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VIDEO: Opening Karlovy Vary Festival 2019

  Julian Moore and her director  Bart Freundlichn guest stars of the festival graced the opening ceremony. The festival can brag about massive following and industry representatives in attendance: 300 international directors, filmmakers, and actors personally presenting their latest films 150 selected feature films seen by audiences every year 14 festival venues 70 films shown as world, international or European premieres 800 attending distributors, sales agents, producers, and festi...

This year, Sydney Film Festival will be virtual and national for the first time!

  67TH SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: VIRTUAL EDITION AND AWARDS 10-21 JUNE PROGRAM LAUNCHES AND SALES OPEN 27 MAY   The special 67th Sydney Film Festival: Virtual Edition and Awards is all about bringing audiences across the nation together at a particularly challenging time in celebration of filmmakers and the Australian film industry.   From 10 to 21 June, SFF will present important elements of its 2020 lineup: world premieres of compelling true stories from...

Special Events During the First-Ever Virtual GIFF

May 1 - May 3, 2020 Spotlight On Matt Heineman Enjoy this exclusive interview event anytime during the Virtual Festival with filmmaker Matt Heineman and moderator, Sandy Kenyon from WABC-TV.       A Tribute to the Heroes of Greenwich Hospital     ...

Croisette and Rue d'Antibes like you have never seen them

Photos Michka Verkhovskoy Cannes as you never saw it: empty till may 15, with large gatherings officially forbidden till mid july President Macron officially announced yesterday evening that any festival or large gathering would be forbidden till mid july ... at least . Cannes festival officials had hinted that the festival would not take the form of an online only version, that seems to announce a possible flat cancellation of the 2020 edition. We should be hearing ve...

Cannes as you never saw it: empty till may 11, with large gatherings officially forbidden till mid july

President Macron officially announced yesterday evening that any festival or large gathering would be forbidden till mid july ... at least . Cannes festival officials had hinted that the festival would not take the form of an online only version, that seems to announce a possible flat cancellation of the 2020 edition. We should be hearing very soon about that . Photos Michka Verkhovskoy ...

Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival rescheduled to September 23 -27, 2020!

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The PhilaEnviroFilmFest, at the Academy of Natural Sciences on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, showcases powerful new films from around the world including illuminating and compelling documentaires, features, shorts and experimental films highlighting epic adventures, critical conservation issues, groundbreaking wildlife behavior, inspiring heroes, and more! ...

Improvised after hour drinks party in Porto

Born in Cork, Ireland Cashell Horgan is a an award-winning filmmaker and artist. His recent fantasy/art-house short film The Clockmaker's Dream has won 22 awards internationally. I have been over ten times to Fantasporto and had never seen that irish pub he found for us, neither did Helena who has lived in Porto for 25 years, and works for the festival. Happy to share film moments with friends from Ireland, South Korea, Hungary and Portugal.   ...

Report from the TEDDY Awards 2020 at Volksbühne

(Annie Heger, Eidin Jalali, Edson Cordeiro, Banafshe Hourmazdi, Faraz Shariat, TEDDY winners © Lindsay R. Bellinger)   by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER  German singer/actress/moderator Annie Heger as host of the TEDDY Awards was an inspired choice! On the evening of February 28, 2020 she brought the right amount of energy to the Volksbühne, maybe even more than some members of the audience. I was a little surprised that the older male German couple...

A pleasure to the eyes: Sweet Thing world premiere

(Nico Rockwell & Lana Rockwell, © Lasse Tolbøll) Antonio Castello: Sweet Thing was a pleasure to the eyes; the genius mix of black and white and color 16mm films was very well done and goes according with our times. A story is only a good story when is well told and this movie finds a visual unique way to narrate the story using basic techniques, a low budget, and the love of his family and friends.    (Director/writer Alexandre Rockwell, © Ant...

VIDEO : Alice Júnior - Q&A in Berlinale's Generation 14plus & Teddy Award interview

(Surya Amitrano, Thaís Schier, Anne Celestino Mota, © Renato Ogata & Gil Baroni) By Lindsay R. Bellinger Brazilian filmmaker Gil Baroni and some of his film team participated in a lively q&a after the screening of their comedy Alice Júnior, which runs in Berlinale's Generation 14plus. The audience was shy at first but pepped up after a bit and opened up an open and supportive dialogue with Baroni, his team and lead actress blogger Anne Celestino Mota. A number of...

Berlinale blues

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By Phillip Bergson     Life is change, but as the Dalai Lama says, the Lightbulb has to want to change. New dates, new directors, new directions, and what changing temperatures during this 70th edition of one of the most celebrated international film rendezvous in the calendar, created by a former (in dispute), charming (not in dispute as I remember him well on my first-footing, fresh from Oxford University, to what was to become the last summer edition of the Cold War cellu...

Berlinale Blues

Life is change, but as the Dalai Lama says, the Lightbub has to want to change. New dates, new directors, new directions, and what changing temperatures during this 70th edition of one of the most celebrated international film rendezvous in the calendar, created by a former (in dispute), charming (not in dispute as I remember him well on my first-footing, fresh from Oxford University, to what was to become the last summer edition of the Cold War celluloid showcase in the metropolitan oasis of ...

VIDEO: Berlinale Opening: A Minute of Silence For the Victims of Hanau

With great dismay and sorrow, the Berlinale learned of the fatal attack yesterday in Hanau. Our deepest sympathy goes to the victims and their families. The Berlinale stands for tolerance, respect and hospitality. The festival opposes violence and racism. At the Opening Gala of the 70th Berlinale, the International Film Festival commemorated the victims of Hanau with a minute of silence. The abhorrent attacks in Hanau were fresh on people's minds during Thursday's Opening Gala. Actor,...

