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The winners of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event Awards announced

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Yesterday Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event rewarded the best projects after a week full of presentations, networking, screenings, meetings and panel discussions attracting more than 600 guests from 54 different countries.  Marge Liiske, the Head of Industry@Tallinn and Baltic event said that it has been exciting five days of masterclasses, discussions, meetings, pitchings and networking. “74 projects - short films, features and TV drama series included - had over 500 pre-arr...
 

Final lab of European Genre Forum 2019 opened in Tallinn

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  At the European Genre Forum Packaging Lab in Tallinn, teams of seven genre films are taking a deeper look at marketing and sales of genre films. The projects will be guided by film professionals from Coffee & Cigarettes, Stray Dogs and ARRI Media.  The case study focused on the independent production „Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway” by director Miguel Llanso. The film has already gained attention and positive feedback at sev...
 

Interview with Carmen Stadler Director of Sekuritas in the "Rebel with a Cause" competition

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Filmfestivals.com spotted this daring film by Carmen Stadler  and sat down with the director prior to her world premiere at Black Nights Film Festival. Carmen Stadler is a swiss filmmaker (1978) who lives and works in Zurich. After an apprenticeship in photography, she studied film and video at the Zurich University of the Arts (zhdk). During her studies she attended seminars in directing, dramaturgy and acting by Stephan Teuwissen. Her diploma film "Nightfluttering " won severa...
 

Nordic Party at Black Nights Film Festival 2019

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Ambassadors from Denmark, Sweden and Norway with Tiina Lokk Festival director (Check the Hitchcokian speech they gave on our video)     ...
 

The creators of the TV series ‘Call-Center’ walk the black carpet at the world premiere in Tallinn

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PREMIER Studio's ‘Call-Center’ TV series saw its world premiere as a part of the “Class A” Black Nights International Film Festival. Directors and scriptwriters Natasha Merkulova and Aleksey Chupov, as well as the lead actress Sabina Akhmedova, walked the black carpet that traditionally replaces the common red carpet at the Black Nights festival. Earlier that day the creators behind 'Call-center’ presented the TV-series as a part of the festival’s b...
 

Film Festival Strategy at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

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Dora Nedeczky held her presentation about film festival strategy as the part of the IndustryTallinn & Baltic Event the official industry platform of the PÖFF 23 | Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival     +2   ...
 

Immersive Fun at post awards party at Proto Invention factory

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In PROTO invention factory guests were able to immerse themselves in an interactive fantasy world. We got to experience the great scientific discoveries of past centuries – unique prototypes brought to life by cutting-edge 21st-century technology.  Fun for all, experienced or not look in our video how clumsy we all look when wearing the VR headset equipment. PROTO invention factory is situated in historic Noblessner foundry. The history of the Noblessner shipyard goes ba...
 

Interview with Ksenia Okhapkina for her new Estonian Latvia co production IMMORTAL screening at PÖFF23

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IMMORTAL (documentary film by KSENIA OKHAPKINA) reveals the mechanism that entices human beings to voluntarily turn themselves into submissive, faceless creatures. Thus, they become a resource to be used by the state – a grey lump of ore oblivious to the innate value of their individual life.   Watch the Interview     The town of Apatity first came into being as a concentration camp. Today, 50 years is considered a ripe old age in the industrial town of Apatit...
 

Video Interview with Intishal Al Timimi, El Gouna Film Festival director

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Intishal Al Timimi, El Gouna Film Festival  director spoke to filmfestivals.com about the festival's past three edition, afull review of a very successfull venture establishing the newly founded festival as one of the must do destination in the region. Honoring Arab Cinema Black Nights Film Festival held an industry lunch on Tuesday November 26, 2019 in the Nordic Hotel Forum, Sirius Room  ...
 

In conversation with Andrei Konchalovsky a free man !

