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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...

AXWFF - Another eXperiment by Women Film Festival

Another eXperiment by Women Film Festival (AXWFF) promotes and screens moving images in any media, made by women, that encourage critical thinking and dialogue. ANOTHER EXPERIMENT BY WOMEN FILM FESTIVAL (AXW for short) GIVES WOMEN’S WORK A REAL TIME & SPACE IN NYC!! Presented through NEW FILMMAKERS NEW YORK Wednesday November 19 , 2014 — 7:00pm Anthology Film Archives, 2nd Avenue & 2nd Street, New York, NY admission: suggested donation $6 **************...

WILD: London FF Review

Wild, dir. Jean-Marc Vallée, 2014, US      It is rather a common thing to push ourselves beyond the borderline in an attempt to see what it takes to confront our fears. This challenge now has potentially evolved into the journey of encountering our dreams and testing our capability to either pursue or quit them; but is it easy to define a dream as a ‘to quit’ or ‘to live’, before knowing the cost?    Wild is about dreams. Or, to be m...

"The Theory of Everything” -The story of Stephen and Jane Hawking

“The Theory of Everything,” by British director, producer, James Marsh, known for Man on Wire (2008), Project Nim (2011) and Shadow Dancer (2012), had it’s World Premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September, 2014, and will premiere in New York City, tomorrow night. Opening scene: Modern day, Stephen Hawking, born January 8, 1942, is driving his motorized wheelchair in circles on an oriental rug in a collegiate room. The film depicts a college aged Stephen...

Other Worlds Austin Announces Full Film Slate

OTHER WORLDS AUSTIN announces Closing Night Film, Full Line-Up   The future lies just outside our front door at the inaugural Other Worlds Austin, Austin’s first festival dedicated to science fiction filmmaking.  Less than six months after its founding, Other Worlds Austin proudly announces its line-up for the December 4-6th festival, including the World Premiere of thriller APT 3D, and the US Premiere of The Reconstruction of William Zero starring Amy Seimetz.  In total, ...

Force Majeure-Winner of Cannes Jury Prize-Un Certain Regard

Official Swedish Oscar Entry for Best Foreign Language Film Written and directed by Ruben Östlund. The film was a word-of-mouth sensation at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard, and was a favorite at the recent Toronto Film Festival, where it received its North American premiere. FORCE MAJEURE In Swedish with English subtitles. “I’m a failure of my own instincts!”-Tomas (Johannes Bah Kuhnke) A Swedish family of f...

The Rule of Lead - 30" Teaser

Reaser trailer for Giacomo Arrigoni's first feature film The Rule of Lead - La Regola del Piombo.    Soundtrack by Italian singer Charlotte Ferradini. 

The Supreme Price: Documentary Empowering Women in Nigeria

After the worldwide attention of the kidnapping of girls in Nigeria, this documentary brings awareness of the women's challenges the country endures. The Supreme Price documentary explores the evolution of the Pro-Democracy Movement in Nigeria and efforts to increase the participation of women in leadership roles. Director Joana Lipper follows Hafsat Abiola, daughter of elected Nigeria's President, M.K.O Abiola and Kudirat Abiola. After the annulment of her father's presidential...

"Two Days, One Night" Film Premiere at the 52nd New York Film Festival

Synopsis: In the working class drama action is key, “Two Days, One Night,” Marion Cotillard’s character, Sandra, has one weekend to go door to door to her co-workers’ homes and try to convince them to have Friday’s vote overturned. Sandra works at a factory that makes solar panels. On Friday, her co-workers voted to have her laid off, as each employee would receive a 1,000 Euro bonus if she were let go. This upcoming Monday, they will have a re-count and if sh...

AFM will welcome over 70 new exhibiting companies for 2014 edition

Market to receive more than 90 new buying companies as South Korea emerges with largest number of newcomers The American Film Market (AFM), taking place between the 5th and 12th November is set to welcome over 70 new exhibiting companies, with 90 new buyers also expected to descend upon Santa Monica next month as the market continues to grow year on year. The new buyers are coming in from 35 different countries, with over 80 nations now set to be represented by buyers at the market. South Kor...

AFM 2014 Screening Schedule Now Available

The AFM Screening Schedule is now available at   You may view the schedule on the web, in a PDF grid or export to Excel.   There will be changes - films are still being added and a few may drop out.   We look forward to welcoming you to Santa Monica ...

