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VIDEO: Jonathan Wolf in conversation with filmfestivals.com about AFM

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Zoom conversation between Jonathan Wolf (Managing Director of the American Film Market® AFM®) with Bruno Chatelin. Here are some of the questions raised during the interview: Enjoy Jonathan's answers in our video. The 41st edition will run November 9 -13. Jonathan Wolf is EVP of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA®) and Managing Director of the American Film Market® (AFM®). Since his appointment in 1998, he has guided the growth and repositioning of AFM...
 

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TALLINN BLACK NIGHTS FESTIVAL Nov 13 -29

Award-winning casting professionals discuss how European actors could “make it” in the US at PÖFF Black Nights Stars

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  Black Nights Stars, the initiative of the Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event, holds an insightful panel discussion with internationally recognised casting directors such as Joseph Middleton, Billy Hopkins and Avy Kaufman, about the way auditions work in the States and how casting directors find European actors. The discussion is led by Lina Todd, a highly accomplished casting director based in New York.   Claudia Landsberger, the head of PÖFF Black Nights Stars pr...
 

 

VIDEO ScreenDaily Talks: Black Nights, Berlin, Rotterdam heads talk winter festival plans

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  Speaking on a panel of European winter festival directors during the latest ScreenDaily Talks, Berlin International Film Festival executive director Mariette Rissenbeek revealed submissions of features for were up 5% on last year but that Covid-19 safety rules would impact the number of titles they would select. Rissenbeek was joined by Tiina Lokk, director of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival; Vanja Kaludjercic, director of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR); and Marg...
 

 

European Film Forum in Tallinn: zooming in transformation of the film industry during COVID 19

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European Film Forum in Tallinn: zooming into leadership resilience, foresight and transformation of the film industry during COVID19   The COVID19 outbreak has severely hit the audiovisual industry, with some estimates projecting losses up to EUR 24 billion in the next five years. Yet, despite the dramatic recession, a new-generation industry and business leadership is emerging to steer the cinema sector out of the crisis through actions of resilience, foresight and transf...

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival : the full lineup of its 24th edition

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Gianfranco Rosi is the Guest of Honor at IDFA 2020 

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The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is honoring Italian director Gianfranco Rosi : its Guest of Honor for the 2020 edition: 

Rosi is the only filmmaker to win top awards at two A-list festivals with documentary films, the Golden Lion at Venice with Sacro GRA in 2013 and the Golden Bear at the Berlinale with Fire at Sea in 2016.

Rosi's work will be in the spotlight at IDFA, including his new film Notturno, which premieres in competition at Venice this week. It is the result of the three-year journey that he took to the borders of Syria, Iraq, Kurdistan, and Lebanon...
 
 

Tara Pirnia Director Producer on YOU ARE MY HOME releasing on Netflix with Alyssa Milano & Cristian de la Fuente

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Hollywood powerhouse producer, director and Iranian-immigrant Tara Pirnia (Steve Jobs: iGenius, Cristiano Ronaldo: The World at His Feet) has just set her latest film for release on Netflix this holiday season. Shot entirely in the Rio Grande Valley, YOU ARE MY HOME (releasing this holiday season on Netflix), stars Alyssa Milano (Charmed, Insatiable), Cristian de la Fuente (Devious Maids, In Plain Sight, The Class), Angel Parker (Marvel's Runaways, The Strain), Eva Ariel Binder (Grey&...
 

 

Independent Film Institute is the New Home for Indie Filmmakers

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Independent Film Institute showcases exemplary independent films that have been selected by professional filmmakers. IFI provides top indie filmmakers with a venue to present their work and to gain worldwide viewership and promotion. IFI fulfills a vital need by providing professional feedback and detailed evaluations to indie filmmakers. IFI selectees are then invited to their fellowship where they can network with other creative and talented people. Their work is added to IFI’s selectio...
 

