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The Rule of Lead - La Regola del Piombo

Following otherworldly plans which he finds very annoying, Humphrey, the ghost of a murderer, is forced to team up with Lara, a lonely teenage girl ignored by parents and society. Unable to touch things and assume a human form that would lead to the ultimate demise of his soul, Humphrey must lead the girl to save two kidnapped children as a way to redeem himself and finally abandon Earth. The two make an unpredictable rough pair and explore the old mansion where some criminals are holding the ...

Indie Boots Film Festival

Indie Boots features independent film and theatre with different perspectives on whose stories are worth telling, what's funny, and how the world works. We hope Indie Boots events prompt both laughter and dialogue, entertaining audiences and inspiring discussion.

Supernatural Asian Drama, FREEDOM DEAL: Mobile Screenings in Cambodia

  Camerado's original supernatural Asian historical dramatic movie, FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky, set along the Cambodia-Vietnam border in 1970 during the Vietnam conflict, continues to enjoy popular support and appreciation internationally - and on the ground in Cambodia in well. A series of October 2014 sidewalk and street screenings in Phnom Penh and in the rural Cambodian countryside, demonstrated conclusively a striking level of popular local support for this pion...

The Rule of Lead - La Regola del Piombo

The official trailer of Giacomo Arrigoni's first feature film The Rule of Lead - La Regola del Piombo To redeem his soul, the ghost of a killer is sent to lead a neglected teenage girl to save a group of street children from the abuse of a criminal organization

Lady Filmmakers Famous Alumni News & Next Deadline is today May 20th!

 Check out the latest Lady Filmmakers Film Festival Alumni news including Christine Elise McCarthy's latest book on sale online and reading at Vromans on June 29th!  Now in our 6th year the festival is looking for films, music, art, and scripts from all over the world! Next deadline is TODAY May 20th, 2014! Submit HERE! Our next festival is September 27th-29th, 2014. Read about the rest of our film fest news HERE! Thank you and enjoy!     ...

Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival

The Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival (HHM) is the perfect mix of independent film and live indie music. You may not have heard of us yet, but we’ll try to leave you with a lasting impression as we have with past guests. "I don't remember much of my two years going to Hell's Half Mile. That's how much fun I had." – Rider Strong, “Cabin Fever” and two time HHM guest. (note: your experience may vary)

Our taste is eclectic, everything from quirky comedy to hard hitting documentary to super hero film. Our goal is to find "the little film that could" -- a bunch of them -- and bring the filmmakers together to take over the town of Bay City. Our primary concern is community, and the filmmakers who attend our long weekend walk away with lifelong friends and future collaborators.

In the last eight years over 100 directors, producers, screenwriters and actors have joined our growing audience. We provide travel and accommodations to a limited number of filmmakers, plus all-access passes and catered receptions for all attending filmmakers. All venues are within a few block radius and hotels are within walking distance, making it super easy to get around. Visit for links to the venues and video recaps of the 2012 and 2013 festivals.

We schedule events to help you connect with each other and the local community. Our hope is to provide you with a casual, fun experience, including unique outings that give you a taste of the local flavor. It’s the least we can do in return for providing our festival-goers with great independent cinema. "I've never been to a fest that has such a positive immediate energy like yours, particularly letting the filmmakers get to know each other." - David Spaltro "Things I Don't Understand"

Our hope is to provide you with a casual, fun experience, including a unique outing that gives you a taste of the local flavor. It’s the least we can do in return for providing our festival-goers with great independent cinema. Once you become an HHM alum you’ll receive fee waivers for future projects and all-access passes for subsequent HHM Fests, whether you have a film in our program or not. Additionally, upon selection, your first-year submission fees are refunded, making it easy (and affordable) to submit to another festival. “Hell's Half Mile gives me warm feelings in my heart. The warm feeling in my pants is possibly unrelated. It’s worth every minute and it's the kind of festival that you make movies for.” – Kenny Stevenson, writer and actor, "Love, Sex and Missed Connections".

Filmmakers are encouraged to participate in panel discussions, receptions and other events. Because we are beginning to foster student and local filmmaking, we provide opportunities for guest filmmakers to present a workshop or lecture focused on a specific topic or specialty. Other guests are invited to screen our student and local short films and give constructive feedback to the filmmakers. This type of mentoring helps to strengthen local filmmaking and continue our relationships with area universities.

After eight years, HHM organizers still have a pretty serious passion for film and work year round to build a bigger and better event. We continue to strive to be an innovative festival for genuinely independent films and original music. This festival is about connecting the filmmaker and the festival-goer. Period. Well, and parties too.

