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    Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco, the first independent Iranian film festival outside of Iran, which showcases independent feature and short films made by or about Iranians from around the world, will present 40 films at its 10th annual event.  The films range from fiction, documentary, animation, short....to music video.
     
    Razor’s Edge: The Legacy of Iranian Actresses
     

    Sunday, September 24 @ 5:15 PM


    Razor-Edge
     
    Director: Bahman Maghsoudlou 127 minutes, Cast: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Mery Apick, Pouri Banai, Simin Ghaffari, Vida Ghahremani, Iren, Katayun, Fakhri Khorvash, Zari Khoshkam, Shahla Riahi, Shahrzad, Tahmineh, Farzaneh Taidi, Susan Taslim....
     
    This documentary approaches its subject on four levels: the biographical, the historical, the socio-political and the theoretical. Through interviews with many leading actresses of the time and unprecedented access to rare film clips of their work, filmmaker Bahman Maghsoudlou sheds a light on the important and controversial role women played in the development of Iranian cinema during the secular period from the 1930s right up to the Islamic revolution of 1979, examining the evolution of women’s roles, the difficulty of making films that broke from the patriarchal mode and the darkness that descended upon the arts when a new fanaticism began to take hold of the nation.

    Mohey

    Saturday, September 23 @ 5:15 PM


    Mahi

    Director: Davood Khayyam [in person], Iran, 94 minutes, Cast:Anna Ne’mati, Mehran Ahmadi, Homayoon Ershadi, Ehsan Amani, Sepideh Alaee, Maryam Davoodi

     

    Based on real events, Mohey tells the story of a woman by the same name who becomes involved in an international money laundering and black-market deals.

     

    Iran’s Arrow – Story of Paykan

     

    Saturday, September 23 @ 3:00 PM

     

    Iran-Arrow

     

     

    Director: Shahin Armin [in person] & Sohrab Daryabandari, Iran, 78 minutes, Cast:Kamran Shirdel, Amir Tehrani, Afshin Ghaderpanah, Raana Farnoud

     

    Iran’s Arrow is a documentary film about a British car that was introduced to Iran in 1967. It was produced under the model name “Paykan” for 38 years. Today, it can be seen everywhere in the streets of Iran. The film attempts to show the impact this car had on the Iranian society, and the impact that the Iranian society had on this car. A nostalgic look at the generations grew up with this car.


    Wishbone
     
    Sunday, September 24 @ 9:45 PM
    Wishbone
     

    Director: Ali Atshani, 2017, Iran, 105 minutes, Cast: Hossein Yari, Mitra Hajar, Mahchehreh Khalili, Maziar Fallah, Azadeh Mahdizadeh

     

    Based on a true story, about a married football coach who meets his ex-girlfriend after a lengthy period of time has elapsed. The girl, who was one of his fans, once again enters his life.

     

    Window Horses


    Sunday, September 24 @ 1:15 PM

     

    Window-Horses.

     

     

    Director: Ann Marie Fleming, 2016, Canada, 81 minutes, Cast: Shohreh Aghdashloo, Payman Maadi, Navid Negahban

     

    Rosie Ming, a young Canadian poet, is invited to perform at a poetry festival in Shiraz, Iran, but she’d rather go to Paris. She lives at home with her over-protective Chinese grandparents and has never been anywhere by herself. Once in Iran, she finds herself in the company of poets and Persians who tell her stories that force her to confront her past: the Iranian father she assumed abandoned her and the nature of poetry itself. The film is about building bridges between cultural and generational divides. It’s about being curious.Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco

    September 23-24, 2017

     

    Venue:

    San Francisco Art Institute
    800 Chestnut Street
    San Francisco, CA 94133

     


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    Call for Entries – 33rd DOK.fest München 2018

     

    We kindly invite filmmakers, production companies and distribution labels to submit their current documentary films.

     

    DOK.fest München is one of the largest festivals for documentary films in Europe. The international program includes three relevant competition sections and ten awards (2.500 to 10.000 Euros). In 2017, the festival celebrated a new record of over 43.000 visitors.

     

    For the coming DOK.fest we accept films with a duration of at least 52 minutes, which must have been completed after January 1st 2017 and must not have been shown in German public television. Further information can be found in our regulations. Premiers are preferred.

     

    For our School programme DOK.education we look for professional narrative or experimental short films (10 to 30 minutes) showing powerful stories about kids and adolescents (8 to 18 years), told in an artistic and creative way. For this section, a German language version is required.


    Submission deadlines:

    DOK.fest: December 15th, 2017

    DOK.education: December 8th, 2017

    Date of the post stamp / of the complete online registration applies.

     

    Please register your film online here.

    Contact:

    Macarena Velasco, velasco@dokfest-muenchen.de

    DOK.fest München, Dachauer Straße 114, 80636 Munich, Germany

    Phone: +49 89 - 51 39 97 88 (Mo. - Fr., 10 am - 5 pm)

    www.dokfest-muenchen.de / www.facebook.com/DOK.festMuenchen

     

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    The 2017 Venice Film Festival was so overwhelmingly dominated by Hollywood films and personalities that it was to all intents and purposes an American festival that happened to be taking place in Italy.  First of all the career awards.  Tandem career Lions were presented to senior Hollywood icons, Robert Redford (81) and one time First Lady of Protest Jane Fonda (79) on the second night of the fest. Both still looking good in spite of their dental lengthiness and the media coverage treated this as the main event of the entire fest.  Another career award in the name of recently deceased Vogue editor Franca Sozzani was bestowed upon actress Julianne Moore in a complete evening devoted only to this  event. Her award was presented by popular actor Ewan McGregor.

    The opening night film out of competition was a Hollywood premier, "Downsizing" starring Matt Damon. Damon also starred in the competition film "Suburbicon" by George Clooney and was prominently around in the social scene.   Clooney and gorgeously expectant Iranian-English wife Amal were high profile guests of the fest and much fodder for media splash.

    The daily arriving guest list was again dominated by Hollywood names, most of whom had films on view here. 

    A representative sampling: Jennifer Lawrence, George Clooney, Penelope Cruz, Amanda Seyfried, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ethan Hawke, Guillermo del Torro, Darren Aronovsky, Paul Schrader, on and on ...

    And to top it all off the president of the international competition jury this year was American actress Annette Bening (Mrs. Warren Beatty).

    Of course there were plenty of films and personalies from elsewhere, almost everywhere -- but, like it or not, it was basically a Hollywood show -- not complaining, just commenting on the passing scene. 

    Director Aronovsky with actors of his film "Mother"; Michelle Pfeiffer, Jennifer Lawrence, and Javier Bardem of Spain.

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    Matt Damon in formal attire with Japanese actress Sachiko, on arm. 


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    Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (aka PÖFF) announces 13 titles from its two international competition programmes. The remaining films from each lineup will be announced in October.
    The festival has renamed the Main Competition the Official Selection, retaining most of its previous awards and regulations. The eight films announced are set to compete for the festival’s Grand Prix, alongside with the rest of the programme, that will be announced on the 17th of October. The titles include the world premiere of an Estonian feature film The Manslayer. The Virgin. The Shadow and the international premiere of the Finnish-Estonian-Swedish co-production The Eternal Road that received a favourable response from the Finnish critics and box office after the film launched in domestic cinemas last week. Among the four Asian films is the South-Korean Excavator, written and produced by Kim Ki-duk and directed by Lee Ju-Hyoung.
    The First Feature Competition selection includes entries from South-Korea, Costa Rica, Kosovo and Belgium. Flanders is the focus region of the festival this year. The full lineup of the First Feature Competition will be made public on the 24th of October.


    Official Selection - Competition


    The Manslayer. The Virgin. The Shadow
    The Estonian auteur Sulev Keedus returns with a three-part tale of love and the shift of women’s societal positions across three different time periods and contexts of Estonia’s history: 19th century farm life, the working class of the postwar Stalinist era and the present day.
    The film was presented at the Baltic Event Works In Progress in 2016.
    The director’s previous films have won or been nominated for numerous prizes, including the Prix Europa Special Prize for Georgica (1998); the best director award at Cottbus Film Festival and the Rotterdam IFF VPRO Tiger Awards Competition nomination for Somnambulance (2004).

    The Eternal Road
    Set during the Great Depression years of the 1930’s and based on a true story, this adaptation of Antti Tuuri’s novel of the same name follows a Finnish emigrant who unwillingly enters the Soviet Union and is forced to join a Finnish-American colony of settlers who have followed Stalin’s call to come and build up the socialist state, only to realise that it will soon turn against them during the years of Red Terror.
    The film was directed by AJ Annila (Sauna, Jade Warrior), produced by Ilkka Mattila (9th Company, 1944, Pioneer) and co-produced by Estonia’s Kristian Taska (Purge, 1944) and received support funding from Finland 100 – the Finnish Republic’s centenary celebration, Estonia’s cash rebate and the  Ida-Viru Film Fund. The film participated at the Baltic Event co-production market in 2014 and at the Works In Progress showcase in 2016.

    Excavator
    The second film by director Lee Ju-Hyoung, written and produced by Kim Ki-duk opens a painful chapter in Korean history studying the post-traumatic stress of soldiers involved in the Gwangju student uprising in 1980. One of the low-ranking soldiers seeks out his former comrades and supervisors to try and make peace with the painful memories.
    The director Lee Ju-Hyoung won the Audience Award at the Tokyo Film Festival for his previous film Red Family (2013), he was also nominated for the Grand Prix at the same festival.

    Little Tito
    The second feature film of director Paola Randi is a playful and heartfelt study of an introverted astronomer forced to raise the son and daughter of his deceased brother, while trying to prove that it is possible to contact with deceased loved ones through space. The visually lush art direction blends with sci fi elements offering a ‘dramedy’ that evokes the feel of 80’s family films.
    Her previous film Into Paradiso (2010) was nominated for several awards, including the Controcampo Italiano Prize at the Venice Film Festival.

    Asphyxia
    Presenting a rare case in the blooming Iranian cinema, this ‘love noir’ by veteran director Fereydoun Jeyrani tells a story of a mental hospital nurse who is drawn into a potential murder plan. She is forced to choose sides between a wealthy woman pretending madness and her husband who she claims is planning to murder her for the inheritance.
    Film director and screenwriter Fereydoun Jeyrani was nominated for the Best Film award at the Cairo IFF for The Last Supper (2001).

    A Thought of Ecstasy
    Inspired by the writings of Georges Bataille and Jean Baudrillard, this art house title is a haunting study of a man’s journey to find a lost love in the US in the year 2019. Director RP Kahl obscures the viewer with a chronologically broken timeline and blends memories, sexual desires and fears with a distorted sense of ‘reality’ to present a story of a person psychologically succumbing to illusions and self destruction.
    The film was nominated for the Best Production and Screenwriting awards at the Munich Film Festival.

    Bangzi Melody
    Depicting the tumultuous years of post-Mao China with witty allegory, Zheng Dasheng’s latest feature is set in Northern China in 1982, right after the Cultural Revolution has ended and brought about the mass privatisation of land in China. To celebrate the reform, the Party secretary asks the villagers to prepare a classic Bangzi Opera -  a move that is generally met with enthusiasm, except for Mad Kui, a guard of the communal piece of land who refuses to give up his position, becoming a nuisance to the community and the new system.
    Film and theater director Zheng Dasheng A Tao (2000) and Death of Wang Bo has won awards at several Chinese festivals and his film Useless Man (2012) was in the Official Selection of Montreal WFF.

