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WorldFest-Houston 54th announces Major Award Winners 

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WorldFest-Houston Remi Awards WorldFest’s mission is to recognize and honor outstanding creative excellence in film & video, validate brilliant abilities and promote future filmmaking in Texas as well as enhance cultural tourism for Houston. There were more than 4,500 category entries in all film and video categories; only 12-15% of submitted entries placed for WorldFest Remi awards. The WorldFest Remi Award is named for the brilliant artist, Frederic Remington, who captured the Sp...

WorldFest Houston welcoming words from the President(s)
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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

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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

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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...
 
 
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Serena Rossi to host the opening and closing nights of the 78th Venice International Film Festival

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  Actress Serena Rossi will host the opening and closing nights of the 78th Venice International Film Festival 2021 within La Biennale di Venezia, directed by Alberto Barbera. Serena Rossi will open the 78th Venice Film Festival on the evening of Wednesday 1 September 2021, on the stage of Sala Grande (Palazzo del Cinema on the Lido) for the inauguration ceremony, and will host the closing ceremony on Saturday 11 September, when the winners of the Lions and other official prizes of the ...
 

 

Another (digital) round of Producers on the Move

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  European Film Promotion (EFP) is delighted to announce this year’s line-up for EFP PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE. EFP’s long-standing programme to promote promising producers and foster international co-productions will be held online again from 17 - 21 May. 20 selected European producers, including those producing this year’s Silver Bear and Oscar-winning films Natural Light and Another Round, will be presenting their current projects in speed meetings and during roundtable s...
 

Interview with Director of Photography Ross Riege for RUTHERFORD FALLS (2021)

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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), ...
 

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Overview of the US business for the week of Monday, May 3

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The tandem of Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train and Mortal Kombat continued to lead all films at the weekend box office for a second week in a row. FUNImation's anime Demon Slayer took over top spot with $6.4M at 1,905 theatres. Warner Bros.' action fantasy Mortal Kombat slid back in to second place, grossing $6.2M at 3,114 locations.  After 10 days in theaters, both films have tallied a cume of $34M in the Domestic market.  Warner Bros.' Godzilla Vs. Kong c...
 

 

MSR Media is shooting their second film in the Caribbean Island of Nevis as part of their far reaching six-picture deal

 
British actress and model Poppy Delevingne (Twentieth Century Fox's Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Warner Bros' King Arthur: Legend of the Sword), Chad Michael Collins (MSR Media's One Year Off, Sony Pictures' Sniper), Casper Van Dien (Twentieth Century Fox's Alita: Battle Angel, Paramount Pictures' Sleepy Hollow), and Jeff Fahey (ABC's "Lost," Twentieth Century Fox's Alita: Battle Angel) are set to star in...
 

 

DOK.fest München 2021 @home DOK.live events & Film Talks, Meet & Greet

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Every film festival thrives on encounters, exchange and discussion! In order to create as much of a festival atmosphere as possible this year, DOK.fest München 2021 @home offers you a variety of opportunities in addition to the films: experience our festive award ceremonies at the Deutsches Theater @home, exchange ideas with the film teams at our daily DOK.live Film Talks, meet us and our guests at the Meet & Greet at the digital festival lounge and send your feedback on the films dir...
 

 

DAFilms to host Roberto Minervini retrospective from 10 May

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Live discussion between Minervini and Locarno’s Artistic Director Giona Nazzaro on 19 May, 7pm CET Live discussion between Minervini and Locarno’s Artistic Director Giona Nazzaro on 19 May, 7pm CET Visually immersive imagery and scenes from the dark side of modern-day America are what characterise the work by award-winning Italian US-based filmmaker Roberto Minervini. From 10 May, streaming portal DAFilms will present a curated selection of his films under the name Roberto Minerv...
 

 

FMX's 2021 online edition a great success

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FMX 2021 Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media Online, May 4-6, 2021 FMX 2021 has come to a successful close. We'd like to say a huge thank you to all our speakers, presenters, curators, partners, staff, and attendees who helped make the conference such a success. The first online edition of FMX leaves a deep impression During the three conference days from May 4 to 6, FMX offered 178 presentations and 100 live Q&A, presented by 388 speakers, vie...
 

 

Phil Liggett The Voice of Cycling : Synopsis

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The life of legendary television commentator Phil Liggett MBE is inextricably entwined with the history of professional cycling. During a career that has spanned five decades, 15 Olympic games and 47 Tours de France, Phil Liggett has been there for every key moment in cycling over the last half century. The heroic triumphs, the appalling tragedies, the scandals and the controversies; Phil has seen it all, and told us about it with passion, knowledge and his trademark wit. As much as anyone, Phil...
 

