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>  PALM SPRINGS FILM FESTIVAL January 2- 13

 

 

Antonio Banderas receives International Star Award, Actor at the Palm Springs Film Festival Gala

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In his acceptance speach he speaks of meeting Pedro Almodovar forty years ago and then doing eight films with him. "Back in the eighties, just out of the dictatorship Pedro saw the world in new ways."  He alludes to sitting in audiences of award shows as a nominee and not winning, (like being the bridesmaid and never the bride) hardly, Antonio won the Best Actor award in Cannes last May and is nominated for the Golden Globes on Sunday. This year he may win additional awards for h...
 

Honoring Women at 31st Palm Springs International Film Festival

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  David Ansen, former Newsweek critic and now Palm Springs Film Festival’s head of programming says this is a very strong year, featuring 180 films from around the world.  Now more than ever, the film festival offers major stars at its’ gala who feel Palm Springs is a must stop on the path to the Oscars.    Chairman Harold Matzner has heralded the growth of the Gala which brings international press as well.  David said, “many of the international f...
 

Jamie Foxx honored with the Spotlight Award, Actor for his role in Just Mercy

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The 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Jamie Foxx with the Spotlight Award, Actor for his role in Just Mercy at its annual Film Awards Gala. The event, presented by American Express, sponsored by AT&T and Entertainment Tonight and hosted by Mary Hart, is scheduled for Thursday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival runs January 2-13, 2020.   “In Just Mercy, Jamie ...
 
 

Laura Dern presents Adam Driver with the Desert Palm Achievement Award - Actor for Marriage Story

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The 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Adam Driver with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor at its annual Film Awards Gala. The event, presented by American Express, sponsored by AT&T and Entertainment Tonight and hosted by Mary Hart, is scheduled for Thursday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival runs January 2-13, 2020.   “This has been a career year for Adam Driver with...
 

Director of the Year Award to Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

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The 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) presented Quentin Tarantino with the Director of the Year Award for Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood at its annual Film Awards Gala. The event, presented by American Express, sponsored by AT&T and Entertainment Tonight and hosted by Mary Hart, is scheduled for Thursday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival runs January 2-13, 2020.   “Quenti...
 

Cynthia Erivo receives the Breakthrough Performance Award

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The 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Cynthia Erivo with the Breakthrough Performance Award at its annual Film Awards Gala. The event, presented by American Express, sponsored by AT&T and Entertainment Tonight and hosted by Mary Hart, is scheduled for Thursday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival runs January 2-13, 2020.   “Cynthia Erivo has been a sensation in her theatric...
 

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Short Films competing at Kustendorf 2020

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Competition Programme Selection We’re eager to present you 21 short films selected for Competition programme of Kustendorf 2020: Adult, Zhanna Ozirna, Ukraine All Cats Are Gray In the Dark, Lasse Linder, Switzerland All the Fires the Fire, Efthimis Kosemund Sanidis, Greece Beef, Ingride Santos, Spain Documentary Movie, Piotr Pawlus, Katarzyna Warzecha, Poland Havana,Cuba, Andrei Hutuleac, Romania Home Far Away, Dimitar Kutmanov, Bulgaria Lake of H...
 

A bit of history with past Homages from the International Film and Music Festival Küstendorf

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Homage to Andrei Konchalovsky Kustendorf 2015 Andrei Konchalovsky - Hommage from Kustendorf Film & Music Festival on Vimeo.   Homage to Zhang Yimou  Kustendorf 2013 Homage to Zhang Yimou from Kustendorf Film & Music Festival on Vimeo.   Homage to Asghar Farhadi Kustendorf 2012   ...
 

2020 Kustendorf Film and Music Film Festival announces its Jury Members

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Paolo Virzì He started to work as a screenwriter at a very early age and then made his directorial debut with La Bella Vita, premiered at Venice in 1994, straightway displaying an unmistakable style, a mix of melancholy, irony and social drama. It can be said that Virzì has created, with his fourteen films peopled by starry-eyed antiheroes and vuln...
 

