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LOCARNO IN FOCUS 

The complete retro of the films of John Waters was an outstanding highlight

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In a year with unusually rich programming the complete retro of the films of John Waters was an outstanding highlight -- Pink Flamingos and all the rest.  It was more than high time for Waters, the foremost American cinema satirist of the XXc. to finally gain recognition at a major film festival.  Locarno is highly to be congratulated for having the savvy to take the initiative. Let it be noted that Waters' brand of humor in a jugular vein is deeply rooted in an American slang...
 

Is it a boy, a girl ? No it's a book ! whatever... its divine

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Alex Deleon has a great news to share: the birth of his latest book, a fest traveller's odyssey... "Witty, bold and ferocious, extremely well documented ...take a walk on the wild side of festivals...and enjoy the experience and the learning from Alex Deleon: a man with many hats and a festival head. !" Bruno Chatelin Filmfestivals.com  Contact Publisher, Sam Sloan by email.  samsloan@gmail.com book reference: The ISBN number is 4-87187-051-0 ...
 

The Moving Ahead Award goes to THE GIVERNY DOCUMENT (Single Channel) by Ja’Tovia M. Gary

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Locarno Film Festival’s Moving Ahead Award for the Best Film has been granted to THE GIVERNY DOCUMENT (Single Channel) by Ja’Tovia M. Gary. Two special mentions also go to THOSE THAT, AT A DISTANCE, RESEMBLE ANOTHER by Jessica Sarah Rinland and to SHĀN ZHĪ BĚI (Osmosis) by ZHOU Tao. The Moving Ahead section aims to explore film’s frontier territories, engaging with new forms of narration and innovation in filmic language. This year’s jury is made up ...
 

John Waters - Pardo d'onore in Locarno

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© Marco Abram / Locarno Film Festival John Waters is like fly paper. If you meet him, bump into him or listen to him, you will not be able to shake him off. Armed with irreverence, bluntness and happiness, the Pope of Trash has the strength of truth an the power of simplicity. It's his truth, of course, but it's so infectious and proud that is seems global. Unfiltered yet elegant, every word is an embroidery on a jacket no one could wear without looking ridiculous. Except for him...
 

Open Doors Award Ceremony

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photo: © Samuel Golay / Locarno Film Festival The Open Doors Grant, totalling CHF 50,000, co-financed by the Swiss film production fund Visions Sud Est – with the backing of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) – and the City of Bellinzona, goes to Autobiography by Makbul Mubarak (Indonesia/Singapore). the prizewinners of the international coproduction platform Open Doors Hub and the producers training workshop Open D...
 

SONG Kang-Ho - Excellence Award - Locarno Film Festival 72

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Locarno72 will pay tribute to SONG Kang-ho as winner of this year’s Excellence Award, with the South Korean actor as a guest in Piazza Grande on Monday, 12 August. The Locarno Film Festival Excellence Award for SONG Kang-ho is the first dedicated to an Asian film personality. Locarno72 will pay tribute to SONG Kang-ho as winner of this year’s Excellence Award, with the South Korean actor as a guest in Piazza Grande on Monday, 12 August. The Locarno Film Festival Excellence Award for...
 

Hilary Swank received the Leopard Club Award in Locarno "Telling stories that need to be told is my biggest passion"

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Named after the supporting association of the Festival, the Leopard Club Award pays tribute to someone in film whose work has left a mark on the collective imagination.    foto: © Sabine Cattaneo / Locarno Film Festival You saw her on the red carpet and in Piazza Grande: magnificent, strong, entertaining. We all know her on the screen, be it the ferocious youth of Boys Don't Cry or the broken adrenalin rush of Million Dollar Baby. In the silence of a one-on-one interv...
 

 

Highlights from 72nd Locarno Film Festival - Day Two

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Presentation new Solothurner Filmtage Artistic Director: Anita Hugi photo: © Samuel Golay / Locarno Film Festival       Premio Raimondo Rezzonico - Kompizen Film photo: © Samuel Golay / Locarno Film Festival     Press meeting Federal Office of Culture   photo: © Samuel Golay / Locarno Film Festival   ...

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VENICE IN FOCUS 

Director Lucrecia Martel President of the International Jury of the Venezia 76 Competition

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Lucrecia Martel_© Eugenio Fernández Abril3     Director Lucrecia Martel (Zama, La mujer sin cabeza) will be the president of the International Jury of the Competition at the 76th Venice International Film Festival (August 28 - September 7, 2019), which will assign the Golden Lion for Best Film, as well as other official awards.   The decision was made by the Board of Directors of the Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta, who confirmed the recommendation ...
 

