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THE FESTIVAL BEAT ! N°1095 SXSW and Fantasporto in focus


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 FANTASPORTO IN FOCUS March 1-10, 2024

VIDEO Films from Japan and China take their toll of awards at Fantasporto 44th edition

JAPAN won with FROM THE END OF THE WORLD, USA took top honors (BUCKY F*UCKING DENT by DAVID DUCHOVNY), China with THE CREATION OF THE GODS and Portugal with DEPARTURES : the big winners of FANTASPORTO 2024 The 44th edition of Fantasporto – Porto International Film Festival has come to an end, although on Sunday, voting day for the legislative elections, eight of the films awarded by the four Juries of the event, for the competitive Fantastic Cinema Sections, Directors' Week...


Late night thrills at Fantasporto with the Woman in the Maze by Mitesh Patel

The closing of the friday night screenings in Fantasporto was Mitesh Kumar Patel's Horror thriller The woman in the Maze starring Meredith VanCuyk, Joey Heyworth, Sean Dillingham... Mitesh also founded the Chandler International Film Festival. A young woman rents a house in America's largest ghost town, Jerome, Arizona for a business trip, but soon discovers that the house is cursed and traps any woman who enters it. The house transforms into a maze, making it...


VIDEO Fantasporto Panel: HORROR IN MODERN TIMES with Belgian director Karim Ouelhaj and his producer Florence Saadi

Belgian director Karim Ouelhaj , from “Megalomaniac”, winner of the Best Film and Director Awards at Fantasporto 2023, and honored at Fantasporto 2024, talks about his work with producer Florence Saadi.   Karim Ouelhaj is a Belgian director, writer and producer. His first feature film “Parabola” was selected for the Venice Festival in the official Giornatti degli Autori Venice Days section. This film also won the Federico Fellini Prize i...


March 8 Horror and Fantasy treats on Fantasporto menu

March 8th - a very rainy Friday in Porto : a perfect alibi to linger in the theatres, and particularly in the brand new and comfortable Batalha Cinema Center which hosts for the second time Fantasporto after decades at Rivoli running films in two rooms all afternoon till late in the night.  Quite frankly the seating and the sound quality  are such a major improvement, thank God, and thanks to Mario and Beatriz for moving to this great location. ROOM 1 14: 15 Baby Assassins 2 &ndas...


150 film crews attending Fantasporto: in good company

Pictured Julian Richards – distributor with Festival founders Mario Dorminsky and Beatriz Paceco Pereira and Bruno Chatelin Guests of FANTASPORTO flew from all over the world to attend the presentation of their film at Fantasporto 2024   Check below who is in town! ½=1 Jaime Neves- UCP representative Luisa Alegre- director and Bruno Chatelin Mariana Machado- team of the film J

Fantasporto 44 returns with an exclusive partnership with

fantas2024_cartaz2.jpg returns as media partner of Fantasporto 2024 /44th Porto International Film Festival The festival reveals the full program of this new edition as well as the official poster. The festival will be held at Batalha Film Centre from 1 till March 10th and will screen around 100 films from 34 countries, all of them as national première, european, International and World Première. Most of the directors and teams of the films in competition will be present as wel... 

 SXSW IN FOCUS March 8 - 16

And the SXSW winners are:

The SXSW Film & TV Festival announces winners across various categories, including Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, Design Awards, and Special Awards during the annual Film & TV Awards ceremony. Short Film Program winners, eligible for Jury Awards, and Film and TV categories eligible for Audience Awards, will be certified by Maxwell Locke & Ritter. Meet the 2024 Jurors for this year’s Narrative and Documentary Feature competitions, Shorts Progr...


Amazon MGM Studios’ THE IDEA OF YOU Closing Night World Premiere at SXSW

  “THE IDEA OF YOU” WORLD PREMIERE SXSW CLOSING NIGHT  Claudette Godfrey (VP of Film & TV, SXSW), Michael Showalter, Jordana Mollick and Gabrielle Union THE IDEA OF YOU is Streaming Globally on Prime Video May 2 In attendance was Director/Producer/Co-Writer Michael Showalter, star and producer Anne Hathaway, stars Nicholas Galitzine, Ella Rubin, Reid Scott, Raymond Cham Jr., Meg Millidge, music superviso...


