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Berlinale News on European Film Market, Berlinale Co-Production Market, Berlinale Talents and World Cinema Fund

Berlinale News on European Film Market, Berlinale Co-Production Market, Berlinale Talents and World Cinema Fund  European Film Market Digitising the Business: The European Film Market (March 1-5, 2021) Presents Its Online Event Structure   At the start of every year, the European Film Market (EFM) provides a marketplace for film production sales and serves as one of the industry’s most important platforms for global film sales, distribution companies, festival programmer...


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...

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By Siraj Syed, our Indian corrrespondent. CLICK ANY OF THE TITLES FOR FULL REPORT



Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro to get Lifetime Achievement award

IFFI 51, Goa, 16-24 January, 2021, 12: Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro to get Lifetime Achievement award        The 51st edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will honour the Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award, at the opening ceremony, scheduled to be held tomorrow (January 16, 2021). He is well-known for the film The Bird with th...


OTT to serve highlights and varied fare

IFFI 51, Goa, 16-24 January 2021, 11: OTT to serve highlights and varied fare The 51st Edition of Asia’s oldest and India’s biggest festival, The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) which is to be held in Goa from 16th January to 24th January 2021, has announced a line-up of programmes that will be showcased on the OTT platform during the festival. Taking into account the ongoing Covid 19 Corona Pandemic, the International Film Festival of India...


Much-awaited list of World Panorama films is out

  IFFI 51, Goa, 16-24 January, 2021, 10: Much-awaited list of World Panorama films is out The 51st Edition of International Film Festival of India has yesterday unveiled the list of films under the World Panorama section. The line-up consists of fifty films, from across the world. Savour this. Film Name Director Country Only Human Igor Ivanov Macedonia ...


Khisa is a tale about loss of innocence and coming-of-age

IFFI 51, January 16-24, 2021, Goa, 09: Khisa is a tale about loss of innocence and coming-of-age India's Marathi short film Khisa (Pocket) is now making its way to India, after winning international awardsso many international awards. ''Khisa''short film has been Officially Selected in the Indian Panorama, for 51st International Film Festival of India, Goa 2021.  The film is Directed by Raj More, under the Banner of PP Cine Production, Mumbai and Laaltippa Film...


The kaleidoscope dozen

  IFFI 51, Goa, January 16-24, 2021, 08: The kaleidoscope dozen International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has today announced the line-up of films for its Festival Kaleidoscope. The section will feature 12 films from across the world. The line-up consists of the following movies: We Still Have the Deep Black Night by Gustavo Galvão (Brazil, Germany)     Window Boy Would also Like to Have a Submarine by Alex Piperno (Uruguay)       ...


South Indian component of the Indian Panorama

IFFI 51, Goa, January 16-24, 2021, 07: South Indian component of the Indian Panorama The glad tidings for the South Indian fans is that nine remarkable and appreciated South Indian films are selected to be featured at the Indian Panorama of IFFI, in which six feature, two mainstream cinema and one non-feature will be showcased. Here is a list of selected South Indian Movies FEATURED FILMS: Safe (Malayalam) Director – Pradeep Kalipurayath Synopsis – A social activist called Ar...


Treat of choice Marathi films, features and shorts

IFFI 51, Goa, January 16-24, 2021, 06: Treat of choice Marathi films, features and shorts The 51st Edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is all-set to be held in Goa from 16th January to 24th January, 2021. It’s time to rejoice for Marathi film lovers, as six powerful and thought-provoking Marathi movies, 3 feature and 3 non-feature films, have been selected to be showcased in the Indian Panorama section of the prestigious event. With an aim of providing a common p...


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...


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...



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 ...


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 ...


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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Fourth annual "Indie Entertainment Showcase 2021" in Sundance

Cloud 21 PR International and Kultura PR International 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 free to our event  ...


Director Bong Joon Ho will preside the International Jury of the Venezia 78 Competition

La Biennale di Venezia / 78th Venice International Film Festival / September 1 - 11, 2021 Director Bong Joon Ho will be the president of the International Jury of the Competition at the 78th Venice International Film Festival (September 1 - 11, 2021), which will assign the Golden Lion for Best Film, as well as other official awards.   The decision was made by the Board of Directors of the Biennale di Venezia, who confirmed the recommendation of the Director of the Venice Film F...

Venice Film Festival_Biennale College Cinema 2020-21_The Four Final Projects

  The 4 final projects have been selected for the Biennale College – Cinema 2020-2021 (9th edition) from Argentina, Ecuador, Italy, USA / Starting Wednesday 2 through Sunday 6 December 2020 they will participate in the first of two workshops   For the first time a film from the Biennale College – Cinema, This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection by Jeremiah Mosese (7th edition 2018-19) is nominated for an Oscar for Lesotho   The selection is complete f...


