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VIDEO: Biennale Cinema 2023 - Day 11 and awards highlights
As we tie a ribbon on the Festival emotions grow stronger! After being blown away by the energy of the cast of LA SOCIEDAD DE LA NIEVE (SOCIETY OF THE SNOW), many stars arrive at the Palazzo del Cinema for the awards ceremony. As the night falls on #Venezia80, this edition's winners dazzle in the Sala Grande. Among all, Yorgos Lanthimos' star shines the brighest: his POOR THINGS fills the Red Carpet with golden light on the magical last day of the Mostra ...


VIDEO: Biennale Cinema 2023 - Day 10
The second to last day of the Festival! It starts with the new #Orizzonti films, it goes on following the rhythm of the music of ENZO JANNACCI VENGO ANCH'IO by Giorgio Verdelli. And then, the cast of KOBIETA Z... (WOMAN OF) arrives in Venice before Stéphane Brizé, Alba Rohrwacher and Guillaume Canet blow everyone away. As the sun sets on #Venezia80, Michel Franco, Jessica Chastain and Peter Sarsgaard sparkle on the Red Carpet: Day 10 has stolen our hearts! ...


Better World Fund during the 80th Edition of the Venice Film Festival
The Better World Fund event in Venice took place during the 80th Edition of the Venice Film Festival, La Mostra, on the 7th & 8th of September, 2023. More than 300 people attended at the Ca' Sagredo Hotel & La Scuola Grande Della Misericordia di Venezia with the participation of great personalities such as:           Isabelle Huppert, Jeremy Piven, Euzhan Palcy, Tom Volf, Keira Chaplin, Nadia Farès, Elisabeth Moreno, Jo...


80th Venice International Film Festival wraps and announces the awards
VENEZIA 80 The VENEZIA 80 Jury, chaired by Damien Chazelle and comprised of Saleh Bakri, Jane Campion, Mia Hansen-Løve, Gabriele Mainetti, Martin McDonagh, Santiago Mitre, Laura Poitras and Shu Qi having viewed all 23 films in competition, has decided as follows:   GOLDEN LION for Best Film to: POOR THINGS  by Yorgos Lanthimos (UK)   SILVER LION – GRAND JURY PRIZE to: Aku Wa Sonzai Shinai (Evil Does Not Exist) by Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Jap...


Collateral awards of the 80th Venice Film Festival
ARCA CinemaGiovani Award | ARCA CinemaGiovani Best Film of Venezia 780: ZIELONA GRANICA (GREEN BORDER) by Agnieszka Holland Best Italian Film in Venice: EL PARAÍSO by Enrico Maria Artale   Authors under 40 Award | dedicated to the director Valentina Pedicini by "Venezia a Napoli. Il cinema esteso" Best directing and screenwriting: LUNA CARMOON for Hoard Best directing: MIKA GUSTAFSON for Paradiset Brinn...


The figures of the 2023 VENICE PRODUCTION BRIDGE show growth over 2022 and 2021
The Venice Production Bridge, an integral part of the 80th Venice International Film Festival, and a specialized hub where film professionals can converge to advance and finalize their projects, is being held from August 31st to September 8th, 2023. The Venice Production Bridge receives the support of the European Commission through its Creative Europe and MEDIA programme. The figures of the 2023 VENICE PRODUCTION BRIDGE in compar...


Awards of the 11th edition of Final Cut in Venice
For the seventh year, La Biennale di Venezia gives a cash award of € 5.000 to support the Best Film in post-production. La Biennale di Venezia Prize Jury, composed of Bobby Allen (MUBI), Enrico Bufalini (Cinecittà) and Sarah Chazelle (The Party Film Sales) has awarded the film: CARISSA by Jason Jacobs and Devon Delmar, (South Africa) Producers: Deidre Jantjies, Annemarie Du Plessis “We were entranced by this journey from modernity back to traditions and th...


VIDEO Biennale Cinema 2023 - Day 9
The end of #Venezia80 is nearing and the emotions are more intense! On Day 9 we meet the #Orizzonti films delegations, Virginia Eleuteri Serpieri presents her AMOR, and Fien Troch lands in #Venice with the cast of HOLLY. Giorgio Diritti, Franz Rogowski, Valentina Bellè and Christophe Sermet arrive at the Palazzo del Cinema for the premiere of LUBO, Quentin Dupieux, Édouard Baer and Anaïs Demoustier crack jokes on the Red Carpet of DAAAAAALI!: relive the ninth day of the Festiv...


