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> FANTASPORTO IN FOCUS partnership with Fantasporto renewed

Mario Dorminsky, Beatriz Pacheco Pereira dn Julian Temple with Bruno Chatelin in Porto enjoying the festival ine a new venue à Centro de Cinema de Batalha!   ...

The teaser for the 44th Porto International Film Festival | Fantasporto´2024

The teaser for the 44th Porto International Film Festival | Fantasporto´2024 ...


FANTASPORTO closes 2023 Batalha edition with Awards

MEGALOMANIAC AND THE PORTUGUESE INCUBUS WINNERS OF THE FANTASY SECTION AND NARCOSIS OF THE DIRECTOR’S WEEK The new Multiplex BATALHA received this year the 43rd edition of the iconic and just finished Fantasporto – Festival Internacional de Cinema do Porto. The International Jury of the fantasy section was LAWRENCE TROTT, MÁRTA BÉNYEI, SANDRA HENRIQUES and LUÍS ROSALES and decided to divide their awards between European and Asian Films.  PORTUGUESE...

VIDEO Fantasporto 2023 Career tribute to Krzysztof Zanussi

Beatriz Pacheco Peirera Fantasporto co founder with Mario Dorminsky handed the carreer tribute to Krystof before the projection of PERFECT NUMBER his latest film, he said with some humour that he was puzzled by (tribute to his career) which he considers not iover and wants to do more films.... ...


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Triangle of Sadness: An American Marxist and a Russian Capitalist on a $250 m yacht

Triangle of Sadness: An American Marxist and a Russian Capitalist on a $250 m yacht As movies go, there are several advantages of being different. Genre films have been beaten to death and critics, not to mention discerning audiences, are dying to watch something different. There are those who are different by virtue of original ideas, while others are different for the sake of being different. Let’s begin with the title: in the first few minutes of the film, you are told that it is som... 

Rabia and Olivia, Review: A loving, fatherless nanny and a motherless, disturbed girl

Rabia and Olivia, Review: A loving, fatherless nanny and a motherless, disturbed girl It is not too often that an Indie film, having Canadian and Indian actors, strikes a few right chords, avoids the obvious and delivers a credible ending. Rabia and Olivia seems to have languished in the cans for some time, going by the dateline of the events, which occur in 2018. And one can see why. There’s India and there is Canada, but there is no terrorism, no overdone immigrant issues and no roma...


50th Film Fest Gent honours game music with concert 'PRESS PLAY: Music in Games' and new music prize

19 - 21 October 2023, WSA Film Music Days 50th Film Fest Gent honours game music with concert 'PRESS PLAY: Music in Games' and new music prize Film Fest Gent presents the PRESS PLAY: Music in Games concert on Thursday 19 October 2023, which will bring music composed for video games to life. The music by, among others, composer Austin Wintory - known for award-winning games such as Journey, Abzû and Assassin's Creed Syndicate and who will also be hosting the concert- will be...


Filmfest Dresden (18 to 23 April 2023) is screening a total of 64 short films from 29 countries in three competition sections

 35 Filmfest Dresden (18.–23. April 2023) Competition Films from 29 Countries // Works by Radu Jude & Matthew Rankin // New Jury Award & Increased Prizemoney Filmfest Dresden (18 to 23 April 2023) is screening a total of 64 short films from 29 countries in the three competition sections of its 35th edition. Of the 2,800 films submitted, the Selection Committees chose 30 (co-)productions for the International Competition, 26 entries for the National Competition and eight wo...


Manchester Film Festival 2023 programme kicked off

Manchester Film Festival   10th – 19th March   ODEON, GREAT NORTHERN FULL LINE-UP AND TICKETS HERE Manchester Film Festival is excited to announce SIX more feature films and one short film to this year’s line-up. This includes BREAKING starring John Boyega; NOVEMBER starring Academy Award winning actor Jean Dujardin and the Oscar-nominated short film THE RED SUITCASE. The six feature films announced today: BREAKING: John Boyega stars as a war veteran desp...


