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PORTLAND, OR—Portland Film Festival (September 1st – 7th, 2015) is excited to announce its Call for Entries in all categories including student, transmedia, web, short and feature length films.
The largest and most highly attended film festival in Oregon in 2013, PDXFF presented over 145 features/documentary films and short films to an audience of more than 525,000 (23k in person and over 500k online). The festival had over 300 volunteers, 236 visiting and local cast and crew fro...
New York's Beneath the Earth Film Festival is a year-long search for independent films that serves as a catalyst for outstanding projects to reach a global audience.
Four seasonal competitions are held throughout the year during which work of high production quality, clever writing and strong performances are offered the chance to be reviewed by authorities in the film world. The winners of each season then go on to compete for the culminating grand prize. All winners will receive recognition and exposure as well as a monetary prize.
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 in their life.
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 ...
Universal Film Festival 2014 KCTV 9-22-14 9 am.mp4
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...
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!
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: www.ratedsrfilms.org or contact the festival team at: email@example.com
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: www.ratedsrfilms.org or the festival at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact during Cannes: +33 (0) 6 52 61 19 62
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 World of Film Festival, formerly known as Commonwealth Film & Theatre Festival Glasgow is coming back for its second edition October 1-4 2015. In four days full of film screenings, theatre performances, live events, panel discussions and networking receptions WoFF will bring new, more vibrant and youthful vibe to the city’s emerging film and theatre scene.
WoFF will take place at the cinema of Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street).
This year, the festival comes with a new programme, transforming from a West End festival into a contemporary 4 day event that will gather audiences with various interests and tastes in film and theatre.
WoFF’s errand is to bring together audiences from Glasgow’s multi-stranded art scene, while at the same time engaging people with powerful background in film and theatre that will bring fresh ideas, filling the gaps in Glasgow’s film and theatre events’ agenda.
WoFF 2015 will include the following sections:
First Feature Competition: Will include successful submissions from first feature film directors.
The Female Perspective (In competition): Showcasing the work of female independent filmmakers.
Special Screenings (Out of Competition): A selection of films known from the festival circuit.
Best of MIAFF 2015: Animation programme including the Best of selection of the Montreal International Animation Film Festival (April 16 - 19 2015)
Commonwealth Film Student Competition: A focus on one country from within the commonwealth, which will showcase submissions from film students, currently enrolled in the major national film schools. Students can submit films as individuals or representing their school.
Additionally a Theatre Performance, staged and performed by recent graduates of the UoG’s Theatre Department, whose recent work has been selected for the upcoming FRINGE Festival.
The above will be surrounded by a masterclass from renowned filmmaker / actor or a personality with experience in working for the film industry. This event will be intensively promoted within the Glasgow’s film and theatre students’ communities who will be able to attend with special discounts.
Finally, workshops and panel discussions (e.g. on the emerging female filmmakers presence in the industry, as combined with the Female Perspective Section of the festival).
Awards & Prizes
* Best First Feature
* Best Film: The Female Perspective
* Commonwealth Film Student Award
The South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) (seefilmla.org) celebrated a milestone 10th anniversary year, culminating with a closing night gala event and awards presentation at The Mark in Beverly Hills, where the 2015 SEEfest Jury Awards were presented.
“I have watched the films with festival audiences for the second or third time, and it did not dim their beauty one bit,” said Vera Mijojlic, founder and director, SEEfest. “These films deserve to be seen beyond ...
The Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival is a celebration of films made by and for feminists, women-identified, genderqueer, people of color, and other under-represented groups. We are seeking short films from or featuring feminist-identified and women-identified filmmakers. Professionals, amateurs, students and community members locally, nationally and internationally are all welcome to submit. The film festival will be held Sunday, September 13, 2015 at Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
To be considered, films must:
Have been directed, written and/or produced by feminist or woman-identified person(s) or feature these people in the film
Be less than 20 minutes in length
Include trigger warnings when necessary
Fall in line with social justice advocacy
Working on a Sunday? yea, I am .. looking at the other film festivals, most many miles away and if they have been succesful in what they intended ... many seem not to update or maybe have not done much for this year?
Tough year for business.
Noted DCP formats required by some festivals.
