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VIDEO: Palm Springs International Film Awards kicks off awards season



Tonight, the Palm Springs International Film Awards welcomed the stars to the desert, kicking off awards season by honoring the year’s most buzzed about films and performances. The event was presented by American Express and sponsored by Entertainment Tonight and IHG Hotels & Resorts. The event welcomed first time co-hosts - Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner. Honorees were presented with either the John Kennedy "The Entertainer" statue or a Ch...

Oscar Nominated Documentary Shot in the Arm Has World Premiere @ 34th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival

The World Premiere of Oscar nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s revealing documentary on vaccine hesitancy, SHOT IN THE ARM, at The Palm Springs International Film Festival.     Before anyone had heard of COVID-19, filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy (THE GARDEN, FOOD EVOLUTION) began investigating the global measles epidemic. Filming with top public health officials–including...

Palm Springs International Film Awards to Honor Brendan Fraser with the Spotlight Award, Actor

Award, Actor for his performance in The Whale. The Film Awards will ta...


Entertainment Tonight's Kevin Frazier & Nischelle Turner to Host 2023 Palm Springs International Film Awards

ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT’s Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner will co-host the 2023 Palm Springs International Film Awards, which will be previewed on this evening’s broadcast of the venerable newsmagazine program. The award show returns in-person on January 5, 2023 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, with Media Partner Entertainment Tonight and presented by American Express and sponsored by...


Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Actor Angela Bassett to Receive Creative Impact in Acting Honor @ Variety Brunch @ PSIFF

Variety will honor BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER actor Angela Bassett with the Creative Impact in Acting Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. The award will be presented on Friday, January 6th as part of the annual 10 Directors to Watch brunch at the Parker Palm Springs.   Angela Bassett is an actress, director, and executive producer known for her captivating, emotional performances in treasured films such as MALCOLM X, ...


Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery Filmmaker Rian Johnson to Receive Honor @ Variety 10 Directors to Watch @ PSIFF

Variety will honor GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Rian Johnson with the Creative Impact in Screenwriting Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. The award will be presented on Friday, January 6th as part of the annual 10 Directors to Watch brunch at the Parker Palm Springs.   Johnson is an Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominated filmmaker, who is known for crafting films with th...


Palm Springs International Film Awards to Honor Danielle Deadwyler with the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress

The Palm Springs International Film Awards announced that Danielle Deadwyler is the recipient of the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress for her performance in Till. The Film Awards will take place in-person on January 5, 2023 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, with the festival running through January 16, 2023. The event will be presented by American Express and sponso...


Palm Springs International Film Awards to Present Bill Nighy with the International Star Award, Actor

The Palm Springs International Film Awards announced that Bill Nighy is the recipient of the International Star Award, Actor for Living. The Film Awards will take place in-person on January 5, 2023 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, with the festival running through January 16, 2023. The event will be presented by American Express and sponsored by Entertainment Tonight and IHG Hotels & Resorts.  ...


Palm Springs International Film Awards to Present Viola Davis with the Chairman's Award

The Palm Springs International Film Awards announced that Viola Davis is the recipient of the Chairman’s Award recognizing her work as an actress and producer for The Woman King. The Film Awards will take place in-person on January 5, 2023 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, with the festival running through January 16, 2023. The event will be presented by American Express and sponsored by Entertain...


34th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces Festival Line-Up

Fest to Open on January 6 with the World Premiere of Paramount Pictures’ “80 For Brady” with Jane Fonda, Sally Field, Rita Moreno and Lily Tomlin Scheduled to Attend;     Fest to Close with “The Lost King,” Screen World Premiere of “Shot in the Arm,” and Films Featuring Juliette Binoche, LeVar Burton, Eugenio Derbez, Colin Farrell, Jim Gaffigan,   Luca...


"Elvis" Director Baz Luhrmann to Receive Honor at Variety 10 Directors to Watch Brunch @ Palm Springs International Film Festiva

Variety will honor “Elvis” director Baz Luhrmann with the Creative Impact in Directing Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. The award will be presented on Friday, January 6th as part of the annual 10 Directors to Watch brunch at the Parker Palm Springs. The film’s star, Austin Butler, will be on hand to present Luhrmann with the award. Butler will receive the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actor at th...


