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INVISIBLE VALLEY: The team Interviewed - Opening night film at SBIFF

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INVISIBLE VALLEY Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2021 Directors: Aaron Maurer and Producer: Zach McMillan  
Interview by Emmanuel Itier    
Q: Tell me how this project came together and what was the idea behind it?  
Aaron: It came together as the request to show the world of migrant workers. We live in New York and, at first, we were not sure we could tell that story. But we felt we could look at the story of migrant workers in relation to oth...
 

Bill Murray to receive the Maltin Modern Master Award

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BILL MURRAY  MALTIN MODERN MASTER AWARD FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2021 @ 6:00PM Join us for a 90+ minute online live-streamed conversation with the honoree about his entire career. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE! ...
 

SBIFF 2021 The Trailers playlist

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Online component of thefestival will include all of the Celebrity Tributes, Panel Discussions, Filmmaker Q&As and over 100 films. Two high end beach side Drive-ins will include select films, all with FREE admission! (RSVP required 24 hours in advance of showtime.= Watch the trailers:  https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBK2ioGjkLt6mZJaOOKKDO6xgusPxoPKI ...
 
 

SBIFF's Variety Artisans Award announced!

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VARIETY ARTISANS AWARD MONDAY, APRIL 5, 2021 @ 6:00PM CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS Variety’s seventh annual Artisans Awards celebrates those essential to the filmmaking process and who have exhibited the most exciting and innovative work of the year in their respective fields.  The Tribute evening will take place online Monday, April 5th at 6:00pm and will be moderated by Variety’s Senior Artisans Editor Jazz Tangcay   The Variety Artisans Award will be presented to Al...
 

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announces this year’s recipients of the Outstanding Directors of the Year

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival just announced this year’s recipients of the Outstanding Directors of the Year Award. This honor was created to recognize a select group of directors who have pushed the boundaries in their storytelling and created films that showcase the art of filmmaking at its best. Chloé Zhao (Nomadland), David Fincher (Mank), Lee Isaac Chung (Minari), and Thomas Vinterberg (Another Round) will receive their awards and discuss their work on Tuesda...
 

Carey Mulligan to receive the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 36th Santa Barbara Film Fest

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Carey Mulligan is set to receive the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 36th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Mulligan will be honored on April 5th and will be recognized for her remarkable career and most recent performance in Focus Features’ dark comedy “Promising Young Woman” written, produced and directed by Emerald Fennell (Killing Eve, The Crown). Mulligan’s performance in “Promising Young Woman” has already garnered her significant awards r...
 
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Sundance Institute CEO Keri Putnam stepping down

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Happy to share this letter from Sundance Institute CEO Keri Putnam To our Sundance community — After 10 deeply rewarding years, I have decided that it is the right time for me to step down as CEO of the Sundance Institute. Leading this incredible organization through a volatile era in media with the help of such a passionate and talented group of colleagues, artists, audiences, board members, partners, friends, and donors has been one of the greatest joys of my life. As I work...
 
 

Netflix's Ted Sarandos to Keynote at BANFF 2021

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TED SARANDOS TO KEYNOTE AS PART OF BANFF’S PRESTIGIOUS SUMMIT SERIES   The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) is proud to announce Netflix’s Co-CEO and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos is set to speak in a virtual keynote as part of the Festival’s renowned Summit Series lineup. The session is scheduled on the Festival’s opening day Monday, June 14th. “Over the last 10-plus years we have been thrilled to share great stories with Canadians, and work ...
 
 

Carlos Saura Award at the 49th edition of the Huesca International Film Festival goes to Michel Franco

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The Ciudad de Huesca Carlos Saura Award at the 49th edition of the Huesca International Film Festival goes to Michel Franco (Mexico City, 1979). This author presents a social and direct cinema from a creative freedom that allows him to reconcile direction, scriptwriting, and production. His career began at the end of the 90s with various short films, but 2003 was a turning point in his career with Entre dos; Many festivals have highlighted his work, among them the ...
 

"TAKE CARE WITH PEANUTS" - Interview with Melissa Menta

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Interview with Melissa Menta (SVP, Marketing and Communication at Peanuts Worldwide) By Emmanuel Itier   Q: Tell me about the initiative and what was the goal?   Melissa: A few years ago, Peanuts was a having a world summit and we realized that people should be more mindful and also more focused at taking care of the Earth. So, this project started before this global pandemic. So, the project “Take Care with Peanuts” is about: taking care of yourself, taki...

