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THE FESTIVAL BEAT ! Welcome to the N°954 release of our weekly newsletter

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Weekly newsletter N° 954

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Sundance Film Festival 2021 : Context and Data

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by Claus Mueller, filmexchange@gmail.com  New York The Sundance 2021 festival is covered in  two parts. In this first part the new context for Sundance 2021 is discussed; its customized festival model, the audience Sundance reached this year, and a listing of productions purchased to date, as well as the sponsors supporting this year’s edition. In the second part, which will be posted next week, I will review several features and documentaries. The radical film and telev...

Sundance 21: a look back at this year’s Fest 

 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2021 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL In our 40 years as an Institute, we’ve never hosted a Sundance Film Festival quite like 2021’s. And that’s thanks in large part to you, our adventurous audiences, who joined us for seven straight days of independent storytelling. Now that we’ve finally gotten caught up on our sleep (and then some), we’ve prepared a quick day-by-day look back at the premieres, the incredible conversations, this year’s interste...

Solid online attendance for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

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2021 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AUDIENCE ATTENDANCE Sundance’s Largest-Ever Audience Comes Together Around Independent Storytelling  The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced attendance information for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, which took place both online and in-person in 20 cities across the country from January 28 through February 3. The seven day Festival reached a total audience 2.7 times larger than at the typical 11 day Utah edition, despite the shorter durat... 

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EFM AND BERLINALE 71 PREVIEWS: programs announced  

There is a new bear in Berlin (I think ?)

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The 71st Berlin International Film Festival will take place in two stages: The Industry Event for industry professionals and accredited press marks the kick-off from March 1 to 5, 2021. From June 9 to 20, the Berlinale invites the general public to the Summer Special.   The key design for the 71st Berlinale has now been set.   “This year's Berlinale Bear is a typical Berlin character. The likeable hand-made motif exudes optimism in these challenging times and...
 

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New Titles for Virtual EFM 2021 from Summer Hill Entertainment

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We will be attending the VIRTUAL EFM 2021 Monday, February 22nd to Friday, March 5th. Get ready for our exciting EFM lineup to get access to our exclusive new projects! We will share it with you very soon. Please use the link below to arrange your virtual meeting. You can also contact our Sales Team directly. See you soon! Click here to arrange a meeting with us for Virtual EFM 2021     ...
 

Being Held at ‘Gunpoint’ in this New Suspense Thriller by Wild Eye/Summer Hill Films

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Summer Hill Films LLC, a U.S. distributor and international sales and licensing company, has announced the DVD and VOD release of a suspenseful thriller, Gunpoint through Wild Eye Releasing. Gunpoint tells the tale of a family that is put into a situation no one ever wants to be in; held hostage. In this thriller, inspired by a true story from 2000, a wealthy family that lives in a small high-end apartment is taken hostage. The invader psychologically tries to break David, the head of the...
 

 

Four Strong Black-themed Titles from Summer Hill Entertainment for Virtual EFM Berlin

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We will be attending the VIRTUAL EFM 2021 Monday, February 22nd to Friday, March 5th. Get ready for our exciting EFM lineup to get access to our exclusive new projects! We will share it with you very soon. Please use the link below to arrange your virtual meeting. You can also contact our Sales Team directly. See you soon! Click here to arrange a meeting with us for Virtual EFM 2021     ...
 

 

Donna D'Errico and Frankie Jean-Sixx star in Escape from Area 51 from Summer Hill Entertainment

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Baywatch beauty DONNA D’ERRICO stars and her daughter FRANKIE JEAN-SIXX makes her acting debut in ESCAPE FROM AREA 51 making its first market appearance at Virtual EFM Berlin Completed and ready for delivery.  Contact me to view the entire feature online. When a teen group of conspiracy theorists tries to raid the infamous military base Area 51 in Nevada, no one gets in but someone gets out.  Sheera, a sexy alien warrior (Donna D’Errico - Playboy, Baywatch), uses...

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First Look at Sharlto Copley in Tony Stone's TED K

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FIRST LOOK AT SHARLTO COPLEY IN TONY STONE’S TED K Selected for Panorama 71st Berlin International Film Festival CINETIC MEDIA AND HANWAY FILMS LAUNCHING SALES     Writer/director Tony Stone’s true crime drama TED K has been selected as part of the Panorama section of this year’s Berlin International Film Festival.  The film tracks a period in the life of Ted Kaczynski, more widely known as the Unabomber, and draws from Kaczynski’s personal diari...
 

