Pro Tools
•Register a festival or a film
Submit film to festivals Promote for free or with Promo Packages

FILMFESTIVALS | 24/7 world wide coverage

Welcome !

Enjoy the best of both worlds: Portal for Film & Festival News, exploring the best of the festivals community.  

An adventure exploring, from dreams to reality, the emerging talents in our community.

Launched in 1995, relentlessly connecting films to festivals, reporting and promoting festivals worldwide.

A brand new website will soon be available. Covid-19 is not helping, stay safe meanwhile.

For collaboration, editorial contributions, or publicity, please send us an email here

User login


RSS Feeds 

Martin Scorsese Masterclass in Cannes



Presenting the website



Bilal: A New Breed of Hero - Watch the 'Making of': Bilal goes to Cannes

Starring: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Ian McShane China Anne McClain Jacob Latimore Michael Gross Thomas Nicholas Mark Rolston Cynthia Kaye Fred Tatasciore

Directed By: Khurram Alavi and Ayman Jamal 

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family - 105 minutes - United Arab Emirates, USA
Release Date: Fall 2016 - USA Spring 2017



Bilal in the running for Best Animation

We are very proud to support Bilal in the Oscar race. We, at, gave it ***** and Animation that Matters Award in Cannes during the Animation Day.   ...

Bilal a New Breed of Hero in the Run for Best Animated Feature for The Academy Awards

Click to read online   Bilal a New Breed of Hero  A VOICE THAT UNLOCKED THE HEARTS OF MANY...   IT WILL TOUCH YOURS     “A historical epic that took place more than 1000 years ago. Bilal challenges the norms of conventional animation production”   AWN “A strong story with plenty of emotional momentum”      The Hollywood Reporter...

for your consideration BILAL: A NEW BREED OF HERO in the run for Best Animated Feature for the Academy Awards!

Click to read online  A VOICE THAT UNLOCKED THE HEARTS OF MANY.   IT WILL TOUCH YOURS     “A historical epic that took place more than 1000 years ago. Bilal challenges the norms of conventional animation production”   AWN “A strong story with plenty of emotional momentum”      The Hollywood Reporter

Featurette: Cannes celebrating Bilal during Animation Day in Cannes

Best Inspiring Movie Animation that Matter Award       ...

Bilal Selected at Annecy, leading Animation Market and Film Festival in the world

Bilal will play 4 times at Annecy Film Festival, in official selection out of competition. June13 4.00pm, june 14 6.00 pm, june 15 8.30 pm and june17 6.00 pm 1,000 years ago, a boy with a dream of becoming a great warrior was abducted with his sister and taken to a land far away from home. Thrown into a world where greed and injustice rule all, Bilal finds the courage to raise his voice and make a change. Inspired by true events, this is a story of a real hero who earned his remembrance ...

Bilal comes to Annecy screening in official selection

Ayman Jamal, the producer and codirector of Bilal, is in Annecy to present his film in official selection to the world of Animation. He noted in his introduction speech how he remembered when 3 years ago most of producers he met told him it would be impossible to fulfill his dream and make a film coming from nowhere (no studio in Dubai) and without talking animals. He feels special and proud sharing the finished film with audiences.   MONDAY JUNE 13 - 4.00 pm Tuesday June 14 - 6.00 p...

Pictures from Bilal in Cannes

Ambiance, portraits from the Bilal, the team can be found on facebook and flickr. Bilal Rider Parade 117 Photos         Gathering party for Bilal at Louis XIII suite 36 Photos       Opening film Bilal 62 Photos     ...

Bilal in Cannes with Ayman Jamal : Video moments

Interviews, reactions to the movie on camera after the screening, party scenes, all about Bilal presentation in Cannes, as opening movie of the Animation Day in Cannes and winner of the Animation that Matters Award.   ...

Interview with BILAL Writer/Director/Producer Ayman Jamal @ 69th Cannes Film Festival

“Bilal: A New Breed of Hero” is a 3D computer-animated action-adventure drama about the real life epic story of Bilal ibn Rabah, a young African slave boy who was abducted by Arabian slave-drivers and raised in slavery 1,400 years ago. An inspiring story of freedom and survival in the face of great adversity, Bilal found his freedom after forty years of slavery. Ayman Jamal is writer/director/producer of “Bilal”, which premiered in the film market and Animation...

