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            Do not heistate to contact me with questions, I will be happy to brainstorm with you. We are the leading network for film and festivals, established in 1995, with 380 000 unique visitors every month, a subscribers base of 161 000 registered users. Furthermore my experience in marketing film (200 film launched wordwide) can be of some assistance. Check the online store for Pro Services for the Film Festival Community. Promote your Fe...

Steven Feinberg RIFF Festival director's amazing quote on Dead On Arrival

Dear Stephen Sepher, "I really enjoyed your film last night.  As mentioned, it looked like a $25 million movie.  Beautifully shot, camera choreography, production value and sound.  You gave a great performance as well, along with your fellow cast members.  I hope you think about making your next movie here in Rhode Island.  We have had approximately $400 million of production here in our Ocean State since I returned home and began an incentive program.  Film...

International feature films in competition

LING FAST  (114 mins) 24 FRAMES Dir. Abbas Kiarostami  France Iran (2017)   (98 mins) AFTERIMAGE Dir. Andrzej Wajda  Poland (2016)   (127 mins) ANA, MON AMOUR Dir. Călin Peter Netzer  Romania (2017) STANDBY  (95 mins) ANTONIO 1, 2, 3 Dir. ...

Shorts at MIAFF 2017

SHORT FILMS Fashion Cave! by Tristian Goik USA 0:59 Join Scarlet Envy and Daphne Sumtimez on an urban adventure of massive magnitude and dripping danger. No artist biography. Departure by Aoífe Doyle Ireland 9:15 An Irish grandmothers unexpected departure from her lonely life. Aoífe Doyle is the creative director and co-founder of Pink Kong Studios. The studio’s new short film “Departure” is funded by the Irish Film Board and RTÉ...

Fairy Tale and Success story at Montreal International Animation Film Festival

  A debut short film from the UK premiers at the Montreal International Animation Film Festival and credits the festival’s contribution as final push that led to the film’s completion. BBC England has helped the UK short film go viral after featuring the young filmmaker in one of their daily news shows.   Ms. Ruth Coggins, a first time filmmaker created a film about her great g...

Venice celebrates the centennial of the birth of Jean Rouch with a screening of Cousin Cousine (shot in Venice)

  On the centennial of the birth of Jean Rouch the programme of the Venice Film Festival (7 and 8 September) adds the only film he ever made in Venice, the previously unreleased Cousin, cousine (1985-1987, 31')   For the one-hundredth anniversary of the birth of the great French director and ethnographer Jean Rouch (1917 – 2004), the programme of the Venice Film Festival adds to its line-up the world-premiere screening of the only film ...

Batman & Spiderman Walk Into MOLLY’S GAME, But Jessica Chastain Doesn’t Cave to Superheroes

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Holy Toledo, sometimes an insider Hollywood story is so good, you see how the game is played. Jessica Chastain in MOLLY'S GAME So once upon a Batman, and a few-movies-ago Spiderman, the caped one and the web slinger became poker fanatics, like super fanatics, in a snake-pit-named Hollywood club’s back room, a club once owned by a Pirate. True story, plus there’s an ex-Olympic skier with the same name as a character from James ...

Venice Film Festival Calendar Public Screenings

  Calendario delle proiezioni per il pubblico della 74. Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica   Martedì 29 agosto 2017   20:30               SALA DARSENA PREAPERTURA - INVITI IN COLLABORAZIONE CON I QUOTIDIANI VENEZIANI  PARTITURA ORIGINALE RICOSTRUITA E DIRETTA DA GILLIAN ANDERSON ED ESEGUITA DALLA MITTELEUROPA ORCHESTRA VENEZIA CLASSICI ROSITA (1923) di Ernst Lubitsch (...

The quiet strength of pioneering Québécois director Denis Villeneuve

With an unprecedented string of hits and film phenomenon, Quebec gets slammed by a giant tsunami of world class directors: enter Denis Villeneuve, Xavier Dolan and content creators and technology visionaries enter Daniel Langlois. Quebec is a hotbed for homegrown filmmakers, cinema buffs, cinemaphiles and seasoned producers. From all over the world they are coming to Montreal setting up shop seeking the next international co-production and next availability of the hot director lineup. From Spi...

The second edition of the Venice Production Bridge focuses on the presentation and exchange of original projects

31 Aug – 5 Sept, 2017   The Venice Production Bridge comprises the Venice Gap Financing Market, the workshop Final Cut in Venice, the Book Adaptation Rights Market, the European Film Forum, Networking Sessions and Panels, as well as an Exhibition Area, and much more. The Venice Production Bridge will be held dur...

The 4th edition of the Venice Gap-Financing Market to present 47 projects

VENICE GAP-FINANCING MARKET September 1 to September 3 2017 The 4th edition of the Venice Gap-Financing Market will offer selected European and International projects the opportunity to close their international financing, through one-to-one meetings with potential and pertinent international professionals. All the invited professionals are decision-makers. The Venice Gap-Financing Market event will present 47 projects from around the world...

