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> FOCUS ON CANNES  

Cannes Classics restorations: OSCAR MICHEAUX – THE SUPERHERO OF BLACK FILMMAKING

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Italy's “Il Cinema Ritrovato’s” labs were involved in the restoration of some of the films at Cannes Classics such as the films of Oscar Micheaux, the most successful African-American filmmaker of the first half of the 20th century.  Other restored films at Cannes Classics: https://ace-film.eu/ace-members-at-cannes-classics-2021/    A new outstanding documentary was shown during the screening of Murder in Harlem (1935) that put his work in context:&n...
 

Peter Wollen's "Friendship's Death" at Cannes Classics in restored 4K print

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" Friendship's Death" (UK 1987) was part of the Cannes Classic series directed by Peter Wollen who made films with Laura Mulvey. It stars Tilda Swinton as an alien named "Friendship" who was on hand to introduce the film and hadn't seen it on a big screen since 1986.Wollen was a film teacher at Columbia and one of his students with Katherine Bigelow: "He was great. He’s illuminating. Until I met him I was just looking at light reflected on a screen. After ...
 

 

Apichatpong Weerasethakul's "Memoria" wins Cannes Jury Prize

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Memoria is a film of exceptional quality directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul starring Tilda Swinton. Upon receiving the Jury Prize Weerasethakul said that the two of them have an important and vital collaboration that they will be continuing in future films. Swinton plays Jessica Holland, an Englishwoman living in Medellín who runs a flower orchard. She visits her sister who is in the hospital in Bogota and begins hearing a haunting booming noise. She has Her...

 

Titane wins the Palme d'Or at the 74th Festival de Cannes

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The winners of the 74th Festival de Cannes © V. HACHE / AFP It's been an exceptional Festival. It was supposed to be, and it’s certainly lived up to its promise. For 12 days, the 74th Festival de Cannes has celebrated our reunion with the cinema as a great international event full of discoveries, encounters and sharing. Just as American actress-director Jodie Foster was awarded an honorary Palme d'or at the Opening Ceremony on 6 July, Italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio has...
 

The 2021 Un Certain Regard winners' list

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PHOTO © Mathilde Gardel Refocused on the discovery of emerging filmmakers, the 2021 Un Certain Regard has offered twenty features in its competition. Six of them were first films that compete as well for the Caméra d'or. The opening film was Arthur Harari's Onoda - 10 000 nights in the jungle. Lead by the director and screenwriter Andrea Arnold, the Jury was made up of the director and screenwriter Mounia Meddour, the actress Elsa Zylberstein, the dire...
 

La Semaine de la Critique announces the Awards winners

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  Les lauréats et le Jury de la 60e Semaine de la Critique The winners and the jury of the 60th Semaine de la Critique   ...
 

 

7 Short Films selected for the 60th Semaine de la Critique are now on Festival Scope

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    Sur Festival Scope | Du 15 au 21 juillet  On Festival Scope | From July 15 to 21 ...
 

LATC Announces Revamped & Online Edition of its Annual Global Film & TV Program

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    LATC Los Angeles Program Coordinator, Vanessa McMahon, attended 2021 Cannes Film Festival. On July 26, in Rio de Janeiro and Los Angeles, Latin American Training Center- LATC, announced the new Online Global Film & TV Program from October 17th to 30th, 2021.   Registration is now open! Over two weeks, participants will have opportunities to learn, exchange experiences and network with well-known industry professionals, through panels, master classes, ...
 

Bruno Chatelin Honoured with UN Supported Organization @Cannes Film Festival

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  Bruno Chatelin, back home with his lifetime achievement award 9th Annual AFI World Peace Initiative honours "Bruno Chatelin" @Cannes Film Festival alongside the “Embrace Award” given to Two Time Oscar Nominee Barry Alexander Brown whilst Student Oscars Committee congratulates Founder working year-round for peace through film. Founder HRH Princess Angelique A. Monet    Manuel de Collas LaRoche, Lorenzo Giovnelli, Michela Scolari Stephen Mao, Pr...
 

The 2021 Ecumenical Jury awards its Prize to : DRIVE MY CAR by Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Official Competition)

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For its poetic rumination on the healing power of art and words through a long journey towards forgiveness and acceptance. This is a film that solidly portrays a universal message of overcoming the communication barriers of convention, class, nationality and disability. And a Commendation to : HYTTI N°6 (COMPARTMENT N°6) by Juho Kuosmanen (Official Competition) ...
 

NEON has taken North American rights to Jonas Carpignano’s festival sensation A Chiara

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NEON announced today that it has taken North American rights to Jonas Carpignano’s festival sensation A Chiara, which won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film in the Directors’ Fortnight section at Cannes.    The film marks the second time Carpignano takes the award, after previously winning for 2017’s A Ciambra, the second film in his Calabrian Trilogy.  Written by Carpignano, the drama stars Carmela Fumo, Claudio Rotolo and Swamy Rotolo. Ph...
 

French cinema bags more than 20 awards at Cannes!

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Discover all of the French productions and coproductions honored at the 74th Cannes Film Festival. UniFrance rejoices in the strong presence of French productions in this year's Cannes awards list and the many accolades won by French coproductions. Our congratulations to all of the award winners and their film crews! All the award-winning French films at Cannes 2021 Official Selection - In Competition Palme d'Or: Julia Ducournau Grand Pri...
 
 

Jon Gosier Honored For Financial Support of Filmmakers at 74th Annual Cannes

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  The Film Financier and Investor Awarded as “Gentlemen of the Year”   Cannes, France—July 13th, 2021   Photo: Beachside Gala hosted by Better World Fund at 74th Annual Cannes Film Festival   Jon Gosier was a guest of honor at a private beachside gala organized by the Better World Fund at the 74th Annual Cannes Film Festival. The invite-only event was one of this year’s most anticipated.   At the event’s culmination, Jon presented...
 


> FOCUS ON LOCARNO

StepIn 2021 — Envisioning a healthier workplace in the film industry

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After nine successful years in existence, StepIn – Locarno Pro’s think tank – is back in the physical space. Once again, the initiative will allow for a free-flowing exchange of ideas between selected industry professionals and a host of prestigious speakers, all joining together on Thursday August 5th, during the Locarno Film Festival.   A proactive environment in which accredited professionals from diverse backgrounds can openly share their experiences with their c...
 

