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Mexico’s Guadalajara Animation Competitions Go Global

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Mexico’s Guadalajara Animation Competitions Go Global
In a year of change and growth for Mexico’s Guadalajara Intl. Film Festival (Ficg), the revamped animation competitions, godfathered by Guadalajara native Guillermo del Toro, stand out as key examples of ambitions shared by the event’s new leadership, headed by Vendo Cine co-founder and longtime Ficg Industria head Estrella Araiza.

Where many animation-focused festivals and awards programs in Latin America tend to celebrate domestic or Ibero-American productions – think Mexico’s Pixelatl, Spain’s Quirino Awards – this year’s selected films at Guadalajara demonstrate a global inclusion with less peers – France’s Annecy Festival and Los Angeles’ Annie Awards are good examples.

“I think it’s important that every festival has its idiosyncrasies,” explained Carolina López, Ficg’s animation section curator. “Ficg is a festival with a specific DNA and we are adding to that DNA with what will be almost a festival within a festival.”

Previously Ficg did
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Breakdown of the 2019 Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards Nominees

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Breakdown of the 2019 Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards Nominees
Madrid — Finalists in nine categories for the 2nd Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards were announced last week in Madrid’s stunning Casa de América. The awards will be held again this year in the Spanish Canary Islands city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife on April 6.

In total, 25 films representing seven countries received recognition on the day in nine distinct categories. Spanish animation bagged 13 nominations, while Brazil scored 7, followed by Colombia (5), Argentina (4), Chile (4), Portugal (3) and Mexico (1).

Having already won best short film at Mexico’s Pixelatl Awards, Carlos Baena’s “La Noria” (The Ferris Wheel) scored the most Quirino nominations with three. Pan-Latin-American series “Paper Port Season 2 – The Lives of Others” and Colombian feature “Tropical Virus” were the only other entries with multiple nominations at two each.

This year’s feature competition looks to be one of the event’s most competitive. Raúl de la Fuente and Damian Nenow’s “Another Day of Life
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European Animation Grows Up With Mature Themes

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European Animation Grows Up With Mature Themes
European animated films continue to tackle weighty subject matter with diverse works aimed at older and more mature audiences.

A number of celebrated titles last year impressed by tackling historical, political and cultural subject matter in original ways, among them Raúl de la Fuente and Damian Nenow’s European Film Award winner “Another Day of Life,” above, Denis Do’s “Funan,” which took the top prize in Annecy, and Nora Twomey’s “The Breadwinner,” which won a plethora of prizes around the globe.

This year the trend continues with new and upcoming projects that explore wide ranging subject matter, from such sobering themes as the plight of refugees, racism and war to lighter fare like surrealist cinema and quirky romance.

Norwegian director Mats Grorud tackles the politically charged topic of Palestinian refugees in “Wardi” (The Tower). The film follows an 11-year-old girl living with her family in a Beirut refugee
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‘The Realm’ And ‘Champions’ Prevail In Spain’s Goya Awards – Full Winners List

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‘The Realm’ And ‘Champions’ Prevail In Spain’s Goya Awards – Full Winners List
Champions, a basketball-themed comedy, and The Realm, a political thriller, emerged as the top winners in Spain’s 33rd annual Goya Awards.

Roma, which was also taking the top prize across the Atlantic at Saturday night’s DGA Awards, won a Goya for Best Iboamerican Film.

The Realm took home seven trophies, for directing, acting, supporting acting, screenwriting, sound, editing and music. Director Rodrigo Sorogoyen will also be at this month’s Oscars, as a nominee for Best Live-Action Short Film for Mother.

Champions, which was Spain’s official submission for the Best Foreign Language category at the Oscars, won for Best Film. It depicts the efforts of a pro basketball coach who is sentenced to coach a team of intellectually challenged players. Director Javier Fesser cast non-professional actors with actual disabilities to play many of the players.

Here is the full list of winners:

Best Film

Champions

Best Direction
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International Film Festival Rotterdam 2019. Lineup

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Around The World When You Were My AgeThe titles for the 48th International Film Festival Rotterdam are being announced in anticipation of the event running January 23 – February 3, 2018. We will update the program as new films are revealed.Tiger COMPETITIONSons of Denmark (Ulaa Salim)Take Me Somewhere Nice (Ena Sendijarević)Present.Perfect. (Shengze Zhu)Sheena667 (Grigory Dobrygin)Nona. If They Soak Me, I’ll Burn Them (Camila José Donoso)Koko-di Koko-da (Johannes Nyholm)Els dies que vindran (Carlos Marqués-Marcet)Bright Future COMPETITIONAlva (Ico Costa)Chèche lavi (Sam Ellison)De nuevo otra vez (Romina Paula)Doozy (Richard Squires)Dreissig (Simona Kostova)Ende der Saison (Elmar Imanov)Fabiana (Brunna Laboissière)The Gold-Laden Sheep & the Sacred Mountain (Ridham Janve)Heroes (Köken Ergun)Historia de mi nombre (Karin Cuyul)Last Night I Saw You Smiling (Kavich Neang)Lost Holiday (Michael Kerry Matthews/Thomas Matthews)Maggie (Yi Okseop)Mens (Isabelle Prim)No Data Plan (Miko Revereza
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Cold War takes top honours at the 2018 European Film Awards

The 31st European Film Awards took place in Seville, Spain last night, with the European Film Academy bestowing its top honour, Best European Film, on Cold War, with its writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski scooping Best Director and Best Screenwriter and Joanna Kulig named Best Actress.

