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: Film & Festival News, exploring the best of the film festivals community.  

Launched in 1995, relentlessly connecting films to festivals, documenting 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

|FRENCH VERSION|

RSS Feeds 

Martin Scorsese Masterclass in Cannes

 

Filmfestivals.com services and offers

 

Editor


Established 1995 filmfestivals.com serves and documents relentless the festivals community, offering 92.000 articles of news, free blog profiles and functions to enable festival matchmaking with filmmakers.

THE NEWSLETTER REACHES 199 000 FILM PROFESSIONALS EACH WEEK   (december 2020) .

Share your news with us at press@filmfestivals.com to be featured.  SUBSCRIBE to the e-newsletter.  
FOLLOW ME ON THE SOCIAL NETWORKS:              

MEET YOUR EDITOR Bruno Chatelin - Check some of his interviews. Board Member of many filmfestivals and regular partner of a few key film events such as Cannes Market, AFM, Venice Production Bridge, Tallinn Industry and Festival...Check our recent partners.  

The news in French I English This content and related intellectual property cannot be reproduced without prior consent.


feed

Boston Indie Film Festival 2006: Gritty, Noirish, and Fun

The Boston Indie Film Festival 2006: Gritty, Noirish, and Fun
By Julian Peterson

The 4th annual Independent Film Festival shuttered April 23 after six days of films, galas, and workshops. The Festival grows steadily each year as evidenced by the round the block lines at the Somerville Theater and an array of corporate sponsors. But the festival is refreshingly free of the corporate definition of "independent", which in other festivals have threatened a truly independent agenda. The hard work and of this festival's all-volunteer staff and enthusiasm of its audience capture the spirit of the IFFB as much as the film lineup.
In addition to the films the IFFB invites all to its panels and workshops, and to enter into conversations with actors Chris Cooper and Lilli Taylor. Highlights include a documentary director’s panel and “Getting Your Film Seen and Sold” offered by Page Ostrow. The fest is not only a place to learn but a way to improve your Rolodex.
The festival offers world and regional premiers and a competition. Festival growth has grown to include The Somerville Theater, The MFA, the Coolidge Corner, and the Brattle. The festival opened with the New England premiere of Half Nelson, helmed by Ryan Fleck, the story of a school teacher who inspires his kids but outside the classroom leads a life of addiction to drugs and alcohol.
Each viewing was introduced with humor and gusto by the staff who laced their introductions with the names of such sponsors as Ford, Rule Broadcasting, Jet Blue, Onyx hotels, and the Sundance Channel. We were exhorted to buy “stuff” from these sponsors as well as purchase the festival catalogue by a personable presenter and aud members who gave suspect testimonials.
However, this is not a festival that shrinks from controversy. Documentaries include El Immigrante, Forgiving Dr. Mengele, and The Giant Buddhas which explores the motives of the Taliban and by implication all those who seek the destruction of all non-Muslim images.
With 74 movies -- 22 narrative features, 28 documentaries, and 24 shorts -- plus panels, discussions, and parties, the IFFB has expanded its running time, from four to six days (April 19 to 24), to accommodate its more than 100 screenings and special events. ''Half Nelson” (photo above) was helmed by by Newton native Anna Boden and her filmmaker partner Ryan Fleck.
Friday the NE premiere of David Mamet’s Edmond, was introduced as a film that had something to offend everyone but which an IFFB audience might welcome. It featured a bravura performance by William H. Macy as a man who leaves his wife only to sink into a noirish world of blood, sex, and not a few tears, only occasionally relieved by gallows humor. At the end we sat stunned for a moment by its relentless dark message (“stunned” means everyone sits through the credits). But then many applauded the director, who was the in audience; directors attend most performances and welcome questions.
On Saturday the world premiere of Red, White, Black and Blue was offered , a real testimonial by two WWII GI’s who return to the Aleutian Islands, the only US territory occupied by Japan. Also of note is The Well including found footage shot by Orson Welles documenting his obsession with Spain. After the viewing of The Authors Project we were treated to a live performance on guitar, theramin and klezmer by the principals of the documentary.
The closing night feature on Sunday is Walking to Werner, documenting a long walk by director Linas Philips to replicate one made by Werner Herzog from Munich to Paris, in his case to visit a dying friend. This film is a tribute to Herzog who is said to have inspired young film makers to follow their bliss.
The IFFB offers a competition and Grand Jury and Special Jury prizes for narrative (drama) and documentary. It offers a Tools for Indie Filmmakers seminar staffed by local film directors, producers and vendors, and separate Four Eyed Monster talk on how to self-distribute and how to use other emerging technologies. A showcase of digital imaging tools is offered on site by the Boston University Center for Digital imaging, including 3D animation and visual effects.
The closing night party at Middle East restaurant celebrates a successful end to the fourth festival. What’s a good film festival? When it seems like your fellow cineastes are friends you’ve been tight with them for years.

2006 Jury Prizes are:

Narrative Grand Jury Prize: Chalk
Narrative Special Jury Prize: BROTHERS OF THE HEAD
NEW ADDITIONAL SCREENING: 8:45pm - Monday April 24 - Somerville

Documentary Grand Jury Prize: THIN
NEW ADDITIONAL SCREENING: 6pm - Monday April 24 - Coolidge

Documentary Special Jury Prize: AMERICAN BLACKOUT
EXPANDED SCREENING WITH CONGRESSWOMAN CYNTHIA MCKINNEY IN ATTENDANCE : 5:15pm - Monday April 24 - Somerville


Links

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 for Roger Corman documentary The Pope of Pop Cinema

With Roger Corman, Myriam Brough and Bertrand Tessier

Interview with AFM Director

 

Interview with Cannes Marche du Film Director

 

Interview Red Carpet King Richard Will SMITH

 

Filmfestivals.com dailies live coverage from

> Live from India 
> Live from LA
Beyond Borders
> Locarno
> Toronto
> Venice
> San Sebastian

> AFM
> Tallinn Black Nights 
> Red Sea International Film Festival

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

 

 

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

 

> Other resources

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

User images

About Editor

Chatelin Bruno
(Filmfestivals.com)

The Editor's blog

Bruno Chatelin Interviewed

Be sure to update your festival listing and feed your profile to enjoy the promotion to our network and audience of 350.000.     

Follow me on Facebook
Follow me on Twitter
Follow me on Instagram
Follow me on Youtube

  


paris

France



View my profile
Send me a message
gersbach.net