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Congrats to Alberto Barbera confirmed as the Director of the Cinema Department for the next 4 years

La Biennale di Venezia / Artistic Directors of the Departments appointed for the four-year term 2021-2024: Alberto Barbera for Cinema Wayne McGregor for Dance Lucia Ronchetti for Music ricci/forte for Theatre Pictured above 1: Alberto Barbera with President Paolo Baratta; 2: Lucia Ronchetti, Wayne McGregor, Gianni Forte, Stefano Ricci.jpg La Biennale di Venezia announces that the Board of Directors has appointed the Artistic Directors for the Cinem...


Eva Zaoralová, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival’s artistic advisor, was awarded by the Ministry of Culture

On the occasion of the state holiday on 28 October, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival’s artistic advisor Eva Zaoralová was awarded the Ministry of Culture Award for Contribution in the Field of Cinema and Audiovisual Work. This prestigious award was awarded to Eva Zaoralová for her many years as the artistic head of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and for her lifelong promotion of Czech films and filmmakers abroad. In view of the situation relating to...


MY VIDEO MEMORIES: Stallone in Cannes 1993 for the AMFAR charity gala

Cliffhanger starring Sylvester Stallone was selected to screen as a special event at Cannes Film Festival France May 1993 The film was distributed by Sony and I was in charge of the marketing. Ampazing memories from Sly in front of thousands of people gathered on the Canal + set, massive crowd packed for hours in front of the Palais... Sly and Mario Kassar (Rambo and Cliffhanger's producer) walking the red carpet...enjoying "best day in my life" as Sly told me that evening! As ...


VIDEO: Back then in Cannes with Arnold promoting Last Action Hero

Great memories and so funny to see myself next to Arnold Schwarzenegger, on this video I jave just found;  offering himsome protection against the crowd... or was it the opposite ?  I am also quite proud of the exposure we have got for the film (against a mere 5000€ budget renting a barge from Marseille to host a 17m high inflatable Arnold) which gave us front cover from every magazine in the world.     ...



VIDEO conversation with Dennis Davidson, DDA founder, publicIty and film communication veteran and Cannes expert

The DDA Group celebrated this past september 50th anniversary, was launched in 1970 by Dennis Davidson and Michael Dalling who left to run his own publicity boutique, later merged with Rogers & Cowan.  Bruno Chatelin had the privilege of working with both on a couple of occasions: Michael ran the publicity for the launch of in 2000. and Bruno had also worked with DDA on Cliffhanger presentation in Cannes 1993 and Twelve Monkeys while running Sony theatrical distribut...


Sundance Institute Announces Seven New Members of Board of Trustees

The nonprofit Sundance Institute today announced the newly appointed and recent additions to the Institute’s Board of Trustees. Kimberlé Crenshaw, Ann Lewnes, Wonya Lucas join the board alongside Uzodinma Iweala, Amanda Kelso, William Plapinger, and Junaid Sarieddeen who joined over the last year. Together they add to the business, cultural, and philanthropic leaders who guide and steer the entire organization and also act in an advisory capacity. The distinguished new Trustees br...


Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event Music Meets Film welcomes four-time Oscar nominee Danny Elfman as speaker

This year’s Music Meets Film held virtually along with the complete Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event programme, will give an insight into the creative layers of composers, film directors and industry leaders. One of the main speakers of the programme is four-time Oscar nominee Danny Elfman, who has established himself as one of the most versatile and accomplished film composers in the industry.  The conversation...


The Jury Members of the 4th El Gouna Film Festival

Following in the footsteps of its previous 3 editions, El Gouna Film Festival, in its 4th edition, summons some of the most talented international and Arab filmmakers, film critics, and experts to select the winning films in its 3 main competitions. With the participation of acclaimed films by celebrated and influential directors, in addition to exciting and innovative films by emerging filmmakers, the process of selecting the award winners proves to be a challenging task....


