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> FOCUS ON International Film Festival Rotterdam

IFFR VIDEO: Big Talk: Mads Mikkelsen

With lead roles in films including Adam’s Apples (Anders Thomas Jensen, 2005), Valhalla Rising (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2009) and Jagten (Thomas Vinterberg, 2012), Mads Mikkelsen is one of the most high-profile faces in the highly successful Danish cinema. Mikkelsen has also acted up a storm further afield: large audiences recognise him from blockbusters such as Doctor Strange, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and of course the Bond film Casino...


What not to miss today: Friday 5 February at IFFR

Kick start your festival day with a recap of what not to miss today. Read on for an overview of the day’s key events – from Big Talks to the IFFR Pro Awards – and which film titles are premiering and available on Festival Scope for 72 hours from today, Friday 5 February. Attending events on Add events to your IFFR account agenda by clicking the calendar icon in the event you would like to attend. A yellow "Watch now" button will be made avai...


What not to miss today: Thursday 4 February

  Kick start your festival day with a recap of what not to miss today. Read on for an overview of the day’s key events – from press conferences to Big Talks – and which film titles are premiering and available on Festival Scope for 72 hours from today (Thursday 4 February). Attending events on Add events to your IFFR account agenda by clicking the calendar icon in the event you would like to attend. A yellow "Watch now" button will be ma...


What not to miss today: Wednesday 3 February

Kick start your festival day with a recap of what not to miss today. Read on for an overview of the day’s key events – from Big Talks to press conferences – and which film titles are premiering and available on Festival Scope for 72 hours from today (Wednesday 3 February). Attending events on Add events to your IFFR account agenda by clicking the calendar icon in the event you would like to attend. A yellow "Watch now" button will be made av...


What not to miss today: Tuesday 2 February

Kick start your festival day with a recap of what not to miss today. Read on for an overview of the day’s key events – from Big Talks to press conferences – and which film titles are premiering and available on Festival Scope for 72 hours from today (Tuesday 2 February). Attending events on Add events to your IFFR account agenda by clicking the calendar icon in the event you would like to attend. A yellow "Watch now" button will be made avai...


Films available from today February 1st

Films available until Thursday 4 February 09:00 (CET)  From today on, you can see titles such as Riders of Justice (Anders Thomas Jensen), Quo vadis, Aida? (Jasmila Žbanić), Aristocrats (Soda Yukiko), Shorta (Anders Ølholm, Frederik Louis Hviid), Gritt (Itonje Søimer Guttormsen), and more. Watch IFFR films using Festival Scope Pro and find an overview of their on demand availability here. Each film...


Day 1 Rotterdam Panel "Festival Programmers: Where Are We Now?"

The last year brought about a radical change in how festivals ran, with the unavoidable pivot to the online or hybrid festival. There was also much collective and personal soul-searching. As we gear up for another year of uncertainty with festivals, yet with a bit more perspective, how are festival programmers feeling about the future and how are they evolving their approach to programming? Moderated by Michelle Carey (IFFR) with Cecil...


Rotterdam kicks off today with Anders Thomas Jensen's “Riders of Justice,” starring Mads Mikkelsen

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) opens 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 international guests to take part in premiere screenings, the full February film programme and the IFFR Pro Days (1 to 5 February) online. IFFR Talks has been further expanded with Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen, starring in the fe...

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> FOCUS ON SUNDANCE  Jan. 28 - Feb.3 

Interviews by Emmanuel Itier   

It's a wrap!: VIDEO Ambiance, Trailers, Clips & full Coverage from Sundance 2021

Festival director Tabitha Jackson leads a celebratory end to the 2021 Sundance Film Festival's all-new experience by bringing audiences together for one last word in the virtual space. This very special Sundance edition offered 71 Features, 50 Shorts, 4 Indie Series, 14 New Frontier Projects.  Watch our video channel from Sundance / Park City featuring Interviews, ambiance, trailers and clips THE SUNDANCE PARK CITY CHANNEL Our full coverage with exclusive one on one inter...


Sundance Interview with WEIRDO NIGHT Director Mariah Garnett and actress Jibz Cameron aka “Dynasty Handbag”

WEIRDO NIGHT @ Sundance 2021.   Director Mariah Garnett and actress Jibz Cameron aka “Dynasty Handbag” interviewed by Emmanuel Itier for   When COVID times hit, things were already weird for legendary performance artist Dynasty Handbag. Yes, she did have a regularly scheduled feeding off of the live energy of humans during monthly performances at Zebulon in Los Angeles. But when quarantine emptied the place, she took her show to the next level&...


Sundance 2021 Day 7 it's a wrap

  WHAT’S ON TODAY We’ve nearly reached the end, friends. Freshen up your home theater, pull on your nicest sweats, put on a pot of your strongest coffee, and settle in for a full-day celebration of independent storytelling as we close out the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.  Start your day at 9:00 a.m. MT with our Festival director Tabitha Jackson—during It’s a Wrap, she’ll be taking a look back at the last week and offering some part...


Hive wins big in Sundance with three key awards

The Director of Hive, Blerta Basholli, received two prizes for her film competing in Sundance 2021: the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic, the Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic, the film also won The Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic...What else? Watch her moving acceptance speeches     WE HAVE GOT THE GRAND JURY PRIZE AS WELL?...       Check the Interview she gave Emmanuel Itier a few days ago for &...


VIDEO: Watch the Sundance 2021 Awards Ceremony

After six days and 73 feature films, the 2021 Sundance Film Festival’s Awards Ceremony took place tonight, hosted by actor and comedian Patton Oswalt, with jurors presenting 24 prizes for feature filmmaking and seven for Short Films. Honorees, named in total below, represent new achievements in global independent storytelling. Bold, intimate, and humanizing stories prevailed across categories, with Grand Jury Prizes awarded to CODA (U.S. Dramatic), Summer ...


