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TALLINN BLACK NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL IN FOCUS    

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival to honour director Andrei Konchalovsky

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Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival to honour director Andrei Konchalovsky with the Lifetime Achievement Award WRITTEN BY HANNES AAVA. At the 23rd edition of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky will be presented with one of the festival’s two Lifetime Achievement Awards. The festival will also screen two of his films: the Northern European premiere of his latest film Sin (Il Peccato) and House of Fools (2002). The...
 

Black Nights Kick Off

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And we're off! The 23rd Black Nights Film Festival has officially begun. Over 250 films in 4 different cities and 4 competition programs - Official Selection, First Feature Competition, Baltic Film Competition, Rebels with a Cause Competition. Yesterday's Opening Ceremony kicked off with opening film Adam and the Bruno O’Ya award to a remarkable Estonian actor was awarded to Rea Lest.   The 23rd edition of the Black Nights Film Festival was opened yesterday...
 

 

Visit Estonia welcomes festival goers of the Black Nights Film Festival

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Welcome to Estonia! We are happy to see you here and hope that not all the nights are black! Here are some tips what to do during your free time! We hope you will enjoy your stay here and if you have any tourism related questions give me a call or write to me!    Visit in Tallinn! - Today the Christmas Market of Tallinn will be opened on the Town Hall Square, grab a mulled wine, enjoy the performances on the weekends or visit Santa! Tallinn C...

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Jonathan Wolf in conversation with filmfestivals.com about the 40th edition of AFM

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Jonathan Wolf sat down towards the end of the market with filmfestivals.com and commented on the attendance of this market (just as full as always with around 7000 participants, 20 cinemas running non stop, three stages operating panels, 350 companies taking meetings) and on the state of the industry and the shift to online streaming and on demand platforms, the" new world order". Jonathan Wolf, a graduate of USC Business School, has held an illustrious career in film...
 
 

Avi Lerner welcomes Sharon Harel-Cohen at the Israel Fest and presents her 2019 IFF Cinematic Achievement Award

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I’m very happy to be here tonight , and I’m really honored to say a few words about my good friend Sharon Harel-Cohen. I’ve known Sharon since she was a very young woman . I met her in Tel Aviv.  One day I saw her in my building entering the elevator with my neighbor, the director Avi Nesher. She looked like a movie star and I was sure that she will be the lead in Nesher’s new movie HALEHAKA.  Nesher introduced her to me and Immediately I thought that she coul...
 
 

Rosanna Arquette introduces Arthur Cohn at the Israel Fest in LA for his 2019 IFF Lifetime Achievement Award

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Rosanna Arquette: "It means everything to be here tonight to join with the Israel Film Festival in honoring one of my dearest friends in cinema—the wonderful, the one and only Arthur Cohn.   We all know Arthur Cohn the filmmaker. The proud son of Zionists, whose father saved so many Jewish lives during World War II and wrote many of the laws of the new state of Israel. The producer of twenty-eight unforgettable films and documentaries, six of which have won the Academy Award...
 

Israel Fest founder Meir Fenigstein announcing a special $175 000 prize at the fest opening

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Sunda, thank you for such a wonderful introduction!   GOOD EVENING My dear friends, sponsors, filmmakers, and distinguished guests… WELCOME to the 33rd ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL in Los Angeles. It looks like I will be doing this for the next 100 years!   Over the next two weeks we are excited to showcase more than 30 Israeli films, thought provoking documentaries, popular television shows and short films. This is the very best of Israeli filmmaking and the largest showcase in...
 

Interview with Avi Lerner about Rambo worldwide

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Video Interview on the red carpet at the opening of the Israel Film Festival where Avi Lerner (founder CEO of Millenium, and longtime friend of the festival) handed the award to Sharon Harel-Cohen (who produced the opening film Incitement, the Israeli Oscar entry for best foreign film. THE 33rd ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL in Los Angeles Opening Night Gala for the first time completely sold-out a week in advance to a capacity crowd of over 900 guests at last night’s opening at the Saban...
 

Video capture of the Israel Film Festival opening in LA Nov 12

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  Festival founder Meir Fenigstein with the honorees: Arthur Cohn and Sharon Harel-Cohen  Avi Lerner (Millenium Pictures) with Arthur Cohn, below the team of Incitement: Yaron Silberman and lead actor Yehuda Nahari Halevi Rosana Arquette / 2019 IFF Achievement in Film Award winner Sharon Harel-Cohen and Avi Lerner, Chairman and CEO, Millennium Media THE 33rd ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL in Los Angeles Opening Night Gala for the first time completely ...
 

