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>  SUNDANCE January 23 - February 2  

Giving Voice Wins Audience Vote at Sundance

Festival Favorite Award From 2020 Sundance Film Festival Announced   Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced Giving Voice as the winner of the Festival Favorite Award, selected by audience votes from the 128 features screened at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, which took place in Park City, Salt Lake City, and Sundance, Utah, from January 23–February 2, 2020.   The Festival Favorite Award is the 29th and final recognition bestowed on this year&rsq...

Finding happiness & Joy at Sundance: a balancing act for the two filmmakers behind Happy Happy Joy Joy-The Ren & Stimpy Story

Kimo Easterwood and Ron Cicero are the co-directors of Happy Happy Joy Joy-The Ren & Stimpy Show (Sundance Film Festival 2020)   By James Nelson Independent reporter PARK CITY, Utah-The curtain lifted on the documentary ‘Happy Happy Joy Joy-The Ren & Stimpy Story’ at the Sundance Film Festival (SFF) with applause and questions for the filmmakers who worked to show all sides to creator John Kricfalusi’s television animation cartoon. “We wanted to achieve ...

The Sundance 2020 awards

Top Prizes Go To Minari, Boys State, Epicentro, and Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness Minari, Crip Camp, The Reason I Jump, and Identifying Features (Sin Señas Particulares) Win Audience Awards Park City, UT — After 10 days and 128 feature films, the 2020 Sundance Film Festival’s Awards Ceremony took place tonight, with jurors presenting 28 prizes for feature filmmaking. Honorees, named in total below, represent new achievements in global indep...

VIDEO Interview with Maïmouna Doucouré winning director of Cuties

Reporter James Nelson interviews the director of Cuties  Maimouna Doucoure at the Sundance Film Festival 2020. Amy, 11 years old, meets a group of dancers called "Cuties". Fascinated, she initiates herself to a sensual dance, hoping to join their band and escape family dysfunction... ...

VIDEO Follow The 2020 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony

Tonight's the night: At the Basin Recreation Center in Park City, Utah, we announced the award winners for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Watch the full video of the ceremony now!     ...

VIDEO recap Day 9 in Sundance

We’re in the final days of the 2020 Festival, but things have not slowed down here in Park City. After the world premiere of Max Richter’s Sleep, influential composer Max Richter performed a live 90-minute version of his eight-hour opus. At the Filmmaker Lodge, Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht, and Michelle Miles joined us for “The New Aesthetics of Disability” panel, and Steven Dayvid McKellar of Civil Twilight performed at the ASCAP Music Café.   ...

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>   ROTTERDAM January 22 - February 2 

Soaring numbers at 49th IFFR

With the screening of Marielle Heller’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood on 1 February 2020, the 49th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR: 22 January – 2 February 2020) closed off its 49th edition welcoming 2,691 film professionals from 89 different countries, including 346 filmmakers. The festival’s 574 films, including 145 world premieres, were curated within four sections: Bright Future, Voices, Deep Focus and Perspectives. The Art Direc...

The Cloud in Her Room by Zheng Lu Xinyuan wins Tiger Award IFFR 2020

From left to right: Yuhao Su, Cuishan Liang, Wang Zijian, Liu Xinzhu, Jinjing en Zheng Lu Xinyuan     Special Jury Award goes to Beasts Clawing at Straws by Kim Yonghoon     International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has announced the award winners of its 49th edition. Chinese filmmaker Zheng Lu Xinyuan won the Tiger Award for her film The Cloud in Her Room. South Korean filmmaker Kim Yonghoon won the Special Jury Award for Beasts Clawing at Straws. South Kore...

Bong Joon Ho Masterclass in Rotterdam: Parasites, Oscar and his career in focus

Bong Joon Ho flew over the oceans to return from LA where he is busy campaining for the Oscar to attend the Rotterdam Festival, Here is the video capture of the masterclass he gave to a fascinated audience. With films like Mother, The Host, Snowpiercer and Parasite (Golden Palm winner and tipped for an Oscar), Bong Joon Ho combines sensational commercial success with glowing reviews and major awards. How does he do it? In this masterclass, he will reveal his secrets. He's also bringing a...

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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 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, ...

