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SBIFF's Variety Artisans Award honorees

VARIETY ARTISANS AWARD Sponsored by Variety Honoring  Tamara Deverell Frederic Aspiras and Göran Lundstrom  Germaine Franco  Greig Fraser  Lin-Manuel Miranda  Paul Massey  Kelly Port  Peter Scriberras  Jacqueline West and Bob Morgan MONDAY, MARCH 7th, 2022 8:00PM - ARLINGTON THEATRE Variety’s eighth annual Artisans Awards celebrates those essential to the filmmaking process and who have exhibited the most exciti...

Oscar nominated Kristen Stewart just brought a red carpet thrill to SBIFF

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Last night at the 37th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) when Kristen Stewart arrived, you could actually hear the crowd roar outside in the light rain behind the makeshift metal gates along the street outside the Arlington Theater. And that’s how #KStew, in her fan shorthand, brought the post-pandemic thrill back to SBIFF when she accepted the American Riviera Award. Part of the magic was a black and white feather...

"Pasang: in the shadow of Everest" beautiful story of the first Nepali, woman to climb the Everest - SBIFF Interview

PASANG: IN THE SHADOW OF EVEREST SBIFF 2022 Interview by Emmanuel Itier with director Nancy Svendsen, Pasang’s daughter Dawa Futi Sherpa and Nepali Mountain climber Dawa Yangzum Sherpa.   Q: What inspired this film and what were you trying to explore with it?   Nancy: I knew about the exploit of Pasang, this amazing, first Nepali, woman to climb the summit of Mount Everest. This was an inspiring woman, full of courage. It is a universal story for our times and for al...

Film Festival Alliance is looking for an Executive Director!

We're searching for our next Executive Director!  Please share the details and job description below with anyone you see fit (or learn more about applying yourself!) Applications will be accepted through March 22, 2022. Questions may be directed to About Us: Film Festival Alliance (FFA) creates a collaborative global community for mission-driven film festivals. FFA advocates for a sustainable and inclusive environment for our industry withi...

Sundance Institute Announces the 2021-2022 Episodic Lab Projects and Writing Fellows

    9 Fellows selected to develop 4 live action dramas, 3 live action comedies, and 1 adult animation The Sundance Institute announced today the 9 Fellows and 8 projects selected for their 2021-2022 Episodic Program. This year marks the Episodic Lab's return to in-person activities at the Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah bookended by a digital pre-lab story development curriculum and its first annual Episodic Pitch Parlor hosted in Los Angeles in partnership with XRM Media...

The international film community joins the boycott of Russian cinema

International film academies are joining the boycott of Russian cinema due to Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine. The European Film Academy is boycotting Russian cinema and calling for a boycott of all European film academies.The Polish Film Academy, the Danish Film Academy, the Italian Film Academy, the Catalan Film Academy, the Lithuanian Film Academy, and the Slovak Film Academy have already joined the appeal. In addition, other film organizations are joining the boycott: D...

European Film Academy Unequivocally Condemns War and Joins Ukrainian Film Academy in Boycott of Russian Films

The European Film Academy has joined the massive global sanctions currently in effect against Russia and fully supports the call of the Ukrainian Film Academy to boycott Russian film as expressed:   The Academy strongly condemns the war started by Russia - Ukraine's sovereignty and territory must be respected. Putin's actions are unacceptable, and we strongly condemn them.   What concerns us most is the fate of the Ukrainians, and especiall...

Five new film curators are joining TIFF programming team

TIFF revealed today that five new film curators are joining its programming team. The new programmers are some of the most sought-after and vital voices in the industry, and women continue to comprise 50% of the programming team.TIFF also announced details of the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival, taking place September 8–18. TIFF’s 47th edition will feature 11 days of the best that the international film community has to offer, while spotlighting and championing the Canadia...

Putin will not stop in Ukraine: Ukrainian cinematographers urge the world not to remain silent

Today, February 24, Russia launched a full-scale war against Ukraine. Now, more than ever, we need the help of the international community and anyone who understands that tomorrow war may be at your door. We’ve talked about the war in eastern Ukraine in our films for 8 years. You watched them at the festivals. But this is not a film, but our reality. And today this reality has spread throughout our country without exception. Ukrainian cinematographers appeal to you not to be silent and n...

