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VIDEO Beatriz Pacheco Pereira a creative eye to discovering new talents, memoirs of 40 years of running Fantasporto

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March 7 in Fantasporto Features in Competition

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Grande Auditório   15:30 • Welcome to the Circle- David Fowler -98’ (Can) – fantástico horror- CF- v.o. falad ingl e leg. port. A man and his daughter have a car accident. They are rescued by two woman and a man who seem to have a language fitting a sect- The Circle. Some strange mannequins are scattered in the woods. This Canadian horror film is the director’s first feature.     17:30 • 40 Anos de Fantasporto – Isabel Pina-...
 
 

VIDEO : Weston Terray interviewed on PRECARIOUS his debut feature film at Fantasporto 202

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Interviewed by Bruno Chatelin at the Festival hotspot : Porto Royal Bridges Hotel     March 1st 16:30 • Precarious- Weston Terray- 106’ (EUA) – fantástico- CF- v.o. leg. port. Henry travels to a small town   to run an errand for his rock collector father. The task quickly grows into a sprawling adventure that catches the attention of the wealthy heiress Ruby and the ambitious newspaper reporter Clark.  A fable set in th...
 
 

 

 
 

March 6 in Fantasporto Features in Competition

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Grande Auditório   17:00 • Guitarist – Jason Orfalas - 142’ (Filipinas) – ANTESTREIA MUNDIAL- ficção- científica/ acção - CF - v.o. leg.  Ingl e port. In the future, a repressive society of one party only, that only offers poverty and pills to its population, that forbids music and burns books, the difference between life and death is small. Marcelo is a young boy who challenges the militarized system that exploits h...
 

 

VIDEO : Valan was a hit with Fantasporto's audience

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Valan-Valley of the Angels directed by Béla Bagota and produced by Laszlo Kantor, both in town to attend the premiere March 3rd to a fantastic reception from the audience. The film was nominated in 10 categories at the recent Hungarian Film Awards, (Final awards in just a few days...during Fantasporto! Someone else will have to make a speech on stage back home! They both laughed when i said that!   113’ (Hun) – thriller- Directors Week selection ...
 

 

March 5 in Fantasporto Features in Competition

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Grande Auditório   17:00 • In the Name of the Mother – Joel Lamangan- 99’ (Filipinas) – SR – drama - ANTESTREIA MUNDIAL- v.o. leg. ingl e port. After her husband’s suicide, it is the widow’s turn to rearrange everybody’s lives. The woman struggles to keep the family united and her business running. Her family cannot escape contacting the violent gangs of Manila. But things don’t go as she hopes for. Lamangan visited the festiv...
 
 

March 4 in Fantasporto Features in Competition

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Grande Auditório   17:00 • I Am Toxic Pablo Pares– 83’ (Arg) CF- v.o. leg. port. In the year 2101, the chemical war in the northern hemisphere has caused hunger in the south. A man awakes in the middle of hundreds of corpses. In the sky, the planes drop more dead bodies. The Argentinian cinema has a long tradition in terror. Selected for the Brussels, Roterdam IFF, Mar del Plata and Fantaspoa festivals, among others. 19:00 • Omar and Us – ...
 
 

Improvised after hour drinks party in Porto

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Born in Cork, Ireland Cashell Horgan is a an award-winning filmmaker and artist. His recent fantasy/art-house short film The Clockmaker's Dream has won 22 awards internationally. I have been over ten times to Fantasporto and had never seen that irish pub he found for us, neither did Helena who has lived in Porto for 25 years, and works for the festival. Happy to share film moments with friends from Ireland, South Korea, Hungary and Portugal.   ...
 
 

VIDEO: Vassilis Mazomenos Director Exile - Premieres in Fantasporto 2020 40 th anniversary

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Vassilis Mazomenos Director Exile - Premiere Fantasporto 2020 40 th anniversary edition in partnership with filmfestivals.com   ...
 
 

Anton Bitel's reviews of Fantasporto titles

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Anton Bitel is a regular attendee at Fantasporto we both served in the jury last year. He, this year, juries the film from the Directors week. He writes a lot about fantasy and horror and has a spectacular platform https://projectedfigures.com/ where he publishes his reviews, here below a few excerpts on those gathered at Fantasporto.   Entangled (2019) Entangled sets out its stall early, with a voiceover from Loretta (Paloma Kwiatkowski) about the multiverse wh...
 

VIDEO: Meet the producer of Valan - Laszlo Kantor

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Laszlo Kantor is a prolific producer from Hungary, he and I served in the board of the European Film Academy which delivers each year the European Film Awards (tagged the oscars for Europe). He is presenting in Fantasporto his latest film after its world premiere in Warsaw and the 10 nominations it received at the Hungarian Film Awards. Valan-Valley of the Angels - directed by Béla Bagota- 113’ (Hun) – thriller- SR - v.o. leg. Ingl e port. ...
 

