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THE FESTIVAL BEAT ! Proud to support our community - Volume 937




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MIPCOM, Sonoma, Vesoul, Nature Track Festival,  Doclisboa, Ojay, Denver, Arpa, Chelsea,  IFFMH, Midwest FF,  NIFF, Secrets of the Dead, Cottbus, EdiMotion,Soundtrack Cologne,  exground,  Interfilm Festival, Santa fe, FNC, Tryon, Overlook,  Curtocicuito,  See the Sound, Iris Prize,  and many more great events which could become your next festival destination.

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Day 5 - Live from online MIPCOM

UNORTHODOX CONTENT KEYNOTE 17.30 CEST Alex Amancio, CEO & Co-founder of Reflector Entertainment - Overcoming the media silos (or how I learned to embrace technology and trust the audience)   One of the visionaires behind Assassin's Creed, Alex Amancio, discusses how unorthodox content creation and deployment strategies, enabled by groundbreaking technologies, will shape the future of the entertainment landscape and create more cohesive fan communities. &nb...

Day 4 - Live from online MIPCOM

YOUR DAY (4) AT-A-GLANCE . Available from 09.00 CEST   Special screening - Surviving Jeffrey Esptein, “Trapped” (Episode 2), presented by A+E Networks in the explosive tradition of Surviving R.Kelly   -----------   FOCUS ON GENDER & EQUALITY   10.00 CEST&n...

Day 3 - Live from online MIPCOM

YOUR DAY (3) AT-A-GLANCE Available from 09.00 CEST   Market Intelligence - Binge watching sessions: Kids audience successes across the globe, presented by The Glance   Future Talks - Making future a better place for kids - Part 1 & 2   Future Talks - The digital playground: promoting social good through princ...

Day 2 - Live from online MIPCOM


4th MIPCOM DIVERSIFY TV EXCELLENCE AWARDS 18.30 CEST to 19.30 CEST: Dedicated to championing and promoting diversity and inclusion in all its forms across the international television industry. TODAY'S KEYNOTES   17.30 CEST - Melissa Fleming, Under Secretary-General for Global Communications, United Nations   18.00 CEST - Jeremy Darroch, Group Chief Executive, SKY - Recipient of the 1st MIP SDG Award DAY TWO: WHAT TO WATCH - TUESDAY ...

Day 1 - Live from online MIPCOM

TODAY'S KEYNOTES   Your front row seat to power! 17.30 CEST Ted Sarandos: Co-CEO & Chief Content Officer, Netflix CLICK TO VIEW   18.00 CEST Tyler Perry: playwright, writer, actor, producer, directorYOUR DAY (1) AT-A-GLANCE     DAY ONE: WHAT TO WATCH - MONDAY 12 OCT ...

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VIDEO: Academy Dialogues:Owning Your Brand by taking control to tell new and authentic stories

Academy governor and producer DeVon Franklin (“Breakthrough”), The Black List founder Franklin Leonard, producer Debra Martin Chase (“Harriet”), and M88 president and managing partner Phillip Sun, discuss their professional journeys and finding success outside of the traditional Hollywood system. What is the importance of having a vision, investing in yourself, and building a business brand by taking control to tell new and authentic stories? Table of con...


VIDEO: Jim Gianopulos, head of Paramount, offered a very smart masterclass during LAGFF

Greek connections at their best: Angeliki Giannakopoulos (LAGFF co founder) conducted a very high level interview (Zoom) with Jim Gianopulos Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO.   Jim is a second-generation Greek-American, Gianopulos oversees the studio’s film and television operations worldwide, including production, marketing, distribution and all other facets. Gianopulos has been a leading figure in the global entertainment industry for more than 30 years. Previously he ...


Interview with Kevin McNeely, Executive Director of Sonoma International Film Festival

Born in Minnesota, Kevin McNeely moved to New York for school where he lived for twenty years. In 1992, Kevin and his wine Rosemary moved to Sonoma, California where they have lived ever since. A professional in wine and film, Kevin has held an illustrious career between both worlds. In wine, he partnered with the Roessler brothers at Roessler Cellars in 1990 and later partnered with R2 (AKA R Squared) Wine Company. In film, Kevin works as Executive Director of the Sonoma International Film Fe...


