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Jonathan Wolf in conversation with filmfestivals.com about the 41st edition of AFM

Zoom conversation between Jonathan Wolf (Managing Director of the American Film Market® AFM®) with Bruno Chatelin. Here are some of the questions raised during the interview: Enjoy Jonathan's answers in our video. The 41st edition will run November 9 -13. Jonathan Wolf is EVP of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA®) and Managing Director of the American Film Market® (AFM®). Since his appointment in 1998, he has guided the growth and repositioning of ...

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...

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. ...

WorldFest Houston launches with welcoming words from the President(s)

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WORLDFEST- HOUSTON 2021 April 22, 2021 Welcome to WorldFest! As we emerge from the shadows of last year, we celebrate the 54th year of our film festival and reflect on the many lessons at hand realizing that our mission of spotlighting emerging cinematic talent is as important as ever. In this year of introspection, isolation and social unrest, these films and the stories they tell connect us globally and offer understanding. From our humble beginnings in Atlanta in 1961 as an International...

Diane von Furstenberg, Jacqueline Stewart, Cynthia Erivo, and Dawn Hudson Celebrate Women Nominees of the 93rd Oscars®

Co-hosts Diane von Furstenberg, designer; Jacqueline Stewart, Chief Artistic and Programming Officer, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures; Cynthia Erivo, actor, singer, and producer; and Dawn Hudson, CEO, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences present a video compilation honoring the women nominees of the 93rd Oscars.   The video features: Maite Alberdi: Documentary Feature, The Mole Agent Sophia Nahli Allison: Documentary Short Subject, A Love Song for Latas...

Canadian Director Sergio Navarretta to Head Jury at the Lavazza Drive-In Festival, June 27 to July 18

  The ICFF unveils the 2021 edition plan that includes the celebration of its 10th anniversary and the 2nd edition of Lavazza Drive-in Film Festival. Screenings in person at Ontario Place, Toronto and in many Canadian cities, plus an online program nation-wide. The ICFF, presented by Lavazza, announced the appointment of award-winning Canadian director Sergio Navarretta as the Honourary President of the Lavazza Drive-In Jury, and revealed the dates for its highly anticipated program...

The New Horizons International FF and American Film Festival artistic directors promoted to festival heads

The American Film Festival has named Urszula Śniegowska as its new director while Marcin Pieńkowski will take over as director of the New Horizons International Film Festival. Both new directors assumed the functions from festival founder, Roman Gutek, who remains president of the New Horizons Association and who will continue his involvement in programming both events. The New Horizons Festival and the American Film Festival are, along with the Gutek Film company and the Warsaw Film Fes...

The Sound of Us - Chris Gero - Director's statement

This is a very personal introspective of my own life through the lens of how the unexplainable power of music transcends the understanding of what music truly means to us as humans.   I have a very unique perspective on this, being on both sides of the creative spectrum in business – both as a creative and a corporate executive – as well as having had a very unorthodox and unconventional childhood that only music led me out of. What would otherwise have been a ve...

All-Star cast presenters at the 93rd Oscars®, which airs live on ABC next Sunday, April 25

  93RD OSCARS® ALL-STAR CAST REVEALED Show producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh today announced the ensemble cast to present at the 93rd Oscars®, which airs live on ABC on Sunday, April 25, at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT. Starring, in alphabetical order, are Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Ren&...

Performers of the five Oscar nominated original songs announced

Celeste, H.E.R., Leslie Odom, Jr., Laura Pausini, Daniel Pemberton, Molly Sandén and Diane Warren to Perform Nominated Original Songs Ariana DeBose, Colman Domingo, Lil Rel Howery and Andrew Rannells  to Host Oscars Specials Live on ABC   Celeste, H.E.R., Leslie Odom, Jr., Laura Pausini, Daniel Pemberton, Molly Sandén and Diane Warren will perform the five nominated original songs in their entirety for “Oscars: Into the Spotlight,” the lead-in to ...

Interview - Christiaan OLWAGEN for POPPIE NONGENA - Santa Barbara

POPPIE NONGENA   Santa Barbara Film Festival 2021   Director: Christiaan OLWAGEN   Interview by Emmanuel Itier Q: Tell me why you chose this film and what you were trying to achieve with it?   Christiaan: The film is based on a famous South African novel and I always knew about it. It was even taught in school. I got contacted by the producer to film it. I read the novel in one setting and I was blown away by this account of this woman’s life in ...

Interview - Jessica Kavana Dornbusch for REEFA - Santa Barbara Fest

REEFA Directed by Jessica Kavana Dornbusch Interview by Emmanuel Itier     Q: Tell me about the choice of directing this tragic movie and what did you want to create, impact, wise?   Jessica: At the forefront for me was to explore the immigration issues in America. This is a tragic true story and I even understood more the sacrifice occurring when I met the family of Israel “Reefa” Hernandez. It’s the irony of this story that you have a family comin...

“Global Content Creators Showcase 2021” Spotlights Women Filmmakers

In case you missed the Global Content Creators Showcase earlier this week with an All Female Panel Featuring Award-winning Filmmakers Anna Fishbeyn and Eva Lanska, German American producer Christina Rose and Alien Films’ Eileen Tasca; Moderated by Director/Activist Kate Rees Davies.   On April 14, 2021 at 7 am PST (4 pm CET/France), Cloud 21 International (www.cloud21.com) and Kultura PR International (www.kulturapr.com) presented the inaugural installment of  the &...

The death of Bertrand Tavernier Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in 2015: Alberto Barbera remembers

Bertrand Tavernier Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in 2015 /     The President, the Board of Directors, the Director of the Venice International Film Festival and La Biennale di Venezia commemorate with particular esteem and affection the director and critic Bertrand Tavernier, a central figure in French cinema. The recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, he first came to Venice in 1976 with The Judge and the Assassin, and ...

