These days, the ART FILM FEST Trencianske Teplice / Trencin is being held in Slovakia, introducing an interesting selection of international film production as well as a of recent Slovak films.

For more information see our inforamtion website www.aic.sk and/or directly here:

Slovak films at 20th Art Film Fest IFF Trenčianske Teplice / Trenčín

For the second time, Forum 2012 – initiative for the Promotion of Upcoming Slovak films also takes place within the Festival, organized by Character – Film Development Association and the Slovak Film Institute.

Attached to Forum, we will also introduce a presentation of upcoming Slovak feature films.

For more information about the event see www.aic.sk and/or directly here: Forum & Panel 2012 Upcoming Slovak films

In addition, find out more about this year´s edition of MIDPOINT workshops, taking place at the festival, here:

Slovak film projects selected for MIDPOINT 2011

Shortly, we will also inform you about the wonderful and numerous selection of Slovak films for the upcoming 47. Karlovy Vary IFF.

We all have much to look forward to!

With my very best regards to all,

Alexandra

Alexandra Strelková

Three Croatian films will be screened at the 58th edition of the International Short Film Festival in Oberhausen that takes place from 26 April to 1 May. Le Samouräi by Ivan Faktor and Chill by Hana Jušić will be screened in the International Competition Programme. Dalibor Barić’s The Spectres of Veronica was included in MuVi International, the side programme of innovative music videos.

Le Samouräi by Ivan Faktor (right) is an intimate experimental documentary film made in the apartment of the deceased Croatian avant-garde artist Tomislav Gotovac. The film is a cinematic exploration of Gotovac’s personal space, as well as moments of melancholy, sorrow and loneliness seething from it. Chill by Hana Jušić is a free interpretation of Tarik Kulenović’s short story about a girl visiting her old boyfriend to relive the moments of former intimacy. The film is starring Iva Mihalić and Neven Aljinović Tot. The Spectres of Veronica by Dalibor Barić (image below) is an experimental animated film in which the director uses a collage animation technique to depict the remarkable world of a girl haunted by ghosts of the future.

The competition programme of the International Animated Film Festival in Annecy (4-9 June) includes four Croatian films. Cat by Goran Stojnić and Father by a group of authors (including Veljko Popović) will be screened in the Short Film selection, while Meat by Ivan Mirko Senjanović and Transecho by Nikola Radović will be presented in the Graduation Film selection.
Father (right) is a hybrid between documentary and animation that portrays five parallel realities featuring conversations between a child and his father that never took place. These five stories are based on authentic experiences of young people and are conveyed in different animation styles by the five directors. Father is a Bulgarian-Croatian-German co-production, written by the famous British animator Phil Mulloy and Ivan Bogdanov (also film director and supervisor) based on Diana Ivanova’s concept. The five chapters were directed by artists from different countries: Moritz Myerhofer from Germany, Asparuh Petrov and Rositsa Raleva from Bulgaria, Dmitry Yagodin from Russia and Veljko Popović from Croatia. The film is produced by Compote Collective in association with Bonobostudio and Eyecatch Productions, and it was supported by Robert Bosch Foundation, Croatian Audiovisual Centre and Bulgarian National Film Centre.

The second selection entry is Cat by Goran Stojnić, a short story about a cat, an old woman and a bird. Following the cat, we witness how these characters influence each other and change their appearance and behaviour. The film was made in oil-on-glass animation technique and director Goran Stojnić also wrote the screenplay and created animation and character design. Višnja Skorin edited the film, the music was composed by Nikola Kovač, sound designer was Hrvoje Štefotić, and it was produced by Lado Skorin for 3D2D Animatori production company.

The graduation film
competition programme includes 55 selected entries, two of them from Croatia. Meat by Ivan Mirko Senjanović (left) uses stop motion animated pieces of pork to portray a day in life of an average man, while Transecho directed by Nikola Radović, a cinematic exploration of the abstract world, made in a combined technique of classic and digital 3D animation.

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The 31st Istanbul Film Festival Ended

The 31st Istanbul Film Festival organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts under the sponsorship of AKBANK ended on Sunday, 15 April.

Throughout two weeks, a total of 140 thousand cinephiles watched 220 films by 232 directors from 52 countries at 522 screenings grouped under 22 sections, in 7 movie theatres. In addition to the screenings that were realised with 70% occupancy rate, the festival featured twelve master classes, panel discussions, a special concert, and a workshop with the participation of the guests of the festival.

Please find the detailed information in the press release attached.

For the hi-res images from the 31st Istanbul Film Festival: iksvpress.com/film2012


FNE at Istanbul FF 2012: Istanbul Film Festival Prize winners

ImageISTANBUL: Two Turkish films dominated the National Competition at this year’s 31st Istanbul Film Festival (www.iksv.org). Beyond the Hill directed by Emin Alper won the Golden Tulip for best film, best actress, best screenplay as well as the international film critic’s FIPRESCI award for best film in the National Competition. Inside directed by Zeki Demirkubuz won prizes for best director, best actor, best cinematography, best editing, and the People’s Choice audience award. Also making a strong showing was The Trace directed by M Tayfur Aydin with a Special Jury Prix and a best music award.


Beyond the Hill which had its world premier earlier this year at the Berlin FF is a debut for Alper who has written about film and made several short films. Inside which had its world premier at the festival is the latest work from Demirkubuz who is one of Turkey's top directors. The film was produced by Festivals on Wheels team Ahmet Boyacicoglu and Basak Emre (www.festivalonwheels.org)

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FNE at Istanbul FF 2012: Festival on Wheels team gears up for film production

ISTANBUL: Festival on Wheels team Ahmet Boyacicoglu and Basak Emre have moved into film production with Inside directed by Zeki Demirkubiz which had its world premier at Istanbul FF (www.iskv.org).

Boyacicoglu and Emre are best known on the international scene for their work producing film festivals including the Wheels (wwwlfestivalonwheels.org) and the Adana Golden Boll Film Festival (www.goldenbollfilmfestival.com).

The duo have already produced a short film compilation Tales from Kars and Boyacicoglu’s own Black and White which he also scripted and directed. But the Demirkubuz production marks the first time they have taken on the role of producers of another director’s feature project.

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FNE at Istanbul Film Festival 2012: Programme highlights best of new Turkish films

ISTANBUL: Audiences and foreign guests at the 31 Istanbul International Film Festival (www.iksv.org) now underway have the chance to see the latest in new Turkish films in the National Competition with 12 new titles including director Umit Unal's The Pomegranate and Zeki Demirkubuz's new Inside. There are also another five new titles screening Out of Competition and another 10 titles in the New Turkish Cinema section and 12 new Turkish docs.

In the main International Competition 11 films on the themes of art compete for the Golden Tulip which is given in honour of Sakir Eczacıbası, former chaırman of IKSV, and co-founder of the Istanbul Fılm Festıval.


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FNE at Istanbul FF 2012: Q &A with Polish actor Robert Wieckiewicz

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Robert Więckiewicz

ISTANBUL: Polish actor Robert Wieckiewicz is in Istanbul to present new film Courage which is currently enjoying international festival success.

Q:In Courage, you had to act a man who was in essence a coward, and in In Darkness, your character is quite courageous in contrast. Their inner conflicts are so powerful. But how was the transition from to the other considering the small time between the two shoots?

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