 

Phil Liggett the voice of cycling: Trailer

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The life of legendary television commentator Phil Liggett MBE is inextricably entwined with the history of professional cycling. During a career that has spanned five decades, 15 Olympic games and 47 Tours de France, Phil Liggett has been there for every key moment in cycling over the last half century. The heroic triumphs, the appalling tragedies, the scandals and the controversies; Phil has seen it all, and told us about it with passion, knowledge and his trademark wit. As much as anyone, Phil...
 

 

India sees Huge Headroom for Growth Across TV and Digital

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Amidst the sombre pall of the pandemic, there was still much optimism for the industry in the country best described as an India with many Indias. At the Asia Video Industry Association's (AVIA) recent Future of Video India conference, industry leaders remained upbeat on the potential for growth despite a painful 2020 which had seen a 25% drop in TV advertising revenue. The conference opened with an overview of the Future of Video in India with Mihir Shah, VP, India, at Media Partner...
 

 

FEFF23 first peek at the line-up, featuring the black comedy ENDGAME starring Andy Lau

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Irresistible black comedy Endgame, featuring superstar Andy Lau, comes to the big screen in Udine (and online too) 24 June/2 July 2021 - Udine, Italy, Visionario & Cinema Centrale Chen Xiaomeng is a failed actor. So badly failed that finding himself unable to afford even to pay the rent, he decides to commit suicide. But he manages to fail at that too. Zhou Quan, on the other hand, is a successful man: rich, handsome and elegant, in his field he is considered among the best in ...
 

 

You won’t believe your ears after A QUIET PLACE II

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Who didn’t love the eerie hush of A QUIET PLACE, starring Emily Blunt and director-husband John Krasinski? Michael Bay is also a Producer this time, so clearly things had to get a lot louder in A QUIET PLACE II. Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe return for another share of scare, as Batman’s Cillian Murphy and Gladiator’s Djimon Hounsou take roles in this almost family-friendly monster romp from Paramount Pictures coming May...
 

 

Bradley Whitford, Melvin Gregg, Alice Braga & Danielle Campbell kick off SHARE

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Since the longest Award Season in Hollywood history has wrapped, it's time to check on new projects. So, TPSC and Wavemaker Creative just kicked off principal photography on SHARE from commercial director turned feature first-timer Ira Rosensweig. Here's the full news item from the helmer and producers...   LOS ANGELES, CA: The Traveling Picture Show Company (TPSC) and Wavemaker Creative have commenced principal photography on aw...
 

 

“IN ACTION” in conversation with directors: Sean Kenealy and Eric Silvera

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Interview by Emmanuel Itier   In Action In Action Bande-annonce VO   Q: How did this movie come together?   Sean: Eric and I met in a creative class in 2012. And we would meet after class and talk about action movies we grew up with. We formed a deep bond through that exchange. And because we had the intention to make a first film without a huge budget, we figured out this script, “In Action”. I pitched Eric the idea of a two persons action movi...
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The This Is My Brave International Mental Health Film Festival 10th October 2021 is now open for submissions

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Our 2021 Mental Health Film Festival "with a difference" is open for submissions. Why "with a difference"? With most film festivals the focus is on filmmaking excellence whereas the TIMBMHFF is all about the ability of the story to: *Provide an inspiring voice for social justice and human rights for people with mental illness *Highlight positive contributions made by mental health recipients *Fight stigma and defy stereotypes associated with menta...
 

 

24th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Announces Official Selections

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  Film still from 2021 official selection "Scenes From A Glittering World," which makes its world premiere at the 24th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.  Full Frame is thrilled to announce the official festival selections for the virtual 24th Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, which takes place June 2–6, 2021. In total, there are 36 titles from 21 countries, comprising 21 feature films and 15 short films. The lineup includes 6 world premieres...
 

 

Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film in full swing

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ITFS 2021 – The Highlights on Friday, May 7     ONLINE PRO On Friday, 7 May at 18:00 CET, the first ITFS Awards Show will take place! As part of the Trickstar Professional Awards, the German Animation Screenplay Award, the Animated Games Award Germany and the Trickstar Business Award will be presented in a joint award ceremony. Presenter Anja Lange will lead through the evening with studio guests. From Friday, 6 May, 12:00 CET, ...
 

 

Les Nuits Magiques 30th International Animated Film festival calling for entries

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La 30ème édition du Festival International du Film d’Animation "Les Nuits Magiques" aura lieu du 1er au 12 décembre 2021. À cette occasion, un appel à films est lancé pour participer à la compétition internationale du film d'animation organisée par le festival.     Les Nuits Magiques 30ème Festival international du Film d'Animation du 1er au 12 d&ea...
 