    Granny
    After her granddaughter gets raped by a local politician’s son, Granny sets out on a dark odyssey of retribution, coming across corrupt law enforcement and public servants in the process. For his second feature film director-scriptwriter Devashish Makhija has created a haunting and claustrophobic depiction of India’s systemic social injustice with memorable visual imagery.

    A Thought of Ecstasy - dir RP Kahl, Germany-USA-Switzerland, 2017 - International premiere
    Asphyxia (Khafegi), dir Fereydoun Jeyrani, Iran, 2017 - International premiere
    Bangzi Melody (Cun xi), dir Dasheng Zheng, China, 2017 - International premiere
    Granny (Ajji), dir Devashish Makhija, India, 2017  - European premiere
    Little Tito (Tito il Piccolo), dir Paola Randi, Italy, 2017 - International premiere
    The Eternal Road (Ikitie), dir AJ Annila, Finland-Estonia-Sweden, 2017 - International premiere
    The Manslayer. The Virgin. The Shadow (Mehetapja. Süütu. Vari), dir Sulev Keedus, Estonia, 2017 -
    World premiere
    Excavator (Poclain), dir Lee Ju-Hyoung, South-Korea, 2017 - International premiere

    The full lineup of the Official Selection will be announced on the 17th of October.

     

    First Feature Competition
     

    Buddha.mov
    Kabir Mehta’s experimental documentary follows a flamboyant Goan cricket player in his daily activities, exposing explicitly even the most intimate details of his private life, including screenshots into his social media feed and intimate encounters with women, thus depriving the subject of any privacy and expanding the boundaries of the portrait documentary.
    The project (previously called Buddhagram) was awarded with the Facebook Award at last year’s Film Bazaar.
    The director has won awards at the European Media Art Festival and Ann Arbor FF for his previous project.

    Home
    Director Kim Jong-woo’s drama sets a rather unique premise: a man’s current and former wife get into a car accident and are both left in a coma. The man finds it easy to accept the daughter he had with the ex-wife, but a more problematic issue is the boy - the protagonist of the film - whom the ex-wife had from a previous marriage. What follows is a moving study on the meaning of family, acceptance and having a safe place - a home.

    Resurrection
    Representing the focus region of the festival this year - Flanders, Belgium - Resurrection follows a young man who has just murdered his companion and is united with a reclusive man who offers him a hideout. Director Kristof Hoornaert’s presents a quiet, touching tale of the repercussions of violence and of overcoming one’s past demons.
    The director’s short films have been screened at numerous festivals, including Berlinale, Tallinn Black Nights, Montreal, Busan and BFI London.

    The Heat after the Rain
    Cristóbal Serrá Jorquera’s first feature film follows 30-year-old Julia trying to restore her mental balance after a miscarriage and the ensuing breakup from her companion. It is a rare case of a male director studying a female subject with subtle delicacy, offering a film that serves both as a meditative journey and a moving character piece.
    The director has previously been awarded at the Valdivia IFF for his short film Todos los lugares y yo.

    The Marriage
    Kosovan director Blerta Zeqiri’s fascinating character study centers on two friends who were separated after the Kosovo War and are reunited on the eve of the marriage of one of them. After a successful first encounter with the friend and his bride to be, the events and revelations take an unexpected turn that threatens to alter the triangle’s current state of affairs.
    The director’s short films have won awards at international festivals such as Sundance, Sarajevo and Tirana.    

    Buddha.mov, dir Kabir Mehta, India, 2017 - World premiere
    Home, dir Kim Jong-woo, South Korea, 2017 - International premiere
    Resurrection, dir Kristof Hoornaert, Belgium, 2017 - International premiere
    The Heat After The Rain (El calor después de la lluvia), Dir Cristóbal Serrá Jorquera, Costa Rica, 2017 - International premiere
    The Marriage (Martesa), dir Blerta Zeqiri, 2017 -  World premiere

    The full lineup of the First Feature Competition will be announced on the 24th of October.

     

    PHOTOS
     

    Official Selection: click here

    First Feature Competition: click here

     

    TRAILERS

    Bangzi Melody - https://youtu.be/ERUPfXP68Aw
    Granny - https://youtu.be/O9OZI1SQFJc
    Home - https://youtu.be/8AbwdgbKlmo
    Resurrection - https://youtu.be/DA3gdSkpvws
    The Eternal Road - https://youtu.be/zUu0uriegvQ
    The Manslayer. The Virgin. The Shadow - https://youtu.be/MenRHOShysQ

     

    INFORMATION


    Website: www.poff.ee

    Black Nights Film Festival's press contact:
    Hannes Aava, head of press and communication
    phone: +37255529211
    email: hannes.aava@poff.ee

     

     


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    VIENNALE TRAILER 2017 BY ABEL FERRARA

    In July of this year, Hans Hurch travelled to Rome to meet Abel Ferrara and discuss the terms and content for a potential Viennale trailer with him. Following Hurch’s unexpected death, Ferrara conceived the trailer as an obituary: We see a landscape at dusk and hear music and children crying in the distance. The face of the late Viennale director is superimposed, his first name pronounced by an electronically distorted voice that can hardly be understood. Captured in an extremely aesthetic manner, a photo of Bob Dylan in his youth and an emblematic image of John Ford with a black patch over his eye are rolling past.

    Abel Ferrara’s trailer is a phantasmagoria, a visual game of deception, combining some of the things that were important to Hans Hurch with dream-like sequences and celebrating a moment of utmost existential compression.

    In his accompanying note, Ferrara wrote: “A small thank you to someone who constantly and consistently maintained the dream of the eternal cinema.”

    Watch the trailer HERE. MORE FESTIVALS TRAILERS HERE

    Viennale Trailer 2017
    Abel Ferrara (A/I 2017), 1’27”

     

     


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    The madness of an unconventional carer of elderly people; an alien invasion that goes unnoticed; and friendship between a truck driver and a subtle writer – these are but a few subjects discussed in the films included in the Japanese section at Tofifest. Japanese cinema that has fascinated people for good 120 years will this time blossom in Torun.

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    The cinema of Japan offers a fascinating otherness that corresponds with the unique culture of that country. Japanese cinema is profound, contemplative, and wise, and such notable film-makers as Akira Kurosawa or Masaki Kobayashi are the ultimate masters of their work. The films that have made are now absolute classics of their respective genres. Tofifest is going to present the work of both experienced film directors, and those, who have started their career in the film industry.

     
     
     
     

    Pensioners, Truck Drivers, and Writers

     
     
     
     
     

     

     

    One of such films is the one made by Momoko Andō. “0.5mm” is a story about a young woman, who has an unconventional approach to taking care of the elderly male pensioners. The story deals not only with the cross-generational communication, but it also conveys a universal message that life can still be meaningful, even if we think that the best is already behind us. The films received awards for directing at the Shanghai IFF and in Yokohama, where it was also coupled with a special Jury Award.

     
     
     
     
     

     

     

    “The Long Excuse” (“Nagaii iiwake”) is a film about growing up and undergoing an inner transformation. The film was directed by Miwa Nishikawa and based on his own novel. The story is about two men, whose wives are killed in a car crash. One of them is a sophisticated intellectual and writer, while the other a simple truck driver. But fate decides that their lives will be bonded tightly, regardless.

     
     
     
     
     

     

     

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    The Japanese section at Tofifest will offer a closer look at the films that have represented Japan in recent years, at the most important film festival in the world – in Cannes.

     
     
     
     
     

     

     

    One of such gems is certainly the winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury in Cannes, i.e. “Radiance” (“Hikari”) by Naomi Kawase. It is a warm melodrama taking place in a community of film-makers. In this love story, we see a young girl, who works as an audio description narrator, who translates film images into a language understandable to visually impaired people, and a famous photographer, who is gradually losing his sight. The man who is slowly losing his light and the woman chasing it start to have a passionate affection for each other...

     
     
     
     
     

     

     

    Another film with a “Cannes mark” is “Harmonium” (“Fuchi ni tatsu”) by Kôji Fukada. The film has received a Jury Award at Cannes, in the Un Certain Regard section. The film portrays a family living in the second decade of the 21st century and provokes questions about the changes that have affected the modern perspective of a family. Fukada uses his camera to show that the concept of “family” that we have used for decades is nothing more but an illusion.

     
     
     
     
     

     

     

    American Identity

     
     
     
     
     

     

     

    “Oh Lucy!” is a film that gives hope, some would say. Its director, Atsuko Hirayanagi, wants to tell us that it is never too late to chase the dreams one thought were lost for good. The main protagonist in the film is a woman in her fifties, who has worked in an office in Tokyo, “since forever”. One day, an eccentric English teacher makes her adopt a new “American” identity and a new name, Lucy, while in class. That little detail starts an avalanche of changes. The film has been screened at the Cinéfondation section in Cannes, this year.

     
     
     
     
     

     

     

    And last but not least, an example of cinema that is both unorthodox and surprising. Regardless of the fact that “Before We Vanish” (“Sanpo suru shinryakusha”) by Kiyoshi Kurosawa is a science fiction film, it is an entirely different story than the popular “Transformers” franchise. The director does not offer a slick show, but creates a universal portrait of mankind facing a disaster, instead. This way, he demonstrates that in Japan even this film genre can be profound and contemplative.

     
     
     

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    The official partner of the Japanese section at Tofifest is The Japan Foundation.

     
     
     
     
     

     

     
     

     

     

     

     
     
     

     

     

    Should you have any questions, please contact Katarzyna Drewnowska-Toczko, Press Office Coordinator at Tofifest, writing to kasia.toczko@tofifest.pl.

     
     
     
     
     

     

     
     

     

     

     

     

     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     

     

     

     
     
     

     

     
     

     

     

    The primary patron of the festival is the City of Torun. The main partner of the festival is the region of Kujawsko-Pomorskie. The primary sponsors of the festival are TZMO SA and Bella Sp. z o.o. The event is financed from the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and the Polish Film Institute. The event is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), as part of the Regional Operational Programme for Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship for the years 2014-2020.

     
     
     
     
     

     

     

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    *Set To Take Place October 12-15*

     

     

    Oscar Winning and Nominated Jury Includes:

    Caroline Waterlow (O.J.: Made in America)

    Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp)

    Sam Pollard (4 Little Girls)

     

    "The event brings together filmmakers, artists and creative thinkers."

    - Fox News

     

    "Get to know NYC's next filmmaking generation at the Bushwick Film Festival."

    - Tribeca Film

     

    "An opportunity to see amazing films that you won't find in regular U.S. cinemas.

    They are true gems!"

    - Indiewire

     

    New York, NY - September 20, 2017 - The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) has officially announced the full program of screenings, panels, workshops, parties and networking opportunities for its 10th anniversary, taking place from October 12th through October 15th. After receiving over 600 submissions, BFF looks forward to supporting and sharing the stories of emerging filmmakers and inspiring the audiences who view their films. For a full schedule of events see below or visit: https://goo.gl/KJc9Fi.

     

    Located in Bushwick, the bustling center of Brooklyn's artistic and cultural community, the festival encourages filmmakers, industry professionals and audiences to engage, share and collaborate in an eclectic and open-minded atmosphere to form new alliances, expand horizons and share common passion for independent film.

     

    Kicking off on Thursday, October 12th, BFF will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a Red Carpet Reception at House of Yes, featuring the world premiere of In Case of Emergency, directed by Stefanie Sparks. The festivities will continue throughout the weekend with events ranging from feature screenings and short screenings to networking parties and panels. For tickets and passes, please visit: www.bushwickfilmfestival.com.

