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WorldFest Houston 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...

Happy winners in Houston honored with top Remi Awards

The teams of Zero Gravity and Finding Manny attended the screenings and received their REMI AWARDS (respectively Gold and Platinum) Proud of our BEST FOR FESTS   The team of finding Manny honored in Houston with The WorldFest - Houston Platinum Remi Award Hunter Todd (Festival founder) with Cindy Drukier and Jan Jekielek (producers)   ...

WorldFest Houston 54 Awards for best performances

Young Pleun Nijhuis's convincing and mature performance in "Hidden in the Spotlight" showed much potential and earned her the Remi award for BEST RISING STAR FEMALE at WorldFest 54! Young Erik Gyarmati's playful performance in "Cream (HAB)" was well beyond his years and earned him the Remi award for BEST RISING STAR MALE at WorldFest 54! The passionated performance of the late Mary Pat Gleason in "Saving Paradise" captivated us and earned her the wel...

WorldFest 54 Closing Day - Features Films  

Closing day of our WorldFest Mini-Fest! This whirlwind of cinematic excellence continues through the 9'o clock hour. We have our fearless filmmakers out on Galveston Bay sailing away in our Annual Consular Corps Regatta in partnership with the Houston Yacht Club. WorldFest is the only film festival in the world with its own sailboat race!    If you're not on the water, come join us for our amazing round of feature films to close out this unique year.    We'l...

WorldFest 54 Closing Day - Short Films   

WorldFest-Houston  FINAL SHORTS Our final slate of shorts includes another wonderful round of dramas, travel shorts to help us dream of future post-covid vacations to come,  sci-fi shorts to dream of different realities and horror shorts so we can master our fear!    Enjoy these cinematic samplings and we'll see you at the movies!    -TEAM WORLDFEST     SHORTS! SHORTS! SHORTS! ...

WorldFest 54 Catalog - Features Films  and shorts screening

The Houston International Film Festival is the third oldest film festival in North America, started in 1961, right after New York and San Francisco. It is the oldest Independent film festival in the world and we are fiercely independent! We value a “Good Story, Well Told” and want to share what we find with Houston. Our mission is to recognize and honor outstanding creative excellence in film, to validate brilliant abilities, to promote cultural tourism for Houston, to educ...

WorldFest-Houston 54 Day Three Features

Highlights for Day Three!   Day three of WorldFest-Houston with friends flying in from all over! We have a wonderful selection of incredible indie films from such far away lands as Bulgaria (SHIBIL), Canada (BONE CAGE), Columbia/Mexico/USA  (OKLAHOMA  MON AMOUR), Germany (IT's GONNA  BE FINE), Japan (PEGASUS),  Macao (PATIO OF ILLUSION) and Mexico (LUCINDA URRUSTI. PAINTER). Join us for a marvelous slate of award-winning films tonight and all day tomor...

Winning Shorties at WorldFest Houston 54, Day 3

The team of finding Manny honored with Platinum Remi Award Hunter Todd (Festival founder) with Cindy Drukier and Jan Jekielek (producers) SHORTS! SHORTS! SHORTS!     Today we have a dazzling array of short subject films debuting on the silver screen with attending directors for each block. At WorldFest, we love our short film directors because so many amazing directors get their start with a brilliant short film. Come support these amazing filmmakers as they share their dreams...
Opening night was a delightful blur of ballgowns, flashing lights and dazzling debuts from Covid-cocoons. NARCO SUB (USA) fans were glowing with Director Shawn Welling, Producer Derek Potts and Actor Tom Vera in attendance. NARCO SUB was presented a Special Jury Remi Award for Action Adventure.       BEAUTIFUL LURE (Japan) opened our special focus on emerging Asian Cinema Panorama Asia directed by Hiroshi Akabane. Not only ...
  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...
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'Suicide Forest Village' wins the Fantasporto Fantasy Competition

JAPANESE AND HUNGARIAN CINEMA DOMINATE FANTASPORTO’2021 SUICIDE FOREST VILLAGE (Jap) and PREPARATIONS TO BE TOGETHER FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME (Hun) WIN THE TOP AWARDS The in person 41st edition of the Oporto International Film Festival – Fantasporto was touched again by the cinema made in Japan, following the winner of 2020, GHOSTMASTER, with Takashi Shimizu’s SUICIDE FOREST VILLAGE was awarded with the BEST FILM in the Fantasy Competition. ...

