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Our thoughts go to the families of the victims of the COVID-19 in their flesh or their business; and we express our loud gratitude and solidarity with all of those who are fighting that disease. Our consideration and sympathy go to all the teams behind the festivals which had to cancel or postpone their edition. We understand all the frustration. We understand the work involved, we respect the tough decision and feel sorry for all the lost opportunities for our filmmaker friends in their quest to reach an audience.

We are here to help if we can. MOST IMPORTANT AT THIS STAGE STAY SAFE: SOCIAL DISTANCING...

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Possible postponement of the Cannes 73rd edition: your questions answered

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On March 19, 2020, the Festival de Cannes had announced that it could not go ahead as planned from May 12th to 23rd this year. That statement, made two months before the planned date of the Festival, was a consequence of the global crisis linked to the Covid-19 epidemic.

After having canvassed the views of its Administration Committee and consulted many professionals, from France and abroad, the Festival has announced that it will consider the possibility of a postponement of its 73rd edition to the end of June or the beginning of July, a plan devised in agreement with the Centre National du Cinéma, with the support of the Cannes City Council and thanks to the commitment of the Palais des Festivals and the Cannes hotel owners.

This decision has, of course, prompted a number of questions. We will try to respond to the most important of those and we will monitor the situation carefully as it changes over time.... READ MORE
 

Virtual Market update: The San Sebastián and Zurich Film Festivals unite to strengthen Industry Activities

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We had heard a few weeks ago about the international talent agency CAA moving into the marketplace platform business for its clients (a new challenge to Cannes) creating a streaming platform with networking tools adapted to meet the needs of buyers and sales agents. The Goal was initially announced as alternate solutions to Cannes Market.

With all uncertainities pending around the Cannes dates and the questionned feasability of a market and festival taking place in Cannes end june / early july, CAA took a definitive advantage from the new shifts in global festivals and markets and hit another strike with the announcement of the joint initiatives by San Sebastian and Zurich. 

this is the joint release we received today: Cannes has not commented yet. READ MORE

TIFF looking at onsite and online options for the September 10–20 2020 edition

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TIFF is planned for September 10–20, 2020 These past few weeks have been unlike anything we’ve all experienced before. To help limit the spread of COVID-19, we made the necessary decision to close our Toronto cinemas and offices at TIFF Bell Lightbox. During these times, we are acutely aware of the challenges of staying connected as creators, audiences, friends, and family. TIFF is an organization that believes in bringing together communities by creating transformational fi...

Your Script Produced Season 2 with March 22 deadline

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Get your script into production in 2021!   Deadline: March 22, 2020.    Feature: $60.00    Tv: $50.00   Shorts: $40   Production Funding for 3 UItimate Grand Prize Winners: Feature: $250,000.00 TV Pilot: $10,000.00 Short: $10,000.00   Launched by founder/financier Doval Bacall FiIms, Your Script Produced is an international screenplay competition that provides an unparalleled platform and opportu... 

Visions du Réel – International Film Festival Nyon: the complete programme of the Online Edition

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  The 51st edition of Visions du Réel now unveils a programme of 130 films, including 89 world premieres, coming from 53 countries. A first part of the films will be available online for free on the Festival's website from 17 April! > Programme 2020 Visions du Réel 2020 will not take place physically in cinemas in Nyon, but it will resolutely be held on the internet, thus opening to a wider pu...
 

Annapolis Film Festival winners announced...virtually

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And the Winners are...         Annapolis Film Festival is proud to announce our short film jury award winners for 2020!     Best Narrative Short award goes to ...
 

A Letter from the Directors of the Annapolis Film Festival

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  Dear AFF Film Festival Friends,   A grand Opening Night for the 8th Annual Annapolis Film Festival was to have International glam (Actress Kristin Scott Thomas and Director, Peter Cattaneo) as well as talented filmmakers filling the red carpet. It didn’t happen. Nor did the screening of Military Wives, something we were so excited to have for our military town. In fact, Annapolis based L’Attitude 38 PR & Marketing was prepped to handle the clamoring press...
 

The 60th Krakow Film Festival will take place online free for all in Poland!

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The full film programme, KFF Industry events and a lot of special offers will be available online for the audiences all over Poland!   Exactly in two months’ time, on May 31, the 60th Krakow Film Festival will begin. Similarly to two other prestigious European festivals – CPH:DOX in Copenhagen and Visions du Réel in Nyon – the programme of the Krakow Film Festival will be moved entirely online! The most recent documentary, animated and short films from all aroun...
 