VIDEO Biennale Cinema 2023 - Day 8
Another day brimming with joy at #Venezia80! From the radiant #Orizzonti film delegations to a delighted Sergio Castellitto receiving the Premio Pietro Bianchi 2023, and the cheerfulness of the casts of XUE BAO (SNOW LEOPARD) and ZNAM KAKO DIŠEŠ (I KNOW YOUR SOUL). And then, Matteo Garrone plays with the performers of IO CAPITANO (ME CAPTAIN) on the Red Carpet, a beaming Ava DuVernay greets her fans, and the cast of VIVANTS steals one last smile from the enthusiastic crowd welcomin...


VIDEO Biennale Cinema 2023 - Day 7
If there’s any kind of magic in this world it must all be at #Venezia80! From #Orizzonti to the experiencies of #VeniceImmersive at the Lazzaretto Vecchio Island, the #BiennaleCinema2023 continues to surprise us. But it doesn't end there! Between press conferences, Photocall, #BiennaleCall and Red Carpet, here are ZIELONA GRANICA (GREEN BORDER), ENEA and HIT MAN!     ...


VIDEO Biennale Cinema 2023 - Day 6
Hugs, kisses, smiles: at #Venezia80 we can't help but falling in love again! On the sixth day of the #BiennaleCinema2023 new #Orizzonti arise, the cast of MAKING OF lands in #Venice, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi and the cast of EVIL DOEST NOT EXIST win everyone over with their tenderness. And then, the story changes: Sofia Coppola, Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi are acclaimed by adoring fans on the Red Carpet of #Venezia80. Finally, when the lights are about to go down, Woody Allen arrives: the s...


VIDEO Biennale Cinema 2023 - Day 5
Many stars grace #Venezia80: from the young promises of the #BiennaleCollegeCinema to the discoveries of #Orizzonti. And then, the DIE THEORIE VON ALLEM cast, Bertrand Bonello and David Fincher light up the Red Carpet. As night falls the brightest star of all shines in the Sala Grande: William Friedkin, in the tribute that the #BiennaleCinema dedicates to the great director Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the #BiennaleCinema2013.   ...


VIDEO Biennale Cinema 2023 - Day 4
Emotions seem never-ending on Day 4! From the enthusiasm of the #Orizzonti delegations to the emotion of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Tony Leung, from the elegance of THE PALACE's cast to the euphoria of the performers from ADAGIO. And then, the visionary #WesAnderson, the memory of Leonard Bernstein at the MAESTRO press conference, the flashmob in solidarity with the Iranian people, the Campari #PassionForFilm award to Tonino Zera and the masked Red Carpet of AGGRO DR1FT: here i...


VIDEO Biennale Cinema 2023 - Day 3
Damien Chazelle in dialogue with Justin Hurwitz, the energy of the protagonists of #Orizzonti, the joy of #WesAnderson receiving the Cartier #GloryToTheFilmmaker award, the cast of BASTARDEN (THE PROMISED LAND) enchanting Venice, Yorgos Lanthimos acclaimed by fans, the emotions of the cast of FELICITÀ on the Red Carpet: many smiles and hugs on Day 3 of #Venezia80! ...


VIDEO Biennale Cinema 2023 - Day 2
Words and glances from the protagonists of the Festival: the young talents of #Orizzonti, Xavier Giannoli and his #OutOfCompetition series, Liliana Cavani and then the stars of #Venezia80, between arrivals, Photocall, #BiennaleCall and Red Carpet, on the day when EL CONDE, FERRARI and DOGMAN are presented. ...


VIDEO Biennale Cinema 2023 - Day 1
Day 1 with the Juries presentations, the two films of the day, L'ORDINE DEL TEMPO (THE ORDER OF TIME) and COMANDANTE (COMMANDER) on their press and Red Carpet duties, then the thrilling Opening Ceremony honouring Liliana Cavani, Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.     ...


HUMANIST VAMPIRE SEEKING CONSENTING SUICIDAL PERSON wins top award at Venice’s Giornate degli Autori
  THROUGH THE NIGHT by Academy-award nominated Delphine Girard wins the Audience award The Giornate degli Autori, a prominent sidebar section of the revered Venice International Film Festival, has concluded with a resounding applause for two exceptional films. Giornate degli Autori Award HUMANIST VAMPIRE SEEKING CONSENTING SUICIDAL PERSON (VAMPIRE HUMANISTE CHERCHE SUICIDAIRE CONSENTANT)  by Ariane Louis-Seize (Canada) The coveted Giornate degli Autori Award, presente...


