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  • 09/24/15--07:51: WILLiFEST Starts Tomorrow
  • WILLiFEST Kicks Off Tomorrow  and will  be celebrating the 7th year with a kick-off invitation only networking event this Thursday in Williamsburg which will be followed by the Opening Night Premiere at the Williamsburg Cinemas.

    This year WILLiFEST presents the premiere of director Maggie Surovell's drama The Last Pickup.

    Friday brings a full day and night of  screenings at two venues, Williamsburg Cinemas and new partner Videology, where our evening Filmmakers' Networking event will also take place at 8:30 pm.

    Saturday kicks off with a block of family films at Williamsburg Cinemas at 1:00 pm. Our annual Industry Panels, Writers' Lounge, presented by Center for Active Learning, will take place at Videology at 2:00 pm and a Filmmaker Panel will take place at WILLiFEST Central/Sandbox between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm. At 8:30 pm is our annual Networking After-Party, our highly anticipated bash that will be held once again at Barber Bart with vodka tastings provided by Balls Vodka. Saturday screenings at Williamsburg Cinemas also include our popular Student Film Competition featuring the best collegiate works from across the globe.

    Sunday brings our Closing Day event at 1:00 pm at Videology. This year we present a block of music-themed shorts. A live musical performance will follow the screenings. At 5:00 pm is our annual Awards Ceremony.

    Congratulations to all our 2015 Screenplay and Soundtrack Competition Winners.

    Tickets and passes for WILLiFEST 2015 are still available at Directions to all venues can be found on our website at We also have an interactive map available. The complete schedule can be seen at This year’s film line-up is at



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    8th annual Minneapolis Underground Film Festival will feature over 110 short films, and 14 feature length films to choose from.
    The official opening on Wednesday, October 7, will featuring three different MN Made short film selections, one at 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm and 7:15 pm featuring a Q&A after each screening. Our late night screening of “SNUFF” at 9:30 pm is celebrating the eight year local filmmakers Paul Von Stoetzel has screened with the M.U.F.F. Along with featuring over 30 MN Short Films on our opening day we will be featuring MN Made films throughout the festival. Some Short Film Selection highlights include:
    Irons in the Fire is a documentary about five under-privileged youth who changed their life through the help of creative organizations and mentors, starring George the Poet and narrated by Idris Elba. It screens before the American Premiere of The Sound Before the Fury by Martin Sarrazac a documentary about Archie Shepp revisiting his album Attica Blues while intervening the narrative of the Attica Prison Rebellion.
    Surreal B&W Shorts on Sunday, October 11 at 5:10pm  is a selection of like minded short films featuring Ferdinand Knapp by Andrea Baldini starring Dominique Pinon (Delicatessen & City of Lost Children) who blurs the lines between the films character and his own.
    Relationship Remix is a selection of short films that deal with various aspects of relationships and MN Made films that deal with love and loss. Screening Friday, October 9 at 6:00 pm. For those that question reality of love sci-fi films we recommend Reality Remix screening on the same day at 4pm.
    This years GLBT Short films feature a local documentary, Tom of Finland dolls that trigger buried desires, teens, handjobs, Cousin Wonderletter and world-renowned icon Buck Angel! GLBT Shorts screens Thursday, October 8 at 5:00 pm.
    For more information on the 2015 Minneapolis Underground Film Festival and to keep up to date on the upcoming festival or our year-round activities, visit us online at:
    Facebook: Mpls Underground Film Festival
    Twitter: @Mplsuff

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    CHEVALIER von Athina Rachel Tsangari

    exground filmfest starts on November 13, 2015 with the Greek entry CHEVALIER, a biting character sketch by Athina Rachel Tsangari. At 7 pm the first film of this year's country in focus Greece will have its Rhein/Main regional premiere at Wiesbaden Caligari FilmBühne.


