Pro Tools
•Register a festival or a film
Submit film to festivals Promote for free or with Promo Packages

FILMFESTIVALS | 24/7 world wide coverage

Welcome !

Enjoy the best of both worlds: Film & Festival News, exploring the best of the film festivals community.  

Launched in 1995, relentlessly connecting films to festivals, documenting and promoting festivals worldwide.

A brand new website will soon be available. Covid-19 is not helping, stay safe meanwhile.

For collaboration, editorial contributions, or publicity, please send us an email here

User login


RSS Feeds 

Martin Scorsese Masterclass in Cannes services and offers




Email us to be featured at special rates. SUBSCRIBE             


915 ! THE FESTIVAL BEAT ! Proud to support our community - Volume 915


Welcome to the N°915 release of our weekly newsletter View in your browser

This edition features breaking news from The Oscars, Cannes Market online, San Sebastian, Sundance, Venice, Tribeca, WorldFest, Your Script Produced, Tokyo, Tallinn, Fajr, Lost World, Vail, EFA and many more!


Our Newsletters documenting the festivals experience reach 196 000 subscribers:  Email us to be featured

FOLLOW US ON THE SOCIAL NETWORKS: facebook0.thumbnail.png   twitter_logo.thumbnail.png         

Digital Gym


2nd Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival - 2020 at a glance

International & Greek Short Films in SW Crete At a Glance - 6 Day Event FULL PROGRAMME WILL BE PUBLISHED IN SEPTEMBER                   FREE ENTRY - ALL WELCOME                         LIVE MUSIC with JAN OLESEN - (J.O.) - every evening PRE-SCREENING (By Invitation Only) This indicates events exclusively for our Filmmaker & Film Industry Guests Saturday October 3...

2nd Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival, 2020 postponed to sunny October Crete

International & Greek Short Films in SW Crete, October 3rd – 8th   EXTENDED DEADLINE: This year we’ve moved our usual Springtime Event forward to Autumn dates. With an extended submission period until late August, we look forward to an even more dynamic programme, filmmaker attendance & Festival fun! The 2nd Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival takes place October 3 - 8 in SW Crete; a six-day event which is jam packed with the very best in International & G...

Submissions Open for the 33rd Tokyo International Film Festival

The COVID pandemic has forced people around the world into one of the most stressful, challenging periods in history. The film industry is no exception: production has been mostly halted, movie theaters have been closed, new film releases continue to be postponed, many film festivals have been postponed or canceled, and the oppressive uncertainty of the situation is disheartening. We at the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) have grappled with the decision to begin acc...

Tokyo International Film Festival has joined major film festivals to present We Are One: A Global Film Festival

Major Film Festivals Across the World Join with YouTube to Announce We Are One: A Global Film Festival  Starting May 29   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 So...

The deadline to register Virtual Reality projects for submission to the Venice Virtual Reality extended till end may

La Biennale di Venezia / 77th Venice International Film Festival   The deadline for submissions to the Virtual Reality 2020 section is extended to May 31st     The deadline to register Virtual Reality projects for submission to the Venice Virtual Reality section of the 77th Venice International Film Festival 2020 (Lido di Venezia, 2 – 12 September) has been extended to May 31st 2020, from the initial date of May 15th.   The Virtual Reality section will ...

SanSebastian Film Fest joins YouTube to Announce 'We Are One: A Global Film Festival' Starting May 29

The 10-day digital festival, produced and organized by Tribeca Enterprises, will feature programming from 20 festivals including Berlin Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, San Sebastian 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-d...

The San Sebastian Festival opens the call for submissions for the second edition of the Zinemaldia Startup Challenge

The competition is open to entrepreneurs and startups proposing new business projects based on introducing new technologies to the audiovisual field The deadline for submissions is June 1 Today the San Sebastian Festival opens its second call for submissions for the Zinemaldia Startup Challenge, a competition for technology projects in the audiovisual field. The initiative will run in th...

Films for the XVI Documentary Co-Production forum Lau Haizetara can now be submitted

The deadline for the registration of projects is 10 July The XVI Lau Haizetara Documentary Co-production Forum will take place on 22, 23 and 24 September 2020 within the framework of the 68th San Sebastian International Film Festival. This forum is organised by IBAIA (Association of Independent Audiovisual Producers of the Basque Country) and the San Sebastian Film Festival. From among the total number of registered projects, fourteen will be selected to be presented bef...

Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival donates most of its revenue for Corona relief

Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival announces statistics of the virtual edition and donates most of its ticket revenue for Corona relief   The virtual edition of the 15th Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival recorded a virtual attendance of around 10 000. The festival donates most of its ticket sale revenue – around 5000 euros – to Läänemaa Food Bank.   The Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival that took place from the 8th until the 10th of ...

Meet the Streamers: Marché du Film event dedicated to streaming platforms to feature online keynotes from HBO Max and Quibi

The Marché du Film Online will run from the 22nd to the 26th of June. The Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes is thrilled to announce the second edition of its event dedicated to streaming platforms, Meet the Streamers. The event will be reimagined as a digital only event to be held on the Marché du Film Online. The program will welcome HBO Max and Quibi for two exclusive keynotes, but also host VOD-focused panels and conversations.    Jérôme ...

Call For Entries Festival Film Dokumenter 2020 - Yogyakarta Documentary Film Festival

Festival Film Dokumenter (FFD) is an annual event held by Forum Film Dokumenter, a non-profit organization based in Yogyakarta, focusing on documentary film research and archiving, as well as film appreciation for educational purposes. In 2020, Festival Film Dokumenter’s Call For Entries opens for Competition Program. There are four categories open for the Competition Program. First, Feature-Length Documentary, which opens for Indonesian and foreign filmmak...

aS iT'S: Call for exhibitors and attendees

Hey :) We're working to debut a makeshift space/store and membership-based digital platform to allow creatives to present work the way they want. One month from our launch, on September (if the current situation gets better, that is), the company will be hosting full day touring events related to film, music and fashion for the public, our members, and industry members.  We're building up our own roster alongside a list of exhibitors and attendees for the event. We license work o...

Bridge Fest 2020 online monthly competitions open for entries

logo.jpg?1588432953 In its 15th edition Bridge Fest has moved online! Monthly competitions in all categories and genres Monthly winners in all categories and genres Annual winners in all categories and genres. All films and scripts will be accepted and everyone will receive official participation certificate PDF file. No restrictions on the completion date/year, no restrictions on the country of origin or genre, no restrictions if the film and/or script were screened/ submitted elsewhere/...

SOFA - School of Film Advancement calling for Proposals – SOFA 2020/21

Cultural Entrepreneurs Watch Out!   For its 8th edition, SOFA – School of Film Advancement is looking for up to eight film initiators, cultural managers, entrepreneurs, facilitators and catalysts with unique project ideas in the audiovisual world. Selected participants will be trained in various creative ways to reach local and international cinema-goers and they will be given the opportunity to make connections beyond borders. With the help of experienced lecturers, SOFA p...

Los Angeles Greek Film Festival postponed this fall

LAGFF 2020 POSTPONED FOR OCTOBER, SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE END OF MAY LAGFF is here to stay! In light of the uncertainties caused by the pandemic, our 14th edition has been postponed to the early fall, as announced earlier via our social media. The LAGFF team is now considering all online and onsite options, so stay tuned for more exciting updates     Submissions will remain open until May 30th. Understanding the economic hardship that most o...

ÉCU 2021 is now open for submissions!

Submissions for the 16th edition of ÉCU- The European Independent Film Festival, are now open! The festival will take place on the 9th, 10th, and 11th April 2021. Every year we screen thought-provoking, unique, and exciting independent films, and your film could be part of our 2021 programme. ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is dedicated to the discovery and advancement of the very best independent filmmakers from around the world. The festival pro...

2020 Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase Official Selections

  CANNES FILM FESTIVAL POSTPONED BUT DIVERSE FILMMAKERS FIND SILVER LINING On the day the world was scheduled to witness the opening ceremonies of the 73rd Festival de Cannes, Yolonda Brinkley, creator of Diversity in Cannes, the independent movement promoting inclusion at the Cannes Film Festival, is pleased to announce the official selections of the 2020 Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase and its Cannes Conversations, a twelve day virtual series highlighting Cannes F...


