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‘Sweet Country,’ ‘Newton’ Share Top Honors at Asia Pacific Screen Awards

Australian Outback Western, “Sweet Country” was named best film at the annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards, on Thursday. The film, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice festival earlier this year, is the second feature by cinematographer turned director Warwick Thornton. His first film “Samson and Delilah” won the APSA best picture award in 2009, making Thornton the only ...

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‘The Other Side of Everything’ Leads Winners From a Politically Charged IDFA Lineup

In a world presently riven with political conflict and polarized discord, you wouldn’t expect the world’s leading documentary festival to skimp on the tough issues, and so it proved at IDFA this year. The Amsterdam showcase’s 2017 lineup was a strong one, peppered with challenging perspectives and confrontations of past and living history, but “fun” was low on the agenda — ...

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IDFA Forum: ‘Documentary Makers Want To Go Behind The News’

AMSTERDAM — The world’s geopolitical landscape may be changing on a daily and depressing basis, but a visit to this year’s Forum suggests it’s not all doom and gloom in the world of documentary. “Sunken Eldorado”, from France, offers a tale of modern-day piracy in the hunt for the Spanish Armada’s missing gold; Italian co-production “Maestro Morricone” tells the story ...

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IDFA’s Shifting Perspectives Program – ‘It’s About Ownership Of Images’

AMSTERDAM – “Every day, we are bombarded by images of the Arab world: bombings, shooting, hunger and hatred…” It is this “one-sided representation” that IDFA programmers Laura Van Halsema and Isabel Arrate Fernandez, together with Syrian producer and filmmaker Orwa Nyrabia, sought to challenge when assembling Shifting Perspectives: The Arab World, a three-day symposium of sorts, in which 16 films ...

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How Steam Plans To Deal With Review Bombing

This was in response to some games being review bombed (sometimes with very positive reviews and sometimes with very negative reviews) where users would upvote reviews as being “Helpful” even when, sometimes, the reviews themselves were not necessarily detailed or thorough. In some cases, there are games that have short review blurbs briefly explaining why it might be getting review ...

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IDFA Film Review: ‘Of Fathers and Sons’

The family that prays together stays together, with entirely chilling consequences, in “Of Fathers and Sons,” an intrepid, cold sweat-inducing study of Jihadi radicalization in the home from celebrated Syrian docmaker Talal Derki. Delivering on the auspicious promise of his 2013 debut, the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner “The Return to… Variety

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When Magic: The Gathering Arena's Closed Beta Begins

Now, if you do manage to get into the beta, you won’t be able to share any of your experiences with the general public at large, otherwise your beta access will be revoked. There are some strict non-disclosure agreements that will need to be signed if you are selected. The NDAs prohibit the sharing of screenshots, videos, images, or footage ...

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