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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 2020: the short films competition is announced

  Short Films 2020 © FDC Introducing, as every year, the Official Selection of short films in Competition at the Festival de Cannes in 2020. A total of 3,810 films from 137 different countries were watched by the selection committee this year, compared to 4,240 in 2019.   The 2020 selection encompasses 11 short films from 12 different countries, for a total running time of 2h24. Five female directors are also featured in the 2020 Official Selection.   The short films c...

 VIDEO: Marché du Film Executive Director Jérôme Paillard details the 2020 edition

Jérôme Paillard in conversation with Bruno Chatelin   

The online Marché du Film is now open and ready to start: YOUR 10 tips on how to participate

Welcome to  Cannes first ever virtual Market! THE SHOW MUST GO ON...LINE We are happy to share this guide to using the Marché du Film Online The Marché du Film Online is open! Log in now to get familiar with the platform and make sure it works properly in your environment before the official opening next week on Monday 22. Questions may arise while navigating the new platform. We're here to guide you. Our help desk is operative from today until Friday 26 to a...

The Festival de Cannes is launching its Online Marché du Film on Monday 22 June

Marché du film online 2020 © DR On Monday 22 June, the Festival de Cannes is launching its online Marché du Film. This special 2020 version has been set up with a view to continuing to support the international film industry and its professionals. The Marché du Film will take place from 22 to 26 June, bringing together over 8,500 participants for a total of 250 stands and 60 pavilions. Over 1,200 online screenings will run for participants to enjoy, and the rights t...

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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...

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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YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT Lands This June From Director David Koepp, Stars Kevin Bacon, Amanda Seyfried

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Writer David Koepp became a Director years ago, but his freshest scarer is YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT starring Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried from Universal Pictures. PANIC ROOM’s Koepp will fry Bacon and toast Seyfried, no doubt in this nailer-biter for Blumhouse Productions. You have only to peruse their description, as the goosebumps appear prior to the 6/19 release. On a personal note, Koepp was my mentor at UCLA Film School and uses the f...

The Problem with AI: IT Needs a Spanking, from Hollywood & All

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent This Coronaviral envrinoment has upped the bar for distance or remote learning, which - while enforced by lockdown - might not be a bad thing. So, while your coffee pot is pinging you from the cloud, as part of the IoT (Internet of Things) it might be a time to brush up on some history, hysteria, and hype that is Artificial Intellgence (AI) or "machines who think," lolz. Op-Ed by The Screenmancer Consider this our Jerry Maguire writi...

Widow of Silence, Review: Half-lives, half-wives

Widow of Silence, Review: Half-lives, half-wives Since it is based on many true stories, it is easy to consider Widow of Silence as an amalgamated biopic. Though the central character and her plight may be an amalgam of several of her sisters living in the god-forsaken heaven on earth, rural Kashmir, it works as a personal story too, using the larger picture as a backdrop. Unfortunately, though, besides highlighting the suffering of women whose husbands have been picked-up and taken away, nev...

Our roundup of Notable Industry News begins with an announcement by Marcus Theatres of their schedule to reopen their theatres.  Beginning on Friday, six Marcus theatres will re-open to the public, followed by all remaining 90 theatres by the end of July.   We report the anullment of the planned marriage between UK-based Cineworld, one of the largest exhibitors worldwide and parent company to Regal Cinemas, and Cineplex Entertainment, Canada's largest exhibitor. The me...  

Exclusive HFPA Fellini-related content for 2020 FARE Cinema

FARE CINEMA GOING VIRTUAL AROUND THE WORLD WITH SOME EXCLUSIVE HFPA FELLINI-RELATED CONTENT FARE CINEMA, a free initiative to promote Italian cinema and film industry in the world by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Italy, is virtual for the third edition since June 15 until June 21, 2020 and is available for free on RaiPlay with some exclusive video content including award-winning short movies and masterclasses, with a special tribute to Federic...

Marcel Duchamp the Art of the Possible closing film of PFF Spring Online Migrations

Marcel Duchamp: The Art of The Possible – Closing Film (30/05, 20.00) The documentary has been introduced by Kiril Trajchev (professor and PFF selector), in Macedonian 30 May (Saturday), 20.00 IDEAS.WORDLS, this is the maxim of the 10. anniversary edition of the Philosophical Film Festival and its cultural action of solidarity PFF SPRING ONLINE MIGRATIONAS taking place from 21-31 May. In this “brave new world”, we also need creative and alte...
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SoundTrack_Cologne 17 moves to autumn (October 14th - 17th, 2020)

Due to the current situation, there is still a travel warning for more than 160 countries. Since the success of SoundTrack_Cologne is mainly dependent on personal meetings and networking events, the organizers had to postpone SoundTrack_Cologne from August to October with a heavy heart. The new date is October 14 - October 17, 2020. Should there still be further restrictions at this date, SoundTrack_Cologne will offer an online version in addition to the event in Cologne. ...