 

Sydney Festival Announces Olivia Ansell as New Festival Director for 2022 – 2024

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Photo: Daniel Boud. The board of Sydney Festival has today announced the appointment of their new Festival Director for 2022, Australian curator and producer, Olivia Ansell. Ansell, a highly accomplished arts professional with over two decades’ experience as a director, choreographer and performing artist, is set to commence her three-year tenure in November. She comes to the role after two and a half years as Head of Contemporary Performance at Sydney Opera House. Of the new appointment...
 

 

Robert Burke joins the Voltage Pictures Team as EVP Marketing and Distribution

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Voltage Pictures has hired industry veteran Robert Burke as EVP marketing and distribution with immediate effect during AFM 2020 Online. Burke, who launched Lakeshore Entertainment’s marketing division and subsequently ran consultancy Ten One Entertainment, reports directly to Voltage president and COO Jonathan Deckter. He arrived at a busy time for the company, whose After We Collided is in release and has been a success story for the in...
 

Giona A. Nazzaro appointed new Artistic Director of the Locarno Film Festival

At its meeting on Wednesday 4 November 2020, the Board of Directors of the Locarno Film Festival decided unanimously to appoint Giona A. Nazzaro (LEFT) as the new Artistic Director of the Locarno Film Festival. Giona A. Nazzaro has been General Delegate of the International Film Critics’ Week at the Venice Film Festival since 2016 and is a member of the artistic committee of IFFR – International Film Festival Rotterdam. Born in Zurich in 1965, he has a degree in German and ...
 

Transitions at Cine Las Americas: Gabriel Ornelas new executive director

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My name is Gabriel Ornelas and I'd like to introduce myself. In early October, the Cine Board of Directors met and I was named the new Executive Director of Cine Las Americas. As you may have heard, Jean Lauer, our former Executive Director, transitioned from the ED role with Cine to focus on her full time work as professor at Austin Community College. I, the entire Cine Las Americas Board and staff, are very grateful for Jean's tireless dedication and passion she has invested wit...
 
 

 

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Academy Museum Completes $388 Million Pre-Opening Fundraising Campaign Goal With Closing Gift From Laika

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Additional New Gifts Made by Eric and Melina Esrailian, Julia and Ken Gouw, Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Drs. Kathy Fields and Garry Rayant, and Kimberly Steward and K Period Media Bill Kramer, Director and President of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, today announced that the new institution has exceeded its pre-opening fundraising campaign goal of $388 million. This total encompasses capital gifts, endowments, funding for education programs, and other special gifts. A...

 

Overview of the US business for the week of November 16

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Universal's horror comedy Freaky starring Vince Vaughn topped the box office in its opening weekend, pulling in $3.7M from playing wide at 2,472 locations across in North America. Last week's #1 film Let Him Go from Focus Features starring Kevin Costner and Diane Lane took second with a $1.8M weekend gross, and a 10-day cume of $6.9M.  101 Studios' comedy The War with Grandpa starring Robert DiNiro continues to draw audiences, with $1.3M this weekend and a si...

1st Drive-In Opens in Heart of Hollywood for Awards Season

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Arena Cinelounge Sunset, Hollywood’s acclaimed home for arthouse, genre, and independent cinema, is proud to open the first 7 nights-a-week Drive-In movie theater in the heart of Hollywood on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 with a slate of new and classic films, and special event screenings to welcome audiences back to the cinema experience in the comfort of their own vehicles.   Arena Cinelounge is opening this first Hollywood-based nightly Drive-In behind the iconic Egyptian Theater w...
 

Antipiracy : Cannes Marché du Film and Ventana Sur renew partnership with Blue Efficience

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After a successful partnership for Cannes, the Marché du Film is once again working with Blue Efficience to increase the security of online screenings for Ventana Sur. The Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes, the leading global film industry event which was held online exceptionally this year for five days from June 22nd to 26th established a new exclusive partnership with the company Blue Efficience. Against the background of the ongoing health crisis, the Marché...
 
 

New musical dramedy SERIOUSLY RED by Gracie Ott picked up by Arclight Films

 
Arclight Films is set to handle worldwide distribution rights for the new musical dramedy Seriously Red directed by Gracie Otto (The Last Impresario) from a script by Krew Boylan who also stars. The film’s ensemble cast also features Rose Byrne (Insidious, Twentieth Century Fox’s Spy, Universal Pictures’ Bridesmaids, Neighbors), Emmy Award winner Bobby Cannavale (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” Ant-Man), and Daniel Webber (Netflix’s&nbs...
 
