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Weekly newsletter N° 941

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VIDEO: Jonathan Wolf in conversation with about AFM


Zoom conversation between Jonathan Wolf (Managing Director of the American Film Market® AFM®) with Bruno Chatelin. Here are some of the questions raised during the interview: Enjoy Jonathan's answers in our video. The 41st edition will run November 9 -13. Jonathan Wolf is EVP of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA®) and Managing Director of the American Film Market® (AFM®). Since his appointment in 1998, he has guided the growth and repositioning of ...

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Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival : the full lineup of its 24th edition



VIDEO: ambiance from the opening of Tallinn Black Nights 24th edition

The 24th edition of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival kicked off yesterday with the Opening Ceremony in the iSense hall of the Coca-Cola Plaza cinema, featuring two performances made by stage director Ingmar Jõela. The performances included the music of Maarja Nuut & RUUM and the poetry of Gustav Suits that melt into an audiovisual spectacle by Alyona Movko.   The event saw speeches by festival director Tiina Lokk, Estonia’s Ministry of Culture Tõnis Luuk...

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has begun.

  Yesterday we celebrated the launch of the 24th edition of the festival and today the first screenings take place. #PÖFF24 brings you over 60 world and international premieres, the best from the festival circuit, cult series, and uncut gems from around the globe. For the first time ever, audiences will be able to watch movies in Estonia both at the cinema and at home.       ...

Armando Iannucci, Francis Annan receive the DDA Spotlight Award @ Black Nights

Armando Iannucci and Francis Annan to be the first recipients of the DDA Spotlight Award at 24th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival The directors of The Personal History of David Copperfield and Escape from Pretoria will each receive the new award honouring diversity and inclusion in cinema Tallinn Black Nights and DDA today named filmmakers Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop, The Death of Stalin) and Francis Annan (Escape from Pretoria, Unsaid Stories) as the re...

DOP Alar Kivilo to receive the Black Nights Lifetime Achievement Award

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) awards Estonian-Canadian DOP Alar Kivilo with the festival’s first Lifetime Achievement Award of the 24th edition. Kivilo’s decades-spanning work includes comedy "The Blindside" (2009) that brought an Academy Award to Sandra Bullock and WW II action-drama "Hart’s War" and Academy-Award-winning short film "Boys and Girls".  Born in 1953 in Montreal into a family of Estonia emigres, Alar Kiv...

Baltic Event Co-Production Market presents 19 projects this year

  The official selection of the Baltic Event Co-Production Market 2020, which runs on November 25-26, is more international than ever welcoming projects from Israel and the Philippines for the first time. As Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event has Russia in Focus this year, Russia is represented at the co-production market with five projects.    Leana Jalukse, Co-Production Market Manager, said that despite the unexpectedly difficult year for the film industry and everyone in ge...

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival lets loose its Rebels With A Cause

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) announces the line-up for Rebels With A Cause, an international competition programme screening 13 feature films, alongside a short films competition that also includes 13 entries this year, split across two programmes. The features line-up includes five world premieres and one international premiere.  Rebels With A Caus...

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Giona A. Nazzaro appointed new Artistic Director of the Locarno Film Festival

At its meeting on Wednesday 4 November 2020, the Board of Directors of the Locarno Film Festival decided unanimously to appoint Giona A. Nazzaro (LEFT) as the new Artistic Director of the Locarno Film Festival. Giona A. Nazzaro has been General Delegate of the International Film Critics’ Week at the Venice Film Festival since 2016 and is a member of the artistic committee of IFFR – International Film Festival Rotterdam. Born in Zurich in 1965, he has a degree in German and ...

Transitions at Cine Las Americas: Gabriel Ornelas new executive director

My name is Gabriel Ornelas and I'd like to introduce myself. In early October, the Cine Board of Directors met and I was named the new Executive Director of Cine Las Americas. As you may have heard, Jean Lauer, our former Executive Director, transitioned from the ED role with Cine to focus on her full time work as professor at Austin Community College. I, the entire Cine Las Americas Board and staff, are very grateful for Jean's tireless dedication and passion she has invested wit...

Millennium Media, MadRiver and The Exchange Talk Pre-Sales Market 

AFM Finance Conference 11/12/20 @ 12:30PM Highlights from today’s AFM Production Conference: What's Working in the Pre-Sales Marketplace? VIDEO AVAILABLE FOR REPLAY Panelists Kimberly Fox, Partner & Head of International Sales, MadRiver International  Jeffrey Greenstein, President, Millennium Media  Nat McCormick, EVP, Worldwide Distribution, The Exchange Moderator Jeremy Kay, Americas Editor, Screen International   What’s it like engagi...

