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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Two Australian films head for Sundance

Two Australian feature films have been selected to screen at Robert Redford's 2007 Sundance Film Festival in the United States. Noise, featuring Love My Way star Brendan Cowell, and Clubland, starring Golden Globe winning actor Brenda Blethyn, beat more than 3,200 entries worldwide to secure a spot at the festival. The pair join 122 films selected to screen during Sundance, beginning on January 18 in Park City, Utah. Clubland's producer, Rosemary Blight, hopes their participation will propel Australian films further into the international spotlight. .

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A marriage of sports and films

The Sports Movies and TV Festival, which has been organised and promoted by Federation International Cinema Television Sportifs (FICTS) since last 23 years, is now being held in Mumbai for the second year. Connectivity with any sports in the film, documentary or TV show is the basic requirement for any filmmaker or TV producer / director to participate in the festival. Festival director Ritesh Sinha says, The reason behind bringing this festival to India is to give a platform to young and talented filmmakers. A good idea that gets translated into a film is a dream come true for any young maker. This is the first film festival aimed at realising those dreams. We hope this festival, which is very popular in Italy, is well- received by the filmmaking and the sports community in India.

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Festival films to be screened at schools

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In an attempt to take cinema to the masses, the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy will organise screening of festival films at schools, colleges and public places as part of the 11th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK). As a prelude to the festival, the academy will screen films in different parts of the city. `Touring Talkies' will organise mini-festivals across the State after the IFFK, especially in the rural areas, which do not have access to international films. Children's films will be screened at select schools in the city from December 1 to 8. Films of popular Iranian directors Abbas Kiarostami's `Where is my friend' and Majid Majidi's `Children of Heaven,' Vittorio De Sica's `Bicycle Thieves,' Charles Chaplin's `The Kid' and such other films will be screened at schools.

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