Sundance Interview with Sean Ellis for 'Eight for Silver', a fresh take on the werewolf story

Sean Ellis interviewed by Emmanuel Itier EIGHT FOR SILVER BY Sean Ellis SUNDANCE 2021 In the late nineteenth century, brutal land baron Seamus Laurent (Alistair Petrie) slaughters a Roma clan, unleashing a curse on his family and village. In the days that follow, the townspeople are plagued by nightmares, Seamus’s son Edward (Max Mackintosh) goes missing, and a boy is found murdered. The locals suspect a wild animal, but visiting pathologist John McBride (Boyd Holbrook) wa...


Sundance Day 6 with live online Awards Ceremony

  Late last year, the Sundance community was deeply saddened by the passing of filmmaker Jamie Redford. At 4:00 p.m. MT, on the penultimate day of the 2021 Festival, we hope you’ll join us in celebrating his memory at the premiere of his film Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir. A look into the life and legacy of literary titan Amy Tan, author of best sellers like The Joy Luck Club, the documentary goes deep, moving through generations of Tan’s family and contextualizing the p...


Sundance Day 5 : what's on today!

BUY TICKETS • SHOP MERCH • EXPLORE THE PROGRAM WHAT’S ON TODAY Today is Ignite Day, presented by Adobe (more on that below!), and we’re raising a toast to the next generation of independent storytellers. Speaking of which, the day’s screenings include exciting directorial debuts that are sure to be talked about all year long. See them here first. Carey Williams’s R#J is told entirely through social media and smartphone...


Sundance Day 4 Halfway through and the premieres keep on coming…

BUY TICKETS • SHOP MERCH • EXPLORE THE PROGRAM WHAT’S ON TODAY We’re almost to the halfway point—but there are still plenty of powerful world premieres to come at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. We have Betsy West and Julie Cohen’s My Name Is Pauli Murray, an illuminating portrait of the brilliant Black activist, feminist, poet, lawyer, and priest who influenced landmark civil rights legislation. And we’re excited to...


Sundance Interview: MOTHER SCHMUCKERS by Lenny and Harpo Guit

Sundance 2021 Midnight selection: MOTHER SCHMUCKERS by Lenny and Harpo Guit Two low-down, rotten brothers named Issachar and Zabulon are starving and can’t seem to scrounge up a meal anywhere. Things only get worse when they lose the beloved dog belonging to their mom, Cashmere, who kicks them out of the family apartment until they return her nippy little January Jack. Things are going to get uncomfortably bizarre with these two dopes on the run in the ruthless urban jungle of B...


What s on Day three at Sundance

  JAMILA WIGNOT'S DOCUMENTARY AILEY The Sundance Film Festival has always been about so much more than the films themselves—from sun-up to sundown, there’s a lot to see and do outside of our virtual cinemas. This afternoon’s Big Conversation, for example, has been nearly 30 years in the making.   Take a perfect moment with your family and nature and find those places are also shared by people who are sinister and have different intentions. When those t...


Start Day Two with Questlove at Cinema Café

  WHAT’S ON TODAY Rise and shine—it’s Day Two. Start things off with The Sundance Dailies, presented by Acura, where you can share a virtual coffee with Festival director Tabitha Jackson and special guests every morning at 9:00 a.m. MT. If you slept in and missed today’s show featuring writer-director Rebecca Hall (Passing) and actor Eugenio Derbez (CODA), not to worry—you can catch up whenever you’d like here, no pass or ticket required. ...


German films in Sundance

This year, the festival will be held online via an online platform developed by Sundance itself and offline at satellite screenings throughout the country. In addition, festival-goers will be able to gather in virtual spaces, participate in live Q&As and meet up in new, inspiring online environments to interact in a variety of ways. The German-Italian-Danish co-production HUMAN FACTORS by Ronny Trocker will have its world premiere in the Sundance Film Festival's Main Competition. Th...


europe! hub at sundance: the first cooperation between EFP (European Film Promotion) and Sundance

New initiative dedicated to the promotion for european films at the 2021 sundance film festival     Photocredits FLEE ­ Cinephil; TAMING THE GARDEN ­ Syndicado LUZZU­ Memento; PLEASURE ­ Plattform Produktion; HIVE ­ LevelK/Alex Bloom; HUMAN FACTORS ­ Heretic Outreach; SABAYA ­ Dogwoof; THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOY IN THE WORLD ­ Films Boutique; MISHA AND THE WOLVES ­ MetFilm; PRESIDENT ­ Cinephil; EL PLANETA; PRIME TIME ­ IKH Picture Promotion...


Winners of Sundance Institute Commissioning Grant, Episodic Storytelling Grant and Lab Fellowship Revealed

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Presents Feature Film Prize to Son of Monarchs, Announces New Grants to Artists at 2021 Sundance Film Festival   Director-Screenwriter Alexis Gambis Honored   At the 2021 Sundance Film Festival today, the beneficiaries of $70,000 in grants from Sundance Institute and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation were named. Doron Weber, Vice President and Program Director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, presented the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film...


Sundance Institute Announces Marja Bål Nango as 2021 Merata Mita Fellow

Now in its Sixth Consecutive Year, Fellowship Honors Artistic Contributions of Late Māori Filmmaker Marja Bål Nango Photo: Kaja Smith Sundance Institute today announced Marja Bål Nango (Sámi) as the 2021 recipient of the Merata Mita Fellowship, an annual fellowship named in honor of the late Māori filmmaker Merata Mita (1942-2010). The announcement was delivered today at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival’s Native Forum Celebration by N. Bird Runningwa...


Sundance Interview: SNOWY a short directed by Alexander W. Lewis and Kaitlyn Schwalje

SNOWY A short directed by Alexander W. Lewis and Kaitlyn Schwalje    - Interview with the director by Emmanuel Itier  1/ what inspired you to make this film and what did you want to explore with it?   Kaitlyn: I love taking what seems like an ordinary character, a squirrel, a quiet old man, a turtle living in a basement, and digging deep for surprises--spending so much time and energy developing the story that the charac...




It’s Day One at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, coming to you reinvented and live wherever you are

Coming to you live wherever you are, it’s Day One at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. While we’ll miss seeing your faces along Main Street in Park City, we’re so glad you’ve joined us for this reimagined online experience that’s been nearly a year in the making—and there are so many ways to connect and explore together, even before the features begin. Dive into all of the events and offers in Festival Village, or use your pass to access our Indie Series...