 

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Latest Additions to 2020 Sundance Film Festival Announced

 
The Social Dilemma Joins Documentary Premieres; Born into Brothels and High Art Are From The Collection Films Special Event Love Fraud Confirmed as Day One Screening Sundance Institute adds three feature films to the 2020 Sundance Film Festival’s robust slate of independent work today, alongside previously announced work. The Institute also confirmed that previously-announced Special Event, Love Fraud, will screen on Day One of the Festiva...
 

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...
 

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70 years anniversary edition with, new posters, new look, no bears?

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The poster series of the 70th Berlin International Film Festival, designed by State – Design Agency. On the occasion of the anniversary, there will be three posters. The yellow designed poster will be the main one and seen more frequently. In addition there will be two more designs. © Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin / State – Agentur für Design, Berlin Key Visual for the 70th Anniversary The 2020 Berlinale marks the 70th edition of the Berlin Internati... 
 

Berlinale Welcomes Another Principal Partner: MagentaTV

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MagentaTV, Germany’s leading television platform, offers both TV programmes, exclusive series and films as well as streaming services all in one. The television and streaming service by Deutsche Telekom will be supporting the 2020 festival, joining ZDF, Audi and L’Oreal Paris as a Principal Partner of the Berlin International Film Festival. Among other features planned for the 2020 Berlinale by MagentaTV is its own festival lounge located at Zoo Palast, offering a wide spec...
 

Save the date_Feb 25 and attend the discussion on gender equity @ Berlinale 2020

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How about 50/50 in the audience for a change, i am tired of beeing a minority at the event :-) Bruno Chatelin On the occasion of this year's network event as part of the 70th Berlin International Film Festival, we are discussing new feminist trends in the development of scripts together with FC Gloria and DrehbuchForum Vienna. For the 8th time, a top-class international discussion group will set a topic to promote equality in the media. Beyond the still pressing debates about quotas, ...
 

The New Poster for the Queer Film Award at the Berlin International Film Festival

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The 34th TEDDY AWARD takes place within the framework of the Berlin International Film Festival from February 20, 2020 - March 1, 2020 and is awarded in the categories Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Film, Best Short Film, Jury Award and the TEDDY Readers Award. The award ceremony and the glittering TEDDY After Show & Backstage PARTY will take place on 2Feb. 28, 2020 at the Volksbühne Berlin.Tickets for the 34th TEDDY AWARD ceremony and the After Show PARTY ar...
 
 
 

Berlinale 2020: Chile will be “Country in Focus” at the EFM

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  v.l.n.r. / FLTR: Victor Abujatum (First Secretary), Matthijs Wouter Knol (Director EFM), Mariette Rissenbeek (Executive Director Berlin International Film Festival), Cecilia Mackenna (Ambassador of Chile to Germany), Diego Torres (Director ProChile Germany) © Birgit Heidfeld   During the 70th Berlin International Film Festival in 2020, Chile will be “Country in Focus” at the European Film Market (EFM). EFM’s “Country in Focus” programme was ...
 
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JIFF opens and closes with 2 – 2 FILMS

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      Documentary Film AMERICAN MIRROR: INTIMATIONS OF IMMORTALITY and Rajasthan based film Chidi Balla will open JIFF 2020   Masterpiece Film Faust – A Return From the Future and Chinese Film Sun Rises From the East Pole will be the Closing Films of JIFF 2020   First time in the History of Film Festivals, a Non – Fiction [Documentary] would be the Curtain Raiser of JIFF   Four MASTERPIECE FILMS of MODERN CINEMA to be Opening and Clos...
 

Submit to the 4th LA Crime & Horror Film Festival

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With screenings in the heart of Hollywood, the Los Angeles Crime and Horror Film Festival's prior season ended with a sold out screening and multiple filmmakers approached by distributors. From zombies and vampires to slashers and mobsters, LACHFF showcases the many sub-genres of crime and horror in independent film from around the world with an event in the entertainment capital of the world. Award winners are officially recognized with verified awards listings on IMDb. And the best of eac...
 

