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'Dasatskisi / Beginning' bags the Golden Shell, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Screenplay at San Sebastian

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The French-Georgian co-production also wins the Best Director, Best Actress and Best Screenplay awards The Silver Shell for Best Actor goes to the group of actors in 'Druk / Another Round' and The Special Jury Prize goes to the music documentary 'Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan' The Jury Prize for Best Cinematography goes to Yuta Tsukinaga for his work in 'Nakuko wa ineega / Any Crybabies Around?' The French-Georgian co-pro...
 

 

San Sebastian Film Festival 2020 announces Industry Awards

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  WIP LATAM Awards   WIP LATAM INDUSTRY AWARD Piedra Noche / Dusk Stone Iván Fund (Argentina - Chile)   ...

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Missing Michael Lonsdale, our friend and festival president of Sacred Beauty Fest in Cannes

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Good bye Michael. I took these shots in Cannes at Wim Wenders' film on Pope Francis... We came as a team of Sacred Beauty Festival in Cannes! My comment to Wim at the premiere screening "2 words Wim": "too short" I was so moved by the film! so was Michael Lonsdale ...
 

Maïwenn receives the A Tribute To... Award in Zurich

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©Thomas Niedermüller/Getty Images for Zurich Film Festival The French filmmaker Maïwenn accepted the 16. Zurich Film Festival’s A Tribute To... Award this evening. The director, screenwriter and actress received the highest honour bestowed by the Zurich Film Festival on filmmakers for their contribution to film history.     The Zurich Film Festival’s (ZFF) most prestigious accolade for auteur filmmakers was presented to Maïwenn at the ...
 

 

Jennifer Lopez, Angelica Ross, Carmen Carrera, Isiah Thomas and GLAAD’s Sarah Kate Ellis will appear at QueerX Live! TV Specia

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LGBTQ+ Icons & Rising Stars Awarded on National Coming Out Day Jennifer Lopez, Angelica Ross, Carmen Carrera, Isaiah Thomas, and GLAAD’s Sarah Kate Ellis, are among the many influential advocates and artists to appear on Revry’s QueerX Live! awards show brought to you by Lexus on National Coming Out Day, October 11th. This star-studded show will include screenings of the category winners from QueerX’s film festival competition, along with special musical performa...
 

 

Highest Honour for Juliette Binoche at Zurich Film Festival

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©Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Zurich Film Festival   The 16th Zurich Film Festival presented actress Juliette Binoche with the Golden Icon Award for her career achievements. The Frenchwoman thanked Christian Jungen, the Zurich Film Festival and all the people who supported her on her way from the bottom of her heart. For the first time in its history, the festival presented its most prestigious accolade for an actress to a star from France. The Zurich Film Festival besto...
 

 

LA Greek Film Fest offers 3 Masterclasses featuring Jim Gianopulos (my former boss at Fox), Greg Yaitanes and Nia Vardalos

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This year the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival formidable advisors and friends are coming to you on your screens at home, each for one hour of interactive engagement. These events are FREE, and you only need to register once. After you have registered, you will receive the links to all the following webinars October 13, 11am Los Angeles / 9pm Greece - MASTERCLASS WITH GREG YAITANES. Join us for a conversation with the Emmy award winning showrunner and television director Greg Yaitanes who wi...
 

 

"I'd rather be an anarchist than a professional" BELUSHI crashes on-screen soon

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Known for The Blues Brothers band from ANIMAL HOUSE after honing his craft on the original SNL, here was a comedian who was neither mean-spirited nor profanity-laced, but literal comedy magic on screen and in person as the one and only, John Belushi. Now an R.J. Cutler documentary, BELUSHI will car-crash the regular fare on Showtime, Nov. 22.,  just in time for a Thanksgiving gift in these tough times. Born Jan. 24...
 

 

Best Film and Best Actress Award for ANGIE: LOST GIRLS at Moving Parts Film Festival

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Angie: Lost Girls bagged two key prizes at the Moving Pictures Film Festival Best feature fil and best actress. Jane Widdop also known for her roles in Jessica Darling's It List (2016), The Kicks (2015) and Yellowjackets (2020) won best picture for her lead role in Angie: Lost Girls by Julia Verdin. See her full bio on IMDB   - Angie: Lost Girls  Angie Morgan  2020 - Yellowjackets (TV Series) (post-production) Laura Lee -&nbs...
 

 

Q&A with Julia Verdi at Moving Parts Film Festival for her winning feature Angie: Lost Girls

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Q&A Session for the Award-Winning Film ANGIE: LOST GIRLS with director Julia Verdin;  Monica Quinn and Adam Fried (festival founders)  The film won best actress for Jane Widdop The Fall Virtual Film Festival event is presented by Chrysalis Pictures and in part by the media partner Filmocracy and took place September 26-27th, 2020   Official Trailer for the Fall 2020 MOVING PARTS FILM FESTIVAL.   MOVING PARTS FILM FESTIVAL FALL 2020 TRAILER from Adam F...
 

 

Your ADAPT invite: Joel Madden & more help for Hollywood COVID crash

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Even though some productions and shoots are still happening in Hollywood, so many people are waiting and watching for things to blow over with the Coronavirus crisis. Or, hopefully, they're working on scripts or independent projects. But for most, this will not pay the bills right away. So here's an invite that could help the unemployed in the industry, fingers crossed.  From Screenmancer LOS ANGELES, CA: In mid-September,&nb...
 
 
 

Director & Writer Fredrik Gertten of PUSH: a Director’s POV

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Poster for PUSH the movie Cancel rent? You’ve probably seen the hashtag floating in the zeitgeist of Social Media. In these tumultuous times globally, affordable housing is more of an issue than ever, with the pandemic’s lockdowns forcing limited work hours or terminations. Ever wonder who your landlord is, or if there’s a human behind the buildings where we live? PUSH is film available to view now in theaters and streaming, a...
 

