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RED SEA FEST IN FULL SWING...   Wrap coverage and videos from Jeddah  

A look back at the entire festival run in Jeddah of the RSIFF

VIDEO CHANNEL: Akshay Kumar guest of honour at Red Sea Fest Akshay Kumar at Red Sea Fest with the festival heads Mohamed Al Tariq and Shivani Pandya  Hundreds of fans turned up for a glimpse of megastar Akshay Kumar, who participated in an in-conversation event: watch the moments. ...   16.12.2021 | Red Sea International Film Festival's blog VIDEO CHANNEL: '83' BY Kabir Khan The Red Carpet frenzy moments ‘...

SHARAF - interview with Director Samir Nasr at Red Sea Fest

RED SEA FILM FESTIVAL ‘SHARAF’ Interview with Samir Nasr (Director) by Emmanuel Itier Samir Nasr in peace with Emmanuel Itier SHARAF, based on Sonallah Ibrahim’s famous novel, is the story of a modern Candide in a dystopian Arab World. He is one of the millions of poor guys, who long for a better future. When he kills a man in self-defence he has to wake up from his dreams of wealth and consumption. The microcosm of prison mirrors the complex situation of Ara...

HUDA'S SALON - interview from Red Sea Film Festival.

RED SEA FILM FESTIVAL 2021 ‘HUDA’S SALON’ With: Actress Manal Awad (“Huda”) and director Hany Abu-Assad Interview by Emmanuem Itier for Another quite shocking film to discover at The Red Sea International Film  Festival was ‘Huda’s Salon’, a co-production between Palestine, Egypt, Qatar and The Netherlands. What a fantastic international collaboration to bring to light the nightmare of a young woman caught up between ...

Emmanuel Itier in Peace with talents at Red Sea International Film Festival

Emmanuel Itier wears many hats: he is a producer, actor, director, and writer (for, Allo Cine...) he is also starting a career in politics, running for Presidency in France. Actress Karam Taher Emmanuel Itier and Darin J. Sallam - director Samir Nasr   Sara Mester   Fatima al-banawi Jawaher alamri et  Hind Alfahhad Yamina Benguigui Haifaa Al-Mansour  He has directed the films Tell me no Lies, Scarecro...


Interview with FARHA director Darin J. Sallam and actress Karam Taher

‘FARHA’ AT RED SEA FILM FESTIVAL 2021 Actress Karam Taher and Darin J. Sallam - director Interview by Emmanuel Itier for How can one not be touched by directorial tour de force from Darin J. Sallam: ‘FARHA’ (

VIDEO: Closing Ceremony and Awards

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FIPADOC 2022 First announcements

Wednesday, 15 December at the CNC in Paris, FIPADOC President Anne Georget and FIPADOC Managing and artistic director Christine Camdessus reveal the major lines for the International Festival of Documentary’s coming edition, which will take place in Biarritz, 17-23 January 2022.   This includes: the announcement of the opening film and the two preview screenings, and the list of films presented out of competition: all films in the ENCORE DES DOCUMENTAIRES category, a programme fea...


The Montreal International Documentary Festival’s 24th edition successfully reconnected with audiences

  The 24th edition of the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) drew to a close on November 25. For its first hybrid edition, Quebec’s largest festival dedicated exclusively to documentary film presented 120 documentaries for film-lovers both in Montreal and across Canada. The festival team is proud to announce that these two audiences—physical and virtual—reached 80% of the total audience of 2019’s pre-pandemic edition.   By screening documentar...


The Russian Film Festival attracts over 1 million viewers in 23 countries

The Russian Film Festival (RFF), organized by ROSKINO with support from the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation since 2020, has shown impressive performance, with the total number of viewers exceeding 1 mln in 23 countries. In 2020, RFF became the first Russian online project targeting wide international audiences. The festival was successfully held in Australia, Mexico, Spain and Brazil in collaboration with local online platforms. In 2021, the Russian Film Festival substantially ...


COVID-19 safety protocols for the upcoming Sundance Festival

    UPDATES ON COVID-19 HEALTH SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR THE 2022 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL  The health safety of our community is paramount. The 2022 Sundance Film Festival has been designed as a hybrid event that has flexibility for attendees to participate in-person and/or online. Early on, the Festival put in place strict in-person health safety measures requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated and to wear masks in all venues and lines. Testing requirements ...


