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907 ! THE FESTIVAL BEAT ! The online answers to lock down and cancellations - Volume 907

Stay safe watch films at home!


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Our thoughts go to the families of the victims of the COVID-19 in their flesh or their business; and we express our loud gratitude and solidarity with all of those who are fighting that disease. Our consideration and sympathy go to all the teams behind the festivals which had to cancel or postpone their edition. We understand all the frustration. We understand the work involved, we respect the tough decision and feel sorry for all the lost opportunities for our filmmaker friends in their quest to reach an audience.


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COVID-19 update: Cannes postpones the may edition of the Festival to a later date (tentatively end june...)

We were very sorry to receive this message from the Cannes Film Festival management (which, alas, we were expecting). We hear the Market might take another virtual form, but are still waiting for confirmations.   At this time of global health crisis, our thoughts go to the victims of the COVID-19 and we express our solidarity with all of those who are fighting the disease. Today, we have made the following decision : The Festival de Cannes cannot be held on the scheduled dates, from M...



COVID-19 positive update: Reed MIDEM launches MIPTV ONLINE+



Reed MIDEM today announces the launch of MIPTV ONLINE+, a premium online experience available for free to all registered MIPTV, MIPDoc and MIPFormats 2020 clients.   MIPTV ONLINE+ will launch on March 30. The new service offers connected access to exclusive content originally programmed for the 57th edition of MIPTV which, together with MIPDoc and MIPFormats, was scheduled to run March 28-April 2 in Cannes before being cancelled due to the coronavirus (Covid-19). &nbs...

Kino Lorber Combats Coronavirus: "Kino Marquee" to Stream During Shutdowns

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent  Here's a bright spot during all the COVID-19 closures and shuttering of art house cinemas... read on. Curated by Screenmancer Staff New York, NY (03/19/2020): Kino Lorber announces today that it is launching a virtual theatrical exhibition initiative called Kino Marquee to enable movie theaters shuttered by the coronavirus outbreak to continue to serve their audiences and generate revenue in this difficult time. The initiative also ...

Selection of Neighbours Platform is complete for the online version of Meetings on the Bridge

MEETINGS ON THE BRIDGE IS GOING ONLINE ON THE 15TH YEAR Following the declaration of World Health Organisation about COVID-19 as pandemic and taking into consideration of the pressure on the filmmakers necessary measures were taken to perform the activities of MoB online. Film Development Workshop will hold one to one and jury meetings with international industry guests at online platforms. NEIGHBOURS PLATFORM SELECTION IS COMPLETE! Meetings on the Bridge has launched Neighbours Pl...

COVID-19 positive update: SIGNIANT Unlimited Media Shuttle During Coronaro virus Outbreak

We salute this positive initiative from Signiant, COVID-19 threats offers us an opportunity to show the better side of human nature in hard times.  To support the media industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, Signiant is taking the unprecedented step of offering unlimited users to Media Shuttle customers. As the virus changes work patterns across the industry, it is more vital than ever for media professionals to have the ability to work remotely and collaborate globally ⎯ the very work...

COVID-19 positive update: International solidarity reactions to Cartoon Italia

Immediate solidarity reaction from France, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Belgium, Finland, Poland, UK “The Italian animation industry and community are compact in facing this difficult moment”, says Anne Sophie Vanhollebeke, president of Cartoon Italia, the National Association of animation producers, to the European colleagues of the animation industry. The email was sent Thursday to reassure all foreign partners and raise awareness of the measures to be taken also in the rest of Europe...

My Darling Quarantine: launch of an online festival designed to raise money in light of Coronavirus

Festival programmers join forces to launch My Darling Quarantine, an online festival designed to raise money in light of Coronavirus Tallinn Black Nights programmer Laurence Boyce has joined colleagues from festivals like Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Locarno and many others to support the launch of MY DARLING QUARANTINE, an online short film festival designed to raise money in light of Coronavirus. In light of the current COVID-19 situation that is unfolding acros...

COVID-19 update:Social distancing doesn't have to mean social isolation: Check the virtual film festival for #WomensHistoryMonth

Dear Friends of Women Make Movies, As we watched the film event cancellations and postponements, especially the major festivals, this week, we were both stunned and deeply saddened. With people losing lives, public school children at risk of missing meals, and minimum wage workers losing jobs overnight, it can be easy to feel like our sadness about the loss of a film premiere is trivial. And yet, at Women Make Movies, we are keenly aware of how pivotal these events are for filmmakers -- a...

