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    New Program For Narrative Feature Filmmakers Seeks to Help Level the Playing Field with Cash Grants, Residency Opportunities, Consultation Services and Networking Events


    Jennifer Rainin and Michele Turnure-Salleo

    Jennifer Rainin and Michele Turnure-Salleo, photo by Erin Lubin

     


    San Francisco, CA -- The San Francisco Film Society today announced the launch of the SFFS Women Filmmaker Fellowship, a new suite of services designed to support female writer/directors working on their second or third narrative feature through a combination of financial backing, innovative programs and events, mentorship services, industry connections and a growing community of fellow filmmakers. Inaugurated with the support of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation and facilitated by Filmmaker360, the Film Society's filmmaker services department, this fellowship program will provide direct assistance to an under-served group of storytellers and help to build sustainable careers for women filmmakers all over the world. The first Women Filmmaker Fellows, to be handpicked by Filmmaker360 staff, will be announced in April. An application period for subsequent Fellowships will open in winter 2016.

     

    Participants in the SFFS Women Filmmaker Fellowship must working on a second or third English-language narrative feature screenplay, with an intended budget of no more than $3 million. They must have had a previous film premiere at a major international festival and priority will given to projects in the under-represented genres of science fiction, comedy, action, thriller and horror.

    "Through our engagement with the growing Filmmaker360 community, we have come to understand the particular challenges for women filmmakers in obtaining financing, building networks and overcoming stereotypes, especially when embarking on a second feature film project," said Michele Turnure-Salleo, director of Filmmaker360. "While the independent arena is perhaps more supportive of first-time female directors than Hollywood and the commercial mainstream, we continue to find severe limitations in the opportunities provided to women seeking to build sustainable careers making narrative feature films. The SFFS Women Filmmaker Fellowship program is part of the Film Society's ongoing efforts to address that issue."

    In 2013 and 2014, academic institutions such as the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California and the Center for Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State produced substantive reports on the state of women in the film industry, revealing startling statistics that point to drastic gender inequality. The latter group, for example, reports that in 2013, women accounted for just 6% of directors, 10% of writers, 15% of executive producers, 17% of editors and 3% of cinematographers. Additionally, women were found more likely to be working on romantic comedies, dramas or documentaries than the top-grossing genres of animation, sci-fi, action and horror.

    "This is about supporting our most important emerging female filmmakers in telling the stories that they want to tell, on their terms," said Jennifer Rainin, CEO of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. "With this initiative, we're working to reduce financial barriers, break down stereotypes, and build connections to increase opportunities for talented women and help their careers thrive. I am proud to contribute to the global effort to level the playing field and support strong female voices in the independent narrative feature sphere, and by providing the seed funding for this new SFFS initiative we hope to create greater balance in the years to come."

    Designed to grow organically over time to include additional programs and events, the SFFS Women Filmmaker Fellowship will be seeking additional funding partners once the 2015 pilot phase has concluded.

    SFFS WOMEN FILMMAKER FELLOWSHIPS
    SFFS Women Filmmaker Fellowships will take place from April to October each year, overlapping with the Film Society's previously announced Producers Fellowship programs and the San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23-May 7). Program support includes:

      *  A $25,000-$40,000 cash grant, which must be used for living expenses. Individual amounts depend on place of residence and estimated travel costs to participate in Bay Area fellowship components.
      *  Placement in FilmHouse Residency program and access to all FilmHouse programs and activities.
      *  One-on-one consultation with film industry experts from the Bay Area and beyond regarding casting, financing, budgeting legal issues, distribution and other relevant topics.
      *  Weekly one-on-one consultation services provided by Filmmaker360 staff, with feedback on screenplays, verbal pitch strategies and written materials such as synopsis and treatment.
      *  Presentations and networking opportunities with Bay Area narrative filmmakers.
      *  Expenses covered for one 3-day networking trip with a Filmmaker360 staff member from San Francisco to Los Angeles, for meetings with established industry professionals.

    Filmmaker360 has a strong track record for supporting innovative work by female writer/directors. Four out of six of the projects that received funding in the most recent round of SFFS / Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grants -- the Film Society's flagship grant program which has disbursed more than $2.8 million since its inception -- were written and directed by women. Additionally, four films supported by SFFS grants, residencies and fiscal sponsorship will have their world premieres at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival: Jennifer Phang's Advantageous, Jenni Olson's The Royal Road, Chloé Zhao's Songs My Brothers Taught Me and Kris Swanberg's Unexpected. For information about all Filmmaker360 support services, visit sffs.org/filmmaker360.

     
     


    San Francisco Film Society
    Building on a legacy of more than 50 years of bringing the best in world cinema to the Bay Area, the San Francisco Film Society is a national leader in exhibition, education and filmmaker services.
     
    The Film Society presents more than 100 days of exhibition each year, reaching a total audience of more than 100,000 people. Its acclaimed education program introduces international, independent and documentary cinema and media literacy to more than 10,000 teachers and students annually. Through Filmmaker360, the Film Society's filmmaker services program, essential creative and business services, and funding totaling millions of dollars are provided to deserving filmmakers at all stages of their careers.
     
    The Film Society seeks to elevate all aspects of film culture, offering a wide range of activities that engage emotions, inspire action, change perceptions and advance knowledge. A 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, it is largely donor and member supported. Membership provides access to discounts, private events and a wealth of other benefits.

    For more information visit sffs.org

    Kenneth Rainin Foundation
    Kenneth Rainin Foundation is a private family foundation dedicated to enhancing quality of life by championing and sustaining the arts, promoting early childhood literacy and supporting research to cure chronic disease. Collaboration and innovation are at the heart of all its programs. Its vision is guided by the belief that change is possible through inquiry, creativity and compassion. Its successful partnership with the San Francisco Film Society supports visionary filmmakers to create narrative films that inspire social justice. More at krfoundation.org

     


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    Oscars’™ Eve Party, Black History Month Screenings,

    Seymour: An Introduction Headline February Calendar

     

     

    January 15, 2015 – The Montclair Film Festival (MFF) announced a slate of film screenings and events for the month of February. Kicking off with a special pre-release screening of Ethan Hawke’s new documentary Seymour: An Introduction on February 9th with the film’s subject Seymour Bernstein in attendance, MFF programs include the festival’s annual Oscars’™ Eve party on Saturday, February 21st, and a program of films celebrating Black History Month, which concludes with a screening of Lacey Schwartz’s documentary Little White Lie on Saturday, February 28th at Glenfield Middle School.

     

    Oscars’™ Eve Party

     

    The MFF’s 5th annual Oscars’™ Eve Party, celebrating a great year of films with champagne, food, dancing and fun, will take place on Saturday, February 21st at 8:00 PM at The Loft, located at 8 Lackawana Plaza in Montclair. The event will feature a gold theme and provides a unique opportunity to enjoy a fantastic evening with film lovers, industry professionals and festival leaders. Tickets are $75, include food and drink, and are available now atwww.montclairfilmfest.org for Members. Public tickets go on sale Saturday, January 17th, 2015.

     

    Black History Month Films

     

    The Montclair Film Festival is proud to once again celebrate the contribution of African American filmmakers and artists with our annual Black History Month screenings. This year’s centerpiece screening is Little White Lie, Saturday, February 28th at 5:00 PM at the Glenfield Middle School auditorium, located at 25 Maple Avenue inMontclair. The screening is free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis, but RSVPs are encouraged by visiting www.montclairfilmfest.org.

     

    The celebrated film, directed by Montclair resident Lacey Schwartz, tells the story of Schwartz’s Jewish upbringing in Woodstock, NY, her discovery of her unexpected African American roots, and the impact this discovery has on her family and her identity. 

     

    “As a new resident, I am so proud to be presenting my film in Montclair, “ said filmmaker Lacey Schwartz. “I look forward to meeting everyone and having discussions around the film with the community.”

     

    In addition, the MFF has confirmed that writer/ director/ producer Leslie Harris will attend the MFF’s screening ofJust Another Girl On The I.R.T. on February 18th at the Montclair Art Museum to participate in a post-screening Q&A.

     

     

    Little White Lie and Just Another Girl On The I.R.T. join Basquiat (screening on February 11th at the MontclairArt Museum) in the MFF’s Black History Month program.

     

    Seymour: An Introduction Screening

     

    The MFF will host a screening of Ethan Hawke’s new documentary Seymour: An Introduction on Monday, February 9th at 7:30 PM at The Bellevue Theater in Montclair. The film’s subject Seymour Bernstein will attend for a post-screening Q&A.  Tickets are $14 for the public, $12 for Members and are available now atwww.montclairfilmfest.org.

     

    Seymour Bernstein was a promising concert pianist whose career led him to transforming himself from performer into one of the finest piano teachers in the country. After meeting at a dinner party, Ethan Hawke and Bernstein embarked upon friendship that inspired Hawke to create this film, exploring the role of music, practice, and living a life of pure dedication to the craft of teaching and interpretation.  Hailed as one of the most beautiful, moving documentaries in recent years, Seymour: An Introduction is a transcendent story of an artist who discovers that his true gift lies in inspiring and teaching others. (A Sundance Selects release).

     

     

    About MFF

    The Montclair Film Festival, Inc. (MFF), a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, nurtures and showcases the talents of filmmakers from around the region and world. MFF unites, empowers, educates and celebrates our region’s diverse cultural heritage and robust artistic community by presenting an annual spring festival and a growing assortment of engaging programs and events all year long. The fourth annual spring festival will take place from May 1 through 10, 2015. MFF 2015 is made possible through generous support from Investors Bank, Audi, HackensackUMC Mountainside, Chubb, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, among others. For information about MFF, visitwww.montclairfilmfest.org.


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    THE STANLEY FILM FESTIVAL INVITES YOU TO COME PLAY APRIL 30 - MAY 3, 2015

    The Denver Film Society Announces Hotel and Ticket packages are on sale for the 

     

     

    January 15, 2015 (Denver, CO) - Set at the notoriously haunted and historic Stanley Hotel, inspiration for Stephen King's THE SHINING, the Stanley Film Festival (SFF) showcases the best in classic and contemporary horror cinema in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. Presented by NBC Universal's Chiller, the SFF will take place April 30-May 3, 2015. Produced by the Denver Film Society, the festival is dedicated to crafting a more interactive experience for genre filmmakers and fans. 

     

    "We are thrilled to once again partner with the Stanley Hotel to produce this festival," said Tom Botelho, Executive Director, Denver Film Society."We invite fans of horror to delve deep into the paranormal mysteries of the hotel and come play with us this spring at the Stanley Film Festival."

     

    Last year's festival screened over 20 feature films, 7 retro titles, 19 shorts, and 8 student shorts with 23 countries represented. Special guests from 2013 and 2014 include: SpectreVision co-founders and Visionary Award Winners, Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh Waller, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night Director Ana Lily Amirpour, 2014 Stanley Film Festival Master of Horror Award Winner, Joe Dante, director of What We Do In The Shadows (Winner of the Audience Award for Feature Film), Taika Waititi, Eli Roth (2013 Visionary Award Winner) and more. In addition, the Festival provided a fully interactive experience thanks to panels, live shows, special secret events and a unique horror immersion game that invited the player to solve a series of mysteries spanning the weekend. 

     

    "The Stanley Hotel offers a perfect retreat for fans of the genre, filmmakers, and experts to recharge and get inspired by becoming fully immersed in our dark playground," says Landon Zakheim, Program Director for the Stanley Film Festival.

     

    Screenings and special events at the Stanley Film Festival will take place at The Stanley Hotel and throughout Estes Park. All access packages to attend the Stanley Film Festival and stay at the historic hotel for all 3 nights of the festival are on sale now, starting at $666/person. Festival patron and ticket passes range from $45.00 (day pass) to $295.00 for an all access patron pass.  Space is limited on all packages, so guests are encouraged to book early. For more information regarding ticket and hotel packages, visit www.StanleyFilmFest.com or click here

     

    Important dates:

    • February 9: Final film submission deadline
    • February 24: Press accreditation opens
    • March 1: Volunteer sign-up begins
    • April 9: Press Accreditation closes
    • April 30: Festival Begins

     

    Online & Social Media: www.stanleyfilmfest.com , "Like" SFF on Facebook (Facebook.com/StanleyFilmFest), "Follow" SFF on Twitter and Instagram (@StanleyFilmFest),  join the conversation using the hashtag #StanleyFilmFest

     

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    Stanley Film Festival:  Set at the notoriously haunted and historic inspiration for Stephen King's THE SHINING, The Stanley Film Festival showcases the best in classic and contemporary horror cinema at the Stanley Hotel in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. Produced by the Denver Film Society, the festival is a labor of love dedicated to crafting a more interactive experience for genre filmmakers and fans. Presenting emerging artists and established luminaries within the genre, the four-day event features live shows, installations, industry panels, the "Stanley Dean's Cup" student film competition, and spooky secrets within a frightening, yet elegant atmosphere that can function as a true horror summit for all.

     

    The Stanley Hotel: Famous for its old world charm, The Stanley Hotel boasts spectacular views in every direction and is less than six miles from Rocky Mountain National Park. Multi-million dollar renovations have restored this 155-guestroom hotel to its original grandeur. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and member of Historic Hotels of America; only an hour away from Denver, it is ideal destination for a Colorado getaway.

     

    The Stanley Hotel opened in 1909 and it was just two years later that chief housekeeper Elizabeth Wilson was injured in an explosion while she was lighting acetylene lanterns in room 217. She survived the incident, but guests have reported sensing her presence in the room ever since. Other guests have reported lights flicking on and off, doors opening and closing and laughter and footsteps when no one else is around in other rooms and facilities throughout the hotel. The Stanley Hotel is consistently ranked the #1 haunted hotel in the world.

