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FILM FESTIVALS DAYS CONFERENCE Pula Croatia: October 19-21 

The Film Festivals Days Conference starts this week end in Pula Croatia

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LOCATION FFD takes place in the conference center of Hotel Park Plaza Histra, Pula (Croatia). The hotel is situated in the Verudela Bay, with a beautiful view on the Adriatic sea. The hotel is 13 km distant from the Pula Airport, 6 km distant from Pula Bus station and 7 km distant from Pula Train station CONFERENCE PROGRAM The educational content is made of 5 learning segments: audience development, festival's collaboration with local communities, visual communications and brandin...
 

And the winners at ISFMF are...

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2019 WINNERS   CRYSTAL PINE AWARDS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Eddy Joseph​Eddy Joseph is without a doubt one of the most successful sound editors of our time. He has been in the film industry for over 40 years and a sound editor for 30. He has collaborated with such directing luminaries as Alan Parker, Bernardo Bertolucci, Louis Malle, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Neil Jordan, Anthony Minghella and Paul Greengrass. His credits include Pink Floyd The Wall, An...
 

Film Festivals Days Day 2 sessions

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Sanja Drakulic presenting Duart European Actors Platform a casting platform she has launched to fill a void. Marinela Dropulic Ruzic introducing the  Whole Brain Model, so helpful to manage creative teams. The Whole Brain Model was developed by Ned Herrmann. Herrmann created this metaphorical model to illustrate that each person's brain basically has four quadrants when it comes to the process of thinking and learning. Each of these quadrant...
 
 

A Private visit to Pula's Aquarium an a croatian rhapsody video

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I represent a film on Shark conservation (Sharkwater Extinction by late Rob Stewart) and my eyes caught sight of a brochure at the airport displaying sharks! I thought I should check the aquarium out, I did and was very pleasantly surprised by the visit, the dedication of the team I met there and the beauties available. The first visible extraordinary asset is the spectacular setting in an ancient fortress built 19th century. Here is a drone view : no more cannons just an aquarium under the 20...
 

A group visit to Pula' Gladiators Arena and Olive Oil Museum

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The Arena in Pula is one of the 250 arenas built by the romans still standing, it was capable of sitting other 20 000 spectators (1/3 of the one in Rome), the strong walls built on a hill to save on materials are still standing, the sits have disappeared (stones were stolen to built most of the venitian constructions in Pula between the 14th and 17th century). Festival guests enjoyed the guided tour very much we were taken to a private visit and olive oil tasting (bread and olive oil) at Pula...
 
 

International Sound & Film Music Festival in Croatia : Awards Ceremony

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International Sound & Film Music Festival in Croatia, dedicated to the art of music and sound in film industry. Nina Kraljić  Ozren K. Glaser ISFMF CRYSTAL PINE AWARDS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Eddy Joseph with Carolina Duarte (FFD) ...
 

Afternoon sessions day 1 at Film Festivals Days

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Joseph Caristena keynote on Cultural heritage and local identity.   Klara Trost Lesic Filmfestivals impact on local communities Joanna Pichola spoke in a panel dedicated to Europe Film Festival Capitals: Krakow Film Music Festival Manager, experienced concert producer, with almost 10 years of practice in programming and realisation of film music, early music, contemporary classical music, pop, opera and charity concerts. She worked with Abel Korzeniowski, Alexandre Desplat, J...
 

 

Film Festivals Days morning sessions kicked off

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FFD Carolina Duarte welcomes guests and speakers gathered in the bautiful Park Plaza Histria Hotel First speakers in the morning session Marinela Dropulic Ruzic Joanna Pichola spoke in a panel dedicated to Europe Film Festival Capitals: Krakow Film Music Festival Manager, experienced concert producer, with almost 10 years of practice in programming and realisation of film music, early music, contemporary classical music, pop, opera and charity concerts. She worked with Abel Kor...

Film Festivals Days Final Program, Filmfestivals.com will participate, cover (and speak)

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      FFD 2019 program is out! This will be an event like no other as it is based on the analytics and data to drive change and audience. Without research and scientific data, there is no way to drive artistic development and its expansion. This will start a new paradigm in the industry, trying to fight the aversion to strategy that has been holding back innovation and growth. That is also why we dev...
 

