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Borat, Sorkin, Ruben Santiago-Hudson & more invite you to BEYOND WORDS 2021

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Variety Film Awards Editor Clayton Davis has a great gig coming up on Mar. 11 with Variety Deputy Awards and Features Editor Jenelle Riley. They will co-host the Writer’s Guild of America’s open-to-the-public virtual special BEYOND WORDS 2021. This comes as part of an insider tradition whereby the WGA presents award-nominated screenwriters who open up about the intricate facets of writing scripts for screen. These informal and en...

VIDEO: when Radu Jude & Ada Solomon find out they won the Golden Bear for Best Film (Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn)

Radu Jude couldn't believe it when he got the call telling him and producer Ada Solomon about their Golden Bear win for "Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn" (Babardeală cu bucluc sau porno balamuc). "It's really, really overwhelming," says Radu, after the realisation sinks in. "I'm always full of doubts... When something like this happens, you lose some of the doubts." Many congratulations! What an achievement! ...

VIDEO: How Olga Lucovnicova discovered she won the Golden Bear for Best Short Film 2021

Big news for Olga Lucovnicova, who just received the Golden Bear for Best Short Film for her documentary "My Uncle Tudor" (Nanu Tudor). In this powerful film, Olga dares to confront her dark family history and her own trauma. She says: "Three years ago, I was in Berlin visiting the Film Museum and saw Berlinale posters. I was thinking, it would be so amazing just to go there." And now she has gone and won a Golden Bear! Huge congrats, Olga! May you continue on your fear...

EVENT: Live Pitch 5th, march 2021 - Digital Film Market for Women - during Berlinale 2021

Join us for a live pitch event and Virtual Market during the 2021 Berlinale Film Festival. Watch as filmmakers seeking distribution pitch their feature films to an industry panel of international buyers and distributors. Follow along as these directors receive live feedback on their projects and stick around afterwards for an audience Q&A.   RSVP: http://ffla030521.eventbrite.com To discover more about the films participating visit: https://cinemarket.io/event/...

VIDEO: Women In Film and Television Germany EFM Online-event on romantic comedies

"All you need is love - Reimagining Romantic Comedies" – Worldwide great response to Woman in Film and Television Germany's (WIFT Germany) online event on Romantic Comedies with female filmmakers from four continents at the 71st Berlinale.   Chairwoman of the Board Nicole Ackermann: "It is great to see WIFT International at work. This event is also a reflection of the diversity, depth and breadth of our network. It thus stands very concretely for what...

NEON on fire with new Céline Sciamma project PETITE MAMAN

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   When filmmaker Céline Sciamma made PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE, there was a use of silence or negative space, in the picture not seen since the French New Wave. That's just my critical opinion. That said, Sciamma’s work can also frighten and shake up audiences, critical viewers, and some would say, even voting members. You want to read that with a wink, because who knows what lurks in the hearts of Member Voters, to ...

The Kompagnon-Fellowships 2021 by Perspektive Deutsches Kino and Berlinale Talents

The Kompagnon-Fellowships, Perspektive Deutsches Kino and Berlinale Talents, which support projects in their further development, go to Eliza Petkova (A Fish Swimming Upside Down) as well as this year’s Berlinale Talents “Doc Station” participant Jonas Matauschek and his co-director Christian Johannes Koch. © Foto: Daniel Seiffert See the awarded projects. © Constanze Schmitt The two Kompagnon-Fellowships, Perspektive Deutsches K...

Tiina Lokk / PÖFF received the Engine of Culture award

The culture desk of the news service Postimees has given the annual Engine of Culture award of 2020 to Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival lead by Tiina Lokk. Big hugs and congratulations from your friends at filmfestivals.com “Let this locomotive drive PÖFF even further,” said the culture desk of Postimees when handing the wooden locomotive made by modeler Boris Puusepp to the festival director Tiina Lokk. Postimees pointed out that regardless of this difficult year for cult...

