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TIFF's Discovery, Midnight Madness and Wavelengths programmes unveil engaging, groundbreaking titles from all over the globe

The Toronto International Film Festival® is delighted to announce today the 2022 selection for Discovery, Midnight Madness, and Wavelengths programmes. This robust lineup features 54 titles from filmmakers representing 26 countries. “For TIFF audiences in the know, the Discovery, Midnight Madness and Wavelengths programmes are where you’re rewarded for taking risks and being adventurous,” offered Anita Lee, Chief Programming Officer, TIFF. “Whether it’s t...


Futurespectives : check the new Locarno Film Festival podcast series

  As of today, 11th August, the first five episodes of the Locarno Film Festival podcast series Futurespectives, presented by UBS, will be available online. Produced in collaboration with BrandAudio, Futurespectives offers listeners a futuristic retrospective featuring exclusive conversations with international film stars, emerging talents, and key industry figures. The podcast reveals their hidden stories, journeys, and dreams, introducing the audience to fresh perspectiv...

The Venice Classics restored films announced

La Biennale di Venezia / 79th Venice International Film Festival / The Venice Classics section returns to the fold of the Venice International Film Festival of La Biennale di Venezia, following two years in which, due to the pandemic, it was hosted in Bologna by the Il cinema ritrovato festival (August 2020), and held last year in the historic city centre of Venice.   Also returning is the Jury composed of film students from Italian universities which ­ – for the ninth yea...


The winners of the Locarno Open Doors 2022 awards

The prize list was announced today, Tuesday 9 August, for the Open Doors initiative at the Locarno Film Festival, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The new three-year focus dedicated to Latin America and Caribbean countries brought to Locarno films from the region and film projects in development, which had the opportunity to reach out and engage with the audience and industry members present at the Locarno Film Festival. &nbs...


Highlights of the upcoming NEM Zagreb

  From the 7th to the 9th of December, the long-awaited new edition of NEM Zagreb will be back - and better! We present six NEM Zagreb highlights that will make the event worth the wait. Panels and presentations: biggest industry names are coming to Zagreb to discuss trending topics Co-production platform: exploring co-production opportunities has never been easier Networking: a handful of networking events will connect new business par...


BKK DOC 2022, documentaries competing for an Official Selection

The competition is on for a selection, and an award, at the 2022 edition of BKK DOC, Bangkok International Documentary award and film festival. Hundreds of submissions have been received since January, the call for entries for features closing late July.                              Facing an increasing large amount of submissions for short documentary categories, the management team has decided to cr...


AIFF 2022 Poster revealed, LINDA YEE honored

  Congratulations to Arianna Stoughton, whose design was chosen as the 2022 Poster Contest winner and who is the recipient of the $500 cash prize. “With my poster I wanted to highlight the international aspects of the film festival by depicting different food dishes from around the world, with some ingredients replaced with filmmaking iconography.” - Arianna Stoughton on her design | #AIFFwinnerArianna Stoughton    ...


Locarno75 is (also) online

With Swisscom, MUBI, Play Suisse and, the Locarno Film Festival widens its offer to the public that won’t be able to attend the event physically, with an online selection of competition films and gems from the past.     Besides the ones in Piazza Grande and the city cinemas, the Loc...


New film and audiovisual talents in the spotlight at Locarno75

In its 75th anniversary year, the Locarno Film Festival looks to the future with a raft of initiatives for the younger generations, and for creatives who are innovating the language of moving images: from the Locarno Academy to BaseCamp and the Locarno Residency, the future of the Festival is being built in the factory of Locarno.   © Locarno Film Festival / Ti-Press At a time when discourse on film is increasingly centered on the imminent changes coming to the ...

Better World Fund Event During the Venice Film Festival La Mostra: Food, Health & Sustainability September 8th & 9th

Better World Fund, a Paris-based non-profit organization raising awareness on critical global issues, will host a big event on “Food, Health and Sustainability,” on September 8 th & 9 th, during the 79th Venice Film Festival. The event is organized in partnership with the David Lynch Foundation. The event is organized in partnership with the David Lynch Foundation. The conference will highlight the critical importance of Earth’s precious resources during a series of eve...