    DAS BRANDNEUE TESTAMENT von Jaco van Dormaels

    THE FORBIDDEN ROOM von Guy Maddin


    It is following a group of six men and their absurd competitive game on a luxury yacht. Just like in her renowned feature film debut ATTENBERG (2010) Tsangari once again exactly observes human behavior, giving it a good tint of black humor.
    Next to director Yorgos Lanthimos (THE LOBSTER), with whom she shot several films (THE ALPS), like no one else she represents "New Greek Cinema". In this year's country in focus section exground filmfest presents 15 more feature length and short films from Greece.

    Strong Women at exground filmfest
    exground filmfest 28 not only starts with a female director's film, this year's program also presents a number of films on „strong women“. In BETI AND AMAR a young woman in 1936 Ethiopia flees Mussolini's troops and then has to deal with local militia, hunger and thirst, until creatures from another world come to her aid. Director Andy Sieges did his debut film on a shoestring budget and also created the first Ethiopian science fiction film.
    Another feature film debut leads us to VILLA TOUMA in Ramallah, where time seems to be standing still. There three unmarried sisters long for the times before the six day war more than 30 years ago and ignore reality around them, until their niece Badia shows up and breaks the dull routine. With psychological accuracy director Suha Arraf created an enthralling intimate play on the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian war.
    In the Swiss entry WHAT’S BETWEEN US (UNTER DER HAUT) after 18 years of marriage Alice is faced with her husband being more and more attracted by men. Claudia Lorenz stages the consequences for the whole family in unagitated, calm episodes, some sad, some bright.

    International Stars: Deneuve, Rampling, Garfield
    In Catherine Deneuve another strong woman will be presented in the program of exground filmfest 28. Jaco van Dormael's bizarre satire THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT weaves the thought experiment, that god is living with wife and children in Brussels and is a jerk. French cinema's grande dame embodies one of the apostles.
    The US indie drama 99 HOMES features Andrew Garfield (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) as young father fighting for his home, which gets him into a moral dilemma. In JUST JIM Emile Hirsch (PRINCE AVALANCHE, INTO THE WILD) takes teenager Jim under his wings, in order to finally make him a cool kid. Young director Craig Roberts also plays the main character. Guy Maddin's new film THE FORBIDDEN ROOM is a who's who of acting stars - Charlotte Rampling, Udo Kier, Geraldine Chaplin etc. In phantasmagorical sequences Maddin sends his audiences on a delightfully weird trip through film history, liberally using the silent film pool.

    Focus: Refugees and Crisis
    Another thematic focus in exground filmfest's program is refugees and crisis. Among the films are BETI AND AMAR as well as the Greek film RIVERBANKS by Panos Karkanevatos, telling a love story on the backdrop of the European refugee crisis. In BABAI ten year-old Nori sets out for the dangerous journey to Germany, where his father fled to without him from prewar Kosovo in the 1990s. Eventually the boy finds his father and confronts him. At the Munich film fest BABAI was awarded three German Film New Talent Awards.
    exground filmfest: November 13 – 22, 2015
    The complete program will be available from October 20, 2015  on



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    complete programme as well as the films in competition, jury members and events highlights of the 8th edition of CinEast (Central and Eastern European Film Festival in Luxembourg, 8-25 October 2015) have been published today on the festival’s website and can be downloaded via this link.



    The seven films in theofficial competition of CinEast 2015 are: Babai by Visar Morina, Body by Malgorzata Szumowska, Family Film by Olmo Omerzu, In the Crosswind by Martti Helde, Self-Portrait of a Dutiful Daughter by Ana Lungu, Son of Saul by László Nemes and The Cleaner by Peter Bebjak (more info here).


    The International Jury is composed of: Andrzej Zulawski (Polish film director, president), Ina Ivanceanu (Austrian film director), Alexandra Hoesdorff (Luxembourgish producer), Yann Tonnar (Luxembourgish director and producer) and Vicky Krieps (Luxembourgish actor). The newly introduced Press Jury, awarding the Critics’ Prize, is composed of film critics Thibaut Demeyer, Brigitte Lepage and Antonio Raul Reis. The Awards Ceremony will be held on 23 October.


