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New Frontier selections for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, announced

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Sundance Institute spotlights work at the dynamic crossroads of film, art and technology with the New Frontier selections for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, announced today. This curated collection of cutting-edge independent and experimental media works are by creators who are pushing artistic innovation across mediums that include rocket travel, biotech, facial recognition, mixed reality (MR), smartphone AR, underwater VR, game engines, big data, AI, the human archive, and innovative uses ...
 

Indie Episodic, Shorts and Special Events sections of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival announced

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Works selected across the Indie Episodic, Shorts and Special Events sections of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival were announced today, underlining Sundance Institute's commitment to showcasing bold independent storytelling regardless of form, format or length. Kim Yutani, the Festival’s Director of Programming, said, “Authenticity and independent voices resonate across formats – and that’s evident across the full spectrum of this year’s Indie Episodic and Specia...
 
 

Exciting German films in Park City

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The 36th edition of the Sundance Film Festival will take place from 23 January - 2 February, 2020 in Park City, Utah. It is regarded as the most important North American film festival in the indie scene and is organized by the Sundance Institute which was founded by Robert Redford in 1981. The festival is held in particular esteem as a springboard for up-and-coming independent film directors EXIL by Visar Morina (DE/BE/XK, Komplizen Film) will be screening at Park City in the World Dramatic ...
 

Last program from John Cooper as a director of Sundance Festival reveals 118 features, 44 first-time feature filmmakers

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The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced the showcase of new independent feature films selected across all categories for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. The Festival hosts screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort, from January 23–February 2, 2020. The Sundance Film Festival is Sundance Institute’s flagship public program, widely regarded as the largest American independent film festival and attended by more than 120,000 people and 1,300 ac...
 

Sundance Institute announces 47 Nonfiction Grantees Receiving Over $1.5 Million in Grants

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47 Projects from 27 Countries Receive Over $1.5 Million in Grants Sundance Institute today named the global cohort of independent nonfiction film projects that comprise its latest Documentary Fund Grantees, including specialized grants administered by The Kendeda Fund and the Stories of Change Fund. Unrestricted granting support, totaling $1.5 million, will be extended to independent nonfiction films across various stages of development, production, post-production and audience engagement; Sun...
 

Sundance Institute Announces Michael Monroe as Chief Marketing Officer

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Sundance Institute, the nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences, today announced the appointment of Michael Monroe as Chief Marketing Officer. Reporting to Institute CEO Keri Putnam, Monroe will be responsible for leading all aspects of brand, marketing, and communications strategy for the Institute, including the annual Sundance Film Festival. He begins on May 28, 2019 and will be based in the Institute’s Los Angeles offices. ...
 

 

Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper to Step Aside

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After 30 Years on Staff, 11 as DirectorJohn Cooper will Assume Newly-Created Emeritus Director Role Following 2020 Festival. Sundance Institute announced today that John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, will move into a newly-created Emeritus Director role following the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. 2020 will mark his 30th Sundance Film Festival, and his 11th year as Festival Director.   The new role will focus on special projects and overseeing the 40th anniversa...

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> DAILIES From FFI 50 - 50th International Film Festival of India, Goa

By Siraj Syed, India correspondent

 

IFFI 50: The three encounters of Rashid Irani

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IFFI 50: The three encounters of Rashid Irani Ex restaurateur turned full-time film-buff and much revered/feared critic, Rashid Irani’s IFFI 2019 was an event that he would like to forget for reasons other than the quality of films he saw at the festival. So keen was he to see the Oscar package that he went all the way to INOX Porvorim to catch these Academy Award-winning movies. Some of them were scheduled at 9 pm and were four hours long, which meant that he would reach his hotel in P...
 
 

IFFI 50: Those were the days

 
IFFI 50: Those were the days International Film Festival of India (IFFI) at 50 is a shortened, dry and sanitised version of what it used to be, till about a decade ago. The powers that be realised those days that a film festival should not be a rushed affair as far as film viewings go, and a film festival is a festival too. Film personalities, who travel up to 20,000 kms, to be at the event, deserve to be entertained and looked after, in real Indian hospitality style. Festivities were not con...
 

IFFI 50: The numbers game

 
IFFI 50: The numbers game In 2019, IFFI is celebrating its 50th edition. It’s a number, but in the life of a film festival, 50 is a big number. No, it is not the 50th year of IFFI, because it began in 1952. However, for the first 15 years or so, it remained an event that was held once in several years. Later, it became an annual affair, and by 2019, it had completed 50 editions. Celebrations were in order. And celebrate we did. Numbers can be a tricky thing, though. Let’s talk ab...
 

IFFI 50: Awry scheduling

 
IFFI 50: Awry scheduling When you are holding a competitive festival, the films in the Competition Section are the most important items in your showcase. Fill-buffs wait with bated breath to see who wins the awards at the closing function, which is scheduled at IFFI a full eight days after the inauguration. So, the suspense lasts eight days. In those eight days, if your interest is in the best of contemporary cinema, you make your own guesses, and compare your bests with the Jury’s ver...
 
 

IFFI 50: Media matters

 
IFFI 50: Media matters In an event like the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), the media matters. The event is organised by the Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Central Government of India, in partnership with the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), a Goa Government initiative, with the Chief Minister of Goa being the Chairman of the body. Together, they spent over Rs. 40 crore (400 million) on IFFI 50, Panaji, Goa, November 20-28, 2019. This ...
 
 

IFFI 50: Meghna Gulzar is a very lazy writer

 
IFFI 50: Meghna Gulzar is a very lazy writer Film-maker Meghna Gulzar, screenwriters Juhi Chaturvedi, Pooja Ladha Surti, cinematographer, Modhura Palit and columnist Sumedha Verma Ojha spoke on Nuances and Process of Filmmaking at the In-conversation session in the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) Goa. The session was moderated by Indian film journalist and critic Madhureeta Mukherjee. Writer Juhi Chaturvedi, who has written films like Vicky Donor, Piku and October among others s...
 
 

IFFI 50: MIFF 2020 to offer Rs. 10 lakh as prize to best film

 
IFFI 50: MIFF 2020 to offer Rs. 10 lakh as prize to best film Festival Director, Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF as it is known globally), Mrs. Smita Vats Sharma called for the widest and biggest participation of film-makers and film lovers, for the 16th edition of the oldest and largest film festival for non-feature films in South Asia. Addressing a press conference at the golden jubilee edition of the International Film Festival of India, Mrs. Sharma, who is also the Director Gener...
 

IFFI 50: Mini movie maniacs awarded

 
IFFI 50: Mini movie maniacs awarded Here are the winners of the 72 hours Mini Movie Mania challenge, held in conjunction with the 50th IFFI, Panaji, Goa, 2019. A total of about Rs. 9 lakh (0.9 million) were distributed as prizes. MINI MOVIE MANIA – AWARDS (National Level) Awards Awardee Name of the Film Best Film PRASAD PANDURANG MAHEKAR Film : ADAGAL Best Dir...
 