Luc Besson: Dogman, horror and kindness
  By M.R. D’Amico   Dogman, horror and kindness (in competition, 114 min) Director, screenplay: Luc Besson. Cinematography: Colin Wandersman. Editor: Julien Rey. Music: Eric Serra. Production: (France) An LBP, Europacorp, TF1 Films production. (World sales: Kinology, Paris.) Producers: Virginie Besson-Silla, Steve Rabineau.  With: Caleb Landry Jones, Jojo T. Gibbs, Christopher Denham, Clemens Schick, John Charles Aguilar, Grace Palma, Iris Bry, Marisa Berenson, Linc...



VIDEO: The NatureTrack Film Festival celebrates the 5th anniversary edition watch the trailers...
2023 is the first milestone for the NatureTrack Film Festival - its’ 5th anniversary.  NatureTrack FF is a nature-centric festival.  On this our 5th year, we’re taking it to a movie theatre for a new experience in Goleta.  The City of Goleta is a great partner in our endeavor.  On Tuesday, Sept. 19, the NTFF will get a proclamation marking this milestone at the Goleta City Council Meeting which starts at 5:30pm and can be seen streaming live.  Dates for the...


The 24th annual Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) line-up includes “May December”, “NYAD”, “Rustin”...
Centerpiece Screenings include Films “May December,” “NYAD,” and “Rustin”; Special Events include Book Talks with Rainn Wilson and Bobby Berk; Culinary Event with Susan Feniger; and Anniversary Screening of “In the Name of the Father” with director Jim Sheridan   The 24th annual Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) announced Tuesday that it will screen 91 films from 19 countries - including 14 World Premieres, 14 U.S. Premieres, 6 North Am...


Food Film Fest 10th Edition wrapped
Food portrayed by the cinema. This is the path proposed by Food Film Fest Bergamo coming up for it s 10th edition from August 23 to 27. A project conceived in 2014 by the cultural association Art Maiora and the Bergamo Camera di Commercio, with the participation of Coldiretti Bergamo, Slow Food Bergamo Valli Orobiche Bassa Bergamasca and Ascom Bergamo. Five days of screenings, video premieres, food talks and workshops in the historic heart of Città Alta, in Piazza Mascheroni, a natural ...


MIA 2023 - First Guests Announced
MIA | MERCATO INTERNAZIONALE AUDIOVISIVO Roma, Italy, October 9 - 13 2023 THE GLOBAL AUDIOVISUAL ECOSYSTEM TO MEET AGAIN IN ROME AT MIA 2023   Among the first confirmed speakers: Paramount's Nicole Clemens; Sara Bernstein of Imagine Documentaries; Marge Dean of Skybound Entertainment; Waltz with Bashir director and author Ari Folman; Severance producer Nicholas Weinstock of Invention Studios; James Townley of Banija   ...


International Short Film Festival on Cultural Tourism
It is an International event to showcase and recognize authentic, artistic, effective and informative short films on cultural tourism.   Subject of film may be Culture & Tourism of any tribe, group, country. However, you are at liberty to define culture and tourism, let your film convince the Selection Committee and your film is in.   Rules/Regulations • 1. The IFFC is a festival of short films based on culture and tourism. It will be held in the first week of ...


TIFF 2023 Opening Dailies - September 7
TIFF OPENING NEWSLETTER Coverage from our team in Toronto led by Bruno Chatelin, your editor ! Take center stage in Toronto, blast your press releases and invites : EMAIL US TO BE FEATURED The 48th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival takes place Thursday, September 7—17, 2023 in Canada's most vibrant and exciting metropolis, it has become one of the most important film events on the festival calendar. Showcasing more than...


TIFF unveils stellar lineup of Talent Development programmes and participants for 2023
  TIFF is proud to announce this year’s Talent Development programmes and participants, including TIFF Filmmaker Lab, TIFF Series Accelerator, the Sloan Science and Technology Project Pitch, the CHANEL Women Writers’ Network Micro Talent Summit, and the TIFF Every Story Accelerator.  “At TIFF, we’re dedicated to fostering emerging talents from all walks of life,” said Anita Lee, TIFF Chief Programming Officer. “The 2023 Talent Development progr...