 

 

UniFrance launches the 'Screenings Franceses' in São Paulo

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  On 16 November, the Screenings Franceses, organized on the inititative of the Brazil, in partnership with TVFI, from 17 to 19 November, films proposed by UniFrance members will follow one another. The programme of the edition comprises 12 feature films (including Bye Bye Morons, Faithful (photo), the documentary Calamity, an animated feature) represented by 12 different French exporters. Screenings will take place in the historic Cinesala de São ...
 
 

Inspiring practices in Black Bear demonstrate how sustainibility can be positively exploited on set

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#BlackBear is an intriguing and unexpected comedic thriller starring #AubreyPlaza, #ChristopherAbbott and #SarahGadon. At a remote lake house in the Adirondack Mountains, a couple entertains an out-of-town guest looking for inspiration in her filmmaking. The group quickly falls into a calculated game of desire, manipulation, and jealousy, unaware of how dangerously intertwined their lives will soon become. Tandem Pictures is a leader in conceiving and implementing eco-sustainable filmmaking p...
 

Exclusive stills from Born a Champion starring Dennis Quaid and Sean Patrick Flannery

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  BORN A CHAMPION DENNIS QUAID | SEAN PATRICK FLANERY MICKEY KELLEY, THE FIRST AMERICAN BLACK BELT IN JIU-JITSU, GETS PULLED AWAY FROM EVERYTHING HE LOVES AND INTO AN UNSANCTIONED TOURNAMENT. PRODUCERS: ESX ENTERTAINMENTEXCLUSIVE STILLS           &nbs...
 
 

Why we made This Is A Film About A Band

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Fundamentally, we are inspired by the core ideals of punk, but rather than learning 3 chords and forming a band, we acquired some film, a laptop, some software, and we made a movie. It all started back in 2009 on a tour of Europe to promote our debut album ‘Bob & Veronica Ride Again’. New York based Nikelodeon cartoonist, and long-time Morton Valence fan, Mike Pearlstein, decided he wanted to produce a ‘Morton Valence live in concert’ DVD - remember them? - Coming wit...
 
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Animaze returns online this month with 8th edition

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“R” ANA POLLAK Australia 2:29 100% GIRL CHEN LIANGYU Taiwan 3:09 2019 GOLDEN BELL AWARD 54TH SHORT FILM OUTERSPACE LEO Taiwan 3:45 24 BRIAN YULO NG ...
 

The 42nd edition of the Max Ophüls Preis film festival wil be online only next january

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The 42nd edition of the Max Ophüls Preis film festival takes place as a purely online event with a festival week that has been extended by one day . From 17th to 24th On January 1st, 2021 , the films of the four competitions and side series will be available on demand on a streaming platform specially developed for the festival . The audience can vote on their favorites in the public com...
 

2021 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Announces New Dates and Call for Entries

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  The annual celebration of nonfiction cinema will take place June 2­–6, 2021. Filmmakers may submit their work from December 1, 2020–January 8, 2021.   The 24th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will take place June 2–6, 2021, two months later than the previously announced April dates. Organizers cite the pandemic’s impact on industry calendars, audiences, and the documentary filmmaking community for the date change. “Our...
 

 

Latin American Cinemateca of Los Ángeles (LACLA) presents the 13th annual LACLA Student Film Festival

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To take place virtually on the LACLA website Friday, December 18th Visit www.lacla.org Providing cinephiles the opportunity to watch cutting edge LA student films while staying safe at home Vesper Public Relations. Los Angeles, CA. November 2020.  Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles (LACLA) presents the 13th annual LACLA Student Film Festival on Friday, December 18th. Due to the current COVID-19 health crisis, LACLA has decided to practice safe, social distancing...
 

