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Official Selection 2020 to be revealed online June, 3 at 06.00pm

Pierre Lescure, President of the Festival de Cannes, and Thierry Frémaux, the Festival's General Delegate, will announce the line-up of the 73rd edition of the Festival de Cannes live on Canal + on Wednesday 3 June at 6:00pm, as well as on the Festival's website and across its social media. As every year, the event will take place at the UGC Normandie in Paris. For the occasion, the Festival's General Delegate will reveal 2020's Official Selection, the films to...

VIDEO: Christine Vachon - The New Reality of the Film Industry after the COVID-19

Check FEST last interview with producer Christine Vachon, one of the independent film's most respected voices. Born in New York City, USA, Christine is a producer active in the independent film sector with more than 120 producing credits to her name. Some of her major works include Boys Don't Cry, Far From Heaven, I'm Not There, and Carol. In 1996, alongside fellow producer Pamela Koffeler, Christine established Killer Films.  With more than 120 producing credits currently...

La Fabrique Cinéma 2020 will open a virtual Cinémas du Monde Pavilion from 22 to 26 June 2020

LA FABRIQUE CINEMA 2020 ONLINE UNTIL 26 JUNE PROGRAMME AND HIGHLIGHTS   Confronted with the global health crisis, the Institut français and its partners (France Médias Monde, the SACEM (French society of authors, composers and publishers of music), the International Organisation of La Francophonie and with the support of Orange Studio) have rolled out exceptional measures to support artists and all culture industry professionals in France and elsewhere...

L'Atelier de la Cinéfondation will organize its online meetings from June 23 to 25.

L'Atelier de la Cinéfondation welcomes filmmakers and their producers to help them gain access to international financing and speed up the co-production process of their ongoing project. Due to the sanitary context, the Cinefondation decided to organize its online meetings from June 23 to 25. You can find our Livre des Projets and our platform here: If you’ve already participated in the Atelier in recent years, you just ne...

The exhaustive Marché du Film 2019 coverage

Cannes 2019 Marché du Film Coverage   Dailies during Cannes about the festival / Dailies about the market PHOTOS FROM CANNES VIDEOS FROM CANNES 12 newsletters THE DAILIES Interview with 'DUKE' (2019) Actor Robert Solomon Robert Solomon is an award-winning actor and pianist from Atlanta, GA. He started acting in high school theater before attending the Georgia Institute of Technology to study...

Cannes 2019 Festival Coverage



Dailies during Cannes about the festival / Dailies about the market PHOTOS FROM CANNES VIDEOS FROM CANNES 12 newsletters THE DAILIES   Cannes Film Week : From December 2 to 8, Cannes films came to Buenos Aires! Cannes films' world tour continues with the Buenos Aires Cannes Film Week from December 2 to 8 2019! The "Semana de Cine" has been held by the Festival de Cannes and the INCAA to ...

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Blue Fox Entertainment Line up @ Virtual Cannes

We will be taking meetings for VIRTUAL CANNES from June 22nd to 26th.  Attending Executives: Lisa Gutberlet, Stacy Glassgold, Edrianne Wenger    Though we will miss the personal interactions with you, we look forward to presenting you with NEW titles as well as our current slate of films and would like to thank you for your continued business and friendship.  Sending love and good wishes to everyone.  Additio...

Pluto Film @ Virtual Marché du Film & new film

The Cannes virtual market is only in a few weeks and we would love to catch up with you between the 22nd and the 26th of June. Our new line- up with the market-screenings will be sent soon, but feel free to write us an email to set up a meeting. Furthermore, we are happy to announce the completion of All the Pretty Little Horses Drama/psychological thriller, Greece/Belgium/Germany/France Director: Michalis Konstantatos  Prod...



Archstone Entertainment will be part of The International Virtual Market

Archstone Entertainment is proud and excited to be part of the first (and, we hope, last) Virtual Cannes Market In an unprecedented show of cooperation, all of the major talent agencies and sales companies have agreed to share dates, calendars and common technologies in an effort to make this Virtual Market as smooth and easy as possible for you, our international distribution partners.   The Virtual Market will take place June 22-28, 2020. The first two days (Monday June 22 and...

