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    Some Special Guests in Attendance!
    • Robin Grey, US producer of the feature documentary "Purple Dreams," will be in attendance for the screening of her film at 3pm Sunday, Jan. 28. 
    • DirectorDagmar Seume, German director of the feature film "Wendy," will attend the screening of her film at 3pm Saturday, Jan. 27.
    • Indian filmmaker Piyush Panjuani, director of "5 Rupees," will attend the North American premiere of this feature film, on Sunday, January 28, at 5 pm.
    • Puerto Rican filmmaker Julio Benito Cabrera ("Youth Challenge") will be in attendance at the screening of the short film program, "Planet Wise," on Sunday, Jan. 28 (5:30pm)
      And More! 

    Opening Weekend and Special Event Highlights:
    -Free kids hands-on digital animation, 360 and mobile video workshops
    -An immersive educational installation set-up in the Northwest Film Forum lobby  including a VR periscope!
    -The second Saturday morning of the festival will mark another longtime tradition: a Whole Foods-sponsoredall-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption, at 1804 13th Avenue. After the breakfast, at 10:30 and 11 a.m., there will be showings of “Into the Magic,” an uplifting, all-ages program of animated shorts, at Northwest Film Forum.

    Some Festival Highlights:
    - A slew of 17 amazing programs of short animated and live action films, with thematic content telegraphed in the program titles, including “Dream Chasers" "Planet Wise" and "Indigenous Showcase"
    -The inspiring documentary, "Purple Dreams" (USA), takes audiences behind the curtain to meet the talented and determined cast members of the country's first high school production of the Broadway musical, "The Color Purple." Another powerful documentary, “Not Without Us” (Germany), goes global, showing what life is really like for 16 children in 14 countries, on five continents.



    Children's Film Festival Seattle 2018 Trailer  


    6abc63cf-31d6-4a7a-9c1f-13f5cde79e59.jpgNorthwest Film Forum is getting ready to roll out the red carpet for its 2018 edition of  Children's Film Festival Seattle— the largest and most respected festival of its kind west of the Mississippi.

    The festival will stretch out over the course of two weeks, from its opening night on January 25 to its awards ceremony on February 10, 2018, with most screenings at Northwest Film Forum, in the bustling heart of Capitol Hill. Opening night, sponsored by The Boeing Company and presented in partnership with Seattle International Film Festival, will take place at the Egyptian Theatre, also on Capitol Hill.

    The family-friendly extravaganza celebrates the best and brightest in international cinema that is age-appropriate for ages 2-14, and will include 168 films from 55 nations, spanning the globe from North to South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The festival includes animation and live-action shorts, features, and hands-on filmmaking workshops, all crafted with care to appeal to a wide range of age groups.

    The theme of the 2018 festival is “Dream the Future.”

    “We want children to come to the festival not only to be entertained by funny and fantastic films, but also to discover common ground, to build empathy and envision their places in the wider world,” said Festival director Elizabeth Shepherd. “Now, more than ever, we see the potential of Seattle youth to become compassionate and proactive global citizens, and we are certain that the films included in our programs will energize and motivate them to make the world a better place.”

    For young viewers, the festival is also full of stories of exploration and adventure, many of them to be found in the festival’s overstuffed animation section made up of 92 films. Visual storytelling in this category covers subject matter ranging from intergalactic voyages, to whimsical hunts for buried gold, to desperate dashes for freedom during wartime.“We look for films that show young people overcoming great odds, making a difference, charting their own courses,” said Shepherd. “This films are meant to encourage our audience members to think of themselves, too, as agents of change.”

    Though the films in the festival show the broader world, the festival itself aims to be a cozy silver-screen experience for families, with most films served up in Northwest Film Forum’s intimate two intimate cinemas, seating 120 and 46 people, respectively. 

    Shepherd says, “Everything we do at our festival is warm and intimate, and geared to creating an age-appropriate experience that will enchant and inspire kids and their families.”



    Festival opening night, sponsored by 437ea113-5801-4a35-8b21-47d976389b97.jpg
    The Boeing Company, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Egyptian Theatre, 805 E. Pine Street, with a gala presentation of Hayao Miyazaki’s classic 1986 film, “Castle in the Sky.”  The film is a breathtaking animated adventure about a young girl with a mysterious crystal pendant who searches for the site of a long-dead civilization promising enormous power to those who can unlock its secrets. The evening, presented in partnership with Seattle International Film Festival, will begin with a costume contest for audience members — a chance to strut the stage dressed as their favorite characters from Miyazaki’s films.

    Another film classic will be revisited at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at Northwest Film Forum, with the screening of "Invention for Destruction" (The Fabulous World of Jules Verne”), a rediscovered and newly restored 1958 gem by renowned Czech animator and designer, Karel Zeman. Fantastical machines, a deadly submarine, and science put to nefarious ends all figure into the film, which seems, at times, ripped from today’s headlines. It is also a visual experience like none other, with live action melding with animated imagery based on Victorian steel engravings. Spoiler alert: there is also a happy ending.

    Hands-on workshops for kids will roll out on January 27 and 28, with workshops in 360 filmmaking and mobile filmmaking taught by Northwest Film Forum education manager and lead youth teacher, Jonah Kozlowski. A talk and software demonstration on January 27, led by British artist and educator Anne Terkelson, will introduce older teenagers to the digital animation program at Arts University Bournemouth, in the UK.  In addition to these workshops, free interactive, drop-in activities will transform Northwest Film Forum’s lobby, throughout the festival, into a fabulous world where children can actively dream the future in displays that are part submarine (with VR periscope!), part film set, and part special effects classroom. For complete information about educational activities, visit the “classes” section of

    The second Saturday morning of the festival will mark another longtime tradition: an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption, at 1804 13th Avenue. After the breakfast, at 10:30 and 11 a.m., there will be showings of “Into the Magic,” an uplifting, all-ages program of animated shorts, at Northwest Film Forum.


    Festival hige467b4c2-f6d4-4a46-997f-5528a5da9cde.jpghlights in 2018 will include several insightful documentaries for families. “Purple Dreams,” a US film, is the chronicle of a triumphant high school musical production that propels its cast and crew —students who struggle with homelessness, poverty and gang-related violence — into a new world of opportunity and accomplishment. Another powerful documentary, “Not Without Us” (Germany), goes global, showing what life is really like for 16 children in 14 countries, on five continents.

    Narrative features include the West Coast premieres of The Legend of Timm Thaler (Germany), Hero Steps (Colombia), Cloudboy (Sweden/Netherlands/Belgium/Norway) and the Seattle premieres of Treasure (Mexico) and Wendy (Germany). 5 Rupees (India) will be a North American premiere.

    Animated features, for younger audiences, will be Bamse and The Witch’s Daughter (Sweden), a US premiere, and Lila’s Book (Columbia-Uruguay), a West Coast premiere. Also notable will be a program of international youth-made films, “World Lens: Youth Dream the Future,” will mark the second annual partnership between CFFS and the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival— a joint initiative between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the International Organization for Migration. The New York-based festival showcases films made by young people around the world on the themes of migration, diversity and social inclusion.

    As in previous years, kids will also be decision-makers and VIPS at the festival — this year’s Children’s Jury, made up of 25 Seattle-area youth ages 9 to 15, will be led once again by a group of several teenaged jury graduates. And every audience member will also have an opportunity to vote for the festival’s coveted audience awards given in several categories.


    • 60677fe6-3cb9-4a9d-84b3-25b8fa9d1c7e.jpgDirector Dagmar Seume, German director of the feature film "Wendy," will attend the screening of her film at 3pm Saturday, Jan. 27.
    • Indian filmmaker Piyush Panjuani, director of "5 Rupees," will attend the North American premiere of this feature film, at 5pm Sunday, Jan. 28.
    • Robin Grey, US producer of the feature documentary "Purple Dreams," will be in attendance for the screening of her film at 3pm Sunday, Jan. 28. 
    • Seattle Animator William Jarcho ("Not One of Us") and Puerto Rican filmmaker Julio Benito Cabrera ("Youth Challenge") will be in attendance at the screening of the short film program, "Planet Wise," on Sunday, Jan. 28 (5:30pm). Jarcho will also attend a screening of the program on Sunday, Feb. 4 (11:30am). 
    • Filmmaker Halima Lucas (Amelia’s Closet) will be in attendance at the screening of the shorts program, "Never Say Never," at 1:30pm Saturday, Jan. 27. 
    • British Educator Anne Terkleson, Production Manager, Arts University Bournemouth (UK), will attend the festival and teach a workshop for high school students on digital animation, Saturday, Jan. 27 at 1:30pm. 


    Childd4820c15-6505-400e-81c0-15e6ce6a593e.jpgren’s Film Festival Seattle: January 25 to February 10, 2018 

    • Full festival schedule and tickets available below. Tickets are on sale NOW!
    • Festival press screening date on Tuesday January 16 at 5PM at Northwest Film Forum. RSVP here
    • Festival backdrop, stills and screener details available from
    • Screenings for groups are available weekdays and weeknights in January and February — tickets for groups of 20 or more are only $5 per person. For schedule and educator information, visit under the section “field trips."
    • Admission to most public programs is $7 for Film Forum members, $9 for children under 12 and seniors, and $12 general admission. There is also special pricing for Opening Night and the Pancake Breakfast.  Festival passes are also available — see website for details at



    Northwest Film Forum's mission is to incite public dialogue and creative action through collective cinematic experiences. The Film screens more than 200 independently made and classic films annually, offers a year-round schedule of filmmaking classes (including summer camps for young people), and supports filmmakers at all stages of their careers.


    Children's Film Festival Seattle's presenting sponsor is The Boeing Company.


    Press Contact: 
    Rachel Green
    (206) 697.2888








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    "The content world today is in many ways more open, transparent, and importantly, with the consumer in control."

    Global Content Bazar is an international market for the content industry and it will be organised in India every year in the month of January, making it the calendar year’s very first important content market. 

    It is the ideal platform to meet genuine marketers to strike a deal with.

    India's first ever content market, Global Content Bazar 2017 hit the bulls eye, witnessing many eager, high-quality trade visitors who echoed a sentiment of highly beneficial exchanges and interactions with exhibitors, buyers, sellers, syndicators, distributors and participants culminating in a healthy amount of content acquisition and sales. 

    At the Global Content Bazar, we are taking the business of entertainment content and distribution to its peak within the global content industry. Industry leaders will gather for two full days of deal-making, seminars and networking. 

    Attendees will include acquisition and development executives, agents, attorneys, directors, distributors, festival directors, financiers, film commissioners, producers, aggregators and all those who provide services to the entertainment and infotainment industry.

    Assertively integrate resource sucking sources through resource maximizing channels. Seamlessly deliver virtual paradigms through web-enabled value. Progressively parallel task turnkey materials without effective leadership skills.

    Enthusiastically orchestrate premier web services whereas turnkey relationships.


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    Amateurs, by Gabriela Pichler


    A press conference held at 1 p.m. today marked the release of the program for the 41st Göteborg Film Festival, the largest film festival in the Nordic countries.

    The festival will show 399 films from 78 countries during 11 intense days, January 26–February 5. In addition there will be seminars, discussions, parties and live music.

    The tickets will be released to festival members on January 11 and to the general public on January 13.

    Leaf through the program here>>



    Amateurs, by Gabriela Pichler



    Amateurs by Gabriela Pichler to Open Göteborg Film Festival

    The world premiere of Gabriela Pichler's Amateurs will kick off Göteborg Film Festival.

    The uncompromising debut Eat Sleep Die immediately established Gabriela Pichler as one of Sweden’s most-respected directors. Eat Sleep Die won the Audience Award at Venice Film Festival's Critic's Week and four Guldbagge Awards (the Swedish equivalent to the Oscars) including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

    Now Pichler is back with her second feature Amateurs – an intelligent, warm and wonderfully funny film about who gets to decide a community's outward image. The small municipality of Lafors hopes to solve its economic drought by attracting a German discount supermarket. In order to bolster Lafors' brand, local teenagers are asked to produce films about their hometown, but the films do not turn out as expected. The project gets called off, but two young girls decide to continue working on their documentary anyway. Based on a script that Pichler wrote together with author Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Pichler depicts everyone, from the discontented citizens to angst-ridden politicans with great precision, an engaging sense of humor and 100% accuracy.

