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Sadly Sundance will be moving online this year

As a nonprofit arts organization, the Sundance Institute has held the Sundance Film Festival for close to forty years to support artists and introduce their work to audiences, creating a community around independent storytelling.   We have been looking forward to our first fully hybrid Sundance Film Festival and our teams have spent a year planning a festival like no other. But despite the most ambitious protocols, the Omicron variant with its unexpectedly high transmissibility...


San Sebastian The way it was in 2021

Thanks to everyone. We look forward to seeing you next year! In these last days of 2021, on behalf of the team who make the Festival possible, I would once again like to thank you for y...


VIDEO: IFFR 2022 full line-up announcement

The 51st edition of IFFR is approaching and the full film programme for the online programme of IFFR 2022 was announced during the IFFR 2022 press conference on Friday 7 January, 2022. We announced the Tiger Competition, Big Screen Competition and Ammodo Tiger Short Competition selections – which will be made available internationally for accredited press and industry guests online. We also revealed the IFFR 2022 selection for audiences, the opening film, P...

10th Antenna Documentary Film Festival’s Full Program Revealed

     From February 2 to 13, across 12 days and nights, Antenna celebrates the very best in non-fiction cinema — once again turning Sydney into a doc-lovers paradise. 50 of the most creative and thought-provoking documentaries from around the globe fill the program, with several international and Australian premieres showcasing the funny to the sobering, the real to the surreal. From intimate personal stories to political exposés, Antenna promises to ...


The 55th WorldFest-Houston Film Festival New Years Wishes: January 15, 2022 Late entry deadline with a discount

Wonderful WorldFest New Years Wishes for 2022! Happiest of New Years! We wish you a Very Bountiful 2022 New Year!  Just a final reminder from the 55th Annual WorldFest-Houston that our Final Entry Deadline is Saturday, Midnight, January 15th. The 'evil' Late Fee is Waived as a very special courtesy! Be part of the Wonderful WorldFest, the festival that gave First Honors to Spielberg, George Lucas, Ang Lee, David Lynch, the Coen Brother...



Penske Media announces the acquisition of The American Pavilion

Today, Penske Media (PMC) announced the acquisition of The American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival, a relied upon communications,  hospitality, and media center for global attendees. For over 30 years, The American Pavilion has made its mark providing an impressive array of facilities and services, including membership for the international film community, provocative and insightful programming, the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase and im...



SBIFF's Virtuosos Award honorees announced!

  VIRTUOSOS AWARD PRESENTED BY UGG HONORING CAITRIONA BALFE (BELFAST), ARIANA DEBOSE (WEST SIDE STORY), JAMIE DORNAN (BELFAST), ALANA HAIM (LICORICE PIZZA), EMILIA JONES (CODA), TROY KOTSUR (CODA), SIMON REX (RED ROCKET), AND SANIYYA SIDNEY (KING RICHARD), SATURDAY, MARCH 5th, 2022 SBIFF has just announced the recipients to receive the Virtuosos Award presented by UGG®, an honor created to recognize a select group of talent whose noteworthy performances in film h...


French Riviera Film Festival Partners with SPARQ for 2022 Hybrid Global Event

The fourth annual French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) that celebrates short film and short-form content will once again be held live and in person on the Riviera, during the time period of the Festival de Cannes, the announcement was made today by FRFF founders Nicole Muj and Gotham Chandna.  FRFF 2022 will be held at the Eden Hotel and Resort in Cannes, France on May 20 and 21, 2022. returning as media partner. ...


28th Sedona International Film Festival Going Fully Live, Feb. 19-27s

“We’re getting people back in theaters seeing films they way they should, on screen”: Pat Schweiss, Executive Director The 28th annual Sedona International Film Festival returns to its original last-week-of-February timeframe with an all-live event that will put “people back in the theaters seeing films the way they should, on screen,” according to Executive Director Pat Schweiss.             COV...


Palm Springs International Film Festival will be postponed to June 21-27, 2022

Based on the current rise of COVID cases, the Palm Springs International Film Society has announced that the Film Festival will not take place this year from January 7-17. This follows the cancellation of the January 6 Film Awards. After thoughtful consideration, the Film Society feels this is the most responsible decision to ensure the safety of our patrons, filmmakers, and staff. Those who have purchased festival tickets and passes will receive a refund. For most, the refund will b...


Health Protocols at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The SBIFF film festival will go on! And we thank you for your support. We cannot wait to see you and share time and movies together. We predict that you may have some concerns about the upcoming SBIFF when it comes to COVID-19 and recent new variants. We want to assure you that your safety is of the upmost importance to us, and after consulting with health professionals, we will institute and enforce strong protocols to ensure that the 2022 edition is safe for all attendees. Below is... will be covering locally the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Emmanuel Itier will be conducting interviews with some of the 2022 SBIFF Filmmakers.  He is based in Santa Barbara and a regular contributor to the portal!  An experienced feature film Producer, Emmanuel Itier directed several pictures before completing in 2012 the Peace documentary ‘The Invocation’ narrated by Sharon Stone and staring Desmond Tutu, HH The Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra as well as many worldwide peace activists. In 2013 Mr. Itier ...

