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FOCUS ON INDIA With Siraj Syed   - 52 CHRONICLES fromm IFFI, Rajasthan International Film Festival and Dhaka International Film Festival


RIFF 08, 2022, 02: N. Chandra to get Lifetime Achievement Award

RIFF 08, 2022, 02: N. Chandra to get Lifetime Achievement Award The 8th edition of the Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF) will be organised by RIFF Film Club, during 25-30th March, 2022, and it will also celebrate Rajasthan Diwas (Foundation day of Rajasthan State). Somendra Harsh, Founder and Festival Director of RIFF, stated today that this year, the LifeTime Achievement Award will be given to the renowned Writer, Producer and Director Chandrashekhar Narvekar, better known as N. C...


DIFF 20, 2022, 07: Meet the Juries officiating at the Dhaka International Film Festival, January 15-23

DIFF 20, 2022, 07: Meet the Juries officiating at the Dhaka International Film Festival, January 15-23 FIPRESCI Jury : Bangladesh Panorama Film Section FIPRESCI is the International Federation of Film Critics Mohamed Sayed Abdelrehim Mohamed Sayed Abdelrehim is a film critic, writer, journalist, translator, and scriptwriter. He is a journalist and translator at Middle East News Agency. He is a programmer at Ismailia ...


DIFF 20, 2022, 06: Meet the Juries officiating at DIFF 20, 2022, January 15-23

DIFF 20, 2022, 06: Meet the Juries officiating at the Dhaka International Film Festival, January 15-23 Asian Film Competition Section Gyda Velvin Myklebust Gyda Velvin Myklebust has a university degree in Cultural Science and a Master of Fine Arts in Film from the National Film School in Norway. She is the Director of New Nordic Films, the film market of the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund, Norway, she has ha...


DIFF 20, 2022, 06, List of films to be screened at the Dhaka International Film Festival, Part V

DIFF 20, 2022, 06, List of films to be screened at the Dhaka International Film Festival, Part V Children Film Session: Sl. Title of Film Director Country Dur. Year 01. Palito Bombon Helado (Pops Vs Raisins) Lucia Paz Argentina 15min. 2021 02. A Letter To my Friend In France Akram El  Bezawy Egypt ...


DIFF 20, 2022, 05, List of films to be screened at the Dhaka International Film Festival, Part IV

    DIFF 20, 2022, 05, List of films to be screened at the Dhaka International Film Festival, Part IV Women Filmmakers Section: Sl. Title of Film Director Country Dur. Year 01. Zharange (The Heiress) Evelina Barsegian Armenia 28min. 2021 02. All Alone Farzana Noor Bangladesh 13min. ...


DIFF 20, 2022, 04: List of films to be screened at the Dhaka International Film festival, Part III

DIFF 20, 2022, 04: List of films to be screened at the Dhaka International Film festival, Part III   Wide Angle: Sl. Title of Film Director Country Dur. Year 01. Bansh Boibhab (Bamboo Stories) Shaheen Dill- Riaz Bangladesh, Germany 97min. 2019 02. Lohakhor (Ironeaters) Shaheen Dill- Riaz Bangladesh, Germa...


DIFF, 03: List of films to be screened at the 20th Dhaka International Film Festival, 2022, Part II

DIFF, 03: List of films to be screened at the 20th Dhaka International Film Festival, 2022, Part II Retrospective: Sl. Title of Film Director Country Dur. Year 01. Tôkyô monogatari (Tokyo Story) Yasujirō Ozu Japan 137min. 1953 02. Tôkyô boshoku (Tokyo Twilight) Yasujirō Ozu Japan ...


DIFF 20, 2022, 02: List of films to be screened at the 20th Dhaka International Film Festival, 2022, Part I

DIFF 20, 2022, 02: List of films to be screened at the 20th Dhaka International Film Festival, 2022, Part I Asian Film Competition   Sl. Title of Film Director Country Dur. Year 01. Mayar Jonjal (Debris of Desire) Indranil Roychowdhury Bangladesh, India 102min. 2020 02. Café by the Highway Shi Xiaofan (Que...


