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The Graduation (Le Concours)

Venue: Cine Lumiere

15 June 2017 8:00 am

Director: Claire Simon Country: France Year of Production: 2016 Length: 90 mins Original language: French (English sub-titles) Produced by: Andolfi Synopsis: With ‘The Graduation’ the director will delve into the daily life of the Parisian cinema school, la Fémis, where a specific Republican ideal of excellence is practiced and entry into which can be summed up as follows: "everyone’s equal, but only the best get in…" Through the admission process, the hard work all year and the graduation exams, ‘The Graduation’ will establish a portrait of our relationship more

The Graduation (Le Concours)

Claire Simon | | 90 mins

With ‘The Graduation’ the director will delve into the daily life of the Parisian cinema school, la Fémis, where a specific Republican ideal of excellence is practiced and entry into which can be summed up as follows: "everyone’s equal, but only the best get in…" Through the admission process, the hard work all year and the more



Venue: Studio 28

31 March 2017

465885.jpg-r_1920_1080-f_jpg-q_x-xxyxx-1 ☞ FILM: ‘Lumière!’ directed by Thierry Fremaux (90 mins) ☞ DATE & TIME: Friday 31 March – film-themed cocktail (€4.50, or €6.00 with a packet of popcorn) available from 8pm; screening starts at 9pm ☞ CINEMA: Studio 28, 10 rue Tholozé, Montmartre 75018 Paris ☞ TICKETS: €9 full price; €7.50 for students and all other concessions. Available at the cinema only (please arrive early to avoid disappointment and bring cash as Studio 28 does more


‘My Best: George Best – the man behind the legend’ with Calum and Angie Best and director Luigi Maria Perotti

Venue: Soho Hotel

24 March 2017 8:00 pm

MY BEST: George Best – the man behind the legend  Followed by a discussion with Calum Best, Angie Best, Phil Hughes and director Luigi Maria Perotti World Premier Dir. Luigi Maria Perotti | 2017 | 82 min | Italy/UK “I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered” So wrote George Best, one of the greatest football players. Handsome, talented and utterly cheeky, he became the Fifth Beatle, the footballing rock star of the late sixties and more


‘Flaneurs’ with director Matthew Lancit

Venue: Mac-Mahon

3 March 2017 8:00 pm

Presented by LIDF in partnership with Lost in Frenchlation and Spoken Word Paris. Between film projects and following the birth of his daughter, a Canadian in Paris must confront his slacker lifestyle and decide if there is something in it worth passing on to the next generation, or if he is better off getting a job. In search of the remaining traces of flâneurs (19th Century wanderers of Paris), he takes his daughter on a series of poetic strolls in which more


+ Q&A with director World Premiere Watch trailer
Matthew Lancit | | 79 mins

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Documentary Photography Workshops and Folio Review


4 February 2017 9:00 am

The LIDF Documentary Photography Workshops and Folio Review are organised by the London International Documentary Festival with the participation of the Twenty Twenty Agency. There are 24 workshops places available for both days and 40 participant-observer places for the Folio Review on Sunday 5th February. The practices of photography and film-making share a rich history. In the past decade new technologies have caused boundaries to blur and opened up possibilities for professionals and citizen journalists alike. Twenty four photographers will be given more


2016 Nominations


1 December 2016

Nominations not be announced next week. Voting for nominations in the Audience Award will be possible on-line for a further 14 days. more


Documentary Production 2.


24 November 2016

Conception to Distribution - A Production Guide Production and Pitching Workshop January 2017, London & Paris Booking Code: DOC2 Every documentary film is unique. It has its own audience, its own scale, its own objectives. Objectives that are not only artistic and entertainment orientated but frequently linked to campaigns or social movements. In order to make any film effective in realising its ambitions a clear and integrated production strategy is vital. Documentaries, in contrast to fiction films, have particular development and production issues. Documentary production more




26 November 2015 12:00 am

soho-hotel   Sign up to get the latest news on the programme to be announed this week. more


Better on the Inside + Grandma Neyde`s House + Aside the Sea + Crossed Out + With Fidel Whatever Happens

Venue: The Horse Hospital

2 June 2012 7:30 pm

Grandma Neyde`s House

European Premiere
Caio Cavechini | | 20 mins

It had once been a full house, full of family, food, laughter. Now Grandma Neyde lives alone except for her crack addict son, whom she protects and cares for even though he is violent, keeping others from the house, shaming her and tiring her out. Finally, things must change. The last chance is to seek more

Aside the Sea

European Premiere
Sine Skibsholt | | 29 mins

A portrait of a vanishing place and it's family of men: In the far North of Denmark lies the small fishing village Thorupstrand. It is the last place left where an otherwise extinct life form still exists, and where things are the way they've always been: The boats are pulled up upon the beach, there is no harbour. Weather conditions are foretold by watching the waves. Everybody knows everybody more

Crossed Out

European Premiere
Roberto Duarte | , | 28 mins

Roberto's grandmother denies two of her children and no one in the family has ever dared talk to her about it… more

With Fidel whatever happens

World Premiere
Goran Radovanovic | , | 47 mins

Sierra Maestra, Cuba, 850 km east of Havana.  The day before the celebration of the 52nd anniversary of the Revolution.  An old man is repair a motorcycle a few decades old.  A young dentist is trying to find some transport to a clinic in a remote mountain, where - among other patients - he is to treat a more

Better on the Inside

UK Premiere
Christopher Haysom | | 6 mins

A look at three different perspectives from within the family of someone with a disability. more


CLOSING NIGHT GALA: Susya + War Matador

Venue: Soho Hotel

2 June 2012 7:00 pm

Presented in association with the Embassy of Israel in the UK more


UK Premiere Watch trailer
Dani Rosenberg and Yoav Gross | , | 15 mins

A 60-year-old Palestinian and his son return to their abandoned home village, which they have not visited for 25 years. more

War Matador

UK Premiere
Avner Faingulernt, Macabit Abramson | | 70 mins

In January 2009, during the war in Gaza, two courageous Israeli directors grabbed their cameras to shoot material along the common border. The bombs are filmed from a distance, out of focus and at extreme focal length – the tourists’ point of view. The impact of the bombs in the distance is muffled, which is more

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