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CANNESERIES season 7 - great actors, international series, worldwide premieres, pink carpet - all in Cannes and still with MipTV

    By Alice Kanterian Indeed this series festival takes place in Cannes, where else, nomen est omen. And it gets into competition with an the other majour festival dedicated to series. I'm talking about Series Mania from Lille. Both festivals are taking place in spring, one just finished and the other one, Canneseries to take place 05-10.04. But while Series Mania is dedicated uniquely to television series in Europe Canneseries brings also worldwide premieres in collaboratio...

Universe Multicultural Film Festival - Event Date Change

The 2024 Universe Multicultural Film Festival will no longer be held in April, as previously scheduled. Instead, the event will occur on June 14-16. The final submission date has been extended a month, to April 18th.   The festival will be held at several venues, including the Peninsula Center Library (701 Silver Spur Rd. Rolling Hills Estates, 90274), the Palos Verdes Promenade (550 Deep Valley Dr. Suit 163 & 117, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274), and the CSTV Theater (11...

Countdown to Lovers Film Festival in Turin-Europe's oldest and 3rd oldest film festival on LGBTQI+ in the world

Countdown to Lovers Film Festival in Turin-Europe's oldest and 3rd oldest film festival on LGBTQI+ in the world (Turin, Cinema Massimo – 16-21 April 2024) The first previews with guests Paolo Camilli, Annagaia Marchioro and Guglielmo Scilla National premiere at the festival "LIL NAS X: LONG LIVE MONTERO" by Carlos López Estrada and Zac Manuel. The countdown to the Lovers Film Festival begins on Tuesday 16 April (press conference 10 April, at 12 at the Cinema Massim...

Chandigarh gets its investiture: Cinévesture International Film Festival

Chandigarh gets its investiture: Cinévesture International Film Festival Rana Dagubatti, Jérôme Paillard, Julian Friedmann, Nicole Guillemet, Nuhash Humayaun, and Ajitpal Singh must be familiar names to film festival buffs. Now they have come together to serve on the Advisory Board of a film festival, which will be held in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh, a city that serves as the capital of two states, Punjab and Haryana. The festival is called Cinévesture I...

Torino Film Festival director Giulio Base dedicates the next festival edition to Marlon Brando

    The photo of Marlon Brando was taken in 1972 in Paris during the filming of "Last Tango in Paris"     Ph. Eva Sereny / Iconic Images   The Turin International Film Festival-TFF which will take place 22-30 November 2024 in the beautiful city of Turin unveils it's poster and the new festival director. Giulio Base, originally from Turin, will be the new festival director following Steve della Casa.    ...

Calling all Film Festival Organizers - Entertainment Oxygen/eoFlix is Open For Business

The world's one-stop shop for indie film festivals, filmmakers and content creators Entertainment Oxygen (EO) and our dynamic streaming and networking platform eoFlix are open for business and accepting new film festival partners. The go-to hub for all things surrounding movies and the festival circuit, EO/eoFlix is committed to redefining the indie film industry, providing our festival partners and filmmakers with unprecedented, comprehensive support.  Our intuitive platfo...

The red carpet is rolled out in Bremen for jazzahead! the must-go event for the international jazz industry 11-13.04.2024

  Götz Bühler, the new artistic director and Sybille Kornitschky the festival's director (photo Kerstin Rolfes) Götz Bühler, the new jazzahead! artistic advisor, has already left his mark on jazzahead! 2024, working alongside Sybille Kornitschky, the festival’s director.   The Netherlands as central focus at jazzahead! …and a message: „Jazz needs diversity“ jazzahead! is the must-go event for the international ja...

288 days to go for the 2024 edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival

288 days to go for the 2024 edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival At the end of the third edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF), on 09 December 2023, audiences, media and professionals alike were left craving for more. And more is coming your way. While some film festivals have fixed dates, and other international film festivals announce their dates much closer to the event, RSIFF has chosen to announce its dates almost ten months in advance. With very high p...

B!tchFest Film Festival & Screenplay Contest

TO SUBMIT PLEASE VISIT OUR FILM FREEWAY PAGE: https://filmfreeway.com/BtchFestFilmFestivalandScreenplayContest Welcome to the 1st annual B!TCHFEST: An International Women’s & LGBTQIA+ Film Festival & Screenplay Contest with a groundbreaking in-person event for both Filmmakers and Screenwriters in the heart of Los Angeles. At B!tchFest we’re not just breaking glass ceilings; we’re shatterin

RSIFF, 23, 13: Get Lodged in the Red Sea Labs, interact with agents and reagents and MAKE YOUR FILM!