CineSpace Short Film Competition Calling for shorts using NASA's free digital archives

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Hi there,    We just wanted to say that our hearts go out to all of those who have lost vital work at this time. Having worked in the film festival industry for 6 years, it's difficult to see so many festivals shutting their doors. Although, I've been hearted to see many shifting over into the digital space so people audiences can continue to watch their programming.    Currently, I'm managing the CineSpace Short Film Competition, an annual competition sp...
 

SBIFF Staff Memories – Episode 2

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  Watch SBIFF 2012 Virtuoso Award honoring Andy Serkis – CLICK HERE SBIFF Staff Memories Episode 2: This is Gonna be Great By Benjamin Goedert, Development Director I first started working with SBIFF in 2012 as an intern of the development department. During the film festival I was one of the lucky interns assigned to escort talent from their seats to the stage during the Virtuosos Award tribute. This particular year’s ...
 

L'ALTRA ITALIA - ICFF 2020 postponing the Monthly Screening and the Festival

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This photo was photoshopped on March 8, 2020   Important Announcement: L'ALTRA ITALIA - ICFF 2020 Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken the necessary steps of postponing the Monthly Screening Program for April and May to a later date in the year, like so many cultural associations and event venue...
 

The Film and Video Poetry Society extends call for entry

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FVPSociety’s Outlook Regarding COVID-19 and our 2020 Programming Dear family and friends, As the COVID-19 crisis continues to force public events to cancel or postpone, The Film and Video Poetry Society encourages our peer organizations to stand with us and take to the difficult responsibility to prioritize public health. Let us make our stand publicly for not only those who participate with our platforms, but for those within the total of our communities.  The Film and Video Po...
 
 

15 th International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City calling

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Call for Entries 2020   DocsMX, a permanent platform of exhibition, training and creation will host it’s 15th edition of the International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City. DocsMX will screen the best of Mexican and international production from different competitive categories. The films will compete for a variety of awards chosen by audiences and jury members. We accept all themes and documentary subgenres. Therefore, DocsMX opens the Call for Entries for its 2020 Of...
 

21st Annual Real to Reel International Film Festival vcalling for entries

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Call for Entries Accepting films in all categories! The Cleveland County Arts Council in Shelby, NC is proud to announce that entries for the 21st Annual Real to Reel International Film Festival are now being accepted. Earlybird Deadline: February 7th Regular Deadline: March 6th Late Deadline: April 17th Extended Deadline: May 15th Event Date: July 22 – 25, 2020 The Real to Reel International Film Festival, held at the Joy Performance Center in Kings Mountain, NC, sho...
 
 

Call for entry SAHFF 2020, deadline April 23rd

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The Coronavirus Covid–19 emergency is bringing Italy, Europe and the world to its knees. In this situation of home constraint, cinema may become not only an opportunity for commitment and distraction but the opportunity to bring everyone closer to each other, creating new opportunities for discussion and opinion, even if from the home sofa. With this spirit was born the Stay at Home (coronavirus + emergency) Film Festival, offering a large audience the opportunity to view and reward the b...
 
 
 

Silly Teaser for 2020 Maine Outdoor Film Festival isn't quite as funny now...

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So we got this TV commercial... That we made a few weeks ago, B.C. (Before Coronavirus), and we think all you Mainers will get a kick out of it. And boy, we could use a good laugh.  Did you get a chuckle? Why not share with your friends! While our team is practicing responsible social distancing and monitoring the outbreak as we work from home, we are also getting ready to launch a project that we think you'll really enjoy. We've been brainstorming ways to support our...
 

NIFFF - Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival plans new forms for the 20th edition

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  Dear partners & friends of the NIFFF, The team at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) hopes this message finds you all safe and well. As a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, the NIFFF adopted new health and safety measures to prevent further spread of the virus. While our staff has been working remotely, we keep our spirit high regarding the 20th edition of NIFFF, set to take place July 3-11th. The Swiss cultural landscape and the film in...
 

Chicago Film Festival celebrates 56th and starts streaming 56 films

 
The Festival Connection/ A weekly update from ChiFilmFest at home.         56 Films for 56 Years   We are showcasing visionary films for you to enjoy while staying safely home and are excited to introduce 56 Films for 56 Years, a recurring fea...
 

Nippon Connection Film Festival Goes Online!

