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Media That Matters Film Festival

Media That Matters: MORE THAN A FESTIVAL WORLD PREMIERE: June 3, 2009 6:00 pm – Doors Open | 7:00 - 9:00 pm – Premiere featuring 12 new inspiring short films! School of Visual Arts | Visual Arts Theater 333 West 23rd Street New York, NY Please visit for more information.


Director: Eni Brandner.
Synopsis Granica, Grenze, Border - dividing line between two religions, two cultures - between majoritarian Serbian respectively Croatian areas. Twelve years after the end of the conflict about the 'Republic of Serbian Krajina' in the Yugoslavian/Croatian war (1991-1995), the traces of altercation are still present. Delapidated, destroyed houses - partly sitting right next to minefields, or in the middle of townscapes, waiting for their owners - act as unintentional memorials, warding off oblivion. The former inhabitants or their descendants/heirs return only slowly to the area rendered improvident by the Yugoslavian war. What persists are half abandoned villages and scarcely inhabited cities in the hinterland, off the beaten track, which still haven't recovered from the times of war. Filmed in Zitnic, Drnis, Sibenik and Tepljuh (Croatia) in 2008, in locations around the area of the temporary border of the internationally not recognized 'Republic of Serbian Krajina'. After the 'Log Revolution' in August 1990 this area became one of the focal points in the Yugoslavian/Croatian war 1991-1995.


Director: Ester Brym.
Butterflies is a feature documentary film following the lives of six young people that are prominent 'weblebrities' on a video site YouTube. The film explores the new media, its power and its future. Will the Internet overcome traditional media? Will new media and traditional media merge? The film documents the struggles and successes of characters Lisanova, Mr. Safety, Davedays, Boh3m3, Olgakay and Xgobobeanx and their hopes to become the new 'virtual' celebrities. Also in the film: Fred, SxePhil, Charles Trippy, KevJumba, Kicesie, Paperlilies, KatiesOpinion, Daxflame, Joe Satriani, Esmee Denters, Whatthebuck, David Foley, Renetto, ClipCritics, Katy Perry, GayGod, Nigahiga, Chad Hurley and others.

Confession of the Devil

Director: Igor Parfenov.
Mental hospital, special department. A solitary cell has become a temporary place of detention for the leader of an organization “Earth Liberation Front”. He’s extremely insane and dangerous. His organization is recognized as terrorist. Having fallen into his nightmare visions, he refused to communicate with the outer world. His fate was predetermined: life imprisonment or death by shooting. But the last straw was not even the murder of 6 hostages – famous people; he went much further, challenging the existing system. Everyone left him. The only one who finds access to his sick mind and makes him talk is a young female doctor. But confession of the terrorist turns out to be much more terrific than the death of hostages, mental hospital cellars, and everything that an average mentality is used to. He made everyone see the war that constantly takes place all over the world, the war that were started by people against the nature, the war that an average person can’t even notice.

Oh Barack!

Director: Celeste Friedman.
A promotional video for U. S. Senator Barack Obama from the State of Illinois in support of his candidacy for President of the United States. Opening with examples of our struggling times, over 60 stunning and stirring images, through the lenses of 40 photographers, take you from Seattle to Times Square, Main to Minnesota, Iowa to Iraq and beyond. Soundtrack written, produced and performed by singer-songwriter/composer Celeste Friedman. Produced by We are very honored by the generosity of our contributing photographers, their hearts, time and talent! Camilo Arenivar TJ Baker C.W. "Barney" Burgis Lauren Victoria Burke Jason Coleman Joe Crimmings Danny the Caveman Gene Dawydiak Tory Fink Getty Images Kris Godlewski Gregory Han Carl Harris Alexander Heilner Susan Jekarl Cecily Johnson Johnnie K. Greg Lawler Caitie Leary Tia Likely Hinda Majri Celi McDaniel Jason Melrath Leo and Mixtli Photography Erik Ose Alfred T. Palmer Darrell Porcello Adrian Revels Steve Rhodes Joann Edmonds-Rodgers Justin Russell Kristina S. Bob Scofield David Silver Troy Snow Colleen Sontheimer Scott Stillman U.S. Army Corps of Engineers- ACoE photographer Jim Gordon John Varady Luke Vargas

exposures: New talent in moving images

exposures: new talent in moving image the UK’s largest festival of student image work, which takes place every year in Manchester. It offers a host of opportunities to watch new work by promising talents, network with fellow filmmakers and learn more about the industry from renowned professionals.

