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VIDEO Watch the Closing Gala and awards of San Sebastian 71

'O corno / The Rye Horn' lands the Golden Shell at San Sebastian Festival's 71st edition The feature film O corno / The Rye Horn (Spain-Portugal-Belgium), directed by Jaione Camborda from San Sebastian, carried off the Golden Shell at San Sebastian Festival's 71st edition. In addition, the official jury decided to give the Silver Shell for Best Director to Tzu-Hui Peng and Ping-Wen Wang for Chun xing / A Journey in Spring (Taiwan), while the Best Scre...


VIDEO: Victor Erice picked up the Donostia Award

On the stage at the Vitoria Eugenia theatre where fifty years ago he received the Golden Shell for his first film El Espíritu de la colmena, Victor Erice picked up the Donostia Award last night. The actress Ana Torrent, who as a child starred in the very same film, had the honour of presenting the director with the statuette, and said that it was enormously moving to give Erice the award “50 years after coming together in the same place to present El espíritu de l...


Five Ibero-American films compete for the Spanish Cooperation Award

For the ninth consecutive year, AECID, together with the San Sebastian Festival, is promoting the accolade which recognises the Ibero-American film making the best contribution to human development, the eradication of poverty and the full exercise of human rights The Award is part of the alliance between the AECID and the Festival to promote the Ibero-American audiovisual industry    Five films programmed at San Sebastian Festival's 71th edition will compete this year for...


Six films at the San Sebastian Festival compete for the Agenda 2030 Euskadi Basque Country Award

Actresses Greta Fernández and Loreto Mauleón make up the jury alongside the Basque Government Director of Social Innovation, Asier Aranbarri Six films from the official programme of the 71st San Sebastian Festival compete for the Agenda 2030 Euskadi Basque Country Award, recognising the film that best reflects the values of sustainability and solidarity as the core emblems of the Sustainable Development Goals promoted by the United Nations in the 2030 Agenda. Two of the competi...


Seventeen films selected for Perlak to compete for the City of Donostia / San Sebastian Audience Award

The City Council and the Festival have distributed 1,000 free tickets among the unemployed   Seventeen films selected for Perlak will compete for the City of Donostia / San Sebastian Audience Award, sponsored by the San Sebastian City Council for eight years in a row. This initiative is a tribute from the City Council to its citizens, who decide the award. The Perlak section, sponsored by Armani Beauty, is made up of titles to have been awarded or acclaimed at other international f...


Spanish Screenings on Tour presents its second edition at the San Sebastian Festival, with a wide variety of genres and formats

Spanish Screenings on Tour presents its second edition at the San Sebastian Festival, with a wide variety of genres and formats combining emerging and consolidated talent and demonstrating the excellent health of today's Spanish audiovisual sector The event will take place at the MIA | Mercato Internazionale Audiovisivo from 9 to 13 October with the title 'Spanish Audiovisual: Talent and Future' Spanish Screenings on Tour is one of the initiatives of Spanish Screenings XXL...


Zinemaldia Startup Challenge Awards

  Zinemadia Startup Challenge falls within the framework of Zinemaldia & Technology, promote by the Basque Governement through the Department of Economic Development, Sustainability and Environment and SPRI The competition for Spanish startups is part of “Spanish Screenings: Financing & Tech”, one of the axes of Spanish Screenings XXL. The Basque Government, through the Department of Economic Development, Sustainability and Environment, promotes the Zinemaldia Startup...


James Marsh will close the Official Selection of the 71st San Sebastian Festival with ‘Dance First’

The helmer of ‘The Theory of Everything’ directs Gabriel Byrne and Sandrine Bonnaire in this movie about all the lives of writer Samuel Beckett   Dance First, the film from the British moviemaker James Marsh on the subject of Samuel Beckett, will close the 71st San Sebastian Festival. The film winding up the Official Selection out of competition stars Gabriel Byrne and Sandrine Bonnaire. Marsh (Truro, UK. 1963) won the Academy Award for Best Documentary for M...


‘La Ternura’ and ‘Chinas’, in the RTVE Galas at the San Sebastian Festival

‘Chinas’, by Arantxa Echevarría, will have its preview on 27 September at the Kursaal 2 The Gala of ‘La Ternura’, by Vicente Villanueva, will take place on the 28th at the Victoria Eugenia Theatre RTVE will come to the Festival with three films in the Official Selection plus another three titles, including ‘Cerrar los ojos / Close Your Eyes’, by the Donostia Award-winner, Víctor Erice RTVE will hold two film Galas at the 71st San Seb...


"Fallen Leaves" by Aki Kaurismäki, to receive the FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2023 for Best Film of the Year

‘Kuolleet lehdet / Fallen Leaves’, by Aki Kaurismäki, to receive the FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2023 for Best Film of the Year This is the second time the Finnish director will have won the award   Fallen Leaves, directed by Aki Kaurismäki, has won the FIPRESCI Grand Prix after having been chosen best film of 2023 by the members of the International Federation of Film Critics, FIPRESCI. The vote had the participation of 669 critics from all over the world (a record pa...


