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"The other place to be during the Golden Globes"

Laura Dern from PSIFF 2020 Gala award to Golden Globe Win

Laura Dern was born in 1967 to actors Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern.   She said, "She was conceived in Idlewild, California while her parents were filming, 'Wild Angels'.”   Laura went on to work with director David Lynch on films, “Wild At Heart,” “Blue Velvet,” and his television show “Twin Peaks.”  She grew up hanging out with friends of her parents like Shelley Winters and Gregory Peck.  In Palm Springs the family ha...

Antonio Banderas receives International Star Award, Actor at the Palm Springs Film Festival Gala

In his acceptance speach he speaks of meeting Pedro Almodovar forty years ago and then doing eight films with him. "Back in the eighties, just out of the dictatorship Pedro saw the world in new ways."  He alludes to sitting in audiences of award shows as a nominee and not winning, (like being the bridesmaid and never the bride) hardly, Antonio won the Best Actor award in Cannes last May and is nominated for the Golden Globes on Sunday. This year he may win additional awards for h...

Honoring Women at 31st Palm Springs International Film Festival

  David Ansen, former Newsweek critic and now Palm Springs Film Festival’s head of programming says this is a very strong year, featuring 180 films from around the world.  Now more than ever, the film festival offers major stars at its’ gala who feel Palm Springs is a must stop on the path to the Oscars.    Chairman Harold Matzner has heralded the growth of the Gala which brings international press as well.  David said, “many of the international f...

Antonio Banderas receives International Star Award, Actor at the Palm Springs Film Festival Gala

In his acceptance speach he speaks of meeting Pedro Almodovar forty years ago and then doing eight films with him. "Back in the eighties, just out of the dictatorship Pedro saw the world in new ways."  He alludes to sitting in audiences of award shows as a nominee and not winning, (like being the bridesmaid and never the bride) hardly, Antonio won the Best Actor award in Cannes last May and is nominated for the Golden Globes on Sunday. This year he may win additional awards for h...

Jamie Foxx honored with the Spotlight Award, Actor for his role in Just Mercy

The 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Jamie Foxx with the Spotlight Award, Actor for his role in Just Mercy at its annual Film Awards Gala. The event, presented by American Express, sponsored by AT&T and Entertainment Tonight and hosted by Mary Hart, is scheduled for Thursday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival runs January 2-13, 2020.   “In Just Mercy, Jamie ...


Cynthia Erivo receives the Breakthrough Performance Award

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The 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Cynthia Erivo with the Breakthrough Performance Award at its annual Film Awards Gala. The event, presented by American Express, sponsored by AT&T and Entertainment Tonight and hosted by Mary Hart, is scheduled for Thursday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival runs January 2-13, 2020.   “Cynthia Erivo has been a sensation in her theatric...

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>  KUSTENDORF PREVIEWS January 13 - 18


Short Films competing at Kustendorf 2020



Competition Programme Selection We’re eager to present you 21 short films selected for Competition programme of Kustendorf 2020: Adult, Zhanna Ozirna, Ukraine All Cats Are Gray In the Dark, Lasse Linder, Switzerland All the Fires the Fire, Efthimis Kosemund Sanidis, Greece Beef, Ingride Santos, Spain Documentary Movie, Piotr Pawlus, Katarzyna Warzecha, Poland Havana,Cuba, Andrei Hutuleac, Romania Home Far Away, Dimitar Kutmanov, Bulgaria Lake of H...

2020 Kustendorf Film and Music Film Festival announces its Jury Members

Paolo Virzì He started to work as a screenwriter at a very early age and then made his directorial debut with La Bella Vita, premiered at Venice in 1994, straightway displaying an unmistakable style, a mix of melancholy, irony and social drama. It can be said that Virzì has created, with his fourteen films peopled by starry-eyed antiheroes and vuln...


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>  SUNDANCE PREVIEWS January 23 - February 2


Latest Additions to 2020 Sundance Film Festival Announced

The Social Dilemma Joins Documentary Premieres; Born into Brothels and High Art Are From The Collection Films Special Event Love Fraud Confirmed as Day One Screening Sundance Institute adds three feature films to the 2020 Sundance Film Festival’s robust slate of independent work today, alongside previously announced work. The Institute also confirmed that previously-announced Special Event, Love Fraud, will screen on Day One of the Festiva...