MAMIFERA Wins SXSW Special Jury Award For Best Performance

Mamifera has won the Special Jury Award at SXSW for Maria Rodríguez Soto’s performance. The film is directed by Liliana Torres whose previous credits include Family Tour (San Sebastián International Film Festival premiere) and What Went Wrong? (which had its premiere in the Official Selection of PöFF - at Tallinn Black Nights). Mamifera i...


TOKYO CALLING showcase supported by The Orchard Japan @ SXSW

Following the TOKYO CALLING showcase at SXSW, TOKYO CALLING will be touring the West Coast with Backdrop Cinderella and GOKUMON. The tour will take place in Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.  TOKYO CALLING is a live house circuit festival that started in Tokyo in 2016. It is a festival that spans three days in September every year, featuring approximately 400 artists performing at around 40 venues. The festival attracts 10,000 spectators. Since 2023, we...


Searchlight Pictures' THE GREATEST HITS Premieres at SXSW

Searchlight Pictures' debut of THE GREATEST HITS, which premiered at the festival on Thursday, March 14th. The film comes from Ned Benson (The Disappearance of Elenor Rigby) and features Lucy Boynton (Bohemian ...


AC Milan makes debut appearance at SXSW 2024 bridging football with entertainment

AC Milan - the globally renowned soccer club headquartered in Milan, Italy - made its debut appearance at South by Southwest (SXSW), the internationally renowned festival held annually in Austin, Texas. AC Milan took center stage at the event, ...


SXSW Doc RESYNATOR Premieres to Acclaim! // Featuring Peter Gabriel, Fred Armisen, Gotye and More

SXSW In-Competition Documentary RESYNATOR premiered to universal acclaim on Sunday, with two additional screenings at the SXSW Film & TV Festival yet this week. A film by Alison Tavel 96 minutes / Not ...


Audible Hosted The Audible Sound Experience with a Sonic Ferris Wheel and After Dark Party @ SXSW



SXSW EXPO: Immersive Audio Experience 'Fiera del Suono'

Fiera del Suono THE ECHOES OF THE CARNIVAL CHRONICLES IMMERSIVE AUDIO EXPERIENCE An immersive art extravaganza at SXSW 2024! Picture this: A 3000 ft2 hallway at the SXSW Expo as a canvas for a sensational spatial audio experience. Behold colossal inflatable abstractions of carnival wonders, pulsating with history through location-driven sound. Journey through the centuries, as the carnival emerges as a hub for diverse arts like live theater and dance, while showcasi...


Doppelgängers³ Pussy Riot, Colin Self, Mirrored Fatality and Asmodessa Join Forces in Visual & Sonic Experience @ SXSW

Radical imagination in space exploration: How can a meeting with your doppelgängers lead to new pluralistic futures? Pussy Riot, Colin Self, Mirrored Fatality and Asmodessa join forces with Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian in a visual and sonic experience for her latest feature film Doppelgängers3 on diasporic and queer eco-feminist futures in space.  The ‘Willy Wonka’ of design and science, analogue astronaut Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stép...


Ireland House at SXSW celebrates the best of Irish creativity and innovation this St Patrick’s Day

As we celebrate St Patrick’s Day all over the world, Ireland unveiled its first-ever, specially curated ‘Ireland House at South By,’ showcasing the best of Irish creativity in the fields of science, innovation, technology, culture and the arts. South by Southwest (SXSW), is a combination of festivals and events that include film, interactive media, music and conferences on a range of subjects, and takes place in March each year in Austin, Texas. ...


Indy Autonomous Challenge Showcases World’s Fastest Autonomous Racecar at SXSW 2024 as an Innovation Award Finalist

The Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC), a world leading competition and research organization in autonomous mobility, will be presenting cutting edge robo...


