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Significant Film Awards festivals to Remember

by on April 16, 2015
in Film Festivals

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  • 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.

Top 5 festivals of Russia

by on September 14, 2014
in Cultural festivals

Russia is a gorgeous and fascinating holiday destination for its unique culture and festivals. The season of festivals in Russia reveals some of the most amazing and beautiful customs and rich cultural side of the country and its people. One interesting thing about these festivals is that they originate from the Christian legacy shared by Europe and America but the way these festivals are celebrated in Russia is different. Here are top five festivals of Russia that share commonalities with Europe and America but celebrated differently:

New Year

Russian festival

Considering how New Year is celebrated by every country, you must be wondering why is it unique in case of Russia. New Year is the biggest celebration in Russia. It is the way in which it is celebrated that signifies how you will spend rest of the year. For this reason, everyone dresses up in new clothes, drink and laugh until dawn, mingle with friends and have delicious dinner. New Year celebrations in Russia include lighting of New Year tree and a visit from the Russian Santa Ded Moroz.

Christmas

russain festival

In Russia unlike west, Christmas is celebrated on 7th January. After New Year celebration, Christmas celebrations become less important for Russian people but this doesn’t mean that they don’t celebrate. Like other countries, people attend church services and visit family.

Victory Day

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This day remembers participation of Russia in World War II. This day is marked with parades around Red Square. The square is central to Moscow as well as to Russia being the largest.

Tatiana’s Day

russian festival

This day is celebrated by Russians on 25th January. Tatiana’s Day is usually called Student’s Day. It has been named after Saint Tatiana who lived in 2nd and 3rd centuries. She was murdered for her beliefs in the Orthodox religion.

Russian Winter festival

russian festivals

Since Russia experiences one of the intense winters over the world, the country comes out strongly by organizing Russian winter festival. When the temperatures reach zero, it is then when the celebrations start. It begins in December and ends in January. This festival is not only celebrated in Moscow but all through Russia. 

Date wise calendar of November festivals

Date Wise Calendar of November Festivals

We are going to share with you a brief description of some important festivals of November.

November 1-10

  • On 1st November, All Saints Day is commemorated by the Christian community. This festival signifies recalling the great saints and their spiritual contributions for the humanity.
  • The 3rd of November marks the celebration of Prosperity Fest. It is a Mandaean-based religious festival celebrated in Iran and Iraq.
  • A horse racing event of great significance is rejoiced on 6th November. It is named Melbourne Cup because of the region in which it is organized.

November 11-20

  • The 11th of November is important for Australians because of an important festival; Remembrance Day. Here people gather to refresh the memories of the martyrs and soldiers of the World War-I.
  • On 12th, 13th and 15th, three religious festivals are organized by Baha’i, Hindus and Muslims respectively. Baha’i stop their work activities for some time to pay homage to their religious founder; Bahaullah. The Hindus celebrate the occasion of Diwali to honor the triumph of goodness over evil. Muslims, however, have a new Islamic year with the advent of Muharam.
  • On 16th, Tolerance Day is celebrated to honor this human virtue.

November 21-30

  • On 24th, Muslims commemorate Ashura to honor martyrs of Karbala whereas Sikhs mourn over the martyrdom of Guru Bahadur.
  • 25th November has an important day for humanitarians. White Ribbon Day is celebrated in this day to join hands against violence on women.
  • On 28th, the birthday of Guru Nanak is celebrated by Sikh community whereas Saint Andrew’s day is rejoiced on the 30th November.

Date wise calendar of festivals for August

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Let us quickly have a look on the famous festivals of the world in a date wise format.

A date wise calendar of festivals has been enlisted below:

Festivals from 1st to 15th August

  • On 1st August, Benin and Switzerland have their National Days.
  • Rakhsa Bandhan, a Hindu religious festival is on the 2nd of August.
  • Islander Children’s Day is on 4th August with Jamaica’s National day on the 5th. Also, Ambifair Festival, Brisbane is on the 5th of August.
  • On 6th, Cook Islands has its Constitution Day while Bolivia has Independence Day on the same date. Garma Festival is also commemorated on 6th August.
  • On 9th, there is Singapore’s National Day and Darwin Festival.
  • Krishna Janmashtami, Hindu religious festival is on the 10th of August.
  • On 11th and 14th, Chad and Pakistan have their National Day and Independence Day respectively.
  • Dormition of Theotokos, a Christian festival in the memory of V1irgin Mary is on 15th. Also, Townville Cultural Festival is commemorated on the same day.

Festivals from 16th to 31st August

  • On 18th August, Henley-On-Todd Regatta is rejoiced which is also considered the festival of rowers.
  • On 19th of August, Muslims will celebrate their religious festival of Eid-ul-Fitr.
  • On 25th August, Mareeba Multicultural Festival is rejoiced to pay homage to culturally diverse groups.
  • On 27th of August, Karen Wrist Tying Ceremony will be celebrated in Hobart.
  • On 31st, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia and Tobago have their National Day respectively.

 

Religious festivals of May; Christian, Jewish and Buddhist events

Religious Festivals of May; Christian, Jewish and Buddhist Events

In the article, few Christian and Jewish and Buddhist festivals will be described that are celebrated in the month of May.

The human beings have been celebrating several festivals since the beginning of mankind. In Middle Ages, the people celebrated the arrival of each month with zeal and zest. On the advent of May, the people used to gather at a place and danced to wish others. The festival consisted of selecting a May Queen by circling around May Pole. This festival, commonly known as May Day is commemorated on the first of May.

