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Feel the beat from AFMVentana SurEFATallinnNewport Beach, Denver, AFI FEST, OjayHeartland Fest, Hong Kong, Annecy, SCAD Savannah Film Festival, and many more festivals which we are following for you! will cover next Ventana Sur and RSIFF with online dailies: take centre stage
Ventana Sur takes places November 27 -Deecember 1; RSIFF runs November 30 till December 9, 2023. will be covering  these markets in person with dailies and newsletters.  Take center stage....     We would like to contribute to your success in these important markets.  ... Promote your line up to media, buyers and attendees. Boost your screenings' attendance. Shoot interviews, blast  screening invites ...

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Stage 32 and the American Film Market have partnered again for the 8th year

For the 8th straight year, Stage 32 and the American Film Market have partnered to bring new opportunities and access to attendees of America's largest film market! This 2023 American Film Market takes place from October 31st to November 5th in Santa Monica, CA. Stage 32 is proud to continue as the official Networking and Education partner of AFM 2023. The American Film Market (AFM) is where the business of film comes to life every November and where the next gre...


AFM Sessions Day 4

The AFM Sessions on Day 4 brought together executives, thought leaders, and producers/writers from ABC/Disney, Arclight Films, Black-ish, Bridgerton, Deadline, Fortitude International, Imagine Entertainment, Participant, The Springhill Company, and more at the Hilton Santa Monica Hotel to discuss sustainability, inclusivity, sales, television, the horror genre, and more.   Photo credit: Dan Steinberg   Getting Your Film Made, Seen & Profitable in The Streaming ...


A Taste of Christmas: New Film from Salma Hayek acquired by Highland Film Group for international distribution

Highland Film Group has come on board to handle international distribution rights to the completed romantic comedy A Taste of Christmas (aka El Sabor de la Navidad). The ViX Original title, which was featured at TIFF and the Morelia International Film Festival, stars Mariana Treviño (Sony’s A Man Called Otto with Tom Hanks, Netflix’s “The House of Flowers”), Andrés Almeida (Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Bardo: False Chronicle of a Handful of Tr...


Trinity Creative Partnership has acquired UK sales rights for the historical war film Love, Courage and the B

Trinity Creative Partnership has acquired UK sales rights for the highly-anticipated historical war film Love, Courage and the Battle for Bushy Run, launching at AFM this week and set for release in 2024.    An historical drama set against the backdrop of the Battle of Bushy Run in 1763, Love, Courage and the Battle for Bushy Run is directed by Dave Alan Johnson (Christmas with Tucker, Sue Thomas: F.B. Eye) and multiple award-winning Larry A. McClean (The Unhealer, Pacific Rim...


THAT'S AMORE! Starring John Travolta and Katherine Heigl Closes Key International Sales

Palisades Park Pictures has locked distribution deals in key international territories for Nick Vallelonga’s romantic-comedy That’s Amore! starring Academy Award-nominee and Golden Globe-winner John Travolta (Saturday Night Fever, Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty), Katherine Heigl (“Grey’s Anatomy,” Knocked Up with Seth Rogan and Paul Rudd) and Academy Award- winner Christopher Walken (Apple TV’s “Severance,” The Deer Hunter, Steven Spielberg’s Catch...


First-look trailer of British feature film Look to the Light

 101 Films International, an Amcomri Entertainment company, reveals a first-look trailer of British feature film Look to the Light ahead of AFM.    Written during the pandemic, this compelling film deals with the pitfalls of reality TV, toxicity of social media and the mental health struggles of Gen Z.    Look to the Light, produced by Agency105, QFilm and Homesick Angel, is written and directed by Christopher Manoe (Hellfire) and stars Charlie Goddard (Family Ties),...


Studio 9 Film wins ITV commission for The Grave

Studio 9 Films has been commissioned by ITV1 and ITVX to produce a 66 minute documentary for the BAFTA-winning Exposure strand.   This new documentary broadcasting on November 6th, 10.45pm on ITV1 tells the story of the search for justice and accountability after a mass grave was discovered last autumn in a forest outside the city of Izium in North Eastern Ukraine after six months of brutal Russian occupation.    Nearly 450 bodies were found - some had been tortured, some sh...