Riki Group's most famous series, Kikoriki, is back

  Riki Group's most famous series, Kikoriki, is back - the new season premiered on May 18 in Russia, exclusively on the Kinopoisk HD SVOD platform. The company also held its first licensing online conference with the support of Yandex, Russia’s leading digital and tech company, and launched an overall rebranding that will influence both visual design and brand philosophy.   The organizers emphasize that the event itself in its online format is not on...

Cannes has always been at the heart of mk2 films

Missing Cannes! We will have to wait another year before we can weigh in on the Palme d’or and other prizes, but in the mean time we would love to invite you to revisit some of our previous Cannes entries and winners. With more than 50 films screened in Competition and 100 across the sections over the last 40 years, Cannes has always been at the heart of mk2 films.   ...

Instrum Virtual Cannes Lineup

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House of Film Marche du Cannes 2020 documentary film highlights

High quality movies available for immediate delivery in every genre:  OSCAR qualified motion pictures Movies with and by Oscar winners War Western Family films and animation Thrillers Genre films Spanish language titles Big name documentary films Art house, auteur Documentary films Audience favorites         HENRI DAUMAN: LOOKING UP Witness to History   ...

Announcing: 1st Wave of Projects for Frontières@Fantasia

  After February’s Frontières Finance & Packaging Forum in Amsterdam, and the upcoming Frontières Platform in Cannes on Thursday June 25, Frontières returns to the Fantasia International Film Festival for the 12th edition of its co-production market. The market will take place in a digital form between July 23-26. Frontières is pleased to announce a first wave of projects for this year’s official market sele...

Italian Cultural Institute Webinar Series: Federico Fellini 100: Master of Imaginative Synthesis / conversation

May 28, 2020 at 6pm PT Italian Cultural Institute Webinar Series: Master of Imaginative Synthesis: Federico Fellini at 100 The Italian Cultural Institute Los Angeles IIC LA is presenting on May 28, 2020 at 6pm PT an online conversation about five-time Academy-Award winning director, “Maestro of Italian Cinema”, Federico Fellini, in conjunction with the 2020 publication of Wiley Blackwell's A Companion to Federico Fellini: “Master of Imaginative Synthesis: Fede...

Bruno Chatelin joins as jury to Karl Bardosh Cell Phone Cinema Humanitarian Award, second AFI World Peace edition in the Cannes market

Humanitarian smart phone films and smart phone films highlighting "COVID - 19"  will have a voice during Marché du Film through a United Nations supported organization for the second year    New Generation In Action’s AFI World Peace Initiative, a not for profit 501c3 Non Government Organization which holds ECOSOC status at the United Nations, is scheduled to host the second annual “Karl Bardosh Cell Phone Cinema Humanitarian Award,"&n... 
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2020 Brooklyn Film Festival – 149 films online for free

May 29 – June 7, 2020 #1 Register on the website: Registering a free account with the festival is easy, but required. Go to REGISTER and follow instructions. Don’t forget to activate your email account. #2 Login in at and click Go to THEATER LOBBY » #3 On May 29, the programs will populate the THEATER LOBBY in 4 groups at different times from 6am to 6pm EST: The 1st group of programs will be available from 6am (EST) on. Th...

The 21st poesiefestival berlin is now showing ONLINE

More than 30 events featuring 150 artists, tutorials, live chats, Poetry Market, interviews and everything in the media library After a record preparation time of two-and-a-half months, here we are with the first ever online edition of the poesiefestival berlin about to go live. On 29 May the opening readings and performances Poets’ Home (Corners) get under way, then on 5 June the 7-day festival kicks off with 150 artists from all over the world who have – with a huge amount of ...

The 19th edition of the Sacramento French Film Festival will be virtual

  "THE REGION'S PREMIER FILM EVENT" Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee 19th SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL VIRTUAL EDITION: 10 DAYS, 10 FILMS JUNE 19-28, 2020 Dear Amis du Festival, It is official! Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 19th edition of the Sacramento French Film Festival will be virtual. Held over 10 days, June 19-28, 2020, the SFFF will present a collection of about 10 new feature films, otherwise unavailable in the U.S. that you will be able to watch ...

The 48th Huesca International Film Festival presents its entire ONLINE program

  The 48th Huesca International Film Festival presents its entire program in an edition that despite the current situation will feature world premieres, exclusive project presentations and more than a hundred short films distributed in its three official competitions and various parallel sections. The central axis will be its 80 short films from 30 different countries that can be seen both online around the world and in person (with limited capacity and relevant sanitary measures...