 

Voltage Pictures is launching worldwide sales on the highly anticipated teen romance Time is Up

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VOLTAGE PICTURES LAUNCHES WORLDWIDE SALES ON TEEN ROMANCE “TIME IS UP” STARRING BELLA THORNE   Voltage Pictures is launching worldwide sales on the highly anticipated teen romance Time is Up, starring Bella Thorne and Italian popstar Benjamin Mascolo, it was announced today by President and COO Jonathan Deckter. Voltage will begin talks on the hot title with buyers at the upcoming European Film Market.   Emmy-winning actor Nikolay Moss (“The Cobblestone Corridor...
 

 

STXinternational - Roadshow, Vertical, Leone, Searchers & SF Studios Output Deals

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EROS STX AND LEONE FILM GROUP STRIKE NEW OUTPUT PARTNERSHIP IN ITALY   EROS STX ALSO RENEWS KEY OUTPUT DEALS WITH ROADSHOW IN AUSTRALIA, THE SEARCHERS IN BENELUX, SF STUDIOS IN SCANDINAVIA AND VERTICAL DISTRIBUTION IN EASTERN EUROPE     ErosSTX International, a division of Eros STX Global Corporation, is solidifying its extensive network of global distribution partners to support its growing slate of highly anticipated films.   STX has closed a new strategic outpu...
 

 

Sony Pictures UK has acquired UK/ Irish distribution rights in dark comedy thriller The Dead Spit of Kelly

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  Sony Pictures International Productions UK has acquired UK/ Irish distribution rights in dark comedy thriller The Dead Spit of Kelly.   Jason Isaacs, Colin Morgan and Jess Barden are attached to star with Iain Softley (Skeleton Key, Inkheart, Backbeat, Wings of the Dove, Hackers) directing for Grand Pictures and Forthcoming Films. Screenplay is by Johnny Ferguson from the short story by cult Irish writer Flann O’Brien. Myriad Pictures will continue to handle the wo...
 

 

First Clip & Poster for NIGHT RAIDERS by Danis Goulet

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71st BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN PANORAMA     WRITTEN, DIRECTED & PRODUCED by DANIS GOULET PRODUCED by PAUL BARKIN (ALCINA PICTURES), TARA WOODBURY (Uno Bravo) Ainsley Gardiner & Georgina Condor (Miss Conception Films/WHENUA FILMS) and Chelsea Winstanley (DEFENDER FILMS) EXECUTIVE PRODUCED by Taika Waititi (Defender Films), Lisa Meeches and Kyle Irving (Eagle Vision)   STARRING Elle-Máijá Tai...
 

 

Magnolia Pictures takes U.S. Rights to Ira Sachs' ‘Little Men’

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Distrib takes Sachs' New York-set sixth feature, one of the most acclaimed films of this year's Sundance Film Festival     MAGNOLIA PICTURES TAKES U.S. RIGHTS TO IRA SACHS' ‘LITTLE MEN’ STARRING GREG KINNEAR, JENNIFER EHLE, PAULINA GARCIA, AND SUNDANCE BREAKTHROUGHS THEO TAPLITZ AND MICHAEL BARBIERI  Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired U.S. rights to Ira Sachs' LITTLE MEN, to be released later this year ...
 

 

Stanley Tucci’s FINAL PORTRAIT Start of Shoot

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SUPPORTING CAST ANNOUNCED FOR Stanley Tucci’s FINAL PORTRAIT   Geoffrey Rush, director Stanley Tucci and Armie Hammer in rehearsal     Stanley Tucci’s FINAL PORTRAIT, about the artist Alberto Giacometti, starts principal photography on 15 February. This, Tucci’s fifth directorial turn, is adapted from James Lord’s memoir ‘A Giacometti Portrait’.   Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush (Shine, Pirates of the Caribbean series) stars as ...
 

 

VIDEO EFP European Shooting Stars kicked off

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Kick-Off Show for Press, Industry & Public presented by EFP & Variety Presentation of the 2021 European Shooting Stars, hosted by Edith Bowman European Shooting Stars 2021: Seidi Haarla (Finland) Nicolas Maury (France) Albrecht Schuch (Germany) Natasa Stork (Hungary) Fionn O'Shea (Ireland) Žygimantė Elena Jakštaitė (Lithuania) Martijn Lakemeier (The Netherlands) Sara Klimoska (North Macedonia) Alba Baptista (Portugal) Gustav Lindh (Sweden) Joined by Special Guests: Alumni...
 

