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October Selection of Films for your consideration

                                       Follow us on these other social networks                   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,  75 000 articles... We a...

Vivid Memories from my days in Cannes launching Boyz'n The Hood

I had the immense privilege to run the marketing at Sony when i received (early 1991) a video tape from f Boyz'n The Hood with the suggestion to submit it to Cannes. To our great surprise, Gilles Jacob invited the film  (first feature by young John Singleton) into "Un Certain Regard". I started a campaign which remains one of my best prides in marketing several hundreds of films over the years for Sony, Fox and UGC. I asked Anne Lara our publicist to identify one journali...

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            Do not heistate to contact me with questions, I will be happy to brainstorm with you. We are the leading network for film and festivals, established in 1995, with 380 000 unique visitors every month, a subscribers base of 161 000 registered users. Furthermore my experience in marketing film (200 film launched wordwide) can be of some assistance. Check the online store for Pro Services for the Film Festival Community. Promote your Fe...

Berlinale Retrospective 2015: “Glorious Technicolor. From George Eastman House and Beyond”

  Singing in the wind The Retrospective of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival promises to be an opulent colour spectacle. It will celebrate the 100th anniversary of a colour film process that has become a legend far beyond Hollywood: Color by Technicolor. The Retrospective will present around 30 magnificent Technicolor films, some of which have been elaborately restored. They were made in the early years between the dawn of Technicolor and 1953 – and include six British ...

Berlinale World Cinema Fund: New Funding Recommendations

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  At the 21st jury session of the World Cinema Fund (WCF), the jury recommended four new film projects for production funding and one work for distribution funding.   Since its establishment in October 2004, the WCF has awarded production and distribution funding to a total of 124 projects chosen from 2,364 submissions from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia, the Caucasus, as well as from the countries Mongolia, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. All...

65th Berlinale: What we know so far

  With the announcement that the Berlin IFF will have its man, Dieter Kosslick on board as festival director till 2019, the festival is in full preps for the upcoming 65th edition which will hit the German capital 5 -15 of February.    So far the news are thrilling…   Jury president of this year’s edition will be American director Darren Arronofsky.    Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement will be awarded to German dir...

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...

Jetblue Airways to Sponsor Festival’s New Vision Film Section

JetBlue Airways has come on board to sponsor the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) and will lend its name to support  the New Vision Film section of the Festival. The announcement was made by BIFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool, and Alan Sweeting, General Manager of JetBlue Airways in The Bahamas. Under terms of the deal, JetBlue has become the official airline sponsor of BIFF and the exclusive airline partner for festival travel between the United States and T...

Big in Japan BIFF closing film

BIG IN JAPAN  USA / 2014 / 100 mins Things are looking bleak for the members of rock band Tennis Pro. They’ve been struggling to connect to an audience in the Seattle music scene, with a recent run of shows drawing sparse crowds and uninspiring day jobs that are quickly eclipsing their dreams.  So when an opportunity arises to take their act on the

VAFI 6 goes koala! Submissions are open until January 20, 2015 :)

Festival date: 21 - 26 April 2015 Submission deadline: 20 January 2015 Partner: Australia www.vafi.hr/en VAFI is a film festival for animated films made by children or youth under 18 years, but also from 5th edition -  film festival for animated films made for children and youth. So, VAFI has two competative sections: section for animated films MADE BY children or youth - VAFI JUNIOR, and section for animated films made for children and youth - VAFI SENIOR. VAFI JUNIOR ha...

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...

BIFF Unveils Official Film Line up

“Like Sunday Like Rain” Directed by Actor Frank Whaley and Comedy “BIG IN JAPAN” Directed by John Jeffcoat To Bookend Festival as Opening And Closing Night Films, Respectively   Festival Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool today announced the final program details for the 11th edition of the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), which takes place December 4-9, 2014 in Nassau and December 10-14, in Harbour Island, Eleuthera. BIFF wi...

New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards 2015 Competition Shines the Spotlight on Movie Trailers

      New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards 2015 Competition Shines the Spotlight on Movie Trailers     As award season kicks off New York Festivals® International Television & Film Awards  honoring the World’s Best TV & Films℠ has added the new category Movie Trailer to recognize creativity from development and production professionals around the globe. This year, New York Festivals Television & Film Awards will shine the spotlight on the art of the Movie Trailer. The award-winners of this newly launched category honoring this creative genre that combines cinematic storytelling with advertising/marketing to increase consumer appeal will be presented with trophies at the TV & Film Awards ceremony at the 2015 NAB Show.