 

The Ottawa International Animation Festival will be held online September 22 to October 3

 
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THE OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL CONFIRMS ITS 45TH EDITION WILL BE HELD ONLINE ...
 

 

RIFF 2021 is calling for entries!

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The 18th edition of the Reykjavík International Film Festival will take place between September 30th and October 10th, 2021. Iceland’s major annual film event, the main purpose of RIFF is to offer a wide selection of groundbreaking, independent cinema, and to highlight the work of young and emerging filmmakers, by presenting only first and second works in the Grand Prix competition category New Visions. The objective of the festival is to increase general interest ...
 

 

Göteborg Film Festival presents new film fund

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From the 10th of May filmmakers from four different parts of the world will be able to submit their applications to Göteborg Film Fund 2021. The fund aims to contribute to a diversified media landscape, with increased artistic freedom and free speech. During severe crisis the area of culture often is deprioritized. The on-going pandemic has severely affected the access to distribution channels as well as financing for film production. A situation that may undermine democracy, especial...
 

 

Europe Film Festival U.K. Last days for submission

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Last days for submission!   May 9, 2021 Early Deadline May 30, 2021 Regular Deadline June 1, 2021 Notification Date J une 1, 2021 Event Date   Europe Film Festival U.K. (EFFUK) is a reputable monthly competition and annual online film festival based in one of the elegant cities in the world, London in 2020-2021.   Europe Film Festival U.K. (EFFUK) is an IMDb eligible festival.   The festival will be done periodically, every 45 da...
 

 

Europe Film Festival U.K.

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Europe Film Festival U.K. (EFFUK) is a reputable monthly competition and annual online film festival based in one of the elegant cities in the world, London in 2020-2021.   Europe Film Festival U.K. (EFFUK) is an IMDb eligible festival.   The festival will be done periodically, every 45 days, it has a loop.   Submission: https://filmfreeway.com/europefilmfestival Website: https://europefilmfestival.com/   AWARDS - FEATURE FILMS  ...
 

 

Open City Documentary Festival (September 8 – 14) calling for your docs

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The call for programme entries ends on Monday 10 May, act now ! Prizes are awarded in four categories: Open City Award, Emerging International Filmmaker Award, the UK Short Award, and the International Short Award. The festival is looking for creative, innovative, challenging non-fiction filmmaking at short, mid-length & feature-length, as well as short audio documentaries, and cross platform projects. #TheArtOfNonFiction How filmmakers represent people like ourselves, ...
 

 

Biennale College – Cinema now in its 10th edition (2021-2022) opened the international call addressed to emerging filmmakers

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Biennale College – Cinema now in its 10th edition (2021-2022) opened the international call addressed to emerging filmmakers, for the creation of micro-budget feature films / Since 2012, 24 feature-length films have been produced by Biennale College-Cinema   Now in its tenth edition (2021 – 2022), Biennale College – Cinema is the higher education workshop of La Biennale di Venezia, created for emerging filmmakers to develop and produce mic...
 

 

The Inaugural Tribeca Podcast Program to Include World Premieres and Discussions with Influential Voices and Creators

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    Tribeca Podcast Advisory Board Members Include: Jad Abumrad, Alex Blumberg, Conal Byrne, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Sarah Koenig, Tanya Somanader, and Connie Walker   The 2021 Tribeca Festival, presented by AT&T, announced today that it will welcome podcasts for the first time in the Festival’s history. As the first major festival to premiere Official Selection podcasts, Tribeca has once again demonstrated why it is at the forefront of championing all forms of storytel...
 

 

2021 Tribeca Festival™ Unveils First-Ever Tribeca Games Official Selection Lineup

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The 2021 Tribeca Festival™, presented by AT&T, today unveiled its Tribeca Games lineup featuring eight titles joining the Festival as Official Selections, a first-of-its-kind opportunity for multiple video games in a film festival format since Rockstar Games’ L.A. Noire became the first video game ever to be honored as Official Selection at the 2011 Festival. The titles will be in competition for the inaugural Tribeca Games Award, which honors an unreleased game fo...
 

 

The 4th edition of the Kalasha International Film and TV Market scheduled for 5th to 7th May 2021 goes virtual

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    KALASHA INT. FILM & TV MARKET 2021 SET TO GO VIRTUAL The 4th edition of the Kalasha International Film and TV Market scheduled for 5th to 7th May 2021 will take on a hybrid approach for the workshops, conferences and pitching competition to ensure safety measures during this pandemic season. The sessions will be streamed through the Kenya Film Comm...
 

