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28 December 2006

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  • Altman, Eastwood achieve AFI 'Significance'

    The towering artisticachievements of the late Robert Altman, the towering artistic achievements ofthe very much alive Clint Eastwood, and the rise of self-created media onYouTube are among the AFI's eight 2006 Moments Of Significance.Announcing their latest annual selection of the year's most salient themes, trends and people, AFI jurors eulogised Altman for his "exceptional diversity in genre,b
  • Berlinale selects first six titles for Perspektive Deutsches Kino

    New films by BastianGuenther, Ben von Grafenstein, and Julia von Heinz are among six titlesconfirmed so far for the Berlinale's Perspektive Deutsches Kino sidebar whichshowcases young and up-and-coming German filmmakers with fresh ideas,approaches and talent.Among the films selected isBastian Guenther's feature debut Autopilotswhich is comprised of four interwoven episodes taking place during one day andone night on the highways of the Ruhr region where the paths cross of people
  • Five first features nominated for Bergman awards

    Five features by newcomers have been nominated for the International Ingmar Bergman Debut Award, which will be given for the first time at Sweden's Gothenberg Film Festival 2007.They include UK director Andrea Arnold's Red Road and Norwegian director Joachim Trier's Reprise, which have already helped themselves to several international prizes."The award should encourage young directors to focus on really important issues, at a time when the film industry looks more and
  • German home entertainment company takes over media fund

    One of Germany's leading home entertainment companies VCL Film + Medien has taken over the Munich-based media fund Equity Pictures Medienfonds.Throughthe acquisition by its recently established subsidiary, Allied Film Management,VCL will be expanding its activities from the core operations of homee
  • German tax credit approved by Europe

    Germany'sState Minister for Culture Bernd Neumann has received the green light from theEuropean Commission in Brussels for the new film production incentive scheme tocome into effect as planned on January 1, 2007.Commentingon the Commission's swift processing of the German proposal, Neumann said:'This is a great negotiated success. The path is thereby also prepared nowin Germany for internationally competitive production conditions which arecomparabl
  • Nanni Moretti appointed Turin artistic director

    Italian director Nanni Moretti has been named artistic director of the Turin Film Festival, the Italian festival dedicated to cutting edge film. The announcement confirms 2007 will be an interesting year for Italian festivals after the appearance of the Rome Film Festival altered the established balance between the Turin and Venice festivals on the fall festival calendar.Themove to put Moretti - one of Italy's most prized directors - at the helm of the25-year-old festival has a clear motivati
  • Night At The Museum and Eragon face off

    Night At The Museum will push Fox International stablemate Eragon all the way for the overseas crown this weekend whenit launches in a raft of major territories.The comedy is set to open in the UK on Dec 29 on 745 screens, Australia on Dec26 on 365, Germany on Dec 28 on 894, Russia on Dec 28 on 456, Switzerland onDec 28 on 100, Taiwan on Dec 30 on 120, and Austria on Dec 29 on 90.As reported here earlier in the week, the film opened in M
  • Rotterdam to screen first feature shot on mobile phone

    The International Film Festival Rotterdam (January 24 january - February 4) is to premiere a 70-minute feature shot on mobile phone.Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me It Would Become This Bad In Afghanistan was filmed by Dutch filmmaker Cyrus Frisch using Sharp 902 and 903 mobile phone camera.It is the story of a Dutch soldier, traumatised by his experience in Afghanistan. Frisch said the phone camera allowed him to capture the increasing tension he felt in the streets between l
  • Slovenian producers face government funding problems

    Slovenian producers arefacing a bleak future at home following radical changes in the film supportpolicies at the country's Ministry of Culture.The new harsher climate wasushered in with the dismissal of the Slovenian Film Fund's director IreneOstrouska with immediate effect for allegedly not coming up to the Ministry'sexpectations.In addition, funding hasbeen put on hold for projects selected at the Film Fund's last deadline. Thoseprojects include Blaz Kutin's debut feature
  • Walt Disney Studios posts record year

    Walt Disney Studiosreported yesterday that the company had generated a record $3.26bn in revenues as of Dec 27.Buena Vista Pictures Distribution passed the $1bn mark for the 10thtime, more than any other studio, while Buena Vista International (BVI)achieved the feat for the 12th consecutive year.The result was driven by the number one global theatrical release of the year PiratesOf The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest,wh