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THE FESTIVAL BEAT ! Welcome to the N°952 release of our weekly newsletter

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THE FESTIVAL BEAT MAKER SINCE 1995! SHARING MOTION AND EMOTION

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Weekly newsletter N° 952

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FOCUS ON International Film Festival Rotterdam

Award winners IFFR 2021 announced

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IFFR Festival Director Vanja Kaludjercic congratulates the Pebbles film team with their IFFR 2021 Tiger Award 50th International Film Festival Rotterdam 1 – 7 February | 2 – 6 June 2021   Pebbles by Vinothraj P.S. wins IFFR 2021 Tiger Award Special Jury Awards go to I Comete – A Corsican Summer by Pascal Tagnati and Looking for Venera by Norika Sefa   International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has announced the competit...
 

Sunday 7 February at IFFR

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  Kick start your festival day with a recap of what not to miss today. Read on for an overview of the day’s key events – including the IFFR Awards Ceremony – and which film titles are still available on Festival Scope (Press & Industry screenings) or IFFR.com (public on demand screenings). Attending events on IFFR.com: Add events to your IFFR account agenda by clicking the calendar icon in the event you would like to attend. A yellow "Watch now&quo...
 
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Kick start your festival day with a recap of what not to miss today. Read on for an overview of the day’s key events – from the IFFR Daily Talks to the Big Talks – and which film titles are premiering and available on Festival Scope for 72 hours from today, Saturday 6 February. Attending events on IFFR.com: Add events to your IFFR account agenda by clicking the calendar icon in the event you would like to attend. A yellow "Watch now" button will be ma...
 

 

Friday 5 February at IFFR

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Kick start your festival day with a recap of what not to miss today. Read on for an overview of the day’s key events – from Big Talks to the IFFR Pro Awards – and which film titles are premiering and available on Festival Scope for 72 hours from today, Friday 5 February. Attending events on IFFR.com: Add events to your IFFR account agenda by clicking the calendar icon in the event you would like to attend. A yellow "Watch now" button will be made avai...

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> FOCUS ON SUNDANCE  Jan. 28 - Feb.3 

Solid online attendance for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

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2021 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AUDIENCE ATTENDANCE Sundance’s Largest-Ever Audience Comes Together Around Independent Storytelling  The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced attendance information for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, which took place both online and in-person in 20 cities across the country from January 28 through February 3. The seven day Festival reached a total audience 2.7 times larger than at the typical 11 day Utah edition, despite the shorter durat...
 
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Sundance Interview with the team behind First Date

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Sundance 2021 Interview by Emmanuel Itier with  FIRST DATE Director Manuel Crosby, Producer-Actor Brandon Kraus and actors: Tyson Brown and Shelby Duclos. FIRST DATE, played in the NEXT category at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival: After being conned into buying a shady '65 Chrysler, Mike's first date plans with girl-next-door Kelsey implode as he finds himself targeted by criminals, cops, and a crazy cat lady.   Q: How did this film come together, tell me about the ...

It's a wrap!: VIDEO Ambiance, Trailers, Clips & full Coverage from Sundance 2021

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Festival director Tabitha Jackson leads a celebratory end to the 2021 Sundance Film Festival's all-new experience by bringing audiences together for one last word in the virtual space. This very special Sundance edition offered 71 Features, 50 Shorts, 4 Indie Series, 14 New Frontier Projects.  Watch our video channel from Sundance / Park City featuring Interviews, ambiance, trailers and clips THE SUNDANCE PARK CITY CHANNEL Our full coverage with exclusive one on one inter...
 

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EFM AND BERLINALE 71 PREVIEWS: programs announced  

There is a new bear in Berlin (I think ?)

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The 71st Berlin International Film Festival will take place in two stages: The Industry Event for industry professionals and accredited press marks the kick-off from March 1 to 5, 2021. From June 9 to 20, the Berlinale invites the general public to the Summer Special.   The key design for the 71st Berlinale has now been set.   “This year's Berlinale Bear is a typical Berlin character. The likeable hand-made motif exudes optimism in these challenging times and...
 

Competition and Berlinale Special

 
Video Presentation on February 11, 2021, at 11 am (CET)   Executive Director Mariette Rissenbeek will introduce the format of this year’s festival once again. Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian will then present the films selected for the Competition and Berlinale Special. Please note: Mariette Rissenbeek will hold the presentation in German and Carlo Chatrian in English. The English translation of her presentation will be available on the website, once the video starts. The Eng...
 

Encounters, Panorama and Perspektive Deutsches Kino

 
Encounters Regaining a Sense of Discovery   The competitive section Encounters was introduced in 2020. Its goal is to support new voices in cinema and to give more room to diverse narrative and documentary forms in the official film selection. A three-member jury will choose the winners for Best Film, Best Director and a Special Jury Award, and will announce them during the Berlinale Industry Event in March. This year’s line-up comprises 12 titles from 16 countr...
 

Berlinale Shorts, Forum and Forum Expanded

 
Berlinale Shorts   Tell Me about Yourself so that I Can Understand the World   The longing to understand and to be understood runs through the selection. The films daringly confront the present and rewrite the past. There are many ways to imagine a new tomorrow. A total of 20 films from 17 countries are competing for the Golden and the Silver Bear in Berlinale Shorts.     Forum Slaloming between Fiction and Documentary: The Films of the 51st Berlinale Forum...
 
 
Retrospective “No Angels – Mae West, Rosalind Russell & Carole Lombard”   The 2021 Retrospective of the Berlin International Film Festival showcases the comedic oeuvre of three American actresses – Mae West, Rosalind Russell, and Carole Lombard during the era when the Motion Picture Production Code (“Hays Code”) was coming into effect. This year's curated programme encompasses 27 films released between 1932 and 1943, the glory era of the...
 
 
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> FOCUS ON INDIA:  by Siraj Syed 

THE GOA CHRONICLES by Siraj Syed, our Indian corrrespondent.

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Mehrunisa is an Austrian film on feudal India and a rebellious old actress

 
IFFI 51, 26-24 January, 40: Mehrunisa is an Austrian film on feudal India and a rebellious old actress Mehrunisa screams loud against the male-dominated Indian film industry. In the film, the Umrao Jaan fame actress Farrukh Jaffar has played the role of an 80-year-old actress, who boldly tells the audience to follow their dreams, and that age doesn't matter 'Mehrunisa', the Austrian film in Hindi (Urdu really) language and the Mid-Fest Film at the 51st International Film Festival...
 
