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MidWest WeirdFest

From the founder of Australia's two leading genre film festivals - A Night of Horror International Film Festival and Fantastic Planet, Sydney Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film Festival - comes a cinematic celebration of all things fantastic, frightening, underground, off-beat, alternative, and just plain weird... to the American Midwest!

The Midwest is filled with dark and mysterious byways, strange critters, and mythical beasties. And the great state of Wisconsin has more than its share: from the very real historical monsters Ed Gein and Jeffery Dahmer, to legendary cryptids like the Beast of Bray Road and the Hodag, to strange and wonderful places such as the Forevertron, a UFO landing port, and the mythical town of killer midgets known as Haunchyville.... It's the perfect territory for a festival that focuses on weird cinema from all around the world.

The festival team dreams of MidWest WeirdFest evoking the awe and chills of the sideshow alley of a dark carnival, a place filled with wonders, terrors, and forbidden surprises. The cinematic equivalent of a collection of pulp magazines and underground comix. A film festival that not only celebrates and showcases independent genre cinema - horror, sci-fi, fantasy, thriller - but one that welcomes all types of underground film. From experimental and avant-garde to offbeat documentaries. The festival's seasoned programmers can't wait to see what cinematic wonders await in MidWest WeirdFest's first season of festival submissions!

MidWest WeirdFest's main venue is the Micon Downtown Cinema, located in the welcoming college town of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

The Melbourne Doc Fest each year curates world class features direct from some of the hottest most prestigious documentary film festivals in the world like Sheffield Doc Fest, Traverse City Film Festival Doc NYC, SXSW, Doc Edge and IDFA. But what matters to us most is documentaries that are well-made, compelling, thought provoking, passionate and relevant to Australian audiences.

The Melbourne Doc Fest is one of the world newest documentary film festivals and one of the most fun and interesting stop overs on the international documentary film festival circuit.

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema

Founded by three local independent filmmakers, The Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema is the first and only film festival of its kind held in Kew Gardens, NYC, and its surrounding neighborhoods. Running for 10 days in August, the festival will showcase more than 100 films of all genres from around the world. Films will be shown at Queens' only operating art house theater—Kew Gardens Cinemas, located in the heart of Kew Gardens in Queens NY. The festival will culminate with a grand award ceremony gala on the rooftop penthouse of the world-famous Terrace on the Park, built for the New York World’s Fair in 1964. Conveniently located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, it features panoramic views of some of Queens' greatest landmarks, including the renowned Unisphere and the New York State Pavilion. Awards will honor the best films presented at the festival, and winners will walk away with beautiful statuettes. What makes our Festival stand out from the other opportunities available to filmmakers is that we are focusing on the TRULY independent film, not the film that is funded by the indie film division of a major studio. Nor are we focusing on what celebrity or 'name' actor may be in your film. We want to see the work of filmmakers and their teams who have poured their blood, sweat and tears into making their vision come to life. We are showcasing the best in all genres, including themes often overlooked by other major film festivals, like Horror, Sci-Fi, LGBT, Comedy, Animation and Experimental. We are a Film Festival founded by independent filmmakers, so we have a great understanding of the filmmaker needs when it comes to getting films made and in front of an audience. Along with filmmaker Q&A's after each screening, we will also be holding industry panels featuring some of the best names in independent cinema discussing their strategies, their struggles and how they broke into the film business. Other panels will consist of conversations with independent Producers, Casting Directors and Distributors. Our goal is to bring back and remind people why film festivals exist in the first place - which is to give otherwise unknown filmmakers the opportunity to screen their film in front of large audiences and have their work seen. In addition, we will be screening all our films in an actual operating Art House movie theater, unlike other festivals that show their films in screening rooms or otherwise other rented facilities that aren't prepared to screen films the way they should be. Upon acceptance each filmmaker will receive up to four (4) Filmmaker Badges that will allow access to all the screenings and panels being held throughout the festival, along with exclusive access to our Filmmaker Cafe & Lounge. Filmmaker badge holders will also be entitled to a 5% discount on all merchandise being sold at the festival. All selected filmmakers and respective cast & crew will be given the opportunity to purchase Gala Award tickets at a 30% discount. Opening night will consist of a meet the filmmakers mixer, where filmmakers will have the opportunity to network and promote their film with other festival attendees. Certain selected films to be featured in our Festival Spotlight programming will have a red carpet premiere as well as an after party hosted by the festival. Our Opening and Closing night films will consist of specially invited premieres following a red carpet event. While the festival will not be offering transportation or lodging for its inaugural year, through our sponsors we will be offering discounts and coupon codes to be used towards Hotel accommodations and commuting. We guarantee to have distributors and producers in attendance alongside our selected panel of industry professionals who make up our Jury. Winners for every category will each be receiving a personally engraved unique statuette. Industry guests who have expressed interest in participating in our festival are Lloyd Kaufman, founder of TROMA films; Larry Fessenden, actor/writer/director/producer with Glass Eye Pix; Joe Minion, writer of Vampires Kiss, After Hours. Our Festival will be taking place in Kew Gardens Queens in NYC, USA. Our venue, THE KEW GARDENS CINEMAS is Queens' only art house theater dedicated solely to playing independent and foreign films. Named one of the top 7 theaters in Queens, the theater was built in the 1930's and it is one of the oldest movie theaters still operating in NYC. A little known area of NYC, Kew Gardens and its surrounding neighborhoods - Forest Hills, Rego Park, Woodhaven and Glendale - are a major stomping ground for most television shows being shot today in New York. Not only is Kew Gardens known as the neighborhood that raised comedians Rodney Dangerfield and Ray Romano, but just a few minutes away is the recently built Broadway Stages. This area of Queens has now been featured in several blockbuster Hollywood films like The Babysitter, Goodfellas and Spiderman as well as major Network TV shows including- Daredevil, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, The Get Down, Luke Cage and SNL.

