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Kantara, review: Dispossessing the 'possessed'

Kantara, review: Dispossessing the 'possessed' Kantara is about conflict. Conflict between nature and human beings. Conflict between landlords and their subjects. Between Forest Officers and villagers using forest resources for subsistence. Between two powerful and major landlords. Between humans and ‘possessed-by-deities’ humans. Between humans and wild beasts. Between a mother and her son. Between a hero and his nemesis. Between a film and its audience. Yes, a film and i...


Aye Zindagi, Review: Goodness of human beings, greatness of cinema

Aye Zindagi, Review: Goodness of human beings, greatness of cinema A very touchy, sensitive and polarising subject, Aye Zindagi (O Life) hits the right chords and sticks diligently to its theme and thrust. Based on an “incredible” true story, the film comes across as honest and well-crafted. One can feel emotions similar to those evoked by Anand, made 50 years ago, and Safar, before it, but, though both starred the new star on the horizon, Rajesh Khanna, both were works of fiction...


Phone Bhoot trailer launch: Horrorlarius

Phone Bhoot trailer launch: Horrorlarius Ever since the audience saw the first poster of Katrina Kaif, Siddhant Chaturvedi, and Ishaan Khattar starrer Phone Bhoot, they were eagerly waiting to get more glimpses of the film. Their wait is over: the trailer of this most awaited comedy of horrors was launched on 10 October at the PVR multiplex, Juhu, Mumbai. Phone Bhoot is a title most likely chosen as a pun on the word Phone Booth, and has been in the news for some time now, because superstar ...


Trailer launch of 1st Marathi multilingual film Har Har Mahadev: 300 against 12,000

Trailer launch of 1st Marathi multilingual film Har Har Mahadev: 300 against 12,000 ZEE Studios' released the trailer of their upcoming film Har Har Mahadev on 10 October at the PVR Cinemas, Juhu, Mumbai. The film is the story of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (King Shivaji), from the point of view of Baji Prabhu Deshpande, who was initially an opponent, but joined ranks with Shivaji later on. The trailer is trending high in the Tamil and Telugu versions. Har Har Mahadev (a battle cry among ...


Janpath Kiss, play review: Kiss and miss

Janpath Kiss, play review: Kiss and miss Staged in testing circumstances, Janpath Kiss, a full-length play in Hindustani, provided its share of laughs and satirical commentary on the contemporary socio-legal scene in India, particularly New Delhi. With a huge cast and three musicians seated on stage, it appeared to be under-rehearsed and a bit longer than necessary, considering there was no intermission or act division. Showing patches of imaginative theatrical ideas, it started on the wrong ...


Ticket to Paradise, Review: Destination rom-com that loses track of both the rom and the com

Ticket to Paradise, Review: Destination rom-com that loses track of both the rom and the com When you have actors of the calibre of Julia Roberts and George Clooney on board, you can pretty much get them to do anything. And when you ask them to deliver motor-mouth dialogue, full of love-hate content, it becomes a long spat that is occasionally funny but, at times, unfortunately, predictable. Pretty Woman Julia and Batman (1997) George have a ball, as do the co-actors, for most of the action i...


First episode of mini-series Happy Got Lucky canned

First episode of mini-series Happy Got Lucky canned Director Param Kalra has canned the first episode of the mini-series, Happy Got Lucky. Commissioned by SBT entertainment, of Jalaj Dave and Hiren Bhoi, it consists of three episodes. Happy Got Lucky stars Vidit Sharma (MTV roadies fame, Aaja Tujhe Chaand Pe Le Chalun) and two pretty girls, Anjali Krishna and Bushra Shaikh (Mika Di Vohti fame). The series revolves around modern day youth issues, like commitment phobia. There are many causes ...


FICCI FRAMES Fast Track 2022, 03 Shoot at sights in Rajasthan

FICCI FRAMES Fast Track 2022, 03 Shoot at sights in Rajasthan Anand Tripathi, Additional Director, Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan invited the members of film fraternity to come and explore the hidden gems of Rajasthan and shoot in Rajasthan. Addressing the session 'Come, Shoot in Rajasthan' at FICCI FRAMES FAST TRACK 2022, in Mumbai, on 28 September, the second and last day of the convention, Tripathi highlighted the strength of the state the rich culture and legacy th...


FICCI FRAMES Fast Track 2022, 02: Delhi High Court Judge sees enormous opportunities

FICCI FRAMES Fast Track 2022, 02: Delhi High Court Judge sees enormous opportunities Addressing the two-day ‘FICCI FRAMES Fast Track 2022’ on the second day, 28 September, Hon’ble Justice Ms. Prathiba M Singh, Judge, Delhi High Court said, “There are enormous opportunities that the Indian Creative Sector provides for expansion, and leaving a global footprint of the country.” Speaking on strengthening India’s IP Ecosystem, Justice Singh highlighted, “...