30.07.2021 | Locarno Dailies's blog

The Locarno Film Festival’s Leopard Club Award goes to Kasia Smutniak

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© Andrea Gandini Kasia Smutniak, defined by artistic director Giona A. Nazzaro as “a skilled, very personal actress”, will receive the Leopard Club Award at the 74th Locarno Film Festival (4-14 August 2021). The award ceremony, slated for the evening of Friday 6 August in Piazza Grande, will be followed on Saturday 7 August by a conversation with the audience, moderated by Piera Detassis, at the Forum @Rotonda by la Mobiliare, plus a screening of the film Nelle tue mani ...
 

30.07.2021 | Locarno Dailies's blog

The Locarno Film Festival joins with UNHCR to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Refugee Convention

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  The Alleys by Bassel Ghandour Gillian Triggs, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Assistant High Commissioner for Protection at UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, will be our guest at Locarno to commemorate seventy years of the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees. On Sunday, 8 August, at Piazza Grande, she will greet the audience before the world premiere screening of&nb...
 

30.07.2021 | Locarno Dailies's blog

Locarno74: program now complete, with World Premieres of She Will and 100 Minutes

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She Will  © Property of Popcorn Group The Locarno Film Festival is delighted to announce that the Gala premiere of Fuori Concorso will be dedicated to the psychological thriller She Will, a powerful debut by Franco-British Director Charlotte Colbert. The Piazza Grande will be screening the World Premiere of Sto minut iz zhizni Ivana Denisovicha (100 Minutes) by Russian director Gleb Panfilov, who already won a Golden Leopard in 1969.   Everything is...
 

22.07.2021 | Locarno Dailies's blog

Beckett by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, will open Piazza Grande

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  © Yannis Drakoulidis - Netflix Beckett, the new film by Italian director Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, produced by Luca Guadagnino, is to open the 74th edition of the Locarno Film Festival in Piazza Grande on August 4. Following its premiere at the Festival, the film will also be available exclusively on Netflix from August 13. The opening ceremony of the 74th Locarno Film Festival will be held on Wednesday 4 August in Piazza Grande, the iconic open-air theater which w...
 

22.07.2021 | Locarno Dailies's blog

The Pardo d’onore Manor 2021 goes to John Landis

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  The Locarno Film Festival will pay tribute to the unrestrainable comic and creative genius of U.S. director, screenwriter, and actor John Landis, who on Friday August 13 in Piazza Grande will receive the Pardo d’onore Manor award. On Saturday 14 August at the Forum @Rotonda by la Mobiliare, Landis will also join a panel discussion with the audience, while Locarno7...
 

22.07.2021 | Locarno Dailies's blog

The Locarno Film Festival puts youth at the heart of its restart

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  Locarno becomes ever more of a reference point for a new generation of emerging talents.   © Roberto Gianocca The great restart of the Locarno Film Festival (from 4 to 14 August) also sees the offering for young people come back in full swing, with a range of initiatives for professionals in film, culture and the creative arts. The Locarno Academy will be opening its doors again with its three programs (Filmmaker...
 

19.06.2021 | Locarno Dailies's blog

Locarno announces the final line-up of 9 projects for Alliance 4 Development 2021

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Locarno Pro and its institutional partners have completed the selection process for film projects shortlisted to feature in this year’s European co-development workshop, slated for 6 to 8 August. Monsters, hunters, wild girls, blood, ghosts, villages… Images and moods just waiting to unfold in tales of cultural identity, diversity, female empowerment, environmental sensibility and discovery of the “other”. When? During Alliance 4 Development 2021. Throug...
 

19.06.2021 | Locarno Dailies's blog


FOCUS ON VENICE

Selection complete for the works of Venice VR Expanded /

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  Virtual, in Satellite Venues and at the Palazzo del Casinò (Lido) 37 projects from 21 Countries / 35 VRChat worlds Michelle Kranot (President), Maria Grazia Mattei, Jonathan Yeo are the members of the International Jury   The selection is complete for the Virtual Reality works of the 78th Venice International Film Festival (1 - 11 September 2021) of La Biennale di Venezia in the section titled Venice VR Expanded, which will be held on the following dates and venues: ...
 

Venice Production Bridge Highlights

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    The 6th edition of the Venice Production Bridge (September 2 to September 7, 2021), will be held during the 78th Venice International Film Festival. It will once again focus in particular on the presentation and exchange of original projects for films and works in progress, so as to foster their development and production. While we are not yet out of the pandemic, we are now more confident that, thanks to the vaccination, we will soon be able to leave ...
 

Audience Award - Armani beauty for the best film in the new Orizzonti Extra section

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    The Biennale di Venezia inaugurates a new prize for the 78th Venice International Film Festival, to be awarded - by the spectators - to the best film of the new Orizzonti Extra section. It does so with the support of the Festival's main sponsor, Armani Beauty.   The new Audience Award – Armani beauty will be assigned through a voting process that will involve all the spectators of the Orizzonti Extra section, or rather, those who buy a single ticket, those who ha...
 

International Juries for the Venezia 78 Competition, for Orizzonti and “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film

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  The International Juries have been selected for the Venezia 78 Competition, for Orizzonti and for the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film of the 78th Venice International Film Festival (1-11 September 2021) of La Biennale di Venezia, directed by Alberto Barbera.   Venezia 78 The personalities convened as members of the Jury for the Venezia 78 Competition are: ·       Bong Joon Ho – president (South Korea), Ac...
 

Double program for the preopening of 78th Mostra edition

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La Biennale di Venezia /   Double Preopening event of the 78th Venice International Film Festival /   Tuesday August 31st 2021, Sala Darsena (Lido di Venezia): ·      6:30 pm: La Biennale di Venezia: il cinema al tempo del Covid, a diary in film by Andrea Segre ·      9:00 pm: Per grazia ricevuta (1971) by and with Nino Manfredi, a tribute on the one-hundredth anniversary of the actor and director’s birth ...
 

Madres paralelas by Pedro Almodóvar with Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Israel Elejalde, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón to open Venice

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Madres paralelas© El Deseo D.A. S.L.U._photo by Nico Bustos Madres paralelas, directed by Pedro Almodóvar, starring Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Israel Elejalde, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, with the participation of Julieta Serrano and Rossy De Palma is the Opening Film, in Competition, of the 78th Venice International Film Festival within La Biennale di Venezia, directed by Alberto Barbera (1 – 11 September 2021).   "I was born as a film director i...
 