WORLD FEST FEST 2020   BANDO DI PARTECIPAZIONE / CALL FOR APPLICATIONS WORLD FEST FEST 2020 - SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 12^ Edizione / 12th edition FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE DELLE FESTE / INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF CELEBRATIONS     The Fest Fest and its 2020 edition called WORLD FEST FEST (Festival internazionale delle feste) is a “CASA DELFINO” onlus Foundation production. WORLD FEST FEST 2020 will take place in Cuneo, ...

Online Vail Film Festival Kicks Off Friday!

17th Annual Vail Film Festival Streaming online: May 15-17 2020 Film Program The online festival will feature 54 films, including features, documentaries, shorts, student films, and Filmmaker Q&As. Get a 25% Discount on VFF Online Passes Use this discount code at time of purchase: Vail25     See Program & Buy Online Pass   ...

20th Nippon Connection Film Festival Online Program Highlights of the Virtual Anniversary Edition

NC20_Online%20Festival_web.jpg  From June 9 to 14, 2020, a special edition of the Japanese Film Festival Nippon Connection will be held in honor of its 20th anniversary. In the course of six days, Nippon Connection Online will present a selection of current and classic films from Japan and bring them into your home. The program will contain over 70 short and feature-length films from all kinds of different genres and will offer a unique and exciting insight into...

The 22nd Far East Film Festival becomes an online cinematographic event expecting to see you in june!

  26 June / 4 July 2020 - Udine, Italy, Everywhere FACE TO FACE, HEART TO HEART   From the 26th of June to the 4th of July, the whole Fareaster community will be able to actively share viewings and content.     UDINE – Face to face, Heart to Heart: it’s the title of a huge hit record from the ‘80s, and no one who remembers it will be able to see those words without singing the melody. But now it’s also the slogan for the Far East Film Fes...

European Film Awards 2020 opens to submissions

  Due to the Coronavirus crisis, the eligibility rules for the European Film Awards 2020 are extended to include films that would have premiered until 31 May 2020 – be it at a festival or at a regular cinema – but could not due to the pandemic. This is linked to the condition that these films will premiere theatrically or online before the end of November 2020 and the rights-holders agree to provide them for the EFA VOD Platform. FEATURE FILMS participating in the ...

Fajr International Film Festival Postponed Until 2021

Amid ongoing coronavirus concerns worldwide, Iran’s Fajr International Film Festival is the latest event to reschedule its dates to next year. The annual festival has been deferred in consideration of the safety and health of all the guests, participants and the public, as well as to coordinate with the overall epidemic prevention work in the country. According to the press headquarters of the annual cinematic event, Festival Director Mohammad Mehdi Asgarpour said on Thursd...

The 11th edition of the Odesa International Film Festival to be held online in autumn

    The festival has been postponed until 25 September  -  3 October 2020   Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related quarantine restrictions worldwide this year’s edition of the Odesa International Film Festival will be held online for the first time. Moreover, the dates of the 11th OIFF have been changed: traditionally held in July, the festival will take place in autumn - from September 25 to October 3.   In addition to the online format the festival...
Digital Gym


Recipients of The 2020 FilmCraft and FilmWatch grants announced by The Academy

The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the 96 recipients of its 2020 FilmCraft and FilmWatch grants, including recipients of the emergency grant funds announced last month in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All of the grants, which total a combined $2.5 million in funds, are awarded based on current need to organizations that support filmmakers and reach audiences from underserved communities. “The Academy’s first priority rema...

The 53rd 2020 WorldFest-Houston Major Remi Awards!



Sarah Felberbaum as Betty Bottone, "None Like Us", (Nessuno Come Noi )       Best Actress WorldFest 2020   Grand Remi Winner “None Like Us” (Nessuno Come Noi) directed by Volfgango de Biasi, Italy In what would have been The 15th Annual Panorama Italia at this year’s WorldFest 53rd edition, None Like Us (Nessuno Come Noi) directed by Volfango de Biasi (who had been expected to attend) was awarded...

Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival crowns winners

The 15th edition of the Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival crowns Even Husby Grødahl’s Downs of the Dead as the Méliés Short Film Competition winner and Mart Sander’s Eerie Fairy Tales as the best Estonian genre film. The Silver Méliés went to Downs of the Dead by director Even Husby Grødahl (Norway), that tells a humorous tale of zombies attacking a nursery for the intellectually disabled. The jury lauded the film: „We we...