Ren Faire, Episode One, World Premiere - 2024 SXSW

REN FAIRE Directed by Lance Oppenheim (SOME KIND OF HEAVEN) Produced by Ronald Bronstein, Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie, Dani Bernfeld, David Gauvey Herbert, Sara Rodriguez, Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, Lance Oppenheim, Dani Sloane, Karen Bernstein, Nicholas Nazmi   **EPISODE ONE, WORLD PREMIERE - 2024 SXSW**    ...


"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" Turns 50, Celebrations Starting With SXSW

  'THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE' TURNS 50   MPI MEDIA GROUP'S DARK SKY FILMS LAUNCHES YEAR-LONG ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS STARTING WITH SXSW   Series Of Events Includes Live Fan Social Activations, High Profile Exhibitions, Special Screenings, Cast and Crew Appearances And An Exclusive Collector’s Edition 50th Anniversary Chainsaw Box Set In Late 2024 MPI Media Group and Dark Sky Films announce the launch of a year-long ser...
  Italian Innovators at South by Southwest in Austin: Twelve Startups Among Creative Giants   Italian creativity in the arts meets and stimulates technological innovation at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. Organized by the Italian Trade Agency (ITA), the Italian pavilion at the SXSW Creative Industries Expo will feature twelve innovative startups, demonstrating the country's commitment to pushing the boundaries of creativity and entrep...


World Premiere For ARCADIAN Starring Nicolas Cage At SXSW- In Theaters April 12

ARCADIAN Directed by Benjamin Brewer Written by Mike Nilon Starring Nicolas Cage, Jaeden Martell, Maxwell Jenkins, and Sadie Soverall     View The Official Trailer HERE Downloadable version HERE ARCADIAN Will World Premiere At SXSW Monday, March 11   Releasing Exclusively In Theaters Friday, April 12   SYNOPSIS In a near future, normal life on Earth has been decimated. Paul a...


SXSW Finalist: Art and social media collide with DrawnTogether

  Introducing DrawnTogether a SXSW Innovation Award finalist in the Social Media Category. Focused on sparking creativity through collaborative art creation, DrawnTogether is an art marking social media app for mobile and tablet devices from Toronto app producer Pop Sandbox.   The app’s co-creators Tristan Tiggeloven (Producer) and Andrea Nesbitt (Lead Graphic Designer and Featured Artist) were onsite at SXSW demonstating the app and welcomed visitors to stop by and learn h...


Embark on a Captivating Journey with "The Pirate Queen: A Forgotten Legend," a narrative adventure starring Lucy Liu

Celebrating International Women’s History Month: Immerse yourself in the true story of Cheng Shih— from humble beginnings to leading the Red Flag Fleet in 19th-century China Singer Studios announces the release of their debut game, the multi-award-winning narrative adventure The Pirate Queen: A Forgotten Legend. Lucy Liu, renowned for her roles in ‘Charlie’s Angels’ and ‘Kill Bill’ takes centre stage as Cheng Shih, one of history’s mos...


SXSW Premiered Amazon Studios’ Romantic Comedy Música from Writer/Director Rudy Mancuso, Starring Mancuso and Camila Mendes

Amazon Studios’ upcoming romantic comedy Música from writer/director Rudy Mancuso, starring Mancuso and Camila Mendes.  Música&nbs...


Short Film JEDO'S DEAD to World Premiered on March 8th at SXSW 2024

  The powerful short drama JEDO'S DEAD celebrated its World Premiere at 5:45PM on March 8 at Austin's South by Southwest Film Festival, as part of the event's wildly popular Texas Shorts Program. The picture, which was lensed in Michigan by Dallas-based filmmaker Sara Nimeh and has become one of the buzziest short films at this years SXSW, will screen again on March 11. Set during the social and political turmoil of 9/11, a young girl and her brother inti...


MD Ally Named Winner of Mayors’ Matchup Civic Tech Pitch Competition at SXSW

National Competition Showcases Cutting-Edge Technologies Addressing Some of the Greatest Challenges Facing Cities Austin, TX – Today, MD Ally was announced as the winner of the Mayors’ Matchup Civic Tech Pitch Competition at South by Southwest (SXSW). Each year at SXSW, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) helps organize a competition with entrepreneurs and innovators promoting new ideas and technologies to address major city challenges. M...