DIIF 20, 2022, 01: Under DIFFicult circumstances

DIIF 20, 2022, 01: Under DIFFicult circumstances Under the cloud of fears and scares of the pandemic, the Dhaka International Film Festival will brave it and hold its 20th edition during January 15-23 in Bangladesh’s capital city. It is organised by the Rainbow Film Society, since 1977, with Ahmed Muztaba Zamal as Festival Director. The screenings will be held at the Alliance Française de Dhaka, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Central Public Library Auditorium, National Museum Aud...


IFFI 52, 052: Veterans not allowed to contribute

IFFI 52, 052: Veterans not allowed to contribute Among International Film Festival of India (IFFI)’s regular attendees, one man claims that he attended the first ever IFFI, held in 1952, as a 16 year-old. I am not aware whether there was any age restriction back in 1952, but for several decades since then, you cannot attend an IFFI unless you are 18 years old. He was there at IFFI 52, 2021, too. That would make him 85 years old. He confesses he missed out on two IFFIs, but has attended ...


IFFI 52, 051: Towards better IFFIs

IFFI 52, 051: Towards better IFFIs What makes a good international film festival? Some criteria. Good international films Good Indian films Good scheduling Good international participation Good fringe events Good ‘festival’/festivities Good venues, with good projection Good budget Good (long-term) independent directors and heads of departments Good and early planning Quality of films selected is a reflection of the ...



The Sundance Festival Comes to Satellite Screens

In 2022, the Sundance Film Festival is coming to you online and in seven different cities around the country. Find a Satellite Screen theater close to you and grab tickets to the program now.  The Sundance Institute is once again teaming up with mission-driven art house cinemas to bring the Sundance Film Festival experience into local communities across the country. Each of this year’s chosen Satellite Screens will introduce a curated selection of the 2022 Festival lineup to the...

VIDEO: MyFrenchFilmFestival 2022 kicked off

  Curtains up for the 12th edition of MyFrenchFilmFestival! The 12th edition of the first online French-language film festival starts today. Until February 14th, enjoy the best of new generation French cinema from the comfort of your own home.     French and Furious: a selection of films that are dynamite in the new-generation auteur cinema scene Ludovic Boukherma and Cannes - 2020 David Dufresne - The D...


Cucalorus is hiring for two full-time positions!

Communications Manager The Cucalorus Film Foundation seeks an outgoing individual who can pour their creative and constructive energies into building, promoting and publicizing magical cinematic events. The position will start in early April of this year. The Communications Manager will receive a $40,000 annual salary and a $200 per month health insurance stipend. Further benefits are earned after one year in the position. Programming Coordinator The Cucalorus Film Foundation see...

Cinematters: NY Social Justice Film Festival kicking off Jan13

Cinematters: NY Social Justice Film Festival presents impactful films that engage the community towards a more democratic, inclusive, and just society. Presented on MLK Weekend (Jan 13-17) and in the spirit of Dr. King’s legacy, our goal is to promote social action that leads to positive change in our society and beyond.     Through films, special events, and conversations, the festival explores themes of inequality, injustice, and social responsibility. We ...


Sundance is back online AND single film tickets are on sale this week

After making some updates to optimize our Festival website over the weekend, our site is live once again! And with that, Festival packages are on sale once more, which means you can still get advance access to ticket selection and secure the films you want to see! This is your last chance to purchase your packages before Single Film Tickets go on sale this Thursday (Wednesday for our members pre-sale). Current ticketholders: If you made a ticket selection before January 5, 2022...


Exploring the Sundance 2022 program

The Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides and preserves the space for artists in film, theater, and media to create and thrive. The Institute’s signature labs, grants, mentorship and educational programs are dedicated to developing new work and take place year-round. One of the ways that we support these artists is through the Sundance Film Festival. We are excited to introduce the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, brought to life...