The Order of the Rising Sun to Martine Thérouanne, Director and co-founder of the Vesoul International Festival of Asian Cinema

    The Consul General of Japan in Strasbourg, Mr. Takeshi AKAMATSU, handed over on Friday 25 September 2020 the insignia of the Order of the Rising Sun, Rayons d’Or avec Rosette, to Madame Martine THEROUANNE, Director of the International Festival of Asian Cinemas in Vesoul, for her contribution to the promotion of cultural exchanges and mutual understanding between Japan and France throu...


Interview with MARIE LECLERE – “RIOS PATAGONICOS” – official selection @ Nature Track film festival 2020

Photo: Marie Leclère in Paris Interview by Emmanuel Itier -What attracted you to canyoning? This sport, canyoning, is an amazing and unique endeavor that allows you to discover and explore areas you couldn’t access normally. You really get to enter the heart of nature, of water falls. It’s so amazing and mesmerizing once you’re part of these wonders. It’s incredible to discover all of what nature has to offer deep within itself. Usually you see these...



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 ... 

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DOCLISBOA’20 programme unveiled / 206 films, 49 countries represented, 31 world premieres

This year's program features 206 films, 31 world premieres and 30 international premieres, spread over the six moments of the festival, between October 2020 and March 2021.   The model of this year’s festival starts from the will to engage encounters and to create a ground for the collective experience of cinematographic art, in contribution to social reconstruction and strengthening. It is in this sense that the direction of Doclisboa invites the pub...

First Film with Deaf-Blind Star Screening

“The Feel Through Experience” at the Ojai Film Festival Filmmaker Doug Roland’s life changed one morning at 4 a.m. in the East Village of New York City. He spent an hour waiting for a bus with a deaf-blind man. This, his first encounter with a deaf-blind person, stayed with him and a few years later inspired his short film “Feeling Through.” The short screens at the Ojai Film Festival (OFF) on Sunday, November 8 at 4 p.m. and Monday, November 9 at 10 a.m. as par...


Paul Bettany's UNCLE FRANK comes home & out in 1973 for Thanksgiving

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent UNCLE FRANK from Prime Video has a trio of your favorite character actors, the remarkable Lois Smith from MINORITY REPORT, Stephen Root who was also scared in NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, and the always amazing Margo Martindale. Add in Judy Greer, plus Steve Zahn; but it’s Paul Bettany from the Avengers franchise that shows up this Thanksgiving as the titular Uncle Frank. In this Alan Ball movie, there are a lot of autobiographic hints as he is...



Congratulations to the 2020 US in Progress Wrocław participants

The tenth edition of the US in Progress co-production forum will be held online from the 11th till the 13th of November 2020, as a part of the 11th edition of the American Film Festival in Wrocław. In 2020 the festival will be running from November 5-15th in conjunction with the 20th New Horizons International Film Festival in a hybrid form. The event aims to facilitate professional networking among European and Polish film professionals and independent filmmakers from the United States. ...


Huluween, Freeform & FX: watch your shorts this very scary October

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent This news is literally a dream come true for short filmmakers, as 20th Digital Studio is showing shorts as part of "Huluween" - but also airing on FX and Freeform. Might want to make a note of who these fans of bite-sized films are, so read on... ;) From Screenmancer Ghostwriter HOLLYWEEN: 20th Digital Studio will premiere a series of 30 diverse, genre-bending short films for Halloween 2020. Bite Size Halloween ra...


Time Review: Garrett Bradley's powerful doc on the injustices that happen with mass incarcerations

TIME won best documentary at Sundance 2020 "Fox Rich fights for the release of her husband, Rob, who is serving a 60-year sentence in prison."   Director: Garrett Bradley and  the real heroes of the Doc: Fox et Rob Rich Interview by Emmanuel Itier Q: What was you intention making this documentary?   Garrett: It all started with a short Documentary I had done about the world of incarceration among black women in America. I had in mind a series of conversa...


Overview of the US business for the week of October 12th

Box office analysis for the week of October 12th.  Happy Columbus Day.    Our partners at The Numbers offer this list of top Columbus Day film openings of all time, led by Taken 2 (2012) starring Liam Neeson and Meet The Parents (2000) starring Robert DeNiro. Both actors are active in the box office this October, with DeNiro starring 101 Studio's The War with Grandpa which opened this weekend and Neeson starring in next weekend's opener Honest Thief from Open Road ...