FICCI FRAMES Fast Track 2022, 01: A comeback of sorts

FICCI FRAMES Fast Track 2022, 01: A comeback of sorts It was overdue. Usually held in March, it was first postponed at the eleventh hour, and then cancelled. The year was 2020. And everybody remembers what was happening in March 2020. The Ides of March plagued the world in 2021 too, and only relented after March 2022. An eagerly awaited annual event, FICCI FRAMES is the definitive convention of the Media and Entertainment (M & E) Sector of the country. Industry giants assemble, there are ...


Vikram Vedha, Review: Gang gang, bang bang

Vikram Vedha, Review: Gang gang, bang bang There are only a handful of characters in Vikram Vedha who do not wield guns, swords or any ‘weapon’ they can lay their hands on. Almost all of them die. And what about those who do wield guns and makeshift weapons? They meet their fate too, except for…Rarely has a film let loose a such a fusillade of bullets, from all sorts of hand-guns as well as AK47s, as in this film. And rarely have we seen so many corpses tumble left, right a...


Varun Dhawan holds sway at Amazon Prime Video bae

Varun Dhawan holds sway at Amazon Prime Video bae Events starting on time is a rarity in the entertainment circuit of Mumbae….oops, Mumbai, but for once the exception proved the rule. A smartly dressed young lady greeted me at the desk, took my name, which I spelt out to her loud and clear. Then she took my picture on an ipad and told me to collect my identity badge a few minutes later. As I entered the Grand Sangam Ballroom at the J.W. Marriott hotel, Juhu, there was loud dance music ...


Prime Video’s first original film, Maja Ma, Trailer launch: Mad about Madhuri

Prime Video’s first original film, Maja Ma, Trailer launch: Mad about Madhuri One afternoon in 1984, I was invited to the Natraj Hotel, Marine Drive, Bombay, to the release get-together of Rajshri Productions’ Abodh. My benefactor, writer-director Gobind Moonis, who had wanted to cast me as the blind boy in Dosti, had now discovered a girl with a very pretty face who had learnt kathak too. But the star of the day was Gyan Shivpuri, an actor who came with a reputation. When I trie...


Dhokha Round D Corner, Review: True lies, deception-perception and betrayal-portrayal

Dhokha Round D Corner, Review: True lies, deception-perception and betrayal-portrayal Way back in 1940, a British film was made under the title Gaslight. It had an American version in 1944. Since then, it has inspired a lot of psychological thrillers, in India too. In the film, a man plots to convince his wife and all around them that she is mad, in order to recover the jewels that he had tried to steal from her late aunt, who he had just murdered, but had failed by the sudden arrival of the ...


I’m Gonna Tell God Everything, Pre-Review: May peace be on earth

I’m Gonna Tell God Everything, Pre-Review: May peace be on earth A special screening of the award-winning film - 'I'm Gonna Tell God Everything', produced by Jay Patel and Abhishek Dudhaiya, and presented by Sanjay Dutt, was held earlier this week at the PVR Icon Multiplex, Andheri, Mumbai. Among the invitees were film journalists and actress Mandakini, of the film Ram Teri Ganga Maili fame, who came with her son, a young man who is about a foot taller than her. She was ther...


Chup: Revenge of the Artist, Review: Critickill analysis


Chup: Revenge of the Artist, Review: Critickill analysis Film critics, run for cover! Better still, seek police protection. Take a cue from the one renowned film critic already has police protection, and comes to our press previews with an armed escort, in uniform. The reason for this shield is not known to me. But all the other reviewers are mere mortals, some senior, some junior and some newbies. Some of them are well paid, some are paid much less than what they deserve, some are well-to-do...




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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie? More like the loud angst. Several films in our program dwell on the fears and frustrations of the well-to-do middle class.   The Line Ursula Meier Switzerland|France|Belgium    The Mountain Thomas Salvador France    We Might as Well Be Dead Natalia Sinelnikova Germany|Romania    Brother and Sister Arnaud Desplechin France    Speak No Evil Christian Tafdrup Denmark    Axiom Jö...


Welcome Back!

