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Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films wrapped a very special edition

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Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films wraps up a special edition of the Locarno Film Festival in the year of the global pandemic With Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films, the Festival has managed a positive performance in terms of both audience participation – online and in theaters – and international attention from professionals across the sector and worldwide. A hybrid edition, for which the last physical screenings took place yesterday, 15 August, was p...
 

 

From Switzerland to Argentina, the Locarno 2020 verdict on the films of the future

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Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films: award winners at the special edition Two female gazes, stretching from Switzerland to Argentina, have won the Pardi 2020 awards – each worth 70,000 Swiss francs – for productions halted by the COVID-19 crisis. The international jury for The Films After Tomorrow – made up of Nadav Lapid, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese and Kelly Reichardt – picked out Chocobar, by acclaimed Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel, a political docume...
 

 

First prizes awarded at Locarno 2020: the winners of Open Doors Hub and Lab

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  The winners were announced today of the international co-production platform Open Doors Hub and the producer training workshop Open Doors Lab at this year’s edition, Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films.   Even in a year beset by the global pandemic, the Locarno Pro initiative Open Doors has continued its three-year cycle (2019-2021), focusing on Southeast Asia (Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines) and Mongolia, bringing...

 

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VENICE 

 

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. ...
 

Venice Production Bridge / Final Cut in Venice

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The Worskhop: The FINAL CUT IN VENICE workshop (September 7 - September 9, 2020 ) will present a limited number of quality work-in-progress films coming from all African countries and  5 Middle East countries (Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon) and will give them the opportunity of finding the post-production financing through our supporters and the participants. The workshop will consist in three days of activities, in which the working copies of a maximum of six selected...
 

Better World Forum in Venice with Conference, Red Carpet Screening of The Cave, VIP Cocktail, Gala Dinner & Award Ceremony

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 What legacy are we leaving for future generation? September 4th: an exceptional event in Venice under the patronage of Italian ministry of Environment BETTER WORLD FORUM Ocean & Environment CINEMA FESTIVAL LA MOSTRA 77th edition, VENEZIA, Italy SEPTEMBER, 4th 2020 PALACE CA’ SAGREDO Masterclass Conference, Press Lunch, VIP Screening of THE CAVE, Red Carpet, VIP Cocktail, Gala Dinner & Award Ceremony, After Party King Baudouin Foundation Some ...
 

Venice Film Festival Comes Back With A Bang

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We don’t think we’re going to shock anybody by saying that 2020 has, thus far at least, been a dreadful year for film festivals. That’s not the fault of the movie industry. As we all know through week after week of being asked to stay indoors for our own good, it hasn’t been possible to hold many of the major international film festivals this year because having so many people in one place isn’t possible right now. We suspect that in years to come, this won’t ...

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... 

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FILMS IN FOCUS ... 

 

Overview of the business for the week of August 17th

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 Our Popcorn Previews video feature highlights Unhinged, the thriller starring Russell Crowe that will open in US theatres on Friday 8/21.  This marks the beginning of the much-anticipated flow of new releases from Hollywood studios and distributors. Our Industry News Summary begins with an article on the restart of filming for Universal's upcoming blockbuster, Jurassic World: Dominion. We offer a perspective on the career of the Sumner Redstone and his impact on the film and ...
 

 

BKK DOC - Bangkok International Documentary Awards

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Bkk Doc is thrilled to announce that the festival will take place at the prestigious Goethe Institute in Bangkok 18-21 December 2020 Visit www.bkkdoc.com to keep yourself updated with the program as it unfolds.   ...
 

 

Third Annual NatureTrack Film Festival - New Virtual Option for Rescheduled 2020 Fest

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Third Annual NatureTrack Film Festival  Unspools in Living Rooms  October 9 - 18   New Virtual Option for Rescheduled 2020 Festival   Los Olivos, Calif. (July 30, 2020)— Dozens of documentaries and short films from 21 countries, in both live and animated form, will be screened virtually at the third annual NatureTrack Film Festival(NTFF). From exhilarating and adrenaline inducing, to wonderous and spectacular, from heart-breaking to hope-filled, discover insp...
 

 

Overview of the US business for the week of August 10th Celebrating 100th anniversary of AMC founder's birthday

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  Our Industry News Summary begins with coverage of the substantial changes last week in the theatrical release calendar. Understandably, exhibitors are anxious about Disney's decision to convert Mulan into a Labor Day release on Disney+, coming on the heels of its successful release of Hamilton over the July 4th holiday weekend.  Mulan was expected to be one of the top grossing theatrical releases of 2020.  Meanwhile, Warner Bros. appears committed to its ...
 

 

Social Distancing in Action!

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Staying safe at the movie with Spielberg. ...
 
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FESTIVALS IN FOCUS 

 

58th New York Film Festival Unveiling the NYFF58 Main Slate lineup and expanded festival dates of September 17–October 11!

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58th New York Film Festival  Unveiling the NYFF58 Main Slate lineup and expanded festival dates of September 17–October 11!     Hailing from 19 countries, this year’s Main Slate showcases 25 new titles from renowned auteurs, exceptional work from directors making their NYFF debuts, and ...
 

 

Celebrate Black Lives with SRFF's Black Voices retrospective

 
A retrospective of documentaries, LIVE filmmaker meetings, offered online free, August 17-22 Full program here.   ...
 

 

BKK DOC - Bangkok International Documentary Awards

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Bkk Doc is thrilled to announce that the festival will take place at the prestigious Goethe Institute in Bangkok 18-21 December 2020 Visit www.bkkdoc.com to keep yourself updated with the program as it unfolds.   ...
 