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The Bears are waiting: first perspectives on EFM and Berlinale 70



Juries of the 70th Berlinale

Jeremy Irons, President of the International Jury 2020 © Photo: Antonello&Montesi I Bérénice Bejo © Michel Hazanavicius I Bettina Brokemper © Martin Menke I Annemarie Jacir © Ammar Abd Rabbo I Kenneth Lonergan, kein Copyright (Privatfoto) I Luca Marinelli © Riccardo Ghilardi / Contour by Getty Images I Kleber Mendonça Filho © Ph. Lebruman   The International Jury   The members of the International Jury, which...
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2nd edition of Your Script Produced competition opened its call for entries


“YOUR SCRIPT PRODUCED!” INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING COMPETITION   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! Win...   

The 3rd Annual Mammoth Film Festival returns this month

  Mammoth Film Festival™ aims to lead the charge for an ever-changing landscape of film and media. This festival premiered in 2018 and specialized as an all media platform in celebrating varieties of filmmakers, actors, directors, writers, producers and their work. Regal with the wonderful town of Mammoth Lakes, CA as its beautiful backdrop, MammothFF is held in February at the Minaret Cinemas as well as various venues throughout town. This 5-day festival includes Special Screening...

XR:WA returns in 2020

Welcome to XR:WA 2020! After an enormously successful and ambitious year in 2019, the 2020 program moves to a new location with a wingspan that embraces enterprise and business, art and entertainment, architecture, engineering and design, education and training, science and innovation and everything in between. XR:WA returns to Perth in 2020 XR:WA represents WA’s major annual screen industry event and embraces those working in the traditional screen sector, immersive technology an...

2020 Meetings on the Bridge Film Development Workshop Projects are Announced

  Meetings on the Bridge (MoB) is the international co-production, training and networking platform organised within the scope of the İstanbul Film Festival, which will take place on 13-17 April with the support of Anadolu Efes.   MoB brings filmmakers from Turkey and its neighbouring countries together with the film professionals from Europe with the aim to initiate the first steps for future artistic and financial co-production at the Film Development, ...

We are open for submissions

We are open for submissions via FilmFreeway until the 31th of May. Send us your project now ...

Jury Team: DYTIATKO Festival is an absolute miracle

The jury members of the XI DYTIATKO International Children’s Media Festival and honored guests during the closing ceremony expressed their impressions of the festival.   Miomir Rajcevic, director, screenwriter, president of the Media Education Center, Serbian Coordinator of the UNESCO-EU project “Building trust in media in South-Eastern Europe and Turkey”, Coordinator of the EU All Digital: “It is a great pleasure for me to be here and see how young p...

Showcase to the world: INDEPENDENT DAYS | 20. International Film Festival Karlsruhe

INDEPENDENT DAYS | 20. International Film Festival Karlsruhe    The international film festival INDEPENDENT DAYS celebrates a big anniversary this year from April 1st to 5th, 2020 in Karlsruhe. For the 20th edition, the festival makers around festival director Dr. Oliver Langewitz can come up with some ideas. 162 films from 40 countries on all five continents make Karlsruhe a showcase for independent filmmaking worldwide. Both feature films and short films are shown, th...

Sixth edition of FEFF Campus seeks 5 applicants from Europe and 5 from Asia.

  April 24 / May 2, 2020 – Udine – Teatro Nuovo & Visionario FEFF CAMPUS 2020 Far East Film Festival launches its callout to young journalists.  Selection of 10 candidates now open!   UDINE – The Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy, continues to expand the reach of the global cinematic community as it launches the callout for applicants to attend the sixth edition of its unique FEFF Campus programme for young journalists. The 22nd&nbs...

Cinema Made in Italy 2020 - Full Programme Announced

CINEMA MADE IN ITALY 2020 10TH EDITION PLACES FEMALE DIRECTORS IN THE SPOTLIGHT 4 - 9 March - Ciné Lumière - London IF ONLY (Magari), directed by Ginevra Elkann   Line-up includes new features by Ginevra Elkann, Michela Occhipinti and Chiara Malta plus cult classic THE NIGHT PORTER by L...