 

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Big Tribble in Little Cabin from Fischer & Wilson, SAVE YOURSELVES!

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent It has been Weed O'clock on freeways and almost everywhere for a while here in Los Angeles, apart from at my house, where people are afraid of wildfires and evacuation. Thank the Pandemic for that. But you don't have to be "420 Friendly" to enjoy SAVE YOURSELVES! from Bleeker Street. Even with an exclamation point in the title, which is hell on earth for copy editors.  From Screenmancer Staff SAVE YOURSELVES!, written an...
 

 

BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM is Sacha Baron Cohen’s 2nd run at Crazy for Oct. 23

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent We would like to say this footage was stolen off the back of a turnip truck in middle of Kansas, after being pummeled by circus giraffes, however?  BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM, with perhaps a missing colon for punctuation because we have only seen the hard art logo, is on the tarmac for Oct. 23 from the Republic of Amazon Prime, Land of Bezos. And yes, Sacha Baron Cohen makes a another run through America as the curious Andy Kaufman-like ...
 

Box Office analysis for the week of September 28th

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Tenet continues to lead the box office in North America and globally.   Warner Bros. reported $3.4M in weekend ticket sales across the Domestic market, now adding up to $41.2M after 4 weeks in theatres. Tenet's worldwide cume of $283.2M is even more impressive, showing the relative strength of the recovery in international markets. The New Mutants from 20th Century Studios earned $1.1M in its 5th week, Unhinged from Solstice Studios earned $1M in its 7th week and Break the Sil...
 
 
 

 

Online conference "Assessing and labelling the nationality of European audiovisual works" - European Audiovisual Observatory

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European Audiovisual Observatory announces online conference 15 October 2020, 10.00-12.00   Free registration here How do we determine the nationality of a film or TV programme? The nationality of an audiovisual work can unlock funding. It can also open doors to the inclusion of film or TV content in broadcast or VOD quotas within Europe. With the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) and deadline for its implementation which just passed, the share obligations for E...
 

 

Doclisboa unveils its programme dedicated to work and labour

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Under the title BODY OF WORK, this new programme includes films from filmmakers such as Harun Farocki, Carole Roussopoulos, Elisa Cepedal and Jonas Heldt. It is a cinematic proposition that promises to pose important questions and stimulate debate on work and labour - a central thematic in our lives.   BODY OF WORK is a programme that arises from a partnership between Doclisboa and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), which aims to offer a platform for dialogue, ...
 
 
 

Devour! 9.5 has something for everyone. Here’s a taste:

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Your favourite festival program has been served! 44 films, 12 workshops, 8 special events – need we say more? Our Devour! 9.5 program is jam-packed with virtual and in-person events, so you can enjoy your favourite food and film festival in the comfort of home or in-person (while following COVID-19 safety protocols). Devour! 9.5 has something for everyone. Here’s a taste: Opening Gala Film Ratatouille curated by Phil Rosenthal – Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. AT Join us at...
 
 
 

Zappa directed by Alex Winter opens the twelfth annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (SFiFF)

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Opening Night:Zappa directed by Alex Winter The twelfth annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (SFiFF) will open with Zappa, an in-depth documentary directed by Alex Winter, which centers on the life, work, and politics of musician Frank Zappa. With found footage from the Zappa family trust and other archives, Winter gives us a groundbreaking look into the musician's life, featuring appearances by his widow, Gail Zappa, and musical collaborators like Mike Keneally, Ian Und...
 

Voltage Pictures launch sales for Alice Filippi’s ('78: The Getaway) upcoming Italian romantic dramedy Out of my League

 
Voltage Pictures is beginning discussions with worldwide (excluding Italy) buyers on director Alice Filippi’s ('78: The Getaway) upcoming Italian romantic dramedy Out of my League, starring Giuseppe Maggio (“Baby”, Un fantastico via vai), Ludovica Francesconi and Eleonora Gaggero (Unique Brothers), it was announced today by CEO Nicolas Chartier and President and COO Jonathan Deckter.   Roberto Proia (Tell No One) wrote and produced for leading Italian production and ...
 
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The film festival "PEOPLE AND ENVIRONMENT" is conceived by the organizers as a platform to make people think about inter-relations between mankind and nature. The Festival aims at raising environmental awareness by means of cinematography. Submission of films for the Festival contest programme will finish on the 1st of April 2020. The framework of the Festival an Environmental Forum will be organized to discuss the most urgent environmental problems and the role of non-feature fi...
 

 

Iris will compete at 15th Cyprus International Film Festival November 17 – 22, 2020

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Due to coronavirus pandemic call for social distancing, in 2020, the 15th Cyprus International Film Festival is scheduled to hold both of live and online screenings and events. Responding to a changing world, show that your work rises to the challenge. Selected films are announced and promoted to distributors prior to the festival. Also all film submissions have the option to get distribution at inspire-tv.com with beneficial terms. "The Best of the 1st!" Cyprus International Fil...
 

 

Finding Manny won Best Documentary Feature at the Moving Parts Film Festival

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In its 4th year this interactive online film festival includes guaranteed distribution with Filmocracy for all winning films, and a chance to connect with other partnering distribution services. Filmocracy is a gamified movie streaming platform that rewards users with virtual popcorn for discovering independent films. They have committed to helping their festival partners by building a virtual festival environment through which the energy & excitement of the festival experience is brought...
 