Welcome back! We've screened previous films of no less than 21 filmmakers in our program and couldn't wait to follow up: Akira Kurosawa Alex van Warmerdam Alexander Sokurov Amalie Næsby Fick Anca Damian Arnaud Desplechin Cristian Mungiu Dario Argento Felix van Groeningen François Ozon Hlynur Pálmason Kirill Serebrennikov Mark Cousins Michel Ocelot Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani Paul Schrader Rainer Werner Fassbinder Shawkat Amin Korki Stephen Frear...


Double Feature - Petra and Peter

The Opening Film of the 2022 Berlinale, Peter von Kant is a free adaption of The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (celebrating its 50th anniversary this year). François Ozon made a breakthrough in his film-making career in 2000 with an adaptation of an unproduced stage play by Fassbinder, Water Drops on Burning Rocks. Now Ozon goes back to his roots with the reworking of a Fassbinder classic and offers a gender-swapped version that serves as an indirect portrait ...


Just a Feeling

Admire - Living by Oliver Hermanus Challenge - Piaffe by Ann Oren Cherish - Ikiru by Akira Kurosawa Cringe - Speak No Evil by Christian Tafdrup Cry - MoreThanEver by Emily Atef Laugh - The Kitchen Brigade by Louis-Julien Petit Surprise - The Mountain by Thomas Salvador ...


Tasveer South Asian Film Festival (TSAFF) announces its largest slate of films for its 2022 edition

 Tasveer South Asian Film Festival (TSAFF) is excited to announce its largest slate of films for its 2022 edition taking place over 18 days. This year’s TSAFF will present 24 features and 79 short films spanning 17 countries and 15 languages, including 12 World Premieres and 24 US Premieres. The lineup showcases work that challenges patriarchy and amplifies gender justice, embodying the festival’s theme “Unapologetically South Asian.”   The festival launches...


ILLUMINATE 2022 Program Announced!

ILLUMINATE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCING OUR 2022 PROGRAM LINE-UP! We have an incredible slate of Films, Reel Healings Luminary Living Rooms, Parties and Events and more on tap of this year's Festval!  Tickets and Passes On-Sale Now!  IN-PERSON HIGHLIGHTS!  ...


The 15th edition of CinEast launched

  The 15th edition of CinEast (Central and Eastern European Film Festival in Luxembourg, 6-23 October 2022) was inaugurated last night at the Opening Ceremony held at the Neimënster cultural centre in Luxembourg, in the presence of numerous guests and over 250 spectators. The Opening speeches were pronounced by the Minister of Culture Ms. Sam Tanson, the Mayor of the City of Luxembourg Ms Lydie Polfer, the Ambassador to Czechia in Luxembourg Mr Vladimír Bärtl, the Charg&ea...


World Trailer Awards calling for the second edition February 2023

Honouring the world's best creatives, marketing the world's best entertainment. Entries are open, the venue is booked and we are excited to be well into the preparations for 2023. World Trailer Awards  25 February 2023  Entertainment is everywhere. But who drives the audiences to engage? With the dramatic increase in global connectivity and game-changing technologies, creators and storytellers, inventors and entrepreneurs are re-de...


New York Festivals TV & Film Awards opened their call for entries

New York Festivals TV & Film Awards honors content in all lengths and forms from over 50 countries. Embracing all aspects of the Television and Film industries, categories mirror today's global trends and encourage the next generation of story-tellers by recognizing innovators in our 14 Category Groups: News Programs, News Reports/Features, Sports Programs, Documentary, Entertainment Programs, Entertainment Specials, Program Crafts, Promotions/Station IDs & Opens, Promo/ID &...



Digital Gym


The AFM Sessions to feature 100 industry leaders

The AFM Sessions to Feature 100 Industry Leaders, Including Roadside Attractions’  Howard Cohen, Picture Perfect Federation’s Ashley Stern, Constantin Film’s Martin Moszkowicz,   Legion M’s Jeff Annison, Millennium Media’s Jeffrey Greenstein, Protagonist Pictures’ George Hamilton & Many More    LocationEXPO to Feature Film Commissions, Agencies and Production Service Companies from 30 Countries    The American F...


The AFM Sessions Take Center Stage

With so many recent changes in the business, The AFM Sessions will explore experiences and perspectives on the landscape of our industry – from script to screen.  Along with the of 30+ conference sessions and 100 speakers -- leading film executives, producers, decisionmakers, and experts from around the globe -- to our two stages in the Loews Hotel. Speakers from future-oriented companies and organizations, including: Bleecker Street, FilmNation, Lion Forge Animation, Millennium Med...


Lauren Spohn Bio - Best for Fests

Hello! My name is Lauren Spohn. I’m a Harvard graduate, Rhodes Scholar, private pilot, and PhD candidate in Intellectual History at Oxford. I write about people, airplanes, and ideas. More about Lauren Spohn on her website ! other links LinkedIn Writer Page, The Harvard Crimson Profile, The Harvard Gazette Facebook   ...


