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74th Cannes Internatio­nal Film Festival Opens In Cannes

THE 74th Cannes Internatio­nal Film Festival got underway in Cannes, South of France, on July 6. According to official statement by the organisers to mark the return of cinema to Cannes after its cancellati­on last year due to COVID- 19 pandemic lockdown, the Americans, Jodie Foster and Spike Lee; the Spaniard Pedro Almodóvar and the Korean Bong Joon Ho, the last director to receive the Palme d’or at Cannes in 2019, declared the festival open. The emotion was palpable in the Grand Théâtre Lumière for the festival’s return. The French actress and scriptwrit­er, Doria Tillier, evoked a sense of magic at the opening. She said, “to be a good spectator, you have to abandon yourself, and that’s what we’re going to do here. For 11 days, we won’t be able to help ourselves. We will laugh, share and maybe even leave as different people because cinema offers us a vision ‘ one of sweet, violent, and impossible things...’ Maybe that’s what we mean when we talk of the magic of cinema.” Foster, who is the festival’s guest of honour, joined her on stage to recall the importance of cinema and its evolution. The American actress and director was moved to receive an honorary Palme d’or from Pedro Almodóvar, who had come to honour her career. The Feature Film Jury, comprising Mati Diop, Mylène Farmer, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jessica Hausner, Mélanie Laurent, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Tahar Rahim and Song Kang Ho, was invited onto the stage before the screening of a montage of the filmograph­y of its President, Spike Lee, who was given a standing ovation. The 2020 films selection teams present in the room were also applauded in turn before the montage of the 2021 official selection films was screened. The festival ends on July 17.

Call For Entries For Berlinale Talents 2022 Opens

ENTRIES for the 2022 Berlinale Talent Programme of the Berlin internatio­nal Film Festival has opened and will close on September 1, 2021. The talent programme is returning after the excitement of the Berlinale Summer Special, which held across Berlin’s many open- air cinemas. The Berlinale Talents programme team says they are aiming for a 2022 event that once again welcomes all participan­ts to the Hauptstadt. The team maintained that the goal is to celebrate the 72nd Berlinale and the 20th edition of Berlinale Talents with the maximal possible physical experience for the participan­ts and audiences and a digital backup to ensure that the key values of diversity and inclusion prevail. Berlinale Talents is aimed at emerging film actors, audience designers ( i. e. curators, cinema or festival makers), composers, cinematogr­aphers, directors, distributo­rs, editors, film critics, producers, production designers, sales agents, screenwrit­ers and sound designers with an existing portfolio of work. However, those wishing to enter for the 2020 edition are advised to find out from the website: www. berlinale. de if they are eligible.

Last Week To Enter For Tokyo Internatio­nal Filmfest 2021

JULY 16 is submission deadline for the 34th edition of Tokyo Internatio­nal Film Festival 2021. The festival is scheduled to open on October 30 and will run till November 8, 2021. Films to be entered must meet the following criteria must be films completed after January 1, 2021, must be at least the Japan premiere at TIFF while films that are available on the Internet, TV including pay television or in- flight movies and commercial­ly released movies on DVD or any other format are not eligible. The festival does not also accept short films. TIFF accepts only feature films including animations and the organisers expect screening materials to be in digital and high definition format with English subtitles. The TIFF award prizes such as Tokyo Grand Prix, Special Jury Prize, Award for Best Director, best actress and best actor. Additional informatio­n on the submission process can be sourced at tiffjp. net

NFI Announces Call For Entry For Masters Degree In Archival Studies

CALL for applicatio­ns from qualified candidates for admission into the 2020/ 2021 academic session of the master’s degree programme in Film Culture & Archival Studies run by the University of Jos and the National Film Institute, Jos in collaborat­ion with German institutio­ns, has commenced. The 2020/ 2021- admission process will be the second, for candidates of themaster degree programme. The postgradua­te degree programme is designed to meet the trajectory necessitie­s of providing depth of knowledge for the management of creative works and audio- visuals. Courses taught during the two- year period cover broad range of practical, theoretica­l and thematic film archiving. Key elements of the strategic approach of the postgradua­te degree programme are the developmen­t of advanced archiving skills and management, for the preservati­on of cultural and audiovisua­l heritage. Partners for the master’s degree programme initiated by the Nigerian Film Corporatio­n and being undertaken by the University of Jos and the National Film Institute ( NFI) Jos include Goethe University, ( Frankfurt) Deutseches Film Institute & Film Museum, Arsenal Institute for Film & Video ( DFF) Frankfurt, and

Austauschd­ienst ( DAAD), Germany.

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