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"Vivarium" - Red Carpet - Imogen Poots and Jonathan Aris - BFI London Film Festival 2019

Imogen%203.JPG speaks to Imogen Poots and Jonathan Aris about "Vivarium" at the Red Carpet Event - Curzon Soho in London The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Festival this year. #vivarium #imogenpoots #jonathanaris #bfilondonfilmfestival   ...

BFI London Film Festival 2019 Red Carpet - The May Fair Hotel Gala Film "Marriage Story"

Ray Liotta - "Marriage Story" Red Carpet - Photo by Join us at The BFI London Film Festival with th May Fair Hotel Gala Film "Marriage Story" Red Carpet at Odeon Luxe in Leicester Square in London - Ray Liotta - Laura Dern - Adam Driver - David Heyman #bfilondonfilmfestival #rayliotta #adamdriver   Ray Liotta "Marriage Story" Red Carpet - Photos by Fabiola Bonnot for David Heyman - Producer - "Marriage Stor...

BFI London Film Festival 2019 Red Carpet - Opening Film "The Personal History of David Copperfield"

The BFI London Film Festival has kicked off with "The Personal History of David Copperfield" - Red Carpet at Odeon Luxe in Leicester Square in London - Hugh Laurie - Dev Patel #bfilondonfilmfestival #devpatel   ...

BFI London Film Festival - "The Personal History of David Copperfield" - Q&A Session

Photo - Lionsgate Q&A session of "The Personal History of David Copperfield" open this year for the BFI 63rd London Film Festival.  Hoste by Tricia Tuttle, Festival Director, with writer/director Armando Iannucci and producer Kevin Loader     ...

The 63rd BFI London Film Festival opens today!

Dev Patel - Photo by The BFI London Film Festival kicks off today, October 2, with "The Personal History of David Copperfield" A lot of the cast was here tonight on the red carpet at the Odeon Luxe in Leicester Square in London, including Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), Hugh Laurie, Rosalind Eleazar and Nikki Amura-Bird.     Morfyyd Eleazar - Hugh Laurie -       The Personal History of ...

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First AFM in the new role for Daniela Elstner newly appointed executive director of UniFrance

    Elstner's nomination was proposed by UniFrance—France's film promotion agency dedicated to supporting the export of French films—and approved unanimously by UniFrance's executive committee on Monday, July 8, 2019.   Born in Germany and a graduate of the Université Paris VII with a master's degree in Modern Literature, UniFrance in 1996. In October 1998 she joined Marg...

American Film Market® Grows Programming and Exhibition to Spotlight Immersive Technology for its 40th Edition

  New Immersive Summit presented by Winston Baker Set for November 9 New XR Space to Showcase AR/VR/MR Content and Technology to Market’s Global Attendees Los Angeles, CA – June 26, 2019 – The American Film Market (AFM®) announced today the addition of programming and dedicated exhibition space to spotlight immersive content and technology for the 2019 market.  AFM will celebrate its 40th edition November 6-13 in Santa Monica, CA. For the AFM’s ex...

IFTA Urges Senate Finance Committee to Protect Federal Production Incentives

  The Senate Finance Committee has formed Task Forces of members and staff to actively examine several expiring/expired tax provisions, including the expensing of qualified film and television productions under Section 181 that expired at the end of 2017, in an effort to find solutions that would provide long-term certainty for taxpayers. Section 181 allows producers to elect to begin depreciation of qualified production expenses (up to $15 million and in certain circumstances up to ...

IFTA Joined Industry Groups to Push Back on Piracy

  IFTA joined this summer CreativeFuture, the MPAA, and SAG-AFTRA in comments to the U.S. Department of Commerce on ways in which the U.S. government can help combat digital piracy which in the U.S. alone is estimated to cost between $30-$70 billion annually, between 230,000 and 560,000 jobs, and between $45-115 billion in GDP, as well as threatening consumers and our nation's cybersecurity with exposure to dangerous malware. In the submission, the groups identified the following...

Charlie Weber, Louise Lombard, Candice King, Karimah Westbrook and Rob Estes have joined AFTER WE COLLIDED

Hot on the heels of the box-office sensation After winning Best Choice Drama, Choice Drama Movie Actor and Choice Drama Movie Actress at the 2019 Teen Choice Awards, production on the highly anticipated sequel After We Collided has commenced, it was announced today by Anna Todd, international bestselling author of the “After” book series. Roger Kumble (Cruel Intentions) is directing the film, starring returning leads Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, along with fan-favorite Dy...

