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Sundance Day 5 brings more film premieres and special events.

Clear Skies, Full Film Slate, Can’t Lose!
Manic Monday, who? We’re in full swing up at Park City and down in Salt Lake City with another stacked day of world premieres, second screenings, thought-provoking conversations, and community meet-ups. Be part of the first-ever showings of Rye Lane, Stephen Curry: Underrated, Passages, Mami Wata, and more, or dive into our own film history with a very special From the Collection screening of 1995’s The Doom Generati...

It’s Day 4 at Sundance, and we’re just getting warmed up!

It’s going to be an exciting day in Park City with over twenty feature film premieres including A Thousand and One, All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt, Bad Press, Drift, Going Varsity in Mariachi, and many more. Also premiering today is the Animation Short Film Program and the Documentary Short Film Program. You don’t want to miss Kimberlé W. Crenshaw, W. Kamau Bell, Jason Stanley, and Roger Ross Williams at the Filmmaker Lodge for ...

Welcome to Day 3 of the Sundance Fest!

Film still of ‘Judy Blume Forever’   We’re well into the 2023 Sundance Film Festival and are gearing up for another day of long-awaited premieres in Park City, including Beyond Utopia, Talk To Me, The Deepest Breath, and Judy Blume Forever. Also happening today at the Filmmaker Lodge is The Big Conversation: Going Nowhere? On Burnout and Attention Crisis. Artists Jonathan Majors (Magazine Dreams), Adrian Tomine (Shortcomings), and Ruth Reichl (Food and Country) will di...

VIDEO Interview with ARYEH OR, actor attending SFF 2023

RAUL GASTEAZORO and ARYEH-OR at the 2023 SFF Interview by James Nelson ...

DEEP RISING Interview with director: Matthieu Rytz Sundance 2023

By Emmanuel Itier DEEP RISING is a tale of geopolitical, scientific and corporate intrigue: investigating the future of the world's energy crisis and how it is currently tied to the fate of the deep ocean floor, which is intricately tied to our survival. 5 years after Anote’s Ark, Matthieu Rytz returns with this up-to-the-minute tale of geopolitical, scientific, and corporate intrigue that exposes the machinations of a secretive organization empowered to greenlight massiv...

VIDEO Sundance leadership panel starring Eugene Hernandez, Joana Vicente, Kim Yutani and John Nein

The Sundance key staff welcoming media in Park City: Eugene Hernandez, Joana Vicente, Kim Yutani, and John Nein     First question from the floor to the SFF leaders at Cinema Cafe     and Selfie time and photo opportunity with Eugene Hernandez, Joana Vicente, Kim Yutani, and John Nein ...     ...

VIDEO: Getting a Film into Sundance Film Festival | Interview with Kim Yutan

Check this excellent interview for the Adobe Video & Motion channel, where Sundance Film Festival director Kim Yutani shares the consideration process for selecting films, what themes stand out for the year, and more. Interview by Matt Rosen  Matt Rozen ...

VIDEO: The SFF is bringing business to the mountain resort

Bars and restaurants in Park City are packed during Sundance, check this one out...   ...

VIDEO: HEIDI ZWICKER: Sundance Senior Programmer Interviewed

Heidi Zwicker is a Senior Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, focusing on international and U.S. Narrative Feature Films, Midnight and Shorts. She has been contributing to various Sundance Institute programs for over ten years, beginning with the Feature Film Program, International. Heidi was a Programmer at Palm Springs International Shortfest from 2011-2014 and also programs at the Provincetown International Film Festival. Originally from the north shore of Boston, she has a degree i...

VIDEO Twanna Harris CEO at Tribal Good Interviewed at Sundance

Twanna Harris CEO at Tribal Good : Cultural Anthropologist. Storyteller. Connector. Activist/Advocate. Changemaker. Ecosystem Builder. Disruptor of Status Quo. Twanna sat down in Park City with James Nelson to discuss her plans in Sundance     ...

Day Two of the Festival brings highly anticipated premieres and events.

It’s Day 2 of the 2023 Festival! The second day of the Sundance Film Festival is in full swing! We hope you enjoyed the amazing premieres in Park City yesterday, and today we’ve got another slate of thought provoking films for you, including Fairyland, Still: Michael J. Fox, Deep Rising, Fremont, and In My Mother's Skin. And ICYMI, we’ve added a surprise premiere to today’s lineup — Justice, a powerful documentary about the alleg...