     

    is an entertainment brand dedicated to delivering round-the-clock scares with its commitment to producing diverse and high-quality horror content.  Chiller's eclectic slate of adrenaline-fueled, soul-stirring entertainment includes a broad offering of original movies and specials, genre films, documentary and reality shows (Fear Factor) and some of the most thought-provoking and suspenseful series ever on television (The River, Dead Like Me, Tales from the Darkside, Outer Limits).  With its recently-created Chiller Films initiative, Chiller also produces feature films for select theaters and On-Demand.  Chiller network is currently available in over 42 million homes.  To learn more, visit: www.chillertv.com. Chiller. Scary Good.

     

    The Denver Film Society: Founded in 1978, the Denver Film Society (DFS) is a membership-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural institution that produces film events throughout the year, including the award-winning Starz Denver Film Festival and the popular, summertime series Film on the Rocks. With a vision to cultivate community and transform lives through film, the Film Society provides opportunities for diverse audiences to discover film through creative, thought-provoking experiences.

     

    The permanent home of the Denver Film Society, the Sie FilmCenter, is Denver's only year-round cinematheque, presenting a weekly-changing calendar of first-run exclusives and arthouse revivals both domestic and foreign, narrative and documentary - over 600 per year, all shown in their original language and format. DFS's one-of-a-kind programs annually reach more than 200,000 film lovers and film lovers-in-training. 

     

    Grand Heritage Hotel Group: Founded in 1989 by John Cullen, Grand Heritage Hotel Group is one of the nation's premier owner operators of independent luxury hotels and resorts. Its properties are sought-after destinations that offer consistent luxury, quality and exceptional surroundings. Several Grand Heritage properties enjoy prestigious distinction as designated Historic Hotels of America. The company prides itself on the vision and strategic expertise of its leadership. Highly innovative and experienced professionals collectively boast more than 50 years of hands-on experience in all aspects of the hotel and hospitality business and are recognized for imaginative and entrepreneurial style. Grand Heritage owns and operates hotels in North America; it also operates Grand Heritage Hotels International Brand, which has a number of properties in Europe, The Middle East, India and North Africa.

     

     

     


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    New partner organisations from South Africa, Sweden and United Kingdom 

    International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) will welcome 58 young film producers from 24 countries to the 15th edition of Rotterdam Lab, IFFR 2015. Rotterdam Lab is organised by IFFR’s co-production market CineMart, and entails a five-day training workshop for young and emerging producers designed to build up their international network and their experience at international film festivals and markets. The participants were nominated by the 29 international training bodies and funding agencies that are CineMart partners. This year, Rotterdam Lab welcomes ATFT (South Africa), Northern Film & Media (United Kingdom) and the Swedish Film Institute as new partners. Rotterdam Lab takes place from January 24th to 28th in festival venue De Unie, as part of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) that runs from January 21st to February 1st.
     
    The Rotterdam Lab programme includes panel discussions on topics such as co-production, development, post-production and film financing. In these panels, industry experts provide the producers tools on presenting their projects in general and building an international network. Additionally participants take part in ‘speeddating’ sessions, during which they have time to personally meet with industry delegates and receive advice on their individual projects.
     
    Rotterdam Lab kicks off on Saturday January 24th with a coaching session by Ido Abram of EYE Film Institute Netherlands on pitching film projects, followed by a ‘Practice your Pitch’ session. Other themes in the programme are ‘microbudget filmmaking’ with Serbian filmmaker Ognjen Glavonic, ‘film financing’ with Paul Miller (Escape Pictures) and ‘company management’ with Bettina Brokemper (Heimatfilm). Additionally, the Rotterdam Lab programme includes a key session on marketing on multiple platforms, hosted by the Independent Filmmaker Project (USA) and the session ‘Sound in and before post-production: the forgotten journey’ hosted by EP2C (Belgium).
     
    By allowing producers to present their companies and projects, receive feedback on how to proceed, and expand their network in an effective way, Rotterdam Lab contributes to IFFR’s ambition of nurturing emerging talent. Furthermore Rotterdam Lab has developed into a valuable tool to strengthen CineMart's international network of independent producers.
     
    Rotterdam Lab 2015 (partner organisation, participant, company, country):
    3Puertos, Luana Melgaço, Teia Filmes, Brazil
    3Puertos, Constanza Sanz Palacios, Constanza Sanz Palacios Films, Argentina
    Ateliers du Cinéma Européen (ACE), Angelos Venetis, Boo Productions, Greece
    Ateliers du Cinéma Européen (ACE), Jamila Wenske, One Two Films, Germany
    ATFT, Rafeeqah Galant, ELP Media, South Africa
    ATFT, Jean Meeran, Team Tarbaby, South Africa
    ATFT, Zinzi Nkenene, Natives at Work, South Africa
    ATFT, Sandile Nzuza, Indepentdent Producer, South Africa
    ATFT, Samora Sekhukhune, Away from the Keyboard, South Africa
    Catalan Films, Lluís Baulida, Erasmus Films, Spain
    Catalan Films, Guillem Carreras-Candi, Atzucac, Spain
    Cinergia, Marcel Beltrán, Largas Luces Productions, Cuba
    Creative Skillset, Daisy Allsop, Zeitgeist Films, United Kingdom
    Creative Skillset, James Cotton, Cotton Real, United Kingdom
    Creative Skillset, Emily Morgan, Quiddity Films, United Kingdom
    Creative Skillset, Rob Watson, Poisson Rouge Pictures, United Kingdom
    Curious Film, Dan Higgins, Curious Film, New Zealand
    Danish Film Insitute, Per Damgaard, Masterplan Pictures, Denmark
    Durban FilmMart, Wafa Tajdin, Seven Thirty Films, South Africa
    EAVE, Anamaria Antoci, 4 PROOF FILM, Romania
    EAVE, Magdelena Ilieva, Little Wing, Bulgaria
    Edinburgh International Film Festival, Rebecca Day, Scottish Documentary Institute, United Kingdom
    Edinburgh International Film Festival, Sam Ferguson, Independent Producer, United Kingdom
    Edinburgh International Film Festival, Linsday McGee, Independent Producer, United Kingdom
    Film I Vast, Olle Wirenhed, Göta Films, Sweden
    Film und Medien Stiftung NRW, Roman Roitman, Filmbucht, Germany
    Film und Medien Stiftung NRW, Hans Eddy Schreiber, Karibufilm, Germany
    Finnish Film Foundation, Annalisa Schmuckli, Empire Pictures, Finland
    Finnish Film Foundation, Timo Vierimaa, Funfar Films, Finland
    Flanders Image/VAF, Gilles de Schyver, De Wereldvrede, Belgium
    Gunajuato Film Festival, Joaquin del Paso, Amando Films, Mexico
    Gunajuato Film Festival, Pablo Zimbron Alva, Varios Lobos, Mexico
    Independent Filmmaker Project, Sarah Murphy, Independent Producer, USA
    Independent Filmmaker Project, Chris Olson, RCO Films, USA
    Irish Film Board, Ruth Carter, Parallel Film Productions, United Kingdom
    Irish Film Board, Emmet Fleming, Fleming Creative Limited, United Kingdom
    Israel Film Fund, Liran Atzmor, Atzmor Productions, Israel
    Israel Film Fund, Yifat Prestelnik, Yifat Prestelnik Films, Israel
    Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Michel Balagué, Mengamuk Films, Germany
    Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Kirill Krasovskiy, faktura film, Germany
    Meetings on the Bridge, Selin Karli, Bulut Film, Turkey
    Netherlands Film Fund, Dragan Bakema, Popov Film, The Netherlands
    Netherlands Film Fund, Wout Conijn, Conijn Film, The Netherlands
    Netherlands Film Fund, Sanne Cousijn, Blackframe, The Netherlands
    Northern Film & Media, Lauren Davies, Lola Cove Films, United Kingdom
    One Fine Day Films, Josephine Claire Niala, Independent Producer, Kenya
    Proimages Colombia, Diana Perez Meija, La Banda del Carro Rojo Producciones, Colombia
    Proimages Colombia, Alejandra Quintero Escobar, Nina Mala Producciones, Colombia
    Rio de Janeiro State Secretariat of Culture, Tatiana Leite, Bubbles Project, Brazil
    Rio de Janeiro State Secretariat of Culture, Matheus Peçanha, Estúdio Giz, Brazil
    Sundance Institute, Gabrielle Nadig, Buffalo Picture House, USA
    Sundance Institute, Kim Sherman, Independent Producer, USA
    Swedish Film Institute, Andreas Emanuelsson, BOB Film Sweden, Sweden
    Telefilm Canada, Aisling Chin-Yee, Prospector Films, Canada
    Telefilm Canada, Kaleena Kiff, Radius Squared Media Group, Canada
    Telefilm Canada, Mike MacMillan, Lithium Studios, Canada
    Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, Christian James, Beyond Films, Trinidad & Tobago
    Wallonie Bruxelle Images, Amel Bouzid, Kaplan, Belgium

    International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) offers a high quality line-up of carefully selected fiction and documentary feature films, short films and media art. The festival's Tiger Awards Competitions, Bright Future, Spectrum and Limelight sections contain new work by auteurs from all over the world including many World Premieres. In the Signals section, IFFR presents retrospectives and themed programmes. IFFR actively supports new and adventurous filmmaking talent through numerous industry initiatives including co-production market CineMart, its Hubert Bals Fund and Rotterdam Lab.   

     


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    WESTERN A film by Bill & Turner Ross

    With a singular cinematic perspective, directors Bill and Turner Ross (TCHOUPITOULAS, 45365) are known for capturing dreamy vérité images to create rich portraits of life in American landscapes. They open their latest tale before the storm hits: the people of Eagle Pass, Texas and Piedras Negras, Mexico are joined together to celebrate their harmonious past with a festival that all but throws open the international border. Welcoming the revelers are Chad Foster, the beloved mayor...
     

    I AM MICHAEL by James Franco screens at Sundance'15:

    JAMES FRANCO'S I AM MICHAEL   I AM MICHAEL is based on a True Story in the vein of MONSTER and DALLAS BUYER CLUB, a strong story with a not-necessary-compelling character that James Franco makes compelling, based on a NY Times article by Benoit Denizet-Lewis. A movie of 'identity and belief', 'desire to belong'. Screenings: P&I screening: Saturday Jan 24, 2015 at noon: Yarrow Theater. Public and Premiere screening: Thursday Jan 29, 2015 at 6.30pm: ...
     

    THE FORBIDDEN ROOM Epic Fantasia By Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson Has World Premiere at Sundance

    THE FORBIDDEN ROOM Ewill also be the Opening Night of 'Forum' At Berlinale     If Canadian wunderkind Guy Maddin (MY WINNIPEG, THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD) is Winnipeg's own living film legend, THE FORBIDDEN ROOM is his ultimate epic phantasmagoria. Honoring classic cinema while electrocuting it with energy, this Russian nesting doll of a film begins (after a prologue on how to take a bath) with the crew of a doomed submarine chewing flapjac...
     

    Kornél Mundruczó's WHITE GOD to receive its North American premiere in the Spotlight section

    WHITE GOD Receives North American Premiere at 2015 Sundance Film Festival Opens Nationally in April Magnolia Pictures is pleased to present Kornél Mundruczó's WHITE GOD, soon to receive its North American premiere in the Spotlight section of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. This staggering vision of dogs driven to rise up against their human masters was a sensation at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, ...
     

    LISTEN TO ME MARLON, directed by Stevan Riley - a documentary that provides an in-depth look into the life of the renowned actor

     
    LISTEN TO ME MARLON, directed by Stevan Riley - a documentary that provides an in-depth look into the life of the renowned actor, Marlon Brando. Details for the film can be found below. We would love to schedule interviews with yourself and the filmmakers in Sundance.   LISTEN TO ME MARLON Marlon Brando was one of the most acclaimed and influential actors of all time. He also was one of the most elusive and enigmatic. Featuring exclusive access to Brando’s previously unseen and unh...
     

    Kathleen McInnis, See-Through Films At Sundance 2015:

     IVY (Turkey, World Cinema) PRINCESS (Israel, World Cinema) THE LITTLE DEPUTY (Shorts Program 2) STARTING POINT (Documentary Shorts Program 1) OBJECT (Documentary Shorts Program 1) Munk Studios, Poland (http://www.munkstudio.eu/en) ...
     

    Content Media Acquires International Sales Rights to Alex Gibney¹s Scientology Documentary ‘Going Clear’

    Content Media announced today that it has acquired international sales rights to Alex Gibney’s much anticipated Scientology documentary “Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief”.  The film will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this month.   Academy Award® winner Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) wrote and directed the film based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright.  Gibney profiles eigh...
     

    HOT GIRLS WANTED will debut at the Sundance Film Festival

    HOT GIRLS WANTED, which will debut at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, January 24. Directed by the filmmaking team Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus (Sexy Baby), both former Miami Herald journalists, HOT GIRLS WANTED is one of the most anticipated documentaries at this year’s festival. Hot Girls Wanted is a first-ever look at the realities of the professional “amateur” porn world and the steady stream of 18-to-19-year old girls entering into it. Premi...
     

    STATION TO STATION World Premiere at Sundance in the New Frontier Films

    A film by Doug Aitken A high-speed road-trip through modern creativity, STATION TO STATION is a revolutionary feature comprised of 61 one-minute films highlighting an exciting and eclectic mix of artists, musicians, writers, places, and perspectives. In the summer of 2013, a train designed as a kinetic light sculpture by artist Doug Aitken traveled from New York City to San Fra...
     

