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Video Interview with Pascal Diot, head of Venice Production Bridge

IMG_0959.JPG partner of Venice Production Bridge sat down with the Pascal Diot who shared with our audience a few practical facts and figures on the Market which he has created 6 years ago. ...  



Venetian Molecules presents gloomy covid Venice

MOLECOLE Out of Competition Biennale College Andrea Segre If you were not planning on visiting Venice anytime soon, this sober documentary screened on the first day of the 77th Venice Film Festival is a testimony not only to the changes since 25 February this year but how the tourism in general keeps the city afloat has been decimating. Directed by Andrea Segre Molecole this is also a tribute to his late father Elderico who died of a heart murmur, an avid super 8 filmmaker with cli...


Christos Nikous's Apples is Venice Orrizonti opening film

Venice Orrizonti 2020 Apples, Christos Nikou, Drama - Greece, Poland, Slovenia, 2020, 90 '. After losing all memories, a man will try to build a new identity. A woman will help him, also in the same situation.   ......please don't eat another apple This co-production though stylish and hip wades through a man's depression, what director Christos Nikou calls lost 'identity'. As in many films about repression only a woman can (try) to fix him. We wait and observe ma...


Venice Production Bridge Programme and details on the VGFM projects

  VENICE PRODUCTION BRIDGE   The 77. Venice International Film Festival will get underway in just a few days time. With this mail we are pleased to send you the full programme of the upcoming Venice Production Bridge (VPB), organised by La Biennale di Venezia, as well as a FAQ. With a very large number of Industry professionals from across Europe expected to attend in-person, as well as a significant online participation from the VR sector from around th...

A Guide to Venice VR Expanded

    Venice VR Expanded runs  September 2nd to 12th, 2020    All detailed information is available on the Venice Biennale website : :   3 different ways are available to access the Venice VR Expanded experience ·        Free Online Access ·        VR Accreditation Access to exclusive co...


Better World Forum in Venice with Conference, Red Carpet Screening of The Cave, VIP Cocktail, Gala Dinner & Award Ceremony

 What legacy are we leaving for future generation? September 4th: an exceptional event in Venice under the patronage of Italian ministry of Environment BETTER WORLD FORUM Ocean & Environment CINEMA FESTIVAL LA MOSTRA 77th edition, VENEZIA, Italy SEPTEMBER, 4th 2020 PALACE CA’ SAGREDO Masterclass Conference, Press Lunch, VIP Screening of THE CAVE, Red Carpet, VIP Cocktail, Gala Dinner & Award Ceremony, After Party King Baudouin Foundation Some ... 
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Seven feature films and the first episode of a series make up Made in Spain

The selection combines names of experienced filmmakers such as Icíar Bollaín and Santiago Segura with novices like Pilar Palomero and Nuria Giménez   Made in Spain, a showcase of the recent Spanish cinema to which the San Sebastian Festival offers a platform for international circulation, has selected eight productions – seven feature films and the first episode in the series Escenario 0 – for its 68th edition. The selection includes titles which have pa...

The company Amenabar renews its commitment to young audiences at the Festival

The youngest among us will be able to enjoy six films offered by the Festival’s Official Collaborator San Sebastian Festival will present a selection of six films especially intended for an audience of children which, for the second consecutive year, will be sponsored by the company Amenabar, which is in turn an Official Festival Collaborator. The section will include a total of five animated films and one combining real life images with animation. The former are Alfonbra magikoa&...


Luca Guadagnino will chair the official jury of San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition

The Italian filmmaker will be accompanied by Marisa Fernández Armenteros, Michel Franco and Lena Mossum ‘The World to Come’ and ‘Nomadland’ close the list of Perlak The Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino will be the president of the Official Selection Jury at San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition. The filmmaker, who will present the world premiere, out of competition, of the series We Are Who We Are,will be accompanied by the Spanish producer Marisa Fe...