IFFLA Over The Years - 17 days celebrating 17 years of Indian cinema

Dear IFFLA audiences, patrons, and alumni! We are absolutely thrilled to announce today the launch of a special virtual showcase, the first of its kind, IFFLA Over the Years: 17 days celebrating 17 years of Indian cinema.  Accessible via the IFFLA website ( beginning on June 19 through July 5, 2020--and already available for browsing--this virtual showcase of over 120 narrative features, documentaries, ...

SR Film Fest in full gear streaming online now till June 28


Online Edition of the 20th Nippon Connection Film Festival Finished With A New Record Attendance

Over 25,200 viewers in 6 days / first Nippon Online Award presented Download photos and press material here The 20th Nippon Connection Film Festival, which took place from June 9 through 14, 2020, draws a positive conclusion for its first digital edition. After six days, the online edition of the largest Japanese film festival worldwide ended with a record of over 25,200 viewers. In total, Internet users from around 40 countries watched the festival films and the...

The Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) unveils its online special event

The Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) unveils its online special event set to take place between July 3rd and 11th. This year, the festival is exploring new digital territories while continuing to promote cultural and audiovisual diversity, in a summer that resembles no other. Our eclectic programme of Swiss and International premieres will be streamed with the help of the Swiss VOD platform Cinefile. The 2020 selection includes about twenty films that explore ...

The Panorama and the Special Screenings of the 5th “Beyond Borders” International Documentary Film Festival of Castellorizo.

The "Panorama" and the Special Screenings of “Beyond Borders” International Documentary Film Festival of Castellorizo discover and highlight the continuity, the past, the present and the future of world documentary production. Well-known directors and promising young creators invite the participants and spectators of the Festival on seductive documentary film routes. Please find below more details about the documentaries that participate at the Panorama Section: ...

Discount codes for the next 10 submissions

As the deadline for submissions approaches, REAKTOR International Film Festival is offering to half the fees for the next 10 submitters to the main category. Simply use the discount code 50RIFF to submit your film to the festivals main category. We are looking forward to your inspiring works! ...

IFFLA Offers a New Virtual Showcase: 17 Days & 17 Years Indian Cinema 6/19 to 7/5

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Hollywood makes a shorthand distinction between Westerns and Bollywood with "dots or feathers," and while in this woke climate that phrase may die out, there is no doubt what a powerhouse India is in terms of filmmaking. Whether you call it the cinema of Bollywood, or the artistic treasures from the second most populous country on earth, Indian output in the undustry far outstrips all others. That said, here is a chance to really enjoy...

The 16th Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival is Approaching

All the fans of fantastic films and divine wine are invited to the 16th edition of Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival, Slovenia's first and largest fantastic film festival. In the idyllic landscape of the region of Prlekija, eight days of festival events will take place from the 10th to the 12th July in Ormož and from the 14th to the 18th of July in Ljutomer. Once again the audience will be able to enjoy the best current fantastic films and music documentaries in our competition ...

Urban Film Festival 2020 calling

Submit Your New Films The Urban Film Festival (UFF) is a three-day event focusing on education, exposure, and providing distribution opportunities for generations of filmmakers by connecting them with industry professionals, equipping them with the skills and tools they need through hands-on workshops and panels.   As we prepare for the 2020 Urban Film Festival we recognize that a change in course must occur given the unprecedented circumstances we are facing with COVID-19. UFF is es...

Do not miss attending our partner Windrider Film Forum with virtual kick off from June 27

Windrider Bay Area Film Forum ( is excited to announce its program of curated short films and conversations with filmmakers, now open to a worldwide audience through its virtual format. This year’s Windrider Virtual Film Forum will be shown via open streaming; access is free to anyone who registers to attend at Terri Bullock, Director of Windrider shares, “For ten years, Windrider has hosted live events in the San Francisco ...

