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FilmMakers Global Movie Trailer Festival calling

  SUBMIT YOUR TRAILER, TEASER OR PRESENTATION! Regular Deadline: April 30th, 2016 Click to Submit: http://filmmakers.com/festival/trailer/entry.htm     ...

Not Your Skin Trans Documentary Is Brym's New Film Project

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Brym's new documentary takes on a touchy subject We are all by now somewhat familiar with some of the more visible transgender personalities in our society. Who are they really and what does it mean to be transgender? Since her first feature film Butterflies (2009), director Ester Brym have not stopped and this will be her 4th documentary film. She is currently in production and raising money to finish the project by the end of this year. The film follows ordinary men and women wh...

BIFED 2016

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  BIFED 2016 Open for Submissions Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary The deadline for applications is 15 May 2016   The world is changing continuously, and while we witness growing problems there are also hopeful developments. BIFED a platform organized to nurture the hope is preparing for its third year.   Countdown has begun for Turkey&...

Film Review: Love Thy Nature

By Maria Esteves   LOVE THY NATURE is a compelling documentary about the need for humans to reconnect and rely on nature for Earth’s survival. Narrated by Liam Neeson, the film closely examines the interconnection and interdependence of creation in its awe and splendor beauty, the current global environmental crisis, and the industrial and biological revolution. This documentary winner of 25 awards at film festival circuit included provocative interviews with Da...

"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...

"Weiner" Exposes Fallen Politico Anthony Weiner at New Directors/New Films

Narcissim? Masochism? Dreams of redemption?  Whatever may have motivated fallen congressman Anthony Weiner to let filmmakers Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg make a documentary about his 2013 run for mayor of New York City, it’s hard not to ponder this mystery while watching Weiner. So when Kriegman asks his subject, "Why have you let me film this?" he also speaks for the head-scratching viewer. The question comes up the day after the Democratic mayoral primary, whi...

"Through the Pane" accepted to Asterfest in Macedonia!

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Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. is happy to announce the acceptance of "Through the Pane" to the 12th annual Asterfest in Strumica, Macedonia for May 27-31, 2016. The film is based on a personal memoir written by director Dawn Westlake's father. It was shot and edited in Wheaton, IL, USA by Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. A score was provided by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. For more info on the festival: http://www.asterfest.mk/ For more info on "Through the Pane&qu...

20th Jihlava IDFF - entry form for documentary films and experimental documentaries now open

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Submit your documentary films and experimental documentaries to the 20th Jihlava IDFF, a celebration of creative documentary cinema. We do not follow a traditional festival model nor do we adopt a routine, pragmatic approach to programme selection. Jihlava pays tribute to courage and risk-taking. The Jihlava IDFF is the largest event of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. 5 days, 7 competition sections, 60 world premieres, 250 films in the programme and 38,000 visitors attending.  ...

LAMPEDUSA

Director: Peter Schreiner.

A woman, a man. The island of Lampedusa, where their escape routes intersect. Zakaria, in his late twenties, from Somalia, who has risked his life coming to the island on a small boat when fleeing civil war in his country. Giulia, in her mid-fifties, a tourist from Northern Italy, on the run from deep personal crises. Both have returned to the island. Giulia, recovered but facing a life-threatening illness, and Zakaria, as a journalist now living in Rome.

THE CHALLENGE documentary - Father of the Year Brings Light to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Surely all parents have a deep love for their children. Alex Smith has something even more, or perhaps he is just more capable of showing that love. On Friday at the Santa Barbara Film Fest I went to see THE CHALLENGE, a documentary directed by Peter Williams out of the UK. In the story, Alex Smith trains for and competes in an Ironman, an incredible feat. As if that's not enough for a story on its own, Smith is doing it with his son Harrison in tow, all to raise awareness for a fatal ver...

Water Front Festival of International Films Lavasa

An International film festival in Lavasa would primarily fill two primary gaps – that of having an International Film Festival in an ideal location that is most befitting for the development of the creative industry and that of giving people in the region access to a wide variety of cinema.

Lavasa is a highly visible tourist destination across the world and has to have a film technology & business culture that is not visible to the world in terms of being an ideal location. At the same time, Lavasa is already emerging as attractive destination for National and International film makers establishing credits of a number of high end films and advertisements which have been successfully shot in the mesmerizing hill city of Lavasa. A film festival in Lavasa could therefore help synergize all the advantageous opportunities and over a period of time, work as a catalyst to convert the city into a prime focus of global cinema – be in terms of viewing, making or celebrating.

