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    Montreal Dailies August 27 - September 7, 2015  

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    Venice Dailies September 2 -12, 2015 

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    New York Festival's World's Best Television & Films April 16, 2016

    Deadline October 15, 2015

    New York Festival's World's Best TV & Films competition honors programming in all lengths and forms from over 50 countries. Dedicated to both the Television and Film industries, categories mirror today's global trends and encourage the next generation of story-tellers and talent: Animation, Comedy, Corporate, Drama, Documentary, Feature Films, Movie Trailers, Music Videos, News, Promos, Reality TV Drama, Sports, Telenovelas, Webisodes, Best Performance by an Actor/Actress, Special Event, Innovation, Technical Production Team, CSR, Best Screenplay, Video Art, and Best Host.

    Submit by October 15

    Blog on filmfestivals.com I Website I Facebook I Twitter I 2015 Gala highlights I Past Awards I Submit

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    GEFF L’Europe autour de l’Europe / Grande Europe Film Festival Paris  March 16th to April 17th

    Film submission deadline: December 15, 2015

    The Compétition presents long features and documentaries (60’ and longer) (co)produced in Europe, never released in France. The films compete for the following prizes awarded to the author of the best film:
    Prix Sauvage – Loup Dansant: bronze wolf statuette and a monetary prize;
    Prix Luna: Luna statuette awarded by the jury of cinema students and young professionals.

    The section Present is dedicated to the recent documentary films (50’ and longer) (co)produced in Europe during the last three years 
    Subscription fee : free  -  Participation rules    SUBMIT

    Evropa Film Akt's blog I Website http://evropafilmakt.com I Facebook  I Contact Irena Bilic I SUBMIT

     

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    FLICKERFEST    8-17, January 2016 Bondi Beach Sydney Australia

    25th International Short Film Festival
    Deadline: 30th September 2015

    Celebrating its 25th year, Flickerfest, Australia’s leading Academy® Award accredited and BAFTA recognised Short Film Festival, and  largest short film competition, is accepting entries  from Australia and around the world, for our 2016 Festival. Flickerfest will screen for 10 days under the summer stars at Bondi Beach in January 2016 with selected highlights heading off after the festival around Australia on a 50 venue national tour. Flickerfest remains a platform for celebrating the most entertaining and innovative short filmmaking from around the world, judged by a panel of leading industry experts. 

    Flickerfest International Short Film Festival's blog I Website  I Submit I Facebook I Twitter I Contact Bronwyn Kidd

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    The 49th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival  April 8 to 17, 2016


    Next Deadline: November 16, 2015 

    In partnership with filmfestivals.com

    Enter the Festival that discovered Spielberg, Lucas, Coppola, Ang Lee, the Coen Brothers, David Lynch, and John Lee Hancock with their first awards!

    Competition in 10 major categories! More than 200 specialized sub-categories offer fair competition and a chance for a Remi Award!

    The 49th Annual WorldFest-Houston offers Screening Shorts, Docs, Features, Music Videos, Experimental & Student Films on Big 60' AMC Theater screens, with over 600 Intl filmmakers attending the ten-day International Film Festival.. SUBMIT.

    Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival November 6 - 22, 2015

    Final Deadline September 15th. Students only

    In partnership with filmfestivals.com  

    Celebrating its 30th annual festival in 2015, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) presents American indies and studio films, international films, special tributes and seminars and introduces industry leaders to South Florida audiences. The fall festival runs October-November, and annually screens foreign and independent films in Fort Lauderdale, Weston, Pompano Beach, Sunrise, Hollywood, St Augustine, Amelia Island, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Daytona Beach and The Bahamas. Considered one of the most important regional film festivals in the U.S., the Festival's commitment to first-time filmmakers and innovative programming make it the perfect test market for filmmakers. In partnership with filmfestivals.com

    FLIFF on filmfestivals.com I Website I Submit  I WaB I Facebook I Twitter I Contact Gregory von Hausch

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    > FILMS IN FOCUS  

    For festival consideration: 

    Pseudonym, for festival consideration

     

    First feature by french actor director Thierry Sebban. Produced by la Petite Reine (The Artist) and Diabolo Films (The Suicide Shop).
    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

     

    Rooted in Peace by Greg Reitman

     

    ROOTED in PEACE, 97 minutes - 2015

    Documentary by SUNDANCE alum GREG REITMAN (Sundance Audience Award Winner for fhis first documentary 'Fuel')

    Starring: Deepak Chopra, Donovan, Mike Love, David Lynch, Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire, Pete Seeger, Ted Turner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu

    "ROOTED in PEACE challenges viewers to examine their values as Americans and human beings. Today we are at war within ourselves, with our environment, and with the world. Director and award-winning filmmaker Greg Reitman invites viewers on a film journey to take notice of the world we live in, proactively seek ways to find personal and ecological peace, and stop the cycle of violence".

    www.filmfestivals.com/blog/greg_reitman/ 

    Selection of Films for your consideration

     

    WoFF Glasgow's blog on filmfestivals.com I Website: www.woffglasgow.com I Submit 

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    > FILMS IN FOCUS  

    For festival consideration: 

    Pseudonym, for festival consideration

    First feature by french actor director Thierry Sebban. Produced by la Petite Reine (The Artist) and Diabolo Films (The Suicide Shop).
    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

     

    Rooted in Peace by Greg Reitman

    ROOTED in PEACE, 97 minutes - 2015

    Documentary by SUNDANCE alum GREG REITMAN (Sundance Audience Award Winner for fhis first documentary 'Fuel')

    Starring: Deepak Chopra, Donovan, Mike Love, David Lynch, Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire, Pete Seeger, Ted Turner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu

    "ROOTED in PEACE challenges viewers to examine their values as Americans and human beings. Today we are at war within ourselves, with our environment, and with the world. Director and award-winning filmmaker Greg Reitman invites viewers on a film journey to take notice of the world we live in, proactively seek ways to find personal and ecological peace, and stop the cycle of violence".

    www.filmfestivals.com/blog/greg_reitman/ 

    Selection of Films for your consideration

    5 french films pre selected for the Oscars

    La Belle Saison de Catherine Corsini,  Dheepan by Jacques Audiard, La Loi du Marché by Stéphane Brizé, Marguerite by Xavier Giannoli, Mustang by Deniz Gamze Ergüven.  The selection committee will gather a second time september 22 to announce the final choice for France.     ...
     

    Telluride Film Festival 2015 Line up announced

     
    42nd TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL  2015 PROGRAM   Twenty-seven new feature films to screen in the main program Danny Boyle, Adam Curtis and Rooney Mara to receive Silver Medallion Awards Telluride Film Festival, presented by the National Film Preserve, today announced its official program selections for the 42nd edition of the Telluride Film Festival. TFF’s annual celebration of artistic excellence brings together cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers and artists to discover the best ...
     

    World Cinema at the 64th International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg

    At 60 km/h A selection of 17 films in this year's "World Cinema" at the 64th International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg   Great cinema from all over the world. New top films by world famous directors are running in the category "World Cinema" of this year's official programme. A selection of the best movies from Cannes, Toronto, Locarno or Venice including seven German Premieres and two films of the European Film Award's shortlist.   &nb...
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    Russian Resurection Festival rolls out 18 new films in 2015

     
    Eighteen new Russian films will premiere at the 12th Russian Resurrection Film Festival, playing at venues in Australia and New Zealand during October and November.   International guests at the festival include director Sergei Mokritsky, whose 2015 war epic Battle for Sevastopol, will open the festival in Canberra, Brisbane and Auckland. Battle of Sevastopol tells the true story of a young Soviet woman who joins the Red Army in 1941 to fight the Nazi invasion. Lyudmila builds a rep...
     

    OTHER WORLDS AUSTIN named of Best Visions of the future by the Austin Chronicle

      In their annual “Best of Austin” edition, the Austin Chronicle critics singled out our 15th month old festival for commendation, making it a critics pick in Entertainment and labelling it “Best Visions of the Future.” The Chronicle got right to the heart of what we are trying to do saying:    "Science fiction isn’t just about space ships and lasers. It’s about what it means to be a human in stra...
     

    The newly named MiFo LGBT Film Festival kicks off its Fort Lauderdale edition October 9, 2015

    HELLO MiFo! CURTAIN TO RISE ON MiFo LGBT FILM FESTIVAL WITH NEW NAME, NEW DIRECTOR AND UNBRIDLED MOMENTUM MiFo LGBT Film Festival: October 9 – 18, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale   The newly named MiFo LGBT Film Festival kicks off its Fort Lauderdale edition October 9, 2015 with two weekends of dramas, comedies and documentaries that touch upon various aspects of  lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) life. Now in it 7th year, MiFo includes 7 documentaries, 18 shorts ...
     

    Highlights from FilmFestival Cottbus from 3 to 8 November

     
    The Anniversary Programme 2015 - Eastern Europe Between New Urbanity and a Traditional Understanding of Homeland   Facts: - 25th FilmFestival Cottbus from 3 to 8 November - ca. 160 Films - prizes worth a total of 77,750 euro - Focus: "Eastern Europe by the Cities" - first prominent guests confirmed: István Szabó / Marianne Birthler - new locations: Space Flight Planetarium / art museum Dieselkraftwerk /   Gutsökonomie Castle and Park Branitz  ...
     

    American Film Festival named one of the 25 coolest Festivals in the World

    The sixth edition of the American Film Festival (AFF) will take place at the New Horizons Cinema in Wroclaw, Poland from October 20-25, 2015. AFF presents the latest American films by both internationally acclaimed and emerging filmmakers. The festival aims to introduce new names and phenomena from American cinema to Polish audiences and to dismantle stereotypes about the function and integration of American films in the European film industry. The films presented at AFF 2015 will contribute ...
     

    The Fabulous Independent Film Festival 2015 Highlights

     
     THE FABULOUS INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL Burns Court Cinemas and USF Sarasota/Manatee Campus,  Friday, September 18, Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20, 2015.   Scheduled to be held at Burns Court Cinemas in downtown Sarasota and USF Sarasota/Manatee campus, September 18, 19 and 20, the fifth annual Fabulous Independent Film Festival is continuing its tradition of celebrating diversity with 3 days of the best of LGBTq cinema.  The Fabulous IFF is a broken rule...
     

    “Masters of J-Horror” Special Feature in Tokyo Fest

      Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa             Director Hideo Nakata             Director Takashi Shimizu   ©Sayuri Suzuki The 28th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will take place from October 22 to 31. This year, TIFF will have a special feature entitled “Masters of J-Horror” screening chilling works of the ...
     

    Viennale-Trailer 2015: Xiao Kang (by Tsai Ming-Liang)

    This year, the Viennale has once again succeeded in garnering a great director of world cinema for the creation of the traditional festival trailer. At the Viennale’s invitation, the Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang, known through works such as REBELS OF THE NEON GOD, THE RIVER, THE HOLE and WAYWARD CLOUD, created a short, approximately two-minute homage to Lee Kang-sheng – the actor who has appeared in almost all of Tsai Ming-liang’s films over the past thirty years and s...
     

    Shriekfest Film Festival announces 2015 Schedule

     
    Shriekfest Film Festival : 45 FILMS * 4 DAYS/NIGHTS / OCTOBER 1-4TH, 2015   SHRIEKFEST INTERNATIONAL HORROR/SCI FI FILM FESTIVAL is thrilled to announce the full, expanded schedule for the FIFTEENTH annual horror film festival, returning to Raleigh Studios Chaplin theatres, October 1-4th, 2015.  Festival Director Denise Gossett says  "We are so honored to once again be at the same location we've been at for all 15 years!  That says a lot about a location&...
     

    Jalopnik Film Festival Announces Lineup, Move to Los Angeles

      The Jalopnik Film Festival is going on a road trip for 2015, motoring west to Los Angeles for its 3rd Annual edition, set to run the weekend of Friday, September 25th through Saturday, September 26th, complete with Mazda as its new presenting sponsor.   The fest will kick off on Friday at the Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hangar with a gala screening of Adam Carolla’s new documentary Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman, followed by a Q&A with Carolla and an aft...
     
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    15 European Documentaries Selected for 28th European Film Awards

     
    European Film Academy and EFA Productions announce the first ever EFA Documentary Selection, a list of 15 European documentaries recommended for a nomination for this year's European Film Awards.  The change follows a decision by the EFA Board to “acknowledge the growing importance of European documentary cinema,” says Israeli producer Marek Rozenbaum, EFA Board Member on the documentary committe...
     

    Director Masato HARADA to be the focus of JAPAN NOW at the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival

                                              (c)naonori kohira   Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is pleased to announce that Masato HARADA will be the first Director in Focus of TIFF’s new section JAPAN NOW. Masato HARADA is the award-winning director of such works as “Bounce Ko Gals,” “Climber’s High,” “Chronicle of My Mother” and “The Emperor i...
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    The Director of Ida will preside the London BFI Fest

     
    AWARD WINNING DIRECTOR PAWEL PAWLIKOWSKI to head-up LFF Official Competition Jury   With fellow jurors Christine Vachon, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristin Scott Thomas and Mabel Cheung The 59th BFI London Film Festival announces this year’s Official Competition Jury.   President of the Official Competition jury is three-time BAFTA winner and LFF Best Film (2013) prize winner PAWEL PAWLIKOWSKI, whose IDA garnered him both the BAFTA and Oscar® for Foreign Language Film. Prev...
     

    Andrzej Zulawski to preside over CinEast’s international jury

    The renowned Polish film director Andrzej Zulawski will be the president of the international jury of the 8th edition of CinEast, the Central and Eastern European Film Festival in Luxembourg, held from 8 to 25 October 2015.     The CinEast (pronounced “ciné-East”) festival showcases the latest cinematographic works by directors from the post-communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The 2015 edition will be held from 8 to 25 October 2015 in a dozen venu...
     

    Liam Hemsworth will be awarded a special Golden Eye Award in Zurich

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    Kiefer Sutherland to receive Zurich Film Festival's Golden Eye Award

    Sutherland’s latest Film FORSAKEN selected for Gala Premiere   Golden Globe®, Emmy®, and Screen Actors Guild® winner, Kiefer Sutherland will be the recipient of the Zurich Film Festival’s prestigious ‘Golden Eye’ award. The Golden Eye tribute will take place on September 25, 2015 at the Corso Cinema with Sutherland in attendance. Kiefer Sutherland’s latest western-inspired film, FORSAKEN, in which he stars alongside his father Golden...
     

    Denver Society's JoAnna Cintrón, has been selected as one of 12 Coors Light Líderes

     
    Denver Film Society (DFS) Marketing & Communications Manager, JoAnna Cintrón, has been selected as one of 12 Coors Light Líderes for her exceptional contributions to the Latino community as co-founder of CineLatino. The field was narrowed down to 12 candidates nationwide and is now open for the public to vote for Cintrón online and on their mobile devices at www.coorslightlideres.com starting today through October 29, 11:00am (Central Time).   "It is truly a...
     
     
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    > UNE SEMAINE SUR LE CIRCUIT DES FESTIVALS FRANCOPHONES      

    The Girl King de Mika Kaurismäki est rajouté à la sélection des films en compétition à Montréal

      Le FFM annonce que le film The Girl King d’Aki Kaurismaki fera partie de la compétition mondiale du 39e FFM en première mondiale. Le film est coproduit par Galafilm et Triptych Media (Canada), Marianna Films (Finlande), Starhaus Filmproduktion (Allemagne) et Anagram (Suède). « J'ai été séduit par le scénario de Michel-Marc Bouchard, l’histoire unique d’une femme extraordinaire. Les perso...
     

     

    La Brabançonne de Vincent Bal en clôture du Festival de Montréal

    Le FFM annonce que le film de clôture du 39e FMM sera La Brabançonne de Vincent Bal. Produit par Peter Bouckaert pour Eyeworks (producteur entre autres de Ben X, Le verdict, Marina presentés et primés au FFM) cette comédie met en vedette Amaryllis Ouitterlinden, Arthur Dupont, Jos Verbist, Marc Weiss, Koen Van Impe, Philippe Résimont.   L’harmonie flamande Sainte-Cécile et l’harmonie w...
     

    Forte progression du nombre d inscriptions grace au partenariat avec Filmfestivals.com

    La date limite d’inscription des courts métrages était le 14 juin 2015 et plus de 1200 inscriptions ont été soumises cette année au Festival des films du monde incluant les quelque 400 films étudiants canadiens et étrangers . Ceci représente une croissance de 42,68 % par rapport à l’année 2014.  Sur 726 films déjà visionnés on a répertorié 64 pays d‘origine pour ces c...
     

     

    Louis L. Roquet siègera au conseil d’administration du Festival des films du monde.

    Le Festival des films du monde est heureux d’annoncer que Louis L. Roquet, Président du conseil d’administration d’Investissement Québec ait accepté de siéger sur le conseil d’administration du Festival des films du monde.  « Je suis très honoré que Louis L. Roquet ait accepté mon invitation » a déclaré Serge Losique président du FFM qui précise « l’expertise de Lou...

    Major Buzz Factory : Expérience de Bruno Chatelin du marketing Digital pour les films

    Fort d'une expérience acquise dans la distribution de films pour deux Majors (Sony et Fox mariée sous a direction avec UGC) Bruno Chatelin propose une expérience pointue au service de votre stratégie digitale à Travers sa structure de Conseil MAJOR BUZZ FACTORY Le fondateur Bruno Chatelin : un Professionnel de la communication entouré de spécialistes, son expérience est ancrée sur trois univers La publicité, Le mark.eting et le digital.

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    Un nouveau directeur du cinéma chez Canal+

    C'est Didier Lupfer qui succède à Nathalie Coste-cerdan à la direction du Cinéma de Canal+, un poste qu il avait occupé de 2000 à 2005, à l'issue de la fusion TPS/CanalSat.  ...

     


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    From Monday 12 to Sunday 18 October 2015

    The 7th edition of the Lumière festival will be held from Monday 12 to Sunday October 18 in Lyon. Last year, 135,000 festivalgoers attended 320 screenings in 65 venues in the Lyon Metropolis. This year, there will be new features to discover and experience, to take full advantage of the films, the city of Lyon and the festival week.

    The spirit of the festival:

    Created in 2009 by the Institut Lumière, the festival has become one of the largest international festivals of classic cinema. Once a year in Lyon, the birthplace of the Cinematograph, the cinema world celebrates the vitality and memory of film, taking a contemporary journey through works of the past (restored films, retrospectives, tributes...). Thanks to all the participating theaters, the festival shines across Lyon and its surrounding area, reaching a wide audience.
    At the heart of the festival, the Lumière Award is given to a film personality for his or her entire filmography. After Clint Eastwood, Milos Forman, Gérard Depardieu, Ken Loach, Quentin Tarantino and Pedro Almodóvar, Martin Scorsese will receive the 7th Lumière Award!
     

     

    Main events:

    - Opening Night at the Halle Tony Garnier: Monday, October 12 
    - Lumière for Kids at the Halle Tony Garnier: Toy Story by John Lasseter Wednesday, October 14 at 2:30pm
    - Cine-concerts at the Auditorium: Cine-concert: An evening at the Gaumont-Palace! Wednesday, October 14 at 8pm and Cine-concert - The Passion of Joan of Arc Sunday, October 18 at 11am 
    - The Lumière Award 2015 Ceremony at the Lyon Conference Center Amphitheater: Friday evening, October 16 
    - The All-Nighter at the Halle Tony Garnier: Fright Night Saturday, October 17 at 9pm
    - Closing Ceremony at the Halle Tony Garnier: Sunday afternoon, October 18

     

     

     

     

     

    Download the program in PDF

    Tickets for all Lumière festival events and screenings are now available for purchase 
    (except for the Lumière Award Ceremony, the Closing ceremony, the tribute evening with Sophia Loren and Masterclass – tickets for these events will go on sale soon).

    Icone BilletPurchase tickets online

    For film professionals, the Classic Film Market (MFC) will take place from Wednesday 14 to Friday 16 October. You can contact us for more information at marchedufilmclassique@festival-lumiere.org.

    The Lumière festival is made possible thanks to the Metropolis of Lyon, the Rhône-Alpes Region and the CNC, and is supported by the City of Lyon and the Ministry of Culture and Communication. It also receives support from private partners, who are both loyal and receptive to the endeavors the of Lumière festival; we particularly thank our official partners: BNP, Dessange, EDF, Groupe Partouche, GL events, OCS.
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     THE FABULOUS INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

    Burns Court Cinemas and USF Sarasota/Manatee Campus, 

    Friday, September 18, Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20, 2015.

     

    Scheduled to be held at Burns Court Cinemas in downtown Sarasota and USF Sarasota/Manatee campus, September 18, 19 and 20, the fifth annual Fabulous Independent Film Festival is continuing its tradition of celebrating diversity with 3 days of the best of LGBTq cinema.  The Fabulous IFF is a broken rules and Harvey Milk Festival co-production with all the proceeds going to HMF.  Tickets $8.50, opening and closing night films $10 are available at  www.fabulousiff.comhttps://squareup.com/market/broken-rules-productions and at Burns Court Cinemas on the days of the festival.  New this year: the centerpiece film will be a free outdoor presentation on the Sarasota/Manatee campus in the courtyard, with donation suggested.

    The Fabulous Independent Film Festival six awards winning films - DROWN, FOURTH MAN OUT, IN THE GRAYSCALE, LIZ IN SEPTEMBER, OUT TO WIN, TANGERINE are all eligible for the audience award.

     

    Opening Night Film TANGERINE presented by Watermark Media, it’s Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) is back on the block after being locked up for 28 days.  She and her best friend Alexandra take us on this rip-roaring odyssey through the various subcultures of Los Angeles in search of her rumored unfaithful pimp boyfriend (James Ransone).  FOURTH MAN OUT presented by USF and Stew Carrier from the BOX Office Bulls starring Evan Todd, Parker Young and Chord Overstreet is a funny, touching film following Adam, a car mechanic, coming out to his best friends on his 24th birthday.  This is a refreshingly unique take on coming out of the blue collar closet.  DROWN directed by Dean Francis known for his highly regarded “Boys Grammar,” is a superb drama exploring the forces unleashed by deep-rooted unsatisfied desires. This powerful film, not for the faint of heart, delivers strong performances.  Closing Night Film OUT TO WIN is a documentary examining the lives and careers of aspiring and professional gay and lesbian athletes from all over the world.  The locker room is one of the final frontiers for LGBT visibility in this country and OUT TO WIN celebrates the pioneers who have worked to make the world of sports a more diverse and inclusive one. Featuring interviews with Martina Navratilova, Brittney Griner and John Amaechi among others.  LIZ IN SEPTEMBER directed by Fina Torres (WOMAN ON TOP), is shot on a beautiful Caribbean beach where a tight-knit group of lesbian friends, lovers, and cordial exes meet every year to relax and let their guard down, without having to hide who they are, until Eva, a straight stranger, crashes the party.  IN THE GRAYSCALE this tenderly told tale of sexual discovery follows Bruno (Francisco Celhay) who faces challenging decisions about his identity.  This film which offers no easy answers, has earned comparisons to Andrew Haigh’s Weekend for its beautifully realized portrayal of two men in love. 

