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INDIA IN FOCUS with Siraj Syed

RIFF, 08, 2022, 05: Second list of selected films out

RIFF, 08, 2022, 05: Second list of selected films out The second list of films officially selected for the Rajasthan International Film Festival, Jodhpur, 25-30 March, 2022, has been released. It includes the Yadu Vijayakrishnan directed Sanskrit feature film Bhagavadajjukam (The Monk and The Courtesan), Pankaj Rao and Ankit Agarwal directed Hindi music video album, Piya Milan Rut Aayi Re..., Kautuk Saksena directed English/Hindi feature film, Say It Thrice, Hemant Seervi directed Hindi featu...

RIFF, 08, 2022, 04: Komal Nahta chosen for the Outstanding Contribution to The Business of Cinema award

RIFF, 08, 2022, 04: Komal Nahta chosen for the Outstanding Contribution to The Business of Cinema award According to an official announcement, Mumbai-based Komal Nahta has been chosen for the Outstanding Contribution to The Business of Cinema award at the 8th Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF). Belonging to Jodhpur, Rajasthan, the venue of RIFF, Komal Nahta is a leading film trade analyst. His magazine, Film Information, founded by his father, Ramraj Nahata, is the oldest trade magazi...


Miami Film Festival returns to present its 39th annual edition from March 4-13, 2022 in a hybrid format

  Oscar Shortlist candidates The Good Boss and Plaza Cathedral to Open & Close Fest; Ari Wegner to Receive Art of Light (Cinematographer) Award   After being the first U.S. film festival to hold in-theater, in-person screenings in 2021 after a year-long quarantine mandate, Miami Dade College (MDC)’s acclaimed Miami Film Festival returns to present its 39th annual edition from March 4-13, 2022 in a hybrid format, with bot...


The Red Sea Festival returns to Jeddah’s UNESCO World Heritage Site old-town Al Balad from 1-10 December, 2022

    Over 30,000 filmgoers turned out along with 3,115 registered professionals for the 10-day celebration and industry networking   The Red Sea International Film Festival has confirmed the second edition will take place from 1-10 December 2022. The successful inaugural edition presented 138 films to over 30,000 filmgoers and 3,115 film professionals, media and students who came out in force to mark the landmark Festival.   Over the 10 days of the Festival, screenings w...


Eight films compete for the € 10,000 prize in the  IFFF International Debut Feature Film Competition 2022

Eight debut feature films are competing for the prize for best director in the International Debut Feature Film Competition. Internationales Frauen* Film Festival Dortmund+Köln has this year received a record 150 submissions from 40 countries. Worth € 10,000 to the winner, the prize celebrates the innovative and experimental spirit of aspiring women film-makers.   Films from China, Costa Rica, France, Haiti, Romania, Serbia, Spain and the US have been nominated this ye...

From April 21 – May 1 the Calgary Underground Film Festivals Returns to Globe Cinema & Streams Online

    After two years of online festivals, the Calgary Underground Film Festival (CUFF) will return to Globe Cinema for the 19th Annual Calgary Underground Film Festival. This year's festival taking place from April 21 – May 1 will be a hybrid model, with eight days of in-person screenings and events at Globe Cinema, followed by three days of Online viewing, with a selection of films available to stream across Alberta.    “We always loo...



Japanese Film Festival in Australia starts online next week on February 14th

  JFF ONLINE 2022: IT'S ON NEXT WEEK!  Japanese Film Festival: Online starts next week on February 14th and will run until the 27th February. Available to audiences across Australia for two weeks, the free and streamable festival is an opportunity to enjoy the very best of Japanese cinema.   The 2022 Online Festival presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney will screen 17 films nation-wide for free, including feature films and documentaries. JFF Online 2022 marks t...


Fourth Annual Mammoth Film Festival Unveils Winners at Exclusive Awards Ceremony; Event Streamed Live in the Metaverse

    Presentation Marks the First Film Festival Event to Stream Live in the Metaverse and First Fest to Award NFTs to Winners     The fourth annual Mammoth Film Festival™ held a star-studded awards ceremony on February 6th, 2022 at Canyon Lodge at Mammoth Mountain, in Mammoth Lakes, California.  The festival, founded by Tanner Beard and Tomik Mansoori with executive directors Alex Chando and Theo Dumont, was presented this year by Marina Studios and Compel...