 

South Asian Film Festival of Montréal launches the 10th edition

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Free registration now open…   Films from the Indian subcontinent and its diaspora - Kabir Centre for Arts & Culture goes online for the South Asian Film Festival of Montréal, 10th edition Thursday, November 19 to Sunday, November 29 For all SAFF Montréal film trailers, descriptions, schedules, and panel Q&A info click HERE All screenings and panel discussions are free Click for Festival trailer   Now in its 10th year, the South ...
 

 

Independent Film Institute is the New Home for Indie Filmmakers and Movie Fans alike

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Independent Film Institute showcases exemplary independent films that have been selected by professional filmmakers. IFI provides top indie filmmakers with a venue to present their work and to gain worldwide viewership and promotion. IFI fulfills a vital need by providing professional feedback and detailed evaluations to indie filmmakers. IFI selectees are then invited to their fellowship where they can network with other creative and talented people. Their work is added to IFI’s selectio...
 

 

VIDEO: watch the panel discussion 'Film Festivals in 2021' on Facebook (Nov 18 at 6 pm CET)

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Film Festivals in 2021. Speakers: ⚫ Melanie Iredale, a Deputy Director of Sheffield Doc/Fest ⚫ Victoria Leshchenko, a Program Director of Docudays UA ⚫ Christine Camdessus, a Managing & Artistic Director of FIPADOC ⚫ Rebecca De Pas, a Programmer of Visions du Réel Moderator: ⚫ Marta Balaga (film journalist, Cineuropa) Introduction of the panelists and moderator ...
 

 

SydFest 2021: Made For You as a cure to 2020

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With so much water under the bridge, you’ve earned the right to a COVID safe festival where you can enjoy your city. In 1977, when Sydney Festival began, Stephen Hall wrote, “we have conceived the Festival from the very beginning as a people’s Festival”, and in 2021 Sydney Festival is a gift to the people of Sydney, with 21 days of free events, performances, exhibitions and talks. COVID-19 has taught us to celebrate the best that Australia has to offer – with our ...
 

 

Sedona International Film Festival Will Blend Live, Virtual Elements into Scaled-Down, Safety-Driven 27th Festival

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  The 27th annual Sedona International Film Festival will combine both live and virtual film experiences underscored by strict CDC safety protocols in a scaled-down but still incredibly entertaining 10-day deep dive into all things independent film from Feb. 20-28, 2021. It still means a diverse range of full-length features, shorts, documentaries and foreign films sure to have something for everyone. It also means health and safety protocols and social distancing applied to every ...
 

 

AFM special offer: Submit to these greek festivals with a 30% discount

 
Filmfestivals.com partnered with Petra Terzi and her umbrella organization : Cultural International Festivals Network to bring you these exclusive offers. VISIT THE 15th EDITION LIVE NOVEMBER 15 - 22, 2020 CYIFF Screenings Program / CYIFF Goes Online / CYIFF MEET & GREET Venues: Screenings will be held at K-Cineplex Nicosia Prime, Cyprus CYIFF 2020 Hospitality Hotel: The Landmark Nicosia 5*Hotel  IMPORTANT: Travel safety to Cyprus for&...
 

 

LA Crime and Horror Film Festival

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The 6th season of the Los Angeles Crime & Horror Film Festivals, scheduled to take place in the heart of Hollywood in May 2021, is now accepting submissions of feature films and short films in the many crime and horror subgenres. From zombies and demons to mobsters and murderers, the crime and horror genres have captured the cinematic experience since the invention of film. Today, they remain some of the most memorable stories in independent film. The LA Crime and Horror Film Festival has ...
 

DOC NYC 2020 First Thoughts

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DOC NYC is holding its eleventh edition online this year from November 11-19. The festival remains the largest North American documentary film festival and offers viewers over 200 films and numerous events. The program includes 107 feature length documentaries, with 23  world premieres,  12  international or North American premieres, and 7  United States premiers, and many short films. A detailed review of the documentary festiva...

Chandler International Film Festival returns for the 8th year this january

CHANDLER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR ITS FIFTH YEAR   We are happy to announce a fantastic line up for the four-day festival in January, featuring films: Tombstone, Pirates of the Caribbean, Curse of the Black Pearl, The Un...
 