     

    We are proud to add two locally made shorts: 

     

    LET ME GO a Ringling School of Art + Design production directed by Nathaniel Allen Turner, will precede FOURTH MAN OUT at the free centerpiece screening on the USF Sarasota/Manatee Campus.

     

    WHEN THE PARTY ENDS directed by KT Curran produced by Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida and SOURCE Productions, will precede the Closing Night Film OUT TO WIN

     

    Sarasota Film Society, USF Sarasota/Manatee & Stew Carrier from the Box Office Bulls, Watermark Media, Janice & John Shelton, Embracing Our Differences, Smokin’ Joes, RCMoore Construction, Sarasota Day, Through Women Eyes, WolfeVideo.com and Strand Releasing are among the Fabulous IFF sponsors making this festival a reality.  M.A.D.E. is our Opening Night Party sponsor, Ain’t No Thang food truck will be at the USF Sarasota/Manatee campus for the centerpiece presentation and will donate a percentage of their sales to the Harvey Milk Festival.  The complete list of sponsors is featured on the Fabulous IFF web site, www.fabulousiff.com

     

    The Fabulous Independent Film Festival

     

    Burns Court Cinemas (506 Burns Lane, Sarasota, FL 34236)

    USF Sarasota/Manatee Campus’ Courtyard (8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243) bring chairs and blankets.

     

    Friday, September 18, 2015

    8:15 PM  Watermark Media presents TANGERINE ( USA, 88 min.)

     

    Saturday, September 19, 2015

    3:30 PM  LIZ IN SEPTEMBER (Venezuela, in Spanish with english subtitles 100 min.) 

    5:45 PM  DROWN (Australia, 96 min.) 

    8:15 PM  USF Sarasota/Manatee & Stew Carrier from the Box Office Bulls present FOURTH MAN OUT (USA, 86 min.) in the courtyard, bring blanket and chairs.  Selby Auditorium is the back up plan in case of inclement weather.

     

    Sunday, September 20, 2015

    5:00 PM IN THE GRAYSCALE ( Chile, in Spanish with english subtitles, 101 min.) 

    7:45 PM  OUT TO WIN (USA, 99 min.) 

    Tickets to films available on www.fabulousiff.comhttps://squareup.com/market/broken-rules-productions and at Burns Court Cinemas on festival days.

     

    Opening Night Party - $3 beer and light bites

    M.A.D.E. (1990 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236)

    With local guest celebrity stylist Dylonn Cole bar-tending, all his tips will be donated to the Harvey Milk Festival

    Friday, September 18, 2015

    10 PM

     

    Centerpiece Food Thing

    Ain’t No Thang Food Truck will be serving tasty bites, a percentage of their proceeds will go to the Harvey Milk Festival

     


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    TIFF 2015 Awards announced

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    September 20, 2015 .NEWS RELEASE. TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2015 AWARD WINNERS TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival® today announced award winners from the 40th Festival, which wraps up this evening. The short film awards below were selected by a jury comprised of the head of the shorts program and creations unit at Canal+ France, Pascale Faure, film writer John Anderson (The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times), and actor Rizwan Manji (Outsourced, ...
     

    TIFF boasts a 9% increase in Industry attendance

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    The 40th Toronto International Film Festival® comes to a close with record highs for industry attendance, including more than 2,100 buyers for a 9% increase over last year. The Festival saw strong film sales: among the highlights was the sale of the Midnight Madness sci-fi action movie Hardcore, which sold to STX for a reported $10 million. To date, 36 films were sold during the Festival to multiple territories. There were substantial U.S. sales for Anomalisa (Paramount), Eye in the Sky (B...
     

    Stephen Dunn, selected as the inaugural Len Blum Resident.

     
    TIFF is pleased to announce screenwriter and filmmaker, Stephen Dunn, as the inaugural Len Blum Resident. Launched in July of this year, the Residency pays homage to one of Canada’s most celebrated screenwriters, Len Blum, by providing one Canadian filmmaker with the opportunity to live, work and be mentored at TIFF Bell Lightbox. The Residency is being generously supported by Toronto-based producer and distributor, Ron Mann. Dunn will take up residency at the Festival Tower for up to thre...
     
     

    Lyon Lumière Festival 7th edition reveals the Program

            From Monday 12 to Sunday 18 October 2015 The 7th edition of the Lumière festival will be held from Monday 12 to Sunday October 18 in Lyon. Last year, 135,000 festivalgoers attended 320 screenings in 65 venues in the Lyon Metropolis. This year, there will be new features to discover and experience, to take full advantage of the films, the city of Lyon and the festival week. The spirit of the festival: Created in 2...

    Video: TIFF 2015 Penelope Cruz, presents "Mama"

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    PENELOPE CRUZ, spanish leading actress presented at Elgin Theatre "Mama", by Julio Medem. By Leopoldo Soto, sorry for the sound. ...
     

    Video: TIFF 2015: L' ATESSA by Piero Messina

     
    L'ATESSA di Piero Messina, marvelous film, presentation by Piero Massina to a full theatre at TIFF Lightbox, acclaimed by the public. Video by Leopoldo Soto ...
     

    Video: Press Conference | TIFF 2015 Keith Richards Under the Influence

    Keith Richards, the Rolling Stones guitarist attended the Toronto International Film Festival to support of the documentary 'Keith Richards: Under the Influence' directed by Morgan Neville  ...
     

    TIFF industry 2015 Video: Financing Female Led Films

     
    A fearless and very topical dialogue on the realities of female-led projects, with perspectives on talent and storytelling, the uphill funding battle, and strategies of female executives. How and why do films that are led by women seemingly receive less funding? Does the female auteur bring a nuanced perspective and how does this impact the audience, and sales? How can female executives drive change?  The new Upfront series provides a no-holds barred access to high profile perspectives...
     

    TIFF Industry Video 2015: STATE OF MARKETING: Lorenzo Soria, President of the HFPA on trends in marketing and exhibition

    The annual Golden Globe Awards, presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, celebrates the best in motion pictures and television; and largely sets the standard of what the broad cinephile public comes to understand as ‘acclaim’ within the industry. The Association views, interviews, and reports on over 300 films each year all around the world in preparation for the Awards. With insight on some of the most talked-about films campaigns of the year, Lorenzo Soria, President...
     
    By Martin Petrov Interview by Martin I. Petrov    Piero Messina is born in Sicily and has worked as an assistant director alongside Paolo Sorrentino for This must be the night and The great beauty (La Grande Bellezza). The wait is his first feature film and premiered in competition at the 72nd Venice Film Festival. The film was selected for the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival, where we met the directo...
     

    TIFF 15: Review of Stonewall by Roland Emmerich

    Stonewall, dir. by Roland Emmerich, US, 2015  By Martin Petrov “You ran away? You got kicked out? You feel lost? Welcome to New York!” is the welcoming line that takes us down to Christopher street in Greenwich village, where it all started.  Danny (Jeremy Irvine), a young teenager who just escaped family and hometown after his peers discover he is a homosexual, arrives in New York City to study at Columbia. Only that Danny’s nature brings him straight t...
     

    TIFF 15: Review of Demolition by Jean-Marc Vallée

        Demolition, dir. by Jean-Marc Vallée, US 2015    By Martin I. Petrov        A normal man’s reaction to his wife’s tragic death would be grief and depression. For Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal), is a chance to rediscover his own self in a loud, tragelaughic and destructive emotional torpedo, involving a lot of… deconstruction.    Davis is a successful investment banker...
     

    PJ Tarasuk celebrity wrangler explains the importance of film festivals

     
    PJ Tarasuk celebrity wrangler talks to Laurie Gordon. Tarasuk has been the celebrity wrangler for Chatelaine Magazine arranging for the A list stars to grace the covers of the magazine. Tarasuk began his career 20 years ago working for Georgio Armani and today  announces his move from Toronto to New York as he moves over to  Good Housekeeping.Good Housekeeping is a women's magazine owned by the Hearst Corporation, When businesses want to engage celebrities ...
     

    TIFF the public's film festival

    Lineups around the block Toronto streets for movie tickets, rush lines are accompanied by well meaning shouting at you volunteers the norm. I was able to catch The Danish Girl and Black Mass while being moved along one by one. Both films worth the kind abuse of  well uber TIFF staff. I was happy to catch both films in a full house in the morning to evening screenings.     The crowd density appears somewhat thinner than last year, the industry perhaps a tad quiter yet the se...
     

    One moment on King Street at LIGHTBOX Hotel Transylvania

    Time is a fleeting moment in Toronto as   heads bob across the path sitting at a cafe on a sunny afternoon. Thank you TIFF for bringing us all together. From left to right day to the night, you graced us with your energy and creativity.       ...
     

    Best from TIFF - Leopoldo Soto 's editorial choice

    PATRICIO GUZMAN, AMONG THE BEST OF TORONTO´S CRITICS SELECTION OF 40th TIFF According to TIFF, prestigious critics, Bruce Kirkland`s , (“The Sun”)  Choice Selection by: Leopoldo Soto   MASTERS:   • The Pearl Button (El Boton de Nacar): Superb Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzman (Nostalgia for the Light) returns with another film being hailed as a masterpiece. Still haunted by the disappeared people of the fascist Pinochet regime, Guzman explore...
     

    TIFF 15: The Apostate - Interview with Federico Veiroj

      Director Federico Veiroj  Interview: Martin I. Petrov    Everyday, we have millions of choices to make, but how many of them are unaffected by societal norms or imposed by others?   In his third feature film, Spanish-Uruguayan filmmaker Federico Veiroj, depicts the story of Gonzalo, a young man who decides to apostatise. Humorous, extravagant and smart, the story takes us on a journey through Gonzalo’s life, as he is confronted with his deepes...
     

    DDI has acquired the worldwide sales rights for METANOIA

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    DDI President, Jason Moring, announced today that DDI has acquired the worldwide sales rights for METANOIA and attached Harry Potter actor Michael Gambon to the project.   METANOIA stars David Tennant (Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Broadchurch), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), will be directed by Robert Mullan, produced by Charlotte Arden and Harriet Hammond, and executive produced by Phin Glynn and Peter Dunphy. The film is a co-production between Gizmo Films and Bad Penny Productions.   ME...
     

    Fortissimo Films announced the licensing of North American distribution rights of Ray Yeung’s FRONT COVER to Strand Releasing

    Fortissimo Films announced today the licensing of North American distribution rights of Ray Yeung’s FRONT COVER to Strand Releasing. FRONT COVER received its World Premiere in Competition at the recent Seattle International Film Festival and will unspool next week as the Opening Film of the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.  Strand plans for an extensive North American Festival run and a multi-market theatrical release starting in New York City from spring 2016. The English-...
     

    Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek set to star in DRUNK PARENTS

     
    A FRED WOLF FILM FROM BRON STUDIOS & FORTITUDE INTERNATIONAL   Five time Golden Globe and Emmy winner Alec Baldwin and Oscar nominee Salma Hayek will star in the feature comedy DRUNK PARENTS, to be directed by Fred Wolf, from a screenplay by Wolf and Peter Gaulke. The film’s producers, Robert Ogden Barnum and Aaron L. Gilbert, announced a first quarter 2016 start date.   The film is a co-production with Fortitude International and Bron Studios, in association with CW Med...
     

    Fortissimo Films acquires rights to Lech Majewski’s (THE MILL & THE CROSS, THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS, BASQUIAT)

     
    Fortissimo Films announced today its acquisition of international sales rights to Lech Majewski’s (THE MILL & THE CROSS, THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS, BASQUIAT) spectacular and otherworldly science-fiction feature VALLEY OF THE GODS.  The film, which is set to commence principal photography in Q1 2016, will star Josh Hartnett (BLACK HAWK DOWN, 40 DAY AND NIGHTS, LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN, VIRGIN SUICIDES).  He currently stars in the Showtime series PENNY DREADFUL. Additional cast...
     

    125 M$ equity financing agreement with the government of the Caribbean island nation of Antigua

     
    GOLDEN ISLANDS FILMWORKS SETS UP UNPRECEDENTED $125 MILLION EQUITY FINANCING AGREEMENT WITH GOVERNMENT OF ANTIGUA   Arrangement Will Cover Five Films That Include “Rebels” (the story of four rebel icons who discovered and supported the rise of legendary musician Bob Marley) and “Nick Carter: Killmaster” Espionage Thriller   Esteemed producer Rudy Langlais (“The Hurricane,” “Sugar Hill”) and his partners, Caribbean social entrepreneur...
     

    Johnny Depp at TIFF as a Mobster!

      Johnny Depp at TIFF 2015 kisses his love and NEW wife and talks like MOB. They wed in February after three years together, and there's certainly no shortage of passion between Amber Heard and her husband Johnny Depp. The couple couldn't keep their hands off each other as they attended the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of Black Mass on Monday. Amber, 29, cosied up to Johnny, planting a tender kiss on her 52-year-old partner's lips as they walked t...
     

    Brad Bird talks animation at TIFF

    Phillip Bradley "Brad" Bird (born September 24, 1957) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor, who began his career as an animator.   Bird developed a love for the art of animation at an early age and was mentored by Milt Kahl, one of Disney's legendary Nine Old Men. He was part of one of the earliest graduating classes of the California Institute of the Arts alongside John Lasseter and Tim Burton. Afterwards, Bird worked as an animator ...
     

    Tango this at TIFF/ Divided by life, united by Tango

    Click on the image to watch the trailer   DCP - HD - 2015 - 85 min - Argentina, Germany   Directed by German Kral Produced by German Kral Filmproduktion, Lailaps Pictures From Executive Producer Wim Wenders, Rodrigo Furth, Jakob Abrahamson Original Language Spanish Co-producer Birgit Rothörl, Josef Brandmaier  With the participation of Schubert International Filmproduktions, Monogatari Fi...
     

    Special Presentation at TIFF: The Danish Girl directed by Tom Hooper

    Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars as Lili Elbe, the 1920s Danish artist who was one of the first recipients of sexual reassignment surgery, in this biopic directed by Oscar winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech). Tom Hooper's gorgeous new feature continues his march through some of the fascinating byways of history. The Danish Girl, drawn from the fact-based novel by David Ebershoff and similar in spirit to Hooper's magnificent The...
     

    A Sunny Afternoon at TIFF into the evening

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    Whirlwind TIFF impromptu film screenings and industry conference

    Under rainy skies gathering at the 5-7 at the UK film HQ's in the Hyatt on John street close to the LIGHTBOX.   ...
     

    Roskino's presence in Toronto

    Maria Guskova’s acclaimed short ‘The Return of Erkin’, winner of the prestigious Cannes Cinéfondation award, is featuring in the Short Cuts section at the Toronto International Film Festival with the support of ROSKINO. ‘The Return of Erkin’ (28 min.) is Maria Guskova’s graduation project at the High Courses for Scriptwriters and Film Directors, class of Irakli Kvirikadze and Andrey Dobrovolsky. The film tells the story of a man named Erkin who is t...
     
     

    40 TIFF Michael Moore, always a step forward: “Where to invade next”

     
    by Leopoldo Soto Michael Moore presents in 40 TIFF, comes back  alter six years with documentary: ”Where to invade next”. In his previous visit to TIFF, Michael Moore, Turing “Maverick´s tales” expressed his spirit of social compromise; denouncing through his movies, from  atrocities of war to misinformation about abuse of people and countries. Moore expressed in recent interview in Pariscope, he’s concerning about …Why does de United State...
     

    40 TIFF presents at Wavelenghts; Avant guarde Emerging Talents

     
      Leopoldo Soto Including new films by Miguel Gomes, Tsai Ming-liang, Chantal Akerman, Peter Tscherkassky, Sergei Loznitsa, Ben Rivers, Yto Barrada, Francis Alÿs, Evan Johnson and Guy Maddin, Pietro Marcello, Pablo Agüero, Beatrice Gibson, Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Nicolás Pereda, and a major installation by Apichatpong Weerasethakul Wavelengths programme is pleased to present 54 films, videos and installations by some of the world’s most influential auteurs and artists wh...
     

    Nicolas Chartier gives a keynote at TIFF Moguls

    Financing day at TIFF Industry Conference, With TIFF Moguls, influencal, movers and shakers...Nicolas Chartier ...
     

    TIFF Artistic Director, Cameron Bailey recalls some of his most memorable festival moments.

    Meeting with Madonna, Godard, Snoop Dog...and more goosebumps ...
     

    Cameron Bailey: what film can do to you...

    TIFF Artistic Director, Cameron Bailey recalls some of his most memorable festival moments.   ...
     

    TIFF 40 years later, a bit of history

     
    By Leopoldo Soto In memore of Dusty Cohl The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was conceived by Dusty Cohl when invited to Cannes by Bill Marshall; both idealistic young moviegoers; met at terrace of the Carlton hotel in Cannes and decided to make a festival. Soon after, in 1976, compared to Lake Ontario, projected as the opening film "Cousin, Cousine" of Tacchella; It was conceived as a festival of festivals, and paid tribute to Taormina, Cannes, Berlin, Moscow and Edinbur...
     

    Diastème comments on the censorship of his new film "French Blood".

    French director Diastème comments on the censorship of his new film "French Blood". Marco is a skinhead, tried and true. With his buddies, Braguette, Grand-Guy, and Marvin, he beats up Arabs and sticks up posters of far right political parties. Until the moment that he suddenly feels, in spite of himself, all this hatred desert him. But how do you get rid of the violence, anger, and stupidity inside of you? It's the story of a son of a bitch who attempts to become some...
     

    TIFF 2015 - The Forbidden Room : Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson's Wild Phantasmagoria to Play at Toronto

    THE FORBIDDEN ROOM     Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson's Wild Phantasmagoria to Play at Toronto   NEW TRAILER HERE! http://bit.ly/1OCnaUX   TIFF PRESS DAY: Sept. 17 (w/ Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson) Opens Theatrically on October 7       Official Selection - Sundance Film Festival 2015 Opening Night - Berlin Film Festival / Forum Section 2015 Official Selection - Toronto Int'l Film Festival 2015 Offici...

     


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    The 10TH LONDON KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL will run 2-14 November

    The London Korean Film Festival (LKFF), which runs from 2-14 November and this year celebrates its 10th Anniversary, is delighted to reveal details of their 2015 programme. Boasting 51 films across features and shorts, a host of UK Premieres, retrospectives and newly introduced Emerging Directors and Documentary strands, the 2015 Festival offers UK audiences a fantastic opportunity to discover the very best in Korean cinema. With works from established filmmakers including Bong Joon-ho, to up-and-coming directors and renowned Korean actors, this Festival guarantees to offer something for everyone.

     

    As part of this year’s 10th Anniversary, the 2015 Programme sees the introduction of an Audience’s Choice strand, where the public were asked to vote for their favourite Opening/Closing films of the LKFF over the last 9 years. The top three films will be screened at this year’s festival and includes the 2009 UK theatrically released ‘THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD’ from Kim Jee-woon, his take on a Western with the backdrop of 1930s Manchuria.

     

    The Festival is pleased to unveil its Opening Gala as the UK Premiere of JK Youn’s drama ‘ODE TO MY FATHER’ starring Hwang Jung-min and Kim Yunjin. The second highest-grossing film in the history of Korean cinema, the film premiered at this year’s Berlinale where it garnered rave reviews.    When the Korean War breaks out, a young boy named Duk-soo vows to take care of his displaced family in place of his missing father. His lifelong promise spans over 60 years, leading him through a monumental journey of hope, dedication, and personal sacrifices.  Director JK Youn, Producer Kil Young-min and lead actor Hwang Jung-min will attend the Opening Gala which premieres at BFI Southbank.

     

    This year’s Closing Gala is the European Premiere of Zhang Lu’s quirky story ‘LOVE AND…’, a film which represents the diversity of Korean cinema.  Zhang Lu’s work offers a rare glimpse in to Korea’s modern history through war, migration and separation. His Closing Gala starring Park Hae-il, Moon   So-ri,  and Ahn Sung-ki, is an offbeat comedy which captivatingly explores the dualities of life through colour and black and white, love and madness, acting and being, as well as presence and absence, in a witty four-chapter  interlinking conundrum.

     

    Emerging Directors, programmed by renowned film critic and commentator Tony Rayns, one of the world’s leading experts on Asian cinema, will see works from hugely talented directors such as Lee Kwang-kuk (‘A MATTER OF   INTERPRETATION’ about a small time actress and her encounter with a detective who soon discovers their lives are intertwined in a strange way), who has worked with Hong Sangsoo on a number of acclaimed films between 2005 and 2009, and Jang Kun-jae (‘A MIDSUMMER’S FANTASIA’), both of whom have promising careers as auteurs in Korea’s independent film scene.

     

    This year’s actor focus strand shines a spotlight on one of Korea’s most talented actors, Hwang Jung-min. Starring in over 40 films spanning 15 years, he has become one of the most important actors in Korean cinema. His films screening in the Festival include his very first film the 2001 modern classic ‘WAIKIKI BROTHERS’ directed by Lim Soon-rye; Im Sang-soo’s ‘A GOOD LAWYER'S WIFE’; detective action comedy ‘VETERAN’ and the Opening Gala ‘ODE TO MY FATHER’.

     

    Classics Revisited, which is programmed by Dr Mark Morris, a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, shines the spotlight on one of Korea’s most notable auteurs, Chung Chang-hwa.  Having directed over 58 films including the renowned ‘FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH’, he was the first Korean director to work abroad in Hong Kong for Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest Studios between 1969 -1977.  LKFF is delighted to announce that Chung Chang-hwa will be attending this year’s Festival to present a number of his films to UK audiences. Films screening here will include hit crime-drama ‘A BONANZA’ about a man who, having sacrificed relationships with those closest to him in search of a gold mine, will soon discover that finding the gold is a lot more straight-forward than keeping hold of it, and ‘SUNSET ON THE SARBIN RIVER’ about a Korean youth who becomes a Japanese army officer.

     

    Films of commercial or critical success during 2014-2015 in Korea and at international film festivals will be showcased in ‘Hits from 2014-15’. This strand looks to bring some of the biggest box office hits and the award-winning films to the UK screens with a wide array of interesting, thrilling and poetic stories. Films in this section include gripping crime thriller ‘THE CLASSIFIED FILE’, based on a real-life Busan kidnapping case from 1978; Oh Seung-uk’s ‘THE SHAMELESS’ starring Jeon Do-yeon, a hard-boiled melodrama between a detective, who never realized that what they had was love, and a killer's lover, who wanted to believe it was; and ‘TWENTY’, a radiant comedy about three best friends.

