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Berlinale 2021 twofold: Online Industry Offer in March, Public Event in June

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Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the 71st Berlin International Film Festival has developed a new festival format for 2021 and is pleased to be able to hold the festival for the industry and the public. The industry platforms European Film Market, Berlinale Co-Production Market, Berlinale Talents and the World Cinema Fund will kick off the 71st Berlinale in March with an online offer. In June, there will be a summer event with numerous film screenings for the public audiences – i...
 

FOCUS: It's a Wrap!

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The FOCUS Digital 2020 journey is over and we hope you enjoyed riding beside us and gained connections and production insight to take into 2021. We were blown away by the number of people watching sessions, having meetings and chatting away on our platform and it was wonderful to extend FOCUS to so many new countries.    ...
 

MIPTV 2021 will be online, MIPCOM 2021 will run in hybrid form

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  As we head towards a new year and hope for better times, we wish to share with you some of our plans for the 2021 editions of MIPTV and MIPCOM, where we are looking forward to gathering the industry through online and in-person events.   MIPTV – the 58th Spring International Television Market – will take place online in April 2021 as will MIPDoc and MIPFormats.  Details of the all-new Digital MIPTV 2021, i...
 

VIDEO: Zurich Summit Panel: The Future of Film Festivals and Film Markets

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Featuring Carlo Chatrian (Berlinale) / Lili Hinstin (Locarno) / Paolo Moretti (Director's fortnight Cannes)   / Salma Abdalla (Autlook Filmsales) / Wendy Mitchell (Moderator)!
 
The Zurich Summit 2020 is the first conference since the lockdown where the leaders of the film industry meet again physically to discuss how the industry will continue in the Covid age. Never has the urge to exchange ideas been bigger. The boutique conference gathers a top-class line-up of international film producers, sales executives and creators in film, TV and entertainment as well as technology entrepreneurs and financiers. It offers a smart mix of knowledge transfer and ...

First-time winners among ATF Pitch Winners

 
FIRST-TIMERS AMONG ATF PITCHES WINNERS ATF Animation, Chinese and Formats Pitches champions react to their wins   SINGAPORE, 17 December 2020 – Winners of the Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) Animation, Chinese and Formats Pitches were announced after a series of online Live pitches that took place virtually.   For the pitch winners, clinching the top honours was a recognition of the hard work they have put in. Pang Mee Mee, a Singaporean whose entry won the Chinese scriptw...

 

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The Locarno Film Festival announces its new selection committees, led by Giona A. Nazzaro

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Giona A. Nazzaro, newly appointed Artistic Director of the Locarno Film Festival, has picked the two selection committees to work alongside him in drawing up the program for Locarno74. His choice was endorsed by the Executive Board, and the call for entries has been brought forward to allow the new team to begin work on the selection process very soon. The new selection committees, ratified by the Executive Board of the Locarno Film Festival, will work alongside Giona A. Nazzar...
 

 

 

BKK DOC Original Award print signed by the artist

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The BKK DOC 2020 STEPHFF AWARDS The nominated and the awarded documentaries will have the opportunity to access a dedicated audience online (vod), and offline during the Festival to be held in Bangkok at the prestigious Goethe Institut Bangkok in December. Awarded projects will be entitled to receive the Prest...
 

Romanian Film Development joins EFP

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  European Film Promotion (EFP) welcomes the non-profit association Romanian Film Development (ADFR - Ascociatia de Dezvoltare A Filmului Romanesc) as its 38th member organisation and successor to Romanian Film Promotion. "We are so thrilled to be part of the EFP family!" states Laura Mușat, founder of ADFR. "Romanian cinema is one of the most acclaimed within Europe, so it’s quite exciting to be back here. We want to keep contributing to our local cinema industry, a...
 

Join Bruno Chatelin in the panel "Films and festivals with filmfestivals.com and fest directors from around the world"

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  The panel tool place this Saturday 12th décembre at 16hPM   paris time Films and festival in the world during and after Covid 19 ? Documentary films and their circulations , their presentations …what is the world after? http://apresvaran.org/2020/12/films-and-festivals-des-films-dans-les-festivals-carte-blanche-a-filmfestivals-com/ http://apresvaran.org/2020/12/films-and-festivals-with-filmfestivals-com-and-directors-of-french-and-international-festi...
 

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Academy Museum postpones opening to September 2021 due to Pandemic

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  Bill Kramer, Director and President of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, today announced that the new institution’s much-anticipated opening will be moved from Spring to Fall 2021 due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. With rising virus infection rates, museums remaining closed, and continued restrictions on public gatherings in Los Angeles, the museum has decided to push back its opening to protect the health and safety of its visitors and staff. The Acade...
 

Berlinale Spotlight: 50 Years of the Forum in New York in December

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For many years, the Berlinale has been present all around the world with its specially curated programmes. The Berlinale Spotlight series serves to extend the period of the festival and makes the activities of the Berlinale visible throughout the year. In December, the series travels to New York, where the German Film Office, an initiative of German Films and the Goethe-Institut New York, and Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art are presenting a selection taken from this year&r...
 

