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Cinematography Art, Review: A magazine for the learned and the learners

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Cinematography Art, Review: A magazine for the learned and the learners At the Broadcast India exhibition, held at the Jio World Convention Centre, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai, October 13-15, I chanced upon a stall that displayed several issues a magazine and a large poster of a film school. The film school was named Craft, while the magazine was called Cinematography Art. Art and Craft co-existing. Inquiries revealed that the two ventures are run by Naresh Sharma, who is known to me, as a c...
 

FIPRESCI’s Top Ten Indian films of all time includes two Satyajit Ray movies

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FIPRESCI’s Top Ten Indian films of all time includes two Satyajit Ray movies FIPRESCI-India (India chapter of the International Federation of Film Critics: FIPRESCI) conducted a secret poll for making a list of the All Time Ten Best Indian Films. 30 Members of FIPRESCI-India voted in confidence and on the basis of maximum number of votes polled in favour of the films the following list was declared officially: ALL TIME TEN BEST INDIAN FILMS: 1. Pather Panchali (Song of the Littl...
 

High Tide, Review: Time and tide wait for one

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High Tide, Review: Time and tide wait for one There was a film in which the main character is a psychopath who buries his victims alive. This was a European film, probably Austrian, that sent several chills down my spine when I saw it several decades ago. High Tide uses that basic premise, but builds an entirely new take around it. Three-quarters of the film are located in a box, the size of a large coffin, with a man trapped there. His plight evokes instant sympathy, for he has done nothing ...
 

Uunchai trailer launch: Heightened expectations

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Uunchai trailer launch: Heightened expectations Uunchai is not about family. It is about friendship. How far will you go to fulfill the last wish of a dear friend? Mount Everest? There can be no greater Uunchai (Height) on earth, and never mind the spelling. Should be Oonchai, but I guess numerology dictated the changed spelling. Numerology again seems to be at play in choosing the release date: 11-11-22. But two factors have kindled keen interest in the film: firstly, the return of Amitabh B...

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The French Film Festival UK will celebrate30th anniversary

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Welcome to the 30th anniversary edition of the French Film Festival UK! For three decades the French Film Festival UK has been on a journey to explore the richness and diversity of francophone cinema and to expand cultural horizons. Post-Brexit the event’s sense of purpose in bringing together our French-speaking neighbours from Europe and beyond has become even more acute and essential. The organisers pay tribute to our audiences, sponsors and funders as well as...
 

 

20th Hungarian Film Festival of Los Angeles

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The Hungarian Film Festival of Los Angeles is celebrating the 20th Anniversary. It was always the intent of the Hungarian Film Festi-val of Los Angeles to showcase the best of contemporary Hungarian cinema not only to the Hungarian community but to all foreign film lovers everywhere. Our festival’s purpose is to inspire, teach, entertain, engage and yes, even sometimes enrage the audience. We feel we have accomplished our goal with the selection of films this year. ...
 

 

The 19th San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival Is Just Around the Corner

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With the vivid memories of the 2019 San Diego International Kids Film Festival, the global challenge of COVID-19 changed the way to present the glorious San Diego International Kids Film Festival in the past two years. Facing the most difficult time for all the live events, SDIKFF festival committee and the brand owner – Maeya Cultural Exchange Group have been working on all possible way to keep the film dream running in all kids’ hearts. After the 2020 online edition and the 2021 ...
 

 

The 15th Annual Bushwick Film Festival is back!

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After two years of virtual and hybrid renditions, the beloved festival is back and fully in person this year. Beginning November 1st through November 7th, the festival will be offering 5 days of live screenings, panels, special events and metaverse experiences! Featuring over 100 independent films from Brooklyn and around the world, the festival has grown into one of the most anticipated cinematic events in the city.    Founded by Kweighbaye Kotee in 2007, The Bushwick Fi...
 