IFFI 50: Complexities of the complex

 
IFFI 50: Complexities of the complex As a film festival that wants to vie with the best in the world, the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) needs a regular festival complex. It does not have one. IFFI moved to Panaji, Goa, in 2004, a good 15 years ago. To facilitate this move from Delhi to Goa, the then Chief Minister, late Manohar Parrikar, leased out land to the INOX group of multiplexes, and a four screen cinema hall was built in a record 100 days. The Goa government also acquire...
 

IFFI 50: Maker Madhur Bhandarkar’s Master Class on social perspective

 
IFFI 50: Maker Madhur Bhandarkar’s Master Class on social perspective Thursday, 21st November, 2019, morning, saw many a film buff heading for the Masterclass on Master’s Social Perspective, held with  National Award winner and Padma Shri (civilian honour) Awardee Madhur Bhandarkar, and moderated by well know film trade analyst and critic, Taran Adarsh. The session started with the felicitation of Madhur Bhandarkar and Taran Adarsh, by Satyendra Prakash, Director General, Bu...
 

IFFI 50: Some people will work, some will bless—Rohit Shetty

 
IFFI 50: Some people will work, some will bless—Rohit Shetty The last session at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) Goa ended with a bang with blockbuster director Rohit Shetty, moderated by senior journalist and film critic Mayank Shekhar. “I have been here before. This is my second time. I was given the State Honour before. I have shot 12 films here. 14 years ago, I shot Golmaal 1here. People are very positive here, the landscape is very beautiful,” Rohit sai...
 

IFFI 50: Ceremonial closing

 
IFFI 50: Ceremonial closing As the sun set over the river Mandovi in Goa, on the 28th of November, 2019, the 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) rolled out the red carpet for the closing ceremony. The spectacular, star studded closing ceremony brought the nine day festivities of 200 odd screenings, master classes, in-conversation sessions, and more, to a fitting climax. Gracing the valedictory ceremony, Babul Supriyo, Union Minister of State for Environment, Fores...
 

IFFI 50: Press conferences of Gautam Halder and Pankaj Johar

 
IFFI 50: Press conferences of Gautam Halder and Pankaj Johar Nirvana depicts Ramkrishna Paramhansa’s teaching, “Joto mot, toto poth meaning,” there are more than one ways of attaining salvation: Filmmaker Gautam Halder Gautam Halder, a National award winning Bengali director, spoke about his film Nirban, that deals with rising above petty prejudices and finding nirvana at a Press Conference held on 28th November 2019, the last day of IFFI, at Panaji Goa, "In today'...
 
 

IFFI 50: Winners all

 
IFFI 50: Winners all Here is a list of award winners at IFFI 2019, Panaji, Goa, India, November 20-28, 2019: Golden Peacock: Particles, Directed by Blaise Harrison and Producer Estelle Fialon, also a cash prize of Rs 40 lakh (4 million)    Best Debut Film/Silver Peacock: Monsters, by Marius Olteanu and Abou Leila by Amin Sidi-Boumediene (tie). Award also carries prize money of Rs. 10 lakh (1 million). IFFI Best Actor Award (Male): Seu Jorge, for his role in Marighella. A Sil...
 
 

Gujarat 11, Review: Mardaani meets Chak De! India, but misses goal

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Gujarat 11, Review: Mardaani meets Chak De! India, but misses goal Drawing inspiration from the 2007 hockey film Chak De! India and blending it with the 2014 female cop action-thriller Mardaani, Gujarat 11 is the first sports film in the Gujarati language. It is not about hockey, but football, and the team that is cobbled together by the cop turned coach is definitely not the Gujarat 11. Rather, it is a team consisting of boys under 18, picked from juvenile delinquent homes, to make a winning...
 

IFFI 50: Entertainment, Meaning and Magic are three layers of Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s films--Maysam Makhmalbaf

 
IFFI 50: Entertainment, Meaning and Magic are three layers of Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s films--Maysam Makhmalbaf Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s Marghe and Her Mother, the closing film at IFFI 2019, is a very realistic film, incorporating elements of Italian Neo-realism and Iranian New wave Second generation, as it tries to show how the lives of Claudia and her daughter Marghe change due to economic troubles, said Maysam Makhmalbaf, son of the reputed director. Maysam is producer, editor and DOP of...
 

IFFI 50: Ilaiyaraaja mesmerises at Master Class

 
IFFI 50: Ilaiyaraaja mesmerises at Master Class Legendary music composer Ilaiyaraaja was at IFFI 2019 for a Masterclass, moderated by none other than a reputed director, R. Balki (Balakrishnan) himself. The music composer entered amidst loud cheering and clapping…audiences got up in respect for the master, and then Ilaiyaraaja mesmerised people with his conversation and his music. “Music has power. Just put a close up of an actor without any expression. We can put expression wi...
 

IFFI 50: Open Forum debates benefits of digital distribution for independent film-makers

 
IFFI 50: Open Forum debates benefits of digital distribution for independent film-makers The 50th edition of IFFI held an Open Forum on the 27th of November, 2019. The topic debated in the session was: whether independent producers are benefiting because of digital distribution or not. Speakers on the panel were renowned film-makers Shaji N. Karun, Rahul Dholakia (Parzania and Raees fame), famous editor Carol Littleton (ET), Ujwal Nirgudkar, Technical Advisor to IFFI, wildlife film-maker S...
 

IFFI 50: Media creates movie genres, says Takashi Miike

 
IFFI 50: Media creates movie genres, says Takashi Miike Movies are not originally made in specific genres, but when the information about a movie gets transmitted, the media portrays it as belonging to a particular genre, said renowned film-maker Takashi Miike. He was participating in a media conference organised on the sidelines of 50th International Film Festival of India. Takashi Miike, one of the most outstanding film-makers from Asia and around the world, with a cult status, was the &lsq...
 

IFFI 50: Many makers, one press conference

 
IFFI 50: Many makers, one press conference Those who wish to make independent films must keep themselves away from government funding, said Ms. Mahnaz Mohammadi, Director of Iranian film ‘Son-Mother’. “The government will give funds to directors who follow their rules and listen to them. You have to be part of the system and norms. I used my earnings as a documentary film-maker to produce my films”, she said. She was participating in a media conference at the 50th Inte...
 

IFFI 50: Accessible Films’ Section at IFFI 2019

 
IFFI 50: Accessible Films’ Section at IFFI 2019 Three films were part of this special section that includes additional narration of visuals, non-dialogue portions. In a bid to create an all-inclusive festival, the 50th IFFI edition screened three films for those with special needs, under the ‘Accessible India-Accessible Films’ section. This is a joint collaboration between IFFI, Saksham (capable) Bharat and UNESCO. The aim is to promote the creation of inclusive spaces for ...
 