Windrider Summer Film Series : Sundays July 5 - August 16, 7pm PDT

All audiences are invited to enjoy a Windrider short film every Sunday evening over a 7-week period beginning July 5 at 7pm PDT. Once you register through you will receive a link each week to view an inspirational short film and filmmaker conversation. These award winning short films along with filmmaker Q&As will also be available on demand on our website after they are released each week. Free viewing of all films with advanced registration at windriderbaya...

Windrider Film Forum goes Virtual starting June 27

Windrider Bay Area Film Forum ( is excited to announce its program of curated short films and conversations with filmmakers, now open to a worldwide audience through its virtual format. This year’s Windrider Virtual Film Forum will be shown via open streaming; access is free to anyone who registers to attend at Terri Bullock, Director of Windrider shares, “For ten years, Windrider has hosted live events in the San Francisc...

Docaviv announces Israeli Competition, festival to take place in a hybrid form in 2020

The 22nd edition of the Academy Award qualifying Docaviv Film Festival is set to take place in Tel Aviv from September 3-12 after being postponed from its original date in May due to coronavirus. This year’s festival will take on a hybrid format, with both online and physical screenings - all in compliance with social distancing guidelines. Audience events will take place both indoors and outdoors throughout the city, as well as on the festival’s website, whereas industry events ar...

2020 Sacramento French Film Festival/Virtual Edition full program, opening with The Mystery of Henri Pick

  2020 Poster by Dane Henas Design More about the 19th SFFF HERE! 19th SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL VIRTUAL EDITION: 10 DAYS, 10 FILMS JUNE 19-28, 2020   OFFICIAL FILM SELECTION ACCESS OUR VIRTUAL VIEWING PLATFORM HERE!           We are pleased to finally announce the Official Film Selection of the 2020 Sacramento French Film Festival/Virtual Edition, starting next Friday, June 19 and continuing till Sunday, June 28. You can f...

Future of LA in VISION 2030 with EMMY Nom & It’s a Microcosm

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent For a while now we’ve been thrilled to follow filmmaker Betsy Kalin and her remarkable camera's eye. Kalin, who we found through the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) years ago when Carol Marshall and staffers set up these great indie filmmaker roundtables, previously filmed an East LA exploration, that you can find on her IMDb page, along with her other films. You can find her bio here. For 2020, s...


French Riviera Film Festival Inks Licensing Deal With ShortsTV

  FRFF 2019 Awards Ceremony   French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) has signed a licensing agreement with  UK based ShortsTV, the world’s leading short movie entertainment company, to present select winning and finalist shorts from its 2019 competition on the channel’s North American platforms beginning next year, the announcement was made today by FRFF co-founders Nicole Goesseringer Muj and Gotham Chandna.   “We fo...
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BANFF winners of the 2020 Rockie Awards International Program Competition

2020 ROCKIE AWARDS INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED   The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) is proud to announce the winners of the 2020 Rockie Awards International Program Competition. Hosted by Aurora Browne, Carolyn Taylor and Jennifer Whalen of the award-winning Canadian sketch comedy Baroness von Sketch Show, the virtual edition of the Rockie Awards International Program Competition was streamed live celebrating excellence in television and digital media content...

FIFOG wrapped with awards

FIFOG’S TEAM SUCCESSFULLY HELD THE FIGOG 2020 ONLINE EDITION    Phase 2 of FIFOG 2020 VS COVID-19, held online from June 8th-14th 2020, has just ended with immense success. The thousands of interactions of Internet users recorded on the Facebook page of the FIFOG, the statistics of as well as the connections to the Viméo platform, which hosted the movies in free access, inform us about the royal welcome reserved to the public for this online edition which ...


The 67th Sydney Film Festival tonight awarded Descent by Nays Baghai the prestigious Documentary Australia Film Foundation Award

SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS   The 67th Sydney Film Festival tonight awarded Descent by Nays Baghai the prestigious Documentary Australia Film Foundation Award for Best Australian Documentary, out of a selection of 10 films.  The $10,000 cash prize was awarded to Nays Baghai at the Festival’s Virtual Edition Awards Presentation. Accepting the award, Nays Baghai said: “Wow! I cannot describe how honoured, grateful and ecstatic I feel having received this ama...
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Windrider Virtual Film Forum Saturday, June 27

followed by seven Sundays of weekly short films



Windrider Film Forum celebrates artists as they inspire us to find solutions to our problems through the “Lens of Hope”. 

