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  • 12/18/13--13:05: FANTASPORTO 2014 Regulations


    1. The 34th edition of the OPORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - FANTASPORTO 2014 will take place from February, 28th till March 9th. 


    2. The Festival main purpose is screening and promoting films of quality, both aesthetically and thematically, and to seek new forms and methods of filmmaking.


    3. The Festival has the following sections.


    3.1. Competitive Sections:


    3.1.1. Official Competition for Fantasy Films – new feature and short films, unreleased in Portugal with fantasy as main genre. Both features and shorts (maximum 15 minutes in length) must have been produced between 2013 and 2014.

    3.1.2. Official Competition Directors Week – for new feature films in all genres other than fantasy, unreleased in Portugal and produced between 2013 and 2014.

    3.1.3. Official Competition Orient Express - for Asiatic feature films, unreleased in Portugal and produced between 2013 and 2014.


    3.2. Non - Competitive Sections:


    3.2.1. Official Section Panorama & Première - for feature films in all subjects, unreleased in Portugal. 

    3.2.2. Anima-te (Animation features and shorts)

    3.2.3. Panorama of Portuguese Cinema

    3.2.4. Fantas in Shorts - short films in all genres.

    3.2.5. Retrospectives


    4. The Festival aims at:


    4.1. Promoting in the city of Oporto a cultural forum with international impact.

    4.2. Dignifying the Portuguese Cinema and encouraging the film production in Portugal. 

    4.3. Promoting Portugal in the world film industry.


    5. Film Application Procedures


    5.1. The participating producers, directors and sales agents may present short or full-length films under the following conditions:

    5.1.1. 35mm prints (preferential) or Betacam SP PAL or Digibeta

    5.1.2. To have English subtitles or to be spoken in English.

    5.1.3. To have been produced between 2013 and 2014, if applying for competition.

    5.1.4. To be the first public screening / official preview of the film in Portugal, if entering for the Competitive Sections.


    6. The filling of the ENTRY FORM IS COMPULSORY for legal reasons. It can be found in the festival’s site (


    6.1. THE ENTRY FORM must be downloaded, filled in and sent by mail to the Organizers from now on and TILL THE 5th DECEMBER 2013 in order to be submitted to the Selection Committee.


    6.1.1. The entry form must be accompanied by a screener in DVD or BluRay PAL, important information about the film and 3 photos, to be used by the Selection Committee.

    6.1.2. The screeners and promotional material will not be returned to the sender. 

    6.1.3. All materials should be sent to:


    Rua Aníbal Cunha, 84 - sala 1.6
    4050 - 046 Porto

    6.1.4- PORTUGUESE FILM AWARDS – Only for new films when running for the Best Film Award and if accompanied by a Declaration that it is a first time screening in a festival or similar event in Portugal. It is considered a Portuguese Film a film which has two of these three conditions: coming from a Portuguese producing company (1) and Portuguese nationality of the director (2) or producer (3).


    7. If the film is selected, the following documentation should be sent as soon as possible and till the 15th December 2013:


    7.1. For Electronic Subtitling:


    7.1.1. Dialogue list of the film in English.

    7.1.2. Screener in DVD or BluRay PAL  


    7.2. For Promotion:

    7.2.1. five (5) press stills 

    7.2.2. Three (3) posters

    7.2.3. One (1) press-book

    7.2.4. A trailer in DVD or Bluray PAL

    7.2.5. EPK of the film for TV promotion (optional)


    7.3. The materials must be sent to the above-mentioned address and will not be returned to the sender.




    8.1. Till the 1st February 2014 - for Betacams SP PAL or Digibeta

    8.2. Till 15th February 2014 - for 35mm prints. 

    8.3. The materials must be sent to the above-mentioned address.

    8.4. The Festival insurance coverage includes all risks including theft or fire, loss or disappearance; total or partial damage. The insurance company covers all films screened in the festival.

    8.5. The films will only be returned to the sender after the first weekday following the closing of the festival.


    9. The Organizers are responsible for the selection of the films submitted to the Competitive Sections but delegates in International Juries for the decision on the awards.


    9.1. The Organizers will nominate three International Juries that will decide on the Official Awards of each edition of the festival.


