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This edition features breaking news from Cannes, Cannes Marché du Film Online, Locarno, Calgary, Evolution Mallorca, Beyond Borders,  Macau, FID Marseille, Palm Springs,  AFI, Sheffield Docs, Brooklyn, Ramsgate, Lucca, Krakow, SXSW, Tribeca, WorldFest Houstonand 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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Marché du Film Executive Director Jérôme Paillard details the 2020 edition

Jérôme Paillard in conversation with Bruno Chatelin    

Facts and figures on the 2020 marchédu Film online, the first edition of its kind. Quite a challenge on many fronts

A few figures about attendance  trends this year?

when is the opening,

why 5 days only?

How many of the Cannes official selection  titles will be screening in the virtual Marché do you see a trend ?

I see 16 conferences and panels announced : is this final ?, will they be open to badge holders only ? and will they be recorded and available online after the event?

Will palais des festivals be having transformations in the near future?


Your views from the crystal ball

Will there be permanent changes to the Cannes structure from now on based on 2020 situation? 

Do you see digital festivals /markets here to stay? Or are old fashion one on one meetings still a crucial part of the film business? 

How do you think current events will affect the genre and type of content people will want to see? 

Hollywood has become very polarized and political do you see this affecting the future of Hollywood presence in international cinema?

TV series have really become better than cinema today what change this curve? ...

Further details on Cannes 2020 selections


The Festival de Cannes revealed its 2020 Official Selection on 3 June. We are delighted to now showcase the films that the Selection Committee loved and selected. The Festival de Cannes revealed its 2020 Official Selection on 3 June. We are delighted to now showcase the films that the Selection Committee loved and selected.

This year's Selection marks a shift away from the Festival de Cannes' traditional structure, and is divided into six categories:

  • The “faithful”, directors who have been included in an Official Selection before,
  • The newcomers, included in the Official Selection for their very first time,
  • The first features, in an extension of the Festival de Cannes' trademark passion for unearthing new talent,
  • Three documentary films, a genre that has been represented in Official Selection for two decades now,
  • Five comedy films, a genre that remains under-represented at Cannes,
  • Four animated films: from France, Japan, Denmark and the United States.

VIDEO: Cannes Official Selection 2020 

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 ... 

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... 

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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...

TomCat Films brings the Horror to Cannes 2020

We are happy to participate in the virtual Cannes Market 2020 from June 22nd to June 26th and would like to present to you our slate of fantastic films ready for delivery.   All of our films are available to screen via Vimeo at any time.  You may request an availability sheet for your territory and will include screeners and passwords for your convenience. To schedule meeting with either our North America based staff or European based staff  by Zoom, Sk...

Powerful, entertaining and insightful documentaries from Summer Hill Entertainment


NFDC Film Bazaar Goes to Cannes 2020

GOES TO CANNES TUESDAY 23 JUNE 2020 12:00 2h - Marché du Film Online TWO FRIENDS Category: Film Bazaar Goes to Cannes Directed by: Prasun Chatterjee Produced by: Prasun Chatterjee, Prosenjit Ranjan Nath, Soumya Mukhopadhyay, Ivy Yu-Hua Shen (Kathak Talkies) Country of production: India   GOES TO CANNES TUESDAY 23 JUNE 2020 12:00 2h - Marché du Film Online...

Cannes'20: Olivia Munn boards Replay for Dark Castle and The Exchange

 Photo credit: Courtesy of A+E Networks Los Angeles, CA, June 12 2020: Brian O'Shea, The Exchange CEO, and Dark Castle Entertainment announced today that award-winning actress Olivia Munn (X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, The Newsroom) is attached to lead the action feature REPLAY. REPLAY will be introduced to international buyers at the upcoming virtual Cannes Film Market, June 22-26, 2020 by The Exchange. CAA Media Finance is representing the domestic sales rights. In pre-production, REPLAY is ...

Bridging the Dragon & Marché du Film - CHINA NEXT

Sino-European producers' association Bridging the Dragon together with Marché du Film will host for the fifth consecutive year a two-day intensive program focusing on China. This year's program "China Next" will be shaped for the new virtual space comprising a platform dedicated to Sino-International one-to-one meetings on Tuesday, 23 June and panel discussions on Wednesday, 24 June. The event is open fo...

