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913 ! THE FESTIVAL BEAT ! Proud to support our community - Volume 913

Stay safe patient and creative: watch films at home!


Welcome to the N°913 release of our weekly newsletter View in your browser

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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BKK DOC - Bangkok International Documentary Awards

BKK DOC, the Bangkok based International documentary festival is on th right path. Launch online with the support of FIlmFreeWay, DocFilmDepot and FilmFestivals, BKK DOC aims at bringing documentaries from all over the world to Thailand, and South East Asian documentaries to the attention of professionals from other part of the world. Stephane Lambert, BKK DOC founder and festival director explains: "All submitted films will be screened by a selection committee welcoming actors, director...

17th Annual Vail Film Festival will kick off online: May 15-17, 2020

Vail Film Festival Online : May 15-17, 2020   Join us for the 17th annual Vail Film Festival, showcasing over 50 films, including narrative features, documentaries, shorts, and student films. The online festival will also include panel discussions and filmmaker Q&A sessions.       ...

Trail Running Film Festival Goes Virtual, If That’s Even Possible

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent With everyone inside worldwide, you wonder how a Trail Running Film Festival can cope? Wonder no more, Abram Dickerson tells you how in his co-director statement below. May 1, you can join them. Read on... From Abram Dickerson, Course Director Last year, I partnered up with James Varner to Co-Direct the Trail Running Film Festival. For those unfamiliar, the festival is traditionally a 3-day event in Seattle, WA followed by a highlight reel of th...

New Zealand Film Festival scheduled to Shift Online end July

Bringing the Arthouse to your House  Under the Silver Lake, NZIFF19   Here at NZIFF, we’ve watched – and felt – the extraordinary blow to the cultural sector over the past two months due to the COVID-19 situation. Both the cascade of event cancellations and the wellbeing of artists and the industry has dominated our thoughts, alongside the health and safety of all New Zealanders. We’ve also been thinking seriously about what the Film Festival m...

A special digital issue while we wait for the 20th edition, postponed to 2021

The Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) is sad to announce that its 20th edition must be postponed. It will take place from July 2nd to July 10th, 2021. Maintaining the original format of the festival has become impossible given the current health crisis and its impact on the film industry. The festival’s organizers cannot, however, give up on promoting fantastic films and the future of audiovisual productions. Therefore, a one-of-a-kin...

Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival Announces Full Programme

  The 15th edition of the Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival, that will be taking place 100% online, is screening 22 feature films and 16 short films. The festival launches a new programme – the Estonian Genre Competition.  The organisers of HÕFF are glad that they have managed to keep the screenings of a large majority of the films that were planned before the COVID-19 pandemic that forced most film ...

Locarno73 cancelled, the Festival is launching Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films
  The Locarno Leopard and the shape of cinema to come With Locarno73 cancelled, the Festival is temporarily reinventing itself by launching Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films Having acknowledged that it is impossible to hold the physical event in its usual form, because of the ongoing health crisis and today’s decisions by federal authorities regarding major events in Switzerland, the Executive Board and Board of Governors of the Locarno Film Festival, unde...

KARLOVY VARY IFF cancels the 2020 edition... see you in 2021

KARLOVY VARY IFF cancels this year’s edition - but will still offer a taste of the festival at selected movie theaters nationwide and the online KVIFF Eastern Promises Industry Days. In view of the Czech government’s ongoing coronavirus measures and the complicated worldwide situation today, the KVIFF organizers have come to the extremely difficult decision not to hold the 55thannual Karlovy Vary International Film Festival this year. Instead, the 55th Karlovy Vary International Fil...

Special Events During the First-Ever Virtual GIFF

May 1 - May 3, 2020 Spotlight On Matt Heineman Enjoy this exclusive interview event anytime during the Virtual Festival with filmmaker Matt Heineman and moderator, Sandy Kenyon from WABC-TV.       A Tribute to the Heroes of Greenwich Hospital     ...