RSIFF, 23, 13: Get Lodged in the Red Sea Labs, interact with agents and reagents and MAKE YOUR FILM! The Red Sea Labs announced the open call for the 5th edition of The Lodge program. A long-term residency programme, in collaboration with Torino FilmLab, and sponsored by Film AlUla, offering an intensive creative and professional film development experience. AlUla is a happening city. Hollywood productions shot in AlUla include the Gerard Butler-led action-thriller Kandahar, directed by Ric R...

DEVO Celebrates 50 Years of De-Evolution with Space Perspective at ChefDance Social During Sundance 2024

Gerald Casale, Bob Mothersbaugh, Mimi Kim, Kenny Griswold, Jeff Friedl, Mark Mothersbaugh and Josh Hager   At the 2024 Sundance Film Festival, DEVO Celebrated 50 Years of De-Evolution with a special dinner at ChefDance Social, presented by Space Perspective and hosted by Mimi Kim and Kenny Griswold. Guests such as Paul Oakenfeld and Joel Michaely joined the band for a four course meal prior to their performance at The Marquis Park City in honor of thei...

RSIFF, 12: Bakhtawar Mazhar: In Flames of Glory

RSIFF, 12: Bakhtawar Mazhar: In Flames of Glory A day before the awards were announced, declaring In Flames the best film, at the Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF), I was face–to-face with Bakhtawar Mazhar, one of the protagonists of In Flames, her feature debut, a film that had made a tremendous impression on me. This, a face-to-face with a Pakistani actress, had never happened before, and I was not going to let this opportunity go by. We got into a car, and started talking. ...

RSIFF, 11: Winners Declared, the Festival over, or is it?

RSIFF, 11: Winners Declared, the Festival over, or is it? Red Sea International Film Festival was to be held from 29 November to 09 December. But when we got our invitations to the closing night, it was indicated as 07 December. Sounds strange, doesn’t it? But if you have attended other film festivals, like the Mumbai Film Festival (held by MAMI), you would not be surprised. Actually, it is a great idea. Announce the awards two days before the closing, so that the invited guests do not ha...

RSIFF, 11: The Origin-al Don Quixote, in a Ferrari

RSIFF, 11: The Origin-al Don Quixote, in a Ferrari At an average length of 100 minutes, and a 14-hour day, which is what is available to an average person, after accounting for sleeping, eating, travel, etc., I should think four. Spot on. RSIFF allowed you to book 4 tickets a day, 48 hours in advance, as the clock clocks. But there are the riders, which mean, “but….”. Shows began only at four o’clock or a little before that, in the afternoon, and continued till late i...

RSIFF, 10: Foundation, Fun d-a-mentals, Funding, Figures and Films

RSIFF, 10: Foundation, Fun d-a-mentals, Funding, Figures and Films A major initiative of Saudi Arabia in developing film production and co-production is the Red Sea Film Fund. Supporting Development, Production, and Post-Production of Arab and African Films. The Red Sea Film Festival Foundation is a non-profit cultural organization registered in Saudi Arabia. The foundation is chaired by Jomana Al Rashid, the president of the foundation is the Saudi producer Mohammed Al Turki. The Red Sea Fu...

RSIFF: Souk, the appetiser, and the dessert in the desert

RSIFF: Souk, the appetiser, and the dessert in the desert In Arabic, Souk is market. In India we have a Film Bazaar at Goa during the International Film Festival of India, every year. Most major festivals in the world hold a film market, where film-makers and persons connected with the film industry set-up stalls or booths. A lot of business takes place here and a lot of projects are green-lighted. And the two halls, Violet and Orchid, at the Ritz Carlton, were just the place for RSIFF to loc...

RSIFF, 08: Keep counting the celebrities, and be blown over

RSIFF, 08: Keep counting the celebrities, and be blown over                Opening the act was Yasir Al Yasiri’s HWJN, with its world première and the screening was attended by the director and lead cast: Nour Alkhadra, Baraa Alem, Naif Aldaferi, Alanoud Saud, Mohsen Mansour and Shaimaa Al Tayeb. Jury President Baz Lurhmann was in attendance, with his jury - Joel Kinnaman, Freida Pinto, Amina Khalil, Paz Vega, Hana Alomair and Fatih Akin. So...

