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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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Cannes' Marché du Film 2020 Online from Monday 22 to Friday 26 June


The Festival de Cannes will launch the Marché du Film online on Monday 22 June to support film industry professionals In these trying times for the whole world, and in view of the fragile prospects for the world of cinema, the Festival has announced that it does not wish to abandon the field. "No one knows what the second half of the year may bring and whether it will be possible to organize major film events again in 2020, including the Festival de Cannes" said Th... 

Croisette and Rue d'Antibes like you have never seen them



Photos Michka Verkhovskoy Cannes as you never saw it: empty till may 15, with large gatherings officially forbidden till mid july President Macron officially announced yesterday evening that any festival or large gathering would be forbidden till mid july ... at least . Cannes festival officials had hinted that the festival would not take the form of an online only version, that seems to announce a possible flat cancellation of the 2020 edition. We should be hearing ve...

Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival moves online

In the light of the on-going emergency situation in Estonia caused by COVID-19, the Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival (HÕFF) organisers have announced that the 15th edition of the festival will take place online, running from the 8th until the 10th of May.    The virtual edition of HÕFF will be screening around 20 films, roughly around two-thirds of the initially planned programme. The platform will be provided by the telecommunication company Elis...

Virtual opening ceremony at Visions du Réel 2020 this Friday 17 April : Official ceremony for a virtual edition

This Friday, April 17th, the 51st edition of Visions du Réel is kicking off with the virtual opening ceremony at 7.00 pm. Forced to reinvent itself because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event is moving to a fully digital version. The opening ceremony will begin with speeches by several personalities before giving way to Reunited by Mira Jargil, chosen as this year’s opening film. Initially reserved for an audience of guests, this feature film from the Grand Angle section will be p...

20th New Horizons IFF | change of date

Another summer festival moving dates to the fall due to corona virus. Happy to share their message! "Dear Friends,  We hoped for as long as possible. We hoped every day to be able to see everyone in Wroclaw in late July and early August 2020. However, on April 14, the president of Wrocław, Mr. Jacek Sutryk, announced the cancellation of all cultural events in Wroclaw through the end of August 2020. It is certain that the 20th New Horizons International Film Festival will not t...

Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2020 edition plans for fall

The ESFF still plans to proceed and hold our 10th anniversary as normal October 22 – November 8th 2020. Should circumstances change, our intention is to hold the screenings over the first available dates around that period.  We're open for entries to Our 10th anniversary special edition, with extra screenings & presenting awards and trophies for the best films selected by our juries This year, we're also excited to be programming films and film...

The Frontières International Co-Production Market will take place online, as planned from July 23rd to the 26th of 2020

  With COVID-19 shaking our certainties and the habits of the industry, the security and wellbeing of individuals is an absolute priority during this crisis. As such, anticipating the impossibility and difficulty for participants to undertake international travel over the next several months, Frontières has taken initiative and redesigned their upcoming event. The Frontières International Co-Production Market will take place as planned from July 23rd to the 26th of 202...

The San Sebastian Festival opens its call for submissions for the ninth edition of the Forum

The deadline for submitting projects from Europe and Latin America is June 15 The ninth edition of the San Sebastian Festival Forum opens its call for audiovisual projects from Europe and Latin America with a minimum runtime of 60 minutes and 20% of their financing guaranteed. European projects must have an express connection with Latin America. The Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum will consist of one day, September 20, for pitchings by the selected projects, followed b...

Partner Festivals Calling April 2020

Dear filmmakers friends do not miss these Festivals in Focus.     Bruno Chatelin and the Team wish you much success on the festival circuit  Read this online         FOLLOW US ON THE SOCIAL NETWORKS:                  ...

Call For Entries - Moonwhite Films International Film Fest - MWFIFF 2020

Anup Jalota Presents 3rd - MOONWHITE FILMS INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST - MWFIFF 2020 Regular Deadline ENDS ON - 15th JUNE 2020!!! Event Date 7th & 8th of November 2020 Head on over to submit your Project NOW !!!   ...

