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Compass of Resistance Points to Bristol

compass film festivalThe Compass of Resistance takes Bristol on a cinematic journey across the globe, presenting a series of encounters, dialogues, events and screenings that will allow a rare, fresh and innovative look at the notion of ‘resistance’ in international cinema. The main weekend of films and workshops will take place at the Watershed on the 3-4 November; the compass needle turning to India, Russia, Jamaica, Algeria and England.

Beyond the tightly focussed directional gaze of the Watershed programme, a broad range of events will take place at city-wide venues including an urban spoken word freestyle competition, amateur film exhibition, celebration of Afrikan & Afro-Caribbean film culture, a showcase evening of locally-based filmmakers, live musical performance and D&VJ events. More info...



Raindance forecast with frequent spells of cool: Iggy Pop, Jean Luc Godard & The Clash

15fest_imageRaindance Film Festival, now in its fifteenth year, will take place from September 25 – October 7 2007 in London. Highlights include a Jean Luc Godard retrospective, curated by the man himself, a pitching panel headed by Ewan McGregor (see below) and a jury that includes Iggy Pop, Cannes & Oscar winner Andrea Arnold and Mick Jones (The Clash). The always excellent trailer (directed by last years short film winners, Edwin McGill and Kashmir Burgess) is now online...

(higher res file | youtube) Full details of the festival below.


Ewan McGregor Heads Live! Ammunition panel

ewan macgregor Live! Ammunition is Raindance’s now-legendary pitching event where your idea for a movie can be heard by the people who matter. Where else would you have the undivided attention of not just one, but FIVE people who could help get your film made? This year that illustrious crowd includes Ewan McGregor, NFTS head Nik Powell and UK Film Council Premiere Fund head Sally Caplan.


Hull Short Film Fest runs half-sized fest in October

hull_filmWith the recent decision to move the legendary annual Hull short film shindig to April, a special mini festival entitled the 5 ½ Hull International Short Film Festival will take place between 5th and 7th October 2007 for everyone who is worried about missing their fix of excellent short films during the autumn months.  The first Hull event since former Leeds Film stalwart and Netribution DVD-reviewer Laurence Boyce took over, will include a Humphrey Jennings retrospective, a Simon Ellis strand (who just followed his Edinburgh win for Soft with a Palm Springs gong) and films from the brilliant Slack Video.



London Film Festival 2007 programme announced

Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson and Adrien Brody in The Darjeeling Limited The 51st London Film Festival, which begins on 17th October, announced its lineup today.

The festival will open with the UK premiere of David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises, starring Naomi Watts and Viggo Mortensen, and set amongst a notorious organised crime family in London.

The closing night gala on 1st November will feature the UK premiere of Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited. The film follows three American brothers, played by Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman and Adrien Brody, on a trip across India.


EIFF - winners and video

OK, so Edinburgh was so good I've not yet managed to write it up and now I'm away again, so in the meantime here are some of the films made by Colin, Ian and the rest of the festival video team, published on the fest's YouTube channel, as well as the awards lowdown. (Personal faves were Ratatouille, We Are Together [which EMI is releasing on a not-for-profit basis - kudos due] and my new favourite film of the year, I'm A Cyborg and That's OK).

The winner of the Michael Powell Award for Best New British Film, Control 


An impromptu Franz Ferdinand gig (mobile phone quality - not from the festival)


Israel: Haifa Film Festival to show "A Mighty Heart," starring Angelina Jolie

The 23rd Haifa International Film Festival will be held 27th September - 4th October 2007, and is to close with A Mighty Heart, starring Angelina Jolie and Dan Futterman.

The film is an adaptation of Mariane Pearl's book, A Mighty Heart. It is a memoir of her journalist husband's kidnap and murder in Pakistan while investigating the case of a shoe bomber, Richard Reid





Black Filmmaker Int Film Fest kicks of with Perry's Daddy's Little Girls

BFF Film FestThe Black Film Maker International Film Festival (BIFF) will be launched on 6th September at City Hall. A week of screenings from 7th – 14th September in London, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) – Pall Mall and Odeon West End – Leicester Square will show over 50 unseen films, features, shorts, music videos, animation, documentaries, comedy and more.
BIFF was established in 1999 with the aim of filling a void within London’s film exhibition scene. Menelik Shabazz, BIFF founder, says: “There was a complete absence of black world cinema both in terms of the multiplexes and existing festivals like London or Edinburgh, which would show the occasional film but this was a long way short of the wealth and depth of work available.”