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RED SEA FEST IN FULL SWING...   Filmfestivals covering live from Jeddah 

Tribute talk with Egyptian icon Laila Eloui

The Red Sea International Film Festival yesterday hosted a tribute talk with Egyptian icon Laila Eloui at VOX Cinemas Al Balad 1. The star of more than 70 movies including A Little Love Much Violence, and The Destiny ( AlMasser) by Youssef Chahine. Laila talked about her love of art and film that fuelled her career, and her strive to tell stories that concern the wider society in Egypt and the Arab world. Laila is renowned for being versatile in her roles and insightful portrayal of Arab women s...


RSIFF Saturday 11 December in focus

TOMORROW, Saturday, 11 December, PRESS JUNKETS: Europa and Take Me To The Cinema Press Junkets: 11:00 - 13:00 - Al Rawasheen Press Centre Ghodwa and Broken Keys Press Junkets: 14:00 - 16:00 - Al Rawasheen Press Centre Champions, Route Ten and Rupture Press Junkets: 16:00 - 17:45 - Al Rawasheen Press Centre   TOMORROW’S IN CONVERSATION: In Conversation with Hind Sabri: 16:30 - VOX Cinemas Al Balad 1   INDUSTRY SESSIONS Red Sea Souk Award Cere...


Talent Days begins with a busy panel and keynotes schedule

TALENT DAYS runs DECEMBER 12 — 13, 2021   Taking place on December 12-13, Talent Days is the opportunity to develop skills and insight to take projects to the next level, touching on everything from production to financing. Led by ind...

Red Sea: Immersive… Storytelling of the Future!

In collaboration with Art Jameel, the Red Sea International Film Festival is excited to invite you to an experience that’s out of this world!   Red Sea: Immersive is an exciting programme of virtual reality experiences, running from 7 to 15 December. Hosted at Jeddah’s new creative complex, Hayy Jameel, Red Sea: Immersive features an array of award-winning international artists and directors, presenting 21 projects from 23 countries. The selection includes 13 of the most sig...

RSIFF in Full Swing a look back to the achievements

VIDEO: The Telfaz 11 Diner party during RSIFF   Telfaz 11 held a garden diner reception in a gallery in Jeddah, you can meet them at the Souk where they have a booth. Telfaz11 is a creative media production company with offices in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, specializing in locally-relevant entertainment content from the Middle East. Combining narratives drawn from local culture with elements of comedy and drama that resonate strongly with both regional and global aud...

RSIFF Friday 10 December in focus

Fridays on our minds – and for most badge-holders, it’s a morning off! For those at the Souk, however, the day starts earlier. Everybody is back at full swing in the afternoon, with still more great films to see. Don’t worry: the shuttles are running all afternoon, between the venues in Al Balad and the Red Sea mall. There is also a shuttle from Al Balad to Hayy Jameel, where Red Sea Immersive will open and close later than on previous days.     Welcome to the So...

VIDEO: The Telfaz 11 Diner party during RSIFF

  Telfaz 11 held a garden diner reception in a gallery in Jeddah, you can meet them at the Souk where they have a booth. Telfaz11 is a creative media production company with offices in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, specializing in locally-relevant entertainment content from the Middle East. Combining narratives drawn from local culture with elements of comedy and drama that resonate strongly with both regional and global audiences, Telfaz1...

VIDEO: Visit to Jeddah's old town, al balad

A few shots from my daily visits to al balad! Al-Balad (Arabic: البلد‎) is the historical area of Jeddah, the second largest city of Saudi Arabia. Balad can literally be translated as "The Town." Balad is the historic center of the City of Jeddah. Al-Balad was founded in the 7th century and historically served as the centre of Jeddah.     ...


VIDEO: ATHR Gallery Red Sea Festival reception

Guests of the festival were transported to the rooftop diner reception at ATHR Gallery. I have been treated with a quick visit to the installed works of art. ATHR Gallery is proud to present its 7th edition of YSA – “From the Form of Spirit to the Spirit of Form” Exhibition. In this year’s edition of YSA, we join the nationwide celebration of the significance of Arabic calligraphy, and for the first time, opened our call for submissions to the Arab ...


