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Call for entry Ceau, Cinema! Competition

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Ceau, Cinema! Festival from Timisoara, Romania announces the call for entry to the international competition section dedicated to feature films (fiction, non-fiction or animation). The call is open for filmmakers from countries with minorities in the Banat region. Ceau, Cinema! Competition provides a setting for the cinematographic expression of the traditional minorities from the Banat region. Productions or co-productions from the following countries are accepted in competition: Armenia, Aust...

Simon Curtis Illuminates "Woman in Gold"

Woman in Gold, like The Wizard of Oz, is the story of a niece on a quest to regain family property after a storming. It has good and evil conjurers and even a straw man. Yet, contrary to the Kansas reverie, Simon Curtis's new film begins in a fairyland and flashes forward and backward among cloudier realms. First comes Vienna, Austria. It's 1907 and artist Gustav Klimt (Moritz Bleibtreu) is feverishly gilding the masterwork referenced in the film's title, Portrait of Adele Blo...

Opening Call For Submissions - Want to Submit Your Film For Free?

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We’ve opened up submissions to the coolest festival on the planet.  Submit your truly awesome, or truly awful film TODAY!  Use promo code “campy” to receive $6 off submissions until March 27. All films must be submitted online through FilmFreeway.  Shorts and features welcome. Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter.  We will pick 10 winners April 10. Winners receive a fee waiver to be used with any submission date.   USE #campymovie ...

Kydoai ( Brothers)

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Trailer available in Cinando Screenroom KYODAI ( BROTHERS)  JAPAN by American Born Zak Baney will debut in Cannes this year. Beautifully shot in Japan, this coming of age movie is a real tear-jerker.   ( subtitiles) ...

Kydoai ( Brothers)

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Trailer available in Cinando Screenroom KYODAI ( BROTHERS)  JAPAN by American Born Zak Baney will debut in Cannes this year. Beautifully shot in Japan, this coming of age movie is a real tear-jerker.   ( subtitiles) ...

New Directors/New Films: "The Kindergarten Teacher" Examines the Lives of the Poets

  Where does poetic inspiration come from? Nadav Lapid's new film The Kindergarten Teacher wants to know. But something heavier is on its mind: the liabilities of that lyrical muse. We live in vulgar times, as is made plain from the opening shot of a TV talk show, and it's no milieu for a bard. Especially not one of the tricycle set. Such is the concern of titular teacher Nira (Sarit Larry), for her pupil Yoav (Avi Shnaidman). At the tender age of 5, he has yet to conquer h...

Rendez-Vous with "My Friend Victoria"

An ideal literary diet includes solid screen adaptations -- stories you can watch with the added spicings of another's imagination. Provided, of course, that the film serves up enough narrative textures to deliver satisfaction. Happily, this is the case with My Friend Victoria (Mon amie Victoria), Jean-Paul Civeyrac's engrossing take on the Doris Lessing story entitled Victoria and the Staveneys. It's la crème de la crème of the 20th Rendez-Vous with French Cinema cr...

FREAK SHOW Horror Film Festival - CALL FOR ENTRIES

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Now in it's 10th big year, the FREAK SHOW Horror Film Festival has CALL FOR ENTRIES. Enter your horror genre feature or short film now to save on submission fees. The FREAK SHOW Horror Film Festival is one of the Top Horror Genre film festivals in the US with great parties, celebrities and the FREAKY AWARD! Don't miss out on the fun and enter your film today! We use FilmFreeway.com for submissions! For more details and Official Submission Guidelines, please visit our website at:  ...

Serbian Film in the Loop on FEST 2015

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Between other present Serbian Production Films on the International Film Festival FEST 2015, among all other films that are dealing with the political conflicts of Serbia and social themes, there is one film that I would like to talk about as opposite of the usual Serbian film themes featured in films today.  The Loop/Petlja directed by Serbian director Milutin Petrović; is classified in FEST Program in the section "Microwave" as the film shot with a minimal budget, but great fr...

Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan & Marlon Smith announced as British Urban Film Festival script judges

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    The British Urban Film Festival can reveal today that Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan and Marlon Smith have been unveiled as script judges for this year’s live script reading competition. The climax will take place once again at Channel 4 headquarters on Friday 18 September as part of BUFF 2015.   Daniel and Marlon will be presiding over this year’s competition entries (together with the writer & director Julius Ame...

Coffee Bloom, Review: Going thru the grind

  Coffee Bloom, Review: Going thru the grind Meet a Coorgi boy who speaks chaste Hindi with everybody, and practically no Coorgi or Kannada with anybody. Also, he in no way looks like his mother or brother. He meets his girl-friend in Bengaluru and she is a local. She speaks chaste Hindi with everybody too. Her husband is of a Coorgi-Keralite (colloquially called a Mallu after their language, Malayalam) mixed parentage. He has lived in the Middle East and in Australia, but it is Hindi a...

2016 Call for Entries!

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You’ve made your movie—now it’s time to show the world! The Dam Short Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the 2016 season. Films of any style and genre with a total run time of 40 minutes or less are eligible. Submission categories include Drama, Documentary, Animation, Student, Nevada Filmmaker, Sci-Fi/Horror, and Comedy. Already sporting some of the lowest submission fees going, the Dam Short Film Festival has reduced submission fees across-the-board this year ma...