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By Bruno Chatelin I have worked three times over the last decades with Andrei Konchalovsky, a true privilege to know this very talented filmmaker with an incredible film knowledge. We first met in my ad agency days at JWT on two commercials he shot for my clients: the Gold Mastercard launch film, a parody of North by Northwest shot in Texas, and secondly in Tuscany and Cinecitta for Lux toilet soap which Sophie Marceau was starring. Later on when he shot "The Inner Circle" for Son...
 

BlackWalk and awards party in Tallinn

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BlackWalk gala has showcased three mini-collections created with costume art in mind and inspired by movies our featured designers have chosen! (Ad Astra, Cloud Atlas...)       Fun In PROTO invention factory (educative virtual reality center) with scores of immersive attractions.     ...
 

Tallinn Black Nights awarded Andrei Konchalovsky with the Lifetime Achievement Award

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Russian film director Andrei Konchalovsky was awarded the festival's Lifetime Achievement Award last night at the screening of his latest film Sin (Il Peccato). This is the second time after Andrei Konchalovsky visits Tallinn Black Nights, the first time being in 2002 when he attended the screening of House of Fools, which was also screened at the festival yesterday, with him and his wife, the film's star Julia Vysotskaya in attendance. His latest film Sin, was shot fully...
 

Award winners of Just Film Works in Progress and Script Pool TV revealed

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Yesterday evening Industry@Tallinn & Baltic event announced the first winners of this year’s industry awards: Just Film Works in Progress Award and Script Pool TV Award. Just Film Works in Progress is a newly introduced category at Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event Works in Progress focusing on children and youth film projects with five projects competing for the award. Just Film Works in Progress Award was handed out for Durim Kryeziu’s project “Family&r...
 

Arab cinema honored in Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival with Sizzling Arabia

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Honoring Arab Cinema Black Nights Film Festival held an industry lunch on Tuesday November 26, 2019 in the Nordic Hotel Forum, Sirius Room Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival’s 23rd edition offers a focus on Arab cinema, as the festival screens 14 films in the specially curated programme In Focus: Sizzling Arabia, showcasing highlights from the last decade. According to the curator, Intishal Al Timimi, a Black Nights curator who is also the head of the programme ...
 

Andrei Konchalovsky honored in Tallinn

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At the press conference for his latest film Sin. Director, screenwriter and producer Andrei Konchalovsky has enjoyed equally distinguished directing careers for both the stage and screen. His best-known film credits range from international pictures such as 'Uncle Vanya', based on the Chekhov play and regarded as one of the best Russian films, and 'House of Fools', a Russian-French co-production about an asylum along the Russian-Chechnya border, to such popular English languag...
 

ARRACHT World Premiering at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2019

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   ARRACHT OFFICIAL SELECTION IN COMPETITION World Premiere at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2019 Friday 29 November       World Premiere Official Screening: Friday 29 November / 21:00 / Coca-Cola Plaza, iSense Saal, Tallinn   Additional Screenings: Saturday 30 November / 19:00 / Elektriteater, Tartu Sunday 1 December / 21:00 / Apollo Kino Solaris, Saal 4, Tallinn   Film team in Tallinn: Tom Sullivan / Writer/Director Cúán Ma...
 

 

Catalan Films @ PÖFF Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2019

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Current Waves Madre 2019 / Rodrigo Sorogoyen       JF Youth - JF Youth Competition       My Broth...
 

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival honours actress Rea Lest at the festival’s Opening Ceremony

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The 23rd edition of the Black Nights Film Festival was opened yesterday at the Alexela Concert Hall with actress Rea Lest honoured with the Bruno O’ya award.  At last night’s Opening Ceremony’s spectacular multimedia show, directed once again by Ingmar Jõela, crossed stage acting, dance acts and live filmmaking, paying homage to films like A Clockwork Orange, The Matrix and Climax. The festival awarded actress Rea Lest with the Bruno O’ya Award...
 

 

 
 
 
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New York: Other Israel Film Festival 2019

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There is no other country whose films and television programs are as well represented in the United States as productions from Israel. There are currently more than 60 film festivals in North America with Jewish and Israeli themes. In addition, there are film festivals here which incorporate sidebars with Jewish or Israeli content.   The Marlene Meyerson Jewish Community Center Manhattan is a leading institution presenting Israeli productions and programs from other countries. Its pr...
 