VIDEO: NEOM reception with a view during Red Sea Festival

NEOM MEDIA HUB NEOM is the cornerstone of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 that plans for the future of the Kingdom. NEOM’s focus is to become the regional epicenter of media industries, offering an unparalleled environment for content creation and establishing itself amongst elite global media hubs. NEOM is creating a new center for the region’s media and creative industries. It will deliv...

VIDEO The Akshay Kumar Masterclass key moments

Watch the channel and key videos excerpts (segments 1 to 20) from Akshay Kumar Masterclass at RSIFF HERE PORTRAYED WITH THE FESTIVAL DIRECTORS  ...


RSIFF Thursday 9 December in focus

With the Red Sea International Film Festival well under way and the Red Sea Souk in full swing, we are expanding the number of cinemas showing films. From today, the Vox Cinemas at the Red Sea Mall will become part of the festival. That means loads more fabulous films. All day! To make it more manageable, there are shuttle services running between the venues in Al Balad and the Red Sea mall. There is also a shuttle from Al Balad to Hayy Jameel, where Red Sea Immersive is still bloinw minds. Your...

VIDEO: Giuseppe Tornatore, RSIFF President of the Jury Interviewed on the red carpet

Giuseppe Tornatore (born 27 May 1956) is an Italian film director and screenwriter. He is considered one of the directors who brought critical acclaim back to Italian cinema.In a career spanning over 30 years he is best known for directing and writing drama films such as Everybody's Fine, The Legend of 1900, Malèna, Baarìa and The Best Offer. Probably his most noted film is Cinema Paradiso, for which Tornatore won the&nbs...

VIDEO: The Cyrano Premiere in London, simulteneous to it's RSIFF opening

Moments from the Cyrano Red Carpet Premiere in London, simulteneous to RSIFF opening: the cast could not fly to Jeddah (COVID) and attend the festival but sent us this video.         ...

VIDEO Opening Ambiance Wyclef rocked the house (the park actually)

The beautiful evening ended in high volume!. (we could hear the beat from the cinema ...) Held at nearby South Park Al Balad, with Wyclelf Jean, Haitian singer (former member of FUGEES) and Artbat  DJ duo from Kiev (Artur and Batish).   What a night!   ...

Indian actor Akshay Kumar in conversation at RSIFF

AKSHAY KUMAR IN CONVERSATION AT THE RED SEA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL The Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF) in partnership with VOX Cin Akshay Kumar. The in conversation emas, MBC GROUP and Saudia Airlines today welcomed actor, producer and stuntman Akshay Kumar. The in conversation was hosted by the Festival’s Director of International Programming Kaleem Aftab at the Festival in Jeddah’s UNESCO World Heritage Site old-town (Al Balad), nestled on the eastern shore of...

VIDEO: Jack Lang Interviewed at Red Sea International Film Festival

Jack Lang is a former minister of culture in France, currently President of L' Institut du Monde Arabe since 2013   Born in 1939, Jack Lang graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Studies and has a PhD in Law. Professor of Public Law and Political Science, he was the Dean of Nancy’s Law Faculty and taught Public Law. In 1963, he created and became the Director of the International University Theatre Festival in Nancy before taking over as Director of the Chaill...

The Red Sea Souk launches today with 23 video pitches and a program celebrating Haifaa Al Mansour and women in film

Today is the first day of the Red Sea Souk, with the Video Pitch of 23 projects as our opening event for registered Souk participants. It’s also another exciting day at the festival itself, with a special celebration of women in cinema including an “In conversation” meeting with Haifaa Al Mansour, whose film Wadjda was the first feature to be shot in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and went on win numerous international awards, including the BAFTA for the best film in a languag...
Today’s Talks Akshay Kumar In Conversation 14.30 to 15.30 Vox Cinemas Al Balad 2   The hugely popular actor, film producer, martial artist and television personality – and the only Bollywood actor to make it on to the Forbes rich list – shares his inspiring story. He shared a few words on the red carpet earlier, on opening night.   Lumiere! 16.00 to 17.35 Vox Cinema Al Balad 1   Cannes Film Festival head Thierry Fremaux brings passion and...
What a treat of an opening film celebrating the power of the words!. Cyrano, from director Joe Wright and starring Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, and Kelvin Harrison Jr. A very touching and smart adaptation of the classic play by Edmond Rostand, which has already inspired so many great talents, a few musicals and great films : Jean-Paul Rappeneau (starring a magnificent Depardieu), or Roxanne the 1987 American romantic comedy film directed by Fred Schepisi and starring Stev...


