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Your Script Produced: submit with EARLY BIRD discount for the Season 3

 September 30, 2021 Early Deadline SUBMIT NOW Discovering and Producing Talented Writers and Filmmakers left behind by the entertainment industry, worldwide! The return of Entertainment's unparalleled event! Season 3 SPECIAL EDITION: Accepting the following submissions: Features, Pilots, Shorts AND Documentaries! THERE IS NO AGE LIMIT ON SUCCESS! WE ARE ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FROM ALL AGES, WORLDWIDE! Anyone under the age of 18 MUST submit a parental consent form. ALL GE...

RIFF Film Club invites entries for Student Smartphone Short Film Contest

RIFF Film Club invites entries for Student Smartphone Short Film Contest It's a great opportunity for all school as well as college-going students. Entries are invited to empower the story-teller inside the students, through film-making, with smartphones. There are two categories in the contest, i.e. Category A - Juniors (age up to 18 years) & Category B - Seniors (age 18 and above). The top winner from each category will get a direct entry to the Official Selection in the Student...

11.06.2021 | Siraj Syed's blog

The 23rd annual Cine Las Americas International Film Festival has officially begun!

40+ films from Latinxs and Indigenous peoples from the Americas are streaming now.       ...

10.06.2021 | Editor's blog

New Media Film Festival calling

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09.06.2021 | Bulletin Board's blog

Your Script Produced! Studio: Season 3 calling for entry

Early Deadline  September 30, 2021   Email I Website I Facebook I Twitter I Instagram I Profile on FILMFESTIVALS.COM  I SUBMIT Discovering and Producing Talented Writers and Filmmakers left behind by the entertainment industry, worldwide! The return of Entertainment's unparalleled event! Season 3 SPECIAL EDITION: Accepting the following submissions: Features, Pilots, Shorts AND Documentaries! ...

09.06.2021 | Bulletin Board's blog

Marché du Film and Cinando launch The Festivals Hub

  The Marché du Film and Cinando are teaming up this year to offer a brand new space exclusively dedicated to welcoming film festival & market organizers from all over the world!  Get together, connect and promote your activites!  The Hub is accessible for free (subject to space availability) to all festival and market teams holding a Marché du Film badge.  Check out our detailed services and find out how to become a Hub partner    ...



The Directors Fortnight unveils its 2021 poster

The image, by photographer and filmmaker Daniel Mercadante, is part of his series “The Enchanted Forest”, and was created through a process that combines long exposure photography, light projection and juxtapositions. The artist “paints” the trees with the coloured light of handheld flashlights and, using long exposure techniques, explores the temporal dimension that photography shares with cinema. The wide spectrum of colours reflects the richness and diversity of con...

09.06.2021 | Cannes's blog

The Directors Fortnight unveils its 2021 selection

  Paolo Moretti and his selection committee have unveiled the selection of Directors’ Fortnight’s 53rd edition. Discover the list of the selected long and short films.  More information will soon be available on our website. FEATURE FILMS A Chiara by Jonas Carpignano 1h38  A Night of Knowing Nothing by Payal Kapadia 1h30 – First feat...

09.06.2021 | Cannes's blog

Rooftop Films announces 2021 lineup for 25th Anniversary Summer Series in NYC

New York’s popular Summer Series returns with in-person screenings beginning June 17; lineup features Janicza Bravo’s ‘Zola’, ESPN’s ‘Once Upon a Time In Queens’ about the ‘86 Mets, & more   Festival will collaborate with iconic NY organizations including Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage & Jazz at Lincoln Center, plus If/Then & Field of Vision to create opportunities for filmmakers for 25th Anniversary&nb...

09.06.2021 | Editor's blog

Holly Weird Film Festival Announces Lineup

    The other side of Hollywood is becoming fearless to the entertainment capital of the world.   The third annual Holly Weird Film Festival has announced the lineup for the 2021 season. Celebrating true original underground filmmaking, Holly Weird celebrates and showcases independent films of all genres that feature a distinct vision, a unique voice, or an avant-garde challenge to what is expected or accepted. The festival is making it's mission to showcase the work of ...