Palm Springs International Film Awards to Honor Austin Butler with the Breakthrough Performance Awards

The Palm Springs International Film Awards announced that Austin Butler is the recipient of the Breakthrough Performance Award for his performance in Elvis. The Film Awards will take place in-person on January 5, 2023 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, with the festival running through January 16, 2023. The event will be presented by American Express and sponsored by Entertainmen...


Palm Springs International Film Awards to Present the Fablemans with the Vanguard Award

  The Palm Springs International Film Awards has announced that The Fabelmans is the recipient of the Vanguard Award. The Vanguard Award is a group honor distinguishing a film's cast and director in recognition of their collective work on an exceptional film project. The award will be presented to director Steven Spielberg and cast members Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Gabriel LaBelle and Judd Hirsch who are all e...


Palm Springs International Film Awards to Present Michelle Yeoh with the International Star Award, Actress

The Palm Springs International Film Awards announced that Michelle Yeoh is the recipient of the International Star Award, Actress for Everything Everywhere All at Once. The Film Awards will take place in-person on January 5, 2023 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, with the festival running through January 16, 2023. The event will be presented by American Express and sponsored by Entertainment Tonight and IHG Hotels...


Palm Springs International Film Awards to Honor Cate Blanchett with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress

The Palm Springs International Film Awards announced that Cate Blanchett is the recipient of the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, for Tár. The Film Awards will take place in-person on January 5, 2023 at the Palm Sp...


Palm Springs International Film Awards to Present Sarah Polley With The Director of the Year Award

The Palm Springs International Film Awards announced that Sarah Polley is the recipient of the Director of the Year Award, for Women Talking. The Film Awards will take place in-person on January 5, 2023 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, with the festival running through January 16, 2023. The event will be presented by American Express and sponsored by Entertainment Tonight and IHG Hotels & Resorts.   ...


Palm Springs International Film Awards to Honor Colin Farrell With The Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor

The Palm Springs International Film Awards announced that Colin Farrell is the recipient of the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor for his performance in The Banshees of Inisherin. The Film Awards will take place in-person on January 5, 2023 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, with the festival running through January 16, 2023. The event will be presented by American E...


Palm Springs International Film Festival 2023 Dates

The Palm Springs International Film Society announced that the 34th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will return Thursday, January 5, 2023 through Monday, January 16, 2023. The Film Awards will take place on January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, with film screenings beginning Friday, January 6 including the Opening Night presentation that evening and will co...



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In the mood for Mood Banaleya, with Amruta Fadnavis

In the mood for Mood Banaleya, with Amruta Fadnavis Her instant intro on Instagram reads, “Banker, Singer, Social Worker, Unadulterated Free Spirit! What you have many can have...but what you are no one can be! Stay Unique!” Click on, and you can discover her biography, in her own words. “Amruta Fadnavis is a trained classical singer, a social activist and a banker. She is married to Deputy Chief Minister (and former Chief Minister) of Maharashtra, Deve...


Surya, Review: Twilight zone

Surya, Review: Twilight zone Giving no clue about its content, Surya is an eponymous title, being the short form of the name of the protagonist. Symbolically, it also stands for the sun, as the dispeller of darkness. While there is no denying that the hero of the film does what all action heroes do, namely dispel darkness by annihilating the baddies, the way he is made to go about it is not only jaded but beaten to death, pun intended. Surya, made in Marathi language, with a generous dose of ...


Trailer launch of Lakadbaggha: Hyenas, dogs and animal vigilantes

Trailer launch of Lakadbaggha: Hyenas, dogs and animal vigilantes For many, the meaning of the word lakadbaggha was discovered yesterday, when they attended the trailer launch of the eponymous film at Cinépolis, Fun Republic, Link Road, Andheri, Mumbai. It means hyena. And I bet no Indian film has been made with this title, before this. It is produced by First Ray Films, the production unit headed by actor Anshuman Jha. In an amazing co-incidence, a film called Kuttey (meaning ‘d...


New Year’s Special: Distributor Anil Thadani in an exclusive interview with Siraj Syed, Part I

New Year’s Special: Distributor Anil Thadani in an exclusive interview with Siraj Syed, Part I Reclusive film distributor Anil Thadani, who is known to avoid the media, talks to Siraj Syed about himself, his business and issues facing the film industry. Anil distributed films some 30 films in 2022, including blockbusters like KGF Chapter 2, Bhool Bhulaiya 2 and Kantara. Siraj: What do the letters ‘a a’ in your company’s name, ‘a a films’, stand for? Anil:...