 

Twentieth edition of the Tbilisi International Film Festival set to launch a weeklong run on December 1

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by Alex Deleon This is a big year for Georgia with the twentieth edition of the Tbilisi International Film Festival set to launch a weeklong run on December 1. As usual a selection of classic and new Georgian cinema will  be shown as well as a country focus on British filmmakers in addition to works from the rest of the world in this anniversary edition  England being the Country in Focus this year the opening film will be a restored copy of the rarely seen partially-silent partiall...
 

UK Jewish Film Festival 2019 Closing Gala - "Jojo Rabbit"

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by Emilia Ippolito The 23rd UK Jewish Film Festival 2019 closed last night in London at Picture House, with the screening of Taika Waititi’s JoJo Rabbit (2019), preceded by a reception and the Award Ceremony presented by the pleasantly experienced BBC broadcaster Jonathan Solomons The Dorfman Best Film this year was awarded to Dolce Fine Giornata (Jacek Borcuch); the Dorfman Best Debut Festure to Leona (Isaac Cherem) and Dorfman Best Documentary Award to Advocate (Philippe Bellaich...
 
 
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PRE LAUNCH DEADLINE January 20, 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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New York Festivals Television & Films Awards 
April 9th, 2020

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Deadline extended

New York Festivals World's Best TV & Films competition honors programming in all lengths and forms from over 50 countries.  

All Entries in the 2020 competition will be judged online and screened by New York Festivals Television & Film Awards Grand Jury of 200 plus producers, directors, writers, and other creative media professionals from around the globe. Nominated Finalists are judged by a selected panel at the United Nations for the UNDPI Awards. Award-winning entries will be showcased on the NYF Television & Film Awards website. To View the 2019 TV & Film Awards winning entries please visit: 

https://tvfilm.newyorkfestivals.com/Winners/index

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Garden State Film Festival 
March 25-29, 2020
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Asbury Park, New Jersey - USA 

November 10, 2019  Late Deadline
December 1, 2019  Extended Deadline

The 18th Garden State Film Festival is New Jersey's Premier Independent Film Festival®.

The Garden State Film Festival [GSFF] is a global destination festival that enhances the quality of life in New Jersey by stimulating economic growth through the arts (over 9 million), investing in the creativity of students, making the arts accessible to undeserved populations, and preserving heritage arts.

(GSFF) showcases premier films, renowned and emerging artists, empowering global connectivity between creators, innovators and audiences.

GSFF was founded to promote the art of film making on all levels by showcasing a wide variety of film, video and animated works, as well as to provide educational programs in the creative arts to the public by industry leaders. Our goal is to present films of the highest quality in both production value and content.

Founded to celebrate the independent film genre, The Garden State Film Festival, a not for profit organization, offers independent filmmakers the chance to exhibit their work and gives New Jersey audiences a chance to experience new, cultural, and artistic endeavors through the medium of film.

The Garden State Film Festival's professional jury will select winning films in various categories. Submission categories are for administration purposes only. There are separate awards for student films as well as the "Home Grown Awards" for films where 75% of principal photography is shot in the State of New Jersey.

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French Riviera Film Festival 
May 11-12, 2020

 

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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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February 25, 2020 Regular Deadline
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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Julien Dubuque International Film Festival 
April 22 – 26, 2020

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January 6, 2020  Regular Deadline
January 27, 2020  Late Deadline
February 16, 2020  Extended Deadline

Known for it's quaint location, friendly staff/volunteers, inquisitive audience, consistent communication, multiple screening opportunities, workshops, panels and other amazing networking opportunities and parties; it's no wonder JDIFF was voted one of the coolest film festivals and one of the top 50 worth the submission fee by MovieMaker Magazine . JDIFF also ranks as one of the top 100 reviewed festivals by FilmFreeway. JDIFF is ALL about the independent filmmaker!

