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SANTA BARBARA FEST ON OUR RADAR  Interviews by Emmanuel Itier

Interview - Ashish Pant for THE KNOT - Santa Barbara

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THE KNOT   Santa Barbara Film Festival 2021   With Director: Ashish Pant   Interview by Emmanuel Itier Q: Tell me how this film came together for you?   Ashish: It is based on an event that really happened to me when I was a kid in India, in the city of ‘Lucknow’ in the North. I was 7 and my dad was driving us for lunch to my grand-mother’s place. As we were at a light and had the way to pass, a scooter came from the left and collided with our car...
 

 

Interview with Casey McGarry director of two shorts showing at SBIFF: “ELECTRIC LADY” et “VUJA DE”

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Director: Casey McGarry  Two Shorts at the Santa Barbara film festival : ELECTRIC LADY – VUJA DE Q: Tell us about the genesis of these two docs?   Casey: For the last 6 years or so, I’ve been making SB themed short to medium-length documentaries for the film festival and there’s no better feeling than lifting up your local community using this particular medium. Finding an inspiring, unique and local story on an ordinary person who lives among us here i...
 

 

 

Interview - Tim Plester (BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY) for BACKYARD VILLAGE - Santa Barbara

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BACKYARD VILLAGE   Santa Barbara Film Festival 2021   With actor: Tim Plester (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1043031 ) Interview by Emmanuel ITIER for filmfestivals.com       Q: How did you get to play this interesting English man lost in the land of Island?   Tim: I met Marteinn Thorsson, the director of “Backyard Village”, a few years ago. Almost 10 years ago when I was in Iceland for a vacation. We had an amazing time and while we were...
 
 
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Tallgrass Film Association announces Melanie Addington as the new Executive Director, effective May 1, 2021.

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  “Melanie comes to Tallgrass with a wealth of film festival experience, new ideas, and lots of energy,” said Adam Gunnels, board president. “We can’t wait to see what’s in store for Tallgrass with Melanie at the helm.” Addington most recently served as Executive Director of the Oxford Film Festival in Oxford, MS. She has worked in the film festival industry since 2006, first as a volunteer, and then eventually becoming the Oxford Film Fe...
 

 

Interview - Ashish Pant for THE KNOT - Santa Barbara

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THE KNOT   Santa Barbara Film Festival 2021   With Director: Ashish Pant   Interview by Emmanuel Itier Q: Tell me how this film came together for you?   Ashish: It is based on an event that really happened to me when I was a kid in India, in the city of ‘Lucknow’ in the North. I was 7 and my dad was driving us for lunch to my grand-mother’s place. As we were at a light and had the way to pass, a scooter came from the left and collided with our car...
 

Register Now: “Global Content Creators 2021” Virtual All Female Panel Event on April 13

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Cloud 21 International & Kultura PR International to Present “Global Content Creators 2021” Special Virtual Event on April 13, 2021 All Female Panel to Feature Award-winning Filmmakers Anna Fishbeyn and Eva Lanska, German American producer Christina Rose and Alien Films’ Eileen Tasca; Panel to be Moderated by Director/Activist Kate Rees Davies Cloud 21 PR International and Kultura PR International  are pleased to present the inaugural installment of its l...

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Overview of the US business for the week of Monday, April 5

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Godzilla vs. Kong has shaken the U.S. box office back to life since its mid-week opening. The monster sequel from Warner Bros. earned $48.5M in five days since last Wednesday, with $32.2M coming in over Easter weekend. This result represents a record-breaking opening since the pandemic began 14 months ago.  Sony's horror film The Unholy also debuted this weekend, taking second place with $3.2M in ticket sales.  Universal's R-Rated action thriller Nobody followed in a close...
 

 

THUNDER FORCE’s Melissa McCarthy & Octavia Spencer get super jabs, ready?

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Hey, the German trailer for THUNDER FORCE starring Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer is almost more hilarious than the English version of the Netflix superhero flick to be released April 9. Can you imagine more unlikely Super Friends from childhood? No, you can’t, trust me. This is one caped caper worth the subscription fee alone for the super streamer. Watch… You’ll never listen to Seal again without a trigger-wa...
 

The Gotham Presents: The Future of Distribution – Reinventing The Industry - 7PM on Thursday, April 15th

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Join the conversation with distribution decision makers as they discuss the current state and future of distribution. How has a year and a half of social distancing changed how independent films are distributed? On April 15th we’ll be hosting our second panel on the Future of Distribution, an opportunity for attendees to hear from distribution decision makers on how they’ve spent the past year successfully transitioning with the times and how you can utilize these new virtual ...
 

