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by Emmanuel Itier   Can you let us know what inspired you to direct this film? - I always search for film topics that either contain a rare charismatic animal species which ideally has never been filmed before or about a location which is iconic or unknown for most viewers. When my friend Justin Jay, whom I met at two film festivals in the US in 2013, approached me with the idea it definitely was a no brainer! Wild drills have never been filmed before for a natural history program and ...


Newport Beach Film Festival's Virtual Panel Discussions this weekend!

    NBFF Goes Virtual 2020 OCTOBER 10th, 2020       Zeiss Panel #1:    TITLE: ZEISS Conversation: DP Robert McLachlan, ASC Description: Award-winning cinematographer Robert McLachlan, ASC takes viewers behind the scenes of HBO’s hit horror series Lovecraft Country.  SPEAKERS: Director of Photography, Robert McLachlan, ASC CREDITS: Game of Thrones, Westworld, Ray Donovan Panel Date: 10/10/20 Panel Time: ...


Sundance Institute Names 12 Fellows for Reimagined Episodic Lab: Pilot to Series

  Sundance Institute announced today the 12 fellows chosen to participate in its first-ever Episodic: Pilot to Series Lab, designed as an immersive two-part experience hosted on Sundance Collab, where selected emerging TV writers will workshop an original pilot and develop a series overview. Beginning with the Lab, Fellows will benefit from a full year of customized, ongoing support from Feature Film Program staff, Creative Advisors and Industry Mentors, led by...


BFI LFF complete programme of Screen Talks and events

  THE 64th BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FREE PROGRAMME OF SCREEN TALKS AND EVENTS Speakers include Miranda July, David Byrne, Letitia Wright, Riz Ahmed, Tilda Swinton, Christian Petzold, Michel Franco, Tsai Ming-liang and designer Es Devlin   Events will be delivered virtually and accessible to both UK and international audiences    The 64th BFI London Film Festival (LFF) in partnership with American Express has today announced a programme of Screen Talks and eve...


Youtube BFI LFF screentalk with George Clooney about his career as well as his latest feature THE MIDNIGHT SKY

GEORGE CLOONEY JOINS 64th BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL’S SCREEN TALKS PROGRAMME     TO TAKE PLACE VIRTUALLY ON SUNDAY 18 OCTOBER AT 16:00   The 64th BFI London Film Festival (LFF) has today announced an exclusive Screen Talk with renowned actor and filmmaker George Clooney. Clooney will discuss his illustrious and varied career, as well as his latest feature THE MIDNIGHT SKY, at the event which will be free to access both in the UK and internationally via the BFI YouTub...


Nadia Dresti appointed interim head of artistic direction of the Locarno Film Festival

Nadia Dresti appointed interim head of artistic direction of the Locarno Film Festival and coordination of Locarno Pro for the coming weeks The Executive Board of the Locarno Film Festival, under President Marco Solari, has conducted an initial, in-depth appraisal of succession planning for the role of Artistic Director, reaching a series of conclusions that will be put before the Board of Directors at its next meeting. The Executive Board also took the decision to appoint Nadia Dresti as int...

Historical Study on Berlinale confirms Founding Director Alfred Bauer's position in the Nazi film bureaucracy

The study confirms that Bauer's role in the Reichsfilmintendanz was more significant than previously known and was systematically covered up by him after 1945. In February of 2020, the management of the Berlin International Film Festival commissioned the Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ) to investigate Alfred Bauer's position in the Nazi film bureaucracy. The occasion was the media publication of sources that re-examined Bauer's role and tasks in the Reichsfilmintenda...

Missing Michael Lonsdale, our friend and festival president of Sacred Beauty Fest in Cannes

Good bye Michael. I took these shots in Cannes at Wim Wenders' film on Pope Francis... We came as a team of Sacred Beauty Festival in Cannes! My comment to Wim at the premiere screening "2 words Wim": "too short" I was so moved by the film! so was Michael Lonsdale ...


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Star lineup assembles for Chasing the Present Oct 10-12

  ILLUMINATE Film Festival Adds to an Exciting Lineup for 10/10 Presenting a special event in partnership with UNIFY     SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2020  CHASING THE PRESENT Global Virtual Screening With Reel Healing sessions and LIVE conversation with filmmakers & guests Film  | 12:00 ...


