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Spotlight: Riz Ahmed & Aneil Karia’s “The Long Goodbye” from the 2022 Oscar Shortlist

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent If we wind the clock back to last year’s Award Season, SOUND OF METAL starring Riz Ahmed as a hearing-impaired rock drummer blew away the uninitiated as the band-fronter film picked up six Oscar®️ nominations and won two for Best Editing and Best Sound. Notable among the nominations was Riz Ahmed himself as Best Lead Actor. Hard to believe this British former rapper named Riz MC went from being kicked off airplay for being 't...

Mass Hypnosis in the cinema at Göteborg Film Festival: do YOU dare let go of control?

Göteborg Film Festival launches The Hypnotic Cinema – a mind-bending experiment where visitors are challenged to lose control in the cinema by being hypnotized. The Hypnotic Cinema examines the possibility to intensify the film experience for those courageous visitors who dare to let loose in the cinema. “The rules and restrictions of the past year have illuminated how to maintain order in society and what really governs people’s thoughts and behaviors. Maybe ...

IFFI 52, 050: Post IFFI, FIPRESCI organises seminar on the closure of 4 media units, including DFF

IFFI 52, 050: Post IFFI, FIPRESCI organises seminar on the closure of 4 media units, including DFF FIPRESCI-India, the India Chapter of the International Federation of Film Critics, usually holds its Annual General Meeting during IFFI, in Panaji, Goa. But in view of the Covid 19 Coronavirus pandemic, very few of its members, who are scattered all over India, attended IFFI 52, in November 2021. The meeting was, consequently held online. Soon afterwards, the media was agog with reports that th...

IFFI 52, 049: Will IFFI be the same ever again?

IFFI 52, 049: Will IFFI be the same ever again? In 2004, the Government of India decided to shift the travelling International Film Festival of India (IFFI) to Goa, and soon confirmed that this will be the permanent venue. That it has been, for 17 years now. What prompted the decision to choose the capital city of Goa, Panaji, as the permanent venue remains open to question. Goa has negligible film production and even more negligible film culture. It is already a prime tourist attraction, and...

Javed Siddiqi will be honored in Jaipur at the opening ceremony of JIFF Inbox

Javed Siddiqui, a widely known screenplay and dialogue writer would be honored with Jaipur International Film Festival’s Life Time Achievement Award. Born in 1942, in Rampur, Javed Siddiqi has earned great name and fame by writing screenplays and dialogues for more than 60 super hit films in his career. He’s been honored with the prestigious Film Fare Award twice, in 1994 for super hit film Baazigar and in 1996 for blockbuster Dil Wali Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. Besides, he has been award...

RIFF 08, 2022, 01: Oscar 2021 nominated film Mmmm-Sound of Pain selected for RIFF 2022

RIFF 08, 2022, 01: Oscar 2021 nominated film Mmmm-Sound of Pain selected for RIFF 2022 Organisers of the 8th Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF) released the first list of selected films yesterday. It comprises 20 films: 8 Features, 6 Short Films, 3 Documentaries, 1 Music Video and 2 Student Short Films. Oscars 2021 nominated Vijeesh Mani's film Mmmm - Sound of Pain will be a star attraction at the event. RIFF, organised by the RIFF Film Club, will be held from 25th to 30...

Call For Entries- Best Shorts Competition - Deadline March 12, 2022

The Best Shorts Competition is unique in the industry.  Attracting both powerhouse companies as well as talented new filmmakers, The Best Shorts is an exceptional, truly international awards competition, not a traditional film festival – which allows filmmakers from around the world to enter their films in this prestigious competition. Established in 2011, Best Shorts is an avant-garde worldwide competition that strives to give talented directors, producers, actors, creative tea...

The Best Shorts Competition Announces Latest Winners!

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Rick Prickett, Competition Director 858-779-9544 Website: Email: La Jolla, CA, December 2021 - The Best Shorts Competition is proud to announce the latest winners. The Best Shorts Competition puts filmmakers first and provides a direct opportunity for recognition and publicity for high quality productions. It is international in scope and has granted awards to producers in Australia, Bahrain, ...

IFFI 52, 048: A look at NFDC, its Board and Management

IFFI 52, 048: A look at NFDC, its Board and Management Now that National Film Development Corporation is all set to absorb Directorate of Film Festivals, Films Division, Children’s Film Society of India and National Film Archive of India, it’s time to take a good look at NFDC itself. There is no mention at all of this merger on its website yet, but we do know about the re-structuring, especially at the top. They have a new Managing Director, and he is called Ravinder Bhakar. Ra...

IFFI 52, 047: 2021 will have been the last IFFI where FD participated and contributed

IFFI 52, 047: 2021 will have been the last IFFI where FD participated and contributed At every IFFI, the Films Division (FD) of the Union Government of India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB), plays a prominent role. It provides technical support and runs a stall, among other things. Along with the Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF), the Children’s Film Society of India (CFSI) and the National Film Archive of India (NFAI), it is to be merged with the National Film ...

17th Myrtle Beach International Film Festival (April 19-23, 2022) calling for entry

  Call for entry MBIFF 17 now open     November 20th  to December 10th                      Late Deadline    $40   December11th to December 31th                       Final Deadline   $70 SUBMIT I We...