The official competitive sections of Fantasporto 2021

THE COMPETITIVE FANTASY SECTION The Reckoning/O Derradeiro Julgamento - Neil Marshall – 110’ (GB) Ten Minutes to Midnight- Erik Bloomquist - 73’ (EUA) LX 2048 – Guy Moshe- 104’ (EUA / Lituânia) O Cemitério das Almas Perdidas – Rodrigo Aragão- 95’ (Brasil) The Trouble with Being Born- Sandra Wollner- 94’ (Alem) Post Mortem – Péter  Bergendy- 115’ (Hungria) Get The Hell Out – I-Fan...
OFFICIAL COMPETITIVE FANTASY SECTION JURY MEMBERS CHRISTIAN HALLMAN (director - Sweden) Christian Hallman is an award-winning director-writer/producer from Sweden. Experienced in working with feature films, TV Series, Commercials, Music Promos and Corporate films in both development, production and post-production. He has also worked extensively as a 1st AD for. many years. Besides being a filmmaker, Christian has an extensive background working with genre film festivals for more ...
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Interview with Director of Photography Ross Riege for RUTHERFORD FALLS (2021)

Cinematographer Ross Riege’s latest work can be viewed on TV series Rutherford Falls (2021), a comedy about best friends, played by Helms and Jana Schmieding, both of whom care deeply about the culture and history of their small town. With a BA from NYU, award winning Director of Photography Ross Riege is known for his work on films and series such as The Kings of Summer (2013), Youth in Oregon (2016), Kong: Skull Island (2017), You're the Worst (2014-2015), The Catch (2016-2017), ...
    JASMINA BOJIC, Founder and Executive Director of UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival) at CICT-ICFT UNESCO The International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication (ICFT) UNESCO based in Paris, honored Jasmina Bojic, the Founder and Executive Director of UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival), a longtime Stanford educator and film critic to join ICFT.   The International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication ...

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...


Overview of the US business for the week of Monday, April 26

The debut of two new  action films propelled the 3-day Domestic box office to $54.2M, the highest total for any weekend since the onset of the pandemic. Warner Bros.' much-anticipated Mortal Kombat led all films with $22.5M.  The R-Rated action fantasy played at 3,073 locations, which made it the widest distribution in North America for any film in more than a year.  FUNimation's Japanese anime feature Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train came in a close second place wi...

The 20th anniversary of the fantastic international career of Amelie

UniFrance celebrates TF1 Studio's backing, Amelie, produced by UGC, and distributed by Césars ((Best Film, Best Director, Best Music, and Best Set Design). Internationally, it was released on 5 continents, in 50 countries, and reached nearly 23 million spectators for €133.5 million in box office revenues. Thanks to this performance, it dethroned The Intouchables (31.9 million tickets). Germany, the film's protagonist's little quirks, Prokino, its local distributor,...


The American Pavilion 2021 Emerging Filmmaker Virtual Showcase EFS Alumni Edition

The Showcase will be viewable ONLY from Friday, April 30 to Sunday, May 2. There will be a live Q&A with the filmmakers via Zoom on Sunday, May 2 at 2:00 PM (PT). You will receive the EFS site password along with Zoom login info after you register. Please join us for  The American Pavilion 2021 Emerging Filmmaker Virtual Showcase EFS Alumni Edition REGISTER HERE! &...


“Black Nights Goes to Cannes” is part of the PÖFF’s 25th birthday celebrations - call for projects is open

      For the first time Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) is joining the well established Marché du Film showcase "Goes to Cannes" with an aim to present 5 international film projects in post-production stage at the Marché du Film in July. “Black Nights Goes to Cannes” is part of the PÖFF’s 25th birthday celebrations, in a year where PÖFF’s industry platform Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event also celebrates ...


Justin Hartley (‘This is Us’) joins the cast of A LOT OF NOTHING, Mo McRae’s dark comedy-thriller directorial debut

Award-winning actor Justin Hartley cast in Mo McRae’s dark comedy-thriller feature film‘A Lot of Nothing’Joins Y’lan Noel, Cleopatra Coleman, Lex Scott Davis, and Shamier Anderson   Award-winning actor, producer and director Justin Hartley (NBC’s “This Is Us”) joins A Lot of Nothing in a major role. The feature film is the directorial debut of Mo McRae from a screenplay he co-wrote with Sarah Kelly Kaplan (HBO’s Perry Mason).   H...