Filmmaker Robert Kenner Deals with "Merchants of Doubt"

What do "merchants of doubt" do? The question arises now that Robert Kenner has come out with Merchants of Doubt. Like his Oscar-nominated documentary, Food, Inc., this engrossing new exposé once again sounds a caveat emptor for American consumers, only this time the beef is purveyers of spin and the threats they pose to Earth's survival. It's hard to say who is more outrageous, the individuals who peddle skepticism about climate change or the industries that adv...

Year 11 Comes to a Close!

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Year 11 Comes to a Close! With fantastic weather, outstanding attendance numbers by both fans and filmmakers, and a programming lineup of 114 unique short films, The Dam Short Film Festival finished its 11th season in great form. Over three hundred people packed the historic Boulder Theatre for the Best of the Fest Award Screening, and everyone had a great time at the Filmmaker Meet-n-Greet, 11th Dam Mixer, and the Post Awards Party! At The Dam Short Film Festival, the audience chooses the ...

"Heads Rest" by Pierre Yves Clouin, selected in 2015 Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, Chicago

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"Heads Rest" (Repose têtes) by Pierre Yves Clouin, selected in 2015 Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, Chicago, Il, USA ...

Whiplash, Review: ‘Cymbalic decapitation’

Whiplash, Review: ‘Cymbalic decapitation’ On the heels of Birdman comes Whiplash, another, much bigger ode to jazz drumming. Confined to four lead actors—a student, his teacher, his father and his girl-friend—Whiplash builds its own legend around itself, not dissimilar to the way in which sports and war films push their protagonists to the brink, before they can reap the fruits of hard labour and either vanquish the enemy or win encomiums for themselves. Andrew Neyman...

Badlapur—Don’t Miss the Beginning, Review: Some things are missing

Badlapur—Don’t Miss the Beginning, Review: Some things are missing Funny line for a name. It is okay as a tag-line, but to make it part of the name? Did somebody object to the title Badlapur, and was the tag-line merged into the title to overcome that objection? Last December, a film titled Badlapur Boys was released in India, so there sure is some confusion. That one took its name from a fictional village in North India, and was about the game of kabaddi. Here, the name comes fro...

Composer Mark Eliyahu Muses on "The Ballad of the Weeping Spring"

Where does The Ballad of the Weeping Spring take place? The question hovers over Benny Toraty's Wild East fable, which may unfold in yesteryear's Levant, or perhaps just in fantasyland. Either way, music forms its center. So it's only fitting that Mark Eliyahu's soulful, nostalgic composing uses the "maqam" system of musical modes: "maqam" means "place" in Arabic. In the Eastern classical tradition, modal scales are used to influence one's spi...

I Am Offended, Review: Defending the right to offend

I Am Offended, Review: Defending the right to offend It’s all about an idea, says director Jaideep Varma, about film-making. Seeing the timing of his film’s release, one can add another doctrine: It’s all about timing. I Am Offended, a feature length documentary about humour and intolerance, was released on Being Human/You Tube in February 2015, bang in the middle of the ongoing AIB Roast (more on that below) controversy which has polarised the Indian entertainment industry....

New Article On Indie Wire by Andy Siege

Why You Should Make a DIY Film That Matters http://www.indiewire.com/article/why-you-should-make-a-diy-film-that-matters-20150214 ...

Love, Rosie-Review: Love, for Rosie, is not rosy

Love, Rosie-Review: Love, for Rosie, is not rosy When a film is full of tender and emotional moments but peppers itself with half-a-dozen comic interludes, it ends up confusing your sentiments. You ask yourself whether the characters deserve sympathy or should be laughed at. Considering the swings in the narrative, you begin to feel that the writers cannot be serious. So, why do they bring in grim, sad events so strongly? In its defence, Love, Rosie is a bit like life, of the fact-is-stranger...

Roy, Review: ROYters’ block alias ‘balle t balle t’

Roy, Review: ROYters’ block, alias ‘balle t balle t’ Papa Anupam Kher thinks it is something to do with a woman. Son Arjun Rampal calls it writers’ block. Both are right. Grewal Senior was referring to writer-director Kabir Grewal’s predicament in the film, while Rampal was explaining to the viewers why this film was going nowhere! Casanova Grewal has fallen in love with a documentary film-maker named Ayesha Aamir, from London, while shooting his film Guns III in...

Juliano Ribeiro Salgado Talks Oscar-nominated Doc "The Salt of the Earth"

  You've seen Sebastiaõ Salgado's photographs. A gold miners' strife in his native Brazil, genocide in Rwanda, war in Yugoslavia, famine in Ethiopia and incinerated oilfields in Kuwait -- his imagery across four decades and a hundred countries is iconic. But you may not be so familiar with the photographer. The Salt of the Earth, directed by Wim Wenders together with Sebastiaõ's son, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, gives you that chance. Take it.  Observ...

Wild Card, Review: Raw Deal

  Wild Card, Review: Raw Deal Based on the novel Heat, by William Goldman (now 84, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President’s Men, Marathon Man, Dreamcatcher), who also wrote the screenplay, Wild Card is a lukewarm  a remake of the 1986 movie, starring Burt Reynolds. Las Vegas bodyguard Nick Wild (Jason Statham), who insists on being called a “chaperone”, has a gambling problem, drinks a lot and wants badly to get away for a long holiday. He figures he...
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