    Amatuers is also included in Nordic Competition.



    Holiday, Isabella Eklöf



    Nine Films Compete for One Million Crowns

    For the 30th time, Göteborg Film Festival will hand out the award for best Nordic film, Dragon Award Best Nordic Film. All in all, nine films are included in the competition, which offers a prize sum of one million SEK that is handed out in cooperation with Volvo Car Group, Region Västra Götaland and City of Gothenburg.

    This year’s nominees are: Amateurs by Gabriela Pichler (Sweden), The Charmer by Milad Alami (Denmark/Sweden), Euphoria by Lisa Langseth (Sweden/Germany), What Will People Say by Iram Haq (Norway/Germany/Sweden), Jimmie by Jesper Ganslandt (Sweden/Austria/Croatia), The Violin Player by Paavo Westerberg (Finland), The Return by Malene Choi (Denmark), Holiday by Isabella Eklöf (Denmark) och And Breathe Normally by Ísold Uggadóttir (Iceland/Sweden/Belgium).

    The award will be handed out at the Dragon Award gala on Saturday, February 3.

    Presenting partner for Dragon Award Best Nordic Film is Volvo Car Group.

    Read more here>>




    The festival launches new international competition

    This year Göteborg Film Festival will launch its new International Competition. The section includes 20 international films and the festival audience will select the winner. Dragon Award Best International Film along with 50 000 SEK (approx. 5000 euros) is awarded to the winner. Dragon Award Best International FIlm is presented by newspaper Göteborgs-Posten.

    The 20 films nominated for Dragon Award Best International Film are:
    Disobedience by Sebastián Lelio, The Death of Stalin by Armando Iannucci, Angels Wear White by Vivian Qu, Western by Valeska Grisebach, Nico, 1988 by Susanna Nicchiarelli, Mademoiselle Paradis by Barbara Albert, Pity by Babis Makridis, Over the Limit by Marta Prus, Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts by Mouly Surya, The Wound by John Trengove, Men Don't Cry by Alen Drljevic, Good Favour by Rebecca Daly, Sweet Country by Warwick Thornton, Pororoca by Constantin Popescu, Makala by Emmanuel Gras, The Other Side of Everything by Mila Turajlic, Outside In by Lynn Shelton, Israfil by Ida Panahandeh, Anna's War by Aleksei Fedorchenko and The Eternal Feminine by Natalia Beristáin.



    The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award

    Ingmar Bergman was the honorary president of Göteborg Film Festival until his death in 2007. In cooperation with him, the festival established an international film award for “a debuting filmmaker who in their film treats an existential theme with a dynamic or experimental approach to the cinematic means of expression.”

    The eight films nominated for the award, which will be handed out for the eleventh time:
    Dead Pigs by Cathy Yan (China/USA)
    Ava by Sadaf Foroughi (Iran/Canada/Qatar)
    Malila: The Farewell Flower by Anucha Boonyawatana (Thailand)
    Death of a Poetess by Dana Goldberg, co-director: Efrat Mishori (Israel)
    Microhabitat by Jeon Go-woon (South Korea)
    The Flower Shop by Ruben Desiere (Belgium/Slovakia)
    Menina by Cristina Pinheiro (France)
    The Blessed by Sofia Djama (Algeria/France/Qatar)



    From Where We've Fallen



    Focus: Electric Shadows of China

    The swift and unpredictable social changes that China is experiencing creates a rich and nuanced film culture full of young filmmakers who explore new cinematic paths beyond the standardized commercial film culture. These films are the focus of Göteborg Film Festival’s Electric Shadows of China.

    – To those interested in Chinese film culture, it’s clear that Chinese cinema today is an electrifying place that reflects and challenges a superpower that is currently going through political, economic and cultural changes that will have an impact on the entire world, says Jonas Holmberg, Artistic Director, Göteborg Film Festival.

    Seven feature films, four documentaries and a retrospective form the programme for Electric Shadows of China.

    Read more here>>



    Juliette Binoche, Angelo Chricchi

    Honorary Dragon Award 2018: Juliette Binoche

    "As one of the most influential actors of our time, Juliette Binoche has behind her a wide range of iconic performances that have helped shape modern European film history.", Jonas Holmberg, Artistic Director, Göteborg Film Festival.

    Read more here>>


    Alicia Vikander, Johan Bergmark

    Nordic Honorary Dragon Award 2018: Alicia Vikander

    Göteborg Film Festival proudly presents the recipient of the 2018 Nordic Honorary Dragon Award: Alicia Vikander. The Academy Awarded actress actress will visit the festival Jan 26 to Jan 28.

    Read more here>>






    Guédiguian, Iannucci, von Trotta and Laurie Anderson set for Göteborg Film Festival

    A selection of guests that will attend the 41st Göteborg Film Festival.

    Laurie Anderson visited the festival 2016 with Heart of a Dog. This year she returns with her VR-project Chalkroom. Anderson will hold a Master Class on February 2.

    French director Robert Guédiguian and actress Ariane Ascaride will attend the festival with House by the Sea, which screens in the section Masters.

    BAFTA- and Emmy award-winning writer and director Armando Iannucci will attend the festival with his critically acclaimed The Death of Stalin. The film will screen as part of the International Competition. Iannucci will give a Master Class January 30.

    Legendary director Margarethe von Trotta received the festival's Honorary Award in 2013. This year she attends the festival with her new film Forget About Nick. Von Trotta has also contributed to the Bergman celebrations by selecting Hour of the Wolf for a retrospective. Von Trotta will give a Master Class on February 2.

    British author and screenwriter Ian McEwan ("Atonement", "Amsterdam") will visit the festival together with director Dominic Cooke with their film On Chesil Beach.

    French filmmakers Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano will visit the festival with C'est la vie.

    A complete guest list will be published on shortly.


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    1) Screening 183 films

    We have films from different genres including Documentaries, Music Videos, Sci-Fi Shorts, Animated Shorts, Horror Shorts, Comedy Shorts, Feature-length films, you name it! Among these 183 films, we are honored to have 2 World Premieres, 4 U.S. Premieres, and 13 Arizona Premieres! The films we screen come from all over the globe, bringing together different cultures and different stories all in one exciting place.


    2) 8 venues, 4 days

    This year’s festival will be held in 8 different venues spread out across Downtown Chandler over the course of 4 days. Our venues all have different styles: theater rooms at Harkins and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, ballrooms in the San Marcos Crowne Plaza Resort, restaurants where attendees can eat and drink while watching some amazing films, and outdoor screenings where you can enjoy the beautiful Arizona January weather!


    3) Activities

    At our festival, we do more than just show films. We host a lot of other exciting events! We will be hosting a Workshop, taught by industry legend Dov Simens, where local people and filmmakers alike can learn professional filmmaking techniques in just two days! For the first time in Arizona history, we will be hosting a Film Market, a place where locals and filmmakers can go talk with film financiers, distributors, and other industry professionals. Over the course of the weekend, a Silent Auction of film paraphernalia will be going on. You can bid on items used or made by famous film people and the person with the highest bid wins!


    4) Free Hollywood-style red carpet

    This red carpet is not just for celebrities and filmmakers. You can make your red carpet debut for free! Get dolled up like a celebrity, walk the red carpet and get your picture taken and participate in some media interviews!


    5) Film, fun, and festival

    Over 300 filmmakers local and international and over 1,000 local people come together for indoor and outdoor festival screenings! Every night of this event there will be after parties with celebrities and filmmakers. This is the perfect place to network, meet with local talent, and connect to start making something fun, new, and exciting!


    Find out more about their films on our website and to get your tickets!


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    Australia’s most evocative cultural film event, the Alliance Française French Film Festival, returns to Adelaide’s Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas from 22 March to 15 April 2018

    Celebrating its 29th season and running across seven cities and two satellite locations from late February to early April 2018, the Festival, which screens at Palace Cinemas throughout Australia, is proudly presented by the Alliance Française in association with the Embassy of France in Australia, Unifrance Films and the gracious support of esteemed Presenting Sponsor, Renault Australia.

    Once again, this beloved, yet very avant-garde ‘grande dame’ will delight with a superb line-up of contemporary French cinema including, for the first time, a LGBT strand spread across categories such as “We are Family” and “Crazy in Love”, in celebration of the 40th Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras and Australia’s recent ‘Yes’ vote for same-sex marriage.

    For his second year at the helm Artistic Director, Philippe Platel, has selected more than 50 features and documentaries – many of which will be Australian premières.   

    Perhaps as a counterpoint to the increasing challenges faced by modern society, the 2018 program also reflects the overall sense of positivity infusing many recent French titles, incorporating messages of courage, generosity, camaraderie and equality. 

    History will also play a key role, with three titles in particular - See You Up There (Au revoir là-haut)Golden Years (Nos années folles) and The Guardians (Les gardiennes) - exploring very diverse stories inspired by World War 1.

    The work of emerging filmmakers like Hubert Charuel (Bloody Milk / Petit paysan), Léa Mysius (Ava) and David Foenkinos (Jalouse) will screen alongside the latest from established directors such as Anne Fontaine, Philippe le Guay, Cédric Klapisch, François Ozon, Claire Denis and Tonie Marshall.  Included will also be films from ‘artists’ adept on both sides of the camera including Mathieu Amalric, Albert Dupontel, Noémie Lvovsky and Valérie Lemercier.

    Escorting us on this intoxicating voyage will be new ‘darlings’ of French cinema such as Swann Arlaud, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Finnegan Oldfield, Laetitia Dosch and Anaïs Demoustier joining acknowledged stars including Fanny Ardant, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Nathalie Baye, Gael García Bernal, Bérénice Béjo, Juliette Binoche, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Vincent Cassel, François Cluzet, and Catherine Deneuve, to Gérard Depardieu, Emmanuelle Devos, Jean Dujardin, Romain Duris, Samy Frey, Nicole Garcia, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Isabelle Huppert, Agnès Jaoui, Tcheky Karyo, Mathieu Kassovitz, Mélanie Laurent, Chiara Mastroianni, Vanessa Paradis, Roschdy Zem andOmar Sy.

    Highlights of the 2018 line-up also include Montparnasse Bienvenüe, the stunning feature debut from director Léonor Serraille about a young woman adrift in Paris, awarded the Camera d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival; Robin Campillo's BPM (Beats Per Minute), also a big winner at Cannes 2017, securing both the Grand Prix and FIPRESCI Prize; Double Lover (L’amant double), an erotic thriller with Marine Vacth, Jérémie Renier and Jacqueline Bisset; Ismael's Ghosts (Les fantômes d’Ismaël) starring Mathieu Amalric and Marion Cotillard as two former lovers whose paths collide, and Custody, the story of a broken marriage that leads to a bitter custody battle that won the Silver Lion at the 2017 Venice Film Festival. 



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    Marrowbone- Sérgio G. Sanchez- 110’ – Esp



    Anna Karenina. Vronsky’s Story– Karen Shakhnazarov- 132’ Russia  



    Le Fidèle (Racer and the Jailbird - Fidelidade Sem Limites)- Michael  R. Roskam- Bel - Filme representante Bélgica aos ÓSCARES







    Ruin Me - Preston DeFrancis – 88’ – EUA - ANTRESTREIA EUROPEIA

    Living Among Us - Brian A. Metcalf- 80’ – EUA - ANTRESTREIA MUNDIAL

    Woman in Unit 23B (Ang Nanannagal) – Prime Cruz - 83’- Filipinas - INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

    Ilawod-The Water Spirit– Dan Villegas - 96’ Filip- INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

    Ajin: Demi-Human- Katsuyuki Motohiro - 109’- Jap.

