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Baher, a short film by Hassan Akhondpour

  A stylish fairytale, Baher (Her mind) is an extravagant interpretation of how far human mind can go when logic departs and the heart takes the lead.    Iranian director Hassan Akhondpour creates a 25 minute eerie, yet sophisticated journey through a female mind, delving into his character’s deepest desires and emotions. Obsessed with the idea that her husband is seeing another woman, the character gradually enters a world of emotional paranoia where the lines between ...

The Awards of the 69th Festival De Cannes

The Jury of the 69th Festival de Cannes, presided by George Miller, has revealed the names of the 2016 prize-winners during the Awards Ceremony. Laurent Lafitte welcomed the prize-givers and winners onto the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière, to the sound of music playing. The American actor, Mel Gibson, had the honour of awarding the Palme d’or to the best of the 21 films in Competition. The French actor, Jean-Pierre Léaud, received...

Animation Day in Cannes: Wrap-up

  The second Animation Day in Cannes took place on May 18th at the Salon La Renaissance, the Palais des Festivals and the UAE pavilion at the Marche du film, putting for a second year animation on the map of Cannes screenings and events and generating audiences from the animation industry and beyond, along with animation cinephiles and festival professionals.    The two panel discussions, one on Virtual Reality and the impact that it has in the animation world of filmmaking a...

Alain Guiraudie talks about Staying Vertical (Interview)

For the first time in Competition, Alain Guiraudie comes back to Cannes with Staying Vertical (Rester Vertical), an exploration of contemporary relationships in the jungle of the modern world that are tangled with symbols connected to tradition, religion and of course a serious dose of romantic and simultaneously raw eroticism.   Rester Vertical - Alain Guiraudie / Cannes Competition 2016    Your previous film Stranger by the lake was much more intimate and personal whereas h...

European Film Forum creates buzz with public conference and showcases

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Financing films in the European Union is more of a complicated issue than ever.  The European Film Forum recognizes this and is hosting meetings in Cannes with professionals.  The goal is to exchange views and debate with professionals and stakeholders for inspiration.   The main public conference on Monday May 16th was a huge success and covered many topics under financing European works in the digital age.  Dimitri Rassam, a French film producer, spoke with the p...

Carrie Fisher and (Dog) Gary present Bright Lights in Cannes

In advance of the premiere of Bright Lights, a documentary with unseen before archive footage focusing on her life and relationship with her mother Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher came by the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Market to talk about Women in the film industry, Hollywood, Star Wars and many more.  Sitting side by side with her dog Gary that stole all the attention from the press, Carrie threw in some humorous answers to hot topics about her career and her relationship with...

Champagne Reception at Russian Pavilion

To celebrate the russian presence in Cannes this year, the country's representatives organised a succesful champagne reception at the Film Market gathering media and market professionals to speak about Russian cinema and its new horisons. One of the biggest moments for Russian cinema this year in Cannes is the film "Uchenik (Student)" by Kirill Serebrennikov, part of this year's Un Certain Regard official selection.  Here are some photos from the event yesterday afternoon...

Friday May 13: Cannes Film Festival Screening Schedule

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CO : Official Competition • HC : Out of Competition • CC : Cannes Classics • CR : Un Certain Regard • BLUE TITLE : Film screened for the first time at a market QR : Directors Fortnight • SC : Semaine de la critique • press : Press allowed • invite only : By invitation only • priority only : Priority badges only Cannes Film Festival Screening Schedule THURSDAY 12 LUMIÈRE 08:30 (...

Bilal: Animation Feature from the UAE at Cannes 2016 (Review)

  A seemingly conventional story for the eternal battle between good and bad transforms an ancient myth into an epic animation that can move both younger and older audiences.    Bilal is the story of a young slave who becomes the symbol of equality and freedom for his people, by turning against the tyrannic ruling of the wealthy and powerful and adopting a new faith. Originally inspired by one of the most widely known myths in Islam culture, this animation feature makes an at...

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES Submissions for Films and Script Entries for SRFF2017 is now open!

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The SR - Socially Relevant Film Festival New York launches its 4th annual edition with an open for call for entries May 11. Following the hugely successful three past annual editions with a combines 157 films screened from 35 countries, the fourth edition is scheduled to take place March 13-19, 2017 at the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas and The School of Visual Arts Social Documentary Film Campus in New York City, with additional parallel venues for special events. Founded by Actor Filmmak...

2016 CALL FOR ENTRIES

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  SUBMIT YOUR FILM TO THE 2016 KAFFNY "THIRD CULTURE" FILM FESTIVAL KAFFNY is now accepting submissions for its 10th Anniversary film festival, taking place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, October 13-22, 2016. Submissions will be accepted until May 15th via: FilmFreeway - https://filmfreeway.com/festival/kaffny Withoutabox - www.withoutabox.com/login/7271. KAFFNY invites filmmakers of all backgrounds to submit for consideration their completed lon...

"Through the Pane" selected to DocuTIFF!

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"Through the Pane" has been selected to Tirana International Film Festival's DocuTIFF in Tirana, Albania for June 1-8, 2016. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on the memoir chapter by her father, Donald G. Westlake, about his cosmic perspective when faced with the death of his wife of 62 years. The film has an original score by Gregory Johnson of Acoustic Labs, who just came off collaboration on the music for the Tom Hanks'-starrer "A Hologram for the...

"Through the Pane" selected to Shorts@Fringe in the Azores!

