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Boss Baby review by Siraj Syed: These guys sure have bawls!

The Boss Baby review by Siraj Syed: These guys sure have bawls! Cutie cutie. Coochie coochie. Cooey cooey. Too muchy muchy! Fun, funny. Listen, honey, it’s ‘Big brother’ v/s Baby brother. Baby Corp v/s Puppy Corp. It’s a gooey gooey, gagaey gagaey mess of gawpaw, but so adorable, aw. Aw-struck. Amazing animation. Hilarious declamation. A good outing for the vacation. Calling all babies, baby brothers and sisters, parents, baby-sitters, corporate ladder-climbers, carto...

Daniel Hanifan, The Famous Artist Who’s Redefined Art and Cinema, A Passion for Life! By Adrienne Papp

SPOTLIGHT MEDIA PRODUCTIONS   Daniel Hanifan A Passion for Life! By Adrienne Papp Like a lot of great artists, Daniel Hanifan knew what he wanted to do at an early age. One of Hanifan’s Work At about the age of seven he remembers spending a lot of time making “things.” Instead of an interest in playing sports or games, like most other children in his neighborhood in Michigan, Daniel us...

Wild Card, Review: Raw Deal

  Wild Card, Review: Raw Deal Based on the novel Heat, by William Goldman (now 84, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President’s Men, Marathon Man, Dreamcatcher), who also wrote the screenplay, Wild Card is a lukewarm  a remake of the 1986 movie, starring Burt Reynolds. Las Vegas bodyguard Nick Wild (Jason Statham), who insists on being called a “chaperone”, has a gambling problem, drinks a lot and wants badly to get away for a long holiday. He figures he...

International DJ Lil Jon Keynote Speaker at 2014 DJ Expo

By Maria Esteves – August 22, 2014 The DJ Expo 2014 (DJExpo14) Keynote Q&A Presentation with international DJ, producer, artist and entrepreneur Lil Jon (Jonathan Smith) moderated by editor-in-chief Jim Tremayne, DJ Times magazine, at Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, NJ, commenced Tuesday, August 13, 2:30 PM. This amazing standing-room only exclusive keynote was attended by recording artists, DJs, industry executives, producers, promoters, sound engineers, remixers and specia...


The Festival welcomes submissions for feature films in narrative and documentary categories. All selected features will participate in the festival’s MAIN EVENT competition. We strongly believe that a film from any category could take the Festival’s 2014 Best Feature award, be it Darkest Before the Dawn, Cinema Mavericks, the Dockect or any category. Entering all films into the MAIN EVENT puts everyone on an even playing field in the completion and recognizes the best from across all different styles and genres in the independent film community.

In addition, however Mirage International Film Festival offers filmmakers several competitive sub-categories designed specifically to recognize excellence within various genres and help promote the various styles, methods and techniques that populate the ever expanding world of cinema.

  • Main Event  -  main competition program for all eligible feature-length films
  • Darkest Before the Dawn  -  dedicated to showcasing feature-length genre films
  • Cinema Mavericks  -  feature-length films with budgets less than $1.5 million USD
  • Newcomer  -  available exclusively for first-time, feature-length directors
  • WorldCine  -  feature-length films which were financed and filmed outside of North America
  • The Dockect  -  non-fiction feature-length documentary films

The Festival offers a robust competition program for short films, divided into institutional and non-institutional categories.

New Media Marvels Competition Category

Mirage International Film Festival's New Media Marvels competitive program is designed to bring attention to the emerging world of new media. With the growing prevalence and wide reach of online streaming video sites, the internet is providing filmmakers with an easy and affordable avenue to present their alternative media to a global audience.

New Media Marvels is designed to recognize and reward exceptional work in the expanding new media landscape. With the increasing number of success stories of TV series, films and documentaries being developed and produced based on new media content, the Festival's New Media Marvels program provides a solid forum for these new age filmmakers to showcase their stories and network with distributors, producers and industry executives.

Film Blueprint Competition Category

All epic projects start with a vision. And like the building of monolith skyscrapers that dot the city landscape, the first step in realizing that vision is putting your ideas on paper... as blueprints. This concept resonates strong in Mirage International Film Festival’s Original Screenwriting competition Film Blueprint.

We believe that all great films started as great scripts! Film Blueprint seeks to discover the next generation of great writers and provide a forum to highlight and recognize their scripts. This competitive category is judged by a distinguished panel comprised of top literary agents, screenwriters and development executives.