California No: Comedy Available from Adler & Associates Entertainment

Winner of 6 Awards Nominated for an Additional 7 Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance Director: Ned Ehrbar Language: English Running Time: 8...

The Reel Suspects Team announces new films & Screening Schedule @ Virtual Cannes Film Market

The show must go on :) It's not this year that we will be able to offer you coffees and free hugs. That said, we would love to virtually meet you during the Marché du Film Online from the 22nd to the 26th of June, to present you our lineup of finished features and upcoming projects that will surely give you In Real Life cinematic sensations.   Virtual hugs, The Reel Suspects Team   ...

AMBI Cannes 2020 line up

 AMBI Distribution takes part to Cannes online market           MARKET FOCUS           ...

TALK Global Media presents the Cannes 2020 lineup

    TALK Global Media is pleased to present its Cannes Lineup and invites you to meet online from the 22nd to the 26th of June. TALK is available via a Zoom meeting or the Cinando Match&Meet.     ...

Cyber Group Studios and Soyuzmultfilm announce their new partnership for a pre school animation studio

CYBER GROUP STUDIOS AND RUSSIAN FEDERATION SOYUZMULTFILM PROUDLY ANNOUNCE “CYBER SOYUZ JUNIOR”,A NEW JOINT PRESCHOOL ANIMATION LABEL   Cyber Group Studios, the leading European animated entertainment company, and the historical Russian State animation studio Soyuzmultfilm are thrilled to announce their new partnership to create the first ever French and Russian joint label of animated programs “CYBER SOYUZ JUNIOR”, targeting the preschool au...

The audiovisual sector in the time of COVID-19 : New documentary and live expert chat during Cannes Marché du Film online

           Tuesday 23 June, 17.00 - 18.00 (CET) Join us for this free online panel!   You're invited to join us for a new documentary short on the effects of the pandemic on the film, television and VOD industries in Europe. We've interviewed major players in these industries and there'll be a live chat with them after the film. An hour well spent to understand the 'new normal'! Register here for free Well the European Audiovis...

NEW | YA Romance YOUNG HEARTS, from the Duplass Brothers by Blue Fox Entertainment

    YOUNG HEARTS Available worldwide CANNES VIRTUAL SCREENING:  June 24 | 15:00 | Arcades #3 ...

Attraction brings films to Cannes (digitally)

Attraction Distribution | 5455 De Gaspe Ave., Suite 200, Montreal, QC H2T 3B3 Canada     ...

Gale Anne Hurd will speak at CARLA 2020 A Global Digital Conference For Diversity & Inclusion in Film and TV

  CARLA 2020  Hosted by Women in Film & TV International will run August 21 – 23, 2020 Speakers include: Amma Asante, Julie Taymor, Paul Feig and Gale Anne Hurd.   CARLA 2020 is an online conference bringing together creatives, researchers, executives, financiers, and activists for a powerful conference focusing on creating lasting structural change in the film and television ecosystem. Virtual and interactive keynotes, panels, roun...

Magnolia Pictures International Cannes 2020 Lineup & Virtual Market Screenings

  We are looking forward to discuss our new projects with you!  You will find our Cannes 2020 line-up and Market Screenings schedule below.  Attending Cannes Marché du Film Online Lorna Lee Torres - Head of International Sales Marie Zeniter - International Sales Manager Jun 22-26, 2020 *Online Booth coming up* For meetings please contact us at   ...


Come and "meet" us at our virtual booth, we will be online from the 22nd to the 26th of June and look forward to sharing with you the new and the upcoming titles and announce the festivals premieres. Please feel free to contact us directly to schedule a Zoom meeting or to ask for a link: Manola Novelli – Sales –  Daniela Cölle – Festivals –  ...

55 XR works presented at Cannes XR VIRTUAL 2020

  For its 2020 edition, the Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes' XR program dedicated to virtual and augmented reality becomes CANNES XR VIRTUAL from June 24 to 26. This 3-day event will be entirely dedicated to players from the creative industries who use virtual and augmented reality technologies.   This unique edition will take place within the framework of the Marché du Film Online, an online market to be held from June 22 to 26.   For this occasion, the...