Last program from John Cooper as a director of Sundance Festival reveals 118 features, 44 first-time feature filmmakers

The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced the showcase of new independent feature films selected across all categories for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. The Festival hosts screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort, from January 23–February 2, 2020. The Sundance Film Festival is Sundance Institute’s flagship public program, widely regarded as the largest American independent film festival and attended by more than 120,000 people and 1,300 ac...

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70 years anniversary edition with, new posters, new look, no bears?

The poster series of the 70th Berlin International Film Festival, designed by State – Design Agency.  

Jeremy Irons will preside the International Jury at Berlinale 2020

  © Photo: Antonello&Montesi  The acclaimed British film and theatre actor Jeremy Irons will serve as president of the International Jury at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival. The festival management of the Berlinale is honoured to have won Jeremy Irons for this anniversary edition. “With his distinctive style Jeremy Irons has embodied some iconic characters that have accompanied me throughout my journey in cinema, making me aware of the complexity of human ...

Berlinale 2020: the new heads at the selection committee installed by Carlo Chatrian and Mariette Rissenbeek

Selection committee appointed / New heads for Panorama and Berlinale Shorts / Outlook onto 70th anniversary Carlo Chatrian as Artistic Director and Mariette Rissenbeek as Executive Director will officially take office on June 1, 2019. The future director duo have already been in contact with festival sections, initiatives and departments for some time now, learning about workflows and structures, and had the opportunity to gain further insights on location at the festival in February. Th...

Berlinale 2020: New Directors Create Additional Competition Encounters

New competitive section / new foreign delegates and advisors / changes for special series NATIVe and Culinary Cinema   After introducing the new selection committee (see press release from March 28, 2019) the new Berlinale director duo - Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian and Executive Director Mariette Rissenbeek - present the first new developments within the festival programme. Now, alongside the traditional Competition and Berlinale Shorts awarding the Golden and Silver Bears, an addit...

Cristina Nord Appointed as New Head of the Berlinale Forum

  The film critic, writer, and curator Cristina Nord joined the directorship of the Forum section on August 1, 2019. Since it was founded in 1971, the Forum has taken place as part of the Berlin International Film Festival, curated and organised independently by Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art. Cristina Nord (born in 1968) served as film editor for the cultural section of the daily “taz. die tageszeitung” in Berlin from 2002 to 2015. Her writing deals w...

Robin Jonas joins Voltage Pictures as new Production Executive

  Voltage Pictures has appointed industry heavyweight Robin Jonas as Production Executive and Producer with immediate effect, it was announced today by President and COO Jonathan Deckter. Jonas joins Voltage at a dynamic time for the company whose production slate includes the action-drama Ava starring Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, John Malkovich and Geena Davis and After We Collided, the upcoming sequel of one of the highest grossing independent film of 2019, After.   Jonas i...

Shooting Stars Berlin 2020 announced the ten best up-and-coming actresses and actors from Europe

EFP (European Film Promotion) proudly presents the ten best up-and-coming actresses and actors from Europe during the Berlin International Film Festival 2020.   photocredits: Joana Ribeiro © Ricardo Santos; Bilal Wahib © Frank Ruiter; Ella Rumpf © Andreas Lumineau; Levan Gelbakhiani © Natalia Ghlonti; Zita Hanrot © Marcel Hartmann for Netflix; Jonas Dassler © Stefan Klüter; Martina Apostolova © Konstantsa Getzova; Pääru Oja © Riina ...

Waxworks by Paul Leni will open Berlinale Classics 2020 with a Digitally Restored Version

Berlinale Classics The Berlinale Classics series will celebrate its opening on February 21, 2020 at the Friedrichstadt-Palast with a screening of the 1924 silent film classic Waxworks (dir: Paul Leni). Accompanied by new music from the Ensemble Musikfabrik from North Rhine-Westphalia, with Swiss-Australian conductor Elena Schwarz at the podium, this digital restoration under the aegis of the Deutsche Kinemathek and Cineteca di Bologna will be shown onscreen for the first time at the 70th Berl...

“King Vidor” Retrospective at Berlinale 2020

Beyond the Forest   The Retrospective of the 70th Berlin International Film Festival will be dedicated to the American film director, producer, and screenwriter King Vidor (1894-1982) who holds a central place in the history of US cinema. Considered a key director towards the end of the silent era and in the Golden Age of Hollywood, Vidor left a lasting mark, combining his interest in social engagement with the desire to explore in depth the potential of cinematic language.   Vid...