Please join us for our first-ever Virtual Film Forum that will feature one night of award-winning independent short films, including conversations with the filmmakers. 
The next seven weeks will feature one short film and filmmaker conversations screened every Sunday night for “A Night at the Movies.”

Free Admission :


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.






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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"Who you gonna call?" : SoundTrack_Zurich at the Zurich Film Festival will host Ray Parker Jr as guest of honour

  The Zurich Film Festival joins forces with five partners to launch SoundTrack_Zurich, a Swiss congress on film and media music. Musician Ray Parker Jr., composer of the GHOSTBUSTERS theme song, will be guest of honour at the event and present the world premiere of WHO YOU GONNA CALL, a documentary about his career. Music is already an important feature of the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF). Having collaborated since 2012 with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and the Forum Filmmusik to organi...

Miles Teller Signs On, Also Produces, for Rupert Wainwright’s Adapt of “Not Without Hope”



Ever since WHIPLASH, Miles Teller has landed some interesting gigs - as Lt. Bradley "Rooster" Bradshaw in Top Gun: Maverick from Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Jerry Bruckheimer Films for one. But he's not just going after franchises like the Tom Cruise big sky-bang box office remake. He's on deck for Rupert Wainwright's take on the novel "Not Without Hope" and also produces for this one.

Here's the premise, and the official news release follows.

Not Without Hope is an extraordinary and inspiring true story of courage, strength, and friendship. Based on the New York Times non-fiction best-seller, best friends Nick Schuyler (Miles Teller) and Will Bleakley, and NFL players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith, depart Clearwater, Florida for a day trip at their favorite fishing spot 70 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico. As a severe storm heads their way, a trapped anchor and a tragic mistake in trying to free it causes their boat to capsize, throwing the four friends violently into the freezing water. With the U.S. Coast Guard air and sea rescue mission beaten back by the ferocity of the massive storm, the group must fight to survive in the ultimate test of teamwork and endurance.

'Creating the new normal: intersectionality in the film industry' - panel Monday, June 22, 5:00 – 6:00pm CET

Monday, June 22, 5:00 – 6:00pm CET Locations: Hosted by the Marché du Film, co-hosted by the Swedish Film Institute.   A conversation with Anna Serner, CEO, the Swedish Film Institute Dr. Emilia Roig, Founder & Executive Director, Center for Intersectional Justice Franklin Leonard, CEO and founder, The Black List   Moderator: Kaleem Aftab     The panel will discuss paths towar...

Third Annual“Global Entertainment Showcase” during Cannes Market Online

Cloud 21 and Kultura PR to Co-present Third Annual “Global Entertainment Showcase" as Part of Cannes 2020 Conference During Online Marché du Film Panelists Include Threshold Entertainment Group CEO Larry Kasanoff, Roskino CEO Evgenia Markova and E! founder Larry Namer with Award-Winning Filmmaker Sue Vicory as Moderator Cloud21 International and Kultura PR International are pleased to co-present the third annual "Global Entertainment Showcase” on J...

Has XR finally arrived? Panelists announced for the Immersive Summit in Cannes

  JUNE 25, 2020 TIME: 8:30 - 11:00 AM LOS ANGELES TIME   Life in quarantine has been challenging, but immersive technologies are tailor-made for this moment. The seismic changes reshaping every aspect of society create new opportunities for AR and VR to have a transformative impact. IMMERSIVE LIVE will address how we seize this moment through finance and distribution strategies. Tune in to Winston Baker’s IMMERSIVE LIVE webcast in partnership with Marché ...

« Meet & Listen Gabriel Yared » online concert Friday June 26th (introduced by Stéphane Lerouge)

Spot the Composer: Meet & Listen Gabriel Yared  ⁠Do not miss the online concert ​Jun 26, 2020, 19:00 - 19:45 GMT+2       ...

Making Choices: How to Build for a Better New Normal : Nostradamus at Marché du Film Online

  Göteborg Film Festival's Nostradamus initiative returns to Cannes NEXT, this year exploring how to build a better normal for the industry in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The session will be presented June 25 in collaboration with Film i Väst and Cannes NEXT Marché du Film Online.  The global pandemic has rapidly accelerated a number of largely inevitable film industry change processes, but also left many stakeholders scrambling to sustainably t...

FARE CINEMA in Cahoots With HFPA for Fellini Moments Up to June 21

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent  Federico Fellini is being feted by FARE Cinema in collaboration with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association through June 21, and you can learn more here, plus you're invited to attend virtually... Los Angeles, CA: FARE CINEMA, a free initiative to promote Italian cinema and film industry in the world by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Italy, is virtual for the third edition since Ju...

