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918 ! THE FESTIVAL BEAT ! Proud to support our community - Volume 918



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This edition features breaking news from Cannes, Cannes Marché du Film Online, SXSW, Moscow, Mostra, Udine, Ramsgate, Tribeca, Annecy, MIFA,  Berlin, Sundance, JCC, Panama, Udine, Dok.fest München Docslisboa, Ficci Frames, Your Script Produced, Panama, Huesca and many more!

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Welcome to our partner's event in Cannes: Independent Filmmaker Day!

JUNE 24 Independent Filmmaker Day (during Virtual Cannes) Via Zoom Our audience will be offered a 15% discount by our partner, The offer is limited in time, act soon!  REGISTER & GET YOUR TICKET FOR THE CONFERENCE PANELS AND PITCHFEST USING THE FOLLOWING CODE FOR THE 15% DISCOUNT:  FILMFESTIVAL15 Schedule of Events: June 24, 2020 from 12 noon CST to 6 pm CST - Conference-style Panels on a variety of topics in film, including Distributi...


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Cannes Official Selection 2020 announced

On Wednesday 3 June at 6:00pm, Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux have announced the line-up of the 73rd edition of the Festival de Cannes, live from the UGC Normandie in Paris. For the occasion, Thierry Frémaux, the Festival's General Delegate, has unveiled the 2020's Official Selection, comprising fifty-six films to be accompanied by the Festival for their release in cinemas and screenings at certain festivals. THE FAITHFUL (or at least selected once befo...
By Thierry Frémaux "Due to the global pandemic, the Cannes Film Festival will not take place this year under its usual conditions, nor on the dates it was scheduled: May 12th to 23rd, 2020. On March 19, the Festival was postponed to the beginning of July. With Pierre Lescure, the Président of Cannes, we had until April 15 to make a decision. But on April 13, French public authorities announced that no major cultural event could take place ...

Rémi Bonhomme leaves Cannes Critic's Week for Marrakech Fest

Dear colleagues and friends,   I wanted to announce that today I am leaving my position as general coordinator of Critics' Week and director of Next Step after 12 exciting years.   This departure follows my appointment as artistic director of the Marrakech International Film Festival announced last February. I look forward to continuing our discussions in these new roles   ...

5 features and 10 shorts will receive the 2020 Semaine de la Critique label

The 59th edition of La Semaine de la Critique 2020 could not be held as scheduled in Cannes. Honouring its commitment, the parallel section of the Cannes festival nevertheless continues to shine a light on emerging talents in order to support filmmakers and the film industry. To address this unprecedented situation, La Semaine de la Critique kicks off a tailored-made support programme for the films that Charles Tesson - artistic director - and his selection committees...

Marché du Film - Online Panels and Keynotes - Day by Day - June 22 - 26

June 22, 2020  Market Panel - ​'Independent Streamers reply to a crisis' ⁠June 22, 2020, 16:00 - 17:00 GMT+2 The COVID Pandemic has impacted all aspects of the film and media industry. However, independent digital initiatives have rapidly bloomed across the world not only to deliver precious films to a stranded audience, but also to support local cinemas, distributors and producers through a range of innovative ideas. With Filmin (Spain), Kino Now / Kino Mar...

Market panel - 'A conversation on the near future of film distribution across all streams' June 26, 2020, 18:00 - 19:00 GMT+2



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New films from Summer Hill Entertainment

Attachments Starring Academy Award Nominee, Katharine Ross.  One millennial I.T. nerd plus one computer illiterate senior citizen, equals one unlikely attachment. Eileen Roth is a widow who needs to learn how to use a computer in order to communicate with her beloved grand-daughter in this funny love story.  Pit Stop Starring Bruce Payne. A rave in a deserted warehouse, the perfect place to introduce a NEW designer drug - right? 
SEE YOU IN CANNES Sincerely... Ted Chalmers Jon Bonnell Angelica Skarstad...

CALLUMNY FILMS in Cannes with "where YOU were"

CALLUMNY FILMS produced'where YOU were' will enter the market. TAGLINE: Death can't kill memories. PITCH: A ghost story about the memories that haunt us. And the meaning we try to attach to them. o Starring Andrew Bongiorno (USA-based, Melbourne ex-pat actor) --- cast as FASANI - 5 week's shooting on Ben Affleck's LIVE BY NIGHT (2016) --- Lead role ‘THE BOY FROM OZ’ (LA premiere 2016 – sold out, season extended 5 times) ...