09.06.2021 | Editor's blog

8th Annual The Americas Film Festival New York Virtual Cinema Opens Monday, June 21

1a18a412-9a02-6d60-dc6c-7c56d6123f78.png?w=532&dpr=2 8th Annual The Americas Film Festival New York Virtual Cinema Opens Monday, June 21 with box-office hit THE WEASELS’ TALE by Oscar-award-winning director Juan José Campanella The Festival closes with award-winning dramatic feature MONKEY BEACH by Loretta S. Todd on Sunday, June 27 Special guests include filmmakers Loretta S. Todd, Grace Dove, Deirdre Fishel, Campbell Dalglish, Henrietta Mann, Marta Hincapié Uribe, Catherine Murphy All screenings are free ...

09.06.2021 | Editor's blog

Telluride Film Festival (September 2- 6, 2021) acquires the historic Nugget Building in Telluride

  Telluride Film Festival (September 2 – 6, 2021) and the National Film Preserve LTD, a Colorado nonprofit corporation, today announced its acquisition of the Nugget Building in the town of Telluride, Colorado. The Festival’s intent is to maintain and further create a cultural center devoted to film, filmmakers and film culture.    The building, an iconic piece of Old West history located in the town’s center near the New Sheridan Hotel, will provide a ...

08.06.2021 | Editor's blog

Secret Treaties - the world's most dangerous film festival - self procalimed !

SECRET TREATIES - the world's most dangerous film festival - will be screening ill-advised short films at Film Noir Cinema in Brooklyn, NYC. Tickets are on sale: Politics is a field of perverse humor, infinite intrigue, and waking terror. SECRET TREATIES: STRANGE POLITICAL BEDFELLOWS is a short film festival that will turn back the blankets to reveal the squishy underbelly of politics. The Secrets Film Festival is an annual...

08.06.2021 | Editor's blog

Far East Film Festival invites 10 aspiring global journalists to become part of the FEFF Family.

FAR EAST FILM FESTIVAL 23: 24 June/2 July 2021 - Udine, Italy, Visionario & Cinema Centrale The Forces of the FEFF Campus Unite! The bonds between the cinemas of East and West continue to strengthen with each passing year and the FEFF Campus will again help further this vital cause by hosting (online) 10 aspiring journalists – five from Asia and five from Europe –at this year’s 23st edition of the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy from 24 June to 2 J...

08.06.2021 | Editor's blog

The 27th Palm Springs International ShortFest lineup!

  ShortFest Lineup is Live! We're thrilled to announce the 2021 edition of ShortFest! The festival will screen 49 curated programs showcasing 295 films including 32 World Premieres, 13 International Premieres, 46 North American Premieres and 22 U.S. Premieres. More than 5,500 short films from 104 countries were submitted.   Screenings will all take place at the Camelot Theatres (Palm Springs Cultural Center) starting June 22 with a full day of programming and will conclude on J...

08.06.2021 | Shorts Unlimited's blog

The 2021 Etheria Film Festival lineup of shorts revealed

  ETHERIA FILM FESTIVAL BRINGS OFFICIAL 2021 LINEUP TO KANSAS CITY Screenland Armour Theatre to Host 8th Annual Event Etheria Film Night ( is returning to Screenland Armour Theatre ( on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 9:30 PM. The 2021 lineup features nine short films from around the world. “The Screenland Armour Theatre and the Kansas City genre fans have been so welcoming to Etheria and our filmmakers. We can’t not wait to see how they...

08.06.2021 | Shorts Unlimited's blog

Europe Film Festival U.K. has been looking for the best filmmakers.

Europe Film Festival U.K. (EFFUK) is a reputable monthly competition and annual online film festival based in one of the elegant cities in the world, London in 2020-2021.   Europe Film Festival U.K. (EFFUK) is an IMDb eligible festival.   The festival will be done periodically, every 45 days, it has a loop.   Website: Submission:   AWARDS - FEATU...