Golden Prague Festival 2023 is OPEN for entries for its 60th edition

Celebrate with us the 60th anniversary of the Golden Prague! It's one of the oldest and most prestigious festivals dedicated to the television industry, with a history dating back to 1964. Over the years, it has established as a platform for showcasing the best in TV production, attracting filmmakers, broadcasters, producers, and other industry professionals from around the world. This year jubilee edition takes place September 20-23, 2023 at the New Stage of the National Theatre...


Göteborg Film Fund 2023 opens new call for development grants for Ukrainian filmmakers working within Ukraine

  On March 15 Göteborg Film Fund is opening a call for submissions for development grants for filmmakers working within Ukraine. The support scheme is part of a bigger programme for Ukraine, which was initiated in June 2022 with residency filmmakers working in Sweden, continuing with supports for dissemination and promotion of Ukrainian films, and development grants during the autumn. The programme is supported by The Swedish Postcode Foundation, within the frame of their focus on art...


Celebrate International Women's Day & Women's History Month!

  Join us for a virtual film festival! March 8 - 31, 2023 Join us for a virtual film festival in celebration of International Women's Day and Women's History Month! Don't miss your chance to watch p...


All New Stockfish Film and Industry Festival 2023

  INDUSTRY PROGRAM Stockfish 2023 industry days continue to unfold as an emerging space that creates powerful dialogues and nurtures a professional, open-source platform. A platform to network, co-create, and provide better opportunities with a diverse approach to innovation. Through the Stockfish Industry program, we promote cultural diversity in film and facilitate the exchange of know-how among industry professionals, film festivals, art house distributors, artistic directors and film ...


Cairo International Film Festival announces the date of its next edition

Cairo International Film Festival announces the date of its 45th edition, which will be held from November 15 to 24, 2023, at the Cairo Opera House. The festival had previously announced the date of the new session headed by Hussein Fahmy, the festival's president, the festival director, director Amir Ramses, and the director of the programming office, critic Andrew Mohsen, during the participation of the artistic administration within activities of current session of Berlin International...


The teaser for the 44th Porto International Film Festival | Fantasporto´2024

The teaser for the 44th Porto International Film Festival | Fantasporto´2024 ...


The look of sound: Music and Politics in review

The 21st International  Forum for Films about Music (May 8-10) will face issues that that no one considered relevant until recently. The music world has suddenly become political again. Artists are rated according to nonartistic criteria; today exile, war and forced migration shape our music life, personally and substantively. That is why this year “The Look of Sound” questions new music films from the past two years about their explicit or implicit political signifi...


'Dreamer' Receives Top Honors At Fifth Annual Mammoth Film Festival™, Taking Home Best Picture and Best Actor Awards

An unprecedented five days in Mammoth Lakes, California, the 2023 Mammoth Film Festival™, held from March 2-6, celebrated talented filmmakers and actors in over 30 feet of snow, resulting from several back to back blizzards in the area. Despite the weather, the festival offered a successful and exciting experience for its dedicated filmmakers, talent and supporters. The fifth installment of the rapidly growing event certainly did not disappoint with an impressive film slate of ov...


The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) returns in person this May

CINEMA IN PARADISE RETURNS IN PERSON THIS MAY The 18th Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) will take place in Nassau May 3 – 7, and Cat Island May 8, 2023, That announcement made today by BIFF's Founder & Executive Director, Leslie Vanderpool.   BIFF is one of the most respected and exciting film festivals in the Caribbean and named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World”. Vanderpool said BIFF is proud to...

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NatureTrack Film Festival Announces Dates for 5th Anniversary Edition Oct. 6-8, 2023

New Festival Team Revealed First Time in Goleta at Fairview Theatre and Return to Los Olivos Submissions Open Now - Calling for Nature-Centric Films   (Goleta, CA) Celebrating the return of the beloved NatureTrack Film Festival (NTFF) for its 5th year is cause to break out the champagne.  Lots of exciting news to reveal like new co-directors for the fest, addition of a development director to the team, add in a new location, official dates, plus call for open submissions to the nat...