 

Iris selected to screen at the virtual edition of The Rock Horror Film Festival 2020

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we've decided to do the online version of the festival until it's safe to go back to the live screenings and we will have all our screenings at our online platform as well as our Cinema Meetings and Rock Events, this way we do our part to keep everybody safe and comfy to watch the films and be part of our event. The bright side of doing it online is that you'll be able to be part of the event and interact more with our audience from wherever you are i...
 

 

Iris won Best First Time Filmmaker Horror Feature from The Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival

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Diana Rodriguez proud director of Iris reacted tpo the great news: “Iris” Has been chosen as Best First Time Filmmaker Horror Feature 2020 at The Hot Springs Horror Film Festival 2020!! ...
 

 

Filmmaking 101: Enter Real-Time Production, an Unreal Engine & Blender

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Get ready for a 20 second knowledge drop to prepare for the likes of Sam Nicholson, ASC, who asks you to rethink everything about filmmaking. “I like to think we came out of the Chemical Era, went into the Digital Era, and now we’re in the Virtual Era of filmmaking.” says Nicholson, CEO and Founder of Stargate Studios. “Convergent technologies, he continues. “They are converging, and nobody is really sure where...
 

 

 

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Cannes returns as a special surprise this fall on the Croisette

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I had not missed one cannes festival since 1987, I cannot guarantee that I will be there, but we will cover this edition somehow...even virtually! Just like we did for the Marche du Film Online edition in june. Bruno Chatelin
 
"It’s what we were all hoping for, and now it’s been decided: the Festival will be at Cannes in this very special year, featuring part of the 2020 Cannes Official Selection. This exceptional event, organised in collaboration with the Cannes City Counci...
 

 

 

 

Entries for Sheffield Doc/Fest 2021 Programme now Open

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First we would like to bring to your attention these festival events The Autumn programme: https://sheffdocfest.com/articles/904-autumn-film-programme The upcoming Into the World weekender: https://sheffdocfest.com/articles/909-into-the-world-weekender A Tribute to Sarah Maldoror: https://sheffdocfest.com/articles/910-tribute-to-sarah-maldoror   We are open for entries for our 2021 programme! Sheffield Doc/Fest is an international film and arts festival and marketplace, with a ...
 

 

Venice TV Award 2020 announces winners across 16 categories

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Two weeks after the Venice Film Festival, international jurors met in Venice for the annual Venice TV Award. The event, which is supported by the International Music + Media Centre [IMZ], the European Group of Television Advertising [egta], and the Association of Commercial TV [ACT], awards the year´s television masterpieces and underlines the continued – and growing – global appeal of TV. Even in turbulent times TV shows keep us informed, entertained, comforted and connect...
 

 

LA Greek Film Fest start streaming a powerful line-up

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STREAMING NOW The LAGFF Programmers have grouped 53 new films in 9 thematic categories, named “collections”. Upon getting your all-access pass they will immediately become available to you, individually or by category, however you’d like to watch them. They are streaming from today through October 15. Happy viewing!     REALITIES & FICTIONS - Never have reality and fiction been blurred to such a degree...
 

 

Tonight attend the first-ever Cinejoy Opening Night - by CINEQUEST

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  It's a thrilling day for us as the first-ever Cinejoy Showcase Movies & More are now live for you to experience 24/7.  Also, I am honored to announce and ask your participation in this evening's Cinejoy Opening Night Event: THE REUNITED STATES. Please attend and say that you were at the first-ever Cinejoy Opening Night!  How does a country heal itself? Are you part of the solution? Our Opening Night Event for Cinejoy featuring Cinequest, ...
 

 

It's less than two weeks until Opening Night of the 56th Chicago International Film Festival!

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  We're thrilled to bring the best in international cinema straight to your home — and also to the drive-in — this October. Remember, virtual screenings have limited tickets just like in-person Festival screenings. So get your tickets now to secure access to all the films you want to see! See The Full Schedule Low Ticket Warnings   ...
 

 

The New York Baltic Film Festival at Scandinavia House with Virtual mode

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The Third Annual New York Baltic Film Festival (NYBFF) presented by Scandinavia House returns in 2020 with a virtual version taking place in three sessions: October 15-18, October 29-November 1, and November 12-15. In 2020, NYBFF invites viewers to see the world through Baltic eyes and experience the full spectrum of human emotions – and, ultimately, feel inspired to hope, dream, and seize the opportunity for positive change. This year, the festival wi...
 

 

15th edition of the FIFOG it's a wrap!

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A magical edition in-theatre full of emotions The return of the FIFOG in the movie theatres was a great success, the days of projection were magical and full of emotions. In spite of the draconian sanitary measures (compulsory mask, disinfection of the room after each screening, distance between people, regular disinfection of hands and equipment, etc.), the public was massively present in the cinema rooms. Indeed, under the sign of “Resistance ... the feminine way”, the sc...
 

 

The show will go on! Film Fest 919 will open LIVE

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  As the saying goes, The Show Will Go On!  Film Fest 919 is proud to announce today the program for its highly-anticipated 3rd edition as a LIVE event with two Opening Nights: Wednesday, October 14 with Amazon’s critically acclaimed ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI, and Opening Night at the Green on Thursday, October 15 with MLK/FBI, and will continue Wednesdays through Saturdays, closing on Saturday, October 31 with ROCKY HORROR ...
 

 

It’s A Wrap for the 2020 French Riviera Film Festival – Submissions Now Open for 2021 Fest on Film Freeway

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The second annual French Riviera Film Festival culminated with a star-studded, COVID-conscious, virtual awards ceremony, held live from The Beverly Hills Hotel on September 19.   Highlight video from the event:   (Video Credit: Juan Gonzalez) Each year, FRFF celebrates short film and short-form content from around the globe, featuring the works of filmmakers from more than 20 countries.This year, FRFF and PlayPlay.tv, a premier digital vid...
 

