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> FOCUS ON SUNDANCE  Jan. 28 - Feb.3 

Sundance 21: a look back at this year’s Fest 


HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2021 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL In our 40 years as an Institute, we’ve never hosted a Sundance Film Festival quite like 2021’s. And that’s thanks in large part to you, our adventurous audiences, who joined us for seven straight days of independent storytelling. Now that we’ve finally gotten caught up on our sleep (and then some), we’ve prepared a quick day-by-day look back at the premieres, the incredible conversations, this year’s interste...

Solid online attendance for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

2021 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AUDIENCE ATTENDANCE Sundance’s Largest-Ever Audience Comes Together Around Independent Storytelling  The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced attendance information for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, which took place both online and in-person in 20 cities across the country from January 28 through February 3. The seven day Festival reached a total audience 2.7 times larger than at the typical 11 day Utah edition, despite the shorter durat... 

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EFM AND BERLINALE 71 PREVIEWS: programs announced  

There is a new bear in Berlin (I think ?)

The 71st Berlin International Film Festival will take place in two stages: The Industry Event for industry professionals and accredited press marks the kick-off from March 1 to 5, 2021. From June 9 to 20, the Berlinale invites the general public to the Summer Special.   The key design for the 71st Berlinale has now been set.   “This year's Berlinale Bear is a typical Berlin character. The likeable hand-made motif exudes optimism in these challenging times and...

The Berlinale 2021 International Jury, Encounters Jury, International Short Film Jury and Generation Jury

(clockwise from top left to bottom left) Adina Pintilie © Manekino Film; Nadav Lapid ©  Guy Ferrandis; Mohammad Rasoulof © Cosmopol Film; Jasmila Žbanić © Edvin Kalic; Gianfranco Rosi © Mariangela Barbanente; Ildikó Enyedi © Hanna Csata Internationale Jury During the development of the festival format in 2021, a new concept was also agreed on with regard to the composition of the International Jury. The directors of six Golden Bear winning films...


The Comprehensive EFM Conference and Film Programme Is Going Online

News on European Film Market and Berlinale Talents The EFM's 2021 visual design combines the Berlin feeling with the online universe © Design: Irmela Schautz / EFM 2021   European Film Market    The Stage Is Set for the 2021 European Film Market: The Comprehensive Conference and Film Programme Is Going Online   Starting today, the EFM is rolling out the digital red carpet, because effective immediately, market accreditation holders can access the new, exp...



IMZ honours Salzburger Festspiele with Shine a Light Award

  INTERNATIONAL MUSIC + MEDIA CENTRE CREATED NEW PRIZE FOR SPECIAL CREATIVE ACTIONS + INITIATIVE DURING THE CORONA PANDEMIC   While a great amount of actions and initiatives connected people through the arts during the pandemic, according to the IMZ, one exceptionally stood out: The Salzburger Festspiele. The festival, presenting 110 performances in 30 days, was now awarded with the Shine a Light Award, a non-endowed honorary prize newly created by the IMZ, the International Music +...

Competition and Berlinale Special

Video Presentation on February 11, 2021, at 11 am (CET)   Executive Director Mariette Rissenbeek will introduce the format of this year’s festival once again. Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian will then present the films selected for the Competition and Berlinale Special. Please note: Mariette Rissenbeek will hold the presentation in German and Carlo Chatrian in English. The English translation of her presentation will be available on the website, once the video starts. The Eng...

Encounters, Panorama and Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Encounters Regaining a Sense of Discovery   The competitive section Encounters was introduced in 2020. Its goal is to support new voices in cinema and to give more room to diverse narrative and documentary forms in the official film selection. A three-member jury will choose the winners for Best Film, Best Director and a Special Jury Award, and will announce them during the Berlinale Industry Event in March. This year’s line-up comprises 12 titles from 16 countr...