    ENTERTAINMENT A film by Rick Alverson: nightmarish account of a traveling comedian lost on the brink

    Park City may not be ready for it, but writer/director Rick Alverson (The Comedy) returns with this nightmarish account of a traveling comedian lost on the brink. A broken, aging comedian tours the California desert, lost in a cycle of third-rate venues, novelty tourist attractions, and vain attempts to reach his estranged daughter. By day, he slogs through the barren landscape, inadvertently alienating every acquaintance. At night, he seeks solace in ...
     

    Sundance - World Premiere of The Amina Profile

     
    The Amina Profile has its world premiere at Sundance. To view the film online or to request an interview, please contact me.   Watch the trailer here http://youtu.be/JSMKXg0qSpU What began as a love story between two women turned into an international socio-political thriller―spotlighting media excesses and the thin line between truth and falsehood in the Internet age.   Now, the story behind this incredible true-life drama is the subject of a new feature documentary. The Amina ...
     

    Matt Sobel's TAKE ME TO THE RIVER screens in Sundance

      SYNOPSIS A Nebraskan family reunion couldn’t seem more backwards to a Californian teenager. If Ryder (Logan Miller, THE BLING RING) had his way, he’d choose a moment just like this to show his conservative relatives his true colors, the bigger the scene the better. For his mother’s sake however, Ryder agrees to keep quiet, save parading around the picnic in his most audacious pair of short-shorts. Ryder’s antics raise dubious eyebrows from his hardened cowboy r...
     

    THE NIGHTMARE A film by ROOM 237 Director Rodney Ascher

      What if you knew that every night when you went to sleep, you were not alone? That you were surrounded by dark forces watching you - and that you could wake up paralyzed, completely helpless, with these beings standing next to you? Welcome to the spine-tingling horror/documentary hybrid THE NIGHTMARE from Rodney Ascher, who last rocked Sundance with his portrait of Kubrick-obsessed fandom, ROOM 237. In this film, he uses atmospheric cinematic recreations to get the audience into t...
     

    (T)ERROR: a new documentary that pulls back the curtain on the FBI's domestic counterterrorism efforts

     
    HEADS-UP: (T)ERROR premiering at Sundance Film Festival 2015 View this email in your browser ...
     

    K5 new film The Dairy of a Teenage Girl In Competition

        New Title - The Dairy of a Teenage Girl In Competition SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2015 www.k5international.com     U.S. Dramatic Competition     THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL directed ...
     

    THE SQUARE THE RUSSIAN WOODPECKER A film by Chad Gracia (pussy riot)

      From the Producer of PUSSY RIOT and THE SQUARE THE RUSSIAN WOODPECKER A film by Chad Gracia     Fedor Alexandrovich is a radioactive man. He was four years old in 1986, when he was exposed to the toxic effects of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown and forced to leave his home. Now 33, he is an artist in Ukraine, with radioactive strontium in his bones and a singular obsession with the earth-changing catastrophe - why did it actually happen? Was ther...
     

    EDEN by Mia Hansen-Løve Plays at Sundance Film Festival, Opens May 2015

      presents     Director Mia Hansen-Løve Serving On World Narrative Competition Jury     OFFICIAL SELECTION - TORONTO INT'L FILM FESTIVAL 2014 OFFICIAL SELECTION - NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL 2014 OFFICIAL SELECTION - AFI FEST 2014 OFFICIAL SELECTION - SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2015   The exhilarating fourth feature from Mia Hansen-Løve (Father of My Children, Goodbye First Love), Eden is a 20-year journ...
     

    Tig Notaro Set to Host Closing Night Awards Ceremony

    TIG  Kristina Goolsby and Ashley York's Portrait of Comedian Tig Notaro has World Premiere at 2015 Sundance Film Festival       "Good evening, I have cancer," comedian Tig Notaro famously announced in 2012 during a set at a comedy club in Los Angeles. "Everyone having a good time? I have cancer." In just 30 minutes, Notaro used her grave prognosis to create  revealed her grave prognosis with a disarming mixture o...
     

    THE WOLFPACK A film by Crystal Moselle Has World Premiere at Fest in US Doc Competition

      The six Angulo brothers have spent their entire lives locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Nicknamed "the Wolfpack," they're all exceedingly bright, are homeschooled, have no acquaintances outside their family and have practically never left their home.   All they know of the outside world is gleaned from the films they watch obsessively and recreate meticulously, using elaborate homemade props and costumes...
     

    Written & Directed by Prashant Nair, “Umrika” premieres in World Cinema Dramatic Competition

     
    BETA CINEMA ON BOARD TO REPRESENT INTERNATIONAL SALEOF SUNDANCE TITLE “UMRIKA”   January 12, 2015 – Beta Cinema has come on board to handle all international markets in the sale of writer and director Prashant Nair’s “Umrika,” selected for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Dramatic Competition. North America sales will be handled by ICM Partners.   World premiering at Salt Lake City on Saturday, January 24th at The Egyptia...

     

    Line up of Susan Norget

    CHUCK NORRIS VS COMMUNISM, Dir. Ilinca Calugareanu World Cinema Documentary Competition (World Premiere) John Battsek and Brett Ratner are among the producers of this wonderfully entertaining documentary that pulls back the curtain on how the arrival of VHS in 1980s Romania didn't just signal a media revolution—it helped overthrow a regime. Hidden from the scrutinizing eyes of the Secret Police, Irina Nistor dubbed thousands of foreign blockbusters that were smuggled into the co...
     

    NASTY BABY by Sebastián Silva will premiere at Sundance Film Festival.

     
    Director : Sebastián Silva (Magic Magic, Crystal Fairy, The Maid)   Cast: Kristen Wiig, Sebastián Silva, Tunde Adebimpe, Reg E. Cathey, Agustín Silva, Mark Margolis, Alia Shawkat   Please find below the screenings schedule:   - Saturday, January 24, 9:00pm (Premiere) Egyptian Theatre, Park City     - Sunday, January 25, 8:30am (Public) Prospector Square Theatre, Park City   - Sunday January 25th, 4pm (P&I) Holiday Vill...
     

    ‘PRINCESS’ by Tali Shalom-Ezer screeens at Sundance

    PRINCESS, a feature drama from Israel, will have its International Premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section (see screening times below). The film is full of outstanding performances and heralds the arrival of a fresh, innovative and provocative director, Tali Shalom-Ezer. PRINCESS will also have its market premiere in Berlin in February.   PRINCESS is a deeply moving fi...
     

    Film preview on EDEN, TIG, THE FORBIDDEN ROOM, THE NIGHTMARE, RUSSIAN WOODPECKER, THE WOLFPACK, ENTERTAINMENT and WESTERN

    EDEN, Dir. Mia Hansen-Løve Spotlight   The exhilarating fourth feature from Mia Hansen-Løve (Father of My Children, Goodbye First Love), Eden is a 20-year journey through the electronic dance music scene following a DJ whose love for the turntables stay strong even after the craze has ended. Based on the experiences of Hansen-Løve's brother (and co-writer) Sven, the film follows Paul (Félix de ...
     

    Memento Films screening Cop Car in Sundance

    Cop Car by Jon Watts - Park City at Midnight  (World Premiere)   Saturday 24th, 11:45 pm, Librabry Center Theatre, Park City (Public) Monday 26th, 9:00 pm, Holiday Village Cinema 2, Park City (Press & Industry) Tuesday 27th, 9:00 pm, Yarrow Hotel, Park City (Public) Friday 30th, 9:00 pm, Redstone Cinema 7, Park City (Public) ...
     

    RATTER and BIRDS OF NEPTUNE have their world premiere in Slamdance

    RATTER / Narrative Features Competition / Slamdance RATTER – [rat-ter] noun A hacker that uses malware known...
     

    Walk In the Woodss with Redford premieres in Sundance

    WILDWOOD PRESENTS A WALK IN THE WOODS   WORLD PREMIERE – SALT LAKE CITY GALA     Cast:                                                      Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenbu...
     

    CITY OF GOLD World Premiere at Sundance in the U.S. Documentary Competition

     
      A Documentary By Laura Gabbert CITY OF GOLD chronicles Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold’s deep and complex relationship with the food and culture of his city, Los Angeles. Gold has long been known for his robust writing about the hidden culinary treasures in LA; he was one of the first critics to review small family owned restaurants in far-flung ethnic enclaves with as much care as the haute cuisine establishments of Beverly Hills. With a stroke of his pen,...
     

    Sean Baker's TANGERINE at Sundance 2015

    SYNOPSIS It's Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee (newcomer Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend (James Ransone, STARLET, "Generation Kill") hasn't been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the working girl and her best friend, Alexandra (newcomer Mya Taylor), embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles, ...
     

    Brigade PR Slate in Sundance

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    Acme PR’s Sundance FF 2015 film slate

     
    We have three U.S. Documentary Competition films at the festival.  Those films are Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon’s BEST OF ENEMIES, Matthew Heineman’s CARTEL LAND, and Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s MERU.   We also are handling the opening night film for World Cinema Documentary Competition, Jerry Rothwell’s HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD.   Details are below.  Please let us know if we can help you with interviews, press materials or ticket...
     

    Unexpected has World Premiere at 2015 Sundance U.S. Dramatic Competition

    FIRST LOOK AT COBIE SMULDERS IN UNEXPECTED World Premiere at 2015 Sundance U.S. Dramatic Competition  “I thought it could be just a very moving story about women, about the decision to have children,” Smulders told EW. “And from my side of the story, the decision of career versus motherhood, and trying to juggle those. At the same time, these two women are having the same experience, but under very different circumstances. The juxtaposition of that is very inter...
     

    Cast Photos Revealed from LAST DAYS IN THE DESERT

    World Premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Sunday, January 25th at 6:30pm at the Eccles Theater in Park City     Tye Sheridan as "The Boy"   Ciarán Hinds as "The Father" Ayelet Zurer as "The Mother" And previously released photo of Ewan McGregor as Jesus       ...
     

    Prodigy PR Announces 2015 Sundance Film Festival Slate

     
     Prodigy PR is proud to represent the following films at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival (additional information on our slate included in this order below):   ·         99 HOMES – SPOTLIGHT Director: Ramin Bahrani Cast: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Noah Lomax Film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2891174/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1    ·         ...
     

    NFB and director Vincent Morisset team up once again on a web virtual reality project WAY TO GO

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      WAY TO GO is a walk in the woods. It is an astonishing interactive experience, a restless panorama, a mixture of hand-made animation, 360˚ video capture, music and dreaming and code; but mostly it is a walk in the woods, c’mon.   WAY TO GO is ready for your web browser and willing to go VR, if you’re Rift-y. It is like a grey squirrel balanced on a branch, fearless. Made by Vincent Morisset, Édouard Lanctôt-Benoit, Caroline Robert and the studio AATOAA, v...
     

    World premiere of Sophie Deraspe’s THE AMINA PROFILE at the Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Documentary Competition.

    The NFB and Esperamos (Groupe Fair-Play) will world premiere Sophie Deraspe’s THE AMINA PROFILE at the Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. SYNOPSIS - FILM Amina Arraf, a pretty Syrian-American revolutionary who’s having an online affair with Montrealer Sandra Bagaria, launches the provocatively named blog A Gay Girl in Damascus. As the Syrian uprising gains momentum, the blog attracts a huge following. But it’s Amina’s subsequent abduct...
     

    Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre Wins 2015 Sundance Institute/NHK Award

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    Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) have announced French writer-director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre as winner of the 2015 Sundance Institute/NHK Award for her upcoming debut feature film, Mustang. The award will be presented at a private ceremony at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Clermont-Tonnerre is currently a screenwriting fellow at the 2015 Sundance Institute January Screenwriters Lab. Her short film Rabbit will premiere at the Festival in co...
     

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    Meet John Cooper

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    Alejandro G. Iñárritu to receive Vanguard Leadership Award at the fifth Sundance Institute benefit on June 2, 2015 in L.A.

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    4th Annual Winter Film Awards Indie Film Festivalto be held Feb 25-28 in NYC

    73 Films, 15 Awards, 1 Fantastic Weekend

    New York City’s rapidly growing Winter Film Awards (WFA) Indie Film Festival, now in its fourth year, is establishing itself as a dynamic celebration of emerging filmmakers from around the world.

    The WFA team is proud to announce programing for their upcoming Festival and Awards Ceremony. Among the 73 Official Selections to be screened at the Blue Diamond Theater in the heart of Times Square (777 8th Ave New York, NY 10036), is a diverse mixture of 6 documentaries, 32 shorts, 6 narrative features, 9 animations, 10 music videos and 6 horror films, including 15 student films, 25 female directors and representation from 27 countries.

    Opening night for the 2015 Festival will take place February 25 with a filmmaker’s reception and kick-off party. The festivities continue February 26-28 with three packed days of film screenings, discussion panels, and networking events. The festival will come to a close on the evening of February 28th with a glittering Awards Ceremony and after-party at Club 230Fifth (230 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10001), livestreamed globally by Worldcast Inc.

    Highlights of this year’s festival include LOVE CITY, JALALABAD, an outstanding documentary about an artist collective in the most dangerous place in the world; P.S. I CAN’T BREATHE, a timely documentary about the recent NYC protests against police brutality in the wake of the Eric Garner decision; FARAH GOES BANG, a road-trip comedy centered on a woman in her twenties who tries to lose her virginity while campaigning across America for John Kerry in 2004; SACRIFICIAL YOUTH, a post-modern punk musical, THE REDWOOD MASSACRE, a blood-drenched horror film about a mysterious axe wielding maniac vs. a group of campers and THE MAGIC BRACELET, a project created by Make A Film Foundation to fulfill the wish of 15 year old Rina Goldberg whose final words to her mom before she died of Mitochondrial disease were “Promise to take care of my film”. Additionally, the winning films from the recent 2014 Winter Film Awards 48-Hour Film Challenge will be screened.