Dubuque, Iowa is a quaint city on the Mississippi and a perfect place to host the festival. As quoted in Filmmaker Magazine "The festival is smartly situated downtown, with an assortment of handsome venues all within walking distance" from the Festival Headquarters, located in the grand HOTEL JULIEN, the same hotel where Al Capone used to hide out from the Chicago Feds.

Our final nominees are judged by our Jury members of Film professionals, such as Directors, Producers, Critics, Director of Photography, etc and choose the final winner of each category.

 

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Worlfest Houston 53

April 17 - 26, 2019


Early bird entry by November 15

WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival offers international competition in Ten Major Competition Categories! Features, Shorts, Docs/Business Films, Student, Experimental, Screenplays, New Media, TV Production, TV Commercials, & Music Videos! More than 200 sub-categories for fair competition. Only at WorldFest-Houston are you selected as a Remi Award Winner on the basis of your numerical score from the juries, which greatly increases your chance to win a Remi, unlike other festivals that only give out one Gold, one Silver and one Bronze! Only 10%-15% of entries actually win the coveted Remi Award!

 

You may enter Online via our entry platform - www.worldfest.org, or via FilmFreeway.com - we now accept entries via Vimeo & YouTube, in addition to DVD/BR Entries, & USB/Jump Drives. Screenplay entries must be bound. We will confirm when we receive your entry and we provide personal Jury Results, and festival details when you are selected for screening at the 53rd WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival!

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Myrtle Beach International Film Festival 
(April 21-25, 2020) 

Submissions end December 27th,  2019  

The Myrtle Beach International Film Festival his now one of the "Top 25 film festivals worth the entry fee" by Movie Maker Magazine. 
The MBIFF 14 Film Festival broke records in deals negotiated. Several new projects have also found their funding during the event.  
Our judging panel includes judges from all walks of life because it is important to have a broad spectrum of perspectives.  
The goal of the founder and director Jerry Dalton, was to create a venue for independent film makers which is not corrupted by politics. 
The MBIFF screens projects in a multi-million dollar theater, housing state of the art technology. 

 

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NEW YORK CITY Independent Film Festival

May 10 – 17, 2020

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NYC Indie Film Fest is a celebration of the Independent Filmmaker, documentaries, short and feature-length films, music videos, and animation.

All NYC Indie screenings take place in the historic center of NYC, Time Square which is the perfect home for an event geared toward creating incredible opportunities for independent voices.

NYC Indie Film Festival honors the Best in Category which includes Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Super Short, Best Music Video, as well as Best Director and Best Screenplay.

With panels, parties and a week-long gathering of fellow indie filmmakers May 10 - May 17, 2020.

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Fantasporto 40
February 28 - March 7

Deadline  December 1st, 2019

Deadlines for Entries for 2020 anniversary edition are November 1st (fantasy shorts) and December 1st (Final Call for features). Fantasporto enjoys incredible loyalty and support from the large film-appreciating community all over the World. In the last edition, Fantasporto was attended by over 25,000 enthusiastic genre film fans and over 200 members of the film press and industry.

Considered in 2015 as the first of the independent film festivals in the world by TRIPPER, Fantasporto is among the top film festivals  for the discovery of new talent, having revealed countless of now famous directors, producers and actors.

The World Heritage City by UNESCO of Porto, twice considered Europe’s Best Touristic Destination,  is another factor adding interest . Founded in 1981, the 40th edition has the support of the Portuguese State and the Townhall.

 

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EFP Announces the Jury for the 23rd Edition of EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS in 2020

 

 

EFP (European Film Promotion) has chosen five industry experts to select Europe’s most promising young acting talents for the 23rd edition of EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS (21 – 24 February 2020) at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2020. The jury consists of British casting director Lucy Bevan, who most recently cast the upcoming major studio productions: Cats for Universal, Cruella for Disney, and Death on the ...