The (kick off) party before the party and celebrations of Avant Première 2020

Katharina Jeschke (Secretary General IMZ International Music + Media Centre) during her speech welcoming the Avant Premiere VIP guests at the Arte Concert at SCWHUZ Nouvelle Vague by Rod Maurice Before the actual start of Avant Première 2020, IMZ has celebrated this Saturday (22nd) with a spectacular kick-off at Berlin’s most famous music + TV event, the “Berlin Live” club concert by ARTE Concert! Guests joined for an exclusive industry gathering ...

Journalists focus in on Johnny Depp as W. Eugene Smith: Minamata Press Conference

(Johnny Depp, Aileen Mioko Smith, © Lindsay Bellinger) by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   The press conference for Minamata was delayed more than thirty minutes, allowing journalists and photographers ample time to get pumped for Johnny Depp's much anticipated arrival. Depp not only took on the lead role of W. Eugene Smith but he also served as a producer, having backed the project from very early on according to director Andrew Levitas. The film is based on the book written by Ai...

VIDEO: Jeremy Irons opens the 70th Berlinale 2020 Gala Ambiance

Jeremy Irons and his wife actress Sinead Cusack arrive in Audi A8 TFSI e car for opening ceremony and "My Salinger Year" premiere during the 70th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Berlinale Palace on February 20, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for AUDI AG/image.net) For the 70th anniversary of the Berlinale, and in a seventh season as Principal Sponsor, with all-electric trips in its progressive and elegant fleet, Audi is sett...

70th Berlinale Red Carpet Opens With My Salinger Year

(Margaret Qualley, Sigourney Weaver, © Lindsay Bellinger) by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER Canadian filmmaker Philippe Falardeau's film My Salinger Year was the opening film of the 70th anniversary edition of the Berlin International Film Festival and the Red Carpet was ablaze. Margaret Qualley and Sigourney Weaver took lots of time on the Red Carpet for photographers, fans and interviews. They took some time to chat a bit with one another as photographers were biding their ti...

Berlinale 70, Day One

THE BERLINALE IS LIVE AND WE ARE HAPPY TO SHARE OUR COVERAGE. Three Heads are better than One.   Alex Deleon, Dame Helen Mirren, and Maxililian Fleischer at the Berlinale press room. Max, who speaks perfect English, heads up the press center at the Heart of the Festival smiling and always totally helpful. Alex is one of the many filmfestivals.com correspondents reporting for our readers. Their dailies can be found here and watch our Berlin in Focus NEWSLETTERS Berlinale News...

MIFF 2020: “There is no wishing the digital revolution away”

MIFF 2020: “There is no wishing the digital revolution away” IDPA held its sixth and final Open Forum, a regular fixture at every MIFF, on the lawns of the FD Complex, on Sunday, 02 February. An eminent panel of speakers put forth their thoughts and ideas on the subject, ‘Digital Revolution: Is it helping film-makers?’ They comprised Amit Tyagi, Associate Director, MIT-ADT University, Pune, and former Dean of FTII, Balkrishna Diwakar, Former Professor, Jamia Millia, Cy...

MIFF 2020: The torch-bearers of Indian animation

MIFF 2020: The torch-bearers of Indian animation A protégé of the legendary animator Ram Mohan, who passed away recently, Chetan Sharma has curated an exhibition as an homage to his Guru, and two other of his Guru’s contemporary masters, who also left for their heavenly within short spans of each other. The exhibition, titled The Torch-bearers of Indian Animation, which is dedicated to V.G. Samant and BhimSain too, is located in the basement of the NMIC building. &ldquo...

MIFF 2020: “Why can’t we appreciate off-camera sounds?”—B. Lenin

MIFF 2020: “Why can’t we appreciate off-camera sounds?”—B. Lenin Son of legendary director-editor A. Bhimsingh, B. Lenin started his editing career at the age of 18, in 1965. But guess what he wanted to become as a young boy? A projectionist! Why? Read on. “I am one of eight siblings and saw very little of my father as a child, because he used to work around twenty hours a day. When he came home, sometimes at 4 am, I would ask my mother who this man was. We ch...

VIDEO recap Day 10 in Sundance

On Day Ten, we celebrated the culmination of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival here in Park City. Here's a look back at some of the biggest moments, from the major premieres to the thought-provoking panels to the Imagined Futures bonfire. ...

MIFF 2020, Open Forum 3: “Crowd-funding comes from your own sources”

MIFF 2020, Open Forum 3: “Crowd-funding comes from your own sources” For its third Open Forum, Indian Documentary Producers’ Association (IDPA) chose a topic that captured the fancy of several veteran and newbie documentary-makers, ‘Crowd Funding’. A four-member panel presented their thoughts, views and experiences, while Aditya Seth (Vice-President, IDPA) moderated. Panelists comprised cinematographer-director Priyanka Singh, Wishberry partner Anshulika Dubey, d...

MIFF 2020: A lost homeland land and a new home

MIFF 2020: A lost homeland land and a new home Eight years and eighty lakhs is what it took USA-based music-video maker Sapna Bhavnani to make Sindhustan, 64-minute a labour of love, about the largest migration in history, that of Hindu Sindhis from Sind, now in Pakistan, to present day India. By contrast, Atanu Mukherjee’s 26-minute tale of a migrant single woman from Jabalpur who wants to settle in Mumbai, and her encounters with a transgender person, titled Wig, took just three days ...

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