Japanese Horror VIOLATOR signs with

4503.jpg?width=650&height=500 has signed a Worldwide deal to represent new Horror Gore feature film VIOLATOR from Japan. From the director of the original Meatball Machine, Violator tells the story of a group of teenagers who decides to use the service of an organization helping the young & desperate to take their lives. Ultimately violent, bloody and with quirky characters, Violator will please fans of Asian extreme cinema. Violator will be sold at this year Le marché du fil...

Cannes online with Devil Works

  LET'S CANNES TOGETHER!       BEAST MODE SUPERNATURAL HORROR USA After accidentally killing his lead star, a has-been hollywood producer turns to an ancient herbal elixir, in the hope that it will save his career. He makes a dark deal that unleashes a band of bloodthirsty, shape-shifting, ferocious beasts on LA.   STARRING   Leslie Easterbrook (Devil's Rejects) Ray Wise (Jeepers Creepers 2, Robocop) James Hong (Blade Run...

Uncork'd Entertainment presents 'RANGE RUNNERS' ~ Survival Thriller ~ Cannes 2020

 RANGE RUNNERS We are pleased to present our suspenseful, survival thriller 'Range Runners' to you before its upcoming US release later in the year. Please see below for more information regarding the title. We will be at the Cannes 2020 virtual film market and will be presenting our full line up in the coming weeks. ...

Pleasure in Cannes from Versatile

PLEASURE by Ninja Thyberg as part of the Cannes Official Selection PLEASURE (aka JESSICA) by Ninja Thyberg SWEDEN, BENELUX | 2020 | DRAMA | ENGLISH  A 20-year-old ambitious girl moves from her small town in Sweden to Los Angeles for a shot at a career in the adult industry. With the help of her three porn actresses roommates, she discovers a world dominated by males in which she has to push her personal and sexual limits to become the next big porn star. She bo...

Dandy will be part of the Marché Du Film 2020

Dandy is a tribute to the classic horror films from the 60s and 70s. Sales Dossier + Story board + Scrips in English and Spanish will be presented at the French Market in Cannes to potential financiers and co producers. See you in Cannes! ...

YEON Sangho returns to Cannes with Peninsula following his Train to Busan success

  2020 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL OFFICIAL SELECTION [PENINSULA]       CONTENTS PANDA is proud to announce that PENINSULA, is the 2020 Official Selection of Cannes Film Festival. It is a great honor that PENINSULA, which shares the same universe with TRAIN TO BUSAN, can also share the honor of being selected by Cannes Film Festival like TRAIN TO BUSAN.   Director YEON Sangho commented "Following TRAIN TO BUSAN, I'm very happy that PENINSULA has been select...

SC Films International - Cannes 2020

  SC Films will be participating in the online Marché du Film from June 22 - 26 with CURRENT SLATE     ...

The Middle East Region’s First-of-its-kind Online Gaming Experience​

  Bringing you the region's first-of-its-kind online gaming experience in the region. This year our annual gaming festival will be free for all and we’ll be streaming live straight to your homes.   Watch Esports, special guests, exclusive reveals, gaming awards and more online from 29 – 31st October. Stay tuned for more updates! ...

Arclight Films acquires THE KING'S DAUGHTER starring Pierce Brosnan with Julie Andrews narrating

Arclight Films continues their drive to bring new stand out feature films to Cannes 2020 virtual marketplace with the fantasy-adventure film The King’s Daughter starring Pierce Brosnan (The 90’s James Bond franchise, Mamma Mia!), Kaya Scodelario (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, The Maze Runner franchise, “Skins”), and now introducing the iconic Academy Award® winner Julie Andrews (The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins) providing the film’s pivotal role of narra...

Cardinal XD Cannes Virtual Market Lineup

NEWEST highly marketable VOD / Broadcast gems: A full list of films is here: Among the new titles :   Family Film HORSE CAMP - A LOVE TAIL   Thriller CUCK   Action Thriller A GHOST WHO WALKS   Medical Thriller CARETAKERS   ...

Screen International’s Market+ platform goes live with new product guide.

Market+ is a new section of supporting the virtual markets and offering our readers a dedicated and informative market platform. Market+ will provide Screen’s usual daily market news and product information, a screening schedule and a number of featured company and product spotlights.   VIEW THE PRODUCT GUIDE HERE>> The Product Guide offers buyers t...

