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Cannes Classics 2020 program announced

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For the 17th consecutive year, here is the program of the classic cinema section of the Cannes Festival. Restored prints, celebrations and documentaries will be programmed. In the Mood for Love © DR   Since the beginning of the 2000s, when we were still unaware that the relation of contemporary cinema to its own memory would be shaken up by the emerging appe...
 

A look back at the stats, facts and figures from Marche du Film Online

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Marché du Film Online comes to a close, the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes announces the numbers of its first virtual edition.
Over the course of five days, the Marché du Film Online welcomed 10,002 participants from all around the world. The most important delegation came from the USA (1,500 participants), followed by France (1,400 participants) and the UK (950 participants). More than half of the participants were coming from Europe with 5,900 participants.

The Marché du Film Online recreated the Cannes experience with conferences, one-to-one meetings, screenings and informal get-togethers and gathered attendees from 122 countries (compared to 121 countries at the physical Marché du Film  in 2019).

The Marché du Film Online welcomed 61 virtual pavilions, home to institutions from around the world and 262 virtual sales agents booths...
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Wild women and whiskey, not the song, Allison Volk from DEANY BEAN IS DEAD has a lockdown film

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Even some women may not know as much as Allison Volk about how to handle this Pandemic and pandemonium we are living through, especially in the Age of Social Media. C’mon, have you ever checked your ex’s Facebook page? Perhaps thumbed through their Instagram, or hit them up anonymously on Snapchat? Of course not, who would do that? Volk, who is known for her films and working with City Shakespeare Company in Santa Monica, wrote and s...

CLEMENCY movie free thru 7/31 & Alfre Woodard joins BLM Global co-founder Patrisse Cullors

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent In American, or in a deeply divided America, right now, women sometimes appear to be split into "Karen" and "non-Karen" camps. But the reality is, the issues that divide are more complicated than the duality we are seeing right now. That said, actor/activist Alfre Woodward from CLEMENCY is teaming up with others to take the #BLM discussion to another level using this NEON release from 2019 as a reference point. Read on... N...
 

Nomination and Award from Halicarnassus Film Festival in Turkey for Ron de Cana Productions!

 
"Pooling" (2018) has won a Special Jury Prize for Most Creative and "terroir" (2019) was nominated Best Documentary at the Halicarnassus Film Festival in Bodrum, Turkey this week. Both films were helmed/written/produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle and shot/edited by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Pol also did the considerable visual effects in both pieces. An original score for "Pooling" was composed by Joan Armand Forero ...
 

Surprising Reasons to Save Sharks

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  Summer 2020 is the Summer of Sharks! Watch the video for Surprising Reasons to Save Sharks National Geographic is launching their SHARKFEST, with five weeks of shark-related programming, beginning Sunday, July 19. Just a few weeks later on August 9, Discovery Channel will have their annual Shark Week! Not only that, but July 14 is Shark Awareness Day. Here are some great reasons and ways to celebrate! If you love movies about sharks, you’ve probably seen the 1975 comed...
 
 

Shark Awareness Week kicked off July 14th Rob Stewart's legacy lives on

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We’re hoping that Shark Awareness week with a July 14th  kick off brings sharks and the environment back into people’s lives and focus during these strange times.   With inspiration from Rob Stewart, Sharkwater team have a created a ‘Saving the Sharks’ PSA (2 min) that helps explain the important role sharks play in our oceans and our world. We have also created two cutdowns that can be used on Social media like Instagr...
 
 
"terroir" has been selected to Festival Pasinetti in Venice, Italy for July 23, 2020 at Casa del Cinema. Written, helmed and performed by Dawn Westlake, and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" is a musical documentary about how the mother-child relationship can influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The film was shot on location by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in Wheaton & Peru, IL USA, Fo...
 
 

"Pooling" to play on Filmin with Choreoscope in September!