The 2022 Sundance Film Festival Program Is Here

From Premieres and Competition Films, to Midnight and New Frontier offerings, the complete lineup of features chosen for January’s Fest is here today.  US DRAMATIC COMPETITION World premieres of fiction feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film. View These Films US DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION World-premiere American documentaries t...

“Labours of Cinema” – The Theme of the 20th Berlinale Talents

20 editions, 10,000 alumni, seven hubs from Beirut to Buenos Aires and a yearly tally of more than 100 former participants with films in the festival: the Berlinale’s talent development initiative has a lot to celebrate. For the 20th edition, taking place from February 12 to 17, 2022, Berlinale Talents is optimistically looking forward to a physical event with digital components, all destined to bring together the 200 invited Talents across 13 disciplines. Mariette Rissenbeek an...

2021 Nihilist Film Fest will be Presented Online

  For more than twenty years, the Nihilist Cultural Foundation has presented 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 18. 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 (...

The Overlook Film Festival returns to New Orleans June 2 - 5 2022

  Introducing a re-imagined four-day celebration of horror in America’s most haunted city Early Bird Festival Passes On Sale Now Film Submissions Open   (New Orleans, LA) – The Overlook Film Festival — a four-day celebration of all things horror — will be making its triumphant return to New Orleans, taking place June 2 through June 5, 2022. The festival will showcase exciting work in new and classic genre cinema, live even...
  Entries are now open for the next Sydney Film Festival, returning to cinemas from 8—19 June 2022 for its 69th Edition.  The Festival will continue to showcase the best of Australian and international cinema.  Each year, Sydney Film Festival presents a diverse slate of features, documentaries and short films from around the world at venues across Sydney.  Don’t miss your chance to be part of the 2022 Sydney Film Festival. E...

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FYC Awards Season: Fireside Chat with director and actors of Kiều (Vietnam) | December 6, 2021, 4 PM PST/ 7 PM EST

Tune into a special Fireside Chat with the director and lead actor of Kiều at 4 PM PST/7 PM EST on Monday, December 6, 2021. Watch on YouTube: Watch on 3388 Films' Facebook page. FYC for the 2022 Golden Globes, Kiều is directed by female director Mai Thu Huyền, who also stars in one of the film&rsqu...

Bruno Chatelin joins the jury of inaugural edition of The World Trailer Awards

World Trailer Awards 2022 February 12 & 13,  2022 Inaugural edition    Honouring the world's best creatives marketing the world's best entertainment. The World Trailer Awards are open for entry and will honour outstanding entertainment marketing across Cinema, TV (Broadcast & Cable), Gaming, Podcast & Radio, Streaming Services and Social Media. For more information and to enter: To be ...

Berite Labelle BIO of a woman of the world

  Berite Labelle A woman of the world, Berite was born in her mother’s hometown of Tiraspol, Moldova. At age four, she moved to Bosnia and on to Germany before landing in Geneva, Switzerland at six years old. Always a lover of language, she speaks fluent Russian, French and English, with a working knowledge of Spanish, Italian and Arabic.   This talent of communicating in multiple dialects is a trait shared with her late father, Moise Neroum Ngadande, who ...

"Why you need to be screened at Festivals" A Masterclass with Bruno Chatelin at Bangkok Doc

Bruno Chatelin co founder former head of SONY AND fox theatrical distribution shared his festival experience and advice for an hour to participants of BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY AWARDS 2021 THE VIDEO WIL BE ACCESSIBLE FOR OUR AUDIENCE YOUTUBE CHANNEL OF BRUNO'S INTERVIEWS           ...

Sundance Institute’s New Interdisciplinary Program Names Grantees, Art of Practice Fellows

New Collaborative “Exploded Lab” Format Supports Artists As They Explore Creating Across Disciplines The Sundance Institute’s Interdisciplinary Program (IDP) is pleased to announce supported artists of two new cohorts: the 2021 Interdisciplinary Program Grantees and the 2021-2022 Art of Practice Fellows. The nonprofit Institute’s mission and values have nurtured a powerful community of artists throughout its 40-year history, and developed a flexible and innova...

