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Aaron Sorkin and Chloé Zhao Announced as First Honorees at SFFILM Awards Night 2020

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SFFILM’S Awards Season Celebration and Fundraiser Is Going Online to Support the Organization’s Year-Round Work Cultivating the Next Generation of Film Artists San Francisco, CA – SFFILM has announced two notable filmmakers that will accept honors at SFFILM Awards Night, the organization’s annual fundraising celebration honoring achievement in filmmaking craft. This year’s highly anticipated awards show has shifted from its traditional seated dinner and onst...
 

 

Get a chance to practice your estonian and check my recent interview from Matsalu Nature Film Festival !

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I was a jury to Matsalu Nature Film Festival in ESTONIA AND GOT INTERVIEWED:
 
BRUNO CHATELIN – MEES FILMIFESTIVALIDE KÕRGEIMAST TAEVAST Tänavuse MAFF-i žürii töös kategoorias „Inimene ja loodus“ lööb väliskülalisena kaasa prantslane Bruno Chatelin – aukartust äratava haardega ning filmifestivalidel ilma teinud filmilevitaja. Just tänu temale jõudis MAFF-ile mullu festivali Grand Prix' võitnud Rob Stewarti luigelaul „Haide häving“ ning selle 2016. a...check the translation at the end of the article
 

 

The Tribeca Film Festival is expanding its virtual program with Tribeca Talks At Home

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 DIRECTORS SERIES FEATURING DRAKE DOREMUS WITH NICHOLAS HOULT, KARYN KUSAMA WITH LISA CHOLODENKO   The Tribeca Film Festival is expanding its virtual program with Tribeca Talks At Home: Directors Series. Episodes will feature director Drake Doremus (Like Crazy, Douchebag) with actor Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max:Fury Road, X-Men: Days of Future Past) and director Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, “Billions”) with screenwriter Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right, Laurel Canyon). Sp...
 

 

Cannes 2020 Special: The Jury for Short Films and the Cinéfondation film school competition

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Jury for Short Films and Cinéfondation 2020 © DR The "Cannes 2020 Special" event runs from 27 to 29 October 2020 and marks the Festival's return to its home turf, in a homecoming that puts the emphasis on short films and up-and-coming directors: as every year, the Jury for Short Films and the Cinéfondation film school competition will be awarding the Short Film Palme d'or to one of the 11 films in Competition, and the three Cin&ea...
 

 

MoJo signs Director Patricia Chica as she completes filming on "Montréal Girls".

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MoJo Global Arts, the company founded by Morris Ruskin, Jordan Walker-Pearlman and Joseph Mellicker, has signed Canadian/El Salvadorian filmmaker Patricia Chica as production in Montreal resumes.   (Los Angeles, CA) – October 20, 2020. Award-winning director Patricia Chica just wrapped  filming on Montréal Girls, a dramatic feature developed with her writing partner Kamal John Iskander and Canadian production company Objectif 9. ... 

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Sambal Belacan in San Francisco (1997) slated for Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) October 25 – banned for 22 years

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Madeleine Lim, San Francisco filmmaker and co-founder of the Queer Women of Color Film Festival in San Francisco (qwocmap.org) made a film in 1997 that has been banned by the Singaporean government for 22 years. This past week the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) received a one-time exception for the screening of Lim's  award-winning documentary Sambal Belacan in San Francisco on October 25 at the Oldham Theatre. At any time, the Singapore Classifications B...
 

 

Solstice Studios’ Mark Gill & NEON’s Elissa Federoff to kick-start socially distanced AFM Nov. 9

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Who isn't tired of "hurry up and wait" with this Superbug? American Film Market has some good news for this year's event. They have figured out how to socially distance this massive film gathering into what looks like a fun time to be had by all, despite the masks and COVID-19 related tasks associated with the Pandemic. You could say AFM has set the stage for innovation in medically correct shindigs. All the details are here ...
 