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38th Annual Artios Awards

Casting Society (CSA) honored excellence in casting across feature films, television and theatre at the 38th Annual Artios Awards held on Thursday, March 9, with ceremonies in Los Angeles, New York and London. Yvette Nicole Brown hosted in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton,  the New York ceremony was hosted by Amber Ruffin at the Edison Ballroom, and the London ceremony was hosted by Gordon Griffin M.B.E at the Union Club. The star-studded award ceremonies are Casting Society's ...


'Unruly' wins Dragon Award Best Nordic Film

Unruly, directed by Malou Reymann, wins Dragon Award Best Nordic Film. The award of SEK 400 000 makes it one of the world's largest film prizes. Presenting partner for the competition is Region Västra Götaland and the City of Gothenburg. The Jury's motivation:  With a great wish to honour a film that tells its story with both great sensitivity and power, the jury is grateful to lighten a universal story about human spirit against the oppressive system. ...


"Of Medicine and Miracles" and "Farewell, Mr. Haffman" Named Best of Fest at Sedona International Film Festival

Of Medicine and Miracles, a feature-length documentary following oncologist Dr. Carl June on his quest to find a cure for cancer, and Farewell, Mr. Haffman, a narrative feature set in Occupied Paris in 1941 about a thwarted attempt to escape the conflict, captured top honors at the 29thannual Sedona International Film Festival.             The eight-day festival featured more than 150 films from around the world and appearanc...


Awards of the 29th Festival International des Cinémas d'Asie de Vesoul

HONORARY GOLDEN CYCLO (offered by the Agglomeration Community and the city of Vesoul): to M. Lee Yong-kwan, president of BIFF, for its action in favour of the cinema (Korea) and Semih Kaplanoğlu, director, for the all of his work (Turkey).   CYCLO D'OR (offered by the Regional Council of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté), International Jury: President: M. Lee Yong-kwan, president of BIFF (Korea), members: Mrs Emily J Hoe, president SGIFF (Singapore)...


The CESAR Award Winners

The Night of the 12th Dominik Moll, Carole Scotta, Caroline Benjo, ... Film Benoît Magimel Pacifiction Actor Virginie Efira Paris Memories Actress Nadia Tereszkiewicz Forever Young Promising Actress Bastien Boui...


The Better World Film Forum returns to Cannes MAY, 21st and 22 nd at The Carlton

  BETTER WORLD FUND   @ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CANNES   MAY, 21st & 22 nd 2023 at THE CARLTON HOTEL     Sustainable development worldwide, Academia for a Better World   Mastermind, Conference, Press, Gala Dinner, Trophy Ceremony, Celebrities, Red Carpet, Liz Mc Comb Showcase   Check the FULL BROCHURE   AMAZONIA FUND ALLIANCE FOR UNESCO    BETTER WORL...


Mike Downey to receive The Stockfish Honorary Award

Stockfish 2023 will confer an honorary award for “An outstanding contribution to the film industry,” an approach to bestow prominent professionals from the academic, production, distribution, market and film festival scenes. The 2023 Stockfish Award will go to Mike Downey.   Mike Downey founded the UK-based independent production house Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) in 2000 as part of an IPO on the Frankfurt DAX...

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VIDEO Interview with Guillaume Esmiol Cannes Marché du Film Director views on cannes 2022 and 2023

Guillaume Esmiol the new Cannes Marché du Film Director sat down in Berlin during EFM with Bruno Chatelin to discuss Cannes 2022 and the coming 2023 edition Tue, May 16, 2023 - Sat, May 27, 2023. Watch his interview and what he could reveal about the new features of the 2023 comimg edition:       ...


Ruben Östlund, President of the Jury of the 76th Festival de Cannes

50 years after fellow citizen Ingrid Bergman, Swedish director Ruben Östlund, a two-time winner of the Palme d'or, will preside over the Jury of the 76th edition of the Festival de Cannes to be held from May 16 to 27. « I am happy, proud, and humbled to be trusted with the honor of Jury president for this year's Competition at the Festival de Cannes. Nowhere in the film world is the anticipation as strong as when the curtain rises on the films in Competition at the Festival...