34 Filmfest Dresden Announces Competition Films

34 Filmfest Dresden I April 5–10 2022  Themes: Exceptional Situations, Working Worlds, Body Awareness PHOTO: UNINHABITED (DESHABITADA) by Camila Donoso from Chile In the competition sections of the 34 Filmfest Dresden (being held from 5 to 10 April 2022), a total of 73 (co-)productions from 36 countries are in the running this year. The selection committees viewed more than 2,700 submissions and chose 34 contributions for the International Competition, 29 productions for the...


Noir City begins this Friday

Brush up on your noir knowledge tonight at our Noir City Pub Quiz, and get squared away with your pass or tickets for a week of film noir at SIFF Cinema Egyptian starting February 11, featuring classics and rarities pulled from the pages of “Czar of Noir” Eddie Muller’s recently re-published book, "Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir.” Individual Tickets: $14 Non-Members ($9 SIFF Members) Passes: $150 Non-Members ($100...


The 10th INDIs Film Festival is now live on

The 10th INDIs Film Festival is now live on This free 3 day online event takes place from the 18th-20th February 2022, and is open to anyone aged 16+ who is interested in pursuing a career in film and film production.   Please find attached the 3 day programme outline.   Bookings can now be made for all of the events in our programme, and you can also view all of the films available to watch during the festival on via the leeds film player ...


SR Socially Relevant™ Film Festival is back and is in hybrid mode

SR Socially Relevant™ Film Festival NY ninth edition is hybrid, opening at the Lincoln Center's Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, at Village Cinema, and neighboring venues on March 16-27, 2022.       The ninth edition of SR Socially Relevant™ Film Festival 2022 (#SRFF2022) covers a broad range of socially relevant™ human interest stories. The Official Selection of SRFF 2022 was unveile...



  FEBRUARY 3-6th, 2022, THE 4th ANNUAL MAMMOTH FILM FESTIVAL™, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THiNK:NFT, TO ALSO SHOWCASE IMMERSIVE NFT ARTIST EXHIBIT Founded by Tanner Beard and Tomik Mansoori, the film festival is an all-media platform, celebrating global filmmakers, actors, creatives and their respective works, inclusive of the new NFT component.” — Mammoth Film Festival   Mammoth Film Festival™ is thrilled to partner with THiNK:NFT to offer filmmakers and f...

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Jerome Paillard organises the management transition at Marché du Film and sets date for his retirement


© CR / FDC 2022 Guillaume Esmiol is named co-Executive Director of the Marché du Film, alongside Jérôme Paillard. They will work in tandem during the upcoming edition of the Festival before Esmiol definitively replaces Paillard for 2023. In 2020, Guillaume Esmiol joined the Marché du Film as Deputy Director in charge of development with the prospect of taking over new functions linked to the succession of Jérôme Paillard. Af...


Unifrance: words of passion from the team

Honoring French animations, documentaries, and dramas for TV that have achieved the highest international sales, the 18th Unifrance TV Export Awards were presented on February 8, 2022, at the Trianon in Paris during the awards ceremony for the PROCIREP French TV Producers' Prize. These awards, which highlight the strong appeal of our French TV productions in international markets, recognize the wonderful work of French distribution companies, which Unifrance accompanies on a dai...

AVIA Appoints Matthew Cheetham as General Manager of the Coalition Against Piracy


The Asia Video Industry Association has appointed Matthew Cheetham as General Manager of the Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) with immediate effect.  Over the last four years CAP has made real inroads into the systemic problems of video piracy faced by the broadcast and streaming video industry in Asia Pacific. The blocking of pirate sites is becoming more common in many markets, laws have been introduced to limit access to infringing set-top devices, constructive relationships have been f...


Film Fest 919 celebrates NC’s Ariana DeBose, her Oscar nom for WEST SIDE STORY & Contenders


by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent During Award Season, no doubt it's the worldwide circuit of film festivals that helps shape predictions and forecasts for feature film (and TV) standouts that will resonate each year, and Film Fest 919 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina has become one of the key indicators to watch for trends leading up to the biggest show of all, The Oscars. Founders Randi Emerman and Carol Marshall hit the target again this time, with their 2021 choices ringi...