 
IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 39: Street artiste Shantabai, at 85, performs high-risk acts “Our film Shantabai explores the journey of street artiste Shantabai Pawar, who continues to perform even at 85 years of age, and thus helps keep the legacy of Dombari community, in Maharashtra, alive. It is a documentary film on a dying art form, from which the lead actor Shantabai makes a living in her real life as well”. Director Pratik Gupta said this, while addressing a press conference in Go...
 

 

Our Friend, Review: Cancer kills, friendship lives

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Our Friend, Review: Cancer kills, friendship lives Several things are going right for this American true story. Slice of life characters, casting, a lead actress who looks really beautiful enough to justify the lead actor calling her the ‘most beautiful he has ever seen’, credible performances, locales shot from all angles, having its heart in the right place, generating heart-wrenching emotions, just that touch of humour, portraying an almost perfect marriage, as against divorced...
 
 
IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 38: Pierre Filmon’s Long Time No See was realised after ten years, but took only five days to shoot They were meeting after nine long years of separation. They had eighty minutes to rewind their journey, re-evaluate their lives, to face their truth, regrets and memories. And, this is their last chance. In a nut-shell, the story of the French movie ‘Long Time No See (Entre Deux Trains)’ can be described like this. Directed  and scripted by Pierre...
 
 
IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 37: Acasa-The System and the eco-system “For 20 years, they, the family with nine children, lived in harmony amidst nature, in a place which was long-forgotten though it was close to the city. But fate had some other plans when the Romanian authorities initiated steps to award protection status to that area. My documentary Acasa – My Home portrays the journey of this family, who were forced to adopt city life after eviction from their cocoon in the wilderne...
 
 
IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 33: Holy Rights and a Muslim woman marriage priest “Holy Rights documents the movement against triple ‘talaaq’, it portrays Muslim women’s struggles to break free of patronising voices within the community as well as resist external forces against appropriating their movement to suit their own political agenda. Though the film talks about the Muslim community in particular, I believe it's an all-pervasive one, on the problem of exploitation ...
 
 
IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 36: Gandhi and the power of the powerless The IFFI 51 Indian Panorama Non Feature film 'Ahimsa - Gandhi: The Power of the Powerless' decodes the power of non-violence and why it remains relevant to this day. It brings to the fore the global impact of the Gandhian message of non-violence: how it inspired several world leaders, the Civil Rights Movement in the United States; the Solidarity Movement in Poland as well as Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid strugg...
 
 
IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 35: Encapsulating BanglaDesh’s Liberation War is Meghmallar “In Bangladesh, we call the 1971 Liberation War as the People’s War. My film Meghmallar is the story of a small-town family’s struggle during the war time.” – Bangladeshi Film Director Zahidur Rahim Anjan “This is not the story of one family, but of every family in the-then East Pakistan. Every family had a contribution in the Liberation War, the most important event ...
 
 
IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 34: Six hours to school; picking Prithviraj Das Gupta’s Green Blackberries “They had to walk first, and then row the boat, and, later on, they will have to take some other vehicles to reach the school, which meant six hours of journey for them to get education. In the schools, we found out that there was only one room and each bench was a class. Yet, it was inspiring to meet the kids and adults with whatever knowledge they have, who knew the value of educat...
 
 
IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 32: June is the tale of a troubled boy and a mysterious woman “Healing is Beautiful. Through our film, we want to show that if there is a part of you that's broken, if there is a part of you which needs healing, that process will happen. Be open and have a conversation.” This is the message conveyed by Directors Suhrud Godbole and Vaibhav Khisti of the Marathi film June, which has been screened in the Indian Panorama Feature Film section of the 51st edi...
 
 
IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 31: Yesterday’s past and submerged villages are the theme for Nila Madhab Panda’s Kalira Atita “I have seen with my own eyes, how, over the years, the sea had engulfed three villages in Coastal Odisha. In my films, I am giving the reflection of what is the reality and what I have seen, not what people like to see. I don’t believe in balancing things when the reality is in front of me. In Kalira Atita, I have tried to capture the emotional impact...
 
 
IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 30: Indian première of We Still Have the Deep Black Night Gustavo Galvao, Director of the film ‘We Still Have the Deep Black Night’, says that his movie is “a story of passion for music and art; and finding identity through music”.  He was addressing a press conference at the 51st edition of the International Film Festival of India. The film had its Indian Première at IFFI, in the Festival Kaleidoscope section of the festival....
 
 
IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 29: Martina Sakova’s Summer Rebels is told through the eyes of an 11 year-old boy An 11-year-old boy defies his mother and runs away from his home in Germany to Slovakia, in search of his grandfather, only to realise that his grandpa is not as friendly as he imagined him to be. Speaking about the adventures of this boy, Director Martina Sakova, of Summer Rebels, an IFFI 51 World Panorama film, said: "The story is told through the eyes of an 11-year old boy....
 

Onkar Diwadkar’s Still Alive, a psycho-drama on suicide

 
IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 28: Onkar Diwadkar’s Still Alive, a psycho-drama on suicide “My film tells the story of a young protagonist who reaches the verge of suicide, leading to a psychological realisation. The protagonist wants more to run away from her life situation, than she wants to commit suicide; but we cannot escape our situation, we need to go through our situation and overcome it, with the help of a realisation.” Director and Producer Onkar Diwadkar was sharing the ...

 

Digital Gym>  Santa Barbara Previews

SBIFF's Maltin Modern Master Award announced!

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  BILL MURRAY MALTIN MODERN MASTER AWARD FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2021 TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON Academy Award-nominated actor and American film legend Bill Murray is set to receive the prestigious Maltin Modern Master Award at the 36th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Murray will be honored on Friday, April 2nd for his long-standing contributions to the film industry, most recently in the role of Felix Keane in Sofia Coppola’s ON THE ROCKS opposite Rashida Jones...
 

Amanda Seyfried to receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Montecito Award

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AMANDA SEYFRIED MONTECITO AWARD: FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2021   Amanda Seyfried will receive the Montecito Award at the 36th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Seyfried will be honored on Friday, April 9th and will be recognized for her impressive career and performance in David Fincher’s MANK from Netflix, for which she recently received Golden Globe and Critic’s Choice nominations.   “Amanda gives one of the best performances of 2020 in &q...

 

 

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>  Palm Springs Previews

Variety to Honor Glenn Close with Creative Impact in Acting Award at PSIFF 10 Directors to watch

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Variety has announced it will be giving its Creative Impact in Acting Award to Glenn Close as part of their virtual 10 Directors to Watch and Creative Impact Awards event with the Palm Springs International Film Society on February 26 at 10:00 AM PT. As previously announced, Steve McQueen will be receiving the Creative Impact in Directing Award at the event. Glenn recently co-starred in the Netflix drama Hillbilly Elegy and has received nominations for a Golden Globe, SAG Award, and Critics Cho...