    Les Affamés– Robin Aubert- 97’ – Can

    Still Born– Brandon Christensen -87’ Canadá- ANTESTREIA EUROPEIA

    Replace - Norbert Keil– 101’ – Can/Alem 

    November - Rainer Sarnet – 115’- Estónia/Holanda/Polónia- REPRES OSCARES pela ESTÓNIA

    A Day– Sun-ho Cho- 110’- Coreia- ANTESTREIA EUROPEIA

    Involution- Pavel Khvaleev – 87’ –Russ/Alem - ANTESTREIA MUNDIAL

    Glass Garden– Shin Su-won - 117’- Coreia - ANTESTREIA EUROPEIA

    The Child Remains- Michael Melski-113’ – Canadá  

    DC Superheroes VS Eagle Talon-Frogman-104’- Jap- INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

    The Hollow Child– Jeremy Lutter – 88’ Can - INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

    A Comédia Divina– Toni Venturi -97’- Bras – ANTESTREIA EUROPEIA




    Reruns- Rosto – 14’23’’ – Hol/ Fra/Belgica - ANTESTREIA EUROPEIA

    Caronte – Luís Tinoco- 15’51’’ – Esp   

    Creature from the Lake- Renata Antunez, Alexis Bédué, Léa Bresciani, Amandine Canville, Maria Castro Rodriguez, Logan Cluber, Nicolas Grangeaud, Capucine Rahmoun-Swierczynski, Victor Rouxel, Orianne Siccardi, Mallaury Simoes – 5’ 10’’- Fra  

    Yemanja- Frédéric Gaudin, Marceau Leger, Tanguy Lemonnier, Patrick Martini, Diana Nikitina, Flora Silve – 5’52’’- Fra  

    Azdaja- The Dragon– Ivan Ramadan – 13’- Bosnia e Herzegovina- ANTESTREIA EUROPEIA

    The End of Time- Milcho Manchevski – 5’24’’- USA/Cuba

    Sweet Water- Drew Casson- 20’- UK- INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

    In the Dark, Dark Woods- Jason Bognacki – 4’ 30’’- EUA - 2017

    Merry-Go-Round- lhor Podolchak- 4’ 59’’- Ucrânia/ Polónia

    Belle à Croquer- Axel Courtière- 14’57’’- Fra

    BEC- Tony Morales- 12’17’’- Esp – INTERNATIONAL PREMIÈRE

    Zarr-Dos- Bart Wasem - 6’ 34’’ - Suiça

    Storylines – Juan Manuel Betancourt Calero -17’50’’- Colombia – ANTESTREIA EUROPEIA

    Salvatore- Maarten Groen- 11’38’’- Holand- INTERNATIONAL PREMIÈRE

    A.L.- Cashell Horgan- 10’57’’ – Irlanda- ANTESTREIA MUNDIAL










    Aparição- Fernando Vendrell- 116’- Port- ANTESTREIA MUNDIAL

    Uma Vida Sublime– Luís Diogo- 106 - Port- ANTESTREIA MUNDIAL

    Anna Karenina. Vronsky’s Story– Karen Shakhnazarov- 132’ Russia    

    Bhoy Intsik- Joel Lamangan- 107’ – Filipinas – INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE  

    Budapest Noir – Éva Gárdos- 95’- Hung- ANTESTREIA EUROPEIA

    The Charmer– Milad Alami - 102’ – Din

    Bikini Moon– Milcho Manchevski – 102’- EUA - ANTESTREIA EUROPEIA

    Al- Asleyeen– Marwan Hamed – 125’ – Egipto -ANTESTREIA MUNDIAL

    True Fiction– Jin-Mook Kim- 104’- Coreia do Sul - ANTESTREIA MUNDIAL

    The Butcher, The Whore and the One-Eyed Man- János Szasz- 102’ – Hungria






    True Fiction– Jin-Mook Kim- 104’- Coreia do Sul - ANTESTREIA MUNDIAL

    Bhoy Intsik- Joel Lamangan- 107’ – Filipinas - INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE   

    Woman in Unit 23B (Ang Nanannagal) – Prime Cruz- 83’- Filipinas -  INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

    Ilawod-The Water Spirit– Dan Villegas -96’ - INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

    Ajin: Demi-Human- Katsuyuki Motohiro - 109’- Jap

    A Day– Sun-ho Cho- 110’- Coreia- ANTESTREIA EUROPEIA

    Glass Garden– Shin Su-won - 117’- Coreia - ANTESTREIA EUROPEIA

    DC Superheroes VS Eagle Talon-Frogman-104’- Jap- INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE




    Medium and Feature Films

    Portuguese premieres

    Doutores Palhaços– Bernardo Lopes, Helder Faria- 75’ –Port - ANTESTREIA MUNDIAL

    Marrowbone- Sérgio G. Sanchez- 110’ – Esp

    The Unwilling– Jonathan Heap - 81’- EUA

    The Night of the Virgin-  Roberto San Sebastián-  Esp- 117’

    Freddy/Eddy- Trini Tullman- 94’ –Alemanha

    Meio Expediente– Santiago Dellape- 40’ – Bras- ANTESTREIA EUROPEIA

    Chimera- Maurice Haeems – 80’ – India/United Arab Emirates/USA - ANTESTREIA MUNDIAL

    Vade Retro– André Felipe Binder, Rodrigo Meirelles, Mauro Mendonça Junior - 35’ 10’’ – TV Globo

    Mexico Barbaro II – Diego Cohen, Christian Cueva, Ricardo Farias, Michelle Garza, Carlos Meléndez, Lex Ortega, Abraham Sanchez, Sergio Tello, Fernando Urdapilleta. 95’ - Mexico   

    Carcereiros- José Eduardo Belmonte - 36’- TV Globo

    Crone Wood- Ark Heridan- 85’ Irlanda- ANTESTREIA EUROPEIA

    Fractured- Jamie Patterson – UK- 108’- 2016 - ANTESTREIA EUROPEIA

    Acts of Violence– Brett Donowho – 86’ – EUA

    Le Fidèle (Racer and the Jailbird - Fidelidade Sem Limites)- Michael  R. Roskam- Bel - Filme representante da Bélgica aos ÓSCARES





    Best First films from Portugal




    Calipso– Paulo A.M.Oliveira, Pedro Martins - 15’05’’ – Port-

    Spin - Off– Farid Salamé – 15’27’’ – Port / Líbano – -

    Não Desculpo– Sofia Almeida Ferreira, Pedro Marta- 6’ 38’’- Port-

    Entretons- Luís Miranda- 4’34’’- Port-

    Qualquer Coisa de Belo - Pedro Senna Nunes- 10’ 04’’– Port  -

    Red Queen– Adriana Martins da Silva, Pedro Martins – 15’29’ – Port






    Uma Vida Sublime– Luís Diogo- 106´Port- ANTESTREIA MUNDIAL

    Aparição- Fernando Vendrell- 116’- Port - ANTESTREIA MUNDIAL

    Doutores Palhaços– Bernardo Lopes, Helder Faria- 75’ –Port - ANTESTREIA MUNDIAL


    Best Fuilm Schools Prizes



    Universidade Católica do Porto – Escola das Artes


    Casas Caiadas- Kyle Sousa – 13’26’’

    O Manto- Duarte Castelo Branco – 13’26  

    Uma Formiga- João Veloso – 14’14’’


    Universidade Lusófona de Lisboa


    Anexo - Leonor Basílio – 7’48’’

    Ermo -  Fábio Rebelo- 7’ 53’’

    Tartus -Francisco Mineiro, Leonor Abreu – 10 28’’


    Universidade do Minho


    Quantas Almas Tenho - António Magalhães, David Rodrigues,  João Pereira, 5’30’’
    Fear - Denis Fernandes, 3’50”  
    Os Médicos do Povo- Juliana Ramalho- 9’30”  
    Demons- Jennifer Gomes- 3’30”  
    Amo(r)-te -Vanessa Cortez- 3’’
    Locked Up -Carolina Estrella - 2’47”  
    Mad Hatter- Joana Sofia Carvalho- 2’40”  
    Recantiga -  Ana Martins- 2’21”  

    Terminal de Cruzeiros- Inês Paredes- 2’20”  

    Aqui vai o Ganso-  Mariana Duarte, Diogo Rodrigues, Rui Araújo , Francisco Sousa- 2’  
    Opia - Gabriela Ferreira , Mário Almeida- 2’25’’


    UTAD – Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro


    As Miúdas- Tiago Machado- 7’    

    Julieta-  Sandra Vieira, Mariana Ribeiro, Tiago Machado, Rui Fraga –12’    

    Máscaras-  Diana Lopes, André Peixoto, José Silva, João Gama – 5’    

    Óscar -  Carla Barbosa, Mónica Ribeiro, Sara Carvalho – 4’   

    Tipos de Pessoas-  Ana Rute Cardoso, Bárbara Silva, Fabiana Bezerra, Joana Silva, Rute Carvalho – 5’  


    ESAP - Escola Superior Artística do Porto


    Correntes– Lourenço Malcatanho – 5’ 11’

    Mistério– Pedro Magano Pinto -4’50’’  

    Oblívia- João Monteiro- 20’


    EPI/ETIC - Escola Técnica de Imagem e Comunicação  - Lisboa


    Azul Adolescente– Afonso Raimundo -16’ 06’’  

    Wanted-  Eduardo Inácio – EPI- 3’ 52’’  

    Insanus- Rita Isaúl-  14’ 43’’ – Port  

    La Boîte Rouge- João Rodrigues-  3’  


    ESAD - Escola Superior de Arte e Design do Instituto Politécnico de Leiria


    Two Time Two– Rute Mateus- 13’ 50’’  

    BRTHR – Imma Veiga – 8’  

    Púrpura- Pedro Antunes- 12’  


    ESMAD - Escola Superior de Media Artes e Design - Politécnico do Porto


    Independência ou Morte- Mariana Bittencourt – 12’09’’  

    Mother’s Day– Rita Figueira, Vânia Oliveira – 7’ 29’’

    The Voyager– João Gonzalez- 4’ 38’’

    Quem Bate à Porta- Afonso Marmelo- 14’45’’  




    Special P¨rogram




    Meio Expediente– Santiago Dellape- 40’ – Bras

    Vade Retro- André Felipe Binder, Rodrigo Meirelles, Mauro Mendonça Jr-  35’10’- Bras  

    Carcereiros–José Eduardo Belmonte-  35’ 07’’- Bras


    Tribute to LAURO ANTÓNIO


    Manhã Submersa- Lauro António -  127’ – Port 


    5th Fantas Classics


    DREAM DEMON - 30º ANIVERSÁRIO da estreia do clássico de Harley Cokeliss, na presença do realizador

    Participou a concurso no Fantasporto’1989.


    Dream Demon - Director’s Cut- Harley Cokeliss-  89’- 1988/89- UK




    Ah Chung- Chang Tso-Chi- 1996- 97’

    Darkness and Light- Chang Tso-Chi- 1999- 104’   

    The Best of Times- Chang Tso-Chi- 2002 –109’

    Soul of a Demon- Chang Tso-Chi- 2007- 122’

    When Love Comes- Chang Tso-Chi- 2010-108’




    Taiwan Black Movies-  HOU Chi-Jan- 61’- 2005 

    On the Society File of Shanghai- WANG Chu-Chin – 91’ -1981

    Never Too Late to Repent  - OUYANG Chun- 96’- 1979   

    Woman Revenger - OUYANG Chun-85’ - 1982

    The Challenge of the Lady Ninja - LEE Tso-Nam – 91’- 1982

     The Lady Avenger -YANG Chia-Yun- 90’- 1981

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    TIFF will be held for 10 days from October 25 (Thu.) to November 3 (Sat.) at Roppongi Hills, EX Theater and other venues in Tokyo, while TIFFCOM will be held for 3 days from October 23 (Tue.) to 25 (Thu.) in Ikebukuro, Tokyo.

     TIFF was launched in 1985 as Japan’s first major film festival and in the ensuing years, shined a   spotlight on exceptional films and filmmakers from around the world. Celebrating its 30th anniversary last year with an expanded program, the 30th TIFF drew 201,790 attendees, an increase of 11% over the previous year.

     TIFF Festival Director Takeo Hisamatsu commented: “We are very grateful for everyone’s participation and enthusiasm at the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival last year. For the 31st TIFF, the entire TIFF staff will do our utmost to make it even more appealing by further enhancing our program and related projects. We look forward to your continued support.”

     TIFF will remain fully committed to sharing the joys of cinema and cultivating cultural exchanges between filmmakers and film lovers. Our direction is represented by the slogan Entertainment and Art in Symmetry, encompassing our three visions for the festival: Expansive, Empowering and Enlightening.

     The TIFF team appreciates your ongoing support and interest in the Tokyo International Film Festival.
     See you in Tokyo in 2018!


