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Bel-Air Film Festival 2011

Dedicated to film education and exploration, the Bel-Air Film Festival offers its filmmakers access to a series of film panels, exciting music performances, and networking opportunities with some of the industry’s top professionals. Film screenings include Documentaries, Animation, Short Films, Student Film and Comedy. The festival also hosts both opening and closing night galas, this year being held on October 12th and 17th.

The lineup consists of 36 films, including 23 international premieres, one of which will take place on opening night at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The film is My Father's Will, directed by Fraydun Manocherian. Also taking place on opening night will be a live musical performance by Chris Mann (of Glee) and Chloe Flower, accompanist. For more details about the evening's activities, go to .

BAFF is an independent international film festival recognized for celebrating cinema in one of Southern California’s most prestigious and storied communities. The Festival attracts thousands of moviegoers each year, promotes the appreciation and knowledge of film, and seeks to recognize the most creative films and individuals in the film industry each year. BAFF’s goal is to inspire filmmakers and help provide them with the resources needed to further their knowledge.

Tickets and lineup info can be found at .

Bel-Air Film Festival
October 12-17, 2011

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Luxe Sunset Hotel
11461 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

UCLA James Bridges Theater
Melnitz Hall 1409
Los Angeles, CA

Transitions: Recent Polish Cinema

From September 9 to 15, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, in collaboration with the Polish Film Institute in Warsaw and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York, will present Transitions: Recent PoliAll That I Lovesh Cinema, a series of recent films that collectively offer a provocative look at Poland today.

While the Revolution of 1989 is the great moment of change for contemporary Poland, this Eastern European country has never stopped changing.

The nation has had to adapt to a "European" identity; learned to deal with new, emerging centers of power, such as China, India, and once again Russia; and deal with a dizzying array of social movements from ecology to gay rights. Moreover, there was the question of the country’s past: how to understand it and explain it to new generations of Poles.

Throughout this period, Polish cinema — always an able chronicler of Polish life — has tried to keep up with this "New Poland."

The series includes two classic films starring the great Zbigniew Cybulski, shown in beautifully restored copies.

Listed below are short descriptions of the films in the series:

All That I Love (2009)
directed by Jacek Borcuch
Amidst the Solidarity strikes and crackdowns of 1981, punk rock and hormones distract the son of a naval officer in Borcuch’s coming-of-age crowd-pleaser. A Sundance 2010 selection.

Black Thursday (2011)
directed by Antoni Krauze
The brutally suppressed Gdynia shipyard strikes of 1970 get a stirring reconstruction, spiraling out from the senseless shooting of a man on his way to work.

Erratum (2010)Goodbye Until Tomorrow
directed by Marek Lechki
30-something dad Michal is called back to his hometown and drawn into stories and lives from his past, in Lechki’s sensitively observed, lyrical debut.

Goodbye Until Tomorrow (1960)
directed by Janusz Morgenstern
Zbigniew Cybulski, the James Dean of Poland, shines as a charming actor in a traveling troupe who catches the eye of a fetching Frenchwoman. Scored by Krzysztof Komeda.

Mall Girls (2009)
directed by Katarzyna Roslaniec
Roslaniec’s darkly devastating film, which spurred nationwide debates, follows teens who get the latest fashions by offering themselves to men known as “sponsors.”

Mother Teresa of Cats (2009)
directed by Pawel Sala .
Dysfunction turns to disaster when two brothers, aged 22 and 12, murder their cat-loving mother, in this sobering drama told through serial flashbacks and based on a true story.

Night Train (1959)
directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz
In this masterfully shot classic of postwar Polish cinema, a fateful train hosts a diverse mosaic of personalities—including a murderer. With Zbigniew Cybulski as a spurned lover.Night Train

Out of Love (2011)
directed by Anna Jadowska
Hard up for cash, a young married couple decide to act in a porn movie — just once — but the experience opens up emotional and moral issues.

Suicide Room (2010)
directed by Jan Komasa
After a high-school dare leads to humiliation, a rich teen spirals into an abyss of virtual online worlds, in Komasa’s coolly visualized tale of youth and oblivion.

Venice (2010)
directed by Jan Jakub Kolski
Re-creating the wonders of Venice in their basement, a boy and his family find a magic-realist escape from World War II in this visually striking film.

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Transitions: Recent Polish Cinema
September 9 - 15, 2011

Film Society of Lincoln Center
Walter Reade Theater
165 W. 65th St.

New York, NY

box[ur]shorts Film Festival

box[ur]box[ur]shorts™ Film Festival, a yearlong short film exhibition taking place internationally from Los Angeles across the globe to Den Haag, Netherlands will hold its fifth annual awards night at Quentin Tarantino's New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 8, 2011. Doors open at 7:30pm.

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Perugia Int'l Film Festival

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Lovers of "la dolce vita," take note: The new Perugia International Film Festival will launch its first annual Festival from March 22nd to 25th, 2012. As a non-competitive festival, the Perugia International Film Festival aims to present groundbreaking films while also celebrating the art and the craft of cinema, and sharing the beauty of the city itself. 

Perugia La Fontana

Set in Umbria’s picturesque hills—“the green heart of Italy”—Perugia is home to two leading universities, extraordinary Umbrian architecture, and a rich artistic and cultural heritage from Etruscan times to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The Festival draws inspiration form the city’s historical narrative, paying tribute while creating a framework for innovation. A different kind of festival, it is an idyllic forum for original thinkers and visionaries to start conversations, generate new ideas, and immerse themselves in all artistic genres.

Karen ArikianThe Perugia International Film Festival will present films that exemplify traditions of craftsmanship as well as of aesthetic and technological innovation. An annual focus of the Festival will be to honor the work of the masters behind Costume Design and Production Design - integral, but rarely recognized, disciplines. In addition, the Festival intends to celebrate recent developments in film preservation and will showcase newly restored award-winning films. Moderated discussions and panels will present audiences with an opportunity for an immersive experience in all aspects filmmaking.

"Perugia is the perfect location for an international film festival where there can be an opportunity for a lively exchange on the possibilities of the medium of cinema,” says Paul Feller, Chief Executive Officer, Stratus Media Group, which conceived the idea for the festival, and is producing the event.

“Perugia is not only one of the most breath-taking Italian hill towns with a history of artistic achievement and culinary tradition," remarks Festival Director Karen Arikian (photo at left), "it is also the dynamic home of two internationally renowned universities and a number of significant festivals. That makes Perugia a very youthful city, but one with an incredible artistic heritage. We intend to work with local as well as international institutions to provide a broad platform for the Festival to grow."

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Perugia International Film Festival
March 22-25, 2012
Perugia, Umbria, Italy

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