French Riviera Film Festival 2021 Unveils Official Poster | To be Auctioned as One of the World’s Film First Festival Poster NFT

Virtual Festival to Feature Online Screenings on, 4th Annual Global Entertainment Showcase, and Gala Awards Reception, Live from the Beverly Hills Hotel The third annual French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) is pleased to unveil the fest’s 2021 official poster, the announcement was made today by festival co-founders Gotham Chandna and Nicole Goesseringer Muj. The original poster is now listed for auction as an official Non-Fungible Token (NFT), making...


Our regular film submissions deadline might have been closed but if you are between the age of 13- 24 you have the chance to be a part of something special by entering the "Rescript the future" contest. This is a chance for you to imagine a better tomorrow by creating an inspiring documentary script about our world. All you need to do is submit your idea. If you win, you’ll be able to turn your vision into a reality with the help of WaterBear’s production team...

UniFrance partners with NewImages Festival and will award an Export Grant

  For its 4th edition, which will take place from June 9 through 13, 2021, the NewImages Festival sees things on a large scale: five-star programming and a renowned jury. Like its 2020 edition, the festival will take place in the heart of the French capital at the Forum des Images, its organizer, as well as in several satellite locations around the world. After being one of the only festivals to have enjoyed an almost normal 2020 edition last September, the leading Frenc...


Discover the Official Film Selection of the 20th Sacramento French Film Festival hybrid version June 18-27, 2021

  20th ANNIVERSARY SEASON "THE REGION'S PREMIER FILM EVENT" Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee 20th SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL JUNE 18-27, 2021 VIRTUAL & IN THEATERS THE OFFICIAL FILM SELECTION IS HERE!   The 2021 edition of the SFFF will be mostly virtual, with 9 brand-new features presented on our Streaming Platform accessible from all over the U.S. This summer also marks our return to theaters with three films...



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09.06.2021 | Screendollars's blog

Open Doors: The selected projects and talents for the closing edition on Southeast Asia and Mongolia

  Open Doors: The selected projects and talents for the closing edition on Southeast Asia and Mongolia Eight projects and nine producers coming from Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Mongolia will participate in this year’s Open Doors activities, thus concluding a three-year cycle dedicated to Southeast Asia and Mongolia. The co-production Hub and producer’s Lab will take place during the 74th Locarno Film Festival from Augu...

10.06.2021 | Locarno Dailies's blog

Grindstone Entertainment Group Nabs North American Rights to the fantasy adventure UPON THE MAGIC ROADS

 Grindstone Entertainment Group, a Lionsgate company, together with CTB Film Company and Luminescence, announced at KEY BUYERS EVENT: digital online market the acquisition of North American rights to the Russian box office hit Upon the Magic Roads. The film was released in Russia on 18th February 2021 and grossed an outstanding $15,9M in the local theaters. Worldwide rights are handled by the sales outfit Luminescence. The film is being s...

10.06.2021 | Editor's blog

Jesus, THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE looks amazing

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Not since the song Bette Davis Eyes, by Kim Carnes, has heavy mascara had such a treatment as with upcoming release THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE from Searchlight Pictures. The real Tammy Faye Bakker (then remarried as Messner) died on July 20, 2007, but her legacy lives on as Jessica Chastain is on the case as 2021’s Tammy. Chastain bites into this role with no less than Andrew Garfield, who plays televangelist husband Jim Bakker. That&rsquo...

09.06.2021 | Quendrith Johnson's blog

Doc Day scheduled July 13 at the Marché du Film

Every year during the Marché du Film, Cannes Docs offers a dedicated venue and tailored program of events for all feature documentary film professionals – filmmakers and industry decision-makers alike. At the heart of the world’s n°1 film festival and market, Cannes Docs reaffirms the fundamental place and role of the documentary genre, and works at ever-strengthening its organic integration within the global film industry. To this end, Cannes Docs includes the annual Doc...



