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28th Annual Sedona International Film Festival Films Included 140-Plus Films

SEDONA, Ariz: More than 140 films were selected for live screenings at the 28th annual Sedona International Film Festival, Feb. 19-27.             “We’re coming back in a very big way,” said Executive Director Pat Schweiss. “The screening committees have once again created a lineup of remarkably creative, compelling and entertaining films across diverse genres and equally diverse topics. We...

Actor | Director Karen Allen to Attend Sonoma International Film Festival 25th Anniversary March 23-27, 2022

FIILM AND STAGE ACTOR/DIRECTOR KAREN ALLEN SCHEDULED TO SPEAK AT SONOMA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT MEDIA ARTS PROGRAM SCREENING AT 25TH ANNIVERSARY FILM FESTIVAL MARCH 23-27, 2022 Sonoma, CA— Film and stage star Karen Allen will be a special industry guest at SIFF’s 25th Anniversary Film Festival. While in town for the festival, she will speak at the first of two screenings with Sonoma Valley High School filmmaking students at this year’s Media Arts Program St...

33rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces Award Winners

33rd ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL  ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS   Prayers For the Stolen Receives FIPRESCI and Ibero-American Award Prizes;  A Hero Receives FIPRESCI Actor & Screenplay Prizes and MOZAIK Bridging The Borders Award; Titane Receives FIPRESCI Actress Prize; Flee Receives Documentary Award;  Happening Receives New Voices New Visions Award   Palm Springs, CA (January 19, 20...

Napa Valley Film Festival Announces 2021 Honorees

NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2021 HONOREES   Film Awards Winners Include Caitriona Balfe (Spotlight Award), Jamie Dornan (Spotlight Award), Harvey Keitel (Icon Award), Marlee Matlin (Trailblazer Award), and Odessa Young (Rising Star Award)   Culinary Cinema Award Winners are David Gelb (Excellence in Culinary Cinema), Phil Rosenthal (Culinary Cinema Icon Award), and Jon Taffer (Culinary & Spirits Cinema Spotlight)   “Bar Rescue...

Napa Valley Film Festival Announces Film Line-Up for 2021

NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FILM LINE-UP FOR 2021   Performances from Jena Malone, Anna Camp, Lili Taylor, an Animated Film from Academy Award-Winner Bill Plympton and Several Premieres Are Among the Highlights       Napa, California– Produced by Cinema Napa Valley, the annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) has announced its film line-up for the virtual film festival version this year. The five-day festival showc...

SCAD Savannah Film Festival Announces 2021 Competition Award Winners

SCAD Savannah Film Festival announces 2021 competition award winners   SAVANNAH, GEORGIA — The Savannah College of Art and Design announces the award winners for the 24th annual SCAD Savannah Film Festival. A key stop on the festival circuit leading up to the Academy Awards, the SCAD Savannah Film Festival screened more than 150 films, including 45 narrative films, 15 documentary films, and 97 shorts, with 14 world premieres in 2021.  ...


RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – The Motion Picture Association today announced that it is expanding its sponsorship of the Latin American Training Center-LATC’s Online Global Film & TV Program. The 12th edition of the program begins today and is scheduled to run online through Oct. 30. The LATC program enables industry professionals from around the world – including filmmakers, producers, screenwriters, media managers, government officials, attorneys and executives &nd...

Interview with Director Michael Ginthoer for "Beautiful Idiots" (2021) at 7th Annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival

Award winning tragicomic documentary/mockumentary “Beautiful Idiots” (2021), written, directed, produced, and edited by Michael Ginthoer and starring David Auerbach is a coming-of-age story involving three men in the dusk of their life who travel to Greece to make a film about the economic crisis there in 2016 and end up filming a labyrinthian quest for the meaning of life through sacred numerology and the Fibonacci code. Reminiscent of the wit and satyr of Monty Python in th...