 
"Pooling" will be presented on the Filmin Channel out of Spain with the Choreoscope Film Festival of Dance in Barcelona from September 14-28, 2020. The breakdance film conceived and directed by Dawn Westlake, starring Marc Carrizo Vilarroig of Brodas Bros, and with an original score by Joan Armand Forero of Praxiz, was shot and edited in Barcelona by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona. Pol also did the considerable visual effects work. The animated open and close of "Poolin...
 

Overview of the US business for the week of July 11th

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This week's news summary begins with The Hollywood Reporter's comprehensive look at the Box Office of Summer of 2020, what it was supposed to be, what it has actually been, and what it may still become.  This overview includes comments from numerous industry executives, representing the perspectives of both studios and exhibitors. We report on AMC's successful negotiations with investors to secure the funding it needs to sustain itself through the extended period when theat...
 
 

"terroir" wins BEST MUSIC VIDEO at Madras International Film Festival

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"terroir" has won the BEST MUSIC VIDEO award at the monthly Madras International Film Festival in Chennai, India in July 2020. This win secures a berth for the film at the festival to be held in Chennai in person in 2021. (In person screenings have been postponed for 2020 due to the global COVID19 pandemic.) Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" is about how the mother-child relationship can influence our percept...
 
 
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American Film Market 2020 Resets as Online Event

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The American Film Market (AFM®) will bring its 2020 edition online, the Independent Film & Television Alliance® (IFTA®) announced today. AFM 2020 Online will run over five days, Monday, November 9 – Friday, November 13, shifting one week later than originally scheduled, so as not to overlap with Election Day in the United States. 
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French Riviera Film Festival Announces 2020 Finalist Shorts

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Festival to Feature Online Screenings on September 18 and 19, Women Filmmakers Panel and Virtual Gala Awards Ceremony, Live from the Beverly Hills Hotel The second annual French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) is pleased to announce the finalist shorts of the 2020 competition, the announcement was made today by festival co-founders Gotham Chandna and Nicole Goesseringer Muj.   The festival that celebrates short film and short-form content from around the globe wil...
 
 

The 54th WorldFest-Houston Intl Film Festival Call for Entries...

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The 54th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival will officially open for entries August 15th! WorldFest offers competition for Shorts, Documentaries, Feature Films, Music Videos, Experimental & Student Films on the Silver Screens of the wonderful Memorial City Cinemark Theatres, with over 1,000 international filmmakers attending the 10-day International Film Festival from 75 Nations!   The year 2020 will go down in history as the stra...
 

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2020

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Organized by the Human Rights Watch, the annual film festival is one of the most important international issue-oriented film festivals providing up to date, mostly empirically based, documentation on current human rights issues throughout the world. The Human Rights Watch was organized in 1978 with European and Central Asia Divisions which are complemented now by Africa, Central Asia, Middle East, North Africa, and United States sections. The topics covered, with research and regular reports, ...
 
 
 

67th Pula Film Festival postponed to September at last minute

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  The Pula Film Festival  has been called off a few days before it was due to start on 18 July. On 10 July Croatian authorities ordered both the Pula Film Festival and the Motovun Film Festival to call off their summer events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “In this extraordinary social moment, the health of the audiences, guests, filmmakers, and media representatives is our joint and only priority; and the Festival needs to adjust the progra...
 

Line-up for Open Doors films screening online and in theaters is announced

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Open Doors, the Locarno Film Festival section that each year explores the cinemas of countries in the Global South and East, fostering the development of a collaborative, independent local film scene, is pleased to announce its program of screenings for audiences at Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films. Even in this exceptional year, Open Doors will hold true to its core mission with Open Doors Screenings which will take place online, plus a new, ad hoc ...
 

Final line-up of 43 short films for Pardi di domani is announced

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The final selection of titles that from 5 to 15 August will compete in the short films section Pardi di domani has been announced. During the special edition Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films, the shorts will be available for viewing online throughout Switzerland and the rest of the world, with theatrical screenings in Locarno and Muralto. Twelve titles will be in the national competition, while the other thirty-one will compete for the international ...
 
