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Virtual Opening Party with Juan McCartney as Master of Ceremonies

Special Guests:   DJ SIR ALEX CRANBERRIE   SIR ALEX CRANBERRIE is all about wonderful words & magical music: “The time we spend together on a dance floor matters and because of that I prefer to play music with a strong and catchy character.”   I am mostly involved in producing, remixing, scouting, and playing new vibes and fresh talent besides my passion for writing poetry and lyrics. Recently founded the Bahamas and Portugal-ba...

BIFF opened with One Night in Miami

Set on the night of February 25, 1964, "One Night in Miami" follows a young, brash Cassius Clay as he emerges from the Miami Beach Convention Center the new Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World. Against all odds, he defeated Sonny Liston and shocked the sports world. While crowds of people swarm Miami Beach to celebrate the match, Clay - unable to stay on the island because of Jim Crow-era segregation laws - spends the evening at the Hampton House Motel in Miami's African Ame...

BIFF announces screenwriters finalists to be mentored at BIFF Jan 4 - 10

  Writer Jomo Merritt / United States Journal of A Dinka Boy, Chronicles the experiences of a young boy in Sudan. Triplets NOAH, SIMON and MATTHEW’S mother dies in childbirth. Superstitious beliefs attribute her death and their birth to the fact that their mother was the daughter of an adulteress. Writer Arthur Tiersky / United States I Don't Know, An initially conventional romantic comedy is disrupted by the presence of the screenwriter himself, who ...

Industry panels at the 17th Bahamas International Film Festival

Appreciating the Era of Cinema within The Bahamas Monday, Jan 4 @ 7:00pm – 8:00pm Steven Beer/ Leslie Vanderpool / Chris Mortimer / Andrew O'Brien / Audley Hanna Jr. / Lauren Glinton     Budgeting & Line Producing Tuesday, Jan 5 @12:00pm Jib Polhemus - Moderator, Michael Mandaville, Rene Besson Sponsored by Westend Love Beach.   Producing Master Class Tuesday, Jan 5 @ 3:30pm  Denise Robert, Danny Delillo - Mo...

Bruno Chatelin joins the Bahamas film fest jury

  Valeria Blanca Actress | Short Film Valeria Blanc is an argentinean actress who currently lives in Mexico City. In cinema she played the lead in the short films “The medal” winner of many international film festivals, including FICG 2020, “In the clouds” winner of more tan 35 international film festivals and other awards, among other shorts ...

How to BIFF Virtual 2021 edition

HAPPY NEW YEAR Everyone, Thank you all again for your support as we embark on the very first iteration of Virtual BIFF! It can be overwhelming to learn so many new things so here is a guide to help you get ready. The festival begins on January 4th and runs through the 10th.  The first thing you will do is go to and create an account using the email you provided to Leslie as your contact email. Once you login, you will instantly have access to...

Virtual BIFF Lineup

BIFF.jpg > DOWNLOAD 2020 FILM GUIDE AS A PDF    A Boy Has Disappeared (پسری که ناپدید شد)   Short Film - Drama Cast: Bamdad Raki, Noushin Masoudian World Premiere   When nothing goes right, a 7 years old boy decides to disappear himself as well as the objects around him. Trailer »Read More   Aida Alimadadi Iran / 2020, 15 mins ...

BIFF 2020 takes you to a whole new (virtual) island

BIFF VIRTUAL BIFF will offer a vibrant online interactive space, powered by cutting edge internet platform Filmocracy.  You will experience all the excitement and buzz of the festival while in the comfort of your home, January 4 - 10. Check it out:   BIFF is excited to embrace the new technology and aims to provide the magical, island touch, creating an environment for viewing films, panel discussions, tributes, and industry networking. Film festivals around th...


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Berlinale 2021 twofold: Online Industry Offer in March, Public Event in June

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the 71st Berlin International Film Festival has developed a new festival format for 2021 and is pleased to be able to hold the festival for the industry and the public. The industry platforms European Film Market, Berlinale Co-Production Market, Berlinale Talents and the World Cinema Fund will kick off the 71st Berlinale in March with an online offer. In June, there will be a summer event with numerous film screenings for the public audiences – i...

Digital format for Unifrance Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris

Our Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris, which will begin next week, is part of a long list of festivals and markets whose format has changed radically. We hence wanted to add a day of reflection to the Rendez-vous's usual program, involving participants from all over the world. We look forward to seeing you on January 12, 2021... in digital format. Nearly 90 artists will take part in digital interviews from a physical location in Paris. They will be in contact with 140 internati...