Sundance Film Festival 2022 - Interview with Karim Ben Khelifa, Director of SEVEN GRAMS

  Interview by Claire Varney SEVEN GRAMS is directed by photojournalist and war correspondent Karim Ben Khelifa.  THE ENEMY, his 2017 award-winning virtual reality exhibition sought to humanize the images of war by allowing participants to encounter combatants on opposite sides of conflicts throughout the world.   Continuing his long standing committment to bringing forth personal narratives behind global issues, SEVEN GRAMS is an augmented reality experience tha...

Interview with Saralisa Volm director of The Silent Forrest

Interview by Emmanuel Itier THE SILENT FOREST Berlin 2022 With Director: Saralisa Volm     Q: Tell me about the origin of this film and what was the idea behind it?   Saralisa: The project is based on a novel written by Wolfram Fleischhauer. We were working on another project before and he gave me this novel. He knew I’m from Bavaria and that I have an attraction for intriguing stories that are relevant. As expected by him I really like the novel and I really thoug...

SBIFF's Cinema Vanguard Award honoree Benedict Cumberbatch announced!

CINEMA VANGUARD AWARD HONORING BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9th, 2022 Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch will be honored with the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 37th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. He will receive the award on Wednesday, March 9th following an in-person conversation about his career leading up to this year’s performance in Jane Campion’s THE POWER OF THE DOG from Netflix. "He’s an intelligent, enigmatic and dee...

Lela Meadow-Conner steps down from her role as Executive Director of Film Festival Alliance

A Message from Lela Meadow-Conner   Dear FFA Community, I am writing to let you know that February 28th will be my last day as Executive Director of Film Festival Alliance. Just before the winter holiday, I let our leadership and staff know of my plans to move on in early 2022 in pursuit of other projects, namely my work with, our rePRO Film initiative and other producing and creative consulting opportunities. Our wonderful Associate Director Barbara Twist will step in a...

Sylvie Pialat will be President of the 50th edition of the Festival La Rochelle Cinéma

For the 50th edition of the Festival La Rochelle Cinéma, which will take place July 1–10, 2022, the association and staff of Fema are delighted to announce the name of the Festival President: Sylvie Pialat. This outstanding screenwriter and producer founded her company, Les Films du Worso, in 2003. She comes to the Festival regularly to present the films of Alain Guiraudie, Patrick Grandperret, Joachim Lafosse, Corneliu Porumboiu, and Abderrahmane Sissako. In 2005, she participat...

Isabelle Huppert tested positive and unable to receive in person her Honorary Golden Bear

Isabelle Huppert - Photo Philippe Gay Isabelle Huppert, recipient of this year’s Honorary Golden Bear unable to attend the Berlin International Film Festival in person   The Homage of the Berlinale 2022 is dedicated to French film and stage actor Isabelle Huppert, who is also the recipient of the Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement.   Unfortunately, today Isabelle Huppert has been tested positive for the coronavirus in Paris and therefore she will not be able to ...

Jacqueline Bisset to receive Cinema Excellence Award from Sonoma Festival

Actress Jacqueline Bisset will be awarded the SIFF Cinematic Excellence Award for her body of work at the festival’s 25th Anniversary edition on Friday, March 25 in conjunction with the screening of her most recent role in the Northern California premiere of LOREN & ROSE directed by Russell Brown. "I am honored to be the recipient of the SIFF Cinematic Excellence Award,” said Jacqueline Bisset. “I am thrilled to be seeing Loren & Rose in this environ...

Berlinale Interview with "TAURUS" director: Tim Sutton

  Taurus Berlin 2022 With Director Tim Sutton.   Interview by Emmanuel Itier  Q: Why the choice of directing this film and what were your intentions with it? Tim: First, I have always been fascinated with the lives of musicians. Often it means a tortured soul who create stuffs and struggle to exist in the world. You can go back all the way to Mozart and his struggles. It’s about the struggles, the addiction, the family, the fans. The struggle of the creative mind ha...