Final Cut in Venice 9th edition (September 5th – September 7th) The 6 work-in-progress films have been selected

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  The 6 work-in-progress films of the 9th edition of Final Cut in Venice have been selected. Final Cut in Venice is the project that has been providing since 2013 concrete assistance in the completion of films from all African countries and from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria. Final Cut in Venice is one of the projects launched by the Venice Production Bridge of the 78th Venice International Film Festival (September 1—11, 2021), directed by Alberto Barbera and organized ...
 

FESTIVALS IN FOCUS ...   

TIFF announces 2021 Gala & Special Presentation programmes, including Opening & Closing Night films

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Photo credit: Courtesy of TIFF TIFF Co-Heads Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente announced today that the feature-film adaptation of the Tony Award–winning musical Dear Evan Hansen is the Opening Night Gala Presentation at the 46th Toronto International Film Festival® and will screen Thursday, September 9 at Roy Thomson Hall. Additional screenings of Dear Evan Hansen will take place at the Visa Screening Room at the Princess of Wales Theatre, at the RBC Lakeside Drive-In at Ontario Pla...
 

The Locarno Film Festival joins with UNHCR to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Refugee Convention

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  The Alleys by Bassel Ghandour Gillian Triggs, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Assistant High Commissioner for Protection at UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, will be our guest at Locarno to commemorate seventy years of the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees. On Sunday, 8 August, at Piazza Grande, she will greet the audience before the world premiere screening of&nb...
 

30.07.2021 | Locarno Dailies's blog

FIN Atlantic International Film Festival announces Opening Night Film WILDHOOD for event, September 16-23

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  FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, taking place this September 16-23, has selected the film WILDHOOD - written and directed by Two-Spirit L’nu filmmaker raised in Kespukwitk, Mi’kma’ki (Halifax, NS) Bretten Hannam - as its 2021 Opening Night Gala Film.   Making its Atlantic Canadian premiere on Thursday, September 16, WILDHOOD is the story of Link and Travis, two Mi'kmaw brothers who embark on a Two-Spirit odyssey, reconnecting wi...
 

30.07.2021 | Editor's blog

Partner festivals calling this month: july 2021

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  Dear filmmakers friends do not miss these Festivals in Focus.     Bruno Chatelin and the Filmfestivals.com Team wish you much success on the festival circuit  Read this online         FOLLOW US ON THE SOCIAL NETWORKS:                      ____________________________________________________ ...
 

30.07.2021 | Bulletin Board's blog

Submit your films for Tricky Women/Tricky Realities 2022 now!

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  Our call is open! Animated films for Tricky Women/Tricky Realities 2022 can be entered until 4 October 2021. The Tricky Women/Tricky Realities International Competition is a seismograph of independent filmmaking by women* worldwide. The next edition of the festival will take place from 9 to 13 March 2022. We are proud to announce a new award: The Maria Lassnig Golden Film Reel will be awarded for the very first time in 2022 for an outstanding animation. Sponsored by the Maria Lass...
 

29.07.2021 | Bruno's blog

Last call for the 12th Corinth Peloponnese International Film Festival "BRIDGES"

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  Invitation to participate with your short and feature films at the 12th Corinth Peloponnese International Film Festival "BRIDGES".       Taking into account the data for social distancing, the twelfth event of the Corinth Peloponnese International Film Festival "BRIDGES", will take place from August 28 to September 5. The Festival will be held in the beautiful Ancient Corinth and will be hosted in the open space of the Cultural Center "Anastasi...
 

28.07.2021 | Bruno's blog

Docu Talents from the East 2021 – selection announced!

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  Eight remarkable documentary projects in post-production from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia and Slovakia made it to the 17th edition of Docu Talents from the East 2021. Since 2005, Docu Talents has served as a launchpad for a number of documentaries from the region of Central and Eastern Europe. The presentations will take place at Cinelink Industry Days at Sarajevo Film Festival on August 14–19. The most promising project will receive 5,00...
 

28.07.2021 | Docs on the Spot's blog

Open City Documentary Festival announces 2021 programme

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  Icarus (after Amelia) by Margaret Salmon and Inner Outer Space by Laida Lertxundi open the festival TEN SKIES by James Benning is the closing film, along with the launch of Erika Balsom’s book on TEN SKIES 46 new non-fiction works, with 6 first or second features Four competitions with two juries: Open City Award, Emerging Filmmaker Award, UK Short Film Award, International Short Film Award. All awards to be announced on 12th September Major works fro...
 

28.07.2021 | Docs on the Spot's blog

Grossmann Festival 2021 Awards

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The best feature film of the 17th Grossmann Festival is YUMMY. The Honorary Vicious Cats were received by the festival's guests of honour, American directors Gary Sherman and William Lustig. On Saturday, the 24th of July, the 17th edition of Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival came to a magnificent conclusion. This year, there were screenings of no less than 36 feature films, 9 documentaries and 34 short films from 30 countries, with 6 features, 7 music documentaries and 31 short fil...
 

26.07.2021 | Grossmann Info's blog

SR Socially Relevant Film Festival presents two sidebar programs of films screening in-person and online in August

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SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York is proud to be at the helm of two events coming up next month, and would like to invite you to join in to celebrate Diversity, Memory, Identity and Cinema.   SR Socially Relevant Film Festival  (#SRFF2021) presents two sidebar programs of films screening in-person and online in August. Un-Broken: Memory and Identity in Lebanese Cinema (August 17-21) is organized by SRFF together with festival partner LAU, ...
 

26.07.2021 | Editor's blog

Locarno74: program now complete, with World Premieres of She Will and 100 Minutes

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She Will  © Property of Popcorn Group The Locarno Film Festival is delighted to announce that the Gala premiere of Fuori Concorso will be dedicated to the psychological thriller She Will, a powerful debut by Franco-British Director Charlotte Colbert. The Piazza Grande will be screening the World Premiere of Sto minut iz zhizni Ivana Denisovicha (100 Minutes) by Russian director Gleb Panfilov, who already won a Golden Leopard in 1969.   Everything is...
 

