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Interview with Fernando Bolaños on VIAJE (2015)

VIAJE (2015) by Costa Rican director Paz Fábrega follows the story of Luciana and Pedro after they meet at a party. Young and adorable, their chemistry is magnetic; it appears they have always known each other. In the early hours of morning, Pedro remembers he has to travel; on a whim, he invites Luciana to join him. She decides to go, and these two strangers embark upon a stunning journey together that changes them both. Shot in black and white, the film is a lyrical road journey about...

Legendary Filmmaker Oliver Stone to be Honored Lifetime Vision Award @ 2016 Sun Valley Film Festival

Sun Valley, ID– Oliver Stone, Academy Award®-winning writer and director, will be honored with the Lifetime Vision Award at the 2016 Sun Valley Film Festival, (SVFF), March 2-6 in Sun Valley, Idaho, presented by Zions Bank. Stone has been credited with writing and directing over 20 full-length feature films, earning him a well-respected place in cinematic history for some of the most influential and iconic films of the last two decades. The SVFF Lifetime Vision Award pays ...

Sun Valley Film Festival Film Lab to Feature New WIP Film Competition

Sun Valley, ID- One of the Sun Valley Film Festival’s (SVFF) signature programs, The Film Lab, sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, will offer up some new twists this year including a special competition for WIP (work in progress) films during the SVFF, March 2-6, 2016.   Trevor Groth, the highly respected Director of Programming for Sundance Film Festival, will serve as host and curator of the two films that will be screened in The Film Lab in their final post-prod...

Hollywood's Biggest Stars Shine @ 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala

Michael Fassbender. Getty Images   Actor Kate Winslet (left); Actors Kate Winslet and Michael Fassbender (right). Getty Images Actor Kate Winslet (left); Actors Kate Winslet and Michael Fassbender (right). Getty Images Annual Event Welcomed Host Mary Hart and Festival Honorees   Kicking off Awards Season, the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) Awards Gala was held Saturday, January 2, 2016 at the Palm Springs Convent...

Interview with Filmmaker Zachary Sluser on THE DRIFTLESS AREA (2015)

     Zachary Sluser Filmmaker Zachary Sluser’s debut feature film “The Driftless Area”, based on the novel by Tom Drury, tells the story of bartender Pierre (Anton Yelkin - Star Trek, Onlt Lovers Left Alive) who returns home to the small Midwest town of his birth after the death of his parents. It is an existential homecoming for Pierre whose mind is filled with memories and imaginings of his past while faced with the real world chaos around him caused by the ...

Interview with Filmmaker Mika Kaurismäki on THE GIRL KING (2015)

  The Girl King (2015) Canadian writer Michel Marc Bouchard (Tom at the Farm, Lilies) and Norwegian born Brazilian raised filmmaker Mika Kaurismäki (The Liar - 1980, Zombie and the Ghost Train - 1991, Three Wise Men – 2008, Road North - 2012, Homecoming - 2015) have paired up for The Girl King (2015). The film tells the story of one of the most controversial female rulers in the history of Europe, Sweden’s queen Kristina. Kristina became queen at the young age of six...

Interview with late Film CPA Robert Fingerman.

The team at Filmfestivals.com team is so sorry to hear that Robert just passed away from a sudden heart attack. Condolences to his family and friends. This below is his last interview. Film accountant Robert Fingerman is one of the film industry's best known CPA's. He holds multiple titles including: Managing Partner of the New York firm Fingerman & Macke, PC President of Independent Films Production Consultants, Inc., C.F.O. of Veritas Gold LLC and Former Chairman of Entertainme...

Interview with Composer/Filmmaker Carla Patullo on Lotte Reiniger's "Cinderella" Animation

    Composer and filmmaker Carla Patullo's re-edited version of animation artist Charlotte "Lotte" Reiniger's "Cinderella" screened at the 2015 Savannah Film Festival in the animation shorts competition. The film is beautifully scored to the images that depict a darker psychological take on the legendary fable. Reiniger was a German film director and pioneer of silhouette animation. Born in 1899, she died in 1981 after having made over 40 films. ...