Gaudio Lab's AI Noise Reduction Tech Nominated for a SXSW Innovation Award

    Gaudio Lab, a leading AI audio technology company, announced that its product ‘Just Voice’ has been selected as a finalist in the Audio Experience category for the South by Southwest (SXSW) Innovation Awards. The award acknowledges outstanding projects, products, and creative efforts that boost innovation and enhance communication.   Just Voice, developed by Gaudio Lab and chosen as a finalist in the Audio Experience category at SXSW 2024 Innovation A...


Africa Rally-the ultimate adventure of a lifetime-interview with the co-founder Paul Clayton at ITB Berlin

You can watch my interview with Paul Clayton, the co-founder of the Africa Rally here! We are both wearing the official Africa Rally glasses! And I kept mine! And you can watch one of his African adventure on several streeming platforms, just google it, furthermore Paul has signed a contract for a series, but this is still undisclosed! The Africa Rally brings together people of all backgrounds, nationalities, and levels of overlanding experience, in the m...


SMART7 competition announces the film selection for its 2nd edition

VILNIUS: The SMART7 network has announced its selection of European films which will tour seven film festivals across Europe in 2024. SMART7 includes festivals from Poland (mbank New Horizons IFF), Iceland (Reykjavik IFF), Portugal (IndieLisboa IFF), Romania (Transilvania IFF), Spain (FILMADRID IFF), Greece (Thessaloniki IFF) and Lithuania (Kino Pavasaris). The tour starts at the 29th Vilnius IFF Kino Pavasaris (14 – 27 March 2024). SMART7 in its second year: the bravest Europea...


CJ Jones launches inaugural SignLight International Film Festival showcasing deaf talent

Inaugural SignLight International Film Festival is a Catalyst for Change in Hollywood; Showcasing the Global Community of Deaf Filmmakers for the First Time Ever, April 16-20   Co-Founded by CJ Jones, Supporters Include Troy Kotsur, Marlee Matlin, Shoshanna Stern,Craig Mazin, Rosie O’Donnell, Andreas Deja & More   April is National Deaf History Month … and We’re Making History! Purchase Tickets:   Hollyw...


Visions du Réel unveils the projects selected for the VdR–Industry

  VdR–Industry 2024: Selected Projects Visions du Réel is delighted to unveil the projects selected for the VdR–Industry, the Festival’s programme dedicated to industry professionals, as well as the prestigious juries delivering CHF 80,000 in industry awards. Over four jam-packed days, Visions du Réel provides a unique opportunity for cinematic creation, connecting filmmakers with financing and distribution opportunities within an inspiring and productive enviro...


The international FILMFEST MÜNCHEN is giving its awards a coordinated design that will be reflected across the festival

Starting this year, the CineWaves will be the motif gracing the awards presented at Munich’s international film festival. This new design is inspired by water and its motion, reflecting the city’s joie de vivre and FILMFEST MÜNCHEN’s aim of attracting large audiences and offering something new that will inspire, captivate, and astonish them each time. “FILMFEST MÜNCHEN has given itself a fresh iconography inspired by one of Munich’s most sceni...


La Ville de Paris, partenaire officiel du Festival Format Court du jeudi 25 au dimanche 28 avril 2024

  La 5e édition du Festival Format Court se tiendra du jeudi 25 au dimanche 28 avril 2024, au Studio des Ursulines, Paris 5e. Le Festival Format Court c’est, pendant 4 jours, au cœur du quartier Latin, une compétition de courts métrages, différents programmes thématiques et rétrospectifs, dont une séance consacrée au Fonds court métrage de la Ville de Paris, un focus sur un festival international et une séan...


Nearly 60 exhibitors, including major US studios, confirmed for the 2024 edition!

NATPE BUDAPEST RETURNS Industry heavyweights A+E Media Group, BBC Studios, NBCUniversal Global Distribution, Paramount Global Content Distribution, Sony Pictures Television, TelevisaUnivision and Warner Bros. International Television Production are amongst nearly 60 exhibitors, including robust Turkish and LatAm contingents, already confirmed for NATPE Budapest. "It’s wonderful that so many of last year’s exhibitors have made the commitment to return to NATPE Budapest...