     

    BFF is thrilled to announce the critically acclaimed and Oscar winning and nominated filmmakers that will comprise its jury, which includes:

     

    Caroline Waterlow: 2017 Academy Award winner for O.J.: Made in America and producer of many feature length documentaries including Cutie and the Boxer and Supermensch

     

    Heidi Ewing: an Academy Award nominee for her 2006 documentary Jesus Camp as well as a co-founder of the production house Loki Films.

     

    Sam Pollard: an Academy Award nominee for his film 4 Little Girls, together with Spike Lee he produced and edited HBO's When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts and the follow up If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise.

     

    In 2016, BFF welcomed a record 2,700 excited guests to the festival to enjoy indie cinema, share ideas, and connect with diverse groups of people. The festival is looking forward to welcoming even more people this year and celebrating its 10th Anniversary from October 12th-15th.

     

    Sponsors for BFF 2017 include: Cutty Sark Whiskey, Braven Brewing Company, Bruce Cost Ginger Ale, 100 Bogart, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Node, Chemistry Creative and City Fresh Market. BFF is proud to be teaming up with Backstage and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce as Community Partners, along with Bushwick Daily and Radio Free Bushwick as the festival's official Media Partners. Syndicated, House of Yes, Lot 45, LightSpace Studios, The Rookery Bar and Montana's Trail House are the festival's Venue Partners. For more information, please visit: www.bushwickfilmfestival.com

     

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    BUSHWICK FILM FESTIVAL: FULL SCHEDULE

    Thursday, October 12th

    10th Annual Bushwick Film Festival Opening Night

    TIME: 6:30pm

    VENUE: House Of Yes

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2harzZE

     

    Friday, October 13th

    SCREENING: NANA | Serena Dykman

    TIME: 3pm

    VENUE: Syndicated

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2ycE22q

     

    SCREENING: Tormenting The Hen | Theodore Collatos

    TIME: 5:30pm

    VENUE: Syndicated

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2fhSQZT

     

    SCREENING: Short Films: Alt. Horror #1 | Luke Williams, Ian Hurdle, Justin Gilman, Robin Comisar, Wynter Rhys, Justin Ulloa, Jamie Dwyer, Gil Choi, Zach Fleming, Angelita Mendoza

    TIME: 6pm

    VENUE: Lot 45

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2xvHjgc

     

    SCREENING: Medal of Victory | Joshua Moise

    TIME: 7:45pm

    VENUE: Syndicated

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2hhht5M

     

    SCREENING: Short Films: Alt. Horror #2 Adam R. Brown, Kyle l. Kelley, Michael Jackson, Nicholas Payne Santos, Ryan McGlade, Eileen O'Meara, Raquel Cedar, Syni Pappa

    TIME: 8pm

    VENUE: Lot 45

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2xdTbDT

     

    NETWORKING: Industry Happy Hour

    TIME: 8pm

    VENUE: The Rookery

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2fAPLkh

     

    PARTY: TAKEOVR Ladies Nite w/ DJ Scratch Nice.

    TIME: 10pm

    VENUE: Lot 45

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2f8GxeC

     

    SCREENING: Land Of The Little People | Yaniv Berman

    TIME: 10:15pm

    VENUE: Syndicated

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2wGafOo

     

    Saturday, October 14th

    SCREENING: Short Films: Documentaries | Aline Pimentel, Sasha Pezenik, Patrick G. Lee, Marco Alessi, Jackson Devereux, Jon Bunning

    TIME: 12pm

    VENUE: LightSpace

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2xdQ7Y1

     

    PANEL: Branded Content | TBA

    TIME: 12pm

    Venue: Chemistry Creative

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2f9t9qF

     

    SCREENING: Short Films: The Coming of Age Mixtape | Kevin Rios, Lin Wang, Patrick Letterii, Emily McNeill, Travis Wood, Brandon Bloch, Tim Sessler, Brandon Bray, Dylan and Dakota Pailes-Friedman, Giulia Jiménez Tani, Fatema Abdoolcarim, Raquel Salazar

    TIME: 1pm

    VENUE: Lot 45

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2w6ASfU

     

    SCREENING: PEDALÓ  | Juan Palacios

    TIME: 1:30pm

    VENUE: Syndicated

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2xQqiye

     

    PANEL: Women In Film | Caroline Waterlow, Heidi Ewig and Diarra Kilpatrick

    TIME: 1:30pm

    Venue: Chemistry Creative

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2jJXLDY

     

    SCREENING: Short Films: The Rebels | Mtume Gant, Tess Harrison, Nicholas Payne Santos, Jenny Groza,Stefon Bristol, Sarah Sitzler

    TIME: 2:30pm

    VENUE: LightSpace

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2xcmUwO

     

    PANEL: Writing For TV | TBA

    TIME: 3pm

    Venue: Chemistry Creative

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2w5FN0v

     

    SCREENING: Who Is Earl Okin? | Joe Snelling

    TIME: 3:30pm

    VENUE: Syndicated

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2ycDiKK

     

    PANEL: Indie Sales and Distribution | TBA

    TIME: 4:30pm

    Venue: Chemistry Creative

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2xvULAI

     

    SCREENING: Short Films: Westerns, Space Odysseys, etc. | Tamara P. Carter, Donaldo Prescod, Tom Teller, Joey Grossfield, Nathan Campbell, Alec Cummings, Samantha Smith, Lana Boy

    TIME: 4:45pm

    VENUE: LightSpace

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2fzGuZF

     

    SCREENING: Web Series: American KOKO | Diarra Kilpatrick

    TIME: 6pm

    VENUE: Syndicated

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2yr3mSW

     

    SCREENING: Short Films: Bushwick & Chill | Anne Hu, Nancy Asiamah-Yeboah, Noah LePage, Mia Bunai, Erica Eng, Darin Quan, Alice Gruia, Thanos Topouzis

    TIME: 7:30pm

    VENUE: LightSpace

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2fzXgrK

     

    SCREENING: Nowhere, Michigan | Robert Vornkahl

    TIME: 8pm

    VENUE: Syndicated

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2yqYBsX

     

    SCREENING: Web Series / New Media | Misha Calvert, Tim Manley, Naje Lataillade, Sonja O'Hara, Jaspal Binning, Chris Raddatz, Charlie Hoxie, Catherine Fordham, Liliana Tandon, James Boo

    TIME: 8pm

    Venue: Chemistry Creative

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2ydOCWK

     

    SCREENING: Short Films: Arthouse | Shayna Connelly, Haya Alghanim, Michael Litwak, Connor Burns, Dan Simolke, Raissa Contreras, D. Schmüdde, William D. Caballero, Ian Forster, Joseph Sulsenti, Amirhossein Kotobzadeh

    TIME: 10pm

    VENUE: LightSpace

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2w88lXc

     

    PARTY: Live Music Party

    TIME: 10pm

    VENUE: Chemistry Creative

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2fbqsVy

     

    SCREENING: Pretty Far From Okay | Helena Hufnagel

    TIME: 10:30pm

    VENUE: Syndicated

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2fjzW4J

     

    Sunday, October 15th

    SCREENING: Short Films: Film as Critique / America | Michael Marantz, Katori Hall, Tyler Rabinowitz, Denzel Boyd, Joseph Webb, Erika Street Hopman, Anaiis Cisco, Shaka King, Alexandra Moye, Juan Carlos A. Sánchez Sosa

    TIME: 12pm

    VENUE: LightSpace

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2w7GExW

     

    SCREENING: We Are Mary | Julie Wiles

    TIME: 12pm

    Venue: Chemistry Creative

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2fzVQ0e

     

    SCREENING: The Valley | Saila Kariat

    TIME: 1pm

    VENUE: Syndicated

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2xdYKC6

     

    SCREENING: Tribal Justice | Anne Makepeace

    TIME: 2:15pm

    Venue: Chemistry Creative

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2fiVyht

     

    SCREENING: Short Films: This Woman's Work | Laura Moss, Kenrick Prince, Gabriella Moses, Megan Brotherton, Karishma Dev Dube, Robin Cloud, McGhee Monteith

    TIME: 2:30pm

    VENUE: LightSpace

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2wGLfGw

     

    SCREENING: Sea to Shining Sea | Maximón Monihan

    TIME: 3:15pm

    VENUE: Syndicated

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2hfYVq7

     

    SCREENING: Double Screening: 'Iman'& 'Syskon'  | Mia Bittar, Aurora Alänge

    TIME: 4:45pm

    Venue: Chemistry Creative

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2xnhTAY

     

    SCREENING: Short Films: Funny People | Chris McKee, Cullan Bruce, Todd Selby, Becca Roth, Laura Goehrke, Michael Goldburg, Kevin D'Angelo, Willy Berliner, Gregory Brecher

    TIME: 5pm

    VENUE: LightSpace

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2hhR1MV

     

    PARTY: Pre-Awards Reception

    TIME: 4pm

    VENUE: Montana's Trail House

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2fblh88

     

    SCREENING: Coach Jake | Ian Phillips

    TIME: 5:30pm

    VENUE: Syndicated

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2fjdN6J

     

    PARTY: Awards Ceremony

    TIME: 7pm

    VENUE: Syndicated

    INFO: http://bit.ly/2xwAmez

     

    We are now accepting Press Accreditation Applications for Bushwick Film Festival. Press interested in receiving credentials should fill out this form and will receive a response closer to the event: http://bit.ly/2vUIS3D

     

    Follow Bushwick Film Festival

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BushwickFilmFestival

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/BushwickFilm

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bushwickfilmfest

     

    About Founder, CEO Kweighbaye Kotee

    Kweighbaye Kotee is an entrepreneur, filmmaker, writer and TV host. Over the past 10 years she has developed creative ways to use the power of media, culture and arts to bridge communities. In 2007, she founded The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF). The Festival celebrates independent film, provides chances for diverse filmmakers to exhibit their work and creates spaces where audiences can gather and enjoy independent cinema. In 2015, Kotee founded Media Culture & Communications Group (MCCG). MCCG works in tandem with companies and rapidly changing neighborhoods to help open lines of communication and create opportunities that support artistic sustainability and preserve long-standing cultural landscapes in various ways. Dedicated to her community and the arts, she is the Executive Director of two Brooklyn-based non-profit organizations and is a Bushwick Community Board member serving on the Arts & Culture and Land Use Committees.

     

    Born in Liberia, she and her family immigrated to the U.S. at the brink of the Liberian Civil war. Kotee attended public school in Newark, NJ where she was awarded a scholarship from the Wight Foundation to attend Blair Academy. She moved on to receive her B.S in Media, Culture and Communications from New York University. Currently Kweighbaye lives in Bushwick, Brooklyn.  

     

    About the Bushwick Film Festival

    Founded in 2007, The Bushwick Film Festival (BFF) is a leading independent film and media company in Brooklyn. A decade into its mission, BFF is hailed as one of Brooklyn's most influential cinematic events for its contribution to the borough's artistic, cultural, and economic growth. The festival attracts film and entertainment industry leaders at national and international levels and showcases films created by the best emerging independent filmmakers in Brooklyn, including the works of international filmmakers from over 30 different countries. In addition, BFF proudly shines a spotlight on diverse filmmakers. Its mission is to inspire filmmakers to harness the spirit of entrepreneurship, give them a platform to grow an audience, help strengthen their networks, increase their chances to connect with industry professionals, and present them opportunities to make a living doing what they love. Its mission to its audiences is to provide spaces where people from all backgrounds can gather and enjoy new and exciting niche films that are not typically made available and/or accessible to them, along with opportunities to attend educational and cultural events.