 
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Miami Short Film Festival 2020 Winners announced

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Filmfestivals.com Bruno Chatelin stood on the jury along with esteemed industry judges. 2020 FESTIVAL WINNERS If you weren't able to tune into this year's Virtual Awards Ceremony, here are this year's MIAMIsFF winners.Congratulations to the winners Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all our nominees and official selections! If you want to catch these shorts and more, there's still time! Purchase our Virtual Encore Pass and stream all the shorts presented in our ...
 

The awards of the 61st Thessaloniki International Film Festival

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61st Thessaloniki International Film Festival took place 5 - 15/11/2020     61st TIFF: THE AWARDS   The 61st Thessaloniki International Film Festival was concluded with great success, receiving the audience’s love in every possible way. More than 80,000 viewers and movie industry professionals watched the films and attended the Festival’s online even...
 

 

Seville European Film Festival 2020 Awards

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  WINNERS: FULL LIST   The International Jury of the Official Section of the Seville European Film Festival 2020, formed by Rosa Bosch, Frédéric Niedermayer, Carlos R. Ríos and Luis Urbano, has decided to award the following films:   GOLDEN GIRALDILLO Film: MALMKROG Directed by: Cristi Puiu   “You don't usually get the chance to feel like you're dealing with a masterpiece. We were impre...
 

10th US in Progress Winners Announced

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To the Moon by Scott Friend                                                                                                                              In the 10th online edi...

33rd Tokyo International Film Festival Awards

Tokyo International Film Festival: Oct. 31 – Nov. 9, 2020  33rd Tokyo International Film Festival Ends After 10 Days of Physical Screenings and Special Online Events Closing Ceremony and Press Conference with Audience Award Winner The 33rd Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) came to a close tonight, after 10 days of physical screenings and a range of online events, from master classes to talk salons to the new “Asia Lounge” Conversation Series. Due to internationa...

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Julien Dubuque International Film Festival April 18 – 25, 2021

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January 4, regular Deadline  

 

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

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

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

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16th Myrtle Beach International Film Festival (April 20-24, 2021) 

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November 20, 2020 Regular Deadline 

Call for entry MBIFF 16 now open     I December 11, 2020 Late Deadline  I December 31, 2020 Extended Deadline I  

The MBIFF is a World Class Event.

Submissions end December 31st,  20éà, submit through filmfreeway.com, or through the festivals website, myrtlebeachfilmfestival.com
Selected by Movie Maker Magazine as one of the top 25 film festivals worth the submission, one of the top festivals in the world by Film international and touted by many as one of the most important independent film festivals in the circuit. We are passionate about film and it shows!

The MBIFF screens projects in a multi-million dollar theater, housing state of the art technology.

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New York City Independent Film Festival (NYCIndieFF)

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November 30, 2020  Regular Deadline 

The New York City Independent Film Festival (a.k.a. NYC Independent Film Festival, NYCIndieFF) is an annual film festival held in New York City. It was founded in 2009 by Dennis Cieri and Bonnie Rush. The festival has screened over 1,800 movies from 81 different countries since it began in 2010.

The Festival is focused on low budget and emerging, yet overlooked filmmakers, bringing their talent to culturally enrich the NYC community. The Festival aims to create the largest gathering of true indie filmmakers.

NYCIndieFF honors the Best in Category which includes Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Super Short, as well as Best Director and Best Screenplay.

With a new section: the Covid-19 Diaries: tell us your story of hope and survival during the Corona lockdown. Short under 10 minutes

NYCIndieFF provides a showcase for the best in independent cinema, including short films, feature films, music videos, and animated works. With panels, parties and a week-long gathering of fellow indie filmmakers NYCIndieFF is the place to be May 16 - May 23, 2021.

Website I Profile on filmfestivals.com I Facebook I Twitter I Email  contact I  SUBMIT

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Your Script Produced competition
Season 2
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November 30, 2020 Final Deadline

Introducing Season 2 / 2020 of “Your Script Produced!” International Film / Tv / Short Film Screenwriting Competition sponsored by Doval Bacall Films. The sponsor will fully finance, develop, package and produce the Grand Prize Winning Feature Script for $250,000.00.

