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    Berlinale Newsletters 1 I 2 I 3 I 4 I I 6 I 7 I Animation in Focus I
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    Doggie Animation film opened fest as Kosslick reels from criticism

    by Alex Deleon for filmfestivals.com Wes Anderson Press  conference: L - R, Greta Gerwig, Bryan Cranston, Anderson and a Japanese actress. The first all star event of the 68th Berlin Film Festival (Brrlinale) was the overpopulated press conference for the opening film, Wes Anderson's full length animation "Isle of Dogs". This was the first time I have ever seen the long press conference table full from one end to the other with overflow ~ at least one star, Tilda Swinto...
     

    22.02.2018 | Berlin's blog

    Berlin 2018, Week One Kwikk notes: High Expectations with Low results mark first half of fest

    By Alex C. Deleon, Filmfestivals.com Romy Schneider look alike Marie Bäumer at Quiberon  Press Conference Watch the Video Though this was obviously not going to be the star powered program we have become accustomed to under flamboyant festival top hat Dieter Kosslick at Berlin (no Clooneys, Decaprios, or their likes in sight this year) the competition program alone had a number of high expectation films, among them, "Three Days at Quiberon", a study of the last ...
     

    22.02.2018 | Berlin's blog

    VIDEO AMBIANCE & INTERVIEWS FROM BERLIN

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    BIG BLUE french icon actor, Jean Marc Barr, talks in Berlin about his latest feature CUT OFF by Jowan Carbin

    Check the full Interview from Berlinale.     Struggling with his new life in New Orleans, Clive follows Trevor, a former professor to his country home on the bayou in Cut Off, LA to gain a new perspective.  While Trevor helps Clive deal with his demons, Clive is sucked into a mission to kill. www.cutoff-movie.com I Trailer I Cast I Crew I Facebook I Twitter I Festival requests I Media Fusion Entertainment ...
     

    Gus Van Sant & Joaquin Phoenix: Don't worry, he won't get far on foot

    One of the most anticipated films of this year's festival, Don't worry, he won't get far on foot by Gus Van Sant premiered yesterday at the Berlinale Palast, part of this year's festival competition programme.  Joaquin Phoenix, who plays John Callahan, a renowned American cartoonist who was bound to a wheelchair after a car accident, became an alcoholic and later on dedicated his life to his art, published in numerous magazines, newpapers and publications. Gus Van Sant ad...
     

    Interview with Klaus Eder: FIPRESCI General Secretary

    Bruno Chatelin sat down with Klaus Eder: FIPRESCI General Secretary Klaus shared a bit of the history, foundation and mission of the International Federation of Film Critics: an association of national organizations of professional film critics and film journalists from around the world for "the promotion and development of film culture and for the safeguarding of professional interests." It was founded in June 1930 in Brussels, Belgium. At present it has members in more than 50 count...
     

    VIDEO GWFF Best First Feature Award | Meet the Jury | Berlinale 2018

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    Winning a prize with a debut film can really kickstart a career, so the GWFF Best First Feature Award is a promise for the future. So let us introduce you to our 2018 Jury Jonas Carpignano, Noa Regev and Călin Peter Netzer. The winner of the GWFF Best First Feature Award will be announced at the Closing Gala on Saturday, February 24, beginning at 7.00 pm in the Berlinale Palast. The award ceremony will also be streamed live on the Berlinale Website. The Berlin...
     

    VIDEO Generation 14plus | Opening | Berlinale 2018

      Since 1978, the Berlinale has devoted a section to children and young people: Generation. In two competitions, Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus, discoveries from state of the art world-cinema and on a par with young people are presented. The most outstanding films are awarded the Crystal Bears and the Prizes of the international Juries. Every year, more than 65.000 visitors attend the screenings in five venues. The premieres of the section take place at the Ha...
     

    VIDEO 2018 European Shooting Stars Gala | Berlinale 2018

    Gala for the 2018 European Shooting Stars Franz Rogowski, Irakli Kvirikadze, Jonas Smulders, Matteo Simoni, Matilda De Angelis, Michaela Coel, Alba August, Reka Tenki, Luna Wedler and Eili Harboe. EFP EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS, one of EFP's flagship programmes, has placed some of the most promising young actors from all over Europe into the limelight over the past 20 years and proven to be an essential stepping stone for launching their international careers. The most promi...
     
     

    VIDEO "Only Willem Dafoe can play Christ and anti Christ" (Wim Wenders) during the Honorary Golden Bear Gala | Berlinale 2018

    Honorary Golden Bear Gala for Willem Dafoe with the laudatio by film director Wim Wenders.     ...
     

    VIDEO - Ang Panahon ng Halimaw | Press Conference Highlights | Berlinale 2018

    Press Conference for Ang Panahon ng Halimaw with director Lav Diaz, Hazel Orencio, Bart Guingona, Bianca Balbuena, Pinky Amador and Shaina Magdayao. ...
     
     

    VIDEO Javier Angulo invites filmfestivals.com to Valladolid 63rd edition

    VALLADOLID INTL FILM FESTIVAL 63rd edition to run 20th - 28th OCTOBER, 2018 ) Director Javier Angulo talked to filmfestivals.com Bruno Chatelin during a Norwegian film reception at the famous Oxymorron restaurant... where he met legendary actor Stellan Skarsgård.     ...
     

     

    Filmmaker from India Manoj Annadurai discusses his next project, and the role of markets like EFM in his pre production works

    Meet Manoj Annadurai. His first film Get Happy (a comedy) premiered at Montreal World Festival and won several prizes on the festival circuit. https://www.filmfestivals.com/blog/mo... ...
     

    Inland Sea director Kazuhiro Soda celebrates Berlinale selection with TriCoast sales team

    Wai-chan is one of the last remaining fishermen in Ushimado, a small village in Seto Inland Sea, Japan. At the age of 86, he still fishes alone on a small boat to make his living, dreaming about retirement. Kumi-san is an 84-year-old  villager who wanders around the shore everyday. She believes a social welfare facility “stole” her disabled son to receive subsidy from the government. A “late-stage elderly” Koso-san runs a small seafood store lef...
     

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    NEWS FROM THE MARKET

    Wangdrak’s Rain Boots World Premiere at the 68th Berlinale

    Wangdrak’s Rain Boots, directed by Lhapal Gyal, premiered on Feb. 21st at 10am Berlin local time.   Wangdrak’s Rain Boots is Lhapal Gyal’s debut feature film; alongside renowned director Pema Tseden, who executive produces. Wangdrak’s Rain Boots is selected in the Generation of 68th Berlinale, the only Chinese film in this category as well as the only Chinese candidate for Crystal Bear Award of Generation. Wangdrak’s Rain Boots is based...
     

    22.02.2018 | Berlin's blog

     

    Party with the Portuguese, another FEST success and full house

    Bruno Chatelin (filmfestivals.com) toasting like it's pPortugal (Espinoa) with festival organizers: Filipe Pereira (FESTIVAL DIRECTOR) and Fernando Vasquez (FESTIVAL PRODUCER AND PROGRAMMER) PARTY LIKE IT’S PORTUGAL was held with much success at Ballhaus Berlin (Chausseestr. 102 10115 Berlin) on the 20th of February. We enjoyed the best Portuguese wine - courtesy of our partner Niepoort Vinhos. DJ NUNO LOPES brought the action to dance floor - (he is also the ...
     

    22.02.2018 | Berlin's blog

    Winners of the 2nd Asian Brilliant Stars were announced on February 21st in Berlin.

    YOUTH, the latest film of Chinese director Feng Xiaogang, is the biggest winner of the Award Ceremony.   Screened in the Special Presentations at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, Feng Xiaogang’s YOUTH topped the December box office in China with over $157 million (1 billion yuan), ahead of Pixar animation COCO. “Feng employs traditional craftsmanship to draw a sweeping historical canvas with profound human upheavals that mirror virtues and flaws of the Chi...
     

    22.02.2018 | Berlin's blog

    Positive Mid Festival Results for the Berlinale 2018

        A first account of the 68th Berlin International Film Festival attests full cinemas and plenty of curious visitors exploring the diverse festival programme.   With Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs it was the first time that an animation film opened the Berlinale. The star-studded cast of voice-over artists populated the red carpet: accompanying Wes Anderson to the premiere were, amongst others, Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Kunichi Nomura, Liev...
     

    21.02.2018 | Berlin's blog

    Avant Premiere Final day closing 2018 edition

    WELCOME TO DAY 4 OF AVANT PREMIÈRE MUSIC + MEDIA MARKET BERLIN 2018! Four days old but not a bit tired.... We are entering the final day of Avant Première for this year but the screens are still on, participants are still energetic and everything is only waiting for you! 09:30 - 11:00: AVANT PREMIÈRE SCREENING BLOCK 8, SCREENING HALL TVP – Polish Television / TVP Kultura ...
     

    21.02.2018 | Berlin's blog

    World premiere of the documentary ELDORADO in Berlinale Competition (out of competition).

        ELDORADO by Markus Imhoof   Switzerland, Germany / 2018 / 92’    Throughout history, there have always been refugees. They used to come from places closer to home: In the lean years of WW II and its direct af­termath, the family of Swiss director Markus Imhoof took in Giovanna, an undernourished Italian girl as part of a limited-term program for chil­dren. When her stay ended, the Swiss government insisted on sending Giovanna back to Italy. She...
     

    21.02.2018 | Berlin's blog

    Cinegy GmbH Partners with Linear Acoustic for Loudness Processing Solutions

                    Accord Delivers Improved Listening Experience along with Regulatory Compliance     Lancaster, PA - February 20, 2018 – Linear Acoustic®, a Telos Alliance TV Solutions Group company, today announced a strategic OEM partnership with Germany-based Cinegy GmbH to supply loudness processing solutions for use in Cinegy asset management, ingest and playout software products. The integration provides improved listening expe...
     

    20.02.2018 | Berlin's blog

    Locarno will focus on Portuguese cinema

                      Focus on Portuguese cinema   ...
     

    20.02.2018 | Berlin's blog

    The number of European films released outside of Europe up by 8.5% in 2016 reports the European Audiovisual Observatory

    European Audiovisual Observatory publishes new free analysis   Get it here: The Circulation of European Films Outside of Europe – key figures 2016   §  650 European films were released outside of Europe in 2016 §  Admissions generated fell to 82 million, (22% below the five-year average of 97 million) §  Market share fell 1 point to 19%, just making the 19% five-year average These are the latest findings from aa new report by ...
     

    20.02.2018 | Berlin's blog

    Female Driven MAIL ORDER MONSTER “MOM” Makes Berlin World Premiere

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    Film Mode Entertainment presents the EFM World Premiere of MAIL ORDER MONSTER, a timely, and heart-warming, family adventure film set to stir audiences across the globe   Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment announces the World Market Premiere screening and EFM debut of the new family adventure film MAIL ORDER MONSTER.  This feature comes at a time where strong roles for women are the focus of the industry, and is certain to wow audiences in B...
     

    20.02.2018 | Berlin's blog

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    Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment presents the World Market Premiere screening and EFM debut of their newest thriller THE HARROWING in Berlin. The world premiere screening took place on Friday, February 18th at 11:05 AM at dffb-Kino, to a standing-room-only crowd. Written and directed by veteran horror director JON KEEYES (AMERICAN NIGHTMARE, FALL DOWN DEAD), the film stars the legendary MICHAEL IRONSIDE (TOTAL REC...
     

    20.02.2018 | Berlin's blog

    Sundance Award Winner THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER starring Maggie Gyllenhaal NEW PICTURE

    MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL STARS IN THE SUNDANCE AWARD WINNER  ‘THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER’ PROTAGONIST PICTURES HANDLING INTERNATIONAL SALES AT EFM World Premiere Sundance Film Festival 2018 – Winner of the Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic   Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal (Secretary, The Dark Knight) and Gael Garcia Bernal (“Mozart in the Jungle”, The Motorcycle Diaries)   Writer / Director: Sara Colangelo (Little Accidents)   P...
     

    20.02.2018 | Berlin's blog

    MATCH POINT acquires WOLF

    WOLF   From the producers of MOUNTAIN-MOUNTAIN II  Mini-series of 70'*6 episodes or can be edited and released as 3 feature films. The final 7th episode will be shot as a feature film and will be on cinemas on the 29th of October 2018 Director: Alper Çağlar Genre: Action, War Cast: Ahu Türkpençe, Serkan Çayoğlu, Emir Benderlioğlu   Turkey, in the spring of 2014. A time when the enemies are growing on the border...
     

    20.02.2018 | Berlin's blog

    Middle East Film & Comic Con (MEFCC) returns to Dubai 5th to 7th April

          Middle East Film & Comic Con (MEFCC), the definitive pop culture convention in the Middle East is back for its seventh edition from 5th to 7th April at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) featuring the best regional and international talent, celebrity guests and more for some of the coolest fans in the world! ...

     

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    For the seventh time, the Institute of Documentary Film is organizing the East Doc Platform in Prague. The public is welcome to join Open Programme - held in English, free entrance.

    LIVE PITCH! Iikka and Mikael will conduct a live pitch and Q&A – OPEN LECTURE
    Saturday March 3 | 17:30 - 19:00 | Cinema Hall, Institute Cervantes


    A welcome session to deep-dive in one of the hottest topic of the workshop Ex Oriente Film: Ikka Vehkalahti and Mikael Opstrup will give a realistic simulation of a professional pitch. Food for thoughts for the following days waiting the final East Doc Forum presentation.


    WORKING WITH SALES AGENTS IN 2018 WHAT HAS CHANGED AND WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW – OPEN LECTURE
    Sunday March 4 | 10:00 - 11:30 | Cinema Hall, Institute Cervantes


    We will go through a sales agent´s contract and explain all things important to know. In a new digital era, distribution has changed so what are the new distribution rights. An interactive session with distribution & financing consultant Peter Jaeger CEO of Jaeger Creative.


    LET’S PLAY! A JOURNEY INTO THE DYNAMICS OF EDITING OPEN LECTURE
    Sunday March 4 | 18:00 - 19:30 | Cinema Hall, Institute Cervantes

    Editor, actress and producer Dounia Sichov has worked with masters of contemporary cinema such as Sharunas Bartas, Denis Coté and Abel Ferrara. Among other she edited the last film by iconic Magnum Photographer Antoine d'Agata, Atlas, of which she also edited the installation version. Her versatile profile makes her a unique figure in nowadays international cinema. In her masterclass, she will share with us her experience in the editing room in both documentary and fiction and tell us about the journey it takes to arrive to the final cut of a movie.


