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    Opening Night Party !!!
    BIFF will show over 90 films from over 20 countries. 

    Films at Galleria Cinemas JFK and Melia Hotel
    December 4 - 7

    Opening Night Film LIKE SUNDAY LIKE RAIN
    December 5


    Closing Night Film BIG IN JAPAN
    December 7


    BIFF Awards Viewing 
    December 8 at Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant

    BIFF Plays and Screening with Roger Guenveur Smith & Mark Anthony Thompson 
    December 9 at Sapodilla Restaurant

    Harbour Island, Eleuthera 
    December 10 - 14 in 
    for more information www.bintlfilmfest.com

    One of the most respected Film Festival in the Caribbean, says Rogers & Cowan world leading public relations firm

     


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    The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) opened with stars including world-renowned auteur John Woo, actresses Zhang Ziyi and Juliette Binoche and actor Tong Dawei walking the red carpet.
    John Woo and Juliette Binoche
     
    John Woo and Zhang Ziyi are in Singapore for Woo’s latest film, The Crossing, an epic love story spanning half a century of modern Chinese history. Woo, who has been making movies for over 40 years including A Better Tomorrow and The Killer in the 1980s, as well as a series of box office hits such as Broken Arrow, Face/Off, and Mission: Impossible II, will also be conducting a master class for the public on 5 December 2014.
    Binoche will attend the Singaporean premiere of Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria (Sils Maria), screened in conjunction with 4th Rendezvous with French Cinema. Tickets for the film have already been sold out.
    Ken Kwek, director of Unlucky Plaza (Opening Film), also walked the red carpet with his cast including Epy Quizon, Guo Liang, Adrian Pang, Judee Tan and Shane Mardjuki.
    Yuni Hadi, Executive Director of SGIFF said: “The next 10 days will be filled with nearly 150 screenings of films from 50 countries across 11 sections. We will play host to more than 100 visiting guests from the Asia region and abroad, and this include highly acclaimed directors, actors, actresses, as well as new and upcoming emerging talent from the Southeast Asia region.”
    She added: “Above all, the next 10 days will also see the exchange of meaningful conversations among filmmakers. Because SGIFF is not just an avenue of entertainment to
    filmgoers but more importantly, it provokes thought, stirs emotions, and makes one think outside the frame.
     
    For more details, please visit the SGIFF website at www.sgiff.com.

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    FMXConference

    The student project Wrapped has been selected as the source material for the next FMX trailer. Wrapped, which was created by Roman Kaelin, Falko Paeper and Florian Wittmann, thus promotes the 20th anniversary edition of Europe's most influential conference for digital entertainment, where Art, Technology and Business meet. FMX 2015 takes place from May 5 to 8 in Stuttgart next year. A first teaser for the breathtaking trailer has been released on the FMX website today.

    Wrapped has scooped several awards at animation and visual effects events around the world, including prizes at the prestigious SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival, the Oscar-qualifying LA Shorts Fest and the Germany-based animago AWARD.

    Roman Kaelin, Falko Paeper and Florian Wittmann have successfully graduated from the subject area animation at the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and digital Postproduction at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg; Wrapped is their diploma project. The three artists are more than happy that their film was chosen:

    It is a great honor that our film serves as the visual flagship for FMX - especially since FMX is such an important event for the whole VFX community in Europe and beyond. Moreover, we love the fact that our film provides the imagery for this special anniversary edition.

    Wrapped focuses on the idea that the only constant is change, using techniques such as time lapse, live action and stunning 3D computer graphics. We watch in awe as nature takes back the so-called civilized world, wrapping New York and its surroundings in beautiful if slightly threatening green fauna. The film conveys the message that even though decay is ultimately inevitable, it always holds the possibility of renewal and transformation.

    However, the initial concept differed drastically from the 4-minute film that is now being screened at festivals worldwide:

    In the beginning we intended to dedicate our diploma film to street art. Only after Wrapped became the official title, we developed the idea of wrapping architecture.

    The full FMX 2015 trailer will be released next year, shortly before the event.

    Learn more about the FMX and Wrapped communities on Facebook.


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    The 18th Black Nights Film Festival concluded on Sunday with more than 77 000 visits to cinemas and a record number of international guests. The festival presented about 700 films, 265 of which were full length, in 11 cinemas and 20 halls all over Estonia.
     
    According to the festival director Tiina Lokk this year’s edition stood out in many ways compared to the previous years. In addition to the strong programme of films the festival was proud to present an impressive guest list – among them the world-renowned director and producer Krzysztof Zanussi from this year’s focus country Poland along with the lifetime achievement award winner Maja Komorowska and actor-director Jerzy Stuhr, the top film executive from Hong Kong Jeffrey Chan, US-French actor Isaach De Bankolé, Swedish film star Mikael Persbrandt and many others.

    “On one hand the Black Nights aims to bring to the screens the best of latest films, on the other hand the festival also involves real people and their relationships. The audience has learned to appreciate meetings with filmmakers – in that way the Black Nights enables to take a step further from watching films as the meetings with filmmakers enhance the understanding of the films,” says festival director Tiina Lokk.

    The competition programme, now without geographic or thematic boundaries presents an unusual combination of participating countries and the latest films from all around the world. “We pay attention to the large and small film countries alike. Just as the international competition programme, the whole Black Nights is not too artistic and not too commercial,” says Lokk.

    International film industry conference and film market Industry@Tallinn and Baltic Event took place during the Black Nights Film Festival bringing some of the most influential people of the industry to Tallinn. The networking at the Black Nights opens up international markets for the regional filmmakers. “The film music showcase event and the first distributors’ meeting that hopefully will become a tradition were among the highlights of the Black Nights,” assures Lokk.

    The audience was most attracted to the sold out films “Trash” (UK), “What We Do in the Shadows” (New Zeeland), “A Trip to Italy” (UK), “Force Majeure” (Sweden), “A Theory of Everything” (UK), “Wild Tales” (Argentina) and “Birdman” (USA).

    “What We Do in the Shadows” (New Zeeland) was chosen for the audience award, followed by “X+Y” (UK) that also received the main jury prize of the youth and children’s film festival Just Film, “Belle and Sebastian” (France), “Trash” (UK) and “Boyhood” (USA).

    The grand prix of the international competition programme of the 18th Black Nights Film Festival was awarded to Gust van den Berghe’s “Lucifer” (Belgium) along with a 10 000 euro grant from the city of Tallinn. Polish actress Maja Komorowska received the lifetime achievement award. “Life in a Fishbowl”, a cooperation of Iceland, Sweden and Czech Republic won the Tridens award for the best debut of the Nordic Baltic region. The Estonian Film Award went to “In the Crosswind”.

    The most influential film festival of the European North Eastern region welcomes film fans back in November 2015 with a focus on Georgian cinema.