Partner festivals calling this month: Christmas call

    Dear filmmakers friends do not miss these Festivals in Focus.     Bruno Chatelin and the Team wish you much success on the festival circuit  Read this online         FOLLOW US ON THE SOCIAL NETWORKS:                      ___________________ Myrtle Beach International Film Festival ...


The team joins me in wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Film Year .!

We hope you and yours are safely enjoying the holidays season. The team joins me in wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Film Year .! Looking forward to seeing you again on the festival circuit! Peace upon us! Bruno Chatelin - The editor - Founder of     ...


Scaled-down selection of films for the online version of IFFR

Yesterday we were very sorry to announce that IFFR 2022 goes online. Due to the latest lockdown measures here in the Netherlands, we are no longer able to present our full 51st edition film programme in Rotterdam. Instead, we will present a scaled-down selection of films online to audiences in the Netherlands, as well as IFFR Talks available worldwide. Extended access for press guests We are pleased to confirm that we will provide a more extensive film selection online for our internati...


Marché du Film returns in Cannes 17 to 25 May

  2022 is coming! The Marché du Film team wishes you a Happy Holiday season and all the best for the year to come! We are looking forward to seeing you from 17 to 25 May in Cannes.  Save-the-Date: Registration opens on 14 February.   ...


The Palm Springs International Film Awards will not take place this year on Thursday, January 6. Confirmed line up

The Palm Springs International Film Society has announced that the Film Awards will not take place this year on Thursday, January 6, 2022.    We are taking this action due to the recent spike in COVID cases and out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of the honorees, patrons, and staff.  The Palm Springs Film Awards are one of the largest events in the film world with 2500 guests and more than 1000 staff in the...


IFFR 2022 goes online

IFFR has announced the decision to host an adapted festival programme online in response to growing concerns about the spread of the Omicron variant across Europe and a nationwide lockdown in the Netherlands, in effect from Sunday 19 December. Our 51st edition will no longer present a full festival programme in Rotterdam screening rooms – instead offering audiences a selection of films online available in the Netherlands, and IFFR Talks available worldwide, on IFFR Pro indu...



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Martine Thérouanne, director of the Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinemas, promoted to Officier des Arts & Lettres

Mr. Alain Chrétien, mayor of Vesoul, Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite presented this Thursday, December 23, 2021, the Medal promoting the rank of Officier des Arts et Letters Mrs. Martine Thérouanne, director and co-founder of the Vesoul International Film Festival of Cinemas d'Asie, on behalf of the Minister of Culture, and by virtue of the powers conferred on her, for her lifelong commitment to serving culture, particularly cinematography, contributing t...


Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson confirmed as new Chair for the National Endowment for the Arts

Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, the New Chair for the National Endowment for the Arts  The U.S. Senate today voted to confirm Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson as the 13th chair of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Dr. Jackson issued the following statement upon confirmation: "I am honored to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts and excited to build on the arts endowment’s strong work to serve all communities across our nation t...

Carmen Stadler wins Best Director for Sekuritas at Anatomy Crime - Horror International Film Festival

Anatomy Crime - Horror International Film Festival (A.C.H.I.F.F.) is an annual international event dedicated for independent filmmakers. Established 2017 by “THE BASEMENT” a nonprofit and non-governmental Cultural and Education Organization (B.C.E.O.). Located in the city of Athens, we look forward to be hosting an amazing event with you and your friends. The A.C.H.I.F.F. is a multi-day event that takes place each Halloween (October 31st) at venues throughout Athens-Greece. T...


Byron Bay International Film Festval welcomes Only Human - a chat with Igor Ivanov

Only Human (Homo) Part black comedy, part thriller and part deep social drama, director Igor Ivanov explores the essence of humanity, personal  identity and self determination. We had a chat to Ivanov about the abstract nature of his third feature film and its commentary on contemporary society.   Screening at Palace Cinemas Byron Bay Sunday 21 December at 6:30pm Buy tickets   ...


