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Nima Lavafpour is a travelling musician from Iran, who has had a deep intimate relationship with India. And ever since a child, he has been visiting and re-visiting India to discover his spiritual quest. And on one such visit, he gets to re-discover a memoir.
Taking us back in time (2007) when his band Nafir was a blend of traditional Persian and modern world fusion sounds of the tanboor, khamanche, daf or dafli, with a dash of nu-jazz guitar and steel flute intertwined with howling dervish chants & contemporary vocal styles.
This film is a musical exploration of memoirs of travels, sanguine performances, candid moments and exchange of philosophies reminding us of an age-long spiritual and cultural bond between India and Iran. For those who are following open lines of Sufism outside and beyond any pre-conceived doctrine of law or institutions.
It took 8 years for the filmmaker to shape, form and mould documented evidence into a story that unwraps and explores the Kadiri dervish form of Sufi music (Persia) and an age-long cultural & spiritual Indo-Iranian bond. This film is also a kind of a unique proposition towards building an international exchange of music and expertise between the two great nations of India and Iran, who've left a huge cultural impact on the world...
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Passion for Freedom is a non-governmental and voluntary organization gathering professionals working in arts and media. Our first edition of non-profit Festival took place in 2009 in London. The annual celebration of Freedom takes place in a spacious, contemporary gallery next to the Tate Modern. Last year’s edition showcased artists from 12 different countries carefully selected from hundreds of applications.
Passion for Freedom gives a unique opportunity for artists to openly debate and exercise freedom of speech.
We feel disgusted by the suppression of women and the many-sided attack on our Freedom.
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Passion for Freedom uses the universal language of art to strengthen humanistic values for the benefit of our societies.
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Through film, art, and gender studies, Imperfectu: International Film and Gender Festival celebrates and examines the diversity of gender identities and expressions, as well as of sexual identities and orientations, while embracing varied and alternative feminisms.
Imperfectu explores the infinite possibilities that sex, gender and sexuality fields offer to us, questioning the primacy of the conventions to which the binary gender system and heteronormativity limit us. Furthermore, this festival gives room to feminist expressions that know how to include these infinite possibilities in their discourses.
The festival will take place in Tijuana, Mexico.
A selection of the screened works in Tijuana will also be presented in Berlin, Germany.
Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT)
Tijuana University CUT
Berlin venue TBD
The festival will be held from April 1st to 6th, 2014 (Tijuana, Mexico).
The dates for the Berlin screenings will be announced later.
Through the word “imperfectu” we want to give a new value to the concept of imperfection within the gender studies framework. The “-tu” ending avoids the gender morpheme that in Spanish language is used when the noun “imperfection” becomes an adjective. At the same time, this ending makes a reference to the Spanish pronoun “tú” (“you”) in order to create closeness to the individual.
“Imperfectu” is an invented adjective that seeks identification and fraternity between those who somehow transgress the binary system of sex and gender and heteronormativity and, therefore, are seen as outsiders of “normality” and even as “imperfect beings”. Through this festival, what a binary and heteronormative culture reads as “imperfect” is simply read as “non-normative” and, consequently, considered “normal” and celebrated from a second reading that becomes liberal and intelligent.
1. To encourage education, analysis and discussion about the relationship that cinema, art and popular culture maintain with gender studies.
2. To open a cultural space that creates visibility for all those communities whose tendencies are different from the conventional concepts of sex, gender and sexuality.
3. To promote art with a gender focus.
4. To celebrate sexual and gender diversity.
5. To create identification and fraternity among all those individuals whose tendencies are different from the conventional concepts of sex, gender and sexuality.
6. To express alternative feminisms that know how to combine their ideologies and movements and sexual and gender diversity.
7. To include. This festival in any way excludes cisgender communities; on the contrary, it seeks the integration of all types of gender and transgender manifestations.
8. To fight homophobia, lesbophobia, biphobia and transphobia, encouraging acceptance and tolerance of all those individuals whose tendencies are different from the conventional concepts of sex, gender and sexuality. Although all these objectives will have an impact directly on Tijuana society, they will also reach the Baja California and the Mexican societies as well as Spanish speaking and English speaking communities through the festival’s publications.
"Found Objects" will play Westside Shorts in Melbourne, Australia on January 14, 2014 at 8p. For more info, please visit: http://www.angryproductions.org/
"Found Objects" is winner of the Best Screenplay Award at the 2013 CinemAvvenire Film Fest in Rome, Italy. The film stars British actress Jo-Anne Krupa, 5x Emmy Award winner Joey D'Auria, and Emanuele Secci, known in Italy for his fastweb spot with George Clooney and in the US for his ensemble work in the 2012 Sundance...