COVID-19 positive update: 9th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival Boston offers online free screenings


Online only workshop of the 4th Biennale College Cinema – Virtual Reality

For the first time anywhere in the world a workshop was held entirely in virtual mode / Participating were the three projects selected for the 4th edition of the Biennale College Cinema – Virtual Reality   The workshop of the 4th Biennale College Cinema – Virtual Reality, which ended on Friday March 6th, was held entirely in virtual mode, on a specialized platform and consistent with the language of the projects involved.   This is the first time anywhere...

COVID-19 positive update: DOK.fest München goes onbline coming to your home

Dear friends of DOK.fest München, unusual times require unusual steps. Due to the current corona crisis and all official requirements, the 35th edition of DOK.fest München (May 6th to 17th) will not be able to take place in the usual form. Unfortunately, a postponement of the festival is also not possible. However, we are pleased to announce a very special event this year: DOK.fest München@home 2020, the first online DOK.fest München. For the first time we are coming to yo...

COVID 19 update: TIDF cancellation announcement, same may date next year

Due to the latest development of COVID-19 pandemic, we regret to announce that the 12th TIDF due to take place on May 1-10, 2020, will be postponed to Spring 2021.  Under the influence of COVID-19 pandemic, the festival won’t be able to proceed as we planned it. Filmmakers and professionals, audience, our staff and volunteers together made the TIDF as it is today and it would be irresponsible to put everyone under this unnecessary risk.  All participants’ welfare is of ...

COVID-19 update: The 15th Annual Sunscreen Film Fest Postponed Until Fall 2020

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Dear Filmmakers and Festival Supporters:   We are all aware that organizations and businesses around the world have been dramatically impacted by the Covid-19 virus and may continue throughout the foreseeable ...

COVID-19 update: The ECU sticks to its end of april dates (so good)

Here at ÉCU we are very aware of the development of covid-19 within France, and understand that a lot of filmmakers and festival attendees have concern over this. We are planning to host ÉCU 2020 as scheduled: on the 24th, 25th, and 26th April in Paris. We are in touch with the local Paris authorities about their plans, and are monitoring the situation closely. As far as we are concerned, the festival will go ahead as planned unless the local authorities decide ...

COVID-19 update: The SoundTrack_Cologne 17 moved from April to August

SoundTrack_Cologne 17 moved from April to August (August 19th – 22th, 2020), film festival SEE THE SOUND takes place in April (April 22nd – 26th, 2020) Due to the current situation regarding the corona virus, the congress SoundTrack_Cologne 17 will be moved from April to August (August 19th – 22th 2020). MATRIX composer Don Davis, guest of honor and receiver of the Lifetime Achievement Award, has confirmed the new date and will accept the prize at the Award Ceremony on...

COVID-19 update: Postponing the Women+Film Festival

To our Denver Film and Women+Film guests:   As you may know, in response to the ongoing health concerns and state of Colorado mandates related to COVID-19 (coronavirus) and public gatherings, we temporarily closed the Sie FilmCenter earlier this week. The required 30-day closure from Gov. Polis will keep our theaters closed through April 15 at which time the situation will be evaluated. In addition, we are also postponing our 2020 Women+Film Festival scheduled for April 14-19 in Denver.&...

COVID-19 update: The Hawaii Internationational Film Festival postponed to end of August 2020

Aloha HIFF Partners, Sponsors, Supporters, Members, and Audiences,   Since news broke about the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have been closely monitoring the situation and taking the necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of our team members, our patrons, and our community. We want to be part of the solution to the current challenges we are facing. Our thoughts go out to anyone who has been directly affected. We hope that you, your family, friends and colleagues are safe an...

COVID-19 update: ‘Languages & the Media’ Postponed

  As the events sector begins to feel the impact of the COVID-19 virus, the organisers of Europe’s most renowned conference on audiovisual localisation have announced the postponement of ‘Languages & the Media.’ The conference, which was scheduled to take place in June, will now be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin from December 14 - 16 2020. A statement by the organisers, ICWE GmbH, announcing the new date, said: “In the light of the r...

COVID-19 update: Visions du Réel rethinks its next edition

Following the decisions taken by the Swiss Government and Vaud Canton on March 13th – to ban public gatherings and simultaneously to close all movie theatres until April 30th – Visions du Réel has decided to rethink the form of its 51st edition (April 24th - May 2nd 2020). As the safety of all is a top priority in the current health situation, our team is preparing an alternative and novel formula, solely on the internet. It will enable us to share with the public films fr...