March 3 in Fantasporto Features in Competition

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17.00 • Dead Dicks- Chris Bavota, Lee Paula Springer - 83’ (Can)- -fantástico- CF- v.o. leg. port. After Rebecca receives a distressing call from her suicidal brother Richie, she rushed to his apartment and finds him alive and well- surrounded by copies of his own dead bodies. One of the most original stories where fantasy crosses with a tender relationship between brother and sister, not very far from the influence of David Lynch. Selected by Fantasia festival (Montreal) &...
 
 

March 2 in Fantasporto Features in Competition

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  19:00 • Exile – Vassilis Mazomenos – 110’ (Grécia)- drama- SR- v.o. leg. Ingl e port. A man is rescued from a boat adrift in the sea. From then on, he knows the fate of those who do not exist. Without documents he lives in a house where he is used and frequently abused. Between the truth and the lies, the imaginary and the real, the man without identity remains a puppet at the mercy of others. The director has already been honoured in Fantasporto. ...
 

March 2 in Fantasporto SHORTS Competition

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Selection of shorts to open the afternoon  I Have No Home- Volodymyr Vlasenko – 3’ (Ucrânia) A little boy walks in the forest with fantastic creatures.   Facelift – Jan Riesenbeck, Dennis Stein-Schomburg- 6’ 46’’ (Alem) Who are we? Our face constantly changing or something deeper?   Lady Isobel and the Elf Knight – Cashell Horgan- 8’ (Irlanda) A story of magic in the Irish forests. From the director of multi-awarded &...
 
 

Filmfestivals.com returns as a partner to celebrate Mario and Beatriz' 40th edition of Fantasporto

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I brought the sun from nowhere, NOT from Paris anyway looking forward to a treat of films starting afternoon and ending late in the night at Teatro Municipal Rivoli, the festival hotspot. There is now a new Hotel hotspot Porto Royal Bridges, 200m from the screening, how better can it be Met for drinks old friends from the festival and enjoyed the first glass of port!... More to come on all ends. ...
 

 

A salute to Fantasporto achievement : 40 years of fantastic productions

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40 Years of Fantasporto in Portugal’s capital of cinema   The city of Porto, overlooking the River Douro and close to the Atlantic Ocean, and a World Heritage City, welcomes once again one of the most prestigious film festivals in Europe and in the World.  Fantasporto, Porto International Film Festival celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2020 and it will be held in 25th February- 8th March at the Rivoli Theatre, with the support of the Town City Hall.  ...
 
 

FANTASPORTO opening film ADVERSE 

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40 YEARS OF FANTASPORTO IN PORTUGAL’S CAPITAL OF CINEMA WILL BEGAN WITH THE WORLD OPENING OF ADVERSE WITH MICKEY ROURKE   The city of Porto, overlooking the River Douro and close to the Atlantic Ocean, and a World Heritage City, welcomes once again one of the most prestigious film festivals in Europe and in the World.  Fantasporto, Porto International Film Festival celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2020 and it will be held in 25th February- 8th March at the Rivoli Theatre.
 

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Berlinale 70th Golden Bears and Helen Mirren

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By Mark Tchelistcheff The 70th Berlinale film festival is over.  The Golden Bear went to dissident Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof for THERE IS NO EVIL, an unblinking depiction of freedom and the death penalty in Iran.  Bravo to the jury for awarding this exceptional film the Golden Bear award to Rasoulof.  Rasoulof’s daughter, actress Baran Rasoulof, accepted on his behalf as the director was banned from traveling for defying Iran’s authorities...
 

Film review: Todos os mortos /All The Dead Ones

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(Mawusi Tulani, Agyei Augusto, © Hélène Louvart/Dezenove Som e Imagens) Written by Victor Santana  In the act of telling a story, the process of narrative can influence and change how one relates and deals with the happenings in time. A great narrative has the power to overcome the circumstances of time and bridge the gap of space between the moment when someone is listening or telling a story and the timeless realm where a story is taking place.   ...
 

70th Berlinale: Successful Anniversary Edition for Audience and Industry

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  Golden Bear for Best Film 2020: Sheytan vojud nadarad (There Is No Evil) by Mohammad Rasoulof - the film team © Erik Weiss / Berlinale 2020    The 70th Berlin International Film Festival ended successfully with the “Berlinale Publikumstag” on March 1. Following the Award Ceremony on Saturday evening, at which Sheytan vojud nadarad (There Is No Evil) by the Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof received the Golden Bear, numerous fans flocked again to the cinema...
 
 

Berlinale Shorts: Award Winners of the International Short Film Competition of Berlinale 2020

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  Left: Adrien Mérigeau - winner Audi Short Film Award In the middle: Rafael Manuel - winner Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film) Right: Keisha Rae Witherspoon - winner Golden Bear for Best Short Film In the course of the International Short Film Competition of the 70th International Film Festival Berlin on Saturday, February 29 2020 four prizes were awarded: the Golden Bear for Best Short Film, the Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film), the Audi Short Film Award and the Berlin Sh...
 
 

Quebec Feature Film THE TWENTIETH CENTURY by Matthew Rankin Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the Berlinale!