LAST DAY to submit your film!

  LAST DAY to submit your film for this summer’s Mirror Mountain Film Festival! We want to see original, unique, independent and alternative expressions from the world’s most creative minds! Use the discount code ENTERTHEMIRRORMOUNTAIN on @filmfreeway and save 25% on submission fees. Submit here: ...

Recognized as a Connecticut Author

I have some wonderful news. I am proud to announce that I am now listed as a Connecticut author on the Connecticut Center for the Book organization’s website, having met their criteria. Here is the link to my listing: ...

Digital Gym


Houston International Sports Film Festival Award Winners announced

Houston International Sports Film Festival, one of few film festivals in the world dedicated to sports, announced the winner for its Sports Script Championship, presented by Event Horizon Films:   Gold: Blue Ball by Bruce Dundore When the baseball slugging grandson of an aging Italian gang leader falls in love with a daughter of the rival Irish gang leader, he suggests the two gangs break Sunday blue laws and play a game to avert all-out war, but when the Irish r...

10.06.2021 | Editor's blog

Award Winners of the 21st Nippon Connection Film Festival

Audience awards for queer film, time travel comedy and documentary about immigration center / Jury award for social drama about migrant workers   After six days packed with films, workshops, lectures and film talks, the 21st Nippon Connection Film Festival ended on Sunday, June 6, 2021 with an online award ceremony. Due to the pandemic, the world’s biggest festival for Japanese cinema once more took place entirely online. The closing ceremony...

08.06.2021 | Editor's blog

FIPRESCI-India announces its Grand Prix winner for 2020

FIPRESCI-India announces its Grand Prix winner for 2020 FIPRESCI-India (India chapter of the International Federation of Film Critics: FIPRESCI) declared the Tamil Feature Film Nasir, directed by Arun Karthick, as the Winner of the prestigious Grand-Prix-2020, according to a Press Release issued last week, by V.K. Joseph, President, FIPRESCI-India. Members of FIPRESCI-India have voted Nasir as the Best Indian Feature Film of 2020 out of the following TOP-10 films nominated for the final ro...

06.06.2021 | Siraj Syed's blog

IFFR announces winner of June’s BankGiro Loterij Audience Award

  Mi chiamo Francesco Totti wins BankGiro Loterij Audience Award at IFFR 2021 in June  Alex Infascelli wins €5,000 audience prize for Francesco Totti biopic   International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) announces football documentary Mi chiamo Francesco Totti by Alex Infascelli as the winner of the BankGiro Loterij Audience Award for the June festival chapter. Italian director Infascelli was selected by audiences who watched the film both online and ...

12.06.2021 | AwardsWatch's blog

Award Winners of the 21st Nippon Connection Film Festival

Audience awards for queer film, time travel comedy and documentary about immigration center / Jury award for social drama about migrant workers After six days packed with films, workshops, lectures and film talks, the 21st Nippon Connection Film Festival ended on Sunday, June 6, 2021 with an online award ceremony. Due to the pandemic, the world’s biggest festival for Japanese cinema once more took place entirely online. The closing ceremony was ...

12.06.2021 | AwardsWatch's blog

2021 Arts Innovator Award Recipients

    It is with great joy that we announce the recipients of the 2021 Arts Innovator Award (AIA), and celebrate the community that made this possible. Visual artist Romson Bustillo and literary artist Tessa Hulls create work that explores culture, lineage, history, gender, race, power, and forgiveness, and ask viewers to question systems of power.  Romson and Tessa will each receive $25,000 in recognition of their innovation and risk-taking in their artistic pr...

New Media Film Festival Award Winners 2021

    GRAND PRIZE WINNER  Disappearing Stories – Mobile US Premiere Director  – Oleg Ageychev, Alexander Gornovsky – Russia   Every 24 hours millions of people upload video about their day to Instagram. We are used to perceiving life as a set of interchanging stories. And we all want attention to our Stories. But among us there are people with real stories, for whom our attention is vital. These are war veterans and witnesses, old ...