Honor Awards to three prolific individuals on Opening Night of SR Socially Relevant™ Film Festival on March 16

Gale Anne Hurd SRFF2023 the 10th-anniversary edition of SR Socially Relevant™Film Festival NY, SRFF 2023, red carpet opens March 16, at the Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater at 5:30 PM. The Opening Ceremony, and Honor Awards at 6:00 PM. The honorees are Gale Anne Hurd (Award-winning Film and TV Producer), Tonya Lewis Lee (producer, film director, writer, entrepreneur, and women's health advocate), and Robert Schenkkan (Pulitzer and Emmy Award-winning author). The Van...


Barbara Wurm Appointed as New Head of the Berlinale Forum

Barbara Wurm Appointed as New Head of the Berlinale Forum   As of August 1, 2023, the author and curator Barbara Wurm will be taking over as head of the Forum section, which has been part of the Berlinale since 1971 and is independently curated and run by Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art. Wurm succeeds Cristina Nord, who is returning to the Goethe-Institut after four years. Anna Hoffmann will provide support as the section and programme manager. Uli Ziemons ...


French Riviera Film Festival 

May 19-20, 2023



March 11, 2023 Late Deadline

April 11, 2023 Extended Deadline

The fith annual French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) will recognize and celebrate short-form content created for film, television, Web and all digital platforms. In the glamorous South of France setting, FRFF invites filmmakers from around the globe to participate in the two-day festival that includes screenings, awards ceremony, and closing gala party. FRFF will place the spotlight on the best short-form filmed content during the time period of the annual Festival de Cannes. A prestigious jury panel will select Best Drama Short, Best Comedy Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Animation Short, Best Experimental Short, Best Lifestyle Short, Best Fashion Short, Best Music Video, Best Female Filmmaker Award, Best Director Award, Best Actor Award, Best Actress Award, Best Activism Short, Best Micro Short Award, Industry Excellence Award, and Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Attendees and participants will include filmmakers, industry executives, celebrities, media, and influencers.

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Chelsea Film Festival
October 12 – 15, 2023

March 31, 2023 Regular Deadline

May 31, 2023 Late Deadline

The Chelsea Film Festival (CFF) has been selected in the "TOP 10 BEST FILM FESTIVAL IN NORTH AMERICA" (#6) by USA Today in 2019 among 19 other film festivals in the USA.

CFF is an organization dedicated to supporting films and the artists who create them by providing a creative forum for exchange and discovery with the public.

The Festival attracts filmmakers, artists and audience members from across North America and around the globe. It premieres independent feature-length, documentaries and short films with a Global Focus.

Chelsea Film Festival aims to raise an awareness about foreign independent films and discover upcoming talents.

The Chelsea Film Festival is an international film platform for world lovers.


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ONES TO WATCH FOR FESTIVAL CONSIDERATION  carefuly curated by Bruno Chatelin

Gotham: The Fall and Rise of New York - Feature Documentary by Matthew Taylor

December 2022, USA 2 hours 4 minutes

Gotham tells the true story of what happened in New York City during the twenty years from 1993 to 2013. How did a city with over 2200 murders, 93,000 violent robberies and 147,000 car thefts in 1990 become the capitol of the world a mere handful of years later? This feature documentary explores what happened during these decades, told by the people who did the hard work, some at great personal and professional cost.

From Fear City to the City of Dreams. Hear about the greatest American turnaround story from the people who made it happen.

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'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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South of Hope Street by Jane Spencer
January 2023: 1 hour 40 minutes

In the near future the cosmos gets caught in a bizarre dynamic. The powerful keep their privileges with a prank. They hide nature events behind a gigantic wall and distract from it with a global war. More and more refugees are hiding in the last neutral country.
There, Denise tries to lead a normal life. On her bumpy job and apartment search, she meets Tom, a caretaker and incorrigible optimist, as well as the rebels, who all believe, through their art, that they can still stop the madness.