The Israel Film Festival opening night with tributes to Arthur Cohn and Sharon Harel-Cohen

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Festival founder Meir Fenigstein with the honorees: Arthur Cohn and Sharon Harel-Cohen  Avi Lerner (Millenium Pictures) with Arthur Cohn, below the team of Incitement: Yaron Silberman and lead actor Yehuda Nahari Halevi Rosana Arquette / 2019 IFF Achievement in Film Award winner Sharon Harel-Cohen and Avi Lerner, Chairman and CEO, Millennium Media Israel Film Festival Opening Ceremony of the 33rd edition hosted by Sunda Croonquist, honoring Arthur Cohn and Sharon Harel-Coh...
 

AFM: Disney, Lifetime, The History Channel, MarVista Quotes/Photos from Television Conference

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AFM's first-ever Television Conference was a sold out event with more than 600 attendees and featured executives from Disney, Lifetime, The History Channel, MarVista, and more and featured two session - We've included quotes below.: Made-for-TV Movies: Expanding Opportunities for Independent Filmmakers Panellists: Paul Bales, Partner, The Asylum Pierre David, Chief Strategy Advisor & Producer, ReelOne/Lance Entertainment Brad Krevoy, CEO, Motion Pictur...
 

Rogers & Cowan/PMK Promotes Executives In Leadership Team

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  The promotions include Lindsay Galin and Jeff Raymond upped to co-presidents talent; Dennis Dembia and Michael Donkis appointed co-presidents entertainment and business strategy; and Marian Koltai-Levine elevated to president film, content and marketing. The promotions come four months after  Rogers & Cowan and PMK merged, two of Hollywood’s leading media relations and brand marketing firms, putting Rogers & Cowan into the N&d...
 

MUBI picked UK and Irish rights to Małgorzata Szumowska’s English language debut THE OTHER LAMB

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Curated global streaming service and theatrical distributor MUBI have acquired UK and Irish rights to Małgorzata Szumowska’s striking English language debut THE OTHER LAMB.   THE OTHER LAMB is the haunting and nightmarish tale of Selah (Raffey Cassidy - VOX LUX, THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER), a young girl born into an all-female religious group known as ‘The Flock’ led by one man, known as Shepherd (Michiel Huisman - GAME OF THRONES). When Selah meets an outcast wife (D...
 
 

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Read the full report detailing some 75 key executives profiles.  International Insiders in the US: the key players specialising in the global film and TV industry Just a few as teaser for you, each one of the below (and many more) get a specific profile with picture... Below are some of honchos in the prod financing, packaging and sales Gary Hamilton - CEO, Arclight Aaron L Gilbert - chairman and CEO; Brenda Gilbert - president, Bron Media Corp John Sloss - founder, C...
 

Netflix and Nickelodeon sign a Multi-Year Output Deal to produce animated features and series

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Netflix and Nickelodeon today announced that they have formed a new, multi-year output deal to produce original animated feature films and television series - based both on the Nickelodeon library of characters as well as all-new IP - for kids and families around the world. This marks an expansion of the existing relationship between the companies, which has already brought several popular titles to Netflix, including animated specials Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling&nbs...
 

TIBERIUS FILM Acquires Rights for THE NINTH and THE WIDOW at AFM

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TIBERIUS FILM Acquires Rights for Stunning Russian High Quality Production THE NINTH at AFM such as the Horror Movie THE WIDOW and Woody Harrelson’s Star Cast Comedy LOST IN LONDON.   At the American Film Market AFM 2019 in Los Angeles, Tiberius Film gives notice of several high-class purchases. Apart from Woody Harrelson´s all-star cast comedy LOST IN LONDON, the Munich-based independent film distributer secured the rights to THE NINTH and THE WIDOW. Both movies are  lar...
 
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ARPA International Film Festival celebrated it's 22nd successful year in Hollywood

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  ARPA International Film Festival Founder, Sylvia Minassian, on the red carpet with Eric Roberts and Eliza Roberts.Photo credit:  Cynthia Biret.    ARPA International Film Festival, the longest running film festival in Los Angeles, is also a leading indie film festival in Southern California.  By fostering diversity by creating cultural bridges with international filmmakers, the festival also explores critical issues and thrives to create lasting social impact on i... 
 