Julia Fidel appointed New Head for Berlinale Series, and “Drama Series Days” Becomes “Berlinale Series Market”

  Julia Fidel   Over the years, episodic content has become a potent and steady part of the Berlinale programme. In February 2020, Zoo Palast cinema will once again host the Berlinale Series programme, which is open to the public. The successful industry platform taking place at the same location will henceforth be known as “Berlinale Series Market” (previously “Drama Series Days”). The “Berlinale Series Market” and its annual confe...

Berlinale Forum: New Head Cristina Nord Appoints Selection Committee

Film critic, author and curator Cristina Nord, head of Berlinale Forum since August 1, 2019, has assembled a new programming team.   Berlinale Forum aims to expand the understanding of what film is, to test the boundaries of convention and open up fresh perspectives to help grasp cinema and how it relates to the world in new ways. The programme can include anything that serves these ends: contemporary and historical, analogue and digital film; documentaries, essays and hybrid forms; a...

European Film Market expands: “EFM Landmark” offers an additional business platform for producers and film commissioners

There is one interesting thing that Auckland, Barcelona, Bavaria, Cracow, Finnish Lapland, Jordan, Lisbon, Lviv, New York, Oslo, Rwanda, Sardinia, Scotland, Split-Dalmatia, Valparaíso, Vladivostok, the Western Cape and Zurich and almost 300 other cities, countries and regions all have in common with the city region of Berlin-Brandenburg — they have an active film commission.   Increasingly, film commissions have become essential partners for producers, not only assisting them...

Interview with IMZ Secretary General Katharina Jeschke about the IMZ Academy Organizer of the Avant Premiere during Berlinale

HOW HAS THE IMZ ACADEMY SERIES DEVELOPED SINCE IT FIRST LAUNCHED?                                                                         ...

Avant Premiere returns during Berlinale 22-26 February 2020

    AVANT PREMIÈRE MUSIC + MEDIA MARKET BERLIN Avant Première is the largest international trade fair for cultural TV content and presents latest film productions for worldwide transmission. Avant Première: See performing arts films before they premiere. CONNECTING THE PERFORMING ARTS + THE AUDIOVISUAL SECTOR   The IMZ International Music + Media Centre is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the performing arts through ...


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CES 2020 Opens with Innovation That Will Change the World



Las Vegas, Nevada — Jan 07, 2020   CES® 2020 opens today unveiling the next generation of innovation that will redefine industries, create jobs and solve many of society’s challenges. With more than 4,400 exhibiting companies, including 1,200 startups, CES 2020 features the latest transformative technologies, including 5G, artificial intelligence, vehicle technology, digital health and more. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CT...

Trailer Film Festival

The Trailer Film Festival is a unique event.  Only trailers are screened and the audience is exclusively film industry.   Trailers for both completed projects and scripts are eligible.  They can be for feature length films, shorts, scripted and unscripted TV shows, books, web series or games.   Netflix, Amazon, Sony & Paramount have already agreed to attend our May 2020 event. When trailers are submitted, five judges rate and review them. Please visit ou...

Here's the programme for Göteborg Film Festival 2020

The programme for the 43rd Göteborg Film Festival, the largest film festival in the Nordic countries, has been announced. This year the festival will show 357 films from 89 countries during 11 intense days, January 24 – February 3. In addition there will be seminars, discussions, parties and live music. A Hidden Life Waves Harriet Uncut...

7th Edition of Ugu Film Festival to focus on strides made by female filmmakers

7th Edition of Ugu Film Festival to focus on strides made by female filmmakers in a special “Through the Lenses of South African Women” theme  Bright lights and action set for KZN South Coast as countdown to Ugu Film Festival gets underway   The award winning Ugu Film Festival hosted by Sollywood Films in partnership with The National Film and Video Foundation as well as Ugu South Coast Tourism, is back with a bigger and better programme which will run from Friday 24th...

MyFrenchFilmFestival, 10th edition! Film Selection and International Jury

This morning, in the UniFrance headquarters in Paris, Daniela Elstner and Serge Toubiana revealed the official selection and jury members of this 10th edition.   Members of the International Jury  Ira Sachs, American director (Frankie), President of the Jury of this 10th edition! The International Jury is also composed of French actress Agathe Bonitzer (Blonde Animals, Isadora’s Children…), French actress and director Judith Davis (Whatever Happened to My Re...

