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Video Interview with Pascal Diot, head of Venice Production Bridge

Filmfestivals.com partner of Venice Production Bridge sat down with the Pascal Diot who shared with our audience a few practical facts and figures on the Market which he has created 6 years ago. ...

Jonathan Wolf Interviewed on AFM 2017

  A graduate of USC Business School, Jonathan Wolf has held an illustrious career in finance and business within the film industry. He joined IFTA in 1993 as Senior Vice President of Business and has been Managing Director of the AFM since 1998. I sat with Jonathan Wolf at the Fairmont Hotel during the 2017 AFM to get his opinion on the climate of the current marketplace. Here is what he had to say:   This is an interesting year in distribution, right? What's the general feeli...

Interview with Filmmaker Meredith Hama-Brown for 'Broken Bunny' (2018)

Film stills from 'Broken Bunny' (2018) Filmmaker Meredith Hama-Brown's latest short 'Broken Bunny' (2018) screened earlier this summer at the Palm Springs International Shortfest. Inspired by a childhood experience of hers, it tells the story of a young girl who finds a dying rabbit in the middle of the road. Just as she's trying to figure out what to do with it, another young girl picks it up and takes it home as a kind of broken pet. Meredith wrote, directed and ex...

New Hollywood Festival - World Freedom is focus

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Please do what you can to promote freedom in this troubled world!  We are holding our first film festival in the heart of west Hollywood, CA.  submit your film. Tell us your stories.  Fight for freedom everywhere. ...

Master Class by David Cronenberg

A tribute to David Cronenberg Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement 2018 / M. Butterfly (1993) by David Cronenberg Thursday 6 September in Sala Grande (2 pm) after the awards ceremony / Master Class by the director Wednesday 5 September (3 pm) (Sala Perla 2, encounter with the public)   As a tribute to David Cronenberg, winner of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 2018 Venice Film Festival, there will be a screening on the Lido of M. Butterfly (1993), as recommended by t...

Submit ASAP! Earlybird Deadline - August 31st!

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THE EARLYBIRD DEADLINE FOR THE 10TH ANNUAL NYC INDEPENDENT FILM FEST IS AUGUST 31, 2018! Yes, August 31, 2018!!! Mark your calenders! SUBMIT ASAP!  To submit and to view full rules and guidelines you can visit: https://filmfreeway.com/nycindieff or https://www.nycindieff.com/submissions/submit ...

Screenwriting Event! August 16, 2018!

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One of our 2018 sponsors, ISA, is holding a free event on August 16th at 7 pm in NYC! As a part of their Third Thursdays events, ISA will be presenting 'From First to Final Draft' - a disucssion with screenwriter, James V. Hart!  WHERE: The Assemblage John Street, 17 John Street, New York, NY, 10038 "Join us for a special Third Thursdays with the ISA - New York as we present the next in our "First Draft to Final Draft" discussion series with screenwriter ...

Odd Man In

During the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, in a milder English heatwave, the marvellous Birkbeck Institute of the Moving Image, in the heart of London's Bloomsbury, celebrated one of the greatest English actors with a Focus on James Mason (26th May 2018). In this most recently created institute, a part of the University of London, it takes over a splendid, purpose-built cinema, one of the few in the capital still capable of screening 35mm prints, and programmes some 70 fi...

Interview with Filmmaker Edward Worthy for 'Crescent' (2017)

  Edward Worthy Filmmaker Edward Worthy's latest short 'Crescent III' (2017) screened in the market at the 2018 Palm Springs International Shortfest. The film tells the story of African American Adam Lucas (played by actor Aspen Kennedy Wilson) and the challenges he faces after transferring from a majoroty white school to an all black school. Worthy's other works include his first film 'Witness Monitor' (2013) and TV series currently in pre-production '...

Interview with Filmmaker Edward Worthy for 'Crescent' (2017)

  Edward Worthy Filmmaker Edward Worthy's latest short 'Crescent III' (2017) screened in the market at the 2018 Palm Springs International Shortfest. The film tells the story of African American Adam Lucas (played by actor Aspen Kennedy Wilson) and the challenges he faces after transferring from a majoroty white school to an all black school. Worthy's other works include his first film 'Witness Monitor' (2013) and TV series currently in pre-production '365 Day...

Must Watch: Panels and Presentations!

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Let's be real: we are filmmakers not business people! The artsitic side of filmmaking may come easy to you but how about getting your film out there? Raising money? Aqcurining the rights to the perfect score? Don't worry we have you covered! Visit our YouTube Channel for videos from our 2018 panels and presentations, including, 'Creating Your Own Work Panel', 'Music Licensing Panel' and 'Seed&Spark Presentation on Crowdfunding'! Enjoy and good luck on your n...

Women take centre stage as TIFF kicks off second year of trailblazing Share Her Journey campaign

New Ambassadors include Amma Asante, Molly McGlynn, Shohreh Aghdashloo, and Ellen Wong RBC Foundation announces $450,000 donation to support women in film  Share Her Journey is back for its second year, and TIFF is asking you to join the movement. The $3-million, five-year campaign championing women in front of and behind the camera ramps up ahead of Festival season, reaffirming the organization’s commitment to providing practical support for women and its effo...

A Hollywood Life tribute to Peter Bogdanovich @ Lumiere Fest

      Lumière 2018 heralds the great return of Peter Bogdanovich: a book publication and the re-release of Saint Jack by Carlotta in October, a presentation of The Great Buster, a remarkable documentary on Buster Keaton produced by Charles Cohen, and the resurrection of Orson Welles’ lost film, The Other Side of the Wind, starring Bogdanovich himself in a command performance. For all these reasons and others we detail below, and b...