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

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Bruno Chatelin with Marijana Co-Founder FFD in cannes preparing the panel !   The international annual conference Film Festivals Days (FFD) comes from the need to study the industry's trends and insights that can power its sustainable future.   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 a...

 

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> BYRON BAY FESTIVAL October 18-27

Byron Bay opening ambiance by filmfestivals.com photographers

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In for a ride with photography from Byron Bay Film Festival by Christopher Labanne, filmfestivals.com   ...
 

Byron Bay International Film Festival team video interview on VR

 
with J aimee Skippon Volke and Alex Bartlett ...
 

 

Louis Josek video interview Live from Byron Bay Film Festival

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  Interview by Alex Bartlett  - Live from Byron Bay Film Festival Originally from Cologne, Germany, Louis Josek spent several years working on multiple film productions as a DOP, before finally finding his role as a director and developing his artistry, which is beyond mainstream: young, fresh and intimate.   Out Deh is his debut film, portraying the quest of the youth of Jamaica and a profound cultural change on this little Caribbean island. It...
 

Australia's largest regional film festival kicks off for 10 days of cinematic bliss, set in beautiful Byron Bay

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The festival runs FRIDAY 18 - SATURDAY 27 OCTOBER 2019 Good luck to the festival (J'aimee in Cannes with bruno chatelin) from your friends at filmfestivals.com Check out the line up of events and VR porogram   ...
 

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

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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 filmfestivals.com offering some highlights of the program. Check the program ...

 

 

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AFM Announces LocationEXPO; Umbrella Participants and reveals new Poster

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CONGRATS ON A GREAT POSTER !
 

LocationEXPO® returns to the American Film Market, November 9 – 12, with 50 Film Commissions, Government Agencies, Production Facilities and Services from around the globe confirmed to participate.  Located in dedicated exhibition space within the AFM, LocationEXPO has become a tremendous resource for AFM attendees to learn and gather information about locations, production incentives, services, and resources available to their projects and films.

Additionally, organizations from 11 countries will host Umbrella Stands at AFM to support and garner opportunities and exposure for their sales agents, producers, and production facilities.  Confirmed stands include, Taiwan Film Institute (Taiwan), Japan External Trade Organization (Japan), Italian Trade Agency (Italy), Department of International Trade PromotionThai Trade Center (Thailand), ROSKINO (Russia), Created in Moscow (Russia), UK Film (United Kingdom), National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA) (South Korea), German Films Service + Marketing (Germany), Romanian Creative Industries Business Federation (Romania), UFCTI (China), and UniFrance (France).

 

Andrew Brown joined Parkland Pictures as Head of Sales.

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There has been a significant investment into the Company that is leading to a major increase in activity in all areas of the business.  I will be working with my colleague, Mitch Clare, on the sales side. Production will be a big focus too and this will be headed up by Parkland’s owner and experienced independent producer, John Cairns.  Parkland&...
 

Science Fiction films from Summer Hill!

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Summer Hill has several hot science-fiction films available for international distribution.  These are available for select territories.  Please contact us for more info and visit our website at www.summerhillfilms.com!   NORTH AMERICA SOLD: 2020 Doomsday shadows a tightly knit cult hiding in a remote desert enclave as they prepare for the impending apocalypse. Two dissenters try to escape the threat of extinction - which becomes ever more real through the vast deser...
 

BKS Handles Content Acquisition and Programming for KinoPop.

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BKS becomes the official representative for all content acquisition and programming for KinoPop.com. KinoPop is a new SVOD platform that will launch this September in Brazil. Apply your content now at acquisition@kinopop.com     GET TO KNOW BKS SERVICES     ...
 