The Lumière festival 2020 confirmed for October 10-18

The Lumière festival 2020 will take place from Saturday the 10th to Sunday the 18th of October in the movie theatres of Lyon and its metropolis.   The festival’s International Classic Film Market (MIFC), which brings together cinema professionals every year, will welcome participants to its 8th edition from Tuesday the 13th to Friday the 16th of October. This year’s festival will be an opportunity for the Lumière Institute to cel...

1.3 million eyeballs for MyFrenchFilmFestival STAY HOME edition!

  With nearly 100 films available from March 27 to May 25, 2020, MyFrenchFilmFestival - STAY HOME Edition has recorded more than 1.3 million views worldwide.   During the confinement period following the health crisis, MyFrenchFilmFestival, UniFrance's online festival, offered to discover or rediscover more than 80 short films and 20 feature films from the last 10 editions.   Available for free for two months on but also on ...

IFP Week will be a virtual experience September 20th - September 25th

   The 2020 edition of IFP Week will take place virtually.  Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic we will adapt this year’s event, utilizing digital platforms to facilitate the Project Forum, conference, panels and workshops, as well as community experiences for creators, industry members and audiences. IFP Week will take place Sunday, September 20th – Friday, September 25th, 2020. Additionally, we are launching the inaugural audio hub at IFP Week t...

33rd Federal Festival Film. Germany's first drive-in film festival takes place in Wuppertal

Wuppertal media project: 33rd Federal Festival Film. Digital film festival with real film premiere at the Autokino Wuppertal The best young short films from Germany 2020   13.06.2020 │ 9 p.m. in the Autokino Wuppertal (Carnaper Platz, Wuppertal) Free entry! With livestream on YouTube   Welcome and live music by Horst Wegener Award ceremony Opening film: "Corona Diaries - Young Films Against Doom" Best-of-Screening of the Bundes.Festiva...

Women's International Film Festival Q&A How to Become A Hollywood Director with veteran filmmaker Mary Lou Belli

  WIFF have begun the process of restructuring the organization, services, and  programs and services to the community. How to Become A Hollywood Director This is an amazing opportunity to learn from a tv veteran and ask questions directly to Mary Lou Belli during our Q&A.    Join us for our first monthly online webinar program entitled #WIFFTalks.  Our first #WIFFTalks event is on June ...

Highlights from The Mifa 2020 Online edition

The Mifa has prepared a 2020 edition rich in content and meetings. Let’s keep our good habits and meet up on 15th June 2020! From 6th May you can get your accreditations and start filling your diary with numerous screenings and meetings set up for you: Virtual Stands Build your profile and meet professionals from other countries, either individually or reunited delegations such as Japan, China, Malaysia, Belgium, Chile, Russia, Argentina, Mexico,...

We Are One: the first-ever co-curated programming lineup from 21 festivals including San Sebastian

We Are One: A Global Film Festival announces the first-ever co-curated programming lineup featuring 21 of the most prolific film festivals in the world 10-Day Digital Festival, Produced and Organized by Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube, will Feature Programming from Festivals including Cannes Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and San Sebastian International Film Festival Highlights Include Online Premiere of ‘Ricky Powell’ featuring Natash...

University of the Basque Country Summer Course ‘Critical approaches to film festivals’

The course  The San Sebastian Festival, the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola and Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa organise the University of the Basque Country Summer Course ‘Critical approaches to film festivals’ which will run from September 1-3 : registration on   The San Sebastian Festival and the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola (EQZE), created and financed by Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, will participate in the University of the Basque ...

Inaugural Film Festival to Bring the Magic of Cinema to South Sudan

South Sudan does not have a movie theatre. Yes, imagine that. The simple relief of going to theatre and escaping, does not exist. There was a cinema district in the capital city of Juba with a movie palace but it has since been renovated into a church after years of being inoperable due to conflicts. Streaming services, as the internet is hit or miss, are largely unavailable in the nation. Entertainment in South Sudan which includes the entire community- especially the youth-barely exists. ...