AFM Sessions Day 3 :Speakers from AMC, Bleecker Street, Screen Intl., Variety & More

The AFM Sessions’ three morning panels on November 2, 2023 brought together thought leaders to discuss Distribution, the power of Faith & Family content today; and Music for Film & TV all speaking at the Hilton Santa Monica Hotel.     Jeremy Kay of Screen Daily, Kent Sanderson of Bleecker Street / DECAL, Scott Shooman of AMC Networks, and Jere R. Hausfater - Esq, Attorney / Executive Producer Photo credit: Dan Steinberg    New Distributi...


AFM Sessions Day 2: Speakers from 30 West, AGC, Ashland Hill Media, FilmNation, Netflix & More

9:30am - The Finance Conference – Session I, (Pacific Stage) Panelists:   Milan Popelka, COO, FilmNation  Joe Simpson, Managing Partner, Ashland Hill Media Finance  Tim White, Co-CEO / Founder, Star Thrower Entertainment Laura Lewis, CEO & Founder, Rebelle Media Moderator:  Jill Goldsmith, Co-Business Editor, Deadline    11:30am - The Finance Conference – Session 2, (Pacifi...


The AFM Sessions kicked off with more than seven panels, including The Finance Conferences

The AFM Sessions kicked off today with more than seven panels, including The Finance Conferences featuring leading executives from 30 West, AGC Studios, Netflix, Paramount, FilmNation, Fremantle, Millennium Media, NAACP, GLAAD, Rebelle Media, Cornerstone, Deadline, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and more all took the stage today at the Hilton Santa Monica Hotel.     Joe Simpson of Ashland Hill Media Finance, L...


NATPE Budapest Market dates set for June 25-27, 2024

Mark your calendar The CEE's most effective and trusted content marketplace returns to Budapest, June 25-27, 2024. The 2023 event was a resounding success with a full 100 per cent of post-event survey respondents saying they plan to return next year. NATPE Budapest delivers a bustling marketplace, a standout schedule of screenings, world-class keynotes and panels and co-production opportunities, and of course the unmissable boat party. ...

06.11.2023 | Bruno's blog

12th LA Crime and Horror Film Festival

The 12th season of the Los Angeles Crime & Horror Film Festivals, scheduled to take place in April 2024, is now accepting submissions of feature films and short films in the many crime and horror subgenres. From zombies and demons to mobsters and murderers, the crime and horror genres have captured the cinematic experience since the invention of film. Today, they remain some of the most memorable stories in independent film. The LA Crime and Horror Film Festival has attracted filmmakers, g...

05.11.2023 | lachfest's blog

Outcome of the Viennale 2023

    This year's 61st Viennale celebrated its official closing with the gala screening of the film YANNICK by Quentin Dupieux. The final press kit, in which we present the highlights of this year's festival, the number of visitors and the winners of the Vienna Film Prize, the FIPRESCI Prize, the Standard Readers' Jury Prize and the Erste Bank Film Prize, is now available for download HERE. If you have any questions, please do not hesi...

03.11.2023 | Editor's blog

Tryon International Film Festival Announces Dates and Opens Submissions for 2024

As the Tryon International Film Festival (TRIFF) gears up to mark its extraordinary 10th season, it is introducing a lineup of thrilling additions. For the 2024 film season, TRIFF proudly unveils a groundbreaking addition, the "Environmental Awareness or Green" category, and the new and innovative "Podcast Competition" category. These categories promise to make the 10th season of TRIFF a memorable and enriching experience. Key Dates: Opening Date: October 31, 2023 ...

03.11.2023 | Editor's blog

The 13th edition of German-Turkish Co-Production Development Fund supports 4 new film projects

The German-Turkish Co-Production Development Fund, established by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein and Meetings on the Bridge programme of the Istanbul Film Festival, has selected the following projects in its 2023 session.   The full list of funded projects:   Ali Özgür Baltaoğlu, Hezeyan Co-producers: Vigo Film, Klinkerfilm Banu Sıvacı, Günyüzü Co-producers: Caf Film, Manderley Films ...

03.11.2023 | Editor's blog

Dutch Mountain Film Festival launched

    The festival is in full swing; every evening is a party. We're still bouncing back from the opening night in Kerkrade, it was that good. With the fantastic alpine dance performance White Out of course, but everyone was also unanimously enthusiastic about the beautiful animated film The Legend of Goldhorn. You can still see this on Saturday, just like the exhibition of the same name that will be on display until November 25. Full program On Thursday night, it was Heerlen&r...

03.11.2023 | Editor's blog

10th annual Miami Film Festival GEMS kicked off Day 1 recap

Last night we kicked off our highly anticipated 10th annual Miami Film Festival GEMS at our brand-new screening venue, the Koubek Center, featuring the distinguished presence of Eugenio Derbez! Our opening night showcased the remarkable film RADICAL, presented by the renowned Mexican star himself, alongside the charismatic ¡Despierta América! host, Raúl González. The pinnacle of the evening was the presentation of th...