Noah Media Group launched their London-based in-house International Sales arm

 The newly created sales division arm (from  the Noah Group) kicks off with major UK Amazon Prime Video and BBC deals on sports documentary THE EDGE   Noah Media Group, the creators of acclaimed sports documentaries including BOBBY ROBSON: MORE THAN A MANAGER (Netflix) and STEVE McQUEEN: THE MAN & LE MANS (Official Cannes selection, 2015), today announced the launch of their London-based in-house International Sales arm.   Making a significant start to proceedings i...

Netflix has renewed Stranger Things for a fourth season and signed series creators and showrunners The Duffer Brothers

Netflix has renewed the worldwide hit series Stranger Things for a fourth season and signed series creators and showrunners The Duffer Brothers to a multi-year film and series overall deal.   “The Duffer Brothers have captivated viewers around the world with Stranger Things and we’re thrilled to expand our relationship with them to bring their vivid imaginations to other film and series projects our members will love,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix....

Here Today casts Penn Badgley, Laura Benanti, Louisa Krause, Anna Deavere Smith, Nyambi Nyambi, Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish

Billy Crystal by Steve Schofield  Tiffany Haddish by Keith Major  Penn Badgley (“You”), Laura Benanti (“Younger”), Louisa Krause (“Billions”), Anna Deavere Smith (“Black-ish”), and Nyambi Nyambi (“The Good Fight”), are set to join multi Emmy-award Winner and Golden Globe Nominee Billy Crystal and Emmy-award Winner Tiffany Haddish in the hilarious and heart-warming feature film Here Today, it was announced today by Astu...

Ben Foster and Gillian Jacobs have joined Chris Pine in the action thriller VIOLENCE OF ACTION. STXinternational handling sales

FILMING HAS BEGUN ON THE THUNDER ROAD FILMS AND 30WEST PRODUCTION   Principal photography is underway on VIOLENCE OF ACTION, which Tarik Saleh (The Nile Hilton Incident) is directing from a script by J.P. Davis. Produced by Thunder Road Films and financed by 30WEST, the picture is shooting on location in the U.S, Germany and Romania.   Independent Spirit Award winner Ben Foster (Hell or High Water, Leave No Trace) and Gillian Jacobs (Community, Netflix Original Love) join powerhous...


150+ Speakers. 50 Sessions. 3 Stages for the AFM conferences

The Largest Motion Picture Conference AFM’s Conferences, Roundtables, Workshops and Presentations will guide you in taking your film from concept to screen while navigating the rapidly evolving industry. Topics cover every aspect of film – pitch, finance, production, marketing and distribution. Hear from Effie Brown, Duly Noted; Floris Bauer, Gunpowder & Sky; Cassian Elwes, Elevated Film Sales; Mark Gooder, Cornerstone Films; Vanessa Saal, Protagonist Pictures; Tony Vassili...

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One Week Can Change Everything What you know and who you know – both are key to your success in filmmaking. The American Film Market combines both – the knowledge to take your film from concept to screen and the people who can help you achieve your goals. D...

Paramount Pictures’ Futurist Ted Schilowitz Set as Keynote for AFM’s half-day Immersive Summit



The American Film Market (AFM®) will mark its 40th edition November 6 - 13 with its most expansive programming to date.  New to the lineup is a half-day Television Conference and a session centered on AVOD (Ad Supported Video On Demand).    AFM’s more than 50 panels, roundtables and presentations will showcase international industry experts, decision makers, and academics across three stages, alongside the AFM’s industry screenings and marketplace.   Ted S...


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TV Beats Forum presents case studies of Chernobyl, The Feed and All the Sins

TV Beats Forum, an industry-oriented counterpart to the TV Beats programme of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event presents case-studies of several high-profile TV series. Wendy Mitchell and Kathleen McInnis moderate the two-day event with an interesting programme.    Among this year's highlights of the TV Beats Forum is the case study of the highly acclaimed HBO series Chernobyl with the series Lithuanian co-producer UAB Baltic Film Services producer Lineta Mis...

The 17th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival kicks-off on Wednedsay, Oct. 16th!

  5 days until #Tallgrass17! We're excited to kick off the 17th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival here in downtown Wichita next Wednesday!  Don't forget to snag your TALLPass ahead of next week's festivities. If you're not sure about 5 days full of VIP acess - check out the many additional options we have this year - including weekend VIP, Film only passes and more.         ...

