Browsing: Festivals

GUANGDONG, South China — For three centuries, quiet Zurong Village at the southernmost tip of China’s mainland hasn’t had much to offer visitors, aside from tropical fruit. But that all changed when a local businessman decided to make the small town the center of a nationwide film festival. For the past three years, the village has hosted the Zurong Dialect Film Festival, China’s first to celebrate the country’s dialects. The country is host to over 130 languages with countless regional variants, according to the Ministry of Education. However, dialects differ so greatly that Chinese speakers often cannot even understand them. In Zurong…

Social Justice Film Festival opened tonight at Seattle and will run until October 15th. Justice in Immigration – Undeterred October 5 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm If hope is a discipline and democracy our foundation, we must face the inhumanity of separating families and dehumanizing communities. Join us for discussion and films documenting the changing lines that demarcate identity, immigration, and institutions. Centered around feature film Undeterred, this evening is about how Hope and Democracy transcend borders. Undeterred is a documentary about community resistance in the rural border town of Arivaca, Arizona. Since the creation of NAFTA, 9/11 and through the Obama and Trump…

Two upcoming film festivals, one new and one established, highlight independent black filmmakers who amplify black narratives that are often untold, forgotten, or simply ignored. While Afrofuturism is widely associated with George Clinton and his Parliament-Funkadelic collective, its connection to music can be traced back to Sun Ra, an American jazz visionary, and found in today’s hip-hop and pop. The ancestral relationship of Afrofuturism and multiple genres of music is examined in Aural Futures, a new film festival at Duke University. Aural Futures started with Ingrid LaFleur, a recent Afrofuturist mayoral candidate in Detroit. Beginning September 12, the festival consists of…

The ways we watch TV and movies have evolved, and it’s time for the talent in front of and behind the camera to do the same. Film Forward speaks on the initiatives to diversify the film industry and the stories it tells. New articles premiere every second Thursday of — and throughout — the month. The importance of an open dialogue about mental health cannot be overstated, and one avenue for encouraging such a conversation is through popular culture. As a number of celebrities speak candidly about their own real-life experiences with mental health concerns, it’s also vital to represent these types of experiences honestly and…

At the 42nd Montreal World Film Festival, the prize for best film was awarded to Tamás Yvan Topolánszky’s Curtiz, while Attila Szász received the best director’s prize for Eternal Winter, both films are Hungarian productions. The festival was held between August 23 and September 3, with 23 films from all over the world competing. Curtiz is a biopic on Mihály Kertész, who directed the Oscar-winning Casablanca, one of the best-known films of Hollywood’s Golden Era. Kertész changed his name to Michael Curtiz when he moved to the US. https://youtu.be/VrYasMO_fEw The film shows the difficulties of production, while Curtiz also fears the…

It is a proud moment for the local film fraternity that Pakistan is the focus country for the upcoming Tasveer South Asian Film Festival (TSAFF) 2018 that will commence from September 28. Now in its 13th year, it is the largest South Asian film festival in the United States. Each year, TSAFF selects a focus country that comprises at least 30 per cent of the festival programming and this year the spotlight is on Pakistan, with no entry fee for Pakistani filmmakers. The theme, #KnowMe, asks filmmakers and audience members alike to challenge narratives and assumptions about South Asia. Academy…

The 7th edition of the Persian International Film Festival, which will be held in the Australian cities of Sidney and Melbourne, has announced the official lineup. The Sidney program will be held from August 30 to September 2 and Melbourne will host the festival from September 6 to 9, the organizers have said. “A Man of Integrity”, a drama by Mohammad Rasulof, will open the festival, which will go on with “Redhead” directed by Karim Lakzadeh, “Dressage” by Puya Badkubeh, and “Advantage” by Mohamad Kart. https://youtu.be/LNtKDFzWw5U “Disappearance” by Ali Asgari, “The Charmer” by Milad Alam, “Privacy” by Ahmad Moazzemi, and…

he rising tide of titles continued Wednesday as the Toronto International Film Festival released a fresh batch of program announcements ahead of this year’s event, which runs from Sept. 6 to 16. Leading the way are 19 titles in the Canadian Features section, including nine films directed by women, six debut features and three world premieres that showcase indigenous talent. Those are Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown’s “Edge of the Knife,” the first feature-length film made in the endangered language of Haida; Darlene Naponse’s “Falls Around Her,” starring renowned Métis actor Tantoo Cardinal; and Miranda de Pencier’s “The Grizzlies,” a…

The Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled its upcoming roster of films, which includes the North American premiere of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born. The festival, which takes place in September, will see the premiere of Barry Jenkins’ James Baldwin adaptation If Beale Street Could Talk as well as Damien Chazelle’s Ryan Gosling-led First Man, marking both directors’ followups to their Best Picture hot contenders (in Jenkins’ case, winner) from two years back. Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carrell’s drug addiction drama Beautiful Boy will also premiere. Robert Pattinson will be seen in High Life, Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo and Michelle Rodriguez will appear in Widows, and Julia…

For eighteen days in August, MIFF is once again a film lover’s Christmas. Running August 2–19 at cinemas all over the Melbourne CBD, here’s a quick look at some highlights of the 2018 program. The opening night film is a promising one: American actor-turned-director Paul Dano’s debut film Wildlife, starring Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal and Australian teenager Ed Oxenbould, charts the collapse of a 1960s American family. It received great reviews at the recent Cannes, and it’s good to see Oxenbould getting a foothold on the world stage. Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda brings two new films, including his Palme d’Or winning Shoplifters.…

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