We consider short films up to 10 minutes length and there are no film premiere requirements or date of completion requirements. Cittador International Film Festival seeks to award short films based upon their originality and ability to tell a compelling story and to award original music exclusively composed for the film. The screenings of the winning films will take place at the beautiful Studio Cinema Lugner City Vienna.   Cittador IFF awards films in the following c...


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Venice Film Festival : The Cartier Glory to the Filmmaker Award to Walter Hill

Walter Hill : his new film Dead For A Dollar to premiere at Festival  photo credit by Nicolas Aproux DOC839-lowrez   La Biennale di Venezia and Cartier are pleased to announce that the legendary American director, writer and producer Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hrs., Last Man Standing) is the recipient of the Cartier Glory to the Filmmaker Award of the 79th Venice International Film Festival (August 31st – September 10th, 2022), dedicated to a personality who has made...


Venice Film Festival_Campari Award to Artist and Costume Designer Arianne Phillips (Don't Worry Darling)

Artist and Costume Designer Arianne Phillips announced as the recipient of the Campari Passion for Film Award / She created the costumes and helped build the aesthetic For New Line Cinema’s Don’t Worry Darling by Olivia Wilde, to be presented Out of Competition   La Biennale di Venezia and Campari are pleased to announce that the artist and costume designer Arianne Phillips (Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood, A Single Man, The Crow) is the recipient of the Campari Passi...


Oscars come to Venice for the first time

La Biennale di Venezia Cinecittà and  Mastercard are honored to welcome for the first time the AMPAS to the Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica di Venezia - Venice International Film Festival on the occasion of its 90thanniversary.​All three institutions share similar visions and values. They educate, support, promote and honor the cinematic artists of today and preserve the legacy and history of moviemaking’s past”. Newly named Academy CEO Bill K...


International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) presents a new team line-up and structure

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) presents a new team line-up and structure ahead of its upcoming 52nd edition, which will take place from 25 January to 5 February 2023.  Vanja Kaludjercic, Festival Director at IFFR, said: “IFFR is completely unique - our team and our programme each year are testament to our commitment to bold and thought-provoking cinema - and we’re excited to be entering into a new chapter in our history. This year, we’ve had the challengin...


Julia Roberts will be honored with the Academy Museum Gala Icon Award

  ROBERTS JOINS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED HONOREES  MIKY LEE, STEVE MCQUEEN, AND TILDA SWINTON Ariana DeBose, Awkwafina, Colman Domingo, Cynthia Erivo,  Dakota Johnson, Eddie Redmayne, Eiza González, Gwyneth Paltrow,  Jennifer Garner, Jonathan Majors, Judd Apatow & Leslie Mann,  Leonardo DiCaprio, Letitia Wright, Regina Hall, Ruth Negga, Selma Blair  and More Join Academy Museum Gala Host Committee ...


Jacqueline Stewart appointed as the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Director and President

The Board of Trustees of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures today announced the appointment of Jacqueline Stewart as the institution’s Director and President. One of the world’s leading scholars, curators, and public educators on cinema, she was appointed in 2020 as Chief Artistic and Programming Officer of the museum. She assumes her duties as Director and President on July 18 and will guide the vision of the Academy Museum and oversee all aspects of its operations. She su...


Producer Janet Yang has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science

Janet Yang credit Troy Harvey A.M.P.A.S. Producer Janet Yang was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organization’s Board of Governors. “Janet is a tremendously dedicated and strategic leader who has an incredible record of service at the Academy.  She has been instrumental in launching and elevating several Academy initiatives on membership recruitment, governance, and equity, diversity, and inclusion,” noted Academy CEO Bil...


Lee Chang-dong will be a guest of honor of Lumière 2022

Lee Chang-dong 이창동 South Korean filmmaker Lee Chang-dong, director of Peppermint Candy, Poetry and Burning, a prominent figure of the new wave of Korean cinema, will be attendance in Lyon in October as a guest of honour of the Lumière Film Festival.   A committed artist as a novelist and playwright, Lee proves to be a remarkable director with the release of his first two feature films, Gree...