Final Deadline for the Hollywood International Diversity Film Festival

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We're starting 2020 off with a celebration of the values of Southern California, celebrating the future of film from around the world and reflecting the diversity of our region. The Hollywood International Film Festival will screen independent films from around the world in the heart of Hollywood, with an emphasis on promoting female and culturally diverse voices. Top films and short films will be considered by Hollywood professionals at representation and production companies including: T...
 

APOX film festival

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The cultural event APOX Film Festival, which is being held for the first time on the island of Lošinj, wishes to thank everyone who will participate in such a great event in this area. The goal is to bring culture and media together, connect young people and film enthusiasts to participate in this project. The...
 
 

Submit to the Calcutta International Short Film Festival 2020

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WELCOME TO CALCUTTA INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2020 EVENT DATE: 19th – 21st June, 2020 VENUE: Basusree Cinema 102 Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Road Near Jatin Das Park Metro Station Kolkata, West Bengal 700026 India EVENT DESCRIPTION: CISFF-2020 seeks to enlighten, educate, and entertain the viewers’ community through the exhibition of short length cinema. We believe that cinema is a magical tool that speaks a universal language, enabling the ability to unite peo...
 
 

Chandler Film Festival coming up: 5 reasons to attend

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  5 REASONS TO ATTEND      1) Screening Over 120 Films Filmmakers from all over the world have be...
 
 
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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.

WE DON’T SET YOU UP WITH MEETING AFTER MEETING. WE DON’T SELL YOU DREAMS. WE DON’T SELL YOU HOPE.

WE PRODUCE YOUR SCRIPT!

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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: 

https://tvfilm.newyorkfestivals.com/Winners/index

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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

Final deadline January 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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NEW YORK CITY Independent Film Festival

May 10 – 17, 2020

 

February 5, 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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A film Festival Odyssey by Alex Deleon: Enliven Your Holidays ~~ with some festival bliss reading

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by Filmfestivals.com Veteran festival Correspondent, Alex Deleon The highly Entertaining autobiography of a film critic. Few people are as outspoken (in print or in real life) as the author, Alex Deleon. This is reflected in the book at hand, which constitutes Alex Deleon's adventures as a film critic on the film festival circuit. It is far from politically correct and avoids the usual film critic's jargon meandering in plain talk between societal criticism and sophisticated...
 

Brad Pitt is set to receive the prestigious Maltin Modern Master Award at the 35th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festi

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Maltin Modern Master Award honoring Brad Pitt Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Arlington Theatre Santa Barbara, CA CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS     Brad Pitt is set to receive the prestigious Maltin Modern Master Award at the 35th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Pitt will be honored on Wednesday, January 22nd for his long sta...
 

SBIFF Cinema Vanguard Award honoring Laura Dern Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

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Cinema Vanguard Award honoring Laura Dern Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 8:00pm Arlington Theatre Santa Barbara, CA   CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS     Laura Dern will be honored with the Cinema Vanguard Award on Tuesday, January 21st for her remarkable career an...
 

Mike Downey Elected New EFA Chairman

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The members of the European Film Academy (EFA) have elected Mike Downey, Irish producer and CEO of Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME), as new chairman of the EFA Board.  Mike Downey (picture: EFA/EPA/Clemens Bilan) Taking over from Polish director Agnieszka Holland who has chaired the EFA Board for the past six years, Downey pointed out at Saturday’s European Film Awards that he wants his mandate to be marked by a continuation of the EFA’s “campa...

 

 
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Jury and Nominees for Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize announced

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Five Nordic drama series – one each from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden– have been announced as nominees for the €20,000 Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize 2020, the award for outstanding writing of a Nordic drama series.  The 2020 nominees are 22 July (Norway), Caliphate (Sweden), Happily Never After (Iceland), The Paradise (Finland) and When the Dust Settles (Denmark). The award ceremony will take place on January 29, 2020 at Göteborg Film Festival&...
 

