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    “Thank you, Japan for making me who I am.” TIFF’s Special Event John Lasseter to Speak on “Cool Japan” – 10/24(Fri.)
      
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    Special event with John Lasseter held and he spoke on the topic of “Cool Japan”. Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is having the world premiere of his latest film, “Big Hero 6” as the Opening Film. John shared his respect and fascination toward creativity of Hayao Miyazaki and Japanese culture for 27th TIFF on October 24 at EX Theater Roppongi.
     

    Photo: John Lasseter ©Disney

     

    For this special event, John Lasseter talk about Japanese culture and influence that he has received from Japanese animation, including the works of Hayao Miyazaki, Japan’s pre-eminent animation creator and director, as well as behind-the-scenes stories of the production of Disney animated movies which enjoy great popularity the world over
     
    John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer at Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios and DisneyToon Studios, gave a special presentation on “Cool Japan” at EX Theater Roppongi on Friday evening to a packed house as part of the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival. Lasseter, who is well know for writing and directing films like A Bug’s Life, Toy Story, and Toy Story 2, gave a very personal recollection of how his life and career had been greatly influenced by Japan, and in particular, Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli, an internationally acclaimed creator of anime feature films who is also viewed by many as a symbol of “Cool Japan”.
     
    Lasseter recounted his early childhood being fascinated with cartoons, even through teenage years, but was “blown away”, in his words, by Miyazaki’s first feature film,The Castle of Cagliostro. He also mentioned that he had wooed his wife with the same film while they were dating, and the film had had a profound effect on Lasseter’s career as an animator as he said, “It had a very strong effect on me because I felt that this was the first animated feature film I had seen that had a vision to entertain for all ages. It filled my soul with a drive.”
     
    Lasseter went on to describe his long and inspiring relationship with Miyazaki, which began in 1981, and showed a variety of photographs from his multiple trips to Japan as well as a clip from My Neighbor Totoro, one of Miyazaki’s most famous works, which Lasseter felt had a profound effect on the old and the young alike. After showing a clip of the film, he praised Miyazaki’s style by saying, “it celebrates the quiet moments in film, all of Miyazaki’s films have five or six of these, it is so the opposite of Hollywood. Those moments set things up, like the arrival of the Cat Bus,” said Lasseter.
     
    One of Lasseter’s earliest and strongest influences was a visit to Teruhisa Kitahara’s Museum of Tin Toys in Yokohama which he visited on his first trip to Japan, and eventually became the inspiration for the movie Tin Toy which was produced by Pixar and directed by Lasseter. Tin Toy went on to claim Pixar’s first Academy Award in 1988 for Best Animated Short Film being the first CGI film to win an Oscar, and was later the inspiration for Toy Story.
     
    While Lasseter is best known for his work in computer animation, but has never forgotten his beginnings at the California Institute of Art and Disney. “When I went to computer animation I never forgot the traditional,” he said. “It is one of the secrets of Pixar.” He noted that while Miyazaki is known for not being a fan of computer animation, his enthusiastic response to Toy Story, which took four years to make, was very special to Lasseter and he remarked that Miyazaki “could see the story” through the technology.
     
    Drawing parallels to his work and the deep lasting effect of what he described as Japan’s “juxtaposition of modern and traditional” as illustrated by photos of sleek skyscrapers next to quiet gardens and high tech vending machines within reach of ancient bamboo fountains, Lasseter said that one of the secrets of Pixar was to never forget the traditional principles while working with new technology. Lasseter described both Cars 2 and his latest movie Big Hero 6 – which premiered on Thursday as the opening film of the Tokyo Film Festival – as “a love letter to Tokyo,” and concluded his talk with a heartfelt tribute to Japan by saying, “Thank you, Japan for making me who I am.”
     
    Outline
    Date and time: October 24 (Fri), 17:00-18:00
    Venue: EX Theater Roppongi
    Theme: ”Cool Japan”
    Appearance: John LASSETER (Chief Creative Officer at Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and DisneyToon Studios.)

     


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    31st annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival
    October 24 - November 2, 2014

     

    The best film for children, youth, and families from around the world, right nere in Chicago! 

     

    2014 Festival Schedule (PDF):  

     

    FAMILY SCHEDULE  (Weekend and Evening Screenings)

    FIELD TRIP SCHEDULE (Weekday Morning Screenings)   

    Screening Details By Individual Film Title

    Checkout the OFFICIAL FESTIVAL WEBSITE   

     


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    Here's today's schedule:
     

    10:15am - Film House
    Nothing Like Chocolate (Student Matinee)
    Director: Kum-Kum Bhavnani | USA | Doc | 2013 | 64 mins

    12:00pm - Burlington City Arts
    Lunchtime Shorts: Music
    Shugo Tokumaru – Katachi |Directed by Kijek/Adamski | 3:04
    Purity Ring – Lofticries |Directed by AG Rojas |4:13
    Arcade Fire – Afterlife |Directed by Emily Kai Bock |7:47
    Wunder Wunder – Hail The Madmen |Directed by Dimitri Basil |3:13
    Manchester Orchestra – Simple Math |Directed by Daniels |5:22
    Gesaffelstein – Pursuit | Directed by Fleur & Manu |, 3:25
    Cold Mailman – My Recurring Dream |Directed by André Chocron |4:35
    Hannah Georgas – Enemies |Directed by John Patton Ford |4:16
    M.I.A. – Bad Girls |Directed by Romain Gavras |4:13
    Slow Magic – Feel Flows |Directed by Paris Zarcilla | 8:09



    1:00pm - Black Box Theatre
    The Strange Little Cat
    Director: Ramon Zürcher | Germany | Fiction | 2013 | 72 mins

    2:30pm - Film House
    Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs Gravity
    Director: Catherine Gund | USA | Doc | 2014 | 82 mins

    3:00pm - Black Box Theatre
    Soul of the Banquet
    Director: Wayne Wang | USA | Documentary | 2014 | 78 mins

    4:15pm - Film House
    Nobody's Home
    Director: Deniz Akçay | Turkey | Fiction | 2013 | 81 mins



    5:30pm - Film House Lobby
    Skinny Pancake Reception

    6:00pm - Black Box Theatre
    Challat of Tunis
    Director: Kaouther Ben Hania | Tunisia | Hybrid | 2014 | 90 mins

    6:30pm - Film House
    Of Horses and Men
    Director: Benedikt Erlingsson | Iceland | Fiction | 2013 | 81 mins
    With Introduction by John Killacky, Executive Director, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts



    8:30pm - Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
    Nobody's Daughter Haewon
    Director: Hong Sang-soo | South Korea | Fiction | 2013 | 90 mins


     

    Happy Halloween!



    Full information about all the films and events at the festival can be found at our website: vtiff.org
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    Please send any questions to: info@vtiff.org
     

    Happy viewing! 

     

     


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    The inaugral Udada Film Festival kicked off officially on Friday the 24th of October at the Micheal Joseph Center. The Udada Film Festival is the first film festival in Kenya to exclusively celebrate women in film. It has been organized by Wanjiru Kinyanjui, a film maker and lecturer at the Kenyatta University. Udada Film Festival will be running screenings at the Goethe Institute and Micheal Joseph Center everyday from 2pm till the 29th of October. There shall be workshops in the morning.

    Check out pictures from the opening.

     


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    The Rule of Lead - La Regola del Piombo

    Following otherworldly plans which he finds very annoying, Humphrey, the ghost of a murderer, is forced to team up with Lara, a lonely teenage girl ignored by parents and society. Unable to touch things and assume a human form that would lead to the ultimate demise of his soul, Humphrey must lead the girl to save two kidnapped children as a way to redeem himself and finally abandon Earth. The two make an unpredictable rough pair and explore the old mansion where some criminals are holding the ...
     

    Trailer for Pseudonym, for festival consideration

    Synopsis:  Alex is a divorced father, a stressed executive. His daily routine is work, work, work. Tonight he's in a hurry, he's due to meet a beautiful young stranger... who contacted him via the internet. But this blind date will flip him into a downward spiral and disrupt forever the course of his life.  Thriller, 75 min., Scope, Dolby 5.1  Directed by Thierry Sebban  Starring: Simon Abkarian, Igor Skreblin, Perrine Tourneux... 
     

    October Selection of Films for your consideration

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    Heaven Knows What wins Best Film in Tokyo

    Report on Heaven Knows What TIFF 2014, press conference, Oct. 28   ©2014 TIFF “HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT“, directed by Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie won the Tokyo Grand Prix at 27th TIFF  Director Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie Staff Director/Screenplay : Joshua Safdie Director/Editor : Benny Safdie Screenplay/Editor : Ronald Bronstein Cinematographer : Sean Price Williams Pr...
     