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eMeeting Point-Vilnius 2021 set to April & Open call for applications for COMING SOON and INDUSTRY SCREENINGS

We are pleased to announce the 2021 digital edition of e-Meeting Point-Vilnius that will be held on April 14 - 16, 2021. eMPV is the international Work-in-Progress pitching forum for debut films and the best platform to discover, develop and support European talents and upcoming debut films; it aims to build and cross nets between different European macro-regions: from Baltics to South East, from Caucasus to Western Europe. The upcoming edition of eMPV will offe...


A Recap of the Languages & the Media Virtual Event 2020

When the 13th Languages & the Media conference, Europe’s most prominent get-together on audiovisual media localisation and accessibility, was moved to 20 – 22 September 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organisers decided to offer a silver lining to the many registrants and host the first ever Languages & the Media Virtual Event on December 15, 2020. The almost three-hour long online event, which was attended by over 200 participants from 38 countries, opened wit...


2021 Meetings on the Bridge / Film Development Workshop Projects are announced!

Meetings on the Bridge (MoB) is the international co-production, training and networking platform organized within the scope of the Istanbul Film Festival, which will take place on 3-9 April with the support of Anadolu Efes. MoB brings filmmakers from Turkey and its neighbouring countries together with the film professionals from Europe with the aim to initiate the first steps for future artistic and financial co-productions at the Film Development, Neighbours and...


“EFM Goes Global”: Global Market Screening Initiative Kicks Off

“EFM Goes Global” 2021 © Photo: PalaceCinemas  European Film Market This year, the European Film Market will present the debut of the initiative “EFM Goes Global”. This initiative makes films from the official Berlinale selection available for viewing in cinemas by market participants in key film distribution territories outside Europe. The physical screenings will take place in selected “Market Hubs” during the EFM. Tokyo, Melbou...



Full online program for Avant Première Music + Media Market Vienna 2021

THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR FOR PERFORMING ARTS IN AUDIOVISUAL MEDIA Avant Première Music + Media Market Vienna 2021 : 15-18 February 2021, online via b2match   Avant Première is the international trade fair, marketplace, conference and networking event for music + dance films. As the meeting place for a specialised industry, it unites key international experts + decision makers from major public + private broadcasting stations, streaming + VOD platforms, distr...

Avant Première goes ONLINE in february 21 ahead of EFM

  Avant Première is the international trade fair, marketplace, conference and networking event for music + dance films. As the meeting place for a specialised industry, it unites key international experts + decision makers from major public + private broadcasting stations, streaming + VOD platforms, distribution + film production companies and performing arts institutions. Avant Première 2021 will take place online. All screenings, conference programmes, networ... 

The Marché du Film will be back in Cannes from 6-15 July 2021 with a blast!

After a 2020 online edition as challenging as it was successful, we’re thrilled to welcome you back onsite this July in Cannes! The Marché du Film team is already working on an exceptional 2021 edition so we can all celebrate global cinema together again. Registration will open on 15 March 2021. We look forward to better days ahead and we can’t wait to see you again in Cannes this summer!     The Festival de Cannes had reserved the right to chan...

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> FOCUS ON INDIA:  by Siraj Syed 

THE GOA CHRONICLES by Siraj Syed, our Indian corrrespondent.



IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 2021, 19: PC of director Sharan Venugopal and actor Bhargava Poludasu

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 2021, 19: PC of director Sharan Venugopal and actor Bhargava Poludasu A mother accidentally finds a nude video of her daughter in her laptop – Oru Paathira Swapnam Pole (Indian Panorama Non-feature film) by Sharan Venugopal. A person who lost his memory in an accident and gets trapped in a house with a psychopath – Gatham (Indian Panorama Feature Film) by Kiran Kondamadugula. Debutant film-maker Sharan Venugopal and Actor/Producer Bhargava Poludasu, addre...


RIFF 7, 2021, 03: Pierre Filmon to be honoured

RIFF 7, 2021, 03: Pierre Filmon to be honoured Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF), accredited by the Federation of Film Societies of India (FFSI, North Region), organised by the RIFF Film Club, in a Hybrid Format, from 20 to 24th March 2021, will be held in Jaipur and Jodhpur, Rajasthan - India. This year, the theme for the RIFF 2021 is "Music in Cinema". RIFF 2021 will also celebrate the Pre Foundation Day of Rajasthan. Founder/Festival Director Somendra Harsh announced ...


IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 2021, 18: PC of Alex Piperno and Araquen Rodriguez

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 2021, 18: PC of Alex Piperno and Araquen Rodriguez “I was travelling from Uruguay to Argentina in a ferry, when I discovered that we had two parallel lives and that this ship was a fantastical ship which could connect these two parallel lives. It made me realise that this could also connect any two possible lives. It is an idea which I have had since ten years.” This is how Director Alex Piperno from Uruguay described the genesis of his debut feature film, ...


IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 2021, 17: Inaugural speeches and performances

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 2021, 17: Inaugural speeches and performances The 51st edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) got off with enthralling cultural performances amidst a dazzling ceremony celebrating the joy of cinema. The indoor Indoor Stadium at Panaji in Goa reverberated with the passion of a few film-stars, few film-makers and many film-lovers from around the world. The Opening Ceremony of Asia’s oldest and India’s biggest film festival was competently...


IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 16: Veteran Actor-Director-Singer Biswajit conferred Indian Personality of the Year Award

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 16: Bengali and Hindi veteran Actor-Director-Singer Biswajit conferred Indian Personality of the Year Award The 51st edition of the International Film Festival of India, Goa has conferred Biswajit Chatterjee, veteran actor, producer, director and singer of Hindi and Bengali cinema, with the Indian Personality of the Year Award. The Award was announced at the opening ceremony of the festival, by Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Shri Prakash Javadekar....

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Anthony Hopkins to receive the Palm Springs PSIFF Career Achievement Award for The Father

The Palm Springs International Film Awards has announced Anthony Hopkins is the recipient of the Career Achievement Award for The Father.    “Anthony Hopkins is one of the greatest and most respected actors of his generation, who has brought to the screen so many memorable performances from The Silence of the Lambs, The Remains of the Day, The Two Popes, Westworld and so many more. In The Father, Hopkins gives an outstanding emotional performance, his best in years, as an 80-...