 

 

Film Festival veteran Jon Fitzgerald Launches new Consulting Divisions: Film Festival Consulting and Filmmaker Consulting

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Two new consulting divisions, Film Festival Consulting and Filmmaker Consulting, have recently launched under the Cause Pictures umbrella, led by film festival veteran Jon Fitzgerald.  The festival expert has directed many film festivals, including Slamdance, AFI, Santa Barbara, Abu Dhabi, Hollywood and Naples. Fitzgerald co-founded Slamdance in 1995 and was the Executive Director there before becoming the Festival Director in 1997 for the American Film Institute (AFI), in Los Angel..
 
 
 

The XR Content Market: Where Do We Go From Here? Immersive Summit at AFM November 9, 2019 | Fairmont Santa Monica

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The immersive market is at a standstill. There’s been limited progress on the hardware side and market demand continues to be a challenge. So if you’re a storyteller, producer, financier or distributor in this space, where do you go from here? Do you wait until companies such as Magic Leap, Sony and Facebook finally release devices that are truly consumer-ready? If so, how do you stay afloat? Are there underlying opportunities to pivot to? And as a community, is there a way to rall... 

 

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FESTIVALS IN FOCUS      

2019 NVFF Narrative and Documentary Films in Competition

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2019 NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NARRATIVE AND DOCUMENTARY FILMS IN COMPETITION   Festival to showcase films starring Anna Camp, Billy Crystal, Nina Dobrev, Damian Lewis, Mena Massoud, Ben Platt, Ben Schwartz, Tika Sumpter, and more     The 9th annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF), scheduled to take place November 13-17, announced its Narrative and Documentary Feature Film lineups in core competition. The directors of the films in NVFF’s core competitio...
 
 

Things to do at GAMESCON: The Ultimate Gaming Festival

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  With only 1 day left until the region's Ultimate gaming festival, here is a list of Top 10 Things to do at the show!  ...
 
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  Image: It Must Be Heaven The 10th Palestinian Film Festival Australia starts tomorrow (24 October to 10 November). With 17 films — including our inaugural Arab Cinema Days stream — our program is jam-packed with new and innovative films guaranteed to inform and inspire.  We're thrilled to share that our opening night film, Elia Suleiman's Charlie Chaplin-inspired feature comedy, It Must Be Heaven (pictured above), ...
 

Join the elite, become a juror to the second edition of Your Script Produced competition

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Check the elite team who curated the first edition
2019 Judging Panel   Doval Bacall (Sponsor, Financier, Producer) Doval Bacall grew up in the inner city of Detr...
 
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By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Curated by Screenmancer Staff TORONTO, ONT. (Canada):  The Female Eye Film Festival (FeFF) returns for its 17th edition from Nov. 7 to 10, 2019 at Scotiabank Theatre, 259 Richmond St. West. Industry Initiatives take place at the Hyatt Regency Toronto, 370 King Street West, Toronto Ontario Canada. FeFF is thrilled to showcase so many talented women, most of whom are writers, directors and producers by featuri...
 

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event announce projects for the script competition Script Pool Tallinn, and POWR Baltic Stories

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Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event announce projects for the third edition of the script competition Script Pool Tallinn, and POWR Baltic Stories Exchange international forum.  Script Pool Tallinn is an international script competition for film, TV and drama series scripts. Its main goal is to gather talented scriptwriters with producers attached, in order to provide them support enhancing the script and maximizing its production and distribution potential. At the Script Pool Tallinn eve...
 

Banned in France in 1968 & Now Showing at DTLA Film Fest Oct. 24

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Since MONDO HOLLYWOODLAND was banned in France in 1968 at the Avignon Film Festival, let's let my friends at Screenmancer handle this one, lol, for DTLA Film Festival. by Screenmancer Staff There’s no way to understand Hollywood today without a look-back from Ram Dass to the “squares.” Not the Hollywood Squares, the real then-squares. Watch and learn… Robert Carl Cohen schools you on the past which explains the no...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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French Riviera Film Festival 
May 11-12, 2020

 

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November 23, 2019 ealy bird deadline

The second annual French Riviera Film Festival will recognize and celebrate short form content created for film, television, Web and all digital platforms. In the glamorous South of France setting, FRFF invites filmmakers from around the globe to participate in the two day festival that includes screenings, VIP receptions, awards ceremony and closing gala party. FRFF will place the spotlight on the best short form filmed content during the time period of the annual Festival de Cannes. A prestigious jury panel will select Best Drama Short, Best Comedy Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Animation Short, Best Experimental Short, Audience Favorite Award, Best Director Award, Best Actor Award, Best Actress Award, as well as special Industry Awards. Attendees and participants will include filmmakers, industry executives, celebrities, media and influencers.  https://filmfreeway.com/FrenchRivieraFilmFestival

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

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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 

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. 

