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>  PALM SPRINGS FILM FESTIVAL January 2- 13

"The other place to be during the Golden Globes" filmfestivals.com

31st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces Award Winners

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Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom & Gay Chorus Deep South Win Audience Awards; Beanpole Receives FIPRESCI Prize; Bartosz Bielenia & Helena Zengel Receive FIPRESCI Acting Prizes; Parasite Receives FIPRESCI Screenplay Prize; Song Without a Name Receives New Voices New Visions Award; Talking About Trees Receives Documentary Award; Monos Receives Ibero-American Award; Adam Receives Local Jury Award; Corpus Christi Receives Young Cineastes Award; Advocate Receives GoE Bridging The ...
 

Laura Dern from PSIFF 2020 Gala award to Golden Globe Win

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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...
 

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KUSTENDORFJanuary 13 - 18

 

VIDEO: interview with Paolo Virzi on Kustendorf and Kusturica

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Paolo Virzì was for the first time in Kustendorf where he served as jury, he told Bruno Chatelin about this unique experience of being in Kustendorf  ...
 
 

Click Here: what a great energy for their concert which had everyone dancing all night

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CLICK HERE Pioneer of the Global Bass scene, Dj Click keeps exploring Roma music by bringing together artists from various cultures. The band is made up of experienced musicians from Moldova, Romania and French. Click Here is mixing the heat of popular music with the confident convulsions of new wave sounds, applying a great reinforcement of analog synthesizers,TR-707 Roland and guitar chorus. Imagine New Order playing with the Taraf de Haidouks ! Depeche Mode enjoying a...
 

VIDEO : In conversation with Quentin Dolmaire the actor from Synonyms by Nadav Lapid

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Quentin with his moderator interpret Bojana Andjelkovic Quentin Dolmaire who played opposite Tom Mercier and Louise Chevillotte in SYNONYMS (by Nadav Lapid Israel/2019 ) attended a Q&A session after the screening at Kustendorf. A young Israeli man, aided by his trusted Franco-Hebrew dictionary, travels to Paris to flee his nationality. Screenplay Nadav Lapid Haim Lapid Director of Photography Shai Goldman Film Editing Net...
 

VIDEO: In conversation with Johnny Ma for his film to Live to Sing

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TO LIVE TO SING China, France/2019 Johnny Ma Zhao Li is the manager of a small Sichuan Opera troupe, living and performing together in a rundown theatre located in the outskirts of Chengdu, China. When she receives the notice of demolition for the theatre, Zhao Li hides the news from everyone else, fearing that this could spell the end of her opera troupe: besides the physical demolition of their space, it’s the life of her “family” that...
 

VIDEO: Frédéric Sojcher in Kustendorf 2020

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We stood up against the cold in Kustendorf to discuss Frédéric Sojcher's passion, experience and impressions on the festival circuit. Frederic is a recogfnized director, his films have premiered in the most influential festivals in the world like Cannes, Venice, Berlin Montreal and Karlovy Vary. He is also a teacher running the Master section in France(la Sorbonne) was born on May 11, 1967 in Brussels, Belgium. He is a director and writer, known for Hitler à ...
 

Video - Workshop with Paolo Virzi

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Excerpt From the Workshop With Paolo Virzi held during Kustendorf 2020     ...
 
 

Interview with Régis Delicata and Arnaud Bruttin for the world premiere of their short film Nowhere under the Rainbow

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We met with Régis Delicata (writer and director) and Arnaud Bruttin (producer)in Kustendorf following the world premiere of NOWHERE UNDER THE RAINBOW, which I trust will travel the festival circuit shortly. Hollywood, 1938. Panic stations at the MGM. Filming starts in two days for the Wizard of Oz, and the Trade Union for Little People are on strike. Their demands are beyond belief…The producer, Abraham Grossman, a tyrannical Tycoon who is little inclined to negotiat...
 

VIDEO Karim Aïnouz' "Invisible Life" (Un Certain Regard winner) opened Kustendorf 2020

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Q&A followed the screening which moved the audience a lot. Karim discussed festival strategy his experience in Cannes and much more. Moderated by Bojana Andjelkovic.         Director Karim Ainouz Screenplay Mario Hauser (screenplay) Ines Bortagaray (co-screenplay) Karim Ainouz (co-screenplay) Martha Batalha (based on the book by: “A vida invisivel de Euridice Gusmao”) Director of Photography Helene Louvart Film Editing Ar...
 

Opening the festival with celebration of the Orthodox new year's eve: yes two weeks later...