Tribute: Nobody TOLDJA Nikki Finke would die at only 68

By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent When Nikki Finke died on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, it was the Hunter’s Moon, a full moon in Hollywood.  That’s all Nikki, who died at 68, was, a hunter of scoops. With that famous TOLDJA word she coined, for the revenge reveal after the fact. Yes, okay, she was a journalist by trade, show biz news analyst, ground-breaking digital media pioneer founder of Deadline, now owned by Jay Penske’s PMC. But that’s not the whole ...

The Marrakech International Film Festival unveil its jury members for the 19th edition

Eight jurors coming from different nations and four continents alongside the President of the Jury by Paolo Sorrentino, to award the Étoile d'or, at the end of the Festival   ...


Our friend Nora Armani honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 38th Alexandria Film Festival

The 38th Alexandria Film Festival of Mediterranean Countries and its director Al Amir Abaza honored actress and filmmaker Nora Armani at the opening ceremony of the festival's Mahmoud Hemeda edition at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt.     Nora Armani with her Award Actress Nora Armani was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the opening ceremony of the Alexandria Film Festival's 38th edition on Wednesday, October 5, at the Bibliot...


„When the Woodlark sings“ – Best Writer on the Couch Film Festival in Toronto

Our film "When the Woodlark Sings" was selected on the Couch Film Festival in Toronto, Canada and ANA BILIC is the AWARD WINNER in the category Best Writer. The actress Valentina Himmelbauer received the NOMINEE in the category Best Actress. That was great news and we are overjoyed!  Watch the trailer: More information: ...


VIDEO Interview with Guillaume Esmiol Marché du Film Co Executive Director

...Guillaume Esmiol in conversation with Bruno Chatelin, about Guillaume's background in tech, media and innovation (with the TF1 Group), developping the new features in the current Marché du Film 2022 and the plans for the future edition which he will be running solo (with his team). He currently serves as co executive director of the Marché du Film and will take over from Jérôme Paillard who was having his last year in office. Bruno Chatelin was able to sit do... 




Pitch Perfect – Deadline to Enter is October 21

  The AFM Pitch Conference is a must-attend event! Not only will you have the opportunity to watch numerous script pitches in action and learn how to effectively pitch for yourself, but you also can submit a pitch video for the opportunity to take the AFM stage and pitch to our expert panel.   Award-winning producer Cassian Elwes (Mudbound, Dallas Buyers Club) and screenwriting expert Lee Jessup, will be among those who will hear each pitch and give unvarnished feedback – expl...


Kantara, review: Dispossessing the 'possessed'

Kantara, review: Dispossessing the 'possessed' Kantara is about conflict. Conflict between nature and human beings. Conflict between landlords and their subjects. Between Forest Officers and villagers using forest resources for subsistence. Between two powerful and major landlords. Between humans and ‘possessed-by-deities’ humans. Between humans and wild beasts. Between a mother and her son. Between a hero and his nemesis. Between a film and its audience. Yes, a film and i...


Absolution by Lauren Spohn Director's statement - Best for Fests

Absolution” is about addiction–suffering with it, trying to get rid of it, passing it on from one generation to the next. How do we deal with our problems? Who’s to blame? Are they ever really solved?  The idea for the film came from a series of searching conversations I had with fellow producers  Andrew Shemin and Seth David Michell about these themes. (We’re all something of armchair philosophers.) I wrote the script with Seth in mind. The rest of our creat...


Absolution by Lauren Spohn Synopsis - Best for Fests

A man sees his psychiatrist for help with a difficult problem. The conversation takes a sinister turn as the psychiatrist pushes deeper into the man’s past. All is not what it seems. ...


The Sound of Us selected at ILLUMINATE Film Festival 2022

ILLUMINATE 2022 Program Announced! ILLUMINATE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCING OUR 2022 PROGRAM LINE-UP! We have an incredible slate of Films, Reel Healings Luminary Living Rooms, Parties and Events and more on tap of this year's Festval!  Tickets and Passes On-Sale Now!  ...


Ubongo Launches Girl Champion Campaign Toolkit in Celebration of the Day of the Girl Child

The Ubongo Girl Champion campaign toolkit invites the public to partake in hosting screenings of Ubongo’s girl-power episodes for girls and boys of ages 7 to 14  Africa’s leading creator and producer of children’s educational media, Ubongo (, is delighted to announce the launch of Ubongo Girl Champion campaign toolkit as a resource to inspire action for the Girl Child. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to amplify African girls&rsqu...