FESTIVAL NITS Asian Summer Film Festival

Festival Nits de cinema oriental de Vic Asian Summer Film Festival 23 - 26 july This year’s edition of the Festival Nits de cinema oriental represents a challenge due to the circumstances we are experiencing. However, we bet on a festival with a format as similar as possible to the original because we believe it is part of our identity. The popular and participatory spirit of the Festival Nits is very much alive, although we will probably have to do some juggling. Thus, the ...

2020 Brooklyn Film Festival online edition to feature 40 countries in competition

The 23rd BROOKLYN FILM FESTIVAL is scheduled to run online from May 29 through June 7, around the clock. Watch 140 film premieres free of charge right on our website: Vote for your favorite films to help us select the best of the year. BFF will also organize parallel live events such as filmmaker intros and Q&A sessions on both the website, Facebook and other social media. Registering a free account with the festival is easy, but required. Go to RE...

KVIFF at Your Cinema will present 16 films in 96 theatres across the Czech Republic

The Karlovy Vary IFF programmers’ exclusive selection for KVIFF at Your Cinema includes strong movies that earned high praise at film festivals held from last autumn to this year’s Berlinale. Movie screens at nearly one hundred Czech theaters will host the European premieres of three acclaimed titles: Zeina Durra’s engaging, atmospheric drama LUXOR, Fernanda Valadez’ compelling feature debut IDENTIFYING FEATURES , and THE MOLE AGENT, Maite Alberdi’s original cross b...


VIDEO: Closing Karlovy Vary Kviff2019


VIDEO: Opening Karlovy Vary Festival 2019

  Julian Moore and her director  Bart Freundlichn guest stars of the festival graced the opening ceremony. The festival can brag about massive following and industry representatives in attendance: 300 international directors, filmmakers, and actors personally presenting their latest films 150 selected feature films seen by audiences every year 14 festival venues 70 films shown as world, international or European premieres 800 attending distributors, sales agents, producers, and festi...
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Panama International Film Festival Audience Award goes to The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão by Karim Aïnouz

Yesterday, after the successful closure of the first and historic virtual edition of the Panama International Film Festival, the film winning the public award was unveiled.   The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão, by the Brazilian Karim Aïnouz.   The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão, by the Brazilian Karim Aïnouz, won the Mastercard Audience Award, earning US $ 5,000 in digital cards. The film tells the story of tw...

2020’s Short Film Fund Finalists announced

TWO Short Films Will Be Commissioned This year we have expanded our film fund to award two production grants. One short will receive the maximum cash grant of $15,000; the second will receive a grant of $5,000. 2020 saw the highest number of submissions since we started our Fund in 2016. The quality increases year on year, making the task of narrowing it down to our Finalists an extremely difficult one. Our team and industry readers have evaluated submissions in every genre, from writers al...
Discover the DOK.fest München winning film of the kinokino Audience Award and the top ten of the kinokino Audience Award!   want to support  all year round and benefit from many advantages, join our circle of friends now. Winning film kinokino Audience Award: THE EUPHORIA OF BEING Hungary 2019, Réka Szabó, 83 min. A dance performance tells the life story of the 90 year-old holocaust survivor Éva Fahidi. The director and choreograp...


Winners of the IFF Panama Film Match Virtual

  After four days of intense work and many meetings, the First Cinematographic Co-Production Forum of Central America and the Caribbean concluded:  IFF Panama Film Match Virtual. The international producers and members of the jury, Diana Bustamante, Thierry Lenouvel and Inti Cordea, unanimously agreed to grant the following awards and recognitions to the participating projects of the IFF Panama Film Match co-production forum. "By presenting in your project a sto...


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Your Script Produced competition
                     Season 2


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 relocated in Santa Monica
August 15-16, 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. Relocated to Santa Monica Laemmle Monica Theatre Center due to pandemics, 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. 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  
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 edition of the 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.

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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.

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10 women on top at sydney Fest

Nashen Moodley with the Europe! Voices of Women in Film directors at SFF 2020.   YOUR GUIDE TO EUROPE! VOICES OF WOMEN IN FILM FROM FESTIVAL DIRECTOR NASHEN MOODLEY We received a number of brilliant submissions from all over Europe for this year’s Europe! Voices of Women in Film program, and while it was a difficult choice to settle on the final 10, Sydney Film Festival is delighted with this outstanding showcase of the works of extremely talented filmmakers.   Th...