03.11.2023 | Editor's blog

Global Entertainment Awards - Early Bird Deadline extended till christmas: submit now

Welcome to the Global Entertainment Awards THE ART OF SELLING THE STORY   As sure as storytelling is universal and ingrained in all cultures, story selling is what drives us to want, play, watch and listen to those stories. Your skill in promoting entertainment powers the industry worldwide.   The Global Entertainment Awards are now OPEN FOR ENTRY It's your time to shine.   Taking part is a great experience. And brings your name, brand ...

Australia's Top Genre Film Festival Moves to the USA

Australia's Top Genre Film Festival Moves to the USA     Eau Claire, Wisconsin - One of the most beloved genre film festivals on the planet, Australia's long-running A Night of Horror International Film Festival is changing venues... to the other side of the world!   And festival founder, Australian ex-patriate Dean Bertram, has returned to the helm.   A 2021 Dread Central article noted that A Night of Horror was “Australia's top genre festival&rdqu...

01.11.2023 | Editor's blog

FOCUS 2023: Sneak Programme Preview

150 + Speakers, 60+ Sessions   Join thousands of screen professionals at the only free, end-of-year event for the whole screen sector, returning to the Business Design Centre London on 5/6 December. Register for a Complimentary Delegate Badge and enjoy a packed programme of conference sessions, meetings and networking opportunities.   We're busy lining up a wide range of speakers from film, TV, advertising, games and&n...

01.11.2023 | Editor's blog

Tokyo International Film Festival: "Snow Leopard" wins the Grand Prix-best actor awards go to Iran-Japan wins the Audience Award

The 36th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) ended today November 1 after 10 days of international film screenings and many diversed and fabulous events, „There was even more going on than I expected“, I was told by my colleague Jaewon Sheon from the South Korean culture magazine „Cultura=. While I was not able to attend this year I trust to be able to cover the TIFF next year.TIFF and the Busan International Film Festival (which has recently reported management problems...

01.11.2023 | Alice Kanterian's blog

Tokyo International Film Festival 2023 Oct. 23 to Nov.1

©2023 TIFF Kurosawa Award Recipients Envision Brighter Futures The Tokyo International Film Festival revived the Kurosawa Akira Award in 2022 for the first time in 14 years to mark the renowned auteur’s legacy and ongoing influence. At the current 2023 edition, at the strong urging of veteran director Yamada Yoji, who served as the chairman of the selection committee, young film directors who are expected to shape the future of the world’s film industry are being honored ...

01.11.2023 | Alice Kanterian's blog

The Marrakech Short Film Festival returned strongly for its third edition,

The Marrakech Short Film Festival celebrates its commitment to the production of short films and pioneers in the national and international cinema.   The Marrakech Short Film Festival returned strongly for its third edition, which will take place from September 22 to September 29, 2023. This significant cinematic event will be held in iconic locations such as the Bahia Palace, the Cyber Park, Dar Cherifa, The Source Hotel, and the Museum of Decorative Arts. For this edition, Poland will...

31.10.2023 | Editor's blog will cover next Ventana Sur with online dailies November 27 to December 1st

Ventana Sur is the most important market for audiovisual content in Latin America, and it is a must in the schedule of distributors and buyers from the international industry. Organized by the National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA) and the Marché du Film – Cannes Film Festival, Ventana Sur brings together all the different players from the...

28.10.2023 | Ventana Sur's blog

72nd IFFMH: The complete programme for 2023

    Exciting, diverse, political: with 72 films in its main programme, the International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg is going into its 72nd edition this year. Festival-goers will discover current films from 51 countries and meet a variety of guests and filmmakers from all over the world in the cinemas. Beyond the silver screen, the 72nd IFFMH also offers a diverse supporting programme. Parties and performances will make the new festival lounges in the Stadthaus Mannheim and in ...