    THE PERFECT PREMIERE, FESTIVAL STRATEGIES OPEN LECTURE
    Monday March 5 | 10:00 - 11:30 | Cinema Hall, Institute Cervantes


    A session dedicated to producers and directors to orientate them in the International Film Festival Galaxy. Since the first pitch to the release of your film, festivals are offering a vast array of possibilities to independent filmmakers. How to capitalize those opportunities? How to exploit the marketing and communication chances? How to use them to reach the ultimate goal of all filmmakers, to be seen by a regular audience? From markets to rough-cut labs to premieres and beyond, young veteran Vanja Kaludjercic (Holland Film Meetings, Sarajevo IFF, Rotterdam IFF, Les Arcs IFF among many others) will guide the audience in the fast changing world of international film festival. Coming Soon!


    HOW TO BRING YOUR VR PROJECTS TO LIFE? Financing and distribution models for VR/ AR/ XR (or immersive content) OPEN LECTURE
    Monday March 5 | 18:00 - 19:30 | Cinema Hall, Institute Cervantes


    Virtual reality is the current buzzword attracting many creators, including documentary filmmakers. Exciting opportunities to tell the stories in a new way brings also questions how to finance and distribute this kind of content. An insight to the new media landscape, emerging distribution channels and financing options for Immersive Content presented by Liz Rosenthal (Power to the Pixel, Venice VR section at The Venice Film Festival).


    CREATING AUDIO VISUAL MARKETING MATERIALS – OPEN LECTURE
    Tuesday March 6 | 11:30 – 13:00 | Cinema Hall, Institute Cervantes

    Marketing expert Fraser Bensted(EAVE) will speak about the theoretical and creative process of producing audio visual marketing materials and the impact they have on the positioning of a film and it's reception by it's chosen target audience.Covering sales promos, mood reels or taster tapes, and teaser and regular trailers, this will be an in depth examination of the thoughts and considerations being made when the time comes for a film to be pitched or sold to potential financiers, buyers or the general public. With a focus on documentary trailers but also looking at drama we will see how a film can be shaped into various marketing materials in order for it to be presented in a way that creates maximum engagement with an audience.


    CZECH DOCS… COMING SOON– PUBLIC PRESENTATION
    Tuesday March 6 | 14:00 - 15:15 | Cinema Hall, Institute Cervantes

    An event dedicated to Czech documentary projects within East Doc Platform programme. Five upcoming feature documentaries will be presented to an audience of the invited representatives of prestigious film festivals, sales agents, distributors and to the wide public. This event is organized in cooperation with the Audiovisual Producers' Association (APA).


    NEW RESISTANCE; Media, Film and Politics PUBLIC PANEL DISCUSSION
    Tuesday March 6 | 16:00 - 17:30 | Cinema 35, French Institute

    Critical filmmaking is becoming a risky business, not only in the Central/Eastern Europe. Populistic governments discover once again the charm of propaganda, media manipulation, and censorship - the old beasts we all believed to be safely locked in 1989. How does it affect the life and work of documentary makers and is their stubborn refusal to close an eye really more important than ever?


    IF/THEN SHORT DOC PITCH COMPETITION – PUBLIC PRESENTATION
    Wednesday March 7 | 10:00 - 12:00 | Cinema Hall, Institute Cervantes

    A brand new pitching competition of the best short documentary films from the Central and Eastern Europe. Since 2010, five Polish shorts have been nominated for Oscars, one won. A Hungarian short received the Academy Award in 2017. What makes Eastern shorts so successful that Tribeca Film Institute decided EDP to be the only European pitching with price worth $20.000?


    GET YOUR SECOND BREATH - PUBLIC PANEL DISCUSSION
    Wednesday March 7 | 15:00 - 16:30 | Cinema Hall, Institute Cervantes

    Where to seek financing for your film outside the traditional national funding and co-productions? What outcomes has brought the research of new alternative/equity funding opportunities? Is the American financing model a complete science fiction or could it be an inspiration for Europe? Why is it especially documentary to be ideally positioned for attracting alternative finance? A panel discussion of the representatives of key international funds (Tribeca Film Institute, Chicken and Egg Pictures, IDFA Bertha Fund Europe, Whicker´s World Foundation), and Media Deals, the pan-European investor network.


    MASTERCLASS: KIM LONGINOTTO
    Wednesday March 7 | 17:00 - 18:30 | Cinema Hall, Institute Cervantes

    A masterclass of one of the foremost documentary filmmakers working today, Kim Longinotto is renowned internationally for creating extraordinary human portraits and tackling controversial topics with respect and sensitivity. Kim Longinotto has won numerous awards for her work, including a Peabody Award and the Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious Prix Art et Essai for Sisters in Law, a Special Jury Prize at the International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam (IDFA) for Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go, a BAFTA Award for Divorce Iranian Style, World Cinema Grand Jury Prize in Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival for Rough Aunties. For Dreamcatcher she has won the Directing Award – World Cinema Documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.


    COMMUNION(2017) - KINEDOK SCREENING, Q&A AND PARTY
    Wednesday March 7 | 21:00 - 24:00 | MONOFONO, Jungmannova 15, Prague

    Official opening of the next edition of project KineDok – alternative distribution of creative documentaries. The fourth edition starts with a screening of KineDok Polish film Communion (Anna Zamecka), winner of many festival awards and the best European documentary 2017 according to the European Film Awards. A tragic and at the same time humorous and even cautiously optimistic portrait of two children left completely to their own devices. An ode to the incredible strength of a combative fourteen-year-old girl Ola, who is trying to bring together her estranged mother and alcoholic father and make her family whole again during one celebration of her brother’s communion. The screening is followed by Q&A and KineDok party!


    EAST DOC FORUM– PUBLIC PRESENTATION – only for accreditations
    Thursday March 8 | 9:30 - 14:00 | Image Theatre

    For the eighteenth time, the prestigious pitch of the best Central and East European documentary projects will take place. In the seventeen years of its existence, the East Doc Forum has welcomed more than 700 filmmakers and supported 150 documentary projects, including award-winning films from key international festivals, such as Brothers, The Domino Effect, Blind Loves, At the Edge of Russia, Rabbit a la Berlin, Village Without Women, and Bakhmaro.

    VENUES:
    Cervantes Institute,Na Rybníčku 6 (entrance from Štěpánská street), Prague / tel.: +420 221 595 211
    Image Theatre, Národní 25, Prague / tel.: +420 732 156 343
    MONOFONO, Jungmannova 15, Prague


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    VIDEO - Award Ceremony Gala | Berlinale 2018

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    PRIZES OF OFFICIAL JURIES PRIZES OF THE INTERNATIONAL JURY     Members of the Jury: Tom Tykwer (Jury President), Cécile de France, Chema Prado, Adele Romanski, Ryūichi Sakamoto and Stephanie Zacharek     GOLDEN BEAR FOR BEST FILM (awarded to the film’s producer) Touch Me Not by Adina Pintilie   SILVER BEAR GRAND JURY PRIZE Twarz Mug by Małgorzata Szumowska   SILVER BEA...
     

    VIDEO - Independent Juries Award Ceremony | Berlinale 2018

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    PRIZE OF THE INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM JURY BERLIN SHORT FILM NOMINEE FOR THE EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS The three members of the Jury, Diogo Costa Amarante, Jyoti Mistry and Mark Toscano, appoint as Berlin Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards Burkina Brandenburg Komplex by Ulu Braun   PRIZES OF THE INDEPENDENT JURIES   PRIZES OF THE ECUMENICAL JURY Members of the Jury: Dr. theol. Inge Kirsner (Jury President), Joachim Opahle,...
     
     

    32. TEDDY AWARD – The Queer Film Award at the Berlin International Film Festival

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    The seven members of the international jury view films of queer interest within all sections of the Berlinale. Three films are nominated and one wins infor each of the categories: best feature film, best documentary/essay film and the best short film. The jury furthermore presents its Special Jury Award, the L'Oréal TEDDY Newcomer Award and the TEDDY Readers’ Award powered by Mannschaft Magazin. The TEDDY for the Best Feature Film goes to: Ti...
     

    The misery of the Human Condition is the Hallmark of films at Berlin 2018

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    1. EVA: French, Isabelle Huppert stars in zig zag story of upper class middle aged hooker who mesmerizes handsome phony playwright half her age -- with a plot heavy vehicles could be driven through every ten minutes but nice setting along Glittering Swiss mountain lake helps to alleviate the lethargy -- and Huppert, as usual, is something else. Just watching her do her thing is enough to make a total turkey halfway watchable. 2. Minato ...
     

    He Won't Get Far on Foot: Gus Van Sant's earnest biopic is a drain on the nervous system and a feel badder all the way

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    Joaquin Phoenix on wheels with philosophical AA guru in Gus Van Sant's excessively earnest biopic
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    He won't get far on Foot --- and this painful orgy of alcololic confessionalism by a quadriplegic cartoonist in a wheel chair won't get far on celluloid past the extremely masochistic art house crowd who like to be reassured that some lives out there are worse than their own. I was hoping that this highly touted Gus Van Santer starring favorite actor Joaquin Ph...
     

    Less Star Power at Berlin 68

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    Romy Schneider look alike Marie Bäumer at Quiberon  Press Conference  Though this was obviously not going to be the star powered program we have become accustomed to under flamboyant festival top hat Dieter Kosslick at Berlin (no Clooneys, Decaprios, or their likes in sight this year) the competition program alone had a number of high expectation films, among them, Three Days at Quiberon", a study of the last days of Romy Schneider, "7 days at ...
     
     

    Berlin Awards: There's no disputing bad taste, especially in big film festivals.

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    Films in International Competition were adjudicated  by a Jury presided over by ace German director Tom Tykwer. There's no disputing bad taste, especially in big film festivals.   Golden Bear, BEST FILM TOUCH ME NOT ..AAAaaaarrrrgh !! The ugliest most sickening most repulsive and perverted  film of all time -- shot in amateuristic manner like a home movie on masturbation. A basket case of a movie that goes from bad to worse as screen time progresses. Not eve...
     
     

    Berlinale 2018 Awards

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    Adina Pintilie's experimental debut 'Touch Me Not' takes home the Golden Bear!  
     
    PRIZES OF OFFICIAL JURIES PRIZES OF THE INTERNATIONAL JURY   Members of the Jury: Tom Tykwer (Jury President), Cécile de France, Chema Prado, Adele Romanski, Ryūichi Sakamoto and Stephanie Zacharek     GOLDEN BEAR FOR BEST FILM (awarded to the film’s producer) Touch Me Not by Adina Pintilie   SILVER BEAR GR...
     
     

    North American sale of the sci-fi action film, OCCUPATION to Saban Films

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    Film Mode Entertainment’s OCCUPATION  Slays Berlin with Sales, including North America to Saban Films     Sci-Fi Action Epic Adventure Starring DAN EWING and TEMUERA MORRISON  Makes International Screening Debut at EFM and Garners Impressive Sales       BERLIN (February 16, 2018) – Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment announces the North American sale of the sci-fi action film, OCCUPATION to Saban Films.   &l...
     

     

     

    Netherlands short film takes top prize in Berlin Film Festival Generation 14 plus awards

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    The awards given out last Friday night at the Berlin International Film Festival saw the Dutch team behind Kosovo-set short film, Kiem Holijanda triumph in the Berlinale’s Generation section, the most important dedicated children’s and youth programme among the A-list festivals of the world, taking home the Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film in the section Generation 14plus. The jury motivation for the award states: The Crystal B...
     

     

    Results of the diversity panel in Berlin: WE WANT MORE

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    WE WANT MORE – DIVERSITY & VISIBILITY The 6th discussion on the status of women in the film business and gender equity on the occasion of the 68th Berlin International Film Festival focused strongly on the topics of diversity and visibility. Organised by the Dortmund | Cologne International Women’s Film Festival the round table with international experts from various backgrounds agreed on the urgent need to implement diversity standards in German film funding according to ...
     

     

    Berlinale 2018: Crystal Bears and Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk (The Children’s Charity of Germany) Awards in Generation Kplus

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          The members of the Children’s Jury in Generation Kplus – Laslo Baudouin, Luise Babette Dahns, Christian Fock, Nele Heinig, Julina Matilde Jung, Namiko Kammin, Jonas Kurth, Theresa Sagebiel, Jonas Schuster, Jonas Volkers, Ella Widmoser – give the following awards:     Crystal Bear for the Best Film:    Les rois mongols (Cross My Heart) By Luc Picard, Canada We are particularly fond of this film because we were able to ...
     

     

    Berlinale: Awards of the Independent Juries

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      PRIZE OF THE INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM JURY BERLIN SHORT FILM NOMINEE FOR THE EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS The three members of the Jury, Diogo Costa Amarante, Jyoti Mistry and Mark Toscano, appoint as Berlin Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards Burkina Brandenburg Komplex by Ulu Braun   PRIZES OF THE INDEPENDENT JURIES   PRIZES OF THE ECUMENICAL JURY Members of the Jury: Dr. theol. Inge Kirsner (Jury President), Joachim Opahle, J...
     

     

    Berlinale 2018: The Panorama Audience Awards go to Profile and The Silence of Others

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    Oben v.l.n.r./top FLTR: Paz Lázaro (Leiterin Panorama) mit ShazadLatif,Timur Bekmambetov, Valene Kane und Olga Kharina.Profile. Regie/director:Timur Bekmambetov Foto:©Brigitte Dummer / Berlinale 2018 Unten v.l.n.r./bottom FLTR: Robert Bahar und Almudena Carracedo mitModeratorin Ana David.The Silence of Others.Regie/directors: Almudena Carracedo,Robert Bahar Foto:©Trevor Good / Berlinale 2018 The public has cast its votes: the 20th Panorama Audience Awards go to Profile by ...
     

     

    The Compass-Perspektive-Award for the Best Film Goes to Veronika Kasererberall: Überall wo wir sind (Everywhere We Are)

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    The Compass-Perspektive-Award for the Best Film in the Programme Goes to Veronika Kaserer for Her Documentary Überall wo wir sind (Everywhere We Are)   On the closing night of Perspektive Deutsches Kino, the jury – consisting of filmmakers Jules Herrmann, Sung-Hyung Cho, and Sol Bondy - presented the Compass-Perspektive-Award 2018 for the best film. The prize goes to Überall wo wir sind (Everywhere We Are) by Veronika Kaserer. Endowed with 5,000 euro, this year is the se...
     

     

    Berlinale Talents and Perspektive Deutsches Kino Kompagnon-Fellowships go to Jide Tom Akinleminu and Julian Radlmaier

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    This evening at the closing event of Perspektive Deutsches Kino, the Kompagnon-Fellowships were awarded for the second time. Endowed with 5,000 euros each, they were given to new projects by a screenwriter and/or director from Berlinale Talents 2018, and a director from the 2017 edition of Perspektive Deutsches Kino.   With the Kom...
     