Venice Film Festival_Ecstasy (1932) by Gustav Machaty Pre-opening Event of 76th Venice Film Festival

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Screening in Sala Darsena on the Lido of the film-scandal of the 1934 Venice Film Festival –  Extase (Ecstasy) by Gustav Machatý, with Hedy Kiesler (Hedy Lamarr), in the world premiere of a new restored 4K digital copy   The film-scandal of the 2nd Venice International Film Festival in 1934, Extase (Ecstasy, 1932) written and directed by Gustav Machatý, with Hedy Kiesler (later known as Hedy Lamarr in Hollywood), is the film selected for the Pre-opening event on ...
 

Costa-Gavras awarded the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2019 prize

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La Biennale di Venezia / 76th Venice International Film Festival / 28 August > 7 September 2019       His new film Adults in the Room to be presented Out of Competition   La Biennale di Venezia and Jaeger-LeCoultre are pleased to announce that the great Greek-born French director Costa-Gavras (Z, Missing, Music Box) is the recipient of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2019 award of the 76th Venice International Film Festival (28 August - 7 September 2019...
 

The 76th Venice International Film Festival Screening Schedule

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The 76th Venice International Film Festival will include the following sections:   Venezia 76 An international competition comprising a maximum of 20 feature-length films, presented as world premieres. Out of Competition Some of the most important works of the year will be presented in the non-competing section, for a maximum of 18 films. They may include the works of established authors who have participated in Competition in previous editions of the Venice Film Festival, ...
 

La Vérité (The Truth) directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu will close Venice

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The film stars Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, and kicks off the Venezia 76 Competition. SHARE THIS PAGE ONLa vérité (The Truth), directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu (Shoplifters; The Third Murder; Like Father, Like Son) and starring Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, is the opening film, in Competition, of the 76th Venice International Film...
 

Luca Bigazzi (The Great Beauty, The Way We Laughed, Bread and Tulips) to receive the Campari Passion for Film Award

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CAMPARI PASSION FOR FILM La Biennale di Venezia and Campari are pleased to announce that cinematographer Luca Bigazzi (The Great Beauty, The Way We Laughed, Bread and Tulips) is the recipient of the Campari Passion for Film Award of the 76th Venice International Film Festival. The award, instituted last year at the 75th Venice Film Festival, seeks to highligh...
 

Venice Classics restored films announced

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Director and screenwriter Costanza Quatriglio (Sembra mio figlio, Terramatta, Con il fiato sospeso) will chair the Jury of Film Students which – for the eighth year in a row – will award the VENICE CLASSICS prizes for the respective competitions for BEST RESTORED FILM and for the BEST DOCUMENTARY ABOUT CINEMA. VENICE CLASSICS The 76th Venice International Film Festival will ...
 

Venice Production Bridge announces programs

 
The VPB continues, as it has done over previous editions, to focus in particular on the presentation and exchange of original projects for films and works in progress, so as to foster their development and production.  The VPB comprises the Venice Gap - Financing Market, the workshop Final Cut in Venice, the Book Adaptation Rights Market, the European Film Forum, Networking Sessions and Panels, as well as an Exhibition Area,...
 

 

Final Cut in Venice 2019 - 6 Selected Projects

 
The Venice Production Bridge welcomes the 6 selected teams and their projects to the 7th edition of Final Cut In Venice,  the project that has been providing since 2013 concrete assistance in the completion of films from all African countries and from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria. Final Cut in Venice is one of the projects launched by the Venice Production Bridge of the Venice International Film Festival, directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by L...

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FESTIVALS IN FOCUS     

FIN Atlantic International Film Festival announces full festival program for event, September 12 - 19 in Halifax

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    FIN Atlantic International Film Festival announced its full program today, featuring over 120 film screenings and a full slate of special events, to be presented over eight days in Halifax, September 12-19.   The Opening Night Gala returns to the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium at the Dalhousie Arts Centre on Thursday, September 12 at ...
 

12th Annual Bushwick Film Festival Announces Dates and 'SPACE' Theme

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5-day Celebration of Film, Food, Innovation, Art and 'Space' from Oct 2 -6, 2019 The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF), one of Brooklyn’s most exciting cultural attractions, will present its 12th edition from October 2–6, 2019. This year’s ‘SPACE’ theme was chosen by BFF's new Creative Director, Rah Crawford, to spotlight the inspirational story of space exploration as NASA celebrates its 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Additionally, i...
 
 

Highlightgs of the second annual Montana International Film Festival (MINT)

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The festival will open with an episode of the Smithsonian Channel documentary series Epic Yellowstone, narrated by part-time Montana resident Bill Pullman and close with the North American premiere of Richard Gray’s BRAVEHEART sequel ROBERT THE BRUCE, with Angus Macfadyen reprising his role as the iconic title character and co-starring Jared Harris, Patrick Fugit, Zach McGowan, and Melora Walters.  Films Feature Talent Including: Bill Pullman, Nick Offerman, Jared Harris, Chac...
 