22.07.2021 | Locarno Dailies's blog

 

Call for submission for the pitching lab of the “Beyond Borders” International Documentary Festival

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SUBMISSIONS ARE STILL OPEN The Pitching Lab of “Beyond Borders” - International Documentary Festival of Castellorizo is delighted to announce the presence of highly reputable commissioning editors in its evaluation panel. Representatives of BBC Storyville, the German documentary channel Phoenix, and the international Festival Movies that Matter  as well as the Institute of documentary film of Prague will honour us with their presence (among others) and will thus...

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Universal Studios Hollywood: WELCOME BACK!

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  By Emmanuel Itier Needless to say that after waiting for over a year and half, due to the covid pandemic, my family and I couldn’t wait to be back in the land of the movies: Universal Studios Hollywood (https://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/web/en/us ). Our expectations were high, and we were not disappointed. Universal had managed the “tour de force” to build a new attraction, “The secret life of the pets: off the leash!”, revamp their legendary &ldq...
 

31.07.2021 | Editor's blog

Double program for the preopening of 78th Mostra edition

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La Biennale di Venezia /   Double Preopening event of the 78th Venice International Film Festival /   Tuesday August 31st 2021, Sala Darsena (Lido di Venezia): ·      6:30 pm: La Biennale di Venezia: il cinema al tempo del Covid, a diary in film by Andrea Segre ·      9:00 pm: Per grazia ricevuta (1971) by and with Nino Manfredi, a tribute on the one-hundredth anniversary of the actor and director’s birth ...
 

Madres paralelas by Pedro Almodóvar with Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Israel Elejalde, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón to open Venice

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Madres paralelas© El Deseo D.A. S.L.U._photo by Nico Bustos Madres paralelas, directed by Pedro Almodóvar, starring Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Israel Elejalde, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, with the participation of Julieta Serrano and Rossy De Palma is the Opening Film, in Competition, of the 78th Venice International Film Festival within La Biennale di Venezia, directed by Alberto Barbera (1 – 11 September 2021).   "I was born as a film director i...
 

TIFF 2021 unveils selections for Contemporary World Cinema and Discovery programmes

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TIFF 2021 unveils selections for Contemporary World Cinema and Discovery programmes TIFF Rewind presented by Bell brings back iconic Festival premieres TIFF hosts in-person Press & Industry screenings   The Toronto International Film Festival announced today films from around the globe that are included in the Contemporary World Cinema programme presented by Sun Life and the Discovery programme presented by Dyson as part of the Toronto International Film Festival’s 46th edit...
 

Sundance Institute Announces Inaugural Uprise Grant Fund Recipients & Arts Organization Grants: Supporting Bipoc Artists

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  Over $420,000 Provided in Unrestricted, Targeted Funding to Artists and Arts Organizations and Collectives   As part of the nonprofit Sundance Institute's continued commitment to supporting artists from historically excluded communities, the Institute announced today its latest grantees for both the Uprise Grant Fund and Arts Organization Grants. The Uprise Grant Fund supports BIPOC artists whose careers and creative development have been harm...
 

30.07.2021 | Sundance's blog

Women’s Financing Intensive, from WIF & Sundance Institute, Elevates Twelve Feature Projects with Tailored Support

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Women’s Financing Intensive, from WIF & Sundance Institute, Elevates Twelve Feature Projects with Tailored Support Intensive equips filmmakers with financing strategies and introduces them to leading financiers. Los Angeles — The Sundance Institute and WIF (Women In Film, Los Angeles) today announce the projects and creators selected for the annual WIF and Sundance Institute Financing Intensive. The Intensive is designed to help women producers—fiction and documentar...
 

30.07.2021 | Sundance's blog

StepIn 2021 — Envisioning a healthier workplace in the film industry

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After nine successful years in existence, StepIn – Locarno Pro’s think tank – is back in the physical space. Once again, the initiative will allow for a free-flowing exchange of ideas between selected industry professionals and a host of prestigious speakers, all joining together on Thursday August 5th, during the Locarno Film Festival.   A proactive environment in which accredited professionals from diverse backgrounds can openly share their experiences with their c...
 

30.07.2021 | Locarno Dailies's blog

Documentaries in competition at the 6th “Beyond Borders” International Documentary Festival of Castellorizo (22-29/8/2021)

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A total of 27 documentaries (11 feature films, 5 medium-length films and 11 short films) from 15 countries will be competing at the 6th Beyond Borders International Documentary Festival of Castellorizo. Once again the official selection includes compelling films from around the world. Please, find below a summary and a trailer of all the films in competition:   Short Films in competition:   The Method: Captured / Greece, 2017, 13’ Directed by: Haris Gioulatos &nb...
 

30.07.2021 | Beyond Borders's blog

Symposium European Film Factory

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European Film Factory Symposium   The European Film Factory is celebrating its first year of existence with a symposium on film education from July 26 to 28, 2021 in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) in partnership with the EducaTIFF section of the Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF).   This European meeting will be divided in two parts, and it will be an opportunity to highlight the importance of film education in the school and extra-curricular life of young Europeans. On July 26...
 

29.07.2021 | Bruno's blog

Apichatpong Weerasethakul's "Memoria" wins Cannes Jury Prize

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Memoria is a film of exceptional quality directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul starring Tilda Swinton. Upon receiving the Jury Prize Weerasethakul said that the two of them have an important and vital collaboration that they will be continuing in future films. Swinton plays Jessica Holland, an Englishwoman living in Medellín who runs a flower orchard. She visits her sister who is in the hospital in Bogota and begins hearing a haunting booming noise. She has Her...
 

29.07.2021 | Cannes's blog

Cannes Docs wrapped, Doc Day July 13

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  Docs-in-Progress Docs-in-Progress offered an exclusive series of eight showcases of curated docs-in-progress in finalization stage, presented both online on our dedicated platform marchedufim.online (6-9 July) and onsite in the Riviera 2 screening room at the Marché du Film (9-12 July).  The event opened with two online showcases: . Tuesday 6 - 14:30-15:15 | Showcase Sheffield Doc Fest Go to Event . Tuesday 6 - 16:15-17:30 | Showcas...
 