VIDEO: Bruno Chatelin Speaker at SR film festival 's panel - "The Buzz that Made the Film"

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SR Socially Relevant Festival NY held a great panel "The buzz that made the film" this Wednesday, March 17, at 2:30pm (EDT) The panel discussed the topic of The Importance of PR, the Press, Media and Marketing strategies in Film Distribution. It  reviewed the role of the publicist, the media and press person in securing a successful distribution or a film. Watch the vidoe transcript of the conversation, introduced by Nora Armani, SR festiva...
 

 

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Zero Gravity delivers heavy impact at the world premiere in Cinequest and great reviews

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The feature documentary debut from Thomas Verrette got very positive feedback and some great reviews at the world premiere in Cinequest. The festival offered 111 World and U.S. Premiere Films; 950 presenting Artists and Innovators; 55 Special Events & Parties; 60 Creative Experiences. Zero Gravity was rated in top twelve with a very inspiring review  by local paper the Mercury News. Festival co-founder Halfdan Hussey commented "We’re excited to showcase the movie, Bruno! A...
 

Berlinale 2021: European Film Market in post review

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The 2021 Berlinale is being held in two parts, the European Film Market (EFM), restricted to  the industry and the press, from March 1-5, and the public film festival, the Summer Special, scheduled for June 9-20 in Berlin cinemas and open air venues with jury members and award winners. The second component, if staged, will continue Berlinale’s tradition as the world’s biggest public film festival.  To date, the EFM has been very successful, with achievement...
 
 

Oscar nominated short films via ShortsTV and theatrical release April 2

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondence One of the best Oscar categories to enter is the short subject for film, insiders say, because there are less entries and the field is still wide open for newcomers worldwide. Whether this is true or not can only be tested by entering your short, however there is a great way to find out what the nominated films look like for 2021. ShortsTV is displaying a slate of combined films for digital and theatrical release on April 2. From Screenmancer ...
 

Trailer Drop for “Bastards’ Road”

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We are thrilled to share with our audience/readership today's Trailer Drop for the Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company upcoming release of the captivating award-winning documentary “Bastards’ Road,” the feature film debut from gifted director/producer Brian Morrison (who also lensed and edited the film.) “Bastards’ Road,” is the winner of seven festivals in 2020, and will be released across all TVOD/Digi...
 

Andie MacDowell, Patrick Gibson and Rain Spencer lead the cast of Sarah Elizabeth Mintz’ debut feature film Good Girl Jane

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Andie MacDowell (Groundhog Day, Four Weddings and a Funeral), Patrick Gibson (The OA, Tolkien) and exciting new discovery Rain Spencer lead the cast of Sarah Elizabeth Mintz’ debut feature film Good Girl Jane, it was announced today by Astute Films’ President Fred Bernstein. After being shut down in 2020 due to the pandemic, Astute committed to returning to production a year later and principal photography wrapped today, in Los Angeles, where the film is set. Odessa A’Zion (&l...
 

Arclight Films locks North American distribution deal with Gravitas Ventures for CHASING WONDERS

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‘CHASING WONDERS’ STARRING PAZ VEGA, EDWARD JAMES OLMOS, QUIM GUTIERREZ, CARMEN MAURA, AND ANTONIO DE LA TORRE   Arclight Films’ chairman Gary Hamilton announced today the company has locked distribution in North America for the star-studded coming of age film, Chasing Wonders, starring award-winner Spanish star Paz Vega (Rambo: Last Blood, Sex and Lucia), Academy Award® nominee Edward James Olmos (Blade Runner, Miami Vice), Quim Gutierrez (Spy Time, The Last Da...
 

 

Good run at EFM for russian companies reporting more than 30 deals

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Russian companies have summed up the results of the European Film Market (EFM 2021). Companies from France, Germany, North America, Vietnam, Mexico, Brazil, China, South Korea, and others are among the international distributors, which bought Russian films, TV series, and animation.   EFM 2021, which took place online from March 1-5 as part of the Berlin International Film Festival, gathered more than 500 participants from 60 countries. Russian companies presented over 140 projects,...
 

Angie: Lost Girls selected at the Hot Springs International Women's Film Festival April 23 – 25, 2021

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The Hot Springs International Women’s Film Festival (HSWFF) is presented by the Hot Springs Arts & Film Institute. The festival celebrates women filmmakers and artists by providing a venue and networking forum at the historic Central Theater in Hot Springs National Park, AR. USA. The HSWFF believes it is important to hear and see the educated, entertaining and diverse stories of women from around the world. We provide a platform for networking and sharing your visions, the Historic ...
 