 

This Other Bacall Will Make Your Movie, Seriously, No Kidding

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Okay so Friday night, and yes, now it’s Tuesday, the Other Bacall, Doval Bacall threw such a party for the winners of Your Script Produced, that everybody is just getting their bearings now. Alright, that’s an exaggeration, but let’s put it this way, Award Winner Iris May just emailed a party photo from Bavaria as her flight just arrived back in her home country. May, with her writing partner and filmmaker-in-arms Leia Vo...
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Garden State Film Festival 
March 25-29, 2020
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Asbury Park, New Jersey - USA 

November 10, 2019  Late Deadline
December 1, 2019  Extended Deadline

The 18th Garden State Film Festival is New Jersey's Premier Independent Film Festival®.

The Garden State Film Festival [GSFF] is a global destination festival that enhances the quality of life in New Jersey by stimulating economic growth through the arts (over 9 million), investing in the creativity of students, making the arts accessible to undeserved populations, and preserving heritage arts.

(GSFF) showcases premier films, renowned and emerging artists, empowering global connectivity between creators, innovators and audiences.

GSFF was founded to promote the art of film making on all levels by showcasing a wide variety of film, video and animated works, as well as to provide educational programs in the creative arts to the public by industry leaders. Our goal is to present films of the highest quality in both production value and content.

Founded to celebrate the independent film genre, The Garden State Film Festival, a not for profit organization, offers independent filmmakers the chance to exhibit their work and gives New Jersey audiences a chance to experience new, cultural, and artistic endeavors through the medium of film.

The Garden State Film Festival's professional jury will select winning films in various categories. Submission categories are for administration purposes only. There are separate awards for student films as well as the "Home Grown Awards" for films where 75% of principal photography is shot in the State of New Jersey.

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French Riviera Film Festival 
May 11-12, 2020

 

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November 23, 2019 ealy bird deadline

The second annual French Riviera Film Festival will recognize and celebrate short form content created for film, television, Web and all digital platforms. In the glamorous South of France setting, FRFF invites filmmakers from around the globe to participate in the two day festival that includes screenings, VIP receptions, awards ceremony and closing gala party. FRFF will place the spotlight on the best short form filmed content during the time period of the annual Festival de Cannes. A prestigious jury panel will select Best Drama Short, Best Comedy Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Animation Short, Best Experimental Short, Audience Favorite Award, Best Director Award, Best Actor Award, Best Actress Award, as well as special Industry Awards. Attendees and participants will include filmmakers, industry executives, celebrities, media and influencers.  https://filmfreeway.com/FrenchRivieraFilmFestival

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Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival  
May 30 – June 4, 2020

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October 24, 2019  Early Bird Deadline
February 25, 2020 Regular Deadline
April 10, 2020 Late Deadline

Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival launched its 1st edition in June 2019 to a spectacular success. The 2nd Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival returns in June 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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Toronto Metropolitan International Screenwriting Competition
March 31, 2020

Now accepting submissions 

November 16, 2019 Late

December 19, 2019 Extended Late

January 23, 2020 Final Deadline

February 20, 2020 Extended Final

We reward winning screenwriters with various prizes including distribution of your script to top industry executives at several production companies and distributors in New York, LA, and Toronto as well as to our database of A list agents, managers, and festival winners on both coasts in both the US and Canada who are looking for clients and material to produce. Last year, one of our finalists signed with one of Beverly Hills most prestigious talent management companies.

2019's grand prize winner was personally introduced to six talent managers and producers and was given a one hour consultation with the top manager at Fictional Entity. 

 

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Worlfest Houston 53

April 17 - 26, 2019


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 may enter Online via our 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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Artemis Women in Action Film Festival 
April 23 – 26, 2020

 
October 31, 2019 : Late deadline

Artemis Women in Action Film Festival Qualifiers

Submit all narrative, animated, documentary FILMS and SCRIPTS featuring women either starring or co-starring as a physical action character or agent of social change.
We celebrate women in kick ass roles.

Submit all MUSIC in any genre that is a film score, composition, song, or theme song created by female composers, female led bands, and female solo artists.
Artemis’ Women Powered Music sponsored by Bella Composers!

