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Dear Filmmakers Filmfestivals.com was established in 1995, over the years we became the premier link between film and festivals with 5000 festivals listed, over 22 000 festival organizers contacts in our database. Do you have a film you want to suggest to our festival programmers subscribers? Let them know about your film. Let me know if you want us to reserve this 150€ promotion package for you? Please note that we only reserve this opportunity to the filmmakers that are subscri...

Bruno Chatelin Advisory Board Member on the Festival Circuit

Bruno Chatelin has been named Advisory Board Member of the Chelsea FilmFestival in New york The Chelsea Film Festival is an international film festival, enlightening the work of emerging filmmakers, producers and actors. It offers a wide range of films, such as documentaries and feature-lengths, focusing on the theme of “Global Issues”. It empowers the work of risk-taking storytellers and remains committed to its mission to discover and develop independent artists and a...

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Filmfestivals.com was established 1995 as world reference in this niche, we are proud of our track record in helping festivals attract more legitimacy, visibility and film submissions from our large base of international film professionals (370 000 unique filmmaker visitors each month), 159 500 subscribers to the newsletter. ONE TIME OFFER We suggest this quick one month booster program for your call for entry including  with 4 newsletter ads, your call for entry promoted one month lon...

BlueCat Screenplay Competition Announces International Award Winner

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Kitty Percy of London has been selected as the winner of the 2015 BlueCat Screenplay Cordelia Award for best screenplay from the UK, for her script, BUTTER SIDE UP. Kitty will be awarded a $1,500 cash prize.   BUTTER SIDE UP  follows a hopelessly unlucky smalltime criminal who kidnaps a celebrity by mistake and soon after finds his luck starting to change in unexpected ways.   An interview with Kitty Percy can be found on BlueCat’s website: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.c...

Awards from Beijing International Film Festival held Apr 16th–23rd

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At the 5th Beijing International Film Festival held Apr 16th–23rd, both acting prizes went to Russian thespians, Julya Peresild for The Sevastopol Battle and Artyom Tsypin for White, White Night. Julya Peresild, actress: "A successful performance is such a rare treat it always makes you happy, but then, on top of that, it turns out other people agree with you! At a time like this, it's almost embarrassing to be happy, but I couldn't even dream of Luc Besson watching me act on...

Panorama Europe Film Festival returns this May/June for the 7th edition

Panorama Europe Film Festival Returns for its Seventh Year, with a Slate of Sixteen Outstanding New Movies FESTIVAL to Run from May 29 – June 14, 2015 at Museum of the Moving Image and Bohemian National Hall   "Xenia" Strand Releasing   Panorama Europe 2015, the seventh edition of this vital festival of new European cinema (formerly known as Disappearing Act), presented by Museum of the Moving Image and the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), ...

Films in competition announced for 41st Seattle International Film Festival

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The Seattle International Film Festival, the largest and most highly attended festival in the United States, announced today the complete lineup of films, guests, and events for the 41st annual Festival (May 14 - June 7, 2015).   This year, SIFF will screen 450 films representing 92 countries: 193 features (plus 4 secret films), 70 documentaries, 19 archival films, and 164 shorts. The films include 49 World premieres (23 features, 26 shorts), 51 North American premieres (33 features, 18 s...

Cinequest 2015 Award Winners and Highlights

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  Cinequest Film Festival has been voted the Best Film Festival by USA TODAY Readers. This follows the wrap of Cinequest Film Festival (CQFF) 2015; Award Winners and Highlights included: FUTURE OF FILM debut: Cinequest, Silicon Valley's creativity and film institute, keenly focuses on the exciting possibilities the future holds. Cinequest's unique nature and aggregate impact result from a powerful fusion of creativity, filmmaking and technological innovation-transforming our futur...

Maryland Film Festival (May 6-10 in downtown Baltimore) proudly announces its complete 2015 lineup today

Maryland Film Festival (May 6-10 in downtown Baltimore) proudly announces its complete 2015 lineup today, unveiling its Closing Night film, the titles for its annual Opening Night Shorts Program, and a few late-breaking features.   Maryland Film Festival’s Closing Night film will be Crystal Moselle’s The Wolfpack, the mind-blowing buzz documentary that took home the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. MFF also announced 5...

The OTF Comedy Film Festival tour continues…. Coming somewhere near-ish you!!

    The cool-est comedy film festival in the known Universe is back! ...

Future Frames: a new initiative by EFP and the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

A new initiative by EFP and the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival FUTURE FRAMES: Ten new filmmakers to follow  A new initiative by EFP and the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 23.04.2015 THE OFFER by Moïra Pitteloud   EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY by Patr...

Robust panel series at Geena Davis’s Bentonville Film Festival (BFF)

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Geena Davis’s Bentonville Film Festival (BFF), which debuts May 5-9, today unveiled a robust panel series that covers over a dozen topics addressing women, diversity and their intersections within the entertainment industry, featuring many well-known and highly regarded participants from various sectors of the industry. The Festival also revealed details of several special events including a softball game headlined by “A League of Their Own” stars Geena Davis and Rosie O&rsq...