Korean star Yuh-Jung Youn will be the recipient of the 2021 PSIFF Spotlight Award, Actress for Minari

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PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARDS TO PRESENT YUH-JUNG YOUN WITH 2021 SPOTLIGHT AWARD, ACTRESS     The Palm Springs International Film Awards today announced that legendary Korean star Yuh-Jung Youn will be the recipient of the 2021 Spotlight Award, Actress for Minari.   “In her first-ever American feature film, Minari, Yuh-Jung Youn wonderfully portrays a feisty and foul-mouthed grandmother whose Korean-American family has suddenly moved from California to a har...
 

Daniel Kaluuya to receive the International Star Award, Actor for Judas and the Black Messiah.

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The Palm Springs International Film Awards today announced that Daniel Kaluuya will be the recipient of the International Star Award, Actor for Judas and the Black Messiah.     “Daniel Kaluuya delivers a powerful performance in his latest role as assassinated Black Panther leader Chairman Fred Hampton,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “For his outstanding work in Judas and the Black Messiah, it is our honor to present the International...
 

Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress to Viola Davis (for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom)

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  The Palm Springs International Film Awards has announced that Viola Davis is the recipient of the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.    “Viola Davis is one of the most celebrated actors of her generation from her powerful roles on stage and screen including Fences and How to Get Away With Murder. In her latest film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Davis fully embodies the famous blues singer Ma Rainey in an explosive and memorabl...
 

Palm Springs International Film Festival Honors & Awards 2021

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The Palm Springs International Film Festival and Film Awards Gala is not presenting an in-person event this year, however the Palm Springs International Film Society is recognizing this year’s best in filmmaking. ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT will highlight all of the individual honoree announcements and present a tribute on February 11 announcing the honorees and films. If you miss it, you can also watch on February 20, on ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT WEEKEND. February 25, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGH...
 
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PEOPLE ON OUR RADAR

CRTC Chairperson and CEO Ian Scott to give a keynote on BANFF's Opening Day

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The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) is proud to announce that CRTC Chairperson and CEO Ian Scott, will speak on BANFF 2021’s opening day Monday, June 14, with a virtual keynote session as the Festival launches MARKETPLACE WEEK (June 14-18) followed by a month of curated online programming. "I am pleased to help kick off the world-renowned BANFF festival. In these unprecedented times, we've come to appreciate even more the importance of Canada's high-quality b...

Stacey Abrams announced as Keynote at SXSW! Film Festival Slate revealed!

 
The SXSW Online 2021 experience continues to expand as the acclaimed Film Festival slate and another fascinating round of speakers have been revealed.  This year’s Film Festival will showcase 75 features, including 57 World Premieres. From Opening Night headliner Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil to Closing Night entry Alone Together, this year we’re also introducing a Centerpiece film, Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free. The festival lineup will highlight a w...
 

50 year LOVE STORY: Ryan O’Neal & Ali McGraw will get their Walk of Fame stars finally

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent If you don't feel ready for Valentine's Day, or have to brush off the passion in your relationship, just remember it took 50 years for LOVE STORY stars Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw to get their stars aligned. In honor of that half-century-long wait? Read on... HOLLYWOOD, CA: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of LOVE STORY, actors Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw will be honored with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame ...

 

The BFM 39 will offer a retrospective to Volker Schlöndorff

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Director, screenwriter, producer, actor and one of the most significant representatives of post-war German cinema: Volker Schlöndorff will be the protagonist of the retrospective – presented in national preview – of the 2021 edition. A journey that outlines the filmography of a multifaceted and highly creative author, often inspired by literature and socio-political activism. Eighty-two years young. Youthful attitude, plain language yet outstanding knowledge, great storyte...
 
 

Edward James Olmos the founder Latino Film Institute, has news for you

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Multi-hyphenate Hollywood legend Edward James Olmos just announced some dates for an upcoming LALIFF event, but also the opening date of today through March 12 for submissions, read on... LOS ANGELES, CA: Academy Award®-nominated actor Edward James Olmos, founder of the Latino Film Institute, announced today that the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) will host a virtual festival for the 2021 edition that will run Wedne...
 

Welcome to Stories Matter, Leslie Zemeckis' Cure for Lockdown

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Leslie Zemeckis is a filmmaker known for bringing lost voices of burlesque into the world with her film BEHIND THE BURLY Q, but she is also a champion of women who tell stories not just with their bodies in dance. Based in Santa Barbara, she’s a multi-hyphenate actor, writer, mentor, and more who has created "Stories Matter" as a way to tap under-heard voices. In 2020, Leslie was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of ...
 

FILMS IN FOCUS ...   

Overview of the US business for the week of February 8th

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Warner Bros.' The Little Things maintained its top spot from last week in a subdued weekend box office for Super Bowl weekend.   The R-Rated Neo-Noir Crime Thriller starring Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto grossed $2.1M this weekend, for a 10-day North American cume of $7.8M.  Universal's The Croods: A New Age racked up another $1.76M in its eleventh week in theatres, and now tallies a North American cume of $46M. The Liam Neeson starrer The Marksman from Op...

Filmmakers Collaborative Announces February Break Classes for the FC Academy

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Weeklong Filmmaking Classes For Children Available In-Person and Online   (Boston) Filmmakers Collaborative has opened registration for its annual February break film school for children. FC Academy provides film classes for middle school and high school students across eastern Massachusetts, taking them through the entire filmmaking process, ending the week having produced their own short film. FC Academy will offer five sessions during the February vacation week (February 16-19) ...
 

Venice Film Festival: The Films from Venice on the Oscar Shortlists

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The films from the Venice International Film Festival on the Oscar shortlists / Notturno by Gianfranco Rosi and Collective by Alexander Nanau among the documentaries / 7 films from Venice (3 from Orizzonti) among the 15 international films   La Biennale di Venezia congratulates the authors and production teams of the many films presented at the Venice International Film Festival shortlisted for the Oscars, for which the awards ceremony will be held next April 25th. In particular, in th...
 

The Academy reveals the lineup for its second annual Global Movie Day February 13, 2021.

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ACADEMY UNVEILS LINEUP FOR  SECOND ANNUAL GLOBAL MOVIE DAY   Exclusive content to be shared on the Academy’s social channels  on Saturday, February 13  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced talent participating in its second annual Global Movie Day, to be held on Saturday, February 13, 2021.  Featured across the Academy’s social channels will be exclusive content from Oscars® producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and ...
 

