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    Rivalry City shot over the past few years on and off the ice tells the powerful story of the on ice feud between the FDNY and NYPD hockey teams and tells of 9/11 related illnesses and how these tough hockey players battle that off the ice as well. Festival Director Terence Mulligan noted “My brother is retired firemen and I grew up going to this game at MSG back in the 80’s it really is an intense Rivalry. The energy is off the charts when you enter the rink that night. Both teams lay it all on the line. I have friends on both sides as I played hockey with guys on both teams! The director Matt Benoliel will attend the film and Q&A after the screening.

     

    CraicFest 20 officially kicks off March 3rd with the Craic Music festival at Mercury Lounge with Irish headliner Colin Devlin (Colin has a new album coming out in March). Count Vaseline is performing as well and singer songwriter Natalie Clarke.

     

    The rest of the Craic Film Fest is an impressive lineup of award winning films. The Friday night

    Gala March 9th is the NY premier of George Best Himself (a documentary on the legendary Irish soccer star). The popular Kids Fleadh is on Saturday morning March 10th from 11:30am-1pm. The Craic rolls on march 10th with a music documentary on the Folk band Kila. Closing day is a stellar lineup of Indie films with Stalker (starring rising Irish actor Barry Koeghan from Dunkirk), Also the NY premier of Cardboard Gangsters (starring Love/Hate actor John Connors) The closing gala is the NY premier of Apollo House (a doc on the homeless in Dublin with Irish music stars Hozier and Glen Hansard) produced and starring Oscar nominated director Jim Sheridan (In America). Jim will be attending the Q&A.

     

    The Craic Fest is the premier festival in the U.S. to introduce the new Irish Cinema as well the new generation of Irish bands and filmmakers to the US public.  Presented by Stella Artois.

    A filmmaker lounge is set up all three days of the film fest at Cinepolis theater.


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  • 01/25/18--07:34: FIPA 2018 kicked off
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    FIPA 2018 STARTS !
    Many guests and all the members of the jury have opened the 31st of Fipa.
    Screenings and professional meetings will multiply. Have a great festival !

     

     

     

     

     

     

    PROGRAMME INDUSTRY        INDUSTRY PROGRAMME

     


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    The city’s 14th annual celebration of cinema – now one of the largest film festivals in the UK - will feature over 330 separate events and screenings, showcasing over 180 films from 51 countries including 6 World premieres, 7 European premieres, 77 UK premieres and 52 Scottish premieres.

    The festival will open on Wednesday 21 February with the UK premiere of Wes Anderson’s animated adventure Isle of Dogs and close on 4 March with the World premiere of the rousing Scottish feature documentary Nae Pasaran, telling the true story of the group of Scots who defied a dictatorship.

    World and European Premieres

    Karen Gillan will attend the red carpet gala World premiere of her directorial debut The Party’s Just Beginning, a fiercely honest tale of loss, grief and survivor’s guilt filmed in Inverness and Glasgow.

    The World premiere of Felipe Bustos Sierra’s Nae Pasaran will offer a resounding end to this year’s festival. The Scottish-made documentary charts the incredible true story of the East Kilbride Rolls Royce factory workers who managed to ground half of Chile’s Air Force from the other side of the world, in the longest single act of solidarity against Pinochet’s brutal dictatorship.

    BAFTA Scotland nominated Douglas King makes the leap from shorts to features with the World premiere of the Glasgow-filmed Super November starring comedian Josie Long as a Clydebank librarian who meets the love of her life played by Sean Biggerstaff, just as Western civilization crumbles.

    The Camino Voyage, another incredible true story of dedicated individuals, will also have its World premiere at GFF on 28 February.  A writer, two musicians (including Glen Hansard, who won the Best Original Song Oscar for ‘Falling Slowly’ from Once), an artist and a stonemason embark on an epic, three-year pilgrimage from Ireland to Northern Spain in a handmade Naomhóg rowing boat in this modern-day Celtic odyssey.

     

     

    2018 marks the centenary of the birth of pioneering experimental Scottish filmmaker Margaret Tait, GFF will screen the World premiere of Margaret Tait Award winner Sarah Forrest’s new film, inspired by the prophetic phenomenon of ‘second sight’ that is particular to Scotland’s Highlands and Islands.

    David Tennant stars in a new rom-com with a twist You, Me and Him which gets its first European screening at GFF with the star himself in attendance alongside director Daisy Aitkens.

    Other European premieres include Geena Davis in the crowd-pleasing coming-of-age gem Don’t Talk To Irene and acclaimed screenwriter Mari Okada making her directorial debut with the animated fantasy Let’s Decorate the Promised Flowers in the Farewell Morning(Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hanao Kazarou).

    UK Premieres

    Glasgow Film Festival 2018 will host a staggering 77 UK premieres across twelve days, as Hollywood legend Bill Pullman flies into Glasgow for the UK premiere of his acclaimed new Western The Ballad of Lefty Brown.

    UK audiences will also get the first chance to see Wim Wenders’ thrilling romance Submergence starring James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander; Roya Sadat’s scathing dissection of Afghanistan’s changing political climate in A Letter To The President; Diane Kruger in the winner of the 2018 Golden Globe for Best Picture (Foreign Language), the emotionally charged revenge story In The Fade; KathleenHepburn’s debut feature Never Steady, NeverStill with an extraordinary lead performance from Shirley Henderson; Gemma Arterton as an ordinary woman making difficult decisions alongside Dominic Cooper in The Escape and Toni Collette and Harvey Keitel sparkling in a fairytale vision of Paris in Madame. Glasgow anime fans will also be the first to see the hotly-anticipated Mary and The Witch’s Flower, as the first film by Studio Ghibli alum’s Studio Ponoc gets its UK premiere at GFF.

    First chance to see in Scotland

    Lynne Ramsay will return home to Glasgow to introduce the Scottish premiere of her eagerly-awaited new feature You Were Never Really Here, a brutal noir with an unforgettable lead performance from Joaquin Phoenix.

    With 52 Scottish premieres in total, Glasgow Film Festival audiences will also be the first in the country to enjoy Carol director Todd Haynes’ imaginative and charming new film Wonderstruck; the 2018 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee A Fantastic Woman, with Daniela Vega in a star-making turn as a trans woman dealing with the fallout of her partner’s death; Xavier Legrand’s tense look at the fallout from a bitter domestic dispute in Custody, which netted him the Venice Film Festival Best Director prize; the plaintive teen drama A Ciambra, drawn from true stories of life among Italy’s Romani community
; the big screen adaptation of League of Gentlemen creator Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s terrifying West End stage smash hit Ghost Stories and the beguiling final screen outing of the late, great Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky.

    Local Heroes

    Homegrown talent is always in the spotlight at Glasgow Film Festival, which is proud to screen features from some of the boldest and brightest filmmaking talents here in Scotland and across the UK.

    Scottish director May Miles Thomas returns with the UK premiere of Voyageuse, an ingeniously constructed biography of Thomas’s late mother-in-law, dramatising one woman’s ordinary life, lived through extraordinary times.

    Hedwig And The Angry Inch creator John Cameron Mitchell is back with a shape-shifting adaptation of NeilGaiman’s sci-fi punk short story How to Talk to Girls at Parties; Weekend and 45 Years director Andrew Haigh scores another hit with Lean on Pete, a heartfelt tale of a boy’s flight through America on his chestnut horse starring Chloë Sevigny and Steve Buscemi; star-on-the-ascendant Jessie Buckley continues to shine as the black sheep of her family in Michael Pearce’s intoxicating Jersey-set thriller Beast and Deborah Haywood makes her impressive directorial debut with Pin Cushion, an all-female gothic fairy tale set in a working-class British suburb.

     

    Film Talent Attending

    A host of famous faces will be treading the GFF red carpet in 2018.

     

    Independence Day star Bill Pullman will attend the premiere of The Ballad of Lefty Brown alongside an in-person look back at his extensive career on the screen, from Spaceballs to The Sinner. Guardians of the Galaxy and Jumanji star Karen Gillan will attend the gala World premiere of her directorial debut The Party’s Just Beginning whilst Lynne Ramsay will introduce the Scottish premiere of You Were Never Really Hereand appear as a special guest on an episode of Edith Bowman’s hit music and movies podcast Soundtracking, recorded at the festival in front of a live audience.

     

    Imogen Poots (Green Room, 28 Weeks Later) will be in town for Mobile Homes, a starkly realistic tale of American prefab life and Journeyman director and star Paddy Considine will attend the Scottish premiere of his second feature, an intellectual and heartfelt look at boxing and sporting struggle. We also welcome the return of some festival favourites with David Tennant at the European premiere of You, Me and Him, Gregory’s Girl star John Gordon Sinclair with the Scottish premiere of music biopic Nico 1988 and one of Britain’s most prolific directors Ben Wheatley (Free Fire, High- Rise) in an intimate, in-person chat about his career and his inspirations.

     

    The Thick of It’s Joanna Scanlan and one-to-watch Lily Newmark will attend the UK premiere of Pin Cushion alongside their director Deborah Haywood; filmmakers Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman introduce the Scottish premiere of their blood-curdling Ghost Stories and director Michael Pearce introduces his acclaimed thriller Beast.

     

    Special Events and Pop-Up Cinema

    Glasgow Film Festival is renowned for taking film out of the cinema and turning some of the city’s best-loved venues into unforgettable pop-up movie houses.

     

    To celebrate the 30th anniversary of two of the greatest office-set movies of all time, the top floors of the Former College of Building and Printing will be turned into Nakatomi Plaza for a very special screening of Die Hard. Audiences will also be invited to search their wardrobe for classic 80s-style padded shoulders and raise a toast with a themed cocktail to celebrate climbing the corporate ladder with Melanie Griffith in Working Girl.

     

    It’s 25 years since audiences first met Bill Murray’s curmudgeonly weatherman in Groundhog Day, and Bath Street bar Flat 0/1 will be transformed into a Punxsutawney-style bed & breakfast which will screen the film at the same time every day of the festival. That’s right, woodchuck-chuckers!

     

    In partnership with Festival 2018 – the cultural programme of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships – and Glasgow Youth Film Festival, GFF will also host a special 20th anniversary screening of gripping cult German thriller Run Lola Run, set in the European Championships co-host city of Berlin. 

     

    Audience Award

     

    The only award presented at Glasgow Film Festival returns for a fourth year and is chosen by the festival’s most important people – its audiences. Ten emerging filmmakers at the start of glittering careers – seven of them women - compete for the prestigious award with eligible films including LisaBrühlmann’s coming-of-age body-horror Blue My Mind; The Divine Order, fellow Swiss director PetraVolpe’s hugely entertaining story of Switzerland’s women campaigning in 1971 to secure the vote;  Antonio Méndez Esparza’s Life and nothing more, a look at a young African-American man on the cusp of adulthood in today’s America and Village Rockstars, the irresistible story of 10 year old Dhuna dreaming of starting her own rock band in a small North Indian village from second-time director Rima Das.

     

    *See editor’s notes (p8) for full Audience Award shortlist.

     

     

     

     

     

    Ida Lupino: On Dangerous Ground

     

    In a time when the representation and agency of women in Hollywood is a hotter topic than ever before, Glasgow Film Festival is thrilled to celebrate one of the industry’s original trailblazers. Ida Lupino (1918 – 1995) initially made her mark as an actor, playing a succession of film noir femme fatales, floozies and molls before stepping behind the camera to become the only female director working in the Hollywood system. Fiercely independent, Lupino directed tough, tightly-coiled low-budget films that were way ahead of their time – tackling taboos, exploring social issues and creating complex female characters. GFF’s centenary tribute to this true maverick will screen her nerve-shredding serial killer pic The Hitch-Hiker, the groundbreaking tale of sexual assault and its aftermath Outrage and hard-hitting domestic melodrama The Bigamist, along with two of her most famous acting roles, in Moontide and High Sierra.

     

    FrightFest

     

    Returning to strike fear into the heart of every brave cinemagoer, FrightFest is back in its beloved second home of Glasgow with an all-new cornucopia of shock and gore. FF will see the Scottish premiere of Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s Ghost Stories starring Martin Freeman, plus there’s more classic Gothic storytelling courtesy of Irish haunted house chiller The Lodgers. The Devil and The Blacksmith is a dark Basque fairytale that’s a feast for the eyes,Ravenous transports a zombie apocalypse to rural Quebec in a decidedly off-kilter approach to the genre and it wouldn’t be FrightFest without a burst of real cult oddness- the World premiere of a loving new refurbishment of long-lost 1999 schlock-fest Attack of the Bat Monsters fits the bill perfectly.

     

    Sound & Vision

     

    Music and cinema-going have gone hand in hand since the birth of film, and Sound & Vision celebrates this very happy magic with a series of electrifying live gigs, fascinating documentaries and exclusive features. Composer Mica Levi (Oscar-nominated for her score for Jackie) teams up with artist sister Francesca Levi and electronic pioneers Wrangler for a night celebrating the greatest films never made in The Unfilmables and Edinburgh seven-piece The Badwills debut their irresistible new live soundtrack to the smoldering Italian silent classic Assunta Spina in a night of Divas, Despots and Dancing. The lives of some of contemporary music’s most iconic figures are laid bare in a series of biopics including the story of the last days of Velvet Underground’s front-woman Nico, 1988 and what lay in wait post-Sex Pistols for John Lydon in The Public Image is Rotten .

     

    Stranger than Fiction

     

    Stranger than Fiction offers a treasure trove of true stories that feel more vital than ever in the era of ‘fake news’.  Young British filmmaker Orban Wallace turns the cameras on those sent to report on the global refugee crisis in Another New Story; Göran Olsson goes back to 1972 in the UK premiere of That Summer, featuring extraordinary, recently re-discovered footage – some shot by Andy Warhol– of US socialites the Beales sisters, before they shot to notoriety in the Maysles’ seminal documentary Grey Gardens, and from the creators of Beasts of the Southern Wild comes Brimstone & Glory, an explosive look at the ritual, danger and absolute beauty of fireworks. There’s the chance to get up close and personal with two movie icons in Rod Taylor: Pulling No Punches and Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, whilst Scotty and the Secret of Hollywood is the salacious tell-all story of Tinseltown’s original ‘fixer’.