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    SXSW 2018 Speakers

    • Yesterday the festival announcedMelinda Gates as a Keynote Speaker. As Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda sets the overall direction of the world’s largest private foundation, hacktivist/COO of Techfugees Joséphine Goube will be the Opening Speaker.
    • You won’t want to miss our new round of Featured Speakers including Olivier Assayas, Michael Dell, Ray Kurzweil, Jonathan Nolan, Priscilla Presley, Megan Smith, Alex Winter, Whitney Wolfe HerdRachel Zoe, and more.
    • Don’t forget that we have conference programming across more tracks going into the second half of SXSWeek.
    • We’ve got a Music Festival announcement coming soon and lineup news from the Film and Comedy Festivals.

    Big ideas flourish at SXSW 2018.




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    CineMart selection 2018

    Many CineMart debuts at the refocused 35th edition of IFFR's co-production market.

    From nearly 400 submissions, IFFR has selected 16 projects.

    From nearly 400 submissions, IFFR has selected 16 projects – with expected budgets ranging from €400,000 to €4 million – to present at therefocused 35th edition of CineMart, Rotterdam’s co-production market. CineMart offers filmmakers and producers the opportunity to present their new project to film professionals in order to take the next step in its creative development and financing.

    All of the selected filmmakers make their CineMart debut in 2018, with the exception of Matt Porterfield. His film Sollers Point was featured at the 2013 edition of CineMart and is now selected to screen at IFFR 2018’s Voices section.

    Kaweh Modiri is no stranger to the festival either. His first feature Bodkin Raswas selected for the Bright Future Main Programme in 2016 and won the FIPRESCI Award.

    • Kaweh Modiri

    • Gastón Solnicki

    • Jean-Gabriel Périot

    • Matt Porterfield

    • Kaweh Modiri

    • Gastón Solnicki

    Both Gastón Solnicki and Jean-Gabriel Périot have presented several films at IFFR. Solnicki’s Kékszakállú was screened at IFFR 2017 and won the FIPRESCI award at Venice. In 2009, Périot was selected for IFFR’s Tiger Award for short films with Entre chiens et loups and has since made a name for himself with films such as A German Youth.

    Some filmmakers have a track record in making short films. Rachel Lang and Lovisa Sirén have previously seen their short films selected for several festivals and Jesper Dalgaard, who has made short documentaries and a virtual reality performance, presents his first feature film at CineMart.

    • Jesper Dalgaard

    • Rachel Lang

    • Lovisa Sirén

    • Jesper Dalgaard

    • Rachel Lang

    Four selected filmmakers come to CineMart with the aim to follow up on their recent success. Johnny Ma won the Best Canadian First Feature Film Award in Toronto for Old Stone Gurvinder Singh was selected for the prestigious Un Certain Regard in Cannes Ricardo Silva won at Locarno with Navajaro in 2014; Anita Rocha da Silveira’s Kill Me Please was nominated for Best Film at Venice Orizzonti; and Hlynur Pálmason’s Winter Brotherscollected awards at several festivals.

    • Hlynur Pálmason

    • Johnny Ma

    • Gurvinder Singh

    • Ricardo Silva

    • Hlynur Pálmason

    • Johnny Ma

    The emerging filmmakers Luck Razanajaona, Dean Loxton, Carolina Markowicz and Ann-Julie Vervaeke enter CineMart with their first feature projects.

    • Ann-Julie Vervaeke

    • Luck Razanajaona

    • Dean Loxton

    • Anita Rocha da Silveira

    • Carolina Markowicz

    • Ann-Julie Vervaeke

    • Luck Razanajaona

    CineMart refocused

    As of this year, CineMart has been streamlined to better serve film professionals to find the right connections. Head of IFFR PRO Marit van den Elshout: “We’ve downsized the selection to 16 projects in order to give each project more care and attention. The projects now start preparations a month in advance with a specially appointed mentor. We’ve also implemented a new structure for the one-to-one meetings, which will be tailored more to the needs of each project. Additionally, CineMart presents a new format called Spotlight, in which the project teams and their mentors discuss each project publicly for all CineMart guests.”

    Selected CineMart titles qualify for four awards:

    • the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award of €20,000 for a European co-production;
    • the ARTE International Prize of €6,000 for an international co-production;
    • the Wouter Barendrecht Award of €5,000 for a project by a director under 35 years of age;
    • and the Filmmore Postproduction Award of €7,500 to be used for colour grading and visual effects.

    About CineMart

    The 35th edition of CineMart will take place during IFFR PRO Days from 27 January to 2 February 2018.

    More info

    CineMart 2018 Full Selection

    • Check Me in Another Place by Matt Porterfield, Le Bureau/The Hamilton Film Group (France/USA)
    • Disco Afrika by Luck Razanajaona, We Film (France/Madagascar)
    • Electrocute by Gastón Solnicki, Rei Cine SRL (Argentina)
    • Medusa by Anita Rocha da Silveira, Bananeira Filmes/Ciné-Sud Promotion (Brazil/France)
    • Mitra by Kaweh Modiri, BALDR Film (the Netherlands)
    • Mon légionnaire by Rachel Lang, Chevaldeuxtrois/Wrong Men (Belgium/France)
    • Moonblood by Jesper Dalgaard, Beofilm (Denmark)
    • Nathan Won’t Ride by Dean Loxton, Lions Den Films (United Kingdom)
    • Ô mon amour by Jean-Gabriel Périot, Local Films (France)
    • Qaim Deen by Gurvinder Singh, The Film Cafe (India)
    • Sagres by Lovisa Sirén, [sic] film (Sweden)
    • Sleepwalk by Ricardo Silva, Spécola/Ryan Zacarias (Mexico/USA)
    • To Live To Sing by Johnny Ma, Image X Productions (China)
    • Waterwolf by Ann-Julie Vervaeke, Earlybirds Films (Belgium)
    • When My Life Was My Life by Carolina Markowicz, Superfilmes/Yourmama/Ajimolido Films (Brazil/Argentina)
    • A White, White Day by Hlynur Pálmason, Join Motion Pictures/Snowglobe (Iceland/Denmark)

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    The Hubert Bals Fund has selected two feature film projects in the winter selection round of Script & Project Development.






    Ammodo Tiger Short 

    22 films from all conceivable genres, from 18 different countries, and varying in length from 7 to 52 minutes, compete for 3 equal awards each worth €5,000..

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    With IFFR 2018 just around the corner, we welcome you to take a look at this years programme and prepare your stay.


    IFFR PRO Days






    Here are the 2018 'Labbies'

    Rotterdam Lab will welcome 59 participants from 28 countries to its 18th edition.

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    Propellor returns in 2018

    As part of the Reality Check conference, Propellor will host three work groups to develop new ways of creating value for the film industry in 5 to 10 years

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    Call for European producers

    The HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support scheme is now open for new projects
    Deadline for submission: 1 April 2018

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    Onstage: Ava DuVernay, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ira Glass, Joan Jett,
    Octavia Spencer and Taika Waititi, Among Many Others

    Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute will convene dozens of offscreen events, including diverse and intersectional conversations on representation and bias in media, behind-the-scenes panels on the art of filmmaking and musical performances that range from intimate to raucous at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival taking place in Park City, Utah, January 18 - 28, 2018.  

    The first 2018 installment of the longstanding Power of Story series, Power of Story: Culture Shift, will convene Ava DuVernay (A Wrinkle in Time), Patrick Gaspard (president of the Open Society Foundations), Issa Rae (Insecure), Megan Smith (3rd U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Former Assistant to President Barack Obama), and Christine Vachon (An Evening with Todd Haynes) will discuss their work, the power of media, and the role creative choices play in shifting culture in a conversation with Washington Post journalist Sarah Ellison on Friday, January 19.

    As the Festival’s Art of Film Weekend (January 26-28) celebrates the art and craft of creative storytelling, Power of Story: Indies Go Hollywood will gather Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Justin Lin (Star Trek: Beyond) and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) to talk about the advantages and myriad challenges of moving from independent filmmaking to bigger-budget endeavors with moderator John Horn (host of KPCC's “The Frame”) on Friday, January 26.

    Other noteworthy conversations at the Festival include the Cinema Café daily series of informal chats, which this year will include conversations between and Kevin Smith; Danny Elfman and Gus Van Sant; Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Nina Totenberg; Ira Glass and Miranda July; and Ethan Hawke and Rupert Everett, among others; more Cinema Café conversations will appear on shortly.

    A Celebration of Music and Film, hosted annually by the Sundance Institute Film Music Program as the centerpiece of its music programming at the Festival, returns this year to present an evening with Rock & Roll Hall-of-Famer Joan Jett, taking the stage with The Blackhearts for one night only on January 20, in celebration of the documentary premiere Bad Reputation. Other live music at the Festival includes performances at the Sundance ASCAP Music Café (free and open to all Festival credential holders 21 and older) by Michael Franti, Brett Dennen, Mr. Hudson, Ruelle, Ethan Gruska and Striking Matches. A special “CMA Songwriter Series” lineup will include Jillian Jacqueline, Steven Lee Olsen and Tenille Townes. The annual BMI Snowball (open to all Festival credential holders) will feature Rita Wilson, Morgan Saint, Skyler Day and Craig Wedren. This year's panelists for BMI’s composer/director roundtable includes Director of the Sundance Institute Film Music Program Peter Golub, composer Jeff Beal and director Lauren Greenfield (Generation Wealth), composer Paul Cantelon and director Susan Lacy (Jane Fonda in Five Acts), composer Miriam Cutler and director Kimberly Reed (Dark Money), composer Craig Wedren (A Futile and Stupid Gesture), composer Laura Karpman (Half The Picture & Inventing Tomorrow), composer Heather McIntosh and director Amy Scott (Hal), composer Jongnic Bontemps and director Mel Jones (Leimert Park), composer Kris Bowers (Monsters and Men), composer Dustin O’Halloran (Puzzle), composer Sam Bisbee and director Rudy Faldez (The Sentence). 

    For dates, times, locations and ticket information for these and other offscreen events, including panels and live music hosted by our sponsors, visit Red text denotes that the event will be livestreamed at 

    Day One Press Conference 
    Thursday, January 18, 12 p.m. PT / 1 p.m. MT / 3 p.m. ET
    Join Sundance Institute Founder and President Robert Redford, Executive Director Keri Putnam and Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper in conversation with Barbara Chai, head of arts and culture coverage at Dow Jones Media Group and the editor of MarketWatch Entertainment, followed by a Q&A with press in attendance. 

    Power of Story: Culture Shift 
    Friday, January 19, 11:00 a.m. PT / 12:00 p.m. MT / 2:00 p.m. ET
    At a watershed moment in which America grapples with gender, race, and the complex nature of systemic change, an illustrious group of artists: Ava DuVernay (A Wrinkle in Time), Patrick Gaspard (president of the Open Society Foundations), Issa Rae (Insecure), Megan Smith (3rd U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Former Assistant to President Barack Obama), and Christine Vachon (An Evening with Todd Haynes) talk with Washington Post journalist Sarah Ellison about their work, the power of media, and the role creative choices play in shifting culture and crystallizing the national conversation. How do storytellers transform not only the arts media fields but society at large? What’s at stake in terms of the stories we tell and who tells them, and how will these decisions shape our future? 

    Cinema Cafe with and Kevin Smith
    Friday, January 19, 10:30 a.m. PT / 11:30 a.m. MT / 1:30 p.m. ET

    Friday, January 19, 1:30 p.m. PT / 2:30 p.m. MT / 4:30 p.m. ET
    Whether it be a beloved novel, a work of nonfiction, or even a story from somebody’s life, the adaptation from original source material to a feature film is a huge undertaking, with many creative decisions lying in the hands of the adaptor. In a conversation with Eugene Hernandez (Deputy Director, Film Society of Lincoln Center & Co-Publisher, Film Comment Magazine), writers and directors Debra Granik (Leave No Trace), Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here), Paul Dano (Wildlife) and Zoe Kazan (Wildlife) discuss this process and how they’ve transformed an original work into a new creative piece. 

