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Universal Film Festival

We are excited to announce the 9th Annual Universal Film Festival to be held in Kansas City this September.  Go to Film Freeway https://filmfreeway.com/festival/UniversalFilmFestival and submit your film today!

We are seeking all genres including documentaries of any length; feature films that are at least 60 minutes in length; and short films that are a minimum of 15 minutes in length. All entries are $50.00 by PayPal or credit card.  For questions email us at:  info@universalfilmfestival.com

The mission of the Universal Film Festival is to create and provide a credible and accessible venue for aspiring and talented filmmakers.  The Universal Film Festival offers a medium in which Independent Filmmakers may showcase their works nationally and internationally.                                     

www.universalfilmfestival.com

Les Nuits en Or

L’Académie des César présente le Panorama, un programme exceptionnel qui rassemble l'ensemble des films de courts métrages récompensés en 2015 par leur Académie Nationale de Cinéma (Oscar, Goya, Bafta…).

Un voyage extraordinaire autour de la planète cinéma, à la découverte des cultures du monde et des cinéastes de demain.

Qui n’a pas rêvé de rencontrer Jane Campion, Lars Von Trier ou encore David Lynch à leurs débuts quand personne ne soupçonnait encore tout à fait la carrière qui les attendait ?

Refléter l’excellence cinématographique et célébrer le meilleur du film court, remarquable moyen d’expression permettant de faire éclore chaque année tant de nouveaux talents, c’est l’ambition du Panorama.

Nouveauté cette année, le Panorama est accueilli par 9 Académies de Cinéma Européennes et sillonne autant de capitales : Madrid, Lisbonne, Athènes, Rome, Genève, Luxembourg, Bruxelles, Stockholm et Paris !

Une occasion unique pour les Académies de Cinéma Européennes d’engager une coopération novatrice de mise en valeur de la diversité cinématographique mondiale et de participer, à leur manière, à l’échange entre les cultures.

 

The Académie des César presents an exceptional program that brings together all the short films rewarded in 2015 by their National Film Academy (Oscar, Goya, Bafta ...).

An extraordinary journey around the world of Cinema, enabling the discovery of different cultures and tomorrow’s filmmakers.

Have you ever dreamt of meeting Jane Campion, Lars Von Trier or David Lynch in their early days when no one could entirely imagine the career ahead of them ?

Reflecting Cinema excellence and celebrating the best of the short film production, a remarkable means of expression that reveals new talents every year, these are the ambitions of the Nuits en Or’s Panorama.

New this year, the Panorama is hosted by 9 European Film Academies and travels through several capitals: Madrid, Lisbon, Athens, Rome, Geneva, Luxembourg, Brussels, Stockholm and Paris !

A unique opportunity for European Film Academies to initiate an innovative cooperation, shedding light on the diversity of worldwide films and participate, in their own way, in the exchange between cultures.

Cannes: SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York launches 3rd edition and opens Early Bird submissions during the Cannes Film Festival 2015!

Cannes: SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York launches 3rd edition and opens Early Bird submissions during the Cannes Film Festival 2015!

SR Socially Relevant (TM) Film Festival New York wrapped its 2nd annual edition after week-long screenings of 53 films from 33 countries and four industry panels in March. SR Film Festival honored Albert Maysles posthumously with the Lifetime of Inspiration Award while the festival’s special Justice and Peace Award went to Israeli Filmmaker Guy Davidi (Five Broken Cameras) for his film High Hopes featuring a soundtrack by Pink Floyd.
 

SR Socially Relevant (TM) Film Festival NY, now in its 3rd year, is a film festival that focuses on socially relevant human interest stories and raises awareness to social problems by offering positive solutions through the powerful medium of cinema. SR Socially Relevant (TM) Film Fest NY shines the spotlight on filmmakers who tell compelling, socially relevant narratives across a broad range of social issues without resorting to gratuitous violence and violent forms of movie making. The film categories include shorts, documentaries, narrative features as well as scripts in competition.

According to Festival Founding Artistic Director Nora Armani, “The festival is a movement for the promotion of socially relevant film content not just a week-long series of screenings. We strongly believe in the power of cinema for positive social change, and we work hard in rewarding filmmakers who chose to tell socially relevant stories.” In view of this the festival curates screenings throughout the year and secures an annual presence at the Cannes Marché Doc Corner with a selection of Docs from its slate.