 

Montreal locked down in October: FNC goes virtual

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#FNC2020 ONLINE OCTOBER 7- 31 ACROSS CANADA IN-THEATRES SCREENINGS CANCELLED, ONLINE FESTIVAL MAINTAINED Following the Government of Quebec’s decision to close Montreal’s cinemas and theatres from October 1 to 28, 2020, the FNC team is forced to cancel its physical events initially scheduled at the Imperial Cinema and Place des Festivals from October 7 to 18. The desire to provide an enjoyable and safe experience for festival-goers has guided all the team’s a...
 

 

The programme of the 13th “hybrid” edition of CinEast announced

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The 13th “hybrid” edition of CinEast (Central and Eastern European Film Festival in Luxembourg), held from 8 to 25 October 2020, will present around 110 physical screenings of 47 features and more than 20 short films. The full programme was announced yesterday at the festival press conference and published this morning on the festival’s website www.cineast.lu and can be downloaded here. The 8 films in competition are: Charlatan by Agnieszka Holland, Drita by Daniel Kruglikov...
 

 

Planning is underway for the 2021 Annapolis Film Festival

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  The Annapolis Film Festival is back "in the ring". After months of being "on the ropes" we are emerging as we fight through a pandemic and the issues that have arisen from this new reality for all festivals around the world. As we carve out our vision for 2021's AFF experience, we are looking to bring a new season of artistic and cutting-edge films for our viewing audience.   It’s not easy to make room for cinema in the midst of being “webex...
 

 

Ecrans de Chine 2020 festival kicked off sessions of best chinese films

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Best of luck to Michel Noll festival founder...In partrnership with filmfestivals.com The traditional opening night of the Ecrans de Chine 2020 festival will be held on Wednesday September 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Centre Sèvres. We offer as a French Première the very recent The two Lives of Li Ermao. This is a film of rare beauty, produced by the director of the Chinese Van Goghs movie that you loved very much. This new film speaks to us above all about ...
 

 

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

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Big Sky Announces 2021 Festival Plans REGULAR SUBMISSION DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 30   Today marks the regular submission deadline for the 18th Annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival! BSDFF is an Academy Award qualifying event for short documentaries, selected four years running for MovieMaker's list of 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, and top reviewed by filmmakers on FilmFreeway. In addition to screenings and specia...
 

 

Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival wrapped

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*     The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival recently concluded a successful presentation of its 6th Annual event, MNFF6: ONLINE, showcasing 26 feature films and 33 shorts, thanks in part to a CARES Act grant from the Vermont Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. MNFF7 is currently scheduled to take place in Middlebury August 26-29, 2021. The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is a 501[c][3] non-profit organization with E.I.N. 47-146214...

 

 
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7th Lunenburg Doc Fest Announces Record Audience and Award Winners

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    Lunenburg Doc Fest expanded to a seven-day program online, September 24-30, and saw a 50% increase in pass holders. The festival presented feature and short documentaries from around the world, plus virtual filmmaker Q&As, and a growing industry market. Softie, the story of Boniface Mwangi’s fight for political change in a Kenyan election, won a hard-fought victory for the $1000 Best Feature Documentary Award. After an award win at Sundance Film Festiva...
 

 

Holland Film Meeting announces winners HFM Awards 2020

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Thirty-one highly promising and ambitious new feature projects from across the globe were presented at the online Holland Film Meeting (HFM) last week. As one of Europe’s must attend international exchange platforms for professional collaboration and creative development, the HFM creates a bridge between the Dutch and international film industries. Tonight the HFM Awards Ceremony 2020 took place online, hosted live from Utrecht – HFM’s hometown. The four prize categories of t...
 

 

Cinelatino and DishLATINO Announce the Hola Mexico Film Festival’s 2020 Award Winners

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Cinelatino, the nation’s leading Spanish-language movie channel, is proud to announce the 2020 winners of Hola Mexico Film Festival’s (HMFF) prestigious Cinelatino & DishLATINO Audience Choice award and the Cinelatino & DishLATINO Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today Best Short award. Normally held in Los Angeles, HMFF is the largest festival of Mexican cinema outside of Mexico. HMFF has become a staple in the City of Angels, attracting cinephiles and devotees of Mexican ...
 

 

Winners of the 2020 ‘Sepanta Awards’@ 13th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco

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-------------------------------------- Best Film: Labyrinth Best Director: Amir Hossein Torabi for Labyrinth Best Actor: Shahab Hosseini for Labyrinth Best Actress: Mina Vahid for One Night in Tehran Best Screenplay: Tala Motazedi for Labyrinth Best Cinematography: Farshad Mohammadi for We Are All Together Best Documentary: The Bridge of Victory by Yaser Talebi Best Children’s Film: Ocean Behind
 
 

 

VENICE TV AWARD 2020 Winners Announced!

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    We are delighted to announce the Winners of the VENICE TV AWARD 2020, which is supported by the International Music + Media Centre [IMZ], the European Group of Television Advertising [egta] and the Association of Commercial TV [ACT], awarding the year’s television masterpieces. The jury evaluated TV shows from around the world in the categories TV Series, TV Movie, Performing Arts, Documentary, News, Light Entertainment, Program Promotion, Branded Entertainment, Spo...
 
 
 

Watch the 57th Golden Prague Festival Awards online

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated a virtual ceremony, everyone will be tuning in from home as the awards will air on Saturday, September 26 at 10 p.m. CET at: http://bit.ly/Golden_Prague_Official_Awards_Ceremony   We are pleased to announce the winners of the 57th Golden Prague International Television Festival. Congratulations!   Grand Prix Fi...
 

