2017 Music Festivals

by on February 14, 2018
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Best Music Festivals

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2017 Film Festivals

by on January 28, 2018
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Film Festivals

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Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival

Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle FestivalThe Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival is celebrated in Chester UK to promote the regional and local cuisine. The event lasts for three days and takes place on the Easter weekend at the Chester Racecourse. The top chefs prepare dishes and share their recipes. For the kids, the Academy of Culinary Arts holds free cooking classes and also gives useful cooking tips besides cooking lessons. For the kids’ enjoyment, there are rides at the fun area park. There are around 120 food stalls from where you can sample and purchase various food products. Only the best are put up for sale; you can find from home grown vegetables and prize winning sausages to other food products. At the beer marquee and champagne tent you can sample the delicious beverage.

Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle FestivalThe Lifestyle Exhibition is another event of the Chester Food and Drink Festival. Here you can see 50 stalls displaying local arts and crafts, fabrics, home and garden furniture and various home décor accessories. The Chester Festival provides golden opportunity for the visitors to purchase top quality merchandise at reasonable rates.

The Chester Food Festival is a way to create environmental awareness among people. The people are encouraged to visit the venue via public transport like train or bus or on a bike. The ticket money is refunded on showing the proof of travel.

New Festivals That are Being Celebrated in Technology Age

by on March 15, 2016
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Festivals and celebrations bring lots of happiness in the lives of people. Therefore, many nations have created more festivals in present era to get chances of staying happy with friends and family. Some of the famous festivals that are being celebrated in different countries are given below:

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

This festival is getting more popular among Chinese in all over the world. The incredible things are made from snow and ice. The lasers and lights are used to decorate Ice Castles and other objects. The festival starts from 5th January and ends at same date on February.

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Music Festivals of 2015

by on March 5, 2016
in Music festivals

Everyone knows that music is the food for soul. Many people alleviate their depression and stress through music. Even the psychologists suggest music therapy for many mental illness conditions. Therefore, people don’t leave music concerts, raves and festivals to avoid missing such sources of joy. Here are some music festivals that have been organized in the year 2015.

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Most Interesting Festivals of 2015

When we hear about the word festival, first things that come in our minds are celebrations, happiness, spending quality time with loved ones etc. Here are few most interesting festivals being celebrated by different nations. Take a look at them.

Chinese New Year:

Chinese New Year

The New Year of China brings lots of colors and celebrations for the natives. It is the most important and significant day of the year. The use of many items is common in its celebrations i.e. lanterns, flowers, symbolic clothing, fireworks and dragons. This festival raises eyebrows of many people due to colorful events and unique rituals.

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Film Festivals of 2015

by on February 13, 2016
in Film Festivals

The year of 2015 has brought many celebrations and festivals for the people across the globe. From religious to music festivals, billions of people celebrated them in the world. The celebrities of film world also celebrate their festival. Different events are organized at distinctive places for the celebrations of local cinema industry. Few of them are mentioned below:

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Festivals Which are Not Celebrated Anymore

by on February 8, 2016
in Cultural festivals

Celebrations bring lots of happiness whether it is of any festival or a specific event. It gives us opportunities to meet friends and family in the get-togethers. There are some festivals that don’t exist anymore in the world. Take a look at them.

Baby Jumping Festival, Spain:

Baby-Jumping-Festival

In Spain, the ceremony of jumping over the babies were celebrated among the natives. It was their belief that babies stay blessed and all the evils can be thrown out from their surroundings. Nowadays, this ritual is not celebrated anymore.

Mihragan:

An ancient festival that was common am
ong Zoroastrians is Mihragan. An event were organized to enjoy traditional feast with the people. Mithra is a leading Angel in Zoroastrianism who has ten thousand eyes and thousand ears. According to their belief, Mithra comes to people’s home on the sixteenth day of seventh month.

Sadeh:

Sadeh

Another famous festival in Zoroastrianism was Sadeh. It was celebrated by followers before 50 days of Nowruz. Preparation of large bonfire was necessary to celebrate this festival. It was celebrated with magnificence and Grandeur in the Mid-winter Season.

All of these festivals aren’t celebrating anymore by the followers of their respective religions. There are different reasons of not celebrating these festivals.