Cold War missed out on a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes, but is expected to receive a nod when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announce the nominations for the 91st Academy Awards.

Here’s the full list of winners from the 2018 European Film Awards…

European Film

Cold War, dir: Pawel Pawlikowski

European Documentary

Bergman — A Year In A Life, dir: Jane Magnusson

European Director

Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War

Peoples Choice Award

Call Me By Your Name, dir: Luca Guadagnino

European Short Film

The Years, dir: Sara Fgaier

European Comedy

The Death Of Stalin, dir: Armando Iannucci

European Actress

Joanna Kulig,
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European Film Awards: ‘Cold War’ Scoops Top Prizes In Politically-Charged Ceremony – Full List

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Udpate: In a typically politically and socially conscious ceremony, the European Film Academy delivered its European Film Awards tonight. In Seville, Spain, Amira Casar hosted the ceremony in what she said was a European climate “resembling the 1930s.” It was a post-ww II movie that took the main prizes with Ida Oscar winner Pawel Pawlikowski’s black-and-white romance drama Cold War scooping Best European Film, Director, Screenplay and Actress. On winning the main kudo, Pawlikowski said, “Thank God this kind of cinema is being made.” His film was notoriously left out of the Golden Globe Foreign Language category but is seen as the main threat to Roma at the Oscars.

Elsewhere this evening in Spain, Europa Europa Oscar nominee Agnieszka Holland had a message: “Our freedom as artists and filmmakers is in danger. Our colleagues and friends are put behind bars. There is a growing disrespect for culture and artistic freedom…
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Pawel Pawlikowski’s ‘Cold War’ Wins for Best Film, Director at European Film Awards

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Pawel Pawlikowski’s ‘Cold War’ Wins for Best Film, Director at European Film Awards
“Cold War,” Pawel Pawlikowski’s black-and-white romance set in the 1950s, scooped the prizes for best film, director and screenplay at the 31st edition of the European Film Awards on Saturday.

“Cold War” star Joanna Kulig also won the award for best actress. Marcello Fonte, the star of Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman,” won for best actor.

Armando Iannucci’s political satire “The Death of Stalin” won for best European comedy. Adapted from the French graphic novel by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin, “The Death of Stalin” is a comic look at how Joseph Stalin’s stroke in 1953 threw the U.S.S.R. into chaos and inspired a mad power grab among his top advisors.

“This is very brave of you. This movie was banned in Russia,” Iannucci said upon picking up his award onstage. The British writer-director added that he loved Europe and made a joke about Brexit.

Lukas Dhont’s “Girl,
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‘The Realm,’ ‘Champions,’ Cruz and Bardem Among Spanish Academy Goya Nominations

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Madrid — Spain’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the nominees for the 33rdedition of the Goya Awards, to be held at the Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones in Sevilla on Feb. 2, 2019.

Leading the pack with 13 nominations is Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s ultra-current political thriller “The Realm,” which impressed in San Sebastian’s main competition. The film is produced by Spain’s Tornasol and Atresmedia Cine and co-produced by Le Pacte and Mondex Cie out of France.

Spain’s foreign-language Oscar submission “Champions” scored an impressive 11 nominations of its own. The heartwarming dramedy about a special needs basketball team was a breakout hit at the Spanish box office this year, grossing €18.5 million ($21.4 million Usd) for Universal Pictures Intl. Spain.

It would hardly be a Goya Awards ceremony without one of Spain’s big three export acting talents – Banderas, Bardem or Cruz – and this year two are likely to be in attendance,
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European Film Awards Nominations: ‘Cold War’ Leads, Followed by ‘Dogman,’ ‘Border,’ and ‘Happy as Lazzaro’

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European Film Awards Nominations: ‘Cold War’ Leads, Followed by ‘Dogman,’ ‘Border,’ and ‘Happy as Lazzaro’
Paweł Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” leads the pack in this year’s European Film Awards, picking up five nominations after winning Best Director laurels earlier this year at Cannes. The black-and-white romance is followed closely by Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman,” Alice Rohrwacher’s “Happy as Lazzaro,” and Ali Abassi’s “Border,” all of which also picked up awards on the Croisette and now find themselves with four nods apiece.

