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Gdynia Film Festival

Gdynia Film Festival takes place on May 7-12, 2012. It is one of the biggest film events in Poland and the only one which promotes the Polish cinema to such a large scale. Every year the newest Polish films compete in Gdynia for the Golden Lions award. The Festival in Gdynia is primarily the showcase of Polish cinema - the best films of the year, the most influential filmmakers, vital topics. Modernity meets here in a dialogue with history: new generations of filmmakers are confronted with masters, and new generations of critics reinterpret the classics of Polish cinema. Fest 103 - Shorts Contest PRESS RELEASE QUICKFEST ANNOUNCED NEW CONTEST – SHOOT A COMMERCIAL - FEST 103 Los Angeles, CA – has partnered with a premier water company for it’s next film festival where filmmakers will submit their take on a 30 or 60 second spot. A winner will be selected from a panel of judges that include a representative from the water company along with a commercial direction. Having just wrapped it’s successful Quickfest 102 - Horror Fest, Quickfest is excited to bring a new type of filmmaking event to the filmmaking community. The commercial contest, Quickfest 103, will begin July 24, 2009 at noon Pacific Standard Tim when registered filmmakers will learn the name of the water company and be provided with artwork as part of the critical elements list. Competing filmmakers will then have 10 days to complete and upload their spot (or spots) by the end of the festival on August 2, 2009. The winning commercial will be announced one week after the end of the contest and the winning commercial will have a chance to be broadcast and as well as additional prizes to be announced as the event unfolds. Entries will be accepted either 30 or 60 second length. In the coming weeks the judges for the event will be announced along with other details and special surprises. “We are excited to be bringing on a company that is excited to tap into the creativity of the Quickfest audience” said Greg Zekowski, Quickfest’s Festival Director. Mr. Zekowski adds that “like all commercial shoots, the company has high expectations after seeing the great entries for the recent horror fest”. To enter or get on the Quickfest mail list, go to and register. The winning films of our past festivals can also be seen here, or at Quickfest’s YouTube channel at About Quickfest: Quickfest ( is a unique Film Festival founded by Filmmakers. Quickfest events occur online and are open to Filmmakers around the world with competitions in various formats and genres. Quickfest reaches out to creative people everywhere, featuring the work of film industry professionals and amateurs with a passion for telling a story. For more information, contact Festival Director, Greg Zekowski at and follow Quickfest at twitter


You are welcome to submit. MONO NO AWARE is open to any person or group of persons making work incorporating Super8 or 16mm film format as part of that presentation. For example: blending film & theater performance, musicians creating a visual experience for their sound, & experimental filmmakers working with story tellers. Entries will only be accepted on Super8 or 16mm film. FILM ONLY. No Digital Video. Part of our purpose in having this gathering is to put an emphasis on the cinematic experience. Film & video are so easily accessible, you can watch something on a website, television, a home projector, or even your cell phone. For some filmmakers those vehicles are copies of the original artwork, each one degraded by its format. We believe there is a magic in seeing the film as a print. There is a presence a poet has reading his/her own writing. There is a feeling that resonates in your chest when you see a band live. For these reasons we are encouraging live music, performance, and audio to expand the cinematic experience beyond the screen. We ask that in the spirit of the festival you not video or create copies of your performance. Some participants have gone as far as to destroy the work after its first run at the event. Embrace the film medium. Cut & splice found footage you picked up at a yard sale. Take all your unused footage from an old project and create something new with the unused scenes. Spend 50 bucks to shoot & process 100 feet of 16mm & make a 3 minute masterpiece with a friend's Bolex. Paint on the film surface. Go on eBay and pick up a dozen old reels for ten bucks. Run 10 projectors at once on a single screen. Splice, dice, paste, shoot, and do it all over again. Create visual poetry, colorful abstractions, a comedic narrative, a cinematic comet that will light up the space for several minutes and live in the minds of those there to see it in its pure state. While it's there, fill the audience's ears with a score nothing short of sonorous.


Director: Roger Walch.
David (Ted Taylor) comes to Japan for one week to study traditional legends. He is supposed to meet Professor Ozawa, a leading expert in the field. But when he arrives, he gets picked up by Ozawa's two female assistants, Sanae (Mimori Sento) and Manami (Sakiko Ikegami). They bring him to a traditional guest-house and accompany him during his stay. A strange man in the bath house (Kan Mikami) tells David about the local Tengu legend. Tengu are a class of well known monster-spirits with a long nose and a red face who live in the Japanese forests and mountains. David is immediately fascinated. But the more he finds out about the Tengu, the more he is drawn into his own past-life. As a matter of fact some Tengu legends can be connected to shipwrecked foreigners who were forced to live in hiding in the Japanese mountains during Japan's Sakoku (closed country) era (1637 - 1853). Ultimately, "Tengu" is the story of a Westerner who becomes the origin of a famous Japanese legend.


