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Featuring news from TIFF, Locarno, Venice, Odessa, Tromadance, Tartu, SLO film Fest Istanbul, Worldfest Houston, FID Marseille, Villerupt, FFFH, Deauville  and many more great events which could become your next festival destination.

 

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Video Interview with Pascal Diot, head of Venice Production Bridge

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Filmfestivals.com partner of Venice Production Bridge sat down with the Pascal Diot who shared with our audience a few practical facts and figures on the Market which he has created 6 years ago. ...
 

The Human Voice by Pedro Almodóvar selected to screen at Venice

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The Human Voice by Pedro Almodóvar and One Night in Miami by Regina King have joined the line-up of the 77th Venice Film Festival   La Biennale di Venezia is pleased to announce the addition of two films, Out of Competition, to the line-up of the 77th Venice International Film Festival directed by Alberto Barbera, and scheduled to take place from September 2 to 12 2020 at the Lido di Venezia.   They are the new film by Pedro Almodóvar, filmed and edited in reco...
 

Selection complete for the works of Venice VR Expanded /

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Online 44 immersive projects from 24 Countries / Celine Tricart (Usa), Asif Kapadia (Gb), Hideo Kojima (Japan) are the members of the International Jury   The selection is now complete for the Virtual Reality works to be presented at the 77th Venice International Film Festival (2 – 12 September 2020) in the section this year titled Venice VR Expanded.   As previously announced, the Virtual Reality works in this edition of the Venice Film  Festival will no longer ... 
 

Highlights from the 5th edition of the Venice Production Bridge

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La Biennale di Venezia Venice Production Bridge September 3 - 11, 2020     The 5th edition of the Venice Production Bridge, will be held during the 77th Venice International Film Festival. It will once again focus in particular on the presentation and exchange of original projects for films and works in progress, so as to foster their development and production. Needless to say that 2020 has been a very difficult year due to the gl...
 

 

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BKK DOC - Bangkok International Documentary Awards

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Submit your Documentary to Bangkok International Documentary Awards film festival.   Open to all filmmakers from all over the world. Welcoming all themes and formats.   See who’s in the Jury, Rules and regulations : www.bkkdoc.com   #bkkdoc #bkkdoc2020 #bangkokinternationaldocumentaryawards #documentary #festival #award #bangkok #thailand #thaifilmoffice #filminginthailand #filminthailand #archivevalley #epidemicsound #anandaintellectualpr...
 

 

‘Akelarre’, by Pablo Agüero, and ‘Courtroom 3H’, by Antonio Méndez Esparza, to compete for the Golden Shell

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‘Akelarre’, by Pablo Agüero, and ‘Courtroom 3H’ (‘Sala de Juzgado 3H’), by Antonio Méndez Esparza, to compete for the Golden Shell at the Festival’s 68th edition Rodrigo Sorogoyen will participate out of competition in the Official Selection with the complete screening of the series ‘Antidisturbios’ The series ‘Patria’, created by Aitor Gabilondo, can be seen as a special screening   &n...
 

 

The Dark Dance in review: Feature drama directed by Mauro John Capece

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The Dark Dance by Mauro John Capece. Review by Brian Lutes July 21, 2020 World Premiere Film Awards   I've always loved a strong and commanding female lead. No doubt, Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel can kick ass with the best of them, but I've always been drawn to those darker characters, the ones who’ve been knocked around and left broken and bruised... the damaged goods. Their stories are the most intriguing. They're never what they appear and are always unde...
 
 

It's Never Too Late To Have a Dream - SDIKFF EXTENDED THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE

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    With over 16 years of history, the 2020 San Diego International Kids' Film Festival supposed to be held in the upcoming August. Unfortunately, due to the global COVID-19 uncertainty, the SDIKFF committee has to postpone this international kids' theme film event just like most of the public events this year.   In the past 16 years, SDIKFF built up its solid reputation with high standard film festival quality and opened the door to all the kids and yout...
 
 

"terroir" to have German premiere with International Short Film Festival - Detmold!

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"terroir" will have its German premiere with International Short Film Festival - Detmold, in Detmold, Germany, October 23-25, 2020. "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. Helmed/written and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, the film was shot by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in Wheaton & ...
 