The 34th Istanbul Film Festival Review

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  The 34th Istanbul Film Festival is now over ending April 19th Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and supported for the 11th time by AKBANK, the Istanbul Film Festival ended on Sunday, 19 April.   The 171 short and feature length films in the festival reached to 130 thousand cinephiles in two weeks in a total of 455 sessions, across 8 movie halls. In more than 100 sessions, either the directors, actors, and/or producers of the film were present in th...

Awards of the 17th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century

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  17th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century ran March 13 - 22, 2015   AWARDS   EMBARGO: 21.00 CET, SATURDAY MARCH 21st   FISCHER AUDIENCE AWARDS 2015   - The Peter Wintonick Audience Award for a film over 45’ in the International Selection goes to:   VIRUNGA by Orlando von Εinsiedel, UK, 2014   - The Audience Award for a film under 45’ in the International Selection goes to:   FLAME by D...

Silent Film Festival speaks and kicks off!

      One of the most anticipated off-screen activities at the Silent Film Festival takes place on the Castro's lovely mezzanine. Throughout the festival, Books Inc. sets up ...

TIFF Announced 4th Canada’s All-Time Top Ten List

TIFF today announces the results of its fourth Canada’s All-Time Top Ten List, an international poll of industry and academics‎ on the most memorable Canadian films. This is the fourth edition of TIFF’s All-Time Top Ten List; previous lists were released in 1984, 1993 and 2004.   “In our 40th year we are celebrating our national cinema by revisiting the list of top Canadian films, with help from our esteemed colleagues in the industry and academia,” sai...

IFP 2015 Peabody Winners!

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  We congratulate our Spotlight on Documentaries of Independent Film Week alumni who have won Peabody Awards this year: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, directed by Grace Lee and presented on POV; and Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa, directed by Abby Ginzberg of Ginzberg Productions.   ...

Look Back at The Pasadena International Film Festival

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PIFF 2015 was a Huge Success!   Doris Roberts with Director Andrew Koss   ...

On Friday April 24th, to kick off the film section, another cult figure on stage at FEFF: mister Jackie Chan!

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Udine Far East Film Festival 17 Special Gala Concert with JOE HISAISHI,  for the very first time in Italy, Miyazaki and Kitano’s composer!   On Thursday April 23rd, at 8.30 pm, the one and only Japanese musician will officially open the 17th Far East Film Festival! On stage at “Giovanni da Udine”, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra. Everything is ready, at Teatro Nuovo “Giovanni da Udine”, for the double (historical!) Far East Film Festival 1...

SFIFF launches Online Screening Room

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    SFFS Partners with FORA.tv to Provide Exclusive Free Streaming Opportunity for Film Society Members, with Films Released Throughout the Festival   The San Francisco Film Society announced today a new initiative to bring the San Francisco International Film Festival experience home with the SFIFF Online Screening Room, which will provide an opportunity for SFFS members to stream select feature ...

The 62nd Sydney Film Festival announces the World Premiere of Gillian Armstrong’s Women He’s Undressed.

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The documentary premieres on-board the Sun Princess, in Sydney Harbour on Wednesday 10 June. The Sydney Film Festival screening will be the first time a premiere has been held on a ship in Australia.   The Festival and Princess Cruises have partnered to present this film, rolling out an on-deck blue carpet to celebrate the occasion, followed by a screening in the Sun Princess Theatre.   Women He’s Undressed takes an intimate look at the life of Academy Award winning Au...

Support a new short documentary KC BBQ Blues by Fred Andrews formerly with Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee

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It has been a while since I have communicated with many of you. I was once with the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee and a director of the KC Film Commission. I have been away from the film scene for about three years. Now I am in production on a short documentary - KC BBQ Blues.   Over the years I have raised a lot of money for various organizations and helped on fes films; but this is my first time trying to raise a small amount for a personal project. I am not a nonprofit beyond the fact...

Winners of the Tiburon 2015 Golden Reel Awards

  The winners of the 2015 Golden Reel Awards were announced during a ceremony in Tiburon. ----- Best Film: Queen of the Mountains, directed by: Sadyk Sher Niyaz [Kyrgyzstan] Best Director: Vinko Möderndorfer, for: Inferno [Slovenia] Best Actor: Nolan Mecham, for Neon Sky [USA] Best Actress: Barbara Hershey, for: Sister [USA] Best Documentary: Once My Mother, directed by: Sophia Turkiewicz [Australia] Best Screenplay: Rudolf Havlík, for: All My Tomorrows...

The Boston Jewish Film Festival Names Ariana Cohen-Halberstam New Artistic Director

      The Boston Jewish Film Festival is proud to announce Ariana Cohen-Halberstam as its new Artistic Director. Cohen-Halberstam comes to the Festival from the JCC Manhattan where she was Associate Director of Film Programming. She has been active in the New York film community for over ten years and now brings her comprehensive curatorial and festival production experience to Boston. Cohen-Halberstam’s background inclu...

Highlights bfm International Film Festival 2015 (bfmiff2015) 12th Edition

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The bfmiff2015 12th Edition is to return to London after an absence of 4 years. The festival will take place from the 2nd to the 5th July 2015 at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre (BGAC).    On July 2nd the bfmiff2015 will open with the documentary “Looking for Love” by pioneer film director/producer and bfmiff2015 festival Founder Menelik Shabazz   The bfmiff2015 has been instrumental in establishing a platform for UK black filmmakers to present their work and for audi...

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