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RED SEA FEST IN FULL SWING...   Wrap coverage and videos from Jeddah  

A look back at the entire festival run in Jeddah of the RSIFF

VIDEO CHANNEL: Akshay Kumar guest of honour at Red Sea Fest Akshay Kumar at Red Sea Fest with the festival heads Mohamed Al Tariq and Shivani Pandya  Hundreds of fans turned up for a glimpse of megastar Akshay Kumar, who participated in an in-conversation event: watch the moments. ...   16.12.2021 | Red Sea International Film Festival's blog VIDEO CHANNEL: '83' BY Kabir Khan The Red Carpet frenzy moments ‘...

VIDEO: Closing Ceremony and Awards

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The winners of the inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival.

The Red Sea International Film Festival in partnership with VOX Cinemas, MBC GROUP, and Saudia Airlines today announced the winners of the Red Sea competition sections. The 16 strong feature, 18 shorts selection and 21 ground-breaking global virtual reality experiences are a celebration of the most exciting, innovative new films and cinematic storytelling from established and emerging filmmakers from the Arab world and Africa. The inaugural edition recognises the incredible range of talent wit...

VIDEO CHANNEL: Akshay Kumar guest of honour at Red Sea Fest

Akshay Kumar at Red Sea Fest with the festival heads Mohamed Al Tariq and Shivani Pandya  Hundreds of fans turned up for a glimpse of megastar Akshay Kumar, who participated in an in-conversation event: watch the moments.     ...

VIDEO CHANNEL: '83' BY Kabir Khan The Red Carpet frenzy moments

‘83, presented by Reliance Entertainment, Phantom Films and Kabir Khan Films, will have its world premiere at the Festival’s public closing on 15th December, ahead of its release across the Gulf region on December 23rd and worldwide release on 24th December. The highly anticipated sports biopic is being distributed across the GCC by VOX Cinemas.                     Toni El Massih, Managing Director, VOX Cin...

VIDEO: The Red Sea Souk Awards

Festival (RSIFF) today announced the winners of the Red Sea Souk Awards that featured four days of industry talks, workshops, an active project market and networking sessions. All films in the Red Sea Souk were deliberated on by two separate juries for the Project Market and the Works-in-Progress to grant the Red Sea Souk Awards. More than 700,000 USD were awarded to the projects selected in the Red Sea Souk Awards with funds provided by the Red Sea Fund as well as generous industry sponsors.&...

The 83 Biopic World Premiere closed The Red Sea International Film Festival

Acclaimed director Kabir Khan along with with cricket legends Kapil Dev, Mohinder ‘Jimmy’ Amarnath in attendance for a sensational send off to the Festival’s inaugural edition. Sports biopic is being distributed across GCC by Festival Partner, VOX Cinemas       The first edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF) in partnership with VOX Cinemas, MBC GROUP and Saudia Airlines closed on a high this evening with the world premiere of t...

In conversation with Haifaa Al-Mansour

RED SEA FILM FESTIVAL 2021 HAIFAA AL-MANSOUR: A CELEBRATION   Interview by Emmanuel Itier Last week, at The Red Sea film festival ( ) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia;  the most important Saudi female filmmaker, Haifaa Al-Mansour ( ), was finally celebrated for her courage, her talent and her vision to encourage waves of changes in this country with a “bad reputation”. Such reputation is sure to be s...

In conversation with Red Sea Immersive Michael Salmon

Bruno Chatelin met with Red Sea Immersive producer Michael Salmon Liz Rosenthal Red Sea IMMERSIVE with her jury members: Victoria Mapplebeck and Laurie Anderson. Interview by Bruno Chatelin 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 countri...

Red Sea International Film Festival final day December 13 in focus

Fatima Al-Bawami Photo RSIFF / GETTYImages Final huge day of screenings of fabulous films, with a couple we have been saving for last and lots of chances to catch up on ones you have missed. There is also a  special celebratory screening of Elephant God, one of Indian director Satyajit Ray’s greatest masterpieces.    Yes, the prizes are handed out today december 13 and the official part of the festival draws to a close. But it’s not over yet!!! There are still two...