Moonwhite Films International Film Fest - MWFIFF

Thanks for showing your Interest in our Film Festival -  'Moonwhite Films International Film Fest' - MWFIFF, which is running for the 3rd year, Presented by Shri Anup Jalota and Founder & Director is Mr. Devashish Sargam ( Raj ) Event Dates : 7th & 8th November 2020   Regular Deadline Ending : 15th June 2020   Late Deadline Ending On 2nd August 2020   Notificati...

Welcome to Go Short Online!

  Go Short Online offers a wide range of the original program of its 12th festival edition. The online festival takes place from 15 April – 13 May. In order to see the program, you have to pay a one-off contribution of €10,- that gives you access to all the films until the end of this period! Fill in your e-mailaddress below to access the online festival. If you haven't registered yet you will be redirected automatically to the registration form. ...

CALL FOR ENTRY!! The 2020 Film and Video Poetry Symposium

Submissions Are Being Accepted For The 3rd Annual Film and Video Poetry Symposium! Deadline: Monday August 3, 2020 Poets, Experimental Filmmakers, Video Artists, Media and Performance Artists are called to submit creative works to The 3rd Annual Film and Video Poetry Symposium. The symposium celebrates and will screen a large scope of film and video projects developed through the medium of poetry.  This event will also host a series of panels, guest speakers, workshops,...

The 2020 Film and Video Poetry Symposium Deadline Extended

FVPS Deadline Extended and The Symposium Postponed until Fall 2020 As the COVID-19 crisis continues to force public events to cancel or postpone, The Film and Video Poetry Society encourages our peer organizations to stand with us and take to the difficult responsibility to prioritize public health. Let us make our stand publicly for not only those who participate with our platforms, but for those within the total of our communities.  The Film and Video Poetry Society commends the programm...

La Rochelle Festival Cancels the 2020 edition

La Rochelle informed us on their decision to cancel the 2020 EDITION     Dear friends, For several days now, we’ve been expecting the news yet keeping a glimmer of hope alive that the Festival La Rochelle Cinéma would be maintained. Stanislas Bouvier, our poster painter for the past thirty years, had just presented the second part of his diptych, opening up a promising horizon that helped us to believe in a happier outcome. As of last evening, the date of the offici...

Cannes as you never saw it: empty till may 11, with large gatherings officially forbidden till mid july

President Macron officially announced yesterday evening that any festival or large gathering would be forbidden till mid july ... at least . Cannes festival officials had hinted that the festival would not take the form of an online only version, that seems to announce a possible flat cancellation of the 2020 edition. We should be hearing very soon about that . Photos Michka Verkhovskoy ...

Difficult to say the least to assume that the Festival de Cannes could be held this year in its original form

Following the French President’ statement, on Monday, April 13th, we acknowledged that the postponement of the 73rd International Cannes Film Festival, initially considered for the end of June to the beginning of July, is no longer an option.   It is clearly difficult to assume that the Festival de Cannes could be held this year in its original form.   Nevertheless, since yesterday evening we have started many discussions with professionals, in France and abroad. They agr...

The IndieFEST Film Awards closes with final deadline for entry on April 19, 2020

SUBMIT NOW Email I 858-454-9787 I 8861 Villa La Jolla Drive #13131 La Jolla, CA 92039 United States I Website I Facebook I Twitter Rick Prickett COMPETITION DIRECTOR Promoting independent filmmakers of cinematic gems and unique voices to a worldwide audience. IndieFEST, currently in its 11th year, discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality films and new media. Attracting b...

Film Fest 919 launches a special Social Distancing Film, Song, & Photo Festival

Let s keep those around us busy and engaged. Here’s to whatever the new normal is and hoping for our theaters to open one day soon. Film Fest 919, founded by industry veterans Randi Emerman and Carol Marshall, along with Program Director Claudia Puig Film Fest 919 has kicked off a special Social Distancing Film, Song, & Photo Festival as well as a Virtual Film Series with live Q&As featuring filmmakers and friends. Stuck at home and craving a creative outlet?  Film...

SiciliAmbiente film festival Calling for your green films

  April 30, 2020 Final Deadline SUBMIT NOW   The 12th annual SiciliAmbiente Film Festival will take place in July 2020: July 3 – 10, 2020. The aim of SiciliAmbiente Festival is to promote independent documentary cinema and to encourage creative exchange and networking among the directors. This Festival is organized and sponsored by Demetra Produzioni SAS and CANTIERE 7 Cultural Association, with the support of the City of San Vito Lo Capo and many other sponso...