     

    Six critically acclaimed films from the Busan International Film Festival 2014 will be shown as special screenings giving audiences an opportunity to see some of the highlights of last year’s Festival. Programmed by Busan International Film Festival programme director for Korean cinema, Nam Dong-chul, films screening here include Kim Dae-hwan’s family drama ‘END OF WINTER’, about a feuding family trapped in a house together and forced to address their issues, and Hong Seok-jae’s conspiracy theory thriller ‘SOCIALPHOBIA’.

     

    For the first time, this year’s Festival will include a Documentaries strand, showcasing four important, moving and inspiring documentary films. Selected by Ricardo Matos Cabo and Matthew Barrington on behalf of the Essay Film Festival titles include Kim Eungsu’s emotive film ‘THE CITY IN THE WATER’ and Kim Jeong-keun’s ‘THE ISLAND OF SHADOWS’ about working life in the Hanjin Shipyard.

     

    In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Korea’s biggest film distribution company CJ, LKFF will be presenting a standout selection of the company’s portfolio from their 20 year history, including a wide range of titles from big blockbusters to independent and auteur titles. Film’s screening in this strand include the newly black and white mastered version of  the dramatic and heart-wrenching ‘MOTHER’ directed by Bong Joon-ho, which tells the story of a single mother who takes the law into her own hands to clear her son’s name when he is accused of murdering a young girl.  Also screening in this strand are Hwang Dong-hyeuk’s fun and touching feature ‘MISS GRANNY’ and Choo Chang-min’s ‘MASQUERADE’, a tale of the paranoid 15th ruler of Korea's Joseon Dynasty, King Gwanghae

     

    Guests expected to attend this year’s Festival include:

    Director JK Youn (Ode To My Father), producer Kil Young-min (Ode To My Father), actor Hwang Jung-min (Ode To My Father), director Hwang Dong-hyeuk (Miss Granny), director Chung Chang-hwa (A Bonanza), director Zhang Lu (Love And…), director Lee Kwang-kuk (A Matter of Interpretation), director Jang Kun-jae (A Midsummer’s Fantasia), programmer Nam Dong-chul, director Baek Jae-ho (We Will Be OK), director Kim Dong-myung (The Liar) and director Kim Eungsu (The City In The Water).

     

    Events and screenings will take place at BFI Southbank, Picturehouse Central, Picturehouse Hackney, Odeon Kingston, Odeon Panton Street, Picturehouse Ritzy and Regent Street Cinema.


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    A Place to See the World

     For 14 days next month, October 1 –14, Rio de Janeiro will once again transform into the capital of cinema. Festival doRio, the Rio Film Festival, will illuminate screens throughout the city with over 250 films from more than 60 countries to be shown in 20 locations across the city. At the same time Rio will play host to audiovisual professionals from all over the world for a series of seminars and workshops under the RioMarket banner, and at the same time encourage public engagement through a series of free screenings and Q & A sessions in its Cine Encontro (Cinema Encounters) programme.

     

    This year Festival do Rio has the honour of opening its 17th edition with a première screening of the highly anticipated Chico: Artista Brasileiro from director Miguel Faria Jr. Faria’s documentary follows the legendary Brazilian singer and composer Chico Buarque through mounting a show with some very special guests, his daily life, his method of working and creative process, while laying out his extraordinary career trajectory. The film will screen at the festival flagship Cine OdeonCentro Cultural Luiz Severiano Ribeiro.

     

    From October 2 the public will be able to view some the year’s most talked about new films, discover cinema rarities, vote for the best of the Première Brazil section, and participate in discussions and special presentations from filmmakers attending from the world over.


    From the more than 250 selected films that will be spread across 15 festival sections, this year’s highlights include: Mia Madre ,Nanni Moretti’s recent Cannes competition entry, Every Thing Will Be Fine by Wim Wenders, Francophonia, from Aleksandr Sokurov, 11 minutes, by Jerzy Skolimowski, L’Ombre des Femmes, from Phillippe Garrel, In Jackson Heights, by Frederick Wiseman, South Korean director Hong Sang-soo with two films: his 2015 Locarno winner, Right Now, Wrong Then and Hill of Freedom from 2014, Rabin: The Last Day, from Amos Gitai, No Home Movie, by Chantal Akerman, Yakuza Apocalypse, by Takashi Miike, Afternoon, by Tsai Ming-liang, Maraviglioso Boccaccio, by Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani, Bleak Street, by Arturo Ripstein, In Transit and Iris by  documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, Office, by Johnnie To, and Argentina by Carlos Saura. 

    (Further titles in full listing below)

     

    In looking to present the best of 2015 cinema, the festival brings together a rich harvest of award winning and selected films from the major festivals across the world and will introduce to Rio such hailed new works and directors such as Sicario from Denis Villeneuve, Microbe & Gasoline from Michel Gondry, Tale of Tales, by Matteo Garrone, The Walk, by Robert Zemeckis, Peace to Us in Our Dreams, by Sharunas Bartas, The Lobster, by Yorgos Lanthimos, L’Accademia delle Muse, by José Luis Guerín, Queen of Earth, by Alex Ross Perry, French director Maiwenn’s Cannes prize winner Mon Roi, Nasty Baby, by Sebastian Silva, One Floor Below, by Radu Muntean, Far from the Madding Crowd,  from director Thomas Vintenberg, Crimson Peak by Guilherme Del Toro, Stop from Kim Ki-Duk, Miss You Already, by Catherine Hardwicke,  La Belle Saison from Catherine Corsini, Rabo de Peixe by Joaquim Pinto and Nuno Leonel, The End of Tour from director James Ponsoldt, Les Chevaliers Blancs, from Joachim Lafosse, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution by Stanley Nelson, Truman, from director Cesc Gay with Ricardo Darin, The 33 from Patricia Riggen featuring Rodrigo Santoro and Antonio Banderas , El Aula Vacia, the collective project from Gael Garcia Bernal with episodes also directed by Lucrecia Martel, Flavia Castro and Eryk Rochaamong others, Janis: little Girl Blue by Amy Berg, Ned Rifle by Hal Hartley, 600 Millas, by Gabriel Ripstein, He Named Me Malala from Davis Guggenheim, and The Diary of a Teenage Girl, from director Marielle Heller.

     

    Along with the firmly established sections Panorama, Expectations, Première Brasil, Première Latina, Frontiers, Midnight, Midnight Docs, Film Doc, Generation, Unique Itineraries and Environment, the festival will this year dedicate special sections to rarities from Mexican Cinema's Golden Age in Noir Mexicano, the genius of Orson Wells in a sidebar devoted to his work, the world famous animations of Japan’s Studio Ghibli, plus a section given over to Grand Masters of Cinema. For the second year, the Felix Award will elect the best LGBTQ themed film from the overall festival programme, chosen by an official jury.

     

    US director Hal Hartley, considered one of the most creative filmmakers of American independent cinema of the 90s comes to Rio especially to take part in a special section Lessons in Cinema with Hal Hartley in which he will present a special public open class and present three of his films:

    Simple Men (1992), Flirt (1995), and his most recent film, Ned Rifle (2014).


    For Festival do Rio, the increasingly programmed discussions and public sessions with filmmaker guests have become an essential part of its programming:  “One of our principal goals is to bring about an ever-closer relationship between the public and our guests. Therefore, along with the now traditional Cine Encontro, we will be promoting lectures, Q & A’s and presentations at the CineOdeon – Centro Cultural Severiano RIbeiro,CCBB, CCJF, Instituto Moreira Salles and other cinemas on the circuit', says Ilda Santiago, Executive Director of Festival programming

     

    RioMarket, the business heart of the Rio Festival, will again offer professionals the always much anticipated RioSeminars,Workshops & Master Classes staged with the participation of leading industry figures and Roundtable meetings bringing together producers, distributors and both local and international sales agents from the worlds of cinema, television and digital media.

     

    Within its nine day programme, producers, scriptwriters, directors, lawyers, industry experts and technicians from the world over will meet to exchange information and discuss the audiovisual market also with the public - offering more than 45 panels and 15 workshops and Master Classes - both paid and free, in a programming designed to focus on the most relevant and important recent developments in cinema and television.

     

    This year sees a new  home for Festival do Rio and RioMarket which, for this 17th edition, moves  from its previous downtown dockland location to Colégio Brasileiro de Altos Estudos - UFRJ, situated in Avenida Rui Barbosa, 762, in the Flamengo district in close proximity to Copacabana.

     

    A new look at rare and historic films, screenings of classic masters, special sections, retrospectives, seminars, discussions and meetings with international directors and actors make Festival doRio and  RioMarket without doubt one of the most important annual meetings of cinema and industry in Latin America.

     
    Festival do Rio, the Rio Film Festival, is made possible with the patronage of Prefeitura do Rio de Janeiro  (the Mayor of Rio’s office) - RioFilme, Petrobras and  BNDES; with the support of Globo Filmes and Oi;  Ministério da Cultura (Lei Rouanet), Lei de Incentivo à Cultura do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (ICMS) as well as further partners and supporters.


    FESTIVAL DO RIO 2015

    Some titles and sections:

     

    Opening Film – Thursday October 1
    Chico – Brazilian Artist, by Miguel Faria Jr., (Brazil)

     

    Panorama: Masters of Cinema

    - Every Thing Will Be Fine, by Wim Wenders, (Germany, Canada, France, Sweden, Norway)
    - Mia Madre, by Nanni Moretti, (Italy, France)

    - Francofonia, by Aleksandr Sokurov, (France, Germany, Netherlands)

    - 11 Minutes, by Jerzy Skolimowski, (Ireland, Poland)

    - L’Ombre des Femmes, by Philippe Garrel, (France)
    - Maraviglioso Boccaccio, by Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani, (Italy, France)

    Rabin, the Last Day, by Amos Gitai, (Israel, France)

    - In Jackson Heights, by Frederick Wiseman, (USA)
    - No Home Movie, by Chantal Akerman, (Belgium, France)
    - Right Now, Wrong Then, by Hong Sang-soo, (South Korea)
    - Hill of Freedom, by Hong Sang-soo, (South Korea)

    - Afternoon, by Tsai Ming-liang, (China)
    - Bleak Street, by Arturo Ripstein, (Mexico, Spain)
    - She’s Funny That Way, by Peter Bogdanovich, (USA, Germany)
    - Argentina, by Carlos Saura, (Argentina, Spain, France)
    - In Transit, by Albert Maysles, Lynn True, Nelson Walker, David Usui, Ben Wu, (USA)

     Panorama Section

    - Sicario, by Denis Villeneuve, (USA)

    - Tale of Tales, by Matteo Garrone, (Italy, Françe)

    - The End of the Tour, by James Ponsoldt, (USA)

     - The Lobster, by Yorgos Lanthimos, (Ireland, UK, France, Greece, Netherlands)

    - Mon Roi, by Maiween, (France)

    - Microbe & Gasoline, by Michel Gondry, (France)

    - Malala (He Named Me Malala), by Davis Guggenheim, (USA)

    - Queen of Earth, by Alex Ross Perry, (USA)

    - Ned Rifle, by Hal Hartley, (USA)

    Miss You Already, by Catherine Hardwicke (UK)

    - Mr. Holmes, by Bill Condon, (UK)

    - La Belle Saison, by Catherine Corsini, (France)

    Truman, By Cesc Gay, (Spain, Argentina)

    - Je Suis Charlie, by Daniel Leconte, Emmanuel Leconte, (France)
    - Love & Mercy, by Bill Pohlad, (USA)

    Per amor vostro, by Giuseppe M. Gaudino, (Italy, France)
    Les Chevaliers Blancs, by Joachim Lafosse, (Belgium, France)

    - Rabo de Peixe, by Joaquim Pinto, Nuno Leonel, (Portugal)

    - Results, by Andrew Bujalski, (USA)
    - Nasty Baby, by Sebastian Silva, (USA)

    Grandma, by Paul Weitz, (USA)
    Brasil vs Brasil, by Marcos Prado, (Brazil)
    I Am Michael, by Justin Kelly, (USA)
    - Far from the Madding Crowd, by Thomas Vinterberg, (USA, UK)
    The 33, by Patricia Riggen, (Chile)
    - The Other Side, by Roberto Minervini, (France, Italy, USA)
    - One Floor Below, by Radu Muntean, (Romania)
    - Madonna, by Su-Won Shin, (South Korea)

    Fatima, by Philippe Faucon, (France)

    - Peace to Us in Our Dreams, by Sharunas Bartas, (Lithuania, France, Russia)
    - Stop, by Kim Ki-Duk, (South Korea, Japan)
    - Bombay Velvet, by Anurag Kashyap, (India)

    The Walk, by Robert Zemeckis, (USA) 
    Aqui em Lisboa, by Denis Côté, Dominga Sotomayor, Gabriel Abrantes, Marie Losier, (Portugal, Canada,

      France, Chile)
    - La Isla Mínima, by Alberto Rodríguez, (Spain)
    - L’Accademia delle Muse, by José Luis Guerín, (Spain)
    - 5 Flights Up, by Richard Loncraine, (USA)
    - Marie's Story, by Jean-Pierre Améris, (France)
    - Through It All, by João Araújo, (Brazil)

    Expectations 2015
     - Mustang, by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, (France, Germany, Turkey)

    - Tangerine, by Sean Baker, (USA)

    -  Necktie Youth, by Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, (South Africa)

    - Dope, by Rick Famuyiwa, (USA)

     - Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, (USA)

    - The Diary of a Teenage Girl, by Marielle Heller, (USA)
     - Chorus, by François Delisle, (Canada)

    - Tikkun, by Avishai Sivan, (Israel)

    - Bella e Perduta, by Pietro Marcello, (Italy)

    - H., by  Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia, (US, Argentina)
    - Court, by Chaitanya Tamhane, (India)
     - Counting, by Jem Cohen, (USA)

    - Nahid, by Ida Panahandeh, (Iran)
     - The Fourth Direction, by Gurvinder Singh, (India, France)
     - Disorder, by Alice Winocour, (France)
    - Mediterranea, by Jonas Carpignano, (Italy, France, US, Germany, Qatar)

    Stinking Heaven, by Nathan Silver,(USA)
    I am a Soldier, by Laurent Larivière, (France, Belgium)
    The Dark Horse , by James Napier Robertson (New Zealand)
    Undulant Fever, by Ando Hiroshi (Japan)
    Out of Nature, by Ole Giæver, Marte Vold (Norway)
    I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced, by Khadija Al-Salami (Yemen) 
    Dégradé, by Arab Nasser, Tarzan Nasser, (France, Palestine) 
    Stories of Our Lives, by Jim Chuchu, (Kenya)
    Short Skin, by Duccio Chiarini, (Italy)

    - Un Français, by Diastème, (France)
    Zoom, by Pedro Morelli, (Brazil, Canada)
    Dora or The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents, by Stina Werenfels, (Switzerland,  

       Germany)
    Being 14, by Helene Zimmer (France)
    Koza, by Ivan Ostrochovský, (Slovakia, Czech Republic) 
    The High Sun, by Dalibor Matanic, (Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia)
    Sleeping Giant, by Andrew Cividino, (Canada)
    Learn by Heart, by Mathieu Vadepied, (France)  
    Tiempo sin Aire, by Samuel Martín Mateos, Andrés Luque Pérez, (Spain)
    Borderless, by Amirhossein Asgari, (Iran)
    Los Exiliados Románticos, by Jonás Trueba, (Spain)
    Streetkids United II, The Girls From Rio, by Maria Clara Costa, (Brazil, Netherlands, UK)
    Filhos de Bach, by Ansgar Ahlers, (Germany, Brazil)
    - No One Loves Anyone... For More Than Two Years, by Clovis Mello, (Brazil)
    Transtime, by Adriana L. Dutra, (Brazil)
    Stories of Samba, by Pedro Serrano, (Brazil)
    Pears, by Karen Sztajnberg, (USA)
    Riot, by Nathan Silver, (USA)

    Première Latina
    - Un Monstruo de Mil Cabezas, by Rodrigo Plá, (Mexico)

    - 600 Millas, by Gabriel Ripstein, (Mexico)

    - El Incendio, by Juan Schnitman, (Argentina)

    - Las Elegidas, by David Pablos, (Mexico) 

    - Paulina, by Santiago Mitre, (Argentina, Brazil, France)
    - Allende Mi Abuelo, by Allende Marcia Tambutti Allende, (Chile, Mexico)
    - Te Prometo Anarquía, by Julio Hernández Cordón, (Mexico, Germany)
    - La Obra del Siglo, by Carlos Machado Quintela, (Cuba, Argentina, Switzerland, Germany) 
    Lucifer , by Gust Van den Berghe, (Mexico, Belgium)
    - El Aula Vacía, by Gael García Bernal, Flavia Castro, Mariana Chenillo, Pablo Fendrik, Carlos Gaviria,   

      Tatiana Huezo, Lucrecia Martel, Nicolás Pereda, Eryk Rocha, Pablo Stoll, Daniel and Diego Vega, (Mexico,

       Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador) 
    -  Viaje, by Paz Fabrega, (Costa Rica)

    El Hombre Nuevo, by Aldo Garay, (Uruguay, Chile)
    Hilda, by Andrés Clariond Rangel, (Mexico)
    Solos, by Joanna Lombardi, (Peru)
    Aurora, by Rodrigo Sepúlveda, (Chile)
    El Silencio del Río, by Carlos Tribiño Mamby, (Colombia, Uruguay, France)
    Rastreador de Estatuas, by Jeronimo Rodriguez, (Chile)
    Semana santa, by Alejandra Márquez Abella, (Mexico)
    La Tierra Roja, by Diego Martínez Vignatti, (Belgium, Argentina, Brazil)

    Midnight

    - Yakuza Apocalypse, by Takashi Miike, (Japan)

    - Crimson Peak, by Guillermo Del Toro, (USA)
    - Office, by Johnnie To, (Hong Kong, China)
    - Green Room, by Jeremy Saulnier, (USA)
    Entertainment by Rick Alverson, (USA)
    - The Nightmare, by Rodney Ascher, (USA)

    - Love & Peace, by Sion Sono, (Japan)
    Endorphine, by Andre Turpin, (Canada)
    - Der Nachtmahr, by Akiz, (Germany)
    As fábulas negras (The Black Fables), by Rodrigo Aragão, Joel Caetano, Petter Baiestorf, José Mojica

      Marins, (Brazil)
    Schneider vs. Bax, by Alex van Warmerdam, (Netherlands, Belgium)
    Straight Outta Compton – The Story of N.W.A, by F. Gary Gray, (USA)
    Kiri - Profession: Assassin, by Koichi Sakamoto, (Japan, USA)


    Tribute to Wes Craven: Scream, by Wes Craven, (USA)
    25 Years of Lua de Cristal, by Tizuka Yamasaki, (Brazil)

    Midnight Docs 

    Midnight Docs Music: 

    - The Reflektor Tapes, by Kahlil Joseph, (UK)
    - Janis: Little Girl Blue, by Amy Berg, (USA)
    - Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, by Alex Gibney, (USA)
     

    Midnight Docs:
    - Cartel Land, by Matthew Heineman, (USA, Mexico)

    - The Wolfpack, by Crystal Moselle, (USA)
    - Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, by Alex Gibney, (USA)

    - Daniel’s World, by Veronika Lišková, (Czech Republic)

    - Thank You For Playing, by David Osit, Malika Zouhali-Worrall, (USA)
    - Best of Enemies, by Morgan Neville, Robert Gordon, (USA)
    The Russian Woodpecker, by Chad Gracia, (UK, Ukraine, USA)
    Battles, by Isabelle Tollenaere, (Belgium, Holland)
    - Prison System 4614, by Jan Soldat, (Germany)
    The Cockpit, by Sho Miyake, (Japan)
    Standby for Tape Back-Up, by Ross Sutherland, (UK)
    Copycat, by Charlie Lyne, (UK)
     
    Frontiers

    - Dreamcatcher, by Kim Longinotto, (UK, USA)

    - The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, by Stanley Nelson, (USA)

    - The Look of Silence, by Joshua Oppenheimer, (Denmark, Finland, Indonesia, Norway, UK)
    New Girls 24 Hours, by Mabel Lozano, (Spain, Paraguay, Argentina, Columbia, Peru)

    - India’s Daughter, by Leslee Udwin, (UK, India)
    Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) Part I - Before the Fall by Abbas Fahdel, (Iraq, France)

    Speed Sisters, by Amber Fares, (Palestine, US, Qatar, UK, Denmark)
    They Will Have to Kill Us First, by Johanna Schwartz, (UK)

    - Among the Believers, by Mohammed Naqvi, Hemal Trivedi (Pakistan, USA)

    - The Man Who Mends Women, by Thierry Michel, (Belgium)
    K2 and the Invisible Footmen, by  Lara Lee, (USA)
    Chronicle of a Revolt: One year Istanbul, by Biene Pilavci, Ayla Gottschlich, (Germany)
    The March of the White Elephants, by Craig Tanner (Brazil, South Africa)
    Levante! (Uprising!), by Susanna Lira, Barney Lankester-Owen, (Brazil)

    Unique Itineraries

    - Peggy Guggenheim -- Art Addict Lisa Immordino, by Vreelan,  (USA, UK, Italy)
    -  Welcome to This House, by Barbara Hammer,  (USA, Canada, Brazil)
    Station to Station, by Doug Aitken, (USA)
    Troublemakers, The Story of Land Art, by James Crump, (USA)
    Cooking Up a Tribute, by Luis González, Andrea Gómez, (Spain)
    - Iris, by Albert Maysles, (USA)
    - The Cult of J.T. LeRoy, by Marjorie Sturm, (USA)

    - Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer, by Jack Walsh, (USA)
    A Ballerina’s Tale, by Nelson George, (USA)
    - Hockney, by Randall Wright, (UK)

    Paco de Lucía, La Búsqueda, by Francisco Sánchez Varela, (Spain)
    Black dandy, une beauté politique, by Laurent Lunetta, (France)
    - Jeff, Embrace Your Past, by Roger Teich,  (USA)
    Lygia Clark em Nova York (Lygia Clark in New York), by Daniela Thomas, (Brazil)
    Carmen – Life is a Celebration, by Mauricio Branco, (Brazil)
    Xampy, by Paulo Menezes, Daniel Wierman, (Brazil)

    Filme Doc
    - By Sidney Lumet, by Nancy Buirski, (USA)

    - Sembene!, by Samba Gadjigo, Jason Silverman, (USA, Senegal)

    - Fassbinder - To Love Without Demands, by Christian Braad Thomsen, (Denmark)
    - Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans, by Gabriel Clarke, John McKenna, (UK, USA)
    - A Flickering Truth, by Pietra Brettkelly, (New Zealand, Afghanistan)
     

