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A look back at the stats, facts and figures from Marche du Film Online


Marché du Film Online comes to a close, the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes announces the numbers of its first virtual edition.
Over the course of five days, the Marché du Film Online welcomed 10,002 participants from all around the world. The most important delegation came from the USA (1,500 participants), followed by France (1,400 participants) and the UK (950 participants). More than half of the participants were coming from Europe with 5,900 participants.

The Marché du Film Online recreated the Cannes experience with conferences, one-to-one meetings, screenings and informal get-togethers and gathered attendees from 122 countries (compared to 121 countries at the physical Marché du Film  in 2019).

The Marché du Film Online welcomed 61 virtual pavilions, home to institutions from around the world and 262 virtual sales agents booths...

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24 projects selected at Polish Days / New Horizons IFF

New films of Magnus von Horn, Anna Kazejak, Andrzej Jakimowski and Paweł Łoziński among 24 selected projects I Polish Days at New Horizons IFF Photo:  Sweat, dir. Magnus von Horn The 2020 edition of Polish Days, one of the most important industry events in Poland, will take place July 27 - 29 online. Even though the New Horizons IFF, that usually is a frame for Polish Days, has been moved to November 2020, Polish filmmakers will have a chance to take part in July events thanks ...

Adverse recent festival selections and wins at WorldFest Houston Beverly Hills, CineFantasy and ECU

A rideshare driver, suffering from mental illness, discovers that his sister is in debt to a dangerous crime syndicate.      WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival     CINEFANTASY - INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL   ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival   Beverly Hills Film Festival® ...

DocLisboa 2020 / Discovering Georgian Cinema: 100 Years in Retrospective

In its 18th edition, Doclisboa will present a retrospective dedicated to Georgian cinema, mapping its production from the 1920s to the present. Doclisboa will be presented in six modules this year, over six months, and unveils this retrospective as the centre of the programme of the festival’s first module, which will run from October 22 to November 1. Taking place at the Cinemateca Portuguesa - Museu do Cinema, the retrospective will explore the variety and complexity of this country&rs...

Overview of the US business for the week of July 6th and a happy birthday to Tom Cruise

Screendollars Newsletter for the week of July 6th.  It's the season for Independence Day celebrations, with Canada Day on July 1st, American Independence Day on July 4th, and French Bastille Day on July 14th among others.   We have the whole year to plan next year's parades. Our summary of Notable Industry News begins with an update on the legal tussle between Cineworld and Cineplex over their aborted merger.  Cineplex is crying foul at Cineworld's ...

The Book of Vision produced by Terrence Malick will open the 35th Venice International Film Critic’s Week

Gerardo Panichi, Sébastien Delloye, Robin and Vera Monotti Graziadei and Rai Cinema   PRESENT   a Citrullo International Production, Entre Chien et Loup, Luminous Arts Productions with Rai Cinema A film by Carlo S. Hintermann   Carlo S. Hintermann’s  film produced by Terrence Malick opens the 35th Venice International Film Critic’s Week First Images:  ...

Tune it up for Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash right now

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Pop quiz trivia, ready? What was the first band name of Lynyrd Skynyrd? Right: “My Backyard” for the Jacksonville-formed group until 1966, when they came up with the iconic slur of their gym teacher’s name. Don’t believe it? Proof comes later, but for now, Cleopatra Entertainment offers a biography about the band, and how they won big, lost big, and reshaped music culture all the same with their Southern Rock style. ...

Work and labour in the spotlight during Doclisboa 2020

The next edition of Doclisboa will have a cycle dedicated to work. From October 22 to November 1, we will present a programme of 20 films, by directors such as Harun Farocki, Helke Sander, Hervé Le Roux, among others. Film production during the Portuguese revolutionary period will also be highlighted in this cycle. This programme arises from a partnership between Doclisboa and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), which aims to promote the discussion, through cine...

"Touch" wins BEST DOCUMENTARY at Diogenes 2020: Stay Home & Make Movie Festival

 "Touch" has won the BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD at the Diogenes 2020: Stay Home & Make Movie Festival out of Tbilisi, Georgia on July 3, 2020. Written and presented by 91-yr-old retired metallurgist and poet Donald G. Westlake, the film was directed/edited by his daughter Dawn Westlake, as they were both self-isolating during the COVID19 pandemic, 2001 miles apart. Westlake used family films going back to the early 1900s to illustrate her father's story about the importance of...
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Submit with 50% discount to our partner festival: The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (SLO Film Fest)

The festival will take place MARCH 9TH-14TH 2021 Hurry up...  be among the first ten submitters using the code FILMFESTCOM21 to receive a filmfreeway 50% waiver code! The SLO Film Fest team is now reviewing strategies for the coming year and discussing new “out of the box” ways to move forward as we all navigate the COVID-19 challenges together. A MAJOR THANK YOU to our loyal and dedicated sponsors who are rolling with the cancellation of this ye...