VIDEO of the 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  ...

Andra Day will receive the Breakthrough Performance Award for The United States vs. Billie Holiday

The Palm Springs International Film Awards today announced that Andra Day will be the recipient of the Breakthrough Performance Award for The United States vs. Billie Holiday.   “Few jazz vocalists are more beloved than Billie Holiday, and Andra Day brings Holiday and her iconic voice back to life through a sympathetic and nuanced portrayal that sheds new light on the U.S. government’s role in seeking to muzzle a homegrown legend,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner...



Running The Festival Circuit With MFF Join the panel Feb 9th

Join The Midwest Film Festival exclusively on Facebook Live on Tuesday, February 9th from 6 PM - 7 PM CST for a panel conversation led by industry pros. They'll share their vast knowledge and experience in running the festival circuit and the success they've had! Don't miss you!  ...


Writer Maja Jul Larsen wins the 2021 Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize for Cry Wolf

Maja Jul Larsen, writer of Cry Wolf (Ulven kommer), is the recipient of the 2021 Nordic TV Drama Screenplay Award – this was announced at an online ceremony during TV Drama Vision at the Göteborg Film Festival. For the fifth consecutive year, the award for outstanding writing of a Nordic Drama series, was handed out at the 2021 online edition of Göteborg Film Festival’s TV Drama Vision. The NOK 200 000 award, funded by Nordisk Film & TV Fond goes to the ma...


French actor selected in the Shooting Stars EFP program spotlighting the best upcoming acting talent from around Europe

Nicolas Maury french shooting star was shot remotely by Fabian Raabe! Shooting Stars recently all completed a “Distance Portraits” photoshoot, which was shot entirely remotely, by German photographer Fabian Raabe.  It’s a great example of how creative and innovative access to film talent can be in these difficult times and whilst we wait for the world to return to “normal”. This year’s edition of EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS, the European programme spotlig...



The seven greeks to watch

CHRISTOS NIKOU, PROMISING NEW DIRECTOR Christos Nikou, director of the Greek Oscar entry APPLES Christos Nikou’s debut APPLES has exceeded all expectations and is now running for an Oscar nomination (in the international feature film, screenplay and more categories). Christos has worked as assistant director to Yorgos Lanthimos, and has made award-winning short films. He is represented by the top Hollywood agency CAA and is preparing to embark on his first English feature FINGERNAILS, ...


Sacha Baron Cohen set to receive the SBIFF Outstanding Performer of the Year Award

Sacha Baron Cohen will receive the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award at the 36th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. SACHA BARON COHEN   OUTSTANDING PERFORMER OF THE YEAR AWARD WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2021 ...



Leslie Odom, Jr. is the recipient of the Spotlight Award, Actor for One Night in Miami

The Palm Springs International Film Awards has announced that Leslie Odom, Jr. is the recipient of the Spotlight Award, Actor for One Night in Miami.  “Leslie Odom, Jr. is a truly talented performer. In his latest project, One Night in Miami, Odom Jr. brilliantly portrays singer Sam Cooke with charisma and tenacity, as he joins iconic figures Malcolm X, Cassius Clay and Jim Brown in this fictionalized account that is based on their actual meeting,” said Festival Chairman Ha...


VIDEO Clermont-Ferrand 2021: Online Masterclass with Jean-Marc Vallée

Exceptional online masterclass with the Quebec filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée, hosted by Lebanese journalist Abla Kandalaft.     Jean-Marc Vallée OC (born March 9, 1963) is a Canadian filmmaker, film editor and screenwriter. After studying film at the Université de Montréal, Vallée went on to make a number of critically acclaimed short films, including Stéréotypes (1991), Les Fleurs magiques (1...


The Preselection Committee of the 6th Beyond Borders 2021

BEYOND BORDERS International Documentary Film Festival Castellorizo island, Greece, August 22nd – 29th 2021 «Castellorizo-The Aegean island where documentaries meet History & Culture»       The preselection committee of the 6th edition of «Beyond Borders» International Documentary Film Festival of Castellorizo island, Greece, this year is made up of disting...


The french got talent: 8 french professionals in the "French Talents group"

Berlinale Talents is very proud to announce the selection of 205 film professionals - 113 women, 84 men and 8 who preferred to not state their gender and/or - from 65 countries for the 19th edition of Berlinale Talents, which takes place under the theme DREAMS. In our most recent press release you'll find more info about this year's edition and our Talents as well as links to their Talent profiles/projects:   We are very happy to let you know that 8 of the chosen filmmakers are ...


Golden Bear winners only in the International Jury of the 71st Berlinale

International Jury of the 71st Berlinale (from t. l. to b. l. clockwise): Adina Pintilie, Nadav Lapid, Mohammad Rasoulof, Jasmila Žbanić, Gianfranco Rosi, Ildikó Enyedi. © Photo: see single portrait   With the 71st Berlin International Film Festival, the Berlinale is entering into new territory. The festival will take place in two stages. As already announced, the Industry Event kicks off from March 1 to 5, 2021. From June 9 to 20, the Berlinale will invite the ...



Delroy Lindo of DA 5 BLOODS to receive SBIFF’s American Riviera Award

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Delroy Lindo is so convincing in Spike Lee's DA 5 BLOODS, it feels like a documentary. But this latest outing is only a fraction of the deeply gifted Lindo's oeuvre. When he receives the American Riviera Award from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) this Spring, the full measure of a storied career will be celebrated. Read on... SANTA BARBARA, CA: Delroy Lindo is set to receive the illustrious American Riviera Aw...