Significant Film Awards festivals to Remember

by on April 16, 2015
in Film Festivals

Movie awards

  • Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival

Country of origin: Argentina

Originated in: 1999

Name of the award: People’s choice award

  • Mar del Plata Film Festival

Country of origin: Argentina

Originated in: 1954

Name of the award: Golden Astor Award

  • Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival

Country of origin: Armenia

Originated in: 2004

Name of the award: Golden Apricot, Silver Apricot and Parajanov’s Thaler

  • Dhaka International Film Festival

Country of origin: Bangladesh

Originated in: 1992

Name of the award: Rainbow award

  • Flanders International Film Festival Ghent

Country of origin: Belgium

Originated in: 1974

Name of the award: World sound track award

  • Sarajevo Film Festival

Country of origin: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Originated in: 1995

Name of the award: Heart of Sarajevo

  • Panafrican Film and Television festival

Country of origin: Burkina Faso

Originated in: 1969

Name of the award: FSPACO awards

  • Montreal World Film Festival which is one of the most significant film awards festivals.

Country of origin: Canada

Originated in: 1977

Name of the award: Grand Prix des Amériques

  • Toronto International Film Festival

Country of origin: Canada

Originated in: 1976

Name of the award: People’s choice award

  • Motovun Film Festival

Country of origin: Croatia

Originated in: 1999

Name of the award: Propeller of Motovun

  • Zagrebdox

Country of origin: Croatia

Originated in: 2005

Name of the award: Big Stamp, Little Stamp

  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Country of origin: Czech Republic

Originated in: 1946

Name of the award: Crystal Globe

  • Cairo International Film Festival

Country of origin: Egypt

Originated in: 1976

Name of the award: Golden pyramid

  • Cannes Film Festival

Country of origin: France

Originated in: 1946

Name of the award: Best Picture

  • Berlin International Film Festival

Country of origin: Germany

Originated in: 1951

Name of the award: Golden Bear, Silver Bear

  • International Thessaloniki Film Festival

Country of origin: Greece

Originated in: 1960

Name of the award: Golden Alexander

  • Hungarian Film and TV Awards

Country of origin: Hungary

  • International Film Festival of India

Country of origin: India

Originated in: 1952

Name of the award: Golden Peacock

  • International Film Festival of Kerala

Country of origin: India

Originated in: 1996

Name of the award: Golden Crow Pheasant

  • Mumbai International Film Festival

Country of origin: India

Originated in: 1990

Name of the award: Golden conch

  • Fajr International Film Festival

Country of origin: Iran

Originated in: 1982

Name of the award: Golden Tablet

  • Venice International Film Festival which is one of the most significant film awards festivals.

Country of origin: Italy

Originated in: 1932

Name of the award: Golden Lion, Coppa Volpi

  • International Film Festival Marrakech

Country of origin: Morocco

Originated in: 2001

Name of the award: Golden Star

  • Netherlands Film Festival

Country of origin: Netherlands

Originated in: 1981

Name of the award: Golden calf

  • Norwegian International Film festival

Country of origin: Norway

Originated in: 1973

Name of the award: Amanda

  • Tromso International Film festival

Country of origin: Norway

Originated in: 1991

Name of the award: Audience Award

  • Kara Film Festival

Country of origin: Pakistan

Originated in: 2001

  • International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography CAMERIMAGE

Country of origin: Poland

Originated in: 1993

Name of the award: Golden Frogs

  • Fantasporto

Country of origin: Portugal

Originated in: 1981

Name of the award: Grande Prémio Fantasporto

  • Cinemanila International Film Festival

Country of origin: Philippines

Originated in: 1993

Name of the award: Golden Frogs

  • Cinemalaya International Film Festival

Country of origin: Philippines

Originated in: 2005

  • Metro Manila Film Festival

Country of origin: Philippines

Originated in: 1975

  • Moscow International Film Festival

Country of origin: Russia

Originated in: 1935

Name of the award: Statue of Saint George Slaying the Dragon

  • San Sebastian International Film Festival

Country of origin: Spain

Originated in: 1953

Name of the award: Golden shell

  • Ciudad de Santander International Sport Film Festival

Country of origin: Spain

  • Goteborg Film Festival

Country of origin: Sweden

Originated in: 1979

  • Name of the award: Göteborg Film Festival Nordic Film Award, The FilmDragon, The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award
  • Stockholm International Film Fetival