    Window on the World

    51 countries are represented at this year’s festival, offering audiences a fresh perspective and the chance to explore a dazzling world of cinema that rarely makes it to UK cinema screens. Amongst the films that have been making waves across the world are Indonesian filmmaker MoulySurya’s stunning feminist western Marlina The Murderer in Four Acts; slow-burn Kazakhstani drama Sveta featuring a remarkable debut

     

    performance Laura Koroleva and told primarily in Russian sign language and The Swan, a magical coming-of-age story set in the luminous wilds of Iceland.

    Ireland: The Near Shore

    Glasgow Film Festival 2018 turns the spotlight on the booming film industry of our close neighbours with a selection of the very best in new cinema emerging from Ireland. Highlights include The Breadwinner, a heartrending story of a young girl living in Kabul under Taliban rule that marks the solo feature debut of animator Nora Twomey (The Secret of Kells); Kissing Candice, a stylish and seductive drama of teenage escapism that signals the arrival of an exciting directorial vision from Aoife McArdle and the Ellen Page-starring The Cured, a thought-provoking horror set in a Dublin that has survived a zombie plague.

    Pure Baltic

    With Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia cooperating closely to make the most of their upcoming centenary celebrations, GFF couldn’t resist the opportunity to join the party. From Estonia’s upbeat 1980s set comedy The Dissidents to Latvia’s menacing and disturbing Firstborn via Lithuania’s Miracle and A Gentle Creature, which focuses on the comedic struggle to move from communism to capitalism, these films showcase the growing talent and confidence of the new wave of Baltic filmmakers.

    Modern Families

    The much-loved Modern Families strand returns to delight junior cinephiles. Kinning Park Complex is turned into a family-friendly carnival for a special free 30th anniversary screening of Ron Howard’s magical fantasy Willow; anime of fans of all ages will be charmed by the UK premiere of Mary and the Witch’s Flower from Studio Ghibli’s Hiromasa Yonebayashi and the ever-popular Take 2 Saturday morning screenings make great cinema accessible to all, with free showings of Czech animation The Oddsockeaters (where you’ll finally find out where those odd socks disappear to) and the irresistible Irish adventure War of the Buttons.

    Future Cult

    Future Cult rises from the ashes of GFF’s Nerdvana strand with a hand-picked selection of the quirky and the questionable. Amongst this collection of the weirdest films you’ll ever find are an exclusive screening of the new restoration of Egypt’s 1981 Rocky Horror Picture Show re-make Anyab, a very special secret location screening of the massive anime series Attack on Titan: The Roar of Awakening and Takahide Hori’s magnificent stop-motion apocalyptic animation Junk Head. Guaranteed to grace the midnight movie screenings of the future, the art of cult cinema is in safe hands.

    Crossing the Line

    Crossing the Line curates the best boundary-pushing art on the cinema screen for a city with one of the UK’s most thriving artistic communities. GFF once again partner with LUX Scotland for a series of screenings and events at Tramway, including Incense, Sweaters and Ice, the latest film from LA-based Martine Syms, who’s work examines representations of blackness and its relationship to feminism, and award-winning artist Margaret Salmon’s collaboration with Scottish Album of the Year Award winners Sacred Paws who provide a pulsating live soundtrack to her adrenaline-fuelled speedway documentary Mm. Crossing the Line also marks the centenary of the birth of pioneering experimental Orcadian filmmaker Margaret Tait with a special programme of her short films alongside the work of New Zealand artist Joanna Margaret Paul, who, like Tait, worked prolifically across the mediums of film, poetry and painting, portraying instances of everyday life from motherhood to the natural world.

    Rebel Heroes

    Glasgow Film Festival’s much-loved free morning matinees return with a season dedicated to Hollywood’s broodiest anti-heroes. Everyone’s favourite Rebel Heroes, from a doomed James Dean in Rebel Without A Causeto Sidney Poitier breaking free from the chain gang in The Defiant Ones, via Steve McQueen tearing up

     

    the streets of San Francisco in Bullittand Elvis Presley shaking up his cellblock in Jailhouse Rock, will be returning to the big screen in these free events that are the perfect way to kick start a day at the festival.

    Industry Focus

    Returning for its third year, Industry Focus (28 Feb – 2 March) brings together some of the film and television industry's biggest names and most promising new talents, in a three day event which is open to anyone working in the industry, from established professionals to students.

    Highlights include 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-hit Pitch Perfect franchise) delivering illuminating Industry Spotlight talks.  Industry Focus 2018 will offer space for an urgent addressing of the recent revelations surrounding the industry and its working practices, with a BAFTA Scotland panel looking at practical ways of redressing gender imbalance and Women in Film & Television (UK) exploring the crucial issue of sexual harassment in the UK industry. Industry Focus 2018 Passes cost £75 with a range of discounts available. To purchase passes visit glasgowfilm.org/festival

    Behind The Scenes

    Behind The Scenes offers up a fascinating insight into the world of film, appealing to anyone with an interest in the inner workings of the industry– from emerging filmmakers to industry veterans and curious armchair film buffs. Partnering with the new National Film and Television School Scotland, this year’s Behind The Scenes includes a BAFTA Scotland masterclass with Paddington Foley artist Peter Burgis (who’ll reveal the art of getting the sound of marmalade sandwich chewing just right), an illuminating hour with Game of Thrones prosthetics artist Stuart Bray and composer Matt Dunkley dissecting his portfolio in Anatomy of a Soundtrack. An inspiring and informative selection, with all talks completely free.

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    Allan Hunter, Glasgow Film Festival Co-director said “The 2018 Glasgow Film Festival promises the Perfect Movie Mix and we’ve taken that to heart. There truly is something for everyone from the casual cinemagoer to the dedicated cinephile. The whole team have contributed to compiling a wide-ranging programme that celebrates extraordinary Scottish achievements and brings the very best of world cinema to Glasgow. I can’t wait for audiences to discover a wealth of delights from Karen Gillan’s directorial debut to Harry Dean Stanton’s touching swansong, our fantastic free Rebel Heroes retrospective and a stunning selection of unmissable Audience Award contenders.”

    Allison Gardner, Glasgow Film Festival Co-director said “As always Glasgow Film Festival's team has excelled themselves with a cornucopia of Special Events that excite and deliver great films in unusual settings. With two events at Secret locations to the top floor of an office block for Working Girl and Die Hard we have once again found great locations in our wonderful city. As well as these film experiences the Window on the World strand hosts some truly astonishing films from the Russian road movie (with possibly the best title ever!) How Viktor the Garlic Took Alexey the Stud to the Nursing Home to Mouly Surya's Indonesian feminist Western Marlina the Murderer In Four Acts– truly we have world cinema covered. "

    Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “The Glasgow Film Festival team has once again produced an outstanding programme. Each year they push the boundaries that little bit more with imaginative locations for the pop-up screenings, championing local talent both in front and behind the camera as well as premiering new work from over 50 countries around the world. It is that diversity and ambition that draws so many visitors into Glasgow for the festival as well as enthralling the loyal local following too.

    I am also excited to see the film festival working In partnership with Festival 2018, the cultural programme of the European Championships, in what will be a remarkable year for Glasgow. EventScotland is delighted to be continuing its support of the Glasgow Film Festival to showcase Scotland as the perfect stage for events of all kinds.”

     

     

    Jennifer Armitage, Screen Officer at Creative Scotland, said: “This year’s Glasgow Film Festival programme includes an incredible selection of international cinema, home-grown talent, innovative pop-up events and industry discussion. It is fantastic to see Karen Gillan’s directorial debut The Party’s Just Beginning, shot on location in Inverness, having its World premiere at GFF, while we are particularly pleased that audiences will have the chance to see Felipe Bustos Sierra’s important documentary Nae Pasaran close the festival. GFF’s ability to host prestigious premieres and Industry events with some of the most exciting filmmakers in international cinema is testament to the passion of the team behind the festival, their infectious love of film and their welcoming and inclusive approach to programming.” 

    Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life and Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council said: “It goes without saying that Glasgow Film Festival has become a much loved and highly anticipated part of Glasgow’s annual cultural programme.  Its inventive programming continues to impress year after year, attracting audiences from across the UK and further afield to the city.  It’s great to see that as the festival has grown, more and more of our iconic venues are participating by hosting some truly unique film nights and experiences, reinforcing our position as a leading cinema city.”

     

    Tickets go on sale to Glasgow Film Festival Members at noon on Thursday 25 January and on general sale at 10am on Monday 29 January.

    Tickets are available online at glasgowfilm.org/festival, by calling the Festival Box Office on 0141 332 6535 or in person at the Glasgow Film Theatre on Rose Street.

    The brochure will go live online at 19.15 on Wednesday 24 January at glasgowfilm.org/brochure

    Join the conversation on social media with #GFF18 or follow @glasgowfilmfest.

     

    For more information:

     

    Ruth Marsh, GFF Press Manager (Scotland and Visiting Press) ruth.marsh@glasgowfilm.org

    +447824468396

    Zoe Flower, GFF Press Manager (UK and International press)   flower.zoe@googlemail.com

    +44 7734254362

    Press accreditation for Glasgow Film Festival 2018 is open now at glasgowfilm.org/festival

    To download hi-res images of each Glasgow Film Festival film visit: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ys7a107Qbg0FkBSWdyElpy57SxPhcjbr

    For additional images please contact Katie Duncan katie.duncan@glasgowfilm.org

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Editors Notes

    Audience Award Titles

    The winner will be announced at the Closing Gala on Sunday 4 March.

    ·         Blue My Mind (Switzerland, dir. Lisa Brühlmann)

    ·         Custody (France, dir. Xavier Legrand)

    ·         The Divine Order (Switzerland, dir. Petra Volpe)

    ·         Kissing Candice (Ireland, dir. Aoife McArdle)

    ·         Life and nothing more (USA, dir. Antonio Méndez Esparza)

    ·         The Party's Just Beginning (UK, dir. Karen Gillan)

    ·         Pin Cushion (UK, dir. Deborah Haywood)

    ·         Pity (Greece, dir. Babis Makridis)

    ·         Village Rockstars (India, dir. Rima Das)

    ·         Violeta At Last (Costa Rica/Mexico, dir. Hilda Hidalgo)

     

    The strands for Glasgow Film Festival 2018 are:

    •       Behind the Scenes A series of talks and discussions that pulls back the screen to offer unprecedented access to the backstage world of film and television, and won’t cost you a penny.

    •       CineMasters A first chance to catch new works from some of the biggest names in international filmmaking.

    •       Crossing the Line Experimental films to challenge and inspire. Somewhere between visual art and cinema. Bring your imagination.

    •       Rebel Heroes Free retrospective celebrating the big screen's broodiest bad boys.

    •       FrightFest Back-to-back horror premieres to get hearts racing and adrenalin pumping.

    •       Gala Stars, premieres, red carpets – get your glad rags out for GFF’s most ‘gala-morous’ events.

    •       Ida Lupino: On Dangerous Ground A celebration of the pioneering actor turned director who bucked the Hollywood system and paved her own way, becoming the only female in the Directors of Guild of America in the 1940s and 50s.

    •       Modern Families Fantastical, imaginative features and animation to delight all audiences.

    •       Local Heroes Celebrates home-grown talent and salutes those filmmakers producing outstanding work whilst staying right here.

    •       Future Cult Spectacular screenings and heated discussions collide in a celebration of cult classics, gaming gregariousness, and all things geek.

    •       Pioneer International first-time and emerging filmmakers pushing the limits of cinematography.

    •       Sound & Vision Exploring the interplay between music and cinema with a specially curated programme of screenings, live music, and events.

    •       Special Events Unique and atmospheric venues become picture houses, as the films step off the screen. Rediscover cult classics and old favourites in a ‘total cinema’ experience.

    •       Stranger than Fiction You couldn’t make it up – weird, wonderful and thought-provoking new documentaries from across the world.

    •       Ireland: The Near Shore A focus on the great diversity of filmmaking talent currently working in our nearest neighbours.

    •       Pure Baltic A season of films from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia to toast their upcoming centenary celebrations

    •       Window on the World Explore the world from your cinema seat with a selection of brilliant international titles.

     

    Fact sheets on the above strands mentioned here are available on request, email ruth.marsh@glasgowfilm.org

     

     

    Glasgow Film Festival

     

    The fourteenth annual Glasgow Film Festival will run from 21 February – 4 March 2018. The full programme will be launched on the evening of 24 January, with tickets on sale to GFF members and GFT CineCard holders from 12 noon on 25 January and then on general sale from 10am on 29 January. GFF Membership is available to buy now for only £10, offering four days of advance booking, and discounts. See www.glasgowfilm.org/gffmembership for full information. Existing GFT

     

    CineCard members will automatically have GFF membership.

     

    Notable guests visiting the festival in recent years have included Richard Gere, Alan Rickman, Joss Whedon, Terry Gilliam, John C Reilly, Saoirse Ronan, Richard Dreyfuss, Jonathan Glazer, Richard Johnson, Gemma Arterton, Ben Wheatley, David Tennant, Cliff Curtis, David Robert Mitchell, Carol Morley, Gemma Jones, Jason Priestley, Neil Jordan, agnés b., Armando Iannucci, Jack O’Connell, Dexter Fletcher, Peter Mullan, George Sluizier, Peter Capaldi, Ty West, Richard Ayoade, Eli Roth and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. The 2017 festival featured the red carpet world premiere of David Tennant’s Mad To Be Normal and logged over 41,000 admissions, cementing its reputation as one of Europe’s major film festivals.

     

    Glasgow Film Festival would like to thank its major partners: 

     

    Glasgow Life is a charity which delivers services to both citizens and visitors to the city, providing opportunities through culture, sport and learning. Last year, more than 18 million attendances were recorded at venues, events and festivals – up more than one third since 2007. Some 2,600 staff and 2,200 volunteers deliver services across 160 Glasgow Life venues.

     

    Glasgow Life has responsibility for: managing nine award-winning civic museums, including Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Riverside Museum and the Burrell Collection as well as the Kelvin Hall; the Glasgow Club – Scotland’s largest health and fitness network – including landmarks such as the Emirates Arena and Tollcross International Swimming Centre; the Mitchell Library and 32 Community Libraries, as well as community facilities across the city and a significant learning programme; programming world-class music in venues such as the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, incredible art and exhibitions at Tramway and a number of cultural events, such as Celtic Connections, the Mela, the World Pipe Band Championships and the Merchant City Festival, among others; leading partners in the delivery of Glasgow’s Tourism and Visitor Plan to 2023; positioning the city as a vibrant, first-choice destination for leisure and business tourists; managing the city’s destination marketing and implementing the award-winning PEOPLE MAKE GLASGOW brand; managing Glasgow’s Convention Bureau, which attracts more than 500 conferences to the city each year.