FOCUS ON INDIA With Siraj Syed Reporting from IFFI

Chandigrah Kare Aashiqui, Review: Engendered species

Chandigrah Kare Aashiqui, Review: Engendered species A film that takes a taboo subject head-on, but takes its own time to get there, Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui is handicapped by its own title. Running on three, or rather, three-and-a-half parallel tracks, the film has nothing to justify Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, except that it is set in the north Indian city of Chandigarh. Its lead pair turns in largely convincing performances, and when it comes to using language that is brazen and bold, to it ...


Velle, Review: R4=Raw, rash, rant, rabble

Velle, Review: R4=Raw, rash, rant, rabble When you have to wait for an hour to see a film like Velle, it is like rubbing salt into wounds that have yet to be inflicted. That it lasts a mere two hours and five minutes is among the saving graces of the film. Touting a poster that says ‘phasey’ (meaning ‘phansey’ or trapped) and a middle finger rising up, you should probably be able to guess what the film might be like. After seeing the film, you will still not have any i...


IFFI 52, 023: Comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable, with Sweet Biryani

IFFI 52, 023: Comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable, with Sweet Biryani “There is a famous quote, which says, ‘Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.’ I think this film will disturb those comfortable people of the society who gets comfort through caste, class and other authoritative parameters. This is what K. Jeyachandra Hashmi, director of Indian Panorama non-feature film, Sweet Biryani, said at a Press Conference held on the sidelines of...


IFFI 52, 022: Pregnant, harassed-to-hell woman, or suicide bomber?

IFFI 52, 022: Pregnant, harassed-to-hell woman, or suicide bomber? Governments exist to serve the people, but often, the common citizen has to struggle, knock one door after another, in order to avail of the services he or she rightfully deserves. ACT-1978, a 2020 Kannada film by Director Manjunatha S., brings into sharp relief this torturous and tormenting ordeal, an experience not too alien to many hapless ordinary citizens. “I want to dedicate my movie to every common man and woma...


IFFI 52, 020: Covid and a crow

IFFI 52, 020: Covid and a crow IFFI 52 Indian Panorama Film Teen Adhyay seeks to light a candle of hope in the darkness, following COVID-19. It is based on the optimistic dictum: “However deep the night, there will always be a new dawn.” “During the COVID-19 lockdown, I saw a crow making its nest by my window; this scene made me forget everything else happening around me.” This singular focus which followed what may otherwise have been dismissed as an inconsequential ...

IFFI 52, 021: Sainbari massacres missing from history books

IFFI 52, 021: Sainbari massacres missing from history books Why is the battle of Sainbari not in our history books, where 15,000 people were killed in just one night, was the question posed by the director of IFFI 52 Indian Panorama Non Feature Film Sainbari to Sandeshkhali. “If Jallianwala Bagh, Battle of Panipat and Battle of Buxar appear in our history books, why not Battle of Sainbari?” This is the rather incontestable question raised by Sanghamitra Chaudhuri, director of th...


IFFI 52, 019: Life in post-Soviet Union Ukraine

IFFI 52, 019: Life in post-Soviet Union Ukraine “My film, Rhino, is very violent and tough. I wanted to show the life in Post-Soviet Ukraine during the ‘wild’ 1990s through this film,” said director of IFFI 52 World Panorama film, Rhino, Oleh Sentsov. He was addressing a media interaction at the 52nd International Film Festival of India. “I am a self-taught person and moved to film-making late. Life is short and I want to keep making films,” said Oleh Se...


IFFI 52, 018: Charlotte is about an Argentinian actress in search of an aspirational future

IFFI 52, 018: Charlotte is about an Argentinian actress in search of an aspirational future She shared a memorable past with the director who launched her into the world of cinema. Upon the serendipitous discovery that her mentor of yore who made her famous is filming his last film in Paraguay, the now-forgotten Argentanian actress Charlotte sets out on an extraordinary journey in search of something more than just obtaining the opportunity to play the leading role which she believes rightful...

IFFI 52, 017: Rafaela actress Judith Rodriguez found IFFI magical and inspiring

IFFI 52, 017: Rafaela actress Judith Rodriguez found IFFI magical and inspiring “Watching the world premiere of our movie with viewers yesterday was an awe inspiring experience which will remain etched in our hearts forever. It was our first time watching the film with an audience and it was amazing to see that they loved the movie.” Rafaela film Actor Judith Rodriguez was thrilled as she shared her experience on her film that was premiered at the 52nd International Film Fest...