Sundance Institute’s 2020 Directors & Screenwriters Lab Fellows

  11 independent filmmakers developing 10 projects have been selected for the 2020 Sundance Institute Directors and Screenwriters Labs, reimagined and expressed digitally this year on Sundance Co//ab. These Labs are at the heart of the nonprofit Institute’s long-standing support for artists, and will connect curated selections of Fellows with Creative Advisors and Industry mentors across multiple disciplines. At the Directors Lab (June 1-19th), filmmakers will...

Climate Chat with Jeff Bridges, Living in the Future's Past producer

  Join award-winning actor Jeff Bridges and former U.S. Congressman Bob Inglis for a conversation about climate change. During this interactive virtual event, we will discuss the documentary Living in the Future’s Past (produced by Bridges and featuring Inglis), the challenge of addressing our changing climate, and how conservatives have immense power to make a difference. Please join us!   SPEAKERS: Jeff Bridges is an actor, artist, an...

Let s meet at Unifrance Webinar on Innovative strategies and business models for films releases

The fragility of traditional film industry business models was a focus for debate long before the coronavirus struck. That discussion was sometimes defensive but a part of the film industry was increasingly bullish about new opportunities, notably in the online, mobile and on-demand fields. Some of the most interesting models are not about displacing the ‘traditional’ industry but about uniting the strengths of the Digital Economy with the Experience Economy of cinemas and festival...

Meet Dorothy Arzner a woman who changed how movies are made

Dorothy Arzner wasn’t the first woman to direct films in Hollywood, but she was one of the few who endured. In today’s episode of Fierce — a podcast from iHeartRadio and Tribeca Studios, which highlights the extraordinary women who never made it into our history books — host Jo Piazza takes you through Dorothy’s prolific career. Dorothy worked her way through the studio system, first as a typist, then an editor, until she was trusted as a director. Between the si...

Annecy 2020 Juries

Feature Films Corinne DESTOMBES Head of Development Folimage France Benoit PAVAN Journalist Agence France-Presse France Dominique SEUTIN Director Anima Festival Belgium Short Films Matt KASZANEK Director Animation Is Film Festiv...

Adam Driver & Fellows in Arms Want You to #HonorAndRemember Today, Always at AITAF

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Sometimes the people who say things best are the ones who lived the experience, which means veteran Adam Driver and his AITAF non-profit want your full attention now and forever... For everyone, man, woman, child (at 19) and service dog who gave their lives for our freedom. Worldwide this message applies in the West. #HonorAndRemember AITAF on Memorial Day At Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF), we believe deeply in the power of st...



Jamie Kennedy’s STOOPID SMART Bowls You Over May 25, Also His Bday, FYI

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Where has Jamie Kennedy been? In lockdown like the rest of us. But Monday, May 25 (also his milestone birthday), his one-hour comedy special JAMIE KENNEDY: STOOPID SMART breaks out on Tubi TV. Tubi is the self-title “#1 free streaming app” thinly disguised as a start-up. Kennedy puts it this way: “I have starred in movies. I have had my own television shows. But tonight I am playing the back of a bowling alley in Huntington Be...

Matthijs Wouter Knol Confirmed as New EFA Director from 2021


Having studied Contemporary History at Leiden University (Netherlands) and at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (Italy), Dutch-born Matthijs Wouter Knol worked as a freelance journalist and in film production, specializing in documentary films. He then worked for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), was programme manager of Berlinale Talents for six years and, since 2014, has been Director of the European Film Market. He will remain in this position at the Berlinale with all responsibilities until he will join the EFA team in November 2020 to prepare his taking on full responsibility as EFA Director from Marion Döring in January 2021.

Marion Döring, who will retire from her current position as EFA Director, has been connected to the history of the European Film Academy since its very beginnings in 1988: first as PR manager of the European Film Awards, later as project manager for the Academy’s activities and publications, and since 1996 as the Academy’s director. She says: “I’ve known Matthijs and followed his work closely for many years from his time at the Berlinale Talents until his achievements as Director of the European Film Market. His profound professional expertise, his personality and his energy are the ideal combination to lead EFA into a new era. Leaving the Academy in his hands feels like a perfect accomplishment of my work for EFA.”...MORE
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The Official Annecy Selection’s Feature Films revealed

76 films were submitted to our selection committees and to the Artistic Director, Marcel Jean. 20 films are competing in our two competitive sections. Among them, and apart from the usual producer countries (France Japan, South Korea, Russia, etc.), you will notice there is a film from Chile, Mauritius and Egypt. The two French films are by Joann Sfar (Cristal for a Feature Film in 2011 for The Rabbi’s Cat) and Rémi Chayé (Audience Award in...

