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Dear Festival programmers  I would like to share with you these amazing films which I have selected for festival consideration. They are part of our 'Ones To Watch' section.  And I believe each of them has a story that can change the way we see life. "Ones to Watch' by filmfestivals.com"  BloodLine Now or Never By Darrell ROODT    Starring Tariku BOGALE , Erin ROSS, Rocky MYERS, Erica WESSELS, Matthew MONICA, Paul DU TO...

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...

Seriously Hilarious: The Last Laugh Illuminates The Links Between Laughter & Survival

  What’s your favorite Holocaust joke? Don’t have one yet? Then you should see The Last Laugh which premiered to a standing ovation at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival and became an audience favorite at more than 60 fests throughout North America and around the world. The film opened theatrically in NYC March 3, followed by Toronto March 10 and LA March 17, before rolling out in a limited U.S. & North American release. It took Director – Write...

Celebrities Announced for Star-Studded Sunscreen Film Festival

Robert Davi (Die Hard, Goonies) to be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award, Joe Pantoliano will be presented with the Legacy Award. 2016's recipients were Paul Sorvino and Gary Busey.         Joe Pantoliano (Sopranos, Matrix)   ...

40 years of Star Wars Celebrations

George Lucas, John Williams and Kathleen Kennedy attend the 40 YEARS OF STAR WARS PANEL during the 2017 STAR WARS CELEBRATION at Orange County Convention Center on April 13, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** George Lucas, John Williams, Kathleen Kennedy   ...

A few facts on Göteborg Film Festival

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  Göteborg Film Festival, celebrating its 41st edition in 2018, is the leading film festival in Scandinavia, with 135 000 admissions, screening 450 features and shorts from 80 countries. Göteborg Film Festival is proud to present one of the largest festival awards in the world - the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film with a prize sum of 1 million SEK (€100 000) - as well as a number of other prizes including the Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award and the Dragon Award...

The Greenwich International Film Festival To Honor Renée Zellweger and Christy Turlington

  The Greenwich International Film Festival today announced the honorees for the 3rd annual Changemaker Gala, which will take place on Thursday, June 1, 2017.  The Changemaker Awards honor artists who have used their public platform and the power of film to further positive social change.  This year, Renée Zellweger and Christy Turlington Burns, will be honored for their humanitarian work with ALS and Every Mother Counts, respectively. Past honorees include Freida ...

A Conversation with Barry Levinson at Ivy Film Festival

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2017 Ivy Film Festival and The Creative Coalition present A Conversation with Barry Levinson Tonight, the Ivy Film Festival is proud to present a conversation with Barry Levinson, the Academy Award-winning director and Emmy Award-winning writer; moderated by Robin Bronk, CEO of The Creative Coalition, the premier nonprofit, nonpartisan, advocacy organization of the entertainment industry. This keynote will highlight Levinson's personal insights on turning a passion for film into a...

Big Sky Doc Fest 2017 Highlights

Over 200 filmmakers and industry descended on BSDFF and Missoula, Montana joining nearly 20,000 attendees for a beautiful ten days in February, a whole lot of fantastic films, a compelling DocShop, and a content-rich Big Sky Pitch. BSDFF hosted the first ever IF/THEN Shorts Pitch with Tribeca Film Institute, a multimedia dance/film performance, a late night local music series, and 40 world premieres. It was truly a week to remember.  To all those who came to see, hear, ponder, discus...

Final Day of IFFLA 2017!

Final day of IFFLA 2017! Join us tonight for the IFFLA 2017 Awards Ceremony and Closing Night Gala, presenting the Los Angeles premiere of HOTEL SALVATION, starring Adil Hussain and Lalit Behl. The film tells a wry but heartfelt story about a son accompanying his father to the holy city of Varanasi, where the father will await the end of his life. Hussain will be in attendance at the Gala!  ...

Lineup of San Francisco Festival Feature Films Announced for SFFILM Screening Room

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Films from 60th Anniversary Program will Be Added to SFFILM’s Curated Streaming Service After Their Final Public Festival Screenings    SFFILM has re-launched the SFFILM Screening Roo...

2017 Seattle International Film Festival to open with The Big Sick

  The Opening Night Gala of the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) on Thursday, May 18 will feature the Seattle premiere of Amazon Studios’ The Big Sick. This festival favorite comes from a powerhouse team of beloved comedians including Kumail Nanjiani (best known for his acerbic and witty character in Silicon Valley), ind...

JimG, my former boss at Fox joins Paramount

CONGRATULATIONS JIM GIANOPULOS     JIM GIANOPULOS, LAGFF'S HONORARY AWARD RECIPIENT AT LAST YEAR'S ORPHEUS AWARDS   Viacom has announced that Jim Gianopulos has been appointed the new Chairman and CEO of its Paramount Pictures, effective April 3, 2017.  30 years ago or so Jimm Gianopoulos hired me to run UGC FOX Distribution, The joint Venture between french major and 20th Century Fox. I was offere the exciting challenge to build and run the new com...

