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Fest bolstered

LONDON — The Edinburgh International Film Festival received a £1.88 million ($3.8 million) cash boost from the U.K. Film Council on Monday. The cash injection will be allocated over the next three years and is aimed at bolstering the Scottish festival's ambitions to become a leading event of discovery, showcasing new films and talent. The investment, the largest from the Council to a single festival, is the first from its newly established £4.5 million ($9.1 million) festival fund. The London Film Festival and several other events are expected to be in the running for future pledges.



YouTube blocked

BEIJING (AP) — Internet users in China were blocked from YouTube.com on Sunday after dozens of videos about protests in Tibet appeared on the popular U.S. video Web site. The move is part of the communist government's efforts to control what the public saw and heard about protests that erupted Friday in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, against Chinese rule. Access to YouTube.com, usually readily available in China, was blocked after videos appeared on the site Saturday showing foreign news reports about the demonstrations.



'Girl' honored

PARIS — Jeon Soo-il's South Korean drama "With a Girl of Black Soil" was given the Lotus prize for best film at the 10th annual Deauville Asian Film Festival. The film also took home the Lotus Air France International Critics prize at the festival, which kicked off March 12 in the seaside town. French director Patrice Chereau led a star-studded jury, which also gave special jury prizes to Aditya Assarat's "Wonderful Town" from Thailand and Liew Seng Tat's "Flower in the Pocket" from Malaysia.
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