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10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 87th Oscars®.

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VFX OSCAR® RACE The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 87th Oscars®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order:     “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”     “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”     “Godzilla”     “Guardians of the Galaxy”     &ldq...

Last few days to submit to Worldfest Houston

Wonderful Christmas! Wishing you and yours... every happiness this Holiday Season and bountiful prosperity in the New Year. We know that this is a very busy time of the year, but we just wanted to remind you of the 48th Annual WorldFest-Houston Entry Deadline. Entered Online by Monday, December 15th. Mailed to reach us by Dec. 31. If you enter only one competition this year, make it WorldFest! Fiercely Independent! Our warmest Christmas & Ho...

History of WorldFest, Hunter Todd has one of the longest festival stories to tell

WorldFest was founded over 50 years ago as Cinema Arts, an International Film Society in August, 1961. WorldFest became the third competitive international film festival in North America, following San Francisco and New York. WorldFest is the oldest Independent Film & Video Festival in the World. It evolved into a competitive International Film Festival in April, 1968. It was founded by award-winning producer/director Hunter Todd to present a quality film festival for the Independe...

Entering WorldFest

  Entering the festival is really easy. First, read this FAQ to answer your questions and then proceed to fill out your automatic online entry form. After you submit your form, you’ll receive an email with further instructions and all the details of your entry. You’ll also be taken to a second page with instructions and details. We do suggest that you print this page for your personal reference or at least keep note of your Entry Code/Codes and fee totals for each entry...

Worldfest FAQ and Rules

The 48th Annual WorldFest-Houston – April 10-19, 2015 WorldFest-Houston is an International Competition for all Film & Video Production & Screenplays. You may enter the 48th WorldFest beginning on Friday, August 15th, 2014. Entries for 2015 close Monday, December 15th, 2014. Entering is Quick and Easy! We  Welcome Your Entry!  (You must click on 2 or more extra categories to see and enter the Craft Categories, as they will not appear in the E...

WorldFest 2015 Key Dates

48th Annual WorldFest Festival dates are April 10-19, 2015 — 10 Great Days in April! Entries officially open on Friday, August 15th, 2014 right here online. We are awaiting your entries and will confirm their receipt! We now accept PayPal for even better payment security. Info on the Entry Form. The EarlyBird Discount Deadline has Passed Saturday, November 15th, 2014. The MAIN FESTIVAL ENTRY DEADLINE is Online Midnight Monday, December 15th, 20...

Mario Dorminsky reveals the Fantasy Films selection for Fantasporto 2015

27 features and 19 shorts are going  to be screened in the Official Fantasy Section of the 35º Fantasporto, the most traditional one. Approaching all kinds of expressions of the immaginary, these films were carefully selected  from the applications of 51 countries, of which only 27 countries were selected, presenting extremely recent unreleased productions. In fact, in this section, Fantasporto will present 4 World Premieres, 5 European Premieres and many films which will only b...

Fantasporto announces first films selected, with Kim Ki-Duck returning to Porto

KIM KI-DUK IS BACK...AND FANTAS OPENS IN KOREAN 25th DIRECTOR´S WEEK BRINGS 13 NEW FILMS AND BETWEEN THEM FOUR EUROPEAN AND WORLD OPENINGS   Most modern problems are present in the Official Section Directors Week /Manoel de Oliveira Award of the 35th Fantasporto. The films selected for this part of the program approach the classical thrillers, showcasing rejection and anxiety , with varied subjects such as urban violence, children’s exploitation, the drama of clandesti...

CALL FOR FILMS: 2015 Purgatory Film Exhibition

+ CALL FOR FILM SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN + purgatory / noun / an intermediate place or state of temporary suffering for expiatory purification + NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS + Within the word “purgatory”, it is easy to envision condemned souls, torment and darkness. However, purgatory may also reflect the cyclic state in which we often rediscover or recreate ourselves anew from within our personal inflictions. Sometimes it is the necessary stage...

Athens Video Art Festival, invites the public to the opening of its new project #AddNoise

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The International Festival of Digital Arts and New Media of Greece, Athens Video Art Festival, invites the public to the opening of its new project #AddNoise in the framework of Traces of Commerce II | New creative cells of exchange in the historic Gallery of Merchants. #AddNoise is an open meeting place between artists and audience focusing on questions related to the city center. Through workshops, lectures and screenings, participants will have the opportunity to use digital and analog tool...

Noooooo not you Mr. Bill - Animation Kills!

Say it ain't so...     In this promotional photo released by Disney Pixar Animation, Dory, lower left, and Marlin, lower right, face an ocean full of perils in their efforts to rescue Nemo in this scene from Pixar Animation Studios "Finding Nemo." (AP Photo/Pixar Animation Studios, File) TORONTO – When it comes to violence in films forget about the works of Scorsese and Tarantino. A new study suggests children’s animat...

In 2015, Everything's Coming Up Orson

“Oh God, how they'll love me when I'm dead,” lamented Orson Welles to Peter Bogdanovich mere weeks before he died in October 1985. At the time, to many in the film world, Welles had long since become irrelevant as a director. He had become a parody of himself, making periodic appearances on the talk show circuit, and being the face of Paul Masson wines in its print and TV ads. To millions of Americans of the era, he was merely the fat guy on the wine commercials. Sadly, ...

HollyShorts 2015 calls for Film and Screenplay entries

The 11th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival and Film Conference/Film Market, scheduled for August 13-22, 2015 at the world famous TCL Chinese Theatre and Roosevelt Hotel, is now accepting submissions. (www.withoutabox.com/login/4655)   2014 HSFF, 3 times named to MovieMaker Magazine “Top 25 Fests Worth the Entry Fee” lists, featured over 400 projects showcasing stars and filmmakers including Sofia Loren, Bill Plympton, Anthony and Joe Russo, and Felicia Da...