EFA Young Audience Award Cancels Theatre Screenings & Goes Online

  Due to the Coronavirus crisis the European Film Academy and its partner network sadly have to cancel all theatre jury screenings planned for 26 April in 40 countries across Europe and beyond. While nothing compares to the experience of watching a film in a theatre in a group of other film-lovers, in times like these the most important thing is to stop the virus from continuing to spread at high speed. That doesn’t mean that you cannot watch great films and this year&rsquo...

COVID-19 update: The Sydney Film Festival cancels the 2020 edition initially planned June 3rd to 14th

14d98714-8d70-48c0-80a8-54556533475b.png is sad again to report another cancellation: one of the first festivals planned for june which cancels.   A message from Sydney Film Festival Chair Deanne Weir, CEO Leigh Small, and Festival Director Nashen Moodley It is with deep regret that, for the first time in its history, the Sydney Film Festival board and management must announce the cancellation of this year’s Festival, planned for June 3rd to 14th.   The decis...

COVID-19 update: The 53rd edition of WorldFest Houston will be postponed

  Don't worry, friends... as long as humans have been around there has been a need for story telling. The show will go on and we will be back with more "good stories, well told." Now, y'all stay safe, ya hear!   Dear film creators and lovers, Friends, we really didn't want it to come to this. We kept quietly pressing on, putting the finishing touches on our program, watching amazing films and assembling the best 53rd WorldFest...

SoundTrack_Cologne 17 moves from April to August

SoundTrack_Cologne 17 moved from April to August (August 19th – 22th, 2020), film festival SEE THE SOUND takes place in April (April 22nd – 26th, 2020) Due to the current situation regarding the corona virus, the congress SoundTrack_Cologne 17 will be moved from April to August (August 19th – 22th 2020). MATRIX composer Don Davis, guest of honor and receiver of the Lifetime Achievement Award, has confirmed the new date and will accept the prize at the Award Ceremony on Satu...

BIFED 2020

                    BIFED 2020 – Open for Submissions! Good news! It seems like we all have to be vegan now. It is not because we care about animals. It is because we always and only care about ourselves and because the animals have caught up with us. They store as much poison as possible in their bodies so that whoever eats them should be poisoned as well. That’s what the pigs, chicken, ...

COVID-19 update: Cancellation of BFI Flare 2020

It’s with heavy hearts we announce that due to the scale and complexity of running a large international film festival, with filmmakers due to travel from across the world, the BFI has taken the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 edition of BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, owing to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic.   BFI Flare is a very special and long standing festival with a loyal and dedicated following and we realise that this is a very disappointing sit...

AND Festival 2020 Postponed from its may dates

It is with great sadness that we are postponing AND Festival 2020, which was due to take place 14th to 17th May.   We are extremely disappointed to have reached this decision but with the ongoing concerns about the spread of COVID-19/coronavirus and the impact this will have nationally and globally in the coming months, we believe that this is necessary to protect the wellbeing of our staff, artists, our festival community and the public.   Abandon Normal Devices is a unique ...

COVID-19 update: The NYC Independent Film Festival may edition will be postponed to June

We understand that the recent news and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 situation may have caused you to rethink your travel plans and your attendance to the New York City Independent Film Festival. We will do whatever we can to support you by providing you with as much information as we have. We are continually monitoring the situation, including travel restrictions and updates to travel policies that may impact you. Our top priority is everyone’s health and wellbeing. We high...

COVID-19 update: The Kalasha International TV & Film Market april edition will be postponed

KENYA FILM COMMISSION POSTPONES KALASHA INTERNATIONAL TV & FILM MARKET   Kenya Film Commission hereby pushes forward this years’ Kalasha International TV & Film Market to a date that will be announced upon the expiry of the 30 days embargo on events attracting international participants. This is part of measures taken to deter the spread of the global pandemic - Corona Virus. The directive by the government is a precautionary measure and a strategy aimed at building surv...

COVID-19 update: Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival ic changing dates or moving online

  Resulting in the state emergency declared by the Estonian government, the 15th Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival is currently postponed or may take place online.   The festival organisers have been closely following the chain of events and public announcements from the  Estonian Health Board and are acting accordingly. Should the emergency end on the 1st of May as is currently planned, the festival can take place from the 1st until the 3rd of May.   ...

COVID-19 update: 18th Annual IFFLA Postponed to Later in 2020

Dear IFFLA Guest,  Given the recent developments around coronavirus, IFFLA has made the difficult but necessary decision to postpone this year’s Festival from April 1st-5th to a later, to-be-determined date in 2020. Please note, we are NOT canceling the festival; we are postponing it. In doing so, we stand in solidarity with leading cultural institutions and festivals as well as the recommendations of the CDC and the Los Angeles County Department of Publi...

