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The Chicago Digital Media Production Fund Awards $100,000 in Grants to Local Productions in 2015

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www.chicagofilmmakers.org Voqal Fund and Chicago Filmmakers are pleased to announce that in its fourth year of funding, the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund has awarded a total of $100,000 in grants to eight Chicago-area digital media artists' projects in amounts ranging from $3,500 to $19,000.   Grants from the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund support independent film and video projects intended to raise awareness about current social issues. These proj...

Ikusmira Berriak presents its project selection

The four projects to take part in the 2015 residencies programme have now been selected. Oskar Alegría, Marianne Slot and Paz Lázaro made up the committee of experts. The programme will incorporate a new feature: the REC Post-production Award. In February this year we presented the IKUSMIRA BERRIAK project, organised in collaboration by Tabakalera-International Centre for Contemporary Culture, the San Sebastian Festival and the San Sebastian European Capital of Culture...

Pocha winner of two prizes at LA Fest: audience award and jury prize

POCHA- MANIFEST DESTINY from Michael Dwyer and Kaitlin McLaughlin was awarded with two (2) prizes at the LA Film Fest!  The coveted AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST FICTION FILM and BEST DIRECTORS JURY PRIZE to Michael Dwyer and Kaitlin McLaughlin! This modern day crime thriller features a breakout performance from a brand new actress - VERONICA SIXTOS - who will be this year's actress to watch.  This is Veronica's first feature role and she gives a great per...

OUT OF MY HAND LAFF Winner of the Grand Jury Prize Award

Written and directed by Takeshi Fukunaga Working as tree tapper on a rubber plantation in Liberia, West Africa, Cisco struggles to make a decent life for himself and his family. Despite his and his fellow workers’ attempt at unionizing, the rubber corporation maintains a stranglehold over their lives, keeping their dreams of a brighter future at bay. But when a well-timed visit from an American cousin opens Cisco’s eyes to a better future abroad, he seizes the one chance he has to...

Kick-off to the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) filmmaker retreat in Camden and Rockport, Maine

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Today was the kick-off to the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) filmmaker retreat in partnership with the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) and CNN Films. The five-day Camden/TFI Retreat, presented by CNN Films, kicked off today in Camden and Rockport, Maine and will provide mentorship and guidance to five U.S filmmaking teams focused on creative, cinematic, character-driven documentaries. The five projects selected for the retreat represent exciting new voices in documentary and embody the ...

FEELMAKERS expands its LGBT programming with the Happy Pride Special

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On the occasion of the upcoming Gay Pride Day celebrations, the international VOD web portal FEELMAKERS (www.feelmakers.com) is expanding its LGBT-themed programming with the Happy Pride Special, which may be viewed from today through July 15 throughout almost the entire world.   Right now you can also view the three Feel Specials featuring films that have been selected as mentioned previously by the FEELMAKERS team in collaboration with those in charge of the LesGayCineMad Festival, the ...

Animaze Daze in Annecy, screenings at Annecy Off

  The following films screened in the Animaze Daze Selection. INTERFACE by Mel Hsieh  2:28 BIGSHOT (Ep1-Ep6) by Maurice Huvelin 13:30 Tears of Inge by Alisi Telengut 4:21 FLIPPING by JIN KYU AHN  8:00 The Urge 2 - It Lies Within by Christopher Angus 8:00   Best of Animaze Beauty - Rino Stefano Tagliafierro - Italie/Italy 2014 9:49 House of Unconsciousness -   Priit Tender - Estonie/Estonia - 201...

Animation Day in Cannes discusses the next edition with SPFA

Laurie Gordon (LEFT) Animaze Festival Director, Corinne Kouper (Teamto, producer of Gus...) with Stéphane Le Bars Délégué Général of SFPA were discussing the future of Animation Day in Cannes following the SPFA presentation in Annecy.   ...

