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Following the request from sales agents to have an intermediate event between the EFM in Berlin and the Marché du Film in Cannes (6-15 July 2021), the Marché du Film announced a few weeks ago the Pre-Cannes Screenings in May. More recently, some sales companies voiced their preference to hold the event later in June. We therefore decided to launch a wide survey to all buyers and sellers. More than 700 answered: a vast majority confirmed their participation in the Pre-Can...

Save the date for the third edition of Key Buyers Event: digital

The third edition of Key Buyers Event: digital - international online market of audio-visual content from Russia will take place virtually from 8-10 June 2021. The world's leading buyers of media content, production and post-production companies, VOD-platforms and Russian content producers will meet together for three inspirational days enjoying streaming of vibrant audio-visual content, premieres and meeting new co-production opportunities and joining matchmaking sessions.  ...


Full market coverage from the CANNES 2020 virtual edition with 342 articles

Sadly, like thousand of festival goers and market attendees , we have covered the Cannes 2020 edition from a distance. 342 ARTICLES IN OUR REMOTE COVERAGE WHICH CAN BE FOUND BELOW 270 ARTICLES AND 18 VIDEOS  AND  22 ARTICLES IN FRENCH   WHILE OUR COVERAGE FROM THE CANNES FESTIVAL DAILIES CAN BE FOUND HERE 28 ARTICLES AND 22 ARTICLES IN FRENCH   Cannes 2020 playlist on our VIDEO CHANNEL  PIC...
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SANTA BARBARA FEST ON OUR RADAR  Interviews by Emmanuel Itier 

36th SBIFF Award Winning Films

Herewith the award-winning films for the 36th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. "We were so happy to have persevered and have brought a strong slate of films and a sense of continuity with this year’s SBIFF. We look forward to seeing you all in person next year!” stated SBIFF’s Executive Director Roger Durling. The films were chosen by jury members Tony Anselmo, Antwone Fisher, David Freid, Li Cheng, Geoffrey Cowper, Patricia Rosema, Siqi Son...


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WorldFest Houston launches with welcoming words from the President(s)

WORLDFEST- HOUSTON 2021 April 22, 2021 Welcome to WorldFest! As we emerge from the shadows of last year, we celebrate the 54th year of our film festival and reflect on the many lessons at hand realizing that our mission of spotlighting emerging cinematic talent is as important as ever. In this year of introspection, isolation and social unrest, these films and the stories they tell connect us globally and offer understanding. From our humble beginnings in Atlanta in 1961 as an Internation...

Diane von Furstenberg, Jacqueline Stewart, Cynthia Erivo, and Dawn Hudson Celebrate Women Nominees of the 93rd Oscars®

Co-hosts Diane von Furstenberg, designer; Jacqueline Stewart, Chief Artistic and Programming Officer, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures; Cynthia Erivo, actor, singer, and producer; and Dawn Hudson, CEO, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences present a video compilation honoring the women nominees of the 93rd Oscars.   The video features: Maite Alberdi: Documentary Feature, The Mole Agent Sophia Nahli Allison: Documentary Short Subject, A Love Song for Latas...

AFI World Peace Initiative set to honour Bruno Chatelin in Cannes

  UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATION DEVOTED TO WORLD PEACE IS SET TO HOST EVENTS DURING CANNES FILM FESTIVAL FOR 9th YEAR   Media Partner of New Generation In Action's AFI World Peace Initiative & the organizations World Peace & Tolerance Institute is set to host events during Cannes Film Festival in both (Pre-Cannes) event and during Cannes Film Festival both on-line and in person with COVID-19 restrictions followed and set to honour FilmFes...


Canadian Director Sergio Navarretta to Head Jury at the Lavazza Drive-In Festival, June 27 to July 18

  The ICFF unveils the 2021 edition plan that includes the celebration of its 10th anniversary and the 2nd edition of Lavazza Drive-in Film Festival. Screenings in person at Ontario Place, Toronto and in many Canadian cities, plus an online program nation-wide. The ICFF, presented by Lavazza, announced the appointment of award-winning Canadian director Sergio Navarretta as the Honourary President of the Lavazza Drive-In Jury, and revealed the dates for its highly anticipated program...