 

Cine Las Americas 2020 Virtual Showcase Begins Today

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  Ready for Weekend One? Cine Las Americas International Film Festival and the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center are excited to offer the CLA 2020 Virtual Showcase (July 16-19 & 23-26) straight to our communities' homes! All programs are available for free and registration is still open. See you on the internet! REGISTER FOR THE FILMS 1) Visit cinelasamericas.org to browse titles with their dates, and times. 2) Select the films you would like to watch and...
 

Gipuzkoa Coopera promotes cinema workshops to give a voice to students at risk of social exclusion

 
Almost 250 students from Argentina have participated since 2017 in this project promoted by the San Sebastian Festival and Gipuzkoa Provincial Council Some 250 young people have participated in the Gipuzkoa Coopera cinema workshops, a cooperation project promoted by the San Sebastian Festival and Gipuzkoa Provincial Council, the aim of which is to foster audiovisual creation in schools with girl and boy students at risk of social exclusion.  For years now, different Development NGOs hav...
 
 

Telluride Film Festival cancels September 2020 edition

 
47TH TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL CANCELLED  DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC   After months of intense due diligence around physically holding an event, we’ve come to the heartbreaking but unanimous conclusion to cancel this year’s Labor Day celebration of film in Telluride.    While there will be those who might say they’re not surprised by it, that this was inevitable, we beg to differ. It didn’t have to be this way. Until the past week or so, we had...
 

MBff Jury

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We are happy to announce the Jury of our Mobile Blockbuster film festival - the only in Kazakhstan festival of movies capture on smartphone. They are:   President of the Jury: Askar Uzabayev, Kazakhstan  Film director, screenwriter, producer (movies 'Cocktail for the Star', 'Ninety one', 'Daugther-in-law is also a human 1-2' and others) Bakhydzhan Mussatayev, director of 'Chaplin Cinemas' cinemas network, Kazakhstan (or Dmitriy Kiriyen...
 

 

Early Bird Deadline ends July20: happy submitting to Your Script Produced! International Script Competition

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Hollywood's Unparalleled Premier Script Competition! Founded / Sponsored & Financed by Doval Bacall under his Production Banner Doval Bacall Films LLC. Sponsor will fund, develop, package and produce the Ultimate Grand Prize Winners! GUARANTEED! Over $350,000.00 in Production / Cash / Awards & Prizes * Feature Grand Prize winner Produced for $250,000.00! *Tv pilot Grand Prize winner Produced for $10,000.00! *Short Script Grand Prize winner Produced for $10,000.00! *Ul...
 

 

SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York Calling, with early bird July 15th

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  Submissions are now open for the eight edition of SR Socially Relevant™Film Festival New York scheduled March 15-21, 2021. Close to 400 films from 35 countries have screened to date. The festival's seventh edition took place online from June 18-28 with LIVE "Meet the Filmmakers" sessions that you can see here. An international jury of 25 professionals picked the winners of SRFF 2020. Spokespersons of SR Socially Relevant™ Film Festival NY include Amy Goodman of ...

Submit with 50% discount to our partner festival: The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (SLO Film Fest)

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The festival will take place MARCH 9TH-14TH 2021 Hurry up...  be among the first ten submitters using the code FILMFESTCOM21 to receive a filmfreeway 50% waiver code! The SLO Film Fest team is now reviewing strategies for the coming year and discussing new “out of the box” ways to move forward as we all navigate the COVID-19 challenges together. A MAJOR THANK YOU to our loyal and dedicated sponsors who are rolling with the cancellation of this ye...
 
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AWARDS WATCH        

FIDLab 2020 Awards

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The 12th edition of FIDLab took place online on July 6th - 10th. Out of more than 400 international applications, FIDLab, an international coproduction platform for film projects at any stage of development selected, 15 projects reflecting 20 production countries. The FIDLab takes place in two steps. First, a live presentation of the projects, this year, a video presentation. In a second phase, one-to-one meetings with professionals, this year, virtual. During this edition, more than ...
 