Independents' Film Festival

The Independents' Film Festival supports independent and student filmmakers by providing an educated and enthusiastic audience through theatrical and televised screenings of selected films in November and December, 2009. Awards are presented in Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Short and Feature Films.


Director: Abhijit Das Gupta.
Something remarkable happened for the first time in Asia. 16 physically challenged persons wrote a new chapter in the history of the Asian soil. They participated in the “Beyond Belief expedition challenge”. In two nights and three days, they traversed through mountain paths, fording water bodies and navigating through forests infested with snakes and scorpions to prove to the world that those labeled “disable” are able and capable. The expedition was to showcase their endurance power, skill and ability of the “differently able” persons. They went to the deep forests around the Garumara range in North Bengal, lived in camps and passed through areas that normal people would dread to dare. The 4 teams : Alpha: Asit Kr Pal – Instructor Sukanta Mondal – impairment of Upper limb Jaydev Mondal – impairment of Lower limb Nitai Khan – Visually challenged Dipankar Goldar – Speech & hearing impaired Bravo: Chandana Biswas – Instructor Probir Sarkar – impairment of lower limb Binod Kr Singh – impairment of upper limbs Tarun Bag – visually challenged Pinto Goldar – Speech & hearing impaired Charlie: Kamalika De – Instructor Rimo Saha – impairment of upper limb Sanjay Das – impairment of lower limb Kalidas Das – visually challenged Santanu Sen – Speech & Hearing impaired Delta: Tapas Kangshabanik – Instructor Bholanath Dolui – impairment of upper limb Ujjal Ghosh – impairment of lower limb Shyamal Kr Roy – visually challenged Subhankar Goldar – Speech & hearing impaired The area is the habitat of king cobras, leopards, elephants… Pushing a wheel chair across shallow jungle rivulets tested human stamina to its limits. This was an epic saga of man against elements… flesh against stone…a quiet communion with nature. All about the insatiable urge of human beings to tread un-trodden grounds. 16 individuals ventured not to conquer mountains …. Forests …. and rivers… but to conquer themselves Their odysseys – Beyond Belief.


PLASTIC PAPER: WINNIPEG'S FESTIVAL OF ANIMATED, ILLUSTRATED + PUPPET FILM is an international festival that takes place May 4-7, 2011 at the Park Theatre in Winnipeg, Canada. The festival is one component of the year-round organizational activities of the Big Smash! Film Collective. PLASTIC PAPER’s programming is a mix of premieres, retrospective screenings, short films and features with special guests, workshops, multi-media presentations, installations and exhibits, artist talks, and gatherings where the artists and the audience can interact more informally.

PLASTIC PAPER is currently accepting submissions for short and feature-length animated films made after Jan. 1, 2010.  THERE IS NO ENTRY FEE. DEADLINE: Feb 1, 2011. Download the entry form at 



PLASTIC PAPER started in 2008 as a mini-program curated by Kier-La Janisse and Dave Barber, and hosted by the Winnipeg Cinematheque before branching out into an independent event. PLASTIC PAPER 2008 featured the Manitoba premieres of Bill Plympton's IDIOTS AND ANGELS, Nina Paley's multi-award winning SITA SINGS THE BLUES, John Bergin's apocalyptic FROM INSIDE and much more. Special guests have included BILL PLYMPTON, HEATHER HENSON and curator NAOMI HOCURA.

PLASTIC PAPER is unique in Winnipeg as an event that serves to explore the animated output of different regions and cultural communities around the world. With an emphasis on self-made work and a careful balance of accessible and experimental animation styles, PLASTIC PAPER’s presentation and outreach offerings serve to educate, enlighten and inspire Winnipeg’s burgeoning roster of independent animators, who will benefit greatly from the international programming as well as personal interaction with visiting international filmmakers.