HIFF40 Honorees: Ann Hui, Dave Filoni, Rachel Brosnahan, Steven Yeun, Lana Condor, Keala Settle, Phillipa Soo & Jason Scott Lee

HIFF40 presented by Halekulani (November 5-29) is honored to announce this year's honorees:   Halekulani Career Achievement Award: Ann Hui (Hong Kong auteur, BOAT PEOPLE, SONG OF THE EXILE, A SIMPLE LIFE)   Halekulani Maverick Award: Dave Filoni (STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS, THE MANDALORIAN)  Rachel Brosnahan (I'M YOUR WOMAN, THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL)  Steven Yeun (MINARI, BURNING, THE WALKING DEAD)   Halekulani New Vanguard Award: ...


Pim Hendrix announces the Screenplay Contest Winners in Byron Bay Fest

Pim Hendrix : BBIFF SCREENPLAY CONTEST DIRECTOR announced the three winners of the script competition: 3rd place:Happy Alone  by Lloyd Seddon 2nd place: Mescalero by Anderson Boyd 1st place: Storms of Tobruk by Christopher J. Morrison The pandemic may have brought the economies of many countries to their knees, but if the winning entries in this year’s Byron Bay Film Festival Screenplay Contest are any guide, it did nothing to dampen the creativity and br...


VIDEO Interview with the producer of the Byron Bay Fest opening film The Firestarter - The story of Bangarra

Ivan O’Mahoney (producer) presents « The Firestarter - The story of Bangarra » to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Bangarra Dance Theatre Company. He sat down with Christophetr Labanne in Byron Bay to chat about his latest feature doc.   Nel Michin and Wayne Blair Directors, take us through Bangarra’s birth and spectacular growth, and recognises Bangarra’s founders and tells the story of how three young Aboriginal brothers...


VIDEO from Byron Bay Film Festival : Interview with the producer of the opening film The Firestarter - The story of Bangarra

Ivan O’Mahoney (producer) presents « The Firestarter - The story of Bangarra » to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Bangarra Dance Theatre Company. He sat down with Christophetr Labanee in Byron Bay to chat about his feature doc.     Nel Michin and Wayne Blair Directors, take us through Bangarra’s birth and spectacular growth, and recognises Bangarra’s founders and tells the story of how three young Aboriginal brothers, Stephen, Dav...


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Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event reveals all titles of 2020 Works in Progress projects

18 films in production or post-production, looking for sales agents or festivals for international premiers, will be presented at the Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event Works in Progress sessions in 2020.   As this year’s Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event takes place fully online, the presentations of projects taking part of Works in Progress can be followed on the website. The projects will be pres...


Sydney Sweeney is attached to lead feature film, drama SILVER STAR directed by Ruben Amar

Sweeney’s credits include the Emmy winning series Euphoria, the Oscar nominated ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, the Sundance ‘19 favorite and Hulu Original BIG TIME ADOLESCENCE and the Golden Globe winning series The Handmaid’s Tale. She will next be seen in the Amazon Original thriller THE VOYEURS. Recently, Sweeney announced she is about to start filming Mike White’s HBO limited series The White Lotus alongside Connie Britton and Alexandra Daddario. She will also be s...


Voltage Pictures launches international sales on Reagan, Sean McNamara’s upcoming biopic starring Dennis Quaid

Hot on the heels of the announcement of Penelope Anne Miller being cast as Nancy Reagan on the TODAY SHOW this morning, Voltage Pictures is launching international sales on Reagan, Sean McNamara’s upcoming biopic of former President Ronald Reagan starring Dennis Quaid in the title role, it was announced today by President and COO Jonathan Deckter. Voltage will begin talks on the hot title with buyers ahead of the upcoming American Film Market.   Production on the highly anticipate...


101 Films International Secures International Sales Rights to Mickey Rourke and Taye Diggs Horror Thriller “MAMMON”

101 Films International is thrilled to announce they have acquired Worldwide distribution rights to horror film “Mammon”.  The film stars Golden Globe® winner Mickey Rourke, along with Taye Diggs (All American, Empire) and Jessica Uberuaga (Take Back, Fanatic). “Mammon” is in pre-production in Los Angeles and is scheduled for release in the summer of 2021.    Written by Tyler Claire Smith and Isaac Walsh, the story follows a struggling young couple ch...


Lineup for IDFA, running 16 November - 6 December, both online and onsite in the Netherlands

Twelve films by some of the world’s leading filmmakers are selected for the IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary. The selection includes giants of documentary film, but also theater and visual art. With strong artistic concepts and bold formalist approaches, each title displays the mark of an auteur, from hybrid films to cinéma vérité. Below the films in competition this year at IDFA ...