 

Cittador International Film Festival Vienna – Ticket Presales 2022

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Cittador International Film Festival begins selling tickets for the event on December 27, 2022 - cinema screenings of awarded films at the Studiokino, Lugner City, Vienna. Cittador IFF grants the following awards: Best Short Film, Honorable Mention and Audience Award.  The deadline for film submissions is December 15, 2022. More info on: https://iff.cittador.com Ticket Sales: https://filmfreeway.com/CittadorInternationalFilmFestival/tickets  ...
 

 

„When the Woodlark Sings“ – Double Award Winner on the Crown Point International Film Festival in Chicago

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Our film "When the Woodlark Sings" was selected on the Crown Point International Film Festival in Chicago USA and it is Award Winner in categories BEST 1st TIME DIRECTOR and BEST SCORE!  We are overjoyed and grateful for the double Award! We thank the whole cast and crew as well as our supporters who believed in us! Watch the trailer with english subtitles: https://youtu.be/oXuEJiN3rD0 More information: https://heidelerche-film.cittador.com ...
 

 

The poster for the 45th Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival uncovered

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  © Regina Pessoa Alice uninhibited, the Puy de Dôme in lace, a nod to pre-cinema and a quiet homage to Ukraine.   The imagery for the 2023 edition of the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival was created by the Portuguese illustrator and animated film director Regina Pessoa, who was here last February as a member of the National Jury, alongside Yassine Qnia, Olivier Broche and Vincent Maël Cardona. "In my personal work, I like developing images that may s...
 

 

39th Tehran International Short Film Festival in full gear

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The "20-39" specialized summits of the 39th edition of Tehran International Short Film Festival will be held in Tehran, attended by a number of prominent Iranian and international filmmakers as lecturers, sharing their experiences and insight with artists and film lovers. The agenda for these summits is as follows: "Creativity in Genre" with Dr. Ahmad Alasti "Lighting and Cinematography" with Mahmoud Kalari "Experimentalism in Genre" with Rasul Sadr Am...

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'Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil' director Eli Craig to helm Protagonist Pictures latest horror 'Clown in a Cornfield'

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PROTAGONIST PICTURES LAUNCHES SALES AHEAD OF AFM As it nears a worldwide gross of $200M, producers of the smash hit horror Smile have tapped Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil director Eli Craig to helm their latest horror Clown in a Cornfield, it was announced today by Protagonist Pictures CEO Dave Bishop. Protagonist is launching worldwide sales on the hot market title and will introduce to buyers at the upcoming AFM.   Carter Blanchard is adapting Adam Cesare’s Bram Stoker Award-winni...
 

 

Anurag Kashyap Special guest at River to River 2022 - Special guest

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  The 22nd River to River Indian Film Festival that will take place from 6 to 11 December at cinema La Compagnia in Florence and online on Più Compagnia in collaboration with MYmovies. The Festival, under the Patronage of the Embassy of India and the aegis of Fondazione Sistema Toscana, will showcase the most recent feature films, shorts and documentaries in competiton, as well as special screenings and new collaborations.  The special guest&nb...
 

 

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...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... 

 

 

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in-person for european films from 16 sales companies at the afm

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RæISE & FRANK by Rachael Moriarty & Peter Murphy (Ireland/Minerva Pictures) 16 sales companies from Europe have been awarded Film Sales Support (FSS) for physical and digital promotion campaigns of 34 European films at one of the major events in the autumn, the American Film Market which takes place on site from 1- 6 November this year. International buyers will finally have the chance to meet with Europe's sales agents in person in L.A. again to discover the newest titles...
 
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CALORIE Ellora credit © Toma Iczkovits   Montreal, Friday, October 28, 2022 – Compass Productions and Filmoption International announce that the feature film Calorie by writer and director Eisha Marjara has started principal photography in Montreal. Starring Ellora Patnaik (Monika), Shanaya Dhillon-Birmhan (Alia), Ashley Ganger (Simi), and Anupam Kher (Mohan), the film follows three generations of women whose present and past lives collide during an emotionally packed...
 

