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RIP Dimitri Eipides : Festival du Nouveau Cinéma plans a tribute to his memory

    "As our 50th anniversary approaches, we learned with great sadness that Dimitri Eipides has passed away following a lengthy illness. Dimitri played a very important role in discovering new talents and emerging filmmakers who later shot to international renown. He took an active part in developing the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF), the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF) after founding the Montr...

Welcome to The (free) AFM video Sessions!

  Every Wednesday AFM 2020 Participants will receive by email two recorded sessions they might have missed. We hope these continue to bring you actionable information that can be applied to your own projects and businesses as well as inspiration for your work during these challenging times. We encourage you to watch, share and discuss The AFM Sessions with your colleagues and peers.             &...

Jaewoo Kim joins Myriad Pictures as Vice President, Distribution and Sales

Jaewoo Kim has joined Myriad Pictures as Vice President, Distribution and Sales. Kim has come aboard as Myriad prepares for the European Film Market and Filmart. Jaewoo most recently served as Director of International Sales and Acquisitions at 13 Films, where she handled sales and distribution on films such as “The Current War” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and “Every Breath You Take” starring Casey Affleck. Born and raised in South Korea, Jaewoo&rs...

Join my esteemed panelists this saturday, we go live for you, not from Park City, but in a zoom window near you

  Streaming live January 30, 2021 at 12 p.m. PST/3 p.m. EST.    Cloud21 International and Kultura PR International are pleased to present the fourth annual “Indie Entertainment Showcase 2021” special event that will be held virtually during the time of yearly Park City, Utah festival. The online event “Indie Entertainment Showcase 2021” is scheduled for January 30, 2021 at 12 p.m. PST/3 p.m. EST. readers are ...

Palm Springs International Film Awards honoring Chloé Zhao

The Palm Springs International Film Awards has announced that Chloé Zhao is the recipient of the Director of the Year Award for Nomadland.    “Director and screenwriter Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland is a film that captures the triumph of the human spirit,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “This extremely unique and well done film captures the grand landscapes of the American West as it follows Fern, played by Frances McDormand, who hits the road...

Sound of Metal star Riz Ahmed is the recipient of the Desert Palm Achievement Award

The Palm Springs International Film Awards has announced that Sound of Metal star Riz Ahmed is the recipient of the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor.   “Riz Ahmed delivers one of the most complex and moving on-screen performances of the year. In Sound of Metal, the film tells the emotional journey of Ruben, a musician who learns he is losing his hearing and must deal with this new reality,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “For t...

Dive into the VFX in Tom Hanks’ GREYHOUND & Hanks wrote it too

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent What can’t Tom Hanks do? He can MC a Presidential inaugural celebration, and apparently write a top-flight screenplay for recent release GREYHOUND, where he stars as a Navy veteran facing Nazi U-boats. You have to assume he used one of the vintage typewriters from his collection, right? Maybe not.  But now they’re showing the behind-the-scenes green scene skeleton of this Summer release from Apple Original Films. Sum...

Interview with the HIVE's director Blerta Basholli

HIVE Sundance 2021 : Director: Blerta Basholli Interview by Emmanuel Itier for     Let us know where the inspiration for this film is coming from and what were you trying to address with its subject matter?   The inspiration first came from the TV story I heard about this woman, but mostly from meeting her in person. When I met her I experienced her strength and vision to continue and never look back, and besides encouraging me as a person I rea...

Tommy Lee Jones: Men in Black… Coffee, hey, it’s funny

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Here’s a completely gratuitous Tommy Lee Jones moment, brought to you courtesy of coffee company Suntory in Japan. Never had their “Boss” Rainbow Mountain canned caffeine, but for the free price of watching the Hollywood fugitive from MEN IN BLACK go all-in alien? Yes, please. Tommy Lee Jones will make your Sunday “Suntory” ;) Men in Black... Coffee ;) — Quendrith Johnson (@Qu...

2021 Sundance Film Festival: Juries Announced

22 Jurors to Award Prizes at Awards Night on February 2 22 celebrated voices across film, art and culture will bestow this year’s awards on feature-length and short films at the Sundance Film Festival, at a digital ceremony taking place February 2nd. This year’s Festival is fully available online at; Awards Night will be live-streamed. Award-winning films will be available for special extended-run viewing the da...

Meet the 2021 Nordic Film Lab participants

  We are proud to announce this year's 17 Nordic Film Lab participants! Nordic Film Lab is Göteborg Film Festival's exclusive networking forum for up-and-coming Scandinavian filmmakers. The 17 participants will meet during this year's digital edition of Göteborg film festival. One of the most vital functions of a film festival is to act as a meeting place. Since 2008, Göteborg Film Festival has worked on enhancing this particular function by creating a spec...

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival appoints a new Head of Press and Communication

2021 has brought a major change to the communication and press team of Tallinn Black Nights as Epp Kõuhkna has become the new Head of Press and Communication. The former head, Hannes Aava will continue in a reduced role as a communication consultant. Epp Kõuhkna is no stranger to the festival, having been responsible for the marketing activities of the Black Nights’ sub-festival Just Film for the past 4 years. She will be taking over the international communication and p...

President Biden's Press Office notice on Paris Agreement

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent On a typical day, the Screenmancer Staff inbox receives most of the usual Hollywood notices. But after midnight of the Inauguration, we received an official White House item from newly seated US President Joseph R. Biden.  Something like this hasn't crossed our desk before, so we are running it. We left off the address and phone number, but the press release is as we received it. Rejoining the Paris Agreement is...

