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Opening with a Bang and Some Blood

Despite murmurs of criticism amongst festival regulars, George Miller’s “Mad Max” looks to be a thrilling two hour kickoff for Thursdays big day of films. The movie looks to be a 2 hour long chase filled with explosions, killer Tom Hardy one liners and A-list acting from the beautiful Charlize Theron. The film will be followed by Matteo Garrones “Il Racconto Dei Racconti”, which has created quite a bit of excitement in the film world. The cinematog...

Sienna Miller at the Opening Ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival 2015

Actress and Jury Sienna Miller attends the Opening Ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival wearing the Atelier Swarovski Core Collection Regent Earrings and Ring       Photo credit ATELIER SWAROVSKI. ...

Today may 14 at La Semaine de la Critique

Au Miramar At the Miramar     LES ANARCHISTES Elie Wajeman (1H41 – Eng. subt.) – 8:30, 20:00*     SLEEPING GIANT Andrew Cividino (1H29 – Ss-titres fr.) – 11:30*, 17:00*, 22:30     * En présence de l’équipe du film Talents attending     Live P...

Press conference - Mad Max : Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road, presented Out of Competition, is all set to take the Croisette by storm. The traditional press conference took place this morning. The film team was made up of the Australian director George Miller, the actress Charlize Theron and the actors Tom Hardy and Nicholas Hoult. They were accompanied by producer Doug Mitchell and editor Margaret Ann Sixel.       ...

Opening Cannes with class

Julianne Moore & Lambert Wilson © AFP / Valery Hache   The temple of world cinema, the Festival de Cannes opened Wednesday night for the 68th time in its history with the desire to be instilled with a fresh inspiration: the inspiration symbolized on the podium of the Grand Théâtre Lumière by the great Coen brothers, surrounded by Sophie Marceau, Rokia Traoré, Rossy De Palma, Sienna Miller, Xavier Dola...

The International Critics Jury Cannes Film Festival 2015

The International Federation of Film Critics, FIPRESCI, presents the International Critics Award at the Cannes Film Festival ever since its first edition. The FIPRESCI Jury in Cannes awards three prizes: one in the Official Competition, another in Un Certain Regard, and a third one in either one of the sidebars: the Semaine de la Critique or the Directors' Fortnight. The members of the 2015 jury are: Mario Abbade Neto, Brazil, jury President Borborah Bitopan, India Alex Masson, Fra...

THE THIRD MAN at Cannes Classics

First ever 4k restoration of  "THE THIRD MAN" screening at Cannes Classics tomorrow. Rialto Pictures to release in US in June.   THE THIRD MAN (In glorious new 4k restoration) will screen at Cannes Classic tomorrow. Details: THE THIRD MAN 4k Restoration Cannes Classics Thursday, May 14 2:00PM Salle Bunuel     RIALTO...

Cannes ready to open with LA TETE HAUTE (STANDING TALL) A "good" film

Thierry Fremaux promised this year the Festival would open with a good film, no offence to Grace...Lets us all be a witness of that with this moving, sensitive and pouignant film. Out of Competition - Opening Film Directed by : Emmanuelle BERCOT Country: FRANCE Year: 2015 Duration: 119.00 minutes CREDITS Emmanuelle BERCOT - Director Emmanuelle BERCOT - Script / Dialogue Ma...

Capturing the Cannes Experience for HP and win a tablet

HP will offer attendees at the Festival the chance to capture their Cannes experience.  HP branded bikes carrying HP printers will be present on La Croisette, offering on-the-spot photo printing or alternatively, the opportunity to enter a competition to win an HP tablet each day for the most creative ‘HP Selfie on La Croisette’ using #BendTheRules. ...


Agnès Varda is to receive an honorary Palme d’or during the Closing Ceremony of the 68th Festival de Cannes.

© Ciné-Tamaris   Previously, only Woody Allen, in 2002,Clint Eastwood, in 2009, and Bernardo Bertolucci, in 2011, have been granted this supreme distinction by the Board of Directors of the Festival de Cannes. The award is given to renowned directors whose works have achieved a global impact but who have nevertheless never won the Palme d’or. Agnès Varda is the first female director to garner the prestigious trophy. With her legendary humo...

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Third edition of The Classic Film Market in Lyon


The Heritage: A global economy, a classic film market, industry professionals. For three days, film industry professionals (producers, distributors, cinema operators, television broadcasters, rights holders, institutional organizations ...) gather to discuss and exchange views on the present state and the future of classic cinema, its challenges and opportunities in a changing environment. Market area, symposium, Lumière festival screenings, lunches and meetings. 
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Animated Film “Anne Frank’s Diary” to Release Online This Fall

First animated adaptation of “Anne Frank’s Diary” to stream online and VOD   Critically-acclaimed feature “Anne Frank’s Diary” will release its new remastered 2015 HD version on VOD and online platforms this Fall. “Anne Frank’s Diary” is the first animated feature film adaption of the widely popular book, produced by Globe Trotter Network (France) and A-N Committee (Japan), in collaboration with the Anne Frank Fonds. 




