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“Sand and Sorrow,” a documentary about Darfur produced and narrated by George Clooney, will serve as the closing night film at the first International Emerging Talent Film Festival, which will be held from May 13-15 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. The fest will present 22 films from emerging filmmakers in 20 countries and will open with the European premiere of Thom Fitzgerald’s AIDS drama “3 Needles.”
The event will take place at the Grimaldi Forum and will present eleven features, including two world premieres, three European premieres and two French premieres. The IETFF will partner with the Natural Resources Defense Council to turn the festival into a “green” film event.
The fest’s mission is to discover and promote promising cinema talents, to encourage dialogue between filmmakers, to promote cultural diversity and international understanding and to engage the art of cinema. The IETFF will focus on discovering filmmaking talent from developing and underdeveloped regions of the globe.
The fest has been founded by creative director Max Ryerson along with co-founder Noriko Bonafede, association president; Marco Orsini, co-founder and executive director; and Mitch Levine, fest producer and president of The Film Festival Group.
In addition to screening “Sand,” a panel on “Crisis in Darfur – Cinema Responds” will be presented on May 15. Panelists are expected to include Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times, the African Union’s Major Reuben Colince Ondoua, director Paul Freedman and author John Prendergastm, who co-penned “Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond” with actor Don Cheadle.
On May 14, there will lbe a screening of the film “Invisible Children,” which has sparked a campaign to improve the quality of life for war-affected children in Uganda.
The fest also will included a jury competition, which will chose the Wing Awards to be presented to filmmakers in various categories.
The feature line-up includes Lorne Thyssen’s “A Tale of Two Generals,” Jon Barker’s “Bunny Chow,” Tai-sik Kim’s “Driving with My Wife’s Lover,” Douglas Horn’s “Entry Level,” Eva Pospisilova’s “Marta,” Tania Hermida’s “Que Tan Lejos,” Andres Baiz’s “Satanas,” Arindam Mitra’s “Shoonya,” Robert Franke’s “Sovia,” Luc Dambia, Abdoulaye Diallo and Gideon Vink’s “Tele Guerre,” and Joy Dietrich’s “Tie a Yellow Ribbon.”
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