 

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> AFM FOLLOW UP INTERVIEWS

Interview with PGA International Commitee Chairman, Kayvan Mashayekh on Mentor, the Late Oscar Winning Producer Branko Lustig

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Producers Branko Lustig (left) and Kayvan Mashayekh (right) Producers Kayvan Mashayekh (left) and Branko Lustig (right)   On November 14th, 2019, Hollywood lost eminent and legendary producer Branko Lustig at the age of 87 who passed away in his Zagreb home. Before his role as Co-Chair of the International Committee of the Producers Guild of America, PGA Producer Kayvan Mashayekh worked as an apprentice and mentee to Multi award winning producer ...
 

Interview with Writer Director Producer Jim Jermanok at 2019 AFM

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Jim Jermanok is an award-winning writer, director, producer author and speaker based in NY. He is currently directing and producing a feature documentary about the life and art of Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau featuring interviews by Chris Rock, Diane Ladd, Jon Voight, Woody Allen and Ellen Burstyn. Mr. Jermanok wrote and produced the highly acclaimed romantic comedy, “Passionada,” which was released by Columbia Tri Star in over 150 countries. His film “Em” won the ...
 

Sadie Sink Leads Cast in Coming-of-Age Drama “Dear Zoe”

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“Dear Zoe” also Stars Theo Rossi, Jessica Capshaw, Justin Bartha, Vivien Blair, and Newcomer Kweku Collins   “Dear Zoe” is a new independent feature film adapted from the award-winning novel by Pittsburgh author Philip Beard. The adapted screenplay was written by Pittsburgh natives Marc Lhormer and Melissa Martin, and directed by Gren Wells (The Road Within).   “Dear Zoe” stars Sadie Sink as Tess (Stranger Things). Theo Rossi ...
 

Interview with Director Alessandro Soetje for 'Tomorrow and the Butterfly' (2019)

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Award-winning Italian documentary director Alessandro Soetje’s film 'Tomorrow and the Butterfly' (2019) is Alessandro's latest work; others of which include, 'Matera. Mother of Stone' (2019), 'Valtellina, the Roots of Love' (2017) and 'Old Wild Lorenz' (2015). 'Tomorrow and the Butterfly' (2019) was filmed in six vignettes that tells stories of sustainability, beauty, tolerance and diversity around the world that converge with Davide Bollati, c...
 

Bruno chatelin interviewed on Production without Borders and French Riviera Film Festival

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The second Production without Borders event held concurrently with AFM. was moderated by Debra Levine with the talented panelists Larry Namer Carmela Baranowska Ali M. Aksu Emily Shah and Christopher Kuhne    The event was a smash success!   Video coming soon. The event would not have been possible without the support of Johnny Muj Dustin Quick Tee Starren Anna Spyrou and Vic...
 
 

Interview with Director Brian Metcalf for 'Adverse' (2019)

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Brian A. Metcalf is an Asian-American writer, director, producer and actor and is a member of the Directors Guild of America, Writers Guild of America, Producers Guild and Visual Effects Society. He previously worked on games, DVDs, web, EPKs, music videos, film and documentaries for the studios.  He is currently working on a number of film and television projects. Brian lives in Los Angeles.       I interviewed Brian during the AF...
 
 

Interview with Writer, Director Producer Scott Herford at 2019 AFM

Scott Herford began his television career in documentaries producing and series producing. (ABC TV's Race Around The World, National Geographic’s ‘Hayden Turner' Video Postcards: AFRICA) and has fulfilled producer and executive in charge of production roles on three independent feature films: Circle of Lies, Pros & Ex-Cons, Going Down Under. Distribution for these movies by Warner Bros. LIONSGATE Entertainment and Maverick Pictures respectively. ...
 

Interview with Producer Bobby Rock at 2019 AFM

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A veteran in the film industry, Bobby Rock currently heads acquisitions at Lightning Entertainment Group.  Previously he was Senior VP of Acquisitions at Eric Doctorow’s Random Media.  Prior to that Rock was Head of Acquisitions at Echo Bridge Entertainment for six years (2008-2014).  For the previous eight years (1999-2007) Rock was at Francis Coppola’s American Zoetrope as Senior V.P. of Production and Development, Rock has guided PUMPKIN, JEEPERS CREEPERS II...
 
 

Interview with Producer J. Todd Harris, CEO/founder of Branded Pictures Entertainment.

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Raised in New York City, Todd Harris earned his BA and MBA from Stanford University and currently lives in Los Angeles. He began his producing career while in college with a production of ‘Hair’. His first job out of college, he managed theater company TheatreWorks in Palo Alto. He started producing fulltime after achieving his MBA from Stanford when he moved to Los Angeles. Mr. Harris’s films include such reputable titles ‘Bottle Shock’ (2008) starring Alan Rickm...
 

FULL coverage of AFM In case you missed the action in Santa Monica

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  245 ARTICLES   (of which 111 pre AFM) I 228 PHOTOS    I    52 Videos from AFM      Jonathan Wolf in conversation with filmfestivals.com about the 40th edition of AFM 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,...
 

 

 
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Your Script Produced Award Ceremony in LA during AFM with a moving Tribute to late John Singleton, his daughter in attendance

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An intimate reception with winners and friends took place during the AFM at Bombay Palace in Beverly Hills. YSP Winners gathered for the celebration of excellency.Sheila Shah and Doval Bacall hosted the event Doval Bacall festival founder with Justice Singleton who attended to accept the tribute to her late father John Singleton, (Boyz'n The Hood) Ted Campbell Blue Motel Grand Prize Winner Ted Campbell Blue Motel Grand Prize Winner will see his winning script produced for ...
 

WorldFest-Houston Film Festival wishes you a Wonderful Christmas! 

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    Howdy from Houston! And our very best wishes for a Wonderful Christmas, the Happiest of  Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, and a Wonderful, Peaceful & Prosperous New Year from all of us at the 53rd WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival! The Oldest Indie Film Fest in the World!   You are cordially invited to participate in the upcoming 53rd  WorldFest-Houston! The Main Online Deadline is only a few days away! Sunday, December 15th! You m...
 
 

DOK.digital – Award for New Narrative Formats

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  NEW: DOK.digital - Award for New Narrative Formats Project submission to the Marketplace open - with Composition Funding, Archive Award and Pitch Award VFF Documentary Film Production Award German Documentary Film Music Award   What are contemporary forms for journalistic factual or documentary content? How can the possibilities of cross- and transmedial narration be put into practice? DOK.digital seeks answers to the question of how stories...
 

The International Documentary Festival “Beyond Borders” calls for volunteers

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BEYOND BORDERS   5th INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL IN CASTELLORIZO 23/8/2020 – 30/8/2020   CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS   “Let’s bring the world to Castellorizo and take Castellorizo to the world!”   The International Documentary Festival “Beyond Borders”, organized for the 5th consecutive year by the Hellenic History Foundation, during the last week of August, aims for the island of Castellorizo to become a meeting point for documen...
 

The first online Francophone film festival 'MyFrenchFilmFestival' returns with the 10th edition!