Berlinale Shorts, Forum and Forum Expanded

Berlinale Shorts   Tell Me about Yourself so that I Can Understand the World   The longing to understand and to be understood runs through the selection. The films daringly confront the present and rewrite the past. There are many ways to imagine a new tomorrow. A total of 20 films from 17 countries are competing for the Golden and the Silver Bear in Berlinale Shorts.     Forum Slaloming between Fiction and Documentary: The Films of the 51st Berlinale Forum...
Retrospective “No Angels – Mae West, Rosalind Russell & Carole Lombard”   The 2021 Retrospective of the Berlin International Film Festival showcases the comedic oeuvre of three American actresses – Mae West, Rosalind Russell, and Carole Lombard during the era when the Motion Picture Production Code (“Hays Code”) was coming into effect. This year's curated programme encompasses 27 films released between 1932 and 1943, the glory era of the...
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> FOCUS ON INDIA:  by Siraj Syed 

THE GOA CHRONICLES by Siraj Syed, our Indian corrrespondent.


Breaking News in Yuba County, Review: Last one standing gets the millions

Breaking News in Yuba County, Review: Last one standing gets the millions It’s genre-defying film, with a most unlikely protagonist, and several parallel tracks, all intertwined. Re-affirming the myth that, in America, anybody can get away with anything, and that killing and violence are about as common as pizza and burgers, Breaking News in Yuba County makes a messed-up attempt to say that amidst all this mayhem, loyalty to your wife and love for her are values worth cherishing. But it...


IFFI 51, 51: My ‘golden peacock’ moment and the denial of recognition to IFFI Veterans

IFFI 51, 51: My ‘golden peacock’ moment and the denial of recognition to IFFI Veterans It’s not the real thing, only a memento. Nevertheless it is not the lesser for me, in terms of value. How did I come about getting a replica of the much coveted Golden Peacock, which is the main prize at the International Film Festival of India? I was not part of any film shown at IFFI, nor had I contributed in any way, other than writing 51 articles on IFFI 51, attending some 30 film sho...

IFFI 51, 50: Ramin Rasouli’s The Dogs Didn't Sleep Last Night is based on four true stories

IFFI 51, 50: Ramin Rasouli’s The Dogs Didn't Sleep Last Night is based on four true stories “The Dogs Didn't Sleep Last Night tells the story of four different lives, driven by different emotions, each person having struggles which are different, yet intertwined. There are many stories around us, both good and bad. I found four stories, and put them together for this movie.”  Director Ramin Rasouli was speaking about his IFFI 51 Film, which he says is based on t...

Oh My Ghost, Review: The suicidal man and the four selfish ghosts who want him to live

Oh My Ghost, Review: The suicidal man and the four selfish ghosts who want him to live Different in many ways from the usual horror ghost dramas, both international and Indian, and even dissimilar to Casper, the Friendly Ghost, Oh My Ghost is a Marathi language film that is interesting in parts, but does not have enough to leave a lasting impression. It uses not one but four ghosts, two each from either gender and with vast differences in ages. At its heart is the tragi-comedy of a luckless, ...

IFII 51, 49: Avijatrik, a sequel to Satyajit Ray’s Apur Sansar

IFII 51, 49: Avijatrik, a sequel to Satyajit Ray’s Apur Sansar In an edition where the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) pays tribute to legendary film-maker Satyajit Ray, there was a fitting entry in the Indian Panorama Feature Film section of the festival, which builds on his rich cinematic contribution. Avijatrik, a sequel to Ray’s The Apu Trilogy, often cited as the three greatest films in Indian film history. The trilogy comprises the Bengali films Pather Panchali ...

IFFI 51, 48: Prawaas exhorts people to embrace minimalism

IFFI 51, 48: Prawaas exhorts people to embrace minimalism “Earlier, we used to regard the whole world as one family: Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. But now, even the family is not regarded as family. We have to stop running the rat race; we have to stay happy and realise that we can be happy only by helping others.” This is the heartfelt message conveyed by Shashank Udapurkar, Director of the Marathi film Prawaas, which has been screened at the 51st International Film Festival of India, i...