 

8th Dominican Film Festival in New York Winning Films

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BEST FEATURE: LO QUE SIENTO POR TI BY RAUL CAMILO BEST DOCUMENTARY: SOLANO (PATRICIA SOLANO) BEST DIRECTOR: FELIX GERMAN (LA ISLA R...
 
 
 

Events at the 48th Montreal Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC)

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  TWO ESSENTIAL HAPPENINGS AT THE 48TH FNC KOMPROMAT IN NORTH-AMERICAN PREMIERE & THE ALL ALIEN NIGHT OUT!  More festive than ever, the 48th Montreal Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) will offer free musical, event-driven and varied programming every evening, at the headquarter: the UQAM's Agora Hydro-Québec. This year, we are seing big! Our regu...
 

10th Anniversary Odesa International Film Festival wrapped

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      The Conclusions of the 10th Anniversary Odesa International Film Festival The 10th Odesa International Film Festival, held from July 12 to July 20 makes the conclusions This year, 1110 films from 40 countries from three continents were submitted to participate in the 10th anniversary OIFF. 12 films participated in the International Competition competed for the Grand Prix, 5 feature and 10 short films attended the Nationa...
 

SoundTrack_Cologne 16: the entire festival programme is now online

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You can find the entire conference programme of SoundTrack_Cologne 16 >here and the film programme SEE THE SOUND >here.   Reality Check: special lectures, workshops and discussions at SoundTrack_Cologne 16 Will artificial intelligence programs replace composers in the future? These and other topics will be presented in six special lectures and workshops within the frame of the Reality Check section at SoundTrack_Cologne. Killing Eve music supervisor Catherine Grieves and Leaving ...
 

SVMA Announces a Sunnier, Starrier date for Arrangiarsi al Fresco

 
Dinner and a Movie at Muscardini Cellars A Benefit Event for Sonoma Valley Museum of Art   Sunday, August 25 at 7pm   Join us at sunset, for the rescheduled event, Sunday, August 25 for a magical evening enjoying film, wine, pizza—all things Italia—and the art of living, when Sonoma Valley Museum of Art presents a picnic and special screening of the film Arrangiarsi, under the stars at Muscardini Cellars in Kenwood. Our special guests are Matteo Tronc...
 

 

KFC UNVEILS 2019 JURY FOR THE SECOND EDITION OF THE “MY KENYA MY STORY” MOBILE PHONE FILM COMPETITION

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The Kenya Film Commission has unveiled a jury of experts for the second edition of the “My Kenya My Story” mobile phone film competition. This is a competition for short Kenyan films shot exclusively using mobile phones. This year’s edition is themed “Mental Health and Wellness”. By close of submission on 19th July 2019, the competitio...

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Artemis Women in Action Film Festival 
April 23 – 26, 2020

 
August 15, 2019 : Regular deadline 

October 31, 2019 : Late deadline

November 30, 2019: Final deadline

Artemis Women in Action Film Festival Qualifiers

Submit all narrative, animated, documentary FILMS and SCRIPTS featuring women either starring or co-starring as a physical action character or agent of social change.
We celebrate women in kick ass roles.

Submit all MUSIC in any genre that is a film score, composition, song, or theme song created by female composers, female led bands, and female solo artists.
Artemis’ Women Powered Music sponsored by Bella Composers!

Submission Categories.

FILMS – 40 minutes or longer
SHORTS – up to 40 minutes
SCRIPTS, Features (70-120 pgs) & Pilots (45-60 pgs)
MUSIC in all genres, up to 10 minutes. Music FAQ’s.

 

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2020 Taiwan International Children’s Film Festival TICFF
March 27 – April 5, 2020 

September 6, 2019 Final Deadline

ntries can be either submitted via FilmFreeway (recommended) or Online Registration Form. Should you have any enquiries pertaining to the call for entry, please contact:ticff.ptsoffice@gmail.com

 

Taiwan International Children’s Film Festival (TICFF) is a biennial event founded by Public Television Service (PTS) in 2004. It is the first film and television festival in Asia dedicated entirely to children at the age of 4-12.

The 9th edition of TICFF is scheduled for April 2020 in Taipei. We are calling for entries for the international competition section with a cash prize of US$25,000 in total for extraordinary productions of dramas, animations and TV/Web programs.

Submissions to competition will also be considered as candidates for our official selection. As the oldest and biggest children’s film festival in Taiwan, TICFF has established a reputation in film selection. Many films screened in TICFF later got invited by other children’s festivals in Taiwan, or approached by Taiwanese distributors and educators. So this could be a great opportunity for your films to get exposure in Taiwan!

