Those concerned that the movement of the Edinburgh Film Festival from its August spot would mean a shortage of quality titles may need to hold their breath as the festival unveiled it's 2008 lineup today. There are 15 World Premieres at the festival, including Vito Rocco's My Movies Mashup winner FaintHeart, Duane Hopkins’ Better Things, Terence Davies’ Cannes Entry, Of Time and City, 90s Nostalgia piece and Sundance hit, with Ben Kingsley as a stoned shrink, The Wackness, Martin Raddich's hotly awaited Crack Willow and The New Ten Commandments, a series of short films marking the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights directed by a lineup of new filmmakers including Irvine Welsh, Mark Cousins and Tilda Swinton.
Other treats include a screening of Pixar's latest Wall-E, on the same days as its US release, Shane Meadow's Somers Town, Errol Morris' Abu Ghraib expose Standard Operating Procedure, Werner Herzog's documentary Encounters at the End of the World, the new Under the Radar strand, and masterclasses from Errol Morris, Ray Harryhausen, Roger Deakin and Brian Cox. Full press release follows.
After being inspired by John
Waters’ visit to the Edinburgh International Film Festival during 2007, EIFF
Artistic Director Hannah McGill has announced a new strand of cult films for
Under The Radar will play host to
films that ‘deploy low budgets to imaginative effect and range from being
variously kitsch, gory, disturbing and hilarious.’ Casting its net wider than
simply horror/sci-fi/fantasy – which the EIFF had previously catered for with
such strands as Night Moves – the selection aims to ‘break boundaries of both
art and entertainment, drawing in elements of experimental video and gallery
art as well as subversive comedy and extreme genre cinema’.
The trailer for the 63rd festival, made up of 1,000 stills and created by O Street and Pete Dibdin is previewed below:
The films selected for the official competition at the 61st edition of the Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25) were unveiled at midday today in Paris. They included the directorial debut of Charlie Kaufman, as well as the latest film from two-times Palme D'Or winners the brothers Dardenne. No British films were featured, but the Hollywood friendly out of competition slot includes both the world premiere of Indiana Jones IV and Kung Fu Panda - as well as the latest pictures from Woody Allen and Steven Soderbergh - whose hotly anticipated Che Guevara double bill (The Argentine & Guerilla) staring Benicio del Torro missed out on the competition because of delays in editing. Sean Penn heads the Jury.
The 6th Hull International Short Film Festival returns with a new name and attitude from 15th April. The debut festival from director Laurence Boyce, Netribution DVD editor, and one of the most passionate people about short film in the UK, GLIMMER will provide audiences with the very best new short films from across the world alongside numerous special events and exclusive guests, including a BAFTA masterclass with one of the UK's hottest short directors of the moment, Simon Ellis.
Highlights of this year’s Film Festival will include the Glimmer Award for Best International Short which will see directors from around the globe vie for the prize of £1000 sponsored by World Trade Centre Hull & Humber, a hub for developing, promoting and facilitating international trade and investment. Included in the programme will be the UK premiere of Ian Strang’s PIVOT a Canadian film that wryly deals with the notion of masculine competitiveness.
Africa in Motion, Edinburgh's African film
festival, launches a new Short Film Competition for emerging African filmmakers.
Africa in Motion film festival (AiM), which takes place annually in October at
Edinburgh Filmhouse, is officially inviting African filmmakers to submit short
films for a new AiM competition. In
order to target the competition specifically towards young and emerging African
talent, filmmakers who enter a film for consideration must not have completed
a feature-length film previously. Films entered must have been completed in
2005 or after, and must be no longer than 30 minutes.
Here is the line-up for the 58th Berlin Film Festival, which runs 7th-17th February 2008:
Submitted by Edinburgh International Film Fest:
Submissions are open for the 2008 Edinburgh International Film
Festival . Shorts, features, animation, documentary and music video that
will be no older than 12 months by June 2008 are eligible. You can
download the relevant forms and regulations from our site or you can
submit your film via the online submissions service withoutabox.com.