IFFI 51, 47: Is digital detox An Impossible Project?

IFFI 51, 47: Is digital detox An Impossible Project? Put down your phones. Have a digital detox. This is the seemingly impossible invocation made by an IFFI 51 German film, featured under International Cinema, at the 51st International Film Festival of India, being held in Goa. Yes, it may be An impossible Project, as the film title suggests, especially in a world where each second, every sphere of life is influenced by digital technologies, Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things. Gi...

IFFI 51, 46: 14th February and Beyond--The flip-side of Valentine’s Day

IFFI 51, 46: 14th February and Beyond--The flip-side of Valentine’s Day Valentine's Day is tampering with the mental well-being of our society. This is the emphatic and unequivocal message given by The 14th February & Beyond, an IFFI 51 Indian Panorama Non Feature Film, in the words of Director Utpal Kalal. "The film explores the commercialised nature of this highly capitalised day". He was addressing a press conference at the 51st International Film Festival of India ...

IFFI 51, 45: Aavartan is an attempt to showcase kathak in the time of item dances

IFFI 51, 45: Aavartan is an attempt to showcase kathak in the time of item dances Renuka, a disciple of Kathak maestro Bhawna Saraswati, begins to add a new dimension to the dance form she inherited from her. This puts Bhawna in a state of insecurity and identity crisis. Not knowing how to deal with her emotional self, she starts dejecting Renuka, making it painful for Renuka. Renowned Kathak Dancer Padma Shri Shovana Narayan has played the role of Bhawna Saraswati in the film Aavartan, whic...

IFFI 51, January 16-24, 44: Press Conference of Vera Moura and Joao Pedro Mamedi, stars of Moral Order

IFFI 51, January 16-24, 44: Press Conference of Vera Moura and Joao Pedro Mamedi, stars of Moral Order Women tried to find their voice in society, facing existential struggles, in the early half of 20th century Europe. Providing a window into their lives is Mario Barroso’s Portuguese movie, Moral Order, which has had its World Premiere, in the World Panorama section of 51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI), in Panaji, Goa. In 1918, Maria Adelaide Coelho, heiress and owner ...

RIFF 7, 05: Pride of Rajasthan Award to go to producer Om Chhangani

RIFF 7, 05: Pride of Rajasthan Award to go to producer Om Chhangani The 7th edition of the Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF), accredited by the Federation of Film Societies of India (FFSI-North Region) will be organised by the RIFF Film Club, in a Hybrid Format, from 20 to 24th March 2021 in Jaipur and Jodhpur, Rajasthan - India. This year, the theme for the RIFF 2021 is "Music in Cinema". RIFF 2021 will also celebrate the Pre Foundation Day of Rajasthan. The Founder, Di...

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 43: Malayalam film Thahira; struggles of a partially deaf woman and a visually impaired man

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 43: Malayalam film Thahira; struggles of a partially deaf woman and a visually impaired man “Thahira’s never-give-up attitude towards life helped in taking care of her sisters’ education and marriages. She also constructed a house with her hard-earned money, after her family lost everything due to her father's debts”. The Malayalam feature film ‘Thahira’, under IFFI 51 Indian Panorama Feature Film section, tells the story of a r...

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 42: Investing in Life chronicles survival in unfavourable conditions

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 42: Investing in Life chronicles survival in unfavourable conditions “A film on survival of every living being in unfavorable situations like social boycott, road accidents and man-animal conflict.” This is how Vaishali Vasant Kendale, director of ‘Investing Life’, describes her 52-minute non-feature film, produced by Films Division, that was screened at the 51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI). In the post-screening press conference...