 

We also welcome submissions to our non-competitive sections, including documentaries and “Kids as Directors” productions. “Kids as Directors Workshop” is a project for young filmmakers in Taiwan to take the lead and create their own works with assistance from professionals. Their works will be screened during the festival along with productions made by international young filmmakers.

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Myrtle Beach International Film Festival 
(April 21-25, 2020) 

May 31st to September 27th  2019 Early Bird Deadline   

The Myrtle Beach International Film Festival his now one of the "Top 25 film festivals worth the entry fee" by Movie Maker Magazine. 
The MBIFF 14 Film Festival broke records in deals negotiated. Several new projects have also found their funding during the event.  
Our judging panel includes judges from all walks of life because it is important to have a broad spectrum of perspectives.  
The goal of the founder and director Jerry Dalton, was to create a venue for independent film makers which is not corrupted by politics. 
The MBIFF screens projects in a multi-million dollar theater, housing state of the art technology. 

 

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NEW YORK CITY Independent Film Festival

May 10 – 17, 2020

Early Bird Deadline August 31 

November 30, 2019 Regular Deadline I December 31, 2019
Late DeadlineJanuary 31, 2020 Extended Deadline

 

NYC Indie Film Fest is a celebration of the Independent Filmmaker, documentaries, short and feature-length films, music videos, and animation.

All NYC Indie screenings take place in the historic center of NYC, Time Square which is the perfect home for an event geared toward creating incredible opportunities for independent voices.

NYC Indie Film Festival honors the Best in Category which includes Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Super Short, Best Music Video, as well as Best Director and Best Screenplay.

With panels, parties and a week-long gathering of fellow indie filmmakers May 10 - May 17, 2020.

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Fantasporto 40
February 28 - March 7

Deadline  November 1st, 2019

Deadlines for Entries for 2020 anniversary edition are November 1st (fantasy shorts) and December 1st (Final Call for features). Fantasporto enjoys incredible loyalty and support from the large film-appreciating community all over the World. In the last edition, Fantasporto was attended by over 25,000 enthusiastic genre film fans and over 200 members of the film press and industry.

Considered in 2015 as the first of the independent film festivals in the world by TRIPPER, Fantasporto is among the top film festivals  for the discovery of new talent, having revealed countless of now famous directors, producers and actors.

The World Heritage City by UNESCO of Porto, twice considered Europe’s Best Touristic Destination,  is another factor adding interest . Founded in 1981, the 40th edition has the support of the Portuguese State and the Townhall.

 

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40th Manaki Brothers Cinematographers International FilmFestival

September 14 to 21 September in Bitola, Macedonia

Now accepting submissions for the 40th edition of ICFF “Manaki Brothers” 

The International Cinematographers’ Film Festival “MANAKI BROTHERS”, is the first and oldest international film festival dedicated to the creativity of cinematographers across the world. It started in 1979 at the initiative of one of the main founders-AFPM/the Association of Film Professionals of Macedonia (which will celebrate its 70th jubilee next year), and was co-organized with the host-city of Bitola and the Cinematheque of Macedonia, established in honor and inspired by the abundant photographic/cinematographic opus of the MANAKI brothers: Yanaki (1878-1954) and Milton (1880-1964), whose 140th birth anniversary is to be celebrated next year as well. Thus, naturally, the cornerstones of the future festival were laid, in the town at the foot of Pelister, the City of Consuls - Bitola, where the Manaki brothers had their photo-studio and cinema theater.

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Hollyweed Film Festival

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Final deadline September 7, 2019

The Hollyweed Film Festival New Low $10 US Entry Fee

The Hollyweed Film Festival is proud to announce a a limited time low entry fee off of $10 US for short and longform films All Genres including: Action, Adventure, Alternative, Animation, Art, Avantgarde, Biography, Classics, Comedy, Comedy Drama, Crime, Culture, Dance, Dark Comedy, Documentary, Family, Fantastic, Fantasy, Film Noir, Flash, Health, History, Horror, Human Rights, Independent, Kids, LGBTI, Live Action, Medical, Melodrama, Mockumentary, Music Video’s, Mystery, Nature, News, Parody, Postmodern, Realism, Reality, Religion, Road Trip, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Satire, Science Fiction, Silent movie, Social Issues, Spiritual, Surreal, Thriller, Transgender, Underground, Urban, War and Westerns. This is our first year and it's going to be a kool happening so check out https://hollyweedfilmfestival.com/

The HOLLYWEED FILM FESTIVAL is an Online & Theatrical Festival that will be seen by Industry Professionals. 

