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Weekly newsletter N° 943

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Your Script Produced: submit with a 50% discount for final deadline November 30

 “50 percent off” until November 30, 2020 - Final Deadline :Your Script Produced competition is offering 50% off due to the current crisis, to help every writer and filmmaker get in the race! Do NOT this one off chance! Feature: $80.00 Pilot: $70.00 Short: $60.00 50% discount will be applied to these amounts ! Submit through  Discount code: Season2FiftyOff2020 Offer valid until November 30, 2020.     MORE...

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HanWay Films has closed international sales on Phillip Noyce’s Peggy Jo

HanWay Films has closed international sales including a multi-territory deal with Universal Pictures Content Group, for award-winning director Phillip Noyce’s incredible true-crime love story Peggy Jo. The Universal Pictures Content Group deal includes; Benelux, German speaking Europe, Italy, Portugal, Scandinavia, Turkey, UK, Bulgaria, former Yugoslavia, Czech & Slovak Republics, Hungary, Poland, Romania, CIS, Baltics, Israel, West Indies, South Africa, Hong Kong, Indian subcontinen...

Russian companies announce deals after American Film Market 2020

    North America's largest film market, which took place online from 9 to 13 November, saw significant deals for key Russian film, series, and animation makers. In total, twenty-five Russian content producers presented over 100 projects. ‘The major deals of Russian industry players at AFM have once again shown the high demand for various genres of Russian content across all continents. It's great that n...

New musical dramedy SERIOUSLY RED by Gracie Ott picked up by Arclight Films

Arclight Films is set to handle worldwide distribution rights for the new musical dramedy Seriously Red directed by Gracie Otto (The Last Impresario) from a script by Krew Boylan who also stars. The film’s ensemble cast also features Rose Byrne (Insidious, Twentieth Century Fox’s Spy, Universal Pictures’ Bridesmaids, Neighbors), Emmy Award winner Bobby Cannavale (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” Ant-Man), and Daniel Webber (Netflix’s&nbs...

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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 AFM...

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800 guests for the first virtual Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

The first virtual Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event welcomes more than 800 guests  Today, the 19th edition of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event, taking place virtually this year, kicks off with its online programme including over 50 workshops, panels and seminars, hundreds of 1:1 meetings, and more than 800 accredited film industry professionals.   According to Marge Liiske ...

Margarethe Von Trotta receives the Black Nights Lifetime Achievement Award

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) awards the Venice Golden Lion-winning director Margarethe von Trotta, one of the key figures of the New German Cinema movement, with the festival’s second Lifetime Achievement Award.   The decades-spanning career of Margarethe von Trotta (b. 1942, Berlin) began with several co-operations with another central figure in Germany’s independent cinema, Volker Schlöndorff, first as an actress on „The Sudden...

TV Beats Forum investigates challenges in series production in 2020

TV Beats Forum, the drama-series-oriented section of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event, presents high-profile case studies, previews new exciting series and looks at trends in commissioning alongside the challenges of series production in 2020.    This year’s TV Beats Forum, taking place fully online on November 26-27, takes a closer look at how COVID has impacted global production. Guy Bisson, Research Director of leading analytics firm Ampere Analysis, shares n...


Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival screens 13 fresh series in the TV Beats section

  The selection includes seven new Russian series, the latest work by two-time Academy Award nominee Steve James and the world premiere of Estonian thriller In the Line of Fire.   Entering its third year, the TV Beats section sees a programme introducing exciting new series to the festival’s audience and industry, backed by a rich virtual programme of panels and case studies.   Having the world premiere at Black Nights, Estonian series "In the Line of ...


PÖFF Shorts 2020 announced winners

The international short film and animation festival PÖFF Shorts has announced the winners of its 2020 edition. The three winning films now eligible for the short film Academy Award nomination are "Struck by Lighting" (dir. Esko Romet, Estonia 2020), "Precious" (dir. Paul Mas, France 2020) and "Between You and Milagros" (dir. Mariana Saffon, Colombia 2020). The PÖFF Shorts European Film Academy candidate for the Best Short Film will be announc...

