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>  Santa Barbara January 15 - 25 

VIDEO: follow us on the star studded Red Carpet at Santa Barbara Film Fest

Impressive line up of stars on the red carpet in Santa Barbara, was there to capture the moment. Check the amazing photo gallery featuring Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Renee Zellwegger, Brad Pitt, christopher Lyod, Bong Joon Ho, Taron Egerton...Mark Bennnett Photography and video interviews with Bradd Pitt...           Interview by Stuart McNaught and photography by Mark Bennett        

Brad Pitt Admits Turning Down THE MATRIX, But Maltin Master’s Life Has Been Surreal

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent SANTA BARBARA, CA (1/23/2020): Brad Pitt continued his victory lap around the Awards Circuit with the Maltin Modern Master Award from 35th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) presented by UGG last night. The festival pulled out the big guns with Leonard Maltin conducting the sold-out tribute to Brad Pitt like the maestro of media that he is with this eponymous award. The Hollywood Leading Man admitted up front, “I did...

Brad Pitt Honored with Maltin Modern Master Award at 35th SBIFF 2020

Picture Mark Bennett   SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (January 23, 2020) - Day 8 of the 35th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) presented by UGG featured a sold-out tribute to Brad Pitt, who received the Maltin Modern Master Award for his long standing contributions to the film industry, most recently gracing the silver screen in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood from Columbia Pictures and Ad Astra for New Regency.  &nbs...

Laura Dern Follows big SAG Win and Golden Globe with Glittery Cinema Vanguard at SBIFF

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   SANTA BARBARA,CA (1/22/2020): It was the kind of Dream Weekend most actors will never experience; after SAG Awards on Friday night, by Tuesday, Laura Dern was picking up a glitzy tribute prize in Santa Barbara for life achievement.  And there’s something so very ‘Laura Dern’ in the way Laura Dern parses her acceptance speech sentences, as distinctive as her onscreen persona. This master-stroke in del...

SBIFF Outstanding Director of the Year Award to Bong Joon Ho

  The Outstanding Director of the Year Award sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter honoring Bong Joon Howill take place Thursday, January 24th, 2020 8:00pm at the  Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara, CA will attend and cover    CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS     ...

Opening night red carpet interviews from the 35th Santa Barbara International Film Festival opening

Roger Durling and singer actress Bronagh Gallager who played in the opening film of A Bump Along The Way     The 35th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), presented by UGG, kicked off on Wednesday evening with the world premiere of A Bump Along The Way at the historic Arlington Theatre.   Directed by Shelly Love, the female-led comedy-drama centers around Pamela (Bronagh Gallagher), a middle-aged woman from Derry, Northern Ireland whose unexpe...

VIDEO: Santa Barbara Fest conversations with 8 Virtuosos Award Honorees

Virtuosos Award Presented by UGG® honoring Awkwafina (The Farewell), Taron Egerton (Rocketman), Cynthia Erivo (Harriet), Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart), Aldis Hodge (Clemency), George MacKay (1917), Florence Pugh (Midsommar), and Taylor Russell (Waves) Saturday, January 18th, 2020 8:00pm Arlington Theatre Santa Barbara, CA     The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced the second wave of recipients to receive the Virtuosos Award pr...

VIDEO: Adam Driver: On Being Alive & Other MARRIAGE STORY Insights at SBIFF

Photo Mark Bennett By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent When Adam Driver received the Outstanding Performers of the Year Award, presented by Belvedere Vodka, last night at the 35th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), there was a little bit of actor family drama as preamble. MARRIAGE STORY co-star Scarlett Johansson was also set to appear, but was said to miss the event due to illness. The interplay between these two actors, who play divorcing...

Adam Driver accepted the Outstanding Performers of the Year Award in Santa Barbara

Photo Mark Bennett filmfestivals Day 3 of the 35th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented by UGG featured a heartening tribute to 2020 Oscar nominated actor Adam Driver, who received the Outstanding Performers of the Year Award presented by Belvedere Vodka. Driver was recognized for his critically acclaimed work in Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story.    As he arrived to the tribute, the actor was greeted by SBIFF Executive Director Roger D...


ROTTERDAM FILM FESTIVAL 22 January – 2 February 2020 

VIDEO: Opening Night IFFR 2020

On 22 January at de Doelen the festival began with our opening ceremony and the opening film: Mosquito by João Nuno Pinto. Rewatch Bero Beyer’s opening speech, the introduction with our new festival director Vanja Kaludjercic, and some words on the film.        ...

Tune in for the IFFR Tiger Competition press conference this sunday

49th International Film Festival Rotterdam 22 January – 2 February 2020   Watch the livestream of our IFFR press conference on Sunday 26 January from 12:30 to 13:30 hours CET. This is will be the first of two press conferences giving extra depth to the Tiger Competition. Festival director Bero Beyer and IFFR programmer Müge Demir will talk to filmmakers Vincent B...