SXSW® Hosts First-Ever SOUTH ASIAN HOUSE In Festival’s 37-Year-History

For the first time in South by Southwest® (SXSW®) history, an innovative initiative to highlight, recognize, and appreciate South Asians from the seven countries – India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Maldives – as well as accomplished members of the diaspora, will be unveiled at the FIRST-EVER SOUTH ASIAN HOUSE (SAH) at SXSW in March 2023. Brainchild of veteran producers, curators, and programmers Rohi ...

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Nominees for the 15th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) revealed

ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN ACADEMY ANNOUNCES 15TH APSA NOMINEES, JURIES, REVEALS FIRST AWARD WINNERS The Asia Pacific Screen Academy today announced the full list of nominees for the 15th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), as well as the International Juries who will determine the winners ahead of the glamorous APSA Ceremony at HOTA on Australia’s Gold Coast on Friday November 11. The full Asia Pacific Screen Forum programme and screening schedule were also announced. The...


LWFF 2022 Award Nominations

We are delighted to reveal the LWFF 2022 award nominees! Congratulations to all the nominated films, filmmakers, cast and crew! In a challenging year of recovery, you have continued to create and champion your work, and it's been such a privilege to help share these stories with the world. There are some incredible prizes to be won by our filmmakers this year, everything from software and equipment to film school bursaries, so be sure to join us for Closing Night on October 9t...


HOPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL gave its awards in an institution in Palermo for disabled people

Last tuesday morning the second edition of the International Film Festival Hope made a stop in Palermo at AIAS PALERMO and Fadi El-Lawand, founder of the film festival, awarded the President Dr. Salvatore Nicitra. The ceremony was attended by disabled children and health workers and ended with the planting of a tree in the garden of the Centro Aias Palermo Onlus in via Raiti.   The festival is dedicated to showing films on disabled people, highlight humanitarian issues related...

CaribbeanTales International Film Festival Announces Awards

  CTFF2022 Awards & Official Selections   Congratulations to all the winners at the 17th Annual CaribbeanTales International Film Festival!    Thank you to everyone who joined us in-person in celebrating the best in contemporary Caribbean Cinema. Thank you to our award winners and our funders & partners! As well as the dedicated team behind #CTFF2022!  &...

Park Hae-soo (Squid game) received Asia Wide Award by Martine Thérouanne, director Vesoul IFF Asian Cinéma

Martine Thérouanne, director of Vesoul IFF Asian Cinema presents the Asia Wide Award to the Korean actor Park Hae-soo (Squid Game) and the Indonesian actress Mikha Tambayong during the Marie-Claire - Chanel evening of the 27th International Film Festival of Busan (South Korea).   Martine and Jean-Marc Thérouanne and Jules Gouillon from the Festival International des Cinémas d'Asie de Vesoul represented France. They were at the table of LEE Young-kwan, president,...

Zurich festival wrapped

The 18th Zurich Film Festival has truly been a special one. Enjoy a selection of our own festival highlights, while we begin preparing for next year... Here's the rundown: 140 films 580 screenings 137'000 visitors 1006 industry delegates and guests   ...


Selection procedure on Cittador International Film Festival

A step by step guide to submitting a short film to the Cittador Film Festival 2022 Vienna, Austria: 1.     Submit your film on FilmFreeway via this link: 2.     If your film selected, you receive the “Official Selection” status and laurels as official selected film. You can use laurels for your promotional purpose for example on social media channels. 3.  &n...


New York Festivals TV & Film Awards 

New York Festivals TV & Film Awards honors content in all lengths and forms from over 50 countries. Embracing all aspects of the Television and Film industries, categories mirror today's global trends and encourage the next generation of story-tellers by recognizing innovators in our 14 Category Groups: News Programs, News Reports/Features, Sports Programs, Documentary, Entertainment Programs, Entertainment Specials, Program Crafts, Promotions/Station IDs & Opens, Promo/ID & Open Crafts, Streaming, Student, Films, Corporate Image, and Film Crafts.

Accepting entries for the 2023 competition since September 7th 2022. If you need additional assistance or have any questions about our categories, please contact Rose Anderson at




World Trailer Awards 
25 February 2023 


Honouring the world's best creatives, marketing the world's best entertainment.
Entries are open, the venue is booked and we are excited to be well into the preparations for 2023.

International Awards Program with International Judging Jury:

The work you submit is going to be seen by hundreds of judges. All are senior executives from production companies, distributors, broadcasters, streamers, advertising agencies and film, television and gaming studios.