VIDEO: The New Normal: Film Finance + Industry Change Panel

Moderated by Taylor Owenby and Heather Hutton   Panelists Include (more details below): Josh Harris - City National Bank, SVP Entertainment Banking, USA Leslie Vanderpool - Executive Director, Bahamas International Film Festival , BAHAMAS Sefi Carmel - Creation Entertainment Media, Soundtrack Creations, Producer and Post Sound/Audio Producer and Composer, UK Grady Craig - VP of Business De...


Highlights from AFM Panel: Producing Without a Completion Bond

AFM Finance Conference 11/11/20 @ 9:30AM Panelists: Brad Krevoy, CEO, Motion Picture Corporation of America Brian O’Shea, CEO, The Exchange John Sloss, Founder, Cinetic Media Moderator: Jill Goldsmith, Co-Business Editor, Deadline   The current state of Insurance and Production? Brian O’Shea: “It’s really been a standstill ever since COVID happened…We were in the midst of one production we had to stop …we moved the pr...

VIDEO: Q&A with the team of Finding Manny 

  Finding Manny is screening Saturday November 14 at the Alexandria Film Festival. The film, as Kacey Cox it s writer/director tags it, is a triumphant personal journey of a Shoah survivor. Enjoy the Q&A with family producer tells us how. ...

Should Johnny Depp return as Jack Sparrow & Gellert Grindelwald, you decide

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent No one is sure how public opinion is on Johnny Depp's UK verdict (that labels him a 'wife-beater'), but there is a petition to return him to the roles he was fired from by Warner Bros. How do you assess a life-long career by one relationship... Then again? It only takes one circumstance to get "cancelled" these days, thanks to Cancel Culture. However, what if audiences were allowed to decide? Audiences, pros, fans, or an...


A positive message from our friends at AFI Peace Initiative

I hope you are well and staying “Safe, Healthy, and Alert.” This 2020 has been a year where our organization is needed more than ever. We have achieved beyond expectations in  "2020 Year of COVID-19," mainly due to Strategic Partnerships, barters, and many of our initiatives we implemented before the pandemic. During 2020 we were able to execute the following:    * Karl Bardosh Humanitarian Cellphone Awards (During Cannes Film Festival Virtual) ...


Visions du Réel introduces the new members of the 2021 team

  For its 52nd edition, from 15 to 25 April 2021, the International Film Festival Nyon welcomes new members to the Selection Committee, restructures the international network and reorganises its Industry section.    "Behind us lies the equally successful and innovative online edition 2020, and ahead of us a festival edition in 2021 full of new challenges. We are preparing for this with new additions to our artistic team and the industry section. I am happy and pr...


Jonathan Wolf sketched by Nesta Morgan

I’m sketching, Interview with Jonathan Wolf, AFM, and Bruno Chatelin   In The Export Waters with very clear black & white print, a steering Jonathan Wolf is online at the helm, is navigating US to another kind of Financial Film Market 2020 XX AFM MAP XX and his 23rd edition. This AFM dresses you with expo information, takes you to Stage One or Stage Two, allows travel void of time zones to a sequential networking pavilion, to Industry Buyers and Sellers, and let’s US enjo...

VIDEO: Keynote Conversation 1 / AFM Opening Session with Mark Gill

Mark Gill, President & CEO, Solstice Studios? Moderated by Anthony D’Alessandro, (left) Managing Editor, Deadline WATCH THE FULL REPLAY   On releasing Unhinged into theatres: “Our idea was that we could be first and probably elevate a film of an otherwise modest budget of $33 Million Dollars against Tenet which is hundreds of millions of dollars or Mulan and that we might have an opportunity to elevate the movie. And that is actually what hap...


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Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari, Review: Heavy load to carry

Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari, Review: Heavy load to carry It is difficult to decide what was more burdensome: sitting through the film or reviewing it for the benefit of unsuspecting prospective audiences. There is just too much happening, a lot of it without logic, over the two hours 19 minutes that Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari spans. In the hands of a competent editor, the two hours would end in the bin and the 19 minutes would then make an interesting TV episode. This is one of the films wherein an item...