TCM honors legend, icon Cicely Tyson on Jan. 31

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent It surprises many to realize Cicely Tyson (1924-2021) was once married to Miles Davis, and when she passed away on Jan. 28 at 96 years of age, younger audiences may have only remembered her from THE HELP. But her life was a wild ride of unexpected connections. Tyson modeled for Vogue, after being "discovered" on the pages of Ebony. The eloquent and preternaturally graceful actress received her first EMMY for "The Autobiography of


Overview of the US business for the week of February 1st

Warner Bros.' The Little Things opened this weekend both in theatres and on HBO Max, and led all films with $4.8M in ticket sales.  The crime thriller starring Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto produced the largest opening for an R-Rated film since the beginning of the pandemic. Universal's The Croods: A New Age continues to impress with family audiences, earning an additional $1.8M in its 10th weekend, with a cume of $43.9M.  Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman 1984 ea...

Hollyshorts presents its first annual HollyShorts HOT LIST

TOP 30 SHORT FILMS BREAKING THE MOLD   The Oscar qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival, one of the world’s most influential short festivals, is presenting its  first annual HollyShorts HOT LIST, their ranking of some of the best short films from emerging and diverse storytellers. These landmark films are breaking the mold, winning a variety of accolades and being sought after for adaptations into longer form content.    Distinguished for its eye for discovering new...

Full Frame Doc Fest locks $20,000 National Endowment for the Arts Grant

  The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, a program of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, has been approved for a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Grant funds will support festival operating costs for the streaming platform, screening fees, and compensation for participating filmmakers of the virtual event.   Full Frame is among 1,073 projects across America totaling nearly $25 million that were selected during this first roun...


Mogul fashion designer ELIE TAHARI featured in the new documentary film by David Serero.

  The United States of Elie Tahari new documentary directed and produced by David Sererobe will be released on Amazon this coming March 2021. Fashion Designer and Mogul Elie Tahari, has been living the American Dream for more than 50 years. He came to New York in 1971 with less than $100 in his pocket, slept on benches in Central Park, and went on to build a billion dollar fashion empire.  « The United States of Elie Tahari » is the first do...


Kannada Film ‘‘Illiralare Allige Hogalare’’ directed by Girish Kasaravalli reviewed by film critic Lalit Rao (FIPRESCI)

Girish Kasaravalli's film ‘‘Can Neither Stay Here, Nor Journey Beyond’’ depicts how archaic societal norms render human existence miserable !!!!  Kannada Film ‘‘Illiralare Allige Hogalare’’ directed by Girish Kasaravalli. A review by film critic Lalit Rao (FIPRESCI) dated 04.02.2021 Childhood is the most important stage in a human being’s life. It is an age where one is relatively free from worries. This is the reason why most hu...


The Trial of the Chicago 7 to receive the Palm Springs Vanguard Award

PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARDS PRESENTS “THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7” WITH THE VANGUARD AWARD   The Palm Springs International Film Awards has announced that The Trial of the Chicago 7 is the recipient of the Vanguard Award, which is presented to the cast and director Aaron Sorkin. The Vanguard Award is a group honor distinguishing a film's cast and director in recognition of their collective work on an exceptional film project.   “The Trial of the ...



ShortsTV just announced its global short film festival, the 2021 ShortsTV Worldwide Film Festival

ShortsTV just announced its global short film festival, the 2021 ShortsTV Worldwide Film Festival, in the U.S., Latin America, India and Europe.    ShortsTV, the first and only global channel and network dedicated to short films and exclusive presenter of Oscar® Nominated Shorts theatrical releases, announced today that it will once again bolster its commitment to elevating filmmakers across the globe with the 2021 ShortsTV Worldwide Film Festival.    ...


8th Film of ''Navarasa'' series : 'Malayalam film ''Hasyam'' directed by Jayaraj. A review by Mr. Lalit Rao (FIPRESCI)

''Hasyam'' : An ingeniously amusing film by veteran Malayalam director Jayaraj which deals with ''death' as a serious business albeit in a pleasantly humorous vein !!!! 02/02/2021 © Lalit Rao (FIPRESCI)     ‘‘The denial of death’’ written in 1973 by famous American cultural anthropologist Ernest Becker is one of the few great books of 20th century. It discusses the most fundamental problem of mankind, ‘the fear of deat...


Every Promising Young Woman Should See Carey Mulligan’s Movie of Same Name

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent AOC, or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is the US Congressional representative from the 14th district in New York who just revealed she is a "survivor of sexual assault," and this is where we are in the zeitgeist right now. Disclosures like this are no longer career-wrecking shamers, but a kind of re-purposed empowerment for many women. In context, her description of the situation is analogous to working with the opposing party in Congress. ...



His name is Lattuada: the Locarno74 Retrospective

Giona A. Nazzaro, Roberto Turigliatto and Olaf Möller present the Retrospective of Locarno74 The Retrospective of the 74th edition of the Locarno Film Festival (4-14 August), curated by Roberto Turigliatto at the behest of newly-appointed Artistic Director Giona A. Nazzaro, will be dedicated to director Alberto Lattuada, an often under-rated filmmaker whose productive and fascinating career traversed more than four decades of Italian cinema, from his 1943 debut Giacomo l’idealist...


"Be careful who you leave with" written and directed by Nancy Menagh enters the circuit this month

  First look at the trailer:   FILMMAKERS MENAGH & O’SCANLON PREMIERE TRAILER FOR SHORT THRILLER VICTIM NO. 6  COVID and the subsequent lockdowns have been difficult for countless people and businesses for a myriad of reasons. And, without venues for live performances and screenings, the arts were also hit extremely hard. Film Festivals shuttered or went online, theaters closed, and Broadway went dark. This left a huge void for both the spectators and the artist...


Chandler Film Festival awards Best Feature Film to Julia Verdin's Angie Lost Girls

Congratulations to all the winners, nominees, and selectees! Best Feature Film: Angie: Lost Girls By Julia Verdin   AND THE WINNERS ARE... Best New Filmmaker: Before By Julia Monahan Best Student Filmmaker: Breakfast at the Sunset Saloon By Joey Coalter Best Music Video: My Way By Bruno Levinson and Leonardo Fiorito Best Experimental Short: Ophelia By Hadi Moussally Best Comedy Short Film: Manasanamaha By Deepak reddy Best Suspense/Thriller Short Film: ...