Gustav Stickley tells the American Story in furniture in new documentary

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent There are so many takes on the Arts & Crafts movement, and the striking furniture of Gustav Stickley (1858-1942), the self-taught innovator of wooden designs. He manufactured furniture, metal fasteners, and nature-inspired textiles from 1900 to 1916. While Stickley dubbed his style “Craftsman," and published a magazine of the same name, collectors often refer to his work as Mission or Mission Oak. But the work of Stickley, explo...
 
 

Sam Pollard's MLK/FBI from IFC screens across the US for Black History Month

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent What we know of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and times has been incomplete up until now. Newly declassified documents from the FBI form the spine of Sam Pollard's documentary MLK/FBI. For Black History Month, the film will receive a nationwide screening cycle with some very prestigious organizations and partners. Finally the complete MKL portrait has emerged. LOS ANGELES, CA: MLK/FBI is an essential expose of the surveillance and ...
 

Your INVITATION to  "The new Digital Services Package: a paradigm shift? "

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CONFERENCE/ A first look at the new EU rules on online services and their possible impact on the audiovisual industry Thursday 11 February 2021, 15.00 - 17.00 (Brussels time)       ...
 
 

Love, sky eyes, vax, and not just booze shots is Jack Black’s HAPPILY

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Gotta love Jack Black, because when he picks a project to produce? It goes HAPPILY never after. In this anti-rom-com Joel McHale and Kerry Bishé star as a married couple who are in trouble and in a trouple with surveillance. BenDavid Grabinski wrote and directed this timely chic fright-fest of technological doings, and that’s just the teaser. Oh, and Stephen Root is in it, which is also awesome. Thanks five eyes. Watch Out, Th...
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FESTIVALS IN FOCUS 

The FMC-Film Music Contest Reveals Members of a Prestigious Jury

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FMC-Film Music Contest 2021 is preparing for its annual global launch and registration opening for music composers, sound designers and musicians from around the world. An elite group of professionals from the EU, USA, Asia and Australia will be made up of representatives from the music and film business who actively work for national television, the largest Asian and Hollywood film studios, cultural or theater institutions, agencies as well as for Netflix. About the absolute winners wil...
 

Miami Film Festival announces complete Line-Up 2021 

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RE-DEFINED MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL HOLDS STRONG TO TRADITION,  ANNOUNCES PRECIOUS GEM MASTER AWARD TO PEDRO ALMODÓVAR, PRECIOUS GEM ICON AWARD TO RITA MORENO,  AND COMPLETE LINE-UP 2021 PROGRAMMING   Aldis Hodge, Andra Day and Joshua James Richards join Riz Ahmed and Javier Camára in Receiving Festival Honors; World Premieres of “Ludi” to Open and “Birthright” to Close Festival   Holding strong to trad...
 
 

The 12th Odesa International Film Festival Will Be Held In A New Format

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  The 12th Odesa International Film Festival, which will take place in Odesa 14-21 August, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Ukraine's independence with a focus on national cinema.   The renewed festival will have only one competition programme -  the National Competition (both feature length and short films). The winners will be awarded Best film, Best director and Best acting awards. The Gala Premiere programme will traditionally consist of world art...
 

New Dates for CANNESERIES 2021: October 8 to 13, 2021

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SEASON 04 NEW DATES OCTOBER 8-13, 2021 Given the recent worldwide health situation and the many doubts due to COVID-19, CANNESERIES organizers are announcing that CANNESERIES Season 04 will take place from October 8 to 13, 2021.   “Organizing a festival cannot be subject to questioning. The context does not allow for a festival to take place properly. Therefore, we took the decision to believe in tomorrow and build the season 04 of CANNESERIES on more stable foundations than ...
 

The San Sebastian Festival, third most important initiative of 2020 Spain’s cultural panorama

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The Culture Observatory at the Fundación Contemporánea has published the results of its analysis of Spain’s cultural panorama. The San Sebastian Festival has been ranked third most important cultural initiative at the end of 2020. The Festival's third place means moving up a position with respect to last year's ranking, which is once again headed by the Museo del Prado and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. In third place is the Festival and four...
 

A graphic and futuristic leopard on the Locarno74 poster

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With a leopard along futuristic lines, paying homage to the magic of the cinema on film, Swiss artist Luciano Baragiola has won first place in the competition for the design of the new poster of the Locarno Film Festival. There were nearly a thousand entries, sent in by graphic designers, artists, illustrators and passionate movie fans on every continent, with an age range from 6 to 74 — confirming the intergenerational appeal and global reach of the Festival, as well as the intens...
 

Submit Your Film to the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival with Earlybird Deadline March 5, 2021

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Submit Your Film to the 13th Annual SFiFF  Earlybird Submissions Deadline: March 5   Named one of Moviemaker Magazine's 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee for 7 years in a row, Santa Fe Independent Film Festival will take place October 13-17, 2021. Dubbed “a young Sundance” by indieWire, and “an all-inclusive resort for cinephiles” by Filmmaker Magazine, SFiFF is the longest continually running film festival in New Mexico and has grown into a ...
 

Artemis Women In Action Film Honors “The Artist” for Their Sixth Edition April 22nd–25th, 2021!

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Announcing the Sixth Edition’s Official Selections with a solid focus on the artist for the 2021 film festival.  The edition will be screened virtually; and joining sponsors AGENDA Magazine and Bella composers is Presenting Sponsor Wise Remedies and Prize Sponsor Keslow Camera.   The excitement is brewing as filmmakers and musicians prepare to see their works stream live virtually for the sixth edition of the Artemis Women In Action Film Festival (AWIAFF).  Every...

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First shortlists in nine categories for the 93rd Academy Awards®

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced shortlists in nine categories for the 93rd Academy Awards®: Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, International Feature Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film and Visual Effects.  Download shortlists by category here. DOCUMENTARY FEATURE Fifteen films will advance in the Documentary Feature category for the 93rd...
 

Greenwich International Film Festival Award Winner is...

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  GIFF was proud to award $100,000 in GIFF Grants to 6 deserving charities at the Community Impact Award Ceremony on February 6th. They include Abilis, Building One Community, Family Centers, Filling in the Blanks, Food Rescue US, and The Rowan Center. Thank you to Governor Lamont, Amy Freeze, WABC-TV, Saks Fifth Avenue, MOJO, and Fairfield County Look for supporting the event!   If you missed this event, please check out the video. ...
 