 

What about Chinese Americans who vote in 2020: FIRST VOTE from Yi Chen

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Did you know that "until 1952, federal law prohibited immigrants of Asian descent from becoming U.S. citizens and voting? Today, Asian Americans are the fastest growing population in the United States." FIRST VOTE, from director Yi Chen, is about  "what it means to be American through personal stories of America’s fastest growing political constituency’s diverse experience at the pol...
 

 

Rafa Russo’s ‘The Year of Fury’ Deftly Interweaves Latin American Politics to the Forefront

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               “The Year of Fury,’ Rafa Russo’s film set in Uruguay during the early 1970s, maintains its cool sensibilities by its knowing and interesting set of characters. It rolls and flows fluidly by Russo’s lyrical direction – always mindful that the heart of the story rests in the importance of how creative writers must maintain their poise in the face of a pending dictatorship. The motion picture will surely be embra...
 

 

Big contestation in the film sector in Portugal as Government tries to pass new film law

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Portugal is the first country of the European Union to try to approve legislation regulating the European Directive that urges national governments to make multinational companies providing streaming services (OTTs) to contribute to the development of the national production.   Portuguese Government’s proposed bill will not force international streaming services (Netflix, HBO, etc.) to contribute with taxes, and exempts OTTs as well from the payment of any levy to the national Fil...
 

 

Overview of the US business for the week of October 19th.

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Honest Thief starring Liam Neeson took top spot at the box office in its opening weekend, earning $3.7M while playing at 2,125 locations across North America. The action/revenge thriller marks the return of Open Road Films to theatres, in partnership with Briarcliff Entertainment.  The War with Grandpa starring Robert De Niro dropped down from its perch as last week's top performer, earning $2.5M in week two and a cume of $7.3M after 10 days. Warner Bros.' Tenet earned $1.7M,&...
 

 

PÖFF Shorts announces International Competition titles for 2020

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Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival sub-festival announces 115 titles across five different competition as PÖFF Shorts (17th-25h November 2020) celebrates its first year of being an Academy Award qualifying festival. The 2020 edition of PÖFF Shorts, an official sub-festival of the A-List Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, has revealed the films which will be part of its six competitions. More than 110 short films and animations will be screened between 17th and 25th Nov...
 

 

"the Competition starts today" BKK DOC 2020

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"the Competition starts today" BKK DOC 2020 Call for Submission has ended on October 18th, 2020 23h59 Bangkok time. We are thrilled to announce that we have received several hundreds submissions from all over the world: Africa and Middle East - 5% North and South America - 20% Asia - 25% Europe - 50% This year edition is blessed with works from Award winn...
 

 

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has announced the first 8 films of the Official Selection

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  The first 8 films of the Official Selection Six of the announced films are world premieres, as Black Nights welcomes the return of Latvian auteur Laila Pakalnina with In the Mirror; the celebrated Kazakhstan director Adilkhan Yerzhanov with Ulbolsyn; the multiple-award-winning Croatian director Dalibor Matanić with The Dawn; veteran Russian scriptwriter and director Aleksandr Mindadze with Parquet; the up and coming Turkish director Nisan Dağ presen...
 

 

Reboot Camp totally ready for the world premiere at the prestigious Austin Film Festival

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"Reboot Camp" competes for Comedy Vanguard Award let us wish best of luck to the team, David Lipper, one of the film's  producers, has already had two films which were part of Bruno Chatelin's BEST FOR FESTS Selection, winning over 20 awards on the festival circuit... The film also competes for audience favorite; tickets will be available from October 23th   REBOOT CAMP  (Sects Sell) Written and Directed by Ivo Raza with an incredible cast starring:&n...
 
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London Film Fest It's a wrap

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On Sunday night we closed the physical and virtual curtains on the 64th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express. This year, the LFF expanded beyond London with premieres online and in cinemas all across the UK. Famous faces were beamed in for introductions, Q&As and events, and we launched a virtual exhibition of XR and immersive art and the first-ever audience awards. Photo courtesy of Paul Hayes.     LFF 2020 by the numbers Over 315,000 attend...
 