IFFI 52, 016: FTII professor Ganga Mukhi on Satyajit Ray

IFFI 52, 016: FTII professor Ganga Mukhi on Satyajit Ray “Satyajit Ray believed that our cinema must have a language of its own. Through his self-study, he created his own style of film-making. Ray’s films are a must-watch for all film lovers, students and film-makers. His films connect with everyone in spite of geographical and language barriers.” Associate Professor, Department of Direction and Screenplay Writing, Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Ms. Gan...


IFFI 52, 015: In Conversation with The Family Man, aka India’s James Bond

IFFI 52, 015: In Conversation with The Family Man, aka India’s James Bond “I never try to make the character larger than life. I always try to live in the reality and make the character a representative of the masses.” This is what noted actor Manoj Bajpayee said at an ‘In-conversation session’ on the ‘Creating Cult Icons: India’s own James Bond with the family man’, held on the sidelines of the 52nd International Film Festival of India in Goa. ...


IFFI 52, 014: ‘75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow’ youngest winner is only 16

IFFI 52, 014: ‘75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow’ youngest winner is only 16 As the country is celebrating the 75th year of its hard-earned freedom with Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (75 years of Independence Grand Celebration), 75 young aspiring film makers and film artists were been handpicked from across the country, to participate in the 52nd International Film Festival of India 2021. Under this competition, IFFI 52 provided a platform for tomorrow’s leaders in the f...


20 Nonfiction Projects Receive Grants from the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program

No Other Land: Two young men stand facing each other in conversation within a vast, hilly landscape. The nonprofit Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program (DFP) announced today its latest cohort of 20 nonfiction films receiving Sundance Institute Documentary Fund Grants. The fund offers non-recoupable support for nonfiction projects that continue to elevate and advance cultural dialogue and break new ground in creativity and innovation from filmmakers with a distinct voic...

ENOUGH! Lebanon’s Darkest Hour screened at the US Capitol

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On November 3rd  ENOUGH! Lebanon's Darkest Hour hosted a premiere screening in the US Capitol for its Washington DC premiere tonight, proudly hosted by @CCG &       ...


Gotham Award sweep for THE LOST DAUGHTER ignites Award Season lift-off

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Most popularly known for that face-off with the Joker in smash hit THE DARK KNIGHT as “Batman’s girlfriend,” Maggie Gyllenhaal has come so very far from the bat cave. While Gyllenhaal’s first feature THE LOST DAUGHTER just swept the Gotham Awards, including top gongs for best screenplay and director and a tie for lead Olivia Colman, the momentum for this stunner began back in festival rotation at the Venice Film Festival ...


Origami in the Garden BEST FOR FESTS: The synopsis

This new film is one of the BEST FOR FESTS section for festival consideration curated by Bruno Chatelin former head of Sony and Fox in France. An Artfilm, a LoveStory, and the journey of two artists as they strive to spread Peace and Inspiration throughout the world through sculpture. About the Film Kevin Box has always known exactly what he intends to do with his life. In his words, "I want to have a conversation with people now and hundreds of years into the future."&nbs...


Announcing 2021 AFI AWARDS Honorees

  Congratulations to this year’s AFI AWARDS honorees! The honorees include 10 outstanding films and 10 outstanding TV programs deemed culturally and artistically representative of this year’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image. Additional honorees were selected in a category for “Special Awards,” designated for works of excellence that fall outside of the Institute’s criteria of American film and tele...


93 Feature films eligible for consideration in the International Feature Film Category

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced feature films eligible for consideration in the Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature and International Feature Film categories for the 94th Academy Awards®.  Eligibility lists by category can be viewed at  Complete 94th Academy Awards rules can be found at   INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM Ninety-three countries have submitted films th...


138 Docs eligible for consideration in the Documentary Feature Category

  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced feature films eligible for consideration in the Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature and International Feature Film categories for the 94th Academy Awards®.  Eligibility lists by category can be viewed at  Complete 94th Academy Awards rules can be found at    DOCUMENTARY FEATURE One hundred thirty-eight features are elig...


