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Slamdance hits 15th with vigor

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2009 marks the 15th anniversary of the Slamdance Film Festival, one of the few remaining movie showcases whose sole mission is to nurture, support and introduce truly independent works from first-time filmmakers. This celebratory year takes place in Park City, Utah, January 15 – 23 and will screen about 100 films in total in all genres. However, in what is one of the toughest and most-aggressive competitions among festivals, only 20 features in the narrative and documentary feature categories...

New York International Independent Film and Video Festival returns to Los Angeles

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Those in need of a satisfying indie film fix will be happy to hear that The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) is gearing up to return to Los Angeles with an exciting lineup of films, premieres and special events, taking place December 4-11th, 2008. NYIIFVF kicks off with a film market and networking party at the stylish Cabana Club on Thursday, December 4th from 7pm-Midnight. Opening night will also include a special awards presentation for NYIIFVF award recipi...

A Mahon On A Mission

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  Sunday, November 9-------Don’t let the twinkle in his eyes or the lilt in his Irish accent fool you….. Mark Mahon is indeed a man on a mission, at least when it comes to his feature film directing debut, the boxing drama STRENGTH AND HONOUR. The film, which screened last night to an enthusiastic audience response at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, is a redemptive story about the emotional and professional comeback of a wounded fighter, in many ways a parallel...

Mark Mahon a man on a mission, focus from Fort Lauderdale

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Don’t let the twinkle in his eyes or the lilt in his Irish accent fool you….. Mark Mahon is indeed a man on a mission, at least when it comes to his feature film directing debut, the boxing drama STRENGTH AND HONOUR. The film, which screened last night to an enthusiastic audience response at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, is a redemptive story about the emotional and professional comeback of a wounded fighter, in many ways a parallel to Mahon’s own dramatic story. A nat...

NYIIFVF Best Feature Film- Strength and Honour - Trailer and Poster

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STRENGTH AND HONOUR tells the story of an Irish-American boxer, Sean Kelleher (Michael Madsen), who accidentally kills his friend in the ring and promises his wife that he will never box again. However, years later, when he discovers that his only son is dying of the same hereditary heart disorder which has taken his wife, he is forced to break his promise in order to raise the substantial funds needed for the surgery that could save his son's life. STRENGTH AND HONOUR is a human drama of love...

Fall's Film Extravaganza results from The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival

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The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival proudly announces the results from their Fall event in New York. Over 200 films from 45 countries competed for awards in categories such as Grand Jury Prizes for direction, acting, and cinematography, screenwriting as well as genre and documentary awards. "The caliber of film entries was very impressive from both emerging filmmakers and professional established filmmakers from all over the world. An expert panel ...

NYIIFVF Fall Event Awards

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The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival proudly announces the results from their Fall event in New York. Over 200 films from 45 countries competed for awards in categories such as Grand Jury Prizes for direction, acting, and cinematography, screenwriting as well as genre and documentary awards. "The caliber of film entries was very impressive from both emerging filmmakers and professional established filmmakers from all over the world. An expert panel of film judges decide...

Awards of the first annual Downtown Film Festival

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The first annual Downtown Film Festival – Los Angeles (DFFLA) concluded its final day on Sunday with “Sustainable L.A.,” an all-day, free-to-the-public program devoted to urban ecology in the heart of city’s Bunker Hill business district that included an organic farmer’s market, panel discussions about urban “green’ topics, and the screening of a variety of related documentary films.The day-long activities continued into the evening with the Los Angeles premiere screening of “Flo...

Awards of the first annual Downtown Film Festival

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The first annual Downtown Film Festival – Los Angeles (DFFLA) concluded its final day on Sunday with “Sustainable L.A.,” an all-day, free-to-the-public program devoted to urban ecology in the heart of city’s Bunker Hill business district that included an organic farmer’s market, panel discussions about urban “green’ topics, and the screening of a variety of related documentary films.The day-long activities continued into the evening with the Los Angeles premiere screening of “Flo...