'bridgerton' and 'ma rainey’s black bottom' casting directors headline european shooting stars 2021 industry panels

  As part of this year’s virtual edition of the annual European Shooting Stars Programme, taking place 23-25 February, European Film Promotion (EFP) will host top-class online panels headlined by Bridgerton’s and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’s casting directors Kelly Valentine Hendry and Avy Kaufman. The panels will take place on Wednesday 24 & Thursday 25 February, and Thursday 4 March. PANEL 1: EQUITY IN CASTING The first panel took place on Wednesday, 24 Febru...

FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS – THE FILMMAKERS

  Presents FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS – THE FILMMAKERS Photo ©2021 German Films/ Marcus Höhn/ The Dream Factory. German Films, the national information and advisory center for the promotion of German films worldwide is coming back again with its 6th annual signature campaign FACE TO FACE. The highly visible international showcase for the wealth and diversity of talent has shaped the German film and TV industry over the last five years. While the featured &ld...

MSR Media hires Nick Royak as new VP of Development

MSR Media announced today that Nick Royak has been appointed to the company, with immediate effect, in the newly created role of Vice President of Development. Royak will oversee the development of feature film material submitted to the company as well as internally initiated projects and take a leading role in the creative decisions reporting to MSR Media's Producer, Philippe Martinez. Additionally, he will make an active contribution to the studio's sales slate and distribution strat...

Spotlight Interview: Filmmaker Eva Lanska

Filmfestivals.com had the chance to interview award-winning filmmaker Eva Lanska, a rising star on the global film scene.   Eva Lanksa is a London-based director and screenwriter. After graduating from the London Film Academy, Lanska has focused on producing documentary and feature films. She has directed several award-winning films recognized throughout Europe and America. Art, literature, French cinematography, and the Parisian ambiance have been significan...

The 12th OIFF Announces Selection Committee Members

  The 12th Odesa International Film Festival presents an independent selection committee, which will be responsible for the competition programme of the festival. The selection committee includes producer and former head of the Ukrainian State Film Agency Philip Illienko, journalist and film critic Kateryna Slipchenko, Arthouse Traffic programme director Ilya Dyadyk and curator of the Odesa Green Theater film section Olga Sydorushkina. OIFF programme consul...

Moonstruck’s John Patrick Shanley takes on The Twinkle Brothers

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   With talent galore, and a range from MOONSTRUCK to DOUBT and more, writer/screenwriter John Patrick Shanley is primarily a playwright but probably one of the most admired screenwriters among screenwriters. That said, he has some news. He has just signed on to write a comedy called THE TWINKLE BROTHERS. Read on...   LOS ANGELES, CA: Rivulet Media announced today that Academy Award® and Pulitzer Prize winning writer John Pa...

AudiencePlayer: nice comments from our clients...

Marieke Muselaers CEO Lumiére AudiencePlayer is our new partner-in-crime. The AudiencePlayer team involved is responsible for the beautiful design of the website and apps, which we maintain ourselves through the user-friendly content management system. Our turnover is growing by applying new revenue models. AudiencePlayer enables us to connect (again) with our target group in a professional, flexible and playful way!   Thomas Hosman CEO Cineville ...

AudiencePlayer : your contacts

Doron Nethe Personally I turn ideas into reality, coach people and I am always looking for valuable partnerships and interesting business opportunities. I get a lot of positive energy from creating environments where people get the best out of themselves, by working together, challenging each other and letting creativity flow.  Managing Partner and Business Development     Ammar Tijani Personally I believe technical solutions should always...

Visions du Réel’s 2021 Ateliers are dedicated to Tatiana Huezo Sánchez and Pietro Marcello!

  The 52nd edition of Visions du Réel will celebrate the body of work of the Mexican-Salvadoran director Tatiana Huezo Sánchez (Tempestad) and the Italian director Pietro Marcello (Bella e Perduta, Martin Eden) by holding two major retrospectives. Copyright Pietro Marcello: Francesca Errichiello ...

