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    Melbourne Documentary Film Festival Calling

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    April 16, 2017 Extended deadline 

    The Melbourne Doc Fest each year curates world class features direct from some of the hottest most prestigious documentary film festivals in the world like Sheffield Doc Fest, Traverse City Film Festival Doc NYC, SXSW, Doc Edge and IDFA. But what matters to us most is documentaries that are well-made, compelling, thought provoking, passionate and relevant to Australian audiences.

    The Melbourne Doc Fest is one of the world newest documentary film festivals and one of the most fun and interesting stop overs on the international documentary film festival circuit. It is the only festival in Australasia to provide feedback on submissions. ...

    Good luck filmmakers! 

     


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    Pierre Lescure, President of the Festival de Cannes, and Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate, presenting the Official Selection of the 70th Festival de Cannes Press Conference on April, 13th 2017 at UGC Normandie in front of 800 journalists. 


    The Festival de Cannes will be held from 17 till 28 May 2017. 

     

    COMPETITION
    Opening film:

    Arnaud DESPLECHIN LES FANTÔMES D’ISMAËL Out of Comp. 1h50

    Fatih AKIN AUS DEM NICHTS (IN THE FADE) 1h40

    Noah BAUMBACH THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES (NEW AND SELECTED) 1h50

    BONG Joon-Ho OKJA 2h

    Robin CAMPILLO 120 BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE 2h15

    Sofia COPPOLA THE BEGUILED 1h31 Jacques DOILLON RODIN 1h59

    Michael HANEKE HAPPY END 1h50 Todd HAYNES WONDERSTRUCK 2h

    Michel HAZANAVICIUS LE REDOUTABLE 1h42

    HONG Sangsoo GEU-HU (THE DAY AFTER) 1h32

    Naomi KAWASE HIKARI (RADIANCE) 1h41

    Yorgos LANTHIMOS THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER 1h49

    Sergei LOZNITSA A GENTLE CREATURE 2h22

    Kornél MUNDRUCZÓ JUPITER’S MOON 1h40

    François OZON L’AMANT DOUBLE 1h50

    Lynne RAMSAY YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE 1h35

    Benny SAFDIE Josh SAFDIE GOOD TIME 1h39

    Andrey ZVYAGINTSEV NELYUBOV (LOVELESS) 2h08 ***

     

    UN CERTAIN REGARD

    Opening film:

    Mathieu AMALRIC BARBARA 2h ***

    Cecilia ATAN Valeria PIVATO LA NOVIA DEL DESIERTO (THE DESERT BRIDE) 1 st film 1h25

    Kantemir BALAGOV TESNOTA (CLOSENESS) 1 st film 1h58

    Kaouther BEN HANIA AALA KAF IFRIT (BEAUTY AND THE DOGS) 1h35

    Laurent CANTET L’ATELIER 1h54

    Sergio CASTELLITTO FORTUNATA (LUCKY) 1h43

    Michel FRANCO LAS HIJAS DE ABRIL (APRIL’S DAUGHTER) 1h33

    Valeska GRISEBACH WESTERN 1h40

    Stephan KOMANDAREV POSOKI (DIRECTIONS) 1h43

    Gyorgy KRISTOF OUT 1 st film 1h23

    KUROSAWA Kiyoshi SANPO SURU SHINRYAKUSHA (BEFORE WE VANISH) 2h09

    Karim MOUSSAOUI EN ATTENDANT LES HIRONDELLES (UNTIL THE BIRDS RETURN) 1 st film 1h55

    Mohammad RASOULOF LERD (DREGS) 2h Léonor SERRAILLE JEUNE FEMME 1 st film 1h37

    Taylor SHERIDAN WIND RIVER 1 st film 1h51

    Annarita ZAMBRANO APRÈS LA GUERRE (AFTER THE WAR) 1 st film 1h33

     

    Out of Competition:

    MIIKE Takashi MUGEN NO JŪNIN (BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL) 2h20

    John Cameron MITCHELL HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES 1h42

    Agnès VARDA JR VISAGES, VILLAGES 1h30

     

    Midnight Screenings:

    Jean-Stéphane SAUVAIRE A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN 2h

    BYUN Sung-Hyun BULHANDANG (THE MERCILESS) 1h57

    JUNG Byung-Gil AK-NYEO (THE VILLAINESS) 2h23

     

    Special Screenings:

    Bonni COHEN Jon SHENK AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL 1h40

    Raymond DEPARDON 12 JOURS (12 DAYS) 1h30

    Anahita GHAZVINIZADEH THEY 1 st film 1h20

    HONG Sangsoo KEUL-LE-EO-UI KA-ME-LA (CLAIR'S CAMERA)

    1h39 Eugene JARECKI PROMISED LAND 2h

    Claude LANZMANN NAPALM 1h40

    Jude RATMAN DEMONS IN PARADISE 1 st film 1h32

    Vanessa REDGRAVE SEA SORROW 1h14 V

     

    irtual Reality (Film / Installation / Exhibition)

    Alejandro G. IÑÁRRITU CARNE Y ARENA 1h20

     

    70th Anniversary Events:

    Jane CAMPION Ariel KLEIMAN TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL

    Abbas KIAROSTAMI 24 FRAMES 2h 2h

    David LYNCH TWIN PEAKS Kristen STEWART COME SWIM 17


    Festival de Cannes- Press Conference 2017par CannesFestTV


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    Göteborg Film Festival, celebrating its 41st edition in 2018, is the leading film festival in Scandinavia, with 135 000 admissions, screening 450 features and shorts from 80 countries. Göteborg Film Festival is proud to present one of the largest festival awards in the world - the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film with a prize sum of 1 million SEK (€100 000) - as well as a number of other prizes including the Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award and the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Documentary.

    The festival hosts the major industry platform of the region, Nordic Film Market, presenting films and upcoming works from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. At the market we present the yearly Nostradamus report about the future of the fast changing screen industries free to download on:
    nostradamusproject.org

    TV Drama Vision is our fast growing industry platform dedicated to TV Drama showcasing series from the Nordic countries and Europe, international trends of tv drama inviting key people from the industry.
    goteborgfilmfestival.se

    Draken Film, the festival’s own domestic VOD platform, giving the audience year-round access to the festival’s unique film selection.
    www.drakenfilm.se


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    NYC Indie Film Festival VR Experience Session

    The NYC Independent Film Festival is bringing you an all-day FREE Virtual Reality event on May 6 @ 1 PM! Our first year introducing Virtual Reality to the festival, join us for virtual reality experiences from around the world. 

    No Necesito

    Escape

    Four Walls

    Someone Else 

    The Parksville Murders 

    The event is free but space is limited so reserve your tickets at http://bit.ly/2oJjSt8.