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The online French film festival is back from 16 January to 16 February 2020.   www.myfrenchfilmfestival.com     MyFrenchFilmFestival, the first online Francophone film festival,generated 10 million views last year in 200 territories.   From 16 January to 16 February 2020, the 10th edition will once again invite web users all over the planet to discover 10 short films and 10 feature fi...
 

Follow the livestream of the IFFR2020 launch press conference : December 18

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Press Conference - 18 December 2019 Watch the live press conference about the programme for IFFR 2020 here. On Wednesday 18 December, festival director Bero Beyer will unveil the films selected for our main competitions and introduce the full line-up for the 49th edition of IFFR. The livestream starts at 12:15 hours. Stay tuned! Until then, take a look at our announced films for IFFR 202049th International Film Festival Rotterdam 22 January – 2 February 2020 With nearly 330,0...
 

Official IFFR 2020 festival Trailer revealed

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49th International Film Festival Rotterdam 22 January – 2 February 2020 #IFFR2020 ...
 
 

Karnataka Youth International Short Film Festival (KYISFF)

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Karnataka Youth International Short Film Festival Org committee Filmaholic Foundation Location: Bangalore Objective The power of visual is more than words. An image is more colorful than a group of words, literally and figuratively. The main objective of this film festival is to nurture and promote artistic creativity for the new generation film makers and showcase their film to a larger audience. The purpose of organizers of this festival, "Filmaholic Foundation", is to attract...
 
 

The 17th Universe Multicultural Film Festival Call for Global Entries.

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  The upcoming Universe Multicultural Film Festival (UMFF) will be held from April 3-5, 2020 in Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles, California. Rancho Palos Verdes is located on the southern Pacific coast in the Los Angeles area with a nick name as Hollywood Rivera, UMFF been working on the multicultural exchange to provide an open platform for the films from all over the world in different languages with different ethnic background. As a full-scale international film festival, UMFF i...
 

Line up for the 2019 Russian Film Week in New York

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18 Films * 22 screenings and Q&As  *  10,258 prospective viewers 15 star guests, directors and actors   A NEW FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATING INDEPENDENT AND COMMERCIAL FILMS THAT REPRESENT THE DYNAMIC LANDSCAPE OF RUSSIAN FILMMAKING TODAY DECEMBER 6-13 IN MANHATTAN www.RussianFilmWeekUSA.com   Presented by The Cherry Orchard Festival Foundation and Rock Studio Films   18 Films * 22 screenings and Q&As  *  10,258 prospective vie...
 

Positive outcome for the 3rd NIFFF ON TOUR@CERN: Future Storyworlds

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On November 29th and 30th, the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) and the Cineglobe Film Festival at CERN collaborated with the Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council on a unique workshop that aimed at strengthening the concepts and development phases of 9 immersive projects from Switzerland (video game, augmented/mixed/virtual reality) in terms of storytelling, technology and scientific accuracy. After two intense days of conferences and discussions between p...
 
 

Vilnius Film Festival Kino Pavasaris sets dates in March for the 2020 edition of Meeting Point

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March 30–April 1, 2020       We are pleased to announce the 2020 edition of  Meeting Point – Vilnius the international Work-in-Progress event to discover, develop and support European talents and upcoming debut films.  Bringing together over 250 film professionals, MPVaims to build and cross nets between different Europe...
 

The 19th edition River to River Florence Indian Film Festival starts tomorrow

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FESTIVAL OPENING EXHIBITIONS AND BOLLYWOOD PARTY       The 19th ed...
 
 

Asia TV Forum & Market and ScreenSingapore 2019 kicked off

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Pictured from the left: Rob Gilby, Chairman of Singapore Media Festival; Yeh Chien Ee, President, Asia Pacific of Reed Exhibitions; Paul Beh, Chairman, Asia Pacific of Reed Exhibitions; S Iswaran, Minister for Communications and Information (Singapore); Tan Kiat How, CEO of the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore; Michelle Lim, Managing Director, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia of Reed Exhibitions at the official opening of Asia TV Forum & Market and ScreenSi...
 

The next fests for Living in the future's past : Auroville Film Festival and Frozen River Film Festival

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The Frozen River Film Festival engages, educates, and activates our community to become involved in the world through the art of documentary filmmaking.   The Frozen River Film Festival offers programs that engage, educate and activate viewers to become involved in the world. These programs provide a unique perspective on environmental issues, sustainable communities, adventure travel and sports, and diverse cultures while showcasing the art of documentary film. Our films often explore ...
 

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Season 23 - Full Recap of our coverage

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Video Coverage  I  Photos   Awards of the 23rd Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Asian cinema emerges victorious at the Award Ceremony of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival with the Grand Prix going to Japanese Kontora and the Best Director award to Filippino filmmaker Jun Robles Jana for Kalel (15). In the festival’s premiere competition programme, the Official Selection - Competition Japanese film Kontora, directed, produced and writte...
 

 

The NYC Independent Film Festival goes to Paris.

NYCIFF is going to Paris! After 2 amazing editions, The NYC2PARIS Film Festival will fuse with us! This special event will take the best of NYCIFF's competition, and offer to bring the films to the French city (2020 dates to be announced) Your film may be screened both in NYC and Paris!
 

 

 

The COVEN Film Festival returns early january highlighting the voices of women and non-binary filmmakers

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2ND ANNUAL COVEN FILM FESTIVAL BRINGS FILMS BY WOMEN & NON-BINARY FILMMAKERS TO THE FOREFRONT This year’s lineup features 19 films from 10 countries including 2 world premieres The COVEN Film Festival, committed to highlighting the voices of women and non-binary filmmakers from the Bay Area and across the world, is proud to announce the full lineup for the festival’s second year. The festival takes place January 10-12, 2020, at the historic Roxi...

Heli Tetlov, Matsalu Nature Film Fest programmer invites your films to the festival

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Next edition (18th) will run from 16th to 20th September 2020 SUBMIT The Matsalu Nature Film Festival (MAFF) is an annual nature film event held in Estonia. It has been named after the nearby Matsalu National Park, which is one of largest bird sanctuaries in Europe. MAFF is organized by the Matsalu Nature Film Festival non-profit organization in cooperation with the Lääneranna municipal government. The festival promotes nature-oriented and sustainable ways of life and ...
 
 
 
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PRE LAUNCH DEADLINE January 20, 2020

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.

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WE PRODUCE YOUR SCRIPT!

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New York Festivals Television & Films Awards 
April 9th, 2020

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Deadline extended

New York Festivals World's Best TV & Films competition honors programming in all lengths and forms from over 50 countries.  

All Entries in the 2020 competition will be judged online and screened by New York Festivals Television & Film Awards Grand Jury of 200 plus producers, directors, writers, and other creative media professionals from around the globe. Nominated Finalists are judged by a selected panel at the United Nations for the UNDPI Awards. Award-winning entries will be showcased on the NYF Television & Film Awards website. To View the 2019 TV & Film Awards winning entries please visit: 

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French Riviera Film Festival 

May 11-12, 2020
 

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January 25, 2020 regular 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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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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Julien Dubuque International Film Festival 
April 22 – 26, 2020

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January 6, 2020  Regular Deadline
January 27, 2020  Late Deadline
February 16, 2020  Extended Deadline

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 . JDIFF also ranks as one of the top 100 reviewed festivals by FilmFreeway. JDIFF is ALL about the independent filmmaker!