COVID-19 update: The 63rd San Francisco International Film Festival is canceled

Dear colleagues, We are deeply saddened and disappointed to announce that we are canceling the 63rd San Francisco International Film Festival. As the situation with COVID-19 evolves and concerns around public safety grow, SFFILM is committed to being a part of the solution to keep our community of audiences and artists safe and is abiding by the current recommendations from state and city health officials.   The Festival press conference originally scheduled for March 18 has als...


2020 Epic ACG Fest Now is Calling for Entries~!

As one of the most exciting international ACG events based in California, 2020 Epic ACG Fest (EACG) is just around the corner!  EACG is an international event that included animation, comic art, gaming and cosplay in one place. To promote the Geek culture in a Hollywood style, EACG screened animation films from worldwide; host panels for the audience with the international artists face to face; with professionals from the industry to direct different workshops and unforgettable ...

AmDocs 2020 reschedules the docs celebration in Palm Springs to September

We were sorry to receive the news from our friends in Palm Springs Dear Film-Lover As you know, there has been a sea-change of activity these last few weeks and, in particular, the last few hours. At AmDocs we strive to make the festival experience the best in the world, for both our filmmakers and audience. Some of you have been keeping close tabs on our position on having AmDocs 2020 in spite of the Covid 19 scare. Our City does not have a case as of yet- the public schools are still ...

COVID-19 update: The SLO FILM FESTIVAL 2020 Has Been Cancelled

San Luis Obispo Public Health agency, in accordance with State health guidelines surrounding the impacts of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 has asked that the SLO Film Fest be cancelled. We are incredibly sad to have to now convey this news but the March 17-22 will not be happening as scheduled. We will begin the process of working with filmmakers to find new ways to share variations of the festival’s program in the future, when it is safe to do so. On behalf of our staff, volunteers, spo...

COVID-19 update: The Second Annual French Riviera Film Festival rescheduled in June and relocated in Santa Monica

Second Annual French Riviera Film Festival Celebrating Short Film and Short-Form Content Rescheduled to June 2020 in Santa Monica, California   Our partner festival will feature the World Premiere of  “Characters” by director Kevin Asch and starring Danny A. Abeckaser (The Irishman),  Lukas Haas (The Revenant) & Sara Foster (90210)   Submission Deadline Extended on   In response to the growing concern worldwide about the covid-19 pa...

COVID-19 update: Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) scheduled for May 5 to 10 with online only version

It is with great regret and due to the spreading of the coronavirus that we, Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH, announce the cancellation of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) scheduled for May 5 to 10, 2020. This is based on the immediately effective and indefinite decree of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration Baden-Württemberg of Wednesday, March 11, 2020 to the Public Health Departments, according to which large-scale events involving more than 1,000 p...

COVID-19 update: Animation Production Days 2020 cancels (6 – 8 May, Stuttgart)

We regret to announce today that Animation Production Days (6 – 8 May 2020) cannot take place this year due to the Corona pandemic. According to today's decision of the state capital Stuttgart, events in culture, education, sports and leisure as well as meetings, even with less than 1,000 participants, are prohibited with immediate effect. The partner events FMX – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media and the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated...

COVID-19 update: Garden State Festival moves to digital

Offers Online Antidote to Coronavirus Concerns with +240 Feature Films! In light of the global COVID-19 crisis, and the announcement from the Governor of the State of New Jersey further restricting public gatherings, GSFF 2020 will be presented virtually through parallel and dynamic digital streaming. Physical festival events such as industry activities, workshops, and panels have been canceled. Films will now be showcased online out of concern for the health and safety of our ...

COVID-19 update: Palm Springs ShortFest confirmed for June

Like so many of you, we have spent the last several days and weeks learning about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it is impacting our world. For the Palm Springs Film Society, that means understanding how it affects our employees, customers and communities, and then making the necessary adjustments to our work and operations.   We have one simple objective that guides us: keeping you, our community and our employees safe. This has been at the center of our conversations every step of...

COVID-19 update: The Wisconsin Film Festival Canceled

  The 2020 Wisconsin Film Festival is canceled as a result of the threat posed by COVID-19. The University of Wisconsin–Madison recently suspended Spring Semester classroom instruction and canceled events with more than 50 people through at least April 10. At this time, we are in the process of notifying filmmakers, sponsors, donors, volunteers, and all of our stakeholders. Tickets for the 2020 Wisconsin Film Festival will be refunded. We humbly ask for patience as we work t...