Cultural Icon Launches Inaugural Mexican Focus at Worldfest Houston

ANNOUNCING PANORAMA MEXICO Photo Credit: Duyên Nguyen (Pete Garcia of the US-Mexican Chamber of Commerce; Kathleen Haney, Festival Program Director; Hunter Todd, Festival Founder and President; The Honorable Alicia Kerber, Mexican Consul; Fernando Fernandez Ramos of AeroMexico; Nuria Zuñiga Alaniz, Mexican Cultural Attaché; Adrian Flores, Aeromexico)     The 53rd Annual WorldFest-Houston international Film Festival held a launch party for their inaugural ...

VIDEO Wrap up of the 22nd Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris

The 22nd Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris took place from January 16 through 20. Apart from the launch of the 10th edition of MyFrenchFilmFestival at the Ministry of Culture and professional meetings (film market), 120 artists came to meet the international press, and Olivier Assayas received a French Cinema Award for his involvement in enhancing the reach of his films internationally. Discover in video the best moments of these five fine days during which French films glittered and glo...

LA Femme International Film Festival-Call for Entries 2020

   Link to submit go to submission site: About US:    A Femme International Film Festival is a premier festival that focuses on platforming women filmmakers “by women, for everyone”. Our Festival was created in 2005, when it became apparent that there was a need to enhance women behind the camera as Directors, Producers, and Writers. We were the first in Los ...
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Next AFM Set for a one day shorter run November 3-8 in Santa Monica

AMERICAN FILM MARKET · INTRODUCES NEW SIX-DAY SCHEDULE AND TUESDAY START FOR 2020       The American Film Market· (AFM·) has adopted a new six-day schedule beginning with its 2020 edition set to run Tuesday, November 3 – Sunday, November 8 in Santa Monica, the Independent Film & Television Alliance· (IFTA·) announced today.  This marks a major moment in the AFM’s 40 years as it pivots to a shorter timeline in recognit...

Your Script Produced competition
                     Season 2

Early bird Deadline: March 22, 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



March 14, 2020 late 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


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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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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YSP is thrilled to announce the jury for Season 2 and proud to announce Filmmaker Emir Kusturica joining the fun

Doval Bacall is thrilled and honoured that the award winning multi talented filmmaker Emir Kusturica accepted to join the jury for season 2. Emir french and serbian nationality, he won two golden palms in Cannes (like Coppola) top prizes in Berlin and Venice Emir is a musician, an actor, a writer,  a festival director (film : Kustendorf, music and theatre) he built and owns historical villages in Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovin, Drvengrad, was built for his film life is a mir...

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Happy Filmmakers thank us for the good service Thanks Bruno! Great seeing you and great coverage! Jonathan Wolf AFM 20/11/2019   ------------ Bruno, Excellent coverage.  Thanks again for your valuable participation - you're a star! Best, Steve STEVE SOLOT LATC at AFM   ------------ Dear Bruno, Thanks so much for including the interview with Mariette Rissenbeek in your newsletter – it was great! And what a wonderful compliment you...

Hollywood icon and legend Kirk Douglas dies aged 103

Douglas died at his home in Beverly Hills, California, on February 5, 2020, at age 103 from natural causes.   A look at his wikipedia list of awards speaks for itself!  Amazing, a GIANT he was! I was personally very happy to work with his son Michael who produced Flatliners and joined us and Julia Roberts Joel Schumacher and Keither Sutherland in Deauville to present the film, he few years later that is where he met his wifeCatherine Zeta Jones on Zorro. ...

5 International Artists confirmed for Middle East Film & Comic Con

  A PRESTIGIOUS LINEUP OF INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS Sam De La Rosa Batman, Venom, Green Lantern   Mostafa Moussa Spider-Man, Fantastic 4, X-men ...

VIDEO Actors Talk: masterclass with Stellan Skarsgård at Göteborg Film Festival 2020

Recipient of the Nordic Honorary Dragon Award in Göteborg In conversation with Stellan Skarsgård about his prolific career and work. For decades Stellan Skarsgård has been one of the leading actors in Scandinavia and last Sunday he won a Golden Globe for his role in the television series Chernobyl. Few Swedish actors can compete with Skarsgård’s international career in which he successfully mixes roles in some of Hollywood’s biggest productions...

Eight Bentonville Film Festival Alumni Selected for the Prestigious Year-Long Program “See It, Be It Filmmaker Fellowship"

Top left to right: Jenna Laurenzo, Dawn Valadez, Amber McGinnis, Diane Paragas, Emily Ting, Fanny Veliz, McKenzie Chinn, Ursula Taherian. All images courtesy of the Bentonville Film Festival Foundation         New York, February 5, 2020—The Bentonville Film Festival Foundation and The Coca-Cola Foundation have today announced the “See It, Be It Filmmaker Fellowship,” an annual fell...

