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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...


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

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 ...

Fingal Film Festival, Swords, Co Dublin Ireland September 26th-28th 2014

Fingal Film Festival was launched in 2012. It is a new entity that offers a platform encouraging and promoting the works of local film community and National, International emerging filmmakers to showcase their work in an environment where they have access to experienced industry professionals, We provide workshops. training programmes and screen Independent films from new emerging film makers nationally and internationally throughout the four day festival  event every year.

At least 70% of our festival schedule is dedicated to Foreign films, which broadens the film culture experience to all who attend the screenings in Fingal during the festivals duration,

The Fingal Film Festival is a team of people who work effortlessly to deliver a quality service to young emerging filmmakers, Over the years we have developed relationships with most of the media colleges on the perimeters of Fingal and have had contributions to the festival form part of the colleges’ curriculum. In 2013 we introduced an award specifically for students of these colleges. It is part of our strategy to roll this initiative out on a National scale in the coming years. Since we first opened our doors we have given festival contributors access to some of the Industries most prolific names, both nationally and internationally, which has been well received by all who attended.

In 2013 Fingal Film Festival won the Community Group of the Year award for Arts, Culture & Heritage and this year we have been short listed for best Awards night by the Event Industry Awards.

2014 also sees the introduction of an Irish Language Film Award sponsored by Irish language TV Channel TG4 and Canon.

Submissions close Friday 30th June. 



CALL FOR ENTRIES JUNE 20th for Austin International SHORT Film Festival

Austin International SHORT Film Festival CALL FOR ENTRIES DEADLINE: Friday, June 20, 2014 Austin stands as one of the great cities for filmmakers and independent movie making in the U.S.. Adding to this reputation, Austin can now boast a premiere international short film festival. The Austin International Short Film Festival, will showcase the best short films and its filmmakers from around the world September 10 - 11, 2014 at the The Moviehouse and Eatery complex in ...


The A-List Hollywood Film Advertising Craft Awards & Festival is inviting the creative’s from the advertising industry to submit their short film and music video for festival inclusion. All categories are welcome including narrative, documentary, music video, animation and branded content. All entries will be screened during the festival. www.TheAList.Net ...

Rio de Janeiro's Yellow Oscar Winners 2014

The 4th edition of Rio's International Uranium Film Festival has honored the year’s winners during an awarding ceremony at the Modern Art Museum Cinemateque. 13 “atomic” documentaries and movies from 11 countries - Argentina, Brazil, Australia, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Poland, Turkey, UK, and Ukraine - received five Yellow Oscars and eight Special Recognitions. The International Uranium Film Festival Rio de Janeiro is dedicated to all films about nuclear power, ...

Be With Me- Documentary Submission Accepted to NYCIndieFF

We just watched "Be With Me," a documentary short that was sent to us by its director Michael Terrill. "Be With Me" is the reflection of the journey the Cairns family took to help their autistic son, J.R., to recovery, something really not considered possible at the time J.R. was diagnosed. It was a wonderful feature; beyond being cleanly edited and intimately filmed, it successfully captured an emotional backdrop not found in every documentary. Through his interviews, Terril...

Final Call for Entry - looming

Calling Comedy Filmmakers of the WORLD!! The 17th Over The Fence Comedy Film Festival  -      CALL FOR ENTRIES – Final Deadline 23 July, 2014.     We want your films! And we have 1 criteria; your film “must have an excellent sense of humour.” If you are the maker of such a masterpiece – then enter! ...

The "Atomic Cannes" starts now in May in Rio de Janeiro

  The IV International Uranium Film Festival Rio de Janeiro starts soon in May in Rio de Janeiro. More than 60 movies, documentaries and animations about nuclear power, atomic bombs and uranium mining will be screened in the Cinemateca of Rio's Modern Art Museum MAM between May 14th and May 25th, 2014: From Hiroshima to Fukushima.   Rio's Uranium Film Festival is the "Atomic Cannes", the worlds biggest showcase for independent nuclear & atomic films. O...

