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VIDEO Interview with Guillaume Esmiol Marché du Film Co Executive Director

...Guillaume Esmiol in conversation with Bruno Chatelin, about Guillaume's background in tech, media and innovation (with the TF1 Group), developping the new features in the current Marché du Film 2022 and the plans for the future edition which he will be running solo (with his team). He currently serves as co executive director of the Marché du Film and will take over from Jérôme Paillard who was having his last year in office. Bruno Chatelin was able to sit do...

Interview with Marché du Film Executive Director Jérôme Paillard

Jérôme Paillard in conversation with Bruno Chatelin 2022 Zoom interview with Jérôme Paillard Head of the Cannes Market discussing the 2022 edition of the Marché du Film, his last edition as head of the Market. (Guillaume Esmiol will be taking over from Paillard for next year's edition.) An informal discussion with Bruno Chatelin about Jérôme's career, his dear memories and some of the key decisions he took in the developpment of what bec...

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. ...

Berlinale in solidarity with Jafar Panahi

  Jafar Panahi © Ali Ghandtschi / Berlinale 2017   Solidarity with Jafar Panahi The Berlinale continues to stand in solidarity (see press release from 11.07.2023) with the arrested filmmakers in Iran and the people in Iran fighting for their rights. “We were very concerned for the health of Jafar Panahi and are now very glad that he has finally been released,” say the Berlinale directors Mariëtte Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian. &nbs...

Strong filmmakers attendance for the films in Fantasporto 2023 selection with

  DIRECTORS OF THE FILMS IN COMPETITION PRESENT IN PORTO   RUSSELL OWEN Born in North Wales (United Kingdom). He studied illustration and screenwriting at the University of California. He started out as a storyboard artist and worked on the “Doctor Who” series and “Tomb Raider” games before becoming artistic director for very popular TV series. He made his first short film “Anglesey Road” (2009), highly awarded. This was followed by...

Fantasporto 2023 Jury announced

JURY MEMBERS   INTERNATIONAL JURY OF THE OFFICIAL FANTASTIC CINEMA SECTION   MÁRTA BÉNYEI Born in Hungary. Expert with over 35 years of experience in the film industry. She started out as a market specialist and rights buyer. Responsible for the Festivals Department of the National Film Institute of Hungary since 2004, deputy representative of Hungary in the Eurimages Program and collaborator of Fantasporto for decades. Participant in Movie Talks. LAWRENCE TROTT (Un...

VIDEO Interview with J.R. Rodriguez for his first film: REMEMBER YESTERDAY

REMEMBER YESTERDAY OPENING ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS ON FEBRUARY 14   Interview by Emmanuel Itier     When diner owner Jenny Hill's childhood sweetheart returns home to direct a new film project, her once stable life is turned upside down. She finds herself face to face with the possibility of a second chance at the life she had once longed for; performing on stage and being in love. But is that what's been missing in her life? Confusion, misdirection and an old...

Great news: Jafar Panahi temporarily released from Evin prison

Today Friday February 3 and the third day of the hunger strike of Jafar Panahi, Panahi was temporarily released from Evin prison with the efforts of his family, his wife Tahereh Saeedi, film representatives and his lawyers Additional news will be announced by his lawyers, Mr. Saleh Nikbakht and Yousef Molayi.   Berlinale Solidarity with Jafar Panahi The Berlinale continues to stand in solidarity (see press release from 11.07.2023) with the arrested filmmakers...

Iranian film director Jafar Panahi went on hunger strike in Evin prison

Jafar Panahi's dry hunger strike announcement     Tahereh Saeidi, the wife of cinema director Jafar Panahi, who is imprisoned in Evin prison, announced the hunger strike of the well-known director by publishing a statement from her on her Instagram page.   Jafar Panahi's statement states: “On July 20 of this year, in protest against the arrest of two of our beloved colleagues, Mr. Mohammad Rasulof and Mostafa Al-Ahmad, together with a group of filmmakers gath...

Tryon International Film Festival (TRIFF) Announces first Executive Director, Debra Torrence.

  The Polk County Film Initiative (PCFI) is a nonprofit organization that works to bolster independent and major motion picture film production and access to media arts in Western North Carolina & Upstate South Carolina. PCFI was founded in 2013, offering a one-year film-making course, titled the Next Generation Film Project, for youth ages nine to 16 years. Over the past 8 years PCFI has focused on offering is signature event, the Tryon International Film Festiv...

Interview with director Josh Polon for his doc Legend of the Mexman

THE LEGEND OF MEXMAN is an extraordinary Documentary about Obsession, Filmmaking and Mental Health Struggles Emmanuel Itier in conversation with director Josh Polon:   Q: What was the inspiration and what was the ambition?   Josh: German Alonso was truly an inspiration for this film. He has such a creative light within him. He is a fascinating character. He is constantly working with his mind and with his hands. We met in 2008 and then he invited me to his art stud...

Interview with director Rashad Frett director of the Sundance feature Ricky

Emmanuel Itier chatted with director Rashad Frett on his film Ricky in Sundance selection Rashad Frett is an award-winning Caribbean-American filmmaker based in New York City. He pursued the arts seriously after experiencing 9/11 as a combat medic in the U.S. Army. At that time, creating a positive social impact through the power of media became his passion. Frett is a recent MFA graduate of the NYU Tisch Graduate Film program. Ricky - Official Trailer from Rashad F. on Vimeo. ...