BECOMING - interviews with 4 bad-ass Lady filmmakers: Hind Alfahhad, Jowaher Alamri, Sara Mesfer et Fatima Al-Banawi

RED SEA FILM FESTIVAL 2021 “BECOMING” Interview with Directors: Hind Alfahhad, Jowaher Alamri, Sara Mesfer et Fatima Al-Banawi Jawaher Alamri, Emmanuel Itier, Hind Alfahhad Interview by Emmanuel Itier for If there was one movie not to miss at The Red Sea International Film Festival of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia It is: ‘Becoming’ ( ). Not only this is the first Saudi movie combining the enlightening vi...


Saudi artist Abdulrahman Mohammed is set to take the stage at Maraya in AlUla performing his experimental project "The Hope Will

  “The concert is set to be on January 7, 2022. Start the new year off in style at this fantastic concert”   The Saudi Artist Abdulrahman Mohammed is set to take the stage at Maraya in AlUla performing his experimental project "The Hope Will Never End" on January 7, 2022.   An improvisational composer, independent, experimental singer and musician, Abdulrahman Mohammed's passion lies in creating Arabic improvisational composing, combing it wit...

"Why you need to be screened at Festivals" A Masterclass with Bruno Chatelin at Bangkok Doc

Bruno Chatelin co founder former head of SONY AND fox theatrical distribution shared his festival experience and advice for an hour to participants of BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY AWARDS 2021 THE VIDEO WIL BE ACCESSIBLE FOR OUR AUDIENCE YOUTUBE CHANNEL OF BRUNO'S INTERVIEWS           ...

FOCUS ON INDIA With Siraj Syed Reporting from IFFI

IFFI 52, 044: Lingui, The Sacred Bonds propagates Gandhian ideals of peace, tolerance and non-violence

IFFI 52, 044: Lingui, The Sacred Bonds propagates Gandhian ideals of peace, tolerance and non-violence Lingui, The Sacred Bonds - an internationally co-produced drama film recounting the story of the sacred relationship between a mother and daughter, and their survival against the harsh laws set by men – won the ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Medal at IFFI 52. It was an official selection in the competition section at the Cannes Film Festival, 2021. The film is a bold portrayal of female struggle ...


IFFI 52, 043: Indian Film Personalities of the Year

IFFI 52, 043: Indian Film Personalities of the Year “One Sky is less, bring me more skies”. Yes, this is what Prasoon Joshi, renowned lyricist and Chairperson, Central Board of Film Certification said on being presented the Indian Film Personality of the Year Award for 2021, at the closing ceremony of the 52nd International Film Festival, in Goa. The award has been conferred on him, for his contribution to cinema, popular culture and socially significant artistic work. Joshi sa...


IFFI 52, 042: The awards, BRICS by BRICS

IFFI 52, 042: The awards, BRICS by BRICS South African Film Barakat by Director Amy Jephta and Russian Film The Sun Above Me Never Sets, by director Lyubov Borisova, has shared the Best film Award, in the sixth edition BRICS Film Festival. For the first time, the BRICS Film Festival was held alongside the 52nd International Film Festival of India in Goa.  The awards were given to these films for their brilliant cinematic portrayal of human emotions and magnificent storytelling on screen...


IFFI 52, 041: Jury members celebrated the joy of cinema

IFFI 52, 041: Jury members celebrated the joy of cinema The International Competition Jury for 52nd International Film Festival of India led by Jury Chairperson, Iranian film maker Rakhshān Banietemad and other members including film producer and film makers Ciro Guerra, Vimukthi Jayasundara and Nila Madhab Panda, interacted with the media at IFFI 52. Speaking on her experience of judging the films, the Jury Chairperson and Iranian film-maker, Rakhshān Banietemad said that she enjoyed ju...


IFFI 52, 040: Koozhangal is India’s Oscar nomination

IFFI 52, 040: Koozhangal is India’s Oscar nomination Koozhangal (Pebbles), India’s official nomination to Oscars, delineates the pain and sufferings of a child and a mother, both victims of marital abuse. “It’s a simple story told in the simplest form. And it is borrowed from my life itself. The film is based on the sufferings that my sister and her small child went through due to an alcoholic husband”, said the director of this Tamil film, Vinothraj P.S., at a ...