Join ROSKINO's First Digital edition of Russian content Market

Over 120 Russian companies set to present over 300 exciting projects at Key Buyers Event: Digital Edition from 8 to 15 June 2020    Moscow, 26 May 2020: The Key Buyers Event: Digital Edition hosted by ROSKINO, the Russian film body today announced its programme, presenting over 300 projects, including exclusive world premiere screenings of films, drama series, animation, and non-scripted formats from the country’s greatest filmmakers and emerging talent. Rising Ru...



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...

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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Ramsgate 2020 Festival ready for the online experience with free screenings of a spectacular line-up

The best in independent cinema to audiences’ homes as movie theatres remain closed or struggle to draw crowds in most parts of the world  THE 2020 LINE UP HAS BEEN REVEALED The tragedies of the Coronavirus pandemic have led to public events being cancelled or postponed worldwide. And it is vital to abide by the recommendations from governments and the scientific community. So stay at home if your country still demands it and respect social distancing if lockdown mea...

Udine Far East Film Festival will kick off online on from June 26 to July 4

UDINE FAR EAST FILM FESTIVAL 22 The 22nd edition of the Udine Far East Film Festival has been officially announced today. A revolutionary edition that will take place entirely online on from June 26 to July 4! A line-up of 46 films (including 4 world premieres) and a ton of other content. Things kick off on June 26 with Korean action movie Ashfall. ...

International Thai Film Festival 2020

International Thai Film Festival 2020 (ITFF2020) is open for submissions! (short film, feature film, animation and music video) Submit your production via FilmFreeway: or via FestHome: Website: Facebook page:  

Call for entry

Submitting films to RIFF 2020 From February 2020 to June 2020 RIFF’s call for entries will be open for submissions. Find more information about the call and its conditions on   ...



Holly Weird Film Festival Announces Lineup

The other side of Hollywood is becoming fearless to the entertainment capital of the world.   The second annual Holly Weird Film Festival has announced the lineup for the 2020 season. Celebrating true original underground filmmaking, Holly Weird celebrates and showcases independent films of all genres that feature a distinct vision, a unique voice, or an avant-garde challenge to what is expected or accepted. The festival is making it's mission to showcase the work of filmmakers who ...

FICCI FRAMES goes online : Block your dates for e-FRAMES

FICCI FRAMES is Asia’s largest annual global convention on the business of Media & Entertainment, organized every year. The 21st edition of FRAMES 2020 was scheduled to be organized on 18-20 March, 2020. However, due to the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, we had to postpone the same.   We are pleased to inform you that we are bringing to you the world's largest online conference on the business of entertainment - FICCI FRAMES in a new avatar on 7th - 11th July, 2020. The e-...

42 MIFF postponed to October

  42nd Moscow International Film Festival will be postponed to October 1-8, 2020. The date was validated by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF), which provides accreditations to film festivals worldwide.   The festival was initially supposed to be held on April 2020, but the date change has been made due to the current severe coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. New date has been chosen to provide safety. ...

Message from our friends at Doclisboa : new edition, new format, October 2020-March 2021

We are living through complex and uncertain times that pose a series of challenges to those who make, who show and who watch cinema. We have been working so that the 18th edition of Doclisboa responds to these challenges with new ways of being together and taking care of each other. Doclisboa is a place of meeting around cinema, and it is in the theaters that we want to continue to collectively investigate the world. We propose to build a festival that responds to the times but that preserves ...

Wrap and Review DOK.fest München @home 2020

Together in front of the screens. Festival impression by Janne Sebening The festival at home: At DOK.fest München @home 121 films from 42 countries were shown for 18 days, 90 of which were world or German premieres. A total of 14 prizes amounting to 55,000 euros were awarded. More than 75,000 spectators watched the films of DOK.fest Munich @home and the events of and The number of actual viewers of the online edition is likely to be even significantly higher...