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"Through the Pane" has been selected to Shorts@Fringe in the 2016 Azores Fringe Festival for June 1-30, 2016. Helmed by Dawn Westlake, the film is based on a memoir chapter written by her father, Donald G. Westlake, about the acceptance of his wife's death four years ago. The film was shot/edited by Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. "Through the Pane" was scored by Acoustic Labs' Gregory Johnson (whose music can be heard on the soundtrack for Tom Tykwer'...

Seeking Volunteers and Interns for the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival June 1-9, 2016

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VOLUNTEERS Volunteers are undoubtedly the foundation of the LA Film Festival. With over 200 screenings and events held over 9 days, the Festival would not be able to function without Volunteers holding a variety of pivotal roles. Not only do Volunteers work behind the scenes, they are also at the forefront of the Festival, ensuring that our filmmakers and guests have a truly enjoyable experience. Whether it’s working in theater operations, answering ticketing questions or setting up Q&am...

Australian film Goldstone to open Sydney FF

The 63rd Sydney Film Festival today announced the World Premiere of Goldstone, a stylish and intelligent outback noir from acclaimed Indigenous writer/director Ivan Sen, as the Opening Night Film, screening at the State Theatre at 7.30pm on Wednesday 8 June.  Sydney Film Festival’s Opening Night is proudly presented by Lexus Australia.  Goldstone is the fourth feature by award-winning filmmaker Sen and stars Aaron Pederson who reprises his role o...

70th Edinburgh FF to close with Whisky Galore!

Edinburgh International Film Festival is delighted to announce that the much anticipated remake of the iconic Scottish comedy Whisky Galore! will close the 70th edition of the festival on Sunday 26th June 2016. Inspired by Sir Compton Mackenzie’s 1947 novel, Whisky Galore! is written by award-winning screenwriter Peter McDougall and based on the true story of a shipwreck off the coast of Eriskay of a ship sailing for America with a cargo of export-only alco...

Panels and workshops at 49th WorldFest Houston

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MASTER CLASSES SEMINAR SCHEDULE Come and see what the heart of the film industry is all about with this set of innovative and exciting topics such as Casting for Indie Films, SAG/AFTRA, noted Film Critic Nick Nicholson’s take the world of film, Drones for Indie Filmmaking, All about DCP, NASA insiders tips for amazing footage for filmmakers, to our traditional Indie Directors’ Forum, Scriptwriters Hollywood Protocol plus much more. WHEN: April 14th, 15th, 16th at 10AM...

goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Films

From the 20 to 26 April the 16th edition of goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film provides an exciting insight into the Eastern genre cinema and shows as usual a wide range of the best current film productions of this area. In view of the current political climate in Europe, the goEast Film Festival hosted by Deutsches Filminstitut focuses once again on cultural cooperation and intensifies in this regard its efforts in the field of human-rights filmmaking. Through its p...

"Through the Pane" to have Asian Premiere in Beijing!

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"Through the Pane" will have its Asian premiere in the documentary section of the Beijing International Film Festival in Beijing, China April 16-23, 2016. The film is based on the memoir chapter written by director Dawn Westlake's father about the acceptance of his wife's death. Donald and Helen Gum Westlake were happily married for 62 years. "Through the Pane" won the Best International Director prize for Westlake in February at the film's premiere in the 38th an...

Cannes to open with Woody Allen's Café Society

  The 69th Festival International du Film de Cannes will launch with a screening of Woody Allen’s new film, Café Society, on Wednesday 11 May in the Palais des Festivals’s Grand Théâtre Lumière as an Official Selection Out of Competition title. It’s a record-breaking coup for the New York director who has already opened the Festival twice, in 2002 with Hollywood Ending, and again in 2011 with Midnight in Paris.   The...

X SHORTini Film Festival 2016

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  RULES  Each author can take part at the festival with maximum two films for each competition.  Both for  NATIONAL COMPETITION, INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION and for ANIMATION COMPETITION:  are accepted every kind and format of short film.  Each author can take part at the festival with film made after the 1° january 2013.  The film can’t be no longer than 35 minutes with  headlines and credits.  Italians short film can compete...

Video of Berlinale 2016 Look inside the EFM, Spot the winners

The Berlin film festival is the first major European film festival  kicking off the new year on the festival circuit. Always bustling with new talents and films Berlinale also hosts The European Film Market. Berlin is an exciting must go to film event where distributors, sale agents, educators and creatives gather for deals and new ideas. We hope to see you there next year! Get in touch with filmfestivals.com we'd love to meet you...and thank you for watching! -  Watch this late...

United States of Love: Press Conference Highlights

by Martin I. Petrov  United States of Love is Tomasz Wasilewski's third feature film, premiering today at the Berlinale Competition. It tells the story of four women in post-communist Poland in early 1990. A dark and simultaneously humorous insight in the lives of female figures and their fights for love.  At the press conference, held early this morning, Wasilewski and the cast presented the film at the last day of competition screenings at the Berlinale.  Julia Kijows...

Maggie's Plan: Press Conference

  by Martin I. Petrov    Maggie’s Plan, Rebecca Miller’s new dramatic comedy starring Julianne Moore, Greta Gerwig and Ethan Hawke received its European premiere at the 66th Berlinale Panorama section yesterday evening at the Friedrichstadt Palast Theatre.    The film is a contemporary story, following young Maggie who leaves and works in NYC. She is convinced that at the approach of her thirties, she wants to have a child and is seeking a sperm donor....
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