 

HOLLYWOOD SUPERMAN CHRIS DENNIS: FUNERAL SET FOR NOON, DEC. 7, 2019

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Here's a sad piece of news from Insider Hollywood. There was an icon on Hollywood Boulevard, known as The Hollywood Boulevard Superman. His name was Chris Dennis. He died in a way that makes the legacy fans cry. Read on... Curated by Screenmancer Staff HOLLYWOOD, California Christopher Dennis, AKA Hollywood Boulevard Superman, will be laid to rest with a funeral service at the Old North Church on Saturday, December 7th at 12pm, Forest...

 

Interview with Director Alessandro Soetje for 'Tomorrow and the Butterfly' (2019)

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Award-winning Italian documentary director Alessandro Soetje’s film 'Tomorrow and the Butterfly' (2019) is Alessandro's latest work; others of which include, 'Matera. Mother of Stone' (2019), 'Valtellina, the Roots of Love' (2017) and 'Old Wild Lorenz' (2015). 'Tomorrow and the Butterfly' (2019) was filmed in six vignettes that tells stories of sustainability, beauty, tolerance and diversity around the world that converge with Davide Bollati, c...
 

Ricky Gervais to receive the 2019 Rose d’Or Performance of the Year Award

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  The Rose d’Or is pleased to announce that the Performance of the Year Award 2019,  given to a television star who has made an outstanding contribution in the past 12 months, will be given to Ricky Gervais for his ground-breaking performance as Tony in After Life, the Netflix series which he also writes and directs. The award will be made to Ricky in person in London on Sunday December 1st at a gala event, to be hosted by Sir Lenny Henry. In After Life, Tony has lost his wi...
 

Announcing the first members of the Rockie Awards 2020 Grand Jury

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  Kathleen Finch Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer Discovery inc.  Lisa Godfrey VP, Original Content Corus Entertainment Inc Paul Mortimer Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions ITV Linda Simensky Head of PBS KIDS PBS KIDS     The Rockie Awards Grand Jury Prize is one of the industry's most coveted honours. The Banff World Media Festival and Rockie Awards are proud to reveal the first four esteemed members of this year's Gr...

 

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Israel Film Festival in LA Awards $190K for Audience Choice Awards

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The  Audience Choice Awards of the 33rd ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL in Los Angeles, the largest showcase of Israeli films in the United States, presented in a tie vote both Incitement, directed by Yaron Zilberman, Israel’s Official Selection to the 2019 Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film and Forgiveness, directed by Guy Amir and Hanan Savyon, with the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film and Picture of his Life directed by Yonatan Nir and Dani Menkin with the Audienc...
 

Key West Film Festival : winners of the 8th edition of the festival (November 20-24, 2019)

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<a data-cke-saved-href="https://mailchi.mp/78061830 KEY WEST FILM FEST 2019 WINNERS Key West Film Festival has announced the winners of the 8th edition of the festival which ran November 20-24, 2019.     Waves directed by Trey Edward Shults, which closed the festival, was voted winner of the Audience Award. After Parkland by Emily Taguchi & Jake Lefferman won for Best Documentary Feature, A Name Without A Place  by Kenny Riches...
 
 

Finalist filmmakers selected for the 16 Days 16 Films initiative.

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                         MODERN FILMS AND THE KERING FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE FINALISTS FOR SHORT FILM INITIATIVE: 16 DAYS 16 FILMS     Inspired by the UN Women campaign 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, 16 DAYS 16 FILMS is a short film initiative that focuses on filmed content addressing violence against women. Today Modern Films, in partnership with The Kering Foundation, are pleased to announce the 1...
 
 

EFP and ACC Announce the Winner of the First Arab Critics' Award for European Films

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Labina Mitevska (producer and actress of God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya) with Sonja Heinen (EFP) and Alaa Karkouti (ACC) Cairo, 23 November 2019. EFP (European Film Promotion) and the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) proudly present the winner of the first Arab Critics' Award for European Films God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya by Teona Strugar Mitevska. 42 film critics from 13 Arab countries selected the best European film out of 24 nominations submitted by national film promotion institutions ...
 

