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Sundance Institute and Picturehouse announced today the programme of feature films, short films and panel discussions for the Sundance Film Festival: London 2018, taking place 31 May - 3 June at Picturehouse Central, presented in association with Adobe. General ticket sales open at 9.30am on Monday 30 April, with priority booking for Picturehouse Members opening on 9.30am on Monday 23 April. Become a Picturehouse Member now at picturehouses.com/membership.
The festival will present twelve feature films from this year's Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A., selected for London by the Sundance Institute programming team in collaboration with Picturehouse. The festival will open with the UK premiere of Jennifer Fox’s The Tale, starring Laura Dern and Elizabeth Debicki, which paves the way for a weekend of bold female-focused stories. The festival will close four days later with the UK premiere of Leave No Trace, Debra Granik’s highly anticipated follow-up to the Academy Award®-nominated Winter’s Bone.
Amid the film industry’s current period of dramatic change and intense reflection, this year’s Sundance Film Festival: London will provide an exciting opportunity for the US and UK film industries to connect and discuss our past, present and future. As movements such as Time’s Up and #MeToo continue to highlight inequality in the film industry, we ask #WhatNext?
With seven out of the twelve films showcased at this year’s Sundance Film Festival: London directed by women, along with a thrilling array of female leads on screen, the selection champions female voices and highlights some of the broad and excellent women-led work direct from Sundance Utah. Among the special guests and filmmakers attending the weekend is Toni Collette, star of this year’s Time Out gala film, Hereditary, who will participate in a post-screening Q&A. In addition to the opening film The Tale, the festival will feature the UK premiere of Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post, the winner of the US Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at January’s Sundance Film Festival in Utah; Skate Kitchen, an original tale of female skateboarders and the narrative debut of Crystal Moselle (dir.The Wolfpack, winner U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival); and Augustine Frizzel’s debut, comedy Never Goin’ Back. Aubrey Plaza stars alongside Emile Hirsch and Jermaine Clement in Jim Hosking’s (The Greasy Strangler) comedy, An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn. The festival will also continue its tradition of supporting local British talent with the UK premiere of Idris Elba’s directorial debut, Yardie.
The festival’s documentary features comprise Amy Adrion’s timely work, Half the Picture, which turns a critical eye on the dismal number of female directors working in Hollywood, and Generation Wealth, Lauren Greenfield’s follow-up to the acclaimed Queen of Versailles.
Alongside the inspiring films on offer, the festival will also celebrate the work of diverse industry pioneers with a series of panel discussions, Q&As, and special guest appearances. In keeping with the What Next theme, the year’s special events programme will coalesce around the idea of creating a culture of inclusion for our film industry, whilst providing audiences an invaluable insight into the filmmaking process. Major UK film funders will join Half the Picture director Amy Adrion for “The Big Culture Shift” panel to examine what is next for the film industry and the steps needed to create a fairer and more inclusive film future. “Triple Threat: Three major filmmakers in conversation” will see Jennifer Fox (The Tale), Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone, Leave No Trace) and Desiree Akhavan (The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Appropriate Behaviour) discuss their careers and approach to their craft, while filmmakers Jennifer Fox, Lauren Greenfield (Generation Wealth, Queen of Versailles) and Crystal Moselle (Skate Kitchen, The Wolfpack) will consider the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction filmmaking in “Art of the Real – the intersection between Documentary and Fiction”.
The 2018 festival continues the Sundance tradition of celebrating fresh work from both emerging and established independent filmmakers through two short film programmes, including a branch dedicated to UK shorts.
Following on from last year’s first Surprise Film, the programme will again include an unannounced screening which gives audiences an special chance to catch an audience hit from this year’s festival in Park City – last year’s choice was Patti Cake$. Additionally, Sundance Film Festival: London 2018 will continue last year’s inaugural Audience Favourite award - which was presented to the Academy Award®-winning documentary Icarus - giving festivalgoers the opportunity to vote for their favourite features, with the winner announced at the close of the festival.
Robert Redford, President & Founder of Sundance Institute, said, “The work of independent storytellers can challenge and possibly change culture, illuminating our world’s imperfections and possibilities. The program we're bringing to London this year is full of artfully told stories that provoke thought, drive empathy and allow the audience to connect, in deeply personal ways, to the universal human experience.”
John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, "The films and voices of this year's Sundance Film Festival: London offer a creative lens to view our complex times. This is connected, relevant, global art that provides a fresh alternative to the noise dominating the cultural mainstream, and an inspiration for its future."
Clare Binns, Joint Managing Director Picturehouse Cinemas, adds, “We are thrilled to host our third Sundance Film Festival: London at Picturehouse Central, celebrating the best independent cinema direct from Sundance Utah. In the current cinematic climate, we are proud to announce a broad and diverse programme which in this 2018 Sundance London takes pride in championing female voices and encouraging an inclusive industry landscape. Join us for an exciting offering of films, talks and special guest appearances as we continue to explore what’s next for our local and international film industry.”
More information will be available at picturehouses.com/sundance. Join the conversation on social media with #sundancelondon and #whatnext.