Hayao Miyazaki to open the 71st San Sebastian Festival with ‘Kimitachi wa Do Ikiruka / The Boy and the Heron’

The movie will screen in the Kursaal Auditorium on Friday, 22 September, after the opening gala Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film, Kimitachi wa Do Ikiruka / The Boy and the Heron, will open the San Sebastian Festival’s 71st edition out of competition. Having shown at Toronto Festival on 7 September, San Sebastian will host the European premiere of the latest proposal from the director of Spirited Away. The movie will screen in the Kursaal Auditorium on Friday, 22 September, after the o...


Eusko Label micro-short film competition launches

The San Sebastian Festival and HAZI, a public company of the Basque Government Department of Economic Development, Sustainability and the Environment, promote the Eusko Label micro-short film competition in the endeavour to spread news of and support locally sourced produce Two prizes of 6,000 and 4,000 euros reward the best works, with a maximum runtime of three minutes and filmed using a mobile phone The San Sebastian Festival and the Basque Government through HAZI call the Euskal Label mi...


Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum Lineup in San Sebastian

Iván Fund, Juan Pablo González and Ana Isabel Fernández de Alba, Daniel Hendler, Gabe Klinger, Lucila Mariani, Bárbara Sarasola-Day, Alicia Scherson and Federico Veiroj, among others, will present their projects at the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum The fifteen selected projects come from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Spain, the Dominican Republic and Urugua The Co-Production Forum will run from 25-27 September in the framework...


Klasikoak to host the world premiere of ‘El realismo socialista / Socialist Realism’, a film never screened before by Raúl Ruiz

  The moviemaker, widow and regular collaborator of the Chilean filmmaker, has rescued, reconstructed and completed this hitherto-unseen film conceived by its author 50 years ago   As part of its Klasikoak section, the San Sebastian Festival will host the world premiere of El realismo socialista / Socialist Realism (1973-2023), an unfinished film by the Chilean moviemaker Raúl Ruiz, wh...


Ten projects based on metaverse, AI among others, to compete in the Zinema Startup Challenge

Ten projects based on metaverse, AI, machine learning and augmented reality, among others, to compete in the Zinema Startup Challenge The projects by Spanish startups and entrepreneurs will have a specific competition, part of ‘Spanish Screenings: Financing & Tech’, one of the initiatives of ‘Spanish Screenings XXL’ and part of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan (PRTR) The initiative falls within the framework of Zinemaldia & Technology, p...


The first films competing for the Golden Shell at the 71st San Sebastián Festival

The films by María Alché and Benjamín Naishtat, Robin Campillo, Raven Jackson, Joachim Lafosse, Noah Pritzker, Cristi Puiu and Martín Rejtman, among others, will be competing for the Golden Shell at the 71st San Sebastián Festival The American newcomer Raven Jackson will be forming part of the Official Selection with a film developed in the Ikusmira Berriak programme   María Alché and Benjamín Naishtat, Robin Ca...


Ikusmira Berriak opens the tenth call for its residencies

The registration deadline for the audiovisual project development programme is September 1 From this edition, one of the positions on the pre-selection committee will be filled by an alumnus of Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola (EQZE) on a rotating basis Ikusmira Berriak, the programme of residencies and audiovisual project development, organised by the San Sebastian Festival, Tabakalera-International Centre for Contemporary Culture and the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola (EQZE), ...


Proyecta, organised by Ventana Sur, the Marché du Film and the San Sebastian Festival, are accepting submissions

The deadline for submissions is August 1 Proyecta, the initiative jointly organised by Ventana Sur, the Marché du Film and the San Sebastian Festival, opens its call for the submission of audiovisual feature films projects from Europe and Latin America that are at the development stage and are looking for co-production. Open from today, the initiative is for first or second works by their directors.  The call is for fiction and non-fiction projects in development from Latin Ameri...


'The Kings of the World' and San Sebastian

Laura Mora’s film Los reyes del mundo / The Kings of the World, a Colombian co-production with Luxembourg, France, Mexico and Norway, bagged the Golden Shell at San Sebastian Festival’s 70th edition.                                    The official jury also decided to honour Genki Kawamura with the Silver Shell for Best Director for Hyakka / A Hundred Flowers (Japan), while the ...


Punto y Raya Festival: highlights of the coming 8th edition

Punto y Raya Festival will finally arrive in Lisbon, Portugal, featuring five days of pure form, colour, movement and sound. This benchmark event for Abstract Art in Motion will take place from October 11 to 15, 2023 at multiple venues, including Cinemateca Portuguesa, Cinema Fernando Lopes, Universidade Lusófona, Museu de Lisboa, Faculdade de Belas Artes, Escola Superior de Música, and Caleidoscópio UL. As a...


