samedi 15 mai 2010

Sydney Film Festival 2010 / International film festivals 2010-2011 dates

The Sydney Film Festival appears to be back on a strong footing after a difficult few years.

This year’s festival, which was launched last week at Customs House, will feature 157 films from more than 47 countries and the premiere of new Australian Film South Solitary which stars Miranda Otto and father Barry.

South Solitary is the first film in a decade for director Shirley Barrett who last made Walk the Talk in 2000.

Jury president is Australian producer Jan Chapman whose extraordinary list of credits includes The Piano, Lantana and most recently, Bright Star. Chapman will be joined by Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper. The three remaining jurors will be announced in the lead up to the festival.

The Sydney Film Festival’s official competition, now in its third year will feature 12 films from across the world.

The 12 highly lauded films include three direct from the 63rd Cannes Film Festival and will include the world premiere and Australian debut of Wasted on the Young by West Australian director Ben C. Lucas. Two winning films from the Berlin Film Festival are also included: How I Ended this Summer (Russia) and If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (Romania).

Films by internationally renowned directors will have their Australian premieres. These will include Michael Winterbottom’s The Killer Inside Me, Todd Solondz’s Life During Wartime, Brillante Mendoza’s Lola, celebrated Iranian artist Shirin Neshat’s Women Without Men, Chris Morris’ outrageous comedy Four Lions, and Raoul Peck’s searing Haitian satire Moloch Tropical.

Festival director Clare Stewart said this year was shaping up to be one of the best festivals in years.

“The 2010 official competition line-up is set to take Sydney by storm - daring, commanding films that have already made a splash on the world’s best screens alongside a significant Australian discovery and films that will be unleashed at 63rd Cannes Film Festival.’’

The festival appears back on track after financial woes: 12 months ago a $300,000 rescue was needed, however since those dark days the State Government has committed $3 million over three years.

The Sydney Film Festival runs from June 2 to 14.

Article from Sydney Central/Where I live magazine

List of films made in France or with French collaboration or in French language:

Lourdes (General Admission)

Belgium-France-West Germany
Daughters of Darkness

Chicks (La vie au ranch)
Hadewijch (GA Stalls*)
Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno
Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno (General Admission)
Mammuth (GA Stalls*)
Story of My Life
The Game of Death
The Refuge
The Refuge (GA Stalls*)
Two in the Wave
Two in the Wave (GA Stalls*)
White Material

The Tree
The Tree (GA Stalls*)

The Ghost Writer

Moloch Tropical
Moloch Tropical (GA Stalls*)

Lola (GA Stalls*)

Saint Louis Blues

Ordinary People

The Illusionist
The Illusionist (GA Stalls*)

Women Without Men
Women Without Men (GA Stalls*)

Lebanon (General Admission)
Me, Too

Cell 211

Sri Lanka-France
Between Two Worlds
Between Two Worlds (GA Stalls*)

Son of Babylon

Winter's Bone

La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet (General Admission)


There are so many good films. How will I be able to choose which ones I want to see?

It will be interesting to see how well The Tree does. Directed by Julie Bertuccelli, and starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, it's filmed and set in Australia. I read the synopsis on various sites and it seems a little too 'out there' for me. It is also the closing film for this year's Cannes Film Festival so I guess it could be good?

I met a German girl at the recent German film festival here and she was saying that film festivals seem to be big things in Sydney. I never thought about it before but after she mentioned it it got me thinking. We DO have a LOT of film festivals. After trawling the 'net for a long time, I realised there was very little information about the upcoming festivals for this year, in 2010, so I decided to compile my own list (for my own reference, but I'm sure it's also useful for other film buffs).

There are probably more but these are the main ones I found. Also some of them don't release the exact dates until closer to the event, and the dates I've listed here are only for Sydney even though many of these festivals happen in other Australian cities too.

Flickerfest - International short film festival at Bondi Beach
8-17 January 2010

Tropfest - World's largest short film festival
21 February 2010

Sydney China Film Festival
19-28 February 2010

Australian Film Festival, Randwick
24 February-7 March 2010

Alliance Française French Film Festival
2-23 March 2010

Bollywood and Beyond: Indian Film Festival
12-21 March 2010

A night of horror: International Film Festival
10-23 April 2010

Audi Festival of German films
21April-2 May 2010

Spanish Film Festival
5-16 May 2010

Sydney Buddhist Film Festival
15 May 2010 (today!)

Human Rights Arts and Film Festival
27-29 May 2010

Newtown Flicks short film festival
4-6 June 2010

International Sydney Film Festival
2-14 June 2010

Arab Film Festival
1-31 July 2010

Possible Worlds: Canadian film Festival
2-8 August 2010

Indonesian Film Festival
26-29 August 2010

Russian Resurrection: Russian Film Festival
19 August - 1 September 2010

September 2010

Sydney Latin American Film Festival
1-19 September 2010

Sydney Underground Film Festical
9-12 September 2010

Sydney Fringe Festival
10-26 September 2010

Italian Film Festival
23 September - 10 October 2010

Greek Film Festival
9-20 October 2010

Korean Film Festival
October 2010

Fantastic Planet: Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Festival
October 26 - November 5, 2010

Hola Mexico Film Festival
November-December 2010

Japanese Film Festival
November-December 2010

Harmony International Short Film Festival
December 2010

Queerscreen: Sydney Gay/Lesbian Mardi Gras film festival
February 2011

Let's just say I'm going to be saving my pennies for these! :D I am a massive fan of foreign films.


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