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„When the Woodlark Sings“ – Nominee at the Digital Griffix Film Awards Montreal

Wonderful! Our film is nominated for the BEST FIRST TIME DIRECTOR at the Digital Griffix Film Awards in MONTREAL, Canada! Here is a quote from the film festival about the jury: "Our jury is composed of award-winning filmmakers who perfectly understand the hard work put into independent filmmaking!" We are overjoyed and very proud! Thank you to our cast and crew members and everyone who supported us in the process! Watch the trailer: Watch the music...

A free outdoor screening to kick off the festivities of Festival Stop Motion Montréal - September 10 to 19

Festival Stop Motion Montréal runs September 10 to 19 This week marks the beginning of the 13th edition of Festival Stop Motion Montréal, the first festival in the world entirely dedicated to stop-motion animation, which will be held online from September 10 to 19 via the Cinéma Public website, and accessible internationally.   Stop Motion in the Moonlight Although the 2021 edition takes place mainly online, the Festival presents Stop Motion in the Moonlight, a fr...

Bijaya Jena’s Hindi film ‘Abhaas’ (1997): An Overlooked Indian Classic

Babu Subramanian   Akshay Anand and Bijaya Jena in Abhaas The Hindi film Abhaas (Prologue) – about to enter its silver jubilee year in 2022 - is among the Indian art films which have aged well. It was directed by the FTII trained actor Bijaya Jena who also starred in it. Her first feature Tara (1992), a national award winning Odiya film, is about the journey of a woman in a men’s world which leads her to finding her calling. Jena acted as well as wore the director’s h...

Halkaa, Review: Doing it in the open!

Halkaa, Review: Doing it in the open! Precisely the presumption of the makers of the film. Precisely the bane of filmgoers and film-critics. Furthering the cause of Swachh Bharat (Clean India), a central government campaign to promote, among other things, building of toilets in millions of Indian village homes, the film had to be subtle and extremely well-crafted to work. Sadly, it is neither. That it is made by much decorated director Nila Madhab Panda makes it a bitter pill to swallow. Hal...

Blue Mountains, Review by Siraj Syed: Colourless Molehills

Blue Mountains, Review by Siraj Syed: Colourless Molehills Used as a metaphor for distance, apparently unattainable goals, the Blue Mountains of the title prove as elusive and illusory as the real ones the makers project on screen. Lots of colour, lots of singing, lots of dancing, lots of melodrama, and lots of snow do not help Blue Mountains attain any height. Instead, we find ourselves in a cave, at best, or, rather, a gorge. Som (Yatharth Rastogi), a hill-town boy, and part of a gang of f...

LAMPEDUSA by Peter Schreiner at Festival International du Cinéma Nouveau, Montreal

user LES NOUVEAUX ALCHIMISTES EXPERIMENTAL AUSTRIA | 130 minutes | 2015 Peter Schreiner’s abstract, internal narrative based on experience. On the island of Lampedusa, fate brings Zakaria and Giulia together. He’s an ex-fighter in the Somalian civil war; she’s an Italian tourist on the lam. Borrowing from both documentary and fiction, Schreiner shuns explanation in favour of questioning and seeking. In con...

Montreal World Film Festival announces 1M$ Cash prizes

To celebrate its 40th anniversary the Montreal World Film Festival is introducing a GOLDEN CHELEMof World Cinema: $1 million (US) in cash prizes will be added to the awards for its competitive sections. The prize money will be shared equally (on a 50/50 basis) by the producers and directors of the winning films, in order to encourage new cinematic creation. “No other festival in the world rewards its best films in such a generous way with 13 different prizes.” stated MWF...

Showcase your work at JFL and the 12th annual New York Television Festival - 3 Weeks Left to Submit!

The NYTVF and Just for Laughs invite you – the comics, writers, creators, and producers on the cutting edge of comedy – to present your show ideas in an open-pitch forum at the Just for Laughs ComedyPRO Conference in Montreal on July 29, 2016. Concepts can be scripted or unscripted. Finalists in From Set to Screen: The TV Comedy Search will be selected to pitch their ideas LIVE at the ComedyPRO conference, the winner of which will be invited to participat...

Race, Review: Giving racists a run for their money

Race, Review: Giving racists a run for their money How long does it take for an Olympic champion to run 100 metres? Less than 10 seconds. Jesse Owens (1913-1980) was the first American in the history of Olympic track and field to win four gold medals in a single Olympiad. Back in 1936, the attention span of viewers must have been considerably longer than in this age of nano-second technology. Therefore, to make a 2h 14m film on events that occurred 80 years ago, to attract dwindling audiences...

Animation Day in Cannes

Today marked the festival's Animation Day that was filled with both big screen premieres in addition to smaller platform discussions about the current environment of this sector of the film industry. Over at HorYou village, winners from Montreal's Animaze animation film festival were presented along with their works. Anima Buenos Aires won best film with a beautiful piece of work that seemed like a seemless sketch all the way through.'s own Bruno Chatelin a...

Montreal International Animation Film Festival a Celluloid Dream - Article reprinted here WOW!

Montreal International Animation Film Festival a Celluloid Dream Posted on April 23, 2015. Written by Brittany Lee One Drink       The second annual Montreal International Animation Film Festival(MIAFF), presented by Animaze, ran from April 16th to April 19th and, trust me, this festival is going to blow up. Though it’s only in its second year, the MIAFF definitely has a distinct fes...