Avant Premiere Music + Media Market 2017

The international trade fair for performing arts films

Decision makers and market players come together for four days of intensive network and business opportunities with partners from all over the world. The Avant Première audience is complemented by funding institutions, opera houses, orchestras, music labels, dance companies, festivals and entrepreneurs like directors, script writers and artists, valuing the event as a framework to advance the international art film business. A comprehensive programme around the Avant Première Screenings includes panels facing current sectoral dynamics, Special Presentations featuring industry innovations of the industry, Special Screenings presenting full length evening screenings of acclaimed performing arts films; The Booth Area invites companies to represent themselves in a branded environment, Individual Presentation Rooms allow quiet space for individual presentations and screenings, the Networking Lounge provides space for business meetings.

Avant Première is hosted by IMZ International Music + Media Centre, a global networking platform of leading international production companies, public TV stations, broadcasting and distribution institutions, opera houses, cultural and educational institutions, festivals and music labels. It is dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of music and dance in the audiovisual media.

Among its 150 international members are major market players like the BBC, ZDF, ARTE, the Metropolitan Opera New York, Universal Music as well as individual members like composers, choreographers, musicians and directors. IMZ engages in networking events and activities from programming for film festivals to dance film competitions around the globe and holds a comprehensive film database and directory for the cultural film industry creating synergies for its members.

Kinodot Experimental Film Festival

Kinodot Experimental Film Festival

Kinodot was launched in 2012 as online minimalist short film festival at kinodot.com. In five years the project has developed into independent international experimental film festival with live screenings in movie theaters and unconventional venues in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Films submitted to Kinodot must match at least one of the four selection criteria:

No Money - films made without a budget; 
No Mumbling - films without dialogue or narration; 
No Music - films without a music score; 
No Montage - films made without editing, i.e. filmed in one shot.

Kinodot was created to support and distribute new experimental films, and to inspire filmmakers to experiment in their own way. We promote freedom of ideas, formalism, simplicity and self-restriction as oppose to the secondary film production and self-censorship of high budget festivals. We believe that a great film can be created with very basic means, without special education or expensive equipment. We also believe that creating and following a strict set of formal rules can have a liberating effect on every artist. 