BKK DOC offers Music and Archive licensing step by step Webinars

In addition to the laurels, a worldwide PR campaign with links to their trailers, the Filmmakers from BKK DOC 2020 Official Selections will be invited to these exclusive Webinars created specificaly for them by BKK DOC 2020 partners. Here is the Program: Dec 9th, 2020 8pm - online Music licensing 101 for Documentary filmmakers with partner for Asia Henrik Ahlgren Dec 15th, 2020 7pm - online Online Distribution in Asia w...




Enjoy the BORAT Subsequent Moviefilm Afterparty which broke interwebs here, lolz

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Hey, the Rudy Giuliani thing was just the beginning, everyone gets a shellacking in BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM, which is now available on Amazon Prime. But for everyone who got an afterparty invite like the one pictured below? It was black mirror time for most as the link would not load. So, Screenmancer got the Link’n’Load embed code for us, and anyone who tried to join the festivities last week, since “allegedly&rdquo...


"terroir" wins BEST MUSIC VIDEO at RATMA Film Festival in the UK!

"terroir" has won the Audience Award for BEST MUSIC VIDEO at the RATMA International Film Festival in Keighley, UK. Due to the Covid19 pandemic, the festival was held online this year, and the judging was also done online by the public over a two-week viewing period. "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. Helmed, written and produced by Dawn West...


Footfairy, Review: Feet loosened and fancy freed

Footfairy, Review: Feet loosened and fancy freed You won’t get it at first reading. The adage is ‘foot-loose and fancy free’. But my take on it is in the context of the serial murder mystery, in which the killer strangulates the victim with a plastic bag, causing asphyxia and then saws off her feet. Yes, her feet. Feet loosened and fancy (life) freed. He does more, like dumping the body in a suit-case, not far from the scene of the crime. Since the victim is always a young ...
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ndie Filmmaking Workshop with Michelle Danner

Making a Film on a Small Budget and Adjusting to New Circumstances Many challenges come with filming independent movies: last minute schedule conflicts with the Cast, losing locations, getting rained out, or fire … the list goes on and on. In this Indie Filmmaking seminar on Sunday, November 8 at 1 pm, Michelle Danner will tell stories about overcoming obstacles while shooting. She will address how to deal with unpredictable situations on short notice, and how to solve problems while...


Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival puts German film in focus in 2020

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) announces Germany as the Focus Country for this year’s hybrid 24th edition of the festival. The festival’s Opening Film will be Oskar Roehler’s Fassbinder biopic Enfant Terrible and 14 more German films will screen online and onsite as part of the In Focus: New German Cinema selection.    The programme is presented in collaboration with German Films a...


Watch the 4th El Gouna Film Festival in full gear: ambiance from the opening week

4th El Gouna Film Festival in full gear: ambiance from the opening week Amidst strict precautionary measures, a dazzling festive atmosphere, and a global media and artistic presence, the 4th edition of El Gouna Film Festival was launched, which began with a song by Lebanese singer Rami Ayash, then the ceremony was presented by Lebanese media presenter Hilda Khalife. Governor of the Red Sea Governorate, Major General Amr Hanafi, gave a speech, Engineer Samih Sawiris, f...


The 16th South African Horrorfest goes Virtual and Global today

16th SOUTH AFRICAN HORRORFEST & GLOBAL HORRORFEST GHOST IN THE MACHINE VIRTUAL+ FILM FESTIVAL   28 OCTOBER - 13 NOVEMBER 2020 https://Frightfan.TV     THE 2020 HORRORFEST Access all relevant Horrorfest links at from the official website, new YouTube channel and virtual event streaming platform, to various social media spots. (Full details to follow - to see the movie line-up, it is listed furth...


18th Zagreb Film Festival will be held entirely online

In light of the constant rise of coronavirus infected and with the goal of preserving the audience’s and festival crew’s health, Zagreb Film Festival will be held entirely online, on and platforms. Preparing for the festival, we wrote a couple of scenarios for ourselves, which we, like an unhappy director, changed, amended, and modified in accordance with new circumstances, rearranging the festival in different combinations...