Interview with Actor Théo Christine for French biopic "Supremes" (2021)

One of the most compelling films I have seen in the past year was at the 74th Cannes Film Festival at the world premiere of the French film “Suprêmes” (2021). Produced by Nord-Ouest Films, directed by Audrey Estrougo (“An Ordinary Story”, 2014) and starring Sandor Funtek (“Blue is the Warmest Colour”, 2013; “Dheepan”, 2015) and Theo Christine (“How I Became A SuperHero," 2020; “War of the Worlds, 2019), this ...

7th Annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival Announces Award Winners in Return to “In Person” Film Festival Event

“Ultrasound,” “Isaac,” “Larry Flynt for President” and “The Renegades” Receive Top Jury Prizes Mammoth Lakes, California (September 27, 2021) – The 7th Annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival (MLFF) announced this year’s juried and audience award winners at the Closing Night Award Ceremony in Mammoth Lakes on Sunday, September 26, 2021. The festival, held from September 22-26, screened ov...

Interview with Actress Judi Beecher for "Tango Shalom" (2021)

Judi Beecher is a multi-award winning international actress, singer-songwriter, and filmmaker. Her career began as a print model and singer in France, Italy and New York, where she sang alongside the Gipsy Kings in the south of France and performed in Cologne and Barcelona as a chanteuse. Her first professional acting job was with Woody Allen in "Coop Italia," a string of TV commercials for the Italian market. Judi performed in Off-Broadway original theater productions and starr...

Interview with Writer Producer Christina Rose at 74th Cannes Film Festival

CEO of Production Company Mirror Water Entertainment, Christina Rose co-founded the company with her brother Michael. She is an American-German director, producer, and screenwriter and plays an active role in the new "Hollyworld Movement", bringing international entertainment to the world. She has worked in North America, Europe, Africa (the famous Atlas Studios in Ouarzarzate), and Asia. Prior to starting her own company, Christina worked for Arad Productions (The Am...

7th Annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival Announces 2021 Film Line-Up

7th Annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival Announces 2021 Film Line-Up   Festival Will Be Held September 22-26, 2021 Throughout Mammoth Lakes   The West Coast Premieres of “Ultrasound” and “First Step” to Open and Close the Festival.  The Festival Features Nine West Coast, US, or World Premieres   Mammoth Lakes, CA. Mammoth Lakes Film Festival (...

Interview with Director Daizy Gedeon for her Documentary “Enough! Lebanon’s Darkest Hour” (2021)

 Director Daizy Gedeon. Intrepid humanitarian journalist, filmmaker and entrepreneur Daizy Gedeon has been making international headlines with her latest feature documentary “Enough!: Lebanon’s Darkest Hour” (2021). Born in Lebanon amidst unrest, Daizy's family moved her to Sydney where she grew up. After decades spent on faraway shores, her Lebanese identity and passion for her birth country has only grown stronger with time. Before her career as an award-w...

Interview with "TNC" (2020) Director Bobby Huntley at the 74th Cannes Film Festival

  (Photography by @jlufair) Award-winning Editor, Writer, Director, Producer Bobby Huntley has been making films since the age of ten. Having always known he wanted to be a filmmaker he went to film school to become a professional. He has since written, directed, edited and produced over a dozen films which are character driven dealing with individuals at odds with society at large with aesthetics influenced by music, classic genres and playful perspectives that make him a unique...

Interview with Producer Jon Gosier at the 74th Cannes Film Festival

  Jon Gosier SCAD alumni American producer and entertainment industry professional Jon Gosier’s finance background began in venture capital and Tech, having built data focused software companies. Having started in the entertainment industry after college in music engineering and post audio working with Tyler Perry, he later went into the venture capital space but now finds himself coming full circle back into film through film finance. During his successful business venture in t...

Interview with Producer James P. Axiotis at the 74th Annual Cannes Film Festival

 Producer James P. Axiotis  Born in Athens, Greece, producer James P. Axiotis was adopted at a young age and raised in Southern California. A multi-range producer of feature films, shorts, original TV content, TV series and Post-Production, James serves on the National Board of Directors at the PGA (Producers Guild of America) and is also a member of The Producers Guild of Europe, The Television Academy and American Film Institute. James also spends his time as a volunteer to the Chil...

