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Australian Actor Cate Blanchett Jury President Festival de Cannes 2018.

cannes presidentAustralian actor Cate Blanchett is to be President of the Jury of the Festival de Cannes, the 71st edition of which will be taking place in May 2018.

“I have been to Cannes in many guises over the years; as an actress, producer, in the marketplace, the Gala-sphere and in Competition,” she declared, “but never solely for the sheer pleasure of watching the cornucopia of films this great festival harbours.”

Cate Blanchett follows Pedro Almodóvar, Jury President of the 70th edition, whose jury awarded the Palme d’or to The Square by Swedish director Ruben Östlund.

“I am humbled by the privilege and responsibility of presiding over this year’s jury,” she continued. “This festival plays a pivotal role in bringing the world together to celebrate story; that strange and vital endeavour that all peoples share, understand and crave.”

Pierre Lescure, Festival de Cannes President and Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate, said: “We are delighted to welcome such a rare and unique artist whose talent and convictions enrich both screen and stage. Our conversations from this autumn tell us she will be a committed President, a passionate woman and a big-hearted spectator.

10 DOCUMENTARY SHORTS ON 2017 OSCARS SHORTLIST

oa2LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 90th Academy Awards® has been narrowed to 10 films, of which 5 will earn Oscar® nominations.

Voters from the Academy’s Documentary Branch viewed this year’s 77 eligible entries and submitted their ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers for tabulation.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

“Alone,” The New York Times

“Edith+Eddie,” Heart is Red and Kartemquin Films

“Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” Stiefel & Co.
“Heroin(e),” A Netflix Original Documentary in association with The Center for Investigative Reporting, A

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“Kayayo – The Living Shopping Baskets,” Integral Film

“Knife Skills,” TFL Films

“116 Cameras,” Birdling Films

“Ram Dass, Going Home,” Further Pictures

“Ten Meter Tower,” Plattform Produktion

“Traffic Stop,” Q-Ball Productions

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

9 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS ADVANCE IN OSCAR RACE

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LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that nine features will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 90th Academy Awards ®. Ninety-two films had originally been considered in the category.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

Chile, “A Fantastic Woman,” Sebastián Lelio, director;

Germany, “In the Fade,” Fatih Akin, director;

Hungary, “On Body and Soul,” Ildikó Enyedi, director;

Israel, “Foxtrot,” Samuel Maoz, director;

Lebanon, “The Insult,” Ziad Doueiri, director;

Russia, “Loveless,” Andrey Zvyagintsev, director;

Senegal, “Félicité,” Alain Gomis, director;

South Africa, “The Wound,” John Trengove, director;

Sweden, “The Square,” Ruben Östlund, director.

Foreign Language Film nominations for 2017 are determined in two phases.

The Phase I committee, consisting of Los Angeles-based Academy members, screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and December 11. The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.

Academy members eligible to participate in the Nominations round of voting in New York, London, Los Angeles and, for the first time, the San Francisco Bay Area, will screen the nine shortlisted films in theaters over a three-day period from Friday, January 12, through Sunday, January 14, with three films screening each day. Additionally, international members (who live outside of the U.K.) will be invited to opt-in to stream the nine shortlisted films on the Academy’s member site. Members must see all nine films before casting their ballots.

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The Film ‘AMINA’ another block buster from Nollywood Nigeria by Okey Ogunjiofor

 

AMINA

SYNOPSIS
She lived in the age of man in a man’s world. In an ancient world of brutal conflicts, ferocious animal passions, suppressive timeless customs, and reckless, heroic exploits, she must resolutely carve out a part for her life in the face of scandalized tradition and antagonistic male dominance. To grasp her destiny, she must prove herself not just as able, but infinitely more capable than any man alive. Horse-sweat soaked battlegrounds, Majestic medieval palaces of mud and stone.