"Sabogal" is the feature in competition today

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  A judicial thriller that takes us into a fascinating visual universe where Sabogal, lawyer and human rights defender, investigates several crimes against humanity in modern Colombia. With the country in crisis, the protagonist is in constant danger and fights relentlessly, almost obsessively, for justice. Directed by: Juan José LOZANO, SERGIO MEJÍA FORERO Country: Colombia Year of production: 2014 Running ...

Annecy: Au Pays du Dessin Animé

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Réalisation Jean de Loriol Production Label Anim / Canal J Version Courte (13 minutes) ...

First results of Mapping of the Animation Industry in Europe presented in Annecy

  14.7% of European admissions went to animation films in  2014 One fifth of admissions to animation films in Europe goes to European productions 50 animation films were produced in Europe on average a year between 2010 and 2014 300 children’s channels established in the EU and specific on-demand services for kids on the rise The European Audiovisual Observatory presented the first results of the Mapping of the Animation Industry in Europe study, f...

Edinburgh FF 2015: The Legend of Barney Thomson (Review)

  Barney is a humble mid-aged barber living in a quiet Glasgow neighbourhood. Day by day his life becomes more and more meaningless. Until the pair of scissors that’s become an extension to his hand, accidentally becomes a weapon that transforms him into the man everyone is looking for.  Based on Douglas Lindsay’s The long midnight of Barney Thomson, actor Robert Carlyle’s directorial debut is hilarious, amusing and utterly Scottish. Barney Thomson (Carlyle) cuts ...

"Fun Brotherly Journey...affable hybrd"...Bastards y Diablos at LA fest

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"An affable hybrid of fictional and real life components, 'Bastards y Diablos'...bears the ring of spontaneous, specific experience...The film does a nice job of showing Colombia’s abundant beauty, while recognizing a number of social uglies as well." Bob Strauss, LA Daily News   BASTARDS Y DIABLOS ...

Ash Brannon Writes and Directs US/China Co-Production Animation Film ROCK DOG (2015)

Actor EDDIE IZZARD (Boychoir, Valkyrie, Ocean’s Thirteen and Ocean’s Twelve), one of the leading voices of ROCK DOG, accompanied Academy® Award nominated writer-director ASH BRANNON (Surf’s Up, Toy Story 2) in Cannes to promote their new animated film ROCK DOG (2015). Film Origin: US/China Language: English Genre: Animation Running Time: 82 minutes Director: Ash Brannon Writer(s): Ash Brannon / Kurt Voelker Producers: Amber Wang, David B. Miller, Lou Rui Executive Pro...

Ash Brannon Writes and Directs China-US Co-Production Animation Film ROCK DOG (2015)

Actor EDDIE IZZARD (Boychoir, Valkyrie, Ocean’s Thirteen and Ocean’s Twelve), one of the leading voices of ROCK DOG, accompanied Academy® Award nominated writer-director ASH BRANNON (Surf’s Up, Toy Story 2) in Cannes to promote their new animated film ROCK DOG (2015). Film Origin: US/China Language: English Genre: Animation Running Time: 82 minutes Director: Ash Brannon Writer(s): Ash Brannon / Kurt Voelker Producers: Amber Wang, David B. Miller, Lou Rui Executive Pro...

Film Independent announced the 10 projects selected for the 13th annual Fast Track film financing market.

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Today Film Independent announced the 10 projects selected for the 13th annual Fast Track film financing market. Held during the Los Angeles Film Festival, Fast Track is designed to help producer-director teams “fast track” their projects forward through sixty meetings with top industry executives--financiers, agents, managers, distributors, granting organizations, and production companies. During three days of intensive meetings, participants gain valuable exposure and build vital re...

“Canadian Pakistani Music Videos (Pakistani Movie Edit)” Now Released

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“Canadian Pakistani Music Videos (Pakistani Movie Edit)” A New Addition to Pakistani Film, Music and Television Industry, now released in the USA  followed by new American-Canadian Movie and Music Album Releases.     OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:   http://www.wiredprnews.com/2015/06/15/canadian-pakistani-music-videos-pakistani-movie-edit-now-released_20150615312907.html   Official IMDB LISTING:   www.imdb.com/title/tt4713...