24 docs competing at “Beyond Borders” Documentary Festival, Castellorizo

A total of 24 documentaries will be competing at the 5th "Beyond the Borders”  International Documentary Festival, which will be held between August 23rd -30th, 2020 in Castellorizo island, Greece. Once again, the competitive program includes a collection of compelling films dealing with historical, cross-cultural events, trends and personalities that have shaped our countries, peoples and civilizations. The jury of the Festival will award the followin...

Planet of the Humans

Directed by Jeff Gibbs and Ozzie Zehner with Michael Moore as the executive producer   the documentary PLANET OF THE HUMANS was screened on the eve of Earth Day April 20, 2020 and subsequently shown free of charge on YouTube and viewed by early May by 5 million people. The documentary received a fresh Rotten Tomatoes rating of 68 out of 100. The film premiered at the Traverse City Film Festival on July 2019 but gained notoriety after its screening on You T...

WIP Latam and WIP Europa, the San Sebastian Festival’s new works in progress, are born

Films in Progress and Glocal in Progress give way to two new programmes for films in post-production from Latin America and Europe respectively WIP Latam will have an award of 30,000 euros sponsored by EGEDA The San Sebastian Festival creates WIP Latam and WIP Europa, two new works in progress (WIP) for Latin American and European productions at the post-production stage. WI...

Massive participation in our partner fest “Beyond Borders” Festival, Castellorizo

More than 300 documentaries by Greek and foreign directors - a record number for the time, after the recent pandemic - were submitted for review at the 5th "Beyond the Borders”  International Documentary Festival, which will be held in the idyllic island of  Castellorizo, Greece from  on August 23rd -30th, 2020. The Preselection Committee will examine the participations and select the documentary films that will be screened in the Festival's Competition Program, ...



Films in Progress : a bridge between Toulouse and Lima

  A pioneering support system for Latin American films at the post-production stage will now take place in two different continents: after Toulouse, now also as part of the Lima Film Festival’s industry section «Cinema of Tomorrow», thus reaffirming the importance of cooperation between Europe and Latin America. Considering the fast evolution of the audiovisual industry, the interests of Latin American makers and producers, the possibilities of professional cooperation...

Overview of the US business for the week of May 25 Honoring 40 year anniversary of the Star Wars release

This week's newsletter begins with the results of our 2020 Film Industry Survey. More than 350 of our readers provided their perspective on the current state of affairs in the industry and on what future may hold, particularly in the area of theatrical releasing. It's the perfect time to gather this feedback, while in the midst of theatre shutdowns and everyone is considering its impact on the movie business. Our industry news roundup begins with analysis of the release strategy a...

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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.


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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)

Sentiments, signes, passions – à propos du livre d'image, une exposition inédite imaginée avec Jean-Luc Godard

SENTIMENTS, SIGNES, PASSIONS. UNE EXPOSITION DE JEAN-LUC GODARD Dès le 12 juin, Visions du Réel présentera, au Château de Nyon, sentiments, signes, passions – à propos du livre d'image, une exposition inédite imaginée avec Jean-Luc Godard. sentiments, signes, passions – à propos du livre d'image, est une exposition inédite imaginée avec Jean-Luc Godard et Fabrice Aragno. Une carte bl...

Le 12e festival Lumière confirme ses dates du 10 au 18 octobre 2020

Le festival Lumière 2020 aura lieu du samedi 10 au dimanche 18 octobre 2020 dans les salles de Lyon et de sa Métropole.     Son Marché International du Film Classique réunira les professionnels du mardi 13 au vendredi 16 octobre. Ce sera sa 8e édition.   Cette nouvelle édition sera l’occasion pour l’Institut Lumière de célébrer, avec Jacques et Sté...