Horror in Fantasporto, celebrating 4Oth anniversary with guts and fantasy

The city of Porto, overlooking the River Douro and close to the Atlantic Ocean, and a World Heritage City, welcomes once again one of the most prestigious film festivals in Europe and in the World.  Fantasporto, Porto International Film Festival celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2020 and it will be held in 25th February- 8th March at the Rivoli Theatre, with the support of the Town City Hall. Here are the film that were selected for the Oficial Fantasy Competition Section:   Bulle...
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Your Script Produced competition
                     Season 2


PRE LAUNCH DEADLINE January 20, 2020

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.







New York Festivals Television & Films Awards 
April 9th, 2020


Deadline extended

New York Festivals World's Best TV & Films competition honors programming in all lengths and forms from over 50 countries.  

All Entries in the 2020 competition will be judged online and screened by New York Festivals Television & Film Awards Grand Jury of 200 plus producers, directors, writers, and other creative media professionals from around the globe. Nominated Finalists are judged by a selected panel at the United Nations for the UNDPI Awards. Award-winning entries will be showcased on the NYF Television & Film Awards website. To View the 2019 TV & Film Awards winning entries please visit:

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French Riviera Film Festival 

May 11-12, 2020



January 25, 2020 regular deadline

The second annual French Riviera Film Festival will recognize and celebrate short form content created for film, television, Web and all digital platforms. In the glamorous South of France setting, FRFF invites filmmakers from around the globe to participate in the two day festival that includes screenings, VIP receptions, awards ceremony and closing gala party. FRFF will place the spotlight on the best short form filmed content during the time period of the annual Festival de Cannes. A prestigious jury panel will select Best Drama Short, Best Comedy Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Animation Short, Best Experimental Short, Audience Favorite Award, Best Director Award, Best Actor Award, Best Actress Award, as well as special Industry Awards. Attendees and participants will include filmmakers, industry executives, celebrities, media and influencers.

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Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival  
May 30 – June 4, 2020


February 25, 2020 Regular Deadline
April 10, 2020 Late Deadline

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

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

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Julien Dubuque International Film Festival 
April 22 – 26, 2020


January 6, 2020  Regular Deadline
January 27, 2020  Late Deadline
February 16, 2020  Extended Deadline

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 . JDIFF also ranks as one of the top 100 reviewed festivals by FilmFreeway. JDIFF is ALL about the independent filmmaker!

Dubuque, Iowa is a quaint city on the Mississippi and a perfect place to host the festival. As quoted in Filmmaker Magazine "The festival is smartly situated downtown, with an assortment of handsome venues all within walking distance" from the Festival Headquarters, located in the grand HOTEL JULIEN, the same hotel where Al Capone used to hide out from the Chicago Feds.

Our final nominees are judged by our Jury members of Film professionals, such as Directors, Producers, Critics, Director of Photography, etc and choose the final winner of each category.


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Worlfest Houston 53

April 17 - 26, 2019

Final deadline January 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 may enter Online via our 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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NEW YORK CITY Independent Film Festival

May 10 – 17, 2020


February 5, 2020 Extended Deadline  

NYC Indie Film Fest is a celebration of the Independent Filmmaker, documentaries, short and feature-length films, music videos, and animation.

All NYC Indie screenings take place in the historic center of NYC, Time Square which is the perfect home for an event geared toward creating incredible opportunities for independent voices.

NYC Indie Film Festival honors the Best in Category which includes Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Super Short, Best Music Video, as well as Best Director and Best Screenplay.

With panels, parties and a week-long gathering of fellow indie filmmakers May 10 - May 17, 2020.

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A film Festival Odyssey by Alex Deleon: Enliven Your Holidays ~~ with some festival bliss reading

by Veteran festival Correspondent, Alex Deleon The highly Entertaining autobiography of a film critic. Few people are as outspoken (in print or in real life) as the author, Alex Deleon. This is reflected in the book at hand, which constitutes Alex Deleon's adventures as a film critic on the film festival circuit. It is far from politically correct and avoids the usual film critic's jargon meandering in plain talk between societal criticism and sophisticated...