Call for entry opens for the 55th edition of Visions du Réel
The call for films & projects is now open! The call for non-fiction films and projects for the 55th edition of Visions du Réel (12-21.4.2024) is now open. Our selection committees are looking forward to discovering all films and projects that will light up the Festival next year!  We are looking for films for the official selection and for projects for VdR–Industry activities. The films in competition are screened in world, international or European premier...


SoundTrack Zurich 04 Full Programme Now Online
Case studies on ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT with Oscar winner Volker Bertelmann, EO with European Film Award winner Paweł Mykietyn, FOUDRE with Swiss Film Award winner Nicolas Rabaeus, VISIONS with composer Philippe Rombi, and LIVING with composer Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, are just a few of the highlights of this year's edition of SoundTrack_Zurich (STZ). The event, which will take place for the fourth time from 29 September to 1 October as part of the ZFF Industry Programme, w...


Superhero Comedy Short S.Q.U.A.D. To Have West Coast Premiere at Silicon Beach Film Festival at TCL Theatres in Hollywood
Superhero comedy short S.Q.U.A.D. is taking the global festival circuit by storm, being named an official selection at the Urban Arts Festival in Dallas, Milan Shorts Film Festival in Italy, and Paris International Short Festival in France. The film world premiered at the Jersey Short Film Festival in early July, and will have its West Coast U.S.A. premiere on September 8th at TCL Theatres in Hollywood (Theatre 4, Block J, 2:05 pm PST) , as an of...
The 15th annual edition of the Hola México Film FestivaL will run September 29 - October 7
The 15th annual edition of the Hola México Film Festival presented by Toyota September 29 - October 7 during Hispanic Heritage Month A Quinceañera celebrating the latest & greatest Mexican cinema Featuring the opening night screening of “Sobreviviendo Mis XV” (Surviving My XV) Follow the conversation on #hmff Los Angeles, CA. Monday August, 2023 –The largest Mexican film festival outside of Mexico, Hola México Film Festival...
Digital Gym


In the Rearview will open CinEast 2023
The full programme of the 16th edition of the CinEast festival (Central and Eastern European Film Festival in Luxembourg) will be announced at the Press Conference held on Tuesday 19 September 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cinémathèque de la Ville de Luxembourg (17, Place du Théâtre, Luxembourg-City).   We are delighted to announce that the documentary "In the Rearview" by Polish director Maciek Hamela will be the Opening Film of the 2023 edition...


Jawan, Review: Eggs on the windshield
Jawan, Review: Eggs on the windshield You can be pardoned for believing that Jawan is Pathaan rebooted, if you walked in as ShahRukh Khan (SRK) is lying half-dead on a bed somewhere near the Indian border (with which country?) and a chinky medicine man is spending days, and possibly weeks, using all kinds of herbs and other local Ayurvedic medicine to revive him. It was exactly the same in Pathaan, where he was nursed back by a Pathaan tribe. Obviously, the makers thought once is not enough, ...


TIFF announces Ava Duvernay's new film Origin as a Gala presentation at Roy Thomson Hall on September 11
  Photo Credit:  Atsushi Nishijima   TIFF CEO, Cameron Bailey, is excited to announce that filmmaker Ava DuVernay will return to TIFF with her latest offering, Origin. DuVernay’s film will have a Gala screening at Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, September 11th. DuVernay will be in attendance.   Written, produced, and directed by Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay, Origin chronicles the remarkable life and work of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson (played...


THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS & SNAKES follows a young Coriolanus (Tom Blyth) who is the last hope for his failing lineage, the once-proud Snow family that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. With his livelihood threatened, Snow is reluctantly assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler), a tribute from the impoverished District 12. But after Lucy Gray’s charm captivates the audience of Panem, Snow sees an opportunity to shift their fates. With everyth...


  World Premiere of LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND October 25 We’re excited to share that LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND – starring Academy Award® winner Julia Roberts, Academy Award® winner Mahershala Ali, Academy Award® nominee Ethan Hawke, Myha’la and more – will make its World Premiere at AFI FEST on October 25! This highly anticipated apocalyptic thriller writt...

The Unseen Crisis: Vaccine Stories You Were Never Told has been awarded at INDIEFEST with 4 Awards of Excellence

Cindy Drukier (USA), The Unseen Crisis: Vaccine Stories You Were Never Told has been awareded in the followin Categories Documentary Feature  Liberation / Social Justice / Protest  Special Purpose Productions Women Filmmakers      ...