Dissident Russian filmmakers Kantemir Balagov and Kira Kovalenko announced as Telluride 2022 Festival Guest Directors

Telluride Film Festival (TFF), presented by National Film Preserve LTD., is proud to announce dissident Russian filmmakers Kantemir Balagov and Kira Kovalenko as its 2022 Festival Guest Directors. The awardwinning filmmakers are set to select a series of films to present at the 49th Telluride Film Festival running September 2 - 5, 2022. Festival organizers annually select the world’s great film enthusiasts to join them in the creation of the Festival’s program lineup. The Guest D...


As Gen Z Faces Rising Uncertainties, Canadian/Mexican Actress Emilia McCarthy Gives Us Reason to Hope

As Gen Z comes of age just in time to face a greater degree of uncertainty than previous decades, actress Emilia McCarthy represents the best of what the future can be. Youth ages 10-25 are saddled with challenges like climate change, post-pandemic economic upheaval, gun violence, and social inequality (to name a few). In an era when strong leadership will prove key to survival, powerful role models like award-winning Canadian-Mexican actress Emilia McCarthy point the way toward positive change....

VIDEO Interview with Guillaume Esmiol Marché du Film Co Executive Director

...Guillaume Esmiol in conversation with Bruno Chatelin, about Guillaume's background in tech, media and innovation (with the TF1 Group), developping the new features in the current Marché du Film 2022 and the plans for the future edition which he will be running solo (with his team). He currently serves as co executive director of the Marché du Film and will take over from Jérôme Paillard who was having his last year in office. Bruno Chatelin was able to sit do... 

"Why you need to be screened at Festivals" A Masterclass with Bruno Chatelin at Bangkok Doc

Bruno Chatelin co founder former head of SONY AND fox theatrical distribution shared his festival experience and advice for an hour to participants of BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY AWARDS 2021 THE VIDEO WIL BE ACCESSIBLE FOR OUR AUDIENCE YOUTUBE CHANNEL OF BRUNO'S INTERVIEWS           ...


"Origami In The Garden" takes center stage in New Mexico

  ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN TAKES CENTER STAGE IN NEW MEXICO Celebrate! ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN: An entire week full of events in New Mexico!       New Mexico's September celebration of art spotlights ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN with a gallery show, a documentary film and a studio tour in Northern New Mexico!   Jennifer and Kevin Box created ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN (OiG) in 2013. The...


Dalíland is TIFF 2022's Closing Night Gala film on Saturday, September 17 at Roy Thomson Hall

 Photo credit: Rekha Garton and Marcel Zyskind   TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey announced today that the film Dalíland will have its World Premiere as the Closing Night Gala for the 47th Toronto International Film Festival®  on Saturday, September 17, at Roy Thomson Hall.  Dalíland tells the story of the later years of the strange and fascinating marriage between the genius Salvador Dalí and his wife, Gala, as their seemingly unshakable bond begi...


Restored version of Stella Dallas Pre-opening night (Tuesday August 30th) of the 79th Venice International Film Festival /

Pre-opening night (Tuesday August 30th) of the 79th Venice International Film Festival /   In Sala Darsena on the Lido the silent film classic Stella Dallas (1925) by Henry King in the new version restored by The Museum of Modern Art, New York,  and The Film Foundation Film score by Stephen Horne performed live by the Gaga Symphony Orchestra of Venice  The silent film classic Stella Dallas (1925), starring Belle Bennett, Ronald Colman, Lois Moran and Douglas Fairb...


BFI London Fest American Express Gala will be EMPIRE OF LIGHT by Sam Mendes

  EMPIRE OF LIGHT Written & Directed by Sam Mendes Filmmaker Sam Mendes to attend with key cast including Olivia Colman, Micheal Ward, Colin Firth, Toby Jones, Tanya Moodie, Tom Brooke and Crystal Clarke, with more to be confirmed   The 66th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express is delighted to announce that this year’s American Express Gala will be EMPIRE OF LIGHT, written, produced and directed by Oscar® and BAFTA winning filmmaker Sam Mend...