The 17th International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Docudays UA has announced the winners.

THE DOCU/WORLD COMPETITION   DOCU/WORLD JURY: Claire Simon Daria Badior Xose-Ramon Mon Rivas MAIN PRIZE   THE EARTH IS BLUE AS AN ORANGE /  IRYNA TSILYK / UKRAINE, LITHUANIA / 2020   We have decided to give the DOCU/WORLD Competition Jury award to a film that strikes with its creativity in the filmmaking choices and the positivity of the characters and shows us that making a film under harsh circumstances can also be an act of resilience tha...



Digital Gym


23rd UNAFF
October 15 – 25, 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.

CONTACTSEmail I 650 724-5544 I CAW/UNAFF Stanford Arts Littlefield Center, room 241 365 Lasuen Street Stanford, CA 94305-2250 United States I Website I Facebook I Twitter I I SUBMIT


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




June 15, 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.


SUBMIT I Website I Profile on I  Email contact


Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival  
October 3 - 8, 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 October 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.

SUBMIT I Website I Profile on I Facebook I Twitter I Email  contact


July 23-30,  2020

Late deadline May 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.


SUBMIT I Website I Facebook I Email  contact


The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
November 6 – 22, 2020

June 1, 2020 Earlybird Deadline 
July 1, 2020 Regular Deadline
August 1, 2020 Late Deadline

Celebrating its 35th annual festival in 2020, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) presents American indies and studio films, international films, student films, special tributes, seminars and introduces filmmakers to South Florida audiences. The festival runs November 6 – 22, 2020, and screens 200 films in Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise, Hollywood, St Augustine, and The Bahamas. Considered one of the most important regional film festivals in the U.S., the Festival's commitment to first-time filmmakers and innovative programming make it the perfect test market for your film.

SUBMIT I Website  I Facebook I Twitter I Profile on I  Email contact



13-18. OCTOBER, 2020., SZOLNOK

Entry deadline: 20. May 2020.

With its more than 50-year long tradition, the film festival of Szolnok has been named after the world-famous Hungarian-born artist and Oscar-winning production designer, Alexandre Trauner in 2018 to salute to the work of production designers. Our festival advertises submission in three categories. In the European Feature Film Section, the jury remunerates the production design of the films and production designers. Every other year we provide international competition for fine art films and films of university students. Between 13-18 October 2020 we are looking forward to welcome production and costume designers, fine artists, filmmakers, film professionals and university students majoring in film studies, media and communication, fine art or production design. The festival welcomes its participants with a wide range of programs: film screenings, masterclasses held by international film masters, fine art exhibitions, round table discussions and concerts in the evening


Alexandre Trauner ART/Film Festival I Templom St 4. Szolnok 5000 I Email I +3670-222-3100 I Website I SUBMIT


Digital Gym


Sundance Institute Announces 2020 New Frontier Story Lab Fellows

Groundbreaking Group of Emerging Media Creatives Convene to  Push the Boundaries of Storytelling and Technology Six projects and artist teams have been selected for the 2020 Sundance Institute New Frontier Story Lab, which supports independent artists working at the cutting-edge convergence of film, art, media, live performance, and technology.   Reimagined for this year as a digital experience on Sundance Co//ab, the New Frontier Story Lab empowers independent creativ...

Cannes Conversations, a 12 day digital speaker series highlighting Cannes Film Festival alums and festival experts

INTRODUCING CANNES CONVERSATIONS! IN RESPONSE TO THE CANCELLATION OF THE 73RD FESTIVAL DE CANNES Yolonda Brinkley has launched Cannes Conversations, a 12 day digital speaker series highlighting Cannes Film Festival alums as well as other festival connoiseurs. Now through May 23, 2020, we will go live via Zoom or Diversity in Cannes' Instagram page, 3PM EST daily, to chat with filmmakers about their Cannes experience, the impact Festival attendance has h...
Ángel Santos Touza with filmmaker André Gil Mata Dear All,  After five years at the head of the Artistic Direction of Novos Cinemas IFF I have decided to close this professional stage to be able to resume my projects as a filmmaker. It has been a fantastic few years in which we have started a festival as modest as it is beautiful, collaborating during this period in many ways with many of you on the other side of this chain. I deeply and personally thank yo...