Award winners at the 22nd annual Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM)

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The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) ends tomorrow, November 24. The award winners for this 22nd edition were announced during the closing ceremony that took place this evening at the Concordia University's Alumni Auditorium.   GRAND PRIZE FOR BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE presented by Bell Media Present.Perfect. by Shengze Zhu   “A complex, cinematic work, a testament to the deep social, political and interpersonal impacts create...
 

Framing the Future Award Winners in Munich

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FRAMING THE FUTURE: THE 2019 AWARD-WINNERS   The grand prize of the 39th FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH goes to the short feature film “Last Call” by Hajni Kis (University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest, Hungary). The audience favorite and recipient of the Wolfgang Längsfeld Award is the Israeli film “Fine” by Maya Yadlin. Altogether, 10 awards were presented this evening, including a total of 38,500 euros in prize money. On Saturday, No...
 

BERNARD, FILMED ALEX QUIROGA FILM IN PÁTZCUARO, WINS THE JURY AWARD AT THE LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL OF TRIESTE 34 2019

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Official Section of the 34th Festival of Latin American Cinema of Trieste, to the Spanish film "Bernard" by Alex Quiroga, was awarded the Special Jury Prize given that it sensitizes on the need to include all persons considered "diverse."XXXIV Trieste Latin American Film Festival. This was decided by the jury, composed of Tonino Pinto, Luciano Sovena, Fernando Spiner, Valentina Ripa, who chose him for having "built as a dramatic fable, which...
 
 

 

RIFF Awards 2019: winners of the XVIII edition announced

 
Best Film is “37 Seconds” by Hikari For International Documentaries winner is “Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time” by Barbara Bentree about the Oscar-winning composer Tootsie Best Italian Documentary “Pastrone!” by Lorenzo De Nicola on the director of Cabiria Best Italian short films “Oltre Il Fiume” by Luca Zambolin; “Vittoria per tutti” by Elia Bei wins the RAI Cinema Channel Award   Best Film is "37 Seconds&q...

 

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INDIA in focus with Siraj Syed  

IFFI 50: Films scene and partly seen films

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IFFI 50: Films scene and partly seen films As is the norm at film festivals, I walked out of many a film that could not sustain my interest beyond the first few minutes. In one case, I sat till 90 minutes, before deciding that it had gone too far without going anywhere. International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2019, Panaji, November 20-28, will go down as a festival where my choices, and in many cases, films which I had to see because I had no choice, were under-whelmingly disappointing. I...
 
 

IFFI 50: Screenplay, cinematography and production design are the 3 most important--Priyadarshan

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IFFI 50: Screenplay, cinematography and production design are the 3 most important--Priyadarshan At the ongoing 50th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa, the Chairperson of the Feature Films Jury of Indian Panorama Mr. Priyadarshan Nair, eminent director, along with fellow jury members Mrs. Sreelekha Mukherji, Mr. Harish Bhimani and Mr. Vinod Ganatra   and Mrs. Aarti Shrivastava and Mr. Ronel Haobam, Jury members of Non-Feature Films Section, participated i...
 

NFDC’s Film Bazaar 2019 ends, with multiple awards for several projects

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NFDC’s Film Bazaar 2019 ends, with multiple awards for several projects ~ The Prasad Digital Intermediate (DI) award by Prasad Labs and the Moviebuff Appreciation Awards (DCP) 2018 were awarded to ‘Pedro’ by Natesh Hegde and ‘Swizerland’ by Ajitpal Singh from the WIP Lab and ‘Pinki Elli?’ (Where Is Pinki?) by Prithvi Konanur, from the FBR section~ ~‘Laila Aur Satt Geet’ (The Shepherdess And The Seven Songs) by Pushpendra Singh won the VKA...
 

NFDC’s Film Bazaar 2019 showcases 14 projects

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NFDC’s Film Bazaar 2019 showcases 14 projects The selection presents projects from India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, France, Nepal, Singapore and USA. The line-up is an eclectic mix of stories in Hindi, English, Bengali, Malayalam, Assamese, Nepali, Dzongkha (Bhutanese) and Gujarati from established filmmakers as well as new talent. After the success of Open Pitch, in previous editions, this year again, the selected filmmakers have been pitching their projects to a curated audience of nationa...
 