Thirteen Festival titles will compete for the Irizar Basque Film Award in San Sebastian

A total of fourteen feature films, three short films, two series, one medium-length movie and a film at the production stage make up the Basque participation spread over different sections   Twenty-one titles – 14 feature films, three short films, two series, one medium-length movie and a film at the production stage – make up the Basque participation at the San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition – spread over the Official Selection, New Directors, Zabaltegi-Tabak...


Willem Dafoe to feature on the poster of the San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition

The poster was created by the San Sebastian studio Patio based on an image by the photographer Martin Schoeller The North American actor Willem Dafoe (Appleton, Wisconsin, 1955) will feature on the poster of the San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition, to run from September 18-26. In 2018 the Festival launched a new line of posters with a composition combining photography and illustration and presided over by a figure from contemporary cinema. The actress Isabelle Huppert opened the serie...
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2020 Toronto International Film Festival Film and Conference schedules are out!

    The Industry Conference and official film schedule have been announced. Check out the powerful sessions planned across Master Classes, Dialogues, and Perspectives, plus a Special Industry Event with Aaron Sorkin! The Press & Industry screening schedule for the 50 films in Official Selection is now available. Industry Selects and private screening schedule to come. ...


TIFF announces additional exciting programming: Darren Aronofsky...

TIFF announces additional exciting programming Autumn Peltier, Greta Thunberg, Darren Aronofsky, Charles Officer, and more light up Special Events, talks and Best of TIFF Film Reunions presented by Bell    TIFF Co-Heads Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente announced today additional TIFF programming for audiences to enjoy as part of the Festival this year. Newly confirmed Special Events, talks and Best of TIFF Film Reunions presented by Bell enhance the audience experience for TIF...


TIFF's 2020 Industry Conferences promises candid conversations and exciting perspectives

Talent Development Initiatives take centre stage with Filmmaker Lab, Talent Accelerator,  and TIFF Fellows TIFF announced today a detailed look at the 2020 Industry Conference. The five-day event, taking place September 10–14 during the Festival, will inspire and incite discussions for creative and business entrepreneurship. The Conference is an inspiring professional development opportunity for delegates to experience high-profile speakers, intimate conversations, provocativ...



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Cody Christian, Dermot Mulroney, and Jason Genao join Aaron Eckhart in new ACTION-THRILLER “AMBUSH”

    START OF PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY IS SET TO COMMENCE THIS FALL FOR THE HIGHLAND FILM GROUP AND SABAN FILMS TITLE   Highland Film Group and Saban Films announced today that Cody Christian (CW’s All American, Assassination Nation, Surrogates), Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend´s Wedding, The Mountain Between Us), and Jason Genao (Logan, Netflix´s The Get Down) are joining the cast of Ambush alongside Golden Globe® nominee Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight, Line...



My Client’s Wife, Review: What you see is not what you get

With its lead players putting up pretences throughout the film, it is easy to label the film pretentious. To be fair, it is not pretentious. There is an element of sincerity in the making. My Client’s Wife is potentially full of sexual encounters, only the makers have been careful to keep it ‘clean’. But as is the problem with psychological thrillers, there are too many red herrings and deviations from the plot just to cause shock and awe. Is it based on a true story? The mak...



Watch Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander both as Gloria Steinem in THE GLORIAS from her memoir

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent What can you say about Gloria Steinem that the (women’s) world doesn’t already know? One thing is her quote that echoes all through the hills, including the Hollywood Hills: “The Truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” Steinem is now the subject of a new sort of adaptation of her autobiography “My Life on the Road,” a movie called THE GLORIAS. It is directed by the amazingly talented Julie Ta...



Joel Edgerton, Marion Cotillard, Mark Rylance lead great cast in Brady Corbet's THE BRUTALIST

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent If you watched Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf, you have a sense of her volcanic range. Now Cotillard is headed for THE BRUTALIST with Joel Edgerton and Mark Rylance as headliners. Brady Corbet is the director, having come off his last film with Natalie Portman in VOX LUX. This third outing for Corbet looks promising, especially with a title so fitting for now... From Screenmancer  LONDON: Golden Globe nominee Joel Edgerton (Boy Erased, Lo...