 

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Worlfest Houston 53

April 17 - 26, 2019


Early bird entry by November 15

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

 

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

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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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Santa Barbara November 20th to 22nd
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John Cooper, Sundance Festival Director will speak at Santa Barbara Fest Forum 2019

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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!  ...
 

FestForums hosts another amazing roster of musicians to perform at Santa Barbara this year November 20-22nd

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Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jon Anderson is one of the most recognizable voices in progressive rock as the lead vocalist of Yes, which he co-founded in 1968. Anderson either wrote or co-wrote many of Yes’ timeless hits, including “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Roundabout,” “Long Distance Runaround,” “Awaken” and “The Gates of Delirium.”                 ...
 

32nd Tokyo International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Awards to go to Tatsuya Nakadai and Nobuhiko Obayashi

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The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is pleased to announce that two cinema legends, actor Tatsuya Nakadai and director Nobuhiko Obayashi, will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 32nd TIFF for their significant contributions to the film industry. Nakadai is known around the world for his roles in films directed by Akira Kurosawa, and has appeared in the films of many of Japan's leading directors. He has received numerous awards at film festivals in Japan and ov...
 

Kimberly Peirce and Tom Skerritt will receive the Golden Key Awards at Key West Festival

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KEY WEST FILM FESTIVAL TO AWARD PRESTIGIOUS GOLDEN KEY AWARDS TO CELEBRATED FILMMAKER KIMBERLY PEIRCE AND LEGENDARY ACTOR TOM SKERRITT AT EIGHTH ANNUAL FESTIVAL. Kimberly Peirce and Tom Skerritt will receive the prestigious Golden Key Awards at this year's festival, running November 20-24, 2019. Peirce, a Florida native, will be honored on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the release of the groundbreaking film Boys Don't Cry. The festival will screen the film on Friday, N...
 

Taylor Swift Gets Her Kitty On With Andrew Lloyd Webber For CATS Movie

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Okay, T.S. Eliot fans, here's one aptly dated "yesterday" in the perpetual Whenever of the Digital World, lol. Steven Spielberg and his pals at Universal have fired up the long-run Broadway (hairball) hit into a movie. And Taylor Swift just wrote "Beautiful Ghosts" with Andrew Lloyd Webber for this Dec. 20 release. Read on... Curated by Screenmancer Staff - Yesterday, Los Angeles, CA: Universal Pictures ju...
 

Rosanna Arquette to receive the 2019 Stockholm Achievement Award

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Rosanna Arquette is more than a fantastic actress, she’s an icon that draws the line against oppression and sexism. At the 30th Stockholm International Film Festival Rosanna Arquette is awarded with the 2019 Stockholm Achievement Award. She will accept the Bronze Horse at a red-carpet screening of the classical Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) at the two-year Anniversary of #tystnadtagning, the 8th November.    The recipient of ...
 
 

Interview with Producer J. Todd Harris, CEO/founder of Branded Pictures Entertainment.

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Raised in New York City, Todd Harris earned his BA and MBA from Stanford University and currently lives in Los Angeles. He began his producing career while in college with a production of ‘Hair’. His first job out of college, he managed theater company TheatreWorks in Palo Alto. He started producing fulltime after achieving his MBA from Stanford when he moved to Los Angeles. Mr. Harris’s films include such reputable titles ‘Bottle Shock’ (2008) starring Alan R...
 
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Grand Prize / Category top 50 Finalists announced, winner will be announced at AFM

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TOP 50 FINALISTS   Title Genre/ Feature Script Writer Children Of The Sun Sci-Fi Joseph Walter & Christopher Clark Cleaning House Thriller Mark Grisar Secret Birthday Thriller Daniel Forrer Grass Snakes Crime Daniel Kato ...
 