Submit your Best Trailers to the 24th Golden Trailer Awards

Rules for Entry for 24th Annual Golden Trailer Awards   CALL FOR ENTRY EoY (End of Year) is true to its name: December 31st, 2023 (Midnight PST) Early Deadline: January 26th, 2024 (Midnight PST) Regular Deadline: March 29th, 2024 (Midnight PST) Late Deadline: April 5th, 2024 (Midnight PST) The Golden Trailer Awards is the award show honoring the best in feature film previews and global marketing. The show is an audio visual extravaganza of non-stop entertainment... will cover Ventana Sur with online dailies November 27 to December 1st

Ventana Sur is the most important market for audiovisual content in Latin America, and it is a must in the schedule of distributors and buyers from the international industry. Organized by the National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA) and the Marché du Film – Cannes Film Festival, Ventana Sur brings together all the different players from the...
Digital Gym


Kaleidoscope Film Distribution Secures International Rights for Ian McKellen led thriller adaptation of Hamlet

  Kaleidoscope Film Distribution has acquired international sales rights for a compelling new film adaptation of Hamlet, led by two-times Academy Award® nominee and Shakespearian titan, Ian McKellen.   Directed by Sean Mathias, who previously directed the film Bent, winner of the Prix de la Jeunesse at the Cannes Film Festival, the adaptation comes from production outfit BK Studios (The Critic, The Shepherd), and is produced by the late Bill Kenwright (Cheri, Broken), and exec...


Studio 9 Film wins ITV commission for The Grave

Studio 9 Films has been commissioned by ITV1 and ITVX to produce a 66 minute documentary for the BAFTA-winning Exposure strand.   This new documentary broadcasting on November 6th, 10.45pm on ITV1 tells the story of the search for justice and accountability after a mass grave was discovered last autumn in a forest outside the city of Izium in North Eastern Ukraine after six months of brutal Russian occupation.    Nearly 450 bodies were found - some had been tortured, some sh...


EFA The Month of European Film 2023 - year two Highlights

Month of European Film: What is happening? After a successful pan-European launch in 2022, the European Film Academy presents the Month of European Film 2023 as Europe’s own film and award season. Starting on 1 November, it celebrates the diversity of European film for six weeks until its grand finale on 9 December with the European Film Awards in Berlin. Across Europe, thanks to the Academy’s partner Europa Cinemas, flagship cinemas in 40 countries from Iceland to Gr...


Arthouse Cinema Training Kickoff

  The CICAE Arthouse Cinema Training starts its 20th edition in Berlin with its largest and most international programme to date    ...


The 19th annual Tucson Film Festival (November 2 - 5, 2023 announces its Centerpiece and closing film

  The festival mission is on full display with these three films, which feature a returning local filmmaker, a southwest set narrative thriller, and an intimate portrait of an indie rock musician. All 3 top-lined films are guaranteed to entertain, educate and enthrall Tucson filmgoers.   The festival will host our first Centerpiece film, A TALE OF TWO HOUSES directed by local filmmaker Christopher Carlone, an alumni of the festival. The documentary explores a specia...


Review of Vijay Anand film ‘Guide’ by film critic Lalit Rao (FIPRESCI) dated 30/10/2023

Vijay Anand's film ‘‘Guide’’ (1965) remains one of the most admirable classics of Hindi cinema that promoted secular values, emancipation of women and a philosophical approach to songs.     Hindi film ‘‘Guide’’ (1965) can be hailed as the first major, effective collaboration between an Indian writer writing in English and Hindi film industry. It is based on the novel by RK Narayan that won the prestigious Sahitya Academy A...


Fireglory Pictures announces development slate

  FIREGLORY PICTURES UNVEILS EIGHT ORIGINAL PRODUCTIONS HEADLINED BY "NOTHING TO LOSE" FROM AUDREY SCHEBAT     Fireglory Pictures, the U.S. and Europe-based film and TV production company founded by veteran producers Christine Guenther and Chevy K. Chen, has announced today eight new projects in the company's development lineup. The bold and wide-ranging slate of series and film projects is led by writer-director Audrey Schebat's ("L...

Digital Gym


21st annual Tallgrass Film Festival Audience Award Winners

  Congratulations to the 21st annual Tallgrass Film Festival Audience Award Winners with over 4,000 who voted as of October 30!    Audience Favorite Documentary Feature ...


III Moscow Kurdish Film Festival announced the winners

On the closing ceremony of the III Moscow Kurdish Film Festival took place in the capital's Illusion cinema. The film “Things Unheard Of” won in the nomination “Best Short Fiction Film”, the film “The Mountains: A Feminine Narration” won in “Best Documentary Short Film”, the jury recognized “Bîr” as the “Best Documentary Film”, and “Best Feature Film” - "The Hole in the Wall".   ...