    Cinema Cafe with Danny Elfman and Gus Van Sant (Don't Worry He Won't Get Far On Foot)
    Saturday, January 20, 11:30 a.m. PT / 12:30 p.m. MT / 2:30 p.m. ET
    Brave New Story 
    Saturday, January 20, 1:15 p.m. PT / 2:15 p.m. MT / 4:15 p.m. ET
    As our society finds itself in increasingly entrenched positions, the relevance of radical storytelling can’t be overstated. Recognizing the power of art to reveal, artists are searching for new stories and new ways of telling them. They’re demanding more of the form, questioning how it’s used to describe the world, looking at images and representation, subverting dominant narratives and traditional ways of seeing, and discovering a new political cinema. Join Reinaldo Marcus Green (Monsters and Men), RaMell Ross (Hale County This Morning,This Evening), Brett Story (The Prison in Twelve Landscapes), Lynette Wallworth (Awavena), and others. 

    A Celebration of Music and Film 
    Saturday, January 20, 6:00-9:00 p.m. PT / 7:00-10:00 p.m. MT / 9:00 p.m.-midnight ET
    This year’s rendition of the Festival’s premier music event presents an evening with Rock & Roll Hall-of-Famer Joan Jett. In celebration of the documentary premiere for Bad Reputation, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts will take the stage at The Shop in Park City for one night only. Jett has been a trailblazer for women in the music industry, from her glam rock anthems with The Runaways to her pioneering punk performances with the Blackhearts. A beacon for multiple generations of rock musicians, Jett is not to be missed in concert.

    Cinema Cafe with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Nina Totenberg (NPR)
    Sunday, January 21, 10:30 a.m. PT / 11:30 a.m. MT / 1:30 p.m. ET

    Reflect: Portrait of AI as a Young Man (New Frontier)
    Sunday, January 21, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PT / 12:00-1:30 p.m. MT /  2:00-3:30 p.m. ET
    Is the age of AI filmmaking upon us? Moderator Sandra Rodriguez (Chomsky vs. Chomsky, Do Not Track), musician and tech entrepreneur (Omega, Masters of the Sun), writer-director Samantha Gorman (TendAR, PRY), and strategist Rachel Ginsberg (Frankenstein AI: A Monster Made by Many) look under the hood of this frequently misunderstood technology to see how storytellers can use artificial intelligence to enhance or reinvent their creative process. 

    Fresh Faces 
    Sunday, January 21, 1:15 p.m. PT / 2:15 p.m. MT / 4:15 p.m. ET
    This year’s Festival films feature a number of genuinely exciting young talents—fresh faces who have already begun to receive attention and acclaim for their remarkable work. They represent a new generation of actors, fulfilling a longtime promise of independent film: to bring rich, complex characters to life through stories. Join Dominique Fishback (Night Comes On), Kelvin Harrison Jr. (Monsters and Men), Hari Nef (Assassination Nation), and Rachelle Vinberg (Skate Kitchen). 

    Cinema Cafe with Ira Glass (Come Sunday) and Miranda July (Madeline's Madeline)
    Monday, January 22, 10:30 a.m. PT / 11:30 a.m. MT / 1:30 p.m. ET

    Build: The Architecture of VR Narrative (New Frontier)
    Monday, Jan. 22, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. PT / 12:00-2:00 p.m. MT / 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
    How does virtual reality technology affect the three-act structure? Moderator Maureen Fan (Invasion!, Asteroids!) will ask writer Charlotte Stoudt (Dinner Party, Homeland), writer-director Edward Robles (Dispatch, Clouds Over Sidra), animator Bruna Berford (Arden's Wake, Henry), director Pete Billington (Wolves in the Walls, Henry), and content strategist Diana Williams (Star Wars Universe, Carne y Arena) to share their strategies for telling narratives in 360-degree spaces. 

    Cinema Cafe with Ethan Hawke (Blaze) and Rupert Everett (The Happy Prince)
    Tuesday, January 23, 10:30 a.m. PT / 11:30 a.m. MT / 1:30 p.m. ET

    Wonder: Re-imagining Our Relationship to Space (New Frontier)
    Tuesday, January 23, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PT / 12:00-1:30 p.m. MT / 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET  
    Cory McAbee’s one-man show, Deep Astronomy and the Romantic Sciences, interrogates our love affair with space. Eliza McNitt’s VR piece, SPHERES: Songs of Spacetime, ponders the beauty of colliding black holes. Elastic Time, by Mark Boulos, transports a hologram of the viewer to visit Harvard astronomer Anthony Stark. Johann Lurf’s film, called ★, chronicles images of the night sky throughout film history. Designer David Delgado, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, will moderate. 

    Ways of Seeing 
    Tuesday, January 23, 1:00 p.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. MT / 4:00 p.m. ET)
    How we see science and its place in our world has a lot to do with who we see doing it and what’s being done. The images and representations we engage with through popular culture spark our imagination, inform our values and shape our understanding of scientists, their work, technology, the natural world and the cosmos. So it bodes well that storytellers are exploring different ways of seeing, bending those perceptions through fresh stories and innovative approaches to narrative, style and performance. Join Darren Aronofsky (SPHERES: Songs of Spacetime), Octavia Spencer (A Kid Like Jake) and Shonte Tucker (Mars 2020 Payload Verification and Validation Lead at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory) in a conversation moderated by Kerry Bishé (Halt and Catch Fire). Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. 

    The New Climate 
    Tuesday, January 23, 1:30 p.m. PT / 2:30 p.m. MT / 4:30 p.m. ET
    The impact of climate change has been felt dramatically by Native communities in the U.S. and around the world. Despite poisoned resources, corporatism, and an existential threat to their homelands, these vulnerable communities rarely fall under the spotlight, and their stories go untold. This special New Climate discussion welcomes  Bartholemew Powaukee, Environmental and Water Quality Director for Utah’s Ute Tribe; Anote Tong, former president of the disappearing island of Kiribati; Tashka Yawanawá, chief of the Yawanawá; moderator Janaya Khan of Black Lives Matter, Canada and others to deconstruct histories and mythologies around climate change, discuss how story and technology can share a hidden point of view, and reveal creative initiatives to combat current trends by changing minds. 

    Cinema Cafe with Diablo Cody 
    Wednesday, January 24, 10:30 a.m. PT / 11:30 a.m. MT / 1:30 p.m. ET

    The Future of Indie TV 
    Wednesday, January 24, 1:00 p.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. MT / 4:00 p.m. ET
    As the world of serialized content widens from traditional broadcast and cable television to streaming platforms, the way we consume content is changing rapidly. Where do independent voices fit into this increasingly competitive industry? There is more demand than ever for different forms of episodic content, but how do artists and investors find their audience and make a return on their investment? Join Stephanie Allain (Leimert Park),  Steven Soderbergh (THE KING), Bernie Su (Chief Creative Officer, Canvas Media Studio), David Wain (A Futile and Stupid Gesture) in a conversation moderated by Michelle Satter, Founding Director of Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, about the current state of independent television and what the opportunities are for the future.

    Cinema Cafe with Lauren Greenfield (Generation Wealth) and Steve James (America To Me)
    Thursday, January 25, 10:30 a.m. PT / 11:30 a.m. MT / 1:30 p.m. ET

    This is Not a Panel 
    Thursday, January 25, 1:00 p.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. MT / 4:00 p.m. ET
    In what has become a tradition at the Festival, this year’s non-panel panel features Josephine Decker (Madeline’s Madeline), Jim Hosking (An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn, Tropical Cop Tales), Crystal Moselle (Skate Kitchen), and Boots Riley (Sorry to Bother You). Each filmmaker on this non panel panel was tasked with the following mission: to share objects, stories, or any sensory representation that has influenced their work and helped shape their vision as artists. Needless to say, unpredictable inspiration and surprises can be expected. 

    Play: A World-building Workshop (New Frontier)
    Thursday, January 25, 12:00-1:00 p.m. PT / 1:00-3:00 p.m. MT /  3:00-4:00 p.m. ET 
    If you could design a city from scratch, what would you include? Writer-director Lance Weiler (Frankenstein AI: A Monster Made by Many), director John Hsu (Your Spiritual Temple Sucks), and experience designer Mk Haley, of Walt Disney Imagineering, will collaborate with the audience to create a city. Afterward, panelists will discuss this feat of group stagecraft, plus share their own methods for inventing believable storyworlds. 

    Creative Tensions: IDENTITY
    Friday, January 26, 10:00 a.m. PT / 11:00 a.m. MT / 1:00 p.m ET
    This is not your typical panel. Join us for Creative Tensions: IDENTITY with Effie Brown (Dear White People) and moderator Christopher Hibma (Sundance Institute) as we explore what we may be afraid to talk about. In a world where polemics are the norm and binaries form our views of others, how do we talk about the shades of gray? From our politics to the stories we create (or are allowed to create), what do we lose or gain by becoming a tribe of tribes? An innovative event concept created by Sundance Institute’s Theatre Program, Creative Tensions is a collective conversation expressed in movement, wherein participants reveal where they stand on an issue by virtue of where they stand in the room.  A continental breakfast will be served at 11:00 a.m. This event is presented by the Sundance Institute Theatre Program and Sundance Ignite in partnership with IDEO, a global design company creating positive impact through design. 

    Power of Story: Indies Go Hollywood 
    Friday, January 26, 10:30 a.m. PT / 11:30 a.m.  MT / 1:30 a.m. ET
    Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Thor: Ragnarok. Twilight. Fast & Furious. A Wrinkle in Time. Pete’s Dragon. The directors of many prominent studio films got their start at the Sundance Film Festival. From having shoestring-budget movies on the fest circuit and DIY outlooks to being handed big-budget, big-responsibility franchises, working with A-list actors, and garnering mainstream exposure—what does taking this kind of career leap mean to them creatively, professionally, and personally? A contingent of filmmakers including Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Justin Lin (Star Trek: Beyond) and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) who straddle both worlds discuss with moderator John Horn (host of KPCC's The Frame) what motivates them to work at this new level and how they view both the advantages and myriad challenges.

    Cinema Cafe / participants TBA
    Friday, January 26, 10:30 a.m. PT / 11:30 a.m. MT / 1:30 p.m. ET

    Producer’s Confidential  — ART OF FILM WEEKEND
    Friday, January 26, 1:00 p.m. PT / 2:00 p.m MT / 4:00 p.m. ET
    In today’s challenging marketplace, creative producers are well served by an expansive knowledge of audience building, marketing, and distribution strategy. With Columbus and Unrest, recipients of Sundance Institute’s inaugural Creative Distribution Fellowship, we examine two films that emerged from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and chose to bypass all-rights distributors. Danielle Renfrew Behrens (Columbus), Jennifer Brea (Unrest), Giulia Caruso (Columbus), Lindsey Dryden (Unrest), Alysa Nahmias (Unrest), and moderator Chris Horton (Sundance Institute) present case studies on getting your work seen.

    Cinema Cafe / participants TBA
    Saturday, January 27, 10:30 a.m. PT / 11:30 a.m. MT / 1:30 p.m. ET

    Unearthing the Past  — ART OF FILM WEEKEND
    Saturday, January 27, 1:00 p.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. MT / 4:00 p.m. ET
    Nonfiction filmmakers are employing increasingly innovative approaches in order to visually and artfully engage with the past. Through creative uses of archival footage, personal- and biographical-storytelling filmmakers are excavating the past in order to re-contextualize the present and interrogate notions of truth. Join Joe Bini (A Thousand Thoughts), Elan Bogarin (306 Hollywood), Jonathan Bogarin (306 Hollywood), Robert Greene (Bisbee '17), Sierra Pettengil (Our New President), Marina Zenovich (Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind) and moderator Alissa Wilkinson ( 

    Film Church
    Sunday, January 28, 9:30 a.m. PT / 10:30 a.m. MT / 12:30 p.m. ET
    What could be more divine than 10 days of film watching? Finish off your Sundance Film Festival experience by sharing a near-spiritual moment with Festival director John Cooper and director of programming Trevor Groth, who will offer non-denominational talks of the Festival that was. Come confess your likes and dislikes. Joining us for the sermon will be a variety of special guests, including a few filmmakers who took home awards the night before (if they can be found the morning after!). All will be forgiven.

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    The Annapolis Film Festival announces this year’s festival theme Voices Strong. Minds Open. The first film to be announced on the slate: “Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me,” which will screen at the fest’s African American Experience Showcase on March 23 at Asbury United Methodist Church.

