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EL OUED, EL OUED. Documentary Film selected at Dubai Film Festival 2013
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Algeria, United Arab Emirates and Netherlands / 2013 / Arabic dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / DCP / 86 minutes

Synopsis:

In Algerian, “el oued, l’oued” means along the river. From its sources in the peaks of the Atlas of Blida to the mouth in the Mediterranean,

a few kilometres from the capital Algiers, the film explores and tries to present a different Algeria.

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Film selected at Dubai Film Festival 2013

Mar
23
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100 Thousand Dollars to Produce 10 Short Films Fiction and Documentaries
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27 Institutions from 20 different countries investing in the first Finance Found for African Films

After the continuation of a full 2 years in the Luxor African Film Festival, 27 institutions representing Production and Distribution companies, as well as directors to Film Festivals in 20 different African, Arab and European countries, have come together on agreement of establishing the first financial fund for Short Films and Documentaries in African Cinema with capital totaling up to 100.000 dollars in the “ETISAL” Fund with the aim to produce 10 short narrative and documentary films in the year. The fund expected budget for each film would be between 4.000 to 10.000 dollars. Sool will be announced the submission criteria and regulations that govern the fund.

The aim of the project is to develop and support African Cinema and specially INdependent Cinema on the continent. Partners have signed protocols for the launch of this foundations and from among them are, Mrs. Azza El Housseiny, founder of the ETISAL Initiative and Director of the African Luxor Film Festival and the joining partners are:

1-Bluzan Film Festival. Switzerland

2-Fig Leaf Productions. Egypt

3-Fidra for Education and Media. Egypt

4-Liqaa Nabel El-Dazyl for Arab Cinema. Tunisia

5-Film House. Egypt

6-Nouakshoot INternational Short Film Festival. Mauritania

7-The International Festival. Ivory Coast

8-Batou Productions. France

9-The Environment Festival. Tunisia

10-Martil Film Festival. Morocco

11-Dream Production. Egypt

12-Khaldoun Productions. Tunisia

13-Agoralumiere International Institute. France

14-Luxor African Film Festival. Egypt

15-AfricAvenir Intenational. Namibia

16-Kijiweni Productions. Tanzania

17-Arterial Network. South Africa

18-African Royal Society. England

19-Harare Women’s FilmFestival. Mozambique

20-Palacios Films. France

21-Arab Doc Network. Spain

22-Les Films de l’Après-midi. Portugal and France

23-Wail Gzoly Film Productions

24-Najat Jellab Films. Morocco

25-Film Productions Sectors of Egyptian Television

26-New York African Film Festival

Mar
23
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The River. Documentary film from Algeria at Luxor African Film Festival
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The River Documentary Film

During the 3rd Edition of Luxor African Film Festival, “The River” an Algerian documentary direted by Abdenour Zahzah has been screened included in the Long Documentary Competition. This documentary takes us in a journey along Sidi al-K’bir River which runs along the mountain before crossing Chiffa River, the plain of Mitidja and empties iinto the Mazafran, defining the boundary betweeen Algiers and Tipasa until reaching in the Mediterranean Sea. It also narrates the suffering that afflicts these people, who are abandoned by all, and especially by the system.

 

Mar
8
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The 20th Edition of Tetouan International Film Festival will take place soon
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The 20th edition of the Tetouan Film Festival, or officially, the International Festival of Mediterranean Film in Tetouan, begins on March 29th running tuntil the 5th of April 2014.  The main event of the festival is a competition for films from the Mediterranean region, with prizes awarded in the categories of feature films, short films, and documentaries.

For more information go to: www.http://festivaltetouan.org

Mar
7
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Voices of Qatar. Brush Strokes of the Future
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As the country prepares to celebrate National Day, we take a moment to hear the voices of Qatar.

A series of short documentary films about individuals:

We joined Faraj Daham– 30 year veteran of fine arts – as he prepares for his next exhibition.

We joined Hanan Ali Al Sharshani – A young Qatari writer – as she takes us us on a journey by the sea.

We joined Khalifa Al Obaidly – an accomplished photographer of 25 years – as he showed us his life in Qatar through a lens.