Many of the featured works come in a variety of animation styles with sometimes challenging subject matter; although some films are kid-friendly, PLASTIC PAPER is mainly geared towards adult animation fans as well as animators themselves. The programming is widely eclectic, but shows a preference for independently-financed films, films with an adult sensibility, and films using traditional methods of animation, such as 2-D illustration, cut-outs and stop-motion. The festival also showcases films about animators or illustrators, as well as puppetry films. The connecting thread in the programming is that all selections celebrate the labour-intensity, the obsessiveness, and the unique personalities of these very hands-on crafts.



cinema digital seoul_film festival (CinDi)

Competitive film festival focusing on digital films by emerging Asian talents with other various international sections

Olavarría International Short Film Festival

Registation is open to participate in the 5rd International Short Film Festival to take place in Olavarría, Argentina; April 20th to 24th 2011. Film makers around the world are invited to participate with productions no longer than 25 minutes in the following categories: Fiction, Animation and Documentary.      

The Festival will award $ 16,000 in prizes, and the works (free topic) will be received until December 3rd 2010.              

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The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival In Los Angeles

NYIIFVF is the only festival that focuses ONLY on independent films. This is the only festival that refunds entree fee if you are not accepted. You show your film in NY and LA.

ATA Film & Video Festival

The ATA Film & Video Festival is dedicated to celebrate and support underground film exhibiting every year 2 original ensembles of shorts by emerging and established film and video artists. The festival also includes installations, a lunch for the filmmakers and a discussion forum. Throughout the year, work from the festival is broadcast on ATV, ATA's weekly cable-access television show, and screened in other national and international venues.

Short to the Point

STTP Projects Short to the Point is an international distribution link, broadcasting and promoting short films. Starting from 2009, Short to the Point's objective is to constatly promote this side of cinema. 1. Short Film Factory- With the motto "Don't let your movie get dusty on the shelf!", SPS offers proffesionals the possibility of signing up their films, older than 5 years, that will later on be projected in over 20 citys in Romania and abroad. 2. STTP LOW/NO BUDGET OSFF- " Any story can be made into a film" is the division with whom STTP attracts film amateurs (unproffesionals) to test their creativity, directing films low/no budget for the short film contest Short to the point Low/No Budget Online Short Film Festival. 3. STTP Talent Camp- STTP Talent Camp wishes to promote romanian film at national and international level. STTP Talent Camp also wants to discover and promote young cinema talents, by offering colaboration opportunities, exchange of experience and ideas or by participating in the thematic workshops presented by wellknown proffesionals. STTP Talent Camp reunites young romanian cinema talents within the interactive workshop that takes place each year in Raciu, Mures County 4. Walls tell stories- Every two years, STTP goes thrue the longest tour of a Romanian Short Film Festival. The caravan lasts 45 days and includes 29 cities:Buzau, Slobozia, Galati, Ramnicu Sarat, Focsani, Bacau, Iasi, Piatra Neamt, Suceava, Bistrita, Borsa, Baia Mare, Satu Mare, Oradea, Caransebes, Resita, Timisoara, Hunedoara, Deva, Alba iulia, Cluj, Targu Mures, Sighisoara, Sibiu, Valcea, Pitesti, Ploiesti, Brasov, Fagaras. 5. Kara Film Fest- The only Short Film Festival for children in Romania. It's being held anually,in several cities in Romania. 6. BUCHAREST INTERNATIONAL TOURISM FILM FESTIVAL – Tourism is the essential element in a city's life and film is the perfect mecanism for promoting such a product. Combining the two, a proffesional environment is created, perfect for cultural-tourism evolution of Bucharest. BITFF is taking place every two years, in March and October, in Bucharest. Distribution, broadcasting and promoting Short films don't have a long life. In theory, a filmmaker can make is work known just within short film festivals. Short to the Point comes with many promoting opportunities , broadcasting and distribution of the films signed up in the festival. SPS offers proffesionals and amateurs the possibility of watching their work on tv, cinemas, unconventional spaces, online and on DVD. Contest Every year, in May, Short to the point organizes a short film contest, wich takes place online and is recomended especially to amateurs. The participant films are made within the sistem low/no budget and can be made even with the mobile phone. Education Short to the point has launched the first film school for kids in Romania. The classes take place periodly,as a workshop in wich young people can experiment with video techniques,montage, directing or scenografy, sound and film, makeup etc.