NO TIME TO DIE, out in November, watch Daniel Craig as 007 now

By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   Some have said Daniel Craig is the most bad@ss James Bond... few would disagree. Now the next trailer is out. This is the one hotly anticipated with Rami Malek as the ultra villain. Coming in November. Enjoy! Where We Left Our Hero... 007, Bond, James Bond In No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up aski...

Stan Brakhage, Gilbert & George, Marlon Riggs, 33 wild films like these on OVID for September

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent When you tell this story, many people find it hard to believe, but occult filmmaker Harry Smith was at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics during my time there as the Ted Berrigan Award winner, and he was one interesting creature of cinema. Anyway, he and Stan Brakhage the experimental filmmaker were friends. Some strange conversations ensued, mostly about when Harry pulled a fire alarm at a restaurant because an investor...


Overview of the US business for the week of August 31st. Celebrating Ingrid Bergman

Each week, Comscore provides more details on the return of the North American box office. This weekend, The New Mutants took top spot with $7M in ticket sales for its opening weekend, playing in 2,412 locations across North America. Adding returns from 10 international markets, the teenage superhero Mutants took in a total of $9.9M. Solstice Studios' thriller Unhinged starring Russell Crowe delivered a strong second week, grossing $2.6M additional after last weekend's $4M opening w...


Superb review on Sekuritas by Film Explorer

Check the detailed, thorough and amazingly smart review about the film Sekuritas published this summer during Swiss theatrical release by Film Explorer Text: Emilien Gür First published: July 25, 2020  happy gogle translation for our readers Thanks Emilien! [...] As the border between the human face and the architectural structure is abolished, the guardian is transfigured by the grace of the montage in carnal incarnation of the building that she watches over d...


SEKURITAS wins the Award of Excellence from The Accolade Global Film Competition

The Accolade Global Film Competition is unique in the industry.  Attracting both powerhouse companies as well as talented new filmmakers it is an exceptional, truly international awards competition, not a traditional film festival – which allows filmmakers from around the world to enter their films in this prestigious competition. Established in 2003, Accolade Global Film Competition is an avant-garde worldwide competition that strives to give talented directors, producers, ac...


"From On High" wins SPECIAL JURY AWARD at Sacrae Scenae Film Festival!

"From On High" has won the Special Jury Award at the 2020 Sacrae Scenae Film Festival in Ardesio, Italy on August 30, 2020. Written and helmed by Dawn Westlake, FROM ON HIGH tells the story of a Syrian girl who finds a better life in Europe. This is the 13th award for FROM ON HIGH and the 82nd award for films produced by Westlake's Ron de Cana Productions, Inc. shingle since 2000. The jury's reasoning behind the award: "From On High/Dawn Westlake/8"/USA: This extreme...

ENTWINED is a Greek horror movie that somehow resonates right now

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Something about this Pandemic is perfect for a Greek horror movie. Opening in theaters before a VOD North American release on Sept. 8 from Dark Star Pictures, ENTWINED is that movie. Why? Because, for one thing, Pandemic is a Greek word, from ‘pan’ meaning “all” and ‘demos’ meaning “people.” More to the point, thousands of years ago,  Greek tragedies paved the way for everybody else in W...


European Film Factory_Platform launch August 26

Platform launch on 26 August 2020 Supported by the MEDIA Creative Europe programme, the European Film Factory is a new initiative to promote film education in Europe.  An exceptional day of press meetings will be held online, in English, on 17 September 2020 to present this new service.   The European Film Factory is run by the Institut Français, which has joined forces with two partners at the forefront of digital innovation in schools: ARTE Education, a subsidiary of...


Telefilm Canada Pledges Financial Support Towards Creation of a Black Screen Office in Canada

Telefilm Canada supports calls for the creation of a Black Screen Office and has committed to investing $100,000 annually. The pledge was made on Monday during a meeting with filmmakers from the Black community who have called for the creation of a dedicated bureau.   “Telefilm supports the formation of an institution to expand the reach of stories and works by Black filmmakers,” said Christa Dickenson, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada. “The creation of a Black Scre...