"Ukraine - Kazakhstan: opportunities for cooperation": co-production round table

"Ukraine - Kazakhstan: opportunities for cooperation": Pitching of co-production projects will take place within the round table   On 26 November, during the round table "Ukraine - Kazakhstan: opportunities for cooperation" pitching presentation of co-production projects will take place. To apply for participation please fill out the form until 16 November.   Three best projects from Ukraine will be selected on 20 November. The authors will have the opportun...


Cinemas in Europe during the Pandemic from DGT online informer

Latest issues of our newsletter DGT online informer that have been dedicated to investigate HOW THE COVID 19 CRISIS IS MODIFYING THE CINEMA WORLD. DGT 171 includes a graph about the Covid’s impact on admissions and gbo as well as the Cicae's appeal to the European Union to safeguard the existence of arthouse cinemas; in addition, an update of the map presenting the dates of the cinema lockdown and monitoring drive in cinemas in Europe; ...
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SFFILM Announces online Lineup for 6th Annual Doc Stories Film Series

  Four-Day Online Series Features Seven Documentary Features and Two Shorts Programs, All with Live Q&As, Plus Four Live Talks with Leaders in the Field San Francisco, CA – SFFILM has announced the lineup of programs for the sixth annual Doc Stories film series, taking place December 3–6 as a fully online showcase. The 2020 program reflects on our tumultuous time through an inspiring and emotionally compelling range of feature-length and short films, all available to ...

Launching today: Sheffield Doc/Fest's Ghosts & Apparitions 

From Friday 13th, we will present our fourth (and final!) programme from our 2020 festival: Ghosts & Apparitions.   Ghosts & Apparitions encompasses films and artworks, each part of Doc/Fest’s 2020 Official Selection, and all presented online: Friday 13 November until Thursday 26 November. Films of all lengths, artists’ video, audio and XR performances will all feature across the Ghosts & Apparitions Film programme and Arts programme (formerly Alternate Realities)...

23rd Arpa International Film Festival launched a special edition

  2020 CALLS FOR A UNIQUE YEAR FOR THE 23rd ARPA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL This year marks the 23rd anniversary of Arpa International Film Festival, the signature event of the Arpa Foundation for Film, Music and Art (AFFMA), which will take place between November 12 – 22, 2020. We have an amazing and inspiring selection of 69 films from 20 countries from all over the world. In consideration of the continuing challenges and uncertainty stemming from the Co...

Chandler International Film Festival returns for the 8th year this january

CHANDLER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR ITS FIFTH YEAR   We are happy to announce a fantastic line up for the four-day festival in January, featuring films: Tombstone, Pirates of the Caribbean, Curse of the Black Pearl, The Un...


10th edition of US in Progress Wrocław 2020 has started!

The 10th edition of the US in Progress co-production forum as a part of the 11th edition of the American Film Festival in Wrocław has begun. The event aims to facilitate professional networking among European and Polish film professionals and independent filmmakers from the United States.    Nine American projects in post-production and four Polish projects in the development stage have been selected to participate. Leading Polish sound and image studios provide in-kind awards of po...


The 4th Sembene Across Africa Brought African Cinema to Africa 

  African communities across the continent had a chance to see African cinema this October, thanks to the fourth annual   Sembene Across Africa program.   SEMBENE ACROSS AFRICA 2020 !       ...


Festival des 3 Continents 2020 reformatted online

Without doubt, this 2020 Festival is set to be very different from the one we imagined in the spring and again throughout the summer. The return of the recently ordered lockdown has brought to a stop the efforts mobilised during recent weeks to offer films, some of which have been deprived of cinema screens for many months, an opportunity to be seen. Not wishing to give up, we will take any opportunity to give back to the films of the international competition  the cinemas they merit as s...


36th International Short Film Festival Berlin 2020 FULL online program

The entire festival went online: 10 November - 13 December 2020 270 short films in 30 programs complete with introductions and selected Q&As accessible in Germany via the Berlin streaming platform SOONER. The interfilm festival pass is available on SOONER    We had intended to show over 350 short films by creative young filmmakers and professionals from all over the world on the screens of nine Berlin venues. But during this current period of "soft-lockdown", we ar...


South Asian Film Festival 10th edition: online free films & panel-discussions

The 10th edition of the South Asian Film Festival of Montréal (free and online this year) offers engaging and entertaining films that are a window into the world of South Asia and its diaspora. They compel audiences to realize how much there is in common among cultures. Daily post-film panel discussions will be more interesting than ever, with directors and producers from around the world; a great opportunity to build multicultural bridges and enhance intercultural understanding. Fil...