The 2018 Sundance Film Festival: London is supported by: Presenting Partner – Adobe; Lead Partner – SundanceTV Global; Media Partners – Time Out and Evening Standard; Event Partners – Mubi and the Utah Office of Tourism; Hotel Partner – The May Fair Hotel; Drinks Partner – Hop House Lager; and Official Provider - Picturehouse Central and Picturehouse West End.
FEATURE FILM PROGRAMME— American independent narrative and documentary films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A.
An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn (Director: Jim Hosking,
Screenwriters: Jim Hosking, David Wike) - Lulu Danger's unsatisfying marriage takes a fortunate turn for the worse when a mysterious man from her past comes to town to perform an event called 'An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn For One Magical Night Only’.
Principal cast: Aubrey Plaza, Emile Hirsch, Jemaine Clement, Matt Berry, Craig Robinson
Eighth Grade(Director/Screenwriter: Bo Burnham) - Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school — the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year — before she begins high school.
Principal cast: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton
Generation Wealth(Director: Lauren Greenfield) - Lauren Greenfield’s postcard from the edge of the American Empire captures a portrait of a materialistic, image-obsessed culture. Simultaneously personal journey and historical essay, the film bears witness to the global boom–bust economy, the corrupted American Dream and the human costs of late stage capitalism, narcissism and greed.
Principal cast: Florian Homm, Tiffany Masters, Jaqueline Siegel
Half the Picture(Director: Amy Adrion) - At a pivotal moment for gender equality in Hollywood, successful women directors tell the stories of their art, lives and careers. Having endured a long history of systemic discrimination, women filmmakers may be getting the first glimpse of a future that values their voices equally.
Principal cast: Rosanna Arquette, Jamie Babbit, Emily Best
Hereditary(Director/Screenwriter: Ari Aster) - After their reclusive grandmother passes away, the Graham family tries to escape the dark fate they've inherited.
Principal cast: Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Ann Dowd, Milly Shapiro
European premiere. Presented in association with Time Out.
Leave No Trace(Director: Debra Granik, Screenwriters: Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini) - A father and daughter live a perfect but mysterious existence in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve near Portland, Oregon, rarely making contact with the world. A small mistake tips them off to authorities sending them on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own.
Principal cast: Ben Foster, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Jeff Kober, Dale Dickey
The Miseducation of Cameron Post(Director: Desiree Akhavan, Screenwriters: Desiree Akhavan, Cecilia Frugiuele) - 1993: after being caught having sex with the prom queen, a girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center. Based on Emily Danforth's acclaimed and controversial coming-of-age novel.
Principal cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck, John Gallagher Jr., Jennifer Ehle.
Winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
Never Goin’ Back (Director/Screenwriter: Augustine Frizzell) - Jessie and Angela, high school dropout BFFs, are taking a week off to chill at the beach. Too bad their house got robbed, rent’s due, they’re about to get fired and they’re broke. Now they've gotta avoid eviction, stay out of jail and get to the beach, no matter what!!!
Principal cast: Maia Mitchell, Cami Morrone, Kyle Mooney, Joel Allen, Kendal Smith, Matthew Holcomb
Skate Kitchen(Director: Crystal Moselle, Screenwriters: Crystal Moselle, Ashlihan Unaldi) - Camille's life as a lonely suburban teenager changes dramatically when she befriends a group of girl skateboarders. As she journeys deeper into this raw New York City subculture, she begins to understand the true meaning of friendship as well as her inner self.
Principal cast: Rachelle Vinberg, Dede Lovelace, Jaden Smith, Nina Moran, Ajani Russell, Kabrina Adams
The Tale(Director/Screenwriter: Jennifer Fox) - An investigation into one woman's memory as she’s forced to re-examine her first sexual relationship and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive; based on the filmmaker's own story.
Principal cast: Laura Dern, Isabelle Nélisse, Jason Ritter, Elizabeth Debicki, Ellen Burstyn, Common
Yardie(Director: Idris Elba, Screenwriters: Brock Norman Brock, Martin Stellman) - Jamaica, 1973. When a young boy witnesses his brother’s assassination, a powerful Don gives him a home. Ten years later he is sent on a mission to London. He reunites with his girlfriend and their daughter, but then the past catches up with them. Based on Victor Headley's novel.
Principal cast: Aml Ameen, Shantol Jackson, Stephen Graham, Fraser James, Sheldon Shepherd, Everaldo Cleary
SURPRISE FILM!– Following on from last year’s first ever surprise film, the hit rap story Patti Cake$, Sundance Film Festival: London will again feature a surprise showing. We can't reveal any details, but it was a favourite among audiences in Utah, and with just one screening this will be among the hottest of the hot tickets. The title will be revealed only when the opening credits roll. Don't miss out.
SHORT FILM PROGRAMME– Two wide-ranging collections of new short films from the UK and around the world
2018 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour - A 91-minute theatrical program of seven short films selected from this year’s Festival, widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for more than 30 years. Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the 2018 program offers new audiences a taste of what the Festival offers, from laugh-out-loud comedy to contemplative reflections of the world we live in.
Baby Brother(Director/Screenwriter: Kamau Bilal) - The director's baby brother moves back in with his parents.