5 Italian premieres, including 3 world premie, will compete for the Campania Scenarios section of the Ischia Film Festival

  "The section", explains the artistic director of the festival Michelangelo Messina, "includes   various cinematographic languages ​​for which it will range from fiction to the cinema of reality, narrated in works of less than 52 minutes duration, unpublished in Italy and shot in recognizable territories (not Studios or internal) of the Campania region or which have Campania's territories as their main location ". "The Campania Region"...
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Tribeca Winners : Zoom chat video

The Winners Are In See who won big Tribeca founder announce the winners of our annual Juried Awards, presented by AT&T. For the first time ever, we brought the show into your home. Please join us in congratulating everyone who impressed our jurors with their incredible storytelling. Jurors Chris Pine, Gretchen Mol, Josh Hutcherson, Joel McHale, Lukas Haas, and more called up our nominees to ask them red-carpet questions — and to surprise winners with the big news. ...

SXSW 2020 awards, with video from SHITHOUSE Award Winner

The 2020 SXSW Film program (which was scheduled to happen March 13–22, 2020 Austin) comprised 135 Features, including 99 World Premieres, 9 North American Premieres, 5 U.S. Premieres, and 75 films from first-time filmmakers; 119 Shorts including 22 Music Videos; 12 Episodic Premieres; 7 Special Events; 14 Episodic Pilots in two curated programs; 30 Title Design Entries; and 27 Virtual Cinema Projects. “When we curated and announced our slate for the 20...

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

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

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...
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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

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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Bruno Chatelin Interviewed here and there

Not exhaustive at all, I know i should have filed them somehow, somewhere, or even HERE :-)... for the future generations of festival goers (joking of course) Festival experts Filling the Void and sharing tips with Bruno Chatelin, Sandra Lipski, Ivan Wiener Daniel Sol... Bruno Chatelin Interviewed on filmfestivals for The Expert Process Podcast Bruno Chatelin interviewed in Izvestia on Golden Globes Bruno Chatelin interviewed on festivals for Cine@art ...

Best For Fests Sekuritas: The cast and crew

  CAST GUARD Kathrin Veith CLEANING MAN Duraid Abbas Ghaieb SECRETARY Jeanne Devos COOK Daniel Kasztura BOSS Vilmar Bieri HR MANAGER This Maag OFFICE COMPLEX STUDER REVOX Regensdorf, 1976, Architecture Hans Weideli + Ernst Kuster CREW WRITER + DIRECTOR Carmen Stadler DRAMATURGY Stephan Teuwissen PRODUCER Claudia Wick D.O.P Anina Gmuer S.C.S. EDITORS Carmen Stadler, Claudio Cea PRODUCTION DESIGN Karin Giezendanner COSTUME DESI...

Gaia Furrer takes the helm as Venice Days Artistic Director

Photo Gaia Furrer Courtesy Venice Days The President of the Associazione Giornate degli Autori, Andrea Purgatori, and its General Delegate, Giorgio Gosetti, are delighted to announce that starting this year, as decided by the Board of Directors, the role of Artistic Director of the showcase (set to run September 2-12, during the Venice Film Festival) will be assumed by Gaia Furrer, who will be working closely with the General Delegate, the selection committee, and Giornate&rsq...

Best for Fests 'Finding Manny': Cast and Crew

Kacey Cox Director Anastasia Lin: The Crown, The Unclaimed: Habeas Corpus Jan Jekielek Producer   Cindy Drukier Producer   Kacey Oliver Cox Producer   Joe Wang Producer   Manny Drukier Key Cast “Manny”   Freda Drukier Key Cast “Freda”   Cindy...

Best for Fests 'Finding Manny': Kacey Cox Director's statement and bio

Director Statement by Kacey Cox “Finding Manny” is a story of optimism—one of the many unexpected discoveries that inspired me to tell this story. It started by accident, in the spring of 2017. I received a phone call from the wife of a friend looking for a favour. Cindy was travelling to Toronto to visit her father, Manny Drukier, who planned to open a 70-year-old box of photos from his time during WWII—photos the family had never seen before. Cin...

Never-before-released Tribeca Talks are here!

We Are One — a global film festival we produced with YouTube to support COVID-19 relief efforts — is in full swing, and if you haven’t tuned in yet, don’t wait a second longer. Right now we’re pulling back the curtain on two never-before-released Tribeca Talks that any film lover will appreciate. First up, there’s a 2017 conversation between groundbreaking performance artist Marina Abramović and Oscar-winning fil...

SXSW bringing this week sessions with the experts

This week we're bringing you the inimitable Rachael Ray on Tuesday and the insightful Jerry Saltz on Thursday. These don't miss sessions will be available the next day on demand on YouTube. But try to catch them live so you can take part in a special Q&A.  Don’t forget to sign up for our reminders and we’ll provide you with an email and easy access link 30 minutes before each session. We hope to see you this week! THIS WEEK'S SESSIONS JUNE ...