 

 

Overview of the US business for the week of July 27th

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Our Industry News Summary covers the shifting sands of the studio release calendar and the impact it is having on exhibitors. Last week, many studios announced changes to their upcoming film release schedule, most notably Warner Bros. which moved Tenet off its planned 8/12 opening and Disney which moved Mulan out of 8/21.  Exhibitors had been planning their theatre re-openings to be up and running in time for these tentpole releases.  As a result, most exhibitors are pushing back their...
 

"Iris" by Diana Rodriguez: the poster

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Overview of the US business for the week of July 27th

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Our Industry News Summary covers the shifting sands of the studio release calendar and the impact it is having on exhibitors. Last week, many studios announced changes to their upcoming film release schedule, most notably Warner Bros. which moved Tenet off its planned 8/12 opening and Disney which moved Mulan out of 8/21.  Exhibitors had been planning their theatre re-openings to be up and running in time for these tentpole releases.  As a result, most exhibitors are pushing back their...
 

 

"terroir" wins TWO awards at San Gio Film Festival in Verona!

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"terroir" has won both BEST FILM and the Social Jury's BEST PRODUCER AWARD at the 2020 San Gio Film Festival in Verona, Italy, which ran from July 23-27, 2020. "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. Helmed/written and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, the film was shot by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Im...
 

 

 

europe! voices of women in film on tour: with seven films in new zealand

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  Inspired and curated by the Sydney Film Festival, a selection of this year’s EUROPE! VOICES OF WOMEN IN FILM programme will be presented as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival At Home - Online in the "Widescreen" and "Spotlight" sidebars from 24 July to 2 August. "We are thrilled that, for the first time, our programme EUROPE! VOICES OF WOMEN IN FILM is going on tour, reaching out to wider audiences, proudly showing new exciting works by ou...
 
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TIFF Unveils Outline for the 33rd Tokyo International Film Festival

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Tokyo International Film Festival       As previously announced, the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is planning to go ahead with a physical edition of the 33rd TIFF, from October 31 through November 9, 2020.   Wi...
 

 

Locarno 2020 to host the project Discutiamo, discutiamo and Once Upon a Time in America

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The Festival remembers 20 great conversations from the past with a project drawing on its archives while paying tribute to Ennio Morricone with a special screening Today begins an edition of the Festival that looks to the future, yet also strengthened by firm roots in the past. Which is why the Locarno Film Festival is launching the project Discutiamo, discutiamo, a j...
 

 

Locarno 2020 launches the initiative Closer to Life in partnership with cooperative la Mobiliare

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Locarno 2020 invites movie fans to join initiatives in solidarity with Swiss independent theaters, launching Closer to Life in partnership with cooperative la Mobiliare   This year’s special edition of the Festival "Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films" is dedicated to the future of cinema in all its dimensions. For its entire existence, the Festival has actively promoted independent film production, the global visibility of short films and the network...
 

 

 

Film Lineup 2020 Arpa International Film Festival

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The 23rd Annual Arpa International Film Festival Announces Its Inspiring and Dynamic Lineup of Films from Around the World       The 23rd Annual Arpa International Film Festival (Arpa IFF) proudly announces its full lineup of selected films for this...
 

 

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival Presenting a Special Edition in 2020

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Dear Santafeans and film-lovers around the world, As one of the most selective film festivals in the United States, and a top regional festival, SFiFF remains committed to presenting its 12th edition this coming October.  In 2020, SFiFF will modify the festival with adherence to State and National health and safety guidelines. The well-being of our audience members, filmmakers, and guests is SFiFF's main priority. The Festival will comply with the orders of the governor and ...
 

 

The Montreal International Documentary Festival unveils its visual signature for the 23rd annual festival!

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The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) reveals its visual signature, along with a unique hybrid concept for the 23rd annual festival. For the fourth year in a row, the festival worked with Montreal-based graphic design studio Caserne. The collaboration has been lauded by critics, and led to a Grafika Award in 2018.   Caserne chose to highlight the RIDM’s unifying and socially aware character by putting festivalgoers, represented by three characters, at the heart of...
 

 

Surfalorus Film Festival lined up for September 23-27

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Films in Progress 38 to present six films from Argentina, Brasil, Chile and Perú

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The 38th edition will take place online from August 24th to 30th as part of Films in Progress Lima, a joint event by Cinélatino Rencontres Toulouse and Festival de Cine de Lima PUCP. Films in Progress (Cine en Construcción) is a professional platform that supports the production of Latin American feature films by contributing to their completion and international distribution. Organized jointly for the first time by Festival de Cine de Lima PUCP and Cinélatino Rencontres de...
 