Claire Denis, Kim Jee-woon, Naomi Kawase and Valeria Sarmiento, among others, will be competing for the Golden Shell at the 66th

  The second films by Simon Jaquemet and Markus Schleinzer and the third film by Benjamín Naishtat will also form part of the Official Section   Three European filmmakers, two Asians and two Latin Americans direct the films in the first preview of the Official Section of the San Sebastián Festival. The latest films by Claire Denis, Simon Jaquemet, Kim Jee-woon, Naomi Kawase, Benjamín Naishtat, Valeria Sarm...

Interview with Filmmaker Tommaso Frangini for 'The Plague' (2017) and 'Ecate' (2017)

  Writer/director Tommaso Frangini's latest opus 'The Plague' (2017) premiered at the 71st Cannes Film Festival in the Short Film Corner. The Frankenstein-esque tale takes place in the late 18th century and tells the story of alchemist Parsifal (played by Omar Maestroni) who creates half human half monster Homunculus (Riccardo Maria Manera). Having ignored his master's foreboding, Parsifal must learn the hard way about the dangers of mixing magic with science. Frangin...

The Locarno 2018 Leopard Club Award to Meg Ryan

The witty character with that unique ability to combine beauty with irony. For years she has been the undisputed queen of romantic comedy but has also been able, over time, to take on other genres such as dramas and thrillers. The fact that Meg Ryan occupies a central position in the popular collective imagination is demonstrated by the gallery of characters who have enlivened films and have become - in their field - cult films. Just think of the triptych of films that were bor...

Interview with Filmmaker Tommaso Frangini for 'The Plague' (2017) and 'Ecate' (2017)

  Writer/director Tommaso Frangini's latest opus 'The Plague' (2017) premiered at the 71st Cannes Film Festival in the Short Film Corner. The Frankenstein-esque tale takes place in the late 18th century and tells the story of alchemist Parsifal (played by Omar Maestroni) who creates half human half monster Homunculus (Riccardo Maria Manera). Having ignored his master's foreboding, Parsifal must learn the hard way about the dangers of mixing magic with science. Frangini also...

Marjan van der Haar appointed as managing director IFFR

Marjan van der Haar and Bero Beyer 48th International Film Festival Rotterdam 23 January - 3 February 2019         Marjan van der Haar appointed as managing director IFFR to lead alongside festival director Bero Beyer from October 2018  The board of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has appointed Marjan van der Haar to be the festival’s new managing director as of 1 October 2018. Van der Haar is an experienced film industry prof...

Oleg Sentsov in eighth week of hunger strike: EFA and other Film Academies call on Poutine

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMIES NETWORK APPEALS TO PRESIDENT PUTIN TO SHOW A HUMAN FACE academy representatives at the annual meeting of FAN of Europe (picture: EFA) On Day 54 of Oleg Sentsov’s indefinite hunger strike the members of FAN of Europe, the European network of national film academies and the European Film Academy, representing thousands of filmmakers from across the continent, have appealed for the immediate release of the Ukrainian filmmaker. At their annual meeti...

EFA Honours Carmen Maura

The European Film Academy takes great pleasure in presenting the honorary LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD to Carmen Maura for her outstanding career.   Picture courtesy of Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España, photographer: Alberto Ortega At the initial European Film Awards (EFAs) in 1988, Carmen Maura received the award for Best Actress in Pedro Almodóvar’s WOMEN ON T...

David Cronenberg Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

  DAVID CRONENBERG GOLDEN LION FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT The acknowledgement to David Cronenberg will be presented during the 75th Venice Film Festival (29 August - 8 September 2018).  David Cronenberg will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement for directors at the 75th Venice International Film Festival (August 29 – September 8, 201...

Vanessa Redgrave to receive Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in Venice

British actress Vanessa Redgrave has been awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 75th Venice International Film Festival (29 August – 8 September, 2018).   The decision was made by the Board of Directors of the Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta, upon recommendation of the Director of the Venice Film Festival, Alberto Barbera. This is the second Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 75th Venice Film Festival. As already announced, the Golden Lion t...

All You Need To Know Is LOVE, GILDA Is Radner’s Codex of Comedy

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent If you do an internet search for Gilda Radner, at least one thing comes up that would have made her laugh - a ridiculously maudlin celebrity website that asks “Dead or Alive? - Gilda Radner.” Well, the documentary LOVE, GILDA will bring her back to life in an endearing and lump-in-the-throat kind of way on Sept. 21, when Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films release it in theaters. This is a comedian even comedians revere beyond all ratio...

Interview with Filmmaker Joel Villegas Saldaña for 'Subterra' (2017) @ Palm Springs International Shortfest

Writer/director Joel Villegas Saldaña's 'Subterra' (2017) tells the story of musician/singer Robbie (played by newcomer Dan Chavez-Wright) as he struggles to make it performing in a cover band. The film premiered at the 2018 Palm Springs International Shortfest. This is Villegas' directorial debut after working as a producer, editor and writer on multiple short films. I interviewed Joel shortly after the festival. Here is what he has to say: What inspi...

10th Annual NYC Indie Film Fest Announcement and 2018 Interviews!

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As we gear up for the 10th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival, we are thrilled to announce that in celebration of a decade of ‘never boring’ cinema, we will be screening all past ‘Best in Music Video’ winners from 2012-2018!  We thank all past winners for allowing us to screen their music videos again as a special treat for all of you. Get ready to jam! In other exciting news, all of our 2018 interviews are now available to watch on our website. Intereste...

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