    Three New Titles Selected For IFFR’s Inaugural IFFR Live

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      Erbarme dich - Matthäus Passion Stories, Speed Walking and Melody added to simultaneous live screening event  International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has selected three new titles for IFFR Live, the documentary feature ERBARME DICH – MATTHÄUS PASSION STORIES, which will screen as a World Premiere, SPEED WALKING and MELODY, both of which will be European Premieres. The unique international film festival event, established ...
     

    Lost In Bosnia to open Sleepwalkers International Short Film Festival in Tallinn, Estonia

    New portmanteau film showcases films from Béla Tarr founded cinema collective film.factory The Sleepwalkers International Short Film Festival, held between 18th and 22nd November, will open its 15th edition with a screening of the portmanteau feature film Lost In Bosnia. This collection of shorts is an ode to films and filmmaking and highlights the works of the first batch of students from the Sarajevo based film.factory. The film school, founded by the lege...
     

    World Cinema Fund Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary and Launches an Additional Funding Project: WCF Europe

    On its 10th anniversary, the World Cinema Fund (WCF) looks back at a successful and productive decade. Since its establishment, it has backed a total of 119 projects from 41 countries: it has granted production funds 84 times and given distribution funds to 35 films for release in German cinemas. In 2015, the WCF will expand its funding programme to include a special project: WCF Europe.   Founded in 2004, the WCF was initiated by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Ber...
     

    Little Studio Films breathes new life into the serial killer thriller genre with Lazarus Rising

    Little Studio Films has partnered up with Miami based Magic City Pictures and screenwriter A.J. Ferrara to introduce their latest thriller project, "Lazarus Rising", at AFM 2014. International actor Max Ryan has signed on for the lead role and both Little Studio Films  and Magic City PIctures will be presenting to potential production partners and international distributors at the 2014 American Film Market. It will be directed by Jameson Hesse, a published autho...
     
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    2014 NYC Gothams Audience Award Screening Schedule

    Screenings are for IFP members only on a first-come, first-served basis.  A printed copy of your membership card is required for admittance. Q&As to be confirmed for select screenings. Check back for updates!   All Screenings Take Place at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP 30 John St. DUMBO, Brooklyn   WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 6:00pm Love is Strange, dir. Ira Sachs 8:15pm Nightcrawler, dir. Dan Gilroy   THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6 6:00pm ...
     

    The Audience Award of the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival goes to Pale Moon

    The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival the Audience Award “Pale Moon” ©2014 “Pale Moon” Film Partners   Director : Daihachi Yoshida Original Novel : Mitsuyo Kakuta Cast : Rie Miyazawa, Sosuke Ikematsu, Satomi Kobayashi, Yuko Oshima, Seiichi Tanabe, Yoshimasa Kondo, Renji Ishibashi       ©2014 TIFF BUYING HER WAY TO HAPPINESS ...
     

    Awards of 27th Tokyo IFF

    Tokyo Grand Prix “HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT“ Director:Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie   Special Jury Prize “The Lesson“   Award for Best Director Joshua Safdie, Benny Safdie “HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT“   Award for Best Actress Rie Miyazawa “Pale Moon“   Award for Best Actor Robert Więckiewicz “The Mighty Angel“ 
     

    The short film finalists for ParentesiCinema

     
    The film contest has collected more than 270 films from around the world.    The shorts finalists will be seen by the jury by the Artistic Director Luca Cavadini, actress Anne Bergamo Tucci, the researcher Marta Soligo, from writer-director Emanuele Sana and director Ruben Loera Antonio Perez. Together decreed the winners of the following categories: Best International Short Film, Best Internation...
     

    The 23rd Philadelphia Film Festival ended its 11-day celebration of Film and presented a series of awards

    The 23rd Philadelphia Film Festival ended its 11-day celebration of all things cinematic with a sold-out closing night screening of Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern.     This year's festival, which ran from October 16-26, featured 113 films from 28 countries, as well as panel discussions, community events, filmmaker Q&As and a rapidly growing education series inclusionary of students from Philadelphia's public, private and charter schools. ...
     

    Los cabos Fest - Rosario Dawson will hand The Tribute Award to Atom Egoyan

    During the Third Edition of Los Cabos International Film Festival, American actress Rosario Dawson will present the Latin American Premier of Atom Egoyan’s The Captive (2014), and will have the honor to grant the Tribute Award to Mr. Egoyan on Saturday, November 15th. Dawson plays a detective in the film by the Canadian Director, investigating Cassandra’s case that was abruptly kidnapped; this begins a horrifying race against time where the detective herself must pla...
     

    The Chelsea Film Festival announced the 2014 winners this past Sunday, October 19th at the SVA Theatre in the heart of Chelsea.

    CFF Official Trophy, Charging Bull replica handmade by Arturo Di Modica ©Chelsea Film Festival, Inc   The Closing Awards Ceremony was hosted by CFF Founder and Director Ingrid Jean-Baptiste, who reminded the importance of the Festival's mission: "The Festival's mission is to discover emerging directors from around the world and be an international platform for independent filmmaking. It has been a very successful year. The Chelsea Film Festival received over a t...
     

    ‘Il Capitale Umano’ wins the Canvas Public Choice Award at Gent Film Festival

    The public chooses ‘Pride’ as their favourite film The Port of Ghent Public Choice Award goes to ‘Pride’ by Matthew Warchus and the Canvas Public Choice Award goes to ‘Il Capitale Umano’ by Paolo Virzì. Raphaël Crombez’ short film ‘Perdition County’ took home the ACE Image Factory Audience Award for Best Belgian Student Short Fil...
     

    Best Super Short Film Winner-"Shift"

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    Congratulations again to Patrick Ryder and Del Mak, the directors of "Shift", for winning the award for Best Super Short Film! Along with this award, they have also received the Sony Vegas Pro Software as their prize for creating such an amazing dance film.  If you didn't make it to the screening of "Shift" at our festival, you can check out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGn76ygoOrY Goosebumps guaranteed! ...
     

    The winners of fourth edition of US in Progress Wrocław, part of American Film Festival Wrocław 2014

     
    The fourth edition of the USinProgress co-production forum was held on October 22-25, 2014, during the 5th American Film Festival in Wrocław. The event, targeting Polish and European film professionals, aims to facilitate contacts and develop professional networking with independent filmmakers from the United States. It is the only event of its kind in Eastern Europe, co-organized with New York based Black Rabbit Films and Champs-Elysees Film Festival in Paris. Invite-only screenings featured s...
     

    36 Nominees for the 8th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA)

     
      Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today announced nominees for the 8th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), with 36 films from 21 Asia Pacific countries and areas vying for the region’s highest accolade in film. Films in the running for the 2014 APSA for Best Feature Film are Winter Sleep (Turkey, France, Germany), Leviathan (Russian Federation), I’m Not Angry (Islamic Republic of Iran), The Owners (Kazakhstan), ...
     

    Obvious Child and Life Itself win the 5th American Film Festival in Wroclaw

    5th edition of the American Film Festival has come to an end. The first event in Eastern and Central Europe focused entirely on independent American cinema closed on October26th with the Polish premiere of Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher. In five days of the festival 70 pictures were presented in 137 screenings. The program included 54 titles screened for the first time in Poland and three international premieres. With some shows sold out completely, the attendance was 17 thousand admission...
     

    Hearst Screenwriting Grant winners announced: A. Sayeeda Moreno and Micah Shaffer

     
    The San Francisco Film Society today announced that A. Sayeeda Moreno and Micah Shaffer have been selected to receive this year's $15,000 SFFS / Hearst Screenwriting Grant for development of their script White. The SFFS / Hearst Screenwriting Grant is awarded in the fall of each year to writers residing in the United States who have been practicing for at least five years and who have previously written a minimum of one feature screenplay. The panelists who reviewed the finalists' submis...
     

    Nominations Announced for the 24th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards by IFP

    The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s premier member organization of independent storytellers, announced today the nominees for the 24th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards by IFP.  The Gotham Awards is one of the leading awards for independent film and signals the kick-off to the film awards season. For 2014, the seven competitive awards include Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Actor, Best Actress (presenting sponsor euphoria Calvin Klein), Breakthrough A...
     