 

Festival Stop Motion Montreal goes viral!

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The 12th edition of Festival Stop Motion Montreal is approaching and in the name of safety and accessibility, will run as a virtual edition from September 14 to 20, 2020. In order to serve the ever-growing and faithful stop motion community, and to roll with the pandemic punches, the event will be available online to the whole international community so that all members of the public from far and wide can seize the opportunity to catch the first-ever Festival dedicated solely to the art of sto...
 
 

The 26th Sarajevo Film Festival called off and rescheduled online

 
The 26th Sarajevo Film Festival will be held from 14th to 21st August in a modified format held online. It has been called off nine days before the opening due to COVID-19 concern.   For the viewers from Bosnia and Herzegovina who wish to stay at home and have a special film experience and completely different atmosphere, Sarajevo Film Festival has provided a special online platform.   After registering on ondemand.sff.ba, the audience, individually or in ...
 

 

BKK DOC - Bangkok International Documentary Awards

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Submit your Documentary to Bangkok International Documentary Awards film festival.   Open to all filmmakers from all over the world. Welcoming all themes and formats.   See who’s in the Jury, Rules and regulations : www.bkkdoc.com   #bkkdoc #bkkdoc2020 #bangkokinternationaldocumentaryawards #documentary #festival #award #bangkok #thailand #thaifilmoffice #filminginthailand #filminthailand #archivevalley #epidemicsound #anandaintellectualpr...
 

 

27th Oldenburg International Film Festival will run 16 – 20 September 2020

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Oldenburg teams up with Pantaflix for a virtual festival segment, while the Film Festival comes home to film fans with a series of Living Room Gala premieres. Virtual, real, and emotional – the 27th edition of the Festival expands its discovery platform for young indie filmmakers with an ambitious digital segment, to be experienced by audiences digitally worldwide in addition to physical screenings in cinemas in Oldenburg. In alliance with current challenges, restrictions, ...
 
 

Marie Melcore, Designer Of Vesoul International Film Festival Of Asian Cinema, Present Her New Visual For The 27th edition

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Marie Melcore, Official Grafic Designer Of Vesoul International Film Festival Of Asian Cinema, Present Her New Visual For The 27th Edition. As far as she concerned, painting and drawing is a family story. This explains why She tarted drawing very young, and why She  continued her studies in this field. After She raduated from high school in Applied Arts, she continued with a diploma in Graphic Design which pushed she to develop her skills in illustration and which subsequently led she to...
 

 

47th Telluride Film Festival Film Lineup for the cancelled event

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Telluride Film Festival, presented by the National Film Preserve, released today its official program selections for the now-cancelled event. The Festival, whose ethos is to bring together film enthusiasts, filmmakers and artists to celebrate cinematic excellence, was scheduled to take place over Labor Day weekend, September 3-7, 2020. The Festival previously announced its cancellation due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.   Representing twenty-five countries, the Festival’s progra...
 
 

The 45th Toronto International Film Festival announces feature-film lineup

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TIFF Co-Heads Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente today announced the lineup of titles selected for the 45th Toronto International Film Festival. This year’s features represent a diverse selection of the highest-quality films from around the globe. Films on offer will reflect first-rate international cinema, documentaries, and Canadian creativity. The strong representation of women, Black people, Indigenous people, and people of colour among TIFF’s selection reflects the organization&rs...

Announcing: all 50 features at TIFF 2020

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TIFF Co-Heads Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente have announced the lineup of titles selected for the 45th Toronto International Film Festival. This year’s features represent a diverse selection of the highest-quality films from around the globe. Films on offer will reflect first-rate international cinema, documentaries, and Canadian creativity. The strong representation of women, Black people, Indigenous people, and people of colour among TIFF’s selection reflects the organization&rs...
 

 

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...
 

 

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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Deauville Film Festival will award Barbet Schroeder

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America with a scalpel The Deauville Festival Prize is awarded each year to a filmmaker who has crossed the Atlantic to make a film in the United States, thus materializing a Franco-American bridge resulting from a long artistic tradition. After Jacques Audiard (Les Frères Sisters), Olivier Assayas (Cuban Network), it is Barbet Schroeder that we will honor for this 46th edition, not for a film, but for all of his American work. The mere mention of his name brings forth...
 