28.07.2021 | Docs on the Spot's blog

Gravitas Ventures Acquires Multi Award-Winning Documentary “The Center: Gibbons and Guardians”

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Gravitas Ventures Acquires Multi Award-Winning Documentary “The Center: Gibbons and Guardians” For Audiences Everywhere September 21st, 2021 “The Center: Gibbons and Guardians” Offers a View Into The Magical World of Gibbons to VOD/Digital & Blu-Ray/DVD Audiences Across North America This Fall  Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, has acquired North America rights to Emmy® Award winning filmmaker Alex M. Azmi (“To Climb a Gold M...
 

27.07.2021 | Editor's blog

Cannes Special Screening "The Year Of The Everlasting Storm"

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Anthony Chen's The Breakaway ©Festival de Cannes Cannes Special Screening: THE YEAR OF THE EVERLASTING STORM:  Jafar PANAHI , Anthony CHEN , Malik VITTHAL , Laura POITRAS , Dominga SOTOMAYOR , David LOWERY , Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL Seven filmmakers made films for an anthology during the pandemic. They were presented at a special screening at Cannes. Producer NEON explained that the films are inspired by the work of...
 

Beckett by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, will open Piazza Grande

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  © Yannis Drakoulidis - Netflix Beckett, the new film by Italian director Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, produced by Luca Guadagnino, is to open the 74th edition of the Locarno Film Festival in Piazza Grande on August 4. Following its premiere at the Festival, the film will also be available exclusively on Netflix from August 13. The opening ceremony of the 74th Locarno Film Festival will be held on Wednesday 4 August in Piazza Grande, the iconic open-air theater which w...
 

22.07.2021 | Locarno Dailies's blog

NEON has taken North American rights to Jonas Carpignano’s festival sensation A Chiara

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NEON announced today that it has taken North American rights to Jonas Carpignano’s festival sensation A Chiara, which won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film in the Directors’ Fortnight section at Cannes.    The film marks the second time Carpignano takes the award, after previously winning for 2017’s A Ciambra, the second film in his Calabrian Trilogy.  Written by Carpignano, the drama stars Carmela Fumo, Claudio Rotolo and Swamy Rotolo. Ph...
 

JOE BELL rings true, somber for an America in transition

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent While Mark Wahlberg as JOE BELL, the grieving father who was initially ambivalent about his gay son Jadin, might seem a curious casting choice to some on the topic of bullying, it makes sense from the standpoint of where “Marky Mark” started out in life. Wahlberg, who turned 50 this year, is from Winter Hill gang-boss Whitey Bulger's birthplace Dorchester, Mass. The place was a notorious 1970's hotbed of racial and homoph...
 

21.07.2021 | Quendrith Johnson's blog

2021 Comic-Con International: San Diego, to Be Held Online with 10 Taiwanese Comic Creations Building a "Future Island"

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America’s biggest comic convention, Comic-Con International: San Diego, will be held on July 23rd-25th, as a free, online event, Comic-Con@Home. Featuring “Future Island,” Taiwan will present 10 comics and animation works of science fiction and an online talk for Comic-Con@Home 2021. All 10 works are included in the limited edition 2021 Taiwan Exhibit Guide, welcome to browse and download: https://reurl.cc/qgpOVy.    The online talk “Survival is the A...
 

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4 Honorary Oscar Awards to Samuel L. Jackson, Elaine May, Liv Ullmann and Danny Glover

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that its Board of Governors voted to present Honorary Awards to Samuel L. Jackson, Elaine May and Liv Ullmann, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Danny Glover.  The four Oscar® statuettes will be presented at the Academy’s 12th Governors Awards on Saturday, January 15, 2022, in Los Angeles. “We are thrilled to present this year’s Governors Awards to four honorees who have had a profound imp...
 

 

 

Grossmann Festival 2021 Awards

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The best feature film of the 17th Grossmann Festival is YUMMY. The Honorary Vicious Cats were received by the festival's guests of honour, American directors Gary Sherman and William Lustig. On Saturday, the 24th of July, the 17th edition of Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival came to a magnificent conclusion. This year, there were screenings of no less than 36 feature films, 9 documentaries and 34 short films from 30 countries, with 6 features, 7 music documentaries and 31 short fil...
 

26.07.2021 | Grossmann Info's blog

Palme d'or to Julia Ducournau's Titane!

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Titane is a brilliant film of epic and cathartic realms. Ducournau said at the press conference for the film that David Cronenberg is a favorite and also responded to questions about the use of violence in the film. It has extraordinary editing, acting and cinematography. Titane is overwhelmingly  engaging from beginning to end. You could start at any point of the film and find a compelling thread of the narrative to follow about a young girl in a car accident with a titanium implant in ...
 
 

We still heart Spike Lee & NEON nabs Jonas Carpignano

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Never mind the recent Spike Lee leak that named “Titane” as a winner as NEON took their second Palme d’Or in a row, just off the heels of Parasite, with Julia Ducournau’s new film. NEON also announced that it has taken North American rights to Jonas Carpignano’s festival favorite A Chiara... CANNES FRANCE: NEON just announced that it has taken North American rights to Jonas Carpignano&rsq...
 

 

 

French Riviera Film Festival 2021 Awards Ceremony - Winners announced

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TIFF announces first honourees for 2021 TIFF Tribute Awards

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Alanis Obomsawin - Photo credit: Scott Stevens / Denis Villeneuve - Photo credit: Ulysse Del Drago Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, Co-Heads of TIFF, are delighted to announce that award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer, singer, and activist Alanis Obomsawin will be honoured with the Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media at this year’s TIFF Tribute Awards and Academy Award®–nominated French Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve will receive the TIFF Ebert Director Award. T...
 

The academy invites 395 artists to membership

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ACADEMY INVITES 395 TO MEMBERSHIP   The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 395 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Membership selection decisions are based on professional qualifications, with representation, inclusion and equity remaining a priority of Academy Aperture 2025.  The 2021 class is 46% women, 39% underrepresented ethnic/racial comm...
 

The Academy has promoted Shawn Finnie to Executive Vice President, Member Relations and Awards

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ACADEMY NAMES SHAWN FINNIE EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, MEMBER RELATIONS AND AWARDS The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has promoted Shawn Finnie to Executive Vice President, Member Relations and Awards, Academy COO Christine Simmons announced today.  Finnie will report directly to Simmons.  Finnie will lead engagement and outreach initiatives for the organization’s global membership of more than 10,000 artists, filmmakers and executives and oversee Academ...
 