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Maison 4:3 and Voyelles Films are proud to announce that the Quebec feature film The Twentieth Century by Matthew Rankin won the FIPRESCI prize of the International Federation of Film Critics for a film in the Forum section of the Berlin International Film Festival. The prize was awarded on Friday night during the closing ceremony of the 70th edition, in the presence of producers Gabrielle Tougas-Fréchette and Ménaïc Raoul, who accepted this prestigious honour.   After ...
 

Russian films go to 35 countries after EFM

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At the European Film Market 25 Russian companies presented over 50 titles at the Created in Moscow x Roskino stands, organized by Moscow Export Center and by Roskino accordingly. Content from Russia will travel to USA, China, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Brazil, as well as get co-production partners.   “Russia was on the spotlight in Berlin this year. The 70th Berlinale and the EFM saw unprecedented representation of Russian content. Russian projects feature in almo...
 

Berlin 70. Made the Right Choice Iranian protest film, "There is No Evil", awarded Golden Bear.

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By Alex Deleon    Iranian Dissident Director, Mohammad Rasoulof, 47.   Yes, of course, it was a political decision, Highly political, and it was far from the best Itanian film ever and maybe not the best film of the festival, but it was doubtlessly the Right Thing to do, declaring "There is no Evil" the best film at Berlinale 70.  Dissident Iranian director, Mohammad Rasoulof, whose film "A Man of Integrity" was awarded best film ...
 

 

Extended Interview : Georgis Grigorakis & Argyris Pandazaras discuss Digger

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(Argyris Pandazaras, Georgis Grigorakis © Lindsay R. Bellinger) by Lindsay R. Bellinger "I saw a poster in the train station here (Berlin) about the environmental crisis being the next Berlin Wall. And I think that this is what the film is about."  ~ Georgis Grigorakis The Greek film Digger from director Georgis Grigorakis won the Art Cinema Award on Saturday, the 29th of February, which was awarded by the International Confederation of Arthouse Cinemas (CICAE) j...
 

Sweet Thing: bittersweet childhood in gorgeous gray

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(Lana Rockwell © Mélanie Akoka) Premiered in Berlin, shaped like Sundance. The first paces of ‘Sweet Thing’ feel as they are taken from Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Kid’. By iris-in, iris-out, long shot cuts into close- ups, the director Alexander Rockwell conveys a really fresh and intimate nostalgia beyond what you’d see in the usual Black & White indie flick. Van Morrison and Billie Holiday lyrics provey emotional LP magic to this soothing...
 

Report from the TEDDY Awards 2020 at Volksbühne

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(Annie Heger, Eidin Jalali, Edson Cordeiro, Banafshe Hourmazdi, Faraz Shariat, TEDDY winners © Lindsay R. Bellinger)   by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER  German singer/actress/moderator Annie Heger as host of the TEDDY Awards was an inspired choice! On the evening of February 28, 2020 she brought the right amount of energy to the Volksbühne, maybe even more than some members of the audience. I was a little surprised that the older male German couple...
 

A pleasure to the eyes: Sweet Thing world premiere

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(Nico Rockwell & Lana Rockwell, © Lasse Tolbøll) Antonio Castello: Sweet Thing was a pleasure to the eyes; the genius mix of black and white and color 16mm films was very well done and goes according with our times. A story is only a good story when is well told and this movie finds a visual unique way to narrate the story using basic techniques, a low budget, and the love of his family and friends.    (Director/writer Alexandre Rockwell, © Ant...
 
 

Impressions on Todos os Mortos (All The Dead Ones) at Berlinale

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(Thaia Perez, Agyei Augusto, Mawusi Tulani, © Hélène Louvart/Dezenove Som e Imagens) By Lindsay R. Bellinger   Two Brazilians living in Berlin praised Competition film Todos os mortos (All The Dead Ones/All die Toten), a Brazilian-French co-production, at Berlinale 2020. Dimas Souza, living here for the past 17 years, and classically trained guitarist Victor Santana shared their impressions of Marco Dutra and Caetano Gotardo's film after its final scre...
 

Berlinale blues

Life is change, but as the Dalai Lama says, the Lightbulb has to want to change. New dates, new directors, new directions, and what changing temperatures during this 70th edition of one of the most celebrated international film rendezvous in the calendar, created by a former (in dispute), charming (not in dispute as I remember him well on my first-footing, fresh from Oxford University, to what was to become the last summer edition of the Cold War celluloid showcase in the metropolitan oasis of West Berlin, firmly tucked in behind the Iron Curtain).

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2nd edition of Your Script Produced competition opened its call for entries

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“YOUR SCRIPT PRODUCED!” INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING COMPETITION   Introducing Season 2 / 2020 of “Your Script Produced!” International Film / Tv / Short Film Screenwriting Competition sponsored by Doval Bacall Films. The sponsor will fully finance, develop, package and produce the Grand Prize Winning Feature Script for $250,000.00. We've raised the stakes! Season 2 will accept Features, Tv Scripts, AND SHORT FILM SCRIPTS! Win...    

