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Irrfan Khan to lead Adff jury

20 October 2014 7:16 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Irrfan Khan, Christina Voros and Catherine Dussart to preside over feature competition juries; seven world premieres of Arab films in feature competitions.

Abu Dhabi Film Festival (Oct 23-Nov 1) has released the names of its jury members, who will select the award winners of this year’s Adff competitions.

This year’s Narrative Features jury led by Mumbai-based actor Irrfan Khan (The Lunchbox, Life of Pi) will be rounded out by Algerian novelist and academic Waciny Laredj, award-winning English writer-director Steven Shainberg, Australian film director Cate Shortland and Palestinian actor Ali Suliman.

The panel evaluating the New Horizons section led by Paris-based film producer Catherine Dussart (The Missing Picture) includes Syrian actor Bassel Al Khayat, Moroccan filmmaker Leila Kilani, Geneva-based Indian filmmaker Anup Singh and film critic Charles Tesson, artistic director of Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival.

Heading the Documentary Features jury is Brooklyn-based director and cinematographer Christina Voros. The other jury »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Doha backs 21 projects from 14 countries

29 September 2014 4:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Doha Film Institute has unveiled the spring recipients from its film grants programme, backing 21 projects from 14 countries.

Four projects from Qatar are included, and Turkish and Georgian filmmakers receive grants for the first time. 12 projects come from the Mena region.

The breakdown in backed projects is: 12 narrative feature films, 6 feature documentaries, 2 short films (one narrative and one documentary), and a web series.

The Dfi received 360 applications for this eighth funding session.

Fatma Al Remaihi, Acting CEO of Doha Film Institute, said: “After the success our granted films Theeb and Sivas met in Venice, we are really excited about this next round of projects, which reflect some compelling new voices in cinema. Our jurors were impressed by the range of stories and the diversity of the backgrounds of the filmmakers who submitted work.

“We are also pleased to see so many strong narrative and documentary projects being submitted by women, whose projects »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Lavie unveils Current Love of My Life

14 July 2014 1:22 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Zero Motivation director planning Brooklyn-set comedy.

Talya Lavie, director of local box office hit Zero Motivation, is developing a comedy about an illegal Israeli immigrant musician in New York working a Hebrew teacher with a wealthy, Brooklyn, ultra-orthodox Jewish family.

Entitled The Current Love of My Life, it is a contemporary adaptation of a story by 19th century author Sholem Aleichem, whose work also inspired Fiddler on the Roof.

Lavie unveiled the film at the final pitching session of the script development Jerusalem Film Lab on Friday.

In her contemporary re-telling, penniless Israeli musician Bini, who is living in New York illegally, is hired by a wealthy ultra-orthodox Jewish family in Brooklyn to teach their youngest son Hebrew on the eve of his marriage to a girl from an important religious family in Jerusalem.

Too lazy to study the language or reply to his future wife’s Hebrew emails, the son asks Bini to keep up the »

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Lavie unveils The Current Love of My Life

14 July 2014 1:22 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Zero Motivation director planning Brooklyn-set comedy.

Talya Lavie, director of local box office hit Zero Motivation, is developing a comedy about an illegal Israeli immigrant musician in New York working a Hebrew teacher with a wealthy, Brooklyn, ultra-orthodox Jewish family.

Entitled The Current Love of My Life, it is a contemporary adaptation of a story by 19th century author Sholem Aleichem, whose work also inspired Fiddler on the Roof.

Lavie unveiled the film at the final pitching session of the script development Jerusalem Film Lab on Friday.

In her contemporary re-telling, penniless Israeli musician Bini, who is living in New York illegally, is hired by a wealthy ultra-orthodox Jewish family in Brooklyn to teach their youngest son Hebrew on the eve of his marriage to a girl from an important religious family in Jerusalem.

Too lazy to study the language or reply to his future wife’s Hebrew emails, the son asks Bini to keep up the »

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Nony Geffen drama adds cast

11 July 2014 3:46 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Dudu Tassa, Sason Gabai, Gaya Traob among cast.

Dudu Tassa, Sasson Gabai and Gaya Traub are attached to star alongside Nony Geffen in the actor-writer-director’s upcoming drama Why Elephant.

The Hebrew-language drama, aiming for a November 2014 shoot, will see Geffen play a man who reinvents himself as 80s rock star Yossi Elephant after he is left traumatised by the Third Lebanon War.

Supporting cast is due to include Julia Levy Boeken, Kabi Farag, Yossi Marshak, Sandra Sade and Tzahi Grad.

The production reunites Geffen with Laila Films producer Itai Tamir who also produced Geffen’s 2012 debut Not in Tel Aviv, which won the Special Jury Prize at Locarno.

European co-producers on the project will include Frédéric Niedermayer of Moby Dick films (France), Philipp Homberg and Hans Eddy Schreiber of KaribuFilm (Germany) and Keren Cogan Galjé (Holland).

$100,000 of the $600,000 budget has been secured from the Israel Film Fund.

Producer Tamir told Screen: “This film is more »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Jff gets down to business

10 July 2014 4:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The festival is laying on a packed programme of film industry events this year, headlined by the Jerusalem Pitch Point meeting.

The meeting revolves around a central pitching event on July 14, open to both industry professionals, film students and the public, aimed at connecting Israeli filmmakers with international partners on their upcoming projects.

Participants this year include celebrated experimental director Nina Menkes, established filmmakers Nir Bergman and Dina Zvi Riklis and up and coming director Eitan Gafny, whose Lebanon-set zombie picture debut Cannon Fodder has sold well internationally.

For the first time, the event will also screen a selection of Israeli works-in-progress to selected industry professionals, including Madame Yankelova’s Fine Literature Club, the feature debut of Guilhad Emilio Schenker, whose 2010 short Lavan screened in more than 70 festivals and won numerous prizes. 

The projects will compete for a trio of prizes meted out by France’s National Cinema Centre, Franco-German broadcaster »

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Busan reveals Acf selection

30 June 2014 1:56 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The 19th Busan International Film Festival (Biff) has announced 29 projects selected to benefit from Asian Cinema Fund (Acf) 2014, including projects by award-winning directors such as O Muel (Jiseul) and Hannah Espia (Transit).

Acf this year picked 11 projects from Korea and 18 from around the rest of the continent.

Organisers stated Acf got a total of 565 submissions, approximately 30% up from last year. The submissions came from 52 countries including 161 projects from India and 50 from China.

“We think this big increase in submissions is due to the fact that we’ve publicized the Acf a lot, but also possibly because the production environment in Asia has gotten more difficult,” said Acf director Hong Hyosook.

The Acf 2014 Script Development Fund goes to eight projects - three from Korea and five from the rest of Asia. Each will receive a cash grant of KW10m (currently approximately $9,880).

They include projects from filmmakers who previously screened films in Busan like Cambodian-French director Davy Chou, whose »

- hjnoh2007@gmail.com (Jean Noh)

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