32 Categories for Best Trailer, Best Audio Trailer, Best Poster, Best Motion Poster, Best Story, Best Experiential Marketing, Best Online Advertising, Best Outdoor Advertising, Best Print Advertising.

World Trailer Awards Regional Winners are announced and celebrated in early February 2023.

Winners for the World Trailer Awards 2023 will be announced on 25 February 2023 at Tivoli Marina Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal. The high profile awards event is attended by industry guests, entrants and judges. This is followed by a by a virtual broadcast on 26 February on

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Julien Dubuque Film Festival
April 26 – 30, 2023


Regular Deadline: December 12, 2022 

RANKED AGAIN IN 2022 AS ONE OF THE TOP 50 FILM FESTIVALS WORTH THE SUBMISSION FEE BY MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE AND ONE OF THE TOP REVIEWED ON FilmFreeway, JDIFF is known for its networking opportunities, best communication, quaint location, great programming, friendly staff & volunteers, inquisitive audience, multiple screening opportunities, workshops, panels, amazing events and parties and so much more! JDIFF is ALL about the independent filmmaker and is truly geared for the best experience!

Dubuque, Iowa, located right alongside the Mississippi River, is a perfect place to host the festival. As quoted in Filmmaker Magazine "The festival is smartly situated downtown, with an assortment of handsome venues all within walking distance" from the Festival Headquarters, located in the grand HOTEL JULIEN, the same hotel where Al Capone used to hide out from the Chicago Feds.


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The Myrtle Beach International Film Festival 
April 18 – 22, 2023

November 11, 2022 Regular Deadline
Submission Deadlines for MBIFF 18
October 7, 2022 /  Earlybird Deadline
November 11, 2022 /  Regular Deadline
December 9, 2022 /  Late Deadline
December 31, 2022 /  Extended Deadline

The MBIFF is a World Class Event.
Submissions end December 31,  2022, submit through, or through the festivals website, myrtlebeachfilmfestival.comThe Myrtle Beach International Film Festival has been awarded several prestigious awards including one of the "Top 25 film festivals worth the entry fee" by Movie Maker Magazine and has become a favorite of many filmmakers and film enthusiast!

The MBIFF 18 will take place April 18 - 22 2023.
What sets the MBIFF apart from other festivals is our commitment to the true spirit of film. Once you are here, you are family.
Our judging panel includes judges from all walks of life, why? As with any subjective judging, it is important to have a broad spectrum of perspectives. Many film festivals house only filmmakers as judges, which can lead to niche judging which we feel is unfair to filmmakers, especially if you do not fall inside their niche. Your film receives the fair and honest treatment it deserves. By including other perspectives from different walks of life it creates a balanced judging platform, which we believe is why we have been touted as having one of the best film line ups in the World. We believe that your project receives a more overall perspective grading as to whether it entertains or informs a wider viewing audience rather than that of only an entire panel of film makers. Not to worry, we do have several film professional on board as judges!
The goal of the founder and director Jerry Dalton, was to create a venue for independent film makers which is not corrupted by politics.
The MBIFF screens projects in a multi-million dollar theater, housing state of the art technology.
We look forward to viewing your film /project!

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14th NYC Independent Film Festival 
June 11-18, 2023 


August 31, 2022 Earlybird Deadline  

Home of the NYC Indie Awards the festival aims to discover the Artist Filmmaker, showcasing them to the entertainment industry and the NYC public. All NYCIndieFF screenings take place in the historic center of NYC, Time Square which is the perfect home for an event geared toward creating incredible opportunities for independent voices.

NYCIndieFF honors the Best in Category which includes Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Super Short, Best Covid Diaries, as well as Best Director and Best Screenplay.

NYCIndieFF provides a showcase for the best in independent cinema, including short films, feature films, music videos, and animated works. With panels, parties and a week-long gathering of fellow indie filmmakers NYCIndieFF is the place to be June 12 to June 19, 2022 This dates may move to accommodate any and all government regulations.

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Fantasporto´2023 | 43rd Porto International Film Festival calling for entries





Fantasporto´2023 | 43rd Porto International Film Festival reminds you that the entries for the next edition of this festival are open, and will close on December 31st, for all sections.

The 43rd edition of the event will be from February 24t till March 5th at Batalha – Centro de Cinema. To submit a film please send to the link and password (in Vimeo) of the film to be seen by the selection committee, and the entry form that you will find at FESTIVAL 2023 on The link must be open till March 5th. The selected films will be announced by the end of January.2023.

Fantasporto enjoys incredible loyalty and support from the large film-appreciating community all over the World.