     

     


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    Do not hesitate to ask for a quote if you need to promote a film, your line up. with the biggest database inth eindustry we can offer an Editorial Booster for your film screening, event, or trade Advertising... Promotion in our dailies and newsletter reaching 125 000 film professionals. We can set up a video crew, Details of our crew.   ...
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    Summer Hill Entertainment latest films ready for Cannes

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    In a parallel dimension, censorship has been rescinded from all movies and television so people can do and say almost anything on TV. As a result, everyone in the country watches television day and night. It is a national addiction. Enter Dusty Velvet, whose husband has been “taken” for service in the national armed forces. The chances of him surviving are slim because wars have broken out all over Iraq & Iran and the only way to get him back is to “buy” him back from the military for $500,000. A new reality “game show” is on the air offering $1M for the contestant who can last sixty days in a solitary confinement chamber with nothing but a bed, table and toilet. A video camera watches each of the contestants 24/7 and it is the hottest show on television. Dusty Velvet is chosen as a contestant and is slowly becoming the newest “American Idol” for her antics inside the chamber. However, after a long period in darkness and isolation, things suddenly take a horrid turn for the worse in this tale from the darker side of reality.
    Crushed Velvet Trailer / May 17 to 26, 2017 Riviera – Marina Club – H6 
    www.summerhillfilms.com / www.tomcatfilmsllc.com / Ted Chalmers / ted@summerhillfilms.com / ted@tomcatfilmsllc.com
     
     

    Summer Hill Entertainment is proud to present it's newest film, The Dead Next Door

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    Animaze Daze in Cannes Discoveries set for may 23 1.30 pm palais B

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    SAVE THE DATE may 23, 1.30pm - the screening is reserved for buyers.   

     

    Premiere Entertainment introduces the new Sci-Fi/Thriller ENCOUNTER

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    ENCOUNTER, a new breed of Sci-Fi/Thriller, takes you on an investigative journey to discover the questionable truth behind the alien abduction phenomenon. The film challenges the nature of reality and will leave you wondering: "Are They Real?"  &n...
     
     

    IndieVision in Cannes-2017: New York­-set sophisticated drama from the producers of "The Student"

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      INDIE VISION IN CANNES 17-25 May: Marche du Film, Roskino Booth, Lerins M9 To set up a meeting, please contact: alisa@ruswv.com       &nbs...
     
     

    Reason8 Films in Cannes

     
    Office location : Riviera, Marina Club, H6, Table 10 Production meetings : Plage Royale Members Club  ...
     

    IndustryWorks Pictures presents 'REVENGE'

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    Meet with us in Cannes - RIVIERA - Booth D4 - May 17 - 26   Among many new exciting titles we will be presenting:     Synopsis: Franck Beriat is an ex-cop and ex-con working as an unlicensed Private Detective. When he is asked to revenge a young woman and go after Eric Bando, brother of a notorious drug dealer, he knows he is about to enter a relentless war against an unmerciful and positively dangerous clan. And there's no way back.   WATCH THE TRAILER HE...
     

    Breaking Glass Pictures announces 'Justice Served' for the Cannes Film Market 2017.

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    Justice Served  Suspense; Thriller   Starring: Marvin Young aka Young MC (Up in the Air, Zero Sum) Lochlyn Munro (“Riverdale”, “Lucifer”) Lance Henriksen (“The Blacklist”, Aliens, The Terminator) Gail O’Grady (“Revenge”, “Desperate Housewives”)   Synopsis:   Luke Palmer, a Los...
     

    Young Actors' Theatre Camp Goes to Cannes!

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    The Amazing Campers and Film Lab, led by John Ainsworth should be SO proud today! "Drifting" is one of 7 student showcase films that is NOMINATED for BEST EMERGING FILMMAKER at THE AMERICAN PAVILION at THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL! A small group of campers will be attending the festival from May 18-27. If you have interest in joining us, please email us at info@campyatc.com and we will send you some more details.      ...
     

    Films Distribution's Selections @ Cannes

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    L'AMANT DOUBLE A film by FRANÇOIS OZON   OFFICIAL COMPETITION           Cast: ...
     

    THX joins Streaming Video Alliance

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    THX®, renowned for the certification of best-in-class cinemas and consumer electronics, has joined the Streaming Video Alliance, an organization that seeks to solve ongoing streaming challenges by developing best practices that enable anyone in the video ecosystem to create high-quality streaming services. Given its extensive experience benchmarking and setting quality standards, THX is uniquely qualified to make significant contributions to the Alliance. As a member, THX wil...
     

    New World Cinema arthouse in Cannes: The President from OneEyedFilms

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    The President Dir Gustavo Postiglione / Argentina / 2017                    Drama Political Satire     On the eve of taking office as President, the newly elected politician cruises the town at night driven by his chauffeur, hosting last minute meetings in the backseat.   He is joined by his compromising political assoc...
     

    Award winning 4K titles in Cannes

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    HNFF World Sales line up in Cannes

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    2017 CANNES HIGHLIGHT       KINCSEM - BET ON REVENGE adventure / history / romance, HD, 2017 Dir: Gábor Herendi ("A Kind of America 1-2", "Lora")   #1 BOX OFFICE HIT IN HUNGARY   Hungarian aristocrat and supreme horse trainer Sandor Blaskovich is killed by his former friend,...
     

    Jinga @ Cannes 2017

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      RIVIERA G7 - Palais des Festivals REPLACE Genre: Sci-Fi / Horror / 101 min / 2017 Screening: Wed 17/05 @ 15:30 - Palais H Friday 18/05 @ 19:30 - Lerins 4 Writer: Richard Stanley (Hardware).   Cast: Rebecca Forsythe, Lucie Aron, Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator). Story: Afflicted with a skin disease, young and beautiful Kira discovers she can replace her skin with that of other girls. Accompanied by her lover, she embarks on a murder spree and the victims b...
     

    Cannes'17: Isabelle Huppert to represent the 3rd annual Women in Motion programme

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    Kering, official partner to the Festival de Cannes, has chosen Isabelle Huppert as the 2017 face of Women in Motion. High and Low res photo at: http://press.womeninmotion.com/accueil/ For 3 years, Women in Motion has shone a spotlight on women's contribution to cinema through a series of discussions between major figures from the film world and two Awards in celebration of talented women in film.   To mark the 70th anniversary of the Cannes International Film Festival, ...
     

    Line up for CREi (subsidiary of TBS Channel 6 in Japan)

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    Please see below for our new lineups.       Japanese Release date: April 8th, 2017       Neko Atsume House Feature film based on the popular App "Neko Atsume." -92 min / Drama -Starring: Atsushi Ito (Train Man (TV))             Shioli Kutsuna: (The Outsider”, “I'm Mita, Your Housekeeper) ...

     

     

    2017 lineup for the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase

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      Young filmmakers from across the U.S. and around the world will bring their shorts to The American Pavilion during the Cannes Film Festival The American Pavilion proudly announced its 2017 lineup for the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase. The impressive program features 25 short documentary and narrative films by up-and-coming filmmakers from the U.S. and around the world, all of which will screen at The American Pavilion during the Cannes Film Festival. More information abo...
     

    Cannes in Focus - Selection announced

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    SFFILM Announces Golden Gate Award Winners at 60th San Francisco International Film Festival

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    Winning Films in 12 Categories Announced at GGA Celebration on Sunday April 16   This afternoon the 60th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 5–19), presented by SFFILM, ann...
     
     

    2017 Wisconsin Film Festival Awards, Facts & Figures

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    5 venues 7 screens 140 films 159 screenings 188 volunteers 29,294 total Festival attendance The 2017 Steep & Brew Audience Awards ballots have been tabulated, and the favorites are:   Audience Favorite Narrative Feature My Life as a Zucchini | Claude Barras Audience Favori...
     