 

Polish Days 2020 Awards announced

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  Polish Days – the most important industry event of New Horizons IFF, co-organized by the Polish Film Institute and The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage has just ended. Over 170 guests from Poland and abroad watched the latest Polish projects in all stages of production, including completed films and fragments of films in postproduction as well as took part in presentations of projects in development online. The best projects were awarded. Screen International’...
 

 

The Impact DOCS Awards Announces Latest Winners!

 
The Impact DOCS Awards goal is to discover and honor the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality documentaries. Impact DOCS puts filmmakers first and provides a direct opportunity for recognition and publicity for high quality productions. It is international in scope and has granted awards to producers in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Korea, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, P...
 

 

The ONE Festival Winner is “HOLY HERNANDEZ” Written and performed by Christine Suero

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  The winner of the festival will get their show produced for a week run by The ONE Festival here in New York City. Keep an eye out for more information on when you can catch the show in the near future! We here at The ONE Festival are so proud of the artists who came together to create in a new way for this years festival and thankful to our audience from all over the world who tuned into this years festival. We are accepting submissions for our 16th Annual Festival in 2021. So if y...
 

 

Burgas International Film Festival 2020 AWARDS

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Eight festival evenings, over 30 film titles, a rich accompanying program. In short, that’s how the fifth edition of the Burgas International Film Festival took place. The jury consisting of Rushen Vidinliev, Alexander Stanishev, Ferenz Török, Stefan Bohun awarded the prize “Danny Lerner” in the amount of 10, 000 euros in studio services from Nu Boyana Film Studios to the film “Los Lobos”/ Los Lobos movie, directed by Samuel Kishi. A special men...

 

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16th Myrtle Beach International Film Festival (April 20-24, 2021) calling for entry

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Call for entry MBIFF 16 now open     October 2, 2020 Earlybird Deadline I November 20, 2020 Regular Deadline I December 11, 2020 Late Deadline  I December 31, 2020 Extended Deadline I  

The MBIFF is a World Class Event.

Submissions end December 31st,  20éà, submit through filmfreeway.com, or through the festivals website, myrtlebeachfilmfestival.com
Selected by Movie Maker Magazine as one of the top 25 film festivals worth the submission, one of the top festivals in the world by Film international and touted by many as one of the most important independent film festivals in the circuit. We are passionate about film and it shows!

The MBIFF screens projects in a multi-million dollar theater, housing state of the art technology.

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New York City Independent Film Festival (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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August 31, 2020 Late 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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Locarno jury line-up for The Films After Tomorrow

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Locarno 2020 announces the jury line-up for The Films After Tomorrow and opens with First Cow, the new film by Kelly Reichardt.   The opening night feature at Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films on Wednesday 5 August will be First Cow, the latest film from U.S. director and screenwriter Kelly Reichardt, who will also be one of three jurors judging the international projects in The Films After Tomorrow section. Over the following ten day... 
 

New 2020 Palm Springs International Film Society Board Members

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The Festival will run February 25-March 8, 2021 with the Film Awards Gala on February 25. Full days of film screenings will begin February 26th including the Opening Night presentation that evening and will conclude with Best of Fest on March 8. Aubrey Serfling President and CEO...
 

 

Sundance Institute Announces 2020 Creative Producing Labs Fellows

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Sundance Institute today announced Fellows and Advisors for the five-day 2020 Creative Producing Labs, redesigned digitally to take place for the first time ever on Sundance Co//ab. The Labs begin July 27, and is a flagship convening for the Institute’s Creative Producing Program, which champions and develops current and rising generations of independent producers across fiction and nonfiction film.  Under the leadership of Creative Producing and Artist Support Director&n...
 

 

The Academy names Racquel Gates and Rebecca Prime Film Scholars

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Gates and Rebecca Prime have been named 2020 Academy Film Scholars by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Their respective book projects, Hollywood Style and the Invention of Blackness and Uptight!: Race, Revolution, and the Struggle to Make the Most Dangerous Film of 1968, explore in depth the topic of race in Hollywood.  The Academy’s Educational Grants Committee will award Gates and Prime each $25,000 on the basis of their proposals. “Gates and Prime&r...
 