BAFTA award-winning screenwriter and director Amma Asante MBE to become new Chancellor of Norwich University of the Arts

BAFTA-award-winning director and screenwriter Amma Asante’s screen work spans the hit TV show The Handmaid’s Tale, and the acclaimed films Belle and A United Kingdom, starring Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo. Amma will take up the role of Chancellor at a ceremony in Norwich on March 26. Photo credit Joseph Sinclair.   BAFTA award-winning screenwriter and director Amma Asante is to become the new Chancellor of Norwich University of the Arts (NUA). Amma will be ...

Javier Martín and Natalia Marín join the San Sebastian Festival selection committee

Martín will also be a delegate in Latin America and Roberto Cueto will assume representation of the Festival in Eastern Europe   The San Sebastian Festival has incorporated two professionals to its selection committee, the programmers Javier Martín and Natalia Marín. Javier Martín's career has been connected to festivals including Berlin, Cannes (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs), Cinéma du Réel and San Sebastian. Natalia Marín is a ...

Interview with the team of James vs his future self

JAMES VS HIS FUTURE SELF SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL 2020   By Emmanuel Itier and Roxanna Bina     What if, one day, as you seat in a taxi minding your own business a version of yourself from the Future is about to confront you!? Well, this is the beginning of the new time travel mind explosive journey directed by Jeremy LaLonde. In the lead is actor Jonas Chernick who wrote and produced with Jeremy this fantastic independent feature to be released soon all over the USA an...

It s been three years since Rob Stewart passed: RIP Rob

In Memory of Rob Stewart December 28, 1979 – January 31, 2017 January 31st marks the day three years ago when the world lost celebrated filmmaker and biologist Rob Stewart during a tragic scuba diving accident. Rob was a Hero; an activist for the sharks and an advocate for the oceans; a friend to many, brother, son, uncle, yogi. Rob Stewart dreamed of seeing a #finfree world and he has been credited for saving one-third of the world’s sharks since the release of his 2006 awar...

Interview with director and puppet master Kevin McTurk for The Haunted Swordsman screening at SBIFF

    THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN   By Emmanuel Itier Santa Barbara Film Festival 2020.     When a passionate puppet animator meets Lisa Henson, daughter of legendary Jim Henson (The Muppets, Dark Crystal, Sesame Streets) you get a fantastic visionary endeavor: the short film ‘The Haunted Swordsman’ which just played at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. We sat down with director and puppet master Kevin McTurk (

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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VIDEO: The Dragon Awards revealed (one of the world largest cash awards)

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As by tradition, Göteborg Film Festival will close with the Dragon Awards gala, where the winners are announced. Among the annual awards are; the world's largest film prize with the amount of one million Swedish Kronor, (95 000€) Dragon Award Best Nordic Film and The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award, which was established by the director himself. The 43rd festival ran 24 Jan -3 Feb, 2020 Watch the ceremony and the full list of awards &nbs...

'1917' Dominates the BAFTA Awards with 7 out of 9 wins including Best Film, Best Director

    Sam Mendes' WWI epic received seven awards, when 'Joker' only received three (including best actor)       See the list of winners below Best Film '1917'   François Duhamel/Universal Pictures 1917 (WINNER) The Irishman Joker Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Parasite Leading Actress Renée Zellweger in 'Judy'   Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story...

'Beware of Children' wins Dragon Award Best Nordic Film at Göteborg Film Festival 2020

Beware of Children, directed by Dag Johan Haugerud, is the recipient of the 2020 Dragon Award Best Nordic Film. Dragon Award Best Nordic Film consists of one million Swedish crowns, making it the world's largest film award. Presenting partner for the competition is Volvo Car Group who together with Region Västra Götaland and the City Council of Gothenburg. The Jury's motivation: A film where the characters find a way to talk to each other and where language is b...