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New Media Film Festival

June 1 – 2, 2022

January 3, 2022 Pre-Fest Deadline

New Media Film Festival®, an innovative and award-winning* festival created in 2009, celebrates stories, technology, and platforms. We continually implement new opportunities outside the norm to bolster creators in media.

Judges from HBO, MARVEL, EMMYS, BBC, Grammys, PBS & more. $45,000.00 In Awards

Through our boundary pushing ideology, we create an environment for creators to thrive. New Media Film Festival® is an infinite catalyst for story and technology. Not just any stories, but the stories worth telling.

All submissions come with perks - one of them is consideration for distribution.
NETFLIX - 1st look deal, documentaries specifically.
AMC-1st look deal, feature length, & series - all types

New - NFT category
New - PITCHING - our Producer Panel & Pitching is now online. Submit your Pitch today!
New - One Page Feedback add on to Script Category
All categories -
360, AR, AI, 5D, Animation, Apps, Artwork, Digital Comics, Documentary, Drone, Feature, Mixed Reality, Mobile/Tablet, Music Only, Music Video, New Media, Pilots, Pitching, Podcasts, Scripts, Shorts, Sniplers (30 second pitch), SR- Socially Responsible, STEAM, Student, Trailers, TV, Virtual Reality, Web Series, Web Series Promo (one scene)

**Please note, New Media category includes Gaming, Tech Vlog's, VE, Vertical, Live, Location Based, etc.

June 1st Global Online and June 2nd in person at the state of the art theater, The Landmark in Los Angeles CA



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Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) final call ends may 30

2021 AIFF Call for Submissions  May 31, 2021 Late Submission   The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) based in Arlington, Massachusetts is pleased to announce the Eleventh Annual Call for Submissions featuring the work of independent and student filmmakers from Massachusetts, USA, and the Global Community. AIFF is a juried festival welcoming  submissions of feature-length and short film...


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


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):

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 

July 10 – 11, 2021




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.

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ENOUGH Lebanon's Darkest Hour

Documentary by Daisy Gedeon second feature documentary
Australia  june 2021 90 minutes (in post)

ENOUGH! Lebanon’s Darkest Hour follows Australian-Lebanese filmmaker Daizy Gedeon’s personal and independent introspection into how her ancestral homeland, the place her family was forced to flee in the 1970s because of the Civil War, has ended up in a state of complete catastrophe. It is a story of awakening in which Daizy is forced to abandon her idealism about Lebanon and face the cold, harsh truth about the country’s dark underbelly which is its most sinister enemy.

Daizy prosecutes the case against the corrupt political class which has reduced a proud people to beg for garbage collection instead of greatness and negotiate potholes rather than peace.

ENOUGH! is the plea and the prayer, the feeling and fierce determination of the 4.5 million Lebanese in Lebanon as well as the 16 million members of the Lebanese diaspora scattered around the world, whose hearts continue to bleed for a homeland they are desperate to return to and so deeply want to believe in...once again.


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Phil Liggett The Voice of Cycling
Documentary created by Nickolas Bird, Eleanor Sharpe, the filmmakers behind MAMIL (Middle Aged Men In Lycra) written by Eleanor Sharpe.

Documlentary Australia April 2021 1h 54

The life of legendary television commentator Phil Liggett MBE is inextricably entwined with the history of professional cycling. During a career that has spanned five decades, 15 Olympic games and 47 Tours de France, Phil Liggett has been there for every key moment in cycling over the last half century. The heroic triumphs, the appalling tragedies, the scandals and the controversies; Phil has seen it all, and told us about it with passion, knowledge and his trademark wit. As much as anyone, Phil Liggett has shaped the way the world sees cycling. #TheVoiceOfCycling

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Aliens on Halloween by Riker Lynch
29 / 39 or 43 minutes, short comedy April 2021

In an attempt to snatch a sample of human DNA, two clueless aliens come down to Earth and crash a Halloween party in Hollywood.