The 2024 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival official poster is out! it s a girl, NO it s a rabbit, or both?

We're delighted to unveil the official poster for the 46th Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, designed by talented American illustrator Stacey Rozich. This watercolorist offers us a fresco bursting with acidic characters and settings straight from her imagination and the short films that inspired her during her journey as a juror for the 2023 international competition. Can you identify the filmic references scattered throughout this poster?  In a mishmash of meticul...


The 16th Annual Bushwick Film Festival is almost here, running from October 25th to October 29th

The 16th Annual Bushwick Film Festival is almost here, running from October 25th to October 29th, and you can grab your tickets now!     Film Program: Dive into our curated selection of over 125 indie films from NY and around the world. Categories include NY Stories, Love Stories, Social Justice and Human Rights, Campy Halloween Thrillers and Horrors, and a really good lineup of comedies and docs. Check out the full list at:   Special Even...


Hola Mexico Film Festival announces the 8th annual edition of its career development program during Hispanic Heritage Month

Hola Mexico Film Festival presented by Toyota announces the 8th annual edition of its career development program during Hispanic Heritage Month TOMORROW’S FILMMAKERS TODAY Brings together emerging, U.S.-based filmmakers with a wide range of Latin American roots for an immersive, 10-day program to help increase Latino representation in the film & television industries This year marks the 8th edition of the prestigious and competitive career development program focused...


The full lineup for the 37th edition of AFI FEST!

  We’re thrilled to announce the full lineup for the 37th edition of AFI FEST! October 25-29 TCL Chinese Theatres 141 Films 49 Countries 18 International Oscar® Submissions 10 Special Screenings 44% of Films Directed by Women And More! VIEW FULL PROGRAM GUIDE   ...


Revealing the program of the 39th Warsaw International Film Festival

The 39th Warsaw International Film Festival will begin on Friday, October 6, and end on Sunday, October 15, 2023. The festival cinemas will be Atlantic and Multikino Zlote Tarasy. We have selected films for the program from 4,800 submissions, sent from 111 countries. During the WFF we will present: - 77 feature-length films, including 23 world premieres, 9 international premieres, 6 European premieres, 15 Eastern European premieres and 17 Polish premieres. - 61 short films.   Films w...



Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus, screening Oct. 11 & 12 (courtesy of Janus Films) Get ready for the 61st New York Film Festival, kicking off  September 29! Limited tickets are available and selling fast. Explore the schedule, see filmmakers attending for Q&As on film pages, download a PDF of our program guide, and subscribe to our newly launched Reddit community.   Week 1 essential picks w...




The European Film Awards - Feature Film Selection (part 2)

  After the earlier announcement of 19 feature films that are part of the European Film Academy’s Film Selection 2023, 21 more titles have been added to the shortlist for the European Film Awards.  The Academy Selection represents every year the very best of European cinema and aims to promote the films. All work of the European Film Academy is based on our Diversity and Inclusion standards, ensuring that everyone in Europe is considered and has an equal chance to be selected. ...


The European Film Awards 2023: European Film Academy announces first part of this year’s Feature Film Selection

   Today, we are happy to present to you the first part of this year's Feature Film Selection including 19 high-quality films from all over Europe. In a second part, further titles will be announced in September, all recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards 2023. These films have been selected by the European Film Academy Board, consulted by a diverse range of European invited experts. The Academy Selection represents every year the very best of European cinem...


Jewish International Film Festival returns to Australian screens 23 Oct – 6 Dec

JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2023: A WORLD OF STORIES FROM THE HEART OF JEWISH CULTUR E   From tales of profound journeys, captivating real-life mysteries to the unsung champions of yesteryears, the Jewish International Film Festival (23 Oct – 6 Dec) graces Australian screens once again, presenting a curated collection of Jewish cinema's most enchanting and illuminating tales from across the world. Featuring 55 Australian premiere films from 19 countries...


San Diego International Kids' Film Festival Retrospective

San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival has come to a successful conclusion. It was an incredible three days filled with an international slate of films. The festival began with the animation block. Jeong-Byeon-Ji Kim, winner of the Best Directing in a Short Film Award for Hana Meets Hana, flew out all the way from South Korea to attend. The writer and director of Amazing Petunia’s Adventures, the Best Animated Short winner, also attended. It was great to hear their experien...


VIDEO: Viennale-Trailer 2023: A film by Pedro Costa

The Viennale is Austria’s most important international film event, as well as one of the oldest and best-known festivals in the German-speaking world. Every October, the Viennale takes place in beautiful cinemas in Vienna’s historic center, providing the festival with an international orientation and a distinctive urban flair.   A Film by Pedro Costa (Portugal/Austria 2023, 2 min)   A swan song against the backdrop of a fiery apocalypse? Or is it...