MISS MARX by Susanna Nicchiarelli is the opening film of the 58th Viennale.

"MISS MARX": OPENING FILM OF THE VIENNALE 2020 Director Susanna Nicchiarelli and producer Alessio Lazzareschi to be festival guests For the first time the opening film will be shown in all Viennale cinemas MISS MARX by Susanna Nicchiarelli is a film that celebrates the spirit of an unconventional and determined woman, Eleanor Marx, the youngest daughter of the great economist Karl Marx. After his death, she continued her father’s work with dedication and intelligence, figh...


EFM welcomes Italy as “Country in Focus” in 2022

Originally planned for the upcoming Berlinale, Italy will now be the “Country in Focus” in 2022 at the European Film Market (EFM) of the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival. The EFM programme “Country in Focus” began in 2017 with the goal of comprehensively presenting a country’s cinematic industry and film work and providing it with a special platform. Following Mexico, Canada, Norway and Chile, Italy is the second European country to take center stage in the...


Another great review for Finding Manny

  Dear Cindy, Dear Kacey, Dear Jan, Oh, I am deeply impressed. This film "Finding Manny" is so very touching. It is a film about a quest, the quest of a whole family. And it is a film on empathy, how a family does what they can (the very last minute) to understand their father/grandfather Manny and his family life at home in Poland and what he went through in the Shoah. I have just watched it and I am sitting at my computer crying. This is a completely different Ho...


Finding Manny voted Audience Choice Award for the film's Word Premiere at Albuquerque AFMX

Wonderful news from the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience (AFMX) which awarded Finding Manny Audience Choice Awards The festival hosts over 7,000 attendees each year and presents a fusion of film, music and special events that create a unique and intimate experience for everyone in attendance. AFMX brings together award-winning and up-and-coming filmmakers and musicians to showcase and celebrate film and music, and provide a platform for education, collaborati...


ADDAMS FAMILY 2 nabs Bill Hader, Javon “Wanna” Walton to voice starry two-peat & here’s your casting chance

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent It’s a running joke right now in Los Angeles that Halloween will be shortened to Half-o-ween this year due to Social Distancing, No Hands Candy, and Trick or Trick no Treats. But not for MGM, which has something really fun planned for the homebound and the Hollywood-bound with a chance to be in their new movie, along with the talent-heavy cast already signed, read on… Curated by Screenmancer Ghostwriter - The sequel ...


Jessica Chastain needs no help rocking THE 355 out of the box for 2021

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent "You have cameras in your jewelry," is one line you won't hear from Q in 007, but Mr. Bond has nothing on these five eyes in THE 355, starring Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Fan Bingbing ,Diane Kruger, Lupita Nyong’o, from Universal to drop in Jan. 2021. Chastain is the driving force behind this one as producer/star. And there’s a spy-twist-worthy plot here in the mix as Chinese beauty Fan BingBing, who rank...


F11 AND BE THERE is Burk Uzzle becoming one with the camera, Oct. 9

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent There is a serendipity to life, even in the Pandemic lockdown, as yesterday it turns out Masterclass has an Annie Leibovitz photography tutorial, and today is another discovery, Burk Uzzle, a trenchant photojournalist who has been showing his work since 1969. F11 AND BE THERE is his filmic journey, or “A Look at the Life and Work of Iconic American photographer Burk Uzzle" directed by Jethro Waters. First Run Features will o...


"23 Walks" - Film Review

by Emilia Ippolito 23 Walks Paul Morrison directs a very simple story- with just very few necessary twists. The film is about the so-called ‘golden third age’ ; it’s the story of Fern - retired dancer and singer- and Dave, a retired nurse, both over sixty and essentially lonely.   They are accompanied by their dogs : Henry and Tilly, who get acquainted on some North London fields and like each other’s com...


Trump has COVID, but does he know Alex Gibney has it TOTALLY UNDER CONTROL?