 

THE CREEPY LINE a film by M.A.Taylor Wins Award in Accolade Global Film Competition

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The Creepy Line by M.A.Taylor, has won a prestigious  Award of Merit from The Accolade Global Film Competition. The award was given for M.A.Taylor's exciting  documentary, The Creepy Line, which 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.. “I am extremely proud  and happy for the team behind the Creepy L...

 

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New York City Independent Film Festival (NYCIndieFF)

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August 31, 2020  Earlybird Deadline 

The New York City Independent Film Festival (a.k.a. NYC Independent Film Festival, NYCIndieFF) is an annual film festival held in New York City. It was founded in 2009 by Dennis Cieri and Bonnie Rush. The festival has screened over 1,800 movies from 81 different countries since it began in 2010.

The Festival is focused on low budget and emerging, yet overlooked filmmakers, bringing their talent to culturally enrich the NYC community. The Festival aims to create the largest gathering of true indie filmmakers.

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

With a new section: the Covid-19 Diaries: tell us your story of hope and survival during the Corona lockdown. Short under 10 minutes

NYCIndieFF provides a showcase for the best in independent cinema, including short films, feature films, music videos, and animated works. With panels, parties and a week-long gathering of fellow indie filmmakers NYCIndieFF is the place to be May 16 - May 23, 2021.

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Windrider Virtual Film Forum 

Offering seven Sundays of weekly short films

 

Windrider Film Forum celebrates artists as they inspire us to find solutions to our problems through the “Lens of Hope”. 

Invitation to our Film Community

As a follow up to the Annual Windrider Film Festival which took place June 27th, Windrider is kicking off a NEW Summer Film Series. The film series will showcase seven independent short films and conversation with the filmmaker, over seven weeks beginning July 5th. Each film screening will be at 7PM PDT.  Easy registration to follow along with the Summer Film Series at: Windrider Bay Area Email List

Happy Summer Film Viewing!
-Windrider Bay Area:  http://www.windriderbayarea.org

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Your Script Produced competition
Season 2
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July 20, 2020  Regular Deadline

Introducing Season 2 / 2020 of “Your Script Produced!” International Film / Tv / Short Film Screenwriting Competition sponsored by Doval Bacall Films. The sponsor will fully finance, develop, package and produce the Grand Prize Winning Feature Script for $250,000.00.

We've raised the stakes! Season 2 will accept Features, Tv Scripts, AND SHORT FILM SCRIPTS! Winners will be promoted in the Variety Magazine and THR!

Open to writers of all levels. 18 years old or older. Anyone 16 or 17 years of age can submit, must have a parental consent form.

WE DON’T SET YOU UP WITH MEETING AFTER MEETING. WE DON’T SELL YOU DREAMS. WE DON’T SELL YOU HOPE.

WE PRODUCE YOUR SCRIPT!

PERIOD.

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Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival  
October 3 - 8, 2020

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August 20th, 2020 Extended Deadline

Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival launched its 1st edition in June 2019 to a spectacular success. The 2nd edition of the festival returns in October 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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The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
November 6 – 22, 2020

August 1, 2020 Late Deadline

Celebrating its 35th annual festival in 2020, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) presents American indies and studio films, international films, student films, special tributes, seminars and introduces filmmakers to South Florida audiences. The festival runs November 6 – 22, 2020, and screens 200 films in Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise, Hollywood, St Augustine, and The Bahamas. Considered one of the most important regional film festivals in the U.S., the Festival's commitment to first-time filmmakers and innovative programming make it the perfect test market for your film.

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Navad Lapid will guide the young 27 Times Cinema jurors as they select the 2020 GdA Director’s Award

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  Winner of the Golden Bear at the 2019 Berlinale for Synonyms, Navad Lapid will guide as president of the jury the young 27 Times Cinema jurors as they select the 2020 GdA Director’s Award. 45-year-old Nadav Lapid has three feature films and numerous shorts and documentaries under his belt, and his Synonyms won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. He first studied philosophy and then pursued a film studies degree at the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem....
 