Jo Coates: Director of Hide and Seek - interview

How did you come up with idea of doing something so different as the experiment in the film, where you take four people and isolate them from the society?    The idea came from a music video that I made with my writing partner and husband. We did this music video with characters that were living isolated and it was a bit more abstract, so we decided to explore it a bit more, play more with people. We were thinking quite a lot of Bergman as well, and we included many personal ideas a...

Five Debut Films Nominated for European Film Awards

    The European Film Academy congratulates the nominees for the EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 2014 – Prix FIPRESCI, an award presented annually as part of the European Film Awards to a young and upcoming director for a first full-length feature film.  This year’s nominations were determined by a committee comprised of EFA Board Members Ilann Girard&n...

The Rule of Lead - La Regola del Piombo

A film still taken from The Rule of Lead: the male protagonist, Humphrey (actor Marco Continanza)

The Rule of Lead - La Regola del Piombo

A film still taken from The Rule of Lead - La Regola del Piombo: Lara, the female protagonist (actress Gledis Cinque).

The Rule of Lead - La Regola del Piombo

A film still taken from The Rule of Lead - La Regola del Piombo

The Rule of Lead - La Regola del Piombo

A film still taken from The Rule of Lead - La Regola del Piombo.

The Rule of Lead - La Regola del Piombo

The official trailer of Giacomo Arrigoni's first feature film The Rule of Lead - La Regola del Piombo To redeem his soul, the ghost of a killer is sent to lead a neglected teenage girl to save a group of street children from the abuse of a criminal organization

Other Worlds Austin Announces Opening Night Film, The Well

Other Worlds Austin, Austin’s first and only festival dedicated to SciFi filmmaking, is proud to announce its Opening Night Film, The Well. Directed by Tom Hammock and written by Hammock and Jacob Forman, The Well is an action-filled post-apocalyptic tale about a seventeen-year-old girl, Kendal, who is the only one brave enough to take on a water baron and his personal army. A decade since the last rainfall, the Oregon Valley has become a desolate wasteland under the control of Carson (Jon Gries, Napoleon Dynamite, Taken) and his band of thieves and murderers. Kendal (newcomer Haley Lu Richardson) has been planning an escape for months, but with her boyfriend Dean (Booboo Stewart, Twilight, X-Men: Days of Future Past) unable to leave, she must fight for their lives and the last bit of water in the valley.

Maciej Pieprzyca’s Life Feels Good opens the CinEast festival tomorrow

  Over 50 features and 40 short films from 18 post-communist countries as well as a variety of complementary events are on the programme of the 7th edition of CinEast (, the Central and Eastern European Film Festival in Luxembourg, which kicks off tomorrow, Thursday 9 October, at the Neimënster cultural centre in Luxembourg with the screening of Maciej Pieprzyca’s Life Feels Good. The festival will run until 26 October.   Life Feels Good, also included in...

Principal photography has begun on Altamira, directed by Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire; Greystoke) starring Antonio Banderas

Principal photography has begun on period drama, Altamira, directed by Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire; Greystoke) and starring Antonio Banderas (The Skin I Live In; Autómata). Production will take place on location in Northern Spain.   The English language production also stars Golshifteh Farahani (Eden; About Elly), Nicholas Farrell (Grace of Monaco; Chariots of Fire), Henry Goodman (Hooligans; Notting Hill), Pierre Niney (Yves Saint Laurent; 20 Ans d’Écart), Cl&eacu...

“Time Out of Mind”

“This is the proudest I’ve ever been of any project I’ve ever done.”-Richard Gere “This film offers perspective and compassion.”-Oren Moverman “I want people to watch this film, and get human.”-Ben Vereen “This is a story of a story that never gets told.”-Jena Malone Filmed entirely in NYC, with the camera lenses far out of sight, many passerby’s were led to believe that Richard Gere and Ben Vereen were, in fact, j...

THE SEA OF TREES by Gus Van Sant concludes principal photography, adds Jordan Gavaris to cast

Two-time Oscar® Nominee Gus Van Sant Directs  Academy Award® Winner Best Actor Matthew McConaughey and Nominees Ken Watanabe, Naomi Watts   Two-time Oscar nominated producer Gil Netter, Ken Kao, Kevin Halloran produce the original screenplay written by Chris Sparling   Two-time Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has wrapped principal photography on THE SEA OF TREES, which filmed on location in Japan and Massachusetts, starring Oscar wi...