FESTIVAL OR NOT - COVID 19 IMPACT

 
 

73rd Festival de Cannes dates maintained

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  The Official Selection will be unveiled by Thierry Frémaux, Festival de Cannes General Delegate, in attendance of its President Pierre Lescure, on Thursday, April 16th 2020 11 am CET, at the UGC Normandie during a press conference.   Accreditations continue at an intensive pace as we count so far an increa...
 

City of Austin Cancels SXSW March Events

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The City of Austin has cancelled the March dates for SXSW and SXSW EDU. SXSW will faithfully follow the City’s directions. We are devastated to share this news with you. “The show must go on” is in our DNA, and this is the first time in 34 years that the March event will not take place. We are now working through the ramifications of this unprecedented situation. As recently as Wednesday, Austin Public Health stated that “there’s no evidence that closing SXSW or...
 

Saudi Arabia’s Inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival Cancelled

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Another unfortunate news – given the current global health emergency, our primary consideration being the safety and wellbeing of our guests, staff and audiences, the difficult decision has been taken to postpone the first edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival. The new dates for the 2020 edition will be announced as soon as feasible. ...
 

MIPTV 2020 has been cancelled

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  "We are writing to inform you that MIPTV 2020, scheduled to take place March 30-April 2 in Cannes, has been cancelled due to concerns related to the coronavirus (Covid-19). MIPDoc and MIPFormats, programmed for March 28-29, have also been cancelled.   Season 3 of CANNESERIES, the Cannes International Series Festival, originally scheduled to run parallel to MIPTV, will now take place October 9-14, alongside MIPCOM.   The next edition of MIPTV will...
 

63rd San Francisco International Festival is a go, despite COVID-19

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  Dear Friends,   As we put the finishing touches on our exciting 63rd San Francisco International Festival program, we want to reach out to inform you of the steps we are taking in light of the evolving status of COVID-19. SFFILM staff continue to monitor on a daily basis the developments and latest guidelines provided by local, national, and international authorities and at this time we are confident and comfortable in moving forward with the Festival, which will run April 8&nda...
 
 

Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival postpones the festival

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Another festival takes the precautious move to postpone to summer. "We would like to personally reach out and inform you that out of an abundance of caution, travel restrictions, and public health concerns regarding COVID-19, the Bentonville Film Festival has made the decision to move the festival’s dates from April 29-May 2 to August 5-8, 2020. This decision comes after careful consideration with our partners. Our number one concern is the safety of our content creators and our co...
 

Children’s Film Festival Seattle events March 6 to March 8 Postponed

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COVID-19 UPDATE     At Northwest Film Forum, we hold the safety and health of our community and patrons as our highest value, and keeping this in mind, we have made the very hard decision to postpone all screenings of the festival, starting from March 6 through March 8. This will include all Closing Day festivities at Rainier Arts Center. We will also, as a further precautionary measure, suspend field trip screenings for school groups until March 18, and reassess after tha...
 

FMX 2020 cancelled, not postponed

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"It is with great regret that we have to inform you that this year’s FMX, scheduled for May 5 to 8, 2020, cannot take place due to the continuing global spreading of the Corona virus. Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg is acting upon the current guidelines of the Robert Koch-Institut for the risk assessment of large-scale events. After consultation, the Office for Public Order of Stuttgart considers the decision to cancel FMX as being plausible in the light of infection prevention. Tak...
 

Updated Dates for 2020 UMFF (5.29-5.31)

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According to the recent status of the global coronavirus crisis, the committee of Universe Multicultural Film Festival has to make this tough decision to announce that the 2020 Universe Multicultural Film Festival has to postpone the series of events dates for a better consideration for filmmakers worldwide. Due to the latest event schedule, the submission deadline of 2020 UMFF would be extended to April 30th (https://filmfreeway.com/UniverseMulticulturalFilmFestival), and the n...
 

The Bergamo festival cancels and postpones its 38th edition

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  We've been hoping it wouldn't come to this but, sadly, the developments of this past days leave us with no other choice but to postpone the 38th edition of Bergamo Film Meeting. We do so with a feeling of deep sadness but we are truly convinced of the importance of respecting the measures taken to face the current health emergency and to protect everyone. The festival is a highly anticipated event and the support that our audience has shown us in these days of uncertainty - made...
 

Russian-British Gala Movie Awards, London, 19 March 2020

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A STAR-STUDDED movie awards Gala night is brought from the glamorous Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi to The City of London on 19 March 2020, to mark the 4th annual Sochi International Film Festival and Awards (SIFFA) in the UK. The Gala Awards, at the HQ of global law firm Pinsent Masons, are the highlight of SIFFA UK’s 10 days of Russian screenings, master classes, a children’s film, and animated shorts, in London, Cambridge, and Sochi’s UK twin town, Cheltenham,...
 