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>  KUSTENDORF 22 January – 2 February 2020 

Awards of the Kustendorf 2020 edition were handed out at the closing ceremony

Most poetic film Home Far Away, Dimitar Kutmanov, Bulgaria Special mention of the jury Havana,Cuba, Andrei Hutuleac, Romania Best cinematography The Other, Saman Hoseinpuor, Ako Zandkarimi, Iran Bronze eggc Beef, Ingride Santos, Spain Silver eggLake of Happiness, Aliaksei Paluyan, Belarus Golden egg award The Christmas Gift, Bogdan Muresanu, Romania  

VIDEO: interview with Paolo Virzi on Kustendorf and Kusturica

Paolo Virzì was for the first time in Kustendorf where he served as jury, he told Bruno Chatelin about this unique experience of being in Kustendorf  ...

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>  FANTASPORTO PREVIEWS February 28 March 7 

Fantasporto opening featured in Variety

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Fantasporto 40 Program Complete

68 COUNTRIES WHICH SUBMITTED FILMS FOR  THE 2020 SELECTION    South Africa , Germany, Argentina, Austria , Australia , Bangladesh, Belgium, Belarus , Bolivia, Bulgaria , Brazil , Canada , Kazakhstan, Chile, China , Cyprus , Colombia, South Korea , Croatia , Cuba, Kurdistan , Denmark, Slovenia , Spain, Uni...

The Jury at Fantasporto 2020 40th anniversary edition

Actress Marina Gera won Hungary’s first Emmy Award for her role in Eternal Winter   INTERNATIONAL JURIES OFFICIAL SECTIONS FANTASTIC CINEMA & EAST EXPRESS Pedro Farate - producer - Portugal Julian Richards - director - 2020– GB Career Award Francisco Bendomir - director - Argentina   OFFICIAL SECTION DIRECTORS 'WEEK | MANOEL DE OLIVEIRA AWARD Nigel Floyd- film writer- GB   Anton Bitel...

Retro Taiwan at Fantasporto 40

RETRO TAIWAN 2020  THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE   For the third consecutive year, the official entity that represents Taiwanese Cinema co-operates with Fantasporto, with a selected group of restored or even just recovered films from its archive. This is a unique opportunity to know this cinema, so rich and innovative. After approaching the great classics in 2018, the role played by woman in the cinema which helped their emancipation in society in 2019, Fantasporto present a program in t...

The official competitions to begin February 28th, Adverse to open the festival

40 YEARS OF FANTASPORTO IN PORTUGAL’S CAPITAL OF CINEMA WILL BEGAN WITH THE WORLD OPENING OF ADVERSE WITH MICKEY ROURKE   The city of Porto, overlooking the River Douro and close to the Atlantic Ocean, and a World Heritage City, welcomes once again one of the most prestigious film festivals in Europe and in the World.  Fantasporto, Porto International Film Festival celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2020 and it will be held in 25th February- 8th March at the Rivoli Theatre, ...

Jinga retrospective and Fantasporto career award to Julian Richards

JINGA FRIGHT NIGHTS IN RETROSPECTIVE JULIAN RICHARDS, A PASSIONATE CINEPHILE CAREER AWARD FANTASPORTO’2020   Of all those who have been regular visitors of Fantasporto, the British director, producer and distributor Julian Richards is a world apart. Not only because he is one of the few European directors consistently and regularly – but not exclusively -   approaching in his films the world of the imagination but also as a promoter and distributor of fantasy fil...

Fantasporto Director's week line up announced for the 40th anniversary edition

HERE ARE THE FILMS SELECTED FOR THE FANTASTIC DIRECTOR´S WEEK COMPETITIVE SECTION   The city of Porto, overlooking the River Douro and close to the Atlantic Ocean, and a World Heritage City, welcomes once again one of the most prestigious film festivals in Europe and in the World.  Fantasporto, Porto International Film Festival celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2020 and it will be held in 25th February- 8th March at the Rivoli Theatre, with the support of the Town City Hall....

Fantasporto 2020 Classics

Fantas Classics with The Best of Fantasporto 40 Years BLADE RUNNER OPENS FANTASPORTO’2020 DRACULA AND RAGING BULL ALSO NOT TO BE MISSED   The Fantas Classics section of the 40th edition of Fantasporto begins February 25th with THE FILM OF THE FESTIVAL. It was in 1983 that open in Europe and Fantasporto, in his third edition was screening perhaps the best film of the era: Blade Runner of Ridley Scott. 10 years later it was time for the European première of the Director...

Horror in Porto for the 40th edition: an exciting selection of fantastic films

The city of Porto, overlooking the River Douro and close to the Atlantic Ocean, and a World Heritage City, welcomes once again one of the most prestigious film festivals in Europe and in the World.  Fantasporto, Porto International Film Festival celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2020 and it will be held in 25th February- 8th March at the Rivoli Theatre, with the support of the Town City Hall. Here are the film that were selected for the Oficial Fantasy Competition Section:   Bulle...

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>  SUNDANCE January 23 - February 2


2020 Sundance Film Festival: Juries Announced

25 Jurors to Award 31 Prizes  Sundance Institute will gather 25 celebrated and revered expert voices across film, art, culture and science to award feature-length and short films shown at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival with 31 prizes, announced at a ceremony February 1. Short Film Awards will be announced at a separate ceremony on January 28. The Festival takes place January 23 through February 2 in Park City, Salt Lake City and Sundance, Utah.  The awards, which recognize stando...

