Friday, June 15, 2007

European fest to kick off in Brussels

Brussels 5th European Film festival will kick off on June 29, running until July 7. Belgium, like most European countries already has a busy line-up of film festivals. The Brussels event stands out by focussing on first or second features from European directors. Amongst those being shown this year are "The Art of Crying" by Peter Schonau Fog on a script by Bo Hansen, "Voleurs de chevaux/Horse Thieves" by Micha Wald on a script by Jean-Paul De Zaeytijd and "Does it Hurt (The First Balkan Dogma)" by Aneta Lesnikovska. Seven avant-premieres have been set up and Belgium's Cinémathèque will be showing some pearls from its vaults on the square facing the venue.

The festival will also be handing out an award in its second pitch contest. More details will follow closer to the day.

For full details in French, Dutch and English, visit European Film Festival.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

UK's Screenwriter Festival posts programme

This year's Screenwriter Festival in Cheltenham, July 3-6, has an exciting programme that has been split into two broad sections. The two-day Rising Talent section will focus on issues of most interest to writers trying to break into the sector. Agent Julian Friedmann, Tony Jordon (writer of "Life on Mars"), reps from the BBC's Writers Room and William Nicholson ("Gladiator") are amongst the many speakers. The second "pro" section features a script market, Michael Goldernberg (the latest "Harry Potter"), a section on Spanish cinema and Simon Oakes, CEO of Hammer Films on the re-launch of the studios.

For more details, visit Screenwriter's Festival.