The New Horizons International FF and American Film Festival artistic directors promoted to festival heads

The American Film Festival has named Urszula Śniegowska as its new director while Marcin Pieńkowski will take over as director of the New Horizons International Film Festival. Both new directors assumed the functions from festival founder, Roman Gutek, who remains president of the New Horizons Association and who will continue his involvement in programming both events. The New Horizons Festival and the American Film Festival are, along with the Gutek Film company and the Warsaw Film Fes...


The Sound of Us - Chris Gero - Director's statement

This is a very personal introspective of my own life through the lens of how the unexplainable power of music transcends the understanding of what music truly means to us as humans.   I have a very unique perspective on this, being on both sides of the creative spectrum in business – both as a creative and a corporate executive – as well as having had a very unorthodox and unconventional childhood that only music led me out of. What would otherwise have been a ve...


All-Star cast presenters at the 93rd Oscars®, which airs live on ABC next Sunday, April 25

  93RD OSCARS® ALL-STAR CAST REVEALED Show producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh today announced the ensemble cast to present at the 93rd Oscars®, which airs live on ABC on Sunday, April 25, at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT. Starring, in alphabetical order, are Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Ren&...



Performers of the five Oscar nominated original songs announced

Celeste, H.E.R., Leslie Odom, Jr., Laura Pausini, Daniel Pemberton, Molly Sandén and Diane Warren to Perform Nominated Original Songs Ariana DeBose, Colman Domingo, Lil Rel Howery and Andrew Rannells  to Host Oscars Specials Live on ABC   Celeste, H.E.R., Leslie Odom, Jr., Laura Pausini, Daniel Pemberton, Molly Sandén and Diane Warren will perform the five nominated original songs in their entirety for “Oscars: Into the Spotlight,” the lead-in to ...


Overview of the US business for the week of Monday, April 19

Warner Bros.' Godzilla vs. Kong continued its reign atop the box office for a third week, with $7.7M in ticket sales at 3,001 locations across North America.  The monster showdown has delivered a welcome shot of revenue to exhibitors, returning more than $80M over the 19 days since it opened on 3/31. Universal's R-Rated thriller Nobody continues to punch out ticket sales, maintaining second place on the weekend box office with $2.5M, and $19M after four weeks.   Sony'...


Happy Earth Day : watch Revolution free

Click here to watch Revolution free Happy Earth Day! On Earth Day, let’s show support for saving Earth by showing love for the oceans. After all, 70 percent of the oxygen we breathe comes from the ocean. Not only that, oceans absorb our excess heat and play an important role in regulating the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, the main gas that causes climate change. Rob Stewart discovered this when he made his films: Sharkwater, Revolution and Sharkwater Extinction. H...

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Content Quebec on Demand: a spotlight on Québec productions and expertise with panels and keynotes...

From now until April 30, audiovisual industry professionals around the world will have an opportunity to discover the best of what Québec has to offer through Content Quebec on Demand, presented by C21. Key players from the creation, production, broadcasting and distribution sectors will have access to a window showcasing and promoting Québec expertise and talent. The program of this virtual event includes interviews, round tables, discussions and exclusive content.   Cont...


The Locarno Industry Academy arrives in Africa

  The Locarno Film Festival is pleased to announce the first edition of the Southern Africa-Locarno Industry Academy, in collaboration with the Realness Institute of Africa. The 2021 edition of the ongoing training project for young film industry professionals will take place online from 26 September to 2 October 2021 and will welcome participants from all over the African continent.  The Locarno Industry Academy is the workshop of Locarno...


Best for Fests 'The Sound of Us': Trailer

Music is the sound of truth, the sound of hope. It is the sound of unity and courage. During this critical time in history, the profound truth remains that music is the great, universal language.     ...


Best for fests 'The Sound of Us' by Chris Gero - A note to festival directors

Dear Festival friends,   Thank you for considering our documentary feature "The Sound of Us" for inclusion in your film festival.    "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 uncertainty, the profound truth remains that, through music, we are not...