Isabel Coixet will be awarded the Luis Buñuel Prize at the 48th Huesca International Film Festival

  Director, scriptwriter and producer Isabel Coixet will be awarded the Luis Buñuel Prize in this edition of 48th Huesca International Film Festival. A filmmaker with an undeniable talent that led her to become the woman with the most Goya Awards in history (a total of eight) and a regular name at great film gatherings in Berlin, Cannes and Venice. Author of great works such as Things I Never Told You, My Life Without Me, The Secre...

International Film and Marketing Executives Ali M. Aksu and Aya Kikimova Launch Next Generation Content Production Platform Film

Ali%20M.%20Aksu%20Photo%20Credit%20WENN%20Rights%20Ltd%20%20Alamy%20Stock%20Photo.jpg’s First Project is Feature COVID-2021, co-produced with BC Entertainment Group, by Director Bob Cook, and Starring Robert Carradine (Lizzie McGuire, Revenge of the Nerds), Diane Delano, Barry Godin, Darby Hilton, Rudy Ramos (Yellowstone, Resurrection Blvd.) and Felissa Rose Created to address a pressing need within the independent film finance space, the co-production platform FilmCapital ( has officially opened its doors, the announc...

SiciliAmbiente Film Festival 12th edition: a message from the artistic director

  The complex and difficult situation we are living in during these months brings about inevitable reflections, and the need to reformulate our festival. We strongly believe in the opportunity to carry out the event, and we want to do this for many reasons: we want to give a sign of hope and encouragement to the directors, producers, actors who have worked so hard in the realization of their works. We want to give a sign to the public that has followed us for 12 years with passion an...

OIFF Live to host Nicki Nikitin, the Artistic Director of the International Film Festival Prague/Febiofest

Odesa International Film Festival continues a series of live streams with representatives of the world film industry This Wednesday OIFF live will host the Artistic Director of the International Film Festival Prague/Febiofest and the Member of FIPRESCI and European Film Academy Nicki Nikitin. The live stream will take place May 13, 6:00 pm Kyiv time (5 pm CET) on the OIFF Instagram page: The host of the OIFF live is Julia Sinkevych, general pro...

MAN/KIND Project Gives 1000th #COVIDKINDNESS Personal Care Pack, Bright Spot in Dark Times

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent What do Elliot Gould, filmmaker Billy Ray, and Jethro Tull have in common? The greater good of mankind it seems. The Man/Kind Project, whose funder is Richard Stellar (see bio below), is supported by this unusual grouping, as well as many others. And they are doing good things in COVID-19 times. Curated by Screenmancer Staff from The Man/Kind Project LOS ANGELES, CA: The Man/Kind Project, Inc. announced today that they are distributing thei...

WorldFest grants a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Remi Award to Brian Dennehy

WorldFest is honored to grant a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Remi Award to Brian Dennehy for his long and talented career in motion pictures. In one of his final roles as Del, an aging Korean War Vet in Driveways (USA) directed by Andrew Ahn, he warmly depicts his unexpected friendship (at times gruff but still caring) with a lonely 8 year old boy, Cody, (Lucas Jaye, our own Rising Star Actor 2020), who moves in next door with his single Mom (Hong Chau).&nbs...
 Digital Gym

> FILMS IN FOCUS ...    


Who doesn’t love a little riot grrrl to kick off this hellish Pandemic Spring of 2020? That raised a smile, hopefully, and once-popstar Kate Nash’s own true(ish) film story will do the same. Because right now, this musician’s gritty comeback from near-homelessness to doc star through the freedom she reclaimed with her art is one narrative everyone in lockdown can use as a personal pick-me-up. Kate Nash at 18 was a wunderkind turned into a musical ATM “worked like a donkey” by TPTB (the powers that be) in the recording industry… until she wouldn’t play their tune anymore. ALAMO ON DEMAND has you dialed in for KATE NASH: UNDERESTIMATE THE GIRL on their streaming platform this May, read on

Russell Crowe Brings Ultimate Road Rage to UNHINGED for July 1, Yes, to Open Wide


So there’s a poll, source may have some bias, that has determined that “80 percent of Americans want to go out to the movies in July.” We thank our friends at DDAPR for that stat, and with it comes the first movie out of the Pandemic box. UNHINGED starring Russell Crowe from Solstice Studios is set for July 1.