A World Heritage City by UNESCO, Porto was considered twice Europe’s Best Touristic Destination, another factor adding interest for guests and the press. Founded, in 1981, by Beatriz Pacheco Pereira and Mário Dorminsky, the fest goes now with the same founders and directors, for its 43rd consecutive edition and has the support of the Portuguese State and Porto Townhall.

Please check the Regulations on the site before sending your submissions.


Features: The films must be produced in 2022.

Shorts (only fantasy films competition) till 15 minutes produced in 2022;

             To participate in the festival, films must be first screenings in Portugal (for all sections).

             Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English.










ABSOLUTION by Lauren Spohn

Short film by Lauren Spohn (UK: 6 minutes 24 seconds 2022)

Labelled BEST FOR FESTS by curator Bruno Chatelin former head of Fox and Sony in France, founder and editor


"I am in a dark forest and something is chasing after me,  some sort of creature that reeks fire or something: one part of me wants to run but I cannot move my legs? I am totally paralysed..." 

"One last thing"he said : "it's not your fault !"


A man sees his psychiatrist for help with a difficult hidden family secret. The conversation takes a sinister turn as the psychiatrist pushes deeper into the man’s past. All is not what it seems: 

Can he take the tension, will you?

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PIERRE ET JEANNE by Clémentine Célarié

First Feature film 2022 99 minutes

France 2021 99 minutes  First feature film by Clémentine Célarié, produced by Matthieu Rubin - Sazia Films.

Starring Loris FREEMAN, Elodie GODART, Clémentine CÉLARIÉ, Philippe UCHAN, Mathieu AMALRIC, Sergi LOPEZ, Dominique PINON, Tom LEEB, Jacqueline CORADO, Marie DURET...

Sibling Rivalry and truth untold emerge after the unexpected inheritance of Jeanne

"Pierre et Jeanne" recounts the devastation caused by an inheritance intended for Jeanne, Pierre's younger sister. This poisoned gift from a friend of the parents will instill discord, jealousy, discord and sibling rivalry until an untold truth is revealed.


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RETURN TO EDEN written and directed by Jeff Gross: 87 minutes April 2022

Starring Gary Kohn, Jade Struck, Claude Duhamel, Jim Kinney...

Jeff Gross is a novelist and film maker. He has several writing collaborations with Roman Polanski to his name, including "Frantic" and "Bitter Moon"
Returning to the small town of Eden, Oregon after 30 years in France,  Josef, a writer, filmmaker, and self-described permanent exile, tries his best to fit in. Unable to write,  the world is so crazy that he can't keep up, he starts coaching the girls' tennis team at one of the local high schools. Lonely, adrift, he develops a friendship with Hope, a remarkable woman who dances in Puritan Eden's only strip club.  But as the dark clouds of fascism roll in, rumors run rampant, and soon enough, inevitably, the two worlds collide, with tragic consequences.


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THE THRILL  by Gordi de st. Jeor 8 minutes USA Jan 29 2022

Starring Aidan Browne and Sofia Masson

A young guitarist is about to play the biggest show of his life. Things don't quite go as expected...


TIME IS ETERNAL by Dreamteam filmmaker duo of Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir - Starring berite labelle

Short Film Fantasy  USA  December 2021 - 14 Minutes 20 seconds  

A prestigious feminine writer examines in her most recent novel what it means to be a woman across history and conjures up Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt and fierce feminine writer/philosopher Mary Wollenstonecraft(mother of Mary Shelley, author of Frakenstein) who have crossed deserts of eternal time to meet.

The women materialize into her present time environment and recount their greatest victories, defeats, loves, regrets and dreams.

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ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN by Barbara Bentree
Documentary December 2021 - USA  90 minutes

Kevin Box has always known exactly what he intends to do with his life. In his words, "I want to have a conversation with people now and hundreds of years into the future."

As an artist, Kevin has been fascinated by the evolution of "lost wax casting" to create bronze sculptures and he spent many of his early years being mentored by other successful sculptors. Through his own R&D, he developed a unique signature by “unfolding” origami and casting these beautiful patterns into museum quality wall hangings.
"ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN" traces the career arc of Kevin and his partner/wife Jennifer as they now continue to create multiple traveling exhibitions of their artwork. Over the past decade, their unique sculptures have been viewed all over the country by millions of people.
"ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN" is an Artfilm, a Love Story, and an inspiration for all by showing what is possible…just starting with a simple piece of paper!