Dubuque, Iowa is a quaint city on the Mississippi and a perfect place to host the festival. As quoted in Filmmaker Magazine "The festival is smartly situated downtown, with an assortment of handsome venues all within walking distance" from the Festival Headquarters, located in the grand HOTEL JULIEN, the same hotel where Al Capone used to hide out from the Chicago Feds.

Our final nominees are judged by our Jury members of Film professionals, such as Directors, Producers, Critics, Director of Photography, etc and choose the final winner of each category.

 

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Worlfest Houston 53

April 17 - 26, 2019

Main festival entry December 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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Myrtle Beach International Film Festival 
(April 21-25, 2020) 

Submissions end December 27th,  2019  

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

December 31, 2019 Late Deadline

Late Deadline January 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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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 (pictured left with Doval Bacall) 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  ...
 

Former Cannon co-founder Yoram Globus and his son announce a 50 Million Dollar Film Slate Deal

 
legendary producer & distributor Yoram Globus, who is the former President of MGM and The Cannon Group, has secured $50 million in financing with his son Ori Globus to launch the Los Angeles based production and distribution company Rebel Way Entertainment. Their thriller feature film TENSION is in production now, which is written by Scott Milam and directed by famed SAW horror franchise director Darren Lynn Bousman, who is currently in post-production of the 2020 "SAW IX" R...
 
 

WorldFest Houston and Filmfestivals.com looking into the future of Hallyu The Korean Wave at FNS reunion in Seoul

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Hunter and Kathleen Todd (Worldfest foiunders), friends of the festivals like David Winning, award winning filmmaker, publicist Susan Gold and Bruno Chatelin were invited to witness and celebrate the 'FNS PREVIEW 2019' forum held at Dongdaemun Design Plaza on the 9th of December. The event, which was held together with the Hallyu Forum of global personnel prior to the business presentation, was co-hosted by FNS developer RnDeep and Fortis, Foxnet, Medi Partner Biotechnology, etc...
 

Rachael Brister named new CEO at The Provincetown Film Society (PFS)

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  Experienced nonprofit arts leader, Rachael Brister, named new CEO   The Provincetown Film Society (PFS) announced today that after a national search, Rachael Brister has been hired as the organization’s new CEO. Brister will also serve as the Executive Director of The Provincetown International Film Festival.   Brister brings over 20 years of film festival, nonprofit leadership, marketing and fundraising experience to The Provincetown Film Society. Brister’s f...
 

New IFFR Fest director on board from february 2020, final edition under Bero Beyer's leadership

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Vanja Kaludjercic has been appointed the new IFFR festival director. Beginning in her new role in February 2020, she will lead the organisation into the future and act as the artistic voice of the festival. Kaludjeric brings a wealth of industry experience, both international and within the Dutch film landscape – currently the director of acquisitions at MUBI, and with previous roles at Les Arcs European Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival, Netherlands Film Festival (NFF) and e...
 

Suho: K-pop star from South Korean band Exo rocks The Macau Film Festival

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By Emmanuel Itier Suho (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suho ) is a teen idol for many years in Korea and thanked to his ex-band: EXO. But for the last few year Suho has also developed a prolific film career. He was one of the guest of honor of this year Macau film festival and conferences (https://www.iffamacao.com ). We had an exclusive encounter with the maverick Suho, in between press events.     Q: Do you watch lots of foreign movies? Who are your favorite filmmakers? &nb...
 

Interview with AKIRA TAKARADA at the Macau film festival 2019

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By Emmanuel Itier (pictured in the selfie with the actor)   Akira Takarada is a legendary Japanese Actor who was in over 6 Godzilla movies (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akira_Takarada ). We met him at the Macau Film festival and conferences (https://www.iffamacao.com ) as he was promoting his new film “DANCE WITH ME”, a mesmerizing musical from Japanese director Shinobu Yaguchi (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9529640 ).   Q:  How did you end up in this film afte...
 

Interview with Takashi Miike - FIRST LOVE - Macau 2019

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By Emmanuel Itier Q: You said that this film is a “special” film for you, what is the reason?   Takashi: I think that film is one my most hopeful movie with some political undertone. Also it’s a movie about love, about relationship and I think this is different from my other movies in this aspect. This is why it’s so special for me.   Q: This is also, again, a movie about the Yakuza, the underworld, why this fascination for the yakuza?   Takashi:...
 

A chat with Tom Cullern Jury member at The MACAU 2019 Film Festival

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By Emmanuem Itier From a launching career role in ‘Downton Abbey’ to his directorial impressive debut with ‘Pink Wall’, Tom Cullen has established himself as a force to rock with in the Independent movie world. We were lucky enough to seat down with him at the Macau film festival for an informal conversation about his duties as a jury member and his vision about the future of Independent Cinema. Let’s roll it!   Q: Lily James is also at the Macau film fest...
 

Interview with Director Shayne Lightner for 'Get Bitchy' (2019)

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Actors Iain Sandison and Sara Spadacene Shayne Lightner is Director/Producer/Writer, Present Entertainment. Lightner most recently wrote, directed, and produced Get Bitchy, a female stoner detective comedy feature. Get Bitchy is a female stoner detective comedy about a female cannabis-loving private eye (Amber DeCallier) who's unwittingly used in the death of a woman and partners with the brother of the woman, a bitter former CIA officer (Dwayne Bailey), to uncover a conspira...
 
 

Cosmopolitan by Akhil Sharma

 
An Indian man whose wife and daughter have left him falls for his neighbor, a white woman who confounds him so much he studies issues of Cosmopolitan in search of tips and tricks for how to woo her. Sharma pulls no punches and wastes no words; his exacting prose is the perfect tragicomic vessel to probe the sociocultural and sexual mores of contemporary Indian life. ...
 
 

Jerzy Skolimowski: the BFM38 retrospective at Bergamo Film Meeting

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Jerzy Skolimowski is the protagonist of the Bergamo Film Meeting 38th edition retrospective. Polish director, screenwriter and actor, Skolimowski is one of the most important and original figures in world author cinema, a nonconformist and disenchanted observer of the bourgeois and consumerist society. The animation cinema retrospective, on the other hand, features as its protagonist Jean-François Laguionie, one of the world's leading artists, who will be presenting the Italian premi...
 
 

Marina Abramovic describes the influence and impact of Marcel Duchamp on her work

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Marina Abramović born November 30, 1946 is a Serbian-American performance artist, writer, and art filmmaker. Her work explores body art, endurance art and feminist art, the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind. Being active for over four decades, Abramović refers to herself as the "grandmother of performance art".  She pioneered a new notion of identity by bringing i...
 
 

Director Matthew Taylor was featured in the latest Artist Talk Magazine with video comments from Jeff Koons!

