. "Planet Kirsan", dir. Magdalena Pięta, 51'
9. "Scrap Odyssey", dir. Łukasz Gutt, Paweł Ferdek, 48'
10. "Kwiekulik", dir. Joanna Turowicz, Anna Zakrzewska, 48'
11. "Far From the City", dir. Maciej Cuske, 45'
12. "Jewish Moon", dir. Michał Tkaczyński, 45'
13. "Paparazzi", dir. Piotr Bernaś, 30'
14. "Bon Apetit", dir. Kuba Maciejko, 31'
15. "My Father Lazaro", dir. Marcin Filipowicz , 29'
16. "Hakawati", dir. Marcin Sauter, 27'
17. "Hermits", dir. Kacper Czubak, 26'
18. "Decrescendo", dir. Marta Minorowicz, 22'
19. "Rescued", dir. Wojciech Szumowski, 22'
20. "Returns", dir. Krzysztof Kadłubowski, 7'


1. "The Lost City of Świteź", dir. Kamil Polak, 26'
2. "Maska", dir. Bracia Quay, 24'
3. "Paths of Hate", dir. Damian Nenow, 10'
4. "Dr Character presents", dir. Piotr Dumała, 8'
5. "Talk to Him", dir. Agata Prętka, 7'
6. "Two Steps Behind...", dir. Paulina Majda, 7'
7. "The Gallery", dir. Robert Proch, 5'
8. "Shivering Trunks", dir. Natalia Drożyńska, 3'


1. "Without Snow", dir. Magnus von Horn, 30'
2. "I Won't Be Here Tomorrow", dir. Julia Kolberger, 28'
3. "Twist & Blood", dir. Kuba Czekaj, 30'
4. "The Room", dir. Maciej Bochniak, Sławek Shuty 30'
5. "Glasgow", dir. Piotr Subbotko, 30'
6. "Normal People", dir. Piotr Złotorowicz, 25'
7. "Heroic Parrot with The Dog", dir. Marcin Sławek, 12'

Polish films selected for international competitions
Documentary competition: "The Doctors", dir. Tomasz Wolski, "Phnom
Penh Lullaby", dir. Paweł Kloc, "Argentinian Lesson", dir. Wojciech
Staroń and short film competition: "Without Snow", dir. Magnus von
Horn, "Paparazzi", dir. Piotr Bernaś, "Decrescendo", dir. Marta
Minorowicz, i "Talk to Him", dir. Agata Prętka.

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Investors tune in to KINO POLSKA TV S.A.

Kino Polska TV S.A., producer and distributor of film channels, said on Thursday that individual investors' share allocation will be reduced by about 91 percent in the company's first public offer.

Last week Kino Polska TV S.A. had priced its initial public offering at 9,50 zlotys per share, valuing its entire share sale at 38 million zlotys.

For the time being, Kino Polska TV S.A. is owner of Kino Polska TV which occupied the second place between most popular movie channels in Poland last year. Moreover, the Warsaw-based company also produces and distributes stations of the FilmBox group in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Hungary. It is also the owner of a majority share in, a film portal which has been awarded by the Polish Film Institute for its contribution to the development of Polish cinematography. Last year debuted on the New Connect market.

Kino Polska TV S.A. is offering 4 million new shares in the IPO in the following series:
1,000,000 New Shares for the Small Investors Tranche (TMI)
3,000,000 New Shares for the Large Investors Tranche (TDI)

New investors will get about 28 percent of the firm after the IPO. Kino Polska TV S.A. will use the funds to develop its offer and invest in its infrastructure introducing new thematic channels.

"In the near future we are planning to offer Kino Polska HD, a channel that will enable the reception of Kino Polska Television channels in High Definition and Kino Polska Muzyka which will feature the history of Polish popular music", said Piotr Reisch, President of Kino Polska TV S.A. Management Board. "In addition, we are currently working on extending our premium services with new television channels from the FilmBox group: FilmBox Action, FashionBox as well as FightBox".

Press and investor relations:

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Kino Polska TV S.A.
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The winners of 16th Vilnius international film festival were announced during the official closing ceremony in the evening of March 31 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

A film by Romanian director Bogdan George Apetri „Outbound" (Periferic) was announced the winner of competition programme „New Europe - new names". The statue and the monetary prize by Vilnius city was awarded to film‘s associate producer Mihaela Popescu.

The special mention was given to Turkish actor Bartu Kucukcaglayan for his role in film „Majority" (Cogunluk). Second special mention was given to the actors of Slovak film „The House", the prize was awarded to the director of the movie Zuzana Liova.

The jury of competition programme was headed by director Milcho Manchevskij, other members were: Nadya Turyncev, producer, Alante Kavaitė, director and script writer, Gary McVey, director of American cinema foundation and Fred Kelemen, director and cinematographer.

CICAE jury also evaluated the films of competition programme and decided that the best film to fit into European independent film theatres is the film „On the path" (Na putu) by Bosnian director Jasmila Zbanic. The award was given to Croatian actress Zrinka Cvitesic. The members of CICAE jury, who came to Vilnius, are - Tejinder Jouhal from Institute of Contemporary art (ICA) London, Peter Muscatics, communication director of Hungary's leading international film festival CineFest and Christopher Gatt, General Manager of St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity in Malta.

16th Vilnius international film festival‘s audience award went to Canadian drama „Incendies", by Denis Villeneuve. The audience in Vilnius liked this film so much, that all the screenings of this film were a sold-out and not even four additional screenings were enough.

For the first time this year the audience voted for best Lithuanian movie. The audience decided, that the best Lithuanian movie this year is „Knygnešys" (Book smuggler) by Jonas Trukanas.

The best debut Lithuanian director was awarded for the second year and this time the award went to Mantas Kvedaravičius and his documentary "Barzakh".

Daugiau informacijos:

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16-ojo Vilniaus tarptautinio kino festivalio „Kino pavasaris"

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