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SR Socially Relevant™ Film Festival NY 2020
March 18-22, 2020

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FESTIVAL DATES for the 7th edition:  - Cinema Village, 22 E 12th Street, New York, NY 10003 Submissions for the 2020 Edition re-open May 22 - 2019 PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTION, THE RULES, and THE TERMS thoroughly before completing your submission. SRFF does NOT waive entry fees. In some exceptional cases discount codes are offered. SRFF believes waiving entry fees hurts the integrity of the competition. The same rules and entry fees sh...

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PEOPLE ON OUR RADAR

Keynote Conversation with Ricky Gervais - VIDEO - Variety TV Summit

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By Frederic Codet
Ricky Gervais is speaking to Henry Chu, International Editor, Variety Ricky Gervais was at the Variety TV Summit in London and shared his thoughts with us (on his show "After Life, on working with Netflix, on his creative process) Here is our coverage of the keynote:  
 

Blade Runner Cinematographer Roger Deakins to receive Variety Artisan Award at TIFF Tribute Gala

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Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, Co-Heads of TIFF, today announced that Academy Award-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins will be honoured with the Variety Artisan Award at this year’s TIFF Tribute Gala awards event. Th...
 
 
 

Bella Thorne joins line-up, as First Features & Bold Cinema Dominate the 26th Edition of the Oldenburg Fest

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  The actress, director, and LGBTQ activist will present the World Premiere of her latest directorial work, as two new Awards are added to honor Independent filmmakers     World Premiere by Bella Thorne The 21-year-old filmmaker made her screen debut at age six, and has since risen to global stardom. Attending Oldenburg to present the world premiere of her latest directorial work,“Him &Her”– a short film exploring the dynamics of dominance –s...
 

Gael Garcia Bernal among special guests of the 25th Sarajevo Film Festival

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Celebrated Mexican actor-director Gael Garcia Bernal, the winner of the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo award of the 2014 Sarajevo Film Festival, will be a special guest of the Festival’s 25th edition. In 2014 in honour of Gael Garcia Bernal, the Festival screened legendary feature AMORES PERROS in which Bernal played one of the starring roles. The film was made by Alejandro González Iñárritu, the winner of the 2019 Honorary Heart of Sarajevo award.   ...
 

Kenya Film Commission To Host Kenyan and Indian Filmmakers in a Round Table Film Policy Meeting

 
Kenya Film Commission in its bid to market Kenya as a filming destination for local and international filmmakers has partnered with the Indian Film Festival Worldwide (IFFW) to host the Indian Film Festival Worldwide in Kenya, a first of its kind in Africa. The festival aims at being a bridge between India and Kenya and strengthens the India-Kenya partnership by boosting trade, commerce and film. IFFW Kenya will serve as a platform to promote Kenya by showcasing our locations through film p...
 

The line-up of this year’s selection panel at The Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Project Market 2019

 
The Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Project Market 2019, on the platform of ScreenSingapore, today announced the line-up of this year’s selection panel.   On board this year is Carlene Tan, Senior Manager, Animation Development at The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia); Anderson Le, Co-director of Programming, Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) | Programmer, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival | Programming Consultant, Far East Film Festival; and Marie Roselle Y. ...
 

Penélope Cruz will receive a Donostia Award at the 67th edition of the San Sebastian Festival

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The Spanish actress, winner of one Oscar and three Goyas, star of the Festival poster   Penélope Cruz will receive the Donostia Award at the San Sebastian Festival's 67th edition.The Spanish actress will be the protagonist on two occasions: she will receive its most important accolade, which has been recognising the career and contribution of great figures to the world of cinema since 1986, and her image will feature on the Festival poster. Pe...
 
 
 
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World Soundtrack Awards announces first wave of nominees

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This first wave of the 2019 World Soundtrack Award Nominees includes multiple Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominees, the best of contemporary film and television music as well as hiphop's biggest rock star Post Malone and other pop artists.    The nominees for Best Film Composer are AcademyAward® nominees Nicholas Britell, John Powell and Alan Silvestri and Golden Globe® nominees Daniel Pemberton and Benjamin Wallfi...
 
 

Joaquin Phoenix to receive TIFF Tribute Actor Award at inaugural tribute Gala

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Photo by Diana Ringo   JOAQUIN PHOENIX TO RECEIVE TIFF TRIBUTE ACTOR AWARD ATINAUGURAL TRIBUTE GALA TORONTO​ — Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, Co-Heads of TIFF, today announced that three-time AcademyAward–nominated actor ​Joaquin Phoenix​ will be honoured with one of two ​TIFF Tribute Actor Awards​ at thisyear’s TIFF Tribute Gala awards event. Taking place on Monday, September 9 at Fairmont Royal York, during the 44th Toronto International Film Festival, ...
 