About the Red Rock Film Festival

Red Rock Film Festival offers a serene environment for incredible film. The festival accepts entries of all genres from shorts to full-length features, and is held in Southern Utah in Cedr City (a.k.a. 'Festival City') by the majestic red mountains of Zion Canyon and Cedar Breaks. To encourage the independent spirit, Red Rock strives to find a home for all films that qualify for competition. This gives the filmmaker a chance to give their work exposure even if they may n...

BIFED2020 Open for entries!

Submissions are opened for the Competition Section of Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary! #BIFED2020 We started the preparations for the Bozcaada International Ecological Documentary Festival, which will be held for the seventh time in Bozcaada between October 7-11. BIFED, born in Bozcaada in order to create an independent space f...

Visions du Réel – International Film Festival Nyon Focus on the National Competition and the Latitudes section

The National Competition will present 13 films including 11 world premieres, feature and medium-length films (co)produced by Switzerland. The selection will be available online for free from 17 to 29 April, each film for 24h > Films of the National Competition   ...

Virtual Fest: check, The BZN Film Rodeo goes virtual!

The BZN Film Rodeo cannot be on the road this spring so instead, in partnership with BozemanArts-Live, we're sharing some incredible films and valuable conversations for you to view from the comfort of your home! Scroll down for info on TWO live-stream film nights this month -- join us! Award-winning, MT short film "Willow Creek Road" + Discussion A collaboration of five Montana females. Thursday, April 16 | 7:30-8:30 ...

Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival rescheduled to September 23 -27, 2020!

The PhilaEnviroFilmFest, at the Academy of Natural Sciences on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, showcases powerful new films from around the world including illuminating and compelling documentaires, features, shorts and experimental films highlighting epic adventures, critical conservation issues, groundbreaking wildlife behavior, inspiring heroes, and more! ...

HIFF@HOME Collection #2 & DKII Student Shorts to be released online next week starting April 17

    HIFF@HOME ​​​is an online film festival where HIFF brings you the best short films that have played in previous festival editions. The first collection is already online at HIFF's official website, Mark your calendars for Collection #2, presenting more short films, which will go live online starting next Friday, April 17.   In addition to the Best of Shorts collections, HIFF@HOME will also present locally made student short films from middle ...

Women Make Movies has extended the Virtual Film Festival until May 31

You're Invited to the Virtual Film Festival   Women Make Movies has extended our Virtual Film Festival until May 31! Will you join us?    We are currently running the Films, Interrupted series, which showcases WMM films that had their film festival and public screenings cancelled due to COVID-19.  Additional titles from the Women Make Movies collection are being added on a rolling basis. Check out the selections below and sign up!   ...
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The Best Shorts Competition Announces Latest Winners!

The Best Shorts Competition is proud to announce the latest winners. The Best Shorts Competition puts filmmakers first and provides a direct opportunity for recognition and publicity for high quality productions. It is international in scope and has granted awards to producers in Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paragu...

SoundTrack_Cologne 17 Announces Nominees for the EUROPEAN TALENT COMPETITION and PEER RABEN MUSIC AWARD

Sixteen composers and sound designers are nominated for the EUROPEAN TALENT AWARD.  Seven film composers enter the race for the PEER RABEN MUSIC AWARD. The winners will be announced at the grand award ceremony on August 22nd, 2020, moderated by Ill-Yong Kim. The EUROPEAN TALENT COMPETITION offers a platform especially for young talent. The participants‘ tasks was to compose a new musical interpretation (score and/or sound design) to the short film DANS LES BOIS. The nomi...

Vilnius IFF Went Fully Digital – Here Are the Results

  After spending the entire year preparing its anniversary edition, organizers of the 25th Vilnius International Film Festival had just 168 hours to move their event from cinemas to streaming platforms. With all mass gatherings banned by the government to prevent the spread of coronavirus, festival organizers quickly adapted and accomplished what seemed like an impossible task – to go fully digital. The story of their success has captivated the interest of many other festivals. ...


The Accolade Announces Latest Winners!