Interview With Actor Gary Busey on CANDiLAND (2016)

Director Rusty Nixon’s film CANDiLAND (2016), based on "Elizabeth Engstrom's novel, sold to international markets during this year’s AFM. Oscar nominee Gary Busey (The Buddy Holly Story, Lethal Weapon) stars in the film alongside Chelah Horsdal (Arrow, Hell on Wheels) and James Clayton (Minority Report, Down The Line). In one of his most honest performances yet, Busey plays ‘Arnie’, an ex-marine father trying to become a gentler man in order to right the wrong ...

SVFF Screenwriters Lab and High Scribe Competition Offers Unique Opportunity for Aspiring Writers

“SVFF Screenwriters Lab and High Scribe Competition Offers Unique Opportunity for Aspiring Writers” Award-winning writers Mark Duplass to Host and Nat Faxon to Judge Sun Valley, Idaho…..The Sun Valley Film Festival (SVFF), presented by Zions Bank and taking place March 2-6, 2016, is focused on more than just showcasing great indie movies. It is also focused on providing numerous opportunities for aspiring talent, seasoned professionals and film fans to learn from industry e...

Saoirse Ronan to Receive International Star Award at 27th Annual PSIFF

SAOIRSE RONAN TO RECEIVE INTERNATIONAL STAR AWARD AT 27th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA   Palm Springs, CA – The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Saoirse Ronanwith the International Star Award at its annual Awards Gala.  The International Star Award recognizes an actor or actress who has achieved both critical and commercial ...

Interview with Kai Ephron on “BENJAMIN TROUBLES” @ AFM 2015

“BENJAMIN TROUBLES” is magical realism meets urban comedy set in the streets of downtown Los Angeles. Ben Solano is a depressed and lackadaisical young man who one day finds himself sleeping on the streets. Down and despondent, Ben meets a homeless man who hands him a pair of vintage jeans; but these aren't just any jeans, these are magical ones that produce $100 bills. The film explores what one man does when given a genie in the bottle in the form of his jeans. I interviewed...

Interview with 12 MONTHS IN ONE DAY Director Margot Schaap

   EEN DAG IN ‘T JAAR/12 MONTHS IN 1 DAY (Netherlands) is book-ended by two new years eve parties. In the span of one year, we follow three friends (Misha, Seb and Yvonne) who have been brought together by the death of someone close to them (Twan- brother, old friend and first love). Lyrical and introspective, the film weaves stream of consciousness inner monologues of each character with their conversations together as they help each other grieve. The film recently won Best Int...

SOMM: INTO THE BOTTLE Premier at the 2015 Napa Valley Film Festival.

SOMM: INTO THE BOTTLE Premier at the 2015 Napa Valley Film Festival. Jason Wise’s Widely Anticipated Follow-Up to His 2013 Hit Film SOMM Kicked-Off the Festival’s 5th Edition on November 11 NAPA, CA- The Napa Valley Film Festival. Samuel Goldwyn Films’ SOMM: INTO THE BOTTLE held its world premiere as the Opening Night Film on November 11, 2015. SOMM: INTO THE BOTTLE is writer/director Jason Wise’s highly anticipated follow-up to his 2013 acclaimed film SOMM, which pro...

Fifth Annual Napa Valley Film Festival Film Line-Up, Special Events and Celebrity Tribute Honorees:

Celebrity Tributes include Bruce Dern, Lydia Hearst, Keegan-Michael Key, Evan Peters, John Travolta and Finn Wittrock. Notable attendees include Emilie de Ravin, Chef Curtis Duffy, Eliza Dushku, Atom Egoyan, Blye Faust, Jonathan Gold, Todd Haynes, Robert Lantos, Josh Mond, Jessie Nelson, Chef Georges Perrier and more Napa, California – The fifth annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is pleased to announce its program line-up, Opening Night & Gala screenings, special events and hon...

Interview with Paige Morrow Kimball on PLAY DATE (2015)

I recently attended the Savannah Film Festival where filmmaker Paige Morrow Kimball was a guest with a short film in competition. Enthusiastic and vibrant, she represented her socially active film not just with pride but purpose with intent to raise awareness to the massive number of homeless currently existing in America and the blind eye turned to this fact. Paige is a writer/director/producer born and raised in New York City. She received a B.F.A. in film from NYU after which she worked as...