The 26th annual Cucalorus Festival is on

The 26th annual Cucalorus Festival takes place November 11-15, 2020 (Wilmington, North Carolina and online). "We have three events on opening night, starting with the Witches Butter Shorts block - two experimental dance films that continue our tradition of opening the festival with a mashup of cinema and choreography. You can watch this anytime over the first four days of the festival - just pop some corn and press play.   The official opening night film is the mesmerizi...


Sydney Japanese Film Festival returns as JFF Plus: Online Festival

  From tales of time travel to enchanting animated adventures and a geisha-inspired musical comedy, the Japanese Film Festival returns from 4 – 13 December with JFF Plus: Online Festival, a free streamed Festival featuring the very best in Japanese cinema. The 2020 Festival, presented by The Japan Foundation Sydney, will screen over 25 films including features, documentaries, as well as stop motion and animated shorts for audiences across Australia and New Zealand to enjoy online. ...

Line up for the 23rd annual Revelation Perth International Film Festival

The official key art for the 2020 Revelation program features Lydia Lunch, the subject of Beth B’s documentary Lydia Lunch - The War Is Never Over. Featuring photograph by Jasmine Hirst.     REVELATION PERTH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2020 FULL PROGRAM ANNOUNCED The 23rd annual Revelation Perth International Film Festival presents over 30 features, documentaries and short films from December 9 – 13, screening as part o...
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33rd Tokyo International Film Festival Awards

Tokyo International Film Festival: Oct. 31 – Nov. 9, 2020  33rd Tokyo International Film Festival Ends After 10 Days of Physical Screenings and Special Online Events Closing Ceremony and Press Conference with Audience Award Winner The 33rd Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) came to a close tonight, after 10 days of physical screenings and a range of online events, from master classes to talk salons to the new “Asia Lounge” Conversation Series. Due to internationa...

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Nominations Announced for 30th Annual IFP Gotham Awards

IFP has revealed the nominees for the 30th Annual IFP Gotham Awards.    The IFP Gotham Awards is one of the leading awards for independent film and signals the kick-off to the film awards season. As the first major awards ceremony of the season, the IFP Gotham Awards provide critical early recognition and media attention to worthy independent films. The awards are also unique for their ability to assist in catapulting award recipients prominently into national awards seas...

Rose d’Or 2020 finalists announced

Nominees in the prestigious 59th Rose d’Or Awards have been announced, selected from 766 entries across 12 categories, for the 2020 digital edition. The shortlist was voted for by over 80 international judges from across the television industry and includes entries from every major territory in the world. Given the extraordinary challenges faced in 2020, this year’s awards also includes a special category to recognise Innovation In The Time of COVID, with finalists from Spain, It...

The Denver Film Festival (DFF) announces the Awards Winners

Award Recipients Include: Minari, Beyond Zero, Nomadland, Atlantis, The Reason I Jump, and Hudson Geese   The Denver Film Festival (DFF) has announced the recipients of its annual Audience Awards and Festival Juried Awards in multiple categories following the conclusion of its 43rd annual event. “The curatorial excellence of DFF43 was on full display and in line with the elevated level we have exhibited to our audiences for decades,” said Festival Director, Britta ...

Wings wins IRIS Co-op Audience Award – “more than we dared to hope for!”

Miriam Margolyes stars in a love story between two Land Army girls during World War II, spanning over six decades.   Wings, directed by Jamie Weston, has been confirmed the winner of the inaugural Co-op Audience Award at the 2020 Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival. The heart-warming love story between two Land Army girls during World War II spans over six decades.   The film stars Miriam Margolyes who said: “The Audience Award is fantastic news! Truly thrilled to have...

Hirokazu Kore-eda to receive Spirit Of Cinema award in Macao

 Hirokazu Kore-eda to receive Spirit Of Cinema award in digital edition     The International Film Festival & Awards • Macao (IFFAM) today announced its programme for the 5th edition of the festival, taking place digitally between Thursday 3 December and Tuesday 8 December.   Films across all sections will be available online via a dedicated video streaming platform. In addition, five In Conversation events will take place virtually during the festival. The awar...