Well Go USA acquires North American rights for action film MAX CLOUD

WELL GO USA ACQUIRES ACTION-PACKED SCI-FI COMEDY MAX CLOUD FROM LONDON-BASED FAE FILM & TELEVISION LTD Scott Adkins, John Hannah, Captain Marvel’s Lashana Lynch and Tommy Flanagan round out all-star cast   Leading independent distributor Well Go USA has secured North American distribution rights for action-packed sci-fi comedy MAX CLOUD. The film, directed by Martin Owen (Twist, Killer’s Anonymous, Let’s Be Evil), stars powerhouse martial artist Scott Adkins (IP...

Holland Film Meeting broadens its international scope in 2020

Selection announced of BoostNL, New Dutch, Stories & Beyond and Talent en Route. Thirty-one highly promising and ambitious new feature projects from across the globe will be presented at Holland Film Meeting, an event long established as one of Europe’s must-attend co-production meetings, and an essential bridge between the Dutch and international film industries. The Holland Film meeting will take place during the Netherlands Film Festival from 26th of September till the 1st o...
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French Riviera Film Festival Partners With It’s A Short To Take 2020 Festival Online

  Festival to Feature Online Screenings on September 18 & 19, 2020, Women Filmmakers Panel and Virtual Gala Awards Ceremony, Live from the Beverly Hills Hotel   French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) and  It’s A Short, the leading online streaming platform that celebrates and promotes short films worldwide, have partnered to present the second annual installment of the festival online.   "We're delighted to partner with It&...

Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival (2020 event) POSTPONED UNTIL June 5 -10, 2021

It is with much regret that we announce the postponement of our Film Festival until 2021. All Officially Selected filmmakers will be notified in person of these changes in person in the coming days. MOST IMPORTANTLY: All 2020 Officially Selected films will simply transfer to our 2021 programme. There are a multitude of reasons for this decision, suffice to say that continued Global & National uncertainty coupled with constantly shifting official guidelines means that we w...


The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) moves to virtual presenting 5 days of virtual screenings, events and panels

13TH ANNUAL BUSHWICK FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES FIRST VIRTUAL FESTIVAL FROM OCTOBER 21-25   The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF), one of Brooklyn's most exciting cultural attractions, will present its 13th edition virtually from October 21-25, 2020.   Transformation is the theme for this year and the festival has chosen a symbol that fully embodies the word: a butterfly. "Our butterfly glows and emerges from the electricity surrounding it, symbolizing profound transfo...


Tryon Film Festival Expands Globally By Going Virtual

‘We Take You There’   Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tryon International Film Festival 2020 will be mostly online, offering a larger selection of films to a worldwide audience and a handful of in-person events in the quaint North Carolina mountain town. The Festival will begin on Friday, Oct. 9, with a virtual gala that will include an opening film, and it will conclude on Sunday, Oct 11, with an online closing awards ceremony. For eight days, post festival—Oct. 12-...


Festival Stop Motion Montreal announces the full 2020 lineup!

Festival Stop Motion Montréal is ready and raring to go for a 12th edition that will run virtually from September 14 to 20, inviting viewers to participate from the comfort of their very own Home Sweet Home! Following last year’s edition under the theme of stop motion in the digital age and without skipping a beat, the Festival worked to adapt this year’s event into an online format as part of its mandate to provide an international platfor...


Golden Bear winner and Venice entries 'I Am Greta' and 'Mandibules' at the 47th edition of Film Fest Ghent

Film Fest Ghent unveils some of what the 47th edition in October has to offer. Adapted to the circumstances and safety regulations, this corona-proof edition will offer a platform to cinema from all over the world, including this year's Golden Bear winner There Is No Evil by Mohammad Rasoulof. In addition, this year's programme takes a fascinating look at cinematographic developments in neighbouring Germany, including Undine by Christian...