The Burden(Director/Screenwriter: Niki Lindroth von Bahr) - A dark musical enacted in a modern shopping center, situated next to a large freeway. The employees of the various commercial venues deal with boredom and existential anxiety by performing cheerful musical turns. The apocalypse is a tempting liberator.
Fauve(Director/Screenwriter: Jérémy Comte) - Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer.
Short Film Special Jury Award
Hair Wolf(Director/Screenwriter: Mariama Diallo) - In a black hair salon in gentrifying Brooklyn, the local residents fend off a strange new monster: white women intent on sucking the lifeblood from black culture.
Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction
JEOM (Director/Screenwriter: Kangmin Kim) - A father and a son both have the same big birthmark on their butt. Believing that the two birthmarks are connected, the son scrubs his father's birthmark to remove it – but he just can't get rid of it.
Matria(Director/Screenwriter: Álvaro Gago) - Faced with a challenging daily routine, Ramona tries to take refuge in her relationships with her daughter and granddaughter.
Short Film Grand Jury Prize, Presented by YouTube
Maude(Director/Screenwriter: Anna Margaret Hollyman) - Teeny thought it was just another routine babysitting job – until she's shocked to meet the client. As the day goes on, Teeny decides to become the woman she had no idea she always wanted to be...until she gets caught.
UK Short Film Programme - A showcase of visionary new shorts from the UK. A wild ride through fiction and animation, discovering some of the exciting new filmmaking talent in the country.
Blue Christmas(Director/Screenwriter: Charlotte Wells) - On Christmas Eve, 1968, in a Scottish coastal town, a debt collector goes to work to avoid confronting his wife’s worsening psychosis at home.
Fry-Up(Director/Screenwriter: Charlotte Regan) - An intimate portrayal of what could be a family's last day together, set against the urban backdrop of North London.
Garfield(Director: Georgi Banks-Davies, Screenwriter: Myra Appannah) - Krishna wakes up in a strange place, with a strange guy. As she pieces together how she got there, she realizes that the reasons may be bigger than just the night before.
Marfa(Co-Directors/Screenwriters: Greg McLeod, Myles McLeod) - An isolated town in the Texas borderlands. A place out of time. A shrine to minimalist art. Home to a remote festival. A place where unexplained lights tremble in the night sky. And then there's the giant lemon.
[O](Directors/Screenwriters: Mario Radev,Chiara Sgatti) - A film that imitates nature in its manner of operation, depicting animated cycles in a world entirely based on sound frequency and vibration.
The Right Choice(Director: Tomisin Adepeju, Screenwriter: Vijay Varman) - With the help of an adviser, a husband and wife must answer three seemingly harmless questions to create their perfect designer baby.
Wren Boys(Director: Harry Lighton, Screenwriters: Harry Lighton, John Fitzpatrick) - On the day after Christmas, a Catholic priest from Cork drives his nephew to prison.
SPECIAL EVENTS– Discussions with renowned guest speakers providing incredible insights into the filmmaking process.
The Big Culture Shift
Presented in association with Film London
Coinciding with the festival’s #WhatNext theme, this vital event sees key industry players take the stage to examine what must be done to create a new cultural landscape that is more inclusive and representative. Figures from the UK’s major film funders, Film London, BBC Films and Sundance, will speak alongside Amy Adrion, whose film Half The Picture explores the hiring of film and television directors in Hollywood and features Ava DuVernay (A Wrinkle in Time), Lena Dunham (Girls), Jill Soloway (Transparent) and Rosanna Arquette.
Panelists: Amy Adrion, director of Half the Picture; Jordan McGarry, Head of Production for Film London; Eva Yates, Commissioning Executive at BBC Films.
Art of the Real – the intersection between Documentary and Fiction
Hosted by The Doc Society
Three leading documentary and narrative filmmakers discuss the relationship between documentary and fiction filmmaking and how these boundaries can be blurred when the limits of traditional filmmaking are transcended. Following a successful career in documentary filmmaking, Jennifer Fox makes her narrative feature debut with The Tale, bringing her unique approach to documentary filmmaking to the autobiographically inspired story of sexual abuse. Lauren Greenfield joins the discussion as a distinguished documentary filmmaker boasting wins at both Sundance Film Festival and River Run Festival in 2012 for her riches-to-rags documentary, Queen of Versailles. This year sees Greenfield’s return to filmmaking with her examination of consumer capitalism: Generation Wealth. Completing the line-up is Crystal Moselle, best known for her U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize-winning feature TheWolfpack at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, who brings true authenticity to her narrative debut, Skate Kitchen.
Panellists: Jennifer Fox, director/screenwriter of The Tale; Lauren Greenfield, director of Generation Wealth; Crystal Moselle, director/co-screenwriter of Skate Kitchen. Hosted by Lisa-Marie Russo of The Doc Society
Triple Threat – Three major filmmakers in conversation
Join three of the festival’s leading filmmakers for an insightful discussion of their careers and filmmaking processes. Jennifer Fox (The Tale) is joined by Debra Granik (Leave No Trace), Oscar-nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for the critically lauded Winter’s Bone (winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival), and 2018 Grand Jury prize-winning Desiree Akhavan (The Miseducation Of Cameron Post), writer, director and star of Appropriate Behaviour.
A must-see masterclass.
