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Another Isola Cinema festival, the fourth one, is at an end. The winner of the festival audience award competition section, the Harvest, is the film SARATAN (Ernest Abdidžaparov, Kyrgizistan/Germany, 2005, 85′), which was also the choice of the Youth jury, working under supervision of Franci Slak and Boris Palčič.<br>The closing film of the festival is Vittorio de Seta’s film Letters from Sahara (Lettere dal Sahara).The winner of the festival’s PAH-FEST workshop for best film made using a cell phone, is Joe Underwood, while the award for the best digital portret went to Marko Ocepek. Both winners received ITAK prizes -…

Lead Actress of this Year’s Cannes’s Critics’ Week Grand Prix-Winner is the first to arrive at Isola Cinema!The young Argentinean actress Inés Efron arrived today in Slovenia after having had an exhausting but very successful week at the Cannes Film Festival. She traveled to Cannes to assist in the launch of the Argentinean-Spanish-French co-production XXY. The film –directed by 30 year old Lucía Puenzo– just won the Critic’s Week Grand Prix. In XXY Ines plays the lead role of a young hermaphrodite.Ines is the first Isola Cinema guest to arrive in town. On Saturday night June 2nd at 23:00 she’ll…

Two filmmakers made impressive breakthroughs this year at Cannes. As the festival celebrated its 60th anniversary, the jury gave the top prize to <B>Cristian Mungiu</b> for <b><i>4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days</i></b>, making it the first time a Romanian won the prestigious Palme d’Or. It also gave the Jury Prize (in a tie with <b>Carlos Reygadas</b> for <b><i>Silent Night</i></b>) to an Iranian woman, <b>Marjane Satrapi</b>, and her co-director, <b>Vincent Paronnaud</b>, for <b><i>Persepolis</i></b>, an animation film based on Satrapi’s graphic novels about growing up during and after Iran’s 1979 revolution. Considering the awards they bestowed, two observations can be made…

Cinema Without Borders announced today that Natasa Vukas Stanojkovski, a well known independent journalist from Croatia, has joined the publication as its Europe Event Editor and Reporter. Natasa will send her first reports from Cannes Film Festival 2007 for Cinema Without Borders.Since 1999 Natasha has worked at the national Croatian Television HRT in the informative Program. Within the Culture department she has broadcasted from all cultural major and independent Events in Croatia, produced reports on literature, drama, theater, arts and film. In the news and informative department she had also worked on the Pula film Festival, Motovun Film Festival, Berlinale,…

Burbank, California, May 6st 2007 – Today Dragon Tale Entertainment announced that its publication “Cinema Without Borders” would be giving an Award for the Best Film at the 2007 South East European Film Festival, held in Los Angeles. The ‘Cinema Without Borders Critics Choice Award’ will be given by a jury of the magazine’s critics: Tobe A. Roberts, Jim Davis, Rosa Laura Lucherino and Bijan Tehrani. “We are proud to be able to support international film community by covering stories about filmmakers and movies from around the world” says Dr. Mehdi Hatamian co-founder of Dragon Tale Entertainment and publisher of…

The South East European Film Festival 2007 opens today at Goethe Institute, Los Angeles.The South East European Film Festival 2007 showcases the work of filmmakers from Southern and Eastern Europe, and films made by expatriates who live California. The box office Bulgarian hit “L’s Rebellion,” opens the festival, with Romanian Oscar entry “The Way I Spent the End of the World.” Rade Serbedzija, celebrated actor from the former Yugoslavia & well known character actor in the USA (Battle in Seattle, Shooter, and recurring in 24) is the official celebrity opening the festival. Hettie Lynne Hurtes, KPCC radio personality, is celebrity…

2007 marks the Archive’s 17th Annual Celebration of Iranian Cinema, now in its home at the Billy Wilder Theater in the heart of Westwood’s “Tehrangles.” This year’s offerings feature a greater number of films than ever before, including 13 films from Iran and the diaspora. Featured in the series this year are works by established filmmakers whose films we have showcased in the past (Bahman Farmanara and Rakhshan Bani-Etemad) and works by emerging directors. Also included are five new documentaries that illuminate Iranian life, art, and popular culture. Some of this year’s themes include male bonding and friendship, emigration, censorship,…

The Vietnamese-American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) and the VietNamese Language and Culture (VNLC) at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) will present the 3rd biennial Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF). April 12 – 15 & 19 – 22, 2007 Screening Locations: University of California, Irvine (UCI)’s Film & Video Center with selected screenings and panel discussions at UCLA and in Westminster, California. Opening Night will be at the Edwards University Cinema 6, Irvine. For complete program schedule, please visit http://www.vietfilmfest.com/home/home.htm . Tickets are available online and Tu Quynh Book Store (714) 531-4284 OPENING NIGHT – Thursday, April 12, 2007 at…

The April 17th session of the Animation 21 Lecture Series is dedicated to two presentations: Character Design and 2D Animation & Game Development. In the first session, Phil Mendez will demonstrate the techniques and essentials of character design. Phil Mendez started the comic strip in the Mercury Shopper’s Guide at the age of sixteen; he was hired by Dancer – Fitzgerald – Sample at the age of eighteen as an assistant art director on the General Mills account; he freelanced on comic books in 1966 for Charlton Press and DC Comics; and worked as a storyboard artist, head designer and…

The Tribeca Film Festival has tapped the romantic drama Lucky You, directed by Curtis Hanson, to have its world premiere at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express. Lucky You, a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, stars Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Robert Duvall and Debra Messing, many of whom will attend the star-studded gala premiere on May 1st. “Lucky You is a romantic drama with a stellar cast, and we are delighted to be able to host its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival,” said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the Festival. “Warner…