  We consider short films up to 10 minutes length and there are no film premiere requirements or date of completion requirements. Cittador International Film Festival seeks to award short films based upon their originality and ability to tell a compelling story and to award original music exclusively composed for the film. The screenings of the winning films will take place at the beautiful Studio Cinema Lugner City Vienna.   Cittador IFF awards films in the following c...

Klasikoak will take a look back at the films of Josep Escobar and Alexandre Cirici Pellicer, Juzo Itami, Nana Mchedlidze, Basili

Klasikoak will take a look back at the films of Josep Escobar and Alexandre Cirici Pellicer, Juzo Itami, Nana Mchedlidze, Basilio Martín Patino and Charles Vanel The section will programme the movies ‘Érase una vez…’, ‘Tampopo’, ‘Nueve cartas a Berta’, ‘Pirveli mertskhali’ and ‘Dans la nuit’  Klasikoak, the...


Ten projects based on Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Streaming and VFX / SFX, to compete the Zinemaldia Startup Challenge

Ten projects based on Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Streaming and VFX / SFX, amongst other technologies, to compete in the Zinemaldia Startup Challenge The five projects by Spanish entrepreneurs or startups will participate in a specific, newly created competition to run as part of ‘Spanish Screenings: Financing & Tech’ Zinemaldia & Technology will run on September 22 at Tabakalera and will include the presentation of the ten projects and a round table on Metav...



Cannes Goes to Deauville

The Deauville Amer­i­can Film Fes­ti­val pro­motes a silent, secret dia­logue cir­cu­lat­ing among film­mak­ers from the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val and the Unit­ed States. These selec­tions bear wit­ness to the festival’s com­mit­ment to pass­ing along and sharing.  For the third con­sec­u­tive year, Deauville teams up with the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val. The Cannes selec­tion will con&sh...


Deauville offers a window on French Cinema

The Deauville Amer­i­can Film Fes­ti­val pro­motes a silent, secret dia­logue cir­cu­lat­ing among film­mak­ers from the France and the Unit­ed States. These selec­tions bear wit­ness to the festival’s com­mit­ment to pass­ing along and sharing.  For the sec­ond year, rid­ing off the suc­cess of the 2021 edi­tion, Deauville will wel­come world pre­mieres of three films for a win­...


Toronto International Film Festival announces 2022 TIFF Tribute Award for Performance to the Prime Video film 'My Policeman'

The cast of Michael Grandage’s My Policeman — Harry Styles, Emma Corrin, Gina McKee, Linus Roache, David Dawson, and Rupert Everett — are the first-ever film ensemble to receive this honour  Photo credit: Courtesy of Prime Video Cameron Bailey, CEO of TIFF, is delighted to announce that the ensemble cast of My Policeman — Harry Styles, Emma Corrin, Gina McKee, Linus Roache, David Dawson, and Rupert Everett — will be honoured with the TIFF Tribute Award for ...


White Noise by Noah Baumbach starring Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig will open Venice

White Noise, written and directed by Noah Baumbach, starring Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig, Don Cheadle, Raffey Cassidy, Sam Nivola, May Nivola, Jodie Turner-Smith, André L. Benjamin and Lars Edinger is the Opening Film, in Competition, of the 79th Venice International Film Festival within La Biennale di Venezia, directed by Alberto Barbera (31 August > 10 September 2022). This is Baumbach’s return to the Lido; he premiered Marriage Story at the festival in 2019.    Alb...


Daniel Craig's latest film will close The 66th BFI London Film Festival (5-16 October)

The 66th BFI London Film Festival (5-16 October) in partnership with American Express is thrilled to announce that this year’s Closing Night Gala will be filmmaker Rian Johnson’s GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY, starring Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick and Madelyn Cline with Kate Hudson and Dave Bautista. The film will receive its European Premiere on Sunday 16 October at the Southbank Centre in the Royal Festival ...