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Santa Barbara International Film Festival Announces 2021 Plans

SBIFF announced that it is planning an elaborate build-out of two beachside drive-in theatres for the 36th Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented by UGG®, occurring March 31 - April 10, 2021. The drive-in theatres will be presented by Toyota Mirai and be hosted at Santa Barbara City College. They will include 80+ film screenings, all offered for FREE. RSVPing prior to arriving will be required.     “It’s imperative we bring a sense of hop... 
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Moonstruck’s John Patrick Shanley takes on The Twinkle Brothers

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   With talent galore, and a range from MOONSTRUCK to DOUBT and more, writer/screenwriter John Patrick Shanley is primarily a playwright but probably one of the most admired screenwriters among screenwriters. That said, he has some news. He has just signed on to write a comedy called THE TWINKLE BROTHERS. Read on...   LOS ANGELES, CA: Rivulet Media announced today that Academy Award® and Pulitzer Prize winning writer John Pa...


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Visions du Réel’s 2021 Ateliers are dedicated to Tatiana Huezo Sánchez and Pietro Marcello!

  The 52nd edition of Visions du Réel will celebrate the body of work of the Mexican-Salvadoran director Tatiana Huezo Sánchez (Tempestad) and the Italian director Pietro Marcello (Bella e Perduta, Martin Eden) by holding two major retrospectives. Copyright Pietro Marcello: Francesca Errichiello ... 


Overview of the US business for the week of February 15th

Universal's The Croods: A New Age climbed back into first place in the weekend box office, earning $2.04M in its 12th weekend, up 21% from last week. The DreamWorks Animated Family film has earned $48.3M during its run in theatres, an outstanding return in pandemic times.  Warner Bros. was responsible for both films that tied for second place with $2.0M in ticket sales:  the R-Rated historical drama Judas and the Black Messiah in its opening weekend and the R-Rated neo..

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WHO IS IT FOR?  Film makers, actors, musicians, artists, producers, and anyone else with an interest in filmmaking.    WHY THE LIFT?  In addition to a dedicated space to share your work and attend competitions, THE LIFT will allow users to:  ·       Connect with other artists, musicians, producers, and more. Think LinkedIn for filmmakers only ...


TËNK, the documentary streaming platform Now available across Canada in a new bilingual version

Tënk, the first platform entirely dedicated to auteur documentaries, will soon be available from coast to coast! To mark its first anniversary, Tënk will launch its bilingual version on February 26. All of Canada will be able to enjoy the carefully curated and weekly updated selections of the best documentaries, in English and French. A special programming to promote English-speaking filmmakers will also be offered the week of the launch of the bilingual version.   To celebrate ...



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MAX3MIN FESTIVAL: Yes three minutes max for your short!

How long does it take to tell a story? Are three minutes enough? In general, are they too few or even too many? We challenged image creators to call into question our usual ways to tell a story, beyond the prevailing categories of this time: the traditional length of films as well as the tight times of TV series, the graceful brevity of short stories, but also the super-fast fragmentation of IG stories.  Like a book of haikus you can watch, you will be amazed by the festival pro...

New dates of the 21st IFF New Horizons Festival

The change of the Cannes festival date will result in a slight postponement of the upcoming New Horizons Film Festival. After last autumn's exceptional November festival edition, we will meet again in Wrocław in summer 2021. Festival passes will go on sale March 10 (at for PLN 390 or PLN 375 (for New Horizons Cinema Friends Club Card holders). Please find below a special letter from Roman Gutek, Marcin Pieńkowski and the New Horizons team.   "Dear friends, ...


Fourteen new feature films, coming to you March 5-14th at New York Int'l Children's Film Festival

INTRODUCING THE 2021 FEATURE FILM LINEUP! Become a Member today to snag your passes early and make sure you don’t miss a single film! Catch all 14 feature films and 7 short film programs March 5-14, right in your living room, from anywhere in the United States.  Tickets go on sale to the general public on February 26th. We're thrilled to bring you 14 brilliant and inspiring new animated, live action, and documentary feature films from around the world!...