Country of origin: Sweden

Originated in: 1990

Name of the award: Bronze Horse

  • Locarno International Film Festival

Country of origin: Switzerland

Originated in: 1946

Name of the award: Golden Leopard, Silver Leopard, Bronze Leopard

  • Adana International Film Festival

Country of origin: Turkey

Originated in: 2006

Name of the award: Golden Boll

  • Ankara Flying Broom Women Film Festival

Country of origin: Turkey

Originated in: 1996

Name of the award: Fipresci Award

  • Antalya Film Festival

Country of origin: Turkey

Originated in: 1963

Name of the award: Golden Orange

  • Istanbul Animation Film Festival

Country of origin: Turkey

Originated in: 2003

  • Istanbul International Film Festival

Country of origin: Turkey

Originated in: 1982

Name of the award: Golden Tulip

  • London Film Festival

Country of origin: United Kingdom

Originated in: 1953

Name of the award: The Sutherland Trophy

  • Dinard Festival of British Cinema

Country of origin: United Kingdom

Name of the award: Golden Hitchcock

  • Chicago International Film festival

Country of origin: United States

Originated in: 1964

Name of the award: Gold Hugo, Silver Hugo

  • Sundance Film Festival

Country of origin: United States

Originated in: 1978

Name of the award: Grand Jury Prize, Audience Award

  • Hawaii International Film Festival

Country of origin: United States

Originated in: 1981

Name of the award: Golden Maile

  • Seattle International Film Festival

Country of origin: United States

Originated in: 1976

Name of the award: Golden Space Needle

  • Slamdance Film Festival

Country of origin: United States

Originated in: 1995

In some of these important film awards festivals certain awards are offered to outstanding films actors, actresses, musicians and directors etc. The following are some of the most important ones.

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Best known as BAFTA British Academy of Film and Television Arts is a British based charity that is dedicated to the cause of supporting, developing and promoting the art form of motion pictures. They offer nine different award ceremonies to pick and make awards to people involved in the industry.

The nine awards are the

  • EEE British Academy Film awards
  • British Academy Games Awards
  • British Academy Television Craft Awards
  • British Academy Children’s Award
  • British Academy Cymru Awards
  • British Scotland Awards
  • BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards
  • The Britannia Awards

These award ceremonies are some of the most significant film awards festivals held in the United Kingdom.

Academy awards

Academy awards which are better known as The Oscars are offered annually by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of the US. The first edition of these awards was held on 16th May 1929 and the audience present on this occasion was just 270 people.

The awards are given to people in the film industry for their excellence in achievements in relation to cinema.  This awards ceremony is so popular among viewers that its telecast has been viewed by 57.25 million viewers in 1969. It was the 70th awards ceremony held in that year.

Voting to choose the winners in different fields is done by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The number of members eligible for voting in 2012 was 5783.

Golden Globe Award

Organized by Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Golden Globe award is also one of the most significant film awards festivals. The awards are offered to excellence in films and television industries. Presently, the association has 93 members. Started in 1961, the 72nd edition of the Golden Globe awards ceremony was held on 11th January this year.

In this awards ceremony the best motion pictures on the category of drama and musical or comedy are offered awards. The best director for both categories and the best director overall are also honored. In addition to them the best actor, best actress, the best supporting actor and the best supporting actress for both categories are awarded honors. There are also awards for the best the screen play, the best original score, the best original song, the best foreign language film and the best animated feature film. In addition to these awards made for the film industry both local and foreign, there are awards offered for the television industry as well. With all these awards are being offered to both films and TV industries Golden Globe becomes one of the most significant film awards festivals.

In case you look at the audiences that watch the telecast of Golden Globe awards ceremony you will be convinced that it is one of the most significant film awards festivals for the simple reason that only Oscar awards and Grammy awards are able to draw more viewers than it does.

Doctor Zhivago is one of the films that have won all the awards it has been nominated for and also it is one of the films that have won five Golden Globe awards. However, there are many other films that have made outstanding achievements in this award ceremony which is one of the most significant film awards festivals.