 

Moving Parts Film Festival Fall Winners announced

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MPFF FALL 2020 AWARD WINNERS BEST FEATURE FILM - ​ANGIE: LOST GIRLS BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: ​FINDING MANNY BEST SHORT FILM: HERMIT: ​HERMIT BEST STUDENT FILM: ​GUMMI BEAR BEST LGBT FILM: ​PATRICK BEST SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM ​WE CAN’T BREATHE BEST WEB SERIES:​ CRAZY SEXY OREOS BEST MUSIC VIDEO: ​ADRIAN SUTHERLAND: POLITICIAN MAN BEST DIRECTOR: ​RYAN FENSON-HOOD - THE OBITUARY OF JASPER JAMES BEST EDITOR: ​- SEKURITAS Claudio Cea Carmen Stadler BEST SCRE...
 

 

The Athens ADAF AWARDS 2020

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 A magical night under the imposing lights of the Acropolis, marked the ceremony of ADAF AWARDS 2020 The ADAF AWARDS 2020 was successfully completed in the urban space outside of the Danish Institute at Athens, an unforgetabble event under the imposing lights of Acropolis. We would like to thank all of you who supported the event with your presence. Especially nowadays, such events are an injection of optimism and, above all, of strength for us as well as for the artists and the public. ...
 
 
 

Let's congratulate the AFMX Virtual Fest Award Winners!

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  You can watch the full AWARDS SHOW in our video Best Music Video -Second runner up: Pressure; Directors Tony Drake, Luke James Shaffer -First runner up: Don’t Die; Director Greg Doble -Winner: Lover I Surrender; Director Fiona Cochrane (The Black Sorrows ‘Lover I Surrender’ Tour)   Be...
 

 

 
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16th Myrtle Beach International Film Festival (April 20-24, 2021) calling for entry

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Call for entry MBIFF 16 now open     October 2, 2020 Earlybird Deadline I November 20, 2020 Regular Deadline I December 11, 2020 Late Deadline  I December 31, 2020 Extended Deadline I  

The MBIFF is a World Class Event.

Submissions end December 31st,  20éà, submit through filmfreeway.com, or through the festivals website, myrtlebeachfilmfestival.com
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.

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New York City Independent Film Festival (NYCIndieFF)

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August 31, 2020  Earlybird Deadline 

The New York City Independent Film Festival (a.k.a. NYC Independent Film Festival, NYCIndieFF) is an annual film festival held in New York City. It was founded in 2009 by Dennis Cieri and Bonnie Rush. The festival has screened over 1,800 movies from 81 different countries since it began in 2010.

The Festival is focused on low budget and emerging, yet overlooked filmmakers, bringing their talent to culturally enrich the NYC community. The Festival aims to create the largest gathering of true indie filmmakers.

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

With a new section: the Covid-19 Diaries: tell us your story of hope and survival during the Corona lockdown. Short under 10 minutes

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 May 16 - May 23, 2021.

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Your Script Produced competition
Season 2
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October 31, 2020 Late Deadline

Introducing Season 2 / 2020 of “Your Script Produced!” International Film / Tv / Short Film Screenwriting Competition sponsored by Doval Bacall Films. The sponsor will fully finance, develop, package and produce the Grand Prize Winning Feature Script for $250,000.00.

We've raised the stakes! Season 2 will accept Features, Tv Scripts, AND SHORT FILM SCRIPTS! Winners will be promoted in the Variety Magazine and THR!

Open to writers of all levels. 18 years old or older. Anyone 16 or 17 years of age can submit, must have a parental consent form.

WE DON’T SET YOU UP WITH MEETING AFTER MEETING. WE DON’T SELL YOU DREAMS. WE DON’T SELL YOU HOPE.

WE PRODUCE YOUR SCRIPT!

PERIOD.

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54th WorldFest Houston

April 16-25, 2021

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Early bird entry by November 15

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

 

You are welcome to enter  Online via our online entry platform - www.worldfest.org, or via FilmFreeway.com - we now accept entries via Vimeo & YouTube, in addition to DVD/BR Entries, & USB/Jump Drives. Screenplay entries must be bound. We will confirm when we receive your entry and we provide personal Jury Results, and festival details when you are selected for screening at the 53rd WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival!

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Fantasporto 41
February 26 - March 6

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Deadline  December 1st, 2020 (Feature films)

November 1st (Fantasy short films)

Fantasporto enjoys incredible loyalty and support from the large film-appreciating community all over the World. In the last edition, Fantasporto was attended by over 25,000 enthusiastic genre film fans and over 200 members of the film press and industry.

Considered in 2015 as the first of the independent film festivals in the world by TRIPPER, Fantasporto is among the top film festivals  for the discovery of new talent, having revealed countless of now famous directors, producers and actors.

The World Heritage City by UNESCO of Porto, twice considered Europe’s Best Touristic Destination,  is another factor adding interest . Founded in 1981, the 40th edition has the support of the Portuguese State and the Townhall.

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"THE BEST FOR FESTS : ONES TO WATCH FOR FESTIVAL CONSIDERATION

Safeguard: An Electoral College Story Documentary by Matthew Taylor

USA September 2020 77minutes

How do United States' presidential elections really work? And what would happen if we changed the rules? In Safeguard: An Electoral College Story, award-winning filmmaker M.A. Taylor answers those questions.