Noir City DC opens with intros by Foster Hirsch!

  October 11–24 Year in and year out, Eddie Muller and the Film Noir Foundation team deliver an impeccably curated selection of films noir, combining canonical classics with wonderful rarities ripe for rediscovery. This year's edition combines a selection of titles featured earlier this year at Noir City's flagship festival in San Francisco at the Castro Theatre, with five canonical 1944 releases — among them, the films that French film critic Nino Frank first...

MOFF Kicks Off Winter at Sugarloaf Homecoming Saturday night

See you on The Beach at 6:30! UPCOMING MOFF SCREENINGS   10/12/2019 – The Beach at Sugarloaf – Carrabassett Valley – (FB Event)               ...

Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star begins on the 17th of October

Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star begins on the 17th of October The platform announced its stellar film and talent line-up for the upcoming edition at a press conference held at JW Marriott, Juhu, on 30 September. The below report is based on their press release, as this correspondent was not invited to the event, which was attended by MAMI Board of Trustees: Zoya Akhtar, Vishal Bhardwaj, Siddharth Roy-Kapur, Rohan Sippy, Ajay Bijli, along with Festival Director Anupama Chopra, and Arti...

Party Like It’s 919, But Seriously This IS Film Fest 919 in Chapel Hill, NC

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Once upon a time in Palm Beach and Santa Barbara, there were no smash-hit film festivals and then along came some powerhouse women and made it happen… You have to imagine John Forsythe saying this because Film Fest 919 happening this week in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is literally run by the Charlie’s Angels kick-ass trio of Carol Marshall, Randi Emerman, with Claudia Puig as programmer. If you’ve spent more than 20 minutes...

Red Carpet screenings at the 42nd Denver Film Festival

The 42nd Denver Film Festival announced today their slate of Red Carpet screenings at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House featuring an Opening Night presentation of writer/director Rian Johnson's latest work, KNIVES OUT. Featuring a star-studded ensemble cast including Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Toni Collette, KNIVES OUT will premiere on Oct. 31 with a Red Carpet at 7 p.m and screening at 8 p.m. The Red Carpet Presentations will continue with the Festival's Centerpiece on Thursday,...

Boston International Kids Film Festival Returns for the Seventh Year November 15th - 17th

  Festival for Families of Greater Boston to Showcase  Films For, By and About Kids Boston, MA October 9, 2019 — The Boston International Kids Film Festival (BIKFF)  is back with more than 80 films -- both professionally and student-made -- ALL for kids. This year’s selections feature a number of award-winning films including a documentary about Syrian and Iraqi refugees experiencing summer camp for the first time, a call to action from a group of school children in...



Taiwan Biennial Film Festival 2019 returns to LA next week

  Taiwan Biennial Film Festival 2019 presented by Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles and UCLA Film & Television Archive is taking place from Oct 18 to Oct 28. We hope to bring together not only movers and shakers in the industry, but long-time friends and supporters of Taiwan Academy to celebrate this wonderful event with us. The complete 2019 line-up includes exciting Los Angeles and North American film premieres. For more details regarding the film festival, full scre...

Festival Preview 2019 - Chicago International Film Festival

Director Tom Harper will attend the Chicago premiere of The Aeronauts at the 55th Chicago International Film Festival!  Harper to give post-screening Q&A on Wednesday, October 23! "In 1862, daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) teams up with pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) to advance human knowledge of the weather and fly higher than anyone in history. While breaking records and furthering scientific discovery, their voyage to the ver...

The Meetings on the Bridge 4th Short Film Workshop Projects Announced

Meetings on the Bridge (MoB) is the international co-production and networking platform organised within the scope of the Istanbul Film Festival. Meetings on the Bridge Short Film Workshop was initiated with the support of Istanbul Development Agency (ISTKA) in 2017 aiming to highlight the importance of the short films for the careers of new generation filmmakers and to contribute to the increase of high-quality productions. From amongst the previously selected proje...

2019 Urban Film Festival returns to Miami

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London Iranian Film Festival gears up for 10th

  Welcome to our 10th Edition! To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we are complementing our selection with a Middle Eastern Guest Programme by showcasing films from Turkey, Egypt and more. Come join us in discovering and experiencing all that the Middle Eastern Cinema has to offer. 25 - 30 Oct 2019 Venues: Ciné Lumière (South Kensignton) Everyman Cinema (Barnet) ...

