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I just wanted to make sure everybody was aware that Austin Film Festival has already begun accepting submissions for this year’s film program. My name is Hatley Moore and I work as an intern in the Film Department and I am happy to answer any questions you may have about submitting your film to us. Last year we received more entries than ever before and this year we are already on a record pace.*Our Earlybird deadline is almost two months away, April 30, until which the submission fee is only $50.* If you submit online through our website (not Withoutabox) you will receive $5 off:
Known as “The Writer’s Festival” since its inception 21 years ago, Austin Film Festival celebrates films built on strong storytelling. *AFF recognizes the importance of the creator at the core of filmmaking and screens the highest caliber narrative, documentary, and animated films — all of which demonstrate the power of a well-told story.
AFF provides filmmakers an invaluable platform among industry professionals and film-lovers. *Offering A-list jurors, amazing venues, and an opportunity to network and learn, Austin Film Festival is the place to be this October. *As AFF embarks on its 21st Anniversary, everything about the Festival & Conference will be bigger and brighter (or darker if it is more appropriate).* A new COMEDY VANGUARD competition category has been added to highlight horror films. *All of AFF’s juried categories—Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Narrative Shorts, Student Shorts, Animated Shorts and Documentary Shorts—have increased cash awards.* In addition to the competitions, all submissions will be eligible to screen out-of-competition in special sections such as Comedy Vanguard or the Texas Independents Series. *On top of all that, the winning films in the Narrative Short and Animated Short categories are Academy Award®-eligible!
Earlybird entry fee if postmarked by April 30, 2014 -- $50
Regular entry fee if postmarked by June 16, 2014 -- $60
Late entry fee if postmarked by July 15, 2014 -- $75
1st Place Winners in both the Narrative Feature Category and Documentary Feature Category receive a cash prize of $2,500; reimbursement (up to $500) of one round-trip airfare to Austin to attend the 2014 AFF; reimbursement (up to $500) for stay at an AFF hotel during the 2014 Festival; and the AFF Bronze Typewriter Award. The 1st Place Winner in the Dark Matters Feature Category receives a cash prize of $1,000; reimbursement (up to $500) of one round-trip airfare to Austin to attend the 2014 AFF; reimbursement (up to $500) for stay at an AFF hotel during the 2014 Festival; and the AFF Bronze Typewriter Award.
For Shorts, 1st Place Winners receive a cash prize of $1,000 (Narrative Short Category only) or $500 (Narrative Student Short, Documentary Short, Animated Short Categories); reimbursement (up to $500) of one round- trip air fare to Austin to attend the 2014 AFF; reimbursement (up to $500) for stay at an AFF hotel during the 2014 Festival; and the AFF Bronze Typewriter Award.
In addition, all films are eligible for the Audience Award in their respective categories.*
We look forward to receiving any entries you all want to send us. I’ll be checking this post frequently and I am happy to answer any questions or check out our FAQ: austinfilmfestival.com/submit/film/faq/
In line with the vision of The Next Movement . . .
The U.S. justice system is inhumane and immoral, and can only be changed through the efforts of everyday people passionately working to educate and inform their communities. Core to our success is the conviction that America is committing an incredible injustice on entire populations of its own citizens, and that brought to light, average Americans will become allies in the fight for justice and human rights.
. . . the (In)Justice for All Film Festival (IFAFF) will bring to audiences films that explore our current criminal justice system – police, courts, and corrections – and the for-profit industries that feed at this trough of human misery. We will share the stories of the millions that are relegated to second-class citizenship under an unforgiving system.
We will show better ways that exist in other countries and even best practices right here in America. IFAFF will screen feature length documentaries, as well as topical shorts, with themes covering the following subjects:
The War on Drugs and its effect on individuals, families, and society
The science of addiction
The politicization of crime and punishment
Global alternatives to imprisonment
Incarceration’s impacts on men, women, and children (inside and out)
Restorative Justice – Restoring Community Health
Good Cop/Bad Cop – Discretionary Police Power
History of Incarceration
Mental Health in America
The Gang Alternative
Prison Reform Movements
Politically Motivated Imprisonment
Prison Profiteers – The corporations that profit from prison growth
The power of film to educate and influence, to inspire and engage, and to ultimately exponentially grow the numbers of active allies in the fight to end the embarrassing injustice that mass incarceration represents, is the catalyst for the (In)Justice for All Film Festival.
