France / Return of the Institut du Monde Arabe film festival after an 11 year absence

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From 1992 to 2006 the IMA’s Arab Cinemas Biennale was a landmark. It often gave first screenings to talented Arab film-makers whose films are now routinely presented in prestigious international festivals. It also raised French and European awareness of a usually little-known cinema. This year, after an absence of more than ten years, the IMA …

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France / Mediterranean films at the Cannes Film Festival

The 71st Cannes Film Festival took place from May 8th to 19th. Mediterranean directors won awards not only in the main competition, but also in the parallel competitions. Main section In the main competition, Lebanese director Nadine Labaki won the jury prize with her third feature, “Capharnaüm”. Requiring three years research, Labaki’s film is both …

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Romania / The National Film Centre allocates more than €10 million for productions

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The National Film Centre of Romania announced the list of the winners of its 2017 call for production projects. From the 200 projects submitted, 17 drama films, 15 documentaries, 10 first works and 7 animated films were selected, plus 5 drama films about the centenary of Romania’s unification. €10.7 million will be shared between these …

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France / Release of “L’Homme Dauphin, sur les traces de Jacques Mayol”

Released in 1988 and filmed in the Mediterranean, “Le Grand Bleu” or Big Blue was inspired by the work of Jacques Mayol, a diver who loved nature – and dolphins in particular. Mayol became the first person to descend 100 metres without breathing equipment. “Big Blue” has influenced several generations and revolutionized our relationship with …

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France-Italy-Germany / France Télévisions, Rai TV and ZDF create “Alliance”

At the “Series Mania” festival in Lille, France Télévisions, Rai and ZDF announced they are creating a pan-European broadcasting group, Alliance, which will offer viewers high budget drama series. For Delphine Ernotte, chair of France Televisions, Europe must “take advantage of [its] strengths, [its] diversity and [its] incredible cultural wealth” to compete with large groups …

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France / Ajaccio’s second festival of films from North Africa

Organized by the People’s Association of Tunisians in Corsica and Friends, the second festival of “Cinéma du Mahgreb” is being held in Ajaccio from May 12th to 20th. The 24 scheduled films focus on different issues current in Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco (Libya is not part of the festival this year): the status of women, …

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Algeria / EPTV invests nearly 2 million euros in making programmes for Ramadan 2018

For the third consecutive year, Algerian television has decided to broadcast its own productions during Ramadan rather than buying foreign programmes. Tewfik Khelladi, EPTV’s Director General, announced that 18 home-grown programmes will be broadcast during Ramadan 2018, with a budget of 250 million Algerian dinars (about 1.8 million euros). To produce that many programmes while …

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