Ilawod" is one of three Philippine entries in the film festival dedicated to fantasy/science fiction/horror-oriented feature films, auteur films
and experimental projects from all over the world.
The event is spearheaded by the NexT Cultural Society, which aims to 'discover and support talented filmmakers at the beginning of their careers, and to promote auteur films
and cinema as art.
At the same time because Metropolis was there, because there were so many festivals that we initiated, and some that were started by other institutions, I think distributors realized that there was a certain potential in auteur films
and indies, films they'd never buy [otherwise].
In Italy we have very strong auteur films
that go to festivals and even win Oscars like 'The Great Beauty'" Milazzotto says.
The success of auteur films
in the 1970s did not, as Coppola hoped it would, give auteur directors increased access to film financing to produce and distribute such 'big' films" (103).
The festival lineup is strong on auteur films
but light on film fest blockbusters, a delicate point for festival organizers competing with Cannes, which shows in the spring, and Toronto, which overlaps with Venice.
The motto of this year's Kino mania is "recharging" the audiences, while the festival itself undergoes a "reload" and aims to offer viewers an eclectic mixture of international films - from the newest auteur films
to classics like Breakfast at Tiffany's or Clockwork Orange, from children's animated films to environmental and political documentaries.
Even when Arab auteur films
manage to achieve some domestic success, they still have trouble getting sold and distributed outside the Middle East and North Africa.
Recent trends that Shafik discusses include the rising: number of countries involved in full-length feature film production, use of digital video technology, dependence on Western funding, and melding of popular and auteur films
to represent social and political realities.
We have the tradition of very artistic, auteur films
The challenge is to mix things up with a slate that includes commercial movies for the Arab market and auteur films
that can play internationally," Hefzy says, "and to find ways to make them, despite economic and political problems.