The Kenya Film Commission (KFC) opens the call for cycle 1 funding applications

The Kenya Film Commission (KFC) would like to commend the industry for the good quality of productions that they have continued to produce and invite applicants to submit for Production and Development as well as Marketing and Distribution. Individuals, companies and organizations may submit funding applications to the KFC for any of the above funding categories. Specific conditions are applicable for each funding category, and it is important for applicants to take careful note of these...

IPRHFF Turns 10 and We Need Your Support During These Difficult Times!

  Dear IPRHFF Family, Over the past decade, the International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival has gone through several progressions. We went from a 1-day Festival to a 3-day Festival to a 5-day Festival. We added award ceremonies, workshops, conferences, movies in the park, and fundraisers throughout. And recently we became a 501-C-3 (non-profit) organization. However, our purpose has always been the same: to represent Puerto Rican cinema and Puerto Rican heritage in the most positiv...

HollyShorts Film Festival Regular Deadline + Kodak Super 8 Competition announced

New at HollyShorts 2020! We are excited to announce our Kodak SUPER 8 category. Submit your short films captured on the unmistakable, user-friendly and beloved Super 8mm film format. Prizes in this category include Kodak sponsored products and/or product grants.   And   The SHOT ON FILM category is also back! Your project is eligible if you have chosen 16mm, 35mm or 65mm analog film as your capture medium. Real film makes a difference, and...

Tribeca and YouTube joined by 20 festivals launch We Are One: A Global online Film Festival benefiting World Health Org this may

The 10-day digital festival, produced and organized by Tribeca Enterprises, will feature programming from 20 festivals including Berlin International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and many more, enabling audiences to experience films from around the world Festival to benefit World Health Organization Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube jointly announced today We Are One: A Global Film Festival, an unprecedented 10-day digital film fes...

The Festival de Cannes launches MarcheduFilm.Online

Marché du Film 22-26 June 2020 As you may already know, we have made the unprecedented decision to transport the Marché du Film 2020 to the digital sphere. We are aware of the challenges at stake and we are doing our utmost to offer film industry professionals from all over the world creative alternatives to facilitate business and networking. The Marché du Film Online will therefore recreate the market experience in Cannes, with live and real-time screenings...

Visions du Réel continues its online Festival

Saturday 25 April, the second part of the programme began with works provided by the following sections: International Feature Film Competition, Burning Lights International Competition, Grand Angle and Latitudes. The films in the National Competition will remain visible, with one film being made available per day until 30 April. This digital edition has been enthusiastically embraced by the public, and some films are already ‘sold out’. Among the highlights of the coming days ar...

Children’s Film Festival Seattle Concludes 2020 Edition with an Online Presentation of the Best in Global Children’s Cinema

Enjoy from home seven short film programs and the award-winning feature film, SUPA MODO, available online May 13-17.  60 films from 27 countries, tailored for families to enjoy while safe at home Online May 13-17 via Northwest Film Forum’s Vimeo Festival passes for short film programs are available; otherwise, shorts programs are pay-what-you-can, $0-$25 sliding scale.  Festival feature film,  “Supa Modo,” has a set price of $10 to access the fi...

Arpa International Film Festival lated for October 24 – 26, 2020 will be streamed online only

Dear Friends of AFFMA, Arpa Filmmakers and Supporters This year marks the 23rd anniversary of Arpa International Film Festival, the signature event of the Arpa Foundation for Film, Music and Art (AFFMA), which was slated for October 24 – 26, 2020. In consideration of the continuing challenges and uncertainty stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic, and per the extended federal and state guidelines, the organizers have decided to stream the festival online, instead of theatrical sc...

YSP featured in Hollywood Reporter special Sundance Festival worldwide issue 2020!