True Don Quixote gets distribution deal in the United Kingdom

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London based The Mise En Scène Company (MSC) – has today secured a distribution deal with Signature Entertainment for the True Don Quixote in the United Kingdom. The film stars TIM BLAKE NELSON (Oh Brother Where Art Thou? Ballad Of Buster Scrugs), JACOB BATALON (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Endgame), BRANDON STACY (The Big Short) and ANN MAHONEY (The Walking Dead).  The film is a modern adaptation of the classic Cervantes novel from 1605 but is set in the wilds of Louisia...
 

EFN Short Film Festival - Livestream Spring Edition!

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  The FINAL DEADLINE to submit your short film to Emerging Filmmakers Night Short Film Festival - Spring Edition  is approaching fast!! Submit at  efnfestival.org via @FilmFreeway for an opportunity to:   >  Win 2 awards on the night, the CRITICS’ CHOICE and the AUDIENCE FAVOURITE >  Get feedback from a panel of highly accredited critics (Leeds - Short Film, BBC, Genesis Cinema) >  Win up to £400 i...
 

Overview of the US business for the week of Monday, March 22nd

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More than 50% of North American theatres were operating this weekend for the first time in nearly six months. These include cinemas in the critical markets of New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, with additional re-openings planned for the weeks ahead.  As of Friday, 98% of AMC's 630 U.S. cinemas had re-opened.  What's more, the Studio Release Calendar is filling out for the months ahead, giving movie fans reasons to return to their local movie house.  At the box ...
 
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FESTIVALS IN FOCUS 

Marché du Film announces its "Pre-Cannes Screenings" dates

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Sketch by Nesta Morgan The Festival de Cannes’ Marché du Film will take place as usual alongside the Festival in Cannes from 6 to 15 July 2021. The 4 days "Pre-Cannes Screenings" will be online from Tuesday May 25th to Friday May 28th, 2021.   They will run on the upgraded marchedufilm.online platform that will offer virtual booths for sales companies and screning rooms in streaming. Access to this platform will be strictly reserved to buyers already registere...
 

ZFF - New Zurich Convention Centre to be Zurich Film Festival Screening Venue

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  Together into the future: ZFF Director Christian Jungen, Spoundation Managing Director Elke Mayer and Zurich Convention Centre's CEO Roger Büchel (from left) Photo © Gion Hunziker New Zurich Convention Centre to be Zurich Film Festival Screening Venue       The 17th Zurich Film Festival will screen films for the first time in the recently renovated Zurich Convention Centre. Eq...
 

EFN Spring Edition is open for submissions

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - EFN FILM FESTIVAL SPRING EDITION   ● EFN Spring Edition is open for submissions! We accept films of any genre and type: **comedy, drama, horror, animation, documentary, experimental, all are welcome** ● EFN is an international short film festival reaching over 3000 cinephiles. ● The selected films will compete for the Critics’ Choice Award given by a panel of film industry experts and the Audience Favourite Award voted by the audience at...
 

Visions du Réel 2021 Line-up unveiled

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During its 52nd edition, Visions du Réel will present 142 films originating from 58 countries. 82 films will be presented as world premieres and 16 as international premieres. While the International Film Festival Nyon will be held predominantly in a virtual format, its official selection emphasises its pioneering role when it comes to exploring the spectrum of documentary filmmaking practices. Moreover, with 26 Swiss (co)productions, the Festival affirms itself as an essential partner ...
 

49th Festival La Rochelle Cinéma reveals poster

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Dears friends, The latest news is not encouraging; it looks like a flashback to spring 2020… This time, however, we have masks and vaccines, so we hope that in 3 months we will be able to welcome you to La Rochelle for the 49th edition of the Fema. After the empty road of 2020, we are delighted to reveal our poster for 2021, painted for the 31st year by Stanislas Bouvier. We are immensely grateful to him, especially in this moment of great fragility, for this endur...
 

Tryon Film Fest to Host Trade Show in October

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  The Friendliest Town in The South Tryon rolls out the red carpet each year for the folks who attend the Tryon International Film Festival. Great restaurants, quaint bed-and-breakfast inns, and people enjoying the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. Those who come often come back—and stay!   In addition to showcasing an extensive collection of promising world-class cinema, Tryon International Film Festival will host its first-ever film-industry trade show scheduled for Friday-...
 