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Virtual Edition of the 20th Japanese Film Festival from June 9 to 14, 2020 Pictures for download Due to the currently developing spread of the novel coronavirus, the team of the Nippon Connection association has made the unusual, but necessary decision to not hold the 20th Japanese Film Festival Nippon Connection in Frankfurt am Main in its usual form. The safety of the visitors, guests, personnel and volunteers of the Nippon Connection Film Fe...
 
 
 

YAA: European Films for Young Cinema Lovers

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    Great Films And Where to Watch Them If you, too, have kids who are stuck at home with nowhere to go and nothing to do once home schooling is done, you might be glad to find out where to watch the best European films for young cinema lovers at yaa.europeanfilmawards.eu Nominated and awarded films from the EFA Young Audience Award are introduced and linked directly to the VOD Platform(s) where the respective film is available in your country.   And no...
 
 

Hollywood Just4Shorts Short Film Awards and Screenplay Competition

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Hollywood Just4Shorts provides industry exposure for independent short films and short screenplays, with awards that qualify for IMDb award listings. Submissions of independently produced short films and unproduced short scripts are now accepted for the current round. Submit now at: https://filmfreeway.com/Just4ShortsFilmScreenplayCompetition ...
 
 

The 2020 Brainwash Movie Drive-In/Bike-In/Walk-In Festival Call for Entries.

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Brainwash Movies / 1675 7th Street, #23302 / Oakland, CA 94623-6009 / 510 836-3210 shelbytoland@yahoo.com http://www.brainwashm.com / https://www.facebook.com/brainwash.movies               2020 Call for Entries   And now offering a one year FREE subscription to VideoMaker Magazine for all entrants! (See below). FULLY JURIED.     “On Time” Entries: Shorts $35, Features $80 by May 1st, 2020 (postmarked or en...
 

COVID-19 update: Calcutta International Short Film Festival 2020 postponed

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Calcutta International Short Film Festival 2020 Postponed in light of COVID- 19 Pandemic   Event Originally Scheduled on June 19 – 21, 2020 at Basushree Cinema, Kolkata (India) PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   31st March, 2020 - Kolkata, India:  This is an unprecedented time in our history. The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the health of our loved one, the businesses we rely upon, and the way we live our daily lives. As we all continue to navigate thro...
 

COVID-19 update: The 46th Seattle International Film Festival is cancelled

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Happy to support our friends from Seatle who sent us this message.   Dear SIFF Community,   We announced just over a week ago that due to the coronavirus crisis, we closed the cinemas and canceled the 46th Seattle International Film Festival(planned May 14 - June 7, 2020). There is no way to sugarcoat the fact that we also had to lay off all employees, with the exception of a small cadre who will be working reduced hours. We thank our employees for their excellent service ...
 

COVID-19 update: The june 2020 Sheffield Doc/Fest edition will take a new form

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Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, we announce that this year’s edition will not take place in its original form. Our pitching forums, the MeetMarket and Alternate Realities Talent Market, will both proceed in June via virtual means. As part of a series of weekends throughout the Autumn, we aim to present film screenings, talks, panels, artists’ events and community engagement activities. We will announce a full programme in due course. Doc/Fest is an essential moment for the ...
 
 

COVID-19 update: Sundance Postpones London, Hong Kong Festivals

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Reimagining the future together   In these tumultuous times, artists have been on our minds, along with all of our friends and colleagues in arts, entertainment, and media whose jobs and organizations have been hard hit by the pandemic and accompanying economic instability.  We are inspired by everyone who is using this time of fear and uncertainty to find meaning in the form of poems, stories, essays, images, and ideas. The scale and urgency of this challenge are extraordin...
 

Venice TV Award Calling - Awarding Best Work On TV

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  Deadline 30 July 2020 The TV Industry is a cornerstone of peoples live and democracy. Luckily, tech allows all of us to be miles away, but still together. The VTVA honors a medium that holds central place in the lives of millions of people. The award highlights the fact that television is a $260 billion industry worldwide, has around 38,500 TV channels in operation, and reaches 1.6 Billion households worldwide. We believe that the best work of the last twelve months deser...
 

Visions du Réel announces Selected Projects, Awards & Juries!

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Children of Huaqiangbei, Lei Qinyuan Docs in Progress Alongside the Festival programme, Visions du Réel’s Industry goes online and will maintain all its main activities (25 – 30 April). The team is excited to share the 2020 projects selection of Pitching du Réel, Docs in Progress and Rough Cut Lab, as well as the list of awards and juries! > Projects 2020   > Awards & Juries   > Online Indu...
 