 

Hybrid exground filmfest 33 I 13–22 November 2020 I Wiesbaden

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  exground filmfest 33: Hybrid Programme Revealed 121 Films from 45 Countries // Themes: Strong Female Figures and Family Bonds // Klaus Lemke Special Feature // DAS BRETT Adapted as Audience Award for 2020 // Cash and Non-Cash Prizes Valued at 17,500 Euros The programme for the 33rd edition of exground filmfest is now available online. For this hybrid Covid-19 edition, the festival, which runs from 13 to 22 November, will present a total of 121 independently...
 

 

The Blue Water International Film Festival calling

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The Blue Water International Film Festival celebrates World Oceans Day, June 8th, on the prestigious Martha’s Vineyard at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. The festival will run from June 4th - 8th, 2021. The theme of the Blue Water Int'l Film Festival is about our “Big Blue Planet"; the festival's purpose is to encourage attendees to think broadly about how climate change affects planet Earth and deeply about the universal concerns and actions needed to bring ...
 

 

Announcing the complete program for the 23rd annual RIDM Montreal Festival

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The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) 3 stimulating weeks of documentaries and discussions     The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is proud to announce the program for its 23rd edition. This year, the festival will run for three weeks, from November 12 to December 2. 109 films, including 48 features, and numerous remote discussions and workshops will, more than ever, make November a grand celebration of documentary film.   This year, the...
 

 

Virtual PIFF Pasadena International Film Festival 2020 rolls online

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A Special Thank You to the season of giving thanks, we here at PIFF have to say "thank you"... Our sponsors, vendors, venues, honorees, volunteers, press, filmmakers, guests... you have all been so supportive as we have come across unprecedented challenges due to Covid 19. The show must go on! as they say, so we are thrilled to present to you "Virtual PIFF 2020". This is new to us, but a silver lining is now anyone, anywhere in the world, can take part in PIFF.  ...
 

 

2020 Asia Pacific Screen Forum Programme Announced

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 - Open for Registration - The 2nd Asia Pacific Screen Forum celebrates cultural diversity and cinematic excellence by linking screen creatives across the vast Asia Pacific as never before.   The 6-day conference will deliver a hit of optimism on what the future of the industry has in store as it regenerates after a tumultuous year globally. This will be the first screen industry conference in Australia and one of the first in the world since COVID-19 created global shutdow...
 

 

36th International Short Film Festival Berlin 2020 ready to rock...

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10 - 15 November 2020 Over 300 short films in 38 programs: Welcome to colourful, entertaining and challenging films and an exciting showcase of international short film production. Advance sales have begun! Since the new social-distancing regulations will result in considerably lower cinema capacities, we recommend booking ONLINE early. Browse our website and book through the respective cinemas!   The program: Central to the program are the competitions, from the International a...
 

 

Vive le cinéma! French Film Festival UK reveals 28th line-up in cinemas and online

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    Despite challenging circumstances, the 28th edition of the French Film Festival UK anticipates opening on 4 November 2020 with the UK premiere in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen of the comedy thriller Mama Weed / La Daronne. It stars one of le cinéma français’s best known names, Isabelle Huppert, who is expected to introduce the film virtually from Paris. The screenings will be followed by a recorded Q and A with director Jean-Paul Salomé...
 

 

The 9th edition of the Italian Contemporary Film Festival in Canada will be online end november

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CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN CINEMA NOW AVAILABLE CANADA-WIDE The 9th edition of the Italian Contemporary Film Festival finally opens its doors this upcoming November 29th thanks to a brand-new online event that will offer a unique film selection to all film lovers across Canada. Get ready to access the newest released Italian feature films, shorts and documentaries, accompanied by live Q&As, filmmakers’ messages and free virtual events all from the comfort of your home! You&...
 

