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Legendary Indian actor and producer Shah Rukh Khan will receive an Honorary Award at Red Sea Fest

The Red Sea International Film Festival (Red Sea IFF) announced that the legendary Indian actor and producer Shah Rukh Khan will receive an Honorary Award to recognize his exceptional contribution to the film industry at the opening ceremony of the Festival’s second edition in Jeddah, on the Eastern shore of the Red Sea. The Festival is set to run from the 1-10 December and will present 131 feature films and shorts from 61 countries in 41 languages from both established and emerging talent...

The Better World Fund presents: Climate and Sustainable Living during RSIFF second edition

For the first time in Saudi Arabia, the Better World Fund (BWF), a Paris-based non-profit organization raising awareness on critical global issues, will host a big event on “Climate, and Sustainable Living” during the Red Sea International Film Festival that will take place from 1 to 10 December in Jeddah, KSA.   The conference that will be held on December 6th and 7th at Jeddah Hilton and Hayy Jameel respectively invites people to a series of high-level events to discus...


Red Sea International Film Festival Announces Virtual Reality Competition

The Festival will present a selection of the latest leading immersive experiences in competition, Red Sea: VR will showcase four Saudi projects in collaboration with Ithra’s Creative Solutions Program   The Red Sea International Film Festival announced today the program for their Virtual Reality Competition, celebrating innovative immersive art and entertainment. The program will feature ten virtual reality productions representing the best of international VR creativity f...


Red Sea Souk Project Market and the Red Sea Work-In-Progress juries announced

The Red Sea International Film Festival today unveiled the jury for the Red Sea Souk Project Market and the Red Sea Work-In-Progress. The juries will award several prizes to eligible films to a total value of $400,000, together with several ‘in kind’ awards from two new Red Sea Souk partners.   The three Project Market Jury members will award six Red Sea Souk awards, granted by the Red Sea Fund. Souk projects are eligible for the Development Award (worth $35,000), the Specia...


The Red Sea International Film Festival revealed their Festival Favorites selection

The Red Sea International Film Festival revealed their Festival Favorites selection. These films have been carefully chosen from the world’s best film festivals and will be screened as part of the Red Sea International Film Festival’s programming, bringing the best up-and-coming films from some of the world’s greatest new talents to Jeddah.   The Festival Favorites selection includes a round-up of the year’s international hits from both audiences and critics, as ...


15 films to compete for the The Red Sea Competition at RedSeaIFF

The Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF), has today announced the 15-strong lineup of films set to compete in the Red Sea Competition at the second edition of the Festival. The selection of films celebrates the very best in filmmaking from both established and emerging filmmakers from the Arab region, Asia and Africa. The exceptional lineup of films will compete for the Yusr Awards, launched to recognize and celebrate boldness and innovation in film. The films will be judged by a jur...



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IFFI 53, 2022, 06: Any nation, imagination, animation

IFFI 53, 2022, 06: Any nation, imagination, animation It is generally believed that this genre is largely loved by children, for its vibrant colorus, and simple themes, or messages they can take to heart. But, at the same time, many of the greatest animation films of all time are aimed at more mature audiences. The 53rd edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has in store, a great mix of various genres of this film-art. This year, IFFI will showcase five such films from di...


IFFI 53, 2022, 05: Lata Mangeshkar, one of a kind

IFFI 53, 2022, 05: Lata Mangeshkar, one of a kind The 53rd edition of the International Film Festival of India is paying homage to Melody Queen Lata Mangeshkar, who passed away in Mumbai in February this year, aged 92. While the veteran singer’s soulful songs are one too many, thousands, to be sure, each excelling her own huge contribution to Indian cinema and culture, the festival has chosen Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s 1973 musical drama film Abhimaan, to pay tribute to the superlativ...

IFFI 53, 2022, 05: Lata Mangeshkar, one of a kind

IFFI 53, 2022, 05: Lata Mangeshkar, one of a kind The 53rd edition of the International Film Festival of India is paying homage to Melody Queen Lata Mangeshkar, who passed away in Mumbai in February this year, aged 92. While the veteran singer’s soulful songs are one too many, thousands, to be sure, each excelling her own huge contribution to Indian cinema and culture, the festival has chosen Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s 1973 musical drama film Abhimaan, to pay tribute to the superlativ...