Seattle Closing Night Celebration with Rosa’s Wedding

  April 18, 2021 Join us as we wrap up the 2021 Seattle International Film Festival with a presentation of our Golden Space Needle Awards winners, and a screening of Rosa’s Wedding, from SIFF favorite director Icíar Bollaín (Yuli (2018), The Olive Tree (2016)). At the awards ceremony, the juried and audience awards will be presented live, so be sure to cast your vote on the SIFF Channel for your favorites! EVENT DETAILS Su...


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Panel on Sustainability in Filmmaking @ Palm Springs International Film Society

A discussion for a more sustainable film industry.        Website ShortFest 2021 ...


For the Planet... For the People... & All Life on Earth

Come to Gather... Right Now!  Over We! Where & When TBA Soon!       Are You a Filmmaker? Have Friends That Are?    ...
      Watch the new 24x7 EarthxTV channel and VOD (Video On Demand) library airing original shows, award-winning documentaries, daily news and global events.    Download the EarthxTV App today!    Want more? Sign up for FREE and be the first to see show premieres, advanced screenings and exclusive content.   SIGN UP HERE    Five new shows premiering this week:   Energy 4| Transforming Power&nbs...


LIVE TONITE! Official 2021 Artemis Welcome! Join us 4/23 @7pmPT

  Join us LIVE at 7:00pm PT! In commemoration of past yearly events, we gather to present a formal welcome to the 2021 edition of Artemis.  Actress Chase Masterson (Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Vienna, Dr. Who) and Founder of Pop Culture Hero Coalition returns to host for the second year in a row.  Kaylene Peoples and Bunny Brunnel, will perform their song Waters of March from Kaylene's latest CD Romantic Bossa Nova. AND, Hammond Cham...


Sheffield Doc/Fest announced highlights of the 2021 festival, including its opening and closing

Sheffield Doc/Fest opens its 2021 edition with the European premiere of Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s Summer of Soul and closes with the World premiere of Mark Cousins’ The Story of Looking   Sheffield Doc/Fest announced today a selection of highlights that will form part of the 2021 festival, including its opening and closing films. The festival will open with the European premiere of Summer of Soul (...Or When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised), by Ahmi...


DOK.fest München 2021 @home Line-up announced

DOK.fest München 2021 will take place online. We celebrate documentary cinema! Our vision for DOK.fest München 2021 was a dual festival edition that would bring our programme to the big screen and, with an online counterpart, to your screen at home. But in view of the continuing uncertain development of the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to change our plans: The 36th DOK.fest München 2021 will once again take place online. We are extending the festival by one week until 23 ...


KUKI Festival - Last call for Short Entries!

KUKI is the young people’s section of the interfilm Berlin Festival Last chance: We have extended the submission deadline until May 9! Submit films up to 20 minutes - (all genres, all techniques) for children & youth. Only entries via Shortfilmdepot will be considered. KUKI - 14th International Short Film Festival for Children and Youth Berlin  14 - 21 November 2021 Entries accepted from 18 January to 25 April 2021 Submissions & regulations Festival Prof...


WorldFest-Houston 54 opened ! it's Day One at the oldest independent american film festival

  THE TEAM IS READY AND SHARED WITH US THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE OPENING NIGHT IN HOUSTON Dear friends: we're ready to strut down the red carpet with our wonderful opening night films! You'll see everything from blue jeans to ball gowns at this fiercely independent opening night event. Catch Beautiful Lure (Japan) or Narco Sub (USA) and join us for a champagne toast at the Westin Memorial City immediately following the 7pm screenings at Cinemark Memor...


A peek into the program of the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival LAGFF15

  LAGFF films lined up for the 15th edition will bring a varied and stimulating program of features, documentaries, short & animation films. The program will also include several live events, Q&As with cast & crew, panels, social media live events, and a workshop. More details on screenings and webinars to be posted soon. ...