Best for Fests 'Lost Girls': The crew

•JULIA VERDIN Director/Writer/Producer -As a Director/Writer, Julia Verdin’s credits include the feature film Lost Girls starring Olivia D'Abo, Dylan Sprayberry, Anthony Montgomery and MC Lite. Julia also directed the award-winning short film “Lost Girls” starring Bar Paly, Marisol Nichols, Siena Goines, Rena Owen and Jamie Harris and narrative short "Brown" about foster youth. Julia is passionate about making social issue driven films as a writer/ director ...

Best for Fests 'Lost Girls': Full cast

•Olivia D’Abo as HAYLEY -Credits include The Wonder Years, Justice League, Legend of Tarzan, The Devil’s Violinist, and Law and Order.   •Randall Batkinoff as DAN -Batinkoff’s credits include The Peacemaker, with Nicole Kidman and George Clooney; and Mad City with Dustin Hoffman and John Travolta. Batinkoff also played opposite Jennifer Lopez and Martin Sheen in Bordertown.   •Jane Widdop as ANGIE -Jane has appeared on shows such as Fresh Off ...

Best for Fests 'Lost Girls': Julia Verdin bio

As a Director/Writer, Julia Verdin’s credits include the feature film Lost Girls starring Olivia D'Abo, Dylan Sprayberry, Anthony Montgomery and MC Lite. Julia also directed the award-winning short film “Lost Girls” starring Bar Paly, Marisol Nichols, Siena Goines, Rena Owen and Jamie Harris and narrative short "Brown" about foster youth. Julia is passionate about making social issue driven films as a writer/ director and using the power of film to shed light on...

Best for Fests 'Lost Girls': Julia Verdin - Director's Statement

"I was inspired to write and direct this story after my experiences volunteering at Children of the Night, a shelter for runaway girls, many of whom had been taken in by pimps and put on the streets.  Many of these girls were 12-15 years old, very vulnerable, and emotionally shut down after the harrowing experiences they had been through.    It was important to me to represent my subject in the most authentic and genuine way, so I did a lot of research whilst working on t...

Film Fest Ghent announces Alexandre Desplat and Gabriel Yared as guests of honour for 20th World Soundtrack Awards

The World Soundtrack Awards 2020 will take place ONLINE, as a livestreamed award ceremony & concert on 24 October (8 p.m. CET) ALEXANDRE DESPLAT is guest of honour,  GABRIEL YARED receives the WSA Lifetime Achievement Award,  MICHAEL ABELS, winner of the WSAward DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR 2019, returns to Ghent, Their music will be performed by the Brussels Philharmonic and Vlaams Radiokoor and conducted by Maestro Dirk Brossé The 20th anniversary edition of the World Sound...

International Film Finance Webcast with Marché du Film: Keynote Speakers Announced for June 23 Webinar

International Film Finance LIVE When: June 23, 2020 | Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Los Angeles Time Deals are getting done in the time of COVID. From development to finance and distribution, activity continues for some investors, producers, filmmakers and distributors. But how are deals getting vetted and closed? And who are the active players in the market? More than ever, storytelling across cultures has also become a very important and necessary focus of the film business. We will h...


French Riviera Film Festival Inks Licensing Deal With ShortsTV

FRFF 2019 Awards Ceremony   French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) has signed a licensing agreement with  UK based ShortsTV, the world’s leading short movie entertainment company, to present select winning and finalist shorts from its 2019 competition on the channel’s North American platforms beginning next year, the announcement was made today by FRFF co-founders Nicole Goesseringer Muj and Gotham Chandna.   “We fo...

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 ...
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LOST GIRLS by Julia Verdin

USA, 107 minutes, June 2020

One girl’s nightmare. A nationwide reality.

After escaping from a sex trafficking ring, one teenage girl struggles to reconnect with herself and her family after her ordeal. Ultimately, in order to find herself and rescue her helpless friends, she must confront her own fears and help lead the police to her traffickers - no matter the cost.


Sixteen-year-old Angie Morgan feels like her parents don’t understand her. After she is befriended by the charming and handsome Mario, everything seems to change for the better. He understands her desire to be a musician and promises to help her fulfill her dreams. However, her innocent, suburban life is upended when Mario lures her away to sell her to a local sex trafficking ring.