    Environment
    - This Changes Everything, by Avi Lewis, (Canada, US)
    - Human by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, (France)
    The Yes Men Are Revolting, by  Laura Nix, Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, (USA)
    - Ten Billion, by Peter Webber, (UK)
    Indian Point, by Ivy Meeropol, (USA)
    That Sugar Film, by Damon Gameau, (Australia)
    - Containment, by Peter Galison, Robb Moss, (USA)
    - White Coal, by Georg Tiller,(Austria) 
    - Racing Extinction, by Louie Psihoyos, (USA)
     
    Geração (Youth)
    Happy End?!, by Petra Clever,(Germany) 
    14+, by Andrey Zaytsev, (Russia)
    Celestial Camel, by Yuriy Feting, (Russia)
    Jack’s Wish, by Anne de Clercq, (Netherlands)
    - Paper Planes), by Robert Connolly, (Australia )  
     

    Orson Welles Retrospective

    - Too Much Johnson by Orson Welles, (USA) 
    - The Magnificent Ambersons by Orson Welles, (USA)

    - Chimes at Midnight by Orson Welles, (France, Spain, Switzerland)  

    - Wellesiana: Rare Welles’ Footage, by Orson Welles  

    - Around the World with Orson Welles, by Orson Welles (UK)

    Othello, by Orson Welles, (USA, Italy, Morocco, France)

     

    DOCUMENTARY SECTIONORSON WELLES

    - Orson Welles, Shadows and Light by Elisabeth Kapnist, (France)

    - This Is Orson Welles, by Clara Kuperberg, Julia Kuperberg, (UK)
    - Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles by Chuck Workman, (USA)


    Studio GHIBLI   
    - When Marnie Was There ,by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, (Japan) 

    - My Neighbor Totoro, by Hayao Miyazaki, (Japan) 
    - Porco Rosso, by Hayao Miyazaki, (Japan)   
    - My Neighbors the Yamadas ,by Isao Takahata, (Japan) 
    - The Cat Returns, by Hiroyuki Morita, (Japan) 
    - Tales from Earthsea, by Goro Miyazaki, (Japan) 

    - The Secret World of Arrietty, by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, (Japan)
    - Grave of the Fireflies, by Isao Takahata,  (Japan) 
    - The Castle of Cagliostro, by Hayao Miyazaki, (Japan) 
          
     Lessons in Cinema with Hal Hartley
    - Ned Rifle, by Hal Hartley, (USA)
    Flirt, by Hal Hartley, (USA, Germany, Japan)
    Simple Men, by Hal Hartley, (Italy, UK, USA)
     
    Tesouros da Cinemateca  (Cinema Treasures)
    - Menino de engenho (Plantation Boy), by Walter Lima Jr, (Brazil)
     
    Cinema Noir Mexicano
    Outro amanhecer  (Distinto Amanecer), by Julio Bracho, (Mexico)
    A outra (La Outra), by Roberto Gavaldón, (Mexico)
    - A deusa ajoelhada (La diosa arrodillada), by Roberto Gavaldón, (Mexico)
    Los dineros del diablo, by Alejandro Galindo, (Mexico) 
    Na palma de tua mão (En la palma de tu mano), de Roberto Gavaldón, (Mexico)
    La noche avanza, by Roberto Gavaldón, México
     

    Other selections can be found on the official festival site:

    www.festivaldorio.com.br

     

    Festival Screen Circuit

    After two years of absence from the Rio Festival circuit, the Cine Odeon - Centro Cultural Luiz Severiano Ribeiro  will return this year to host public screenings of Première Braziland Cine Encontro– one of the most anticipated events for the public at large.  In Cine Encontro the public has the opportunity of being in direct contact with those involved in creating films through a series of debates and discussions with directors, and actors and actresses of the Première Brazilfilms as well as international guests whose work features in other festival sections.

     

    Cinépolis Lagoon will be the official cinema for Première Brasil gala screenings as well as special screenings given in the presence of directors and screen talent.

     

    Also, Kinoplex São Luiz  Roxy, the Circuito NET Estação screens, Jóia, Museu da República, CCBB, CCJF and Ponto Cine at the Cinemateca do MAM return to the festival circuit with special programming.


     


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    globalEAST< Travels to the Netherlands

     

    Facts:

    - Programme Section >globalEAST< concentrating on the Netherlands

    - famous Dutch director Ineke Smits in the International Jury

    - Dutch ambassador attending the film festival opening

     

    The global cinema discovery tour continues: After last year´s trip to Italy, the 25th FilmFestival Cottbus now sets off to the Netherlands. Five film contributions in the >globalEAST< section present the diverse results of co-operations between our north-western neighbour and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

    The Netherlands are capturing European cinema - and not only with big, established names like cult director Alex Van Warmerdam, doyen Paul Verhoeven or award-winning filmmaker Jos Stelling, who has a lot of experience with Eastern Europe and has been a frequent guest in Cottbus.

    This is something that cannot be overlooked, especially in view of the country´s participation in international co-productions, the partners of which are often from a country beyond the Oder - for example, Loznitsa´s documentary film MAIDAN recently released in Germany or Sokurov´s award- winning World War Two drama FRANCOFONIA. This development has prompted the East-West co-production market connecting cottbus, taking place simultaneously with the festival, to also take a closer look at the Netherlands. It will provide an additional pitch for a yet to be announced Dutch project.

    The >globalEAST< section of the anniversary edition of FilmFestival Cottbus will present several examples of this intensive cinematic connection between the Netherlands and Eastern Europe. Five productions give insights into the diverse results of international co-operation and reveal the broad range of European cinematography:

    The documentary film STAND BY YOUR PRESIDENT (Netherlands 2014) portrays Dutch-born Sandra Roelofs, wife of the former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, who as "First Lady" played clearly more than just a representational role. The film´s director, Ineke Smits, who works in both the Netherlands and Georgia, will not only present her own film during the festival week but also act as a member of the International Jury awarding the coveted prizes.

    In KURAI KURAI (Netherlands 2014), the director and photographer Marjoleine Boonstra uses breath-taking pictures to convey myths of the Kirghiz steppe and tell the story of a young man searching for answers to the big questions in life. Marinus Groothof looks back at more recent historical

    events: With THE SKY ABOVE US (Netherlands, Belgium, Serbia, Greece 2015), the Netherlander stages a Serbian project that grants a view into the inner life of three people during the NATO bombardment of Belgrade in 1999. In MEET ME IN VENICE (Netherlands 2015) by Eddy Terstall, a father and daughter, who had been alienated for years, set off on a (rail)road trip through the Balkans. A game of attraction and seduction is played by the two young female protagonists in NUDE AREA (Poland, Netherlands 2014). This arthouse film by the Polish director Urszula Antoniak, who lives in the Netherlands, negotiates the hierarchies between rich and poor as well as conceptions of Islam - entirely without dialogues.

    This year´s >globalEAST< programme series was compiled with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Nederlands Filmfonds and the EYE film institute Netherlands. The ambassador Monique van Daalen has announced that she will attend the opening and address the audience with words of welcome.

    The festival is substantially supported by the State of Brandenburg, the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the City of Cottbus as well as the MEDIA - Creative Europe programme of the European Union.


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    Dutch feature film Silent Ones by Ricky Rijneke has been selected in competition for the Cyprus International Film Festival.
    Silent Ones is nominated for The Golden Aphrodite for Best First Feature Film.

    The Cyprus International Film Festival held from 23 to 27 september is the biggest of artistic high value independent cinema event of the whole region, spilling over Cyprus boundaries and spreading over the whole region with repercussions reaching worldwide. Films produced the last 36 months, by emerging directors are selected for the screening program.

    Silent Ones tells the story of a young Hungarian woman (Orsi Tóth) whose little brother Isti has disappeared without a trace. She leaves aboard a cargo ship heading to Western Europe to keep her promise to him. The journey turns into a surreal trip on the fragile edge of life and death.

    Silent Ones was selected for competition for many major international film festivals such as Rotterdam, Sarajevo Moscow, Mostra de Sao Paulo, T Mobile New Horizons, Festival International du Films des Femmes in Créteil, Pune and many others…
    Silent Ones won eight awards out of twelve nominations, among others in New York (Winner Best Feature Film), Toronto (Winner Best Female Director), Berlin (Winner Best Feature Film), Los Angeles (Winner Best Cinematography and Winner Honorable Mention Narrative Feature), Sao Paulo (Nomination International Jury Award Best Film), Wroclaw (Nomination New Horizons Grand Prix), Rotterdam (Nomination Tiger Award), Dutch Golden Stone for Best Film, Lecce European Film Festival (Winner Best Cinematography and Winner Best Supporting Actor).

    Silent Ones was released in Dutch film theatres for eight weeks in December 2014. It received great critical acclaim. A film critic of 'De Volkskrant', leading Dutch daily newspaper ranked Silent Ones as Best Film 2014.

    Ricky's new project The Hunters Son is invited for Script&Pitch of the Torino FilmLab 2015.
    She was also invited to present The Hunters Son at the emerging Talent Lab of the Toronto International Film Festival 2015 (TIFF).

    Silent Ones produced by Rotterdam Films (Rijneke & van Leeuwaarden) has been supported by the Netherlands Film Fund and the Mondrian Fund. French sales agent Wide Management handles international sales.

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    FEST DEBUTS OCTOBER 16-18, 2015 AT REGENCY DIRECTORS CUT CINEMA
     

    The Laguna Film Festival, a festival of short films which takes place Friday, October 16 through Sunday, October 18, is proud to announce the film line-up for the inaugural festival.   Created as a platform for young and emerging filmmakers, the response has been overwhelming, having received over 1000 submissions, representing 69 countries.  

     
    LFF was founded by Austin Fickman, an ambitious 18-year-old who has been making films since the age of eight and competing in film festivals for nearly as long.   “The quality of film submissions we received were outstanding,” said Fickman.  “I’m thrilled about the program we’ve put together and believe people will be glad they attended.  For me, filmmaking is a passion and I’m excited about being able to share this experience with the Laguna community, festival attendees and my peers.”
     
    The LFF will present three days of activities, including select films being shown in competition, plus some of Hollywood’s top professionals engaging in panel discussions covering a wide range of topics important to emerging filmmakers.  The panels and panelists will be announced soon.
     
    Believing strongly in the importance of showcasing and honoring filmmakers for their dedication to the genre, Austin has assembled a knowledgeable and highly regarded group to adjudicate the films as well.
     
    The jury for the 2015 Laguna Film Festival is comprised of:  Andy Fickman (Director/Producer/Writer, Oops Doughnuts Productions), Betsy Sullenger (Producer, Oops Doughnuts Productions), Phillip Raskind (WME, Partner), Michael Wimer (Executive Producer, 2012), Meredith Wechter (Feature Film Agent, WME), Elissa Leeds (Manager, Reel Talent Management), Andrew Miano (Producer, The Golden Compass), Daniel Rappaport (Manager, Management 360), Kimberly Bialek (Literary Agent, WME), Alejandro Monteverde (Writer/Director, Bella), Alonso Alvarez Barreda (Director, Crescendo).
     
    The films will compete in the categories of Animation, Comedy, Drama, Documentary, Experimental, Horror and Sci-Fi/Fantasy, as well as Youth Filmmakers and Film School Students Showcase.  Winning filmmakers will receive industry meetings.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the Best Short Film and Best Film School Student Short winners.
     
    The lineup is as follows:
     
    Animation
    Another Everest, (USA) Directed by Aleksandre Kosinski
    Cry of the Fox, (USA) Directed by Jason Ronzani and Ning Xu
    Hum, (USA) Directed by Tom Teller
    Pokey Pokey - World Premiere, (USA) Directed by Junjie ‘Jake’ Zhang
    Vincent the Artist, (USA) Directed by Vincent J. Wiley and Deborah Romare

    Comedy
    Bastard, (USA) Directed by Joe Mackedanz
    The Bigfoot Hunters, (USA) Directed by Matt Hausmann
    Flowers, (UK) Directed by Sabrina Sattar
    Grown Ups, (Spain) Directed by Javier Marco
    Murphy’s Law, (USA) Alexander Fichera
    Ostrichland, (USA) Directed by David McCracken
    Potty Mouth, (UK) Directed by Darren Langlands
    Twisted, (Australia) Directed by Stuart Bowen
     
    Documentary
    Alzheimer’s: A Love Story, (USA) Directed by Gabe Schimmel, Monica Petruzzelli, Amanda Le, Riani Singgih
    Being Atticus Finch, (USA) Directed by Katie R. Nelson
    I’m Going to Marry This Boy, (USA) Directed by Radha Mehta
     
    Drama
    Alistair’s Wednesday – World Premiere, (USA) Directed by Eric Mann
    Below the Surface, (USA) Directed by Rona Ahdout, and Neema Sadeghi
    Bragg N East, (USA) Directed by Rob Underhill
    Brenda, (Ireland) Directed by Matteo Bertoli
    Frog, (USA) Directed by Tyler Wallach
    Imagine, (USA) Directed by Eva Cohen
    Indigo, (Sweden) Directed by Paul Jerndal
    Lay in Wait, (USA) Directed by Jonathan Ade
    Mannish Boy (Canada) Directed by Ryan Tonelli
    Metropolis II: Highway to Heaven, (USA) Directed by Phil Swinburne
    Orbiting, (USA) Directed by Nancy Liu
    Unspoken, (USA) Directed by Eric Otten
     
    Experimental
    Closing Bell, (USA) Directed by Janek Ambros
    Effort, (Germany) Directed by Kuesti Fraun
    Kaputtccino,   (Germany) Directed by Kuesti Fraun
    Let Them Eat Cake, (Germany) Directed by Alexander Lony
    Stations - World Premiere, (USA) Directed by Jane Terry
     
    Horror
    Blind Date, (USA) Directed by Robert Rotondo
    The Call, (France) Directed by Alban Ravassard
    Corridors – World Premiere, (South Africa) Directed by Hencas van Huyssteen
    Don’t Let Them In, (USA) Directed by David Lawrence
    Night of the Slasher, (USA) Directed by Shant Hamassian
    Something There - World Premiere, (Spain) Directed by Stephen Gowlett
    The Stomach, (UK) Directed by Ben Steiner
     
    Sci-fi/ Fantasy
    Bedtime, (USA) Directed by Cooper Justus
    The Devil Goes Down, (USA) Directed by Nicholas Julius
    Helio, (USA) Directed by Teddy Cecil
    The Looking Planet, (USA) Directed by Eric Law Anderson
    Monster in a House, (USA) Directed by Christiano Dias
    Prism, (USA) Directed by Jackson Miller
    Reflection – World Premiere, (USA) Directed by Brady Bonser
    Total Awesome Viking Power, (USA) Directed by Morten Forland
     
    Youth Filmmaker Showcase
    Demons in Disguise, (USA) Directed by Kira Bursky
    Detention!, (Ireland) Directed by Neil Browne
    The Earth of My Art – World Premiere, (DR Congo) Directed by Alif Buterinote
    Girls Don’t Cry Wolf, (USA) Directed by John Chigas and Anna Eva Kotyza
    How to Get Women, (USA) Directed by Sam Ramsey
    Lost in Motion, (USA) Directed by Cristian Aguiar
    Lucid, (Turkey) Directed by Daghan Dalgic
    Making the Grade, (USA) Directed by Tom Jones
    Plastic, (USA) Directed by Abbey Sacks
    Second Love, (Kazakhstan) Directed by Bakhtiyar Islamov
    These Thin Walls, (USA) Directed by Sam Friedman, Max Harrison and Annalise Rozos
    Tree Hugger, (USA) Directed by Kira Bursky
    Warm Rush, (USA) Directed by Kira Bursky
    We Love Worms, (Spain) Directed by Andrea Rodríguez, Lucía López, Arianna Colombo and Juan López
    Who - World Premiere, (USA) Directed by Abbey Sacks
    The Yellow Block, (USA) Directed by Harrison Allen
     
     
    Film School Student Showcase
    Alison and Jeremy, (USA) Directed by Alyxandra Press
    Apples & Oranges, (USA) Directed by Alyxandra Press
    Cold Winter’s Night, (USA) Directed by Gabe Figueroa
    The Collection, (USA) Directed by Ian Michael Gullet
    Don’t Tell My Mom, (USA) Directed by H. Nelson Tracey
    Drug of Choice, (USA) Directed by Matt Macedo
    Father, (USA) Directed by Hanna Västinsalo
    The Grad, (UK) Directed by Anna Hoghton
    Gumball, (USA) Directed by Hunter Hopewell
    Loved App, (UK) Directed by James Oliver
    The Magic Shoes, (USA) Directed by Sahand Nikoukar
    Meat, (USA) Directed by Jordan Wippell
     

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    The 2015 Hollywood Film Festival, which runs September 23-27th, promises a fresh and exciting global direction under its new team:  CEO & Executive Producer Brad Parks and Executive Director Rod Beaudoin.  

    After funding the acquisition of the festival last year, Brad Parks guided the transition of the festival theme to socially relevant films anchored in causes and calls-to-action.  Now, with the help of Rod Beaudoin, the festival takes its message global with international partnerships, new media programming and cutting edge entertainment which all complement its “See Good / Do Good / Feel Good” mission. This year, the festival received an unprecedented 3,019 submissions; and from that number, programmed 20 Narrative Features, 27 Documentaries and 38 Shorts, along with Social Impact TV and Social Impact Streaming projects incorporating social Vine and social YouTube content.

    With over 15 years of experience in community engagement and social commerce software, Brad Parks also served over a decade as V.P. of The Hanleigh Companies, America’s first-ever direct underwriter for Lloyds of London, specializing in entertainment, professional sports and high net worth corporate risk management. He also served 10 years as a Sergeant with the United States Army. Rod Beaudoin, with over 20 years of festival programming and entertainment experience, helped to form the Beloit International Film Festival in 2005 and a few years later, he was instrumental in launching the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival in Iowa with Brad Parks. Last year he reunited with Parks in the production of the Hollywood Film Festival.   

    Brad Parks and Rod Beaudoin plan to grow the Hollywood Film Festival to a top tier global festival without the help of typical glitz and glamour, by celebrating the creative artists, activists and industry leaders who have supported causes around the world. “Our goal is to demonstrate the power of cinematic storytelling as a tool to fuel positive social change,” says Parks. “The Hollywood Film Festival is connecting the dots,” adds Beaudoin. “Many of Hollywood’s celebrities are heavily involved in important global causes, so overlapping is eminent.  But with digital technology, our cultures are colliding more now than ever and audiences globally are responding to the inspiration of social content.”

    The 2015 Hollywood Film Festival begins Wednesday September 23rd with a “Welcome Wednesday: Welcome to Hollywood” night of events designed to get to know the vast number of filmmakers who traveled from around the world to attend the festival, and to introduce them to a pool of industry professionals and distribution partners.

    Thursday September 24th , promises stars and emerging filmmakers on the Red Carpet as they join the four Showcase Opening Night Films anchored in the social impact See Good / Do Good / Feel Good theme along with an additional “Be Good” film.  PEARLY GATES, directed by Scott Ehrlich, features an all-star cast including Uzo Aduba, Illeana Douglas, Bonnie Sommerville, Peter Bogdonavich and Lainie Kazan in a comedic musical about wanting to be remembered and learning that the only way to truly live on is in the hearts and minds of the people around you; WAFFLE STREET, directed by Eshom and Ian Nelms stars James Lafferty and Danny Glover in the true story of Jimmy Adams, a V.P. of a $30 billion hedge fund, who loses his job and winds up working as a waiter at a waffle shop; OUTLIVING EMILY, directed by Eric Weber stars includes Olympia Dukakis, Louis Zorick, Andre Braugher, Zosia Mamet and Alexis Bledel in a look at the marriage of Tim and Emily over the course of 50 years with numerous actors playing both characters; and GHOST TOWN TO HAVANA, directed by Eugene Corr and Roberto Chile is the story of two youth baseball coaches who strike up a friendship in an online gaming room but, when they decide to meet in person, fun and baseball quickly turns to murder and poverty.

    The evening continues with a tier of four risk taking films.  The World Premiere of F FOR FRANCO, is a multi-layered exploration into the mind of James Franco the Actor, Director, Author, and Visual Artist.  Directed by Dr. Francisco J. Ricardo, the film will incorporate a live art exhibition with discussions of Franco’s art process.  THE KEY, directed by Jefery Levy, is an erotic look at marriage and lust and stars David Arquette and Bai Ling. GLORY DAZE: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MICHAEL ALIG is directed by Ramon Fernandez and takes place in NYC in 1987 when a new group of individuals arises to fill the artistic power vacuum created by Andy Warhol's untimely death and the demise of his 'Factory', in the form of The Club Kids. THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES, directed by Phil Allocco, tells the story of a man who finds himself in a tangled web of lies when the truth proves to be too much to admit and even harder to accept.

    “Female Friday” taking place on September 25th is dedicated to showcasing films produced and/or directed by an exceptional female filmmaker with curated conversations about issues facing women in Hollywood today.  

    Each day, the festival will honor one of its six Jury Prize winners at a special 6pm event at the Arclight for Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Short, Best Narrative Short and Emerging Filmmaker.  On Sunday, top honors for Best Social Impact Film will be awarded to the film that best exemplifies the festival’s See Good / Do Good / Feel Good mission.  

    The Hollywood Film Festival seeks to promote phenomenal films about causes that count while inspiring audiences to act.  The festival connects some of our generation’s best independent filmmakers, cultural content creators, and social impact storytellers with Hollywood, the "Entertainment Capital of the World."

     

    NARRATIVE FEATURES

     

    12 Citizens

    Synopsis: A Chinese remake of the Classic American Film 12 Angry Men.

    Director: Ang Xu

    Producer: Luna Wang

    Country: China

    Stars: Bing He, Tongsheng Han, Tiezeng Mi, guangfu Li, Chunyang Zhao, Gang Wang, Dongping Gao, Yongqiang Zhang, Zan Ban, Bo Qian, Hui Liu, Jia Lei

    Trailer: https://youtu.be/n8HHV4HIYYc

     

    Astraea

    Synopsis: When disease nearly wipes out the human race, a telepathic teenage girl believes her visions confirm that survivors are living in Northern Canada.

    Director: Kristjan Thor

    Producers: Jessica Cummings, Ashlin Halfnight, Scotty Crowe, Kristjan Thor

    Country: United States

    Stars: Nerea Duhart, Dan O'Brien, Scotty Crowe, Jessica Cummings

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    Backgammon

    Synopsis: Thirty-something Erik makes a living playing Backgammon in the local park. He is about to get thrown out of his residence, when a young girl approaches him in the park. She changes his life, while he tries to fight the demons from his past.