    18th Black Nights FF in numbers:

    1.     Around 700 films, 265 of them full length
    2.     790 screenings
    3.     75 countries, 76 films translated into Estonian and Russian
    4.     5 cities, 11 cinemas, 20 halls
    5.     More than 640 accredited guests
    6.     More than 250 volunteers
    7.     Record number of premieres, among them 10 international and 9 European premieres
    8.     From 1st November to 1st December more than 250 000 visits to the website www.poff.ee from 115 countries, most from Estonia, Finland and USA.
    9.     Sweden was the most popular film country. “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared”, “Force Majeure” and “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence” were sold out first.
    10.  “Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision” by Edgar Reitz was the longest film with 3 hours and 45 minutes.
     
    Gallery of the Black Nights Film Festival.
     


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    Take advantage of a discounted submission fee TODAY ONLY!!!  Just follow our website instructions.  Go to www.nohocinefest.com for details.  Submit your film to our 2nd Annual festival, which will take place over week long period in April in the heart of Los Angeles!  HURRY!

     

     


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    Take advantage of a discounted submission fee TODAY ONLY!!!  Just follow our website instructions.  Go to www.nohocinefest.com for details.  Submit your film to our 2nd Annual festival, which will take place over week long period in April in the heart of Los Angeles!  HURRY!

     

     


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    The Annual Celebration of Science Fiction and other works of Fantastic film are upon us. 

    MiSciFi is ready for the 2015 season.  Some 50 films that have been produced on every area of planet Terra will be revealed (some for the very first time) this January 23rd to 25th in Miami, Florida.  The MiSciFi event is an annual celebration for the fantastic filmmaker.  Downtown Miami at the Hyatt Regency becomes a place for enthusiasts, filmmakers, fans and cosplayers to attend one of the most dynamic festivals in the Americas.  MiSciFi produces a screening schedule few have exceeded.  50 amazing films from the fantastic genre is represented where you will see Supernatural, Fantasy, Horror, Thrillers, Animation, MicroDocs and Science Fiction films both short and long.   We need your help letting folks know about this main event. 

    The Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival is a 501.3c organization and its fiscal sponsor is Big Blue & You.  All contributions are tax deductible and by helping, you’re contributing to science, educational and community.  MiSciFi and Big Blue & You make an excellent combination as we are both scientific organizations.  With correlation this high we expect big things will continue to happen.  It might take time but we are prepared to put in the effort for great results.  A few good sponsors will recognize our potential and capabilities and be there for us and the community.  Thanks for your help!

    Cheers!


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    JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL OF BUDAPEST,  NOVEMBER 20-23, 201

     

    There are now more Jewish film festivals around than you can shake a silver mezuzah at, located primarily in cities around the globe with significant Jewish populations. Most of these festivals tend to program films selected strictly for Jewish content with little concern for their overall cinematic quality as long as the content fits the bill.  The BUDAPESTI ZSIDÓ FILMFESZTIVÁL, now only in its third year, is a notable exception to the rule of mediocrity: to sit,  anything accepted as long as the theme is sufficiently Judaic.

    Every single film programmed at Budapest was a winner of one kind or another regardless of Jewishness, and the opening film, the highly touted new English WW II Decoding Drama "The Imitation Game", was already an indication that the savvy Budapest programmers really Mean Business.


     IMITATION Game is the the story of the brilliant British mathematician Alan Turing who cracked the theoretically undecipherable German military code in WW II which turned out to be a major factor in the defeat of the Nazi juggernaut.  This is one of the big pictures of the year and will be a major contender at the 2015 Oscars -- Not bad for openers!

    A sampling of other films presented in this compact four day late November festival follows:

    From Agentina by one if the leading (Jewish) Argentine directors, Daniel Burman,  "La Suerte en tus Manos" is the intriguing story of a Jewish poker virtuoso in the gambling Casino world of Buenos Aires; The title translates as "Luck is in your hands" and the milieu is mainly high rolling B.A. Hebrews one of whom wears a cap with the Hebrew Word for luck, MAZEL, printed on it in large Hebrew letters.


     

    "In The Shadow" (Ve Stínu) is a Czech political Noir thriller set in Communist Prague of the early fifties where Jews are framed for a Holdup murder and put on trial in a typical communist Mock Trial at a time when the Cold War Communist party line was strongly anti both the United Stares and Israel. With meticulously accurate recreation of the period decor and realistic performances, this is a  cousin of the Vienna set cold warm drama of 1949, "The Third Man" with Orson Welles. Czech actor Ivan Trojan is a forerunner of Dirty Harry and Sebastain Koch is a mysterious visitor from Germany who will be a key witness at the phony trial. Classy film in a very dark key


     

    BLUMENTHAL, is a minimalist New York family dromedy about a very successful comedian named Blumenthal who dies laughing at his own jokes and his resentful  writer of a brother who feels his deceased sibling's success was based on blatant plagarism of his own writing. To get posthumously even he picks up on dead brother's attractive former mistress. The key figure, however, is the comedian's son slickly played by Seth Fisher, who also wrote and directed the pic. Doesn't sound like much on paper but this deft urbane comedy was a true discovery of a major new talent. Seth Miller is a name to remember.


     

    "Kaddish for a Friend", a 2012 entry from Germany, has traveled the festival circuit but deserves to be seen more widely. This is the gripping tale of a true friendship that develops but only after much hostile agitation, between a solitary elderly Jewish immigrant from Russia  and a young Jew hating Palestinian immigrant in Berlin. In the final graveside scene there is noone to say the required mourners Kaddish prayer as the deceased Jew had no family, so the young Palestinian comes forward to do the Honors. Obviously a call for reconciliation between Palestinians and Jews, but in many ways it goes beyond that simple equation. A very good personal drama aside from the political message angle.

    "Mahler on the Couch" is another German film that has been at many festivals but has not been seen enough. The famous Jewish composer Gustav Mahler and the founder of Psychiatry Sigmund Freud,  (Also Jewish, but nor very happy about it)  both lived in Vienna at the same time but whether they actually met is an open question. This picture not only assumes they did, but also hypothesizes that Mahler underwent psychotherapy on Freud's famous couch. Highly speculative but highly interesting and dramatic as well with some pretty heady roles. Intriguing to say the least.


     

    "Du Vent dans mes Mollets" (AKA, "Dandelions" for reason which emerge from the story) is a film that centers on two elementary school girls, one from a Jewish family with a very Jewish mother (the superb actress Agnes Jaoui) and the wider effect of their schoolmate friendship on the parents of both. Beautifully shot in the lush French countryside with subtleties that are better witnessed than explained. A very complex yet simple touching tale in French, but, unfortunately the print I saw was dubbed into Hungarian. However, an IMDb reviewer quote sums it up nicely: 

    Funny AND poignant, inventive AND serious, entertaining AND thought- provoking, "Du vent dans mes mollets" has not been a box office success in France for nothing.  