 

50 shorts line up for the online version of FilmSchoolFest Munich

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FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH 39 ½ - FILMS AND FESTIVAL-JURY   At FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH 39 ½, students at film schools in 22 countries will present their work in international competition. From November 12 to 22, 2020, the website www.filmschoolfest-munich.de will be a digital showcase for 50 varied and outstanding short films from around the world. The jury will be chaired by German film director Julia von Heinz.   FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH will be held entirely online thi...
 

 

The Russian Film Festival travels the globe online

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A series of Russian Film festivals will be conducted from 9 November to 30 December in Australia, Mexico, Spain and Brazil. Popular feature films and animations, adapted for screening abroad, will be available for free on local streaming platforms. For the Russian film industry, this is the first online      project of its kind, aimed at such a wide international audience. The main goal of the Russian Film Festival, initiated by ROSKINO, the organization charged with ...
 

 

Byron Bay International Film Festival launches today a full 10 days program

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Actor Jack Thompson (The Sum of Us, Breaker Morant, Australia, Merry Xmas Mr lawrence) joins Actor/Director Wayne Blair (Firestarter - The Story of Bangarra, The Sapphires, Mystery Road) for an intimate conversation exploring their careers, inspirations and the evolution of Indigenous culture on Australian screens.  The conversation will led by Associate Professor and Producer Pauline Clague and is a hightlight of the festival. TICKETS ARE LIMITED TO THIS VERY SPECIAL EVE...
 

 

Your Script Produced: Over $350,000.00 Cash/awards/prizes - Get your Feature / Pilot / Short Script Produced! Guaranteed!

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Over $350,000.00 Cash/awards/prizes: Get your Feature / Pilot / Short Script Produced! Guaranteed!   Introducing Season 2 / 2020 of "Your Script Produced!" International Film / Pilot / Short Film Screenwriting Competition Founded / Financed / Sponsored by Doval Bacall under his Banner Doval Bacall Films LLC. Over $350,000.00 in Cash/Awards/Prizes! Winners will be promoted in The Hollywood Reporter & Variety Trades! ALSO: Winners will be announ...
 

 

2020 New York Asian Film Festival

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The widespread embrace of streaming, the growth of established platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime, the establishment of new streamers such as Disney+ and HBO Max, and numerous smaller platforms set up by distributors and independent interest groups fundamentally shifted the film and television market. This shift has been accelerated by the rapidly rising sales of large smart television sets with superb image resolution and sound. The pandemic, now in its seventh month, has fastened our fa...
 

 

13th Annual Bushwick Film Festival Opening Oct 21st

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Please join us this Wednesday, Oct 21 @ 8 PM - 9 PM for the opening night show of the 13th Annual Bushwick Film Festival! The show features local NYC celebrities, Recording Artists Adeline, and elected officials including Senator Chuck Schumer and Congresswoman Nydia Valazquez.   RSVP HERE The 13th Annual Bushwick Film Festival takes place from Oct 21- Oct 25 and includes: Over 100 independent films from 30 different countries that you can watch online, A weekend movie industry conferen...
 

 

Reduced line-up announced for Karlovy Vary IFF 54½

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Apples Mila Directed by: Christos Nikou Greece / Poland / Slovenia, 2020, 90min. The Big Hit Un triomphe Directed by: Emmanuel Courcol France, 2020, 106min. Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets Directed by: Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross USA, 2020, 98min. Coach to Vienna Kočár do Vídně Directed by...
 

 

"the Competition starts today" BKK DOC 2020

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"the Competition starts today" BKK DOC 2020 Call for Submission has ended on October 18th, 2020 23h59 Bangkok time. We are thrilled to announce that we have received several hundreds submissions from all over the world: Africa and Middle East - 5% North and South America - 20% Asia - 25% Europe - 50% This year edition is blessed with works from Award winn...
 