Early Bird Submissions to Big Sky Documentary Festival ends today through July 10th

  The first submission deadline is approaching for the 18th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, accepting early bird entries through Frida...


Submit to The NYC Independent Film Festival (June 6 – 13, 2021)

June 6 – 13, 2021 Event Date August 31, 2020  Earlybird Deadline  I November 30, 2020 Regular Deadline I January 15, 2021 Late Deadline I February 15, 2021 Extended Deadline Website I Profile on I Facebook I Twitter I Email  contact I     Submit a Film to the 2021 New Y...


The European Genre Forum announces projects for 2020!

The European Genre Forum EGF, taking place for 6th time this year, has selected eight projects to attend two talent labs in 2020.   The eight projects are invited to attend two talent labs in 2020, the first one, The Producing Lab takes place at Fantastic Zagreb, July 16 -19, 2020. The mentors in Zagreb coaching the teams include the CEO of  P1 Kemppinen Petri Kemppinen (former CEO of Nordisk Film & TV Fond) and international scri...

Zurich Film Festival partners with the Montreux Jazz Festival with the promise of a great mix

The Zurich Film Festival and the Montreux Jazz Festival enter into a strategic alliance. Europe’s most prestigious music festival is on board to present concerts in Zurich as partner of the SoundTrack_Zurich industry event, which takes place during the Zurich Film Festival.     In a bid to further expand its engagement in the field of music, the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) announced the launch of a new congress on music and film this year entitled SoundTrack_Zurich. It ...


Rose d’Or 2020 opens for entries

Following the huge success of Rose d’Or 2019, which celebrated over 500 entries from 30 countries, Europe’s premier TV entertainment awards has opened for entries for the 59th annual Rose d’Or Awards from today, July 9. Click here for more information and to enter your shows. The Rose d’Or categories are: • Drama • Comedy • Comedy Drama and Sitcom • Reality and Factual Entertainment • Documentary • Soap and Telenovela &...


Bentonville Film Foundation Confirms Revised Dates for Sixth Annual Film Festival in its hybrid form

BENTONVILLE FILM FOUNDATION CONFIRMS REVISED DATES FOR SIXTH ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL Hybrid event will take place August 10-16 We wanted to take a moment to thank all of our BFF followers for their patience as we work hard to provide the best solution for the 2020 festival amid the Coronavirus pandemic. As of today, we are announcing that the festival will move to a hybrid format starting August 10th and run through August 16th. Below is the media alert that was sent locally at 11am CST th...


Plan B for The Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival 2020 which will finish out the year online

    The night in March when we postponed SDFF 2020 is now far behind us.  It was just days before Opening Night.  A set of circumstances none of us could have foreseen as Sonoma County introduced measures to severely restrict public gatherings.  Nor could we have imagined the ensuing pandemic that has torn through nearly every habitable place on earth.  Postponed was a statement of hope.  It is no longer possible to hold a festival gathering in person for the...

There is a light...! New York, Telluride, Toronto & Venice Film Festivals unite in support of film culture

  "This year, we saw the COVID-19 pandemic devastate communities all over the world, and bring life as we knew it to a halt. As supporters of global cinema, we watched as the work of film artists stopped in its tracks, and the culture of film itself was challenged. Films come alive with audiences, who could no longer gather in the ways we had for over a century. The art form we love is in crisis. Our own organizations have seen unprecedented challenges to our work and our financial...


Venice Film Festival _Venice Telluride Toronto New York Festival Joint Statement

This year, we saw the COVID-19 pandemic devastate communities all over the world, and bring life as we knew it to a halt. As supporters of global cinema, we watched as the work of film artists stopped in its tracks, and the culture of film itself was challenged. Films come alive with audiences, who could no longer gather in the ways we had for over a century. The art form we love is in crisis. Our own organizations have seen unprecedented challenges to our work and our financial security. The p...


The films from Venezia 77, Orizzonti and Out of Competition will screen on the Lido of the 77th Venice Film Festival

Venezia 77, Orizzonti and Out of Competition  are the sections presented on the Lido of the 77th Venice Film Festival / The Virtual Reality Competition will be entirely online / Venice Classics will be hosted at the Cinema Ritrovato festival in Bologna   This edition of the Venice Film Festival will present certain changes, which have become necessary as a result of the sanitary protocols imposed by the Covid-19 emergency. So as to comply with the mandatory measures required to ...