RTM Pitch winner to bring former neighbourhood to life with help from Rotterdam fest

Ravi Sandberg receives €20,000 to shoot his interdisciplinary project Fantoomwijk.     International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) and the municipality of Rotterdam have awarded a grant of €20,000 to the filmmaker Ravi Sandberg to produce a short film about his former neighbourhood, the Tweebosbuurt in Rotterdam. The project will receive expert guidance and aims to premiere at IFFR 2023 as part of the festival’s Rotterdam-focused programme, RTM. Vanja Kaludjerci...

Origami In the Garden, Barbara Bentree's newest doc: selections on the festival circuit

Raleigh Film & Art Festival October 7 – 9, 2022   Knoxville Film Festival September 16, 2022 The Albuquerque Film & Music Experience (AFMX) September 13 – 18, 2022     INTERNATIONAL NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL June 2022 San Diego Art Film Festival March 2022   Berlin International Art Film Festival May 31, 2022  ...

Hot Money wins top prize at Impact Docs Awards

Susan Kucera (USA), Hot Money, Doc Feature – from Executive Producer Oscar-winner Jeff Bridges with deft direction from award winning Susan Kucera – with wit, satire and historical context, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, General Wesley Clark and his son Wes Clark Jr. take us on a journey unpacking the circulatory system connecting complex economic forces and the impact on our planet and our lives. ...


Last Dance and Annie Colère win the Prix du Public UBS and Variety Piazza Grande Award

The audience in Piazza Grande selected Delphine Lehericey’s film for the Prix du Public, while the seventies drama by Blandine Lenoir clinched the award given by the prestigious U.S. trade magazine.     The Locarno prize list is now fully complete with the awards for films screened in Piazza Grande. As a follow-up to the Pardo d’oro and other prizes awarded by official juries, the audience members in the Festival’s legendary open-air theater had th...


Locarno75 Pardo d’oro goes to Regra 34

Wrapping up 11 days of celebration, numerous special initiatives, and extraordinary participation by the audience, the festival is reaching its conclusion with the Pardo d’oro being awarded to Julia Murat’s Regra 34 (Rule 34), which will be presented on the Piazza Grande during tonight’s closing ceremony.   PHOTO © Locarno Film Festival - Ti-Press - Massimo Pedrazzini Since August 3, the entire city of ...


Locarno Pro Announces First Look and Alliance 4 Development Winning Projects for 2022

The eleventh edition of First Look – the Locarno Film Festival initiative showcasing films in post-production – has concluded with the announcement of its winning projects for 2022. This edition’s focus on the German cinema of the future gave the members of the jury, all of whom are the directors of major international film festivals, the chance to preview six German works-in-progress   ...


2022 Maui Film Festival Audience Award Winners


GTA22 Nominees Announced

The full nominations are below. Best Action “Bullet Train” – Sony/Columbia Pictures, Ignition Creative “Red Notice” – “Teamwork”, NETFLIX, JAX “The Batman” – Warner Bros., BOND “The Matrix Resurrections” – “Free”, Warner Brothers Pictures, Big Picture Entertainment “Top Gun: Maverick” – “Back”, Paramount Pictures, AV Squad Best Animation/Family “CO...


Jesse Eisenberg to receive The Deauville Talent Award

  © Gareth Cattermole by Getty Images  Actor of Intranquillity   With more roles under his belt than years alive, Jesse Eisenberg (literally “mountain of steel”) today finds himself at the summit of an exceptional career amid the landscape of American cinema. In 38 years, this hyperactive actor, who is also a director, author and journalist, has relentlessly transformed himself, delving into the buried, complex truth at the heart of his characters, confr...