 

COVID-19 update: The 2020 Overlook Film Festival is potsponed to a date later this year

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The 2020 festival edition will take place later this year POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE It is with a heavy heart that as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must postpone the 2020 Overlook Film Festival to a date later this year.  While we were hoping to celebrate and share our love for all things horror together this May, we all need to do our part of slowing down community spread of the virus. We’ve been working nonstop to create a variety of memorable events an...
 

COVID-19 update: The 74th Edinburgh International Film Festival postponed

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In line with the UK Government and Scottish Government’s public health advice we are sad to announce that we are postponing the 74th EIFF due to take place in June. We are looking at which elements of the Festival can be delivered later in the year and hope to share news on that in due course. Our first priority is the health and wellbeing of our staff, filmmaker guests and audiences, and we wish you all health and strength through this difficult time. We look forward to a brighter tim...
 
 

COVID-19 Positive update: French Riviera Film Festival streaming Winning and Finalist Shorts Online of the 2019 edition

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In celebration of  short film and short-form content from around the globe, French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) will present select winning and finalist shorts from its 2019 competition, online at www.frenchrivierafilmfestival.com, beginning March 27 through April 30, 2020. Each day a new film will be uploaded throughout the online festival.   “During this trying time in all of our lives, we wanted to share these quality, artistic works by the winners and finalists of the inaug...
 

COVID-19 Positive update:The online version of Ca’ Foscari Short Film Festival was a success

 
Waiting for finding out the new dates of the postponed edition, Ca’ Foscari Short Film Festival kept its promises without stopping despite all the obstacles. From Wednesday 25th until Saturday 28th – the originally scheduled days for this edition - an alternative, digital, wireless, free version of the festival available on social media and website  http://cafoscarishort.unive.it/en/category/cfsff-wireless-eng/ more than twen...
 
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BEYOND BORDERS
July 23-30,  2020

Late deadline April 20, 2020

The 5th International Documentary Festival “Beyond Borders”, Castellorizo island, has the pleasure to invite documentary film-makers to submit their films until 20th of April, 2020. The Festival’s objective is to promote the most important documentary productions worldwide that focus on history, culture, politics and other social subjects. «Beyond Borders» takes place every year during the last week of August, is co-organized with the Region of South Aegean, Les Ecrans des Mondes and the Society for the Restoration of Castellorizo, is held under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad, the Australian Embassy in Athens, the U.S. Embassy in Athens, the Embassy of Israel in Athens and the Municipality of Megisti (Castellorizo), with the kind support of ERT and EKOME. It is produced by the Hellenic History Foundation (www.idisme.gr). “Beyond Borders” includes a selection of Greek, European and worldwide productions of the last five years, workshops, parallel events and master classes. Prizes for Best History Documentary, Best Socio-political Documentary, Best Greek History Documentary, Best Greek Socio-political Documentary,     Best Short Length Documentary will be awarded by the Hellenic Parliament.  EKOME & SteFilm Post Production will also provide awards.

 

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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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Your Script Produced competition
                     Season 2
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Early bird Deadline: May 24, 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.

WE DON’T SET YOU UP WITH MEETING AFTER MEETING. WE DON’T SELL YOU DREAMS. WE DON’T SELL YOU HOPE.

WE PRODUCE YOUR SCRIPT!

PERIOD.

 

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French Riviera Film Festival 

May 11-12, 2020
 

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May 9, 2020 extended 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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SBIFF Staff Memories – Episode 2

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Watch SBIFF 2012 Virtuoso Award honoring Andy Serkis – CLICK HERE
SBIFF Staff Memories Episode 2: This is Gonna be Great By Benjamin Goedert, Development Director I first started working with SBIFF in 2012 as an intern of the development department. During the film festival I was one of the lucky interns assigned to escort talent from their seats to the stage during the Virtuosos Award tribute. This particular year’s ...
 

SBIFF Staff Memories – First Impressions

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Dear friends, "I've asked the staff to come up with memories and anecdotes about events during their tenure at SBIFF and put them in writing to share with you. Twice weekly you will be receiving candid and introspective recollections from them - including a link to panels, tributes and events they're recalling." – Roger Durling Watch 2011 SBIFF Directors Panel – CLICK HERE SBIFF Staff Memories Episode 1: First Impressions By Audrey Arn, Programme...
 