Taika Waititi to receive TIFF Ebert Director Award at Tribute Gala

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Fox Searchlight      Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, Co-Heads of TIFF, today announced that Academy Award–nominated New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi will be honoured with the TIFF Ebert Director Award at this year’s new TIFF Tribute Gala awards event. The award recognizes and honours a distinguished filmmaker for their outstanding contribution to cinema. Taking place on Monday, September 9 at Fairmont Royal York, duri...
 

Best British Shortlist announced for Iris Prize 2019

 
Pinewood Studios Group continue to offer the £20,000 award for Best British LGBT+ short film ·         “There is a sense of unease through some of the films this year, whether through honest depictions of coming out as transgender in modern Britain or a look back to the past which feels all too familiar.” ·         A document...
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> INDIA in focus with Siraj Syed   

 

Batla House, Review: Policeman with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Batla House, Review: Policeman with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Distinguishing one police thriller from another is becoming an increasingly difficult task. He is part of an incident/encounter that results in deaths of alleged criminals. The officer’s marital life is disrupted due to his erratic working hours and heavy post-traumatic stress. Having had enough, the wife threatens to leave him. The incident creates controversy and he runs afoul of the powers that be. Most of his higher-...
 

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Review: Good, but not as Tarantino was, once upon a time

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Review: Good, but not as Tarantino was, once upon a time It is inspired by the murders of actress Sharon Tate and her friends at the hands of a hippy cult in 1969, only the film re-writes this historical fact. It is inspired by the super-hit spaghetti Westerns of the mid to late 60s, led by Italian director Sergio Leone, only he is never mentioned in the film. It is a satirical take on martial arts’ ‘God’ Bruce Lee, but takes an amazingly unfla...
 

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Review: The spirit of Sarah Bellows, and the trauma of teenage fellows

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Review: The spirit of Sarah Bellows, and the trauma of teenage fellows Though the voice-over insists that stories hurt and stories heal, and that if they are repeated very often, they become true, any amount of repetition will not succeed in making Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark seem anything like real. Hurt, it does, heal, I wonder! It’s a horror story, pure and simple, or, rather, neither very pure nor very simple. A 70 year-old mansion has its se...
 

Jabariya Jodi, Review: Scaring, paring and pairing

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Jabariya Jodi, Review: Scaring, paring and pairing Imagine a country where dowry demands are the bane. Imagine a state in that country where the demands of families of educated and gainfully employed men of marriageable age range in the region of one to ten million bucks. Now imagine a gang that kidnaps such extortionist grooms and marries them off to the hapless women, at gunpoint, after giving them the treatment. Jodi, literally, means a ‘pair’ or ‘couple’, in Urdu a...
 
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Animaze 2019 curating animated film around the globe + talent!

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Spice Frontier playing at Animaze Montreal International Animation Festival August 29 - Sept 1 2019 Montreal Canada. Animaze festival has been curating animation all over the world non stop. From Moscow International Film Festival to Guadalajara to Yerevan, festivals and  embassies are seeking the expertise of Laurie Gordon Animaze director. New cutting edge indie animated shorts are what catches Gordon's attention Authentic groundreaking films and genres are alwa...
 
 

Fourteen short films will compete in Nest Film Students, which has seen its submissions increase by 22% in a year

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The Argentine director Martín Rejtman will chair the jury at the XVIII edition of the international film students meeting, to run from September 23 to 27 The XVIII edition of Nest Film Students, the international film students meeting to take place in the framework of the San Sebastian Festival’s 67th edi...
 

Roger Michell’s ‘Blackbird’ to open the San Sebastian Festival

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Starring Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet and Mia Wasikowska, the film is a remake of ‘Silent Heart’ (2014), the drama by Denmark’s Bille August, which also compete  for the Golden Shell Roger Michell (Pretoria, South Africa, 1956), a filmmaker settled in the United Kingdom, started out in cinema with films like My Night with Reg (1997) and Titanic Town (1998), although his first major success was Notting Hill (1999), a romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant...
 
 

"Pooling" to play London with Portobello Film Festival!

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"Pooling" will play with 2019 Oscar-winner "Skin" at the Portobello Film Festival in London, UK on September 2nd from 6-10:30p, at Muse, 269 Portobello Road. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake of Ron de Cana Prods, Inc., "Pooling" features the breakdancing/choreography of Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros, the animation of Dismas & GrissyG Lizarraga of GrisDismation and the cinematography/editing/vfx of Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. An original...
 

Simon Foster reviews Sharkwater Extinction

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SHARKWATER EXTINCTION  Screening at 2019 MELBOURNE DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL on Saturday July 20 at 8.45pm. Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★   In the wake of activist filmmaker Rob Stewart’s 2006 film Sharkwater, affective and discernible change to the global trade in shark fin meat and industrial fishing practices was implemented; it became one of the most high-profile and impactful advocacy documenta...
 