 

Luke Bracey and Brittany Snow to star in new thriller BIG NICKEL shooting end of this year

 
Australian superstar Luke Bracey (Warner Bros.’ Point Break, Academy Award winner Hacksaw Ridge) and Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect franchise, Hairspray) are set to star in the new feature film thriller Big Nickel. Tom Chilcoat is making his feature directorial debut from a script he co-wrote with David Birke who penned the acclaimed Oscar nominated film Elle starring Isabelle Huppert, and Screen Gems’ Slender Man starring Joey King.   Start of Principal Photography is set for W...
 

 

Highland Film Group enters first look output deal with Short Porch Pictures - Alec Baldwin cast in first film SUPERCELL

 
Leading independent worldwide sales agent Highland Film Group announced today that it has entered into a non-exclusive first look output deal with Ryan Winterstern and Nathan Klingher’s newly launched production company Short Porch Pictures. Under the far-reaching deal, Highland Film Group will represent worldwide or international sales rights, depending on the project, to feature films produced by Short Porch Pictures.   Academy Award® nominee Alec Baldwin (The Departed, &ldquo...
 

 

Arclight Films locks North American distribution for QUEEN BEEES starring Ellen Burstyn and James Caan

 
Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, has acquired North American rights from Arclight Films, to distribute the heartwarming dramatic comedy ‘QUEEN BEES’. ‘QUEEN BEES stars Ellen Burstyn, James Caan, Ann-Margret, Jane Curtin, Christopher Lloyd, Loretta Devine, Elizabeth Mitchell, and French Stewart. The Astute Films production is directed by Michael Lembeck from a screenplay by Donald Martin and story by Harrison Powell. Gravitas Ventures will release ‘QUEEN BEE...
 

 

Only Human awarded BEST FILM at Gbeck Future Film Festival

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ONLY HUMAN Wins best Film at the 7th GBECKFF THE WINNERS LIST FOR THE 7TH GBECKFF Gbeck Future Film Festival focuses on new media and young filmmakers. The competition is divided into two parts: “Script” and “Production.” As well the films were grouped by length (short and full-length film) and organized into three types: drama, documentary, and animation. Many great young filmmakers have been fostered by this event, and many excellent new films wer...
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FESTIVALS IN FOCUS 

WorldFest 54 Opening Night is two weeks away!

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Wonderful WorldFest Film Premiere Schedule! Opening Night is just two weeks away for WorldFest54 (April 22 - 25, 2021) at Cinemark Memorial City!   We’ll be premiering Houston’s hometown hero Shawn Welling’s exciting thriller NARCO SUB as our official festival opening. Japan's BEAUTIFUL LURE will be kicking off our Panorama Asia section. See below for film details and trailers. Join us after the movies at the HQ Westin Memorial City with your ticket for a glass o...
 

 

Fantasporto 2021 official presentation at the Hard Club

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One more step has been completed towards the realization of the 41th Fantasporto - the official presentation. Hardclub welcomed us with friendly and affability, which is very important when organizing an event like this. Featuring the festival's 40th anniversary Anthology that will be officially presented on April 30th at 18 pm. All are invited. The Anthology I made about the 40 years of Fantasport arrived today. Anyone who has been there over the years now has to order and then fin...
 

 

Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces 2022 Dates

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The 33rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will return Thursday, January 6, 2022 through Monday, January 17, 2022.
The Film Awards Gala will take place on January 6 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, with film screenings beginning Friday, January 7 including the Opening Night presentation that evening and will conclude with Best of Fest on January 17. Palm Springs ShortFest is still schedu...
 

43rd Moscow International Film Festival wins over COVID times

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Kirill Razlogov program director of the Moscow Film Festival (with Bruno Chatelin)
This year’s program inevitably reflects the uncertainties in the cinematic process itself. Now and again filmmakers in different countries went to extremes. The extreme situation of the Pandemic and the lockdown prompted extreme aesthetic and anti-aesthetic choices, unexpected semantic collisions, heightened by the creators’ polonged isolation. It would be naïve and arrogant to propose a way...
 

 

Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2021 Call for Entries

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The seventh editon of The Netherlands' main wildlife film festival is open for entries!    The 7th Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam (WFFR) will take place from 26 – 31 October 2021. The festival focuses on the screening of wildlife, environment, sustainability, climate change and conservation documentaries. The competition is free of fees. Entries must be submitted before 1 May 2021. The 2021 festival takes place in beautiful Rotterdam, The Netherlan...
 