Last few days to enter the 19th Rome Independent Film Festival RIFF Awards

  The competition announcement is online   July 30, 2020  is th efinal deadline to submit film to the 19th edition of the RIFF - Rome Independent Film Festival - to be held from November 27 to December 3 in Rome.   All information to register and the announcement are available on the website   The RIFF offers filmmakers from all over the world the opportunity to preview original films in Italy. In particular, the New Frontier...


An exhibition in Artium will recall the 1977 edition of the San Sebastian Festival

  Letters, photographs, documents and audiovisual material will reconstruct an edition that brought about a radical change The show will run from september 9 until december 8     ...


Ikusmira Berriak opens the seventh call for its residencies

The programme registration deadline is August 31 Today, the Ikusmira Berriak programme of residencies and audiovisual project development, organised by the San Sebastian Festival, Tabakalera International Centre for Contemporary Culture and the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola (EQZE), opens the call for submissions for its seventh edition.  Filmmakers from the Basque Country, Spain and other countries can submit their projects until August 31. The same applies to participants in the N...


IFFR announces new programme structure and team for 50th edition

  Vanja Kaludjercic and Marten Rabarts at IFFR 2020 50th International Film Festival Rotterdam/ 27 January – 7 February 2021   Introducing section Harbour, expanded competitions, and additions to programme team    As the 50th edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) draws closer, newly appointed festival director Vanja Kaludjercic announces several additions to the team and changes in the programme structure. The festival’s flagship Tiger...

Sharing the new brand identity of The 11th Odesa International Film Festival

The identity of the 11th Odesa International Film Festival, which will take place online for the first time this year, was developed by the creative agency BBDO Ukraine, a subsidiary of one the biggest agencies worldwide. Odesa International Film Festival presents its new brand identity, developed by the creative agency BBDO Ukraine. The agency is also working on an advertising campaign for this year's festival edition. Due to the pandemic related restrictions, the...


Karlovy Vary IFF 54 ½ – a special four-day film event to be held in November

Karlovy Vary IFF 54 ½ – a special four-day film event to be held in November Although the regularly scheduled 55th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival won’t take place until 2021, fans of the largest film event in the Czech Republic can look forward to both the summer and the coming fall. Today marks the launch of the unique festival KVIFF at Your Cinema, featuring 16 films selected by the Karlovy Vary IFF programming team that will screen at 96 Czech movie theaters fro...

The new dates of the 39th Istanbul Film Festival are set as 9-20 October 2020.

39TH ISTANBUL FILM FESTIVAL NATIONAL COMPETITION AND NATIONAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION TO BE HELD ON 17-28 JULY    The 39th Istanbul Film Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) with the support of Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism, was postponed to a later date due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The largest, most established, and most influential film festival in Turkey, Istanbul Film Festival will hold its National Competition...


The SLO Film Fest Announcing 2021 Dates and Call For Entries!

A word from the festival director   "This is my first email to you as your new Festival Director. It’s been an interesting and thought-provoking few months as a new leader and I’m humbled by the collaboration and support of our community in SLO County. As we look towards the future of next year’s event, we’re exploring all kinds of possibilities to continue bringing important storytelling to San Luis Obispo. Whatever the form...


Revelation announces Black Voices Matter retrospective program

Revelation Film Festival has announced that a retrospective screening program of titles dealing with the issue of Black Lives Matter will be included in their inaugural Couched online film festival. Social justice has always been at the core of Revelation's programming and the inclusion of four film titles to the online event will seek to offer solidarity in seeking justice and racial equality. The Black Voices Matter program features  two titles&nb...
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Santa Barbara Fest Student Showcase-in-Place Winners Announced!

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is proud to announce the winners of its first-ever online student film festival showcasing the work of local high school and college students.   The event was created to address the fact that area student filmmakers were going to miss out on screening their films publicly due to the coronavirus pandemic, and to give these students a platform to do just that.   “We are thrilled with how our first online student film festival ...


Italian director Antonio Tibaldi's project wins the new Far East in Progress section!

  His We Are Living Things is a China/US/Italy co-production.   Press release for 3 July 2020 For immediate publication/release UDINE – The fifth edition of FOCUS ASIA, the industry section of the Far East Film Festival, concluded this year with a rigorously virtual awards ceremony. Thanks to its collaboration with 108 MEDIA, it offered a prize of $20,000 in international distribution this year to the best project selected in the new Far East in Progress section. Competi...