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Artist Talk Magazine Issue 10 - October 2019 Browse the magazine online and read the article "To be an artist you have to be generous and Duchamp was one of the most generous artist ever" Jeff Koones Check this video where icon Jeff Koons describes the influence and impact of Marcel Duchamp on his work.       ...
 
 

OIFF general producer honored with an award for her contribution to Ukrainian Cinema bestowed by Сillian Murphy

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Julia Sinkevych and Сillian Murphy at the award ceremony held at the Festival in Kilkenny (Ireland)   General producer of the Odesa International Film Festival Julia Sinkevych received the award for her contribution to the development of the Ukrainian film industry at the Subtitle: Spotlight European Film Festival, which was held 25th November - 1st December in the Irish city of Kilkenny.   At the award ceremony the festival organizers noted that thanks to Julia's work ...
 
 

Matsalu Nature Film Festival Grand Prix Award goes to Sharkwater Extinction

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Personal festival message for Rob's parents about the win in Matsalu (Estonia) by Heli Tetlov, the festival programmer w<ho filmed the ceremony for Brian and Sandy Stewart.     
 
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36th Tehran International Short Film Festival announces winners

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The 36th Tehran International Short Film Festival (TISFF) announced winners at national and international categories. Several top cinematic officials and actors, including Hossein Entezami, the Director of the Cinema Organization of Iran, director of the festival Sadeq Mousavi, etc. were also attending the closing ceremony of the 36th TISFF was held in Milad Tower in west of Tehran on Nov 15, 2019. Addressing the gathering, Entezami underlined that TISFF is one of the most important cinemati...
 

The 19th edition of the River to River Florence Indian Film Festival wrapped with awards on December 10th.

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  The 19th edition of the River to River Florence Indian Film Festival has had its final day on December 10th. During the closing night, the winners of the Audience Award in the categories of feature films, documentaries and short films have been announced: The story of the patriarchal society of India and women’s rebellion in Hellaro by Abhishek Shah, in the feature film category. The shelter offered by the Indian city of Kolhapur to the Po...
 

The Ermanno Olmi Awards in Bergamo

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1st edition - Bergamo, December 11, 2019 The fiction short film Da-Dzma (A Sister and a Brother, Georgia/Belgium, 2019) by Jaro Minne wins the first edition of the Ermanno Olmi Award, an event aiming to promote short films by young directors. Runner-up is the documentary Nacht Ueber Kepler 425b (Night over Kepler 452b, Germany 2019) by Ben Voit, and the third place goes to the animated documentary Inside me (Germany 2019) by Maria Trigo Teixeira. A special mention goes to Fame (Hung...
 

Winners of the ATF Animation, Chinese and Formats Pitches

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Winners of the ATF Animation, Chinese and Formats Pitches were announced after a series of exciting on-stage pitches, where finalists presented their ideas to panels of elite judges – the likes of leading producers and commissioning editors, who provided their invaluable input for each of the pitched projects.   The series of pitches is part of the ecosystem that the Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) has built for content creators. Apart from providing them a platform to showcase t...
 

Youth and Children’s Film Festival Just Film crowns Boyz in the Wood with the main prize

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  Just Film, the largest youth and children's film festival in Northern Europe and a sub-festival of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, set the audience record and handed out the Grand Prix to Ninian Doff for Boyz in the Wood. At its 19th edition Just Film screened 54 feature films and documentaries, offering a wide selection of films to kids, youngsters, parents, teachers, students and adults. During the 17-days-long festival, the audiences had the opportunity to choose films...
 
 

Dolemite is my name, starring Eddie Murphy to receive the ‘Best Comedy of the Year Award’ at Capri, Hollywood

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EDDIE MURPHY STARRER ‘DOLEMITE IS MY NAME’ TO GET ‘BEST COMEDY OF THE YEAR AWARD’ AT THE 24TH ANNUAL CAPRI, HOLLYWOOD – THE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL   DIRECTOR PAUL FEIG TO RECEIVE INAUGURAL ‘KING OF COMEDY’ AWARD   The Italian Film Festival To Take Place December 27th - January 2, 2020   The year-end awards contender “Dolemite Is My Name” starring Eddie Murphy in the title role has been selected to receive...
 

2020 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS The complete list

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  Best Motion Picture – Drama “The Irishman” (Netflix) “Marriage Story” (Netflix) “1917” (Universal) “Joker” (Warner Bros.) “The Two Popes” (Netflix) Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”) Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”) Saoirse Ronan (“Little Women”) Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”) Renée Zellweger (...
 

IFFI 50: Mini movie maniacs awarded

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IFFI 50: Mini movie maniacs awarded Here are the winners of the 72 hours Mini Movie Mania challenge, held in conjunction with the 50th IFFI, Panaji, Goa, 2019. A total of about Rs. 9 lakh (0.9 million) were distributed as prizes. MINI MOVIE MANIA – AWARDS (National Level) Awards Awardee Name of the Film Best Film PRASAD PANDURANG MAHEKAR Film : ADAGAL Best Dir...
 

Quentin Tarantino and Sony Pictures’ Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood will receive the Best Ensemble Cast Award in Capri

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Quentin Tarantino and Sony Pictures’ Once Upon a Time…in  Hollywood  will receive the Best Ensemble Cast Award at the 24th edition of Capri Hollywood - The International Film Festival.  The annual cinematic event, which takes place here between December 27 and January 2, has become an important stop for films on the road to year-end awards and accolades.  ''Leonardo Di Caprio, Brad Pitt and  Margot Robbie are the leading members of an outs...
 
 

Youth and Children’s Film Festival Just Film crowns Boyz in the Wood with the main prize

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Just Film, the largest youth and children's film festival in Northern Europe and a sub-festival of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, set the audience record and handed out the Grand Prix to Ninian Doff for Boyz in the Wood. At its 19th edition Just Film screened 54 feature films and documentaries, offering a wide selection of films to kids, youngsters, parents, teachers, students and adults. During the 17-days-long festival, the audiences had the opportunity to choose films from a c...
 
 

IPA Jumpstarts Awards Race with Ford v Ferrari, Joker, Marriage Story & 1917

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent DECEMBER 3, 2019  |  BY QUENDRITH JOHNSON LOS ANGELES, CA (UPDATED): With James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari tying the nominations count with Warner Bros JOKER, and a tie between Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story and Sam Mendes’ 1917, The International Press Academy (IPA) jump-started Awards Season by lining up the finest films of 2019 for the official 24th Satellite Awards Nomin...
 

Rose d’Or Gala Award Ceremony 2019: the winners are...

 
HBO and Sky Atlantic’s breakout limited drama series Chernobyl was the big winner at last night's Rose d’Or awards in London, claiming two prizes. The surprise success of 2019, Chernobyl took home the prestigious Golden Rose trophy and was also named best drama at the event, which was hosted by actor, comedian and diversity campaigner Sir Lenny Henry. Telling the inside story of the 1986 nuclear power plant disaster, the five-parter was made by Sister Pictures, The Mi...
 

