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PhotoPlus Expo 2014 Nikon Panel Coverage

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By Maria Esteves – November 28, 2014 The 31st Annual 2014 PhotoPlus International Conference and Expo (PPE 2014) NIKON Panel Discussion with award-winning documentary photographer/author Steve Simon, The Passionate Photographer, photographer/filmmaker Lucas Gilman and photographer/director Dixie Dixon commenced Thursday, October 30, 2014, 3:45 PM at Javits Convention Center, New York. Presented by PDNedu and Nikon, this exclusive event with NIKON Ambassadors Dixon, Gilman and Simon discus...

Black & White - International Audiovisual Festival

In May Porto opens its doors to the monochromatic aesthetics. The Black & White - International Audiovisual Festival, which receives video, audio and photographs in black and white, will take into competition works from all over the world.
With unique worldwide characteristics this initiative grew from the need to answer to the audience's growing sensitivity to black & white specificity, leaving behind the prejudice that relates this aesthetics with works of early cinema.
But the festival shows more than videos and photos in two colours, it also encourages the creation of sound environments referring to the black and white.
Over four days, several activities related to the audiovisual world will be carried out in addition to the competitions: artist talks, screenings and extensions from other international festivals. The nights will also be exciting with a broad cultural program.

PetDance Film Festival Call for Submissions

Whether you've been making films for years or have just gotten started, we invite you to submit your animal-themed films of 10 minutes or less that have been created in the last two years and fall into one of these four categories: Educational (Documentary) Funny (Comedy) Dramatic (Drama) Youth Produced (exacty that:17 years old and younger)   Three films in each category will be chosen as winners by a panel of animal- and film-loving judges. &...

PetDance Film Festival

PetDance is a one-day short film festival in Salt Lake City, Utah, dedicated to all things animal.

Submission deadlines:

   Early bird ($25/submission): Nov. 30
   Regular ($35/submission): Dec. 31.

Accepting online submissions at https://filmfreeway.com/festival/PetDanceFilmFestival

With categories ranging from educational to dramatic, these animal-centric films will touch on the different ways our lives intersect with animals and the joys they bring to our lives.  All species invited!

Coinciding with the Sundance Film Festival in neighboring Park City, the first annual PetDance will take place January 24, 2015. Prizes will be awarded to the top three films in each category: Educational, Dramatic, Funny, and Youth-Produced.  

Proceeds for the festival go to the world-renown Best Friends Animal Society to help companion animals find forever homes.

Cortos Verdes interviews Dawn Westlake

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Dawn Westlake was recently interviewed by Cortos Verdes Internacional, an online cinema magazine out of Mexico. To read the full interview (in Spanish) click here: http://cortosverdes.blogspot.mx/2014/11/dawn-westlake-directora-productora.html   ...

Real Film Festival

The Real Film Festival is a three-day community, arts and Industry event showcasing documentaries, independent short and feature films based on true stories. The Program comprises of film screenings, Industry workshops, panel discussions, networking events and film competitions for filmmakers of all ages and experience. Festival Program The Festival will be held in Newcastle, NSW from November 7-9, 2014 across a number of venues within the CBD, including Tower Cinemas, Newcastle Museum, The Lock-Up, Newcastle Film & Media School, The Production Hub, Limelight Studios & Civic Park. The Festival Program includes a variety of entertainment including the Opening Night Gala held at Tower Cinemas with a party to follow at one of Newcastle's unique venues, The Lock-Up. The Festival will also deliver an Open Air Cinema in Civic Park, film screenings at Tower Cinema and short film screenings at Newcastle Museum and a variety of other locations as well as a number of networking events. The festival will also screen a series of short films throughout the weekend as part of the City Evolutions projections program. The educational component of the Real Film Festival will see innovative Film Industry development workshops and talks held at the Lock-Up and other locations across the weekend. On Friday 7 November we will be holding 8 Industry Development workshops aimed at emerging film makers followed up on the Saturday with 2 further industry workshops, talks and industry panel discussion. Through networking events the Festival will continue to connect inbound and local filmmakers with the established arts community and businesses based in the region. Website www.realfilmfestival.com.au

Clean Shorts Film Festival

Clean Shorts Film Festival is an excellent opportunity for independent filmmakers to screen their films to a welcoming audience in a hospitable environment on the campus of Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center, nestled in the wooded rural area of Choctaw, Oklahoma.

