Egypt / Death of the actor Farouk El Fichaoui

The Egyptian actor Farouk El Fichaoui died of cancer on July 25th in Cairo, at the age of 67. Born in 1952 in Al-Minufiyah, Farouk El Fichaoui graduated in literature from Cairo’s Ain Shams University, then continued his training at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts. His career began in the mid-1970’s, and in 1976 …

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France / Canal Plus and the Les Echos-le Parisien group buy the Mezzo channels

Canal Plus and Les Echos-le Parisien have announced the joint-purchase of the two Mezzo channels currently owned by the Lagardère group and France Télévisions. Each will own 50% of the assets. Founded in 1998, the production company Mezzo SA runs Mezzo and Mezzo Live HD, two pay channels devoted to classical music, jazz and dance. …

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Israel / The Jerusalem International Film Festival in full swing!

The Jerusalem Cinematheque is hosting the 36th International Film Festival from July 25th to August 4th. The festivities opened with a screening of Parasite, Bong Joon-Ho’s South Korean film which received the Palme d’Or at Cannes in May. Numerous sections make up the programme, including competitive categories – both international and national – tributes to …

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France / The Ateliers Varan launch a candidate call for a training workshop

The Varan Workshops have launched a call for applications for their training programme “Producing documentary films in practice”, which will be held from September 2nd to October 19th in Ajaccio. This intense training workshop will enable participants to come to grips with the fundamentals of making documentary films and acquire a certain freedom as  film-makers. …

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France / URTI launches its call for radio productions

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For its 31st edition, the URTI International Radio Award launches a call for programmes on the theme “Public media and social networks”. The competition is open to any broadcasting organization, association or institution, free of charge. Radio producers or directors wishing to compete for the URTI Grand Prix must submit their programmes for pre-selection by …

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Tunisia / The Manarat Festival comes back for a 2nd year

The second Manarat Festival, exclusively for Mediterranean films, is taking place from July 1st to 7th at the Tunis City of Culture – and on 10 beaches along the coast where there will be free open-air screenings for everyone, Les toiles de mer. The Manarat festival was created in 2018, the initiative of Dora Bouchoucha, …

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Spain / FlixOlé produces a documentary about the history of Spanish cinema

Antonio Resines and Ana Pérez-Lorente are making Historias de nuestro cine, a documentary on the history of Spanish cinema, produced by FlixOlé, the largest cinema platform on the Iberian Peninsula. The documentary, the platform’s first production, is structured chronologically, combining excerpts from films with interviews featuring Spanish cinema’s most important actors, directors and critics. Carmen …

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