     

    Crystal Bears and the Awards by the Federal Agency for Civic Education in Generation 14p

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    Berlinale 2018: Crystal Bears and the Awards by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education) in Generation 14plus The members of the Youth Jury Generation 14plus - Jascha Katjana Richer, Lilly Rinklebe, Zoe Rentmeister, Rosa Nietzsche, Robert Schlücker, Joseph Askar Schönfelder, Jonathan Auer - give the following awards:   Crystal Bear for the Best Film:    Fortuna By Germinal Roaux, Switzerland / Belgium Our winn...
     

    Heartfelt and daring – Berlinale Talents 2018 Turns Out a Successful Edition

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      Yesterday evening the 16th edition of Berlinale Talents came to a successful close. Gus Van Sant, Josephine Decker, Christian Petzold, Nancy Schreiber, Agnès Godard, Tom Tykwer, Mónica Lairana and Lav Diaz, amongst 120 other mentors and experts, met in cinematic dialogue with 250 Talents and several thousand Berliners, with a notable sense of honesty and openness. The talks and the Talent-dedicated formats were not only about secrets to success and career leaps, but also ...
     

     

    Special Mention for ‘SUPA MODO’ at the Generation Kplus Award Ceremony of the 68. Berlinale

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    SUPA MODO has been honored with a Special Mention for an outstanding achievement by the Children’s Jury Generation Kplus at the Generation Kplus Award Ceremony of the 68. Berlin International Film Festival. The film is an inspiring story about a young girl dreaming of becoming a Superhero. The debut feature film by Kenyan director Likarion Wainaina celebrated its world premiere at the section Generation Kplus. CHECK THE VIDEO Extract from the jury statement: “This film te...

     


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    There’s glitz, there’s glamour, and there’s a whole slate of the top flicks descending on Las Vegas in summer 2018 for the 11th Annual Las Vegas Film Festival. With applicants encouraged to submit entries for the June 6th – 10th 2018 run of films across the Strip by the end of March 2018, the hype for the festival is fast approaching. Hosting a film festival in Las Vegas makes complete sense, given the strong ties to the city with successful shows has. But what can film fans and pundits expect from Las Vegas’s finest offerings?

    What is the Las Vegas Film Festival?

    The festival was created in order to give a voice to passionate independent filmmakers – a chance to win away from the prestigious Festival de Cannes and Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah for those not already in the Hollywood machine to attempt to tell their stories. Film festivals have been a key factor for gaining distribution for a film from the start of filmmaking, and with the advent of Netflix and other online distributors, the power has fallen back to those telling the stories. This makes the LVFF a key domain for cultivating that talent. Founded in 2007 and housed in various locations on the Las Vegas Strip over the years, the festival was held exclusively in the Brenden Theatres and the Palms Casino Resort in 2017. Offering Oscar-winning screenings, celebrity tributes and Q&As, panel discussions, and the red carpet treatment, the LVFF is as much a high-profile event in filmmakers' calendar as the Academy Awards.

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    Las Vegas and Film

    As a Ranker list shows, Vegas has a prolific history in cinema. Being one of the most recognizable and iconic cities in the USA and having features that translate well onto the big screen, the city of lights has had a strong pull on actors and actresses as well as directors and production companies. From Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) to The Hangover (2009), Last Vegas (2013), Casino (1995), and What Happens in Vegas…(2008), almost every genre has been shot in the adaptable landscape. But it was Elvis Presley’s dedication to Las Vegas in 1964’s racing flick Viva Las Vegas and the success of the accompanying song that first placed Las Vegas on the cinematic map. It also allowed him to maintain his connection to the city with a residency at the Westgate Resort and Casino. According to research from Betway Online, Elvis managed to earn $229,761,360 in his seven-year tenure in Sin City. Celebrities have followed suit, with sometime-actors Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez following in his footsteps with residencies in Vegas.

    Nevada has been named as the fifth highest state for concentration of employment in the field of film editing, which shows the extent to which Nevada and Las Vegas are locations chosen to film in. The rise in filming in the state could have informed the choice to set up the film festival, which has helped to solidify Nevada itself as one renowned for its link to the cinema. The LVFF is one of 21 film festivals that take place in Nevada, with others including the Las Vegas Black Film Festival, and the Reno Film Festival in nearby Reno, Nevada. The entire year can be mapped out for budding filmmakers with festivals that serve both general areas of film, and those which are more targeted and specific. The range of festivals further reinforces how connected to the silver screen Las Vegas is.

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    In It to Win It

    So with such a connection to film, it’s no surprise that the city continues to be a mecca for cinephiles from around the world. For filmmakers, even having had their film shown at a film festival, let alone winning an award at one, is an impressive feat and can help catapult a budding amateurs career onto the silver screen. With categories in feature film, short film, documentary, student film, and animation, almost all disciplines in the film world are accounted for, with an experimental "wild card" category, art installations and films that are outside the traditional rules of filmmaking are also accepted. Plus, a local Nevada award for films that are either about Nevada, shot in Nevada, or feature prominent Nevada cast and crew helps keep the festival local and in favour with those who maintain the city throughout the year.

    The Las Vegas Film Festival runs as professionally as other festivals, with fully juried and balloted awards run by a panel of those in the film world. The location is perhaps more conducive for entertainment than others festivals from around the world, and the Strip and surrounding desert will no doubt help those watching the films on show conjure ideas that will keep Las Vegas’s film legacy going strong. So, with Las Vegas’s firm connection to the world of film combined with the opportunities for filmmakers to get involved, the Las Vegas Film Festival 2018 looks to be a formative week of cinema.

     

     


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    The 68th Berlin International Film Festival culminated festively with the Award Ceremony on February 24, 2018. For the Berlinale Publikumstag, a day of screenings for the public, a large number of films from the different sections were shown again at Berlinale venues on February 25, 2018.

     

    The interest of both trade professionals and the public in the programme of the 68th Berlinale was very impressive: over 21,000 accredited visitors from more than 130 countries attended the Festival, and approximately 330,000 Berlinale tickets were sold.

     

    Over the eleven days of the Berlinale, the various sections of the Festival made it possible for viewers to make many cinematic discoveries. One of the highlights of the Festival was the award ceremony for the Honorary Golden Bear for actor Willem Dafoe in the Berlinale Palast. Enthusiastically received as well were the Berlinale Series, presented this year for the first time with the EFM’s“Drama Series Days” in the Zoo Palast.

     

    The European Film Market set a new record with over 10,000 visitors from 112 countries. On the nine days it was open, the market reconfirmed its position as one of the world’s most important marketing hubs for audiovisual content. The number of buyers (1,838), exhibitors (546), films (800), and screenings (1,112) also increased. Moreover, by strategically expanding the range of its services, the market further enhanced its position as a platform for innovation and change. Its many different initiatives were in great demand - at the same time they were perceived as what gives the EFM its unique profile.

     

    With 1,300 individually scheduled meetings, the Berlinale Co-Production Market once again supported promising film projects in the making. It was also delighted that three films pitched at the Co-Production Market in previous years premiered in the Competition this year.

     

    World Cinema Fund Day 2018 was not only about the future, but also the concept of innovation. Of major importance was the significance and impact of cooperations between German and European producers on the one hand, and producers and directors in the funding regions on the other, as well as the future role of the WCF within the landscape of German and European funding. Five WCF-funded films were screened in this year’s Festival programme.

     

    Openness, collaboration, and dialogue on equal terms: at Berlinale Talents great film personalities from the Berlinale programme and the juries – such as Gus Van Sant, Josephine Decker, Christian Petzold, Nancy Schreiber, Agnès Godard, Tom Tykwer, Mónica Lairana, and Lav Diaz - met to exchange ideas about film with 250 talents and thousands of Berliners. Especially these talents, who came from 80 countries, were thrilled to be able to find new impulses across borders for their work and so become part of the vast Berlinale Talents network.

     

    The 69th Berlin International Film Festival will be held from February 7 to 17, 2019.


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    OPORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FANTASPORTO 2018 Oporto Film Festival promotes films that seek new forms and methods of film making. 
    38th edition of the Festival running from February 20 to March 4, 2018. ONLINE CATALOG
     
    Fantasporto and Porto Pictures Gallery and  the recent ones here  Video Gallery Fantasporto 2018  Fantasporto 2017 : Watch ambiance and trailers.
     
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    Bioethics at a conference in which the names of the most famous names of Portugal on the theme and who completely filled the 3rd floor of the Rivoli were one of the important moments of Fantas's day yesterday.   But today we will naturally have another big day of Fantas à Fantas, where we will be able to see everything from dramatic comedy to terror, through suspense and fantasy to today's schedule of the 38th Fantasporto - Porto International Film Festival. Two fi...
     
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    Grand Auditorium   3:00 PM - The Charmer Milad Alami - 102 '- Denmark - Drama - SR - v.o.leg english / leg port ANTESTREIA The drama of immigrant integration in Europe has several faces. It is not enough to succeed to be integrated. The mild and even fun cruelty of integration. Danish Film, Best Achievement Award at the Chicago Film Festival, and Best Film Award at the Tbilisi, San Sebastian and Warsaw Festivals.   17:00 - Replace   ...
     
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    FEBRUARY 26 Grand Auditorium   14:00 - OFFICIAL COMPETITIVE SECTION OF FANTASTIC SHORTS-METHODS - 167 ' Reruns Face, 14'23 '', Hol / Fra / Bel Charon Luís Tinoco, 15'51 '', Esp Creature from the Lake Renata Antunez, Alexis Bédué, Léa Bresciani, Amandine Canville, Maria Castro Rodriguez, Logan Cluber, Nicolas Grangeaud, Capucine Rahmoun-Swierczynski, Victor Rouxel, Orianne Siccardi, Mallaury Simoes...
     
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    The Brazilian actor Tony Ramos and the director Mauro Mendonça Filho, already winner of an Emmy (the Oscar of the television), will be in Porto Friday and Saturday of the next week (days 2 and 3 of March) to present in Fantasporto "Vade Retro "his latest television series, a production of Rede Globo. Both Tony Ramos and Mauro Mendonça Filho will receive on the stage of the Rivoli the Fantasporto Career Award, along with the critic an...
     

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    The Seventh Annual 2018 ReelAbilities Boston Film Festival (March 21-29, 2018) has announced its official selections. Fourteen films have been chosen, including the romantic comedy, Sanctuary, which won the Irish Critics Film of the Year Award, and Off the Rails, which tells the story of Darius McCollum, a man with Asperger’s syndrome and a passion for trains, who becomes known as “the transit bandit.”

     

    This year’s the Festival also includes two special events:  Opening Night Kickoff with Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 at Northeastern University, and a panel discussion with filmmaker Dan Habib at Lesley University. 

     

    ReelAbilities strives for the inclusion of all people and is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities from a variety of communities. 

     

    “Film has the power to change a person’s perspective”, said Mara Bresnahan, Festival Director. “Each year, our goal is to include films in the ReelAbilities Film Festival that challenge our audience to think differently about the issues of awareness, inclusion, beliefs, and biases about people with disabilities. More than ever before, this year’s Festival achieves that goal, presenting incredible films that help celebrate the diversity of the shared human experience.”

     

    The films selected for the 2018 Festival include:

     

    ·         Sanctuary – The opening night film is directed by Len Collin. A subversive piece of cinema about two young people, one with Down syndrome and one with severe epilepsy, simply trying to be together in a world doing everything to keep them apart.   Discussion to follow with Len Collin and actor Kieran Coppinger.

     

    ·         UnrestShortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary 2017, this film tells the story of Jennifer Brea, an adventurous Harvard Ph.D. student who starts filming her journey in the wake of her diagnosis with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The film examines the stigma associated with an illness that affects millions and still has no cure. A Skype Q&A will follow with directory and film subject Jennifer Brea. 

     

    ·         It’s Not Yet Dark– Directed by Frankie Fenton, this documentary tells the story of Simon Fitzmaurice, a 34-year old Irish filmmaker, who is diagnosed with ALS shortly after the premiere of his first short film at Sundance. Narrated by Colin Farrell, the film shares the journey of Fitzmaurice as he directs his first feature film using only his eyes.  A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the ALS TDI Institute.

     

    ·         Keep the Change– A romantic comedy about David, who is obsessed with being perceived as “normal”, and Sarah, a woman he meets at an autism support group who exudes positivity and confidence. Keep the Change’s cast includes actors on the autism spectrum and stars Tibor Feldman (The Sopranos) and Jessica Walter (Arrested Development). Director Rachel Israel was recognized as Best New Narrative Director at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, where Keep the Change won the award for Best Narrative Feature.  Discussion to follow with actress Samantha Elisofon; Caitlin McInerney, program director of Adaptations; and Alex LoPinto, Adaptations and Ha Dereckh Coordinator, JCC Manhattan Center for Special Needs.

     

    ·         STUMPED– Directed by Robin Berghaus, this documentary chronicles the life of Boston University Professor Will Lautzenheiser, after a life-threatening bacterial infection results in the amputation of his arms and legs.  After a stint in stand-up comedy, Will becomes the third patient to undergo a double-arm transplant.  A discussion will follow with Lautzenheiser; Marie Jose Benjamin, BORT/L, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and Marissa Osborne, MS, OTR/L, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network.

     

    ·         Thank You for Your Service– Directed by Tom Donahue, this documentary focuses on four Iraq War veterans struggling with PTSD. The film takes aim at the failed mental health policies of the U.S. military and the barriers to receiving proper and effective care and treatment.  Discussion to follow with director Tom Donahue and film subject William Rodriguez.

     

    ·         SwimTeam– This documentary follows the Jersey Hammerheads, a truly unique competitive swim team comprised of diverse teens on the autism spectrum. The film follows the extraordinary journey of the team and their families as they practice and compete at the regional and state levels.  A discussion will follow with film subjects Mike, Maria, and Michael McQuay.

     

    ·         New this year, the Festival will feature the “ReelLove Short Film Program” at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.  The program will feature six short films, including On Beat, directed by Cheng Zhang and Reid Davenport; Perfectly Normal, directed by Joris Debeij; Marina’s Ocean, directed by Cassio Pereira dos Santos; Brooklyn Love Tales, directed by Anthony Di Salvo; How We Met Laurel, directed by Arpita Aneja; and Beyond Silence: A Be Vocal Documentary, directed by Shaul Schwarz. A discussion will follow with film subject Lloyd Hale.