Dusty Hill of ZZ Top bows out at age 72

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent One of the brightest lights of Classic Rock left the planet on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, and this is Dusty Hill from ZZ Top. Recently it was reported that Hill was stepping back from the band for health-related reasons, and now the gravity of those complications is clear. Co-head of the band Billy Gibbons announced the band will mourn but go on in his honor. Because the news is just breaking wide, here's a tribute that suits a legend. From...
 

29.07.2021 | Quendrith Johnson's blog

Peter Wollen's "Friendship's Death" at Cannes Classics in restored 4K print

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" Friendship's Death" (UK 1987) was part of the Cannes Classic series directed by Peter Wollen who made films with Laura Mulvey. It stars Tilda Swinton as an alien named "Friendship" who was on hand to introduce the film and hadn't seen it on a big screen since 1986.Wollen was a film teacher at Columbia and one of his students with Katherine Bigelow: "He was great. He’s illuminating. Until I met him I was just looking at light reflected on a screen. After ...
 

29.07.2021 | Cannes's blog

Future Frames: spotlight on young up-and-coming european directors at Karlovy Vary

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  EFP FUTURE FRAMES - Generation NEXT of European Cinema will be presenting ten selected films directed by some of the most promising European film students and graduates at the 55th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) which will be held from 20 to 28 August 2021. The filmmakers are nominated by their countries' national film promotion institutes, with the final selection being done by KVIFF’s artistic director Karel Och and his programme team. The young directors ...
 

28.07.2021 | Bruno's blog

A new programming collective for the RIDM’s 24th edition

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Left to right: Marlene Edoyan, Nadine Gomez, Hubert Sabino-Brunette The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is proud to present the festival’s new programming collective, comprising directors Marlene Edoyan and Nadine Gomez along with programmer Hubert Sabino-Brunette. The new team will select the documentaries for the 24th edition of the RIDM, which will take place in hybrid format from November 10 to 21, 2021.   “Our goal as the new programming collective i...
 

28.07.2021 | Docs on the Spot's blog

Meeting with Jodie Foster at Cannes, July 7, 2021: Salle Buñuel.

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Recipient of an Honorary Palme d'Or on July 6 at Festival de Cannes,Jodie's first memory at Cannes with the debut of "Taxi Driver" in 1976 was that her dog Napoléon had died before the flight and her thoughts went to the dog all through the press attention and clamour. She mentioned that women were important in the beginning of the film industry such as Alice Guy Blaché and Dorothy Arzner and credited David Fincher whom she has learned the most from.During her v...
 

A look-back on OBAMA: IN PURSUIT OF A MORE PERFECT UNION from HBO

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent For many in America, the 2008 election seems like a lifetime ago, maybe even a different country ago. Since the 2016 election seems to have left an indelible mark on politicians and their constituency alike, perhaps a glance in the rear-view mirror of US politics is in order. Former President Barack Obama (b. 1961) turns 60 on Aug. 4, and HBO’s three-part documentary, OBAMA: IN PURSUIT OF A MORE PERFECT UNION, will debut Aug. 3, fro...
 

22.07.2021 | Quendrith Johnson's blog

Bruno Chatelin Honoured with UN Supported Organization @Cannes Film Festival

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  Bruno Chatelin, back home with his lifetime achievement award 9th Annual AFI World Peace Initiative honours "Bruno Chatelin" @Cannes Film Festival alongside the “Embrace Award” given to Two Time Oscar Nominee Barry Alexander Brown whilst Student Oscars Committee congratulates Founder working year-round for peace through film. Founder HRH Princess Angelique A. Monet    Manuel de Collas LaRoche, Lorenzo Giovnelli, Michela Scolari Stephen Mao, Pr...
 

In Memoria Safarbek Soliev 1959 - 2021

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  By Jean-Marc Thérouanne (International Festival of Asian Cinemas in Vesoul)  It is with great sadness that we have just learned of the death of our friend Safarbek Soliev on July 19, 2021. He was a member of the Jury at the 14th International Festival of Asian Cinemas in Vesoul in 2008 where he was paid homage in a retrospective (Achaglon, L’Alliance, Nissour, Waiting Calendar, ...). Along with Bakhtiar Khudojnazarov, Jamshed Usmanov and Iskandar Usmonov, he was on...
 

21.07.2021 | Beyond Borders's blog

Vidiots funders Rian Johnson and Karina Longworth, Eagle Theatre redo & more

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent KNIVES OUT's Rian Johnson and exceptional Hollywood podcaster/author Karina Longworth have just made a pledge to restore an unforgettable movie house in the Eagle Rock section of Los Angeles. It's being done with iconic Vidiots Foundation. If you're not familiar with Karina Longworth’s podcast “You Must Remember This” - check it out on Youtube. Read on for news... LOS ANGELES, CA: Vidiots, the iconic L.A. ...
 

21.07.2021 | Quendrith Johnson's blog

Beyond Borders - Special Event: Grand débat on Europe

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The Beyond Border Documentary Festival is situated at the Crossroads of History and Cinema, of a scientific, academic activity and an artistic way of representing the world, its events, its people and its evolutions. For History, the search for the truth, for the « real thing » is at the center of attention. Starting from the reality, its representations and manifestations, the historical approach aims to understand the ins and outs, tries to extract one or several meanings, att...
 

20.07.2021 | Beyond Borders's blog

Berwyn Rowlands nominated for National Lottery Award

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IRIS PRIZE FILM FESTIVAL FOUNDER UP FOR MAJOR AWARD   Cardiff based film and TV producer, Berwyn Rowlands, who founded the biggest international LGBT+ short film prize in the world, is in line for recognition after being nominated for a 2021 National Lottery Award.   Berwyn, originally from Anglesey but who lives in Cardiff, has been shortlisted in the Arts category of this year’ National Lottery Awards for his outstanding work over 15 years as the Founder and Festiva...
 

20.07.2021 | Editor's blog

Entertainment Industry Entrepreneur Ali M. Aksu On Disrupting The Film Business

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International producer, director and entrepreneur, Ali M. Aksu is the executive producer of several groundbreaking projects, including the first-ever Hollywood feature film to cast digital media talent that was distributed by Universal Studios. In 2020, he founded FilmCapital.io, a community focused Hollywood crowdfunding platform, and most recently, Auteur Academy, an educational platform to empower independent filmmakers. Aksu is the Southern California Young Professionals Ambassador...
 