That's a wrap on LFF 2023! Audience Award announced

 Drum roll… Your votes are in and we can now reveal the winners of the Audience Award categories at the 67th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express.   We’d also like to take this opportunity to say an enormous thank you to each and every one of you who came along to this year’s Festival and made it so special.   ‘It was an absolute joy seeing audiences enthusiastically connecting to this year’s programme which was beau...


Devour! The Food Film Fest Celebrates 2023 Golden Tine Awards Winners & Reveals 2024 Change Maker Theme

Left to Right: Golden Tine Jury member Rose Schoonhoven, Michael Howell, Chef and Executive Director of Devour!, Bill Niven, Lisa Haller, Golden Tine Jury and Lia Rinaldo, Managing Partner, Devour!    Devour! The Food Film Fest awarded its 2023 Golden Tine Awards and is calling all culinary change makers and rule breakers for its 2024 theme. The 14th edition of Devour! The Food Film Fest will occur in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, from October 21st to 27th, 2024. It w...

Digital Gym


Pia Lundberg appointed Artistic Director of Göteborg Film Festival

Pia Lundberg has been appointed as the new Artistic Director of Göteborg Film Festival. Lundberg most recently served as Counsellor for Cultural Affairs at the Embassy of Sweden in London and will take up the position as Artistic Director on March 1, 2024. "It feels fantastic to become a part of the largest film festival in Scandinavia, and I am thrilled to have earned their trust. I have attended hundreds of film festivals and now finally have the opportunity to help cre...


Christopher Nolan to Be Honored with Inaugural Sundance Institute Trailblazer Award at 2024 Sundance Film Festival

Christopher Nolan to Be Honored with Inaugural Sundance Institute Trailblazer Award at 2024 Sundance Film Festival’s Opening Night Gala: Celebrating 40 Years Presented by Chase Sapphire® Celine Song and Maite Alberdi To Receive Annual Vanguard Awards Presented by Acura Annual Event Recognizes Outstanding Independent Storytellers and Raises Funds to Support Nonprofit’s Year-Round Programs The nonprofit Sundance Institute today unveiled details for the ...


Over 450 sessions announced for the SXSW Conference!

  Things are ramping up here at SXSW HQ, and we’ve got an abundance of programming for you to peruse!      CONFERENCE | FESTIVALS | EXHIBITIONS | REGISTER NOW ...

Honorary Award of the European Film Academy President and Board for Béla Tarr

On the occasion of the 36th European Film Awards on 9 December, the legendary director Béla Tarr will be presented with the Honorary Award of the Academy President and Board. With this award the European Film Academy wishes to pay special tribute to an outstanding director and a personality with a strong political voice, who is not only deeply respected by his colleagues but also celebrated by audiences world-wide. Béla Tarr is the sixth filmmaker to receive this recognition &nda...


European Film Academy Honours Vanessa Redgrave

European Lifetime Achievement Award for English Actress Photo: (c) GBA On the occasion of this year’s 36th European Film Awards and in recognition of a unique contribution to the world of film, the European Film Academy takes great pleasure in presenting the actress Dame Vanessa Redgrave with the EUROPEAN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT award for her outstanding body of work. Born in London, Vanessa Redgrave comes from a family of actors, a tradition that was started by her grandfather...


The 72nd IFFMH selects 16 participants for this year’s Cutting EdgeTalent Camp

This year, the Cutting Edge Talent Camp is being held for the fourth time as part of the International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg. For this year’s edition of the mentoring programme, 16 promising young filmmakers who are working on their first or second feature film have been selected. ...




New York Festivals TV & Film Awards

April 16, 2024



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 Program, News Reports/Feature, Sports Program, Documentary, Entertainment Program, Entertainment Special, Craft Program, Promotion/Open & ID,  Craft Promotion/Open & ID, Streaming, Student, Films, Corporate Image, and Craft Films/Productions.





Fantasporto 2024

March 1-10,2024
Final deadline for shorts and features: November 30th 2023
The 44th edition of the PORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – FANTASPORTO 2024 will take place from March 1st till the 10th of 2024 at BATALHA CENTRO DE CINEMA
The Festival main purpose is screening and promoting films of quality, both aesthetically and thematically, and to seek new forms and methods of filmmaking.
Submitted films must be portuguese premieres of films shot in 2023
 Regulations and Entry Form                            

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Global Entertainment Awards 



Early Bird deadline: December 31 2023

The Global Entertainment Awards honour the role marketing and promotion play in powering the entertainment industry. We celebrate the creative people around the world whose work drives us to want, play, watch and listen to entertainment.