18th Los Angeles Greek Film Festival opens for entry

LAGFF Reaches 18!  Film Submissions Are Now Open  The 18th LAGFF is now open for submissions. We accept new films in all categories – features, documentaries, shorts and animation shorts. We accept works by Greek filmmakers or filmmakers of Greek descent worldwide as well as films about Greece or inspired by Greek culture.    ...


6th New York Baltic Film Festival Schedule & Ticketing Announced

The 6th Annual New York Baltic Film Festival (NYBFF) presented by Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America returns on November 8-19, 2023 as a hybrid festival screening the best new and critically-acclaimed Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian films in-person in NYC November 8-12 and virtually November 10-19. This year, the festival will feature 13 screenings — including eight narrative features, three documentaries, and one TV series — with tw...


MyMetaStories: Films for the first edition of the festival unveiled bringing young European cinema to Minecraft

The first festival to bring young European cinema to Minecraft®.3   Daniela Elstner, Executive Director of Unifrance, unveiled the selection for the 1st edition of MyMetaStories. MyMetaStories is the very first festival to bring cinema to the Metaverse, at the crossroads of cultural and creative industries of film and video games.1st edition, 20 films - 7 features and 13 shorts - have been selected. These films have been screened at major international festivals and come from all ov...


Invite the movie stars to your hometown - 31. FILMFEST HAMBURG

FILMFEST HAMBURG opens on 28 September with the Jordanian film Inshallah a Boy by Amjad Al Rasheed and ends on 7 October with the Swedish contribution Paradise is Burning by Mika Gustafson. For the second time, the Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival will be hosting its national competition with seven feature-length films in the Hanseatic city. This year’s Douglas Sirk Award winner is Sandra Hüller, who will be awarded on 30 September before the Germa...


"Women Empowerment" through Cinematic Art at the service of humanity”-The Better World Fund-80th edition of Venice Film Festival

Isabelle Huppert and many other celebrities show their commitment at the Better World Fund   Auction for the Maria Callas Foundation   Interview with American actor Jeremy Piven who receives the Best Commitment Award from Tarina Patel   Manuel Collas de la Roche and Jeremy Piven among guests   from left to right: Tarina Patel, Solanges Vivens, Manuel Collas de la Roche and Elisabeth Moreno     Scarlett Baya Avedikian with Mischa Aznavour &nbs...



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The Nature Track film festival 2023 ‘Epic Bill’ reviewed

EPIC BILL   Nature Track film festival 2023   With director: Quinnolyn Benson-Yates. Epic Bill is truly about re-inventing yourself and finding your true self. Meet Bill Bradley, a self-made millionaire who collapsed into bankruptcy and how he found himself, again, by entering the world of extreme endurance racing. Maverick director Quinnolyn Benson-Yates truly captured the spirit of what is defining “Epic Bill” through amazing sequences in the wilderness and hones...


I AM GITMO by Philippe Diaz will have its World Premiere at Marbella Festival

As the 21st anniversary since Guantanamo Bay Prison took in it’s first prisoners, Cinema Libre Studio has completed production on a controversial narrative feature that shows, for the first time, the treatment Guantanamo’s Arab prisoners received upon detainment FOLLOWING THE EVENTS OF 9/11.  Told from a Muslim Arab’s point-of-view, Sammy Sheik ("American Snipper", "NCIS: Los Angeles,”) stars as Gamel Sadek with Eric Pierpoint ("Liar, Liar"...


INSHALLAH A BOY named Jordan’s official submission for 96th Academy Awards

Hot on the heels of its double hat-trick of awards at Cannes, Rotterdam Arab Film Festival and Paysages de Cinéastes Festival, Amjad Al-Rasheed's INSHALLAH A BOY was just selected as Jordan’s official submission for Best Foreign Film at the 96th Academy Awards by the Royal Film Commission-Jordan.   Following its historic world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival's Critics Week, where it received the Gan Foundation Award and the Rail d'Or Award for Best Feature ...


U.S. majors including FOX Entertainment Global, Lionsgate and Paramount Global confirmed for NATPE

  MAJOR U.S. STUDIOS SIGN ON AS EXHIBITORS NATPE Global's mission to deliver a world-class international content marketplace in Miami in January is taking shape. FOX Entertainment Global, Lionsgate and Paramount Global have signed on as anchor exhibitors and many more major studios are poised to follow as momentum builds. The verdict is in, and the industry is welcoming back the rejuvenated and reimagined event, now steered by Brunico, which runs international market-leading...


Tales of Babylon is going to Rome

Tales of Babylon, one of the BEST FOR FESTS, has been selected as Best Feature Film at the amazing Rome Independent Film Festival Awards. The Rome Independent Film Festival (RIFF) is Italy 's first independent and international film festival. Its aim is to unite enthusiasm for films and filmmaking among young filmmakers with the realities of film production and distribution. Since its first edition in 2001, RIFF has become an event that is followed with more and more...