Geena Davis' Bentonville Film Festival will now be produced as an annual program of the Arkansas based non-profit BFFOUNDATION

  Academy Award® Winner Geena Davis' Bentonville Film Festival Will Now Be Produced as an Annual Program of the Newly Formed Arkansas Based Non-Profit, BFFOUNDATION, with Davis Serving as Festival Chair   The 7th Annual Bentonville Film Festival Will Combine Virtual And Safe On-ground Activations to Produce a Hybrid Edition Set to Take Place Tuesday, August 3 through Saturday, August 8 of 2021 in Bentonville, AR and online. Academy Award® winner Geena Dav...


The call for entries to the 9th International Film Music Competition is now open.

A springboard for talented film music composers from around the globe, this year’s International Film Music Competition requires participants to score the award-winning short film ETIQUETA NEGRA (BLACK LABEL) by David Vergés.  The Zurich Film Festival and the Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zürich AG join forces once again this year with Forum Filmmusik to organise the 9th International Film Music Competition. Entrants to the competition are asked to create a new score of their o...


Announcing the 2021 CineYouth Festival Films stream free around the world from May 6-13!

  Cinema/Chicago is proud to announce the most expansive CineYouth Festival lineup yet with 102 international short films streaming virtually from May 6-13! Plus, for the first time ever, CineYouth will be open to audiences around the world. Tickets remain free and open to the public, so join us for the 16th CineYouth Festival! This year's selection spans 14 short film programs presenting a range of genres and themes including family-friendly animation in Playtime, internatio...


24th Brooklyn Film Festival goes hybrid, Playing 140 Film Premieres from June 4-13 Indoor and Online

Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF), New York’s longest running international, competitive film festival, is proud to announce its 24th annual installment themed, “The Clearing.” BFF will be staged online via the festival website from June 4-13, and in-person at Windmill Studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, from June 5-13. The 2021 film lineup will include 140 film premieres, which will be viewable online 24/7, for the entire 10-day period. At Windmill Studios, BFF will screen a shorter...


The 2021 South East European Film Festival in LA (SEEfest) announces film lineup for 16th edition (April 28-May 5)

Award-winning writer Dubravka Ugrešić will receive the SEEfest Legacy Award and Marija Škaričić (MARE) and Jasna Djuričić (QUO VADIS, AIDA?) will both receive the inaugural Legacy Acting Award. Elka Nikolova’s A QUESTION OF SURVIVAL and Kata Oláh’s MY DIGITAL NOMAD will World Premiere, with another 11 films making International, North American, and U.S. Premieres. The 2021 South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) (April...

Cannes 2020: the full coverage of the festival with 342 articles

Sadly, like thousand of festival goers, we have missed attending the Cannes 2020 edition. THE REMOTE COVERAGE CAN BE FOUND BELOW  WHILE OUR COVERAGE FROM THE VIRTUAL MARKET ON OUR CANNES MARKET DAILIES CAN BE FOUND HERE/ Cannes 2020 playlist on our VIDEO CHANNEL  PICTURES from Cannes     Closing of the "Cannes 2020 Special”: I'm Afraid to Forget Your Face wins the Palme d'or for Short Films Sameh Al...


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The 54th WorldFest-Houston Best Actor/Actress Nominees!   

BEST ACTOR NOMINATIONS. With the WorldFest-Houston juries just finalizing their Best of Actor/Actress nominations, the festival is proud to announce the nominees for the 2021 Remi Awards honoring the best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, and best supporting actress plus the Rising Star nominees. This year we have also added Best Actor and Best Actress Category for Panorama Asia. The Remi Awards will be presented to the attending winners just...


Cinejoy featuring the Artists & Films of Cinequest 2021 Awards Announcement

THAT’S A WRAP! Cinequest, reimagined virtually on a proprietary platform as Cinejoy featuring the Artists & Films of Cinequest , wrapped March 30 and presented a groundbreaking lineup of Live Spotlight Events, Live Parties, Red Carpets, and Lounges, plus 199 Showcase Films and Television (111 of which are World & U.S. Premieres) from 55 countries. Cinequest proudly presents the prestigious Award Winners: MAVERICK SPIRIT AWARDS Cinequest’s highest award, the...


VdR–Industry Awards!