“We made this decision after extensive consultation with the National Association of Theater Owners and leading theater chains,” said Mark Gill, President and CEO of Solstice Studios, which produced and will release the film in the U.S. “Those conversations have convinced us there is a way to meet pent up demand for the theatrical experience safely.”

AMC acquisition will make little sense for Amazon, says GlobalData

Following the recent announcement that Amazon is looking to buy cinema firm AMC; Danyaal Rashid, Thematic Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers his view: “The cinema industry is ripe for consolidation, with defensive mergers allowing incumbents to maintain their hold on a shrinking market. Despite this, Amazon’s reported approach to purchase AMC Entertainment comes as a surprise. Entering such a deteriorating market would be a risk for Amazon - parti...

Udine's (Italy) Visionario is the first cinema in the world to adopt the brand-new butterfly-shaped safety device!

BUTTERFLY: WHEN CINEMA GROWS WINGS   We've all heard people using the verb "to fly" plenty of times to make some rhetorical point, right? Okay, we might not know exactly how many times, but we do know that it's sometimes possible to speak about flying without sounding pretentious: just come into the Astra Screen of the Visionario Cinema in Udine (Italy). A quick look around you before you sit down and you'll feel like you're in business class of a Jumbo Je...

13 genre projects selected by Frontieres Platform in Cannes

MARCHÉ DU FILM ANNOUNCES 13 GENRE PROJECTS SELECTED FOR FRONTIÈRES PLATFORM   The Frontières Platform in Cannes will return for a fourth year to the Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes, presenting 13 genre projects to the industry on June 25th, 2020. A co-presentation between the Fantasia International Film Festival and the Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes, the Frontières Platform activities will inclu...

15 Films from the 39th Istanbul Film Festival Programme will make their Turkey premieres online

15 recent films from the programme of the postponed 39th Istanbul Film Festival will make their Turkey premieres on 15-29 May. The 39th Istanbul Film Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) with the support of Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism, was postponed to a later date due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The largest, most established, and most influential film festival in Turkey, Istanbul Film Festival will screen a se...


Lucia lives alone with her 17 year old son. Her husband left her eight years earlier after the death of her first child Anna a victim to leukemia. Lucia works in a hospice where she befriends retired professor Redetti (Paolo Bonacelli) who is unaware of her personal tragedy and over time becomes her "teacher" sharing with her his own experiences, how to deal with angst and leaves her with the message "Grasp the Meaning of Life". Now streaming on CHILI in Germany, Austria, It...

aS iT'S: Call for exhibitors and attendees

Hey :) We're working to debut a makeshift space/store and membership-based digital platform to allow creatives to present work the way they want. One month from our launch, on September (if the current situation gets better, that is), the company will be hosting full day touring events related to film, music and fashion for the public, our members, and industry members.  We're building up our own roster alongside a list of exhibitors and attendees for the event. We license work o...

Iran’s Farabi Cinema Foundation (FCF) launches new themed program named “Corona Narrative: Recording Eternal Moments”

Iran’s Farabi Cinema Foundation to support film projects on COVID-19 Iran’s Farabi Cinema Foundation (FCF) announced that it will support projects on COVID-19 in a program named “Corona Narrative: Recording Eternal Moments”. Farabi has asked doctors, nurses and other health workers to send their videos on the coronavirus pandemic in Iran to the foundation. Based on the programs, a selection of submissions will be converted into feature films. The program was introduc...

Goldfinch launch UK streaming platform BirdBox.Film

Goldfinch today are delighted to announce the official unveiling of their UK streaming platform BirdBox.Film.   The platform begins its life with three channels of curated content for TVOD – Documentaries, Drama and Festival Favourites - with more channels to be launched in the subsequent months. This begins with ‘Horror’ in June. This will be closely followed by ‘Shorts’ in July and ‘Sci-Fi’ in August and will be supported by a premiere ...