    9.1.1. Jury of the Official Competition for Fantasy Films

    The International Jury of the Official Section for Fantasy Films will grant the following awards:
    a) FANTASPORTO Best Film Award
    b) Best Direction
    c) Best Actor
    d) Best Actress
    e) Best Screenplay
    f) Best Special Effects
    g) Special Award of the Jury
    This award will be given to a film whose artistic and technical aspects present a high level of originality.
    h) Best Fantasy Short Award


    9.1.2. Jury of the Official Competition Directors Week

    The International Jury of the Directors Week will grant the following awards:
    a) Directors Week Best Film Award
    b) Best Director
    c) Best Actor
    d) Best Actress

    e) Best Screenplay

    f) Special Award of the Directors Week – for a film with a high level of originality.

    9.1.3. Jury of the Official Competition Orient Express

    The International Jury of the Orient Express official section will grant the following awards:
    a) Orient Express Best Film Award
    b) Orient Express Special Award of the Jury- for a film with a high level of originality


    9.1.4. Jury of the Portuguese Cinema  

    This jury will grant the following awards:

    a) Portuguese Cinema Award- Best Film - for a Portuguese film produced in 2013/2014 (short or feature length).

    b) Portuguese  Cinema Award - Best Film School - For a school or university with a Cinema course, which presents the best set of 3 to 5 films, not exceeding 15 minutes, in a total limit of 1 hour and produced in 2013 or 2014.

    c) IMPORTANT- The Award for Best Portuguese film can only be granted to new films and if accompanied by a Declaration that it is a first time screening in a festival or similar event in Portugal. It is considered a Portuguese Film a film which has two of these three conditions: coming from a Portuguese producing company (1) and Portuguese nationality of the director (2) or producer (3).



    10. The awards of the festival have no monetary value and consist of trophies and diplomas for the winners. Diplomas will also be given to all other participants in the Official Sections.


    11. The criteria of the final programming per screening room belongs exclusively to the organizers.


    12. The Organizing Committee will decide on all matters not provided in these regulations.



    The contacts of the Oporto International Film Festival - Fantasporto are: 

    Rua Aníbal Cunha, 84 - sala 1.6
    4050 - 046 Porto

    Phone: 351.222058819

    Fax: 351.222058823


    Internet Address:

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    Cinema is being rethought, with the mid-length format in particular seeming to offer new artistic freedoms with a true disregard for uniformity. A striking number of films in this year’s programme, whether shot digitally or on 16mm, 35mm, or even 70mm, are somewhere between 20 and 60 minutes in length. As such, they leave categories like feature, documentary, experimental or art film behind them to develop a contemporary film language able to take account of the complexity of their worlds of experience. A newly created set of screenings throws light on this development and includes films by Laura Mulvey, Marc Lewis and Faysal Abdullah, Omer Fast, Dani Gal and Amie Siegel.


    Alongside Arsenal, Forum Expanded will be presenting its 9th edition at two new locations in Kreuzberg. The 2014 group exhibition is to take place at ST. AGNES, with Forum Expanded taking over the church space of this former parish hall, which will form the future premises of Galerie Johann König. This location offers room for installations that create their own individual spaces in order to generate specific cinematic experiences.


    The nearby Berlinische Galerie – Museum of Modern Art, Photography and Architecture has also come on board as a partner for screenings and special events.


    The “Think:Film” conference day takes place there in collaboration with the Allianz Cultural Foundation. Defining cinema has increasingly become a question of its location, a question not merely restricted to the relationship between film and art or public and private space. Contemporary artistic film practice equally questions the concept of “world cinema” and the many relationships and interdependencies that accompany it. This year for example, we received an unusually large number of works from the Arab world that do not only alter our view of cinema but also of how its history is to be written. During “Think:Film”, Forum Expanded will also be awarding a prize for the first time, which comprises the winning work being shown both at Arsenal in Berlin and at the Cimatheque in Cairo, which is in the process of being founded.


    Newly discovered material from the estate of legendary American performer, filmmaker and queer icon Jack Smith will also be shown at the Berlinische Galerie. The programme includes footage of drag performer and Andy Warhol superstar Mario Montez who died in September 2013. Presented by Jerry Tartaglia and co-curated by Susanne Sachsse and Marc Siegel, the event is dedicated to Montez’s memory. 