Kishore Kumar, The Ultimate Biography: The Penultimate Review

Kishore Kumar, The Ultimate Biography: The Penultimate Review Anirudha Bhattacharjee and Parthiv Dhar have been both adventurous and courageous in calling their Biography of that eccentric genius, Kishore Kumar, ‘The Ultimate’. Some biographies about one of India’s greatest ever playback singers-actors, also a music director and film producer, have already been written, and others will be written. And so, Ultimate is an indulgent word. Not given to such extravagance, I shall...


Ved, review: The craze phase

Ved, review: The craze phase To those who do not know Marathi, and maybe a few of those who do, the word Ved, with its present spelling, could mean the ancient scripture of Hindus, part of the Vedas. But that is not what it means here. It could also mean ‘time’, which has a similar pronunciation. Negative again. Ved is an approximation of the sound that means madness or craze in Marathi. Ved, the film, is about craze, no doubt. In fact, many a craze. The protagonist confesses that...


Connect, Review: ConnectShun

Connect, Review: ConnectShun Many a film, both Indian and foreign, has exploited the theme of an evil spirit possessing an innocent victim, usually a teenage girl, the havoc it causes in the victim’s skeletal family and the exorcism that has to be performed to get rid of the evil spirit. Some have been of a high quality, while the others have been mere pot-boilers. Connect, made with scarce resources, as it would appear, has nothing new to offer, except some special effects. A supernatu...


Ruben Östlund to direct the audience at Göteborg Film Festival

The shared experience of the cinema is unmatched. But has contemporary scrolling on individual screens hurt audiences’ ability to participate in a collective screening? In This Is Cinema! two-time Palme d’Or winning director and the festival's Honorary President Ruben Östlund wants to get to the bottom of the behaviours of modern-day cinemagoers. At Göteborg Film Festival, he will challenge the lazed audience of contemporary cinema to create the world’s be...


Steven Spielberg's "The Fabelmans" receives award tonight at PSIFF Gala

Previous award winners "The Shape of Water," and "The Green Book," went on to win the Academy Award. "The Fablemans" with Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Gabriel LaBelle and Judd Hirsch is a worthy selection as it exemplifies the underlying them of this year's festival  celebrating the Magic of Cinema.   That’s what movies do, elevate our perceptions, thrill our senses, perhaps revealing incites we might not see on the evening news. ...


„When the Woodlark Sings“ – Double Winner on The Rome International Movie Awards

Our film "When the Woodlark Sings" was selected on The Rome International Movie Awards in Rome, Italy and received the AWARD as BEST FIRST TIME DIRECTOR and the AWARD as BEST MYSTERY FILM!  We are thrilled and grateful for the double Award! Great appreciation goes to the cast and crew as well as to our supporters!    ☞ Watch the trailer: ☞ Watch the music-video: More information: https://heidelerche-film...


Cittador International Film Festival - Winners 2022

Winners 2022 Jury Awarded Films   Best Narrative Short – Jury Award “The Pencil“ by Alexandre Mahutte, Canada Jury´s Statement ...


Watch out for Berlinale Talents 2023, with Cate Blanchett and Nina Hoss

  Maria Rosaria D'amico At Berlinale, from February 18-23 this year, 68 countries will exchange experiences along the theme “You Must Be Joking: Humour in Serious Times”. The 204 talents (112 female, 83 male) that have been selected show a very interesting program that could launch new filmmakers from countries that have rarely been represented at Berlinale Talents before (Myanmar, Palestine, Nepal, Mongolia, Lesotho, Bangladesh, Costa Rica and for the first time Sa...


The 15th edition of JAIPUR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL kicks off on 6th January

The most unique festival in the world, the 15th edition of JAIPUR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL kicks off on 6th January at 4:30 P.M. in Maharana Pratap Auditorium, Jaipur Under the guidance of Grammy Award Winner Ricky Kej, Hollywood star Pamela Jaye Smith and Sumathy Ram, Jiya Nath, and Sanatan Chakravarthy will perform DANCE SHOW, a TRIBUTE to legendary singer Amir Khusrow JIFF declares to put an end to screen ‘OPENING & CLOSING FILMS’ from this year   JAIPUR 01 January...