     

    Glasgow Life helped to deliver the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships, Davis Cup ties, the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships and the Total BWF World Badminton Championships 2017. Looking ahead, Glasgow Life is supporting delivery of the inaugural 2018 European Championships – a major multi-sport event in partnership with Berlin – the European Indoor Athletics Championships 2019 and the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship. For more information, visit www.glasgowlife.org.uk.

     

    Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.  We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life.  We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com. Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland

     

    The BFI is the lead organisation for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by: connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema; preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world; championing emerging and world class film makers in the UK; promoting British film and talent to the world; growing the next generation of film makers and audiences. www.bfi.org.uk

     

     

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    In the framework of the 14th Athens Digital Arts Festival, Multitrab Productions organizes the special screening event: The 8th Day | Human Created Machine.

    "By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work."
    In our times, as the relation between technology, science and art is constantly strengthened, these three sectors shape the manifestations of human behavior and expression. Through the above mentioned triptych, art-technology-science, man manages not only to explain the physical world but also to redefine his potentials and create new, digital realities.

    With the help of technology, art and artistic creation are used as the intermediaries of communication between inconceivable, complex scientific knowledge and humans. They promote research and innovation, especially to the young generation enhancing their interest in the exploration of new developments. Thus, the wider public comes in contact with science and technology, integrates them experientially and becomes more educated.

    On the other hand, as the development of science and technology drastically changes all fields of life, making man a "powerful creator", art and philosophy come to question and criticize the way this power is controlled and handled. The technologically advanced world is not a terrestrial paradise; on the contrary, it can pose several risks even for its own creator, man.

    As a result, with the aim to explore both utopian and dystopian views on the future of art, technology and science, Multitrab Productions and the 14th Athens Digital Arts Festival invite you to a two-day event with screenings with free entrance. The program of the film tribute includes premieres of renown films, documentaries and video art.

    On the 8th day man created machine. But he did not rest.

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    Temple Athens, Iakhou 17, Gazi
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    Thursday 1/2/2018, 19:00 - 23:30
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    The tribute "Τhe 8th Day | Human created Machine" is implemented through the Operational Program "Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong Learning" and is co-financed by the European Union (European Social Fund) and Greek state. Its co-funded projects deal mostly with the improvement of education and employment in Greece. Its main targets relate to the development and promotion of human resources skills, actviies against unemployment, strengthen social cohesion and social inclusion of vulnerable social groups, improvement of the quality of education & lifelong learning, awareness on environmental education, linking education with the labor market. The film tribute has free admission and it's accessible to disabled people.

     


     


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    Our Official Image is #PuroVoltajeFICCI58

    Complex, suggestive, mysterious, immersed in a glade where a magical and devouring power lives, the official image of the 58th International Film Festival of Cartagena – FICCI, promises an explosion of the senses, those guides that lead us through the beautiful, the hidden and the perverse. FICCI 2018, #PuroVoltajeFICCI58, will begin to reveal itself to us as its poster: vibrant, unpredictable, but also enigmatic and questioning, populated by monsters, fantasy and different shapes of desire.



    The official image of FICCI 58 is inspired by the diversity of the Caribbean, a place where life and death, the most colorful and joyful fauna and the dark and the unknown, live side by side. This edition promises to question this age where new walls are being lifted everywhere, as well as to showcase films that, as an answer, expand the frontiers of the art form, embracing the powers of the imagination, even in the documentary genre (which shows us the possible worlds). It promises films that flower mightily and dig into those places where it is more uncomfortable for us to look or examine.

    In the words of its Artistic Director, Diana Bustamante, “in its 58th edition, the International Film Festival of Cartagena, happily Caribbean, celebrates the exuberance of the tropics, which, far from exotic, contain the not always festive complexity of this glade, that has been home to the most beautiful as well as to the most sordid, and that has seen entire cultures be born and get lost in the jungle that expands its voracity to the will of mankind. A place, however, where life and its mysterious beauty overtakes everything. FICCI 2018, #PuroVoltajeFICCI58, reveals itself as its poster: vibrant, unpredictable, very Caribbean, yes, very powerful, yes, but also enigmatic and questioning.

    This poster focuses on its center on the number eight, a double sphere that evokes circularity and celebrates the trajectory of a festival that, throughout its 58 editions, has always reinvented itself, adhering to its past and its tradition. The image is the result of the collective work of the Design and Image Committee lead by Diana Bustamante, Jaime E. Manrique, Communications Director of the festival, Juan Manuel Betancourt, filmmaker, and the editor Sebastián Hernández. The final composition was done by David Ríos (Captain Butrón), with the help of the design agency El Viento Lab.

     

           

     


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    The 12th Culinary Cinema will be held under the motto “Life Is Delicate” from February 18 to 23, 2018. Nine documentaries and a fictional film focussing on the relationship between food, culture, and politics are being presented this year.

     

    “When it comes to cultural and political matters, sensitive decisions have to be made all the time. It’s like in a kitchen, where it’s also tricky to make, at the very least, something edible and, at the very best, something delicate,” Festival Director Dieter Kosslick says in explaining the motto.

     

    At 7.30 pm, the main programme of Culinary Cinema will present three world premieres, as well as an international and a German premiere. Following these screenings, top chefs Thomas Bühner, Sonja Frühsammer, Michael Kempf, Flynn McGarry, and The Duc Ngo will take turns serving menus inspired by the films in the Gropius Mirror Restaurant.

     

    Chef Flynn, a US documentary by Cameron Yates, will open the programme. The film’s protagonist, Flynn McGarry, was born in 1998 and is already a famous chef. In the film we see how at the early age of ten, he transforms his parents’ living room in Los Angeles into a pop-up restaurant called Eureka and serves multi-course menus. Culinary superstars are impressed by his dishes. The New York press celebrates him as a ‘culinary prodigy’. He is looking forward to the premiere of his film and to cooking in the Culinary Cinema’s kitchen. In addition, at 10.00 am on February 22, 2018, during “Youth Food Cinema” Day, Flynn McGarry will cook together with school kids. Afterwards he will talk with experts about how to prepare tasty food with good, clean and fair products, and the positive impact using them has on living conditions, the climate and sustainable development worldwide. The event is taking place in collaboration with Engagement Global and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

     

    In La quête d’Alain Ducasse (The Quest of Alain Ducasse) by Gilles de Maistre, culinary visionary Ducasse defines his task: “We create memories that last.” To accomplish it he tirelessly travels the world, inspects his 23 restaurants on three continents and maintains his 18 Michelin stars. In honour of Alain Ducasse, chef de cuisine Thomas Bühner (three Michelin stars, „la vie“, Osnabrück) will be at the hob.

     

    Vines have been cultivated in Georgia for around 8,000 years. But during the Soviet regime, ancient methods of vinification were almost lost. In Our Blood Is Wine by Emily Railsback we experience how the tradition is being revived. Michael Kempf (two Michelin stars, „Facil“, Berlin) will be interpreting Georgia’s gastronomic heritage.

     

    In Cuba, culinary traditions were also being neglected for a long time. But now they say that “the taste is back” on the island. The road movie Cuban Food Stories by Asori Soto takes us to remote places where delicacies are prepared al fresco. Sonja Frühsammer (two Michelin stars, „Frühsammers Restaurant“, Berlin) will be paying culinary homage to Cuba.

     

    After participating in 2016, director Eric Khoo will be returning to Culinary Cinema with his new fictional film, Ramen Teh, set in the multi-ethnic city state and nation of Singapore. Here food serves as a means not only to preserve painful memories, but also to achieve reconciliation. The Duc Ngo ("Culinary Innovator 2017" at Berlin Master Chefs), who has several popular restaurants in Berlin’s Kantstrasse, will prepare an Asian menu.

     

    The late-night screenings (where no meals are served afterwards) explore many aspects of the culinary cosmos. The Green Lie by Werner Boote unmasks the sometimes subtle, often crass methods of ‘greenwashing’ with which companies deceive consumers. In The Game Changersby Oscar-winner Louie Psihoyos, outstanding athletes show how they maintain a healthy weight and stay in form without eating meat. Patrimonio by Lisa F. Jackson and Sarah Teale is also encouraging: in this film, Mexicans manage to protect their village from takeover by a US construction company. How a group of women in a Lebanese refugee camp succeeds in organising a food truck and getting out of the camp is recounted in Soufra by Thomas Morgan. In Tuscany, the views of the landscape are magnificent but there is no future in sight for the peasant farmers in Lorello e Brunello by Jacopo Quadri.

     

    “The delicate motif of remembering and forgetting, of reflecting on the past and a new beginning, is typical of food and can be found in many films of the 12th Culinary Cinema," says curator Thomas Struck.

     

    During “TeaTime” at 5.00 pm on February 19, 2018, this year’s motto of Culinary Cinema will be interpreted from the perspective of gastronomy, medicine, and chemistry. Chef de cuisine Thomas Bühner, medical doctor Thomas Ellrott, and physicist Thomas Vilgis will give theoretical and practical tips and tasters from their “Scientific Cooking Show – T to the Power of Three”, which they developed at the Osnabrück University.

     

    In collaboration with BITE CLUB and Slow Food, delectable Berlinale street food will again be offered daily during the festival at that familiar spot in the Joseph-von-Eichendorff-Gasse, at the corner of Alte Potsdamer Straße.

    Tickets for Culinary Cinema go on sale starting at 10.00 am on February 12, 2018 at central ticket counters in the Potsdamer Platz Arkaden, at Kino International, Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Audi City Berlin, and online at www.berlinale.de.

     

    The films in the Culinary Cinema programme 2018:

     

     

    Chef Flynn

    USA

    By Cameron Yates

    Documentary

    International premiere

     

    Cuban Food Stories

    USA / Cuba

    By Asori Soto

    Documentary

    World premiere

     

    The Game Changers

    USA

    By Louie Psihoyos

    Documentary

    International premiere

     

    The Green Lie

    Austria

    By Werner Boote

    Documentary

    World premiere

     

    La quête d’Alain Ducasse (The Quest of Alain Ducasse)

    France

    By Gilles de Maistre

    Documentary

    German premiere

     

    Lorello e Brunello

    Italy

    By Jacopo Quadri

    Documentary

    German premiere

     

    Our Blood Is Wine

    USA

    By Emily Railsback

    Documentary

    World premiere

     

    Patrimonio

    USA

    By Lisa F. Jackson, Sarah Teale

    Documentary

    World premiere

     

    Ramen Teh

    Singapore / Japan / France

    By Eric Khoo

    World premiere

     

    Soufra

    USA

    By Thomas Morgan

    Documentary

    European premiere

     


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    The Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) is ready to reveal the visual identity of its 18th edition. This creative task was assigned to the Neuchâtel-based White – brand design agency for the third year in a row.

     

     

     

    The atmosphere might have changed but the basics are the same, with the festival’s acronym in focus. This new poster continues to explore the diverse facets of genre cinema, as was started in 2016. Much like its predecessors, it aims at delivering an intriguing and unifying concept that highlights the cohesiveness of the NIFFF in the Swiss cultural and cinematic landscape.
     
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    Fantasy films as a fertile ground for multidisciplinary reflection and innovation
     
    As an extension of the festival, NIFFF EXTENDED will once again set up events for film enthusiasts and industry professionals alike.
     
    This 18th edition will focus on opening forums and networking spaces dedicated to the new challenges awaiting the fantasy genre in terms of digital creation, audiovisual writing and contemporary literature.
     
    NIFFF EXTENDED is an opportunity to discover the connections between films and other art forms through four main events:

    • GSGS’18 : Gamification & Serious Games Symposium 2018 / 5-6.07.18 / https://gsgs.ch
    • EPIC GAME JAM : Video game creation / 6-8.07.18 / http://epicgamejam.com/
    • IMAGING THE FUTURE : Digital creation & new technologies / 9 -10.07.18
    • STORYWORLDS : Audiovisual writing / 11.07.18
    • NEW WORLDS OF FANTASY : Contemporary fantasy literature / 12.07.18

     

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    Imagine Film Festival 2018 - 11th to 21st of April in EYE Amsterdam

     

    The Netherland’s largest festival for fantastic film will take place from Wednesday the 11th to Saturday the 21st of April 2018 in EYE Film Institute, Amsterdam. Just like previous years, the 34th edition of the festival puts its focus on original and pioneering horror, science fiction and fantasy films.

     

     

    Over the course of 11 days, Imagine Film Festival offers the capital more than 50 feature films and 35 short films with the fantastical at heart. Next to the film programme, the festival will zoom in on subjects like diversity both in front and behind the camera, and a broad variety of narrative forms, among which virtual reality. The festival will also celebrate the 200-year existence of Mary Shelley’s novel ‘Frankenstein’.

    Next to its film programme, Imagine offers an extensive programme of workshops, introductions to screenings, Q&A’s, masterclasses and an interactive exposition inspired by Joseph Campbell’s ‘The Hero’s Journey’. Also, festival visitors will be welcomed at the Imagine Film Festival café on the vide in EYE for a daily talk show.

    Now in its second year, Imagine initiates the European Genre Forum (EGF) for genre filmmakers -  an international training program full of training sessions, mentor meetings and workshops. The festival also presents the annual ‘Imagine NL’, an industry programme and platform for Dutch genre filmmakers.

    The complete program will be announced in February 2018 and tickets will go on sale on Tuesday the 20th of March. 

    The festival image of Imagine 2018 has been developed by the Dutch graphic designer Nick Liefhebber in collaboration with Polish illustrator and conceptual artist Dawid Planeta

     
     
     
     

     

     

     


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    From the Arctic to the Pacific: NATIVe 2018 Announces a New Regional Focus

     
    This year, the Berlinale special presentation NATIVe − A Journey into Indigenous Cinema will pass review and at the same time turn its glance towards the future. The Arctic Circle, last year’s regional focus, will give way to the newly selected focus region for Indigenous film-making: the countries and islands bound together by the vast Pacific Ocean.   Climate change is the most obvious link between the two seemingly very different regions: Melting ice masses ...
     