Submission Categories.

FILMS – 40 minutes or longer
SHORTS – up to 40 minutes
SCRIPTS, Features (70-120 pgs) & Pilots (45-60 pgs)
MUSIC in all genres, up to 10 minutes. Music FAQ’s.

 

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Myrtle Beach International Film Festival 
(April 21-25, 2020) 

November 15th  2019 Regular Deadline   

The Myrtle Beach International Film Festival his now one of the "Top 25 film festivals worth the entry fee" by Movie Maker Magazine. 
The MBIFF 14 Film Festival broke records in deals negotiated. Several new projects have also found their funding during the event.  
Our judging panel includes judges from all walks of life because it is important to have a broad spectrum of perspectives.  
The goal of the founder and director Jerry Dalton, was to create a venue for independent film makers which is not corrupted by politics. 
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

May 10 – 17, 2020

November 30, 2019 Regular Deadline I

December 31, 2019
Late DeadlineJanuary 31, 2020 Extended Deadline

 

NYC Indie Film Fest is a celebration of the Independent Filmmaker, documentaries, short and feature-length films, music videos, and animation.

All NYC Indie screenings take place in the historic center of NYC, Time Square which is the perfect home for an event geared toward creating incredible opportunities for independent voices.

NYC Indie Film Festival honors the Best in Category which includes Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Super Short, Best Music Video, as well as Best Director and Best Screenplay.

With panels, parties and a week-long gathering of fellow indie filmmakers May 10 - May 17, 2020.

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Fantasporto 40
February 28 - March 7

Deadline  November 1st, 2019

Deadlines for Entries for 2020 anniversary edition are November 1st (fantasy shorts) and December 1st (Final Call for features). 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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John Cooper, Sundance Festival Director will speak at Santa Barbara Fest Forum 2019

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NOVEMBER 20-22, 2019 HILTON SANTA BARBARA BEACHFRONT RESORT 633 E CABRILLO BLVD SANTA BARBARA, CA 93103   Get your passes now so you don’t miss out on all the fun, networking and education! Multiple packages available. Special pricing for an all access pass, which includes a 2 or 3 night stay at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort!  REGISTER NOW!  ...
 

FestForums hosts another amazing roster of musicians to perform at Santa Barbara this year November 20-22nd

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Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jon Anderson is one of the most recognizable voices in progressive rock as the lead vocalist of Yes, which he co-founded in 1968. Anderson either wrote or co-wrote many of Yes’ timeless hits, including “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Roundabout,” “Long Distance Runaround,” “Awaken” and “The Gates of Delirium.”        
 

Ricky Gervais will host the 77th Golden Globe Awards on January 5th, 2020.

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YES, HE'S BACK! Ricky Gervais will host the 77th Golden Globe Awards on January 5th, 2020. It will be his fifth hosting gig at the Globes - and, he says, "this is the very last time I’m doing this, which could make for a fun evening." READ MORE   ...
 

Asia Pacific Screen Awards juries announced

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Juries Announced We are thrilled to announce the full juries for the 13th Asia Pacific Screen Awards.  President of the APSA International Jury is multi-award-winning Singaporean filmmaker Eric Khoo, whose films have been selected for Cannes, Venice, Busan, Berlin, Toronto and Telluride. Drawn from 10 countries, the three juries will determine winners in the region’s highest accolade i...
 
 
 
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Variety is what makes the 29th FFC stand out - Women's portrait SISTER wins main prize

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In the evening on the 9th of November, the winners of the 29th FilmFestival Cottbus were chosen at the award ceremony in the FESTIVALZentrum Stadthalle.  The Main Prize for Best Film goes to the Bulgarian film SESTRA | SISTER by Svetla Tsotsorkova. Teodor Kuhn is delighted to receive the Special Prize for Best Director for his emotional feature film OSTRÝM NOŽOM | BY A SHARP KNIFE. For the first time, six actresses receive the Award for an Outstanding A...
 
 
 

The 2019 Infinity Festival Monolith Awards during AFM

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The Infinity Festival kicked off its first full day of programming on Friday, November 8th, which culminated with the 2019 IF Monolith Awards ceremony.   The 2019 IF Monolith Awards presented awards for technology and narrative arts to the best in the industry. Voted on by a body of professional peers, the Monolith Awards recognized excellent accomplishments in narrative arts and technology that showcase the concept of storytelling. These unique awards are prestigious in that they are giv...
 

Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Esai Morales

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Esai Morales, Activist and performing artist who launched his feature film career as Paco Moreno in Bad Boys opposite Sean Penn. Award-winning actor Esai Morales is a graduate of New York's High School for the Performing Arts. He was born in Brooklyn, to Puerto Rican parents, and began his acting career on the stage, first appearing in El Hermano at the Ensemble Theatre Studio and at New York's Shakespeare Festival In The Park in The Tempest.         ...
 

John Singleton’s Daughter Justice Singleton Accepts Lifetime Achievement Award on His Behalf at Inaugural Your Script Produced!

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  John Singleton’s Daughter Justice Singleton Accepts Lifetime Achievement Award on His Behalf at Inaugural Your Script Produced! International Feature/TV/Short Script Competition Season 1 Awards Dinner Friday, November 8, in Beverly Hills (l to r) Bruno Chatelin, Doval Bacall, Justice Singleton, Sheila Shah (Photo by Ari Perilstein Getty Images for YOUR SCRIPT PRODUCED!)   Justice Says She Wants to “retrace” Father’s Steps   Ted Campbell Named ...
 

Nominations announced for the 2019 Rose d’Or Awards

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  We are proud to announce the nominees for the 2019 Rose d’Or Awards. Across the ten categories works from across the world have been nominated, creating a diverse and dynamic shortlist. From the pop culture phenomenon Carpool Karaoke, to social experiment Black Out and comedy mockumentary Couples Therapy, the nominations showcase a wide range of subject matter and stylistic approach. Previous winners of the prestigious award include The Crown, Gogglebox and The Graham Norton ...
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INDIA in focus with Siraj Syed  

 

Charlie’s Angels, Review: Bossy angels and Bosleys

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Charlie’s Angels, Review: Bossy angels and Bosleys A dozen or more women in breath-taking action is not a common feature on the Hollywood screen, or, for that matter, on any screen. Charlie’s Angels take on a charity thief and some invention grabbers in an adventure that takes them from Brazil to Hamburg to Turkey. Along the way, you discover that all the men in the film, bar two, are either evil or bumped off or both. There is an action overdose on occasions when it was not requi...
 

Jhalki, Review: Stop stealing childhood from children

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Jhalki, Review: Stop stealing childhood from children After much-raved biopics on Rahul Dev Burman and Jagjit Singh, director Brahmanand S. Siingh trains his lens on an issue that is based on true incidents and is a burning topic for Indian society at large. It brought Kailash Satyarthi the Nobel Peace Prize, and he is both depicted as well as present in the film. How many film-makers can make any such claim? The subject is child-trafficking, and employing little children in carpet factories,...
 

IFFI 50: Dying 3 year-old war victim’s last words, “I’m Gonna Tell God Everything”

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IFFI 50: Dying 3 year-old war victim’s last words, “I’m Gonna Tell God Everything” One of the most important and persistent crises that we face today is the crisis of war, displaced persons and immigration. The Syrian immigrant crisis has found cinematic voice through master film-makers over the last few years, as an acknowledgement to this ongoing crisis. The film, I’m Gonna Tell God Everything, borrows its title from the last words of a 3 year-old Syrian boy...
 

IFFI 50: Homage to Bernardo Bertolucci

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IFFI 50: Homage to Bernardo Bertolucci Bertolucci, who was born in 1941, passed away at last year at the age of 77. He has been acclaimed for two of his most important films--Last Tango in Paris and The Last Emperor. The former was embroiled in controversy for its explicit sexual content but also won a nomination for Marlon Brando at the Academy Awards, while the latter film, which was an adaptation of the autobiography of China’s last imperial ruler, Pu Yi, won 9 Oscars. Bertolucci bec...
 

IFFI 50: British film-maker Ken Loach to have a Retrospective at IFFI 2019

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IFFI 50: British film-maker Ken Loach to have a Retrospective at IFFI 2019 Two times Palme d’Or winner Ken Loach is widely acclaimed across international cinema as an independent film-maker and documentarian. He is known for his socialist ideals, which reflect in his movies, movies which mostly deal with British life and some modern issues, like industrial and technological developments. From issues like urban poverty in Poor Cow, labour rights in Riff-Raff and The Navigators, state ...
 

