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Martin I. Petrov


Cine-voyeur. Festival traveller currently based in Glasgow, UK. 

Festival director at WoFF: World of Film International Festival Glasgow. 

Festival Coordinator at MIAFF: Montreal International Animation Film Festival 

Writing reviews, articles and a passionate interview lover. 


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Sandra Seeling Lipski on the upcoming 6th edition of Evolution! Mallorca FF

  Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival’s 6th edition is landing at the end of October (October 26 - November 4) in the vibrant town of Palma with a great line up of feature and short films, including great tributes to acclaimed filmmakers from around the world. For a full week, Palma will transform again into a film hub for local film enthusiasts, filmmakers and talent from Spain and beyond, brought together under the umbrella of constant film evolution for the island&rs...

BFI London Film Festival 2017: Awards

LOVELESS (Best Film), THE WOUND (Best First Feature), KINGDOM OF US (Best Documentary) and THE RABBIT HUNT (Best Short Film) receive the Star of London The 61st BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® announced this year’s Festival Award-winners at its high profile Awards dinner, at Banqueting House, Whitehall, this evening. Hosted by James Nesbitt and with an address from BFI Chair Josh Berger, guests includedAndrea Arnold, Hayley Atwel...

London Film Fest comes with exciting Screen Talks

The 61st BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® is delighted to announce additional Screen Talks with BAFTA-winning and Academy-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal, four-time Academy Award-nominated actor Annette Bening and critically acclaimed director Lucrecia Martel alongside previously announced guest, director Takashi Miike.  The Festival’s acclaimed Screen Talks series welcomes some of the most exciting international actors and directors in contemporar...

Awards of the 57th Thessaloniki IFF

  The Awards of the 57th THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL were announce last night, after ten days of a successful 57th edition. Here are teh awarded in all section:    The International Jury of the 57th Thessaloniki International Film Festival comprised of:   Amir Naderi, Director, Iran - Jury President Sofian El Fani, Director of photography, Tunisia Frédérique Moreau, Screenwriter, France Peter Scarlet, Consultant, p...

57 Thessaloniki Festival opened last night

The 57th Thessaloniki International Film Festival opened last night with an original and fresh start for the new director of the festival, Greek Film critic, editor and former Athens Film Festival Director Orestis Andreadakis, who took her from Dimitri Eipides at the beginning of the year.      At the historic Olympion Theatre, the ceremony hosted Greek actors Themis Batzaka and Stelios Mainas, who managed with spot on jokes and great vibe to welcome the audience and speak ab...

Thessaloniki IFF 2016: Full line up

The 57th Thessaloniki International Film Festival is just days away, starting this coming Thursday. The full line-up was announced las week in teh official press conference. The festival will open on Thursday night with Jim Jarmusch's latest film 'Paterson', continuing its festival circuit journey after premiering in Cannes last May. The film stars Adam Driver and tells the story of a bus driver in New Jersey who secretly aspires to become a poet.  The festival runs Novembe...

Mallorca Film Fest 2016: All you need to know

Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival, set in the heart of Mallorca's buzzing and culturally rich center of Palma, has announced its line-up of screenings and events for the festival's 5th edition. The nine-day festival will take place, November 3rd-12th, 2016, and includes a festival tribute award to legendary actor/director Danny DeVito, a Gala Opening Night, narrative and documentary competition sections, a Drive in Cinema section at Port Adriano, and a Virtual Reality...

Brexit & Visionary Women to headline TIFF industry conference

TIFF® unveiled today an early glimpse of the 2016 TIFF Industry Conference. The seven-day conference is setting its sights on what impact Brexit will have on the industry, as well as exploring the question of equity for women in the film business. Guest speakers announced to date include Roberto Olla (Executive Director, Eurimages), Isabel Davis (Head Of International, British Film Institute), Ilann Girard (CEO, Arsam International), Anna Serner ...

SFF 2016: Kleber Mendonça Filho on Aquarius

Brazilian Director Kleber Mendonça Filho directs his second feature film Aquarius after successfully entering the film festival circuit in 2012 with his debut Neighbouring Sounds. Starring Sonia Braga as a 65 year old retired music critic who, although remaining the last resident of the Aquarius complex in Recife, decides to give a battle and keep her property which unexpectedly takes on a journey back in time. Old memories and her life adventures are brought up to the surface of her co...

Sydney Film Festival: Hub launch at Town Hall

The 63d Sydney Film Festival launched few days ago and already counts numerous sold out screenings and exclusive premieres as part of this year’s Australian and International selection.  Last Friday, the official festival hub opened its doors to all festival attendees and the public who have the opportunity to swing by and have a closer look at excerpts from this year’s programme, along with some exciting projects, installations and VR short film presentations.  The Hub i...

Sydney FF 2016 opened last night

The 63rd Sydney Film Festival opened last night, June 8th, at the State Theatre with the world premiere of Australian film Goldstone.  Festival Director Nashen Moodley opened his fifth Festival along with Goldstone's director Ivan Sen, producers David Jowsey and Greer Simpkin, actors Aaron Pedersen, David Gulpilil, Michelle Lim Davidson and Tom E. Lewis.  NSW Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant greeted the audience and underlined that &ldqu...

Baher, a short film by Hassan Akhondpour

  A stylish fairytale, Baher (Her mind) is an extravagant interpretation of how far human mind can go when logic departs and the heart takes the lead.    Iranian director Hassan Akhondpour creates a 25 minute eerie, yet sophisticated journey through a female mind, delving into his character’s deepest desires and emotions. Obsessed with the idea that her husband is seeing another woman, the character gradually enters a world of emotional paranoia where the lines between ...

