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908 ! THE FESTIVAL BEAT ! Supporting our industry - Volume 908

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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 postponed to a later date (tentatively end june early july...)

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.  
Registration of professionals and films is postponed by a month and a half.
"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: The Movies that Matter Festival 2020 goes Online

  In connection with the Corona crisis, the Movies that Matter Festival 2020 will not take place this year in The Hague, but online! Seventeen of the selected festival films will be available online at in the near  future . On the  website of Movies that Matter we publish interviews with filmmakers from around the world. Thi...

Self-Isolation Antidote to Coronavrus w/ +240 Films Starts This Thursday at Garden State Online Festival!


COVID 19 positive update: first-ever Virtual Greenwich International Film Festival, May 1st to 3rd

May 1 - May 3, 2020 Due to the rapidly escalating health crisis around COVID-19 and Governor Lamont’s recent State of Emergency Declaration, as well as his recommendation to limit the number of people at social gatherings, GIFF has made the decision to postpone all physical events for the foreseeable future. However, GIFF 2020 will still go that is!        It is our plea...

COVID 19 positive update: Foscari Short Film Festival starts online for free


COVID-19 positive update: Gabès Cinéma Fen confirms its digital form starting April 3rd to 11th

The second edition of Gabès Cinéma Fen confirms its digital form starting April 3rd to 11th 2020, under the slogan « Chouf Online ». This decision reflects the team’s desire to ensure the continuity of the festival and, at the same time, to ensure that the state of confinement encourages them to thrive in the Arts and Culture.  The public of Gabès and the whole of Tunisia will have access during 9 days to cinematic and video art films (Fen). When ...

COVID-19 positive update: The Dortmund | Cologne International Women’s Film Festival IFFF @ Home

In a healthy world the 37th edition of the Dortmund | Cologne International Women's Film Festival would have taken place this week. This year's programme of films, talks and events has been carefully put together by the festival team for months - and it has turned out great! But the red carpet lies rolled up in the corner and our international guests remain at home, all over the world. Our audience, too, stays put inside their four walls. And this is where we would like to bring our ...



23rd Annual Sonoma Film Festival (SIFF), Presented by United Mileage Plus Cards, Postpones Due to Coronavirus

23RD ANNUAL SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (SIFF) PRESENTED BY  UNITED MILEAGEPLUS® CARDS FROM CHASE POSTPONES DUE TO CORONAVIRIS   SONOMA, CA - The Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF), offering the best in independent cinema from around the world, is postponing its 23rd edition of the festival due to the coronavirus. The festival was due to take place from March 25 – 29, 2020 in Sonoma, Northern California, the prestigious, world-renowned wine growing capital o...

COVID-19 update: The International Nature Film Festival Gödöllő is postponed to 11-13 September 2020

Dear Filmmakers, NEW DATE: 11-13 September 2020. International Nature Film Festival Gödöllő   Besause of the global health emergency the Festival has been cancelled to        11-13. September 2020. All of the Festival's programs will be held on this new date. However, every projects and processes of the Festival are still going on like the rating of the submitted films. We will notify every submitters with the selection results until 15 of...

COVID-19 update: Moscow Fest postpones the dates of the festival

  Due to an order of the government of the Russian Federation restricting the entry of foreign citizens to Russia until may 1, 2020, the Moscow International film festival, which was scheduled to take place from April 22 to April 29, is postponed. The new dates of the festival will be announced later. We hope that the festival will take place in the near future, when it will be absolutely safe for our numerous spectators, as well as foreign guests and participants...

COVID-19 update: Interfilm presents: CoronaKino online!

  Dear short film friends and interfilm fans, how can you satisfy your cinematic appetite while all the movie theatres are closed and you have to stay home? Here are 4 entertaining programs for these challenging weeks of cultural deprivation, 2 for (so-called) adults, one for teenagers aged 12 and over & one for children aged 6 and over. Renting or buying one (or more) of these cool short film collections will not only help us navigate these confronting times for us an...

COVID-19 update: The 22nd Annual Provincetown International Film Festival is canceled

  Dear Provincetown Film Society supporters, We are deeply saddened to announce that we are not able to produce The 22nd Annual Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF), originally scheduled for June 17-21. The health and safety of our staff, patrons, audience and everyone involved in bringing the festival to life is our highest priority.   We are working on reimagining some of the exciting programs we had planned. We hope to present programming later this year that not on...