Angie is shocked and scared at her new found situations but clings to the belief that Mario loves her and that they will eventually both escape.  When it becomes clear to her that this will never happen, Angie is so overcome with shame and remorse for the life she is now trapped in and all seems hopeless.

When her closest friend and fellow victim, Zoe, finds out that Angie is about to be sold and shipped off to Miami, Zoe finds a way for them to escape. They make a desperate run for it. Angie escapes, but Zoe is not so lucky. Alone and heartbroken for her friend still imprisoned by their traffickers, Angie returns home to find that “normal” life is now anything but normal.

Burdened by her severe PTSD and guilt, Angie shies away from both her family and the police.  She is terrified that her traffickers will return for her (or worse, her little sister) if she provides any information to the police. 

Luckily, Angie meets Rachel, a sex trafficking survivor turned caseworker, who is desperately searching for the girl who was in her care but taken back by her traffickers: Zoe. As Rachel lends her strength, Angie begins to consider standing up to the traffickers, and after witnessing brutal murders and mutilations of other girls at hands of the traffickers, Angie considers standing up to the traffickers.

Will Angie’s fear hold her back? Or will she persevere to protect her family and help rescue Zoe and the others? 

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Canada, 56 minutes documentary, june 2020

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 who has dedicated a decade of her life to locating the surviving children from the home. She invites Manny to return to the orphanage, which has since become a grade school, to share his story with the next generation. Manny must now revisit the places of his darkest memories, to reconcile the past and educate the future.

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


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

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

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

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


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Russia USA Feature documentary April 2020 Director's cut: 79 minutes

What happened, what can happen to the centuries old amazing wooden churches in north of Russia. Photographer Richard Davies trips to Russia and USA tell stories on human soul, hope and russian american…cooperation in restoring beauty.

Saving North is the story of a struggle for human and cultural survival in the mysterious and insular world of the Russian North. An outsider from England, photographer Richard Davies, enters this mysterious and vast region of the world with the hope of documenting both the glory and the tragic demise of its rapidly disappearing Wooden Churches. As Davies meets and becomes friends with the some of his Russian photo subjects, he finds himself getting emotionally involved with their struggle. He decides to put down his camera and get involved with church restoration.

Early on in our story Davies befriends the famed Russian architect Alexander Popov who is deeply involved in working to preserve and share with the world the beauty and value of these ancient structures. Popov has uniquely discovered and reinvigorated both the tools and processes that restore life back to the North. But it’s an uphill battle against strong and powerful forces.

Together, Davies and Popov uncover the circumstances that led to the demise of the churches, and then join a small but growing group of passionate Russian citizens and outsiders from all walks of life who join the cause of Saving North.

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SEKURITAS written and directed by Carmen Stadler

Romantic dark comedy 117 minutes 2019 Switzerland

Starring Kathrin Veith, Duraid Abbas Ghaieb, Jeanne Devos, Daniel Kasztura, Vilmar Bieri, This Maag

First feature film by Swiss director Carmen Stadler, produced by Claudia Wick for Abrakadabra Films AG

An office complex wishes for a love story before demolition. It chooses the lonely misfits for this story; those who go through security rounds at night, scrub toilets, experiment with recipes or rehearse their final speech. A poetic and twisted kaleidoscope that centers around desire, security and melodious noises which move through the entire fabric of the building.


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Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible written  and directed by Matthew Taylor

USA 2019 Documentary 89 minutes

Duchamp: Art of the Possible is a feature documentary that explores the life, art, and philosophy of the 20th century’s most influential modernists, Marcel Duchamp, and how his work single-handedly changed the course of art, and over time, culture itself.


THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA», directed by Elena Demidova

The documentary film «THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA», directed by Elena Demidova, tells a story of one of the most famous lamas, Pandido Khambo Lama Dashi Dorzho Itigelov. His body is recognized as one of the sacred Buddhist objects of Russia and is being kept in the Ivolginsky Datsan. The Buddhist monks approach him as a living person.
Itigelov was born in 1852 and began his religious education at the age of sixteen years. In 1911, he was appointed the twelfth Pandido Khambo Lama as the Head of Russian Buryat Buddhists. Between 1913 and 1917, Itigelov was prominent in the spiritual life of Russian Empire. He took part in the Tercentenary celebrations of the House Romanov and opened first Buddhist temple in St. Petersburg. During First World War Itigelov presided over the society of "Buryat brothers", an organization helping the Russian army. After October Revolution, Itigelov resigned as head of the Buddhists. In 1927, aged seventy-five years, he asked other lamas to begin meditation ceremonies and funeral rites, since he said he was about to die. Itigelov left a testament asking to be buried as he was at the time of his death, sitting in lotus posture. On September 11, 2002, Itigelov's body was eventually exhumed in the presence of the leaders of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha of Russia and transferred to Ivolginsky Datsan.