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Kustendorf is like a trip in time showcasing the serbian culture at its best. Kusturica had invested his personal savings, earned in film, music...into villages and experience that can give back glory, fame, attention to Serbia. The opening ceremony included the outdoor celebration of the 3Old New Year3 or the Orthodox New Year which is an informal traditional holiday, celebrated as the start of the New Year by the Julian calendar. In the 20th and 21st centuries, the Old New Year fa...
 

Black Cat White Cat as Theme and Opening animation of Kustendorf 2020

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Well black then white!... Emir Kusturica, his jury and the minister of culture painted it live during the opening ceremony. And it s not about superstition commented Emir (after all he named one of his films like that in 1998)   ...
 

Homage to Puriša Đorđević at Kustendorf opening ceremony

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Mladomir Puriša Đorđević (born 6 May 1924) is a Serbian film director and screenwriter. He has directed 62 films since 1947. His 1966 film The Dream was entered into the 17th Berlin International Film Festival. Emir Kusturica in his speech wished he could do a few more films before he turns 100, at least one :-) Selected filmography  Girl (1965) The Dream (1966) The Morning (1967) Noon (1968) ...

Short Films competing at Kustendorf 2020

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21 short films selected for the Competition programme of Kustendorf 2020: Adult, All Cats Are Gray In the Dark, All the Fires the Fire, Beef, Documentary Movie, Havana,Home Far Away,Lake of Happiness, Meatgrinder, Nowhere Under the Rainbow, One Who Brings the Rain, Plan C, Regression, Sunday, The Carp Pond, The Christmas Gift, The Last Image of Father, The Other, 
Then Comes the Evening, Third Look, Tina & Sendy
 

2020 Kustendorf Film and Music Film Festival Jury Members

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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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>  SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL January 15-25

2020 SBIFF Producer & Writers Panelists Announced!

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Producers Panel Pippa Harris (1917) David Heyman (ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD & MARRIAGE STORY) Andrew Miano (THE FAREWELL) Carthew Neal (JOJO RABBIT) Amy Pascal (LITTLE WOMEN) Kwak Sin Ae (PARASITE) Emma Tillinger Koskoff (JOKER & THE IRISHMAN) Moderated by Glenn Whipp Sunday, January 19 @ 10:00am Lobero Theatre Santa Barbara, CA   Writers Panel Stephany Folsom (TOY STORY 4) Greta Gerwig (LITTLE WOMEN) Noah Harpster (A BEAUTIF...
 

To celebrate it's 20th anniversary SBIFF will screen THREE KINGS and host the Q&A with Director David O. Russell!

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To celebrate it's 20th anniversary, join us for a FREE screening of THREE KINGS followed by a Q&A with Director David O. Russell! (three-time Oscar Nominee for Best Director – Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, and The Fighter) Saturday, January 18 at 2:00pm – Lobero Theatre   The film stars George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, and Spike Jonze At the end of the Gulf War, a small band of American soldiers in Iraq seek adve...
 
 

35TH ANNUAL SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OFFICIALLY KICKS OFF WITH WORLD PREMIERE OF A BUMP ALONG THE WAY

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (January 15, 2020) - The 35th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), presented by UGG, kicked off on Wednesday evening with the world premiere of A Bump Along The Way at the historic Arlington Theatre.   Directed by Shelly Love, the female-led comedy-drama centers around Pamela (Bronagh Gallagher), a middle-aged woman from Derry, Northern Ireland whose unexpected pregnancy after a one-night stand acts as the catalyst for her to finally tak...

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>  SUNDANCE PREVIEWS January 23 - February 2

Cloud 21 & Kultura PR To Present Third Annual “Indie Entertainment Showcase 2020” in Park City, Utah on January 25, 2020

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Event Panel to Feature Top Industry Names ‘Tesla’ Star Vincent De Paul, Ali M. Aksu, Renee Meriste and Tracy Vicory-Rosenquest; Moderated by Sue Vicory Cloud21 International and Kultura PR International are pleased to present the third annual "Indie Entertainment Showcase 2020” special event that will be held during the Film Festival on January 25, 2020 at 2:30 PM p.m. at Bodega Tapas and Wine (710 Main St, Park City, U...
 

Sony's The Climb will have a live Festival Simulcast Film & Q&A Across 10 Theatres Nationwide

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SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL LIVE presents THE CLIMB    In A Sundance Film Festival First, Simulcast Film & Q&A Will Screen Across 10 Theatres Nationwide on January 26, 2020   The Climb, photo by Zach Kuperstein; Park City’s Main Street during the Sundance Film Festival, photo by Stephen Speckman.    PARK CITY...
 