Land of La Dolce Vita Awards "Found Objects"

"Found Objects" screenwriter/director Dawn Westlake received a Special Jury Award for Best Screenplay at CinemAvvenire Film Festival in Rome, Italy on Sunday, June 23, 2013. Festival director Sergio Di Lino communicated with award winners ahead of time to ask for an acceptance message or video from those unable to attend the festivities. Dawn Westlake used 'found video' from a recent visit to Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas to craft her remarks. Check out her acceptance speech...

4th Annual VEGAS INDIE FILM FEST! (VIFF!) - Call for entries!

VIFF! Call For Entries - VEGAS INDIE FILM FEST! Find out more about awards at   AWARDS: Golden Bulb Awards - 'Welcome to Las Vegas' Gold Bulbs Silver Bulb Awards - VIFF! Laurels Bronze Bulb Awards - VIFF! Laurels Rainbow Bulb Awards - VIFF! Laurels Best Foreign Film Best Documentary Best First Film Best Cinematography Best Editing Best Actor Best Actress Best Sound Design Best Screenplay Best Short Film Best Student Film Best Experime...





Sundance Channel Headquarters host Las Vegas

The friendly and inviting atmosphere at the Sundance Channel Headquarters made it one of my happiest places to be during the Sundance Film Festival. Festival pass holders and filmmakers who registered for the lounge were invited in for free drinks, cookies and the occasional lunch. All sorts of people relaxed and mingled in the two floors of the lounge while live broadcasts were conducted up stairs next to the Funny Face Photo Booth where you got to dress up and take silly, photo b...

Big Mike Craft's Saratoga Film Festival

I have decided to innitiate a New Film Festival for New York State. The Saratoga Film Festival is now officially scheduled to screen from August 26th, to August 30th, 2009 , in beautiful Saratoga Springs, New York. The Racing Capital of The World in August. The oldest race track in the United States, brings all the Holloywood, Las Vegas, and New york film stars every year. The Broadway stars flock to the track, and enjoy the night life that is found in a gambling resort town. There are 50 resta...

Big Mike Craft Forms Progressive Universal Life Of N.Y. INC.

Today,I am a we, in the Film Production Business. We are registered as a New York State Corporation and a Federal Production Company with the Government. I (We) shall be moving forward with a 2 part production in Saratoga, N.Y. We shall be offering stock, in a private offering ,here in New York State. A potential investor can touch his or her investment with us. The money is out in the open and not in some Mutual Fund. An investment in a film, is an investment in the Art World. The New York Sta...

Big Mike Craft Gets a NO from Premier Sports on Laila Ali

On February 15th, 2009, Mr. Eric Kaufman of Premier Sports and Entertainment in Santa Monica, California emailed a polite NO answer, to our request for the services of Laila Ali in August 2009, in Saratoga, N.Y. I was personally very saddened, but the note was polite ,and stated that she had other committments. You win some and some you loose. I will always be a fan of Ms Ali and believe she is a beautiful woman. We had offered her a 6 figure salary and a small percentage of the film. We shall c...

Big Mike Craft to consult with Bobby Morris In Vegas for Wayne Newton

It is back to Las Vegas for me, at the present time. I am busting my backside to get this film underway. I have a part for Wayne Newton , as a crew member from my past! I do not want him to sing any of his hits. I really want him to act, in a way I personally believe, he can! I will continually update Fest21 members and guests on the movie's progress. I am still waiting for Premier Sports to get back to us on Laila Ali. It has only been one week, and I know she has a new baby. I hope she and h...

Big Mike Craft, and a few drinks with Frank Sinatra Sr. in the 70's

I was very young when I met Frank Sinatra. I was out in Vegas in 1969 for the first time and would go out every 6 months or so. I went a lot after 1973 when I got rid of my business partner Tony. He was a pain with his constant complaining so we severed the partnership. It was in the Fall of 69 that I first met Mr. Sinatra. I was in the Desert Inn having a drink when someone told him I worked for Meyer Lansky. Moe Daliz did not want me to ever start up with people because all my ol...

Bloody Harvest: A Celebration of Horror in Film

Hello all,First blog entry, so be gentle. We just completed a partnership with the organizers of, "CUT!2008" - a benefit and celebration of cinema dedicated to the art and imagination that goes into the creation of film. The festival took place March 29-30, 2008 at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, and turned out to be a cinephile's dream! Through film screenings and interactive Q&A panels with special guests (in alphabetical order) NICK BICANIC, TONY CURRAN, MARTIN DELANEY, ...


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