 

VIP soiree, screenings, awards & Q & A at New Media Film Festival Online June 2 & 3 experience

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  119 New Media Films & Content from 23 Countries! 42  World – 6 U.S. – 42 L.A. Premieres vie for $45,000 in Awards.  Additional judges from BBC & PBS.  All Online June 2 & 3 2021 – Screenings, Networking, Awards Ceremony Q & A’s! Full details below    VIP soiree, screenings, awards & Q & A Online June 2 & 3 experience.    NewMediaFilmFestival.com  Event 1 – VIP Soiree...
 

 

Sundance Film Festival: London will return for its sixth year from 29 July to 1 August 2021 as an in-person event

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SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL LONDON 2021 OPENS WITH EDGAR WRIGHT’S THE SPARKS BROTHERS With Cinema Screenings Nationwide and a Simulcast Q+A The Sundance Institute and Picturehouse Cinemas are delighted to announce that Sundance Film Festival: London will return to Picturehouse Central for its sixth year from 29 July to 1 August 2021, as an in-person event. The Festival will once more welcome filmmakers to present their work to cinema audiences, with this year’s programme promisin...

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AWARDS WATCH 

ITFS 2021 – Games, Screenplays and Business Models: Trickstar Professional Awards

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On Friday, May 07, 18:00 CET, the first award show of the 28th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film took place! The winners of the German Animation Screenplay Award, the Animated Games Award Germany and the Trickstar Business Award have been honoured in the joint Trickstar Professional Awards Ceremony. The German Animation Screenplay Award honours the best screenplay for an animated feature film. The German Animation Scre...
 

The winning projects of the 9th edition of the CEE Animation Forum 2021

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Having spent seven wonderful days within the CEE Animation Forum, we discovered countless promising projects and encountered crowds of film professionals eager to share their knowledge and experience. And now its time to unveil the best of best.   We are thrilled to present the winning projects of the 9th edition of the CEE Animation Forum 2021.       ...
 

 

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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...
 

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6th “Beyond Borders” International Documentary Festival in Castellorizo

August 22-29, 2021

Calling: 11 January - May 11, 2021

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

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

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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):

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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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Phil Liggett The Voice of Cycling
Documentary created by Nickolas Bird, Eleanor Sharpe, the filmmakers behind MAMIL (Middle Aged Men In Lycra) written by Eleanor Sharpe.

Documlentary Australia April 2021 1h 54

The life of legendary television commentator Phil Liggett MBE is inextricably entwined with the history of professional cycling. During a career that has spanned five decades, 15 Olympic games and 47 Tours de France, Phil Liggett has been there for every key moment in cycling over the last half century. The heroic triumphs, the appalling tragedies, the scandals and the controversies; Phil has seen it all, and told us about it with passion, knowledge and his trademark wit. As much as anyone, Phil Liggett has shaped the way the world sees cycling. #TheVoiceOfCycling

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Aliens on Halloween by Riker Lynch
29 / 39 or 43 minutes, short comedy April 2021

In an attempt to snatch a sample of human DNA, two clueless aliens come down to Earth and crash a Halloween party in Hollywood.

 

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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 ..  
 

L'Europe autour de l'Europe: le festival se déroulera du 17 au 30 novembre 2021

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  Le printemps est arrivé mais l’horizon culturel est encore chargé d’inquiétude.  Étant donné la situation actuelle, il nous est malheureusement impossible d’organiser le Festival au mois de juin. Comme nous sommes décidés de préserver L’Europe autour de l’Europe en tant que lieu de d’échanges, de découvertes et de joie, nous avons choisi d’attendre l&rs...
 

 

La 13e édition des Rencontres de Bamako - Biennale africaine de la photographie

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  13TH EDITION Biennale Africaine de la Photographie 20.11.2021 – 20.1.2022   La 13e édition des Rencontres de Bamako - Biennale africaine de la photographie, qui se tiendra à Bamako, au Mali, du 20 novembre 2021 au 20 janvier 2022, mettra l’accent sur la multiplicité, la différence, le devenir et le patrimoine. Dans ce “monde globalisé”, le récit dominant est précisément celui de la singularité - de l&rs...
 

 

Agenda du Festival In Pré Catelan saison 2021 - Théâtre de Verdure Jardin Shakespeare - Paris 16e

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Le Festival In Pré Catelan ouvre ses portes dès le 2 juin et jusuq'a fin septembre, pour de jolies représentations théâtrales en plein air, au Jardin Shakespeare, à Paris dans le 16e arrondissement.   LE FESTIVAL IN PRE CATELAN EDITION 2021 : Le plus grand festival de théâtre en plein air  de France Dans un des plus beaux théâtres de verdure d'Europe, créations originales, nouveaut...
 