The Festival welcomes submissions for feature films in narrative and documentary categories. All selected features will participate in the festival’s MAIN EVENT competition. We strongly believe that a film from any category could take the Festival’s 2014 Best Feature award, be it Darkest Before the Dawn, Cinema Mavericks, the Dockect or any category. Entering all films into the MAIN EVENT puts everyone on an even playing field in the completion and recognizes the best from across all different styles and genres in the independent film community.
In addition, however Mirage International Film Festival offers filmmakers several competitive sub-categories designed specifically to recognize excellence within various genres and help promote the various styles, methods and techniques that populate the ever expanding world of cinema.
Main Event - main competition program for all eligible feature-length films
Darkest Before the Dawn - dedicated to showcasing feature-length genre films
Cinema Mavericks - feature-length films with budgets less than $1.5 million USD
Newcomer - available exclusively for first-time, feature-length directors
WorldCine - feature-length films which were financed and filmed outside of North America
The Dockect - non-fiction feature-length documentary films
The Festival offers a robust competition program for short films, divided into institutional and non-institutional categories.
New Media Marvels Competition Category
Mirage International Film Festival's New Media Marvels competitive program is designed to bring attention to the emerging world of new media. With the growing prevalence and wide reach of online streaming video sites, the internet is providing filmmakers with an easy and affordable avenue to present their alternative media to a global audience.
New Media Marvels is designed to recognize and reward exceptional work in the expanding new media landscape. With the increasing number of success stories of TV series, films and documentaries being developed and produced based on new media content, the Festival's New Media Marvels program provides a solid forum for these new age filmmakers to showcase their stories and network with distributors, producers and industry executives.
Film Blueprint Competition Category
All epic projects start with a vision. And like the building of monolith skyscrapers that dot the city landscape, the first step in realizing that vision is putting your ideas on paper... as blueprints. This concept resonates strong in Mirage International Film Festival’s Original Screenwriting competition Film Blueprint.
We believe that all great films started as great scripts! Film Blueprint seeks to discover the next generation of great writers and provide a forum to highlight and recognize their scripts. This competitive category is judged by a distinguished panel comprised of top literary agents, screenwriters and development executives.
Presented by the American Sephardi Federation the 17th New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival is now the only annual festival of its kind. A banquet for filmgoers, this year’s festival will feature world renowned singer Enrico Macias on opening night and productions from France, Israel, Greece, Austria, and Spain. Rarely seen in the United States, the 16 films will share unforgettable stories of Bukhari, Iraqi, Iranian, Moroccan, Algerian, Greek and Spanish Jews, along with a timely spotlight on the bifurcated lives of Jews displaced from their ruptured Arab homelands.
The festival will launch with an unprecedented appearance by legendary Sephardi entertainer Enrico Macias. The subject of the dazzling opening-night film “Enrico Macias: A Life in Music”, Macias will receive the American Sephardi Federation Pomegranate Lifetime Achievement Award at a gala benefit reception.
“Dual identities, longing, and loss have defined the Sephardi experience, especially with turmoil in many of their homelands in recent years. This year’s films reflect the complexity of their experience with humor, warmth, and intelligence,” said Lynne Winters, director of the American Sephardi Federation, presenter of the festival.
“It’s also exciting for us to shine a spotlight on some key figures in Sephardi history through this year’s program, including human-rights activist Dr. Vicki Shiran and a larger-than-life entertainer like Enrico Macias, who’ll receive the Pomegranate Award for Lifetime Achievement.” Winters said.