Winners of My Kenya My Story mobile phone film competition

  Kenya Film Commission (KFC) has announced the winners of My Kenya My Story mobile phone film competition. For the second year in a row, David Waronja scooped the top prize of Ksh 200,000 courtesy of his film Automedic. The film 2024 by Mandela Midamba emerged second winning a cash prize of Ksh 150,000 while Mmoja by Omar Hamza Hassan was third and got a cash prize of Ksh 100,000. Muzzled by Sammy Mwaura and Covid 19 by Paul Gaturu scooped Ksh 25,000 each as Jury Special Mentions;...


The Americas Film Festival NY Announced the Winners of its 2020 Virtual Cinema

  Breaking record numbers of viewers, the 7th The Americas Film Festival NY Announced The Americas Award Winners in Its First Ever Virtual Closing Night Ceremony, followed by the online Premiere of Powerful Documentary SISTERS RISING, in Partnership with the National Museum of the American Indian  Directors Willow O’Feral and Brad Heck, and Producer Jaida Grey Eagle in Digital Attendance to the audience via Livestream after the Screening   Best Experimental: CAM...


LORIK wins SR Socially Relevant™ Fest Grand Prize

LORIK is the winner of the Grand Prize - Award Winners Announced by SR Socially Relevant™ Film Festival NY 2020 - ONLINE -- Narrative Feature Grand Prize goes to International Jury favorite 'Lorik' - -- 'A Call for Peace', Juan C. Borrero and Melodie Carli production on the Colombian peace process, wins best documentary -- 'Mother, Daughter, Sister' wins Vanya Exerjian- Empowering Women & Girls Award      SR Socially Relevant Film F...


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Windrider Virtual Film Forum 
offering seven Sundays of weekly short films


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

Invitation to our Film Community

As a follow up to the Annual Windrider Film Festival which took place June 27th, Windrider is kicking off a NEW Summer Film Series. The film series will showcase seven independent short films and conversation with the filmmaker, over seven weeks beginning July 5th. Each film screening will be at 7PM PDT.  Easy registration to follow along with the Summer Film Series at: Windrider Bay Area Email List

Happy Summer Film Viewing!
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Your Script Produced competition
Season 2

July 20, 2020  Regular Deadline

Introducing Season 2 / 2020 of “Your Script Produced!” International Film / Tv / Short Film Screenwriting Competition sponsored by Doval Bacall Films. The sponsor will fully finance, develop, package and produce the Grand Prize Winning Feature Script for $250,000.00.

We've raised the stakes! Season 2 will accept Features, Tv Scripts, AND SHORT FILM SCRIPTS! Winners will be promoted in the Variety Magazine and THR!

Open to writers of all levels. 18 years old or older. Anyone 16 or 17 years of age can submit, must have a parental consent form.






Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival  
October 3 - 8, 2020


August 20th, 2020 Extended Deadline

Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival launched its 1st edition in June 2019 to a spectacular success. The 2nd edition of the festival returns in October 2020  in association with the Municipality of Kandanos-Selinou. The 'Lost World' of Paleochora nestles between the Mountains and Sea in South West Crete and is the perfect location for Filmmakers to convene to show their work, network with colleagues and enjoy our fabulous Cretan hospitality. We may be at the most southern point of Europe, but there are BIG Film things happening here and on the entire Island of Crete. Our main aim will be to select films which focus on great storytelling, whether fiction, documentary or any other accepted genre.

Screenings are held Under the Stars in the Town Hall Square with daytime programmes held at the fabulous Pearl Cavo oceanside venue.

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The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
November 6 – 22, 2020

August 1, 2020 Late Deadline

Celebrating its 35th annual festival in 2020, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) presents American indies and studio films, international films, student films, special tributes, seminars and introduces filmmakers to South Florida audiences. The festival runs November 6 – 22, 2020, and screens 200 films in Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise, Hollywood, St Augustine, and The Bahamas. Considered one of the most important regional film festivals in the U.S., the Festival's commitment to first-time filmmakers and innovative programming make it the perfect test market for your film.

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The 58th New York Film Festival Programming Team adds new (familiar) faces

Film at Lincoln Center Unveils New Structure and Programming Team for New York Film Festival Film at Lincoln Center announced that the 58th New York Film Festival (NYFF), taking place from September 25th through October 11th, will feature changes to the festival’s programming structure and new selection committee and advisory roles. The festival is also exploring a combination of both in-person and digital experiences, as circumstances allow. Since 1963, the New York Fi...

Anna Foglietta will host the opening and closing events of the 77th Venice Film Festival

La Biennale di Venezia / 77th Venice International Film Festival 2 > 12 September 2020       Actress Anna Foglietta will host the opening and closing events of the 77th Venice International Film Festival 2020, directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by La Biennale di Venezia.   Anna Foglietta will open the 77th Venice Film Festival on the evening of Wednesday September 2nd 2020, on the stage of the Sala Grande (Palazzo del Cinema on the Lido) for the inaugurati...