VMI Worldwide – Cannes 2020 Line up

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Wochit boosts content library in Ruptly global archive deal

Ruptly, the global news and media agency, today announced a strategic partnership with Wochit, the video library and creation platform used by over 350 media brands worldwide. Under the deal, Wochit clients will be able to draw on material from Ruptly’s extensive archive catalogue and immediately edit and create their own videos within the Wochit platform. The new partnership enhances the Wochit user experience by bringing Ruptly’s news and general interest videos to its clients. ...

Cannes 2020 - Line Up from FIVE STAR PRODUCTION (THAILAND)

PEENAK 2  20 FEBRUARY  2020 Peace has returned to ThammaNakanimitr Temple after Monk Nong, Monk First and Monk Balloon completed the mission to fulfill their pledges and won the battle with the ghost of NakNont. The three monks hope to spend a peaceful life in the saffron robe. But not so fast. Something happens, so Monk Balloon and Monk First secretly pack their bags and leave the monkhood in the middle of the night. Monk Nong remains at...

The Blackout sells to the US and China

  Russian post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller the Blackout produced by PREMIER Studios will be released on one of the largest national VOD services iQIYI in China. Meanwhile, Shout! Studios will be distributing the film in the US and Canada. The deals were negotiated by Central Partnership (a part of Gazprom-Media Holding) that is handling international distribution rights for the film.   Currently the rights for the BLACKOUT have been sold to o...

CICAE launches international action campaign #BackToCinema

The International Confederation of Arthouse Cinemas (CICAE), in collaboration with the German initiative, #ZurückInsKino, has started an international social media campaign under the name #BackToCinema. The action consists of some motifs created specifically to be used on Facebook profile images and other social media, containing the phrase "Back to Cinema", not only in English but also in several other languages. The idea behind this campaign started from ...

Billionaire Alki David Launches New Film Production and Sales company Etv Studios

ETV STUDIOS is a new Film Production and Sales company which recently launched by greek Hollywood billionaire with a $100 million development fund. The Company already has a massive film and television library of over forty seven thousand titles with some of the top notable Directors and A list Stars.     Including Jack Nicholson, Sylvester Stallone, Gene Hackman, Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Helen Hunt, William Defoe, Dennis Quaid, Roger Moore, F...

Arclight Films locks US distribution for TOMIRIS

Leading entertainment company Arclight Films, led by chairman Gary Hamilton, announced today the company has locked all US distribution rights with Well Go USA for the action-adventure Tomiris, a powerful portrayal of the legendary Queen Tomiris directed by multi-award-winning director Akan Satayev (The Liquidator). Starring Kazakhstan superstars Almira Tursyn (as Tomiris), Adil Akhmetov (as Argun), and Aizhan Lighg (as Sardana)––who perform all of their own action-packed stunts&n...

Virtual Cannes World Premieres, Festival Favorites, Theatrical Hits from Princ Films

  We are excited to bring our new fragrant, family-friendly film THE SNEAK OVER to the virtual Marché du Film this year. A movie that you can enjoy with your kids and only have to endure about a "hundred" silly jokes. Their laughter will brighten your days! "It’s the summer before fifth grade and Henry Hudson hasn’t found his place in the world. Then he meets a group of immature film geeks who give him the courage to stand up to the neighborh...

VIDEO: Q&A with Willem Dafoe, Abel Ferrara & Sean Baker for Abel Ferrara's Tommaso

Directed by ABEL FERRARA Starring WILLEM DAFOE   "Critic's Pick! Crackle[s] with ideas and empathy, as Ferrara’s best work always does." – Glenn Kenny, The New York Times   "...blending humility and go-for-broke nerve meticulously conceived and of the great Dafoe performances...If this film were a person, I would risk my life to save it." -- Matt Zoeller Seitz, Currently playing nationwide in virtual cinemas...

Instrum Virtual Cannes Lineup 2020

VIRTUAL CANNES 2020   PROXIMITY Genre: Sci-Fi / Thriller Year: 2020 Synopsis: A young scientist working for NASA is abducted by extra terrestrials and captures it all on video. When no one believes him or the authenticity of the footage he becomes obsessed with finding proof. Digging too far leads him on a journey of discovery far bigger than he and a trailing government ag...