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The 23rd UNAFF is calling for entries

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Early Deadline – May 2, 2020*

Regular Deadline – May 12, 2020*

Late deadline – May 20, 2020

The 23rd UNAFF will be held from October 15-25, 2020 in Palo Alto, Stanford University, East Palo Alto and San Francisco. This year’s theme THE POWER OF EMPATHY continues our two decades long celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, emphasizing our readiness to care about other people’s emotional experiences.

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Early bird Deadline: March 22, 2020

Introducing Season 2 / 2020 of “Your Script Produced!” International Film / Tv / Short Film Screenwriting Competition sponsored by Doval Bacall Films. The sponsor will fully finance, develop, package and produce the Grand Prize Winning Feature Script for $250,000.00.

We've raised the stakes! Season 2 will accept Features, Tv Scripts, AND SHORT FILM SCRIPTS! Winners will be promoted in the Variety Magazine and THR!

Open to writers of all levels. 18 years old or older. Anyone 16 or 17 years of age can submit, must have a parental consent form.

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French Riviera Film Festival 

May 11-12, 2020
 

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PARTNER FESTIVAL WITH FILMFESTIVALS.COM

March 14, 2020 late deadline

The second annual French Riviera Film Festival will recognize and celebrate short form content created for film, television, Web and all digital platforms. In the glamorous South of France setting, FRFF invites filmmakers from around the globe to participate in the two day festival that includes screenings, VIP receptions, awards ceremony and closing gala party. FRFF will place the spotlight on the best short form filmed content during the time period of the annual Festival de Cannes. A prestigious jury panel will select Best Drama Short, Best Comedy Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Animation Short, Best Experimental Short, Audience Favorite Award, Best Director Award, Best Actor Award, Best Actress Award, as well as special Industry Awards. Attendees and participants will include filmmakers, industry executives, celebrities, media and influencers.  https://filmfreeway.com/FrenchRivieraFilmFestival

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Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival  
May 30 – June 4, 2020

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April 10, 2020 Late Deadline

Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival launched its 1st edition in June 2019 to a spectacular success. The 2nd Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival returns in June 2020  in association with the Municipality of Kandanos-Selinou. The 'Lost World' of Paleochora nestles between the Mountains and Sea in South West Crete and is the perfect location for Filmmakers to convene to show their work, network with colleagues and enjoy our fabulous Cretan hospitality. We may be at the most southern point of Europe, but there are BIG Film things happening here and on the entire Island of Crete. Our main aim will be to select films which focus on great storytelling, whether fiction, documentary or any other accepted genre.

Screenings are held Under the Stars in the Town Hall Square with daytime programmes held at the fabulous Pearl Cavo oceanside venue.

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Interview with Atom Egoyan - Director of "Guest Honour"

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Mehrva Arvin speaks with Atom Egoyan about his latest film "Guest of Honour" Atom Egoyan is a Canadian Egyptian director whose brilliant film career started in 1980’s and early 90’s during the glorious time of north American independent cinema. His first feature film Next of Kin (1984) won him a prize at Mannheim-Heidelberg international film festival. He has been involved in filmmaking and theater and art production since then and has been training the next generatio...
 

Oscar winner Bong Joon Ho director of Parasite discusses his NEXT projects at SBIFF 2020

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Parasite Director Award winner of the year Interview by Stuart Macnaught & Guy Kennedy      Bong has joined HBO’s adaptation of “Parasite” as executive producer along with Adam McKay. “It will be a five to six-episode limited series; no season 2 or 3. We are developing it as a dense black comedy/crime series that thoroughly explores the rich-poor gap of our time,” said Bong. "Thank you for watching filmfestivals.com"  Bo...

 

Netflix's Ted Sarandos to Keynote BANFF's Summit Series

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TED SARANDOS TO KEYNOTE AS PART OF THE BANFF WORLD MEDIA FESTIVAL’S SUMMIT SERIES Ted Sarandos Chief Content Officer Netflix ... 
 
 
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Berlinale Shorts: Award Winners of the International Short Film Competition of Berlinale 2020

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  Left: Adrien Mérigeau - winner Audi Short Film Award In the middle: Rafael Manuel - winner Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film) Right: Keisha Rae Witherspoon - winner Golden Bear for Best Short Film In the course of the International Short Film Competition of the 70th International Film Festival Berlin on Saturday, February 29 2020 four prizes were awarded: the Golden Bear for Best Short Film, the Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film), the Audi Short Film Award and the Berlin Sh...
 
 

Berlinale 2020: Crystal Bears and The Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk (The Children’s Charity of Germany) Awards in Generation Kplus

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The winning films of the Cildren's Jury Generation Kplus (from left to right) Crystal Bear Best Film: Sweet Thing © Lasse Tolbøll | Special Mention: H Is for Happiness © David Dare Parker | Crystal Bear Best Short Film: El nombre del hijo © Constanza Sandoval | Special Mention: El sghayra © Eva Sehet  Generation Crystal Bears The members of the Children’s Jury in Generation Kplus – Jan-Nicl...
 