    The Complete Film Program for Berlin Critics’ Week 2018: Bozon, Godin, Lichter, Máté, Feigelfeld and Theatrical Cinema

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    The fourth film program of Berlin Critics’ Week has been finalized. It comes packed with a furtive wink from Quebec’s ci...
     

    Competition and Berlinale Special : more updates

     
    Competition and Berlinale Special: Soderbergh, Diaz, Padilha, Ruizpalacios, and Lazarov in the Competition - Everett, Fischer Christensen, Lommel, Brinkmann, Nomura Schible, and Šulík in the Berlinale Special Another five films have been invited to take part in the Competition of the 68th Berlin International Film Festival. 23 of the 24 titles in the Competition have already been selected, 19 of the 24 films will be competing for the Golden Bear and the Silver Bears.   A fu...
     

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    Nominations Announced for the 12th Asian Film Awards

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    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 Director and Best Action Film. The nominations represent 32 films from 10 countries and regions. Japanese films and talents were nominated in 14 categories*, including a Best Film Award nomination for The Third Murder&...

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    Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF October 25 – 28, 2018) is calling

     

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    February 28, 2018  Regular Deadline I April 30, 2018 Late Deadline

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    Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is an award winning organization with its mission being to foster appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film. In 2014 AIFF was awarded the Community Recognition Award by the Arlington Martin Luther King Committee, in 2013 the Alan McClennen Community Arts Award by the Arlington Center for the Arts and the Gold Star Award by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Through the founding of AIFF, the mission has also focused on enriching the community and broadening the view of our world and ourselves. AIFF believes that the arts are here to connect us, to communicate across boundaries, and touch our common humanity.

    AIFF is open to national and international filmmakers. Whether professional or a first-time filmmaker, we welcome innovative, original films with unique perspectives. Many of our selected films have been nominated for Academy Awards; i.e. BOTSO: The Teacher from Tbillisi directed by Tom Walters, Elena directed by Petra Costa, and Documented directed by Jose Antonio Vargas. We Still Live Here directed by Anne Makepeace was chosen by the U.S. State Department to screen around the world and other films have been purchased by CNN, POV, PBS, WGBH, and NOVA. 

    GTA 2018 Golden Trailer Awards

    Early deadline: February 2nd

    Your trailers need recognition...

    Movie trailers play an increasingly important role in entertaining us and helping us determine where to spend our leisure time. The best trailers are works of art in their own right, expertly blending elements of cinema and advertising.

    Early Deadline for Entry is FRIDAY February 2nd, 2018 (11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time)

    GTA19 APPLICATION NOW ONLINE ENTER HERE!

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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

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    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**

     

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    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.

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

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    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!

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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 VIBE

    New Venue James Bridges Theater - Los Angeles CA

    New Website - www.NewMediaFilmFestival.com

    NEW DATES

    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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    SCIFI WORLD

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

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    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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    ECO CALLING
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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 filmfestivals.com"    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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    ANIMATION CALLING

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

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    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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    HORROR CALLING

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

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    Films we curate for festivals Check our selection of 'Best for Fests' in th eHorror SciFi genre!   "Ones to Watch for fests' by filmfestivals.com"      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,... 
     

    13 genre projects for the 2nd edition of the Frontières Finance & Packaging Forum

    Frontières is returning to Amsterdam with a line-up of 13 projects for the 2nd edition of the Frontières Finance & Packaging Forum. Initiated by the Fantasia International Film Festival and the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes, with support from the Netherlands Film Fund, the genre-focused Forum invites to Amsterdam (February 22-24) 13 projects at the late financing stage to work with a select group of industry experts in finance, sales & dis...
     
     

    2018 Imagine Film Festival 11th to 21st of April in EYE Amsterdam

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    Imagine Film Festival 2018 - 11th to 21st of April in EYE Amsterdam   ...
     
     

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    DOC FESTS CALLING

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

    "Ones to Watch for fests' by filmfestivals.com"    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...
     
     

    Big Sky 2018 Opening Night: DARK MONEY

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    DARK MONEY TO OPEN 15th ANNUAL BSDFF Free admission opening night screening featuring the film’s Montana debut FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16th | THE WILMA | 7:00 pm A century ago corrupt money scarred Montana’s democracy and landscape, but Montanans voted to prohibit corporate campaign contributions. Today, after the Citizens United ruling, dark money floods elections nationwide, but Montanans are standing up to stop history from repeating itself in a struggle that has the potent...
     

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    P&A of For Ever and Ever, horror title from Russia

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    Directed by Vladimir Chubrikov, screen play by Olga Elagina, produced by Tatyana Dubinina. Russia 2018 81 minutes.   Since many years an author still being quite attractive can't overcome writer's block after a break-up with his wife. The only thing that connects him with the real world is his teenage daughter whom he must take care of. And then, one day, mysterious and beautiful Anna comes into his life. A flash of love between them brings the writer b... WATCH THE TRAILER Contact
     

    Revolution will play with an homage to Rob Stewart a Mumbai International Film Festival for Documentary, Short & Animation films

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    Mumbai International Film Festival Documentary | Short | Animation (28 JAN – 03 FEB 2018) The festivalwill pay tribute to renowned filmmaker Rob Stewart by screening a few of his  films ( approximately 5 - 6 hr ) in the Homage Section of  MIFF -2018.  The oldest and largest film festival for non-feature films in South Asia, which began in 1990 is organized by the Films Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India. The...

    Craghoppers Launch Exclusive Prize Fund for Short Filmmakers

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      24th January 2018: London, UK - World travel clothing brand, Craghoppers today launched The Craghoppers’ Film Prize. Aimed at attracting entries from short-form filmmakers, this is the start of a long-term initiative where the brand will support filmmakers, who have traditionally been overlooked, by offering one of the largest cash prizes of its type in the world. Launched today at London’s Somerset House, The Craghoppers’ Film ...
     

    Living in the Future's Past is gearing up for the festival circuit

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    Living in the Future’s Past A Strikingly Original Environmental Documentary Presented by Academy Award-Winning Actor Jeff Bridges to Premiere at Santa Barbara International Film Festival   View Preview:    “Living in the Future’s Past is an invitation to everyone to learn about themes that are often overlooked in our cultural dialogue, but are necessary keys to the future that we desire for our children. Living in the Future's Past is a...
     

    Living in the Future's Past selected at the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs

     
    Named one of the world's Top 25 film festivals worth the entry fee by Movie Maker magazine in April 2013-16, and named one of the world's 5 coolest documentary film festivals by MovieMaker in November 2013, the American Documentary Film Festival's 6th annual event will take place April 6-14, 2018.  The Festival is located in the beautiful resort community of Palm Springs, California. Ideally located 2 hours east of Hollywood, this film mecca boasts a favorable viewing aud...
     

    Living Among Us: The Special deal

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    Alamo Drafthouse, Vision Films, Prekindle and Red Compass Media have partnered up to present you an Exclusive Offer with Living Among Us! Pre-order your movie tickets for Living Among Us for $15 each before January 19th and receive a signed headshot of Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie, Rookie of the Year) and a digital download of the film (beginning 2/9) - A $60 value for only $15! Hurry the offer expires January 19th! ...
     

    Director and Stars of LIVING AMONG US to join Silver Scream for Screening and Q&A

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    Director and Stars of LIVING AMONG US to join Silver Scream for Screening and Q&A A brand new documentary-style vampire film is bringing its impressive cast and writer/director to Silver Scream! https://www.silverscreamfest.com/  Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine was established in 1958 as a way to celebrate genre films and unite fans around the world. The magazine has gone on to become one of the most influential entertainment magazines of all time, with a rich and...
     

    Living among us to premiere in LA February 1st

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    EXCLUSIVE OFFER!​ We have partnered with Vision Films, Prekindle & Alamo Drafthouse to present an exclusive offer! Pre-order your tickets for $15 each before January 30th, and receive a signed headshot by Thomas Ian Nicholas (AMERICAN PIE, ROOKIE OF THE YEAR), and a digital download of the film (beginning 2/9) -- a $60 value for only $15! ...
     
     

    Living in the Futures Past competes at the 2018 Transitions Film Festival in Australia

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    Living In The Future’s Past will screen at Cinema Nova  Sunday, February 25 @ 12:00 pm BUY TICKETS Academy Award Winner, Jeff Bridges presents a tour de force of original thinking on who we are and the environmental challenges we face. Jeff, alongside prominent scientists and authors, weaves evolution, emergence, entropy, dark ecology, and what some are calling the end of nature, into a story that helps us understand our place in the world.   Here is the full Mel...
     

    Living in the Futures Past will open with a World Premiere at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

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    Jeff and the director of the movie Susan Kucera.  View Sneak Peek Preview:  Jeff Bridges presents this beautifully photographed tour de force of original thinking on who we are and the environmental challenges we face. Bridges, alongside expert scientists and authors, weaves 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 u...
     
     

    2018 Santa Barbara Program revealed

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    The 2018 SBIFF will offer 200+ films representing 58 countries, 45 World premieres, and 53 U.S. premieres, along with tributes with the year’s top talent, panel discussions, and free community education and outreach programs.   Below is the list of features and short films at the 2018 SBIFF. For the complete list of films, synopses, and other special events please visit www.sbiff.org and download the SBIFF app.   23 WORLD PREMIERE FEATURE FILMS (listed alphabetically) ...
     

    Jeff Bridges will have the world Premiere of his film "Living in the Future's Past" in his hometown Festival

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    Jeff and the director of the movie Susan Kucera.  View Sneak Peek Preview:  Jeff Bridges presents this beautifully photographed tour de force of original thinking on who we are and the environmental challenges we face. Bridges, alongside expert scientists and authors, weaves 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...

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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).

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

     

    WORLD PREMIERING AT SANTA BARBARA FESTIVAL - THE HOME OF JEFF BRIDGES

    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

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    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. 

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    Revolution by Rob Stewart  
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    over 40 festival wins so far

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

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    This is the official poster image of FICCI58 (Feb 28 - Mar 5)

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      Our Official Image is #PuroVoltajeFICCI58 Complex, suggestive, mysterious, immersed in a glade where a magical and devouring power lives, the official image of the 58th International Film Festival of Cartagena – FICCI, promises an explosion of the senses, those guides that lead us through the beautiful, the hidden and the perverse. FICCI 2018, #PuroVoltajeFICCI58, will begin to reveal itself to us as its poster: vibrant, unpredictable, but also enigmatic and questioning, popu...
     

    Τhe 8th Day | Human created Machine In the framework of the 14th Athens Digital Arts Festival,

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    In the framework of the 14th Athens Digital Arts Festival, Multitrab Productions organizes the special screening event: The 8th Day | Human Created Machine. "By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work." In our times, as the relation between technology, science and art is constantly strengthened, these three sectors shape the manifestations of human behavior and expression. Through the above mentioned tripty...
     

    Glasgow Film Festival 2018 announces full programme

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    The city’s 14th annual celebration of cinema – now one of the largest film festivals in the UK - will feature over 330 separate events and screenings, showcasing over 180 films from 51 countries including 6 World premieres, 7 European premieres, 77 UK premieres and 52 Scottish premieres. The festival will open on Wednesday 21 February with the UK premiere of Wes Anderson’s animated adventure Isle of Dogs and close on 4 March with the World premiere of the rousing Scottish fe...
     

    FIPA 2018 kicked off

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    FIPA 2018 STARTS ! Many guests and all the members of the jury have opened the 31st of Fipa. Screenings and professional meetings will multiply. Have a great festival !             PROGRAMME INDUSTRY      &...
     
     

    CraicFest 20 drops the gloves opening night!

     
    Rivalry City shot over the past few years on and off the ice tells the powerful story of the on ice feud between the FDNY and NYPD hockey teams and tells of 9/11 related illnesses and how these tough hockey players battle that off the ice as well. Festival Director Terence Mulligan noted “My brother is retired firemen and I grew up going to this game at MSG back in the 80’s it really is an intense Rivalry. The energy is off the charts when you enter the rink that night. Both teams la...
     

    The Sacramento French Film Festival Presents the 11th WINTER SHORTS FEST

     
    THE Sacramento French Film Festival Presents the 11th WINTER SHORTS FEST Featuring the 2018 CÉSAR NOMINATED SHORTS Saturday, March 3, 2018 Doors at 6pm / Films at 7pm - Crest Theatre   Do you love short films? On Friday, March 2, 2018, the French Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques will host its 43nd César Ceremony (the French Oscars), celebrating the best French films of the year. The following evening, the Sacramento French Film Festival will presen...
     

    29th Alliance Française French Film Festival Preview

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    The 2017 Alliance Française French Film Festival was an exceptional event, filling more and more seats across Australia. With the French film industry having produced some amazing films last year, the 29th Alliance Française French Film Festival is not to be missed. Iconic stars such as Juliette Binoche, Vincent Cassel, Vanessa Paradis, Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu will be showcased on Australian screens in 50 films over one month in each participating city, start...
     

    Blazing through Day Four with Ethan Hawke

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    Benjamin Dickey and Ethan Hawke attend the premiere of 'Blaze.'© 2018 Sundance Institute | Jonathan Hickerson     More on Day Four ...
     

    The 2nd edition of India’s first-ever content market, Global Content Bazar 2018, concluded over the weekend in Mumbai.

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      The 2nd edition of India’s first-ever content market, Global Content Bazar 2018, concluded over the weekend in Mumbai. The show witnessed even more interest since its first edition, with quality trade visitors interacting freely with exhibitors, buyers and sellers and engaging in a newfangled networking environment, the likes of which hasn’t been seen before. As the only professional trade show focused on content that powers India’s vast entertainment and infotainment ...
     

    A new home for Houston WorldFest @ Memorial City Cinemark

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      Starting with its 51st continuous showing, a new home has been selected for the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival: Memorial City’s Cinemark Theatre!  The Cinemark Memorial City Theatre is a state-of-the-art complex with 16 auditoriums featuring Luxury Lounger seating. Cinemark Luxury Loungers are electric-powered, plush, oversize lounge chairs with footrests and cup holders. All auditoriums have 4K digital projection powered by Bar...
     