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


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BIFF sadly says goodbye and thank you Sir Sean

As I took the time to be silent and still to honor Sir Sean I thought about the amazing moments with him which was over the course of years. If you are blessed to be mentored and share moments with someone you admire it stays with you for a life time. It is like a flame to a candle that lights up your spirit. We all will leave this earth, make they most of your time here ... Leslie Vanderpoole BIFF Founder and Executive Director   ...

LAAF 2020 Announces Official Festival Jury

The 2020 LOS ANGELES ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Dec 5th) announces this year’s storied jury panel of filmmakers and industry professionals. Judging this year’s animation shorts, features and scripts are episodic director/showrunner Otis Brayboy, animator David B Fain, co-director of CalArts Experimental Animation program Maureen Furniss, Production Designer / Director Paul Harrod, Six Point Harness animation director Ron Myrick, animation/comedy writer Jar...


EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS Programme Announces Jury for Berlinale 2021

EFP's EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS Programme Announces Jury Ahead of 24th Edition at Berlinale 2021: Antoneta Kastrati, Cassandra Han, René Ezra   The 24th edition of EFP's EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS will introduce 10 up-and-coming actors and actresses to press and industry during the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2021. "We are looking forward to highlighting once again 10 new acting discoveries from upcoming films and works-in-progress from across Europe, in...


Pierre-Yves Walder back at the helm of the NIFFF from July 2021

The committee for the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) is proud to announce that Pierre-Yves Walder will become the festival’s General and Artistic Director in July 2021. With a strong artistic project, a lot of experience in the Swiss cultural and audiovisual sectors, his robust local roots and his far-reaching international network, he will no doubt allow the NIFFF to expand its reach in Switzerland as well as abroad, all the while offering festival-goers n...


42nd Banff World Media Festival Announces 2021 Rockie Awards first judges

Announcing the first members of the 2020 Rockie Awards Jury      Kenny Bae Senior Producer KBS World Marketing and Content   Sumi Connock Creative Director, Formats BBC Studios ...

Timothy Owase joins the board of the Association of Film Commissioners 

Kenya Film Commissioner, Timothy Odhiambo Owase, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) – the association representing film commission professionals around the globe. Owase is one of five new AFCI Board Members elected for a two-year term. Other new members on the 11-member Board of Directors are from Australia, Columbia, Ireland and the UK. They join what will be the most geographically and culturally diver...


Sundance Institute 2020 Vanguard Award to Honor Radha Blank

Radha Blank: Director, Writer, Actor of The Forty-Year-Old Version   Blank, ‘19 Vanguard Awardee Lulu Wang in conversation on Sundance Collab on December 2, 2020     The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced today that Radha Blank will be honored with the 2020 Vanguard Award presented by Acura, given annually to an artist whose work highlights the art of storytelling and creative independence. The award honors the artistic achi...


World-Class Actors at SFFILM’s virtual Fundraiser and Awards Show

San Francisco, CA – SFFILM has announced that a bevy of world-class acting talent will attend and receive awards at SFFILM Awards Night, the organization’s annual fundraising celebration honoring achievement in filmmaking craft. This year’s highly anticipated awards show has shifted from its traditional seated dinner and onstage presentation format to a dynamic live-streamed showcase, taking place December 9.   Glenn Close (Hillbilly Elegy, Netflix) will rece...

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Finalists for the Southeast Asian Film Financing 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. This year’s SAFF Project Market sees entries coming in from 14 countries and regions across Asia, Europe and North America, including first-timers from Finland, France, and Iran. Taking Asian Storytelling to the World Since its launch in 2015, the SAFF Project Market has emerged as a r...