Preview of the 37th French Film Festival Tübingen | Stuttgart

    The good news: The 37th French Film Festival in Tübingen | Stuttgart 2020 take place! Live! From October 28 to November 4, 2020. Once again this year, the largest showcase for Francophone film in Germany will present the latest films from the entire Francophonie, from idiosyncratic auteur films by still undiscovered filmmakers to opulent cinema events with star cast for the big screen.   Film days online   With around 15,000 visitors, the F...


Mostra de València is starting to shape its Official Competition section.

The festival, which will begin on 22nd October until 1st November in Valencia, Spain, is strengthening its commitment to tracking down the best cinema produced in the Mediterranean. The festival has anticipated the first films to be included in its competition section, which will be in the running for the Palmera d’Or. Six Spanish premieres that represent an overview of the different narrative and visual proposals of the cinematographic and geographical ecosystem that La Mostra en...


The tenth edition of Sicilia Queer ready to open

SICILY QUEER 2020 International New Visions FILMFEST     The tenth edition of Sicilia Queer opens with SAMP by Antonio Rezza and Flavia Mastrella fresh from the Venice Film Festival and ends with the national preview of Days by Tsai Ming-liang, scheduled in Palermo from 15 to 20 September at the Cinema De Silk of th...


Asian Pop Up Cinema Announces Season 11 (Drive in & Streaming) Sept 10- Oct 31

ASIAN POP-UP CINEMA ANNOUNCES SEASON 11  DRIVE IN, STREAMING, and HALLOWEEN WEEKEND PLUS, September 10- October 31 Celebrating its 5th Anniversary, Asian Pop Up Cinema: Season 11 will present 22 movies and one of its strongest lineups with its first joint virtual and drive-in film festival both opening September 10 and running through October 10, 2020, with a Plus addition October 30 - 31 celebrating Halloween at the drive-in. In addition to many North American premieres, t...


OIFF 2020: competition and non-competition programmes are announced

The 11th Odesa International Film Festival International Competition Programme Announced At the press conference of the 11th OIFF, which took place on 20 August in Kyiv, the International Competition Programme was announced Full news     The National Competition Programme of the 11th Odesa International Film Festival Has Been Announced The National Competition Programme will include 7 full-length features and 11...


The 30th FilmFestival Cottbus celebrates Eastern Europe in hybrid format

    On the occasion of its 30th anniversary edition (November 3 to 8, 2020), the FilmFestival Cottbus (FFC) makes itself and Germany a gift: The FFC is growing into the digital world and is expanding the Cottbus festival onto a new level with a nationwide online program. The goal of the FilmFestival Cottbus for already 30 years now has been promoting young, exciting, dialogue-oriented cinema from Eastern Europe. To celebrate its anniversary, the FFC is involving its filmmakers ...
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The Accolade Global Film Competition Announces Latest Winners!

The awards go to those filmmakers, television producers and videographers who produce fresh, standout entertainment and compelling documentaries. The Accolade is an international awards competition that honors those who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity.   ~ Best of Show - Fiction ~  Antony Ginnane, FG Film Productions – Never Too Late              &nbs...

BZN Awards announced: you can now view them online

You are invited to the unique virtual experience that is the Third Annual BZN International Film Festival, August 27 – Sept 5th   Join us online for a 10-day event celebrating independent filmmaking, creative expression, and emerging and established voices. The BZN international Film Festival showcases films that educate, encourage and inspire audiences to get involved and take action to protect our planet. Over 70 films from three rich years of tradi...



    Congratulations to all the winners of the 2020 Universe Multicultural Film Festival~!!   It was a challenging time for each and every filmmaker this year under such a global uncertainty, with applying the social distancing rule, many industries have to pause the regular pace to meet the requirement of public health situation. At this extremely tough period of time, the UMFF committee created the first online award ceremony to fulfill all the filmmakers' d...
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16th Myrtle Beach International Film Festival (April 20-24, 2021) calling for entry



Call for entry MBIFF 16 now open     October 2, 2020 Earlybird Deadline I November 20, 2020 Regular Deadline I December 11, 2020 Late Deadline  I December 31, 2020 Extended Deadline I  

The MBIFF is a World Class Event.