     

    The festival is looking forward to celebrating its 10th Anniversary from October 12-15.


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     5TH ANNUAL CHELSEA FILM FESTIVAL
    SHORT FILM LINEUP & SPECIAL PROGRAMS

     
     
     

    The 5th Annual Edition of Chelsea Film Festival is releasing the list of films that are selected at this year’s edition. 72 short films have been selected in the 2017 Official Lineup. 
     

    19 countries are represented this year: Turkey, United States, France, Martinique, Canada, United Kingdom Ethiopia, Uzbekistan, Spain, Guadeloupe, Germany, Portugal, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Italy, Mexico, Romania, San Marino. 
     

    63 films are in competition for the Chelsea Film Festival Petite Prix. 
     

    16 films are World Premieres, 24 are US Premieres, 23 are NY Premieres and 9 are Out of Competition. 
     

    The Official List of Films is below, which also includes the Run Time, Genre, Country of Origin, Director(s), and Premiere Status. 
     

    The Chelsea Film Festival program will highlight international feature-length, short films and documentaries from independent or emerging filmmakers. 


    The Fifth Edition of the Chelsea Film Festival will focus on “Climate Change", and will introduce foreign films to the public. 
     

    As Ingrid Jean-Baptiste, Founder of The Chelsea Film Festival, stated: 


    “Making the World a Better Place by Giving a Voice to the Unheard”


    The Chelsea Film Festival (CFF) will hold its fifth edition in Chelsea, Manhattan from October 19-22, 2017 at the AMC Loews 34th St. and Fashion Institute of Technology (Educational Partner).

     

     

     

    SPECIAL PROGRAMS 

     

    VICE MEDIA PRESENTS: 'WOMEN WITH GLORIA STEINEM'

     

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    69 min | TV Series/Short Films | USA | 2016
    SPECIAL PROGRAM Presented by VICE Media
    Executive Producer: Ariel Wengroff

    DRC: Rape as a Weapon of War
    USA: Mothers Behind Bars
    Pakistan: On the Frontlines

    FIRST ANNUAL ISRAELI PROGRAM

     

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    OXYGEN by Ofer Yair 
    15 min | Drama | Israel | 2017
    US PREMIERE

    VOICEMAIL (BARID SAWTI) by Amir Fahriddin
    25 min | Drama | Israel | 2017
    US PREMIERE 

    A PORTRAIT OF A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN by Yula Gidron
    21 min | Comedy, Drama | Israel | 2016 
    US PREMIERE

    I WANTED TO TELL YOU by Jacques Samuel Cohen-Bacry
    15 min | Drama | France | 2017
    US PREMIERE

    COCKED AND LOCKED by Merav Elbaz Belschner 
    8 min | Drama | Israel | 2017
    US PREMIERE

     

    SECOND ANNUAL FRENCH CARIBBEAN MOVIES*

     

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    *This program is Presented in Partnership with La Martinique Promotion Bureau and the French Ministry of Overseas. 
     

    VÌRÉ by Hugo Rousselin 
    19 min | Drama | Martinique, France | 2016 
    US PREMIERE 

    PLANE  by Jonas Dinal 
    19 min | Drama | France | 2017 
    US PREMIERE

    SELF by C’drick Fremont 
    8 min | Drama | Guadeloupe, France | 2017
    US PREMIERE

    CROSSING AWAY (PASSAGERS) by Christophe Agelan 
    22 min | Drama | Martinique, France | 2017
    US PREMIERE

    THE SMELL OF DEATH: AN INTRUDER IN PARADISE by Cariba Party
    20 min | Documentary | Martinique, France | 2017
    WORLD PREMIERE

    WHERE IS THE MALE by Teddy Albert 
    7 min | Comedy, Drama | Martinique | 2017
    WORLD PREMIERE

     

     

     

     

    SHORT FILM SERIES

     

    SHORT FILM SERIES 1

    DANGEROUS GAMES by Daria Nazarova
    5 min | Comedy, Crime | USA | 2017
    NY PREMIERE

    IVAN by Bernardo Lopes 
    16 min | Drama | Portugal | 2017
    US PREMIERE

    THE BLOODY ROAD by Gauthier Manot
    18 min | Drama | France | 2017
    US PREMIERE

    CLAC! by Fabien Ara
    20 min | Comedy, Drama | France | 2017
    US PREMIERE

    MENSTRUATION by Victoria Rozler
    4 min | Comedy | USA | 2017
    US PREMIERE

    SILENT APRIL by Alison Moir
    8 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi | USA | 2017
    US PREMIERE

    FLED.LAY.FELL by Bruno Carnide
    6 min | Drama | Portugal | 2017
    WORLD PREMIERE

    OWEN by Kelly Pike
    14 min | Drama | USA | 2016
    NY PREMIERE



    SHORT FILM SERIES 2

    MARTHA by Florian Gottschick 
    20 min | Drama | Germany | 2016
    US PREMIERE

    THE PRINCE OF OLD HAVANA by Migdia Chinea
    7 min | Drama | USA | 2017
    WORLD PREMIERE

    IF YOU COULD WORK IN MY SHOES by Ricky Causo
    20 min | Documentary | USA | 2016
    NY PREMIERE

    FREEDOM by Rebecca Benzell and Savion Smith 
    13 min | Thriller, War | USA | 2017
    US PREMIERE

    FREDERICK by Traci Hays
    15 min | Crime, Mystery | USA | 2017
    NY PREMIERE

    LOU by Miguel Garzon Martinez
    7 min | Drama | USA | 2017
    NY PREMIERE

    THE BIRTHDAY by Marishka S. Phillips
    10min | Drama | USA | 2017
    US PREMIERE

    QUESTIONABLE by Chelsea Eisen
    12 min | Drama | USA | 2017
    NY PREMIERE
     

    SHORT FILM SERIES 3

    REUNION by Ruya Koman 
    10min | Comedy, Drama | USA | 2017
    NY PREMIERE

    MARITAL ARTS by Anthony Marinelli 
    13 min | Drama | USA | 2017
    OUT OF COMPETITION

    LEAP by Marlo Bernier 
    16 min | Drama | USA | 2016
    NY PREMIERE

    DAYKWON by Patrick Letterii 
    9 min | Drama | USA | 2016
    OUT OF COMPETITION

    THE EROTIC DREAMS OF CHELSEA HOTEL by Tony Notarberardino 
    30 min | Drama | USA | 2016
    OUT OF COMPETITION

    THE MARINER by Natalie Schwan 
    7 min | Drama | USA | 2016
    US PREMIERE

     

    SHORT FILM SERIES 4

    SOUTHERN EDGE OF THE CLOUD by Ching Yan Alon Chan 
    40 min | Drama, Romance | China, France, Hong Kong | 2016
    NY PREMIERE

    KUMO – GENOVA by Nicolas Depetris 
    4 min | Action, Adventure | Japan, France, Italy | 2017
    US PREMIERE

    OFUKU by Yuto Obara 
    15 min | Drama | Japan | 2016
    US PREMIERE

    RESILIENCE (RESILENCIA) by Carlos Villa 
    5 min | Drama | Mexico | 2017
    WORLD PREMIERE

    AMERICANA by Andrew Meyers 
    6 min | Comedy | USA | 2017
    NY PREMIERE

    ORDINARY LOVERS by John Markland 
    10 min | Drama | USA | 2017
    US PREMIERE

    HEADLESS by Sebastian Sdaigui 
    7 min | Documentary, Comedy | USA | 2017
    NY PREMIERE


    SHORT FILM SERIES 5

    UNCLE by Fabien Luszezyszyn 
    11 min | Comedy | France | 2017
    NY PREMIERE

    SUBTERRANEAN LOVE (Ileana & Paul) by Robert Haufrecht 
    20 min | Drama | USA, Romania | 2017
    NY PREMIERE

    MOCHE(S) by Mickaël Cohen 
    15 min | Comedy | France | 2016
    US PREMIERE

    STRANGE THINGS by Martin Patrice Ndong Eyebe 
    15 min | Drama, Thriller | San Marino | 2017
    US PREMIERE

    THE BIRD WHO COULD FLY by Raphael Sbarge 
    19 min | Drama | USA | 2016
    OUT OF COMPETITION

    MASQUERADE by Andrew Hawkins 
    10 min | Drama, History | USA | 2017
    OUT OF COMPETITION

    SANTI: ISOLATION by Daniel Rodriguez 
    5 min | Documentary | USA | 2017
    WORLD PREMIERE

    A THESIS COUTURE FILM: BREAKTHROUGH by Kelly Shapiro
    2 min | Fashion Commercial | USA | 2017
    WORLD PREMIERE

    FIT HIVES: SUSTAINABILITY – THE SECRET TO SURVIVAL by Max Hechtman
    9 min | Documentary | USA | 2016
    OUT OF COMPETITION

     

    SHORT FILM SERIES 6

    RABBIT BLOOD by Yagmur Altan 
    5 min | Animation, Dark Comedy | Turkey | 2016
    OUT OF COMPETITION 

    EVIL RISING by Savion Smith 
    10 min | Horror,Thriller | US | 2016
    NY PREMIERE

    REPLANTING by Randy Overland 
    13 min | Drama | US | 2017
    WORLD PREMIERE

    CHELSEA INTERNATIONAL by Paul Adelizzi 
    18 min | Comedy Drama | US | 2016
    US PREMIERE

    TASTE OF LOVE by Emma Benestan 
    13 min | Comedy Drama | France | 2016
    NY PREMIERE

    ELIMINATED by Michael Thomas Cain 
    18 min | Drama | US | 2016
    NY PREMIERE

    DEAR KATE by Ilona Elizabeth McCrea 
    15 min | Drama |  Canada | 2017 
    NY PREMIERE

     

    SHORT FILM SERIES 7

    THE WAR WITHIN by Gerard Cordero 
    10 min | Drama | US | 2017
    NY PREMIERE

    LETHE by Eric Romero 
    20 min | Drama | UK | 2017
    US PREMIERE

    “FRAGILE BEAUTY”, A VISUAL JOURNEY by Wendy Stuart Kaplan 
    19 min | Documentary | Ethiopia,US | 2016
    OUT OF COMPETITION

    RELATION SHIPWRECK: THE GREAT BOOB DEBATE by Lexi Balestrieri 
    5 min | Comedy | US | 2016
    WORLD PREMIERE 

    SEATED AT THE CIRCLE by Sharad J. Patel 
    20 min |  Drama | UK | 2016  
    WORLD PREMIERE

    GLASS CEILING by Tash Ann 
    13 min | Comedy | US | 2016
    NY PREMIERE

    SHORT FILM SERIES 8

    COMPASS ROSE by Anvar Safaev 
    20 min | Drama | Uzbekistan | 2017
    US PREMIERE

    THURMAN COMES HOME by Bruce Gorman Jr. 
    8 min | Drama | US | 2017
    OUT OF COMPETITION

    NORTH & NOWHERE by Scott Ballard 
    12 min | Drama | US | 2017
    NY PREMIERE

    SMALL TALK by Monica Walter Palmieri 
    17 min | Comedy | US | 2016
    WORLD PREMIERE

    SOUL MATES by Marion Filloque 
    19 min | Drama | France | 2016
    US PREMIERE

    REUBEN by Kaisania Calubaquib 
    15 min | Drama | US | 2017
    NY PREMIERE

     

    SHORT FILM SERIES 9

    GARDEN PARTY by Nicolas Khamsopha 
    17 min | Documentary,Fiction | France | 2017
    WORLD PREMIERE

    INCREDIBLE INDIA by Nicolas Coquet 
    4 min | Drama | France | 2017
    WORLD PREMIERE

    THE VISIT by Shannan Leigh Reeve 
    20 min | Drama | US | 2017
    WORLD PREMIERE 

    30 MINUTES WITH LAURA by Juanjo Haro 
    8 min | Drama | | Spain | 2017
    WORLD PREMIERE

    SOPHIA DOES CRAIGSLIST by Cliff Benfield and Ella Grossbach 
    7 min | Comedy | US | 2017
    WORLD PREMIERE

    YOU ARE MISSING FROM ME by Stefano Da Fre 
    17 min | Drama | Canada | 2017
    US PREMIERE

    PASSAGE by Théodore Berg Boy 
    9 min | Comedy, Drama | France | 2017
    US PREMIERE

    STAND ALONE FILMS

    FATHER by Lella Satie
    10 min | Drama | Canada | 2017
    NY PREMIERE

    THIN LINES by Shaan Couture
    35 min | Comedy, Romance | USA | 2017
    NY PREMIERE

     

     

     

    CFF was founded by actresses Ingrid & Sonia Jean-Baptiste to give voice to the unheard by providing a platform to independent films and discovering new talents.