     

    ·         Off the Rails– Directed by Adam Irving, the Closing Night documentary tells the story of Darius McCollum, a man with Asperger’s syndrome, whose love of transit has landed him in jail 32 times for impersonating New York City transit officials. Darius’ story embodies the criminal justice system’s failure to channel the passions of a mentally challenged man into a purposeful life.  A discussion will follow with Sally Butler, lawyer for Darius McCollum; and Liz Loebman, Forensic Social Worker. 

     

    The Festival will kick off with a spotlight event on Wednesday, March 21 with Lights! Camera! Access! 2.0 (LCA 2.0). LCA 2.0 media and disability professionals will present career-building activities, answer questions, and provide advice on launching a career in film and media.  LCA 2.0 is dedicated to promoting disability-inclusive and authentic portrayals in TV, film, news, theatre and advertising by increasing employment of aspiring media professionals with disabilities in front of and behind the camera.

     

    On Friday, March 23, the Festival will host a panel discussion at Lesley University, led by filmmaker Dan Habib. The filmmaker wi ll share clips and discuss his upcoming film, Intelligent Lives.  The film, with executive producers Chris Cooper and Marianne Leone, focuses on young adults with disabilities as they navigate high school, college and the workforce. Habib will moderate a discussion about education for students with disabilities with Elizabeth String Keefe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Special Education Division; film subjects Micah Fialka-Feldman of Syracuse University, Naieer Shaheed from Henderson High School in Dorchester, MA, and Henderson High School Principal Patricia Lampron.

     

    The 2018 ReelAbilities Film Festival Boston is proudly presented by The Boston Jewish Film Festival and sponsored by the Ruderman Family Foundation.

     

    “All too often, people with disabilities are excluded from the film industry and many times, these characters are represented inauthentically by actors who do not have disabilities,” said Sharon Shapiro, Trustee of the Ruderman Family Foundation. “We are proud to partner with ReelAbilities to bring films featuring people with disabilities to the mainstream public.  Viewers will watch these stories and gain a new understanding of the value of inclusion.”

     

    Additional sponsors include the J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation, Emerson College, General Electric, Nancy Lune Marks Family Foundation, PLAN of Massachusetts & Rhode Island, Rita J. & Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation, Peapod by Stop & Shop, Special Needs Financial Planning, Mass Cultural Council, Legacy Financial, and Rockland Trust Bank.

     

    The ReelAbilities Film Festival Boston will take place at eleven theaters in and around Boston, including Brattle Theatre, Cambridge Public Library, Coolidge Corner Theatre, The Cotting School, Emerson College Bright Family Screening Room, Lesley University, JCC Greater Boston Riemer-Goldstein Theater, Northeastern University, Museum of Science Boston, Showcase Cinema de Lux Revere, and the Somerville Theatre.  

     

    Most of the screenings are free. Registration for all screenings and events is strongly advised. Ticket are required for: It’s Not Yet Dark, ReelLove Short Film Program, and Off the Rails. All venues are wheelchair accessible and films will have open captions and several will be screened with Audio Description. Registration, tickets, and a complete schedule can be found online at reelboston.org


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    Marking its 21st year, the popular Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) promises to be one of the finest yet, with an impressive screening lineup that includes the most buzzed about Hollywood films of the year, as well as standout international films from Europe, South America and Asia. In total, 110 films from around the world, from over 18 countries and 200 filmmakers, will be showcased from March 21st to March 25th as all eyes turn to Sonoma for a Festival that consistently attracts the most prominent names in the film industry and has become a marquee destination for film lovers, as well as lovers of world class food and wine!

     

    Festival Director Kevin McNeely commented, "Over the last twenty-one years, we have worked hard to build a world class festival that showcases amazing international talent alongside the best the Sonoma region has to offer. This year we have an exceptional program with a lineup of amazingly talented jury members, stunning filmmakers from around the world, and the very best food & wine that Sonoma has to offer. We are very happy to have received an outpouring of support from filmmakers, distributors and actors as the region recovers from the devastating fires this last year. All of us who work year-round to put on the best festival possible thank everyone for their support in a time of community recovery, and we have dedicated our 21st festival to the emergency first responders.”

     

    This year, SIFF will screen many highly acclaimed and highly anticipated films from prominent directors around the world. Headlining the festival are the Opening Night films BORG VS MCENROE, the story of the legendary 1980 Wimbledon match between Björn Borg and John McEnroe from director Janus Metz; the acclaimed French language film, BACK TO BURGUNDY, about three siblings reuniting to save their family winery from director Cédric Klapisch; and the Closing Night film CHEF, the Indian remake of the 2014 American hit film from Director Raja Krishna Menon.

     

    The festival boasts seven state-of-the-art screening venues, each showcasing five films a day. Some of the World Cinema films highlighted this year include BEYOND THE RIVER (South Africa), THE QUEST OF ALAIN DuCASSE (France), OFF THE MENU (Argentina), SOLYUT-7 (Russia), APRIL’S DAUGHTER (Mexico), JAMAMI TOFU (Japan), THE INVISIBLES (Germany), THE SQUARE (Sweden) and CHEF & MONSOON (India). Highlighted films from the U.S. include CANCER CAN BE KILLED, THE CALIFORNIA NO, LIFE HACK, JOE FRANK: SOMEWHERE OUT THERE, FRANK & EVA, FUNNY STORY, RUMBLE: THE INDIANS THAT ROCKED THE WORLD, SLIM AARONS: THE HIGH LIFE, MARY JANES: THE WOMEN OF WEED, and YOU CAN’T SAY NO.  There will also be short film selections that include many Oscar® nominated films.

     

    The full Sonoma International Film Festival program can be viewed at: http://www.sonomafilmfest.org/film-festival-guide.html

     

    The list of accomplished jury members for this year’s festival includes director and actor Karen Allen (ANIMAL HOUSE, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, MALCOLM X, THE PERFECT STORM, INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL); actor and director Ed Begley, Jr. (ST ELSEWHERE, FUTURE MAN, GHOSTBUSTERS, BETTER CALL SAUL, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT); Tom Davia, CEO and Founder of Cinemavin; Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter’s awards columnist; Grant Gullickson, SVP and head of legal affairs at Amblin Partners; JD Heyman, Deputy Entertainment Editor of People Magazine; John Kochman, Executive Vice President of Cohen Media Group; and Maren Olson, Agent in the Film Finance and Sales Group at Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

     

    Additionally, SIFF will host a special panel, “Reversing Gender Inequality by 2020,” with director and actor Karen Allen; actor Abigail Breslin, Pamela Guest, Artios Award-nominated Casting Director JD Heyman, Deputy Entertainment Editor of People Magazine; Ingrid Rudefors, former head of the Stockholm Film Commission; and Anna Serner, CEO of the Swedish Film Institute. The discussion is inspired by the 50/50x2020 movement to create gender-balanced leadership in all organizations by 2020.

     

    The festival would not be complete without a number of spectacular culinary events celebrating the very best of Sonoma film, food, & wine. The Opening Night’s Gala on the Backlot, Wednesday March 21st, will feature cuisine catered by Sonoma’s top restaurants including OSO, Burgers & Vine, Girl & the Fig, Della Santina, Maya, EDK, Umbria, and The Swiss Hotel; with apertifs courtesy of Gloria Ferrer, Breathless, Arrowood, Petroni, Imagery, Adastra, Cochon Wines and Sonoma Loeb; and a tribute to the first responders. During the Gala, San Francisco & Silicon Valley Magazines will host the Inaugural SIFF Wine Country Awards featuring the best wines from the San Francisco Bay Area region with tastings available from all of the competing wines.

     

    For the first time this year, the festival has partnered with Chef Michael Howell, co-founder of Devour! Film & Food Festival, to host a special “Chefs & Shorts Culinary Extravaganza” on Thursday night.  Five celebrity chefs, including Dominque Crenn (awarded America’s top female chef) of San Francisco, Evan Funke (Felix Trattoria) of L.A., Sonoma’s own, John McReynolds (Stone Edge Farms), and John Toulze (Girl & the Fig), will be serving five courses of spectacular dishes as the audience enjoys watching the short films that inspired each dish!

     

    On Friday and Saturday nights, the Backlot will be decorated with Art from local Bay Area artists while guests simultaneously indulge in tasting stations featuring food and wine chef pairings from Chef Brian Jones of St. Francis Winery, Chef Alejandro Garcia of Rodney Strong Vineyards, and Chef Mac of Petroni Vineyards.

     

    Ravenswood Winery, will sponsor the VIP Garden Lounge in the Backlot and the Wine Trolley that will be stopping at all the SIFF venues and an additional stop at the Ravenswood Winery.

     

    Pass Information


    The 21st Annual Sonoma International Film Festival runs from Wednesday, March 21 through Sunday, March 25. The best way to experience the Festival and have access to all films is by getting a SIFF pass. SIFF can be enjoyed at different levels. All Cinema pass holders will have day access to the Backlot Tent in SIFF Village.  Soiree pass holders will have day VIP area and evening party access.  For information about tickets, festival passes, prices, and benefits visit www.sonomafilmfest.org.

     

    About the Sonoma International Film Festival


    The Sonoma International Film Festival, an entirely walkable festival, is a 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to promoting independent film, supporting filmmakers around the world, and inspiring film lovers. Most films screened at the Festival have attending filmmakers and actors, making for informative Q&A’s. This unique five-day event features screening venues in and around Sonoma Plaza and offers world-class cuisine from local artisans and exceptional wine from Sonoma vintners. Renowned filmmakers, industry leaders and celebrities such as Bruce Willis, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams, John Lasseter, Danny Glover, Demián Bichir, Mary-Louise Parker, Michael Keaton and Meg Ryan have walked the festival red carpet and enjoyed its intimate ambiance.

     

    For more information, please visit www.sonomafilmfest.org

     


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    The 36th edition of Bergamo Film Meeting will take place from March 10 to 18 2018, and will be officially opened on Friday March 9, 9:00 PM at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, with a screening of The Last Laugh (1924) by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau that will be live scored by organist Gerardo Chimini. The Festival program includes 7 feature films, all unreleased in Italy, in the COMPETITION – EXHIBITION; 15 documentaries in the CLOSE UP competitive section; the retrospective dedicated to norwegian actress and director LIV ULLMANN, complemented by the photo exhibition LIV&INGMAR set up at Sala alla Porta Sant'Agostino; and also: the section dedicated to contemporary art, dedicated to JONAS MEKAS, with the exhibition Jonas Mekas - Personale (March 10 – April 15, Palazzo della Ragione, Bergamo) and the presentation, with his son Sebastian Mekas, of a selection of his works; the focus on Nová Vlna; the section EUROPE, NOW!, featuring the complete works of three contemporary European filmmakers: Barbara Albert (Austria), Stéphane Brizé (France) and Adrian Sitaru (Romania); a selection of graduation films by European film school students members of CILECT; a focus on animation cinema featuring slovenian animator Špela Čadež; the launching event of BERGAMO JAZZ; the cult movies of GAMeCINEMA, along with previews, the Fantamaratona, the KINO CLUB – for the younger audience - and the DAILY STRIP, featuring four top Italian illustrator: Fabio Tonetto, Vittoria Moretta, Vincenzo Filosa and Mabel Morri; and also... meetings with authors, exhibitions, masterclass, workshops, happy hour events and plenty of surprises. 


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    The 13th edition of Meetings on the Bridge, organised within the scope of the 37thIstanbul Film Festival on 11-14 April2018, brings filmmakers from Turkey and the neighbouring countries together with professionals from the international industry.

     

    While providing an opportunity for filmmakers to hold the first international presentations for their new film projects at Film Development Workshop and Neighbours Platform and films in post-production at Work in Progress, it also aims to pave the way for co-productions. Film Development Workshop and Work in Progress will be taking place on 12-13 April.

    This year 11 fiction and one documentary feature film projects have been selected from among 98 submissions to Meetings on the Bridge Film Development Workshop.

     

    Among the participants of this year’s selection are; Fikret Reyhan, the winner of Golden Tulip Best Film Award at 36th Istanbul Film Festival with his debut film Yellow Heat; Burak Çevik, whose debut film The Pillar of Salt will be premiering at Berlinale Forum this year; Gürcan Keltek, the director Meteors the  documentary which premiered in Locarno Film Festival;  Senem Tüzen whose first film  Motherland premiered in 72nd Venice Film Festival and Ercan Kesal, an established writer, scriptwriter, and actor. The selected filmmakers will be making the first presentations of their new film projects at Film Development Workshop on 12 and 13 April.

     

    Projects selected for Film Development Workshop:

    • A Day or Part of a Day (dir. Burak Çevik, prod. Selman Nacar- Fol Film)
    • A Journey (dir. Fikret Reyhan, prod. Nizamettin Reyhan)
    • Direct Sale (dir. Abdurrahman Öner, prod. Arzu Şenses Öner- Buhar Film Production)
    • Far From Himself (dir. Yunus Ozan Korkut, prod. Okan Üzey, Suzan Güverte- Kalavara Film)
    • Glasgow (dir. Sinan Kesova, prod. Yoel Meranda- Kamara Film)
    • Hopefully Candidate (dir. Ercan Kesal, prod. Kerem Çatay- Ay Yapım, Ercan Kesal- Poyraz Film)
    • My Brother's Army (dir. Senem Tüzen, prod. Adam Isenberg- Zela Film)
    • My Heart Desires To Get Lost (dir. Berrak Çolak, prod. Engin Palabıyık- Harikulade Film)
    • New Dawn Fades (dir. Gürcan Keltek, prod. Arda Çiltepe, Marc Van Goethem- 29P FILMS)
    • Normal (dir. Ali Kemal Çınar, prod. Sinan Yusufoğlu)
    • Penny Bank (dir. Ferit Karol, prod. Nefes Polat)
    • The List of Those Who Love Me (dir. Emre Erdoğdu, prod. Emine İzmir, Zeynep Koray; co-prod. Hazar Ergüçlü- Rementad

     

    Awards to be presented to selected projects at the end of the workshops:

    • 30.000 TL Meetings on the Bridge Award
    • 8000 EURO CNC Award
    • Melodika Sound Award
    • Mediterranean Film Institute (MFI) Script Workshop Award
    • GeniusPark VFX Award
    • Transilvania Pitch Stop Award

     

    Film Development Workshop trainings will be held in March

     

    Scriptwriters, directors and producers of the selected projects will participate in the training program designed as series master classes, case studies and group work sessions on script development, pitching, production, distribution, and marketing held by acclaimed filmmakers and experts.

     

    A new award on Neighbours platform

     

    Neighbours platform is launched in 2015 in order to initiate new collaborations and enhance communication between filmmakers from Turkey and the neighbouring countries. The Neighbours platform builds a ground for institutions and individuals to co-operate while facilitating the development of common stories.

