France / The Romanian film “Cadoul de Craciun” wins the Grand Prix at the Clermont festival

Cadoul de Craciun

The 41st Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival closed on February 9th with the award-giving ceremony in the town’s Maison de la Culture. For 9 days some 160,000 spectators, including 3,500 professionals, watched short films from around the world in a dozen locations in Clermont-Ferrand. The festival was organized around three competitions: international, national and the …

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France / 5th Ciné Palestine Festival

Ciné Palestine

The 5th Ciné Palestine festival will be held from March 10th to 19th in Toulouse and 8 other towns in the Occitanie Region. Through a selection of 24 feature films, shorts and documentaries visitors will discover the vitality of Palestinian film-making. The festivities will begin with a concert to celebrate the festival’s five years’ existence. …

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France / Call for films for the 23rd PriMed

logoprimed

PriMed – the International Awards for Mediterranean Documentaries and Reportages has launched its call for films for the 23rd edition. PriMed is open to all independent film-makers, directors, producers and broadcasters who, through their programmes or films, help to create a better understanding of the countries of the Mediterranean region in its broadest sense, from …

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Egypt / An agreement to develop Egyptian television

On January 20th several memorandums of understanding were signed between the National Media Authority (NMA) – formerly ERTU – and the Egyptian Group for Media (EGM). Their respective directors, Hussein Zein and Tamer Morsi, agreed a joint plan for developing Egyptian television over the next five years. Their first project is the creation of a …

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Morocco / The Tamayouz Foundation created to help young women directors

Fondation Tamayouz

Last December, at the 17th Marrakesh International Film Festival, five women producers and directors launched the Tamayouz Foundation with the aim of helping young Moroccan women build careers in the film and broadcasting professions. Dounia Benjelloun-Mezian, producer and co-founder of the project, said the foundation “wants to offer talented young women the springboard necessary for …

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Greece / Journalist Thomas Iacobi assaulted during a demonstration

Golden Dawn: A Personal Case

On January 20th Greek journalist Thomas Iacobi was attacked as he was covering a demonstration of between 60,000 and 100,000 people protesting against the renaming of the Republic of Macedonia. On January 25th Greek parliamentarians confirmed a new name: North Macedonia. Thomas Iacobi was hit in the face by supporters of the far-right Golden Dawn, …

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Italy / Call for films: the C’è un tempo per…l’integrazione Festival

The 13th C’è tempo per…l’integrazione has launched a call for films. The festival will take place from April 9th to 13th in Bergamo and Sarnico, two towns north-east of Milan in the Lombardy region. It is organized by the Ruah cooperative, active for many years integrating immigrants, in collaboration this year with “Lab 80 film”. …

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