Panellists: Jennifer Fox, director/screenwriter of The Tale; Debra Granik, director/co-screenwriter of Leave No Trace; Desiree Akhavan, director/co-screenwriter of The Miseducation of Cameron Post
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Formed in 1989 to challenge the multiplex model, Picturehouse Cinemas own and operate 23 cinemas and programme a further 40 venues across the UK.
Picturehouse Cinemas are located in city centres and are architecturally unique venues that provide café bars, restaurants and live events alongside the traditional moviegoing experience. Their programmes encompass quality mainstream, family, art-house, independent, foreign-language and documentary films.
Picturehouse Cinemas were a pioneer of live satellite cine-casts in the UK, bringing non-film content such as Q&As and talks, concerts, art exhibitions, the New York Met Opera, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Bolshoi Ballet to community cinema screens.
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April 26: Opening Gala and International Premiere of Hawaii at the Writers Guild Theater. Doors open at 6 pm; Screening at 7 pm; Reception following the film.
The 16th edition of shnitWorldwide Shortfilmfestival will take place from 18.-28. October 2018. Submit your short film to shnit now and be part of one of the biggest short film competitions worldwide.
As ambitious as it is unforgettably bold, shnitWorldwide Shortfilmfestival unfolds simultaneously in multiple cities on five continents, bringing together more than 30,000 filmmakers and film lovers in ways rarely experienced elsewhere on the festival circuit. Over its 11 days, shnitcelebrates more than 200 short films of all genres and styles and gives away US$20,000 in cash prizes.
Registration Deadline: 1 June 2018
Films completed after: 1 June 2016
Max. running time: 40 minutes (including credits)
Genres and countries of production: all
We are looking forward to receiving your short films!
truTV is returning to the NYTVF for the second annual truTV Comedy Breakout Initiative!
The network is looking for Talent/Creator-Driven Comedy Formats with Distinct POVs and High Production Quality. This competition is built to provide indie TV creators with a unique opportunity to create new, comedy-centric formats and unscripted/reality series for the network.
The winning creator(s) gets a shot to further hone their idea (with a budget of up to $25,000) in conjunction with truTV's development team.
To qualify, you need to submit the following:
(1) A series overview (up to four pages)
(2) A current C.V.
(3) A project proof of concept in the form of one (1) of the following: (a) a produced comedy pilot and/or series (up to 20 minutes), (b) a produced “in progress” work (minimum four minutes), OR (c) a paper-developed format (up to eight pages)
It's completely FREE to SUBMIT!
The digital submission platform will be open from May 2 through May 23, 2018. For submission details, a full creative brief, and additional information, visit the initiative page here: http://nytvf.com/trutv_comedybreakout.html.
ColCoa, the French Film festival in Los Angeles kicked off last night with a screening of Eric Barbier’s film : "Promise at Dawn" based on Romain Gary’s autobiography starring Pierre Niney as Gary and Charlotte Gainsbourg as his mother.
The festival premieres a wide gamut of French films in America, ranging from dramas, comedies, documentaries, short films along with classics and happy hour talks. This year again, cinephiles will enjoy free screenings not to be missed. Check out this year’s program at http://www.colcoa.org.
WATCH THE OPENING OF THE FESTIVAL ATTENDED BY Michael Mann, Taylor Hackford, Jeremy Kagan, Melanie Laurent, Vanessa Paradis, Xavier Legrand and many more. https://youtu.be/7XNFJ6TI2ZE
The 2018 San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival (SDIKFF) will take place from August 24th to 26that the Schulman Auditorium in Carlsbad, California. On behalf of the SDIKFF committee, we cordially invite you to submit your film/TV/Screenplay/songs to the 2018 San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival. All official selected films have a complementary display area in the film market.
Aiming to promote positive educational impact on children and the youth, the San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival actively supports innovativefilms made by filmmakers from around the globe. The festival offers an excellent multicultural platform to engage aspiring filmmakers, kids, and educators alike: screening quality films, television episodes, and screenplay showcaseplay in short and feature length, as well as works in documentaries, animations, educational visual arts, and mixed media.
SDIKFF is in its journey to become the premier film festival in the region and on the children and family scene. In its 3 days event, the 2018 SDIKFF will host Opening Night Gala, Industrial Panel Discussions, Screenplay showcase, Red Carpet Award Ceremony, Family Film Market, Cultural Angel Pageant. These events will help facilitate interactions between filmmakers and the local kids. Youth and adultcritiques will give comments to the selected films after screenings, and volunteer interpreters will assist with non-English speaking filmmakers during the events.. An outstanding committee of industry personnel is serving on the film juries. And film distributors will be present at the festival to secure wanted material.
Please download the submission form through our official website http://sdkidsfilms.org.The deadline for film submissions to the 2018 San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival is July 1, 2018. Filmmakers can submit films early and often. The complete film festival guidelines, rules, application information and the film submission form can be found at http://sdkidsfilms.org/Submission.html .