43rd Denver Film Festival opens with NOMADLAND drive-in screening

  43rd Denver Film Festival :: October 22–November 8, 2020 DENVER FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NOMADLAND AS OPENING NIGHT DRIVE-IN EXPERIENCE AT RED ROCKS Additional Red Carpet Drive-In Screenings Include Nine Days and Ammonite   The 43rd Denver Film Festival (DFF43) announced today three Red Carpet Drive-In experiences that have been added to this year’s programming, leading off with Searchlight’s NOMADLAND Opening Night, Oct. 22 at 7 p....
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New formula for the 20th New Horizons International Film Festival and the 11th American Film Festival

Dear Friends, The number of Covid-related cases has been recently soaring in Poland. After having discussed and analyzed the situation and with concern for the health of our viewers, we made the difficult decision to transfer this year's New Horizons International Film Festival and the American Film Festival to our online platform. As a result, from November 5 till 15, viewers can watch over 170 new films (including over 130 features) from both festivals’ original lineups online,...


Nordic Film Festival goes

Dear Friends of film, As the autumn colours brighten up the increasingly shorter days, film festivals lighten up the colours inside us. It’s sad then, that one of the most delightful to dos’ of the season is taken away from us. But if we can’t go to the festivals, we will make the festivals come to us! We have the great privilege to present you the largest Nordic film festival outside Europe; International Nordic Film Festival October 16 – October 20, traditi...


The Arpa International Film Festival goes virtual November 12-22

  From the comfort of your own home, people from all around the world can take part in our 23rd Annual Festival, thanks to our host, Seed&Spark. The festival will take place online November 12-22, with 69 films from 20 countries. Ticket sales are up and running with Gold All-Access passes available for $50 each (to view all 69 films), and individual film tickets at $12 each. Due to COVID 19, the Festival, which normally took place in theaters, will go online in order not to dis...


It' s day two at Chelsea Festival in NY

  MASTERCLASS WITH ROBIN WEIGERT Learn from the very best.   Friday, October 16th - 12:00pm EST on Zoom       ...


69th IFFMH (November 19 to 22): The Programme

  The programme of the 69th IFFMH is complete. The International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg (IFFMH) will take place from November 12 to 18, 2020 in cinemas in both cities. Immediately afterwards, from November 19 to 22, 2020, the Festival will be extended online for the first time on the online service IFFMH EXPANDED, in cooperation with Festival Scope and Shift72 ( – presales starting on October 28). The selection of films benefits from submissions from 86 co...


Chelsea Film Festival kicks off today, a word from our friend Ingrid, festival founder

Chelsea Film Festival opens today the 8th edition of the New York based festival founded by Ingrid Jean Baptiste Ruotulo  and Sonia Jean- Baptiste. We have been a fan of the festival since th ebeginning, 8 years ago and Bruno Chatelin sits on the advisory borrd of the Festival She sent us a welcome message and a selfie from opening event to share with our audience! "Today is #OpeningDay and I want to thank everyone who has been of support thus far. ...


It's Spooky Movie Int'l Horror Film Festival time–scary fun! wrapping today

  SPOOKY MOVIE INTERNATIONAL HORROR FILM FESTIVAL This year's lineup includes 15 features, 17 shorts and two special presentations.  Now celebrating its 15th year, the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival has grown into one of the largest annual events for horror film fans in the Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia area — and is the Mid-Atlantic region's premier dedicated genre film festival. The 2020 lineup features many innovative and frighteni...


Fantastique 20 20 20 from NIFFF - Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival comes to the ZHdK

FANTASTIQUE 20 20 20 COMES TO THE ZHdK Started during the preparations for the NIFFF 'hors-série' online edition, the Fantastique 20 20 20 travelling programme will continue touring Switzerland until the beginning of the 20th edition, and come to the Klub Kuleshov of the Zürcher Hochschuler der Künste (ZHdK) from October 6th to show 5 explosive films. A virtual Q&A with director Fabrice Du Welz will take place on October 13th. Although the Neuchâtel Interna...


Secrets of the Dead will be unleashed !