RSIFF, 07: Competition Section films that I saw, and my opinions about them

  RSIFF, 07: Competition Section films that I saw, and my opinions about them THE TEACHER Palestinian school-teacher Basem (Saleh Bakri) grapples with personal devastation, after a tragic incident involving his son, who dies in custody merely suspected of participation in a protest. His life takes an unexpected turn when he forms a deep connection with Adam, one of his traumatised students, who has suffered personal losses in the ongoing conflict. He also develops an unexpected b...

RSIFF 06: Competing against the best

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RSIFF 06: Competing against the best I wrote about Insha’Allah, a Boy in the last instalment. Now I shall talk about the other competition films I have seen. BEHIND THE MOUNTAINS A meta-physical film that starts with a man entering the office where he works, and smashing the furniture. He then jumps out of the window, and behold! He survives the fall. The man is Rafik, is a desperate man. He is now convinced he can fly, and is determined, in the face of his family scepticism, ...

RSIFF 05: Raising the curtain, well begun is half done

RSIFF 05: Raising the curtain, well begun is half done At the Spectacular festival, the opening film had to be one from the Spectacular Gala. They chose a supernatural comedy, called Hjwn. In attendance were music video specialist Yasir Alyasiri (Iraqi director; producer writer On Borrowed Time-2018, 122-2019, Murk Light 2012-3), Nour Alkhadra (actress), Baraa Alem (actor), Naif Aldaferi (actor) and Shaimaa Al Tayeb (actress). Based on the best-selling Saudi Arabian fantasy novel by Ib...

“When the Woodlark Sings“ – Best Director on the International Motion Picture Awards in Canada

We are very happy to announce that the director ANA BILIC won BEST DIRECTOR at the International Motion Picture Awards in Brooklin, CANADA. The festival describes itself: “We crave to form and empower alternate and diverse motion picture society with substantial networking opportunities as an alternate solution from mainstream regulations and culture.” Great honor for both the director and the entire team! ☞ Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/oXuEJiN3rD0 ☞ Wat...

TRIFFtalk - How Podcasts are becoming top of mind for festivals around the world

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Discover the fascinating world of film festivals and podcasts in our latest episode! Join us as we explore the inclusion of podcasts at prestigious festivals like the Tryon International Film Festival (TRIFF). We answer questions from film industry experts, enthusiasts, and creators from around the world, diving deep into the challenges, opportunities, and unique experiences that podcasts bring to the festival scene. Don't miss this insightful conversation that sheds light on TRIFF's ris...

RSIFF, 03: Elusive interviews, while the stars emerge from the Red Sea

  RSIFF, 03: Elusive interviews, while the stars emerge from the Red Sea Some three weeks before the festival began, while still in Mumbai, I thought of doing an exclusive interview with Shivani Pandya Malhotra, and some 2-3 other curtain-raisers. Now this could only be done via video or audio or email. I was ready for any of the three modes. But I had no way of contacting these officials, and approached the PR agency to help me out, which said that organising interviews were st...

RSIFF, 02: A Colourful Ocean of remarkable films at the Red Sea

RSIFF: A Colourful Ocean of remarkable films at the Red Sea A film festival named after the Red Sea? Where is the Red Sea? Let me see…it touches Eritrea, Djibouti, Egypt and Jeddah. A film festival in Jeddah? Ok, so Jeddah is by the sea, and a good location to hold a film festival. A film festival organised in Saudi Arabia? You will be surprised. Incidentally, this was not the first edition, but the third. For me, though, it was the first. Another surprise, to an Indian, was that a c...

Red Sea International Film Festival, 2023, 01: A royal pilgrimage for film-buffs

Red Sea International Film Festival, 2023, 01: A royal pilgrimage for film-buffs On the registration form, there was question, ‘Will you be going to the Medina pilgrimage?’ I wasn’t, so I typed, “No”. On the Saudi Airlines direct flight from Mumbai to Jeddah, the man seated behind me asked me the same question. “I could take you to Medina. It is only 480 kms from Jeddah, but at 180 kms per hour, we will take you there in no time.” Turned out th...

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