    The Way Out triumphs at CinEast film festival Luxembourg

    The international jury of the 7th edition of CinEast (Central and Eastern European Film Festival Luxembourg, 9-26 October 2014, www.cineast.lu) presided by the Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa awarded the Grand Prix to the film The Way Out by the Czech director Petr Václav and the Special Jury Prize to the film Viktoria by the Bulgarian director Maya Vitkova. The Audience Award went to Life Feels Good by the Polish director Maciej Pieprzyca. The winners of the awards w...
     

    Chelsea Film Festival Winners!

    CHELSEA FILM FESTIVAL 2014 GRAND PRIX WINNER Noah Lang, Producer of SunBeltExpress won the Grand Prix of the Chelsea Film Festival!  Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress Tate Donovan, India Ennega, Ana de la Reguera Tate Donovan in "Sun Belt Express." ©Sun Belt Express, LLC The Chelsea Film Festival announced the 2014 winners this pastSunday, October 19th at t...
     

     

    Shriekfest announces it's 2014 Winners! Berkshire County gets Best Film

    Shriekfest, the Los Angeles International Film Festival & Screenplay Competiton was a huge success! Denise Gossett, festival director, once again hosted Shriekfest Oct 2-5th at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. Shriekfest screened 42 films and had 30 screenplay finalists & 8 original song finalists.    "Berkshire County" directed by Audrey Cummings took the Grand Jury prize for Best Horror Feature Film, "Time Lapse" directed by Bradley King to...

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    Submit to the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival APRIL 23 - 26, 2014

    October 31, 2014 Earlybird Deadline

    Cash prizes are awarded to winning filmmakers; as well as a PARTIAL REIMBURSEMENT for those that are Officially Selected into the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. Filmmakers from around the world are invited to submit films. 

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    Submit in one of the Following Categories Grand Jury, Best Documentary Feature, Best of Iowa, Best Short, Best Feature. Submit

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    Fantasporto 2015 35th edition February 27th - March 7th

    Submissions close December 5th 

    This year's edition will pay tribute to Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers and Orson Welles celebrating his 100th anniversary and screening new restored prints of Citizen Kane and Top Hat which opened 75 years ago. Both are in the Fantas Classics area.

    The selection for shorts is only for fantasy ones, like always. Submissions are open and we are accepting online submissions.

    Since we are making a new site that will be ready only later in October we propose you to send us the screener(s) for the selection commitee to see and, if the film(s) is(are) chosen, we will ask you all the materials needed. SUBMIIT

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    The Nashville Film Festival 46th Annual April 16 - 25, 2015

    The Nashville Film Festival is proud to bring the world to Nashville through a celebration of the diversity of the human spirit expressed through the art of film. In year-round programs, NaFF helps build a more informed, collaborative and alive community.

    The call for entries for the 2015 Nashville Film Festival is now open. Make sure to enter your film today. We offer cash and prizes valued at over $54,000 and qualify Live Action, Animated and Documentary Short Films for Academy Award™ consideration. SUBMIT VIA WAB or use the Call for Entry 2015 .

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    The Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) March 25 - 29, 2015

    Final deadline is January 30th 2015.  Please submit via "Withoutabox"

    The Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) is presented by the Sonoma Film Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, as a welcoming, entertaining and inspiring cinematic experience that supports and promotes independent films, celebrates the cultural diversity in the Sonoma Valley through film, and funds visual arts in education.
    "2014" - 220 Filmmakers - 14 countries - 114 films

    Named one of America's "Top Ten Destination Film Festivals," Sonoma prides itself on giving every filmmaker the royal treatment. Celebrated as one of the friendliest and most uplifting festivals on the circuit. SUBMIT

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    Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival April 23 - May 3, 2015

    EARLY-BIRD DEADLINE – November 19, 2014

    Hot Docs (www.hotdocs.ca), North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 22nd annual edition from April 23 – May 3, 2015. An outstanding selection of approximately 200 documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker and The Doc Shop. In partnership with Blue Ice Group, Hot Docs operates the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.

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    New York Int'l Children's Film Festival February 27 - March 22, 2015


    Final Deadline for Shorts Oct 14, 2014 - Final Deadline for Feature Films Nov 10, 2014

    New York Int'l Children's Film Festival is North America's film festival for children and teens. Each year the Festival presents 100 animated, live action and experimental shorts and features from around the world plus retrospectives, filmmaker Q&As, workshops, audience voting, and an annual Awards Ceremony.

    We are looking for creative, original, non-formulaic short and feature films that support our mission to create a more dynamic film culture for children and teens. We often program films that were not created with a young audience in mind, but are received passionately and enthusiastically by attendees ages 3-18 nonetheless. We are not shy about showing films with mature themes, subject matter, language or sensibilities.

    Members of the Festival jury include Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Bill Plympton, Christine Vachon, James Schamus, Henry Selick and Gus van Sant, among others. The Festival is an Academy®-qualifying festival. SUBMIT

    NYICFF's blog I Website www.gkids.com  

     

    The Myrtle Beach International Film Festival April 22 -25, 2015

    This will mark the 10th year anniversary of the festival ranked one of the top 25 film festivals in the World by Movie Maker Magazine.
    We are open to all genres. MBIFF also has a budget category, so a film with a 10 thousand dollar budget does not compete against a project with a 10 million dollar budget (with the exception of the overall winner).
    We have been quoted as the best or one of the best festivals ever attended by films makers around the globe.

    We are passionate about film and it shows! Submit by January 10th 2015

    Myrtle Beach International Film Festival's blog I Website http://www.myrtlebeachfilmfestival.com/

     

    The Garden State Film Festival

    2015 Call for Entries is OPEN NOW!!!

    The Garden State Film Festival was founded to promote the art of filmmaking on all levels by showcasing a wide variety of film, video and animated works as well as provide educational programs in the creative arts to the public by industry leaders. The artistic philosophy of the Garden State Film Festival is rooted in the celebration of the independent film genre and the creation of a forum where local and other independent filmmakers can exhibit their work.  Film, Screenplay and Movie Music competitions all open now!!

    Film Entries
    Screenplay Competition
    Movie Music Competition

    The Garden State Film Festival's blog I Website http://www.gsff.org

    L Europe autour de l' Europe Festival calling for entry for 2015

    Film submission deadline: December 15, 2014   Subscription fee : free   Participation rules: 1) Production: 47 countries of the Council of Europe 2) Screening formats : 35mm, 16mm, DCP, Quicktime, BluRay, Beta SP, Digibeta, DVD 3) Screeners : DVD, BluRay or link with French or English subtitles   Address : Evropa Film Akt / Festival L’Europe autour de l’Europe 22 rue Deparcieux 75014 Paris, France   E-mail : leuropeautourdeleurope@gmail.com...

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    The inaugral Udada Film Festival kicked off

    The inaugral Udada Film Festival kicked off officially on Friday the 24th of October at the Micheal Joseph Center. The Udada Film Festival is the first film festival in Kenya to exclusively celebrate women in film. It has been organized by Wanjiru Kinyanjui, a film maker and lecturer at the Kenyatta University. Udada Film Festival will be running screenings at the Goethe Institute and Micheal Joseph Center everyday from 2pm till the 29th of October. There shall be workshops in the morning. C...
     

    Today at the Vermont Festival!

    Here's today's schedule:   10:15am - Film House Nothing Like Chocolate (Student Matinee) Director: Kum-Kum Bhavnani | USA | Doc | 2013 | 64 mins 12:00pm - Burlington City Arts Lunchtime S...
     

    31st annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival in action

    31st annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival October 24 - November 2, 2014   The best film for children, youth, and families from around the world, right nere in Chicago!    2014 Festival Schedule (PDF):     FAMILY SCHEDULE  (Weekend and Evening Screenings) FIELD TRIP SCHEDULE (Weekday Morning Screenings)    Screening Details By Individual Film Title Checkout the OFFICIAL FESTIVAL WEBSITE  &...
     

    John Lasseter held a keynote at Tokyo Fest focusing on “Cool Japan”

      “Thank you, Japan for making me who I am.” TIFF’s Special Event John Lasseter to Speak on “Cool Japan” – 10/24(Fri.)      Special event with John Lasseter held and he spoke on the topic of “Cool Japan”. Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is having the world premiere of his latest film, “Big Hero 6” as the Opening Film. John shared his respect and fasc...
     

    55th Thessaloniki International Film Festival opens today

    The Cut, 2014, Fatih Akin OPEN HORIZONS The Open Horizons section of the 55th Thessaloniki International Film Festival comprises films that, although varied in their thematic concerns and aesthetic approaches, create a multi-faceted portrait of the most recent and noteworthy international film production. Running in parallel, the Special Screenings section presents the newest additions in the work of renowned auteurs. Some of this year’s most impressive films will be screened as part ...
     