Matthew Taylor's Safeguard An Electoral College Story wins Impact Docs Award

During these challenging times...the world needs talented documentarians like you...more than ever! And...Impact DOCS is committed to supporting you and your documentary film career! To help you…we are offering a Special Promotion! WHAT WE ARE OFFERING FOR THIS COMPETITION! • A 25% discount on your entry fee! • One FREE additional category (A total value $55!) • No date restrictions on film completion dates! If your doc is relevant – it qualifi...


It’s A Wrap for the 2020 French Riviera Film Festival – Submissions Now Open for 2021 Fest on Film Freeway

The second annual French Riviera Film Festival culminated with a star-studded, COVID-conscious, virtual awards ceremony, held live from The Beverly Hills Hotel on September 19.   Highlight video from the event:   (Video Credit: Juan Gonzalez) Each year, FRFF celebrates short film and short-form content from around the globe, featuring the works of filmmakers from more than 20 countries.This year, FRFF and, a premier digital vid...

A-DOC & OYEATMF join for talkbacks, interviews with filmmakers Jan. 30

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent If you're looking for a virtual event this weekend in the rush of Award Season, here's a deep dive into some contenders... From Screenmancer: VIRTUAL EVENT: With Award Season is in full swing though virtual in many cases this year, Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) non-fiction filmmakers represent a record number of 17 features and five short films now recognized as in contention for industry awards.  This...


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Our friends at Bozeman Film Celebration recommend The Montana Endurance Academy 2021 Adventure Film Festival

In continued partnership with Bozeman Arts--Live!,  Bozeman Film Celebration is proud to present....   The Montana Endurance Academy 2021 Adventure Film Festival  On February 19, Bozeman Film Celebration and Bozeman Arts--Live are excited to partner in support of the Montana Endurance Academy. Montana Endurance Academy trains, educates, and develops recreational and competitive athletes utilizing the latest research in sports science and exercise phys...


NewImages Festival inaugurates a new French-Taiwanese axis for XR

While waiting for its 4th edition on June 9 to 13 2021, NewImages Festival continues its international developments. Thanks to two strategic partnerships, the festival intends to create and structure a strong axis between France and Taiwan in the domain of immersive realities.   An unprecedented alliance with TAICCA (Taiwan Creative Content Agency)   NewImages Festival inaugurates a new deal with TAICCA, an organism under the trusteeship of the Taiwanese ministry of cult...


eMeeting Point-Vilnius 2021 set to April & Open call for applications for COMING SOON and INDUSTRY SCREENINGS

We are pleased to announce the 2021 digital edition of e-Meeting Point-Vilnius that will be held on April 14 - 16, 2021. eMPV is the international Work-in-Progress pitching forum for debut films and the best platform to discover, develop and support European talents and upcoming debut films; it aims to build and cross nets between different European macro-regions: from Baltics to South East, from Caucasus to Western Europe. The upcoming edition of eMPV will offe...


Focus on Boston Jewish Film screenings

The Vigil Screening Online February 16-22, 2021 : Conversation with the filmmakers and cast on February 22, 7 pm Yakov, who recently left his Hasidic community, is low on cash. When his former rabbi asks him to be an overnight shomer, and fulfill the practice of watching over the body of a deceased community member, he reluctantly accepts. Shortly after arriving at the recently departed's dilapidated house to sit the vigil, Yakov begins to realize that something is very, very ...


The Sacramento French Film Festival is turning 20

In 2021, the Sacramento French Film Festival is turning 20 and we invite you to celebrate all year long, on our very own Streaming Platform:   WHAT:  The SFFF 20th ANNIVERSARY SEASON!   Leading up to the highlight of our 2021 season, the 20th Sacramento French Film Festival (June 18-27, 2021), we will host exclusive monthly film presentation in our new French Film Friday Series, and our popular Winter Shorts Fest will be back in its...



UNAFF 2021 International Documentary Festival Call for Entries

SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN for the 24th UNAFF which will run from October 21-31, 2021 in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco and Stanford University.    The United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) celebrates the power of international documentary films dealing with human rights, the environment, refugees, famine, homelessness, racism, disease control, women's issues, children, universal education, war and peace.   This year’s theme MOVING FORWARD continues ou...



Enter into Next Generation Indie Film Awards and win a prize package valued over $125,000!

Next Generation Indie Film Awards has been working with film industry leaders to put together an amazing once in a life time opportunity!  The winner of our Best Short Film Program will be awarded a Prize Package valued over $125,000 containing credits towards film services and rentals to make their passion project in Los Angeles, California.  This includes professional studio space in LA, camera packages, production supplies and equipment, all inclusive d...



Tiro Association for Arts releases details of a very busy 2021 festival season

  Key events scheduled for 2021 by the team of Tiro Association for Arts.   The association organizes international festivals in the Lebanese National Theatre in Tyre south of Lebanon. Their goal is the cultural and artistic meeting in order to learn from different experiences from different cultures of the world through direct presentations with the audience or via the Internet online.   • Tyre International Short Film Festival from 20 to 22 February...



Berlinale News on European Film Market, Berlinale Co-Production Market and Berlinale Series

Series marathon at the EFM: Current trends, themes and showcases at "Berlinale Series Market & Conference" At the digital EFM, from March 2 to 5, the "Berlinale Series Market & Conference" presents a high-calibre conference programme with international showcases and exciting talk formats on impact storytelling and content strategies, with participants such as Russell T. Davies and Maurício Mota. The new label "Berlinale Series Market Selects&quo...



Film Fest 919 lines up awards contenders Feb. 8 thru March

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent ‘Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina’ is actually a line from the 1947 Al Jolson song, but it’s also applicable to the uncanny Award Season picks of Randi Emerman and Carol Marshall, co-founders of Film Fest 919 in North Carolina. Their running joke is: “FF919 is founded and run by two old broads,” and oddly, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The wealth of movie history and exper...

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17 scientific and technical achievements will be honored with Academy Awards

17 SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENTS TO BE HONORED  WITH ACADEMY AWARDS®   Nia DaCosta to host Scientific and Technical Awards virtual presentation  on Saturday, February 13   The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that 17 scientific and technical achievements represented by 55 individual award recipients, as well as two companies, will be honored in a virtual Scientific and Technical Awards presentation on Saturday, February 13, 2021....