 

Discover the programme for the 8th War on Screen Festival

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  DISCOVER WoS 2020 GREAT THEMATICS The 8th War on Screen Festival keep questioning world conflicts through the eyes of filmmakers. This year's programme echoes more than ever current global issues:   See you from September 29 to October 4, 2020 to discover our films! Until then, don't miss any information and follow us on social media and on our website: waronscreen.com   We are still recruiting our volu...
 

 

Black Nights will happen, lockdown or no lockdown!

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WE WILL HAPPEN! Following the events unfolding in the world and the signs of potential COVID-19 resurgence in Europe, we are preparing for all possible scenarios, including making most of the festival and industry features available online.  This includes a new feature: the international press and industry will have online access to films and projects, no matter their geographic location! The festival dates remain the same taking place from the 13th of November until the 29...
 

 

Announcing The GFI Screen and Story Film Festival 2020

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The GFI Screen and Story Film Festival is delighted to announce its 2020 festival and call for short films submissions.   The organisers of The Global Film Industry Cafe officially launched today The GFI Screen and Story Festival to be held online on Saturday 5th September, 2020. Submissions for short films are now open.    The Screen & Story Film Festival are looking for films up to 15 minutes in length and made anywhere in the world, which support the festival's th...
 

 

The 11th Odesa International Film Festival presents its image video

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  Let the movies in: the 11th Odesa International Film Festival presents its image video Promotional video stars the program director and programmer of the festival   The Odesa International Film Festival, which is to be held online for the first time this year, continues its mission to cultivate high-quality intellectual cinema. And even now, when the usual cinema experience is impossible, OIFF audience have the opportunity to let the movies in and feel the festival atmosphere...
 

 

5th International Documentary Festival of Castellorizo Island "Beyond Borders" 2020...beyond ready

 
5th International Documentary Festival of Castellorizo Island : The Aegean Island where Documentaries meet History & Culture A celebration of cinema and culture will be set up for the 5th consecutive year on the edge of the Aegean Sea, on the idyllic island of Castellorizo, Greece. The 5th "Beyond Borders" International Documentary Festival to be held from August 23rd to August 30th is going to make once again Castellorizo the point where documen...
 

 

MFF25 will be postponed to 2021

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The 25th edition of Milano Film Festival would take place and would be beautiful: and it will be so! Nevertheless, this difficult and muddled 2020 will be different. Actually we are satisfied to give our audience a real Film Festival, enrich with an articulated program which puts the seventh art in relation with music, writing, art, fashion, games ... Cinema and the Arts, as our Artistic Director Gabriele Salvatores stated too. We have designed a special edition. We have been working on...
 

 

Bentonville hybrid festival is now live

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That’s right, starting just after midnight, there is a whole week of entertaining and impactful films waiting for you from Spotlight Films and panels to, of course, our amazing lineup of our 2020 Competition Films! Our official program selection includes Narrative and Documentary Features, Shorts and Episodics.   If you haven’t secured your passes or tickets, there is still time. Go to bentonvillefilm.org and click on 2020 Festival to s...
 

 

Bozeman Film Celebration goes 100% virtual!

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BZN 2020 GOES VIRTUAL BRING THE JOY AND CREATIVITY OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING TO YOUR OWN HOME   Buy your Virtual pass today! We are here for our community of creatives and independent filmmakers.  2020 has not only thrown t...
 

Third Annual NatureTrack Film Festival - New Virtual Option for Rescheduled 2020 Fest

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Third Annual NatureTrack Film Festival  Unspools in Living Rooms  October 9 - 18   New Virtual Option for Rescheduled 2020 Festival   Los Olivos, Calif. (July 30, 2020)— Dozens of documentaries and short films from 21 countries, in both live and animated form, will be screened virtually at the third annual NatureTrack Film Festival(NTFF). From exhilarating and adrenaline inducing, to wonderous and spectacular, from heart-breaking to hope-filled, discover ...

 

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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AWARDS WATCH 

The IndieFEST Film Awards Announces Latest Winners!

 
The IndieFEST Film Awards strives to give talented directors, producers, actors, creative teams and new media creators the positive exposure and credibility they deserve.  IndieFEST discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality films and new media.  Attracting both powerhouse industry veterans as well as talented new filmmakers, The IndieFEST is an exceptional, truly international awards competition, not a traditional film festival. ...
 

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...
 

 

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PARTNERS FESTIVAL AND MARKET NEWS  

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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BKK DOC - Bangkok International Documentary Awards

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Bkk Doc is thrilled to announce that the festival will take place at the prestigious Goethe Institute in Bangkok 18-21 December 2020 Visit www.bkkdoc.com to keep yourself updated with the program as it unfolds.   ...
 

 

The OIFF will award the Swedish director Roy Andersson a Lifetime Achievement

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The OIFF will award the Swedish director Roy Andersson a Lifetime Achievement Golden Duke and will show his mini-retrospective at the 11th edition of the festival   A Q&A with the director will be held online for the OIFF audience   The Swedish master Roy Andersson will receive the honorary Golden Duke Award for his exceptional contribution to film art. Andersson, a prizewinner of Cannes, Berlin and Venice Film Festivals, will be distinguished in the frame of the 11th Ode...
 

 

Message from Hawai Fest Executive Director Beckie Stocchetti: in flexible mode!

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As we plan for our landmark 40th Annual Hawai’i International Film Festival only four short months away, among all the uncertainties of 2020, I wanted to provide an update with some of the exciting new ventures on the horizon for HIFF. I have tremendous pride and gratitude for the wonderful HIFF staff, board of directors, partners, sponsors, members, volunteers, and audiences that have shown their support in the most remarkable ways to get us to where we are now. Everyone involved with H...
 

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 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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"THE BEST FOR FESTS : ONES TO WATCH FOR FESTIVAL CONSIDERATION

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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