 

200% WOLF enters pre production and starts sales at AFM

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Heroic poodle Freddy Lupin has everything it takes to lead his werewolf pack. Except respect. If only he were more… wolfish. But when a wayward wish transforms him into a werewolf and deposits a mischievous moon sprite on earth, Freddy must restore the cosmic order before earth and moon collide! Oops! One thing’s for sure – Freddy will never question being a poodle again! In pre-production Runtime 85 minutes CREW Producer Barbara Stephen, Alexia Gates-Foale, ...
 

 

 

FRFF Industry Excellence Award Winner Sue Vicory Launches Global Song Competition “One Song”

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Award-winning filmmaker, founder of Heartland Films, https://suevicory.com and My Power of One Sue Vicory has launched a global song writing competition titled “One Song.” Songwriters are invited to submit their original songs on the theme of ‘global humanity and the power of one’ through December 31st 2022 at https://suevicory.com/onesong. “After 20 years of producing and directing films which host original music, I decided to comb...
 

 

Arab short films selection com^peting at Red Sea International Film Festival

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Photo: Kroka  by Jordanian filmmaker Samer Battekhi   The second edition selection of the Red Sea Shorts in Competition present rarely-told, compelling stories of the lives of the people and places in the Arab World. Red Sea: Shorts Competition, the exciting programming strand of the Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF), today announced the first selection of its 13 strong programme of short films which represent Arab cinema at its most enthralling, poetic and ente...
 

 

 

VOX Cinemas partner with The Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF) for the second year

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The Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF) is proud to announce that VOX Cinemas, the dedicated cinema arm of Majid Al Futtaim, will be the Festival’s exclusive cinema partner for the second consecutive year. The strategic partnership underpins VOX Cinemas’ commitment to contribute to the prosperous future of the Kingdom and develop a sustainable film industry across the region.   VOX Cinemas will operate seven film theatres at Red Sea Mall in Jeddah, which will scr...
 

 

 

23 projects and films selected for the 5th edition of the Atlas Workshops, held in Marrakech

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­The Marrakech International Film Festival announces the 23 projects and films selected for the 5th edition of the Atlas Workshops, held in Marrakech from November 14-17, 2022 For its 5th edition, the Atlas Workshops will present 16 projects in development and six films in post-production from 11 countries, selected from 240 applications received from the African continent and the Arab world. ­   The Atlas Workshops will take place in Marr...

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Discover the winners of this year's CineFAM Film Festival Awards

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  Congratulations to the 2022 CineFAM award winners!     BEST SHORT FILM Who’s Next? – Directed by Amreen Ghouse, Canada (2019)   BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM Guardians – Directed by Minerva Navasca, Canada (2021)   BEST LONG SHORT FILM Out of Order – Directed by Sheronna Osbourne, Canada (2021)   BEST DIRECTOR Chance Encounter – Directed by Sandra Mathieu, Canada (2021)  ­ ­ ­ ­ ...
 

 

Ji.hlava Industry Awards 2022

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Forest  director Lidia Duda and producer Adrianna Redzia     The awards were accorded to the most promising European and U.S. documentary projects presented at the 2nd edition of the Ji.hlava New Visions Forum on Friday night.   Altogether 26 projects (16 from Europe and 10  from U.S.) in the development, production and post-production stage were presented at Ji.hlava IDFF. The jury was composed by the artistic director Berlinale Carlo Chatrian, U.S. film producer...
 

 

Newport Beach Film Festival 2022 Award Winners announced

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58th Chicago International Film Festival Audience Choice Awards

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  After 12 incredible days of films, we've tallied your votes, and we are thrilled to announce the winners of the 58th Chicago International Film Festival Audience Choice Awards, presented by Xfinity! Audience Choice Award: Best Feature Winners Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery Dir. Rian Johnson | US The Year Between Dir. Alex Heller | US     ...
 

 

The 26th Ji.hlava IDFF is now on and has handed out its first awards!

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Romanian producer Ada Solomon was accorded the APA World Excellence Award The 26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival has been officially launched and its opening evening featured the presentation of the first festival awards. The best Short Joy section film is selected by the online viewers of DAFilms.com, this year going to Blue Bed by Belgian director Lize Cuveele. This year, Ji.hlava presents almost four hundred films and the festival will continue until October 30. Ple...
 