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Zero Gravity USA first film directed by Thomas Verrette

74 minutes First feature documentary USA April 2021

A diverse group of middle-school students go on the journey of a lifetime when they compete in a nationwide competition sponsored by MIT to code satellites aboard the International Space Station.

Zero Gravity is a feature documentary that follows a diverse group of middle-school students from San Jose, CA, who compete in a nationwide tournament to code satellites aboard the International Space Station.
Seen through the wondrous eyes of three diverse young students and their first-time coach, they each take an intimate and personal journey to space as their team grows from amateur coders to representing California in the ISS Finals Tournament — the culmination of a summer-long adventure that sees their incredible accomplishment performed by astronauts in orbit.

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The Sound of Us directed by Chris Gero

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

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

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

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

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Only Human HOMO Directed by Igor Ivanov


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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ANGIE: LOST GIRLS by Julia Verdin


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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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


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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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 Excellence Award Davide Campari goes to Laetitia Casta

French actress Laetitia Casta will receive the 2021 Excellence Award Davide Campari, with which the Locarno Film Festival pays tribute to film personalities who have left their personal stamp on contemporary cinema. On Wednesday 4 August Casta will be in Piazza Grande for the award ceremony, and the following day she will meet the Festival public in a panel conversation at the Forum @Rotonda by la Mobiliare. The actress has selected two titles from her filmography to be screened during t...

10.06.2021 | Locarno Dailies's blog

In Memoria Buddhadeb Dasguta (11 February 1944 - 10 June 2021)

Buddhadeb Dasguta  (11 February 1944 - 10 June 2021) Our friends Martine et Jean-Marc Thèrouanne (The International Festival of Asian Cinemas in Vesoul) share the following announcement with our audience. It is with great sadness that we have just learned on June 10, 2021 the death of our friend Buddhadeb Dasguta.  The International Festival of Asian Cinemas in Vesoul paid tribute to him in 2001. He returned to Vesoul in 2006 as president of the jury. The FICA presented se...

10.06.2021 | Editor's blog

Bruno Chatelin Advisory Board Member on the Festival Circuit

Bruno Chatelin has been entertaining very close links with the festival community in the past 30 years on the circuit. Some of his recent interviews. He has struck partnerships with most of the key festivals and markets. Check the most recent ones Cannes, AFM, Venice, Tallinn... Named Advisory Board Member in a few film festivals around the world; such as The Chelsea FilmFestival in New york The Chelsea Film Festival is an international film festival, enlightening ...

09.06.2021 | Editor's blog | 1 comments

The Festival de Cannes appoints Agnès Leroy as the Head of its Press Office

The Festival de Cannes appoints Agnès Leroy as the Head of its Press Office, following Aïda Belloulid’s departure towards new professional horizons. © Olivier Vigerie   She took office on June 1st and will manage, with the press office team, the whole press events of the 74th Edition.  Making her first steps at the French Cinémathèque in 2005, Agnès Leroy built most of her professional career alongside Bruno Barde at the Public Sys...

09.06.2021 | Cannes's blog

Who doesn’t love Rita Moreno?

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Rita Moreno is featureed in a new documentary, RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT. We've got the sparkling trailer that begins with her chirpy lovely voice saying "Hello Cutie," and it gets better from there on. Read on... From Screenmancer - Who doesn’t love Rita Moreno? Over the span of seventy-plus years, Hollywood legend Rita Moreno defied both her humble upbringing - in the face o...

08.06.2021 | Quendrith Johnson's blog

Best for fests: The Sound of Us - Cast and Crew

Director: Chris Gero   (Nathan East: For the Record, The Gift..) is a 12-time Emmy Award winner and Grammy Award-nominated record producer   Writer: Sara Bachler, Chris Gero Nathan East: For the Record Producers : Chris Gero, Sara Bachler, Ben James Director of photography: Ben James Editors: Nate Cole, Chris Gero, Ben James, William Jenkins, Luca Silver, Mike Stuckey jr   Director Biography...