A look at Day one: Sundance launching

Eugene Hernandez, Joana Vicente and Kim Yutani happy on day 1 at Cinema Cafe as the festival kicks off It’s day one of the 2023 Fest, and we’re kicking it off with some highly-anticipated feature film premieres, like Radical, Sometimes I Think About Dying, birth/rebirth, The Pod Generation, and Little Richard: I Am Everything. Be sure to look for the second screenings that still have tickets available in person and online. Plus, there’s a lot happeni...

Women account for a good 50% of filmmakers with film in Sundance

Of the 101 feature films so far announced as part of the 2023 Sundance Film Festival program, more than half are directed or co-directed by women. That’s a fairly striking number for an industry in which women leaders have historically been underrepresented — the World Economic Forum reported in March that only 17 percent of directors and writers in the top films of 2021 were women. This inequality is something the Sundance Ins...

VIDEO Sundance vibes from La Bala Magazine reporter

Video & photo by James Nelson in Park City Lauriette from La Bala Magazine, spanish correspondent in Sundance.     ...

Meet the Film Commissioners attending Sundance

  Reach out to any of the film commissions below to meet them while they're at Sundance!   Attending Film USA Member Film Commissions: Sara Hamilton Minnesota Film Commission  Virginia Pearce, Utah Film Commission   Derek Mellus, Utah Film Commission Marco Giron - Miami Film Commission Allison Whitmer - Montana Film Commission Steph Shannon - Kansas City Film Office Jennifer Loren - Cherokee Nation Film Office  And...


WMM attends Sundance and Slamdance with 16 Films

14 WMM films and filmmakers are headed to the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, including IT'S ONLY LIFE AFTER ALL, one of the few films selected to screen on Opening Night! Emily Abi-Kheirs, Manager of Filmmaker Services, will be in-person and taking meetings. We're also excited to announce that 2 other films are slated for Slamdance!   The following films from our Production Assistance Program will screen at Sundance:   ...

2023 Creative Coaltion Spotlight Initiative Awards Dinner in Park City

Honorees: PHOEBE DYNEVOR – Fair Play NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES – The 1619 Project ADAM LAMBERT – Fairyland LUIS A. MIRANDA JR. – Going Varsity in Mariachi MOBY – Punk Rock Vegan Movie RANDALL PARK – Shortcomings LEWIS PULLMAN – The Starling Girl Others To Be Announced Hosted by TIM DALY President, The Creative Coalition The Spotlight Initiati...


VIDEO: Shopping Sundance merchandising in Park City

Video by James Nelson in Park City       Get Your Sundance Swag Are you missing an essential piece to your Sundance fit? Or maybe you need some extra socks or a long sleeve tee. Either way, you can’t go wrong visiting our official merch stores located throughout the Festival. Grab a Stanley water bottle or pick up a 2023 Festival magnet for that loved one who couldn’t make it this year. Shop Now ...




Le blog de Siraj Syed

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

New Year’s Special: Distributor Anil Thadani in an exclusive interview with Siraj Syed, Part III Siraj: How do you choose multiplexes or single screen cinemas for particular films? Anil: Basically, you have to understand your own product. The kind of film you are releasing. And then you pick and choose where you think…which is the pocket that deserves a film like…a particular film. And that is how you release. It is your gut feeling about your product… what you are...


Zindagi Shatranj Hai, Review: Partly chess, partly mess

Zindagi Shatranj Hai, Review: Partly chess, partly mess With a title like Zindagi Shatranj Hai (Life is a game of chess), you are ready to watch some smart moves, and the film does offer a few such moves. But it also offers several false moves that negate the positive ones. Designed as a mystery-suspense-thriller, it has a plot within a plot within a plot. Besides that, there is pretty little in terms of good cinematic content. There are many loose ends that are left untied and several thread...


RIFF, 09, 2023, 03: Festival director’s film screened at Dhaka International Film Festival

RIFF, 09, 2023, 03: Festival director’s film screened at Dhaka International Film Festival Rajasthani documentary film Dhinga Gavar, directed and produced by Somendra Harsh, was screened at the 21st Dhaka International Film Festival. The film had its world première at the National Museum in Dhaka on Wednesday. Somendra Harsh represented his film and interacted with the cine lovers present there. ‘Dhinga’ means fun by pretence and ‘Gavar’ means Gangaur or G...


