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Cannes Riviera "Biblical Rain" - MIPCOM still a go

“Actual biblical rain right now,” tweets one reporter at the international TV market, as Cannes shuts down. Severe weather created a deluge at Cannes, the film festival holyland. MIPCOM television market is set to begin October 5th but severe thunderstorms poured down upon the fall flooding the streets threatening the event taking place in this riviera city. No electricity power in Cannes Sunday and phone and mobile service was intermmittent at best.  Hotels along the Croisett...

Yellow Oscar to Seven Years of Winter

Berlin/Rio de Janeiro, October 03, 2015: The International Uranium Film Festival Berlin ended with glamour and stars from the German cinema. Film director Marcus Schwenzel received in Berlin the Uranium Film Festival’s Yellow Oscar 2015 for his movie "Seven Years of Winter". Together on the stage were Casting Director Uwe Bünker from Berlin and famous German actor Roman Knizhka who is one of the leading actors of Marcus Schwenzel´s Chernobyl movie.    ...


In May 2015, for the decade, AZ PRODUCTIONS & CONCEPT INITIATIVE present OFF DE CANNES, celebrating 10 years of excellence. The OFF de CANNES presents THE RETROSPECTIVE OF TOMORROW’s TALENTS (2005-2015). The OFF DE CANNES and the International Great Digital Film Contest on the web, created by Anne GOMIS, celebrate the 10th birthday in MAJESTIC, in the place where the history began in May 2005. Since ten years, the glitter twins have discovered more than 3.700 artists and NEW TALE...

Joachim Trier: Interview for Louder than Bombs

  By Martin I. Petrov Joachim Trier is a Norwegian director and scriptwriter. His third feature film Louder than bombs, and first in the english language after Reprise and Oslo, August 31, was presented in this year’s Competition at Festival De Cannes 2015.  The film tells the story of a single father and his 12 year old son in New York City struggling to rebuild their life after his wife commits suicide.  Read our review of the film here:

César Augusto Acevedo - Camera D'or Winner 2015 / Interview

By Martin I. Petrov   César Augusto Acevedo is a Colombian filmmaker. Land and Shade is his first feature film, presented at this year’s Semaine de la Critique. The story takes us to rural Colombia, where an old man returns to his family after many years of absence to find his son very ill and his wife in denial of leaving the land she so much loves. He is challenged to re-integrate into the family, while at the same time, the circumstances are indicative of a big change i...

Louder Than Bombs (Competition) - Review

Louder than bombs, dir. Joachim Trier, US/ Norway 2015 - Cannes 2015 Competition    By Martin I. Petrov   How easy it is to forget the past if you’re reminded of it on every single step you make to design the future? Joachim Trier’s third film Louder than bombs, loud in emotions and precise in its storytelling, explores the consequences of forgiveness, betrayal, love and death.  Teaming up again with Eskil Vogt (Oslo, August 31, Blind) on the script, Trier ...

"Stage 32" Takes The Stage At Next Pavilion

        Here at the Cannes FIlm Festival, there is always a widely attended activity going on over at the Next Pavilion in the international village. The other day, Stage 32, took the literal stage and presented their largest social media network and education hub for film, television, and theater. Established in 2011, the company already boasts over 400,000 members worldwide and is rapidly increased. It’s website features a robust amount of ways to connect with peo...

"Sicario" Delivers A Gripping Thriller

Anytime you have the prolific Roger Deakins on set and powerful performances on screen, it is hard not to have a good film. Dennis Villeneuve's new masterpiece Sicario is, however, better than good. This action packed gripping crime drama that features Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, and Benecio Del Toro is exceptional across the board and potentially has some oscar nominations coming its way. It is really no wonder why the film got a reportedly seven minute standing ovation at its premiere...

Pixar Outdoes Itself With Inside Out Premiere

Pixar Outdoes Itself With Inside Out Premiere On Monday, May 18th, Cannes Film Festival celebrated Animation Day to show off the talents and logistics of all things animation. The premiere movie at the Grand Lumiere Theatre was Inside Out, Disney-Pixar's new film about all of these emotions we have in our head like joy, anger, fear, sadness and disgust. It travels into the mind of a young girl named Riley, and portrays each emotion as their own person. Anger naturally shoots fire out...

The Under-appreciated Short Film Genre

  Can you name a single famous short film? If you can, it may take a while to get there. Short films have been and probably will always be unfortunately overshadowed by features but are a nice change of pace in the film industry. Here in Cannes, in the enormous market place lies a shorter queue of only about a dozen, waiting for their chance into the short film corner. Consisting of fifty separate computers and hundreds of titles, it is a quiet pleasant personal theatre to enjoy shorts f...