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    Los Angeles Music Video Festival returns to LA next week

    It's that time of year again for the best in music and filmmaking to come together as one for the 4th Annual Los Angeles Music Video Festival, Nov 5th through ends Nov 8th! We've taken this year's event to another level with musical guest and keynote speaker, Reggie Watts, and a performance by Mystery Skulls.   Don't miss two very...
     

    Tyre International Short-films Festival in Lebanon

     
    Tyre International Short-Films Festival  will take place next November 8-11 at El Hamra Cinema, Tyre, Lebanon. An event that will bring to Sour of Lebanon the work of artists coming from more than 12 countries, Arabic and European, aiming to promote culture and creativity and to create a space for the people to meet and exchange experiences on cinema.   Following the path, El Hamra Cinema activities continue with a new milestone, after the Internatio...
     

    Bruno Chatelin joins the The jury at Bahamas Film Fest 2014

      SPIRIT OF FREEDOM: NARRATIVE & DOCUMENTARY BIFF has held Spirit of Freedom as one of its themed categories since it's very first festival, eight years ago. Each film in this program explores the potential of the human spirit and how freedom affects - or is absent from - our lives.   NEW VISIONS - SPONSORED BY JETBLUE AIRWAYS Our New Visions competition is a showcase for emerging artists, providing festival audiences with the opportunity to dis...
     

    Duhok IFF postponed to September 9th, 2015 due to the political situation in Iraq

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    Revelation Perth International Film Festival has today announced the first of the titles in its Australian Revelations series.

     
    Australian Revelations is a celebration of Australian film through a year-round, ongoing series of screenings and Geoffrey Wright’s 1992 classic Romper Stomper will headline the first screening on Monday 24 November. Romper Stomper was nominated for nine Australian Film Institute Awards. A younger Russell Crowe won Best Actor in a Lead Role for his portrayal of Hando and the film also picked up AFI Awards for Best Achievement in Sound and Best Original Music Score. The film will ...
     

    Camerimage reveals Main Competition lineup

     
    Alejandro G Ińárritu, Yimou Zhang, Tate Taylor, Mike Leigh, Stephen Daldry and Jean-Marc Vallée are Among Distinguished Filmmakers with Works Screening in Competition at the 22nd International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography    CAMERIMAGE, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, now in its 22nd edition, today revealed the lineup of films selected for the festival’s Main Competition.   This year’s main...
     

    Video of the 62nd San Sebastian International Film Festival - Best Moments.

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    Black Nights announces three competitions

        The Black Nights Film Festival opens its 18th edition on 14th November with ten films each competing for Tridens Baltic Sea and Nordic debut film award and North American film award and five films competing for the Estonian film award. The films in the Black Nights international competition will be announced in the beginning of November.   Two years ago Black Nights expanded the Baltic debut competition to cover the whole Baltic Sea and N...
     

    FSS for 38 European films at the AFM - 16th anniversary of EFP Umbrella Office

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    Full Schedule announced for Starz Denver Film Festival

    The Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF), sponsored by Starz Entertainment and produced by the Denver Film Society, announced today its full Festival schedule. The complete lineup of films for the 37th edition, which runs November 12-23, is available at denverfilm.org/festival.   Recognized as the Rocky Mountain Region's premier film event, SDFF attracts nearly 58,000 filmgoers and is widely recognized for presenting Academy Award® and Indepe...
     

    The Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF) Red Carpet Highlights announced

     
    The Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF), sponsored by Starz Entertainment and produced by the Denver Film Society, announced today its Red Carpet and Special Presentations for its 37th edition: November 12-23, 2014. Recognized as the Rocky Mountain Region's premier film event, SDFF attracts nearly 58,000 filmgoers and is widely recognized for presenting Academy Award® and Independent Spirit Award-winning films, such as The Artist, Blac...
     

    Framed Film Festival returns to the Barbican

    Framed Film Festival returns to the Barbican for its third year over the weekend of 22 & 23 November with a packed line-up
of fantastic films, events, workshops and activities for young cinema goers aged 4-11. The stories in this year’s festival capture
the world through childhood experiences: making friends, having adventures, looking after animals, being naughty and hoping not to get caught; as well as the desperate
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    Line Up of The 10th annual DOC CIRCUIT MONTREAL (November 15th to 19th, 2014)

      Montréal, Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 – Doc Circuit Montreal, North America’s only bilingual market is pleased to announce the programming for its 10th anniversary, taking place from November 15th to the 19th. This edition will offer a slate of new creative and professional development initiatives, including the Eurodoc pitch session and grant, a 3-day Talent Lab, and a day-long Transmedia Think Tank.   Talent Lab This edition begins with the pan-Canadian D...
     

    "Birdman" and "The Imitation Game" to open 2014 Camerimage Film Festival

     
     It is less than four weeks away to the beginning of the annual celebration of cinema - the 22nd edition of the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography CAMERIMAGE! Everything will start on Saturday, November 15th, with the grand Opening Gala that will go down in the Festival's history, for among various other attractions we will screen two amazing motion pictures that has already been named major cinematic events of 2014 and generating huge awards buzz. It gives us...
     

    AFI Line Up to be featured in the New Auteurs, Shorts and American Independents sections at this year’s festival.

    AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi, a program of the American Film Institute, announced today the films that will be featured in the New Auteurs, Shorts and American Independents sections at this year’s festival. The New Auteurs and Shorts sections both showcase filmmakers from around the world; the New Auteurs section highlights first and second-time feature film directors and the Shorts selections represent diverse and varied international perspectives. The Shorts program thi...
     

    Supernatural Asian Drama, FREEDOM DEAL: Mobile Screenings in Cambodia

    Camerado's original supernatural Asian historical dramatic movie, FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky, set along the Cambodia-Vietnam border in 1970 during the Vietnam conflict, continues to enjoy popular support and appreciation internationally - and on the ground in Cambodia in well. A series of October 2014 sidewalk and street screenings in Phnom Penh and in the rural Cambodian countryside, demonstrated conclusively a striking level of popular local support for this pion...
     

    Humans in Space Art Video Challenge announced

    HollyShorts is teaming up with the Humans in Space Art Program and Waterstone Entertainment as an official Film Festival partner for the Humans in Space Art Video Challenge. The Humans in Space Art Program is working with NASA’s International Space Station Program to encourage the creation of videos focused on the future of space, science and technology, and its impact on Earth.  The Challenge is currently accepting film submissions and inviting filmmakers and students aroun...
     

    NYFF52 Time Out of Mind Press Conference

     
    By Maria Esteves – October 25, 2014 The 52nd New York Film Festival 2014 (NYFF52) U.S. Premiere of TIME OUT OF MIND, press conference with writer/director Oren Moverman and actor/producer Richard Gere moderated by NYFF Selection Committee Amy Taubin, Film Society of Lincoln Center, was held at the Walter Reade Theater on Thursday, September 25, 2014. Questions posed to director Moverman and Gere by moderator Taubin and members of the press included "Did you have lots of different po...
     

    NYFF52 Birdman Press Conference

     
    By Maria Esteves – October 25, 2014 The 52nd New York Film Festival 2014 (NYFF52) Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), press conference with director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, cast members actor Michael Keaton, Academy Award nominated supporting actor Edward Norton, actor/stand-up comedian Zach Galifianakis, English actress Andrea Riseborough, Academy Award nominated actress Amy Ryan, actress/model Emma Stone and British actress Naomi Watts moderated by director of...
     

    The Middleburg Film Festival announced today the schedule of panels

     
    MIDDLEBURG FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE OF PANELS AND FILMMAKER CONVERSATIONS Filmmakers, actors, industry executives and journalists to gather in Virginia’s historic countryside for four days of film, wine and conversation   The Middleburg Film Festival announced today the schedule of panels and filmmaker conversations that round out the festival program. Directors, producers, industry executives and special guests will be on hand throughout the festival to discuss filmmaking ...
     
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    Fun report on The World Cosplay Summit in Tokyo: Global Cosplayers Strut Their Stuff

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    CAMERIMAGE invites Roland Joffe to head the Main Competition Jury and a total 62 jury members

    CAMERIMAGE, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, has assembled a stellar roster of esteemed individuals from the world of cinema to serve as jurors in its competition categories. Below are the 2014 jury members announced today! The festival runs from November 15th – 22nd in Bydgoszcz, Poland.   Main Competition Roland Joffé – Jury President (director, producer; The Killing Fields, The Mission, Vatel) Christian Berger (cinematograp...
     