 

Los Angeles, Italia 2021 - Film, Fashion and Art Fest on the eve of the 2021 Academy Awards®

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UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF ITALY IN LOS ANGELES The 16th Annual Event in Los Angeles featuring Italian Motion Pictures, Audiovisuals, Music, Fashion, Tourism and Food will take place from April 18th to 24th, on the eve of the 2021 Academy Awards®. The event, chaired by Oscar-winning writer and producer Nick Vallelonga&n...
 

 

FILMFEST MÜNCHEN 2021: ten days starting on June 24, live in unusual locations...

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A BEACON OF TOGETHERNESS FILMFEST MÜNCHEN means meeting up in person, even in the summer of 2021: attending open-air film premieres, seeing national and international directors and actors, and bringing the German film industry together in person at the first-ever Filmfest Beergarden Convention. For ten days starting on June 24, the festival will be the backbone of a creative network in Munich — in unusual locations, with lots of new and long-standing partners and a streamline...
 

 

The Italian Contemporary Film Festival in Toronto proudly announces Lavazza as its Presenting Sponsor: what else? ;-)

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The world's most renowned Italian coffee brand strengthens its partnership with the ICFF for the tenth anniversary of the festival and the second edition of the Lavazza Drive-In Film Festival.     The Italian Contemporary Film Festival is honored to announce that Luigi Lavazza S.p.A. (Lavazza) is strengthening its relationship with the largest Italian film festival in the world and becoming our presenting sponsor.  This year, from June 27th to July 18th, the ICFF ...
 
 

ReelAbilities announced a line-up of streaming film with a drive-in opening night

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The 13th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York will kick off to a virtual edition with films streaming Apr 29–May 5, and in person session at the Queens Drive-in for the opening night with Best Summer Ever by Michael Parks Randa + Lauren Smitelli!   Tickets are now on sale for the 13th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York.   OPENING NIGHT SCREENING AT THE QUEENS DRIVE-IN ...
 

 

SoundTrack_Cologne 18 moves to autumn (November 17 – 21, 2021)

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  The vaccination situation in Germany is sobering: given the current speed of vaccination, it is not to be expected that enough people will be vaccinated in eight weeks to realise SoundTrack_Cologne physically. Travel options to and within Europe remain unresolved for June, too. These circumstances make a smooth and safe realisation of the conference in June impossible, therefore with a heavy heart we have to announce that SoundTrack_Cologne 18 has to be postponed to November. ...
 

 

CUFF Announces the Full Slate of Films Playing the 18th Calgary Underground Film Festival

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This year’s festival includes 29 features, 3 shorts packages & additional live online events  The Calgary Underground Film Festival has announced the full lineup of films and live events playing the upcoming festival taking place online from April 23 – May 2. As always, the festival will feature a mix of comedies, horror, dramas, and other unusual fare that Calgarians have come to love. Films are available to stream from anywhere in Alberta. &...
 

 

LAGFF’s 15th celebratory edition is coming up next month!

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  NEW GREEK CINEMA ON YOUR SCREENS COMING SOON The newest crop of features, documentaries and shorts, curated by the programming team will be available on our secure platform May 10-30, 2021, accompanied by a host of webinars and live or pre-recorded Q&As. Stay tuned for more… soon! HONORING EXITING BOARD MEMBERS ...
 

 

Gangneung_IFF 2021 Opens International Narrative Feature Competition

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[GIFF 2021] Festival dates : 22 – 31 October 2021 Festival venues : The City of Gangneung, Gangwon Province, South Korea   [Awards Prizes] Best Feature : Cash award appr. USD 17,000(20 million KRW) and certificate Best Director : Cas...
 

 

Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) final call ends may 30

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2021 AIFF Call for Submissions  May 31, 2021 Late Submission   The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) based in Arlington, Massachusetts is pleased to announce the Eleventh Annual Call for Submissions featuring the work of independent and student filmmakers from Massachusetts, USA, and the Global Community. AIFF is a juried festival welcoming  submissions of feature-length and short film...
 

 

10th Annual Sun Valley Film Festival Announces Film Slate for 2021 Streaming Fest

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Gal Gadot, Ethan Hawke and Shaka King to Receive Honors, Participate in Coffee Talks; Ford Producer’s Grant Returns with $25,000 Grand Prize   Celebrating a decade as a rising star on the boutique film festival scene, the 2021 Sun Valley Film Festival (SVFF) announced the film lineup for its 10th annual event, SVFF Streaming, an all-virtual festival taking place April 14-18. SVFF celebrates the art of storytelling with a curated slate of films, moderated Q&As featuring e...
 