IFFI 52, 039: “We are just here to make honest cinema,”—Ganesh Hegde

IFFI 52, 039: “We are just here to make honest cinema,”—Ganesh Hegde To be or not to be. The very same existential question that vexed Hamlet in Shakespeare’s timeless eponymous play is what troubles 10-year-old boy Sidda, albeit in a somewhat different avatar. Having been forced to bid adieu to the pristine beauty and serenity of his village, the young boy is confronted with the inevitability of having to choose between the chaotic and alienating hustle of the city, t...


Pushpa-The Rise – Part 1, Review: Cross your legs

Pushpa-The Rise – Part 1, Review: Cross your legs Having steadfastly kept away from the staple diet of Telugu dubbed in Hindi dished out on a few TV channels 24 x 7, one was not aware of what one was in for when one went to see the press preview of Pushpa at the invitation of a major, local PR agency, albeit with a notice of 11 hours. Firstly, an eponymous film, the title is an abbreviation of PushpaRaj. Pushpa, by itself, means a flower, and is feminine. You might be pardoned for recal...


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European Film Market 2022: Exhibition Spaces Largely Booked Out

SHAPING CHANGE: "EFM Industry Sessions" Call on the Film and Media Industry to Jointly Shape the Future The EFM is expecting buzzing business not only at its main location, the impressive Gropius Bau, as the industry returns to Berlin © EFM / Juliane Eirich The European Film Market (EFM) of the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival will take place from February 10 to 17, 2022 under the motto "It all (re)starts here"...


Susan Kucera, David Morse, Jeff Bridges, General Wesley Clark, Wes Clark Jr. wish you happy Holidays & fun with their new films

2 NEW DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS FOR FESTIVAL CONSIDERATION HOT MONEY USA - January 2021 - 1 hour 58 minutes From Susan Kucera, Jeff Bridges, and General Wesley Clark, Hot Money untangles the financial system, government, politics, and climate change through humor and intelligence. With wit, satire, and historical context, Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, General Wesley Clark and his son Wes Clark Jr. take us on a journey through the financial circulatory system connec...


Voltage Picture's BEAUTIFUL DISASTER Wraps Production

Dylan Sprouse and Virginia Gardner in Beautiful Disaster Wrap Image courtesy of Voltage Pictures Writer/Director Roger Kumble (Cruel Intentions, After We Collided) has wrapped principal photography on the latest YA adaption from Voltage Pictures, Beautiful Disaster, starring Dylan Sprouse (After We Collided, Banana Split), Virginia Gardner (Halloween, Marvel’s “Runaways”), Austin North (“Outer Banks”), Libe Barer (“Sneaky Pete”) and Rob Estes (the Aft...


'RIPPLES' - October 2021 - Feature documentary 28 minutes - Film Rights available worldwide

'RIPPLES'  -  October 2021 - Feature documentary 28 minutes - Film Rights available worldwide This film  was co-directed by French director Benoit Lelievre and Chinese director Jin Huaqing. The filming team went deep into the international city Yiwu in southeastern China and recorded the daily lives of four Xinjiang women from a delicate perspective. Under the objective and calm lens, the characters present a simple and true appearance, they could represent the t...


KVIFF Group acquires Aerofilms distribution company

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is extending its activities into the realm of film distribution with an ambition to span the entire CEE region. By strengthening its online presence via the KVIFF.TV platform and acquiring the established Aerofilms distribution company, the organizers hope to make use of the festival’s potential throughout the year and beyond the borders of the Karlovy Vary city and region.   We would like to send you a link to download the&nbs...


Hot Money selected to Chandler Film Festival

The Chandler International Film Festival is a diversified and pioneering film festival located in Chandler, Arizona. CIFF is going to screen over 120 films from more than 35 countries! Our 6-day (January 18-23, 2022) festival will include Red Carpet, Opening Ceremony, World Premiers, Award Ceremony, Networking, Workshops, Q&A and After Parties. Chandler International Film Festival is merging with the 27th Chandler Multicultural Festival where attendees will watch a special outdoor scree...