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Top 25 photos from Berlinale: Antonio and his golden camera

(Sigourney Weaver, © Antonio Castello) By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER The man with the golden camera strikes again. I first noticed photographer Antonio Castello during a press conference last year. His camera with a golden vintage lens really made me look twice. He captured more than a thousand photos over the course of this year's 70th anniversary edition of the Berlin International Film Festival, known by most just as the Berlinale. Looking through his "best of" p...

Jury Grid for Berlinale: 5 continents weigh in

(The amazing cast of Nomera /Numbers © Berlinale 2020) by Lindsay R. Bellinger Numbers is the name of the game when referring to ⭐⭐⭐⭐ awarded by film journalists, whether it's at international film festivals or for reviews of films coming to a movie theater near you. Here you can find our international jury grid composed of twelve film journalists from five different continents, male and female critics represented equally. Below you can also read more about each jo... 
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Your Script Produced Season 2 with March 22 deadline


Get your script into production in 2021!   Deadline: March 22, 2020.    Feature: $60.00    Tv: $50.00   Shorts: $40   Production Funding for 3 UItimate Grand Prize Winners: Feature: $250,000.00 TV Pilot: $10,000.00 Short: $10,000.00   Launched by founder/financier Doval Bacall FiIms, Your Script Produced is an international screenplay competition that provides an unparalleled platform and opportu...

"The Keeper" Wins Audience Choice Best of Fest at 26th Sedona International Film Festival

THE KEEPER WINS AUDIENCE CHOICE “BEST OF FEST,” BEST FEATURE DRAMA AT 26TH SEDONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL             SEDONA, Ariz. (March 1, 2020): The Keeper, a British-German biographical drama that tells the extraordinary love story between a young English woman and Bert Trautmann, German footballer and prisoner of war, who together overcome prejudice, public hostility and personal tragedy duri...
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July 23-30,  2020

Late deadline April 20, 2020

The 5th International Documentary Festival “Beyond Borders”, Castellorizo island, has the pleasure to invite documentary film-makers to submit their films until 20th of April, 2020. The Festival’s objective is to promote the most important documentary productions worldwide that focus on history, culture, politics and other social subjects. «Beyond Borders» takes place every year during the last week of August, is co-organized with the Region of South Aegean, Les Ecrans des Mondes and the Society for the Restoration of Castellorizo, is held under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad, the Australian Embassy in Athens, the U.S. Embassy in Athens, the Embassy of Israel in Athens and the Municipality of Megisti (Castellorizo), with the kind support of ERT and EKOME. It is produced by the Hellenic History Foundation ( “Beyond Borders” includes a selection of Greek, European and worldwide productions of the last five years, workshops, parallel events and master classes. Prizes for Best History Documentary, Best Socio-political Documentary, Best Greek History Documentary, Best Greek Socio-political Documentary,     Best Short Length Documentary will be awarded by the Hellenic Parliament.  EKOME & SteFilm Post Production will also provide awards.


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The 23rd UNAFF is calling for entries



Early Deadline – May 2, 2020*

Regular Deadline – May 12, 2020*

Late deadline – May 20, 2020

The 23rd UNAFF will be held from October 15-25, 2020 in Palo Alto, Stanford University, East Palo Alto and San Francisco. This year’s theme THE POWER OF EMPATHY continues our two decades long celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, emphasizing our readiness to care about other people’s emotional experiences.

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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.







French Riviera Film Festival 

May 11-12, 2020



May 9, 2020 extended 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


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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La Biennale di Venezia_The New Board of Directors of La Biennale has taken Office

The new Board of Directors of La Biennale di Venezia took office today, chaired by Roberto Cicutto with members Luigi Brugnaro (Vice-President, Mayor of Venice and President of the Metropolitan City), Luca Zaia (President of the Regione Veneto), Claudia Ferrazzi (designated by the Minister for the Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism). The Board will remain in office for the four-year term 2020 – 2023.   After greeting the members of the Board – the meeting was also at...