Interview with Writer/Director Eva Lanska at 74th Cannes Film Festival

London-based director and screenwriter Eva Lanska has directed multiple award-winning films which focus on subjects of individual adversity in situations of societal issues at large. A selection of the Washington Jewish Film Festival, Lanska’s film “Little French Fish” (2020) faces the issue of an interracial marriage of an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim man. Her previous picture “Okay, Mum” (2018) about domestic violence in the h...

Interview with Musician, Actor, Director Riker Lynch at 74th Cannes Film Festival

 Riker Lynch with Bruno Chatelin at 74th Cannes Film Festival.  A resident of LA since 2007, multi-talented artist Riker Anthony Lynch is a musician, actor and director. In 2009, Riker and his siblings started the pop/rock band R5 for which Riker played bass and sang vocals. R5 toured five continents and played over 300 live performances, catapulting them into international renown. Riker’s acting career took off when he appeared in the TV show “Glee” in 2010. In...

Interview with Filmmaker Bertrand Normand at 74th Cannes Film Festival

Award-winning French director and producer Bertrand Normand is a graduate of Canada’s Vancouver Film School. In 2016, Normand founded the production company Les Films du Jour Prochain, which has produced the short films "The Taste of Ginger", by Jean-Robert Thomann and "Iskra", by Adrian Replanski, both of which won awards at the 2021 French Riviera Film Festival. His short film, "The Photographer", has participated in more than seventy festivals i...

LATC Announces Revamped & Online Edition of its Annual Global Film & TV Program

  July 26. Rio de Janeiro and Los Angeles. The Latin American Training Center- LATC is pleased to announce the new Online Global Film & TV Program from October 17th to 30th, 2021.   Registration is now open! Over two weeks, participants will have opportunities to learn, exchange experiences and network with well-known industry professionals, through panels, master classes, online meetings, pitching training, and the Pitch Panel. Emerging filmmakers, as well as...

LATC Webinar “Pos-Covid AV Public Policy Challenges in Latin America”

May 13, 2021 - in English - Space Limited An official event to mark the launch of the new bilingual English-Spanish eBook “The Audiovisual Public Policy Landscape in Latin America”. Published by LATC and sponsored by Olsberg•SPI, available for free download here, London and Rio de Janeiro, May 3, 2021. On the occasion of the publication of the new bilingual ebook, “The Audiovisual Public Landscape in Latin America / El panorama de las políticas públ...

Interview with Director of Photography Jayson Crothers for series "Cruel Summer" (2021-)

Director of photography Jayson Crothers, known for his work on multiple films and series titles including Force of Nature (2020), Duke (2019), The Ghost and the Whale (2017), Cold Water (2013), Chicago Fire (2013-2018) and many more, is the lead DP for the series Cruel Summer (2021-), recently released in the U.S. on April 20. Set in a small town in Texas, the story takes place over three successive ‘90s summers. As the beautiful and popular Kate Wallis (Olivia Holt) goes missing...

Interview with Director of Photography Ross Riege for RUTHERFORD FALLS (2021)

Cinematographer Ross Riege’s latest work can be viewed on TV series Rutherford Falls (2021), a comedy about best friends, played by Helms and Jana Schmieding, both of whom care deeply about the culture and history of their small town. With a BA from NYU, award winning Director of Photography Ross Riege is known for his work on films and series such as The Kings of Summer (2013), Youth in Oregon (2016), Kong: Skull Island (2017), You're the Worst (2014-2015), The Catch (2016-2017), ...

Palm Springs Shortfest, JUNE 22-28, Returns as First California Film Festival to Host In-Theater Event in 2021

  Palm Springs, CA (April 28, 2021) – One week after Gov. Gavin Newsom fully reopens California, The Palm Springs International Film Society will mark another exciting milestone as its annual Palm Springs ShortFest becomes the first film festival in the state to hold all of its screenings in-theatre in 2021. The event returns to the Camelot Theatres (Palm Springs Cultural Center) from June 22-28.   To ensure the safety of patrons, the festival w...


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