RSIFF interview with French director Yamina Benguigui in Jeddah

RED SEA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL     By Emmanuel Itier Yamina Benguigui ( ) is truly a force of nature in France. She is a very respected filmmaker as well as a political voice whose visions bring changes to this world. Therefore, this was not a surprise that the first edition of The Red Sea International Film Festival ( ) selected her recent film ‘SISTERS’ (


Visions du Réel : First guest and posters of the 53rd edition unveiled!

Visions du Réel is extremely happy to welcome Kirsten Johnson as Special Guest of its 53rd edition, which will take place from 7 to 17 April. The renowned, multi-award-winning filmmaker and cinematographer from the United States, who has some 60 films under her belt will be in Nyon to present a retrospective of her films as well as a selection of films to which she has contributed. As much in the films she has directed – particularly with Cameraperson (2016), ...

IFFR announces 'Along the Way' as opening film for on-site 51st edition

Along the Way by Mijke de Jong will open the 51st International Film Festival Rotterdam schedule for (in person) 26 January – 6 February 2022   IFFR announces opening film for on-site 51st edition Along the Way to open festival programme of screenings, performances and installations in Rotterdam from 26 January to 6 February   International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is delighted to confirm Along the Way by Mijke de Jong to open the on-site 51s...

Early Bird Deadline Quickly Approaching: French Riviera Film Festival Celebrating Short Films!

Friends, the Early Bird Deadline for the 4th Annual French Riviera Film Festival is December 18th, so please don't miss out. We recently added a new Activism Category.  Please submit your short films to: USE CODE: FRFFNEWS for an additional 25% off discount on submission fees. The fourth annual French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) will recognize and celebrate short-form content created for film, television, Web and all digital p...

WorldFest-Houston Film Festival wishes you a Wonderful Christmas! January 15, 2022 Late Entry Deadline

      Howdy from Houston! Apologies for this very final reminder of our Main Entry Deadline!   We know you have a few other things on your mind!   January 15, 2022&nb...

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Jennifer Davidson has been promoted to Chief Communications Officer for the Academy

Jennifer Davidson has been promoted to Chief Communications Officer for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, announced today by Academy CEO Dawn Hudson, to whom she will continue to report.  Davidson has served as Executive Vice President, Communications since joining the Academy staff in March 2020. In this expanded role, she will continue to oversee publicity and corporate communications campaigns, including the Oscars® and internal membership communications, a...

Kelley Kali and Waad al-Kateab to receive the 2021 Academy Gold Fellowship for Women

Kelley Kali and Waad al-Kateab have been selected to be the domestic and international recipients, respectively, of the 2021 Academy Gold Fellowship for Women.  Part of the Academy Gold global talent development and inclusion initiative, the Fellowship for Women is a one-year program that combines direct financial support, personalized mentorship and access to once-in-a-lifetime networking opportunities for emerging women filmmakers to further their pursuits in the field.  The Academ...

World Trailer Awards - Meet the Judges

  Join us and some of our esteemed judges for the first of our industry talks on the future of entertainment marketing. Meet the judges Series Thursday 16 December 7pm - 8pm (AEDT) 8am – 9am (GMT)   Speakers Chris Ebeling Creative Director & Co-Founder, Virtually Human Metatainment - The future of digital entert...


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 ...


"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           ...

FOCUS ON INDIA With Siraj Syed Reporting from IFFI

 Review: Spidermen

Spiderman - No Way Home, Review: Spidermen Indian release today, American release tomorrow. How exciting! Shot during the Covid 19 Coronavirus pandemic. How daring! Third part of a Trilogy – Homecoming (2017) and Far from Home (2019). How challenging, if you are not a die-hard fan and do not remember the previous homings well-enough! A cast that consists of Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, Jamie Foxx, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Benedict Wong, J.K...


IFFI 52, 037: Blood flows through the streets in Killing of the Eunuch Khan

IFFI 52, 037: Blood flows through the streets in Killing of the Eunuch Khan Iranian film Killing the Eunuch Khan (Koshtan-e Khajeh in Persian), by director Abest Abed, is in contention for the coveted ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal at the 52nd edition of the International Film Festival of India, an award given to the IFFI film that best reflects Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals of peace, tolerance and non-violence. It portrays a serial killer’s apparently insatiable quest to slaughter others, to...