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IRIS by Diana Rodriguez

USA - Fantastic drama thriller: 104 minutes - first feature film

Alice Kremelberg (Orange Is The New Black) stars as the eponymous Iris, and gives an outstanding lead performance as this tortured soul dreadfully awaiting the death of her Aunt Adelaide, played by Mary Looram (Like Father, Braid). As Aunt Adelaide slowly withers away in hospice, Iris continues her day to day routines of working in an antique shop, and scrolling online for connections through an online dating app. However, Iris has an ulterior motive behind her digital search for suitors, and it’s not love. Iris has a hunger, and she needs to feed. On every date she goes on, she sizes her match up and determines their strength of character on a criteria of what she considers basic human decency. And if any of her dates fail to meet her standards, then that’s the end of them. They’re dinner. That’s just how Iris operates.

But complications arise when Iris meets Tom, played by Grant MacDermott (Hustlers, Mr. Robot), at a support group meeting for people dealing with the lingering effects of grief. Tom is a good hearted man coping with crippling trauma. As their chaste relationship develops, Iris is confounded by a debilitating emotional dilemma. She yearns for the love she once lost, but recognizes the potential in having a strong bond with Tom. Unfortunately, her primal nature exposes itself in the heat of lust, causing her deep seated vampirism to emerge and overtake her instincts. So she can never truly express her true feelings to Tom without it resulting in his death. What’s a timeless girl to do in the big city?

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ANGIE: LOST GIRLS by Julia Verdin

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USA, 107 minutes, June 2020

One girl’s nightmare. A nationwide reality.

After escaping from a sex trafficking ring, one teenage girl struggles to reconnect with herself and her family after her ordeal. Ultimately, in order to find herself and rescue her helpless friends, she must confront her own fears and help lead the police to her traffickers - no matter the cost.

Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Angie Morgan feels like her parents don’t understand her. After she is befriended by the charming and handsome Mario, everything seems to change for the better. He understands her desire to be a musician and promises to help her fulfill her dreams. However, her innocent, suburban life is upended when Mario lures her away to sell her to a local sex trafficking ring.

Angie is shocked and scared at her new found situations but clings to the belief that Mario loves her and that they will eventually both escape.  When it becomes clear to her that this will never happen, Angie is so overcome with shame and remorse for the life she is now trapped in and all seems hopeless.

When her closest friend and fellow victim, Zoe, finds out that Angie is about to be sold and shipped off to Miami, Zoe finds a way for them to escape. They make a desperate run for it. Angie escapes, but Zoe is not so lucky. Alone and heartbroken for her friend still imprisoned by their traffickers, Angie returns home to find that “normal” life is now anything but normal.

Burdened by her severe PTSD and guilt, Angie shies away from both her family and the police.  She is terrified that her traffickers will return for her (or worse, her little sister) if she provides any information to the police. 

Luckily, Angie meets Rachel, a sex trafficking survivor turned caseworker, who is desperately searching for the girl who was in her care but taken back by her traffickers: Zoe. As Rachel lends her strength, Angie begins to consider standing up to the traffickers, and after witnessing brutal murders and mutilations of other girls at hands of the traffickers, Angie considers standing up to the traffickers.

Will Angie’s fear hold her back? Or will she persevere to protect her family and help rescue Zoe and the others? 

EPK I Poster I Synopsis I Cast & Crew Credits I Trailer I Julia Verdin's Bio I Interview with Julia I IMDB I Cinando I Lost Girls short (2016) I filmfestivals.com profile

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FINDING MANNY by Kacey Cox

Canada, 56 minutes documentary, june 2020

The chance discovery of an online article sends a Holocaust survivor on an unexpected trip to visit the orphanage where he was rescued to after the war.
 
Manny Drukier narrowly escaped the war by jumping from a “death train” at age 16, finding refuge at a unique home for orphans and displaced children. 71 years later, Manny—who lives in Toronto—is tracked down by a German researcher who has dedicated a decade of her life to locating the surviving children from the home. She invites Manny to return to the orphanage, which has since become a grade school, to share his story with the next generation. Manny must now revisit the places of his darkest memories, to reconcile the past and educate the future.

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BLUE MOTEL Award winning script by Ted Campbell
Feature film in production by Doval Bacall Films

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Grand Winner Your Script Produced season 1  Platinum Remi Award WorldFest Houston

When his bank robber father injured in a recent heist seeks refuge at the desolate motel where he works, a motel clerk is forced to confront the truth behind a botched heist from his past.

Originally from Boston, Mass, Ted Campbell is a screenwriter and director who specializes in thoughtful, character driven thrillers. Ted will direct his heist thriller "Underground" with producer Ellen Wander of Film Bridge International. His contained, crime thriller “Blue Motel” won the Grand Prize in Your Script Produced screenplay competition. Ted will direct “Blue Motel” with Doval Bacall Films producing. Ted is a member of ISA’s Development Program. And was named to ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters To Watch list.

Ted finds inspiration in the works of the great noir writers Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald as well as his screenwriting idols Scott Frank, Shane Black, Tony Gilroy and Richard Wenk.

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SAVING NORTH - A RUSSIAN AMERICAN ODYSSEY by J Mitchell Johnson

Russia USA Feature documentary April 2020 Director's cut: 79 minutes

What happened, what can happen to the centuries old amazing wooden churches in north of Russia. Photographer Richard Davies trips to Russia and USA tell stories on human soul, hope and russian american…cooperation in restoring beauty.

Saving North is the story of a struggle for human and cultural survival in the mysterious and insular world of the Russian North. An outsider from England, photographer Richard Davies, enters this mysterious and vast region of the world with the hope of documenting both the glory and the tragic demise of its rapidly disappearing Wooden Churches. As Davies meets and becomes friends with the some of his Russian photo subjects, he finds himself getting emotionally involved with their struggle. He decides to put down his camera and get involved with church restoration.