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HOT MONEY by Susan Kucera (director of Jeff Bridges Living in the future’s past)

Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, General Wesley Clark and his son Wes Clark Jr. take us on a journey through the complicated realities of our financial system and its profound exposure to climate change. Hot Money outs the whole game, the whole charade, the whole crapshoot of the money system with all the humor and intelligence of a New Yorker cartoon. Combined with the wisdom of international business experts and academics, Hot Money is rich with historical context. It severs the knot of economic and political forces that may lead to societal collapse.


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12TH HOUR narrated by David Morse

Documentary by Susan Kucera (director of Jeff Bridges Living in the future’s past)

USA July 2021 51 minutes 48 seconds

Much of our population currently lives with hopeful delusions about climate change. These delusions, many of which are built in by evolution, hamper our ability to meaningfully address the problem.

Our brains evolved to solve short-term challenges for our survival. Climate change is a long-term challenge to our survival. Can we bridge the gap between these modes of thinking?

Emmy-nominated actor David Morse narrates the brutally honest 12th hour with insight from noted evolutionary biologists, climate scientists, cognitive researchers and psychologists.

Visionary thinkers like Peter Russell, Dr. Paul Piff, Dr. Kari Norgaard and dozens of the brightest minds in academia lay out an unflinching look at mankind: our past, our abilities, our shortcomings and what may be humankind's final destination.

If we have any hope to survive the changes we’ve locked in to our climate, we need to be honest with ourselves and our limitations. The 12th Hour lays out our biases so that we may overcome them.


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ENOUGH Lebanon's Darkest Hour

Documentary by Daisy Gedeon second feature documentary
Australia  june 2021 90 minutes (in post)

ENOUGH! Lebanon’s Darkest Hour follows Australian-Lebanese filmmaker Daizy Gedeon’s personal and independent introspection into how her ancestral homeland, the place her family was forced to flee in the 1970s because of the Civil War, has ended up in a state of complete catastrophe. It is a story of awakening in which Daizy is forced to abandon her idealism about Lebanon and face the cold, harsh truth about the country’s dark underbelly which is its most sinister enemy.

Daizy prosecutes the case against the corrupt political class which has reduced a proud people to beg for garbage collection instead of greatness and negotiate potholes rather than peace.

ENOUGH! is the plea and the prayer, the feeling and fierce determination of the 4.5 million Lebanese in Lebanon as well as the 16 million members of the Lebanese diaspora scattered around the world, whose hearts continue to bleed for a homeland they are desperate to return to and so deeply want to believe in...once again.


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The Sound of Us directed by Chris Gero


"The Sound of Us" illustrates that during this critical time in world and U.S. history, music gives sound to hope and courage, allows us to grieve and be honest, and is the great, universal language that unites us all.

As the world grapples with unrest the profound truth remains that, through music, we are not alone.

The Sound of Us weaves inspiring stories about the beauty and goodness of music with interviews and performances by artists such as Ben Folds, Sarah McLachlan, Avery*Sunshine, Eric Whitacre, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Hiromi, Antonio Sanchez, Butch Walker, Will Wells, Patti Smith, and many more. Combined, these powerful vignettes illustrate how music heals us, gives us hope for the future through our children, keeps our heritage and history alive, allows us to have the most difficult of conversations, sheds light on current struggles, and continues to invite us back to the thing that unites us all - music.

The film is directed by Chris Gero, a Grammy nominated, American music industry executive, concert producer, record producer, songwriter, film director and composer, founder of Yamaha Entertainment Group of America and Chief Artist Relations Executive for Yamaha Artist Relations Group

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INVISIBLE HAND  by Matthew Taylor
director of The Creepy LineMarcel Duchamp the art of the possibleSafeguard an electoral debate...

USA  28 minutes August 2021

Invisible Hand is an exploration of memory. Our unnamed protagonist lives a life of repetition and insecurity. Every day is a blur of abstract actions until one night she meets a dark stranger who gives her a mysterious gift. Her life is turned upside down when she confronts a terrifying truth about her past. Deciding to take herself out of the abstract daily routine, she journeys into the crevices of her memory to untangle a dark secret that could ultimately destroy her.

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Zero Gravity USA first film directed by Thomas Verrette

74 minutes First feature documentary USA April 2021

A diverse group of middle-school students go on the journey of a lifetime when they compete in a nationwide competition sponsored by MIT to code satellites aboard the International Space Station.

Zero Gravity is a feature documentary that follows a diverse group of middle-school students from San Jose, CA, who compete in a nationwide tournament to code satellites aboard the International Space Station.
Seen through the wondrous eyes of three diverse young students and their first-time coach, they each take an intimate and personal journey to space as their team grows from amateur coders to representing California in the ISS Finals Tournament — the culmination of a summer-long adventure that sees their incredible accomplishment performed by astronauts in orbit.

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