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THE CREEPY LINE a film by M.A.Taylor 2018

"A film that Google does not want you to see  - Best for Fest"

An eye-opening documentary, The Creepy Line reveals the stunning degree to which society is manipulated by Google and Facebook and blows the lid off the remarkably subtle – hence powerful – manner in which they do it.

The Creepy Line is a title culled from the words of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, when during a 2010 interview he explained Google’s code of conduct: “The Google policy on a lot of things is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.”

However, as Dr. Robert Epstein explains in the film, “Google crosses the creepy line every day”. 

Offering first-hand accounts, scientific experiments and detailed analysis, The Creepy Line examines what is at risk when these two tech titans have free reign to utilize the public’s most private and personal data to manipulate society.

There is no question that the “creepy line” is getting ever-creepier, and that the tech giants have crossed it.

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

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

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

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


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Revolution by Rob Stewart 

over 40 festival wins so far

Eco Documentary feature film by Rob Stewart April 2015, 82 minutes (Sharkwater)
Revolution is a film about changing the world. The true-life adventure of Rob Stewart, this follow-up to his acclaimed SHARKWATER (36 festival wins) documentary continues his remarkable journey; one that will take him through 15 countries over four years, and where he'll discover that it's not only sharks that are in grave danger -- it's humanity itself.

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Des partenariats forts avec les plus grands festivals et marchés

Nous sommes très fiers des bonnes relations et des partenariats signé avec les plus grands festivals et marchés : Venice Production Bridge, FestForums Santa Barbara, AFM, Animaze, Tallinn Black Night International Film Festival, Houston WorldFest, Fantasporto, et Cannes Market bien entendu et beaucoup d'autres. Nous sommes heureux de pouvoir grace à ces parteneriats pouvoir apporter news et dailies à ...

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Les raisins de la colère (The Grapes of Wrath) de John Ford (USA, 1940)

Les films qui ont une densité spirituelle évidente mettent souvent en scène le voyage, l’itinéraire initiatique, mais aussi la souffrance qu’implique de quitter sa terre, ses racines, son pays, son existence. On se rend compte, avec Les raisins de la colère que la modernité a constitué le terreau indispensable de la modernité liquide (Zygmunt Baumann). Le film est en effet réalisé en 1940, bien avant que la phi...

La Source (Jungfrukällan) d’Ingmar Bergman (Suède, 1960)

Le Palmarès du FIFOG

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Découvrez l'affiche de la 46e édition du Festival de Deauville

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Le Festival International du Cinéma et Musique de Film de La Baule, récompensé par l’Union des Compositeurs de Musiques de Films

Pour la cinquième année consécutive, l’Union des Compositeurs de Musiques de Films (UCMF) a décerné ses prix. Cette année la cérémonie a eu lieu, en comité restreint, le mercredi 17 juin, dans les locaux de Steinway France à Paris.   Plusieurs prix ont été attribués, notamment aux compositeurs de musique de film, Alexandre Desplat, Vladimir Cosma, Lalo Schifrin et Mathieu Lamboley… Un...

Les Nuits Magiques 30ème Festival international du Film d'Animation : du 2 au 13 décembre 2020 - Bègles - France

  La 30ème édition du Festival International du Film d’Animation "Les Nuits Magiques" aura lieu du 2 au 13 décembre 2020. À cette occasion, un appel à films est lancé pour participer à la compétition internationale du film d'animation organisée par le festival.   Cordialement Fabrice de la ROSA   Les Nuits Magiques 30ème Festival international du Film d'Animation : du&...

Les 29, 30 juin et 1er juillet à Cabourg... Festival du Film de Cabourg, Journées Romantiques

Bonne Nouvelle ! LA 34e ÉDITION  DU FESTIVAL DU FILM DE CABOURG, JOURNÉES ROMANTIQUES AURA LIEU À CABOURG  LES 29, 30 JUIN ET 1er JUILLET La 34e édition du Festival du Film de Cabourg, Journées Romantiques aura bien lieu, dans le respect des règles sanitaires en vigueur.  Les Cabourgeais pourront ainsi, dans des conditions sanitaires extrêmement sûres, profiter du « premier événemen...