From award winning fiction to the reality of climate change with Guillermo Navarro

  He won the Oscar, Ariel and Goya awards for cinematography for Pan's Labyrinth, and his collaboration with acclaimed filmmakers Guillermo Del Toro is legendary.  He is also a prolific director and an executive producer for the Emmy nominated docu-series Hostile Planet (Nat Geo), where his creative storytelling pulls us into a world far too real:  The impact of the rising temperatures on the survival of wildlife.   I met with Navarro to get a glimpse inside his creat...

Cíntia Gil has been appointed Festival Director at Sheffield Doc/Fest, Cíntia joins from DocLisboa

Following the appointment of a new Festival Director, Cíntia Gil, Sheffield Doc/Fest announces the rest of its artistic team for the 2020 edition. Women comprise 60% of Doc/Fest’s programming team. The aim of the group of film programmers, artists, curators and film critics is to bring to Doc/Fest a renewed artistic vision founded on a strong engagement with cinema, art, and the political potential of such a festival in our times.   Sheffield Doc/Fest’s artistic tea...

Bong Joon Ho, Beth B, Terence Nance, Marion Hänsel and more at IFFR 2020

  Clockwise: Bong Joon Ho, Terence Nance, Marion Hänsel, Jenn Nkiru, Pedro Costa, Beth B     49th International Film Festival Rotterdam 22 January – 2 February 2020 ...

5 People to Watch at the Chandler International Film Festival

Many talented filmmakers and actors will come to the Chandler International Film Festival the weekend of January 17-20, but there are 5 people to be on the lookout for. Don’t get star struck if you come across any of them walking around Chandler Fashion Center:   1) Michelle Rodriguez Miche...

"Fast & Furious" Star and many more guests to appear at Chandler Film Festival

  The Chandler International Film Festival (CIFF) has announced that actress Michelle Rodriguez will appear at the fourth annual festival for a 20th anniversary screening of Karyn Kusama’s quintessential women’s boxing film, “Girlfight.” Rodriguez will walk the red carpet at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 leading up to the screening of the film. Following the 4:20 p.m. screening at Harkins Chandler Fashion Center, Rodriguez will participate in a Q&A with fans ...

Oscars® director Glenn Weiss returns to direct the 92nd Oscars

  The calm after the storm in 2016 (selfie by Glenn Weiss at the end of the Oscar night) Show producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain announced that veteran Oscars® director Glenn Weiss will return to direct the 92nd Oscars.  The Oscars will air live Sunday, February 9, on the ABC Television Network. “We are so lucky that Glenn is back as our director this year.  He is deeply creative and collaborative and has a terrific instinct for live t...

Claire Denis will be “Maître du Réel 2020”: a tribute to one of the most iconic contemporary filmmakers

  Visions du Réel, International Film Festival Nyon, will pay tribute to Claire Denis by awarding her the Prix Raiffeisen Maître du Réel in its next edition (24 April – 2 May 2020).  > Maître du Réel 2020 A major, uncompromising and adventurous filmmaker, Claire Denis will give on 28 April a Masterclass open to the public and co-hosted by the ECAL – Lausanne University of Art and Design, which is once again partner ...

Blanca Blanco on the red carpet at the Golden Globes

At the 77th annual Golden Globes Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel US actress Blanca Blanco was wearing Christophe Guillarmé's long dress in old pink tulle with embellished lace tone on tone on the chest, Melissa Kandiyoti  jewelry               ...


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Hollywood Award Shows in Wartime, Will History Repeat Itself?

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Superman and Batman saluted a flyby; in 1943, the Oscar statuette was made of plaster instead of metal due to shortages during World War II. In 1945, Doubleday published “Movie Lot to Beachhead.” Edited by Look Magazine staff, and prefaced by Robert St. John, this classic sought to show how “the motion picture goes to war and prepares for the future.” St. John, who died at th...

'Joker,' Netflix lead BAFTA Nominations: Joker receives 11 nods

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2020. The EE British Academy Film Awards, which recognise the very best in film of the past year, take place on Sunday 2 February at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The ceremony will be hosted by Graham Norton and will be broadcast exclusively on BBC One and BBC One HD in the UK and in all major territories around the world.     ...


The Golden Globes winners

1917, Renée Zellweger in Judy,  Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker, Brad Pitt in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Taron Egerton in Rocketman, Awkwafina, The Farewell, Sam Mendes for 1917, Laura Dern in Marriage Story, Missing Link, Parasite... were th ebig winners at The 77th Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best in film and American television of 2019 Category winners are in bold. Best Motion Picture -- Drama 1917 The Irishman Joker ...