Capri, Hollywood Fest to Honor ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ for Best Ensemble Cast

The Capri, Hollywood - International Film Festival is set to honor Marvel Studios’ box office hit, "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" directed by Ryan Coogler with the ‘Capri - Best Global Cast of the Year’ Award   Marvel Studios’ box office hit, "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" directed by Ryan Coogler will be honoured with the ‘Capri - Best Global Ensemble Cast of the Year’ Award at the 27th edition of the ‘Capri, Hollywood -...


Key Visual and 3 Berlinale posters : we lost a bear?

The 2023 Berlinale Key Design   “The key visual for the 73rd Berlinale directs our attention to the indispensable core of a metropolitan film festival: the audience. We’re very pleased that with this year’s poster, we can honour those whose curiosity, enthusiasm and applause makes the Berlinale a vibrant, inspiring and joyful event,” comments Mariëtte Rissenbeek, Executive Director of the Berlinale.   The key design was once again created by Berlin-base...


The New Sponsors of the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival

Cosmetics brand Armani beauty and mobility platform Uber will be the new Principal Partners of the Berlinale 2023, complementing the commitment of long-time principal media partner ZDF.   Potsdamer Platz as the central festival location moves up as a Co-Partner alongside Mastercard and rbb media. The Berlinale has also been able to win numerous companies as new partners at the other sponsorship levels.   “I am very pleased about the large number of new partners we have been a...


Berlinale Panorama, Generation, EFM and Festival Venues News

Panorama Panorama 2023: Tracking the Unseen. Films as Tools of Resistance Films from Ukraine, Yemen and about Iran are among the first to have been confirmed for the Panorama line-up which also features strong feminist cinema from the US. The 2023 programme manifests a worldwide trend towards transnational filmmaking in both fiction films and documentaries. Of the 14 films selected, 11 are world premieres, with a total of 19 countries involved. There are new films by Sepideh Farsi, Jennif..


VIDEO: Exclusive Teaser Trailer to Wages of Sin, thriller by Victor Rios

Betrayed by the mob, framed by the Police .... Watch out for this new crime thriller coming out this 2023   A directorial debut by Victor Rios, written by  Stephen Cyrus Sepher, produced by Nazo Bravo (Dead on Arrival) and Stephen Cyrus Sepher Starring Paul Sloan (Green Book), Danny Trejo (Machete), Stephen Cyrus Sepher (Heist), Jeremy Luke (The Irishman)  Production Companies - 333 Pictures and Boatyard Productions   The crime thriller stars Paul Sloan...


Palm Springs International Film Festival is back with Stars, Directors and a selection of the world’s best films

  PSIFF is back with Stars: Cate Blanchett, Colin Farrell, Austin Butler, Sarah Polley, and Steven Spielberg,  with 35 contenders for Best International FIlm, & great documentaries like "The Grab."     I speak annually with Palm Springs Lead Programmer, and former Newsweek critic David Ansen about film.   This year he attended the New York film festival, and saw twenty-five films in Toronto—many narrative, and many wonderful document...


Cittador International Film Festival - Winners 2022

Winners 2022 Jury Awarded Films   Best Narrative Short – Jury Award “The Pencil“ by Alexandre Mahutte, Canada Jury´s Statement ...


German films at 39th Sundance Film Festival 2023

    14.12.2022     The Sundance Film Festival will take place from 19 to 29 January, 2023. It is the most important North American festival in the independent sector and is organized by the Sundance Institute, which was founded in 1981 by Robert Redford. The festival is a springboard especially for upcoming directors in the independent film sector. The lineup includes a German animation, documentary and short film. The documentary 5 SEASONS OF REVOLUTION by Lina (DE...



The Sound of Us will play at Rock 'n' Roll Film Festival, Kenya (ROFFEKE)

ROFFEKE is pronounced "rafiki" which is a Swahili word meaning "friend". 'Friendship, Fun, Freedom' is the motto of the ROck 'n' ROll Film FEstival, KEnya. The main objectives of ROFFEKE are: 1)To showcase local and international rock "n" roll films and music videos for the purposes of education and entertainment. 2)To organize workshops, forums and seminars related to various aspects of rock music and the film industry. 3)To provide a platform...


Berlinale World Cinema Fund: WCF Europe Funding Recommendations

    In addition to the WCF funding recommendations announced in August (see press release from August 16), the most recent jury meeting resulted in three funding recommendations for the WCF Europe programme. A total of 216 projects from 55 countries applied for the current funding cycle – including the funding recommendations already announced. The recommendations now comprise funds totalling 449,000 Euros.   The members of the WCF juries are the documentary film produc...