Bilal: Animation Feature from the UAE at Cannes 2016 (Review)

  A seemingly conventional story for the eternal battle between good and bad transforms an ancient myth into an epic animation that can move both younger and older audiences.    Bilal is the story of a young slave who becomes the symbol of equality and freedom for his people, by turning against the tyrannic ruling of the wealthy and powerful and adopting a new faith. Originally inspired by one of the most widely known myths in Islam culture, this animation feature makes an at...

Australian film Goldstone to open Sydney FF

The 63rd Sydney Film Festival today announced the World Premiere of Goldstone, a stylish and intelligent outback noir from acclaimed Indigenous writer/director Ivan Sen, as the Opening Night Film, screening at the State Theatre at 7.30pm on Wednesday 8 June.  Sydney Film Festival’s Opening Night is proudly presented by Lexus Australia.  Goldstone is the fourth feature by award-winning filmmaker Sen and stars Aaron Pederson who reprises his role o...

70th Edinburgh FF to close with Whisky Galore!

Edinburgh International Film Festival is delighted to announce that the much anticipated remake of the iconic Scottish comedy Whisky Galore! will close the 70th edition of the festival on Sunday 26th June 2016. Inspired by Sir Compton Mackenzie’s 1947 novel, Whisky Galore! is written by award-winning screenwriter Peter McDougall and based on the true story of a shipwreck off the coast of Eriskay of a ship sailing for America with a cargo of export-only alco...

Sydney FF 2016: 21 filmmakers to compete for short film fellowship

The Sydney Film Festival and Lexus Australia announced the 21 filmmakers who have been shortlisted by producers at The Weinstein Company, to compete for the largest cash fellowship for short film in Australia.   Presiding over the selection process as Jury Chair is renowned Australian actress Judy Davis. The other jury members are Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley, Lexus Australia’s Adrian Weimers, and Australian producers Jan Chapman AO and ...

Thessaloniki IFF 2015: Open Horizons Programme

  The Section Open Horizons of the 56th Thessaloniki International Film Festival, which takes place November 6 - 15 November 2015 is for another year a first class selection of films that marked huge success in the film festival circuit and beyond. With titles including the Cannes' most discussed trilogy Arabian Nights, Michel Franco's (After Lucia) second feature Chronic, starring Tim Roth in a magnificent performance, Joachim Trier's (Oslo, August 31st) Louder Than Bombs, t...

Stephen Dunn on his debut feature Closet Monster

  Stephen Dunn is a Canadian director, writer and producer and Closet Monster is his first feature film. It premiered at TIFF 2015 and received the Canada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature Film. Closet Monster tells the story of teen boy Oscar, growing up with his single dad. Oscar is working in the local supplies store but aspires to go to NYC and study to become a production designer and photographer. When he meets his fellow colleague Wilder, Oscar is enchanted by his charm a...

London FF 2015: Simon Stone on his debut feature The Daughter

Simon Stone is mostly known for his work in theatre. His adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck received great reviews, characterised as a ‘searing modern-day tragedy’ after its Barbican premier last year. In The daughter, Stone adapts the original script for the big screen, creating a tantalising family drama, set in rural Australian countryside. Geoffrey Rush stars as local factory owner Henry, whose son Christian (Paul Schneider) returns after years of absenc...

Josh Mond on his debut feature James White

Josh Mond is a New York based director and producer. In 2003 he established Borderline Films with fellow filmmakers Antonio Campos and Sean Durkin which brought to light the film festival success Martha Marcy May Marlene, which Mond produced. James White is his debut feature film, starring Cynthia Nixon (Sex & the City) and Christopher Abbott. The film portrays the relationship of Gail with her son James. Diagnosed with final stage cancer Gail is making an attempt to maintain a healthy rel...

TIFF 15: The Wait - Interview with Piero Messina

Interview by Martin I. Petrov    Piero Messina is born in Sicily and has worked as an assistant director alongside Paolo Sorrentino for This must be the night and The great beauty (La Grande Bellezza). The wait is his first feature film and premiered in competition at the 72nd Venice Film Festival. The film was selected for the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival, where we met the director for an interesting chat on his first directoria...

TIFF 15: Stonewall (Review)

Stonewall, dir. by Roland Emmerich, US, 2015    “You ran away? You got kicked out? You feel lost? Welcome to New York!” is the welcoming line that takes us down to Christopher street in Greenwich village, where it all started.  Danny (Jeremy Irvine), a young teenager who just escaped family and hometown after his peers discover he is a homosexual, arrives in New York City to study at Columbia. Only that Danny’s nature brings him straight to the right place. ...

TIFF 15: Demolition (Review)

Demolition, dir. by Jean-Marc Vallée, US 2015  By Martin I. Petrov    A normal man’s reaction to his wife’s tragic death would be grief and depression. For Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal), is a chance to rediscover his own self in a loud, tragelaughic and destructive emotional torpedo, involving a lot of… deconstruction.  Davis is a successful investment banker who suddenly loses his wife in a car accident. No matter how hard he tries to adapt...

TIFF 15: The Apostate - Interview with Federico Veiroj

Director Federico Veiroj  Interview: Martin I. Petrov    Everyday, we have millions of choices to make, but how many of them are unaffected by societal norms or imposed by others?   In his third feature film, Spanish-Uruguayan filmmaker Federico Veiroj, depicts the story of Gonzalo, a young man who decides to apostatise. Humorous, extravagant and smart, the story takes us on a journey through Gonzalo’s life, as he is confronted with his deepest desires and feelin...

Blind Spot Gear launches new sales campaign for US customers

In a campaign specially designed for US customers, Blind Spot Gear offers two free lights for every set of four purchased. Currently available and B&H and with more retailers lining up soon, it's a unique opportunity for filmmakers on the other side of the ocean. Check the video below for more info.  For a limited time only you can get 2 free lights with the Scorpion Set. ...
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