Mass Hypnosis in the cinema at Göteborg Film Festival: do YOU dare let go of control?

Göteborg Film Festival launches The Hypnotic Cinema – a mind-bending experiment where visitors are challenged to lose control in the cinema by being hypnotized. The Hypnotic Cinema examines the possibility to intensify the film experience for those courageous visitors who dare to let loose in the cinema. “The rules and restrictions of the past year have illuminated how to maintain order in society and what really governs people’s thoughts and behaviors. Maybe ...

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Announcing the Jury Members of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival

    The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced today the members of the six juries awarding prizes for artistic and cinematic achievement at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Also announced was the jury for the Alfred P. Sloan Film Prize.The Festival takes place January 20-30 via our enhanced online platform at and in person at seven Satellite Screens venues around the country during the Festival’s second weekend. Sixteen celebrated voices ac...


Javed Siddiqi will be honored in Jaipur at the opening ceremony of JIFF Inbox

Javed Siddiqui, a widely known screenplay and dialogue writer would be honored with Jaipur International Film Festival’s Life Time Achievement Award. Born in 1942, in Rampur, Javed Siddiqi has earned great name and fame by writing screenplays and dialogues for more than 60 super hit films in his career. He’s been honored with the prestigious Film Fare Award twice, in 1994 for super hit film Baazigar and in 1996 for blockbuster Dil Wali Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. Besides, he has been award...

"Why you need to be screened at Festivals" A Masterclass with Bruno Chatelin at Bangkok Doc

Bruno Chatelin co founder former head of SONY AND fox theatrical distribution shared his festival experience and advice for an hour to participants of BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY AWARDS 2021 THE VIDEO WIL BE ACCESSIBLE FOR OUR AUDIENCE YOUTUBE CHANNEL OF BRUNO'S INTERVIEWS           ...

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Merger with NFDC: Are the media units fighting a losing battle?

Merger with NFDC: Are the media units fighting a losing battle? While the proposal to bring four media units of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting under the umbrella of the NFDC is being debated in the media, among the stake-holders and the concerned public in general, we need to look at a decision of the High Court, dated 07 October 2021, in a Petition filed by the Films Division Staff Association against the Union of India. This decision underscores that any attempt to prevent th...

RIFF 08, 2022, 01: Oscar 2021 nominated film Mmmm-Sound of Pain selected for RIFF 2022

RIFF 08, 2022, 01: Oscar 2021 nominated film Mmmm-Sound of Pain selected for RIFF 2022 Organisers of the 8th Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF) released the first list of selected films yesterday. It comprises 20 films: 8 Features, 6 Short Films, 3 Documentaries, 1 Music Video and 2 Student Short Films. Oscars 2021 nominated Vijeesh Mani's film Mmmm - Sound of Pain will be a star attraction at the event. RIFF, organised by the RIFF Film Club, will be held from 25th to 30...

Minnal Murali, Review: Two bolts from the blue

Minnal Murali, Review: Two bolts from the blue Minnal Murali’s première at the Mumbai Film Festival, on 16 December, was a grand affair. The venue was the recently constructed Jio World Drive in Mumbai’s Bandra-Kurla Complex, and drinks and snacks were waiting for those who arrived early. The cast and crew were present too. Viewing the film came with an embargo that no reviews should be posted before December the 24th, the day of its release directly through the streaming p...


12th Hour by Susan Kucera will screen at The Colorado Environmental Film Festival

CEFF 2022: February 24-27 (Golden, CO) Virtual CEFF 2022: February 27-March 6 ...


12th Hour selected to play at Cinema Verde February 12 – 14, 2022

Thank you dear Trish Riley Festival Director - Cinema Verde Cinema Verde, an Environmental Film and Arts Festival in Gainesville, Florida, was created to raise awareness of environmental issues through the arts. We will hold our thirteenth annual festival February, 2022. Cinema Verde’s mission is to provide environmental education to the public through film, arts, workshops, events, tours and any other forum or media; to increase public awareness of environmental practices that enhance ...


by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent If we wind the clock back to last year’s Award Season, SOUND OF METAL starring Riz Ahmed as a hearing-impaired rock drummer blew away the uninitiated as the band-fronter film picked up six Oscar®️ nominations and won two for Best Editing and Best Sound. Notable among the nominations was Riz Ahmed himself as Best Lead Actor. Hard to believe this British former rapper named Riz MC went from being kicked off airplay for being 't...