Sibel's Silence wins Best of Show and 4 awards for at Indiefest Awards

Best of Show for Aly Yeganeh (France), Sibel's Silence, Film Feature   In addition to Best of Show, the film also received the following awards: Award of Excellence: Direction Award of Excellence:  Actress: Leading (Laëtitia Eïdo as Hana) Award of Excellence: Actress: Supporting (Mélissa Boros as Sibel) Award of Excellence: Ensemble Cast   ...


Digital Gym


Awards of The 49th edition of Deauville Festival
The Jury of the 49th edition of the Deauville American film festival, presided over by Guillaume Canet, with Alexandre Aja, Anne Berest, Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, Léa Mysius, Marina Hands of the Comédie-Française, Rebecca Marder, Stéphane Bak and Maxim Nucci (Yodelice)  awarded :   ...


80th Venice International Film Festival wraps and announces the awards
VENEZIA 80 The VENEZIA 80 Jury, chaired by Damien Chazelle and comprised of Saleh Bakri, Jane Campion, Mia Hansen-Løve, Gabriele Mainetti, Martin McDonagh, Santiago Mitre, Laura Poitras and Shu Qi having viewed all 23 films in competition, has decided as follows:   GOLDEN LION for Best Film to: POOR THINGS  by Yorgos Lanthimos (UK)   SILVER LION – GRAND JURY PRIZE to: Aku Wa Sonzai Shinai (Evil Does Not Exist) by Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Jap...


The Academy is pleased to unveil the new logo for the European Film Awards Berlin 2023!   Berlin-based designer Christin Franke used the Pantone colour of 2023 – „viva magenta“ and the concept of “blossoming” for this year‘s awards logo, indicating the celebration of films and life. From this year onwards, the Academy aims to introduce a new logo for each of the following awar...


The IndieFEST Film Awards Announces Latest Winners! August 2023
                                                                         Contact: Rick Prickett, Competition Director 858-454-9787 The IndieFEST is proud to announce the latest winners. Congratulations to all the filmmakers who participated in the current season!The a...


The nominees for LUX – The European Audience Film Award 2024

  The European Film Academy reveals the nominations for LUX – The European Audience Film Award, presented by the European Parliament and the European Film Academy in partnership with the European Commission and Europa Cinemas.     These are the five nominated films: 20,000 SPECIES OF BEES directed by Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren (Spain) THE TEACHER’S LOUNGE directed by İlker Çatak (Germany) FALLEN LEAVES directed...


Digital Gym


Toronto International Film Festival announces additional 2023 TIFF Tribute Award honourees
Andy Lau to receive special Tribute Award, Carolina Markowicz to receive TIFF Emerging Talent Award, Łukasz Žal to receive TIFF Variety Artisan Award   Photo credit: Courtesy of TIFF (Left)                   Photo credit: Carlyle Routh (Centre)           Photo credit: Gotsia Karpiuk (Right) TIFF is delighted to announce additional honourees who will be receiving a TIFF Tribute Award at this year&rsq...


Toronto International Film Festival honours Colman Domingo with the TIFF Tribute Performer Award
Award-winning actor, writer, and director to attend Tribute Gala   Photo credit:  Raul Romo Cameron Bailey, CEO of TIFF, is delighted to announce that award-winning actor Colman Domingo will receive the TIFF Tribute Performer Award. This Award recognizes an overall body of exceptional work, and is one of seven awards being handed out at the fifth annual TIFF Tribute Awards gala, presented by Bulgari on Sunday, September 10, at Fairmont Royal York Hotel.  A prolific a...


TIFF announces exciting 2023 Rising Stars lineup featuring talent from across the globe
The TIFF Rising Stars programme, now in its 13th year, shines as an invaluable talent development initiative The Toronto International Film Festival® is excited to announce this year’s global cohort of Rising Stars for 2023. The TIFF Rising Stars programme features actors on the verge of making a large impact on the international stage and provides them with an exclusive opportunity to experience and engage in professional development and mentorship sessions and industry events that...


Toronto International Film Festival to honour actor Patricia Arquette with TIFF Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award
  Photo credit: Riccardo Vimercati Cameron Bailey, CEO of TIFF, is delighted to announce that Academy award–winning actor, women’s rights activist, and entrepreneur Patricia Arquette will receive the TIFF Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award presented by Bulgari during the 48th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival. Arquette is the final honouree to be announced ahead of the 2023 TIFF Tribute Awards, taking place Sunday, September 10 at Fairmont Royal York Hotel,...