The founders of Waterfront Festival of International Films, therefore decided to start a virtual festival that will evolve into a grand showcase of world independent cinema in the beautiful lake side city set in the bosom of spectacular lush green hills, where we would be able to showcase cinema from all over the world and celebrate the festivity. It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce the opening of the city’s film festival, Waterfront Festival of International Film Festival Lavasa, which will be a virtual festival to honor the best of the world cinema creating a unique festivity cum creative platform beyond all the man made boundaries.An International film festival in Lavasa would primarily fill two primary gaps – that of having an International Film Festival in an ideal location that is most befitting for the development of the creative industry and that of giving people in the region access to a wide variety of cinema.

The only festival organized and presented by the senior citizen community at the famed Ashiana Utsav Lavasa set in picturesque Sahyadri hills of Maharashtra, India, the Waterfront Festival of International Films and offers a flavorful palette of films that routinely attracts cineastes from all over the world. The first edition of the festival will feature more than 100 films and present juried  awards in a range of competitive categories -- including Best Feature Film, Best Documentary, Best International Film, and Best Short Film. 

Water Front Festival of International Films Lavasa

An International film festival in Lavasa would primarily fill two primary gaps – that of having an International Film Festival in an ideal location that is most befitting for the development of the creative industry and that of giving people in the region access to a wide variety of cinema.

Lavasa is a highly visible tourist destination across the world and has to have a film technology & business culture that is not visible to the world in terms of being an ideal location. At the same time, Lavasa is already emerging as attractive destination for National and International film makers establishing credits of a number of high end films and advertisements which have been successfully shot in the mesmerizing hill city of Lavasa. A film festival in Lavasa could therefore help synergize all the advantageous opportunities and over a period of time, work as a catalyst to convert the city into a prime focus of global cinema – be in terms of viewing, making or celebrating.

The founders of Waterfront Festival of International Films, therefore decided to start a virtual festival that will evolve into a grand showcase of world independent cinema in the beautiful lake side city set in the bosom of spectacular lush green hills, where we would be able to showcase cinema from all over the world and celebrate the festivity. It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce the opening of the city’s film festival, Waterfront Festival of International Film Festival Lavasa, which will be a virtual festival to honor the best of the world cinema creating a unique festivity cum creative platform beyond all the man made boundaries.An International film festival in Lavasa would primarily fill two primary gaps – that of having an International Film Festival in an ideal location that is most befitting for the development of the creative industry and that of giving people in the region access to a wide variety of cinema.

The only festival organized and presented by the senior citizen community at the famed Ashiana Utsav Lavasa set in picturesque Sahyadri hills of Maharashtra, India, the Waterfront Festival of International Films and offers a flavorful palette of films that routinely attracts cineastes from all over the world. The first edition of the festival will feature more than 100 films and present juried  awards in a range of competitive categories -- including Best Feature Film, Best Documentary, Best International Film, and Best Short Film. 

DocsBarcelona 2016

DocsBarcelona International Documentary Film Festival


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6th DOC NYC Opening Night U.S. Premiere of Miss Sharon Jones! Photos

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By Maria Esteves The Sixth DOC NYC Festival Opening Night U.S. Premiere of MISS SHARON JONES! directed by Barbara Kopple, Lifetime Achievement recipient, 2015 DOC NYC, was held at SVA theater, New York, Thursday, November 12, 2015. A special Q&A discussion immediately followed with director Kopple, singer Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings band moderated by artistic director Thom Powers, DOC NYC. Presented by executive director Raphaela Neihausen, artistic director Thom Powers, director of ...

In ‘I Cannot Give You My Forest’ Oriya tribals demonstrate their symbiotic relationship with the forest

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In ‘I Cannot Give You My Forest’, Kondh adivasis from Rayagada in Orissa simply but powerfully demonstrate their symbiotic relationship with the forest, which is a rich source of nutrition for them. Screend at the ongoing 46th IFFI in Goa, the 30-minute documentary directed by Nandan and Kavita emphasises the need to preserve India’s forests from commercial exploitation, and is the latest attempt by the filmmakers to throw a light on the fragile state of India’s nation...

New York: Margaret Mead Film Festival, 2015

In this year’s 39th edition the Margaret Mead Film Festival selected for the October 22-25 run 31 long documentaries and 22 short films from 41 countries including those listed in co-productions.  The international character of the films reflects globalization more transparently in this year’s theme than in past editions. Certainly, traditional anthropological and ethnographic  films  are retained in the program showing the struggling persistence of local cultures ye...