 

 

Bangkok International Documentary Awards and Festival - BKK DOC 2021 Calling

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BKK DOC 2021 is open to filmmakers from all over the world for Documentaries with a Vision on Asia. Bangkok International Documentary Awards and Festival brings your Documentary to the eyes of an international Jury. Award winners have a chance to be screened in Bangkok in December 2021. Visit bkkdoc.com for details, categories and more.   A LOOK BACK AT LAST YEAR'S EDITION ...
 

The Alliance Française French Film Festival in Australia is back

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FRENCH CINEMA AT ITS FINEST   The Alliance Française French Film Festival is back and better than ever, guaranteed to beguile and delight audiences with a thrilling selection of French cinema. Over March and April, viewers will be whisked from their seats to Paris, Cannes, Tunisia and beyond, with an utterly captivating lineup of films. Awash with high-octane drama, seductive romance, nail-biting suspense, historical tales that will enthral a...
 

Launching the 6th Biennale College Cinema – Virtual Reality

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The Italian call opens today March 22nd (through May 20th 2021) on the website www.labiennale.org   La Biennale di Venezia announces the 6th edition (2021-2022) of the Biennale College Cinema – Virtual Reality project for the development and production of Virtual Reality projects: opening today March 22nd (through May 20th 2021) on the website www.labiennale.org,  is the call reserved for teams composed exclusively of a director and a producer, both of whom must be Itali...
 

VdR–Industry 2021 reveals Selected Projects, Juries and Awards

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Visions du Réel is thrilled to share its 2021 project selection. 29 projects are invited to participate in the 3 key forums VdR–Pitching, VdR–Work in Progress and VdR–Rough Cut Lab. Industry activities will take place from April 14th to April 22nd, both online and on site in Nyon – if sanitary measures so permit. The VdR–Industry Awards, including three new cash awards, will be granted by an international Jury gathering Italian film director Roberto Mi...
 

Cinequest opens today to Cinejoy virtual screenings and tributes

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  Eddie Izzard, Alec Baldwin, Thomas Jane,  Gabriel Byrne, Headline Opening Weekend! Cinequest is welcoming back two Cinequest Maverick Spirit Award recipients, Gabriel Byrne and Alec Baldwin, and this year's recipient, Eddie Izzard, to the Opening Weekend festivities of Cinejoy featuring the Artists & Films of Cinequest, March 20-30 virtually. We are NOW OPEN for 24/7 Showcase screenings, Spotlight Live Events, and Screening Parties. It's tim...

Annapolis Film Festival 2021 Slate Announced

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Opening Night Film Marvelous and the Black Hole   “This year’s festival has expanded to 10 days for its virtual presentation to allow for a better user experience this year,” says Lee Anderson, Festival Director and Co-founder. “And because of that we have been able to program more films this year.”   This year’s program contains over 100 films (23 feature-length narrative films; 16 feature-length documentaries; 66 short films). The films come...
 

New home for Fantasporto 2021 postponed to April 26-May 2

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41st PORTO INTERNACIONAL FILM FESTIVAL | FANTASPORTO 2021 WILL BE HELD IN THE HISTORICAL CENTRE OF THE TOWN, NEAR THE DOURO RIVER FROM 26th APRIL TILL MAY 2nd Fantasporto barely escaped the effects of the pandemic in 2020 which was starting at the time in Portugal, and was able to celebrate its 40thanniversary. Unfortunately, for the 2021 edition, the festival had to be postponed, unable to start on the scheduled dates due to the pandemic and the long period of lockdown that followed, with all ...
 

 

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AWARDS WATCH 

Angie Lost Girls wins the Narrative Feature Grand Prize at SR Socially Relevant Festival New York

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Yesss !Two prizes for Angie Lost Girls: BEST FILM and BEST ACTRESS (Jane Widdup)  Award Winners Announced at SR Socially Relevant™ Film Festival 2021   -- The Narrative Feature Grand Prize goes to SRFF International Jury favorite Dustwun and Angie:Lost Girls (Ex-Aequo) -- The Boys Who Said NO! Judith Ehrlich's production on the resistance against the Vietnam War wins Best Documentary Feature. -- How We See Water wins The Vanya Exerjian - Empowering Women ...
 

