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Interview with Marché du Film Executive Director Jérôme Paillard

Jérôme Paillard in conversation with Bruno Chatelin     Facts and figures on the 2020 marchédu Film online, the first edition of its kind. Quite a challenge on many fronts   A few figures about attendance  trends this year? when is the marchedufilm.online opening, why 5 days only? How many of the Cannes official selection  titles will be screening in the virtual Marché do you see a trend ? I see 16 conferences and panels a...

Jonathan Wolf in conversation with filmfestivals.com about the 40th edition of AFM

Jonathan Wolf sat down towards the end of the market with filmfestivals.com and commented on the attendance of this market (just as full as always with around 7000 participants, 20 cinemas running non stop, three stages operating panels, 350 companies taking meetings) and on the state of the industry and the shift to online streaming and on demand platforms, the" new world order".     Jonathan Wolf, a graduate of USC Business School, has held an illustrious car...

Video Interview with Pascal Diot, head of Venice Production Bridge

Filmfestivals.com partner of Venice Production Bridge sat down with the Pascal Diot who shared with our audience a few practical facts and figures on the Market which he has created 6 years ago. ...

Busy Jury Duty this week for Bruno Chatelin as Virtual Jury in Estonia and Florida...

I spared some carbon for our planet and some fatigue, judging films from a distance, not attending Matsalu Nature Film Festival where I was scheduled to attend. That same week I had also accepted to become a jury at Miami Short Film Festival! Also I skipped my usual fest attendance in Deauville, TIFF and Venice!  Social distancing !!! BUT I MISS EACH OF THEM A LOT! I am happy to share more about these festivals, (my final votes are still under embargo of course but I can tell I saw some...

Disaster, not a movie: here's the Cal Fire 20 Biggest California Fire List, 1932 to 2020

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Many in Southern and Northern California are under heavy smoke and even evacuation warnings. Screenwriters wouldn't even pitch a script with this much devastation in the plot. But this is not a disaster movie, this is happening right now. Near us, the #BobCatFire is only 15% contained with 60,000 plus acers on fire as of this morning in Los Angeles. The true devastation is in the raw statistics recorded by CAL FIRE. Read on... From Screenm...

Happy to be in the jury at Matsalu nature film festival in Estonia

By Bruno Chatelin I am just sad it's going to be virtual experience (instead of beautiful Matsalu National Park situated barely ten minutes from the festival venue) due to COVID Quarantaine restrictions... I ll be joining my jury fellows and the festival team via zoom. Happy to introduce them to you though. CATEGORY: NATURE (FL) MARIS LAJA ESTONIA Maris is promoting nature education in Tallinn Zoo already for the ninth year, along with her active team. She is...

Checking IMDme: The private community for select IMDb members

We would like to share with you the news of the launch of this new private community for select IMDb members. They are currently recruiting members with free subscriptions. You can perhaps use our referral to your advantage. Applications reviews are based on their place on the waitlist. Inviting friends will move you up on the list. Click anytime!   Interested in joining?   APPLY NOW   IMDme just launched the private community for sele...

The Reel Thing: Kubrick’s 2001, AITAF Veterans Day Benefit PM Q&A, 11/11

By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent It's been a while since the obelisk fell among the primates in Stanley Kubrick's seminal film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. And whist there are many Hollywood insiders who whisper his involvement in a "staged moon landing" let's face it, George Méliès faked a moon landing in 1902 with Le Voyage dans la Lune. Imagine where humankind would be without having taken this pioneering adventure into the mind of th...

Video ambiance and red carpet interviews from Venice 77

77th Venice International Film Festival red carpet moments and filmmakers interviews at the Corradi Cinema Lounge / Ausonia Hungaria.   The 77th Venice International Film Festival has officially dropped the curtain, after an inevitably particular edition, which is the first spokesperson for a sign of hope for the world of cinema and the arts, in this very special period. 28 film casts this year chose the Corradi Cinema Lounge as the ideal setting for their printing activities....

Leone d’Argento for "New Order" by Michel Franco

Official Selection of the 77th Venice International Film Festival, Leone d’Argento for "New Order" by Michel Franco, our guest at the Corradi Cinema Lounge / Ausonia Hungaria Images and videos now available on   The 77th Venice International Film Festival has officially dropped the curtain, after an inevitably particular edition, which is the first spokesperson for a sign of hope for the world of cinema and the arts, in this very special period. ...

Carrie Lozano Joins Sundance Institute as Director, Documentary Film Program

Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker & Journalist to Lead Support of Nonfiction Field   Sundance Institute today announced that Carrie Lozano will helm its Documentary Film Program, succeeding interim Director Kristin Feeley and prior Director Tabitha Jackson.   As Documentary Film Program Director, Lozano will elevate and support nonfiction filmmakers worldwide at all stages of creating and distributing new cinematic work. She will also work to advance and ele...

Sara Bilbatua will receive the Zinemira Award at the San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition

The casting director from Eibar will collect the award at the Basque Cinema Gala on September 22 Casting director Sara Bilbatua will receive the Zinemira Award given by San Sebastian Festival and the Ibaia and EPE/APV producers associations in recognition of an outstanding personality of Basque cinema. Bilbatua, responsible for the casting on more than 75 audiovisual productions in the last 25 years, will collect the award at the Basque Cinema Gala in the Victoria Eugenia Theatre on September...

Shawn Mendes to perform at the 2020 TIFF Tribute Awards on CTV & launch new "Changemaker Award" with the Festival

  Award-winning musician Shawn Mendes to perform at the 2020 TIFF Tribute Awards on CTV & launch new "Changemaker Award" with the Festival TIFF and Bell Media announce ETALK’s Chloe Wilde and Tyrone Edwards as hosts Presenters for the broadcast include Olivia Colman, Regina King, Ava DuVernay, Colin Farrell, Jodie Foster, Delroy Lindo, Tabu, and more     Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, Co-Heads of TIFF, together with Bell Media are ...