You’re Invited to the 2021 Emerging Filmmaker Preview Virtual Showcase!

Please join us for The American Pavilion 2021 Emerging Filmmaker Preview Virtual Showcase! The Showcase will be viewable ONLY from Friday, February 19 to Sunday, February 21. There will be a live Q&A with the filmmakers via Zoom on Sunday, February 21 at 3:00 PM (PT). You will receive the EFS site password along with Zoom login info after you register.  REGISTER HERE!   For more information about the upcoming 2021 Emerging Filmmaker Showcase official selection of finali...


European Talent Competition at SoundTrack_Cologne 18

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Young and upcoming composers* and sounddesigners* – watch out! SoundTrack_Cologne (June 9 - 12, 2021) is once again launching its EUROPEAN TALENT COMPETITION for young talent and cordially invites you to participate in the WDR FILMSCORE AWARD and SOUNDDESIGN categories! What's the task? The aim is to musically interpret and connect the visuals and narration of the short film “Mall”. Contestants may either compose the score or create the sound ...


The FMC-Film Music Contest 2021 Revealed Competing Music Categories

            The FMC-Film Music Contest 2021 Revealed Competing Music Categories New edition of the FMC-Film Music Contest 2021 has prepared the largest and the most exclusive offer of competition categories so far. In addition to the already traditional popular music categories, it will also open brand new and there will be 7 of them together. FMC 2021 Contest Categories Revealed 1.Music for Film, TV, Ads, Video games 2. Instrumental Music 3. F...


GTA is turning 21 this year and there WILL be a show: time to submit

Welcome to 2021 We skipped January... Early Entry: Friday Feb. 19th, 2021 GTA21 Application Creating Great Marketing?  Grab the spotlight at GTA21! ...


Zurich Film Festival wants your film

Here's looking  at your film, kid. We're looking for and at your films! Sad films, strange films, wild films, funny films, surprising films – we want them, we need them, we see them. Submit your film now and take a chance! ZFF is now open for submissions. Share your film or series with us and submit it via FilmFreeway. In our competition categories first, second and third directorial works compete for the Gold...


The 2021 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival opens with the screwball romcom Kiss Me Kosher.

  Combining at-home viewing in our Virtual Cinema and drive-in at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a reimagined 21st edition of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is finally here! The festival kicks off tomorrow with Opening Night and the North American Premiere of the screwball romantic comedy, Kiss Me Kosher. From Us to You, the Festival-in-a-Box Delivered right to your doorstep, Opening Night ticket buyers can look forward to receiving a curated festival-in-a-box, a ...


Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin: programme and highlights

  Documentary approaches, experimental fictions, videos, hybrid and multimedia forms. In the presence of artists and directors from all over the world, on site or remotely, this new edition offers an exceptional programme, bringing together 122 works from 39 countries, internationally renowned artists alongside young artists presented for the first time. ...

BCFF: Going Virtual

5 Feature Films and 25 Shorts! Due to COVID-19, the 4th Annual Bull City International Film Festival will be held as a virtual event. Films will be available to view online between March 5, 7pm through March 8 until 11pm EST. We are looking forward to bringing wonderful films (and filmmakers) from all over the world right to your home.For only $14.99 The Virtual All Access Pass will allow you to watch all films in the festival on your own schedule. There ...

Sydney Film Festival is excited to announce the 68th edition will take place 18-29 August 2021

  SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 68TH EDITION MOVES TO AUGUST FOR 2021 ONLY   After a successful Summer Season at the State Theatre and a sold-out Wong Kar Wai retrospective, Sydney Film Festival is excited to announce the 68th edition will take place 18-29 August 2021. The shift will allow the Festival to continue to include films from major international festivals (in addition to Australia’s best new feature films and documentaries!) in a year of date fluctuations ar...