Overview of the US business for the week of November 23

The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock 400 years ago, establishing a new home in The New World.  The following year, they celebrated the first Thanksgiving with their Native American neighbors to thank them for having provided the food that helped sustain them through their first winter in America.  This week we celebrate the Thanksgiving spirit of neighbors (and colleagues) helping each other make it through times of scarcity. Universal's horror comedy Freaky cont...

Last few days to apply to the CEE Animation Workshop

  Few days left to apply to the CEE Animation Workshop, a year-long project, designed to boost creativity and story development, to build a stable financing structure for projects, to facilitate access to markets, and to provide a basis for efficient circulation of the finished works. It is constructed around four main themes: script development, building know-how, production package and pitch preparation for accessing the market, and networking. The Workshop is designed for film pro...


Cartoons on the Bay Digital comes to life in December!

  All the contents will be available on Rai Play from December 18th to 20th, 2020. COTB is the kids crossmedia and TV animation Festival promoted by Rai and organized by Rai Com and for this special edition in cooperation with Rai Play and Rai Ragazzi. This year the Festival presents its very first digital edition. All events will be streamed online: previews, retrospectives, round tables, masterclasses and appointments with top animation professionals. Also&nbs...



Russian companies announce deals after American Film Market 2020

    North America's largest film market, which took place online from 9 to 13 November, saw significant deals for key Russian film, series, and animation makers. In total, twenty-five Russian content producers presented over 100 projects. ‘The major deals of Russian industry players at AFM have once again shown the high demand for various genres of Russian content across all continents. It's great that n...


Official Selection BKK DOC 2020 - Bangkok International Documentary Award

We will reveal the 40 nominees to BKK DOC 2020 Official Selection competing for an Awards, on Saturday 28th November 2020 Watch the Official Selection presentation premiering on Youtube on 28.11.2020 at 8:00pm (Bangkok time) => LINK TO YOUTUBE <=   Join us live Facebook Live 28.11.2020 from 7:30pm (Bangkok time) LINK TO FACEBOOK LIVE     ...


Leonard Maltin on Open-Ended Movie Endings: THE END... or is it?...

LEONARD MALTIN ON OPEN-ENDED MOVIE ENDINGS Leonard Maltin is a respected film critic, historian, and friend/advisor to Legion M, perhaps best known for his annual paperback reference Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide, which was first published in 1969. He has worked with Legion M as an interviewer at our Sundance Suite, and he has written the following article on the topic of controversial and open-ended movie endings, inspired by our film Save Yourselves! (If you haven't seen it yet, don...



ZAPPA mines the totality of Frank, watch the viewing party, Nov. 27

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Before reviewing ZAPPA, which is available to view now from Magnolia Pictures, the question is whether only a musician is qualified to speak with authority on the influential totality of Frank Zappa. Then you realize anyone who is part of his fandom has felt Zappa’s musical influence. That being his sonic fearlessness, and in a way, personal pain expressed through notes and lyrics. Meaning the real Zappa music is classically infused, ...


Russian TV series premiering at Content London conference

    The extensive presence of Russian content is arranged for one of the leading platforms for professionals in the global television industry, working in the field of production of TV content and co-production. Content London takes place from 16 November to 4 December online and will see premieres of new Russian series, the presentation of Russian series projects with great international potential, and panel discussions with Russian film industry experts.   Three Russ...


Filmmakers, producers, distributors invited by streamer Special beta

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent You've heard that phrase, "The Show Must Go On?" Nowadays it is "The Show Must Go Online." Special, a streamer in beta (the soft lauch phase), offers a new venue to showcase your films. This fairly innovative platform is being funded by some Hollywood heavyweights to offer a niche for indepdendents. There's a link to follow at the close of this news item. LOS ANGELES, CA: Special provides filmmakers and distribu...