International Uranium Film Festival Quebec

An international film festival on nuclear age on the 70th anniversary of the atomic bomb. It is dedicated to films about the nuclear question and all aspects of nuclear power: From uranium mining to nuclear waste, from Hiroshima to Chernobyl and Fukushima. 


The official poster of the 5th International Uranium Film Festival was inspired by the poster of the 62nd Festival de Cannes 2009, which was itself inspired by a still from Antonioni's l’Avventura (1960). Photo credit: L'Avventura - Michelangelo Antonioni. Société cinématographique Lyre - Cino del Duca ©AFFIF

le MIAFF! On the hunt for animation films at Berlinale 2015 We are wowed with great submissions!

le MIAFF! Montreal International Animation Film Festival continues to receive many animazing animation films from around the world. Japan, USA, France, Taiwan, Canada, Israel, Macau, Singapore and many other countries.  Each submission more colourful than the next, less haunting than the previous and all as imaginative as Disney on shrooms. We encourage all animators professional or otherwise to connect to le MIAFF! Not onlyas  an animation festival but an industry conference for digi...

Festival du nouveau cinéma (Montréal) - Call for entries 2014

The Festival du nouveau cinéma is looking for films, interactive works and performances for its 43rd edition which will run from October 8 to 19, 2014 in Montréal ! Send us your works before June 15 to maybe be part of the Festival this year!  Early bird rate before April 30, 2014 !   TO SUBMIT A FILM (FEATURE AND SHORT FILM) Two easy ways to submit a short or feature film : via Zone Festival or via Withoutabox For ...

Meet Frederic Feraud Producer of the documentary "De Chair et de Lait" in competition in Montreal

DE CHAIR ET DE LAIT / DE CHAIR ET DE LAIT 2013, Couleur, France, Documentaires du monde (longs métrages)    Équipe de production Réalisation : Bernard Bloch Scénarisation : Bernard Bloch Direction photo : Jacques Mora, Jérôme Colin, David Heft Montage : Christian Girier, Hervé Birolini Maison de production et ventes : Frédéric Féraud, Bernard Bloch, Les Productions de l'&...

Review of The Verdict (Het Vonnis, Belgium, 2013) which won best Directing at FFM 2013

  The verdict of this year FFM’s jury led by legendary European filmmaker Jiri Menzel that best directing was demonstrated by Jan Verheyen in The Verdict, restores faith in justice, what is actually in the core of this extremely intelligent Belgian achievement. Furthermore, I would say that this piece is not just this year’s FFM highlight, but one of the peaks of recent European cinema. Starting as a profound psychological drama about a prominent engineer whose wife gets...

Iranian three grand peaces at Montreal FFM

  by Dejan Nikolaj Kraljacic - Dex (Montreal )   Although one of the most successful cinemas in the festival circuit since the mid-1990s, it seems that this year’s MMF offer of Iranian films should undoubtably resonate for a long time. Obviously, each year we are witnessing more and more courageous Iranian films given the context of their country of origin (absolutely the most restrictive worldwide in terms of censorship, ever!), but, I would say that finally Abolfazl S...

Comedy '30 Love' wins best canadian short by Richard Stark

    Richard received a great review in Inside Toronto. Richard E. Stark’s grandmother will finally have her wish of seeing her grandson’s name on the big screen come true when his movie, 30-Love, premiers Friday, Aug. 23 at the Montreal World Film Festival. After escaping Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe, his grandparents and father settled in Montreal, where his grandmother lived for 20 years before moving to North York. Stark’s family, including his 87-year-...

The Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival 5th Anniversary Edition

Mark your calendars for the fifth edition of the Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival, which will take place October 18th—20th at Concordia University’s J.A. de Sève Theater (1453 Mackay Street, Montreal).   To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the first stop motion animation festival in the world, we will have over 70 films in official competition as well as a special 20th anniversary screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas, presented by the film’s director, H...

Wrap of Montreal 120 articles and interviews of winners and new filmmakers on the Circuit

A serbian review of The Whirlpool (Vir, Serbia, 2013)   Three years after its absence in the MMF's competition programs,  the Serbian cinema can be proud of its comeback with Bojan Vuk Kosovcevic’s movie The Whirlpool, competed in the first films selection. Made for modest, less than $300.000, Kosovcevic’s piece drew much attention with its maturity in expression and skillful directing in accordance with contemporary cinematic style mainly ...

Interview with François-Xavier Vives - Best Artistic Contribution for Landes Under the Pines - starring Marie Gillain

Under the Pines / Landes; an interview with the director in Montreal 2013, Colour, France, Belgium, World Competition (full length movies)  Original language : french  Subtitles language : english Production Team Director : François-Xavier Vives Screenwriter : François Xavier Vives, Emmanuel Roy, Camille Fontaine Cinematographer : Emmanuel Soyer Editor : Isabelle Poudevigne Cast : Marie Gillain, Jalil Lespert, Miou ...

Interview with Alec Whaite actor from Award Winning Film 'The Longest Distance'

LA DISTANCIA MAS LARGA / THE LONGEST DISTANCE 2013, Colour, Venezuela, Spain, First Films World Competition  Original language : Espagnol  Subtitles language : s.t.f. (CI.31.5 et L12.01.2) s.t.a. (L12.30.2)   Production Team Director : Claudia Pinto Emperador Screenwriter : Claudia Pinto Emperador Cinematographer : Gabriel Guerra Editor : Elena Ruíz Cast : Carme Elias, Omar Moya, Alec Whaite, Iván Tamayo, Isabe...


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