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AFM 2019 runs November 6 - 13 We would like to contribute to your success in AFM Can we help? Promote your line up to media, buyers and attendees. Boost your screenings' attendance. Shoot interviews or video capture of your...

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"terroir" selected to International Portrait Film Festival in Bulgaria!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the International Portrait Film Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria for November 15-25, 2020. "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. Helmed, written and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" was filmed in Wheaton & Peru, IL USA, Font Romeu, France and Vilafranca del Pen...

Enjoy the BORAT Subsequent Moviefilm Afterparty which broke interwebs here, lolz

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Hey, the Rudy Giuliani thing was just the beginning, everyone gets a shellacking in BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM, which is now available on Amazon Prime. But for everyone who got an afterparty invite like the one pictured below? It was black mirror time for most as the link would not load. So, Screenmancer got the Link’n’Load embed code for us, and anyone who tried to join the festivities last week, since “allegedly&rdquo...

"terroir" wins BEST MUSIC VIDEO at RATMA Film Festival in the UK!

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"terroir" has won the Audience Award for BEST MUSIC VIDEO at the RATMA International Film Festival in Keighley, UK. Due to the Covid19 pandemic, the festival was held online this year, and the judging was also done online by the public over a two-week viewing period. "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. Helmed, written and produced by Dawn West...

Footfairy, Review: Feet loosened and fancy freed

Footfairy, Review: Feet loosened and fancy freed You won’t get it at first reading. The adage is ‘foot-loose and fancy free’. But my take on it is in the context of the serial murder mystery, in which the killer strangulates the victim with a plastic bag, causing asphyxia and then saws off her feet. Yes, her feet. Feet loosened and fancy (life) freed. He does more, like dumping the body in a suit-case, not far from the scene of the crime. Since the victim is always a young ...

Sambal Belacan in San Francisco (1997) slated for Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) October 25 – banned for 22 years

Madeleine Lim, San Francisco filmmaker and co-founder of the Queer Women of Color Film Festival in San Francisco (qwocmap.org) made a film in 1997 that has been banned by the Singaporean government for 22 years. This past week the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) received a one-time exception for the screening of Lim's  award-winning documentary Sambal Belacan in San Francisco on October 25 at the Oldham Theatre. At any time, the Singapore Classifications B...

Solstice Studios’ Mark Gill & NEON’s Elissa Federoff to kick-start socially distanced AFM Nov. 9

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Who isn't tired of "hurry up and wait" with this Superbug? American Film Market has some good news for this year's event. They have figured out how to socially distance this massive film gathering into what looks like a fun time to be had by all, despite the masks and COVID-19 related tasks associated with the Pandemic. You could say AFM has set the stage for innovation in medically correct shindigs. All the details are here ...

What about Chinese Americans who vote in 2020: FIRST VOTE from Yi Chen

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Did you know that "until 1952, federal law prohibited immigrants of Asian descent from becoming U.S. citizens and voting? Today, Asian Americans are the fastest growing population in the United States." FIRST VOTE, from director Yi Chen, is about  "what it means to be American through personal stories of America’s fastest growing political constituency’s diverse experience at the pol...

Rafa Russo’s ‘The Year of Fury’ Deftly Interweaves Latin American Politics to the Forefront

               “The Year of Fury,’ Rafa Russo’s film set in Uruguay during the early 1970s, maintains its cool sensibilities by its knowing and interesting set of characters. It rolls and flows fluidly by Russo’s lyrical direction – always mindful that the heart of the story rests in the importance of how creative writers must maintain their poise in the face of a pending dictatorship. The motion picture will surely be embra...

Big contestation in the film sector in Portugal as Government tries to pass new film law

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Portugal is the first country of the European Union to try to approve legislation regulating the European Directive that urges national governments to make multinational companies providing streaming services (OTTs) to contribute to the development of the national production.   Portuguese Government’s proposed bill will not force international streaming services (Netflix, HBO, etc.) to contribute with taxes, and exempts OTTs as well from the payment of any levy to the national Fil...

Overview of the US business for the week of October 19th.

Honest Thief starring Liam Neeson took top spot at the box office in its opening weekend, earning $3.7M while playing at 2,125 locations across North America. The action/revenge thriller marks the return of Open Road Films to theatres, in partnership with Briarcliff Entertainment.  The War with Grandpa starring Robert De Niro dropped down from its perch as last week's top performer, earning $2.5M in week two and a cume of $7.3M after 10 days. Warner Bros.' Tenet earned $1.7M,&...

PÖFF Shorts announces International Competition titles for 2020

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival sub-festival announces 115 titles across five different competition as PÖFF Shorts (17th-25h November 2020) celebrates its first year of being an Academy Award qualifying festival. The 2020 edition of PÖFF Shorts, an official sub-festival of the A-List Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, has revealed the films which will be part of its six competitions. More than 110 short films and animations will be screened between 17th and 25th Nov...

"the Competition starts today" BKK DOC 2020

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"the Competition starts today" BKK DOC 2020 Call for Submission has ended on October 18th, 2020 23h59 Bangkok time. We are thrilled to announce that we have received several hundreds submissions from all over the world: Africa and Middle East - 5% North and South America - 20% Asia - 25% Europe - 50% This year edition is blessed with works from Award winn...