 

That’s a wrap on LFF 2022!

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  Curtains are officially drawn on the 66th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express which marked a return to pre-pandemic highs for in-person audience attendance. To all of you who joined us in person on the South Bank or in the West End, at our 9 partner cinemas around the UK or from the comfort of your home via BFI Player, a massive thank you for being part of this one. Read more   ...
 

 

39th TISFF Winners Announced; Spain's "Descartes" to enter 2023 Academy Awards

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The competition category winners of both national and international cinemas in the 39th round of the Tehran International Short Film Festival have been announced, with the Spanish short film "Descartes" directed by Concha Barquero and Alejandro Alvarado Jodar chosen as the submission to the 2023 Academy Awards. International Cinema Competition Section The ceremony continued with members of the jury in the international competition category including Edvinas Puksta, Mirona Radu, Mah...
 

 

Ojay Fest Social Impact & Vison Award Winners Announced

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  Social Impact & Vison Award Winners Announced     For the second year the Ojai Film Festival will honor films for the Social Impact and Vision Award, sponsored by Panavision. Begun in 2021 the “Diversity and Inclusion for Social Impact and Vision” program explores the breadth of “diversity.” At the same time it examines “intersectionality,” aspects of a person’s identity that may cause conflict yet create an opportunity for un...
 

 

The 28th Annual Brainwash Drive-In/Bike-In/Walk-In Movie Festival AWARD WINNERS!

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  2nd Grand Prize! - Undeniably Young: Nora Young and the Six Day Race – Julia Morgan   1st Prize! - Cat Clay Chaos – Emmett Fifield   3rd Prize! - Candied Lips – Hina Effie Ogino   4th Prize! - Into the Realm of the Night – Patrick Muller   5th Prize - Lemon Lime – Mara Ramirez   6th Prize - Closed World and It's Freinds - Nuhae Lee   ...
 

 

9th annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival Awards

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9th annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival 2022 award winners   BEST SHORT FILMS Horror in the Hood Shorts Program: Something in the Garden directed by Marcos Sanchez SCI-FI on FIG Shorts Program: See You On The Other Side directed by The Sommers Brothers Arroyo Seco Shorts Program: My Summer Vacation directed by Kelly O'Sullivan Route 66 Shorts Program: Lead/Follow directed by Colby Day Los Filmmakers Shorts Program: No Soy Oscar directed by Jon Ayon   AUDIENC...
 

 

Gent Festival audience crowns stop-motion film 'Oink' as winner of North Sea Port Audience Award

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    On Monday 24 October, the very last prize of the 49th edition of Film Fest Gent was handed out. The festival audience voted Mascha Halberstad's charming stop-motion film Oink as the winner of the North Sea Port Audience Award. The animated film was already the big winner at the Golden Calves in Utrecht, taking home awards for Best Film, Best Direction and Best Production Design. Oink is the official Dutch Oscar entry in the Best Animated Feature category. The internati...
 

 

Winners of the Audience Award at the 38th Warsaw Film Festival

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      Here are the films, which were liked the most by the audience of the 38th Warsaw International Film Festival, which came to an end yesterday. A. Fiction features: 1. Dangerous Men / Niebezpieczni dżentelmeni, dir. Maciej Kawalski, Poland 2. Trio, dir. Battumur Dorj, Mongolia 3. Pamfir, dir. Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk, Ukraine / Francje / Poland / Chile / Luxembourg / Germany 4. Shreds / Strzępy, dir. Beata Dzianowicz, Poland 5. Blaze, dir. Del Kathryn Barton, ...
 

 

The winners of the 13th Odesa International Film Festival have been announced in Warsaw

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  This year, the National Competition of the 13th Odesa International Film Festival, given the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, was held within the framework of the Warsaw International Film Festival. The programme "Odessa - Warsaw: Ukrainian competition" included 11 feature films and 7 short films. The winners of the competition were determined by an expert jury, which included a producer and director Dariusz Jablonski (Poland), producer and screenwriter Ilona Łe...
 