COVID-19 update: The June edition of the Banff World Media Festival is cancelled

The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) regrets to announce that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and heeding public direction given by the World Health Organization, the Canadian government and the Alberta government, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 edition of the festival, scheduled for June 14-17, 2020. We are working closely with all of our sponsors, partners, vendors and speakers who continue to be incredibly supportive. All currently registered delegates will have the...
It is with regret that as the Government has advised the temporary closure of cinemas across the UK until further notice, we have to postpone SERET UK 2020, which we had originally scheduled for this May. At present, we are unable to let you know when the SERET UK 2020 – The Israeli Film & TV Festival - likely to take place, the extent of the cinema closures, as for everything affected by COVID-19 is so uncertain, but as soon as we can, we’ll be in touch with new dates.&nb...


The 2020 edition of the Lucca Film Festival e Europa Cinema has been postponed to the end of May

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

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


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Review in Two Languages: Sally Potter's The Roads Not Taken



(Salma Hayek with Javier Bardem © Bleecker Street) by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER & ZEP ARMENTANO

"Working with Sally Potter means a surprise every day," said Christopher Sheppard at the end of the animated press conference for her newest film The Roads Not Taken, which premiered in competition at Berlinale on February 26, 2020. Sheppard has produced eight of Sally Potter's feature films since their first collaboration on Orlando in 1992. For those of us familiar with Potter's films, Sheppard's statement shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. Her work is never boring, rarely mainstream or geared towards the masses, always fearless and often a big departure from her previous project(s) and sometimes misunderstood by English-language critics.

Unfortunately, I can't speak all the languages so it's hard for me to say how critics not writing in English or German interpret or review her work. I'd be curious to see what a film critic like CA Lejeune (Caroline Alice), whose film criticisms graced the pages of The Guardian from 1922 to 1928 and then the pages of The Observer until she retired in 1960, would write about Potter's films. If more top female critics were reviewing her work would her films have higher ratings on some of the most visited film review sites? Positive film reviews can make a film, helping it get a wide release and international distribution. Negative reviews can break a film, relegating it in the past to a direct-to-DVD (or VHS) release. Who exactly has been writing the majority of the most-read reviews of Sally Potter's films? I'm curious....

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...

Meet the Entrance of Multicultural Film World.

    With more than 15 years of history, the Universe Multicultural Film Festival ( has reached a height that could not be ignored by the film industry. It created a unique style of a film festival that will benefit all the attendees the most. In early April every year, UMFF would be hosted in the beautiful Los Angeles, Southern California, the heart of the film industry. Filmmakers from all over the world in different languages with different ethnic backgrou...

Taiwan Academy in LA with most recent updates on Taiwanese arts and culture

Dear Friends, After several months of hard work and dedication, we are pleased to officially announce that our new website is now Live! We invite you to visit us at We also invite you to subscribe our newsletter for the most recent updates on Taiwanese arts and culture. You can connect with us on Facebook as well to stay engaged in our forthcoming events and activities. During the global COVID-19 pandemic, we hope you all stay healthy and safe. Ple...

"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: May 24, 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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The Woody Allen Memoir... We Need the Dregs?

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent

Who writes a memoir in defense of marrying their step-daughter? You guessed it: Woody Allen. And with his new memoir - that was axed by Hachette and brought back to life elsewhere - we all get to wrestle with this Shakespearean dilemma…

To buy, or not to buy? Whether ’tis nobler to read the slings and arrows pointed at Mia, or to take up arms against “Apropos of Nothing” and fling it against the wall.

Yes, that is bad Shakespeare from Hamlet Act 3, Scene 1, often dubbed “the nunnery scene” which, of course, Hachette employees were likely not thinking about during the standing ovation when Allen’s galleys were tossed in the trash, but hey.

Arcade published it, so what can you do except decide for yourself whether to purchase the bête noire of books? Arcade, a division of Skyhorse,  lists the following three lead-off books on its website - just follow along here for Allenseque irony: “Raphael: Painter in Rome,” “Love Behind Bars: The Memoir of An American Prisoner’s Wife,” and the topper “Hitler: The Memoir of a Nazi Insider Who Turned Against The Führer.”

Can you script something better than that?

On Woody Allen’s website, he leads with this quote: “If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.”


Sir Richard Branson joins Sharkwater Expedition in the British Virgin Islands

SHARKWATER EXPEDITION SUCCESS IN BVI Team Sharkwater completed filming and baseline research through the expedition in the British Virgin Islands. A Special thank you to Sir Richard Branson who joined us diving from his beautiful island, Necker, and amazing organizer Lauren Keil from Unite BVI, who helped coordinate all the government ministries and film commission. Our hope for the trip is to provide research to add further shark protections and more protected marine areas in the Caribbea...

Frontières Executive Director Lindsay Peters Exits After Six Years of Leadership

  Lindsay Peters, the executive director of the distinguished genre industry Platform Frontières, announces her decision to depart following six years at the helm effective as of April 2020.  “After six years leading Frontières, and much consideration I have come to the difficult decision to depart the organization as of April 2,” Lindsay Peters says in statement. “My decision has been made particularly difficult by the many wonderful r...
The artistic director of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, translator and film critic Eva Zaoralová, was recently awarded the Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana for helping to spread and promote Italian culture and the Italian language abroad. She received the award from Italy’s president Sergio Matarella on the basis of a nomination submitted by the Italian Cultural Institute in Prague to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation...