Promoting our Season 1 Grand Prize and Genre Category winners through out 2020! ULTIMATE ADVANTAGE!! AND Announcing Our Elite Roster of Hollywood veterans for Season 2! AND, Our Season 1 Quarter Million Feature Grand Prize winner Ted Campbell invited by our sponsor Doval Bacall to join our Season 2 Judging panel! Congratulations ???????????????? to ALL the winners! #yourscriptproduced2019 #yourscriptproduced2020 #dovalbacallfilms #sundancefilmfestival2020 #...

The 20th International Festival of Creative Documentary - the Escales Documentaires Association calling

  RULES AND SUBMISSIONS The 20th International Festival of Creative Documentary, organized by the Escales Documentaires Association will be hold from the 6th to the 11th of November 2020 in La Rochelle, France. The Festival is open to creative documentary films from all over the world, without any conditions of running time or theme. To participate and submit your film, the date of production of your documentary must be after the 1st&n...


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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...  

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AFI 2020 Writers’ Room Ready Awards

Program Pairs Winners with Industry Mentors   The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the recipients of the 2020 Writers’ Room Ready Awards, which recognizes outstanding work by AFI Conservatory Screenwriting Fellows. The 2020 winners are: Haley Bartels, Christina Kingsleigh Licud, Kenda Greenwood Moran and Alessandro Pederzoli.   The selected recipients will be paired with mentors, giving them an opportunity to work directly with established artists. The mentors ...

MY BROTHER CHASES DINOSAURS Wins EFA Young Audience Award 2020

  2,000 Young Jurors From 32 Countries Elect MY BROTHER CHASES DINOSAURS by Stefano Cipani   YAA 2020 - online: Winning director Stefano Cipani, EFA Director Marion Döring and host Ivana Noa Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the originally planned theatre screenings had to be cancelled. The 12-14-year-old jury members watched the three nominated films online on Festival Scope, had the opportunity to discuss the films in various video groups and then cast their votes online. M...

VIDEO Tribeca winners online show hosted by Robert de Niro, Jane Rosenthal and jurors

See who won big Wednesday night. Our annual Juried Awards, presented by AT&T, are finally here! For the first time ever, we’re bringing the celebrations to you at home. Wherever you’re sitting right now is officially the best seat in the house! Chris Pine, Gretchen Mol, Josh Hutcherson, Joel McHale, Lukas Haas, and more of our talented jurors called up our winning filmmakers to surprise them with the big news. Don’t miss a single second of the action — watch the f...


Tribeca annual award show airs tonight: join us!

Our annual award show, presented by AT&T, airs tonight on Instagram. Our festival may be on pause, but there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate. We’re honoring fearless storytellers tonight at our annual Juried Awards, presented by AT&T. Notable jurors — including Danny Boyle, Aparna Nancherla, Regina Hall, Yance Ford, Lucas Hedges, Pamela Adlon, Marti Noxon, Asia Kate Dillon and Sheila Nevins — put their heads together to select this year’s winners, whos...
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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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From 29 April to 1 May, Online Masterclasses with Claire Denis, Petra Costa & Peter Mettler at Visions du Réel

  The guests of the 51st Edition will each give an Online Masterclass, sharing their practices in a dialogue with the audience. The Masterclasses will be available for free on the Festival's website and Facebook page. > Programme of the Masterclasses Filmmaker Claire Denis, Maître du Réel of this edition, will give an Online Masterclass on Wednesday 29 April at 15:00. Moderated by Lionel Baier (ECAL) and Émilie Bujès (Visions du Réel).&...

2020 Tribeca Jurors

2020 INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION JURORS   Demian Bichir     Demian Bichir is a renowned actor who was nominated for an Academy Award in A Better Life and is known for his work in television with roles in Showtime’s Weeds and FX’s The Bridge as well as his work in films like Che, Savages and The Hateful Eight.   Danny Boyle Danny Boyle is an Academy Award winning director, who&...