Waging Change – Abby Ginzberg Abby Ginzberg (USA), Waging Change, Doc Feature – A hard-hitting look at the challenges faced by sub-minimum wage restaurant “tip” workers and the advocates who are fighting to change the system. Featuring two-time Oscar-winner Jane Fonda, Oscar-nominee Lily Tomlin, Saru Jayaraman (President of One Fair Wage, Author of Forked) and Congressional Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – who are all wor... 
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The IndieFEST Film Awards




April 19, 2020 Extended Deadline

IndieFEST, currently in its 11th year, discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality films and new media. Attracting both powerhouse industry veterans as well as talented new filmmakers, the IndieFEST is an exceptional, truly international awards competition, not a traditional film festival. The goal of traditional film festivals is to bring entertainment to local audiences making the filmmaker of secondary importance. IndieFEST is about helping independent filmmakers gain the credibility and publicity they justly deserve. Our talented IndieFEST award winners have gone on to win Emmy, Telly and other awards.


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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


August 20th, 2020 

Extended 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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Akhtem Seitablaiev was live streamed at OIFF Instagram profile

Odesa International Film Festival continues a series of live streams with representatives of the world film industry.    The Ukrainian director and actor Akhtem Seitablaiev will become the third guest of the OIFF Live. The live stream will take place April 16, 8 pm Kyiv time (7 pm CET) on the OIFF Instagram page. The host of the OIFF live is Julia Sinkevich, general producer of the Odesa International Film Festival.   Akhtem Seitablaiev is a well-known Ukrainian actor and di...

Decoding the Secret Appeal of “Tiger King” Joe Exotic

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent By now if you haven’t heard proverbial ‘Everybody’ talking about the Netflix special “Tiger King Murder, Mayhem and Madness” and its titular jailhouse-made “star” Joe Exotic, then you’re not paying attention to the COVID19 lockdown zeitgeist. In just seven episodes, dating from March 20 and nearly coinciding with Coronavirus pandemic that caged America at home, Tiger King has blown up so much in v...

Director Lynn Roth Plus 919 Film Fest: Q & A Zoom Event April 16

By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Director Lynn Roth, who is among Showtime's first female TV showrunners for “The Paper Chase,” will join a 919 Film Festival Q & A for her film THE LITTLE TRAITOR on April 16 via Zoom. This streaming event is open to the public, and is hosted by the Chapel Hill, NC, based 919 Film Fest. 919 was founded by Randi Emerman and Carol Marshall, with Los Angeles Film Critics Association President, Claudia Puig, as Program ...

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Enchained Will Debut As First Film To Stream On New Channel From habeshaviewTV


Synergy Habesha Films And Communications In Collaboration With habeshaview And The International Emerging Film Talent Association Presents   Enchained (Quragnaye) A Historical Drama Written & Directed By Moges Tafesse   Following Successful International Festival & Theatrical Engagements Enchained Will Debut As First Film To Stream On New Channel From habeshaviewTV Introducing Emerging Ethiopian And International Filmmakers To A World-Wide Audience April 18, 2020 ...  

SXSW 2020 Pilot Showcase Just Launched on Vimeo

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Okay, Lockdown Folks, here's a fun thing to do with your endless free time - watch SXSW 2020 Pilot Showcase on Vimeo! Los Angeles, CA: In the wake of the cancelled 2020 SXSW Film Festival, a fascinating group of nominated filmmakers from the Episodic Pilot Competition are launching a ‘SXSW 2020 Pilot Showcase’ on Vimeo, a streaming event to preview a diversity led (more than half LGBT content and creators) se...

"Touch" - a new film by my 91-yr-old father while in self-isolation

"Touch" is a film made in self-isolation by a 91-year-old father and his daughter, 2001 miles apart. Written by Donald G. Westlake in late March 2020, "Touch" was *filmed* using the Zoom meeting app between Donald in a Chicago suburb and his daughter, director/writer/producer/actress Dawn Westlake, in Los Angeles, CA USA. To see "Touch" with English subtitles: "Touch" has already been accepted to the RATMA Self-I...

"terroir" selected to Cortos en Corto in Mexico!