     

    This year, for the first time, PostBıyık - Sound Post Production Award will be presented to one of the projects at the Neighbours Platform.

     


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    The 36th edition of Bergamo Film Meeting will take place from March 10 to 18 2018, and will be officially opened on Friday March 9, 9:00 PM at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, with a screening of The Last Laugh (1924) by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau that will be live scored by organist Gerardo Chimini. The Festival program includes 7 feature films, all unreleased in Italy, in the COMPETITION – EXHIBITION; 15 documentaries in the CLOSE UP competitive section; the retrospective dedicated to norwegian actress and director LIV ULLMANN, complemented by the photo exhibition LIV&INGMAR set up at Sala alla Porta Sant'Agostino; and also: the section dedicated to contemporary art, dedicated to JONAS MEKAS, with the exhibition Jonas Mekas - Personale (March 10 – April 15, Palazzo della Ragione, Bergamo) and the presentation, with his son Sebastian Mekas, of a selection of his works; the focus on Nová Vlna; the section EUROPE, NOW!, featuring the complete works of three contemporary European filmmakers: Barbara Albert (Austria), Stéphane Brizé (France) and Adrian Sitaru (Romania); a selection of graduation films by European film school students members of CILECT; a focus on animation cinema featuring slovenian animator Špela Čadež; the launching event of BERGAMO JAZZ; the cult movies of GAMeCINEMA, along with previews, the Fantamaratona, the KINO CLUB – for the younger audience - and the DAILY STRIP, featuring four top Italian illustrator: Fabio Tonetto, Vittoria Moretta, Vincenzo Filosa and Mabel Morri; and also... meetings with authors, exhibitions, masterclass, workshops, happy hour events and plenty of surprises. 

     

     


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    With today's jury meetings and rumors about the strongest contenders, Fantas has a very strong program today, especially the TV Globo Special, with four productions of the Brazilian company, the European premiere of "Violent Revenge", of the American Brett Donowho, with Bruce Willys in the leading role, preceded by the European anthology of "The Hollow Child", a horror film already winning several international awards.
     
    SPECIAL BRAZIL
     
    In the TV Globo Special, the presence of the Brazilian actor Tony Ramos, of the director Mauro Mendonça Filho, already winner of two Emmys (the Oscar of the television), in the Port, stands out in Porto to present in Fantasporto "Vade Retro" its most recent series of TV. With them, is also at Porto Ricardo Pereira, director-general of TV-Globo in Portugal. In this session Mauro Mendonça Filho will be honored by Fantasporto, before the presentation of "Vade Retro" with the attribution of the Fantasporto Career Award. The series is about Celeste (Monica Iozzi), a naive and naive lawyer who is hired by the powerful and seductive Abel Zebu (Tony Ramos), an executive who gives motivational talks to business managers and is in the process of divorce. Celeste does not realize that the purpose of the approach is to use it as a plaything in the ambit of the businessman's suspicious business and ends up giving in to the charm of Abel Zebu, despite being warned by his mother that everything indicates that the businessman can be in the Truth the Devil himself ...
    Tony Ramos will receive Saturday, but at the closing ceremony, the Fantasporto Career Award, along with critic and director Lauro António and British director Harley Cokeliss.
    As for "Half File," another of the films to be shown in the presence of its director Santiago Dellape tells the story of a head of a public bureau with a bitter end of the year. Ignored by employees in the New Year lottery kitty, he sees his colleagues and subordinates sharing a prize of 90 million and has to submit to see the empty seats in the office with the few who were also left out of the draw.
     
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    This special TV Globo also includes the productions of Globo "Carcereiros", by José Eduardo Belmonte, with Rodrigo Lombardi in the leading role, a prison guard in the face of his problems and the prisoners he watches.
    Also part of this TV Globo Special is the presentation of the feature film "A Comedia Divina" by Toni Venturi, who participates in the official Fantasporto Cinema section.
    The plot of "The Divine Comedy" is inspired by the provocative tale "The Church of the Devil" by Machado de Assis, the most important Brazilian realist writer of the 20th century. XIX, in which the Devil himself comes to earth to open his own church and the world becomes a pandemonium of delights and confusions ...
    Director Toni Venturi will also be in Porto to present his film accompanied by the actress Débora Doboc, his wife, who is also one of the protagonists of "The Divine Comedy".
     
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    Also noteworthy for the film that opens today's schedule of the Grand Auditorium, "Fractured" by Briton Jamie Patterson, in European premiere, plus a version of the classic horror movie theme of the couple who will spend a romantic weekend which turns out to be very bad. Another highlight of the day is the international premiere of "The Hollow Child" by Canadian Jeremy Lutter, in which an adopted teenager does her best to unmask a member of her new family who is a supernatural impostor in order to save your sister ...
    The program of the Small Auditorium opens with the exhibition of the competitors to the Portuguese Cinema - Film Schools Prize. At 16:00 the productions of UTAD - Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro University and the Catholic University of Porto are exhibited. At 6:30 pm the films of EPI / ETIC - Escola Técnica de Imagem e Comunicação (Lisbon) and ESAD - School of Art and Design of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria are shown.
    The 'director's cut' version of 'Dream Demon' by Harley Cokeliss, following the restoration and digitization by the British Film Institute of this British horror film cult film, is being held at the 9:30 pm session. 30th anniversary. The film will be presented by the director, who the next day receives, at the closing ceremony of the Festival, and as we said, the Fantasporto Career Award.

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    VdR On Tour Nyon: Lumière! L'aventure commence
    Embark on a journey into the universe of the founders of cinema, through excerpts of truly essential films that illuminate the world of contemporary filmmaking. According to Martin Scorsese this is a 'national treasure'! At Cinémas Capitole Nyon on Monday 26 February at 20:30. Win tickets! >

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    The Fantasporto Jury

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    OFFICIAL SECTION OF FANTASTIC FILM Harley Cokeliss - director "Dream Demon" - Honored - UK Suzie Halewood - director "Division 19" - Critical Award 2017 - UK José Pedro Lopes - Director "The Forest of Lost Souls" - Portugal   OFFICIAL WEEKERS 'SECTION Liam Gavin - Director "A Dark Song" - Achievement Award 2017 - Ireland Frederico Duarte Carvalho - Journalist and Writer - Portugal Santiago Dellape - Dire...
     
     

    Bruce Willis on screen and Tony Ramos Live In the TV Globo Special, while the jurys are still debating

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    Screening March 3rd - Closing Fantasporto

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    Grand Auditorium   14:00 • The Night of the Virgin Roberto San Sebastián, 117 '- Esp (Fantasy) - P & P - v.o. english / leg. port. - ANTESTREIA A horror comedy about a New Year's Eve party. Nico, a naive 20-year-old, does everything to lose his virginity that night, no matter what the cost. In the middle of the party, his gaze intersects with that of Medea, a cunning and attractive mature woman. Award-winning film at the festivals Fantasia (Ca...
     
     

    Screening March 2nd - Fantasporto

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    Grand Auditorium 15:00 • Fractured Jamie Patterson, 108 '- 2016 - UK (Horror) - v.o. english / leg. port. - P & P - EUROPEAN ANTESTREIA Rebecca and Michael are going to spend a romantic weekend away, but a car tire bursts. From there, the couple always have a feeling that someone is following them and watching over them. The only people they meet are Feyr and Alva who give them a ride. But their weekend cottage turns into a terrible prison and torture by somethin...
     
     

    Screening March 1st - Fantasporto

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          Films from three continents (Philippines, Hungary, Portugal, Mexico and a Estonian / Netherlands / Poland co-production) are among the alternatives that the program of the 38th Fantasporto - Porto International Film Festival offers today in the Rivoli Grand Auditorium, two candidates in the Official Cinema section (CF), another two in the Director's Week (SR) and one in the Panorama & Première section.     Grand Au...
     

    Loosing your head at Fantasporto?

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    Screening February 28th - Fantasporto

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      Grand Auditorium 15:00 - Bhoy Intsik Boy Inside Joel Lamangan - 107'- Philippines- Drama- SR - v.o.leg english / leg port - INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE Coming from the Philippines, a powerful example of the emerging quality of this cinematography. The story of a transvestite on the streets of Manila city, looking for humanity that runs away. Audience Award from the Manila Festival.   17:00 - The Water Spirit     Dan Villegas - 96 '- CF-...
     
     

    Spotlight on films showing Fantasporto february 28

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    Films from the Philippines, Egypt and Canada, European or international screenings mark the schedule of this Wednesday at the Grand Auditorium of Rivoli, with themes ranging from dramatic comedy to fantasy, two of which are candidates for awards in the official section Cinema Fantástico (CF) and the other two at the Directors' Week (SR) at the 38th Fantasporto - Porto International Film Festival.   At 15:00, the program of the Grand Auditorium opens with "Boy...
     
     
     

    Eyes on films screening 27th at Fantasporto

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    Bioethics at a conference in which the names of the most famous names of Portugal on the theme and who completely filled the 3rd floor of the Rivoli were one of the important moments of Fantas's day yesterday.   But today we will naturally have another big day of Fantas à Fantas, where we will be able to see everything from dramatic comedy to terror, through suspense and fantasy to today's schedule of the 38th Fantasporto - Porto International Film Festival. Two fi...
     

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    Screening February 27th - Fantasporto

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    Grand Auditorium   3:00 PM - The Charmer Milad Alami - 102 '- Denmark - Drama - SR - v.o.leg english / leg port ANTESTREIA The drama of immigrant integration in Europe has several faces. It is not enough to succeed to be integrated. The mild and even fun cruelty of integration. Danish Film, Best Achievement Award at the Chicago Film Festival, and Best Film Award at the Tbilisi, San Sebastian and Warsaw Festivals.   17:00 - Replace   ...
     

    Selfies and focus on films and guests at Fantasporto February 26

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    Chimera team at work on selfies (Maurice Haeems and Jay Sitaram with festival volunteers)...   Today's program began with the Fantasporto classic promenade to Douro and Winery visit. This year the festival took the group of filmmakers to Ferreira wineries, the other side of the river (Gaia)) Wine tasting twany and white port was quite necessary to prepare for the steep walk up and busy program of the day; films all day and conference on ethics at 5pm. ...
     
     

    Fantasporto 2018 line up revealed in partnership with filmfestivals.com

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    LINE UP FANTASPORTO’2018 38th OPORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL   OPENING NIGHT Marrowbone- Sérgio G. Sanchez- 110’ – Esp   OPENING OF THE COMPETITIVE SECTIONS Anna Karenina. Vronsky’s Story – Karen Shakhnazarov- 132’ Russia     CLOSING NIGHT Le Fidèle (Racer and the Jailbird - Fidelidade Sem Limites)- Michael  R. Roskam- Bel - ...
     

    Fantasporto will offer a debate on "Which Future for the financing of cultural events"

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    DEBATE DAY 1 MARCH -11PM - Thursday FLAT 3 RIVOLI     WHAT FUTURE FOR THE FINANCING OF CULTURAL AGENTS?   Fantasporto organizes a debate, under the initiative of Professor Martin Dale, of the University of Minho, former correspondent of "Variety", and regular coordinator of the Meeting of Cinema Schools of Fantasporto. The debate focuses on how to strengthen funding for film and audiovisual productions in Porto and North, including festival...
     

    Bio Ethics and Cinema Forum and theme @ Fantasporto

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      ETHICS AND CINEMA FORUM at FANTASPORTO 2018  The film festival returns to Porto and to the Rivoli Theater in discovering the most modern and recent films from around the world, after the INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION of the last years that places the FANTASPORTO BETWEEN THE BEST OF THE WORLD. The " Grand Cinema of the World " is the generic theme of the 38th edition, whose has already been announced . As sub-theme ...
     
     

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    VIDEO - Award Ceremony Gala | Berlinale 2018

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    PRIZES OF OFFICIAL JURIES PRIZES OF THE INTERNATIONAL JURY     Members of the Jury: Tom Tykwer (Jury President), Cécile de France, Chema Prado, Adele Romanski, Ryūichi Sakamoto and Stephanie Zacharek     GOLDEN BEAR FOR BEST FILM (awarded to the film’s producer) Touch Me Not by Adina Pintilie   SILVER BEAR GRAND JURY PRIZE Twarz Mug by Małgorzata Szumowska   SILVER BEA...
     

    VIDEO - Independent Juries Award Ceremony | Berlinale 2018

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    PRIZE OF THE INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM JURY BERLIN SHORT FILM NOMINEE FOR THE EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS The three members of the Jury, Diogo Costa Amarante, Jyoti Mistry and Mark Toscano, appoint as Berlin Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards Burkina Brandenburg Komplex by Ulu Braun   PRIZES OF THE INDEPENDENT JURIES   PRIZES OF THE ECUMENICAL JURY Members of the Jury: Dr. theol. Inge Kirsner (Jury President), Joachim Opahle,...
     

    Berlinale 2019 — Norway will be the EFM “Country in Focus”

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    Norway will be the “Country in Focus” at the 2019 European Film Market (EFM) of the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. The EFM “Country in Focus” programme was established in 2017 to provide a platform for a comprehensive look at the film industry and filmmaking in a particular country.   At next year's EFM, the spotlight will be on Norway’s filmmakers and productions. The programme will offer a host of possibilities for networking with Norwegian pr...
     

    The misery of the Human Condition is the Hallmark of films at Berlin 2018

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    by Alex Deleon        1. EVA: French, Isabelle Huppert stars in zig zag story of upper class middle aged hooker who mesmerizes handsome phony playwright half her age -- with a plot heavy vehicles could be driven through every ten minutes but nice setting along Glittering Swiss mountain lake helps to alleviate the lethargy -- and Huppert, as usual, is something else. Just watching her do her thing is enough to make a total turkey halfway watchable. 2. Minato ...
     

    Twelve Films that sucked badly or not so badly at Berlin by Alex C. Deleon

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    by Alex C. Deleon   1. Badly. "Don't worry he won't get far on foot" -- cause he's in a wheelchait ..gettit?  -- Ordeal to sit through. Not even painful, just a draggg ...Joaquin Phoenix sits it out patiently in the  latest Van Sant look at the miserable side of life. 2. Eva. Not even Isabelle Huppert could save this limp melodrama. Ridiculous decadent French story about an ultra attractive middle aged hooker and one of her hapless half-her-age victims....
     