Göteborg Film Festival Replaces Liv Ullmann with Alma Pöysti in AI-Generated Version of Ingmar Bergman's Persona

  What happens to a film when an actor's face is changed? In collaboration with SF Studios, Gothenburg Film Studios and The Ingmar Bergman Foundation, Göteborg Film Festival is producing an AI-generated version of Persona, featuring Alma Pöysti in Liv Ullmann's role as Elisabet Vogler. This cinematic experiment will be screened exclusively once at the Göteborg Film Festival 2024 in the presence of Liv Ullmann and Alma Pöysti. The screening will be followe...

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Awards from 6th DOCK International Documentary Historical Film Festival in Burgas (Bulgaria)

By Phillip Bergson Member of  International Jury 17--22 September 2023   The interest in historical cinema over the past decade is a trend in contemporary documentaries. Bearing this concept in mind not only across screens globally, but also here in Bulgaria, we were launching the largest forum for International Historic Documentary Cinema – DOCK. It will take place in Burgas over 5 days – between the 17th and the 22nd of September 2022.. The inaugural edition o...



Announcing the nominated films for the 22nd Edition of the Miami short Film Festival, November 17–19, 2023

  We are happy to announce the nominated films for the 22nd Edition of the Miami short Film Festival, November 17–19, 2023.   Best North America Narrative Hating Beckett - Dir by; Matthew Gossin Sticks & Stones - Dir by: Emily Singer Romanova - Dir by: Mark Kaercher Launch at Paradise - Dir by: Carrie Ann Quinn It´s a Dog - Dir by: Eli Shapiro Best Foreign Narrative Overthinker - Dir by: Nemanja Mladenovic The Old young Crow - Dir by: Liam LoPinto Reser...


Special "Abbas Kiarostami" award is presented to the best experimental film at the Hafez Awards

Hafez Awards, the biggest cinema and television event organized by the private sector in Iran, to the extent that a special "Abbas Kiarostami" award is presented to the best experimental film at the ceremony. This fall, 22nd film and television ceremony of Picture World Magazine (Hafez Awards), the recognition of Iranian cinema and television will be held. A ceremony directed and produced by Omid Moallem and produced by Azar memarian in which Asghar Farhadi and Mehran Modiri are the...


2023 Catalina Film Festival wraps announcings winners

Ron Truppa, Bruce Davison 2023 Career Tribute Award Honoree CATALINA FILM FESTIVAL WRAPS 13th ANNUAL EVENT WITH AWARDS PRESENTATION & HONORS ACTOR BRUCE DAVISON WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD     Notable Festival Attendees include Actors Katrina Law, Lily Brooks O’Briant, Page Kennedy, Wally Kurth and Director Ashley Avis VIRTUAL FEST SCREENS ONLINE VIA EOAPP FROM SEPT 29TH-OCTOBER 8TH    Catalina Film Festival (CFF) wrapped their 13th annual c...


The tenth Lunenburg Doc Fest wrapped with Awards

The tenth Lunenburg Doc Fest wrapped a showcase of the best and newest Canadian and International documentaries, September 21-27, in beautiful UNESCO Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.   AWARD WINNERS!   ...

Winners of the Anniversary 60th Edition of Golden Prague Festival

  The Grand Prix of the Golden Prague International Television Festival has been awarded to the German picture Orphea in Love.  The winner was selected by a five-member international jury chaired by the German director and producer Reiner E. Moritz. As many as 83 films were registered in the competition for seven prizes. The Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation VIZE 97 Prize went to the creators of the film Nikola Márová: Portrait of a Prima Ballerina produced by C...


The 2023 Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) proudly announces its 2023 Festival Honors to Patricia Clarkson,Todd Haynes and more

    NBFF Honorees Include Patricia Clarkson, Eugenio Derbez, Todd Haynes, Glenn Howerton, Jack Huston, Phil Lord, Chris Miller, William Shatner and Jesse Williams   TIFF Audience Award Winner “American Fiction” Added to the Line-up   The 2023 Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) proudly announces its 2023 Festival Honors. This year’s honorees include:   ●     Patricia Clarkson (pictured above, photo by Par Joella Ma...


VENICE TV AWARD 2023 winners announced

Proving that great television knows no borders, awards for excellence went to a spread of 29 different countries, with outstanding work rewarded this year from United Kingdom, Germany, USA, Brazil, India, France, Japan, Sweden, Italy, Canada, Finland, Spain, Austria, Australia, Belgium, South Africa, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Argentina, Norway, Mexico, Switzerland, Netherlands, Malaysia, Romania, Singapore, Thailand and South Korea. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees and thank ...