TFF 2014 Review: Time Is Illmatic

By Maria Esteves – April 26, 2014 The 13th Tribeca Film Festival 2014 (TFF 2014) Opening Night Premiere Music Documentary of TIME IS ILLMATIC, directed by multimedia artist One9 commenced Wednesday, April 16, at the Beacon Theater, New York. Presented by AT&T, TFF celebrated the 20th anniversary of the hip-hop classic album Illmatic with the documentary debut and live performance of the entire album by recording artist Nas (Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones). TIME IS ILLMATIC is a provocative...

TFF 2014 The Rise And Rise Of Bitcoin Premiere Panel Discussion

By Maria Esteves - April 25, 2014 The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival Premiere Documentary of THE RISE AND RISE OF BITCOIN, directed by Nicolas Mross commenced Wednesday, April 23, 5:30 PM at the SVA theatre, New York. The Tribeca Talks After The Movie with director Mross and cast members Daniel Mross (Nicolas’s brother) and Charlie Shrem moderated by Nathaniel Popper, reporter, The New York Times was a phenomenal financial cyber powerhouse. They discussed the bitcoin phenomenon, cryptoc...

CALL FOR ENTRIES! The 2nd Annual North Hollywood CineFest is open for submissions!

It's now a 7 day event and will showcase over 100 films in 2015!  Join the hottest new film festival in the greater Los Angeles area!  Located in the heart of the North Hollywood (NoHo) Arts District, this festival is a must-go!  All films are played in a real digital movie theater (not a screening room) and it offers a red carpet event, a party, and a number of symposiums talking about financing, distribution and new media.  Look out for celebrities here!  Last year...

Call for Submissions: A&E Unscripted Development Pipeline ($25K Budget to Produce a Pilot Presentation + $10K Prize)

Doc Filmmakers and Indie Producers: Submit your original docu-series treatments and sizzle/ casting tapes for the chance to win $10,000 and the opportunity to produce a pilot presentation with A&E with a minimum $25,000 budget. A&E and the NYTVF re-teamed for an innovative program seeking original unscripted television treatments from independent artists and production companies. One winning project will be awarded $10,000 and the opportunity to participate in the production o...

BERLIN CALLING (documentary)

Director: Nigel Dick.
Berlin Calling is possibly the first film about the holocaust seen through the eyes of a Clash fan. A punk-chick from Los Angeles traces her father's roots back to pre-war Berlin and confronts her family's dark past. Her journey takes her from LA to Houston, Paris, Berlin, Prague and finally the Concentration Camp where her father spent two years. During this voyage she discovers not only how she and her whole family were effected by Hitler's Final Solution but also that her family is larger than anyone dared imagine. She is finally able to leave a tribute to her family on the streets of Berlin and watch while her father is welcomed back to the city of his birth by the Mayor of Berlin.





Jadav Payeng – SOUL OF THE FOREST Way back in 1953, French author Jean Giono wrote the epic tale The Man Who Planted Trees. It seemed so real that readers thought the central character, Elzeard Bouffier, was actually a living individual until the author clarified that he had created the person only to make his readers fall in love with trees. More than 30 years ago, a teenager named Jadav "Molai" Payeng began burying seeds along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in northern...



