Award-winning Cobra Beer is set to take Edinburgh by storm for the next two weeks as ‘The Official Beer of the 60th Edinburgh International Film Festival' (EIFF), with a raft of events, activities and bar promotions around Cobra's innovative short film competition CobraVision.
The 5th Hull International Short Film Festival will take place at venues around the city from 27 September – 1 October 2006. During my time at Shooters
I was lucky enough to spend a few days in the city at then-director
Catherine Litchfield's invitation. There was fantastic veggie food at a
place called Hitchcocks, some great shorts, experimental open mic style screenings and the chance to hang with the Austrian Virgil Widrich, who made masterpiece shorts Fast Film and Copyshop. Coupled with the bachinale of the legendary TAZ-like
Hut Street parties and being on the festival's expense account I could
only conclude that this was the best small film festival I'd been to,
and have been raving about the city ever since. Anyway, the programme
The feature debut of Oscar-winning documentary director Kevin Macdonald, The Last King of Scotland, starring Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin, will open the London Film Festival on October 18th.
The film, billed as a European premiere, tells the story of a Scottish doctor who winds up as chief physician to the Ugandan tyrant Idi Amin. The cast also includes James McAvoy and Gillian Anderson. The film was shot in Uganda and the U.K. and is due to be released in the UK in January by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Macdonald gained an Academy Award for his Munich Olympics documentary One Day In September. His other credits include the mountaineering saga Touching The Void and the Mick Jagger portrait Being Mick.
Sixty years after its humble beginning as a showcase for documentaries, the event has evolved into an eclectic platform for global cinema. It doesn't have a market, its hunt for sponsors has been a challenge, and programming pressure from other festivals has never been more intense, but the Edinburgh International Film Festival has managed to stay influential and relevant in a world of ever-multiplying movie shindigs.
Now, as the event celebrates its 60th anniversary, Edinburgh has quietly become the longest continuously running film festival in the world. Having begun in the aftermath of World War II, Edinburgh, running through Aug. 27, was able to avoid a forced break despite the fighting, unlike the Venice Film Festival and the Festival de Cannes.
Aneel Ahmad's short film Waiting For Sunrise has been shortlisted for the Best Newcomer award at the prestigious Grierson Documentary awards. Waiting For Sunrise first came to wider attention at the Sheffield Documentary Film Festival, since when where it won a UNICEF award. The final four Grierson nominations will be announced on 9th October 2006.
Organisers of the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) have said they would not be accepting sponsorship from the Israeli government. The undisclosed sum would have funded the visit of an Israeli documentary maker to the festival.
Shane Danielsen, Artistic Director of the EIFF, said: "This funding was secured before the current hostilities in Lebanon. Of course we acknowledge that the situation has altered dramatically since then, and with this in mind, took the decision to decline any funding from the Israelis."
Film director Guy Ritchie has hosted the first Film for Youth Festival in Belfast.
The initiative was established in 2005 and aims to encourage and support young film makers in the United Kingdom. It enables budding young film makers to develop their talents and skills under the guidance of industry professionals.
With the Sheffield DocFest just four months away, here's a sneak peek at some of what they are lining up - with a programme of over 75 new international documentary films showcasing some of the greatest talents working in the documentary genre.