IFFI 52, 046: The urge to merge – DFF, two other units, to become part of NFDC

IFFI 52, 046: The urge to merge – DFF, two other units, to become part of NFDC Students of Business Administration, Management and Public Relations are taught about the reasons, modalities and possible consequences of mergers and acquisitions of companies. Terms like Holding Company, Group and Subsidiary Company come up and are defined. In the corporate sector, major companies undertake a massive PR exercise, leading up to the merger/acquisition and for some time afterwards, are underta...

IFFI 52, 045: The last days of Directorate of Film Festivals

IFFI 52, 045: The last days of Directorate of Film Festivals Bumping into a senior Films Division (FD) officer at IFFI, I asked him if any preparations had been made for the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF), which, in normal circumstances, would be held in the end of January-beginning of February. The Films Division of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B), Central Government of India, has been making documentary, short and animation films for decades. Very few of th...

Minnal Murali, Review: Two bolts from the blue

Minnal Murali, Review: Two bolts from the blue Minnal Murali’s première at the Mumbai Film Festival, on 16 December, was a grand affair. The venue was the recently constructed Jio World Drive in Mumbai’s Bandra-Kurla Complex, and drinks and snacks were waiting for those who arrived early. The cast and crew were present too. Viewing the film came with an embargo that no reviews should be posted before December the 24th, the day of its release directly through the streaming p...

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European Film Market 2022: Exhibition Spaces Largely Booked Out

SHAPING CHANGE: "EFM Industry Sessions" Call on the Film and Media Industry to Jointly Shape the Future The EFM is expecting buzzing business not only at its main location, the impressive Gropius Bau, as the industry returns to Berlin © EFM / Juliane Eirich The European Film Market (EFM) of the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival will take place from February 10 to 17, 2022 under the motto "It all (re)starts here"...

THE FESTIVAL BEAT ! Welcome to the N°994 release of our weekly newsletter

  THE FESTIVAL BEAT MAKER ! SHARING MOTION AND EMOTION SINCE 1995 ANOTHER BUSY WEEK ON THE CIRCUIT: FEEL THE HEAT? ... DO NOT MISS A BIT from Red Sea International Film Fest, Oscar, Cesar, EFA, Berlin, AFI, Cairo, IFFI Goa, Bangkok Doc, Sundance, Rotterdam and many more  ! Weekly newsletter N° 993 // 994 Documenting the festivals ...

FIPADOC 2022 First announcements

Wednesday, 15 December at the CNC in Paris, FIPADOC President Anne Georget and FIPADOC Managing and artistic director Christine Camdessus reveal the major lines for the International Festival of Documentary’s coming edition, which will take place in Biarritz, 17-23 January 2022.   This includes: the announcement of the opening film and the two preview screenings, and the list of films presented out of competition: all films in the ENCORE DES DOCUMENTAIRES category, a programme fea...

The Montreal International Documentary Festival’s 24th edition successfully reconnected with audiences

  The 24th edition of the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) drew to a close on November 25. For its first hybrid edition, Quebec’s largest festival dedicated exclusively to documentary film presented 120 documentaries for film-lovers both in Montreal and across Canada. The festival team is proud to announce that these two audiences—physical and virtual—reached 80% of the total audience of 2019’s pre-pandemic edition.   By screening documentar...

SF Honors Award for achievement in filmmaking to Director Joe Wright’s Cyrano


SFFILM Sloan Science in Cinema Prize to DON'T LOOK UP

SFFILM has announced that Don’t Look Up, Adam McKay’s star-studded parody about the end of the world starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, and many more, is the 2021 recipient of the SFFILM Sloan Science in Cinema Prize, an award that celebrates the compelling depiction of scientific themes or characters in a narrative feature film. Presented through a partnership between SFFILM and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, this annual award carries a $20,0...

The Russian Film Festival attracts over 1 million viewers in 23 countries

The Russian Film Festival (RFF), organized by ROSKINO with support from the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation since 2020, has shown impressive performance, with the total number of viewers exceeding 1 mln in 23 countries. In 2020, RFF became the first Russian online project targeting wide international audiences. The festival was successfully held in Australia, Mexico, Spain and Brazil in collaboration with local online platforms. In 2021, the Russian Film Festival substantially ...

COVID-19 safety protocols for the upcoming Sundance Festival

    UPDATES ON COVID-19 HEALTH SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR THE 2022 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL  The health safety of our community is paramount. The 2022 Sundance Film Festival has been designed as a hybrid event that has flexibility for attendees to participate in-person and/or online. Early on, the Festival put in place strict in-person health safety measures requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated and to wear masks in all venues and lines. Testing requirements ...

Martine Thérouanne, director of the Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinemas, promoted to Officier des Arts & Lettres

Mr. Alain Chrétien, mayor of Vesoul, Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite presented this Thursday, December 23, 2021, the Medal promoting the rank of Officier des Arts et Letters Mrs. Martine Thérouanne, director and co-founder of the Vesoul International Film Festival of Cinemas d'Asie, on behalf of the Minister of Culture, and by virtue of the powers conferred on her, for her lifelong commitment to serving culture, particularly cinematography, contributing t...


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