Berlinale Interview with "BEBA" director: Rebeca Huntt

BEBA Berlin 2022 With Director: Rebeca Huntt   Berlinale Interview by Emmanuel Itier   Q: Why was it so important for you to make this documentary?   Rebeca: I made this film because I wanted to connect with people on a more honest level. On a more honest but also more vulnerable level. I felt isolated like a lot of young people do when they go through that existential growth. Especially when you are in your twenties. I don’t think we live in a very kind society. T...

Jerome Paillard organises the management transition at Marché du Film and sets date for his retirement

© CR / FDC 2022 Guillaume Esmiol is named co-Executive Director of the Marché du Film, alongside Jérôme Paillard. They will work in tandem during the upcoming edition of the Festival before Esmiol definitively replaces Paillard for 2023. In 2020, Guillaume Esmiol joined the Marché du Film as Deputy Director in charge of development with the prospect of taking over new functions linked to the succession of Jérôme Paillard. Af...

Unifrance: words of passion from the team

Honoring French animations, documentaries, and dramas for TV that have achieved the highest international sales, the 18th Unifrance TV Export Awards were presented on February 8, 2022, at the Trianon in Paris during the awards ceremony for the PROCIREP French TV Producers' Prize. These awards, which highlight the strong appeal of our French TV productions in international markets, recognize the wonderful work of French distribution companies, which Unifrance accompanies on a dai...

AVIA Appoints Matthew Cheetham as General Manager of the Coalition Against Piracy

The Asia Video Industry Association has appointed Matthew Cheetham as General Manager of the Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) with immediate effect.  Over the last four years CAP has made real inroads into the systemic problems of video piracy faced by the broadcast and streaming video industry in Asia Pacific. The blocking of pirate sites is becoming more common in many markets, laws have been introduced to limit access to infringing set-top devices, constructive relationships have been f...

Film Fest 919 celebrates NC’s Ariana DeBose, her Oscar nom for WEST SIDE STORY & Contenders

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent During Award Season, no doubt it's the worldwide circuit of film festivals that helps shape predictions and forecasts for feature film (and TV) standouts that will resonate each year, and Film Fest 919 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina has become one of the key indicators to watch for trends leading up to the biggest show of all, The Oscars. Founders Randi Emerman and Carol Marshall hit the target again this time, with their 2021 choices ringi...

7 filmmakers invited to the 7th annual FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS panel event during the Berlinale

  To celebrate their 7th annual FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS campaign, German Films would like you to join us for a panel event during the Berlinale, spotlighting this year’s seven filmmakers: Documentary writer-director SARAH NOA BOZENHARDT, actor-producer-writer SARA FAZILAT, actor-director JERRY HOFFMANN, film editor JULIA KOVALENKO, writer-director MATTHIAS LUTHARDT,  cinematographer and director ZAMARIN WAHDAT and actor ANNE ZANDER. Since its first edition in 2016, the an...

Cinema critic and professor Hamed Soleimanzadeh will join the FIPRESCI award jury

Officially invited by the 72nd Berlinale and the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI), the international cinema critic and professor will join the FIPRESCI award jury.   Hamed Soleimanzadeh, researcher, critic, and international professor of Iranian cinema has experienced the jury panel in France’s 74th Cannes Film Festival, 2021, and he will join two prominent world cinema critics Alexander Zwart from the Netherlands, and Bettina Hirsch from Germany to judge the Foru...

The Thrill by Gordy de St. Jeor: The Team and Cast

Gordy De St. Jeor   Gordy De St. Jeor. is 19 years old, but has been working in the film industry since the age of 13 as an actor. Eventually, he decided he wanted to create films for himself, and he has been DP'ing and directing films and music videos ever since. He has a strong background in music, having been on tour 5 times shooting video content for bands like "The Driver Era", "Iron Maiden/The Raven Age", and "Jesse McCartney", while also be...


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