 

Lineup Announcement of Online Seminar at Tokyo International Film Festival

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TIFFCOM 2020 【Topics】 Online Seminar: Lineup Announcement – A fulfilling 20 programs Online Business Matching: “Search Participants” is available 17th TIFFCOM and will be held solely online from November 4th to 6th 2020. One of the ONLINE BUSINESS MATCHING functions, the Exhibitor Details (with search functions) is already available from October 6th and SEARCH PARTICIPANTS is available since October 14th.Both exhibitors and buyers are now moving in high gear tow...
 

Conference in Media Growth Sector Moved to September 2021

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With Covid-19 cases resurging around the world, organisers have announced the postponement of one of Europe’s leading events on language transfer in audiovisual media. The conference, ‘Languages & the Media,’ which is an important biennial get-together for the content localisation industry, was scheduled to take place in June. It was then postponed to December because of restrictions on international travel in the wake of the continuing Covid-19 crisis. Now, in s...
 

 

7th Romanian Film Festival Seattle announcing line-up of events and online screenings

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Romanian Film Festival Seattle / November 13-15  & November 20-21 / STREAMING ONLINE   The American Romanian Cultural Society (ARCS) is excited to announce the full lineup for the 7th Edition of The Romanian Film Festival Seattle, screening virtually via Northwest Film Forum with two weekends of programming: November 13-15 & November 20-21. This year’s lineup features films that tie into the theme of "resilience" and coming together ...
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'Gagarine' by Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh receives the Explore Zone Award 2020 at Film Fest Ghent

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Gagarine, the feature debut of Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh, wins the Explore Zone Award 2020. The French directing duo were in Ghent last week to present their debut. The Explore Zone Award, presented to them by the Explore Zone youth jury, gives them a promotional boost thanks to a media campaign in De Morgen, Knack Focus and at Studio Brussel worth 27,000 euros. The intimate coming-of-age drama Never Rarely Sometimes Always by Eliza Hittman ...
 

 

FIFF Festival International de Films de Fribourg: Audience Choice winners

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  Once again, this week we face incertitude. It was fantastic and reassuring to see that Vevey, Avenches, Winterthur and Geneva are going ahead with their film festivals this autumn. Will new cancellations happen however? We hope it will not.  Let’s take a look in the future and rejoice: the FIFF team is busy organising the Festival's 35th edition. We are glad to announce the content of one section already – the brand-new Audience Choice section! Audience ...
 

 

The 8th Annual Edition of Chelsea Film Festival (CFF) announced its winners

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Our partner (Bruno Chatelin sitting in the advisory board): the 8th Annual Edition of Chelsea Film Festival (CFF) announced its winners on Sunday, October 18th (rf. below by category) broadcasted live on FilmFestival+. The Closing Awards show was presented by Festival Founder & Director Ingrid Jean-Baptiste and Actor, Producer James Donahower. CFF held its 2020 Edition virtually on FilmFestival+ (also accessible through AppleTV) from October 15-19, 2020 and introduced American ...
 

 

NatureTrack Film Festival Announces the tied "Audience Favorite" films

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The "Audience Favorite" Award goes to....It's a tie! "The Beaver Believers" and "Saliega's Lineage, The Return of the Iberian Lynx" have won the 2020 NatureTrack Film Festival "Audience Favorite" Award! Congratulations to Sarah Koenigsberg and Javier Ortega Martinez.   In case you missed the announcement of the juried award winners...Here's the list!   Best in Festival - Feature - It's a tie! Lost Kings of Bioko ~Oliver Go...
 

 

'Tussen de bijen en de tarbot', 'Versailles' and 'Perpetual Night' are awarded at Film Fest Ghent

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'Tussen de bijen en de tarbot', the poetic animated short by Linnea Lidegran Correia (KASK) received the Award for Best Belgian Student Short at the closing evening of the short film weekend at Film Fest Ghent. The winner of the ACE Image Factory & The Fridge Audience Award for Best Belgian Short is 'Versailles' by Hyun Lories. 'Perpetual Night' by Pedro Peralta won the Best International Short Award.   On Sunday 18 October, the ...
 