    It was beautiful to watch and Jaoui has such ripe visual charisma she is worth watching even when you don't know what she's saying -- but I will need to see it again WITH subtitles, and will make a point of doing so.


     

    A second French entry was "Le Métis de Dieu" or "The Jewish Cardinal" based on the actual biography of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the Archbishop of Orléans from 1981 to 2005. The Jewish catch -- and what a catch it is -- is that Lustiger was actually a Polish born Jew who was made to convert to Catholicism early in life and then rose through the ranks of the French Catholic hierarchy in an irrepresible arc.

    Always aware of his Jewish background he suffers all kinds of conflicts, internal and external, but eventually becomes buddies with Polish Pope John Paul II -- so friendly in fact  that he calls the Pope by his secular first name, Karol, (originally Karol Wojtyla) at the Vatican dinner table.

    The portrayal of Pope Jean-Paul II by actor Aurélien Recoing is so off-the-wall that this aspect of the film alone would be well worth the price of admission to any self-respecting Polak.

    It is known that Jean Paul was athletic, but here we see him plunging into his private swimming pool, driving a car, and  generally cavorting around like a rather ribald ordinary citizen.  Obviously a point director Ilan Duran Cohen (obviously Jewish from the name) wanted to make in passing. 

    The climax is reached when at The Pope's behest Lustiger is called upon to act as an intermediary negotiator at the gates of Auschwitz  between Christian proponents of a Carmelite Convent put up next to the former Concentration Camp, and vehemently protesting Jews who consider it an outrage to erect a Christian monument on the very ground where so many Jews were murdered --  (by Christians! -- even if not in the name of religion.).  This is a gripping drama straight through with complex psychological repercussions at every turn. Originally made for French TV but reads far more like an in situ cinema film. Laurent Lucas is Lustiger in a role to remember. Great picture, and not only for the obviously Jewish content. BRAVO, Ilan D. Cohen.

     


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    For the twelfth year running, the Berlin International Film Festival (February 5 – 15, 2015) and the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO), an official partner of the Berlinale, are giving young film-lovers the chance to award the “FGYO-Award Dialogue en perspective”.

     

    Seven cineastes have been selected to view and evaluate the films in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section of the 65th Berlinale – three from Germany and four from France. On February 14th, during the ceremony for the independent jury prizes, they will present the “FGYO-Award Dialogue en perspective”, endowed with € 5,000, to their favourite film in the Berlinale section Perspektive Deutsches Kino. When choosing the winner of the “FGYO-Award Dialogue en perspective”, jurors will evaluate the latest German films from a young German-French perspective.

     


    The Franco-German Youth Office's aim in presenting the “FGYO-Award Dialogue en perspective” is to promote an intercultural dialogue between young German and French audiences, and inspire interest for German film. The prize will be awarded to a film that appeals equally to open-minded young people of different cultural backgrounds.

     

    In February 2015, jurors for the “FGYO-Award Dialogue en perspective” will be:

     

         •      Alexander Graeff, 29, associate producer in Paris, has been working in the German and French film business since he was a student

         •      Marian Freistühler, 25, studies dramatics and media, adores discussing films and works as a projectionist in an independent cinema

         •      Hendrik Neumann, 25, studies intercultural communication and has gained work experience through internships in the German and French film businesses

         •      Louise Cognard, 21, grew up bilingually, studies political science in Berlin and has already organized a number of French-German cultural exchange meetings

         •      Chloé Odstrcil, 20, currently studies at Stuttgart Media University and has already volunteered at various film festivals

         •      Pauline Robert, 25, works as a freelance copywriter and has a film review blog

         •      Alice Wagret, 23, has already assisted in various film productions as part of her studies in film direction

     

    The application procedure included writing a review of Denis Dercourt’s film Zum Geburtstag (A Pact, 2013) or a German language film of their choice. Candidates were asked to comment on the international role of German film, explain their personal film preferences and describe their own cultural interests. This year's jury is chaired by German actress and director Marie Bäumer, who comments: “I consider it a great gift to be able to live and work in both Germany and France. It is exciting to approach these two very different cultures in film. And as I know from teaching, it is also very rewarding to exchange ideas with upcoming generations. I am looking forward to this venture and our journey together!”

     

    In 2014, the film Anderswo (Anywhere Else, 2013) by Ester Amrami won the award. In previous editions of the festival, the “FGYO-Award Dialogue en perspective” has been awarded to films such as Anne Zohra Berrached’s Zwei Mütter (Two Mothers, 2013) and Marten Persiel’s This Ain’t California (2012).

     

    For more information visit www.dfjw.org and www.berlinale.de


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    Darren Aronofsky to be jury president

    American director, screenwriter and producer Darren Aronofsky will head the jury of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. He is known for the works Requiem for a Dream (2000), The Fountain (2006) and Black Swan (2011), among others.

    https://www.berlinale.de/en/presse/pressemitteilungen/alle/Alle-Detail_24852.html

     

    The EFM goes serial, and presents its new website

    This year, the European Film Market is cooperating with the Berlinale Co-Production Market to provide television drama series creators and producers with a platform to present their projects.

    https://www.berlinale.de/en/presse/pressemitteilungen/alle/Alle-Detail_24468.html

    The new EFM website has been online since December 1:  

    https://www.efm-berlinale.de/en/home/homepage.html

     

    Homage and Honorary Golden Bear

    The 2015 Homage is dedicated to filmmaker, photographer and author Wim Wenders, who will receive the Honorary Golden Bear for his life achievement. The American Friend (1977) will be screened on February 12 as part of the the award ceremony.

    https://www.berlinale.de/en/presse/pressemitteilungen/alle/Alle-Detail_25172.html

     

    Retrospective“Glorious Technicolor. From George Eastman House and Beyond”

    The century-old colour film process Technicolor is the focus of the 2015 Retrospective. Approximately 30 spectacular films, some of which have been painstakingly restored, make up the programme, including The Three Musketeers (R: George Sidney, USA 1948), The Wizard of Oz (R: Victor Fleming, USA 1939) and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (R: Howard Hawks, USA 1953).
    https://www.berlinale.de/en/presse/pressemitteilungen/alle/Alle-Detail_24916.html

     

    World Cinema Fund: 10 year anniversary and new special programme

    The World Cinema Fund looks back on 10 successful years. Since its establishment in 2004, the support programme has awarded funding to a total of 124 projects from 41 countries, and has now expanded its scope with the new special programme WCF Europe.

    https://www.berlinale.de/en/presse/pressemitteilungen/alle/Alle-Detail_24788.html

     

    Berlinale Talents - a new motto and guest expert Howard Shore

    “2015: A Space Discovery” is the motto for the 13th edition of Berlinale Talents. 300 selected film professionals from upcoming generations are invited to discover new ways of looking at cinematic space in around 100 discussion events and workshops. Composer and Academy Award winner Howard Shore - whose score work includes The Aviator, The Lord of the Rings and The Silence of the Lambs - will guide the young film creatives as a guest expert.