The Thrill by Gordy de St. Jeor: The Team and Cast

Gordy De St. Jeor   Gordy De St. Jeor. is 19 years old, but has been working in the film industry since the age of 13 as an actor. Eventually, he decided he wanted to create films for himself, and he has been DP'ing and directing films and music videos ever since. He has a strong background in music, having been on tour 5 times shooting video content for bands like "The Driver Era", "Iron Maiden/The Raven Age", and "Jesse McCartney", while also be...


THE THRILL: Director Biography - Gordy De St. Jeor

My name is Gordy De St. Jeor. I'm 19 years old, but I've been working in the film industry since I was 13 as an actor. Eventually, I decided I wanted to create films for myself, and I've been DP'ing and directing films and music videos ever since. I have a strong background in music, having been on tour 5 times shooting video content for bands like "The Driver Era", "Iron Maiden/The Raven Age", and "Jesse McCartney", while also being a music...


Remembering Rob Stewart: December 28, 1979 to January 31, 2017


Activist, Filmmaker, Author, Biologist. Friend and mentor to many; a son, brother, cousin, uncle, nephew. Champion for sharks and the oceans. Founder of United Conservationists, Shark Savers, Fin Free and the creator of the Shark Free movement. January 31st was the day the world lost Rob Stewart. We want to take a moment to remember all the good he did — through his films Sharkwater, Revolution and Sharkwater Extinction, books, photographs, public appearances and magazine sto...

VIDEO: In conversation with Ron Tucker about his Beaufort International Film Festival

RON TUCKER President, Beaufort Film Society CO-Film Festival Director in conversation with Bruno Chatelin Ron is originally from Woodruff, SC, located in the Upstate near Greenville/Spartanburg. He served in the Marine Corps for  21 years, retiring at the rank of Captain in 1992. He served three tours in the Beaufort area during that time and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War.   In 1993 he formed a video production company Sandbar Productions, LLC dba Good-To-Go V...

"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           ...


“Jurassic World: Dominion” trailer gives us a dramatic glimpse at the “epic conclusion to the Jurassic era”

“Jurassic World: Dominion” trailer just released giving us a dramatic glimpse at the “epic conclusion to the Jurassic era” — a hint that this might be the final film of the “Jurassic ” franchise. Until they decide demand!   Watch the prologue 5 minutes from the movie (which releases june 10). ...


Berlinale Panel Discussions and the announcement of Arab Cinema Personality of the Year

Arab Cinema Center at the Berlinale for the 8th Consecutive Year   For the 8th year in a row, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) will engage in a wide-range of activities at the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) (Feb 10-20) accompanied by 10 of its partners that vary between film organizations and international film festivals. The partners accompanying the ACC to the Berlinale (in alphabetical order): Arab Radio and Television Network (ART) ( KSA), El Gouna Film Festival (E...


Dame Joan Collins is set to star in the upcoming action comedy "The Battle For Stathie Manor"

  Dame Joan Collins is set to star in the upcoming action comedy "The Battle For Stathie Manor" from Evolutionary Film Productions and Red Bus Movies.   Evolutionary Films is launching worldwide sales for the title, and co‑representing North American sales with CAA Media Finance, coming to market with a proof of concept sizzle reel supported with funds awarded by the UK Global Screen Fund – a DCMS fund administered by the BFI.   In a large remote English ...


First look photo from The Locksmith, the new thriller starring Ryan Phillippe, Kate Bosworth and Ving Rhames

First look photo from The Locksmith, the new thriller starring Ryan Phillippe (Academy Award-winning Crash, Robert Altman’s Gosford Park), Kate Bosworth (Sony Pictures Classic’s Still Alice, Warner Bros.’ Superman Returns) and Ving Rhames (Mission: Impossible franchise, Pulp Fiction) – Arclight Films is handling worldwide sales.  Film information below:   THE LOCKSMITH Status: Principal photography recently wrapped in Las Cruces, New Mexico Genre: Thriller ...


On set with Pasolini on his last movie : a touching documentary by Giuseppe Bertolucci "PASOLINI NEXT TO US"

PIER  PAOLO  PASOLINI 05.03.1922 - 05.03.2022 NEXT  TO  US VIGGO presents Pasolini Next to Us by Giuseppe Bertolucci. A touching documentary that sees Pasolini, on the set of what will be his latest controversial film Salò or the 120 days of Sodom, engaged in an intense and lucid dialogue with the German journalist Gideon Bachmann. An unwitting testament to anticipate a future that has become reality. A calm, unmistakable voice emerges from the hubbub of...