    The film features 60 years of footage spotlighting the iconic singer, dancer, actor and comic’s life. Remarkable talent was seen at his first onstage performance at just three years old, singing and tapping with top hat. “Sammy Davis Jr: I’ve Gotta Be Me” explores Davis’ talents, tribulations and the thin line he walked as a black entertainer in a segregated America. The film opens with a favorite Davis quip, “I’m colored, Jewish and Puerto Rican. When I move into a neighborhood, I wipe it out.”


    Directed by Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Sam Pollard for PBS’s American Masters, the documentary traces Davis’ journey from Harlem nightclubs to the Rat Pack in Hollywood to his refusal to work for segregated companies. Pollard documents Davis as a trailblazer, the first black American to sleep in the White House and the first to kiss a white co-star on the Broadway stage. Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal talk about Davis’ greatness. Footage shows a young Michael Jackson touching Davis’ heart in a tribute to the icon, “Thanks to you, there’s a door we all walk through,” sang Jackson.

    The Annapolis Film Festival’s African American Experience Showcase will present a panel discussion after the film’s screening with special guests. The program will give the audience a chance to discuss the film and the at times controversial role Davis played in bridging the racial divide.


    “We’re celebrating the sixth year of the film festival with very big, bold films, reflective of our theme: Voices Strong. Minds Open,” said Patti White, Festival Director. Derek Horne, Director of Programming, echoed that sentiment, “Every year the competition gets greater, not just with more submissions but with higher caliber films. The films we’re rolling out this year are not only memorable but they’re life-changing.”


    The Annapolis Film Festival runs from March 22-25, 2018. The festival will show approximately 75 films, features, shorts, international and local. Special showcases include, African American, Environmental and Jewish. There are many opportunities to interact with industry professionals through Coffee Talks, Panel Discussions and for the first-time a Shorts Challenge Pitch Contest. You can get involved with the Fest by Volunteering or Sponsoring.

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    Sundance Jan. 18-28 in Park City, Utah  

    Offscreen at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival: Panels and Events

    Onstage: Ava DuVernay, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ira Glass, Joan Jett, Octavia Spencer and Taika Waititi, Among Many Others   Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute will convene dozens of offscreen events, including diverse and intersectional conve...

    American Animals will have its world premiere at Sundance

    Written and Directed by Bart Layton   WORLD PREMIERE U.S. Dramatic Competition (Acquisition Title/UTA)   Starring Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, Jared Abrahamson, Ann Dowd, Udo Kier       Synopsis: Lexington, Kentucky, 2004: Spencer and Warren dream of remarkable lives beyond their middle-class suburban existence. They head off to colleges in the same town, haunted by the fear they may never be special in any way. Spencer is given a tour of ...

    Canon Creative Studio at Sundance Film Festival

    Canon Creative Studio located at 592 Main Street in Part City, Utah to check out some of the activities Canon will be hosting at the space. Visitors to the Canon Creative Studio will have the opportunity to explore how Canon supports all aspects of filmmaking, from pre-production to production through post. A hub for filmmakers, the Canon Creative Studio is a place of hands-on experimentation with Canon equipment and thought-provoking conversations with industry experts in the way of panel di...

    Seventeen IFP-supported projects hit Park City as the 2018 Sundance Film Festival begins next week

    IFP Alumni at Sundance       The Sundance line-up includes Elan Bogarín and Jonathan Bogarín's 306 Hollywood, Michael Pearce's Beast, Tolga Karaçelik's Butterflies, Stephen Maing's Crime + Punishment, Kimberly Reed's Dark Money, Cathy Yan's Dead Pigs, Amy Scott's Hal, RaMell Ross' Hale County This Morning, This Evening, Michael Dweck's The Last Race, Reinaldo Marcus Green's Monsters and Men, Christina Choe'...

    WHITE FANG will receive its World Premiere at SUNDANCE 2018!

          Screening Schedule: Sunday Jan 21 - 11:30am - Prospector Sunday Jan 21 - 6:00pm - SLC Library Tuesday Jan 23 - 12:30pm - Holiday Village 3 (Press + Industry) Saturday Jan 27 - 3:30pm - Redstone 1 ...

    EFP grants Film Sales Support for 9 European films at the Sundance Film Festival 2018

    HOLIDAY by Isabella Eklöf (world sales: Heretic Outreach) EFP (European Film Promotion) dedicates €35,000 in Film Sales Support (FSS) to the promotion and marketing of nine European films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival (January 18 – 28, 2018). Four out of five European films in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition and four out of six European films in the World Cinema Documentary Competition are receiving an additional boost for th...
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    Global Content Bazar January 19 - 20 Mumbai

    Global Content Bazar 2018 returns this january

    The global Content industry is a formidable force that now powers everything you see and hear across multiple media platforms. Whether it’s Film or Television or New Media or Online, content is the undisputed king and currently the most celebrated industry around the world. 

    As the creators of the 25-year-old, highly successful Broadcast India Show, Saicom Trade Fairs & Exhibitons Pvt. Ltd invites you to take the plunge into the 2nd edition of their latest venture - Global Content Bazar 2018. 

    Coming January 2018, the island city of Mumbai will welcome a brand-new content marketplace positioned at the very heart of India's multi-billion dollar entertainment industry. The 2nd edition Global Content Bazaar signals the arrival of a new platform for content innovators to pitch and showcase their work to potential buyers, sellers and distributors and also participate in a collaboration between different yet innately related aspects of entertainment technology that are pivotal in the creation of content for films, television, new media, mobile, gaming, radio and lots more. 

    Global Content Bazar 2018 will be inaugurated by Minister of Culture and Sports, Government of Maharashtra

    India’s very first content market for buying and selling of films and content, now in its 2nd year, will be inaugurated by Shri Vinod Tawde, Minister of Culture and Sports, Government of Maharashtra on 19th January 2018 at 10:00 AM at the World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai. This 2-day event is a market for buying, selling, distributing and syndicating of all sorts of content including films, television serials, web series, short films, documentaries, et al. The market als...

    Global Content Bazar is an international market for the content industry in India

    "The content world today is in many ways more open, transparent, and importantly, with the consumer in control."  Global Content Bazar is an international market for the content industry and it will be organised in India every year in the month of January, making it the calendar year’s very first important content market.  It is the ideal platform to meet genuine marketers to strike a deal with. India's first ever conte...


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    Nominations Announced for the 12th Asian Film Awards

    The Asian   Film Awards Academy announced the nominations  for the 12th Asian Film Awards (AFA) in Hong Kong  today. For this edition, AFA received submissions   from 26 countries and regions. Eighty-nine  nominations were made for 17 awards, including  the newly added Best New Dir...

    Cinema Tropical Awards Select Brazilian Film ARABIA as the Best Latin American Film of the Year

    Brazilian Film ARÁBIA by Affonso Uchoa and João Dumans Is the Winner of the Cinema Tropical Award for Best Latin American Film of the Year Other Winners Announced This Evening...

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    San Francisco Silent Film Festival Awards

    Garbo! Sherlock Holmes! More treasures to come! ...

    le Palmarès de la 9ème édition du Festival des Arcs

    You've been waiting for it for a week, or months for some ...

    75th Awards Ceremony for the Golden Globes : Black is the new red

      Yesterday black was the dominant color on the red carpet of the 75th edition of the Golden Globes: most women were dressed in black to support  "Time's Up ", movement against sexual harrasment. Here is the complete list of Awards       Best Motion Picture - Drama WINNER Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri   Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy ...


    The Capri Awards

    On the cusp of two key end-of-the-year awards events – the opening of Oscar® nomination voting on January 5th and the Golden Globes® ceremony on January 7th – it was revealed today that “Get Out,” directed by Jordan Peele, was named Best Picture and that Best Director kudos went to Christopher Nolan for “Dunkirk” at the just ended 22nd edition of Capri, Hollywood - The International Film Festival, which is presented annually by the Capri in the World I...

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    Future Femme Festival May 10 – 13, 2018 


    January 25, 2018 Regular Deadline 
    March 31, 2018 Late Deadline I May 1, 2018 Extended Deadline

    Anyone who identifies as a Future Femme may enter.

    Does your movie: elevate future femme perspectives, support the advancement of future femme talent, and empower future femmes through cinema?

    Enter now: FutureFemmeFest via Film Freeway. Take 50% your entry with this code filmfestivalscomff

    Future Femme Fest is a celebration of cinema. We bring the film festival experience to you via live competitions and our streaming partners.

    The Future Femme Short Film Fest begins its UK tour in May 2018.

    Finalists & winners will have the chance to find an audience at 8 live events throughout the UK.

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    The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival (April 26 – 29, 2018) is calling for your film


    Regular Deadline I January 8, 2018  

    Voted one of the top 50 Film Festivals worth the Submission Fee in 2016 AND 2017 by MovieMaker Magazine, the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival acknowledges emerging filmmakers from around the world, with a strong emphasis on discovering and encouraging new talent. In recognition of the time and talent of the independent filmmaker, awarding over $40,000 in cash and benefits, including a $10,000 Best of the Fest award.
    Over $40,000 in cash and benefits to be awarded**



    NYC Independent Film Festival 2018

    May 7 - May 13, 2018

    January 31, 2018 Extended Deadline I

    NYC Independent Film Festival is a celebration of the true independent filmmaker, documentaries, short and feature-length films, music videos, and animation. Whether a submission is comedic, dramatic, or something in between, The NYC Indie film Fest is eager to embrace fresh ideas and storytelling.

    The festival aims to discover the Artist Filmmaker, showcasing them to the entertainment industry and the NYC public. All NYC Indie screenings take place in the historic center of NYC, Time Square which is the perfect home for an event geared toward creating incredible opportunities for independent voices.

    NYC Indie Film Festival honors the Best in Category which includes Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Super Short, Best Music Video, as well as Best Director and Best Screenplay.

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    Sonoma International FilmFestival 

    March 21 – 25, 2018

    January 29, 2018 Extended Deadline I

    Submissions for 2018 Sonoma International FilmFestival (March 21-25, 2018) open on August 1, 2017.

    Acceptances will be sent out by email in early February, 2018.  Please do not contact office before that date.

    Thank you to all of our filmmakers for submitting your creative work to us. We had an unprecedented number of great films in 2017 and look forward to seeing all the submissions for the upcoming 21st SIFF.

    Sonoma International Film Festival endeavors to celebrate the best in independent and international features, documentaries, and short films.  In Sonoma, it is all about the filmmakers.

    Sonoma International Film Festival's blog I Website I Facebook I Twitter I SUBMIT I Past Winners I Contact Kevin W. McNeely I 707-933-2600 I 103 E. Napa St. Suite A Sonoma, California 95476 United States



    2018 WORLDFEST-HOUSTON April 20 - 29, 2018 calling for entries



    Entries Open August 15th. The EarlyBird Deadline is November 15th and the Main Entry Deadline is December 15th. These are "Postmark By Deadlines". If you enter Online by the January 15th Late/Final Deadline and we receive the physical entry by January 31st, your entry will still be reviewed by our judges. Due to popular demand, we have extended the Final Brick Wall Deadline to January 31st, online!

    The 2018 Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival is now open for entries! Info on All Winners info is submitted to Seoul, Korea ~ Concorto, Italy & the USAFilmFestival, Dallas at no extra cost!

    WorldFest Houston's blog Website: I Submit I Facebook I Twitter I Contact Hunter Todd

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     New Media Film Festival

    June 12 -14, 2018

    Announcing - JEFF BRIDGES Legendary Actor & Producer of upcoming documentary "Living in Futures Past" 2018 Recipient of the Socially Responsible Conservationist Award at the New Media Film Festival Opening Night, June 16, 2018*

    Celebrate - Collaborate - Creative Technology & Story


    New Venue James Bridges Theater - Los Angeles CA

    New Website -


    Saturday & Sunday June 16-17 2018

    12:30pm - 10:30pm

    New Media Film Festival intersects the interactivity of new technologies & formats for Media & Cinema which exemplify the power of the cinematic arts to inspire and transform. A festival where we Honor Stories Worth Telling that are created by people of All Ages-All Cultures-All Media.
    Each entry is considered for Screening in a state of the art theatre, The Landmark, owned by Mark Cuban and/or Competition and/or Distribution $45,000.00 in Awards will be given out. Each programmed content is in consideration for a Best of Category, Audience & Grand Prize Award.