RIFF Award for the best international documentary goes to “Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time” by Barbara Bentree

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RIFF Awards 2019: winners of the XVIII edition announcedRome Independent Film Festival on the New Cinema Aquila directed by Fabrizio Ferrari have been announced. Our jury that has had the important task of decreeing the winners this year was made of Ukrainian journalist and film critic Nadia Zavarova, the German consultant for international festivals Bernd Brehmer, the Romanian journalist and writer Tatiana Covore, the American-Argentine musician and journalist Diego Petreco...
 
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RIFF 2020: Rahul Rawail to be conferred with Life-time Achievement Award

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RIFF 2020: Rahul Rawail to be conferred with Life-time Achievement Award During the sixth edition of Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF), 18 to 22 January 2020, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, famous director Rahul Rawail will be bestowed with the Life-time Achievement Award Like every year, this year too, the 6th edition of RIFF will be organised by Riff Film Club, in which films from India and abroad will be shown, on social issues. The opening ceremony of RIFF will be held on January 1...
 

Jumanji, The Next Level: Low level fare

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Jumanji, The Next Level: Low level fare Jumanji was first released in 1995, at a time when video games were the new fad. Since then, the franchise has had three forays into filmdom. The latest one is titled The Next Level, but, ironically, it is a slide down to a new low. Amateurish and even puerile, this movie is probably aimed at pre-teens, but since pre-teenagers cannot be expected to perform such adult acts as are depicted, and the story has already established several grown-ups, and only...
 

Pati Patni Aur Woh, Review: Eternal try angle

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Pati Patni Aur Woh, Review: Eternal try angle Same title, same production house, same concept, yet Pati Patni Aur Woh is nothing like its 1978 original. Crucial elements like the ‘woh’ (she) being the protagonist’s secretary and the lead couple having a son are missing in this 2019 ‘remake’. Yet, the film works quite well, and if such a brazenly adult theme can avoid becoming a bedroom farce, while delineating the plot on a tight-rope walk, there must be somethi...
 

Inside Edge 2: There’s many a snick between the bat and slip

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Inside Edge 2: There’s many a snick between the bat and slip Inside Edge, the first original foray on to the digital platform in India by Amazon Prime, returns tomorrow with its Season 2. Based on cricket and the wheels within wheels of its glamorous, short, fast 20-20 overs or T-20 version, its first season brought in an international Emmy nomination. Now, with Season 2 out on December 06, 12 am Indian Standard Time, the makers, Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar of Excel Entertainment,...
 
 
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Filmfestivals.com and 50 prominent IT companies invited to pre launch event of upcoming Fandom Platform of the Korean Wave

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Filmfestivals.com joined a few colleagues from around the world and festival friends like Houston Worldfest, Seoul International Drama Awards... had a privileged look into the future of Hallyu The next Korean Wave at FNS reunion in Seoul.   FNS is a Hallyu specialized fandom platform which is mainly developed for the 100 million Korean Wave fans around the world. The company plans to offer blockchain-based e-commerce with Fortis and Foxnet as partners.   The very s...
 
 

How About Some STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER to ‘Force’ a Smile

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent “May the Force Be With You” on this tiny blue planet cheers (almost) everyone up a little, right? Okay, it is a movie franchise with messaging and marvelous deployment of LucasFilm magic, but it is also a 42-year-old series that many of us grew up with and enjoy. The newest iteration is STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, and it opens wide on Dec. 20 from Disney.     In case you forgot how this whole sheban...
 

Cannes Film Week : From December 2 to 8, Cannes films came to Buenos Aires!

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Cannes films' world tour continues with the Buenos Aires Cannes Film Week from December 2 to 8 2019! The "Semana de Cine" has been held by the Festival de Cannes and the INCAA to coincide with Ventana Sur, the primary Latin American film market, for 11 years. The 2019 Palme d’or and six feature films from the Official Selection of the 72nd edition have been screened in Argentina: PARASITE (Gisaengchung) by Bong Joon Ho - Palme d'or LES ...
 

IFFR announces Ammodo Tiger Short Competition 2020

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  49th International Film Festival Rotterdam 22 January – 2 February 2020   Rotterdam, 4 December 2019 ...
 

Jumanji, The Next Level: Low level fare

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Jumanji, The Next Level: Low level fare Jumanji was first released in 1995, at a time when video games were the new fad. Since then, the franchise has had three forays into filmdom. The latest one is titled The Next Level, but, ironically, it is a slide down to a new low. Amateurish and even puerile, this movie is probably aimed at pre-teens, but since pre-teenagers cannot be expected to perform such adult acts as are depicted, and the story has already established several grown-ups, and only...
 

LITTLE WOMEN Helmer Greta Gerwig Owns Her Story, 2 Golden Globe Noms

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent No, Greta Gerwig didn’t get nominated for director or screenplay, but she is in the running with her adaptation of LITTLE WOMEN, which scored two Golden Globe nominations today. The SONY Pictures film was nominated for Best Actress, and Best Score. To recap, Greta kind of burst onto the scene with LADY BIRD, after a rocky acting start with the remake of ARTHUR, on the heels of starrer success FRANCES HA. Her efforts as a writer-d...
 

"Le Mans '66" - Ford vs Ferrari - Film Review

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by Emilia Ippolito This is high quality rendition and factual account of a historical rivalry between two major car producers : Ford and Ferrari. The story follows two of its protagonists: American racing driver and racing car manufacturer Carroll Shelby (an excellent Matt Demon) and British motor lover turned into racing driver Ken Miles ( an absolutely fantastic Chris Bale). It explores both men’s dreams and passions, their professional profile and their friendship, all playing a...

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Adverse written and directed by Brian Metcalf

USA Thriller December 2020, 92 minutes

Starring Mickey Rourke, Penelope Ann Miller,  Sean Astin, Lou Diamond Phillips, Thomas Ian Nicholas,  Matt Ryan, Jake T. Austin,  Kelly Arjen…

After discovering his younger sister has become addicted to drugs and caught in the seedy underworld, a taxi driver suffering from mental illness must find a way to save her by infiltrating a dangerous crime syndicate, regardless of the costs. 
 

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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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Dave Grusin Not Enough Time Documentary feature by Barbara Bentree

USA, 84 min, 2019 I  Trailer I Ask for a screener

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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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

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

With contributions from Abbé Jean-Luc Maroy, Alex Deleon, Bruno Chatelin

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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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Impact des bandes annonces diffusées dans les cinémas au 10 décembre 2019

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

29ème édition du Festival de Cinéma Français Drôle d'Endroit pour des Rencontres

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Des noces de velours en attendant les noces de perle ! Du 29 janvier au 2 février 2020 le cinéma Les Alizés accueillera la 29ème édition du festival de Cinéma Français, le bien nommé Drôle d’Endroit pour des Rencontres. Déjà 29 ans que le Festival est installé dans le paysage rhônalpin et qu’il entretient une très belle relation avec son public toujours fidèle ! Un rendez-vous i...
 