Review: In Jackson Heights

By Maria Esteves – November 8, 2015 Jackson Heights, Queens, the multicultural capital of the world is truly the heart of New York City depicted by director Frederick Wiseman in his latest documentary IN JACKSON HEIGHTS. Set in present day and filmed Vérité, this compelling over 3 hour documentary explores the authentic multicultural and religious communities where people from all over the world come to visit and live because of its unique neighborhoods, businesses and b...

Global Short Film Awards - New York and Cannes

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Global Short Film Awards Global Short Film Awards recognize excellence in highly creative and imaginative films under 15 minutes long. These short films will be suitable to meet the increasing content demand for intelligent phones, digital and hand held devices as well as internet, commercial, art, science and educational applications. For this premier issue, finalists and a winner will be selected in 2-D and 3-D formats in each category.  Sponsors welcome. Filmmakers FRE...

Laurie Anderson's "Heart of a Dog" Has Heart and Soul

For more than four decades, Laurie Anderson has been telling us stories about her soul. In the avant-gardists's entrancing new movie Heart of a Dog, she expresses the spirit of her deceased rat terrior as well. Lolabelle, as Anderson told me in 2010, was her "best friend." So it's not surprising that the documentary is dedicated to that companionate canine's loving memory. More about that here: http://www.thalo.com/articles/view/1146/laurie_andersons_heart_of_a_dog_has_he...

10th TIDF is now calling for entries!

We are thrilled to announce that the 10th Taiwan International Documentary Festival is now calling for all filmmakers and their wonderful works! The TIDF competition consists three major categories, offering 11 awards and more than NT$2,000,000 cash-prize. Filmmakers are encouraged to submit documentaries completed after June 1, 2014. All lengths welcomed. No entry fee required. An Asian Premiere is required. The entry deadline is December 10, 2015. The result&...

Submit for The 7th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival!

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The NYC Independent Film Festival celebrates the true independent filmmaker and provides a showcase for the best in independent cinema, including documentaries, short and feature-length films, music videos, and animated works. Whether a submission is comedic, dramatic, or something in between, The NYC Indie film Fest is eager to embrace fresh ideas and storytelling. With panels, parties and a weekend long gathering of fellow indie filmmakers The NYC Indie Film Festival is the place to be Ap...

21. Caminhos · Open Calls!

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Caminhos Film Festival is receiving films, up to 25 September, for selection in the competitive sections Caminhos Selection and Ensaios Selection. We hope to show again the best national cinematic productions, with a scope of all the Portuguese cinema. From film schools to professionals, everyone is entitled to display their works in a spirit of communion with the different audiences. ...

Caminhos film Festival

The Caminhos Film Festival was stated in the latest editions as the reference event in the Portuguese panorama, the only festival dedicated in its competition, to the Portuguese cinema in various aspects, from the final draft film school, through animation , documentary, short film to feature film. Since 1988 we were privileged as an organization to see and live within the best of Portuguese national productions over the past twenty editions, but also to follow the progress of all the Portuguese film industry. We opened the event from Juniors, to seniors, to Film Schools, publishers and booksellers, all Portuguese production turning it in true showcase of national cinema in Portugal. A showcase, which has focused on bringing the creators to the publics, focusing on interaction at all levels.
 
O festival Caminhos do Cinema Português afirmou-se nas últimas edições como o evento de referência do panorama português, sendo o único festival dedicado, na sua competição, ao cinema português em várias vertentes, desde os projectos finais de escola de cinema, passando pela animação, documentário, curta-metragem até à longa-metragem. Desde 1988 tivemos o privilégio, enquanto organização de ver e (con)viver com o melhor da produção nacional portuguesa ao longo das últimas XIX edições, mas igualmente de acompanhar a evolução de toda a indústria cinematográfica portuguesa. Abrimos o evento aos Juniores, aos Séniores, às Escolas de Cinema, às editoras e livreiros, a toda a produção portuguesa transformando-o na verdadeira montra do cinema nacional em Portugal. Uma montra, que tem apostado em aproximar os criadores dos seus públicos, apostando na interacção em todos os níveis.
 