    As in previous years, the Marshall McLuhan Salon of the Embassy of Canada will form an additional festival location.


    Forum Expanded is curated by Stefanie Schulte Strathaus (head curator), Anselm Franke, Nanna Heidenreich, Bettina Steinbrügge and Ulrich Ziemons. 

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    Since 2007 the Berlinale’s Culinary Cinema has shown films focussing on food and ecological topics. After screenings from the main programme, chefs make meals inspired by the films and prepared according to the Slow Food motto “good, clean and fair”.


    For the 64th Berlinale, this year’s Culinary Cinema will be taking food to the street. In collaboration with Markthalle Neun and Slow Food Berlin, it will provide Street Food. During the Festival, six trucks will offer food to go at the corner of the Alte Potsdamer Straße and Varian-Fry-Straße.


    Berlin is a place where gastronomic traditions from around the world cross. Over the last decades, the migration of different groups has caused cuisines to fuse as well as changed people’s tastes. Markthalle Neun saw the potential of this and since April 2013 has organized “Street Food Thursday”. For this initiative, it was awarded the title “Gastronomic Innovator 2013” by the renowned “Berlin Master Chefs” jury.


    Festival Director Dieter Kosslick is delighted about the award: “We have supported Markthalle Neun from the start. Now the Street Food cooks will offer festival-goers delicious and healthy culinary alternatives.” Beverages will be provided by Berlinale partners: Craftwerk beer from Bitburger, Deutsches Weininstitut, LemonAid, Rabenhorst and Viva con Agua.


    Markthalle Neun (Eisenbahnstr. 42, 10997 Berlin) will also be the second venue of Culinary Cinema. In cooperation with the “Berlinale Goes Kiez” series, Eiszeit Kino (Zeughofstraße 20, 10997 Berlin) will show a film from the Culinary Cinema programme on February 14, 2014.  After the screening, food that fits the film will be served in Markthalle Neun. A discussion of the film will follow. “This new event will be more down-to-earth and the ticket prices will be lower - so we also want to attract especially the younger audiences,” states head of Culinary Cinema Thomas Struck.


    “We are very pleased to make the idea of Slow Food attractive to Berlinale audiences with Street Food. We will offer cuisines specific to different countries, ranging from Korean to southern German – delicacies whose origins and histories can be savoured immediately. Good quality affordable for everyone”, says Bernd Maier from Markthalle Neun.


    This photo is available for download at:

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    Largest American festival of German-Language Cinema brings broad slate of celebrated pictures to Castro Theatre this January


    The Berlin & Beyond Film Festival (Jan 15-21) marks its 18th year with a return to its original exhibition schedule at the head of the calendar in January and a selection of some of the best and brightest award-winning films and talents of European cinema. It is the fourth year under the direction of festival director Sophoan Sorn, and his third in collaboration and leadership with Sabine Erlenwein, Director of the Goethe-Institut San Francisco. The festival features a vivid selection of the best films from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and a rising selection of international co-productions in the German language. This year’s festival celebrates the theme “Courage in Motion” with cinematic stories of overcoming life’s obstacles, moving bravely, embracing hope, connecting minds, finding solutions and bonding through common humanity.

    The festival will open with Germany’s official entry to the 2014 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film consideration, the riveting time-spanning espionage drama Two Lives by Georg Maas. The festival’s elegant, opulent centerpiece, Ludwig II, a sweeping chronicle of Bavaria’s most intriguing monarch, will also serve as the focus of a celebration of the life and career of the great European director and cinema devotee Peter Sehr (Obsession, The Anarchist’s Wife), who is honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Directing posthumously at this year’s festival. Accepting it in his place will be his wife and creative partner Marie Nöelle.

    For the first time since 2010, the festival will present an astounding 3D spectacular on the Castro screen in Detlev Buck’s Measuring the World (3D), a riveting historical romp based on the experiences and exploits of 19th century scientists Alexander von Humboldt and mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss. The festival will close with up-and-coming filmmaker Nana Neul‘s superbly observed family drama, Silent Summer, for which the director and stars will be in attendance, at the Castro Theatre before completing it’s run at the Goethe-Institut with two days of more intimate screenings.