Netflix has an historic year leading the Golden Globes Nominations grabbing more than Majors combined nominations

Produced by dick clark productions in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globe Awards are viewed in more than 210 territories worldwide. The full list of nominees of the 78th Golden Globes (check all our nominees for 2021): BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA THE FATHER (Trademark Films; Sony Pictures Classics) MANK (Netflix; Netflix) NOMADLAND  (Highwayman / Hear/Say / Cor Cordium; Searchlight Pictures) PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN (Luck...



Writer Maja Jul Larsen wins the 2021 Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize for Cry Wolf

Maja Jul Larsen, writer of Cry Wolf (Ulven kommer), is the recipient of the 2021 Nordic TV Drama Screenplay Award – this was announced at an online ceremony during TV Drama Vision at the Göteborg Film Festival. For the fifth consecutive year, the award for outstanding writing of a Nordic Drama series, was handed out at the 2021 online edition of Göteborg Film Festival’s TV Drama Vision. The NOK 200 000 award, funded by Nordisk Film & TV Fond goes to the mai...


SBIFF's Virtuosos Award announced!

  We are thrilled to announce the recipients to receive the Virtuosos Award presented by UGG®, an honor created to recognize a select group of talent whose noteworthy performances in film have elevated them into the national cinematic dialogue. Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal), Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm), Kingsley Ben-Adir (One Night in Miami), Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday), Sidney Flanigan (Never Rarely Sometimes Always), Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman)...


Golden Globes hit the gas with MANK in the tank leading the noms

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent There’s a scene in MANK from Netflix where the reading of a love letter turns into a rollover accident for Herman J. Mankiewicz, so with the Hollywood Foreign Press putting this movie in the lead of Golden Globes Nominees with six possible wins? Let’s hope that scenario in the gorgeous black and white film doesn’t turn out to be prophetic as this love letter to Old Hollywood as frontrunner but a red herring. Over all, the 78...


The Dallas International Film Festival announced the winners for its 2020 Fall Screenplay Awards

The Dallas International Film Festival, powered by Capital One, announced the winners for its 2020 Fall Screenplay Awards: Elements of Story.    The Screenplay Awards, presented by Event Horizon Films, recognizes writers who specialize on an individual writing element. 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 characterization, dialogue, theme, concept and engageme...


Promising Young Woman leads the Hollywood Critics Film Awards with nine nominations

The Hollywood Critics Association is pleased to reveal the full list of nominees for the 4th Annual HCA Film Awards. The virtual awards ceremony will stream on the official HCA Facebook page and YouTube channel on Friday, March 5, 2021, beginning at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET.  Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman topped the list with a total of nine nominations. The film, which received rave reviews after its premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for Bes...


Promising Nominees Line Up for 25th Satellite Awards Feb. 15

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent With Award Season 2021 quashed by the Pandemic and forced to go virtual for the first time in Hollywood's long history, the 25th Annual Satellite Award kicked off the season with a promising field of nominees this year. After the insider buzz about Carey Mulligan’s rough ride through trade reviews, the International Press Academy (IPA) member voters picked Mulligan and PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN out of the line-up for ...


Tehran International Short Film Festival winners introduced

The winners of various national and international competition sections of the the 37th edition of the Tehran International Short Film Festival (TISFF) were introduced and presented their awards to the medical staff who are combating Coronavirus in the Iran. Addressing the gathering, the festival director Sadeq Mousavi thanked the event's organizers, as well as the Iranian artists and filmmakers who sent about 1700 short films to the secretariat of the event   Iran is top 10 short fil...


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Julien Dubuque International Film Festival April 18 – 25, 2021


February 8, 2021 Final Extended 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)


February 15, 2021  Extended 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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6th “Beyond Borders” International Documentary Festival in Castellorizo

August 22-29, 2021

Calling: 11 January - May 11, 2021

«Castellorizo-The Aegean Island where Documentaries meet History & Culture» The 6th International Documentary Festival «Beyond Borders», Castellorizo island, has the pleasure to invite documentary film-makers to submit their films until 11th of May, 2021. The Festival’s objective is to promote the most important documentary productions worldwide that focus on history, culture, politics and other social subjects. «Beyond Borders» which takes place every year during the last week of August, will be held under the patronage of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Ms. Katerina Sakellaropoulou. It is produced by the Hellenic History Foundation ( «Beyond Borders» includes a selection of Greek, European and worldwide productions of the last five years, workshops, parallel events and master classes. Prizes for Best History Documentary, Best Socio-Political Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Greek Documentary, Best Special Award «Odyssey» and the Special Award for Mediterranean Friendship(EKOME). Please, find the application form and the participation terms here:

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Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival  
June 5-10, 2021


April 5, 2021 Regular Deadline

Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival launched its 1st edition in June 2019 to a spectacular success. The Festival enjoyed packed audiences at all screenings and played host to 22 visiting Filmmakers & Industry guests from as far afield as Brazil, USA, France, Ireland, UK, Germany, Greece & Iran. Check out our photos here as well as the Festival Vibe & interview videos on our YouTube Channel (Copy & Paste the link):

The 'Lost World' of Paleochora nestles between the Mountains and Sea in South West Crete and is the perfect location for Filmmakers to convene to show their work, network with colleagues and enjoy our fabulous Cretan hospitality. We may be at the most southern point of Europe, but there are BIG Film things happening here and on the entire Island of Crete. Our main aim will be to select films which focus on great storytelling, whether fiction, documentary or any other accepted genre.

Screenings are held Under the Stars in the Town Hall Square with daytime programmes held at the fabulous Pearl Cavo oceanside venue.

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French Riviera Film Festival 

May 14-15, 2021



February 20, 2021 regular deadline

The third annual French Riviera Film Festival will recognize and celebrate short form content created for film, television, Web and all digital platforms. In the glamorous South of France setting, FRFF invites filmmakers from around the globe to participate in the two day festival that includes screenings, VIP receptions, awards ceremony and closing gala party. FRFF will place the spotlight on the best short form filmed content during the time period of the annual Festival de Cannes. A prestigious jury panel will select Best Drama Short, Best Comedy Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Animation Short, Best Experimental Short, Audience Favorite Award, Best Director Award, Best Actor Award, Best Actress Award, as well as special Industry Awards. Attendees and participants will include filmmakers, industry executives, celebrities, media and influencers.