We've raised the stakes! Season 2 will accept Features, Tv Scripts, AND SHORT FILM SCRIPTS! Winners will be promoted in the Variety Magazine and THR!

Open to writers of all levels. 18 years old or older. Anyone 16 or 17 years of age can submit, must have a parental consent form.

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

WE PRODUCE YOUR SCRIPT!

PERIOD.

SUBMITFEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY I TV SCRIPT I WEBSITE I CONTACT BY EMAIL

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54th WorldFest Houston April 16-25, 2021

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December 15, 2020  

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

 

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

WorldFest Houston's blog I Websitehttp://www.worldfest.org I Submit I Facebook I Twitter I Contact Hunter Todd

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Fantasporto 41 February 26 - March 6

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Deadline  December 1st, 2020 (Feature films)

November 1st (Fantasy short films)

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

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

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

Fantasporto's blog I Website  I Submit I  Facebook I Twitter I Contact Mario Dorminsky I Entry Form

 

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ONES TO WATCH FOR FESTIVAL CONSIDERATION

Only Human HOMO Directed by Igor Ivanov

Homo Adorans, Homo Amans , Homo Economicus, Homo Faber, Homo Ludens,Homo Ridens : which one are you which one are they really?

ONLY HUMAN – Homo… stages six profiles in six sequencess  cleverly interwoven. One dramatic story in 6 episodes featuring desperate characters in their quest for survival and love, or redemption. The jobless graduate becomes a grave-digger, the grieving widow a nun, the priests gamble and gangsters rule the courts. Only the lonely child may find some affection when hope springs eternal.

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Safeguard: An Electoral College Story Documentary by Matthew Taylor

USA September 2020 77minutes

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

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IRIS by Diana Rodriguez

USA - Fantastic drama thriller: 104 minutes - first feature film

Alice Kremelberg (Orange Is The New Black) stars as the eponymous Iris, and gives an outstanding lead performance as this tortured soul dreadfully awaiting the death of her Aunt Adelaide, played by Mary Looram (Like Father, Braid). As Aunt Adelaide slowly withers away in hospice, Iris continues her day to day routines of working in an antique shop, and scrolling online for connections through an online dating app. However, Iris has an ulterior motive behind her digital search for suitors, and it’s not love. Iris has a hunger, and she needs to feed. On every date she goes on, she sizes her match up and determines their strength of character on a criteria of what she considers basic human decency. And if any of her dates fail to meet her standards, then that’s the end of them. They’re dinner. That’s just how Iris operates.

But complications arise when Iris meets Tom, played by Grant MacDermott (Hustlers, Mr. Robot), at a support group meeting for people dealing with the lingering effects of grief. Tom is a good hearted man coping with crippling trauma. As their chaste relationship develops, Iris is confounded by a debilitating emotional dilemma. She yearns for the love she once lost, but recognizes the potential in having a strong bond with Tom. Unfortunately, her primal nature exposes itself in the heat of lust, causing her deep seated vampirism to emerge and overtake her instincts. So she can never truly express her true feelings to Tom without it resulting in his death. What’s a timeless girl to do in the big city?

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ANGIE: LOST GIRLS by Julia Verdin

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USA, 107 minutes, June 2020

One girl’s nightmare. A nationwide reality.

After escaping from a sex trafficking ring, one teenage girl struggles to reconnect with herself and her family after her ordeal. Ultimately, in order to find herself and rescue her helpless friends, she must confront her own fears and help lead the police to her traffickers - no matter the cost.

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Sixteen-year-old Angie Morgan feels like her parents don’t understand her. After she is befriended by the charming and handsome Mario, everything seems to change for the better. He understands her desire to be a musician and promises to help her fulfill her dreams. However, her innocent, suburban life is upended when Mario lures her away to sell her to a local sex trafficking ring.

