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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...

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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...

A Mindbogging Short from Paris with love Via Denmark

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Alex Deleonian,  Yerevan Film Festival, 2014     The strangest  thing about Danish filmmaker Charlotte Schioler's droll but serious short Paris drama "By any means AVEIL~able" -- Strange as it may seem -- is that it is basically a retelling of what actually happened to her when she went to buy an apartment in real life and hit upon the idea of disguising herself as a veiled Moslem women in order to unobtrusively take the measurements of the apartment she was ...

TOKYO to Open and Close with World Premieres of "Big Hero 6" and "PARASYTE"

  ©2014 Disney. All Rights Reserved.   Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is pleased to announce that Disney’s latest animated film, “Big Hero 6,” has been selected as the opening film for the 27th TIFF. The live-action film, “PARASYTE,” which was adapted from the world-acclaimed Japanese comic, has been selected as the closing film. “Big Hero 6” is the heartwarming adventure story of Hiro, a 14-year-old robotics prodigy, and a r...

The Imitation Game wiill open 58th BFI London Film Festival

The 58th BFI London Film Festival  Opening Night film will be THE IMITATION GAME, a dramatic portrayal of the life and work of Alan Turing, one of Britain's most extraordinary unsung heroes, and one of the world’s greatest innovators.   The film will receive its European premiere on Wednesday 8 October at the Odeon Leicester Square with a live cinecast from the red carpet and simultaneous screenings taking place at cinemas across the UK. Stars Benedict Cumberbatch and K...

French composer Francis Lai receives World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award at Film Fest Gent

  Following the 41st Film Fest Gent’s focus on France, the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to French composer Francis Lai at the 14th World Soundtrack Awards. Francis Lai (born in 1932 in Nice) became world famous with A man and a woman (1966) his first score for a film by Claude Lelouch, for whom he would compose over thirty scores the next four decades. The Oscar winning film A man and a woman launched the career of Lelouch and made Lai a celebrated French f...

10 short films compete for Best of British Award

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Pinewood Studios Group confirm prize worth £14,000 for new LGBT short film award Jury of 5 to be chaired by Judith Noble from Arts University Bournemouth English football fans in the 90’s, passion and desire between two women in a sleepy English coastal village and a new member of staff in a Scottish call centre for the deaf who gets embroiled in a lovers tiff are just some of the stories tackled by the finalists for a new LGBT short film award.   Organisers of the Iris Priz...

Yerevan Film Festival Enters Second Decade

YEREVAN GOLDEN APRICOT FILM FESTIVAL, 2014 ~ «Ոսկե Ծիրան» Միջազգային Կինոփառատոն>   By Alex DELONIAN, Yerevan     The eleventh annual installment of the Yerevan International Film Festival opened last night with a grandiose red carpet invitational gala at the cavernous Yerevan opera house preceded by a screening of a digitally restored print of the legendary 1968 film “The Color of Pomegranates” by legendary Ar...

Stereo to open Puchon Fantastic Fest

Puchon will run from July 17 to 27 Stereo by Maximilian ERLENWEIN Can we truly ever be free of our past? Is it inevitable for past wrongdoings to hang around like a shadow, even in a person may have changed for the better? Stereo poses the questions of whether a person can be forgiven through penitence, and if that person can step away from his/her pain and mistakes of the past, and seek a new life. Filmmaker Maximilian Erlenwein explains that a painful past, though p...

Polish Days titles for New Horizons International Film Festival are announced!

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New Films by Przemysław Wojcieszek, Marcin Krzyształowicz, Jolanta Dylewska and Andrzej Wajda, will be presented to the foreign professionals during the key industry event of the 14th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival. The organisers expect around 150 guests to attend.   Polish Days is the most important industry event at the 14.T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival (24 July - 3 August 2014), where industry representatives including programmers, sales agents,...

Wavescape Surf Film Festival at the DIFF

The 9th Wavescape Surf Film Festival at DIFF celebrates almost a decade of bringing Durban an annual feast of surf culture, spearheaded by the world’s best surfing documentaries and shorts. The outdoor screening on the lawns at the Bay of Plenty takes place this Sunday 20 July followed by five days of indoor screenings at Ster Kinekor Musgrave (Monday 21 to 26 July). "Our 2014 edition features the most diverse and geographically disparate collection yet," said Steve Pike...

Michael Moore Endorses One Film Only: 1971

       *We're thrilled to announce that Michael Moore has selected one film only, 1971, for a unique 7 continent screening simulcast during his film festival (Traverse City Film Festival) on August 1 called MOVIE AROUND THE WORLD.* See his message here.   "It's one of the best documentaries I've seen this year" -Michael Moore   "The parallels between Nixon-era FBI whistleblowers and...

Khalo Matabane presents “The Films That Made Me” at the 35th Durban International Film Festival

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  Returning to the Durban International Film Festival (17 – 27 July) for the second time, The Films That Made Me section presents a programme of five films selected by a prominent South African director to bear testament to the films that have shaped his or her directorial voice. This year, DIFF is delighted to announce that it has invited acclaimed South African filmmaker, Khalo Matabane (director of State of Violence and Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me), to...