Southeast Asian Film Financing Project Market 2020 Finalists Announced

SAFF Project Market and SAFF Forum go fully virtual at ATF Online+ Singapore - Nov 6, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - ScreenSingapore today announced finalists for the Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Project Market 2020. Ten projects from China, Malaysia, Myanmar, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand were selected based on the project's co-production viabilities and the strength of the filmmaking team. Th...

Santa Fe Indie Fest Audience Awards announced

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS Audience Choice: Best Narrative Feature Small Town Wisconsin  Directed by Niels Mueller   Audience Choice: Best Documentary Feature Truman and Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation  Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland   ...

The IndieFEST Film Awards Announces Latest Winners!

The IndieFEST Film Awards strives to give talented directors, producers, actors, creative teams and new media creators the positive exposure and credibility they deserve.  IndieFEST discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality films and new media.  Attracting both powerhouse industry veterans as well as talented new filmmakers, The IndieFEST is an exceptional, truly international awards competition, not a traditional film festival.  The goal ...

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Julien Dubuque International Film Festival April 18 – 25, 2021


January 4, regular Deadline  


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

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

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16th Myrtle Beach International Film Festival (April 20-24, 2021) 


November 20, 2020 Regular Deadline 

Call for entry MBIFF 16 now open     I December 11, 2020 Late Deadline  I December 31, 2020 Extended Deadline I  

The MBIFF is a World Class Event.

Submissions end December 31st,  20éà, submit through, or through the festivals website,
Selected by Movie Maker Magazine as one of the top 25 film festivals worth the submission, one of the top festivals in the world by Film international and touted by many as one of the most important independent film festivals in the circuit. We are passionate about film and it shows!

The MBIFF screens projects in a multi-million dollar theater, housing state of the art technology.



New York City Independent Film Festival (NYCIndieFF)


November 30, 2020  Regular Deadline 

The New York City Independent Film Festival (a.k.a. NYC Independent Film Festival, NYCIndieFF) is an annual film festival held in New York City. It was founded in 2009 by Dennis Cieri and Bonnie Rush. The festival has screened over 1,800 movies from 81 different countries since it began in 2010.

The Festival is focused on low budget and emerging, yet overlooked filmmakers, bringing their talent to culturally enrich the NYC community. The Festival aims to create the largest gathering of true indie filmmakers.

NYCIndieFF honors the Best in Category which includes Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Super Short, as well as Best Director and Best Screenplay.

With a new section: the Covid-19 Diaries: tell us your story of hope and survival during the Corona lockdown. Short under 10 minutes

NYCIndieFF provides a showcase for the best in independent cinema, including short films, feature films, music videos, and animated works. With panels, parties and a week-long gathering of fellow indie filmmakers NYCIndieFF is the place to be May 16 - May 23, 2021.

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Your Script Produced competition
Season 2

November 30, 2020 Final Deadline

Introducing Season 2 / 2020 of “Your Script Produced!” International Film / Tv / Short Film Screenwriting Competition sponsored by Doval Bacall Films. The sponsor will fully finance, develop, package and produce the Grand Prize Winning Feature Script for $250,000.00.

We've raised the stakes! Season 2 will accept Features, Tv Scripts, AND SHORT FILM SCRIPTS! Winners will be promoted in the Variety Magazine and THR!

Open to writers of all levels. 18 years old or older. Anyone 16 or 17 years of age can submit, must have a parental consent form.







54th WorldFest Houston April 16-25, 2021

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Early bird entry by November 15

WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival offers international competition in Ten Major Competition Categories! Features, Shorts, Docs/Business Films, Student, Experimental, Screenplays, New Media, TV Production, TV Commercials, & Music Videos! More than 200 sub-categories for fair competition. Only at WorldFest-Houston are you selected as a Remi Award Winner on the basis of your numerical score from the juries, which greatly increases your chance to win a Remi, unlike other festivals that only give out one Gold, one Silver and one Bronze! Only 10%-15% of entries actually win the coveted Remi Award!


You are welcome to enter  Online via our online entry platform -, or via - we now accept entries via Vimeo & YouTube, in addition to DVD/BR Entries, & USB/Jump Drives. Screenplay entries must be bound. We will confirm when we receive your entry and we provide personal Jury Results, and festival details when you are selected for screening at the 53rd WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival!

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Fantasporto 41 February 26 - March 6


Deadline  December 1st, 2020 (Feature films)

November 1st (Fantasy short films)

Fantasporto enjoys incredible loyalty and support from the large film-appreciating community all over the World. In the last edition, Fantasporto was attended by over 25,000 enthusiastic genre film fans and over 200 members of the film press and industry.