    The festival's largest program, German Features (formerly German Films Panorama), showcases the high volume of excellent cinema emerging from Germany this year, including the excellent drama Breaking Horizons, which won the Best German Language Feature Film award at the Zürich Film Festival and stars festival favorite Aylin Tezel (BBFF 2011 Opening Night Film Almanya – Welcome to Germany); Oscar-nominee Marc Rothemund’s courageous cancer exploration The Girl with Nine Wigs; Gold, a Nina Hoss-starring new western that recreates America’s Gold Rush by Thomas Arslan (In The Shadows, BBFF 2010); the engaging, electric policeman-on-policeman love affair Free Fall; Julia von Heinz’s German/Israel co-production Hanna’s Journey; Lars-Gunnar Hanson’s tense thriller Shifting the Blame; the GDR immigrant drama Shores of Hope; and the boundary-crossing adaptation of Julia Franck’s novel, West, directed by Christian Schwochow’s (Cracks in the Shell, BBFF 2012).


    The festival's German Documentaries selections this year raise and answer questions of conflicting cultures and experiences, both across national and species lines. The later is explored in Redemption Impossible, Christian Rost’s stirring document of the rehabilitation Austrian chimpanzees that have been used for experimentation on a remote safari park, which screened as part of the Berlinale Special this past February in Germany. The later finds a more jovial home in Sound of Heimat – Germany Sings, Arne Birkenstock and Jan Tengeler’s musical exploration of Germany’s folk music through the eyes of a New Zealand musician; and Munich in India, Walter Steffen’s historical documentary about Fritz-Munich, the only German court painter of the Maharajas.


    This year, Berlin & Beyond inaugurated a new educationally focused program, Youth 4 German Cinema, a unique student-juried competition offering local high school students the opportunity to participate directly in an internationally recognized film festival. The locally-selected jury chose Katja von Garnier’s equestrian adventure Windstorm as this year’s winning film, awarding runner-up accolades to Your Beauty Is Worth Nothing, Huseyin Tabak’s immigration tale told through the eyes of a young Turkish boy which has received considerable attention on the international festival circuit.


    Showcase documentary Miles & War, which recently won the Lüdia Audience Award, the top prize at Kinofest Lünen in Germany, is a fly-on-the-wall portrait of the work of some of the world’s top conflict mediators—negotiators who work with a variety of factions from nomadic tribesmen to government functionaries to foster peace, often in the most dangerous environments. Markus Imhoof’s documentary More Than Honey, one of the year’s most discussed documentary films, boldly probes the world’s disappearing bee population, and is Switzerland’s official entry to the 2014 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film consideration. Alongside is Christoph Schaub’s kinetic narrative, Lullaby Ride, a tale of two parents searching in the night for their stolen child.

    Out-of-competition in the Youth 4 German Cinema program is the North American Premiere of The Black Brothers, the latest picture from Oscar-nominated director Xavier Koller (Journey of Hope) based on the famed children’s novel by Lisa Tetzner about the adventures of a poor chimney sweep.


    In addition to Your Beauty is Worth Nothing in the Youth 4 German Cinema section, the festival presents a stunning performance with its Austrian Cinema Special this year in Philipp Hochmair’s sensitive turn in La Pivellina duo Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel’s The Shine of Day, for which he received the Best Actor award at the internationally recognized Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland.


    The well-loved Shorts Program, entitled Sensational Seven for 2014, features stories that use Germany as a base to explore the ecstacies and limitations of continental living. Highlights include Erik Schmitt and Stephan Müller’s Rhino Full Throttle, which was honored with the Future Filmmaker Award at the Palm Springs International ShortFest, and Martin Christopher Bode’s A Good Story, lensed by Christopher Doyle.

    Complimenting the North American Premiere of Breaking Horizons (German Features section) is the directorial debut of the film’s star, Aylin Tezel, Inhale, an introspective short film combining fantasy and reality.