First Look: Ric Roman Waugh’s action title ‘Kandahar’, featuring Gerard Butler and Navid Negahban

First look images from Ric Roman Waugh’s action title ‘Kandahar’, featuring Gerard Butler and Navid Negahban which has now wrapped after a seven-week shoot in Saudi Arabia’s desert region of AlUla and Jeddah. Produced by Thunder Road Films and Capstone, with MBC, which is also co-financing and handling rights. KANDAHAR Butler stars as Tom Harris, an undercover CIA operative, stuck deep in hostile territory in Afghanistan. He must fight his way out, alongside his Afgha...

ULTRASOUND - Official Poster and Trailer Out: Quite a head-trip!

Newly released official trailer and poster of ULTRASOUND, a sci-fi puzzle which oozes tension and darkness, written and directed by Rob Schroeder.  ULTRASOUND   SCI-FI, THRILLER / US / 103' DIRECTOR: Rob Schroeder CAST: Vincent Kartheiser, Chelsea Lopez, Breeda Wool, Tunde Adebimpe Heading home in the rain from a wedding, Glen (Vincent Kartheiser, MAD MEN) drives over a plank of nails and has to seek help at a nearby house. There, h...



International Emerging Film Talent Association (IEFTA) to present three Programs at EFM

  IEFTA & United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) present The 5th Edition of REFUGEE VOICES IN FILM The 5th edition of Refugee Voices in Film, a presentation of the ongoing collaboration between the UNHCR’s “Telling The Real Story” program and IEFTA, honors the imaginative and humanitarian efforts of filmmakers as they document the experience of those enduring irregular migration, whether from violence, famine or political oppression. Using Narrative, Documentary ...

Morgan Freeman and Josh Hutcherson set to star in sci-fi thriller 57 Seconds from Highland Film Group

Morgan Freeman (photo credit: Nigel Parry)  and Josh Hutcherson (photo credit: John Russo) Academy Award-winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby) and Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games movies) are set to lead the upcoming action science-fiction thriller 57 Seconds, it was announced today. Directed by Rusty Cundieff (Tales from the Hood, "Chappelle's Show"), the film is written by Macon 

Eliza Taylor and Bob Morley will star in the sci-fi thriller I’ll Be Watching

  Iuvit Media Sales will launch international sales at this month’s EFM Benacus Entertainment in association with RNF Productions announced today that Eliza Taylor (The 100, Thumper) and Bob Morley (The 100, Love Me, Lost in the White City) will star in the sci-fi thriller I’ll Be Watching. Erik Bernard (Free Dead or Alive, The Place We Hide) is onboard to direct. The script was penned by Sara Sometti Michaels (St. Agatha) and Elisa Manzini (Angel Baby). Eliza Taylor and Davi...
THE DEATH OF MY MOTHER by German director Jessica Krummacher starring Birte Schnöink, Elsie de Brauw, Johanna Orsini, Susanne Bredehöft, Gina Haller, Christian Löber A production of Walker + Worm Film Produced by Tobias Walker, Philipp Worm Germany / 2022 / 134 Minutes The feature film THE DEATH OF MY MOTHER (“Zum Tod meiner Mutter”) by German director Jessica Krummacher (TOTEM) will celebrate its world premiere on February 12th 2022 at this year’s Be...




Vertical Entertainment has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the fantasy feature The Lost Girls directed by Livia De Paolis

  Vertical Entertainment has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the fantasy feature The Lost Girls directed by Livia De Paolis. The film is inspired by J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan and is based on the novel by Laurie Fox.  Vertical is planning a day-and-date release in the U.S. on June 17, 2022.   MYRIAD PICTURES is handling international sales and will represent the film at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin this coming February. Myriad and UTA co-repped the...


Highland Film Group Partners with Mucho Mas Media to Co-Finance, with Highland Film Group Handling Worldwide Rights

  HFG - THE BLACK DEMON - Fernanda Urrejola - photo credit Javiera Eyzaguirre   Beverly Hills, California (January 24, 2022) – Fernanda Urrejola (Clint Eastwood’s Cry Macho, Netflix’s “Narcos: Mexico”) and Julio Cesar Cedillo (Netflix’s The Harder They Fall and “Narcos: Mexico,” Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario) join Josh Lucas (Ford v Ferrari, Sweet Home Alabama) in prolific action director Adrian Grünberg’s (Rambo: Last ...