2020 Sundance Film Festival: Juries Announced

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25 Jurors to Award 31 Prizes  Sundance Institute will gather 25 celebrated and revered expert voices across film, art, culture and science to award feature-length and short films shown at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival with 31 prizes, announced at a ceremony February 1. Short Film Awards will be announced at a separate ceremony on January 28. The Festival takes place January 23 through February 2 in Park City, Salt Lake City and Sundance, Utah.  The awards, which recognize stando...

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

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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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>  BERLIN PREVIEWS

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

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Jeremy Irons will preside the International Jury at Berlinale 2020

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  © 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

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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...
 

 

 

 
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FESTIVALS IN FOCUS      

Weihnachtsfilmfestival Berlin: Another Fun-filled Year with Christmas Treats

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(Still from We Will Survive, © Nele Dehlenkamp 2018)    This year's Weihnachtfilmfestival in Berlin was another success even if the audience turnout was not as big as the previous year. Perhaps more Berliners chose to stay at home with their family and friends this Christmas rather than venture out to the cinema. Sadly, I was one of those who was not able to make it to more screenings of this Christmas film festival's eclectic offerings.  One section that I en....

NYC's 9th Annual Winter Film Awards International Film Festival - Feb 20-29 2020

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The 9th Annual Winter Film Awards International Film Festival runs February 20-29 2020, including awesome film screenings, cool discussion panels, career-building professional development workshops and super-fun parties at venues throughout NYC. The event concludes on February 29th with a glittering awards ceremony and hot red carpet gala at NYC’s premier nightclub. Check out our jam-packed lineup of 79 outstanding films from 27 countries in all genres, including shorts and fea...
 
 
 
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PARTNERS FESTIVAL NEWS  

Your Script Produced competition
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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.

WE DON’T SET YOU UP WITH MEETING AFTER MEETING. WE DON’T SELL YOU DREAMS. WE DON’T SELL YOU HOPE.

WE PRODUCE YOUR SCRIPT!

PERIOD.

 

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

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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: 

https://tvfilm.newyorkfestivals.com/Winners/index

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French Riviera Film Festival 

May 11-12, 2020
 

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PARTNER FESTIVAL WITH FILMFESTIVALS.COM

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.  https://filmfreeway.com/FrenchRivieraFilmFestival

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

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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

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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 - www.worldfest.org, or via FilmFreeway.com - 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

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by Filmfestivals.com 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... 
 

Spike Lee to preside the Jury at the 73rd Festival de Cannes !

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Spike Lee © Nicola Goode The American director Spike Lee is to serve as President of the Jury at the next Festival de Cannes. At 62, the filmmaker, who is also a screenwriter, actor, editor and producer, has made numerous films that have become cult objects, and he brought the questions and contentious issues of the times to contemporary cinema. But he never lost sight of the public, setting out to raise their awareness of his causes in film after film. Surrounded by his Jury, which wi...

Cate Blanchett will head the International Jury of the Venezia 77 Competition

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La Biennale di Venezia / 77th Venice International Film Festival / September 2 - 12, 2020         Actor/Producer Cate Blanchett will be the president of the International Jury of the Competition at the 77th Venice International Film Festival (September 2 - 12, 2020), which will assign the Golden Lion for Best Film, as well as other official awards.   In accepting the proposal, Cate Blanchett said: "Every year I look expectantly to the selection at Venice ...
 

Sekuritas: The cast at Tallinn Black Nights 

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Kathrin Veith “Night Watch”   Duraid Abbas Ghaieb “Cleaner”   Jeanne Devos “Secretary”   Daniel Kasztura “Chef”   Vilmar Bieri “Boss”   This Maag “HR Manager”   ...
 

Interview with Carmen Stadler Director of Sekuritas at POFF 23 in Tallinn

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Filmfestivals.com spotted this daring film by Carmen Stadler  and sat down with the director prior to her world premiere at Black Nights Film Festival. Carmen Stadler is a swiss filmmaker (1978) who lives and works in Zurich. After an apprenticeship in photography, she studied film and video at the Zurich University of the Arts (zhdk). During her studies she attended seminars in directing, dramaturgy and acting by Stephan Teuwissen. Her diploma film "Nightfluttering " won severa...
 