 

Award winners IFFR 2021 announced

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IFFR Festival Director Vanja Kaludjercic congratulates the Pebbles film team with their IFFR 2021 Tiger Award 50th International Film Festival Rotterdam 1 – 7 February | 2 – 6 June 2021   Pebbles by Vinothraj P.S. wins IFFR 2021 Tiger Award Special Jury Awards go to I Comete – A Corsican Summer by Pascal Tagnati and Looking for Venera by Norika Sefa   International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has announced the competit...

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New York City Independent Film Festival (NYCIndieFF)

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February 15, 2021  Extended 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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6th “Beyond Borders” International Documentary Festival in Castellorizo

August 22-29, 2021

Calling: 11 January - May 11, 2021

«Castellorizo-The Aegean Island where Documentaries meet History & Culture» The 6th International Documentary Festival «Beyond Borders», Castellorizo island, has the pleasure to invite documentary film-makers to submit their films until 11th of May, 2021. The Festival’s objective is to promote the most important documentary productions worldwide that focus on history, culture, politics and other social subjects. «Beyond Borders» which takes place every year during the last week of August, will be held under the patronage of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Ms. Katerina Sakellaropoulou. It is produced by the Hellenic History Foundation (www.idisme.gr). «Beyond Borders» includes a selection of Greek, European and worldwide productions of the last five years, workshops, parallel events and master classes. Prizes for Best History Documentary, Best Socio-Political Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Greek Documentary, Best Special Award «Odyssey» and the Special Award for Mediterranean Friendship(EKOME). Please, find the application form and the participation terms here: www.beyondborders.gr

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Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival  
June 5-10, 2021

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April 5, 2021 Regular Deadline

Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival launched its 1st edition in June 2019 to a spectacular success. The Festival enjoyed packed audiences at all screenings and played host to 22 visiting Filmmakers & Industry guests from as far afield as Brazil, USA, France, Ireland, UK, Germany, Greece & Iran. Check out our photos here as well as the Festival Vibe & interview videos on our YouTube Channel (Copy & Paste the link):

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The 'Lost World' of Paleochora nestles between the Mountains and Sea in South West Crete and is the perfect location for Filmmakers to convene to show their work, network with colleagues and enjoy our fabulous Cretan hospitality. We may be at the most southern point of Europe, but there are BIG Film things happening here and on the entire Island of Crete. Our main aim will be to select films which focus on great storytelling, whether fiction, documentary or any other accepted genre.

Screenings are held Under the Stars in the Town Hall Square with daytime programmes held at the fabulous Pearl Cavo oceanside venue.

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French Riviera Film Festival 

May 14-15, 2021
 

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February 20, 2021 regular deadline

The third annual French Riviera Film Festival 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, VIP receptions, 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, Audience Favorite Award, Best Director Award, Best Actor Award, Best Actress Award, as well as special Industry Awards. Attendees and participants will include filmmakers, industry executives, celebrities, media and influencers.  https://filmfreeway.com/FrenchRivieraFilmFestival

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Only Human HOMO Directed by Igor Ivanov

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Homo Adorans, Homo Amans , Homo Economicus, Homo Faber, Homo Ludens,Homo Ridens : which one are you which one are they really?

ONLY HUMAN – Homo… stages six profiles in six sequencess  cleverly interwoven. One dramatic story in 6 episodes featuring desperate characters in their quest for survival and love, or redemption. The jobless graduate becomes a grave-digger, the grieving widow a nun, the priests gamble and gangsters rule the courts. Only the lonely child may find some affection when hope springs eternal.

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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 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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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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”. 

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Sharkwater: Extinction by Rob Stewart Documentary
Canada 2018
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Rob Stewart''s 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. This is his final film, he died in a diving accident while completing the film.

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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 .. 
 

VIDEO: Clermont-Ferrand : le palmarès...

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Le Festival International du Court Métrage de Clermont-Ferrand a dévoilé samedi 6 février le palmarès de sa 43e édition. Si le festival, comme le Marché du Film Court, se sont déroulés entièrement en ligne, l'équipe organisatrice a eu le plaisir d'accueillir à Clermont les membres des jurys, professionnels et étudiants, de ses trois compétitions (nationale, internationale et labo), qu...
 

Un Cesar d'honneur pour la troupe du Splendid

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  LA TROUPE DU SPLENDID RECEVRA UN CÉSAR ANNIVERSAIRE LORS DE LA 46e CÉRÉMONIE DES CÉSAR   C’est avec une joie immense que nous renAdrons hommage, lors de la 46e Cérémonie des César, à la formidable troupe qui a marqué à jamais la comédie et le cœur des Français : le Splendid.     En 1978, l’adaptation de leur pièce "Amour, Coquillages et Cru...
 

VIDEO du Rendez-vous des Révélations 2021

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L’Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma, en partenariat avec CHANEL, vous propose de revivre Le Rendez-vous des Révélations 2021 Cette année, compte tenu de la situation sanitaire, la Soirée des Révélations a pris la forme d’une captation diffusée en ligne vendredi 5 février à 18h, sur les réseaux sociaux de l’Académie. Ce rendez-vous réunissait, dans le plus gra...
 

Les César annoncent leurs nominations,

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Encore un mois de suspens pour connaître le nom du film qui succèdera aux Misérables, sacré meilleur film lors de la 45ème édition: réponses et récompenses le 12 mars prochain à l'Olympia lors de la 46ème cérémonie des César.  Trois films nous semblent bien placés:  Les choses qu’on dit, les choses qu’on fait, Adieu les cons et Eté 85, remportent plus de dix nominations...
 

Nouvelles Dates en Octobre pour CANNESERIES 2021

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    NOUVELLES DATES SAISON 04 DU 8 AU 13 OCTOBRE 2021   Au vu de la situation sanitaire mondiale et des incertitudes liées à la Covid-19, les organisateurs de CANNESERIES annoncent que la saison 04 de CANNESERIES aura lieu du 8 au 13 octobre 2021.     « L’organisation d’un festival ne peut pas se conjuguer au conditionnel. Aujourd’hui, les conditions ne permettent pas de garantir la bonne tenue d’un festival. ...
 

Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin: 23-28 février 2021, en direct de l'auditorium du Louvre |

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  les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin interrogent les espaces hybrides et proposent une expérience audiovisuelle inédite Grand rendez-vous dédié aux pratiques contemporaines de l’image en mouvement, les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin se dérouleront du 23 au 28 février 2021, en direct et en ligne depuis l’auditorium du Louvre. Cette nouvelle édition aura une forme hybride, en réponse à la n&eac...
 