La 31è édition du Dinard Film Festival se déroulera comme prévu du 30 septembre au 4 octobre 2020

La Ville de Dinard, la directrice artistique Dominique Green et l’équipe du festival sont en mesure de confirmer ces dates aujourd’hui. La situation sanitaire du Covid-19, particulièrement en France et au Royaume-Uni, a bouleversé les vies, les habitudes et les calendriers. Elle nous oblige à la sobriété et la simplicité et elle nous pousse à reconsidérer la forme de cet évènement phare de l’ann&eac...

1,3 million de vues pour MyFrenchFilmFestival STAY HOME edition !

Avec près de 100 films disponibles du 27 mars au 25 mai 2020, MyFrenchFilmFestival - STAY HOME Edition a enregistré plus de 1,3 million de vues à travers le monde. Pendant la période de confinement consécutive à la crise sanitaire, MyFrenchFilmFestival, le festival en ligne d'UniFrance, a proposé de découvrir ou de redécouvrir plus de 80 courts-métrages et 20 longs-métrages issus des 10 derni&egrav...

RDV dans le Webinar Produire avec Netflix le 29mai à 14h

Ecran total, SetKeeper et le cabinet d'avocats Spring Legal vous proposent un webinar exceptionnel avec Netflix! Damien Couvreur, Directeur des séries originales françaises - Netflix François Kraus & Denis Pineau-Valencienne, Producteurs – Les Films Du Kiosque Michel Abouchahla, Ecran Total Octave Bory, SetKeeper Karine Riahi et Julien Brunet, Avocats chez Spring Legal ...

Cinéma en Construction : un pont entre Toulouse et Lima

Le dispositif pionnier d’accompagnement de films latino-américains au stade de la post-production se déroulera, à partir de cette année, sur deux continents, en s’intégrant à « Cine del mañana », section industrie du Festival de Cinéma de Lima PUCP (Pérou), et en réaffirmant ainsi l’importance de la coopération entre l’Europe et l’Amérique latine.  En t...

La Sélection officielle de Cannes 2020 sera révélée le 3 juin à 18h00

Pierre Lescure, Président du Festival de Cannes, et Thierry Frémaux, Délégué Général, présenteront les contours de la 73e édition du Festival de Cannes le mercredi 3 juin à 18h sur Canal + en clair ainsi que sur le site du Festival et l’ensemble de ses réseaux sociaux. L’événement aura lieu comme chaque année depuis l’UGC Normandie, à Paris. À cette occasi...

Inscrivez vos documentaires via notre partenaire DocFilmDepot

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Ciclic Centre-Val de Loire renforce sa politique en faveur du développement à l'international

Depuis plusieurs années, Ciclic Centre-Val de Loire pose le développement à l’international comme l’un des piliers de sa politique en faveur de la création cinématographique et audiovisuel. Dans le contexte actuel, accompagner le développement international des professionnels de l’image, c’est leur permettre l’accès à de nouvelles ressources, de nouveaux talents, en les inscrivant dans un écosyst&...

Le projet 'Safir' de l'Institut français lance ses deux premiers appels à candidatures

Programme ambitieux en faveur de la réalisation des objectifs de développement durable (ODD) et de l'inclusion économique de la jeunesse dans 9 pays d'Afrique du Nord et du Moyen-Orient, le projet Safir entre dans sa phase opérationnelle, avec le lancement de deux premiers appels à candidatures à destination d'incubateurs et d'organisations de la société civile. Plus de 1000 jeunes bénéficieront de ce...

Première vague de projets Frontières@Fantasia

Suite à son Forum de Financement & développement à Amsterdam et la Plateforme Frontières à Cannes, qui se déroulera le jeudi 25 juin, la 12e édition du Marché de coproduction internationale Frontières aura lieu de manière digital entre les 23 et 26 juillet 2020. Le Marché Frontières est donc très heureux d'annoncer une première vague de projets ; Low Sky Productions (PSY...
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The exhaustive Marché du Film 2019 coverage

Cannes 2019 Marché du Film Coverage   Dailies during Cannes about the festival / Dailies about the market PHOTOS FROM CANNES VIDEOS FROM CANNES 12 newsletters THE DAILIES Interview with 'DUKE' (2019) Actor Robert Solomon Robert Solomon is an award-winning actor and pianist from Atlanta, GA. He started acting in high school theater before attending the Georgia Institute of Technology to study...

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