This Other Bacall Will Make Your Movie, Seriously, No Kidding

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent She publishes SCREENMANCER TV. Okay so Friday night, and yes, now it’s Tuesday, the Other Bacall, Doval Bacall threw such a party for the winners of Your Script Produced, that everybody is just getting their bearings now. Alright, that’s an exaggeration, but let’s put it this way, Award Winner Iris May just emailed a party photo from Bavaria as her flight just arrived back in her home country.   May, wit...
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INDIA in focus with Siraj Syed  

Robibaar, Review: Sad, sombre, somnolent, sepulchral Sunday

Robibaar, Review: Sad, sombre, somnolent, sepulchral Sunday It is a Sunday. Not an ordinary Sunday, an eventful Sunday. For the female protagonist, it begins like any ordinary Sunday, a deceptively ordinary Sunday. Except for a strange dream that wakes her up, everything else seems like every Sunday. Till she goes to the neighbourhood café, for her routine breakfast. For the male protagonist, this Sunday could be the most important day in fifteen years, and it all begins when he walks ...

Angrezi Medium, Review: Crazy Tedium

Angrezi Medium, Review: Crazy Tedium Three years ago, Maddock Films gave us a slice-of-life entertainer called Hindi Medium. ‘Medium’ here referred to the language, the medium of instruction in school education. It was just passably humorous yet proved more popular than expected, garnering a few awards as well. A follow-up went into development soon afterwards, repeating its lead actor Irrfan Khan. Though still to recover completely, Irrfan is back in Maddock’s Angrezi (Engl...

18th Third Eye Asian Film Festival, III

18th Third Eye Asian Film Festival, III Iran bagged two of the four prizes in the best short fiction films category at the 18th Third Eye Asian Film Festival (TEAFF), including the most coveted First Prize. The second prize went to an Indian entry, while the third prize was shared between an Iranian and an Indian film. Over the years, Iranian films have regularly made their mark at TEAFF, and there is always a strong presence of films from Iran, whether features or shorts. Here are the winne...

18th Third Eye Asian Film Festival, II

18th Third Eye Asian Film Festival, II Six films were short-listed for the Best Asian Woman Film-maker Award at the 18th Third Eye Asian Film Festival (TEAFF): An Unfairy Tale/Maadathi, 2019, Tamil, 90 min, Director: Leena Manimekalai; Mystic Memoir, 2019, Bengali, 77 minutes, Director: Aparajita Ghosh; The Taste from Happy Island, 2019, China, 90 min, Director: Lai Xueyi; Stories@8/Kathaah@8, 2019, multilingual, Singapore, 90 mins, Director: Shilpa Krishnan Shukla; Dithee, 2019, Marathi, 86 ...

18th Third Eye Asian Film Festival, I

18th Third Eye Asian Film Festival, I Organised by the Asian Film Foundation and P.L. Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy, the 18th Third Eye Asian Film Festival (TEAFF) has just concluded. Held during March 1-6, at the Mini-Theatre, located on the third floor of the Ravindra Natya Mandir Complex, Prabhadevi, Mumbai, the festival screened films in six slots each day. Paani, in Marathi language, directed by Adinath Kothare, was the inaugural film while Mai Ghaat, also in Marathi, directed by An...

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The world smallest stop motion hero is less than one millimeter high

STARDUST ODYSSEY - A David Bowie tribute - Guinness World Record   GUINNESS WORLD RECORD Smallest 3D stop-motion animation character. The character is 300 microns (0.3 mm) tall. Directed by Tibo Pinsard. Co-produced by Darrowan Prod, the Université de Franche-Comté represented by the FEMTO-ST Institute and the Université Libre de Bruxelles represented by the TIPS laboratory. With the support of the Région Bourgogne Franche-Comté.   ...

That time when we had fun at festivals... Jeff at Mammoth to be continued (soon enough)

Filmmaker Jeffrey got lucky in one of the very few festivals which could physically take place before COVID-19 industry shutdown. Here is what he had to say about his own experience, when showing his film "POOR GREG DROWNING" at the Mammoth Film Festival "I had such a blast at the Mammoth Film Festival! It was such an inspiring community and collection of artists and filmmakers, and what an incredible backdrop to host it in. It was a real honor to screen my feature, "Poor ...

Melanie Waelde's Naked Animals: Brutal honesty

(Marie Tragousti © Czar Film) by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER You shouldn't be fooled by the film's title Nackte Tiere (Naked Animals), as Melanie Waelde's debut feature has little to do with nudity although there is one bathroom scene that reveals a little skin. The naked refers more to the raw and wild yet delicate look into the life of five German teenagers, all of them attending school somewhere in the Brandenburg countryside. The energy, ...