 

 

New York Film Festival 2022 wrapped

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Celebrating its 60th anniversary, the New York Film Festival (NYFF) continues to rank as one of the most important film festivals in the United States. NYFF 2022 operates very differently from its early 60s origins and the expansive program reflects this. One of the co-founders of NYFF, Amos Vogel, quoted by Manohla  Dargis, emphasized in 1965 that the mission of the festival was to reflect the most interesting  trends and new works in global film making. For Vogel, the commercial st...

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Worldfest Houston 56 
April 25-30, 2023

 

Early bird discount deadline  November 15

WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival offers international competition in Ten Major Competition Categories! Features, Shorts, Docs/Business Films, Student, Experimental, Screenplays, New Media, TV Production, TV Commercials, & Music Videos! More than 200 sub-categories for fair competition. Only at WorldFest-Houston are you selected as a Remi Award Winner on the basis of your numerical score from the juries, which greatly increases your chance to win a Remi, unlike other festivals that only give out one Gold, one Silver and one Bronze! Only 10%-15% of entries actually win the coveted Remi Award!

You may enter Online via our entry platform - www.worldfest.org, or via FilmFreeway.com - we now accept entries via Vimeo & YouTube, in addition to DVD/BR Entries, & USB/Jump Drives. Screenplay entries must be bound. We will confirm when we receive your entry and we provide personal Jury Results, and festival details when you are selected for screening at the 56th WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival!

 

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New York Festivals TV & Film Awards 

New York Festivals TV & Film Awards honors content in all lengths and forms from over 50 countries. Embracing all aspects of the Television and Film industries, categories mirror today's global trends and encourage the next generation of story-tellers by recognizing innovators in our 14 Category Groups: News Programs, News Reports/Features, Sports Programs, Documentary, Entertainment Programs, Entertainment Specials, Program Crafts, Promotions/Station IDs & Opens, Promo/ID & Open Crafts, Streaming, Student, Films, Corporate Image, and Film Crafts.

Accepting entries for the 2023 competition since September 7th 2022. If you need additional assistance or have any questions about our categories, please contact Rose Anderson at randerson@newyorkfestivals.com.

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World Trailer Awards 
25 February 2023 

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Honouring the world's best creatives, marketing the world's best entertainment.
Entries are open, the venue is booked and we are excited to be well into the preparations for 2023.

International Awards Program with International Judging Jury:

The work you submit is going to be seen by hundreds of judges. All are senior executives from production companies, distributors, broadcasters, streamers, advertising agencies and film, television and gaming studios.

32 Categories for Best Trailer, Best Audio Trailer, Best Poster, Best Motion Poster, Best Story, Best Experiential Marketing, Best Online Advertising, Best Outdoor Advertising, Best Print Advertising.

World Trailer Awards Regional Winners are announced and celebrated in early February 2023.

Winners for the World Trailer Awards 2023 will be announced on 25 February 2023 at Tivoli Marina Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal. The high profile awards event is attended by industry guests, entrants and judges. This is followed by a by a virtual broadcast on 26 February on Deadline.com

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Julien Dubuque Film Festival
April 26 – 30, 2023

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Regular Deadline: December 12, 2022 

RANKED AGAIN IN 2022 AS ONE OF THE TOP 50 FILM FESTIVALS WORTH THE SUBMISSION FEE BY MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE AND ONE OF THE TOP REVIEWED ON FilmFreeway, JDIFF is known for its networking opportunities, best communication, quaint location, great programming, friendly staff & volunteers, inquisitive audience, multiple screening opportunities, workshops, panels, amazing events and parties and so much more! JDIFF is ALL about the independent filmmaker and is truly geared for the best experience!

Dubuque, Iowa, located right alongside the Mississippi River, is a perfect place to host the festival. As quoted in Filmmaker Magazine "The festival is smartly situated downtown, with an assortment of handsome venues all within walking distance" from the Festival Headquarters, located in the grand HOTEL JULIEN, the same hotel where Al Capone used to hide out from the Chicago Feds.