    Corporate and local support of Winter Film Awards plays an critical role in the life of the Festival and underscores WFA’s commitment to quality, adventure and diversity in the art of cinema. WFA is privileged to continue our collaboration with Gray Line New York, Ride of Fame, B&H Photo & Video, The Village Voice, Video Blocks/ AudioBlocks/ GraphicStock, Sony Creative Software, Jungle Software, Cyberlink, Glidecam, Rooftop Films, Worldcast IncJT Talent, and ProductionHUB, Inc. an online marketplace for broadcast TV, motion picture, pro video, live event, corporate & digital media production. WFA is delighted to welcome new partners BtOVEN Music studio, DJI Camera Drones, Edelkrone film making solutions, Gotham Sound production audio solution, Gotham Mini Storage, FeverUp curated event site, NI3 IncPS Print quality and dependable online print services,  Spirit Animal Creative Studio, Uber ride share, Yelp and Zacuto film rigs.

    Winter Film Awards (WFA) is a volunteer-run and operated 501(c)3 organization dedicated to showcasing emerging filmmakers and the celebration of the diversity of local and international film-making. For more information on tickets, schedules, sponsors, film descriptions and more, please visit www.WinterFilmAwards.com and find us on Facebook.


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    VIDEO: Richard Linklater WINS Boyhood Berlin Film Festival Award to Oscar Winner 2015...WIN?! Why Not?

    Ok here is a test...my psychic prediction foretell an Oscar win for Boyhood director and screenwriter Texas native Richard Linklater. Boyhood has a long history flmed in the friendly cultural hub of our southern neighbours in Austin Texas After 12 years of filming later, Boyhood began In May 2002,  Linklater, said that he would begin shooting an untitled film in his home city of Houston that summer. He planned to assemble the cast and crew for a few weeks' filming annually for 12 years. He said: "I've long wanted to tell the story of a parent–child relationship that follows a boy from the first through the 12th grade and ends with him going off to college. But the dilemma is that kids change so much that it is impossible to cover that much ground. And I am totally ready to adapt the story to whatever he is going through."[15] IFC, the film's distributor, committed to a film budget of US$200,000 per year, or $2.4 million over the 12-year shooting period.[16]

    Linklater hired the seven-year-old Coltrane to play the boy.[17][18] The cast could not sign contracts for the film due to the De Havilland Law, which makes it illegal to contract someone for more than seven years of work. Linklater told Hawke that he would have to finish the film if Linklater died.[19][20]

    Boyhood began filming without a completed script. Linklater had prepared each character's basic plot points, and the ending—including the final shot—but otherwise wrote the script for the next year's filming after rewatching the previous year's footage, incorporating the changes he saw in each actor.[20] All major actors participated in the writing process, contributing their life experiences; for example, Hawke's character is based on his and Linklater's fathers—both Texan insurance agents who divorced and remarried—and Arquette's character is based on her mother, who resumed her education later in life and became a psychiatrist.[16]

    Despite the unconventional screenwriting process, Linklater stated that he had a general storyline in mind, and that the actors did not change the general direction of the story:

    People think I asked Ellar, "What did you do in school the other day? Let’s make a scene about that!" That never happened. The time we spent together was me just gauging where he was at in his life—what his concerns were and what he was doing. Then I would think, maybe we could move the camping trip up, and we can do this or that.[21]

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    It's finally here!  We are thrilled to present a week's worth of art, culture, and community.  Just in time for Valentine's Day.  Come join us as we celebrate 86 films from 14 countries. We feature parties every night, and our Opening Night "Great Gatsby" Gala (Black Tie Optional) is Thursday evening, the 12th.  We have to thank the Westin Pasadena Hotel for hosting this stunning affair!  It is like the Academy Awards… from 1929!

    We are honoring Academy Award Nominee Eric Roberts, Jason Ritter, Doris Roberts, Tom Lenk, and Sadie Calvano, so get ready for press and Red Carpet glamour.  We will also have professional musicians and performances at our Award Ceremony Sunday evening featuring Jenny Luna and Charlotte Bash.  Thank you so much to our sponsors for their vision and faith in the importance of promoting culture in our community: Boston Court Performing Arts Center, Pasadena Film Office, Pasadena Water & Power, Rising Realty Partners, and Woodbury University!
     

     

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    Passes are available now.  Only $80 for the entire festival run (less than $1 per film), $60 for Friday evening through Sunday, $40 for Industry Passes (must have union, guild, or business card) and $20 for a day Pass.  Passes include film screenings, Q and A's, Panels, Parties, Gala, and Award Ceremony.  On Monday, Presidents Day, come back to see our winners! (Seven films).  All screenings take place at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 Movie Theater.

     

     
     

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    by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent What better way to usher in the Oscars Nominees than with the real-time footage that had some of us up on the West Coast at 5:30 am. Of course, since they split the announcement in two this year, we had to wait until 5:38 (5:39 actually) to hear the majors above-the-line. But it was a historic first to have below-the-line categories given such a huge nod with J. J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón. Here’s the Academy Awar...
     

     

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    Hollyshorts August 13-22, 2015

    The 11th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival and Film Conference/Film Market, scheduled for August 13-22, 2015 at the world famous TCL Chinese Theatre and Roosevelt Hotel, is now accepting submissions. (www.withoutabox.com/login/4655)   2014 HSFF, 3 times named to MovieMaker Magazine “Top 25 Fests Worth the Entry Fee” lists, featured over 400 projects showcasing stars and filmmakers including Sofia Loren, Bill Plympton, Anthony and Joe Russo, and Felicia Day.  HSFF awarded over $150,000 in prizes, including $50,000 in post services courtesy of COMPANY 3 and METHOD STUDIOS for Best Short, Director, Music Video, Cinematography, VFX, and Commercial. Shorts HD distribution deals for winners and Final Draft prizes for Screenplay Contest winners.  

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    Submit animation to ANIMAZE - April 16 – 19, 2015

    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

    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

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    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... Email us for a screener
     

    January Selection of Films for your consideration

    Baby, Review: Premature

    Baby, Review: Premature A Wednesday director Neeraj Pandey’s film Baby was previewed for the press on Thursday. It is made under his Friday Films banner and reunites Akshay Kumar with Pandey, after Special 26. Baby is an espionage action-thriller, in a genre similar to his earlier two outings, but much bigger and more ambitious in span. Ajay Singh Rajput is a leading officer in an elite counter-intelligence unit of 16 men, informally called ‘Baby’, because they have a time ...
     

    The Shoe Box

    This film is starring Joyce Cocchi and Warren Philp and released on 01 Dec 2014. It is directed by Warren Philp, the whole story was written by Joyce Cocchi, you will definitely enjoy this movie. Spend your weekend to watch The Shoe Box online. Dr Warren Jones an eccentric astronomer finds an entity from another world who is lost and wanting to be returned home. download ...
     

    The Sacramento French Film festival to screen Film in honor of Our victims in Paris

     
    TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACKS IN PARIS TO STAND FOR FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND DEMOCRACY The Sacramento French Film festival presents a SPECIAL SCREENING of CARTOONISTS: FOOT SOLDIERS OF DEMOCRACY (CARICATURISTES, FANTASSINS DE LA DÉMOCRATIE) WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2015 – CREST THEATRE   Program   CARICATURISTES, FANTASSINS DE LA DÉMOCRATIE (CARTOONISTS: FOOT SOLDIERS O...

    LIFE SENTENCES, Israel 2013, Nurit Kedar and Yaron Shani

      It has frequently been suggested that the creation of a reasonable identity is more difficult in postindustrial society. After all we experience the decline of collectively shared value systems, the weakening of family structures and the decay of supportive communities, to mention just some of the factors that provided stability in the past. In our times identities seem to have become flexible, if not temporary, and the sense of self has become precarious. In this context, the documen...
     

    24th NY Jewish Film Fest Opening Night Premiere of The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer Video Coverage

     
    By Maria Esteves – January 19, 2015 The 24th New York Jewish Film Festival 2015 (NYJFF 2015) Opening Night U.S. Premiere documentary THE MUSES OF ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER documentary, by Israeli filmmakers Asaf Galay and Shaul Betser, commenced Wednesday, January 14, 4:00pm and 8:45pm at the Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center. The Q&A session immediately followed with directors Galay and Betser moderated by NYJFF Selection Committee, Rachel Chanoff, The Office performing arts+films, ...
     

    Song One opens at the Angelika in NYC, on demand, and on itunes on Jan 23, 2015

    ‘Song One’ is an 88 minute Brooklyn summer romance-indie-hipster drama starring Oscar winner Anne Hathaway (Franny), and West London folk singer, Johnny Flynn (James Forester). Franny, who is studying for her PhD in anthropology in Morocco, receives a call from her mother stating that her brother, Henry, has been hit by a car crossing the street, is in a coma in the hospital, and asks that she return home to NYC.  Franny visits her brother in the hospital often, and by searchi...
     

    24th NY Jewish Film Fest Opening Night Premiere of The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer Photo Coverage

     
    By Maria Esteves – January 19, 2015 The 24th New York Jewish Film Festival 2015 (NYJFF 2015) Opening Night U.S. Premiere documentary THE MUSES OF ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER documentary, by Israeli filmmakers Asaf Galay and Shaul Betser, commenced Wednesday, January 14, 4:00pm and 8:45pm at the Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center. The Q&A session immediately followed with directors Galay and Betser moderated by NYJFF Selection Committee, Rachel Chanoff, The Office performing arts+films,...
     

    Transgender L.A.T.E. Festival

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    Over 40 World and European Premieres to screen at Next Fantasporto February 27th till March 7th

    Hoarder - Robert Knepper The British contingent stands out among the European films in competition at an edition that will also pay tribute to Portuguese director and producer Fernando Vendrell   A total of 27 feature films and 19 shorts make up the official selection of Fantasporto, according to the announcement made by the organisers of the event, which will be celebrating its 35th edition between 27 February and 7 March this year. The Korean movie HaeMoo by Shim Sung-Bo and the Cana...
     

    Canada (NSI) announced the 2015 projects selected for Script to Screen - development fund

     
    Canada (NSI) announce today the 2015 projects selected for Script to Screen, a development fund partnership with Corus’ Western Canada pay TV service, Movie Central and the Winnipeg-based NSI. The selected applicants were announced today following the application process which started in June. The Script to Screen initiative provides hands-on involvement with Movie Central’s expertise; shepherding scripts from film treatment to a polished, production-ready script with market via...
     

    The Opening feature of Fantasporto 2015 is “Hae Moo”, Korean’s entry for the Oscars.

    Oporto, capital of the North of Portugal, over the Douro River and “Best European Destination” 2013 and 2014, welcomes the 35th edition of Fantasporto, Oporto International Film Festival., one of the most prestigious festivals in the world. More than 10 days dedicated to celebrate the film industry and where producers, directors , actors, other film professionals and a great number of film fans are welcomed to a program with all genres, with shorts and features, but with a strong ...
     

    26th PSIFF Spotlight on Central and Eastern European Filmmaking

    Czech Republic, 2014, 100 Minute Running Time The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), which took place from 2-12 January 2015, held a spotlight on Central and Eastern European filmmaking in a special focus titled Eastern Promises. This year, the region boasted some of the strongest-ever candidates for the upcoming Best Foreign Language Film Oscar®, a mature generation of auteurs who are assuming the mantle of masters, and a new generation who...
     
    Flowers (Loreak). Spain, 2014, 99 Minute Running Time The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) 27 films that were eligible for the Cine Latino Award were presented in the Ibero-American section at the Festival. Sponsored by the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG) and the University of Guadalajara Foundation/USA, the winner, 'Flowers', received a $10,000 cash prize.   “What does it mean to be Latino or Ibero-American? We often e...
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    Director Joost Reijmers wins Shortcutz Amsterdam Annual Awards

    Comedy Pony Place is crowned as Best Film at EYE   (AMSTERDAM) The comedy Pony Place by director Joost Reijmers has won the Best Film at Shortcutz Amsterdam Annual Awards. The top prize of €15,000 is an equal contribution by Cam-a-lot (in rental gear), Filmmore (in post-production services) and Shorts TV (pocket money) into the making of a new film. A sold-out Cinema 1 at Eye saw Reijmers receiving the prize from the hands of top British director Peter Greenaway on Sunday 18 Januar...
     

    TNT and TBS Ready to Turn 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® Into Digital and Social Media Experience

      As Hollywood prepares to celebrate the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, host networks TNT and TBS are revving up plans to make this year's ceremony an exceptional digitally connected awards show. In addition to simulcasting the SAG Awards® live from the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, Jan. 25, the networks will have a team of social media correspondents and influencers to provide behind-the-scenes play-by-play before and during the ceremony using the ha...
     

    Outstanding Directors of the Year Awards from Santa Barbara Film Fest announced

    As part of the 30th Anniversary celebration, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will expand its ever popular director’s panel into the Outstanding Directors of the Year Award, presenting to some of the most talked about and innovative filmmakers from the past year. The tribute will begin at 8pm on Wednesday, February 4 at the Arlington Theatre and will be moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg.   Filmmaking is a collaborative effort, spearheaded by th...
     

    Birdman and Grand Budapest Hotel Lead the 87th Academy Awards Nominations

     
    By Maria Esteves – January 18, 2015 The 87th Academy Awards (2015 Oscar) Nominations were announced by Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, directors Alfonso Cuarón, J.J. Abrams and actor Chris Pine, Thursday, January 15, 2015, 5:30 AM/PT at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills, California. Nine Oscar nominations went to Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu and The Grand Budapest Hotel, directed by Wes Anderson, in...
     