IFFI 50: Russia to be Country of Focus, with seven films

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IFFI 50: Russia to be Country of Focus, with seven films Every year, IFFI features a Country of Focus that brings out the cinematic excellence and contributions of that particular country. In its 50th edition of the festival, IFFI 2019, the Country of Focus is Russia. This section will showcase seven movies from the country. One of the movies featured is the film Andrei Tarkovsky: A Cinema Prayer, a documentary that recounts Tarkovsky’s life and work, letting the director tell the stor...
 

Prithvi Festival 2019: Bone of Contention is a motor-mouth hysterical farce, as the crow flies

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Prithvi Festival 2019: Bone of Contention is a motor-mouth hysterical farce, as the crow flies A comedy is what you would automatically expect from a theatre group that calls itself FATS theARTS, and a comedy it is. A farce to be precise. A nod to Molière, the full name of the play seen on 09 November at Prithvi Theatre was Bone of Contention in Cosmopolitan Co-Operative Housing Society. That’s quite a mouthful, and every character in the play had a mouthful to offer, over the 90...
 
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Top 10 Ways to Get Yourself Booked on TV Shows, in Movies, Really

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent How did this idea come about, you may wonder? Let’s just say there’s a perfect voice down in Florida that recently piped up in a tone so unique, we just had to find someplace for this talent to land. That said, Amy Baczkowski, an Unscripted Concept Developer, Producer & Booker, based in NYC was willing to help with this challenge to come up with 10 ways to book yourself. Most recently, as of yesterday, Baczkowski was booking for...

 

The USA Film Festival Presents a TEXFEST Premiere Screening of CUTTER BILL

 

 

The USA Film Festival will once again present TexFest, a community showcase screening series featuring works by Texas filmmakers.   The next installment of the series will take place on Monday, December 16, 2019, at 7:30pm with a premiere screening of the new film Cutter Bill (with a pre-screening reception beginning at 6:30pm) at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas.   The evening will include a screening of local filmmaker Brett Bentman's new feat...
 

The Launch of 2019 Taipei International TV Market & Forum increases the international viability of Taiwan's original content

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The Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development today announces the launch of the 2019 Taipei International TV Market & Forum at the Taipei Marriot Hotel. Peng Chun-heng, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Culture and other distinguished guests are here to start the event. Peng Chun-heng, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Culture; Hsu Yi-chun, Director General of Bureau of Audiovisual and Music lndustry Development, Ministry of Culture; Ting Hsiao-ching, Chairperson of Taiwan ...

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FRANK, EARNEST WITH0 MERCY Short film by Jarrod Dean Australia 2019 - 14 minutes

Frank, Earnest with Mercy is a stylish, sexually charged comedy set in beautiful Naples. Two friends have an important mission to complete when a Southern Italian girlfriend in a bedroom stands in the way.

How far does one go for friendship, for business, for love ?

 

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June 2019, Australia 14 minutes  short film by Jarrod Dean

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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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Out of Sight , Out of Mind by Brian Follmer

123 minutes USA 2019 Trailer

Out of Sight, Out of Mind is a satire about mental illness in the 21st century. It is an exploration of the way mental illness manifests itself through the internet, the way society rewards the mentally ill for their entertainment value on Youtube or Facebook, and the way society's only answer to this problem is institutionalization and dangerous medication. At its heart, the film is a coming of age story about the characters Travis and O'Brien as they struggle with their mental and emotional issues. The film is shot in a hyper-realistic style, echoing the work of John Cassavetes, Terrence Malick, and the biting satirical edge of Jonathan Franzen. The film is based on a true story and was first discovered at Rotrterdam festival.

 

Travis's tight social group of friends and lovers splits apart when his childhood friend, O'Brien becomes severely mentally ill. Now alone, the characters go their separate ways: Travis helps crowd-fund a socialist revolution in Mexico, O'Brien succumbs to mania and becomes a satirical Youtube celebrity, Kate seeks stability in online dating, and Lox embarks on his first indie rock tour. Their lives continue to cross paths and reconnect through the internet.

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Dave Grusin Not Enough Time Documentary feature by Barbara Bentree

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Millions of people know the music of Dave Grusin (The Graduate, Three days of the Condor, Reds, Heaven can wait, The Champ, The fabulous Baker Boys, Havana, The Milagro Beanfield War, The Firm...) but may not know his name. Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time documents his journey from Colorado cowboy to Oscar and Grammy winning composer. 