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


October 24, 2019  Early Bird Deadline
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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Toronto Metropolitan International Screenwriting Competition
March 31, 2020

Now accepting submissions 

October 17, 2019 Extended Standard

November 16, 2019 Late

December 19, 2019 Extended Late

January 23, 2020 Final Deadline

February 20, 2020 Extended Final

We reward winning screenwriters with various prizes including distribution of your script to top industry executives at several production companies and distributors in New York, LA, and Toronto as well as to our database of A list agents, managers, and festival winners on both coasts in both the US and Canada who are looking for clients and material to produce. Last year, one of our finalists signed with one of Beverly Hills most prestigious talent management companies.

2019's grand prize winner was personally introduced to six talent managers and producers and was given a one hour consultation with the top manager at Fictional Entity. 




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 -, or via - 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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Artemis Women in Action Film Festival 
April 23 – 26, 2020

October 31, 2019 : Late deadline

Artemis Women in Action Film Festival Qualifiers

Submit all narrative, animated, documentary FILMS and SCRIPTS featuring women either starring or co-starring as a physical action character or agent of social change.
We celebrate women in kick ass roles.

Submit all MUSIC in any genre that is a film score, composition, song, or theme song created by female composers, female led bands, and female solo artists.
Artemis’ Women Powered Music sponsored by Bella Composers!

Submission Categories.

FILMS – 40 minutes or longer
SHORTS – up to 40 minutes
SCRIPTS, Features (70-120 pgs) & Pilots (45-60 pgs)
MUSIC in all genres, up to 10 minutes. Music FAQ’s.


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

November 15th  2019 Regular Deadline   

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

November 30, 2019 Regular Deadline I

December 31, 2019
Late DeadlineJanuary 31, 2020 Extended Deadline


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  November 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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Byron Bay Film Festival 2019 opens with Measure for Measure and closes with the Cave: previews from the festival director

Byron Bay Film Festival 2019: a favourite of Filmmakers and Filmlovers, BBFF fuses artistry, entertainment and innovation, enhancing our worldview and collective social dialogue through the power and storytelling of film. BBFF2019 will run from October 18 to 27 2019. "Dream With Your Eyes Open" Festival founder and director J aimee Skippon-Volke speaks to offering some highlights of the program. Check the program ...

John Cooper, Sundance Festival Director will speak at Santa Barbara Fest Forum 2019

NOVEMBER 20-22, 2019 HILTON SANTA BARBARA BEACHFRONT RESORT 633 E CABRILLO BLVD SANTA BARBARA, CA 93103   Get your passes now so you don’t miss out on all the fun, networking and education! Multiple packages available. Special pricing for an all access pass, which includes a 2 or 3 night stay at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort!  REGISTER NOW!  ...

Renée Zellweger will be honoired at next SBIFF with the American Riviera Award

Zellweger will be recognized for her many attributes to the art of film over the years, and most recently, her work as Judy Garland in LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions’ JUDY. The tribute will take place at the historic Arlington Theatre during the 35th Santa Barbara International Film Festival.   “Ms. Zellweger has always displayed a deep commitment and discipline in her performances which has always made me root for her and admire her deeply. In Judy - she adds a...

Bill Kramer has been named director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

  Bill Kramer has been named director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the museum’s Board of Trustees announced today. Kramer, who served as managing director of development and external relations of the Academy Museum from 2012 to 2016, will take the reins as the institution’s new leader on January 1, 2020, guiding its artistic and cultural vision and overseeing the final phase of the museum’s completion. “The board unanimously welcomes Bill Kramer as ...

Stockholm International Film Festival presents this years’ Stockholm Rising Star nominees

    For the eleventh year in a row, Stockholm International Film Festival is proud to nominate new talented Swedish actors to Stockholm Rising Star. The award is given to a young Swedish actor or actress who, through splendid performances on the silver screen, has shown true potential to become a big star in the future. Among this years' nominees, Albin Grenholm (Eld & lågor, 2019) and Celie Sparre (Lyckligare kan ingen vara,...

Joaquin's Joker is really Wild

JOKER's Triumph at Venice 76 By Alex Deleon   Joaquin Phoenix in his Joker Outfit -- and can he shake a leg! There have been some pretty strong Jokers in the past, notably Jack Nicholson for Tim Burton in 1989 and Aussie actor Heath Ledger nearly 20 years later in 2008's "The Dark Knight" by Christopher Nolan but all Joker predecessors pale by comparison to J.Ps current interpretation which makes the Joker far more than a two dimensional Comic book clown and tu...