Social Realism in the German countryside: Nackte Tiere (Naked Animals) at Berlinale

(Michelangelo Fortuzzi, Marie Tragousti © Czar Film) by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER You shouldn't be fooled by the film's title Nackte Tiere (Naked Animals), as Melanie Waelde's debut feature has little to do with nudity although there is one bathroom scene that reveals a little skin. The naked refers more to the raw and wild yet delicate look into the life of five German teenagers, all of them attending school somewhere in the Brandenburg c...

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Russia USA Feature documentary April 2020 84 minutes

What happened, what can happen to the centuries old amazing wooden churches in north of Russia. Photographer Richard Davies trips to Russia and USA tell stories on human soul, hope and russian american…cooperation in restoring beauty.

Saving North is the story of a struggle for human and cultural survival in the mysterious and insular world of the Russian North. An outsider from England, photographer Richard Davies, enters this mysterious and vast region of the world with the hope of documenting both the glory and the tragic demise of its rapidly disappearing Wooden Churches. As Davies meets and becomes friends with the some of his Russian photo subjects, he finds himself getting emotionally involved with their struggle. He decides to put down his camera and get involved with church restoration.


            Early on in our story Davies befriends the famed Russian architect Alexander Popov who is deeply involved in working to preserve and share with the world the beauty and value of these ancient structures. Popov has uniquely discovered and reinvigorated both the tools and processes that restore life back to the North. But it’s an uphill battle against strong and powerful forces.


            Together, Davies and Popov uncover the circumstances that led to the demise of the churches, and then join a small but growing group of passionate Russian citizens and outsiders from all walks of life who join the cause of Saving North.

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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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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

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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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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...

La Source (Jungfrukällan) d’Ingmar Bergman (Suède, 1960)

Adieu Tonie Marshall

L'ACADÉMIE DES ARTS ET TECHNIQUES DU CINÉMA REND HOMMAGE À TONIE MARSHALL J'avais pu admirer la gentillesse, le talent et le professionalisme de Tonie Marshall lorqu'à la tête d UGC FOX j'avais diffusé son film "Enfants de salaud" Adieu Tonie Bruno Chatelin Née en 1951 de l’union du réalisateur américain William Marshall, et de la merveilleuse actrice française Micheline Presle, Toni...

COVID-19 update: Cannes repousse les dates du 73 ème festival

En cette période de crise sanitaire planétaire, nous avons une pensée pour les victimes du COVID-19, et nous exprimons notre solidarité avec tous ceux qui luttent contre la maladie.    Aujourd’hui, nous avons pris la décision suivante: le Festival de Cannes ne pourra se tenir aux dates prévues, du 12 au 23 mai prochains. Plusieurs hypothèses sont à l’étude afin d’en préserver le d&ea...

Remise du César des Lycéens 2020 à l'équipe du film HORS NORMES

LES LYCÉENS ONT REMIS  LE CÉSAR DES LYCÉENS À L'ÉQUIPE DU FILM "HORS NORMES"     Ce mercredi 11 mars, au sein du Ministère de l’Éducation nationale et de la Jeunesse, le César des Lycéens 2020 a été remis à l’équipe du film "HORS NORMES" et ses réalisateurs Eric Toledano et Olivier Nakache, accompagnés de l&rsquo...

COVID-19 update: Les incertitudes du Festival La Rochelle Cinéma (26 juin-5 juillet)

Avec tous les reports de festivals aux quatre coinds du monde c'est un jeu de domino qui s installe et pose un véritable casse tête (chinois) aux organisateurs. La Rochelle se découvre ainsi menacé par le report de Cannes et ce n est que le début...Chères amies, chers amis, Depuis plus d’une semaine, nous apprenons, avec tristesse, l’annulation ou le report de festivals que nous aimons : Cinéma du Réel, Itin&eacut...


Top 10 des entrées hebdo France du 11/03/2020 au 14/03/2020

Cette semaine, le box-office s’arrête au samedi 14 mars suite à la décision gouvernementale de fermer tous les lieux culturels dans l’Hexagone, incluant les cinémas.     Source : CBO ...

COVID-19 positive update: la Fête du court aura lieu… chez nous, chez vous !

La Fête du court aura lieu… chez vous ! ???? Parce que s’émerveiller et s’instruire est crucial dans cette période particulière, nous vous proposons une nouvelle version de l'événement : une Fête du court à la maison ! Entre le 25 et le 31 mars, vous pourrez télécharger un lecteur sécurisé, qui vous permettra de voir et revoir une sélection spéciale de grands films ...