IFFI 53, 2022, 04: Makes history with first feature film to have only indigenous cast

IFFI 53, 2022, 04: Makes history with first feature film to have only indigenous cast  She rises from the ashes, to fearlessly proclaim the exclusive right she has over her body and the decisions involving it. Dhabari Quruvi is an elevating story of girls belonging to a tribal community in Kerala, and is the first film in the history of Indian cinema to star only people from indigenous communities. Directed by National Award-winning film-maker Priyanandan, the film also has the distin...

IFFI 53, 2022, 03: Mexican salsa on the menu

IFFI 53, 2022, 03: Mexican salsa on the menu Mexico is a country known for its vibrant culture and colourful history. Recently, another addition to the country’s ever growing cultural heritage is its cinema. Legends such as Alejandro González Iñárritu, Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón and Carlos Reygadas, have produced world class films and won international critical acclaim. The 53rd IFFI also celebrates Mexico and its cinema with the screening of 7 M...


IFFI Goa 53, 2022, 2: Austrian film Alma and Oskar to open fest

IFFI Goa 53, 2022, 2: Austrian film Alma and Oskar to open fest Austrian film Alma and Oskar will be the Opening film at the 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI), to be held in Panaji, Goa, from November 20 to November 28. The passionate and tumultuous relationship between the Viennese society Grand Dame Alma Mahler (1879-1964) and Austrian artist Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980) is the subject of this biopic. Directed by Dieter Berner, the film has a runtime of 110 minutes. Oskar Kok...


IFFI 53, 2022, 01: FTII, NFDC and ESG to offer free courses to persons with disabilities

IFFI 53, 2022, 01: FTII, NFDC and ESG to offer free courses to persons with disabilities Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, under its Centre for Open Learning (CFOL) initiative, National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) and Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) have announced two free courses for persons with disabilities as part of the 53rd edition of International Film Festival of India, scheduled to be held from November 20 to 28, in Panaji, Goa. A basic course in smartph...



Beyond Borders reveals the Poster for the 8th edition

8th International Documentary Film Festival in Castellorizo "Beyond Borders" 2023 August 20-27, 2023 "Where Documentary Meets History and Culture"   For the third consecutive year, the International Documentary Film Festival in Castellorizo "Beyond Borders" has the pleasure and honor of being under the most honorable state patronage of the Hellenic Republic, that of A.E. of the President of the Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou. The patron...


Western returns to the 40th Torino Film Festival

Photo: Coroner Creek 40th Torino Film Festival Western returns to the Torino Film Festival with a dedicated section. Mezzogiorno di fuoco (High Noon) was thought to cover the noon time slot with screenings of what still today is considered the ‘American cinema par excellence’, loved by cinephiles from all around the world among different generations.   Especially loved by the artistic director Steve Della Casa, the western genre has been the main character of the editions ...


18th edition of Meetings on the Bridge will be held on 12-14 April 2023.

NEIGHBOURS PLATFORM APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN NOW   Meetings on the Bridge, organised by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts within the scope of Istanbul Film Festival and with the support of Republic of Türkiye Ministry of Culture and Tourism, accepts Neighbours Platform applications. Deadline is 17 February 2023.   Supported by Anadolu Efes, Meetings on the Bridge continues introducing directors, producers and scriptwriters from Turkey and its neighbouring countries to inte...



2022 Nihilist Film Fest Returns to Live Presentation

For more than twenty years, the Nihilist Cultural Foundation has presented the Nihilist International Film Festival.  Because of Covid, the last two years of the show have been presented online instead of in person.  But we are back.  The 2022 Nihilist Film Festival will be held in Los Angeles on December  23 starting 8pm at The Dorie Theater at 6476 Santa Monica Bl. in Hollywood.  The festival includes two hours of short films from around the coun...

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Berlinale 2023: Honorary Golden Bear and Homage for Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg © Brian Bowen Smith. Courtesy Amblin Partners The Homage of the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival will be devoted to US-American director, producer and screenwriter Steven Spielberg, who will also be presented with an Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement. In the scope of the Award Ceremony at the Berlinale Palast, the festival will screen his most recent work, The Fabelmans. A recipient of multiple Academy Awards, Spielberg is one of the world's m...