Rob Reiner will receive the Sedona festival’s “Lifetime Achievement Award”

SEDONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OPENS NEXT QUARTER CENTURY OF GREAT FILMS, GREAT FILMMAKERS, SPECIAL GUESTS, FEB. 22-MARCH 1 Tribute to Leslie Uggams Opens Festival; Rob Reiner to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award; Game of Thrones Writer Bryan Cogman Headlines Workshops   Coming off a record-breaking 25th anniversary celebration, the Sedona International Film Festival launches its next quarter century with nine days of compelling films, workshops, events and special gu...
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INDIA in focus with Siraj Syed 

Malang, Review: Why knot when you cannot unknot?

Malang, Review: Why knot when you cannot unknot? Six cops, a serial cop killer, a wandering maiden, a Swedish female drug peddler and a sexually starved wife form the core dramatis personae of Malang, a crime-vendetta-whodunit tale that comes with a misleading title. Malang can mean many things, all of them associated with detached, saintly, carefree, Sufi and seer type individuals, often seen as wandering minstrels. You will have to test the elasticity of your imagination in order to co-rela...

RIFF 2020: Winners all

RIFF 2020: Winners all Below is the complete list of award-winners at the 6th Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF), Jaipur, January 18-22, 2020. The distribution ceremony was held at the Jawahar Kala Kendra. It was announced at the end of the awards function that the 7th RIFF will be not be held in Jaipur, but in another city of Rajasthan. Sources confirm that this was being done to avoid clashing with the other film festival, which is held parallel to RIFF, the Jaipur International F...

MIFF 2020: A lost homeland land and a new home

MIFF 2020: A lost homeland land and a new home Eight years and eighty lakhs is what it took USA-based music-video maker Sapna Bhavnani to make Sindhustan, 64-minute a labour of love, about the largest migration in history, that of Hindu Sindhis from Sind, now in Pakistan, to present day India. By contrast, Atanu Mukherjee’s 26-minute tale of a migrant single woman from Jabalpur who wants to settle in Mumbai, and her encounters with a transgender person, titled Wig, took just three days ...

MIFF 2020, Open Forum 2: “Viewers are willing to pay for docu content”

MIFF 2020, Open Forum 2: “Viewers are willing to pay for docu content” Documentaries rarely provide investment returns, let alone earning profits. But that is about to change, or has it changed already? This was discussed on Day 2 of the Open Forum, organised by the Indian Documentary Producers’ Association (IDPA), under the topic, ‘Generating Avenues and Creating Revenues.’ Moderated by Ravi Iyer (Executive Committee Member, IDPA), the panel consisted of Manika ...

MIFF 2020, Twin Press Conferences: Son Rise and Shevanti

MIFF 2020, Twin Press Conferences: Son Rise and Shevanti Two film units held a joint press conference at MIFF on the 29th of January, representing the films Son Rise and Shevanti. Both films were the first two to be screened earlier in the National Competition Section. Vibha Bakshi, director of Son Rise, described her film as dealing with social empowerment and about ordinary men doing extraordinary things. It is dedicated to the incredible people of Haryana and is not about men v/s women. R...

Kaanchli—Life in a Slough, Review: Slough and unsteady loses the race

Kaanchli—Life in a Slough, Review: Slough and unsteady loses the race Probably the only thing going for Kaanchli is the fact that it is based on a Vijaydan ‘Bijji’ Detha story. Detha inspired the films Duvidha (directed by Mani Kaul), which was remade as Paheli (Amol Palekar), Charandas Chor (Habeeb Tanveer), Lajwanti (Pushpendra Singh) and Parinati (Prakash Jha). The much decorated author died in 2013, after writing some 800 short stories, all in Rajasthani, often translate...

MIFF 2020, Open Forum, Day 1: Single window clearance needed

MIFF 2020, Open Forum, Day 1: Single window clearance needed On the first day of the Open Forum, conducted by the Indian Documentary Producers’ Association (IDPA), at MIFF 2020, the topic was ‘Problems Faced by Film-makers While Shooting in India: What are the solutions?’ IDPA was represented by President Usha Deshpande, Vice-President Aditya Seth (moderator), Suresh Sharma (Executive Committee Member and panelist) and Sanskar Desai (Secretary). Others on the panel were US-...