How Jodie Foster Just Honored “First Director” Alice Guy-Blaché in Monaco

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent When Jodie Foster shows up for an event, this cinema icon does more than draw a crowd, she makes her own history. Such was the case in Monaco last week for Director Pamela B. Green’s documentary BE NATURAL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ALICE GUY-BLACHÉ about the life and historic career of pioneering filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché. Jodie Foster narrates this exploration, the subject of which many would say is the appearance of cinema&rsq...

Podcast: Todd Phillips: HFPA in Conversation

With critical acclaim, controversy festivals accolades and commercial success: "Joker" finally arrived in theaters and broke some October records. Heewith an audio interview with director Todd Phillips: HFPA in Conversation: Todd Phillips Likes Capturing Mayhem by Kirpi Uimonen Ballestero Read the conversation transcript on HPFA photo by Thierry Sollerot from Vernon (Eure, Hte Normandie), FRANCE - 10-09-2016-21 Todd Phillips, CC0,  ...

Bruno Chatelin to speak at Film Festivals Days: Film Festivals’ organizers gathering this fall in Pula, Croatia

There are hundreds of film festivals in the world, several are created each month, and the ones dedicated to short formats are thriving.
But, will there be a market space for them all if their goals in creative programming and marketing, brand and growth strategy are not well defined?
This year’s conference will be divided in 5 areas of study: audience development; heritage and community; visual communication and branding; new technologies; management of creative teams.
It will be held in Pula, Croatia, taking advantage of the country's beautiful and relaxing landscape at Hotel Park Plaza Histria. The organizers prepared great accommodation deals and tourist activities to make this industry event an exceptional experience.
Film Festivals Days wants to provide actionable concepts and tools developed by specialists to train attendees to develop their festivals with a much more accurate knowledge about the industry landscape and give them a complete skillset... FIND OUT MORE
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Winners and emotions during the last day of Milano Film Festival

Almost 150 hours of cinema, meetings, music, parties, photocall. But above all smiles, emotions shared outside and inside Odeon Cinema theatres, packed from day one to the last, the home of this XXIV edition, which ended yesterday after 7 days and 7 unforgettable nights.        The Festival day by day A significant edition for the Festival, of great revival, thanks to the added value given by the audience, our partners and the many audiovisual p...

Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival 2019 | Winners & Special Mentions!

Winners and Special Mentions! Last week, the 10th annual Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival took place in the vibrant and exciting LAB 111. Audiences were invited to explore compelling work from the Network and beyond, meet with industry professionals, and make connections that will last through their filmmaking careers.   At each of our Lift-Off Film Festivals, we ask that audiences fill out scorecards following each film screening. These scores have been counted to determine which film...

Tasveer South Asian Film Festival Announces 2019 Award Winners

Festival Runs September 26 - October 6, 2019     Mayor Durkan acknowledges TSAFF and their work by proclaiming September 26 as Tasveer South Asian Film Festival Day   The Tasveer South Asian Film Festival (TSAFF), the largest South Asian film festival in the United States, wrappe...

The ATOM Photo Comp 2019 finalists have been announced,

The ATOM Photo Comp 2019 finalists have been announced, and their entries can now be viewed online at Take a journey through ‘Texture’ with this year’s finalists. For the past four years, amateur and professional photographers have submitted their stunning, epic and intimate images, responding to a specific theme. The finalists, and the prize winners for each category, were chosen by a panel of professional photographers, artists, media teachers and ind...

KWFF 2019 Announces Golden Key Recipient for Costume Design

KEY WEST FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FOURTH ANNUAL “GOLDEN KEY FOR COSTUME DESIGN” HONORING OSCAR®-NOMINATED COSTUME DESIGNER ARIANNE PHILLIPS 2019 FESTIVAL RUNS NOVEMBER 20TH -24TH The Key West Film Festival announced today its fourth annual Costume Design Focus program, honoring Academy Award®-nominated costume designer Arianne Phillips.  Phillips’ most recent work is on display in Sony Pictures’ and Quentin Tarant...