Chandigarh gets its investiture: Cinévesture International Film Festival

Chandigarh gets its investiture: Cinévesture International Film Festival Rana Dagubatti, Jérôme Paillard, Julian Friedmann, Nicole Guillemet, Nuhash Humayaun, and Ajitpal Singh must be familiar names to film festival buffs. Now they have come together to serve on the Advisory Board of a film festival, which will be held in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh, a city that serves as the capital of two states, Punjab and Haryana. The festival is called Cinévesture I...


Cannes Festival and Marché du Film coverage from

Video coverage on our youtube account followed by 18 600 with 2900 vidéos) Playlist : Cannes 2023 (cannes coverage : 46 videos and Interviews Playlist : Fan de cannes (cannes coverage : 379 videos and interviews)  380 articles publiés CANNES FESTIVAL Coverage 125 articles + 41 articles  en français MARCHE DU FILM Coverage 194 articles + 20 articles en français &nbs...


French Riviera Film Festival Unveils Official Poster Art for 2024, Featuring Original Artwork by NY-based Artist Cindy Shaoul

  The sixth annual French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) is pleased to unveil its 2024 official poster, featuring an original work of art created exclusively for the festival by New York City-based, impressionistic/abstract artist Cindy Shaoul, the announcement was made today by festival co-founders Nicole Goesseringer Muj and Gotham Chandna.    “We first discovered the art of Cindy Shaoul in 2021 and felt her artistic style was perfectl...

It is now official: AFM moves to Las Vegas' Palms and is scheduled for November 5 to 10, 2024

The Independent Film & Television Alliance® (IFTA®) and its Board of Directors today announced that the American Film Market® (AFM®), its industry flagship event, will relocate to Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas for its 45th edition. Scheduled for November 5 to 10, 2024, this move marks a new chapter for AFM.   Held in Los Angeles and Santa Monica for over four decades, AFM is a cornerstone event for the independent entertainment industry. The decision to move AFM t...
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Kusum Ka Biyaah: A bridge that divides

Kusum Ka Biyaah: A bridge that divides Jharkhand was carved out of the state of Bihar many years ago. Perhaps some people in either state and the governments have not yet reconciled to the partition. There appear to be irreconcilable differences between them. With this background comes a small indie film, Kusum Ka Biyaah (Kusum’s Marriage), that is set in the border areas of the two states and involves the marriage of a graduate girl called Kusum, from Bihar, to a colliery worker from J...


Yodha, Review: You are on the wrong plane

Yodha, Review: You are on the wrong plane First they got the spelling wrong, using Yodha instead of Yoddha. Secondly, they got the meaning wrong. Yodhha means a warrior, whereas the Yoddha, who is the protagonist of the film, is an ultra-modern special missions operative, who is disgraced and demoted to the duty of an air security officer, as a result of being over-ambitious during a dangerous mission. At the core of the film is a long second segment inside an aircraft, which is also the most...


Barco heads to CinemaCon with debut of a breakthrough in cinema innovation

The company’s 2024 exhibition space promises a peak into the future of cinema technology Barco, the leader in laser-powered cinema solutions, announced today its plans to return to CinemaCon 2024 with the debut of a long-awaited breakthrough in movie presentation and an expanded cinema team. This year, Barco will showcase the power of its globally renowned entertainment brand in a breathtaking exhibition across the Roman Ballrooms at Caesar Palace. The eye-catching experience w...


10 Quality Indian films based on works of literature © Mr. Lalit Rao (FIPRESCI) dated 29.02.2024

10 Quality Indian films based on works of literature © Mr. Lalit Rao (FIPRESCI) dated 29.02.2024 1) Abhaas (1997) directed by Bijaya Jena. This is an interesting ‘‘auteur’’ film by Ms. Bijaya Jena who has won India’s national award twice. It is based on a 3 pages long short story by famous Odia writer Rabi Das. This is a classic film that is set in 1951 and talks about deprivation, marginalization, sexual exploitation and neglect of a weak woman. It talks abou...