Considered in 2015 as the first of the independent film festivals in the world by TRIPPER, Fantasporto is among the top film festivals  for the discovery of new talent, having revealed countless of now famous directors, producers and actors.

The World Heritage City by UNESCO of Porto, twice considered Europe’s Best Touristic Destination,  is another factor adding interest . Founded in 1981, the 40th edition has the support of the Portuguese State and the Townhall.

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Only Human HOMO Directed by Igor Ivanov

Homo Adorans, Homo Amans , Homo Economicus, Homo Faber, Homo Ludens,Homo Ridens : which one are you which one are they really?

ONLY HUMAN – Homo… stages six profiles in six sequencess  cleverly interwoven. One dramatic story in 6 episodes featuring desperate characters in their quest for survival and love, or redemption. The jobless graduate becomes a grave-digger, the grieving widow a nun, the priests gamble and gangsters rule the courts. Only the lonely child may find some affection when hope springs eternal.

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Safeguard: An Electoral College Story Documentary by Matthew Taylor

USA September 2020 77minutes

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

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IRIS by Diana Rodriguez

USA - Fantastic drama thriller: 104 minutes - first feature film

Alice Kremelberg (Orange Is The New Black) stars as the eponymous Iris, and gives an outstanding lead performance as this tortured soul dreadfully awaiting the death of her Aunt Adelaide, played by Mary Looram (Like Father, Braid). As Aunt Adelaide slowly withers away in hospice, Iris continues her day to day routines of working in an antique shop, and scrolling online for connections through an online dating app. However, Iris has an ulterior motive behind her digital search for suitors, and it’s not love. Iris has a hunger, and she needs to feed. On every date she goes on, she sizes her match up and determines their strength of character on a criteria of what she considers basic human decency. And if any of her dates fail to meet her standards, then that’s the end of them. They’re dinner. That’s just how Iris operates.

But complications arise when Iris meets Tom, played by Grant MacDermott (Hustlers, Mr. Robot), at a support group meeting for people dealing with the lingering effects of grief. Tom is a good hearted man coping with crippling trauma. As their chaste relationship develops, Iris is confounded by a debilitating emotional dilemma. She yearns for the love she once lost, but recognizes the potential in having a strong bond with Tom. Unfortunately, her primal nature exposes itself in the heat of lust, causing her deep seated vampirism to emerge and overtake her instincts. So she can never truly express her true feelings to Tom without it resulting in his death. What’s a timeless girl to do in the big city?

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ANGIE: LOST GIRLS by Julia Verdin


USA, 107 minutes, June 2020

One girl’s nightmare. A nationwide reality.

After escaping from a sex trafficking ring, one teenage girl struggles to reconnect with herself and her family after her ordeal. Ultimately, in order to find herself and rescue her helpless friends, she must confront her own fears and help lead the police to her traffickers - no matter the cost.


Sixteen-year-old Angie Morgan feels like her parents don’t understand her. After she is befriended by the charming and handsome Mario, everything seems to change for the better. He understands her desire to be a musician and promises to help her fulfill her dreams. However, her innocent, suburban life is upended when Mario lures her away to sell her to a local sex trafficking ring.

Angie is shocked and scared at her new found situations but clings to the belief that Mario loves her and that they will eventually both escape.  When it becomes clear to her that this will never happen, Angie is so overcome with shame and remorse for the life she is now trapped in and all seems hopeless.

When her closest friend and fellow victim, Zoe, finds out that Angie is about to be sold and shipped off to Miami, Zoe finds a way for them to escape. They make a desperate run for it. Angie escapes, but Zoe is not so lucky. Alone and heartbroken for her friend still imprisoned by their traffickers, Angie returns home to find that “normal” life is now anything but normal.

Burdened by her severe PTSD and guilt, Angie shies away from both her family and the police.  She is terrified that her traffickers will return for her (or worse, her little sister) if she provides any information to the police. 

Luckily, Angie meets Rachel, a sex trafficking survivor turned caseworker, who is desperately searching for the girl who was in her care but taken back by her traffickers: Zoe. As Rachel lends her strength, Angie begins to consider standing up to the traffickers, and after witnessing brutal murders and mutilations of other girls at hands of the traffickers, Angie considers standing up to the traffickers.