    Awards of the 36th Istanbul Film Festival

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    The 36th Istanbul Film Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), announced the winners of its competitions at an award ceremony held at Soho House İstanbul on Friday evening, 14 April.   Hosted by Yekta Kopan, the 36th Istanbul Film Festival Award Ceremony saw presentations of awards in the scope of International and National Golden Tulip competitions, FACE Human Rights in Cinema, National Documentary and National Short Film competitions, a...

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    Horror Calling

    13Horror.com accepting film and screenplay submissions - Horror calling

    Animation Day in Cannes set for May 23 Submit your film and register

    Register for our competition of shorts ANIMAZE DAZE IN CANNES I Submit on filmfreeway I 2016 Selection

    Register for a presentation of your Work in Progress in front of buyers and animation profesionnals. I 2016 Presentations I Venue Palais B screening 1.30pm 

    Enter your animation in Cannes in the Animation Catalog (who's who in Cannes for animation) I Submit on filmfreeway I View  2016 Edition

    Check the video channel of animation shorts and features in Canness: 2017 Channel of trailers I 2016 Channel I 

    Enter the winners Channel 2017 Channel of trailers of festival winners I 2016 Channel I Submit on Filmfreeway

    Promote your animation in our animation newsletter: share your project and strategy and ask for a quote from our team of Cannes experts (30th attendance of your consultants, take advantage of Bruno Chatelin's studio experience, running Sony and Fox in France)

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    Manhattan Short 
    September 22 to October 1, 2017

    Oscar-Qualifying Screenings 
    Submit by July 31, 2017

    Filmmakers who would like to get their short film qualified for the 2018 Academy Awards are urged to enter this year’s MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival, which will not only screen to over a 100,000 film buffs in over 250 cinemas across six continents, but will do a full week's run in one cinema in the county of Los Angeles. This theater booking means every film selected as a Finalist in the 2017 MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival is eligible to enter the Oscar competition for 2018. MANHATTAN SHORT is now in compliance with the rules governing the Oscar Awards set forth by the Academy of Motion Pictures of Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

    Click to enter: http://www.manhattanshort.com/film-entry.html

    Website I Submit I Facebook I Twitter I Contact Nick Mason

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    New Media Film Festival
    June 6-8, 2017

    April 25, 2017 Final Deadline

    The Best in New Media....Honoring Stories Worth Telling 

    Judges from HBO, Marvel, Emmys, Grammys, Oscars and other Industry Leaders
    Each entry is considered for Screening, Competition ($45k in awards) and Distribution Opportunities. 
    Quotes: 

    “If the TED Conference is where technology, entertainment and design meet in a broad forum, then the New Media Film Festival is its cinematic counterpart.” – VG

    "I thank the New Media film festival for what they've done for young filmmakers."– Legendary Director Roger Corman

    "Top 25 Festivals Worth The Entry Fee" - Movie Maker Magazine

    "Makes the cutting edge accessible" - Huffington Post

     

    Email I + 1 310-288-1100 I Website I Facebook I Twitter I Past Winners I  SUBMIT

     

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    The World of Film Festival Glasgow
    September 28 – October 1, 2017

    The submissions for the 4th edition of the World of Film International Festival in Glasgow, Scotland are now open. The very earlybird submitters can send their short and feature films across the three main sections of the festival - First Features & Shorts Competition, Female Perspective & Focus on Balkan Cinema. 

    Films can be exclusively submitted via Film Freeway by clicking on the link below

    Website I Facebook I Twitter I Email I SUBMIT

     

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    Montreal International Animation Film Festival - ANIMAZE August 17 – 20, 2017

    Extended Deadline May 5, 2017

    In partnership with filmfestivals.com

    Montreal International Animation Film Festival is a people's film festival an dindutry conference dedicated to the art of animation for film and technology. 
    All genres and forms are welcome.
    Software an award prize. Visibility in out travelling show in Berlin, Cannes Annecy, Glasgow and more.

     

    Animaze - Montreal International Animation Film Festival's blog I Website I Submit I Facebook Twitter I Contact Laurie Gordon

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    New York Festivals  
    The 2017 Television & Film Awards gala will take place at the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas on April 25th, 2017

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    Deadline extended

    The New York Festivals International TV & Film Awards honors the World’s Best TV and Films at its annual gala at NAB Show in Las Vegas on April 25th. Founded in 1957, NYF TV & Film Awards offers a powerhouse of categories including: 30 categories for documentaries and dozens of categories for news, drama and performers. New York Festivals welcomes network, studio, independent, and student productions of all lengths across all platforms. Late entries accepted until January 5th, 2017. For more information visit: http://www.newyorkfestivals.com/tvfilm/

    NYF TV & Film Awards New Categories for 2017: Heroes, Ecotourism, and Best Use of Technology

    Website I Submit I Facebook I Twitter I Contact Rose Anderson

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    Animation Day in Cannes 

    Animaze Daze in Cannes Screenings May 18

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    Extended Deadline is May 2 2017

    Submit your best short animated films for a screening May18th at Cannes Film Festival.
    Enjoy industry visibility in front of the animation professionals attending Cannes during Animation Day in Cannes (second edition). take advantage of free promotion to buyers and media on our Animation Day in Cannes Newsletters, animation Day in Cannes websitefilmfestivals.com pages dedicated to Animation Day in Cannes and our Youtube channel, which will be offered for buyers and Media.

    Info I Submit Now I Website I Facebook Twitter I Contact Laurie Gordon

     

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    THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER in Cannes Competition - First Image

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    First image released from THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER, by Yorgos Lanthimos, which has been selected to screen In Competition at the forthcoming Cannes Film Festival. ...

    Seriously Hilarious: The Last Laugh Illuminates The Links Between Laughter & Survival

     

     

    What’s your favorite Holocaust joke? Don’t have one yet? Then you should see The Last Laugh which premiered to a standing ovation at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival and became an audience favorite at more than 60 fests throughout North America and around the world. The film opened theatrically in NYC March 3, followed by Toronto March 10 and LA March 17, before rolling out in a limited U.S. & North American release. It took Director –...
     

    LEDIS | Comedy Short Film (2016)

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    Eva and Berenice live in Rome and fight every day with the chaos of the city, the precarious works and loves. Berenice has finally met Cristiano and seems happily in love. Eva however is plagued by men but can never find the right one.  Today is Sunday, and the LEDIS are coming back from a brunch, where EVA met the usually play boy who wanted to impress her, obviously without success. Berenice is convinced that it's the fault of Eve because she seriusly influenced from physical a...
     

    What Happens When Fans Watch THE LAST JEDI Trailer: They Go Wild, So Will You

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    by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Ever since STAR WARS time immemorial, or 1977, depending on how tuned-in to George Lucas’ space saga you are, there’s been one constant: a massive fan base. In fact, stealing from the tech world, you could even say “all your fan base are belong to us.” Us being George's LucasFilm Ltd, Kathleen Kennedy his key producer, and every single actor who’s been on board, from Harrison Ford to Daisy Ridley...
     
     

    Monsterpalooza Convention Horrifies Los Angeles by "The Unwilling" Philip David Morton

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    Article by Philip David Morton, first published on Huffingtonpost, where he is a contributor. He produced the Unwilling.             PHILIP MORTON The thriller THE UNWILLING Producers, Jim Johnston, director Jonathan Heap, Julia Verdin, Philip Morton Monsterpalooza, the annual horror fan convention for horror-geeks, ...
     