    Tributes of the 55th Thessaloniki International Film Festival. October 31 – November 9, 2014.

    TRIBUTES: Three exceptional contemporary directors and one of cinema’s most distinguished actresses will be honored this year during the 55th Thessaloniki International Film Festival. German actress and singer Hanna Schygulla will attend the festival and will be given an award for her contribution to film, while tributes will be presented to the work of Swedish director Roy Andersson, Hungarian Kornél Mundruczó and American Ramin Bahrani – the latter two will a...
     

    Over 300 Film Professionals Sign Appeal to Free Oleg Sentsov

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    EFA Honours french filmmaker Agnès Varda

    Agnès Varda photo by Julia_Fabry©cine-tamaris   In recognition of a unique and dedicated contribution to the world of film, the European Film Academy takes great pleasure in presenting Agnès Varda with the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for her outstanding body of work.   As a writer and director, Agnès Varda continues ...
     

    Interview with Shreya...the comic highlight of 'Super Nani'

    From sexy to fat, ugly, mad, bitchy, irritating and essentially, extremely funny! Shreya Narayan in a tete-a-tete on Super Nani, her first full-blown comedy role Q: Super Nani releases this Friday. A big release for you in a long while... A: I have knots in my stomach! I am returning to work after long with this film. It was shot over a period of one-and-a-half year, coinciding with the time I was busy with my mothers illness. She passed away while it wrapped up. She was excite...
     

    Master Class In Acting with Rob Adler at Bahamas fest 2014

      Saturday, December 6, 2014 10:00am - 1:00pm Find inspiration.  Get unstuck creatively.  Get out of your head and into the moment with Top Hollywood Acting coach Rob Adler in his (one day?) master class in acting and presence for the camera.  Rob Adler is, an on-camera coach for Lionsgate, Disney, FOX, NBC, ABC, and a faculty member of the University of Southern California. He has also taught at CalArts, the Geffen Playhouse, American Music & Dra...
     

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    Supernatural Asian Drama, FREEDOM DEAL: Mobile Screenings in Cambodia

    Camerado's original supernatural Asian historical dramatic movie, FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky, set along the Cambodia-Vietnam border in 1970 during the Vietnam conflict, continues to enjoy popular support and appreciation internationally - and on the ground in Cambodia in well. A series of October 2014 sidewalk and street screenings in Phnom Penh and in the rural Cambodian countryside, demonstrated conclusively a striking level of popular local support for this pion...
     

     

    Spielberg to Shoot New Cold War Drama in Poland in November

    What do you get when you take Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, a script by the Coen Brothers, a musical score by John Williams, and a plot based on one of the most pivotal events of the Cold War? You get St. James Place, the director's latest production, which just wrapped its first leg of principal photography in New York. St. James Place tells the story of what became the first spy prisoner exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union, following the shoot-down on May 1, 1960, ...

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    La European Film Academy Honore Agnès Varda

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    15 Courts Métrages Nominés aux European Film Awards 2014

     
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    Plus de 300 professionnels du cinéma ont signé la pétition pour la libération d’Oleg Sentsov.

     
      La European Film Academy et la Société des Réalisateurs de Films soutiennent le réalisateur ukrainien.   Le cinéaste Oleg Sentsov, était impliqué dans le mouvement Euromaïdan à Kiev, s’opposant à l’annexion de la Crimée par la Russie. Il a été arrêté le 10 mai par le Service Fédéral de sécurité de la Fédération de Russie (FSB) ...
     

    Amiens 2014 - Hommage à Jean-Pierre Marielle

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    Bruno Chatelin rejoint le jury du Bahamas Film Festival, mentor au Film Residency Program

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    Not offering any awards, outlandish social events and a sales market the New York Film Festival remains one of the most important US film festivals following its unique strategy of programming demanding artistic films as well as excellent movies which meet commercial demands.  As the main selection, the retrospective,   the revival, and Spotlight on Documentary programs and side bars demonstrate the fest has retained its appeal for cineastes as does the inclusion of first rate films from other major established film festivals. The Projections and Convergence programs included experimental crossover approaches with digital technologies often blurring traditional boundaries.  It is noteworthy that four of the current highest scoring seven films were shown at the festival and that the festival has a newly stablished Industry Membership program. Thus closer relations with commercial film making are fostered. This and the increased emphasis on social media such as using the YouTube as a primary platform should enlarge the audience for the fest.

    CITIZENFOUR, Laura Poitras, USA, 2014

    Executive produced by Sheila Nevins, HBO, this documentary generated a strong public reaction and was praised in a Wall Street Journal write up as an extraordinary documentary ranking among the best produced over the last 20 years. The documentary was a last minute addition to the NYFF program and is considered an Oscar front runner. 

    Under the cover of CitizenFour Edward Snowdon, approached   filmmaker Laura Poitras who had produced films touching on National Security Agency issues and could keep their communication secure given her encryption expertise. CitizenFour    was mostly  filmed  during a week Snowdon spent in a Hong Kong hotel, but also included  brief segments covering  his Moscow press conference,  the Guardian’s  London office where Pointras associate Glenn Greenwald worked (which was forced the UK government to destroy  copies of Snowdon’s data), the  Berlin  hearings about  NSA  techniques and Merkel’s cell phone tapping as well as interviews with former senior officials of US intelligence agencies.

    For a documentary we have unique real time recording with the director becoming a principal collaborator though not protagonist of the evolving story. CitizenFour is a real life suspense thriller which reveals Snowdon as a man of principles who acts out of conviction and conscience. As he suggests his actions were prompted by the NSA’s betrayal of the American public with approval by senior levels of the Obama administration. What Snowdon’s documents reveal is that the National Security Administration engages in the massive accumulation of data from all sources. This includes the largest internet firms covering audio and video content, amassing phone records and the recording of communication of non-resident individual for which no warrants are needed. For US residents they are pro forma necessary yet overridden by NSA and its sub-agencies’ actual practice. NSA has tapped into all fiber optic cables & networks.

    It is clear from the NSA documentation Snowdon made available to the public that the information gathering has little to do with national security concerns.  Instead   the NSA surveillance covers economic and corporate communications, technologies, politicians, research, and exchanges by politicians from friendly and unfriendly countries. The NSA's data collection is guided by senior levels of the US government. CitizenFour points out that there are 1.2 million individuals on the NSA watch list, surveyed on a regular basis. At the end of the film Glenn Greenwald surprises Snowdon by revealing that there is now a new high level whistleblowing source of information at the NSA.

    CitizenFour may very well be the most important documentary of 2014 given its scope,   collective relevance, cogency and evidence.  No other production has shown the extent to which there is in the US such a massive violation of civil rights, evaporation of privacy and thus freedom of speech. Large amount of funds are now used by the NSA to break encryption techniques used by parties NSA is surveying. Proceedings against Snowdon are based on an obscure WW I law classifying as espionage any unauthorized use of data no matter whom they are released to.

    IRIS,    Albert Maysles, USA, 2014

    Maysles presents a perceptive and commanding portrait of Iris Apfel who comes across in this stimulating documentary as an original individual with a highly personalized way of being, full of energy and wit. She is 94 year old and has been in the fashion business for the last 75 years. Iris is one of the most influential professionals, collector, decorator and designer whose work ranges from white house assignments to teaching design students and advising many established fashion figures and writers.

    Shows of her collection have been staged at Metropolitan and Peabody Museums. She amassed an extensive collection of accessories and haute couture fashion from trade shows but also acquired many items at flea markets and general shops. Guiding by an eye for the unusual she has been collecting for all of her professional life. Maysles provides a perceptive portrait of a stimulating figure whose great sensed of humor is expressed in comments like “it is better to be happy than well dressed”  “‘if you cannot be outside of the box you better jump into it” and “A woman is as old as she looks…A man is old when he stops looking” to quote but a few.


