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Tribeca Festival films go behind the scenes in fashion, dance and theater

Tribeca Film Fest offers eclectic mix of documentary, indie films

By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than a decade after it was launched to revitalize lower Manhattan following the September 11 attacks, the Tribeca Film Festival has become a showcase for documentaries and independent films as well as a testing ground for new talent and digital innovations in cinema. The festival kicks off on Wednesday with "Time Is Illmatic," a documentary about the American rapper Nas and the making of his groundbreaking 1994 debut album "Illmatic," from which he will perform after the screening.

Forum in London highlights Chinese, British film cooperation

LONDON, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Some 50 people from Chinese and British film, TV and media circles gathered in London on Saturday to discuss new trends of international cooperation in film production and marketing strategy.

Stars of Asian cinema gather for Busan film festival

Stars of Asian cinema gathered in the South Korean port city of Busan Thursday for the opening of the region's biggest film festival, showcasing new talent in a region where box office takings will soon outstrip North America. The 18th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) will open later Thursday with the world premiere of Bhutanese musical drama "Vara: A Blessing", a surprise selection that organisers said demonstrated the event's commitment to unearthing gems of Asian cinema.

Bhutanese director's film to open Busan International Film Festival

By Shim Sun-ah BUSAN, Oct. 3 (Yonhap) -- Bhutanese filmmaker Khyentse Norbu said he is very pleased and excited that his new film was selected from over 300 others to open this year's Busan International Film Festival that kicks off Thursday. The director, who is a Buddhist monk, held a press conference via video message regarding the opening film. He is attending a mountain retreat in his home country and could not make it to Busan for the festival.

Venice film fest means business, not just art - marketing chief

By Michael Roddy VENICE (Reuters) - Venice has a reputation for luxury and its film festival for emphasizing art over commercialism, so its marketing chief Pascal Diot has his work cut out to prove Venice means business. The stars, film directors and producers arriving at the Lido island festival venue by luxury motor launch or Maserati tend to look and act like they are on holiday as they wave at fans, sign autographs and waltz up the red carpet.

South African 'Lolita' banned at Durban film festival

A sex scene between a schoolteacher and a pupil has led to the opening movie at this year's Durban International Film Festival being banned, organisers said Tuesday. The decision to block the showing of the South African film "Of Good Report", has been met with outrage. Censors objected to a scene "which constitutes child pornography and we are unable to legally show the film," a spokesman quoted festival director Peter Machen as saying.

Moscow film fest to give special screening of Korean films

SEOUL, June 19 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will showcase some notable films during an annual film festival in Moscow, promoters said Wednesday. Nine latest Korean films will be screened as part of the "Korean Cinema Showcase" category of the 35th Moscow International Film Festival on June 20-29, the Korean Film Council said. They include "A Werewolf Boy," "Horror Stories," "New World," "Nobody's Daughter Haewon," "The Thieves" and "Jiseul," it said in a news release.

From the Croisette: film reporter Kevin Ma on his first impressions of Cannes

Kevin Ma, a Hong Kong-based journalist and film critic for publications including Yesasia.com, hit the Cannes Film Festival for the first time this year. Attending screenings, parties and related festivities from May 15-20, he offers his take on the experience.

From the Croisette: film reporter Kevin Ma on his first impressions of Cannes

Kevin Ma, a Hong Kong-based journalist and film critic for publications including Yesasia.com, hit the Cannes Film Festival for the first time this year. Attending screenings, parties and related festivities from May 15-20, he offers his take on the experience.
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