Watch online at MyHomeFestival

An entire programme of films to watch online! MyHomeFestival is a selection of films, accessible online and free of charge, for anyone and everyone, with or without accreditation and present at the Festival or not! Annecy hopes this will promote animation with a wider audience, letting as many people as possible take a look at the films broadcasted. Check out the MyHomeFestival 2015 programme: All the commissioned films in competition at Annecy 2015; A selection...

12 finalist projects selected for Open Doors 2015

    © Festival del film Locarno The Festival del film Locarno’s Co-production Lab Open Doors is dedicated this year to four countries from the Maghreb: Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. 12 projects will be brought to Locarno by their directors and producers to present them to potential partners. With the support of the Swiss Foreign Ministry’s Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Open Doors aims to support and highlight filmmakers from a region in...

APSA screening at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris

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The 8th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) 2014 UNESCO Award winning film, Memories on Stone (Bîranînên Li Ser Kevirî) from Iraqi Kurdistan/Germany was screened before an international audience in the main auditorium at the world headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in Paris on June 10.   This unprecedented cinematic event further strengthens the longstanding relationship between APSA and UNESCO and their shar...

Ukrainian cinema slowly approaches break even, despite turmoil

Ukrainian Movies Box Office In 2014-2015 Disregarding all the political and military events Ukrainian cinema slowly approaches the point of breaking even. There were several releases in both 2014 and 2015 made with Ukrainian co-finance which paid off and generated some profit. In the last year that was Love in a big city 3 (Кохання у великому місті 3), co-produced with Russia, and a feature documentary Maidan (Майдан), co-produced with the Netherlands. The former g...

Edinburgh FF 2015 opens on Wednesday

The 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival opens this Wednesday with Robert Carlyle's The legend of Barney Thomson.  Based on the book “The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson” by Douglas Lindsay, the film is a dark comedy that tells the story of Barney (Carlyle), an awkward barber who inadvertently stumbles into serial murder, with both absurd and macabre consequences.  The opening ceremony of the 69th Edinburgh Film Festival will be held in attendance of names fro...

Support our friend Dan Mirvish and his next film: Bernard and Huey the Movie.

          I wanted to tell you about my new upcoming film, Bernard and Huey, written by legendary Pulitzer/Oscar/Obie winning cartoonist and screenwriter, Jules Feiffer. The Kickstarter campaign JUST LAUNCHED, so make sure to check it out here for more information. The film was also announced in The Hollywood Reporter so feel free to check it out there as well. Also, please watch the fun video below to see Jules and I explain our epic search for this lost classic....

Trailer for The Babushkas of Chernobyl

Documentary Competition Ukrainian, English (2015 , 72 min.) Directed by: Holly Morris, Anne Bogart Screenwriter:  Producers: Holly Morris, Anne Bogart Cinematographer: Japhet Weeks Editor: Richard Howard, Mary Manhardt, Michael Taylor Music: Rob Teehan Cast: Valentyna Sochenok, Hanna Zavorotnya, Maria Shovkuta For nearly 30 years a community of unlikely heroines have lived in Chernobyl’s post-nuclear disaster “dead zone.&rdq...

FRANK AND CINDY, an LA Film Festival premiere starring Rene Russo and Oliver Platt

FRANK AND CINDY, an LA Film Festival premiere starring Rene Russo and Oliver Platt. Directed by G.J. Echternkamp, the film costars Jane Levy, Jonny Simmons and Marc Maron.  See the link for clip below:    Frank and Cindy Dropbox Link    In the film, Russo and Platt star in a fictionalized account of the life of 80’s one-hit wonder Frank Garcia and his eccentric wife Cindy Brown. Their real-life story was also documented by their son G.J. Echterncamp, who dire...
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