Last program from John Cooper as a director of Sundance Festival reveals 118 features, 44 first-time feature filmmakers

The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced the showcase of new independent feature films selected across all categories for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. The Festival hosts screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort, from January 23–February 2, 2020. The Sundance Film Festival is Sundance Institute’s flagship public program, widely regarded as the largest American independent film festival and attended by more than 120,000 people and 1,300 ac...

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70 years anniversary edition with, new posters, new look, no bears?


Six Classic Films in Digitally Restored Versions will have their world premiere in Berlinale Classics

    Berlinale Classics 2020 will present the world premiere of the digitally restored versions of six classic films. The films are from Italy/France, Japan, Czechoslovakia, the UK/USA, Poland, and Germany. The Berlinale Classics series will open on February 21, 2020 at the Friedrichstadt-Palast with a screening of the 1924 silent film Das Wachsfigurenkabinett (Waxworks), with a live musical accompaniment.       The Berlinale Classics&nbs...

The 70th Berlinale Opens With Philippe Falardeau’s My Salinger Year

Sigourney Weaver, Margaret Qualley in My Salinger Year by Philippe Falardeau © micro-scope In launching the 70th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival, the Berlinale Special Gala My Salinger Year by writer/director Philippe Falardeau will celebrate its world premiere on February 20, 2020 at the Berlinale Palast. The top-class cast of the Berlinale opening film stars Golden Globe winning and Oscar-nominated Sigourney Weaver, Margaret Qualley - most recently seen in Fosse/Verdo...

Generation Take It to the Limit

Maria Galant in Irmã (Sisters in the End of the World) by Luciana Mazeto and Vinícius Lopes With 59 competition entries, including 29 world premieres and eleven debut films from 34 countries and a share of female directors reaching 58%, the programme of the 43rd Generation is now complete. “A keen and open eye, the questioning of conventions and the often dramatic transgressions of borders make the films in the Generation programme partic...

The first films of the Berlin Critics' Week 2020

  The city as a French battle zone, from Romanian star to Serbian diva, a ghost from the Nigerian past, Brazilian stories of violence, a Spanish summer with a water shortage, the hammock as a vantage point in Venezuela, birds singing in ancient Greek, and an Austrian surprise. The first films of the 6th Berlin Critics’ Week at a glance.     The Critics’ Week 2020 opens with an evening p...

Cinema plural - A conference without a theme opens the Berlin Critics' Week 2020

  Conference at Theaterdiscounter Berlin, Wednesday, 19th February 2020, from 6pm - Films and debates of the Critics’ Week from February 20th-27th, 2020 at the Hackesche Höfe cinema, always 8pm   What are the hopes of today’s filmmakers, critics and cinephiles? What do they resent, what do they demand? In 2020, the Critics’ Week is refusing to choose a theme for the opening conference. Instead, we’re inviting friends old and new to voice t...

Berlinale Special Memory, Genre and Parable; Johnny Depp, Pinocchio, Agneska Holland and more

The Berlinale Special takes audiences on a journey around the world and gives memory a special role. Whether it’s to remember a place, a life or following the scattered parts of the Berlin wall, these films offer on an unforgettable trip. The film selection also includes genre cinema such as thriller and western. High Ground is a western that was developed in close collaboration with the Indigenous communities of Australia. It pays homage to a territory (now...

Panorama Crossing Borders

Riz Ahmed in Mogul Mowgli von/by Bassam Tariq I © Mogul Mowgli / BBC Films Panorama Crossing Borders Young, political, combative: the 70th Berlinale Panorama tells of migration and the search for and discovery of an inner notion of home, the overexploitation of our planet and it unveils bold narratives of queer identities. Directors Karim Aïnouz, Andrea Štaka and Francisco Márquez as well as the actors Ben Whishaw, Sandra Hüller and Stellan Skar...

“Books at Berlinale” 12 books suitable for film adaptation at the Berlinale Co-Production Market

  Books at Berlinale 2019 I © Lydia Hesse On February 24, publishers and literary agents will present 12 international new releases and bestsellers that are specifically suitable for film adaptations to interested film producers. On February 24, at the “Books at Berlinale” pitching event, a co-operation with Frankfurter Buchmesse, the Berlinale Co-Production Market will once again present twelve exceptional works of literature that are partic...

Forum Galloping Between Different Eras

Links: Reha-Xustina Bolekia Bueriberi in Anunciaron tormenta | A Storm Was Coming von/by Javier Fernández Vázquez (Kein Copyright) Mitte: Lúa vermella | Red Moon Tide von/by Lois Patiño © Zeitun Films 2020 Rechts: Şerban Lazarovici in Tipografic majuscul | Uppercase Print von/by Radu Jude © Silviu Ghetie Forum Galloping Between Different Eras The Berlinale Forum is celebrating its anniversary: 50 years of dedication to independent, adventurous, ...