41st Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival (January 20-26, 2020)

All competition juries of the 41st Max Ophüls Prize film festival at a glance At the 41st edition of the Max Ophüls Prize film festival, a total of six juries award prizes in the four competition categories: Feature Film Jury Competition The feature film jury decides on a total of five prizes: Max Ophüls Prize: Best Feature Film (endowed by the Film Festival Max Ophüls Prize and State Capital Saarbrücken with € 36,000), Max Ophüls Prize: Bes...

SBIFF Montecito Award honoring Lupita Nyong'o

The Montecito Award honoring Lupita Nyong'o will take place Monday, January 20th, 2020 at 8:00pm, Arlington Theatre Santa Barbara, CA Today SBIFF announced that Lupita Nyong’o will receive the Montecito Award. She will be honored on Monday, January 20th for her impressive career and most recent performance in Jordan Peele’s Us. “Lupita is a ferocious performer, gifted with both boundless appeal and precision. We are a huge fan of everything ...


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INDIA in focus with Siraj Syed   


Tanhaji-The Unsung Warrior, Review: Leap of faith

Tanhaji-The Unsung Warrior, Review: Leap of faith High on spectacle and CGI, Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior is a 3D extravaganza that taps nationalistic fervour, digging into history, and re-tracing a glorious chapter from the life and times of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.  Patriotism is not a recent ideal, and the 17th century is fairly recent for a country that was home to the Indus Valley Civilisation. Generous liberties are taken with the story, as is the norm in biopics, either to fill...

Chhapaak, Review: Aesthetic and prosthetic

Chhapaak, Review: Aesthetic and prosthetic Laxmi Agarwal had acid thrown on her face and body in 2005. She survived, and lived to identify the attackers. What’s more, she succeeded in getting amendments made in the Indian Penal Code that recognise acid attacks as a separate category, and increasing the maximum penalty for the crime from seven years to ten years. India’s Supreme Court also ruled that the sale of acid should be regulated. So why has Meghna Gulzar made a film on her ...

New Amazon Prime series remembers The Forgotten Army

New Amazon Prime series remembers The Forgotten Army While Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was leading a non-violent agitation against India’s British rulers, Netaji Subhashchandra Bose headed an army, the Indian National Army (INA/Azad Hind Fauj) outside India, an army that battled colonial forces on the Singapore-Thailand-Myanmar route and reached India’s North-Eastern Border, near Imphal, before being pushed back and defeated. Bose himself is reported to have died in an air...

Malang’s action-packed trailer released

Malang’s action-packed trailer released An action-packed trailer of the forthcoming film Malang was released at PVR multiplex, Juhu, Mumbai, today, exactly one month before the scheduled release of the film. The film stars Anil Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapur, Disha Patani and Kunal Khemu, and is directed by Mohit Suri, who helmed Ek Villain and Aashiqui 2. It is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Kishan Kumar (of the T-Series banner), Luv Ranjan, Ankur Garg and Jay Shewakramani. Speaking on the occa...

Chhapaak song released with a splash bash

Chhapaak song released with a splash bash Exactly a week before the film’s release, the makers of Chhapaak released the title track at a media get-together held on Friday afternoon, at the JW Marriott Hotel, Juhu, Mumbai. Present on the occasion were Gulzar, Meghna Gulzar, Deepika Padukone, Vikrant Massey, Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonca. Chhapaak, the word, means the sound created when a liquid is splashed, is a film about a woman who had acid splashed on her face, ...

Sab Kushal Mangal, Review: Well, well!

Sab Kushal Mangal, Review: Well, well! Marriages at gunpoint are something of a norm in Bihar and Jharkhand, the latter having been a part of Bihar. On the movie screen too, such marriages have provided fodder for a few ventures, very recently in Jabariya Jodi. It is a burning societal problem that joins usually unwilling grooms in married unity, with a girl they have never seen or met before. The practice prevails because parents of educated grooms-to-be demand dowry that runs into seven fig...

Shimla Mirchi, Review: Chilly? Don't be silly!

