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CobraVision Creates A Scene At The 60th Edinburgh Film Festival


Cobra Film Winners Premiere on the Big Screen

Cobra Films Poster

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.


Number 5 is Alive for Hull Film Festival

hull film 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 includes...


Idi Amin Movie Opens LFF


Kevin Macdonald's Last King of Scotland


The Last King of ScotlandThe 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.


Edinburgh Film Festival – “An Eclectic Platform for Global Cinema”

 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.

 Andrucha Waddington's Casa de Areia - House of Sand

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.


Pakistan Street Children Documentary Shortlisted For Grierson Award


Aneel Ahmad - A Rising Talent from Manchester's MossideAneel 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.


Film Festival Shuns Israeli Cash


Edinburgh International Film FestivalOrganisers 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."