Berlinale Shorts Presents its Programme for 2020 and the International Short Film Jury

Berlinale Shorts The Berlinale Short Film Competition celebrates the artistic freedom of the short form and offers a wide range of topics and narrative styles with 24 films from 18 countries. Fictional stories take centre stage, accompanied by idiosyncratic experiments and documentary essays or observations. More on the programme and the International Short Film Jury here.   Berlinale Special Multifaceted Programme The Berlinale Special is the most multifaceted section of th...

Highlights on Encounters and on Special Programme "On Transmission"

Gunda von/by Victor Kossakovsky © Egil Håskjold Larsen/Sant & Usant Encounters Programme Completed: Vitality of Cinema in All of Its Forms Encounters as additional competitive section will be introduced in 2020 for the first time. The 15 titles chosen for Encounters present the vitality of cinema in all of its forms. Each film presents a different way of interpreting the cinematic story: autobiographical, intimate, political, social, philosophical, epic, surreal. The f...

Berlinale 2020: the new heads at the selection committee installed by Carlo Chatrian and Mariette Rissenbeek

Selection committee appointed / New heads for Panorama and Berlinale Shorts / Outlook onto 70th anniversary Carlo Chatrian as Artistic Director and Mariette Rissenbeek as Executive Director will officially take office on June 1, 2019. The future director duo have already been in contact with festival sections, initiatives and departments for some time now, learning about workflows and structures, and had the opportunity to gain further insights on location at the festival in February. Th...
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2020: A French Odyssey Explore the Stars at the Alliance Française French Film Festival



    2020 welcomes both a new decade and the sparkling 31st edition of the Alliance Française French Film Festival.   In keeping with such a momentous year, this beloved event will once again unveil a thrilling selection of contemporary French cinema, guaranteed to captivate and stimulate audiences around the country.   Presented by the Alliance Française in association with the Embassy of France in Australia and Unifrance Films, the 2020 season will scre...

LIVE VIDEO : Opening Ceremony, Göteborg Film Festival 2020

Psychosis in Stockholm to Open the festival, My Father Mary Anne to Close This year's opening film is the world premiere of the Swedish film Psychosis in Stockholm by Maria Bäck. 20 years ago, Maria Bäck went on vacation to Stockholm with her mother. It ended with her mother having a mental breakdown – and the 14-year-old Maria wandering around the city alone. With the help of actors Josefin Neldén and Josefine Stofkoper, she has now processed the exper...



Visions du Réel unveils its 2020 posters!

Designed by Geneva-based studio Schaffter Sahli, the posters feature the documentary work of Christian Lutz — recently awarded Swiss Photographer of the year — from his photographic immersion in Macao.          ...
SF Green Film Festival Seeks Executive Director to Lead the Organization into its Second Decade. Founder Rachel Caplan to Step Down After 10 Years of Leadership. SF Green Film Festival, the West Coast’s leading event for films and conversations about people and the planet, is seeking its first Executive Director. This decision follows the announcement of the departure of Founder Rachel Caplan who will be leaving the organization this year. ...
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Your Script Produced competition
                     Season 2


PRE LAUNCH DEADLINE January 20, 2020

Introducing Season 2 / 2020 of “Your Script Produced!” International Film / Tv / Short Film Screenwriting Competition sponsored by Doval Bacall Films. The sponsor will fully finance, develop, package and produce the Grand Prize Winning Feature Script for $250,000.00.

We've raised the stakes! Season 2 will accept Features, Tv Scripts, AND SHORT FILM SCRIPTS! Winners will be promoted in the Variety Magazine and THR!

Open to writers of all levels. 18 years old or older. Anyone 16 or 17 years of age can submit, must have a parental consent form.







New York Festivals Television & Films Awards 
April 9th, 2020


Deadline extended

New York Festivals World's Best TV & Films competition honors programming in all lengths and forms from over 50 countries.  

All Entries in the 2020 competition will be judged online and screened by New York Festivals Television & Film Awards Grand Jury of 200 plus producers, directors, writers, and other creative media professionals from around the globe. Nominated Finalists are judged by a selected panel at the United Nations for the UNDPI Awards. Award-winning entries will be showcased on the NYF Television & Film Awards website. To View the 2019 TV & Film Awards winning entries please visit:

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French Riviera Film Festival 

May 11-12, 2020



January 25, 2020 regular deadline

The second annual French Riviera Film Festival will recognize and celebrate short form content created for film, television, Web and all digital platforms. In the glamorous South of France setting, FRFF invites filmmakers from around the globe to participate in the two day festival that includes screenings, VIP receptions, awards ceremony and closing gala party. FRFF will place the spotlight on the best short form filmed content during the time period of the annual Festival de Cannes. A prestigious jury panel will select Best Drama Short, Best Comedy Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Animation Short, Best Experimental Short, Audience Favorite Award, Best Director Award, Best Actor Award, Best Actress Award, as well as special Industry Awards. Attendees and participants will include filmmakers, industry executives, celebrities, media and influencers.