Belle consécration aux Cesar et aux Oscars pour les films Dulac Distribution

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  Les films Dulac Distribution cumulent 5 nominations aux César et figurent dans la short list des Oscar ! Pluie de nominations pour DEUX un film de Filippo Meneghetti: bravo à toute l’équipe pour un super travail!   ...
 

Les recettes du marché européen de la VOD ont été multipliées par 30 au cours des dix dernières années

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L'Observatoire européen de l'audiovisuel publie un nouveau rapport sur les tendances de la VOD en Europe. Ce nouveau rapport de l'Observatoire européen de l'audiovisuel analyse l'évolution des marchés de la vidéo à la demande par abonnement (SVOD), de la vidéo à la demande transactionnelle (TVOD), de la vidéo à la demande gratuite financée par la publicité et de la video à la dem...
 

20 projets en développement seront soutenus par la SODEC

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  La direction générale du cinéma et de la production télévisuelle de la Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) soutiendra 20 projets en développement dans le cadre du volet 1 de son programme d’aide au développement (aide sélective aux entreprises de production – aide à l’écriture) à la suite du dépôt du 11 novembre 20...

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

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En VIDEO Bruno Chatelin et le lancement de 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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IFFR VIDEO: Big Talk: Mads Mikkelsen

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With lead roles in films including Adam’s Apples (Anders Thomas Jensen, 2005), Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2009) and Jagten (Thomas Vinterberg, 2012), Mads Mikkelsen is one of the most high-profile faces in the highly successful Danish cinema. Mikkelsen has also acted up a storm further afield: large audiences recognise him from blockbusters such as Doctor Strange, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and of course the Bond film Casino...
 

 

What not to miss today: Friday 5 February at IFFR

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Kick start your festival day with a recap of what not to miss today. Read on for an overview of the day’s key events – from Big Talks to the IFFR Pro Awards – and which film titles are premiering and available on Festival Scope for 72 hours from today, Friday 5 February. Attending events on IFFR.com: Add events to your IFFR account agenda by clicking the calendar icon in the event you would like to attend. A yellow "Watch now" button will be made avai...

 

What not to miss today: Thursday 4 February

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  Kick start your festival day with a recap of what not to miss today. Read on for an overview of the day’s key events – from press conferences to Big Talks – and which film titles are premiering and available on Festival Scope for 72 hours from today (Thursday 4 February). Attending events on IFFR.com: Add events to your IFFR account agenda by clicking the calendar icon in the event you would like to attend. A yellow "Watch now" button will be ma...
 

 

What not to miss today: Wednesday 3 February

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Kick start your festival day with a recap of what not to miss today. Read on for an overview of the day’s key events – from Big Talks to press conferences – and which film titles are premiering and available on Festival Scope for 72 hours from today (Wednesday 3 February). Attending events on IFFR.com: Add events to your IFFR account agenda by clicking the calendar icon in the event you would like to attend. A yellow "Watch now" button will be made av...
 

 

What not to miss today: Tuesday 2 February

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Kick start your festival day with a recap of what not to miss today. Read on for an overview of the day’s key events – from Big Talks to press conferences – and which film titles are premiering and available on Festival Scope for 72 hours from today (Tuesday 2 February). Attending events on IFFR.com: Add events to your IFFR account agenda by clicking the calendar icon in the event you would like to attend. A yellow "Watch now" button will be made avai...
 

 

Films available from today February 1st

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Films available until Thursday 4 February 09:00 (CET)  From today on, you can see titles such as Riders of Justice (Anders Thomas Jensen), Quo vadis, Aida? (Jasmila Žbanić), Aristocrats (Soda Yukiko), Shorta (Anders Ølholm, Frederik Louis Hviid), Gritt (Itonje Søimer Guttormsen), and more. Watch IFFR films using Festival Scope Pro and find an overview of their on demand availability here. Each film...
 

 

Day 1 Rotterdam Panel "Festival Programmers: Where Are We Now?"

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The last year brought about a radical change in how festivals ran, with the unavoidable pivot to the online or hybrid festival. There was also much collective and personal soul-searching. As we gear up for another year of uncertainty with festivals, yet with a bit more perspective, how are festival programmers feeling about the future and how are they evolving their approach to programming? Moderated by Michelle Carey (IFFR) with Cecil...
 

 

Rotterdam kicks off today with Anders Thomas Jensen's “Riders of Justice,” starring Mads Mikkelsen

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International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) opens reimagined 50th edition online from 1 to 7 February 2021, on the tailor-made platform IFFR.com. Adapting to the latest Covid-19 restrictions, IFFR 2021 invites national audiences and accredited international guests to take part in premiere screenings, the full February film programme and the IFFR Pro Days (1 to 5 February) online. IFFR Talks has been further expanded with Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen, starring in the fe...

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Interviews by Emmanuel Itier   

It's a wrap!: VIDEO Ambiance, Trailers, Clips & full Coverage from Sundance 2021

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Festival director Tabitha Jackson leads a celebratory end to the 2021 Sundance Film Festival's all-new experience by bringing audiences together for one last word in the virtual space. This very special Sundance edition offered 71 Features, 50 Shorts, 4 Indie Series, 14 New Frontier Projects.  Watch our video channel from Sundance / Park City featuring Interviews, ambiance, trailers and clips THE SUNDANCE PARK CITY CHANNEL Our full coverage with exclusive one on one inter...
 

 

Sundance Interview with WEIRDO NIGHT Director Mariah Garnett and actress Jibz Cameron aka “Dynasty Handbag”

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WEIRDO NIGHT @ Sundance 2021.   Director Mariah Garnett and actress Jibz Cameron aka “Dynasty Handbag” interviewed by Emmanuel Itier for filmfestivals.com.   When COVID times hit, things were already weird for legendary performance artist Dynasty Handbag. Yes, she did have a regularly scheduled feeding off of the live energy of humans during monthly performances at Zebulon in Los Angeles. But when quarantine emptied the place, she took her show to the next level&...
 

 

Sundance 2021 Day 7 it's a wrap

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  WHAT’S ON TODAY We’ve nearly reached the end, friends. Freshen up your home theater, pull on your nicest sweats, put on a pot of your strongest coffee, and settle in for a full-day celebration of independent storytelling as we close out the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.  Start your day at 9:00 a.m. MT with our Festival director Tabitha Jackson—during It’s a Wrap, she’ll be taking a look back at the last week and offering some part...
 

 

Hive wins big in Sundance with three key awards

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The Director of Hive, Blerta Basholli, received two prizes for her film competing in Sundance 2021: the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic, the Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic, the film also won The Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic...What else? Watch her moving acceptance speeches     WE HAVE GOT THE GRAND JURY PRIZE AS WELL?...       Check the Interview she gave Emmanuel Itier a few days ago for filmfestivals.com &...
 