Day Two of the Middle East Film and Comic Con 2017

It’s a wrap on Day Two of the Middle East Film and Comic Con 2017and boy what a day it has been! From meeting with Liam Cunningham and Kane to listening to an inspiring talk by the Falcon himself, we really did pull out all the stops!   The huge announcement of a partnership of Dubai Clusters Authority with Youtube to support VIDXB 2017 in collaboration with The Alliance took place at the press conference this afternoon. The press conference saw celebrity guests Anthony Mack...

The Maine Outdoor Film Festival Finalists

  The Maine Outdoor Film Festival Here are the Finalists: FROZEN PLAYGROUND - TJ Frongillo and Mac Lindsay - Cumberland SUMMER SESSIONS - Alex Blackie - Old Town MAINE: FROM THE COAST TO THE MOUNTAINS - Dylan Hall - Cumberland THE WAY LIFE SHOULD BE - Jacob Christiansen - Kittery Point DOSE Y NIEVE - Zachary Treyball and Marty Wentworth - Brooksville ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT: MAGUIRE ANUSZEWSKI - Lukas Grube, - Winthrop TWO COLD ...

Lucky (Harry Dean Stanton), Cortez - Writer, Director, Actor - Drago Sumonja

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Keep your eye out for Drago Sumonja who co-wrote the screenplay "Lucky" starring Harry Dean Stanton, Ed Begley Jr., Tom Skerritt, Ron Livingston and David Lynch - Directed by John Carroll Lynch. Lucky just premiered at the 2017 SXSW film festival.    Everything Harry Dean Stanton has done in his career, and his life, has brought him to his moment of triumph in “Lucky,” an unassumingly wonderful little film about nothing in particular and everything ...

IFF Panama: The Festival in Pictures April 2nd

  1.     Conversation with Eduardo Noriega & Juan Carlos Arciniegas  2.     Audience at Kinepolis 3.     World Premier La Matamoros 4.     Workshop: Film Making for Teenagers with Marcel Beltrán 5.     Free outdoor screening. Cinta Costera II 6.     Projection Q&A Play the Devil 7.     Industry boat party Lecture: &ldq...

The 64th Sydney Film Festival today announced 28 prominent new films to be featured in this year’s 7-18 June event,

The 64th Sydney Film Festival today announced 28 prominent new films to be featured in this year’s 7-18 June event, and the first of over 150 Festival guests: award-winning British filmmaker Nick Broomfield, director of the hotly anticipated Whitney Houston documentary Whitney ‘Can I Be Me’.    Also revealed in advance of the full program launch of 200+ films on Wednesday 10 May is a new Festival location:  Randwick’s iconic Ritz Cinema. &ldqu...

Oscar®-qualifying Aspen Shortsfest starts today

Starts Tonight!       6 Days    |    64 Films    |    34 Filmmakers    |     Panels, Parties, Awards, and More!   ...

Annapolis Film Festival Announces Best of the Fest

  The Annapolis Film Festival announces the winners of its 2017 audience and juried shorts awards. In the juried shorts competition, the Best Documentary Short is Snails from Poland directed by Grzegorz Szczepaniak and the Best Narrative Short is DeKalb Elementary directed by Reed Van Dyk.   In the audience competition, the Best Documentary Short is Snails (our first repeat award); the Best Narrative Short is Rated directed by John Fortson; the Best Documentary Feature is Breaking...

Mentionning Some of our Festival partnerships...

We have partnered with hundreds of festivals and film Market (Cannes, AFM, MIfed, TIFF) here are afew. Fantasporto Film Festival 2010 -2017 Bruno Chatelin (left) with Fantasporto Festival Director Mario Dorminsky and Vassilis Mazomenos    New York Jewish Sephardic Film Festival March 30th - April 6th, 2017 ...

The 18th Havana Film Festival New York will close with Awards and The Forbidden Shore

      HFFNY CLOSES WITH 8th ANNUAL HAVANA STAR PRIZE AWARDS CEREMONY FOLLOWED BY NY PREMIERE OF MUSI...

Transilvania Pitch Stop goes international

The 16th edition of Transilvania International Film Festival (June 2-11, 2017) announces increased joined activities related to film industry, as part of the continuous work to promote cinema and establish a platform for international co-production. The 4th edition of Transilvania Pitch Stop (TPS), the successful initiative focused, until recently, only on development and pitching of local feature film projects, extends internationally as of this year. The program was included by Eurimages Fu...

The 31st FIFF underlines the need for festivals

  The 31st Fribourg International Film Festival (FIFF) opened on Friday evening to a full house. The audience had the chance to see the Swiss Premiere of The Eagle Huntress, a documentary by the British filmmaker Otto Bell about the unusual life of Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Mongolia's first female eagle trainer. The young woman travelled to ...

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