After PARASITE Score, NEON Elevates Elissa Federoff and Christina Zisa to Prexy Roles

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent With Award Season comes the impact of all Oscar winners on real people, or executives in the industry, that is. PARASITE from Bong Joon-ho exploded onto the scene during the run-up to the 2020 Academy Awards. This film even secured a place in history as the first of its kind to win Best Picture. Behind the scenes, here was the result at NEON, read on... Curated by Screenmancer Staff NEW YORK, NY: NEON announced today that Elissa Federoff ...

Produce for Drew Barrymore, Direct a Film with Jonah Hill - Hey, It's ALL IN CHALLENGE from Home

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent With everyone under house arrest, whether in a castle, casa, maison, or yurt, there is literally a way you can direct a film with Jonah Hill, get a walk-on part in a Leo DiCaprio movie, or even learn the correct swing to hit homer baseballs with A-Rod, just all kinds of crazy hook-up experience from the ALL IN CHALLENGE universe. We're stealing a page from Screenmancer here. by Screenmancer Staff LOS ANGELES, CA (4/27/20): Screenman...

CineFAM SHOP TALK online discussion series with Women of Colour Creators April 29

Featuring Firecrackers director Jasmin Mozaffari and BlackAF editor Christine Armstrong           CineFAM loves you! We're starting a monthly online panel discussion series with ALL women of colour filmmakers just for you. Join us on April 29 for:   IN THE CUTTING ROOM: THE DIRECTOR-EDITOR RELATIONSHIP   with sp...

Nina Mehta’s 6th Death Anniversary (12th April 1942-26th April 2014)

Nina Mehta’s 6th Death Anniversary (12th April 1942-26th April 2014) They were the earliest ghazal-singing couple I knew, Nina and Rajendra Mehta. Ladies come first, was the rule back in the late 60s. Born into a Baroda-rooted Gujarati business family, Nina Shah studied at Wilson College, Mumbai, where the family had settled. Winning the Inter-Collegiate Singing Competition four times in a row, she made her radio debut in Ovaltine Phulwari, which was a singing talent weekly show anchore...

Can You Guess Natalie Portman's Favorite Movie, Or Just Watch Her Tell You

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent One of the most successful actors to transition from child-to-adult star is Oscar-winner Natalie Portman. #AFIMOVIECLUB just got her to reveal Portman's personally most watched film of all time. Now you’ll get to see her in a home-setting, complete with Swiss Coffee wall backdrop and dark beige curtains in the background. We can’t tell you if it’s her actual primary residence, but Portman, who has literally re...
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Submit through our partner DocFilmDepot

Docfilmdepot is a platform that allows directors, producers and distributors of documentary films to manage their call for entries at several festivals. It allows you to create an account, to register one or more films whatever the genre to which they belong, to download the corresponding files, then to submit them to the festivals of your choice, partners of the platform.

Submission is made by sending an uploaded digital file. This shipment is payable by a simple online stamp system. For some festivals, submission can also be done by sending a dvd or blu-ray.

Docfilmdepot is also aimed at festivals and programmers who broadcast documentary films during their events. It is a complete and easy-to-use tool that allows you to manage the call for entries, the selection process by integrating the characteristics specific to each edition, and to facilitate the selection and the programming of the films via a dedicated space of streaming online.

Dark Comedy Short Open House 1-4 Spotlighting The Cutthroat Real Estate Industry Launches On AMAZON PRIME

 Dark comedy short Open House 1-4  is now available on Amazon Prime, the announcement was made by filmmaker/screenwriter Brad Holloway.   Holloway’s film, which recently received the Gold Award from the International Independent Awards, Winter 2020 edition, takes a dark yet humorous look at the intensely competitive and sometimes dangerous real estate industry, marking his directorial debut.  The film also launched recently on It’s A Short (www.itsashort....

ROSKINO will organize the Russian Virtual Content Market - Key Buyers Digital Edition from 8 June

  ROSKINO, the Russian film body dedicated to promoting Russia’s motion picture art around the world, today announced they will be hosting the first national digital market to connect buyers, producers and distributors from around the world to showcase the diverse range of Russian content both completed and in post-production. The Key Buyers Event: Digital Edition will run from 8 June and aims to bring together the film industry and build relationships, facilitate business and share ...