SECRETS of the Dead Short Film Festival will reveal harsh truths and some not-so-truths about the second most profound and inevitable thing that will ever happen to you - your death. Cinema by: Daniel Bowhers, Carey Burrt, Emma Penaz Eisner, Khalil Jackson, Gregory Orsi, Ilya Polyakov, Francesca Salmasi, Stefan/Sam Soyka, Kristen Williams, and Jeffrey Wengrofsky. Film Noir Cinema, 122 Meserole Ave, Brooklyn, Saturday, Oct 24, 9pm. $15. A very limited number of tickets are available here: http...


Youth and Shorts competitions from Cottbus 30

From the butt in the backyard to the passion of the wastepaper collector – the Short Film Competition and the U18 Youth Film Competition of the 30th FilmFestival Cottbus  Down-to-earth attitude mixed with poetry – alongside the international Feature Film Competition, FilmFestival Cottbus presents the Short Film Competition and the U18 Youth Film Competition, which showcase the entire creative spectrum of the Eastern European cinema. For the first time, the winne...


Day 4 - Live from online MIPCOM

YOUR DAY (4) AT-A-GLANCE . Available from 09.00 CEST   Special screening - Surviving Jeffrey Esptein, “Trapped” (Episode 2), presented by A+E Networks in the explosive tradition of Surviving R.Kelly   -----------   FOCUS ON GENDER & EQUALITY   10.00 CEST&n...


Hybrid Edimotion 2020 Juries for the editing prizes announced, entire program revealed

  On Friday, October 23, 2020, the 20th edition of Edimotion, the festival for film editing and montage art in Cologne, will start in a hybrid form with live and online events. In addition to the program, which is now fully available online on the homepage, we would like to introduce you to the juries for the editing prizes, which will be awarded on Monday, October 26, 2020 from 8 p.m. in the Filmforum NRW in the Museum Ludwig.   As usual, the juries are made up of ...


SoundTrack_Cologne 17: Conference unfortunately only online!

(click to expand...) Due to this evening's abrupt announcement of tightened corona protection measures by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the city of Cologne, which will come into effect as early as Wednesday 14 October, we feel compelled to host the SoundTrack_Cologne conference exclusively in a virtual setting. The program will now be organized entirely via zoom and will be virtually accessible to accredited participants. The timetable of the individual events will remain as c...


Hybrid exground filmfest 33rd edition will run 13–22 November 2020 in Wiesbaden

  With a selection of contemporary short and feature-length films and classic works, this year’s edition of exground filmfest (13–22 November 2020) features a multi-faceted Focus programme devoted to Italian cinema. Many of the works included here deal with precarious working conditions. In co-operations with regional festivals Terza Visione and Verso Sud, as well as with Kinothek Asta Nielsen, the festival will screen Italian f...


Interfilm Festival - Back in hybrid action in Berlin!

  Amid apocalyptic omens and global uncertainties, interfilm is back to present you with its glorious short film universe. From 10 to 15 November more than 30 programs will screen in 8 Berlin venues And from 11 to 22 November a selection of programs will be available online at interfilm Festival Trailer 2020 from interfilm Berlin on Vimeo. Locations: trusty favourites and fresh faces The current situation puts considerable demands on the cultural sector and ...
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The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival's 12th edition announces the awards

The Votes Are In! SANTA FE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS 2020 The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival's 12th edition is our most unique festival to date, having faced the adversity that most film festivals, non-profit groups, and other arts organizations encountered during 2020. While SFiFF has adjusted to the circumstances, our mission remains the same, ...


NatureTrack Film Festival Announces the Winners!

  Congratulations to the Directors of the following films:   Best in Festival - Feature - It's a tie! Lost Kings of Bioko ~Oliver Goetzel Realm of the Robber ~Moritz Katz & Braydon Moloney Best in Festival - Short Kokoly ~Blue Ventures, Garth Cripps & Paul Antion   Kids Connecting with Nature - The Dan Conaway Award Traces ~Sébastien Pins Igniting Passion for (and with) Nature  By Hand ~Kellen Keene   &n...