    Director: Danny Thykaer

    Producers: Kenneth Skouboelling, Danny Thykaer

    Premiere Status: West Coast Premiere

    Country: Denmark

    Stars: Danny Thykaer, Sofia Lever, Maja Muhlack, Dan Zahle, Thomas Chaanhing, Laura Kamis Vrang, Adam Fischer, Carl Emil Lohmann

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    Booze Boys & Brownies

    Synopsis: An aspiring actress navigates the musically comedic underbelly of Hollywood in search of fame, fortune, boys and herself.

    Director: Veronica Mannion

    Producer: Veronica Mannion

    Country: USA

    Stars: Deborah Geffner, Brent Weinbach, Brandon Denton

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    Don't Worry Baby

    Synopsis: A father and son unknowingly sleep with the same woman, then four years later compete over the paternity of a child either of them could be the father of.

    Director: Julian Branciforte

    Producers: Nick Shore, Thomas Kaier, Brendan McHugh

    Premiere Status: West Coast Premier

    Country: United States

    Stars: Christopher McDonald, Dreama Walker, John Magaro, Tom Lipinski, Talia Balsam

     

    East Side Sushi

    Synopsis: Juana, a Latina single-mother strives to become a sushi chef.

    Director: Anthony Lucero

    Producers: Julie Rubio, Vicki Wong, Heather Haggarty, Nanou Matteson

    Country: United States

    Stars: Diana Elizabeth Torres, Yutaka Takeuchi, Rodrigo Duarte Clark, Roji Oyama, Kaya Jade Aguirre, Lane Nishikawa

    Trailer:

    Website: www.eastsidesushifilm.com

     

    Forward. Side. Close!

    Synopsis: A neurotic cynic who suffers from obsessive compulsive behaviors lives in a remote castle with his two servants. His life undergoes a dramatic restructuring when his excitable friend surprises him on his 70th birthday weekend with the intention of turning his life upside down.

    Director: Alexander Peter Lercher

    Producers: Alexander Peter Lercher, Elsa Hartlieb

    Premiere Status: World Premier

    Country: Austria

    Stars: Heinz Trixner, Christian Futterknecht, Uschi Glas, Sandra Lipp, Julius Kuhn, Herman van Ulzen, Vivien Wulf, Otto Retzer, Helmut Nagele, Bruno Thost and Mark Jaeger.

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    Hells Heart

    Synopsis: A lonely ten-year-old boy becomes enamored with a woman who lives across the hall and her seemingly perfect family. One evening, he witnesses her brutal murder, and his life changes forever. Decades later, he believes her spirit has come back to haunt him.

    Director: Ryan Denmark

    Producers: Ryan Denmark, Carol Matthews-Nicoli

    Premiere Status: World Premier

    Country: United States

    Stars: Michael Kirby, Adrienne LaValley, Kersti Bryan, Christine Cartell, Alexander McCarty, Diane Perell, Kenneth Tigar

     

    January 1st

    Synopsis: In the midst of his parents’ divorce, a twelve year old boy tries to find his family's stolen piano.

    Director: Erika Bagnarello

    Producers: José Miguel Bonetti, Eduardo Najri

    Premiere Status: US Premier

    Country: Dominican Republic

    Stars: Víctor Pintor, Paula Sánchez-Ferry, Carlos Báez

     

    Oblivion Season

    Synopsis: An ex-prostitute tries to start a new life by marrying the man she has fallen for, but leaving behind the shadow of her dark past is not as easy as she thought it would be.

    Director: Abbas Rafei

    Producer: Abbas Rafei

    Premiere Status: US Premier

    Country: Iran, Islamic Republic of

    Stars: Sareh Bayat, Amin Zendegani

     

    Outliving Emily

    Synopsis: A look at the tumultuous marriage of Tim and Emily Hanratty over half a century, with numerous actors playing both characters throughout the 50 years.

    Director: Eric Weber

    Producers: Josh Sugarman, Eric Weber

    Country: USA

    Stars: Thomas Mann, Zosia Mamet, Kal Penn, Alexis Bledel, Dominic Fumusa, Cara Buono, David Pittu, Malcom Gets, Andre Braugher, Phylicia Rashad, Louis Zorich, Olympia Dukakis,

    Trailer:

     

    Pearly Gates

    Synopsis: A comedic musical about wanting to be remembered and learning that the only way to truly live on is in the hearts and minds of the people around you.

    Director: Scott Ehrlich

    Producer: Scott Ehrlich

    Country: USA

    Stars: Scott Grimes, Uzo Aduba, Illeana Douglas, Bonnie Sommerville, Sam Mcmurray, Nolan Gross, Madison Grimes, Peter Bogdonavich, Lainie Kazan, Jack Noseworthy, Hill Harper, Jordyn Belle, Vincent Soano Jason Stanford

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    Silent Sea

    Synopsis: Two families clash in a lonely house by the sea and are faced with the disturbing reality of a somber truth.

    Director: Juliane Fezer

    Producers: Alexandra Krampe, Juliane Fezer

    Premiere Status: US Premiere

    Country: Germany

    Stars: Charlotte Munck, Christoph Grunert, Christoph Gawenda, Nadja Bobyleva, Alexander Beyer, Daan Lennard Liebrenz, Henny Reents, Nico Holonics, Elias Kassner, Bella Bading, Natalia Belitski

     

     

     

    Surviving Me

    Synopsis: When fear and insecurity get the best of college sophomore Sophie, she loses her moral compass, and must journey through her own experience of Dante's Inferno to find redemption.

    Director: Leah Yananton

    Producer: Mary Prendergast

    Premiere Status: World Premier

    Country: United States

    Stars: Mira Furlan, Vincent Piazza, Fredric Lehne, Dennis Hill, Leah Yananton, Christine Ryndak

     

    The Key

    Synopsis: An erotic exploration of marriage and lust.

    Director: Jefery Levy

    Producer: Jefery Levy

    Country: USA

    Stars: David Arquette, Bai Ling

    Trailer: https://youtu.be/TxuMFVvz6gQ

     

    The Truth About Lies

    Synopsis: Gilby finds himself in a tangled web of lies when the truth proves to be too much to admit and even harder to accept.

    Director: Phil Alocco

    Producers: Steve Carr, Isen Robbins, Aimee Schoof, Phil Allocco, Coleen Camp, Kim Jackson

    Country: USA

    Stars: Fran Kranz, Odette Annable, Chris Diamantopolous, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Miles Fisher, Colleen Camp, Arthur J. Nascarella

    Trailer:

    Website: http://thetruthaboutliesmovie.com

     

    Two 4 One

    Synopsis: A bittersweet comedic drama with a transgender hero in an unimaginable predicament. Oddball couple Adam and Miriam have a pivotal and ill-advised one night stand that sees them both wind up pregnant.

    Director: Maureen Bradley

    Producer: Daniel Hogg

    Country: Canada

    Stars: Gavin Crawford, Naomi Snieckus, Gabrielle Rose, Andrea Menard, Matt Baram

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    W.A.K.A.

    Synopsis: Matilda, a 30-something-year-old single woman abandoned by her family, works as a waitress in a bar. Her life is shaken up after her boss finds out that she's pregnant, and opts to fire her.

    Director: Françoise Ellong

    Producers: Jonathan Taieb, Adam D. Lablack

    Premiere Status: US Premiere

    Country: France

    Stars: Patricia Bakalack, Bruno Henry, Alain Bomo Bomo

    Trailer:

     

    Waffle Street

    Synopsis: The true story of Jimmy Adams, a V.P. of a $30 billion hedge fund, who loses his job and winds up working as a waiter at a waffle shop. Amidst the greasy madness of the 24-hour diner, Jimmy befriends Edward, an ex-con grill master who serves up hard lessons about life, finance, and grits.

    Director: Eshom Nelms, Ian Nelms

    Producers: Autumn McAlpin, John J. Kelly, Brad Johnson

    Premiere Status: West Coast Premier

    Country: USA

    Stars: James Lafferty, Danny Glover, Julie Gonzalo

    Trailer: https://youtu.be/E4A1LWWGkaA

     

    Well Wishes

    Synopsis: After losing his job on a coin toss, Miles gets rich harvesting coins out of wishing fountains across the country; until his prosperity is questioned by best friend Jack, Durwood the homeless man, and a kind-hearted fugitive who ultimately teach him the real meaning of wealth and happiness.

    Director: Anderson Boyd

    Producers: Anderson Boyd, Juan Cruz Pochat

    Premiere Status: World Premier

    Country: USA

    Stars: Shane Callahan, Cullen Moss, Don Baker, Anna Stromberg

    Trailer:

    Website: http://www.wellwishesmovie.com







     

    DOCUMENTARY

     

    Among the Believers

    Synopsis: An unsettling and eye opening exploration into the spread of the radical Islamic school Red Mosque in Pakistan, which trains legions of children to devote their lives to jihad, or holy war, from a very young age.

    Director: Hemal Trivedi, Mohammed Ali Naqvi

    Producers: Hemal Trivedi, Jonathan Goodman Levitt

    Premiere Status: West Coast Premiere

    Country: Pakistan/United States

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    Angel of Nanjing

    Synopsis: The Yangtze River Bridge in Nanjing is one of the most famous bridges in China. It is also the most popular place in the world to commit suicide. For the past 11 years Chen Si has been patrolling this bridge, looking to provide aid for those who have gone there to end their lives. Incredibly, he has saved over 300 people since he began - nearly one every two weeks.

    Director: Jordan Horowitz, Frank L. Ferendo

    Producers: Jordan Horowitz, Frank L. Ferendo

    Premiere Status: West Coast

    Country: USA

    Trailer: https://youtu.be/QA93svbHgok

     

    Cold Nights Hot Salsa

    Synopsis: Cold Nights Hot Salsa takes you inside the international Latin dance world of Victor and Katia, aspiring young salsa dancers from Montreal, Canada who seek to win a World Salsa Championship.

    Director: Edwin Gailits

    Producer: Edwin Gailits

    Premiere Status: World Premiere

    Country: Canada

    Trailer:

     

    East LA Interchange

    Synopsis: East LA Interchange follows the evolution of working-class, immigrant neighborhood, Boyle Heights and how it managed to survive the construction of the largest and busiest freeway interchange in the nation. The film explores the shifting face of community in the United States today and argues why it should matter to us all.

    Director: Betsy Kalin

    Producers: Betsy Kalin, Christine Louise Mills, Vanessa Luna Bishop, Gretchen Warthen, Eric Waterman

    Country: United States

    Stars: will.i.am, Danny Trejo, Father Greg Boyle, Josefina Lopez, Momo Yashima, Xavi Moreno

    Trailer: https://youtu.be/9Z2FYuL0Zgg

    F_For_Franco

    Synopsis: Filmmaker and art theorist Dr. Francisco J. Ricardo delves into the creative mind of the multi-faceted James Franco in this innovative documentary or film essay. As the two converse on Franco's thoughts and process in executing some of his early experimental art and film work, the viewer is privy to these art pieces, some of which were rarely seen outside of a film festival or art show.

    Director: Francisco J. Ricardo

    Producer: Adrienne Chamberlin

    Premiere Status: World Premiere

    Country: USA

    Stars: James Franco, Seth Rogan, Evan Goldberg

     

    Frame By Frame

    Synopsis: After decades of war and an oppressive Taliban regime, four Afghan photojournalists face the realities of building a free press in a country left to stand on its own – reframing Afghanistan for the world and for themselves.

    Director: Alexandria Bombach, Mo Scarpelli

    Producers: Alexandria Bombach, Mo Scarpelli, Jeff Orlowksi

    Country: United States

    Trailer:

    Website: http://www.framebyframethefilm.com

     

    Ghost Town to Havana

    Synopsis: The story of two youth baseball coaches who strike up a friendship in an online gaming room but, when they decide to meet in person, fun and baseball quickly turns to murder and poverty.

    Director: Eugene Corr, Roberto Chile

    Producer: Ruth Shapiro

    Premiere Status: World Premier

    Country: Cuba

    Trailer:

    Website: http://www.ghosttowntohavana.com

     

    Glory Daze: The Life and Times of Michael Alig

    Synopsis: New York City. 1987. A new group of individuals arises to fill the artistic power vacuum created by Andy Warhol's untimely death and the demise of his 'Factory', in the form of The Club Kids.

    Director: Ramon Fernandez

    Producers: Lisa Brubaker, Ramon Fernandez

    Premiere Status: West Coast

    Country: USA

    Trailer:



     

    Great White Lies

    Synopsis: Focusing on the Western Australian Government’s decision in January of 2014 to hunt and kill the white shark, a protected species in Australia, filmmaker Skyler Thomas visits Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand to learn more about the shark culling practices in each of those locations.

    Director: Skyler Thomas

    Producer: Skyler Thomas

    Country: United States

     

     

    Homme Less

    Synopsis: From all outside appearances, Mark seems to have the glamorous New York City life that many would envy. Handsome and always impeccably dressed, the charismatic former male model works as a fashion photographer, appears in movies and attends the best parties. When he leaves those events, however, he heads to the East Village— not to an overpriced loft, but to a hidden corner of a rooftop to sleep each night. Thomas Wirthensohn exposes the dark underbelly of the American Dream in an often-merciless city.

    Director: Thomas Wirthensohn

    Producers: Karol Martesko-Fenster, Wolfgang Ramml

    Premiere Status: West Coast

    Country: USA

    Trailer:

    Website: http://www.homme-less.com

     

    In The Game

    Synopsis: A warm and intimate look at sisterhood and hope in the face of adversity over four years in the life of a Latino inner-city girls’ soccer team

    Director: Maria Finitzo

    Producers: Kartemquin Films

    Trailer:

     

    Inside Fur

    Synopsis: A group of highly motivated activists work for years with the goal of exposing the true face of the Nordic fur industry.

    Director: Ola Waagen

    Producers: Nadja Nørgaard Kristensen, Peter Engel

    Premiere Status: US

    Country: Norway

    Trailer:

     

    Inside Peace

    Synopsis: Three criminal offenders marked by generations of violence, addiction and poor social conditions attend the Peace Class in a Texas prison, where they struggle to discover their humanity, improve their outlook on life, and rebuild their lives from the inside out.

    Director: Cynthia Fitzpatrick

    Producer: Cynthia Fitzpatrick

    Country: USA

    Stars: Trinidad Silva, Jake Alvarado, David Sigee, Julian Castro, Michael Gilbert

    Trailer:

    Website: http://insidepeacemovie.com

     

    Lighter than Orange – The Legacy of Dioxin in Vietnam

    Synopsis: Ten North Vietnamese veterans tell about their memories of the war and Agent Orange as well as the struggles they have faced as a consequence of both. There are an estimated more than 3 million victims of Agent Orange living today.

    Director: Matthias Leupold

    Producer: Matthias Leupold

    Country: Germany

    Trailer:

    Website: lighterthanorange.com

     

    Magda

    Synopsis: Magda is the courageous story of a young Jewish woman who was a spy during WWII for the Polish Underground Army and at 93, recounts the tales of her incredible family and life.

    Director: Jason Rem

    Producer: Linda Taylor

    Premiere Status: World Premier

    Country: USA

    Trailer: https://youtu.be/ll3qrEcIttw

     

    Milk

    Synopsis:  Through an intimate and artistic lens, Milk brings a universal perspective on the politics, commercialization and controversies surrounding birth and infant feeding over the canvas of stunningly beautiful visuals and poignant voices from around the globe.

    Director: Noemi Weis

    Producers: Noemi Weis, Carolyn Allain

    Premiere Status: US Premier

    Country: Canada

    Website: http://www.milkhood.com

     

    One Rock Three Religions

    Synopsis: This documentary starts from Jerusalem's most politically sensitive site, the Temple Mount or Haram Al Sharif, and examines the effect the three Abrahamic faiths have on the Israeli Palestinian conflict and world peace.

    Director: Isaac Hertz

    Producers: Isaac Hertz, Sam Grundwerg, Valentina Castellani Quinn

    Country: USA/Israel/Palestine/UK

    Website: http://onerockthreereligions.com

    Personal Gold: An Underdog Story

    Synopsis: Four underdog women become America's medal hope at the London Olympics when the men's team is banned during the Lance Armstrong drug scandal.

    Director: Tamara Christopherson

    Producer: Sky Christopherson

    Country: United States

    Stars: Dotsie Bausch, Jennie Reed, Sarah Hammer

    Website: http://www.personal-gold.com

     

    Right Footed

    Synopsis: Jessica Cox was born without arms as a result of a birth defect, but managed to overcome many physical and emotional challenges to become fully independent. She learned to type with her toes, drive a car with her feet, and amazingly -- fly an airplane with her feet. Right Footed follows Jessica as she transforms from a motivational speaker to a mentor, and eventually into a leading advocate for people with disability.

    Director: Nick Spark

    Producers: Nick Spark, Mona Lisa Yuchengco

    Country: USA

    Trailer: https://youtu.be/xh9xGavDZ9M

     

    Rooted In Peace

    Synopsis: Greg Reitman shares his past experiences of living in the Gulf War and witnessing the aftermath of Hiroshima, Japan and later the grievances of 9/11. Greg challenges the viewer; on what will it take for humanity to wake up and to stop the cycle of war & violence.

    Director: Greg Reitman

    Producers: Greg Reitman, Britta Reitman

    Country: USA

     

    She’s The Best Thing In It

    Synopsis: Oscar-nominated writer/producer Ron Nyswaner’s first documentary feature is an examination of the actor's craft and the sacrifices demanded by a lifelong career. Veteran character actor and Tony Award winner, Mary Louise Wilson, age 79, teaches her first acting class to skeptical members of the YouTube generation, smashing their red carpet illusions and challenging them to bring emotional honesty into their acting.

    Director: Ron Nyswaner

    Producers: Neda Armian, Jeffrey Schwarz, Ron Nyswaner

    Country: United States

    Stars: Mary Louise Wilson, Frances McDormand, Melissa Leo, Valerie Harper, Estelle Parsons, Tyne Daly, Charlotte Rae, Doug Wright

    Trailer:

     

    Something Better to Come

    Synopsis: 10-year-old Yula is growing up in Putin's Russia in the Svalka, the largest junkyard in Europe, just 13 miles from the Kremlin. She has one dream-to escape the Svalka and have a normal life. For 14 years, we follow Yula as she grows up.

    Director: Hanna Polak

    Producers: Sigrid Dyekjær and Hanna Polak

    Website: http://somethingbettertocomethemovie.com

     

    The Rainforests Are Under Threat

    Synopsis: A new documentary underscoring the threats facing the rainforest in Peru, the perpetuation of climate change, and the people who are fighting to protect it.

    Director: Jerome Dolbert

    Producers: Jerome Dolbert, Daniel Dolbert, Arlette Gritti

    Country: Peru, USA

    Website: http://www.jeromedolbert.com/rainforests_are_under_threat/

     

    The Russian Woodpecker

    Synopsis: As his country is gripped by revolution and war, a Ukrainian victim of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster discovers a dark secret and must decide whether to risk his life and play his part in the revolution by revealing it.

    Director: Chad Gracia

    Producer: Chad Gracia

    Country: Ukraine/UK/USA

    Trailer: https://youtu.be/9rd4ARsbg_0

     

    The Search for Freedom

    Synopsis: The story of a cultural revolution grounded in embracing the moment and doing what makes us feel the most alive. Through the eyes of the pioneers and top practitioners of surfing, snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding, and more, we experience an uprising that has changed the face of recreation. We discover how an electrifying new world came about through pure energy and imagination and the infinite possibilities of self-expression available to anyone willing to drop in.

    Director: Jon Long

    Producer: Jon Long

    Country: Canada

    Stars: Tony Hawk, Kelly Slater, Nyjah Huston,  Kelia Moniz, Robbie Maddison, Annie Boulanger

    Website: http://thesearchforfreedom.com

     

    Warriors

    Synopsis:On the plains of Kenya, Maasai Warriors form a cricket team to fight harmful traditions such as FGM and gender inequality. The team embark on a journey to play a tournament in London, before returning home to confront their elders in an attempt to change their community.

    Director: Barney Douglas

    Producers: Barney Douglas, Michael Elson, James Anderson

    Country: United Kingdom

    Trailer:

    Website: http://www.warriorsfilm.co.uk

     

    Who Is Billy Bones?

    Synopsis: Billy Bones hitchhiked his way to Hollywood in 1973 in pursuit of his dream to become a musician. After securing a spot as lead singer of The Skulls -- arguably the first punk band in LA -- Bones became a figure at the forefront of the punk movement. Over 40 years later, he’s still in pursuit of that dream.

    Director: Kathy Kolla

    Producers: Drew Milford, Kathy Kolla, Rick Watson

    Country: USA

    Trailer: https://youtu.be/7iqN7uqxWHA


     

    TELEVISION

     

    Myrna - "You're Not Done Yet" (TV Pilot)

    Synopsis: After a successful career, an actor sacrifices everything when she transitions from male-to-female.

    Director: Ted Campbell

    Producer: Jennifer Fontaine, Marci Liroff, Heather Marie Piper, Kristin Beck, Christine D. Beatty, Ted Campbell, Marlo Bernier

    Premiere Status: World Premiere

    Country: United States

    Stars: Marlo Bernier, Jennifer Fontaine, Julie Carmen, Mark Atteberry, Candis Cayne, Paul McKinney, David Mattey, Deacon Ledges, Cristina Van Valkenberg Mattey, Marci Liroff, Geralyn Flood, Jeremy Gordon

     

    Syd

    Synopsis: About a black female soccer player from Canada who gets recruited to UCLA and then ends up being on the USA women’s soccer team. (She also scored the winning goal this year in the world cup)

    Director: Rena Mundo Croshere and Nadine Mundo

    Country: United States

     

    The Find: Season 2 Nicaragua

    Synopsis: In 2007 Dave and Morgan Hansow took a risk by moving their family to Uganda, where they adopted their daughter and started an organization that created sustainable jobs for over 100 African Families. Through their experiences, they have realized that it is normal people like them that are changing the world through risk and creativity.  Join the Hansow’s as they find and share the amazing stories of other individuals who are changing the world around them.

    Director: Jesse Schluntz

    Producer: Dave & Morgan Hansow

    Country: Nicaragua

     

    SHORT FILMS

     

    A Passion Of Gold And Fire

    Synopsis: A beekeeper shares his worries about the future of his apiary school.

    Director: Pins Sébastien

     

    Across Time I Cry

    Synopsis: A young, solitary woman receives a series of anonymous gifts and an invitation to attend a social gathering, which leads her into a dark, mysterious world.

    Director: Robertino Fonseca

     

    ʻĀINA: That Which Feeds Us

    Synopsis: ʻĀINA (pronounced "eye-nah") means, “that which feeds us” in the Hawaiian language. The film highlights a way to address some of the most pressing environmental and health crises facing the island of Kauai - and of island Earth.

