All articles by Silvia Wong – Page 6

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    Jakarta to close with premiere of Indonesian film Chants Of Lotus


    The ninth Jakarta International Film Festival, or Jiffest, will for the first time close with a local Indonesian production, the world premiere of Nia Dinata's Chants of Lotus. The omnibus film of four stories addresses woman issues which are rarely portrayed in contemporary Indonesian cinema. The multiple effort is directed ...

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    Jakarta fest to open with Persepolis, close with Lotus


    The 9th Jakarta International Film Festival (Jiffest), which takes place Dec 7-16, will for the first time close with a local Indonesian film, the world premiere of Nia Dinata's Chants Of Lotus. The omnibus film of four stories addresses poignant women's issues which are rarely portrayed in today's Indonesian cinema. ...

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    Singapore-based Anytime undergoes major restructuring


    A major corporate restructuring is underway for Singapore-based VOD content provider Anytime in an effort to find new investors as the company is beset by funding issues and lower than anticipated sales. The exercise, which entails financial and operational changes, is being implemented by an interim management, headed by company ...

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    Singapore's digital TV service signs studio deals


    SingTel's new digital pay-TV service, mio TV, has formed strategic partnerships with four major movie studios.The agreements with NBC Universal,Twentieth Century Fox, Disney-ABC International Television and Eros International will 'bring almost 80% of all major Hollywood output into Singapore homes', said Low Ka Hoe, director of mio TV and Content. ...

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    Import/Export wins best film at Bangkok World fest


    Austrian director Ulrich Seidl's Import/Export was named best film at the 5th World Film Festival of Bangkok on Saturday night. Best director was awarded to Semih Kaplanoglu for Egg, which recently swept the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival in Turkey. Nina Menkes' Phantom Love bagged best artistic achievement with US ...

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    Weed leads nominations for Asian Festival of 1st Films


    Chinese director Wang Liren's feature debut Weed is the frontrunner at the 3rd Asian Festival of 1st Films (AFFF) with five nominations, including best film and best director. The picture which premiered at Rotterdam this year is about a day-wage worker in Beijing who falls for a prostitute which leads ...

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    Cathay sets up multiplex jv with Dubai's Emaar Malls


    In its first expansion beyond South-East Asia, Singapore exhibitor Cathay Organisation has set up a joint venture with Dubai 's Emaar Malls. Tapping the expertise of Cathay, a pioneer in the movie entertainment industry since 1935, Reel Entertainment will manage the development of all the multiplexes in 150 malls that ...

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    Band's Visit scoops top honours at Turkey'sEurasia fest


    Eran Kolirin's The Band's Visit, about an Egyptian police band which visits Israel for a performance, made a cross-cultural foray in the other direction when the Israeli production won best film at Turkey 's 3rd International Eurasia Film Festival on Sunday night. The film had also picked up the Tokyo ...

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    Despite tricky timing, Antalya's Eurasia market spurs a few deals


    The second edition of the Eurasia Film Market drew to a close yesterday, but participants said the market's timing proved difficult for some buyers. Despite a good mix of local and international sales companies and a bigger presence from Asia with Hong Kong's Media Asia, China's Huayi Brothers and Three ...

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    Red Eagle set to soar for Thailand's Five Star


    Thailand 's Five Star will unveil at AFM The Red Eagle, the latest film by acclaimed Thai director Wisit Sasanatieng and starring Ananda Everingham. The picture about the masked crime-fighter Red Eagle will mark the return of the greatest superhero of Thai cinema in 37 years. The character, taken from ...

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    Eurasia film fest on schedule despite Turkish border war


    Francis Ford Coppola attended the International Eurasia Film Festival for the gala screening of his Youth Without Youth amid escalating tension in Turkey. Coppola arrived at the Mediterranean coastal town Antalya with his family (wife Eleanor and son Roman) and executive producer Anahid Nazarian. He was presented with an honour ...

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    Turkey's Antalya fest has double-header opening


    An official two-day double opening kicked off the 44th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival and its accompanying 3rd International Eurasia Film Festival last Friday. As the biggest film event in the Turkish calendar, the first opening night was a glamorous affair for local cinema. Following a lavish opening cocktail reception ...

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    PUSAN: AFCNet to discuss production incentives


    AFCNet, the Asian Film Commissions Network, has announced the launch of the first Asia Pacific Film Industry Policy Forum at its annual General Assembly yesterday. The three-day forum which will be held from October 11-13 during BIFCOM 2008 (in conjunction with Pusan 's Asian Film Market) will provide a much-needed ...

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    PUSAN: Mendoza titles score salesto UK, France


    Foster Child and Slingshot, two films by Filipino director Brillante 'Dante' Mendoza which are currently playing at the Pusan International Film Festival, have been sold to the UK and France respectively. Pecadillo Pictures has taken on the UK rights to Foster Child in a deal concluded by the company's Tom ...

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    PUSAN: Hong Kong heats up as shooting destination


    Hong Kong has been picked as the shooting location for a further three international productions, as it is gearing up for the latest film in the Batman franchise, The Dark Knight, early next month. According to the Hong Kong Film Services Office, which is attending Pusan 's BIFCOM locations showcase, ...

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    PUSAN: Everingham to star in first Laos film in three decades


    Thai rising star Ananda Everingham is set to star in Sabaidee, Luang Prabang, a Thailand-Laos co-production which marks the first feature film from Laos in over three decades. The $319,000 (10m baht) production is co-produced by Lao Art Media and Thailand 's Sparta Creative. Established in 2000, the Laotian company ...

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    PUSAN: France's Les Films du Preau acquires Mukhsin


    French children films specialist Les Films du Preau has acquired all rights to Yasmin Ahmad's Mukhsin, making it the first Malaysian film ever to be sold to France. The deal was concluded by the film's producer-distributor Grand Brilliance and Delphis Films from Canada. Korea 's Kim Media has also taken ...

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    PUSAN: Five film commissions join AFCNet ranks


    With Asian nations vying for the lucrative international location shooting business, five Asian film commissioners are making their debut as new members of AFCNet at BIFCOM, the locations showcase held concurrently with Pusan 's Asian Film Market. Australia 's Gold Coast City Council, Philippines Film Development Council, Thailand Film Office, ...

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    PUSAN: Thailand's Mono Film dials up Missed Calls


    After scoring a hit with romantic drama Me Myself which was subsequently bought for a Korean remake, up-and-coming Thai production house Mono Film is attending Pusan's Asian Film Market with new romantic drama Missed Calls. Directed by Piti Chaturaphat, the picture is about three young people who are compelled to ...

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    Antalya Golden Orange film festival unveils line-up


    Turkey's 44th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival (October 19-28) has unveiled a strong 12-film competition line-up for national feature films. Four of these will be world premieres, including Handan Ipekci's Hidden Faces, Dersu Yavuz Altun's Murky Waters, Refugee by Reis Celik and Zeynep's Eight Days by Cemal San. Rounding out ...