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    Filmfestivals com has an eye for SciFi: check our fantastic selection

    CHIMERA by Maurice Haeems, SciFi Thriller October 2017 80 minutes Chimera features Emmy-nominee Henry Ian Cusick (Lost) and Oscar-nominee Kathleen Quinlan (Apollo 13) in the two leading roles. This is Maurice Heems' first feature film. A brilliant but disturbed scientist decides to freeze his children alive, while he races against time to cure their deadly genetic disease by unlocking the secret of immortality encoded within the DNA of the Turritopsis jellyfish. &.. 

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    Filmfestivals com has an eye for Eco, Transition, Green and Conservationism cinema: check our fantastic selection

    "Ones to Watch for fests' by"    LIVING IN THE FUTURES PAST by Susan Kucera, an eco responsible documentary presented by Jeff Bridges. USA October 2017 - 83 minutes Website I Sneak peek 5 minutes edit I Request a screener I Sales by Vision Films I Jeff Bridges Academy Award Winner, Jeff Bridges presents this beautifully photographed tour de force of original thinking on who we are and the...

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    MIAFF 5th edition wants your hot new animation films for 2018 

    MIAFF is bursting into its 5th edition and will be a spectacular 5th year birthday party! Call for entries are now open so take advantage of early bird rates until October 14 For festival strategy and consultation contact Animation Calling today! With hundreds of submissions from all over the world MIAFF 5 will be screening your film alongside  an ANIMAZING party to boot!     
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    Filmfestivals com has an eye for Horror and SciFi: check our fantastic selection

    Films we curate for festivals Check our selection of 'Best for Fests' in th eHorror SciFi genre!   "Ones to Watch for fests' by"      CHIMERA by Maurice Haeems, SciFi Thriller October 2017 80 minutes Chimera features Emmy-nominee Henry Ian Cusick (Lost) and Oscar-nominee Kathleen Quinlan (Apollo 13) in the two leading roles. A brilliant but disturbed scientist decides to freeze his children alive,... 

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    Filmfestivals com has an eye for Docs: check our fantastic selection

    "Ones to Watch for fests' by"    LIVING IN THE FUTURES PAST by Susan Kucera, an eco responsible documentary presented by Jeff Bridges. USA October 2017 - 83 minutes Website I Sneak peek 5 minutes edit I Request a screener I Sales by Vision Films I Jeff Bridges Academy Award Winner, Jeff Bridges presents this beautifully photographed tour de force of original thinking on who we are and the environ...

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    Moonlight Screening of the documentary TAKE EVERY WAVE: The Life of Laird Hamilton

    Rory Kennedy’s exhilarating Sundance documentary will have its Australian premiere at Moonlight Cinemas on January 6, 2018!   Push your limits. Change the game.     Filmmaker Rory Kennedy tracks the remarkable life and legendary career of big wave surfer Laird Hamilton. Much admired by the public, though often disdained or ignored by the surf industry itself, Laird is a unique sports icon—an athlete who has refused to compete professionally yet has do...

    Hearts Beat Loud Closing Sundance film

    HEARTS BEAT LOUD   World Premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival- Closing Night Film     Starring:  Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Toni Collette, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner   Written & Directed by: Brett Haley ...

    new Year's news from Bombay: Big star Bollywood film to be shot in Israel

    Alex C. Deleon, Bombay Bollywood A-list star Ranbir Kapoor, co-star Alia Bhatt and director Ayan Mukerji spent new years eve partying in Tel Aviv where they are getting ready to shoot the first Bollywood film ever to be made on location in Israel. Set in modern day India "Brahmasta" the first part of a planned trilogy revolves around wisdom and powers drawn from ancient Indian culture and will be shot in the old city of Jaffa, in Jerusalem, and parts of neighboring J...

    New Year's in Bombay Day three, my button works

    by Alex Deleon 13:43 (Il y a 23 heures)             Resting at the Royal Bombay Yacht Club next to the fabulous Taj Mahal Hotel -- the...

    India: The Padmavati controversy updates.

    Removing an offensive dotted Eye, by Alex Deleon, Pune, Maharashtra                       The big film news at the year end here in India is the ongoing controversy over the release of the new historical drama "Padmavati" by top senior director Sanjay Leela  Bhansali  starring top star Deepika Padukone in the title title role as a real queen of yore. The big joke (seriously) is that the film will get gover...

    Yearend News from Bombay

    The year 2018 in Bollywood has seen a dearth of box-office blockbuster and the industry has been counting on Salma Khan's latest, "Tiger Zinda Hai" (The tiger is still alive) a giant actioner co-starring his former girl friend Katrina Kaif.  This is the follow up to his megahit "Tiger Hai" of 2012 also costarring zoftic curvy Katrina who,  although only half Indian is the  leading sex symbol of the Bollywood.   The story this tim...

    Baron Noir French series presented in 8 parts

    The rapid addition of video streaming platforms has considerably expanded program viewing choices accessible to the internet audience. Netflix and Amazon have made a large number of foreign feature films, documentaries and television productions available and foreign series have increasingly become more prominent in their programs which are a mix of acquisitions and sometimes co-productions. Another new feature in the differentiated internet programming scene is subscription video on demand se...


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    CHIMERA by Maurice Haeems USA India Thriller Science Fiction 79 minutes

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    A brilliant but disturbed scientist decides to freeze his children alive, while he races against time to cure their deadly genetic disease by unlocking the secret of immortality encoded within the DNA of the Turritopsis jellyfish.

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    LIVING AMONG US by Brian Metcalf  - Vampire Found Footage Thriller Ocober 2017 80 minutes

    A family of Vampires hire some filmmakers to bring their story to the world with devastating results.  STARRING: John Heard (Home Alone), Esmé Bianco (Game of Thrones), Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie), William Sadler (Iron Man 3), Andrew Keegan (10 Things I Hate About You).

    Website I  Blog on I Teaser trailer I Screener I Youtube I Facebook I Twitter I Sales by Vision Films

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    LIVING IN THE FUTURES PAST by Susan Kucera, A documentary presented by Jeff Bridges.
    USA October 2017 - 83 minutes

    Academy Award Winner, Jeff Bridges presents this beautifully photographed tour de force of original thinking on who we are and the environmental challenges we face. Jeff, alongside prominent scientists and authors, weave evolution, emergence, entropy, dark ecology, and what some are calling the end of nature, into a story that helps us understand our place among the species of Earth’s household. The film upends our way of thinking and provides original insights into our subconscious motivations, the unintended consequences, what to do about our fossil slaves, and how our fundamental animal nature influences our future as Humankind. 

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    DEAD ON ARRIVAL D.O.A. by Stephen Sepher - Thriller  - USA  - June  2017 -  96 minutes

    Dead on Arrival poster
    Emmy nominated Billy Flynn stars in an ensemble cast as Sam Collins, a pharmaceutical sales rep who visits a small town in Louisiana to close the business deal of a lifetime. He finds himself in a dark world of sex, corruption and murder as he is poisoned with no antidote to save his life. Desperate for answers, with less than 24 hours to live, Sam turns to a local girl Jesse. Their path leads to a voodoo priestess who only confirms Sam's doomed fate. On the run, caught in a deadly vertigo with no one to trust, Sam and Jesse find themselves running from police detectives, the Mob and a dirty sheriff who wants him dead.

    Inspired by the 1950 classic noir thriller D.O.A. I Twitter Facebook I Request a screener and Festival bookings

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    THE EVIL WITHIN by late Andrew Getty 

    Winner in Houston WorldFest and Fantasporto

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


    Evil is inside

    6 family members gather for the reading of a will. It comes with a mysterious box. Who will leave alive?

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    T2: Trainspotting and 28 Weeks Later producer Andrew Macdonald and Hollywood casting director Kerry Barden to deliver Industry Spotlight talks

    BAFTA panel to discuss gender imbalance and Women in Film & Television UK will look at the urgent issue of harassment in the industry

    Industry Focus 2018 runs from 28 February to 2 March and is open to people at all stages of their career


    The full programme has been announced for Glasgow Film Festival 2018 Industry Focus strand.

    Bringing together some of the film and television industry's biggest names and most promising new talents, the three day event is open to anyone working in the industry, from established professionals to students.

    Top producer Andrew Macdonald (T2: Trainspotting; Shallow Grave; 28 Weeks Later) and Hollywood casting director Kerry Barden (who has worked on recent Oscar winners Spotlight and The Help plus the box office smash-hitPitch Perfect franchise) will deliver Industry Spotlight talks, offering a rare chance to get insight and advice from professionals at the top of their game.

    The 2018 event will address the recent revelations surrounding the industry and its working practices. BAFTA Scotland will look at the urgency of redressing the gender imbalance in film and TV and examine practical solutions to improve access, career development and representation, whilst Women in Film & Television (UK) explore the crucial issue of sexual harassment in the UK industry in a panel chaired by Kate Kinninmont MBE, Chief Executive of WFTV with guests including cinematographer Nicola Daley and casting director Simone Pereira Hind.

    Other highlights across the three day event include:

    • The unique opportunity to book one-to-one surgery sessions with leading industry figures, including Kevin Dolan, Talent Development Manager at Film London; Alison Goring, newly appointed Head of the National Film and Television School Scotland; Emma Dutton, film financier at Sharp House and talent agent Rob Kraitt from Casarotto Ramsay.
    • Market Place Live (MPL), Film London's innovative 'live' panel experience developed in partnership with Film Export UK and in partnership with Glasgow Film Office which showcases the Film Value Chain through a hypothetical film project which is developed, produced, sold and distributed all within 90 minutes.
    • A practical, hands-on workshop on the development of character and story with screenwriter and regular Shane Meadows collaborator Paul Fraser (Once Upon a Time in the Midlands; Dead Man's Shoes).
    • Alex Stolz, of the trailblazing podcast about new film entrepreneurs Film Disruptors, hosts Distribution 2.0, a look at 2018's tools, strategies and techniques which cut through the noise and help independent film find its audience plus a session on cutting-edge new film financing (from crowd funding and branded content to the emergence of powerful digital platforms).
    • As part of GFF 2018's Pure Baltic strand, funders and producers from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania discuss the co-production and the burgeoning new funding opportunities available in the region.
    • Informal and fun networking Industry Happy Hour sessions, hosted by FOCUS (a two-year pilot project that provides expert sector specific business support to screen production companies working in Scotland); Women in Film & TV (UK), the leading membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK; Directors UK, the professional association of directors working in the moving image within the UK; Young Films Foundation, an exciting new not-for-profit company to develop new Scottish writing, directing and production talent; the new National Film and Television School Scotland and Hit The Ground Running, offering roadshows and workshops on the varied careers offered behind the scenes in film and TV drama.

    Three-day event passes cost £75 full price / £30 for students and are on sale now via



    Allan Hunter, Glasgow Film Festival Co-Director said:

    “The Industry Focus at Glasgow Film Festival is renowned for its accessibility and relevance to the needs and aspirations of the filmmaking community. The 2018 programme stretches from nuts-and-bolts advice and timely debates to how to best confront ethical dilemmas and commercial challenges. It is a particular pleasure to welcome Andrew Macdonald back to his home town and nobody should miss the chance to hear this inspirational, award-winning Scottish producer. The Glasgow Film Festival is a fantastic place to see films but the Industry Focus means that Glasgow is also a great place to learn more about how to make films.” 

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    Three new countries to be represented for the first time this year


    Hong Kong, 17 January 2018– The 16th Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) today announced its lineup of 25 film projects to be presented from 19 to 21 March 2018 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The projects were selected out of more than 360 submissions from 41 countries and regions, including Australia, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Kazakhstan, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States of America and Vietnam.


    HAF is one of the most prominent film-financing platforms in Asia and provides a forum to connect filmmakers and their new projects with internationally established film financiers, producers, bankers, distributors, buyers and funders for potential co-production ventures. The successful shortlisted projects come from a richly diverse field of filmmakers – young and established alike – seeking partners and funding. This year’s selections also include projects from three countries that will be represented for the first time at HAF: Cambodia, Mongolia and Russia.


