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Latest Critics' Prizes

Yerevan. The "Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival" has become the center for films of the region, and the showcase for new Armenian cinema. The critics jury presented the FIPRESCI Award to a Ukrainian first feature film, "The Tribe". Morearrow.

Jerusalem. A few days before the festival started the conflict between Israel and the Hammas escalated. Although some guests cancelled their visit and the open air festival opening had to be cancelled, most of the guests did arrive and the festival went on more or less as programmed. It must however be admitted, these were strange days to enter a cinema theater and watch art-films. More arrow.

Yes and Yes.
Moscow: "Yes and Yes"
No Fish Where To Go.
"No Fish Where To Go"
Cluj: "Calvary"
Red Knot.
Seattle: "Red Knot"

Karlovy Vary. This festival in Czech Republic works as a wonderful bridge between East and West. Its skilful and knowledgeable programming and its relaxed and creative atmosphere attract not only film people from all over the world, but also a young anthusiastic public from all over the country. More arrow.

Moscow. The Moscow International Film Festival remains Russia's main cinematic event. Its only 'A' category film festival, and among the oldest in the world (its first, irregular, edition was held in 1935 and the Jury was headed by Sergei Eisenstein). This year's discovery: the "enfant terrible" of young Russian cinema, Valeriya Gay Germanika, and her very controversial second feature Yes and Yes (Da I Da), the movie which won this year's FIPRESCI award. More arrow.

Annecy. The charming capital of the French region Haute Savoie struggled with an extremely hot summer. The Animated Film Festival offered exciting films by old masters and young talents. Second year under the head of director Marcel Jean, the festival focused on stop motion animated films, demonstrating that this technique still has much potential for a contemporary kind of cinema. More arrow.

Festroia. Festroia presented 188 films from over 40 countries, which were screened at the Fórum Luísa Todi, the Auditório Municipal Charlot and the Auditório José Afonso. The FIPRESCI prize went to Heart of a Lion by Dome Karukoski (Finland, 2013), featured in the Official Section. More arrow.

Istanbul Documentartist. For seven years now, Documentarist — Istanbul Documentary Days has been offering the public of the lively and cinephile metropolis a specialized program of national and international recent production, as well as retrospectives. More arrow.

Cluj-Napoca. The Transsilvania International Film Festival courted its bright young audience with a very wide-ranging programme  of over 200 films, bookended by Stephen Frears' Philomena and Richard  Linklater's Boyhood. In between were — among other things — spotlights  on Ireland, the Czech Republic and the Young German Cinema, a documentary  section, mini-tributes to Nicolas Philibert, Iulian Mihu and Peter Solan,  and a substantial programme devoted to the current Romanian cinema. More  arrow.

Seattle. The Seattle International Film Festival notched up its 40th year in 2014 but as this global showcase on America's western seaboard enters middle age, it's still light on its feet. In a world of 10-day film festivals, Seattle stands out, taking centre stage in the city for almost a month. Of a particular interest: the New American Cinema competition. More arrow.

My Dog Killer.
"My Dog Killer" (Ankara)
"Bilnd" (Kraków)
20.000 Days on Earth.
"20.000 Days on Earth"

Kraków. The International Film Festival for Short and Documentary Films in the Polish city of Kraków offers since 1961 a selection of short films and since 1999 a selection of documentaries. It's the place where Krzysztof Kieslowski and other Polish filmmakers started their career. More about this year's edition arrow.

Ankara. The "Flying Broom International Women's Film Festival" is a competitive festival for films directed by women. Winner of the Critics' Prize: The Slovak filmmaker Mira Fornay's My Dog Killer (which had premiered in Rotterdam 2013 and had a remarkable festival career). More arrow.

Kraków. The Norwegian Film Blind (about a young woman, who lost her sight and spends her days by locking herself up in her apartment) won the Critics' Prize at the Polish Festival of Independent Films. More arrow.

Istanbul. Nick Cave's career is told in 20.000 Days on Earth by Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth (FIPRESCI Prize). It's one of the films which follows the festivals's main motif of cinema and the arts — motif which leads into the universe of great artists. More arrow.

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Berlinale Talents 2015


Call for Applications
Berlinale Talents, Goethe-Institut and FIPRESCI invite young film critics to Berlin. Young colleagues, worldwide, are invited to apply for The Talent Press, a project of the Berlinale Talents, Goethe-Institut, and FIPRESCI (the International Federation of Film Critics). Young film critics and film journalists will be invited to Berlin to report on the films at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival (February 5 — 15, 2015) and on the events of the Berlinale Talents (February 7 — 12, 2015). The call for applications for the Talent Press is now open. More arrow




More than 100,000 people attended screenings at the fifth edition of this festival on Ukraine's Black Sea coast. Held amid traumatic, sometimes tragic circumstances during the country's ongoing civil conflicts — and organised under severe financial pressures — the event nevertheless delivered a vibrant showcase of current cinema alongside classics both foreign and domestic. An open-air screening of Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail, with live orchestra performing in front of 15,000 spectators on the legendary Potemkin Steps, proved especially atmospheric and memorable. More arrow.


Cannes: The Critics' Prizes


Winter Sleep.


At the Festival of Cannes (France, May 14-25, 2014) the Critics' Jury presented three prizes. Official Competition: Winter Sleep by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (photo), Un Certain Regard: Jauja by Lisandro Alonso, Directors' Fortnight: Love at First Fight by Thomas Cailley. More arrow.





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