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World Premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

World Premiere   B-roll and Soundbites with cast, filmmakers, and special guests now available. Video News Release (VNR) posting soon.   Shrine Auditorium  Saturday, December 9 , 2017  Los Angeles, CA 7 ...

15 Documentary Features Advance in 2017 OSCAR® Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards®. One hundred seventy films were originally submitted in the category. The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” Mitten Media, Motto Pictures, Kartemquin Educational Films and WGBH/FRONTLINE “Chasing Coral,&r...

Junod, japanese animation, will have a special screening, out of competition at BIFF

The film tells the story of the swiss doctor who came to Hiroshima for Red Cross after the bombing saving thousands. It is seen through the eyes of two young girls who magically travel through time...   ...

“Mudbound”, directed by Dee Rees, will be the BIFF closing film

The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), announced today that Netflix’s highly acclaimed drama “Mudbound”, directed by Dee Rees, will be the official closing night film at this year’s festival, which takes place December 10-17. The announcement was made by BIFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool. Carey Mulligan, Mary J. Blige, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, Jonathan Banks and Jason Mitchell lead the ensemble cast of “Mudbound.”  ...

Babylon Relaunches in Strasbourg

Programme 2017-18  -  New Project Selection Announced Founded and run by London-based Scenario Films, feature film development programme BABYLON is expanding into Continental Europe, where its future base will be in Strasbourg and its emphasis on multi-lingual creativity and European co-production. Since 2007 BABYLON has offered project-based training for teams of screenwriters, directors and producers, to promote and strengthen cultural diversity within the independent f...

Teddy Bear’s picnic and advanced screening of Paddington 2 in Sydney Dec 16

  To celebrate the first day of the summer school holidays Moonlight Cinema, presented by NAB, is hosting a Teddy Bear’s picnic and advanced screening of Paddington 2 on Saturday 16 December, 2018. There isn’t a better way to kick-off summer than this special Moonlight event. Before the film starts the evening will be jam-packed with games and activities, roving performers, face-painting and even an appearance from Padd...

Berlinale Classics 2018 Presents Das alte Gesetz (The Ancient Law) by E.A. Dupont – World Premiere of the Digitally Restored Ver

As part of the Berlinale Classics programme, the 68th Berlin International Film Festival will be presenting Ewald André Dupont's silent Das alte Gesetz (The Ancient Law, Germany, 1923) as a special screening with live music. The film, digitally restored under the auspices of the Deutsche Kinemathek, and accompanied by new music by French composer Philippe Schoeller, will have its world premiere on February 16, 2018 in the Friedrichstadt-Palast.   Das alte Gesetz (The Ancient ...

Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs to Open the 68th Berlinale, his 4th time with a film in Berlin

  The 68th Berlin International Film Festival will open at the Berlinale Palast on February 15, 2018 with the world premiere of Wes Anderson’s animated film Isle of Dogs. Anderson has previously presented three films in the Berlinale Competition: The Royal Tenenbaums (2002), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2005), and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) which opened the 64th Berlin International Film Festival and won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize. “I’m most delighte...

Berlinale Talents 2018 Is Sharing Secrets

Berlinale Talents 2018 delves into the hidden worlds of film. With the theme “Secrets”, the 16th edition of the Berlinale’s networking platform focuses on the messages behind cinematic stories and images, and on unexplored paths into the film business. 250 international Talents and over 100 experts, mentors and Berlinale guests reveal their secrets of success and address the increasingly urgent social and political issues of how we share, disclose and protect knowled...

Retrospective 2018 – “Weimar Cinema Revisited”

  The Retrospective of the 68th Berlin International Film Festival will focus on the great variety of cinema in the Weimar era. Some one hundred years ago, at the end of World War I and the dawn of the Weimar Republic, one of the most productive and influential phases in German filmmaking began unfolding, a creative era that went on to shape international perception of the country’s film culture, even to the present day. For “Weimar Cinema Revisited”, the festival will ...

Berlinale World Cinema Fund: Latest Funding Recommendations

  At the 27th jury session of the World Cinema Fund (WCF), the juries recommended contributing to the funding of 10 film projects. Six films from Chile, Argentina, Vietnam, Brazil and Paraguay have been nominated for production funding. In the additional WCF Europe funding programme, the jury has recommended funding the production of a project from Morocco. In the special programme WCF Africa, they have recommended funding a Sudanese project. Two films have received recommendations for...

All serial formats at the Berlinale to be presented at Zoo Palast in 2018

The Berlinale Special Seriesprogramme, highly successful since its introduction three years ago, will run under the new name Berlinale Series and move to the new venue Zoo Palast for the 2018 festival. In 2015 the Berlinale was the first A-festival worldwide to create an individual special programme for series within the official programme. In doing so, the Berlin International Film Festival started a new trend and gave the high-quality serial narrative format a prominent platf...

Berlinale World Cinema Fund: New Funding Nominations

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Berlinale World Cinema Fund: New Funding Nominations - artistically, structurally and geographically diverse   At the 26th jury session of the Berlinale’s World Cinema Fund (WCF), the juries recommended contributing to the funding of 13 film projects. Five film projects from Bangladesh, Palestine, Brazil, Afghanistan and Uruguay were nominated for production funding. In the additional WCF Europe funding programme, four projects from Tunisia, Brazil, Argentina and Egypt were no...