Nailed it: WGA Awards Noms & Winners of the 2021 LA/NY Show

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent You're going to feel like you are at the WGA Awards 2021 show right now. Because this is a live write-cast, or on the fly coverage. And it begins at 7 pm Eastern and 4 pm Pacific (California time here), the Writers Guild Awards held their virtual ceremony from New York and LA with some exciting reveals of the winners for WGA Awards 2021. And now it is live with a montage of writers saying they “wanted to be” architects, docto...
 

Punto de Vista 2021 Winners

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The international jury of the fifteenth Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival of Navarra, made up of Nicole Brenez, James Lattimer and Antoine Thirion, after watching the entries in the Official Section, has decided to award the following prizes: Official prizes ► The Punto de Vista Grand Prize for Best Film, worth 10,000 euros, goes to The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin), by C.W. Winter and Anders Edström. The jury...
 

Emerald Fennell & Sacha Baron Cohen Top WGA Awards 2021 - Winners Announced

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent You're going to feel like you are at the WGA Awards 2021 show right now. Because this is a live write-cast, or on the fly coverage. And it begins at 7 pm Eastern and 4 pm Pacific (California time here), the Writers Guild Awards held their virtual ceremony from New York and LA with some exciting reveals of the winners for WGA Awards 2021. And now it is live with a montage of writ...

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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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PARTNER FESTIVAL WITH FILMFESTIVALS.COM

 

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

The Sound of Us directed by Chris Gero

"The Sound of Us" illustrates that during this critical time in world and U.S. history, music gives sound to hope and courage, allows us to grieve and be honest, and is the great, universal language that unites us all.

As the world grapples with unrest the profound truth remains that, through music, we are not alone.

The Sound of Us weaves inspiring stories about the beauty and goodness of music with interviews and performances by artists such as Ben Folds, Sarah McLachlan, Avery*Sunshine, Eric Whitacre, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Hiromi, Antonio Sanchez, Butch Walker, Will Wells, Patti Smith, and many more. Combined, these powerful vignettes illustrate how music heals us, gives us hope for the future through our children, keeps our heritage and history alive, allows us to have the most difficult of conversations, sheds light on current struggles, and continues to invite us back to the thing that unites us all - music.

The film is directed by Chris Gero, a Grammy nominated, American music industry executive, concert producer, record producer, songwriter, film director and composer, founder of Yamaha Entertainment Group of America and Chief Artist Relations Executive for Yamaha Artist Relations Group

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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

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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. 

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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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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 ..  
 

Programmation du 37e Festival international de cinéma Vues d’Afrique

 
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Le Marché du Film du Festival de Cannes aura bien lieu en juillet et annonce des "Pré-Cannes screenings"

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Sketch by Nesta Morgan Comme chaque année, le Marché du Film du Festival de Cannes aura lieu dans le cadre du Festival, à Cannes, du 6 au 15 juillet 2021 prochains. Comme le délai entre l’EFM de Berlin et le Marché de Cannes est exceptionnellement long, de nombreux vendeurs internationaux ont exprimé le besoin d’un rendez-vous intermédiaire au printemps leur permettant de pouvoir travailler et échanger en v...
 

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Les dernières nouvelles ne sont pas réjouissantes, la période à venir s’annonçant comme un flashback du printemps 2020… Cette fois-ci, nous avons des masques et des vaccins, ce qui nous laisse espérer que dans 3 mois, nous pourrons vous accueillir à La Rochelle pour la 49e édition du Fema. Après la route déserte en 2020, nous sommes très heureux de vous dévoiler l’affiche 2021, peinte ...
 

A Ton Court revient en 2020

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Le concours A Ton Court revient et vous donne une nouvelle chance de voir votre film diffusé sur France 3 ! Cette nouvelle saison a pour thématique : « Amour, lien, aujourd’hui et demain ». À propos À Ton Court est un concours de courts-métrages de fiction, de films d’animations et de documentaires d’une durée de moins de 5 minutes. Le concours est réservé au 16-...
 

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Marie Tabarly, fille d'Eric Tabarly, comportementaliste équin et navigatrice, fortement engagée avec Elemen’Terre, un projet d’action écologique et sociale autour du monde à bord du célèbre « Pen-Duick » dont elle est désormais capitaine, présidera le jury (aux côtés de Wim Wenders, Jan Kounen, Samuel Le Bihan et Jean-Jacques Favier) de la 10ème édition du Festival...
 

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