Also, filmmakers are welcome to submit films to our preferred online submission platforms. Here are out three online submission platforms:
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call 310-541-8040 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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Guests enjoy the STUDIO 54 The Documentary Tribeca Film Festival Party at Night Fever Pop Up Disco / The Museum of Sex, on April 24, 2018 in New York City
STUDIO 54 The Documentary Tribeca Film Festival Party at Night Fever Pop Up Disco / The Museum of Sex, on April 24, 2018 in New York City
STUDIO 54 The Documentary Tribeca Film Festival Party at Night Fever Pop Up Disco / The Museum of Sex, on April 24, 2018 in New York City
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The Filmmaker Welcome Party during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at The Bowery Hotel on April 20, 2018 in New York City.
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We are accepting submissions for the 2018 NYC 2 Paris International Film Festival!
All happening September 9 to 16, 2018!
Regular Deadline is quickly approaching, mark your calenders for May 10th!!
NYC 2 Paris International Film Festival honors the Best in Category which includes Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Super Short, Best Music Video, as well as Best Director and Best Screenplay.
The NYC 2 Paris International Film Festival provides a showcase for the best in independent cinema, including short films, feature films and music videos.
If your submission is selected, we will notify you approximately June 28, 2018 by email. Often when we send our first email to people our emails can go to spam. Around June 15 please start to check you spam folder before deleting everything! If your film is selected to be in the festival, you will be given free admission to the festival.
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Greenwich International Film Festival announced today a special celebration of actor, director, producer, activist Tony Goldwyn’s artistic and philanthropic endeavors, Spotlight On: Tony Goldwyn, to benefit Americares. Spotlight On: Tony Goldwyn will be an hour-long conversation with Goldwyn about his career, the balance between work and personal life and his philanthropic activity, specifically his involvement with Americares. The event, sponsored by the Connecticut Office of Film, Television and Digital Media will be held June 2, 2018 at the Cole Auditorium in Greenwich, CT.
“I have been active with Americares for over 15 years and have seen firsthand its positive impact on families affected by poverty or disaster all over the world,” Goldwyn said. “This organization has my profound admiration and my trust. I am excited Greenwich International Film Festival is giving me the opportunity to share with others the incredible work Americares is doing to make struggling communities healthier and more prosperous.”
Americares President and CEO Michael J. Nyenhuis said his organization is honored to be selected as a Greenwich International Film Festival charity partner for the first time.
“We are grateful to Greenwich International Film Festival for creating a forum to raise the visibility of nonprofits making a difference every day,” Nyenhuis said. “And we are delighted that our longtime supporter and ambassador Tony Goldwyn will be celebrated for his contributions to Americares.”
Wendy Stapleton Reyes, Chairman of the Board and Founder of GIFF added, “GIFF is thrilled to highlight the work of Tony Goldwyn. Tony is a brilliant actor and humanitarian who has used his voice to bring attention and funds to marginalized people all over the world through an organization close to our hearts, Americares. I had the great fortune of going into the field with Americares and have seen firsthand how this organization is impacting thousands of children’s lives each day. Tony’s work has served to help amplify their message and increase their capacity to change lives.”
Americares is a health-focused relief and development organization that saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster. Each year, Americares reaches an average of 90 countries and all 50 U.S. states with life-changing health programs, medicine and medical supplies. Americares is the world’s leading nonprofit provider of donated medicine and medical supplies. For more information, visit americares.org.
Greenwich International Film Festival is set to run May 31-June 3, 2018. Tickets are available for purchase at greenwichfilm.org. The Festival’s full film slate will be announced in early May.
About Greenwich International Film Festival
Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that hosts a world-class film festival in Greenwich, CT. The goal of the festival is to bridge the worlds of film, finance and philanthropy. The fourth annual festival will take place May 31-June 3, 2018, and will support important human rights initiatives, as part of its social impact focus. The four-day event will feature a star-studded Opening Night Party, film premieres, engaging panels, an honoree gala, and more. For additional information, please visit www.greenwichfilm.org.
2018 Tribeca Film Festival Awards: ‘Diane,’ ‘Smuggling Hendrix,’ and More Take Top Honors
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Alia Shawkat was named best actress in a US narrative feature for Duck Butter, while best actor honours went to Jeffrey Wright for O.G. Best Cinematography in a US narrative feature Film went to Wyatt Garfield for Diane.
This year’s festival included 99 feature length films, 55 short films, and 35 immersive storytelling projects from 46 countries.
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Chloe wine is served during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival awards night after partyat Gallery at Dream Downtown on April 26, 2018 in New York City. Photo © Mustafa Önder
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Guests enjoy the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival awards night after partyat Gallery at Dream Downtown on April 26, 2018 in New York City. Photo © Mustafa Önder
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It is with great honour that the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) will welcome one of the major figures of modern cinema: David Cronenberg. The Canadian director will be tasked with granting the H.R. Giger ‘Narcisse’ award for best feature to one of the 16 films selected for competition during the closing ceremony on July 14th. He will also partake in the NEW WORLDS OF FANTASY literary forum with a conference dedicated to his novel
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The Franco-American Cultural Fund announced today the program for the 22nd COLCOA FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL, which will run April 23-30 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles. The event will showcase a record 86 films, television series, digital series and VR programs. 75 of these will be in competition for the COLCOA Awards, including several World, International, North American, and U.S. Premieres. COLCOA is considered the largest festival dedicated to French films and series worldwide.