Sharunas Bartas, Naomi Kawase, François Ozon and Thomas Vinterberg to compete in the San Sebastian Festival’s Official Selection

Sharunas Bartas, Naomi Kawase, François Ozon and Thomas Vinterberg to compete in the San Sebastian Festival’s Official Selection The debut by Dea Kulumbegashvili and the second film from Takuma Sato will also contend for the Golden Shell at the 68th edition   Established filmmakers including Sharunas Bartas, Naomi Kawase, François Ozon and Thomas Vinterberg will compete in the Official Selection at the San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition, which will also scr...


MBff: Organisers

MBff: Mobile Blockbuster film festival's Team Director Dmitriy Bainazarov Several times participant of international festivals of mobile movies, screenwriter, film director Facebook:   Producer, PR Olessya Kolesnichenko Specialist in integrated marketing communications of international level, business trainer, МВА Facebook:     ...


Rebecca Zlotowski, Revelation Jury President at Deauville Festival

Born in 1980 in Paris, Rebec­ca Zlo­tows­ki is a French screen­writer and direc­tor. She grad­u­at­ed from the Ecole Nor­male Supérieure and French film school La Fémis, and holds a PHD in mod­ern lit­er­a­ture. She direct­ed four fea­ture films with­in the span of ten years: Dear Pru­dence in 2010 (select­ed at the Cannes’ Crit­ics’ Week, and recip­i­ent of the Lou...

Ennio Morricone, Master, Genius, multi Award winner dies aged 91

Ennio Morricone, OMIR (Italian: [ˈɛnnjo morriˈkoːne]; 10 November 1928 – 6 July 2020) was an Italian composer, orchestrator, conductor, and trumpet player who wrote music in a wide range of styles. Morricone composed over 400 scores for cinema and television, as well as over 100 classical works. His score to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) is considered one of the most influential soundtracks in history and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. His filmography includes ove...

TERRENCE MCNALLY: EVERY ACT OF LIFE, Tyne Daly, Chita Rivera on PBS July 8 through August 31

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Terrence McNally is likely most known for the 1991 adaptation of his play ("Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune") that became hit movie FRANKIE AND JOHNNY, starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer, that was directed by Garry Marshall. But McNally, born in 1939 and gone in March of 2020, cast a wide net of influence inside the work of many other creative artists, not just through his Pride ties, but as an originator of deeply though...

Cannes Nordic case you missed the events

Missed the Nordics in Cannes? Here is your chance to catch up on our insightful Webinars from last week, get the overview of films screened at the market as well as Who is Who in Scandinavian Films.     ...
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LOST GIRLS by Julia Verdin

USA, 107 minutes, June 2020

One girl’s nightmare. A nationwide reality.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Canada, 56 minutes documentary, june 2020

The chance discovery of an online article sends a Holocaust survivor on an unexpected trip to visit the orphanage where he was rescued to after the war.
Manny Drukier narrowly escaped the war by jumping from a “death train” at age 16, finding refuge at a unique home for orphans and displaced children. 71 years later, Manny—who lives in Toronto—is tracked down by a German researcher who has dedicated a decade of her life to locating the surviving children from the home. She invites Manny to return to the orphanage, which has since become a grade school, to share his story with the next generation. Manny must now revisit the places of his darkest memories, to reconcile the past and educate the future.

separateur_0.gifBLUE MOTEL Award winning script by Ted Campbell
Feature film in production by Doval Bacall Films


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

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

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

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

Ask for Ted Campbell’s script



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

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

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

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

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

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SEKURITAS written and directed by Carmen Stadler

Romantic dark comedy 117 minutes 2019 Switzerland

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

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

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


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

USA 2019 Documentary 89 minutes

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


THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA, directed by Elena Demidova

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sharkwater: Extinction by Rob Stewart Documentary Canada 2018
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Rob Stewart “Conservation is the preservation of human life on earth. And that, above all else, is worth fighting for” Watch Rob Stewart doing what he loved most of all, swimming with sharks, in exclusive footage from his third film, Sharkwater: Extinction.

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

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


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Revolution by Rob Stewart 

over 40 festival wins so far

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

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Des partenariats forts avec les plus grands festivals et marchés

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

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

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


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Au revoir, Maestro ! Ennio Morricone a tiré sa révérence

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Les César rénovés en profondeur

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Rebecca Zlotowski, présidera le jury de la Révélation à Deauvile

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