2023 World Trailer Awards : some of the happy winners with their trophy

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2023 Winners Just some of the 2023 winners announced in Algarve, Portugal in 2023. Best Online Advertising - Streaming Special Treats (now Once Upon a Time)   ...


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Chelsea Film Festival announces the jury for the 11th edition in New York

Ingrid and Sonia Jean-Baptiste revealed the CFF 2023 JURY     ...


VIDEO “Jafar Panahi” published this video in support of the release of “Leila Naghdipari”

Photo : Leila Naghdipari, Jafar Panahi, Majid Berzegar “Jafar Panahi” the acclaimed Iranian director, published a video in support of the release of “Leila Naghdipari”, the costume and set designer of the movie “Three Faces”. According to the report of Mansour Jahani, an independent and international cinema journalist, “Jafar Panahi” announced in a statement that “Leila Naghdipari” was arrested on the anniversary ...


The European Film Academy firmly stands behind its President Agnieszka Holland

  We stand behind Agnieszka Holland Agnieszka Holland (photo by Jacek Poremba)   We are stunned by the current personal hostility and threats from the Polish Minister of Justice, Mr Zbigniew Ziobro, against the President of the European Film Academy, the highly acclaimed filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, at a high political level because of her film ZIELONCA GRANICA (THE GREEN BORDER). Agni...


The Ukrainian Film Academy expresses its support for Polish director Agnieszka Holland

The Ukrainian Film Academy expresses its support for Polish director Agnieszka Holland in response to criticism of her film Green Border (Zielona granica) which has gone beyond the bounds of cinematic discussion and taken on the appearance of sharp attacks on the director, accusations of propaganda, and even threats of physical violence. This could lead to a lawsuit by the victim. Agnieszka Holland (photo by Jacek Poremba) As with any creator, a film director has the right to raise imp...


"Unstoppable Women" Panel discussion at San Diego Fest

Don't miss the Festival's curated screenings by female filmmakers, and our Panel discussion: "Unstoppable Women" * This panel highlights women filmmakers who are breaking stereotypes and making a unique impact in the film and entertainment industry. Panel Moderated by Sandra Maas, Board President of the Women's Museum of California. This event is presented in conjunction with Mind|Body|Soul Magazine. Watch these films and join us in the Fe...


Geoff Daniels appointed as Executive Director of Jackson Wild

We're thrilled to announce that Geoff Daniels will join us as the next Executive Director of Jackson Wild. Daniels, who has been a leader in the film and television industry for over 20 years, joins Jackson Wild in its 32nd year of programming. Daniels will lead Jackson Wild's year-round programming and will be responsible for guiding the organization's overall vision and strategy. Shaping the organization's presence globally and locally, Daniels will lea...


Baz Luhrmann (Elvis, Moulin Rouge!) will preside over the Festival’s Red Sea: Features Competition Jury this year

  Baz Lurhmann, Photo credit Hugh Stewart   The Red Sea International Film Festival (Red Sea IFF), today announced internationally renowned writer, director and producer Baz Luhrmann (Elvis, Moulin Rouge!) will preside over the Festival’s Red Sea: Features Competition Jury this year. The third edition of the festival will take place from 30 November – 9 December in Jeddah, nestled on the eastern shore of the Red Sea.   The legendary Academy Award® nominated au...


Valuing Writers in the AI Renaissance: A Call for Fair Compensation

by Christina Zhu-Weaver, Chief Strategy and Fun Officer at Robosen Robotics Amid the rapid advancements of artificial intelligence, a pivotal dialogue emerges, focused on the ethics and equity of AI development. At the heart of these discussions, one critical question often lingers in the shadows: should we provide rightful compensation to the writers and creators whose imaginative works form the foundation of AI system training? AI for Humanity: Insights from Hollywood Writers In a r...


Global Entertainment Awards 



Early Bird deadline: December 31 2023

The Global Entertainment Awards honour the role marketing and promotion play in powering the entertainment industry. We celebrate the creative people around the world whose work drives us to want, play, watch and listen to entertainment.

7 Regions. 4 Consumer Entertainment Markets.

26 Awards Categories. Pricing

Early Bird Entry Deadline 31 December 2023.

Regional Winners announced February 2024.
Global Entertainment Awards Winners announced March 2024.


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NYC Independent Film Festival

June 5 - 8, 2024



August 31, 2023 Earlybird Deadline
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January 15, 2024 Late Deadline
February 15, 2024 Extended Deadline

Home of the NYC Indie Awards the festival aims to discover the Artist Filmmaker, showcasing them to the entertainment industry and the NYC public. All NYCIndieFF 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.

NYCIndieFF honors the Best in Category which includes Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Super Short, Best Covid Diaries, as well as Best Director and Best Screenplay.