Teo Corban - Interview for One Floor Below

Teo Corban is a Romanian actor, working mostly in theatre and known for his appearances in Christian Mungiu’s 4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days and the recent Berlinale success Aferim! by Radu Jude. Corban plays Patrascu, the main character in Radu Muntean’s One Floor Below, in this year’s Un Certain Regard section. Patrascu lives a happy family life in contemporary Bucharest. His life is challenged when he witnesses a domestic quarrel that end with a murder.   Would you s...

Animation Day in Cannes

Today marked the festival's Animation Day that was filled with both big screen premieres in addition to smaller platform discussions about the current environment of this sector of the film industry. Over at HorYou village, winners from Montreal's Animaze animation film festival were presented along with their works. Anima Buenos Aires won best film with a beautiful piece of work that seemed like a seemless sketch all the way through.'s own Bruno Chatelin a...

Animation Takes Cannes

Animation Takes on Cannes Film Festival Today, filmgoers, writers, directors and producers alike gathered at the Horyou Village on the Croisette, to attend the Film Festival's Animation Day. There was a panel to discuss the ups and downs of the animation film industry, the passion it takes to create such work and tips all about the writing, up to the promotion.  Afterwards, a short question/comment section was held in which the panelists did their best to guide other filmmakers in t...

Cannes: SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York launches 3rd edition and opens Early Bird submissions during the Cannes Film

Cannes: SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York launches 3rd edition and opens Early Bird submissions during the Cannes Film Festival 2015! SR Socially Relevant (TM) Film Festival New York wrapped its 2nd annual edition after week-long screenings of 53 films from 33 countries and four industry panels in March. SR Film Festival honored Albert Maysles posthumously with the Lifetime of Inspiration Award while the festival’s special Justice and Peace Award went to Israeli Filmmaker Guy Da...

Cannes: SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York launches 3rd edition and opens Early Bird submissions during the Cannes Film Festival 2015!

Cannes: SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York launches 3rd edition and opens Early Bird submissions during the Cannes Film Festival 2015!

SR Socially Relevant (TM) Film Festival New York wrapped its 2nd annual edition after week-long screenings of 53 films from 33 countries and four industry panels in March. SR Film Festival honored Albert Maysles posthumously with the Lifetime of Inspiration Award while the festival’s special Justice and Peace Award went to Israeli Filmmaker Guy Davidi (Five Broken Cameras) for his film High Hopes featuring a soundtrack by Pink Floyd.

SR Socially Relevant (TM) Film Festival NY, now in its 3rd year, is a film festival that focuses on socially relevant human interest stories and raises awareness to social problems by offering positive solutions through the powerful medium of cinema. SR Socially Relevant (TM) Film Fest NY shines the spotlight on filmmakers who tell compelling, socially relevant narratives across a broad range of social issues without resorting to gratuitous violence and violent forms of movie making. The film categories include shorts, documentaries, narrative features as well as scripts in competition.

According to Festival Founding Artistic Director Nora Armani, “The festival is a movement for the promotion of socially relevant film content not just a week-long series of screenings. We strongly believe in the power of cinema for positive social change, and we work hard in rewarding filmmakers who chose to tell socially relevant stories.” In view of this the festival curates screenings throughout the year and secures an annual presence at the Cannes Marché Doc Corner with a selection of Docs from its slate.

After a successful and expanded 2nd edition in 2015 the SR team is now looking forward to organizing the 3rd edition that will take place in March 2016. In Cannes, the team is busy with meetings with potential sponsors, new partners, and is keen on inviting film offices of countries rich with Socially Relevant (TM) film content to become the focus of its 3rd edition. New submissions open Monday May 18. The discount code: CAN15 offers Early Bird entries a further discount.

For more information on the festival, the industry panels, how to be involved as a partner, sponsor, panelist, jury, and filmmaker, visit the festival’s website: or contact the festival team at:

Direct contact during Cannes or to set up an appointment call: +33 (0) 6 52 61 19 62


The festival team officially offered the Grand Prize trophy to winner of the festival’s Grand Prize in the Narrative Feature Category, The Challat of Tunis directed by Tunisian filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania during the Cannes Film Festival yesterday, May 17, at 4:00 pm at the Cinema du Monde stand where the director has a new film project in development. The Challat of Tunis won a week-long run at the Quad Cinema, newly owned by Cohen Media Group, in April.

The winners in the other categories:

Lighter than Orange, directed by German filmmaker Matthias Leupold won the Best Documentary Award of the festival as a DVD-VOD distribution deal offered by festival partner Cinema Libre Studio of Los Angeles.

The Documentary and Narrative shorts Mamma är Gud directed by Maria Bäck from Denmark and Zacharie Doesn’t Live Here Anymore directed by Alberto Segre from Spain and France, won digital distributions deal with festival partner IndiePix and scriptwriting software by Final Draft.

SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York also awarded its annual Vanya Exerjian Award – Empowering Women and Girls to E’ Stata Lei (It Was Her), directed by Francesca Archibugi, for her film treating the issue of violence against women. For the second year in a row, the Women Film Critics Circle (WFCC) presented an award to one of the films, and the winner this year was We Cannot Go There Now, My Dear directed by Carol Mansour.

The scriptwriting jury selected, Steppin’ Out by Steve Bensinger as winner. The award is a certificate from Final Draft and free inclusion in InkTip a website where producers look for their next projects.


Contact: or the festival at:

Contact during Cannes: +33 (0) 6 52 61 19 62

"Sea of Trees" Review: Why It Didn't Deserved To Be Booed

I have never been to a movie before that has been booed by more than a few people. Although, I was not at the press screening, it was reported that much of the audience received Gus Van Sant's new film "Sea of Trees" with much disappointment. The film stars oscar winner Matthew McConaughey as Arthur Brennan, who attempts to commit suicide in Japan's haunting forest.  Throughout the whole film, I thought to myself "why on earth would this get booed so drastically?&q...

The Lobster - Review

  By Martin I. Petrov ‘Put your headphones on and wait for my sign. We need to press play at the same moment to be synchronised and dance.’ Two loners, each holding their own music player surrender to the melancholic sound only they can hear among the trees in a silent forest. Only a split second is enough for one to venture into Yiorgos Lanthimos’ nostalgic ode to solitude.  The loners, this is how we call them. Ordinary singles, in the not so distant future, ar...


  #DIGITALCANNES   Today, tucked away in the beautiful Hotel Eden on Rue D'Antibe was a very informational panel on the importance of digital marketing and strategic planning for the film industry. Kicked off by a selection of short films ranging from 2 to 15 minutes selected by the panelists, the 3 hour event was filled with useful information, intruiging dialogue and enjoyable films.  Benedicte Beaugeois from Film Festival Life stated, “The opportunities of ...

Festival Attracts Big Names Off the Screen

The Film Festival is not all about the screenings and the stars, but also how the ambiance changes within the city of Cannes. The weather is warmer, the streets are more lively, and the events are bigger. With the festival in town, a new season starts for local clubs that open up such as the Gotha Club all the way down the croissette to Palm Beach. Exclusive and pricey, but it also boasts some of the biggest names in the biggest industry coming to their venue.  To kick off their festivit...

Fort Lauderdale IFF Party with A success story

Yesterday evening the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, in collboration with, threw an amazing party at the Long Beach Plage on the Croisette, celebrating its 30th anniversary!  ...

Radu Muntean: Interview for One Floor Below

Radu Muntean is a Romanian Filmmaker. His fifth feature film One Floor Below (Un Etaj Mai Jos) is at the Un Certain Regard section of the 68th Festival De Cannes.  Patrascu lives happy family life in contemporary Romania. After he witnesses domestic quarrel that ends up with a murder, Patrascu's world is challenged and he is called to discover a side of his character he never explored before.    Interview: Martin I. Petrov Photo credits: Chloé Vollmer-Lo   ...

The Lobster - Press Conference

by Martin I. Petrov Being among the films that got exceptional reception by press and industry professionals, The Lobster by Greek director Yiorgos Lanthimos premiered this morning and it was followed by an all star cast press conference, including Colin Farrel, Rachel Weizs and Lea Seydoux. Among the highlights of the conference was Lanthimos' will to return to his homecountry to do films, but as he explained - it is still extremely difficult. We asked him about the female empowerment in...

Tale of Tales - Review

Il Racconto dei Racconti / Tale of Tales, dir. Matteo Garrone, Italy, 2015 - 68e Festival De Cannes Competition  Martin I. Petrov     A composition of stories we’ve heard and fruitful thoughts of fairytale dreams - in the Tale of Tales, Matteo Garrone gets something new, something old and something borrowed in an attempt to create an adventurous epos.  The Italian director of Gomorrah and Reality returns to the Croisette, this year in Competition with Il Racconto...

Movie Star Karine Vanasse at Uranium Film Festival 2015

Rio de Janeiro/Quebec 14/05/2015 - The International Uranium Film Festival thanks Canadian movie star Karine Vanasse for her support and presence at the opening of the festival in Quebec City, April 2015.  "We are very honoured to have stars like Karine Vanasse or like the famous Indian actress Amala Akkineni from Hyderabad on our side", says the Festival´s executive director Marcia Gomes de Oliveira. The question of nuclear power is an important but also at the same time...

The Yellow Oscars of 2015 go to ..

Five Yellow Oscar Awards went to films from France, Spain, Ukraine, USA and Germany/Denmark Rio de Janeiro, 12/05/2015 - The International Uranium Film Festival was held this year for the first time in Quebec City and Montreal. During nine days, between April 15th to 24th, the festival screened more than 40 documentaries and movies about nuclear power: from uranium mining to nuclear power plants, atomic bombs and atomic waste. The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) was ...