Submissions end December 31st,  20éà, 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.



New York City Independent Film Festival (NYCIndieFF)


August 31, 2020  Earlybird Deadline 

The New York City Independent Film Festival (a.k.a. NYC Independent Film Festival, NYCIndieFF) is an annual film festival held in New York City. It was founded in 2009 by Dennis Cieri and Bonnie Rush. The festival has screened over 1,800 movies from 81 different countries since it began in 2010.

The Festival is focused on low budget and emerging, yet overlooked filmmakers, bringing their talent to culturally enrich the NYC community. The Festival aims to create the largest gathering of true indie filmmakers.

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

With a new section: the Covid-19 Diaries: tell us your story of hope and survival during the Corona lockdown. Short under 10 minutes

NYCIndieFF provides a showcase for the best in independent cinema, including short films, feature films, music videos, and animated works. With panels, parties and a week-long gathering of fellow indie filmmakers NYCIndieFF is the place to be May 16 - May 23, 2021.

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Your Script Produced competition
Season 2

August 31, 2020 Late 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.







54th WorldFest Houston

April 16-25, 2021

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Early bird entry by November 15

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


You are welcome to enter  Online via our online entry platform -, or via - we now accept entries via Vimeo & YouTube, in addition to DVD/BR Entries, & USB/Jump Drives. Screenplay entries must be bound. We will confirm when we receive your entry and we provide personal Jury Results, and festival details when you are selected for screening at the 53rd WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival!

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Fantasporto 41
February 26 - March 6


Deadline  December 1st, 2020 (Feature films)

November 1st (Fantasy short films)

Fantasporto enjoys incredible loyalty and support from the large film-appreciating community all over the World. In the last edition, Fantasporto was attended by over 25,000 enthusiastic genre film fans and over 200 members of the film press and industry.

Considered in 2015 as the first of the independent film festivals in the world by TRIPPER, Fantasporto is among the top film festivals  for the discovery of new talent, having revealed countless of now famous directors, producers and actors.

The World Heritage City by UNESCO of Porto, twice considered Europe’s Best Touristic Destination,  is another factor adding interest . Founded in 1981, the 40th edition has the support of the Portuguese State and the Townhall.



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Interview with Chadwick Boseman, Mischa Webley and Tory Kittles for THE KILL HOLE (2012)

IMG_7983.preview.JPG was very sad to hear about Chadwick Boseman's passing, we remember dearly the friendly interview he gave us... RIP Chadwick ! "The film begins with the title", I always say, and in the case of the film THE KILL HOLE (2012), a better title could not have been chosen for this eccentric metaphysical drama by American director Mischa Webley. The film is about two diametrically opposed war veterans- Lt. Samuel Drake (played by Chadwick Boseman) and Sgt. De...



Juliette Binoche to receive Golden Icon Award from Zurich Fest

© Jorge Fuembuena Loscertales / San Sebastian Film Festival The 16th Zurich Film Festival will award its most prestigious accolade to the French actress. The Academy Award-winner stands as much for engaged auteur cinema as she does for high-end Hollywood entertainment. She will present her most recent movie LA BONNE ÉPOUSE at the festival.           For the first time in its history, the Golden Icon Award goes to a ...


Maïwenn to receive A Tribute to... Award in Zurich

The Zurich Film Festival honours the French director, producer and actress for her contribution to the resurgence of auteur cinema, and screens her directorial works in a retrospective. Maïwenn receives the award on 01 October and presents her most recent film ADN (DNA).  Born in Paris, Maïwenn is one of the most exciting voices of contemporary French auteur cinema. Having begun her career as an actress at the beginning of the eighties, she soon appeared in such large-scale pr...