New York City Independent Film Festival (NYCIndieFF) will hold a physical festival this year. We will celebrate the Independent Filmmaker, documentaries, short and feature-length films and animation. Whether a submission is comedic, dramatic, or something in between, The NYCIndieFF is eager to embrace fresh ideas and storytelling.


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Julien Dubuque International Film Festival

April 24 – 28, 2024



Regular Deadline: January 8, 2024


RANKED AS ONE OF THE TOP 50 FILM FESTIVALS WORTH THE SUBMISSION FEE BY MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE AND ONE OF THE TOP REVIEWED ON FilmFreeway, JDIFF is known for its networking opportunities, best communication, quaint location, great programming, friendly staff & volunteers, inquisitive audience, multiple screening opportunities, workshops, panels, amazing events and parties and so much more! And most importantly, lots of FREE FOOD in our filmmaker lounge, where many friendships and collaborations have been made.

JDIFF is ALL about the independent filmmaker and is truly geared for the best experience!

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

JDIFF acknowledges emerging filmmakers from around the world and is committed to bringing world class entertainment to the heart of the midwest.

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French Riviera Film Festival 

May 19-20, 2023




Earlybird Deadline December 17, 2023

Regular Deadline February 11, 2024
Late Deadline March 9, 2024
Extended Deadline April 9, 2024

The 6th annual French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) 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, 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, Best Lifestyle Short, Best Fashion Short, Best Music Video, Best Female Filmmaker Award, Best Director Award, Best Actor Award, Best Actress Award, Best Activism Short, Best Micro Short Award, Industry Excellence Award, and Lifetime Achievement Awards . Attendees and participants will include filmmakers, industry executives, celebrities, media, and influencers.

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ONES TO WATCH FOR FESTIVAL CONSIDERATION  carefuly curated by Bruno Chatelin


Maya by Julia Verdin
USA 2023 1hour 44 minutes written and directed by Jukia Verdin


Teenage Maya is raised in a household stricken by her father’s abandonment.
Maya makes the wrong encounter on social media and meets Ray a handsome stranger she falls for: he encourages Maya to run away from home...she ends up being set up for appointments with Ray’s “clients” until Police finds her. Can Maya's mother help her get back on her feet, or will Maya be forever lost to the dark world she has fallen prey to?

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Gender Transformation The Untold Realities 
Canada 2023 1hour 23 minutes written and directed by Tobias Elvhage and Liza Morberg


Through the real-life experience of several transgender youth and expert interviews, this docudrama provides an uncensored look into the forces behind this movement and reveals untold stories you have never heard.

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Unseen Crisis Documentary by Cindy Drukier
Canada 2023

Some who took vaccine with the noblest of intentions experienced unexpected debilitating aftereffects. Instead of compassion, they were met with skepticism; instead of being helped they were shunned; instead of being heard, they were silenced. Join us as we bring their stories out of the shadows so they can be heard and seen and no longer alone.

And yet nobody's coming to the rescue of truth?

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Sibel's Silence by Aly Yeganeh

France 93 minutes

August 2014. ISIS invades the city of Sinjar, home to a religious minority called the Yazidis, in the north west of Irak.

Sibel, a 13-year-old girl, witnesses the slaughter of her entire family. 
Alongside thousands of other women and young girls from her community, she is then kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery.

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5 minutes 40 - USA July 2022


An overly confident cop’s first day on the job gets interesting as he navigates unfamiliar territories and people.

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Demanded Supply written and directed by Sean Famoso


A brother-sister assassin duo become part of a scheme much bigger than them, when a culture vulture-ing client calls an audible.  

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Rear View Cataclysm by Eric Frodsham

2023 USA 96 minutes

Rear View Cataclysm is the story of two brothers and an ex-girlfriend who try to recapture the love and passion and of their past. Edison is trapped in a toxic marriage and invites down-on-his-luck brother, Blake (Jason Liebrecht), to a popular local music festival. Broke and depressed, Blake agrees, not realizing that Edison has also invited Mazie (Caroline Ducey), his ex-girlfriend.  No one can predict the course of desire, reconciliation and regret that unfolds. Set against the barren landscapes of rural Texas and featuring the hypnotic sounds of Grouper and Govinda along with Punk Rock Bands Zounds and The Jesus LizardRear View Cataclysm is a feast for the heart and senses.

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Gotham: The Fall and Rise of New York - Feature Documentary by Matthew Taylor

December 2022, USA 2 hours 4 minutes

Gotham tells the true story of what happened in New York City during the twenty years from 1993 to 2013. How did a city with over 2200 murders, 93,000 violent robberies and 147,000 car thefts in 1990 become the capitol of the world a mere handful of years later? This feature documentary explores what happened during these decades, told by the people who did the hard work, some at great personal and professional cost.

From Fear City to the City of Dreams. Hear about the greatest American turnaround story from the people who made it happen.