EFP announces jury for 26th edition of european shooting stars

  EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS 2023 - THE JURY: Jan Komasa, Rebecca van Unen, Maria Ekerhovd, Leo Barraclough and Veronica Echegui Five acclaimed experts selected by European Film Promotion (EFP) have the challenging task of deciding which of the 27 nominated acting talents will take part in the upcoming edition of EUROPE SHOOTING STARS (17-20 February, 2023) at the Berlin International Film Festival. With their extensive experience in different fields of the film industry, the jury members w...


Ruben Östlund appointed new Honorary President of Göteborg Film Festival

   Ruben Östlund has been appointed as the new Honorary President of Göteborg Film Festival. Östlund will be an advisor for the festival and leave his artistic imprint on the festival programme – starting with the upcoming Göteborg Film Festival 2023.         When Ruben Östlund's documentary short Let The Others Deal With Love had its world premiere at Göteborg Film Festival in 2001, a different, provocative and exciting artist...


Composers for peace: Kilar, Glass and Brossé
In December, Film Fest Gent will present the Sinfonietta Cracovia Orchestra to the Belgian audience through the concert series Composers for peace, performing the music of the internationally renowned Polish composer Wojciech Kilar, the American composer and pianist Philip Glass and the Belgian composer, conductor and Film Fest Gent music director Dirk Brossé. The concert is part of the international Kilar 90 tour. After the success of the Kilar | Glass concert at the Krakow Film M...


Looking forward to jury duty at World Trailer Awards!

Bruno Chatelin is happy to be a judge for the second edition of the World Trailer Awards / 25 February 2023 . Voting member : European Film Academy (former  Board Member); Les Cesar voting member since 1987, Académie des Lumières. Fest Forums Advisory Board Member, International Film Festival Summit Advisory Board Member. Board Member on a few Festivals BIFF, CIFF, Animaze - le MIAFF, Houston WorldFest, Co- Founder of Animation Day in Cannes French ...


Nicole Kidman will receive the 49th AFI Life Achievement Award

America’s Highest Honor for a Career in Film to Be Presented at Gala Tribute on June 10, 2023 The American Film Institute (AFI) Board of Trustees announced today that Nicole Kidman will be the recipient of the 49th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film, celebrating her career achievements thus far. The award will be presented to Kidman at a Gala Tribute at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 10, 2023. She is the first Australian actor to recei...


Red Sea Souk Project Market and the Red Sea Work-In-Progress juries announced

The Red Sea International Film Festival today unveiled the jury for the Red Sea Souk Project Market and the Red Sea Work-In-Progress. The juries will award several prizes to eligible films to a total value of $400,000, together with several ‘in kind’ awards from two new Red Sea Souk partners.   The three Project Market Jury members will award six Red Sea Souk awards, granted by the Red Sea Fund. Souk projects are eligible for the Development Award (worth $35,000), the Specia...


Interview with Acclaimed "Catch Me If You Can" (2002) Producer Michel Shane @ Producers Without Borders Panel, AFM 2022

Michel Shane has spent the last three decades of his distinguished career as a venerable entrepreneur, with the intuition and foresight to perceptively spot trends before they go mainstream in the film and consumer spheres. At the helm of Shane Gang Pictures, which has developed, created, and executive produced major blockbuster motion pictures, including “Catch Me If You Can” (2002) and “I, Robot” (2004), he has driven the process from thought generation to implem...


Interview with Actor Producer Director Tom Malloy For Directorial Debut Film "Ask Me To Dance" (2022) @ AFM

  Actor, Producer, Director Tom Malloy is a critically acclaimed actor, initially known for his indie-cult favorite Gravesend (1998), produced by Oliver Stone. Malloy became a trendsetter as one of the first successful triple-hyphenate Actor/Writer/Producers. Later, Malloy starred in the thriller Trauma Therapy (2019). Prior to that, Malloy starred in the found footage horror/thriller #Screamers (2016). Additional feature credits include: Fair Haven ...


Interview with Mexican Writer Director Producer Alex Kahuam for his one take feature film "FAILURE!" (2022) @ AFM

      Alex Kahuam is an award winning director/writer/producer who has been nominated at the top genre film festivals in the world such as: SITGES, LONDON FRIGHTFEST, BIFFF-Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival and many more. He is the first Mexican director in the history of cinema to have accomplished making a feature film in one long take with no cuts in the US. His style has caught the attention of many film festivals, critics and audiences around the world for .