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MISMFF 2022, 05: Silence! Here comes the Founder-Director, Dr. Khatuna Khundadze: Exclusive interview, by Siraj Syed

MISMFF 2022, 05: Silence! Here comes the Founder-Director, Dr. Khatuna Khundadze: Exclusive interview, by Siraj Syed       Q.: How was the first festival conceived and why? A: If you are in Georgia, in Mestia, and standing on the Terrace Theatre, the first word that come to you will be “mountain”. In Georgia, and in the Caucasus, there was no mountain film festival. I, and my partner, Gegi Paliani, there should be a mountain film festival, and so ...


Karthikeya 2, Review: “Ptolemy told me”

Karthikeya 2, Review: “Ptolemy told me” A pilgrimage for followers of Lord Krishna, and a mosaic of breath-taking locales awaits those who venture into theatre territory and buy tickets to see Karthikeya 2. Add to that some impressive VFX and animation. That’s the good news. The bad news is that there is little else to justify making of the film per se. Combining religious events that occurred 5118 years ago, and much earlier, with a present day atheist doctor, it chronicles...


Laal Singh Chaddha, Review: A run for your money, in branded underwear

Laal Singh Chaddha, Review: A run for your money, in branded underwear It’s been fifteen years after Aamir Khan acted in and directed Taare Zameen Par, about a dyslexic child, and 28 years after Tom Hanks captivated our hearts as Forrest Gump, who had an IQ of 75 and needed braces to correct what was believed to be a curved spine. In 2022, here comes a film that is the official remake of Forrest Gump. It could be among the warmest, heart-tugging tales you’ve heard being told, or i...

MISMFF 2022, 03: The 2021 five-member Jury, which makes way for the 2022 five

MISMFF 2022, 03: The 2021 five-member Jury, which makes way for the 2022 five An eminent five-member Jury judged the entries at the Mestia International Short & Mountain Film Festival (MISMFF) last year. As usual, judging is an onerous, albeit honourable, task. These were the five. You will meet the 2022 Jury in this column. Just wath this space. ...


MISMFF 2022, 02: Georgia’s rich film heritage and list of 2021 festival winners

MISMFF 2022, 02: Georgia’s rich film heritage and list of 2021 festival winners While the countdown has begun for the second Mestia International Short & Mountain Film Festival (MISMFF), some interesting facts about Georgia deserve mention. Documentary films have been made in Georgia since 1908, though the first feature was made in 1916. There was a period when 150 feature films and documentaries were shot a year, in a country of merely five million people. Indians were really exp...


MISMFF 2022, 01: Film fest returns to the Mysterious, Magical Mountains of Mestia, Georgia

MISMFF 2022, 01: Film fest returns to the Mysterious, Magical Mountains of Mestia, Georgia Confession: I had not heard about Mestia at all till I learnt about the Mestia International Short & Mountain Film Festival (MISMFF). And it is already in its second edition! So, where is Mestia? Mestia is a municipality, a ‘townlet’ in western Georgia, in the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region. Mestia, as well as the whole Svaneti, has a very old history. Distinguished by its amazing, beauti...



14th NYC Independent Film Festival 
June 11-18, 2023)


August 31, 2022 Earlybird Deadline  

Home of the NYC Indie Awards the festival aims to discover the Artist Filmmaker, showcasing them to the entertainment industry and the NYC public. All NYCIndieFF 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.

NYCIndieFF honors the Best in Category which includes Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Super Short, Best Covid Diaries, as well as Best Director and Best Screenplay.

NYCIndieFF provides a showcase for the best in independent cinema, including short films, feature films, music videos, and animated works. With panels, parties and a week-long gathering of fellow indie filmmakers NYCIndieFF is the place to be June 12 to June 19, 2022 This dates may move to accommodate any and all government regulations.

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Your Script Produced Studios: season 3
November 3 – 7, 2022


Discovering and Producing Talented Writers and Filmmakers left behind by the entertainment industry, worldwide!

The return of Entertainment's unparalleled event!

Season 3 SPECIAL EDITION: Accepting the following submissions: Features, Pilots, Shorts AND Documentaries!

THERE IS NO AGE LIMIT ON SUCCESS! WE ARE ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FROM ALL AGES, WORLDWIDE! Anyone under the age of 18 MUST submit a parental consent form.