    https://www.berlinale.de/en/presse/pressemitteilungen/alle/Alle-Detail_24724.html


    A new jury for “Made in Germany - Perspektive Fellowship”

    The fourth “Made in Germany - Perspektive Fellowship” will be awarded in cooperation with watchmaker Glashütte Original to a directing talent from the festival section Perspektive Deutsches Kino on January 19, 2015. The 2015 jurors are Angelina Maccarone, Jenny Schily and Jochen Laube.

    https://www.berlinale.de/en/presse/pressemitteilungen/alle/Alle-Detail_25108.html

     

    A new jury for “FGYO Award - Dialogue en perspective”

    Under the guidance of jury head Marie Bäumer, and together with the Franco-German Youth office (FGYO), seven young cineastes from Germany and France will select their favourite from the festival section Perspektive Deutsches Kino to receive the 5,000 € award. The award ceremony will take place during the independent jury awards on February 14, 2015.
    https://www.berlinale.de/en/presse/pressemitteilungen/alle/Alle-Detail_25236.html


    Generation School Project

    In 2015, Generation will once again include the Berlinale School Project: 50 primary and secondary school teachers from Berlin have the chance to view the Generation films prior to the festival and later integrate their film selection in their instruction.

     

    The festival programme for the 65th Berlinale

    Curation screenings for the 65th Berlin International Film Festival are in full swing.

    Starting on January 27, 2015, the complete programme including dates will be available at www.berlinale.de. Until then, we’ll report successively on programme decisions.

     

    #PressBerlinale

    Follow us on Twitter! Besides press releases the Press Office is using the platform under #PressBerlinale for short-term, up-to-date information, and will be twittering festival impressions during the Berlinale


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    > BAHAMAS FILM FESTIVAL  

    Motown Fever Opening Night Party at the Bahamas International Film Fest

    BIFF will show over 90 films from over 20 countries.  Films at Galleria Cinemas JFK and Melia Hotel December 4 - 7 Opening Night Film LIKE SUNDAY LIKE RAIN December 5 Closing Night Film BIG IN JAPAN December 7 BIFF Awards Viewing  December 8 at Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant BIFF Plays and Screening with Roger Guenveu...
     

    Attending Filmmakers and Industry Guests at 2014 BIFF

    Carlyn Bodmer - Barefoot Bandit  Candice Tab - Battered  Charles Porter - Battered  Natalie Lynne Castillo - Battered  Alexander Stuart Hauck - Battered  Toby Lomas - Battered  Andread Madjid Siege (Andy Siege) - Beti & Amare  Deryn Williams - Big In Japan  Sean Lowry - Big In Japan  Phillip Peterson - Big In Japan  David Drury - Big In Japan  John Jeffcoat - Big In Japan  Tara Lynn Orr - Bis Gleich  ...
     

    Debra Messing to be honored at BIFF

     
    Debra Messing at BIFF, she will be honored as the 2014 BIFF Shining Star, Friday, December 5 following her Opening Night Film Friday, December 5 at 7:30pm LIKE SUNDAY LIKE RAIN !! at the Atlantis Theater   Messing landed her first television job in a recurring role on the hit dramaNYPD Blue in 1994 ...
     

    Jetblue Airways to Sponsor Festival’s New Vision Film Section

     
    JetBlue Airways has come on board to sponsor the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) and will lend its name to support  the New Vision Film section of the Festival. 

    BIFF Unveils Official Film Line up

     
    “Like Sunday Like Rain” Directed by Actor Frank Whaley and Comedy “BIG IN JAPAN” Directed by John Jeffcoat To Bookend Festival as Opening And Closing Night Films, 
     

    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.   
     

    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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    Earlybird Deadline December 19, 2014 Regular Deadline January 16, 2015 Late Deadline February 6, 2015 Extended Deadline February 13, 2015 Notification Date March 13, 2015   ANIMAZE (April 16 – 19, 2015) is a Montreal-based international animation film festival providing a showcase for animators and animation producers to showcase and market their works.  ANIMAZE is registered non-profit organization with feature animation films, documentaries and shorts animated. SUBMIT
     

    The 48th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival is now open for entries!

    THE WORLDFEST REMI AWARDS The 48th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival (April 10th-19th, 2015) is now open for entries! All Winners are submitted to Seoul, Korea, Concorto, Italy & the USAFilmFestival, Dallas at no extra cost! WorldFest does not get down with Without-A-Box. We remain fiercely independent! One WorldFest Entry Form per entry please. Complete the form below, then double-check it before submitting to WorldFest. SUBMIT.

    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. 

    The coveted JDIFF "Feather" award, as well as CASH PRIZES are given in the following categories:

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

    Julien Dubuque IFF's blog I Website http://www.julienfilmfest.com/

     

    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

    Fantasporto's blog I Website www.fantasporto.com

     

    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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    Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival's blog I Website http://www.hotdocs.ca/

     

    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

     
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    For festival consideration

     
     

    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 ...
     

    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... 
     

    November Selection of Films for your consideration

    Marrakech IFF 14: Tribute to Viggo Mortensen

    Viggo Mortensen, to whom the 14th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival pays a tribute, presented his new film Loin des hommes (Far from men) in the presence of the director David Oelhoffen, co-star Reda Kateb and the producers, yesterday evening at the crowded Jemaa El Fna square in the old town of Marrakech. When called on stage, Mortensen greeted the audience with well rehearsed Arabic and continued in French inviting them to the following free screening of th...
     

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    DISCOUNTED ENTRY FEE! LAST DAY!

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    Take advantage of a discounted submission fee TODAY ONLY!!!  Just follow our website instructions.  Go to www.nohocinefest.com for details.  Submit your film to our 2nd Annual festival, which will take place over week long period in April in the heart of Los Angeles!  HURRY!     ...
     
     

    Yes, You’ve Heard It! What We Know About “The Wilhelm Scream” So Far

    by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Lord of the Rings has it, Star Wars has it, Indiana Jones, Spider Man, Star Trek, even The Wild Bunch (1969) has it too. But you can find it in Disney movies, nearly from every studio, at least a few big projects. So what is it?  Known by insiders as “The Wilhelm Scream,” a term coined by George Lucas’ sound designer wizard Ben Burtt, this is that familiar toe-curling roar let out by dying Storm Troopers, bit players eate...
     

    InterStellar Explained

    First off...The Robot - Should win a www.Writersandfilmmakers.com award for best character. Oscar it up baby... Think about it. Ominious (intro), pleasant, comedic, heroic. DAMN, that's a good character.   3 physics points you should know about before/after/during watching interstellar:                                             1/Spacetime Spacetime is a word. Einst...
     