A presentation of inaugural Downbeach Film Festival

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Director-writer Kevin Smith will be honored August 9 at a retrospective during the inaugural Downbeach Film Festival (DBFF), August 8 to 10. New Jersey native Smith will speak about his career and hold a Q & A with the audience in the Screening Room at Resorts Atlantic City. The festival will also award Smith the Lifesaver Award for lifetime achievement to date for such films as Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Dogma, Chasing Amy and Clerks. The festival kicks off August 8 with a slate of films i...

NEWSLETTER N° 357: March 26, 2008

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AWARDS THE AWARDS WATCH ON FEST21.COM Oscar and more Backseat Film Festival Awards The Hugo Television Awards to Smuggler Thomson Young Innovator of the Year Winners of Tiburon Film Festival FIFO awards from Papeete ------------------------------ FESTIVAL DAILIES Coming soon ...

World Premieres Get First Look At Palm Beach

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One of the rarest things to find at a medium-sized film festival are films that have never been seen at another festival venue. World Premieres are a highly prized status that most festivals attempt to attract, but with the exception of the largest, rarely succeed in attracting.So, it was with a mix of curiosity and excitement that I noticed that at this year's Palm Beach International Film Festival, there are a number of films making their world debuts at the event. The decision to showcase one...

World Premieres Get First Look At Palm Beach

 Saturday, April 12-------One of the rarest things to find at a medium-sized film festival are films that have never been seen at another festival venue. World Premieres are a highly prized status that most festivals attempt to attract, but with the exception of the largest, rarely succeed in attracting.So, it was with a mix of curiosity and excitement that I noticed that at this year's Palm Beach International Film Festival, there are a number of films making their world debuts at the event. ...

Malibu Festival tribute to resident Michael Madsen

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The ninth edition of the Malibu International Film Festival announces actor and Malibu resident; Michael Madsen will be honored on closing night April 6th for Madsen’s achievements in the art of acting. Past MIFF acting award recipients include: Pierce Brosnan, Nick Nolte, Shirley Shirley MacLaine, Malcolm Macdowell & Charles Bronson.Madsen gained attention from critics and fans from his performances in notable independent films such as Reservoir Dogs, Sin City & Kill Bill. Madsen's acting c...

Malibu International Film Festival Tribute to Michael Madsen

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The ninth edition of the Malibu International Film Festival announces actor and Malibu resident; Michael Madsen will be honored on closing night April 6th for Madsen’s achievements in the art of acting. Past MIFF acting award recipients include: Pierce Brosnan, Nick Nolte, Shirley Shirley MacLaine, Malcolm Macdowell & Charles Bronson.Madsen gained attention from critics and fans from his performances in notable independent films such as Reservoir Dogs, Sin City & Kill Bill. Madsen's acting c...

The French Touch At The Miami Film Festival

Friday, March 7---------Films from France have traditionally been among the strongest and most loved at the Miami International Film Festival. Not only does Miami have within its borders a large French expatriate community, but immigrants from French-speaking Africa and the Americas round out the French language contingent in this multi-cultural town. Even for those not fluent in “la langue,” French cinema has been the most popular non-English film product for more than 70 years in the Unit...

Malibu International Film Festival events

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The ninth edition of the Malibu International Film Festival announces its official film screenings and special events schedule for April 4 - 6, 2008. This year’s festival is honored to screen 29 films from around the world. Countries represented in this year's festival are Canada, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Liberia, Thailand, Uganda, United Kingdom & USA. The Malibu Film Festival offers something for everyone with a diverse line-up of films and special event...