Will Angie’s fear hold her back? Or will she persevere to protect her family and help rescue Zoe and the others? 

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Canada, 56 minutes documentary, june 2020

The chance discovery of an online article sends a Holocaust survivor on an unexpected trip to visit the orphanage where he was rescued to after the war.
Manny Drukier narrowly escaped the war by jumping from a “death train” at age 16, finding refuge at a unique home for orphans and displaced children. 71 years later, Manny—who lives in Toronto—is tracked down by a German researcher who has dedicated a decade of her life to locating the surviving children from the home. She invites Manny to return to the orphanage, which has since become a grade school, to share his story with the next generation. Manny must now revisit the places of his darkest memories, to reconcile the past and educate the future.


BLUE MOTEL Award winning script by Ted Campbell
Feature film in production by Doval Bacall Films


Grand Winner Your Script Produced season 1  Platinum Remi Award WorldFest Houston

When his bank robber father injured in a recent heist seeks refuge at the desolate motel where he works, a motel clerk is forced to confront the truth behind a botched heist from his past.

Originally from Boston, Mass, Ted Campbell is a screenwriter and director who specializes in thoughtful, character driven thrillers. Ted will direct his heist thriller "Underground" with producer Ellen Wander of Film Bridge International. His contained, crime thriller “Blue Motel” won the Grand Prize in Your Script Produced screenplay competition. Ted will direct “Blue Motel” with Doval Bacall Films producing. Ted is a member of ISA’s Development Program. And was named to ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters To Watch list.

Ted finds inspiration in the works of the great noir writers Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald as well as his screenwriting idols Scott Frank, Shane Black, Tony Gilroy and Richard Wenk.

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Russia USA Feature documentary April 2020 Director's cut: 79 minutes

What happened, what can happen to the centuries old amazing wooden churches in north of Russia. Photographer Richard Davies trips to Russia and USA tell stories on human soul, hope and russian american…cooperation in restoring beauty.

Saving North is the story of a struggle for human and cultural survival in the mysterious and insular world of the Russian North. An outsider from England, photographer Richard Davies, enters this mysterious and vast region of the world with the hope of documenting both the glory and the tragic demise of its rapidly disappearing Wooden Churches. As Davies meets and becomes friends with the some of his Russian photo subjects, he finds himself getting emotionally involved with their struggle. He decides to put down his camera and get involved with church restoration.

Early on in our story Davies befriends the famed Russian architect Alexander Popov who is deeply involved in working to preserve and share with the world the beauty and value of these ancient structures. Popov has uniquely discovered and reinvigorated both the tools and processes that restore life back to the North. But it’s an uphill battle against strong and powerful forces.

Together, Davies and Popov uncover the circumstances that led to the demise of the churches, and then join a small but growing group of passionate Russian citizens and outsiders from all walks of life who join the cause of Saving North.

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SEKURITAS written and directed by Carmen Stadler

Romantic dark comedy 117 minutes 2019 Switzerland

Starring Kathrin Veith, Duraid Abbas Ghaieb, Jeanne Devos, Daniel Kasztura, Vilmar Bieri, This Maag

First feature film by Swiss director Carmen Stadler, produced by Claudia Wick for Abrakadabra Films AG

An office complex wishes for a love story before demolition. It chooses the lonely misfits for this story; those who go through security rounds at night, scrub toilets, experiment with recipes or rehearse their final speech. A poetic and twisted kaleidoscope that centers around desire, security and melodious noises which move through the entire fabric of the building.


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Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible written  and directed by Matthew Taylor

USA 2019 Documentary 89 minutes

Duchamp: Art of the Possible is a feature documentary that explores the life, art, and philosophy of the 20th century’s most influential modernists, Marcel Duchamp, and how his work single-handedly changed the course of art, and over time, culture itself.


THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA, directed by Elena Demidova

The documentary film «THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA», directed by Elena Demidova, tells a story of one of the most famous lamas, Pandido Khambo Lama Dashi Dorzho Itigelov. His body is recognized as one of the sacred Buddhist objects of Russia and is being kept in the Ivolginsky Datsan. The Buddhist monks approach him as a living person.
Itigelov was born in 1852 and began his religious education at the age of sixteen years. In 1911, he was appointed the twelfth Pandido Khambo Lama as the Head of Russian Buryat Buddhists. Between 1913 and 1917, Itigelov was prominent in the spiritual life of Russian Empire. He took part in the Tercentenary celebrations of the House Romanov and opened first Buddhist temple in St. Petersburg. During First World War Itigelov presided over the society of "Buryat brothers", an organization helping the Russian army. After October Revolution, Itigelov resigned as head of the Buddhists. In 1927, aged seventy-five years, he asked other lamas to begin meditation ceremonies and funeral rites, since he said he was about to die. Itigelov left a testament asking to be buried as he was at the time of his death, sitting in lotus posture. On September 11, 2002, Itigelov's body was eventually exhumed in the presence of the leaders of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha of Russia and transferred to Ivolginsky Datsan.