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The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival is the only independent international film festival for, by and about the Brooklyn indie film scene. Founded in 2011, The AoBFF screens work by Brooklyn-born, Brooklyn-based and Brooklyn-centric filmmakers. That is, those who live or work in the borough; were born, raised and/or spent significant time here (no matter where they live now); and international films that were inspired by Brooklyn. We are unique in that every film we show has a connection to Brooklyn’s indie film scene — in the borough and around the world.
From Boerum Hill to Bergen Beach. Fort Greene to Flatlands. Cobble Hill to Canarsie. It's only Brooklyn when you count every neighborhood and every community. We are as diverse, vital and international as the borough itself. And everyone is invited to our party.
Categories include Features, Shorts, Documentaries and Animation in all genres. Special categories include the Dark Side for horror/ suspense/ noir and Film As Art for non-linear/experimental/avant-garde films.
For full submission info and to enter via Withoutabox, go to aobff.org
"Found Objects", starring 5x Emmy Award winner Joey D'Auria, British actress Jo-Anne Krupa, and Emanuele Secci, known for his ensemble work in the 2012 Sundance Producer's Award-winning film "Nobody Walks", will play the Silver Wave Film Fest in Fredericton, NB, Canada November 7-10, 2013. The film was directed/produced/written by Dawn Westlake. It was shot on the Canon C300 and edited on Final Cut Pro by Brandon Bondehagen. Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs scored.
Cinema Perpetuum Film Fest in Minsk, Belarus will screen two films by Ron de Cana Prods.' Dawn Westlake on September 29, 2013. They are "Found Objects" (2012) and the brand new "The Martini Effect" (just released in August 2013). Both films were shot on the Canon C300 and edited by Brandon Bondehagen. Both star Emanuele Secci, known in Italy for his fastweb spot with George Clooney and worldwide for his stand-out performance in the 2012 Sundance Producer's Award-winni...
"Found Objects", written and directed by Dawn Westlake, will play the Festival Internacional Chileno de Cortometrajes (FESANCOR) in Santiago, Chile October 17-24, 2013. The festival received 2,026 submissions from 41 countries. "Found Objects" was one of only 4 films accepted from the USA. The film stars British actress Jo-Anne Krupa, 5x Emmy Award-winner Joey D'Auria, and Emanuele Secci, known for his ensemble work in the 2012 Sundance Producer's Award-winner "N...
The Minneapolis Underground Film Festival, hosted and sponsored by the Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul at St. Anthony Main Theater on October 3-6, 2013.
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"Found Objects",written and directed by Dawn Westlake, will play the Portobello Film Festival at Westbourne Studios, London on Sat., 14th September, 2013. The film stars British actress Jo-Anne Krupa, 5x Emmy Award winner Joey D'Auria, and Emanuele Secci, known in Italy for his fastweb spot with George Clooney and in the US for his role in "Nobody Walks", the 2012 Sundance Film Fest Producer's Award winner. The film won the Best Screenplay Award at the 2013 CinemAvven...
"Found Objects" is set to have its US premiere at the Johnstown Film Festival in Johnstown, PA on September 6th, 2013. The film stars 5x Emmy Award winner Joey D'Auria, Emanuele Secci from George Clooney's popular Italian fastweb.it spot, and British actress Jo-Anne Krupa. It was shot on the Canon C300 by Brandon Bondehagen.
For more info on the film, please visit: http://www.dawnwestlake.com
For more info on the festival: http://www.jaha.org/FilmFestival/Friday2013.html
"Found Objects" will have its Greek premiere in the Athens International Digital Film Festival, September 7-17th, 2013. The film will be projected in the L.A. (Life n' Art) Theater. "Found Objects" deals with art and fame and how life in art requires some balancing...
The film was generously supported in the camera department by Canon USA, Inc. The C300 was provided for the July 2012 production. Cinematography is by Brandon Bondehagen.
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The Best Screenplay Award from CinemAvvenire Film Festival for Ron de Cana Productions' 2012 film "Found Objects" was received by director/writer Dawn Westlake yesterday in Los Angeles. Posing with her here is actor Emanuele Secci who, with Claudia Praolini (Concorto Film Festival in Pontenure), oversaw the Italian subtitling of the film.
For more info on "Found Objects", please visit: http://www.dawnwestlake.com
"Found Objects" screenwriter/director Dawn Westlake received a Special Jury Award for Best Screenplay at CinemAvvenire Film Festival in Rome, Italy on Sunday, June 23, 2013. Festival director Sergio Di Lino communicated with award winners ahead of time to ask for an acceptance message or video from those unable to attend the festivities. Dawn Westlake used 'found video' from a recent visit to Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas to craft her remarks. Check out her acceptance speech...