 

Sundance Institute and Adobe Announce 2020 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows

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Ten Emerging Artists Selected from Short Film Submissions on Sundance Co//ab Winning Short Films To Be Screened As Part of Celebration of Sundance Film Festival: London Sundance Institute and Adobe announced the class of 2020 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows today, chosen from a global pool of more than 1,600 applicants. Hailing from a broad geography, from Nashville to Hong Kong, and rooted in a diverse array of creative disciplines from documentary filmmaking to narrative shorts, these...
 

 

Kate Winslet to receive TIFF Festival Tribute Award

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Photo credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, Co-Heads of TIFF, today unveiled Academy Award–winning actress Kate Winslet as the recipient of this year’s TIFF Tribute Actor Award, to be presented on Tuesday, September 15, during the 45th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival. Following the successful TIFF Tribute Gala in 2019, the TIFF Tribute Awards will be offered in a virtual form in 2020.  The Awards mark an annual fundraiser to su...
 
 

Omertà not so much in Netflix docuseries: FEAR CITY: NEW YORK vs. THE MAFIA coming July 22

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent If you grew up in any major East Coast metro area in the 1970’s, you kind of knew which streets were safe, or in the case of Boston’s North End, which were La Cosa Nostra (our cause). Say restaurants and shops fronted by Gennaro “Jerry” Anguilo of the Anguilo Bros. Plus you likely were aware that the Anguilo Family answered to the Patriarca’s who were allied with the Gambino Family. Which leads to the Five Families ...
 

 

NEVERENDING STORY’s Stronach, LOTR’s Sean Astin, Rhea Perlman, Christopher Lloyd, Michael Emerson, board MAN & WITCH

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent She played the "childlike empress" in 1984's THE NEVERENDING STORY, and now Tami Stronach is making a lead return in MAN & WITCH. Read on... from Screenmancer  New York, NY : Tami Stronach, the Childlike Empress from timeless 80’s classic “The NeverEnding Story” has been announced to star in, and executive produce, a new children’s fantasy film titled “Man & Witch,” writt...
 
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LOST GIRLS by Julia Verdin

USA, 107 minutes, June 2020

One girl’s nightmare. A nationwide reality.

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

Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Angie Morgan feels like her parents don’t understand her. After she is befriended by the charming and handsome Mario, everything seems to change for the better. He understands her desire to be a musician and promises to help her fulfill her dreams. However, her innocent, suburban life is upended when Mario lures her away to sell her to a local sex trafficking ring.

Angie is shocked and scared at her new found situations but clings to the belief that Mario loves her and that they will eventually both escape.  When it becomes clear to her that this will never happen, Angie is so overcome with shame and remorse for the life she is now trapped in and all seems hopeless.

When her closest friend and fellow victim, Zoe, finds out that Angie is about to be sold and shipped off to Miami, Zoe finds a way for them to escape. They make a desperate run for it. Angie escapes, but Zoe is not so lucky. Alone and heartbroken for her friend still imprisoned by their traffickers, Angie returns home to find that “normal” life is now anything but normal.

Burdened by her severe PTSD and guilt, Angie shies away from both her family and the police.  She is terrified that her traffickers will return for her (or worse, her little sister) if she provides any information to the police. 

Luckily, Angie meets Rachel, a sex trafficking survivor turned caseworker, who is desperately searching for the girl who was in her care but taken back by her traffickers: Zoe. As Rachel lends her strength, Angie begins to consider standing up to the traffickers, and after witnessing brutal murders and mutilations of other girls at hands of the traffickers, Angie considers standing up to the traffickers.

Will Angie’s fear hold her back? Or will she persevere to protect her family and help rescue Zoe and the others? 