Watch at: http://www.dohafilminstitute.com/videos/voices-of-qatar-brush-strokes-of-the-future

Feb
20
Palacios
Danny Glover at he opening of 3rd Luxor African Film Festival in Egypt.
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http://www.luxorafricanfilmfestival.com/

Top African-American film star Danny Glover will attend the opening of the 3rd African Film Festival (18-24 March, 2014) to present his latest film “The Children’s Republic” that will open the festival. Also attending, among top African and international guests, Flora Gomes, the Guinea-Bissau director of the acclaimed film. Both Glover and Gomes will be given special tribute for their rich career at the opening night along with Egyptian star Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz. Glover has confirmed his attendance with his spouse to enjoy a stay in the historical city of Luxor. “The Children’s Republic” takes place in an African small spot hard to find on a map, when men are ruled by a political and economic system that they pick by random draw. Bribery and looting are common laws that exhaust people. One day, they decide to run away from their country, scared by the wars they triggered themselves, sickened by the disasters they set off but, above all, leaving their children behind. The young ones will have to take over the country and try to succeed where the adults failed by creating “The Children’s Republic”. Flora Gomes Flora Gomes who was born 1949 in Cadique, Guinea-Bissau left his country in 1972 to study cinema at the Cuban Institute of Art and Cinematography under the guidance of Santiago Álvarez. Gomes then continued his studies at the Senegalese Journal for Motion Picture News under the direction of Paulin Soumanou Vieyra before co-directing two films with Sergio Pina and working as an assistant with Chris Marker and Anita Fernandez. Upon returning to a liberated Guinea-Bissau, Gomes filmed his country’s independence ceremony on 24 September 1974. Having first directed historical documentaries, Gomes filmed his first narrative film Mortu Nega (1990) that was particularly well received in France, which in later years enabled him to attract funding for the production of his following films like include My Voice (2002) and As Duas Faces da Guerra co-directed with Diana Andringa (2007). Gomes was distinguished in France with the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in the year 2000. Luxor African Film Festival was founded by Independent Shabab Foundation with the support of the Egyptian Ministries of Culture, Tourism, Foreign Affairs, Youth and Investment in addition to the Egyptian Film Syndicate, the Luxor Governorate and the National Bank of Egypt.
Jan
30
Palacios
Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival 10th Edition will take place from 17th to 20th April 2014
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Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival’s Target:

We seek to become a place where filmmakers from different countries and cultures meet to create a unique platform that celebrates creative talent and encourages a cultural interest in documentary films.

Aljazeera Festival was formally inaugurated on April 18th, 2005 by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of “Aljazeera Network” Sheikh Hamad Bin Thamir Al-Thani.

In its first year, the work of 14 Arab countries was included under the theme “Social Programs and News”. Gold, silver and bronze awards were presented to winners from each category. To encourage student filmmakers, a new category called “New Horizon” was launched which has now become a festival trademark. This trend-setting category has proved to be highly successful and has now become a unique creative platform. From the 2nd edition of the festival, countries from all over the world have been enthusiastically participating. The word “International” was added to the title of the festival.

From the 3rd edition onwards, the festival is titled as “Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival.” Films were categorized as short, medium and long. Separate categories “New Horizon Competition” and “Jury Award Category” were included as well.

Starting from the 4th edition, special awards are given by sponsors to promote important public issues such as family and children issue, the Palestinian cause, Freedom and Human Rights issue.

Since the 6th edition, which witnessed an increase in the number of participating films, the festival organizes public broadcasts of films in open places to encourage more people to watch documentary films in addition to the films already being screened at the festival venue i.e. The Sheraton Hotel, Doha.

The 7th edition paid tribute to all those who believe in “Dialogue” and took into account the recent upheavals taking place in the Arab nations.

The festival thus continues its purpose of “Unity in Diversity”; discussing the challenges the world faces and ways to overcome them through various discussions and symposiums. It constantly endeavors to promote creative talent from all over the world and in this way, leave behind a unique stamp of originality and professionalism.

Dec
5
Palacios
Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Creative International Partnerships
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The Documentary Film Program and Fund has spearheaded innovative international partnerships, presentations, and convenings to provide funding and support for emerging independent documentary practices globally. Activities include workshops, presentations, mentoring, funding, and building regional partnerships. DFP has had a special focus on the Middle East and China since 2009. Other regional cultivation and artist support extends through gatherings in Iran, Dubai, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Syria, Eastern Europe, the UK, South Africa, South and Central America, Taiwan, and India. Future target regions include Indonesia and sub-Saharan Africa. Current creative partnerships include:

  • Stories of Change partnership with the Skoll Foundation
  • Good Pitch with Britdoc Foundation
  • Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Middle East
  • Greenhouse Documentary Development Program, Mediterranean Region
Nov
1
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ALI’ENS (Somalis in Transit) wins Best Documentary at Human Rights Film Festival STEPS in Ukarine
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