Festival du nouveau cinéma Shorts Winners announced

SHORT FILMS WINNERS ANNOUNCED  Last night was the ceremony of the short film awards, we are happy to share with you the list of this 49th edition winners. The short film awards are presented but all the FNC programming is still available online until October 31! Discover the best of current cinema. INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION – SHORT FILMS The International Short Film Competition jury was composed of Odile JOANNETTE, Deragh CAMPBELL and Carmine PIERRE-DUFOU...


Tryon International Film Festival Winners

Tryon International Film Festival 2020 Was Virtual; Viewings Available Through Oct. 19 Film Festival Winners The overall winner in the Tryon International Film Festival 2020 is Invitation to the Dance, a short documentary that chronicles five special needs adults who take ballet lessons for a year.             The 40-minute film was directed by Sarah Shoemaker, a professional dancer, actress, producer, and the Executive Director for Int...


Nightstream Awards! You can still watch Films + Talks till Weds!



Awards Curtocircuíto 2020

The juries of the seventeenth edition of Curtocircuíto - Internacional Film Festival have decided to award the following prizes. ●      Radar Award: Sun Dog, by Dorian Jespers.  ●      Special mention Radar: Dustin, by Naïla Guiguet. ●      Explora Award: Look Then Below, by Ben Rivers.  ● ...


Eight films nominated for the SEE THE SOUND music documentary award by SoundTrack_Cologne

SEE THE SOUND (October 14 – October 18, 2020), the film festival of SoundTrack_Cologne, will once again award the prize for the best music documentary. Eight films have been nominated for the competiton, five of which are celebrating their German premieres, one NRW premiere and one it’s German premiere. The full programme, which contains 26 films and a lecture performance, is attached. The nominees are Lima Grita by Dana Bonilla and Ximena Vakdivia, Underground Inc: The Rise &a...


Short Calf Muscle wins Iris Prize 2020

   Short Calf Muscle, directed by Victoria Warmerdam, has been announced the winner of the Iris Prize 2020, Cardiff’s International LGBT+ Short Film Prize, supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation. This was the first time in the festival’s 14-year history that a film from the Netherlands has won. The £30,000 prize enables Victoria to make a new short film in Wales, becoming the thirteenth Iris production.   Better, directed by Michael J. Ferns, wins Be...
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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
 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 ...

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...

42e Cinemed : ça démarre aujourd'hui !

   Le festival démarre ce vendredi 16 octobre à 20h30 - Corum, Opéra Berlioz / SOIRÉE COMPLÈTE AVANT-PREMIÈRE de L'Homme qui a vendu sa peau de Kaouther Ben Hania (Tunisie / France / Belgique / Suède / Allemagne, 2020, 1h40, VOSTF)  En présence de Kaouther Ben Hania, réalisatrice et de Yahya Mahayni, comédien (Prix d' interprétation à la Mostra de Venise 202...


La 24e édition du Festival du Film Francophone d'Albi, LES ŒILLADES 2020, est maintenue ! (24-29/10)

Mardi 10 novembre à 11h, CONFÉRENCE DE PRESSE du festival Les Œillades 2020 Suite à la dernière allocution du Président de la République, l’Association CINE FORUM est heureuse de vous informer que la 24e édition des  Œillades, Festival du Film Francophone d'Albi aura bien lieu du 24 au 29 novembre 2020 ! Pour rappel, le festival a accueilli en plus de 20 ans un nombre important ...


La deuxième édition du concours A Ton Court (France Télévisions) approche de son dénouement.

Le 29 octobre 2020 à 18h15 vous pourrez assister à la remise des prix en direct sur Facebook Live ( Pour rappel, ce concours récompense trois courts-métrages sur la thématique : Quel monde pour demain ? Suivez-nous et découvrez les pépites envoyés par des jeunes talents entre 16 et 30 ans.   Le Facebook Live vous permettra également de poser toutes vos questions à nos membres du Jury : Jean-...


Fantrippers présente sa collection de beaux livres pour Noël

Il s’agit d’images légendaires de films, séries, musiques, bandes dessinées ou romans. De lieux devenus mondialement célèbres grâce à la pop culture au point d’être aujourd’hui indissociables des oeuvres auxquelles ils ont servi de décors. C’est l’histoire de ces fanspots de légende que se propose de faire découvrir la collection Fanspots Stories en dévoilant leurs secrets...


Dans une semaine, c'est le coup d'envoi de la 16e édition de Mon Premier Festival !