“Through its different competitions, we are proud to dedicate this year’s programming of COLCOA to women, both in their role in the making of the films and series, and their central roles in the majority of the stories selected this year,” stated François Truffart, COLCOA Executive Producer and Artistic Director. “Concretely, we will also introduce a new series called Women Make History. We will dedicate a day to first films made by female writers and directors; our Focus on a Filmmaker day will be offered to writer, director, actor Mélanie Laurent; and one of our panels will address the role of women in the French film industry.”
An exclusive lineup of 37 new features and documentaries will compete for the COLCOA CINEMA AWARDS, beginning on Opening Night (Monday, April 23) with the North American Premiere of writer/director Eric Barbier’s PROMISE AT DAWN. This adaptation of French author Romain Gary’s autobiography and celebration of his mother gathers, in the title roles, Pierre Niney and Charlotte Gainsbourg
The cinema competition will close on Monday, April 30, with the North American Premiere of Cedric Kahn’s new drama, THE PRAYER. The film recently had its triumphant world premiere at the Berlin Film festival where newcomer Anthony Bajon won the Best Actor Award.
The line-up includes new features from established writers/directors, including w/d Mathieu Amalric (BARBARA), w/d Yvan Attal (LE BRIO), w/d Daniel Auteuil (THE OTHER WOMAN), w/d Xavier Beauvois (THE GUARDIANS), w/d Samuel Benchetrit (DOG), w/d Christian Carion (MY SON), w/d Alain Chabat (CHRISTMAS AND CO), w/d Dany Boon (FAMILY IS FAMILY), w/d Albert Dupontel (SEE YOU UP THERE), w/d Emmanuel Finkiel (MEMOIR OF WAR), w/d David and Stephane Foenkinos (JEALOUS) w/d Yann Gozlan (BURN OUT), w/d Naomi Kawase (RADIANCE), w/d Mélanie Laurent (DIVING, THE ADOPTED), w/d Philippe Le Guay (NAKED NORMANDY), w/d Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache (C’EST LA VIE!), w/d Laurent Tirard (RETURN OF THE HERO) and w/d Nicolas Vannier (SCHOOL OF LIFE).
The festival will also present the work of newcomers such as w/d Fillipe Barbosa (GABRIEL AND THE MOUNTAIN), w/d Modi Barry & Cédric Ido (CHÂTEAU), w/d Hubert Charuel (BLOODY MILK), w/d Charles de Meaux (THE LADY IN THE PORTRAIT with Chinese star Fan Bing Bing), w/d Elsa Deringer (LUNA), w/d Marie Garel-Weiss (THE PARTY IS OVER), w/d Julien Hallard (LET THE GIRLS PLAY), w/d Xavier Legrand (CUSTODY), w/d Nawell Madani (STAND UP GIRL!) w/d Dominique Rocher (THE NIGHT EATS THE WORLD) and w/d Léonor Seraille (MONTPARNASSE BIENVENÜE).
Actors Camélia Jordana (LE BRIO), Vanessa Paradis (DOG), Nahuel Perez Biscayart (SEE YOU UP THERE), Melville Poupaud (THE LADY IN THE PORTRAIT, BEYOND SUSPICION), Antony Bajon (THE PRAYER) and veteran w/d Francis Veber (20th anniversary of THE DINNER GAME) will be in attendance at the festival, with additional talent to be announced shortly.
The popular COLCOA High School screening program will run for five days during the festival. More than 3,000 Southern California students and teachers are invited to attend free screenings and conversations, as well as participate in a student film critic contest. Celebrating its 11th year, this program is produced in partnership with ELMA (European Languages and Movies in America), with the support of AATF-SC (American Association of Teachers of French – Southern California). In addition, master classes will take place at several film schools across the city with the support of the Cultural services of the French Embassy in the US and ELMA.
Other exciting programs offered throughout the festival include: After 10 series (April 24~28); COLCOA Classics (April 24~28); COLCOA Documentaries (April 24~29); World Cinema Produced by France, including two French-Italian co-productions (April 25); Focus on a Filmmaker,dedicated to writer/director Mélanie Laurent (April 26); Films Noir Series (April 28); French NeWave 2.0, exploring first films directed by women (April 28); and the Happy Hour Talks, a series of panels presented in association with Variety (April 24-28) that is free to the general public. Panel will include a discussion about distribution and promotion revolution in the digital area on April 25, Place of Women in the Industry in France on April 27 and a focus on composer Laurent Perez Del Mar on April 28.
COLCOA DIGITAL SERIES & VIRTUAL REALITY
As a symbol of the globalization of production and the venue of a new generation of producers and filmmakers, digital series has become a format in its own right for the industry, involving both independent and studio creators. For the second year, COLCOA is proud to introduce, in association with TITRAFILM, its competition of four programs presented as North American Premieres before being released by Studio+ in the U.S.: RED CREEK, TANK 2, BIARRITZ SURF GANG and CABEZA MADRE. Similar to the Short Film Competition, audience members will have access to free screenings of the competing digital series and will vote for the COLCOA Digital Series Awards. (See attached detailed program.)