    Chelsea Film Festival Board of Directors consists of renowned industry insiders: Paul Calderon, Elizabeth Kemp, and John Patrick Shanley.

    The Advisory Board includes: Adi Stein, Adrienne Stein, Bruno Chatelin, Georges Leclere, Jeff Bandman, Pascal Chemin, Michel Abramowicz, Michael Ruotolo, Pascal Bonifay, Patrick Braoudé, Patrick Timsit, Ron Agam, Thandeka Zwana, Thembi Mtshali-Jones, Wissam Chahine and more.

    The Chelsea Film Festival program highlights local & international feature-length, short films, documentaries and virtual reality from independent or emerging filmmakers.

    As Ingrid Jean-Baptiste, Founder of The Chelsea Film Festival, stated:
     

    “Making the World a Better Place by Giving a Voice to the Unheard”

     

     

     

     

    Our Mission:
     

    The Chelsea Film Institute is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural organization that will help expose the underprivileged youth in Chelsea, NYC to the arts. Throughout the year, CFI will offer free Arts classes to these economically disadvantaged children.

    Chelsea Film Festival (CFF) is an international film festival, enlightening the work of emerging filmmakers, producers, and actors. It offers a wide range of films, such as shorts, documentaries, and feature-length pieces. It empowers the work of risk-taking storytellers and remains committed to its mission to discover and develop independent artists and audiences around the world.
     
    Connect with Chelsea Film Festival on our Social Media pages.

     
     
     

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    Three-day festival features new works and rarely seen repertory gems that reflect the trans experience.

    Highlights include A Tribute to The Cockettes, RuPaul’s THE STARBOOTY TRILOGY, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON, and STRONG ISLAND.

     
     

     The TransNation Film Festival, presented by St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, a community health center in Los Angeles that serves one of the largest populations of transgender patients in the country, announced today its 2017 lineup of narrative and documentary features, experimental films, and shorts for its second annual festival. The festival will run October 13-15 at the Silent Movie Theater in West Hollywood (611 N. Fairfax). Tickets and more information are available at www.transnationfestival.org.

    Hosted by Zackary Drucker (filmmaker, artist, and producer of Transparent), the TransNation Film Festival is a three-day event featuring an eclectic program of works by emerging and established filmmakers, as well as rare and underseen repertory gems and classics that reflect the trans experience.

    “I can’t imagine a more dynamic, challenging, and crucial time for us to build community around art and storytelling,” said Drucker. “Working with a politic of love and unity, we programmed this year’s festival to highlight filmmakers and subjects that keep us critical, galvanized, and empowered. Moving through time and around the world, this year we’re featuring vintage and cult films, alongside subversive and groundbreaking narratives of today.”

    Festival highlights include A Tribute to The Cockettes, the legendary San Francisco theatrical troupe, which will feature photographs, an art exhibition, and screenings of three rare Cockettes-made films: TRICIA’S WEDDING, ELEVATOR GIRLS IN BONDAGE, and PALACE. The screening of PALACE will be accompanied by a live score by Kristian Hoffman. This exhibition of original Cockettes costumes and photographs will be shown for the first time in Los Angeles, after touring museums around the country. Founding Cockette and photographer Fayette Hauser will be in attendance.

    RuPaul Is Starbooty in The Starbooty Trilogy, a cult-classic from RuPaul’s early public access days, will screen with a midnight dress-up party. All those who dress up will be photographed on the red carpet and are invited to attend a pre-party outfit contest on the patio.

    Two recent and acclaimed social justice documentaries that explore issues at the core of the mission of St. John’s Well Child and Family Center will screen: THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON and STRONG ISLAND.

    Academy Award-nominated filmmaker David France’s (HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE) THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON will open the festival and feature the film’s subject, trans activist for the Anti-Violence Project Victoria Cruz, in conversation with CEO of St John’s, Jim Mangia, who knew Marsha P. Johnson.

    The Sundance 2017 Special Jury Award winner for Storytelling, STRONG ISLAND, will feature the film’s director and subject Yance Ford, who will attend for a post-screening Q&A.

    The festival’s ground-breaking shorts program features world premieres and new works by emerging and acclaimed trans filmmakers as well as those working with trans themes, including Rhys Ernst, Luis De Filippis, Rosie Haber, Rain Valdez, Harriet Fleuriot, Sarah Cockings, Wes Hurley, and Nathan M. Mille.

    The festival will also screen the West Coast premiere of TRANS YOUTH, a nuanced verité documentary following the lives of trans millennials in Austin, TX, as well as a sneak peek of the forthcoming HBO documentary short film 15: A QUINCEAÑERA STORY. The film will air in 2018 and follows transgender teen Zoe Luna getting ready for her quinceañera in Los Angeles. Luna and filmmaker Matthew O’Neill will be in attendance.

    Filmmaker Michael Sarne’s 1970 gender-bending comedy MYRA BRECKINRIDGE, starring Raquel Welch, John Huston, Farrah Fawcett, Rex Reed, Tom Selleck, and Mae West, will have a special midnight screening.

    The special program, West African Spirit Worlds and the Non-binary Experience, will highlight two films that deal with African spirituality and gender fluidity. BIGHT OF THE TWIN features legendary industrial music pioneer and alt-culture iconGenesis Breyer P-Orridgein Benin exploring the Vodoun twin fetish tradition, while OYA: SOMETHING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO WEST AFRICA is directed by Queer Gender-Non-Conforming Nigerian media artistSeyi Adebanjo. Adebanjo will appear in person to present the film.

    TransNation Film Festival is part of the TransNation Festival 2017, a week-long celebration of the trans community that also includes ELEGANZA, the official closing gala on Saturday, October 21, and numerous community events throughout the week.

    Proceeds from the festival will benefit St. John’s Well Child and Family Center’s Transgender Health Program, which is an independent 501(c)3 community health center that serves one of the largest populations of transgender patients in the country with primary medical, dental, and behavioral health care, as well as support for the community’s unique socioeconomic, legal, and advocacy needs.

    “St. John’s is honored to have built a transgender health program serving thousands of trans patients,” said St. John’s CEO Jim Mangia. “And we are extremely honored to sponsor a film festival that gives expression, support, and affirmation of the beauty of trans lives.”

    More information is available at the festival website: www.transnationfestival.org

    About St. John’s

    St. John’s Well Child and Family Center is an independent 501(c)(3) federally qualified health center network of thirteen health centers and two mobile clinics spanning the breadth of Central and South L.A. and Compton. The organization began as a one-room volunteer pediatric clinic in 1964, one year before the Watts Riots, in response to the poverty and lack of access to health services for underserved South L.A. residents. Fifty-three years later, South L.A. remains a region of economic deprivation and social marginalization. In response to the disturbing health inequalities, St. John’s has expanded its outreach and programs over the years to meet the needs of its primarily immigrant Latino and indigent African-American community. Today, St. John’s is one of the most significant safety net providers in L.A. County, offering comprehensive healthcare as well as supportive services to address socio-economic, housing, mental health, and advocacy needs. In 2016, the St. John’s’ network provided more than 261,000 primary medical, dental and behavioral health visits, plus 5,199 supportive services case management visits, to more than 84,000 low-income children and adults—regardless of their ability to pay for services.

    In 2013, in response to the alarming poverty, health risks, and marginalization of the transgender community in South L.A., St. John’s launched a comprehensive Transgender Health Program at its Warner Traynham Health Center. In a patient-centered medical home, the program addresses the deep disparities facing the transgender population through the provision of linguistically and culturally competent trans-specific services including primary and preventive care–medical, dental, and behavioral health, including no-barrier hormone therapy, individual counseling, family counseling and support groups; pharmacy; victim advocacy; case management; referrals to trans advocates, legal support and other services; health insurance enrollment assistance; assistance with legal name/gender change paperwork; workforce readiness; and referrals for gender affirming surgeries.

    Through comprehensive services for children, families, and adults from all walks of life, St. John’s’ mission is to eliminate health disparities and foster community well-being by providing and promoting the highest-quality care in South L.A.


     

    MEDIA CONTACT

    Sylvia Desrochers | Tiffany Wagner

    Big Time PR & Marketing

    Sylvia@bigtime-pr.com | Tiffany@bigtime-pr.com

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    FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13

    7:30 pm          THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON

                            St. John’s CEO Jim Mangia in conversation with subject and activist Victoria Cruz

    10:00 pm         SHORTS PROGRAM

                            Rain Valdez and others in person

    12:00 am         RuPaul Is Starbooty in The Starbooty Trilogy! With a dress-up party!

     

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14

    4:00 pm           DRUNKTOWN’S FINEST

    7:00 pm           STRONG ISLAND

                            Director Yance Ford in person for Q&A

    9:30 pm           A TRIBUTE TO THE COCKETTES

                            Original Cockette Fayette Hauser in person and live score by Kristian Hoffman


    12:00 am         MYRA BRECKINRIDGE

     

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15


    3:00 pm           IN FULL BLOOM

                            Filmmaker Michael Brewer and cast members in person

    5:00 pm           Special FREE sneak preview of HBO short film 15: A QUINCEAÑERA STORY

                            Subject Zoe Luna in person

    7:00 pm           TRANS YOUTH – West Coast Premiere

                            Filmmaker Rebecca Adler and cast members in person

    9:30 pm           Special program: West African Spirit Worlds and the Non-binary Experience

                            featuring OYA: SOMETHING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO WEST AFRICA and

    BIGHT OF THE TWIN

                                        Filmmaker Seyi Adebanjo in person

                                        Filmmaker Hazel Hill and special guests in person

    FESTIVAL PROGRAM

     

    FEATURES

     

    THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON

    US/2017/105min/DCP/English

    Director: David France

    Logline: THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON reexamines the death of a beloved icon of the trans world while celebrating the story of two landmark pioneers of the trans-rights movement, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera.

     

    DRUNKTOWN’S FINEST

    US/2014/95 min./DCP/Engilsh

    Director: Sydney Freeland

    Logline: Three Native Americans: a college-bound student, a father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual struggle to escape their Indian reservation.

