Thursday, 4 June 2009

Intellect in Japan!

Despite the cancellation of the annual SCMS (Society for Cinema and Media Studies) conference, Intellect still travelled the hefty 26 hour door-to-door journey to the bright lights of Tokyo. Armed with the latest up-to-date info on publications including the forthcoming Directory of World Cinema: Japan, and the Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, we met with a host of organisations to showcase our publishing programme, and continue to raise the profile for Intellect internationally. We also met with Gilles Fauveau, a representative for our North American distributor the University of Chicago Press, who was busily preparing for Book Expo in New York.

Even though the intended conference programme was cancelled, Josai International University impressively managed to arrange a lively one day programme of panel discussion and debate, held on the Saturday. This was a great opportunity for us to offer information about our titles for those attending the sessions, and to keep film and media academics updated about our latest books and journals. We also showcased the first issue of our new visually-focussed film mag, The Big Picture.

Here are some pictures of sights along the way, including bookshops, film institutes and a few visual tastes of this dramatic metropolis; where tradition and trend, ancient culture and cutting-edge industry co-exist in fabulous extremes.

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7th ISCHIA GLOBAL FILM & MUSIC FEST: from July 12th to 19th 2009

Music-icon Sting and Italian-director Francesca Archibugi will join Angela Bassett, Heather Graham, Joel Schumacher, Paul Haggis, Citto Maselli, and Matt Dillon among others at the 7th Ischia Global Film & Music Fest® which will take place from July 12th to 19th on the magnificent Green Island.

For the third year, the chairman of the event will be film director and producer Paul Haggis supported by Marina Cicogna, Franco Nero and – for the music section - Tony Renis whereas actress Malin Akerman and Martina Stella will host the event.

This year’s edition will re-launch the project to help international film productions in Italy: Chaired by Luciano Sovena (Cinecittà – Luce Spa), the 2nd Global Production Summit® that will involve many of the most influential film producers in the world.

the South African Film critic and Film Historian Prof Martin Botha will attend the festival. Prof Botha is not a stranger in Italy as he was awarded the Bronze Gripphon in 1994 in Italy and also contributed to the book on South African Film Industry “The new face of South Africa film ten years after apartheid” by Itala Vivan. He is also busy finalizing a dictionary on South African Films from 1910 up to date.

Ischia Global Fest 2009 will also include several international premieres, a retrospective on the best Italian films of the past season, concerts, awarding ceremonies and meetings with the stars and the audience in the movie theatres of Ischia Porto and Forio as well as in the spectacular arena prepared at the Regina Isabella bay in Lacco Ameno.

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