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VIDEO Interview with J.R. Rodriguez for his first film: REMEMBER YESTERDAY

REMEMBER YESTERDAY OPENING ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS ON FEBRUARY 14   Interview by Emmanuel Itier     When diner owner Jenny Hill's childhood sweetheart returns home to direct a new film project, her once stable life is turned upside down. She finds herself face to face with the possibility of a second chance at the life she had once longed for; performing on stage and being in love. But is that what's been missing in her life? Confusion, misdirection and an old...

THE FESTIVAL BEAT ! N°1000 and 45

THE FESTIVAL BEAT MAKER ! SHARING MOTION AND EMOTION SINCE 1995 Weekly newsletter N°1043 // 1044 Documenting the festivals experience since 1995, reaching over 166 000 subscribers.   FOLLOW US :           With other 11 000 festivals worldwide which we cover: no wonder we have reached the '1000' mark for our newsletters count. We proudly share our knowle...

Cinequest 2023 Festivals Dates Announced

  Team Cinequest and I are excited to announce the 2023 Festivals Dates, and we would be so very honored to have your participation: The enhanced CINEJOY VIRTUAL FESTIVAL featuring the brilliant Artists & Films of CINEQUEST will occur online and worldwide March 1-12! Lineup and Tickets on sale February 8 . The lineup's bigger. New and enhanced features make CINEJOY much more than a movie experience. We can’t wait to unleash the films, artist...

AFI 37th Edition of Festival Runs October 25-29

37th Edition of Festival Runs October 25-29Now Accepting Submissions For Short Films   The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the dates for AFI FEST 2023. The 37th edition of the Institute’s annual festival will take place exclusively in person on October 25-29, 2023, at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre in the heart of Hollywood. The five-day festival will once again include a curated selection of Red Carpet galas, Special Screenings, World Cinema, Documentaries and Sho...

Great news: Jafar Panahi temporarily released from Evin prison

Today Friday February 3 and the third day of the hunger strike of Jafar Panahi, Panahi was temporarily released from Evin prison with the efforts of his family, his wife Tahereh Saeedi, film representatives and his lawyers Additional news will be announced by his lawyers, Mr. Saleh Nikbakht and Yousef Molayi.   Berlinale Solidarity with Jafar Panahi The Berlinale continues to stand in solidarity (see press release from 11.07.2023) with the arrested filmmakers...

Iranian film director Jafar Panahi went on hunger strike in Evin prison

Jafar Panahi's dry hunger strike announcement     Tahereh Saeidi, the wife of cinema director Jafar Panahi, who is imprisoned in Evin prison, announced the hunger strike of the well-known director by publishing a statement from her on her Instagram page.   Jafar Panahi's statement states: “On July 20 of this year, in protest against the arrest of two of our beloved colleagues, Mr. Mohammad Rasulof and Mostafa Al-Ahmad, together with a group of filmmakers gath...

Tryon International Film Festival (TRIFF) Announces first Executive Director, Debra Torrence.

  The Polk County Film Initiative (PCFI) is a nonprofit organization that works to bolster independent and major motion picture film production and access to media arts in Western North Carolina & Upstate South Carolina. PCFI was founded in 2013, offering a one-year film-making course, titled the Next Generation Film Project, for youth ages nine to 16 years. Over the past 8 years PCFI has focused on offering is signature event, the Tryon International Film Festiv...

Lee Yong-Kwan, president of Busan Int Fest (South Korea), to preside Vesoul Festival 29th edition

Lee Yong-Kwan, president and co-founder of the prestigious Busan International Film Festival (South Korea), the Cannes of Asia, will be the president of the jury of the 29th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema  (February 28 - March 7, 2023) (LEE Yong-Kwan , Martine et Jean-Marc Thérouanne - Credit photo archives FICA)     The International Jury : The 29th Festival International des Cinémas d'Asie de Vesoul will take place from Feb...

BABA Interview ---Sundance 2023

A middle-aged Iranian man makes a desperate bid to keep his apartment as his relationship with his son unravels. By Emmanuel Itier Meet Anya Chirkova and Meran Ismailsoy, the filmmakers of “Baba”, which played at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival in the Shorts Program 2 section   1/ Inspiration and goals for this film? The inspiration came directly from my own personal experiences with my dad. The film essential is about a father and son who drift apart because of ...

Looking for distribution of your 3D animations in MENA? : happy to introduce our Partner Barajoun Entertainment !

Discover a new world of growing business opportunities for your 3D animation feature films: we can help you find distribution in the Mena Region.   Trust us with a screener and your marketing assets so we can suggest the best plan.  Email Ayman Jamal - Barajoun CEO, and or Bruno Chatelin Festival Agent.   Meet us in Berlin and Cannes.   Introducing BARAJOUN ENTERTAINMENT   Barajoun means Marbles! Marble Balls were foun...