Le Off-Courts de Trouville dévoile l'affiche de sa 21ᵉ édition et annonce la couleur "rouge"

Le 21ᵉ Off-Courts Trouville se tiendra du 4 au 12 septembre 2020 2020 est une année qui n’en finit pas d'être surprenante ! Ainsi pour sa 21ᵉ édition, le festival Off-Courts Trouville change de robe pour ne plus s’habiller que de rouge. Nous sommes heureux de vous présenter en avant-première l’affiche 2020. Nous la voulions joyeuse, porteuse de rêves et d’espoirs.   ...

Le Grand Prix du Très Court International Film Festival revient à Housecall de Josh Penn Soskin Très Court

La 22ᵉ édition du Très Court International Film Festival qui se tenait du 4 au 14 juin et dont le jury était présidé par Jan Kounen a dévoilé son palmarès. Symbiose du réalisateur français Paul Raillard a remporté le Prix de l’originalité. Studio Off-Courts, partenaire de l'événement, est heureux de pouvoir accueillir ce réalisateur pour 10 jours de résidence.  ...

Réouverture des cinémas : lancement de la campagne #TousAuCinema

Réouverture des cinémas : lancement de la campagne #TousAuCinema avec le soutien de tous nos partenaires ! La Fédération Nationale des Cinémas Français (FNCF) a le grand plaisir d’annoncer son plan de communication pour la réouverture des cinémas et remercie le formidable soutien des nombreux partenaires qui accompagnent les salles dans cette étape inédite. Après cent jours de fermeture, dès...

Participation du Québec à trois marchés de films virtuels d’importance

Plus de 270 professionnels québécois participeront, sous la bannière Québec créatif de la Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), à trois événements virtuels d’importance, soit le Mifa Online (15 au 30 juin), le Marché du film de Cannes Online (22 au 26 juin) et le marché international du documentaire Sunny Side of the Doc 2020 : l’&ea...

Beau succès pour la première édition digitale du 'Key Buyers Event: Digital edition' organisée par Roskino

LE PREMIER MARCHÉ VIRTUEL DU CONTENU RUSSE ACCUEILLE L’INDUSTRIE MONDIALE DU CINÉMA ET SE TERMINE PAR UNE ÉDITION RÉUSSIE   1400 visiteurs enregistrés avec plus de 600 utilisateurs internationaux de 70 pays ont rejoint Key Buyers Event: Digital edition   Key Buyers Event: Digital Edition organisé par ROSKINO, avec le soutien du Ministère de la culture et du Gouvernement de Moscou, a accueilli plus de 1400 participants inscrits ...

Le Festival de Cannes lance son Marché du film Online lundi 22 juin

Marché du Film online 2020 © DR Lundi 22 juin, le Festival de Cannes lance son Marché du Film Online, un marché en ligne créé, en cette année 2020 particulière, dans le but de continuer à accompagner l'industrie cinématographique internationale et à aider les professionnels. Il se tiendra du 22 au 26 juin et regroupera plus de 8500 participants, réunis autour de 250 stands et 60 pavillons. Plus de 1200 proj...

Gabriel Yared en concert de clôture du Marché, présenté par Stéphane Lerouge

26 juin 2020 19H : "Marché du Film online 2O20" Gabriel Yared, invité des  évènements musicaux du marché du film   Spot  the Composer  !       ...

La Sélection officielle des courts métrages qui disputeront la Compétition 2020 du Festival de Cannes.

Voici, comme chaque année, la Sélection officielle des courts métrages qui disputeront la Compétition 2020 du Festival de Cannes. 3 810 œuvres venant de 137 pays différents ont été visionnées par le comité de sélection contre 4 240 l’année dernière.   La sélection 2020 est composée de 11 courts métrages, issus de 12 pays différents, pour un programme de ...

Le Marché Frontières 2020 annonce sa sélection officielle de projets

Frontières sera de retour cet été pour sa 13e édition qui se tiendra du 23 au 26 juillet 2020 sous forme digitale. Sélection officielle Frontières est fière d’annoncer les 20 projets internationaux de genre faisant partie de sa Sélection Officielle. Tous les projets de cette sélection sont avancés dans leur développement et en phase de démarrage de financement. Pour la tou...
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