PRESS RELEASE - QUICKFEST.COM FEST 103 COMMERCIAL CONTEST OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES MONDAY JULY 6. Log into the web site, register for updates, Filmmakers will shoot, edit and upload a commercial for a real client in 10 Days starting July 24 and finishing August 2 at Midnight PST.

Taos Shortz Film Fest

The Taos Shortz Film Fest is dedicated to showing quality short films from around the world, by screening submissions and jury selections. Our mission is to provide indie filmmakers a venue
and public exposure of their work, as well as a place for filmmakers to network. TSFF also provides
an educational and cultural opportunity for the general public to see and discuss these films.

Sellin' Bibles Ain't Easy

Director: Tordy Clark.
BW Mockumentary, reality style film followning Beatrice, who resorts to a little prostitution to make ends meet while her husband Jimmy is in the slammer. (The rest of the film follows thus: On his release, she asks him to go straight, But with a new baby, and Jimmy's brother Frank showing up to mess things u even more, their fortunes go from bad to worse. Jimmy wants to be a millionaire businessman but he's the worst huslter in history. As things spiral out of control, Beatrice is forced to make a hard decision.)

The Audition

Director: Daniel Wilson.
A desperate out of work actor takes desperate measure to get that all important next role. This film was originally made for the Virgin Media Shorts Competition. However, a technical fault on the upload meant the film was not included in the competition. This is especially ironic as the film turned out very well and will be entered into a few festivals.

Papal Brokendance

Director: Marie Losier.
Music video Papal Breakdance by PTV3-Genesis P-Orridge With Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and many friends. A campy music video in the style of a scopitone from the early 1960s, with the wonderful cast of 10 boys in sexy red singlets and girls in red tutus, all dancing with joy with Genesis P-Orridge in a boxing ring…all the ingredients for a slap stick boxing match in music.

Tony Conrad, DreaMinimalist

Director: Marie Losier.
The latest in Marie Losier’s ongoing series of film portraits of avant-garde directors (George and Mike Kuchar, Guy Maddin, Richard Foreman), DreaMinimalist offers an insightful and hilarious encounter with Conrad as he sings, dances and remembers his youth and his association with Jack Smith.

Petaluma Film Festival

The Petaluma Film Fest showcases the best in undistributed short and feature films from around the world. It is dedicated to creating unique community-based learning environments where residents of the North Bay can learn about films and filmmaking directly from visiting filmmakers.

One Bad Mice

Director: Matt Rafferty.
A young man must save his sister from the man who murdered their parents 20 years ago.

WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film IFF

International Film Festival WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film concentrates on showing human rights oriented documentaries which combine important message with the cinematic quality. Besides competition section where films compete for a WATCH DOCS award (around 20 titles), each year there are three permanent programme sections - "New Polish Films", "Discrete Charm of Propaganda" and "Close up" (in 2009 devoted to the post-soviet universe). The festival programme is complemented by various thematic retrospectives dealing with social and / or historical phenomena as terror or dictatorships, retrospective of the laureate of Marek Nowicki Prize awarded by Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, special screenings and many more. Festival is rich with accompanying events – discussions, panel debates, Q & A sessions with the filmmakers, workshops, meetings with experts, etc. Each year we invite more than 40 foreign guests – filmmakers, festival organizers, activists, etc. – who meet with the public and take part in industry events.

BOSCH: President Caught Between Empires

Director: Rene Fortunato.
The documentary presents the most important political and social events that occurred during the administration of the constitutional government with popular backing, headed by Juan Bosch, in the Dominican Republic, during the first seven months of the year 1963. The military coup d´etat that overthrew the Bosch government, the foreign policy of United States President John Kennedy, and relationship of the United States with members of the military who overthrew regimes throughout Latin America, are subjects that occupy a large part of this documentary, made entirely with original images and sounds from that era.