Filmmakers, it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The Portland Film Festival is looking for some good films with compelling stories for submission. Do you have any suggestions? Please submit your narrative features, documentaries, shorts of all kinds, transmedia, web series, student films and more.
MovieMaker Magazine named our festival one of the “25 coolest film festivals in the world,” so get your submission in before time runs out. And we hope to see you in September. Portland is an amazing city during the summer—you’ll not want to miss what we’re planning this year.
The 2015 Portland Film Festival (September 1-7, 2015) is now accepting submissions online through:
There are rules and regulations to remember (no smoke signals, we need to see these films in person). For all the fine print, including awards eligibility—Golden Axe Award and many more—prizes (PDXFF offers over $25K in cash and prize awards), technical specs, full deadline schedule, festival history, and more, please visit the submission platforms listed above and read carefully.
Past attendees and alumni include Eli Roth, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Abby Elliott, Chris Williams, Chuck Palahniuk, Jason Mamoa, Doug Benson, Wendy Froud, Brian Froud, Toby Froud, Penny Lane, Chelsea Cain, Daniel Wilson, Chelsey Reist, Isaac Feder, James Franco, Lorenza Izzo, Matt Walsh, Susan Sarandon, Michael Tully, Ryan Murdock, Kelly Reichardt, Kris Kaczor, Bryan Storkel, Leah Warshawski, Daryl Hannah, Vivian Norris, Karney Hatch, Jon Matthews, Dana Nachman, Mitchell Jackson, John Jeffcoat, Shawn Telford, Leah Meyerhoff, Mark Raso, David Zellner, Bradley King and more.
Oh and did we mention that we are partnering with a local Forestry Club to bring axe throwing to our event lineup? Submit! Remember to tag any social media mentions with #pdxff15
K3 Film Festival takes place in Villach, Austria and is widely recognized for its courageous and thoughtful selection of films. The festival aims to promote the diversity of filmic languages ranging from short films, video art to feature films and documentaries. Deriving from “Kommerz, Kunst, Kino - commerce, art, cinema” K3 seeks to push the boundaries between genres striving for a multifaceted cinematic experience. Situated at the border of three countries (Austria, Italy, Slo...
The TranScreen Film Festival is a multi-day film festival with international films on themes of transgender and/or gender diversity. During TranScreen you can enjoy feature films and shorts, mainstream and experimental, professional and community films from different countries. TranScreen is the largest transgender film festival in Europe.
TranScreen is a cultural and informative film festival on the theme of transgender and gender diversity. The festival aims to show qualitative and challenging films from all over the world. The aim is to increase public awareness to provide the versatility of transgender and gender diverse people.
Simultaneously, TranScreen is an event in which (trans)gender diversity is the norm. A public space where everyone can be themselves in a secure environment. Regardless of gender orientation or sexual preference. A place to meet up and exchange international experiences in a relaxed and spontaneous way.
TranScreen has a clear social mission. Many ‘closet’ transgender people, or those that have left that noun behind long time ago and are no longer within the transgender community, come to TranScreen. Therefore, the festival offers a special meeting. This is an important asset, the impact should not be underestimated.
Early Bird Deadline •June 1, 2015
Standard Fee $15.00
Student Fee $10.00
Regular Deadline •September 1, 2015
Standard Fee $20.00
Student Fee $15.00
Late Deadline •September 26, 2015
Standard Fee $40.00
Student Fee $30.00
WAB Deadline •October 1, 2015
Standard Fee $50.00
Student Fee $40.00
Notification Date •October 3, 2015
Le MIAFF 2015 has an incredible poster for this year's edition. An artwork which combines old with new, the poster symbolises the continuous evolution in the world of animation. Our pencilman waters the animation flower with the latest tech microchip-pot.
Inspired and created by Tom Tassel, the poster will soon be all over Montreal, exceeding the expectation for the festival, set for April 16 - 19. Be Ani-mazed!
At this year’s 11th edition of the Glasgow Film Festival, the warmly embraced cultural event in Scotland introduces two new awards: Audience and Critic’s choice.
The first will be awarded to the film that receives the most positive votes from the audience with the usual procedure of voting after each screening as happens in many festivals worldwide.
The films competing for the audience award are:
The Wonders by Alice Rohrwacher, ...