It’s Almost Pyaar with Anurag Kashyap’s DJ Mohabbat team and its trailer

It’s Almost Pyaar with Anurag Kashyap’s DJ Mohabbat team and its trailer Anurag Kashyap’s much awaited movie Almost Pyaar with DJ Mohabbat, his ode to modern love, had its trailer launch in Mumbai, at the PVR multiplex, Juhu, Mumbai, yesterday. The event was attended by the female lead, Alaya F., debutant Karan Mehta and Anurag himself, along with the music director Amit Trivedi, producers Ranjan Singh and Kabir Ahuja and ZEE Studios’ Shariq Patel After everybody had...


Puss in Boots-The Last Wish, Review: It’s not yet the time to hang up your boots

Puss in Boots-The Last Wish, Review: It’s not yet the time to hang up your boots A cat-sized cat in boots, with a cat-sized sword, taking on mighty villains and evading arrest by a Sherriff and his posse, is surely the stuff that fairy tales are made of. Just to remind you, there is a title card and a line on the posters that tells you, “This is a fairy tale”. That, technically, refers to the visual style of narrative employed by the film, which is very story-book in nature....


Broker, Review: Brokering a deal for heavy, serious, dark cinema

Broker, Review: Brokering a deal for heavy, serious, dark cinema A Japanese film won the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or in 2018, titled Shoplifters. It was directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. The following year, a South Korean film bagged the honours. It was called Parasite. After the lean, Covid years of 2020 and 2021, we have a South Korean film directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, called Broker, releasing in 2022. The film competed for the Palme d’Or, but bagged only the Ecumeni...


T24: Tiger in a man’s world

T24: Tiger in a man’s world Not often do we see a feature length documentary on a tiger get a theatrical release. But here is one that makes it, thanks to the initiative of brave distributor Anil Thadani’s AA Films. The title refers to the number given to a tiger named Ustaad, who inhabited the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. Charmed by his majestic looks and gait, short-film-maker Warren Pereira (Lovely Coffee, Salt and Silicone, Moving Higher) decided to capture his movements and li...


Trailer and music launched for first Marathi underwater supernatural thriller, Gadad Andhar

Trailer and music launched for first Marathi underwater supernatural thriller, Gadad Andhar Shot 110 feet below sea level, in the sea near the Maldives coast, Gadad Andhar, meaning intense darkness, breaks new ground in the Marathi film universe. The trailer of the film was released on 17 January 2023, at Famous Preview Theatre, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai, in the presence of the cast and crew, and media. A song, ‘Dariya dariya’ (dariya means sea), was also shown. It is a background number ...


Fantasporto 2023 reveals the complete line-up of the 43 rd edition

The official section FANTASTIC CINEMA, comes to us with a lineup with several World and International Premiers and the most diverse award-winning feature films at prestigious festivals.   Highlight forever strong representation of Japanese cinema, to the presence of a surprising Ukrainian film, from a Malaysian film, country for the first time present at the festival. Strong presence also of the extremely creative European Cinema, this year again with great product...


FIPADOC in full gear in Biarritz, check the program



INTERFILM 39 calling : International Short Film Festival Berlin 14 - 19 November 2023

Open Call 2023: Enter films for INTERFILM 39 – International Short Film Festival Berlin 14 - 19 November 2023 KUKI 16 – Young Short Film Festival Berlin 12 - 19 November 2023 New year, new films, new chances! It's 2023 and once again we have collectively taken the calendrical turn of the year as an opportunity to take stock, weigh up the pros and cons and assure each other that everything will be better this year. Capitalism will become socially-oriented,...


Cittador International Film Festival 2023 - Earlybird Deadline Approaching

We are approaching the "Earlybird Deadline" of this year on February 1, 2023. Submit your film now on: More details about the film festival with live event in front of the audience at the Studiokino, Lugner Kino in Vienna, Austria:   ...


Max Ophüls Preis: the German-speaking Film Festival launches today

For over 40 years, the Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis has dedicated itself to the presentation and promotion of young German-language film talent. ©Oliver Dietze / ffmop   Due to its focus exclusively on the work of new talents from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg, it is considered the most important newcomer film festival in the German-speaking world.  The cinema film as an audiovisual artistic narrative form is the focus o...



Mammoth Film Festival Poised To Reach New Heights in 2023 / Fest to Feature Robust Program of Premieres, Panels and VIP Events

The highly anticipated Mammoth Film Festival™, taking place from March 2 to 6, 2023, has announced the first round of this year’s robust program. The five-day festival will feature over 80 films selected from an overwhelming response of submissions via  FilmFreeway, inclusive of U.S and international world premieres across the feature, documentary, short, music video and episodic categories, with a highlighted action sports category. The festival strives to showcase world...