IFFI 50: Russian delegation press conference--Bringing the spirits of India, Russia together

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IFFI 50: Russian delegation press conference--Bringing the spirits of India, Russia together Joint production of films and cultural exchange through films will bring the spirit of India and Russia together, said Russian Ambassador to India Mr. Nikolay Kudashev. A joint agreement was signed at Vladivostok in Russia, during September 2019, for expanding cultural exchanges between the two countries. It is time to take advantage of the agreement by working together and reaching our common aims, h...
 

Film Bazaar 2019: Film pitches, hectic meetings, panel discussions

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Film Bazaar 2019: Film pitches, hectic meetings, panel discussions Held on the sidelines of the 50th International Film festival of India (IFFI), Goa, 2019,  at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, the Film Bazaar is an annual event organised by the National Film Development Corporation of India, over four days.   The second day of the 13th Film Bazaar continued with hectic meetings, insightful knowledge sessions, and workshops filled with insights for participants. Here are...
 

IFFI 50: Filmfesivals.com recommends recognition of senior journalists, IFFI accepts

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Very nice initiative from our correspondent in India Siraj Syed "A press conference was held on 19th November, on the eve of the inauguration of the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), at Maquinez Palace, Panaji, Goa. It was addressed by the Chief Minister of Goa (ESG), Mr. Pramod Sawant, who is also the Chairman of the Entertainment Society of Goa, and Mr. Chaitanya Prasad, Director of IFFI, among others. It was revealed at the PC that the cost of organising IFFI 2019 was...
 

IFFI 50: A.K. Bir, chairing IFFI’s Technical Committee for over 12 years

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IFFI 50: A.K. Bir, chairing IFFI’s Technical Committee for over 12 years To enjoy a film in the way the maker meant it to be enjoyed is a blessing. We, who are attending the 50th International Film Festival of India, Panaji, Goa, know how important it is to enjoy a film in the right ambience. A small error, and the joy could be ruined. To make sure no such thing happens, IFFI has a Technical Committee in place, headed by A.K. Bir, himself a renowned cinematographer, screen-writer and fi...
 
 

IFFI 50: 11 Golden Lining films, made in 1969, to be part of IFFI’s golden jubilee screenings

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IFFI 50: 11 Golden Lining films, made in 1969, to be part of IFFI’s golden jubilee screenings IFFI, in its 50th edition, dedicates a section for Films, released in 1969, who turn 50 this year. These include National Award winning Films from all parts of India and bring in its fold, all the Indian Film Industry. The package includes Films in Odiya, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, Assamese and Malayalam languages. One of the movies featured on this section is Tambdi Mati, by Bh...
 
 

IFFI 50: 15 firsts at the 2019 festival

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IFFI 50: 15 firsts at the 2019 festival 1.      International Film Festival of India, IFFI 2019, will witness 90 India Premieres, 6 World Premieres and 11 Asia Premieres of Films. 2.      In a first for IFFI, a special award named Icon of Golden Jubilee of IFFI has been constituted, by the Government of India. This award will be bestowed to superstar Rajinikanth, during Inaugural Ceremony. 3.      IFFI 2019 will see ...
 
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Source Screendollars   We hope all our readers have a wonderful Thanksgiving Thursday and a busy holiday week at the movies. Disney's much-anticipated Frozen 2 produced record-breaking results in its opening weekend, earning $127M in North American theaters and a whopping $350M worldwide. This performance represents the biggest opening weekend the history of Walt Disney Animation Studios, the biggest non-summer opening weekend for any animated film and the #3 opening for an...
 

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*** By Anna Polibina-Polansky *The fountain alongside its own shadow Is marked by Marble rooves and smalta doors. The gondoliers are searching for the ferry To stay about. The cafe "Hijab" Is droping notes to the bay. It's tuning up to the chuchvan of seas. Stars are blooming. It is what is reduced from sums of heavens. The tropic constellations are alert. 11.2019. Moscow ...
 