     

     

    The Unwilling wins best effects at Toronto Spring of Horror and Fantasy

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    Hi David and the team behind The Unwilling! Congratulations on winning Best Effects at the 2017 Toronto International Spring of Horror & Fantasy Film Festival (- TISH)! Here are the official laurels for your film’s win. Feel free to use them anyway you want or modify them to better suit your designs. It was also pleasure meeting David Stump and getting to do a Q&A with him. Thank you very much for getting us in touch! In addition to the laurels, we also gave out st...
     

    40 years of Star Wars Celebrations

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    George Lucas, John Williams and Kathleen Kennedy attend the 40 YEARS OF STAR WARS PANEL during the 2017 STAR WARS CELEBRATION at Orange County Convention Center on April 13, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images for Disney) *** Local Caption *** George Lucas, John Williams, Kathleen Kennedy   ...

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    THE EVIL WITHIN by late Andrew Getty

    The sadistic tale of a lonely, mentally handicapped boy who befriends his reflection in an antique mirror. This demonic creature orders him to go on a murderous rampage to kill the people he loves most.
    Starring: Frederick Koehler (Death Race), Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints), Michael Berryman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) Brianna Brown (General Hospital), Dina Meyer (Starship Troopers), Kim Darby (True Grit)
    Written and directed by late Andrew Getty - Produced by Eric Berliner, Michael Luceri - Sales Vision Films Lise Romanoff
     
    Horror, Thriller, 100 Min, 2016 Winner best actor at Fantasporto 2017 
    Synopsis I Trailer I Poster I Screener request I Sales I Festival placement
     
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    OFFENSIVE, Jon Ford's powerful thriller.

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    "They were forced beyond breaking point; they have no regrets, does that make them bad people? The first part of this film will enrage you ! The second part will sate you !". Bruno Chatelin - Filmfestivals.com


    A retired couple, Bernard and Helen Martin, inherit a remote house in rural France, the very same village Bernard’s war hero father liberated during the Second World War, over 70 years earlier. This peaceful couple quickly become the target of a crual gang of street kids, who terrorise the village.

    An e-generation permanently plugged into their devices, devoid of empathy, a new breed of technological psychopath…Pushed beyond breaking point, can Bernard live up to his father’s legend, as the situation explodes into a brutal war of generations ?

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    Eco Documentary feature film by Rob Stewart April 2015, 82 minutes (Sharkwater)
    Revolution is a film about changing the world. The true-life adventure of Rob Stewart, this follow-up to his acclaimed SHARKWATER (36 festival wins) documentary continues his remarkable journey; one that will take him through 15 countries over four years, and where he'll discover that it's not only sharks that are in grave danger -- it's humanity itself.

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    NYC Indie Film Festival VR Experience Session The NYC Independent Film Festival is bringing you an all-day FREE Virtual Reality event on May 6 @ 1 PM! Our first year introducing Virtual Reality to the festival, join us for virtual reality experiences from around the world.  No Necesito Escape Four Walls Someone Else  The Parksville Murders  The event is free but space is limited so reserve your tickets at http://bit.ly/2oJjSt8.     ...
     
     

    A few facts on Göteborg Film Festival

     
    Göteborg Film Festival, celebrating its 41st edition in 2018, is the leading film festival in Scandinavia, with 135 000 admissions, screening 450 features and shorts from 80 countries. Göteborg Film Festival is proud to present one of the largest festival awards in the world - the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film with a prize sum of 1 million SEK (€100 000) - as well as a number of other prizes including the Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award and the Dragon Award...
     
     

    Cannes selections announced today by Thierry Fremaux and Pierre Lescure - Watch the video

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    Pierre Lescure, President of the Festival de Cannes, and Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate, presenting the Official Selection of the 70th Festival de Cannes Press Conference on April, 13th 2017 at UGC Normandie in front of 800 journalists.    The Festival de Cannes will be held from 17 till 28 May 2017.    COMPETITION Opening film: Arnaud DESPLECHIN LES FANTÔMES D’ISMAËL Out of Comp. 1h50 Fatih AKIN AUS DEM NICHTS (IN THE FADE) 1h40 Noah BAU...

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    Charlize Theron Should Definitely Add ATOMIC BLONDE To Her Dating Profile

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    by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent We already know from THE ITALIAN JOB and MAD MAX: FURY ROAD that South African bombshell Charlize Theron can drive the hell out of any vehicle, even with deranged bikers in tow. Now Imperator Furiosa can add a few more skills to her dating profile with Universal’s July 28 release ATOMIC BLONDE. This movie is based on the Oni Press Graphic Novel Series “The Coldest City,” written by Antony Johnston and illustrated by Sam H...
     

    Celebrities Announced for Star-Studded Sunscreen Film Festival

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    Robert Davi (Die Hard, Goonies) to be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award, Joe Pantoliano will be presented with the Legacy Award. 2016's recipients were Paul Sorvino and Gary Busey.         Joe Pantoliano (Sopranos, Matrix)   ...
     

    The Greenwich International Film Festival To Honor Renée Zellweger and Christy Turlington

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    2017 Ivy Film Festival and The Creative Coalition present A Conversation with Barry Levinson Tonight, the Ivy Film Festival is proud to present a conversation with Barry Levinson, the Academy Award-winning director and Emmy Award-winning writer; moderated by Robin Bronk, CEO of The Creative Coalition, the premier nonprofit, nonpartisan, advocacy organization of the entertainment industry. This keynote will highlight Levinson's personal insights on turning a passion for film into a...   

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    Cannes 2017 : Les Fantômes d'Ismaël d'Arnaud Desplechin ouvrira les festivités cannoises

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    La Conférence de Presse de Cannes - l'intégrale en images Thierry Fremaux au micro

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    A l'occasion de son 70e anniversaire, le Festival publie "Ces années-là"

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    Le Festival publie "Ces années-là", l'histoire du Festival racontée par les critiques de cinéma du monde entier. Sous la direction de Thierry Frémaux. Préface de Pierre Lescure. A paraître le 10 mai 2017 aux éditions Stock.  70 festivals, 70 Palmes d’or, 70 sélections, 70 présidents et… 70 chroniques pour remonter le film de toutes ces cérémonies et années glo...
     

    4ème édition de "Shoot the book !" au Festival de Cannes

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    Lors de la 3ème édition de "Shoot The Book !"  Dans le cadre du 70ème Festival de Cannes, la quatrième édition de "Shoot the Book !" se déroulera le 23 mai 2017 au Salon des Ambassadeurs du Palais des Festivals. Cet évènement est organisé à l'initiative des éditeurs réunis au sein de ...
     
     

    'En Route pour Cannes' la compétition de court métrage d'Europcar France

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    L’impact de la VOD sur la chaîne de valeur du film: la conf de l observatoire

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    Festival International du Film PanAfricain Du 05 au 09 avril 2017 à Cannes

    Thème « Les U.S.A, Hier, Aujourd'hui & Demain »   Monsieur Sidiki BAKABA (Comédien, Réalisateur) Président du Jury   La 14ème Edition du Festival International du Film PanAfricain de Cannes rend hommage au Cinéma indépendant africain – américain du 5 au 9 Avril 2017. Avec pour thème « U.S.A : Hier – Aujourd'hui & Demain », les réalisat...
     