    The CinEast 2015 festival will be held in a dozen venues across Luxembourg and will present 57 features and more than 40 short film from 18 CEE countries, about 20 guests, 4 concerts (including a live soundtrack), 2 DJ events, a large photography exhibition (“Urban Stories”), 2 debates (on immigration and urbanism), screenings for children, an evening dedicated to Andrzej Zulawski, a co-production workshop for film professionals and more.


    Among the special guests attending CinEast 2015: Želimir Žilnik (Serbian film director, Logbook Serbistan), Andrzej Zulawski (Cosmos, Possession), Ivaylo Hristov (Bulgarian director and actor, Losers), Andrea Sedláčková (Czech director, Fair Play), Andrzej Chyra (Polish actor, Carte Blanche, The Collector), Danijel Hočevar (Slovenian producer, Home), Julija Steponaityte (Lithuanian actor, The Summer of Sangaile), Martti Helde (Estonian director, In the Crosswind), Gábor Hörcher (Hungarian director and producer, Drifter) etc. 

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     Fantasporto 2016 36th edition February 26th - March 5th


    Submissions close December 5th 

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

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

    Fantasporto's blog IWebsite  I Submit I  Facebook I Twitter I Contact Mario Dorminsky



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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 I Website I Facebook I Twitter I 2015 Gala highlights I Past Awards I Submit

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    October 8-17, 2015


    Since 2006, October has belonged to the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival. 


    The festival that brought the DC area such films as THE BABADOOK, EXISTS, TUCKER AND DALE VS. EVIL, A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, HOUSEBOUND, and EXCISION–-holds its 10th annual event in Washington, D.C. from October 8-17 at the AFI Silver Theatre.  The Opening Night film is Sony Pictures’ THE FINAL GIRLS.

    As in past years, the Spooky Movie Festival showcases the best in new horror cinema from around the world, and again, the entire festival (more than 40 shorts and features) unspools at AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland.


    Also featured in this year’s festival is a special closing night event – the 40th anniversary screening of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW presented by drag performer, emcee, filmmaker, and actor, “Peaches Christ.” Expect two completely different screenings! The first will include a hysterical and passionate pre-show filled with songs and surprises, and a second will include an once-in-a-lifetime “shadowcast” performed by all-star performers from the Washington, D.C. area.


    Additional highlights of the festival include Henry Rollins in HE NEVER DIED, the Sundance hit “creature feature” THE HALLOW, the bloody and crazy NINA FOREVER, the best horror anthology of the year GERMAN ANGST, the award winning CRUSH THE SKULL, the unnervingly brilliant THE INVITATION, and the North American premiere of the horror comedy NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEB.

    Tickets are sold exclusively by the AFI Silver Theatre at the box office and online at or through


    Founded in 2006, the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival is Washington, D.C's only genre-based film festival. Recognized as one of D.C.'s premiere festival events, as well as "the world's premiere horror film festival" (; Fangoria Magazine), Spooky Fest works closely with our partners to offer year round screenings of feature and short films, in addition to our signature festival event every October.


    All Fest Pass

    The Spooky Movie All Fest Pass grants the bearer access to all screenings in the 2015 Spooky Movie Film Festival.  All Fest Passes can be purchased at AFI Silver online for just $80 (a savings of $136). After purchase, passes can be picked up at AFI Silver Theatre beginning Oct.8.


    Additional information on the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival can be found at


    Spooky Movie 2015 – Full Schedule


    Thursday, October 8 - Opening Night


    7:30 p.m.

