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BROTHERS' NEST , a top-notch Aussie movie

  Canadian premiere at Fantasia International Film Festival, Montreal, 2018, BROTHERS' NEST (Australia, 2018, 99 min)  directed by: Clayton Jacobson; written by: Jaime Browne, Chris Pahlow (additional material); cast: Shane Jacobson, Clayton Jacobson, Kim Gyngell, Lynette Curran, Sarah Snook. Clayton Jacobson's Brothers' Nest is a highly sophisticated, meticulously guided family drama masterfully disguised as a black comedy, a piece I would place without ex...

High Jack, Review: Hitting a new low

High Jack, Review: Hitting a new low Several theories come up when you try and analyse what went wrong with a potentially high scoring black comedy. Firstly, it seems to be incomplete, with large chunks either not written at all or left out on the editing table. The second possibility is that the censor board did not take too kindly to a stoner subject and chopped out major scenes. It is also possible that the production worked with a skeletal script and tried to improvise as they went along,...

Gringo, Review: Enough of Judas! What about Peter?

Gringo, Review: Enough of Judas! What about Peter? “Which is the best Beatles album?” asks the man with the gun. If your answer is ‘Sergeant Pepper and the Lonely Hearts’ Club’, you die. If you do not like the Beatles or have outgrown them, he will still kill you. Your only hope is...‘Let It Be’! Get it right and he might either let you off, or just settle for chopping your finger off. That is Gringo, a slightly confused and wayward take on an Americ...

"Games People Play" selected to Anonimul Film Festival in Romania!

"Games People Play", a comedy written and directed by Dawn Westlake and produced by Ron de Cana Productions in Los Angeles, has been selected to the 2015 Anonimul Film Festival in St. Gheorghe, Romania for August 17-23, 2015. The film stars Second City veteran David Razowsky, Mark Jacobson, and Westlake herself. Shot on the CanonC500 by Jon Carr, the film was scored by Alvarez-featured guitarist Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs. For mo...


Director: Yangzom Brauen .

Dr. Ruprecht Rummel recently retired from a career as an Urologist. Spending most of his time at home now and looking forward to peace and quality time in his adopted home of Los Angeles, he gets terribly annoyed by the illegal use of leaf blowers. Despite having a Leaf Blower Hotline, the Department of Public Works does not enforce the law and regulations to battle these illegal dust blowers. Ruprecht, a proud L.A. resident, is determined to find some peace and takes the law in his own hands. In a much needed romantic twist, even a maverick like Ruprecht gets what he deserves.

Arto Halonen Gives Blood for "A Patriotic Man"

"History repeats itself, "the first as tragedy, then as farce." Finnish director Arto Halonen apparently drew on Marx's famed maxim when he made his 2012 documentary about doping in cross-country skiing, When Heroes Lie, and followed it up with this year's black comedy on the same topic, A Patriotic Man (Isänmaallinen mies). How fitting that these two films also explore individuals as vehicles of collectives -- and how this ideal can zigzag off-piste. A Patrioti...

Youm ou lila

Hussein was sending a monthly parcel to his family where he puts drugs for his daughter who was critically ill. But in the last shipment he forgot to do this. His wife cannot tolerate this omission which can cause the death of her child. Yzza; his wife; who has never left his native village; has decided to undertake a long journey to Casablanca. Her goal was to find her husband and get drugs to save her daughter. Her mission is far to be easy. As soon as she arrived, the adventure turns into ...

Youm ou lila

Director: Noufel Berraoui.

Hussein was sending a monthly parcel to his family where he puts drugs for his daughter who was critically ill. But in the last shipment he forgot to do this. His wife cannot tolerate this omission which can cause the death of her child. Yzza; his wife; who has never left his native village; has decided to undertake a long journey to Casablanca. Her goal was to find her husband and get drugs to save her daughter. Her mission is far to be easy. As soon as she arrived, the adventure turns into a nightmare. Her rescue was completed by meeting Aziza a young prostitute who protects her and undertakes with her the research of her husband Hussein ... the trip was short but it was sufficient to change her life forever.

Balakka - Loved Woman

Director: Shrivas Nydu.

In the private world of a woman, love, heart, and touch-sensation are considered in the first place where for a man, body, lust, power and sex are priority. But what in a reversed case...? It’s called ‘Triya Charitra’ the character of woman! They say when God could not understand, what to say about a man?

Triya (the woman) is Chhaya (a shadow). Triya is Maya (an illusion). Who could hold shadow (Chhaya) and who can acquire an illusion (Maya) in his acquisition? If ‘Chhaya’ is a con then Maya too is a siren. 'Balakka’ - Loved Woman is all about Triya’s (woman’s) hocus-pocus nature. Balakka in Sanskrit is used for erotic woman. Ironically, 'Balakka' is the man’s ‘Kamini’ (the desired woman)! And he is very possessive about her. But who can confine love and mind?