Alberto Barbera in conversation: a festival director calling for action (in cinemas)

Join Alberto Barbera as he shares his thoughts on how great cinema can drive different perspectives, ignite emotions, and even influence our lives from the moment the opening credits roll. Through these stories, attendees will explore the impact that lasts far beyond the film itself, from the conversations that films can start to the movements and moments they can inspire. ...

Eight artistic directors from leading European film festivals united to defend cinema

On Wednesday 2 September 2020 the 77th edition of the Venice International Film Festival was officially opened. As part of the opening ceremony in the Festival Palace, eight artistic directors from leading European film festivals (Berlin, Cannes, Locarno, Rotterdam, San Sebastian, London, Karlovy Vary, and Venice) appeared on stage to read from a shared statement. The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival was represented by artistic director Karel Och. “This unique document reflects ...

Join Wim Wenders video conversation

Join Wim Wenders as he shares his thoughts on how great cinema can drive different perspectives, ignite emotions, and even influence our lives from the moment the opening credits roll. Through these stories, attendees will explore the impact that lasts far beyond the film itself, from the conversations that films can start to the movements and moments they can inspire. In the “Life Through a Different Lens: Contactless Connections” series, viewers will explore the role of the direc...

Dennis Ruh to Head the EFM replacing Matthijs Wouter Knol

Dennis Ruh © Photo: Birte Filmer European Film Market On November 1, 2020, Dennis Ruh will take over as the new director of the European Film Market (EFM) of the Berlinale.   Dennis Ruh has been involved in the international film industry for over 12 years. Most recently, he was responsible for cooperation with international film festivals as department head at German Films, and in this position managed all substantial festivals with affiliated trade fairs and industry even...

VIDEO: Bill Butler interviewed on Jaws and his work with Spielberg: "I hear you're making a movie about a fish"

Bill Butler talks to the audience of the Paris Shark Festival from his home in Montana... Sorry he could not be in person for the homage screening of Jaws centerpiece of the festival. Thank you Iris Butler for arranging this! https://www.parissharkfest.com/ By the way : the shark in the background was the prop weathervane from atop Quint's abode (Robert Shaw)! I am also very proud that the festival selected Sharkwater Extinction by Rob Stewart, one of my BEST FOR FESTS!   Wilmer...

Luca Guadagnino will chair the official jury of San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition

The Italian filmmaker will be accompanied by Marisa Fernández Armenteros, Michel Franco and Lena Mossum ‘The World to Come’ and ‘Nomadland’ close the list of Perlak The Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino will be the president of the Official Selection Jury at San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition. The filmmaker, who will present the world premiere, out of competition, of the series We Are Who We Are,will be accompanied by the Spanish producer Marisa Fe...

Juliette Binoche to receive Golden Icon Award from Zurich Fest

   © Jorge Fuembuena Loscertales / San Sebastian Film Festival The 16th Zurich Film Festival will award its most prestigious accolade to the French actress. The Academy Award-winner stands as much for engaged auteur cinema as she does for high-end Hollywood entertainment. She will present her most recent movie LA BONNE ÉPOUSE at the festival.           For the first time in its history, the Golden Icon Award goes to a ...

Maïwenn to receive A Tribute to... Award in Zurich

The Zurich Film Festival honours the French director, producer and actress for her contribution to the resurgence of auteur cinema, and screens her directorial works in a retrospective. Maïwenn receives the award on 01 October and presents her most recent film ADN (DNA).  Born in Paris, Maïwenn is one of the most exciting voices of contemporary French auteur cinema. Having begun her career as an actress at the beginning of the eighties, she soon appeared in such large-scale pr...

French Riviera Film Festival Partners With PlayPlay.TV To Take 2020 Festival Online

  French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) and PlayPlay.tv, premier digital video streaming service for the performing arts,  have partnered to present the second annual installment of the festival online. Official Poster "We're delighted to partner with PlayPlay.tv as we take our festival online this year, due to the pandemic,” comments FRFF co-founder Nicole Goesseringer Muj. “Film lovers from around the world will now be able to enjoy th...

National Competition Jury at 11 Odesa International Film Festival Announced

    Works by Ukrainian cinematographers will be evaluated by the National competition jury, which includes: Ukrainian director and award winner at the 10th OIFF Nariman Aliev; Catalan-Spanish director Carla Simón; Giona Nazzaro, General Delegate of the Venice International Film Critics’ Week, programmer of the Rotterdam Film Festival, curator for Visions du Réel de cinéma de Nyon; Marit van den Elshout, head of the industry section at the Rotterdam ...

Interview with Chadwick Boseman, Mischa Webley and Tory Kittles for THE KILL HOLE (2012)

Filmfestivals.com was very sad to hear about Chadwick Boseman's passing, we remember dearly the friendly interview he gave us... RIP Chadwick ! "The film begins with the title", I always say, and in the case of the film THE KILL HOLE (2012), a better title could not have been chosen for this eccentric metaphysical drama by American director Mischa Webley. The film is about two diametrically opposed war veterans- Lt. Samuel Drake (played by Chadwick Boseman) and Sgt. De...

What your favorite star Jack Black does during a Pandemic?

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Hey so, Coronavirus marches in London? Well, in Hollywood, you get a different reaction. Okay, there is no segue there, except that the Pandemic makes people do weird things. Take beloved comedian Jack Black He looks like Rip Van Winkle lately. But? Not anymore, ps. Watch!  From Screenmancer We stole this from the Upbraidy Bunch, who stole it first. That would be the Ferrell gang over at Funny Or Die. But is there something to b...
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