Interview with Judd Wallenbrock, CEO of C. Mondavi and Family, at 9th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival

 
Every year during the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF), hundreds of local Napa wineries and restaurants participate as sponsors, offering their top quality wine and gastronomic creations. One of these benefactors is the first official winery of Napa Valley, Charles Krug (since 1861, owned by Mondavi family since 1943), who not only have sponsored the festival from its first edition in 2010, but also run NVFF events at their winery throughout the year, screening ...
 

Interview with Director Mike Arthur for 'I, Pastafari' (2019) at the 9th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival

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Director Mike Arthur's experimental independent film 'I, Pastafari' (2019) recently held its North American premiere at the 9th annual Napa Valley Film Festival.  Mike holds a business degree from a prestigious public university and considers himself very much an accidental filmmaker. In 2011, while working in a cubicle in Portland, Oregon, Mike took a filmmaking night class to balance out the monotony of corporate retail. The documentary that resulted went fr...
 

Interview with Director Alvin Joo and Writer Nate Ward for 'The Bibcock's Incursion' (2018) @ NVFF

 
Director Alvin Joo (left) and Writer Nate Ward (right) @ NVFF   Director Alvin Joo's short film 'The Bibcock's Incursion' (2018) screened at the 9th annual Napa Valley Film Festival. Alvin is a Los Angeles based director armed to the teeth with backgrounds in cinematography, editing, and sound design. After graduating from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, he has gone on to direct a deal of films that have screened across the world. Be...
 

Bio and statement from Carmen Stadler, director of Sekuritas

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Carmen Stadler's BIO Carmen lives and works in Zurich. After an apprenticeship in photography, she studied film and video at the Zurich University of the Arts (zhdk). During her studies she attended seminars in directing, dramaturgy and acting by Stephan Teuwissen. Her diploma film "Nightfluttering " won several awards and was invited to many international film festivals. Since 2008 she has been a freelance screenwriter, director and editor, developing treatments and scrip...
 
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Hollywood Award Shows in Wartime, Will History Repeat Itself?

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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...

 

 
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INDIA in focus with Siraj Syed   

Jai Mummy Di, Review: Absence of substance

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Jai Mummy Di, Review: Absence of substance Two middle-aged women hate each other for reasons unknown to their spouses and their children. One of them as two sons and the other has a daughter. In a modern day, pretentious comic re-working of Romeo and Juliet, the elder son of one of them and the daughter of the other are madly in love with each other, a fact that they have kept secret from their parents. Jai Mummy Di is for audiences who find this premise and its manifestations really funny, a...
 

1917, Review: One shot wonder, real-time revolution

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1917, Review: One shot wonder, real-time revolution War films can be about nations and nationalism, or soldiers and their sagas. While the former promote jingoism, the latter tend to be anti-war, by personalising the narrative and addressing personal trauma of the protagonists, while universalising their sentiments. 1917 belongs to the second category. It is a technical marvel, but never wavers from the plight of its main characters. All the awards and encomiums it has garnered, raising expec...
 

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Review: A rewarding day at the movies

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Review: A rewarding day at the movies Films inspired by true stories can offer refreshingly different cinematic treatment and there is no substitute for good casting; A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood scores on both parameters. What prevents it from getting into the outstanding league is a certain amount of cynicism with which the average cine-goer looks at movies about modern-day saints, especially if they happen to host their own TV shows. Inspired by...
 

RIFF 2020: Second and final list of films released

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RIFF 2020: Second and final list of films released Jaipur: 13 January 2020: The 6th edition of Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF) will be organised by RIFF Film Club from Saturday, 18 January, to Wednesday, 22 January, 2020 at Jawahar Kala Kendra and Cinépolis, World Trade Park, JLN Marg, Jaipur, on the theme of 5 Years of RIFF & 150 Years of Mahatma Gandhi. The second list of films to be screened during the festival has been released, which includes the short film Wave,...
 

Dolittle, Review: Only a veterinarian can save the Queen

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Dolittle, Review: Only a veterinarian can save the Queen Imagine a veterinarian doctor who can understand animal language and talk to any member of the animal, bird and fish kingdom. When translated to cinema, as in Dolittle, this story creates a dramatic premise where his unique ability would prove crucial in an effort to save the dying Queen of England, no less. It’s as preposterous a premise as the basic platform itself, but, nevertheless, adds to the cuteness value of the whole exer...
 

Bunker, Review: Half-baked war debunker

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Bunker, Review: Half-baked war debunker You have to concede that the premise is brave. The makers describe Bunker as India’s first anti-war film, and it is being released at a time when war mongers are itching for all out military action against Pakistan. Laudable and lofty ambitions, however, seldom translate into cinematic excellence, and we have one more case in point. Skeletal and simplistic, Bunker fails to grow beyond its own line of control. Lieutenant Vikram Singh is the lone s...
 