    Each year, Berlin & Beyond is proud to serve as not only a showcase for the best German, Austrian and Swiss cinema, but as a focal point for discussion on the continuing influence of the European tradition on cinema as a whole, and a forum for European talent to connect with American audiences in person. A roster of some of the brightest lights names in contemporary German language cinema is confirmed to appear in conversation at the festival: from Germany, director, and partner of the late Peter Sehr. Marie Noëlle (Ludwig II); actor/director Alyin Tezel (Breaking Horizons, Almanya – Welcome to Germany, BBFF2012); producer Ali Saghri (Breaking Horizons); director Nana Neul (Silent Summer); actor Hans-Jochen Wagner (Silent Summer); director Georg Maas (Two Lives); director Christian Schwochow (West, Cracks in the Shell, BFF2012); documentarian Walter Steffen (Munich in India); production designer Udo Kramer (Measuring the World - 3D); Youth 4 German Cinema award winner Katja von Garnier (Windstorm); and Oscar-nominated director Marc Rothemund (The Girl with Nine Wigs, Sophie Scholl – The Final Days).

    Representing the Swiss Window program, Los Angeles-based, Oscar-winning director Xavier Koller (The Black Brothers, Journey of Hope) and Berlin and Geneva-based documentarian Anne Thoma (Miles & War) are scheduled to appear. Further guest appearances will be announced as they are confirmed.

    Admission: prices vary, please refer to program guide or website for information.

    Tickets for the film can be purchased at:

    For photos and press materials, email the festival publicist at


    Since 1996, the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival has been the leading festival of contemporary German cinema in the Americas, and has presented over 500 motion pictures, along with the presence of celebrated film figures, including Mario Adorf, Fatih Akin, Moritz Bleibtreu, Daniel Brühl, Hannelore Elsner, Florian David Fitz, Bruno Ganz, Barbara Sukowa and Wim Wenders. The festival is presented in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, a national cultural institution of the Federal Republic of Germany. The main 18th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival will take place January 15th-19th, 2014 at the Castro Theatre movie palace and January 20-21 at the Goethe-Institut San Francisco auditorium. For the 18th festival, the festival is proud to present the educational program Youth 4 German Cinema and the new "preview series" Berlin & Beyond Honolulu, taking place December 16-20, 2013 at the Doris Duke Theatre, at the Honolulu Museum of Art in Hawai'i.

    The festival celebrates the generous support of many partners and sponsors, including: Presenting Sponsors – Lufthansa and MetaDesign; Premier Sponsors – Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in San Francisco, the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco, Unitrans International Logistics, Inc., and the San Francisco Grants for the Arts; the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany; Grand Sponsors – German Films and Montage Services, Inc; Media Partners – Bay Guardian and German World Magazine; Official Venue – The Castro Theatre.

    For festival information, go to


    The Goethe-Institut is Germany’s official cultural center comprised of 136 institutes in 92 countries. The Institut exists to promote art and films from Germany, the study of the German language, and encourage the international cultural exchange with Germany. The San Francisco branch has been promoting German culture and language since 1967. Its year-round cultural activities include up to five art exhibitions, weekly film screenings, annual events with local cultural institutions and periodic social gatherings.

    Official website:

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  • 12/19/13--11:39: The PROBLEM!
  • The Filmmaker Problem: Funding.

    The screenwriter Problem: Finding Production.

    Solution: Writers and

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    Wanted to wish you all the best in 2014 and hope to see you all in Palm Beach this April.

    Still time to submit your film: 

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    Viewster offers a catalog of TV shows and movies that you don’t find everywhere. Most of our content is free to watch online just by the click of a button. You will find thousands of cool niche movies, cult TV series, classics, celebrity news and trailers. You won’t find the latest blockbusters movies here that are still in the cinemas because Viewster is a legal site. The good thing: you don’t need to download and you don’t risk getting viruses or malware while using the service. And, the artist will get the deserved 

    Viewster calls for entry for its #VOFF online festival to compete for 100'000 $ in cash prizes.

    Submit online :

    For our inaugural edition When Life Gives You Lemons ..., it’s all about black humor..
    What do you do when everything goes wrong? Humor is at its best when it is walking right alongside tragedy. When life gives you lemons, do you make lemonade? Show us your best take on this theme we want to see you laughing in the face of life’s nuisances, embarrassments and tragedies.

    We accept series, short films, features, web series and teasers that are not always as famous as they should be.

    The #VOFF is a community moderated contest. Millions of viewers will create a short list out of all qualified entries. The #VOFF Jury of Experts will review the short list and choose the final winners of the festival.

    Think you have something up your sleeve that fits the bill and can take some of the $100,000 in prize money? Then register now. Need more detailed information on the Festival? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions below.