It’s been a week already and today is the last day of VdR–Industry. Opening Scenes Lab, In Between, Pietro Marcello’s Masterclass, the 3rd and last Industry Talk and of course the VdR–Industry Awards. VdR–Industry announces its Awards The VdR-Industry Awards 2021 were announced yesterday evening. The ceremony took place as a hybrid event in Nyon and on the VdR–Industry online platform. With its numerous prizes and grants, VdR-Industry and its partners once...


The 2021 Sun Valley Film Festival (SVFF) Streaming, announced this year’s juried film award winners

playing with Sharks and Everything in the End tie for Audience Award ·      See You Then and Searchers win Best Narrative & Documentary Feature Film ·      Marvelous & The Black Hole and Kid Candidate score One in A Million Awards · ...


Congrats to Brian Metcalf's Adverse receiving the Accolade Award of Excellence - Special Mention at the August 2020 session

  MovieMaker Magazine named The Accolade Global Film Competition among the top 25 festivals worth the entry fee! The Accolade is a 5-star rated competition unique in the industry. Attracting both powerhouse companies as well as talented new filmmakers. Brian Metcalf (USA), Advers...


Two awards for Angie: Lost Girls at Accolade 2020 Best Film and Best Direction

Julia Verdin (USA) won two awards for Angie: Lost Girls  At Accolade November awards session:  Award of Excellence: Direction, and Award of Excellence: Film Feature   ...


Angie Lost Girls wins the Accolade Humanitarian Award – Award of Distinction

Julia Verdin has won a prestigious  Award of Distinction Humanitarian Award from Accolade Global Film Competition. The award was given for Julia Verdin's exciting feature film Angie: Lost Girls.   The goal of the Humanitarian Award is to honor filmmakers who are bringing awareness to issues of Ecological, Political, Social Justice, Health and Wellness, Animals, Wildlife, Conservation and Spiritual importance – combined with excellence in filmmaking craft.&nb...

Roberto Benigni Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 78th Venice International Film Festival

78th Venice International Film Festival September 1-11, 2021         The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 78th Venice International Film Festival (September 1–11, 2021) has been awarded to the director, actor, and screenwriter Roberto Benigni.   The decision was made by the board of the Biennale di Venezia, which embraced the proposal of the Festival's Director, Alberto Barbera.   Roberto Benigni, in accepting, stated, “My hear...


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

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 ( «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




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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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


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.

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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. 

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SEKURITAS written and directed by Carmen Stadler

Romantic dark comedy 117 minutes 2019 Switzerland

Starring Kathrin Veith, Duraid Abbas Ghaieb, Jeanne Devos, Daniel Kasztura, Vilmar Bieri, This Maag

First feature film by Swiss director Carmen Stadler, produced by Claudia Wick for Abrakadabra Films AG

An office complex wishes for a love story before demolition. It chooses the lonely misfits for this story; those who go through security rounds at night, scrub toilets, experiment with recipes or rehearse their final speech. A poetic and twisted kaleidoscope that centers around desire, security and melodious noises which move through the entire fabric of the building.


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Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible written  and directed by Matthew Taylor

USA 2019 Documentary 89 minutes

Duchamp: Art of the Possible is a feature documentary that explores the life, art, and philosophy of the 20th century’s most influential modernists, Marcel Duchamp, and how his work single-handedly changed the course of art, and over time, culture itself.


THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA, directed by Elena Demidova

The documentary film «THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA», directed by Elena Demidova, tells a story of one of the most famous lamas, Pandido Khambo Lama Dashi Dorzho Itigelov. His body is recognized as one of the sacred Buddhist objects of Russia and is being kept in the Ivolginsky Datsan. The Buddhist monks approach him as a living person.

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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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Le Phénix Festival : le premier festival de théâtre, à Paris, dédié à la création!

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Content Quebec on Demand : les productions et l’expertise d’ici à l’honneur

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Le Festival de Cannes s'engage pour l'environnement

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VIDEO Bruno Chatelin et le CAS MARKETING du lancement de Boyz'n The Hood à Cannes

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