     

    IN FULL BLOOM

    US/2015/90 min./DCP/English

    Director: Michael Brewer

    Logline: The feature-length documentary follows the journey of thirteen transgender and two gay actors as they prepare for the world premiere of the stage play, “Lovely Bouquet of Flowers: An Exploration of Non-Traditional Gender Voices.”

     

    STRONG ISLAND

    US, Denmark/2017/107 min./DCP/English

    Theatrical Premiere

    Director: Yance Ford

    Logline: The forces of family, grief and racial injustice converge in this powerful documentary exploring the murder of filmmaker Yance Ford's brother.

     

    TAMARA

    Venezuela, Uruguay, Peru/ 2016/110 min./DCP/Spanish w/ English Subtitles

    Director: Elia K. Schneider

    Logline: The film is based on the true story of Tamara Adrián, the first trans person elected to national office in Venezuela.

     

    TRANS YOUTH – West Coast Premiere

    US/2017/84 min./DCP/English

    Director: Rebecca Adler

    Logline: This intimate documentary filmed over three years centers on seven trans young adults as they navigate growing older in the southern city of Austin, Texas. Trans Youth is a stirring tribute to the courage necessary to become oneself in a sometimes unloving world.

     

    REPERTORY/SPECIAL PROGRAMS

     

    Special Program: A TRIBUTE TO THE COCKETTES

    Tribute to the hugely influential 1960s-70s trans-collective performance troupe The Cockettes, with an introduction by special guest and original Cockette Fayette Hauser and a screening of three very rare films: TRICIA’S WEDDING, ELEVATOR GIRLS IN BONDAGE, and PALACE. The screening of PALACE will be accompanied by a live score by Kristian Hoffman.

     

    TRICIA’S WEDDING

    US/1971/33 min./DCP restoration/English

    Director: Milton Miron aka Sebastian

    Logline: The Cockettes' hilarious, dazzling underground-film spoof of the wedding of

    Tricia Nixon, daughter of President Richard Nixon, in the White House Rose Garden.

     

    ELEVATOR GIRLS IN BONDAGE

    US/1972/56 min./DCP restoration/English

    Director: Michael Kalmen

    Logline: The underpaid staff of a seedy hotel rise up in revolt when head Elevator Girl

    Maxine (Rumi) starts a Marxist-Feminist secret association to liberate the girls, followed

    by explicit and wildly unconventional sexual encounters.

     

    PALACE (with live score by Kristian Hoffman)

    US/1970/25 min./35mm/English

    Director: Syd Dutton

    Logline: This very rare film, screened in 35mm, is the only recorded live performance of

    the Cockettes, at the Palace Theater in San Francisco on Halloween, 1970.

     

    Special Program: West African Spirit Worlds and the Nonbinary Experience featuring OYA: SOMETHING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO WEST AFRICA! And BIGHT OF THE TWIN

     

    OYA: SOMETHING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO WEST AFRICA!

    US, Nigeria/2015/30 min./DCP/English and West African dialect

    Director: Seyi Adebanjo

    Logline: Queer Gender-Non-Conforming Nigerian media artist Seyi Adebanjo tells a tale

    not often heard about gender and indigenous Yorùbá spirituality as Seyi journeys to

    Nigeria to connect with Òrìṣà tradition, or African God/dess tradition, and the powerful

    legacy of the filmmaker's great grandmother, Chief Moloran Ìyá Ọlọ́ya.

     

    BIGHT OF THE TWIN

    US, Benin/2016/55 min./DCP/English, French, Fon w/ English Subtitles

    Director: Hazel Hill McCarthy III

    Logline: Takes viewers to Ouidah, Benin, the geographic heart of the Vodoun religion, where legendary musician, cultural engineer and self-proclaimed non-binary “Pandrogyne” Genesis Breyer P-Orridge immerses h/irself in the Vodoun fetish “twin culture” and explores the relationship between Vodoun and Western secular art and performance.

     

    MYRA BRECKINRIDGE

    US/1970/94 min./35mm/English

    Director: Michael Sarne

    Logline: Style, grace, sworn against the male race? Enter ultra-femme, sadistic she-devil Myra Breckinridge, the inaugural trans Bad Bitch, who – in her wicked pursuit of revenge – never fails to properly accessorize and outfit.

     

    RUPAUL IS STARRBOOTY

    US/1987/60 min./DCP/English

    Director: Jon Witherspoon

    Logline: Long before Supermodel, an unknown RuPaul with gigantic ambition created the unstoppable secret-agent-spy-model Starbooty and made three epic Starbooty adventure movies for Atlanta public access television, treasured for decades by cult-film connoisseurs but rarely seen on the large screen.

     

    15: A QUINCEAÑERA STORY – FREE sneak preview screening

    US/2017/27 min. DCP/English

    Director: Matthew O’Neill & Thalia Sodi

    Logline: 15: A Quinceañera Story is about Zoey, a young Mexican-American celebrating her 15th birthday. Though Zoey was assigned male at birth, she identifies as female and this celebration has special significance for her trans madrinas (godmothers) who couldn't have Quinceañeras of their own.

     

    SHORTS PROGRAM

     

    HEXED

    US/2017/10 min./DCP/English

    Director: Rain Valdez

    Logline: A woman is “kiss-hexed” by a homeless person and must find another person to kiss by midnight or she expires – an unlikely love story.

     

    LITTLE POTATO

    US/2017/14 min./DCP/English

    Director: Wes Hurley & Nathan M. Miller

    Logline: Struggling to survive in the USSR during the turbulent years of Perestroika, Elena and her young gay son escape into the world of pirated American movies. But soon the movies are not enough and Elena decides to become a mail-order-bride and discover America for herself. Saving its most unexpected twist til the end, this is an inspiring and timely story of two immigrants’ take on the American Dream.

     

    MY OWN WINGS

    USA, Spain, Ukraine/2016/8 min./English, Spanish, Russian, French//English subtitles

    World Premiere

    Director: Katia Repina, Carla Moral

    Logline: A documentary project that aims to explore the intersex identity thought stories of intersex people in USA, Spain, and Ukraine.

     

    NEW DEEP SOUTH: HOUSE OF JXN

    US/2017/10min/DCP/English

    Director: Rosie Haber

    Logline: This series explores the vibrant and multifaceted queer culture emerging in the American South. Playing against old stereotypes of Mississippi as a state of social conservatism and stagnation, we follow the lives of queer youth to explore the tangled and complex nature of sexual identity in the New Deep South.

    FOR NONNA ANNA - U.S. Premiere

    Canada/2017/13 minutes/English, Italian

    Directed by Luis De Filippis

    Log line: A trans girl cares for her Italian grandmother. She assumes that her Nonna disapproves of her – but instead discovers a tender bond in their shared vulnerability.

     

    PLASMA VISTA

    United Kingdom/2016/7 ½ min./DCP/English

    Director: Sarah Cockings & Harriet Fleuriot

    Logline: Objects and devices become bodily and manipulative. The magician is a

    composed cartoon machine repeating tricks and equations. When products become

    prosthetics does the accessory take some emotional control?

     

    TIME MARCHES FORWARD & SO DO WE

    US/2017/4min/DCP/English

    Director: Kim Boekbinder & Jim Batt

    Logline: Through a collaborative video from the ACLU, “Transparent” producer and artist Zackary Drucker, Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox, and the creative team of Molly Crabapple and Kim Boekbinder, we are telling the story of trans history and resistance.

     

    UMBRELLA

    US/2017/16min/DCP/English

    Director: Rhys Ernst

    Logline: In 2016, Rhys teamed up with Google to direct a series of three shorts on trans pioneers. That series, #Transvoices, premiered on Google’s home page.

     

     

     

     

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    The CineLatino Film Festival is a 4-day, cultural celebration of Latino Cinema. With 13 titles, the festival features a healthy mix of feature and documentary films, along with new and repertory titles.

     

     

     

     

    TONIGHT - Ceviche's DNA

    Thursday, September 21st, 7:00pm. Opening Night Reception to follow screening! Peru is internationally renowned for its cuisine and has been establishing itself to top even France and China’s gastronomy. Its main specialty, the Ceviche, has a few key ingredients that will differ from region to region. Traveling from the Northern coast to the Amazon rainforest to Lima, this documentary will allow you to meet acclaimed chefs — such as Javier Wong and Gaston Acurio — fisherman and historians alike, making this culinary journey a most delectable experience!

     


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    Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival & Symposium launches its third edition with DC premieres of new films that go beyond the headlines to capture riveting stories and confront matters that have been hidden from the public, until now. 

    Double Exposure’s film program will kick-off on Thursday, October 19 with its opening night film One of Us, the highly anticipated new documentary from Academy nominated directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp, 12th and Delaware, Detropia, Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You). In One of Us, three Hasidic Jews leave their ultra-Orthodox community to join the secular world. Unprepared for life outside the tightly-knit community, they experience ostracism, lost relationships and even danger. A Netflix original documentary. Oct. 19, 7:00pm, National Portrait Gallery.

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    No Stone Unturned, the latest work from Academy Award and Emmy-winning director Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) is the festival’s centerpiece film and will screen on Friday, October 20. Gibney’s documentary re-opens a 1994 investigation into the massacre of six men as they watched a World Cup soccer match in their local Northern Ireland pub. Gibney exposes a complex web of lies and corruption, and reveals something that a criminal investigation spanning over twenty years did not: the identities of the suspected killers. Friday, October 20, 8:30pm, Naval Heritage Center.

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    And Voyeur, from directors Myles Kane and Josh Koury, is the festival’s closing night film on Saturday, October 21. Voyeur follows journalist Gay Talese as he reports on one of the most controversial stories of his career: a portrait of a Colorado motel owner, Gerald Foos, who spent decades spying on his guests and recording their private moments. A Netflix original documentary. Saturday, October 21, 8:30pm, Naval Heritage Center.

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    “We are very proud to screen these wonderful, new investigative documentaries,” said Diana Jean Schemo, founder and co-director of Double Exposure. “Each film illustrates a different aspect of investigative storytelling: the first takes audiences deep inside a community usually closed to outsiders; the second investigates a mystery that has gone unsolved for decades; and the third interrogates the investigative process itself.”

    “These three extraordinary films from some of today’s most visionary filmmakers embody the very essence of what we aim to achieve at Double Exposure,” said Sky Sitney, festival co-director. “They are works that seek to uncover something otherwise hidden from view, expressed through a distinctive cinematic language.”

    The full film program will be announced September 28. 

    The Symposium program was announced earlier this month: http://doubleexposurefestival.com/2017-symposium/

    Passes are available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/double-exposure-investigative-film-festival-symposium-passes-tickets-35010315797

    The festival is now accepting requests for press passes. Space is limited.

    About Double Exposure

    In recent years, the creative landscape of films inspired by investigative reporting has flowered in unexpected and exciting ways, from Spotlight, which took audiences inside The Boston Globe investigative team, to Blackfish, which exposed mistreatment of orca whales at SeaWorld, to Citizenfour, which gave us a front-row seat on Edward Snowden’s massive release of files on government surveillance.

    Yet this flourishing of creativity comes just as the rights of journalists and visual storytellers face unprecedented challenges on nearly every level: politically, socially, legally and financially.