Dusty hovels of the desperately poor, the spectacular grandeur of imperial Dubars, And the tense intrigues of age-old royal courts: Sub-Saharan Africa explodes into life, power, and sound in ”AMINA”, the thrilling epic movie about the most charismatic warrior, sovereign and queen in the history of Africa. Fathered by the legendary warrior, expansionist, and empire builder, Barkwa Turunku, Aminatu, alluring princess and first daughter to the renowned Barkwa nurses a burning ambition never before imagined: To sit as queen over a Zazzau empire that stretches from Kano to River Niger, from Idah to Jukunland. In an age of female subjugation and an oppressive, sponsored traditional system, no sane woman would dare conceive such dreams; and only the most foolishly reckless would move on to attempt actualization.

AMINAFrom warrior- princess to supreme military commander; from sorrowful lover to crafty politician; Amina must suppress natural filial emotions in order to accomplish the impossible, attain the unattainable and ultimately convince the skeptical empire of her ability to make true Zazzau’s long cherished dreams of dominance over all of the Sub-Sahara. Pitted without, against panicked kings and Sarkis of neighboring vassal states, and within; Zazzau’s ambitious war generals, princes, politicians, and the sinister all powerful Madawaki or minister of war whose hunger for the throne of Zazzau is equaled only by his lust for its lovely occupant; Amina must play statesman and military strategist, patriot and queen, ruthless executioner and gentle mother to Zazzau’s oppressed millions to achieve her goal of creating a better Zazzau, a more humane, civilized Zazzau standing on the foundations of modern-day governmental structures. The movie ”AMINA” expertly chronicles the legendary many lives of this exceptional woman; the pain and the agony caused by the betrayal of cherished lovers; the ferocious savagery in the face of all battles and enemies; the cunning manipulation at will of the nobles and sovereigns of kingdoms; and the tender concern over the down trodden Talakawas or common people. A fascinating tale, a gripping narrative, guaranteed to stir in every man and woman a longing to arise, spear in hand in the interest of justice to face the deadly foe – as the savage drums of war throb on. . .

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LOGLINE: 500 years ago, a young lady nurses a never-before-seen ambition of sitting as a Sovereign Queen over a Zazzau empire that stretches over the seven kingdoms of Northern Nigeria: in an age of female subjugation and oppressive male sponsored timeless traditional system, no sane woman would dare conceive such dreams; and only the most foolishly reckless would move on to attempt its actualization.

TAGLINE: A Girl. Warrior. Legend.

DAVID RUBIN RETURNS TO PRODUCE ACADEMY’S 2017 GOVERNORS AWARDS

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LOS ANGELES, CA – Casting director and producer David Rubin will return to produce the 9th Annual Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy President John Bailey announced today.

Honorary Awards will be presented to writer-director Charles Burnett, cinematographer Owen Roizman, actor Donald Sutherland and director Agnès Varda on Saturday, November 11, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

“David’s continuing and passionate commitment to the Governors Awards assure us that the evening will be a memorable tribute to this year’s four distinguished filmmakers,” said Bailey.

“I’m thrilled to once again be entrusted with producing this extraordinary event, which manages to be both a stirring awards ceremony and one of the year’s most buoyant celebrations,” said Rubin.

With more than 100 film and television credits, Rubin has cast such features as “Trumbo,” “Wild,” “Lars and the Real Girl,” “Hairspray,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “Men in Black,” “Romeo + Juliet,” “The English Patient,” “Get Shorty,” “Fried Green Tomatoes” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” He has received six Emmy® nominations, most recently for 2017’s “Big Little Lies,” and won an Emmy for the HBO movie “Game Change.” In addition, Rubin spent six years developing and producing films with Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella at Mirage Enterprises. He serves on the Academy’s Board of Governors, representing the Casting Directors Branch.

The Honorary Award, an Oscar® statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

SUBMISSION DEADLINES FOR 2017 OSCARS APPROACHING

oaaSubmissions for individual categories and the General Entry/Official Screen Credits (OSC) form are due by 5 p.m. PT on the following dates:

Documentary Short Subject – Friday, September 1

Documentary Feature – Wednesday, September 20

Animated Short Film – Monday, October 2

Live Action Short Film – Monday, October 2

Foreign Language Film – Monday, October 2

Animated Feature Film – Wednesday, November 1

Original Score – Friday, December 1

Original Song – Friday, December 1

General Entry/OSC Form – Friday, December 1

The submission process may be initiated online at submissions.oscars.org. For the entire list of key dates and complete rules, please visit oscars.org/rules.