 

Steven Poster (ASC) Named Distinguished Artist

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The Ojai Film Festival (OFF) honors former ASC President Steven Poster with the 2020 Distinguished Artist Award for Cinematography at a virtual ceremony on Thursday, November 12 at 7 p.m.. The preceding Saturday OFF invites anyone interested in cinematography to join Poster for a discussion of what it takes to achieve his cinematic vision. “I’m very excited the Ojai Film Festival considered me for this honor,” Poster said. “Being recognized for my body of work is the hig...
 

 

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival to introduce the DDA Spotlight Award

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In timing with the 50th anniversary of the global entertainment communications company DDA, Tallinn Black Nights will introduce a new award honouring an artist or filmmaker whose recent work takes a concerted step forward in improving diversity and inclusion in the film industry and cinema culture. With the introduction of this award, Tallinn Black Nights celebrates the anniversary of the DDA Group, launched in 1970 by Dennis Davidson and Michael Dalling. The relationship betwee...
 

 

22 european films nominated for the Arab Critics' Award for European Films

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  European Film Promotion (EFP) and the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) are announcing 22 films from different European countries that have been nominated for the Arab Critics' Award for European Films. Another 14 distinguished film critics have joined the jury this year, bringing the total to 56 of the most prominent and influential Arab film critics from 14 Arab-speaking countries. Put together by ACC, the jury under the direction of Ola Kamel Al-Sheikh will select the best European film f...
 

 

VALLEY OF THE GODS by Lech Majewski wins BEST FILM at the International Uranium Film Festival in Berlin

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  VALLEY OF THE GODS (Dolina Bogów)(link is external) by director Lech Majewski from Poland and the documentary BALENTES - THE BRAVE ONES (I CORAGGIOSI)(link is external) by Australian-Italian director Lisa Camillo are the winners of the International Uranium Film Festival (IUFF) in Berlin 2020. Honorable Mentions received the German documentary About the Meaning of Everything (VOM SINN DES GANZEN - DAS NETZWERK DES PHYSIKERS HANS-PETER DÜRR...
 

 

"the Competition starts today" BKK DOC 2020

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"the Competition starts today" BKK DOC 2020 Call for Submission has ended on October 18th, 2020 23h59 Bangkok time. We are thrilled to announce that we have received several hundreds submissions from all over the world: Africa and Middle East - 5% North and South America - 20% Asia - 25% Europe - 50% This year edition is blessed with works from Award winn...
 

 

Vancouver International Film Festival 2020 Awards and Competitions

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BC Spotlight Awards Sea to Sky Award | Winner: Banchi Hanuse for Nuxalk Radio Special Mention: Meredith Hama-Brown for Cosmic Presented by TELUS $20,000 cash prize. This award recognizes the outstanding work of one female key creative on a BC-produced feature or short.   Jurors: Harry Cepka, Anthony Shim, Ying Wang   Best BC Film Award | Winner: The Curse of Willow Song by Karen Lam Presented by Creative BC and...
 

 

Short Film Wins Bill Paxton Award

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For the first time the Ojai Film Festival (OFF) named a short film as recipient of the Bill Paxton Award. This distinction honors achievements among the filmmaking community of Ojai and Southern California. The winner, “Entwined,” written and directed by Dale Griffiths Stamos, screens as part of the Festival’s Gold Coast Series on Monday, November 9 at 7 p.m.. The 14 minute film “Entwined” tells the story of old lovers and the injustices that drove them apart. Two ...
 

 

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne received the 12th Lumière Award

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"The cinema produces weapons of massive construction and those of the Dardenne brothers are tremendous." Bertrand Tavernier  Surrounded by Rosetta actress Emilie Dequenne, Christine Plenus, the set photographer who has captured them since their beginnings, their producer Denis Freyd, their distributors in France and internationally, Michel Saint-Jean and Vincent Maraval, Jean- Pierre and Luc Dardenne received the 12th Lumière Award from the Lumière ...
 