    Director: Josh Thome, Dave Mossop

     

    Blame

    Synopsis: Haunted by a dead rape victim, a young father must decide to either delete the only evidence of the attack or turn in his only son to the police.

    Director: Kellee Terrell

     

    Blitz

    Synopsis: A father and son agree to a 'winner take all' blitz chess game in order to settle a bet.

    Director: Faraday Okoro

     

    Catching Fireflies

    Synopsis: A young Latina girl attempts to escape the rigors and misfortunes of living on skid row Los Angeles through the power of her mystical imagination while simultaneously trying to protect the bond with her addict mother.

    Director: Lee Whittaker

     

    Charlie's Supersonic Glider

    Synopsis: A look at the dynamic contrast between the very real, very brutal realities of hidden abuse, and the wondrous and beautiful world that exists within a little boy's imagination.

    Director: Kate Maberly

     

    Cold War

    Synopsis: A deserting USSR soldier fleeing to Alaska encounters who he believes is a Native American woman. Befriending her seems like his best option.

    Director: Richard Gray

     

    Crayons

    Synopsis: Two year old Jimmy, persists in drawing despite his father's restrictions. (partially animated)

    Director: Giovanna Sarquis

     

    The Dynamic Double Standard

    Synopsis: Zoey's first night as a superhero is nearly ruined when she's given a sexy and impractical uniform.

    Director: Luke Patton

     

    Family Unit

    Synopsis: A female inmate receives her husband for a three day conjugal visit on prison grounds.

    Director: Zach Marion

     

    Fragile Storm

    Synopsis: A scared young woman goes to extreme measures to escape the clutches of a terrifying older man only to realize the shocking truth about why she's there.

    Director: Dawn Fields

     

    Golden Shot

    Synopsis: Rusty machines living in their small houses imagine that the sun will come and take them to the sky someday. A small light keeps them alive and dreaming. But one of the machines wants to see the sun itself and he has a plan.  (animated)

    Director: Gokalp Gonen

     

    Goran

    Synopsis: The documentary, which began as an audio recording, soon became a chronicle of how Goran has overcome the stereotypes and obstacles associated with his condition while inspiring the same society that often considers his disease to carry the taint of inferiority and derangement. (BAD SYNOPSIS BUT FILM NOT ON IMDB)

    Director: Roberto Santaguida

     

    Hasta La Vista

    Synopsis: Andy, socially awkward and single, is sent into an emotional spiral after mistakenly offending a woman at a party.

    Directors: Matt Porter, Matt Kazman

     

    In His Shoes

    Synopsis: Chiddy Boy doesn’t speak. He doesn’t know what you are saying to him. When you don’t understand him he will throw himself on the floor and cry. He doesn’t play with toys. He doesn't understand them. His favorite thing in the world is shoes.

    Director: Agnieszka Rudnicka

     

    Indigo Grey: The Passage

    Synopsis: A young boy's discovery of a mysterious gas mask provides a glimpse into an alternate reality.

    Director: Sean Robinson

     

    Latiner

    Synopsis: Malena, a young woman form Argentina comes to New York to work as an actress, but she quickly realizes she is not "Latin" enough to play these roles -and that she has too much of an accent to play the "white" roles.

    Director: Ines Gowland

     

    Moto Borgatoro (on grid -- not on IMDB is this synopsis ok?)   

    Synopsis: "Moto Borgatoro" follows curmudgeon / savant mechanic Peter Boggia and the birth of his custom 1979 Moto Guzzi Le Mans.

    Director: Roberto Serrini

     

    My Pilot, My Whale

    Synopsis: After spending several months at sea with free-living dolphins, international expedition came up with the unique result; direct contact between two forms of intelligence is possible.

    Director: Alexander Gratovsky, Nicole Gratovsky

     

    Plastic

    Synopsis: Trapped in her own body, August's true self finally comes out and confronts her perfect yet plastic skin.

    Director: Stella Deng

     

    Pony

    Synopsis: Claudia, a hardworking single mom, has to go out of town on an important last minute business trip, forcing her to leave her 5 year old daughter, Miko with uncle Jeff, a rock musician in his 50's who is still running on fumes of his glory days.

    Director: Candice Carella

     

    Ron Taylor: Dr. Baseball

    Synopsis: The story of an 11-year major League pitcher, who after winning two world championships with the 1964 St. Louis Cardinals and the 1969 Miracle Mets, embarked on a USO tour through Vietnam that would change his life.

    Director: Drew Taylor

     

    Scraps

    Synopsis: One man's admission to doing something that generally draws a chuckle from others: Scrapbooking.

    Director: Dave Kamens

     

    Sketch

    Synopsis: A 12 year-old boy on the Autistic spectrum uses his special talents to survive on his own in an impoverished and dangerous neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York.

    Director: Stephen T. Barton

     

    Still A Rose

    Synopsis: Through the modern lens of equality, Romeo and Juliet change on screen. Illustrating equal love in unequaled prose; because Love, by any other name, is still Love.

    Director: Hazart

     

    The Art House

    Synopsis: Ginger Westray, a retired school teacher, uses her entire house as a canvas for her painting and sculpture.

    Director: Laura P. Valtorta

     

    The Birth of an Artist

    Synopsis: A short documentary about a disabled Ukrainian girl who, despite all the odds, lives the life of a prolific artist.

    Director: Natasha Babenko

     

    The Emissary

    Synopsis: An obsession with a young man who resembles her son leads Natalie Ray (Margo Martindale) to a surprise encounter with the stranger when he suddenly shows up at her New York City apartment.

    Director: Rudy Dobrev

     

    The Fallen Phoenix

    Synopsis: An established composer struggles to write a masterpiece that pleases both himself and his sponsor. (animated)

    Director: Gwen Barriac, Heather Larkin

     

    The Record Parlour

    Synopsis: In his mid-thirties and wrestling with what's really important in life, a man risks everything by quitting a job he's successful at to pursue something he's passionate about...owning a record store. But, bringing this childhood dream to life was never going to be easy.

    Director: Ryan Goble

     

    The Red Thunder

    Synopsis: A nerdy teenager steals her Mom’s car so that she can go out on a date with the boy she’s in love with.

    Director: Alvaro Ron

     

    The Song Of The Seashore

    Synopsis: A young Japanese soldier saves a Chinese woman from peril in wartime.

    Director: Long Yang

     

    Title

    Synopsis: A dinner date gone awry where the couple says what they mean, and mean what they say, literally.

    Director: Hazart

     

    Tomgirl

    Synopsis: Girls play with dolls and boys love sports, right? This film takes a look at what happens when those stereotypes are called into question.

    Director: Jeremy Asher Lynch

     

    Vanity

    Synopsis: A girl's preparation for a first date gets a bit... weird.

    Director: Arturo Perez Jr.

     

     

    Welcome

    Synopsis: The day her boyfriend plans to propose to her, Anna, a young New York-based Czech doctor is held at U.S. immigration after a humanitarian trip to Uganda.

    Directors: Diane Hodson, Jasmine Luoma

     

    Whispers Among Wolves

    Synopsis: Every Thursday, an alcoholic CEO and her long suffering PA sit down to business.

    Director: Kevin Lim

     


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    The 20th Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (SLGFF) will be held October 8–18 at the SIFF Cinema Egyptian, AMC Pacific Place and Northwest Film Forum. The opening night film will be FREEHELD, starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, and closing night will be OUT TO WIN, a documentary profiling LGBT athletes.

    Special guests include Former NFL player and UW Husky All-American Dave Kopay (in attendance for OUT TO WIN); Actor Colman Domingo and director Joe Graham (in attendance for the Centerpiece Gala screening of BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING); Actress Traci Dinwiddie (attending STUFF); Dreya Weber and Traci Dinwiddie (attending RAVEN’S TOUCH); and director Jim Hansen and star Jeffrey Self (YOU’RE KILLING ME).

    The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival is proud to announce the complete lineup for its 20th anniversary festival, taking place October 8–18. The festival is known for its glamorous parties and provocative collection of films from around the world that bring new and exciting stories of LGBTQ life to the big screen.


    This 2015 festival will include 54 features and 99 shorts representing 24 countries, including 8 US feature premieres, 12 Seattle feature premieres, 30 Northwest feature premieres, and a world premiere (CAPITOL HILL 2). In addition there will be two live performances, a special edition of Cineoke!, and a panel discussion on the subject “Emerging as an LGBTQ Filmmaker.”

    The program starts off with an opening night presentation of one of the most anticipated films of the year, FREEHELD, starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page. Other centerpiece screening highlights include BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING, an edgy and absorbing feature following 4 diverse gay men who navigate art, sex and love over the course of one night; the smart romantic comedy PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL MONOGAMIST, starring comedian Diane Flaks and and Sabrina Jalees (a writer on NBC’s CROWDED); and NASTY BABY, starring Kristin Wiig. Closing night will feature the powerful documentary OUT TO WIN, that profiles several athletes as they seek to stay true to themselves despite the pressure of their team and the public. Special guest (and former UW Husky) Dave Kopay will attend.

    “There’s so much to be proud of in the last 20 years of programming at the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.” says Kathleen Mullen, SLGFF Festival Director, “I’m so thrilled to add to that legacy with this year’s lineup, opening with a lesbian activist love story based on a true story, FREEHELD, followed by a diverse array of films for the 11 days of the Festival. This year I’m especially excited about the many countries that are represented. We have a movie from Kenya (STORIES OF OUR LIVES), India (MARGARITA WITH A STRAW), South Africa (WHILE YOU WEREN’T LOOKING), and Germany (WHERE ARE YOU GOING, HABIBI?).”

    Films with local connections include DRAG BECOMES HIM, a documentary about Seattle’s own Jinkx Monsoon, an internationally acclaimed performer; WINNING DAD, a drama/comedy about a young man who attempts to win over his partner’s homophobic father on a camping trip; RAVEN’S TOUCH, which stars Dreya Weber, known for her performances with Teatro Zinzanni; SYLVIA O’STAYFORMORE’S NIGHT WITH JACQUELINE, a burlesque retelling of VALLEY OF THE DOLLS with the beloved performer; CAPITOL HILL 2, the second season of the hilarious web series made into a feature by local Wes Hurley; and THE GLAMOUR & THE SQUALOR, the unflinching profile of famed Seattle disc jockey Marco Collins.

    On it’s 20th anniversary the festival is taking a strong look back at LGBTQ history: UPSTAIRS INFERNO is a documentary about a New Orleans gay bar that was deliberately set on fire in 1973, resulting in the death of 28 people. (Seattle historian Johnny Townsend is interviewed in the film.) HUSTLER WHITE is a classic in the queer film canon and has been newly remastered for its 20th anniversary. Made in 1996 by Bruce LaBruce and Rick Castro, the film is a satirical black comedy about gay hustlers and their customers in California. It was the closing night film at the first Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. THE CELLULOID CLOSET is a 1995 documentary that explores the historical contexts that gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders have occupied in cinema history. The popular Thrive @ Five series will continue this year with the theme KNOW YOUR HISTORY. All screenings are at 5pm for just $5. Titles include WE CAME TO SWEAT, the story of the oldest black-owned gay bar in New York; PACKED IN A TRUNK, a celebration of the long-buried talent of the painter Edith Lake Wilkinson; DESERT MIGRATION, a profile of long term HIV/AIDS survivors rebuilding their lives in Southern California's Coachella Valley; REEL IN THE CLOSET, a look at the personal home movies of LGBTQ communities; and WELCOME TO THIS HOUSE, a film by experimental filmmaker Barbara Hammer about the secret life and loves of poet Elizabeth Bishop.

    Other highlights include ADDICTED TO FRESNO, a highly anticipated film starring Judy Greer and Natasha Lyonne, the second collaboration between Lyonne and director Jamie Babbit after the 1999 cult hit BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER.  The documentary A GAY GIRL IN DAMASCUS: THE AMINA PROJECT is a surprising award-winning CATFISH-esque saga about a mysterious gay Syrian-American blogger. The lineup will also include a special festival edition of the long-running CINEOKE!, a monthly sing along event.

    “The festival­­--which first launched with a sold-­out presentation of short films and a flyer that said ‘Queer as a Three Dollar Bill Cinema’­­--aspired to bring the worldwide boom in queer filmmaking to Seattle’s LGBT community, and help the community see itself on screen,” says Three Dollar Bill Cinema Executive Director Jason Plourde. “Our mission today is the same: to showcase extraordinary and award-winning work relevant to the LGBT community, and to encourage members of this community from around the world to express their creativity and tell their stories through film and video.” 

    SLGFF supporters are also invited to a special pre-festival event at 12th Avenue Arts’ Pike/Pine Room on Tuesday, September 29 beginning at 7pm. Three Dollar Bill Cinema will screen the 1995 film BIG EDEN in honor of it’s 15th anniversary, and the festival’s 20th. SLGFF Festival Director Kathleen Mullen and Three Dollar Bill Cinema’s Executive Director Jason Plourde will be in attendance and will introduce the film.

    The 2015 Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival is produced by Three Dollar Bill Cinema.

    Festival Box Office with full program is now open at http://www.threedollarbillcinema.org/2015

    For press credentials, high-res images, to preview any films, or arrange interviews with guests please email Ryan Davis at ryan@smarthousecreative.com

    Festival artwork and a variety of images can be downloaded at http://www.threedollarbillcinema.org/2015/press.
     

     

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    GALAS

    Opening Night Gala
    FREEHELD (Director: Peter Sollett)
    Thursday, October 8 at 7:15 PM at SIFF Cinema Egyptian
    Closeted, decorated detective Laurel Hester (Oscar®-winning actress Julianne Moore, STILL ALICE) and young, out mechanic Stacie Andree (out-and-proud Ellen Page, JUNO) meet each other at a volleyball game and instantly click. When Laurel is diagnosed with cancer, she wants to make sure that Stacie will have her pension if the worst happens to her. This should be easy, but New Jersey county officials—called freeholders—stand in her way, doing everything in their power to prevent this. Never before activists, Laurel and Stacie suddenly find themselves on the front lines of the fight for equality by demanding survivor benefits for same-sex couples. A moving and inspiring true-life story, FREEHELD (based on the Oscar®- winning short documentary of the same name and with a screenplay by Ron Nyswaner, PHILADELPHIA) is not only a tender love story but also a pivotal case in the fight for justice and equality under the law.

    Closing Night Gala
    OUT TO WIN (Director: Malcolm Ingram)
    Sunday, October 18 at 6:30 PM at AMC Pacific Place
    This startling, unguarded statement opens OUT TO WIN by Malcolm Ingram (CONTINENTAL, SLGFF 2014; SMALL TOWN GAY BAR). For generations, LGBT athletes have achieved extraordinary feats, but homophobic fans, agents, leagues, and sports media created a culture of fear. Out of fear of rejection—and sometimes the economics of losing endorsements—gay athletes were reluctant to come out. OUT TO WIN traces modern LGBT history in sports through archival footage of events, sports media, and interviews of pioneers who have changed the landscape through their courage.

    Centerpiece Gala presented by Gay City
    BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING (Director: Joseph Graham)
    Sunday, October 11 at 7:30 PM at SIFF Cinema Egyptian
    Loosely based on writer-director Joseph Graham’s experiences in the ’90s, BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING weaves through the lives of four creative men during one night in the City of Brotherly Love. Brian, a poet with writer’s block and a penchant for being unlucky in love, manages to have a steamy sexual encounter with Jim, a hot young aspiring actor and dramatic muse for Drew (Colman Domingo, LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER, LINCOLN), a sculpted sculptor. Jim’s jealousy of Drew’s talent precipitates dangerous choices, which both inspire and infuriate Drew. Meanwhile, talent agent Bob cruises the streets in his big white limo playing both sugar daddy and knight in shining armor in a quest for his next stripling man-ingénue. They soon discover that their hollow, quick, dirty romps can’t mask their insecurities and failures.

    Centerpiece Gala presented by BECU
    PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL MONOGAMIST (Directors: Christina Zeidler & John Mitchell)
    Wednesday, October 14 at 7:00 PM at SIFF Cinema Egyptian
    No sooner has serial monogamist Elsie (brilliantly played by comedian Diane Flacks) coolly broken up with her performance-artist girlfriend Robyn than she is back on the prowl for her next relationship. However, her new love interest, Lolli (Vanessa Dunn, lead singer of Vag Halen)—an adventurous and sexy DJ by night and photographer and barista by day—does not seem too eager for commitment, and Elsie starts to wonder if she broke up with the love of her life. Featuring a catchy pop-punk soundtrack and an unforgettable cat funeral, PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL MONOGAMIST is a clever and fresh comedy offering thoughtful insight into romance, friendships, and growing up.

    Centerpiece Gala presented by Vulcan & Cinerama
    NASTY BABY (Director: Sebastien Silva)
    Friday, October 16 at 7:00 PM at AMC Pacific Place
    From Chilean director Sebastián Silva comes this dark dramedy that not only stunned audiences at this year’s Sundance Film Festival but also took home the distinguished Teddy Award for Best Feature at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival and the Best US Dramatic Feature award at Outfest 2015. Freddy (played by Silva himself) and Mo (“Tunde” Adebimpe), a genial gay couple in Brooklyn, have been attempting to get pregnant with their best friend Polly (Kristen Wiig) who eagerly wants to have a baby. Each member of this “modern family” approaches the world in a different manner: Freddy has a silly sensibility that leads him to create a project in which he acts like a baby, Mo provides balance in the relationship and fills their apartment with plants, and lighthearted Polly becomes earnest when it matters most. Probems arise when a troubled neighbor known only as “The Bishop” puts them all at wit’s end and events soon spiral out of control.

    FILMS WITH PARTIES
    DRAG BECOMES HIM (Director: Alex Berry)
    Friday, October 9 at 7:00pm at SIFF Cinema Egyptian
    In this frank, affectionate, and often-uproarious exposé, renowned Seattle drag performer Jinkx Monsoon tells all. It is the story of working-class boy Jerick Hoffer, who moved from small stages in Portland to Seattle to international acclaim. Influenced by his charming grandmother and encouraged by friends and family who saw a star in the making, Jinkx Monsoon was born. Jinkx takes her unique mix of Southern gentility and appreciation for tarnished glamour straight to the top of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Known locally for star turns in Hedwig and the gender-bending The Vaudevillians, Seattle’s hometown heroine—now a worldwide success—gives insight into what makes her a queen worthy of the crown.              
    Party to follow at St. John’s (719 E Pike St).         

    GIRLS SHORTS (Various directors)                      
    Saturday, October 10 at 2:15pm at SIFF Cinema Egyptian
    Settle in for laughs, tears, and everything in between. Travel to space, remember your first crush, sort out relationship issues, and take some pithy advice in this program of snappy shorts sure to be a crowd-pleaser.          
    Party to follow at Wildrose (1021 E Pike St).

    CAPITOL HILL 2 (Directed: Wes Hurley)
    Saturday, October 10 at 9:15pm at SIFF Cinema Egyptian                        
    From Wes Hurley—The Advocate’s 2015 Person to Watch—comes this big-screen, feature-length sequel to the acclaimed webseries CAPITOL HILL. Jinkx Monsoon gives an unforgettable performance as Celeste Dahl, a rich and powerful socialite bent on unraveling Roses Smell’s (Waxie Moon) happy new life in Seattle. Meanwhile, Dottie (Robbie Turner) dabbles in exorcism, Tanya (Alexandra Tavares) learns to embrace her dark side, George (Mark Siano) runs to unseat the mayor, and Dinky Pie (Jackie Hell) comes back to Seattle to wreak havoc. Guinevere Turner (The L Word, GO FISH), Jason Carter (RuPaul’s Drag Race), and Sarah Rudinoff (FALLEN JEWEL) join the cast, which also features other popular Seattle performers.
    Party to follow at Pettirosso (1101 E Pike St).


    DYKE HARD (Directed by: Bitte Andersson)
    Saturday, October 10 at 11:45pm at SIFF Cinema Egyptian
    Queer, Queer, QUEER! Bikers, gay sex, lesbian cyborgs—you name it, you’ve got it in the super fun DYKE HARD! Hit the road with a Swedish queer rock group, who are off in a Volvo to the big city to compete in a battle of the bands. But the misfit one-hit wonders must contend with a wild array of obstacles along the way, including ninjas, cyborgs, biker gangs, a Sapphic zombie, and an enigmatic billionaire hell-bent on keeping our girls from their destiny. Set in the 1980s, this colorful comedy owes a debt to John Waters and the B-movie spirit, blending laughs with sci-fi, horror, music, and just plain trashy fun. “Just get on the bike, dyke!”          
    Party to follow at Lost Lake (1505 10th Ave) with a Late Night Pancake Feed!

    YOU’RE KILLING ME (Directed by: Jim Hansen)
    Sunday, October 11 at 9:30pm at SIFF Cinema Egyptian
    Aspiring viral video star George (co-writer and YouTube star Jeffrey Self) is so narcissistic that he misses all the glaring signs that his gorgeous new boyfriend is a serial killer. Only when his comically shallow friends start disappearing one by one does George finally start realizing that Gretchen might not be coming back with crushed ice for his party. In this campy, shocking comedy-horror hybrid (mumblegore!), director Jim Hansen reveals the perils of incessant chatter. The supporting cast includes Drew Droege (of the Chloë webseries), Jack Plotnick, and a cameo by Mindy Cohn (TV’s Facts of Life).
    Party to follow at Pony (1221 E Madison St).

    SEED MONEY: THE CHUCK HOLMES STORY (Directed by: Michael Stabile)
    Monday, October 12 at 7:00pm at SIFF Cinema Egyptian
    Chuck Holmes, a San Francisco videographer who created Falcon Studios, single-handedly transformed the porn industry from back alley to mainstream, shaping how gay men saw themselves. He was also a founder of the Human Rights Campaign and Democratic fundraiser—but while his money was welcome, he often was not. This revealing documentary also features interviews with stars Jeff Stryker, Tom Chase, and Jim Bentley; Falcon directors Steven Scarborough, Chi Chi LaRue, and John Rutherford; and fans of the films, including John Waters and Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears.
    Party to follow at Purr (1518 11th Ave).

    WINNING DAD (Directed by: Arthur Allen)              
    Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00pm at SIFF Cinema Egyptian
    Colby and Rusty are two handsome men in love. The only hitch: his conservative family thinks Rusty is a straight potential business partner in need of funding. Having convinced Rusty to go on a weekend camping trip in the mountains of Washington State with his homophobic father, Colby backs out at the last minute. Things go awry in the wilderness when Rusty decides to tell all, revealing a bit more than either of them can handle. Each man must redefine his idea of family in this locally led drama that gets right to the heart of matters.
    Party to follow at Diesel (1413 14th Ave).