Hot Money wins Jury Award, Special Award, best Cinematography and best Documentary Feature at OTB-Only The Best Film Awards

FINALISTS AND WINNERS OCTOBER | NOVEMBER 2021 EDITION Every month we recognize the film that stood out among all those sent for consideration. In addition to the main “Only The Best” award, all productions also compete in the “Jury Award” and “Special Award.” Click on the buttons below to check the lists and find out if you ...



(Los Olivos, CA)  Combining the 4th Annual NatureTrack Film Festival with the Los Olivos celebration of small-town life  ‘Day in the Country’ brought out record numbers of people, especially after the long lockdown. This was the first time the NTFF was live and in-person for one-day since its’ abrupt halt in the face of COVID-19 in March 2020.  Festival organizers followed the Pop-Up live with a two-week virtual run of the all-nature...


SF Honors Award for achievement in filmmaking to Director Joe Wright’s Cyrano



SFFILM Sloan Science in Cinema Prize to DON'T LOOK UP

SFFILM has announced that Don’t Look Up, Adam McKay’s star-studded parody about the end of the world starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, and many more, is the 2021 recipient of the SFFILM Sloan Science in Cinema Prize, an award that celebrates the compelling depiction of scientific themes or characters in a narrative feature film. Presented through a partnership between SFFILM and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, this annual award carries a $20,0...


SBIFF's Outstanding Performers of the Year Awards to Will Smith Kristen Stewart and Aunjanue Ellis

Outstanding Performers of the Year Award Honoring Will Smith and Aunjanue Ellis Sunday, March 6th, 2022 – 8:00pm Arlington Theatre American Riviera Award Honoring Kristen Stewart Friday, March 4th, 2022 – 8:00pm Arlington Theatre ...


12th Hour wins Jury Award, best Woman Filmmaker and best poster at OTB-Only The Best Film Awards



Myrtle Beach International Film Festival 
April 19-23, 2022 

December 31, 2021 Extended Deadline

The Myrtle Beach International Film Festival his now one of the "Top 25 film festivals worth the entry fee" by Movie Maker Magazine. 
Our judging panel includes judges from all walks of life because it is important to have a broad spectrum of perspectives.  
The goal of the founder and director Jerry Dalton, was to create a venue for independent film makers which is not corrupted by politics. 
The MBIFF screens projects in a multi-million dollar theater, housing state of the art technology. 


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Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
April 20 – 24, 2022

January 3, 2022 Regular Deadline

RANKED AS ONE OF THE TOP 50 FILM FESTIVALS WORTH THE SUBMISSION FEE BY MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE AND ONE OF THE TOP REVIEWED ON FilmFreeway, JDIFF is known for it's networking opportunities, best communication, quaint location, great programming, friendly staff & volunteers, inquisitive audience, multiple screening opportunities, workshops, panels, amazing events and parties and so much more! JDIFF is ALL about the independent filmmaker and truly geared for the best experience!

Our final nominees are judged by our Jury members of Film professionals, such as Directors, Producers, Critics, Director of Photography, etc and choose the final winner of each category.

JDIFF acknowledges emerging filmmakers from around the world and is committed to bringing world class entertainment to the heart of the midwest.


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Worldfest Houston 55

April 20 - 24, 2022



January 15, 2022 Late Entry Deadline

WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival offers international competition in Ten Major Competition Categories! Features, Shorts, Docs/Business Films, Student, Experimental, Screenplays, New Media, TV Production, TV Commercials, & Music Videos! More than 200 sub-categories for fair competition. Only at WorldFest-Houston are you selected as a Remi Award Winner on the basis of your numerical score from the juries, which greatly increases your chance to win a Remi, unlike other festivals that only give out one Gold, one Silver and one Bronze! Only 10%-15% of entries actually win the coveted Remi Award!

You may enter Online via our entry platform -, or via - we now accept entries via Vimeo & YouTube, in addition to DVD/BR Entries, & USB/Jump Drives. Screenplay entries must be bound. We will confirm when we receive your entry and we provide personal Jury Results, and festival details when you are selected for screening at the 53rd WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival!

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World Trailer Awards 2022
February 12 & 13,  2022

Inaugural edition 
January 7 late deadline

Honouring the world's best creatives marketing the world's best entertainment.