Toronto International Film Festival honours Vicky Krieps with the TIFF Tribute Performer Award
Award-winning actor will be honoured in Toronto on September 10, joining previously announced recipients to date: Pedro Almodóvar, Spike Lee, Andy Lau, Carolina Markowicz, Łukasz Żal, Colman Domingo, and Shawn Levy Photo credit: CHANEL   Cameron Bailey, CEO of TIFF, is delighted to announce that award-winning actor Vicky Krieps will receive the TIFF Tribute Performer Award at the fifth annual Awards gala on Sunday, September 10, at Fairmont Royal York Hotel. Presented by Bulga...


Terry Gilliam will be guest of honor of the Strasbourg festival!
This 16th edition of the Festival is shaping up very nicely, with a special visit from Terry Gilliam, the outstanding director who has succeeded like no other in combining imagination and social satire with frequently caustic humour. He will receive a lifetime achievement award and the Festival will present a retrospective of his work. Gilliam will also take part in a master class and, as a first this year, we have given him carte blanche to choose two films, which will close the first weekend...


Alexander Payne Guest of honour at the Lumière film festival
After announcing the premiere of the new Miyazaki film, the presence of Wes Anderson and J.A. Bayona, and unveiling the posters paying tribute to Nastassja Kinski and Marisa Paredes, here's a new guest of Lumière 2023! Alexander Payne is a major figure of American independent cinema. After making his mark with his first film Citizen Ruth (1996), followed by the satirical comedy, Election (1999) and received acclaim for the poignant About Schmidt (2002)...




Earlybird Deadline October 6

Regular Deadline  November 17

Late Deadline December 8

Extended Deadline December 29, 2023

Notifications March 8, 2024

Event Date April 23 – 27  2024

Submissions end December 31st,  2023, submit through, or through the festivals website,
Selected by Movie Maker Magazine as one of the top 25 film festivals worth the submission, one of the top festivals in the world by Film international and touted by many as one of the most important independent film festivals in the circuit. We are passionate about film and it shows!

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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NYC Independent Film Festival

June 5 - 8, 2024



August 31, 2023 Earlybird Deadline
November 30, 2023 Regular Deadline
January 15, 2024 Late Deadline
February 15, 2024 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.

New York City Independent Film Festival (NYCIndieFF) will hold a physical festival this year. We will celebrate the Independent Filmmaker, documentaries, short and feature-length films and animation. Whether a submission is comedic, dramatic, or something in between, The NYCIndieFF is eager to embrace fresh ideas and storytelling.


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Julien Dubuque International Film Festival

April 24 – 28, 2024



Regular Deadline: January 8, 2024


RANKED 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! And most importantly, lots of FREE FOOD in our filmmaker lounge, where many friendships and collaborations have been made.

JDIFF is ALL about the independent filmmaker and is truly geared for the best experience!

Our final nominees are judged by our Jury members of Film professionals, such as Directors, Producers, Critics, Director of Photography, etc and choose the final winner of each category.

JDIFF acknowledges emerging filmmakers from around the world and is committed to bringing world class entertainment to the heart of the midwest.

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French Riviera Film Festival 

May 19-20, 2023




Earlybird Deadline December 17, 2023

Regular Deadline February 11, 2024
Late Deadline March 9, 2024
Extended Deadline April 9, 2024

The 6th 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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ONES TO WATCH FOR FESTIVAL CONSIDERATION  carefuly curated by Bruno Chatelin


Maya by Julia Verdin
USA 2023 1hour 44 minutes written and directed by Jukia Verdin


Teenage Maya is raised in a household stricken by her father’s abandonment.
Maya makes the wrong encounter on social media and meets Ray a handsome stranger she falls for: he encourages Maya to run away from home...she ends up being set up for appointments with Ray’s “clients” until Police finds her. Can Maya's mother help her get back on her feet, or will Maya be forever lost to the dark world she has fallen prey to?

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Gender Transformation The Untold Realities 
Canada 2023 1hour 23 minutes written and directed by Tobias Elvhage and Liza Morberg


Through the real-life experience of several transgender youth and expert interviews, this docudrama provides an uncensored look into the forces behind this movement and reveals untold stories you have never heard.

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Unseen Crisis Documentary by Cindy Drukier
Canada 2023

Some who took vaccine with the noblest of intentions experienced unexpected debilitating aftereffects. Instead of compassion, they were met with skepticism; instead of being helped they were shunned; instead of being heard, they were silenced. Join us as we bring their stories out of the shadows so they can be heard and seen and no longer alone.

And yet nobody's coming to the rescue of truth?