Catherine Trautmann re-elected as President of the Eurimages Fund

At its last meeting, the Board of Management of the Council of Europe’s Eurimages Fund re-elected Ms Catherine Trautmann unanimously and by acclamation as President of the Fund for a second four-year term starting on 1 January 2021. The President of the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC) who, with the support of the French Minister of Culture, had put forward the candidacy, congratulated Ms Trautmann on a re-election that testified to the excellen...


Brian Neil Hoff, Palm Springs Animation Festival Founder and Artistic Director, will leave PSIAF at the end of January

  BRIAN NEIL HOFF, FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR of THE PALM SPRINGS INTERNATION ANIMATION FESTIVAL (PSIAF)   The Palm Springs International Animation Festival (PSIAF) successfully launched 400 animated films on-line, and hosted drive-in, screening events with enthusiastic audiences throughout 2020.  The Covid-19 challenges have complicated events but offered creative opportunities for re-thinking directions, funding, and staffing.   Brian Neil Hoff, Founder and Artis...


Sundance Institute reveals the 15 2021 Screenwriters Lab Fellows

15 Fellows From Around the Globe Bring 12 Projects to Digital Convening, Developing Visionary Feature Films Fifteen emerging storytellers from Chile, India, Kenya, Tunisia and the U.S. will convene digitally for Sundance Institute’s January Screenwriters Lab, taking place online via Sundance Co//ab from January 11 -15, 2021. The Fellows will work to further develop twelve original projects, in collaboration with an experienced group of Creative Advisors. Under the leadership of ...



Albrecht Schuch is the German Shooting Star 2021

EFP (European Film Promotion) today announced the ten European actors who will be honoured as EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS 2021. Germany will be represented by Albrecht Schuch. An international jury of experts, consisting of American casting director Cassandra Han, Kosovar director Antoneta Kastrati and Danish producer René Ezra, selected the EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS 2021 from candidates who had been nominated by  European Film Promotion's member organisations, including German ...


European Film Promotion (EFP) announces the ten EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS of 2021

12 January 2021 °efp european shooting stars 2021 This year's selection of rising stars to be united in EFP's digital Home of Acting Talent 23 – 25 February 2021   photocredits: ­ Heli Blåfield: Seidi Haarla ­ Mathieu Rainaud: Nicolas Maury ­ Steffen Roth: Albrecht Schuch ­ Fabó Tóth: Natasa Stork ­ India Mullen: Fionn O'Shea ­ Dainiu...


Visions du Réel pays tribute to the French author, filmmaker and screenwriter Emmanuel Carrère

Visions du Réel will honor Emmanuel Carrère by awarding him the prestigious Honorary Award (previously the “Prix Maître du Réel”).  The homage will include a Masterclass, a Carte Blanche and the presentation of his documentary Retour à Kotelnitch (2003). The prize will be presented during the 52nd edition of the Festival, taking place from 15 to 25 April 2021. The Cinémathèque suisse (National Film Archive) and the ECAL (Un...


Ken Burns to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award from Professional Photographers of America

Internationally renowned filmmaker Ken Burns will accept Professional Photographers of America’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at Imaging USA, the largest convention in the photographic industry. Imaging USA will be held virtually January 17-19. Burns, whose career spans more than 40 years, is credited with sparking renewed public interest in American history thanks in large part to the extensive use of archival photography in his films. From Brooklyn Bridge to the Country Music...


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...




French Films on the international marketplace and at festivals in 2020

In 2020, French cinema reached 13.7 million admissions and 86.6 million euros in receipts in foreign theatres. It experienced a difficult year, losing nearly 70% of its international box office. But despite most key indicators being in the red, French cinema preserved a strong foothold in theaters and festivals abroad. KEY FIGURES AND TRENDS 13.7* million admissions for French cinema (45.3 million in 2019, down 69.8%*) / Note:...



Voltage Pictures is launching worldwide sales on writer-director David Midell’s (NightLights) tragic retelling of the fatal shooting of a 68-year-old Black man by the White Plains, NY, police in the multi-award-winning The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, it was announced today by President and COO Jonathan Deckter and Revelations Entertainment’s executive producers Morgan Freeman, Lori McCreary and Gary Lucchesi. Voltage will begin talks on the hot title, with buyers immediate...