Clean Shorts is established for filmmakers who are open to producing films that are appropriate for a wide array of audiences, and rewards those whose creativity excels in various categories.

Clean Shorts thrives to create a climate that nurtures filmmaker networking and camaraderie with the added excitement of competition. Our goal is to stimulate the passion of veteran and aspiring filmmakers bringing them together to expand the growth of the independent film industry.

The inaugural Clean Shorts Film Festival will take place April 3-4, 2015, in the beautiful Seminar Center of Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center in Choctaw, Oklahoma.

Of course short films are our specialty, but on Opening Night, we will screen one very special feature film (TBA soon!), including a filmmaker panel featuring cast & crew!

The Closing Night Festivities will conclude with an Awards Presentation, in which top films will receive accolades in several categories, including Student Films and Music Videos.

Don’t miss what is sure to be one of the coolest, filmmaker-oriented festivals on the circuit!

Early Bird Deadline: October 31, 2014

Entry Fee: $10

Submit Now!

 

 

 

Imphal International Short Film Festival

This marks the 3rd year for the Imphal International Short Film Festival. IISFF has continued to grow every year. Submissions end November 30,2014, submit through online or through the festivals website, imphalfest.blogspot.in. We are open to all genres and do not judge on content, only quality. IISFF  is entry free and supports every filmmakers around the world. With 23 award categories, IISFF is the giggest short film festival in Northeast India.  
 
We are screening more than 100 International Films and another 50 Indian films in our Third edition of the festival.
 
 
 
 

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Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA)

SIMA's global documentary competition and traveling series honors eye-opening impact films from around the world that inspire activism, compassion and social transformation. http://simaawards.org/

SIMA 2015 Call For Entries!

FILMMAKERS & CHANGEMAKERS submit your films to the 3rd annual Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) SIMA's global documentary competition and traveling series honors eye-opening impact films from around the world that inspire activism, compassion and social transformation.  ENTRY CATEGORIES International DOCUMENTARY FEATURES and SHORTS that provide deeper insight into the realities of global development, global activism, and the human conditi...

Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA)

SIMA (Social Impact Media Awards) is an annual global documentary competition, traveling series and collection, catalyzing creative works of visual storytelling that inspire activism, compassion and social transformation. 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 

SIMA 2015 is OPEN FOR ENTRIES: Sep 8 - October 27, 2014

Filmmakers & Changmakers submit your films to the 3rd annual Social Impact Media Awards. FINALISTS receive entry in the SIMA Collection and Traveling Series | WINNERS receive prizes worth $500 - $1000. The SIMA 2015 WINNERS SCREENING takes place in Los Angeles in March 2015.

SUBMIT HERE: http://simaawards.org/submit/

AWARDS

Main Category Awards DOCUMENTARY FEATURE & SHORT:

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM

BEST DIRECTOR

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

BEST EDITING

BEST SOUND EDITING

Jury PRIZES for DOCUMENTARY FILMS

TRANSPARENCY

STYLISTIC ACHIEVEMENT

LENS TO ACTION

ETHOS

Jury PRIZES for IMPACT VIDEOS

INNOVATION

IMPACT

 

ELIGIBILITY

Films must be completed between Jan 2013 and October 2014 to be eligible for entry. Each title is permitted to enter once to the SIMA Awards. Titles that have entered in the past are not permitted to enter into the competition in subsequent years. Each entry may be submitted by only one individual or organization. If the film is a co-production, the entrant assumes full responsibility for notifying the other co-production partners of the entry. In the event of multiple entries for the same film, copyright ownership will determine which entry is accepted. The entrant is responsible for securing and clearing all rights.