The documentary, directed by Barbara Bentree and produced by John Rangelwill include interviews with many friends and collaborators such as Quincy Jones, Lee Ritenour, Marcus Miller, Nathan Barr and Michael Keaton, besides Dave Grusin himself, who is strongly involved in the development of the documentary.

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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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Raised On Rock The Burnette Family Legacy

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Coming April 2019  "RAISED ON ROCK - The Burnette Family Legacy" will be premiering at Film Festivals throughout 2018 before being released for worldwide distribution

Director - Sally Steele

Sally Steele is on a mission to reunite the legendary battling Burnette family- a family United by Blood-Divided by Fame. The filmmaker travels across the United States interviewing special guests while learning the amazing rock history of Johnny Burnette and Dorsey Burnette and The Rock and Roll Trio who influenced Elvis, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and many others, on her quest to bring Rocky and Billy Burnette and the members of the family together for one final dramatic and exciting performance at the end of the film, trying to heal the rift that rocked the world and tore a family apart echoing down a generation to the family “Raised On Rock“.

The film exists in two versions Long Short (60) and Short Documentary (40)

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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 Sharkwater Extinction by Rob Stewart - Canada 2018 90 minutes

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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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LIVING IN THE FUTURES PAST by Susan Kucera, A documentary presented by Jeff Bridges.
USA October 2017 - 83 minutes 

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13 Festival wins so far for Living in the Future's Past

Jeff Bridges was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for career achievement at the 2019 Golden Awards Ceremony

 

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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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MOVIES THAT MATTER

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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...
 

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LE STUDIO HARCOURT lance sa première masterclass photo en ligne sur the artist academy

 
Le studio Harcourt, célèbre pour ses photographies de portrait en noir et blanc, lance sa première masterclasse en ligne sur la plateforme The-Artist-Academy.fr, composée de 13 leçons en vidéo et exercices, et d'un forum d'échanges sur la photo pour une durée d'environ 3 heures. Le studio Harcourt livre pour la première fois ses secrets au grand public avec sa première masterclasse sur The Artist Ac...
 

Il faut du courage pour libérer la parole et d'autant plus quand c'est sa propre parole, alors nous disons que nous Actrices et Acteurs de France Associés sommes aux cotés d'ADELE HAENEL. Comme nous le serons toujours pour toutes les victimes. Et nous disons aussi qu'il est urgent maintenant que nos partenaires, producteurs audiovisuels et du spectacle vivant, directeurs de théâtre, réalisateurs, scénaristes, musiciens, te...   

Palmarès 6ème édition du Festival du Cinéma et Musique de Film de la Baule

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PALMARES 2019 FESTIVAL DU CINÉMA ET MUSIQUE DE FILM DE LA BAULE   • Ibis d’Or du Meilleur Film : « Tu mérites un amour » de Hafsia Herzi (France) • Ibis d’Or de la Meilleure Musique de Film : Rone pour « La Nuit venue » de Frédéric Farrucci (France) • Ibis d’Or du Meilleur Scénario : « Lola vers la mer » de Laurent Micheli (Belgique) • Mention S...
 

 

Palmarès du 42e Festival du Film Italien de Villerupt

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AMILCAR DU JURY Parrainé par le Conseil Départemental de Meurthe-et-Moselle Sole Carlo Sironi Mention spéciale La scomparsa di mia madre . Beniamino Barrese AMILCAR DE LA CRITIQUE Parrainé par le Conseil Départemental de Moselle Un soir en Toscane Jacek Borcuch AMILCAR DU PUBLIC Parrainé par la Région Grand Est Il campione Leonardo D’Agostini AMILCAR DU JURY JEUNES Parrainé par la Région Grand Est Ride Valerio Mastandrea Me...
 

 

Le Jury du 23e Festival de l'Alpe d'Huez

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  José Garcia Comédien Président du Jury Filmographie sélective La Vérité si je mens ! de Thomas Gilou Jet Set de Fabien Onteniente Le Boulet de A.Berberian et F.Forestier Rire et Châtiment d'Isabelle Doval Le Mac de Pascal Bourdiaux Chez Gino de Samuel Benchetrit Vive la France de Michaël Youn Fonzy de Isabelle Doval À fond de Nicolas Benamou Chamboultout ...
 
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