Here comes the 2020 Brainwash Movie Drive-In/Bike-In/Walk-In Festival - Covid Edition!

2020 Shows! Nov. 6th, 7th, & 8th, in Doyle, California, US!       Hey, people, let’s make better an epic pandemic, lock downs, and lack of any really safe occupation outside of those working at home. Brainwash Movies will have shows online this season , after our safe, socially distanced Drive-In in historic Doyle, CA, 40 miles north of Reno, NV, off U.S. 395. Free Admission to the Festival Event.          &...


The "Cannes 2020 Special" opened, but for how long? New Covid regulations might close it down a second time

Opening of the "Cannes 2020 Special" © RR As France is in the last expectations round before Macron announces a possible shut down of the country Cannes found a short window to play a few films to the Cannes residents. The "Cannes 2020 Special", which offers a preview of four films from the Official Selection 2020 as well as the short films selected in Competition and the film school movies from the Cinéfondation competition, was open yesterday evening on the ...


“Destination Animation” Delivers Tips from the Pros

Millions of viewers worldwide relish a well done animated story. The Ojai Film Festival invites anyone who wants to learn how to develop an animated film to a “Destination Animation” seminar on Saturday, November 7 at 4 p.m.. Cathy Karol-Crowther, who teaches at Santa Monica City College in the Academy of Entertainment and Technology, will lead the seminar. This seminar uses the eleven animations in the Festival, coupled with interviews with filmmakers, to address the creative proce...


BKK DOC offers Music and Archive licensing step by step Webinars

In addition to the laurels, a worldwide PR campaign with links to their trailers, the Filmmakers from BKK DOC 2020 Official Selections will be invited to these exclusive Webinars created specificaly for them by BKK DOC 2020 partners. Here is the Program: Dec 9th, 2020 8pm - online Music licensing 101 for Documentary filmmakers with partner for Asia Henrik Ahlgren Dec 15th, 2020 7pm - online Online Distribution in Asia w...
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The 23rd Cinéfondation Selection Prizes

The Short Films and Cinéfondation Jury composed of Damien Bonnard, Rachid Bouchareb, Claire Burger, Charles Gillibert, Dea Kulumbegashvili and Céline Sallette, has awarded the 2020 Prizes of the Cinéfondation film school competition tonight on the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière as part of “Cannes 2020 Special”.   The Cinéfondat...


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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)


November 30, 2020  Regular 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

November 3, 2020 Final 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 ...

Les Prix de la 23e édition de la Cinéfondation

Le Jury des courts métrages et de la Cinéfondation composé de Damien Bonnard, Rachid Bouchareb, Claire Burger, Charles Gillibert, Dea Kulumbegashvili et Céline Sallette a décerné ce soir les prix du concours des films d'école de la Cinéfondation sur la scène du Grand Théâtre Lumière dans le cadre de "Spécial Cannes 2020". ...


« Spécial Cannes 2020 » est ouvert mais pour combien de temps?

  Ouverture de l'édition "Spécial Cannes 2020" © DR L’édition « Spécial Cannes 2020 » qui propose de découvrir en avant-première quatre films de la Sélection officielle 2020 ainsi que les courts métrages sélectionnés en Compétition et les films d’école du concours de la Cinéfondation s’est ouverte ce soir sur la Croisette ! Du 27 au 29 ...

La 43e édition du Festival du Film Italien de Villerupt fermera prématurément ses portes ce jeudi soir

  Suite aux nouvelles mesures annoncées hier par le président de la République française, le 43e Festival du Film Italien de Villerupt se terminera prématurément ce jeudi, après les dernières séances. C'est avec le cœur lourd que les organisateurs doivent se résoudre à prendre cette décision, car aucune alternative n'est possible. Ils souhaitent remercier toutes les personnes qui sont venues...


Les Egaluantes la 5ème édition est reportée du 23 au 25 avril 2021

Cinéma Le Cotentin, Carentan-les-Marais Parce qu’il n’est pas question de faire la fête à moitié et d’avoir travaillé si dur pour tout envoyer valser, la 5ème édition des Egaluantes, le festival du cinéma normand, se déroulera finalement les 23, 24 et 25 avril prochains.   Les dates limites pour candidater aux concours du "script égalué", parrainé par Louis Becker...