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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 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.


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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.
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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.

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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”. 

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Sharkwater: Extinction by Rob Stewart Documentary
Canada 2018
 Sharkwater Extinction first peek

Rob Stewart''s 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. This is his final film, he died in a diving accident while completing the film.



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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Des partenariats forts avec les plus grands festivals et marchés

Nous sommes très fiers des bonnes relations et des partenariats signé avec les plus grands festivals et marchés : Venice Production Bridge, FestForums Santa Barbara, AFM, Animaze, Tallinn Black Night International Film Festival, Houston WorldFest, Fantasporto, et Cannes Market bien entendu et beaucoup d'autres. Nous sommes heureux de pouvoir grace à ces parteneriats pouvoir apporter news et dailies à .. 

Palmarès du Festival international du film fantastique de Gérardmer

Le Jury des longs métrages de la 28e édition du Festival international du film fantastique de Gérardmer, présidé par Bertrand Bonello et composé des comédiennes Lolita Chammah et Vimala Pons, la chroniqueuse, humoriste et comédienne Nora Hamzawi, le réalisateur et scénariste Pascal Bonitzer, le romancier Maxime Chattam, l'entrepreneur et auteur Alexandre Pachulski et le comédien Gaspard Ulliel a remis les prix suivants&...

NewImages Festival inaugure un nouvel axe franco-taïwanais pour la XR !

En attendant sa 4e édition du 9 au 13 juin 2021, NewImages Festival poursuit son développement à l’international. Grâce à deux partenariats stratégiques, le festival entend créer et structurer un axe fort entre la France et Taïwan dans le domaine des réalités immersives.   Une alliance inédite avec TAICCA (Taiwan Creative Content Agency)   NewImages Festival inaugure un nouvel accord avec TAI...


Le Forum des images adapte en ligne3 ciné-concerts de son festival Tout-Petits Cinéma !

Le Festival Tout-Petits Cinéma  se tiendra les 14, 21 et 28 février 2021 accès gratuit sur Le FIL, la salle virtuelle du Forum des images   Chaque année, pour les vacances de février, le Forum des images offre aux enfants de 18 mois à 4 ans l’occasion de vivre leur première séance de cinéma, sur grand écran. C’est son festival Tout-Petits Cinéma : une programmation de courts mé...


Festival de l’Alpe d’Huez 2021: pas de festival mais un Label Sélection Officielle

La crise sanitaire que nous traversons, ses conséquences, ses mesures, et l’absence actuelle de perspectives données au monde culturel & au secteur de la Montagne, ne permettront pas au Festival du Film de Comédie de l’Alpe d’Huez de proposer une édition classique pour l’année 2021. L’étude d’une édition au mois de Mars (23/28), n’est malheureusement plus envisageable. Au-delà ...


Le 39e Festival Cinéma d’Alès - Itinérances aura bien lieu… mais pas aux dates prévues.

      Le Festival Cinéma d’Alès – Itinérances décide de différer la tenue de son festival (initialement prévue du 19 au 28 mars) et affirme l’importance de se réunir dans les ...


Château d'Arsac annonce le lancement d'un spectacle musical en parlé-chanté : « Si Arsac m'était chanté »

  A partir du 1er avril prochain, Château d'Arsac, Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel de Margaux, proposera aux visiteurs une expérience artistique et sensorielle inédite en Médoc : un spectacle audiovisuel innovant entre scénographie et textes audio autour d'une visite de la propriété en parlé-chanté.   « Si Arsac m'était chanté », premier spectacle oeno-musical Depuis 36 a...


Claude Hugot reprend les partenariats de la Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie et du Palais de la Découverte

Le calme et la décontraction sympathique de celui qui dirigeait les relations publiques de Renault va certainement manquer aux habitués des grands festivals (Cannes, Venise, Deauville...) dont je fais partie, je l'avais rencontré en 2014 pourévoquer la stratégie festivals de Renault. Alors à quand le prochain grand festival/tapis rouge à la Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie ou au Palais de la Découverte... Retour sur son...


Les Écrans Documentaires - Inscription à l' édition en ligne

   Le festival vous propose en ligne et gratuitement 7 films de la Sélection premiers films 2020! Inscrivez vous sur notre site dès maintenant et réservez les films que vous souhaitez voir. Ils seront accessibles du 10 au 14 février au soir avec vos identifiants.   Attention, le nombre de réservations est limité.     Les Films         ...


L'Institut du Monde Arabe accueillera le film des Révélations sur son parvis

© Yolande Zauberman / Phobics pour l'Académie des César et Chanel 2021   #César2021 : l'Institut du Monde Arabe fier d'accueillir le film des Révélations sur son parvis   A l'occasion de la Soirée des Révélations, qui aura lieu en ligne vendredi 5 février à 18H, l'Académie des César a dévoilé le film, réalisé par Yolande Zauberm...
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Les raisins de la colère (The Grapes of Wrath) de John Ford (USA, 1940)

Les films qui ont une densité spirituelle évidente mettent souvent en scène le voyage, l’itinéraire initiatique, mais aussi la souffrance qu’implique de quitter sa terre, ses racines, son pays, son existence. On se rend compte, avec Les raisins de la colère que la modernité a constitué le terreau indispensable de la modernité liquide (Zygmunt Baumann). Le film est en effet réalisé en 1940, bien avant que la phi...

La Source (Jungfrukällan) d’Ingmar Bergman (Suède, 1960)

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En VIDEO Bruno Chatelin et le lancement de Boyz'n The Hood à Cannes

Interview video de Bruno Chatelin pendant le Festival de Cannes (virtuel) 2020! L'histoire du lancement du film Boyz'n The Hood à Cannes que j adore raconter car c est l un des plus beaux contes de fées qu il ma été donné de rencontrer dans ma carière de distributeur de films! Une voie royale ouverte par Cannes qui a conduit le film et son réalisateur, John Singleton, jusqu 'aux Oscars... The Boyz'n The Hood launch in Cannes tol...



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