Focus on Canada at coming EFM 2018

from left to right: Michel Pradier (Director Project Financing, Telefilm Canada), Marielle Poupelin (Director International Promotion, Telefilm Canada), EFM President Beki Probst, Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick and EFM Director Matthijs Wouter Knol at the signing of the contract © Loïc Thébaud In 2018, Canada will be the next “Country in Focus” at the European Film Market (EFM) of the Berlin International Film Festival. The EFM’s “Country in Foc...

Works selected across the new Indie Episodic, Shorts and Special Events sections of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival

  (Top, L-R) The Trade, Credit: Courtesy of Sundance Institute; I Like Girls, Credit: Courtesy of Sundance Institute; Wyrm, Credit: Heyjin Jun. (Bottom, L-R) The Mortified Guide, Credit: Rebecca Aranda; War Paint, Credit: Courtesy of Sundance Institute; High & Mighty, Credit: Martim Vian.   ...

20 contenders advance in VFX OSCAR® Race

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 20 films are in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 90th Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order:   “Alien: Covenant” “Beauty and the Beast” “Blade Runner 2049 “Dunkirk” ‘‘Ghost in the Shell” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” &ldquo...

10 animated shorts advance in 2017 OSCAR® race

Lou (pixar) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards®. Sixty-three pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: “Cradle,” Devon Manney, director (University of Southern California)   “Dear Basketball,” Glen Keane, director, and Kobe Bryant,...

Blerta Zeqiri’s The Marriage (Martesa) wins two awards at PÖFF | Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

The debut film ‘The Marriage’ directed by a well-known kosovan director Blerta Zeqiri won two awards at the closing ceremony of Tallinn Black Nights on Friday 2nd of December. The film was competing on the ‘First Feature Competition’ category where among 15 other debut films, won the Fipresci Award and Special Jury Prize for the Ensemble of Cast. The director Blerta Zeqiri on the closing ceremony stated: ‘Being here in Tallinn and premiering our film here was...

Media Luna’s DIFFERENT KINDS OF RAIN wins in Tallinn

  Germany based world sales company Media Luna adds an Award to one of its freshest acquisitions: Different Kinds of Rain by Isa Prahl, winner of Best Film at the First Feature Competition of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. Produced by Made in Germany’s Melanie Andernach, starring two of the most acclaimed German actors, Bibiana Beglau (Silver Bear for best actress in The Legend of Rita) and Bjarne Mädel (24 Weeks, Berlinale 2016), enriched by the score of Volker B...

Studio 100 has taken over the New York-based animation company Little Airplane Productions

Studio 100 has taken over the New York-based company Little Airplane Productions. Animation studio Little Airplane Productions was founded by Josh Selig in 1999 and its staff has won numerous acclaimed awards, including 21 Emmy Awards. Little Airplane Productions is known for the series Wonder Pets, Small Potatoes, Super Wings, P. King Duckling and many others, all original productions created from scratch for broadcasters around the world. Little Airplane Productions also has many internatio...

Andrea Bocelli biopic MUSIC OF SILENCE wins special award at Capri, Hollywood Film Festival

Lady Monika Bacardi, Andrea Iervolino, Andrea Bocelli, Toby Sebastian and Roberto Sessa The Award Will Be Presented to the Film’s Producers, Screenwriter and Cast Members At Ceremonies on December 30th in Anacapri     Today the Board of the Capri in the World Institute today announced that “The Music of Silence,” Michael Radford’s Italian language film about the early life of the world renown tenor Andrea Bocelli, will receive the &lsqu...

NFL and NBA stars Drew Brees, Tony Parker among pro-athletes partnering for movie venture!

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A Hollywood super team rivaling any in the sports world has officially been assembled as star NFL quarterback Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, NBA all-star guard Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs, retired NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks, and retired NBA all-star Michael Finley have become partners in Argent Pictures, the Los Angeles based film production and financing outfit founded by Jill Ahrens, Ryan Ahrens and Ben Renzo.   Brees, Parker, Brooks and Finley have all q...

Docs selected for Sundance

U.S. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION Sixteen world-premiere American documentaries that illuminate the ideas, people and events that shape the present day. Films that have premiered in this category in recent years include Chasing Coral, Life, Animated, Cartel Land and City of Gold.   Bisbee '17 / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Robert Greene, Producers: Douglas Tirola, Susan Bedusa, Bennett Elliott) — An old mining town on the Arizona-Mexico border finally reckons with its dar...

Premiere features in Sundance 2018

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PREMIERES A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year. Films that have premiered in this category in recent years include The Big Sick, Call Me By Your Name, Boyhood and Mudbound.   A Kid Like Jake / U.S.A. (Director: Silas Howard, Screenwriter: Daniel Pearle, Producers: Jim Parsons, Todd Spiewak, Eric Norsoph, Paul Bernon, Rachel Song) — As married couple Alex and Greg navigate their roles as parents to a young son who...
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