Universal revealed This week that “Trolls World Tour” took in $100 million in premium VOD rentals in its first three weeks of play in North America: the Biggest Digital Debut Ever. “The results for ‘Trolls World Tour’ have exceeded our expectations and demonstrated the viability of PVOD,” NBC Universal CEO Jeff Shell told the Wall Street Journal. “As soon as theaters reopen, we expect to release movies on both formats...

The Online Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film presents its free live stream from May 5 - 10, 2020

  True to the motto "Stay Animated - Go Online with ITFS", the free live stream will be running at from May 5 to 10, 2020. More than 100 guests will be with us during the six days of the festival in the OnlineFestival Studio in the foyer of the cinema "Cinema" or join us virtually. Strict adherence to the hygiene regulations will be in place on site. Every day we offer a various entertainment programme for young and old, for film...

Join us for a virtual panel... The Future of Distribution: Streaming, Virtual Cinemas and Beyond

  Register (15$) to join the virtual panel... The Future of Distribution: Streaming, Virtual Cinemas and Beyond  Thursday, May 14th 7 PM EST   Join us for a conversation with content distributors who will provide insight on how they are selecting projects, the impact the recent pandemic has had on their strategy in acquiring new content, how they’ve had to pivot their strategy in the wake of recent events and more. Panelists include: Livia Bloom Ingram, Ic...

Tribeca N.O.W. Creators Market : video pitch meetings between Creators and Industry

The N.O.W. (New Online Work) section, sponsored by HBO, will host its fifth annual private industry market that brings together leading online, episodic and immersive storytellers (2020 N.O.W. Showcase creators, 2020 TribecaTV Pilot Season creators and an additional curated group of online, indie episodic and VR writers/performers/influencers) to pitch new projects to a wide-range of industry, including distributors, production companies, streamers, and online platforms. The N.O.W. Creators...

Boston International Kids Film Festival launches online filmmaking classes for kids starting in May

  Online Classes Begin May 4   (Boston) Looking for new ways to keep kids busy while under quarantine? Filmmakers Collaborative, the organization behind the Boston International Kids Film Festival, has opened registration for three online programs designed to teach kids about filmmaking. The two-week courses will focus on stop-motion animation, documentary filmmaking, or visual storytelling and are all taught by professional filmmakers via Zoom.    “With schools cl...

UMFF Keeps up with the Whole World's Pace

Dear filmmakers and friends of the Universe Multicultural Film Festival, we hope these words will find you safe and sound during this global uncertainty. In the past few months, we've experienced something we never had in most of our lives. It's terrifying, it's horrible, but the most important is we are facing this challenge altogether, no matter which corner you live on earth. For the past 16 years, UMFF has been working on providing the best film festival quality to filmma...

SNL’s Pete Davidson Has a Movie in June, Judd Apatow Writes, Directs, Wait for It

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Hey, did you notice Pete Davidson took a swipe at ex Kaia Gerber’s bro Presley Gerber on the last SNL from-home NBC outing? Okay, maybe it’s a reach, but he did say “I didn’t get a face tattoo.” Presley, much to the dismay of long-married parents Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, got a face inking recently. (Smiley face.) With that allegation out of the way, THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND is the name of new...

VIDEO: Online panels from FEST about the Current and Future State of the Film Industry

  We at FEST have been in isolation for a over a month now, in a climate of constant uncertainty, that we know to be general for all people.  As a place of discussion between film industry professionals, FEST will try to shed some light on some of the questions that have been haunting film professionals, by asking a series of renowned professionals what is their take on the subject.  FEST - Interviews will revolve around the subject: "The New Reality of the Fi...