Winners of the 2019 'Sepanta Awards'

Best Film: Axing Best Director: Behrooz Shoaibi for Axing Best Actor: Amin Hayaee for Axing Best Actress: Sara Bahrami for Axing Best Screenplay: Hossein Torabnezhad & Azita Irani for Axing Best Cinematography: Alli Reza Zarindast for White Fish Season Best Documentary: Song of God by Aref Mohammadi Best Short Film: Short Wave Best Director for a Short Film: Mohamad Esmaeeli for Short W...

Iranian actor Payman Maadi to receive the 2019 Stockholm Achievement Award

Payman Maadi got his big international break in Asghar Farhadi’s, A Separation (2011). This year, the Iranian actor is awarded with the 2019 Stockholm Achievement Award for his unique quality of reaching through the screen, past prejudices and over borders. Payman Maadi will accept the Bronze Horse at the Nordic premiere and red-carpet screening of Just 6.5 (2019). ...

Bob Weis, JUNG Ji-hoon WANG Leehom and Wei ZHANG honored with Game Changer Award at the U.S.– Asia Entertainment Summit in LA

Asia Society Southern California announced today it will host the U.S.–Asia Entertainment Summit and Game Changer Awards Gala Dinner on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. The 10th edition of this signature conference comes at a pivotal time when the entertainment and media industries are in the throes of unprecedented disruption as consumers embrace streaming and other new technologies.  Global industry leaders and artists are paving the way to define and embrace many of the emerging platform...

5 winners of the 2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition

ACADEMY REVEALS WINNING NICHOLL SCREENWRITERS <span "="">Scripts to be performed at live read in November   Five individuals have been selected as winners of the 2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. The fellows will each receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read on Thursday, November 7, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in...
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Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star begins on the 17th of October

Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star begins on the 17th of October The platform announced its stellar film and talent line-up for the upcoming edition at a press conference held at JW Marriott, Juhu, on 30 September. The below report is based on their press release, as this correspondent was not invited to the event, which was attended by MAMI Board of Trustees: Zoya Akhtar, Vishal Bhardwaj, Siddharth Roy-Kapur, Rohan Sippy, Ajay Bijli, along with Festival Director Anupama Chopra, and Arti...

Gemini Man, Review: Clone arranger

Gemini Man, Review: Clone arranger Ang Lee directed this poor man’s James Bondage? The man who made Eat Drink Man Woman, Sense and Sensibility, Crouching Tiger--Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi? No, this is the Ang Lee who made Hulk, which earned twice its cost. A VFX delight, Gemini Man is about a clone on a mission to kill a man who is a professional killer, and is also the man he was cloned from. The movie disappoints, with a below par screenplay, and few impressive d...

Diego Maradona, Review: Feet of gold, hand of God

Diego Maradona, Review: Feet of gold, hand of God Amy got him the Academy Award. Senna got him the BAFTA. And now, Diego Maradona has raked in £ 2.2 mn, since its release in June, which is a welcome collection for any docu-feature. Asif Kapadia has now won three matches in a row. And by convincing margins, at that. By definition, a documentary appeals to niche audiences only. Though football is the most popular team sport in the world, it is not the numero uno sport in India, unlike Ar...

My friend, Vijoo

My friend, Vijoo Of his reported 440 film count, I shared screen space with the late Vijoo Khote in only two. Yet, I could call myself his friend. During the 1970s and 80s, the refrain I often heard from producers and directors whom I approached for acting assignments was, “You are an educated man. Why are you pursuing a career meant for ‘good-for-nothing-else’ types?” Obviously, I saw no merit in this facetious argument. Nevertheless, in an active career of 26 years, ...
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93 countries have submitted films for consideration in the International Feature Film category

Ninety-three countries have submitted films for consideration in the International Feature Film category for the 92nd Academy Awards®. An international feature film is defined as a feature-length motion picture (more than 40 minutes) produced outside the United States with a predominantly non-English dialogue track. Ghana, Nigeria and Uzbekistan are first-time entrants. Earlier this year, the Academy’s Board of Governors voted to rename the Foreign Language Film category to Intern...

Joker on Imdb has 2,946 Reviews: Alex strikes a second Joker review

      By Alex Deleon . With 2,946 user reviews already published within days of the release of Joker, almost all 10 star raves calling it a Masterpiece,  best film ever made, a great comic book film, and highly influenced by Scorcese, I feel compelled to respond to this avalanche of hyperbolic enthusiasm with a followup to my own earlier review. That relatively sober review was one of the first published immediately after the world premiere of Joker in Venice a little over ...