Berlinale 2020: The Panorama Audience Awards go to Otac (Father) and Welcome to Chechnya

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The audience has voted: The 22nd Panorama Audience Award for the best feature film goes to Otac (Father) by Srdan Golubović. Welcome to Chechnya by David France wins in the category Panorama Dokumente. The prizes are awarded by the Berlinale section Panorama together with radioeins and rbb television (Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg). Goran Bogdan in Otac (Father) by Srdan Golubović © Maja Medic/Film House Baš Čelik Otac (Father) shows Nikola fighting for his children. After ...
 

Prize Winners in the Section Perspektive Deutsches Kino

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Perspektive Deutsches Kino The prize winners of the section Perspektive Deutsches Kino are: • Compass-Perspektive-Award: Janna Ji Wonders for Walchensee Forever • Kompagnon-Fellowships: Hristiana Raykova (Perspektive Deutsches Kino 2019) and Ian Purnell (Berlinale Talents 2020) • Heiner-Carow-Prize: Natalija Yefimkina for Garagenvolk Award winner Janna Ji Wonders © Daniel Seiffert The Compass-Perspektive-Award for the best film of ...
 

Berlinale 2020: Crystal Bears Awards in Generation 14plus

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The winning films of the Youth Jury Generation 14plus (from left to right) Crystal Bear Best Film Notre-Dame du Nil © Sophie Davin / Les Films du Tambour, Chapter 2 | Special Mention White Riot © Syd Shelton | Crystal Bear Best Short Film Clebs © Anna Cooley | Special Mention Goodbye Golovin © Ariel Methot   Generation Crystal Bears The members of the Youth Jury in Generation 14plus – Julina Jung, Ion Kebernik, Shahida Kitzov, Lucia Maluga, Rocco Mehlhose...
 

“Digger” by Georgis Grigorakis and “The Calming” by Song Fang win the Art Cinema Awards at the Berlinale

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Here's a video message from Georgis Grigorakis and actor Argyris Pandazaras.      ****UPDATE: An extended interview with Grigorakis and Pandazaras will be published in the coming days.  On Saturday 29th of February, the juries of the International Confederation of Arthouse Cinemas (CICAE) at the 70th Berlinale announced the winning films of the Art Cinema Award: “Digger” by Georgis Grigorakis of the Panorama sectio...
 

Winners of The Teddy Award - The Queer Film Award at the Berlin International Film Festival

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THE WINNERS The six members of the international jury view films of queer interest within all sections of the Berlinale. Three or four films are nominated and one wins in each of the following categories: best feature film, best documentary/essay film and the best short film. The jury furthermore presents its Jury Award and the TEDDY Readers’ Award powered by queer.de.   (Agustina Comedi, Luciano Villareal, David France, Faraz Shariat, Tsai Ming-Liang, David ...
 

Berlinale's Tagesspiegel Readers' Award goes to Alex Piperno's Window Boy Would also Like to Have a Submarine

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  Alex Piperno's debut feature WINDOW BOY WOULD ALSO LIKE TO HAVE A SUBMARINE ('Chico ventana también quisiera tener un submarino') won the Tagesspiegel Readers' Award 2020 at the Berlinale. Since 2007, the Berlin-based national daily newspaper has awarded a Readers' Prize. The jury consists of nine members and the prize is given to the best film in the Forum. Members of the jury were Peter Apel, Heike Bottke, Chris Feustel, Lui...
 
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Baaghi 3, Review: Rebel without a pause

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Baaghi 3, Review: Rebel without a pause Meaning ‘rebel’ in Urdu, Baaghi 3 showcases the muscular machismo, kicking quotient and airborne acrobatics of the loose cannon called Tiger Shroff. He first takes on petty thugs and eve-teasers, then murderers and people smugglers and finally the most dreaded terrorist organisation in Syria, nay, it is claimed, the whole world! His own voice-over at the end credits these escapades as the outcome of being a rebel. And does this rebel have a ...
 
 

19th Annual Transmedia Gujarati Screen & Stage Awards

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19th Annual Transmedia Gujarati Screen & Stage Awards Started in 2002, the Annual Transmedia Gujarati Screen (film and television) & Stage Awards held its 19th edition on 29th February 2020 at the V Hotel, Juhu, Mumbai. On the occasion, the best of Gujarati film and drama talent on display in the calendar year 2019 was awarded. Special awards and lifetime achievement awards were also distributed to a host of luminaries present at the open air venue. The event was sponsored by Gujarat ...
 

Onward, Review: Upward, downward, northward, southward, eastward, westward, and afterward

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Onward, Review: Upward, downward, northward, southward, eastward, westward, and afterward A potpourri of various elements found across several genres, animation giants Disney and Pixar’s Onward is good fun while it lasts. The film uses motivational and familial themes to string together a tale of an era wherein everything modern co-exists with almost everything mythical and magical. It stretches your imagination to some limits, but once you set your disbelief to the required frequency o...
 