The 90th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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Sir Rod Stewart : Pictures telling Stories. July 20, 2017. NEW!! NEW!! NEW!!

r5Meet The Stewarts! Rod, 72, cosies up to his wife Penny Lancaster, 46, as they proudly show off their children and grandchildren in rare family photo.
They recently renewed their wedding vows at their 18th century Essex home, after celebrating 10 years of marriage in June.

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And Sir Rod Stewart, 72, and Penny Lancaster, 46, looked as smitten as ever as they proudly showed off their brood in an Instagram snap taken on holiday in New York.

The beaming couple posed with their sons Aidan, six, and Alastair, 11, as well as Rod’s children from other relationships and his grandchildren.Rod was joined by his daughter Kimberly, 37 – who is just nine years older than his wife – and son Sean, 36. Both are from Rod’s first marriage to Alana Hamilton.

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Kimberley brought another generation into the mix with her daughter Delilah, five, whose father is actor Benicio Del Toro.The musician was also joined by Renee, 25, and Liam, 22, who are from his marriage to Australian model Rachel Hunter.
Penny proudly captioned the sweet snap ‘Stewart madness’ – as the clan pulled a variety of faces at the camera – ranging from smiles to mock-grimaces.
Father-of-eight Rod also has a daughter Ruby, 29, with model ex-girlfriend Kelly Emberg, 57, and daughter Sarah Streeter, 53, with Susannah Boffey.
The family snap comes just weeks after Rod and Penny renewed their vows after almost 20 years together.

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Speaking about Penny, the singer told Hello!: ‘Penny is my whole world, what a girl. Love means many things to many people but to me it’s wanting to share everything with the one you love and I love Penny more now than ever, if that is at all possible.Discussing the decision to renew their vows with the magazine, the model admitted the ceremony felt more special after ten happy years of marriage.
‘Being able to reflect on those ten years and say those words to one another and still know we mean them is important.’

The intimate ceremony had just 100 guests including Rod’s former Faces bandmate Ronnie Wood and his wife Sally and Penny’s former Strictly dance partner Ian Waite.
Last month Penny spoke about renewing her vows during an interview on Loose Women.
She said: ‘We brought all our family and friends together in our country home. It was such a beautiful day. Rod and I were in this bubble.’Clearly content with her decision, Penny revealed: ‘Ten years later ago we were looking in each other’s eyes and when we were renewing our vows we were feeling so much warmth.’
The couple also eschewed gifts in favour of donations to the Grenfell Tower fundraising appeal.

r3She confessed: ‘My husband just said: ‘Look I know we said no gifts but how about I just hand a hat around and everyone makes a donation to the terrible fire that happened in Grenfell Tower’.
‘And everyone was generous to do that and Rod quadrupled it and then afterwards we wanted to make some more money and thought we could sell some of the pictures.

(Text from Daily Mail/Picture by Penny Instagram.)

Ekoiff 8th edition received films from over 79 countries around the globe

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These are the list of countries around the globe that Ekoiff official selection for the 8th Eko International Film Festival slated to hold October 23-28,2017 will come from.

Germany,United States ,Nigeria,Austria,United Kingdom,France , Switzerland,Australia,Italy,Belgium,Iran,Brazil,Canada,India,Spain,
RussianFederation,Korea,Republi,Netherlands,Bangladesh,Hungary,Ireland
China,Greece,Iraq,SouthAfrica,Japan,Norway,Georgia,Argentina,Israel,
Réunion,Taiwan,Turkey,Ukraine,Malaysia,Azerbaijan,Armenia,Cameroon,
Chile,Colombia,Croatia,Czech,Republic,Belarus,Denmark,
Dominican Republic,Finland,Gabon,Ghana,HongKong,Indonesia,Kenya,
Kyrgyzstan,Latvi,Liechtenstein,Lithuania,Myanmar,Namibia,Pakistan,
Philippines,Poland,PuertoRico,RomaniaSaudi,Arabia,Serbia,Singapore,
Slovakia,Sudan, Sweden,Uruguay, Zimbabwe,Macao.
Sweden,Uruguay, Zimbabwe,Macao.