Early on in our story Davies befriends the famed Russian architect Alexander Popov who is deeply involved in working to preserve and share with the world the beauty and value of these ancient structures. Popov has uniquely discovered and reinvigorated both the tools and processes that restore life back to the North. But it’s an uphill battle against strong and powerful forces.

Together, Davies and Popov uncover the circumstances that led to the demise of the churches, and then join a small but growing group of passionate Russian citizens and outsiders from all walks of life who join the cause of Saving North.

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SEKURITAS written and directed by Carmen Stadler

Romantic dark comedy 117 minutes 2019 Switzerland

Starring Kathrin Veith, Duraid Abbas Ghaieb, Jeanne Devos, Daniel Kasztura, Vilmar Bieri, This Maag

First feature film by Swiss director Carmen Stadler, produced by Claudia Wick for Abrakadabra Films AG

An office complex wishes for a love story before demolition. It chooses the lonely misfits for this story; those who go through security rounds at night, scrub toilets, experiment with recipes or rehearse their final speech. A poetic and twisted kaleidoscope that centers around desire, security and melodious noises which move through the entire fabric of the building.

 

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Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible written  and directed by Matthew Taylor

USA 2019 Documentary 89 minutes

Duchamp: Art of the Possible is a feature documentary that explores the life, art, and philosophy of the 20th century’s most influential modernists, Marcel Duchamp, and how his work single-handedly changed the course of art, and over time, culture itself.
 

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THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA, directed by Elena Demidova

The documentary film «THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA», directed by Elena Demidova, tells a story of one of the most famous lamas, Pandido Khambo Lama Dashi Dorzho Itigelov. His body is recognized as one of the sacred Buddhist objects of Russia and is being kept in the Ivolginsky Datsan. The Buddhist monks approach him as a living person.
 
Itigelov was born in 1852 and began his religious education at the age of sixteen years. In 1911, he was appointed the twelfth Pandido Khambo Lama as the Head of Russian Buryat Buddhists. Between 1913 and 1917, Itigelov was prominent in the spiritual life of Russian Empire. He took part in the Tercentenary celebrations of the House Romanov and opened first Buddhist temple in St. Petersburg. During First World War Itigelov presided over the society of "Buryat brothers", an organization helping the Russian army. After October Revolution, Itigelov resigned as head of the Buddhists. In 1927, aged seventy-five years, he asked other lamas to begin meditation ceremonies and funeral rites, since he said he was about to die. Itigelov left a testament asking to be buried as he was at the time of his death, sitting in lotus posture. On September 11, 2002, Itigelov's body was eventually exhumed in the presence of the leaders of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha of Russia and transferred to Ivolginsky Datsan.

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THE CREEPY LINE a film by M.A.Taylor 2018

"A film that Google does not want you to see  - filmfestivals.com Best for Fest"

An eye-opening documentary, The Creepy Line reveals the stunning degree to which society is manipulated by Google and Facebook and blows the lid off the remarkably subtle – hence powerful – manner in which they do it.

The Creepy Line is a title culled from the words of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, when during a 2010 interview he explained Google’s code of conduct: “The Google policy on a lot of things is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.”

However, as Dr. Robert Epstein explains in the film, “Google crosses the creepy line every day”. 

Offering first-hand accounts, scientific experiments and detailed analysis, The Creepy Line examines what is at risk when these two tech titans have free reign to utilize the public’s most private and personal data to manipulate society.

There is no question that the “creepy line” is getting ever-creepier, and that the tech giants have crossed it.

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Sharkwater: Extinction by Rob Stewart Documentary Canada 2018
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Rob Stewart “Conservation is the preservation of human life on earth. And that, above all else, is worth fighting for” Watch Rob Stewart doing what he loved most of all, swimming with sharks, in exclusive footage from his third film, Sharkwater: Extinction.

Sharkwater: Extinction is a follow up to his first two award-winning films, Sharkwater and Revolution. Sharkwater exposed the devastating issue of shark finning, while Revolution brought the destructive effects of Ocean Acidification to light.

Rob taught the world to not fear sharks, through his iconic images of hugging these majestic creatures and free diving with them.

www.Sharkwater.com     www.TheRevolutionMovie.com

 

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Revolution by Rob Stewart 

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over 40 festival wins so far

Eco Documentary feature film by Rob Stewart April 2015, 82 minutes (Sharkwater)
Revolution is a film about changing the world. The true-life adventure of Rob Stewart, this follow-up to his acclaimed SHARKWATER (36 festival wins) documentary continues his remarkable journey; one that will take him through 15 countries over four years, and where he'll discover that it's not only sharks that are in grave danger -- it's humanity itself.

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Des partenariats forts avec les plus grands festivals et marchés
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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 ...
 

 

007 en tête d' Impact des bandes-annonces diffusées dans les cinémas au 29 septembre

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Enquête hebdomadaire réalisée auprès d’un échantillon de 35 000 individus représentatifs de la population française. Parmi ces individus, 2 000 spectateurs étant allés au cinéma au cours de la semaine cinéma concernée sont interrogés sur les bandes annonces vues au cinéma.   ...
 

 

 

Talents en Court 2020-2021 : Les lauréats !​

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Le Poitiers Film Festival, le Festival International du Film Indépendant de Bordeaux (FIFIB) et le Festival du Cinéma de Brive, sont heureux de vous annoncer les lauréats du dispositif Talents en Court 2020-2021.   - Antoine DE DUCLA | Havre | Talence (Gironde - 33) - Ines BOUASRIA | Orlando | Oloron Sainte Marie (Pyrénées-Atlantiques - 64) - Marie LUCAS | La Boutique de papiers cadeaux | Lormont (Gironde - 33)...
 