Overview of the business for the week of April 27th ... happy Birthday Barbara Streisand

This week's Industry News Summary focuses on stories about planning for the eventual re-opening of the film and exhibition industry after the coronavirus pandemic has relented.  One article discusses planning at the Circle Cinema in Tulsa, OK to re-open their doors "sometime in May", after completing significant changes in their operations. It's interesting to consider what changes they are making to their producedures for ticketing, concessions and seating and will...

dok.incubator introduces 8 teams for the 2020 workshop

  From 104 applications from 50 countries the dok.incubator selection committee chose eight talented filmmakers' teams who will have the opportunity to work intensively on their documentary films with the support of more than 20 internationally established producers, editors and sales agents for more than 6 months.   CLOUDS /FI/ Director: Tuija Halttunen, Producer: Niina Virtanen, Editor: Jussi Sandhu   Clouds by Tuija Halt...


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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)

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Palmarès du 36e Festival International de Cinéma Vues d’Afrique

Le 36e Festival Vues d’Afrique a dévoilé les lauréats et mentions de sa compétition lors d’une cérémonie de clôture virtuelle accessible en direct le lundi 27 avril via sa page Facebook. Ce support a permis à tous les festivaliers et au large public d’assister à cette remise de prix et aux réactions des gagnants à travers le monde entier sur la plateforme de Vues d’Afrique. Animé...

La 30ème édition du Festival International du Film d’Animation "Les Nuits Magiques" aura lieu du 2 au 13 décembre 2020



La 30ème édition du Festival International du Film d’Animation "Les Nuits Magiques" (2 au 13 décembre 2020)lance son  appel à films  pour participer à la compétition internationale du film d'animation organisée par le festival. Vous trouverez ci-dessous l'ensemble des éléments nécessaires pour que vous puissiez relayer cette information. Cordialement Fabrice de la ROSA &nb..

Locarno annule sa 73e édition et lance Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films
Étant donné l’impossibilité de réaliser la manifestation sous sa forme physique habituelle en raison de l’urgence sanitaire et des directives données aujourd’hui par les autorités fédérales concernant les événements de grande ampleur, le Conseil de direction et le Conseil d’administration du Locarno Film Festival, sous la présidence de Marco Solari, annoncent que, puisqu’une éditio...


Escales Doc : appel à films

L' appel à films « Avoir 20 ans » est toujours en cours. Cet appel à film est ouvert à tous. L’occasion de mettre à profit le confinement afin de laisser libre court à son imagination et à sa créativité.   Chaque semaine, les Escales Documentaires continuent leur Replay en vous proposant un film primé au Festival.  Cette semaine, c’est le Prix des Jeunes 2017 que nous vous faisons (re)dé...

Cinéma en Développement : rendez-vous dans la sphère digitale

    Maria Augusta Ramos, Melina León, Franco Lolli, Affonso Uchôa, Fernanda Valadez, Théo Court, Felipe Bragança, Joshua Gil, Juliana Antunes, Pablo Agüero... et d'autres cinéastes latino-américain·e·s incontournables   donnent rendez-vous aux professionnel·le·s  le 6 mai 2020 dans la sphère digitale   english |  español     ...


Un événement hors-série préfigurera la 20e édition, reportée en 2021

  UN ÉVÉNEMENT HORS-SÉRIE PRÉFIGURERA LA 20e ÉDITION, REPORTÉE EN 2021 Le Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) annonce avec tristesse le report de sa 20e édition du 2 au 10 juillet 2021. Le maintien du festival dans son format initial est devenu inenvisageable au vu de la situation sanitaire actuelle et de l’impact de celle-ci sur l’industrie cinématographique. Les organisateur·...


ROSKINO va organiser le premier marché virtuel pour les contenus russes le “Key Buyers Event: Digital edition” démarre en juin

ROSKINO DÉVOILE SON PROJET DU MARCHÉ VIRTUEL DU CONTENU RUSSE ROSKINO va organiser le premier marché virtuel national “Key Buyers Event: Digital edition” qui se déroulera dès le 8 Juin pour présenter les films et les séries  nationaux et faciliter les relations avec l’industrie mondiale du film. L’initiative a été soutenue par le Ministère de la Culture Russe et par le gouvernement de Moscou en...