Dans une semaine, c'est le coup d'envoi de la 16e édition de Mon Premier Festival. Pour profiter pleinement de ces sept jours de fête et de découverte, voici le guide du festivalier averti !   Et, pour vous faire patienter, découvrez ici la bande-annonce de cette édition.    Tout, absolument tout sur les programmes ...


Impact des bandes-annonces diffusées dans les cinémas au 10 Octobre

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.     ...


La 35e édition du Festival Européen du Film Court de Brest approche !

Du 10 au 15 novembre, embarquez pour une semaine de courts métrages, de jeunes talents européens, de rencontres et de découvertes cinématographiques à Brest ! Cette année encore, nous avons sélectionné plus de 200 merveilles du cinéma court en provenance de toute l’Europe que nous avons hâte de vous faire découvrir. BANDE-ANNONCE / 35e Festival Européen du Film Court de Brest 2020 from Associa...


L'ordre du Soleil Levant à Martine Thérouanne Directrice et cofondatrice du Festival International des Cinémas d’Asie de Vesoul

  (Credit photo Jean-François Maillot)   L'ordre du Soleil Levant à Martine Thérouanne Directrice et cofondatrice du Festival International des Cinémas d’Asie de Vesoul   Le Consul Général du Japon à Strasbourg, Monsieur Takeshi AKAMATSU, a remis le vendredi 25 septembre 2020 les insignes de l’Ordre du Soleil Levant, Rayons d'Or avec Rosette,&n...


Le programme du 31ème Festival du Film Arabe de Fameck / Val de Fensch t

« Au printemps dernier, nous ne pensions pas que la 31e édition du Festival international du film arabe pourrait avoir lieu. Et finalement, nous avons réussi à l’organiser tout de même, avec une belle sélection de surcroît et dont nous sommes très fiers. Quelle satisfaction, quelle joie pour toute notre équipe ! Tous nos partenaires habituels, institutionnels et privés, nous ont suivis, nous ont encourag&eacu...


Gustave Kervern & Benoît Delépine, invités d'honneur au Festival d' Arras

Gustave Kervern et Benoît Delépine, (photo © Berlinale) invités d'honneur de l'Arras Film Festival 2020 !        Ensemble, ils forment le duo le plus libre et subversif du cinéma français.  Louise-Michel, qui avait fait la clôture de l’édition 2008 de l’Arras Film Festival, mais aussi Le Grand soir, Mammuth ou encore Saint Amour, c’était eux. ...


L'Institut français fait voyager la Fête du cinéma d'animation dans le monde

En partenariat avec l'AFCA, Association Française du Cinéma d'Animation, l'Institut français étend pour la 10ème année consécutive la Fête du cinéma d'animation à l'étranger. À l'occasion de ce rendez-vous annuel, le réseau culturel français à l'étranger, Instituts français, Alliances Françaises et services culturels des Ambassades franç...


Le Festival du Film Italien de Villerupt La 43ème édition dévoile sa programmation

Festival du Film Italien de Villerupt 43e édition - 2020 23 OCT > 8 NOV   La 43e édition du Festival du Film Italien de Villerupt proposera 55 films au total dont 26 en sélection officielle (en majorité des inédits ou avant-premières), 14 en Panorama (films sortis récemment), 10 dans le cadre d'une carte blanche proposée par le critique Giorgio Gosetti et dédiée à Alberto S...


Les ateliers Jump In du Poitiers Film Festival : découvrez les participants !​

Les ateliers Jump In du Poitiers Film Festival sont proposés à de jeunes cinéastes, qui développent leurs premiers longs métrages en dehors d’une structure de formation.   L’accompagnement de ces réalisateurs, passés par les sélections du festival, se déroule pendant la manifestation où leurs sont proposés master classes, ateliers de travail et consultations individuelles avec des professionnels agu...

La Semaine de la Critique 2020 « Hors les murs » continue cet automne sa tournée à La Cinémathèque française

  Après le Festival du Film Francophone d’Angoulême et la Cinémathèque de Corse, la Semaine de la Critique continue cet automne sa tournée hors les murs. C’est à La Cinémathèque française, les 16, 17 et 18 octobre que la section parallèle cannoise présentera pour la première fois l’intégralité des films de cette 59e &eac...

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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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