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    The Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) is now accepting submission for the 2014 festival. 

    Official Entry Deadlines:
    Early: November 15, 2013
    Late: January 10, 2013


    Submission forms can be sent via email to:

    Please send us a printout of your submission form along with all other required entry material and fees.

    2014 Palm Beach International Film Festival

    Submit Your Film

    Entries must be complete and two copies sent by mail with payment and materials (see checklist below) to:

    Palm Beach International Film Festival
    2101 South Congress Avenue
    Delray Beach, FL 33445


    Founded in 1996, The Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) was the brainchild of local business and civic leaders who felt a film festival would offer an exciting cultural venue for the community, be a tremendous fundraiser for film and TV education and would also provide an excellent opportunity to introduce filmmakers to the area's resources. The PBIFF celebrates both the history and the future of the film industry with seven days of world premieres, special events, seminars, feature, short films and documentaries. In 2003 PBIFF became a "Competitive" Festival; joining the ranks of other great film events such as: Sundance, Cannes, Toronto and Venice. The PBIFF has enjoyed a remarkable level a success to date. Unlike many festivals around the country, the PBIFF has dedicated itself to making a difference in the lives of young people by helping to fulfill their dreams in the world of film. Proceeds generated each year go to the Palm Beach County Schools to provide new technologies for optimal learning in the form of grants and scholarships. 

    The Palm Beach International Film Festival was organized to develop, coordinate and promote local, domestic and international independent films in Palm Beach County, and to increase public awareness of, and participation in, film as an art form. The Festival strives to recognize new and original voices, and channel that excitement into area schools in the form of grants and scholarships, offering student filmmakers an opportunity to pursue their dream for a career in the film industry.

    The Palm Beach International Film Festival strives to be the greatest means to ENGAGE the community around us through the magic of film, while EDUCATING themselves about the world issues, past present and future via one of the most ENTERTAINING and powerful mediums available to everyone today … FILM"


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    Historic theater in the NoHo Arts District to host awards ceremony

    The Indie Series Awards, formerly known as the Indie Soap Awards, are coming to Los Angeles in celebration of its 5th year on April 2, 2014. The Red Carpet Gala will be held at the El Portal Theatre, a historic landmark in the San Fernando Valley located in the heart of North Hollywood. When it first opened in 1926, the theatre was home to Vaudeville shows, then Silent Movies and Academy Award winning films. Today, the 360 seat proscenium house serves for a multitude of functions including staged plays and readings, special events, plus film and television productions.


    The Indie Series Awards, honoring the best in independently produced, scripted entertainment created for the Web, first began in 2009. Doubling in size each year since inception, ISA5 will once again provide the backdrop for New Media creators to celebrate their accomplishments and those of their peers.


    “The El Portal Theatre has a long and storied history and I’m so excited to bring the Indie Series Awards to this extraordinary venue,” said Roger Newcomb, founder of We Love Soaps and the Indie Series Awards. “The space also offers us several new and fun possibilities for the ceremony, and there’s not a bad seat in the house.”


    Susan Bernhardt, ISA5 Producer added “As in years past, ISA5 is certain to be a memorable evening and amazing experience for everyone that attends. I'm so thrilled we secured El Portal Theatre as our venue which has literally served every platform. Seems fitting to host an awards show there honoring the best in the latest form of entertainment – New Media.”


    The ceremony will be hosted by Emmy-nominated actress, and Best-Selling author Carolyn Hennesy, star of General Hospital, True Blood, Cougar Town, and the upcoming indie web series Acting Dead.


    Any professional, independently produced scripted web series (drama or comedy) that released at least three NEW episodes between December 17, 2012 and December 31, 2013 may be submitted for the Indie Series Awards. Complete entry instructions are available at


    Tickets for ISA5 go on sale February 1st and will be sold through the El Portal Theatre box office. 

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    The Mardi Gras Film Festival will launch the full 2014 program of queer films in a special screening of Alan Cumming’s poignant drama ANY DAY NOW at 6:45pm on Wednesday 15 January 2014, Event Cinemas George Street.

    Set in 1970s Los Angeles and inspired by a true story, ANY DAY NOW, follows the story of aspiring singer Rudy (Alan Cumming) and his closeted district attorney partner Paul (Garret Dillahunt) who take in an abandoned teenager with Down Syndrome, becoming the family he’s never had. But once the unconventional living arrangement is discovered by authorities, the men must fight the legal system to adopt the child.