Har Kisse Ke Hisse Kaamyaab, Review: Many parts, many holes, no whole, no soul

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Har Kisse Ke Hisse Kaamyaab, Review: Many parts, many holes, no whole, no soul In one scene of Har Kisse Ke Hisse Kaamyaab, the protagonist, an actor who goes under the screen name of Sudheer, cannot get his lines right, because he has not had a swig of his favourite brew, and gives retake after retake. We see him do seven/eight retakes, after which, mercifully, the film-maker goes into a montage, with only music, after which it is revealed that he had given as many as 32 retakes. Mercifully,...

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"Dark Waters" - Film Review

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by Emilia Ippolito If you are interested in whistle blowers and investigative journalism, this is a fine film on the efforts of a brilliant corporate lawyer, Rob Bilott, to bring down one of the largest and most powerful corporate name in biochemicals on the planet : DuPont. The American company is the original producer of Teflon, main component of about 90% of anything we use : ranging from clothing to the now infamous Teflon cooking pans, Teflon is a highly poisonous chemical construct,...
 

Georgis Grigorakis & Argyris Pandazaras dig into Digger at Berlinale

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(Georgis Grigorakis, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Vangelis Mourikis, Argyris Pandazaras © Berlinale 2020)   by Lindsay R. Bellinger "I saw a poster in the train station here (Berlin) about the environmental crisis being the next Berlin Wall. And I think that this is what the film is about."  ~ Georgis Grigorakis The Greek film Digger from director Georgis Grigorakis won the Art Cinema Award on Saturday, the 29th of February, which was awarded by the Int...

 

 

 

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SAVING NORTH - A RUSSIAN AMERICAN ODYSSEY by J Mitchell Johnson

Russia USA Feature documentary April 2020 84 minutes

What happened, what can happen to the centuries old amazing wooden churches in north of Russia. Photographer Richard Davies trips to Russia and USA tell stories on human soul, hope and russian american…cooperation in restoring beauty.

Saving North is the story of a struggle for human and cultural survival in the mysterious and insular world of the Russian North. An outsider from England, photographer Richard Davies, enters this mysterious and vast region of the world with the hope of documenting both the glory and the tragic demise of its rapidly disappearing Wooden Churches. As Davies meets and becomes friends with the some of his Russian photo subjects, he finds himself getting emotionally involved with their struggle. He decides to put down his camera and get involved with church restoration.

 

            Early on in our story Davies befriends the famed Russian architect Alexander Popov who is deeply involved in working to preserve and share with the world the beauty and value of these ancient structures. Popov has uniquely discovered and reinvigorated both the tools and processes that restore life back to the North. But it’s an uphill battle against strong and powerful forces.

 

            Together, Davies and Popov uncover the circumstances that led to the demise of the churches, and then join a small but growing group of passionate Russian citizens and outsiders from all walks of life who join the cause of Saving North.

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SEKURITAS written and directed by Carmen Stadler

Romantic dark comedy 117 minutes 2019 Switzerland

Starring Kathrin Veith, Duraid Abbas Ghaieb, Jeanne Devos, Daniel Kasztura, Vilmar Bieri, This Maag

First feature film by Swiss director Carmen Stadler, produced by Claudia Wick for Abrakadabra Films AG

An office complex wishes for a love story before demolition. It chooses the lonely misfits for this story; those who go through security rounds at night, scrub toilets, experiment with recipes or rehearse their final speech. A poetic and twisted kaleidoscope that centers around desire, security and melodious noises which move through the entire fabric of the building.

 

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Adverse written and directed by Brian Metcalf

USA Thriller December 2020, 92 minutes

Starring Mickey Rourke, Penelope Ann Miller,  Sean Astin, Lou Diamond Phillips, Thomas Ian Nicholas,  Matt Ryan, Jake T. Austin,  Kelly Arjen…

After discovering his younger sister has become addicted to drugs and caught in the seedy underworld, a taxi driver suffering from mental illness must find a way to save her by infiltrating a dangerous crime syndicate, regardless of the costs. 
 

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Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible written  and directed by Matthew Taylor

USA 2019 Documentary 89 minutes

Duchamp: Art of the Possible is a feature documentary that explores the life, art, and philosophy of the 20th century’s most influential modernists, Marcel Duchamp, and how his work single-handedly changed the course of art, and over time, culture itself.
 

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THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA», directed by Elena Demidova

The documentary film «THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA», directed by Elena Demidova, tells a story of one of the most famous lamas, Pandido Khambo Lama Dashi Dorzho Itigelov. His body is recognized as one of the sacred Buddhist objects of Russia and is being kept in the Ivolginsky Datsan. The Buddhist monks approach him as a living person.
 
Itigelov was born in 1852 and began his religious education at the age of sixteen years. In 1911, he was appointed the twelfth Pandido Khambo Lama as the Head of Russian Buryat Buddhists. Between 1913 and 1917, Itigelov was prominent in the spiritual life of Russian Empire. He took part in the Tercentenary celebrations of the House Romanov and opened first Buddhist temple in St. Petersburg. During First World War Itigelov presided over the society of "Buryat brothers", an organization helping the Russian army. After October Revolution, Itigelov resigned as head of the Buddhists. In 1927, aged seventy-five years, he asked other lamas to begin meditation ceremonies and funeral rites, since he said he was about to die. Itigelov left a testament asking to be buried as he was at the time of his death, sitting in lotus posture. On September 11, 2002, Itigelov's body was eventually exhumed in the presence of the leaders of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha of Russia and transferred to Ivolginsky Datsan.