Jon Gosier Honored For Financial Support of Filmmakers at 74th Annual Cannes

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  The Film Financier and Investor Awarded as “Gentlemen of the Year”   Cannes, France—July 13th, 2021   Photo: Beachside Gala hosted by Better World Fund at 74th Annual Cannes Film Festival   Jon Gosier was a guest of honor at a private beachside gala organized by the Better World Fund at the 74th Annual Cannes Film Festival. The invite-only event was one of this year’s most anticipated.   At the event’s culmination, Jon presented...
 

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Your Script Produced Studios: season 3

November 3 – 7, 2022
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Early Deadline  September 30, 2021

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 GENRES / SUB GENRES ACCEPTED!

Writers & Filmmakers of ALL ages can submit.

ACCEPTING:  FEATURES  /   PILOTS  /  SHORTS / DOCUMENTARIES!

OVER $500,000.00 IN PRODUCTION BUDGETS - CASH - AWARDS -PRIZES

Official website page, visit:
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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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BKK DOC

Festival 16-19 December 2021 Bangkok, Thailand

Online Festival 1-31 December 2021

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An exciting award competition with films from all over the world in front of a truly international jury a mind blowing festival on screens in Bangkok in December 2021 exclusive industry focused webinars screenings and Q&A.

BKK DOC 2021 is calling for entries.
It’s time to share your “Visions on Asia” with the world.
Submit your latest documentary film now (short and long features)

SUBMIT USING THIS LINK

or copy this address : www.filmfreeway.com/bkkdoc

#BKKDOC  #BKKDOC2021
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Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival  
May 28 – June 2, 2022

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August 17, 2021 Earlybird Deadline

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.

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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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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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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The Sound of Us directed by Chris Gero

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"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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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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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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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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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 ..   
 

Le Jury œcuménique 2021 attribue son Prix au film : DRIVE MY CAR de Ryusuke Hamaguchi

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  Le Jury œcuménique 2021 attribue son Prix au film : DRIVE MY CAR de Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Compétition Officielle)   Pour une méditation poétique sur le pouvoir de guérison de l’art et de la parole, grâce à un long voyage vers le pardon et l’acceptation.  Ce film délivre avec force un message universel : comment surmonter les barrières de communication dues aux conventio...
 

La Palme d'Or au film Titane, plutôt controversée

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CHE / AFP  Une édition exceptionnelle. Elle s'annonçait comme telle et elle a tenu ses promesses. Pendant 12 jours, le 74e Festival de Cannes a célébré nos retrouvailles avec le cinéma comme une grande fête internationale de découvertes, de rencontres et de partages. Alors que l'actrice réalisatrice américaine Jodie Foster s'était vu remettre un...
 

Bela Lugosi : Grandeur et décadence de l'immortel Dracula, à paraître le 18 août aux éditions La Boîte à Bulles.

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Ce roman graphique revient sur la vie de Bela Lugosi, acteur mythique de l'âge d'or du cinéma de genre, sa carrière, ses excès. Acteur emblématique du cinéma d'horreur américain des années 1930, mondialement connu pour avoir donné vie au comte Dracula, Béla Lugosi fait aujourd'hui encore frémir les cinéphiles. Ce roman (bio)graphique retrace la vie d'un homme qui, après avoir tou...
 

Rest in Peace Marc Haaz: de tout coeur avec nos amis du FICA!

 
Cher Bruno,  Notre bras droit Marc Haaz, directeur de la technique au FICA, vient de décéder ce jour. L'accident d'ULM a eu lieu à 9h57 alors qu'il devait venir travailler avec nous à 10h30 pour préparer le 28e FICA.  Nous sommes effondrés. Nous nous permettons de te faire parvenir la lettre d’amour que nous venons de lui écrire post-mortem, pour conjurer la mort et lui accorder un supplém...
 
 

La SODEC contribue à la relance culturelle à la hauteur de 16,7 M$ en initiatives innovantes

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  Parmi ses actions pour soutenir la relance économique des entreprises culturelles québécoises, la SODEC a distribué, en 2020-2021, 16,7 M$ au volet 2 temporaire (aide aux projets de relance culturelle) du programme d’aide aux initiatives innovantes. Ce volet temporaire a permis à 263 projets partout au Québec et dans tous les domaines d’activités de la SODEC (cinéma, télévision, musique, livre, m&...
 
 

Etes vous prêts à découvrir "Les plus belles balades de la Métropole du Grand Paris"

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En partenariat avec Petit Futé, la Métropole du Grand Paris est présente dans le guide Petit Futé 2021-2022 « Les plus belles balades de la Métropole du Grand Paris ».   Ce guide met en valeur la diversité et la richesse du patrimoine architectural, culturel et naturel de la Métropole du Grand Paris.   Les parcours couvrent la majeure partie des 131 communes de la Métropole du Grand Paris, du Bourge...
 

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VIDEO Bruno Chatelin et le CAS MARKETING du 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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Interview with Marché du Film Executive Director Jérôme Paillard

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Jérôme Paillard in conversation with Bruno Chatelin and the previous chat on the 2020 edition !   Facts and figures on the 2020 marchédu Film online, the first edition of its kind. Quite a challenge on many fronts   A few figures about attendance  trends this year? when is the marchedufilm.online opening, why 5 days only? How many of the Cannes official selection  titles will be screening in the virtual Marché do you see a...
 

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Cannes Docs Panel July 9:The Future of Film Marketing is Digital

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Cannes Docs is the Marché du Film’s one-stop venue for all things documentary, designed for all those who make, produce, finance, sell, program, curate, distribute, promote or exhibit creative, cinematic, feature-length documentaries.   . Friday 9 - 14:30-15:30 | The Future of Film Marketing is Digital Marina Stage (Riviera) / Online Through case studies, the team of Alphapanda shows the variety of social media marketing strategies for do...
 

Marché du Film Conferences Line Up 9 & 10 July

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Conferences Line-up   Friday 9 July . 10:00-12:00 | Cannes Next with NEXT WAVE (DFFB) | Showcase of NEXT WAVE Projects and Future Industry Innovators       Palais Stage (Palais -1) See More Details . 14:30-15:30 | Cannes Docs | The Future of Film Marketing is Digital ⁠(Alphapanda)    Marina Stage (Riviera) See More Details . 16:00-17:00 | CharactHer – Empowering all talents in the Film and the Media industries M...
 