Berlinale World Cinema Fund: Twelve New Funding Recommendations

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In the 33rd jury session of the Berlinale World Cinema Fund (WCF), the juries made twelve funding recommendations for projects from Brazil, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Guinea, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Mozambique, Senegal and Turkey. The current funding amounts to a total of 592,000 Euros. This means that the funding volume has increased by 49.85% since the last funding round. The WCF is pleased to be able to support independent cinema even more strong...
 

Recorded Picture Company won its court case relating to Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

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So glad for Terry Gilliam, with whom I have worked closely on three films while running majors in France : Baron Munchausen, Fisher King and 12 monkeys.   The Recorded Picture Company today won its court case against Alfama Film Productions & Paulo Branco over a rights dispute relating to Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. John Critchley represented the legendary London based independent film production company the Recorded Picture Company (RPC) in its defence of...
 

Shooting in progress for The Immaculate Room - starring Emile Hirsch, Kate Bosworth, Ashley Greene, M. Emmet Walsh

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Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild, Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood), Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns, Still Alice), Ashley Greene (Twilight saga) and beloved veteran character actor M. Emmet Walsh (Blood Simple, Blade Runner) are set to star in writer/director Mukunda Michael Dewil’s (Paul Walker starrer Vehicle 19) upcoming psychological-thriller The Immaculate Room, it was announced today by Productivity Media CEO William G. Santor.   Principal photography is currently underway for the ...
 
 

lschia Film School, the students from Campania are closer to the cinema

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  The initiative for Campania students: short films and lessons to bring young people closer to the seventh art. Messina: "So the festival initiatives embrace the whole calendar year"       The Ischia Film Festival teaches school. By creating a platform to bring young people closer to film culture and by preparing the right tools for them to be able to interpret films. This is the goal of t...
 

Afrika Filmfestival: Liyana free this week end on AFF@home

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This weekend freely available on OAFF.   Hello, Haven't seen LIYANA yet? This weekend freely available on OAFF platform. An incredible  and touching story for kids and parents.  Afrika Filmfestival LIAYANA ...
 
 
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2021 Sundance Film Festival: Full Program Announced

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72 Features, 50 Shorts, 4 Indie Series, 14 New Frontier Projects to Debut on Feature-Rich Digital Platform & Satellite Screens Nationwide Top L–R: Ma Belle My Beauty; Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir; We’re All Going to The World’s Fair. Bottom L–R: Little Miss Fate; To Miss The Ending; Would You Rather. The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced today the showcase of new independent work selected across the Feature Film, Short Fi...

Sundance unveils details for core online festival plans

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Festival Offers Robust Online Platform and Announces Screening Partnerships with Independent Cinemas and Cultural Organizations The nonprofit Sundance Institute has unveiled plans for the seven-day 2021 Sundance Film Festival, offered digitally via a custom-designed online platform (festival.sundance.org) alongside drive-ins, independent arthouses, and a network of local community partnerships. The online expression of the Sundance Film Festival will provide global access for storytellers an...
 

Sheffield Doc/Fest wrap facts for its 27th edition

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2020 is almost over, and Sheffield Doc/Fest closed its 27th edition as a success. Together we produced and experienced a six-month programme (usually six days!) of screenings and discussions that offered a window to the world - from the cinema in Sheffield, and online from homes across the world.   As part of the Artistic Programme: 115 titles from 50 countries around the world and representing 49 spoken languages made up our official selection this year, including the Retrospe...
 

Screenings at San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition were attended by more than 66,000 people

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  66,234 spectators watched 151 films from 50 countries at San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition, attended by 2,626 accredited professionals, including 689 journalists from 376 media outlets and 1,185 film industry professionals (487 of whom participated online).   In last year’s rundown we opened with references to record audience attendance (178,687 spectators in 2019) and accreditation numbers (4,319 in 2019). But even then we warned that it was difficult to grow f...
 
 

Filmfest Munich : understanding the Berlinale moves to sequential edition

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In light of recent pandemic developments, the Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival) has decided on a multi-part festival format in the upcoming edition, with industry elements in March and audience-only screenings in June. Given our experience in 2020 with the sequential FILMFEST MÜNCHEN POP-UP, we can only support this approach and send our colleagues our best wishes for next year‘s implementation of their festival. At the same time, we see our plans for next year&rsqu...
 
 

The British Urban Film Festival has found a new home on the Apple TV app

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  The leading film festival for diversity in the UK has found a new home on the Apple TV app   The British Urban Film Festival today announced that it has launched a dedicated collection of 70 official selections, including B.U.F.F award-winning titles, on the Apple TV app for customers to buy. ‘The British Urban Film Festival’ collection on the Apple TV app will be the first of its kind for a UK festival and will include over 50 British short films as well as feature ...
 