The award winner animated short film «Little t» selected to shine at AmDocs

"After failing to get her dream job, Alexis questions her inner critic and unravels the origins of her comfort food". USA 2023 - 6 minutes animation -   «Little t», an award-winning animated short by Pixar's Masha Ellsworth, entered the official selection at the AmDocs Film Festival 2024 in Palm Springs. The film explores how a young girl—and her grown woman counterpart—struggle with her inner critic. Since its 2023 release, &laq...

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The Accolade Global Film Competition Announces Latest Winners! March 2024 Season

  The Accolade Global Film Competition Announces Latest Winners!   Rick Prickett, Competition Director 858-454-9868   La Jolla, CA, March 2024 – The awards go to those filmmakers, television producers and videographers who produce fresh, standout entertainment and compelling documentaries. The Accolade is an international awards competition that honors those who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and ...


Second edition of Sony Future Filmmaker Awards 2024 closes to great success and announces jury panel

Creo is delighted to reveal the panel of judges for the Sony Future Filmmaker Awards 2024. The competition for the sophomore edition of the major annual program for short films and filmmakers, which closed earlier this month, provides a gateway for the development of cinematic talent from across the globe.   Following a celebrated launch edition in 2023, this year the Sony Future Filmmaker Awards competition ran from June 15, 2023 to February 15, 2024, receiving more than double the num...


Oscars 2024: the full list of Academy Award winners

Here is the complete list of winners: Best Picture American Fiction Ben LeClair, Nikos Karamigios, Cord Jefferson and Jermaine Johnson, Producers Anatomy of a Fall Marie-Ange Luciani and David Thion, Producers Barbie David Heyman, Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley and Robbie Brenner, Producers The Holdovers Mark Johnson, Producer Killers of the Flower Moon Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas, Martin Scorsese and Daniel Lupi, Producers Maestro Bradley Cooper, Steven Spielberg, Fred Ber...


VIDEO Films from Japan and China take their toll of awards at Fantasporto 44th edition

JAPAN won with FROM THE END OF THE WORLD, USA took top honors (BUCKY F*UCKING DENT by DAVID DUCHOVNY), China with THE CREATION OF THE GODS and Portugal with DEPARTURES : the big winners of FANTASPORTO 2024 The 44th edition of Fantasporto – Porto International Film Festival has come to an end, although on Sunday, voting day for the legislative elections, eight of the films awarded by the four Juries of the event, for the competitive Fantastic Cinema Sections, Directors' Week...

VIDEO Global Entertainment Awards 2024 announced

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Welcome to the Global Entertainment Awards THE ART OF SELLING THE STORY Watch the awards Ceremony / As sure as storytelling is universal and ingrained in all cultures, story selling is what drives us to want, play, watch and listen to those stories. Your skill in promoting entertainment powers the industry worldwide.   WELCOME TO THE ART OF SELLING THE STORY The Global Entertainment Awards grew out of the World Trailer Awards and delivers a world vi...


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Tom Hiddleston to Receive Variety Virtuoso Award at Miami Film Festival

Variety will present Tom Hiddleston with the Variety Virtuoso Award at the Miami Film Festival on Tuesday, April 9. The award will be for his career achievements across film, theater and television.   "From screens large and small to the Broadway stage, Tom Hiddleston is one of our most versatile and engaging actors,” said Jenelle Riley, Variety Focus Awards and Features Editor. “With Season two of 'Loki,' he brought a Shakespearean arc to a fan-favorite...


"Hero" directed by Asghar Farhadi was acquitted by the court verdict in Iran

  According to the report of Mansour Jahani, an independent and international cinema journalist, The court verdict in the case of copyright infringement in the movie "Hero" directed by Asghar Farhadi based on the expert opinions of three professors of the University of Tehran, experts and lecturers in the field of intellectual property rights, as well as four official art experts who unanimously dismissed the plaintiff's claims as baseless and rejected. had announced, issue...