Cannes XR Virtual will be introduced in its new shapes, in different formats on several platforms around the world


"Hydration" Review from Tribeca

Documentary Feature  | USA | 79 MINUTES Absolutely LOVED this film!  "Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof."  Pharrell Williams, singer of hits, "Happy," and "Frontin'" is from Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Virginia Beach has a negative past as riots broke out at the Greekfest event held back on Labor Day weekend in 1989.  Pharrell was determined to change that negative history by giving back to his community and ...

"Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles" Review from Tribeca

A movie so delicious, you'll want to taste it!  "Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles" follows famous chef, Yotam Ottolenghi, around New York's, "Metropolitan Museum of Art," the "Palace of Versailles," London, and NY's famous restaurant, "Daniel," on a journey which takes artistic and panoramic influences from Versailles, for example, its famous gardens and fountains, and transforms them into edible cake formations, jello molds and drin...

Overview of the US business for the week of May 11 Honoring Katherine Hepburn's career

This week's newsletter focuses on the ins and outs of re-opening theatres. Governments and communities are working together to lay out plans for safely re-opening business, including venues that provide public entertainment such as movie theatres. We highlight a new product called Cielo QR, a straight forward - and FREE - service to help exhibitors implement policies for enhanced cleaning and sanitization while informing and reassuring the public. In our roundup of Industry News, T...

Elizabeth Moss Inhabits Writer Shirley Jackson in SHIRLEY, So Apropos of Now

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent We interrupt this Pandemic to bring you Elizabeth Moss in SHIRLEY from NEON, about “The Lottery” writer Shirley Jackson. On June 19, 1948, The New Yorker published Jackson’s odd story about a town that gets stoned, but not how you think. And with this enigmatic introduction to SHIRLEY, from Director Josephine Decker and Writer Sarah Gubbins, let’s make a small parallel to our Coronavirus-driven times where ending a ...

Blue Motel: winner of YSP Season 1 wins Platinum Remi Award - best script at WorldFest Houston

Ted Campbell, our Season 1 Ultimate Grand Prize Winner with the thriller Blue Motel, did it again:  he just won the prerstigious top category Platinum REMI AWARD for his script at Houston Worldfest 53rd edition. Doval Bacall mentionned "We have started developping the script into a great feature film, the team is proud to see Ted Campbell's recognised by another established festival! We will come back to Houston next year with the finished film and look forward to adding ...

Digital Gym




Digital Gym


BLUE MOTEL Award winning script by Ted Campbell
Feature film in production by Doval Bacall Films


Grand Winner Your Script Produced season 1  Platinum Remi Award WorldFest Houston

When his bank robber father injured in a recent heist seeks refuge at the desolate motel where he works, a motel clerk is forced to confront the truth behind a botched heist from his past.

Originally from Boston, Mass, Ted Campbell is a screenwriter and director who specializes in thoughtful, character driven thrillers. Ted will direct his heist thriller "Underground" with producer Ellen Wander of Film Bridge International. His contained, crime thriller “Blue Motel” won the Grand Prize in Your Script Produced screenplay competition. Ted will direct “Blue Motel” with Doval Bacall Films producing. Ted is a member of ISA’s Development Program. And was named to ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters To Watch list.

Ted finds inspiration in the works of the great noir writers Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald as well as his screenwriting idols Scott Frank, Shane Black, Tony Gilroy and Richard Wenk.


Ask for Ted Campbell’s script



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.

Temp edit director s cut (music is not final)   I Trailer I Profile on I Cast I Crew I IMDB


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.


Synopsis I Cast I Crew I IMDB I Cinando I I Instagram I  Website I  Festival placement I  


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.

Synopsis I Trailer Stills Elena Demidova Director's filmography I Team Request a screener I Festivals in Russia I EPK


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.

Trailer I Website



Sharkwater: Extinction by Rob Stewart Documentary Canada 2018 Sharkwater Extinction by Rob Stewart - Canada 2018 90 minutes

Sharkwater Extinction first peek

Rob Stewart “Conservation is the preservation of human life on earth. And that, above all else, is worth fighting for” Watch Rob Stewart doing what he loved most of all, swimming with sharks, in exclusive footage from his third film, Sharkwater: Extinction.