Pour sa 20e édition, retrouvez le Cinemamed en ligne !

Festival cinéma méditerrranéen de Bruxelles C’est le cœur gros que nous avons décidé de ne pas organiser le Cinemamed tel que nous le connaissons. Afin de faire de cette 20e édition en ligne un événement à part entière, nous mettons toute notre énergie pour que le festival puisse s'inviter directement chez vous ! Rendez-vous sur nos réseaux et sur la plateforme SOONER ...


Top 10 des entrées hebdo France du 21/10/2020 au 27/10/2020

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Impact des bandes-annonces diffusées dans les cinémas au 27 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.     ...


Le Festival international du Film de montagne d’Autrans annonce sa sélection

FIFMA | 37ème édition | Volte-faces Le Festival international du film de montagne annonce sa sélection 2020, car malgré les incertitudes, les films sont là, témoins des montagnes du monde, des nos préoccupations et de nos espoirs ! La sélection officielle annoncée ! Le contexte ne nous empêche pas d'avancer, d'espérer, de rêver encore un peu, ni de mettre en lumi...


Le Festival international du Film d’Histoire de Pessac est contraint d’annuler sa 31ème édition

Nous sommes attristés d'apprendre l annulation du Festival international du Film d’Histoire de Pessac: sa 31ème édition était initialement prévue  du 16 au 23 novembre 2020.   Le conseil d’administration de l’association étudie les modalités de valorisation des films sélectionnés en compétition et communiquera prochainement à ce sujet. C’est avec beaucoup de ...


Le Festival de l’Alpe d’Huez/FAH dévoile l’Affiche de sa 24e édition qui se déroulera du 19 au 24 Janvier 2021

1er grand rendez-vous cinéma de l’année & unique Festival dédié aux films de Comédie, le 24e Festival International du Film de Comédie de l’Alpe d’Huez, en Isère, aura lieu du mardi 19 au dimanche 24 janvier 2021.   Le Festival de l’Alpe d’Huez/FAH est heureux de dévoiler l’Affiche de sa 24e édition qui se déroulera du 19 au 24 Janvier 2021. Après cette année 2020...


Le festival Les Urbaines invite à sortir des sentiers battus

Dédié aux nouvelles esthétiques sonores, visuelles et performatives, le festival Les Urbaines invite à sortir des sentiers battus, ouvrant un espace libérateur qui s’adresse à toute personne mue par la curiosité. Le temps d’un week-end, il réunit une quarantaine d’artistes émergent.e.x.s aux pratiques novatrices et inclassables, présentées gratuitement dans une dizaine de lieux de Lausanne, Renens...


Les salles de cinéma de la région Hauts-de-France se mobilisent autour de l’Arras Film Festival réinventé !

  Conscient de la situation actuelle, l'Arras Film Festival a choisi toutefois de maintenir sa communication. Toute l'équipe a en effet fourni un énorme travail en quelques jours, pour s'adapter aux contraintes et proposer un concept de festival « revisité » de qualité et solidaire. Nous ne pouvions pas ne pas le partager avec vous ! Le maintien de cette programmation dépend, bien sûr, des annonces à v...

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Promoting Movies that Matter / des films qui font grandir...

With contributions from Abbé Jean-Luc Maroy, Alex Deleon, Bruno Chatelin

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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...


MY VIDEO MEMORIES: Stallone in Cannes 1993 for the AMFAR charity gala

Cliffhanger starring Sylvester Stallone was selected to screen as a special event at Cannes Film Festival France May 1993 The film was distributed by Sony and I was in charge of the marketing. Ampazing memories from Sly in front of thousands of people gathered on the Canal + set, massive crowd packed for hours in front of the Palais... Sly and Mario Kassar (Rambo and Cliffhanger's producer) walking the red carpet...enjoying "best day in my life" as Sly told me that evening! As ...


VIDEO: Back then in Cannes with Arnold promoting Last Action Hero

Great memories and so funny to see myself next to Arnold Schwarzenegger, on this video I jave just found;  offering himsome protection against the crowd... or was it the opposite ?  I am also quite proud of the exposure we have got for the film (against a mere 5000€ budget renting a barge from Marseille to host a 17m high inflatable Arnold) which gave us front cover from every magazine in the world.     ...



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