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THE CREEPY LINE a film by M.A.Taylor 2018

"A film that Google does not want you to see  - filmfestivals.com Best for Fest"

An eye-opening documentary, The Creepy Line reveals the stunning degree to which society is manipulated by Google and Facebook and blows the lid off the remarkably subtle – hence powerful – manner in which they do it.

The Creepy Line is a title culled from the words of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, when during a 2010 interview he explained Google’s code of conduct: “The Google policy on a lot of things is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.”

However, as Dr. Robert Epstein explains in the film, “Google crosses the creepy line every day”. 

Offering first-hand accounts, scientific experiments and detailed analysis, The Creepy Line examines what is at risk when these two tech titans have free reign to utilize the public’s most private and personal data to manipulate society.

There is no question that the “creepy line” is getting ever-creepier, and that the tech giants have crossed it.

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Sharkwater: Extinction by Rob Stewart Documentary Canada 2018 Sharkwater Extinction by Rob Stewart - Canada 2018 90 minutes

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Rob Stewart “Conservation is the preservation of human life on earth. And that, above all else, is worth fighting for” Watch Rob Stewart doing what he loved most of all, swimming with sharks, in exclusive footage from his third film, Sharkwater: Extinction.

Sharkwater: Extinction is a follow up to his first two award-winning films, Sharkwater and Revolution. Sharkwater exposed the devastating issue of shark finning, while Revolution brought the destructive effects of Ocean Acidification to light.

Rob taught the world to not fear sharks, through his iconic images of hugging these majestic creatures and free diving with them.

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Revolution by Rob Stewart 

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over 40 festival wins so far

Eco Documentary feature film by Rob Stewart April 2015, 82 minutes (Sharkwater)
Revolution is a film about changing the world. The true-life adventure of Rob Stewart, this follow-up to his acclaimed SHARKWATER (36 festival wins) documentary continues his remarkable journey; one that will take him through 15 countries over four years, and where he'll discover that it's not only sharks that are in grave danger -- it's humanity itself.

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Des partenariats forts avec les plus grands festivals et marchés

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Nous sommes très fiers des bonnes relations et des partenariats signé avec les plus grands festivals et marchés : Venice Production Bridge, FestForums Santa Barbara, AFM, Animaze, Tallinn Black Night International Film Festival, Houston WorldFest, Fantasporto, et Cannes Market bien entendu et beaucoup d'autres. Nous sommes heureux de pouvoir grace à ces parteneriats pouvoir apporter news et dailies à ...
 

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Promoting Movies that Matter / des films qui font grandir...

With contributions from Abbé Jean-Luc Maroy, Alex Deleon, Bruno Chatelin

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Les raisins de la colère (The Grapes of Wrath) de John Ford (USA, 1940)

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Les films qui ont une densité spirituelle évidente mettent souvent en scène le voyage, l’itinéraire initiatique, mais aussi la souffrance qu’implique de quitter sa terre, ses racines, son pays, son existence. On se rend compte, avec Les raisins de la colère que la modernité a constitué le terreau indispensable de la modernité liquide (Zygmunt Baumann). Le film est en effet réalisé en 1940, bien avant que la phi...
 

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Le Palmarès des Cesar et un grand absent pour J' accuse trois fois primé mais qui divise la profession

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Palmarès  Les nominations ont été annoncées le 29 janvier 2020 au cours d'une conférence de presse . Meilleur film  Les Misérables de Ladj Ly, produit par Toufik Ayadi et Christophe Barral La Belle Époque de Nicolas Bedos, produit par François Kraus et Denis Pineau-Valencienne Grâce à Dieu de François Ozon,&n...
 

Top 10 des entrées hebdo France du 26/02/2020 au 03/03/2020

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Impact des bandes-annonces diffusées dans les cinémas au 3 mars

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Enquête hebdomadaire réalisée auprès d’un échantillon de 35 000 individus représentatifs de la population française. Parmi ces individus, 2 000 spectateurs étant allés au cinéma au cours de la semaine cinéma concernée sont interrogés sur les bandes annonces vues au cinéma.     ...
 

Le FIFF 2020 se redéploie et annule ses dates de mars

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      La 34e édition du FIFF, Festival International de Films de Fribourg, prévue du 20 au 28 mars 2020, est annulée. L’équipe prépare un redéploiement partiel sur l’ensemble de l’année, aussitôt que les conditions sanitaires le permettront. L’évolution de l’épi...
 

Covid-19 : l’édition 2020 du FIFDH est annulée.

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  Toutes les projections publiques du FIFDH sont annulées. Le Festival maintient sa mission sous une forme repensée.   Le Festival maintient sa mission sous une forme ...
 
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