Feature films eligible for consideration in the Animated Feature Film Category

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced feature films eligible for consideration in the Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature and International Feature Film categories for the 94th Academy Awards®.  Eligibility lists by category can be viewed at  Complete 94th Academy Awards rules can be found at  ANIMATED FEATURE FILM Twenty-six features are eligible for consideration in the Animated ...


Myrtle Beach International Film Festival 
April 19-23, 2022 

December 10, 2021 Late Deadline

December 31, 2021Extended Deadline

The Myrtle Beach International Film Festival his now one of the "Top 25 film festivals worth the entry fee" by Movie Maker Magazine. 
Our judging panel includes judges from all walks of life because it is important to have a broad spectrum of perspectives.  
The goal of the founder and director Jerry Dalton, was to create a venue for independent film makers which is not corrupted by politics. 
The MBIFF screens projects in a multi-million dollar theater, housing state of the art technology. 


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Fantasporto 42

April 1-10, 2022


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.

To submit a film please send us to the link and password (best in Vimeo) of the film to be seen by the selection committee

Features: The films must be produced in 2021 or 2022.

Shorts (only fantasy films competition) till 15 minutes produced in 2021/22

To participate in the festival, films must be first screenings in Portugal.

Regulations and Entry Form    


CATALOG 2021  


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Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
April 20 – 24, 2022

Regular Deadline: December 6, 2021 

RANKED AS ONE OF THE TOP 50 FILM FESTIVALS WORTH THE SUBMISSION FEE BY MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE AND ONE OF THE TOP REVIEWED ON FilmFreeway, JDIFF is known for it's networking opportunities, best communication, quaint location, great programming, friendly staff & volunteers, inquisitive audience, multiple screening opportunities, workshops, panels, amazing events and parties and so much more! JDIFF is ALL about the independent filmmaker and truly geared for the best experience!

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

JDIFF acknowledges emerging filmmakers from around the world and is committed to bringing world class entertainment to the heart of the midwest.




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Worldfest Houston 55

April 20 - 24, 2022


Main entry deadline  December 15

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

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

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World Trailer Awards 2022
February 12 & 13,  2022

Inaugural edition 
Early Bird December 3, 2021

Honouring the world's best creatives marketing the world's best entertainment.

The World Trailer Awards are open for entry and will honour outstanding entertainment marketing across Cinema, TV (Broadcast & Cable), Gaming, Podcast & Radio, Streaming Services and Social Media. For more information and to enter:

To be eligible for entry in the 2022 World Trailer Awards (Awards), the Work being submitted must have been made available to the intended audience in the Region and Market selected for the Entry between 1 January 2020 and 31 October 2021 inclusive.

The WTA is a global initiative from the revered Golden Trailer Awards, an awards competition that recently marked its 21st year celebrating the entertainment industry's best movie trailers, teasers, posters, and innovative advertising; in association with AcclaimWorks, a globally recognised leader in awards management services.

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NYC Independent Film Festival
(June 12-19, 2022)

January 15, 2022 Late Deadline

February 15, 2022 Extended Deadline

New York City Independent Film Festival (NYCIndieFF) will hold a physical festival this year. Masks and social distancing will be mandatory and observed throughout. But we are determined to be a celebration of the Independent Filmmaker, documentaries, short and feature-length films and animation. Whether a submission is comedic, dramatic, or something in between, The NYCIndieFF is eager to embrace fresh ideas and storytelling.

Home of the NYC Indie Awards the festival aims to discover the Artist Filmmaker, showcasing them to the entertainment industry and the NYC public. All NYCIndieFF screenings take place in the historic center of NYC, Time Square which is the perfect home for an event geared toward creating incredible opportunities for independent voices.

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

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Your Script Produced Studios: season 3

November 3 – 7, 2022

Regular Deadline  December 31, 2021 

Discovering and Producing Talented Writers and Filmmakers left behind by the entertainment industry, worldwide!

The return of Entertainment's unparalleled event!

Season 3 SPECIAL EDITION: Accepting the following submissions: Features, Pilots, Shorts AND Documentaries!

THERE IS NO AGE LIMIT ON SUCCESS! WE ARE ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FROM ALL AGES, WORLDWIDE! Anyone under the age of 18 MUST submit a parental consent form.


Writers & Filmmakers of ALL ages can submit.