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"FILMFESTIVALS.COM BEST FOR FESTS : THE ONES TO WATCH ON THE CIRCUIT" FOR FESTIVAL CONSIDERATION

FRANK, EARNEST WITH0 MERCY Short film by Jarrod Dean Australia 2019 - 14 minutes

Frank, Earnest with Mercy is a stylish, sexually charged comedy set in beautiful Naples. Two friends have an important mission to complete when a Southern Italian girlfriend in a bedroom stands in the way.

How far does one go for friendship, for business, for love ?

 

THE FILM IS ONE OF FILMFESTIVALS.COM BEST FOR FESTS CURATED BY THE EDITOR BRUNO CHATELIN FORMER DISTRIBUTOR (COO UGC FOX, SONY IN FRANCE)

 

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June 2019, Australia 14 minutes  short film by Jarrod Dean

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Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible written  and directed by Matthew Taylor

USA 2019 Documentary 89 minutes

Duchamp: Art of the Possible is a feature documentary that explores the life, art, and philosophy of the 20th century’s most influential modernists, Marcel Duchamp, and how his work single-handedly changed the course of art, and over time, culture itself.
 

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Out of Sight , Out of Mind by Brian Follmer

123 minutes USA 2019 Trailer

Out of Sight, Out of Mind is a satire about mental illness in the 21st century. It is an exploration of the way mental illness manifests itself through the internet, the way society rewards the mentally ill for their entertainment value on Youtube or Facebook, and the way society's only answer to this problem is institutionalization and dangerous medication. At its heart, the film is a coming of age story about the characters Travis and O'Brien as they struggle with their mental and emotional issues. The film is shot in a hyper-realistic style, echoing the work of John Cassavetes, Terrence Malick, and the biting satirical edge of Jonathan Franzen. The film is based on a true story and was first discovered at Rotrterdam festival.

 

Travis's tight social group of friends and lovers splits apart when his childhood friend, O'Brien becomes severely mentally ill. Now alone, the characters go their separate ways: Travis helps crowd-fund a socialist revolution in Mexico, O'Brien succumbs to mania and becomes a satirical Youtube celebrity, Kate seeks stability in online dating, and Lox embarks on his first indie rock tour. Their lives continue to cross paths and reconnect through the internet.

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Dave Grusin Not Enough Time Documentary feature by Barbara Bentree

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Millions of people know the music of Dave Grusin (The Graduate, Three days of the Condor, Reds, Heaven can wait, The Champ, The fabulous Baker Boys, Havana, The Milagro Beanfield War, The Firm...) but may not know his name. Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time documents his journey from Colorado cowboy to Oscar and Grammy winning composer. 

The documentary, directed by Barbara Bentree and produced by John Rangelwill include interviews with many friends and collaborators such as Quincy Jones, Lee Ritenour, Marcus Miller, Nathan Barr and Michael Keaton, besides Dave Grusin himself, who is strongly involved in the development of the documentary.

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THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA», directed by Elena Demidova

The documentary film «THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA», directed by Elena Demidova, tells a story of one of the most famous lamas, Pandido Khambo Lama Dashi Dorzho Itigelov. His body is recognized as one of the sacred Buddhist objects of Russia and is being kept in the Ivolginsky Datsan. The Buddhist monks approach him as a living person.
 
Itigelov was born in 1852 and began his religious education at the age of sixteen years. In 1911, he was appointed the twelfth Pandido Khambo Lama as the Head of Russian Buryat Buddhists. Between 1913 and 1917, Itigelov was prominent in the spiritual life of Russian Empire. He took part in the Tercentenary celebrations of the House Romanov and opened first Buddhist temple in St. Petersburg. During First World War Itigelov presided over the society of "Buryat brothers", an organization helping the Russian army. After October Revolution, Itigelov resigned as head of the Buddhists. In 1927, aged seventy-five years, he asked other lamas to begin meditation ceremonies and funeral rites, since he said he was about to die. Itigelov left a testament asking to be buried as he was at the time of his death, sitting in lotus posture. On September 11, 2002, Itigelov's body was eventually exhumed in the presence of the leaders of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha of Russia and transferred to Ivolginsky Datsan.

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Raised On Rock The Burnette Family Legacy

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Coming April 2019  "RAISED ON ROCK - The Burnette Family Legacy" will be premiering at Film Festivals throughout 2018 before being released for worldwide distribution

Director - Sally Steele

Sally Steele is on a mission to reunite the legendary battling Burnette family- a family United by Blood-Divided by Fame. The filmmaker travels across the United States interviewing special guests while learning the amazing rock history of Johnny Burnette and Dorsey Burnette and The Rock and Roll Trio who influenced Elvis, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and many others, on her quest to bring Rocky and Billy Burnette and the members of the family together for one final dramatic and exciting performance at the end of the film, trying to heal the rift that rocked the world and tore a family apart echoing down a generation to the family “Raised On Rock“.