RIFF 2020: List of films to be screened

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RIFF 2020: List of films to be screened Somendra Harsh and Anshu Harsh, Managing Trustees of RIFF Film Club and Founders of Rajasthan International Film Festival, told filmfestivals.com that actresses Zareen Khan, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Anushka Sen will attend RIFF 2020. RIFF's inauguration ceremony will be held on 18 January 2020 at 5 PM at Open Theatre, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur and the awards and closing ceremony will be held on 22 January, also at the Open Theatre, Jawahar Kala K...
 

RIFF 2020: South Korea to be Focus Country, director Mo Young Jin to be honoured

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RIFF 2020: South Korea to be Focus Country, director Mo Young Jin to be honoured South Korea will be the Focus Country of the 6th edition of the Rajasthan International Film Festival, 2020. South Korea's short film Naye Chale (My Turn, Kim Na-kyung, 2017) will be RIFF 2020 opening film. Korean Film Director Mo Young Jin and Korean Culture Center Director Kim Kum Pyoung will be present at RIFF's Opening Ceremony. Korean Documentary Film Director Mo Young Jin will be awarded with the...
 

Tanhaji-The Unsung Warrior, Review: Leap of faith

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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...
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Best Ten of 2019 and a few of the Worst

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By Alex Deleon. <filmfestivals.com> 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.. 

Save Kino Moviemento: Germany's Oldest Cinema

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by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Kino Moviemento, Germany's oldest still-running cinema, needs your help to keep their doors open. They are an independently-run cinema that first began screening films in 1907 as Topps Kino and over the course of the past 113 years has been a safe haven for Berliner film culture. The Moviemento team continues to showcase numerous film festivals and unique cinematic experiences each and every year. The 4th annual Weihnachtsfilmfestival was the latest film fe...
 

World Premiere in Tallinn Black Night Film Festival 'Rebel with a Cause' section

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With the festival director Tiina Lokk   The team preparing for the premiere The audience was captivated, someone mentioned Andrei Tarkovsky at the Q&A which followed the screening. Sekuritas Q&A after the world premiere in Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival   ...
 

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

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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

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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     ...
 
 

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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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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.
 

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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  - filmfestivals.com 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

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

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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 

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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

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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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MOVIES THAT MATTER

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)

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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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Le réalisateur américain Spike Lee présidera le Jury de la prochaine édition du Festival de Cannes.

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Spike Lee © Nicola Goode   À 62 ans, le cinéaste, également scénariste, acteur, monteur et producteur, a signé de nombreux films devenus objets de culte et a amené au cinéma contemporain les questionnements et les révoltes de l’époque sans jamais oublier de s’adresser au public qu’il a, film après film, sensibilisé à ses causes. Entouré de son Jury qui sera dévoil&ea...
 

Rencontre avec Frédéric Sojcher autour de l ambiance toute particulière de Kustendorf 2020 et de ses films

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  Nous avons bravé le froid à Kustendorf, dans le village de Kusturica avec lequel il a travaillé : Frédéric Sojcher partage avec les lecteurs et les spectateurs de filmfestivals.com sa passion, son  experience et ses impressions sur le circuit des festivals. Les films de Frédéric ont été présentés à Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Montréal, Karlovy Vary... Il enseigne également à...
 

Interview de l'équipe de 'Nowhere under the Rainbow' après leur première mondiale à Kustendorf

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Régis Delicata, scénariste et réalisateur et Arnaud Bruttin son producteur.   Hollywood, 1938. Panique aux studios de la MGM, lors du tournage du Magicien d'Oz les nains et leur syndicat entrent en grève, le producteur essaye par tous les moyens de contourner et régler le problème.  Une comédie satirique qsui fait ses débuts dans le circuit des festivals de le village d'Emir Kusturica. ...
 

VIDEO: Emir Kusturica fait son festival chez lui, à Kustendorf

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Interview d Emir Kusturica: le créatif franco serbe aux multipes facettes vient de clôturer la 12ème édition de son festival de Kustendorf. On peut y admirer sa nouvelle passion depuis une dizaine d année: la création de lieux de cultures à habiter et visiter. qui promeuvent la culture serbe et son patrimoine.   Kustendorf Drvengrad est un ethnovillage en bois, créé par Kusturica (après le tournage de...
 

Impact des bandes-annonces diffusées dans les cinémas au 14 janvier 2020

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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.   ...
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