Speed Meetings - Meet the projects a nd Lineup from Animation!, Blood Window and Proyecta at Ventana Sur

Register for Speed-Meetings: Meet the Projects Wednesday, November 30 - Friday, December 2 (Onsite) Tuesday, December 6 (Online)   Ventana Sur launches Speed Meetings - Meet the projects in order to connect with the lineup from Animation!, Blood Window and Proyecta. Take your networking game to the next level by booking one-to-one format meetings with professionals related to current projects, thanks to our partner B.square. The meetings will take place from November 30 to Dec...


French Film Festival UK adds Saint Omer to its 30th anniversary programme

French Film Festival UK is proud to announce the addition of Alice Diop’s stunning feature debut, Saint Omer to its 30th anniversary programme   Saint Omer marks the documentarian’s first narrative film and has since received the Grand Jury Prize at Venice Film Festival and been selected as France’s contender for the 2023 Oscars Best International Feature Film French Film Festival UK is delighted to announce the addition of Alice Diop’s narra...



3rd Annecy Festival Residency – The 2023 Winners

From 3rd April to 30th June 2023, the Annecy Festival Residency will be hosting new artists who will be working on the graphic development of their animation feature films. ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­      ...


EFA reveals its Excellence Awards 2022!

Congratulation to the winners of the Excellence Awards 2022!   The eight winners of the Excellence Awards have been unveiled by the European Film Academy today. The winners in the categories honouring the different arts and crafts will receive their awards at the European Film Awards ceremony on 10 December in Reykjavík:   European Cinematography Kate McCullough for THE QUIET GIRL   European Editing Özcan Vardar & Eytan İpeker for BURNING...


44th Cairo Int'l Film Festival 2022 Winners

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION The Golden Pyramid Award for Best Film Alam by Firas Khoury   The Silver Pyramid, Special Jury Award, for Best Director Love according do Dalva by Emmanuelle Nicot       The Bronze Pyramid Award for Best First/Second Work Bread and Salt by Damian Kocur       Naguib Mahfouz Award for Best Screenplay A man by Kei Ishikawa (kosuki mukai)     Best Actor Award (split for two actors) The dam by Ali Ch...


Ermanno Olmi Award - The Finalist

La cotta (The Crush, Italy, 1967 Over 70 entries - ranging from fiction, documentaries and animation - from Mauritania, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Croatia and Germany, along with several other European countries and a substantial Italian representative, were selected to compete in the third edition of the Ermanno Olmi Award, an event aiming to promote short films by young directors. Flores del precipicio by Andrea Gatopoulos (Spain, Italy, Brazil, 2022), Garfield Coquillage by Paul Marques...


Announcing the Winners of ILLUMINATE 2022's Film Awards!

    ANNOUNCING OUR 2022 FILM AWARD WINNERS   The votes are in... drumroll please...  We are proud to announce that this year's overall ballotted film scores were higher than any program in ILLUMINATE history!   A huge CONGRATULATIONS to our 2022 ILLUMINATE Film Festival award winners:    Audience Award* Love Heals Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song ManguTV ...


Works in Progress OIFF Winner Announced at Stockholm Film Festival

  The jury announced the winner of the Works in Progress Stockholm International Film Festival 2022, supported by the Odesa International Film Festival. The jury consisted of top Swedish filmmakers: director Daniel Espinosa, producer Fredrik Zaner and filmmaker Siri Hjorton Wagner. They chose a winner from 10 presented projects, which are at any stage of production and belong to different genres. The winner of Works in Progress was the project Pride is not available in your...


Winners of the Tiburon 2022 Golden Reel Awards

The winners of the 2022 Golden Reel Awards were announced at the 21st Annual Tiburon International Film Festival:     Best Film: The Eaglets. Grodno'39 [Poland] Best Director: Krzysztof Lukaszewicz, for The Eaglets. Grodno'39 [Poland] Best Actor: Marko Matvere, for On the Water [Estonia] Best Actress: Kinga Preis, for Back Then [Poland] Best Documentary: Oscar Peterson: Black + White, directed b...


The winners of IDFA's 35th edition: Apolonia and Manifesto win Best Film

Copyright IDFA/Coen Dijkstra The winners of IDFA's 35th edition competition programs were announced at the Awards Ceremony taking place at ITA (Internationaal Theater Amsterdam) and were live-streamed here.     INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION    Apolonia, Apolonia by Lea Glob is the winner of the IDFA Award for Best Film. The award is accompanied by a €15,000 cash prize.    "This film has characters who breathe life and take us on a journey, o...