The San Pedro International Film Festival Returns to the Warner Grand next month (February 2-5)

Forgotten Victory The San Pedro International Film Festival (SPIFF) returns next month for screenings, panels, and events, February 2-5. After taking a pause in 2022, the popular film festival will kick off its second decade with an Opening Night presentation of Christopher HK Lee’s Korean War documentary, Forgotten Victory. SPIFF will follow with a lineup of curated shorts programs, episodic projects, a special environmentally focused documentaries, a screenwriters panel, and a screenp...

Enjoy the extended deadline coming up February 15: happy submitting to NYCIFF!

14th NYC Independent Film Festival  June 4-11, 2023   February 15, 2023 Extended 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 ...



1st annual Greek Film Festival Summit launches online gathering Feb 4

  1st annual  Greek Film Festival Summit (GFFS) February 4, 2023 12 pm Pacific Time  The Global Greek Film Initiative (GGFI) team invites all Greek film festivals of the Hellenic Diaspora worldwide to participate in the first annual Greek Film Festival Summit on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at 12 pm Pacific Time (PST), a one-hour online gathering.    If you represent a film festival or regular event, click on the button below to register. Athena Kalkopo...

18.01.2023 | Editor's blog

Palm Springs International Film Festival Closing Weekend with Anna Kendrick and Ray Romano

The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) concluded this weekend with guests Anna Kendrick and Ray Romano. Anna Kendrick attended the screening and Q&A of her film Alice, Darling, while Ray Romano attended the screening of his directorial debut film Somewhere in Queens.    Social: Instagram: @psfilmfest | Facebook: PalmSpringsFilmFestival | Twitter: @PSFilmFest | #PSIFF2023     PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 14: Anna Kendrick attends t...



Cuban American Filmmaker Gabriel Caste Asks “Are Your Awake?” / Short Thriller to World Premiere at SBIFF 2023

Cuban American filmmaker Gabriel Caste’s latest short film Are You Awake? will have its world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The psychological thriller will premiere as part of the Fear & The Truths We Avoid Shorts Block scheduled for Friday, February 10th at 10 a.m. and Monday, February 13th at 7:20 p.m., with a filmmakers’ Q&A following each day’s screening.    Gabriel Caste   In ...



Berlinale Series starts with The Swarm an ZDF eco-thriller

  Based on the bestseller by Frank Schatzing, The Swarm, a Zdf series, with an international co-production, will open at Berlinale on February 19th. A very scary eco-thriller, directed By Barbara Eder, Luke Watson and Philip Stotzl that shows an international group of scientists doing research on a mysterious ocean phenomena that can become a global threat.  Whales sink boats, shellfish poison a coastal town. Nature seems to be taking its revenge. Three episodes (out of competition)...


Waiting for John Malkovich and other premières at Berlinale

It’s going to be a special world première at Berlinale: Seneca-On the Creation of Earthquakes, by German director Robert Schwentke (The Captain, 2018), in collaboration with John Malkovich in the role of the Roman philosopher and an impressive international cast (with a wonderful Geraldine Chaplin). Watch the amazing teaser: Around the year 65 AD, Seneca, Nero’s teacher suddenly falls into disgrace and is accused of conspiring for the emperor’s death and ha...

Call for Entries - 21th International Festival For Animation Film, Baden/Switzerland

Fantoche calls up innovative, courageous, and creative filmmakers to submit their new films now on Fantoche is looking forward to the latest short films in any possible animation technique! Animated shorts are eligible for Fantoche’s 2023 competitions if they’ve been completed after 31 December 2021 and last no longer than 40 minutes. ...



Absolution selections on the festival circuit

The Accolade Global Film Competition November 2022  first selectioon and first win for Absolution by Laurene Spohn     Chandler International Film Festival January 21 – 29, 2023 The Chandler International Film Festival is a diversified and pioneering film festival located in Chandler, Arizona. CIFF is going to screen over 120 films from more than 35 countries! Our 9-day (January 21-29, 2023) festival will include Red Carpet, Opening Cer...



