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SBIFF's Virtuosos Award honorees announced!

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  VIRTUOSOS AWARD PRESENTED BY UGG HONORING CAITRIONA BALFE (BELFAST), ARIANA DEBOSE (WEST SIDE STORY), JAMIE DORNAN (BELFAST), ALANA HAIM (LICORICE PIZZA), EMILIA JONES (CODA), TROY KOTSUR (CODA), SIMON REX (RED ROCKET), AND SANIYYA SIDNEY (KING RICHARD), SATURDAY, MARCH 5th, 2022 SBIFF has just announced the recipients to receive the Virtuosos Award presented by UGG®, an honor created to recognize a select group of talent whose noteworthy performances in film h...

French Riviera Film Festival Partners with SPARQ for 2022 Hybrid Global Event

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    The fourth annual French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) that celebrates short film and short-form content will once again be held live and in person on the Riviera, during the time period of the Festival de Cannes, the announcement was made today by FRFF founders Nicole Muj and Gotham Chandna.  FRFF 2022 will be held at the Eden Hotel and Resort in Cannes, France on May 20 and 21, 2022. Filmfestivals.com returning as media partner. ...

28th Sedona International Film Festival Going Fully Live, Feb. 19-27s

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“We’re getting people back in theaters seeing films they way they should, on screen”: Pat Schweiss, Executive Director The 28th annual Sedona International Film Festival returns to its original last-week-of-February timeframe with an all-live event that will put “people back in the theaters seeing films the way they should, on screen,” according to Executive Director Pat Schweiss.             COV...

Palm Springs International Film Festival will be postponed to June 21-27, 2022

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Based on the current rise of COVID cases, the Palm Springs International Film Society has announced that the Film Festival will not take place this year from January 7-17. This follows the cancellation of the January 6 Film Awards. After thoughtful consideration, the Film Society feels this is the most responsible decision to ensure the safety of our patrons, filmmakers, and staff. Those who have purchased festival tickets and passes will receive a refund. For most, the refund will b...

Health Protocols at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

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The SBIFF film festival will go on! And we thank you for your support. We cannot wait to see you and share time and movies together. We predict that you may have some concerns about the upcoming SBIFF when it comes to COVID-19 and recent new variants. We want to assure you that your safety is of the upmost importance to us, and after consulting with health professionals, we will institute and enforce strong protocols to ensure that the 2022 edition is safe for all attendees. Below is...

Filmfestivals.com will be covering locally the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

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Emmanuel Itier will be conducting interviews with some of the 2022 SBIFF Filmmakers.  He is based in Santa Barbara and a regular contributor to the portal! Www.WonderlandEntGroup.com  An experienced feature film Producer, Emmanuel Itier directed several pictures before completing in 2012 the Peace documentary ‘The Invocation’ narrated by Sharon Stone and staring Desmond Tutu, HH The Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra as well as many worldwide peace activists. In 2013 Mr. Itier ...

This year's Krakow Film Festival Dragon of Dragons winner passes away

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Finnish documentary filmmaker Jarmo Jääskeläinen has passed away. He was to receive the most valuable statuette of the Krakow Film Festival in May.   On 2 January 2022, the Finnish director and producer Jarmo Jääskeläinen passed away. A month earlier, on 2 December 2021, the Program Council of the Krakow Film Foundation decided to award him the Dragon of Dragons for his contribution to global documentary cinema. The award ceremony, the winner's master c...

Merger with NFDC: Are the media units fighting a losing battle?

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Merger with NFDC: Are the media units fighting a losing battle? While the proposal to bring four media units of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting under the umbrella of the NFDC is being debated in the media, among the stake-holders and the concerned public in general, we need to look at a decision of the High Court, dated 07 October 2021, in a Petition filed by the Films Division Staff Association against the Union of India. This decision underscores that any attempt to prevent th...

Spotlight: Riz Ahmed & Aneil Karia’s “The Long Goodbye” from the 2022 Oscar Shortlist

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent If we wind the clock back to last year’s Award Season, SOUND OF METAL starring Riz Ahmed as a hearing-impaired rock drummer blew away the uninitiated as the band-fronter film picked up six Oscar®️ nominations and won two for Best Editing and Best Sound. Notable among the nominations was Riz Ahmed himself as Best Lead Actor. Hard to believe this British former rapper named Riz MC went from being kicked off airplay for being 't...

Mass Hypnosis in the cinema at Göteborg Film Festival: do YOU dare let go of control?

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Göteborg Film Festival launches The Hypnotic Cinema – a mind-bending experiment where visitors are challenged to lose control in the cinema by being hypnotized. The Hypnotic Cinema examines the possibility to intensify the film experience for those courageous visitors who dare to let loose in the cinema. “The rules and restrictions of the past year have illuminated how to maintain order in society and what really governs people’s thoughts and behaviors. Maybe ...

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