Shimla Mirchi, Review: Chilly? Don't be silly! Several highs dot the career graph of director Ramesh Sippy, right from his debut in 1971 as a 24 year-old, with the remake of A Man and a Woman (Claude Lelouch, France, 1966) under the title, Andaz. Crests include Seeta Aur Geeta, Sholay and Buniyaad (TV series), relative high points were reached with Saagar and Shakti, and troughs bogged him down when he attempted Shaan, Bhrashtachar, Akayla and Zamaana Diwana. Completed 19 years after Zama...

The Grudge, Review: Grudging a sequel

The Grudge, Review: Grudging a sequel A horror film has to deliver high voltage terror that not only reaches the benchmark set by recent movies in the genre but rise above it, if it hopes to make significant impact. It can use tropes like jump-cuts and four-frame cuts to jolt you, yet there has to be enough juice to hold the film together and tap the fear factor recurrently, for 90-120 minutes. The Grudge fails on these counts, though it must be granted, without any grudge, that it is welcomi...
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Best Ten of 2019 and a few of the Worst


By Alex Deleon. <> 1. SYSTEM CRASHER, director, Nora Fingscheidt, (Germany) Starring ten year old Helena Zengel, as an uncontrollable child   My own Best actress of the year as well. An amazing new talent.  2.  JOKER, directed by  Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin phoenix in an astounding interpretation of the troubled  clown who would later be.. 

US week-end Box Office analysis: January 3-5, 2019

January 6th.  As press time this Sunday evening, we are enjoying the celebrations from the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards Ceremony.  We hope that you are as well. The top three films in this week's box office maintained their positions from last week. Disney's Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker has held the top spot for three weeks in a row, earning $33.7M this weekend which adds up to a North American cume of $450.8M. Sony's Jumanji: The Next Level earned $26.5M i...


Top Ten Series on Netflix in 2019



See how the Top 10 Most Popular Series Releases of 2019 lists evolved over time...shoutout to The Witcher at the very end! Final trailer for The Witcher     ...

The Romanians 30 Years of Cinema Revolution January 30 - May 2: Announcing the full schedule

  The American Romanian Cultural Society is proud to announce the full schedule of The Romanians: 30 Years of Cinema Revolution! Presented in partnership with Making Waves in NY, Northwest Film Forum, and SIFF. Spanning the 30 years since the 1989 Romanian Revolution, this comprehensive showcase is curated by Making Waves and presents titles from the recent history of Romanian cinema, among which are a selection of films that have never been ...

Little Women - Film Review

Sony Pictures by Emilia Ippolito Little Women belongs to the literary classics a lot of readers and viewers are fond of : Luisa May Alcott has delighted generations of readers with her well written story of the four March sisters during and after the American Civil War The March are honest, sociable, religious and very American. This is Greta Gerwig’s - whose latest Lady Bird received several awards - adaptation of a worldwide appreciated novel. Now I have to say Gerwig&rsquo...



International Festival selections for Frank Earnest with Mercy

Global Shorts   First-Time Filmmaker Sessions      The Lift-Off Sessions       Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival       BLOW-UP · International Arthouse FILM FEST · Chicago     ...



Brian Metcalf's Adverse starring Mickey Rourke, Lou Diamond open 40th Fantasporto

40 YEARS OF FANTASPORTO IN PORTUGAL’S CAPITAL OF CINEMA WILL BEGIN WITH THE WORLD OPENING OF ADVERSE WITH MICKEY ROURKE     The city of Porto, overlooking the River Douro and close to the Atlantic Ocean, and a World Heritage City, welcomes once again one of the most prestigious film festivals in Europe and in the World.  Fantasporto, Porto International Film Festival celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2020 and it will be held in 25th February- 8th March at the...

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Adverse written and directed by Brian Metcalf

USA Thriller December 2020, 92 minutes

Starring Mickey Rourke, Penelope Ann Miller,  Sean Astin, Lou Diamond Phillips, Thomas Ian Nicholas,  Matt Ryan, Jake T. Austin,  Kelly Arjen…

After discovering his younger sister has become addicted to drugs and caught in the seedy underworld, a taxi driver suffering from mental illness must find a way to save her by infiltrating a dangerous crime syndicate, regardless of the costs. 

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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 by Rob Stewart - Canada 2018 90 minutes

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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LIVING IN THE FUTURES PAST by Susan Kucera, A documentary presented by Jeff Bridges.
USA October 2017 - 83 minutes 


13 Festival wins so far for Living in the Future's Past

Jeff Bridges was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for career achievement at the 2019 Golden Awards Ceremony


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Revolution by Rob Stewart 

over 40 festival wins so far

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

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Des partenariats forts avec les plus grands festivals et marchés

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

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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...

