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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...

Dear Filmmakers : do you have a film you want to suggest to our festival programmers subscribers?

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...

Denver Film Festival Award Winners

The Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF), sponsored by Starz Entertainment and produced by the Denver Film Society, announced today its jury and audience award winners for this year's festival, which ran from November 12-23 in Denver.   "Beginning with our Opening Night presentation of 5 to 7 with special guests Victor Levin and Jocelyn DeBoer, to filmmakers from around the world joining us, and award recipients including Roberto Andò, Michael Beugg, Tom Bowe...

Maja Komorowska to be awarded for lifetime achievement

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  Polish film star Maja Komorowska will arrive in Tallinn to collect the Black Nights lifetime achievement award at the closing ceremony of the festival on Friday. Maja Komorowska debuted as actress in the Kraków Grotesque Theatre in 1960 and has played countless roles in theatre and film since then. From 1972 she works as an actress in the Warsaw Contemporary Theatre and as a professor in the Warsaw Theatre Academy. “This year’s edition of the Black Nigh...

The Awards of the 63rd International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg

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The Award Winners of the 63rd International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidleberg   Prizes Awarded By the Independent International Jury Dimitry Rudakov is NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR 2014! NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR Dimitry Rudakov "23 Seconds" - "23 Segundos" For a simple story of human dignity shown through the strong performance of the leading actor, Hugo Piccinini.       ...

The Singapore Media Festival brings together film and TV events comprising markets, conferences, awards and festival screenings

  “More than 15,000 expected to celebrate Asia’s best content and talent at the Singapore Media Festival” The Singapore Media Festival (SMF) brings together four complementary film and TV events comprising markets, conferences, awards and festival screenings. Ahead of the inaugural event, the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA), event partners and chairman of the SMF Advisory Board, shared their vision and goals for the festival taking place from 4 to 14 Decem...

Spirit Awards Nominees Announced Birdman looking good

  CONGRATS TO THE 2015 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS NOMINEES With this morning’s exciting announcement by Rosario Dawson and Diego Luna of the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards nominees, we can officially declare our 30th birthday party started. Big congrats to all the nominees, with special kudos to the Best Feature nominees—Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Boyhood, Love is Strange, Selma and Whiplash—as well as to the 12&nb...

TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event The Winners are...

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  TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event: Turin, 24-26 November 2014 THE WINNERS Wednesday, 26th November – the 2014 edition of TorinoFilmLab was officially closed with the 7th TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event: a three-day event which was a public presentation of the projects developed in the TFL programmes during the year, a market for international co-productions and a chance to reward the best projects with production grants and prizes. This year’s edition feature the new TFL Distri...

International premiere of “La Famille Bélier” closes the Black Nights on Friday

  The red carpet award ceremony of the 18th Black Nights Film Festival will close with the international premiere of “La Famille Bélier” by Eric Lartigau, a warmhearted comedy, on 28th November at the Nordea Concert Hall. The awards for the best films, directors and actors will be announced at the gala with an exclusive film music concert by Lenna Kuurmaa, Tanel Padar and Mart Sander's Bel Etage swing orchestra. “La Famille Bélier” wi...

Ana Lily Amirpour: A Powerful New Voice in Cinema

A vampire tale by first-time feature director Ana Lily Amirpour works great as a horror genre piece...but it’s more:  an allegory of Iran. By Jeff Shank Sheila Vand in 'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night'   In the years leading up to The Prague Spring of 1968, Czech filmmakers proved extremely inventive in making artful, often idiosyncratic low-budget films that made it through the Communist Film Censor Board.  The censors didn’t realize many of these mo...

Antonio Morabito's The Medicine Seller Wins the NICE City of Florence Award

  Antonio Morabito - photo by Cat Sullivan New Italian Cinema, presented by the San Francisco Film Society; New Italian Cinema Events of Florence, Italy; the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco; and the Consulate General of Italy, San Francisco wrapped up a five-day run dedicated to celebrating the rich cinematic tradition of Italy and bringing the country's newest directors and films to audiences in San Francisco. At a special Closing Night presentation, Antonio Morabito'...

Focus on the 11th SF IndieFest Another Hole In The Head - Annual Horror Film Festival

Celebrating Independent Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Festival Dates – December 5th to December 15th, 2014 New People Cinema Returning for its 11th year, SF IndieFest presents Another Hole In The Head Annual Horror Film Festival. Celebrating three weeks of Independent Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy films, the festival will include more than 20 feature films, 60 short films, and two new live events- a live rock and roll zombie show and a live reading of scary stories. For more informat...

2014 Nihilist Film Fest Comes to Echo Park Film Center

For the fifteenth year, the Nihilist Cultural Foundation presents the Nihilist International Film Festival.  This year’s evening of films will be presented at the Echo Park Film Center.  The show will start at 8:30 pm on Friday, December 12. The festival includes two hours of short films from around the country and around the world.  The films range from troubling to hilarious, from profound to completely silly.  Pretty much, something for everyone (except children an...