COVID-19 update: Annulation de la 38e édition du BIFFF confirmée

1720, la Peste de Marseille. 1820, le Choléra. 1920, la Grippe Espagnole. 2020, le Coronavirus, et annulation de la 38e édition du BIFFF…. Par mesure de précaution, le BIFFF annule déjà l’édition de 2120. Soyez prudents, on vous aime, bisous (de loin), et à l’année prochaine… Car, oui, grâce au soutien indéfectible de nos sponsors et des institutions fédérales, r&eacu...

Le Festival International de Valence est annulé

Compte tenu des événements actuels, nous avons le regret de vous annoncer que le Festival International de Valence, initialement prévu du 1er au 4 avril 2020, ne se tiendra pas cette année.    Nous vous remercions par avance pour votre compréhension.     L’équipe du Festival International de Valence – Scénaristes et Compositeurs   ...

COVID-19 update: la 13ème édition des Hallucinations Collectives n’aura pas lieu du 7 au 13 avril prochain

  Comme vous vous en doutiez, la 13ème édition des Hallucinations Collectives n’aura pas lieu du 7 au 13 avril prochain. En concertation avec le Cinéma Comoedia, nous avons décidé de reporter le festival de 4 mois et nous pouvons vous annoncer dès maintenant qu’il aura lieu du 7 au 13 juillet.   Merci de votre confiance et prenez soin de vous. L’équipe des Hallucinations Collectives. &nbs...

COVID-19 positive update: Mediakwest # 36, Moovee #3 et Sonovision #19 gratuits en ligne

Solidaire vis-à-vis des annulations de Laval Virtual, MIPTV, Séries Mania, NAB Show, FMX… Des événements majeurs pour les communautés professionnelles de ses magazines, Génération Numérique a décidé de distribuer gratuitement le prochain numéro de chacun de ses trois titres – Mediakwest # 36, Moovee #3, Sonovision #19. Les visiteurs des événements annu...

COVID-19 update: Annulation du festival Cinélatino, 32es Rencontres de Toulouse

Cher·es festivalier·ères, ami·e·s et partenaires du festival, Contrairement au communiqué que nous venions de vous envoyer concernant l'adaptation et le maintien du festival Cinélatino, et suite à l'annonce du Premier Ministre Edouard Philippe ce vendredi 13 mars annonçant l'interdiction de rassemblements de plus de 100 personnes, il nous est devenu impossible de préserver la qualité du festival...

COVID-19 update: Pause sur toutes les activités du Arras Film Festival

Chers spectateurs, chers adhérents, chers partenaires,   En raison de la situation sanitaire liée au Covid-19, à la suite des différentes allocutions du président et du premier ministre, et...

Le festival de Créteil à l'arret

LE 42e FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE FILMS DE FEMMES DE CRÉTEIL EST ANNULÉ.  Cette décision est liée et fait suite aux obligations et précautions sanitaires qui ont été fixées et prises par le gouvernement le 13 mars à 13h, lors de l’intervention du premier Ministre Edouard Philippe. En effet la jauge d’accueil des manifestations est passée à 100 personnes. La Maison de...

Le festival “L’Europe Autour de l’Europe” est annulé

  Chers auteurs, chers amis, chers collègues, Nous sommes navrés de devoir vous annoncer la suspension du festival. En effet, suite aux déclarations du président de la république et tenant compte des recommandations des pouvoirs publics, nous avons décidé de reporter les activités du festival au mois de novembre 2020. Nous vous tiendrons informés via notre newsletter. Amicalement, Irena Bilic e...

L’édition « 34 et demi » du FIFF, réponse à une édition rêvée

Le Festival International de Films de Fribourg présente son édition « 34 et demi », suite à l’annulation de la 34e édition, qui devait se tenir du 20 au 28 mars. Le public pourra découvrir au fil de l’année une partie du programme : dans d’autres festivals, en ligne, à la télévision et lors d’événements ponctuels. Ce redéploiement est possible grâ...

COVID-19 update: 2020 Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur: la CARAVANE DU COURT est annulée

Finalement, pas de cinéma en mars     Nous sommes au regret de vous annoncer qu'à partir de ce jour les pr...

COVID-19 update: Cinélatino continue et s'adapte en modifiant le programme et limitant les contacts potentiels

La pandémie actuelle de Covid-19 nous contraint à modifier la 32e édition de Cinélatino. Le Conseil d’Administration de l’ARCALT-Cinélatino a décidé : - dans une démarche de soutien mutuel avec les salles de cinéma, de maintenir, autant que faire se peut, les projections telles que prévues dans le programme pour vous montrer l’actualité des cinématographies d’Amérique lat...

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