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Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival  
May 30 – June 4, 2020


February 25, 2020 Regular Deadline
April 10, 2020 Late Deadline

Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival launched its 1st edition in June 2019 to a spectacular success. The 2nd Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival returns in June 2020  in association with the Municipality of Kandanos-Selinou. The 'Lost World' of Paleochora nestles between the Mountains and Sea in South West Crete and is the perfect location for Filmmakers to convene to show their work, network with colleagues and enjoy our fabulous Cretan hospitality. We may be at the most southern point of Europe, but there are BIG Film things happening here and on the entire Island of Crete. Our main aim will be to select films which focus on great storytelling, whether fiction, documentary or any other accepted genre.

Screenings are held Under the Stars in the Town Hall Square with daytime programmes held at the fabulous Pearl Cavo oceanside venue.

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Julien Dubuque International Film Festival 
April 22 – 26, 2020


January 27, 2020  Late Deadline
February 16, 2020  Extended Deadline

Known for it's quaint location, friendly staff/volunteers, inquisitive audience, consistent communication, multiple screening opportunities, workshops, panels and other amazing networking opportunities and parties; it's no wonder JDIFF was voted one of the coolest film festivals and one of the top 50 worth the submission fee by MovieMaker Magazine . JDIFF also ranks as one of the top 100 reviewed festivals by FilmFreeway. JDIFF is ALL about the independent filmmaker!

Dubuque, Iowa is a quaint city on the Mississippi and a perfect place to host the festival. As quoted in Filmmaker Magazine "The festival is smartly situated downtown, with an assortment of handsome venues all within walking distance" from the Festival Headquarters, located in the grand HOTEL JULIEN, the same hotel where Al Capone used to hide out from the Chicago Feds.

Our final nominees are judged by our Jury members of Film professionals, such as Directors, Producers, Critics, Director of Photography, etc and choose the final winner of each category.


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Worlfest Houston 53

April 17 - 26, 2019

Final deadline January 31

WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival offers international competition in Ten Major Competition Categories! Features, Shorts, Docs/Business Films, Student, Experimental, Screenplays, New Media, TV Production, TV Commercials, & Music Videos! More than 200 sub-categories for fair competition. Only at WorldFest-Houston are you selected as a Remi Award Winner on the basis of your numerical score from the juries, which greatly increases your chance to win a Remi, unlike other festivals that only give out one Gold, one Silver and one Bronze! Only 10%-15% of entries actually win the coveted Remi Award!


You may enter Online via our entry platform -, or via - we now accept entries via Vimeo & YouTube, in addition to DVD/BR Entries, & USB/Jump Drives. Screenplay entries must be bound. We will confirm when we receive your entry and we provide personal Jury Results, and festival details when you are selected for screening at the 53rd WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival!

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NEW YORK CITY Independent Film Festival

May 10 – 17, 2020


February 5, 2020 Extended Deadline  

NYC Indie Film Fest is a celebration of the Independent Filmmaker, documentaries, short and feature-length films, music videos, and animation.

All NYC Indie screenings take place in the historic center of NYC, Time Square which is the perfect home for an event geared toward creating incredible opportunities for independent voices.

NYC Indie Film Festival honors the Best in Category which includes Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Super Short, Best Music Video, as well as Best Director and Best Screenplay.

With panels, parties and a week-long gathering of fellow indie filmmakers May 10 - May 17, 2020.

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Top 10 Hollywood Next Wives: No More “Wronged Women”

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent At the SAG Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 19, Brad Pitt made veiled mention of his ex-wife Angelina Jolie in a moving acceptance speech for Male Actor in a Supporting Role in Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD. More telling, though, was a brief clinched handhold backstage with once wife, Jennifer Aniston, who  picked up a statuette at the gala.Aniston has moved on since their divorce, being recognized last night ...

Founder Rachel Caplan to Step Down from SF Green Film Festival and looks for her replacement

SF Green Film Festival Seeks Executive Director to Lead the Organization into its Second Decade SF Green Film Festival, the West Coast’s leading event for films and conversations about people and the planet, is seeking its first Executive Director. This decision follows the announcement of the departure of Founder Rachel Caplan who will be leaving the organization this year after 10 years in the job. “Launching and leading San Francisco Green Film Festival over the pas...

Meet the 2020 Nordic Film Lab participants in Göteborg

This year's 17 Nordic Film Lab participants! Nordic Film Lab is Göteborg Film Festival's exclusive networking forum for up-and-coming Scandinavian filmmakers.  Nordic Film Lab participants 2020 DIRECTOR, SCREENWRITER Christian BENGTSON DIRECTOR, SCREENWRITER Ernst DE GEER ...

BIRDS OF PREY Margot Robbie, Whipped Cream, Doja Cat Take Over Hollywood & Highland

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Los Angeles, CA (1/23/20): Margot Robbie from BOMBSHELL lands at Hollywood & Highland tonight with her BIRDS OF PREY crew along with musical performances by the film’s soundtrack artists Charlotte Lawrence, Doja Cat and a DJ set by Whipped Cream. Actually, Robbie and some of the cast of Birds of Prey will take over Hollywood’s most famous intersection with an immersive space filled with possibi...