Overview of the US business for the week of June 1 Honoring Clint Eastwood's 90th birthday

Our industry news roundup covers various articles on the re-opening of cinemas in the US and around the world. We point to two profiles of New York drive-ins that began their 2020 season shortly after the state gave the green light for drive-ins - but not yet indoor theatres - to re-open to the public. Cineworld/Regal announced plans to open up their theatres in early July, timed so they are fully operational with updated ticketing and sanitization procedures before the major Hollywood releases ...

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...
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Sign up with 'friday discount' to Film Festival Mastery

HEADS UP! PRE-ENROLLMENT IS OPEN FOR WITH A SPECIAL DISCOUNT A LIMITED TIME! REGISTER About a month ago, 200 of your fellow filmmakers joined the Fiklm Festival Mastery Founders for the beta launch of our new course & coaching program called Film Festival Mastery - and it was a SMASHING success!  Clients are already getting results and leveraging the training to advance their careers! As we polish up the course for its official public premiere in lat...
Thanks to a generous sponsor, we’re able to bring you Rob Stewart’s original film, Sharkwater, the film that started it all in celebration of World Oceans Day on June 8, 2020. Sharkwater brought the devastating issue of shark finning for shark fin soup to the world stage. Demonstrating that sharks are misunderstood as dangerous creatures, biologist Rob Stewart travels to the Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica and across four continents. With 90 percent of the shark population d...
We’re proud to present Sharkwater Extinction to the United Nations and European Commission. Ask for the private link the special screening for World Environment Day (June 5, 2020).   You can also join the Sharkwater Extinction panel discussion on 5th June at 5P...
International Thai Film Festival 2020 (ITFF2020) is open for submissions! (short film, feature film, animation and music video) Submit your production via FilmFreeway: or via FestHome: Website: Facebook page:  
by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent “Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon” is the innocuous language used in the 1948 iconic New Yorker short story by writer Shirley Jackson, whereby a wife and mother named ‘Tessie’ is stoned to death in her typical American small town by the friendly village folk, a longstanding tradition. ‘Old Man Warner’ insists doing away with the lottery proves the young generation are “damn fools,” and on that n...
My workplace was in a small house in the industrial quarter. I worked there for many years. The demolition date was postponed again and again; then - one day - it was fixed. At night, when the house creaked and cracked, and the light switch didn't work, I took it as a sign: The house was sending me home. Sometimes I stayed, went to the roof terrace, looked over the empty industrial quarter. The fewer lights that burn, the more connected you feel to them. It's a no-man's-land, which ...
Providing cinephiles the opportunity to watch the best in Mexican cinema while staying safe at home   12th edition of Hola Mexico Film Festival to be postponed to September 2020.   The Hola Mexico Virtual Theatre presented by the Hola Mexico Film Festival series has been extended due to the online series’ popularity. The festival wants to continue giving viewers the chance to see some of the best films that have come out of Mexico in recent years and serve as ...


Best for Fests 'Finding Manny': Teaser

Finding Manny Best from fests curated by Bruno Chatelin   The chance discovery of an online article sends a Holocaust survivor on an unexpected trip to visit the orphanage where he was rescued to after the war.   Manny Drukier narrowly escaped the war by jumping from a “death train” at age 16, finding refuge at a unique home for orphans and displaced children. 71 years later, Manny—who lives in Toronto—is tracked down by a German researcher wh...

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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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)

"We Are One" le festival online soutenu par Cannes et Annecy se termine ce week end

"We Are One" est un festival de cinéma en ligne qui se déroule sur 10 jours, pendant lesquels seront diffusés des films du monde entier. L'objectif de l'événement est de récolter des fonds pour le Fonds de riposte à la COVID-19 de l'Organisation Mondiale de la Santé. Le programme a été lançé le 29 mai en exclusivité sur YouTube. Le festival propose des courts et longs métr...

Ridha BEHI nommé à la tête des JCC de Carthage

Me retrouver à la tête de la 31ème session des JCC m’honore et m’émeut. Comment ne pas penser à mes prédécesseurs et à leur apport considérable. Les pionniers, bien sûr, tels que Tahar Chériaa et Ahmed Bahaeddine Attia ou encore le regretté Nejib Ayed qui, il y a deux ans seulement, était encore parmi nous, préparant pour la 3ème année consécutive les JC...

