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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…

“Tribeca Talks” will be one of the major highlights at the upcoming 2007 Tribeca Film Festival in NYC. Playing host to film celebrities and entertainment professionals such as Eva Mendes, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Tiki Barber, and Rosario Dawson, this series of panel discussions will delve deeply into film trends in the industry. In addition, insight and experience will bring to the forefront aspects of filmmaking which are unique and sure to spark riveting talks. Some topics will include: Women in front and behind the camera, filmmakers who battle the forces of nature and live to tell about it, the increasing…

After screening 85 films from 32 countries over nine days, the 10th annual Bermuda International Film Festival, which ran March 16-24, 2007, drew to a close on Saturday night. Following a screening of the closing film “Eagle vs. Shark,” the first film by Kiwi stand-up comedian Taika Waititi, winners of the juried prizes and the audience award were announced during the closing night festivities. The Mary-Jean Mitchell Green Award for Best Narrative Feature was chosen by jurors writer/actor Carrie Fisher and actor/director/producer Richard Dreyfuss. A tie was announced and the two films sharing the title were Dror Shaul’s “Sweet Mud”…

A special collector’s edition of The Raft (Das Floß), one of the most awarded short films in the last two years, is now available on DVD. It contains more than 60 minutes bonus materials including limited original 35mm film frame. The film story is about two starved and exhausted castaways who are lost at sea. A seagull drops a fish to their raft and that is the moment to see what the real friendship is! The pre-production of the film took months due to camera tests, puppet construction, studio preparation and so on. The shooting itself took about six months…