Marziyeh Riahi (SFN)- Based on a firm desire to support the visibility of film produced by women around the world and also the growing presence and work of women in all walks of the audio- visual industry, while also bearing witness to the situation of women in countries where equality is far from being a reality, ZINEBI 60 has included "Focus Iranian Women Filmmakers: The Present is Female!" I discussed with the festival director Vanesa Fernandez Guerra, about this section and her comments on women's cinema.
Marziyeh Riahi (SFN)- Uberto Pasolini, Italian director and producer was one of the seven members of the jury who judged fifteen short films in the International competition of 35th Fajr International Film Festival. Pasolini has BAFTA and Venice award among a long list of other awards he has so far won. As he was very busy with the festival during his stay in Tehran, we had to do the interview on short films of the festival by e-mail.
Maryam Papi (SFN) - Indu Shrikent is a member of the team was publishing the first magazine on Asian cinema who still has taken the major responsibility of this team work. Although Cinemaya magazine is not publishing anymore, Osian's film festival, its vibrant produce is attracting film lovers from all over the world.
Marjan Riahi (SFN)- Born in Treviso, Italy, Sergio Manfio He is the President and the Head of the creative department of Gruppo Alcuni Srl. He is a world renowned Italian author and director in the animation domain who has directed many short and feature animation films and series.
Marjan Riahi (SFN) - Graduated from the Cultural Studies at the University of Wroclaw – majored in Theatre Studies, Sylwia Motyl-Cinkowska has organized many cultural events and worked as a promotion specialist. Since 2005 she's been the director of Osiedlowy Dom Kultury (The Local Community Center) in Jelenia Gora and the director of ZOOM-ZBLIZENIA International Film Festival. In this E-mail interview, she explains about festival's aims, condition, and her wishes about its future.
Marziyeh Riahi-SFN- Meeting Philippe Jalladeau was one of the good events happened to me during my stay in Tajikistan for participating in the third Didar Film Festival. Having similar experience by working with my sister in SFN, his expressions on their understanding, differences and goals with his brother was completely understandable for me.
Short Film News (SFN) - Sudhir Nandgaonkar, veteran Indian film critic is the Third Eye Asian Film Festival director. The festival which opens October 16, is organized by Asian Film Foundation and has a competitive section for fiction shorts. Nandgaonkar was a FIPRESCI jury member at the 69th Cannes Film Festival. He explains about Third Eye, his point of view about Indian cinema and Iranian films.
Marziyeh Riahi-SFN- -Tajikistan cinema is a young cinema. Many of its cinema halls are from Soviets era; but during the past years young Tajiks are trying to revive their cinema. Establishing Didar Film Festival in 2005 with the support of Mohsen Makhmalbaf, the Iranian filmmaker, and also as a jury member of it, might be one of the most important events during the past years in this cinema. The third edition of Didar Festival is going to take place from 12th till 16th October in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Safar Haqdododov, the festival director, is going to tell us about the different programs of the festival in this interview.
Marjan Riahi - SFN: Carlos Armella's Tierra y Pan has recently won the 65th Venice Film Festival's Corto Cortissimo Lion for the best short film. He is born in Mexico and trained in Filmmaking Train Center in Mexico City and then he went to London Film School. One of the most important points in his career experience is cooperating with Alexandro Gonzales Inarito in Babe l. Armella right now is active in publicity films and he will soon direct his first feature. He will tell us about his experiences and view points on documentaries and short films and also the situation of cinema in Mexico.
Marjan Riahi - SFN: Pedro Souto is the co-director of MOTELx Festival who established the first horror films Festival together with his young friends in Portugal. The genre, firstly, reminds Hollywood but, of course, it brings some of the most famous cinema masters to our minds as well. MOTELx is a non-competitive event which tries to show different view points of filmmakers from different parts of the world on this genre. Souto says, he and his colleagues are not interested in adding a competition section to the festival and the film selection and the festive aspect of the festival is of great importance for them. Short films have important position in this festival and also there is a section in which the documentary films about horror genre are going to be screened. In this interview, Souto tells us about his and other festival organizers viewpoints, programs, and also the goals and the aspirations of the organizer team.
Marjan Riahi - SFN: The 15th edition of Hot Docs Festival kicks off today, 17 April, in Toronto and will screen about 180 documentaries from different countries in its various sections during 11 days. The Hot Docs organizers have succeeded to make it the most important documentary event in North America in a short time. Although in the past 14 editions of this festival no Iranian films had participated, the presence of two members of organizing group of the festival in Cinema Verite Festival in Tehran is the main reason Iranian films are participating in this edition and also they specified a special program for Iran Documentary Cinema. Sean Farnel, Hot Docs Director of Programming, who has traveled to Iran, will explain in the following interview about the reasons to select Iran, festival programs, the future perspective of independent documentary cinema, etc.
Marjan Riahi - SFN : David Pope, the British director, producer and instructor, was one of the attendants in the 6th edition of FIKE Festival and held a filmmaking workshop for young Portuguese. He has a long experience as a trainer and during the past 15 years he, together with his colleagues in New Producers Alliance, have had important role in training and connecting English independent young filmmakers. His is the CEO of the New Producers Alliances and Director of Advance Films ltd. in England. In this interview you will read his opinions in different categories: the position of short films and independent cinema in UK, the activities of New Producers Alliances, his favorite cinema, etc.
Marjan Riahi - The 6th edition of Evora International Short Film Festival (Fike 2007) will be opened in the small and ancient town of Evora in Portugal today whereas there will be some changes in it comparing previous editions. The 6th edition was to be held last year but due to some problems it was cancelled and it is going to be held this year by adding another competitive section to it. Joao Paulo Macedo, the Festival Director, in an interview with SFN told us about the programs and goals of the festival, the recent changes, the position of short films in Portugal, etc.