AfriDocs Film Week in Durban 21-27 July 2014

(Soft Vengeance) Sub-Saharan Africa Broadcast in association with channel ED and the 35th Durban International Film Festival A world first will be taking place this month when a full week of African documentary films are broadcast across sub-Saharan Africa on DStv channel ED (channel 190) and GOtv (channel 65), from the Durban International Film Festival, the largest film festival in South Africa that takes place from 17 to 27July. This unique film event w...

Celestial Tiger Entertainment Expands Advertising Sales Team with Appointment of Su Wei Wong as Associate Director

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Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE), operator of the largest bouquet of pan-Asian channels dedicated to Asian entertainment, announced today its appointment of Su Wei Wong as Associate Director, Advertising Sales. Based in CTE’s newly-opened office in Kuala Lumpur, Wong will be responsible for driving advertising sales in Malaysia. She will be working closely with Astro Media Sales to boost advertising revenue for CTE’s channels Celestial Movies and KIX HD.    “We a...

49th Karlovy Vary IFF Awards

The 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, a non-specialized festival with four competition categories, took place from July 4th to July 12th this year. It was organized by Film Servis Fesival Karlovy Vary, a.s., with Jiří Bartoška as president of the festival and Karel Och as artistic director. The 50th Karlovy Vary IFF will be held from July 3rd to July 11th, 2015. On July 12th 2014, the festival’s juries presented awards for the best films at the closing ceremo...

The Closing Ceremony of the 49th Karlovy Vary IFF in pictures

The Closing Ceremony of the 49th Karlovy Vary IFF The Closing Ceremony of the 49th Karlovy Vary IFF: director Boris Poljak (Autofocus, Best documentary under 30 minutes) and documentary films jury member Tomas Bojar The Closing Ceremony of the 49th Karlovy Vary IFF: Zdenek Sverak and director Jeff Preiss (Low Down, Best actress award for Ellen Fanning) ...

Cine Fan Summer International Film Festival 2014 Opens with Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight

  The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) announced the Opening and Closing Film of Cine Fan Summer International Film Festival (SIFF) 2014 today. The Festival will open with the premiere of Woody ALLEN’s latest film Magic in the Moonlight and close with Partners in Crime, the latest film by CHANG Jung-chi, Golden Horse Award winner for Best New Director. ...

CAMERA JAPAN presents new films by LEE Sang-il and SONO Sion

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    CAMERA JAPAN, the largest festival for Japanese film and anime in the Benelux, will present two strong works featuring star actor KUNIMURA Jun (Kill Bill, Hard Boiled, Audition): LEE Sang-il's Unforgiven and SONO Sions Why Don't You Play in Hell? The festival takes places Thursday 2 till Sunday 5 October at Rotterdam's LantarenVenster. Part of the programme will be screened at Amsterdam's Kriterion from Friday 10 till Sunday 12 October. Movie buffs and those inte...

Singapore International Film Festival To Hold Its First Ever Southeast Asian Film Lab

The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) will hold its first ever Southeast Asian Film Lab as part of its 25th anniversary celebration this year. The Southeast Asian Film Lab is a seven-day writing workshop aimed at emerging screenwriters and/or writer/directors from Southeast Asia aged between 18 and 35, with a focus on stories capturing the collective experiences of the past, present and future Southeast Asia, to be developed into feature length screenplays. ...

The 11th Green Film Festival in Seoul Announces Award Winners!

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The 11th edition of Green Film Festival in Seoul held from 8th to 15th of May has wrapped up successfully. The 11th Green Film Festival in Seoul is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Green Competition, the international competition category of the festival, and Korean Green Competition, the competition for Korean Films at the GFFIS. We thank you very much for your interest and participation in the GFFIS 2014 and will look forward to next year’s event!   Green Comp...

Revelation Perth International Film Festival announces program

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After a record breaking 2013, Revelation Perth International Film Festival has announced its expanded 2014 program. Revelation is acclaimed as Western Australia’s leading international film festival and annual screen culture event and firmly established as Australia’s filmmakers’ festival. It is dedicated to presenting independent cinema from around the globe in a context that explores film’s great traditions, its contemporary movements and its future directions. Curate...

JASMINA BOJIC, Founder and Executive Director of the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF), awarded UNESCO's Fellini

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The International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication (ICFT) presented at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris the UNESCO Fellini Medal to Jasmina Bojic, Founder and Executive Director of the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF), in recognition of her exceptional contribution in promoting the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through the art of document...

Viewster Announces Global Winners of $100K Prize For Viewster Online Film Festival #VOFF

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Filmmakers from Iran, South Korea, Germany and Poland take home top prizes at the second edition of the Viewster Online Film Festival   Viewster (http://www.viewster.com/), the only online video service with its own film festival, today announced the winners of the second edition of the Viewster Online Film Festival (#VOFF), a cutting-edge worldwide event where television and filmlovers as well as producers gather onlin...

Norm Bolen becomes the newest chair of the NSI board of directors

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The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce the election of Norm Bolen as the newest chair of the NSI board of directors, with Prem Gill serving as vice-chair. Raja Khanna and Brad Pelman, co-chairs since 2009, will remain on the board. “I am so pleased about the opportunity to chair such a well-respected board that represents all facets of the screen industry,” said Norm. “NSI staff and faculty continue to deliver m...

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