Exodus to Shanghai | Worldwide rights available I Book a Meeting with F FILMS

Exodus to Shangai By Anthony Hickox I Book your meeting to screen and discuss the film at F Lounge - Majestic Lobby : Set your meeting : 
A love story of West loves East, Jews and Chinese united with violins, interrupted by the Nazi invasion of Austria in 1938. Even Hitler is not powerful enough to break the love; with many adventures and action, they make the Exodus from Vienna to reach the Next year in Shanghai.  SCREENING on demand at the F LOUNGE Booth LOBBY MAJESTIC HOTEL    

Cannes Market Premiere for Howard J Ford's Child Abduction Thriller ‘NEVER LET GO’


Howard J Ford's Child Abduction Thriller ‘NEVER LET GO’ has its market Premiere in Cannes Howard J Ford's (Director/Producer Co-Writer of 'The Dead 1 & 2') latest epic NEVER LET GO. Shot in Morocco, Spain and the US, the film tells the story of Lisa, a single mother (played by Angela Dixon) who takes the law into her own hands to get back her abducted child.
The completed film will have its Market Debut Monday 18th May, 5.30 PM at Olympia cinema.
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Vision Films Cannes 2015 Lineup with Inspirational Films

Founded in 1997 and based in Sherman Oaks, CA, Vision Films is an independent worldwide Distributor of Feature Films, Documentary Specials, Series, Music and Reality Programming. We license all available rights from Theatrical, DVD/Blu-Ray, Television and VOD/Digital Media rights to both the International and Domestic marketplaces.  We currently handle a library of over 500 Feature Films, 500 Documentaries and 100 different Music Programs from some of the most prolific independent film producers in the world. Contact Vision Films in Cannes I Website

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Ribbon cutting for the opening of AMPAV

US Ambassador and Festival Director Thierry Fremaux at the AmPav opening ceremony AmPav Ribbon Cutting- Thursday, May 14 (Photo Credit: The American Pavilion 2015 ) (Credit: The American Pavilion 2015) CURRENT /UPDATED AMPAV 2015 PROGRAM: Industry in Focus: Casting Directors- 5/15 Industry in Focus: State of the Industry- 5/16 TimesTalks Presents: Tom Bernard & Michael Barker- 5/16 Ti...

Screenlights Awards make astop in Cannes

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Final Conference Agenda for the Film Finance Forum in Cannes

6th Annual International Film Finance Forum Exploring Global Strategies for Film Financing, Risk Mitigation and New Distribution Avenues Intercontinental Carlton Hotel | Cannes, France Presented by Winston Baker Friday, May 15, 2015 12:30 - 12:45 pm     Conference Registration and Networking 12:45 - 1:30 pm View From the Director’s Chair: Banking on Content vs. Talent OPENING KEYNOTE CONVERSATION WITH: Lone Scherfig, Director, AN EDUCATION Ariel Vro...

Red Sea Media brings eight completed titles to the Cannes market

Roman Kopelevich’s Red Sea Media will bring eight completed titles to the Cannes market and handling international sales. The company’s expanded sales slate includes: ALIENATE directed by Michael Shumway; BLACKLINE written and directed by Christian Johnston, starring MAX RYAN; LUMBERJACK MAN directed by Josh Bear; MORNING written and directed by Leland Orser, starring Jeanne Tripplehorn and Laura Linney; PALE HORSE directed by Pearry Reginald Teo; GNOME ALONE directed by Timothy Wood...

Cinema for Peace Cannes 2015 - India`s Daughter

On the occasion of the Festival de Cannes 2015, Cinema for Peace and Plan International (UK) are co-hosting an evening for INDIA’s DAUGHTER, a film by Leslee Udwin, and its global Campaign, at Nikki Beach at Carlton Hotel supported by Uma Thurman, Emma Thompson, Nandita Das, Kathy Lette, Freida Pinto, Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman.    ...

Conquistador Entertainment launches sales of Jean-Michel Cousteau’s ODYSSEA 3D

Following the success of Conquistador Entertainment’s Jennifer Aniston starrer, CAKE, the recently revived Sales Agency has announced its Cannes Marché line-up, which will include; Jean-Michel Cousteau’s, ODYSSEA 3D; Noah Buschel’s, THE PHENOM, starring Ethan Hawke, Paul Giamatti and Johnny Simmons; and Devon Downs’ directorial debut, PARLOR. Currently in-production, Conquistador Entertainment will screen a promo reel for Cousteau’s ODYSSEA 3D, exclusively t...

Kaleidoscope Film Distribution to Handle Worldwide Sales on Sports Doc I AM DURAN starting in Cannes

Kaleidoscope Film Distribution (KFD) will handle worldwide sales on I AM DURAN. The sports documentary, currently in pre-production, will chronicle the life of Roberto Duran, one of the most entertaining, controversial and greatest boxers of all time. As a notable figure in boxing and Panama’s history, Duran’s life story will also be told in the forthcoming biopic HANDS OF STONE written and directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz and starring Edgar Ramirez, Robert DeNiro and Ellen Barkin. Ka...