MIFF 2020: Meet V. Shantaram Lifetime awardee Dr. S. Krishnaswamy

MIFF 2020: Meet V. Shantaram Lifetime awardee Dr. S. Krishnaswamy Honoured with the Dr. V. Shantaram Award for Lifetime Achievement, during the inaugural ceremony of MIFF 2020, at Nehru Centre, on January 28, S. Krishnaswamy spoke to, shortly afterwards, at the Films Division Complex. It was a nostalgic moment for Dr. S. Krishnaswamy. Had fate willed otherwise, he would have joined Films Division (FD) during the tenure of Chief Producer K.L. Khandpur (1962-68) and served in...

16th MIFF: A doc, a short and an animation film set the ball rolling Three films were screened at the inaugural ceremony of the 16th Mumbai International Film Festival, MIFF 2020, on 28th January, 2020, at the Nehru Centre, Worli, Mumbai. Since the festival screens documentaries, short fiction films and animation films, it was quite apt that one representative film from each genre was showcased last evening. Regular screenings began on 29th January. Rhyme and Rhythm of Loom (from the Special...Digital Gym


US Box Office: analysis for the week end of January 31 Feb 1

Analysis of the week of February 3rd.  It's Super Bowl Sunday and we root for success for all the athletes competing on the field and the fans and advertisers betting on the game. The results from the weekend box office were somewhat chilled, driven down by early February weather and the inevitable distractions of the focus on the Super Bowl. Two bright spots were the continued success of Sony's Bad Boys for Life (now in its 3rd week) and Universal's 1917 (now in its 6th ...

“EFM Horizon” Presents Social, Artistic and Technological Developments in the Future of Film

Raise Your Eyes: “EFM Horizon” Presents Social, Artistic and Technological Developments in the Film and Creative Industries of the Coming Years   Sustainability, well-being, diversity, storytelling, artificial intelligence and immersive media are the focus of this year’s edition of “EFM Horizon” (February 21-25) at Berliner Freiheit (Berliner Freiheit 2, 10785 Ber...

MRS. NOISY by female director AMANO Chihiro will open CinemAsia Film Festival in Amsterdam

CinemAsia Film Festival is proud to announce its long awaited opening- and closing films. On Wednesday the 4th of March the festival will officially open with the European premiere of MRS. NOISY by female director AMANO Chihiro, followed by the Dutch premiere of Joko ANWAR’s Indonesian superhero epic GUNDALA. The festival closes on the 8th of March with the Dutch premiere of the critically acclaimed Taiwanese film ‘Heavy Craving’ by female first feature d...


SUBMIT TO THE 2020 ISTANBUL FILM AWARDS A BRAND NEW FILM FESTIVAL IN ANCIENT CITY ISTANBUL, TURKEY Festival Description IFA Istanbul Film Awards is a monthly based film competition with annual screenings open to film makers and film lovers, recognising and awarding the work of independent filmmakers worldwide.  Our aim is to honour, celebrate and award the best talent in the global filmmaking community. Our mission is to promote films, helping filmmakers to improve their careers. Each ...

Moving homage to Rob Stewart in India, during Mumbai Festival

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Interview with Laura Nix for her Oscar nominated documentary "Walk Run Cha-Cha"

Laura Nix and producer Colette Sandstedt at the Oscars Luncheon.  “Walk Run Cha Cha” tells the story of Paul and Millie Cao who were separated in the aftermath of the Vietnam war, and reunited years later in Southern California.  Bringing their passion to life on the dance floor, director Laura Nix offers an invaluable insight into the lives of refugees who pursued their dreams against all odds.  The short documentary was recently nominated for an Academy Awar...

Paramount Teases TOP GUN: MAVERICK New Faces, Miles Teller, Sneak Peek

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent The wait is over; today Paramount released the new faces to accompany original franchise frontier Tom Cruise. The notables in the air include: Miles Teller (WHIPLASH), and more with the following Top Gun handles. Miles Teller, Lt. Bradley "Rooster" Bradshaw, TGM from Paramount Pictures, Skydance & Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Teller is Lt. Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw; Glen Powell is “Hangman.” Lewis Pullman (...

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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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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...

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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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Les finalistes pour le PRIX DANIEL TOSCAN DU PLANTIER 2020

  L'Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma présente les productrices et producteurs finalistes pour le PRIX DANIEL TOSCAN DU PLANTIER 2020     Producteur emblématique du cinéma français, Daniel Toscan du Plantier fut Président de l’Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma de 1992 à 2003. C’est en sa mémoire que depuis 2008 le Prix Daniel Toscan du Plantier vient réco...