 

10ème anniversaire du Festival De l’écrit à l’écran

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L’année 2021 marquera le 10ème anniversaire du Festival De l’écrit à l’écran qui se tiendra à Montélimar et le Teil du 23 au 29 septembre 2021.   Les grandes lignes de la 10ème édition ainsi qu'une partie des invités seront annoncées lors de la conférence de presse du 17 juin prochain à 18h30 au cinéma Le Palace (16 Boule...
 

 

Découvrez le premier des films annonces 2021 réalisés par les équipes d’HAVAS PARIS

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      À l’occasion du 24e Valence scénario - Festival des scénaristes et compositeurs, qui se déroulera du 8 au 12 juin 2021, Havas Paris met à l’honneur les écrits des scénaristes et des compositeurs. Les mots et les notes de musique prennent vie dans plusieurs scènes mythiques du cinéma dans un traité minimaliste. Découvrez leur interprétation de Les Dents de la mer, premier fil...
 

 

NIFFF 2021 : un jubilé sauvage pour la 20e édition

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  Le Festival International du Film Fantastique de Neuchâtel (NIFFF) esquisse l’écosystème hybride des célébrations qui se déploieront du 2 au 10 juillet. Fidèle à son ancrage dans la cité, le festival renouera avec ses lieux phares tout en proposant un volet programmatique en ligne, résultant de la riche expérience digitale de l’an dernier. Cette proposition modulable permettra au plus grand nomb...
 

 

Reims sacre le polar : nouveau départ et nouvelle ville en 2022 pour le Festival du film policier

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festivalfilmpolicier.com     Le Festival du film policier aura lieu à Reims au printemps 2022 ! En attendant, l'édition 2021 se tiendra en ligne du mercredi 26 au dimanche 30 mai. Cette année, le Festival de Cannes n’aura pas lieu en mai mais pour c&ea...
 

 

30ème Festival de l'Oiseau et de la Nature - Clap de fin

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Le Jury s’est réuni mercredi 28 avril et le palmarès a été dévoilé dimanche soir au cours de notre dernier Facebook live que vous pourrez revoir ici :    Replay Clôture du 30ème Festival de l'Oiseau et de la Nature from Festival de l'Oiseau on Vimeo.   Le Festival de l’Oiseau et de la Nature édition numérique s’est donc achevé en beauté. Voici le palmar&e...
 

 

NO FRONTIERS #4 : La culture sans limite : concerts et conférences du 5 au 7 mai

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NO FRONTIERS 2021 : Bousculons les préjugés !  du 5 au 7 mai : concerts et conférences du 5 au 16 mai : exposition de 14h00 à 19h00 à l'IESA arts&culture No Frontiers #4 est un festival pluridisciplinaire qui invite à nous défaire de nos préjugés et à questionner notre regard sur les inégalités. Organisé par les étudi...
 

 

25 ans de DreamWorks Animation célébrés avec une exposition à Ferney-Voltaire

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EXPOSITION « HORS LES MURS » AU CHÂTEAU DE VOLTAIRE Ferney-Voltaire 10 juin - 31 août 2021      C'est au cœur du Pays de Gex, à l'initiative de son Office du Tourisme, que l'exposition 25 ans de DreamWorks Animation sera présentée dans le superbe écrin du Château de Voltaire à Ferney-Voltaire dès sa réouverture. Créée par l'équipe du Mus&...
 

 

CineComedies en Région continue en mai avec la Comédie à la française en 3 documentaires

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  Après la comédie américaine, place à la Comédie à la française le temps de 3 séances durant le mois de mai pour CineComedies en Région. On vous propose ces 3 séances gratuitement sur La 25e Heure. Chaque projection sera suivie d’une rencontre avec les réalisateurs et leurs invité(e)s   AU PROGRAMME   ...
 

 

VIDEO entretien avec Thomas Salvador, réalisateur de LA MONTAGNE

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"C'est un film qui questionne le rapport de l'homme à la nature, avec des personnages qui tendent à trouver un équilibre." Thomas Salvador, lauréat 2020 de la Fondation Gan, nous présente ses intentions, l'expérience fondatrice de son premier long métrage VINCENT N'A PAS D’ÉCAILLES et ses choix artistiques pour son second long métrage LA MONTAGNE. Tournage : LA MONTAGNE de Thomas Salvado...
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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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