    The Final Girls

    Max Cartwright (Taissa Farmiga), a high school senior, is mysteriously transported with her friends into a 1980s horror film that starred Max's mother, Amanda (Malin Akerman), a celebrated scream queen. Trapped inside the movie, Max finds herself reunited with her mom, who she lost in real life. Together with Max's friends, they must fend off the camp counselors' raging hormones, battle a deranged machete-wielding killer, and find a way to escape the movie and make it back home. For everyone who loved Tucker and Dale! "Genre enthusiasts will get a kick out of Todd Strauss-Schulson's creative homage to classic slasher movies, which respects familiar horror conventions while introducing a sly contemporary perspective." – Hollywood Reporter.

    DIR Todd Strauss-Schulson; SCR M.A. Fortin, Joshua John Miller. US, 2015, color, 88 min. RATED PG-13

    Preceded by:

    Knock Knock… On a dark, stormy night, a brave little boy decides to find out who is knocking on his door... his closet door, that is.  DIR Anthony Lund. US, 2015, 3 min.


    Mr. Dentonn On a cold winter night, Laura reads his brother David the story of a strange creature that attacks children  DIR Ivan Villamel Sanchez. Spain, 2014, 9 min.


    9:45 p.m.

    North American Premiere

    Night of the Living Deb

    Deb Clarington is a hardworking 30-year-old gal, not a stickler for hygiene and holding a terrible track record with men. That all changes when she wakes up on the Fourth of July in the apartment of the most attractive man she’s ever seen. An awkward walk of shame turns even uglier when they discover that most of the town has contracted a zombie virus overnight. In their fight for survival, they are forced back into each other’s arms! “There are some films that, upon viewing, you just can’t help but fall in love with…the most fun I’ve have with a zombie comedy since the first time I watched ‘Shaun of the Dead.’ 5 Stars!” –

    DIR/SCR Kyle Rankin. US, 2015, color, 85 min. NOT RATED

    Preceded by:

    Copycat In the summer of 1990, a teenage filmmaker successfully raises $100,000 to shoot a pioneering horror film. Twenty-five years later, he tells the story of a cult classic that never was.

    DIR Charlie Lyne. US, 2014, 8 min.


    Friday, October 9


    7:30 p.m.

    Crush the Skull

    Winner of the Nightfall Award at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival, Viet Nguyen's debut feature shows an adept, comic blend of old fashion slasher movie and home invasion flick themes, with a nice slather of slapstick. Two robbers (Katie Savoy and co-writer Chris Dinh), on their "last" job, end up involved in a caper beyond their limited misfit resources. Toss in a serial killer, a nasty gangster or two, a deserted estate (or is it?), the requisite gore, and a few nice twists, and you have a nice genre b(l)ending effort. "A wildly original and completely hilarious film, on par with TUCKER AND DALE VS. EVIL and SHAUN OF THE DEAD." — Icons of Fright

    DIR Viet Nguyen; SCR Chris Dinh, Viet Nguyen; PROD Aya Tanimura, Jimmy Tsai. US, 2015, color, 83 min. NOT RATED

    Preceded by:

    A Way Out For aging gangster Vic, a ride with his upstart protégé becomes a twisted game of cat and mouse when both killers discover the other has been keeping a deadly secret.

    DIR Jason Tostevin. US, 2015, 14 min.


    9:30 p.m.

    Nina Forever

    The Blaine Brothers, known for their award winning short films and sketches, have crafted a breakthrough debut feature which gives new meaning to the phrase "sexually aroused." What begins as a roll in the hay between wannabe paramedic Holly (Abigail Hardingham) and the depressed Rob (Cian Barry), a lost and angry soul since the death of his girlfriend Nina, evolves into an emotionally-driven bloody ménage-a-trois with a crazy WTF attitude. "… smart, sobering … darkly erotic … memorably disturbing moments of visceral creepiness." — The Horror Show

    DIR/SCR The Blaine Brothers (Ben Blaine, Chris Blaine); PROD Cassandra Sigsgaard. UK, 2015, color, 98 min. NOT RATED

    Preceded by:

    Glasshole In early 2015 Google announced it would be canceling its Google Glass wearable device, but did the true reason behind the products failure have more sinister undertones? This short horror comedy asks what REALLY killed Google Glass and addresses the potential supernatural dangers of wearable tech.