Meet Riker Lynch in Cannes the man behind the Aliens (on Halloween)

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Riker Lynch, actor, singer, writer-director will be in Cannes July 11 - 17 and is happy to take meetings with producers, buyers, distributors, festival programmers, and fellow filmmakers. riker007@gmail.com @rikerlynch on Instagram WhatsApp or iMessage +1 720 670 0600 Riker has many film and TV credits including "Glee" and "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" on Netflix. He is a widely known around the world from 8 years of touring with the pop/rock band R5. He ...
 

Women in Motion Talks Program - Cannes 2021

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  WOMEN IN MOTION TALKS PRELIMINARY PROGRAM From July 9 to July 16th 2021   For the 74th edition of the Festival de Cannes, Women In Motion is proud to welcome Yamina Benguigui, Lou Doillon, Jodie Turner-Smith, Tilda Swinton, Matilda De Angelis and Regina King, who will give their views on women’s representation in cinema and more generally, in the arts and culture.   Friday July 9 – 11 am Talk with Yamina Benguigui, director, screenwriter, producer, documenta...
 

VIDEO: Cannes 74 Jury gathered in the press conference

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AroundJury President Spike LEE  Mati DIOP (France, Sénégal), Mélanie LAURENT (France), Mylène FARMER (Canada, France), Maggie GYLLENHAAL (Etats-Unis), Jessica HAUSNER (Autriche), Tahar RAHIM (France), Kleber MENDONÇA FILHO (Brésil) and SONG Kang-Ho (Corée du Sud)       ...
 

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Bong Joon Ho, returns to Cannes 2 years after his Palme d'Or for Parasite!

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The Korean director will be back on the Croisette, after the triumph of Parasite in 2019, the latest Palme d'or to date and the first in the history of Korean cinema. Bong Joon Ho will be one of the special guests at the Opening Ceremony on July 6th and will present an exceptional "Rendez-vous with..." the next day in the Buñuel Theatre of the Palais des Festivals. Among other surprises in store for ...
 

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Marché Conferences July 7 and 8

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WEDNESDAY JULY 7 10:00 - 11:30 PALAIS STAGE (PALAIS -1) Nostradamus Report 2021: Transforming Storytelling Together 12:00 - 12:45 PALAIS STAGE (PALAIS -1) Cannes XR | Presentation of XR3 Virtual Exhibition 14:30 - 15:30 MAIN STAGE (LÉRINS) Cannes Next | Virtual Production: Why, for Who and What's at stake for Filmmakers and Financers? 16:00 - 17:00 MAIN STAGE (LÉRINS) Cannes Next with Digital Domain | Telling Stories with Digital Humans by a Digit...
 

Online event: Leading Change: An Insider's Look at Success, Failure and Opportunity

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   Anna Serner, CEO of the Swedish Film Institute     Christa Dickenson, Executive Director & CEO of Telefilm Canada          Directrice générale de l'Institut suédois du film        Directrice générale et Cheffe de la direction de Téléfilm Canada       ---  LEADING CHANGE:   AN INSIDER'S LOOK AT SUCCESS,&n...
 

Best for Fests ' ENOUGH! Lebanon's Darkest Hour' : Key Interviewees Character Bios

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(In alphabetical order) Darina Al-Joundi - Actor A child survivor of the Lebanese civil war, Darina turned her traumatic past into her passion. An actress, She has graced the theatres in France and appeared on hit TV shows Homeland & Tyrant. Darina was recently given her French citizenship for her roles as an advocate for women rights.   Dr Walid Alami – Cardiologist and civil activist Dr Walid returned to live in Lebanon in 2012 after spending 26 years in the USA. An outsp...
 

Best for Fests ' ENOUGH! Lebanon's Darkest Hour' : The Key Crew Bios

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Daizy Gedeon – Director, Writer, Executive Producer Daizy is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and entrepreneur. Originally her family migrated from Lebanon in 1970. She started her career as a journalist in 1983 working with several international news organisations including News Corp, The Times and MBC in London. She was the first female sports journalist on The Australian newspaper and first female soccer writer in Australia. After moving onto the Foreign Affairs desk in 1989, ...
 

4th Annual Global Entertainment Showcase during Cannes July 11

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Cloud 21 International & Kultura PR International to Present 4th Annual “Global Entertainment Showcase” Special Virtual Event on July 11, 20 Cloud 21 International & Kultura PR International to Present 4th Annual “Global Entertainment Showcase” Special Virtual Event on July 11, 2021 during French Riviera Film Festival and Festival de Cannes Panel to Feature Award-winning Filmmaker/Producers Ali M. Aksu, Anna Fishbeyn, Eva Lanska, Bertrand Normand a...
 

The Wandering Diasporan Conferences and Screenings in Cannes July7 & 12

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CONFERENCE Cannes & The Culture celebrate legends Film Financing: Opportunties & Challenges in the Diaspora   SCREENINGS The White Line (Namibia) Invisibles 'Kaunapawa' (Namibia) Racing with Ludovic (Sweden/France/USA) Kunta Kinte Returns Home (USA, Sweden, France)   ...
 

Exclusive: Better World Fund “ETHICAL GOLD” at the 74th Cannes film festival Honoring Barry Alexander Brown & Spike Lee July 12

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Better World Fund “ETHICAL GOLD” AT THE 74TH CANNES FILM FESTIVAL Honoring Barry Alexander Brown and Spike Lee July 12th 2021     Better World Fund takes part at the Cannes Film Festival for the fifth year in a row with a full day event on July 12th 2021. Created to respond to a humanitarian impulse coming from a society in need of authenticity and truth, Better World Fund shares the mission for positive environmental, economic and soc...
 

Serge Toubiana and Hervé Michel elected as President and Vice President of UniFrance

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The first Steering Committee meeting of the new Serge Toubiana and "We would like to thank the members of the committee for this vote of confidence. After having brought forward this new reform over recent months, a new chapter is opening up that will reap the benefits of this new union. We will serve as its guarantors, along with the association's Commissions, the Steering Committee, the Executive Committee, and all of our members, and working with the team led b...
 

03.07.2021 | Editor's blog

 

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