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THE CREEPY LINE a film by M.A.Taylor 2018

"A film that Google does not want you to see  - Best for Fest"

An eye-opening documentary, The Creepy Line reveals the stunning degree to which society is manipulated by Google and Facebook and blows the lid off the remarkably subtle – hence powerful – manner in which they do it.

The Creepy Line is a title culled from the words of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, when during a 2010 interview he explained Google’s code of conduct: “The Google policy on a lot of things is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.”

However, as Dr. Robert Epstein explains in the film, “Google crosses the creepy line every day”. 

Offering first-hand accounts, scientific experiments and detailed analysis, The Creepy Line examines what is at risk when these two tech titans have free reign to utilize the public’s most private and personal data to manipulate society.

There is no question that the “creepy line” is getting ever-creepier, and that the tech giants have crossed it.

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Sharkwater: Extinction by Rob Stewart Documentary
Canada 2018
 Sharkwater Extinction first peek

Rob Stewart “Conservation is the preservation of human life on earth. And that, above all else, is worth fighting for” Watch Rob Stewart doing what he loved most of all, swimming with sharks, in exclusive footage from his third film, Sharkwater: Extinction.

Sharkwater: Extinction is a follow up to his first two award-winning films, Sharkwater and Revolution. Sharkwater exposed the devastating issue of shark finning, while Revolution brought the destructive effects of Ocean Acidification to light.

Rob taught the world to not fear sharks, through his iconic images of hugging these majestic creatures and free diving with them.



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 ... 

Annonce de la 6ème édition de Shoot the Book à Los Angeles

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39e édition du Festival International Jean Rouch, online du 13 Nov - 6 déc

Un accueil… exclusivement en ligne cette année, du fait des circonstances exceptionnelles.   Ces circonstances, nous l’espérons, ne vous empêcheront pas d’apprécier la qualité des films sélectionnés, mis à votre disposition gratuitement sur notre plateforme de streaming. dès le 14 novembre 2020. Chaque film est disponible pendant cinq jours, soit en France uniquement, soit pour cer...

Le Festival du Cinéma Aborigène Australien Présente BLACK AUSTRALIA

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Les Escales Documentaires récompensent Sinjar, naissance des fantômes

10 fillms en Compétition Internationale - 6 films en Prix des Jeunes - 1 webésrie - 4 documentaires sonores - et en bonus, le film sur les 20 ans - 2500 vues - plus de 200 participants aux rencontres virtuelles ! En ce mercredi 11 novembre, les Jurys des Escales Documentaires se sont prononcés... Prix du Jury de la Compétition Internationale - doté de 2000€ par le Conseil Départemental de la Charente-Maritime Sinjar, naissance des ...


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Les raisins de la colère (The Grapes of Wrath) de John Ford (USA, 1940)

Les films qui ont une densité spirituelle évidente mettent souvent en scène le voyage, l’itinéraire initiatique, mais aussi la souffrance qu’implique de quitter sa terre, ses racines, son pays, son existence. On se rend compte, avec Les raisins de la colère que la modernité a constitué le terreau indispensable de la modernité liquide (Zygmunt Baumann). Le film est en effet réalisé en 1940, bien avant que la phi...

La Source (Jungfrukällan) d’Ingmar Bergman (Suède, 1960)

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Bruno Chatelin r et le lancement de Boyz'n The Hood à Cannes

Interview video de Bruno Chatelin pendant le Festival de Cannes (virtuel) 2020! L'histoire du lancement du film Boyz'n The Hood à Cannes que j adore raconter car c est l un des plus beaux contes de fées qu il ma été donné de rencontrer dans ma carière de distributeur de films! Une voie royale ouverte par Cannes qui a conduit le film et son réalisateur, John Singleton, jusqu 'aux Oscars... The Boyz'n The Hood launch in Cannes tol...


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