After a successful and expanded 2nd edition in 2015 the SR team is now looking forward to organizing the 3rd edition that will take place in March 2016. In Cannes, the team is busy with meetings with potential sponsors, new partners, and is keen on inviting film offices of countries rich with Socially Relevant (TM) film content to become the focus of its 3rd edition. New submissions open Monday May 18. The discount code: CAN15 offers Early Bird entries a further discount.

For more information on the festival, the industry panels, how to be involved as a partner, sponsor, panelist, jury, and filmmaker, visit the festival’s website: www.ratedsrfilms.org or contact the festival team at: ratedsrfilmfest@gmail.com

Direct contact during Cannes or to set up an appointment call: +33 (0) 6 52 61 19 62

BREAKING News!

The festival team officially offered the Grand Prize trophy to winner of the festival’s Grand Prize in the Narrative Feature Category, The Challat of Tunis directed by Tunisian filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania during the Cannes Film Festival yesterday, May 17, at 4:00 pm at the Cinema du Monde stand where the director has a new film project in development. The Challat of Tunis won a week-long run at the Quad Cinema, newly owned by Cohen Media Group, in April.

The winners in the other categories:

Lighter than Orange, directed by German filmmaker Matthias Leupold won the Best Documentary Award of the festival as a DVD-VOD distribution deal offered by festival partner Cinema Libre Studio of Los Angeles.
 

The Documentary and Narrative shorts Mamma är Gud directed by Maria Bäck from Denmark and Zacharie Doesn’t Live Here Anymore directed by Alberto Segre from Spain and France, won digital distributions deal with festival partner IndiePix and scriptwriting software by Final Draft.

SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York also awarded its annual Vanya Exerjian Award – Empowering Women and Girls to E’ Stata Lei (It Was Her), directed by Francesca Archibugi, for her film treating the issue of violence against women. For the second year in a row, the Women Film Critics Circle (WFCC) presented an award to one of the films, and the winner this year was We Cannot Go There Now, My Dear directed by Carol Mansour.

The scriptwriting jury selected, Steppin’ Out by Steve Bensinger as winner. The award is a certificate from Final Draft and free inclusion in InkTip a website where producers look for their next projects.

 

Contact: www.ratedsrfilms.org or the festival at: ratedsrfilmfest@gmail.com

Contact during Cannes: +33 (0) 6 52 61 19 62

WoFF: World of Film International Festival Glasgow

The World of Film Festival, formerly known as Commonwealth Film & Theatre Festival Glasgow is coming back for its second edition October 1-4 2015. In four days full of film screenings, theatre performances, live events, panel discussions and networking receptions WoFF will bring new, more vibrant and youthful vibe to the city’s emerging film and theatre scene. 

WoFF will take place at the cinema of Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street). 

This year, the festival comes with a new programme, transforming from a West End festival into a contemporary 4 day event that will gather audiences with various interests and tastes in film and theatre. 

WoFF’s errand is to bring together audiences from Glasgow’s multi-stranded art scene, while at the same time engaging people with powerful background in film and theatre that will bring fresh ideas, filling the gaps in Glasgow’s film and theatre events’ agenda. 

WoFF 2015 will include the following sections: 

First Feature Competition: Will include successful submissions from first feature film directors. 

The Female Perspective (In competition): Showcasing the work of female independent filmmakers. 

Special Screenings (Out of Competition): A selection of films known from the festival circuit. 

Best of MIAFF 2015: Animation programme including the Best of selection of the Montreal International Animation Film Festival (April 16 - 19 2015) 

Commonwealth Film Student Competition: A focus on one country from within the commonwealth, which will showcase submissions from film students, currently enrolled in the major national film schools. Students can submit films as individuals or representing their school. 

Additionally a Theatre Performance, staged and performed by recent graduates of the UoG’s Theatre Department, whose recent work has been selected for the upcoming FRINGE Festival. 
The above will be surrounded by a masterclass from renowned filmmaker / actor or a personality with experience in working for the film industry. This event will be intensively promoted within the Glasgow’s film and theatre students’ communities who will be able to attend with special discounts. 
Finally, workshops and panel discussions (e.g. on the emerging female filmmakers presence in the industry, as combined with the Female Perspective Section of the festival). 

