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Interview with Marché du Film Executive Director Jérôme Paillard

Jérôme Paillard in conversation with Bruno Chatelin and the previous chat on the 2020 edition !   Facts and figures on the 2020 marchédu Film online, the first edition of its kind. Quite a challenge on many fronts   A few figures about attendance  trends this year? when is the marchedufilm.online opening, why 5 days only? How many of the Cannes official selection  titles will be screening in the virtual Marché do you see a...

Jonathan Wolf in conversation with filmfestivals.com about the 41st edition of AFM

Zoom conversation between Jonathan Wolf (Managing Director of the American Film Market® AFM®) with Bruno Chatelin. Here are some of the questions raised during the interview: Enjoy Jonathan's answers in our video. The 41st edition will run November 9 -13. Jonathan Wolf is EVP of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA®) and Managing Director of the American Film Market® (AFM®). Since his appointment in 1998, he has guided the growth and repositioning of ...

Video Interview with Pascal Diot, head of Venice Production Bridge

Filmfestivals.com partner of Venice Production Bridge sat down with the Pascal Diot who shared with our audience a few practical facts and figures on the Market which he has created 6 years ago. ...

Bruno Chatelin Honoured with UN Supported Organization @Cannes Film Festival

  Bruno Chatelin, back home with his lifetime achievement award 9th Annual AFI World Peace Initiative honours "Bruno Chatelin" @Cannes Film Festival alongside the “Embrace Award” given to Two Time Oscar Nominee Barry Alexander Brown whilst Student Oscars Committee congratulates Founder working year-round for peace through film. Founder HRH Princess Angelique A. Monet    Manuel de Collas LaRoche, Lorenzo Giovnelli, Michela Scolari Stephen Mao, Pr...

Death of filmmaker Marc Haaz

Photo credit: Jean-François Maillot Marc Haaz: May 8, 1988 - July 30, 2021   Bio-filmography: Marc Haaz, born May 8, 1988 in Besançon, lives in Frotey-les-Vesoul, is educated at the Jean Macé college, then at the Haberges high school. These teachers noticed his pronounced taste for culture: member of the Young Jury of the International Festival of Asian Cinemas, organizer of theatrical performances and sword fights. He continued his cinema studies in Me...

Aissa Maïga's Marcher sur l'eau (Above Water) featured in Cannes Special Features

  Aissa Maïga's Marcher sur l'eau (Above Water) was a special treat at the Cannes special screening section of the 74th Cannes Film Festival. Set in the Azawak of West Africa in Niger Aissa follows a nomadic family in an area deprived of water. Beautifully told and made by the filmmaker and filmed by Rousslan Dion.   Maïga shows the close bonds of a family within a community in search of water. She follows the journey from walking for miles in sea...

Léa Seydoux stars in four films in 74th Festival de Cannes

  Léa Seydoux was in four films at this year's festival: Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch in Competition, Arnaud Desplechin’s out of Competition Deception,  Ildiko Enyedi’s A feleségem története (The Story Of My Wife) and France, directed by Bruno Dumont In France,  Seydoux plays France de Meurs, a TV personality who both sees through and mirrors the superficiality of TV news reporting. Directed by Bruno Dumont in the Cannes of...

International Juries for the Venezia 78 Competition, for Orizzonti and “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film

  The International Juries have been selected for the Venezia 78 Competition, for Orizzonti and for the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film of the 78th Venice International Film Festival (1-11 September 2021) of La Biennale di Venezia, directed by Alberto Barbera.   Venezia 78 The personalities convened as members of the Jury for the Venezia 78 Competition are: ·       Bong Joon Ho – president (South Korea), Ac...

TIFF announces first honourees for 2021 TIFF Tribute Awards

Alanis Obomsawin - Photo credit: Scott Stevens / Denis Villeneuve - Photo credit: Ulysse Del Drago Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, Co-Heads of TIFF, are delighted to announce that award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer, singer, and activist Alanis Obomsawin will be honoured with the Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media at this year’s TIFF Tribute Awards and Academy Award®–nominated French Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve will receive the TIFF Ebert Director Award. T...