Flickerfest is back this month in Sydney

Flickerfest, Sydney’s Academy® qualifying and BAFTA recognised short film festival, is celebrating 31 years and rolling out the red carpet at Bondi Beach from 21 – 30 January 2022.  See a kaleidoscopic carnival of short films from at home and across the world in the COVID-safe festival garden, featuring the famous Spiegeltent indoor cinema, an outdoor lawn cinema and a Festival Garden bar. With over 200 shorts selected from a record 3200 entrie...


Full Frame Documentary Film Festival to Receive $20,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, a program of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, has been approved for a $20,000 Grants for Arts Projects award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).   The funds will go toward compensation for participating artists and programming committee members, screening fees, and efforts to make the festival more accessible to all attendees.   “Now more than ever, we believe in the immense power of documentary film ...
Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival is calling all fantastic filmmakers to submit their feature films, short films and music documentaries to the 18th edition of the festival. Deadline is the 2nd of May, 2022.   Selected feature films will compete for Grossmann’s most prestigious award, the Vicious Cat.    Selected short films will compete for the  Slak's Vicious Cat award for Best Short Film or the Melies d’Argent awa...

Sadly Sundance will be moving online this year

As a nonprofit arts organization, the Sundance Institute has held the Sundance Film Festival for close to forty years to support artists and introduce their work to audiences, creating a community around independent storytelling.   We have been looking forward to our first fully hybrid Sundance Film Festival and our teams have spent a year planning a festival like no other. But despite the most ambitious protocols, the Omicron variant with its unexpectedly high transmissibility...

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VIDEO: Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar about her film experience as a writer director producer and the importance of HOPE

Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar in a zoom conversation with Bruno Chatelin     Marie-Castille will be heading the features and short film jury of the Festival International du Film sur le Handicap to be held in Lyon 4 -9 February 2022. The festival aims at changing the way we look at human diversity ... through a journey through amazing, fantastic, funny, surprising stories from elsewhere. Thus, festival-goers will travel to Indonesia, Spain, United Kingdom, Canada, Quebec,...


Meet the directors of Beyond Borders and their plans for the future and the 7th edition

A few hours before the closing ceremony of the 6th edition we met with Irini Sarogliou and Michel Noll and discussed casually by the port the plans for the future and the 7th edition of Beyond Borders Discussing the Documentary Film Festival in Castelorizzo BEYOND BORDERS with the festival directors: Irini Sarogliou and Michel Noll! Thanks to RGB Studios who filmed the interview by Bruno Chatelin. CAMERA OPERATORS; DIMITRIS MAVROFORAKIS, GRIGORIS VOUKALIS CREW ASSISTANT; GIORGOS LA...


Glenn Weiss will return to direct the 94th Oscars set to air March 27

    The Oscars® show producer Will Packer announced today that veteran director Glenn Weiss will return to direct the 94th Oscars.  The Oscars will air live on ABC and broadcast outlets worldwide on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT. “You need someone with the deep technical knowledge and creative insights of Glenn to create an Oscars show that truly celebrates a global love of film. I’m fortunate to be working with him,” said Packer. ...


Presenting the jury for the 2022 Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize during the Göteborg Film Festival

  The four jury members for the NOK 200,000 (€ 20,000) Nordic TV Drama Screenplay Award 2022 are now official! For the sixth consecutive year, the award for outstanding writing of a Nordic drama series, funded by Nordisk Film & TV Fond, will be presented during the Göteborg Film Festival’s TV Drama Vision. This year’s Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize jury consists of Finnish actor Alma Pöysti, Hungarian writer and creative producer Gábor Kr...


Announcing the Jury Members of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival

    The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced today the members of the six juries awarding prizes for artistic and cinematic achievement at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Also announced was the jury for the Alfred P. Sloan Film Prize.The Festival takes place January 20-30 via our enhanced online platform at and in person at seven Satellite Screens venues around the country during the Festival’s second weekend. Sixteen celebrated voices ac...

"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           ...