"terroir" has been selected to the 7th annual Cortos en Corto Film Festival in Anahuac, Xalapa, Mexico for August 20-21, 2020. Written, helmed and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc shingle, "terroir" is about the mother-child relationship and how it can sometimes cloud our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The film was shot in Wheaton & Peru, IL, USA, Font Romeu, France and Vilafranca del Penedes, Spain by Pol C...

Sekuritas Proud Finalist at Deep Focus Film Festival Brooklyn

Deep Focus Film Festival has been postponed from it s original may dates, new dates tbc. The Deep Focus Film Festival aims to foster an environment in which independent filmmakers can better understand the audience’s reactions to their work. Our goal is to give each film selected a thoughtful response from a professional filmmaker and peer. We understand that each of you have invested your time and creative efforts turning your ideas into reality, and w...

Flying Pictures and Amis Productions join forces

Copyright: Press Association - Flying Pictures filming Mission Impossible 6 - Fallout at Blackfriars bridge, London Flying Pictures is pleased to announce a new management team, drawing on the experience and talents of Amis Productions. This combination creates one of the world’s largest gyrostabilised film and broadcast camera groups with an expanded, passionate and creative team bringing greater innovation, capability and resources to the game. Flying Pictures is a world leader in t...

The American Film Institute (AFI) is proud of the online success of its new program AFI Movie Club

Film Fans Flock to Online Program   Willem Dafoe Announces AFI Member Top Pick CASABLANCA Accompanied by Member Videos     The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that its new program AFI Movie Club has expanded the organization’s social reach, uniting more film lovers than ever before. Since the launch on March 31, AFI has garnered over 2.5 million impressions on social media and visits to the AFI website have increased by 124% with users spending 72% more t...

The Changing Face of Europe 2020 features 10 european documentaries in the doc shop - hot docs streaming platform

The changing face of europe 2020 features 10 outstanding european documentaries in the doc shop - hot docs streaming platform for accreditated industry EFP is committed to presenting the third edition of THE CHANGING FACE OF EUROPE in collaboration with Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival despite these difficult times. All 10 of the films selected for the programme will take part in Hot Docs Industry All-Access Online program, which will run during the original dates ...

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival announces the official feature and short film selections

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival announces the official feature and short film selections for the festival’s 23rd edition. The NEW DOCS program and Invited Program includes 44 features and 12 shorts from 26 countries, and include 4 world premieres, 6 North American premieres, and 2 U.S. premieres. The films were selected from nearly 2,000 submissions to the 2020 annual event. Originally scheduled to take place April 2-5 in downtown Durham, the four-day event was recently ca...

How About “You Need Work to Feel Like You’re Worth Something,” Watch WORKING MAN

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Peter Gerety and Talia Shire? Yes, they’ve been in your film and TV memory for years, maybe growing up, maybe now in your streaming awareness. Think Shire of ROCKY franchise fame and Gerety (“The Wire”) of almost every procedural TV show of note since the 90’s.  These are real-people type actors who’ve have teamed up with Billy Brown (“Sons of Anarchy”), as well as a perfectly tuned cast, to deliv...


Screendollars April 13th Newsletter reports on Disney+ launch

Our weekly news summary begins with discussion about Universal's release of its animated family film Trolls World Tour to Premium VOD, prompting many to wonder if this straight-to-streaming release by a major studio is an anomaly due to the current closure of movie theaters or a sign of times to come. For the moment, streaming is the only game in town, as evidenced by an explosion in subscriber numbers and downloads. Disney reported last week that Disney+ had passed 50M paid subscribers, les...



I’m doing a FREE COPY promotion for one of my short stories , TO beta VANVERDEN AND BACK on Amazon. You can get a free copy per the schedule listed below. There is no obligation, but I would appreciate a review. Thank you.   Clyde Phillips, the producer and writer of the award winning T.V. series DEXTER has given my work the highest rating which is 5 stars.   This story is soft science fiction and there are no super heroes nor laser...

Eva Longoria Drops a Dime on Rita Hayworth’s Nuclear Charm in GILDA for #AFIMOVIECLUB

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent She was born in the Year of the Other Pandemic, 1918, The Spanish Flu, and Margarita Carmen Cansino turned out to be fever-inducing herself for servicemen around the planet with her WWII status as a pin-up. But not until they dyed her locks, anglicized her name, and tried to steal her very Latin soul. While that is hyperbolic, by the 1946 film GILDA, when she sashays onto a ballroom floor in a five-alarm, form-fitting dress, Margarita becom...