Also, for the second year at COLCOA, audience members will have the opportunity to explore the VR Corner at the festival during the weekend of April 28, supported by FRENCH IMMERSION, a new program launched by The Cultural Services of the French Embassy. As the market for VR continues to expand, five films representing a cross-section of the medium will be featured: BATTLESCAR examines the punk rock scene of New York narrated by Rosario Dawson, I SAW THEFUTURE showcases the futuristic (and accurate) predication of the digital age by Arthur C. Clarke, who co-wrote 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY , THE LITTLE PRINCE brings one of the most beloved and bestselling novels to life,PLANET ∞ takes viewers on a journey from a decayed planet to one that is overtaken by rain forming an ecosystem populated by giant carnivorous tadpoles and UTURN examines the gender gap from both sides with interwoven stories that allow the viewer to embody either a female or male character. (See attached detailed program.)
The complete recipient list of the 2018 Awards for the four competitions (Cinema, Television, Shorts, and Web series) will be announced on May 1st, 2018 by the Franco-American Cultural Fund. For the Eleventh year, LAFCA will partner with COLCOA Cinema for the Critics’ Awards.
For the second year, a student jury made of high school and college students, will vote for the COLCOA AMERICAN STUDENTS’ AWARD.
The COLCOA AWARDS are presented in association with KPCC-89.3, TITRAFILM, TV5 Monde USA, and AIR TAHITI NUI.
As Previously Announced
Writer, director and actress Mélanie Laurent will be honored as the “Focus on a Filmmaker.” On Thursday, April 26, her film THE ADOPTED/LES ADOPTÉS will screen as part of the COLCOA Classic series and, following the first screening of the film, she will participate in a Happy Hour Talk dedicated to her career. The evening will conclude with the U.S. Premiere of her latest film DIVING/PLONGER.
THE DINNER GAME/LE DINER DE CONS, THE FLESH OF THE ORCHID/ LA CHAIR DE L'ORCHIDEE, GET OUT YOUR HANDKERCHIEF/PREPAREZ VOS MOUCHOIRSand PEPPERMINT SODA/DIABOLO MENTHEcomplete the COLCOA CLASSIC line-up.
The Documentary section includes four films competing for the 2018 COLCOA Best Documentary Award. ALAIN DUCASSE gives the audience insight into one of the world’s most acclaimed chefs, MAKALA highlights the aspirations of a young farmer in Congo hoping for a better future, NOTHINGWOOD showcases Salim Shaheen, Afghanistan’s most prolific actor-director-producer, and PLOT 35 confronts a mystery from the filmmaker’s childhood.
The Shorts section, presented in association with Unifrance and TV5 Monde, is comprised of an exclusive selection of 23 films, which will be in competition for the COLCOA Short Awards on April 29. This year, more than half of the selection
s are by women filmmakers and a quarter of the section are animated films. The COLCOA Shorts Competition will be available in the U.S. after the festival from May 4 to May 31, on the cinema-on-demand program of TV5 Monde, an Official Partner of COLCOA. GARDEN PARTY, which was presented in this section last year at COLCOA, received an Oscar® nomination in 2018 for Best Animated Short Film.
ACIDE, CREATURE FROM THE LAKE / La Créature du lac,FIST / Prends mon poing, GRANDPA WALRUS / Pépé le morse, HYBRIDS, HITCHIKER (THE) / L’Autostoppeuse, I HAVE ARRIVED / Je suis venu, I AM A WOUND / Je suis une blessure, INDES GALANTES (LES), INTERFERENCES, JUNE 19 / 19 juin,LITTLE GIRLS / Petites Filles, MARLON, ORDEAL, OUR CHILDREN / Nos Enfants,OVERRUN, PIONEERS / Les Pionniers de l’Univers, NOTHIN’ SPECIAL / Rien d’spécial, RISE OF A STAR, UNDER MOM’S SKIRT / Les Trompes de ma mère, UNDERSTUDY (THE) / La Doublure, VOYAGERS, WINKLES (THE) / Les Bigorneaux make up the Shorts section.
This year the Television section includes 12 selections competing for the COLCOA 2018 Television Awards given by both audience and a professional jury. This year’s Television section is comprised of television series and TV movies, including the International Premiere of PROUD, a three-part miniseries that spans three generations with each generation dealing with a crucial gay rights moment in France. The section is presented in association with TV France International and TITRAFILM with the support of AMC Networks, Arte Distribution, Endemol Shine International, Film & Picture, France TV Distribution, Gaumont, Lagardère Studios, Leonis, Scarlett Productions, StudioCanal, Tetra Media, TF1 Studio, Walter Presents.
BEYOND SUSPICION / Insoupçonnable, THE AGE OF STATELESS / Le Temps des Egarés, THE ART OF CRIME / L’Art Du Crime, BARON NOIR, BEAUTIFUL LOSER / Irresponsable, THE CONSOLATION / La Consolation, I LOVE YOU 2 / J’ai Deux Amours, ISKLANDER / Maroni Les Fantômes du Fleuve, INFIDELITY / Un Adultère, PROUD / Fiertés, SPECIAL HONORS / Mention Particulière, and THROUGH THE MILL / La Mélancolie Ouvrière make up the Television section.