7 Regions. 4 Consumer Entertainment Markets.

26 Awards Categories. Pricing

Early Bird Entry Deadline 31 December 2023.

Regional Winners announced February 2024.
Global Entertainment Awards Winners announced March 2024.


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Earlybird Deadline October 6

Regular Deadline  November 17

Late Deadline December 8

Extended Deadline December 29, 2023

Notifications March 8, 2024

Event Date April 23 – 27  2024

Submissions end December 31st,  2023, submit through, or through the festivals website,
Selected by Movie Maker Magazine as one of the top 25 film festivals worth the submission, one of the top festivals in the world by Film international and touted by many as one of the most important independent film festivals in the circuit. We are passionate about film and it shows!

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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NYC Independent Film Festival

June 5 - 8, 2024



August 31, 2023 Earlybird Deadline
November 30, 2023 Regular Deadline
January 15, 2024 Late Deadline
February 15, 2024 Extended 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.

New York City Independent Film Festival (NYCIndieFF) will hold a physical festival this year. We will celebrate the Independent Filmmaker, documentaries, short and feature-length films and animation. Whether a submission is comedic, dramatic, or something in between, The NYCIndieFF is eager to embrace fresh ideas and storytelling.


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Julien Dubuque International Film Festival

April 24 – 28, 2024



Regular Deadline: January 8, 2024


RANKED 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! And most importantly, lots of FREE FOOD in our filmmaker lounge, where many friendships and collaborations have been made.

JDIFF is ALL about the independent filmmaker and is truly geared for the best experience!

Our final nominees are judged by our Jury members of Film professionals, such as Directors, Producers, Critics, Director of Photography, etc and choose the final winner of each category.

JDIFF acknowledges emerging filmmakers from around the world and is committed to bringing world class entertainment to the heart of the midwest.

Watch the 2023 AWARD CEREMONY Highlights Video by I JDIFF Video channel: ambiance and INTERVIEWS


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French Riviera Film Festival 

May 19-20, 2023




Earlybird Deadline December 17, 2023

Regular Deadline February 11, 2024
Late Deadline March 9, 2024
Extended Deadline April 9, 2024

The 6th 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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ONES TO WATCH FOR FESTIVAL CONSIDERATION  carefuly curated by Bruno Chatelin


Maya by Julia Verdin
USA 2023 1hour 44 minutes written and directed by Jukia Verdin


Teenage Maya is raised in a household stricken by her father’s abandonment.
Maya makes the wrong encounter on social media and meets Ray a handsome stranger she falls for: he encourages Maya to run away from home...she ends up being set up for appointments with Ray’s “clients” until Police finds her. Can Maya's mother help her get back on her feet, or will Maya be forever lost to the dark world she has fallen prey to?

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Gender Transformation The Untold Realities 
USA 2023 1 hour 23 minutes written and directed by Tobias Elvhage and Liza Morberg


Through the real-life experience of several transgender youth and expert interviews, this docudrama provides an uncensored look into the forces behind this movement and reveals untold stories you have never heard.

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Unseen Crisis Documentary by Cindy Drukier
Canada 2023

Some who took vaccine with the noblest of intentions experienced unexpected debilitating aftereffects. Instead of compassion, they were met with skepticism; instead of being helped they were shunned; instead of being heard, they were silenced. Join us as we bring their stories out of the shadows so they can be heard and seen and no longer alone.

And yet nobody's coming to the rescue of truth?

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Sibel's Silence by Aly Yeganeh

France 93 minutes

August 2014. ISIS invades the city of Sinjar, home to a religious minority called the Yazidis, in the north west of Irak.

Sibel, a 13-year-old girl, witnesses the slaughter of her entire family. 
Alongside thousands of other women and young girls from her community, she is then kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery.

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Rear View Cataclysm by Eric Frodsham

2023 USA 96 minutes

Rear View Cataclysm is the story of two brothers and an ex-girlfriend who try to recapture the love and passion and of their past. Edison is trapped in a toxic marriage and invites down-on-his-luck brother, Blake (Jason Liebrecht), to a popular local music festival. Broke and depressed, Blake agrees, not realizing that Edison has also invited Mazie (Caroline Ducey), his ex-girlfriend.  No one can predict the course of desire, reconciliation and regret that unfolds. Set against the barren landscapes of rural Texas and featuring the hypnotic sounds of Grouper and Govinda along with Punk Rock Bands Zounds and The Jesus LizardRear View Cataclysm is a feast for the heart and senses.

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