FNC49 Highlights - Short film palmares at Cinema Moderne

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Relive in pictures the 49th edition of the Festival du nouveau cinéma! Against all odds, the she-wolf has worked hard to offer you an exceptional edition, full of surprises and warm. We are happy to be able to make you relive the highlights of #FNC49, enjoy! A huge thank you to all for making this edition a success despite the challenges that were imposed on us in this year 2020! We invite you to come together in 2021 to celebrate the FNC 50th anniversary!   Watch the vide...
 

Sedona International Film Festival Postponed Until June

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The surging COVID-19 pandemic in Arizona and across the country and in anticipation of the availability of the approved coronavirus vaccines has prompted the postponement of the 27th annual Sedona International Film Festival from Feb. 20-28 to June 12-20. Pat Schweiss : “We made the responsible decision to postpone the Festival. The good news is that having the Festival in June also opens up some great opportunities to reinstate features we had canceled and introduce new ones,&rdqu...
 
 

 

BKK DOC Original Award print signed by the artist

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                                            The BKK DOC 2020 STEPHFF AWARDS The nominated and the awarded documentaries will have the opportunity to access a dedicated audience online (vod), and offline during the Festival to be held in Bangkok at the prestigious Goethe Institut Bangkok in December. Awarded projects will be entitled to receive the Prest...

Screenings at San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition were attended by more than 66,000 people

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66,234 spectators watched 151 films from 50 countries at San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition, attended by 2,626 accredited professionals, including 689 journalists from 376 media outlets and 1,185 film industry professionals (487 of whom participated online).   In last year’s rundown we opened with references to record audience attendance (178,687 spectators in 2019) and accreditation numbers (4,319 in 2019). But even then we warned that it was difficult to grow f..
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2021 Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize Nominees Announced

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  Five Nordic drama series have been unveiled as the nominees for the NOK 200,000 (€20,000) Nordic TV Drama Screenplay Award, presented during Göteborg Film Festival’s TV Drama Vision. For the fifth consecutive year, the award for outstanding writing of a Nordic drama series, funded by Nordisk Film & TV Fond, will be handed out during TV Drama Vision, Göteborg Film Festival’s conference event and series market. Five drama series from Denmark, Finland, I...
 
 

#LubinaLove in a cube: Ivan I. Tverdovskiy wins the main prize at the FilmFestival Cottbus for the third time

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  Ivan I. Tverdovskiy wins the main prize for the best film in the Feature Film Competition of the 30th FilmFestival Cottbus. This is the third time the Russian director has been awarded the 25,000 EUR prize at the FFC, following CORRECTIONS CLASS (2014) and ZOOLOGY (2016). The Special Award for Best Director goes to Piotr Domalewski for I NEVER CRY. Acting debuts Marijana Novakov, Tijana Marković and Valentino Zenuni from Ivan Ikić's OASIS are honoured with the prize...
 

Dutch Film Festival honors winners of the Student Competition with Talent Awards

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This afternoon is when the online NFF Talent Day the five Talent Awards of the NFF Students League and the Wildcards of it Dutch Film Fund on it Dutch Film Festival awarded . Dylan Workman , director of A View from Above is the Pathé Tuschinski Award received for best film. The Fentener van Vlissingen Fun...
 

Winners of the First Filmocracy Festival

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    BEST DOCUMENTARY - In Piano to Zanskar, facing future in retirement, a 65-year old piano tuner, Desmond O’Keeffe, decides instead to take on the most challenging delivery of his career. He will transport a 100-year old Broadwood & Sons piano from London to a primary school i...
 

Rose d’Or 2020 winners announced

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At a time when the connectivity of television has never played a more central role in our lives, the 59th Rose d’Or Awards have recognised the likes of Sex Education, The School That Tried To End Racism, Once Upon A Time In Iraq, Woke and Homeftest: James Corden’s Late Late Show Special for their achievements in entertainment programming this year. The 2020 Rose d’Or Awards virtual ceremony was hosted by Nish Kumar on Wednesday December 9. You can view it HERE. The 2020 awa...
 

The Accolade Announces Latest Winners (November)

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The awards go to those filmmakers, television producers and videographers who produce fresh, standout entertainment and compelling documentaries. The Accolade is an international awards competition that honors those who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity. ~ Best of Show ~  Philip Hamilton and Scott Wilson  – Ocean Souls Philip Hamilton and Scott Wilson (United Kingdom), OCEAN SOULS, Documentary – An unprecedente...

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Julien Dubuque International Film Festival April 18 – 25, 2021

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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) 

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December 31, 2020 Extended Deadline

The MBIFF is a World Class Event.

Submit through filmfreeway.com, or through the festivals website, myrtlebeachfilmfestival.com
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.

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New York City Independent Film Festival (NYCIndieFF)

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January 15, 2021  Late 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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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 - 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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Only Human HOMO Directed by Igor Ivanov

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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

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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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FINDING MANNY by Kacey Cox

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.

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

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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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SAVING NORTH - A RUSSIAN AMERICAN ODYSSEY by J Mitchell Johnson
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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.
 

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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 first peek

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

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

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

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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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