Göteborg Film Festival wraps up the 44th edition

  After a festival edition like no other, presenting a digital programme with 70 films from 39 countries, the Isolated Cinema concept, streamed concerts, a daily podcast as well as a vibrant online industry programme, the 44th Göteborg Film Festival is now closed. With a record high attendance – with industry delegates from 46 countries – at Nordic Film Market and TV Drama Vision and a doubled festival audience we look back at some of the highlights from the leading film f...

SIFFA is back in the UK – from February 10th

  I hope you have a nice week! In my last blog, we discussed the situation with film festivals in London. Undoubtedly the biggest obstacles to running our festival offline are closed cinemas and bans on indoor gathering in groups due to the UK pandemic.   Moving on to our SIFFA UK film festival this year, we monitored the state of affairs in our country on a daily basis and consulted with our partners. At the moment, it is impossible to hold a film festival in the form in whic...

New dates for FEFF23: 11-19 June 2021

  11 / 19 June 2021 - Udine, Italy, Teatro Nuovo and Visionario   FAR EAST FILM FESTIVAL 23: IN THE MOOD FOR FEFF! From the 11th to the 19th of June, the Teatro Nuovo of Udine reopens its doors to the best of Asian cinema.     After last summer's revolutionary digital edition, the Far East Film Festival of Udine gets back to its roots. Always - if it needs stating - in accordance with the Covid emergency rules and guidelines. So from the 11th to the 19th of Ju...

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The Impact DOCS Awards Announces Latest Winners!

The Impact DOCS Awards goal is to discover and honor the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality documentaries. Impact DOCS (our partner) puts filmmakers first and provides a direct opportunity for recognition and publicity for high quality productions. It is international in scope and has granted awards to producers in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Korea, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Nepa...

MyFrenchFilmFestival announces the list of winners and a record 11th edition with 13 million views

The 11th edition of the online French-language film festival has come to a close, with 13 million views on the site and its partner platforms in over 200 territories. The festival achieved its best results ever!   Internet users were able to enjoy the films of the selection on, but also on over 60 video-on-demand platforms, which presented the festival internationally, including the Apple TV app (in over 90 territories), Amazon Prime Vide...

25th Satellite Awards go big for NOMADLAND, Borat 2

By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent The International Press Academy's 25th Annual Satellite Awards wins are out, and NOMADLAND pulled into the drive-in's with a Motion Picture, Drama topper, plus Best Director for Chloé Zhao, and Best Actress for Frances McDormand. Sacha Baron Cohen won for Motion Picture, Comedy, Best Actor for BORAT: SUBEQUENT MOVIEFILM, as did his controversial co-star Maria Bakalova. Amanda Seyfried won Best Supporting for MANK, and Chad...



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6th “Beyond Borders” International Documentary Festival in Castellorizo

August 22-29, 2021

Calling: 11 January - May 11, 2021

«Castellorizo-The Aegean Island where Documentaries meet History & Culture» The 6th International Documentary Festival «Beyond Borders», Castellorizo island, has the pleasure to invite documentary film-makers to submit their films until 11th of May, 2021. 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» which takes place every year during the last week of August, will be held under the patronage of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Ms. Katerina Sakellaropoulou. It is produced by the Hellenic History Foundation ( «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 Short Documentary, Best Greek Documentary, Best Special Award «Odyssey» and the Special Award for Mediterranean Friendship(EKOME). Please, find the application form and the participation terms here:

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Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival  
June 5-10, 2021


April 5, 2021 Regular Deadline

Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival launched its 1st edition in June 2019 to a spectacular success. The Festival enjoyed packed audiences at all screenings and played host to 22 visiting Filmmakers & Industry guests from as far afield as Brazil, USA, France, Ireland, UK, Germany, Greece & Iran. Check out our photos here as well as the Festival Vibe & interview videos on our YouTube Channel (Copy & Paste the link):

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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French Riviera Film Festival 

May 14-15, 2021



February 20, 2021 regular deadline

The third 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.