Voltage Pictures has secured worldwide rights to American Boogeyman based on the untold story of Ted Bundy

Serial Killer Ted Bundy (1946 -1989) in July 1978 Voltage Pictures has secured worldwide rights to the newly announced feature film American Boogeyman based on the untold story of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy as he’s pursued by an intrepid detective and the rookie FBI profiler who coined the term “serial killer.”  Currently in post-production, the film, written and directed by Daniel Farrands (The Haunting of Sharon Tate, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers) star...


Productivity Media and Darius Films announce new film starring Ron Perlman, Harvey Keitel and Elias Koteas

– Producers William G. Santor, CEO of Productivity Media, and Nicholas Tabarrok, President of Darius Films have lined up a stellar cast featuring Ron Perlman (Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy), Academy-Award nominee Harvey Keitel (Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction), Elias Koteas (Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line, David Cronenberg’s Crash), Joel David Moore (James Cameron’s Avatar) and new discovery 10 year old Emma Ho (Code ...


A second theatre in Cuba will play Quebec and Canadian movies

The CINÉ TEATRO ENCANTO is located in the city of Baracoa, Cuba, already boasts a sumptuous 380-seat theatre. The organizers now plan to add a second theatre with 100 seats situated in the main lobby of the cinema.   Québécois and Canadian movies will be shown with Spanish subtitles in both theatres. Films of all genres will be showcased; fiction and documentary, long or short subjects. Québécois and Canadian filmmakers and actors will be invited to ...



About Endlessness, Roy Andersson, Sweden 2019

ABOUT ENDLESSNESS is a startling departure from Roy Andersson’s previous films with long sequences  documenting gruesome events presented in a social context. In Andersson’s 1991 short, WORLD OF GLORY, there are carefully composed images of nude women and children forced into the large hold of a diesel truck to be killed by a hose attached to the truck’s exhaust. There is no commentary. But the images include a group of well-dressed official-looking men and women closely...


Two Oscars for 'The Father' by Florian Zeller!

  After its two BAFTA awards and Golden Globes nominations, The Father, the debut feature by Florian Zeller, coproduced by France, won two Oscars (out of its six nominations) at the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony, which took place on April 25, 2021.   Florian Zeller is already the most performed contemporary French playwright internationally, and The Father, his very first feature film, an adaptation of his eponymous play, won two Oscars at the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony:: Best Acto...


Das Kapital is beaten at its own game... (in the wake of pandemic...)

London, Paris, New York, Shanghai, the world capitals, bustling metropoles – they are all deserted, empty streets, paranoid faces, shut down restaurants, lifeless cafes, silent theaters. The entire scenes reflect some mystery or thriller from Frederic Forsyth novel. Being a longtime Parisian I see that the life here in Paris and everywhere around the world has turned into a surreal picture. Pandemic has affected not only the outlook of life, it has also entered into people’s psych. ...



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...


MAX3MIN Festival Chapter X: from reality to short films

More screenings from 
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Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2021 Last Call for Entries with final deadline tomorrow

  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. Last call for entries for the seventh editon of The Netherlands' main wildlife film festival!   The 2021 festival takes place in beautiful Rotterdam, The...


SUNCINE (Spain - Mexico) 2021 Calling for entries

  CALL FOR ENTRIES SUNCINE  announces its open-call and welcomes submissions for the International Environmental Film Festival  SPAIN / MEXICO The festival will take place on November  3- 11, 2021. Registration for the 28th SUNCINE Festival is FREE and is open until July 31, 2021 on the following platforms: FILMFREEWAY: FESTHOME: ACCIONS 3E  is a Non-Profit Cultural Association organizes the 28th SUNCINE International En...


Sheffield Doc/Fest announces the line-up for the Rhyme & Rhythm strand 4 - 13 June

Sheffield Doc/Fest proudly announces all the films that will premiere as part of the popular Rhyme & Rhythm strand at the 2021 festival; which will run 4 - 13 June, in Sheffield and online.   Rhyme & Rhythm is where cinema and other artforms meet. Through music and performance, visual art and sport, each film offers encounters and inspirations to a different beat.   Taking audiences from the Midlands in England to Australia, from Austria, Ukraine a...


DocsMX will celebrate its 16th edition this 2021, from October 14th to 24th.

  DocsMX call for entries is open. We search documentaries from any corner of the planet, of any topic, genre, format or duration. You can check our regulations here, and you can register your film here. We're waiting for your movie. Share your story with us. Call for entries closes on May 30th. Let's celebrate non-fiction together! ...