CRTC Chairperson and CEO Ian Scott to give a keynote on BANFF's Opening Day

The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) is proud to announce that CRTC Chairperson and CEO Ian Scott, will speak on BANFF 2021’s opening day Monday, June 14, with a virtual keynote session as the Festival launches MARKETPLACE WEEK (June 14-18) followed by a month of curated online programming. "I am pleased to help kick off the world-renowned BANFF festival. In these unprecedented times, we've come to appreciate even more the importance of Canada's high-quality b...

Variety to Honor Glenn Close with Creative Impact in Acting Award at PSIFF 10 Directors to watch

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Variety has announced it will be giving its Creative Impact in Acting Award to Glenn Close as part of their virtual 10 Directors to Watch and Creative Impact Awards event with the Palm Springs International Film Society on February 26 at 10:00 AM PT. As previously announced, Steve McQueen will be receiving the Creative Impact in Directing Award at the event. Glenn recently co-starred in the Netflix drama Hillbilly Elegy and has received nominations for a Golden Globe, SAG Award, and Critics Cho...

Korean star Yuh-Jung Youn will be the recipient of the 2021 PSIFF Spotlight Award, Actress for Minari

PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARDS TO PRESENT YUH-JUNG YOUN WITH 2021 SPOTLIGHT AWARD, ACTRESS     The Palm Springs International Film Awards today announced that legendary Korean star Yuh-Jung Youn will be the recipient of the 2021 Spotlight Award, Actress for Minari.   “In her first-ever American feature film, Minari, Yuh-Jung Youn wonderfully portrays a feisty and foul-mouthed grandmother whose Korean-American family has suddenly moved from California to a har...

SBIFF's Maltin Modern Master Award announced!

  BILL MURRAY MALTIN MODERN MASTER AWARD FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2021 TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON Academy Award-nominated actor and American film legend Bill Murray is set to receive the prestigious Maltin Modern Master Award at the 36th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Murray will be honored on Friday, April 2nd for his long-standing contributions to the film industry, most recently in the role of Felix Keane in Sofia Coppola’s ON THE ROCKS opposite Rashida Jones...

Stacey Abrams announced as Keynote at SXSW! Film Festival Slate revealed!

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    The SXSW Online 2021 experience continues to expand as the acclaimed Film Festival slate and another fascinating round of speakers have been revealed.  This year’s Film Festival will showcase 75 features, including 57 World Premieres. From Opening Night headliner Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil to Closing Night entry Alone Together, this year we’re also introducing a Centerpiece film, Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free. The festival lineup will highlight a w...

50 year LOVE STORY: Ryan O’Neal & Ali McGraw will get their Walk of Fame stars finally

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent If you don't feel ready for Valentine's Day, or have to brush off the passion in your relationship, just remember it took 50 years for LOVE STORY stars Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw to get their stars aligned. In honor of that half-century-long wait? Read on... HOLLYWOOD, CA: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of LOVE STORY, actors Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw will be honored with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame ...

Daniel Kaluuya will be the recipient of the International Star Award, Actor for Judas and the Black Messiah.

The Palm Springs International Film Awards today announced that Daniel Kaluuya will be the recipient of the International Star Award, Actor for Judas and the Black Messiah.     “Daniel Kaluuya delivers a powerful performance in his latest role as assassinated Black Panther leader Chairman Fred Hampton,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “For his outstanding work in Judas and the Black Messiah, it is our honor to present the International...

The BFM 39 will offer a retrospective to Volker Schlöndorff

Director, screenwriter, producer, actor and one of the most significant representatives of post-war German cinema: Volker Schlöndorff will be the protagonist of the retrospective – presented in national preview – of the 2021 edition. A journey that outlines the filmography of a multifaceted and highly creative author, often inspired by literature and socio-political activism. Eighty-two years young. Youthful attitude, plain language yet outstanding knowledge, great storyte...

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