    SILVERED WATER: SYRIA SELF PORTRAIT,    Osssama Mohammed & Wiam Simav Bedirxan, France-Syria, 2014

    Silvered Water is an extraordinary moving and perceptive documentary about the Syrian civil war with an original documentary cinema of realism approach and a unique structure. It includes many  persuasive visual segments which were spontaneously recorded  on cell phones and small video cameras, selected from thousands of online videos by the Paris based Ossama  and  footage  shot by  Bedrixana in the beleaguered Syrian city Homs. The material reflects the war, chaos and suffering of the victims of the conflict. Outstanding elements of the documentary are the poetic commentary by the Syrian producer Ossama about the meaning of the footage and the original music soundtrack. Images of relentless death and destruction, of children playing and dying in this war and of animals wounded and killed in the fighting, echo in the viewer long after the film is over.  This Syrian self-portrait was among the strongest in the documentary selection

    Tales of the Grim Sleeper, Nick Broomfield, USA/UK 2014

    Tales was the only documentary   in the main selection.  The Los Angeles APD knew by the late 1980s that a serial killer was killing prostitutes working in the Afro-American south central Los Angeles neighborhood strangling or shooting them. The department had an eyewitness sketch of the suspect Lonnie Franklin and   the license plate number of the alleged killer. But information about the case and investigation were not made public and for twenty years the killing continued. The first recorded murder was in 1985. Thirty five years later Franklin was arrested. DNA analysis links him to ten murders, but there are probably many more since pictures of 200 different women were found in Franklin’s house.   

    The investigation was not pursued since black women, mostly street walkers and drug addicted were killed, thus the serial killer’s action “of cleaning up the streets’’ were welcomed by many cops. Deep distrust by the Afro American residents of the police prevailed and was met conversely by hostility by the forces of order towards the crack ridden black community. The filmmakers were able to generate  more information bearing on the case than police did in the prior decades, including the discussions with one principal witness who escaped the killing  attempt  and six other women brutalized by the serial killer.

    Engaged in effective story telling with an ethnographic approach, the film makers did not work with a script and relied instead on much spontaneously recorded material.  In Broomfield’s words”Reality speaks for itself and does not require a script”. His detached naturalistic approach followed the footsteps of Jean Rouch cinema verity style productions. Broomfield’s success was possible since the film maker gained trust of the community with the guidance of a former prostitute from the community who set up the interviews the police never bothered to carry out.

    NATIONAL GALLERY, Frederick Wiseman, USA/France, 2014

    As most of the Wiseman’s documentaries, this production is a low key comprehensive over view of London’s National Gallery involving virtually all aspects of its offering and work. Wiseman follows programs for children, the blind, dance performances, workshops for upscale visitor groups, and interpretation of masterpieces by Caravaggio, Turner and Titian. Installation of shows, restauration, lighting, budgeting issues and other important activities are also covered. Wiseman’s superb exploration of the inner working of the National Gallery is a welcome learning experience with endless revelations of how the galleries functions and startling portraits of visitor’s reaction to the art they view.

    The 2014 New York Film Festival with its programs, sidebars, and seminars was an unquestioned success and one hopes that this performance can be repeated in next year’s edition.

    Claus Mueller  filmexchange@gmail.com


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    Fish and Cat - Feature Film

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    A bold experiment in perpetual motion with an enigmatic time-warp narrative, Fish and Cat plays out as one continuous shot...

     
     
     

     

       

     

     
     

     

     
     

     

     

     

    The Paternal House - Feature Film

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    I'm not Angry - UK Premiere

     

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    Navid, an Iranian Kurd living in Tehran, meets Setareh during the protests that erupt following the 2009 elections. They ...

     

     

     

     

    Snow - Feature Film

     

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    Snow - Feature Film

    Snowy Way -Documentary

    Lighting the Shadow -Short Film
    Layover Las Vegas -Short Film

     

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    The inaugural Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival (BAPFF) has announced an exciting addition to its program with the hugely successful World Movies Secret Cinema to be held over four nights in December.

    BAPFF, an international film event initiative of the Brisbane City Council, will run from November 29 to December 14 and includes about 85 of the best films from the Asia Pacific Region, producers of half the world's film content.

    BAPFF Executive Chairman Michael Hawkins welcomed World Movies Secret Cinema to the festival. "We have a wonderful, entertaining and thought-provoking selection of films for BAPFF 2014 and I know World Movies Secret Cinema will add another layer to what is already a unique program."

    Mr Hawkins said World Movies Secret Cinema will add even more mystery and intrigue to the BAPFF line-up. "I'm looking forward to attending this great event which is sure to become a highlight for Brisbane residents and visitors alike. The World Movies Secret Cinema screenings will include special theming, activities, food and beverage as well as a great movie, and as the name suggests, the venue will be secret right up until the last moment."

    BAPFF's program includes multi-award winning feature films and documentaries, highlights from the leading film festivals and films from the leading filmmakers of the region. The festival promises to be intelligent, fun and exciting with multiple themes and genres; drama, comedy, action films and social-political works that will challenge our way of viewing the world.

    And for the first time, BAPFF provides a festival showcase for the APSA-nominated films - that's about 40 of the best films chosen for the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival, including multi-award winners.

    Tickets for BAPFF go on sale on November 6. For more details visit bapff.com.au or to buy tickets for World Movies Secret Cinema visit www.qtix.com.au 

     

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    06 - 12 November - Filmhuis Den Haag
    13 - 15 November - Het Nutshuis
    The Hague, The Netherlands

    After intense work, a programme of 38 features, shorts and documentary films - mainly Dutch premieres – is ready to be presented during the 6th edition of Eastern Neighbours Film Festival (ENFF). The festival is made possible by: Filmhuis Den Haag, Het Nutshuis, City of The Hague, Dutch Film Fund, Fund 21, Fund 1818 and the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund. Get to know the life and culture of our Eastern and South-eastern neighbours through recent, exciting and confrontational films from countries not yet members of the big EU family.

    ACCLAIMED FILM PROGRAMME
    ENFF tries to challenge the audience with funny, ironic, cynical, political-critical stories from Eastern and South-eastern Europe. Acclaimed feature films such as „COWBOYS” by Tomislav Mrsic (Croatia), „BARARIANS” by Ivan Ikic (Serbia), „SEABURNERS” by Melissa Onel (Turkey), „KEEP SMILING” by Rusudan Chkonia (Georgia) and „GOODBYE MOM” by Svetlana Proskurina (Russia) adorn the canvases of the Filmhuis. In addition there are four special programmes presenting shorts and documentaries: 25 YEARS AFTER THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL, FORBIDDEN FILM, WELCOME CROATIA and the recently added NEW TALETNS, NEW DISCOVERIES. ENFF also brings „HAPPILY EVER AFTER” to The Hague, which recently won a Golden Calf at the Netherlands Film Festival. The programme is compiled by Rada Sesic, film programmer for the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Sarajevo Film Festival, IDFA and several other European film festivals.

    FOCUS
    This year the focus is on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, in a fascinating special film programme featuring recent documentaries from East and Southeast Europe that inspire social change through storytelling. This vibrant film programme will close with a debate that encourages the increasingly active conversation between filmmakers and various experts, about the sate of Europe today. Prominent guests, who have been central to the exciting development of film culture in the region, will hold master classes, introduce films and answer questions during the festival week.

    FORBIDDEN FILM
    Arts and films, in particular, are messengers of social change and there were times when they faced censorship and bans. The restoration of democracy gave a new life to many of these banned films. In 2014, ENFF brings back „EARLY WORKS” by Zelimir ZIlnik (Yugoslavia) from 1969. At the time the film was put aside in Yugoslavia, accused of offending public morals and negatively influencing the youth. Interestingly enough, the film is as relevant today as it was nearly half century ago. It tackles the rebelliousness of a certain time with its youth ideals, questioning whether the progressive heroes of today easily become the conformists of tomorrow.
    Zelimir Zilnik is one of the most productive and prolific film-makers of Eastern Europe. A director, who never stops creating regardless of available budget. An auteur, who shares relevant stories with the world, either in his compelling documentaries, fiction or witty hybrid forms. Above all, Zilnik has been and still is a true source of inspiration for many young directors. Zilnik is a guest of the festival and he will introduce and debate his film.

    WELCOME CROATIA
    On 1st of July 2013, Croatia became a member of European Union, 22 years after its independence from former Yugoslavia. In recent years, Croatian films became more and more visible at film festivals, acknowledged by international audience and film critics.

    NEW TALETNS, NEW DISCOVERIES
    ENFF has a new programme, presenting new tough provoking short films by young directors from non-EU Europe.

    PAN EUROPEAN SCREENING
    25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the new film „1989” by Oscar-nominated Danish director Anders Ostergaard and Erzsebet Racz will hold its world premiere. This high-politics drama about the collapse of the Iron Curtain will be screened simultaneously in more than 15 cities all over Europe. ENFF will co-host one of the screenings in The Hague on November 5th. This unique world premiere is hosted and presented by CPH:DOX and Magic Hour Films.