 

Brazil’s 92nd Oscar Bid INVISIBLE LIFE Bows on Dec. 20

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Although the Best International Film category is crowded this year, that shouldn't prevent you from seeing Brazil's entry into the Academy Awards competition. Read on... RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil's Official Submission for International Feature Film for the 92nd Academy Awards® is INVISIBLE LIFE. The film is written and directed by Karim Aïnouz, and stars Carol Duarte, Julia Stockler and Fernanda Montenegro.   ...

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FRANK, EARNEST WITH0 MERCY Short film by Jarrod Dean Australia 2019 - 14 minutes

Frank, Earnest with Mercy is a stylish, sexually charged comedy set in beautiful Naples. Two friends have an important mission to complete when a Southern Italian girlfriend in a bedroom stands in the way.

How far does one go for friendship, for business, for love ?

 

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June 2019, Australia 14 minutes  short film by Jarrod Dean

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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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Dave Grusin Not Enough Time Documentary feature by Barbara Bentree

USA, 84 min, 2019 I  Trailer I Ask for a screener

Millions of people know the music of Dave Grusin (The Graduate, Three days of the Condor, Reds, Heaven can wait, The Champ, The fabulous Baker Boys, Havana, The Milagro Beanfield War, The Firm...) but may not know his name. Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time documents his journey from Colorado cowboy to Oscar and Grammy winning composer. 

The documentary, directed by Barbara Bentree and produced by John Rangelwill include interviews with many friends and collaborators such as Quincy Jones, Lee Ritenour, Marcus Miller, Nathan Barr and Michael Keaton, besides Dave Grusin himself, who is strongly involved in the development of the documentary.

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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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Raised On Rock The Burnette Family Legacy

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Coming April 2019  "RAISED ON ROCK - The Burnette Family Legacy" will be premiering at Film Festivals throughout 2018 before being released for worldwide distribution

Director - Sally Steele

Sally Steele is on a mission to reunite the legendary battling Burnette family- a family United by Blood-Divided by Fame. The filmmaker travels across the United States interviewing special guests while learning the amazing rock history of Johnny Burnette and Dorsey Burnette and The Rock and Roll Trio who influenced Elvis, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and many others, on her quest to bring Rocky and Billy Burnette and the members of the family together for one final dramatic and exciting performance at the end of the film, trying to heal the rift that rocked the world and tore a family apart echoing down a generation to the family “Raised On Rock“.

The film exists in two versions Long Short (60) and Short Documentary (40)

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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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LIVING IN THE FUTURES PAST by Susan Kucera, A documentary presented by Jeff Bridges.
USA October 2017 - 83 minutes 

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13 Festival wins so far for Living in the Future's Past

Jeff Bridges was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for career achievement at the 2019 Golden Awards Ceremony

 

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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...
 

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Top 10 des entrées hebdo France du 20/11/2019 au 26/11/2019

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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 Palmarès de la 23è édition des ŒILLADES, Festival du Film francophone d'Albi

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Le Palmarès de la 23è édition des ŒILLADES, Festival du Film francophone d'Albi, annoncé ce 24 novembre 2019, au cinéma Les Cordeliers à Albi, avant la 25è projection EN AVANT-PREMIERE (hors compétition) du film LES PARFUMS de Grégory Magne.     PALMARÈS ...
 
 

Palmarès de ce 30e Festival International du Film d'Histoire de Pessac

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COMPÉTITION FICTION La Vie invisible d’Euridice Gusmão de Karim Aïnouz Prix du Jury Professionnel Parrainé par la Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations et le Domaine Clarence Dillon (Château Haut-Brion - 1er Grand Cru Classé 1855, Château Mission Haut-Brion - Cru classé des Graves) La Vie invisible d’Euridice Gusmão de Karim Aïnouz Prix Danielle-Le Roy du Jury Étudiant Parr...
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