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Sibel's Silence by Aly Yeganeh

France 93 minutes

August 2014. ISIS invades the city of Sinjar, home to a religious minority called the Yazidis, in the north west of Irak.

Sibel, a 13-year-old girl, witnesses the slaughter of her entire family. 
Alongside thousands of other women and young girls from her community, she is then kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery.

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5 minutes 40 - USA July 2022


An overly confident cop’s first day on the job gets interesting as he navigates unfamiliar territories and people.

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Demanded Supply written and directed by Sean Famoso


A brother-sister assassin duo become part of a scheme much bigger than them, when a culture vulture-ing client calls an audible.  

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Rear View Cataclysm by Eric Frodsham

2023 USA 96 minutes

Rear View Cataclysm is the story of two brothers and an ex-girlfriend who try to recapture the love and passion and of their past. Edison is trapped in a toxic marriage and invites down-on-his-luck brother, Blake (Jason Liebrecht), to a popular local music festival. Broke and depressed, Blake agrees, not realizing that Edison has also invited Mazie (Caroline Ducey), his ex-girlfriend.  No one can predict the course of desire, reconciliation and regret that unfolds. Set against the barren landscapes of rural Texas and featuring the hypnotic sounds of Grouper and Govinda along with Punk Rock Bands Zounds and The Jesus LizardRear View Cataclysm is a feast for the heart and senses.

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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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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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Jan Kounen raconte son expérience de l'ayahuasca en bande dessinée
Doctor ayahuasca, la première bande dessinée comme auteur et illustrateur de Jan Kounen qui inaugure une nouvelle collection, Trédaniel Graphic, et paraîtra le 26 octobre prochain. Appuyée sur les rituels pratiqués l'auteur, cette bande dessinée à la première personne raconte et documente un mode de vie découvert en Amazonie auprès des Indiens Shipibos. C’est aussi l'aboutissement de 25 années ann&...


Le programme complet du 16e Festival Européen du Film Fantastique de Strasbourg
Cette 16e édition s’annonce sous les meilleurs auspices, avec tout d’abord la venue exceptionnelle de Terry Gilliam, réalisateur hors normes qui a su mêler comme nul autre l’imaginaire et la satire sociale avec un humour bien souvent corrosif. Le Festival lui remettra un prix d’honneur et lui consacrera une rétrospective. Il se prêtera aussi à l’exercice de la master class et, nouveauté cette année, nous lui av...
Le Jury de la 49e édition du Festival du cinéma américain de Deauville a rendu ses prix
Le Jury de la 49e édition du Festival du cinéma américain de Deauville, présidé par Guillaume Canet, entouré d'Alexandre Aja, Anne Berest, Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, Léa Mysius, Marina Hands de la Comédie-Française, Rebecca Marder, Stéphane Bak et Maxim Nucci alias Yodelice a décerné les prix suivants : ...


Effervescence festivalière à la la Villa Schweppes pendant le festival de Deauville
Pour le second week-end de la 49ème édition du Festival du cinéma Américain de Deauville, la Villa Schweppes a réuni une fois de plus la crème de la crème du 7e art et du tapis rouge pour des festivités sonores, jusqu’au bout de la nuit. En duo avec les artistes performers du cabare. Madame Arthur, la Villa Schweppes a su offrir un moment spectaculaire mêlant extravagance et rires.  Retour en images sur les cél&...


TABLE RONDE « Grève à Hollywood : Les Mutations du cinéma »
Au regard de l'actualité et de la grève à Hollywood, il nous a semblé intéressant de proposer une table ronde ouverte au public sur le thème : « Grève à Hollywood : Les Mutations du cinéma ».  Les intervenants seront :  Alexandre Pachulski (docteur en informatique, spécialisé en Intelligence Artificielle, co-fondateur de TalentSoft, auteur et conférencier) Xavier ...



Retour sur la cérémonie d'ouverture du festival de Deauville 2023
  « L’Amérique n’a pas arrêté de se raconter à travers ses films, agit comme ses films, imite ses films ; et les films imitent l’Amérique, il y a une espèce d’évidence de l’art américain du cinéma » » a confié Arnaud Desplechin au micro de France Inter. Il a foulé pour la première fois le tapis rouge de Deauville avec les membres de son jury...
Fondée en 1989, la société de production audiovisuelle indépendante Galatée Films s’est imposée très tôt comme une figure française incontournable de la production cinématographique engagée sous l’impulsion visionnaire de l’acteur-réalisateur-producteur Jacques Perrin. Galatée Films dispose d’un catalogue de 24 films dont certains ont reçu les plus prestigieuses récom...