    SYLVIA O’STAYFORMORE’S NIGHT WITH JACQUELINE (Directed by: Sylvia O’Stayformore, Michael Anderson & Shane Wahlund)
    Thursday, October 15 at 9:15pm at Northwest Film Forum
    Sylvia O’Stayformore has joined her effervescent drag performance with the brilliance of Collide-O-Scope Video. Her first sold-out project, “Come Fly with Me,” was a huge success in Seattle earlier this year. Now Sylvia does it again with a full evening of Jackie Susann’s films—VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, LOVE MACHINE, and ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH—all mashed into one debaucherous event! Sylvia will be your love therapist as she guides you through these high-camp movies brimming with pill popping, booze drinking, and drag song- and-dance fun. Come in your best Pucci attire and sign up for prizes!                  
    Party at Retail Therapy (905 E Pike St) before screening.

    STUFF (Directed by: Suzanne Guacci)
    Saturday, October 17 at 7:30pm at AMC Pacific Place                       
    Together for 14 years, stay-at-home Deb and doctor Trisha have built a beautiful family but have drifted apart in the wake of Trisha’s crushing grief over her father’s death. After little Samantha gets in a tussle with a boy in daycare, enter his mom Jamie: edgy, tattooed, and keyring-on-belt sexy (Traci Dinwiddie, ELENA UNDONE). As Deb and Jamie find friendship in the shadow of broken relationships, a new desire emerges that shakes both their worlds. STUFF’s strong cast includes Phyllis Somerville (The Big C), who provides startling moments of poignancy and clarity in this story about love, loss, and the stuff of life that makes us stronger.   
    Party to follow at Gordon Biersch (600 Pine St, 4th Floor).

     

    SPECIAL GUESTS

    Please check website for additional guests as they are announced.


    Dave Kopay (attending Closing Night film OUT TO WIN on October 18)
    Dave Kopay made headlines in 1975 when he became the first NFL payer and one of the first professional athletes to come out. His autobiography, now in its fifth printing, was a New York Times best seller. He attended the University of Washington and as team co-captain led the Huskies to the PAC-10 conference title. He played for five NFL teams in his nine-year career, including the Detroit Lions, the Washington Redskins, the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers. Read more.

    Colman Domingo (attending Centerpiece Gala film BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING on October 11)
    Colman Domingo is an Olivier and Tony Award nominated actor, and GLAAD and Lucille Lortel Award winning playwright. He has worked with notable artists such as Steven Spielberg, Ava DuVernay, Salman Rushdie, Lee Daniels, Spike Lee, Nathan Lane, Megan Mulally, Common and Clarke Peters among others. He is known for his work in THE BUTLER, SELMA, and LINCOLN.
     
    Joseph Graham (attending Centerpiece Gala film BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING on October 11)
    Joe Graham is a writer and director, known for STRAPPED (2010), VANILLA (2004) and THE HORROR NETWORK VOL. 1 (2013).

    Traci Dinwiddie (attending RAVEN’S TOUCH on October 16 and STUFF on October 17)
    Alaska native Traci Dinwiddie is known for her work on THE NOTEBOOK (2004), MR. BROOKS (2007) and OPEN YOUR EYES (2008). A dynamic force on and off screen, she is also accomplished in West African drumming, Anusara Yoga, Trapeze / Aerialist training, and participates in myriad forms of community improv theater.

    Dreya Weber (attending RAVEN’S TOUCH on October 16)
    Actress, producer, and aerialist Dreya Weber is known for her work on THE GYMNAST (2006), A MARINE STORY (2010) and WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (2011). She is a regular performer with Seattle’s Teatro Zinzanni.

    Jim Hansen (attending with YOU’RE KILLING ME on October 11)
    Seattle native Jim Hansen is a film director, who has worked in many aspects of the film industry, including projects such as KILL BILL (Vols. 1 and 2) and SCARY MOVIE 2.
     
    Jeffrey Self (attending with YOU’RE KILLING ME on October 11)
    Jeffery Self is an actor and writer, known for JEFFREY & COLE CASSEROLE (2009) and GAY OF THRONES (2013).

    Christina Zeidler (attending with PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL MONOGAMIST on October 14)
    Christina Zeidler is a film and video artist with over thirty short film and video titles in distribution, which have shown internationally at festivals and appeared on television and the web.
     
    Stephen Cone (attending with HENRY GAMBLE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY on October 11)
    Stephen Cone is a Chicago-based filmmaker and actor. His film THE WISE KIDS  has screened at more than 50 festivals including SLGFF 2011.
     
    Barney Cheng (attending with BABY STEPS on October 17)
    Barney Cheng is an actor (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE III), director, writer and producer. His award-winning films have collectively screened in over 100 film festivals worldwide.
     
    Robert L. Camina (attending with Upstairs Inferno on October 17)
    Robert L. Camina is a director of multiple films including RAID OF THE RAINBOW LOUNGE, SLGFF 2013.



     

    SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS


    HUSTLER WHITE (Directed by: Bruce LaBruce & Rick Castro)
    Friday, October 9 at 11:45pm at SIFF Cinema Egyptian                   
    Sleaze-obsessed writer-photographer-filmmaker Bruce LaBruce’s most ambitious film (newly remastered) follows thrill-seeking Monti (Tony Ward, former underwear model and Madonna video star), a Santa Monica street hustler out for a day of adventure like few of us have expe- rienced. HUSTLER WHITE (SLGFF 1996) is a gritty exploration of the intertwined sex-work and porn industries, intended as homage to classic Hollywood filmmaking, with tongue firmly planted in cheek. LaBruce (RASPBERRY REICH, GERONTOPHILIA, SLGFF 2014) co-stars as Jurgen Anger, a German writer, who pays Monti to play LA tour guide and gets more than he bargained for. This fetish-fueled tale offers “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing up your butt.”


    THE CELLULOID CLOSET (Directed by Robert Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman)  
    Saturday, October 10 at 4:30pm at 12th Ave Arts, Pike/Pine Room
    For our 20th festival we are proud to present a landmark contribution to queer cinema—about queer cinema—on its 20th anniversary. Swishy stereotypes and surprisingly sophisticated gay characters were not uncommon in silent films and early talkies. Later, self-imposed industry censorship turned us into villains and jesters. Based on Vito Russo’s groundbreaking 1981 book and narrated by Lily Tomlin, this eye-opening documentary dazzles with hundreds of clips and revealing, star-studded interviews that examine nearly a century of LGBT representation on the silver screen.


    THE YEAR WE THOUGHT ABOUT LOVE - WITH REEL QUEER YOUTH
    Saturday, October 17 at 12:30 PM
    While many young people face pressure to fit in, the brave and charismatic youth of True Colors, a queer theater group in Boston, shine a spotlight on their dramatic lives and are applauded by their peers. They’ve addressed gun violence, coming out, first dates, parental rejections, college applications, taking hormones, and an act of terrorism that shook their world—but the most shocking may be been when they decided to talk about love. Onstage and off, we see our cast come of age through the power of performance.       

    Plays with REEL QUEER YOUTH shorts. Reel Queer Youth is a video production and media literacy training for LGBTQ youth and their allies ages 13-20.       

                  
     

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    About SLGFF
    Held annually in October since 1996, the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival has grown into the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, gaining industry and audience recognition for showcasing the latest and greatest in queer film, from major motion picture premieres to emerging talent. An important venue in the Seattle film scene—and the social event of the season—the festival provides unique opportunities for visiting and local filmmakers to engage and entertain over 10,000 attendees.

     

     
     
     


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    From September 23rd to 27th 2015 the Filmfestival Münster takes place for the 16th time and comes up with several German premieres and one European premiere at Cineplex. Three competitions in the feature and short film sections, carefully selected side programs, media art and photo exhibitions, a program for children and youngadolescents as well as a symposium addressing alternative ways of filmmaking and Films from the Countryside are part of the program.

     

    The oldest competitive festival in Westphalia, presented by the Filmwerkstatt Münster since 1981, has become firmly established within the festival scene over the last 34 years. Because of the warm and personal atmosphere and the closeness between filmmakers and the enthusiastic audience, it is held in high esteem. Special attention is turned to young talents – numerous filmmakers presented their early works at the Filmfestival Münster or won awards for the first time in their career here.

     

    In the European Feature Film Competition, eight feature films compete for the award for best directing (endowed with 5,000 Euro) which is awarded by an international jury. On September 23rd at07:00 pm the festival opens with the Norwegian competition entry “Out of Nature” by Ole Giæver, a preposterously melancholic tragicomedy, which has already caused a sensation at the Berlinale and won the Preis der Europa Cinemas.

    The British entry “Winter” by director Heidi Greensmith is the festival’s European premiere. This intense character study stars “Sons of Anarchy” actor Tommy Flanagan, Tom Payne (“The Physician”) and Stacy Martin (“Nymphomaniac”). The German premiere within the European Feature Film Competition has a similarly top-class cast: The ensemble drama “Ladygrey” is set in front of the majestically beautiful Drakensberg in South Africa and unites an international cast around Peter Sarsgaard, Jérémie Renier, Emily Mortimer and “Game of Thrones” actor Liam Cunningham.

    Furthermore, five of the eight entries in this section are debut films, among them the first feature films by Nikias Chryssos and Micah Magee, whose short films caused a sensation at past festivals in Münster.

     

    The traditional Short Film Competition has ever since the first festival addressed filmmakers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. A selecting committee chose the 37 most creative, unconventional and convincing works out of nearly 500 submissions, among them this year’s winner of the Students’ Oscar™, “Everything will be okay” by Patrick Vollrath, which is only one of several highlights.

     

    The section Focus NL, featuring contemporary films from the Netherlands, is unique in all of Germany and comes up with two further German premieres. One of them is the equally warmhearted and intriguing documentary “Hollywood Banker” about a seemingly inconspicuous financier from the Netherlands, without whose support international hits such as “Platoon” or “Dances with Wolves” could never have come into existence. The other German premiere is the psychological thriller “Sunny Side Up” starring the former jury member Egbert-Jan Weeber.

    Also, the Filmfestival Münster pays tribute to one of the most significant cinematographers in Europe: The Dutchman Robby Müller, who shot numerous films with Wim Wenders (“Paris, Texas”), Jim Jarmusch (“Dead Man”) or Lars von Trier (“Breaking the Waves”), is the guest of honor at the festival. Over the course of the festival, three films are screened exemplarily for Robby Müller’s complex career: Peter Lilienthal’s “Calm Prevails over the Country” (1975) as an example for Müller’s cooperation with directors of the New German Cinema, William Friedkin’s “To Live and Die in L.A.” (1985), which provides an insight into his US works from the ‘80s, and Michael Winterbottom’s “24 Hour Party People” (2002) as an example for his later European films. Furthermore, there will be a photo exhibition at the Foyer der Bezirksregierung at Domplatz Münster with polaroids of Robby Müller.

     

    The former section “Münster Connection” with films from the region has been expanded to the whole of Westphalia this year. Two music videos, shot and edited by Münsteran adolescents between 10 and 14 years over the course of two summer workshops as part of the Kulturrucksack program, are screened in this section as well. The Filmfestival Münster also shows two feature films for this young audience. The Brazilian animated movie “The Boy and the World” and the British coming-of-age drama “X + Y” are two award-winning films which provide the kids and teens with access to international film art.

    The new label “Nightwatch” comprises spectacular genre films such as Quentin Dupieux’s (“Rubber”, “Wrong”) newest cinematic trip “Reality” – an ironic title, that is for sure. Another film in this section is Dario Argento’s occult masterpiece “Suspiria” from 1977, screened for the first time as freshly restored HD-version.

     

    In the exhibition “and in the meantime a latte macchiato” at Kunsthalle Münster, young artists from North Rhine-Westphalia and the Netherlands present their latest positions on video and media art. The third international symposium “filmLab” concentrates on the connection between independent organizations film studios, which produce films on a low budget, host screenings, and impart film knowledge as well as DIY-culture. And finally, “Films from the Countryside”, presented by Filmservice Münster.Land and Cinema, take a documentary look at people and their stories far from the cultural centers, along the lines of “See, that’s what you look like – The countryside portrayed”.

     

     

    Background

    The Filmfestival Münster 2015 is presented by the Filmwerkstatt Münster. Sponsors are the Stadt Münster, the Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westphalen, the Film und Medien Stiftung NRW, the Kulturstiftung der Sparkasse Münster, and the Botschaft des Königsreichs der Niederlande. Media partners are the WDR Studio Münster and the Münstersche Zeitung. Cooperation partners are the Kuturrucksack NRW, the Kulturamt der Stadt Münster, the Münsterschen Filmtheater-Betriebe, the Kunsthalle Münster, the Filmservice Münster.Land, the Deutsche Lufthansa AG, the hotel Kaiserhof Münster, the Audi Zentrum Münster – Auto Krause and GUCC grafik & film.

     

    More information: www.filmfestival-muenster.de


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    FestForward Convergence is a one-of-a-kind interactive conference and networking event for music, film, food + wine + beer festival organizers.

    Addressing cutting-edge technology, sustainability, innovation, safety & collaboration, FestForward will close with "Best of the Fests," a festival award ceremony recognizing North America’s best festivals in game changing categories.

    Panels Include:

     

    Issues Facing Film Festivals

    Programming, sponsorship, staffing, audience and community awareness and festival logistics make the work of running a film festival an incredible, but rewarding challenge. Maintaining relevancy in a world where films are discovered in a multitude of ways and on many devices, as well as managing and planning for a long-term future in the ever changing landscape will be the focus of this panel.

    Hosted by Gary Rubin, Cohen Media Group

    Noah Cowan, San Francisco Film Society

    Liana Bender, California Film Institute

    Michal Wiesbrock, Santa Barbara Int’l FIlm Fest

     

    Film Festival Technology

    Festival technology for film festivals includes not only distribution and exhibition but methods for engaging new audiences. Our panel explores how to message in the digital world the ‘analogue” messaging that film festivals traditionally represent.

    Benjamin Oberman, Mousetrap Films

    Luke Archer, Cool Hand Look

    Ralph Echemendia, Red-E Digital

    Kimberley Browning, Hollywood Shorts Film Fest

     

    Now Screening - Film Festival Survival

    Running a fIlm festival can be a beast. They are hard to start, run and sustain but the rewards outweigh the challenges so we’re here to help. Learning from those that have already done the heavy lifting will help you understand the best practices to ensure success for your festival. Want to start a career in festival management? You’ve come to the right place too.

    Hosted by Stephen Nemeth, Rhino Films

    Noah Cowan, San Francisco Film Society

    Gary Meyer, Eat Drink Films

     

    Wine, Women & Song – Stepping out from Behind the Camera

    From icons as the beauty in The Woman in Red, the hilarious Sweeney Sister on SNL, and Fame’s talented triple threat Nicole Chapman, these women have worked in front of the camera for most of their lives. They are now focused on owning their careers on what matters most to them. Hear why Kelly wants us back in the kitchen, Nia has developed a holistic approach to life and Nora can’t stop making us laugh. Also hear from Academy Award Nominated Director Amy Berg (Deliver Us from Evil, West of Memphis, Every Secret Thing with Diane Lane) whose latest film project shines a light on the legendary Janis Joplin.

    Hosted by Jennice Fuentes, CEO Fuentes Strategies

    Kelly LeBrock, Actor

    Nia Peebles, Actor

    Nora Dunn, Actor

    Amy Berg, Filmmaker

     

    The Future of Festivals

    ​The last frontier of the “tribal gathering” according to Seth Godin is the festival. With expansion in every festival vertical under the sun, the death of the festival is greatly exaggerate. Let’s hear from our team of experts in food, wine, music & film about where we are heading in the industry.

    Hosted by Laurie Kirby, AboutFest

    Kevin Lyman, Vans Warped Tour

    David Alan Bernahl II CLM, Pebble Beach & Los Angeles Food & Wine Festivals

    Maureen Ford, Live Nation

    John Boyle, Insomniac

    TIFF (Invited)

     

    Music in Movies – And Now for Something Completely Different…

    Explore the digital world of movies and music. Whether you are a professional in film or music (or aspire to be) – come learn about the magic behind the music in movies such as Crash, The Illusionist, Butter, The Iron Lady, Silver Linings Playbook, Begin Again, Fantastic Four, and hundreds more.

    Hosted by Richard Glasser, Head of Music, The Weinstein Company

    Andrea von Foerster, Music Supervisor, Firestarter Music

    Aaron Zigman, Film Composer

     

    SponsorFest: Brought to you by Lesa Ukman and Delta Air Lines

    Delta will be awarding a sponsorship at FestForward valued at approximately $10,000. (value of travel certificates) to a festival or event that best embodies a strategic fit for Delta.

    Lesa Ukman, Futures Director, ESP Properties and co-founder of IEG, Inc. will inform attendees at FestForward how to participate and help them understand the best practices in sponsorship proposals and the sponsor industry.

     

    Advances in Festival Technology & Safety

    Mobile Apps, wireless technology, “wearable” technology, RFID, and other festival technology impacts the safety of the event, experience of the fan, the crew, vendors and the artist. Our goal is to bring you the latest and greatest to make your festival a “techcess.”

    Hosted by Ted Cohen, TAG Strategic & FestForward Technology Chairman

    Gillian Zettler, Charleston Wine + Food Festival

    Christophe Daligault, FireChat

    Steve Lemon, Event Safety Alliance

    Jeff Kreinik, Ticketfly

     

    SXSW's Past, Present and Future

    2016 will mark 30 years of SXSW. In 1994 they broadened their focus from a strictly music industry event to include interactive technology and film. Other events have adopted various elements of that same convergence approach to conferences and festivals, probably due in part to what they experienced at SXSW.

    Mike Shea, Executive Director of SXSW

     

    Convergence and Collaboration 2.0: Food, Wine, Film and Music

    What happens when the arts come together? ​How do festivals create an identity and an experience that can encompass the best of these disciplines? And how do they leverage their perceived value to maximize revenue? Where do we go from here?

    Robert Richards, Glastonbury Festival

    Gary Meyer, Eat Drink Films

    Devonie Nicholas, South Beach Wine & Food Fest

    Melissa Dickson, Fashion Meets Music Festival

    SuperFly Presents (Invited)

     

    Marketing to Millennials

    The conventional wisdom is that the holy grail is millennials, with buying power and influence for the next few decades. They are looking for authentic relationships with properties and brands. But what exactly does that mean?

    Amanda Slavin, CatalystCreativ

    Erika Williams, Life Is Beautiful

    Jacob Tell, Oniracom

     

    That’s The Ticket – The Art & Science of Ticketing Your Festival

    Ticketing can make or break your festival’s success. Pricing, delivery, authentication, access control and analytics are just a few of the considerations when selecting and working with a ticketing partner. Hear the latest in ticketing technology and preview the next generation of tools that will improve social chatter, increase revenues and streamline your event.

    Keith Goldberg, Vendini

    David Silbaugh, Summerfest

    Ben Raffi, Universe

    Jesse Lawrence, TiqIQ

    SFX (Invited)

     

    Sustainability - It’s an Authentic Problem

    ​Sustainability is the ability to sustain a behavior indefinitely. Our environment depends upon us to protect and preserve it for future generations. Let’s face it, festivals wreak environmental chaos. But it doesn’t need to be the case. Hear some case studies to prove just that.

    Hosted by Eric Stevens, OTW Safety – Official FestForward Safety Sponsor

    Kathleen Gasperini, Label Networks

    Patrice Williams, Going Green Film Festival

     

    Activating Sponsorships at a Festival

    When negotiating a sponsorship, all brands recognize the value of activation across many platforms. Festivals need to remain authentic while brands want to be heard. A marriage of convenience must exist for the success of the relationship. What steps must the festival take to ensure success? Our experts will provide some key takeaways. 

    Hosted by David Hazan, DLH Consulting

    Sam Elkin, C3 Presents

    Elana Leaf, Insomniac

    Robert Richards, Glastonbury Festival

    Midori Connolly, AVGirl Productions

     

    NetGain: Networking With Purpose & Prizes

    Review the feedback from any conference and you will consistently find that networking is the most important reason for attendance. So here's your chance! Bring your elevator pitch, business cards, and come ready to rumble.

    Facilitated by Stuart MacNaught, AboutFest

     

    Working with Charities: The Festival As Change Agent

    ​Organizers of film, music, food and wine festivals generally incorporate charities into their events in a variety of ways. The events are an organic environment to message audience with calls to action that effect change. Find out how these leaders are creating a lasting impression beyond the festival walls.

    Hosted by Andy Bernstein of HeadCount

    Margaret Martin of Harmony Project

    Justine Lucas, Global Citizen Festival

    Check out events such as:

    • One-to-one mentoring with festival luminaries

    • Networking events such as parties, breaks, cocktail hours

    • “Speed-networking” session

    • Festival bootcamp

    • Panels on everything festival-related

    • And more!

    Come meet leading producers, promoters and directors of Festivals such as:

    • SXSW

    • San Francisco International Film Festival

    • Bentonville Film Festival

    • Tribeca Film Festival (invited)

    • Toronto Film Festival (invited)

    • AFI (invited)

    • Mill Valley Film Festival

    • Santa Barbara International Film Festival

    • The Weinstein Company

    • Rhino Films

    • FilmFreeway

    • EatDrinkFilms

    • And more...

    FestForward is a three-day industry conference for festivals. Network with other film festival leaders and filmmakers who will discuss ways to improve your festival.

    Welcome Film Festivals!

    When: Sunday November 22 – Tuesday November 24, 2015

     

    Where: The Fess Parker Resort, Santa Barbara, CA. Check out our conference discount air & hotel. Click here to register now!

    Conference Highlights:

    • SponsorFest– where all festivals can compete to win a $10,000 Delta Air Lines Sponsorship (must be present to win)

    • Best practices for festivals

    • An exhibit hall with dozens of festival-related vendors

    • Fiesta Riviera wine & beer tasting party

    • Private concert by rock & roll hall of famer Dave Mason & after-party

    • “Best of The Fests” Awards Ceremony – Alice Cooper honoring talent manager & “SuperMensch” Shep Gordon and more 

    Nominate your event for "Best of The Fests!" (See rules

     


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    The Sacramento French Film festival
    Presents its
    2nd MINI FALL FRENCH FILM FEST

    Saturday, november 14, 2015 – CREST THEATRE

     

    PROGRAM

     

    §  Join the SFFF for a Fun Fall Day of French Films!

    §  Our 2nd Mini Fall French Film Fest will include four feature films.

    §  Complete program TBA.

     

    WHEN

     

    §  Saturday, November 14, 2015.

    §  All Day! We’ll start around Noon - Showtimes TBA.