    On the night new Festival Director, Paul Struthers, will reveal the extensive program of films in the 2014 festival ahead of the screening.


    “Over the last 12 months there has been an huge amount of incredible queer cinema from around the globe. Stories of love, loss, politics and pride will all take centre stage in February and I’m excited to be a part of bringing these films to Australian audiences.” says Mardi Gras Film Festival Director, Paul Struthers.


    Running from Thursday February 13 to Sunday February 23 2014 at Event Cinemas George Street, and presented by Queer Screen, the Festival will offer up an eclectic selection of classic and contemporary LGBTIQ films from across Australia and around the world – showcasing multiple world and Australian premieres, critically-acclaimed international titles and some of the most groundbreaking queer flicks of all time.


    A selection of 10 films has already been announced and are on sale including the hilarious gay teen comedy G.B.F, award-winning documentary CAMP BEAVERTON: MEET THE BEAVERS, and the critically-acclaimed feature CONCUSSION.  The Festival will kick off on opening night with the Australian premiere of REACHING FOR THE MOON, starring Miranda Otto in what Struthers calls “a career best performance”.


    Tickets cost just $19 and can be purchased from the Queerscreen website:




    The Mardi Gras Film Festival has grown considerably since 1993. It is now one of Australia’s largest film festivals of any kind, and one of the top queer film festivals in the world. It is highly regarded by filmmakers all over the world, and is the most important avenue for promoting gay and lesbian titles to distributors and exhibitors in this territory. Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board are the major partner for Mardi Gras Film Festival 2014, and Event Cinemas George Street are their exclusive venue partner.

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    Recently named the Coolest Short Film Festival by Moviemaker Magazine, the DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition is the largest short film event on the East Coast of the United States. In 2013, we screened 152 films from 21 countries in 18 unique showcases that played over 11 days to a total audience of 9,300 people.  We also hosted a table read of six screenplays, and awarded the winner an incredible prize of $2,000.

    The 11th DC Shorts will be September 11-21, 2014 in locations throughout Washington, DC. Submit your short film or short screenplay to be considered for programming. 

    11th Annual DC Shorts Film Festival
    September 11-21, 2014

    DC Shorts turns the spotlight on truly independent short films created around the globe. In 2013, we received over 1,200 entries from 51 nations. We ultimately programed 152 films into 18 unique showcases that played over 11 days to a combined audience of over 9,300 people. 

    --->  EARLYBIRD DEADLINE: JANUARY 31 (our lowest entry fee prices!)

    8th Annual DC Shorts Screenplay Competition
    Friday, September 19, 2014

    DC Shorts is proud to present a different kind of screenwriting competition. A panel of readers consisting of filmmakers, screenwriters, and critics review and provide condensed coverage (feedback) for scripts of 15 pages or less. Six finalists are invited to attend DC Shorts and, with the assistance of local directors and agents, cast a live table reading of the script from a bank of actors. The readings are performed in front of an audience, who vote on their favorites. These votes, along with the scores of the readers, determine a competition winner.

    --->  EARLYBIRD DEADLINE: MARCH 31 (our lowest entry fee prices!)
    --->  FINAL DEADLINE: MAY 31


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    MAXtv Filmofeel presents Avvantura Sunday on tportal.