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FINDING MANNY by Kacey Cox

Canada, 56 minutes documentary, june 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SAVING NORTH - A RUSSIAN AMERICAN ODYSSEY by J Mitchell Johnson

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

What happened, what can happen to the centuries old amazing wooden churches in north of Russia. Photographer Richard Davies trips to Russia and USA tell stories on human soul, hope and russian american…cooperation in restoring beauty.

Saving North is the story of a struggle for human and cultural survival in the mysterious and insular world of the Russian North. An outsider from England, photographer Richard Davies, enters this mysterious and vast region of the world with the hope of documenting both the glory and the tragic demise of its rapidly disappearing Wooden Churches. As Davies meets and becomes friends with the some of his Russian photo subjects, he finds himself getting emotionally involved with their struggle. He decides to put down his camera and get involved with church restoration.

Early on in our story Davies befriends the famed Russian architect Alexander Popov who is deeply involved in working to preserve and share with the world the beauty and value of these ancient structures. Popov has uniquely discovered and reinvigorated both the tools and processes that restore life back to the North. But it’s an uphill battle against strong and powerful forces.

Together, Davies and Popov uncover the circumstances that led to the demise of the churches, and then join a small but growing group of passionate Russian citizens and outsiders from all walks of life who join the cause of Saving North.

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SEKURITAS written and directed by Carmen Stadler

Romantic dark comedy 117 minutes 2019 Switzerland

Starring Kathrin Veith, Duraid Abbas Ghaieb, Jeanne Devos, Daniel Kasztura, Vilmar Bieri, This Maag

First feature film by Swiss director Carmen Stadler, produced by Claudia Wick for Abrakadabra Films AG

An office complex wishes for a love story before demolition. It chooses the lonely misfits for this story; those who go through security rounds at night, scrub toilets, experiment with recipes or rehearse their final speech. A poetic and twisted kaleidoscope that centers around desire, security and melodious noises which move through the entire fabric of the building.

 

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

USA 2019 Documentary 89 minutes

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

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THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA, directed by Elena Demidova

The documentary film «THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA», directed by Elena Demidova, tells a story of one of the most famous lamas, Pandido Khambo Lama Dashi Dorzho Itigelov. His body is recognized as one of the sacred Buddhist objects of Russia and is being kept in the Ivolginsky Datsan. The Buddhist monks approach him as a living person.
 
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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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
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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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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...
 

La Source (Jungfrukällan) d’Ingmar Bergman (Suède, 1960)

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FESTIVAL MUSICAL ÉCRAN 2020 - la programmation détaillée

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RENDEZ-VOUS À BORDEAUX DU 6 AU 13 SEPTEMBRE POUR LA 6E ÉDITION DE MUSICAL ÉCRAN, FESTIVAL DE DOCUMENTAIRES MUSICAUX ! La 6e édition du Festival Musical Écran aura bien lieu cette année et se tiendra du 6 au 13 septembre 2020 à Bordeaux avec son lot d'avant-premières nationales et mondiales : Where Does a Body End (Swans), I Want my MTV, Billie (Billie Holiday) TOOL : the Holy Gift... Nous partirons à la rencontre d'...
 

Les frères Dardenne recevront le Prix Lumière 2020

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  Les cinéastes belges Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne recevront le Prix Lumière lors de la 12e édition du festival Lumière, qui se déroulera à Lyon du samedi 10 au dimanche 18 octobre 2020.     Metteurs en scène au style et à la précision incomparables, grands découvreurs d’acteurs (sous leur direction, Olivier Gourmet et Émilie Dequenne ont reçu chacun le Prix..

Le Porquerolles film festival lance sa première édition en plein air du 8 juillet au 27 août

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PORQUEROLLES FILM FESTIVAL     DU 8 JUILLET AU 27 AOUT 2020     La première édition du « Porquerolles film festival » aura lieu du 8 juillet au 27 août avec une programmation de films en plein air sur la magique île de Porquerolles.   Après les dernières annonces concernant la crise sanitaire, le festival aura bien lieu et s’adaptera aux nouvelles contraintes de sé...
 
 
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