DOK.fest München, the time has come: Film programme and presale start, look behind the scenes

Dear friends of DOK.fest München, the time has come: we are thrilled to present the film programme of DOK.fest München 2021 @home to you today. At the same time, we are opening our advance ticket sales. From now on you can buy tickets for the festival. To get you in the mood for the upcoming festival, today we take a look behind the scenes and introduce you to our festival studio at the Deutsches Theater as well as our technical partner. Only a few more days until the open...


Ex Oriente Film 2021: fINAL Deadline today

Creative feature-length documentary projects and docuseries from the region of Central and Eastern Europe in all stages of development and early production are welcome to apply for free to the Ex Oriente Film workshop 2021. The extended deadline is on Friday, April 30. Submit your projects online via our APPLICATION FORM Before applying, please read the Guidelines and also see the List of eligible countries. Do you have a profile at Pitch the Doc...


15th Los Angeles Greek Film Festival program announced

One more year of virtual programming when LAGFF comes to your screen, with love! The program team worked hard to select one of our largest yet lineups with 64 features, documentaries, short and animation works by Greek filmmakers worldwide. They are grouped in 7 thematic “collections”. Upon getting your $60 all-access pass, all films will immediately become available to you, individually or by category, however you’d like to watch them - streaming from May 10 through May 30. ...


The 2021 Tribeca Festival™ announced the line-up for Tribeca Immersive

The 2021 Tribeca Festival™, presented by AT&T, today announced the line-up for Tribeca Immersive, a leading incubator for innovation and a global stage where top creators choose to debut their latest work. With Tribeca At Home and in-person experiences at outdoor venues across New York City, Tribeca Immersive will showcase cinematic and cutting-edge virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality and participatory experiences by top artists who push the boundaries of storytelling w...


The 2021 Tribeca Festival™ announces KISS performance, Tribeca TV, Tribeca Now and Tribeca Creators Market

Special Post Screening Performance by Multi-Platinum Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Legends, KISS Photo Credit: Keith LeRoux     TV World Premieres Include Series From Disney+, AMC, STARZ, Peacock, A&E, OWN, FX  and National Geographic; Tina Fey to Join Special Panel Event       The 2021 Tribeca Festival, presented by AT&T, will debut a robust lineup of exciting new and returning TV series, new indie episodic storytelling, and an industry-facin...


ShortFest is back in June in person!

One week after Gov. Gavin Newsom fully reopens California, The Palm Springs International Film Society will mark another exciting milestone as its annual Palm Springs ShortFest becomes the first film festival in the state to hold all of its screenings in-theatre in 2021. The event returns to the Camelot Theatres (Palm Springs Cultural Center) from June 22-28.   To ensure the safety of patrons, the festival will work closely with the Camelot Theatre (Palm Springs Cultural Center) to use ...


BFM 39 turning point

  Standard, Plus o BFM Lovers? ⤵ 9 days of great cinema, 3 virtual screening rooms, more than 150 films. 3 tipes of subscirptions for 1 Festival measured for you!  Screenings, but also special events, workshops and meetings with the authors protagonists of this edition are yet to come.  The Q&A session, live streaming on BFM YouTube channel and FB page, keeps going tonight with Mia Hansen‐Løve at 9pm and tomorrow at the same ti...


The 2021 South East European Film Festival Begins….

The 2021 South East European Film Festival (SEEfest), co-presented by ELMA  (European Languages and Movies in America) begins today and runs through May 5. The 16th annual edition of the festival will celebrate cinematic and cultural diversity of 18 countries of the Balkans and Caucasus to American audiences, providing a platform for the discovery of new talent from South East Europe.     SEEfest Executive Director Vera Mijojlić, comments, “This is another exciting...


Odesa International Film Festival Presents Official 2021 Poster

  The poster was designed by artist Nikita Titov The Odesa International Film Festival has unveiled its official poster for this year's 12th edition. In August, together with the whole country the OIFF will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Ukraine's independence. This year the festival will take place in Odesa from 14 till 21 August and the national cinema will become its main focus. Therefore, this year's poster is based on the traditional Ukrainian symbols, which,...


The Windrush Caribbean Film Festival (WCFF) announces its line-up

The Windrush Caribbean Film Festival (WCFF) aims to engage and educate audiences in cinemas and art venues across the UK about the contributions of the Windrush generation and its impact on the country through screenings, talkbacks and micro-cinema challenge that will take place in cinemas, schools and community centres across the country.We are pleased to announce our upcoming festival schedule. This year’s line-up will once again be hosted virtually at due...