Awards of the 11th Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

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\\\JURIED AWARDS///   Best Narrative Feature: Lost Bayou directed by Brian C Miller Richard   Best Documentary Feature: Ernie & Joe directed by Jenifer McShane   Best New Mexico Narrative Feature: The Short History of the Long Road directed by Ani Simon-Kennedy   Best New Mexico Documentary Feature: Why Can't I Be Me? Around You directed by Harrod Blank and Sjoerd Dijk   Best International Narrative Short: Utopia directed by Kosta Nikas   ...
 

The Chelsea Film Festival closed its 7th Annual Edition awarding BILCHED as best film

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The Chelsea Film Festival closed its 7th Annual Edition on Sunday, October 20 after having presented 100 Films from 21 countries at AMC Loews Theatre 34th St. The list of winners were announced by Jury Members Paul Haggis/Jury President, Celine Rattray and Wilson Morales on Sunday, October 20th at AMC Loews Theatre 34th St. at 9.30pm.   BILCHED by Jeremy Cumpston Grand Prix for Best Feature Film BETWEEN THE PINES by Emma Bell Petite Prix for ...
 

Alexandre Trauner Art/Film Festival - AWARDS

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  This year again the Alexandre Trauner ART/Film Festival was a great succsess. The closing ceremony was held on the 19th of October, Saturday, in the Szolnok Gallery where the awards were given out in the presence of the film and media industry, Hungarian and international filmmakers and town officials. The Czech period piece Golden Sting took home the award for best set design, while the Austrian-German drama, The Tobacconist and the Hungarian thriller, Valan were awarded with a shared...
 

Awards winners of the 48th FNC

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Here is the complete list of FNC's 2019 Awards (for all the special mentions and awards for short films, see HERE). INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION – FEATURE FILMS LOUVE D'OR - PRÉSENTE...
 

Oleg and Corpus Christi triumph at the 12th CinEast festival Luxembourg

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At the Awards Ceremony of the 12th edition of CinEast (Central and Eastern European Film Festival in Luxembourg, 3-20 October 2019, www.cineast.lu), held at the Cinémathèque Luxembourg on Saturday 20 October, the International Jury awarded the Grand Prix to the film Oleg by Juris Kursietis (Latvia/Belgium/Lithuania/France) and the Special Jury Prize to the film Corpus Christi by Jan Komasa (Poland/France). The Critics’ Prize awarded by the Press Jury also went to the film C...
 

EFEBO D’ORO International Film and Fiction Awards

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41st edition, 13 - 19 October 2019 Palermo, Cinema De Seta | Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa The winners of the 41st edition of the Golden Efebo The jury composed of Yervant Gianikian (artist), Wilma Labate (director), Egle Palazzolo (president of the Research Center for Fiction and Cinema), Clara Sanchez (writer) and Alessio Vassallo (actor) assigns the Golden Efebo for the Best Film taken from a literary work at the film Once Upon a River by Haroula Rose with the following m...
 

Nicholas Britell and Hildur Guðnadóttir crowned winners at the 19th World Soundtrack Awards

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For the 19th year in a row,  the World Soundtrack Awards were announced during Film Fest Gent. The World Soundtrack Awards, one of the most imporant film music awards, place an emphasis on the oeuvres of special contributors to the world of film music. This year's winners are Nicholas Britell, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Lady Gaga, Frédéric Vercheval, Michael Abels, John Powell and Pierre Charles. Frédéric Devreese and Krzysztof Penderecki were both hono...
 

Awards from The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) 2019

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HIFF27 announced the awards on October 14 at the Awards Brunch, held at Serafina in East Hampton. Congratulations to all our winners, and thank you to all the filmmakers who shared their work with our audiences this year.  AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE THE TWO POPES, DIRECTED BY FERNANDO MEIRELLES AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE, DIRECTED BY RIC BURNS AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM FIRE IN PARADISE, DIRECTED...
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Housefull 4, Review: Emptiness to the core

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Housefull 4, Review: Emptiness to the fore In the age of the multiplex, a sign saying that a particular show is House-Full, meaning all the tickets have been sold in advance, is about as rare as discoveries of the abominable snowman. Producer Sajid Nadiadwala is a grandson who carries on the business his grand-father started, and even calls his company Nadiadwala Grandson, complete with an animated logo featuring an old man and a young child. Housefull 4 is Sajid’s fourth foray with the...
 