Coherent Action, Incoherent Cinema – The Berlin Critics’ Week Conference 2021

  Two-part conference on February 27 and 28, 2021 Films and debates from March 1 – 7, online and optionally at the Hackesche Höfe Kino Berlin   How can conviction be shown? And on the screens and displays out there, do there exist sequences of images that make it possible to think of the future of cinema in the midst of a pandemic? Scheduled for the weekend before the Berlinale’s European Film Market, this year’s Berlin Critics’ Week Confe...

MIPTV 2021 will be online, MIPCOM 2021 will run in hybrid form

  As we head towards a new year and hope for better times, we wish to share with you some of our plans for the 2021 editions of MIPTV and MIPCOM, where we are looking forward to gathering the industry through online and in-person events.   MIPTV – the 58th Spring International Television Market – will take place online in April 2021 as will MIPDoc and MIPFormats.  Details of the all-new Digital MIPTV 2021, i... 

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IFFI 51, Goa, January 16-24, 2021, 05: Line up of movies for international competition

IFFI 51, Goa, January 16-24, 2021, 05: Line up of movies for international competition 51st International Film Festival of India has released the line-up of international movies for competition during the festival. The best feature length fiction films from all over the world are selected to compete in the section. It is one of the most important sections of the festival that features some of the most outstanding films of the year, and these 15 films compete for the Golden Peacock, and other...

IFFI 51, Goa, 16-24 January 2021, 04: Pablo Cesar to Chair International Jury

IFFI 51, Goa, 16-24 January 2021, 04: Pablo Cesar to Chair International Jury The 51st edition of International Film Festival of India announced its five-member International Jury today, with eminent film-makers from across the world. The Jury will comprise Pablo Céésar (Argentina) as Chairman, Prasanna Vithanage (Sri Lanka), Abu Bakr Shawky (Austria), Priyadarshan (India) and Ms. Rubaiyat Hossain (Bangladesh). Pablo César is an Argentinian film-maker. He has the critica...

RIFF 7, Jaipur-Jodhpur, 20-24 March, 01: First list of films announced

RIFF 7, Jaipur-Jodhpur, 20-24 March, 01: First list of films announced RIFF - Rajasthan International Film Festival, is an organisation in the area of international cinema, initiated by RIFF FILM CLUB, a non-profit organisation , which has made and will continue to make will make endeavours towards imparting a novel identity to the world cinema, through conducting film festivals in Rajasthan every year. The organisation will make attempts to connect the world cinema with the common public and...

IFFI 51, 2021, Goa, 16-24 January, 03: Minister Javadekar announces the selection of films in the Indian Panorama

IFFI 51, 2021, Goa, 16-24 January, 03: Minister Javadekar announces the selection of films in the Indian Panorama Information and Broadcasting Minister of the Government of India, Prakash Javadekar has announced the selection of 23 Feature and 20 non-feature films in Indian Panorama for the 51st International Film Festival of India, IFFI. The I&B Ministry organises the annual festival, through its Directorate of Film Festivals, along with the Government of Goa, in Panaji Goa. The annual ...

51st IFFI, Goa, 16-24 January, 2021, 02: Opening, closing and mid-fest films announced

51st IFFI, Goa, 16-24 January, 2021, 02: Opening, closing and mid-fest films announced Another Round, by Thomas Vinterberg, will be opening film. The movie, starring Cannes Best Actor Award winner Mads Mikkelsen, is among a star-studded line up of movies being showcased at IFFI. The movie is also Denmark’s official entry to the Oscars. The festival will also witness the World Première of Mehrunisa. The film, by Sandeep Kumar, will première mid-fest. Starring formidable ...

IFFI 51, Goa, 16-24 January, 2021, 01: Eagerly-awaited cinema fest coming-up soon, in testing times

IFFI 51, Goa, 16-24 January, 2021, 01: India's eagerly-awaited cinema fest coming-up soon, in testing times 51st IFFI, scheduled for 16th -24th January 2021, is coming-up in less than two weeks. It is organised, as usual, by the Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, through the Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF), Government of India, in collaboration with the Government of Goa, through the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), and the Indian Film Industry. International Film Fe...

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Cloud 21 PR International and Kultura PR International are will present the fourth annual "Indie Entertainment Showcase 2021"

Cloud 21 PR International and Kultura PR International are will present the fourth annual "Indie Entertainment Showcase 2021" special event that will be held virtually during the time of the Park City, Utah film festival. The online event "Indie Entertainment Showcase 2021" is scheduled for January 30, 2021 at 12 p.m. PST/3 p.m. EST. Register for the complimentary event at:

Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize jury announced

  The jury members for the NOK 200,000 (€ 20,000) Nordic TV Drama Screenplay Award 2021 are now official. For the fifth consecutive year, the award for outstanding writing of a Nordic drama series, funded by Nordisk Film & TV Fond, will be handed out during TV Drama Vision, Göteborg Film Festival’s conference event and series market. This year’s Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize jury members comprise the Israeli Emmy Award-winning producer and Head of Intern...