The World Trailer Awards are open for entry and will honour outstanding entertainment marketing across Cinema, TV (Broadcast & Cable), Gaming, Podcast & Radio, Streaming Services and Social Media. For more information and to enter:

To be eligible for entry in the 2022 World Trailer Awards (Awards), the Work being submitted must have been made available to the intended audience in the Region and Market selected for the Entry between 1 January 2020 and 31 October 2021 inclusive.

The WTA is a global initiative from the revered Golden Trailer Awards, an awards competition that recently marked its 21st year celebrating the entertainment industry's best movie trailers, teasers, posters, and innovative advertising; in association with AcclaimWorks, a globally recognised leader in awards management services.

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NYC Independent Film Festival
(June 12-19, 2022)

January 15, 2022 Late Deadline

February 15, 2022 Extended Deadline

New York City Independent Film Festival (NYCIndieFF) will hold a physical festival this year. Masks and social distancing will be mandatory and observed throughout. But we are determined to be a celebration of the Independent Filmmaker, documentaries, short and feature-length films and animation. Whether a submission is comedic, dramatic, or something in between, The NYCIndieFF is eager to embrace fresh ideas and storytelling.

Home of the NYC Indie Awards the festival aims to discover the Artist Filmmaker, showcasing them to the entertainment industry and the NYC public. All NYCIndieFF screenings take place in the historic center of NYC, Time Square which is the perfect home for an event geared toward creating incredible opportunities for independent voices.

NYCIndieFF honors the Best in Category which includes Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Super Short, Best Covid Diaries, as well as Best Director and Best Screenplay.

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Your Script Produced Studios: season 3

November 3 – 7, 2022

Regular Deadline  December 31, 2021 

Discovering and Producing Talented Writers and Filmmakers left behind by the entertainment industry, worldwide!

The return of Entertainment's unparalleled event!

Season 3 SPECIAL EDITION: Accepting the following submissions: Features, Pilots, Shorts AND Documentaries!

THERE IS NO AGE LIMIT ON SUCCESS! WE ARE ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FROM ALL AGES, WORLDWIDE! Anyone under the age of 18 MUST submit a parental consent form.


Writers & Filmmakers of ALL ages can submit.



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New Media Film Festival

June 1 – 2, 2022

January 3, 2022 Pre-Fest Deadline

New Media Film Festival®, an innovative and award-winning* festival created in 2009, celebrates stories, technology, and platforms. We continually implement new opportunities outside the norm to bolster creators in media.

Judges from HBO, MARVEL, EMMYS, BBC, Grammys, PBS & more. $45,000.00 In Awards

Through our boundary pushing ideology, we create an environment for creators to thrive. New Media Film Festival® is an infinite catalyst for story and technology. Not just any stories, but the stories worth telling.

All submissions come with perks - one of them is consideration for distribution.
NETFLIX - 1st look deal, documentaries specifically.
AMC-1st look deal, feature length, & series - all types

New - NFT category
New - PITCHING - our Producer Panel & Pitching is now online. Submit your Pitch today!
New - One Page Feedback add on to Script Category
All categories -
360, AR, AI, 5D, Animation, Apps, Artwork, Digital Comics, Documentary, Drone, Feature, Mixed Reality, Mobile/Tablet, Music Only, Music Video, New Media, Pilots, Pitching, Podcasts, Scripts, Shorts, Sniplers (30 second pitch), SR- Socially Responsible, STEAM, Student, Trailers, TV, Virtual Reality, Web Series, Web Series Promo (one scene)

**Please note, New Media category includes Gaming, Tech Vlog's, VE, Vertical, Live, Location Based, etc.

June 1st Global Online and June 2nd in person at the state of the art theater, The Landmark in Los Angeles CA



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Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival  
May 28 – June 2, 2022


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.

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):

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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TIME IS ETERNAL by Dreamteam filmmaker duo of Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir - Starring berite labelle

Short Film Fantasy  USA  December 2021 - 14 Minutes 20 seconds  

A prestigious feminine writer examines in her most recent novel what it means to be a woman across history and conjures up Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt and fierce feminine writer/philosopher Mary Wollenstonecraft(mother of Mary Shelley, author of Frakenstein) who have crossed deserts of eternal time to meet.