Director Peter Bogdanovich’s Own Plot Thickens on TCM’s Podcast in April

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Apparently the late Robert Evans isn’t the only kid who stays in the picture business, as storied director Peter Bogdanovich, 80, gives him a run for the money on TCM’s “The Plot Thickens” podcast bowing on April 28. Hosted by Ben Mankiewicz, grandson of Herman J. Mankiewicz AKA writer of CITIZEN KANE, they share not only Welles as a common denominator, but the unconditional love of cinema. Structured serial episodes...
 
 

Social Distancing creativity

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The Woody Allen Memoir... We Need the Dregs?

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent

Who writes a memoir in defense of marrying their step-daughter? You guessed it: Woody Allen. And with his new memoir - that was axed by Hachette and brought back to life elsewhere - we all get to wrestle with this Shakespearean dilemma…

To buy, or not to buy? Whether ’tis nobler to read the slings and arrows pointed at Mia, or to take up arms against “Apropos of Nothing” and fling it against the wall.

Yes, that is bad Shakespeare from Hamlet Act 3, Scene 1, often dubbed “the nunnery scene” which, of course, Hachette employees were likely not thinking about during the standing ovation when Allen’s galleys were tossed in the trash, but hey.

Arcade published it, so what can you do except decide for yourself whether to purchase the bête noire of books? Arcade, a division of Skyhorse,  lists the following three lead-off books on its website - just follow along here for Allenseque irony: “Raphael: Painter in Rome,” “Love Behind Bars: The Memoir of An American Prisoner’s Wife,” and the topper “Hitler: The Memoir of a Nazi Insider Who Turned Against The Führer.”

Can you script something better than that?

On Woody Allen’s website, he leads with this quote: “If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.”

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Or You Could Just Watch Scorsese in ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent So Martin Scorsese appears as “Self” in this documentary film, ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND.

So Martin Scorsese appears as “Self” in this documentary film, ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND. Producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are also behind this coming-to-life of The Band's homespun journey from backing Bob Dylan and touring with Ronnie Hawkins, to alternative fame in the 1970's.

A knotted-bedsheet musical escape from the slick pop music hell-o of today, directed by Daniel Roher and based on Robertson’s 2014 book “Testimony,” it speaks to a different temperature in the American soul. A time when music was protest just by singing along...

 
 

Musicals with Hundreds of Years History - Award-winning Musicals for You!!

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The award-winning musical "Cheng Ying Rescues the Orphan" was one of the most successful musicals presented by Maeya Musical. To build up a bridge across the pacific ocean, Maeya Musical has been producing Chinese Yu Opera from Broadway to Hollywood. During this special time period, it's perfect timing to discover more styles of beauty in stage art by checking the Maeya Musical productions on Amazon. As simple as shopping on Amazon like always, not you can order the most popular mu...
 

Naked Animals: A Callback to Karyn Kusama's Girlfight

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(Carlo Chatrian, Melanie Waelde  © Berlinale 2020) by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER Only in the last few weeks, thinking and rethinking about Nackte Tiere (Naked Animals) did I remember the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and Cannes wonder Girlfight, US filmmaker Karyn Kusama's directorial debut which introduced the world to the force that is Michelle Rodriguez. It's funny to think how long it took me to remember Girlfight because now I can't stop thinking about ...
 
 

Mirren & Hackford for SOME LIKE IT HOT on AFIMovieClub

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent 
They’re beloved and lovable, married and not so harried during the Coronavirus lockdown? That’s right, you guessed it: Dame Helen Mirren and Mr. Taylor Hackford. Now they're here to give you the download on the downlow for AFIMovieClub’s film, SOME LIKE IT HOT. Everything you already know about SOME LIKE IT HOT will be made even better by the (possibly, arguably, sincerely, greatest living) actress and her producer husband, who is not so shabby either. In fact, he kind of won an Oscar and nominated makes two. Watch now as you get Billy Wilder’s tour de force (of nature) explained as never before by the Elder Babe and Taylor Hackford for AFI’s quarantine gift for the duration of your WFH (work from home) and personal house arrest…
 

Hollywood Just4Shorts Short Film Awards and Screenplay Competition

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Hollywood Just4Shorts provides industry exposure for independent short films and short screenplays, with awards that qualify for IMDb award listings. Submissions of independently produced short films and unproduced short scripts are now accepted for the current round. Submit now at: https://filmfreeway.com/Just4ShortsFilmScreenplayCompetition ...
 