    He Won't Get Far on Foot: Gus Van Sant's earnest biopic is a drain on the nervous system and a feel badder all the way

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       Joaquin Phoenix on wheels with philosophical AA guru in Gus Van Sant's excessively earnest biopic He won't get far on Foot --- and this painful orgy of alcololic confessionalism by a quadriplegic cartoonist in a wheel chair won't get far on celluloid past the extremely masochistic art house crowd who like to be reassured that some lives out there are worse than their own. I was hoping that this highly touted Gus Van Santer starring favorite actor Joaquin Ph...
     

    Less Star Power at Berlin 68

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    by Alex Deleon   Romy Schneider look alike Marie Bäumer at Quiberon  Press Conference  Though this was obviously not going to be the star powered program we have become accustomed to under flamboyant festival top hat Dieter Kosslick at Berlin (no Clooneys, Decaprios, or their likes in sight this year) the competition program alone had a number of high expectation films, among them, Three Days at Quiberon", a study of the last days of Romy Schneider, "7 days at ...
     
     

    Berlin Awards: There's no disputing bad taste, especially in big film festivals.

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    By Alex Deleon Films in International Competition were adjudicated  by a Jury presided over by ace German director Tom Tykwer. There's no disputing bad taste, especially in big film festivals.   Golden Bear, BEST FILM TOUCH ME NOT ..AAAaaaarrrrgh !! The ugliest most sickening most repulsive and perverted  film of all time -- shot in amateuristic manner like a home movie on masturbation. A basket case of a movie that goes from bad to worse as screen time progresses. Not eve...

    THE WALDHEIM WALTZ by Ruth Beckermann - Glashütte Original Award

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    Wide House is proud to announce that  THE WALDHEIM WALTZ by Ruth Beckermann is the 2018 award-winner of         Congratulations to Ruth Beckermann and her team for the Glashütte Original – Documentary Award !   Reviews     "Thanks to her smart narration — clear, impassioned but never polemical — ...
     

    The 4th Sino-European Production Seminar was successfully hosted in Berlin

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      With the increasing numbers of Sino-European co-productions and growing cooperation, on February 21, the 4th Sino-European Production Seminar hosted by Bridging the Dragon Producers association and the European Film Market, in collaboration with AFTP (Asian Film and Television Promotion), took place in Berlin. The Seminar brings updated information and experience to European produce...
     
     

    Samuel Maoz named Best Director at the 2nd Asian Brilliant Stars Awards Ceremony

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    The 2nd Asian Brilliant Stars was held successfully in Berlin last night (Feb 21, 2018). Please find attached the pictures and press release of the event.   Israeli Director Samuel Maoz won the Best Director Award with FOXTROT (Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Venice International Film Festival).  Best Actor Award went to Chang Chen for his role in BROTHERHOOD OF BLADES II: THE INFERNAL BATTLEFIELD. Chang Chen is best known for his performances in Ang Lee’s CROUCHER TIGER, HIDDE...
     

    A Successful Festival for Audiences and the Industry

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    The 68th Berlin International Film Festival culminated festively with the Award Ceremony on February 24, 2018. For the Berlinale Publikumstag, a day of screenings for the public, a large number of films from the different sections were shown again at Berlinale venues on February 25, 2018.   The interest of both trade professionals and the public in the programme of the 68th Berlinale was very impressive: over 21,000 accredited visitors from more than 130 countries attended the F...
     

    ‘Touch Me Not’ Wins Golden Bear at the 68. Berlinale

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    Romanian director Adina Pintilie took the Golden Bear in the 68. Berlinale Film Festival for ‘Touch Me Not”. "Touch Me Not" is about the fear of intimacy and achieving sexual liberation. The film was the unexpected winner selected among 18 films by the international Juri, presided by German director Tom Tykwer. It follows the emotional journeys of Laura, Tómas and Christian, offering a deeply empathic insight into their lives. Craving for intimacy yet also deep...
     
     
     

    32. TEDDY AWARD – The Queer Film Award at the Berlin International Film Festival

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    THE WINNERS   The seven members of the international jury view films of queer interest within all sections of the Berlinale. Three films are nominated and one wins infor each of the categories: best feature film, best documentary/essay film and the best short film. The jury furthermore presents its Special Jury Award, the L'Oréal TEDDY Newcomer Award and the TEDDY Readers’ Award powered by Mannschaft Magazin. The TEDDY for the Best Feature Film goes to: Ti...
     

     

    Berlinale 2018 Awards

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    Adina Pintilie's experimental debut 'Touch Me Not' takes home the Golden Bear!   PRIZES OF OFFICIAL JURIES PRIZES OF THE INTERNATIONAL JURY   Members of the Jury: Tom Tykwer (Jury President), Cécile de France, Chema Prado, Adele Romanski, Ryūichi Sakamoto and Stephanie Zacharek     GOLDEN BEAR FOR BEST FILM (awarded to the film’s producer) Touch Me Not by Adina Pintilie   SILVER BE...

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    The IndieFEST Film Awards Announces Latest Winners!

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    The IndieFEST is proud to announce the latest winners. Congratulations to all the filmmakers who participated in the current season!The awards go to those filmmakers who produce fresh, standout entertainment and compelling documentaries. The IndieFEST is a top-tier international awards competition. It honors professionals, established and emerging, who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity. The goal of The IndieFEST is to help the winners of this coveted award achieve ...
     

    The Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards have announced the finalist works in the nine categories

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    The Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards have announced the finalist works in the nine categories of its first edition, that will take place on April 6th and 7th in the island of Tenerife (Spain). The selection has been presented this afternoon at Casa de América, in a press conference in which Mr. Oscar Graefenhain, General Director of ICAA; Mr. Roberto Varela, Director of Cultural and Scientific Relations in AECID; Mr. Carlos Alonso, President of the Cabildo de Tenerife; Mr. Albert...
     

    Chocolate awards conclude the renewed Brussels Independent Film Festival

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    The first edition of the Brussels Independent Film Festival closed on Sunday evening with the presentation of the 'Atomium Film Awards'. The filmmakers were crowned with chocolate and thus edible figurines of the Atomium, made by chocolatier Wim Vyverman. The prize for the best narrative feature film went to 'Bad poetry Tokyo' (Japan) by Anshul Chauhan. The debut film had it's world premiere at the festival and tells the story of a 30 year old aspiring actress who makes a ...
     

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri wins 5 awards at BAFTA

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      Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)   Martin McDonagh’s acclaimed drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has swept the 2018 BAFTAs, winning the award for best film in addition to the prize for outstanding British film. Frances McDormand claimed best actress for her turn as the mother out to seek justice for the unsolved murder of her daughter, while her co-star Sam Rockwell won best supporting actor. Three Billboards, which...
     

    The 7th EFA Young Audience Award Includes Record 45 Cities in 36 Countries

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    Young Juries Across Europe Screen Nominated Films GIRL IN FLIGHT, HOBBYHORSE REVOLUTION and WALLAY – all of which will then be available as VOD for the general public The European Film Academy (EFA) proudly announces and congratulates the three nominees for the EFA Young Audience Award 2018:   GIRL IN FLIGHT LA FUGA - GIRL IN FLIGHT  DIRECTED BY: Sandra Vannucchi  WRITTEN BY: Sandra Vannucchi &...

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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

    Regular Deadline for entry is Friday March 23rd, 2018

    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)

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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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    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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    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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    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...
     

    Environment in film: How awareness of natural features enhances our general understanding

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    How awareness of natural features enhances our understanding of three key film-studies topics-narrative, genre, and national cinema     ...

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    ANIMATION CALLING

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    Animation Day in Cannes scheduled for May 15

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    2018 EDITION We are happy to welcome you to the 4th edition of our event in Cannes May 15th, promoting Animation and Animators @ center stage of the biggest film event in the year. Submit a short to ANIMAZE DAZE COMPETITION Enter the Catalog and Who s who in Animation in Cannes Promote a Work in Progress at the Palais Screening of Animation Day in Cannes Discoveries: Paid promo plans exist please contact bruno@filmfestivals.com Submit to Montreal Intern...
     
     

    Animation Production Day 2018 - 48 Outstanding Projects Selected

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    this year the Animation Production Day (APD) jury has selected 48 outstanding animation projects from 19 different countries to participate in APD. They were chosen from the 71 submitted projects. The APD co-production and financing market offers German and international animation producers the opportunity to present their projects in pre-planned, 30 minute one-to-one meetings to potential co-producers, investors, broadcasters, international distributors and funders. Part of FMX 2018 – C...
     

    The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) calling for entries

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    The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), North America’s leading animation film festival, is now accepting film entries for competition in 2018! Entries are due May 25 and there is no entry fee. From September 26-30, Ottawa will once again play host to the animation universe; a hub of inventive, mesmerizing, and provocative art. OIAF invites animators from around the globe to submit their recent work in the following major categories: Animated Feature. Narrative...
     

     

    The board of directors of CITIA confirms the appointment of Mickaël Marin as new CEO

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    The board of directors of CITIA (the establishment organising the International Animation Film Festival, Mifa and Forum Blanc, and stakeholders in the development of the images sector and creative industry in Haute-Savoie) have unanimously appointed Mickaël Marin as CEO.     Mickaël Marin, who will assume the post on 1 July 2018, is currently CITIA Managing Director and Head of Economic Development & Mifa. "I am delighted at the unanimous decision of the board. ...

    Animation Day in Cannes is calling See you all May 15 in Cannes

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    The objective of the Animation Day in Cannes is to facilitate the promotion of Animation during the Cannes Film Festival which does not traditionnally offer a window for animators besides the likes of Pixar or Disney.  Animaze – LeMiaff and filmfestivals.com decided in 2015 to take on this mission and provide a place for networking, fun, and promotion. 2018 will be our fourth and best edition, taking place May 15 during the Cannes Film Festival and Market. We look forward to ...
     

    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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    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,... 
     

    The Frontières Buyers Showcase & Frontières@Fantasia are calling

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    The Frontières Buyers Showcase  is part of Frontières Platform in Cannes, a dedicated section of industry programming & networking events for the genre film industry organised in Cannes with the Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes. To be eligible for this presentation of work-in-progress films, submissions must be in post-production, of European or North...

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    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... 
     

    id w - interactive documentary workshop calling for entry

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    We are looking forward to build a committed group of participants for the 6th edition of the interactive documentary workshop, a five-day residential programme focusing on the development of interactive and transmedia nonfiction projects.   If you have any new project ideas you are working on we will be more than happy to receive them! During the workshop – featuring lectures, case-studies pr...
     
     

    Crossing Borders 2018: Call for Submissions

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    Documentary Campus and EDN – European Documentary Network are calling for documentary projects for Crossing Borders 2018. Documentary makers in Europe and Asia ,who are interested in developing their documentaries for the international market, can now submit their projects for the next edition of the Crossing Borders programme presented in partnership with Fox Networks Group Asia Pacific Limited, Taiwan Branch. The deadline for applications is 16 April 2018. Crossing Borders is a traini...
     
     

    The new edition of the EAST DOC PLATFORM opens tomorrow

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    The new edition of the EAST DOC PLATFORM is slowly coming and I would like to share with you our latest press release (see attachment with the official poster).   This year, the platform opens a very important theme that concern all of us - the rise of nationalism, as well as on the efforts to stifle critical voices in the media and independent documentary filmmaking. The EAST DOC PLATFORM, the largest event for documentary professionals in Central and Eastern Europe, takes place March ...
     
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      ... The Dazzling Light of Eastern Documentary     In cooperation with the Institute of Documentary Film, we present a selection of the best documentaries from Central and Eastern Europe. They all participated in East Doc Platform,...
     
     

    VdR On Tour Nyon: Lumière! L'aventure commencea World Treasure

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    A WORLD TREASURE Français       VdR On Tour Nyon: Lumière! L'aventure commence Embark on a journey into the universe of the founders of cinema, through excerpts of truly essential films that illuminate the world of contemporary filmmaking. According to Martin Scorsese this is a 'national treasure'! At Cinémas Cap...
     

     

    Crossing Borders Appoints Chris Humphrey as new Head of Studies

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    Crossing Borders, a joint training program by Documentary Campus and the European Documentary Network, appoints Chris Humphrey, Director of Production, A+E NETWORKS ASIA (Singapore), as new Head of Studies for Crossing Borders. Steven Seidenberg, Head of International Coproduction, LIC (China), ends his 7-year tenure as Head of Studies for Crossing Borders in February 2018. The Executive Board of Documentary Campus, a European initiative that provides advanced training to documentar...
     

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    10 scripted and documentary projects selected for the 15th annual Tribeca All Access (TAA) program

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      TAA Celebrates 15 Years of Support for Scripted and Documentary Filmmakers    Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) announced today, the selection of ten exceptional scripted and documentary projects for the 15th annual Tribeca All Access (TAA) program, which amplifies stories from historically underrepresented voices.  The ten projects, 7 of which have female directors, will each receive a $10,000 grant as well as customized year-round support, guidance, and industry acc...
     
     

    The Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum Announces Seven Shortlisted Projects for Operation Greenlight

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      The 16th Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) today unveiled the shortlisted projects of Operation Greenlight, a pitch session to connect Hong Kong filmmakers with a wide range of potential co-production and funding partners across the world. Operation Greenlight will take place on 20 March 2018 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre as part of HAF.   Operation Greenlight is a collaborative initiative of Create Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Film Development Council ...
     

    Cinema in Europe - three new free market intelligence reports from the European Audiovisual Observatory now on line!

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    Cinema in Europe Our latest free market intelligence!       Films on TV: Origin, age and circulation - 2017 edition.  This report gives a revealing ana...
     

    Line up of 180 feature and 48 short documentary films at 20th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

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    20th THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL [2-11/3/2018]   Line-up, Juries and Sidebar events   The 20th anniversary edition of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival presents approximately 180 feature and 48 short documentary films by directors from all over the world, as well as a parallel events program.   The film screenings will take place at the Olympion complex (Olympion and Pavlos Zannas theatres, Aristotelous Sq., Thessaloniki), as well as at the Tonia Marketaki, Frida...
     

    Doc Market will take place March 4 – 10, Warehouse C, Thessaloniki Port   The International Doc Market, introduced in 1999, will be held in Warehouse C at the Thessaloniki Port, providing a substantial space to its participants, outfitted with 30 digital booths for private viewing. The Market, supported by Creative Europe Media program, caters to television networks from European countries and a wide range of professionals from various parts of the world. The Doc Market is fu...

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    Cut Off' by Jowan Carbin 

    Struggling with his new life in New Orleans, Clive follows Trevor, a former professor to his country home on the bayou in Cut Off, LA to gain a new perspective.  While Trevor helps Clive deal with his demons, Clive is sucked into a mission to kill.