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PIERRE ET JEANNE by Clémentine Célarié

First Feature film 2022 99 minutes

France 2021 99 minutes  First feature film by Clémentine Célarié, produced by Matthieu Rubin - Sazia Films.

Starring Loris FREEMAN, Elodie GODART, Clémentine CÉLARIÉ, Philippe UCHAN, Mathieu AMALRIC, Sergi LOPEZ, Dominique PINON, Tom LEEB, Jacqueline CORADO, Marie DURET...

Sibling Rivalry and truth untold emerge after the unexpected inheritance of Jeanne

"Pierre et Jeanne" recounts the devastation caused by an inheritance intended for Jeanne, Pierre's younger sister. This poisoned gift from a friend of the parents will instill discord, jealousy, discord and sibling rivalry until an untold truth is revealed.


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RETURN TO EDEN written and directed by Jeff Gross: 87 minutes April 2022

Starring Gary Kohn, Jade Struck, Claude Duhamel, Jim Kinney...

Jeff Gross is a novelist and film maker. He has several writing collaborations with Roman Polanski to his name, including "Frantic" and "Bitter Moon"
Returning to the small town of Eden, Oregon after 30 years in France,  Josef, a writer, filmmaker, and self-described permanent exile, tries his best to fit in. Unable to write,  the world is so crazy that he can't keep up, he starts coaching the girls' tennis team at one of the local high schools. Lonely, adrift, he develops a friendship with Hope, a remarkable woman who dances in Puritan Eden's only strip club.  But as the dark clouds of fascism roll in, rumors run rampant, and soon enough, inevitably, the two worlds collide, with tragic consequences.


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THE THRILL  by Gordi de st. Jeor 8 minutes USA Jan 29 2022

Starring Aidan Browne and Sofia Masson

A young guitarist is about to play the biggest show of his life. Things don't quite go as expected...


TIME IS ETERNAL by Dreamteam filmmaker duo of Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir - Starring berite labelle

Short Film Fantasy  USA  December 2021 - 14 Minutes 20 seconds  

A prestigious feminine writer examines in her most recent novel what it means to be a woman across history and conjures up Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt and fierce feminine writer/philosopher Mary Wollenstonecraft(mother of Mary Shelley, author of Frakenstein) who have crossed deserts of eternal time to meet.

The women materialize into her present time environment and recount their greatest victories, defeats, loves, regrets and dreams.

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ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN by Barbara Bentree
Documentary December 2021 - USA  90 minutes

Kevin Box has always known exactly what he intends to do with his life. In his words, "I want to have a conversation with people now and hundreds of years into the future."

As an artist, Kevin has been fascinated by the evolution of "lost wax casting" to create bronze sculptures and he spent many of his early years being mentored by other successful sculptors. Through his own R&D, he developed a unique signature by “unfolding” origami and casting these beautiful patterns into museum quality wall hangings.
"ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN" traces the career arc of Kevin and his partner/wife Jennifer as they now continue to create multiple traveling exhibitions of their artwork. Over the past decade, their unique sculptures have been viewed all over the country by millions of people.
"ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN" is an Artfilm, a Love Story, and an inspiration for all by showing what is possible…just starting with a simple piece of paper!

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HOT MONEY by Susan Kucera (director of Jeff Bridges Living in the future’s past)

Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, General Wesley Clark and his son Wes Clark Jr. take us on a journey through the complicated realities of our financial system and its profound exposure to climate change. Hot Money outs the whole game, the whole charade, the whole crapshoot of the money system with all the humor and intelligence of a New Yorker cartoon. Combined with the wisdom of international business experts and academics, Hot Money is rich with historical context. It severs the knot of economic and political forces that may lead to societal collapse.


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12TH HOUR narrated by David Morse

Documentary by Susan Kucera (director of Jeff Bridges Living in the future’s past)

USA July 2021 51 minutes 48 seconds

Much of our population currently lives with hopeful delusions about climate change. These delusions, many of which are built in by evolution, hamper our ability to meaningfully address the problem.