    Save the Date for the 23rd Annual Seattle Jewish Film Festival

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    SJFF is the largest Jewish event in the Pacific Northwest, and one of the largest and longest-running film festivals in the Puget Sound region.   ...
     

    The Unwilling will close the The Rock Horror in Rio Film Festival this spring

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    Unwilling will close The Official Selection and screen prior the gala evening. The screening date, initially planned in january is rescheduled for april. Long contest of terror / long horror competition Anguish - 77’ - Colômbia Don't Look - 71’ - EUA Huldra - Lady Of The Forest - 110' - Suécia In a lonely place-83 ' - Italy Lilith's Awakening - 80’ - Brasil Occupants - 81' - EUA Sinister Circle - 86’ - Peru Stranger In T...
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    Wendy Mitchell and Roberto Cueto, new San Sebastian Festival delegates in the Nordic countries and South Korea respectively

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      Wendy Mitchell, Film Programme Manager at the British Council, is the new San Sebastian delegate for the Nordics. Mitchell, Nordic correspondent for Screen International, editor of the European Film Academy’s Close-Up magazine and collaborator with the Göteborg and Zurich festivals, replaces producer Marianne Slot as the Festival representative in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Finland.  Slot, who has produced directors such as Lars von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg and...
     

    Monica Bellucci and Gina Lollobrigida to be Awarded by Filming on Italy in Los Angeles,

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    Filming on Italy in Los Angeles, a three day cultural event, is honoring on Jan 31 and February 1st 2018, Monica Bellucci and Gina Lollobrigida with the Filming on Italy and IIC (Italian Institute of Culture) Los Angeles Creativity awards as a recognition for their excellency in the world. . Filming on Italy will be screening the movie “MALÈNA” by Giuseppe Tornatore, who made Monica Bellucci an international star, and the US premiere of the movie “ON THE MILKY ROAD&r...
     

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    21e FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DU FILM DE COMEDIE DE L’ALPE D’HUEZ, EN ISERE   PALMARES 2018   Le Jury présidé cette année par le comédien Franck Dubosc, accompagné de Audrey Dana, Arnaud Ducret, Reem Kherici & Christophe Lambert a remis les prix suivants :   GRAND PRIX - OCS DU FESTIVAL DE L’ALPE D’HUEZ 2018 LA FINALE de Robin Sykes (1er film) Avec Thierry Lhermitte & Rayane Bensetti Sortie le 14 f&eac...
     

    Les 50 films sélectionnés par le Nikon Festival: thème de cette édition: je suis un cadeau

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    INTERVIEW D'EMMANUELLE BERCOT, PRÉSIDENTE DU JURY Actrice, scénariste et réalisatrice, Emmanuelle Bercot a accepté d'être Présidente du jury de la 8e édition du Nikon Film festival. Elle nous explique pourquoi dans son interview et évoque son rapport particulier au court-métrage. Retrouvez aussi ses conseils aux participants. LES 50 FILMS FINALISTES DE LA 8ÈME ÉDITION DU NIKON FILM FESTIVAL ...
     

    Le Fipa en action...

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    Tous les professionnels sont là  pour différentes raisons :  networking, débats après les projections, interviews.... Veuillez trouver ci-joint quelques photos de la 1ère journée :  mention obligatoire © Photomobile/2018   * Le Fipa Industry : Jour 2 – Expertises et cas pratiques : retour d’expérience, laboratoire d’expertise, pitchs…    Pour le programme Industr...
     

    Ces français qui brillent déjà aux Oscars

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    UniFrance décerne un French Cinema Award à Juliette Binoche

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        Le 19 janvier, à l'occasion de l'ouverture de la 20e édition des Rendez-vous du cinéma français à Paris, UniFrance a décerné un French Cinema Award à Ministère de la Culture, remis par la ministre <a "="" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.unifrance.org/annuaires/personne/422536/francoise-nyssen" href="https://www.unifrance....
     

    Le 2ème Festival de Théâtre en français de Barcelone

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    Le 21e Festival cinéma Télérama débute mercredi dans 335 salles art et essais dans toute la France

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    La 18ème édition du Festival Cinéma japonais de La Rochelle se déroulera du 25 au 27 janvier 2018 au Carré Amelot.

     
      La 18ème édition du Festival Cinéma japonais de La Rochelle se déroulera du 25 au 27 janvier 2018 au Carré Amelot. Sous l’intitulé Générations japonaises (enfants, parents, petits et grands), la programmation a été élaborée par Pascal-Alex Vincent, réalisateur, scénariste, professeur à la Sorbonne Nouvelle et spécialiste du cinéma japonais en France.   La so...

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    MIFF X: First day first show

    Monday morning, 29th January, marks the beginning of the 15th edition of the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) for Documentaries, Shorts and Animation Films. So which will be the first films at each venue? I have already given you the choice you have if you make it to Auditorium 1, Films Division Complex, at 10.30 am. You will be watching a film in the International Competition section:

    My Turn (Nae Chalye)/Dir: Nakyung Kim/ Short Fiction/ 15 Min./ Korean/ South Korea

    Nurse Hyun-jung becomes pregnant. Tension and backlash surface among the hospital nurses with the news of Hyun-jung’s pregnancy, which takes place out of the previously set order of pregnancies among the nurses. How did things end up being this way, with Hyun-jung not being congratulated for her pregnancy? The film takes the ‘pregnancy order system,’ which is prevalent in workplaces with a high proportion of female employees and has been frequently discussed by the media, as a subject matter and narrates the working conditions of women and the issue of pregnancy within the workplace from a feminist perspective. (Kay KWAK)

    Director: KIM Na-kyung studied film directing in Dongguk University and Korea National University of Arts. She produced a series of short films such as ‘I do need the certificate of sanitation right now!’, ‘I do need to go study abroad right now!’, Greed and Ghost Light.

    At Audi 2, it will be a screening in the Prism, National section. The film is called

    The Germ (Keedanu)/ Dir: Jayeshlal K, Linda Susan Mathew & Nazeer M Sab / Short Fiction/ Malayalam/ 08 Min. Made by the students of the Short Term Course in Digital Film Making at the L.V. Prasad Academy was screened in the Competition Section of Campus Film Category of the 10th Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram during June 2107.

    Now, we move to J.B. Hall F.D. Complex. A Special Package of Students’ Films greets us here. I have given you a glimpse of the first film there, at 9 a.m., but here’s a snapshot again

    Redundant (Baatil)/ Dir: Saddam Hussen /05 Min (probably an error; it is 02 min 04 sec)./ Bengali / India/2017

    Change in socio-economic status adversely affects the individual's way of life after retirement from formal employment. A feeling of low self-worth may be felt due to the loss of earning power and social recognition, negligence by family members, not being consulted for making any decisions, considering oneself to be a burden on the family, among other. According to an estimate, nearly 40% of senior citizens living with their families are reportedly facing abuse of one kind or another, but only 1 in 6 cases actually comes to light. Many of them suffer in silence as they fear humiliation or are too scared to speak up.

    RRIII is the name of the fourth venue, also located within the F.D. Complex. At 10.30 am here, you will be watching a film in the Homage Section titled Sabin Alun (Broken Song)/ Dir: Altaf Mazid Rija/ 52 min/India/2015.

    This film was shown at MIFF 2016 too. The Broken Song examines the oral singing traditions of the Karbi tribe from Assam. One of the stories that has passed down the generations is a local version of the epic, Ramayana, in which Sita is called Sinta, the brothers are named Ram and Lokon, and the villain is Ravon. Sabin is the other name for Shurpanakha, whose nose is cut off by Laxman, forcing Ravana into taking revenge for her humiliation, by abducting Ram’s wife, Sita. Altaf passed away in April 2016. Besides being a film-maker, he was well-known critic and a member of FIPRESCI. I had occasion to meet him and his brother, Ahsan Muzid, at IFFI and MIFF

    Cross the road (carefully, for the number of cars speeding by hardly ceases) and walk up a bit. You will find yourself at the Russian Cultural Center. A Special package on environment is scheduled there, kicking off at 10.15 a.m., the first of which is

    The Race to Save the Amur Falcon /Dir: Shekhar Dattatri/ 20 min/ India/ 2016

    In the state of Nagaland, in India’s far northeast, a small team of conservationists discovered something that was both enthralling and alarming. It was the winter of 2012, when they stumbled upon a vast congregation of Amur falcons around a remote reservoir. Simultaneously, they also witnessed local hunters capture and slaughter tens of thousands of the little raptors for consumption.

    This is the story of the investigative documentation that followed, and the campaign that was launched to save the migrating falcons. Produced by Shekar Dattatri, from footage contributed by many photographers, this 20-min film seeks to inspire its audience. In a world where conservation successes are few and far between, the campaign to save the Amur falcon shows us how a small group of determined people can still make a big difference


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    After its successful premiere last year, the EFM initiative “Berlinale Africa Hub” will be continued. From February 16 - 21, it will again provide African filmmakers and creatives with a communications and networking forum to discuss changes in the African industry that have come about thanks to innovations and technology, and to network within the international film industry. In talks, presentations, panel discussions and a VR lounge, filmmakers from or active on the African continent will introduce new platforms and developments and highlight the growth of a distinct film industry driven by local innovations and new technology solutions. The “Berlinale Africa Hub” will again take place at Gropius Park, thanks to support from the German Federal Foreign Office and in cooperation with Discop.

     

    Businesses and institutions such as Wesgro Film and Media Promotion, Durban Film Mart, National Film and Video Foundation (all of South Africa), Namibia Film Commission (Namibia), Burundi Film Center (Burundi), Kwetu Film Institute (Rwanda), Zanzibar International Film Festival (Zanzibar), Sisters Working in Film and Television, Discop, Transmedia Africa, AfriDocs & Docubox, Goethe-Institut Johannesburg (all of South Africa), Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group (Canada), Trace TV (France), Rushlake Media (Germany) and Nollywood in Germany (Germany) will hold presentations in the morning, followed by Q & A sessions on their projects and ideas for the African market.

     

    In the afternoon, daily talks will focus on various themes, trends and perspectives surrounding the African film industry. Details on the talks, speakers, days and times are available at www.berlinaleafricahub.com.

     

    In the early evening, following the presentations and talks, the “Berlinale Africa Hub” happy hours will take place, where participants will have the opportunity to discuss and network.

     

    Once again this year, visitors can view numerous VR projects in the VR Lounge. PopUp Offices are a new feature which, for the first time, provide “Berlinale Africa Hub” clients with a location for meetings and conferences with other market participants.

     

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    v.l.n.r. / f.l.t.r.: Cíntia Gil, Foto: © joaocarlosphotography; Eric Schlosser, Foto: © Mark Mann; Ulrike Ottinger, Foto: © Anne SeldersThe Berlin International Film Festival is very committed to documentaries and diverse documentary forms, as evident from the programmes of the different sections, initiatives and special series, as well as the European Film Market (EFM). In recent years, the number of long and short documentaries screening at the festival has continually increased. In 2018, the Berlinale is publishing a brochure titled “Focus on Docs” for the very first time. It will give an overview of the many documentary film activities at the festival, and spark interest in the films and events at the upcoming Berlinale.

     

    This year, for the second time ever, the Berlin International Film Festival will present the Glashütte Original - Documentary Award, which was established in 2017 thanks to the support of watch manufacturer Glashütte Original from Saxony.

     

    The Glashütte Original - Documentary Award is endowed with € 50,000, funded by Glashütte Original. The prize money will be split between the film’s director and producer. A total of 18 documentary entries from the current programmes of the Competition, Berlinale Special, Panorama, Forum, Generation and Perspektive Deutsches Kino sections and the special presentation Culinary Cinema are nominated for the Glashütte Original - Documentary Award.

     

    The prize will be presented during the official Award Ceremony in the Berlinale Palast on February 24. In addition to the prize money, Glashütte Original will also provide the trophy, which will be finely crafted in the company’s manufactory in Saxony.

     

    A three-member jury will pick the winner:

     

    Cíntia Gil (Portugal)

    Born in Portugal, Cíntia Gil studied at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema (Lisbon Theatre and Film School) and holds a degree in Philosophy from the Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto (Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Porto), where she has also taught seminars on aesthetics. Since 2012, Cíntia Gil and Davide Oberto have served as co-directors of the Doclisboa, Portugal’s most important and steadily expanding documentary film festival. Gil has curated a variety of contemporary and historical film series, retrospectives, and exhibitions. In addition, she has been a member of the executive board of Apordoc – Associação pelo Documentário, the Portuguese documentary film association since 2015. Gil, whose texts have appeared in numerous publications on philosophy and art, is also a regular guest at panel discussions and conferences, and on international festival juries.

     

    Ulrike Ottinger (Germany)

    By the 1970s Ulrike Ottinger had established herself as one of Germany’s most important and versatile directors. A Berliner by choice, her best known films, for which she also wrote the scripts and operated the camera, include The Enchantment of the Blue Sailors (1975); the “Berlin trilogy” - Ticket of No Return (1979), Freak Orlando (1981), and Dorian Gray in the Mirror of the Yellow Press (1984); as well as The Korean Wedding Chest (2008); and Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia (1989), for which she received a German Film Award and the Audience Award at the Montréal Women’s Film Festival. Ottinger, who as an artist and photographer has participated in international exhibitions, is a regular at the Berlinale. Most recently, in 2011, she presented Under Snow; in 2016, the 12-hour documentary Chamisso’s Shadow, which opened the Forum and won the German Film Critics Award. Ottinger’s works have often been shown at renowned institutions, such as the Cinémathèque française, Centre Pompidou, New York’s MoMA, and the documenta in Kassel. 

     

    Eric Schlosser (USA)

    Eric Schlosser is an investigative journalist, playwright, screenwriter, and filmmaker. His book “Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal” (2001) became an international bestseller and contributed decisively to the growing rebellion against the industrialisation of food production. In 2014, his book “Command and Control” became a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. As a producer, he worked on Richard Linklater’s screen adaptation of Fast Food Nation (2006), Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood (2007), and the Oscar-nominated documentary Food, Inc., which screened in the Berlinale Special in 2009. As co-director of the bomb, an experimental film on the history of the atomic bomb, Schlosser was invited to the Berlinale Special in 2017. His articles have appeared in, e.g., the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and Vanity Fair.