 

VIDEO: Watch the Sundance 2021 Awards Ceremony

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After six days and 73 feature films, the 2021 Sundance Film Festival’s Awards Ceremony took place tonight, hosted by actor and comedian Patton Oswalt, with jurors presenting 24 prizes for feature filmmaking and seven for Short Films. Honorees, named in total below, represent new achievements in global independent storytelling. Bold, intimate, and humanizing stories prevailed across categories, with Grand Jury Prizes awarded to CODA (U.S. Dramatic), Summer ...
 

 

Sundance Interview with Sean Ellis for 'Eight for Silver', a fresh take on the werewolf story

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Sean Ellis interviewed by Emmanuel Itier EIGHT FOR SILVER BY Sean Ellis SUNDANCE 2021 In the late nineteenth century, brutal land baron Seamus Laurent (Alistair Petrie) slaughters a Roma clan, unleashing a curse on his family and village. In the days that follow, the townspeople are plagued by nightmares, Seamus’s son Edward (Max Mackintosh) goes missing, and a boy is found murdered. The locals suspect a wild animal, but visiting pathologist John McBride (Boyd Holbrook) wa...
 

 

Sundance Day 6 with live online Awards Ceremony

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  Late last year, the Sundance community was deeply saddened by the passing of filmmaker Jamie Redford. At 4:00 p.m. MT, on the penultimate day of the 2021 Festival, we hope you’ll join us in celebrating his memory at the premiere of his film Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir. A look into the life and legacy of literary titan Amy Tan, author of best sellers like The Joy Luck Club, the documentary goes deep, moving through generations of Tan’s family and contextualizing the p...
 

 

Sundance Day 5 : what's on today!

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BUY TICKETS • SHOP MERCH • EXPLORE THE PROGRAM WHAT’S ON TODAY Today is Ignite Day, presented by Adobe (more on that below!), and we’re raising a toast to the next generation of independent storytellers. Speaking of which, the day’s screenings include exciting directorial debuts that are sure to be talked about all year long. See them here first. Carey Williams’s R#J is told entirely through social media and smartphone...
 

 

Sundance Day 4 Halfway through and the premieres keep on coming…

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BUY TICKETS • SHOP MERCH • EXPLORE THE PROGRAM WHAT’S ON TODAY We’re almost to the halfway point—but there are still plenty of powerful world premieres to come at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. We have Betsy West and Julie Cohen’s My Name Is Pauli Murray, an illuminating portrait of the brilliant Black activist, feminist, poet, lawyer, and priest who influenced landmark civil rights legislation. And we’re excited to...
 

 

Sundance Interview: MOTHER SCHMUCKERS by Lenny and Harpo Guit

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Sundance 2021 Midnight selection: MOTHER SCHMUCKERS by Lenny and Harpo Guit Two low-down, rotten brothers named Issachar and Zabulon are starving and can’t seem to scrounge up a meal anywhere. Things only get worse when they lose the beloved dog belonging to their mom, Cashmere, who kicks them out of the family apartment until they return her nippy little January Jack. Things are going to get uncomfortably bizarre with these two dopes on the run in the ruthless urban jungle of B...
 

 

What s on Day three at Sundance

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  JAMILA WIGNOT'S DOCUMENTARY AILEY The Sundance Film Festival has always been about so much more than the films themselves—from sun-up to sundown, there’s a lot to see and do outside of our virtual cinemas. This afternoon’s Big Conversation, for example, has been nearly 30 years in the making.   Take a perfect moment with your family and nature and find those places are also shared by people who are sinister and have different intentions. When those t...
 

 

Start Day Two with Questlove at Cinema Café

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  WHAT’S ON TODAY Rise and shine—it’s Day Two. Start things off with The Sundance Dailies, presented by Acura, where you can share a virtual coffee with Festival director Tabitha Jackson and special guests every morning at 9:00 a.m. MT. If you slept in and missed today’s show featuring writer-director Rebecca Hall (Passing) and actor Eugenio Derbez (CODA), not to worry—you can catch up whenever you’d like here, no pass or ticket required. ...
 

 

German films in Sundance

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This year, the festival will be held online via an online platform developed by Sundance itself and offline at satellite screenings throughout the country. In addition, festival-goers will be able to gather in virtual spaces, participate in live Q&As and meet up in new, inspiring online environments to interact in a variety of ways. The German-Italian-Danish co-production HUMAN FACTORS by Ronny Trocker will have its world premiere in the Sundance Film Festival's Main Competition. Th...
 

 

europe! hub at sundance: the first cooperation between EFP (European Film Promotion) and Sundance

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New initiative dedicated to the promotion for european films at the 2021 sundance film festival     Photocredits FLEE ­ Cinephil; TAMING THE GARDEN ­ Syndicado LUZZU­ Memento; PLEASURE ­ Plattform Produktion; HIVE ­ LevelK/Alex Bloom; HUMAN FACTORS ­ Heretic Outreach; SABAYA ­ Dogwoof; THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOY IN THE WORLD ­ Films Boutique; MISHA AND THE WOLVES ­ MetFilm; PRESIDENT ­ Cinephil; EL PLANETA; PRIME TIME ­ IKH Picture Promotion...
 

 

Winners of Sundance Institute Commissioning Grant, Episodic Storytelling Grant and Lab Fellowship Revealed

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Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Presents Feature Film Prize to Son of Monarchs, Announces New Grants to Artists at 2021 Sundance Film Festival   Director-Screenwriter Alexis Gambis Honored   At the 2021 Sundance Film Festival today, the beneficiaries of $70,000 in grants from Sundance Institute and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation were named. Doron Weber, Vice President and Program Director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, presented the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film...
 

 

Sundance Institute Announces Marja Bål Nango as 2021 Merata Mita Fellow

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Now in its Sixth Consecutive Year, Fellowship Honors Artistic Contributions of Late Māori Filmmaker Marja Bål Nango Photo: Kaja Smith Sundance Institute today announced Marja Bål Nango (Sámi) as the 2021 recipient of the Merata Mita Fellowship, an annual fellowship named in honor of the late Māori filmmaker Merata Mita (1942-2010). The announcement was delivered today at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival’s Native Forum Celebration by N. Bird Runningwa...
 