07.06.2021 | The Sound of Us's blog

#Anonymous gender-bias gaffe in #ElonMusk mad mini-movie

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent So the global consortium known to the public as Anonymous just made a short film. Well, that's a nice way of putting it, since it is a not-so-subtle hit piece video custom-made for mogul Elon Musk and his recent crashing of Bitcoin value in the crypto index world. But it is a film, basically, a sort of flashpoint tiny documentary on Musk, his origins, and the impact of his digitally loose lips. But there's more. Since nobody wants to t...

06.06.2021 | Quendrith Johnson's blog

Bruno Chatelin Interviewed here and there

Not exhaustive at all, I know I should have filed them somehow, somewhere, or even HERE :-)... for the future generations of festival goers (joking of course)... My work on film:     Bruno on Boyz n the Hood (french only)     Festival experts Filling the Void and sharing tips with Bruno Chatelin, Sandra Lipski, Ivan Wiener Daniel Sol... Bruno Chatelin Interviewed on filmfestivals for The Expert Process Podcast Bruno Chatelin interviewed in...

05.06.2021 | Editor's blog

Eight Judges Announced for Tryon International Film Festival 2021

  The judges for Tryon International Film Festival 2021 have been selected: Producer and Director Frank Calo, Director Gregg Jamback, Human Rights Activist Homayra Sellier,  Producer Jamie Huss, Producer and Director Johnathan Brownlee,  Screenwriter Kevin Bernhardt, Actor Patti D’Arbanville, and Filmmaker Steven Esteb. (pictured from left to right) “These are some of the most-noted movers and shakers in the film industry,” Festival Co-Founder Beau Me...

05.06.2021 | Editor's blog

Jodie Foster Special guest of the Opening Ceremony and the Honorary Palme d'or of the 74th Festival de Cannes

Following Jeanne Moreau, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jane Fonda, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Manoel de Oliveira, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Agnès Varda and Alain Delon, Jodie Foster will receive the Festival’s Honorary Palme d'or in recognition of a brilliant artistic journey, a unique personality with a modest yet strong commitment to some of the major issues of our time. Guest of honour at the Opening Ceremony which will take place on the stage at the Palais des festival on Tuesday, July ...

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Des partenariats forts avec les plus grands festivals et marchés

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

La sélection cannoise révélée à l'UGC Normandie! Le monde se remet à tourner dans le bon sens

Jeudi 3 juin à 11h, Pierre Lescure et Thierry Frémaux ont présenté la Sélection officielle de la 74e édition du Festival de Cannes à l'UGC Normandie à Paris. Découvrez la liste des longs métrages sélectionnés en Compétition, à Un Certain Regard, Hors Compétition, en Séances de Minuit, à Cannes Premières, en Séances Spéciales et la présentation ...

Les Off de Cannes au Palais Massier: la promesse d'une Garden Party festive



09.06.2021 | Cannes's blog

On vous en dit plus sur le jury du festival du court-métrage de Maisons-Laffitte et Marly-le-Roi

Le festival du court-métrage de Maisons-Laffitte et Marly-le-Roi revient pour une seconde édition avec un beau jury professionnel!   Quelle meilleure façon de célébrer la réouverture des salles obscures qu’un festival de cinéma ? Initialement prévu au mois de mars, le festival a du patienter jusqu’à aujourd’hui car il nous tenait à coeur que le public puisse rencontrer ...

Quand l'Art rencontre l'Industrie .

L'Industrie Magnifique s'expose pour la seconde édition à Strasbourg, jusqu'au 13 juin. Une galerie d'art à ciel ouvert qui réunit 30 œuvres d'art monumentale, réparties sur 20 places publiques pendant 10 jours.   LIM2021 en images : Crédit Photos : LIM2021©Christoph de Barry / Hans Lucas  ...

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VIDEO Bruno Chatelin et le CAS MARKETING du lancement de Boyz'n The Hood à Cannes

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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