    Open Doors 2015

     
    © Festival del film Locarno   The thirteenth edition of Open Doors will be dedicated to four countries from the Maghreb: Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. With the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Open Doors aims to highlight and offer support to films and filmmakers...
     

    Revolution selected art CinemaVerde in Florida

    Cinema Verde is an annual film and arts festival that focuses on the environment and sustainability. “The logo for the festival is the passion flower, and the festival aims to inspire us all to transform our world by creating a sustainable economy and culture.” Lynn Dirk, Board Member   Cinema Verde provides environmental education through film and the arts. We bring community organizations, businesses and citizens together to forge sustainable solut...
     

    Deals at Los Cabos International Film Festival

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      Los Cabos International Film Festival presents more deals and announcements done during the framework of its Third Edition. The Festival brought together leading members of the film industry, opening doors for producers, directors, distributors and active members of the film industry, catalyzing new and better opportunities for the development of their projects.   In addition of the deals announced recently, the Festival shares new ne...
     
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    THE AWARDS WATCH

    Winning films announced: PLURAL+ Insight 2014

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    The Insight Film Festival is delighted to announce the winning and runner-up entries for the PLURAL+ Insight Award 2014, which will be formally presented at an awards ceremony in New York City on 4 December 2014 (see attached press releases).   The Insight Film Festival - based in Manchester, England - encourages filmmakers to make films that address the theme of faith.    The PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival (hosted by the United Natio...

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    Berlinale 2014 Bites and previews

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    Darren Aronofsky to be jury president American director, screenwriter and producer Darren Aronofsky will head the jury of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. He is known for the works Requiem for a Dream (2000), The Fountain (2006) and Black Swan (2011), among others. https://www.berlinale.de/en/presse/pressemitteilungen/alle/Alle-Detail_24852.html   The EFM goes serial, and presents its new website This year, the European Film Market is cooperating with the Berlinale Co-Produ...
     

    The Berlinale and the Franco-German Youth Office Present the Seven-Member Jury of the “FGYO-Award Dialogue en perspective”

     
    For the twelfth year running, the Berlin International Film Festival (February 5 – 15, 2015) and the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO), an official partner of the Berlinale, are giving young film-lovers the chance to award the “FGYO-Award Dialogue en perspective”.   Seven cineastes have been selected to view and evaluate the films in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section of the 65th Berlinale – three from Germany and four from France. On February 14th, durin...
     

    3rd jewish Film Festival in Budapest

    JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL OF BUDAPEST,  NOVEMBER 20-23, 201   There are now more Jewish film festivals around than you can shake a silver mezuzah at, located primarily in cities around the globe with significant Jewish populations. Most of these festivals tend to program films selected strictly for Jewish content with little concern for their overall cinematic quality as long as the content fits the bill.  The BUDAPESTI ZSIDÓ FILMFESZTIVÁL, now only in ...
     

    Season #2, MiSciFi 2015 is on!

    The Annual Celebration of Science Fiction and other works of Fantastic film are upon us.  MiSciFi is ready for the 2015 season.  Some 50 films that have been produced on every area of planet Terra will be revealed (some for the very first time) this January 23rd to 25th in Miami, Florida.  The MiSciFi event is an annual celebration for the fantastic filmmaker.  Downtown Miami at the Hyatt Regency becomes a place for enthusiasts, filmmakers, fans and cosplayers to attend...
     

    3D Stereo MEDIA 2014 starts this Tuesday 9 December

    Overview of event 3D Stereo MEDIA features the following main sub-events, all fully dedicated to some aspect of 3D: • International Conference on 3D Imaging (IC3D) - Tue & Wed • 3D Content Financing Market (3DFM) - Tue & Wed • Professional Conference (PCON) - Thu ...
     

    DISCOUNTED ENTRY FEE! LAST DAY!

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    More than 77 000 viewers at the Black Nights Film Festival

     
    The 18th Black Nights Film Festival concluded on Sunday with more than 77 000 visits to cinemas and a record number of international guests. The festival presented about 700 films, 265 of which were full length, in 11 cinemas and 20 halls all over Estonia.   According to the festival director Tiina Lokk this year’s edition stood out in many ways compared to the previous years. In addition to the strong programme of films the festival was proud to present an impressive gues...
     

    FMX 2015 trailer is based on the diploma project Wrapped

    The student project Wrapped has been selected as the source material for the next FMX trailer. Wrapped, which was created by Roman Kaelin, Falko Paeper and Florian Wittmann, thus promotes the 20th anniversary edition of Europe's most influential conference for digital entertainment, where Art, Technology and Business meet. FMX 2015 takes place from May 5 to 8 in Stuttgart next year. A first teaser for the breathtaking trailer has been released on the FMX website today. Wrapped has sco...
     

    Star Studded Affair on Opening Night of the Singapore International Film Festival

    The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) opened with stars including world-renowned auteur John Woo, actresses Zhang Ziyi and Juliette Binoche and actor Tong Dawei walking the red carpet. John Woo and Juliette Binoche   John Woo and Zhang Ziyi are in Singapore for Woo’s latest film, The Crossing, an epic love story spanning half a century of modern Chinese history. Woo, who has been making movies for over 40 years including A Better Tom...
     

    Think You Know A Lot About L.A.'s The Valley?

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    Think you know a lot about The Valley? These young filmmakers thought they did. Join us in sharing this video to help crush stereotypes and appreciate the (818) in support of The Valley Film Festival a non-profit project of Community Partners. #VFF14     ...
     
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    Watch the British Indendependent Film Awards live from 6.00pm on Sunday 7th December.

    Filmfestivals.com is happy to invite you to join the celebrations, live from Old Billingsgate where guests are expected to include Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Timothy Spall and Olivia Colman.   The Awards will be hosted by Simon Bird, star of THE INBETWEENERS and will be honouring the very best in British Film. The 2014 nominations are as follows: BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM Sponsored by Moët & Chandon '71 Calvary Mr Turner Pride The...
     

    The Green Award from Voices from The Waters- Sweden goes to Revolution, an inspiring film about humans

    Rob Stewart's film Revolution was shown at the closing of the 2nd Voices from the Waters in Sweden Novemberthe 29th at 9pm. For the full program check out http://voicesfromthewaters.se/hagabion.html (in Swedish though) or like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/voicesfromthewaters.se Revolution has received The Green Award The motivation from the jury:   The Green Award goes to Revolution, an inspiring film about humans’ destructive impact on...
     

    > STRICTLY BUSINESS   

    The Singapore Media Festival brings together film and TV events comprising markets, conferences, awards and festival screenings

    “More than 15,000 expected to celebrate Asia’s best content and talent at the Singapore Media Festival” The Singapore Media Festival (SMF) brings together four complementary film and TV events comprising markets, conferences, awards and festival screenings. Ahead of the inaugural event, the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA), event partners and chairman of the SMF Advisory Board, shared their vision and goals for the festival taking place from 4 to 14 Decem...
     