Rogation Sunday

On the second of May, a Christian festival named Rogation Sunday is rejoiced. This specific festival is celebrated by walking in form of a procession. The blessings are taken from the Priest for the goodness of animals and crops. On the very same date, a Jewish festival is arranged in the memory of an event. The event was related to a plague that had afflicted people in Roman period. During this period, people get engaged in lots of outdoor activities and wedding ceremonies.

Ascension Day, Pentecost and Shavuot

The May also has few other Christian festivals like Ascension Day and Pentecost. Both of these festivals, celebrated on 13th and 23rd respectively, are concerned with Christ’s resurrection. Likewise, the Jews celebrate Shavuot on 19th to 20th as a reminder of the giving of Ten Commandments.

Vesakha Puja and Trinity Sunday

The 27th of May is spent on Vesakha Puja by Buddhists to rejoice Buddha’s birthday. It is a quite colorful occasion full of flowers and fragrance. The 29th of May is celebrated on Trinity Sunday by Christians to ponder over God’s existence.

 

Date wise calendar of festivals of January

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Let us show you a date wise calendar of festivals that are celebrated in the month of January.

January is met with a warm welcome from everyone around the world. The people celebrate this month with interesting festivals and events. Many festivals are of cultural, seasonal and religious nature. Let us share some of the most important January festivals in a date wise calendar.

Events from 1 to 10 January

In the beginning of January, the people commemorate New Year Eve in various parts of the world. On 1st of January, Taste Festival is commemorated in Hobart with Feast of St. Basil on the same day. On 5th, the Sikh community rejoices the birth of Guru Gobind Singh. On 6th, 7th and 8th, Christmas is celebrated by Armenians and Orthodox Christians. On 7th, Sydney festival is organized; a huge celebration of music, dance and art.

Events from 11 to 20 January

On 13th, Schutzenfest, a German cultural festival is commemorated. On 15th, we have World Religion Day that is rejoiced in around 80 countries of the world. The Christians celebrate Epiphany, a religious festival on 20th of January.

Events from 21 to 31 January

Tet, a Vietnamese cultural festival and Chinese New Year are celebrated on 23rd of January. On 25th of January, the noteworthy events are Australia Day Live and Burns Night. Both are famous cultural events of Australia.

There are various other events and festivals that are commemorated in the month of January as well. You can join any festival that is commemorated around the region you live.

 

Fairs and Festivals- Precious Heritage of a Culture

by on January 27, 2014
in Cultural festivals

Fairs and Festivals- Precious Heritage of a CultureFairs and festivals are basically the special events usually arranged by local communities. These festivals carry cultural significance and are organized so to celebrate unique aspects of the communities or their culture. The term ‘feast’ is another relevant term that is coined to represent set of celebrations honoring God in various religions. The word fest originates from Latin festivus and festival was first recognized as noun in 1589. Although, there are numerous different types of fairs and festivals varying greatly across different cultures yet the term festival is widely used to mean religious festival than any other type. The festivals not only depict the traditions and customs of a specific culture but also serve to fulfill specific needs of the culture. Side by side people get the opportunity for entertainment and these events provide them with a sense of belongingness for social, geographical or religious groups. Read more..

Seasonal Festivals of South America

by on November 6, 2012
in American Festivals

seasonal festivals

South America is a land of rich culture and amazing festivals. Every season, the people organize interesting seasonal events here that welcome people from all over the world. Some of the famous South American festivals have been described here.

New Year Eve

New Year Eve is one of the biggest seasonal events that are rejoiced throughout the world. The thing that makes this event memorable in South America is the special indigenous style of the locals. The exciting music, fireworks and delicious cuisines that you will find here would be absolutely matchless. So, do not forget to miss out on this great festival before you plan a trip to South America.

Festival of Sun

Inti Raymi is another great event that gets lots of people each year in the land of Peru. It welcomes enormous number of people that gets to see amazing floats, dances, barbecues and bonfires. It is undoubtedly considered the second largest South American seasonal event. Not only the local and foreigners can cherish the Festival of Sun (Inti Raymi), but for indigenous masses another festival is also there.

Wine Harvest Festival

Mendoza Wine Harvest festival is a big reason to gather local farmers and other people who cherish the season’s harvest. The event is commemorated excitingly with Argentina’s best wine served here along with fireworks in the background.

There are many more fabulous events that are commemorated in South America. In a nutshell, you will be welcomed by great many festivals there whenever you get to visit South America.

Seasonal Festivals of September

seasonal festivals

Boat Festivals

Get ready for a boat ride this September to enjoy yourself of the bounties of the season. In Italy, Historic Regatta, rowing race festival, is commemorated to welcome Cyprus King’s wife. A parade of rowers can be seen among the Grand Canal of Venice. In the same season, Australians celebrate Henley-on-Todd Regatta, another rowing festival. The competition of boats is arranged among barefoot crews. It is particularly an interesting and enjoyable event for boat-fans.

Dancing Festivals

Swaziland is going to cherish its people by a Reed Festival this September. The average of 30,000 participants makes their way through the festival. The peculiar thing about this festival is that only women take part in it while dancing with reeds. The purpose of the festival is to search for potential partner for each woman. While Swazis dance among reeds, English take part in Horn Dance. It is a festival which has its roots in an ancient rite. The horns of 7 to 11 kilograms are worn on heads while dancers show off their artistic skills.

Food Festivals                       

Chinese welcome the month of autumn with their unique festival. The people enjoy various delights to satisfy their sweet tooth. This festival is also known as Moon Cake Festival due to special treats offered by it. At the same time, Irish busy themselves with taste of oysters through Galway Oyster Festival. It is a pleasant event for lovers of sea-food who can have oysters up to their fill.

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