The 7th festival acceptance for Ron de Cana Productions' "Found Objects" comes from the City of 7 Hills: Rome, Italy! "Found Objects" unspools in June of 2013 in CinemAvvenire Film Festival. The film features Sardinian actor Emanuele Secci, known in Italy for his popular fastweb.it commercial spot co-starring George Clooney. Emanuele can also be seen in the 2012 Sundance Producers Award-winning film "Nobody Walks", co-written by Lena Dunham.
For more info on Ci...
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Terror Film Festival is a bad-azz, blood chilling, alien probing international horror, fantasy, sci-fi film festival, founded for the purpose of offering filmmakers, screenwriters and fans more. TFF is like no other film festival in the world because it's designed to help promote YOU, the creative artist. The festival runs every October in Philadelphia and we offer prizes, exposure, a world-class Screenwriting Competition, and the coveted Claw Awards. And it's all presented by the genre diva fashionista herself, Princess Horror!
Terror Film Festival is all about horror, fantasy, sci-fi, thriller, dark drama and screenplay. Our call for entries for this worldwide film festival is focused on getting as many filmmakers and screenwriters involved with the festival as possible to help promote them and their careers. And as one of the top film festivals celebrating independent film, TFF is a Halloween event that brings the best films to an eager audience.
Terror Film Festival has been called “an incredible theatrical event”, “an honorable company”, and “one of the most professional film festivals around”. And it’s true, because we work very hard on making those things happen.
Terror Film Festival is dedicated to the art of genre, the filmmakers and screenwriters who make great genre movies, and the fans who love them. For our FILMMAKERS, we offer awards, prizes, special free listings to promote your project, and we strive to get you recognized as a filmmaker, and for your film to be celebrated and distributed. And it doesn’t matter if your film’s already been screened somewhere else or what year it was made. We believe year of completion is not as important as content. For our SCREENWRITERS, we offer awards and prizes for the sake of great writing, to help support your writing talent and career. And for the FANS, we have only one mission…to thrill the living daylights out of you!!
"Found Objects" will play the Comfortable Shorts screening series in Melbourne, Australia in May 2013. Shot by Brandon Bondehagen on the Canon C300, the film stars Emanuele Secci, a Sardinian-born actor known in Italy for his popular fastweb.it spot with George Clooney. The film also stars 5x Emmy Award winner Joey D'Auria and British actress Jo-Anne Krupa.
For more info on the film and to see a trailer: http://www.dawnwestlake.com/dawnwestlake/rondecana/films/foundobjects/index.h...
Filmmakers and producers are kindly invited to send in their film for the AFFR 2013 filmfestival before July 1, 2013. Entry is free.
We are looking for new, serious, funny, unique, classic, experimental, lighthearted or personal films about the built environment: cities, landscape and architecture. Documentaries or feature films that have never been screened on regular TV or in cinema, artistic short films or astonishing animations: films about that one particular city, or that specific bu...
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XXVIII. Black International Cinema Berlin 2013
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purgatory / noun / an intermediate place or state of temporary suffering for expiatory purification
Within the word “purgatory”, it is easy to envision condemned souls, torment and darkness. However, purgatory may also reflect the cyclic state in which we often rediscover or recreate ourselves anew from within our personal inflictions. Sometimes it is the necessary stage to exorcise ourselves from the haunting ghosts of the past. Perhaps it is the serene place of self reflection and realization.
From within this, DAMNED proudly presents an exhibition of powerful cinema called Purgatory. Held on March 8th & 9th 2013 at Hastings Ballroom/Tangent Gallery in Detroit, Purgatory will present various short films of deeply introspective, beautifully disturbing and darkly enlightening subject matters from filmmakers local and worldwide. This is not an industry-focused horror film festival, but a tributary showcase of the often redemptive films from the filmmaker’s personal damnations.
For further information: http://thatdamnedshow.com/purgatory
FILMMAKERS! We are still accepting submissions until February 10 2013! Click here for further info and to submit.
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Applications are open for the 3rd International Film Festival in Balneário Camboriú – CINERAMA.BC 2013.To submitt a film at the 2013 edition it’s necessary to download the regulations and the film submission form on the links located at the right sidebar. Requested material should be sent by January 31, 2013.
OFFICIAL SELECTION WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON THE WEBSITE.
The curators seek to show different forms of sensitivity in fiction and documentary films by well-kn...