'Balakka - Loved Women' combines the two ends of feelings of love and authority together. It’s the comic story on the classic theme. The film portrays the colours of both the phenomena of Chhaya (Shadow) and Maya (Illusion) in women.

A rickshaw driver Popo loves his wife Chhaya unconditionally. Chhaya is the whole world for him. One day when he finds her in the arms of someone else, his world gets shattered. On the other hand is an attorney, Premchand Ajabia. He had a crush on Maya in his college days and still lives in those illusionary memories of Maya, though Maya's settled with a rich fellow. But after years when Premchand gets a letter from her that creates a flutter in his life.

One city, two men and two ‘Apsaras’ (fairies) of their dreams.... Life twists and turns this side and that side. Not a breath of relief. Never ending feelings of restlessness. Pity on circumstances or laugh at the characters. Is love really a destiny? If you ask about it, the same answer will be repeated – Don’t ask. Fall in and feel it.

Call for entries for Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2013!

For short films completed in 2011 (after June 1, 2011): October 15, 2012 For short films completed in 2012 (after January 1, 2012): December 20, 2012 Submissions must be postmarked by the applicable deadline based on the production year of your film, and late submissions will not be considered and screener DVDs cannot be returned under any circumstances. International / Asia International Competition 1. Japan Premieres Only: Your film MUST NOT have been screened in Japan on any media and oc...


Director: Donny Kingsley Okoh.
Five Traffic Wardens who are University Students and migrants are determined to prove to the public that there is more to them than their big bums and issuing parking tickets. Being a Migrant worker and student with an accent in the UK is a big problem for Chris and his colleagues and they embark on a mission to uplift the image of traffic wardens and are determined to go extra miles. Albeit the daily difficulties inherent in being a traffic warden, Chris, Emeka, Sanjay, Everton, Heather, Colin and Lucy utilize all their skills to show the public that their temporary career path do not define who they are and that whenever people see them, they should not get scared that they will be fined for not packing properly rather; they should be ready to be entertained by their wits and dancing capabilities. Their quest to help change the views of the public about traffic wardens and gain acceptability is dealt a heavy blow when Colin falls in love with a fellow student (Jade). In his “never say never” attitude, Colin decides to sing to her about his undying love in front of the whole class and in turn, makes himself and his colleagues a laughing stock.

Call for Script/Film Entries: The 6th Annual SURGE Film Festival 2012. Early Bird Deadline for Entries, July 14, 2011

Call for Script/Film Entries: The 6th Annual SURGE Film Festival Dear friends in this group and beyond, The Sixth Annual S.U.R.G.E. Film Festival is accepting entries. We accept Multimedia, Film and Script Entries. We offer wonderful Early Bird discounts until July 14th on all entry Fees. We accept entries through Withoutabox (click here) or through our website (click here). After that we accept entries until November 2011 for the 2012 festiva...

The Safest Place For Fruit Is In Carmen Miranda's Hat

Director: Kal Bonner.


The Frumans of Frumania live in a perfect but shallow world, accessed through an apple on a market stall. In amongst the rotten bunch is Appleby Cox's-Pippin. He is generally dismissed by his fellow Frumans for his inability to be the same as them, and for his love of all things creative. Soon Appleby feels the strain of being an outcast and life at home is no better.

            Eventually rejected by his hypocritical father, Appleby is forced to start a journey in search of 'being the same', eventually encountering the evil Agent Orange and learning a harsh lesson in what really lies close to the Fruman heart - greed.


Leith Short Film Festival

Leith Short Film Festival - June 2011


The sixth Leith short film festival is running again this year as part of the Leith Festival 2011.  Once again, the event will feature short films made by Scottish, UK & International short film-makers and entries are requested via our website:

The event is scheduled for the first week in June during the Leith Festival.

Films of all genres and budgets will be considered. Please note the following points:


  • Fees £10 for films under 25 minutes
  • The deadline for film submissions is May 16th 2011, and details of the film program will be posted on our website shortly after this date.
  • Please don't submit your only copy! Discs cannot be returned!
  • Entrants may submit more than one film.
  • All successful entrants will be informed in May.
  • For application guidelines and entry form, please see the website:

Introduction to Avid editing


In addition, we are also running a workshop for budding film editors taking you through the basics of editing with Avid

£10 per person, session will last approx. 3 hours

For application guidelines and entry form, please see the website:


Mai così...vicini

Director: Emanuele Ruggiero.
Jeanne and Frances are two friends who share a nice apartment in the center of a small town in northern Italy. They are young, pretty, have a great job, a boyfriend, and even a dog ... If it were not for a corpse in the living room which they don't know how to discard, they would really have a perfect life and worthy of being living ....

Cozy Bear

Director: Andrew Shemin.


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