Découvrez le meilleur du cinéma chilien avec l'opération "Cinéma chilien à la maison "

L'INDUSTRIE DU CINEMA CHILIEN PUBLIE GRATUITEMENT SES MEILLEURS FILMS   Face à l'annulation des principaux festivals internationaux de cinéma, l'industrie audiovisuelle chilienne s'organise pour continuer à diffuser ses films partout dans le monde, dans le but de participer au divertissement et à la culture des millions des personnes qui se trouvent en confinement. Par le biais de l'opération « Cinéma chilien à...


Bilan positif du 36e Festival International de Cinéma Vues d’Afrique (online, confinement oblige)

Le 36e Festival Vues d’Afrique a connu un véritable engouement pour sa version numérique que ce soit pour le trafic sur le site officiel ou la page Facebook du festival ou bien le visionnement de la sélection diffusée sur, la transition vers le monde virtuel a été fort populaire et manifeste que les internautes ont véritablement été aux rendez-vous. Plus de 50 000 visiteurs uniques au Québec e...


La 20e édition du Festival International du Film Insulaire de l’Île de Groix est reportée.

FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DU FILM INSULAIRE DE L'ILE DE GROIX.    C’est avec une profonde tristesse mais la certitude de faire le bon choix que l’équipe du Fifig a décidé de reporter l’édition Regards d’îliennes à l’été 2021. Cette 20e édition devait se tenir initialement du 19 au 24 août 2020 et la décision de reporter l’intégralité de l’&e...

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...

L’Orchestre de l’Agora remet 138 000 $ à trois organismes environnementaux, dans le cadre du Gala de la terre 2020

Les activités de l’Orchestre de l’Agora, comme celles de tous les organismes culturels au Québec, ont été grandement chamboulées en raison de la pandémie de coronavirus. Le projet le plus ambitieux de la saison 2019-2020 de l’Orchestre, le Gala de la terre, était prévu aujourd’hui le 22 avril et a malheureusement été annulé. Toutefois, grâce à l'initiative de la philanthrope Bi...

Palmarès confiné du Festival Films de Femmes de Créteil 2020

Chèr.e.s ami.e.s du Festival,  Le 13 mars dernier, jour même de l’ouverture de notre 42è édition, nous avons été contraint.e.s d’annuler le festival suite à la crise sanitaire que traverse le pays. En ces temps où rester chez soi est un impératif de santé publique, nous avons choisi de reporter la manifestation pour vous proposer une version plus réduite du festival, à découvri...

Palmarès Cinélatino 2020

Comme nous vous l'annoncions il y a quelques jours, les compétitions du Festival Cinélatino, Rencontres de Toulouse 2020 ont pu avoir lieu grâce à la mobilisation et au soutien des cinéastes, jurys et partenaires. Les jurys ont visionné les films des différentes compétitions (longs et courts métrages de fiction et documentaires) et se sont réunis via des visioconférences pour décerner leurs prix. Nous somm...

Lancement d'un nouveau journal en ligne: Profession Audio|Visuel

Tous nos voeux de succès au groupe de presse PRESSAC et à Pierre Monastier qui nous ont adressé le message suivant, que nous partageons bien volontiers.   "Chers amis, À l’heure où les médias vivent une crise sans précédent, qui ne permet la survie que de ceux gérés par les gros groupes, le groupe PRESSAC ose une nouvelle aventure : la création d’un nouveau journal en ligne...


Tout le cinéma français des années 30 aux années 60… dans le livre “Une histoire du cinéma français” (tome 1)

    Après Un siècle de cinéma américain (2 tomes), les éditions LettMotif publient Une histoire du cinéma français (5 tomes). Le tome 1 en précommande exclusive sur Ulule, la préface sera de Jean-Pierre Jeunet ! Une histoire du cinéma français se présente comme une série d’ouvrages, classés par décennies succe...


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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