    “As we welcome projects from all over Asia and other parts of the world, we are particularly pleased to see filmmakers from three countries new to the Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum find a showcase for their works,” said Jacob WONG, Curator of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society and Director of the HAF. “In reviewing hundreds of submissions, it was encouraging to see a talented group of directors seeking to tell their stories in the universal language of film.”


    Five Hong Kong projects to be presented


    Five projects from Hong Kong are among this year’s short list: Deadline, a suspense-drama about a group of seven secondary-school students facing exam pressures and issuing a suicide pact, from director Kiwi CHOW. CHOW’s first feature film, A Complicated Story (2013), which was presented by the powerhouse team of producers Johnnie TO and Bill KONG, was selected for the 37th Hong Kong International Film Festival. CHOW also directed the “Self-immolator” segment of Ten Years (2015), which won Best Film at the 35th Hong Kong Film Awards.


    Director CHAN Ying-wai’s coming-of-age drama I Promised follows a teenage boy as he experiences desires and responsibilities, sweetness and cruelty in the aftermath of a tragic event; YUEN Han-yan’s documentary Love in the Valley of Daughters explores the love story and cultural differences between a city woman and a man from a matriarchal society in China’s Yunnan Province; film-industry veteran O Sing-pui’s romantic comedy-drama Sex is Guilt looks at death and sex, and asks which of the two is the greatest fear? The comedy While You Were Working from director LEUNG Ming-kai looks at a retired Hong Kong singer and her American neighbor who help a Filipino worker prepare for a singing competition.


    Three countries to be represented at HAF for the first time


    HAF is proud to announce four film projects from Cambodia, Mongolia and Russia – three countries that will be represented at the event for the first time. From Cambodia, Jake WACHTEL’s suspense-drama In the Next Life follows a young teenage girl living in Phnom Penh’s slums who investigates a boy’s past-life visions and uncovers a sinister conspiracy of literal, scientific reincarnation. In Twist of Fate, director Baasanjargal Orgodol of Mongolia seeks to genuinely portray the “true reality” of nomadic Mongols in his drama about a woman who marries twin brothers, and whose unconventional life leads to conflict and death.


    Two projects from Russia look at love, marriage and betrayal. Set in Kyrgyzstan, Far Frontiers from director Maxim DASHKIN explores the complicated relationship between faith and fidelity in his drama about the wife of a military commander who begins an affair with another officer. Tajikistan-born filmmaker Nigina SAYFULLAEVA’s Revnost examines the motivations of a woman who suspects her husband of having an affair and exacts revenge by entering sexual relationships with other men.


    New projects from award-winning filmmakers and three Indonesian directors


    Among this year’s short list are five established and award-winning directors presenting their latest projects. In mainland Chinese filmmaker Emily TANG’s A Man Used to Stay at My Room, a young disabled woman seeking to break away from a loveless marriage finds fame as a poet. TANG’s Perfect Life (2008) won the Tigers & Dragons Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival and the Golden Digital Award at the Hong Kong International Film Festival. Mainland director LIU Jian’s third animated feature, following Piercing (2010) and Have a Nice Day (2017), is Art College, a bitter-sweet look at youth, love and school life of two art students in the 1990s.


    The Big Picture, the new project from E J-yong – the critically acclaimed South Korean director of Bacchus Lady (2016), Actresses (2009) and Scandal (2003) – follows a lawyer facing a mid-life crisis and who accidentally kills a man and steals his identity to realize his failed dream to become a photographer. Naive Melody from Taiwan-based director Arvin CHEN, whose feature debut Au Revoir Taipei (2010) won the Asian Film Award at the Berlin Film Festival, is about an introverted young man who visits a brothel to lose his virginity, but instead falls into a complicated relationship with the brothel’s much older mama-san. In A Mountain Splits, Japanese director TOMINA Tetsuya explores the conflict and dilemma between “the visible” and “the invisible,” which live in the same world yet are unable to intersect.


    A trio of projects from Indonesia include Tale of the Land from Loeloe HENDRA, about indigenous populations facing threats to their way of life; Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash, from Edwin, which takes aim at a society ruled by machismo and patriarchy; and Eddie CAHYONO’s IMAH, which follows a fisherman searching for his wife’s killer.


    Awards and special prizes


    The 16th HAF is proud to present a number of awards and cash prizes from several returning sponsors, including mm2 Asia Limited, which will be back for a second year after its inaugural prize in 2017. The award seeks to encourage and support Chinese-language film projects with a cash prize of HK$100,000.


    Other returning award sponsors include the Wouter Barendrecht Film Foundation; China Film Foundation – Wutianming Fund For Young Talents; White Light Studio; G2D Co. Ltd.; and the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) of the BiFan Industry Gathering. Additional award sponsors will be announced soon.


    Work in Progress Laboratory


    In addition, the HAF-sponsored “Work in Progress Laboratory” is an initiative to help directors and producers obtain post-production funds through meetings with distribution agents and film festival programmers. Representatives from shortlisted projects will be invited to present their work at HAF. The WIP Lab will assist interested industry professionals to set up individual meetings with them to obtain further collaboration details. The shortlisted projects will be announced in February.


    Guest and media accreditation for HAF


    Investors, financiers and other film-industry guests are now able to register for HAF at and schedule individual meetings with filmmakers to discuss their projects. Guests will be given access to HAF, in addition to joining our official networking events, screenings, seminars or other activities.


    Registration for the event among members of the media will begin on 22 January, with further details here:


    A complete list of the selected projects for the 16th HAF can be found in Appendix 1. For more information about HAF, please visit the official website at and the HAF Facebook page at

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    Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) was started in 2002 with the idea of building and promoting a healthy film culture in Pune. Our objective is to give film lovers in the city access to global cinema and spark a cultural exchange. With discussions, lectures and master classes on varied topics related to the craft, we try to instil an academic flavour in the festival.

    Every edition of PIFF has a unique contemporary theme. Through categories like World Competition, Marathi Competition, Global Cinema, Country Focus and Retrospective, we bring forth quality films from various countries and cultures. An acclaimed international jury decides awards for films in the competitive sections.

    The Government of Maharashtra recognised PIFF as its official festival in 2010. PIFF is the only festival that gives international recognition to Marathi cinema. Every year, PIFF continues to grow with the participation of more and more accomplished film personalities, emerging filmmakers and film enthusiasts.

    About Pune

    Pune is a city located in the west of the Maharashtra state. Once a capital of the vast Maratha Empire, Pune inherits a rich legacy of art and culture. In 1933, the eminent Prabhat Film Company built its studio in Pune. The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) was established in the Prabhat premises in 1960 and the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) was established in 1964. With these developments, the city became fertile ground for filmmakers, actors and film technicians. PIFF takes forward this legacy of film culture in the city, with a festival that especially attracts the youth. We are spreading this spirit throughout Maharashtra by conducting satellite festivals in various other cities.

    About Pune Film Foundation

    The Pune Film Foundation was established in 2002 with the sole purpose of organising a grand international film festival in Pune. PIFF is organised by the Foundation in collaboration with the Government of Maharashtra every year. We undertake end-to-end planning and execution of the festival. We also keep infusing newer and better ideas in each edition. The Foundation has also diversified its work by organising smaller festivals like Film Festivals from Europe. The central thought is to keep giving the audiences of Pune something new and interesting to view. Our motto is to strengthen cultural discourse through cinema.

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    Tropfest Australia, supported by foundation partner CGU Insurance, is today announcing two exciting developments to this year’s event - Academy Award winner and five-time Emmy nominated actress, Susan Sarandon, will head the Tropfest Australia 2018 Jury. For the first time, the ABC will be the exclusive broadcast partner.

    Susan Sarandon, fresh off a Golden Globe nomination for Feud (2017), is known for critically acclaimed performances in classic films Bull Durham (1988), Thelma & Louise (1991), Dead Man Walking (1995), The Lovely Bones (2009) and so much more. Sarandon will take part in a star-studded week of festivities which culminates in the Tropfest ‘main event’ on Saturday 17 February at Parramatta Park.

    “I love Australia and am extremely excited to be coming to Sydney in February for Tropfest,” said Sarandon. “There is an enormous amount of film talent down under, so I’m looking forward to watching all of these amazing short films showcasing Australia’s vibrant diversity.”

    “We’re absolutely thrilled to have Susan Sarandon, a true cinematic legend, head the Tropfest jury this year,” said Tropfest Founder and Executive Chair John Polson. “It’s not every day an Oscar winner sits down to watch your short film, so I know our finalists will be beside themselves with excitement.”

    This year the ABC will broadcast the Tropfest main event live on its new channel, ABC COMEDY. The event will also be shown on ABC iview and the ABC COMEDY Facebook page and ABC COMEDY YouTube channel globally. It’s the first year the ABC has partnered with Tropfest to bring the event straight to those watching wherever they may be. The partnership celebrates the ABC’s commitment to telling diverse Australian stories, and championing the filmmakers behind them.

    John Polson said “ABC has been absolutely crucial in cultivating independent Australian arts and culture over the years, so we can’t think of anyone else we’d rather partner with on our live national broadcast. With ABC on board, our Finalists can now look forward to their films being enjoyed by thousands more enthralled Trop fans. This is a great day for Tropfest!” 

    ABC’s Director of Television, David Anderson said “Tropfest promises to be an amazing event this year, and we are incredibly excited to partner with Tropfest Australia to bring the unique talents of new and emerging Australian filmmakers to our television audiences.”

    The broadcast will air on February 17 on ABC COMEDY and will capture the black-carpet arrivals, interviews with the filmmakers and celebrity guests, as well as showcase the final 16 films as they are shown at Parramatta Park. The broadcast and the finalists’ films will also be available on ABC iview after the live event.

    Past jurors of Tropfest have included film luminaries such as Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman, Liev Schreiber, Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts, Billy Crudup and George Miller — who heads the Tropfest Advisory Board.

    Tropfest is supported by Foundation Partner CGU Insurance, Presenting Partner Melrose Park by PAYCE, Exclusive Automotive Partner Holden and Strategic Partners Western Sydney University, Parramatta Park Trust, and the City of Parramatta. The ABC is the Exclusive Broadcast Partner and YouTube Australia the Live Streaming Partner. Tropfest is also supported by Major Government Partner, Screen Australia.

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    Dates Set for TIFF and TIFFCOM
    31st TIFF: Oct. 25 - Nov. 3, 2018
    TIFFCOM2018: Oct. 23 - 25, 2018


    The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced its dates and the festival’s affiliated market (TIFFCOM)’s dates for 2018. TIFF will be held for 10 days from October 25 (Thu.) to November 3 (Sat.) at Roppongi Hills, EX Theater and other venues in Tokyo, while TIFFCOM will be held for 3 days from October 23 (Tue.) to 25 (Thu.) in Ikebukuro, Tokyo.

    TIFF was launched in 1985 as Japan’s first major film festival and in the ensuing years, shined a spotlight on exceptional films and filmmakers from around the world. Celebrating its 30th anniversary last year with an expanded program, the 30th TIFF drew 201,790 attendees, an increase of 11% over the previous year.

    TIFF Festival Director Takeo Hisamatsu commented: “We are very grateful for everyone’s participation and enthusiasm at the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival last year. For the 31st TIFF, the entire TIFF staff will do our utmost to make it even more appealing by further enhancing our program and related projects. We look forward to your continued support.”

    TIFF will remain fully committed to sharing the joys of cinema and cultivating cultural exchanges between filmmakers and film lovers. Our direction is represented by the slogan Entertainment and Art in Symmetry, encompassing our three visions for the festival: Expansive, Empowering and Enlightening.

    The TIFF team appreciates your ongoing support and interest in the Tokyo International Film Festival.
    See you in Tokyo in 2018!




    31st Tokyo International Film Festival
    Date: October 25 (Thu.) – November 3 (Sat.), 2018
    Venues: Roppongi Hills, EX Theater and other venues in Tokyo
    Hosted by: UNIJAPAN
    Official Website:
    *Film submissions for the 31st Tokyo International Film Festival will be accepted from April 2018.

    Market: TIFFCOM2018

    Official Account:

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    The San Sebastian Festival has opened a process of reflection to modernise its image and give it a renewed corporate identity in keeping with the new times of the audiovisual world and of the Festival itself.

    The posters of this edition will be created as part of this new image strategy, meaning that the contest started in 2011 will not take place this year.

    The image will be presented at the beginning of May. 


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