MFF 21, 2019, 04: Ten films seen, with ratings

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MFF 21, 2019, 04: Ten films seen, with ratings Halfway through Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) 21st Mumbai Film Festival MFF), till 21 October, I had managed to see the following films. Here are cryptic reviews, with their star ratings: A Son, France-Tunisia-Lebanon-Qatar, Directed by Mehdi M. Barsaoui, Rating: *** ½ Influences of Iranian cinema apart, the film has some real depth. It leaves several questions unanswered, but that turns out to be its strength. Perform...

A salute and a Happy birthday to Siraj Syed our India Correspondent: check his fantastic film critics contribution over a year

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The team at filmfestivals.com wanted to take the opportunity of this very special day for Siraj Syed to thank him for a fantastic dedication and great contributions (see below) HAPPY BIRTHDAY dear Siraj! जन्मदिन की बहुत-बहुत शुभकामनाएँ janmadin kee bahut-bahut shubhakaamanaen (hope this sounds correct, google?) Siraj Syed is the India Correspondent for FilmFestivals.com and a member of FIPRESCI, the International Federatio...
 
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Austin Film Festival opened with The Obituary of Tunde Johnson

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The 26th annual Austin Film Festival (AFF), the premier film festival recognizing writers’ and filmmakers’ contributions to film, television, theatre and new media, announced its Opening Night feature, The Obituary of Tunde Johnson, taking place October 24, 2019. Director Ali LeRoi will present the film alongside screenwriter Stanley Kalu. The film is Ali LeRoi’s feature directorial debut, and Kalu’s first produced feature screenplay. Kalu wo...
 

The new feature by the Greek director Vassilis Mazomenos in Thessaloniki IFF 2019

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  Horme Pictures in a cooperation with Alatas films & Arctos films present «Exile»   Trailer:     Exile, international trailer from Horme Pictures on Vimeo.     Following “Lines”  Vassilis Mazomenos looks into the next day of the Greek crisis through a surrealist drama with elements of black comedy.   Story Aris, a Greek man, becomes a no one in his own country and struggles to recover ...
 

Housefull 4, Review: Emptiness to the core

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Housefull 4, Review: Emptiness to the fore In the age of the multiplex, a sign saying that a particular show is House-Full, meaning all the tickets have been sold in advance, is about as rare as discoveries of the abominable snowman. Producer Sajid Nadiadwala is a grandson who carries on the business his grand-father started, and even calls his company Nadiadwala Grandson, complete with an animated logo featuring an old man and a young child. Housefull 4 is Sajid’s fourth foray with the...
 
 

Script Pool Tallinn at Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event presents scripts for TV drama series for the first time

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This year for the first time the international script competition Script Pool Tallinn also presents projects for TV and drama series in addition to scripts for feature films.  The main goal of Script Pool Tallinn, a part of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event, is to gather talented scriptwriters with producers attached, in order to provide them support enhancing the script and maximising its production and distribution potential. Adding the TV and drama series category to the competi...
 

Baltic Event Co-Production Market Announces Official Selection for 2019

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  20 projects will be presented at the Co-Production Market 2019 taking place between November 26-29 during the Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event. The market’s 18th edition welcomes both promising debutants as well as industry heavyweights, with stories ranging from raw personal traumas to mind-bending thrillers.   “After opening our market to filmmakers from across the globe looking for a window to our region a few years ago, we are excited to admit that filmmak...
 
 

BKS Handles Content Acquisition and Programming for KinoPop.

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BKS becomes the official representative for all content acquisition and programming for KinoPop.com. KinoPop is a new SVOD platform that will launch this September in Brazil. Apply your content now at acquisition@kinopop.com     GET TO KNOW BKS SERVICES     ...
 