Bruno Chatelin Interviewed here and there

Not exhaustive at all, I know i should have filed them somehow, somewhere, or even HERE :-)... for the future generations of festival goers (joking of course) Bruno Chatelin interviewed in Izvestia on Golden Globes Bruno Chatelin interviewed on festivals for Cine@art magazine of the 8th Bridges International Film Festival Bruno Chatelin interviewed on the national Serbian TV Article from Cannes on Bruno Chatelin with AFI Peace Ini...

Anne Lai has been appointed Executive Director of SFFILM

Veteran Film Executive to Take Helm on March 11 SFFILM announced today that Anne Lai has been appointed Executive Director of the organization, effective March 11. Lai, a veteran leader in both the non-profit and studio film worlds who has dedicated her career to providing creative support to filmmakers worldwide, will now step into SFFILM’s key leadership role overseeing expanding programs in film exhibition, media education, and filmmaker services. Lai joins SFFILM after 12 year...

Bruno Chatelin interviewed on Kustendorf for the national Serbian TV

Prime Time broadcast of an Interview conducted by Gordana Sarovic for PTPC on Kustendorf, what is so unique about it.   ...

Nostradamus panel – Beyond 50/50 The Future of Gender Parity and Inclusion

January 31 the 7th Nostradamus report from Göteborg Film Festival will be presented by media analyst and author Johanna Koljonen, followed by a panel focusing on the future of gender parity, diversity and inclusion. Numerous programmes championing and debating gender equality, diversity and inclusion are finally creating change within the audiovisual industries. What are the future prospects for gender parity in film and television? How can the industry ensure social...

Programming Documentaries DOC NYC 2019

  Held in New York City each year DOC NYC is the largest documentary festival in North America and has been expanding each year. The tenth annual edition was held from November 6-15  2019 in several downtown venues. Basil Tsiokos serves as the Director of Programming for DOC NYC Claus Mueller is the New York Correspondent for the London-based Claus Mueller:  Do you observe any thematic changes in your  2019 program compared to 2018 ...

My featured interview at Indie Entertainment Magazine – AFM 2019

Indie Entertainment Magazine unveiled its 2019 AFM edition an exclusive interview with Bruno Chatelin, founder of     Catching Up With Bruno Chatelin, co-Founder/COO,   By Nicole Muj   1.Bruno, you are a champion of global film and filmmakers. How did you first start on this journey?   I have a marketing background (HEC business school) and was working at JWT, an international advertising agency for the LUX toilet...

A film Festival Odyssey by Alex Deleon:  festival bliss reading

by Veteran festival Correspondent, Alex Deleon The highly Entertaining autobiography of a film critic. Few people are as outspoken (in print or in real life) as the author, Alex Deleon. This is reflected in the book at hand, which constitutes Alex Deleon's adventures as a film critic on the film festival circuit. It is far from politically correct and avoids the usual film critic's jargon meandering in plain talk between societal criticism and sophisticated... 
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Warner Bros. Pictures CEO & Chair Ann Sarnoff to Receive Impact Award for In The Heights Motion Picture at NHMC's Impact Awards

Magnum P.I. Lead, Jay Hernandez Among Other Honorees Ann Sarnoff 
Jay Hernandez Warner Bros. Pictures CEO & Chair  Ann Sarnoff to Receive Impact Award for  In The Heights Motion Picture at  NHMC's Impact Awards Gala      Magnum P.I. Lead, Jay Hernandez  Among Other Honorees     ...
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INDIA in focus with Siraj Syed    

RIFF, 7: Films, Knowledge Series and Open Forum

RIFF, 7: Films, Knowledge Series and Open Forum At the inaugural function of the Sixth Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF), on 18th January, 2020, at the Open-Air Jawahar Kala Kendra, the following films were screened: My Turn (Korea), Kalamkhush, #Jaipuractivists and Dhanak (all from India). Regular screenings and other sessions commenced at Cinépolis, Jaipur, on the second day, the 19th of January, 2020. Films screened during the morning session were Chitthiyan, Pearl-A Girl...

Jai Mummy Di, Review: Absence of substance

Jai Mummy Di, Review: Absence of substance Two middle-aged women hate each other for reasons unknown to their spouses and their children. One of them as two sons and the other has a daughter. In a modern day, pretentious comic re-working of Romeo and Juliet, the elder son of one of them and the daughter of the other are madly in love with each other, a fact that they have kept secret from their parents. Jai Mummy Di is for audiences who find this premise and its manifestations really funny, a...

1917, Review: One shot wonder, real-time revolution

1917, Review: One shot wonder, real-time revolution War films can be about nations and nationalism, or soldiers and their sagas. While the former promote jingoism, the latter tend to be anti-war, by personalising the narrative and addressing personal trauma of the protagonists, while universalising their sentiments. 1917 belongs to the second category. It is a technical marvel, but never wavers from the plight of its main characters. All the awards and encomiums it has garnered, raising expec...