Remembering toasting in great company at Deauville Festival

Chazz Palminteri came to Deauville for the Festival screening of Mulholland Falls (Les Hommes de l’Ombre) directed by Lee Tamahori. Chicago Sun-Times film critic late Roger Ebert, historically a fan of noir, liked Mulholland Falls, writing: 'This is the kind of movie where every note is put in lovingly. It's a 1950s crime movie, but with a modern, ironic edge: The cops are just a shade over the top, just slightly in on the joke. They smoke all through the mov...

Tribute to Tom Skerritt at Seattle International Film Festival

  SIFF 2021 Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Award Presented by Wells Fargo Private and Commercial Bank April 15, 2021 For over fifty years, Tom Skerritt has been captivating audiences worldwide. The acclaimed actor has left an indelible mark on the medium, having crafted some of film and television’s most memorable characters.     TICKETS THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2021   6:30 PM ...

Fantasporto 2021 Jury members announced

OFFICIAL COMPETITIVE FANTASY SECTION JURY MEMBERS CHRISTIAN HALLMAN (director - Sweden) Christian Hallman is an award-winning director-writer/producer from Sweden. Experienced in working with feature films, TV Series, Commercials, Music Promos and Corporate films in both development, production and post-production. He has also worked extensively as a 1st AD for. many years. Besides being a filmmaker, Christian has an extensive background working with genre film festivals for more ...

Interview with the best short doc winner at the Santa Barbara film festival 2021

PAN HOOT   “Winner of Best Doc Short at the Santa Barbara film festival 2021”   Director: Richard REENS Interview by Eùmmanuel Itier Q: How did you get involved with this inspiring Doc? What was the attraction to the subject matter?   Richard: I have been a filmmaker and especially a commercial director for years. Good friends of mine who funded this project know the main protagonist of my doc, Stany Nyandwi, for over 14 years. They thought his story w...

Je me souviens: Eipides by Chamberlan

DIMITRI EIPIDES JE ME SOUVIENS DIMITRI - LE PLAISIR DE DÉCOUVRIR BRINGING TOGETHER THE KNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN BY CLAUDE CHAMBERLAN Photo credits Pierre St-Arnault, Jacques Dufresne, Bed-in with John Lennon, Dimitri Eipides and Claude Chamberlan Montréal 1969: Photo by Yvan Drapeau After a rock & roll wrap-up with our band « Les Soeurs de l’Opéra » at the beatnik Café Prag, I got an invitation by two Dimitri’s (Eip...

Tallgrass Film Association announces Melanie Addington as the new Executive Director, effective May 1, 2021.

  “Melanie comes to Tallgrass with a wealth of film festival experience, new ideas, and lots of energy,” said Adam Gunnels, board president. “We can’t wait to see what’s in store for Tallgrass with Melanie at the helm.” Addington most recently served as Executive Director of the Oxford Film Festival in Oxford, MS. She has worked in the film festival industry since 2006, first as a volunteer, and then eventually becoming the Oxford Film Fe...

Interview - Ashish Pant for THE KNOT - Santa Barbara

THE KNOT   Santa Barbara Film Festival 2021   With Director: Ashish Pant   Interview by Emmanuel Itier Q: Tell me how this film came together for you?   Ashish: It is based on an event that really happened to me when I was a kid in India, in the city of ‘Lucknow’ in the North. I was 7 and my dad was driving us for lunch to my grand-mother’s place. As we were at a light and had the way to pass, a scooter came from the left and collided with our car...

Register Now: “Global Content Creators 2021” Virtual All Female Panel Event on April 13

Cloud 21 International & Kultura PR International to Present “Global Content Creators 2021” Special Virtual Event on April 13, 2021 All Female Panel to Feature Award-winning Filmmakers Anna Fishbeyn and Eva Lanska, German American producer Christina Rose and Alien Films’ Eileen Tasca; Panel to be Moderated by Director/Activist Kate Rees Davies Cloud 21 PR International and Kultura PR International  are pleased to present the inaugural installment of its l...

punk-rock icon Iggy Pop joins cast of Blue Iguana directed by Jeremy LaLonde

photo credit - Rob Baker Ashton Producers William G. Santor, CEO of Productivity Media, and Nicholas Tabarrok, President of Darius Films, announced today that punk-rock icon Iggy Pop (Coffee and Cigarettes, Universal Pictures Cry-Baby) has joined the cast of the dark comedy Blue Iguana, currently filming in the Cayman Islands under the newly announced three-picture production deal between Productivity Media and Darius Films. Blue Iguana is directed by Canadian filmmaker and festival favorite ...

Interview with Casey McGarry director of two shorts showing at SBIFF: “ELECTRIC LADY” et “VUJA DE”

Director: Casey McGarry  Two Shorts at the Santa Barbara film festival : ELECTRIC LADY – VUJA DE Q: Tell us about the genesis of these two docs?   Casey: For the last 6 years or so, I’ve been making SB themed short to medium-length documentaries for the film festival and there’s no better feeling than lifting up your local community using this particular medium. Finding an inspiring, unique and local story on an ordinary person who lives among us here i...

Highland Film Group hires CALEB WARD as Vice President of Acquisitions

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HIGHLAND FILM GROUP HIRES CALEB WARD As Vice President of Acquisitions   Anita Levian, Promoted to Head of Business and Legal Affairs   Todd Olsson, President of International Sales; Laura Voros, EVP of Sales; Monique Green CFO; and Sebastien Aussal, Head of Marketing and Communications; expand their roles as the company grows the domestic distribution division – THE AVENUE   As Highland Film Group enters a period of growth and expansion the company has hired ...

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