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Julien Dubuque International Film Festival April 18 – 25, 2021

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October 10, 2020 Earlybird Deadline  

 

We are now accepting submissions for the 2021 Julien Dubuque Film Festival and awarding over $25,000! You can submit your film via filmfreeway, or contact us for more information.

Known for it's quaint location, friendly staff/volunteers, inquisitive audience, consistent communication, multiple screening opportunities, workshops, panels and other amazing networking opportunities and parties; it's no wonder JDIFF was voted one of the coolest film festivals and one of the top 50 worth the submission fee by MovieMaker Magazine multiple times. JDIFF also ranks as one of the top 100 reviewed festivals by FilmFreeway. JDIFF is ALL about the independent filmmaker!

Email I  467 Bluff Street Dubuque, IA 52001 United States I Website I Profile on filmfestivals.com I Facebook I Twitter I SUBMIT

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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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Your Script Produced competition
Season 2
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October 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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54th WorldFest Houston

April 16-25, 2021

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Early bird entry by November 15

WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival offers international competition in Ten Major Competition Categories! Features, Shorts, Docs/Business Films, Student, Experimental, Screenplays, New Media, TV Production, TV Commercials, & Music Videos! More than 200 sub-categories for fair competition. Only at WorldFest-Houston are you selected as a Remi Award Winner on the basis of your numerical score from the juries, which greatly increases your chance to win a Remi, unlike other festivals that only give out one Gold, one Silver and one Bronze! Only 10%-15% of entries actually win the coveted Remi Award!

 

You are welcome to enter  Online via our online entry platform - www.worldfest.org, or via FilmFreeway.com - we now accept entries via Vimeo & YouTube, in addition to DVD/BR Entries, & USB/Jump Drives. Screenplay entries must be bound. We will confirm when we receive your entry and we provide personal Jury Results, and festival details when you are selected for screening at the 53rd WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival!

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Fantasporto 41
February 26 - March 6

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Deadline  December 1st, 2020 (Feature films)

November 1st (Fantasy short films)

Fantasporto enjoys incredible loyalty and support from the large film-appreciating community all over the World. In the last edition, Fantasporto was attended by over 25,000 enthusiastic genre film fans and over 200 members of the film press and industry.

Considered in 2015 as the first of the independent film festivals in the world by TRIPPER, Fantasporto is among the top film festivals  for the discovery of new talent, having revealed countless of now famous directors, producers and actors.

The World Heritage City by UNESCO of Porto, twice considered Europe’s Best Touristic Destination,  is another factor adding interest . Founded in 1981, the 40th edition has the support of the Portuguese State and the Townhall.

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

Safeguard: An Electoral College Story Documentary by Matthew Taylor

USA September 2020 77minutes

How do United States' presidential elections really work? And what would happen if we changed the rules? In Safeguard: An Electoral College Story, award-winning filmmaker M.A. Taylor answers those questions.

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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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ANGIE: LOST GIRLS by Julia Verdin

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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? 

EPK I Poster I Synopsis I Cast & Crew Credits I Trailer I Julia Verdin's Bio I Interview with Julia I IMDB I Cinando I Lost Girls short (2016) I filmfestivals.com profile

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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.

www.Sharkwater.com     www.TheRevolutionMovie.com

 

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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 ...
 

La Sélection officielle 2020 du Festival de Cannes au Festival International de Busan

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Après Deauville, San Sebastián, Lyon, Rome et avant le retour du Festival sur la Croisette à la fin du mois d’octobre, les films de la Sélection officielle 2020 sont présentés au Festival International du Film de Busan, en Corée du Sud, plus grand Festival de cinéma d’Asie.  Après avoir voyagé au travers des festivals européens tout au long de cette rentrée, les films d...
 