Angie is shocked and scared at her new found situations but clings to the belief that Mario loves her and that they will eventually both escape.  When it becomes clear to her that this will never happen, Angie is so overcome with shame and remorse for the life she is now trapped in and all seems hopeless.

When her closest friend and fellow victim, Zoe, finds out that Angie is about to be sold and shipped off to Miami, Zoe finds a way for them to escape. They make a desperate run for it. Angie escapes, but Zoe is not so lucky. Alone and heartbroken for her friend still imprisoned by their traffickers, Angie returns home to find that “normal” life is now anything but normal.

Burdened by her severe PTSD and guilt, Angie shies away from both her family and the police.  She is terrified that her traffickers will return for her (or worse, her little sister) if she provides any information to the police. 

Luckily, Angie meets Rachel, a sex trafficking survivor turned caseworker, who is desperately searching for the girl who was in her care but taken back by her traffickers: Zoe. As Rachel lends her strength, Angie begins to consider standing up to the traffickers, and after witnessing brutal murders and mutilations of other girls at hands of the traffickers, Angie considers standing up to the traffickers.

Will Angie’s fear hold her back? Or will she persevere to protect her family and help rescue Zoe and the others? 

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FINDING MANNY by Kacey Cox

Canada, 56 minutes documentary, june 2020

The chance discovery of an online article sends a Holocaust survivor on an unexpected trip to visit the orphanage where he was rescued to after the war.
 
Manny Drukier narrowly escaped the war by jumping from a “death train” at age 16, finding refuge at a unique home for orphans and displaced children. 71 years later, Manny—who lives in Toronto—is tracked down by a German researcher who has dedicated a decade of her life to locating the surviving children from the home. She invites Manny to return to the orphanage, which has since become a grade school, to share his story with the next generation. Manny must now revisit the places of his darkest memories, to reconcile the past and educate the future.

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BLUE MOTEL Award winning script by Ted Campbell
Feature film in production by Doval Bacall Films

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Grand Winner Your Script Produced season 1  Platinum Remi Award WorldFest Houston

When his bank robber father injured in a recent heist seeks refuge at the desolate motel where he works, a motel clerk is forced to confront the truth behind a botched heist from his past.

Originally from Boston, Mass, Ted Campbell is a screenwriter and director who specializes in thoughtful, character driven thrillers. Ted will direct his heist thriller "Underground" with producer Ellen Wander of Film Bridge International. His contained, crime thriller “Blue Motel” won the Grand Prize in Your Script Produced screenplay competition. Ted will direct “Blue Motel” with Doval Bacall Films producing. Ted is a member of ISA’s Development Program. And was named to ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters To Watch list.

Ted finds inspiration in the works of the great noir writers Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald as well as his screenwriting idols Scott Frank, Shane Black, Tony Gilroy and Richard Wenk.

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SAVING NORTH - A RUSSIAN AMERICAN ODYSSEY by J Mitchell Johnson

Russia USA Feature documentary April 2020 Director's cut: 79 minutes

What happened, what can happen to the centuries old amazing wooden churches in north of Russia. Photographer Richard Davies trips to Russia and USA tell stories on human soul, hope and russian american…cooperation in restoring beauty.

Saving North is the story of a struggle for human and cultural survival in the mysterious and insular world of the Russian North. An outsider from England, photographer Richard Davies, enters this mysterious and vast region of the world with the hope of documenting both the glory and the tragic demise of its rapidly disappearing Wooden Churches. As Davies meets and becomes friends with the some of his Russian photo subjects, he finds himself getting emotionally involved with their struggle. He decides to put down his camera and get involved with church restoration.

Early on in our story Davies befriends the famed Russian architect Alexander Popov who is deeply involved in working to preserve and share with the world the beauty and value of these ancient structures. Popov has uniquely discovered and reinvigorated both the tools and processes that restore life back to the North. But it’s an uphill battle against strong and powerful forces.

Together, Davies and Popov uncover the circumstances that led to the demise of the churches, and then join a small but growing group of passionate Russian citizens and outsiders from all walks of life who join the cause of Saving North.