    Double Exposure, a project of the nonprofit investigative news organization 100Reporters, showcases the best new films inspired by the investigative instinct, in a bid to raise public recognition of this vital form of reporting that doesn’t just ask tough questions, but delivers answers. It pairs film screenings with a concurrent symposium for journalists and filmmakers to connect with each other, and with the producers, editors, funders, and experts who can advance their work.

    Major supporters of Double Exposure include the Reva and David Logan Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundations.

    For more information visit: 
    http://doubleexposurefestival.com

     

     


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    Backlot Cinema Melbourne

     Friday 6th & Saturday 7th October 8pm


    Birmingham, UK

    Walkabout Australian Bar

    Thursday, 12th October


    Perth,
    WA

    Backlot Cinema Perth
     

    Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th November 8 pm
    + 4.30pm Sat matinee.

     

    The Coolest Comedy Film Festival in the known Universe is back!
     
    In 2017, our 19th edition, we proudly presents 14 short comedy films from around the World which take on quirky conundrums with an excellent sense of humour.
     
    Our cheeky shorts show anything can change; it's just how you look at it, “so choose! “  This year issues of contention arise - ‘To lie or not to lie on the first date’; ‘ a ‘poli’s’ gotta now get a ‘real’ job’;  ‘take or give back for your crimes’;  ‘find a real man or an imaginary friend’;  ‘marry or not’…  and so much more.
    And, that folks, is the theme for 2017 –  'Choose'.
     

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    THE FESTIVAL HAS ARRIVED

    GET HYPED

     

    2017 FESTIVAL TEASER

     

     

    FESTIVAL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

     

    We've got a whole week's worth of programming, and you're not gonna wanna miss a thing! Thankfully, you won't have to - our Festival Passes are a bargain, and get you into every ticketed event, including our closing night concert & awards. But they're only available for a limited time! Take a peek at the schedule and grab your pass while you can! Wanna know more?
    The website has full details and updates.

     

    BUY FESTIVAL PASS NOW

     

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    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1

    FESTIVAL KICKOFF & FINALIST SCREENINGS

    7PM AT THE DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT

     

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    MONDAY, OCTOBER 2

    NICK MURPHY
    (FKA CHET FAKER)
    PRESENTS 
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    8PM AT THE DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT

     

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    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3

    VR & INTERACTIVE SHOWCASE

    7PM AT B-REEL

    Presented by B-REEL

     

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    (ALSO) TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3

    OFFICIAL SELECTIONS & WATSKY LOOKS BACK

    7PM AT THE DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT

     

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    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4

    ROLL CALL:
    WOMEN IN VIDEO
    7PM AT THE DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT

    Presented by Free the Bid

     

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    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5

    ART & COMMERCE
    OMG! EVERYWHERE,
    COMMISSIONERS Q&A

    7PM AT 72ANDSUNNY

    Presented by Hecho en 72

     

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    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6

    SPECIAL EVENT TO BE ANNOUNCED...

     

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    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7

    CLOSING NIGHT AWARDS PLUS
    BJORK MUSIC VIDEO RETROSPECTIVE
    & WATSKY LIVE!

    8PM AT THE THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL

    Presented by the Theatre at Ace Hotel

     

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    Check that sweet sweet website for updates
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    $65 Festival Passes available for a limited time (over $100 value)
    Do us a favor and like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram!
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    Email us at info@lamvf.com

    Love forever and always,
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  • 09/21/17--13:44: BIFF 2017 Poster unveiled
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    About Sabina Forbes:

    "The Best Is Yet To Come"
    Artist Sabina Forbes uses a combination of color, dynamic pattern and texture in her paintings to evoke this hope. 

    Forbes’ inspiration stems from growing up surrounded by both the artwork of her maternal grandfather, Gerardus Beekman, as well as the renowned art collection amassed by her paternal grandfather,
    Malcolm Forbes. 

    Highlights of her career include a special commission for the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and a collaborative exhibition with world-famous Pop artist Romero Britto. She has had a range of solo and group shows in New York City, Miami, London, Nantucket, Santa Fe,
    Las Vegas and Washington, DC. 

    Sabina Forbes II Website


    My Inspiration,

    I was inspired to collaborate with the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) because I passionately believe in the power of the arts to help open people's minds to other perspectives while also energizing the mind, body and spirit. As BIFF aims to create opportunities for Bahamian youth to work in the visual arts, I was immediately drawn to the mission of this impactful gathering. 
     
    Throughout my art, I gravitate towards the female form because women have long represented a sense of strength and perseverance coupled with compassion and grace. This abstract figure draws inspiration from both the mission of the BIFF, the spirit of The Bahamas and the films BIFF showcases. 
     
    In honor of the Festival, the painting's backdrop features deconstructed film strips while the head includes a film reel to connote the life narratives which are etched into each of our faces. 
     
    Taking cue from the natural beauty of the Bahamas, the figure's hair celebrates the country's iconic coral reefs while the left leg represents the stunning aquatic life the country boasts. The right arm showcases an abstraction of the petals from the rich flowers which bloom on the country's national tree, the "Lignum Vitae," or the "Tree of Life," which is known for its restorative powers and the durability of its wood which mirrors the strength of Bahamian people. 
     
    I chose to feature a dove within the figure's torso to signify the peace we all seek, while using vibrant colors, such as the yellow hues of the Bahamian sunshine, not only to bring to life the country's stunning landscape but to also highlight the creative energy the Festival attracts. I further incorporated bold, energetic patterns throughout the work to signify the country's dynamic people and beautiful culture, as well as the global breadth of the BIFF's entrants.


     

     

    Original Painting

     

    Original Painting by Sabina Forbes II
    24'' w x  30'' h Mixed Media on Canvas "Woman, BIFF"

    "Collaborating with Sabina was like working with an expressionist guru. The poster has such a demonstrative style, which transcends boundaries. The bold colors and style of Forbes' painting exhibits what to expect at the 14th Annual BIFF this December 10 - 17.

    This year’s festival will have a strong sense of the female perspective as we continue to celebrate and showcase the world of cinema.

    BIFF aspires to give the talented artists that create our posters as much freedom as possible to design something truly inspiring. I hope the audience will admire Forbes' artistry as much as we do." said BIFF founder & executive director Leslie Vanderpool. Vanderpool would also like to thank graphic artists Kam Cheng.
     

     


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    The Ocktober Film Festival (OFF) is a New York film festival that serves as a platform for artist to express themselves through film and new media. We are heavily involved with the independent filmmaking community and therefore, this festival has become a trusted resource for emerging and established filmmakers. OFF 2016 showcased some of the best visionaries in music and film.

     

    Come out and see our SHORTS, DOCUMENTARIES, WEB SERIES, FEATURES AND YOUNG ADULTS as well as our Industry led WORKSHOPS.

     

    www.ocktoberfilmfest.com


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    The world premiere of the 13th annual Adventure Film Festival & Street Fair at the Boulder Theater is two weeks away! Presented by Intrepid Travel and Patagonia, this three-day, community-driven event showcases a diverse collection of the year’s most groundbreaking independent films from serious exploration to environmental heroism to gripping tales from the edge of the believable. Plus, live performances, interactive art, educational workshops, and insightful speakers that inspire activism through adventure. Get ready to embark on a transformative journey!

    Please see the attached Festival Program for the complete schedule, film collection, and more details. Here are some highlights you don’t want to miss!

    • Adventure Film Festival Kick-Off at the Great Avery Boulder FLOCKTOBERFEST with live music, film previews, beer garden and street tacos (Friday, 10/6, 5-9:30pm @ Street Fair, 14th St. & Pearl Street Mall)
    • 25+ short and feature length films that manifest the spirit of adventure and empower positive change. These adventures are where dreams are born and legends are made. (Saturday & Sunday, 10/7-8)
    • First-ever, live on-stage Google Tilt Brush performance with Jeremy Collins. Watch as the Boulder Theater stage transforms into a canvas while Jeremy paints with 3D strokes.
    • Special guest appearances by world record-breaking highlliner Faith Dickey, cultural/conservation photographer Jason Houston, Sierra Club Director/adventurer/veteran Stacy Bear, journalist/media producer James Edward Mills, TV host/cyclist/filmmaker Ryan Van Duzer, climber/speaker/disabled veteran Chad Jukes, and Shelma Jun, founder of Flash Foxy, the Women’s Climbing Festival and Never Not Collective. And many more surprises… 
    • Family & Kid’s Show with Boulder’s beloved Jeff & Paige, short films, Jeremy Collins art, live performances, and mega raffle prizes. After the show the fun continues at the Street Fair with stilt walkers, slacklining, cooking classes, climbing wall, arts and crafts, virtual reality for kids, and interactive games. (Sunday, 10/8, 11am-1pm. FREE admission) 
    • At the Street Fair, enjoy Avery craft beer and gourmet food pairing at the Intrepid Travel Beer Garden. Explore the eclectic vendor village with the Adventure Art Experience, Patagonia Provisions’ tasting bar, free limited edition AFF/Klean Kanteen pint cups, Flatirons Subarus, Zeal Optics Airstream pop-up shop, Weston’s tiny house and snowcat, Rainbow Sandals and corn hole competition, ShutterBus’ vintage VW photo booth, Sherpa’s Tibetan lounge, NativesOutdoors multi-media experience, outdoor gear pioneers, and much more. (Saturday, 10/7 2-7pm; Sun.10/8 noon-7pm. Live music and Beer Garden until 10pm)
    • Go on an adventure, VR style! Deepen the immersion with this cutting-edge form of engaging, experiential and educational storytelling. Explore the magical landscape of Utah’s Bears Ears, climb splitter sandstone desert cracks, come face-to-face with wild animals, and much more. In collaboration with Google, Reality Garage, Patagonia, and visionary artists and filmmakers. (Saturday & Sunday @ Street Fair)
    • Live music at the Street Fair by Neon Sines, Dechan Hawk, Paul Kimbiris, Von Disco, El Javi, DJ Tomas, Intuit, Bella Duro, and more local artists. (Saturday & Sunday)
    • Yoga & Mimosas with surf legend Gerry Lopez and pro climber Olivia Hsu. Meet at the Zeal Airstream. Followed by mimosas at the Boulder Theater Lounge, and autographs by Gerry Lopez from 1-4pm at the Rainbow booth. (Sunday, 10/8, Gerry Lopez 10-11am; Olivia Hsu 11-12pm)
    • Walk & Draw with artist, storyteller, activist and adventurer Jeremy Collins. Register at info@adventurefilm.org. Walk-ins accepted! (Sunday, 10/8, 9-10:30am @ Boulder Adventure Lodge)
    • Outdoor Afro Hike: Black History with writer, speaker and OA Colorado Leader Kriste Peoples. (Sunday, 10/8, 9-10:30am @ Boulder Adventure Lodge) Only 20 spots available. Email info@adventurefilm.org to sign up!
    • Renowned expedition chef, writer and guide Kieran Creevy is traveling from Ireland to teach hands-on Backcountry Gourmet Cooking Workshops that combine athletic nutrition advice with flavors from the Himalayas, Andes, North Africa, and Middle East. Register at info@adventurefilm.org or walk-on in! (Saturday & Sunday @ Street Fair)
    • Adventure Film School’s two-day interactive Adventure Filmmaker’s Workshop with industry leaders and world-class adventurers – Shelma Jun, Jason Houston, Gabriel Rovick, Juliana Broste, and Ryan Van Duzer. Register now! https://adventurefilmschool.com/ (Saturday & Sunday, 10/7-8)  
    • Opening Night Afterparty and free concert with LA-based Indie Pop band BEGINNERS and special appearances by Earth Guardians’ Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Mike Wird, and Namaste. (10/7 @ 10pm. Free concert)
    • Mega raffle with over $10,000 worth of outdoor gear. Enter NOW for your chance to win a $2,000 Intrepid Travel voucher and choose your own adventure. Intrepid Sweepstakes: http://escape.intrepidtravel.com/AFF

    Please let me know if you have any questions or media requests. Thanks! We hope to see you at our 13th anniversary celebration and the kick-off of the AFF World Tour. 