Interview with Indian director Haobam Paban Kumar by film critic Lalit Rao (FIPRESCI) dated 02.03.2024

Interview with Indian director Haobam Paban Kumar by film critic Lalit Rao (FIPRESCI) dated 02.03.2024    Haobam Paban Kumar is a prominent voice emitting out of the restive north eastern state of Manipur, dabbling in both non-fiction and fiction storytelling. Immediately after graduating from SRFTI Kolkata in Direction and screenwriting, he burst onto the documentary scenario with his hard-hitting film, AFSPA 1958. It brought many accolades including the first Swarna Kamal ...


Variety to Honor Molly Ringwald with the Creative Vanguard Award at Miami Film Festival

  Variety will honor Molly Ringwald with the Variety Creative Vanguard Award at the Miami Film Festival on Saturday, April 6. The award will be for her outstanding career achievements, earning acclaim from critics and audiences alike.   Ringwald will participate in a Q&A about her extensive work in film and TV with Variety Senior Awards Editor Clayton Davis.   "It's important to remember that before Molly Ringwald was the iconic young star of John Hughes' t...

VIDEO Interview with Pritan Ambroase for Can I Go Home Now

During Cannes 2023 a new team member Frank Loveland got the chance to make his first ever interview with Pritan Ambroase who was in town  to introduce  in Cannes the first look footage of his new film "Can I go Home Now ?" and to receive the "MOVIE THAT MATTERS AWARD IN CANNES" the interviewer was moved to tears when discovering the fantastic project find out why... Pritan  mentionned as opening remark "The main purpose I have in life is...


Film score composed by the "Mozart of Madras " aka the icon A.R. RAHMAN who scored Slumdog Millionaire

Allah Rakha Rahman ( born A. S. Dileep Kumar; 6 January 1967) is an Indian music composer, record producer, singer, songwriter, musician, multi-instrumentalist and philanthropist, popular for his works in Indian cinema; predominantly in Tamil and Hindi films, with occasional forays in international cinema. He is a winner of six National Film Awards, two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a ...



Golden Trailer Awards 
20 May 2024

Early Deadline: January 26th, 2024 (Midnight PST)

Regular Deadline: March 29th, 2024 (Midnight PST)
Late Deadline: April 5th, 2024 (Midnight PST)

The Golden Trailer Awards is the award show honoring the best in feature film previews and global marketing. The show is an audio visual extravaganza of non-stop entertainment and adrenaline-pumping fun. Packing a year’s worth of explosions, laughs, surprises and hit music into a fast and furious thrill ride, the press has dubbed the GTA’s “the Academy Awards for the short attention span.” 

Taking only 90 minutes to roll through 17 categories ranging from Best Drama to the Golden Fleece, the Golden Trailer Awards is as diverse and exciting as the art form to which it pays homage.


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New York Festivals TV & Film Awards

April 16, 2024



New York Festivals TV & Film Awards honors content in all lengths and forms from over 50 countries. Embracing all aspects of the Television and Film industries, categories mirror today's global trends and encourage the next generation of story-tellers by recognizing innovators in our 14 Category Groups: News Program, News Reports/Feature, Sports Program, Documentary, Entertainment Program, Entertainment Special, Craft Program, Promotion/Open & ID,  Craft Promotion/Open & ID, Streaming, Student, Films, Corporate Image, and Craft Films/Productions.




French Riviera Film Festival 

May 19-20, 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

Can I go Home Now?

Documentary bt Pritan Ambroase USA 2024 1hour 42 minutes "Movie that Matters Award in Cannes"

The film is a cry of revolution from Children all around the world who continue to ask "Can I Go Home Now?" while being terrorized by wars. Filmed in the current war zone of Ukraine as missiles flew overhead, 'Can I Go Home Now?' is a heartbreaking, moving, and powerful documentary film that gives a voice to Children suffering from ongoing horrific wars. No adults are allowed to speak in this film. Rarely do Children get to have a say in a war fought by adults, and this film gives the Children a voice and a chance to speak up as they tell the story of this war in their own words. The film bears witness to their experiences, fears and hopes in a war zone. Despite their circumstances, they continue to dream and hope for a better future. The film is a lesson in courage about the impact of wars on Children all over the world and a testament to human resilience. This film is a testament to the fact that wars that affect Children cannot be allowed to happen anymore, anwhere in the world.