RIDM welcomes Sofia Laroussi the new Executive Director

Despite the most exceptional circumstances, the board of directors of the Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM) and the RIDM Forum is pleased to announce the appointment of Sofia Laroussi as the new executive director of the two organizations. Sofia Laroussi and outgoing General Manager Mara Gourd-Mercado have started the virtual handover this week and will continue until April 3, 2020, when Mara leaves. Thus, the stability of the RIDM and the memory of the...
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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... 

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NEON Goes Worldwide With Amy Seimetz’s SXSW Fave SHE DIES TOMORROW

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent 
While the coronavirus, or COVID-19, updates rage from crowned heads of EU to uncrowned rank and file New Yorkers, here's an apocalytpic "existential thriller" to live for...
Curated by Screenmancer Staff NEW YORK, NY(3/25/20): NEON announced today that they have acquired worldwide rights to Amy Seimetz’s apocalyptic existential thriller SHE DIES TOMORROW, an official selection of the 2020 SXSW Film Festival. Inadvertently prescient and blazingly original, the film was one of the most buzzed-about titles coming out of this year’s festival-that-never-was. SHE DIES TOMORROW stars Seimetz’s frequent collaborator Kate Lyn Sheil (SUN DON’T SHINE) as Amy, a woman ravaged by the notion that she is going to die tomorrow which sends her down a dizzying emotional spiral. When Amy’s skeptical friend Jane (Jane Adams, HAPPINESS) discovers Amy’s feeling of imminent death to be contagious, they both begin bizarre journeys through what might be the last day of their lives. In equal measures a genre film, a dark comedy, and surrealist mind trip, SHE DIES TOMORROW defies definition and is the unique vision of Seimetz (SUN DON’T SHINE, “The Girlfriend Experience”)....

COVID-19 positive update: Stage 32 helped screen SXSW films online

With the cancellation of the 2020 SXSW festival due to concerns of the health and safety of attendees and the Coronavirus, Stage 32 the world's largest online platform connecting and educating film, TV and digital creatives and professionals announced today it will give officially selected SXSW filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their projects on the Stage 32 platform beginning in April.    All filmmakers and content creators accepted into SXSW 2020 are welcome to submit thei...

Rai Kids and Sergio Bonelli announce the first Bonelli cartoon production based on the highly successful comic Dragonero

    While the coronavirus emergency is putting new focus on kids’ content offerings, the production of animation in Italy is going on, even in this difficult period, with a stronger commitment.  Rai Ragazzi, the kids division of the Italian public broadcaster, and Sergio Bonelli Editore, the leading comic publishing house in Italy, announce the first Bonelli cartoon production based on the highly successful comic Dragonero, created by Luca Enoch and Stefano Vietti. ...

A Window to the Oriental - Movie Series by Maeya Films

As one of the top film distribution companies between the US and China, Maeya Film was not only a film production company but also representing and distributing lots of Chinese films in the North America. During this very special time period, we will share this news with you proudly for introducing our films on the Amazon home video platform. Most of our selections are award-winning and family friendly, it’s perfect for people who want to know more about the real China besides the fancy me...

TOP 10 series most popular on IMDB

TV Series (Sorted by Popularity Ascending) 1. Westworld (2016– ) 62 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, explore a world in which every human appetite can be indulged without consequence. Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton   2. The Walking Dead (2010– ) 44 min | ...

COVID-19 update: spectacular traffic increase in online streaming

Watching TV shows or movies on Netflix uses about 1 GB of data per hour for each stream of standard definition video, and up to 3 GB per hour for each stream of HD video. Downloading and streaming consume a similar amount of data. Netflix has been reported to account for 25% of internet traffic in France.   Netflix, Facebook, YouTube and Amazon said they would temporarily lower bit rates in Europe, following the call from EU industry official Thierry B...

Sci-Fi/action feature COSMIC SIN assembles cast around Bruce Willis

The Exchange and Saban Films announced today that Frank Grillo (THE PURGE franchise, CAPTAIN AMERICA franchise), Luke Wilson (OLD SCHOOL, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS) and Adelaide Kane (THE PURGE) have joined Golden Globe® Award winner Bruce Willis (DIE HARD franchise, UNBREAKABLE, ARMAGEDDON) in the sci-if/action feature COSMIC SIN. As production just wrapped, COSMIC SIN is written and directed by Corey Large and Edward Drake (ANTI-LIFE) and produced by Corey Large (IT FOLLOWS, THE NOVEMBER MAN, ...