Final Cut in Venice workshops fifth edition

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FINAL CUT IN VENICE September 3 to September 5 2017 The fifth edition of this  workshop will present a selected number of quality rough cuts coming from all African countries, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon and will give them the opportunity of finding the post-production financing through our partners and the participants. The workshop Final Cut in Venice consists of three days of activities during which the working copies of six selected films coming ...

Two days of top level panels at The European Film Forum

EUROPEAN FILM FORUM September 3 to September 4 2017 The European Film Forum is organized with the EU Media Program. It will propose two days of top level panels focusing on the financing of the Cultural and Creative sectors, the future of Cinema and the Training programs as a tool to foster skills and creativity. This unique rendez-vous is now on all professionals’ agendas. The two days will be dedicated to the topics “Virtual gets real exploring t...

The Evil Within selected at Horrorthon Film Festival Singapore oct 2017

Horrorthon Film Festival will be co-organised by the Singapore Film Society and Golden Village Cinemas in late Oct 2017. ...

Rhode Island Film Festival kicks off, and gets ready for DOA Premiere

Rory Fradella (prodducer) and Stephen Cyrus Sepher (writer, director) at the accreditation desk of the festival. DOA to screen this friday August 11 at 8.45 pm Full program Join us for our 21st annual Opening Night screening and celebration of the Rhode Island International Film Festival and the 35th Anniversary of its creator/producer, Flickers.   Revel in the talent, artistry, and creative energy that make up the Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festiva...

Trailer for Dead on Arrival revealed

Emmy nominated Billy Flynn stars in an ensemble cast as Sam Collins, a pharmaceutical sales rep who visits a small town in Louisiana to close the business deal of a lifetime. He finds himself in a dark world of sex, corruption and murder as he is poisoned with no antidote to save his life. Desperate for answers, with less than 24 hours to live, Sam turns to a local girl Jesse. Their path leads to a voodoo priestess who only confirms Sam's doomed fate. On the run, caught in a deadly vertigo...

John Woo returns to the Venice Film Festival with 's Zhuibu (Manhunt) out of competition

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The world premieres of three new films round out the program of the 74th Venice International Film Festival (August 30 – September 9), directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale, chaired by Paolo Baratta. The three films completing the program of the 74th Venice Film Festival are: ·         Zhuibu (Manhunt), the much-awaited return of John Woo to the crime thriller movies which made him famous, The Killer and Hardboiled. A cont...

LOWLIFE - World premiere at Montreal's Fantasia Film Festival 2017

LOWLIFE (USA, 2017, 96 min) directed by: Ryan Prows; written by: Ryan Prows, Tim Cairo, Jake Gibson, Shaye Ogbonna, Maxwell Michael Towson; cast: Mark Burnham, Nicki Micheaux, Jon Oswald, Ricardo Adam Zarate, Santana Dempsey, Shaye Ogbonna, Jose Rosete… Despite a currently pretty much tedious so called independent scene of the United States, stellar Montreal international film festival FanTasia, like every year, managed to find a few worthy pieces. The best of all was a highly energet...

READY PLAYER ONE, Or a 101 on VR & Why Uncle Spielberg Is On Board

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent If you’re old enough to remember when MIT had a virtual glove and Jaron Lanier threw together a little company called VPL, you’re probably ahead of the game. Suffice it to say, while READY PLAYER ONE (RP1) is the first big bang BO Hollywood VR blockbuster attempt, the weird road to virtual reality headsets and handsets began somewhere in the mid-80’s. Or you could peg Thomas Zimmerman in 1982 with a ‘wired glove’ p...

ASPERN PAPERS: Henry James Gets Jonathan Rhys Meyers, a Redgrave & a Richardson

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Want some film news? Okay. This lazy heat of summer meets Summerstorm Entertainment (Germany) with an announcement about the Henry James adapt THE ASPERN PAPERS now shooting in Venice, Italy. They've added Jonathan Rhys Meyers to a cast that already includes some marquee names, notably Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, and Poppy Delevingne, as well as a newcomer, Morgane Polanski. What? You've heard that last name before somewhe...

Debut films competing for the Lion of the Future “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film

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    Xavier LEGRAND,  Jusqu’à la garde (France) (Venezia 74)   Ali ASGARI, Napadid shodan (Disappearance) (Iran, Qatar) (Orizzonti) Sofia DJAMA, Les bienheureux (France, Belgium) (Orizzonti) Cosimo GOMEZ, Brutti e cattivi (Italy, France) (Orizzonti) Amichai GREENBERG, Ha Edut (The Testament) (Israel, Austria) (Orizzonti) Alireza KHATAMI, Los versos del olvido (France, Germany, Netherlands, Chile) (Orizzonti) Jason RAFTOPOULOS, West of Sunshine (Australi...

“Pillole” from the Istituto Luce archive

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“Pillole” from the Istituto Luce archive (edited by Nathalie Giacobino – film editing by Patrizia Penzo)   In 2017, Cinecittà - its legendary Studios, “the dream factory,” the ideal home for Federico Fellini and Italy’s collective imaginary - turned 80. This is an important birthday and the Istituto Luce Cinecittà absolutely had to celebrate it. In Venice, too, where, for several years now, the Pillole d’Archivio (“Archive Ca...

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