     

    The following films are nominated for the Glashütte Original - Documentary Award:

     

    Competition– Out of competition (1)

     

    Eldorado

    Switzerland / Germany

    By Markus Imhoof 

     

    Berlinale Special (1)

     

    Viaje a los Pueblos Fumigados (A Journey to the Fumigated Towns)  

    Argentina

    By Fernando Solanas

     

    Panorama (6)

     

    Al Gami'ya (What Comes Around)

    Lebanon / Egypt / Greece / Qatar / Slovenia

    By Reem Saleh

     

    Až přijde válka (When the War Comes)

    Czech Republic / Croatia

    By Jan Gebert

     

    Ex Pajé (Ex Shaman)

    Brazil

    By Luiz Bolognesi  

     

    Game Girls

    France / Germany

    By Alina Skrzeszewska

     

    Obscuro Barocco

    France / Greece

    By Evangelia Kranioti

     

    Zentralflughafen THF (Central Airport THF)

    Germany / France / Brazil

    By Karim Aïnouz

     

    Forum (5)

     

    Den' Pobedy (Victory Day)

    Germany

    By Sergei Loznitsa   

              

    L'empire de la perfection (In the Realm of Perfection)

    France

    By Julien Faraut

     

    Minatomachi (Inland Sea)

    Japan / USA

    By Kazuhiro Soda

     

    Premières solitudes (Young Solitude)

    France

    By Claire Simon

     

    Waldheims Walzer

    Austria

    By Ruth Beckermann

     

    Generation (2)

     

    Ceres

    Belgium / Netherlands

    By Janet van den Brand

     

    What Walaa Wants

    Canada / Denmark

    By Christy Garland 

     

    Perspektive Deutsches Kino (2)

     

    The Best Thing You Can Do With Your Life

    Germany / Mexico

    By Zita Erffa

     

    draußen

    Germany

    By Johanna Sunder-Plassmann, Tama Tobias-Macht

     

    Culinary Cinema (1)

     

    The Green Lie

    Austria

    By Werner Boote

     

    All nominated films will celebrate their world premiere at the Berlinale 2018.

     


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    From February 17 to 23, the Berlinale will once again visit arthouse cinemas in the city and surrounding region. Each day, when the Red Carpet is rolled out in another neighbourhood, the spotlight will be held on a movie theatre committed year-round to keeping cinema culture alive. 

     

    Berlinale Goes Kiez will kick off on February 17 at Toni & Tonino. The screening will be both an opening and a farewell, as this cinema, so rich in tradition, will be continuing under new management. The Berlinale’s visit there will serve as an occasion for symbolically handing over the key.  On the following days, the Red Carpet will move – in line with the series’ trusted concept - from hood to hood: from the centre of Berlin to Kleinmachnow, at the edge of town; and, for the first time, to Adlershof where, for more than 20 years, Kino Casablanca has maintained its position as the only arthouse cinema in Treptow.

     

    This year the following seven neighbourhood cinemas will host screenings:

    Saturday, Feb 17 – Toni & Tonino (Weißensee)
    Sunday, Feb 18 – Neue Kammerspiele (Kleinmachnow)
    Monday, Feb 19 – Tilsiter Lichtspiele (Friedrichshain)
    Tuesday, Feb 20 – ACUDkino (Mitte)
    Wednesday, Feb 21 – filmkunst 66 (Charlottenburg)
    Thursday, Feb 22 – Neues Off (Neukölln)

    Friday, Feb 23 – Kino Casablanca (Adlershof)

     

    In short video portraits (www.berlinale.de) announcing Berlinale Goes Kiez, the managers of these cinemas invite viewers to come and get to know their venues. Moreover, they will be on hand to greet visitors personally at the screenings, and in doing so underscore the openness and charm of Berlinale Goes Kiez.

    In 2018, the special series will be expanded for the first time to include a Berlinale film presentation for prison inmates. Das schweigende Klassenzimmer (The Silent Revolution / Berlinale Special) by Lars Kraume will be shown in the auditorium of a penal institution (JVA) in Tegel at 5.30 pm on Friday, February 23. Following the screening, the director will be there to discuss the film with the audience.

    Festival Director Kosslick: “Berlinale Goes Kiez celebrates neighbourhood movie theatres as sites of communication as well as the diversity of our local cinemascape. With the special screening at the JVA in Tegel, the series will be doing even more to live up to its aim of breaking down barriers and facilitating cultural participation.”

     

    A limited number of press representatives may attend by registering in advance at: jurzik@berlinale.de. Photography and video recordings are not allowed.

     

    Tickets for regular screenings are available from February 12 at all Berlinale ticket outlets, online and at the respective neighbourhood cinemas.

     

    Berlinale Goes Kiez is supported by the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. The full programme will be announced in a press release on February 6. For more information, please contact Anna Jurzik (jurzik@berlinale.de).

     

     


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    Generation 14plus Juries and Awards

    The Generation 14plus International Jury will award the Grand Prix for the Best Film (7,500 EUR) and the Special Prize for the Best Short Film (2,500 EUR), endowed by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education). This year’s three jury members are:

     

    Felipe Bragança

    Felipe Bragança was born in Brazil, and since 2003 has been writing screenplays and directing films that were presented at international film festivals in Locarno, Rotterdam, Venice, Oberhausen and Cannes, among others. His feature film debut, Não devore meu coração! (Don't Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl!) celebrated its European premiere in the Generation competition 14plus in 2017. Felipe Bragança is currently working on his second feature film.

     

    Mark Rogers

    Australian photographer Mark Rogers has collaborated on numerous international film and television projects, including the Academy Award nominated productions Lion and Hacksaw Ridge, and most recently on Alien: Covenant, Hellboy and Sweet Country, Warwick Thornton’s second award-winning feature film following Samson and Delilah. Additionally, Mark Rogers is well-known for his portraits of celebrities, including Cate Blanchett, Michael Fassbender, Milla Jovovich and Nicole Kidman.

     

    Verena von Stackelberg

    Born in Heidelberg, Verena von Stackelberg is a film curator, programmer and producer. She studied media arts in Barcelona and film and photography in London, where she was initially an event manager for Curzon Cinemas and later for Curzon Artificial Eye. Now a resident of Berlin, in 2017 Verena Stackelberg opened w o l f, a place dedicated to film, where cinema, exhibitions, discussions and much more come together.

     

     

    Generation Kplus Juries and Awards

    The three members of the Generation Kplus International Jury will award the Grand Prix for the Best Film (7,500 EUR) and the Special Prize for the Best Short Film (2,500 EUR) endowed by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk (The Children’s Charity of Germany). The jury members are:

     

    Amanda Duthie

    Scottish native and curator Amanda Duthie resides in Australia, where she has directed the Adelaide Film Festival since 2012, as well as managing the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund, which provides financing for documentary art and film projects (including 52 Tuesdays, Spear, Girl Asleep, The Darkside and Charlie’s Country).

     

    Sanna Lenken

    Sanna Lenken was born in Gothenburg and studied film directing and screenwriting in Stockholm. Her short film Äta lunch (Eating Lunch) was presented in Generation in 2013, and her full-length film debut Min lilla syster (My Skinny Sister) celebrated its international premiere in Generation in 2015, going on to win the Crystal Bear for the Best Film (Kplus). Most recently, Sanna Lenken directed the film The Artist Has a Baby, a short documentary film on the difficulties of a practicing artist and mother.

     

    Carla Simón

    Born in Catalonia, Carla Simón initially studied audiovisual communication in Barcelona before receiving a scholarship at the London Film School, where she directed various short films that all screened at international film festivals. Her full-length film debut Estiu 1993 (Summer 1993) celebrated its world premiere at the 2017 Berlinale, where it received both the GWFF Best First Feature Award and the Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury. The film was also submitted by the Spanish Film Academy to the 2018 Academy Awards in the category Best Foreign Language Film.

     

    The Generation Children’s Jury is made up of 11 young Berliners between the ages of 11 and 14, and the Youth Jury is made up of seven jurors between the ages of 14 and 18. They will award the Crystal Bears for the Best Short Film and the Best Film in both competitions. The jury members were selected from over 1,000 applicants who filled out questionnaires on Generation films during last year’s Berlinale.

     

     

    Cross Section Screenings

    The Cross Section screenings are an opportunity for Berlinale visitors under 18 to view a selection of films on the lifestyles and viewpoints of young people from other festival sections as part of the Generation programme. This year’s Cross Section films are:

     

    Isle of Dogs by Wes Anderson (UK / Germany) - Competition. Wes Anderson’s second animation film tells the story of 12-year-old Atari Kobayashi, who sets out on an epic journey with a pack of mutts.

     

    L’ Animale by Katharina Mueckstein (Austria) – Panorama Special. In her second full-length film, Katharina Mueckstein follows an 18-year-old high school student stirring up the neighbourhood with her motocross clique.

     

    Premières solitudes (Young Solitude) by Claire Simon (France) - Forum. In this new documentary work by French director Claire Simon, ten ordinary teenagers from a Paris suburb grow closer through dialogue on origins, parent relationships, love, yearning and fears of the future.

     

    One more feature film will join these three productions to complete this year's Cross Section programme. The fourth film will be announced at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival Programme Press Conference on February 6th, 2018.

     

    For the first time, Generation will show a selection of short films from the competition for the Golden Bear for Best Short Film, Berlinale Shorts. The following five short films will be shown under the heading “Leaving Paradise:

     

    Alma Bandida (The Hooligan Soul) by Marco Antônio Pereira - Brazil

    Burkina Brandenburg Komplex by Ulu Braun - Germany

    Imfura by Samuel Ishimwe – Switzerland / Rwanda

    Le Tigre de Tasmanie (The Tasmanian Tiger) by Vergine Keaton - France

    Onde o Verão Vai (episódios da juventude) (Where the Summer Goes (chapters on youth)) by David Pinheiro Vicente - Portugal

     

     

    25th Anniversary of the German Institute for Animated Film

    In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the German Institute for Animated Film (DIAF), Generation and the DEFA Foundation present a short film programme dedicated to East German animation heritage. In six colourful short films, viewers embark on journeys with courageous and smart characters put into motion using various animation techniques.

     

     

    Berlinale Schulprojekt

    For the twelfth year running, Generation will collaborate on the Berlinale Schulprojekt (Berlinale School Project) with VISION KINO Netzwerk für Film- und Medienkompetenz (VISION KINO Network for Film and Media Competence), sustainably fostering the integration of cinema in school instruction. As part of the Berlinale Schulprojekt, Generation will continue its commitment to Willkommensklassen (Welcome Classes), facilitating the participation of up to eleven Welcome Classes on the School Project and at the Berlinale. School Project results from years past can be viewed at www.visionkino.de.

     

     

    Pre-Sales for Group Tickets

    Generation offers groups the opportunity to reserve group tickets at a discount prior to the start of official Berlinale ticket sales. Starting on February 5, 2018, from 9.30 am - 5 pm daily, discounted tickets to all Generation films for groups of five or more persons may be ordered via the exclusive Generation ticket hotline 0800 724 03 22 (international callers: +49 30 470 370 271). More information is available at www.berlinale.de/generation


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    FIFF, Festival International de Films de Fribourg

     

           
    The Fribourg International Film Festival has unveiled the sections and theme forming the 32nd edition of the programme, which will be centred around extraordinary life trajectories. FIFF will open with one of the year’s most striking films, Makala, a poignant documentary which follows the Homeric journey of a young Congolese man. The film will have its Swiss Premiere with director, Emmanuel Gras, in attendance. The Cuban comedy Sergio & Sergei will close the 2018 edition, transporting the audience back to the Mir space station in 1991. In between these two highlights, Genre Cinema will be dedicated to biopics, Decryption will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Brazilian town Nova Friburgo, while New Territory will explore Mongolian cinema. FIFF’s highly anticipated Carte Blanche sections will return with Ken Loach (Sur la carte de...), Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the Festival de Cannes (Hommage à Cannes Classics) and Beki Probst, founder of the Berlinale European Film Market (Diaspora: Beki Probst and Turkey). The President of the Swiss Confederation, Alain Berset, will kick off the opening ceremony on the 16th March.

    International competitions for feature and short films
    With around 12 features and 3 programmes of short films, FIFF's International Competitions will continue to highlight some of the year’s best work, including productions from Africa, Latin America and Asia that will have their Swiss, European and even World Premieres with their directors in attendance.

    Life trajectories and fearless characters: Genre Cinema: Biopics
    Barbara, Dalida, Van Gogh, Churchill... Biopics have taken over our screens all year. Are life stories as popular outside the West and/or its industry, and how have they developed? The Genre Cinema section will explore this incredibly popular genre through 15 or so films. Queen Christina (1993) by Rouben Mamoulian, starring Greta Garbo, is one of the titles to be explored by Raphaëlle Moine, Professor at University Sorbonne, as the archetype of this genre. Invited as part of continued training for teachers, she will deliver an analysis of the film from a gender studies perspective in view of a global industry which devotes only a third of biopics to female characters.

    Cinematic discoveries from across the world: from Brazil to Mongolia
    FIFF celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Brazilian town Nova Friburgo by presenting a handful of films from new Brazilian cinema in the Decryption section. Keen to contribute to the next generation of Swiss cinema while promoting cultural exchanges, FIFF will show films from aspiring filmmakers who have filmed this town alongside Brazilian filmmakers who have come to film Fribourg. Their short films will have their World Premiere!
    After having already unveiled a few gems and spurred on by public acclaim, FIFF will set out to discover a New Territory: Mongolian cinema. Several filmmakers will be invited to Fribourg to present their films.

    Hommage and Carte Blanche: a look at world cinema
    Ken Loach, impressed by the commitment and passion shown by FIFF, will do the festival the immense honour of choosing five masterpieces from the history of cinema. Whether he is to attend FIFF is yet to be confirmed, but his chosen titles will be revealed at the press conference on 1st March.
    As the preservation of films has become a real collective issue, FIFF is working to pay tribute to institutions which are committed to protecting the world’s film heritage. This year, FIFF will highlight the work of General Delegate of the Festival de Cannes Thierry Frémaux and his team with a selection of Cannes Classics presented for the first time beyond Cannes.
    The grand dame of world cinema, Beki Probst, the Swiss-Turkish founder of Berlin Film Festival's European Film Market, will open her heart for Diaspora to share her roots through five of her favourite Turkish films.