In addition to relentless promotion of films, HHM recognizes and rewards films with jury, programmer and audience awards, some with prizes. Prizes include a cash prize of $1000 for the “Hell’s Half Mile” jury award, as well as other valued prizes. The documentary "Remote Area Medical" was the winner of the first $1,000 cash prize in 2013.

Each year HHM screens great narrative films, like James Duff and Julia Morrison's “Hank and Asha,” audience choice nominee for the 2013 Gotham Independent Awards, and winner of the Hell's Half Mile audience choice award for best narrative. Dan Schechter attended in 2012 with "Supporting Characters" before moving on to direct "Life of Crime" based on a novel from the late Elmore Leonard. Quirky comedies like James Westby’s “Rid of Me” and “The Auteur” have been big hits with HHM audiences. Co-director Mark Covino attended with the international hit "A Band Called Death" which won the HHM "Fest Best" award. Rider Strong has been a guest at HHM with four amazing films over two years, including “The Dungeon Master,” written and directed with his brother Shiloh and winner of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Best (Online) Short Film. Visit for complete lists of all films presented in our first eight years.

Some of the great music we’ve had over the years connects our film and music events. Matt Pond PA joined us at HHM in 2010. This same year, screening at the festival was “Lebanon PA,” with original score by Matt Pond and Chris Hansen of Matt Pond PA. Another great band that performed at HHM in 2011 was The One AM Radio, led by Hrishikesh Hirway who also did the original music for the 2012 feature film “Save the Date.” Visit for lists and links of music previous performers.

HHM, a partnership with the Bay Arts Council, utilizes a unique mix of venues including Bay City’s historic Mayan themed State Theatre, the Delta College Planetarium, and a turn-of-the-century red sandstone former Masonic Temple, saved from demolition by the Bay Arts Council. Likewise, the HHM organizers are looking for the right mix of creative and challenging works to bring to our seriously appreciative audiences. We hope you’ll consider us.

What's with the name?
In the late 1800's, a stretch of Bay City's riverfront was lined with raucous saloons and two-bit hotels where turn-of-the-century loggers and shipmen would go to blow off steam and take in more than a little local color. This strip was known to locals as Hell's Half Mile. "'Hell's Half Mile' was the strip of waterfront where lumberjacks used to go boozing and whoring. Now, a bunch of us from Hollywood go there for a film festival. Not much has changed." – Rider Strong

Time has passed, but the same rough-and-tumble spirit of the day is reborn in the Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival. Today, the city boasts a beautiful downtown riverfront with boutiques, restaurants, theatres, pubs, hotel accommodations and other points of interest....a state of the art planetarium, art galleries, a thriving business community, and an active shipping lane for Great Lakes freighters...Downtown Bay City is alive with activity.

Cambodian Film, 'FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky' Screening in New York City, November 13th 2013 - NYC & East Coast Premiere

  Asian Film, ‘FREEDOM DEAL’, Reveals a New Supernatural Dimension to the US-Vietnam Conflict   NEW YORK, New York – A new movie from Southeast Asia, ‘Freedom Deal: The Story of Lucky’, will offer the East Coast of the USA a never-before-seen look at a secret part of the US-Vietnam conflict when it screens at Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan on November 13th.     “My Cambodian colleagues and I followed ou...

Call for Submissions - ÉCU 2014

  SUBMISSIONS FOR ÉCU 2014 ARE NOW OPEN! **2014 Festival Dates – 4th, 5th, 6th April** Stories are created every day, imagined or real, and the world is in need of a good story. Character-driven, plot-driven, or just plain driven, ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival continually searches for the most talented storytellers and cinematic visionaries that make their stories a reality. Through this dedicated quest and passion for independ...

Make YOUR Movie Contest on!

Project Greenlight Reincarnated!  Our winners make a MOVIE. "In Hollywood a script has a One in a Million chance at being produced. That sucks! At your script has a REAL chance at being made into a MOVIE! That does NOT suck!" Dear Screenwriters and Filmmakers, Let's face it.  We all just want to make movies.  Ever since we could remember.  We were kids with movie cameras making goofy projects with our friend...

New Festival Selections for Supernatural Historical Cambodia Wartime Drama, FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky & More

Camerado's striking supernatural historical wartime drama, FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky - set in Cambodia in 1970 during the US-Vietnam conflict's 'Cambodia Incursion', enjoys a new official selection at the 2013 International Historical and Military Film Festival in Warsaw, coming this September.   FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky, written and directed by J "Jack RO" Rosette / RT 25:00 Genre - Dramatic Fiction; Niches - Supernatural; ...

