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    The Latest Iran Update

    Director Shirin Neshat (Women Without Men), Mohsen Makhmalbalf and Oscar-nominated actress Shohreh Aghdashlou—call upon countries worldwide to boycott official Iranian film and TV organizations and sanction its members as the repression of Iranian filmmakers and actors intensifies.A Scene from Women...

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    Academy Award Submissions for Best Foreign Language Oscar With Sales Agents

    The complete list of submissions for the nomination for Best Foreign Language Academy Award, has been announced. 63 countries' selections have been accepted. Last year there were 65 selections. I have added the international sales agents and when there is one, the U.S. distributor. The Female Factor: 8 of 63 films or 13%. Last year, of the 65 films submitted, 9 were directed by women — that’s 14%. The films by women are Leticia Tonos' Love Child ♀ (the Dominican Republic), Valerie Donzelli's Declaration of War ♀ (France), Ann Hui's A Simple Life ♀ (Hong Kong), Juanita Wilson's As If I Am Not There ♀...

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    Iran Update

    Mohammad Rasoulof Supporting Green OppositionThe verdict on Jafar Panahi and Mahammad Rasoulof was confirmed this Saturday by the Appeal Court of Iran : 6 years of jail and 20 years ban on any possibilities of filmmaking, writing, etc. and a 1 year jail term for Rasoulof. Iranian media report that the two filmmakers, Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof, have been convicted of "activity against national security and propaganda activities against the regime". Panahi has also been banned from filmmaking, scriptwriting and media activities for 20 years. Panahi is only allowed to travel abroad for Haj [pilgrimage] purposes or emergency medical ...

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    Latino Today - Morelia Film Festival!

    Variety reports on Morelia Film Festival's ninth edition October 15 - 23. I won't repeat the article here except to cite its place today as an exciting venue (hopefully not too exciting!!) to see new Latino, especially Mexican, films. The artistic director and founder Daniela Michel has quickly bro...

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    Grants to Grab

    Deadline October 10: At Tribeca Film Institute grants are available to support exceptional storytellers from the U.S. and around the world.How? Through funding: over a million dollars annually in grants for both narrative and documentary films and new media projects. Through real-world connections: In an era of the easy "Like" we create opportunities for filmmakers to genuinely connect with industry professionals and with each other. Through support: We offer guidance and provide one-on-one assistance through the filmmaking process.Why? Because well-told stories bring communities together. They captivate us, and they have the potential to cr...

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    Abu Dhabi Film Festival Lineup

    Celebrating its 5th year, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (October 13 - 22) will screen more than 200 feature and short films by established and emerging filmmakers representing 43 countries. Established to help create a vibrant film culture throughout the region, the Festival opens October 13 with the...

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    Le Shana Tova

    Loyal readers, I've been laid low by the flu. I've been slow to blog and yet I see my reader numbers are up. I am so grateful to all who come up and tell me they read my blog. I have so many subjects I want to blog about and have promised folks to write about. I hope in the coming New Year to blog...

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    When Are Films Political? Hell and Back Again

    Hell and Back Again, the feature documentary by Danfung Dennis that won the World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury Award and the World Cinema Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival 2011 opens on October 5th at Film Forum in NYC and on October 14th at Laemmle Monica in Santa Monica. New Vide...

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