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Top 10 des entrées hebdo France du 25/12 au 31/12/2019

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L’Académie des César a remis les premiers prix de l’année lors de la Soirée César & Techniques

Trophée César & Techniques 2020   © Céline Bouquet - ENS Louis-Lumière pour l'Académie des César 2020 Légende (de gauche à droite) : Antony Randazzo (Directeur délégué au développement collectif du groupe AUDIENS), Didier Huck (Président de la FICAM), Stéphane Donikian (CEO de GOLAEM), Nicolas Chaverou (Responsable produit de GOLAEM), Alain Terzian (Pr&eac...

En hommage à Anna Karina

Anna Karina, l'actrice mythique de la Nouvelle Vague, muse de Jean-Luc Godard, nous a quittés en ce samedi 14 décembre 2019... D'origine danoise, son incroyable témérité amènera – en stop – la jeune Hanne Karin Bayer à Paris. Elle n’a que 17 ans, ne parle pas un mot de français, mais a un seul souhait : devenir actrice. Sa carrière se construira autour de fabuleuses rencontres. D&e...

La Palme d'Or Parasite triomphe aux Golden Globes, la France repart bredouille

On espérait des récompenses pour Céline Sciamma (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu), Ladj Ly (Les misérables) et Alexandre Desplat (pour la bande originale des Filles du Docteur March), les 90 membres de la très influente Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) en ont décidé autrement en rendant leur palmarès lors de la 77e cérémonie des Golden Globes qui vient de s'achever à Los Angeles.  ...

Top 10 des entrées hebdo France du 01/01/2020 au 07/01/2020

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Impact des bandes annonces diffusées dans les cinémas au 7 janvier 2020

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.     ...

FIPADOC 2020 - Les sélections et les jurys révélés

Ce mardi 7 janvier à Biarritz, Anne Georget, présidente du FIPADOC ainsi que sa déléguée générale Christine Camdessus, ont révélé conjointement le programme ainsi que les différents jurys du Festival International du Documentaire, qui se tiendra à Biarritz du 21 au 26 janvier 2020.       MARYAM EBRAHIMI réalisatrice, Iran Née à Téhéran, ...

Clermont 2020 : Olivier Smolders à l'honneur

L'équipe du Festival International du Court Métrage de Clermont-Ferrand remettra un Vercingétorix d'honneur au franc-tireur surdoué Olivier Smolders, le 31 janvier 2020, en ouverture de sa 42e édition. Deux programmes de films (voir infra), une exposition photo, une rencontre avec le public : le cinéaste et écrivain belge, également membre du jury international, sera au cœur de la manifestation. Pas moins de 10 courts m&ea...

Festival de l’Alpe d’Huez 2020 – Le Programme Complet

  Le Programme Officiel du #FAH2020 Le 23e Festival du Film de Comédie de l’Alpe d’Huez qui se déroulera du 14 au 19 janvier prochain, dévoile l’ensemble de son Programme Officiel. La Sélection Officielle Longs & Courts Métrages / Le Film d’Ouverture / Le Film de Clôture / La Séance du Président / La Séance Jeunesse / La Séance de Minuit / Le Jury Officiel / Le Prix Globes de la Presse / La J...

L affiche du (32ème) festival Cinélatino est dévoilée

C'est avec plaisir que nous vous présentons la nouvelle affiche du festival Cinélatino, 32es rencontres de Toulouse, réalisée une fois de plus par l'artiste toulousain Ronald Curchod ! Toute l'équipe du festival vous souhaite de très belles fêtes de fin d'année et vous donne rendez-vous du 20 au 29 mars 2020 pour sa nouvelle édition à Toulouse, en Haute-Garonne et région Occitani...

Blanca Blanco sur le tapis rouge des Golden Globes

77e cérémonie des Golden Globes The Beverly Hilton - Los Angeles dimanche 5 janvier 2020 Pour la 77e cérémonie des Golden Globes à l'hôtel Beverly Hilton de Los Angeles l'actrice américaine Blanca Blanco sublime dans une longue robe Christophe Guillarmé en tulle vieux rose avec buste appliqué de dentelle ton sur ton, bracelet et boucles d'oreilles Melissa Kandiyoti ...

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