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent This might seem like a double-edged ‘Get Well Soon’ message to the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump,  but renowned filmmaker Alex Gibney “secretly spent the last five months” making a power-packed documentary entitled TOTALLY UNDER CONTROL about the lifespan of this virus. Oscar-winner Gibney actually co-directed with Ophelia Harutyunyan and Suzanne Hillinger. Needless to say, Gibney and company w...
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The Overlook Film Festival NIGHTSTREAM Starts Tomorrow, Tix on Sale, New Social Hub!

  Online now: Individual Tickets Now On Sale Head over to our Film Guide! Individual tickets are now on sale for ALL feature films and short film programs. Badge Holders can also continue to reserve films until they sell out. Please note all films have viewing caps akin to the size of the theaters they would screen in at an in-person festival and titles will sell out! Panels, special events and parties are available exclusively to badge holders.  GRAB TICKETS! INTRODUCI...


NatureTrack Film Festival kicks off for 10 days of terrific nature docs & animation

WATER IS LIFE – DOZENS OF FILMS IN NATURETRACK FILM FESTIVAL 2020 PROVE IT   Once Local Only Festival Will Now Go Worldwide in Its First Virtual Edition Plan to Spend Ten Days in Nature October 9 through 18     Water is life and the analogy fits the NatureTrack Film Festival as it’s revving back up and filled with films about water in the third annual edition of the NatureTrack Film Festival (NTFF).  Beginning virtually at midnight Friday, October 9th un...


8TH Edition of Ugu Film Festival returns bigger and better with a virtual integrated programme of workshops and film screenings

South Africa: Following the resounding success of the recent 7th edition of Ugu Film Festival (UGUFF) held at the Margate Hotel in Port Shepstone from 24-26 January, 2020, the organisers of the festival, Zindela Pictures are set to return virtually with a bigger and better 8th edition of film screenings, talks and industry-driven workshops.  Dubbed the Ugu Film Festival Virtual Integrated Programme, due to the prevailing Covid-19 restrictions, t...


The 13th Annual Bushwick Film Festival Reveals Details for Virtual Movie Industry Conference

Taking Place October 24 & 25 11:00 AM-3:00 PM Eastern Time       ...


Cucalorus 26 Film Lineup Announced!

  Are you ready for two whole weeks of heartwarming dramas, important documentaries, obscure shorts, and just plain zany films!? Good, because our full lineup of 95 films is now LIVE at! With a total of 8 documentary features, there is a non-fiction film for everyone with stories about Black undertakers, visionary Southern art, and immigration rights. Selections include ‘The Passing On’ produced by NC filmmaker L...


17th exground youth day at exground filmfest 33 I 13–22 November 2020 I Wiesbaden

  17th exground youth day Featuring 13 Films from 13 Countries The 17th edition of exground youth days, the youth film section at exground filmfest, is set to take place from 14 to 18 November 2020. Featuring a total of 13 short and feature-length films from 13 countries, like the rest of festival programming this year, the youth programme will be screened locally at Wiesbaden venues and additionally available for online streaming in the scope of the festival’s on-dem...


30th FilmFestival Cottbus FFC – Feature Film Competition revealed

   30th FFC – Feature Film Competition complete The FilmFestival Cottbus has been known for the best cinema from Eastern Europe for 30 years. In the Feature Film Competition at the 30th FilmFestival Cottbus (November 3 to 8, 2020), twelve films from a total of 22 (co-)production countries compete for the main prize of 25,000 euros and the special prize for best director as well as the prize sculpture LUBINA (Sorbian: the Lovely). Eleven of the works celebrate their German...


39th Istanbul Film Festival's Hybrid Edition Kicks Off

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 in March to a later date due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The largest, most established, and most influential film festival in Turkey, Istanbul Film Festival established a digital platform and held online screenings in May, June and July. Now, during October, the Festival will hold its International Competition ...


A friendly salute to the Inaugural Windrush Caribbean Film Festival

  THE INAUGURAL WINDRUSH CARIBBEAN  FILM FESTIVAL 17 October 2020 – 8 November 2020   WCFF 2020 Schedule is Live     ...


Conferences & Events - MIPCOM 2020 online program with Ted Sarandos keynote this monday

The MIPCOM conference programme has always featured an incredible lineup of A-list TV players and exciting events that informed and inspired. This year’s edition will focus on helping the whole content industry catch up for months of lost business by responding to the shortage of content, supporting the industry and celebrating content! UNMISSABLE LINE UP The Change for Good programme at the 36th...