    DIR Jonathan Brooks. UK, 2015, 4 min.


    Saturday, October 10


    4:30 pm

    The Invitation

    Director Karyn Kusama trades in the demonic blood-splatter of JENNIFER'S BODY for a singularly creepy and uneasy night's tale centering on a tension-filled reunion between Will (Logan Marshall-Green) and his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard), at the Hollywood Hills home she shares with her new husband. The tragedy that split them apart is just the starting point for an insidious agenda that wreaks havoc on the guests. Prepare to have your nerves rattled. "The trip is compelling from frame one and proceeds with unerring unease right down to its perfectly judged, powerfully suggestive final shot." — Fangoria

    DIR Karyn Kusama; SCR Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi; PROD Martha Griffin, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi, Nick Spicer. US, 2015, color, 97 min. NOT RATED

    Preceded by:

    The Witching Hour When the clock strikes midnight... The Witching Hour begins.

    DIR Carl Firth. Australia, 2015, 9 min.


    7:00 p.m.

    He Never Died

    DC area native son Henry Rollins gives a career-topping performance here as Jack, a loner haunted by a violent past. Insulated from society, his refrigerator may be bare, but there's a hunger burning in him for a nice chunk of human meat. There's nothing like a grumpy cannibal served on wry to brighten up your day. This darkly comic effort from writer-director Jason Krawczyk is a well-polished, blood-soaked gem, blending a crime noir design, some fine on- and off-screen gore-feasting moments, and an unexpected family reunion. "Krawczyk has unquestionably struck the jackpot…an inspired, gruesome, violently funny and, at times, truly touching take on the subgenre." — Scream

    DIR/SCR Jason Krawczyk; PROD Zach Hagen, Adrienne Stern. US/Canada, 2015, color, 97 min. RATED R

    Preceded by:

    Night of the Slasher A 'shot-in-one-take' slasher film about a teenage girl who must commit horror movie sins by drinking alcohol, doing drugs, and having sex in order to lure a masked killer and defeat him.

    DIR Shant Hamassian. US, 2015, 11 min.


    9:30 pm

    The Hallow

    A sensation from this year’s Sundance film festival: deep within the darkness of secluded forest land in rural Ireland dwells an ancient evil. Feared by the nearby superstitious villagers as cursed creatures who prey upon the lost, their secrets have been kept from civilization and remain on their hallowed ground. But when a conservationist from London moves in with his wife and infant child in order to survey the land for future construction, his actions unwittingly disturb the horde of demonic forces. Alone in a remote wilderness, he must now ensure his family’s survival from their relentless attacks. “Visual artist Corin Hardy's arresting first film is an unabashed creature feature!” – Variety

    DIR/SRC Corin Hardy.US, 2015, color, 97 min.

    Preceded by:

    In Extremis is a short in the mold of classic British horror films of the 1960s and 70s. A night watchman is sent to guard the cellar of a museum by its mysterious curator. But once alone in these vaults he starts to hear something... 

    DIR Gregory Crosbie. UK, 2015, 14 min.


    Sunday, October 11


    4:00 pm

    Spooky Shorts Block 1

    ·               Knob Goblins - On his last day of being institutionalized, a young man is allowed to return to his childhood home in hopes of proving that there's no such thing as a demonic creature that bites your penis off. From Spooky Movie alum Christopher Moore. DIR Christopher G. Moore. US, 2015, 11 min.

    ·               Point of View - A tired coroner is stalked by the living dead - but only when she isn't looking! DIR Justin Harding. Canada, 2015, 8 min.

    ·               Lifeline -  When an enigmatic traveler with an unusual lifeline pays a visit to Madame Golorio's psychic parlor, the ailing palm reader is compelled to take the future into her own hands. DIR Jeffery Wang. US, 2015, 18 min.