    From Sunday, December 22nd, Avvantura Festival Zadar gets an online edition - first online festival in Eastern Europe - Avvantura Sunday on tportal as a member of the large film family MAXtv Filmofeel. From December 22nd, as a part of the first eastern european online film festival "Avvantura Sunday" on tportal, every Sunday from 6pm until midnight at croatian audiences will have the opportunity to watch uninterruptedly and free of charge two films screened at the Festival. All this thanks to a successful cooperation of the Avvantura festival Zadar, Wide management and tportal. All of you who miss the Sunday festival date will have the opportunity to watch the films within the Video on Demand with a minimum fee of 0,99 euros (7,50 kunas). Avvantura Festival Zadar, which will celebrate its fifth birthday in August 2014, focuses on European co-production and follows global trends. With the help of the revolutionary VOD (Video on Demand) platform on the partnering tportal and in collaboration with Eye on Films and Wide label Avvantura will open its doors from December 22nd to a wide audience that will be able to enjoy debut titles by European authors. Avvantura Sunday is a project of the future which still has not been implemented in most countries in the world and it is happening for the first time in Eastern Europe. It offers exclusive free of charge screenings of new films, works by debuting directors, young actors... We would say "little" films which are harder to distribute to viewers, and they can rarely be found in programs of multiplex cinemas and TV- said Sergej Stanojkovski, founder/director of Avvantura Festival Zadar and added that: "Avvantura Sunday is not reserved only for cold blockbusters- in it you can open a window into the colourful world of the seventh art!" Since its beginning, Avvantura Festival was oriented towards young authors, co-production and transmedia. Avvantura Sunday was therefore a logical step forward which was contributed by a perennial collaboration with Croatian Telecom through Festival sponsorship. The advantages, quality and comfort of the online journey through film worlds were recognized by Avvantura Sunday's good fairy, the famous Croatian actress, Judita Franković. "I am proud of the online festival project and am looking forward to Avvantura Sundays. I'm also very happy with the fact that I will be able to watch the films outside the free-of-charge period"- said Judita about the project. Embark on an adventure of watching film treats in your home or anywhere else via computer or tablet with tportal and Avvantura.

    #avvanturasunday #zadar #tportal #eof #wide #avvantura


    Founder and Director : Sergej Stanojkovski (Member of EFA

    Honorary Senior Advisor : Dr. Branko Lustig (LA, two time Academy Award winner)

    Advisors : Jim Stark (USA) Karl Baumgartner (GER) Henry Behar (FRA) Daniel Rafaelic (CRO) Jerome Paillard (FRA) Tomi Salkovski (MK) Angela Bosch Rius (SPA) Veljko Bulajic (CRO) Prof. Werner Nekes (GER) Vlado Zrnic (CRO) Stefan Kitanov (BUL) Karel Och (CZ) Mare Milin (CRO) Maja Peterlić (CRO)


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    CLICK HERE to submit your film to the festival!  All genres accepted!  The festival will take place from April 10-13, 2014 in North Hollywood, CA, in the heart of the NoHo Arts District and surrounded by the Hollywood industry.  There is still plenty of time.  Get your film in today!


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    Submit today to the hottest new festival in Los Angeles!  Making its debut next April in a state of the art digital theater in the heart of the NoHo Arts District, the North Hollywood CineFest will boast a great run of independent films as well as provide an entertaining atmosphere and a fantastic networking opportunity with people in the biz.  Numerous notable film professionals will be present in this 4-day event.  The festival will prioritize great stories first and foremost.  You don't need celebrities in your film to be accepted.  Just a great story!  So don't wait.  Submit now!

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    Starting in mid January, the Berlinale poster will be displayed at the Potsdamer Platz and across the city, and so set the mood for the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, which will take place from February 6th to 16th, 2014.


    “The Berlinale Bear is and remains an extremely popular mascot – not only with our movie-loving Berlin audiences but also our international guests. This year an entire parade of bears will colourfully brighten Berlin’s cityscape and light the way to the cinema,” says Festival Director Dieter Kosslick.


    “With its eye-catching design in a variety of bold colours, the poster will whet people’s appetite for the diversity promised by this year’s Berlinale,” comments BOROS, the agency that created the 64th Berlinale’s key motif.


    The poster is available in high resolution upon request via



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    December 20, 2013



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  • 12/25/13--20:04: Philomena
  • We just saw this heart wrenching wonderful film. If you have children, you'll be crying thoroughly during this film. It's still a pleasure to see wonderful acting. Wish we could secure these actors for independent film!

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  • 12/25/13--20:04: Philomena
  • We just saw this heart wrenching wonderful film. If you have children, you'll be crying thoroughly during this film. It's still a pleasure to see wonderful acting. Wish we could secure these actors for independent film!

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  • 12/27/13--11:28: We will be on FOX TV!!!
  • We applied and were accepted on a Crowd Funding Television show! We don't actually need funding, but love the exposure!

    Writers and will be featured on FOX 29-WUTV Sunday the 29th at 11:30am! 

    We are slowly starting our marketing campaign...because the back-end of site is still under development! The Front facing is nice...check it out! 
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