Silard Somorjay ; Pure Passion ' 纯粹的激 '(Music Video)

Silard Somorjay ; Pure Passion ' 纯粹的激 '(Music Video) The movie is completed. It showcases a very special combination of a Silard Mediterranean home with his Corvette C8 supercar. That is a true passion. In addition to the wonderful songs and performances, which is take place in the very spiritual "Grand Canyon". This is a unique work. Has been a huge success on the Internet! Congratulations! (Universal production Timothy Zhao Singapore.

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New team onboard the ninth Stockfish Festival (March 23rd - April 2nd 2023)

  NEW STOCKFISH 2023 - ICELAND “An industry and film realm for all.” Stockfish festival is a non-profit organisation, funded by the professional societies of filmmakers in Iceland, with a focus on establishing meaningful connections to implement and benefit cross-border collaborations between the Icelandic and International film industries.   The ninth Stockfish Festival will be held from March 23rd - April 2nd 2023. NEW BOARD AND NEW CREW With Hrönn Kristins...



VIDEO 35th European Film Awards - In memoriam

This year we lost many of those who have been such an important part of creating European cinema. Some were able to look back on a long and fulfilled life, others were taken way too young, through violence, unexpectedly. Some we all knew, others worked in less visible places. All of them did the same: They created European cinema with all their heart. As a community of people loving European film, we won’t let them go unmentioned. We remember their names, their work, the people they were. ...



Interview With Persian Actress Golsa Sarabi @ "Production Without Borders" Panel, AFM 2022

Golsa Sarabi is an international star and an action actor, who was born in Tehran, Iran and now resides in Los Angeles. Golsa boasts a diverse experience in performing arts, which includes film, stage, producing and scriptwriting. She was one of the executive producers on the film Dreams I Never Had and was nominated for the Best Actress Award at the Burbank International Film Festival for her lead role opposite Malcolm...


Shorts Not Pants Film Festival Announces 2022 Festival Award Winners

With the 10th anniversary Shorts Not Pants Film Festival officially wrapped, it’s that time to present some Short Film Awards.    This year’s festival was a hybrid with in-person screenings held at Innis Town Hall November 18 - 20, and virtually available Canada-wide from November 21 - 27.      Started in 2012 in Toronto by James McNally, Shorts Not Pants has carried the torch for short films gaining much attraction and attention from filmmakers ar...


State of the Awards race since Cannes and Venice: Tom Cruise, Austin Butler, Cate Blanchette, Steven Spielberg, and Michell Yeoh

CANNES: Tom Cruise received a special award and his film, “Top Gun,” opened the festival to rave reviews.  Movies are back in theaters in a big way and respect for American film at Cannes seemed to fly over the skies.  It was a story of overcoming all odds after the Big Shutdown of the last several years.   VENICE: premiered “Tar,” and critical response to star Cate Blanchette’s performance has never wavered from the competition for Best Actress.&nb...


LIFT-OFF Season Awards 2022 Official Nominations Announcement!

SEASON AWARD CATEGORIES: Best Feature Live Action Narrative, Best Feature Documentary, Best Short Live Action Narrative, Best Short Documentary, Best Animation, Best Art Direction, Best Post-Production, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best First-Time Film. Click here to find out more about the Season Awards >> Watch the full ceremony online!   ...


The winners of the European Film Awards are...

  European Film TRIANGLE OF SADNESS directed by Ruben Östlund, produced by Erik Hemmendorff & Philippe Bober (Sweden/ Germany/ France/ United Kingdom)   European Documentary MARIUPOLIS 2 directed by Mantas Kvedaravičius (Lithuania/ France/ Germany)   European Director Ruben Östlund for TRIANGLE OF SADNESS   European Actress Vicky Krieps in CORSAGE   European Actor Zlatko Burić in TRIANGLE OF SADNESS   Euro...


Zoe Awards
April 27, 2023

March 1, 2023 Regular 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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14th NYC Independent Film Festival 
June 4-11, 2023  

NYC Indie Film Fest

February 15, 2023 Extended 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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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 23 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 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 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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Des partenariats forts avec les plus grands festivals et marchés

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

Les 1ers invités et compétitions du Festival International de Marseille MUSIC & CINEMA 2023

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  Pour ses trente ans, le festival a décidé de rendre un hommage exceptionnel au… festival de Gérardmer. Pour incarner ces trente années de festival, deux cinématographies s’imposent. En effet, dès 1994, le Palmarès, pour sa première édition, couronne l’Asie et l’Espagne avec LA MARIÉE AUX CHEVEUX BLANCS de Ronny Yu et L'ÉCUREUIL ROUGE de Julio Medem. Signe des temps, ...



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