 

VIDEO Happy Days in Houston, ambiance at Worldfest Houston

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The fantastic team behind each Worldfest Houston festival for quite some time!  Hunter Todd founded the festival in 1961 and has run each of the 53 editions so far, that makes him the only festival organizer in the world with such a vast experience in running festivals. Behind each great man you will always find a great woman: here both Kathleen and Katy Lea have proven essential to the success of the festival. Check our ambiance video : this is what the festival looks like (FUN) when t...
 

 

Program announced for Fantasporto 41st edition

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FANTASPORTO’2021 41st PORTO INTERNATIONAL CINEMA FESTIVAL HARD CLUB APRIL 26 - MAY 4 FANTASPORTO'2021      26 APRIL 13.00 • PORTUGUESE CINEMA AWARD - BEST FILM Toponímia- Memories of Porto - António Pinto - 82 '(Port) - PCP- WORLD ANTESTREIA-documentary - vo fal. port Through the streets of Porto, a journey in a slow but panoramic train to the past. A legacy of old customs and crafts that began to fall int...
 

 

Austin: From SXSW 2021: two outstanding features

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With the objective of “helping creative people achieve their goals” the South by Southwest Conference and Festival (SXSW) was established in 1987 in Austin, Texas with an emphasis on the merger of  interactive productions, the film ,and music industries. Like other festivals, SXSW embraced digital platforms for its conferences, music showcases  exhibitions, networking opportunities and film screenings in 2021. SXSW Online 2021 took place from March 16-20, though conferenc...

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Nominees DOK.fest München AWARD of SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit

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Dear friends of DOK.fest München, in times of fake news and blurring boundaries between fiction and documentary, documentary film is also challenged anew. We consider the topic crucial for the future and open the DOK.fest München 2021 @home with the German premiere of the film HINTER DEN SCHLAGZEILEN (BEHIND THE HEADLINES) by Daniel Sager. An exciting and highly explosive insight into the hidden work of the "Investigative Research" department of the Süddeutsche Zeit...
 

 

GARDEN STATE FILM FESTIVAL Victory + Award Winners

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Screens +300 Films to +285k Viewers | FIRST HYBRID EVENT Photo by Tom Zapcic Vice Chair Heather Brittain O'Scanlon, Board Secretary Stephanie Clineman, Founder Diane Raver, Director of Operations Kristen Dirato, Daniel Baldwin, Executive Director Lauren Concar Sheehy, Avis & Finley Baldwin Photo by Tom Zapcic HONOREES MVP Ming Chen, Spirit of New Jersey Award Recipient Senator Declan O'Scanlon, Independent Spirit Recipient Daniel Baldwin ...
 

 

Marcel Duchamp the Art of the Possible wins Best Documentary Audience Award at Flickfair

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FLICKFAIR.com is quickly becoming the most popular online film festival platform. We understand that the greatest value for filmmakers comes from exposure, our mission is to provide an audience that a traditional in-person festival simply cannot deliver. Traditional events only present a small number of projects to a limited audience, greatly reducing the reach of one’s work. FLICKFAIR.com breaks the norms and exceeds the value filmmakers seek from the traditional festival experience by ...
 

 

Gbeck Future Film Festival Award Winners announced

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THE WINNERS LIST FOR THE 7TH GBECKFF Gbeck Future Film Festival focuses on new media and young filmmakers. The competition is divided into two parts: “Script” and “Production.” As well the films were grouped by length (short and full-length film) and organized into three types: drama, documentary, and animation. Many great young filmmakers have been fostered by this event, and many excellent new films were discovered in the selection process. Th...
 

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Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) final call ends may 30

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2021 AIFF Call for Submissions  May 31, 2021 Late Submission   The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) based in Arlington, Massachusetts is pleased to announce the Eleventh Annual Call for Submissions featuring the work of independent and student filmmakers from Massachusetts, USA, and the Global Community. AIFF is a juried festival welcoming  submissions of feature-length and short film...
 

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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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.  https://filmfreeway.com/FrenchRivieraFilmFestival

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Zero Gravity USA first film directed by Thomas Verrette

74 minutes First feature documentary USA April 2021

A diverse group of middle-school students go on the journey of a lifetime when they compete in a nationwide competition sponsored by MIT to code satellites aboard the International Space Station.

Zero Gravity is a feature documentary that follows a diverse group of middle-school students from San Jose, CA, who compete in a nationwide tournament to code satellites aboard the International Space Station.
 
Seen through the wondrous eyes of three diverse young students and their first-time coach, they each take an intimate and personal journey to space as their team grows from amateur coders to representing California in the ISS Finals Tournament — the culmination of a summer-long adventure that sees their incredible accomplishment performed by astronauts in orbit.