    SIDE PROGRAMME
    ENFF offers a diverse supplementary programme with a lecture by the director of the acclaimed documentary „EVERYDAY REBELLION” Arash T. Riahi on November 5th, in The Hague University.

    A public debate on 25 YEARS AFTER THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL will take place on November 8th, at 14.00 hours in the Filmhuis. Journalist and producer Friso Wiersum will moderate the discussion entitled „Is Power Deaf to Us?”, illustrated with film fragments.
    Speakers:
    • Reimer Cuperus, Wiardi Beckman Stichting, columnist for Volkskrant
    • Nenad Fiser, ICTY, philosopher
    • Irene van der Linde, journalist, author of a.o. „Het einde van Europa - ontmoetingen langs de nieuwe oostgrens” (2004)
    • Zelimir Zilnik director from Serbia, film “Early works”
    • Dmytro Tiazhlov, director and producer, Ukraina, film „Ukraine_Voices”
    • Filip Remunda, director and producer, Check Republic, film “Free Smetana”

    Ukrainian Night with the screening of documentaries „UKRAINE_VOICES” and „CORNERED” by Dmytro Tiazhlov, followed by a debate in the presence of the director on November 14th in Het Nuithuis at 19,30,

    ENFF Doc Special with the screening of the documentary „THE AGREEMENT” by Karen Stokkendal Poulsen, followed by an intriguing debate „Talk - Behind the curtain of peace agreements” on November 15th in Het Nuithuis at 19,30.
    Guest: prof. Paul Meerts
    Moderator: prof. Nenad Fiser

    „Love and Other Matter” Workshop after the screening of „HAPPILY EVER AFTER” by Tatjana Bozic in Het Nutshuis, on November 15th at 21,30. The director together with theatre-coach Fre Hooft van Huysduynen set out to solve the greatest mystery of modern times: how to be happy in Love.

    ENFF On Tour and Cinema Club
    Returning this year is our popular ENFF On Tour programme, which will visit three new cities in The Netherlands. New in this edition is the ENFF Cinema Club, which will open its doors in January 2015 creating a unique cultural platform for all film enthusiasts, students and professionals interested in the rich cinema culture from the region.

    Party Time
    As a small festival ENFF has an informal approach to its guests and audience. On November 8th in the Filmhuis at 11,00, ENFF invites to brunch Jasmila Zbanic and Rusudan Chkonia in a festival segment called Brunch with... The next day, same hour and same place, Zelimir Zilnik and Filip Remunda will be the guests at the brunch table.

    Wine tasting: finest „grape juices” from Georgia, Croatia and Macedonia will have their chance to treat Dutch audiences!

    On November 13th in Het Nuthuis at 18,30 Balkan's Finest Dinner will precede the screening of „FAMILY MEALS” by Dana Budisavljevic.

    PRESALE
    Ticket sales for the programme in the Filmhuis starts on Thursday, October 23rd.
    Visit www.filmhuisdenhaag.nl.
    Be on time! There are a limited number of places available for most side activities.

    Connect with us through Facebook, follow us on Twitter and keep an eye on the festival website! The full programme, background stories and ticket information can be found on www.enff.nl.<center
     


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    Whenever someone asks a member of the CDFF programming team what to see, the answer is always “Everything!” but our programmers undertook the difficult task of choosing personal favourites among the collection of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy films within the CDFF’14 line-up. To help audiences with their ticket choices, here are the Cellar Door programmers’ picks for some of the most notable shorts and features playing at the festival. (But we promise that you’ll want to pick everything, too!)

     

    Read the full list of Programmers' Picks for shorts and features from programmers Renuka Bauri, Ramin S. Khanjani, and Pat Mullen here.

     

    Advance tickets are $9 and are available through Uniiverse.

    Tickets may also be purchased at Club SAW before each screening (day of only) for $12 cash.

     

    All screenings take place at Club SAW in Arts Court (67 Nicholas St.)

     

    All screenings are generously supported by CDFF’s presenting sponsors, The School for Studies in Art andCulture at Carleton University and the SPARTA Film Challenge as well as supporting sponsors the Alumni Association of Carleton University, GNA Heating and Cooling, The Haunted Walk of Ottawa, and Used Ottawa.


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    CELLAR DOOR FILM FESTIVAL

    WELCOMES SPECIAL GUESTS TO INAUGURAL EDITION OF CDFF

     

    Festival guest list includes Montreal filmmaker Maude Michaud and actor Alex Goldrich of DYS-

    OTTAWA, ON – Nov. 4, 2014 –  With the start of its inaugural season just days away, Ottawa’s Cellar Door Film Festival (CDFF) is set to host several exciting guests and filmmakers Among those coming to Ottawa for the festival are Montreal filmmaker Maude Michaud (pictured) and actor Alex Goldrich of Dys-. This weekend, Dys-will see bi-coastal premieres, with screenings in both Los Angeles (at the RIP Horror Film Festival) and Ottawa. Such rising interest in Michaud’s visceral and audacious feature debut is an unsurprising feat given its recent win: the film received the Public Prize for Best Canadian Feature at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal this August. Festival goers can look forward to Michaud and Goldrich’s Q&A session following the screening of Dys- on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 7:30pm at Club SAW in Ottawa’s Arts Court (67 Nicholas St.)

     

    CDFF also proudly welcomes three Ottawa filmmakers to the festival. Director Andrew Robinson will attend the Opening Night screening of his short Beauty Sleep on Friday, Nov. 7, which precedes the feature presentation of Roseville, a Bulgarian horror/thriller from director Martin Makariev. Beauty Sleep is a nightmarish and experimental ode to horror. CDFF attendees eager to interact with local filmmakers should make plans for the Sunday shorts programme “From the Basement of the World, So Cold and So Dark”, as local filmmakers Carmelo Zucco and Dylan-Hunt Weeks will be present to discuss their films The Phoenixand Experiment 467, respectively. The Phoenix is a contemplative sci-fi film while Experiment 467 is a Twilight Zone-like film shot in Ottawa’s historic Diefenbunker.

    For full programming details, trailers, and showtimes, visit cdff.ca

    Advance tickets are $9 and can be purchased online through Uniiverse or in-person before each screening for $12 (cash only). All screenings take place at Club SAW in Arts Court (67 Nicholas St.).

    All screenings are generously supported by CDFF’s Presenting Sponsors, the School for Studies in Art and Culture at

    Carleton University and the SPARTA Film Challenge, as well as its Presenting Sponsors, the Carleton University Alumni Association, GNA Heating and Cooling, The Haunted Walk of Ottawa, and Used Ottawa.

     

    About Cellar Door Film Festival
    Cellar Door Film Festival (CDFF) aims to be Ottawa's first showcase of speculative cinema (horror, sci-fi, and fantasy), while celebrating the creativity of the Ottawa film scene and spotlighting the city as a setting for the sinister and supernatural. CDFF encourages film culture, education, and production in Ottawa by promoting the creation, screening, and distribution of local, national and international films in the Nation’s capital.

     

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    For media inquiries, interviews with filmmakers and CDFF staff, or to request screeners for review purposes, please contact:
    Gina Freitag, Festival Director, info.cdff@gmail.com

    For high-res images, please visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/d837xwjrboslk36/AADxzKn7s12wXmGXfLUQZ6Eta?dl=0

    www.cdff.ca | Facebook.com/CellarDoorFF | Twitter: @CellarDoorFF | #CDFF14


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    Oscar® winner Howard Shore confirmed as an expert

    With the main theme "2015: A Space Discovery", Berlinale Talents invites 300 emerging filmmakers to discover new ways of looking at cinematic space. Throughout nearly 100 talks and workshops, experts and talents dedicate themselves to film as a multi-dimensional spatial art, jointly exploring various perspectives for the screen, or how characters unfold the action spaces of edited stories and imagery. Berlinale Talents relates all this, on a local and global level, to the economic and cultural spaces in which talents develop, create and market their films.

    "Technically and aesthetically the cinematic space is just being re-invented these days, while our daily living spaces are tangibly being transformed by political and economic upheavals. Filmmakers navigate in many dimensions, their films therefore offer the frameworks or let them overcome boundaries. We look forward to turning Berlinale Talents once again into an open space for encounters, exchanges and networking," says Programme Manager Florian Weghorn on this year's thematic focus.