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Review: A rewarding day at the movies

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Review: A rewarding day at the movies Films inspired by true stories can offer refreshingly different cinematic treatment and there is no substitute for good casting; A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood scores on both parameters. What prevents it from getting into the outstanding league is a certain amount of cynicism with which the average cine-goer looks at movies about modern-day saints, especially if they happen to host their own TV shows. Inspired by...
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US week-end Box Office analysis: January 17-19, 2020

Box Office analysis for the week of January 20th. On Sunday, the Screen Actors Guild hands out its annual awards for outstanding performances during 2019 in film and prime-time television. Sunday also happens to be National Popcorn Day, an opportunity to enhance the enjoyment of watching the SAG Awards ceremony. Sony hit it big this weekend with a record-breaking opening for its Bad Boys for Life, which took in $59.1M for Friday-Saturday-Sunday and is projected to take in $68.1M when includ...

Best Ten of 2019 and a few of the Worst


By Alex Deleon. <> 1. SYSTEM CRASHER, director, Nora Fingscheidt, (Germany) Starring ten year old Helena Zengel, as an uncontrollable child   My own Best actress of the year as well. An amazing new talent.  2.  JOKER, directed by  Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin phoenix in an astounding interpretation of the troubled  clown who would later be..  


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SEKURITAS written and directed by Carmen Stadler

Romantic dark comedy 117 minutes 2019 Switzerland

Starring Kathrin Veith, Duraid Abbas Ghaieb, Jeanne Devos, Daniel Kasztura, Vilmar Bieri, This Maag

First feature film by Swiss director Carmen Stadler, produced by Claudia Wick for Abrakadabra Films AG

An office complex wishes for a love story before demolition. It chooses the lonely misfits for this story; those who go through security rounds at night, scrub toilets, experiment with recipes or rehearse their final speech. A poetic and twisted kaleidoscope that centers around desire, security and melodious noises which move through the entire fabric of the building.


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Adverse written and directed by Brian Metcalf

USA Thriller December 2020, 92 minutes

Starring Mickey Rourke, Penelope Ann Miller,  Sean Astin, Lou Diamond Phillips, Thomas Ian Nicholas,  Matt Ryan, Jake T. Austin,  Kelly Arjen…

After discovering his younger sister has become addicted to drugs and caught in the seedy underworld, a taxi driver suffering from mental illness must find a way to save her by infiltrating a dangerous crime syndicate, regardless of the costs. 

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Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible written  and directed by Matthew Taylor

USA 2019 Documentary 89 minutes

Duchamp: Art of the Possible is a feature documentary that explores the life, art, and philosophy of the 20th century’s most influential modernists, Marcel Duchamp, and how his work single-handedly changed the course of art, and over time, culture itself.


THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA», directed by Elena Demidova

The documentary film «THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA», directed by Elena Demidova, tells a story of one of the most famous lamas, Pandido Khambo Lama Dashi Dorzho Itigelov. His body is recognized as one of the sacred Buddhist objects of Russia and is being kept in the Ivolginsky Datsan. The Buddhist monks approach him as a living person.
Itigelov was born in 1852 and began his religious education at the age of sixteen years. In 1911, he was appointed the twelfth Pandido Khambo Lama as the Head of Russian Buryat Buddhists. Between 1913 and 1917, Itigelov was prominent in the spiritual life of Russian Empire. He took part in the Tercentenary celebrations of the House Romanov and opened first Buddhist temple in St. Petersburg. During First World War Itigelov presided over the society of "Buryat brothers", an organization helping the Russian army. After October Revolution, Itigelov resigned as head of the Buddhists. In 1927, aged seventy-five years, he asked other lamas to begin meditation ceremonies and funeral rites, since he said he was about to die. Itigelov left a testament asking to be buried as he was at the time of his death, sitting in lotus posture. On September 11, 2002, Itigelov's body was eventually exhumed in the presence of the leaders of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha of Russia and transferred to Ivolginsky Datsan.

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THE CREEPY LINE a film by M.A.Taylor 2018

"A film that Google does not want you to see  - Best for Fest"

An eye-opening documentary, The Creepy Line reveals the stunning degree to which society is manipulated by Google and Facebook and blows the lid off the remarkably subtle – hence powerful – manner in which they do it.

The Creepy Line is a title culled from the words of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, when during a 2010 interview he explained Google’s code of conduct: “The Google policy on a lot of things is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.”

However, as Dr. Robert Epstein explains in the film, “Google crosses the creepy line every day”. 

Offering first-hand accounts, scientific experiments and detailed analysis, The Creepy Line examines what is at risk when these two tech titans have free reign to utilize the public’s most private and personal data to manipulate society.

There is no question that the “creepy line” is getting ever-creepier, and that the tech giants have crossed it.

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Sharkwater: Extinction by Rob Stewart Documentary Canada 2018 Sharkwater Extinction by Rob Stewart - Canada 2018 90 minutes

Sharkwater Extinction first peek

Rob Stewart “Conservation is the preservation of human life on earth. And that, above all else, is worth fighting for” Watch Rob Stewart doing what he loved most of all, swimming with sharks, in exclusive footage from his third film, Sharkwater: Extinction.