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New Media Film Festival

June 1 – 2, 2022

January 3, 2022 Pre-Fest Deadline

New Media Film Festival®, an innovative and award-winning* festival created in 2009, celebrates stories, technology, and platforms. We continually implement new opportunities outside the norm to bolster creators in media.

Judges from HBO, MARVEL, EMMYS, BBC, Grammys, PBS & more. $45,000.00 In Awards

Through our boundary pushing ideology, we create an environment for creators to thrive. New Media Film Festival® is an infinite catalyst for story and technology. Not just any stories, but the stories worth telling.

All submissions come with perks - one of them is consideration for distribution.
NETFLIX - 1st look deal, documentaries specifically.
AMC-1st look deal, feature length, & series - all types

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Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival  
May 28 – June 2, 2022


The 'Lost World' of Paleochora nestles between the Mountains and Sea in South West Crete and is the perfect location for Filmmakers to convene to show their work, network with colleagues and enjoy our fabulous Cretan hospitality. We may be at the most southern point of Europe, but there are BIG Film things happening here and on the entire Island of Crete. Our main aim will be to select films which focus on great storytelling, whether fiction, documentary or any other accepted genre.

Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival launched its 1st edition in June 2019 to a spectacular success. The Festival enjoyed packed audiences at all screenings and played host to 22 visiting Filmmakers & Industry guests from as far afield as Brazil, USA, France, Ireland, UK, Germany, Greece & Iran. Check out our photos here as well as the Festival Vibe & interview videos on our YouTube Channel (Copy & Paste the link):

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

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TIME IS ETERNAL by Dreamteam filmmaker duo of Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir - Starring berite labelle

Short Film Fantasy  USA  December 2021 - 14 Minutes 20 seconds  

A prestigious feminine writer examines in her most recent novel what it means to be a woman across history and conjures up Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt and fierce feminine writer/philosopher Mary Wollenstonecraft(mother of Mary Shelley, author of Frakenstein) who have crossed deserts of eternal time to meet.

The women materialize into her present time environment and recount their greatest victories, defeats, loves, regrets and dreams.

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ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN by Barbara Bentree
Documentary December 2021 - USA  90 minutes

Kevin Box has always known exactly what he intends to do with his life. In his words, "I want to have a conversation with people now and hundreds of years into the future."

As an artist, Kevin has been fascinated by the evolution of "lost wax casting" to create bronze sculptures and he spent many of his early years being mentored by other successful sculptors. Through his own R&D, he developed a unique signature by “unfolding” origami and casting these beautiful patterns into museum quality wall hangings.
"ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN" traces the career arc of Kevin and his partner/wife Jennifer as they now continue to create multiple traveling exhibitions of their artwork. Over the past decade, their unique sculptures have been viewed all over the country by millions of people.
"ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN" is an Artfilm, a Love Story, and an inspiration for all by showing what is possible…just starting with a simple piece of paper!

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HOT MONEY by Susan Kucera (director of Jeff Bridges Living in the future’s past)

Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, General Wesley Clark and his son Wes Clark Jr. take us on a journey through the complicated realities of our financial system and its profound exposure to climate change. Hot Money outs the whole game, the whole charade, the whole crapshoot of the money system with all the humor and intelligence of a New Yorker cartoon. Combined with the wisdom of international business experts and academics, Hot Money is rich with historical context. It severs the knot of economic and political forces that may lead to societal collapse.


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12TH HOUR narrated by David Morse

Documentary by Susan Kucera (director of Jeff Bridges Living in the future’s past)

USA July 2021 51 minutes 48 seconds

Much of our population currently lives with hopeful delusions about climate change. These delusions, many of which are built in by evolution, hamper our ability to meaningfully address the problem.

Our brains evolved to solve short-term challenges for our survival. Climate change is a long-term challenge to our survival. Can we bridge the gap between these modes of thinking?

Emmy-nominated actor David Morse narrates the brutally honest 12th hour with insight from noted evolutionary biologists, climate scientists, cognitive researchers and psychologists.

Visionary thinkers like Peter Russell, Dr. Paul Piff, Dr. Kari Norgaard and dozens of the brightest minds in academia lay out an unflinching look at mankind: our past, our abilities, our shortcomings and what may be humankind's final destination.

If we have any hope to survive the changes we’ve locked in to our climate, we need to be honest with ourselves and our limitations. The 12th Hour lays out our biases so that we may overcome them.