 

Spécial Cannes 2020 : le Jury des Courts Métrages et du concours des films d’écoles de la Cinéfondation

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L’événement « Spécial Cannes 2020 », organisé du 27 au 29 octobre 2020, signe le retour du Festival dans sa ville. Un retour qui fait la part belle au format court et à la jeune création puisque, comme chaque année, le Jury des Courts Métrages et du concours des films d’écoles de la Cinéfondation aura pour mission d’attribuer la Palme d’or du court métrage parmi les 11 films s&eacut...
 

Annulé, l’Arras Film Festival se réinvente et adopte une forme inédite avec les salles de cinéma !

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Depuis mercredi 14 octobre, date de l’intervention du Président de la République, l’équipe de l’Arras Film Festival travaillait à une énième mouture de la manifestation, prévue du 6 au 15 novembre, pour répondre une nouvelle fois aux décisions des autorités.  Le protocole sanitaire élaboré par l’équipe d’organisation, s’appuyant sur celui des cinémas, avai...
 

 

Avant-Premières! l évènement parisien est maintenu

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LES CIP MAINTIENNENT LA 5ÈME ÉDITION D'AVANT-PREMIÈRES du 2 au 10 novembre.  Dans un contexte inédit et compliqué pour l’ensemble du secteur culturel, les salles de cinémas indépendantes parisiennes font acte de résistance culturelle et choisissent, en accord avec les distributeurs, de maintenir leur manifestation AVANT-PREMIÈRES ! en l’adaptant aux contraintes horaires et aux reports des dates de so...
 

Le palmarès du Festival du Film Arabe de Fameck - Val de Fensch

 
La 31e édition du Festival du Film Arabe de Fameck - Val de Fensch, qui se termine aujourd’hui, vient de livrer son palmarès. En cette année particulière, seuls deux des six prix habituels ont été décernés : le Grand Prix et le Prix du Public. Le jury des longs métrages était présidé par le comédien Karim Belkhadra, entouré du comédien Nejib Belhassen, du producteur et réali...
 

Soirée d'ouverture en ligne de Paris Science ce Vendredi 23 octobre, 20h00

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Soirée d'ouverture en ligne de Paris Science ce Vendredi 23 octobre, 20h00 SOIRÉE D'OUVERTURE EN LIGNE Le festival ouvrira sa 16e édition avec un film audacieux qui alerte sur les dérives d'outils puissants mais hors de contrôle : les algorithmes. Joy Buolamwini, chercheuse au MIT Media Lab, découvre que les visages des femmes et des personnes non blanches sont mal identifiés par la plupart ...
 

Les Escales Documentaires fêtent leurs 20 ans !

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Deux décennies de passion et de découvertes dédiées au meilleur de la création documentaire et du cinéma du réel !   Il y a 20 ans déjà, nous voulions que les Escales Documentaires soient un évènement convivial où l’on se ressource, où l’on échange, où l’on se frotte à la création des uns et à la critique des autres. Un rendez-vous festif o&ugra...

 

Le Palmarès du 38e festival Arte Mare de Bastia

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Arte Mare, Festivale di e u filmu mediterraneu di Bastia, est porté par une association Loi 1901 dont les objectifs sont de promouvoir la création en Méditerranée et de favoriser la communication et les échanges grâce aux arts, à la littérature et au cinéma. Chaque automne, l’association organise le festival qui fait la part belle à la culture sous toutes ses formes. Et des projections mensuelles, en.. 

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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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Bruno Chatelin raconte l'histoire du lancement du film Boyz'n The Hood à Cannes

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Interview video de Bruno Chatelin pendant le Festival de Cannes (virtuel) 2020! L'histoire du lancement du film Boyz'n The Hood à Cannes que j adore raconter car c est l un des plus beaux contes de fées qu il ma été donné de rencontrer dans ma carière de distributeur de films! Une voie royale ouverte par Cannes qui a conduit le film et son réalisateur, John Singleton, jusqu 'aux Oscars... The Boyz'n The Hood launch in Cannes tol...

 

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