 

The Academy announces the new board of Governors 2020 2021

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The Board of Governors directs the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health and assures the fulfillment of its mission. Governors attend 6-8 board meetings annually (in person or by video conference when out of town). Each Governor also serves on one board oversight committee and their branch’s executive committee, and they are expected to represent their branch at numerous Academy events through the year. Governors have fidu...
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IRIS by Diana Rodriguez

USA - Fantastic drama thriller: 104 minutes - first feature film

Alice Kremelberg (Orange Is The New Black) stars as the eponymous Iris, and gives an outstanding lead performance as this tortured soul dreadfully awaiting the death of her Aunt Adelaide, played by Mary Looram (Like Father, Braid). As Aunt Adelaide slowly withers away in hospice, Iris continues her day to day routines of working in an antique shop, and scrolling online for connections through an online dating app. However, Iris has an ulterior motive behind her digital search for suitors, and it’s not love. Iris has a hunger, and she needs to feed. On every date she goes on, she sizes her match up and determines their strength of character on a criteria of what she considers basic human decency. And if any of her dates fail to meet her standards, then that’s the end of them. They’re dinner. That’s just how Iris operates.

But complications arise when Iris meets Tom, played by Grant MacDermott (Hustlers, Mr. Robot), at a support group meeting for people dealing with the lingering effects of grief. Tom is a good hearted man coping with crippling trauma. As their chaste relationship develops, Iris is confounded by a debilitating emotional dilemma. She yearns for the love she once lost, but recognizes the potential in having a strong bond with Tom. Unfortunately, her primal nature exposes itself in the heat of lust, causing her deep seated vampirism to emerge and overtake her instincts. So she can never truly express her true feelings to Tom without it resulting in his death. What’s a timeless girl to do in the big city?

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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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Promoting Movies that Matter / des films qui font grandir...

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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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Le prix du 46ème Festival de Deauville sera remis à Barbet Schroeder

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L’Amérique au scalpel Le Prix du Festival de Deauville est remis chaque année à un cinéaste qui a franchi l’Atlantique pour réaliser un film aux Etats-Unis, matérialisant ainsi un pont franco-américain issu d’une longue tradition artistique. Après Jacques Audiard (Les Frères Sisters), Olivier Assayas (Cuban Network), c’est Barbet Schroeder que nous honorerons pour cette 46e éd...
 
 

 

 

Impact des bandes-annonces diffusées dans les cinémas au 4 aout

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

 

La Bande Annonce 2020 du Festival Off-Courts Trouville

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    Chaque année, un artiste, souvent ami, réalise la bande-annonce du festival. Destinée à ouvrir chaque séance de projection du festival, ce sont aussi les premières images animées originales proposées aujourd’hui au public.   Nicolas Boulenger est bien plus qu’un ami. Bien que fermement décidé à rester indépendant, il est l’un des membres actifs du Studio Off-C...
 

 

FIFF Namur nous présente son nouveau spot

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    Réalisé par Gwendoline Gamboa et Ornella Macchia de Studio TABASS co., le spot du FIFF Namur 2020 s’inspire directement de notre affiche officielle créée par Cécile Van Caillie - Carambolage. La musique a été composée par Eloi Ragot et la postproduction a été gérée par la société bruxelloise AdnStudio.  Tel un jeu typographique, les lettres du FIFF s’ag...
 
 
 

Six films d’Argentine, du Brésil, du Chili et du Pérou seront présentés à Cinéma en Construction 38

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La 38ème édition se déroulera en ligne entre le 24 et le 30 août, et correspondra à la partie de Cinéma en Construction-Lima, évènement conjoint entre Cinélatino, Rencontres de Toulouse et le Festival de Cinéma de Lima PUCP. Cinéma en Construction est une plateforme professionnelle qui soutient la production de films latino-américains en contribuant à leur finalisation et à leur distribution in...
 

 

Pas de trêve d’été pour Martine et Jean-Marc Thérouanne, Directrice et Délégué Général du Festival International des Cinémas d’Asie de Vesoul, et Marie Melcore, graphiste officielle, auquel s’est joint Marc Haaz. Ils ont tous quatre travaillé de concert pour la préparation de la mise en place du 27e Festival International des Cinémas d’Asie de Vesoul qui aura lieu du 26 janvier au ....
 
 
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