Universal and DreamWorks Set to Unveil Two New Animated Movies in 2021

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  Dreamworks and Universal Animation announced the release of two new animated movies for theatres in 2021. The two films mentioned are “Spirit Riding Free,” which will hit the big screen on 14 th May 2021 and “The Bad Guys,” set to debut on 17 th September 2021. The second film will be replacing “Spooky Jack,” a cartoon film from Universal, which was taken off the release calendar.   Still untitled, the “Spirit Riding Free&r...
 

BBFF Closing Night Gala film tells story of Thai cave rescue

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The Cave, the film selected for the Closing Gala night of the 2019 Byron Bay Film Festival, tells a story that will be familiar to nearly everyone – the 2018 rescue of the Wild Boars football team from an underground cave in Northern Thailand, where they had been trapped by floodwaters caused by early monsoon rains. The tension felt as the world waited for a happy against-the-odds ending was almost unbearable. “Like everyone else on the planet, I was followin...
 

"Official Secrets" - Film Review

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by Emilia Ippolito Official Secrets, currently on general release in the UK, tells us the story of a British civil servant, Katherine Gun, who disclosed a highly confidential memo to the press - via a controversial anti war activist - asking British intelligence for support in convincing a few members of the UN Security Council to vote in favour of the war in Irak. Gun, turning from intelligence officer into a spy, but thinking merely in terms of human loss, was against the invasion - hence h...
 

"terroir" to have South American premiere in Bogota!

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"terroir" will have its South American premiere with Independent Film Festival de Villa de Leyva in Bogota, Colombia from November 8-11, 2019. Written/directed/produced and sung by Dawn Westlake, "terroir" was orchestrated by multiple award-winning composer GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs. It was shot on location by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in Wheaton & Peru, Illinois, USA, Font Romeu, Francia and Vilafranca del Penedes, Catalunya, Spain. Pol also edited and ...
 

Recent Spanish Cinema Film Festival celebrates its 25th year Anniversary in Los Angeles

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Photos credit:  Cynthia Biret  The Recent Spanish Cinema film festival celebrated its 25th Anniversay in Los Angeles on Friday with Spanish stars and filmmakers in attendance on the Red Carpet at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.   Photo credit:  Cynthia Biret The festival opened with the screening of the celebrated comedy-drama "Father There Is Only One" (Padre No Hai Mas Que Uno) about a father left alone with his five children for a week-end filled with o...
 

"terroir" to have US Premiere at Austin Music Video Festival!

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"terroir", the new feminist musical from Dawn Westlake and her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. has been selected to the Austin Music Video Festival in Texas for December 10-14, 2019. This will be the film's USA premiere. "terroir" was written as a poem by Westlake, and then orchestrated by GC Johnson of Acoustic Labs, who also coached her singing performance. The film was shot/edited and visual effects were done by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. The piece was filmed o...

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

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

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

 

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June 2019, Australia 14 minutes  short film by Jarrod Dean

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Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible written  and directed by Matthew Taylor

USA 2019 Documentary 89 minutes

Duchamp: Art of the Possible is a feature documentary that explores the life, art, and philosophy of the 20th century’s most influential modernists, Marcel Duchamp, and how his work single-handedly changed the course of art, and over time, culture itself.
 

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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

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

Director - Sally Steele

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

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

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

"A film that Google does not want you to see  - filmfestivals.com Best for Fest"

An eye-opening documentary, The Creepy Line reveals the stunning degree to which society is manipulated by Google and Facebook and blows the lid off the remarkably subtle – hence powerful – manner in which they do it.

The Creepy Line is a title culled from the words of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, when during a 2010 interview he explained Google’s code of conduct: “The Google policy on a lot of things is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.”

However, as Dr. Robert Epstein explains in the film, “Google crosses the creepy line every day”. 

Offering first-hand accounts, scientific experiments and detailed analysis, The Creepy Line examines what is at risk when these two tech titans have free reign to utilize the public’s most private and personal data to manipulate society.

There is no question that the “creepy line” is getting ever-creepier, and that the tech giants have crossed it.