Studio 9 Films gains exclusive behind-the-scenes access to Syrian war crimes trial of notorious colonel Anwar Raslan

STUDIO 9 FILMS GAINS EXCLUSIVE BEHIND THE SCENES ACCESS TO THE WAR CRIMES TRIAL OF NOTORIOUS SYRIAN COLONEL ANWAR RASLAN   People & Power: The Trial of Anwar Raslan Part 2   TX: January 19th 2022, 22.30pm GMT on Al Jazeera: People and Power Channel 235 on Freeview     The second of a two part special report, behind the scenes at the landmark trial of a notorious Syrian colonel, Anwar Raslan. ·The...



The Thrill is selected at Colortape International Film festival

Colortape International Film Festival is a multicultural film festival promoting worldwide arts & culture through films, while bridging cultural differences, friendship, showcasing the creative vision of filmmakers from over the world. We are strong advocates and promoters of peace, love, friendship and mutual respect. One of very few festivals, if not the only one, to guaranteed acceptance, entry and certification for every filmmaker! Over 4003 filmmakers were rewarded in the past 7 yea...


Your Annotated Nom Score Card for the 94th Academy Awards

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) sent out a notice to remind us entertainment journalists to use only their official list of nominees. Which begs the question, who flubbed the list previously? (Double-take not required, lol.) But those are insider thoughts as the 94th Nominee Show from The Academy flickered onto small screens, from handhelds to tablets, this morning with about a 10 minute delay from the original 5:18 am ...

The Honorary Golden Bear to Isabelle Huppert

Isabelle Huppert - Photo Philippe Gay The Homage section of the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival will be dedicated to French film and stage actor Isabelle Huppert, who will be awarded an Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement. In conjunction with the Award Ceremony on February 15, 2022 at the Berlinale Palast, the festival will screen as a Berlinale Special Gala À propos de Joan (About Joan, dir: Laurent Larivi&egrav...


Fourth Annual Mammoth Film Festival Unveils Winners at Exclusive Awards Ceremony; Event Streamed Live in the Metaverse

Presentation Marks the First Film Festival Event to Stream Live in the Metaverse and First Fest to Award NFTs to Winners     The fourth annual Mammoth Film Festival™ held a star-studded awards ceremony on February 6th, 2022 at Canyon Lodge at Mammoth Mountain, in Mammoth Lakes, California.  The festival, founded by Tanner Beard and Tomik Mansoori with executive directors Alex Chando and Theo Dumont, was presented this year by Marina Studios and Compel...


“Beyond Borders” International Documentary Festival in Castellorizo

August 21-28, 2022
 Calling: January 2 - April 30, 2022

 «Castellorizo-The Aegean Island where Documentaries meet History & Culture»

The 7th International Documentary Festival «Beyond Borders», Castellorizo island, has the pleasure to invite documentary film-makers to submit their films from 2nd of January 2022 until 30th of April, 2022. The Festival’s objective is to promote the most important documentary productions worldwide that focus on history, culture, politics and other social issues. «Beyond Borders» which takes place every year during the last week of August, will be held once again under the patronage of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Ms. Katerina Sakellaropoulou. It is produced by the Hellenic History Foundation ( in collaboration with Ecrans des Mondes (Paris) and the Society for the Restoration of Megisti, (Sydney). «Beyond Borders» includes a selection of Greek, European and worldwide productions of the last five years, workshops, parallel events and master classes.

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French Riviera Film Festival 

May 21 – 22, 2022



February 13, 2022 Regular deadline

The fourth annual French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) 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, 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, Best Lifestyle Short, Best Fashion Short, Best Music Video, Best Female Filmmaker Award, Best Director Award, Best Actor Award, Best Actress Award, Best Activism Short, Best Micro Short Award, Industry Excellence Award, and Lifetime Achievement Awards . Attendees and participants will include filmmakers, industry executives, celebrities, media, and influencers.

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Your Script Produced Studios: season 3
November 3 – 7, 2022


March 31, 2022 Regular deadline

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

March 3, 2022 regular 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


Regular deadline: April 15, 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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NYC Independent Film Festival

(June 12-19, 2022)

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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THE THRILL  by Gordi de st. Jeor 8 minutes USA Jan 29 2022

Starring Aidan Browne and Sofia Masson

A young guitarist is about to play the biggest show of his life. Things don't quite go as expected...


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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