The 15th annual NCFF kicks off September 10-13, 2015. Since 2001, NCFF has brought top independent film, music and comedy, along with attracting thousands of attendees, international filmmakers, and industry guests to the historic Gold Rush era town of Nevada City, California.
NCFF is often referred to as the “Sundance of the Sierra” for its emphasis on fiercely independent cinema that showcases innovative, progressive and exciting new voices in film. Independent films offer a necessary alternative to mainstream movies. Independent film focus on creative and inspiring storytelling rather than box office sales
and are driven by people with a pure artistic vision versus a film studio.
Independent film festivals can be a lot of fun, but they are also a living forum for new voices to be heard and new visions to be shared. NCFF brings together a likeminded community of film lovers and filmmakers where their voices and visions connect and resonate with welcoming and adventurous audiences.
NCFF is known for recognizing and supporting new talent including up and coming filmmakers such as Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia), Patrick Brice (CREEP, The Overnight), Academy Award-Winning director Lucy Walker (Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, The Crash Reel), Academy Award-nominee director and animator Daisy Jacobs (The Bigger Picture), director Kat Candler (Hellion), director Rick Alverson (Entertainment), animator and performance artist Miwa Matryek,
director David Zellner (Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter), animator Galen Pehrson, and directors Mark and Jay Duplass, among others.
In previous years NCFF has hosted filmmakers such as Mike Mills, Miranda July, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (Cartoon Networks Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!), and comedians including Nick Kroll (FX’s The League, and Comedy Central’s Nick Kroll Show), Natasha Leggero (Chelsea Lately), and Marc Maron (WTF Podcast). Past NCFF judges have included award-winning producers and directors, plus writers from The Huffington Post, New York Times, McSweeneys, San Francisco Chronicle, Rolling Stone Magazine, and Pop-Up Magazine.
Professional, student, and amateur filmmakers are invited to submit short and feature length films including documentaries, animation, narrative, and comedy. Last year, NCFF featured over 70 shorts and 10 feature lengths from across the globe.
Blue Blood (Sangue Azul), dir. Lirio Ferreira, 2014 Brazil - Berlinale Panorama
Vibrant images, breathtaking sea horizons, a passionate macho Latino and some romance in the background - is there anything else to ask for from Brazilian cinema?
Acclaimed director Lirio Ferreira presents a story for contemporary filmgoers, keeping it at heart a traditional old-style Brazilian romanzo. Pedro, a handsome young circus performer, returns to his home town ...
Il San Germano Film Festival nasce nel 2011 a San Germano Vercellese, un piccolo comune della provincia di Vercelli, come rassegna cinematografica di cortometraggi.
Dopo una prima rassegna sperimentale, nella quale sono state proiettate le sole opere di autori locali, il festival si è trasformato in un vero e proprio concorso internazionale portando in gara cortometraggi provenienti sia da tutta Italia che dall’estero, vantando proiezioni di opere premiate alla Mostra del Cinema di Venezia, al David di Donatello e a numerosi concorsi internazionali.
Ogni edizione del San Germano Film Festilval è inoltre caratterizzata dall'omaggio a personaggi di rilievo nel mondo del cinema, ospitando esperti del settore e organizzando interventi di approfondimento sulle opere di grandi registi e attori.
The San Germano Film Festival was founded in 2011 in San Germano Vercellese as a review of short films and documentaries.
After a first experimental survey, in which were projected works made by local authors, the festival has become a real international competition with short films coming both from Italy and all the world, also claiming the projection of some works rewarded at the Venice Film Festival, at the David di Donatello and several international competitions.
Each edition of the San Germano Film Festilval is also characterized by a tribute to prominent figures in the world of movies, welcoming experts and organizing interventions about the works of great directors and actors.
The 2015 COMMFFEST (Community Film Festival) celebrates its 10th anniversary from September 23 to 30, screening in movie theatres and exhibition spaces, presented yearly by a group of dedicated volunteers. COMMFFEST a non-profit charitable corporation makes its home in one of Toronto’s most fast growing, economically diverse neighbourhood, Old Town Toronto, where many languages are spoken and where memorable films like Robcob; Cinderella Man, Chicago, X-Men, The Hurricane, and Against the Ropes were created.
We are pleased to announce that the Sunderland Shorts Film Festival will open for submissions on Monday 2nd February 2015.
Full details and submissions guidelines to follow.