The women materialize into her present time environment and recount their greatest victories, defeats, loves, regrets and dreams.

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ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN by Barbara Bentree
Documentary December 2021 - USA  90 minutes

Kevin Box has always known exactly what he intends to do with his life. In his words, "I want to have a conversation with people now and hundreds of years into the future."

As an artist, Kevin has been fascinated by the evolution of "lost wax casting" to create bronze sculptures and he spent many of his early years being mentored by other successful sculptors. Through his own R&D, he developed a unique signature by “unfolding” origami and casting these beautiful patterns into museum quality wall hangings.
"ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN" traces the career arc of Kevin and his partner/wife Jennifer as they now continue to create multiple traveling exhibitions of their artwork. Over the past decade, their unique sculptures have been viewed all over the country by millions of people.
"ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN" is an Artfilm, a Love Story, and an inspiration for all by showing what is possible…just starting with a simple piece of paper!

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HOT MONEY by Susan Kucera (director of Jeff Bridges Living in the future’s past)

Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, General Wesley Clark and his son Wes Clark Jr. take us on a journey through the complicated realities of our financial system and its profound exposure to climate change. Hot Money outs the whole game, the whole charade, the whole crapshoot of the money system with all the humor and intelligence of a New Yorker cartoon. Combined with the wisdom of international business experts and academics, Hot Money is rich with historical context. It severs the knot of economic and political forces that may lead to societal collapse.


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12TH HOUR narrated by David Morse

Documentary by Susan Kucera (director of Jeff Bridges Living in the future’s past)

USA July 2021 51 minutes 48 seconds

Much of our population currently lives with hopeful delusions about climate change. These delusions, many of which are built in by evolution, hamper our ability to meaningfully address the problem.

Our brains evolved to solve short-term challenges for our survival. Climate change is a long-term challenge to our survival. Can we bridge the gap between these modes of thinking?

Emmy-nominated actor David Morse narrates the brutally honest 12th hour with insight from noted evolutionary biologists, climate scientists, cognitive researchers and psychologists.

Visionary thinkers like Peter Russell, Dr. Paul Piff, Dr. Kari Norgaard and dozens of the brightest minds in academia lay out an unflinching look at mankind: our past, our abilities, our shortcomings and what may be humankind's final destination.

If we have any hope to survive the changes we’ve locked in to our climate, we need to be honest with ourselves and our limitations. The 12th Hour lays out our biases so that we may overcome them.


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ENOUGH Lebanon's Darkest Hour

Documentary by Daisy Gedeon second feature documentary
Australia  june 2021 90 minutes (in post)

ENOUGH! Lebanon’s Darkest Hour follows Australian-Lebanese filmmaker Daizy Gedeon’s personal and independent introspection into how her ancestral homeland, the place her family was forced to flee in the 1970s because of the Civil War, has ended up in a state of complete catastrophe. It is a story of awakening in which Daizy is forced to abandon her idealism about Lebanon and face the cold, harsh truth about the country’s dark underbelly which is its most sinister enemy.

Daizy prosecutes the case against the corrupt political class which has reduced a proud people to beg for garbage collection instead of greatness and negotiate potholes rather than peace.

ENOUGH! is the plea and the prayer, the feeling and fierce determination of the 4.5 million Lebanese in Lebanon as well as the 16 million members of the Lebanese diaspora scattered around the world, whose hearts continue to bleed for a homeland they are desperate to return to and so deeply want to believe in...once again.


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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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INVISIBLE HAND  by Matthew Taylor
director of The Creepy LineMarcel Duchamp the art of the possibleSafeguard an electoral debate...

USA  28 minutes August 2021

Invisible Hand is an exploration of memory. Our unnamed protagonist lives a life of repetition and insecurity. Every day is a blur of abstract actions until one night she meets a dark stranger who gives her a mysterious gift. Her life is turned upside down when she confronts a terrifying truth about her past. Deciding to take herself out of the abstract daily routine, she journeys into the crevices of her memory to untangle a dark secret that could ultimately destroy her.

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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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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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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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