     

    Conference program @ Asia TV Forum & Market and ScreenSingapore 2014

    All Conference and Market activities are held at Level 4 and 5, Sands Expo and Convention Centre (Marina Bay Sands). Media registration will be at the Protocol Welcome Desk on Level 4.   (A)   Pre-market Conference: Tuesday, 9 December 2014   Venue Level 4, Roselle Ballroom, Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands (MBS) Programme schedule 8.45am – 9.20am ...
     

    Need more and better film submissions for your festival? don't miss the one month booster

     
    Filmfestivals.com was established 1995 as world reference in this niche, we are proud of our track record in helping festivals attract more legitimacy, visibility and film submissions from our large base of international film professionals (370 000 unique filmmaker visitors each month), 159 500 subscribers to the newsletter. ONE TIME OFFER We suggest this quick one month booster program for your call for entry including  with 4 newsletter ads, your call for entry promoted one month lon...
     

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    > UNE SEMAINE SUR LE CIRCUIT DES FESTIVALS FRANCOPHONES    

    RETROUVEZ TOUTES LES INFOS SONT SUR LA NOUVELLE NEWSLETTER EN FRANCAIS

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

    Le Bahamas Film Festival se tiendra du 7 au 14 décembre à Nassau et Eleuthera, Giovernor's Harbour Island...     Joel Zito Araujo Juror | Spirit Of Freedom Narrative & Documentary Trent Berry Juror | Spirit Of Freedom Narrative & Documentary   Lisa Chanoff Juror | New Visions / sponsored by JetBlue Airways ...
     

     

    Le Prix de la Coproduction Européenne - Prix EURIMAGES pour Ed Guiney

    Le PRIX DE LA COPRODUCTION EUROPÉENNE – Prix EURIMAGES, qui récompense le rôle décisif des coproductions de l'industrie du cinéma Européen, est décerné cette année au producteur Irlandais Ed Guiney. Ed Guiney a cofondé la société Element Pictures avec Andrew Lowe en 2001. Les bureaux d'Element se situent à Dublin et Londres, la société travaille dans les domaines de la...
     

    > COVERAGE FROM CANNES

    The exhaustive coverage of Cannes competitions as PDF

    Your Cannes Market Dailies as PDF
    Check videos of our Cannes ambiance coverage on our YouTube Channel

     


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    The Call for entries for the 9th Annual Red Rock Film Festival is open. Submit your film at filmfreeway.com, withoutabox.com, reelport.com, filmfestivallife.com, Clickforfestivals.com, festhome.com, uptofest.com.
    All genres considered for this international festival in Festival City, Utah by Zion Canyon and Cedar Breaks park. An incredible location for innovative film.
    visit www.redrockfilmfestival.com or facebook.com/RedRockFilmFestival for more information.

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  • 12/09/14--12:39: Who is funding Short Films?
  • Writers judge filmmakers and filmmakers judge writers. It’s that simple! We fund you to collaborate.

    The writers review films and decide the best filmmaker. The filmmakers read scripts and decide the top 10 scripts. The winning filmmaker selects one of the top 10 scripts to shoot and we fund the production with the entry fees. The screenwriter gets paid and their script made. The filmmaker gets funded to shoot the script.

    Imagine a community that reviews your work,, provides you with abundant, meaningful feedback and provides the potential for your skills to be translated onto the big screen.

     
     
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    Poster Contests Open for Tiburon International Film Festival

    Call for 2 poster contests ar open for the 2015 Tiburon International Film Festival.

    Contest 1: A general poster.

    Contest 2: A poster celebrating actress 'Audrey Hepburn' with any image desired.

    Deadline: January 15, 2015

    For more info, please contact: info@tiburonfilmfestival.com

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    Audience Award Winners Time Lapse and One-Minute Time Machine

     

    Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival wrapped up its inaugural season today by announcing its Audience Award winners for 2014. More than 250 films were submitted to the first-time festival. A passionate and engaged audience ultimately had to choose from 11 features and 30 shorts, all Texas premieres.

     

    The Audience Award winning feature is TIME LAPSE, directed by Bradley King and written by BP Cooper and Bradley King. The film centers on three roommates who discover their scientist neighbor dead. In his apartment, a giant experimental camera aimed at their apartment takes pictures 24 hours into the future. Exploiting the machine, they enjoy being one step ahead in life, until the machine starts spitting out disturbing images. A Hitchcockian thriller, Time Lapse is part indie love triangle comedy, part SciFi mystery and is sure to make your head hurt.

     

    The Audience Award winning short is ONE-MINUTE TIME MACHINE, directed by Devon Avery and written by Sean Crouch. In the film, James is all too eager to put his one-minute time machine to use in winning the heart of Regina, until he discovers the unexpected consequences of his actions.

     

    “It is sort of funny our audience selected two time-travel films as the winners,” said Bears Fonté, OWA Founder and Director of Programming, “both of which are full of humor and a dark edge. As our Centerpiece Film, Time Lapse really represents the best in SciFi and Indie filmmaking. One-Minute Time Machine is a brilliant, simple short that really whirls the audience through a variety of different laughs in a six-minute running time.”

     


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    Cellar Door Film Festival is Now Accepting Submissions!

     

    December 12, 2014

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

     

    OTTAWA, ON – Following a successful first season, Ottawa’s speculative genre festival is opening the Cellar Door once again! Cellar Door Film Festival (CDFF) is now accepting submissions for the second year of the festival, scheduled for November 2015.

     

    Filmmakers are invited to submit speculative films of both short and feature length. This includes films made within the genres of horror, thriller, science fiction, fantasy, avant-garde, experimental, the supernatural, alternative history, mystery, grindhouse, and everything else in-between! 

     

    CDFF welcomes films from local, national, and international filmmakers, and encourages submissions from filmmakers of diverse backgrounds. CDFF also invites filmmakers from the Greater Ottawa Area to submit one short film for free (see website for details). By encouraging local productions, CDFF spotlights the strength of the Ottawa film scene and showcases works by local filmmakers alongside those of their international peers.

                                                      

    In order to facilitate as many submissions as possible, CDFF offers two submission methods: 1) upload online via one of the submission platforms noted on the CDFF submissions page, or 2) submit a hard copy by mail. For full details regarding deadlines, entry forms, requirements, and fees, please visit our submissions page.

     

    We hope to open the cellar door and see your film at our festival in 2015!