FORMATS

Pre-selection: Digital Video File w/password 

Exhibition: Digital Download, DVD (PAL/NTSC), Blu-ray

DEADLINES & FEES

Early Bird - (September 8th – September 25th) Doc Features: $ 20 | Doc Shorts: $15

Regular - (September 26h – October 9th) Doc Features: $ 25 | Doc Shorts: $20

Late - (October 10th - October 27th) Doc Features: $ 30 | Doc Shorts: $25  

 

SUBMIT HERE: http://simaawards.org/submit/

30th DOK.fest Munich - Call for Entries

Call for Entries – 30th Edition DOK.fest Munich   DOK.fest Munich is one of the largest Festivals in Europe for Documentary Films. With almost 27.000 guests in 2014 DOK.fest was able to celebrate a new audience record.   The Festival’s program is internationally planned, with three relevant competition lines, Special Events and eight awards, which rank from 2.500 to 10.000 Euro.   We kindly invite you to submit your current productions for the 30th DOK.fest Mun...

Montreal World Film Festival 2014 Movie Reviews: NO LAND'S SONG - audience award for best documentary

Every year FFM offers a few interesting feature documentaries, and once again, the most precious one was made by an Iranian author living abroad - Ayat Najafi’s No Land’s Song (German-French co-production). Arguably winning the audience award for best documentary, Najafi succeeded in his first feature to overcome all difficulties that a documentary filmmaker can encounter – telling a story in a compelling way engaging the audience as if it was a fiction movie, yet showing the f...

Zero Plus International Children's and Youth Film Festival

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Promoting and giving incentives to talented directors, debutant directors and authors of scripts, the works of which contribute to development of audiovisual culture and to formation of positive thinking of children and adults, maintain the best traditions of the children’s and youth film and facilitate development of the world cinematography.

Tasks of the Festival
• Formation of high-quality audiovisual content, oriented to personal development of children and youth.
• Creation of conditions for development of children’s and youth cinema.
• Support for young talented cinematographers: promotion, popularization and realization of feature and short films. 
• Creation of a professional interactive environment of directors, scriptwriters as well as debutants and producers in cinematography and television, facilitating development of positive films and programmes.
• Development of film education in Tyumen region and Russia through organization of schools of cinematography, seminars and workshops, through carrying out theme-based screenings. 

SPECIAL PROGRAM "THE MAN OF LABOUR"
Aims and Tasks
- Bringing to light the value of labour, of one's personality and talent.
- Raising the significance of labour achievements in the contemporary society and showing the contribution of professionals, masters to the development of the country.
- Representing the panoram of existing in the Russian society professions, that can evoke young people's interest, expand their worldview, and help them make a choise of the future profession.
- Awarding film-makers who create films about people's working days.

Parts of the special program:
- «Professions Fair» - competitions of fiction and documentary films about various professions.
- «Energy Resource» - out-of-competition program of 2014 that presents fiction and documentary films, TV series, created by film-makers in the last decade, about power engineers, scientists, and other specialists relating to the sphere of energy development.

Project Native Environmental Film Festival

  1. Project Native seeks submissions for the 5th Annual Environmental Film Festival. For the past four years Project Native has hosted a successful environmental film festival in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Our environmental film festival showcases documentaries selected for their artistry and illumination of global issues and actions that impact our future. Each year we select a variety of films that are both educational and entertaining to give people a feeling that environmental solutions are within our grasp and do-­‐able.

    Films are selected for their support of the mission of Project Native to encourage the stewardship of the planet while serving to educate, inspire, enrage and engage viewers. In addition, we seek to show films that have not been widely distributed in the area.

  2. The festival is unique in that it is the only film festival presented free of charge to the community. By making it a free event, we hope to share information about current environmental issue to everyone in our community.

POOP ON POVERTY

Director: Vijay S. Jodha.

Set on the edge of the Thar desert and in the middle of world’s biggest camel fair, this film looks at the underbelly of one of the most visited and photographed tourist destinations in the world. The film highlight a challenge faced by 2.5 billion people on our planet everyday – access to cooking fuel. 

