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Kannada Film ‘‘Illiralare Allige Hogalare’’ directed by Girish Kasaravalli reviewed by film critic Lalit Rao (FIPRESCI)

Girish Kasaravalli's film ‘‘Can Neither Stay Here, Nor Journey Beyond’’ depicts how archaic societal norms render human existence miserable !!!!  Kannada Film ‘‘Illiralare Allige Hogalare’’ directed by Girish Kasaravalli. A review by film critic Lalit Rao (FIPRESCI) dated 04.02.2021 Childhood is the most important stage in a human being’s life. It is an age where one is relatively free from worries. This is the reason why most hu...

8th Film of ''Navarasa'' series : 'Malayalam film ''Hasyam'' directed by Jayaraj. A review by Mr. Lalit Rao (FIPRESCI)

''Hasyam'' : An ingeniously amusing film by veteran Malayalam director Jayaraj which deals with ''death' as a serious business albeit in a pleasantly humorous vein !!!! 02/02/2021 © Lalit Rao (FIPRESCI)     ‘‘The denial of death’’ written in 1973 by famous American cultural anthropologist Ernest Becker is one of the few great books of 20th century. It discusses the most fundamental problem of mankind, ‘the fear of deat...

‘‘Ashes on a road trip’’: An independent ‘road movie’ which highlights the importance of the joint family system !!!!

‘ ‘Ashes on a road trip’’: An independent ‘road movie’ which highlights the importance of the joint family system !!!! © Mr. Lalit Rao (FIPRESCI) 24.01.2021 []     Collin English dictionary defines the term ''Road Movie'' as a genre of film in which the chief character is on the run or travelling in search of, or to escape from, himself or herself. It is a subgenre of the &lsq...

Mirror Mountain Film Festival now open for 2021 submissions

Are you an independent filmmaker with an original and unique creative voice? Mirror Mountain Film Festival is officially open for submissions for our 2021 online festival, and we want to see your work! Shorts, medium-length films and features in all genres are being accepted now through FilmFreeway. More info: ...

MISSING PERSON - a James W. Hawk film premieres

MISSING PERSON - a James W. Hawk short film has premiered on YouTube on  December 25 at 10 a.m. and will be available thereafter for those who miss the premiere. The link is  or search on YouTube for "Missing Person James W. Hawk". MISSING PERSON is the story of a boy and his single father resolving an important issue. It is a heartwarming upbeat story. MISSING PERSON was a semi-finalist at the Waco Family and Faith International ...

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Independent Film Institute is the New Home for Indie Filmmakers

Independent Film Institute showcases exemplary independent films that have been selected by professional filmmakers. IFI provides top indie filmmakers with a venue to present their work and to gain worldwide viewership and promotion. IFI fulfills a vital need by providing professional feedback and detailed evaluations to indie filmmakers. IFI selectees are then invited to their fellowship where they can network with other creative and talented people. Their work is added to IFI’s selectio...

LA Crime and Horror Film Festival

The 6th season of the Los Angeles Crime & Horror Film Festivals, scheduled to take place in the heart of Hollywood in May 2021, is now accepting submissions of feature films and short films in the many crime and horror subgenres. From zombies and demons to mobsters and murderers, the crime and horror genres have captured the cinematic experience since the invention of film. Today, they remain some of the most memorable stories in independent film. The LA Crime and Horror Film Festival has ...

Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari, Review: Heavy load to carry

Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari, Review: Heavy load to carry It is difficult to decide what was more burdensome: sitting through the film or reviewing it for the benefit of unsuspecting prospective audiences. There is just too much happening, a lot of it without logic, over the two hours 19 minutes that Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari spans. In the hands of a competent editor, the two hours would end in the bin and the 19 minutes would then make an interesting TV episode. This is one of the films wherein an item...

Call for Entry - IISFF - CINEMASCOPE AWARDS 2020

Indian International Short Film Festival - CINEMASCOPE AWARDS Coming Soon . Date - 16th to 24th Dec 2020 Time - 10-7pm Online Screening Submit Your Film Now for EXCLUSIVELY DISCOUNT ON FilmFreeway - Now Special 50% discount on entry fees of any category Use Waiver code - IISFF2020 Standard Fees - $29.00 Student Fees - $24.00 Gold Member Fees - $20.00 Last Date of Submission 30 Nov,2020 We welcome all the dedicated people to join us in our festival and make this festiva...