IFFI 52, 036: Asian premiere of Night Forest

IFFI 52, 036: Asian premiere of Night Forest “Night Forest is a children’s film but adults can also relate to this film. It is a fun film that everyone in a family can watch together”, said Katrin Milhahn, director of the film Night Forest, in a press conference at the 52nd International Film Festival of India in Goa. The film had its Asia Premiere at the 52nd IFFI. It was also competing for the ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal at IFFI 52. André Hörmann is her collabora...


IFFI 52, 035: Ring Wandering aims to show the real Tokyo

IFFI 52, 035: Ring Wandering aims to show the real Tokyo The Ring Wandering (Ringu Wandaringu) is a film about a Manga artist in Tokyo discovering the remains of the Second World war buried in the grounds of Tokyo. The film from Japan competed for the Golden Peacock Award, along with 14 other films, at the 52nd International Film Festival of India. Masakazu Kaneko, the director of the film, said, “During the Second World War, lots of bombs were dropped on Tokyo leaving many dead bodies...


IFFI 52, 034: Some competition films not competitive, below par

        IFFI 52, 034: Some competition films not competitive, below par When you have already attended 44 IFFIs, you pretty much know what to expect. Or do you? Arriving from Mumbai by train on the 20th morning, the day of the inauguration, I found my usual hotel in an unkempt state. The owner, who had a flat there till some years ago, has let it sink into squalor, but critics like me, who fund all own expenses at IFFI, cannot really complain. A couple of hours later, after...
IFFI 52, 033: Siraj Syed article in the Marathi language newspaper, Gomantak, Goa published on 27 November 2021. Translated from the English by Anant Salkar.   ...


IFFI 52, 032: Heart-rending depiction of floods in No Ground Beneath Her Feet

IFFI 52, 032: Heart-rending depiction of floods in No Ground Beneath Her Feet Ravaged by the torrent of flood-waters, a man’s family is torn to pieces by the soul-crushing agony of having to scramble for a piece of land to bury his dead father. Even as he is oblivious of the deluge of their inner trauma, he is having to venture a bone-tiring journey of moral decay, murder, deception and social bashing, just to reach his flood-affected village. No Ground Beneath the Feet, a Bangladesh...


IFFI 52, 030: BRICS film festival held alongside IFFI

IFFI 52, 030: BRICS film festival held alongside IFFI “We are all from different cultures, different backgrounds and different thought processes; coming together on the same page to pick out a best film for this competition unanimously is quite an achievement”, said Rahul Rawail, noted Indian film director, editor and Jury Chairperson of the BRICS Film Festival, at a press conference at the 52nd International Film Festival today in Goa. For the first time, the BRICS Film Festival...


IFFI 52, 029: Kalkokkho is a phantasmagorical movie

IFFI 52, 029: Kalkokkho is a phantasmagorical movie Amidst the paranoia and dread inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic, an apathetic but adept doctor is taken hostage by a young woman. Captive in an almost desolate house with three women – the paranoid young woman along with an amnesic old woman and a lonely young girl – the doctor discovers that forces beyond his comprehension are at play and he might be trapped not only in space but also in time. The film explores the sense of dre...


IFFI 52, 028: Bodo language film Sijou unveils brutal feudal system

IFFI 52, 028: Bodo language film Sijou unveils brutal feudal system Hitherto unknown and unexplored, Sijou, a Bodo language film, unveils the inhuman brutality of the feudal land tenure system, prevalent across the Indo-Bhutan border, until 1958. The film, screened at the 52nd IFFI under the Indian Panorama Feature film section, revolves around a young boy, Sijou, of Saikhong Guri village, near the Indo-Bhutan border, in Assam. His life takes an unfortunate turn when he becomes a victim of t...