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Capri Hollywood 2021 The Award Winners announced

2021 “CAPRI, HOLLYWOOD” - AWARD WINNERS (Selected by a board chaired by Golden Globe Winner and Oscar nominated Music Composer Tony Renis)   Best Picture - The Power of the Dog (Netflix) Best Director - Paolo Sorrentino (The Hand of God) Best Actor – Peter Dinklage (Cyrano) Best Actress – Lady Gaga (House of Gucci) Best Supporting Actor – Jamie Dornan (Belfast) Best Supporting Actress – Ariana Debose (West Side Story) ...

Nominees announced for the 2022 Göteborg Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize

Five Nordic drama series are nominated for the NOK 200,000 (€20,000) Nordic TV Drama Screenplay Award, presented at Göteborg Film Festival´s TV Drama Vision. For the sixth consecutive year, the award for outstanding writing of a Nordic drama series, funded by Nordisk Film & TV Fond, will be presented during Göteborg Film Festival. Five series from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden have been nominated for the prize, awarded to the main writer(s) behind...

Jane Campion's "The Power of the Dog" wins Best Film and Paolo Sorrentino received the Best Director award at Capri Hollywood

Bille August Madalina Ghenea and Pascal Vicedomini @ Capri 2021 JANE CAMPION'S 'THE POWER OF THE DOG' NAMED BEST PICTURE AND PAOLO SORRENTINO WINS AS BEST DIRECTOR FOR 'THE HAND OF GOD' AT CAPRI, HOLLYWOOD 2021   'Cyrano' Garners Three Awards; 'Belfast' and 'West Side Story' Win Two Each   Jane Campion's "The Power of the Dog" was named Best Film and Paolo Sorrentino received the Best Director award for "The Hand of Go...

This year's Krakow Film Festival Dragon of Dragons winner passes away

Finnish documentary filmmaker Jarmo Jääskeläinen has passed away. He was to receive the most valuable statuette of the Krakow Film Festival in May.   On 2 January 2022, the Finnish director and producer Jarmo Jääskeläinen passed away. A month earlier, on 2 December 2021, the Program Council of the Krakow Film Foundation decided to award him the Dragon of Dragons for his contribution to global documentary cinema. The award ceremony, the winner's master c...


French Riviera Film Festival 

May 21 – 22, 2022



February 13, 2022 Regular deadline

The fourth annual French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) 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, 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, Best Lifestyle Short, Best Fashion Short, Best Music Video, Best Female Filmmaker Award, Best Director Award, Best Actor Award, Best Actress Award, Best Activism Short, Best Micro Short Award, Industry Excellence Award, and Lifetime Achievement Awards . Attendees and participants will include filmmakers, industry executives, celebrities, media, and influencers.

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Myrtle Beach International Film Festival 
(April 19-23, 2022) 

December 31, 2021 Extended Deadline

The Myrtle Beach International Film Festival his now one of the "Top 25 film festivals worth the entry fee" by Movie Maker Magazine. 
Our judging panel includes judges from all walks of life because it is important to have a broad spectrum of perspectives.  
The goal of the founder and director Jerry Dalton, was to create a venue for independent film makers which is not corrupted by politics. 
The MBIFF screens projects in a multi-million dollar theater, housing state of the art technology. 


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Your Script Produced Studios: season 3
November 3 – 7, 2022


March 31, 2022 Regular deadline

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.


Writers & Filmmakers of ALL ages can submit.



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New Media Film Festival
June 1 – 2, 2022

March 3, 2022 regular 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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World Trailer Awards 2022
February 12 & 13,  2022

Inaugural edition January 31 extended deadline

Honouring the world's best creatives marketing the world's best entertainment.

The World Trailer Awards are open for entry and will honour outstanding entertainment marketing across Cinema, TV (Broadcast & Cable), Gaming, Podcast & Radio, Streaming Services and Social Media. For more information and to enter:

To be eligible for entry in the 2022 World Trailer Awards (Awards), the Work being submitted must have been made available to the intended audience in the Region and Market selected for the Entry between 1 January 2020 and 31 October 2021 inclusive.

The WTA is a global initiative from the revered Golden Trailer Awards, an awards competition that recently marked its 21st year celebrating the entertainment industry's best movie trailers, teasers, posters, and innovative advertising; in association with AcclaimWorks, a globally recognised leader in awards management services.

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


 Early bird deadline: January 12, 2022 

Regular deadline: April 15, 2022

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):

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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Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
April 20 – 24, 2022

January 17, 2022 Late Deadline
January 31, 2022 Extended deadline

RANKED AS ONE OF THE TOP 50 FILM FESTIVALS WORTH THE SUBMISSION FEE BY MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE AND ONE OF THE TOP REVIEWED ON FilmFreeway, JDIFF is known for it's networking opportunities, best communication, quaint location, great programming, friendly staff & volunteers, inquisitive audience, multiple screening opportunities, workshops, panels, amazing events and parties and so much more! JDIFF is ALL about the independent filmmaker and truly geared for the best experience!