Kino Marquee initiative has now expanded to 150 arthouse theaters

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  Alamo Drafthouse & Laemmle Theaters sign on to screen Cannes-prize winning Brazilian thriller Bacurau Film Forum virtually screens Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You Future virtual theatrical releases will include new and repertory titles   Kino Lorber’s virtual theatrical exhibition initiative called Kino Marquee has now expanded to  150 arthouse theaters to screen Cannes-prize winning Brazilian thriller Bacurau. Alamo Drafthouse and Laemmle Theaters...
 

Steven Spielberg Kicks Off AFI MOVIE CLUB for COVID-19 Shuts-Ins, Sheltered, Everybody

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Here's something fun for your WFH (work from home) and hunkered-down Coronavirus Life from Uncle Spielberg and AFI...
Curated by Screenmancer Staff from AFI - Los Angeles, CA (03/31/2020): The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the launch of AFI Movie Club – a daily virtual gathering to leverage our collective love of film on behalf of optimism in this time of global uncertainty. AFI Trustee Steven Spielberg introduced the inaugural film, THE WIZARD OF OZ, in a video that reminds in a timely manner, “There’s no place like home.”...
 
 

Newer EU Platform SPAMFLIX Streams MIMICRY FREAKS Before Theatrical

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent If you've never heard of SPAMFLIX, it's a streaming platform founded a couple years ago that is making a bold move into alternative (read: arthouse) distribution via the interwebs, but also in select theaters. Their hashtag is fairly blunt in this Coronavrus crisis, lol. Read on... EU (03/30/20): SPAMFLIX, a TVOD platform for arthouse and cult films, will stream MIMICRY FREAKS on April 2, ahead of theatrical release. It’...
 
 

A note from Sundance on COVID-19

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Dear Sundance Institute family and friends, As the coronavirus crisis forces festivals including SXSW, Tribeca, and many others to cancel or postpone, we at Sundance Institute stand with our peer organizations, and commend them for making the difficult but responsible choice to prioritize public health and well-being. As always, we remain dedicated to the safety of our audiences, artists, and staff, and are committed to doing our part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. With that...
 
 

Battle of a Soldier A confinement review

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By Alex Deleon Just watched one of the greatest of all Russian films -- On Russian TV, One of the very best. Ballad of a Soldier.  World War II. Black and white masterpiece. I saw it only when it first came out in 1959 But it made such a tremendous impression on me that still remembered many scenes all these years later.     Years later in Manila  I was at the same dinner table with director Grigori Bondarchuk and we  had a fine conversation -- that was 1983,...
 

Writer/Director Tayarisha Poe's Debut SELAH & THE SPADES From Amazon Checks In

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Amazon Originals offers something new on April 17, and here's what they say about SELAH & THE SPADES. Written and Directed by first-timer Tayarisha Poe, SELAH is produced by Lauren McBride, Drew Houpt and Lucas Joaquin. The film headlines Lovie Simone, Celeste O’Connor, Jharrel Jerome with Jesse Williams and Gina Torres...  TAKE THESE GIRLS SERIOUSLY In her feature debut, writer/director Tayarisha Poe immerses us i..
 

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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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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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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...
 

La Source (Jungfrukällan) d’Ingmar Bergman (Suède, 1960)

Vos questions à propos d’un éventuel report de la 73e édition

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Le 19 mars dernier, le Festival a annoncé qu’il ne pourrait avoir lieu comme prévu du 12 au 23 mai prochains. Cette annonce, faite deux mois avant son déroulement, est la conséquence de la crise mondiale liée à l’épidémie du Covid-19. De fait, après avoir recueilli les avis de son Conseil d’Administration et consulté de nombreux professionnels français et étrangers, le Festival a annonc...
 

 

Le 48e Festival La Rochelle Cinéma se prépare et dévoile son affiche

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Dans un contexte d’incertitude grandissante, que nul ne peut ignorer, le 48e Festival La Rochelle Cinéma se prépare. Notre programmation vous a été partiellement dévoilée ces dernières semaines avec trois rétrospectives consacrées à Roberto Rossellini, René Clément et Ida Lupino, trois créations ciné-concerts, ainsi qu’une programmation autour du stop motion (...
 