     

    WHERE

     

    §  Crest Theatre – 1013 K Street - Downtown Sacramento

     

    WEBSITE & PHONE

     

    §  www.SacramentoFrenchFilmFestival.org

    §  (916) 455-9390 (SFFF) / (916) 476-3356 (Crest Theatre)

     

    TICKET PRICES

     

    §  Day Pass: $37  (includes $2 Crest Facility Fee)

    §  Single Ticket: $12/$11 (includes $0.75 Crest Facility Fee)

    §  Advance single tickets and day passes will be available for sale online on ticketfly.com (additional fees apply) and at the Crest Theatre Box Office. Single tickets and day passes will be for sale at the door.

     

    OTHER DETAILS

     

    §  Films are presented in French with English subtitles.

    §  No Host Bar!

     

     

    FOR MORE INFORMATION, PHOTOS & SCREENERS                                                       

     

    Cécile Mouette Downs (916) 455-9390 / Cell: (916) 396-9147

    littlececile@gmail.com


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    filmfestivals.com remains the key online partner of the Festival, showing the support to a festival doing a fantastic job for the genre and industry at large says Bruno Chatelin COO of filmfestivals.com

    The city of Porto is such a gem that filmmakers want to return each year with a new film, visitors want to return watch new films or decide to stay and enjoy the beauties of the city.


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  • 09/23/15--08:38: The conference Agenda
  • ​​​​Sunday November 22

    10:30-11:45 AM Registration & FestForward Convergence

    Exhibition Center opens: Grab a Mimosa- compliments of OneHope Wines and a wristband from Blink FX and visit each vendor for prizes!

     

    11:45 AM-Noon Fifteen Minutes of Game

    FestForward Co-founders Laurie & Stuart break the ice on the conference so you can dive right in.

     

    Main Session Room – Grand Ballroom

    12:00 Noon - 12:50 PM

    Opening Keynote

     

    12:50 PM – 1:30 Lunch

     

    1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    The Future of Festivals
    ​The last frontier of the “tribal gathering” according to Seth Godin is the festival. With expansion in every festival vertical under the sun, the death of the festival is greatly exaggerate. Let’s hear from our team of experts in food, wine, music & film about where we are heading in the industry.

     

    Hosted by Laurie Kirby, AboutFest
    Kevin Lyman, Vans Warped Tour
    David Alan Bernahl II CLM, Pebble Beach & Los Angeles Food & Wine Festivals
    Maureen Ford, Live Nation
    John Boyle, Insomniac
    TIFF (Invited)

     

    2:30 PM – 3:20 PM:
    ​NetGain: Networking With Purpose & Prizes

    Review the feedback from any conference and you will consistently find that networking is the most important reason for attendance. So here's your chance! Bring your elevator pitch, business cards, and come ready to rumble.

     

    Facilitated by Stuart MacNaught, AboutFest

     

    3:30 PM – 3:45 PM Networking Break

     

    3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

    SponsorFest: Brought to you by Lesa Ukman and Delta Air Lines.

    Delta will be awarding a sponsorship at FestForward valued at approximately $10,000. (value of travel certificates) to a festival or event that best embodies a strategic fit for Delta.

     

    Lesa Ukman, Futures Director, ESP Properties and co-founder of IEG, Inc. will inform attendees at FestForward how to participate and help them understand the best practices in sponsorship proposals and the sponsor industry.


    ​In addition, a Delta representative will speak to the audience about what they look for in a sponsorship proposal. Attendees will prepare a 3 page targeted sponsor proposal for Delta, with mentoring by Liana Bender, California Film Institute Development Director.


    ​Contest: All FestForward attendees at SponsorFest (except for corporate sponsors) are eligible to win.

     

    To enter: Attend FestForward and sign in at SponsorFest on Sunday November 22, 2015. Submit your 3-page proposal/deck by midnight November 22, 2015 to info@aboutfest.com. The Winner will be announced Tuesday morning before the Awards brunch.

    Sunday Festival Industry Bootcamp

    Festival Bootcamp - Reagan Room

     

    12:00 PM – 12:50 PM

    Turn Up the Heat: Food & Wine Festivals

    Since you can’t go to school to be a festival organizer, how do you know if you are on the right track? What checklist will you need for your budget, logistics, production, talent and operations?
    Learning from those that have already done the heavy lifting will help you understand the pitfalls, shortcuts, must-do’s and more to land a career or build a festival brand that will be successful for years to come! Come loaded with questions.

     

    Hosted by David Alan Bernahl, II CLM, Pebble Beach & Los Angeles Food & Wine Festivals
    Rebecca Robinson, Zinfandel Experience

     

    1:00 PM – 1:50 PM

    Music in Movies – And Now for Something Completely Different…

    Explore the digital world of movies and music. Whether you are a professional in film or music (or aspire to be) – come learn about the magic behind the music in movies such as Crash, The Illusionist, Butter, The Iron Lady, Silver Linings Playbook, Begin Again, Fantastic Four, and hundreds more.

     

    Hosted by Phil Gallo

    Richard Glasser, Head of Music, The Weinstein Company
    Andrea von Foerster, Music Supervisor, Firestarter Music
    Aaron Zigman, Film Composer

     

    2:00 PM – 2:50 PM

    FestForward Tech Hackathon: Final Four Hackathon Teams Pitch to the Judges

    The aim of the hackathon is to help shape the evolving festival industry by bringing business and tech talent together with festival producers, and through this brainstorming event, launch new ideas and solutions. The Hackathon which runs 24 hours – Saturday 11/21 11 AM thru 11/22 11 AM – will now have the “final four” teams present to the judges in order to win Delta tickets, Domino’s Pizza Gift cards and more!

     

    After the four pitches, while the judges deliberate, we will hear from:
    “CODE” Filmmaker Robin Reynolds on Females in
    Technology and
    Ralph “The Ethical Hacker” Echemendia on tech security
    issues everyone needs to know

     

    Award presented to winning team at conclusion of the session to the winning team.

     

    3:00 PM – 3:50 PM

    Now Screening - Film Festival Survival

    Running a fIlm festival can be a beast. They are hard to start, run and sustain but the rewards outweigh the challenges so we’re here to help. Learning from those that have already done the heavy lifting will help you understand the best practices to ensure success for your festival. Want to start a career in festival management? You’ve come to the right place too.

     

    Hosted by Stephen Nemeth, Rhino Films
    Noah Cowan, San Francisco Film Society
    Gary Meyer, Eat Drink Films

     

    4:00 PM – 4:50 PM

    Making Your Music Festival or Tour Sing
    The road to success in the music industry can be long and winding, frought with setbacks and challenges. Hear firsthand accounts from our distinguished panel about the vision, ingenuity and determination it takes to build a lasting brand in the live music industry.

     

    Hosted by Kevin Lyman, Vans Warped Tour
    Disco Donnie Estopinal, Disco Donnie Presents
    Chuck Randall, Tour Manager

    Come Help Us Set The American Riviera Afire!

    Plaza del Sol, Fess Parker Resort, Santa Barbara

     

    ​5:00 - 7:00 PM​ Wine Tasting/Beer Tasting/Cocktail Reception & more…

     

    6:00 - 7:00 PM Pasta & Salad Stations
     

    7:00 - 8:00 PM Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam Comes To A Rockin’ Halt at FestForward!

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    8:00 - 10:00 PM FireChat After Party 

     

    Monday Track 1

    Main Session: Grand Ballroom

     

    9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

    Advances in Festival Technology & Safety
    Mobile Apps, wireless technology, “wearable” technology, RFID, and other festival technology impacts the safety of the event, experience of the fan, the crew, vendors and the artist. Our goal is to bring you the latest and greatest to make your festival a “techcess.”

     

    Hosted by Ted Cohen, TAG Strategic &
    FestForward Technology Chairman
    Gillian Zettler, Charleston Wine + Food Festival
    Christophe Daligault, FireChat
    Steve Lemon, Event Safety Alliance
    Jeff Kreinik, Ticketfly

     

    10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

    SXSW's Past, Present and Future
    2016 will mark 30 years of SXSW. In 1994 they broadened their focus from a strictly music industry event to include interactive technology and film. Other events have adopted various elements of that same convergence approach to conferences and festivals, probably due in part to what they experienced at SXSW.

     

    Mike Shea, Executive Director of SXSW

    Interviewed by Phil Gallo

     

    10:50 AM - 11:50 AM

    Convergence and Collaboration 2.0: Food, Wine, Film and Music
    What happens when the arts come together?
    ​How do festivals create an identity and an experience that can encompass the best of these disciplines? And how do they leverage their perceived value to maximize revenue? Where do we go from here?

     

    Robert Richards, Glastonbury Festival
    Gary Meyer, Eat Drink Films
    Devonie Nicholas, South Beach Wine & Food Fest
    Melissa Dickson, Fashion Meets Music Festival
    SuperFly Presents (Invited)

     

    12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

    Social Media: Who’s Listening?

    The goal of social media is to engage, listen, and convert with increased attendance, ticket sales and great fan experiences. Different tools serve different functions. Are you using them to their greatest advantage? Listen & learn!

     

    Shana Fong, Eventbrite
    Mike Wald, Storywall
    Erika Williams, Life Is Beautiful
    Hannah Houser, AC Entertainment

     

    12:45 PM – 1:30 PM LUNCH

     

    1:30 PM – 2:20 PM

    That’s The Ticket – The Art & Science of Ticketing Your Festival

    Ticketing can make or break your festival’s success. Pricing, delivery, authentication, access control and analytics are just a few of the considerations when selecting and working with a ticketing partner. Hear the latest in ticketing technology and preview the next generation of tools that will improve social chatter, increase revenues and streamline your event.

     

    Keith Goldberg, Vendini
    David Silbaugh, Summerfest
    Ben Raffi, Universe
    Jesse Lawrence, TiqIQ
    SFX (Invited)

     

    2:30 PM – 3:20 PM

    Sustainability - It’s an Authentic Problem

    Sustainability is the ability to sustain a behavior indefinitely. Our environment depends upon us to protect and preserve it for future generations. Let’s face it, festivals wreak environmental chaos. But it doesn’t need to be the case. Hear some case studies to prove just that.

     

    Hosted by Eric Stevens, OTW Safety – Official FestForward Safety Sponsor
    Kathleen Gasperini, Label Networks
    Patrice Williams, Going Green Film Festival

     

    3:30 PM – 4:20 PM

    Working with Charities: The Festival As Change Agent

    Organizers of film, music, food and wine festivals generally incorporate charities into their events in a variety of ways. The events are an organic environment to message audience with calls to action that effect change. Find out how these
    leaders are creating a lasting impression beyond the festival walls.

     

    Hosted by Andy Bernstein of HeadCount
    Margaret Martin of Harmony Project
    Justine Lucas, Global Citizen Festival

     

    Monday track 2

    Salon Series – Reagan Room

     

    9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

    Film Festival Technology
    Festival technology for film festivals includes not only distribution and exhibition but methods for engaging new audiences. Our panel explores how to message in the digital world the ‘analogue” messaging that film festivals traditionally represent.

     

    Benjamin Oberman, Mousetrap Films
    Luke Archer, Cool Hand Look
    Ralph Echemendia, Red-E Digital
    Kimberley Browning, Hollywood Shorts Film Fest

     

    10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

    Issues Facing Food and Wine Festivals
    With so many food and wine festivals exploding on the scene, the stakes are higher. Ticket pricing, the cost of celebrity chefs, staffing, logistics, audience development & creating a unique experience are top of mind for organizers. We will converge those that have created high profile festivals to understand their view of the industry.

     

    Hosted By Philip Dobard, SoFab Institute
    David Alan Bernahl, II, CLM, Pebble Beach and Los
    Angeles Food & Wine Festivals
    Devonie Nicholas, South Beach Wine & Food Fest
    Austin Food & Wine (Invited)

     

     

    11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
    Issues Facing Film Festivals

    Programming, sponsorship, staffing, audience and community awareness and festival logistics make the work of running a film festival an incredible, but rewarding challenge. Maintaining relevancy in a world where films are discovered in a multitude of ways and on many devices, as well as managing and planning for a long-term future in the ever changing landscape will be the focus of this panel.

     

    Hosted by Gary Rubin, Cohen Media Group
    Noah Cowan, San Francisco Film Society
    Liana Bender, California Film Institute
    Michal Wiesbrock, Santa Barbara Int’l FIlm Fest

     

    12:00 Noon – 12:45 PM

    Issues Facing Music Festivals

    With massive rollups, media attention on drug use, overpriced talent & recent high profile festival failures, the challenges for festival promoters has never been greater. However, the discovery of music and fan experiences make festivals the most coveted and memorable way for audiences to consume music. These experts have experienced the ups and downs of
    the industry and will share where we are headed.

     

    David Silbaugh, Summerfest
    Elliott Lefko, Goldenvoice,
    Dave Norman, Tour Manager
    Maureen Ford, Live Nation
    Disco Donnie Estopinal, Disco Donnie Presents

     

    12:45 PM – 1:30 PM LUNCH

     

    1:30 PM – 2:20 PM

    Marketing to Millennials
    The conventional wisdom is that the holy grail is millennials, with buying power and influence for the next few decades. They are looking for authentic relationships with properties and brands. But what exactly does that mean?

     

    Amanda Slavin, CatalystCreativ
    Erika Williams, Life Is Beautiful
    Jacob Tell, Oniracom

     

    2:30 PM – 3:20 PM

    Activating Sponsorships at a Festival
    When negotiating a sponsorship, all brands recognize the value of activation across many platforms. Festivals need to remain authentic while brands want to be heard. A marriage of convenience must exist for the success of the relationship. What steps must the festival take to ensure success? Our experts will provide some key takeaways.
    Hosted by David Hazan, DLH Consulting

     

    Sam Elkin, C3 Presents
    Elana Leaf, Insomniac
    Robert Richards, Glastonbury Festival
    Midori Connolly, AVGirl Productions

     

    3:30 PM – 4:20 PM

    Maintaining Your Food & Wine Festival’s Identity

    With the rise of VIP ticket prices, celebrity chefs and the epicurean experience, food and wine festivals are feeling the pressure to succeed in a fiercely competitive space. That said, these leaders understand their market and work hard to provide the experience that keeps their loyal fans coming back
    while they build a new group of attendees to sustain their festivals.

     

    Gillian Zettler, Charleston Wine + Food Festival
    Rebecca Robinson, Zinfandel Experience 

    Main Session Room – Grand Ballroom

     

    4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
    Wine, Women & Song – Stepping out from Behind the Camera

    From icons as the beauty in The Woman in Red, the hilarious Sweeney Sister on SNL, and Fame’s talented triple threat Nicole Chapman, these women have worked in front of the camera for most of their lives. They are now focused on owning their careers on what matters most to them. Hear why Kelly wants us back in the kitchen, Nia has developed a holistic approach to life and Nora can’t stop making us laugh. Also hear from Academy Award Nominated Director Amy Berg (Deliver Us from Evil, West of Memphis, Every Secret Thing with Diane Lane) whose latest film project shines a light on the legendary Janis Joplin.

     

    Hosted by Jennice Fuentes, CEO Fuentes Strategies
    Kelly LeBrock, Actor
    Nia Peeples, Actor
    Nora Dunn, Actor
    Amy Berg, Filmmaker

     

    5:30 -6:30 PM
    Cocktail Reception in the Exhibit Hall

    Last chance to visit the Exhibit Hall and experience the latest and greatest.

     

    Evening on your own! Discover Santa Barbara – The American Riviera​

     

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     The Chelsea Film Festival is releasing the list of films that are selected for this year's Edition. Nineteen Feature-length films have been selected in the 2015 Official Lineup.

    Thirteen different countries are represented this year: Argentina, Belgium, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Morocco, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States.

    In light of this year's focus: "Women in Film and Media", we are proud to announce that the Official lineup includes a majority of titles directed (5), produced (8) and written (6) by Women.

    Fifteen Films are in competition for the Chelsea Film Festival Grand Prix.

    The Official List of Films is below, which also includes the Run Time, Genre, Country of Origin, Director(s), and Premiere Status.

    AROUND EVERY CORNER (2015)
    112 min | Drama | United States | NY Premiere
    By Joe Gawalis

    BEAST OF CARDO (2014)
    103 min | Drama | Dominican Republic | Special Selection/Out of Competition
    By Virginia Sanchez Navarro

    BEHIND SOME DARK CLOUD (2015)
    94 min | Drama, Romance | United States | World Premiere
    By Chelsea Kane

    BEYOND GLORY (2015) 
    78 min | War | United States | US Premiere
    By Larry Brand

    DAWN (2014)
    95 min | Drama, History, Thriller | Switzerland, UK, Germany, Israel | NY Premiere
    By Romed Wyder

    DAY RELEASE (2015)
    80 min | Action, Drama, Romance | Spain | NY Premiere
    By Geoffrey Cowper

    DRAWERS (2015)
    124 min | Drama, Family, Mystery | Turkey | US Premiere
    By Caner Alper & Mehmet Binay

    FLYTRAP (2015)
    80 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi | United States | US Premiere
    By Steve Berke

    FOR YOU WERE ONCE STRANGERS (2015)
    79 min | Documentary, Drama, News, War | United States, Israel | US Premiere
    By Ruth Berdah-Canet

    IMMINENT THREAT (2015)
    73 min | Documentary, War I United States | Special Selection/Out of Competition
    By Janek Ambros

    MARRY ME (2014)
    94 min | Comedy | Belgium | US Premiere
    By Kadir Balci

    ONYX (2015)
    76 min | Drama | Argentina | US Premiere
    By Nicolás Teté

    P.T.S.D Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (2015)
    72 min | Drama | United States | World Premiere
    By Cedric Godin

    SEMPER FIDEL (2014)
    81 min | Drama, Family | United States, Cuba, United Kingdom | US Premiere
    By Robert Pietri

    SOLITARY (2015) - OPENING FILM (Out of Competition)
    89 min | Drama | United States, United Kingdom | NY Premiere
    By Sasha Krane

    TAPIS ROUGE (2015)
    90 min | Drama | Switzerland, France | US Premiere
    By Kantarama Gahigiri & Frederic Baillif

    THE FIANCES OF IMILCHIL (2015)
    53 min | Docu-fiction | France, Morocco | US Premiere
    By Leandre-Alain Baker

    THE HISTORY OF KATHARINA WALSER (2015)
    Original Title: Das Deckelbad – Die Geschichte der Katharina Walser
    97 min | Drama | Switzerland | US Premiere
    By Kuno Bont

    VALLEY (2014) - CLOSING FILM (Out of Competition)
    Original Title: Emek
    86 min | Drama | Israel, France | US Premiere
    By Sophie Artus

    All feature film trailers and synopsis are available here: www.chelseafilm.org/2015-feature-lineup

    The 2015 Short Film lineup will be released soon.
      

    CFF was founded by actresses Ingrid & Sonia Jean-Baptiste to give voices to the unheard by providing a platform to independent films and discovering new talents.

    Chelsea Film Festival Board of Directors consists of renowned industry insiders: Paul Calderon, Elizabeth Kemp, Bruno Chatelin  and John Patrick Shanley and a few more.

    The Chelsea Film Festival program will highlight international feature-length, short films and documentaries from independent or emerging filmmakers. The Third Edition of the Chelsea Film Festival will focus on "Women in Film & Media", and will introduce foreign films to the public.

    As Ingrid Jean-Baptiste, Founder of The Chelsea Film Festival, stated: 

    “Making the World a Better Place by Giving a Voice to the Unheard”


    The Chelsea Film Festival (CFF) will hold its third edition in New York from October 15-18th, 2015 at the SVA Theatre, Katie Murphy Amphitheatre (FIT), David Dubinsky Student Center (FIT) and other locations in Manhattan. 

     

    Our Mission:
     

    The Chelsea Film Institute is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural organization that will help expose the underprivileged youth in Chelsea, NYC to the arts. Throughout the year, CFI will offer free Arts classes to these economically disadvantaged children.

    Chelsea Film Festival (CFF) is an international film festival, enlightening the work of emerging filmmakers, producers, and actors. It offers a wide range of films, such as shorts, documentaries, and feature-length pieces. It empowers the work of risk-taking storytellers and remains committed to its mission to discover and develop independent artists and audiences around the world.
     
    Connect with Chelsea Film Festival on our Social Media pages. 

     

     


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    Film Fest Gent released the entire programme of the 42nd Film Fest Gent today. From 13 until 24 October the festival will screen over 111 international and Belgium feature films. There's a focus on UK cinema, two film music concerts, panels and talks. Attending international guests include Colin Farrell, Hirokazu Koreeda, Pablo Larraín, Thomas Bidegain and Alan Silvestri.

    Info and tickets at www.filmfestival.be

    INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
    This year, thirteen films will compete in the Official Competition, which will be opened on Wednesday 14 October by 'The Lobster' in the presence of actor Colin Farell and director Yorgos Lanthimos. That same night, the festival also welcomes the Japanese grandmaster Hirokazu Koreeda ('Our Little Sister'). Furthermore directors Pablo Larraín ('El Club'), Thomas Bidegan ('Les Cowboys'), László Nemes ('Son of Saul') and John Maclean ('Slow West') will also present their films at the festival. The international jury members are Sir Alan Parker, Marjane Satrapi, Caroline Strubbe, Boyd Van Hoeij and Franco Lolli.

    FOCUS ON UK CINEMA
    After the focus on French cinema last year, the 42nd Film Fest Gent puts its spotlight on British films. The section UK Cinema includes a selection of 11 films that display the diversity of the current British cinema. Within this theme the classic 'Midnight Express' will be screened followed by a talk with director and jury president Sir Alan Parker. The concert Great British Film Music will be held on 22 October and will guide us through the rich heritage of British Cinema. Composers Craig Armstrong, Stephen Warbeck, Michael Nyman and Lifetime Achievement Award Winner George Fenton, will be attending.

    BELGIAN CINEMA TODAY
    Film Fest Gent presents the best and the strongest of Belgian cinema. The section includes the official opening film 'The Ardennes' by Robin Pront, 'Brak' by Laurent Van Lancker, the documentary 'Bobbejaan' by Benny Vandendriessche and Manu Riche's long-feature debut 'Problemski Hotel'. In the section Serial Madness, the last 4 episodes of the brand new series 'The Natives' (Bevergem) will be premiered at the festival. The second feature by Adil El Arbi en Bilall Fallah 'Black' is also included in the programma as well as two Belgian co-productions: 'Phantom Boy' and 'Les Cowboys' by Thomas Bidegain

    WORLD SOUNDTRACK AWARDS
    The festival will close on 24 October with the 15th World Soundtrack Awards Ceremony & Concert. Central guests are Alan Sivestri, Patrick Doyle and Daniel Pemberton. After the prestigious award ceremony, Brussels Philharmonic & Flemish Radio Choir, conducted by Dirk Brossé, will perform a selection of the oeuvre of these great composers. 


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