    Le Festival du Cinéma Israélien à Cannes, organisé par Cine Croisette aura lieu du 26 au 30 avril 2017.

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    Line Toubiana, directrice artistique a choisi de programmer les deux films « l’ Arrestation »  & « Amor » de Raphael Rebibo. Pour sa 3 ème édition, le Festival du Cinema Israélien rendra hommage en sa qualité d’invité d’honneur à Raphael Rebibo. Notre parrain  Radu Mikhaleianu Réalisateur est présent pour l'inauguration de ce 3ème Festival avec son c&...
     

    Les 40 ans de Star Wars célébrés à Orlando avec Georges Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill...

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    Le jury des films en competition Festival Les Nuits MED a Paris au Grand Action

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    Top 10 des entrées hebdo France du 05/04/2017 au 11/04/2017

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    Remise des Prix des compositeurs de musiques de films Jeudi 20 avril 2017 à la Sacem

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    The 2017 Fajr International Film Festival has announced the movies playing in various sections, and the lineup is already full of potential.

    Some 140 short and feature-length movies of all genres from 58 countries are taking part in this year’s edition. According to the Secretariat of the annual event, the lineup is as follows:

    Iran: 35 films

    France: 17 films

    Spain, Russia, Germany, Japan, South Korea, and Turkey: 6 films

    United States, China, Latvia, and Poland: 4 films

    Czech Republic: 3 films

    Egypt, Estonia, Argentina, Bulgaria, Myanmar, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Mexico, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, and Britain: 2 films

    Countries in one movie lineup are:

    Australia, The Netherlands, Belgium, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Croatia, Brazil, Colombia, Cambodia, Ecuador, Moldova, Indonesia, Iraq, Canada, Jordan, Finland, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Denmark, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Ukraine, and United Arab Emirates.

    There will be joint production features in Competition as well. The festival has become an international showcase for international films. The festival is attended by many film makers and stars, and is a popular venue for film producers to launch their new films and attempt to sell their works to the distributors who come from all over the globe.

    For all festivalgoers who are already planning their visit, check screening time and other information at Fajriff.com or email the Secretariat at Film@Fajriff.com.

    Presided over by Reza Mirkarimi, the 35th edition of Fajr International Film Festival will take place from 21 to 28 April in Tehran.


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  • 04/20/17--04:09: Fajr Newsletter N°1
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    Wishing you all much success in Teheran at Fajr Fest and on the festival circuit!

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    Festival guests and Companies attending the Fajr market

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    Festival Organizers are pleased to announce that well over 350 guests from 66 countries will be in attendance. Speaking to reporters, spokesperson Alireza Shojanouri said there will be appearances from 31 Asian, 23 European, and 6 African countries. At least 5 special guests from the American continent and Australia will also participate. There will be celebrity guests from 24 Muslim nations as well. Shojanouri explained that the guests come in different groups, mainly A-list directors, scre...
     

    Massive presence of French Movies in the lineup of Fajr 2017

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    France has the highest number of screenings at this year’s edition of Fajr Festival. According to the secretariat of the annual event, the movies enlighten the works of celebrated and emerging filmmakers and actors. France is taking part with 21 feature-length and two short movies. Here are all the titles screening: Paris La Blanche (2016) – Cinema Salvation (International Competition) 1h 23min | Drama Director & Writer: Lidia Terki C...
     
     

    Preserved, restored classic films in Fajr 2017

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    Restored Classic Movies Screen at Fajr 2017     The 35th edition of Fajr International Film Festival will be showing a number of fully restored classics from A-list directors. In keeping with festival tradition, the program will be celebrating recently restored gems and revitalized classics from Marcel Carné, Akira Kurosawa, Robert Bresson, Buster Keaton, and Charles Chaplin. The program will also screen three recently restored movies by Iranian direct...
     

     

    12 Docs in Fajr 2017

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    The 2017 Fajr International Film Festival has announced the names of movies playing in its Docs in Focus program. 12 films, Including four Iranian documentaries in the lineup: In Exile (2016) 1h 12min | Documentary Director: Tin Win Naing Country: Germany | Myanmar Language: Burmese About: The plight of migrants who have fled the civil war in Myanmar for refuge in Thailand, and now toil as plantation workers in conditions tantamount to slave labor. The Graduation (2016) 2h 1min | Docu...
     
     

    Full line up announced for Fajr with 140 Films from 58 Countries

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    The 2017 Fajr International Film Festival has announced the movies playing in various sections, and the lineup is already full of potential. Some 140 short and feature-length movies of all genres from 58 countries are taking part in this year’s edition. According to the Secretariat of the annual event, the lineup is as follows: Iran: 35 films France: 17 films Spain, Russia, Germany, Japan, South Korea, and Turkey: 6 films United States, China, Latvia, and Poland: 4 fil...
     
     

    Green Films in Fajr: Environmental Films to Screen at Fajr 2017

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    The 35th edition of Fajr International Film Festival has unveiled the names of movies that will be screened at this year’s Environmental Films program. According to the organizers, the program features eight foreign films and one Iranian feature-length film. The selected movies will be also screened at the Festival of Festivals and Docs in Focus programs. The organizers say the program is growing every year and garnering support from a number of green...
     

     

    Over 120 students will take part to Fajr Festival’s Talent Campus

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        At least 68 students from 32 countries as well as 52 students from Iran are to take part in the inspiring, educational film making workshops of the 2017 Fajr. The program is called “Darol Fonoun” and the workshops are called “Talent Campus”. The organizers say last year’s workshops were a huge success in spotting new film talents in Iran and the broader region. They were overseen by Iranian movie celebrities such as Oscar Wi...
     

     

    Horror movies selected @ Fajr International Film Festival

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    For the first time ever, Fajr International Film Festival has a program featuring horror movies. This screen is called The Midnight Horror Show. Every year, major film festivals around the world host the premieres of horror movies that may take time to reach larger audiences. While Fajr doesn’t specialize in horror movies, the festival is still committed to providing a platform for intriguing and promising films, some of which are horror. The time, therefore, has come for Iranian a...
     
     

    Poster for 20th ifm Iranian International Market @Fajr International Film Festival

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    The 35th edition of Fajr International Film Festival has released the poster for 20th ifm Iranian International Market. According to the organizers, 47 Iranian and international companies are taking part in this year’s market event, during which they will sell the rights to their Fajr-supported films and TV programs. This year, Video Data Bank continues its longstanding collaboration with the festival. The section presents an international selection of artists’ film and video wor...
     

     

    Fajr 2017: Eastern Vista Poster Unveiled

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    The Fajr International Film Festival has unveiled the poster for the Eastern Vista (Panorama of Films from Asian and Islamic Countries) category. The organizers have named the 12 countries which will take part in this category: China, Japan, Turkey, India, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Bangladesh, Singapore, Kyrgyzstan, South Korea, Afghanistan and Jordan. Three Iranian feature length films will also vie for the Simorgh awards. ...
     

     

    A bit of History on The Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF)

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    We proudly announce that the greatest and most important contemporary horror director George A. Romero is coming to the 13th edition of Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival that will take place between the 11th and the 15th of May in Ljutomer, Slovenia.
     