Only Human selected to have World Premiere at IFFI GOA 

The 51st Edition of International Film Festival of India has yesterday unveiled the list of films under the World Panorama section. The line-up consists of fifty films, from across the world. The World Panorama Section Of IFFI Brings Some Of The Best Shots, To Dialogues And Direction, To The Audience. During The 9-Day Festival, Extraordinary Films By Renowned Filmmakers From Around The Globe Will Be Screened For Movies Aficionados. This Year 50 Magnificent Films Will Be Screene...


Award Season’s first salvo is Gary Oldman’s Oscar-worthy MANK

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent “Times are changing, Mr. Mankiewicz,” says GOT’s Charles Dance as William Randolph Hearst in the Gary Oldman starrer MANK, but have they really changed? Hearst is TPTB or the powers that be, paying half the salary of CITIZEN KANE screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz without his knowledge. And that’s the only spoiler you’ll find here. Netflix released MANK in theaters back in mid-November, and the Dec. 4 streaming relea...


2021 Sundance Film Festival Announces Additional Films

  Judas and the Black Messiah, Captains of Zaatari Join World Premiere Features; Passes and Tickets on Sale Now The nonprofit Sundance Institute today adds two more world premiere feature films  to the 2021 Sundance Film Festival lineup. The 2021 Festival will take place digitally via a feature-rich, Sundance-built online platform and in person on Satellite Screens across the country (public health permitting) from January 28-February 3, 2021. Tickets for these addi...


It's today and live! Don't miss UniFrance's industry day : Beyond Borders 2021

Today January 12th, 2021 marks UniFrance's Industry Day called Beyond Borders 2021, a virtual series of keynotes and round tables to discuss the sales, promotion and exposure of French films in light of the recent market evolutions. This Industry Day is being held in the scope of the 23rd edition of the Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, the President of UniFrance M. Nadav Lapid 10.30 a.m.-10.45 a.m. Keynote – "25 years of French films abroad... and 2020", by Nicolas Brigaud-...


Overview of the US business for the week of January 11th

Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman 1984 led all films at the box office this weekend, having taken the top spot in all three weeks since its Christmas debut.  The widely-anticipated sequel to the 2017 original starring Gal Gadot earned $3M this weekend, and has earned $32.6M to-date from ticket sales in North American theatres.  Universal's The Croods: A New Age continues to impress with $1.8M in its 7th week, now having generated $36.9M over its run. Our BOX OFFICE BUZZ video fea...


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 gras...
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Just announced: Sundance 2021 talks and events

THIS YEAR'S FESTIVAL GOES BEYOND FILM The lineup for this year’s Festival goes well beyond feature and short films, episodic work, and New Frontier—we are also bringing a robust program of online special events, conversations, and activations available for free to the global public. Meet us on January 28 at the Opening Night Welcome, and then start your day every morning with The Sundance Dailies, a guide to what’s happening that day, hosted by our ...


First films of the Berlin Critics’ Week 2021

  How memory is not free of images and images are not beyond cycles of oppression. What people and trees have to say to each other. And the hope to surprise oneself through new connections. The first films and debates of the Berlin Critics’ Week 2021 at a glance. The film program will be available to the public virtually throughout Germany from February 27 to March 7. Debates on the programs will take place online every day from March 1 to 7 and will be broadcast live. ...


Mads Mikkelsen and more at IFFR 2021 online in February

50th International Film Festival Rotterdam: 1 – 7 February | 2 – 6 June 2021   Mads Mikkelsen and more at IFFR 2021 online in February 50th edition goes online in February, final confirmations and ticket sales   International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) to open reimagined 50th edition online from 1 to 7 February 2021, on the tailor-made platform Adapting to the latest Covid-19 restrictions, IFFR 2021 invites national audiences and accredited internati...


COVID Fantasporto updates and consequences

BREAKING NEWS / LAST HOUR INFORMATIONS   Dear Friends,  Greetings from Porto.  On the 15th January the country was put in lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, at least till the 15th February. All Cultural events have been suspended and theatres were closed. However, we hope that as soon as the lockdown ends, we will be able to resume the normal activity, therefore being able to have Fantasporto in the announced dates- 25th February till 7th March – at the R...


Announcing 2021 Mirror Mountain Film Festival festival dates

We are excited to announce that Mirror Mountain Film Festival will be back this July 24th – 25th 2021 for our 5th edition! For safety reasons, our 2021 festival will be held online, instead of at our usual location at Arts Court. We look forward to celebrating the best in independent and alternative cinema with you all in July. In the meantime, watch this space, because we’ll be opening for film submissions very soon! ...