FIDBA - International Documentary Film Festival of Buenos Aires , Argentina

FIDBA is the first International Documentary Film Festival in Argentina, a space where cinema of the real, films with the same vocation, dialogue with one another and address the diversity of forms and particular tasks that take reality as material. From this premise, the FIDBA is planned as an annual event in which they will present a selection of new directors, revisit the films of prominent authors and will recover works and films unknown to mainstream audiences.

 

FIDBA also aims to be a meeting place for authors to widen our perception of reality and ways of expressing it and thinking it out through film, but also the arts, new media formats and new narratives ranging from photography to instalations, from documentary theater to transmedia storytelling, not to mention the intersections between reality and fiction. The Festival is open, in short, to all documentary works that are a reflection and an effort to understand reality.

 

Facing a market that prevails and makes all relations a part of a great show, documentary film maintains and reaffirms its character, for making every moment and letting rule for things not easily controlled, must necessarily invent forms for always unresolved issues: the documentary is unable to reduce the world to a previous device. And though the procedures are provided, and by nature, insecure, unstable and fragile, that is exactly their strength and driving force: to be there to allow the construction of new maps and to explore over those that are not entirely known to us yet.

Vertifilms

First festival of vertical films in Czech republic Vertifilms will be held at the National Gallery in Prague on November 3rd, 2016. Along with screenings of international films shot in portrait format, works of the competition TALL IDEA PRAGUE 2016 will be presented. Creators can enter their vertical films until October 28. Chairman of the jury is seasoned Hollywood producer Rick McCallum, who has been behind titles like Star Wars and Young Indiana Jones Chronicles

On Thursday, November 3, in the Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia vertical films will be presented. They are in format, which was previously condemned, but now is currently gaining more and more supporters. "Vertifilms Festival, the first of its kind in Czech Republic, aims to highlight the uniqueness of the vertical image. It is format, in which portraits been historically painted, and which is bringing a completely different perspective of the film image. We are pleased to cooperate on this project with Moving Image Department, which has been running for more than a year as a part of the National Gallery in Prague in the Trade Fair Palace. This connection is a proof of the uniqueness and aesthetics of video format that was previously viewed more as a mistake, " says festival director Krystof Safer.

Vertical films will be screened at the imposing canvas nearly ten meters high in the premises of the church of St. Salvator. "Vertifilms is a great supplement of exhibition series Moving Image Department by which the National Gallery in Prague in 2015 expanded its dramaturgy to showcase contemporary creators in new media. Vertifilms is part of the 5th chapter and we are glad that we can give a project based on the polarity of the phenomenon of classic film and completely novel form," says Adam Budak, the Chief Curator of the National Gallery in Prague.

Creators of vertical films might enter the competition TALL IDEA PRAGUE 2016. Anyone from around the world can participate by sending his film format 9:16 in length from 1-10 minutes. Deadline is October 28, 2016. Festival closing ceremony will be on November 3, preceded by conference on the phenomenon of vertical video.

MHC Online Film Fest

2ND ANNUAL MHC ONLINE FILM FEST

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seeking great short films on mental health, to show them to the world

If you have a short documentary, narrative or animation featuring any kind of mental health issue,
with great storytelling and powerful characters to engage audiences, we want to show it here - and we're offering cash prizes for the best submissions.

About

  • Celebrates and promotes filmmakers whose work aligns with the MHC mission of awareness and public benefit
     
  • All Official Selections will be webcast on the Mental Health Channel, potentially to millions of viewers, and promoted through MHC web and social media networks
     
  • Cash Prizes for Top Winners:
  • 1st Place - $1,000
  • 2nd Place - $500
  • 3rd Place - $250

- All styles are welcome (Documentary, Narrative, Animated, Experimental or Music Video)
- MUST BE 20 MINUTES OR LESS and produced in the last 10 years
- Multiple entries are permitted
- High Production Value Required

Submissions accepted only through Withoutabox.com or FilmFreeway.com

 
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