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ABSOLUTION by Lauren Spohn

Short film by Lauren Spohn (UK: 6 minutes 24 seconds 2022)

Labelled BEST FOR FESTS by curator Bruno Chatelin former head of Fox and Sony in France, founder and editor

"I am in a dark forest and something is chasing after me,  some sort of creature that reeks fire or something: one part of me wants to run but I cannot move my legs? I am totally paralysed..." 

"One last thing"he said : "it's not your fault !"

A man sees his psychiatrist for help with a difficult hidden family secret. The conversation takes a sinister turn as the psychiatrist pushes deeper into the man’s past. All is not what it seems: 

Can he take the tension, will you?

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Passez la nuit au cœur du Marais de Shrek: réservez sur Airbnb

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Sélection Officielle Court Métrage César 2024

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  Cinema Libre Studio (USA) présente   I AM GITMO Un film écrit et réalisé par Philippe Diaz   Présenté en Première mondiale au 18ème Festival International du Film  de Marbella (Espagne) Le 5 et le 8 octobre en soirée de clôture en présence du réalisateur.   Le réalisateur et producteur français Philippe Diaz, installé à Los Angeles revient &agr...

Arte Mare trace la route du 29 septembre au 7 octobre 2023 41e édition : Palmarès Corse et Rediffusions

Arte Mare trace la route du 29 septembre au 7 octobre 2023. Embarquement immédiat pour la 41e édition du festival ! Arte Mare si ne và per issi lochi ! Cinéma, rencontres, débat, hommages pour une invitation au voyage…  Aloha Pictures Collection by Alan Schoenauer et Patrick Mascaraque   Jean Pierre Ameris sur scène avec Michèle Corrotti la présidente du Festival pour présenter son dernier film ...


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On attend avec impatience le grand retour de Frank Miller, l'enfant terrible de la bande dessinée



La 23e édition de CINEMAMED se profile avec un visuel entre réalité et légereté...

    L'affiche du Cinemamed est prête à survoler Bruxelles, une invitation à la 23e édition du festival. Créée par Studio Alvin à partir de la photo d'Adrienne Nicolaï, elle nous fait lever les yeux, nous encourage à prendre de la hauteur. Cette année encore, le Cinemamed propose de réfléchir autrement et d'amener un peu de fantaisie aux réalités qui bousculent la...


La 32ème édition des Écrans de l’aventure de Dijon vous donne rendez-vous du 10 au 15 octobre 2023

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11ème édition du Festival du Film de Montreuil au cinéma Le Méliès du 27 septembre au 3 octobre 2023

  En partenariat avec l’association de spectateurs Renc’Art au Méliès et Est Ensemble, le Festival du Film de Montreuil étoffe sa programmation et affirme son ambition. Au programme : des avant-premières, des rencontres avec Ken Loach, Luc Moullet, Romain Duris, Hafsia Herzi, Thomas Cailley, Katell Quillevere, Claire Simon, Ladj Ly...     Des films inédits grâce à un partenariat avec le CNC et l’Institut Fr...


Arte Mare trace la route, lancement à Bastia le 29 septembre 2023

La 41ème édition du festival: ARTE MARE "Trace la route" ! se tient du 29 septembre au 7 octobre 2023 en Corse (dans la région Bastiaise) et présente une soixantaine de films ! Plus d'infos sur le site internet : Alain Schoenhauer et Patrick Mascaraque (Aloha Pictures Collection) étaient sur place pour capter l'énergie de l'ouverture en présence du maire de Bastia Pierre Savelli, la pr&e...


Au programme de la 43e édition du FIFAM d'Amiens

43e FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DU FILM D'AMIENS (FIFAM) du 10 au 18 novembre 2023 Le 43ème Festival International du Film d’Amiens (FIFAM) se tiendra du 10 au 18 novembre 2023 dans les salles de la Maison de la Culture, du Ciné St-Leu, du Pathé Amiens et dans la salle Jacques Tati, sous l’oeil bienveillant de la jolie vache bleue dessinée par les sœurs Decormeille, Fanny, Lucile et Aurélie, de l’association&nb...


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  ¡Viva Villa!, le rendez-vous des résidences d’artistes françaises à l’étranger, investit la Gaîté Lyrique le vendredi 20 octobre pour un grand événement ouvert au public, performatif et de discussion associant plus de 80 artistes et chercheurs. À cette occasion seront dévoilés les 13 projets lauréats du nouveau fonds de soutien à la production.    ...


Luxembourg au CinEast et invités du festival

La 16e édition du festival CinEast proposera des rencontres avec une trentaine d’invités et présentera également un programme varié lié au Luxembourg. Parmi les cinéastes qui participeront au festival il faut tout d’abord mentioner le réalisateur français Patrice Leconte (photo, info) qui présidera le Jury International et rencontrera les festivaliers lors d’une séance spéciale de son dernier...


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28.09.2023 | Editor's blog

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