First glimpse of the Göteborg Fest TV Drama Vision online programme

We’re delighted and proud to present a first glimpse of the TV Drama Vision online programme! Among the highlights are our Honorary guest, the multiple award winning Danish director and screenwriter Susanne Bier, high end sessions with a spotlight on the future importance of the scripted television industry and an exclusive Work-in-Progress of the upcoming Swedish series A Royal Secret. The international conference TV Drama Vision will present a live broadcasted stage programm...



Jaipur Festival JIFF 2021 is starting online this Friday, Jan 15

JIFF 2021 (starting online this Friday, Jan 15) will showcase 266 films from 44 countries available online for free (50 movies available each day). The line up includes five films from Rajasthan   The scare of COVID kept us away from our loved ones and not from cinema. Whatever cinemas have been made during this frightening year, are now in our hands, in our mobiles and in our desktops Enthusiasm of the entire film world from throughout the globe in this New Year is seen during the...

Napa Valley Film Festival Announces 2021 Call for Entries

10th Annual Festival to Take Place November 10-14, 2021   $10,000 Cash Prizes Each for Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature   The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) taking place November 10-14, 2021 is now accepting film submissions for its 10th annual iteration. NVFF showcases an outstanding presentation of independent filmmaking, while also building a strong sense of community around the art of visual storytelling. Film screenings and networking events are accompan...


Here's the programme for Göteborg Film Festival 2021

    The 44th Göteborg Film Festival, the largest film festival in Scandinavia, will run as an online festival due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The programme comprises a lineup of 70 films from 39 countries during 11 days, January 29 - February 8. Göteborg Film Festival has previously announced this year’s focus: Social Distances and The Isolated Cinema. Read the full programme here   Seven Films in Nordic Competition For the 33rd time, Göteborg Fil...


Winter is here and with it the Competition Programme of 2021 Kustendorf

Competition Programme 2021 Selection We’re eager to present you 23 short films selected for Competition programme of Kustendorf 2021: All That’s Left, Hugo Salvaire, Belgium Birt Right, Inbar Horesh, Israel Blue Frontier, Ivan Milosavljević, Serbia Consuming Contemporary, Ana Aleksovska, North Macedonia Development, Nikola Vučinić, Montenegro Dévier, Oona von Maydell, Germany Elusiveness, Marija Vulić, Serbia Home Sweet Home, Agata Puszc...


FANTASPORTO 2021 from February 26th till March 6th INSPIRING WORLD CINEMA RETURNS TO PORTO   Considering the circumstances imposed by the present pandemic, FANTASPORTO/ 41st Porto International Film Festival has made the decision to maintain the 2021 festival edition in person, with a live audience. Cinema is to be seen preferentially inside theatres, in a big screen. Fantasporto’2021 continues its mission to bring audiences and film creatives together, to celebrate cinema i... 

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Palm Springs International Film Awards Presents Carey Mulligan With The International Star Award

The Palm Springs International Film Awards has announced that Carey Mulligan is the recipient of the International Star Award for her performance in Promising Young Woman. As previously announced, the Festival and Film Awards Gala will not take place as an in-person event this year, but honoree selections will be announced to recognize this year’s great performances.   “In Promising Young Woman, Carey Mulligan boldly portrays Cassandra Thomas, a...


The Academy to honor Tyler Perry

The Academy announced today that its Board of Governors voted to present Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Awards to filmmaker Tyler Perry and to the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF).  The Oscar® statuettes will be presented at the 93rd Oscars®, which airs live on ABC and broadcast outlets worldwide on Sunday, April 25, 2021. “There has been such widespread generosity in our industry that limiting the Hersholt Humanitarian Award to one recipient, thi...


2020 Maui Film Festival Audience Awards Revealed!

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Bahamas International Film Festival Winners of 2021

  SHORT FILM Winner ASHMINA / Nepal directed by Dekel Berenson   Special Mention 3 BLADES, / Haiti directed by  Matthieu Maunier - Rossi     NEW VISIONS Winner JUMBO / France directed by Zoé Wittock   SPIRIT OF FREEDOM Documentary: Winner My Blood is Red / Brazil directed by Marcelo Vogelaar, Thiago Dezan, Graciela G...


Gotham Awards 2020 winners announced in hybrid ceremony

BEST FEATURE The Assistant First Cow Never Rarely Sometimes Always *WINNER* Nomadland Relic BEST DOCUMENTARY – TIE 76 Days City Hall Our Time Machine *WINNER* A Thousand Cuts *WINNER* Time BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE Bacurau Beanpole Cuties (Mignonnes) *WINNER* Identifying Features Martin Eden Wolfwalkers BINGHAM RAY BREAKTHROUGH DIRECTOR AWARD Radha Blank, The Forty-Year-Old Version Channing Godfrey Peoples, Miss Junet...

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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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