French composer Laurent Perez Del Mar will be honored with the “Focus on a Composer” and he will meet the COLCOA audience on Saturday April 28, for a one-hour discussion about his career. Del Mar is critically acclaimed for his work on the score for the Academy Award nominated feature film THE RED TURTLE / La Tortue Rouge, which was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature Film. The Sony Pictures Classics film was produced by the world-renowned Studio Ghibli.
Focus on a Composer and part of the COLCOA Television Competition are free to the public, as are the previously announced COLCOA Classic series and COLCOA Short Competition.
COLCOA FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL is presented by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, a unique collaboration between the Directors Guild of America, the Motion Picture Association, the Writers Guild of America West, and France’s Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music (SACEM). COLCOA is also supported by France’s Society of Authors, Directors and Producers (L’ARP), the Film and TV Office of the French Embassy in Los Angeles, the CNC, TV France International, and Unifrance.
COLCOA FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL is sponsored by Air Tahiti Nui, TV5MONDE, Variety (Official Sponsors); Admirable Malibu Wines, Airstar America, Barnstormer, France Télévisions, KPCC 89.3, Los Angeles Times, Champagne Trésor de France, The Hollywood Reporter (Premier Sponsors); Club Culinaire of Southern California, ELMA, LA Confidential, Sunset Marquis, Titra Film (Major Sponsors); Alliance Française de Los Angeles, Cinando, D’Alessio Law Group, Discover Hollywood, Duverger, Laemmle, Marché du Film/Festival de Cannes, Miraval/Vineyard Brands/La Vielille Ferme, Office de Tourisme Epernay, Paul M. Young Fine Wines, (Platinum Sponsors); Cinelife, Delair Labs, France-Amérique, French Morning, Gayot, Hénaff Gonidec, La Chouquette, Le Grenouille Selections/The Source Imports, Locations Wines, Lycée International Los Angeles, Mademoiselle M, MAC, Petit Pot, Rosenthal, Samsung, Sharingbox, Tealeaves (Supporting Sponsors).
All programs are presented with English subtitles or in English. Tickets are available for advance purchase online at www.colcoa.org. The online box office and RSVP will be open until the night before each show at the festival. Tickets will be also available on site at the Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90046 during the event. For sold out shows, some tickets may become available 20 minutes before each screening. Please visit www.colcoa.org for box office hours. Depending on screenings ticket prices are $14/$10 for adults; $11/$7 tickets for seniors (62+), disabled, and members of American Cinematheque, ASC, ICG, Film Independent, SAG or Women in Film; $5 for students and under 21. Tickets are complimentary for DGA and WGAW guild members. Several screenings and events are free on a first come, first served basis, with no reservation needed.
For film and press information, including hi-res photos, log onto www.colcoa.org. For public information, call (310) 289-5346.
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This year’s 53rd edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will honour the memory of the recently deceased Miloš Forman at its opening ceremony. The opening film of this year’s festival will be Forman’s legendary comedy Loves of a Blonde. The opening concert in front of the Hotel Thermal will include a block of music from the films of Miloš Forman. Audiences will hear the Czech National Symphony Orchestra led by a conductor Libor Pešek perform music from The Firemen’s Ball, Taking Off, Valmont, Amadeus and Hair. Also on the programme is music from the films of his friends and contemporaries. Loves of a Blonde, which is a key work of the Czechoslovak New Wave, was a hit at numerous festivals in the late 1960s. Among other things, it was the opening film at a 1966 film festival in New York, and the following year it was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film. www.kviff.com
“Miloš Forman was not only an excellent filmmaker, but also a great friend of the Karlovy Vary festival. We have decided to remember him not through laudatory speeches, but through what he symbolized – film. And although local audiences will know Loves of a Blonde from its numerous showings on television, they will surely appreciate the chance to see it on the big screen.
We are also convinced that our foreign guests who do not often get the chance to see Forman’s Czech films – which significantly influenced the direction taken by Czech cinema – will welcome the screening as well,” says KVIFF’s president Jiří Bartoška Miloš Forman’s inspiration for the story of Loves of a Blonde came from real life, as he wrote in his autobiography Turnaround. One Saturday evening in Prague, he ran into a girl with a suitcase who had arrived from Varnsdorf in search of a man with whom she had previously spent the night and who had expressed an interest in a relationship. However, he had given her a false address. Forman talked with her, then took her to the train station, and she went back to Varnsdorf – a town full of girls employed at a local textile factory but with a shortage of men. “Her story stayed with me for some reason and it would come back to me at add times, so I kept thinking about it. I finally asked Jaroslav Papoušek and Ivan Passer if they thought there might be a screenplay there.
They said that just maybe.” The film was shot in an authentic location in Zruč nad Sázavou, which at the time was home to a shoe factory whose workers were overwhelmingly women. Many of the locals appeared in the film, and Forman showed his excellent ability to work with a combination of actors and non-actors. “I learned that mixing professional actors and nonactors actually helped both groups, but you had to have actors who could stand up to the challenge of the unstudied, natural behavior of nonactors,” Miloš Forman said in explaining this method. For this reason, he cast Vladimír Menšík in one of the more important roles. “The cast of Loves of a Blonde was a perfect balance of actors and nonactors, and I remember those few months in Zruč in 1964 as some of my sunniest days in the movie business,” Forman later said.
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