IFFI 52, 027: Identity of world’s largest democracy addressed in Bharat, Prakriti ka Balak

IFFI 52, 027: Identity of world’s largest democracy addressed in Bharat, Prakriti ka Balak What is the essence of Bharat, our country? What is the meaning underlying this idea? How did it come into existence? What is its culture, traditions and geography? Bharat, Prakriti Ka Balak (India, Child of Nature), a Hindi documentary film, directed jointly by Dr. Deepika Kothari and Shri Ramji Om, was screened in the Indian Panorama Non Feature Film section of the 52nd International Film Festiv...


IFFI 52, 026: Garhwali film Sunpat addresses the migration crisis

IFFI 52, 026: Garhwali film Sunpat addresses the migration crisis ‘Sunpat’ is a story of love and friendship set in the backdrop of migration driven crisis in the villages of Uttarakhand, a state in North India. The word Sunpat denotes the loneliness felt by us, and even the nature and mountains, when everyone around leaves. It is the emptiness at a festival ground when crowds desert the place after the celebrations are over. In his Garhwali language film Sunpat, director Rahul R...


IFFI 52, 025: Ruben Sainz and Alvaro Turrion talk about their film, Maogoado

IFFI 52, 025: Ruben Sainz and Alvaro Turrion talk about their film, Maogoado 'Magoado' is the emotional drama of a man who is not ready to take responsibility of a father: Music Composer Alvaro Turrion at IFFI 52 Clueless about being a parent, nor interested in being one, Peio is shaken from his secretive life spent in hiding when his adolescent son makes a sudden and unexpected appearance into his life. The forced challenge of parenthood that is thrust upon him leaves him with a cho...


IFFI 52, 024: Niraye Thathakalulla Maram kindles kindness, care and compassion

IFFI 52, 024: Niraye Thathakalulla Maram kindles kindness, care and compassion “We are losing our ability to empathise, to show kindness and care” said Jayaraj, director of Niraye Thathakalulla Maram (Tree Full of Parrots), a Malayalam language film shown at IFFI Goa 52, in the Indian Panorama Feature Film Category of the festival. The selfless care and wholesome concern a young boy shows toward a visually challenged old man, who has lost his way and most of his memory form the ...


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 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...


CHINA to be the GUEST COUNTRY in 14th Jaipur International Film Festival.

19 Films made in China, in the year 2021 would be screened INDIA would witness the World Premiere of several films and the Indian Premiere of some films 240 films from 52 countries are selected till now The last list of the selected films would be released on 21st December   JAIPUR 11 December 2021. Known worldwide for its prestige across the globe, JAIPUR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL [JIFF] is preparing well to celebrate its 14th year. JIFF founder HANU ROJ asserted that the festival wou...


Explore the 2022 Sundance Short Film Program

Driven by innovation and experimentation, the Short Film Program presented by XRM Media calls out filmmaking’s most original voices. Watch the shorts this year with the Explorer Pass! Discover the Lineup    ...



Universal Studios Hollywood – Special Holiday Celebration

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS…HERE COMES THE HOLY JOYFUL SEASON!!! Here comes the most joyful moment of the year where we can finally slow down, forget (almost) about the last two years of this messy covid crisis, and celebrate with the whole family the holy season. Nothing better but an escapade to Universal Studios Hollywood ( ) setting up its Christmas celebration for the whole month of December. How can one not fall in love with the yearly...



The Mise En Scene Company has sold North American rights for American Reject to major independent distributor 1091

It was announced today that the London based sales outfit The Mise En Scene Company has sold North American rights for American Reject to major independent distributor 1091 Pictures known for such titles as Taika Waititi's 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' and 'What We Do in the Shadows'. The agency which launched at last year's AFM has seen a rapid growth since last December and the deal marks a significant progression for the MSC outfit. American Reject will be available to r...

DOC NYC 2021 Interview with Alessandro Rossellini, Director of THE ROSSELLINIS

Alessandro Rossellini is the grandson of Roberto Rossellini (ROME, OPEN CITY), one of Italy's most prominent directors of Italian neorealist cinema.    Alessandro is a photographer who struggled with drugs for years before becoming a drug rehabilitation counseler.     He discusses why he wanted to make this documentary about his famous family. The film that delves deep into their past and present, and examines the ongoing impact of family relations and influence....