National Competition Jury at 11 Odesa International Film Festival Announced

    Works by Ukrainian cinematographers will be evaluated by the National competition jury, which includes: Ukrainian director and award winner at the 10th OIFF Nariman Aliev; Catalan-Spanish director Carla Simón; Giona Nazzaro, General Delegate of the Venice International Film Critics’ Week, programmer of the Rotterdam Film Festival, curator for Visions du Réel de cinéma de Nyon; Marit van den Elshout, head of the industry section at the Rotterdam ...


What your favorite star Jack Black does during a Pandemic?

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Hey so, Coronavirus marches in London? Well, in Hollywood, you get a different reaction. Okay, there is no segue there, except that the Pandemic makes people do weird things. Take beloved comedian Jack Black He looks like Rip Van Winkle lately. But? Not anymore, ps. Watch!  From Screenmancer We stole this from the Upbraidy Bunch, who stole it first. That would be the Ferrell gang over at Funny Or Die. But is there something to b...
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IRIS by Diana Rodriguez

USA - Fantastic drama thriller: 104 minutes - first feature film

Alice Kremelberg (Orange Is The New Black) stars as the eponymous Iris, and gives an outstanding lead performance as this tortured soul dreadfully awaiting the death of her Aunt Adelaide, played by Mary Looram (Like Father, Braid). As Aunt Adelaide slowly withers away in hospice, Iris continues her day to day routines of working in an antique shop, and scrolling online for connections through an online dating app. However, Iris has an ulterior motive behind her digital search for suitors, and it’s not love. Iris has a hunger, and she needs to feed. On every date she goes on, she sizes her match up and determines their strength of character on a criteria of what she considers basic human decency. And if any of her dates fail to meet her standards, then that’s the end of them. They’re dinner. That’s just how Iris operates.

But complications arise when Iris meets Tom, played by Grant MacDermott (Hustlers, Mr. Robot), at a support group meeting for people dealing with the lingering effects of grief. Tom is a good hearted man coping with crippling trauma. As their chaste relationship develops, Iris is confounded by a debilitating emotional dilemma. She yearns for the love she once lost, but recognizes the potential in having a strong bond with Tom. Unfortunately, her primal nature exposes itself in the heat of lust, causing her deep seated vampirism to emerge and overtake her instincts. So she can never truly express her true feelings to Tom without it resulting in his death. What’s a timeless girl to do in the big city?

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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.


BLUE 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.

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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
 Sharkwater Extinction first peek

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)

Les films qui ont une densité spirituelle évidente mettent souvent en scène le voyage, l’itinéraire initiatique, mais aussi la souffrance qu’implique de quitter sa terre, ses racines, son pays, son existence. On se rend compte, avec Les raisins de la colère que la modernité a constitué le terreau indispensable de la modernité liquide (Zygmunt Baumann). Le film est en effet réalisé en 1940, bien avant que la phi...

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


Bruno Chatelin raconte l'histoire du lancement du film Boyz'n The Hood à Cannes

Interview video de Bruno Chatelin pendant le Festival de Cannes (virtuel) 2020! L'histoire du lancement du film Boyz'n The Hood à Cannes que j adore raconter car c est l un des plus beaux contes de fées qu il ma été donné de rencontrer dans ma carière de distributeur de films! Une voie royale ouverte par Cannes qui a conduit le film et son réalisateur, John Singleton, jusqu 'aux Oscars... The Boyz'n The Hood launch in Cannes tol...

Le festival FIFDA débute aujourd'hui en ligne

RDV sur pour visionner la programmation. La 10e édition du Festival International des Films de la Diaspora Africaine débute aujourd'hui ! Elle se déroulera 100% en ligne jusqu'au 6 septembre 2020. Découvrez 20 films pour explorer l'histoire de l'Afrique et de sa diaspora & Un hommage à Black Lives Matter.  Le festival profite cette année de son édition virtuelle pour exposer la...


Impact des bandes-annonces diffusées dans les cinémas au 1er Septembre

Enquête hebdomadaire réalisée auprès d’un échantillon de 35 000 individus représentatifs de la population française. Parmi ces individus, 2 000 spectateurs étant allés au cinéma au cours de la semaine cinéma concernée sont interrogés sur les bandes annonces vues au cinéma.     ...