Jaws last survivor exposed at Academy Museum

ACADEMY MUSEUM OF MOTION PICTURES IN LOS ANGELES INSTALLS  THE ONLY SURVIVING SHARK MODEL FROM THE 1975 FILM JAWS The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures completed installation of one of the most iconic objects from  its permanent collection, the only surviving full scale shark model from the 1975 Oscar®-winning film Jaws. This moment signals exciting momentum toward the Academy Museum’s much-anticipated opening on April 30,2021, where the 25-foot model (nicknamed &...
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Animaze returns online this month with 8th edition


ATF Online+ Announces Full Event Line-up

The four-day event will see five power-packed segments and new In Development programs SINGAPORE, Nov 26, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) 2020 returns in less than a week with a jam-packed schedule tailored for the online audience. Pictured: Mornings with Industry Leaders: Adam Lewinson, Dr Michael Gryseels, Archana Anand, Jon Penn, Jimin Fang, Priya Dogra and Jacques du Puy (L-R) Charging forward into 2021 and into the realm of content connecti...

17th Bahamas International Film Festival (Jan 4-10) set to go virtual

The 17th Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), running January 4-10, 2021, is on its mark and set to go virtual, it was announced today by Leslie Vanderpool, Founder & Executive Director of BIFF. BIFF is one of the most respected and exciting film festivals in the Caribbean and named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World”. Since its inception 16 years ago, BIFF has introduced The Bahamas to more than one million film ent...


Futuranima: 100% Belgian and 100% online for 2021

 Anima, the Brussels International Animation Film Festival, is also a meeting place for Belgian and international talents working in the sector. Futuranima and its professional meetings are set to take place online from 15th to 20th February 2021.   As part of the Festival's 40th edition, the Futuranima programme will be a special 100% Belgian affair with the master classes, conferences, panel discussions, studio presentations and work in progress meetings all highlighting...


Montreal International Doc Fest announces record passes sales

Record number of passes sold for the 23rd edition, which continues with REDEFINING INTIMACY and SURVIVING VIOLENCE       Midway through its 23rd edition, the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is proud to announce that it has already exceeded its box office target for this virtual edition with the sale of a record number of passes to viewers everywhere in Quebec. The results confirm the enthusiasm of festivalgoers for reality-based cinema and this year&rsqu...


30th FilmFestival Cottbus shows its programme in a stream

      As the Federal Government and the German States extended the measures aimed at combating the coronavirus pandemic on November 25th, 2020 and cinemas will also remain closed, therefore, the film screenings of the 30th FilmFestival Cottbus planned between the December 8th to 13th, 2020 in the cinemas cannot take place. Nevertheless, from December 8th to 31st, 2020, 150 films will be available as a nationwide streaming offer on the festival website. &qu...


"Bangsa: Manusia" - FreedomFilmFest Goes Virtual in December 2020

  FreedomFilmFest (FFF), Malaysia's leading human rights documentary film festival is back and going virtual for the very first time from 10th - 13th December 2020.    Facing a global pandemic, the Freedom Film Network (FFN) has adapted this year's festival to become an online event to ensure that we can continue to bring you the unseen, unheard and untold stories that matter, in the safest way possible.    This year's festival, titled &ld...

5th Bull City International Film Festival & Screenwriting Competition calling 

  Our 5th year will be virtual including not only screenings but interviews with filmmaker, writers, staged readings of scripts, panels, and more! Submissions end January 15th, 2021. Submit through We are passionate about showcasing diverse films from all over the globe. In 2019 we screened SKIN which won the Oscar for best short film the very next day! We look forward to receiving your project!     ...


Göteborg Film Festival rolls out a digital festival in 2021

The 44th Göteborg Film Festival was planned as a physical event, but due to the increased spread of Covid-19 the festival will go digital, presenting an online cinematic experience. The festival’s industry programme including Nordic Film Market and TV Drama Vision, will be presented at a dynamic online platform, alongside a potential limited on-site event. Mirja Wester, CEO, and Jonas Holmberg, Artistic Director, Göteborg Film Festival said: ”We have made this dec...