This year’s ceremony takes place on December 15 in Seville, Spain. Here’s the full list of nominations:

European Film 2018

Border, dir: Ali Abbasi

Cold War, dir: Pawel Pawlikowski

Dogman, dir: Matteo Garrone

Girl dir: Lukas Dhont

Happy As Lazzaro, dir: Alice Rohrwacher

European Documentary 2018

A Woman Captured, dir: Bernadett Tuza-Ritter

Bergman – A Year In A Life, dir: Jane Magnusson

Of Fathers And Sons, dir: Talal Derki

The Distant Barking Of Dogs, dir: Simon Lering Wilmont

The Silence Of Others, dirs:
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European Film Awards Nominations: ‘Cold War’, ‘Dogman’, ‘Border’ Lead – Full List

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European Film Awards Nominations: ‘Cold War’, ‘Dogman’, ‘Border’ Lead – Full List
Nominations are in for the 31st European Film Awards with previous winner Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War leading the pack. The romance drama won the Best Director prize in Cannes and Pawlikowski is up here for the same nod. Cold War, Poland’s Oscar hopeful this year, is also mentioned in the Best Film, Screenwriting, Actress and Actor categories.

Joining Cold War in the main race are a series of Oscar entries for the Best Foreign Language Film statue. They include Sweden’s wild Border from Ali Abbasi, Italy’s Dogman from Matteo Garrone and Belgium’s Girl by Lukas Dhont. The latter won the Camera d’Or in Cannes for best first film, and also scored the Best Performance nod in the Un Certain Regard section for lead Victor Polster who received a nomination today from the European Film Academy. Netflix acquired Girl for North and Latin America out of the festival.
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European Animation Awards Announce Nominees for Second Edition

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European Animation Awards Announce Nominees for Second Edition
Athens — Raúl de la Fuente and Damian Nenow’s “Another Day of Life,” the hybrid animation-live action adaptation of Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski’s harrowing account of the Angolan Civil War, led the pack with five nominations at the second annual European Animation Awards, which were announced Thursday morning in Athens.

“Chris the Swiss,” Anja Kofmel’s part-animated documentary investigation into her cousin’s mysterious death during the Yugoslav War, and “Funan,” Denis Do’s heart-wrenching account of the horrors of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime, each received four nominations in the feature film category.

“The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe,” by Christian Bøving-Andersen and Eva Lee Wallberg, and “The Highway Rat,” by Jeroen Jaspaert, led the TV nominations with four apiece.

The Emile Awards, as they’re widely known, were launched last year to celebrate the best in European animation. Along with prizes for best direction in
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‘Funan’ Wins Top Prizes at Animation Is Film Festival

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“Funan,” the story of a young mother trying to reunite her family during the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia of the 1970s, won both the Grand Prize and the Audience Award at the Animation Is Film Festival, held Oct. 19-21 in Los Angeles. The film, directed by Denis Do, made its North American debut at the event.

“’Funan’ reminds us that animation can tell any kind of story. This versatile medium is by no means limited to fantastical or extraordinary subjects, but is in fact uniquely suited to incredibly personal ones as well,” said Peter Debruge, jury chairman and Variety’s chief film critic. “With ‘Funan,’ Do explores what his Cambodian mother experienced at the hands of the Khmer Rouge regime, finding unexpected beauty within the horror of the situation. The jury agreed that the profound result actually feels more powerful by virtue of being made in animation.”

In addition,
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Benedikt Erlingsson's 'Woman At War' wins top award at 2018 Filmfest Hamburg

Other winners include Guillaume Senez and Jafar Panahi.

Belgium’s Guillaume Senez, Iceland’s Benedikt Erlingsson and Iran’s Jafar Panahi were among the award-winners at this year’s Filmfest Hamburg, which ended yesterday (6 October).

The Art Cinema Award went to Benedikt Erlingsson’s political comedy Woman At War which opened the Filmfest on 26 September and will be released in German cinemas by Pandora Filmverleih.

Senez’s second feature Our Battles (his debut was Keeper) won the Critics’ Choice Award which was presented for the first time in collaboration with the Association of German Film Critics (Vdfk).

The family drama
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El Gouna Film Festival ’18: The Winners

El Gouna Film Festival ’18: The Winners
This year, Middle Eastern — North African (Mena) films are especially strong. Plus, 15 international films are participating in the Feature Narrative Competition, 12 films in the Feature Documentary Competition, 23 films in the Short Film Competition, as well as 5 films in Gff’s special retrospectives program. The festival will be screening 25 films Out of Competition, which brings the total count to 80 titles.