VIDEO : Les temps forts du récent Paris Images Digital Summit

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PIDS 2020 REVIVEZ LES TEMPS FORTS DU FESTIVAL : Merci aux 50 intervenants, aux studios d’effets visuels et d’animation pour leur participation et aux 3000 visiteurs qui ont contribué au succès de cette 6ème édition. Rendez-vous du 27 au 30 janvier 2021 !   TOUT NOTRE SOUTIEN A L'INDUSTRIE DES VFX ET DU CINEMA EN CETTE PERIODE EXCEPTIONNELLE ET DIFFICILE.  PRENEZ ...
 

Valérie Bourgoin succède à Vincent Leclercq comme directrice adjointe de l'audiovisuel et de la création numérique du CNC

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Valérie Bourgoin a intégré le CNC en 1986, en septembre 2014 elle rejoint Vincent Leclercq comme directrice adjointe de l'audiovisuel et de la création numérique.  Celui ci ayant rejoint la direction générale du CNC pour assurer la mission de directeur de la transformation  1er mars 2020, elle assurait la DIrection par Interim depuis cette date. "La nomination de Valérie vient consacrer un parcours exempl...
 
 

Vers l’été indien, Présence autochtone présentera un 30e festival international

 
  Terres en vues, société pour la diffusion de la culture autochtone, maître d’œuvre depuis trente ans du Festival international Présence autochtone, travaille pour la prochaine édition prévue au mois d’août.   Compte tenu des circonstances et des récentes recommandations gouvernementales, l’équipe fait à distance toutes les démarches pour mettre sur pied une manifestation qui ...
 
 

COVID-19 update: Le Festival International du Film d'Environnement est reporté

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  REPORT - #10 Festival International du Film d'Environnement FReDD "URGENCE" 28 Septembre - 04 Octobre 2020 Face à la situation exceptionnelle que traversent notre pays et l'Humanité toute entière, nous ne pourrons malheureusement pas maintenir le Festival #10 du 20 au 30 Avril 2020.  Nous travaillons à son report avant la fin de l'année. La thématique de l'Urgence est on ne peut plus d'actualité, l&#...
 
 

COVID-19 positive update: Des courts métrages tous publics en ligne pour une séance à la maison

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© Sauve qui peut le court métrage, Camille Dampierre L'équipe du festival du court métrage de Clermont-Ferrand se mobilise pendant le confinement. Afin d'aider les cinéphiles de tous &acir...
 
 

COVID-19 positive update: Le Festival International du Film d’Aubagne - Music & Cinema se déroule en ligne

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Festival International du Film d’Aubagne - Music & Cinema (30 mars - 4 avril 2020).   Suite aux directives du gouvernement nous avons été contraint d’annuler physiquement notre manifestation. Mais convaincus que nous devions trouver des solutions pour défendre les valeurs culturelles que nous portons, nous avons mis en place les mesures nécessaires afin d’organiser un festival dématérialisé et digital.   ...
 

 

COVID-19 positive update: Cinéma en construction La 37ème édition aura lieu en ligne

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  Jeudi 26 et vendredi 27 mars devait se tenir la 37ème session de Cinéma en Construction à Toulouse dans le cadre du festival Cinelatino, Rencontres de Toulouse, en présence des professionnel·le·s du cinéma invités à ce rendez-vous et des partenaires des trois prix à décerner.   Nous avons décidé de proposer une version dématérialisée de Cinéma en Construction afin...

Les gagnants de Cours écrire ton court

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Circonstances obligeant, c’est par l’entremise d’une vidéo que la directrice générale du cinéma et de la production télévisuelle de la SODEC, Johanne Larue, a annoncé les noms des trois gagnants du concours Cours écrire ton court. Le gagnant du Grand prix Cours écrire ton court, est Frank Tremblay pour son scénario Les monstres. Le Grand prix est d’une valeur appro...

Nouvelles dates pour le Paris Shark Fest, un hommage pour ROB STEWART

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PARIS SHARK FEST LE CLUB DE L'ÉTOILE ACCUEILLERA DU 18 AU 20 SEPTEMBRE 2020 LE PREMIER FESTIVAL DE CINÉMA INTERNATIONAL DÉDIÉ AUX REQUINS Le Paris Shark Fest lève le voile sur sa programmation documentaire qsui comptera plusieurs longs et moyens métrages dans sa compétition documentaire internationale. Il était évident de rendre hommage à Rob Stewart pour son film SHARKWATER EXCTINCTION. Ce documentaire, ...

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