     

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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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    Bergamo Film Meeting 2018 - The Complete Film Programme

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    2018 Meetings on the Bridge Film Development Workshop Projects Announced

     
      The 13th edition of Meetings on the Bridge, organised within the scope of the 37th Istanbul Film Festival on 11-14 April 2018, brings filmmakers from Turkey and the neighbouring countries together with professionals from the international industry.   While providing an opportunity for filmmakers to hold the first international presentations for their new film projects at Film Development Workshop and Neighbours Platform and films in post-production at Work in Progress, it also aim...
     

    Focus on the 36th edition of Bergamo Film Meeting

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    The 36th edition of Bergamo Film Meeting will take place from March 10 to 18 2018, and will be officially opened on Friday March 9, 9:00 PM at Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, with a screening of The Last Laugh (1924) by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau that will be live scored by organist Gerardo Chimini. The Festival program includes 7 feature films, all unreleased in Italy, in the COMPETITION – EXHIBITION; 15 documentaries in the CLOSE UP&nbs...
     

    21st Sonoma Festival to Open with “Borg vs. McEnroe” and “Back to Burgundy”; “Chef” Selected as Closing Night Film

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      Marking its 21st year, the popular Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) promises to be one of the finest yet, with an impressive screening lineup that includes the most buzzed about Hollywood films of the year, as well as standout international films from Europe, South America and Asia. In total, 110 films from around the world, from over 18 countries and 200 filmmakers, will be showcased from March 21st to March 25th as all eyes turn to Sonoma for a Festival that consistently att...
     
     

    2018 ReelAbilities Film Festival Celebrates the Role of Individuals with Disabilities in Film

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    The Seventh Annual 2018 ReelAbilities Boston Film Festival (March 21-29, 2018) has announced its official selections. Fourteen films have been chosen, including the romantic comedy, Sanctuary, which won the Irish Critics Film of the Year Award, and Off the Rails, which tells the story of Darius McCollum, a man with Asperger’s syndrome and a passion for trains, who becomes known as “the transit bandit.”   This year’s the Festival also includes two special events:&...
     

    Annapolis Film Festival Releases Four-Day Full Film Slate

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    More Than 80 Films from 28 Countries   The Annapolis Film Festival reveals its full slate of more than 80 films from 28 countries screeni...
     

    10 million views worldwide: A new record edition for MyFrenchFilmFestival

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    Over 10 million views worldwide A new record edition for MyFrenchFilmFestival   Paris Prestige, Directors’ Jury Prize A Wedding, double-award winner!   This year, MyFrenchFilmFestival once again achieved record results with over 10 million views worldwide for the films of the selection.   The following five countries registered the most views on the MyFrenchFilmFestival.com platform (in descending order): Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Poland and Russia....
     

    The 51st WorldFest-Houston Film Festival is moving to Cinemark Theatres!

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    Jury Selections for Short & Feature Films is nearing the final stage for the 51st WorldFest! Remi Winners will begin receiving Award notices over the next 10-14 days and beyond! The International Juries hope to complete all reviews by mid- March. Starting with its 51st continuous showing, a new home has been selected for the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival: Memorial City-Houston’s Cinemark Theatres!  The Cinemark Memorial City Theatre is a state-of-the-art c...
     

    The 1st annual FILM FEST 919 has announced its inaugural October dates.

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    The Chapel Hill-based festival will premiere on Wednesday, October 3 through Sunday, October 7, 2018. FF919, founded by Randi Emerman and Carol Marshall, along with Program Director Claudia Puig (former USA Today film critic and president of the L.A. Film Critics Association), will present a wide spectrum of acclaimed feature films.  A key element of the festival will be showcasing notable filmmakers and their work, and engaging them in riveting conversations. The festival also plans to f...
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    Charlize Theron will be honored during the 2018 San Francisco International Film Festival with a special tribute

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    SFFILM announced today that acclaimed actor Charlize Theron will be honored during the 2018 San Francisco International Film Festival with a special tribute, followed by a screening of her new film, Jason Reitman’s Tully. The intimate onstage conversation and the screening will take place Sunday, April 8, at 7:30pm at the Castro Theatre. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Charlize Theron and Jason Reitman.   “Charlize Theron’s talent is obvious and impr...
     

    Guests of the 29th season of the Alliance Française French Film Festival.

     
    Representing both sides of the screen, three of France’s most acclaimed cinematic talents will be in Australia to help celebrate the 29th season of the Alliance Française French Film Festival.   LAURENT LAFITTE, the suave and charismatic star of such films such as Elle, Little White Lies, The Love Punch (opposite Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson), Bright Days Ahead and 2016 Festival favourites, Boomerang and Papa ou Maman, will be here to discuss his role in the critically la...
     

    2018 L.A., Italia Film, fashion and Music Festival will honor Diane Warren and Melissa Leo

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    Outstanding women in the global entertainment industry are at the forefront of the 2018 L.A., Italia Film, fashion and Music Festival with Best Original Song Oscar- nominee Diane Warren (“Stand Up for Something” which she co-wrote with Common for “Marshall”) and Oscar-winner Melissa Leo (“Fighter” 2010) heading the list of honorees and attendees expected at its 13th outing. Warren will be honored with the Festival’s Best Song of the Year Award, while L...
     

    Filmmakers Attending Cinema Made In Italy - London: 7 - 11 March 2018

     
    CINEMA MADE IN ITALY 2018  7 – 11 March at the Ciné Lumière - London   The eighth edition of CINEMA MADE IN ITALY will launch at the Ciné Lumière in South Kensington on Wednesday 7th March. Filmitalia is delighted to confirm the attendance of the following filmmakers, who will be available for press interviews:   Paolo Taviani (director) - Rainbow Francesca Comencini (director) - Stories of Love that Cannot Belong to this World Andrea ...
     

    Production Designer Hannah Beachler Relives “Black Panther”

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    Been to Wakanda? Hannah Beachler has, and her production design for the fictional country at the heart of Black Panther proves that vibranium exists. How else to explain such a radiant spectacle if not daily doses of the African El Dorado’s magic metal? The Marvel Studios actioner follows T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) finding his way as Wakanda’s new warrior king and superhero Black Panther after the death of his father T’Chaka (Atandwa Kani). Presiding over un...

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    Major Buzz Factory : Expérience de Bruno Chatelin du marketing Digital pour les films

    Fort d'une expérience acquise dans la distribution de films pour deux Majors (Sony et Fox mariée sous a direction avec UGC) Bruno Chatelin propose une expérience pointue au service de votre stratégie digitale à Travers sa structure de Conseil MAJOR BUZZ FACTORY Le fondateur Bruno Chatelin : un Professionnel de la communication entouré de spécialistes, son expérience est ancrée sur trois univers La publicité, Le marketing et le digital.

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    FIFF 2018 un petit festival parmi les grands

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    Le Festival International de Films de Fribourg (FIFF) « a pris depuis quelques années un nouvel élan qui lui a permis de devenir l’un des petits festivals que l’on cite parmi les plus grands ». Cet éloge écrit par le Président de la Confédération Alain Berset pour le catalogue du 32e FIFF trouvera son illustration du 16 au 24 mars à Fribourg et en présence de Ken Loach. Le Festival présentera no...
     
     

    Le 38ème festival de l'image projetée (Multiphot) de Chelles démarre le vendredi 2 mars 2018.

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    Chelles audiovisuel est heureux de vous inviter au 38ème festival de l'image projetée (Multiphot) de Chelles du vendredi 2 au dimanche 4 mars 2018. Pour la soirée d’ouverture, le festival propose, suite au succès des années précédentes, une nouvelle rencontre avec la nature : « En quête d’un monde sauvage » . Un voyage extraordinaire à la recherche d'une nature et de lieux restés vi...
     

    Découvrez le palmarès du Nikon Film Festival 8e édition

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    le NIKON FILM FESTIVAL dévoile son palmarès   Avec 1374 films en compétition, la 8e édition du Nikon Film Festival a établi un nouveau record. Le thème du cadeau a donc été inspirant pour de nombreux vidéastes et rend honneur à cette année du 100e anniversaire de Nikon. Après de longues délibérations, le jury présidé par Emmanuelle Bercot a décern&eacu...
     
     

    Festival Ecrans Mixtes 2018

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    Chaque année a lieu le festival Lyonnais Ecrans Mixtes, mettant à l’honneur le cinéma LGBT. La 8e édition de ce festival aura lieu du mercredi 7 au jeudi 15 mars. L’institut Lumière a la chance cette année d’ouvrir ce festival devenu incontournable, avec l'avant-première de la copie restaurée de Jeanne et le garçon formidable, dont on célébrera les 20 ans, en présence des c...
     

    Les 11 films de la sélection officielle 2018du Festival International du Film Aventure & Découverte

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      La 22ème édition du Festival International du Film Aventure & Découverte nous emmène explorer les extrêmes opposés. Des chaleureuses rencontres à la solitude totale, du fond des océans aux montagnes vertigineuses, de la spiritualité à la recherche scientifique, une prodigieuse sélection de films de tous azimuts.  La découverte en maître mot est assurée avec trois avant-premiè...
     

    Cinélatino | Découvrez la programmation Documentaire 2018 !

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    Le Prix Daniel Toscan du Plantier 2018 a été décerné à Marie-Ange Luciani & Hugues Charbonneau

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      Ce lundi 26 février 2018, Françoise Nyssen, Ministre de la Culture, accompagnée d’Alain Terzian, Président de l’Académie des César, a remis le Prix Daniel Toscan du Plantier qui vient récompenser chaque année une productrice ou un producteur qui a marqué l’année cinématographique, à Marie-Ange Luciani et Hugues Charbonneau. Marie...
     
     

    179 certificats décernés lors du Déjeuner des Nommés 2018 au Fouquet's

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      Le traditionnel Déjeuner des Nommés organisé par l’Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma s’est déroulé au restaurant Le Fouquet’s, ce samedi 10 février 2018. Les 179 Nommés pour les César 2018 ont reçu leur Certificat Officiel de Nomination à l’issu d’un déjeuner en leur honneur, en présence d’Alain Terzian,...
     

    L'Académie des César accompagne la Fondation des Femmes dans son opération "Ruban blanc"

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      L'Académie des César accompagne la Fondation des Femmes dans son opération "Ruban blanc" à l'occasion de la 43e Cérémonie des César   De nombreuses et nombreux actrices/teurs, productrices/teurs, réalisatrices/teurs souhaitent lancer une initiative constructive, positive et concrète en France pour soutenir les femmes ...
     

    Appel à projets pour la 21e édition des RIDM qui se déroulera du 8 au 18 novembre 2018.

     
     
    APPEL À SOUMISSIONS 1er MARS > 31 MAI 2018   L’appel à soumission d’oeuvres pour la 21e édition des Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM) qui se tiendra du 8 au 18 novembre 2018 est désormais ouvert. La date limite des inscriptions est le 31 mai 2018.   Les Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM) offrent au public le meilleur du cinéma du réel en rassemblant les gra...
     
     

    VdR On Tour Nyon: Lumière! L'aventure commence

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      UN TRÉSOR MONDIAL À NYON English     VdR On Tour Nyon: Lumière! L'aventure commence Une sélection de films restaurés qui émerveillera petits et grands le temps d’un voyage étonnant aux origines du cinéma. «Un trésor mondial» selon Martin Scorsese! Aux Cinémas Capitole...
     

    La Ville de Nice propose une aide financière à la réécriture de scénarios de longs métrages

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    VIDEO - Award Ceremony Gala | Berlinale 2018

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    VIDEO - Independent Juries Award Ceremony | Berlinale 2018

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    Avant Première Opening Ceremony on 18 February with live performance by Igudesman & Joo,  Keynote Speech by Barbara Gessler, Head of Unit Creative Europe at European Commission and Special Screening of "Sound-Treck Europe"

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    ‘Someone reminded me I once said “Greed is good.”Now it seems it’s legal. Because everyone is drinking the same Kool Aid.’
    -Gordon Gekko

    Michael Douglas once said that Oliver Stone has an insatiable ability to make actors unearth things within the deepest recesses of their souls.

    The actor also recalled the director once quipping to him while shooting the original Wall Street: “Are you OK? Is everything fine? Are you on drugs?”
    To which the actor responded, “No, Oliver. I’m fine.” “Because you’re acting like you never acted before in your life,” Stone mocked.

    His politics aside, Oliver Stone— as the consummate film director— is a brilliant artist, and often a thorn in the side of many well-known actors. James Woods and Stone, for instance, had memorable duels on set, once when Woods stormed off the set of “Salvador” (in a guerrilla-controlled area of Mexico!), only for Stone to comb the town looking for him. Also, Stone and Sean Penn have apparently yet to reconcile with one another since he directed “U-Turn“ in 1997, though Stone does contend that things between them are now amicable.

    Even if Stone is known to pester, provoke and irritate many of his famous talent on his films, the performances he elicits from them are often some of the best of their careers. Douglas’s performance as Gordon Gekko garnered an Oscar win. Other leading, mostly male, performances in other Stone films, like Val Kilmer in “The Doors,” Kevin Costner in “JFK” and Tom Cruise in “Born on the Fourth of July,” are so memorable, and iconic that his abilities as a director often overshadow his reputation as being a hard-ass. In fact, it demonstrates the mark of a relentless artist.

    Which brings me to “Wall St: Money Never Sleeps,” Stone’s sequel to the 1987 film. Unlike taking center-stage as Gordon Gekko in the first film, Douglas chews up the scenery playing his role mostly from the periphery. As the film opens, Gekko is just released from prison for a host of white-collar crimes. Stone presents Gekko as the embodiment of a character whose vision has seeped into the core of jaded insiders and their greedy instincts. “I used to say greed is good,” Gekko lectures. “Now it seems that it’s legal.“

    Interestingly, much of Gekko’s dialogue echoes Douglas’s real-life, notably that the unquenchable thirst to make more money is like a “cancer." True to his own life, his character also has demons which involve his surrogate screen son. In real life, Cameron Douglas, Michael’s son, served five years in jail for drug-related charges. It seems to me that only Oliver Stone can unearth these fiendish qualities to generate a maximum artistic performance from his protagonist.

    Like the original aspires to be, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” is a morality tale of a young and naïve upstart who learns how to swim with the sharks of corporate America. Perhaps not as angry and hard-hitting as some have come to expect from an Oliver Stone picture, he’s known for his conspiracy theories after all, the film offers witty insights, jokes and above all an intriguing lens into a post 9-11 and yet just as flashy and gaudy world. The film surprisingly does not veer towards its excesses. As Gekko advises the young Jake, “It’s not about the money – it’s about the game.”

    Jake, as played by Shia LeBeouf, is the young Wall Street trader, who is engaged to Gekko’s daughter. Jake must also choose to which world he wants belong: taking up a business relationship with Gekko or working for rival Bretton James, whose name in itself seems allegorical, to perhaps another well- known symbol of greed.