Actress Marisa Echeverria Turns Up The Heat In Goliath Season 3 on Amazon Prime

Hollywood, California (October 4, 2019) Actress Marisa Echeverria recurs on Goliath Season 3 as Violet Webster, a working class central California resident who in one of the   scenes interacts with Patty (Nina Arianda) in an interesting incident on a California Highway. Goliath Season 3 Premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.   Goliath season 3 will be...

BFI London Film Festival 2019 Red Carpet - The May Fair Hotel Gala Film "Marriage Story"

Ray Liotta - "Marriage Story" Red Carpet - Photo by Join us at The BFI London Film Festival with th May Fair Hotel Gala Film "Marriage Story" Red Carpet at Odeon Luxe in Leicester Square in London - Ray Liotta - Laura Dern - Adam Driver - David Heyman #bfilondonfilmfestival #rayliotta #adamdriver   Ray Liotta "Marriage Story" Red Carpet - Photos by Fabiola Bonnot for David Heyman - Producer - "Marriage Stor...

Guess What NASA, #TimesUp in Space: LUCY IN THE SKY Has Landed

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent NASA might want to get a group rate for the new Fox Searchlight movie LUCY IN THE SKY, starring Natalie Portman and Jon Hamm. Not just that this space-triangle love story is ripped from the 2007 archives over at Johnson Space Center, but because Portman delivers a kind of codified performance that real-life astronaut Lisa Nowak, on whom the plot is based, deserves. Natalie Portman in the film LUCY IN THE SKY. Photo by Hilary B. Gayle. © 20...

BFI London Film Festival - "The Personal History of David Copperfield" - Q&A Session

Photo - Lionsgate Q&A session of "The Personal History of David Copperfield" open this year for the BFI 63rd London Film Festival.  Hoste by Tricia Tuttle, Festival Director, with writer/director Armando Iannucci and producer Kevin Loader     ...

The Day The Earth Stood Still: a Retro Review by Alex Deleon

The Day The Earth Stood Still 1951, Directed by Robert Wise Twentieth Century Fox, 92 minutes by  Alex Deleon                             <<A savior from outer space lands and tells the people of Earth that they must learn to live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets>>   "TDTESS", a black and white film from 1951, is still the best alien visitation SciFi film ever ...

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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


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.


Out of Sight , Out of Mind by Brian Follmer

123 minutes USA 2019 Trailer

Out of Sight, Out of Mind is a satire about mental illness in the 21st century. It is an exploration of the way mental illness manifests itself through the internet, the way society rewards the mentally ill for their entertainment value on Youtube or Facebook, and the way society's only answer to this problem is institutionalization and dangerous medication. At its heart, the film is a coming of age story about the characters Travis and O'Brien as they struggle with their mental and emotional issues. The film is shot in a hyper-realistic style, echoing the work of John Cassavetes, Terrence Malick, and the biting satirical edge of Jonathan Franzen. The film is based on a true story and was first discovered at Rotrterdam festival.


Travis's tight social group of friends and lovers splits apart when his childhood friend, O'Brien becomes severely mentally ill. Now alone, the characters go their separate ways: Travis helps crowd-fund a socialist revolution in Mexico, O'Brien succumbs to mania and becomes a satirical Youtube celebrity, Kate seeks stability in online dating, and Lox embarks on his first indie rock tour. Their lives continue to cross paths and reconnect through the internet.

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Dave Grusin Not Enough Time Documentary feature by Barbara Bentree

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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


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  - 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 


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 

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

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)

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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Les lauréats du Festival du court métrage d’humour de Meudon

Le samedi 5 octobre 2019 s’est déroulée à Meudon la cérémonie de remise de Prix du Festival du court métrage d’humour de Meudon. Le jury présidé par Emmanuelle Devos, le jury jeune et le public ont récompensé les courts métrages...

For Sama, grand prix et prix du public de War on Screen 2019

La 7e édition de War On Screen, festival international de cin...

28e Festival Biarritz Amérique Latine - Le Palmarès

PRIX PROJET DOCUMENTAIRE   CECI BON de Rodrigo John Un projet documentaire brésilien original retraçant l´histoire méconnue au siècle dernier de femmes juives d’Europe Centrale exploitées en Amérique du Sud.   Un projet ambitieux mêlant animation, prises de vues réelles et images d’archives.         PRIX PROJET FICTION   BLOOD OF MY BLOOD de Rafaela Camelo Le premier long m&...