Foresight Unlimited is launching a television sales arm

Foresight Unlimited is launching a television sales arm with an initial slate of three original series from Timothy Scott Bogart and Gary A. Randall’s Boardwalk Entertainment.  Foresight’s Mark Damon and Tamara Birkemoe will handle foreign sales and work with international partners to co-produce projects with international themes which will be for the most part, shot abroad.   The first of the three one-hour dramatic scripted series will be “Headliners”, an in...

Conquistador Entertainment Launches Cannes Line-Up with Jean-Michel Cousteau's 'Odyssea 3D'

SALES FOR THE FEATURE DOCUMENTARY WILL COMMENCE AT THE MARCHÉ CANNES, MAY 12, 2015 - Following the success of Conquistador Entertainment’s Jennifer Aniston starrer, CAKE, the recently revived Sales Agency has announced its Cannes Marché line-up, which will include; Jean-Michel Cousteau’s, ODYSSEA 3D; Noah Buschel’s, THE PHENOM, starring Ethan Hawke, Paul Giamatti and Johnny Simmons; and Devon Downs’ directorial debut, PARLOR. Currently in-production, Conqu...

Content Media Takes Worldwide Sales Rights and Will Debut the Project in Cannes

Noomi Rapace (“Prometheus,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Drop”) has signed on to play the iconic and most influential female opera singer of the 20th century, Maria Callas, in the feature biopic “Callas.”   Niki Caro (“McFarland, USA,” “Whale Rider,” “North Country”) is attached to direct “Callas” from a screenplay she adapted from Alfonso S...

Strong figures on Market opening, with 11 000 registrations so far

Today is the opening day of the Marché! So far, 11,000 attendees have already registered, with a strong increase of participants from Korea and Italy. From these numbers, producers make up 29%, followed by distributors with 24% and sales agents with 11%. The Marché welcomes a record number of 117 countries. For the first time Albania, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will be represented. 3,300 films will be on sale. 950 films will be shown in the 1,400 screenings alre...

The Innocents,new title from OneEyedFilms

THE INNOCENTS Mauricio Brunetti Argentina 2015  supernatural horror  work in progress Blood Window , Bruxelles Fantastic Film Festival    '''spooky version of 12 years a slave'' BiFFF Set in 19th century Argentina as the six years old crippled Rodrigo is ripped away from his family home by his brutal, merciless father, a slave landowner in remote Argentina.   When Rodrigo returns years later to introduce his young wife, his presence will unle...

Meet the Kosovo film Industry representatives during Cannes Film Festival

Meet the Kosovo film Industry representatives during Cannes Film Festival Come and visit us from 14-22 May at Village International Pantiero Kosovo/Albania stand nr 210 and enjoy some of our local refreshments!  Kosovo Cinematography Center       ...

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Portland Film Festival   September 1–7, 2015 

May 15, 2015 - Extended Deadline

The Storytellers' Festival & Conference
Festival: September 1–7, 2015  
Film & Screenplay Competitions

The 7-day event (September 1–7, 2015) will include film screenings, Q&As, filmmaker workshops, classes, panels and parties in locations throughout Portland, Oregon, as well as online.

The festival was named as one of the “Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine, as well as one of the "50 Festivals Worth its Submission Fee." The fest has over 20k in cash and prizes split across most genres and film lengths.


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UNAFF 2015  October 15-25, 2015

Early Deadline – May 5, 2015

UNAFF celebrates the power of international documentary films dealing with human rights, the environment, protection of refugees, famine, homelessness, racism, disease control, women's issues, children, universal education, war and peace.

The 18th UNAFF will be held in Palo Alto, Stanford University, East Palo Alto and San Francisco. This year's theme RUNNING OUT OF TIME continues the ongoing celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and focuses on time-sensitive aspects of the Millennium Development Goals.

• Documentaries only
• No runtime limit - UNAFF accepts both shorts and longs

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The Montreal World Film Festival 

August 27, September 7


The regulations and entry forms to submit a film to the 2015 edition of the MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL are available for download. Please follow the links to get a copy. 

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August 13-22, 2015


The 11th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival and Film Conference/Film Market, scheduled for August 13-22, 2015 at the world famous TCL Chinese Theatre and Roosevelt Hotel, is now accepting submissions. (   2014 HSFF, 3 times named to MovieMaker Magazine “Top 25 Fests Worth the Entry Fee” lists, featured over 400 projects showcasing stars and filmmakers including Sofia Loren, Bill Plympton, Anthony and Joe Russo, and Felicia Day.  HSFF awarded over $150,000 in prizes, including $50,000 in post services courtesy of COMPANY 3 and METHOD STUDIOS for Best Short, Director, Music Video, Cinematography, VFX, and Commercial. Shorts HD distribution deals for winners and Final Draft prizes for Screenplay Contest winners.  


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