The San Sebastian Festival Director honored by France as Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres

The French Ministry of Culture names the Director of the San Sebastian Festival Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres José Luis Rebordinos places this honorary distinction within the context of his links to the French culture and filmmaking The French Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, informed the Director of San Sebastian Festival by letter of his appointment as Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Lettres of the...

Fernando Garcia named Executive Vice President of the Academy: Member Relations and Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has named Fernando Garcia as its Executive Vice President, Member Relations and Awards. Garcia will lead engagement and outreach initiatives for the organization’s worldwide membership of over 10,000 artists, filmmakers and executives, and oversee Academy Awards® processes for submissions, nominations, voting and balloting.  Garcia will also work with the Academy’s Office of Representation, Inclusion and Equity and the B...

Jessie Fairbanks joined to lead programming for the 2021 San Francisco International Film Festival

Veteran Film Programmer and Festival Producer Will Lead Programming for the 2021 San Francisco International Film Festival and Year-Round SFFILM Offerings SFFILM announced today a major addition to the organization’s leadership roster, with Jessie Fairbanks joining as Director of Programming, effective January 25. Fairbanks will lead the curation of film and off-screen programming for both the SFFILM Festival and the organization’s year-round offerings, bringing fresh and com...

BANFF adds Amazon Studios’ James Farrell to the 2021 Rockies Grand Jury

  Farrell joins previously announced Grand Jury members: Libbie Doherty - ABC Australia, Dan McDermott - AMC Networks, Miranda Wayland - BBC, Laura Michalchyshyn - Blue Ant Media and Jane Millichip - Sky Studios.   ...

Venice Film Festival_Biennale College Cinema 2020-21_The Four Final Projects

  The 4 final projects have been selected for the Biennale College – Cinema 2020-2021 (9th edition) from Argentina, Ecuador, Italy, USA / Starting Wednesday 2 through Sunday 6 December 2020 they will participate in the first of two workshops   For the first time a film from the Biennale College – Cinema, This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection by Jeremiah Mosese (7th edition 2018-19) is nominated for an Oscar for Lesotho   The selection is complete f...

Director Bong Joon Ho will preside the International Jury of the Venezia 78 Competition

La Biennale di Venezia / 78th Venice International Film Festival / September 1 - 11, 2021 Director Bong Joon Ho will be the president of the International Jury of the Competition at the 78th Venice International Film Festival (September 1 - 11, 2021), which will assign the Golden Lion for Best Film, as well as other official awards.   The decision was made by the Board of Directors of the Biennale di Venezia, who confirmed the recommendation of the Director of the Venice Film F...

Catherine Trautmann re-elected as President of the Eurimages Fund

At its last meeting, the Board of Management of the Council of Europe’s Eurimages Fund re-elected Ms Catherine Trautmann unanimously and by acclamation as President of the Fund for a second four-year term starting on 1 January 2021. The President of the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC) who, with the support of the French Minister of Culture, had put forward the candidacy, congratulated Ms Trautmann on a re-election that testified to the excellen...

Brian Neil Hoff, Palm Springs Animation Festival Founder and Artistic Director, will leave PSIAF at the end of January

  BRIAN NEIL HOFF, FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR of THE PALM SPRINGS INTERNATION ANIMATION FESTIVAL (PSIAF)   The Palm Springs International Animation Festival (PSIAF) successfully launched 400 animated films on-line, and hosted drive-in, screening events with enthusiastic audiences throughout 2020.  The Covid-19 challenges have complicated events but offered creative opportunities for re-thinking directions, funding, and staffing.   Brian Neil Hoff, Founder and Artis...

Sundance Institute reveals the 15 2021 Screenwriters Lab Fellows

15 Fellows From Around the Globe Bring 12 Projects to Digital Convening, Developing Visionary Feature Films Fifteen emerging storytellers from Chile, India, Kenya, Tunisia and the U.S. will convene digitally for Sundance Institute’s January Screenwriters Lab, taking place online via Sundance Co//ab from January 11 -15, 2021. The Fellows will work to further develop twelve original projects, in collaboration with an experienced group of Creative Advisors. Under the leadership of ...

IFFI 51, Goa, January 16-24, 2021, 08: The kaleidoscope dozen

  IFFI 51, Goa, January 16-24, 2021, 08: The kaleidoscope dozen International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has today announced the line-up of films for its Festival Kaleidoscope. The section will feature 12 films from across the world. The line-up consists of the following movies: We Still Have the Deep Black Night by Gustavo Galvão (Brazil, Germany)     Window Boy Would also Like to Have a Submarine by Alex Piperno (Uruguay)       ...

Albrecht Schuch is the German Shooting Star 2021

EFP (European Film Promotion) today announced the ten European actors who will be honoured as EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS 2021. Germany will be represented by Albrecht Schuch. An international jury of experts, consisting of American casting director Cassandra Han, Kosovar director Antoneta Kastrati and Danish producer René Ezra, selected the EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS 2021 from candidates who had been nominated by  European Film Promotion's member organisations, including German ...

European Film Promotion (EFP) announces the ten EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS of 2021

°efp european shooting stars 2021 This year's selection of rising stars to be united in EFP's digital Home of Acting Talent 23 – 25 February 2021   photocredits: ­ Heli Blåfield: Seidi Haarla ­ Mathieu Rainaud: Nicolas Maury ­ Steffen Roth: Albrecht Schuch ­ Fabó Tóth: Natasa Stork ­ India Mullen: Fionn O'Shea ­ Dainius Šciuka: Žygimante Elena Jakštaite ­ Rens Plasschek: Martijn Lakemeier &s...


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