 
 

Awards & Prizes

Prémios da Selecção Caminhos 
- Grande Prémio do Festival 
- Prémio para a Melhor Longa-metragem 
- Prémio para a Melhor Curta-metragem 
- Prémio para a Melhor Animação 
- Prémio para o Melhor Documentário 
- Prémio Revelação 
- Melhor Actor 
- Melhor Actor Secundário 
- Melhor Actriz 
- Melhor Actriz Secundária 
- Melhor Direcção Artística 
- Melhor Fotografia 
- Melhor Guarda Roupa 
- Melhor Realizador 
- Melhor Caracterização 
- Melhor Montagem 
- Melhor Som 
- Melhor Argumento Original 
- Melhor Argumento Adaptado 
- Melhor Música Original
 
Prémio do Público 
- Melhor Filme
 
Prémio D. Quijote - Prémio da Federação Internacional de Cineclubes 
- Melhor Filme
 
Prémio Imprensa 
- Melhor Filme
 
Prémios da Selecção Ensaios 
-Prémio do Júri Ensaios Nacional; 
-Prémio do Júri Ensaios Internacional;
 
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Caminhos Selection Awards 
- Grand Festival Award 
- Award for Best Feature Film 
- Award for Best Short Film 
- Award for Best Animation 
- Award for Best Documentary 
- Breakthrough Awards 
- Best Actor 
- Best Supporting Actor 
- Best Actress 
- Best Supporting Actress 
- Best Art Direction 
- Best Cinematography 
- Best Wardrobe 
- Best Director 
- Best Characterization 
- Best Film Editing 
- Best Sound 
- Best Original Screenplay 
- Best Adapted Screenplay 
- Best Original Music
 
Audience Award 
- Best movie
 
D. Quijote Award - Award of the International Federation of Film Societies 
- Best movie
 
Awards Press 
- Best movie
 
Essays Selection Award 
- Best National Essay 
- Best International Essay

 

 

 

 

 

Rules & Terms

 
1.- Finalidades do Evento 
1.1.- Caminhos Film Festival têm como finalidade geral do projecto reforçar o acesso à cultura cinematográfica Portuguesa, promovendo a sua divulgação, os elementos para à sua comparação e compreensão. 
1.2.- Para além disso em cada edição o projecto deverá reforçar os laços de comunidade e identidade local existentes, promovendo a integração numa identidade e comunidade nacional.
 
2.- Objectivos Gerais e Definição Conceptual 
2.1.- O festival é idealizado por amantes e profissionais do mundo cinematográfico e visa dar visibilidade às diferentes produções nacionais. Os Caminhos Film Festival são um festival singular em Portugal dedicado exclusivamente ao cinema nacional, nos seus distintos registos técnicos e temáticos na secção competitiva Selecção Caminhos.
 
2.2.- Ao nível conceptual os Caminhos do Cinema Português caracterizam-se por uma amplitude de registos que são o fidedigno registo do panorama da produção cinematográfica nacional anual. A inovação do projecto está no facto de se proceder ao acolhimento num único espaço.
 
2.3.- Os Caminhos do Cinema Português pretendem ser aquilo que o nome transmite, a súmula dos diferentes caminhos que a cinematografia nacional percorre. Não existe um só caminho, disso mesmo nos damos conta quando os podemos enumerar, a saber: cinema de autor, cinema comercial, cinema para crianças e o vídeo arte. O cinema português enquadra-se nos mais variados escalões etários e registos estilísticos de que a história do cinema nos pode dar conta.
 
2.4.- A Selecção Ensaios, ao aceitar obras realizados em contexto de formação académica, nacionais e internacionais, pretende promover os elementos para a comparação e compreensão da cinematografia portuguesa no contexto global.
 
3.- Secções Competitivas, Júris e Prémios Oficiais 
3.1.- O festival Caminhos do Cinema Português é constituído por duas secções competitivas, nomeadamente a Selecção Caminhos e a Selecção Ensaios.
 
3.2.- As obras a apresentar em cada uma das secções competitivas serão o resultado de uma pré-selecção da responsabilidade da organização e de um júri expressamente convocado para o efeito, nos termos dos Regulamentos Anexos próprios de cada secção.
 
4.- Selecção Caminhos 
4.1.- Os filmes seleccionados para a Selecção Caminhos serão avaliados por um conjunto de júris e concorrem cumulativamente, quando reunidas as condições expressas nos Anexos ao Regulamentos de cada júri/selecção, aos seguintes prémios: 
-Prémios do Júri Caminhos; 
-Prémio do Júri de Imprensa; 
-Prémio Don Quijote / Júri IFSS – Federação Internacional de Cineclubes
 
5.- Selecção Ensaios 
5.1.- Os filmes seleccionados para a Selecção Ensaios serão avaliados por um júri e concorrem quando reunidas as condições expressas no regulamento desta secção, ao seguinte prémio: 
-Prémio do Júri Ensaios Nacional; 
-Prémio do Júri Ensaios Internacional;
 
6.- Outros Prémios 
Para dos prémios elencados, os filmes a concurso na Selecção Caminhos e Selecção Ensaios, concorrem igualmente ao Prémio do Público. Este prémio será entregue mediante o escrutínio e o cálculo da média aritmética ponderada expressa pelo espectadores, em boletim de voto próprio, no final de cada sessão na Selecção Caminhos e Selecção Ensaios.
 