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Only Human HOMO Directed by Igor Ivanov


Homo Adorans, Homo Amans , Homo Economicus, Homo Faber, Homo Ludens,Homo Ridens : which one are you which one are they really?

ONLY HUMAN – Homo… stages six profiles in six sequencess  cleverly interwoven. One dramatic story in 6 episodes featuring desperate characters in their quest for survival and love, or redemption. The jobless graduate becomes a grave-digger, the grieving widow a nun, the priests gamble and gangsters rule the courts. Only the lonely child may find some affection when hope springs eternal.

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Safeguard: An Electoral College Story Documentary by Matthew Taylor

USA September 2020 77minutes

How do United States' presidential elections really work? And what would happen if we changed the rules? In Safeguard: An Electoral College Story, award-winning filmmaker M.A. Taylor answers those questions.

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IRIS by Diana Rodriguez

USA - Fantastic drama thriller: 104 minutes - first feature film

Alice Kremelberg (Orange Is The New Black) stars as Iris, and gives an outstanding lead performance as this tortured soul dreadfully awaiting the death of her Aunt Adelaide, played by Mary Looram (Like Father, Braid). As Aunt Adelaide slowly withers away in hospice, Iris continues her day to day routines of working in an antique shop, and scrolling online for connections through an online dating app. However, Iris has an ulterior motive behind her digital search for suitors, and it’s not love. Iris has a hunger, and she needs to feed. On every date she goes on, she sizes her match up and determines their strength of character on a criteria of what she considers basic human decency. And if any of her dates fail to meet her standards, then that’s the end of them. They’re dinner. That’s just how Iris operates.


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ANGIE: LOST GIRLS by Julia Verdin


USA, 107 minutes, June 2020

One girl’s nightmare. A nationwide reality.

After escaping from a sex trafficking ring, one teenage girl struggles to reconnect with herself and her family after her ordeal. Ultimately, in order to find herself and rescue her helpless friends, she must confront her own fears and help lead the police to her traffickers - no matter the cost.

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Canada, 56 minutes documentary, june 2020

The chance discovery of an online article sends a Holocaust survivor on an unexpected trip to visit the orphanage where he was rescued to after the war.
Manny Drukier narrowly escaped the war by jumping from a “death train” at age 16, finding refuge at a unique home for orphans and displaced children. 71 years later, Manny—who lives in Toronto—is tracked down by a German researcher who has dedicated a decade of her life to locating the surviving children from the home. She invites Manny to return to the orphanage, which has since become a grade school, to share his story with the next generation. Manny must now revisit the places of his darkest memories, to reconcile the past and educate the future.




BLUE MOTEL Award winning script by Ted Campbell
Feature film in production by Doval Bacall Films


Grand Winner Your Script Produced season 1  Platinum Remi Award WorldFest Houston

When his bank robber father injured in a recent heist seeks refuge at the desolate motel where he works, a motel clerk is forced to confront the truth behind a botched heist from his past.

Originally from Boston, Mass, Ted Campbell is a screenwriter and director who specializes in thoughtful, character driven thrillers. Ted will direct his heist thriller "Underground" with producer Ellen Wander of Film Bridge International. His contained, crime thriller “Blue Motel” won the Grand Prize in Your Script Produced screenplay competition. Ted will direct “Blue Motel” with Doval Bacall Films producing. Ted is a member of ISA’s Development Program. And was named to ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters To Watch list.

Ted finds inspiration in the works of the great noir writers Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald as well as his screenwriting idols Scott Frank, Shane Black, Tony Gilroy and Richard Wenk.

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Russia USA Feature documentary April 2020 Director's cut: 79 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.

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

"A film that Google does not want you to see  - 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”. 

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Sharkwater: Extinction by Rob Stewart Documentary
Canada 2018
 Sharkwater Extinction first peek

Rob Stewart''s 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. This is his final film, he died in a diving accident while completing the film.



Revolution by Rob Stewart 

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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