A full schedule for the 17th New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival is available at www.sephardicfilmfest.org
Among the highlights:
-Enrico Macias: A Life in Song
A fascinating look at one of France’s most beloved entertainers. Over the past 50 years, the Algerian-Jewish pied-noir musician has become the spokesman for the North African and Middle Eastern Jews who fled their homelands in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Dir.: Antoine Casubolo Ferro. France, 2012. 52 mins. French w/English subtitles. (Thurs. Mar. 13, 6:30pm)
-Stolen Documents? Franco and the Holocaust (Documentos robados? Franco y el Holocausto): US premiere of a revelatory documentary about Franco and the Jews during the Holocaust – including testimonials from Sephardic Jews in Spain today. Dir.: Yolanda Villaluenga. Spain, 2012. 53 mins. Spanish w/English subtitles. (Weds. Mar. 19, 6:30pm)
-The Longest Journey: The Last Days of the Jewish Community of Rhodes The 2,000-year-old Jewish community of Rhodes was almost destroyed when residents were transported to Auschwitz in 1944. This gripping film weaves testimonies of three survivors. Dir.: Ruggero Gabbai. Italy, 2012. 52 mins. Italian w/English subtitles. (Mon. Mar. 17, 6:30p).
Post-screening discussion with Stella Levi and Alessandro Cassin, Centro Primo Levi.
Since it was founded 36 years ago, the Cinéma du réel has become France’s foremost documentary film festival. Open to a diversity of writings, creative forms and ideas, the festival draws a large, faithful and curious audience.
The festival’s venues: Centre Pompidou, Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, the Forum de Images, the Nouveau Latina, as well as several film theatres in the Ile-de-France area.
ON THE FESTIVAL’S SCREENS:
> INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 11 films.
> FRENCH COMPETITION: 10 films.
> INTERNATIONAL FIRST FILMS COMPETITION: 9 films.
> INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS COMPETITION: 10 films.
> NIGHT HAS MANY EYES
Could it be that night defies “realism”? From black to overly bright, from town to forest, from the beginnings of cinema to contemporary experiments, night escapes us, reveals itself or becomes transfigured.
Proposed and programmed by Marie-Pierre Duhamel Muller
In partnership with the French Film Archives and the Centre Pompidou.
> Portugal, 25 APRIL 1974 – UMA TENTATIVA DE AMOR
For the 40th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution, an anthology of films shot during this enchanted interval, filled with hope, energy and freedom. With films by Rui Simões, João César Monteiro, António Campos, Robert Kramer, Pedro Costa and others.
Programme by Federico Rossin.
Partnered by the Cinemateca Portuguesa/Museu do Cinema and Apordoc, the Portuguese association for documentary film. With assistance of the Instituto Camões and the participation of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation France Delegation.
> RAYMONDE CARASCO & RÉGIS HÉBRAUD: AT WORK
A full retrospective of the films by Carasco, who spent 20 years travelling through the lands of the Tarahumara Indians with her husband, the cameraman and editor, Régis Hébraud.
Programme by Nicole Brenez, together with Régis Hébraud.
> BY WAY OF… JEAN ROUCH
For the 10th anniversary of the filmmaker’s death, Cinéma du réel proposes two journeys through his work:
- ethno-fiction: a two-session workshop to pay tribute to this pioneer of ethno-cinema.
- Parisian wanderings: following in the filmmaker’s footsteps through the streets of Paris.
Partnered by the French Film Archives, the Comité du film ethnographique and the Fondation Jean Rouch.
> ARRESTED CINEMA
After Syria in 2012 and Iran in 2013, this year Arrested Cinema questions documentary production in Russia. Given the lack of funding and the non-diffusion of existing films, is self-censorship a necessary alternative?
Partnered by Arte Actions culturelles
> JOHN BERGER – WAYS OF TELLING
For the French re-edition of Another Way of Telling, a spotlight on the works of John Berger, with screenings of Ways of Listening by Colin MacCabe, where the writer talks with Tilda Swinton, and Timothy Neat’s Play me something.
- Joaquim Pinto: screening of E agora? Lembra me, awarded at the Locarno Festival and a master class at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
- La Ultima Pelicula by Raya Martin and Mark Peranson.
>>> Cinéma du reel is also: discussions, workshops and professional round tables (including a guided tour of Claire Simon’s webdoc, Gare du Nord, a concert inspired by A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness by Ben Rivers and Ben Russel, “hors les murs” screenings in the Île de France area and beyond…”
Archived festival (terminated)
The Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival now in its sixth year takes place annually over the last weekend in May. It is an 'up close and personal' festival. Filmmakers, directors, producers and invited guest speakers, all share the same space. Schull doesn’t have a Cinema, so we invite attendees to explore alternatives. Screenings, Q&As, Premieres, Workshops and Discussions are held in all sorts of weird and wonderful locations, throughout the village of Schull. “Distributed Cinema” is Schull’s very own dedicated server for short films. Anyone with a smartphone, laptop or tablet can access the submitted films through Wi-Fi, anywhere on Main Street during the festival. You can watch any of the past 5 years winning films, archived workshops and interviews 24 hours a day 365 days a year here in Schull.