 

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The Myrtle Beach International Film Festival 
April 18 – 22, 2023

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November 11, 2022 Regular Deadline
Submission Deadlines for MBIFF 18
October 7, 2022 /  Earlybird Deadline
November 11, 2022 /  Regular Deadline
December 9, 2022 /  Late Deadline
December 31, 2022 /  Extended Deadline
 

The MBIFF is a World Class Event.
Submissions end December 31,  2022, submit through filmfreeway.com, or through the festivals website, myrtlebeachfilmfestival.comThe Myrtle Beach International Film Festival has been awarded several prestigious awards including one of the "Top 25 film festivals worth the entry fee" by Movie Maker Magazine and has become a favorite of many filmmakers and film enthusiast!

The MBIFF 18 will take place April 18 - 22 2023.
What sets the MBIFF apart from other festivals is our commitment to the true spirit of film. Once you are here, you are family.
Our judging panel includes judges from all walks of life, why? As with any subjective judging, it is important to have a broad spectrum of perspectives. Many film festivals house only filmmakers as judges, which can lead to niche judging which we feel is unfair to filmmakers, especially if you do not fall inside their niche. Your film receives the fair and honest treatment it deserves. By including other perspectives from different walks of life it creates a balanced judging platform, which we believe is why we have been touted as having one of the best film line ups in the World. We believe that your project receives a more overall perspective grading as to whether it entertains or informs a wider viewing audience rather than that of only an entire panel of film makers. Not to worry, we do have several film professional on board as judges!
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.
We look forward to viewing your film /project!

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

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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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Fantasporto´2023 | 43rd Porto International Film Festival calling for entries

 

ENTRIES FOR THE 43rdd EDITION OF FANTASPORTO ARE OPEN

WELCOME TO THE PORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 

Fantasporto´2023 | 43rd Porto International Film Festival reminds you that the entries for the next edition of this festival are open, and will close on December 31st, for all sections.

The 43rd edition of the event will be from February 24t till March 5th at Batalha – Centro de Cinema. To submit a film please send to info@fantasporto.com the link and password (in Vimeo) of the film to be seen by the selection committee, and the entry form that you will find at FESTIVAL 2023 on www.fantasporto.com. The link must be open till March 5th. The selected films will be announced by the end of January.2023.

Fantasporto enjoys incredible loyalty and support from the large film-appreciating community all over the World.

A World Heritage City by UNESCO, Porto was considered twice Europe’s Best Touristic Destination, another factor adding interest for guests and the press. Founded, in 1981, by Beatriz Pacheco Pereira and Mário Dorminsky, the fest goes now with the same founders and directors, for its 43rd consecutive edition and has the support of the Portuguese State and Porto Townhall.

Please check the Regulations on the site www.fantasporto.com before sending your submissions.

FILM ELIGIBILITY:

Features: The films must be produced in 2022.

Shorts (only fantasy films competition) till 15 minutes produced in 2022;

             To participate in the festival, films must be first screenings in Portugal (for all sections).

             Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English.

 

 

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"THE BEST FOR FESTS :

ONES TO WATCH FOR FESTIVAL CONSIDERATION

ABSOLUTION by Lauren Spohn

Short film by Lauren Spohn (UK: 6 minutes 24 seconds 2022)

Labelled BEST FOR FESTS by curator Bruno Chatelin former head of Fox and Sony in France, filmfestivals.com founder and editor

 

"I am in a dark forest and something is chasing after me,  some sort of creature that reeks fire or something: one part of me wants to run but I cannot move my legs? I am totally paralysed..." 

"One last thing"he said : "it's not your fault !"

 

A man sees his psychiatrist for help with a difficult hidden family secret. The conversation takes a sinister turn as the psychiatrist pushes deeper into the man’s past. All is not what it seems: 

Can he take the tension, will you?

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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...

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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
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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

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"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
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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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