Spécial Cannes 2020: le Festival revient sur la Croisette pour trois journées de projections !

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Vous l'espériez, c’est décidé, le festival sera présent à Cannes en cette année si particulière, avec une partie de la Sélection officielle Cannes 2020. Cet évènement exceptionnel, organisé en collaboration avec la Mairie de Cannes, se tiendra au Palais des Festivals et des Congrès du mardi 27 au jeudi 29 octobre 2020.   Spécial Cannes 2020 © DR ...
 

Festival Stop Motion Montréal Les Lauréats et bilan d’une 12eédition sur canapé mémorable!

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Le Festival Stop Motion Montréal a conclu sa 12e édition qui s'est déroulée entièrement en ligne du 14 au 20 septembre dernier. La cérémonie de clôture a eu lieu le dimanche 20 septembre en direct sur Facebook et a permis de rencontrer et de célébrer virtuellement les cinéastes récompensés, dispersés sur plusieurs continents. Le jury formé de professionnels de l'industri...
 
 

Le 42e Cinemed - 16 au 24 octobre - dévoile sa programmation

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  Nous sommes particulièrement heureux de vous dévoiler la programmation de cette 42e édition.  Cette année plus que jamais, l’engagement du Cinemed à soutenir les cinématographies et les artistes de la Méditerranée est renforcé. Alors que tous les professionnels du cinéma sont fragilisés par l’épidémie de Covid, notre mission de diffuser et faire découvrir des films m...
 

 

Saluons la première édition du Festival du Film Libanais de France (FFLF) du 9 au 11 octobre 2020

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Bravo aux organisateurs d avoir eu l'audace de lancer un nouveau festival dans ce contexte si morose. Félicitations à Sarah Hajjar, Gauthier-Charbel Raad et leurs équipes. Au programme : projections débats, compétition de courts métrages, table ronde, Master Class, rencontres... www. fflofficial.fr Cette année, Paris accueille donc la première édition du Festival du Film Libanais de France, du 9 au 11 octob...
 

 

Clôture de la 15ème édition du FIFOG... sous vos applaudissements

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  Une édition en salle magique et riche en émotions   Le retour du FIFOG dans les salles a été une grande réussite. Les jours de projections ont été magiques et chargés d'émotion. Malgré les mesures sanitaires draconiennes respectées (masque obligatoire, désinfection de la salle après chaque projection, distance entre personnes respectée, désinfection réguli&egrav...
 

 

Le cinéma de demain et d’ailleurs se découvre au Poitiers Film Festival !

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    Durant huit jours d’effervescence (27 novembre - 4 décembre 2020), la jeune création internationale, la profession et le public se rencontrent à Poitiers autour du film d’écoles. 56 films réalisés par les plus talentueux des étudiants en cinéma ont été sélectionnés cette année. De quoi proposer une belle programmation, forte et diversifiée !   En avril 2...
 

 

Le FIFF innove en musique

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  L’événement est quasiment inédit dans le monde des festivals de cinéma : le FIFF a décidé d’inviter la population à programmer une section de sa prochaine édition. Le public pourra en effet voter pour ses classiques préférés parmi 50 titres marquants du thème choisi pour la section Cinéma de genre : Musique !. En 2021, cette dernière, comme le montre l’affiche de ...
 

 

L'Arras Film Festival 2020, une édition spéciale !

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  Selon le fameux adage, entre rire ou pleurer le festival choisit de garder le cap et prendre les choses côté jardin. Le visuel de cette édition témoigne avec humour de la drôle d’époque que nous vivons. Il s’agit d’une scène du film burlesque Speedy (1928) avec Harold Lloyd.    Cette année, le festival propose une édition spéciale, évolutive, et surtout respectueuse de la sécur...

Un dernier hommage à notre ami José María Riba par L'association Espagnolas

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"Adieu l'ami! tu manqueras à toute la profession avec laquelle tu avais su tisser des liens d'amitié fidèle et solide.RIP - au revoir et merci." Bruno Chatelin
L'association Espagnolas en París organisera sa dernière soirée et rendra hommage à notre cher José María Riba qui nous a quittés le 2 mai dernier. Lundi 5 octobre 2020 à 19h30 au cinéma Majestic Passy 18...
 

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MOVIES THAT MATTER

Promoting Movies that Matter / des films qui font grandir...

With contributions from Abbé Jean-Luc Maroy, Alex Deleon, Bruno Chatelin

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Les raisins de la colère (The Grapes of Wrath) de John Ford (USA, 1940)

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Les films qui ont une densité spirituelle évidente mettent souvent en scène le voyage, l’itinéraire initiatique, mais aussi la souffrance qu’implique de quitter sa terre, ses racines, son pays, son existence. On se rend compte, avec Les raisins de la colère que la modernité a constitué le terreau indispensable de la modernité liquide (Zygmunt Baumann). Le film est en effet réalisé en 1940, bien avant que la phi...
 

La Source (Jungfrukällan) d’Ingmar Bergman (Suède, 1960)

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Bruno Chatelin raconte l'histoire du lancement du film Boyz'n The Hood à Cannes

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Interview video de Bruno Chatelin pendant le Festival de Cannes (virtuel) 2020! L'histoire du lancement du film Boyz'n The Hood à Cannes que j adore raconter car c est l un des plus beaux contes de fées qu il ma été donné de rencontrer dans ma carière de distributeur de films! Une voie royale ouverte par Cannes qui a conduit le film et son réalisateur, John Singleton, jusqu 'aux Oscars... The Boyz'n The Hood launch in Cannes tol...

 

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