First Annual Filmocracy Fest launches December 3-6

Fifteen Documentaries, Five Narratives Vie for Jury Prizes  Along with Four Special Presentations     Filmocracy, the world’s premiere digital screening, distribution and experience platform, has announced a unique Festival for these challenging times: The First Annual Filmocracy Fest. The juried festival begins on December 3rd and ends on December 6th. For its inaugural festival, Filmocracy presents a robust slate of ...


ILLUMINATE Film Festival Returns May 20-26, 2021

ILLUMINATE is pleased to announce that our annual film festival will return May 20-26, 2021. The festival will continue to bring you the best of conscious film as we move to a hybrid festival format, with both virtual and live outdoor components, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. As May draws closer, we will re-evaluate the feasibility of holding indoor screenings and events. Stay tuned as we reveal more details in the coming months! &n...


New York, Asian American International Film Festival, 2020

The 43rd Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) was held from October 1-11 entirely accessible online. In this new format the  43rd AAIFF celebrated Asian – American  and Pacific Islander producers and directors and the stories presented by their films.  AAIFF is the oldest and longest running  Asian American film festival in the United States and as distinct from other festivals offering similar productions, this festival is closely tied to the large &nbs...


The Persian International Film Festival returns this December (3-6) 

  The Persian International Film Festival returns for a 9th edition from Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 December 2020 to premiere the very best in Persian cinema.   Get closer to Persian cinema in a captivating program that will take you through the many faces of Persian heritage with four days of curated films. There will be well-rounded dramas, bright comedies, documentary masterpieces and a fabulous selection of short films. The program is made exclusively of ...


2020 Nihilist Film Fest will be Presented Online

  For the twentyith year, the Nihilist Cultural Foundation presents the Nihilist International Film Festival.  This year’s evening of films will be presented online at the Vimeo website.  The show will start at 6:30 pm on Saturday, December 19. The festival includes two hours of short films from around the country and around the world.  The films range from troubling to hilarious, from profound to completely silly.  Pretty much, something for everyone (except ch...
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The winners of the 20th New Horizons and the 11th American Film Festival

The winners of the 20th New Horizons International Film Festival and the 11th American Film Festival. Attendance Records at the Combined Editions of NH and AFF.   The jury of the 20th New Horizons International Film Festival awarded the Grand Prix to The Metamorphosis of Birds (A Metamorfose dos Pássaros) directed by Catarina Vasconcelos. The festival audience additionally chose the film by the Portuguese director as the best of 12 in-competition titles. The awards go to a ci...


Final Westridge Grant Cycle Awards winners announced

Final Westridge Grant Cycle Awards $100,000 to Support US-Based Independent Filmmakers Developing Narrative Feature Screenplays SFFILM, in partnership with the Westridge Foundation, announced today the projects that will receive a total of $100,000 in funding in the sixth and final round of SFFILM Westridge Grants. Five filmmaking teams have been granted funding to help support the screenwriting stage of their narrative feature films.   The SFFILM Westridge Grant was launched in late...


Audience Award Winners of the 2020 Sacramento French MiniFest

  Poster by Dane Henas Design 20th ANNIVERSARY SEASON COMING UP IN 2021 ! "THE REGION'S PREMIER FILM EVENT" Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee HERE ARE THE 2 WINNERS OF THE  2020 MINIFEST AUDIENCE PRIZES!     The quintessentially French comedy-drama PERFUMES (LES PARFUMS), directed by Grégory Magne won the Audience Prize for Best Feature Film; while the dark tale of revenge THE WIDOW SAVERINI (LA VEUVE SAVERINI), directed by&...


VIDEO: Alexandria Film Festival 2020 awards

Congratulations to our AFF 2020 award winners!   Best of Fest: "9 to 5" Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar Joe Cantwell Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking: "Trust Me" Roko Belic, Joe Phelps, Michael Fallavollita Audience Award: "The Legacy Sessions" David Ashton and Silas Brigham  Special Jury Prize: "Anacronte" Raul Koler and Emiliano Sette Best Foreign Language Film: "Snowland" Jonni Kicoltz Regional Award: "Beat...