Our final nominees are judged by our Jury members of Film professionals, such as Directors, Producers, Critics, Director of Photography, etc and choose the final winner of each category.

JDIFF acknowledges emerging filmmakers from around the world and is committed to bringing world class entertainment to the heart of the midwest.

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NYC Independent Film Festival

(June 12-19, 2022)

January 15, 2022 Late Deadline

February 15, 2022 Extended Deadline

New York City Independent Film Festival (NYCIndieFF) will hold a physical festival this year. Masks and social distancing will be mandatory and observed throughout. But we are determined to be a celebration of the Independent Filmmaker, documentaries, short and feature-length films and animation. Whether a submission is comedic, dramatic, or something in between, The NYCIndieFF is eager to embrace fresh ideas and storytelling.

Home of the NYC Indie Awards the festival aims to discover the Artist Filmmaker, showcasing them to the entertainment industry and the NYC public. All NYCIndieFF screenings take place in the historic center of NYC, Time Square which is the perfect home for an event geared toward creating incredible opportunities for independent voices.

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

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Worldfest Houston 55

April 20 - 24, 2022


January 15, 2022 Late Entry Deadline

January 31, 2022 Final deadline

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

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


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TIME IS ETERNAL by Dreamteam filmmaker duo of Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir - Starring berite labelle

Short Film Fantasy  USA  December 2021 - 14 Minutes 20 seconds  

A prestigious feminine writer examines in her most recent novel what it means to be a woman across history and conjures up Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt and fierce feminine writer/philosopher Mary Wollenstonecraft(mother of Mary Shelley, author of Frakenstein) who have crossed deserts of eternal time to meet.

The women materialize into her present time environment and recount their greatest victories, defeats, loves, regrets and dreams.

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ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN by Barbara Bentree
Documentary December 2021 - USA  90 minutes

Kevin Box has always known exactly what he intends to do with his life. In his words, "I want to have a conversation with people now and hundreds of years into the future."

As an artist, Kevin has been fascinated by the evolution of "lost wax casting" to create bronze sculptures and he spent many of his early years being mentored by other successful sculptors. Through his own R&D, he developed a unique signature by “unfolding” origami and casting these beautiful patterns into museum quality wall hangings.
"ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN" traces the career arc of Kevin and his partner/wife Jennifer as they now continue to create multiple traveling exhibitions of their artwork. Over the past decade, their unique sculptures have been viewed all over the country by millions of people.
"ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN" is an Artfilm, a Love Story, and an inspiration for all by showing what is possible…just starting with a simple piece of paper!

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HOT MONEY by Susan Kucera (director of Jeff Bridges Living in the future’s past)

Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, General Wesley Clark and his son Wes Clark Jr. take us on a journey through the complicated realities of our financial system and its profound exposure to climate change. Hot Money outs the whole game, the whole charade, the whole crapshoot of the money system with all the humor and intelligence of a New Yorker cartoon. Combined with the wisdom of international business experts and academics, Hot Money is rich with historical context. It severs the knot of economic and political forces that may lead to societal collapse.


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12TH HOUR narrated by David Morse

Documentary by Susan Kucera (director of Jeff Bridges Living in the future’s past)

USA July 2021 51 minutes 48 seconds

Much of our population currently lives with hopeful delusions about climate change. These delusions, many of which are built in by evolution, hamper our ability to meaningfully address the problem.

Our brains evolved to solve short-term challenges for our survival. Climate change is a long-term challenge to our survival. Can we bridge the gap between these modes of thinking?

Emmy-nominated actor David Morse narrates the brutally honest 12th hour with insight from noted evolutionary biologists, climate scientists, cognitive researchers and psychologists.

Visionary thinkers like Peter Russell, Dr. Paul Piff, Dr. Kari Norgaard and dozens of the brightest minds in academia lay out an unflinching look at mankind: our past, our abilities, our shortcomings and what may be humankind's final destination.

If we have any hope to survive the changes we’ve locked in to our climate, we need to be honest with ourselves and our limitations. The 12th Hour lays out our biases so that we may overcome them.


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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


"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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INVISIBLE HAND  by Matthew Taylor
director of The Creepy LineMarcel Duchamp the art of the possibleSafeguard an electoral debate...

USA  28 minutes August 2021

Invisible Hand is an exploration of memory. Our unnamed protagonist lives a life of repetition and insecurity. Every day is a blur of abstract actions until one night she meets a dark stranger who gives her a mysterious gift. Her life is turned upside down when she confronts a terrifying truth about her past. Deciding to take herself out of the abstract daily routine, she journeys into the crevices of her memory to untangle a dark secret that could ultimately destroy her.

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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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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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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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