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The Sound of Us directed by Chris Gero

"The Sound of Us" illustrates that during this critical time in world and U.S. history, music gives sound to hope and courage, allows us to grieve and be honest, and is the great, universal language that unites us all.

As the world grapples with unrest the profound truth remains that, through music, we are not alone.

The Sound of Us weaves inspiring stories about the beauty and goodness of music with interviews and performances by artists such as Ben Folds, Sarah McLachlan, Avery*Sunshine, Eric Whitacre, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Hiromi, Antonio Sanchez, Butch Walker, Will Wells, Patti Smith, and many more. Combined, these powerful vignettes illustrate how music heals us, gives us hope for the future through our children, keeps our heritage and history alive, allows us to have the most difficult of conversations, sheds light on current struggles, and continues to invite us back to the thing that unites us all - music.

The film is directed by Chris Gero, a Grammy nominated, American music industry executive, concert producer, record producer, songwriter, film director and composer, founder of Yamaha Entertainment Group of America and Chief Artist Relations Executive for Yamaha Artist Relations Group

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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. 

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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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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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Des partenariats forts avec les plus grands festivals et marchés
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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 30e Festival du Cinéma Espagnol de Nantes

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Le pendant distanciel du 30e Festival du Cinéma Espagnol de Nantes vient de se clore, ce dimanche 4 avril 2021, avec l’annonce du palmarès pendant la cérémonie de clôture retransmise sur la chaîne YouTube du Festival.    Sur les 29 films que le Festival proposait en ligne, 19 (11 longs et 8 courts-métrages) concouraient pour l’un des 8 prix. Les films primés seront visionnables sur la plateforme Festival Scope jusqu&...
 

La 24e édition de Valence scénario - Festival international des scénaristes et compositeurs a été reportée du 8 au 12 juin

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  Initialement prévue en avril, c'est aujourd'hui que devait se dérouler la remise des prix des compétitions.  On voulait marquer le coup ! Alors on en profite pour vous dévoiler la sélection officielle de cette année.   Parcourez le catalogue des comp...
 

 

Le Département des Alpes-Maritimes propose son festival jeune public « Nananère » en version 100 % numérique

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Pendant les vacances, le Département des Alpes-Maritimes propose son festival jeune public « Nananère » en version 100 % numérique   Bonne nouvelle pour nos pitchouns ! Le festival « Nananère » aura bien lieu cette année, en version 100 % numérique. Une occasion pour les parents de pouvoir programmer des séances de spectacle vivant et des ateliers avec leurs enfants durant les vacances scolaires.   Avec l...
 

 

Le 37e Festival international de cinéma Vues d’Afrique est lançé

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Les sandales blanches de Christian Faure, mettant en vedette Amel Bent inaugure le 37e Festival international de cinéma Vues d’Afrique   C’est le 8 avril à compter de minuit que démarre la programmation du 37e Festival international de cinéma Vues d’Afrique présenté par Québecor avec la diffusion sur le site de TV5unis, en première nord-américaine, du film Les sandales blanches de Christian Faure. Tir&eac...
 

 

Report du FIGRA 2021 du 29 septembre au 3 octobre à Douai

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  La ville de Douai et le FIGRA vous informent qu’en raison des conditions sanitaires liées à la pandémie de COVID 19, la 28ème édition du FIGRA, Festival International du Grand Reportage d’Actualité et du documentaire de société, les « Écrans de la Réalité » n’aura pas lieu aux dates initialement prévues. La ville de Douai et le FIGRA ont pris la décision...
 

 

REPORT - FESTIVAL BORDEAUX ROCK, du 23 au 25 septembre 2021

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  Sans grande surprise, le Festival Bordeaux Rock #17 prévu du 14 au 17 avril 2021 est annulé. Pour autant, après concertation avec les équipes de La Salle Des Fêtes Bordeaux Grand-Parc et dans l'envie de renouer avec notre public dans les mois à venir, nous tenterons un ultime report du festival et proposerons au public une édition automnale du 23 au 25 septembre 2021   ...
 
 

SODEC_Lab @ CPH:DOX 2021 : Annonce des six producteurs participants

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La SODEC et le Forum RIDM continuent leur collaboration avec le programme SODEC_Lab @ CPH:DOX 2021  De gauche à droite et de haut en bas :  Andrée-Anne Frenette, Line Sander Egede (crédit photo Eve Dufaut), Marie-Michèle Cyr, Fanny Drew, Frederic Bohbot, Simon Plouffe.   Le Forum RIDM est heureux de reconduire son partenariat avec la Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) dans le cadre du S...
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VIDEO Bruno Chatelin et le CAS MARKETING du lancement de Boyz'n The Hood à Cannes

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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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