No Country for Old Men will launch Fantasporto fantastic lineup

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Dario Argento, Asia Argento, Takashi Miike, Guillermo Del Toro, Kim Ki Duk, Tsui Hark, the Coen Brothers, Frank Darabont, Stephen King, Lars Von Trier, Fernando Lopes, Max Von Sydow, Kelly LeBrock, Olivie Assayas, Michael Madsen, John Ventimiglia, Johnnie To, among others Once again Fantasporto will be the meeting point of the cream of the world cinema. The biggest names in the world of cinema again return with their latest productions. As the guilty one always returns to the site of the crime, ...

Fantasporto will be the meeting point of the cream of the world cinema

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Dario Argento, Asia Argento, Takashi Miike, Guillermo Del Toro, Kim Ki Duk, Tsui Hark, the Coen Brothers, Frank Darabont, Stephen King, Lars Von Trier, Fernando Lopes, Max Von Sydow, Kelly LeBrock, Olivie Assayas, Michael Madsen, John Ventimiglia, Johnnie To, among others Once again Fantasporto will be the meeting point of the cream of the world cinema. The biggest names in the world of cinema again return with their latest productions. As the guilty one always returns to the site of the crime, ...

Raindance line up announced: the festival gets ready for heavy program

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15th Raindance Film Festival  will run September 25 - October 7thFeature Films and Feature Documentaries Screening  THE AMAZING LIVES OF THE FAST FOOD GRIFTERS [TACHIGUISHI RESTUDEN] Japan 104'Director: Mamoru OsuiiPrincipal Cast: Kaito Kissuoji, Mako Hyodo, Tosuio Suzuki, Shinji HiguchiShort Synopsis: Hit Japanese blockbuster from the director of Ghost in the Shell.THE AMAZING GRACE Nigeria 83'Director: Jeta AmataDirector of Photography: Joseph TaylorPrincipal Cast: Nick Moran, Scott...

Mark Mahon will be a presenter at the Action on Film Festival Award

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The producers of the Action on Film Festival announced today that director, writer and producer Mark Mahon will be a presenter at the 2007 festival award show. This year's award ceremony will also feature an award named after him, which he will present. The award will be given annually to a screenplay which displays excellence in writing and the indomitable spirit of the filmmaker. "This is a dream come true," said Mahon. "Winning at AOF is responsible for everything that has happened to me." ...

Indie Film Nation Podcast #071 for 13th April 2007

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Interview with Stephen Tramontana (Writer/Director) of Grindhouse (USA) feature film made in 2002 and who has accused Quentin Tarantino of ripping off their film for his new film project with Robert Rodgriuez. Tramontana has released his film for download for only 99 cents at The Real Grindhouse Bryan Singer vs Gus Van Sant - both are making new films about the Harvey Milk murder in San Franscisco Anne Thompson from Variety magazine reports that independent filmmake...

Mark Mahon AOF Success Story!

How do you go from a struggling screenwriter to a full fledged filmmaker in under two years with no connections, no family in the business, and no real experience?  According to Mark Mahon, you enter your script in the AOF Festival, win an award and the rest is easy.  Well maybe not that easy, but Mark has made it look that way and he did it with style, grace and class.    The new film STRENTH AND HONOR by Mark M

Mark Mahon AOF Success Story!

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How do you go from a struggling screenwriter to a full fledged filmmaker in under two years with no connections, no family in the business, and no real experience?  According to Mark Mahon, you enter your script in the AOF Festival, win an award and the rest is easy.  Well maybe not that easy, but Mark has made it look that way and he did it with style, grace and class.    The new film STRENTH AND HONOR by Mark Mahon stars Michael Madsen, Ricahrd Chamberlain, Vinnie Jones and Patrick Bergin....

NY Film and Video Festival ready to hit NY for 8 days

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The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) proudly announces its return to its hometown Manhattan for eight days of film screenings, world premieres, industry panels and after-parties. The festival, known as "the voice of independent film," will showcase over 200 international and domestic feature films, shorts, documentaries and animations. The festivities kick off on November 9th with a networking party for filmmakers and artists at West Chelsea hotspot ...
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