    ·               Shi - An ordinary day starts horribly for the character when he receives some bad news. It changes his life right away. Everything would go wrong from that moment on. DIR Pablo Absento. Japan, 2015, 8 min.

    ·               Medium Rare -  A paranoid woman who has traumatic childhood experience, meets her sister, the source of her misery, which causes a brutal family murder. DIR Xuanyi Solax Zhu. US, 2015, 6 min.

    ·               Don't Let Them In - Dan Metzger, a struggling author, consumed with the urban legend of the Black Eyed Kids, fears his obsession has led their evil to his door. DIR David Lawrence. US, 2015, 13 min.

    ·               Son - A sheltered kid cons his way into a sick day. Left alone for the first time, he stumbles upon a sinister family secret. DIR Judd Myers. US, 2014, 14 min.

    ·               Demon Garden - An ambitious gangster calls upon supernatural forces to advance his career. But in the Demon Garden nothing is what it seems. DIR Michael Granberry. US, 2015, 12 min.


    6:00 pm

    Spooky Shorts Block 2

    ·               Hipster Cannibal - Some cannibals have discerning tastes. DIR C.J. Arellano. US, 2015, 4 min.

    ·               The Peripheral - When a patient, Kenny, shows up at her home unexpectedly, Dr. Joanna Redding attempts to help him overcome his 'irrational' phobia of the creatures that he sees in his peripheral vision. From J.T. Seaton, who first blew us away in 2009 with his wonderful feature GEORGE'S INTERVENTION. DIR J.T. Seaton. US, 2015, 11 min.

    ·               Bump in the Night -  The story of the boy who cried wolf meets invasion of the body snatchers. DIR Maru Buendia-Senties. US, 2015, 3min.

    ·               Pyramids Hostel - A group of Egyptian and French tourists is stopping by a hostel. Although the host is present, the place seems inhabited. In his walls, he's hiding a terrible secret. When the night comes, the houses rises. The nightmare can finally start... DIR Thierry Iledo. Egypt, 2015, 19 min.

    ·               The Blue Rhino vs. The Dragonfish – We’ve lost track on the number of films Adam Bradley has had in the festival since the first fest in 2006. You would think we would have learned our lesson. DIR Adam Bradley. US, 2015, 3 min.

    ·               The Watcher - A troubled young man searches for peace of mind as a naked, armed, masked man searches for him. DIR Nicholas Bartlett. US, 2015, 27 min.

    ·               Telephone - Lucy gives her eight-year-old daughter Dani a toy telephone made from two tin cans and a string. However, when they move into a new house and Dani goes missing, a much more sinister voice begins to echo out of the telephone. DIR Nathan Hoffman. US, 2015, 9 min.

    ·               What’s Eating Dad? - When Chloe meets her boyfriend's parents for the first time, what's really for dinner is something she never imagined. In the vein of 'Meet the Parents' meets 'Shaun of the Dead,' DIR Michael Goldburg. US, 2015, 11 min.

    ·               El Aura Azul - A strange day at the pool in the mountains of Medellin, Colombia turns horrifying when something unexpected follows Sasha home. DIR Andy Harbeck. US, 2015, 8 min.


    8:00 pm


    The film so shocking, ambulances and paramedics were called during its world premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival this summer! While on her bachelorette party getaway, Casey, the bride to be, gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect. After returning home with cold feet, Casey tries to call off her wedding but before she’s able to, she starts exhibiting insect-like traits. Between her physical transformation and her wedding anxiety, Casey succumbs to her new instincts and begins creating a hive that not only houses her translucent eggs, but feeds on the flesh of others. As her transformation becomes complete, Casey discovers that everything can change in a single bite. “Fun, gory visuals and an increasingly affecting lead performance leave us craving more!” – Film School Rejects

    DIR/SCR Chad Archibald; Canada, 2015, color, 90 min. NOT RATED - NO ONE UNDER 17 WILL BE ADMITTED.