2022 Sundance Film Festival: latest additions announced

 Two World-Premiere Documentaries Added to Festival Lineup;   The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced today the addition of two world premiere feature films for the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. The Festival will  take place online at; on The Spaceship, a bespoke immersive platform; and in person at seven Satellite Screens venues around the country during the Festival’s second weekend. The Festival takes place January 20–30, 2022; tic...


Flickerfest is back this month in Sydney

Flickerfest, Sydney’s Academy® qualifying and BAFTA recognised short film festival, is celebrating 31 years and rolling out the red carpet at Bondi Beach from 21 – 30 January 2022.  See a kaleidoscopic carnival of short films from at home and across the world in the COVID-safe festival garden, featuring the famous Spiegeltent indoor cinema, an outdoor lawn cinema and a Festival Garden bar. With over 200 shorts selected from a record 3200 entrie...


People & Power: The Trial of Anwar Raslan Part 1

People & Power: The Trial of Anwar Raslan Part 1   TX: January 12th 2022, 22.30pm GMT on Al Jazeera: People and Power Channel 235 on Freeview  The first of two part special report, behind the scenes at the landmark trial of a notorious Syrian colonel, Anwar Raslan. The verdict for the trial will be announced on January 13th 2022 Part two of the report will go out on January 19th, 22.30pm GMT, on Al Jazeera’s weekly investi...


12th Hour selected at Sedona International Film Festival

The 28th Annual festival features nine days of independent films: February 19-27, 2022. CONTINUING THIS YEAR: Our second annual SCREENPLAY COMPETITION! Now celebrating its 28th season, the Sedona International Film Festival prides itself on bringing the best in independent film to its ever-growing audience of indie film lovers. From features to documentaries, short subjects to animation, and an impressive lineup of foreign films, the Festival screens more than 170 films at the state-of-the-a...


Outstanding Excellence Award for Zero Gravity at Docs Without Borders

Zero Gravity United States : Outstanding Excellence in Science, Editing (sub-category), Original Score (sub-category), Viewer Impact: Motivational/Inspirational (sub-category)  ...


12th Hour selected to Riviera International Film Festival May 10-15

RIFF is an independent film festival that take place in Sestri Levante and Portofino, Italy Great films from directors under 35, Events, Masterclasses from top level Hollywood professionals, Documentaries and panels on the Environment and Climate Change. 10 Directors under 35 compete and attend the festival. We have actors, journalists, artists, guest speakers and many guest national and international participating to the festival. The atmosphere is relaxed and you get the chance to actually...

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Okay, so here are the winners from the (No-Show) 79th Golden Globes

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent No, it was not a good night for darling film Licorice Pizza, widely tipped to win at least something tonight at the unusual un-televised 79th Golden Globes. But Jane Campion’s odd prairie saga The Power of the Dog made no bones about it, picking up Best Director for Campion, Best Supporting Actor for Kodi Smit-McPhee and his brooding breakout star turn in this film. West Side Story topped the Best Comedy category with wins for Best Com...

Academy Museum Partners with Bloomberg Philanthropies to Launch Digital Platforms That Expand the Museum Visitor Experience

  ACADEMY MUSEUM OF MOTION PICTURES PARTNERS WITH BLOOMBERG PHILANTHROPIES TO LAUNCH DIGITAL PLATFORMS THAT EXPAND THE MUSEUM EXPERIENCE TO VISITORS AROUND THE GLOBE The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the largest museum in the US devoted to the arts, sciences, history, and social impact of movies and film artists, today announced a partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies whose generous funding has supported the development of the museum’s wide-ranging digital engageme...


Europe Film Festival U.K. (EFFUK)

Europe Film Festival U.K. (EFFUK) is a reputable monthly competition and annual online film festival based in one of the elegant cities in the world, London in 2020-2021.   Europe Film Festival U.K. (EFFUK) is an IMDb eligible festival.   The festival will be done periodically, every 45 days, it has a loop.   Website: Submission:   AWARDS - FEATU...