LUMEXPLORE 2023 dans le plus vieux cinéma du monde du 20 au 24 Septembre 2023 à La Ciotat puis à Paris
LUMEXPLORE 2023: FESTIVAL du FILM d’EXPLORATION SCIENCE ET ENVIRONNEMENT Le Festival de la Société des Explorateurs Français     LUMEXPLORE 2023, en chiffres : *  15 films d’exploration scientifique ou environnementale, en compétition, *  7 films de 5 minutes réalisés par les scolaires, en compétition, *  7 livres, en compétition, *  5 BD pour le Prix BD Lumexplore Juni...


Wanda un spectacle créé pour la 15e édition du festival Lumière
Variations sur Wanda de Barbara Loden par Jeanne Cherhal  Musique, lecture, projections Samedi 21 octobre en soirée à l'Institut Lumière   ...


In the Rearview ouvrira CinEast 2023
Le programme complet de la 16e édition du festival CinEast (Festival du film d’Europe centrale et orientale au Luxembourg) sera dévoilé lors de la conférence de presse qui aura lieu le mardi 19 septembre 2023 à 11h00 à la Cinémathèque de la Ville de Luxembourg (17, Place du Théâtre, Luxembourg-Ville).   C’est avec grand plaisir que nous pouvons annoncer déjà le film d’ouverture de l&rsqu...


CineComedies dévoile le contenu de la 6ème édition du festival qui se déroulera du 11 au 15 octobre
La 6ème édition du festival CineComedies se déroulera du 11 au 15 octobre.   Au programme:    Michel...


Caroline Vignal et Dominik Moll co-Présidents des Rencontres Cinématographiques de L’ARP
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Les cinéastes Caroline Vignal et Dominik Moll, qui ont notamment et respectivement réalisé Antoinette dans les Cévennes et La Nuit du 12, co-présideront la 33ème édition des Rencontres Cinématographiques de L'ARP, qui se déroulera au Touquet-Paris-Plage, en région Hauts-de-France, du 8 au 10 novembre 2023. ­ ©Olivier Vigerie              &nb...


Kinopolska 2023 le cinéma Polonais à l'honneur
Depuis 2008, Kinopolska programme l’actualité de la production cinématographique contemporaine polonaise et invite le public à découvrir les jeunes réalisateurs et réalisatrices polonais programmés dans de nombreux festivals internationaux.    Kinopolska vous donne rendez-vous le jeudi 21 septembre pour les 2 films d'ouverture :  17h : Kobieta na dach...


Le nouveau film de Hayao Miyazaki ouvrira MON PREMIER FESTIVAL en avant-première, mercredi 25 octobre 2023
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  C’est avec une immense joie que toute l’équipe de Mon Premier Festival annonce que Le Garçon et le héron, le nouveau film du maître de l’animation japonaise, Hayao Miyazaki, fera l’ouverture du festival de cinéma jeune public de la Ville de Paris mercredi 25 octobre à 15h au Forum des images, en présence du jury du festival composé d’enfants âgés de 9 à 11 ans, du ...


Nomination de Jean-Philippe Rousse à l'Institut français
    L’Institut français est heureux d’annoncer la nomination de Jean-Philippe Rousse au poste de Directeur de la communication et du mécénat. Il succède à Jean-François Guéganno. Jean-Philippe Rousse occupait jusqu’à fin août dernier les fonctions de conseiller culturel adjoint et de directeur délégué de l’Institut français de Chine (2020-2023), où il ét...


Au programme de la 32ème édition des Nuits Magiques
La 32éme édition du festival international du film d'animation LES NUITS MAGIQUES aura lieu du 29/11 au 10/12/2023 à Bègles, au cinéma LA LANTERNE. Au programme : Une compétition internationale de courts métrages Une soirée hommage au réalisateur japonais Isao Takahata Les films de la réalisatrice française Florence Miailhe Un programme de courts métrages hispaniques Une pro...


Alexander Payne invité d'honneur du festival Lumière
  Alexander Payne Guest of honour at the Lumière film festival Après l'annonce de l'avant-première du nouveau Miyazaki, des présences de Wes Anderson et de J.A. Bayona, après la révélation des affiches rendant hommage à Nastassja Kinski et à Marisa Paredes, voici un nouvel invité de Lumière 2023 ! C'est un nom important du cinéma indépendant américain. Après avoir impri...


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




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