Sundance 2020 récompense la réalisatrice française de Mignonnes (Cuties)

Interview de Maimouna Doucoure par James Nelson  -  Sundance Film Festival 2020.   Fiction cinéma du monde Mignonnes de Maïmouna Doucouré - sortie le 1er avril (photo et interview ci dessus  ) Cinéma américain Grand Prix ​​du jury documentaire Boys State de Jesse Moss et Amanda McBaine Grand Prix ​​du jury fiction Minari de Lee Isaac Chung Cinéma du ...

Programmation du 4e Festival cinéma Télérama Enfant

  ????  Le cinéma, ça n'est pas que pour les grands !    "Un seigneur recueilli par un jeune singe (Le voyage du Prince), un écolier japonais détective (Le mystère des pingouins)… Ces formidables personnages, et bien d’autres, nous vous invitons à les découvrir, en famille, dans plus de 190 cinémas de l’Hexagone, du 12 février au 3 mars, avec le soutien de notre pa...

13e Festival Nuits MED di u Filmu Cortu du 25 mars au 16 avril : Lume in Mediterraniu

13ème EDITION – 2020 LES NUITS MED  LUME IN MEDITERRANIU Lumière en Méditerranée   À FURIANI – AJACCIO – BASTIA – CORTE – ÎLE ROUSSE – PORTO VECCHIO   Courts-métrages – rencontres professionnelles – ateliers – masterclass – animations – spectacle vivant   L' Edito d' ALIX FE...

VIDEO: Masterclass de Costa-Gavras au Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) 2019

Le réalisateur Costa Gavras revient en détail pendant 90 minutes sur sa vie de cinéma et ses débuts avec Claude Pinoteau en France... La france un des rares pays où, en 1954, il pouvait trouver des facilités pour démarer dans le cinéma et suivre des études (gratuites) tout en fuyant la Grèce qui lui bloquait l'accès aux études (son père, anti royaliste était assimilé à un communi...

Dominique Green nommée directrice artistique du Dinard Film Festival

Dominique Green est une ressortissante britannique ayant des liens familiaux avec la France. Elle a consacré sa carrière professionnelle au cinéma des deux côtés de la Manche.   En France, elle a travaillé pendant 12 ans en tant que consultante artistique et responsable du développement chez TF1 et StudioCanal respectivement, période durant laquelle elle a été directrice de production et produc...

Si Pile Poil remportait son Cesar?

Allez Lauriane Escaffre, Yvonnick Muller !  : soutient et recommande PILE POIL de Laurianne Escaffre et Yvonnick Muller qui en compétition pour le César du meilleur court métrage. Le film a été remarqué sur le circuit des festivals il y a été récompensé en particulier à 24 reprises par un Prix du Public   PILE POIL de Laurianne Escaff...


MyFrenchFilmFestival, les premiers prix de cette 10e édition !

La 10e édition du premier festival de cinéma francophone en ligne est sur le point de s'achever. Voici les prix remis par les jurys. Le Jury International présidé par Ira Sachs et composé de Agathe Bonitzer, Brady Corbet, Jayro Bustamante, Judith Davis et Michaela Pavlátová ont choisi de distinguer   L'Heure de la sortie, de Sébastien Marnier, long-métrage français produit par 2L Productions et Avenue B Produc...

Le palmarès de la 27e édition du Festival international du film fantastique de Gérardmer

Le Jury des longs métrages de la 27e édition du Festival international du film fantastique de Gérardmer, présidé par Asia Argento et composé de Flavien Berger, Arielle Dombasle, Jean-Benoît Dunckel, Christophe Gans, Jean-François Rauger, Niels Schneider et Alice Winocour, a remis les prix suivants :       ...

Triplé pour Les Misérables et doublé pour La Jeune fille en feu aux 25e Lumières de la presse internationale

La 25e Cérémonie, diffusée en clair et en exclusivité pour la première fois sur Canal+, a été l’occasion de réunir des lauréats des précédentes éditions, notamment l’actrice Isabelle Huppert, présidente de la cérémonie, mais aussi Oumaya Amamra, Fanny Ardant, Jeanne Balibar, Elodie Bouchez, JR, Ibrahim Maalouf, Déborah Lukumuena et Félix Maritaud. Les Mis&eacu...

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