Palmarès des Bayard du Festival de Namur

Palmarès des Bayard Après une semaine riche en découvertes et en émotions, les Jurys Longs métrages, Courts métrages, Emile Cantillon, Junior, et vous - le public -, avez rendu votre verdict ! Curieux de découvrir les films primés ? Voici le palmarès !   ...

Palmarès des Prix OFF du Festival de Namur

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Premier AFM pour Daniela Elstner dans son nouveau rôle de directrice d'Unifrance

Daniela Elstner, présidente de l’Adef, va prendre la suite d’Isabelle Giordano comme directrice générale d'Unifrance.    Changement à la direction générale d'UniFrance : le comité exécutif de l'association a nommé Daniela Elstner, sur proposition de Serge Toubiana, son président, pour succéder à Isabelle Giordano qui a quitté ses fonctions cet ét&...

Bonbons, chocolats glaçés, répliques de films... demandez la suite de l encyclopédie (vient de sortir)

Encyclopédie des répliques de films Plus de 8.000 répliques ! La suite du best-seller aux éditions LettMotif  Tome 1 (320 pages, 17x24cm), tome 2 (320 pages, 17x24 cm), Pack tome 1 + tome 2 (640 pages !) Incroyable ! Sidérant ! Époustouflant ! Poussé par le triomphe du tome 1, cet étourdissant volume propose 8.000 répliques cultes.         ...

Impact des bandes annonces diffusées dans les cinémas au 8 octobre

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.     ...


Les invités du 41e Cinemed

Le 41e Cinemed, Festival Cinéma Méditerranéen se déroulera du 18 au 26 octobre à Montpellier voici queques unes des personalités qui y participeront.     Le Jury de l'Antigone d'or 2019 Le jury de l'Antigone d'or de Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, compétition longs métrages, est présidé cette année pa...

20ème Festival International du 1er Court Métrage de Pontault - Combault

Le Cinéma Apollo de Pontault-Combault (77) présente le 20ème Festival International du 1er Court Métrage de Pontault -Combault du 11 au 13 octobre 2019 au cinéma l’Apollo (62 avenue de la République – 77340 Pontault-Combault) L'Entrée est libre   Le festival est soutenu par : La Ville de Pontault-Combault – Le Ministère de la culture – le Département de la Seine et Marne 77 – Comb...

L’affiche du Festival de l’Alpe d’Huez 2020 by Richard Orlinski

Le 23e Festival de l’Alpe d’Huez est heureux vient de révéler l’Affiche Offic...

La programmation de la 20e édition du Arras Film Festival

  20e édition du Arras Film Festival !   LE FILM D'OUVERTURE : NOTRE DAME de Valérie Donzelli      LE FILM DES 20 ANS  J'ACCUSE de Roman Polanski   ...

Voix d' Etoiles Festival international des voix du cinéma d'animation dévoile le jury, les films et les personnalités

  La 14ème édition du festival qui récompense les voix et la bande son du cinéma d'animation a lieu à Port Leucate (Aude) du 23 au 27 octobre. Il propose des projections de films dont des avant-premières, des rencontres avec les professionnels du secteur, artistes et personnalités et des activités pour faire découvrir les métiers du cinéma d'animation. -         Le ...

Impact des bandes annonces diffusées dans les cinémas au 1er octobre 2019

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 nouveau film de Dominique Moll en clôture du 41e Cinemed

Samedi 26 octobre 20h Corum - Opéra Berlioz Cérémonie de palmarès présentée par Pierre Zéni suivie de Avant-première Seules les bêtes de Dominik Moll (France, 2019, 1h56, VOFR) Avec Laure Calamy, Denis Ménochet, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Damien Bonnard Une femme a disparu. Le lendemain d’une tempête de neige, sa voiture est retrouvée sur une route qui monte vers le plateau où subsistent quelq...

Deux séances de Signé Furax au Mac Mahon en hommage à Marc Simenon

SIGNÉ FURAX Deux séances exceptionnelles en hommage à Marc Simenon Dimanche 27 octobre à 14h et 18h au cinéma Mac Mahon (Paris 17) En présence de Mylène Demongeot et de Dany Saval   En hommage à son mari disparu il y a 20 ans, la comédienne Mylène Demongeot dédie à Marc Simenon deux séances exceptionnelles. Le dimanche 27 octobre le cinéma Mac Mahon (5, avenue Mac Mahon 75017 Paris) proj...

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