Palmarès So French!, Poitiers Film Festival 2019

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      PALMARÈS SO FRENCH!   Prix du jury   ...
 

Le Palmarès de la 12ème édition de Kinopolska

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La 12ème édition de Kinopolska, festival du cinéma polonais, s'est achevée hier soir avec la remise du palmarès. Six longs métrages de fiction, explorant chacun des genres différents, étaient en compétition. Cette année, le jury professionnel et le public se sont rejoints dans leurs choix.  PALMARÈS KINOPOLSKA 2019 :  GRAND PRIX : La Communion (Corpus Christi) / Boże ...

MyFrenchFilmFestival revient pour sa 10e édition

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Après 10 millions de visionnages enregistrés à travers 200 territoires en 2019, le premier festival de cinéma français en ligne est de retour du 16 janvier au 16 février 2020. Vous aurez l’occasion de découvrir à nouveau pendant un mois, le meilleur du jeune cinéma francophone, partout dans le monde et depuis chez vous. Vous aurez la chance de pouvoir apprécier 10 courts métrages e...
 

Deux films français nommés aux Golden Globes : Les Miserables et Portrait de la jeune fille en feu

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Les Miserables et Portrait de la jeune fille en feu vont affronter le favori Parasite qui a déjà reçu de nombreuses consecrations depuis sa palme d'or Cannoise. Il faudra attendre jusqu'au 5 janvier 2020 pour les résultats de cette 77e édition des Golden Globes qui se tiendra comme tous les ans dans la grande salle du Beverly Hilton de Los Angeles.   CINÉMA Meilleur acteur (drame) : - Christian Bale ...
 

Jean-Paul Rappeneau, invité d'honneur au Festival du Film de Rueil-Malmaison !

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Invité d'honneur du Festival du film de Rueil-Malmaison, baptisé Le Bonheur fait son cinéma ! (du 29 janvier au 2 février 2020), le metteur en scène accompli reviendra sur sa carrière lors d'une discussion avec le journaliste Bruno Cras. La rencontre sera suivie d'un grand ciné-concert sur des extraits de films de Jean-Paul Rappeneau. Du rire, du rêve, de l'émotion, un festival à ne pas rater ! ...
 

Le Festival du Film revient à Rueil-Malmaison en janvier 2020 !

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   ON SE RUE À RUEIL-MALMAISON POUR FAIRE LE PLEIN DE FEEL GOOD MOVIES ! Créé par la ville de Rueil-Malmaison, le Festival du film de Rueil-Malmaison « Le Bonheur fait son cinéma ! », revient en janvier 2020 avec une sélection de films qui véhiculent optimisme, valeurs positives et humanisme ! - PLUS D'INFOS - - PROGRAMMATION COMPLÈTE À VENIR SUR : WWW.RUEILFILMFESTIVAL.FR - ...
 

Bilan positif pour la 3e édition de NIFFF ON TOUR@CERN: Future Storyworlds

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BILAN POSITIF POUR LA 3E EDITION DE NIFFF ON TOUR@CERN: FUTURE STORYWORLDS  Les 29 et 30 novembre derniers, le Festival International du Film Fantastique de Neuchâtel (NIFFF) et le Cineglobe Film Festival at CERN a proposé, en collaboration avec la Fondation suisse pour la culture Pro Helvetia, un workshop exceptionnel qui visait à consolider les concepts et développements de 9 oeuvres immersives suisses (jeux vidéo, réalité augmentée, réalité virtu...
 

Le Festival Jeunes Bobines 32e édition !

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LE FESTIVAL « JEUNES BOBINES » MET « L'ENFANT ACTEUR » À L'HONNEUR DU 25 AU 31 DÉCEMBRE À LANS-EN-VERCORS   Pour sa 32e édition, le Festival Jeunes Bobines volera vers la nouvelle année en mettant en lumière les jeunes acteurs, avec une semaine riche en découvertes autour du cinéma mais pas seulement !  Spectateurs, cinéphiles, créateurs, membres d...
 

L 'AAFA Ça se FÊTE, ses 5 ans... Le 16 DÉCEMBRE !

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  La fête des 5 ans de l'AAFA-Actrices et Acteurs de France Associés (AAFA) A cette occasion, l'AAFA dévoilera son événement phare de l'année 2020 "Les Etats Généraux des Actrices et des Acteurs" Ils auront lieu les 1er et 2 février 2020 à Paris (au Conservatoire National d'Art Dramatique) et dans plusieurs grandes villes de région. Au travers de tables participatives, cet &eacut...
 

Le 23e Festival du Film de Comédie de l’Alpe d’Huez (du 14 au 19 janvier prochain) dévoile sa sélection

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Le 23e Festival du Film de Comédie de l’Alpe d’Huez qui se déroulera du 14 au 19 janvier prochain, dévoile la liste des Longs & Courts Métrages en Sélection Officielle présentés en compétition.     CHAC...
 

37 000 films européens, 305 catalogues de VOD disponibles dans 32 pays européens répertoriés dans LUMIERE VOD

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LUMIEREVOD - le répertoire en ligne des films européens disponibles dans l’UE – permet aux professionnels, aux autorités publiques et aux cinéphiles du monde entier de trouver des informations sur les films européens et leur disponibilité en ligne dans les services de vidéo à la demande (VOD) à travers toute l’Union européenne. Lien vers LUMIERE VOD. Cet outil de transparence, soutenu par la Commissio...
 

Le festival "Droits des Femmes & Cinéma ouvrira avec PETTING STATT PERSHING

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En ouverture: PETTING STATT PERSHING de Petra Lüschow- Film allemand -1h37 Premier film de la réalisatrice. Elle était scénariste auparavant. Film très engagé avec une jeune actrice époustouflante, Anna Florkowski. Trailer : Table ronde sur l’égalité hommes/femmes puis projection du film   -8 films en compétition présentés en avant-première en France qui sensibilisent et soul&...
 

 

L’Observatoire européen de l’audiovisuel publie un nouveau rapport sur l offre VOD et son origine

 
L’Observatoire européen de l’audiovisuel publie un nouveau rapport sur l’origine du contenu télévisuel et cinématographique disponible en VOD en Europe   Téléchargez-le ici Le contenu européen (cinématographique et télévisuel) représente 30 % du contenu disponible sur les services de VOD à l'acte (TVOD) et 26 % du contenu disponible sur les services de VOD sur abonne...

En 2020, le Prix COAL se consacre sa 11ème édition à l’érosion de la biodiversité

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En 2020, le Prix COAL se consacre à l’érosion de la biodiversité. Cette onzième édition s’inscrit dans le programme VIVANT, une Saison culturelle pour la Biodiversité, portée par COAL et ses partenaires en préparation du Congrès mondial de la nature de l’UICN 2020 (Union Internationale pour la Conservation de la Nature) qui se tiendra à Marseille du 11 au 19 juin, et en perspective de la 15e conférence...
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