That Sunday, Review: Rape is feign

That Sunday, Review: Rape is feign A piece of jazz lets you in on the scene wherein the actor is watching cartoons, with a remote control in his hand and nodding his head. He is a middle-aged man, totally submerged in the antics on his small screen. Meanwhile, a child gets dressed, obviously to go to school. He then comes into the room of the man and announces to his “Papa” that he is “going”, half implying that he is quitting the home altogether. You begin to wonder w...

Lunch With My Friend’s Wife, Review: Not with his friend’s wife

Lunch With My Friend’s Wife, Review: Not with his friend’s wife That is a dilemma and a conundrum. Firstly, the lunch takes just a few seconds of the 15 minute 13 second film. Secondly, it is not with the central character’s friend’s wife, as the title suggests. That means taking huge liberties with the narrative genre. Lunch With My Friends Wife plots two intertwined story lines, one being the apparently straight narrative, while the other a blend of flashback and the...

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 ...

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...


!! SUBMISSION START NOW !! 2nd Indian International Short Film Festival CINEMASCOPE AWARDS 2020 The competition will be held on the online premiere screening, from 10 am to 7 pm. Date - 16th to 24th December. Mail Id –  Ph No – +91 9748275141 / +91 7044298663 /+91 9875615399   Please send your film details AND share your film link by Google Drive/We Transfer/YouTube Link for online submission.   Entry F...

Aashram Grih-Pravesh, Overview: Lacks originality, packs technicality

Aashram Grih-Pravesh, Overview: Lacks originality, packs technicality Aashram is a nine-episode web series currently streaming on MX player, released on 28th August, and available for watching free. It is an MX Original Production. Episodes vary in duration from 45 to 55 minutes. Based in the fictional city of Kashipur, there is an empire created by a self-proclaimed Godman, Kashipur Wale Baba Nirala, who derives his power from the influence he has over the lower strata of the society. There...

My Client’s Wife, Review: What you see is not what you get

With its lead players putting up pretences throughout the film, it is easy to label the film pretentious. To be fair, it is not pretentious. There is an element of sincerity in the making. My Client’s Wife is potentially full of sexual encounters, only the makers have been careful to keep it ‘clean’. But as is the problem with psychological thrillers, there are too many red herrings and deviations from the plot just to cause shock and awe. Is it based on a true story? The mak...

Widow of Silence, Review: Half-lives, half-wives

Widow of Silence, Review: Half-lives, half-wives Since it is based on many true stories, it is easy to consider Widow of Silence as an amalgamated biopic. Though the central character and her plight may be an amalgam of several of her sisters living in the god-forsaken heaven on earth, rural Kashmir, it works as a personal story too, using the larger picture as a backdrop. Unfortunately, though, besides highlighting the suffering of women whose husbands have been picked-up and taken away, nev...

International Thai Film Festival 2020

International Thai Film Festival 2020 (ITFF2020) is open for submissions! (short film, feature film, animation and music video) Submit your production via FilmFreeway: or via FestHome: Website: Facebook page:  

NEW James W. Hawk filmmaker Demo Reel

user I hope all is well for you.  I recently noticed that my demo reel was 6 years old so I decided it was time for a new one. The new one is a major improvement and it was good motivation for putting my latest projects in it. Here is the link to my new demo reel. Please check it out on YouTube and give it a like or a T Thank you Jim Hawk ...

aS iT'S: Call for exhibitors and attendees

Hey :) We're working to debut a makeshift space/store and membership-based digital platform to allow creatives to present work the way they want. One month from our launch, on September (if the current situation gets better, that is), the company will be hosting full day touring events related to film, music and fashion for the public, our members, and industry members.  We're building up our own roster alongside a list of exhibitors and attendees for the event. We license work o...


CINEFANTASY 10: SUBMISSIONS OPEN FOR 2020 EDITION THIS SEPTEMBER   ** The festival will take place from September 8 to 13, in São Paulo. ** Registration is open until 5/13 Registration is open for the tenth edition of CINEFANTASY - International Fantastic Film Festival. Those interested can send the material until May 13, as long as the theme is fantastic, horror, science fiction and / or fantasy, the novelty of this edition is the expansion of the fantastic universe with west...

Exclusive: 35% Off Submissions to LA Crime & Horror Film Festival

The final deadline for the 4th Los Angeles Crime & Horror Film Festival is coming up. If you've completed a feature film, short film, or screenplay in any horror or crime subgenre, from zombies and vampires to mobsters and heists, this is the event to showcase your content in the heart of Hollywood, California. The festival's award winners are given official recognition with verified awards listings on IMDb. The top films and short films are considered by reps and production compani...


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