Autumn of Route 66 nominated for Best Picture & Best Female Director

Documentary film Autumn of Route 66 set to premiere on August 19th at 8pm at AOF International Film Festival has been nominated for Best Picture and Best Female Director. Filmmaker Ester Brym shot the film interely on handheld Flip camera, which offers viewers the exceptional feeling of actually experiencing old Route 66 themselves. Please join the diretor on Monday for the World Premiere of her 2nd feature film here: AOF Film Festival Monday August 19th @ 8pm Krikorian Theaters 410 S M...

Urban Action Showcase





The Urban Action Showcase is a 3 day Independent Action Showcase and Film Festival premiering minority filmmakers specifically in the Action Film Genre. Action is the genre of choice of fans and Studios alike when it comes to Summer Blockbusters not to mention 9 out of the top 10 highest grossing films to date all have Action at its core! The Danger, Thrill, and Excitement of the Action genre keeps us all at the edge of our seats from the small screen to the big screen and it would seem that the Action genre has it all accept for one very important factor, Diversity. Without equal opportunity and diversity any positive message can be misconstrued. By focusing on the thrill and excitement of the Action genre and recognizing the need for integration the Urban Action Showcase sets itself apart from other film festivals as the only one of its kind!

With the initiative of social responsibility and ethnic diversity, the Urban Action Showcase advocates minority actors, filmmakers, producers, and industry professionals of the Action film genre through workshops, panel discussion, screenings and events. Through strong networks and sponsorship support the Urban Action Showcase endeavors to encourage major studios to both include and pioneer more ethnically diverse casts and projects in the Action genre for example the Fast and Furious franchise. The Urban Action Showcase will continue to grow meeting and exceeding expectations with the help of our partnering sponsors and Indie Action fans across the nation. The Urban Action Showcase Indie Action Film Festival welcomes film and television Animation and Live Action Shorts and Feature narratives in all aspects of the Action genre.

The Urban Action Showcase is Executive Produced by Action Scene Combat Productions a full service production company pioneering ethnically diverse works in the Action film genre founded in 2000 by Demetrius Angelo the creator of the Urban Action Showcase.

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Sueños (Dreams) - submission to ÉCU 2013

Sueños (Dreams) is a submission to ÉCU 2013 in the category European Experimental Film. The main character, K., is a woman living in a motionless and subdued reality. Her movements barely exist; her expressions are internalized. She only dares to express her feelings, her hopes, and her mobility through three dreams. In each dream she reaches a new level of existence, merging with nature and its elements.

Williamsburg International Film Festival 2013

WILLiFEST was established to provide a platform for the creative visions of today's emerging artists. The Williamsburg International Film Festival is the film component of WILLiFEST.  The film and music festival is an opportunity for artists to enhance their career by exposing their art to an influential audience, gaining crucial media exposure and strengthening industry relationships.

Partnering with major universities, local non-profit organizations and industry leaders our Educational Panels introduce the artist to new technologies that affect their craft as well as gaining perspective on how the business-side of their industry is changing and real world methods to assist in successfully generating a livelihood from their art.

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"The Waiting" - a submission to ÉCU 2013

Across the globe an estimated 27 million people have been internally displaced by conflict.  One such conflict, on Europe’s doorstep, is between the former Soviet Republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan.  Since the crisis began some 20 years ago, many thousands have been killed; but many more people, some half a million – 6.7 per cent of Azerbaijan’s total population- have been forced to flee their homes and l ...

She Will Fall In Love With Me - New Submission to ÉCU 2013

"She will fall in love with me" is a new submission to ÉCU 2013 in the category European Documentary. A young singer hurt by a recent breakup goes on a trip to India. Through the various encounters that fill his journey, he realizes the vanity if his concerns. She Will Fall In Love With Me is a film about love breakup. Its is emotional, it is strong, it is funny and self-derisory. It is a musical road trip to Ind ...

Roundabout American - New Submission to ÉCU 2013

Roundabout American is a new submission to ÉCU 2013 in the category Non-European Dramatic Feature. Alex Montrieux is lonely. When he meets an American girl online, and the two fall in e-love, it's only natural that he comes for a month-long visit. But minutes after he lands, the young lady changes her mind and dumps him at a rundown suburban motel. Faced with the prospect of returning home, Alex decides to stay a ...

Privacy - New Submission to ÉCU 2013

Privacy is a new submission to ÉCU 2013 in the category Non-European Dramatic Feature. Mark, a tech savvy college student, creates a cutting edge spyware app that allows him to remote view any cell phone in New York City. As he begins to invade the privacy of hundreds of New Yorkers remotely via the 'Privacy App' he spots a beautiful and mysterious girl, named Alexis whom he begins to spy on. She appears to be lo ...

Pandemos - New Submission to ÉCU 2013

  Potwór is a new submission to ÉCU 2013 in the category European Dramatic Short. Little Peter escapes the orphanage after he gets beaten up badly by kids. An adventure starts which will change his life forever.