Way back in 1953, French author Jean Giono wrote the epic tale The Man Who Planted Trees. It seemed so real that readers thought the central character, Elzeard Bouffier, was actually a living individual until the author clarified that he had created the person only to make his readers fall in love with trees. More than 30 years ago, a teenager named Jadav "Molai" Payeng began burying seeds along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in northern India's Assam region to grow a refuge for wildlife. Not long after, he decided to dedicate his life to this endeavor, so he moved to the site so he could work full-time creating a lush new forest ecosystem. Incredibly, the spot today hosts a sprawling 1,360 acres of jungle that Payeng planted — single-handedly. He has never heard of Giono's book. But Jadav Payeng could be Bouffier in real world. He has been on a one-man mission to save Assam’s green cover. Now Jadav is famous as ‘Forest Man of India’. Jadav was borne in Assam in 1963. Jadav’s childhood was as simple as any other kid who played with sticks and stones, in the rivers and mountains, and worked in the fields. It all started way back in 1979 during the floods which ravaged Assam, that Jadav had found his calling. Walking along the sandbars of the Brahmaputra River, Jadav observed the floods had washed many snakes ashore onto the sandbars. The slithering reptilians delighted him, but this did not last long. A few days later, he found the snakes were all dead. The heat and the absence of any tree cover had killed them. The sixteen year old Jadav wept over their lifeless forms but would not stand doing nothing. That was the turning point of his life. Jadav alerted the forest officials who refused his request to grow trees. They said to him nothing would grow in the sandbars and asked him to try growing bamboo trees. And even though it was a painstaking process, Jadav started planting bamboo. A year later, in 1980, the Assam Forestry Division initiated a plantation process of two hundred hectares of land in one of the sandbars of the Brahmaputra, known then as Aruna Chapori, in Jorhat district. Jadav enrolled for the job and started planting trees for the project. This is where the story of Jadav’s life ends, or rather, begins. The project successfully ended in five years, but Jadav had decided to stay back. Leaving his home, Payeng willingly accepted a life of isolation. He watered the plants morning and evening and pruned them.Since then and during the past 32 years, Jadav has been planting more and more trees, tendering and caring about them with utmost compassion. He also transported red ants from his village, and was stung many times. Red ants change the soil's properties. Now that once-barren sandbar is a sprawling 1,360 acre forest, home to several thousands of varieties of trees including vast expanses of bamboo groves and an astounding diversity of wildlife - including birds, deer, apes, rhino, elephants and even tigers. Aptly named on its creator who has just turned 50, the forest is locally known as 'Mulai Kathoni' (Mulai's woods) or Mulai Forest. The flora of the forest consists of thousands of trees of various species, including vast expanses of bamboo groves. The fauna of birds is equally fascinating. There are also four Tigers, five Rhinoceros, Rabbits, Primates and over a hundred Deer that have made Jadav’s forest their home. A herd of around 100 elephants regularly visits the forest every year and generally stay for around six months. They also gave birth to 10 calves in the forest in recent times. "After 12 years, we've seen vultures. Migratory birds, too, have started flocking here. Deer and cattle have attracted predators," claims Payeng. A few years back, poachers tried to kill the rhinos staying in the forest but failed in their attempt due to Jadav. The Assam State Forest Department learnt about Payeng's forest only in 2008 and they were surprised to find such a dense forest on the sandbar. Today, Payeng still lives in a small hut in the forest. He shares a small hut with his wife Binita, and three children (two sons and a daughter) and makes a living selling cow and buffalo milk. He has good number of cows and buffaloes in his farm and sells the milk for his livelihood. In a recent interview he revealed that he lost around 100s of cows and buffaloes to the Tigers in the forest, but blames the people who carry out large scale encroachment and destruction of forests as the root cause of the plight of wild animals. Jadav Payeng talks like a trained conservationist. "Nature has made a food chain; why can't we stick to it? Who would protect these animals if we, as superior beings, start hunting them?" Jadav says that if the Forest Department promises to manage the forest in a better way, then he would go to other places of Assam or any states of India as well as abroad to start a similar venture. Jadav Payeng was recently honoured by the Jawaharlal Nehru University in recognition for his efforts, which also conferred the title “Forest Man of India” on him. Payeng was also given an award for his contributions to the conservation of environment by former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Ajad in Mumbai in July 2012. On September 24, 2012, among the 900 specialists who were assemble at the seventh global conference of the international forum for sustainable development at Evian in France, Jadav was invited to the global conference to present his views and experience on his singlehandedly created forest.