     
    His influence on contemporary cinema cannot be overestimated. He made history already with his first feature Night of the Living Dead (1968) which has caused a revolution within genre cinema. With this film, horror has irreversibly entered the modern age and left behind all the old movies which suddenly became old fashioned, harmless and even naive.  It was one of the most successful independent films in the history of cinema, while even the US Library of Congress selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry, which is an honour only seldomly given to films of that genre. Together with its sequels Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985) it forms one of the most influential film trilogies of all time. Just take a look at today’s media landscape, you will have a hard time avoiding zombies. They became the dominant cultural fear and at the same time the essential political metaphor for the exploitation and numbness of the masses.
     
    Last year, Night of the Living Dead has been digitally restored by New York’s Museum of Modern Art and The Film Foundation. After numerous special screenings at prestigious festivals, such as Berlinale and Venice, not attended by George A. Romero, this glorious genre milestone will be screened at this year’s Grossmann in the presence of the author. Our program will also feature a special retrospective of his films and a Master Class, and of course you’re all invited to the festival closing ceremony to honour him when he will receive the honorary Vicious Cat award.
     
    Befitting this year’s theme, there will be a Special Makeup Effects Workshop led by none other than the legendary Sergio Stivaletti. Europe’s greatest special and makeup FX grandmaster has collaborated on more than 50 films with directors such as Dario Argento, Michele Soavi, Lamberto Bava and Gabriele Salvatores. He is also the founder of the unique special effects school Fantastic Forge which is based in Rome. More information on this special workshop will be available soon. You will be able to see the result of the workshop at our Zombie Walk which will be the most spectacular to date. It will take place on the last day of the festival. And you’re all invited!
     
    You will be also able to participate in numerous other film workshops (also for children), attend expert lectures and book presentations and enjoy daily music events, all accompanied by exclusive wine tastings where you will help select the best wine in the festival competition. And don’t worry, free camping is provided!
     
    Stay tuned for details regarding our festival program and guests which will keep on showing up on the festival website.
     

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    The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Presented by AT&T opened with CLIVE DAVIS: THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES and Concert.

     

     

    The Tribeca Film Festival -launched after 9/11 o promote the cultural and economic revival of Lower Manhattan- provides a platform for innovative filmmakers to present their latest work alongside some major movie premieres too.  The 2017 program will feature films of all stripes: crowd-pleasing blockbusters-to be, provocative documentaries, foreign films, shorts and cornucopia of panel discussions and lectures.  There’s also new sections of the festival devoted to TV and online programming and experiential works, including virtual reality and multi-media projects.
     
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    Official Poster of 2017 Tiburon International Film Festival

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    Charsoo Cineplex, with 5 modern well-equipped auditoriums, is a great fit host for the Film Market, the talent-finding workshops, and the press conferences of this edition of the festival. The guests, journalists, and audiences will be served in Charsoo Foodcourt. Charsou has 5 modern halls with latest video and sound technologies equipped with Digital Cinema technology. Charsou has overall 900 seats.


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    WorldFest was founded over 50 years ago as an International Film Society in August, 1961. WorldFest became the third competitive international film festival in North America, following San Francisco and New York. WorldFest is the oldest Independent Film & Video Festival in the World. It evolved into a competitive International Film Festival in April, 1968. It was founded by award-winning producer/director Hunter Todd to present a quality film festival for the Independent filmmakers.
     
    From the 21st through the 30th, more than 200 New Indie Films from 43 Countries, including 34 Premieres in our new Panorama China! Our new Website, designed by the brilliant creative team at Lopez Negrete Communications is now live! We will be posting Film Titles, Trailer Links and Showtimes! You can purchase single tickets and VIP Series Passes Online.
     
    The Opening Night World Premiere was "LBJ", Directed by Rob Reiner, who attended the Premiere on April 21st at 7pm, in person to accept his Remi Career Achievement Award for his remarkable 4 decades of brilliant films! The Opening Night World Premiere of Panorama China was LOOKING FOR THE HOLY LAND, Directed By Li Zhang, Beijing, China! 
     
    We are closing with TATARA SAMURAI, from Japan, directed by Yoshinari Nishikori at 7pm on Sunday, April the 30th! The Panorama China Official Closing Night Film is SPECIAL ENCOUNTER, directed by Hwang Mi-Na - a Dalian Wanda Group Production. There are 9 Master Classes in many aspects of film/video production, including the use of Drones in filmmaking, Investing in Feature Films, how to obtain amazing free stock footage from NASA and many more important subjects! All Master Classes are held at the HQ Marriott Westchase Hotel with very special rates for Filmmakers and Filmbuffs. The Festival Club is located in the HQ Marriott Westchase Hotel for great networking with more than 1,000 Intl filmmakers attending over the ten-day festival. All Premieres at the HQ AMC Studio 30 Dunvale Theater! WorldFest is the only film festival in the Whole Wide World with a VIP Tour of NASA, a Texas BBQ, Longhorn Steer Photo Ops and the annual WorldFest Consular Regatta at the classic Houston Yacht Club on Closing Day!  Lots more great premiere info at https://worldfest.org
     
    WorldFest gave 1st Honors to Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee, the Coen Brothers, John Lee Hancock, George Lucas, Ridley Scott, Robert Rodriguez, Francis Ford Coppola, Randal Kleiser and hundreds more filmmakers! This years Remi Winners will be the Ang Lees and Spielbergs of Tomorrow!  
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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  • 04/25/17--12:34: Travelling UNAFF
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    The UNAFF Travelling Film Festival is a series of screenings sponsored by various community organizations and educational institutions. Each event features a selection of films from previous UNAFF festivals, tailored to the needs and interests of the local audiences.

    May 26-27, 2017
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    April 21, 2017
    New York

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    Denver

    January 6-7, 2017
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  • 04/25/17--12:37: Submit to UNAFF NOW
  • Established twenty years ago, UNAFF celebrates the power of films dealing with human rights, environmental themes, population, migration, women’s issues, refugees, homelessness, racism, health, universal education, war and peace. UNAFF offers a unique opportunity to view documentaries that are rarely screened, to become familiar with global problems, and to acquire a better understanding of the means to address these problems.

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    This year’s theme RESPECT continues our two decades long celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with the reminder that it applies to everyone.
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    This year’s theme RESPECT continues our two decades long celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with the reminder that it applies to everyone.

    20th UNAFF (UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION FILM FESTIVAL

    October 19-29, 2017 Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco and Stanford University - celebrates the power of international documentary films dealing with human rights, the environment, refugees, famine, homelessness, racism, disease control, women's issues, children, universal education, war and peace.

    This year’s theme RESPECT continues our two decades long celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with the reminder that it applies to everyone.

    UNAFF was established in 1998 to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was founded by Stanford educator and film critic Jasmina Bojic. UNAFF, whose theme for this year is “RESPECT", is an international documentary film festival held from October 19-29 2017 in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco and Stanford University.

    As one of the oldest solely documentary film festivals in the US, UNAFF has grown and earned the respect of audiences and filmmakers alike for its fearless independence and integrity. In addition to providing early outlets for films, many of which later went on to win major awards and accolades, UNAFF prides itself in creating a community forum for discovery and dialogue about different cultures, issues and solutions.