Karlovy Vary IFF 54 ½ getting ready

The Karlovy Vary festival is traditionally one of the most important cultural events in the Czech Republic. Every year, it provides a special venue for film professionals, audiences, and representatives from the field of culture to come together. We are convinced that at this time when people in the Czech Republic and around the world must come to terms with different living conditions, we must maintain the continuity of important events that reinforce our awareness of cultural values at home ...


21st Annual Ojai Film Festival Goes Virtual

The theme “Enriching the Human Spirit through Film” continues to guide the Ojai Film Festival. At a time when people’s spirits need uplifting more than ever before the global pandemic makes it unsafe to invite filmmakers and film lovers to come together in a physical space. To give their audience a necessary boost the Ojai Film Festival (OFF) plans to go virtual this year, November 6 through 15. With a rich history spanning twenty-one years OFF bears the distinction of the onl...


The Female Gaze on Reunification at the International Women's Film Festival Dortmund:Koeln

By Liza Foreman   The Female Gaze on Reunification in Focus at the Internationales Frauen Film Fest DortmundKoeln   This year, the Internationales FrauenFilmFest DortmundKoeln (September 8-13, 2020) cast the spotlight on Reunification from the female perspective. The festival programmed a series of films made between 1990 and 2000 by women directors.    Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of German Reunification on October 3, the films ranged from intimate portraits ...

World Class event at Mostra 2020 from Better World Forum

Congrats to Manuel Collas de la Roche, relentless advocating and fighting for a better world. What an achievment in such hard times. is a proud partner of the Better World Forum...Of course!   PRESS CLIPPINGS BWF AUGUST SEPT.pdf 3.35 MB DIGITAL PRESS BOOK.pdf 2.05 MB     ...


The 2021 TCM Classic Film Festival will debut online this time, you're invited

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent It seems not too long ago, but it was a decade ago back in April 2010, that TCM held its first classic movie film festival in Hollywood, with great parties at the Roosevelt Hotel. That's where the first Oscar presentation took place. Thurs. May 16, 1929 in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The show honored movies released from Aug. 1927 to Aug. 1928. These are the details TCM fans love. So, with that nostaglic spirit revived...



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IFFMH - International Film Festival Mannheim Heidelberg New Awards

New Prizes at the IFFMH  €25,000 for the main prize +++ €10,000 for the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Award for best screenplay +++ A total of €47,500 in prize money at the IFFMH Starting in 2020, the IFFMH will award five monetary prizes in the international competition ON THE RISE. In addition to the traditionally non-monetary prize of the International Federation of Film Critics FIPRESCI, which has been awarded in Mannheim since 1960, a...


The first edition of SoundTrack_Zurich (STZ) wrapped

A big success during difficult times: the first edition of SoundTrack_Zurich (STZ), which took place within the framework of the 16th Zurich Film Festival (ZFF), attracted 1.800 visits. Over three and a half days, the music congress brought together composers, music supervisors, producers and directors from Switzerland and all over Europe. Almost 50 industry experts spoke in workshop talks, case studies and matchmaking sessions about current topics relevant to the film music scene. One of the hi...


Zurich Film Festival Wrapped

We're wrapping up 11 days of festival – coming together, exploring new voices, debating the future of cinema and making new friends. Find below a recap of our key industry events.     FOCAL – Audience and Market Strategies 25.9. – Project Showcase Noah Bohnert pitching his winning project WOUND   ...


The International EMMY® KIDS awards ceremony is online this year

Discover the very best in children's programming from around the world and who will win an Emmy   JOIN THE ONLINE PRESENTATION   Wednesday 14 October at 17h CEST   ...


5 winners of the 2020 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition

ACADEMY REVEALS WINNING NICHOLL SCREENWRITERS   Scripts to be presented at virtual table read in December   Five individuals have been selected as winners of the 2020 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition.  The fellows will each receive a $35,000 prize and be highlighted at the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards and Virtual Table Read on Thursday, December 3, where an ensemble of actors will read selected scenes from the winning scripts.&n...