Prize Winners at exground filmfest 33

  exground filmfest 33 I 13–22 November 2020 I online KEEP SHIFTIN’ wins German Short Film Competition // Mexican production NIGHTCRAWLERS takes Best International Short Film // ALBTRÄUMER wins Jury and Audience Awards at exground youth days // Audience Award DAS BRETT goes to WALCHENSEE FOREVER // goEast Audience Award for ZANA This past Sunday evening, the awards for the online edition of exground filmfest 33 were presented in Wiesbaden, Germany....


Winners of the 69th IFFMH / From MY MEXICAN BRETZEL to LORELEI

My Mexican Bretzel wins the €25,000 International Newcomer Award and the FIPRESCI Award +++ Audience and Student Award to Lorelei +++ Single Cycle receives first Rainer Werner Fassbinder Award +++ Prizewinners reflect the diversity of the competition   INTERNATIONAL Jury Jury members: Jessica Kiang, Jan Bonny, Mathilde Henrot   International Newcomer Award – Best Director (€25,000) MY MEXICAN BRETZEL Director: Nuria Giménez Lorang, Spain   Rainer W...


VIDEO 8th IRIDA Russian-British International Film Festival and Awards (SIFFA)

The official closing ceremony of the VIII Russian-British IRIDA International Film Festival and Awards (SIFFA 2020) and the IRIDA Music Festival took place November 7 at the Radisson Collection Paradise Resort & Spa Hotel Ballroom. The ceremony, hosted by Anna Andrusenko and Maxim Kolosov, was attended by Natalya Bondarchuk, Tamara Globa, Stephen Mao, Alena Khmelnitskaya, Vadim Dubrovitsky, Larisa Luzhina, Vladimir Khotinenko, Anna Kurkova, Grigory Adamenko, J...

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VIDEO Awards of the Arpa International Film Festival in LA

  This year marks the 23rd anniversary of Arpa International Film Festival (Arpa IFF), the signature event of the Arpa Foundation for Film, Music and Art (AFFMA), which took place between November 12 – 22, 2020. As one of Hollywood’s longest-running film festivals, this year’s Arpa International Film Festival showcased 69 films, comprised of Features, Documentaries, Shorts, Animated Films, and Music Videos from 20 different countries. This year’s festival o...



Animaze announces the winners of the 8th edition


PÖFF Shorts 2020 announced winners

The international short film and animation festival PÖFF Shorts has announced the winners of its 2020 edition. The three winning films now eligible for the short film Academy Award nomination are "Struck by Lighting" (dir. Esko Romet, Estonia 2020), "Precious" (dir. Paul Mas, France 2020) and "Between You and Milagros" (dir. Mariana Saffon, Colombia 2020). The PÖFF Shorts European Film Academy candidate for the Best Short Film will be announc...

Miami Short Film Festival 2020 Winners announced

2020_EMAIL-BANNER.jpg?1600286463 Bruno Chatelin stood on the jury along with esteemed industry judges. 2020 FESTIVAL WINNERS If you weren't able to tune into this year's Virtual Awards Ceremony, here are this year's MIAMIsFF winners.Congratulations to the winners Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all our nominees and official selections! If you want to catch these shorts and more, there's still time! Purchase our Virtual Encore Pass and stream all the shorts presented in our ...

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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) 


December 11, 2020 Late Deadline

Call for entry MBIFF 16 now open  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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December 15, 2020  

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.

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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

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43e Festival International du Court Métrage resserré, en salles et en ligne

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Le PriMed- Festival de la Méditerranée en images démarre en ligne samedi 

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FIFMA | 37ème édition | L'échappée belle

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Les Escales Documentaires récompensent Sinjar, naissance des fantômes

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Les Escales Documentaires fêtent leurs 20 ans !

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#lePDF - festival 10% live, 100% digital, 100% aquitain 4e édition 

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FIFMA | 37ème édition | Formule hybride

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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)

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

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