    Each year that the UNAFF has been held, the festival has screened films from all over the world - Asia, the South Pacific, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. The festival has attracted a broad audience with regards to ethnicity, many finding the screenings to be a rare chance to see the state of human rights and culture in their own native countries. Last year UNAFF jurors carefully reviewed over 700 submissions. Our final program consisted of 60 films related to issues from almost 60 countries.

    UNAFF screened some of the most awarded and talked about documentaries in the industry including seven that went on to win Academy Awards ("Panama Deception,""Thoth", "The Blood of Yingzhou District", "Freeheld", "Taxi to the Dark Side", "Inocente" and "Saving Face") and thirty that were nominated ("Regret to Inform", "Genghis Blues","Long Night's Journey Into Day", "LaLee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton", "Promises", "Daughter from Danang","When Abortion was Illegal", "Twist of Faith", "God Sleeps in Rwanda", "War /Dance", "Trouble The Water", “Salim Baba”, “The Garden”, “Burma VJ”, “China’s Unnatural Disaster – The Tears of Sichuan Province", "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers", "Rabbit a la Berlin", "Gasland", "Killing In the Name", "Which Way Home", "Waste Land", "The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of The Civil Rights Movement" and "Karama Has No Walls", "Facing Fear", "King’s Point", "Prison Terminal: The Last Days Of Private Jack Hall", "White Earth" and "Dirty Wars", "The Poster Girl" and "Last Day of Freedom"). 

    Documentaries often elicit a very personal, emotional response that encourages dialogue and action by humanizing global and local problems. To further this goal, UNAFF hosts academics and filmmakers from around the world to discuss the topics in the films with the audience, groups and individuals who are often separated by geography, ethnicity and economic constraints. 

    Apart from bringing the best international documentaries to our audiences during the festival days each October, we have developed multiple year-round programs which engage a growing segment of our community. Our popular “UNAFF Traveling Film Festival” has taken place in San Francisco, Berkeley, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Davis, Saratoga, Sonoma, Sebastopol, San Diego, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Honolulu, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington DC, New York, Burlington, Bellevue, Miami, La Crosse, Fryeburg, Houston, Denver, Chapel Hill, Durham at Duke University, New Haven at Yale University, Waukesha at University of Wisconsin, Boston and Cambridge at Harvard University and internationally in Paris, Venice, Belgrade, Phnom Penh and Abu Dhabi. Through “UNAFF and Kids” and “UNAFF in Schools” programs we have devoted our attention to the young and to the wiser among us with the “UNAFF for Seniors”. The “UNAFF Panels” program provides a platform for some of the best experts addressing challenging topics and our “UNAFF Café” maintains a steady supply of interesting films and informal discussions. “UNAFF Archive” offers a plethora of research material for students of film, politics and international relations, "UNAFF With Veterans" brings documentaries to veterans and their families and 
    "UNAFF Women Salon" is targeting women who may, may not otherwise find time for the regular screenings, in environment which encourages active discussion and engagement.

    UNAFF gives five cash awards: the UNAFF Grand Jury Awards for Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, UNAFF Youth Vision Award, UNAFF/Stanford Video Award for Cinematography and UNAFF/Stanford Video Award for Editing.

    We are proud that UNAFF has twice won the WAVE Awards for best promotional trailer and the prestigious Earl W. Eames Award for innovatively combining new technologies with traditional media. As an acknowledgment of the 10th anniversary, UNAFF received the “Community Treasure Award” from Stanford University President John Hennessy for its contribution in promoting dialogue and education about different cultures and issues. For the last fourteen years the Mayor of Palo Alto has proclaimed the festival days as UNAFF Week, consistently recognizing the significance that UNAFF has for the community. Most recently, UNAFF received the prestigious Academy Foundation Grant for the “UNAFF and Kids” program, which will have its eight presentation this year.

    20th UNAFF CALL FOR ENTRIES


    SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN for the 20th UNAFF, which runs from October 19-29, 2017 in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco and Stanford University. 

    UNAFF celebrates the power of international documentary films dealing with human rights, the environment, refugees, famine, homelessness, racism, disease control, women's issues, children, universal education, war and peace.

    This year’s theme RESPECT continues our two decades long celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with the reminder that it applies to everyone.


    SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

    • Documentaries only
    • No production year limit - but please no films that are available online for free
    • No runtime limit – UNAFF accepts both shorts and longs
    • Rough-cuts or works-in-progress accepted, but please submit as close to the final cut as possible. UNAFF cannot accept updated versions of a film less than 10 days before the start of the festival
    • Preferred submission format: DVD (NTSC/PAL) or Blu-Ray region 0 or 1
    • Alternate submission format: Download-enabled online link with a password having an expiration date extending through July 31, 2017


    SUBMISSION PROCESS: Submit via WITHOUTABOX or visit www.unaff.org for downloadable Entry Form

    ENTRY FEES: 

    • $30 for films up to 30 minutes (late deadline $40)
    • $40 for films longer than 30 minutes (late deadline is $50)
    • Please send check or money order payable to UNAFF, or via PayPal at www.unaff.org (please enter info@unaff.org)


    SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

    • Early Deadline – May 6, 2016*
    • Regular Deadline – May 16, 2016*
    • Late deadline – May 26, 2016*
    (*Postmarked)


    MAILING ADDRESS: Please submit screener and payment (if paying via check or money order) to: 

    UNAFF 2016
    CERAS/CAW 
    Stanford University
    520 Galvez Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-3084

    AWARDS include a CASH prize 

    • UNAFF Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary $2000
    • UNAFF Grand Jury Award for Best Short Documentary $1000
    • UNAFF Award for Best Cinematography $500
    • UNAFF Award for Best Editing $500
    • UNAFF Youth Vision Award $500


    UNAFF provides filmmakers with pass credentials, guest festival passes and some assistance with lodging and airfare. In addition to screenings, UNAFF provides filmmakers the opportunity to present their work through panel discussions and Q&As and to meet distributors and leaders of community organizations.


    Questions or comments: Email info@unaff.org or call (650) 724-5544
     

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     in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco and Stanford University. UNAFF celebrates the power of international documentary films dealing with human rights, the environment, refugees, famine, homelessness, racism, disease control, women's issues, children, universal education, war and peace. This year’s theme RESPECT continues the ongoing celebration of the Universal Declaration of Huma...
     

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    Each entry is considered for Screening, Competition ($45k in awards) and Distribution Opportunities. 
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    The 2017 NAB Show will feature Global TV Tech Day, a new, day-long program that explores emerging media technologies from the perspective of the world’s leading media standards development organizations, industry forums and key implementers. Produced by PILOT and open to all attendees, Global TV Tech Day will take place Saturday, April 22 in room N260 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

    “The standards driving TV innovation are constantly evolving,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Technology Sam Matheny. “Global TV Tech Day will address the current technological landscape and emerging developments influencing major aspects of the television industry.”

    A series of five sessions will provide updates on significant breakthroughs and developments on topics such as IP standards for media production facilities; IP-to-cloud broadcast interoperability; High Dynamic Range (HDR) video; Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR); an MPEG 5-year roadmap and the MPEG-I standard; the continuing emergence of UHD; Korea’s launch of Next Gen TV technology; and standards for global OTT video.

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    This year's Tribeca Film Festival is another a great opportunity to see some great films, join some exciting discussions about movies, and even to rub shoulder with some of your favorite celebrities.