     

    Cheers, Abbey--

    ​ABBEY SMITH

     

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    Adventure Film Festival – October 6-8, 2017

    From serious exploration, to environmental heroism, 

    to gripping tales from the edge of the believable... 

    Make your OWN legends.


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    FrightFest and FAB Press are launching the paperback edition of Michael Gingold’s THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES in the US. Available from all good bookstores across America from Wed 18 Oct, its official book launch takes place that day at New York’s Forbidden Planet store, with the author present.

     

    It is also now available in the UK from all good bookstores. The hardback version, launched at this year’s Horror Channel FrightFest event,  can be exclusively purchased from the FAB Press website: www.fabpress.com

     

    In the book, celebrated writer, editor and critic Michael Gingold traces the history of the genre from the silent movies all the way through to the present day. From Universal Studios legends such as Frankenstein’s Monster and the Wolf Man, to the big bugs, atomic mutants and space invaders that terrorized the ’50s, to the kaiju of Japan and the ecological nightmares of the ’70s and ’80s, to the CG creatures and updated favourites of recent years — they’re all here.

     

    Two hundred of the greatest creature features from across the globe are reviewed, with fascinating facts and critical analysis, all illustrated with a ghoulish gallery of remarkable monstrous imagery. Cult-favourite filmmaker Frank Henenlotter, creator of some of the screen’s most idiosyncratic and bizarre beings, contributes a foreword.

     

    A whole world and grisly galaxy of creatures great and small, spawned from space, the supernatural and strange science, the beginning of time, beneath the sea and beyond imagination, await in this book. Dare you confront the beasts within?

     

     

     


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    On June 16, 2017, during the Annecy Festival, GKIDS, the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Variety announced the creation of ANIMATION IS FILM, a Los Angeles-Based Animation Film Festival.

    This ambitious project around animation now comes into being and takes place October 20-22, 2017 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theater, Hollywood.

    Check out the competition line-up and jury.

       

    ANIMATION IS FILM announced the line-up and jury members for its inaugural edition. The Festival will present a selection of animated feature films from Asia, Europe, South America and North America, with both juried and audience prizes.

    The Festival will present a highly selective showcase of animated films from around the world, plus red carpet, filmmaker Q&As, special events, receptions, and both juried and audience awards.

    Check out the full festival line-up at animationisfilm.com.

    The Festival is being produced by GKIDS in partnership with Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Variety, joined by ASIFA-Hollywood and additional sponsors and media partners: Google, IndieWire, Cartoon Brew, Fathom Events, Unifrance, Women in Animation...

       

    2017 FILMS IN COMPETITION

    THE BIG BAD FOX & OTHER TALES (US Premiere)
    Saturday, October 21st at 1:30pm
    Followed by Q&A with directors Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert
    Directors Benjamin Renner, Patrick Imbert, France, 2017
    Benjamin Renner was Oscar nominated for Ernest & Celestine
    Premiere, 2017 Annecy International Animation Film Festival

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    BIG FISH & BEGONIA (North American Premiere)
    Sunday, October 22nd at 11:00am
    Directors Xuan Liang, Chun Zhang, China, 2016
    Feature film in competition, 2017 Annecy International Animation Film Festival

     

    BIRDBOY: THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN (Los Angeles Premiere)
    Saturday, October 21st at 4:15pm
    Followed by Q&A with directors Alberto Vázquez and Pedro Rivero
    d. Pedro Rivero, Alberto Vázquez, Spain, 2015
    Best Animated Feature 2017 Goya Awards
    Feature film in competition, 2016 Annecy International Animation Film Festival

     

    THE BREADWINNER (US Premiere)
    Friday, October 20th at 7:00pm
    Followed by Q&A with director Nora Twomey
    d. Nora Twomey, Canada/Ireland/Luxembourg, 2017
    Nora Twomey was co-director of Oscar Nominated The Secret of Kells
    WIP, 2017 Annecy International Animation Film Festival

     

    FIREWORKS, SHOULD WE SEE IT FROM THE SIDE OR THE BOTTOM
    (North American Premiere – Opening Night Film)
    Friday, October 20th at 9:30pm
    d. Akiyuki Shinbo, Noboyuki Takeuchi, Japan, 2017

     

    LU OVER THE WALL (North American Premiere)
    Sunday, October 22nd at 2:15pm
    Followed by Q&A with director Masaaki Yuasa
    d. Masaaki Yuasa, Japan, 2017
    Cristal Award Winner, 2017 Annecy International Animation Film Festival

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    MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER (Los Angeles Premiere)
    Sunday, October 22nd at 5:15pm
    Followed by Q&A with director Hiromasa Yonebayashi
    d. Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Japan, 2017
    Hiromasa Yonebayashi was Oscar nominated for When Marnie Was There

     

    MUTAFUKAZ (West Coast Premiere)
    Saturday, October 21st at 7:00pm
    d. Guillaume Renard, Shoujirou Nishimi, France/Japan, 2017
    Premiere, 2017 Annecy International Animation Film Festival

     

    NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL (US Premiere)
    Sunday, October 22nd at 8:00pm
    Followed by Q&A with director Masaaki Yuasa
    d. Masaaki Yuasa, Japan, 2017

     

    TEHRAN TABOO (North American Premiere)
    Sunday, October 22nd at 5:15pm
    Followed by Q&A with director Ali Soozandeh
    d. Ali Soozandeh, Germany, 2017
    Official selection, 2017 Cannes Film Festival
    Feature film in competition, 2017 Annecy International Animation Film Festival

     

    TROPICAL VIRUS (World Premiere)
    Saturday, October 21st at 7:00pm
    Followed by Q&A with director Santiago Caicedo
    d. Santiago Caicedo, Colombia/Ecuador, 2017

     

    ZOMBILLENIUM (North American Premiere)
    Saturday, October 21st at 4:15pm
    Followed by Q&A with director Alexis Ducord
    d. Arthur de Pins, Alexis Ducord, France, 2017
    Special Screening 2017 Cannes Film Festival
    Opening night film and feature film in competition,
    2017 Annecy International Animation Film Festival

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    Check out the full program (films in competition, special screenings, events...) on animationisfilm.com!

       

    2017 JURY

     

    Peter Debruge
    Chief film critic, Variety (jury chair)

    Allison Abbate
    EVP Theatrical Animation, Warner Brothers Pictures
    Producer (The Iron Giant, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Lego Movie)

    Bonnie Arnold
    DreamWorks Animation
    Producer (Toy Story, How to Train Your Dragon)

    Jorge R. Gutiérrez
    Director (Book of Life)

    Charles Solomon
    Film critic and historian

    Mabel Tam
    Head film buyer, Landmark Cinemas

    Brenda Chapman
    Oscar-winning director of Brave

    Carolyn Giardina
    Tech Editor, The Hollywood Reporter

    Anne Thompson
    Editor-At-Large, IndieWire

       

    "The Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Market are excited to be working together with Variety and GKIDS. Animation Is Film is a wonderful opportunity to radiate animation and all its diversity in the heart of Hollywood and is a very important step in our expansion abroad. The festival is another occasion, following Annecy Goes to Cannes and before the Annecy Asia International Animated Film Festival in Seoul, to promote films and artists from all over the world to an even wider audience."  Patrick Eveno, CITIA CEO

       

    ANIMATION IS FILM aims to fill a gap in the market by establishing the first world class animation festival in the US, with its home in the world capital of filmmaking.  The Festival embraces the highest aspirations of animation as a cinematic art form on par with live action filmmaking and will be vocal advocate for filmmakers who push the boundaries of their work to the fullest range of expression that the medium is capable of.

     

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    Allison Abbate

     

    Allison Abbate is an executive vice president at Warner Animation Group. Prior to assuming her post at WAG, Abbate was an executive producer on the global blockbuster The LEGO® Movie, and a producer on Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie and Corpse Bride, Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Brad Bird’s Iron Giant.

     

    Bonnie Arnold

     

    A leading force in imaginative storytelling, Bonnie Arnold is a prolific film producer whose work spans myriad genres, and appeals to multiple generations. Bonnie is a Golden Globe winner, and an Academy Award® nominee.

     

    Brenda Chapman

     

    Brenda Chapman started her career as a story artist at Walt Disney Feature Animation in 1987 where she was the story supervisor on The Lion King, for which she won the Annie Award. Chapman has helped to develop and consult on films for several studios over many years which include not only Disney, DreamWorks and Pixar, but also Universal, Sony, Lucasfilm and Fox.

     

    Peter Debruge

     

    Peter Debruge is Variety’s Chief International Film Critic. He first joined the Variety team in 2005 as a features editor, compiling the magazine’s annual 10 Actors, Directors and Screenwriters to Watch lists as well as overseeing a range of special editorial sections, including those tied to the magazine’s philanthropy-driven Power of Youth and Power of Comedy events.

     

    Carolyn Giardina

     

    Carolyn Giardina is Tech Editor at The Hollywood Reporter and writes its Behind the Screen blog. In 2015, Carolyn was presented American Cinema Editors’ Robert Wise Award, which recognizes a journalist for contributions to film editing. She was the 2011 recipient of the International Cinematographers Guild’s Technicolor William A. Fraker Award for journalistic contributions to cinematography.

     

    Jorge R. Gutiérrez

     

    Jorge R. Gutiérrez is a painter, writer and director born in Mexico City and raised in Tijuana. Gutierrez has completed various films, cartoons, and paintings exploring his love of Mexican pop and folk culture.

     

    Charles Solomon

     

    An internationally respected critic and historian of animation, Charles Solomon has written on the subject for the New York Times, Newsweek (Japan), Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, Variety, the Manchester Guardian, and National Public Radio.

     

    Mabel Tam

     

    Mabel Tam is VP/Head Film Buyer of LANDMARK THEATRES. Landmark Theatres is the nation’s largest theatre chain dedicated to exhibiting and marketing independent film. A 16 year veteran of the entertainment industry, she is a graduate of UCLA and resides in LA with her family.

     

    Anne Thompson

     

    Born and raised in New York, IndieWire Editor at Large Anne Thompson has been a contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, The Observer, and Wired. She has served as film columnist at Variety and deputy editor of Variety.com. Anne was the Deputy Film Editor at The Hollywood Reporter, the West Coast Editor of Premiere, a Senior Writer at Entertainment Weekly, and West Coast Editor for Film Comment.

     

     

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    2017 IFF BANNER

    The 10th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco 

    September 23-24, 2017
    Tickets on Sale Now

    Click here for: Films& Schedule/Tickets/Venue

     

    Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco, the first independent Iranian film festival outside of Iran, which showcases independent feature and short films made by or about Iranians from around the world, will present 40 films at its 10th annual event.  The films range from fiction, documentary, animation, short....to music video.

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    For the tickets and passes, please click here.

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    www.IranianFilmFestival.org

    Venue:

    San Francisco Art Institute
    800 Chestnut Street
    San Francisco, CA 94133

     

    For advertising & sponsorship, please contact:info@IranianFilmFestival.org

     


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