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80 top film-makers sound alarm over EU copyright rules

80 top film-makers sound alarm over EU copyright rules
Petition calls for unified EU vision on copyright and culture.

Cannes Palme d’Or contenders Fatih Akin, Michael Haneke, Michel Hazanavicius have joined 80 top European film-makers in a petition calling for a unified European Union vision on copyright and culture in the digital age.

“We believe that European filmmaking reflects Europe’s positive values. That it can inspire ambition and renewal in Europe’s cultural policies. Europe isn’t just jobs, territories, markets and consumers, European culture also supports multiple identities, democracy and freedom of expression,” the petition said.

Published to coincide with the European Film Forum in Cannes on Monday, it highlighted four key areas where the European Union needed to renew and reinforce its legislation to protect European culture.

Top of the filmmakers’ demands was the maintaining of the territoriality of copyright.

The European Parliament voted last week in favour of a European Commission proposal to de-territorialise digital rights, but the directors
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80 top film-makers demand changes to EU copyright rules

80 top film-makers demand changes to EU copyright rules
Petition calls for unified EU vision on copyright and culture.

Cannes Palme d’Or contenders Fatih Akin, Michael Haneke, Michel Hazanavicius have joined 80 top European film-makers in a petition calling for a unified European Union vision on copyright and culture in the digital age.

“We believe that European filmmaking reflects Europe’s positive values. That it can inspire ambition and renewal in Europe’s cultural policies. Europe isn’t just jobs, territories, markets and consumers, European culture also supports multiple identities, democracy and freedom of expression,” the petition said.

Published to coincide with the European Film Forum in Cannes on Monday, it highlighted four key areas where the European Union needed to renew and reinforce its legislation to protect European culture.

Top of the filmmakers’ demands was the maintaining of the territoriality of copyright.

The European Parliament voted last week in favour of a European Commission proposal to de-territorialise digital rights, but the directors
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Aferim!’s Chatty, Creative Cruelty Eventually Clicks

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Allow me to start this review with a random, somewhat personal digression. About a decade ago, at the Istanbul Film Festival, I saw a marvelous documentary called Whose Is This Song?, made by the Bulgarian filmmaker Adela Peeva. In it, she charted the course of a popular folk song that she had heard one night in Turkey; realizing that she had grown up hearing this same melody in Bulgaria, she decided to find out where else it appeared. To her surprise, the tune (which we know in Turkey as “Kâtibim” or “Üsküdar’a Gider Iken”) turned up all over the Balkans — in Greece, Serbia, Bosnia, Albania, and elsewhere — and in each place it had a totally different meaning and history. In one place, it was a love song; in another, a battle march; elsewhere, a religious hymn. These were cultures that had, in some cases, hated and killed each
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Documentary on poet ‘Vidrohi’ wins top honor at Miff 2012

Documentary on poet ‘Vidrohi’ wins top honor at Miff 2012
Nitin Kumar Pamnani’s I am Your Poet won the Best Documentary Film (upto 40 minutes duration) award comprising the Golden Conch and Rs. 5 lakh at the 12th Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short and Animation films.

Pamnani’s film in Hindi and Bhojpuri is about the poetry of Rama Shankar Yadav ‘Vidrohi.’

Shape of the Shapeless by the New York based film maker Jayant Cherian was adjudged the second Best short Film with Silver Conch and Rs. 250,000/- in cash.

Kim Longinotto’s Pink Saris won the Golden Conch for Best Documentary Film above 40 minutes duration. The British film maker’s documentary tells the story of the ‘Gulabi Gang’ which is active in Uttar Pradesh, empowering women.

The Silver Conch for Best Documentary above 40 minutes duration is shared by Dreaming Taj Mahal by Nirmal Chandar and the Russian entry Home by Olga Maurina.

The Golden Conch for Best Fiction
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V Shantaram Life Time Achievement Award to Mike Pandey at Miff 2012

Mike Pandey

Veteran environmental film maker Mike Pandey has been honoured with the V Shantaram Life Time Achievement Award at the Mumbai International Film Festival – Miff 2012. The award carries a citation, a trophy and a cash prize of Rs 5 lakhs.

The Award was presented to Mike Pandey by the Governor of Maharashtra, K Sankaranarayanan in the presence of Union Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Chaudhury Mohan Jathua, veteran film historian Vijaya Mulay and popular Marathi actor Amrutha Khanvilkar at the opening ceremony of the festival on Friday.

Mike Pandey is one of India’s foremost wildlife and environmental filmmakers with over 300 national and international awards. He has made films like Shores of Silence, The Last Migration, Broken Wings and The Timeless Traveller.

Miff 2012 which will be held from February 3-9 at Ncpa, Nariman Point will showcase more than 101 documentary, short and animation films from 37 countries. 22 awards including the Golden
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Euro Film Academy docu noms named

MUNICH -- The European Film Academy, a Berlin-based organization of film industry professionals publicly funded by German and European Union sources, announced the nominees for its annual European Film Prize Documentary -- Prix Arte award on Tuesday .

Arte is a German-French pubcasting venture that features mostly informational programming. The three-member jury was chosen together by the EFA and Arte, and will meet this weekend in Berlin.

Ten films were nominated out of 75 entries, said an EFA spokesman. The winning film will be announced next week, and the award will be presented at a gala ceremony in Berlin on Dec. 1.

The nominated documentaries are:

"Am Limit" (To the Limit) by Pepe Danquart, Germany/Austria

"Belarusian Waltz" by Andrzej Fidyk, Norway

"Forever" by Heddy Honigmann, The Netherlands

"Heimatklaenge" (Echoes of Home) by Stefan Schwietert, Switzerland/ Germany

"Le Papier Ne Peut Pas Envelopper La Braise" (Paper Cannot Wrap Up Embers) by Rithy Panh, France

"Malon 9 Kohavim" (9 Star Hotel) by Ido Haar, Israel

"Meragel Hashampaniya" (The Champagne Spy) by Nadav Schirman, Israel/Germany

"Ou Est L'amour Dans La Palmeraie?" (Where is the Love in the Palmgrove?) by Jerome Le Maire, Belgium

"Razvod Po Albanski" (Divorce Albanian Style) by Adela Peeva, Bulgaria

"The Monastery" by Pernille Rose Gronkjaer, Denmark

2007 European Film Academy Doc Noms

  • After making their short lists for best feature, best first film and short film, the European Film Academy how pronounced themselves on the nominations for the Documentary 2007 ­ Prix Arte. Th heavy favorite of the category is Pernille Rose GrønkjærPernille Rose Grønkjær
[/link]'s doc that is far from a talking head type docu. Here are the 10 nominated docs up for the award.Am Limit (To the Limit)by Pepe Danquart, Germany/AustriaBELARUSIAN WALTZby Andrzej Fidyk, NorwayFOREVERby Heddy Honigmann, The NetherlandsHEIMATKLÄNGE (Echoes of Home)by Stefan Schwietert, Switzerland/ GermanyLE Papier Ne Peut Pas Envelopper La Braise(Paper cannot Wrap up Embers)by Rithy Panh, FranceMALON 9 Kohavim (9 Star Hotel)by Ido Haar, IsraelMERAGEL Hashampaniya (The Champagne Spy)by Nadav Schirman, Israel/GermanyOU Est L¹AMOUR Dans La Palmeraie? (Where is the Love in the Palmgrove?)by Jérôme Le Maire, BelgiumRAZVOD Po Albanski (Divorce Albanian Style)by Adela Peeva, BulgariaTHE MONASTERYby Pernille Rose Grønkjær, Denmark.
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