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Portland Film Festival Now Accepting Submissions for 2015

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...

Beneath the Earth Film Festival

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.

Edinburgh FF 2015: Awards

The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film was awarded to Andrew Haigh’s 45 YEARS which received its UK Premiere at the Festival. His beautiful portrait of a fractured relationship wins one of the longest-running film awards in the UK, honouring imagination and creativity in British filmmaking. The Award was presented by actor Jane Seymour. The winner was chosen by the Michael Powell Jury, chaired by LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan with actor/director Karen...

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 ...

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...

Edinburgh Film Festival 2015: Juries and Guests

Guests from around the world will be attending the 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), ranging from internationally acclaimed directors and producers through to some of film’s most recognisable actors. The Festival’s main Juries will judge five award categories: The Michael Powell Award for Best British Film Best Performance in a British Feature Best International Feature Best Documentary Best Short Film Read more about our awards and the 2015 nominees....

Melissa Leo returns to FEST for Masterclass in Acting

  Only a few weeks away from FEST – Training Ground, FEST announced the return of one of the festival's all time star speakers: Academy Award Winning Actress MELISSA LEO! Melissa Leo is one of the most in demand actresses in the world right now, Winner of an Oscar for her performance on The Fighter Melissa is surely one of the great actresses of our time, and is step by step also becoming one of the most awarded actresses in activity. Melissa Leo starred as the mother of boxe...

Eastleigh Film Festival 2015

Eastleigh Film Festival is committed to supporting filmmaking by creating opportunities for the screening and production of inspirational and innovative new work.

We are now open for submissions for short films. See here for complete information: http://eastleighfilmfestival.com/short-film-competition

The winner will have their film screened at a special event during the Festival and receive 1:1 mentoring from Creative England to develop their practice.

Submissions are invited for short films of any genre, production style or technique including animation, documentary, experimental and non-narrative film. Films must be no more than 6 minutes long (including credits) and produced after 1st January 2014. 

WoFF 2015 Student Competition: Focus on India

    WoFF: World of Film International Festival Glasgow is setting the scope of its first Commonwealth Student Competition on India.    The Festival’s spirit to promote independent filmmaking and emerging cinemas from around the world, in conjunction with the Student Competition’s focus on the Commonwealth countries, puts Indian cinema in the spotlight for the 2015 edition of the festival.    “India’s film culture is one of the oldest ...

Trailers

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  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vttrab-mh3k   Trailers will be posted to our social media websites, for audience opinions and likes. Would you like to see this film screened at our festival? http://dyingtoknowmovie.com/trailer Find us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. www.universalfilmfestival.com         ...

Universal Film Festival Mission

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The mission of the Universal Film Festival is to create and provide a credible and accessible venue for aspiring and talented filmmakers. The Universal Film Festival offers a medium in which Independent Filmmakers may showcase their works nationally and internationally. www.universalfilmfestival.com ...

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: http://www.film...

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 ...

KCTV5 Interview 2014

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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...

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

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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: www.ratedsrfilms.org or contact the festival team at: ratedsrfilmfest@gmail.com

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

BREAKING News!

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: ratedsrfilmfest@gmail.com

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

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   ...

WoFF: World of Film International Festival Glasgow

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

 

South East European Film Festival Closes on a High Note with Presentation of 2015 Jury Awards

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

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

Antelope Valley Film Festival, research mode

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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. ...

Portland Film Festival

Portland Film Festival

 

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

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