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has announced the first 8 films of the Official Selection

  The first 8 films of the Official Selection Six of the announced films are world premieres, as Black Nights welcomes the return of Latvian auteur Laila Pakalnina with In the Mirror; the celebrated Kazakhstan director Adilkhan Yerzhanov with Ulbolsyn; the multiple-award-winning Croatian director Dalibor Matanić with The Dawn; veteran Russian scriptwriter and director Aleksandr Mindadze with Parquet; the up and coming Turkish director Nisan Dağ presen...

Reboot Camp totally ready for the world premiere at the prestigious Austin Film Festival

"Reboot Camp" competes for Comedy Vanguard Award let us wish best of luck to the team, David Lipper, one of the film's  producers, has already had two films which were part of Bruno Chatelin's BEST FOR FESTS Selection, winning over 20 awards on the festival circuit... The film also competes for audience favorite; tickets will be available from October 23th   REBOOT CAMP  (Sects Sell) Written and Directed by Ivo Raza with an incredible cast starring:&n...

DOCLISBOA’20 programme unveiled / 206 films, 49 countries represented, 31 world premieres

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This year's program features 206 films, 31 world premieres and 30 international premieres, spread over the six moments of the festival, between October 2020 and March 2021.   The model of this year’s festival starts from the will to engage encounters and to create a ground for the collective experience of cinematographic art, in contribution to social reconstruction and strengthening. It is in this sense that the direction of Doclisboa invites the pub...

First Film with Deaf-Blind Star Screening

“The Feel Through Experience” at the Ojai Film Festival Filmmaker Doug Roland’s life changed one morning at 4 a.m. in the East Village of New York City. He spent an hour waiting for a bus with a deaf-blind man. This, his first encounter with a deaf-blind person, stayed with him and a few years later inspired his short film “Feeling Through.” The short screens at the Ojai Film Festival (OFF) on Sunday, November 8 at 4 p.m. and Monday, November 9 at 10 a.m. as par...

"terroir" to play on Gran Canaria with SREC Gran Angular Film Festival!

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"terroir" has been accepted to the 16th annual SREC Gran Angular Film Festival on Gran Canaria, Spain out of 400 entries from 30 countries. The festival will run from November 7-13, 2020. "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. Helmed, written and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" was filmed i...

Paul Bettany's UNCLE FRANK comes home & out in 1973 for Thanksgiving

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent UNCLE FRANK from Prime Video has a trio of your favorite character actors, the remarkable Lois Smith from MINORITY REPORT, Stephen Root who was also scared in NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, and the always amazing Margo Martindale. Add in Judy Greer, plus Steve Zahn; but it’s Paul Bettany from the Avengers franchise that shows up this Thanksgiving as the titular Uncle Frank. In this Alan Ball movie, there are a lot of autobiographic hints as he is...

"terroir" accepted to Cinemistica Film Festival in Granada!

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"terroir" has been accepted to Festival Cinemistica in Granada, Spain for November 5-28, 2020. "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. Helmed, written and produced by Dawn Westlake under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" was filmed in Wheaton & Peru, IL USA, Font Romeu, France and Vilafranca del Penedes, Spain by Pol Car...

"terroir" to play EQUIS Film Festival in Ecuador!

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"terroir" has been accepted to EQUIS Festival de Cine Feminista de Ecuador for November 11-22, 2020. Due to the Covid19 pandemic, it will be presented online, sponsored by the US Embassy and Consulate there. To access the portal and watch: https://equisvirtual.eventive.org/films/terru%C3%B1o-5f779086a41be9012e7966d9 "terroir" is a musical documentary about the mother-child relationship and how it can influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of ...

Congratulations to the 2020 US in Progress Wrocław participants

The tenth edition of the US in Progress co-production forum will be held online from the 11th till the 13th of November 2020, as a part of the 11th edition of the American Film Festival in Wrocław. In 2020 the festival will be running from November 5-15th in conjunction with the 20th New Horizons International Film Festival in a hybrid form. The event aims to facilitate professional networking among European and Polish film professionals and independent filmmakers from the United States. ...

Huluween, Freeform & FX: watch your shorts this very scary October

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent This news is literally a dream come true for short filmmakers, as 20th Digital Studio is showing shorts as part of "Huluween" - but also airing on FX and Freeform. Might want to make a note of who these fans of bite-sized films are, so read on... ;) From Screenmancer Ghostwriter HOLLYWEEN: 20th Digital Studio will premiere a series of 30 diverse, genre-bending short films for Halloween 2020. Bite Size Halloween ra...

Time Review: Garrett Bradley's powerful doc on the injustices that happen with mass incarcerations

TIME won best documentary at Sundance 2020 "Fox Rich fights for the release of her husband, Rob, who is serving a 60-year sentence in prison."   Director: Garrett Bradley and  the real heroes of the Doc: Fox et Rob Rich Interview by Emmanuel Itier Q: What was you intention making this documentary?   Garrett: It all started with a short Documentary I had done about the world of incarceration among black women in America. I had in mind a series of conversa...
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