Sharkwater Extinction wins best environment film at the 23rd International Underwater Film Festival in Belgrade

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    23rd International Underwater Film Festival in Belgrade contests: EUIFA ENVIROMENT AWARD SHARKWATER EXTINCTION by Rob Stewart PC - PRO CATEGORY ( for professional productions )   Grand Prix PC - PRO CATEGORY MEDITERRANEE by Jerome Espla 1st Place IRELAND'S DEEP ATLANTIC by Ken O'Sullivan 2nd Place WILD CARIBBEAN – WHALES AND VOLCANOES  by Florian Guthknecht 3rd Place OUR OCEANS: A JOURNEY OF DISCOV...
 

Rob Stewart's SHARKWATER EXTINCTION wins best film at inaugural Turks and Caicos TCIFF!

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A big thank you to the government and people of Turks and Caicos for all their work on shark conservation. Turks and Caicos was a special place for Rob; he visited the beautiful islands many times, diving with kids, meeting with local groups and building awareness for the importance of sharks. And a big thank you to all who attended the TCIFF premiere and for voting Rob Stewart’s Sharkwater Extinction Best Film at TCIFF! Sharkwater joined a panel discussing how to save sharks for the f...
 
 

 

Lionel Richie received the Capri Person of the Year Award

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The American musical legend Lionel Richie lit up the Eternal City on a quiet winter’s night when he was presented with the 2019 ‘Capri Person of the Year Award’ from Italian music icon Tony Renis, honorary president of Capri, Hollywood – The International Film Festival, and the Italian Oscar-winners Alessandro Bertolazzi (2016 Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling for “Suicide Squad) and Gianni Quaranta (1985 Best Art Direction-Set Decoration for “A R...

344 films are competing for the 2019 Best Picture Oscar®

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344 FEATURE FILMS IN CONTENTION FOR 2019 BEST PICTURE OSCAR®   Three hundred forty-four feature films are eligible for the 2019 Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. To be eligible for 92nd Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days. Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture m... 
 
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Good Newwz, Review: Madame Ovary

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Good Newwz, Review: Madame Ovary Apologies to Gustave Flaubert, whose French novel, Madame Bovary, lends itself to the headline for this review. The title was too punny to escape, what with his famous trial of 1857, on charges of obscenity, and the subsequent classification of the work as a classic of modern realism. Among those who made films on this subject are Jean Renoir, Vincente Minnelli, Claude Chabrol and David Lean, not to mention our own Ketan Mehta’s Maya Memsaab. Good Newwz ...
 
 

Spies in Disguise, Review: Walter, Pigeon and These Guys

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Spies in Disguise, Review: Walter, Pigeon and These Guys You might say that being in disguise is an essential qualification of being spies, so why give your film an obvious title? There is a rhyme and reason. The spy in this film turns into a pigeon, no less, upon drinking a serum, invented by a teenager called Walter Beckett, and that is one hell of a disguise! Use of the plural is questionable, though, since there is only one spy in the picture, while the other guy in ‘disguise’...
 
 

Dabangg 3, Review: A Bad Dab at Bangg 3 theory

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Dabangg 3, Review: A Bad Dab at Bangg 3 theory There must be a theory that if the first two instalments of Dabangg have worked, a third one must be attempted. The theory probably stipulates that this will work even if it has a skeleton in place of a story, that a host of insider jokes, tongue-in-cheek references to another superstar, repetition of dialogue and the smash hit song of the earlier two Bangs, will replicate box-office magic, that the directorial abilities of Prabhudeva will stitch...
 
 

Rangbaaz Phir Se on ZEE 5: Gangster saga shifts to Rajasthan

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Rangbaaz Phir Se on ZEE 5: Gangster saga shifts to Rajasthan Season 2 of the web-series goes live on December 20, after a highly successful Season 1, which was launched almost exactly a year ago, on December 22, 2018. It topped viewership ratings for ZEE5, and a sequel was logically due for the flagship franchise. The nine episodes of Rangbaaz 1 starred Saqib Saleem, Ranvir Shorey, Tigmanshu Dhulia and Ravi Kishan. Rangbaaz was a ZEE5 original, a crime thriller, set against the rustic backdro...
 

