Golden Apricot is an Armenian International Film Festival. It ran from 8 to 15 July. Golden Apricot for the Best Film went to “Volcano” (Ukraine-Germany) directed by Roman Bondarchuk. Silver Apricot for the Best Director went to Germinal Roaux for his “Fortuna” (Switzerland). Armenian National Film Academy Award for the Best Film was awarded to … Continue reading “Volcano”, “Fortuna”, “Yeva”, “Sunset Truck” win awards at Golden Apricot International Film Festival
Organisers of the 22nd BIFAN (12-22 July 2018) had to apply for a special permit from the governement to screen North Korean films as those are classified in South Korea. 9 North Korean feature and short films were screened, among them was included the family drama "The Story of Our Home," which won … Continue reading North Korean films screened for the first time at Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival
Peter Wangugi's The Cut (Kenya) won the prize for best feature at the Africa Diaspora Cinema Festival held in Florence Italy ( July 5 to 8, 2018) and as of late it took part in the big Zanzibar International Film Festival. The movie The Cut takes into focus female genital mutilation (aka excision/female circumcision) - … Continue reading ‘The Cut’ Scoops International Film Award — Amref Health Africa
This year Tallinn's Black Nights Film Festival will be held from 16 November to 2 December. It is an FIAPF-accredited (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) competitive feature film festival in the Northern Europe. For submissions regulations, please visit the PÖFF website:https://2018.poff.ee/eng/festival/regulations. Or here:https://filmfreeway.com/BlackNightsFilmFestival. Ahh-wooooooo!
XXXII Pärnu Film Festival's (25 June - 1 July) Grand Prix was awarded to a German film-maker with Syrian roots Talal Derki for his film "Of Fathers and Sons" (Germany 2017). Best Estonian Documentary Film Award went to Jaanis Valk for his film "Ahto. Unistuste jaht" (transl: Ahto. Chasing a dream) (Estonia 2017). I enjoyed watching … Continue reading Erik Gandini’s The Rebel Surgeon won Viewers’ Choice Award at the XXXII Pärnu Film Festival in Estonia
Matt Porterfield's Sollers Point – Baltimore was voted Best American Independent Film. Guillaume Brac's Contes de Juillet and Samuel Bigiaoui's 68 mon père et les clous were voted Best French Independent Films. For more winners visit: http://www.champselyseesfilmfestival.com/2018/palmares-%e2%80%a2-edition-2018/
Sydney Film Festival ran from 6 to 17 June and today, on the last day is the award ceremony. I was checking whether or not I would recognize a face or two from the Australian actors at the festival. As they show from time to time Australian TV series on Estonian TV channels, I was … Continue reading Any familiar faces at the Sydney Film Festival?
So you missed out on this film festival? No wonder, instead of the usual June celebration, this year the festival was held in April. They did not want to be overshadowed by the FIFA World cup that starts on the 14th of June. Well the 40th MIFF simply had to be put on a pedestal … Continue reading Yes, that’s right – 40th Moscow International Film Festival was in April this year!
On the 8th of May, The Cannes Film Festival opened with Everybody Knows, starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. On the 19th of May, Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote closed the film festival. The film that took decades - 20 years! - from funding problems to set disasters and legal … Continue reading Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s Shoplifters wins Cannes’ Palme d’Or
By the way, is Tribeca Film Festival an indie film festival? There are so many film festivals in every country that one can get lost. To make some order you may start even by classifying them geographically by continents. Then you can sort them out by indipendent factor (indie films take center stage) or whether … Continue reading Tribeca Film Festival 2018: Must-watch movies as women filmmakers spotlighted — Monsters and Critics