Rémi Bonhomme quitte la Semaine de la Critique

Chers collègues et amis,   Je voulais vous annoncer que je quitte aujourd’hui mon poste de coordinateur général de la Semaine de la Critique et de directeur de Next Step après 12 années passionnantes.   Ce départ fait suite à ma nomination en tant que directeur artistique du Festival International du Film de Marrakech annoncé en février dernier. Je me réjouis de poursuivre nos discussions dans le cadre ...

Acid Cannes 2020 La sélection dévoilée

Le comité de sélection composé d’Anne Alix, Stéphane Batut, Caroline Capelle, Aude Chevalier-Beaumel, Michaël Dacheux, Philippe Fernandez, Jean-Louis Gonnet, Ombline Ley, Hélène Milano, Alice Odiot, Alain Raoust, Idir Serghine et Laure Vermeersch - a finalisé et annoncé la sélection 2020 Ils ont tenu à ajouter "Malgré les circonstances, nous avons choisi de conserver les critères habituels d...

La Semaine de la Critique 2020 Hors les murs

  La 59e édition de la Semaine de la Critique 2020 n’a pu se tenir physiquement à Cannes. Fidèle à ses engagements, la section parallèle cannoise poursuit cependant son travail de mise en lumière des talents émergents afin de soutenir les cinéastes et l’industrie du cinéma dans le monde. En réponse à cette situation inédite, la Semaine de la Critique initie un programme d&r...

La Sélection officielle 2020 de Cannes est révélée

Mercredi 3 juin à 18h, Pierre Lescure et Thierry Frémaux ont présenté les contours de la 73e édition du Festival de Cannes depuis l'UGC Normandie à Paris. À cette occasion, Thierry Frémaux, Délégué général du Festival, a révélé la Sélection officielle 2020 composée de 56 films qui seront accompagnés par le Festival lors de leur sortie en salles et de leur p...

Le délégué général du festival, Thierry Frémaux, dévoile quelques informations sur cette édition tellement spéciale du Festival

Ca c'était l année dernière, 2020 aura un tout autre profil! "En raison de la pandémie mondiale, le Festival de Cannes ne se déroulera pas cette année dans les conditions qui sont d’habitude les siennes, ni aux dates prévues : du 12 au 23 mai 2020. Le 19 mars, il a été reporté à début juillet. Avec Pierre Lescure, le Président du Festival, nous avions jusqu’au 15 avril pour pre...


La SODEC soutiendra sept projets de courts métrages et deux projets numériques narratifs de format court

  La direction générale du cinéma et de la production télévisuelle de la Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) soutiendra sept projets de courts métrages et deux projets numériques narratifs de format court dans le cadre de son programme d’aide à la production (volet 2 – aide sélective à la production de courts métrages et de projets numér...


Spamflix, la plateforme de streaming pour les films cultes et rares est maintenant disponible

SPAMFLIX, la plateforme de Vidéo à la Demande pour films cultes et rares est maintenant disponible sur mobile et TV. À partir d’aujourd’hui, le catalogue de +60 films peux être loué et streamé avec l’app Spamflix (iOS, Android, AirPlay et Chromecast).  Spamflix a été fondé en 2018 par Markus Duffner, chef de projet First Look et Match Me au Festival international du film de Locarno, et Julia Duarte, ancienne ...

13 Reasons Why en net recul n'est plus que la 6ème série Netflix la plus recherchée sur google par les internautes Français

13 Reasons Why en perte de vitesse  s interroige SEMRUSH   13 Reasons Why n' est que la 6ème série Netflix la plus googlisé par les internautes Français En amont de la sortie de la saison 4 de 13 Reasons Why, SEMrush, spécialiste du Marketing digital, a analysé les recherches en ligne effectuées par les français sur les séries les plus populaires sur Netflix. Méthodologie : pour chaque mot-clé, SEMrush...

155,2 M$ additionnels pour la relance des entreprises culturelles québécoises

La Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) annonce qu’elle mobilisera l’entièreté de son budget historique de 2020-2021 (bonifié de 52 M$ en mars 2020), ainsi que les sommes supplémentaires (103,2 M$) octroyées par le gouvernement du Québec le 1er juin 2020 pour contribuer à la relance économique des entreprises culturelles québécoises par l’intermé...

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