The film exists in two versions Long Short (60) and Short Documentary (40)

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THE CREEPY LINE a film by M.A.Taylor 2018

"A film that Google does not want you to see  - filmfestivals.com Best for Fest"

An eye-opening documentary, The Creepy Line reveals the stunning degree to which society is manipulated by Google and Facebook and blows the lid off the remarkably subtle – hence powerful – manner in which they do it.

The Creepy Line is a title culled from the words of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, when during a 2010 interview he explained Google’s code of conduct: “The Google policy on a lot of things is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.”

However, as Dr. Robert Epstein explains in the film, “Google crosses the creepy line every day”. 

Offering first-hand accounts, scientific experiments and detailed analysis, The Creepy Line examines what is at risk when these two tech titans have free reign to utilize the public’s most private and personal data to manipulate society.

There is no question that the “creepy line” is getting ever-creepier, and that the tech giants have crossed it.

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Sharkwater: Extinction by Rob Stewart Documentary Canada 2018 Sharkwater Extinction by Rob Stewart - Canada 2018 90 minutes

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Rob Stewart “Conservation is the preservation of human life on earth. And that, above all else, is worth fighting for” Watch Rob Stewart doing what he loved most of all, swimming with sharks, in exclusive footage from his third film, Sharkwater: Extinction.

Sharkwater: Extinction is a follow up to his first two award-winning films, Sharkwater and Revolution. Sharkwater exposed the devastating issue of shark finning, while Revolution brought the destructive effects of Ocean Acidification to light.

Rob taught the world to not fear sharks, through his iconic images of hugging these majestic creatures and free diving with them.

www.Sharkwater.com     www.TheRevolutionMovie.com

 

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LIVING IN THE FUTURES PAST by Susan Kucera, A documentary presented by Jeff Bridges.
USA October 2017 - 83 minutes 

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13 Festival wins so far for Living in the Future's Past

Jeff Bridges was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for career achievement at the 2019 Golden Awards Ceremony

 

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Revolution by Rob Stewart 

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over 40 festival wins so far

Eco Documentary feature film by Rob Stewart April 2015, 82 minutes (Sharkwater)
Revolution is a film about changing the world. The true-life adventure of Rob Stewart, this follow-up to his acclaimed SHARKWATER (36 festival wins) documentary continues his remarkable journey; one that will take him through 15 countries over four years, and where he'll discover that it's not only sharks that are in grave danger -- it's humanity itself.

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Des partenariats forts avec les plus grands festivals et marchés

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Nous sommes très fiers des bonnes relations et des partenariats signé avec les plus grands festivals et marchés : Venice Production Bridge, FestForums Santa Barbara, AFM, Animaze, Tallinn Black Night International Film Festival, Houston WorldFest, Fantasporto, et Cannes Market bien entendu et beaucoup d'autres. Nous sommes heureux de pouvoir grace à ces parteneriats pouvoir apporter news et dailies à ...
 

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MOVIES THAT MATTER

Promoting Movies that Matter / des films qui font grandir...

With contributions from Abbé Jean-Luc Maroy, Alex Deleon, Bruno Chatelin

French English

Les raisins de la colère (The Grapes of Wrath) de John Ford (USA, 1940)

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Les films qui ont une densité spirituelle évidente mettent souvent en scène le voyage, l’itinéraire initiatique, mais aussi la souffrance qu’implique de quitter sa terre, ses racines, son pays, son existence. On se rend compte, avec Les raisins de la colère que la modernité a constitué le terreau indispensable de la modernité liquide (Zygmunt Baumann). Le film est en effet réalisé en 1940, bien avant que la phi...
 

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Impact des bandes annonces diffusées dans les cinémas au 13 Aout

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Enquête hebdomadaire réalisée auprès d’un échantillon de 35 000 individus représentatifs de la population française. Parmi ces individus, 2 000 spectateurs étant allés au cinéma au cours de la semaine cinéma concernée sont interrogés sur les bandes annonces vues au cinéma.  ...
 
 

La Bande-Annonce de la 34ème édition du FIFF : Le cheval Bayard, fidèle au spot! Exaltant !

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Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur Du 27 septembre au 4 octobre 2019   Cette bande-annonce a été dessinée par Ornella Macchia et Gwendoline Gamboa. Les réalisatrices y mettent en scène 4 cavalières sur le cheval Bayard dans un univers expérimental, frais et décalé. Mêlant collages, dessins et peintures animées sur papiers elles parviennent ainsi à y insuffler une ambiance festiv...
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