Three plays at Jairangam Jaipur Fringes Theatre’s Mumbai Fest

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Three plays at Jairangam Jaipur Fringes Theatre’s Mumbai Fest Meaning liberation, Mukkti (the extra k is discretionary) Cultural Hub has three auditoria, and two of them are contextually titled Nirvana and Azadi (freedom). The third is simply known as Mukkti Cultural Hub auditorium. This one and Nirvana were the venues for the Jairangam Jaipur Fringes Theatre Festival, Mumbai, held during December 15-17. Nirvana does not have fixed seats, while the Auditorium is like any regular drama ...
 

 

 
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The Gentlemen - Film Review

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by Emilia Ippolito Guy Ritchie keeps surprising and delighting his audience with his brand new film The Gentlemen Ritchie is keen - as ever - to be in charge not only of direction, but also of plot and script writing and a share of production. Whoever thinks that this might be a little too much should go see this movie to change their mind The narrative flows like a perfectly paced and ‘harmonious’ clockwork, in which a master cast dances with each other indulging in une...
 

Preview of a new Armenian Film

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 By Alex Delonian, Yerevan A major Armenian film centering on the work of one of. the major Armenian painters of the XX <x-apple-data-detectors://2> . Century, Martiros Sarian (1880-1972) is now in preparation. Veteran director David Safarian, 68, states that his purpose is to make the name of an artist who is well know in Armenia and Russia,  but barely known beyond his home territory, better known to the world at large. An artist whose wo...
 

US week-end Box Office analysis: December 27-29

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Box Office analysis for the week of December 30th.  Monday at sundown marks the end of this year's eight days of Hanukkah, followed by New Year's Eve on Tuesday and New Year's Day on Wednesday.  Reasons to celebrate abound. Disney's Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker had a solid second week of ticket sales, $72M for the weekend and a 10-day cume of $361.8M in North America and $724.8M Worldwide.  Sony's Jumanji: The Next Level continued to draw large hol...
 

"terroir" & "Pooling" win awards on last day of 2019!

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"terroir" and "Pooling", the two latest musical films by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, have won awards on the final day of 2019. "terroir" is the story of how unfortunately the mother-child relationship can cloud our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. It won the BEST MUSIC VIDEO AWARD at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival held at the National Film Archive of India in Pune. "Pooling...
 

"Stonewall Out Loud" recreates the 1989 riot that ignited the gay rights movement.

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Stonewall Outloud directors Frenton Bailey and Randy Barbato with cast.  Inspired by Dave Isay's radio documentary, the film weaves rare archival footage from the night of the riots with personal accounts of witnesses, while lipsynching a diversity of voices, from activists to a law enforcement officer.   This emotional journey is a powerful glimpose into the 1969 riots that sparked the gay rights movement.   ...
 

Walk Run Cha Cha advances in Documentary Short subject for the 92nd Academy Awards

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Walk Run Cha Cha, directed by Laura Nix, was shortlisted to the 92nd Academy Awards.   The film tells the story of Paul and Millie Cia, who were separated during the Vietnam war, reunited years later in Southern California, and rediscovered themselves on the dance floor.  Stay tuned for upcoming interview ...
 
 

Cats - Film Review

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by Emilia Ippolito Award winner British director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) gives cinema goers an unusual Christmas gift this year : Cats on the big screen Cats as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s worldwide musical success premiered in the West End in May 1981: London was a different planet then! The musical recently closed only just last year, whilst it continues to be staged on Broadway It tells the story of ‘Jellicles’ cats : TS Eliot’s original idea in h...
 

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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

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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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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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Top 10 des entrées hebdo France du 25/12 au 31/12/2019

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Erol Ok nommé directeur général délégué de l'Institut français

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EROL OK NOMME DIRECTEUR GENERAL DELEGUE DE L'INSTITUT FRANÇAIS                            M. Pierre Buhler, Président de l'Institut français, a nommé M. Erol Ok directeur général délégué de l'Institut français. Cette désignation a été préalablement agréée par le Ministre de l'Europe ...
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