    Plot is secondary to Stone’s sweeping sequel as the zeitgeist of today’s corporate Wall Street. The vernacular is just as hard-hitting, insideresque and perhaps just a bit foreign to those not so accustomed to this world of money-laundering and racketeering. From a film perspective, it is comfortable in its own form— as a sequel. Stone throws in surprises, and cameos aplenty, that surely underscore the joys he must have had while making this movie. Despite the lighter tone of the picture, Stone still brings out the best, and most visceral in his performers; no one else could get Douglas to address things so true to his own life.

    Though “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” never aspires to serve as a critique of modern day avarice, ignoring the Madoff scandal entirely, it does give the audience a perceptive lens into the powerbrokers’ wheeling and dealing ways. Perhaps as filmmaker, Stone suggests that power-hungriness and avariciousness have always lurked around all of us, and that the term “greed” while may not being good is perhaps necessary to fulfill the American Dream. Fortunately, Frank Langella’s character serves as the guiding moral conscience for young LeBeouf, and for us. He reminds “to rise above it” –”it” being the lure of the corrupted side of wealth. “It” could punish the soul.

    Ultimately, the film is about redemption, as Gekko seeks to redeem his own soul, but is unable to do so fully as his urges get the better of him. After serving time in prison, he is forced to choose between family and more personal gain.
    “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”is a fine– and fun— film that educates, entertains and above all reminds, “the mother of all evil is speculation” and “idealism kills every deal.”


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    New Jersey's Premier Independent Film Festival®

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    GARDEN STATE FILM FESTIVAL TO WELCOME CELEBRITIES, FILMMAKERS AND FANS TO

    ASBURY PARK, MARCH 22ndTHROUGH MARCH 25th FOR 16th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 

          

    THE WEEKEND PASS IS THE BEST DEAL IN TOWN!
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      The Garden State Film Festival (GSFF) will welcome celebrities, filmmakers and fans back to its original home in Asbury Park, from Thursday, March 22nd through Sunday, March 25th at many local venues for the Festival's spectacular 16th Anniversary Celebration. The dazzling four-day weekend event celebrates the best in international and local cinema and will feature exciting networking opportunities, instructive hands-on workshops, an open talent casting call, screenplay competition winner reading, intriguing and informative panel discussions, and entertaining and fun parties - all in addition to the over 245 fabulous film screenings scheduled throughout the Festival. GSFF is New Jersey's Premier Independent Film Festival and was named winner of the 2017 Global Excellence Awards 'Best Independent Film Festival - East Coast' by TMT News.
     

     
    The Garden State Film Festival kicks off its "Sweet 16" anniversary with an exclusive "Meet the Filmmakers" cash bar cocktail reception and screening event on Thursday evening, March 22nd, at 6:30 p.m., in Asbury Hall in The Asbury Hotel at which attendees can mix and mingle with the filmmakers whose exceptional works will be featured throughout the weekend. Following the reception and included in the ticket, a screening of selected upcoming Festival film trailers will be offered for attendees to schedule the films they are excited to see.
    **Enter the Asbury through the doors on the LEFT to get to the Asbury Hall. The right brings you into the hotel lobby.

    On Friday evening, March 23rd, the weekend's first film screening will immediately follow an elegant star-studded Red-Carpet Gala Networking Event and Cocktail Party, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Convention Hall. This year Hollywood royalty Monika Henreid is acting as Gala Chair. The daughter of "Casablanca" film star Paul Henreid, Ms. Henreid grew up amidst the glitz and glamour of Hollywood's lights, cameras and action. A seasoned actress and producer in her own right, Henreid has numerous film credits to her name. Henreid is in the process of honoring her father with a book and related film documentary about his extraordinary life above and beyond his contribution to Hollywood's Golden Age. Her fact-finding has involved frequent travel between the U.S. and Europe to reconstruct her father's life on film, one she calls an "extraordinary story of survival." Henreid is writing, producing, directing and crowd-funding for the project, which is entitled PAUL HENREID BEYOND VICTOR LASZLO. http://henreidbeyondlaszlo.com/donate-now/


    In addition to approximately 245+ film screenings which will be scheduled throughout the weekend, other highly-anticipated Festival events set for Saturday and Sunday include a dynamic hands-on animation workshop presented by Academy Award-nominated LAIKA Studios, several stimulating professional panel discussions, and a live read of the screenplay competition winner. The Festival concludes with a lavish Awards Banquet on Sunday evening.

    Garden State Film Festival 2018 honorees will be in attendance at the Festival throughout the weekend and they will receive their awards at the black-tie-optional Awards Banquet at The English Manor on Sunday, March 25th.

     This year's honorees and VIP's include:

    1.    Brian Cheripka - 2017 Honorary Chair: Brian Cheripka joined iStar Financial in November 2010 as Senior VP of Land and Development.  He is directly responsible for one of iStar's largest land assets, the Asbury Park Waterfront, and drives strategic planning, valuation, acquisitions, entitlements, sales, marketing and horizontal site construction. Over the past fifteen years, Cheripka's experience has ranged from entitlement and site acquisition, to financing and vertical development. Prior to joining iStar, Cheripka handled projects for Trammell Crow Residential and the Homebuilding and Construction Products Group for UBS Investment Bank. In addition, Cheripka served as Assistant Director of Investor Relations for Hovnanian Enterprises. Cheripka received a B.A. from Villanova University, where he was a recipient of the George C. Marshall Leadership Award (ROTC).  Upon graduation, he spent four years on active duty, serving as a U.S. Army Ranger assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. Cheripka is a member of the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) and Urban Land Institute (ULI).

    2.    Xander Berkeley - Lifetime Achievement Award: Currently best-known for his role as 'Gregory' in AMC's critically-acclaimed television series "The Walking Dead," now in its 8th season, New Jersey actor Xander Berkeley is also an accomplished painter, sculptor, and make-up artist. A graduate of Hampshire College, Berkeley studied in NYC with private teachers from the Royal Academy of the Arts, the Moscow Arts Theater and HB Studios and later, Lee Strasberg at The Actor's Studio in Los Angeles. Berkeley worked in Regional and Repertory Theaters in addition to off-Broadway while living in New York but, despite a classically trained theater background, he was increasingly drawn to the subtleties of film acting. Berkeley made his film debut in "Mommie Dearest" and has since amassed over 231 television and film credits. With roles in obscure independent films to big budget studio motion pictures, Berkeley has worked with some of the industry's most renowned directors, including Ron Howard, Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, Michael Mann and Wolfgang Petersen. He has two new feature films being released early this year, including the action thriller "Proud Mary" and crime biography "Labyrinth."  His leading role in "The Maestro" earned Berkeley a 'Best Actor' award at the Oaxaca International Film Festival in 2017.


    3.    Armand Assante - 2018 MVP: - Armand Assante has been named MVP in recognition of his continued support of the GSFF's efforts. Born in 1949 in New York City, he received his dramatic training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  Following his first screen in the cult film "The Lords of Flatbush," Assante appeared on several soap operas before his breakthrough role in "Private Benjamin."  Playing characters as diverse as Mike Hammer to John Gotti to Odysseus, Assante remains in strong demand with dozens of recent credits in both film and television, including his starring role this year's opening film "The Wanderers- The Quest of the Demon Hunter.

     

    4.    Ellie Lee - Rising Star Award: Ellie Lee was born and raised in Bergen County, NJ. She has been a TV/digital entertainment host for MTV K, VH1 News, Amazon Video, People Style, and is currently the on-camera host for iHeartRadio. She has made appearances as an entertainment reporter on "The Wendy Williams Show," E!'s daytime show, "Daily Pop," and was a correspondent on VH1's "Big Morning Buzz Live" hosted by Nick Lachey. More recently as an actor, she has made her debut in independent short films as well as indie feature film, "I CAN I WILL I DID" which screens the festival on Saturday, March 24.


    5.     Angelight Films - Broader Vision Award: Angelight Films is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit production company that gives children with brain and spinal cord tumors the opportunity to express themselves by creating and even starring in their own short film.

     

    6.    Christopher Corey - 2018 Educator of the Year: Christopher Corey is both a filmmaker and a NJ public school teacher.  He has over 10 years' experience teaching Film and TV Production at the high school level.  Over the last decade, his students have consistently won awards for their work and they have exhibited their films in numerous local, national, and international film festivals. Before he began teaching, Corey worked for 8 years in New York City with various production companies.  He currently teaches at Middletown High School South in Monmouth County.

    Other notable filmmakers and actors planning to attend the 2018 Garden State Film Festival include Ed Asner, Siobhan Fallon Hogan and Mark Shapiro of LAIKA Studios just to name a few.

     

    GSFF Executive Director Lauren Concar says, "For the past 16 years, the Garden State Film Festival has been achieving its mission of promoting the art of film making on all levels, and we've been having a lot of fun doing it!" Concar enthusiastically invites anyone who enjoys movies and film making to this year's Festival. She ads, "This year, we are so excited to be home in Asbury Park! We're planning a lot more fun, and we'll once again showcase amazing films by independent filmmakers from around the world. Plus, the Festival is a fabulous learning opportunity, too, where industry leaders share their knowledge and skills at our workshops and events." The Festival's events are listed along with the complete film screening schedule on the Garden State Film Festival website at http://www.gsff.org/listings-at-a- glance- 

     

    This year's participating venues include the historic Paramount Theatre, Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, The Asbury, House of Independents, Jersey Shore Arts Center, the Asbury Park Senior Center, and Asbury Park Council Chambers inside City Hall. Free jitney service will be offered throughout the weekend. Two related apps are available for download; one for the volunteers and one for the patrons, both will link to the City's Parking APP and may be found on the GSFF website at www.gsff.org.

     

    With funding for arts organizations at an all-time low in the State of New Jersey, the Festival is requesting as much assistance as possible with ad sales, sponsor leads and volunteers who share a commitment to supporting independent film and the arts. GSFF provides numerous sponsorship and advertising opportunities at every level. Sponsorship is an excellent vehicle for businesses to promote themselves locally and regionally. Sponsors receive broad exposure and high visibility at the Festival. For more information about sponsorship, contact GSFF at (732) 359-6467 or info@gsff.org.

     

    In addition to meeting and mingling with filmmakers and celebrities and other exciting perks, volunteers will receive a special badge that provides access to the Friday night cocktail party, film screenings, panel discussions and after parties. Those interested in volunteering can contact GSFF at volunteer@gsff.org for more information.

     

    Individual film screening tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the door. Weekend Passes for the Festival are $50 and includes all events and film screenings - except the Awards Banquet on Sunday evening.

    Day Passes are also available - the Saturday Day Pass is $30 and Sunday Day Pass is $25. Tickets for the Friday night Gala Cocktail Party & Screening are $30 (two for $55). Sunday Night Awards Banquet advance-purchase tickets are $140 each (early-bird price) and $130 (early-bird price) for entire table (seats 10). Tickets are available at http://www.gsff.org/buy-tickets-now/.  

     

     

     

     


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    Bergamo Film Meeting

    International Film Festival
    36th edition, March 10 – 18, 2018

     

    BFM36 INAUGURATION
    Bergamo, Friday March 9,2018

    The 36th edition of the most important cinematographic meeting in Bergamo is starting Friday March 9 2018 with two extraordinary events: the opening of the exhibition dedicated to the legendary artist Jonas Mekas at Palazzo della Ragione and the screening of the movie The Last Laugh (1924, 90’) by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, live-scored with organ by the Maestro Gerardo Chimini.

    6.30 PM | Palazzo della Ragione
    Opening: Jonas Mekas – Personale

    An exhibition dedicated to the legend of experimental cinema Jonas Mekas (Lithuania, 1922), poet, artist and filmmaker, founder of the New American cinema Group and creator of the Anthology Film Archive, will be open until April 15 in the renovated spaces of Palazzo della Ragione. Curated by Stefano Raimondi and Claudia Santeroni, Jonas Mekas - Personale transforms the exhibition environment in a place where, thanks to an immersive set-up, some of the author's most relevant films coexists along with still images of a highly cinematic nature. The project is within the Encounters: Cinema and Contemporary Art section of the 36th edition of the Festival. The exhibition “Jonas Mekas – Personale”, is promoted by Municipality of Bergamo, Bergamo Film Meeting and The Blank with the necessary support of A Palazzo Gallery (Brescia), Francesco Urbano Ragazzi and Studio Luca Bombassei.

     

    9.00 PM | Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    The Last Laugh (1924, 90’) di Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
    Live-scored with organ by the Maestro Gerardo Chimini.

    In a unique and suggestive location, the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Bergamo Upper Town, the Maestro Gerardo Chimini will live-score movie with organ.
    The Last Laugh (Der letzte Mann) by F.W. Murnau (Germania, 1924, 90', b/n), with Emil Jannings, Maly Delschaft, Max Hiller, Emilie Kurz, Hans Unterkircher, Olaf Storm, Hermann Vallentin, Georg John, Emmy Wyda.
    Original version with italian subtitles.
    In collaboration with Fondazione MIA – Congregazione Misericordia Maggiore Bergamo.

     
     

     

     


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    San Francisco Green Film Festival
    Save the Date: Opening Night at Castro Theatre, September 6

    San Francisco Green Film Festival is pleased to announce that Green Film Fest 2018 will open in September to align with the Global Climate Action Summit.

    “We are excited to open the 8th annual festival in September when green leaders from around the world will come to San Francisco to support the Paris Climate Agreement,” said SFGFF’s Founder & CEO, Rachel Caplan. “With the planet heating up, environmental protections at risk, and political forces in flux, Green Film Fest 2018 will serve our audiences, filmmakers, campaigns and causes with inspiring and entertaining stories that seek solutions and stimulate action.”

    Green Film Fest 2018 will launch on September 6 with a spectacular Opening Night at the Castro Theatre. Other festival venues will include Roxie, 518 Valencia, Bayview Opera House, and San Francisco Public Library.

    Film & guest highlights will be announced in June. A full press conference with the complete line-up of programs, guests, and venues will be held in August. Visit greenfilmfest.org for the latest information.

    About San Francisco Green Film Festival:
    Launched in 2011, San Francisco Green Film Festival is the West Coast's leading organization for films & conversations about people and the planet. SFGFF educates and connects communities through fun, fearless, forward-thinking environmental film programs like the flagship annual Green Film Fest, along with year-round community screenings and events in the San Francisco Bay Area. Attendees discover new, top-quality films from around the globe, encounter stories from the front lines of the world’s most urgent environmental issues, and get inspired to collaborate and innovate towards solutions.


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