The academy invites 395 artists to membership

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ACADEMY INVITES 395 TO MEMBERSHIP   The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 395 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Membership selection decisions are based on professional qualifications, with representation, inclusion and equity remaining a priority of Academy Aperture 2025.  The 2021 class is 46% women, 39% underrepresented ethnic/racial comm...

The Academy has promoted Shawn Finnie to Executive Vice President, Member Relations and Awards

ACADEMY NAMES SHAWN FINNIE EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, MEMBER RELATIONS AND AWARDS The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has promoted Shawn Finnie to Executive Vice President, Member Relations and Awards, Academy COO Christine Simmons announced today.  Finnie will report directly to Simmons.  Finnie will lead engagement and outreach initiatives for the organization’s global membership of more than 10,000 artists, filmmakers and executives and oversee Academ...

Dusty Hill of ZZ Top bows out at age 72

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent One of the brightest lights of Classic Rock left the planet on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, and this is Dusty Hill from ZZ Top. Recently it was reported that Hill was stepping back from the band for health-related reasons, and now the gravity of those complications is clear. Co-head of the band Billy Gibbons announced the band will mourn but go on in his honor. Because the news is just breaking wide, here's a tribute that suits a legend. From...

Peter Wollen's "Friendship's Death" at Cannes Classics in restored 4K print

" Friendship's Death (UK 1987) was part of the Cannes Classic series directed by Peter Wollen and produced by the BFI.  It stars Tilda Swinton as an alien named "Friendship" who was on hand to introduce the film and sad she hadn't seen it on a big screen since 1986 and "can't wait". Everytime she has seen it since then , Swinton conveyed that it feels "so modern and so fresh" even though there are "anachronisms in it like finding a sushi ...

Future Frames: spotlight on young up-and-coming european directors at Karlovy Vary

  EFP FUTURE FRAMES - Generation NEXT of European Cinema will be presenting ten selected films directed by some of the most promising European film students and graduates at the 55th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) which will be held from 20 to 28 August 2021. The filmmakers are nominated by their countries' national film promotion institutes, with the final selection being done by KVIFF’s artistic director Karel Och and his programme team. The young directors ...

A new programming collective for the RIDM’s 24th edition

Left to right: Marlene Edoyan, Nadine Gomez, Hubert Sabino-Brunette The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is proud to present the festival’s new programming collective, comprising directors Marlene Edoyan and Nadine Gomez along with programmer Hubert Sabino-Brunette. The new team will select the documentaries for the 24th edition of the RIDM, which will take place in hybrid format from November 10 to 21, 2021.   “Our goal as the new programming collective i...

Meeting with Jodie Foster at Cannes, July 7, 2021: Salle Buñuel.

Recipient of an Honorary Palme d'Or on July 6 at Festival de Cannes,Jodie's first memory at Cannes with the debut of "Taxi Driver" in 1976 was that her dog Napoléon had died before the flight and her thoughts went to the dog all through the press attention and clamour. She mentioned that women were important in the beginning of the film industry such as Alice Guy Blaché and Dorothy Arzner and credited David Fincher whom she has learned the most from.During her v...

A look-back on OBAMA: IN PURSUIT OF A MORE PERFECT UNION from HBO

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent For many in America, the 2008 election seems like a lifetime ago, maybe even a different country ago. Since the 2016 election seems to have left an indelible mark on politicians and their constituency alike, perhaps a glance in the rear-view mirror of US politics is in order. Former President Barack Obama (b. 1961) turns 60 on Aug. 4, and HBO’s three-part documentary, OBAMA: IN PURSUIT OF A MORE PERFECT UNION, will debut Aug. 3, fro...