Sharkwater: Extinction is a follow up to his first two award-winning films, Sharkwater and Revolution. Sharkwater exposed the devastating issue of shark finning, while Revolution brought the destructive effects of Ocean Acidification to light.

Rob taught the world to not fear sharks, through his iconic images of hugging these majestic creatures and free diving with them.


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LIVING IN THE FUTURES PAST by Susan Kucera, A documentary presented by Jeff Bridges.
USA October 2017 - 83 minutes 


13 Festival wins so far for Living in the Future's Past

Jeff Bridges was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for career achievement at the 2019 Golden Awards Ceremony


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Revolution by Rob Stewart 

over 40 festival wins so far

Eco Documentary feature film by Rob Stewart April 2015, 82 minutes (Sharkwater)
Revolution is a film about changing the world. The true-life adventure of Rob Stewart, this follow-up to his acclaimed SHARKWATER (36 festival wins) documentary continues his remarkable journey; one that will take him through 15 countries over four years, and where he'll discover that it's not only sharks that are in grave danger -- it's humanity itself.

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Des partenariats forts avec les plus grands festivals et marchés

Nous sommes très fiers des bonnes relations et des partenariats signé avec les plus grands festivals et marchés : Venice Production Bridge, FestForums Santa Barbara, AFM, Animaze, Tallinn Black Night International Film Festival, Houston WorldFest, Fantasporto, et Cannes Market bien entendu et beaucoup d'autres. Nous sommes heureux de pouvoir grace à ces parteneriats pouvoir apporter news et dailies à ...

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Promoting Movies that Matter / des films qui font grandir...

With contributions from Abbé Jean-Luc Maroy, Alex Deleon, Bruno Chatelin

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Les raisins de la colère (The Grapes of Wrath) de John Ford (USA, 1940)

Les films qui ont une densité spirituelle évidente mettent souvent en scène le voyage, l’itinéraire initiatique, mais aussi la souffrance qu’implique de quitter sa terre, ses racines, son pays, son existence. On se rend compte, avec Les raisins de la colère que la modernité a constitué le terreau indispensable de la modernité liquide (Zygmunt Baumann). Le film est en effet réalisé en 1940, bien avant que la phi...

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J'apprends avec tristesse que la Twentieth Century Fox que j'ai dirigée va changer de nom sous le régime Disney


Selon la presse professionelle américaine Walt Disney abandonne la marque «Fox» des actifs de la 21st Century Fox acquise en mars dernier. Le studio de cinéma 20th Century Fox deviendra les studios 20th Century et Fox Searchlight Pictures deviendra simplement Searchlight Pictures.

C'est un mouvement à la fois peu surprenant et hautement symbolique, mais qui me peine un peu, ayant dirigé la Fox en France en 1995 - 1997, société que j avais mariée avec UGC, mariage très surprenant et symbolique d'ambitions de faire aussi bien que la concurrence (Gaumont Buenavista).

LES INATTENDUS : 12ème édition Bande-annonce et programme révélés

Ô joie, Les Inattendus cru 2020 approchent ! Et nous avons de quoi vous donner un avant-goût de la programmation de cette 12ème édition !  De belles images en mouvement valant mieux qu'un long discours, nous avons le plaisir de vous présenter la bande-a...

Impact des bandes annonces diffusées dans les cinémas au 21 Janvier 2020

Enquête hebdomadaire réalisée auprès d’un échantillon de 35 000 individus représentatifs de la population française. Parmi ces individus, 2 000 spectateurs étant allés au cinéma au cours de la semaine cinéma concernée sont interrogés sur les bandes annonces vues au cinéma.     ...

Lever de rideau sur la bande-annonce de Clermont Ferrand

Montage : David Chambriard (Atalante Productions). Musique : Institut (Arnaud Dumatin & Emmanuel Mario). Bande-annonce du festival du court métrage de Clermont-Ferrand 2020 from ClermontFd Short Film Festival on Vimeo. ...

Clermont-Ferrand 2020 Le Festival International du Court Métrage dévoile ses jurys

Le 42e Festival International du Court Métrage se déroulera à Clermont-Ferrand du 31 janvier au 8 février 2020. Voici la composition des jurys qui découvriront avec le public 161 films sélectionnés parmi plus de 9000 inscrits, répartis dans 3 compétitions : internationale, nationale et labo. Voir la bande-annonce Le jury de la compétition internationale sera composé de la réalisatrice Marta Prus, des r&eacut...

Annonce des participants de l’Atelier Grand Nord 2020

La 17e édition d’Atelier Grand Nord, organisé par la Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), se tiendra à Montebello, du 30 janvier au 6 février prochain. L’événement rassemblera des professionnels du milieu du cinéma de la francophonie pour des séances de travail et d’échanges autour du scénario de longs métrages de fiction en français. ...

Palmarès des Prix SFCC de la Critique 2019

Les Prix du Syndicat Français de la Critique de Cinéma et des films de Télévision récompensent le meilleur des ouvrages littéraires et DVDs de cinéma ainsi que les meilleures productions télévisuelles et cinématographiques de l’année. PRIX CINÉMA ...

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