Save Cinemas initiative in Morocco at the Marrakech IFF 2014

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Martin I. Petrov Save Cinemas in Morocco is an initiative that started several years ago in Marrakech, led by Tarik Mounim. It’s aim is to discover and preserve deserted old cinemas throughout the country transforming them again to culture patrons and promoting national and independent cinema that is rare these days in Morocco.    During this year’s Marrakech international Film Festival, Save Cinemas in Morocco holds an exhibition at the old C...

14th Marrakech International Film Festival unveils line-up and Juries (2014)

Martin I. Petrov The 14th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival (5 - 13 December 2014) just unveiled its line-up and juries, surpassing even last year’s galore of big names in the industry that attended the Moroccan Film Festival.      After making known that this year’s tributes will honour Japanese Cinema, Egyptian actor Adel Imam, British actor Jeremy Irons and the American actor Viggo Mortensen. ...

Marrakech IFF 14 offers a Tribute to Viggo Mortensen

Martin I. Petrov     Viggo Mortensen, to whom the 14th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival pays a tribute, presented his new film Loin des hommes (Far from men) in the presence of the director David Oelhoffen, co-star Reda Kateb and the producers, yesterday evening at the crowded Jemaa El Fna square in the old town of Marrakech. When called on stage, Mortensen greeted the audience with well rehearsed Arabic and continued in French inviting them to the fol...

"Games People Play" selected to Rafi Peer Int'l Film Fest in Pakistan!

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"Games People Play" has been selected to the Rafi Peer International Film Festival in Lahore, Pakistan for Dec. 25-27, 2014. This is the 11th film festival acceptance for this latest production by Ron de Cana Inc. in Los Angeles. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film stars David Razowsky and Mark Jacobson, along with Westlake herself. "Games People Play" was shot on the CanonC500 and edited on Adobe Premiere by Jon Carr. Original music was scored by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic La...

Nominees to the Feroz Awards 2015

                                                                     The Asociación de Informadores Cinematográficos de España (AICE) announced the nominees to the II Feroz Awards. The Feroz Awards will be handed January 25 in Madrid during the Gala Night sponsored by Gas Natural Fenosa and broadcast...

The Hobbit—Battle of the Five Armies, Review: 5 times the fight fest, in 4DX and 3D

The Hobbit—Battle of the Five Armies, Review: 5 times the fight fest, in 4DX and 3D *So snow comes after fire, and even dragons have their endings. *Where there's life there's hope. ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit The film opens where The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug left off: the dragon is on his way to attack the town of Esgaroth on the lake. People flee in terror, while Bard the Bowman struggles to escape from prison in order to help fight the dragon. the dwarf king Tho...

Southeast Asian supernatural historical drama, 'FREEDOM DEAL: Story of Lucky' - Popular Among Asian Youth on Mobile Devices

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  Interesting yer-end analytics of a section of Camerado's Southeast Asian supernatural historical drama, FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky, clearly demonstrates the movie's popularity among local (Asian) audiences.     Of a total 194, 463* minutes viewed (*4.43685041 months), the breakdown is as follows:     As the movie is set in 1970 along the Cambodia / Vietnam border during the US-Vietnam conflict, and ...

FINAL CALL FOR ENTRY YELLOW ROBIN AWARD 2015

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The Deadline to submit your film for the Yellow Robin Award Competition is approaching fast now! Participation in the Yellow Robin Award Competition of the Curacao IFFR, the Caribbean sister of IFFR the Netherlands is Your Bridge to Europe! The winner of the Yellow Robin Award competition will receive US$ 10,000 as well as priority access to one of the important International Film Festival Rotterdam - the Netherlands activities, such as CineMart or Rotterdam Lab or a special screening at the f...

Revolution selected at the St Andrews Green Film Festival 16-22 February 2015

line up of the festival Programme 2015   This year's festival will run from 16 - 21 February 2015 in various venue's accross St Andrews.   Monday 16th  /  Oceans 7.30PM  |  Revolution  |  Film Premiere dir: Rob Stewart  (2014)  |  85mins  |  The Byre Theatre  |   (Q&A with film director Rob Stewart afterwards) Revolution is a feature documentary about opening your eyes, changin...

Inherent Vice: Review

Child of indie American cinema, Anderson keeps a sweet tone of bewilderment in his new hors d’oeuvre, which although took time to prepare, is served cold, raw - pleasing, but leaving a mouthwatering effect for a no-show main.      Remembering Anderson’s previous moments with The Master or Magnolia, where a constant flow and amusing disconnection from reality progress with every scene, Inherent Vice is more of a sharp staccato-like nostalgic manifesto for an era of...

Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF)’s ETISAL fund launches a program to develop long narratives

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As champion of young African filmmakers, Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) will present five feature films and short documentaries by young filmmakers from Ethiopia, Togo, Rwanda, Cote d'Ivoire and Egypt. The five films were sponsored by LAFF in 2014, and will be presented at its fourth edition in March 2015. LAFF’s ETISAL Fund also announces the launch of STEP (Space To Establish Partnership) as its Second Program for its 2015 edition. Azza Elhosseiny, director of ETISAL, anno...

323 Feature Films in Competition for 2014 BEST PICTURE OSCAR®, By Adrienne Papp

SPOTLIGHT MEDIA PRODUCTIONS   By Adrienne Papp   Three hundred twenty-three feature films are eligible for the 2014 Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. To be eligible for 87th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days. Under Academy rules, ...
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