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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Focus on Heritage Online the new Locarno Film Festival initiative

Heritage Online is a new Locarno Film Festival initiative: a digitally based service dedicated to extending the outreach and distribution of Heritage Films through Video on Demand, expanding the range of titles offered by such services.   What is Heritage Online?  1. A year-round database of international film heritage, where VOD broadcasters will be able to watch available titles, see detailed technical information including availability of films in the various territor...

Evolution48hr Film Competition will take place in Palma de Mallorca from October 23rd-29th, 2020

  Hi Filmmakers,    The 9th EMIFF will take place in Palma de Mallorca from October 23rd-29th, 2020.   We are thrilled to announce that 2020 brings with it the launch of our very own international 48 hour film competition EMIFF48HR taking place on October 9th -11th 2020. The famous format gives participants 48 hours to wri...

CUFF Announces 2020 Online Festival Lineup

This year’s festival includes three world premieres and 22 feature films     The Calgary Underground Film Festival has announced its lineup for the 17th edition of the festival. Originally scheduled to take place in April, like many other festivals around the world, CUFF has shifted to an online model for the 2020 edition. From June 22-28 CUFF fans will have the opportunity to get their eyes on the newest genre-defying independent films not streaming anywhere else, and ensure...

Dates announced for FID Marseille 22-26 July! / FIDLab 6-10 July 2020

With all our heart to the events that have been forced to cancel or go entirely online, we are in solidarity with their forced decisions and salute their work and their formidable reactivity.   After many hypotheses, after implementation in various forms already under way - and all this will only have been possible thanks to the unconditional support of all our public partners, whom we would like to thank warmly and whose constancy and complicity we would like to salute - allow us to ...

Palm Springs 2020 ShortFest Official Selection

You don't want to miss this. During these life-changing times of social and political unrest, it is exceedingly difficult to feel celebratory. Through these feelings, however, we remain firm believers that "movies are the most powerful empathy machines," as Roger Ebert once called them. Watching and sharing cinema from different parts of the world, from different, diverse perspectives is especially necessary today, and that's something we must continue to do.   We are...

AFI Unveils 59 Films from 11 Countries & 61 Percent by Women, Plus Lee Grant as Honoree 

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Everything you thought you knew about Lee Grant is not everything there is to know about this longstanding player, and the stats from AFI Docs are interesting this year... Read on. The American Film Institute has revealed its full slate of films being presented online for the AFI DOCS 2020 festival. The lineup features 59 films from 11 countries and 12 virtual World Premieres, with 61% of the films directed by women, 25% by POC directors and 14...

Sheffield Doc/Fest announces its Official Selection for 2020

Sheffield Doc/Fest reveals its line-up – 115 films of all lengths, spanning 50 countries around the world and representing 49 spoken languages. 22 UK productions included.   The official selection for 2020 includes 31 World Premieres, 15 International Premieres, 5 European Premieres and 40 UK Premieres.   Festival Director Cíntia Gil said: “This year’s programme brings together various cinematic          &nb...

Festival La Rochelle Cinéma (FEMA) highlights

Festival La Rochelle Cinéma (FEMA) is unable to be held in the cinemas of La Rochelle on the scheduled dates, but we are doing all we can for this 48th edition to exist in various forms. First of all, on line, in partnership with LaCinetek, whose first cine-club we hosted last July with Suspiria presented by Dario Argento. From next 26 June to 5 July, nine films from the Roberto Rossellini and René Clément retrospectives in the 2020 programme...

2020 Brooklyn Film Festival – 149 films online for free, foinal day for your, votes

23rd BROOKLYN FILM FESTIVAL ran May 29 – June 7, 2020   VOTE FOR AUDIENCE AWARDS | FILM LINEUP   *Voting Closes Today (JUNE 7) at 12PM (EST)   2020 WINNERS:   BEST IN CATEGORY, SPIRIT, AND OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS   Through the resources of industry-related sponsors, the Brooklyn Film Festival awards the winners with cash, products, and services.   PRIZES SPONSORED BY: ABELCINE, XENO LIGHTS, BE ELECTRIC, SOBRE VISTA RESORT, WNET, ...

Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema postponed in autumn

The dates to enter the Feature Film and Short Film Competitions are postponed to 31 August Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema postponed in autumn Revealed the poster dedicated to Federico Fellini on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of his birth Lucca Film Festival and Europa Cinema, one of the core events of the Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca Foundation, has been postponed in autumn due to the international health emergency, in a Festival scattered across virtual and ...

Revelation announces Couched Online Film Festival

  Revelation Film Festival hasn't spent the COVID lockdown twiddling its thumbs and eating Tim Tams and instead is planning both an online event in July and a physical festival later this year. Couched will run online via Eventive from 9-19 July and will present a selection of features and documentaries from across the world, including a number of premieres. “We exist to show films, and that’s something we will continue to do. Mo...


Fifth annual IFFAM to take place with theme of “A Celebration Of Life & The Big Screen”, online submissions open on June 15

FIFTH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL & AWARDS ∙ MACAO (IFFAM) SETS 2020 DATES AS DEC 3-8   Fast-rising film festival International Film Festival & Awards. Macao (IFFAM) today announced that the dates for its fifth annual event have been set as Dec 3-8 in the city of Macao, China. Online submissions will open for film makers starting June 15 at   The festival will present a full programme of features and shorts and, in a year which has seen the ...

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... 
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INTO THE STORM wins The Grand Chameleon Award from the 23rd Brooklyn Film Festival

23rd BROOKLYN FILM FESTIVAL (May 29 – June 7, 2020) WINNERS: INTO THE STORM Wins The Grand Chameleon Award and Best Documentary Feature   Best Narrative Feature – OUR OWN   Brooklyn Film Festival’s 23rd edition: TURNING POINT (aka Relearn How to be Human), which in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic began showing films for free online on Friday, May 29th and wrapped up Sunday, June 7th, announced the winners of the festival’s awards over the...

Dave Grusin Not Enough Time wins Gold Remi Award at 53rd Worldfest Houston

WorldFest was founded over 53 years ago as Cinema Arts, an International Film Society in August, 1961. WorldFest became the third competitive international film festival in North America, following San Francisco and New York. WorldFest is the oldest Independent Film & Video Festival in the Whole Wide World. It evolved into a competitive International Film Festival in April, 1968. WorldFest was founded by award-winning producer/director Hunter Todd to present a quality film festival for th...

Adverse by Brian Metcalf wins Platinum Remi Award from the 53rd Annual WorldFest Houston

WorldFest was founded over 53 years ago as Cinema Arts, an International Film Society in August, 1961. WorldFest became the third competitive international film festival in North America, following San Francisco and New York. WorldFest is the oldest Independent Film & Video Festival in the Whole Wide World. It evolved into a competitive International Film Festival in April, 1968. WorldFest was founded by award-winning producer/director Hunter Todd to present a quality film festival for th...

Brooklyn Film Festival Announces its Awards, after an online session

2020 WINNERS Through the resources of industry-related sponsors, the Brooklyn Film Festival awards the winners with products, services, and cash. PRIZES SPONSORED BY: ABELCINE, XENO LIGHTS, BE ELECTRIC, SOBRE VISTA RESORT, WNET, REEL 13, MPE, FINAL DRAFT, LENTINI COMMUNICATIONS, MEDIA SERVICES, NOBLE JEWELRY, THE POD, PAPAPIETRO PERRY WINERY, BROOKLYN FILM SOCIETY Grand Chameleon Award INTO THE STORM [EN LA TORMENTA] by ADAM BROWN Best Narrative Feature OUR OW...

You are invited to The New York City Independent Film Festival Awards Ceremony

  Please join us for the all the excitement June 7, 2020 6PM NYC Time! The New York City Independent Film Festival Presents The 11th Annual NYC Indie Awards Do to the COVID-19 Pandemic New York City has shut down all theaters which means we will not be able to hold the physical Awards Ceremony this year.  With that in mind we have moved the Ceremony online!    To join us follow the link below or press The Red Button!

