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First Bolly, then Nolly, and now Hillywood

I'm just emerging from the cocoon of work on a new book, so I'm a few weeks late on this story from the BBC- but fascinating nevertheless:

rwanda Nyagatare is a rural and dusty town in the east of Rwanda. But this month it played host to the bright lights of Rwandan film talent.

As the sun drops behind one of Rwanda's iconic hills, a giant, inflatable screen staggers into the air. This is "Hillywood", Rwanda's very own travelling film festival.

Rwanda is a stunning country in all senses of the word. As is the idea of having a film festival here. And the name Hillywood reflects on both the beauty of Rwanda itself and on the aspirations of its young filmmakers.



Cannes 60th Empowers Young Auteurs


Cannes - 60th Festival of Film Unveiled this morning by Festival artistic director Thierry Frémeaux, the 22 films selected include those by young directors and do not feature titles by Kitano, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Roy Andersson, Claude Miller and Todd Haynes that had been expected in the final lineup .


Europe faces a head-to-head with the US, with ten and six films selected respectively. Only four Asian titles make it through (China's Wong Kar Wai as opening film, Japan's Naomi Kawase and Korea's Lee Chang-dong and Kim Ki-duk), along with one Mexican title (Carlos Reygadas) and an unexpected French/Israeli film (Raphael Nadjari).


Hull Feedback: Visual Howl and Reflexive Music


What is Soul?Hull Film, in association with Seeds And Bridges, will return on Thursday 19th April with FEEDBACK: VISUAL HOWL AND REFLEXIVE MUSIC a dynamic series of short films to be screened at Hull Screen.

With Jimi Hendrix and the early soundtracks of Dr Who being the best some of the best known examples of the creative use of feedback, the programme will focus on the conceptual and expressive qualities of feedback with a number of short films and a live performance.




Leading Filmmaker Online Media Network  to Oversee Short Withoutabox - festival entry websiteFilm Corner

Withoutabox, the leading worldwide online media company dedicated to advancing independent film, and the Short Film Corner, a division of the Cannes Film Festival, the world's foremost film festival and market, have entered into an exclusive partnership agreement for the festival's Fourth Annual Short Film Corner. The announcement was jointly made today by David Straus, co-founder and CEO of Withoutabox, and Jérôme Paillard, executive director for the Cannes Film Market.


Young People Call Shots in Leeds Young People's Festival

Pink Pony (a participant in the National Young Filmmakers Award Day) The 8th Leeds Young People's Film Festival, which is presented by Leeds City Council and is in partnership with the Northern Film School, will show that the future of cinema is in safe hands.
With three days of special events it will see young people from across the country visit the city to screen their latest work and find out more about working in the film industry.

The festivities with begin on Friday 30th March, 5.30pm, at Vue Kirkstall with FILM ACADEMY CLASS OF 2006 - A CELEBRATION. This will be the culmination of the Leeds Film Academy, a year-long, Arts Award accredited moving image programme in the area for 12-15 year olds from local High Schools, all funded by the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund which aims to improve services and narrow the gap in priority areas of Leeds.

The Leeds Film Academy has consisted of film screenings and workshops led by professionals currently working in the industry and the participants have spent the past few weeks shooting a film utilising the knowledge they have gained. The final work will be shown for the first during this event, which will also be an exciting award ceremony.


Liverpool Film on World Tour


Liverpool A LIVERPOOL production is on a world tour promoting the city and getting a phenomenal response at a trio of high-profile film festivals.

Under the Mud was written by Liverpool teenagers from the Speke/Garston area and follows the story of a dysfunctional family whose youngest daughter is taking her First Holy Communion.  The film has recently screened with great success at the Victoria Film Festival in Canada - where the reviews simply stated WOW! It has also just been in Colorado's Durango film festival and was the only British production accepted by organisers.  In April the film goes on to California having won its place over hundreds of entrants to be accepted by the prestigious Sonoma Valley Film Festival near San Francisco.




Hong Kong International Film FestivalSouth Korean Pic Takes Home 4 of 10 Prizes from Awards Gala

In a star-studded celebration ceremony officiated by Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Secretary of Commerce, Industry and Technology, Joseph Wong, the first annual Asian Film Awards (AFA's) presented their awards tonight at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, kicking off the Entertainment Expo Hong Kong which runs through April 15th, 2007.

In an event hosting 4,000 guests from around the world and broadcast on TVB (Television Broadcasts Limited) and other regional channels, the AFA's red-carpet gala and award ceremony paid tribute to 33 nominated Asian films in 10 categories and honored three world renowned artists in special tributes. The awards were presented by a mix of celebrities, filmmakers and government dignitaries.


Hull Film evolving with new director, Laurence Boyce

Hull Film logoHull Film, organisers of the excellent Hull International Short Film Festival, is poised to evolve over the coming months with the appointment of a new Director. Laurence Boyce, longtime Netribution friend and author of the excellent Special Edition, who has been involved with Hull Film since it’s inaugural event in 2000, will take over from previous director Esther Johnson in April.


Baron Cohen Gains Israel Film Festival Top Honours


Sacha Baron CohenComedian Sacha Baron Cohen became the first recipient of the Israel Film Festival Award for "Outstanding Achievement."  He joined Amy Pascal, co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Israeli actress Gila Almagor to receive honours at the 22nd annual Israel Film Festival's opening night gala Award dinner last night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Almagor was presented with the IFF 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award and Pascal received the 2007 IFF Visionary Award.  The 22nd annual Israel Film Festival runs until 22nd March.