 

Sundance Interview: SNOWY a short directed by Alexander W. Lewis and Kaitlyn Schwalje

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SNOWY A short directed by Alexander W. Lewis and Kaitlyn Schwalje    - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13653432 Interview with the director by Emmanuel Itier  1/ what inspired you to make this film and what did you want to explore with it?   Kaitlyn: I love taking what seems like an ordinary character, a squirrel, a quiet old man, a turtle living in a basement, and digging deep for surprises--spending so much time and energy developing the story that the charac...
 

 

 

 

It’s Day One at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, coming to you reinvented and live wherever you are

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Coming to you live wherever you are, it’s Day One at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. While we’ll miss seeing your faces along Main Street in Park City, we’re so glad you’ve joined us for this reimagined online experience that’s been nearly a year in the making—and there are so many ways to connect and explore together, even before the features begin. Dive into all of the events and offers in Festival Village, or use your pass to access our Indie Series...

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eMeeting Point-Vilnius 2021 set to April & Open call for applications for COMING SOON and INDUSTRY SCREENINGS

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We are pleased to announce the 2021 digital edition of e-Meeting Point-Vilnius that will be held on April 14 - 16, 2021. eMPV is the international Work-in-Progress pitching forum for debut films and the best platform to discover, develop and support European talents and upcoming debut films; it aims to build and cross nets between different European macro-regions: from Baltics to South East, from Caucasus to Western Europe. The upcoming edition of eMPV will offe...
 

 

A Recap of the Languages & the Media Virtual Event 2020

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When the 13th Languages & the Media conference, Europe’s most prominent get-together on audiovisual media localisation and accessibility, was moved to 20 – 22 September 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organisers decided to offer a silver lining to the many registrants and host the first ever Languages & the Media Virtual Event on December 15, 2020. The almost three-hour long online event, which was attended by over 200 participants from 38 countries, opened wit...
 

 

2021 Meetings on the Bridge / Film Development Workshop Projects are announced!

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Meetings on the Bridge (MoB) is the international co-production, training and networking platform organized within the scope of the Istanbul Film Festival, which will take place on 3-9 April with the support of Anadolu Efes. MoB brings filmmakers from Turkey and its neighbouring countries together with the film professionals from Europe with the aim to initiate the first steps for future artistic and financial co-productions at the Film Development, Neighbours and...
 

 

“EFM Goes Global”: Global Market Screening Initiative Kicks Off

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“EFM Goes Global” 2021 © Photo: PalaceCinemas  European Film Market This year, the European Film Market will present the debut of the initiative “EFM Goes Global”. This initiative makes films from the official Berlinale selection available for viewing in cinemas by market participants in key film distribution territories outside Europe. The physical screenings will take place in selected “Market Hubs” during the EFM. Tokyo, Melbou...
 

 

 

Full online program for Avant Première Music + Media Market Vienna 2021

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THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR FOR PERFORMING ARTS IN AUDIOVISUAL MEDIA Avant Première Music + Media Market Vienna 2021 : 15-18 February 2021, online via b2match   Avant Première is the international trade fair, marketplace, conference and networking event for music + dance films. As the meeting place for a specialised industry, it unites key international experts + decision makers from major public + private broadcasting stations, streaming + VOD platforms, distr...
 

Avant Première goes ONLINE in february 21 ahead of EFM

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  Avant Première is the international trade fair, marketplace, conference and networking event for music + dance films. As the meeting place for a specialised industry, it unites key international experts + decision makers from major public + private broadcasting stations, streaming + VOD platforms, distribution + film production companies and performing arts institutions. Avant Première 2021 will take place online. All screenings, conference programmes, networ... 

The Marché du Film will be back in Cannes from 6-15 July 2021 with a blast!

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After a 2020 online edition as challenging as it was successful, we’re thrilled to welcome you back onsite this July in Cannes! The Marché du Film team is already working on an exceptional 2021 edition so we can all celebrate global cinema together again. Registration will open on 15 March 2021. We look forward to better days ahead and we can’t wait to see you again in Cannes this summer!     The Festival de Cannes had reserved the right to chan...
 
 

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> FOCUS ON INDIA:  by Siraj Syed 

THE GOA CHRONICLES by Siraj Syed, our Indian corrrespondent.

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IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 2021, 19: PC of director Sharan Venugopal and actor Bhargava Poludasu

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IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 2021, 19: PC of director Sharan Venugopal and actor Bhargava Poludasu A mother accidentally finds a nude video of her daughter in her laptop – Oru Paathira Swapnam Pole (Indian Panorama Non-feature film) by Sharan Venugopal. A person who lost his memory in an accident and gets trapped in a house with a psychopath – Gatham (Indian Panorama Feature Film) by Kiran Kondamadugula. Debutant film-maker Sharan Venugopal and Actor/Producer Bhargava Poludasu, addre...
 

 

RIFF 7, 2021, 03: Pierre Filmon to be honoured

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RIFF 7, 2021, 03: Pierre Filmon to be honoured Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF), accredited by the Federation of Film Societies of India (FFSI, North Region), organised by the RIFF Film Club, in a Hybrid Format, from 20 to 24th March 2021, will be held in Jaipur and Jodhpur, Rajasthan - India. This year, the theme for the RIFF 2021 is "Music in Cinema". RIFF 2021 will also celebrate the Pre Foundation Day of Rajasthan. Founder/Festival Director Somendra Harsh announced ...
 

 

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 2021, 18: PC of Alex Piperno and Araquen Rodriguez

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IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 2021, 18: PC of Alex Piperno and Araquen Rodriguez “I was travelling from Uruguay to Argentina in a ferry, when I discovered that we had two parallel lives and that this ship was a fantastical ship which could connect these two parallel lives. It made me realise that this could also connect any two possible lives. It is an idea which I have had since ten years.” This is how Director Alex Piperno from Uruguay described the genesis of his debut feature film, ...
 

 

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 2021, 17: Inaugural speeches and performances

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IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 2021, 17: Inaugural speeches and performances The 51st edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) got off with enthralling cultural performances amidst a dazzling ceremony celebrating the joy of cinema. The indoor Indoor Stadium at Panaji in Goa reverberated with the passion of a few film-stars, few film-makers and many film-lovers from around the world. The Opening Ceremony of Asia’s oldest and India’s biggest film festival was competently...
 

 

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 16: Veteran Actor-Director-Singer Biswajit conferred Indian Personality of the Year Award

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IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 16: Bengali and Hindi veteran Actor-Director-Singer Biswajit conferred Indian Personality of the Year Award The 51st edition of the International Film Festival of India, Goa has conferred Biswajit Chatterjee, veteran actor, producer, director and singer of Hindi and Bengali cinema, with the Indian Personality of the Year Award. The Award was announced at the opening ceremony of the festival, by Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Shri Prakash Javadekar....

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