    The Festival was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan following the attacks on the World Trade Center. With strong roots in independent film, the annual event has evolved into a destination for creativity, reimagines the cinematic experience, and explores how art can unite communities.

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    The tag line for Independent Film Festival Boston 2017 is “It Stays With You”.  In my case, that is certainly true.  You’ll see what I mean in a bit.  First, some back story.

    A year ago Sunday, I was in the latter stages of moving.  My then-landlord was… not the best at maintenance, to be charitable.  The house was near the beach, which meant you had to keep an eye on the wood weathering from the salt air.  The front door threshold had been in need of repair for a couple of years. 

    On this particular Sunday, I was coming down the stairs with my hands full and only a dozen or so boxes left upstairs.  Almost done.  As I shifted my weight to my left foot on the threshold, the rotting wood at long last failed and sagged beneath me.  With no way to catch myself (hands full), my leg folded up like a carpenter’s ruler and I spilled out face first onto the front porch, half in and half out of the house.

    While my girlfriend (Lisa) and our neighbor (Greg) rushed over from the basement and his yard, respectively, I rolled over and dragged my legs onto the porch.  My left leg showed a dramatic difference in height between my kneecap and my thigh.  I knew instantly that either my kneecap was seriously dislocated, or I had snapped my quad tendon, letting all that muscle meat roll up towards my hip, like a rubber band released at one end.  A quick flex of my foot ruled out dislocation, because I didn’t scream or black out when I did it.  OK.  So, “quad tendon” it is…

    Fortunately, I was able to remind Lisa where she could find some crutches in the basement that we hadn’t moved yet, and I was able to get down the stairs from the porch to the driveway.  That was easy enough that I foolishly thought “I might be OK” and tried to put some weight on my injured leg.  Really, really bad idea.  Quite painfully bad, in fact.  Note to self: Don’t do that again.  The three of us managed to get me into the passenger seat of Lisa’s car and she drove me to Massachusetts General Hospital. 

    After several hours in the emergency room, I was told what I already knew.  I had a ruptured quad tendon that would need reattachment surgery.  As they were explaining the options, I interjected “tomorrow”. “Are you sure?”  “What could I possibly have to do that is more important than re-connecting my leg?  I want you to fix it before it knows it’s broken.”  As luck would have it, the Chief of Ortho Trauma Surgery was on call the next morning.  This is the kind of guy that gets shipped to Haiti to deal with mass casualties after an earthquake.  One of the best of the best would be knitting my body back together.

    As I lay there in the hospital bed Sunday night, awaiting early morning restoration of my ability to flex my leg on command, I thought: “IFFB opens in three days.  That’s a tight window.”  I kid you not.

    “Let’s see… Surgery Monday.  Post-surgical observation for 24-hours.  Release Tuesday.  That should give me time to adjust to the crutches and be at IFFB for Wednesday night.  I’ll have to take the T (Boston’s subway) because I can’t drive (my car is standard, and I can’t work the clutch without a functioning left leg) unless I can get Lisa to drive me.” 

    I was assuming that I could have my leg explode internally one day, have it opened up, stretched, drilled (tendon has to go into the kneecap), and stitched back together the next, and then go back to life on the third day as if nothing had happened.

    I blame the morphine…

    Surgery went well Monday and it looked as if I would be all set by Tuesday morning.  Somehow, after Tuesday rounds, a box didn’t get checked that said “release the Kraken” (me being the Kraken here), so the case manager thought it best to keep me another night to be safe.  We could check with the surgeons the next morning to verify that I was OK to go home.

    My first thought? “Crap!  If I don’t get released until Wednesday, there’s no way that Lisa’s going to drive me straight from MGH to Opening Night!”  (Because, you see, she’s not insane.)

    “Hey… are you sure I have to stay another night…?”  So, yes, I was – in the moment – prioritizing a successful surgical outcome behind the slimming chance of my getting to IFFBoston Opening Night.

    Again, I’m assuming there was morphine involved.

    Wednesday did bring departure, but it took until the afternoon just as rush hour was starting.  From the back seat of Lisa’s car (where I could keep my leg straight by sitting sideways) I offered: “I don’t suppose you’d drive me to Somerville for IFF…”  She shot me a look in the rear view.  “Yeah… probably best to just go home.”  Once home, I spent the next couple of days learning to navigate my house, dog, hygiene, nutrition, and sleep with only one leg and my hands full of crutches whenever I wasn’t seated.

    By Saturday, Lisa took pity on me.  She drove me first to Somerville to pick up my badge, then to Brattle to see Ian Cheney’s latest doc, Bluespace.  I had seen his prior films The Greening of Southie (2008), The City Dark (2011), and The Search for General Tso (2014) all at IFFBoston in past years (I think I caught King Corn (2007) elsewhere), so I was happy to keep the set intact at least.

    With the help of various friends, I was able to catch a handful of other films throughout the rest of the IFFB 2016, including:

    • High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell– a 20th anniversary screening of this chillingly raw documentary about lives swept up in the scourge of crack in the 1990s that has echoes in the opioid epidemic of current times.  The Q&A revelations of what happened after the filming stopped were expectedly sad, but unexpectedly joyous as well.
    • Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice– a fictionalized look at the world of improv comedy portrayed by a cadre of comedic actors.
    • Closing Night’s The Intervention– Clea DuVall’s feature directorial debut, where an ensemble cast gathers for a weekend retreat to stage a relationship intervention for one of the couples in attendance.

    I also got the experience of seeing the IFFB – and, in the following months, the world – through a different set of eyes.  I got to walk in someone else’s shoes while only using one leg.

    I learned where all of the accessibility features (ramps, elevators, seating, …) are in the various theaters – and then on mass transit, office buildings, airplanes, and so on.  I found how considerate most people seem to be - offering a seat, a spare set of hands, a ride, or even just personal space – despite the blue-screen-assisted self-absorption characteristic of the times.  Where I used to favor aisle seats that left my right arm free to write without poking a neighbor, I now reflexively grab the seats across the aisle that let me stretch my left leg, which still doesn’t like being in one position for the length of a film.  The gentle easing into my new, if short-lived, state of life in friendly surroundings was quite helpful.

    What was also telling was the absence of so much of what I look forward to at this time of year every year for the last decade or so.  The missing of it.  I didn’t get to walk from screening to screening.  I didn’t get to race by T or car from Somerville to Brattle and/or back.  I didn’t get to spend the six weeknights and every waking weekend hour awash in films and friends – and popcorn and frozen Kit Kats.  The drive to not miss out completely was compelling enough that, literally (literally literally, not figuratively "literally"), the first thing I did after the injury that was voluntary was go to IFFBoston.

    All of this has stayed with me for the last year, as I have ached and healed and learned to walk again with still-diminishing limp.

    As the clock ticks down to Opening Night of IFFBoston 2017, I can’t express any better than I have above what it will mean to me to walk – to make the pilgrimage - into the Somerville Theater tonight. 

    On my own two feet.

    Maybe I’ll see you there.

    The 15th edition of the Independent Film Festival Boston runs from April 26 – May 3, 2017.  Details can be found at iffboston.org.


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    Second Short Sketch Comedy Session!

    Our first Short Sketch Comedy session sold out, so we're bringing you another on Day 1 of the festival!

    Visit http://bit.ly/2qjhjxB to check out the sketches and get tickets!


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