VIDEO Interview with Film Director CJ Obasi after winning cInematography award for MAMI WATA

WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC SPECIAL JURY AWARD: CINEMATOGRAPHY - MAMI WATA When the harmony in a village is threatened by outside elements, two sisters must fight to save their people and restore the glory of a mermaid goddess to the land. C.J. "Fiery" Obasi's Ojuju (2014) and O-Town (2015) screened at many festivals, including Gothenburg and Fantasia. Hello, Rain (2018) premiered at Oberhausen and over 40 festivals, winning a Jury Prize at Fantasia, and the BFI S...

VIDEO: Filmmakers Jarreau Carrillo & Julius Pryor discuss winning Sundance Short Film Special Jury Award

James Nelson Interviewed Jarreau Carrillo writer/director & Julius Pryor producer on th ered carpet following their win with The Vacation : Short Film Special Jury Award: Directing A Black man attempts to take a vacation. Jarreau Carrillo is originally from Seattle, WA and is based out of Brooklyn, NY. Jarreau attended Morehouse College and received an MFA from New York University's Graduate Film Program where he earned the Spike Lee Production Fellowship. Jarreau's debut featur...

VIDEO Sing J Lee, writer Director of GETAWAY DRIVER on the Red Carpet after winning the Sundance directorial award

DIRECTING AWARD: U.S. DRAMATIC - THE ACCIDENTAL GETAWAY DRIVER During a routine pickup, an elderly Vietnamese cab driver is taken hostage at gunpoint by three recently escaped Orange County convicts. Based on a true story. Sing J. Lee is an award-winning writer and director of Hong Kong descent, born in Manchester, U.K. With a background in music, illustration, and animation, Lee’s early short films have garnered nominations including BBC Best of the North, which led to a deca...

VIDEO Interview with Shuli Huang, Director of Will You Look at Me on his Short Film Grand Jury Award

As a young Chinese filmmaker returns to his hometown in search of himself, a long-overdue conversation with his mother drives them into a quest for acceptance and love. Shuli Huang is a writer-director and cinematographer born in China. After graduating from Beijing Film Academy in 2019, he moved to New York City as an MFA candidate for the NYU graduate film program. Will You Look At Me was selected for the 61st edition of La Semaine de la Critique Cannes. ...

VIDEO Interview with SHAYDA writer director Nora Niasari after winning Audience Award in World Cinema

AUDIENCE AWARD: WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC - SHAYDA Shayda, a brave Iranian mother, finds refuge in an Australian women’s shelter with her 6-year-old daughter. Over Persian New Year, they take solace in Nowruz rituals and new beginnings, but when her estranged husband re-enters their lives, Shayda’s path to freedom is jeopardized.     Tehran-born, Australia-raised Noora Niasari is a writer-director and co-founder of Parandeh Pictures. She is a graduate of arc...

VIDEO Interview with Estonian director Anna Hints on her Directing Award for Smoke Sauna Sisterhood

DIRECTING AWARD: WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY - SMOKE SAUNA SISTERHOOD In the darkness of a smoke sauna, women share their innermost secrets and intimate experiences, washing off the shame trapped in their bodies and regaining their strength through a sense of communion. Anna Hints is an Estonian film director with a background in contemporary art and experimental folk music. Having deep roots in the distinct culture of South Estonia, Hints’ second home is in India. As ...

VIDEO: AGAINST THE TIDE we met with the filmmakers after winning at Sundance 2023

WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL JURY AWARD: VERITE FILMMAKING - AGAINST THE TIDE Two friends, both Indigenous fishermen, are driven to desperation by a dying sea. Their friendship begins to fracture as they take very different paths to provide for their struggling families. Sarvnik Kaur, the director,  strives to tell stories that hide anxiety and conflict beneath the surface of the "normal" and the "mundane." Her first Indian film, Soz - A Balla...

VIDEO Interview : FANTASTIC MACHINE filmmakers Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck win World Cinema Documentary

A meticulous dissection of image-making and a mapping of its movement through society, directors Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck use a mind-boggling array of archival footage to collage this sociological study by tracking the transmogrification of photographic philosophy and technology over human history. Weaving and contrasting some of the most iconic, harrowing, and viral images in our collective memory with user-generated footage that transports the viewer through time, space, an...

VIDEO: FANTASTIC MACHINE filmmakers screaming with delight after winning!

WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL JURY AWARD: CREATIVE VISION - FANTASTIC MACHINE From the first camera to 45 billion cameras worldwide today, the visual sociologist filmmakers widen their lens to expose both humanity’s unique obsession with the camera’s image and the social consequences that lay ahead.     A meticulous dissection of image-making and a mapping of its movement through society, directors Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck use a mind-b...

VIDEO: GOING TO MARS wins Grand Jury Prize husband wife co directors Joe Brewster & Michele Stephenson

The trip to Mars can only be understood through Black Americans.” Legendary poet Nikki Giovanni’s revelation is a launching pad to an inspiring exploration of her life and legacy. Through a collision of memories, moments in American history, live readings of her poetry, and impressions of space, Giovanni urges us to imagine a future where Black women lead, and equity is a reality. Directors Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson (American Promise, The Changing Same) craft a visi...

Sundance 2023 award winners celebrating after the awards presentation!

Smiles & Hugs say it all for Sundance 2023 following awards presentation: thrilled filmmakers   ...

"20 Days in Mariupol": Interview with the Ukrainian Filmmakers who documented the russian siege risking their lives

On the eve of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a team of Ukrainian journalists enter the strategic eastern port city of Mariupol. During the subsequent siege and assault, as bombs fall, inhabitants flee, and access to electricity, food, water, and medicine are severed, the team — the only international journalists left — struggles to cover the war atrocities and to transmit their footage out. Eventually surrounded by Russian soldiers, they shelter in a hospital, unsure of how th...
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