Juries and lineup announced for the 11th edition of MyFrenchFilmFestival!

  MyFrenchFilmFestival is back with 33 films on offer: feature films and shorts, as well as VR works, all subtitled in 10 languages and available worldwide from January 15 through February 15, 2021. Discover the jury members, the film selection, and watch the trailer for the 11th edition of MyFrenchFilmFestival! The 2021 International Jury: Franco Lolli: Colombian director, screenwriter, and producer Franco Lolli premiered his first feature film, ...

Harry & Meghan land on Spotify for a meaningful HNY 2021 pod-moment

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Ever since the word “Megxit” was coined off the back of the anxiety-provoking term Brexit, Royal Family ex-pat Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, have been tested by the slings and arrows of derisive social media from the UK.  The Daily Mail, which has routinely pilloried Meghan and slated Prince Harry, has even been sued by the couple for these routine thrashings. They could not “put a foot right,” as the say...

Olympia Dukakis honored at Bridges Festival

The 11th Bridges International Film Festival ΓΕΦΥΡΕΣ-Παγκόσμιος Κινηματογράφος proudly offered the LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD to  OLYMPIA DUKAKIS, Oscar Winning actress and producer of The New Abolitionists, documentary, concerning sex trafficking, directed by her daughter Christina Zorich.  Olympia Mary Dukakis ...

The Locarno Film Festival announces its new selection committees, led by Giona A. Nazzaro

Giona A. Nazzaro, newly appointed Artistic Director of the Locarno Film Festival, has picked the two selection committees to work alongside him in drawing up the program for Locarno74. His choice was endorsed by the Executive Board, and the call for entries has been brought forward to allow the new team to begin work on the selection process very soon. The new selection committees, ratified by the Executive Board of the Locarno Film Festival, will work alongside Giona A. Nazzar...




IFP transitions to Gotham

New Name. Same Mission.   For over forty years, IFP has worked to advance the groundbreaking, enduring, challenging culture of independent film. BE A PART OF WHAT'S NEXT: Announcing IFP's Transition to The Gotham from Independent Feature Project on Vimeo. New Name. Same Mission.  For over forty years, IFP has worked to advance the groundbreaking, enduring, challenging culture of independent film.   In that time, we’ve grown from a gra...

Once Upon a Time in Venezuela, Anabel Rodriguez Rios, Venezuela, 2019

Submitted as the Venezuela official feature entry for the next Oscar, this outstanding documentary filmed over  seven years portrays the slow death of a small village of Congo Mirado situated in the Maracaibo lake, next to the largest oil producing region of Venezuela.  Anabel Rios’ production focuses on the destruction of an impoverished island community by forces beyond its control. Such a presentation could be filmed about the fate of poor communities in many other  cou...

Will PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN lift Carey Mulligan to gold this year?

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent She’s won BAFTA awards and other industry accolades, but hasn't gone beyond Oscar Nominee yet; so will 2021 ring in the gold for Carey Mulligan for PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN? With a special 48-hour at home rental period on Jan. 15, the Focus Features film has already generated noise in an odd year for Award Season. Margot Robbie (BOMBSHELL) is a producer for PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN, which is directed by KILLING EVE’s Emera...

Beyond Borders 2021 - Insights on French film export

In the scope of the 23rd edition of the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris, which will be held virtually from January 13 to 15, UniFrance has planned an Industry Day around the export of French Film on Tuesday, January 12. This series of keynotes and round tables will gather French and European industry players to discuss the sales, promotion and exposure of French films in light of the recent market evolutions. --> To be followed on Facebook Live and ...

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI… Regina King changes your outlook on 4 future icons

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent You might flash on Regina King as Cuba Gooding Jr’s fierce wife in the Jerry Maguire movie, but flash-forward to her 2019 Oscar win for IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK. Follow that with her directorial turn in ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI… to be released on Jan. 15 as an Amazon Original, and fierce has new meaning. Adapted from the same-titled play by Kemp Powers, who also wrote the screenplay, King may have just topped herself in the jump from T...