Xavier Lardoux promu directeur du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel au CNC

Le CNC annonce la création de ce nouveau poste et le définit comme un poste transversal "en charge de la stratégie transversale aux domaines du cinéma et de l’audiovisuel, destinée à permettre au CNC de répondre aux enjeux de toute nature résultant de la convergence des problématiques artistiques et économiques de ces deux secteurs, il participera à la conduite de tous les chantiers transversaux desti...


KINOPOLSKA. Festival du cinéma polonais lance sa 13ème édition à Paris

Le temps d’un week-end, KINOPOLSKA vous invite à découvrir au cinéma L'ARLEQUIN, six films polonais récents et pertinents, présentés au dernier festival de Gdynia, ainsi que deux classiques incontournables, Les Innocents charmeurs d’Andrzej Wajda et Six Pistolets, un western polonais de Jerzy Hoffman et Edward Skórzewski. Les huit films sont tous précédés d'un court mé...


Saluons la nouvelle formule de la Nouvelle Obsession

La Septième Obsession se relance pour ses 5 ans avec un nouveau design, nouvelle formule! Le N°30 à paraître le 10 septembre.     ...


Le Mashup Film Festival à Paris du 2 au 6 Septembre 2020

  On y est, du 2 au 6 Septembre en Ile-de-France, avec sur place des masques colorés customisés et du champomy pour mieux combattre les maux d'aujourd'hui ! Qui parmi vous viendra (re)découvrir les délires punko-pop de cette Nouvelle Vague Numérique ? Quelques stars de la création youtubesque et quelques détourneurs cinéastes et téléastes cultes des années 70 et 80 viendront nous dire bonjour. ...


Top 10 des entrées hebdo France du 19/08/2020 au 25/08/2020

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Impact des bandes-annonces diffusées dans les cinémas au 25 Aout

Enquête hebdomadaire réalisée auprès d’un échantillon de 35 000 individus représentatifs de la population française. Parmi ces individus, 2000 spectateurs étant allés au cinéma au cours de la semaine cinéma concernée sont interrogés sur les bandes annonces vues au cinéma.  ...

FIFDA dévoile la programmation de sa 10e édition en mode virtuel

RDV sur du 4 au 6 septembre 2020 !   La 10e édition du Festival International des Films de la Diaspora Africaine se déroulera sur le web du 4 au 6 septembre 2020. Découvrez 20 films pour explorer l'histoire de l'Afrique et de sa diaspora & Un hommage à Black Lives Matter.  Le festival profite cette année de son édition virtuelle pour exposer la France et l’Europe à une sélection riche...

Vanessa Paradis sera présidente du jury du Festival du cinéma américain de Deauville 2020.

  Pour cette 46e édition, elle sera entourée de :  Yann Gonzalez (Réalisateur & scénariste) Zita Hanrot (Comédienne) Delphine Horvilleur (Auteure, conférencière & rabbin) Vincent Lacoste (Comédien) Mounia Meddour (Réalisatrice & scénariste) Sylvie Pialat (Productrice) Bruno Podalydès (Réalisateur, scénariste & comédi... 

SOUTERRAIN de Sophie Dupuis en ouverture du FNC de Montréal

      DÉVOILEMENT DU FILM D'OUVERTURE ET DE CLÔTURE DE LA 49E ÉDITION Le Festival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal (FNC), dont la 49e édition sera évolutive, en ligne et en présentiel, est très heureux d’annoncer que SOUTERRAIN de Sophie Du...
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French Riviera Film Festival Partners With It’s A Short To Take 2020 Festival Online

  Festival to Feature Online Screenings on September 18 & 19, 2020, Women Filmmakers Panel and Virtual Gala Awards Ceremony, Live from the Beverly Hills Hotel   French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) and  It’s A Short, the leading online streaming platform that celebrates and promotes short films worldwide, have partnered to present the second annual installment of the festival online.   "We're delighted to partner with It&...



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