Awards & Prizes

* Best First Feature 

* Best Film: The Female Perspective 

* Commonwealth Film Student Award

 

shnit International Shortfilmfestival

shnit International Shortfilmfestival

Edition 13 | 07 - 18 OCTOBER 2015

shnit International Shortfilmfestival is a premium venue for the exhibition and promotion of short films. The festival is an exceptional twelve day event with a unique concept – a transnational film festival simultaneously taking place in 8 cities on five continents worldwide. The festival includes three main segments – shnit PLAYGROUNDS, shnit CINEMAS and shnit FINALE. The international competition shnit OPEN includes five award categories with cash prizes of US $100.000 and attracts award- winning short filmmakers from around the globe. As a result, shnit presents a competition programme of exceptional quality and density. In its twelve years of existence, shnit has become a major international short film festival that reinvents itself in ever new forms. What started as a local initiative is now an exceptional transnational event that connects and inspires makers and fans of short films across the globe. shnit embraces diversity, originality and exchange between creators and an audience from different cultures and backgrounds. It is the main goal to actively increase the perception of short filmmaking by creating a multi-platform event for high quality short films. With its cinematic treats, the popular festival fascinates over 30.000 visitors and therefore belongs to the leading short film festivals in the world. shnit is a non-profit organisation. The annual festival is created and centrally coordinated by the shnit FOUNDATION in cooperation with the executives. The organisation is built on principles of excellence and professionalism, enabling the global expansion of the festival.

 

 

 

San Diego Jewish Film Festival

OUR MISSION  

The mission of the San Diego Jewish Film Festival is to offer outstanding world cinema that promotes awareness, appreciation and pride in the diversity of the Jewish people to attendees of the community at large. Festival programs aim to educate and illuminate through evocative, independent fiction and documentary films that portray the Jewish experience from current to historic global perspectives.

THE GRAND RAPIDS FEMINIST FILM FESTIVAL

The Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival is a celebration of films made by and for feminists, women-identified, genderqueer, people of color, and other under-represented groups. We are seeking short films from or featuring feminist-identified and women-identified filmmakers. Professionals, amateurs, students and community members locally, nationally and internationally are all welcome to submit. The film festival will be held Sunday,  September 13, 2015 at Wealthy Theatre  in  Grand Rapids, Michigan.
 
To be considered, films must:
 
Have been directed, written and/or produced by feminist or woman-identified person(s) or feature these people in the film
Be less than 20 minutes in length
Include trigger warnings when necessary
Fall in line with social justice advocacy

ARKIPEL Jakarta International Documentary and Experimental Film Festival

In its third occasion, ARKIPEL will present the theme GRAND ILLUSIONwhich departs from a film produced in 1937 by one of the world cinema masters, Jean Renoir. The idea of this film was coming from the bookThe Great Illusion, A Study of the Relation of Military Power to National Advantage by Norman Angell in 1910. The book was about humane criticism during World War I. Renoir and Angell’s idea was to look at how the problem of humanity in our civilization had been banished by conflict and political choices.

GRAND ILLUSION is a very relevant and important theme to be presented in the upcoming ARKIPEL 2015. On one side, it refers to the quite good development of democracy in Indonesia these recent years and also to the dynamic situation of international socio-political sphere. However, on the other side behind it all there are still lots of humanity issues in the history of this nation that have not been solved yet. The history of humanity is blanketed by several socio-political interests and the power of capital. The history of humanity is still clouded to maintain the power of certain groups.

Then how the role of cinema to look at this production of socio-political illusion since its birth in our civilization? Illusion was already a key word of cinema since the get-go. The celluloid recording had mesmerized the human civilization and gave the moving image experience that was unimaginable beforehand. The illusion produced by cinema at the end was developed not only in the aesthetic (form) field, but also utilized to produce illusions related to socio-political, cultural, and economic issues. This is what ARKIPEL going to read and present at the ARKIPEL Jakarta International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival 2015.

Indonesia as one of the nations which socio-political history is full of illusion; illusion that was produced by the Country. GRAND ILLUSION is becoming a strategy for ARKIPEL to read how the illusion was produced, distributed, and reproduced to its effect on the journey of nations in other parts of the world.

The 3rd ARKIPEL film festival is not only an event for filmmaker, but also for film curator to pouring thought, idea, and creativity regarding this year’s theme, GRAND ILLUSION. Both submissions will be opened for three months until May 8, 2015 to provide opportunities of broad interpretation of the film festival theme—the scope ranges from domestic to mass matters, and because cinema has an ability to explore the border between reality and illusion


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