Sharkwater: Extinction is a follow up to his first two award-winning films, Sharkwater and Revolution. Sharkwater exposed the devastating issue of shark finning, while Revolution brought the destructive effects of Ocean Acidification to light.

Rob taught the world to not fear sharks, through his iconic images of hugging these majestic creatures and free diving with them.


Digital Gym

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.

Website I Epk on I Trailer I Email us for a screener


Digital Gym


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 ...

Digital Gym


Promoting Movies that Matter / des films qui font grandir...

With contributions from Abbé Jean-Luc Maroy, Alex Deleon, Bruno Chatelin

French English

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)

Inscrivez vos documentaires via notre partenaire DocFilmDepot

30425481_1695985020457501_6842818157857929413_o_0.png UN OUTIL Docfilmdepot est un outil puissant, efficace, facile d’utilisation. La plateforme permet aux réalisateurs, producteurs, distributeurs de films documentaires de gérer de manière simple les inscriptions de leurs films dans plusieurs festivals. Une fois le compte créé, la fiche film correctement complétée, et le film téléchargé, l’inscription en festival prend à ...

La Plateforme Frontières à Cannes dévoile les 13 films de genre sélectionnés

LE MARCHÉ DU FILM ANNONCE 13 PROJETS DE GENRE SÉLECTIONNÉS POUR LA PLATEFORME FRONTIÈRES   La Plateforme Frontières à Cannes sera de retour pour une quatrième année au Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes. Cette section axée sur les films de genre présentera 13 projets le 25 juin 2020. Une coprésentation entre le Festival international de films Fantasia et le Ma..

Le 29e Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur : Une solitude partagée,

20 artistes, 20 créations, une voix  Cette année, le Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur (FASS) a tout mis en œuvre pour offrir une édition exceptionnelle, axée sur la résilience, la solidarité et la créativité québécoises. C’est avec beaucoup de fierté que Guillaume Côté, le directeur artistique du Festival, annonce ce projet grandiose : Une solitude partagée. Le 29e éditi...

La SODEC soutiendra quinze longs métrages de fiction, dont trois films d’animation

La Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) soutiendra 15 longs métrages de fiction dans le cadre de son programme d’aide à la production (volet 1 – aide sélective à la production de longs métrages de fiction), à la suite du dépôt du 15 janvier dernier. Les projets qui recevront un soutien financier de la SODEC sont : Projets de plus de 2,5 millions de dollars FILMS D’ANIMATI...

Le Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) dévoile son projet itinérant FANTASTIQUE 20 20 20

  FANTASTIQUE 20 20 20 : LES FESTIVITÉS DURERONT UN AN Le Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) dévoile son projet itinérant FANTASTIQUE 20 20 20 qui débute dès demain dans le mythique Film de Minuit de la Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) et qui se déploiera à l’automne dans toute la Suisse. Véritable célébration de l’évolution du genre, ce projet rétros...

Plein(s) Écran(s) dévoile sa programmation jeunesse

Pour apprendre et s’amuser à la maison ! Montréal, 13 mai 2020 –  C’est avec grand plaisir que Plein(s) Écran(s) reçoit le Carrousel international du film de Rimouski et dévoile sa sélection spécialement conçue pour les familles de 8 courts métrages internationaux s’adressant à tous ceux qui ont conservé leur coeur d’enfant! Du 21 au 24 mai 2020, Le Carrousel en ligne offrira ...

La situation est inédite, le prochain FIFF le sera aussi ! Avant toute autre chose, nous espérons que vous - qui nous suivez depuis de nombreuses années, quelques mois ou quelques semaines ! - vous vous portez bien ? Ca nous ferait plaisir d'avoir de vos nouvelles (nous aussi, nous sommes confiné.e.s et vous nous manquez !). Si vous lisez cette lettre d'info, c'est que vous vous demandez quelle est l'actuali...Digital Gym


For more details, visit, 


User images

About Newsletter

Team Laurent

The blog publishes the past collection of our newsletters covering the film festival circuit.
It distributes the latest news for free to 200 000 film & festival professionals subscribers from around the world.

Advertise inside the newsletter?
Promote your festival call for entry, promote your film.

Subscribers breakdown details



View my profile
Send me a message