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ENOUGH Lebanon's Darkest Hour

Documentary by Daisy Gedeon second feature documentary
Australia  june 2021 90 minutes (in post)

ENOUGH! Lebanon’s Darkest Hour follows Australian-Lebanese filmmaker Daizy Gedeon’s personal and independent introspection into how her ancestral homeland, the place her family was forced to flee in the 1970s because of the Civil War, has ended up in a state of complete catastrophe. It is a story of awakening in which Daizy is forced to abandon her idealism about Lebanon and face the cold, harsh truth about the country’s dark underbelly which is its most sinister enemy.

Daizy prosecutes the case against the corrupt political class which has reduced a proud people to beg for garbage collection instead of greatness and negotiate potholes rather than peace.

ENOUGH! is the plea and the prayer, the feeling and fierce determination of the 4.5 million Lebanese in Lebanon as well as the 16 million members of the Lebanese diaspora scattered around the world, whose hearts continue to bleed for a homeland they are desperate to return to and so deeply want to believe in...once again.


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The Sound of Us directed by Chris Gero


"The Sound of Us" illustrates that during this critical time in world and U.S. history, music gives sound to hope and courage, allows us to grieve and be honest, and is the great, universal language that unites us all.

As the world grapples with unrest the profound truth remains that, through music, we are not alone.

The Sound of Us weaves inspiring stories about the beauty and goodness of music with interviews and performances by artists such as Ben Folds, Sarah McLachlan, Avery*Sunshine, Eric Whitacre, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Hiromi, Antonio Sanchez, Butch Walker, Will Wells, Patti Smith, and many more. Combined, these powerful vignettes illustrate how music heals us, gives us hope for the future through our children, keeps our heritage and history alive, allows us to have the most difficult of conversations, sheds light on current struggles, and continues to invite us back to the thing that unites us all - music.

The film is directed by Chris Gero, a Grammy nominated, American music industry executive, concert producer, record producer, songwriter, film director and composer, founder of Yamaha Entertainment Group of America and Chief Artist Relations Executive for Yamaha Artist Relations Group

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INVISIBLE HAND  by Matthew Taylor
director of The Creepy LineMarcel Duchamp the art of the possibleSafeguard an electoral debate...

USA  28 minutes August 2021

Invisible Hand is an exploration of memory. Our unnamed protagonist lives a life of repetition and insecurity. Every day is a blur of abstract actions until one night she meets a dark stranger who gives her a mysterious gift. Her life is turned upside down when she confronts a terrifying truth about her past. Deciding to take herself out of the abstract daily routine, she journeys into the crevices of her memory to untangle a dark secret that could ultimately destroy her.

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Phil Liggett The Voice of Cycling
Documentary created by Nickolas Bird, Eleanor Sharpe, the filmmakers behind MAMIL (Middle Aged Men In Lycra) written by Eleanor Sharpe.

Documlentary Australia April 2021 1h 54

The life of legendary television commentator Phil Liggett MBE is inextricably entwined with the history of professional cycling. During a career that has spanned five decades, 15 Olympic games and 47 Tours de France, Phil Liggett has been there for every key moment in cycling over the last half century. The heroic triumphs, the appalling tragedies, the scandals and the controversies; Phil has seen it all, and told us about it with passion, knowledge and his trademark wit. As much as anyone, Phil Liggett has shaped the way the world sees cycling. #TheVoiceOfCycling

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Aliens on Halloween by Riker Lynch
29 / 39 or 43 minutes, short comedy April 2021

In an attempt to snatch a sample of human DNA, two clueless aliens come down to Earth and crash a Halloween party in Hollywood.


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Zero Gravity USA first film directed by Thomas Verrette

74 minutes First feature documentary USA April 2021

A diverse group of middle-school students go on the journey of a lifetime when they compete in a nationwide competition sponsored by MIT to code satellites aboard the International Space Station.

Zero Gravity is a feature documentary that follows a diverse group of middle-school students from San Jose, CA, who compete in a nationwide tournament to code satellites aboard the International Space Station.
Seen through the wondrous eyes of three diverse young students and their first-time coach, they each take an intimate and personal journey to space as their team grows from amateur coders to representing California in the ISS Finals Tournament — the culmination of a summer-long adventure that sees their incredible accomplishment performed by astronauts in orbit.

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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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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. 

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