    Today is the deadline to become a voting Member for the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards

    Today is the deadline to become a voting Member for the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards ...
     

    OSCARS 2015: Here Come The Nominees with Chris Pine & Cheryl Boone Isaacs

    by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent What better way to usher in the Oscars Nominees than with the real-time footage that had some of us up on the West Coast at 5:30 am. Of course, since they split the announcement in two this year, we had to wait until 5:38 (5:39 actually) to hear the majors above-the-line. But it was a historic first to have below-the-line categories given such a huge nod with J. J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón. Here’s the Academy Award Nominees for 20...
     

    Alejandro G. Iñárritu to receive Vanguard Leadership Award at the fifth Sundance Institute benefit on June 2, 2015 in L.A.

    Sundance Institute today announced that it will present Alejandro G. Iñárritu with its Vanguard Leadership Award at the fifth annual Sundance Institute benefit on June 2, 2015 in Los Angeles. The evening brings the creative community together to highlight both a great visionary in independent film as well as an emerging artist with unique talent and creative independence. Iñárritu will be honored for the originality and independent spirit of his films, including&nb...
     

    87th Oscars® Nominations Announced

    Directors J.J. Abrams (left) and Alfonso Cuarón announced the nominees  for the 87th Annual Academy Awards in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. credit: Richard Harbaugh / ©A.M.P.A.S.   Directors Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams, actor Chris Pine and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards® today (January 15).  For the first time, nominees in all 24 categories were announced live. Cua...
     

    David W. Gray to receive Gordon E. Sawyer Award

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    Academy To Announce Oscar® Nominations In All 24 Categories Live

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      GLOBAL LIVE STREAM AVAILABLE AT OSCARS.ORG/LIVE Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today that actor Chris Pine, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and directors Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams, on Thursday, January 15, will announce the nominations in all 24 Oscar categories at a special two-part live news conference at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.   “Each of the three years we’ve produced the show, we ...
     

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    Winter Film Awards 2015 Indie Film Festival – February 25-28 2015 #WFA2015

    4th Annual Winter Film Awards Indie Film Festival to be held Feb 25-28 in NYC 73 Films, 15 Awards, 1 Fantastic Weekend New York City’s rapidly growing Winter Film Awards (WFA) Indie Film Festival, now in its fourth year, is establishing itself as a dynamic celebration of emerging filmmakers from around the world. The WFA team is proud to announce programing for their upcoming Festival and Awards Ceremony. Among the 73 Official Selections to be screened at the Blue Diamond Theater i...
     

    Highlights on the Stanley Film Festival

     
    THE STANLEY FILM FESTIVAL INVITES YOU TO COME PLAY APRIL 30 - MAY 3, 2015 The Denver Film Society Announces Hotel and Ticket packages are on sale for the      January 15, 2015 (Denver, CO) - Set at the notoriously haunted and historic Stanley Hotel, inspiration for Stephen King's THE SHINING, the Stanley Film Festival (SFF) showcases the best in classic and contemporary horror cinema in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. Presented by NBC Universal's Chiller, the...
     

    Montclair Film Festival Announces February 2015 Programs and Events

     
    Oscars’™ Eve Party, Black History Month Screenings, Seymour: An Introduction Headline February Calendar     January 15, 2015 – The Montclair Film Festival (MFF) announced a slate of film screenings and events for the month of February. Kicking off with a special pre-release screening of Ethan Hawke’s new documentary Seymour: An Introduction on February 9th with the film’s subject Seymour Bernstein in attendance,...
     

    San Francisco Film Society Launches New Women Filmmaker Fellowship

     
    New Program For Narrative Feature Filmmakers Seeks to Help Level the Playing Field with Cash Grants, Residency Opportunities, Consultation Services and Networking Events Jennifer Rainin and Michele Turnure-Salleo, photo by Erin Lubin   San Francisco, CA -- The San Francisco Film Society today announced the launch of the SFFS Women Filmmaker Fellowship, a new suite of services designed to s...
     

    Spotlight: AdaptLab at Locarno

    AdaptLab: from page to screen This year L’immagine e la parola (19 – 22 March) will be joined by a session of AdaptLab, a workshop on the adaptation of literary works for the screen, developed by TorinoFilmLab and addressing industry professionals. This major initiative from TorinoFilmLab will take place at Locarno for the very first time. AdaptLab will hold its inaugural session from 19 t...
     

    24th NY Jewish Film Fest Opening Night Premiere of The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer Video Coverage

     
    By Maria Esteves – January 19, 2015 The 24th New York Jewish Film Festival 2015 (NYJFF 2015) Opening Night U.S. Premiere documentary THE MUSES OF ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER documentary, by Israeli filmmakers Asaf Galay and Shaul Betser, commenced Wednesday, January 14, 4:00pm and 8:45pm at the Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center. The Q&A session immediately followed with directors Galay and Betser moderated by NYJFF Selection Committee, Rachel Chanoff, The Office performing arts+films, ...
     

    24th NY Jewish Film Fest Opening Night Premiere of The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer Photo Coverage

     
    By Maria Esteves – January 19, 2015 The 24th New York Jewish Film Festival 2015 (NYJFF 2015) Opening Night U.S. Premiere documentary THE MUSES OF ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER documentary, by Israeli filmmakers Asaf Galay and Shaul Betser, commenced Wednesday, January 14, 4:00pm and 8:45pm at the Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center. The Q&A session immediately followed with directors Galay and Betser moderated by NYJFF Selection Committee, Rachel Chanoff, The Office performing arts+films,...
     

    2015 and more... Happy new year to all of you

    Let's make a better world where culture and freedom thrive on tolerance, education and eradicate ignorance... Besides...looking forward to meeting you on the Circuit, Sundance, Berlin, Oporto, Cannes, Montreal, Bogota,  Locarno, San Sebastian, Venice, The Bahamas, Austin... Bruno Chatelin
     
     
     

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    SBIFF Honors Damien Chazelle, Richard Linklater, Bennett Miller, Laura Poitras, and Morten Tyldum

    As part of the 30th Anniversary celebration, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will expand its ever popular director’s panel into the Outstanding Directors of the Year Award, presenting to some of the most talked about and innovative filmmakers from the past year. The tribute will begin at 8pm on Wednesday, February 4 at the Arlington Theatre and will be moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg. Filmmaking is a collaborative effort, spearheaded by the direc...
     

    Peter Taylor becomes the new director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival announced!

    Peter Taylor, a film programmer at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), one of Europe’s most significant annual showcases of cinema, has taken over the reins from Melanie Iredale as Festival Director at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. Iredale, who led Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival for the past five years, stood down after its most recent 10th edition to take a Deputy Director post at Sheffield Doc/Fest. A member of IFFR’s selection committee for its short...
     

    German Films have elected a new board, producer Peter Herrmann, who succeeds Martin Moszkowicz

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    Joel and Ethan Coen Presidents of the Jury for the 68th Festival de Cannes

    Photo credit : Alison Cohen Rosa / Universal Pictures For the first time in the history of the Festival de Cannes, not one but two leading figures will chair the Jury.   Indeed, American filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen have accepted the invitation from President Pierre Lescure and General Delegate Thierry Frémaux to become the Presidents of the 68th edition of the Festival.   "We look forward to returning to Cannes this year”, Joel and Ethan Coen said from the H...
     

    Pawel Pawlikowski, director of the critically acclaimed Ida, invited at L’immagine e la parola

        © Agencja Gazeta The Polish filmmaker, director of the critically acclaimed Ida, is to be among the guests of the third spring-time literature event of the Festival del film Locarno. This year will also see Locarno hosting for the first time a session of AdaptLab, a workshop on the adaptation of literary works for the screen, developed by TorinoFilmLab and addressing industry professionals. The presence of Pawel Pawlikowski adds an extra facet to the program for L&...
     

    Richard Linklater's speaks on camera about his Oscar-nominated film BOYHOOD Snapshots of Adolescence

    Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, Boyhood charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapsho...
     

    Welsh-Egyptian filmmaker Sally El Hosaini will be in San Francisco this February for the Film Society's 9th Artist in Residence

    Acclaimed Emerging Filmmaker Will Be in Residence February 2-15  with a Full Schedule of School Visits, Film Screenings, a Free Artist Talk and Networking Events The San Francisco Film Society has announced that Welsh-Egyptian filmmaker Sally El Hosaini will be in San Francisco February 2 - 15 for the Film Society's ninth Artist in Residence program. El Hosaini's packed two-week schedule will include programs in each of the Film Society's core areas -- education, exhibit...
     

    Oscar-nominated Cinematographer Dick Pope on "Mr. Turner"

    Dick Pope's name may have been crapped up as he was nominated for an Academy Award, but there's nothing crappy about the reason for that nomination: his lensing of Mr. Turner. Click below for my discussion with the cinematographer about his visuals for Mike Leigh's biopic on J.M.W. Turner:   http://www.thalo.com/articles/view/995/cinematographer_dick_pope_throws_light_on_mr       ...
     

     

    Fantasporto gives tributes to producer and director Fernando Vendrell and to painter Manuela Mendes da Silva

    The Portuguese personality to receive a Tribute in the festival is producer and director Fernando Vendrell.    Also Film Schools and universities are screening their latest productions and are going to have their annual meeting in Fantasporto . An art exhibition by renowned painter Manuela Mendes da Silva complete the program of Fantasporto 2015. The festival takes place at the Municipal Theatre Rivoli with the Official Opening on the 27th February, and till the 7th March. ...
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    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...

    The EFM Industry Debates from Saturday the 7th to Monday the 9th of February 2015

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    The Market Coverage 2014

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    Joel et Ethan Coen vont présider le Jury du 68e Festival de Cannes

    Photo Alison Cohen Rosa    Pour la première fois de l’histoire du Festival de Cannes, ce n’est pas une mais deux personnalités qui présideront son Jury.   En effet, les cinéastes américains Joel et Ethan Coen ont accepté l’invitation du Président Pierre Lescure et du Délégué général Thierry Frémaux de devenir le(s) Président(s) de la 68e édition du Festi...
     
     

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     The Connecticut/New England angles are many: Kara Sundlun's WWII profile of her fighter pilot father, the late Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun; CT Premiere of THE OUTRAGEOUS SOPHIE TUCKER in her hometown of Hartford with a live performance by Colleen Welsh, The Hartt School's NEW Sophie Tucker; Theodore Bikel's new doc; Nancy (sister of Steven) Spielberg coming to premiere her new film on the Israeli Air Force and a partnership with Hartford Stage and Darko Tresnjak! Plus, parties, food, live music, new venues.

    More at www.hjff.org.

     

    Sophie Tucker, Theodore Bikel, Nancy Spielberg, Kara Sundlun, and Darko Tresnjak are some of the big names on screen and in person that will light up the Mandell JCC’s 19th Annual Hartford Jewish Film Festival, March 12 - 22, 2015, announced Festival co-chairs Nicole Greenblatt and Benson Monastersky.

     

    Daring Israeli flyboys and soldier girls; prime ministers and pastrami kings; heroes, homeruns and heartthrobs star in 19 red hot hits from 10 countries screening in 7 venues during Connecticut’s 10 day celebration of Jewish culture and identity. Cinephiles of all faiths will be treated to riveting dramas, powerful documentaries, coming-of-age sagas, romantic comedies and shorts; all are New England, Connecticut or Hartford premieres. Live music, foodie events, and insightful programs with visiting filmmakers, authors, performers and academics add an extra dimension to the lineup.

     

    Throughout the festival, a series of original short films “Through a Centennial Lens” will screen to celebrate the Mandell JCC’s 100th birthday.

    Opening Night at Hartford’s new Infinity Music Hall & Bistro brings back Sophie Tucker, the city’s most famous daughter and “Last of the Red Hot Mamas” in the Connecticut premiere of The Outrageous Sophie Tucker.

     

    Hartt School senior and winner of Hartford’s Next Sophie Tucker competition, Colleen Welsh, will perform a live cabaret, accompanied by The Hartt School’s Paul Feyer with filmmakers Susan and Lloyd Ecker in attendance. More showbiz with a sheer movies spotlight Connecticut’s own Theodore Bikel – In The Shoes of Sholom Aleichem and The Go Go Boys, the story behind Cannon Films’ legendary Israeli cousin moguls. Deli Man dishes out a mouthwatering nostalgic history nosh about corned beef, garlic pickles and knishes (which will be served).

     

     

    The screenplay of Jewish life continues with films about history, heroes and the Holocaust. Closing Night celebrates the daring North American and Canadian flyboys who volunteered as pilots during Israel’s 1948 War of Independence in the Connecticut Premiere of Above and Beyond – The Birth of the Israeli Air Force. Producer Nancy Spielberg, Steven’s younger sister, will attend and speak following the film. In Berlin Calling, an ex-punk chick pulls back the suburban veil to uncover her father’s dark days in World War II Germany.

     

    A Connecticut father-daughter story narrated by and starring TV anchor Kara Sundlun reveals the little-known but heroic great 1943 escape of the late Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun in Above and Beyond – Bruce Sundlun’s Incredible WWII Journey. Ms. Sundlun and film director Tim Gray will be interviewed by Dennis House following the film.

     

    The sequel to Ambassador Yehuda Avner’s juicy tell-all memoir movie, The Prime Ministers, Part Two – Soldiers and Peacemakers is an insider’s peek behind the headlines and newsmakers of Israel. When a 23 year old Jewish Parisian is kidnapped for ransom in the unflinching 24 Days – The True Story of the Ilan Halimi Affair, a chilling chain of events is set in motion that continues until today in Europe.