Our brains evolved to solve short-term challenges for our survival. Climate change is a long-term challenge to our survival. Can we bridge the gap between these modes of thinking?

Emmy-nominated actor David Morse narrates the brutally honest 12th hour with insight from noted evolutionary biologists, climate scientists, cognitive researchers and psychologists.

Visionary thinkers like Peter Russell, Dr. Paul Piff, Dr. Kari Norgaard and dozens of the brightest minds in academia lay out an unflinching look at mankind: our past, our abilities, our shortcomings and what may be humankind's final destination.

If we have any hope to survive the changes we’ve locked in to our climate, we need to be honest with ourselves and our limitations. The 12th Hour lays out our biases so that we may overcome them.


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ENOUGH Lebanon's Darkest Hour

Documentary by Daisy Gedeon second feature documentary
Australia  june 2021 90 minutes (in post)

ENOUGH! Lebanon’s Darkest Hour follows Australian-Lebanese filmmaker Daizy Gedeon’s personal and independent introspection into how her ancestral homeland, the place her family was forced to flee in the 1970s because of the Civil War, has ended up in a state of complete catastrophe. It is a story of awakening in which Daizy is forced to abandon her idealism about Lebanon and face the cold, harsh truth about the country’s dark underbelly which is its most sinister enemy.

Daizy prosecutes the case against the corrupt political class which has reduced a proud people to beg for garbage collection instead of greatness and negotiate potholes rather than peace.

ENOUGH! is the plea and the prayer, the feeling and fierce determination of the 4.5 million Lebanese in Lebanon as well as the 16 million members of the Lebanese diaspora scattered around the world, whose hearts continue to bleed for a homeland they are desperate to return to and so deeply want to believe in...once again.


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The Sound of Us directed by Chris Gero


"The Sound of Us" illustrates that during this critical time in world and U.S. history, music gives sound to hope and courage, allows us to grieve and be honest, and is the great, universal language that unites us all.

As the world grapples with unrest the profound truth remains that, through music, we are not alone.

The Sound of Us weaves inspiring stories about the beauty and goodness of music with interviews and performances by artists such as Ben Folds, Sarah McLachlan, Avery*Sunshine, Eric Whitacre, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Hiromi, Antonio Sanchez, Butch Walker, Will Wells, Patti Smith, and many more. Combined, these powerful vignettes illustrate how music heals us, gives us hope for the future through our children, keeps our heritage and history alive, allows us to have the most difficult of conversations, sheds light on current struggles, and continues to invite us back to the thing that unites us all - music.

The film is directed by Chris Gero, a Grammy nominated, American music industry executive, concert producer, record producer, songwriter, film director and composer, founder of Yamaha Entertainment Group of America and Chief Artist Relations Executive for Yamaha Artist Relations Group

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INVISIBLE HAND  by Matthew Taylor
director of The Creepy LineMarcel Duchamp the art of the possibleSafeguard an electoral debate...

USA  28 minutes August 2021

Invisible Hand is an exploration of memory. Our unnamed protagonist lives a life of repetition and insecurity. Every day is a blur of abstract actions until one night she meets a dark stranger who gives her a mysterious gift. Her life is turned upside down when she confronts a terrifying truth about her past. Deciding to take herself out of the abstract daily routine, she journeys into the crevices of her memory to untangle a dark secret that could ultimately destroy her.

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Zero Gravity USA first film directed by Thomas Verrette

74 minutes First feature documentary USA April 2021

A diverse group of middle-school students go on the journey of a lifetime when they compete in a nationwide competition sponsored by MIT to code satellites aboard the International Space Station.

Zero Gravity is a feature documentary that follows a diverse group of middle-school students from San Jose, CA, who compete in a nationwide tournament to code satellites aboard the International Space Station.
Seen through the wondrous eyes of three diverse young students and their first-time coach, they each take an intimate and personal journey to space as their team grows from amateur coders to representing California in the ISS Finals Tournament — the culmination of a summer-long adventure that sees their incredible accomplishment performed by astronauts in orbit.

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