The European Film Awards 2024 will be celebrated in Lucerne/Switzerland

The European Film Awards will be held in the Swiss city of Lucerne in December 2024. This was announced today by the European Film Academy, the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, the City of Lucerne and the Canton of Lucerne and the media partner, the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation SRG SSR. The ceremony of the 37th European Film Awards 2024 will take place in the Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre (KKL Luzern), together with various side events in connection with European film producti...


Kabir Cultural Centre announces winners of the South Asian Film Festival of Montréal, 11th Edition

  Successful  hybrid format in cinemas and online Festival winning films: Baaram, The Ice Cream Sellers, Washing Machine   Kabir Cultural Centre is pleased to announce the jury award-winners of the 11th edition of its annual South Asian Film Festival of Montréal (SAFFMontréal). This hybrid format, online and in cinemas, offered eclectic, engaging films from November 19-28. All films were subtitled in both English and French.   The festival, sup...


Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog tops the nominees for the 42nd London Critics’ Circle Film Awards

  Female directors lead the way with Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter and Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir Part II close behind in the nomination count   The UK’s leading film critics have unveiled the nominations for the 42nd annual London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, with three films from female filmmakers coming out on top. Leading the field is veteran director Jane Campion’s psychological western The Power of the Dog, which scored nine...



Back with a Bang: Winners announced for makers & shakers Awards 2021 ‌ ‌

The winners have been revealed for this year’s makers & shakers Awards. The ceremony took place at BAFTA Piccadilly on Wednesday 8th December 2021 and was kindly supported by Neom, Cinema Tech, Maui County Film Office and Ouarzazate Film Commission from Morocco.  ‌ Launched by The Location Guide, makers magazine and FOCUS, the Awards revealed the winners of its six categories after rigorous judging by leading industry figures. Hosted by the hi...

DPA Film Contest Winners Weigh-in on Brand Experience

In an effort to support first-time and indie filmmakers through the height of the pandemic, DPA Microphones partnered with Rycote on a “Pay-it-Forward” giveaway in late 2020 from which three lucky winners acquired a full cinema mics kit from the brands. The contest’s prizes included DPA’s 4097 Micro Shotgun, 4017 Shotgun and 6060 CORE Subminiature microphones―along with virtual mentoring sessions, an array of Rycote accessories and other equipment loaners. The recipie...



Awards of the 43rd Cairo International Film Festival

AWARDS OF THE 43rd CAIRO FILMFESTIVAL International Competition Awards   Henry Barakat Award   For Best Artistic Contribution   JOSÉ ÁNGEL ALAYÓN For the cinematography of   They Carry Death   Helena Girón – Samuel M. Delgado (Spain - Colombia)  -------------------------------------------------------   Best Actress Award   SWAMY ROTOLO   For her performance in   A Chiara   J...


700 000$ awarded to the winners of the Red Sea Souk

The Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF) today announced the winners of the Red Sea Souk Awards that featured four days of industry talks, workshops, an active project market and networking sessions. All films in the Red Sea Souk were deliberated on by two separate juries for the Project Market and the Works-in-Progress to grant the Red Sea Souk Awards. More than 700,000 USD were awarded to the projects selected in the Red Sea Souk Awards with funds provided by the Red Sea Fund as well as...


Winners of the 34th European Film Awards

Winners 2021   Moderated this year by Annabelle Mandeng, the European Film Awards annually honour the greatest achievements in European cinema. This year’s award for European Lifetime Achievement is given to the legendary Hungarian filmmaker Márta Mészáros. The Award for European Achievement in World Cinema 2021 goes to Danish helmer Susanne Bier who will be one of the evening’s on‑site guests. And she will be joined by the prolif...


Myrtle Beach International Film Festival 
April 19-23, 2022 

December 31, 2021 Extended 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

January 3, 2022 Regular Deadline

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



  • January 15, 2022 Late Entry Deadline

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 
January 7 late deadline

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

New - NFT category
New - PITCHING - our Producer Panel & Pitching is now online. Submit your Pitch today!
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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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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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