     

    Three of Israel’s top box office hits will screen at the festival. Eran Riklis’ Dancing Arabs, based on the book by Sayed Kashua, is about fitting in, family ties and finding love while straddling two opposing worlds – Arab and Jewish. Israel’s most famous acting legends star in The Farewell Party, a poignant dramedy about love at sunset and knowing when to say goodbye. M*A*S*H meets Girls in Zero Motivation, the zany dark comedy about young bored female soldiers on a remote Israeli army base.

     

    Coming-of-age flicks travel to Cuba where Havana Curveball brings together a baseball loving California Bar Mitzvah teen with homerun-obsessed kids in need. In Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion, a sweet Irish lass gets a humorous ecumenical lesson. A young boy escapes the Nazis and lives in the woods in the extraordinary true saga Run Boy Run. Pianist Mona Golabek and Darko Tresnjak will preview Hartford Stage’s upcoming The Pianist of Willesden Lane following this film.

     

    Love stories – forbidden, hilarious, inter-cultural and desperate – abound. Star of David-crossed lovers in Felix and Meira pair a discontented young Hasidic mother and an eccentric artist in Montreal. A sophisticated German business student meets her Israeli mis-match in Hanna’s Journey. The WWII story Closed Season traps a refugee and a desperate farm couple into a complicated triangle of strange bedfellows. Since a Jewish film fest demands a family dysfunction film, the French It Happened in Saint - Tropez delivers a chocolate box full of guilty pleasures.

     

     

    Ticket prices range from $12 in advance ($15 at door) for most films to $75 for the March 12, 2015 The Outrageous Sophie Tucker Opening Night film, dinner, cabaret and parking. Tickets for the Sunday, March 22, 2015 Above and Beyond – The Birth of the Israeli Air Force Closing Night film and reception are $25 per person.

     

     

    Tickets are on sale via phone and by mail at the Mandell JCC. Seating is limited, advance purchase is recommended to avoid sellouts. Tickets will be sold at the door subject to availability; all seating is general admission and program is subject to change. All events are under Hartford Kashrut Commission supervision. For tickets, schedules, trailers, directions, and a Festival brochure contact the Box Office, Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus, 335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, CT. 06117, 860-231-6316, visit www.hjff.org or call the Mandell JCC, 860-236-4571.

     


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    In the documentary section Stockholm Documentary Competition, the winner will receive a Bronze horse the festivals price. The Stockholm Film Festival Bronze horse is awarded in the following sections:

    • Best Film
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    • Stockholm Visionary Award
    • Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award
    • Stockholm Achievement Award

    Since the start in 1990 the Stockholm Film Festival has brought a huge number of unforgettable docs such as: Salaam Cinema by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, A Huey P. Newton Story by Spike Lee, Devil’s Playground by Lucy Walker, Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer by Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill, Stories We Tell by Sarah Polley, Grizzly Man by Werner Herzog, Zidane A 21 Century Portrait by Douglas Gordon, Philippe Parreno, Mr Governor by Måns Månsson, Tarnation by Jonathan Caouette, A Story of Children in film by Mark Cousins and lately Toto and His Sisters by Alexander Nanau, Cains Children by Marcell Gerö, Stray Dog by Debra Granik and Cartoonists – Foot Soldiers of Democracy by Stéphanie Valloatto.


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    The Montreal World Film Festival
    August 27, September 7

    The regulations and entry forms to submit a film to the 2015 edition of the MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL are available for download. Please follow the links to get a copy. 
    2015 REGULATIONS
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    Oaxaca FilmFest 6
    October 9-17, 2015

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    Women's International Film Festival & Conference
    March 23-25

    Book your spot now while space is still available for the Women's International Film Festival & Conference, March 23-25, at the tropical Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort in Miami, Florida. Three days of intensive workshops and panels give you an insider's perspective on how to: Successfully Launch a Crowdfunding campaign and how to Find and Market to your Audience. Learn the latest information on Distribution in the Digital Age, discover what content television executives are looking for and the latest issues of Diversity in film and tv. Network with some of the industry's most successful female Directors and Producers, and find out how some women are Shattering the Entertainment Glass Ceiling.
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    NYC Indie Film Festival 2014
    October 12 - 18, 2015


    Join the celebration of the true independent filmmaker. SUBMIT your feature-length, documentary, short, super-short, music video, art video or animation. The festival takes place in iconic Times Square’s Theater District in New York City, every October.

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    First set of prizes Best Director and Best Cinematographer  to receive 7,500USD rental package provided for Panavision.
    We are also starting a short screenplay contest with a fabulous first prize of a 7,500 USD rental package provided by Panavision. 

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    LA Film Fest 
    June 10-18, 2015

    Late deadline: January 30, 2015

    LA Film Fest offers unparalleled access to creative voices through energetic film programming, master classes, live performances and conversations with the most compelling artists working today. This year, the Festival returns to L.A. LIVE with an expanded mission and reach of storytelling to include television, web series, gaming videos and other alt digital content submissions alongside film. New competition showcases also include LA Muse, for films that capture the spirit of Los Angeles; BET Experience, a partnership that spotlights filmmakers of color; and Funny or Die Make ‘em LAFF; competition for diversity in the comedy world.
    LA Film Fest alum have the potential to earn recognition from highly-esteemed organizations such as the Academy Awards (short films); Cinema Eye Honors (non-fiction features); Film Independent Spirit Awards (for feature films). 

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    Submit your project to Boston International Film Festival - Screenplay Contest

    BIFF Screenplay to Production Contest (BIFF SPC) offers an opportunity for under-represented screenwriters and filmmakers to produce a film entirely from Pre-Production, Production, Post-Production to a completed finished project on 4K Definition Format only. Selected Projects may be produced anywhere in the United States.

    Download the BIFF SPC entry form click here for a hard Copy of the application. SUBMIT

    All Screenplay entries must be postmarked by January 23, 2015.

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    Hollyshorts 
    August 13-22, 2015

    The 11th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival and Film Conference/Film Market, scheduled for August 13-22, 2015 at the world famous TCL Chinese Theatre and Roosevelt Hotel, is now accepting submissions. (www.withoutabox.com/login/4655)   2014 HSFF, 3 times named to MovieMaker Magazine “Top 25 Fests Worth the Entry Fee” lists, featured over 400 projects showcasing stars and filmmakers including Sofia Loren, Bill Plympton, Anthony and Joe Russo, and Felicia Day.  HSFF awarded over $150,000 in prizes, including $50,000 in post services courtesy of COMPANY 3 and METHOD STUDIOS for Best Short, Director, Music Video, Cinematography, VFX, and Commercial. Shorts HD distribution deals for winners and Final Draft prizes for Screenplay Contest winners.  

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    Le MIAFF ANIMAZE Montreal International Animation Film Festival
    April 16 – 19, 2015

     

    Le MIAFF (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. 

    Le MIAFF provides an animation industry conference, workshops for animators, producers network, cocktail networking and ANIMAZE DAYS international co-production incentive. For independent filmmakers festival strategy workshops. 
    Taking place during The City of Montreal Printemps Numerique (Digital Spring) Le MIAFF will also facilitate and curate works and subjects pertaining to digital arts. 
    Expect news to unfold, great guest and films to be screened. Motivational guest speakers, teachers and master classes. Taking place on site at Concordia state of the art Hall Theatre which just completed a 3.5 million dollar state of the art screening room. 
    The festival will screen animation features, shorts and experimental film. Industry conferences, panels and international co-productions will be facilitated. Workshops on the state of the art(s). Public film festival screening, panels and educational platform for children. A student film contest challenge from all graduate level animation film schools across the province of Quebec and Canada.
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    Colortape International Film Festival 
    June 2015

     


    February 28, 2015. Early bird deadline.

    "Guaranteed acceptance & entry of your films in our festival, one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere! http://www.colortapeinternational.com! Discounted early bird"

    Aiming to be the most prestigious and recognized film festival whilst Australia's largest "online" multicultural event endeavors to connect cultural backgrounds from every corner of the world!!!! The Colortape International Film Festival is a platform for international and local professionals and developing animators/filmmakers/script writers/digital content creators/musicians to showcase their creative skills and help them expand their careers. Colortape International Film Festival is a festival created by industry professionals to support filmmakers world wide. We plan a Red Carpet premier for films on Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Perth WA, Brisbane QLD, Sydney NSW, Melbourne VIC, Adelaide SA, Hobart TAS, Darwin & Alice Springs in NT, and capital cities throughout Asia, Africa, South & North America, Europe, Middle East. 

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    The 48th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival 
    April 10 - 19, 2015


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    70 years ago Auschwitz was freed. Let us remember with this video

    Following the Future of Film Festivals Forum in Katowice, on my way to Krakow I stopped at Auschitz "museum". . We are Charlie, we are jews...These memories will last. The sky is crying.. Of course this is not a toursistic attraction, despite all the buses in the parking lot and the million visitors each year, and the visitors are very silent, dignity, ...against barbary 75 years ago. Some people I know, in Germany, make it a duty to go there each year. ...
     

    Fantasporto 2015 Full Program

        Oporto, capital of the North of Portugal, over the Douro River and “Best European Destination” 2013 and 2014, welcomes the 35th edition of Fantasporto, Oporto International Film Festival., one of the most prestigious festivals in the world. More than 10 days dedicated to celebrate the film industry and where producers, directors , actors, other film professionals and a great number of film fans are welcomed to a program with all genres, with shorts and features, but ...
     

    Lenny Abrahamson to Screen ‘Frank’ in Schull at the 7th Corona Fastnet Film Festival in May and Host Q&A

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    American Sniping: Backlash Against Celebrity Takes A Left Turn, From Bergman to Sony to Eastwood

    by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent There have been backlashes against celebrity before, from Ingrid Bergman and Rita Hayworth being pilloried in Congress in 1949-1950, for Roberto Rossellini and Aly Khan, respectively, to Liz Taylor getting a media shellacking for her multiples in marriage. But these fits of pique have usually come from outside Hollywood. That all changed this past November, when the backlash against celebrity was revealed to come from inside the dream factory, s...
     

    Best Ten of 2014 by Alex Deleon

      In reverse chronological order   NOTE: Not all of the films listed here were necessarily of the Calendar year 2014 but qualifify if this was the first time seen or were singularly impressive one way or another, even upon a second viewing. 1. "RIHAN. Un Pari Pimenté" --  ( A peppery bet) -- LAFF riot with class.  Sophisticated Moroccan Screwball Comedy viewed at Marrakech Film Festival in December.  Popular actress and style icon Asmaa Khamlichi a...
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    The Inspiration Film Festival announces the winners

    2015 WINNERS SIMON SAYS Winner of “Best of Fest” & “Best Short Film Fiction” FILL UP. POUR OUT. Winner of “Best Short Film Documentary” DAVID & ME Winner of “Best Feature Documentary” A SUMMERHOUSE Winner of “Best Student Short Film Fiction” FRED Winner of “Best Student Short Film Documentary” PROM? Winner of the “Audience Award” ...
     

    ‘La isla mínima' y ‘Carmina y amén' best films at the Feroz Awards

    For the second time AICE celebrated its annual Gala where 10 Golden Feroz  Awards were handed to the winners resulting from the votes of the members of AICE, the Asociación de Informadores Cinematográficos de España. La Isla Mínima got 5 awards out of 10 and get a clearer pace to the Goyas. Two more awards were given by AICE: Feroz Honor Award to a lifetime career to CARLOS SAURA and the Special Award to ...
     

    IFFR announces recipients of the Canon Tiger Awards for Short Films 2015

    44th International Film Festival Rotterdam 21 January - 1 February 2015 Dane Komljen's OUR BODY nominated for EFA Short film Competition The jury for the Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films has completed its deliberation and announced THINGS by Ben Rivers, LA FIEVRE by Safia Benhaim and GREETINGS TO THE ANCESTORS by Ben Russell as the winners of The Canon Tiger Awards 2015. The three winning directors each receive a 3,000...
     

    30th Annual Artios Awards Ceremony spotlight

    The Casting Society of America (CSA) 30th annual Artios Awards took place on January 22nd, 2015, for outstanding achievement in casting. CSA "turned 30 on two coasts which means next year she’ll be uncastable", humored Michael Urie, New York host at the 42West—formerly XL Nightclub. On the West Coast, the ceremony honoring film, television, and theater’s most notable casting directors in Los Angeles, was hosted by Patton Oswalt. Michael Urie NYC Host Billy Magn...
     

    Oscar Nomination for Wim Wenders the EFA President

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    Power of Story Video: Visions of Independence at 2015 Sundance Film Festival

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    The Stockholm International Film Festival will introduce a documentary film award in 2015.

     
    In the documentary section Stockholm Documentary Competition, the winner will receive a Bronze horse the festivals price. The Stockholm Film Festival Bronze horse is awarded in the following sections: Best Film Best Documentary Stockholm Visionary Award Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award Stockholm Achievement Award Since the start in 1990 the Stockholm Film Festival has brought a huge number of unforgettable docs such as: Salaam Cinema by Mohsen Makhmalbaf...
     

    The 19th Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival is coming March 12-22, 2015.

     
    The Connecticut/New England angles are many: Kara Sundlun's WWII profile of her fighter pilot father, the late Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun; CT Premiere of THE OUTRAGEOUS SOPHIE TUCKER in her hometown of Hartford with a live performance by Colleen Welsh, The Hartt School's NEW Sophie Tucker; Theodore Bikel's new doc; Nancy (sister of Steven) Spielberg coming to premiere her new film on the Israeli Air Force and a partnership with Hartford Stage and Darko Tresnjak! Plus, ...
     