LAST CALL FOR ENTRIES | TORONTO INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

Toronto stands as the largest media market in Canada, it boasts the world-renowned Royal Ontario Museum, the massive Art Gallery of Ontario, the Soulpepper Theatre Company, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and now a premiere international short film festival. The inaugural Toronto International Short Film Festival is going to be held at the Carlton Cinema Theatres in downtown Toronto.   Toronto Shorts Fest provides a showcase for the best short-form cinema and its creat...

The TASTE AWARDS

The TASTE AWARDS are the premier awards celebrating the year's best in Food, Fashion, and Lifestyle programs on Television, in Film, Online, and on Radio.

The Awards have included appearances by stars, celebrities, producers and executives from networks and platforms such as the Food Network, the Style Network, Bravo, the Cooking Channel, TLC, Discovery, Lifetime, E! Entertainment Television, PBS, NBC, ABC, the CW, HGTV, the Travel Channel, HD Net, Hulu, YouTube, Sony Pictures, DreamWorks Animation, and more.

 

 

AAIFF 2014 Fred Ho’s Last Year Premiere Q&A Session

By Maria Esteves – August 13, 2014 Steven De Castro directorial debut documentary FRED HO’S LAST YEAR premiered during the 37th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF14) at the City Cinema Village East, New York, Saturday, August 2, 2014. A special live sax performance with Fred Ho's protégé musician and cast member Ben Barson, on Ho's saxophone preceded the Q&A session with director De Castro. Questions posed by the audience to De...

"Web Junkie" Gets a Fix on Internet Addiction

  A Chinese teen broods behind a barred window in a somber institution. Plainly there's something awry. "I'm in a lot of pain," the boy sobs from his dark bunk bed. What did you do?" he's asked. "I used the internet," goes his zombied response. Xi Wang wasn't expecting a three-month lockdown in military barracks: his father had tricked him into thinking the 16-year-old insomniac had a doctor's appointment. We learn that Wang, or "...

Green Fest 2014 Opened Call For Entries

Short and Amateur Film authors filming in the field of environment can submit  their films for consideration for screening on the 5th Belgrade's  International Green Culture Festival "GREEN FEST" up to September 26th 2014. This year's festival will be held under the slogan "Smart Cities" in October 29th to 31st 2014, in cooperation with Dom omladine Belgrade and with help of City of Belgrade - Environment Protection Secretariat and company Lenovo - tod...

CALL FOR ENTRIES OPENED FOR 17TH ONE WORLD

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The 17th edition of the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival will take place March 2 - 11, 2015 in Prague followed by festivals in the regions of the Czech Republic. To submit a film, please complete the Film Submission Form. For more information about the submission process please read the Festival Rules and Regulations. Feature or mid-length documentaries (minimum length is 40 minutes) and short films for children (short documentaries or animated films for the...

Cucalorus Film Festival

The 20th annual Cucalorus Film Festival takes place November 12-16, 2014 in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. The non-competitive festival showcases more than 200 films from all over the world and attracts an accumulated audience of 14,800 cultural travelers who come to celebrate the art-form and connect with peers. The festival's spirited celebration has been recognized as a breeding ground for young artists, new ideas and lifelong friendships. Festival programs focus on dance, music videos, emerging artists, social justice, works-in-progress, and international cinema. Cucalorus creates an opportunity for intimate engagement between audience and artist through the festival’s retreat-like atmosphere, resulting in friendships that extend far beyond the festival’s 5-day celebration.

Call for entry (short and feature films) - 16th edition

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The 16th Edition of the Festival International du Film d'Aubagne will take place from 16 to 21 March 2015. Our Festival has 2 main axes : the young creation and the relation between music and image.  The Calls of Entries for the 2015 OFFICIAL COMPETITIONS are opened : FEATURE FILM OFFICIAL COMPETITION Opened to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd feature having a music score and completed after September 2013 Download the rules and the registration form ...
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