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Wild Genius by Susan Kucera (Living in the future's past, Hot Money, 12th hour...)
Social impact documentary on evolutionary biologist Robert Travis,  1h:12minutes USA December 2023

Wild Genius portrays the exceptional life, career and mental health challenges of living legend Robert Trivers, the evolutionary biologist TIME magazine named as “one of the greatest scientists of the 20th Century”. Harvard psychologist and best selling Author, Steven Pinker calls him “an under-appreciated genius, and one of history’s greatest thinkers in the analysis of behavior and emotion.” An advocate for civil rights, Trivers’ straightforward logic makes an empowering case: understanding our evolutionary past isn't a life sentence but a liberating force.  Wild Genius is an entertaining and intellectual odyssey that challenges us to confront our evolutionary roots and societal taboos, daring us to think differently about ourselves and our place in the natural world. This isn't just the story of a groundbreaking scientist; it's an invitation to transform our understanding of life itself. We have the cognitive tools to know ourselves better and, by extension, to make a better world.


Maya by Julia Verdin
USA 2023 1hour 44 minutes written and directed by Julia 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 
USA 2023 1 hour 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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Le FIFF ouvre sa 38e édition avec le sourire

Fort de son succès 2023 et galvanisé par des préventes sans précédent depuis l’ouverture de la billetterie, le FIFF, Festival International du Film de Fribourg a démarré officiellement sa 38e édition ce vendredi soir avec une Cérémonie d’ouverture pleine d’humour et rythmée − grâce à sa section Cinéma de genre − de culture hip-hop. C’est précisém...


34ème édition des Rencontres cinématographiques de Salon-de-Provence du 5 au 14 avril 2024

Les Rencontres Cinématographiques de Salon-de-Provence reviennent au printemps, du 5 au 14 avril, avec un thème fort : la jeunesse. Au programme de ce festival qui fait la part belle au cinéma d’Art et d’Essai : 60 films projetés dont plus d’une trentaine de premiers films, 17 avant-premières, 7 documentaires et tout autant d’occasion d’échanger, 40 pays traversés, des pro...


J-15 ! Soirée de la Création de L'ARP #1 sur les effets visuels I Jeudi 28 mars au Cinéma des Cinéastes I Programme complet

  SOIRÉE DE LA CRÉATION #1 Regards croisés sur les effets visuels J-15 !  Jeudi 28 mars à 19h30  Cinéma des Cinéastes 7 Av. de Clichy, 75017 Paris Découvrez le programme complet et les intervenants de cette première Soirée de la Création, qui réunira des créateurs de tous horizons pour échanger sur la place des effets visuels dans le processus de narration, de création et de p...


Avec le CINÉ K7, l’UGC Ciné Cité Les Halles enchante les dimanches soir à partir du 24 mars

  Du 24 mars au 16 juin 2024, UGC lance le CINÉ K7 : 11 films cultes de l’époque VHS (Video Home System) diffusés sur grand écran et introduits par 11 masterclass de Patrice Le Marchand, le directeur de l’UGC Ciné Cité Les Halles. La programmation démarre avec NEW-YORK 1997 le 24 mars, suivi de BLOOD SIMPLE le 31 mars, PREDATOR le 7 avril, ANGEL HEART le 21 avril et HURLEMENTS le 28 avril. L’UGC Ciné Cit&ea...

12.03.2024 | Editor's blog

Les films en Dolby remportent 14 statuettes aux Oscars

Dimanche soir, tous les projecteurs étaient tournés vers la très attendue 96ème cérémonie américaine récompensant le meilleur du cinéma au Dolby Theater de los Angeles. Les films Oppenheimer et ‘Pauvres créatures’ sortis en salle Dolby Cinema® avec les technologies Dolby Vision® et Dolby Atmos® ont raflé la mise avec respectivement 7 et 4 statuettes, dans les prestigieuses catégories mei...



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