Tribute to the actor Rutger Hauer – At 2019 Lucca Film Festival he left his environmentalist message for the new generations

The Earth is good. You have to side with the Earth. And maybe you can hold onto this story and the Earth.

This was the environmentalist call that Rutger Hauer, who died recently, launched in front of hundreds of people, precisely on the occasion of the tribute that the Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema had dedicated to him in the Effetto Cinema Notte.
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Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick signs the “5050×2020” Pledge

On Saturday, February 9th, 2019, Festival Director Dieter Kosslick signed the “5050×2020” pledge to work for increased gender equality at the Festival and the Market. The signing took place in the Meistersaal at the “Gender, Genre and Big Budgets” event, organised by Women in Film and Television (WIFT), and the Dortmund | Cologne International Women’s Film Festival. With “5050×2020”, the Berlinale commits to working towards equal gender representation in directorships and selection committees by 2020, and to publishing statistics on gender distribution in film submissions and selections.
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Ibn Rushd Prize 2018 – Extention of the period for nomination: deadline December 31, 2018

The Ibn Rushd Prize 2018 calls for a caricaturist who criticizes or ridicules political, religious or social leaders and authorities.

A caricature is an exaggerating drawing highlighting the negative characteristics of what it depicts in order to criticize it. This way of criticizing seems to be deeply rooted in the human mind – historians argue that the art of caricature started as early as the stone ages. Ancient Egyptians were the first to apply their critical imagery on paper (or papyrus), and are thus considered the pioneers of political cartoons, but caricatures were also found in drawings of Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Sumerians and Assyrians.
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Hungarian authorities to criminalise humanitarian assistance to migrants – OMCT’s statement

Statement of The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (the Observatory) which was created in 1997 by the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and FIDH. The objective of this programme is to intervene to prevent or remedy situations of repression against human rights defenders. OMCT and FIDH are both members of ProtectDefenders.eu , the European Union Human Rights Defenders Mechanism implemented by international civil society.

j:mag regularly supports and relays OMCT’s appeals. This one too.

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Jóhann Jóhannsson and Rupert Gregson-Williams main winners at World Soundtrack Awards – Film Fest Gent

The 17th World Soundtrack Awards have been awarded in Ghent on the 18th October . Jóhann Jóhannsson and Rupert Gregson-Williams won Best Film Composer of the Year and Best Television Composer of the Year respectively, while David Shire received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his entire career. Guest of honour during the concert following the awards ceremony was jazz composer Terence Blanchard.
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Film Fest Gent and World Soundtrack Awards present packed music programme

Film Fest Gent was founded in 1974 by Ben Ter Elst (Studio Skoop) and Dirk De Meyer (Universitaire Filmclub), joined by Jacques Dubrulle, and has since developed into one of Europe’s most prominent film events. Every year in October, the festival presents some 80 features and 50 shorts from all over the world. A range of different film programmes are showcased, attracting over 130,000 viewers each year. With its focus on film music, the festival has its own unique place among international festivals. Every year, the festival organises film music concerts, giving composers of film scores the platform they deserve. Trade paper Variety placed the festival in its top 50 must attend festivals of the world because of this focus on (film) music.
Since 2001, Film Fest Gent has been organising he World Soundtrack Awards, which are the most prestigious soundtrack awards in the world. Each year, the best composers of film music are honoured and receive international recognition for their work.
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Officials Awards – 74th Venice International Film Festival – #Venezia74

The Venezia 74 Jury, chaired by Annette Bening, and comprised of Ildikó Enyedi, Michel Franco, Rebecca Hall, Anna Mouglalis, David Stratton, Jasmine Trinca, Edgar Wright and Yonfan having viewed all 21 films in competition, has decided as follows:
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Open letter: Urgent Need for Independent International Inquiry on Yemen

Joint NGO letter to Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council
Urgent Need for Independent International Inquiry on Yemen

We, the undersigned nongovernmental organizations, urge you to support the creation of an independent international investigation into violations and abuses of international human rights law and international humanitarian law in Yemen since the start of the current conflict. This is a call that has been made since 2015 by national, regional, and international civil society organizations, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Security Council Panel of Experts on Yemen. The number of abuses, and the need for credible international investigations, has only increased since 2015.
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Cinema for Peace in Hamburg: G20 Screening Series

Shop owners are building barricades, people are fleeing the city, demonstrators are clashing with the police and the German agency for fighting crime LKA is predicting sabotage and fire in the next days – the G20 Summit has finally arrived in Hamburg. To oppose violence, Cinema for Peace is planning to show to protesters at the hotspots Schanzenviertel, Stadtpark and Entenwerder the film Everyday Rebellion as an example for nonviolent resistance.
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Cannes 2017 : The Critics Awards

The FIPRESCI Jury awarded three prizes: two in the Official Selection – one for the Competition and one for Un Certain Regard –, and a third one for either The Critics Week or the Directors’ Fortnight.
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