Short Film Fund Grand Prize Winners

We are proud to announce this year's Short Film Fund Grand Prize Winners. Two Production Grants of $15K & $5K to be awarded this year.   OUR JUDGES HAVE SPOKEN!   GRAND PRIZE WINNER   ...

FICCI 60 announces the winners of the Documentary Film Workshop

In its 60th edition, the Cartagena de Indias International Film Festival maintains support for Colombian cinematography.   The Documentary Film Workshop is an autonomous project of the FICCI in alliance with the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, the Centro Ático of the Universidad Javeriana and Señal Colombia. For 11 continuous years we have supported the best of Latin American documentary cinema and this year we managed to articulate with ALADOS, the most impor...

The PRIMERA MIRADA Fund award Winners at IFFF Panama

The IFF Panama Foundation thanks all the filmmakers from Central American and Caribbean countries who applied with their projects for the PRIMERA MIRADA award, a fund dedicated to supporting post-production work exclusively, and SU MIRADA award, a fund that seeks to strengthen the participation of women in the film industry in Central America and the Caribbean. Both granted by our ally, the Inter-American Development Bank IDB. PRIMERA MIRADA FUND Last April,  the IFF Panama Foundation i...

Winners of the IFF Panama Film Match co-production forum.

  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...

The Maine Outdoor Film Festival congratulates The Extra Credit Adventure Edit video contest winners

We have our Extra Credit Adventure Edit winners! We received so many amazing submissions from filmmakers across the country and the world! Our jury had a challenging deliberation choosing the finalist films and the Jury award was no different. The Audience Award winners were up to the voters, and with each contest decided by at least 10% of the vote, the voice of the people was clear!   Without further ado, MOFF presents the Extra Credit Adventure Edit video contest winners: ...

Winners of the first ever Virtual Vail Film Festival

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's festival! We hope you enjoyed the first ever Virtual Vail Film Festival. Here are a few stats from this year's inaugural online festival: We screened 54 films in four categories; narrative features, documentaries, short films, and student films. Thousands of viewers participated in the online festival, from 47 U.S. states and 10 countries. We hosted virtual Q&A sessions with our filmmakers, presented our ann...


A Salute to the Winners of the 60th Krakow Film Festival

On Saturday, June 6, the first Polish online film festival ended with an awards gala, during which we met the winners of all festival competitions. The event was broadcast live on the Internet, hosted by Maciej Stuhr, and the large audience gathered in front of computer screens proved that a pandemic does not prevent true love of cinema and the festival!   The ceremony was launched by Tomasz Raczek, the editor-in-chief of the Film Magazine of the Polish Filmmakers Associ...

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... 
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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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Interview with Marché du Film Executive Director Jérôme Paillard

Jérôme Paillard in conversation with Bruno Chatelin     Facts and figures on the 2020 marchédu Film online, the first edition of its kind. Quite a challenge on many fronts   A few figures about attendance  trends this year? when is the opening, why 5 days only? How many of the Cannes official selection  titles will be screening in the virtual Marché do you see a trend ? I see 16 conferences and panels a...

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 ...

Gale Anne Hurd will speak at CARLA 2020 A Global Digital Conference For Diversity & Inclusion in Film and TV

  CARLA 2020  Hosted by Women in Film & TV International will run August 21 – 23, 2020 Speakers include: Amma Asante, Julie Taymor, Paul Feig and Gale Anne Hurd.   CARLA 2020 is an online conference bringing together creatives, researchers, executives, financiers, and activists for a powerful conference focusing on creating lasting structural change in the film and television ecosystem. Virtual and interactive keynotes, panels, roun...

Interview with Smriti Kiran,the Artistic Director of Mumbai Film Festival

In a new interview with C.M. Rubin, Founder of CMRubinWorld, Artistic Director of the Mumbai Film Festival, Smriti Kiran, talks about the future of film and filmmaking in her country. The Festival and the Indian Film Industry were significantly hit not only by the Coronavirus pandemic but additionally by Cyclone Amphan. “Everything has come to a grinding halt,” Kiran tells C.M. Rubin, and adds that India is “in the midst of the biggest humanitarian crisis the country ha...

Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian interviewed by C.M. Rubin,

In a new interview with C.M. Rubin, Founder of CMRubinWorld, Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian say cinemas are still closed while film producers look for the right way to respect COVID-19 restrictions. The experience of making or watching a film in a cinema is all about groups of people coming together to collaborate on art. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic and physical distancing. “The German film industry came to a halt in March, says Mariette Rissenbeek, Executive Director ...
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Opening today: the Key Buyers Event: Digital Edition hosted by ROSKINO
The Key Buyers Event: Digital Edition hosted by ROSKINO, the Russian film promotion body, with the support of Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation and Moscow government announces additional leading industry executives from around the world who will bring their wealth of expertise from across the spectrum of the film industry to Russia’s First Virtual Content Market which goes live on Monday, 8 June and runs until the 15 June.   Jay Roewe, SVP of Production for HBO, Erik Barmac...

Chinese Documentaries Festival 'Les Ecrans de Chine' will open in Paris end september

It will be the tenth edition of The China Screen Festival which runs from October 2 to November 10. As before, we will not only be present in Europe’s cultural capital Paris, but also in many other European cities to preview and celebrate the latest creative documentaries coming out of China. With the current political leadership, independent filmmakers are having a very tough time, so it is more important than ever to look at their films, and to support their take on free expressio...

Overview of the US business for the week of June 8 Honoring Kathleen Kennedy for her birthday

Screendollars Newsletter for the week of June 8th. Our Notable Industry News continues to explore the many aspects of how the film industry is planning for its re-opening. Last week, NATO announced that it expects 90% of US cinemas to be open and operating on July 17th, when Warner Bros.' Tenet hits theatres. A story from BoxofficePro reports on the renewed emphasis by theatres to rent their auditoriums to private parties, as a way for small groups to enjoy the movies and celebra...

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...

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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

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.


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

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

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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)

La 34e édition du Festival de Cabourg, Journées Romantiques aura bien lieu à partir du 10 juin

Nous sommes heureux de vous annoncer que la 34e édition du Festival de Cabourg, Journées Romantiques aura bien lieu à partir du 10 juin, mais compte tenu de la situation sanitaire actuelle, nous avons dû nous adapter... UN NOUVEAU FORMAT DU FESTIVAL, POUR UNE ÉDITION PARTICULIERE ! > La Compétition Officielle :  • 8 longs-métrages de différentes nationalités (Chine, Espagne, France, Grande-Bretagne, Mongolie, USA/P...

La prochaine et 24e édition du Festival de l'Alpe d'Huez aura lieu du 19 au 24 janvier 2021 !

Le #FAH est heureux d’annoncer les dates de son édition 2021, après de nombreuses semaines de silence à observer avec inquiétude les effets de cette catastrophe, qui a bouleversé tous les secteurs… Comme tous les professionnels culturels, événementiels et touristiques, le FAH, ses organisateurs ATG & la station de l’Alpe d’Huez ont été impactés par cette crise . Après cette pér...

Ateliers et Académie d'été 2020 du Festival Les Riches Heures de La Réole

Rendez-vous en juin et en août 2020 !   19 - 21 JUIN : dernier WE des ateliers ! Ouvert à tous et aux débutants ! Nous continuerons l'exploration de la Missa Jubilate Deo à 4 voix d'Huges de Fontenay (1622) à partir d'un facsimilé de l'imprimé original. Venez nombreux ! On a besoin de votre soutien !   INSCRIPTIONS ET RENSEIGNEMENTS Et en août ...   INFORMATIONS IMPORTANTES : ...

Le Festival La Rochelle Cinéma (FEMA) se tiendra sous diverses formes aux dates prévues du 26 juin au 5 juillet prochains

Le Festival La Rochelle Cinéma (FEMA) ne pourra pas se dérouler dans les salles de cinéma de La Rochelle aux dates prévues mais nous faisons Tout notre possible pour que cette 48e édition existe sous diverses formes. Tout d'abord en ligne, en partenariat avec LaCinetek, dont nous avions accueilli le 1er ciné-club en juillet dernier avec Suspiria présenté par Dario Argento. Du 26 juin a...
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