Digital Gym


Taraneh Alidoosti, Frequent Collaborator of Iranian Oscar-Winning Director Asghar Farhadi, Released from Prison

Nadereh Hakim Elahi, Alidoosti's mother, announced the release of this prominent actress via a story shared on Instagram.   The acclaimed star's attorney, Zahra Minooei, tweeted as well about the temporary release of Alidoosti, writing, "Today, my client Ms. Taraneh Alidoosti will be released from Evin Prison after posting bail."   The TV and cinema personality was arrested on 17 December, 2022 for the expression of solidarity with nationwide protests.   Ov...



“10 Producers to Watch” panel will be held at the 2023 Sun Valley Film Festival on Friday, March 31

Annual Spring Festival Returns March 29-April 2, 2023; “Wildcat” and “Women Talking” to Play at Winter Screening Series   Variety has announced that its “10 Producers to Watch” panel will be held at the 2023 Sun Valley Film Festival on Friday, March 31, recognizing the most impactful scripted producers over the past year. In addition, Variety will present a Creative Impact in Producing Award, with the honoree participating in one of the festival...

upcoming talent revealed: the 10 shooting Stars for Berlinale 2023

European Film Promotion (EFP) is delighted to announce the up-and-coming acting talent who have been selected for the next edition of EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS. They will be introduced to the international press, film industry and the audience during the 73rd Berlinale. The four-day tailormade promotion and networking programme (running 17 – 20 February 2023) is capped off with a celebration of the talent at an Awards Ceremony at the Berlinale Palast.  The European Shooting Stars 202...


Kristen Stewart to Head the International Jury at the 2023 Berlinale

  American actor, screenwriter and director Kristen Stewart will be the president of the International Jury at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival.   “We’re excited about Kristen Stewart taking on this distinguished task. She’s one of the most talented and multi-faceted actors of her generation. From Bella Swan to the Princess of Wales she has given life to everlasting characters. Young, shining and with an impressive body of work behind her, Kristen Stew...


Jacqueline Lyanga Appointed US-Delegate for the Berlinale

The Berlin International Film Festival is expanding its delegate network through the addition of Los Angeles-based, US industry expert Jacqueline Lyanga. Lyanga will consolidate contacts with the US film industry and filmmakers, assist in scouting films, and prepare the Berlinale’s US West Coast screening tours. Ryan Werner, who has been active as a US delegate for the festival since 2019, and Jacqueline Lyanga will work closely together.   “We are happy and proud to have J...


World War III Star and Venice FilmFest Winner Mohsen Tanabandeh Nominated in Asian Film Awards

For his performance in the movie "World War III" that has already earned him a Best Actor award in the Horizons section of the 79th International Venice Film Festival, Mohsen Tanabandeh has received a nomination for Best Actor in Asian Film Awards. The 16th round of Asian Film Awards has today on 6 Jan, 2023, released the list of nominees in 16 categories, with Mohsen Tanabandeh a runner-up for the Best Actor prize for his role in Houman Seyyedi's World War III, reports CineIran...


Elvis rocks Capri with 8 Awards, including best film and best director...

Pascal Vicedomini with Francesco Carrozzini and Baz Luhrmann  Netflix gets nine Capri Awards including Del Toro’s ‘Pinocchio’, ‘Glass Onion’, ‘All Quiet in the Western Front’ as well as Ana De Arana for “Blonde” and Alejandro G. Inarritu for his visionary “Bardo” ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ garners three Capri Awards; Brendan Fraser named as the Best Actor, Angela Bassett Best Supporting Actres; ‘Everything Eve...


Cittador International Film Festival - Winners 2022

Winners 2022 Jury Awarded Films   Best Narrative Short – Jury Award “The Pencil“ by Alexandre Mahutte, Canada Jury´s Statement ...



Zoe Awards
April 27, 2023

December 31, 2022 Earlybird Deadline

The Zoie Films Festival is now the ZOE AWARDS FESTIVAL that celebrates independent works of film shorts, animations, documentaries, web series, smartphone films. And, we are excited to announce our expansion to include podcasts, Alexa Skills and NFTs.