     

    About Cellar Door Film Festival
    Cellar Door Film Festival (CDFF) is Ottawa’s first showcase of speculative cinema, which celebrates the creativity of the Ottawa film scene and spotlights 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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    As champion of young African filmmakers, Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) will present five feature films and short documentaries by young filmmakers from Ethiopia, Togo, Rwanda, Cote d'Ivoire and Egypt. The five films were sponsored by LAFF in 2014, and will be presented at its fourth edition in March 2015.
    LAFF’s ETISAL Fund also announces the launch of STEP (Space To Establish Partnership) as its Second Program for its 2015 edition.
    Azza Elhosseiny, director of ETISAL, announces that the program is to support the development of long narratives in their pre-production phase while addressing specifically the first or second work of young African filmmakers.
    A committee including filmmakers, scriptwriters, producers and film critics, will select the projects to which funds will be provided in the range of $5,000 to $8,000.
    The winners will be invited to Luxor for a five-day script development workshop conducted under the supervision of cinema experts from Africa and Europe
     
     


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    Programme 2015

     

    This year's festival will run from 16 - 21 February 2015 in various venue's accross St Andrews.

     

    Monday 16th  /  Oceans

    7.30PM  |  Revolution  |  Film Premiere

    dir: Rob Stewart  (2014)  |  85mins  |  The Byre Theatre  |

     

    (Q&A with film director Rob Stewart afterwards)
    Revolution is a feature documentary about opening your eyes, changing the world and fighting for something. A true life adventure following director Rob Stewart in the follow up to his smash hit Sharkwater, Revolution is an epic adventure into the evolution of life on earth and the revolution to save us.

    Discovering that there’s more in jeopardy than sharks, Stewart uncovers a grave secret threatening our own survival as a species, and embarks on a life-threatening adventure through 4 years and 15 countries into the greatest battle ever waged.

    Bringing you some of the most incredible wildlife spectacles ever recorded, audiences are brought face to face with sharks and cuddly lemurs, into the microscopic world of the pygmy seahorse, and on the hunt with the deadly flamboyant cuttlefish. From the coral reefs in Papua New Guinea to the rainforests in Madagascar, Stewart reveals that all of our actions are interconnected.

     

     

     

     

    Tuesday 17th  /  Stories from around the World

     

    7.30PM  |  Thule Tuvalu  |  Film Premiere

    dir: Matthias Von Gunten (2014) |  96mins  |  Theatre- Medical School Building  | 

     

    An elegantly conceived cautionary tale of climate change and how two communities at opposite ends of the Earth share a common—and chilling—bond. The inhabitants of Thule, which lies in the extreme north of Greenland, spend most of the year in temperatures up to 40°F below zero, hunting on dog-drawn sleds as they have for generations. On the narrow coral-reef islands of the small Pacific Ocean state of Tuvalu, fisherman live off the bounty of the sea and the coconuts and vegetables they have cultivated for centuries. In spite of this huge geographical and cultural distance, the two places are intimately connected by a stroke of fate: the ice in Thule retreats ever farther each year, feeding Tuvalu’s perpetually rising sea level. 

     

     

     

     

    Wednesday 18th / Youth & Film-making

     

    1.30-4PM  |  Short Films, Music & Art

    The Barron Theare |
     

    An afternoon of music, art and short films. At this event, all entries for our Leafies short compeition will be screened alongside other inspiring short-films regarding environmental issues. Music & entertainment will be provided by local music groups. More details to follow.

     

     

     

     

    5.15PM  |  Maiden Trip  |  Film

    dir: Jillian Schlesinger  2013  |  82mins  |  Theatre- Medical School Building  |

     

    14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out—camera in hand—on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. In the wake of a year-long battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny, Laura now finds herself far from land, family and unwanted attention, exploring the world in search of freedom, adventure, and distant dreams of her early youth at sea. Jillian Schlesinger's debut feature amplifies Laura's brave, defiant voice through a mix of Laura's own video and voice recordings at sea and intimate vérité footage from locations including the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Australia, and South Africa.

     

     

     

    7.30PM  |  The "Leafies" Short Film Competition Award Ceremony

    Theatre- Medical School Building  | 

     

    The Leafies short film competition celebrates the best of local film making talent. The top 3 entries from each category will be screened alongside feedback from our judging panel. Following the screening the awards for best film will be presented, with a top prize of £100. For more info, see our dedidated page to the Leafies.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Thursday 19th  /  Food

     

    5.30PM  |  Brooklyn Farmer  |  Film followed by Discussion

    dir: Michael Tyburski (2013)  |  26mins  |  Theatre- Medical School Building |

     

    “Brooklyn Farmer” explores the unique challenges facing Brooklyn Grange, a group of urban farmers who endeavor to run a commercially viable farm within the landscape of New York City. As their growing operation expands to a second roof, the team confronts the realities inherent in operating the world’s largest rooftop farm in one of the world’s biggest cities.

    Q&A on Community Gardening in St Andrews

    Following the screening of Brooklyn Farmer, Charlotte Davis, student & permaculturist will talk of her experiences building and growing the University Community Garden and how important local "grow-your-own" sites play for our communities..

     

     

     

    7.30PM  |  Cowspiracy  |  Film Premiere  

    dir: Kip Andersen & Keegan Kuhn (2014)  |  91mins  |  Theatre- Medical School Building  |

     

    Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

    Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption, species extinction and habitat loss, and is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.

    As Andersen approaches leaders in the environmental movement, he increasingly uncovers what appears to be an intentional refusal to discuss the issue, while industry whistleblowers and watchdogs warn him of the risks to his freedom and even his life if he dares to persist.

     

     

     

     

    Friday 20th  /  Energy

     

    5.15PM  |  The Future of Sustainable Energy  |   Panel Discussion   

    Parliament Hall  |

     

    Our guest Panel will discuss the merits of renewable energy technologies moving forward into the 21st century and will answer the tough question on whether we can really transition to a society which doesnt rely on fossil fuels for it's primary energy source. More details to follow.

     

     

     

     

     

    8PM  |  DamNation  |  Film Premiere

    dir: Ben Knight (2014)  |  87mins  |  The Byre Theatre  | 

     

    The powerful film odyssey "DamNation" shows how far things have moved, from the assumption 50 years ago that dams were always a power for good, to the first successful attempt to remove a marginal dam 20 years ago on the Kennebec River, Maine, USA. The film highlights other dam removal stories, and shows where obsolete dams do come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access.

     

     

     

     

     

    Saturday 21st  /  Reel Change

     

    2PM  |  Bag It  |  Film

    dir: Suzanne Beraza (2010)  |  74mins  |  Parliament Hall  | 

     

    Try going a day without plastic. Plastic is everywhere and infiltrates our lives in unimaginable and frightening ways. In this touching and often flat-out-funny film, we follow "everyman" Jeb Berrier, who is admittedly not a tree hugger, as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic and its affect on our waterways, oceans, and even our own bodies. We see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up to us and what we can do about it. Today. Right now.