The Diamonds of Metro Valley

Director: Aaron Arendt.

Dr. Price is a brilliant scientist who has created the ultimate weapon, a Remote-Operated, Nocturnally Aggressive, Lizard Device (R.O.N.A.L.D.)  Once completed, it will be an unstoppable recovery and reconnaissance force, capable of evading high-tech security systems and taking down anyone in its way. But Price has a couple problems. He’s a junkie, he’s in debt to Jonas Caine, Metro Valley’s most powerful gangster who commissioned the weapon for a diamond heist, and the robot’s behavioral aspects are bit on the touchy side.


While Price works in the lab, Jonas Caine is cooking up the robbery plans with his Japanese counterpart, Tokyo crime-boss Takashi Sagawas. The diamonds, stolen from the Sagawas family several generations ago, are being stored in a secret Metro Valley location. As long as the R.O.N.A.L.D. cooperates, damage will be minimal, the crime will be untraceable, and everyone will get paid.


But when the R.O.N.A.L.D. is accidently activated after a routine drug exchange, and two cops are viciously killed in a dark inner-city alley, Price has no choice but to destroy the device to end the killing spree, and now has only days to recreate it.

Meanwhile Metro Valley police force Detectives Jarvish and Shortridge, slighted by their inability to arrest Caine in the past, hear rumors of the heist plans and start investigating. They suspect Caine is somehow tied to the unsolved alley murders as well, and sense a huge career-enhancing bust on their horizon.

With Metro Valley police detectives hot on the case and Caine threatening to kill him if he doesn’t meet the deadline by the night of the robbery, Price is under the gun to deliver a new and improved weapon, or figure out a way to pull off the heist himself!


The Diamonds of Metro Valley is inspired by diamond heist films of the 1970’s, but with an added tinge of the retro-futuristic.  Filmed almost entirely on green screen, the backgrounds for each scene were individually designed shot by shot. Exciting sequences include a twelve inch robot growing to the height of a three story building, numerous gun-battles and explosions, and a thirteen minute car chase created with model cars and live action. Several years in the making, each scene in DMV has been painstaking handcrafted with multiple design and digital effects elements, effectively contributing to the unique look of this hand-made, DIY project.  

SUBMIT YOUR FILM : The 7th Asiana International Short Film Festival (AISFF2009.11.5-10 Seoul, Korea)

The 7th Asiana International Short Film Festival (AISFF2009) is the one and only international competitive short film festival in Korea. AISFF, searching a new territory and exit for short film, is the place where all the shorts from the world are coming across, communicating and of course fairly competing. 

Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival

The Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival is a week long film festival and cultural organization, founded in 2006, by filmmaker and artist Harish Saluja. It is purposefully held every May during Asian American Heritage Month in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to show recent films and music by Asian artists.


Director: Jeanne Herry.
A woman is about to become a grandmother. Nothing changed in her daily life, and yet… Just like every week, this renowned actress walks to her English lesson. But on the way, and after a succession of unexpected encounters, she sees the extent to which the imminent birth of the child occupies her

Interrobang Film Festival

Interrobang Film Festival combines a traditional film production festival with a public screening at the Des Moines Arts Festival.

Janison Short Sharp Film Festival

The Janison Short Sharp Film Festival is Calling For Entries!

Submissions Close 5pm 15th May 2009

Email -

Ph- Christina Hyde on 0412016870


Festival Paris Cinéma

Supported by the the City of Paris and chaired by actress Charlotte Rampling, the festival takes place each year throughout the capital early summer in over 15 different theatres in Paris and grows every year with record attendance.


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