Cinema For Humanity Audience Award (Ex-aequo)

Another Day of Life Poland, Spain | 2018 | English, Portuguese, Polish, Spanish | 86 min

Directed by Raúl De La Fuente, Damian Nenow and Produced by Jarosław Sawko, Ole Wendorff-Østergaard, Amaia Remirez, Raúl De La Fuente

Jury Citation Cinema for Humanity is an Audience Award that is reserved for a film that exemplifies a humanitarian theme. The award includes a trophy and Us $10,000.

A gripping story of a three-month-long journey that renowned Polish reporter Ryszard Kapuscinski took across Angola ravaged by a war in which the front lines shifted
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Sylvester Stallone, ‘A Land Imagined’ Honored at El Gouna Film Festival

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Sylvester Stallone, ‘A Land Imagined’ Honored at El Gouna Film Festival
Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival has wrapped its second edition, with Singaporean director Yeo Slew Hua’s noir title “A Land Imagined” winning the Golden Star, the fest’s top prize, awarded by a jury headed by Oscar-winning Croatian producer Cedomir Kolar (“No Man’s Land”).

The genre pic, shot mostly at night, is about a jaded Singapore cop investigating the disappearance of a Chinese construction worker. It previously won the Locarno Film Festival’s Golden Leopard in August. The El Gouna award carries $50,000 in prize money, to be divided equally between the director and the main producer, Fran Borgia, and his Akanga Film Asia shingle.

Egyptian director A.B. Shawky’s unconventional road movie “Yomeddine” won Best Arab Narrative Feature award and split honors for the fest’s Cinema for Humanity audience prize with “Another Day of Life,” an animation-documentary hybrid about the experiences of war journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski in 1970s Angola.
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'Between Two Waters' wins Golden Shell at San Sebastián 2018

Benjamín Naishtat wins best director Silver Shell for Rojo.

Spanish production Between Two Waters (Entre Dos Aguas) by Isaki Lacuesta has won the top award at the San Sebastián Film Festival, marking a second Golden Shell for the Spanish director who after claiming the top prize in 2011 for The Double Steps.

Between Two Waters tells the story of two Roman brothers who meet again after years apart, one having spent some time in prison, the other in the army.

The title is a Spanish expression that translates to “neither here nor there”, and is also the title of a classic
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European Film Forum Analyzes Film Funding Challenges, Opportunities Ahead

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Focusing on film support funds in Europe and Latin America, a European Film Forum conference was held on Monday at San Sebastian.

After a keynote from E.U.’s Creative Europe Media Program head, Lucía Recalde, the roundtable tok in two panels, moderated by producer Pablo Iraola (Florbela).

Recalde emphasized a current state of flux: “Change is here to stay and it’s accelerating at an unprecedented pace. We have challenges of digital, globalization, reaching audiences who get content from everywhere, but there are opportunities emerging.”

First panel members included Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals fund manager Fay Breeman, the Berlinale’s World Cinema Fund head Vincenzo Bugno, and France’s Aide Aux Cinemas du Monde project manager Nathalie Streiff.

The second panel featured Recalde, Eurimages’ Sergio García de Leániz, and Ibermedia chief Elena Vilardell.

Panelists specified details about philosophy, terms and payment conditions, and requirements of the funds they represented.

Freeman
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Animation Is Film Unveils Lineup For Second Edition

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Animation Is Film Unveils Lineup For Second Edition
The second Animation Is Film festival in Los Angeles will open with the North American premiere of Mamoru Hosoda’s Mirai on October 19, part of a four-film retrospective of the director’s work at the event, which also unveiled some of its competition films Wednesday. The fest, produced by Gkids in partnership with Annecy International Animation Film Festival, runs October 19-21 at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Mirai, written and directed by Hosada hailing from Japan’s Studio Chizu, is being released theatrically by Gkids on November 30 in both the original Japanese and an English-dubbed version after it premiered this year in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the Cannes Film Festival. Hosada will attend the festival.

The fest will feature more than 30 animated feature films from Asia, Europe, South America and North America, with juried and audience prizes. Also on tap: special footage from Disney’s Ralph Breaks the
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Animation Is Film Festival Touts Indie Oscar Contenders

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The second-annual Animation Is Film Festival (October 19 – 21) will once again offer a diverse range of indie features from Asia, Europe, South America, and North America. Just as last year’s festival drew many animation fans to the Tcl Chinese in Hollywood, this iteration will impact the Oscar race because of the prestigious exposure.

Produced by GKids in partnership with Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Variety and Fathom Events, the festival will offer more than 30 titles, including 11 films in competition. Aif kicks off with the premiere of GKids’ Oscar contender, “Mirai,” a time-traveling story about a brother and sister from acclaimed Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda. There will also be a four-film retrospective of Hosodo’s work.

Aif will additionally spotlight footage from Disney’s Oscar contender, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (November 21), and Sony’s highly-anticipated “Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse” (December 14). There will also be a 20th anniversary screening of DreamWorks’ “Prince
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