Bilal by Ayman Jamal - Animaze Daze in Cannes Winner "Best Inspiring Animation"

    PAB the Artist who designed the original prize "Best Inspiring Movie" Yonathan Parienti CEO of who remitted the prize to Ayman Jamal. The Panel on Animation that matters earlier in the afternoon Jürgen Biesinger, Managing Director, Executive Producer European Film Awards with Marion Doering EFA Director with Bruno Chatelin former Member of the Board. Congratulations to the team. window.NREUM||(NREUM={});NREUM.i...

Bilal selected to play at Moscow Film Festival, out of competition

 JURY   IVAYLO HRISTOV (December 10, 1955,Sofia, Bulgaria) Graduated from the department of acting at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts NATFIZ. Worked at the Sliven drama theatre “Stefan Kirov”. Since 1985 worked as an actor at the Theatre of Bulgarian Army in Sofia. He has more than 50 roles in theatre, and more than twenty in feature films to his credit, directed stage productions “Accidental Death of an Anarchist”, “Sex & ...

Animated epic "Bilal - A New Breed of Hero" premieres at Cannes Market

Review by Moira Sullivan Bilal learns that bravery is in the mind not the weapon. Courtesy of Barajoun Entertainment, used with permission   Bilal - A New Breed of Hero By Moira Sullivan San Francisco May 16, 2016 The world premiere of “Bilal”, an animated historical epic premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Market May 14, ...

“Bilal” - Legend of an Arabic Hero Animated Feature Film Review

Review by Lia Fietz Dubai’s debut animated feature tells the captivating tale of Bilal, a young boy forced into slavery, but who dreams of throwing off his chains and becoming a great warrior. “Bilal” will receive the Animation That Matters award in Cannes May 18 and had it’s market premiere at the 69th Festival de Cannes yesterday, May 14, 2016. The film is based on the life of the historical figure Bilal Ibn Rabah, an African slave who became one of the ea...

'Bilal: A New Breed of Hero'

Review by Sharon Abella 'Bilal,' is set to be the opening film at this years Cannes Film Festival 'Animation Day' on May 14, 2016. 'Bilal,' Directed by Khurram H. Alavi, and Co-Directed by Ayman Jamal, is inspired by the real life story of historical figure, Bilal Ibn Rabah (580-640 AD), and his struggle for equality and freedom. Bilal's life teaches humanity, the importance of racial equality, to stand together as one, with...

Review: "Bilal" by Ayman Jamal a promising start for UAE animation

Review by Tom Llewelin Directors: Khurram H Alavi, Ayman Jamal Writer: Ayman Jamal Production company: Barajoun Entertainment United Arab Emirates, 109 mins Bilal is the debut of Dubai-based Barajoun Entertainment, and the first animated feature film to come out of the United Arab Emirates. In a mythical desert kingdom rendered in careful detail, a young slave strives for freedom. With spectacular set pieces and a sweeping scope, Bilalstarts off on the ri...

Bilal: Animation Feature from the UAE at Cannes 2016 (Review)

Review  by Martin Petrov   A seemingly conventional story for the eternal battle between good and bad transforms an ancient myth into an epic animation that can move both younger and older audiences.    Bilal is the story of a young slave who becomes the symbol of equality and freedom for his people, by turning against the tyrannic ruling of the wealthy and powerful and adopting a new faith. Originally inspired by one of the most widely known myths in Islam cultu...

Pixel-Perfect BILAL Takes Screen at Cannes 69th & Took a Few Years, 22 Countries to Create

Review by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent One of the most interesting aspects of movie reviewing is looking behind the screen at the provenance of a project, and with Dubai’s first ever CGI animation, BILAL, the story behind this 1400-year-old animation saga is truly gripping. Cannes 69th Film Festival is the perfect venue for this, where it will screen shortly. The cast includes excellent actors Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (who played the yacht assassination tar...

Bilal, Khubram H. Alavi, Dubai, 2015

Review by Claus Mueller BILAL is an extraordinary full length animation feature produced in Dubai and excels in first rate animation conveying a universal message.  Set in the 6th century landscape of the Arabian desert the feature depicts  Bilal and his sister Ghufaira  who were abducted  from their African home as children by slave traders who slayed their mother. As slaves they are growing up in a forlorn village dominated by merchants adhering to a b...

