Friday, September 14, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
June 20th is the World Refugee Day that is celebrated all over the world.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Summer 2012 Feature Film Production Grants
Application deadline: July 16, 2012
Applications are accepted for feature-length, narrative film projects in all stages of production by directors from eligible nations of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Oceania. Applications may be submitted from May 15, 2012 through July 16, 2012, and granting decisions are announced in October 2012.*
APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 16, 2012
*For Applications, Eligibility Requirements and Granting Guidelines, please visit: www.globalfilm.org/granting.htm
The Global Film Initiative's Granting Program awards fifteen to twenty grants per year, of up to $10,000 each, to filmmakers whose work exhibits artistic excellence, authentic self-representation and accomplished storytelling. Funds received from grants are used to support completion of film production and to subsidize post-production costs such as laboratory and sound mixing fees, and access to advanced editing systems.
Since the Initiative's founding in 2002, the Granting Program has awarded 122 grants to filmmakers worldwide. Grant recipients include:
- BEATRIZ'S WAR (A GUERRA DA BEATRIZ), dir. Bety Reis, East Timor
First locally produced and directed narrative feature film from East Timor. GFI grant awarded in 2011.
- THE MIRROR NEVER LIES, dir. Kamila Andini, Indonesia
Awarded the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2012 Hong Kong International Film Festival. GFI honorable mention awarded in 2011.
- MISS LOVELY, dir. Ashim Ahluwalia, India
Official Selection of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard). GFI grant awarded in 2010.
- LA RUTA DE LA LUNA, dir. Juan Sebastián Jácome, Panama
World Premiere at the 2012 International Film Festival Panama. GFI honorable mention awarded in 2011.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
By Mohammad Amin Wahidi
First Published on Kabul Press and Hazara People
Two months after her first movie’s premiere and worldwide success, as a new director, Angelina Jolie has announced to the media that she has an idea and is writing a script on the Afghanistan Civil War.
Her debut feature, “In the Land of Blood and Honey”, a critically acclaimed movie about the civil war in the former Yugoslavia has expanded her fame as an emerging director and it proved her talent in making good movies as well in addition to be an extraordinary actress.
This new announcement seems to be good news for the people who look for justice in Afghanistan; the victims of the civil war and genocides such as Afshar Massacre.
Suffering injustice in Afghanistan even after ten years of two new governments, people are still hopeless for the transitional justice to be applied by the corrupted government of Afghanistan, but millions believe cinema as an effective medium can make their dream come true; depict the picture of committed crimes during these years which may push the war criminals to the justice courts.
Afshar Massacre, as a brutal genocide and a spot of shame in the contemporary history of Afghanistan, has caused the loss of almost 5,000 innocent people including women and children in a one-day military operation in west of Kabul in February 1993.
This evident massacre, has been recorded by different international human rights organizations and many documents including names and statistics, photos and videos of the killed and captured people are available in the HR organizations achieves.
Besides there are some documentaries available which have interviews with the remainders of the victims and their relatives that could help write a strong script based on this harsh scene of the contemporary Afghanistan History.
The result of a film on Afshar Massacre could be a Hotel Rwanda II which will not only have a humanitarian value but a critic acclaim and a box-office success for sure.
The Academy Award winner actress, Angelina Jolie is famous for her humanitarian assistances to the poor, war-torn countries as she has been a Goodwill Ambassador of the UNHCR and has so far made several trips to the countries in conflict- zone including, Afghanistan, Chad, Iraq, Libya and Sudan.
Her background as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador since 2001 has helped her gain a deep knowledge and understanding the level of sufferance the people in these war torn countries face and how many victims remain unhealed even long after the war.
Thus in her first movie as a director, she has proved to have had understood the meaning, the essence and the consequences of a civil war that is horrible and its consequences destroy even generations.
Afghanistani filmmakers and script writers would welcome Ms. Jolie to come and work on an Afshar Massacre script for her new movie in Afghanistan where she will be warmly welcomed, assisted and supported by them.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Amin Wahidi (film director), Novo Umberto Maerna, (Cultural Assessor of Province of Milan), Gian Micalessin, (Journalists in conflict zones) and Marco Masante (director of photography) were the speakers in this event in Milan.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Complete List of its Winnings and Nominations
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
A national champion in the search of a greater triumph; to be The World Champion! A writer dreams to write a World Number 1 Bestseller, a fiancé discovers a harsh truth after some years, a lover betrayers his beloved one, a wife awaits her husband's return from a long exile, a friend cheats his friend, a promise that can not be broken, a system that does not save humanity, a law that does not work, a bureaucracy that kills and a country that is not for women! In such a situation what remains as “The Last Hope” is a protagonist to emerge and fight to fix all these, is it possible?!
Writer and Director: Mohammad Amin Wahidi
Assistant Director and Production Designer : Marta Salvucci
Director of Photography: Marco Masante
Cinematographers: Chiara Calio’ and Fortuna Fonto
Gaffer: Boris Halperin
Sound: Santiago Augustin
Assistant Sound: Antonio Valerio
Costume and set design: Paula Corbellini
Production Assistant: Luigi Christian Patruno
Editing: Marco Masante, Santiago Augustin, Amin Wahidi
Backstage Photography: Giovanni Andriolo and Emanuele Manno
Language: Italian – English- Dari
Produced by: Deedenow Cinema Afghanistan and Remspot Italy
Milan- Italy 2012
backstage photo gallery
by Giovanni Andriolo and Emanuel Manno
More photos available on FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/aminwahidi