Significant Critics’ Awards

by on April 16, 2015
in Film Festivals

Critics awards, film festivals

Critics are the back bone for ensuring work quality in various fields and film industry is no exception. Several critics are attached to various film hubs and in various countries working for the betterment of industry and they scrutinize the work and announce Significant Critics’ Awards for good jobs done. Several organizations and associations arrange these Significant Critics’ Awards with specific terms and conditions while following set criteria. Interestingly some Significant Critics’ Awards have been famous with their nick names or names which are not really official. Example is that “Hollywood’s Academy Awards” are usually called “Oscar”. In certain cases awards are named after the organization or forum arranging the award. These are however in three major categories namely:

  1. Critics’ Awards are periodically announced by a group of critics.
  2. Festival Awards are from amongst the films shown in a specific film festival.
  3. Industry Awards are given to selected professionals who contributed significantly to some branch of industry.
  1. The “International Federation of Film Critics” is abbreviated as FIPRESCI because of its French name “Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique”. This is a critics’ association of national organizations of film critics as well as journalists. It is a global set up for the development and promotion of film cultures and for looking after the interests of film as a profession. This Significant Critics’ Awards were first initiated in 1930 from Belgium and expanded worldwide to fifty countries by now. Various famous film festivals and the films shown therein are the selection base for this forum like “Cannes Film Festival” or very popular “Venice Film Festival”. The selected films need to be innovatively made. There are minimum 15 Significant Critics’ Awards given out so far to various personalities from film industry.  Interestingly the award recipients, sometimes do not  agree to decision regarding the Industry Awards as Robert Bresson did this in Cannes Film Festival in1974 having differed with the decision that he deserved some other award category. That is of course, part of the selection process as well as individual choices within a human nature.
  2. “The Argentine Academy of Cinematography Arts and Sciences” gives out its Significant Critics’ Awards for recognizing outstanding film makers from Argentina. These Industry Awards are known as “Premios Sur” presented each year by the Academy to various industry workers including technicians, producers, directors and actors etc. The Academy comprises of 220 voting members for the films released in Argentine.
  3. Formed in 1996 for Significant Critics’ Awards, AFCA began as the Melbourne Film Critics’ Forum, expanding to a national organization in 2004. In the same year, AFCA became an Australian representative of the International Federation of Film Critics(FIPRESCI), which comprises the national organizations of professional film critics and film journalists from around the world. FIPRESCI has members in more than 50 countries worldwide. AFCA helped to establish the first FIPRESCI jury at the Adelaide Film Festival.

4.      Australian Film Critics Association (AFCA) is a group of famous professional critics in Australia comprising film journalists, film reviewers etc providing deliberations, discussions, technical analysis and discussing various aspects of word cinema. This is the Significant Critics’ Awards forum that focuses on mainstream cinema and independent cinema to take care of various films that were challenging. The forum started in 2008 taking 2007 films into consideration like The Best Australian Film, Best film from overseas and then addressing documentary which includes even the films not yet released.

  1. Bangladesh government sponsors film Significant Critics’ Awards known as “National Film Awards” which is the premium film award ceremony in Bangladesh. Bangladesh got independence in 1971 and these Significant Critics’ Awards were initiated in 1975. Industry Awards are given each year through a government selected panel. These are around 24 award categories that include best actor, best producer, best playback singer, best child artist and even best makeup etc.
  2. The Belgian Film Critics Association is the name of Belgian film critics organization usually known as UCC for the French name “Union de la Critique de Cinéma”. The association for Significant Critics’ Awards was founded in 1950s and the members are newspaper reviewers, weeklies and various magazines. The festival or event is held in December for the past one year activity. Selection is done through polls by academicians, students, filmmakers and others having significant knowledge about films. Most important Significant Critics’ Awards are given to “film that contributed the most to the enrichment and influence ofcinema” known as “Grand Prix”. There are few sub-categories too for honoring working people in different areas of film industry.
  3. The famous Indian Significant Critics’ Awards named IIFA Awards (known as International Indian Film Academy Awards) were initiated in year 2000 at the majestic place in UK “The Millennium Dome”. This ceremony continues in various important locations to prove worth of the award and its global recognition. It started with one night event to now three day celebration that also includes various events and activities related to Indian Film Industry. These Significant Critics’ Awards are now globally awaited and recognized awards presented each year to grant recognition to technical as well as artistic excellence in Indian film industry professionals. The forum finalizes awards for the films released in previous year. To add an innovation IIFA added unusual categories in 2009 like Director of the Decade, Star of the Decade (Male/Female) Music of the Decade and Movie of the Decade. These Significant Critics’ Awards are a kind of reminder of achievements and like revisiting history.