Our server is also used alongside HD media players, to screen films in a number of smaller venues throughout the locality. From a bookshop or an Art Gallery to Marquees, pubs and restaurants, The Long Island Cinema and our main Venue the refurbished Village Hall. Many of the premises in town take on the identity of a film, decorating their premises accordingly.
We endeavor to screen each and every film submitted to our competition. It is difficult for filmmakers to reach large audiences and have their work appreciated. Our workshops attempt to provide very high quality hands on experiences for filmmakers and this year this element is our area of special focus. We are also fortunate to live in the most beautiful place in the world. When the sun shines there is no better place to be at any time.
The Festival Fringe Events
At the Fringe, we provide high quality activities for families with children, from Puppet Shows, Rod Puppet Making Workshops, Tee-shirt Painting, Children’s Cinema, Storytelling, Drama workshops, Cycle Cinema, children’s filmmaking workshops and much more for all ages Most of our children’s activities do not carry a cover charge.
Please keep an eye on our website for updates
FFFilm Project (Family Fiction Film Project) is a cycle of video and film, which explores several possibilities around the topic of family/familiar: documentary or fiction movies about the intimate, the personal or private, family footage, home movies, self-portraits / about identities, family as a landscape, alternative families, etc. In the era of the democratization of the use of image the objects produced are increasingly on the intimacy and in the precariousness of the production resources. There is a new way to make films and to tell stories. Public and private or global and local, stand in a constant transformation in their inter-connection at the same they have a tremendous impact on the way of producing, creating and living. We believe that at this moment, this kind of cycle is full of sense; it will be a moment for sharing ways of doing and perspectives which concerns are to do with fragility, intimacy and precarity. This cycle is open both to amateur and professional videos.
purgatory / noun / an intermediate place or state of temporary suffering for expiatory purification
Within the word “purgatory”, it is easy to envision condemned souls, torment and darkness. However, purgatory may also reflect the cyclic state in which we often rediscover or recreate ourselves anew from within our personal inflictions. Sometimes it is the necessary stage to exorcise ourselves from the haunting ghosts of the past. Perhaps it is the serene place of self reflection and realization.
From within this, DAMNED proudly presents an exhibition of powerful cinema called Purgatory. Held on March 7th & 8th 2014 at the Tangent Gallery in Detroit, Purgatory will present approximately 90 minutes of short films of introspective, emotive and/or enlightened subject matters from filmmakers worldwide. This is not an industry-focused film festival, but a tributary showcase of the often redemptive films from the filmmaker’s personal collections.
NOW FEATURING…THE DAMNED BAZAAR – Come in early before the show and visit the DAMNED Bazaar featuring over a dozen local DAMNED artists selling their own merchandise, prints and original art. Help support local artists! (Contact us for reserving your Bazaar space)
Purgatory IV – A Cinematic Exploration of the Soul
Fri March 07 – Showtimes 7pm 9pm
Sat March 08 – Showtimes 5pm 7pm 9pm
The DAMNED Bazaar will open at 6pm Friday and 4pm Saturday until midnight.
Admission is $10 or $5 with valid student ID.
A cash bar is also present for alcoholic (and non) pleasures.
This event is 18+ due to mature/disturbing art and film content.
Tangent Gallery, 715 E Milwaukee, Detroit, MI
The Latin American Film Festival (LAFF) returns in 2014 for its 18th edition, showcasing features, documentaries, and short films from south of the Rio Grande. Presented by the Canadian Film Institute (CFI), the event features only contemporary Ottawa premieres, gleaned from the screens of such festivals as Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, and Chicago to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of Latin America.
Each year, experience the work of Latin America’s greatest filmmakers, as well as Embassy-hosted receptions, over the span of the ten-day prestigious film event held at 395 Wellington St. Five-film Passports and special prices for members, seniors, and students are made available. This exciting event is presented in collaboration with the Group of Latin American Ambassadors (GRULA).