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CineYouth Film Festival

The CineYouth Festival produced by Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the 45th Chicago International Film Festival, will kick-off with an Opening Night Celebration on Friday June 19th, 2009 at 6PM. Festivities will feature a showcase of short films by filmmakers Vince Singleton (The Porter), Hannah Dallman (Small Comforts), Sean J.S. Jourdan (An Open Door) and Jack Newell (Andre: Portrait of A Capoeirista). Following the screenings, a panel discussion will be moderated by Ron Falzone, Film Professor and Directing Area Coordinator at Columbia College. The night will wrap up with a reception where the audience gets a chance to speak one-one-one with the featured filmmakers. Free food! Free movies! Networking with fellow filmmakers! Admission is free and open to the general public with RSVP to Seating will be on a first come, first served basis and is limited to theater capacity. Awards Ceremony - June 20th, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Film Row Cinema (Columbia College Chicago) - The winning films will be recognized with awards and prizes. Come support the filmmakers and their award-winning work! The two-day CineYouth Festival showcases work from filmmakers under the age of 20 and from across the country. This year’s Festival features 95 films, with screenings and workshops held on June 19th and 20th at Film Row Cinema at Columbia College Chicago (1104 South Wabash). The screenings will run from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. both days and this year's workshops include: How to Get Into, Pay For, and Navigate Film School (Friday, 3PM-4PM) Join our opening night filmmakers as they discuss the process of finding the right academic program, searching for financing, and choosing a schedule that best fits your talent. Scriptwriting 101 (Saturday, 11AM-NOON): Led by Ron Falzone, this workshop will discuss the basics of writing a solid screenplay. Conflict, motiviation, tradgedy, comedy, drama! How to make the words work for you. Bach or Beyonce? Choosing a Soundtrack for Your Film (Saturday, 1PM-2PM) Led by Hannah Dalman, this workshop will examine how different music can change the meaning of scene, and how a score can add-or subtract-from a film. Am I Gonna Get Sued? How to Make Your Film 100% Legal (Saturday, 2PM-3PM) From parking permits to “borrowing” footage for your film, there are legal issues in movie making. Join Columbia College Chicago’s Film and Video Department Producing Concentration Coordinator, Kevin Cooper as he advises how to make a film, and not get sued in the process. All workshops and panel are free to the public. Please RSVP to

Secrets To Love

Director: Tracie Donahue.
Secrets to Love is a compelling documentary about relationships, marriage and -of course- love. For just over an hour we hitch a ride with a recent divorcee on her journey to find ansers to the questions many of us ask: How do couples get to the "happily ever after." Why is love so complicated? What, if anything can couples do to ensure their marriage lasts a lifetime? Interviews with real life couples and a wide range of relationship experts allow Secrets To Love to navigate swiftly through many intriguing and thought-provoking issues related to love.


Director: David Norris.
Jim is a quadriplegic and has never been a nice man - even before the recent accident. Now paralysed, he blames the world and his wife for the position fate put him in. One morning during his bath-time, Jim's wife, his only link to the outside world, dies - leaving him trapped inside the tub and his broken body. Over the following days, he struggles to deal with the fear that he may never be found...

Skeleton Crew

Director: Tommi Lepola & Tero Molin.
A remote mental institution next to the Russian border was shut down by the police in the early 70´s. Dr. Andersson made series of snuff films using his patients. The Doctor filmed all the murders in 8mm and started to call himself the Auteur. 30 years later a small American film crew has arrived to Finland to shoot a horror movie about the massacre. The movie’s director, Steven, is engaged in his first feature with his DoP Darius and gaffer Mike from LA. The leading actress is a Finnish rising star Lisa, who’s dreaming about Hollywood. Dr. Andersson is played by a famous B-movie actor with a big ego. Everything is going according to plan until two Finnish sound guys discover something evil hidden in the basement: the original snuff films shot by the Auteur. Steven is stimulated by the raw and brutal snuff film material and starts to rewrite the script. The scenes are not real enough. Everything changes when he finds The Auteur’s 8mm film camera. Now he is ready to shoot his masterpiece, the film for which he will be remembered. Soon the crew realizes that they are the stars of the film. Instead of making a horror film, they are in one. The Auteur is slaying the Skeleton Crew one by one. There´s no sequel for you!

Cinefantasy Festival

The Cinefantasy Festival is an international event that reaches its 4th edition with a Short Film competitive session, special shorts and features screenings, premières, Conferences with filmmakers, national and international guests, lectures, workshops, and more.  

The Godmother

Director: Jeanine Corbet.
“The Godmother” is a feature documentary that takes an intimate look at the life of Fred Gorski a.k.a. Rain Storm and his cosmetic gender transformation salon Fairplay. Located in suburban Staten Island, Fairplay offers men a safe haven where even the most unlikely crossdressers can express themselves without fear of reprisals. A former Drag performer, licensed hairdresser and cosmetologist Rain founded Fairplay after the tragic loss of his long time partner left him heavily in debt and with his once thriving hair salon in financial ruin. Armed with left over wigs, beauty supplies and closets full of clothes Fairplay evolved from offering basic services to crafting full fantasy worlds. The documentary film “The Godmother” offers a unique glimpse inside this world where men find relief from the demands of their everyday lives by donning extensive female accoutrements. Here the lines of gender and sexuality are blurred in absolute contrast to the surrounding status quo where gender is anything but fluid.

Hoboken International Film Festival

HIFF is a worldwide renowned film festival. Showcasing the edgiest domestic and international movies and their filmmakers, HIFF will kick off on June 4 to 10, 2010 with its opening night films--that will be viewed by nearly 1,000 fans and industry personnel at Pier A Park, located directly on the Hudson River and overlooking the majestic New York City skyline.


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