The Berlinale 2021 International Jury, Encounters Jury, International Short Film Jury and Generation Jury

(clockwise from top left to bottom left) Adina Pintilie © Manekino Film; Nadav Lapid ©  Guy Ferrandis; Mohammad Rasoulof © Cosmopol Film; Jasmila Žbanić © Edvin Kalic; Gianfranco Rosi © Mariangela Barbanente; Ildikó Enyedi © Hanna Csata Internationale Jury During the development of the festival format in 2021, a new concept was also agreed on with regard to the composition of the International Jury. The directors of six Golden Bear winning films...
 

 

The Comprehensive EFM Conference and Film Programme Is Going Online

News on European Film Market and Berlinale Talents The EFM's 2021 visual design combines the Berlin feeling with the online universe © Design: Irmela Schautz / EFM 2021   European Film Market    The Stage Is Set for the 2021 European Film Market: The Comprehensive Conference and Film Programme Is Going Online   Starting today, the EFM is rolling out the digital red carpet, because effective immediately, market accreditation holders can access the new, exp...
 

 

Competition and Berlinale Special

 
Video Presentation on February 11, 2021, at 11 am (CET)   Executive Director Mariette Rissenbeek will introduce the format of this year’s festival once again. Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian will then present the films selected for the Competition and Berlinale Special. Please note: Mariette Rissenbeek will hold the presentation in German and Carlo Chatrian in English. The English translation of her presentation will be available on the website, once the video starts. The Eng...
 

Encounters, Panorama and Perspektive Deutsches Kino

 
Encounters Regaining a Sense of Discovery   The competitive section Encounters was introduced in 2020. Its goal is to support new voices in cinema and to give more room to diverse narrative and documentary forms in the official film selection. A three-member jury will choose the winners for Best Film, Best Director and a Special Jury Award, and will announce them during the Berlinale Industry Event in March. This year’s line-up comprises 12 titles from 16 countr...
 

Berlinale Shorts, Forum and Forum Expanded

 
Berlinale Shorts   Tell Me about Yourself so that I Can Understand the World   The longing to understand and to be understood runs through the selection. The films daringly confront the present and rewrite the past. There are many ways to imagine a new tomorrow. A total of 20 films from 17 countries are competing for the Golden and the Silver Bear in Berlinale Shorts.     Forum Slaloming between Fiction and Documentary: The Films of the 51st Berlinale Forum...
 
 
Retrospective “No Angels – Mae West, Rosalind Russell & Carole Lombard”   The 2021 Retrospective of the Berlin International Film Festival showcases the comedic oeuvre of three American actresses – Mae West, Rosalind Russell, and Carole Lombard during the era when the Motion Picture Production Code (“Hays Code”) was coming into effect. This year's curated programme encompasses 27 films released between 1932 and 1943, the glory era of the...
 
 
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> FOCUS ON INDIA:  by Siraj Syed 

THE GOA CHRONICLES by Siraj Syed, our Indian corrrespondent.

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Santa Barbara International Film Festival Announces 2021 Plans

SBIFF announced that it is planning an elaborate build-out of two beachside drive-in theatres for the 36th Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented by UGG®, occurring March 31 - April 10, 2021. The drive-in theatres will be presented by Toyota Mirai and be hosted at Santa Barbara City College. They will include 80+ film screenings, all offered for FREE. RSVPing prior to arriving will be required.     “It’s imperative we bring a sense of hop... 
 
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PEOPLE ON OUR RADAR

Spotlight Interview: Filmmaker Eva Lanska

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Filmfestivals.com had the chance to interview award-winning filmmaker Eva Lanska, a rising star on the global film scene.   Eva Lanksa is a London-based director and screenwriter. After graduating from the London Film Academy, Lanska has focused on producing documentary and feature films. She has directed several award-winning films recognized throughout Europe and America. Art, literature, French cinematography, and the Parisian ambiance have been significan...
 

The 12th OIFF Announces Selection Committee Members

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The 12th Odesa International Film Festival presents an independent selection committee, which will be responsible for the competition programme of the festival. The selection committee includes producer and former head of the Ukrainian State Film Agency Philip Illienko, journalist and film critic Kateryna Slipchenko, Arthouse Traffic programme director Ilya Dyadyk and curator of the Odesa Green Theater film section Olga Sydorushkina. OIFF programme consultant&nbs...