Overview of the US business for the week of January 4th

  Happy New Year 2021.  A reminder that the Chinese New Year will begin on February 12th, and we will be entering the YEAR OF THE OX.  We say goodbye to 2020, the YEAR OF THE RAT. Wonder Woman 1984 led the box office in the first weekend of 2021, just as it did in the last weekend of 2020.  Warner Bros.' superhero sequel directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot brought in an estimated $5.5M in ticket sales, now with a 10-day North American cume of $28.5M. ...

MISSING PERSON - a James W. Hawk film premieres

MISSING PERSON - a James W. Hawk short film has premiered on YouTube on  December 25 at 10 a.m. and will be available thereafter for those who miss the premiere. The link is  or search on YouTube for "Missing Person James W. Hawk". MISSING PERSON is the story of a boy and his single father resolving an important issue. It is a heartwarming upbeat story. MISSING PERSON was a semi-finalist at the Waco Family and Faith International ...

Overview of the US business for the week of December 28

  The box office ended the year on a high note, led by Warner Bros.' long-anticipated opening of Wonder Woman 1984. The superhero sequel to the 2017 blockbuster reached a new high for movies released to theatres during pandemic times, grossing an estimated $16.7M at 2,151 locations across North America.  Universal took places 2 and 3 with the $2.4M opening of News of the World followed by $1.7M for The Croods: A New Age in its 5th week, now adding up to a Domestic cume of $30.3...

Borat backlash: Turkish Americans & Kazakh Cultural Media blows into Hollywood

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Has the cultural-appropriation boom finally been dropped on the BORAT franchise?  If you are Sacha Baron Cohen right now, you might be wondering. Remarkably, the Association of Turkish Americans of Southern California and the Kazakh Cultural Media Association have teamed up for a public pillorying of the most recent release, BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM. In fact, these organizations want it banned as an award season option for Oscar v...
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Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival moves to June

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival : SDFF 2021 June 10 – 13 Shuttered and battered and sheltering in place We’re reading tea leaves, the Times and the trades. The calendar said that April would be much too soon So, we’ve hauled cables, mics & programs forward into June.   Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival is moving to June. In light of ever changing COVID-19 conditions, and the impact on our industry, audience and bottom line we’r...

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Fantastic Film Festival Australia returns April 1-14

"A home for mind-breakers, trend-setters, razor-walkers, loose-wires, truth-talkers, trailblazers and envelope-pushers, Fantastic Film Festival Australia returns to Lido Cinemas (VIC) and Ritz Cinemas (NSW) from April 1 - 14, 2021.  Genre cinema has a unique ability to act as a monument; marking the social, cultural and political climate within which it exists. It has the power to conjure truth that is raw; truth that gets under...


Flickerfest celebrates shorts for 30 years and is again rolling out the red carpet at Bondi Beach

  Flickerfest, Sydney’s Academy® Qualifying and BAFTA recognised short film festival, celebrates 30 years in 2021 and is again rolling out the red carpet at Bondi. Join us this summer as we debut a bespoke COVID Safe festival garden, including The Famous Spiegeltent indoor cinema, an outdoor lawn cinema and festival garden bar.  With over 200 shorts screening across 17 competitive programmes and showcase sessions, Flickerfest 2021 features a glittering lineup of stars...

The 2020 San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival Award Ceremony is Around the Corner~!

To filmmakers from all over the world, there was never a year that could be as challenging as 2020. Each corner on earth was facing an unpredictable tomorrow and no one could tell the date of everything gets back to normal. Under such a condition, the 17TH San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival didn’t stop its journey. For all the love from filmmakers, participants, and everyone who has been looking forward to SDIKFF every year, the committee held on with strength to off...


RIFF 2021 | Earlybird Deadline is at the end of January

For the fourth time the REAKTOR International Film Festival will present a broad cinematic spectrum of films from all over the world to the Austrian audience. Focusing completely on the films' cinematic aspects, short films as well as feature length films are qualified to receive the RIFF Awards. The earlybird deadline is at the end of January 2021. Films can be submitted on FilmFreeway. ...


Göteborg Film Festival isolates film enthusiast for 7 days on remote lighthouse island

Imagine beeing locked down in a lighthouse for a week, alone no phone, no facebook with 60 films to watch from the Göteborg Film Festival? Tempted try your luck and apply online. The global pandemic has forced the world’s cinemas to close down. The biggest film festival in Scandinavia is therefore creating The Isolated Cinema on the lighthouse island of Pater Noster. One film enthusiast will be able to enjoy the festival in total isolation on a rock far out at sea,...