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Sharkwater: Extinction by Rob Stewart Documentary Canada 2018 Sharkwater Extinction by Rob Stewart - Canada 2018 90 minutes

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Rob Stewart “Conservation is the preservation of human life on earth. And that, above all else, is worth fighting for” Watch Rob Stewart doing what he loved most of all, swimming with sharks, in exclusive footage from his third film, Sharkwater: Extinction.

Sharkwater: Extinction is a follow up to his first two award-winning films, Sharkwater and Revolution. Sharkwater exposed the devastating issue of shark finning, while Revolution brought the destructive effects of Ocean Acidification to light.

Rob taught the world to not fear sharks, through his iconic images of hugging these majestic creatures and free diving with them.

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

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

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

 

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Revolution by Rob Stewart 

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over 40 festival wins so far

Eco Documentary feature film by Rob Stewart April 2015, 82 minutes (Sharkwater)
Revolution is a film about changing the world. The true-life adventure of Rob Stewart, this follow-up to his acclaimed SHARKWATER (36 festival wins) documentary continues his remarkable journey; one that will take him through 15 countries over four years, and where he'll discover that it's not only sharks that are in grave danger -- it's humanity itself.

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Des partenariats forts avec les plus grands festivals et marchés

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Nous sommes très fiers des bonnes relations et des partenariats signé avec les plus grands festivals et marchés : Venice Production Bridge, FestForums Santa Barbara, AFM, Animaze, Tallinn Black Night International Film Festival, Houston WorldFest, Fantasporto, et Cannes Market bien entendu et beaucoup d'autres. Nous sommes heureux de pouvoir grace à ces parteneriats pouvoir apporter news et dailies à ...
 

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Les raisins de la colère (The Grapes of Wrath) de John Ford (USA, 1940)

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Les films qui ont une densité spirituelle évidente mettent souvent en scène le voyage, l’itinéraire initiatique, mais aussi la souffrance qu’implique de quitter sa terre, ses racines, son pays, son existence. On se rend compte, avec Les raisins de la colère que la modernité a constitué le terreau indispensable de la modernité liquide (Zygmunt Baumann). Le film est en effet réalisé en 1940, bien avant que la phi...
 

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La Semaine du nouveau cinéma russe revient à Paris pour sa 17e édition, du 13 au 19 novembre 2019, à l’Arlequin

 

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La 17e Semaine du nouveau cinéma russe aura lieu du 13 au 19 novembre 2019, à Paris, avec le soutien du Ministère de la Culture de la Fédération de Russie et la participation des Ecrans de Paris, en coopération avec l’Association Dialogue Franco-Russe. Comme chaque année, les films les plus remarquables ayant remporté un succès en salles en Russie ou dans les festivals nationaux et internationaux seront à l’a...
 

Palmarès de la 48e édition du FNC

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Alors que mardi avait lieu la remise de prix du court métrage (voir le palmarès ici), hier avait lieu la remise de prix des longs métrages et des oeuvres de réalité virtuelle.   COMPÉTITION INTERNATIONALE – LONGS MÉTRAGES LOUVE D'OR  - PRÉSENTÉE PAR QUÉBECOR (meilleur long métrage, 15 000$ en argent remis par Québecor) ...
 
 

Impact des bandes-annonces diffusées dans les cinémas au 22 octobre 2019

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Enquête hebdomadaire réalisée auprès d’un échantillon de 35 000 individus représentatifs de la population française. Parmi ces individus, 2 000 spectateurs étant allés au cinéma au cours de la semaine cinéma concernée sont interrogés sur les bandes-annonces vues au cinéma.     ...
 

Le Arras Film Festival dévoile les jurys de sa 20e édition et son président Thieery Klifa

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 LE JURY ATLAS  Le Jury Atlas sera présidé cette année par le réalisateur Thierry Klifa. Thierry Klifa a d'abord été journaliste au magazine Studio. Depuis 2001, il est passé derrière la caméra et a tourné plusieurs long métrages dont Le Héros de la famille et Les Yeux de sa mère. *** « J’ai  toujours voulu raconter des histoires. Je suis né d...
 
 
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