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FESTIVALS IN FOCUS 

French Film Festival UK reveals exciting online programme

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 Highlights include Isabelle Huppert as La Daronne, and Emmanuel Mouret’s César-nominated Love Affairs   The organisers of the French Film Festival UK are delighted to reveal an exciting new online programme under its fff@home umbrella, which will run from Friday 12 to Saturday 27 March.   Due to Covid-related disruption to the 28th edition of the French Film Festival UK, audiences missed out on some of the top titles in the selection. Organisers have secured ex...
 

New dates of the 21st IFF New Horizons Festival

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WARSAW: The 21st edition of New Horizons IFF has moved its 2021 dates to 12 – 22 August. The festival, which traditionally takes place in July, made the decision after the announcement of the delayed Cannes FF dates. In a statement to the media, the festival organisers said,”Due to the still serious pandemic, many international spring festivals are changing their dates. Cannes is one of them, and this year it will be held in July, very close to our festival's...
 

The Montreal Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) joins The Belt and Road Film Festival Alliance

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  Photo credit: Shanghai International Film Festival The Montreal Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC), Canada’s longest-running film festival, is pleased to announce that it has become a member of The Belt and Road Film Festival Alliance in the run-up to its 50th edition, to be held October 6 to 17, 2021. This new partnership will solidify the FNC’s development and international reach alongside its membership in FIPRESCI (the FNC has awarded the FIPRESCI prize sin...
 

37th warsaw film festival sets dates for october 8 17 this year

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Dear Friends,   Writing "business as usual" this year would be totally irresponsible.   Well, we HOPE to organise the 37th Warsaw Film Festival October 8-17, this year.   We are opening submissions six weeks from now, April 1st. We are waiting for brand new: - fiction features - documentary features - shorts (up to 40 min, live action, animation, documentaries).   The early submission deadline is July 15th, and the late deadline is July 31s...
 

Tryon International Film Festival Slates for October 8-10, 2021

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    From 2019… TRIFF’s Co-Founders Kirk Gollwitzer (left) and Beau Menetre (right) with actor Matthew Modine (center) Photo by Diana De Rosa The 7th annual Tryon International Film Festival is scheduled for Friday-Sunday, Oct. 8-10, 2021, in the pastoral North Carolina mountains. At this time, organizers are optimistic about the COVID-19 pandemic subsiding enough for a safe and traditional in-person festival that historically attracts hundreds of patrons and filmma...
 

5th Little Wing Film Festival scheduled for September 17-19 2021

 
THE FUTURE OF FILM IS IN ITS GRASSROOTS   We're Back.   Join us from September 17-19 2021 for the 5th Little Wing Film Festival! We're welcoming emerging filmmakers to submit their work for another year of screenings, talks, workshops, and activism championing grassroots independent film. Submit here    Determined to make the film industries more accessible and sustainable for emerging filmmskers, over the years we've given away over £30,000 worth ...

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AWARDS WATCH 

17 scientific and technical achievements to be honorted with Academy Awards®

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  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.  Hosted by filmmaker Nia DaCosta (“Little Woods&...
 

 

366 FILMS eligible for the 2020 Academy Awards®

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Three hundred sixty-six feature films are eligible for the 2020 Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. To be eligible for consideration under rules provisions implemented for the 93rd Academy Awards year only, feature films may open in a commercial motion picture theater in at least one of six U.S. metropolitan areas: Los Angeles County; the City of New York; the Bay Area; Chicago, Illinois; Miami, Florida; and Atlanta, Georgia,...
 

 

Award Season just got stranger: HFPA LA Times burn, then an LAPC retort

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    by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   First the Rona, as Covid-19 is called in LA, shuts down Award Season in Hollywood. Just when you thought things couldn’t get any stranger with cardboard seat fillers and Zoom VIP check-in’s? Los Angeles Times just did a take-down of the Golden Globes and its member-voters of show originator the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.  If you’re in the business right now, you don’t...

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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 (www.idisme.gr). «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: www.beyondborders.gr

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

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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):

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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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May 14-15, 2021
 

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ONES TO WATCH FOR FESTIVAL CONSIDERATION

Only Human HOMO Directed by Igor Ivanov

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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

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USA, 107 minutes, June 2020

One girl’s nightmare. A nationwide reality.

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

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FINDING MANNY by Kacey Cox

Canada, 56 minutes documentary, june 2020

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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SAVING NORTH - A RUSSIAN AMERICAN ODYSSEY by J Mitchell Johnson
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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  - filmfestivals.com Best for Fest"

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

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

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

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Sharkwater: Extinction by Rob Stewart Documentary
Canada 2018
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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.

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Revolution by Rob Stewart 

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over 40 festival wins so far

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

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