MAGIC PILLS vs Science Doc Streams & This is COVID-19 Timely for Debate

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent  If you’ve been listening to the coverage of the “pandemic” AKA Coronavirus AKA COVID-19, the novel superbug sweeping the world, you’ve probably heard a lot of science and speculation or both. From heads of nations to heads of research teams, talking heads are in triage mode over this RNA cell-unlocking hybrid CRISPR virus that just won’t go away quietly. So, here’s a documentary entitled MAGIC PILLS from O...

An open letter from a group of Iranian artists to the artists of the world

‏All of us, no matter what our nationality is or what country we are from, are citizens of a borderless utopia called “ART” which exists in a world called “CULTURE”. No superpower can prohibit us from being members of our ART nation. In our collective fantasy world, whether we are Asian, European, American or African, we all have a unique gene for understanding culture, an influential talent to make the people understand,as well as abilities for analyzing current t...

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.   ...

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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)


COVID-19 positive update: Racky Diack et Frantz Voltaire parrainent le Festival Vues d'Afrique de Montréal, version online

Programmation dévoilée le lundi 6 avril Vues d’Afrique a le plaisir d’annoncer que son 36e Festival international de cinéma présenté par Québecor, se déroulera sous le parrainage de Racky Diack et Frantz Voltaire, deux personnalités de grande renommée.  Racky Diack est née et a grandi à Paris, passionnée par l’univers de la mode depuis toujours, elle y fait ses premiers pas en tant que ...

COVID 19 positive update: Le festival Gabès Cinéma Fen se déclinera online

Après avoir consulté les différents acteurs et parties impliqués dans le projet, l’équipe du festival de Gabès Cinéma Fen confirme la transformation de sa deuxième édition en une édition numérique organisée du 3 au 11 avril 2020 sous le slogan "Chouf Online". La décision découle de l’envie de l’équipe d'assurer la continuité du festival tout en c...

La Directrice Exécutive de Frontières, Lindsay Peters, quitte son poste après six ans à la tête de l’organisation

  Lindsay Peters, directrice exécutive de la très estimée plateforme de l'industrie du cinéma de genre, Frontières, annonce sa décision de quitter ses fonctions après six ans à la barre à compter d'avril 2020. «Après six ans à la tête de Frontières et avec beaucoup de considération, j'ai pris la décision difficile de quitter l'organisation et ce, dè...

Les RIDM accueillent une nouvelle directrice générale

Malgré les circonstances pour le moins exceptionnelles, le conseil d’administration des Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM) et du Forum RIDM est heureux d’annoncer la nomination de Sofia Laroussi à titre de nouvelle directrice générale des deux organismes. Sofia Laroussi et la directrice générale sortante Mara Gourd-Mercado ont débuté la passation cette semaine des dossiers de man...

COVID-19 update: Le GrecDoc, festival européen de documentaire grecs à Paris, sera reporté si necessaire

Suite à l'épidémie de Coronavirus, et pour la sécurité de chacun, nous sommes contraints de reporter le GrecDoc, festival européen de documentaire grecs à Paris. Toutefois, notez que nous revenons très vite, les 12, 13 et 14 juin, toujours au cinéma Le Grand Action ! Les nouveaux horaires seront communiqués prochainement. Cependant, si la situation sanitaire devait s'avérer encore trop risquée, nous repo...

France Télévisions soutient les TALENTS DU COURT et en particulier les femmes

  VENDREDI 27 MARS 2020 VERS 00H25 Fête du court métrage : les femmes font le cinéma replay gratuit 30 jours sur   Du fait du Covid-19, la fête du court métrage ne peut pas avoir lieu en public, mais elle se fait sur nos antennes et sur internet. Comme chaque année, France 3 est partenaire de cet événement et dans ce cadre nous avons prévu de f&eci...

COVID-19 update: La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs dans l incertitude

Une seule certitude pour la Quinzaine: l édition 2020 NE POURRA PAS se tenir aux dates prévues en Mai. La situation actuelle ne permettant pas d'être plus précis sur la tenue, le report ou la forme que pourra prendre la manifestation. Rappellons que les disponibilités d'hébergement locales en période d'été sont plutôt limitées compte tenu des taux de réservation longtemps en avance très ...

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...

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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COVID-19 update: The International Nature Film Festival Gödöllő is postponed to 11-13 September 2020

Dear Filmmakers, NEW DATE: 11-13 September 2020. International Nature Film Festival Gödöllő   Besause of the global health emergency the Festival has been cancelled to        11-13. September 2020. All of the Festival's programs will be held on this new date. However, every projects and processes of the Festival are still going on like the rating of the submitted films. We will notify every submitters with the selection results until 15 of...

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