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    Pussy Riot Band visits IFFR

    Wednesday 28 January, Russian political activists group Pussy Riot comes to International Film Festival Rotterdam for a talk, a preview of the newest film about the feminist art collective and Jack Wood and Scofferlane concerts. In the Signals programmes What the F?! and Everyday Propaganda IFFR focuses on current topics such as feminism, contemporary propaganda and political image-making. The...
     

    La La La at Rock Bottom, Japanese superstar Shibutani Subaru in concert at IFFR 2015

    Japanese superstar Shibutani Subaru arrived at IFFR 2015 on Thursday 22 January. The protagonist of La La La at Rock Bottom played a concert after the first screening of his film. La La La at Rock Bottom (film + concert) He is very famous in Japan, the singer in red from Kanjani Eight. Here, Subaru plays a small-scale gangster who’s lost his memory and is helped by a girl ...
     

    The Cousteau Family to be honored at Santa Barbara Fest

     
      The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, will kick off Opening Night with the U.S. Premiere of Relativity Studios’ Desert Dancer at the historic Arlington Theatre on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.   Directed by Richard Raymond and starring Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Cullen and Marmama Corlett, Desert Dancer tells the true story of a self-taught dancer pursuing a dream in a suppressed society.    &ldqu...
     

    Film Producer Damian Jones joins board of British Urban Film Festival

    With preparations for this year’s 10th anniversary already in full swing, organisers of the British Urban Film Festival have today announced the star signing of film producer Damian Jones to the board. Jones is a BAFTA-winning producer and has produced over twenty feature films including Adulthood, The History Boys, Welcome to Sarajevo, Gridlock’d, Millions, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, The Iron Lady, Fast Girls, Powder Room and Belle. Jones is currently pro...
     
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    Withoutabox announces the renewal of their long-term relationship with Sundance Institute

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    Expertise on space and cinema: Andreas Dresen, Ursula Meier, Joshua Oppenheimer, Alex McDowell, Joanna Hogg, The Yes Men, Wim Wenders, Bong Joon-Ho, and Walter Salles among experts for Berlinale Talents


    Cracking open and reconfiguring notions of spatiality will be high on the agenda for this year’s edition of Berlinale Talents. Under the focus “2015: A Space Discovery”, the summit will host a star-studded cast of professionals to convene from February 7 to 12 at the HAU Hebbel am Ufer theatres in Berlin to discuss and work with the 300 invited Talents and public audiences.


    To kick it all off, president of the International Jury Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) and fellow jurors get the topic rolling with an in-depth discussion on how they have sculpted space in their own films. The panel “Road, Movie: Films in Motion” brings German director Sebastian Schipper from the Competition programme (Victoria) together with Walter Salles (On the Road). Both will keep track of their protagonists’ cinematic journeys through space and time. Bong Joon-Ho (Snowpiercer) and producer Lorna Tee (Postcards from the Zoo) talk about movies crossing the border from their local birthplaces to international audiences.
    Legendary German auteur Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas), this year's Berlinale Homage subject, takes the stage in a joint event with the Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen to shed light on his career which has spanned a multitude of genres, formats and continents. Director Ursula Meier (Sister), who presents a short film at this year’s Generation programme, grants insight into her relationships on set with actors of all ages.

     

    In cooperation with Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German director Andreas Dresen, together with his longtime screenwriter Wolfgang Kohlhaase and best-selling book author Clemens Meyer, explores the short period 25 years ago when space in East Germany seemed unlimited and that is the setting for his Competition film As We Were Dreaming. Oscar®, Golden Globe and Grammy-winning composer Howard Shore (Maps To The Stars, The Lord of the Rings) will be on hand in Berlin to elaborate how a film's score and sound create spaces in which stories unfold.

    Movie theaters from Beirut to Cairo, spaces for exhibiting films and bustling hubs of alternative culture, are in the limelight during the panel “Crossroads to Culture - Cinema(s) in the Arab World”. Also with focus on the Arab countries, Berlinale Talents will host the award ceremony for the “Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation”. A truly intercontinental panel in cooperation with Berlinale NATIVe and the Federal Foreign Office delves into the cultural spaces of Africa, Latin America and India, in search of the roots of local storytelling traditions.

    A discussion between director Joanna Hogg (Exhibition) and architect Matthias Sauerbruch explores how a house can become an actual character in a film and dictate human relations. Film choreographer Francesca Jaynes and puppeteer Mikey Brett (War Horse), both having worked with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, will tackle how actors create movement in spaces beyond limits.

    Several panels will focus on the power of film and filmmakers to influence and inspire social and political changes. Academy Award nominee Laura Poitras (Citizenfour) joins Berlinale Talents for an interactive webcam session on her role as a documentarist, while Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing) and Marcel Ophüls (The Memory of Justice) discuss the chosen ways of their films to look back into history and preserve cinematic spaces of remembrance. Together with Andy Bichlbaum and Mika Bonanno, better known as the activist duo The Yes Men, director Laura Nix (The Yes Men are Revolting) will discuss how guerrilla filmmaking and the weapons of humour can help hacking public and private spheres. 

    In partnership with Canon, Berlinale Talents offers an array of activities. Acclaimed DoP Peter Zeitlinger (Queen Of The Desert) will give a masterclass on his multiple collaborations with directors Werner Herzog and Ulrich Seidl. A two-day lightening and grading workshop with DoP Franz Lustig (How I Live) will focus on creating and defining cinematic space with the power of light. DoP Stefan Ciupek (127 Hours) and colourist Dirk Meier (Antichrist) will present their “Survival Guide to Digital Workflows”, discussing substantial details of working with the latest technologies.

    More information at: www.berlinale-talents.de

    Berlinale Talents is an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, a business division of the Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, in cooperation with Creative Europe MEDIA, a programme of the European Union, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Canon.
     


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    The European Film Market 2015 welcomes Berlinale Talents once again to the initiative Berlinale Talents Market Hub in partnership with Canon. This platform, at its buzzing location in the gallery of the Martin-Gropius-Bau, serves as a contact and meeting point, offering new perspectives to both EFM participants and upcoming talents.

    Talents not only gain insights into how the EFM works, but also can use this prominent platform to introduce themselves to trade representatives and establish sustainable industry contacts.

    EFM visitors get a first look at 40 new film projects developed in the various Berlinale Talents project labs, exchange ideas with emerging distributors, sales agents and producers and have the chance to discover outstanding new talents.

     


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    The Africa Movie Academy Awards AMAA (Nigeria, June) closes submissions during Berlinale February 10th.

    Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, the founder of the AMAAs, presides over the Africa Film Academy. The Africa Film Academy (AFA) aims to promote the training, lobbying, and the overall development of young professions in the Film industry, striving to maximise their full potential in an industry where there are limitless possibilities and always capacity for more. In this regard, the Africa Cinema Business Roundtable was established. She is concentrating on the development of training as...
     
     

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    Berlinale Talents Market Hub

    The European Film Market 2015 welcomes Berlinale Talents once again to the initiative Berlinale Talents Market Hub in partnership with Canon. This platform, at its buzzing location in the gallery of the Martin-Gropius-Bau, serves as a contact and meeting point, offering new perspectives to both EFM participants and upcoming talents. Talents not only gain insights into how the EFM works, but also can use this prominent platform to ...
     

    Films by Weiner and Oppenheimer Complete the Berlinale Special 2015 Programme

    Films by Berlinale jury members Matthew Weiner and Joshua Oppenheimer will complete the selection for Berlinale Special.   The comedy Are You Here starring Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler will screen in Berlinale Special. Director/Screenwriter  Matthew Weiner is the creator of the award-winning television series Mad Men and a member of this year's International Jury.   After receiving a Panorama Audience Award in 2013 for his Oscar-nominated documentary...
     

    Digital Cinema at the 2015 Berlinale

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    Concurrent with cinema technology developments in recent years, the Berlin International Film Festival has been bringing its facilities up to the newest digital standards. The digital proportion of the approximately 2,500 film screenings will again be over 95 percent this year. The majority of festival screenings will be DCPs (Digital Cinema Packages). Seven companies - Colt Technology Services, Rohde & Schwarz DVS, Arri, Dolby, Barco, Highlands Technologies Solutions and Aspera, an IBM comp...
     

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    The Berlinale Trailer in New Digital Splendour

     
    In cooperation with director Uli M Schueppel, Berlinale partner ARRI Film & TV created a completely new, digital edition of the Berlinale opener. The trailer can now be shown at a resolution of up to 4K and at a frame rate of up to 96 frames per second, as well as in stereo 3D. The trailer has preceded every film screening at the festival since 2002.  Its revision involved the recombining of each individual component on the computer. "But we still wanted to retain an element fro...
     

    Berlinale Goes Kiez: the Flying Red Carpet will stop at seven cinemas in Berlin

     
    In 2015, audience favourite Berlinale Goes Kiez will go on tour once again: the Flying Red Carpet will stop at seven cinemas in Berlin, bringing the Berlinale out into the city.   Every night from February 7 - 13, 2015, one local cinema will act as an additional festival venue and present selected films from the Berlinale programme. Each Kiez-Kino will be introduced by a prominent personality in filmmaking, acting as a cinema patron by supporting the cultural contributions of their favour...
     

    Berlinale Camera 2015 to Honour Naum Kleiman film historian and former director of the Moscow Film Museum

     
    Since 1986 the Berlin International Film Festival has presented the Berlinale Camera to film personalities or institutions to which it feels particularly indebted and wishes to express its thanks.   At the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, film historian and former director of the Moscow Film Museum Naum Kleiman will be awarded the Berlinale Camera.   Born in 1937 in Kishinev (now Moldova), film historian, author, lecturer and curator Naum Kleiman is one of t...
     

    Berlinale Camera 2015 to Honour Marcel Ophüls

     
    Since 1986 the Berlin International Film Festival has presented the Berlinale Camera to film personalities or institutions to which it feels particularly indebted and wishes to express its thanks. At the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, director Marcel Ophüls will be awarded the Berlinale Camera.   Marcel Ophüls is one of the world’s most important contemporary filmmakers and chroniclers, and a proponent of critical remembrance. By the 1960s he had already made a ...
     

    Berlinale 2015: International Jury confirmed, With Darren Aronofsky serving as Jury President

    With Darren Aronofsky serving as Jury President, the International Jury will award the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the 2015 Berlinale Competition. The other members of the International Jury will be Daniel Brühl, Bong Joon-ho, Martha De Laurentiis, Claudia Llosa, Audrey Tautou and Matthew Weiner. Darren Aronofsky, Jury President, USA Born and raised in Brooklyn, Darren Aronofsky celebrated his directorial debut in 1998 with the film π, which won Best Director at the Sundance...
     

    Jury for the Best First Feature Award

    Since 2006, when it introduced the Best First Feature Award, the Berlinale has been even more committed to supporting the next generation of film makers. The award is endowed with 50,000 Euros, donated by the GWFF (Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung von Film- und Fernsehrecht), a society dedicated to safeguarding film and television rights. The prize money is to be split between the producer and the director of the winning film. Additionally, the director will be awarded with a high-quality view...
     

    Berlinale 2015: Serial Formats for the Public and Professionals / Premieres of New Drama Series

     
    In recent years, serial formats have evolved quite impressively and won the favour of audiences around the globe. Story development and production conditions for these series are no longer in any way inferior to those for classic film productions. Indeed, serial narratives have become an essential component of audiovisual culture. The serial market is booming and drama series are now an especially popular genre. This year, the Berlinale is giving this narrative form more scope and attention in ...
     

    Expertise on space and cinema: Walter Salles among experts for Berlinale Talents

     
    Expertise on space and cinema: Andreas Dresen, Ursula Meier, Joshua Oppenheimer, Alex McDowell, Joanna Hogg, The Yes Men, Wim Wenders, Bong Joon-Ho, and Walter Salles among experts for Berlinale Talents Cracking open and reconfiguring notions of spatiality will be high on the agenda for this year’s edition of Berlinale Talents. Under the focus “2015: A Space Discovery”, the summit will host a star-studded cast of professionals to convene from February 7 to 12 at the HAU Heb...
     

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    New CEO for The Africa Movie Academy Awards AMAA (Nigeria, June) - Submissions close February 10th.

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    It was announced in Sundance that Dayo Ogunyemi will step in as the new CEO of The Africa Movie Academy Awards AMAA Dayo Ogunyemi This year also marks the inauguration of Dayo Ogunyemi as the new CEO of AMAA. Mr. Ogunyemi, after serving on the board of the African Film Academy and as a film law expert for the WIPO, has spent the past two decades at the confluence of entertainment, media and technology. The Africa Movie Academy Awards will take place in June this year and the nomination event is scheduled for April in continuation of the tradition of celebrating the best in the business of film making across Africa and beyond.
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    2015 Sundance Film Festival Closing Night Awards Ceremony Hosted By Tig Notaro live video January 31st

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     Join us live January 31st and watch as Tig Notaro and special guests live present filmmakers with jury and audience awards. ...
     

    World of Tomorrow Wins Short Film Grand Jury Prize in Sundance

    2015 Sundance Film Festival Announces Short Film Awards happy filmmaker  Don Hertzfeldt   Sundance Institute announced the jury prizes in short filmmaking at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The awards were presented at a ceremony in Park City, Utah; full video of the ceremony is at youtube.com/sff. The short film program at the Festival is the centerpiece of Sundance Institute’s year-round efforts to support short filmmaking, including a series of daylong workshop...
     

    KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK A film by Brett Morgen

    KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK invites you to experience Kurt’s life, art, and mind through his own unique lens, bringing you as close to the generation-defining icon as it’s possible to get. This first-ever fully authorized documentary feature blends Cobain’s personal archive of art, music (both his most famous and some that’s never been heard), written word, and never-before-seen home movies with animation and revelatory interviews fr...
     

    The Stanford Prison Experiment by Kyle Patrick Alvarez wins Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize in Sundance

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    Sundance Institute and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award $60,000 In Science-in-Film Prizes at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival   Jonathan Minard and Scott Rashap (Archive) Receive Sundance Institute / Sloan Fellowship Jon Noble (Tyfus) and Cutter Hodierne and John Hibey (Otzi) Receive Sundance Institute / Sloan Commissioning Grants Park City, UT — Sundance Institute today announced the Science-in Film-Prizes that support the development and exhibition of new independent ...
     

    Sundance Institute Selects Global Filmmaking Awards at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

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    Emerging Artists from Poland/Germany, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Ukraine Selected for Visionary Independent Film Projects Sundance Institute today announced the winners of the 2015 Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award presented by AJ+, in recognition and support of emerging independent filmmakers from around the world. The winning directors and projects are Haifaa Al Mansour, Be Safe I Love You (Saudi Arabia); K’naan, The Poet (Somalia); Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, Luxembour...
     

    Magnolia Pictures pick up world rights on Tangerine

    "Tangerine," Sean Baker’s film produced by the Duplass Brothers and Through Films, has been one of the most critically acclaimed and groundbreaking films at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.   PARK CITY, UT (January 27, 2015) – Magnolia Pictures announced today that the company is acquiring worldwide distribution rights to TANGERINE, which has been one of the most talked about films at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Magnolia has acquired the film for a traditional...
     

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    Values Soar The distribution market heats up heading into EFM Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush acquired Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, about a loner high school senior forced to befriend a girl dying of cancer. The deal is reporte...
     

     

     

    Power of Story Video: Visions of Independence at 2015 Sundance Film Festival

    Kicking off Art of Film Weekend, a program celebrating the craft of filmmaking, join Robert Redford and George Lucas—two iconic filmmakers who epitomize the spirit of independence in American cinema—in conversation with critic Leonard Maltin. ...
     

    Power of Story Video: Serious Ladies at 2015 Sundance Film Festival

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    Join brilliant, fearless storytellers Lena Dunham (Girls), Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project, The Office), Jenji Kohan (Orange Is the New Black, Weeds), and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, Saturday Night Live) with New Yorker critic Emily Nussbaum as they discuss antiheroes and archetypes, using humor to crash through boundaries, as well as how far their art will go to tell the truth. The fascinating range of three-dimensional female characters on film and television these days suggests a sea chang...
     

    Cinema Cafe Video: Saoirse Ronan and Toni Collette @ 2015 Sundance Film Festival

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    Join Toni Collette and Saoirse Ronan (Stockholm, Pennsylvania, Brooklyn) with Cara Buckley (The New York Times) live at Sundance Film Festival's Cinema Café.  ...
     

    Cinema Cafe Video: Doug Aitken and Guy Maddin at 2015 Sundance Film Festival

    Join Doug Aitken (Station to Station) and Guy Maddin (The Forbidden Room) with Dennis Scholl (Knight Foundation) live at Sundance Film Festival's Cinema Café. Our daily series of informal chats rounds up special guests for thought-provoking discussions. ...
     

    Sundance premiere of CITY OF GOLD in the Documentary Competition

      CITY OF GOLD Premiere in Documentary Competition at 2015 Sundance Film Festival with Confirmed attendees : CITY OF GOLD Director Laura Gabbert (NO   IMPACT MAN: THE DOCUMENTARY, SUNSET STORY), Pulitzer Prize Winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold, Bricia Lopez of Guelaguetza, Wesley  Avila of Guerilla Tacos, and Minh Phan of 'Porridge and Puffs' in Hollywood,  all restaurants featured in the film. CITY OF GO...
     

    Sundance World premiere of TIG Documentary about Standup Comedian's Year of Putting her Life Back Together

    Co-Directed by Kristina Goolsby and Ashley York  (TIG 2015 Sundance Film Festival - U.S. Documentary Section)   Kristina Goolsby Attending talent AT THE WORLD PREMIERE were :Stephanie Allynne, Bret Mckenzie, Jemaine Clement, Gregg Turkington  "Good evening, I have cancer," comedian Tig Notaro famously announced in 2012 during a set at a comedy club in Los Angeles. "Everyone having a good time? I have cancer." In just 30 minutes, Notaro used he...
     

    Chad Gracias's Russian Woodpecker, Paranoid Conspiracy Documentary Receives New Poster

    THE RUSSIAN WOODPECKER        Fedor Alexandrovich is a radioactive man. He was four years old in 1986, when he was exposed to the toxic effects of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown and forced to leave his home. Now 33, he is an artist in Ukraine, with radioactive strontium in his bones and a singular obsession with the earth-changing catastrophe - why did it actually happen? Was there more to the story than the Soviet government let on? And, most importantl...
     

    Sundance Institute Selects Stephanie Langhoff for Sundance Institute | Red Crown Producer’s Award

    Sundance Institute and Red Crown Productions announced today Stephanie Langhoff, producer of The Bronze, as this year’s recipient of the Sundance Institute | Red Crown Producer’s Award. Through the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program, the Award grants $10,000 to an emerging producer of a film at the Sundance Film Festival. The award recognizes bold vision and a commitment to continuing work as a creative producer in the independent space.  Past award recipients include...
     

    PEOPLE, PLACES, THINGS World Premiere in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

    Written & Directed by: Jim Strouse (Grace is Gone)   Starring: Jemaine Clement (“Flight of the Conchords”), Regina Hall (The Best Man series, Think Link a Man series), Jessica Williams (“The Daily Show” Correspondent, “Girls”), Michael Chernus (“Orange is the New Black,” Captain Phillips), Stephanie Allynne (“Comedy Bang! Bang!” “Ma...
     

    World premiere of HOT GIRLS WANTED in Sundance

    world premiere of HOT GIRLS WANTED, which will debut at the Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Documentary Competition. Red carpet begins at 2:15 PM at Temple Theatre. Directed by the filmmaking team Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus (Sexy Baby), both former Miami Herald journalists, HOT GIRLS WANTED is one of the most anticipated documentaries at this year’s festival. Hot Girls Wanted is a first-ever look at the realities of the professional “amateur” p...
     

    CNN Films to Launch Short Films Strand with THE 414S: THE ORIGINAL TEENAGE HACKERS

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      Film Acquired as 2015 Sundance Film Festival opens, THE 414S: THE ORIGINAL TEENAGE HACKERS will debut as CNN FILMS short film series in partnership with CNN Digital Studios online   CNN Films announced today a new series of short films representing a collaboration between CNN Films and CNN Digital Studios.  CNN Films makes the announcement concurrently with an acquisition of THE 414s  which will have its World Premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, continuing the m...
     

    World Premiere of THE HUNTING GROUND – Film in the Documentary Premieres Category at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

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    Writer/Director Kirby Dick, Producer Amy Ziering, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, and additional guests from the film From the team behind THE INVISIBLE WAR, comes a startling exposé of sexual assaults on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families.  Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice &...
     

    Exclusive FIRST LOOK of Brett Morgen’s highly anticipated documentary, COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK

    First look image from Universal Pictures International Entertainment Content Group & HBO Documentary Films’ COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK (please note that this is the international title). This first ever, fully-authorized doc feature blends Cobain’s personal archive of art, music, written word, and never-before-seen home movies, with 

    THE WOLFPACK Crystal Moselle's Fascinating Documentary Receives New Poster

    The six Angulo brothers have spent their entire lives locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Nicknamed "the Wolfpack," they're all exceedingly bright, are homeschooled, have no acquaintances outside their family and have practically never left their home.   All they know of the outside world is gleaned from the films they watch obsessively and recreate meticulously, using elaborate homemade props and costumes. For ye...
     

    James Ransone brings TANGERINE to Sundance, a film by Sean Baker

    A Film by Sean Baker In TANGERINE, James Ransone plays Chester, a pimp who may or may not have cuckolded his girlfriend, working girl Sin-Dee (Kiki Kitana Rodriguez). Ransone's performance is punctuated by a deft comic timing and is so incredibly believable -- you would think that Sean Baker discovered him in off the streets in a casting all if, you know, he didn't have quite the impressive roster of acting credits. Ransone has graced the small screen with featured roles in HBO'...
     

    Soul Captain Films had a special Park City screening of charlie

    No one ever listened to charlie, until he stopped talking. 'charlie' is the story of a young man who goes hysterically mute when choosing to leave his abusive past behind. It's Christmas Eve as he stumbles upon the Sanderson family who take him in as their own. Charlie's silence acts as a mirror for the Sanderson family who discovers what bravery, compassion, and accepting one's self are all about. Starring Shawn Ryan (Bones), Jim O' Heir (Parks and Rec), Mo Collins (MA...
     

    Inaugural Horizon Award to Honor Up-And-Coming Female Filmmaker Verónica Ortiz-Calderón

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    The inaugural Horizon Award will be presented to Syracuse University student Verónica Ortiz-Calderón for her film Y Ya No Te Gustas (And You Don’t Like Yourself Anymore). The award’s co-founders, producers Lynette Howell, Christine Vachon, and Cassian Elwes, made the announcement today at the Sundance Film Festival.   The Horizon Award was created to celebrate and provide mentorship opportunities for talented, up-and-coming female filmmakers. The prize includes a...
     

    Withoutabox announces the renewal of their long-term relationship with Sundance Institute

    WaB has served as the Film Festival's official submission platform since 2008, helping thousands of filmmakers submit their films for consideration for the official program, and  will continue to be your go-to source for the festival's official call for entries. With thousands of cinema fans, filmmakers, festival programmers, movers, and shakers from around the world making their way to Park City to experience the exceptional showcase of emerging films, we applaud the filmmaker...
     

    Director Anne Sewitsky (Happy, Happy) makes her return to Sundance Film Festival with the feature length film, Homesick.

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    Director Anne Sewitsky (Happy, Happy) makes her return to Sundance Film Festival with the feature length film, Homesick. Starring effervescent, international talent to watch Ine Wilmann and Swedish actor Simon J. Berger (Call Girl), Homesick follows the complicated bond between a brother and sister. The Norwegian film premieres as part of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Sundance takes place January 22 – Febru...
     

    Catch 14 New Films Through Sundance Institute's #ArtistServices Program

    Fourteen Independent Films Made Digital Debut Today during Sundance on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and VUDU   Films Include Sundance Film Festival and Institute Titles and Others from Austin Film Society, Cinereach, IFP and the San Francisco Film Society Sundance Institute has announced a new collection of fourteen independent films that make their digital debut today, January 21, 2015 on a variety of platforms and storefronts, via the Institute’s #ArtistServices program.&nb...
     

    Sundance 2015 | NEXT screens Matt Sobel's TAKE ME TO THE RIVER

    SYNOPSIS A Nebraskan family reunion couldn’t seem more backwards to a Californian teenager. If Ryder (Logan Miller, THE BLING RING) had his way, he’d choose a moment just like this to show his conservative relatives his true colors, the bigger the scene the better. For his mother’s sake however, Ryder agrees to keep quiet, save parading around the picnic in his most audacious pair of short-shorts. Ryder’s antics raise dubious eyebrows from his hardened cowboy relatives...
     

    2015 Sundance Film Festival ‘A Celebration of Music in Film’ Concert Shines a Spotlight on Songs of Nina Simone

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    Performances by Common, Erykah Badu, Aloe Blacc, Kate Davis and Andra Day 2015 Sundance Film Festival’s ‘A Celebration of Music in Film’ concert on January 25 offered a tribute to jazz icon Nina Simone, who is the subject of What Happened, Miss Simone?, from director Liz Garbus and making its world premiere in the Festival’s Documentary Premieres section. Performing at the event will be Common, Erykah Badu, Aloe Blacc, Kate Davis, Andra Day and Al Schackman, Sim...
     

    Dope has its World Premiere in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festiva

    Written and Directed by: Rick Famuyiwa (The Wood, Brown Sugar)    Starring:
 Shameik Moore (Cartoon Network’s “Incredible Crew”), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Kiersey Clemons (Amazon’s “Transparent”, MTV’s “Eye Candy), Kimberly Elise (VH1’s “Hit the Floor”, For Colored Girls), Keith Stanfield (Selma, Short Term 12), Blake Anderson (Comedy Central’s “Workaholics”), Zoe ...
     

    The Hunting Ground Chosen for Doc Award – Gala/Park City

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    The Creative Coalition Spotlight Initiative Award Gala held at Nikki Beach at Riverhorse on Main in Park City Kirby Dick’s documentary, The Hunting Ground, will receive the 2015 Spotlight Initiative Award for Outstanding Documentary.  Mr. Dick will accept the Award for the film and joins other Spotlight Award Recipients -- Zoë Kravitz, Kellan Lutz and Jeffrey Tambor -- on the mainstage of The Creative Coalition’s upcoming Gala in Park City.  The Gala evening is a...
     

    First Look! Sundance Film DIGGING FOR FIRE Starring Jake Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt

    Joe Swanberg's new feature film DIGGING FOR FIRE starring Jake Johnson, Rosemarie DeWitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick and Mike Birbiglia.    Premiere - Joe Swanberg's DIGGING FOR FIRE (Acquisition Title / Domestic and International Sales: Alicia Van Couvering)   The discovery of a bone and a gun sends a husband and wife on separate adventures over the course of a weekend. DIGGING FOR FIRE is directed by Joe Swanberg, co-written by Jak..
     

     


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