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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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Le palmarès 2023 des CESAR

Meilleur Film : La Nuit du 12 Meilleure réalisation : Dominik Moll, La Nuit du 12 Meilleure Actrice : Virginie Efira, Revoir Paris Meilleur Acteur : Benoît Magimel, Pacifiction Meilleure Actrice dans un Second Rôle : Noémie Merlant, L'Innocent Meilleur Acteur dans un Second Rôle : Bouli Lanners, La Nuit du 12 Meilleur Espoir Féminin : Nadia Tereszkiewicz, Les Amandiers Meilleur Espoir Masculin : Bastien Bouillon, La Nuit du 12 Meilleu...

Ruben Östlund : le Président du Jury du 76e Festival de Cannes

50 ans après sa compatriote Ingrid Bergman, le réalisateur suédois Ruben Östlund, deux fois Palme d’or, présidera le Jury lors de la 76e édition du Festival de Cannes, qui se tiendra du 16 au 27 mai.  « Je suis heureux, fier et empreint d’humilité de me voir confier l’honneur de présider le Jury du Festival de Cannes cette année. Nul autre lieu dans le monde ne suscite un tel...

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 ...   

Reims Polar: French connection Hommage au polar français

8e340033-3618-2ce6-d3a4-0048e8e3bc2c.jpg     L’hommage de cette année sera dédié au polar français, dont Reims se veut l’étendard à travers sa programmation. Le festival célébrera la diversité, la richesse et le talent du polar made in ...


NewImages Festival : mondes virtuels et art numérique - Du 5 au 9 avril au Forum des Images

Créé par le Forum des images, NewImages Festival célèbre du 5 au 9 avril prochains l’art numérique et les mondes virtuels avec une programmation internationale, défricheuse de nouveaux talents et de nouvelles narrations, au croisement des questions contemporaines.   Compétition internationale d’œuvres XR en avant-première, focus sur la création au Québec, pionnière dans le domaine, marché...


Les plantes font leur cinéma De la petite boutique des horreurs à Avatar

  Les plantes font leur cinéma: De la petite boutique des horreurs à Avatar Un livre de Katia Astafieff en librairie le 1 avril 2023 18.90 € | 224 pages Quelle plante a vraiment tué le héros d'Into the wild ? Quelle est la particularité du rosier du Japon que l'on aperçoit dans un vieux thriller érotique japonais ? Une plante carnivore pourrait-elle vraiment manger un homme, comme dans la Petite...


Halima Gadji, marraine et Stanley Février, parrain du 39e Festival international de cinéma Vues d'Afrique

Le Festival international de cinéma Vues d'Afrique est très fier de dévoiler le nom de la marraine et du parrain de sa 39e édition. C'est Halima Gadji comme marraine et Stanley Février comme parrain qui seront les porte-parole du 39e Festival international de cinéma Vues d'Afrique (20 au 30 avril).   Halima Gadji est une actrice de mère maroco-algérienne et de père sénégalais, qui gra...


Konbini partenaire du Festival Séries Mania à Lille organise la Konbini Opening Party le vendredi 17 mars à 22h au Village Festi

Konbini créateur de contenus culturels et engagés depuis 2008 est partenaire du Festival Séries Mania, le festival international consacré aux séries télévisées du monde entier du 17 au 24 mars 2023 à Lille.   (Tripostal de Lille)   Face au succès rencontré l’an dernier, Konbini a de nouveau carte blanche pour organiser la Konbini Opening Party, la soirée d'ouverture gratuite du fe...


Palmarès du 29e Festival International des Cinémas d'Asie de Vesoul

Le 29e Festival International des Cinémas d'Asie de Vesoul s'est déropulé avec succès du 28 février au 7 mars 2023)   CYCLO D'OR D'HONNEUR (offert par Communauté d'agglomération et la ville de Vesoul) : à M. Lee Yong-kwan, président du Festival International du Film de Busan pour son action en faveur du cinéma (Corée) et à M. ...

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L'Europe autour de l'Europe 2023 - programme dévoilé

Nous sommes heureux d’annoncer le film de l’ouverture de l’édition 2023. En hommage au grand cinéaste Carlos Saura, qui nous a quittés au mois de février, le Festival projettera son dernier film inédit The Walls Can Talk en première française. Soirée d'ouverture le 14 mars 2023 aux 7 Parnassiens Le 14 mars à 19h30, ne manquez pas l’occasion de découvrir ...


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