     

     

     

     

     

    4PM  |  Round table: Carbon Conversations  |  Workshop

    Parliament Hall  | 

     

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    7.30PM  |  Project Wild Thing  |  Film 

    dir: David Bond (2013)  |  83mins  |  The Byre Theatre  |  

     

    David Bond is a filmmaker and a father. Things have really changed since he was a kid. His children are hooked on screens and don't want to go outdoors. They want iPads, TV and plastic toys. The marketing departments of Apple, Disney and Mattel control his children better than he can. Determined to get them up and out, David appoints himself as the Marketing Director for Nature. With the help of branding and outdoor experts, he develops and launches a nationwide marketing campaign to get British children outside.


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    Martin I. Petrov

    The 14th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival (5 - 13 December 2014) just unveiled its line-up and juries, surpassing even last year’s galore of big names in the industry that attended the Moroccan Film Festival. 

     

     

    After making known that this year’s tributes will honour Japanese Cinema, Egyptian actor Adel Imam, British actor Jeremy Irons and the American actor Viggo Mortensen

     

    The festival stated: “For this year’s edition, the Festival will welcome a major delegation of actors, directors and producers, and will also put the spotlight on some of the masters from the history of filmmaking in Japan: from Yasujiro Ozu to Kore-Eda Hirokazu, through Kenji Mizoguchi, Mikio Naruse, Akira Kurosawa, Nagisa Oshima, Shohei Imamura, Takeshi Kitano, Hayao Miyazaki, Shinji Aoyama, Naomi Kawaze, Kyoshi Kurosawa, Mamoru Oshii, Takashi Miike and Masaki Kobayashi. And continuing on this year’s tributes to three widely renowned actors:“After the tributes paid in 2013 to Juliette Binoche, Mohamed Khouyi, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Sharon Stone and Fernando Solanas, the Festival continues to bring the spotlight on some of the great names of international cinema, and will this year pay tribute to the Egyptian actor Adel Imam, the British actor Jeremy Irons, and the American actor Viggo Mortensen.” 

     

    After announcing that the jury this year will be led by French actress Isabelle Huppert, MIFF revealed the rest powerful names that will stand beside her this year, including Indian Director Ritesh Batra (Lunchbox), Danish director Susanne Bier, French Director Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent), French actress Melanie Laurent, Italian director Mario Martone (Il Giovane favoloso), Romanian director Christian Mungiu, British actor Alan Rickman and Moroccan director Moumen Smihi. Yes, ALL these! 

     

    The films in competition that the 14th edition will feature include: 

     

    The blue Elephant, dir. Marwan Hamed - Egypt 

     

    Chigasaki story, dir. Takuya Misawa - Japan 

     

    Chrieg, dir. Simon Jaquemet - Switzerland 

     

    Corrections class, dir. Ivan I. Tverdovsky - Russia/ Germany 

     

    Everything we love, dir. Max Currie - New Zealand 

     

    The keeping room, dir. Daniel Barber - US 

     

    Labour of love, dir. Aditya Vikram Sengupta - India 

     

    The last hammer blow, dir. Alex Delaporte - France 

     

    Mirage, dir. Sczabolcs Hajdu - Hungary/ Slovakia 

     

    Nabat, dir. Elchin Musaoglu - Azerbaijan 

     

    No one’s child, dir. Vuk Ršumović - Serbia 

     

    L’ orchestre des aveugles, dir. Mohamed Mouftakir - Morocco/ France 

     

    Red rose, dir. Sepideh Farsi - France/ Greece/ Iran 

     

    The sea fog, dir. Shim Sung-bo - South Korea 

    Things people do, dir. Saar Klein - US 

     

     

    In Le cinécoles section, where the jury consists from Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako, American director Zoe Cassavetes, French actress Ana Girardot, Moroccan director Driss Roukhe, French. Italian & Egyptian actress Elisa Sednaoui and French actor Gaspard Ulliel, the films competing are: 

     

    1920 by Yassine Gaamer 

     

    Dalto by Essam Doukhou 

     

    Dolls by Mohammed Oudghiri 

     

    En dehors de la ville by Rim Mejdi 

     

    Fabulari by Dalal Tantaoui Al-Araqui 

     

    Goodbye Cinéma by Madane El Ghazouani 

     

    Layla by Ahmed Messoudi 

     

    Shoes by Meryem Benheddi 

     

    Le souffle de la vie by Driss Tabaa 

     

    Think before you click by Ayoub Ziane 

     

     

    Special Screenings out of Competition: 

     

    The theory of everything, dir. James Marsh, UK (Opening Film) 

     

    A most violent year, dir. J.C. Chandor, US (Closing Film) 

     

    Ardor, dir. Pablo Fendrik, Argentina/ Mexico/ Brazil/ France & US 

     

    Far from men, dir. David Oelhoffsen, France 

     

    Happy New Year, dir. Farah Khan, India 

     

    The imitation game, dir. Morten Tyldum, US 

     

    May Allah bless France, dir. Abd Al Malik, France 

     

    Silent heart, dir. Bille August, Denmark 

     

    The silent storm, dir. Corinna McFarlane, UK 

     

    Timbuktu, dir. Abderrahmane Sissako, France/ Mauritania 

     

    Atlantic., dir. Jan-Willem Van Ewijk, The Netherlands/ Belgium/ Germany & Morocco 

     

    Bollywood Dream, dir. Yassine Fennane, Morocco 

     

    Half the sky, dir. Abdelkader Lagtaâ, France/ Morocco 

    Hope, dir. Boris Lojkine, France 

     

    The narrow frame of midnight, dir. Itar El-Layl, Morocco/ UK/ France & Qatar 

     

    Un pari pimenté, dir. Mohamed Karrat, Morocco 

     

     

    The festival will also hold tributes on Moroccan producers Khadija Alami and Zakaria Alaoui

    Danish director Bille August, French director Benoit Jacquot and Spanish director Alex De La Iglesia are going to give filmmaking masterclasses. 

     


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    The International Festival of Digital Arts and New Media of Greece, Athens Video Art Festival, invites the public to the opening of its new project #AddNoise in the framework of Traces of Commerce II | New creative cells of exchange in the historic Gallery of Merchants.

    #AddNoise is an open meeting place between artists and audience focusing on questions related to the city center. Through workshops, lectures and screenings, participants will have the opportunity to use digital and analog tools in order to develop new ways of interpreting urban space.

    The project sets out with the audiovisual performance "Somewhere in a field with noise" by Giorgos Grigorakos. A year after his official album release "Somewhere in a field", Giorgos Grigorakos transforms his tracks adding layers of noise. The hidden melodies and bass volumes are being deconstructed with analog modular synthesizers forming indistinct motifs. His music is mainly based on experimentation and the exploration of different musical forms and sounds. The analog modular synthesizers, the dissolved rates and low frequencies combined with visuals aim to create an audiovisual landscape.

    Saturday, 20 December 2014
    Opening: 21:15
    Voulis 8-10 Syntagma, Athens


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