    Additional events
    In addition to Special Screenings, which will take place at midnight and treat audiences to offbeat commercial cinema, FIFF will also pursue its commitment to synergy by working with other cultural entities in Fribourg to put on exhibitions and concerts.


    SAVE THE DATES

    1st March, 10:15 am: Press conference: presentation of official programme
    Cinéma Rex, Fribourg

    9th March, 9 pm: Fri-Son fait son cinema
    A Page of Madness, Teinosuke Kinugasa, 1926

    12th March, 7:30 pm: Premiere in Bern, CineMovie
    What Will People Say, Iram Haq, 2017

     


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    105,000+ Festival Participants to Connect in the Silicon Valley from February 27th - March 11th


    Cinequest, a vanguard organization that fuses creativity with technological innovation to empower, improve, and transform the lives of people and communities, today revealed the full program for its international celebration of the filmed arts and technologies, the Cinequest Film & VR Festival. From February 27th through March 11th 2018, the festival’s 28th season has programmed a dynamic 13 days of screenings and premieres, inspiring experiences with trailblazers in film and virtual reality, and intimate awards presentations with icons in entertainment. The full festival lineup can be found at www.cinequest.org.
     

    “ We’ve seen the power of film to not only delight and entertain, but spark awareness, create connections and galvanize communities,” said Halfdan Hussey, co-founder of Cinequest. “Our theme for this year’s festival is ‘Impact’, reflected by the exceptional films, VR,  and interactions with the torchbearers in entertainment and technology--programmed to give our audience a venue for engagement and empowerment. We’re proud to spotlight the work of internationally celebrated and emerging artists, representing a spectrum of genres, genders, ethnicities, orientations, ages and perspectives, and to enable these creators to connect with audiences in the vibrant and cosmopolitan Silicon Valley – the world’s leader in innovation.”

     
    THE NUMBERS: CINEQUEST AT 28
     
    Over the 13-day festival, 229 feature and short films and 29 virtual reality experiences will be shown across downtown San Jose theatres and venues, and a satellite cinema in Redwood City for an audience of more than 105,000 attendees. Representing works from 45 countries, including China, India, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Iran and South Korea, Cinequest will be the venue for 74 World and 55 U.S. film and VR premieres.  These global selections also commend the art of women behind the camera, with 99 works at Cinequest directed by women. 52 celebrations and special events round out the offerings amounting to 510 screenings, events, parties, and experiences.
     
    Complementing the feature and short film screenings, Cinequest has scheduled a packed calendar of special engagements that offer audiences a glimpse at the past, present and future of cinema, and an opportunity to connect with prominent figures in film and virtual reality.
     

    Highlights for the Cinequest Film & VR Festival 2018 include:
      
    Opening Night:  William H. Macy Returns To Cinequest with Krystal | February 27 at 7:15PM
     
    Opening the festival, Krystal will screen at the illustrious California Theatre, followed by a fireside chat with the film’s director, and past recipient of Cinequest’s prestigious Maverick Spirit Award, actor, director
    William H. Macy (Fargo, Shameless). Starring Cinequest alum Rosario Dawson in the titular role, up-and-comer Nick Robinson (Jurassic World,The Kings of Summer) takes lead in this unconventional comedy. Macy as well as select cast and crew joins Cinequest for a conversation following the screening.
     
    Maverick Spirit Awards | Icons, Legends & Risk Takers in Entertainment
     
    Joining past honorees including Harrison Ford, Rosario Dawson, JJ Abrams, Sir Ian McKellen and Jennifer Jason Leigh, Cinequest is bestowing its most prestigious award to four powerhouses that have had immeasurable impact on the industry:
     
    Nicolas Cage | February 28 at 7:30PM. California Theatre
    Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award winning star of more than 80 motion pictures – Nicolas Cage’s stunning achievements show no signs of slowing down. In unforgettable roles spanning the early 80’s to today, ranging from drama to rom-com, action thrillers to independent triumphs, Cage has won critical esteem in films including Moonstruck, Leaving Las Vegas, Raising Arizona and Adaptation, coupled with box office success in action in films like National Treasure, The Rock and Face/Off. Cage’s first virtual reality role in The Humanity Bureau VRevolution, will be featured at Cinequest’s VR Cinema, from March 1 – 4th.
     
    Tatiana Maslany | March 8 at 7:30PM, California Theatre
    Tatiana Maslany has earned legions of fans – and an Emmy – in the titular role in the sci-fi thriller series, Orphan Black, and stunning critical acclaim in the emotional film, Stronger. With a festival career that includes receiving the Jury Breakout Role Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival,  Maslany is charting a trajectory for brilliant career on screens big and small.  At Cinequest, Maslany joins co-star Tom Cullen for the world premiere her short film, Souls of Totality.
     
    Tom Cullen | March 8 at 7:30PM, California Theatre
    Appearing in the most talked about television of the last decade, award-winning actor Tom Cullen (Downtown Abbey, Game of Thrones, Black Mirror) exemplifies the quality and societal impact of this latest ‘golden age of television’, made possible by tech giants like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. Cullen is also featured  in the short film Souls of Totality, and joins co-star Maslany in a discussion about the film.
     
    Andie MacDowell | March 10 at 7:00PM, California Theatre
    Andie MacDowell’s enduring grace, beauty and talent has been witnessed in classic comedies like Groundhogs Day and Four Weddings and Funeral and provocative indie films like Sex, Lies & Videotape and Short Cuts. MacDowell will present her latest triumph Love After Love, followed by a discussion of the film and her illustrious career.

    Media Legacy Award Event with Ben Mankiewicz | March 11 at 1:30PM, California Theatre
     
    Celebrating the impact of media on discovering new talent, voices and perspectives in film, Primetime Host Turner Classic Movies (TCM)  writer, journalist, and co-founder of The Young Turks Ben Mankiewicz will honored with Cinequest’s Media Legacy Award. Mankiewicz joins Cinequest audiences with a screening of a personal film selection, the 1951 classic People Will Talk (Directed by Joseph Mankiewicz), followed by a discussion of his choice.
     
    Virtual Reality Returns in 2018 | March 1 – 4th, 11AM – 7PM
    Continuing Cinequest’s tradition of featuring technology that is poised to disrupt and improve media and entertainment, from March 1 – 4th , the Cinequest VR Program will feature 29 astounding VR and AR films, experiences and games.  In the Cinequest VR Experience Lounge, experts and visionaries in the field will lead interactive workshops.  In recognition of his work pushing the boundaries of VR in entertainment and as a connector and conduit between the fields of film and tech, Travis Cloyd will be honored with this year’s VR Visionary Award. In addition to accepting this year’s highest VR honor, Cloyd will present three VR experiences at the festival: the world premiere of The Humanity Bureau VRevolution, starring Maverick Spirit Award honoree, Nicolas Cage; Speed Kills VR Experience starring John Travolta; and The Recall VR, starring Wesley Snipes.
     
    Closing Night Film: Brothers in Arms | March 11 at 6:30PM, California Theatre
     
    The festival closes with the world premiere of the scintillating documentary, Brothers in Arms. A ‘from-the-trenches’  look at making of the 1986 Best Picture Academy Award winning film, Platoon, the film is directed by Platoon cast member, Paul Sanchez and narrated by Charlie Sheen, with commentary from the stars that this legendary masterwork created, Willem Dafoe and Jonny Depp.
     
    Award Winning Cinequest Alumni Return in 2018
     
    In addition to William H. Macy’s return, other Cinequest alumni have featured work in the 2018 festival, including:

    • Brad Anderson, Award-winning director (Beirut)
    • Marion Cotillard, Oscar-winning actor (Ishmael’s Ghost)
    • Rosario Dawson, former Maverick Spirit Award honoree (Krystal)
    • Peter Fonda, former Maverick Spirit Award Honoree (You Can’t Say No)
    • Piper Laurie, Oscar-nominated actress (Snapshots)
    • Milcho Manchevski, Oscar-nominated director (Bikini Moon)
    • Dana Nachman, Award-winning documentarian (Pick of the Litter)
    • Paul Sanchez, Actor, Director (Brothers in Arms)
    • Jan Svěrák, Oscar-winning director (Barefoot)
    • Hilary Swank, Oscar-winning actor (What They Had)
    • Stanley Tucci, Oscar-nominated actor (Submission)

    ‘Only at Cinequest’ Events, Screenings & Celebrations
     
    Complementing the feature and short film program, Cinequest features a selection of extraordinary events that offer audiences a glimpse at the past, present and future of cinema, and the artists:
     
    Silent Cinema – The Wind | March 9th at 7PM, California Theatre
    Curated by the Packard Foundation, the silent film era is reborn with a special screening of the classic film, The Wind, starring Lillian Gish. Taking place at the 1920’s-era jewel, The California Theatre and accompanied by organist Dennis James on the mighty Wurlitzer, festival go-ers will experience this masterpiece of American silent cinema as cinema patrons from the past did, when it premiered in 1928.
     
    Screenings and Soirees with A-List Talent | Daily
    More than 800 artists, actors, filmmakers and technologists are attending Cinequest to showcase their latest works and meet and mingle with audiences.  Noteworthy examples include the world of premiere of You Can’t Say No (March 3rd, 7PM), with past Maverick Spirit Award recipient and Academy Award winner Peter Fonda (Easy Rider), Marguerite Moreau (Wet Hot American Summer) and Hamish Linklater (Fargo) in attendance, and the world premiere of Snapshots (March 3rd, 4:15PM) with cast members including Academy Award winner Piper Laurie (Carrie), Brooke Adams (Gas Food Lodging) and  Emily Goss (Castle ) joining the festivities.   
     
    Poets N Film | March 8th at 7PM, 3Below Theater
    San José State’s Reed Magazine and Cinequest are excited to present the 2nd Edition of this mesmerizing melding of poetry and films. Poet performers ASHA, Bill Cozzini, Roberto Duran, Eli Hansen, Lita Kurth, Mighty Mike McGee, Joe Miller, and Kimy Martinez perform, alongside satirical dance, sound experiments, visual projections and live music. The film Unspoken, about the spoken word poet Farah Chamma, precedes the screening of I Remember: A Film About Joe Brainard, by Matt Wolf.

    Courage Conversations presented by Bank of America | March 1st at 7:15PM, Hammer Theatre
    Bay area filmmaker Laurie Coyle’s documentary, Adios Amor: The Search for Maria Moreno, will be featured in a special screening event presented by Bank of America titled, Conversations in Courage. Followed by a discussion with the filmmaker and voices in community, Adios Amor tells the story of a Maria Moreno migrant worker and mother of 12, who became the spokesperson for a multi-ethnic farm labor movement.
     

    Kaiser Thrive presents Pick of the Litter | March 3rd at 4:30PM, California Theatre

    Bay Area documentarians Dana Nachman and Don Hardy return to Cinequest for her third time, following her previous films Witch Hunt (narrated by Sean Penn) and the inspirational Batkid Begins with her latest work, Pick of the Litter. Following a litter of puppies from in utero until if and when they become Guide Dogs for the Blind, cameras follow these pups through a two-year odyssey as they train to become the chosen few canines, whose ultimate responsibility is to protect their blind partners from harm.

    The Cinequest Film & VR Festival is a part of Cinequest, an organization dedicated to empowering, improving and transforming the lives of people and communities. In addition to its annual film festival, Cinequest operates the transformative leadership movement, Picture the Possibilities (PTP) that empowers global youth with the tools, confidence and inspiration to form and create their dreams from art to science--driving an optimal future for all of us.

    Passes and individual tickets for the Cinequest Film & VR Festival events and screenings are on sale now, and can be purchased at www.cinequest.org. For the latest news and updates, follow @Cinequest on Twitter, and facebook.com/cinequest on Facebook.
     
     
    About Cinequest
    A vanguard organization set in the Silicon Valley, Cinequest’s uniqueness and impact result from being ahead of the curve in the powerful integration of creativity and technology. Cinequest fuses the world of the filmed arts with that of Silicon Valley’s innovation to empower youth, artists, and innovators to create and connect – driving transformations and a better tomorrow. Cinequest does this through Cinequest Film & VR Festival, Picture The Possibilities (PTP), and its sister company Cinequest Mavericks Studio. (Voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers.)
     
    About Picture the Possibilities (PTP) by Cinequest
    PTP empowers youth with the tools, confidence and inspiration to form and create their dreams, no matter what the discipline, driving an optimal future for all of us. Through PTP’s free, online platform, the 7 Powers of Creating Workshop, as well as global live event initiatives, PTP Summits and PTP City Sessions, youth are empowered to voice their reality, picture a desired future or dream, and access their capacity to make that dream real.


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    Day 2 of the 33rd Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) was underway yesterday with the presentation of the Cinema Vanguard Award to three-time Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe at The Arlington Theatre. The honor, which was presented by director Josh Boone, was bestowed upon Dafoe for his performance in “The Florida Project.”

     

    Photo Credit - Getty Images for SBIFF

    During a Q&A discussion led by Pete Hammond which included clips highlighting Dafoe’s work throughout his career in films including “Platoon,” “Shadow of the Vampire,” and “Mississippi Burning,” Dafoe explained how acting turned from a hobby into a career.

     

    “It started out as something I enjoyed doing,” Dafoe told the audience. “The big hook was there was a good community theater. They’d bring in directors from New York to teach. So that was like an apprenticeship and slowly I became an actor.”

     

    Dafoe also touched on his experience filming “The Florida Project” in Orlando and learning from people living there.

     

    “They really invited us in and it’s what we learned that really became the engine for how we approached the movie,” said Dafoe. “You have this sense of watching them. But when you’re with them and you hear the story and you start to work with them and they get a more human face, “they” becomes “us.” And whenever that happens it’s always beautiful.”

     

    At the conclusion of the evening, Boone, who worked with Dafoe on “The Fault in Our Stars,” took to the stage to present Dafoe with his award.

     

    “What strikes me most about Mr. Dafoe’s exhausting and truly remarkable body of work, is how many of our greatest filmmakers have used him to such extremes,” said Boone. “Where Scorsese saw the face of Christ, David Lynch saw pure evil. Mr. Dafoe has made a career playing both saints and sinners. It is his empathy that illuminates the sea of gray between those extremes.”