The 2022 Golden Globe Award Winners

In what could be called the most exclusive event in the industry, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, on Sunday, January 9, 2022, recognized and honoring the talents of film and television for 2021, and highlighted its long-established philanthropy work, showcasing a range of grantees during the program. Over the past 25 years, the HFPA has donated $50 million to more than 70 entertainment-related charities, film restoration, scholarship programs, and humanitarian efforts. All of them&nb...

Tom Skerritt to get top honor at the 26th Satellite Awards for 2022

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent This just in: a quick news item from The International Press Academy about their 2022 Satellite Awards show, in a year when some Award Season regulars won't even have a red carpet or an event... Los Angeles, CA: The International Press Academy (IPA) has named Tom Skerritt, indelibly famous for his TOP GUN franchise run, as the recipient of one its highest honors. Skerritt will received the “Mary Pickford Award for Outstanding Artist...


“Beyond Borders” International Documentary Festival in Castellorizo

August 21-28, 2022
 Calling: January 2 - April 30, 2022

 «Castellorizo-The Aegean Island where Documentaries meet History & Culture»

The 7th International Documentary Festival «Beyond Borders», Castellorizo island, has the pleasure to invite documentary film-makers to submit their films from 2nd of January 2022 until 30th of April, 2022. The Festival’s objective is to promote the most important documentary productions worldwide that focus on history, culture, politics and other social issues. «Beyond Borders» which takes place every year during the last week of August, will be held once again under the patronage of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Ms. Katerina Sakellaropoulou. It is produced by the Hellenic History Foundation ( in collaboration with Ecrans des Mondes (Paris) and the Society for the Restoration of Megisti, (Sydney). «Beyond Borders» includes a selection of Greek, European and worldwide productions of the last five years, workshops, parallel events and master classes.

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French Riviera Film Festival 

May 21 – 22, 2022



February 13, 2022 Regular deadline

The fourth annual French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) will recognize and celebrate short-form content created for film, television, Web and all digital platforms. In the glamorous South of France setting, FRFF invites filmmakers from around the globe to participate in the two-day festival that includes screenings, awards ceremony, and closing gala party. FRFF will place the spotlight on the best short-form filmed content during the time period of the annual Festival de Cannes. A prestigious jury panel will select Best Drama Short, Best Comedy Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Animation Short, Best Experimental Short, Best Lifestyle Short, Best Fashion Short, Best Music Video, Best Female Filmmaker Award, Best Director Award, Best Actor Award, Best Actress Award, Best Activism Short, Best Micro Short Award, Industry Excellence Award, and Lifetime Achievement Awards . Attendees and participants will include filmmakers, industry executives, celebrities, media, and influencers.

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Your Script Produced Studios: season 3
November 3 – 7, 2022


March 31, 2022 Regular deadline

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.



Official website page, visit:


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New Media Film Festival
June 1 – 2, 2022

March 3, 2022 regular 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!
New - One Page Feedback add on to Script Category
All categories -
360, AR, AI, 5D, Animation, Apps, Artwork, Digital Comics, Documentary, Drone, Feature, Mixed Reality, Mobile/Tablet, Music Only, Music Video, New Media, Pilots, Pitching, Podcasts, Scripts, Shorts, Sniplers (30 second pitch), SR- Socially Responsible, STEAM, Student, Trailers, TV, Virtual Reality, Web Series, Web Series Promo (one scene)

**Please note, New Media category includes Gaming, Tech Vlog's, VE, Vertical, Live, Location Based, etc.

June 1st Global Online and June 2nd in person at the state of the art theater, The Landmark in Los Angeles CA

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World Trailer Awards 2022
February 12 & 13,  2022

Inaugural edition January 31 extended 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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Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival  
May 28 – June 2, 2022


Regular deadline: April 15, 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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Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
April 20 – 24, 2022

January 17, 2022 Late Deadline
January 31, 2022 Extended 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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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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Worldfest Houston 55

April 20 - 24, 2022


January 15, 2022 Late Entry Deadline

January 31, 2022 Final 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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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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