Interview with Steve Solot of LATC (Latin American Training Center Brazil) at AFM

Steve Solot American born Steve Solot is President and CEO of LATC (Latin American Training Center Brazil) and President of the Rio Film Commission (RFC), which is part of the Audiovisual Industry SICAV and sponsored by RioFilme, a Rio de Janeiro initiative which promotes national audiovisual and media arts. Before moving to Latin America, Mr. Solot attained MA degrees in Economics and in Latin American Studies. After almost 25 years spent living in Brazil between Sao Paolo and Rio...

International Family Film Festival Winners!

20th Anniversary a Jubilant Celebration! Hollywood, CA – It was a fitting commemoration of the Platinum Edition of the International Family Film Festival this past weekend at Raleigh Studios. With over 100 films from 17 countries screened - there was something for the whole family. The complete list of festival finalists and winners is available at www.iffilmfest.org. All films and screenplays shared a common thread - the enriching role that family plays in the stories of our lives. Ac...

Interview with Fina Torres for LIZ IN SEPTEMBER (2015) Starring Patricia Velasquez

Patricia Velasquez (The Mummy franchise, Arrested Development, The L Word) stars in the feature LIZ IN SEPTEMBER (2015), an adaptation of the play 'Last Summer at Bluefish Cove', about a terminally ill womanizing lesbian celebrating her last birthday on a Caribbean beach. Liz has cancer and seeks to live her last days to the fullest with her friends and new love interest. The Spanish-language romance-drama is entirely shot on the stunning beaches of Venezuela tackling such topical...

Elizabeth Olsen Marc Abraham @ Savannah Film Festival for I SAW THE LIGHT (2015)

  Actress Elizabeth Olsen of "I Saw the Light". (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD)   Actress Elizabeth Olsen and director Marc Abraham attended the screening of their film "I Saw the Light" (2015) on the closing night of the 18th Savannah Film Festival, October 31st, 2015. “I Saw the Light” tells the story of the much beloved country-western singer Hank Williams (1923 &...

Actor Alfie Allen Receives Rising Star Award @ Savannah Film Festival

  Description - SAVANNAH, GA - OCTOBER 28: Actor Alfie Allen is posing with his Rising Star Award prior to his presentation during Day Four of 18th Annual Savannah Film Festival Presented By SCAD at Trustees Theater on October 28, 2015 in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD)   English actor Alfie Evan James Allen (29) is internationally known for portraying Theon Greyjoy in the HBO series Game of Thrones....

Kristin Davis @ 18th Savannah Film Festival with GARDENERS OF EDEN

GARDENER'S OF EDEN (2014) is a feature documentary produced by SEX IN THE CITY actor Kristin Davis. The film tackles the controversial subject of the near extinction of elephants due to China's unrelenting ivory trade. Passionate about the issue and horrified by the daily slaughter taking place in Africa, which threatens to render the peaceful species to extinction, Kristin took it upon herself to produce the film in hopes of educating and informing, to put an end to the brutal ...

SCAD Presents Savannah Film Festival

  Description - SAVANNAH, GA - OCTOBER 24: Honoree Olivia Wilde speaks on stage during her Spotlight Award Presentation during 18th Annual Savannah Film Festival Presented by SCAD at Trustees Theater on October 24, 2015 in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SCAD) Photo Credit - Getty Images for SCAD     The Savannah College of Art and Design opened the eighteenth annual Savannah Fil...

Matheus Fagundes on "Ausência" @ Chicago International Film Festival

  Ausencia (2014) has screened at multiple international film festivals including the 51st Chicago International Film Festival from 15-29 October, 2015.  "Ausencia" is a real life coming of age drama by director Chico Teixeira starring Matheus Fagundes, Irandhir Santos, Gilda Nomacce. "'Absence' is a family, sexual, emotional and everyday drama. We follow Serginho's daily routine: taking care of his mother and his 5 year-old brother; the work at the stre...

SCAD Announces Line-Up & Honorees for 2015 Savannah Film Festival

Alfie Allen, Meg Ryan and Olivia Wilde to receive honors; Festival presents “An Evening with Saoirse Ronan”; “Dixieland,” “Ithaca,” “Legend,” “Meadowland” and “Spotlight” added to Gala Screenings; Docs to Watch, Conversation series and Competition Screenings announced   The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is pleased to announce honorees, guests and the rest of its film line-up for the 2015 Savannah Film Fe...
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