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Julien Dubuque International Film Festival April 18 – 25, 2021


October 10, 2020 Earlybird Deadline  


We are now accepting submissions for the 2021 Julien Dubuque Film Festival and awarding over $25,000! You can submit your film via filmfreeway, or contact us for more information.

Known for it's quaint location, friendly staff/volunteers, inquisitive audience, consistent communication, multiple screening opportunities, workshops, panels and other amazing networking opportunities and parties; it's no wonder JDIFF was voted one of the coolest film festivals and one of the top 50 worth the submission fee by MovieMaker Magazine multiple times. JDIFF also ranks as one of the top 100 reviewed festivals by FilmFreeway. JDIFF is ALL about the independent filmmaker!

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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

October 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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Safeguard: An Electoral College Story Documentary by Matthew Taylor

USA September 2020 77minutes

How do United States' presidential elections really work? And what would happen if we changed the rules? In Safeguard: An Electoral College Story, award-winning filmmaker M.A. Taylor answers those questions.

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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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ANGIE: 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
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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 ...

Véronique Cayla et Éric Toledano élus à la Présidence et Vice-Présidence de l’Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma

Ce mardi 29 septembre 2020, les 180 membres de l’Assemblée Générale ont procédé à l’élection de Véronique Cayla et d’Éric Toledano à la Présidence et Vice-Présidence de l’Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma, pour un mandat de deux ans. Le nouveau binôme élu remercie l’ensemble des membres pour leur confiance, et a cœur à inventer, avec c...


Les élus de la nouvelle gouvernance des Cesar

Les 4 313 membres de l’Académie des César à jour de leur cotisation ont élu le 14 septembre 2020, sous contrôle d’huissier, les 164 nouveaux membres de l'Association pour la Promotion du Cinéma (APC) qui régit l'Académie, au titre de l'article 6.3 des statuts de l'APC modifiés le 9 juillet dernier. Ces membres élus constitueront la nouvelle Assemblée G&eacut...


Un Festival C’est Trop Court ! Le 20e festival européen du court métrage de Nice (9-16 octobre) est lançé

Cérémonie d’ouverture > Samedi 10 octobre à 19h30, rue Defly – Nice En présence de Robert Roux, Adjoint au Maire de Nice délégué à la Culture & Isabelle Visentin, Adjointe au Maire de Nice déléguée au Territoire Centre   En raison de la crise sanitaire actuelle, respect du protocole : gestes barrières, port du masque obligatoire et jauge limitée   Du 9 au 16 octo...
  Le Txiki Festival 2020– festival de cinéma et d’éducation aux images du jeune public – aura lieu en ligne et au Pays basque du 17 Octobre au 2 Novembre 2020. Pour sa 8ème édition, le Txiki Festival se réinvente et propose une édition "en ligne" et un dispositif itinérant d'éducation aux médias dans plusieurs villages du pays basque. Le thème de cette année&nb...


VIDEO: Le Meilleur du 35ème FIFF 2020 et son palmarès

35e Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur 2020 Palmarès La 35ème édition du Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur s’est déroulée du 2 au 9 octobre. Le FIFF s’est ouvert avec la première mondiale du film belge UNE VIE DEMENTE d’Ann Sirot et Raphaël Balboni et se clôture ce vendredi 9 octobre avec UN TRIOMPHE d’Emmanuel Courcol, en présence des réalisateurs. Durant un... 

Le Palmarès complet du FIFF Namur

Le Jury Longs métrages a décerné ses prix ! Cette semaine, les 5 membres du Jury Longs métrages - Samuel Benchetrit, Guillaume Senez, Anne Delseth, Yoann Zimmer et Daphné Patakia - ont visionné 13 longs, belges et internationaux  ! Voici le palmarès !   Bay...

Prix Jean Vigo 2020 : le Vigo d'Honneur sera remis à Arnaud et Jean-Marie Larrieu

VIGO D'HONNEUR 2020 Arnaud et Jean-Marie LARRIEU « Quoique sensible aux espaces, à la nature, à la matière du monde tout autant qu’au trouble des sentiments, le cinéma des frères Larrieu échappe au naturalisme. Aux abords de l’étrange, parfois de l’onirisme, leur mise en scène, tout en ligne claire, apparaît surtout soucieuse de préserver la vibration sensible que la cam&...

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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...


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