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SEKURITAS written and directed by Carmen Stadler

Romantic dark comedy 117 minutes 2019 Switzerland

Starring Kathrin Veith, Duraid Abbas Ghaieb, Jeanne Devos, Daniel Kasztura, Vilmar Bieri, This Maag

First feature film by Swiss director Carmen Stadler, produced by Claudia Wick for Abrakadabra Films AG

An office complex wishes for a love story before demolition. It chooses the lonely misfits for this story; those who go through security rounds at night, scrub toilets, experiment with recipes or rehearse their final speech. A poetic and twisted kaleidoscope that centers around desire, security and melodious noises which move through the entire fabric of the building.

 

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Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible written  and directed by Matthew Taylor

USA 2019 Documentary 89 minutes

Duchamp: Art of the Possible is a feature documentary that explores the life, art, and philosophy of the 20th century’s most influential modernists, Marcel Duchamp, and how his work single-handedly changed the course of art, and over time, culture itself.
 

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THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA, directed by Elena Demidova

The documentary film «THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA», directed by Elena Demidova, tells a story of one of the most famous lamas, Pandido Khambo Lama Dashi Dorzho Itigelov. His body is recognized as one of the sacred Buddhist objects of Russia and is being kept in the Ivolginsky Datsan. The Buddhist monks approach him as a living person.
 
Itigelov was born in 1852 and began his religious education at the age of sixteen years. In 1911, he was appointed the twelfth Pandido Khambo Lama as the Head of Russian Buryat Buddhists. Between 1913 and 1917, Itigelov was prominent in the spiritual life of Russian Empire. He took part in the Tercentenary celebrations of the House Romanov and opened first Buddhist temple in St. Petersburg. During First World War Itigelov presided over the society of "Buryat brothers", an organization helping the Russian army. After October Revolution, Itigelov resigned as head of the Buddhists. In 1927, aged seventy-five years, he asked other lamas to begin meditation ceremonies and funeral rites, since he said he was about to die. Itigelov left a testament asking to be buried as he was at the time of his death, sitting in lotus posture. On September 11, 2002, Itigelov's body was eventually exhumed in the presence of the leaders of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha of Russia and transferred to Ivolginsky Datsan.

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THE CREEPY LINE a film by M.A.Taylor 2018

"A film that Google does not want you to see  - filmfestivals.com Best for Fest"

An eye-opening documentary, The Creepy Line reveals the stunning degree to which society is manipulated by Google and Facebook and blows the lid off the remarkably subtle – hence powerful – manner in which they do it.

The Creepy Line is a title culled from the words of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, when during a 2010 interview he explained Google’s code of conduct: “The Google policy on a lot of things is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.”

However, as Dr. Robert Epstein explains in the film, “Google crosses the creepy line every day”. 

Offering first-hand accounts, scientific experiments and detailed analysis, The Creepy Line examines what is at risk when these two tech titans have free reign to utilize the public’s most private and personal data to manipulate society.

There is no question that the “creepy line” is getting ever-creepier, and that the tech giants have crossed it.

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Sharkwater: Extinction by Rob Stewart Documentary
Canada 2018
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Rob Stewart “Conservation is the preservation of human life on earth. And that, above all else, is worth fighting for” Watch Rob Stewart doing what he loved most of all, swimming with sharks, in exclusive footage from his third film, Sharkwater: Extinction.

Sharkwater: Extinction is a follow up to his first two award-winning films, Sharkwater and Revolution. Sharkwater exposed the devastating issue of shark finning, while Revolution brought the destructive effects of Ocean Acidification to light.

Rob taught the world to not fear sharks, through his iconic images of hugging these majestic creatures and free diving with them.

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Revolution by Rob Stewart 

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over 40 festival wins so far

Eco Documentary feature film by Rob Stewart April 2015, 82 minutes (Sharkwater)
Revolution is a film about changing the world. The true-life adventure of Rob Stewart, this follow-up to his acclaimed SHARKWATER (36 festival wins) documentary continues his remarkable journey; one that will take him through 15 countries over four years, and where he'll discover that it's not only sharks that are in grave danger -- it's humanity itself.

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