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Published:May 24th, 2010 11:47 EST
I'VE SEEN FILMS - 3,482 works received from 98 countries

I'VE SEEN FILMS - 3,482 works received from 98 countries

By Garrett Godwin


Rutger Hauer challenges filmmakers around the world to show him
``things you people wouldn`t believe``, and he will personally award the winners during the Festival`s Gala Award evening.

I`VE SEEN FILMS - INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, in cooperation with Comune di Milano - Cultura and with Provincia di Milano - Cultura, and under the Patronage of
Regione Lombardia - Culture Identità ed Autonomie della Lombardia and of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
, announced Friday that the I`VE SEEN FILMS Internet Contest has started!

Don`t miss it out!
Vote at

MILANO, ITALY(May 21-23, 2010): This is the largest and most highly regarded online short film competition ever. There are 258 competing short films from 58 countries, selected from the works of those authors who, in addition to entering their works in the I`VE SEEN FILMS International Competition, also gave the authorization of eligibility for their works to go through the Internet Contest selection. This initiative, in fact, allows for a much wider viewership of our authors` works.

All these works are competing for a spot among the 20 that will receive the most votes. The voting process will close at the end of September.

The best film among the top 20 will receive the Internet Audience Award. In addition to this, the I`VE SEEN FILMS Jury panel will choose the short film they consider the best from that group of 20, and will award that selection with the Internet Jury Award.

The two awards for the Internet Contest, as well as all other International Competition awards, will be assigned during the Gala Award Evening in the prestigious Royal Palace in Milan on Friday, October 8.

The 2010 I`VE SEEN FILMS Internet Contest has something for every film audience and it showcases international independent filmmaking talent.

All the short films selected for this I`VE SEEN FILMS contest represent a broad range of work, from fiction to animation, from documentary to experimental, primarily by emerging directors, with a few titles by more established international film artists.

We also feature critical political issues regarding the Middle East; honest explorations of societies in crisis; wry portrayals of unemployment problems; conflicts on water issues and environment pollution; immigration and human organ trafficking; cannibalism and violence against women.

Our selected films also tell stories about cathedral builders, art and creativity in South Africa, Burlesque, Noir, inflatable women and grand-mothers, Super 8 vs. Digital camera fights, as well as a homage to Twilight.

In the Contest, our internet audience will also find films from Iran, Iraq, Kurdistan, India and many from African countries. In 2009, the selected works received a staggering number of more than 1,500,000 online views.

The authors` response to the I`VE SEEN FILMS 2010 Edition has been extraordinary, resulting in 3,482 works received from 98 countries.

The I`VE SEEN FILMS INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION will run for ten days, from September 30 to October 9, in the following venues located in downtown Milan : Gnomo Milano Cinema, Spazio Oberdan, Centre Culturel Français, and the Royal Palace , where the Gala Award Evening will take place. Film authors, along with their works, will become the Festival`s real protagonists.

Furthermore, thanks to an on-going agreement with the Microcinema Digital Network, the films from I`VE SEEN FILMS festival will be broadcast to Microcinema`s network theaters via satellite, paving an innovative path in the film festival world. An ever increasing audience has the possibility to enjoy, in digitalized theaters, the best original works of authors from all over the world. An imporant initiative is the ISIDE 4 Africa (I4A) project, which focuses on the supply of these works to some Burkina Faso and Democratic Republic of Congo primary and professional high schools, as well as to African health and cultural centers.

I`VE SEEN FILMS can count on a Jury formed by many notable artistic talents and experts of the cinematography sector. The 2010 Jury members, including the Festival`s founder Rutger Hauer, are: Miranda Richardson (Dance with a Stranger, Empire of the Sun, The Crying Game, Damage, Sleepy Hollow, The Phantom of the Opera, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Young Victoria, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), Anton Corbijn (U2: The Best of 1990-2000, Linear, Some YoYo Stuff, Control, The American), Roberto Faenza (Copkiller, The Bachelor, Jonah Who Lived in the Whale, According to Pereira, Lost Lover, The Soul Keeper), Bill Bristow (Who Are They, Prosit Ermanno! The Swan, Fleas), Takehito Kuroha (Lookin` for Real Violence, Clacson, Roulette), and filmmaking experts such as Grazyna Torbicka (journalist, artistic director and TV presenter), Cesare Vergati (film department responsible at Centre Culturel Français de Milan, writer and poet), and Flavia Costa (film scholar and film festival organizer).

The 2010 International Competition will include a special section dedicated to works dealing with themes and images from Arts (painting, sculpture, theater, poetry and literature). The Culture Department of the Milano Municipality will assign a prize of Euro2,000 to this category`s winner.

Centre Culturel Français de Milan, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, 20th Century Fox, Best Movie,, the Rutger Hauer FilmFactory, EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture), and Goethe Institute Mailand have already confirmed their cooperation to I`VE SEEN FILMS.

The Festival`s Media Partner is CNR Media who, through its radio, television and website ( network, will keep the audience up to date on the Festival news.

Since its 2008 inception, I`VE SEEN FILMS has been one of the first film festivals in the world to screen the authors` works in a masterful, high-definition digitalized version. This is a key feature, uncommon in other festivals, that requires a high degree of professional technical knowledge and expertise.

I`VE SEEN FILMS - International Film Festival
ORGANIZATION: The Rutger Hauer Starfish Association
President : Rutger Hauer
Director: PierPaolo De Fina
Artistic Directors : Pier Paolo De Fina and Giancarlo Zappoli
Organization Responsible: Flavia Costa

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