6.- Casos Omissos 
6.1.- A Comissão Organizadora do festival reserva-se o direito de decidir sobre os casos não previstos nos diferentes Regulamentos, bem como proceder a necessárias alterações, dando conhecimento a todos os interessados.
 
7.- Disposição Final 
A inscrição para pré-selecção e participação nas diferentes secções competitivas (selecção Caminhos/ Selecção Ensaios) do festival Caminhos do Cinema Português XXI implica a leitura deste Regulamento OFicial bem como a aceitação dos Anexos específicos de cada secção.
 
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1.-Purpose of the event 
1.1.-Caminhos Film Festival have as general purpose of the project enhance access to Portuguese film culture, promoting their dissemination, the elements for the comparison and understanding.
1.2.-Plus in each issue the project should strengthen the bonds of community and local identity, promoting the integration in existing identity and national community.
 
2.-General objectives and Concept Definition 
2.1.-the festival is designed for lovers and professionals in the film world and seeks to give visibility to the different national productions. The paths are a unique festival Film Festival in Portugal devoted exclusively to national cinema, in its distinctive technical and thematic records in competitive Selection Paths section.
 
2.2.-Conceptual level the ways of the Portuguese Cinema is characterised by a range of records that are the trustworthy record of the annual national film production. The innovation of the project is that for the reception in a single space.
 
2.3.- Caminhos film Festival claims to be what the name conveys, summarising the different paths that the national cinematography traverses. There is no one way, that we realize when we can enumerate, namely: cinema, cinema, cinema commercial for children and video art. The Portuguese film fits in various age groups and stylistic records of the history of cinema in can handle.
 
2.4.-the selection Tests, by accepting works carried out in the context of academic, national and international training, aims to promote the elements for comparison and understanding of Portuguese cinematography in the global context.
 
3.-Competitive Sections, Juries and awards Officers 
3.1.-Caminhos Film Festival consists of two competitive sections, namely the selection Caminhos and the selection Essays.
 
3.2.-the works in each of the competitive sections will be the result of a pre-selection of the responsibility of the Organization and of a jury expressly convened for this purpose, in accordance with the regulations specific to each Attachments section.
 
4.-selecting Paths 
4.1.-The selected films for the selection paths will be evaluated by a set of judges and compete cumulatively when the conditions laid down in Annexes to the Regulations of each jury/selection, the following prizes: 
-Jury Awards paths; 
-Press jury prize; 
-Don Quijote Award/Jury IFSS-International Federation of film societies
 
5.-Selection Tests 
5.1.-The selected films for the selection tests will be evaluated by a jury and compete when the conditions expressed in the regulation of this section, the following prize: 
-Jury prize National Tests; 
-Jury prize International Trials;
 
6.-Awards 
For listed Awards, the films in competition Selection paths and Selection Tests, also compete for the prize of the audience. This prize will be delivered by the scrutiny and the calculation of the weighted arithmetic average expressed by viewers, in ballot itself, at the end of each session in selecting paths and Selection Tests.
 
6.- Missing cases 
6.1.-the Organizing Committee of the festival reserves the right to decide on the cases not provided for in the various regulations, as well as carry out necessary changes, giving knowledge to all interested parties.
 
7.-Final provisions 
Registration for pre-selection and participation in different competitive sections (path/selection Selection trials) of Caminhos do Cinema XXI Portuguese festival involves reading this official rules as well as the acceptance of the annexes specific to each section.

"Through the Pane" is born!

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"Through the Pane" is the latest short film from Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. Shot on the Canon 6D and edited in Adobe Premiere Pro by Barcelona-based DP/Editor Pol Carrizo-Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona, the film was made in Wheaton, IL, USA in the childhood home of director/producer Dawn Westlake. Based on a memoir chapter by Dawn's father Donald G. Westlake, "Through the Pane" features the 87-year-old sharing his cosmic perspective on the death of his beloved wife of 6...
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