Sicilia Queer filmfest 2021 - International New Visions and Queer Short Competition

SICILIA QUEER FILMFEST 2021 PALERMO 24th– 30th MAY, 2021 PARTICIPATION RULES PREMISE 1.        ORGANIZERS The cultural association Sicilia Queer organises the Sicilia Queer filmfest. Independent festival, it has been supported for some years by the MIBACT - Directorate General for Cinema; by the Regione Siciliana, Department of Tourism Sport and Show Business – Sicilia Film Commission; by the City of Palermo, Department of Culture. A...



Capri Hollywood 2020 Online edition line-up

All screenings will be broadcast on the platform with free access   DECEMBER 26   16.30 - Nocturne by Gianfranco Rosi (100 ') 17.30 - Almost Christmas by Francesco Lagi (87 ') 18.30 - Crossroads of Vanni Gandolfo (34 ') 19.00 - Small Town Wisconsin by Niels Muller (105 ') 20.30 - Waiting for the Barbarians by Ciro Guerra (112 ')     DECEMBER 27th   14.00 - Building B...

IFFR reveals competitions and February lineup for expanded 50th edition

50th International Film Festival Rotterdam 1 – 7 February | 2 – 6 June 2021 Highlights include Tiger Competition, Big Screen Competition, Ammodo Tiger Short Competition, opening film and Big Talks. During today’s press conference, International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) announced the 16 films selected for the festival’s Tiger Competition, as well as the Big Screen Competition and Ammodo Tiger Short Competition selections. Also revealed: the Limelight lineup...

PÖFF24 in numbers: attendance over 100 000

We are extremely glad to end this year with the news that regardless the extremely difficult year, we broke our attendance record as it's estimated that 101 833 physical and virtual attendances took place during #PÖFF24 and Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event.   With mentions in over 6000 articles in 71 languages detected by the Meltwater media monitoring service, the global potential media audience of the festival of 2020 stands ...

2021 Sundance Film Festival: Full Program Announced

72 Features, 50 Shorts, 4 Indie Series, 14 New Frontier Projects to Debut on Feature-Rich Digital Platform & Satellite Screens Nationwide Top L–R: Ma Belle My Beauty; Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir; We’re All Going to The World’s Fair. Bottom L–R: Little Miss Fate; To Miss The Ending; Would You Rather. The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced today the showcase of new independent work selected across the Feature Film, Short Fi...

Sundance unveils details for core online festival plans

Festival Offers Robust Online Platform and Announces Screening Partnerships with Independent Cinemas and Cultural Organizations The nonprofit Sundance Institute has unveiled plans for the seven-day 2021 Sundance Film Festival, offered digitally via a custom-designed online platform ( alongside drive-ins, independent arthouses, and a network of local community partnerships. The online expression of the Sundance Film Festival will provide global access for storytellers an... 
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Dumbo Film Festival's Screenwriting Competition quarterfinalists

Dumbo, New york Screenwriting Competition QUARTERFINALISTS The Dumbo Film Festival in Brooklyn announced today the quarterfinalists for its 2020 Screenplay Competition, presented by Event Horizon Films. Each script was reviewed by working industry professionals at top rep agencies (ICM Partners, A3 Artists Agency, Gersh, etc.) and graded based on strength of plot, characterization, format, originality, style, dialogue, pacing and current market potential.  Next Announce...


25th edition of Capri Hollywood concludes with awards

At completion of the just ended 25th edition of Capri Hollywood – The International Film Festival, it was announced today that Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” a compelling historical legal drama revolving around the trial of a group of protesters accused of inciting riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, has been named Best Picture of the Year.  The awards were announced here today by the Italian music legend and AMPAS member Tony Renis, al...

RIFF 2020 Awards

RIFF Awards for Best Editing, Best Screenplay & Best Director It gives us great pleasure to congratulate the winners of the RIFF Awards for their works. The Best Screenplay Award goes to Vahid Alvandifar’s dark comedy Cover about a surprising resurrection, the narration of which captivates through its timeless universal quality. The jury has awarded Best Editing to 1982 by Lucas Gallo, a smart and highly topical reflection on media mechanisms in war, based on gripping contemporary f...

The Best Shorts Competition Announces Latest Winners!

  The Best Shorts Competition is proud to announce the latest winners. The Best Shorts Competition puts filmmakers first and provides a direct opportunity for recognition and publicity for high quality productions. It is international in scope and has granted awards to producers in Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, ...


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Julien Dubuque International Film Festival April 18 – 25, 2021


January 15, 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!

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New York City Independent Film Festival (NYCIndieFF)


January 15, 2021  Late Deadline 

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

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

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

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

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

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54th WorldFest Houston April 16-25, 2021

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Late entry January 15, 2021  

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 -, or via - 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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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


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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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.


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


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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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.


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  - 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 first peek

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.



Revolution by Rob Stewart 

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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