Bilal--A New Breed of Hero, Review: Idol greed v/s rebel breed

Review by Siraj Syed Bilal--A New Breed of Hero, Review: Idol greed v/s rebel breed Here’s the first animation feature film coming out from the middle-east, and it makes you wonder what took them so long. It’s a new, breakthrough breed, and may the genre prosper! A thousand and four hundred years ago, a slave boy, Bilal bin Rabah, dreamt of becoming a great warrior. Instead, he found himself and his sister working for a wealthy merchant, in a land far away from home. T...

Bilal gives a voice to animation film and creates a legacy

Review by Laurie Gordon Animaze Festival Bilal is riding on a wave of it's own momentum moving through time space continuum. The phenomenal buzz around Cannes and the world is true. The feature animation film does not disappoint. Artistically driven and clearly created through belief and passion director producer Ayman Jamal delivers. Bilal is set to leave future generation an animation legacy telling stories of long ago and faraway lands which unites us all even today. The theme of v...

Bilal big on Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera flew in to interview Ayman Jamal for Bilal. Check the full video interview.   ...

Ayman Jamal on 'Navigating the Co-Production Matrix' at Cannes Film Finance Forum 2016

Navigating the Co-Production Matrix - What structures are emerging to get cross-border deals done? - How to identify the right partners in an international marketplace  - What are the best incentives in 2016? - Cross border issues & solutions - Dealing with distribution rights Moderator: Joseph Chianese, Executive Vice President, EP Financial Solutions  Panelists: Robert Ogden Barnum, Founding Partner and Producer, Fortitude International Emilie Blezat, Hea...

Ayman Jamal records an Interview on Ecran Total

Ayman Jamal talks to camera of EICAR - Ecran Total during Cannes: describing his ambitions on Bilal and future projects. ...

5 stars reviews in Cannes for Bilal

Great coverage on al jazeera TV Bilal--A New Breed of Hero, Review: Idol greed v/s rebel breed "Here’s the first animation feature film coming out from the middle-east, and it makes you wonder what took them so long. How many animation/CGI films would have a 1400 year-old true story to tell? And how many of them would be without animals and birds talking, or super-po...

BARAJOUN Entertainment's Ayman Jamal Animated Encounters with Industry

    Ayman Jamal with Jonathan Wolf who runs AFM Ayman Speaking at the prestigious Film Finance Forum May 13 A few movie tickets...Red Carpet magic for Ayman Jamal Reginald de Guillebon, publisher of Film Français talking animation business at La Potinière hotspot for the magazine for the past 30 years? At least that is how many times I have seen Film Français in Cannes. Michel Abouchahla, publisher of Ecran Total, Ayman Jamal...


The Bulletin Board

> The Bulletin Board Blog
> Partner festivals calling now
> Call for Entry Channel
> Film Showcase
 The Best for Fests

Meet our Fest Partners 

Following News

Interview with AFM Director


Interview with Cannes Marche du Film Director 


Interview with the Parasite director

Brad Pitt and Leonard Maltin Interviewed dailies live coverage from

> Live from India
> Live from LA
> IFFI Goa
> Lost World Film Festival
> Locarno
> Toronto
> Venice
> San Sebastian
> BFI London

> Film Festival Days
> Tallinn Black Nights

> Palm Springs Film Festival
> Kustendorf
> Rotterdam
> Sundance
Santa Barbara Film Festival SBIFF
> Berlin 
> Fantasporto
Houston WorldFest
Cannes / Marche du film online

Useful links for the indies:

Big files transfer
> Celebrities / Headlines / News / Gossip
> Clients References
> Crowd Funding
> Deals

> Festivals Trailers Park
> Film Commissions 
> Film Schools
> Financing
> Independent Filmmaking
> Motion Picture Companies and Studios
> Movie Sites
> Movie Theatre Programs
> Music/Soundtracks 
> Posters and Collectibles
> Professional Resources
> Screenwriting
> Search Engines
> Self Distribution
> Search sites – Entertainment
> Short film
> Streaming Solutions
> Submit to festivals
> Videos, DVDs
> Web Magazines and TV

A question for Jennifer Aniston from Richard Hobert winner at SBIFF 2020 :

> Other resources

+ SUBSCRIBE to the weekly Newsletter
+ Connecting film to fest: Marketing & Promotion
Special offers and discounts
Festival Waiver service

User images