45th Denver Film Festival Award Winners and Honorees

    Audience Award Narrative Feature: THE QUIET GIRL Director: Colm Bairéad Country: Ireland ...


The 15th Annual Bushwick Film Festival Announces Award Winning Films

Winners include Chiqui, Unidentified Objects, The Smell of Money and more!       BROOKLYN, NY, (November 15, 2022) – The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) celebrated its 15th edition this year from November 1 - November 7, with over 100 independent films from Brooklyn and around the world. The festival included an Opening Night Red Carpet Reception presented by Spectrum on November 1st at Lot 45, live screenings ho...


Awards of the Marrakech International Film Festival

 Final day for the Marrakech International Film Festival During the 19th Closing Ceremony, the jury announced this year's awards and paid tribute to Tilda Swinton   The Étoile d'Or awarded to A TALE OF SHEMROON  by Iranian director Emad Aleebrahim Dehkordi   An Exceptional edition The 19th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival was exceptional in many ways. First, it marks the return of the event after a two-year break due to...



eo wins the arab critics' awards for european films at the cairo international film festival

  Distributor Hisham Alghanim (Front Row Filmed Entertainment) who received the award on behalf of Jerzey Skolimowski with EFP-Managing Director Sonja Heinen and Alaa Karkouti, Co-Founder of the Arab Cinema Center (right) The Polish-Italian co-production EO by Jerzy Skolimowski has won this year's Arab Critics' Awards for European Films, which is being presented for the fourth time by European Film Promotion (EFP) and Arab Cinema Center (ACC) at the Cairo International Film Festi...


Vic Gerami's ‘Motherland’ Documentary Feature Film Wins Pomegranate Film Festival’s Top Two Awards

‘Motherland,’ which HuffPost’s Thom Senzee called ‘Most Anticipated Documentary Film of 2022’ and director Vic Gerami, won the two top prizes at the annual Pomegranate Film Festival (POM). The film won the ‘Audience Choice Award,’ while Gerami won the festival’s ‘Golden Pomegranate Award’ for outstanding contributions to Armenian Cinema.  ‘Motherland’ is a contender for the O...

Santa Barbara Fest Honoring CATE BLANCHETT with Outstanding Performer of the Year Award

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Nominees of the European Film Awards 2022

The European Film Academy revealed the nominees of the main categories of the 35th European Film Awards. The award ceremony takes place on 10 December in Reykjavík and will celebrate the best of European Film culture.   For the first time the Academy announces the nominations in a video presenting all nominated productions and protagonists. Please find the video here.   These are the nominations:   European Film: ALCARRÀS direct...



Worldfest Houston 56 
April 25-30, 2023


Early bird discount deadline  November 15

WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival offers international competition in Ten Major Competition Categories! Features, Shorts, Docs/Business Films, Student, Experimental, Screenplays, New Media, TV Production, TV Commercials, & Music Videos! More than 200 sub-categories for fair competition. Only at WorldFest-Houston are you selected as a Remi Award Winner on the basis of your numerical score from the juries, which greatly increases your chance to win a Remi, unlike other festivals that only give out one Gold, one Silver and one Bronze! Only 10%-15% of entries actually win the coveted Remi Award!

You may enter Online via our entry platform -, or via - we now accept entries via Vimeo & YouTube, in addition to DVD/BR Entries, & USB/Jump Drives. Screenplay entries must be bound. We will confirm when we receive your entry and we provide personal Jury Results, and festival details when you are selected for screening at the 56th WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival!


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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

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  

NYC Indie Film Fest

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.











'Tales of Babylon' to screen at Berlin, first look of the feature film available for sneak-peek



First look at "Tales of Babylon" by Pelayo De Lario
Synopsis:  In this ultra-hip crime thriller, X and Y are two hitmen which storyline is interwoven with other two hitmen: Mother Nature and The Professional. The lives of these hitmen, a bartender, a kid, her brother, and their gangster leader grandfather intertwine in these wild tales of violence, family and redemption.  In this tale of family, crime, and violence in London, the Modern day Babylon....
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ECO VILLAGE by Phoebe Nir
First Feature Film by Phoebe Nir (USA: 81 minutes November 2022)

When Robin hitch-hikes to an eco village she read about online, she is seduced by a highly musical parallel universe, in which wholesome earth skills blend vertiginously with Bacchanalia and Sadomasochism.


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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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