CALL FOR ENTRIES November 18th-February 2023:  The ZOE AWARDS Festival is accepting short films, animations, documentary including branded film shorts.  In addition, this is our first year to accept podcasts, web series, NFTs and Alexa Skills!   Visit - ZOEAWARDS.COM

– Official Competitions
Short Films, documentaries, animations under 25 minutes, all genres except

– Animation Competition
Animation film shorts under 25 minutes, all genres.

– Smartphone Shorties
All genre shorties under 15 minutes shot on smartphones.

– Branded Shorts
Film shorts under 20 minutes that communicates a positive brand message.

– Podcasts
All types including True Crime,

– Alexa Skills *NEW
All types including games, health/wellness, food, kids, education, etc.

– Podcasts
All types including True Crime,

– NFT Creations *NEW
ZOE AWARDS wants to celebrate excellence in the new NFT space for digital arts, audio, video.

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New York Festivals TV & Film Awards 

Late Deadline january 18, 2023

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


World Trailer Awards 
25 February 2023 


Extended deadline is January 15 2023

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

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Julien Dubuque Film Festival
April 26 – 30, 2023


January 16, 2023 Late Deadline

January 30, 2023 Extended Deadline

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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Worldfest Houston 56 
April 25-30, 2023


January 15, 2023 Late Entry Deadline

January 31, 2023 Final Brick Wall Deadline

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 -, or via - 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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French Riviera Film Festival 

May 19-20, 2023



February 12, 2023 Regular Deadline

March 11, 2023 Late Deadline

April 11, 2023 Extended Deadline

The fith annual French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) will recognize and celebrate short-form content created for film, television, Web and all digital platforms. In the glamorous South of France setting, FRFF invites filmmakers from around the globe to participate in the two-day festival that includes screenings, awards ceremony, and closing gala party. FRFF will place the spotlight on the best short-form filmed content during the time period of the annual Festival de Cannes. A prestigious jury panel will select Best Drama Short, Best Comedy Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Animation Short, Best Experimental Short, Best Lifestyle Short, Best Fashion Short, Best Music Video, Best Female Filmmaker Award, Best Director Award, Best Actor Award, Best Actress Award, Best Activism Short, Best Micro Short Award, Industry Excellence Award, and Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Attendees and participants will include filmmakers, industry executives, celebrities, media, and influencers.

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Chelsea Film Festival
October 12 – 15, 2023

March 31, 2023 Regular Deadline

May 31, 2023 Late Deadline

The Chelsea Film Festival (CFF) has been selected in the "TOP 10 BEST FILM FESTIVAL IN NORTH AMERICA" (#6) by USA Today in 2019 among 19 other film festivals in the USA.

CFF is an organization dedicated to supporting films and the artists who create them by providing a creative forum for exchange and discovery with the public.

The Festival attracts filmmakers, artists and audience members from across North America and around the globe. It premieres independent feature-length, documentaries and short films with a Global Focus.

Chelsea Film Festival aims to raise an awareness about foreign independent films and discover upcoming talents.

The Chelsea Film Festival is an international film platform for world lovers.


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ONES TO WATCH FOR FESTIVAL CONSIDERATION  carefuly curated by Bruno Chatelin

Gotham: The Fall and Rise of New York - Feature Documentary by Matthew Taylor

December 2022, USA 2 hours 4 minutes

Gotham tells the true story of what happened in New York City during the twenty years from 1993 to 2013. How did a city with over 2200 murders, 93,000 violent robberies and 147,000 car thefts in 1990 become the capitol of the world a mere handful of years later? This feature documentary explores what happened during these decades, told by the people who did the hard work, some at great personal and professional cost.

From Fear City to the City of Dreams. Hear about the greatest American turnaround story from the people who made it happen.

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'Tales of Babylon' to screen at Berlin, first look of the feature film available for sneak-peek



First look at "Tales of Babylon" by Pelayo De Lario
Synopsis:  In this ultra-hip crime thriller, X and Y are two hitmen which storyline is interwoven with other two hitmen: Mother Nature and The Professional. The lives of these hitmen, a bartender, a kid, her brother, and their gangster leader grandfather intertwine in these wild tales of violence, family and redemption.  In this tale of family, crime, and violence in London, the Modern day Babylon....
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ECO VILLAGE by Phoebe Nir
First Feature Film by Phoebe Nir (USA: 81 minutes November 2022)

When Robin hitch-hikes to an eco village she read about online, she is seduced by a highly musical parallel universe, in which wholesome earth skills blend vertiginously with Bacchanalia and Sadomasochism.


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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, 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...


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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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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