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Russia USA Feature documentary April 2020 Director's cut: 79 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)

Le Marché du Film de Cannes 2020 : première version online du 22 au 26 juin


    Le Festival de Cannes lancera son marché du film online le lundi 22 juin afin de soutenir les professionnels de l'industrie du cinéma ...La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, la Semaine de la Critique et l'ACID annulent leur édition 2020

À la suite de l'annonce du Président de la République du lundi 13 avril 2020 interdisant tout festival jusqu'à mi-juillet, les sections parallèles du Festival de Cannes prennent acte que le report envisagé fin juin début juillet n’est plus possible. Par conséquent, la Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, la Semaine de la Critique et l'ACID ont le regret d’annoncer l’annulation de leurs éditions cannoises...

La FNCF et AlloCiné partenaires d’une nouvelle initiative pour la promotion des salles de cinéma

  La Fédération Nationale des Cinémas Français (FNCF) et The Boxoffice Company (Webedia), société éditrice du site AlloCiné, ont mis en commun leurs efforts pour produire et promouvoir une série de vignettes vidéo de 2 minutes dans le cadre de la campagne #oniratousaucinema. Olivier Nakache et Éric Toledano, duo de réalisateurs emblématiques du cinéma français (Intouchables...), so...

Masterclasses virtuelles au 36e Festival international de cinéma Vues d’Afrique

Le 36e Festival international de cinéma Vues d’Afrique, propulsé par TV5, consolide sa version numérique. Hormis la diffusion gratuite des films sur la plateforme, le festival propose des classes de maîtres sur son site Face book afin de favoriser l’échange entre les professionnels d’ici et du continent africain. Ces interventions sont accessibles sur la page Facebook du festival : Le 2...

Report des Prix Jean Vigo 2020 au vendredi 9 octobre

Report des Prix Jean Vigo 2020 au vendredi 9 octobre       ...

Frontières prend un virage numérique sous la direction de Annick Mahnert

    La COVID-19 bouleversant les certitudes et les habitudes de notre industrie, c’est la sécurité et le bien-être de tous qui reste une priorité absolue durant cette crise. Anticipant l’impossibilité dans laquelle les participants se trouveront d'entreprendre des déplacements à l’international avant plusieurs mois, la direction de Frontières a pris les devants et repensé ses événe...


Annulation de l'édition 2020 du Festival La Rochelle Cinéma

Chères amies, Chers amis, Depuis plusieurs jours déjà, nous nous y attendions mais nous gardions encore une lueur d’espoir pour que le Festival La Rochelle Cinéma soit maintenu. Stanislas Bouvier, peintre de l’affiche depuis 30 ans, venait de proposer le second volet de son diptyque, pour cette édition particulière, ouvrant sur un horizon prometteur qui nous laissait croire à une issue plus heureuse. Depuis hier soir, date de l&rsq...


Sélection Annuelle 2020 | Pour les auteur.e.s !

  Au cœur du confinement, l'actualité déborde de festivals annulés, de cinémas fermés et de tournages emportés par le tsunami du virus. Comme si le cinéma et son avenir devaient succomber à l'enfermement. Au bout du Finistère, à Plounéour-Brignogan-Plages, un village de résistants, conscient de la gravité du problème et soli...

Cannes dans une incertitude et face une impossibilité liée au social distancing

Suite à la déclaration du Président de la République du lundi 13 avril, nous avons pris acte que le report envisagé à fin juin début juillet pour la 73e édition du Festival International du Film de Cannes n’est plus possible à cette date.   Il apparaît désormais difficile de penser que le Festival de Cannes puisse être organisé cette année sous sa forme initiale.   N&eacut..

Le Festival Les Percéides lance un Concours de courts métrages gaspésiens ; spécial confinement

Le Festival international de cinéma et d’art de Percé, Les Percéides, est très heureux d’annoncer la tenue d’un Concours de courts métrages gaspésiens ; spécial confinement. Ce concours vise à stimuler la créativité en temps de confinement sur toute la péninsule par le biais du cinéma et est ouvert à toute la population ; artisans, cinéastes, vidéastes et a...

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