There are several like 30 other award giving forms in India too but IIFA is the most prestigious and just international. Other forums are either regional or specific to certain aspects and do not cover such a large spectrum.

  1. TFCA stands for “Toronto Film Critics Association” is the Toronto based organization comprising film reviewers and publications. Since 1999, TFCA is member famous FIPRESCI that allows giving of Significant Critics’ Awards. A large number of broadcasters and journalists who keep critiquing and commenting on films are also part of it. These members are from significant electronic and print hubs in Toronto. They manage juried festivals throughout the world – Venice to Berlin and from Cannes to Toronto. TFCA started its working to present /announce awards since 1998. TFCA first meeting was held in 1997 and the awards announced are fat and pompous respected globally, like they give away $100,000 to the director of a film from Canada. TFCA is not the only awarding forum, there are others like VFCC (Vancouver Film Critics Circle), Genie Award and CFA (Canadian Film Awards) too who have their own respect and recognition in film industry.
  1. Pakistan though does not has a global prominent presence in film industry but the industry is always struggling for survival against neighboring film giant India. Among the Significant Critics’ Awards, Pakistan has Lux Style Awards, Nigar Awards, Bolan Academy Awards, National Film Award and now recently announced ARY Film Awards. TheLux Style Awards are presented annually since year 2002 addressing the “style” of film industry in Pakistan. These are around 30 awards and address Pakistani film, television, fashion and sometimes theater industry too. There is a committee of experts and polls from public that makes decision for the award winning. This is one of the local premier and respected award and known as “Pakistani Oscar” too.  Pakistan film industry is very much prone to imported film content mainly from India of which dialect is very much close to Urdu and now lately from Turkey after dubbing for local market. Turkish dramas are quite welcomed in Pakistan bring in in new style and trend as well as challenge for the industry where Significant Critics’ Awards are applicable.
  2. Russia though remained behind an iron curtain for a long time but has a glaring history in film industry as well as Significant Critics’ Awards. MIFF is “Moscow International Film Festival” is another film festival since 1935 but it takes place regularly since 1959 on alternate years till 1995 and later on till now it is held each year. MIFF top prize depicts a statue in shape of Saint Georgewhile attacking a dragon with reference to “Coat of Arms of Moscow”. Lately since year 2000 Nikita Sergeyevich Mikhalkov who is a famous Russian actor, filmmaker and Head of Cinematographers’ Union has been president of MIFF. Since 2012 the film director from Brazil is heading the jury for Significant Critics’ Awards. His name is Hector Babenco.  Usual member of this jury are famous film directors, critics from various countries.
  3. Film industry remains incomplete without Hollywood that has history as well as the trend setting role in film industry and the Significant Critics’ Awards. AFI or “The American Film Institute” is an organization for education in film industry aimed for filmmakers. American President Lyndon B. Johnson founded it through a presidential mandate in 1965 announced from The White House, Rose Garden. Purpose was to establish and organization at national level for preserving film heritage legacy, its education and to develop next generation of film makers as well as honoring the work of film industry as a whole and grant of Significant Critics’ Awards. AFI honors the beautiful heritage of the moving picture arts. Public membership and private funding support AFI. It constitutes film industry leaders like academic communities, leaders from the film, stalwarts from entertainment and film business tycoons. AFI has also established a wonderful training program to support filmmakers named as “Center for Advanced Film Studies”. The institute also created repertory film exhibition platform at a famous place known as “The Kennedy Center” in the early years for Performing Artsand then a Feature Films Catalogue  which a research source for American films and its history. Later AFI moved to film hub in Hollywood in 1981 and that really worked for the support and wellbeing of American film industry and now grants Significant Critics’ Awards for excellence in film industry.

There are several different factors to motivate workers, contributors and individuals who work for an industry. These are financial, power, achievement, advancement and the ability to contribute, etc.  People who feel good are surer of their abilities and their contribution to a specific area and make them satisfied and happy for what they do. These Significant Critics’ Awards also bring forth the importance of good workers, sponsors and contributors of the industry. This also brings better opportunities within the industrial sector and makes it more popular among masses.

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