     

    Throughout the festival, ribbons will be available for purchase at the Metro 4 Theatre with all proceeds going directly to United Way of Santa Barbara County. Bins collecting non-perishable food donations are located at The Arlington Theatre and will benefit the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.


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    Theme "isREEL Life" salutes Israel's 70th Birthday


    The Seattle Jewish Film Festival, presented by the Stroum Jewish Community Center, is thrilled to announce their 2018 program. The festival is an important part of Seattle’s cultural mosaic, offering a diverse spectrum of films that celebrate Jewish and Israeli life, culture, history, and cinema. 

    This year is particularly special, as the Festival salutes Israel's 70th birthday. Almost half of this year’s “isREEL Life”-themed festival showcases a prismatic variety of Israeli films, from student productions to award-winning, internationally acclaimed directors like Eran Riklis, and from beginning to end, starting Opening Night with Maktub to Ben-Gurion, Epilogue closing weekend. Over 21 special guests are slated to attend the screenings, including directors, actors, producers, musicians, and expert speakers that will introduce films and lead post-film discussions. 

    The Festival takes place March 10-18 at venues around Seattle and on Mercer Island. SJFF is also extending its reach to the Eastside, April 14-15 at Regal's Cinebarre Issaquah 8, showcasing four additional films. This new venue serves a full food and drink menu.
    (Note: minors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult 21+). 

    Seattle’s Opening Night will feature the funny and touching mob caper Maktub by Israeli Director Oded Raz, followed by a delicious Tom Douglas dessert party. Sunday’s Matzoh Momma Brunch Film features Jewish comfort food, klezmer music, the film Land of Milk and Funny, and film subject and comedian Dwight Slade will do a standup set.

    At the Closing Night Centerpiece on Mercer Island, Emmy-nominated filmmaker and internet pioneer Tiffany Shlain will be honored with SJFF's REEL Difference Award before she presents “Spoken Cinema”—a new, interactive, documentary art form, featuring live narration of her acclaimed films on stage—followed by a closing reception. 

    SJFF's new Eastside Opening Night kicks off with the illuminating and entertaining documentary Shalom Bollywood, about Indian-Jewish screen legends, and includes a free popcorn and a beverage for ticketholders. The final Eastside film will be Across the Waters: a gripping story of survival and rescue. 
     
    TICKETS AND PASSES ON SALE NOW
    General admission tickets: $12-$15  |  Special events: $20-$25
    8- packs of discount tickets: $100-$125  |  Full passes: $200-$225
    Senior tickets available  |  SJFF accepts TeenTix 
     
     
    Images (starting from top): MAKTUB, SJFF's Opening Night feature; BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY (bottom left);  MANDALA BEATS (bottom right; Director Rebekah Reiko to attend).
     

    SJFF 2018 SCREENINGS AND PROGRAMS


    SATURDAY | MARCH 10 
    Opening Night Film & Tom Douglas Dessert Party | AMC PACIFIC PLACE 11
    7:30 PM Happy Hour | 8:30 PM Film: Maktub | 10:30 PM Dessert Party
    Maktub | Director: Oded Raz | Comedy/Drama | Israel
    Two Jerusalem mob enforcers turn into unlikely secret angels after surviving a bombing at a resaurant they were shaking down. They fulfill writers’ wishes in purloined notes from the Western Wall while evading their suspicious boss in this funny and touching caper.

    SUNDAY | MARCH 11
    Matzoh Momma Sunday Brunch | AMC PACIFIC PLACE 11 

    9:30 AM Brunch | 10:45 AM Stand-up Comedy | 11 AM Film: Land of Milk and Funny 
    Land of Milk and Funny | Director: Avi Liberman | Documentary | USA/Israel
    LA funnyman Avi Liberman takes fellow stand-up comedians on tours of Israel, capturing their keen and comical insights onstage and off. Guest (and stand-up performer): Comedian Dwight Slade. 

    Sephardic Spotlight 1:00 PM | AMC PACIFIC PLACE 11 
    Trezoros: The Jews of Kastoria | Directors: Lawrence Russo & Larry Confino | Documentary | Greece
    A coastal city renowned for its idyllic beauty, Kastoria was once home to a harmonious and vibrant population of Greek Jews and Christians. Never-before-seen archival footage and interviews stitch together a compelling portrait of this unique and dynamic Jewish community. Guests: Director Lawrence Russo and Professor Devin Naar, UW Sephardic Studies. 

    Teen Screen 3:15 PM | AMC PACIFIC PLACE 11
    Keep the Change | Director: Rachel Israel | Romantic Comedy | USA
    Winner of Best Narrative Feature at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, this romantic comedy about people with autism navigating the difficulties of a relationship is charming, authentic and is “as funny as it is sweet” (Variety). Preceded by short film: The Gravedigger's Daughter. Recommended for ages 15+; $5 tickets for TeenTix Members. 

    Itzhak 5:45 PM | AMC PACIFIC PLACE 11
    Itzhak | Director: Alison Chernick | Documentary | USA
    Widely considered one of the world’s greatest living violinists, Itzhak Perlman’s mastery of the violin catapulted a child with polio from Tel Aviv and the son of Polish survivors onto the world’s most prominent stages.

    Gay Gezunt! LGBTQ Film 8:40 PM | AMC PACIFIC PLACE 11
    The Cakemaker | Director: Ophir Raul Graizer | Drama | Gemany/Israel 
    Devastated by the sudden death of his Israeli boyfriend, shy Berlin baker Thomas journeys to Jerusalem, where he secretly infiltrates the lives of his lover’s widow and son, and helps revive her fledgling café with his tantalizing German confections. How long can he keep this secret as the pair becomes deeply enmeshed? Guest: Sara Michelle Fetters, Lead Film Critic for Seattle Gay News

    MONDAY | MARCH 12 
    Mandala Beats 6:30 PM | SIFF CINEMA UPTOWN
    Mandala Beats | Director: Rebekah Reiko | Documentary | Canada/India/Israel 
    Known as the Jimi Hendrix of Israeli, musician Yossi Fine has collaborated with artists across the globe including Lou Reed, David Bowie, and Madonna. The son of a European Jew and a black Parisian mom, he learns that his grandfather was Indian, and departs on an “instrumental” journey of rediscovery. Guest: Director Rebekah Reiko. 

    Longing 8:30 PM | SIFF CINEMA UPTOWN
    Longing | Director: Savi Gabizon | Drama | Israel 
    Director Savi Gabizon (Nina's Tragedies, SJFF 2005) muses on aging and second chances in this tale of a father haunted by a son he never knew existed. Preceded by short film: Holes

    TUESDAY | MARCH 13
    Praise the Lard 6:50 PM | SIFF CINEMA UPTOWN 
    Praise the Lard | Director: Chen Shelach | Documentary | Israel 
    The untold story of the pork industry in Israel, from Zionist movement and kibbutz pig farms to current identity struggles, freedoms, and new immigrant penchants, in spite of fierce resistance from religious Jews. Preceded by short  film: Our Brothers

    An Act of Defiance 8:30 PM | SIFF CINEMA UPTOWN
    An Act of Defiance | Director: Jean van de Velde | Drama | South Africa
    Ten men in Nelson Mandela’s inner circle—some black, some Jewish—are arrested for conspiring to commit sabotage against the South African apartheid state. Their courageous lawyer risks career and freedom to defend them and conceal his own sedition in this nail-biting political thriller and spectacular courtroom drama.

    WEDNESDAY | MARCH 14 
    1945 7:00 PM | SIFF CINEMA UPTOWN 
    1945 | Director: Ferenc Török | Drama | Hungary 
    In the immediate aftermath of WWII, the arrival of an elderly Orthodox Jew and his son in a small Hungarian town triggers the townsfolk's collective fear and guilt.

    Shelter 9:00 PM | SIFF CINEMA UPTOWN 
    Shelter | Director: Eran Riklis | Drama/Thriller | Germany/Israel/France
    In this suspenseful, neo-noir drama and psychological thriller, Mossad agent Naomi is sent to protect Mona, a Lebanese collaborator, in a German safe house. Their uneasy relationship develops into an unexpected bond, while threat levels outside rise.

    THURSDAY | MARCH 15
    Sammy Davis Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me 6:30 PM | SIFF CINEMA UPTOWN

    Sammy Davis Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me | Director: Sam Pollard | Documentary | USA
    A toe-tapping, star-studded homage to the immensely-talented Black-Jewish entertainer and Rat Pack legend who navigated the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress in mid-20th century America.

    The Testament 8:45 PM | SIFF CINEMA UPTOWN
    The Testament | Director: Amichai Greenberg | Drama/Thriller | Austria/Israel
    Yoel, a meticulous historian leading a significant debate against Holocaust deniers, discovers that his mother carries a false identity. Is he willing to risk everything to discover the truth? Guest: Actor Ori Pfeffer. 

    FRIDAY | MARCH 16 
    Matinee @ the J 12:30 PM Stroum Jewish Community Center
    Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story | Director: Alexandra Dean | Documentary | USA
    Alert, hipsters: Hedy Lamarr is the new Nikolai Tesla. Watch this film about her stranger-than-fiction life and amazing inventions so you can be into her before everyone else catches on. $5 tickets for Seniors 65+. Refreshments will be served at this screening. 

    SATURDAY | MARCH 17 
    Israel @70 Night: Happy Hour @The J Cafe 5:30-9:00 PM | Stroum Jewish Community Center
    A cash bar at The J Cafe accompanies both March 17 screenings. Bar will have wine, beer, and noshes for sale from 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM.

    The History of Love 6:30 PM | Stroum Jewish Community Center 
    The History of Love | Director: Radu Mihaileanu | Drama | France/Belgium/Canada/Romania 
    Two lives intersect in New York City in this masterful adaptation of Nicole Krauss's bestselling novel starring Elliot Gould and Sir Derek Jacobi.

    An Israeli Love Story 9:15 PM | Stroum Jewish Community Center 
    An Israeli Love Story | Director: Dan Wolman | Drama | Israel
    Aspiring young actress Margalit falls for dashing fighter Eli in pre-independence Palestine, setting the stage for a true love story that mixes idealism, romance, sacrifice, and tragedy during a turbulent and momentous period. A cash bar at The J Cafe accompanies this screening. 

    SUNDAY | MARCH 18 
    Brown Derby Exhibit and Reception | 1:00 PM | Stroum Jewish Community Center 
    Vitch | Director: Sigal Bujman | Documentary | USA/Australia/France/
    Germany/Israel/Poland
    This documentary illuminates the moral conundrum of Eddie Vitch, a Polish Jewish caricaturist, mime and comedian, who stayed alive by entertaining Nazi elite and Gestapo officers. The film traces his daughter’s efforts to uncover the truth about his activities and motives. Guests: Director Sigal Bujman and Director of Photography Marc Pingry; Producers Yaffa and Paul Maritz. A special Event in the J Café accompanies this film, featuring a Brown Derby Eddie Vitch caricature exhibit and cake reception

    Cuba's Forgotten Jewels 3:30 PM | Stroum Jewish Community Center
    Cuba's Forgotten Jewels | Directors: Robin Truesdale and Judy Kreith | Documentary | USA
    For a few short years in the 1940s, Jewish refugees from war-torn Europe turned the tropical island of Cuba into a global diamond center. This little-known, colorful, and uplifting story is set to an original soundtrack of Jewish melodies and pulsating Cuban music, featuring Seattle’s own Clave Gringa who will perform after the screening. Guests: Directors Robin Truesdale and Judy Kreith; Ann Reynolds, and Clave Gringa Latin jazz band. There will also be a a performance by Seattle's Clave Gringa, who is featured on the film's soundtrack. 

    Closing Night Centerpiece and REEL Difference Award Reception 7:00 PM | Stroum Jewish Community Center 
    Tiffany Shlain’s “Spoken Cinema” | Director Tiffany Shlain | Documentary Shorts Program | USA
    This year’s SJFF REEL Difference Award recipient is Emmy-nominated filmmaker, author, public speaker, and internet pioneer, Tiffany Shlain, whose Let it Ripple film studio makes impactful films and creates global social initiatives (Character Day, 50/50 Day) that explore the intersection of technology, (Jewish) identity, and connection that shape our lives. She will take us on an exhilarating tour of her acclaimed films and present a new, interactive, documentary art form she calls “Spoken Cinema”—a live narration of her film as the soundtrack plays in the background. Guest: Filmmaker and SJFF 2018 REEL Difference Award recipient Tiffany Shlain. 

    SATURDAY | APRIL 14
    Eastside Opening Night 8:45 PM | REGAL CINEBARRE ISSAQUAH 8 

    Shalom Bollywood | Director: Danny Ben-Moshe | Documentary | Australia
    Who knew that Jews—specifically Jewish women—dominated Bollywood for the first half of its 100-year history? This entertaining documentary, featuring rich and rare archival clips, profiles six legends of the Indian silver screen who made Bollywood what it is today: the largest and one of the most progressive, cutting-edge film industries in the world. This screening will include free popcorn and a beverage for ticket holders. 

    SUNDAY | APRIL 15 
    Ben-Gurion, Epilogue 3:00 PM | REGAL CINEBARRE ISSAQUAH 8
    Ben-Gurion, Epilogue | Director: Yariv Mozer | Documentary | Israel
    Two filmmakers scoured the globe for the last David Ben-Gurion interview, before finding it in the Israeli desert—a rivetingly intimate documentary that captures both the vision and humility of Israel's founding father.

    Israeli TV Dinners 5:30 PM | REGAL CINEBARRE ISSAQUAH 8
    Your Honor | Director: Roni Ninio | TV Drama/Thriller (4 episodes) | Israel 
    Binge watch Israel's new, award-winning Breaking Bad-esque television drama, Your Honor, about a rising-star judge and his well-meaning family who become ensnared in Israel’s underworld. (Four episodes shown, with the rest of season one coming at a later date.)

    Across the Waters 8:15 PM | REGAL CINEBARRE ISSAQUAH 8
    Across the Waters | Director: Nicolo Donato | Drama | Denmark 
    Unsure of whom they can trust, a Jewish musician and his family make a frantic escape from Nazi-occupied Denmark. A gripping story of survival and rescue.

    More info on festival guests here. (Attending guests are subject to change) 

     


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