Do you want to be swallowed by a Dinosaur in a movie? Kickstart Iron Sky 2

Iron Sky The Coming Race filmmakers have launched today a new perk to the fans and fan funders – to get eaten on the big screen by a dinosaur. Pioneering a new level of fan involvement, the director Timo Vuorensola and Iron Sky team offers fans a possibility to support the film and choose a way a dinosaur consumes them in the film.   Three different levels are introduced – on the lowest level, fans get to be a part of a mass scene of fleeing humans being killed by a bewilde...

Legend of Polish cinema Krzysztof Zanussi arrives at the Black Nights

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  One of the best-known Polish film directors Krzysztof Zanussi arrives in Tallinn today. Zanussi acclaimed international fame with his first full-length features “Struktura krysztalu” (1969) and “Family Life” (1971). Tonight he will present his latest “The Foreign Body” (2014) at a red carpet special screening at the Black Nights Film festival. “The Foreign Body” premiered at this year’s Toronto film festi...

SoundTrack_Cologne awards EUROPEAN TALENT

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  An Evening Full of “Contrast”:  AWARD, PEER RABEN MUSIC AWARD and SEE THE SOUND music documentary award. SoundTrack_Cologne 11           · 19. – 23.11.20114 | SEE THE SOUND                       · 19. – 26.11.2014 The juries of SoundTrack_Cologne have chosen their favorites. Winners are Marianna Liik (WDR FILMSCORE AWARD), Friso Hoekstra (E...

Exground filmfest 27: closing of a successful festival edition

On Sunday, November 23, exground filmfest 27 closed a successful festival edition with the award ceremony followed by a party at Caligari FilmBühne. In the past ten days the festival presented highlights of international independent film Wiesbaden. Numerous guests from all over the world came to the Hessian state capital to present their works at the festival to the audience in packed cinemas. Following the second screening the winners of all exground filmfest’s competitions were...

What We Do in the Shadows wins the Leeds 2014 Audience Award

The 28th Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF28) ended yesterday after 16 days packed with 277 screenings across 15 venues, and an audience of 40,000. What We Do in the Shadows was voted by Leeds 2014 audiences as overall favourite in a year in which Leeds International Film Festival’s programme has received its highest ever overall rating from audiences. X+Y, starring Asa Butterfield and Sally Hawkins, came second and lead the festival’s largest ever programme of films produced...

Action Against Hunger & Renault-Nissan Alliance

ACTION AGAINST HUNGER, a world leader in the fight against childhood malnutrition, gave top honors last night to Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO and Chairman Carlos Ghosn.   Every year, hundreds of ACTION AGAINST HUNGER’s most dedicated supporters come together for an evening of inspiration, rallying around the mission to save lives and honoring significant contributions towards ending hunger worldwide...

Record breaking year for Stockholm International Film Festival 201 films, 60 countries, and a grand total of 141 000 visitors

The 25th Stockholm International Film Festival has come to an end. This year’s festival set several records, including the number of films in the program, countries represented, and visitors. 2014 is also the year for female award winners.  It has been a record breaking year for the Stockholm Film Festival - 201 films, 60 countries, and a grand total of 141 000 visitors throughout the year. The number of female directors and actors who won awards is also greater than ever before...

John Woo, actresses Zhang Ziyi, Juliette Binoche, Cheng Pei Pei and many moreto attend the Singapore International Film Festival

  International and regional celebrities to grace the 25th edition of the filmfestival from December 4 to 14 20 November 2014, SINGAPORE – Stars who will be walking the red carpet at this year’s Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) include world-renowned auteur John Woo, actresses Zhang Ziyi, Juliette Binoche and Cheng Pei Pei. John Woo and Zhang Ziyi will be in Singapore for Woo’s latest film, The Crossing, an epic love story spanning half...

Winners Announced for Fall 2014 SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grants - $300,000 Awarded to Six Projects

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    $300,000 Awarded to Six Narrative Feature Projects in Various Stages of Production The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS), in partnership with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation (KRF), announced today the projects that will receive a total of $300,000 in funding in the latest round of SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grants. Six filmmaking teams were granted funding to help with their next stage of their creative process, f...

Meet the Executive Board od Cine Las Americas

Meet the Executive Board Hector Silva Hector has been a fan, volunteer and financial supporter of the festival for longer than he can remember. He began serving on the Board of Directors in 2012. He brings executive zeal and experience serving other non-profit boards to the team. He remains an community leader and avid Austinite focusing on sustaining the city's community, charm and appeal.       Denise Garza Steusloff Denise's involvement with the festival b...

MISS JULIE by Liv Ullmann starring Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell

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Miss Julie depicts a fierce battle between a man and a woman, a struggle for power and dominance enacted through a cruel and compulsive game of seduction and repulsion.   A country estate in Ireland in 1880s. Over the course of one midsummer night, in an atmosphere of wild revelry and loosened social constraints, Miss Julie and John, her father's valet, dance and drink, charm and manipulate each other. She, all hauteur longing for abasement; he, polished but coarse - both united in mu...

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