    The composer Howard Shore has already confirmed his presence as an expert. Shore has achieved worldwide renown for his work on such films as Hugo and The Aviator (Martin Scorsese), The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies (Peter Jackson), Se7en (David Fincher), and The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme). He has scored 15 films by David Cronenberg, including his latest Maps to the Stars. Shore is the recipient of three Academy Awards, three Golden Globes and four Grammy Awards. At Berlinale Talents, he will share his creative working methods in a masterclass moderated by acclaimed writer Peter Cowie.

    Berlinale Talents 2015 is a summit and networking platform for 300 outstanding talents from the fields of directing, production, acting, screenwriting, cinematography, editing, production design, film criticism, world sales, distribution, sound design and score composing. An international selection committee is currently viewing the 2,529 applications from 117 countries. Berlinale Talents will take place from February 7-12, 2015, at the HAU Hebbel am Ufer.

     

    More information at: www.berlinale-talents.de
     


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    "Sausage" the Oscar and BAFTA contending short film is awarded the Cieri Media Best Animation award in this years festival! A big congratulations to Robert Grieves for winning this award and receiving $500 cash! 

    If you would like to see "Sausage" again, or if you haven't seen it yet, it will be online on November 3rd! Get ready!


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  • 11/05/14--09:55: Sony Best Documentary
  • In this years festival, "State of Play" won the award for Sony Best Documentary! Congrats to everyone who was involved in making this wonderful documentary and especially to Steven Dhoedt, for winning this award and the Sony Vegas Pro prize. 

    If you love to watch this film again, you can buy it on the films website, at:http://watch.stateofplaydoc.com/


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    The 2014 conference and trade show will be held in Austin December 7-9th. There are two tracks but all attendees network together on the trade show floor. Some of our sponsors include SAG-AFTRA, WordPress, Delta Air Lines, Starwood, Panasonic, Lagunitas, Tito's Vodka,  and many more! We also have launched our magazine called Lineup (LINEUPLIVE.COM) about the festival industry.

     Annually there are industry leaders speaking from Live Nation, Insomniac, 4Fini, Superfly presents, SFX, C3 Presents, Austin City Limits, RedLight Management, Tom Windish Agency,  Madison House, AC Entertainment, SXSW, Sundance, Telluride, AFI, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, AEG, AFI, Tribeca, The Recording Academy, Indiewire, Cinetic, Warner Bros., Indiwire, TIFF and more!  Many successful partnerships, sales & friendships have been made during our event between the festivals, speakers & vendors in attendance. 

     

    In 2014, we will be expanding the Solutions Center, have created more networking opportunities, added a Tech Track, an Industry Trends Opening panel discussion & a Music-Film track featuring outstanding women in the film & music industry.

    In 2014, the Solutions Center will hold 60+ vendors and we anticipate over 800 delegates.

    In our panels we will also be covering sponsorship, marketing, social media, logistics, sustainability, industry trends and much more with solutions to all of your challenges.  Let us know how we can best serve you in 2014. Please email me with any questions. Hope to see you there. 

    To register for the film conference: http://filmfestivalsummit.com/  and click on register! ASK FOR THE FILMFESTIVALS DISCOUNT HERE

    To register for the music conference: http://imfcon.com/ and click on register!

    To view the Summer issue of Lineup Magazine, click here: http://view.ceros.com/line-up/lineup-magazine-summer-2014/p/1  Thank you!

    Want to schedule appointments with industry leaders at IFFS-IMFCON before you arrive onsite? Learn how here:http://bit.ly/HdVIA5 You have to pick a time that will work for you and then where it says add on the bottom left corner you have the ability to search for a specific attendee or if you leave all the Fields blank and just hit search, it will bring up the entire list and you can search from there. 

     


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  • 11/06/14--07:23: Partner Fest AFI opens today
  • The American Film Institute's annual celebration of international cinema from modern masters and emerging filmmakers, AFI FEST features nightly red-carpet galas, special screenings, conversations and tributes. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for both Short Films categories of the annual Academy Awards®, and AFI FEST is still the only film festival in the United States to hold the prestigious FIAPF accreditation, assuring a high standard of quality and reliability for the international film community. AFI FEST is Los Angeles' longest running international film festival and has been bringing the best in world cinema to the film capital of the world since its launch as FILMEX in 1971.

     

    The American Film Market (AFM) is the market partner of AFI FEST. The association between the two events connects art and commerce, broadening the opportunities for all participants, and collectively represents the largest gathering in North America.

    The business of independent motion picture production and distribution reaches its peak every year at the AFM, when more than 8,000 industry leaders converge in Santa Monica for eight days of deal-making, screenings, premieres, networking, parties and conferences. Participants come from more than 70 countries and include acquisition and development executives, agents, attorneys, directors, distributors, festival directors, financiers, film commissioners, producers, writers, the world's press and all those who provide services to the motion picture industry. The AFM is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA). More information is online at AmericanFilmMarket.com.

    Highlights of the Festival

    AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi, a program of the American Film Institute, announced today that Paul Thomas Anderson will present the 1967 documentary MONDO HOLLYWOOD (DIR Robert Carl Cohen), a film which influenced his upcoming feature, INHERENT VICE, on the afternoon of Saturday, November 8 at the Egyptian Theatre.   Following the screening Anderson will be in conversation with Cohen.

    Over 100 artists from 22 countries are expected to attend this year’s festival.

    Joey King, Logan Lerman, Jena Malone and Jenny Slate will be a part of the Los Angeles Times’ Young Hollywood Roundtable on Friday, November 7 at the TCL Chinese Theatres.  J.C. Chandor, Damien Chazelle, Marion Cotillard, Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Hader, Michelle Monaghan, Kristen Stewart and Tilda Swinton will be participating in The Hollywood Reporter’s Indie Contenders Roundtable taking place Sunday, November 9 in the Cinema Lounge at the Roosevelt Hotel.  Director Rupert Wyatt and actor Mark Wahlberg will be in conversation with Jenelle Riley of Variety following the World Premiere of THE GAMBLER on Monday, November 10 at the Dolby Theatreâ. 

    Filmmakers expected to attend this year’s festival include Yann Demange (‘71), Nicolás Pereda (THE ABSENT), Giuseppe Tornatore (CINEMA PARADISO), Olivier Assayas (CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA), Bennett Miller (FOXCATCHER), Shim Sung-bo (HAEMOO), Amir Bar-Lev (HAPPY VALLEY), Tommy Lee Jones (THE HOMESMAN), Chuck Workman (MAGICIAN:  THE ASTONISHING LIFE AND WORK OF ORSON WELLES), Robert Kenner (MERCHANTS OF DOUBT), Xavier Dolan (MOMMY), J.C. Chandor (A MOST VIOLENT YEAR), Bertrand Bonello (SAINT LAURENT), Wim Wenders (THE SALT OF THE EARTH), Tomm Moore (SONG OF THE SEA), Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland (STILL ALICE), Nick Broomfield (TALES OF THE GRIM SLEEPER), Josephine Decker (THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY), Abderrahmane Sissako (TIMBUKTU) and Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne (TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT). 

    Free individual tickets to AFI FEST screenings and Galas are available to the general public online at AFI.com.  AFI FEST Patron Packages and Passes include access to sold-out Galas and other high-demand films and events.  Passes are on sale now at AFI.com/AFIFEST, and AFI Members receive special discounts.  The American Film Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and cultural organization, and Patron Packages are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

    The AFI FEST mobile app is now available for download.  Festival-attendees can create their own personalized festival schedule; learn all about this year’s films and events; receive instant messages and breaking news; and purchase passes and get free tickets.  The app is available for both iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android devices for free. Download the iOS version or the Android version here.

    For the 11th year, Audi is the festival’s presenting sponsor.  Additional top sponsors include AT&T, Coca-Cola, VIZIO, American Airlines (the official airline of AFI), Dunkin’ Donuts, Netflix and Stella Artois.  The festival’s venue sponsors include the Dolby Theatre, TCL Chinese Theatres, the Hollywood & Highland Center, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and the Egyptian Theatre.

     


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  • 11/06/14--11:06: AFI FEST Day 1
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  • 11/06/14--12:35: Cieri Media Best Narrative
  • Yes, although we have already congratulated Joe Basile for winning the Cieri Media Best Narrative Feature, we will congratulate him again! Because his film "West End" won this amazing award, he has also received a $1000 cash prize. Yes, $1000!
     

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    NYC Indie Film Fest and Dark Horse has awarded Anastassia Sendyk with the Dark Horse Best Actress Award for her performance in the "The Frontier". Because she has won this fabulous award, she also wins a $1000 cash prize! You go girl! 

    "The Frontier" will be playing again here in NYC on November 9th at Tribeca Cinemas. You will not want to miss it!

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