In Memoria Safarbek Soliev 1959 - 2021

  By Jean-Marc Thérouanne (International Festival of Asian Cinemas in Vesoul)  It is with great sadness that we have just learned of the death of our friend Safarbek Soliev on July 19, 2021. He was a member of the Jury at the 14th International Festival of Asian Cinemas in Vesoul in 2008 where he was paid homage in a retrospective (Achaglon, L’Alliance, Nissour, Waiting Calendar, ...). Along with Bakhtiar Khudojnazarov, Jamshed Usmanov and Iskandar Usmonov, he was on...

Vidiots funders Rian Johnson and Karina Longworth, Eagle Theatre redo & more

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent KNIVES OUT's Rian Johnson and exceptional Hollywood podcaster/author Karina Longworth have just made a pledge to restore an unforgettable movie house in the Eagle Rock section of Los Angeles. It's being done with iconic Vidiots Foundation. If you're not familiar with Karina Longworth’s podcast “You Must Remember This” - check it out on Youtube. Read on for news... LOS ANGELES, CA: Vidiots, the iconic L.A. ...

Beyond Borders - Special Event: Grand débat on Europe

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The Beyond Border Documentary Festival is situated at the Crossroads of History and Cinema, of a scientific, academic activity and an artistic way of representing the world, its events, its people and its evolutions. For History, the search for the truth, for the « real thing » is at the center of attention. Starting from the reality, its representations and manifestations, the historical approach aims to understand the ins and outs, tries to extract one or several meanings, att...

Berwyn Rowlands nominated for National Lottery Award

IRIS PRIZE FILM FESTIVAL FOUNDER UP FOR MAJOR AWARD   Cardiff based film and TV producer, Berwyn Rowlands, who founded the biggest international LGBT+ short film prize in the world, is in line for recognition after being nominated for a 2021 National Lottery Award.   Berwyn, originally from Anglesey but who lives in Cardiff, has been shortlisted in the Arts category of this year’ National Lottery Awards for his outstanding work over 15 years as the Founder and Festiva...

Entertainment Industry Entrepreneur Ali M. Aksu On Disrupting The Film Business

International producer, director and entrepreneur, Ali M. Aksu is the executive producer of several groundbreaking projects, including the first-ever Hollywood feature film to cast digital media talent that was distributed by Universal Studios. In 2020, he founded FilmCapital.io, a community focused Hollywood crowdfunding platform, and most recently, Auteur Academy, an educational platform to empower independent filmmakers. Aksu is the Southern California Young Professionals Ambassador...

Jon Gosier Honored For Financial Support of Filmmakers at 74th Annual Cannes

  The Film Financier and Investor Awarded as “Gentlemen of the Year”   Cannes, France—July 13th, 2021   Photo: Beachside Gala hosted by Better World Fund at 74th Annual Cannes Film Festival   Jon Gosier was a guest of honor at a private beachside gala organized by the Better World Fund at the 74th Annual Cannes Film Festival. The invite-only event was one of this year’s most anticipated.   At the event’s culmination, Jon presented...

Jan De Witte resigns as BARCO CEO

Charles Beauduin and An Steegen are appointed as co-CEOs Kortrijk, Belgium, 16 July 2021, 19.00 hrs - Jan De Witte has decided to step down as CEO, with effect as from 1 September 2021. As CEO, Jan De Witte has played a crucial role in the turnaround of Barco since 2016. He has brought focus to the company, strengthened the leadership team, streamlined the portfolio towards a solutions strategy, strengthened the digital capabilities, and further internationalised and activated the...

Filmmaker Ella Manzheeva finds her voice in Cannes with vocal performance

With cinema roaring back to life on this year’s Croisette, Cannes’ Cinéfondation opened its doors for their selection of promising talent in their L’Atelier program. In dozens of meetings with leading world sales agents and A-list festival programmers, filmmaker Ella Manzheeva found her voice - not only as a screenwriter/director.   During a special event in Cannes, she even performed several songs inspired by her narrative feature WHITE ROAD!, a modern myth abo...

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