New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards 2015 Competition Shines the Spotlight on Movie Trailers

      New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards 2015 Competition Shines the Spotlight on Movie Trailers     As award season kicks off New York Festivals® International Television & Film Awards  honoring the World’s Best TV & Films℠ has added the new category Movie Trailer to recognize creativity from development and production professionals around the globe. This year, New York Festivals Television & Film Awards will shine the spotlight on the art of the Movie Trailer. The award-winners of this newly launched category honoring this creative genre that combines cinematic storytelling with advertising/marketing to increase consumer appeal will be presented with trophies at the TV & Film Awards ceremony at the 2015 NAB Show.

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...

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, BEST ONE YET! Warning: Spoilers.

  “You can torture us, bomb us, and burn our district down, but fire is catching, and if we burn, you burn with us!” Can our beloved friend and family-oriented warrior princess, Miss Katniss Everdeen overthrow the Capitol, in this third deep, dark, and powerful installment based on the novels by Suzanne Collins, ‘Mockingjay’: Part 1? War on! Game off! The games are finished forever, however, the threat of oppression, and the fight to survive is...

Melbourne, dir. Nima Javidi / Review

Numerous plastic bags filled with clothes and personal objects are drained until the very last airdrop is lost and their entire content appears withered, even more soulless than in its actual state. As the opening credits roll down, this stylistic symbol unpacks an array of thoughts and interpretations.  We are transferred to a simple, but modern apartment in Tehran. A couple is packing. Amir (Payman Maadi) and Sara’s (Negar Javaherian) belongings, their lives and future are about ...

Revolution will close the Voices from the Water Sweden Film festival

Rob's film Revolution will be shown during the 2nd Voices from the Waters in Sweden. Revolution will close the festival on Saturday the 29th at 9pm. For the full program check out http://voicesfromthewaters.se/hagabion.html (in Swedish though) or like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/voicesfromthewaters.se ...

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...

The Rule of Lead wins in Miami

The Rule of Lead - La Regola del Piombo wins a Best Feature Film Award at the Bright Minds Film Festival in Miami Beach!

“The Imitiation Game” Oscar Contender

The 92nd Street Y’s signature movie series, ‘Reel Pieces’ held a screening of the Oscar Contender, “The Imitation Game’ based on the biography of Alan Turing: The Enigma, written by Andrew Hodges. The screening was followed by a Q & A with the ‘Sherlock’ heartthrob, Benedict Cumberbatch. Yes, SHERLOCK was LIVE and IN person this past Sunday evening at the Kaufmann Concert Hall located at 92nd Street and Lexington Avenue! Photo c...

‘Banksy Does New York’ at DOC NYC!

  However, it is also premiering this Monday, Nov. 17 on HBO, 9pm EST ‘Banksy Does New York’ chronicles the month-long residence that the pseudonymous British street artist, political activist, painter and film director, from Bristol, England, known as ‘Banksy’ (Exit Through the Gift Shop), displayed throughout the city of New York last October, 2013. For those who don’t know Banksy, no one has ever seen him before. His fans want to be th...

42 Russian films from the new DOORS catalogue were presented at the ROSKINO stand at AFM

Forty-two Russian films from the new DOORS catalogue were presented at the American Film Market at the Russian filmmakers ROSKINO stand in Loews hotel. All the films were included in the official AFM catalogue that every one of the 8000 accredited market participants received for free. New projects include Two Women by Vera Glagoleva, Ivan Tverdovsky’s Corrections Class, Vladimir Tumaev’s White Yagel, Some Like It Cold by E...

Roskino extends cooperation with China and other distributors

Elena Barkova, ROSKINO, Mary Gibson and Michael Hong, Digital Media Rights, Anna Ryasik, ROSKINO The Roskino Office At this year’s American Film Market, China was represented by, among others, Cubix International, a large media holding that works in several areas, including developing joint productions. Talks with ROSKINO, initiated by the Chinese, suggest future development of Russian-Chinese co-operations in film and television. A bilateral Russian-Chinese Su...
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