The Categories are:

Feature Film

Short Film

Fiction

Documentaries

Short Documentaries

Short Documentary

Indigenous

We look forward to having a wonderful 8th edition of our annual Eko International Film Festival in Lagos the city of excellence Nigeria.

We will announce the official selection before the festival week.

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Applications are now open for Berlinale Talents 2018. Please spread the word and apply by September 4, 2017.

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Berlinale Talents is the festival’s talent development programme, offering mentoring, networking and project development for exceptional film and drama series professionals from around the world. Join us in Berlin for various talks, industry panels, screenings, pitching sessions, workshops and project development labs.

Every year, 250 Talents from 12 disciplines come together during the festival to receive guidance and inspiration from top-notch experts and to make invaluable contacts with fellow participants and industry professionals at the Berlinale.

Online application: http://www.berlinale-talents.de/
Deadline: 4 September 2017, 23:59 (CEST)
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How to Apply

Berlinale Talents is aimed at filmmakers and drama series creators who already have a five to ten year career under their belts:

> Actors
> Cinematographers
> Directors
> Distributors
> Editors
> Film critics
> Producers
> Production designers
> Sales agents
> Screenwriters
> Score composers
> Sound designers

To find out how to apply.please  visit our website and watch the application video. Still have questions? Send us an email: talents@berlinale.de

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Applying as a Returnee

If you’ve participated in Berlinale Talents in the past, you may be eligible to return to the fold. There are two routes:

Our Doc Station, Script Station, Short Film Station and Talent Project Market are open to alumni who would like to develop and present a project in Berlin.

In addition, former Project Lab participants who were unable to take full advantage of the wider programme of events during their first visit may reapply for Berlinale Talents.

Apply now as a returnee

 

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Summit

Over 40 talks and interactive panel discussions offer ample opportunities to exchange knowledge with the leading lights of the Berlinale, the European Film Market and the international film industry.

Last year’s experts included Paul Verhoeven, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Christo, Ana Lily Amirpour, Olafur Eliasson, Agnieszka Holland, Raoul Peck, Gurinder Chadha, David OReilly, Alex McDowell, and many more.

Browse our 2017 events and watch full-length recordings of our past editions.

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Studios

Talents from specific disciplines share and learn the tricks of the trade through hands-on case studies at six different Studios.

If you’re invited to Berlinale Talents as an actor, cinematographer, distributor, editor, production designer, sales agent, score composer or sound designer, you’re automatically considered for one of the corresponding Studios. There you can exchange ideas with fellow Talents, participate in practical exercises and excursions, and hone your own work under the guidance of mentors and experts.

Find out more about our Studios.

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Project Labs

The Project Labs give 30 screenwriters and writer-directors the space to concentrate on developing their latest projects. The Doc Station, Script Station and Short Film Station provide tailor-made support to develop your project’s concept, story structure and full potential. The Project Labs culminate in presentations to industry representatives, providing an excellent chance to test your material’s viability and to make an impression.

Learn more about the Project Labs and explore last year’s projects.

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Talent Project Market

The Talent Project Market invites ten producers to present their fully developed feature film proposals to international co-producers and financiers attending the Berlinale Co-Production Market. Participants receive guidance from industry experts, intensive one-on-one meetings with potential partners and the chance to give a public pitch at the Co-Production Market and win cash prizes.

Read about the Talent Project Market and browse the projects from 2017.

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Networking Events

As if that wasn’t enough, we have networking events galore in store for you. Various interactive formats ranging from Talents Circles and Global Speed Matching sessions to Happy Hours at the European Film Market and our popular Dine & Shine dinner allow you to meet the movers and shakers of the film industry, network more informally and find collaborators for future projects.

Get to know our network of over 7,000 alumni.

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Talent Press

Known as one of the leading accelerator programmes and networks for emerging film critics, Talent Press offers the unique chance to explore Berlinale films and events under the tutelage of world-class mentors. From their home base in the editorial office, the ten participants hone their writing technique, attend screenings and Talents events, interview filmmakers, and work on an in-depth essay that is published at the end of the festival.

Read this year’s articles and download the 2017 magazine.