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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…

Celebrated black actor Earl Cameron was honored over the weekend by the Bermuda International Film Festival. Cameron, a Bermuda native, was one of the first black actors to play leading roles in English cinema. He was seen recently in “The Queen” with Helen Mirren. Cameron came in for a screening of “Pool of London” (1951), the film that provided his breakthrough role, and then amused the audience with stories of his career as he spoke with National Public Radio’s Peter Rainer. Cameron’s accomplishments in both theatre and more than 61 films were celebrated at the event. “Mr. Cameron has been…

40 new films, including 20 features (all premieres) and 20 new shorts, will be shown at the 11th Annual City of Lights, City of Angels (COL•COA). Acclaimed Berlin Film Festival opening film, “La Vie En Rose,” writer-director Olivier Dahan’s masterful biopic of Edith Piaf, starring Marion Cotillard and Gérard Depardieu, will open the showcase on Monday, April 16, 2007. Picturehouse will release the film on June 8th in New York and Los Angeles. The U.S. Premiere of “Michou D’Auber” (also starring Depardieu) written and directed by Thomas Gilou, will be the closing night film on April 21st. COL•COA’s program will…

Women Make Movies (WMM) has acquired a number of films from Sundance and other Film Festivals in 2007. Enemies of Happiness, which took home esteemed awards at the Sundance Film Festival (World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary) and the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (Silver Wolf Award), has been acquired by WMM. The film, by Eva Mulvad and Anja Al-Erhayem, tells the inspiring story of 27-year-old Afghan women Malalai Joya. Malalai is a women’s rights activist and local hero who was elected to the newly formed democratic parliament of Afghanistan in 2005. WMM also announced that they acquired These Girls and…

“Do We Accept the Truth” a project first time introduced as a Project in The Studio section of Cinema Without Borders takes a big step towards complition. “Do We Accept the Truth” a short film project by Alexis Dias has received the Central Board of Film Certificate from the Government of India. The CBFC, popularly known as Censor Board is a quasi-judicial body coming under the control of the Govt. of India. Once a film is certified, the exhibition of the film in the cinema halls comes under the purview of the respective State Government. Good Luck, Alex!

TEHRAN, Feb. 24 (MNA) — Two Iranian films won prizes at the 13th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema, which was held in the north central French city from February 13 to 20. “Friday Evening” won the International Jury’s Grand Prize for dealing with a taboo subject with strength and courage. The movie also received the Special favorite Langues ‘O Award of the festival for the tragic dimension of the story. The film, which is Mona Zandi’s directorial debut, is about a woman called Sogand and her son Omid, who are shunned by her family and thus experience hard…

The winners of the 2007 Pan African Film and Arts Festival were announced at the closing awards ceremony in Los Angeles, California today. PAFF is the largest international Black film festival in the United States showcasing films from the United States, Africa, Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. The award-winning films were selected by PAFF’s urors while Audience Choice Awards were given to films based on the results of ballots cast by Festival filmgoers. Jury Awards were handed out for Best Documentary, Best Short, Best Director – First Feature, Best Feature, and Jury Favorite. PAFF Festival Choice Awards…

Russian blockbuster “Day Watch” comes into town today for its international premier at a special Berlinale presentation hosted by distributors Fox Searchlight Pictures.<br> The fantasy epic where the forces of light are put against the forces of dark with the future of mankind at stake shattered all Russian box-office records when it opened in Moscow just over a year ago. The film took in about $35 million domestically.<br> The films producers, First Channel and Fox Searchlight, have hopes that the shorter international version of “Day Watch” will repeat the success of the original film of the franchise, “Night Watch.”<br> “Night…

The members of the international short film jury are: Peace Anyiam-Fiberesima (Nigeria) , Riina Sildos (Estonia), Ning Ying (China)<br> The GOLDEN BEAR award was given to RAAK by Hanro Smitsman (The Netherlands)<br> RAAK was given the award “for being a brilliant film on its approach to the subjects of love, anger and desperation. But you mustn’t forget to mention the humour of the film. We honour the ability of the director to show in a compact manner three angles of the same story.” <br>The SILVER BEAR was given to DECROCHE by Manuel Schapira (France)<br>DECROCHE was awarded with the Silver bear…

The 57th Berlin International Film Festival opens Thursday with the world premiere of Olivier Dahan’s “La Vie en Rose” and runs until Feb. 18. A total of 373 films will be shown during the 11-day festival. Twenty-six films will be shown in the official competition section, with 22 of them competing for the festival’s Golden and Silver Bear awards. The bear is the symbol of Berlin and is an icon for the festival. The president of this year’s jury is American director Paul Schrader, famous for his classic “American Gigolo.” One of Schrader’s own films, “The Walker”, whose cast includes…