The 2021 Harlem International Film Festival (Hi) announced official selections for its 16th edition

THE 2021 HARLEM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL will run the 16th edition May 6-9  Opening Night in-person celebration features World Premieres of Tarabu Betserai Kirkland’s 100 Years from Mississippi, and Glenn Osten Anderson’s Coogan’s Way, and the North American premiere of Anne Via McCollough’s Full Circle.       100 YEARS FROM MISSISSIPPI, COOGAN’S WAY, FULL CIRCLE The 2021 Harlem International Film Festival (Hi) today ...



CinefestOZ Albany rolls out the red carpet for VIP guests

Hollywood actress Kate Walsh will walk the red carpet at the inaugural CinefestOZ Albany later this month. The Grey’s Anatomy star will be among a number of film industry guests who will make the journey to the stunning Great Southern region especially for the Festival. Walsh, who attended CinefestOZ in Busselton for the first time last year, will be joined in Albany by Australian actress Emily Rose Brenan and writer/producer Bec Bignell, who wil...

The Zlín Film Festival ONLINE for the First Time! First highlights

The  61 Zlín Film Festival – Part 1 will take place from May 28 - June 1, 2021 and will be territorially limited only to audiences in the Czech Republic. An exception to this will be the part of the program intended for film professionals from around the world, which can be found in the section "Film Professionals" Most of the program is completely free to watch; only selected titles and programs will be charged a symbolic amount of CZK61. ...

27th Caminhos

CALL FOR MOVIES Registrations are now open for the 27th Edition of the Caminhos do Cinema Português Festival. Between the 1st of January and the 15th of September, the works for the Caminhos Selection, Essays Selection and Other Looks may be submitted via FilmFreeway. Until May 31, all national film registrations will be free. The Caminhos do Cinema Português Festival has been, since 1988, one of the main references in the Portuguese cinematographic panorama. Presenting itse...



24 June/2 July: new dates and a new location for the Far East Film Festival

      24 June/2 July 2021 - Udine, Italy, Visionario and Cinema Centrale   FAR EAST FILM FESTIVAL 23: new dates, new location!   The 2021 edition will be taking place from 24 June to 2 July, with the Visionario and Cinema Centrale cinemas opening their doors to the Asian films!     Until a few days ago we were still playing it by ear and juggling permits and restrictions, but the announcement that cinemas are reopening has obviously meant adap...



24th UNAFF October 21-31, 2021: calling for your docs

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

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The 52nd edition of Visions du Réel draws to a close with 46,600 admissions and viewings ; Flee wins the Audience Award

Image: Closing ceremony in Nyon, April 25 The 52nd edition of Visions du Réel drew to a close on Tuesday evening with 46’600 admissions and viewings and the end of voting for the Grand Angle Competition. The public have chosen to award the 2021 Audience Award to Flee by Jonas Poher Rasmussen (Denmark, France, Sweden, Norway, 2020).   Flee wins the Audience Award  ...

Were the 93rd Oscars really about Mogul vs Mogul?

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent 'Congratulations to Searchlight Pictures for NOMADLAND that just swept the 93rd Oscars with Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress.’ You can hear the echo of the celebrations (however low-key) last night after the telecast beamed ‘round the world, online and on Zoom. But what was this Oscar year really about? You had the Pandemic, the economic contraction brought on by lockdowns, almost everything was influenced by thi...

Oscars 2021: the winners revealed

Chloe Zhao wins 3 Oscars for Nomadland, with Frances McDormand and Anthony Hopkins taking the top acting prizes.  Chloe Zhao’s drama Nomadland has triumphed at the 2021 Academy Awards, winning best picture, best director and best actress for Frances McDormand. Zhao is the second woman to win the best director prize, and the first woman of colour. Best actor went to  Anthony Hopkins for his role in The ...

Finding Manny receives highest honor from Houston Worldfest 54

The team of finding Manny honored in Houston with The WorldFest - Houston Platinum Remi Award Hunter Todd (Festival founder) with Cindy Drukier and Jan Jekielek (producers) "When we started working on Finding Manny, we never imagined we'd win one of the top awards at one of the top film fests, WorldFest Houston! Congrats Manny, Fred, Cindy, Kacey, Arek, Garret,Laurie, Wendy, Gordon, Stephen... and all else involved!! Cin...

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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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Lancement du programme QC+BY DOC COPRO pour une seconde édition consécutive !

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'Eiffel et moi', l'épopée folle du scénario du film événement de l'année sort le 13 mai

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