    Preceded by:

    Neighbors - Hidden within the closed doors of a normal apartment building is a horrific secret. DIR Brandon Boudreaux. US, 2015, 11 min. and

    The Head Collector - Those who sin must be saved from their sins. DIR Joseph D'Urso. US, 2015, 18 min


    Monday, October 12


    7:10 p.m.

    Valley of the Sasquatch

    After losing their home following a devastating tragedy, a father (Jason Vail) and son (Michael Joris-Peyrafitte) are forced to move to an old family cabin out in the woods. Their fractured relationship is complicated when two old friends arrive for a weekend of hunting. This trip into the forest will unearth not only buried feelings of guilt and betrayal, but also a tribe of Sasquatch that are determined to protect their land. John Portanova's feature directorial debut sports a great indie cast (including Bill Oberst, Jr.!), excellent Bigfoot action, and horrors from all directions. "… a riveting, top-notch creature feature that hits the bull's-eye in nearly every category." — Horror Society

    DIR/SCR John Portanova; PROD Matt Medisch, Brent Stiefel. US, 2015, color, 92 min. NOT RATED


    Tuesday, October 13


    7:10 p.m.


    Post Screening Q&A with filmmakers Mahsa Ghorbankarimi, Alexander Gorelick


    For a while, everything's fine for Mahsa and Alexander, young working parents living with their 7-year-old daughter, Mina, in a high rise apartment. Snippets of their lives whiz by. But their normal-looking veneer peels away, slowly, then violently. An unexplained house guest arrives, accompanied by ghostly, ominous events. What exhausting nightmares are lurking in the darkness and disrupting this family's crumbling sanity? This slow boil scream fest features an actual family—Mahsa and Alexander (yes, Mina's their daughter) put this whole thing together: producing, directing, writing, editing. Home grown invasive horror with more than a few unsettling didn't-see-that-coming surprises.

    DIR/SCR/PROD Mahsa Ghorbankarimi, Alexander Gorelick. Canada, 2015, color, 89 min. NOT RATED


    Wednesday, October 14


    7:10 p.m.

    Killer Rack

    Post screening Q&A with Gregory Lamberson and Paul McGinnis

    Blaming her physique for her unhappiness, Betty Downer (Jessica Zwolak) seeks breast enhancement surgery from Dr. Cate Thulu (Debbie Rochon). The operation is a success, but the patient discovers her new assets are man-eating monsters hell bent on global domination - and only she can stop them. So, direct from Buffalo, New York comes this screwball romp! Chock full of nuts and lunatics and a special appearance by Troma Entertainment's Lloyd Kaufman (just in case you couldn't figure out the film's Z-movie attitude).

    DIR Gregory Lamberson; SCR Paul McGinnis; PROD Rod Durick, Michael Gesel, Gregory Lamberson, John Maclay, Marc Makowski, Paul McGinnis. US, 2015, color, 98 min. NOT RATED - NO ONE UNDER 17 WILL BE ADMITTED


    Thursday, October 15


    7:10 p.m.

    Circus of the Dead

    Bill Oberst, Jr.'s Papa Corn is one of the most sadistic clowns you'll ever see on the big screen. When his circus comes to a small West Texas town, poor Donald Johnson (Parrish Randall) finds his family under attack from Papa and his gang of nihilistic clowns. From Spooky Fest alum Billy Pon (DOLL BOY, MISTER FISTER), CIRCUS OF THE DEAD does for clowns what JAWS did for sharks. You'll never walk into the big top (without adequate protection) again! "(Director Billy) Pon has gifted genre fans with a masterfully crafted exemplary work of independent horror cinema, successfully gaping open that fine line between morality and the basest animalistic instinct inside each of us." — Fangoria

    DIR Billy Pon; SCR Lee Ankrum, Billy Pon; PROD Aaron Ray Ballard, Melissa Land. US, 2014, color, 105 min. NOT RATED


    Friday, October 16


    7:10 p.m.

    They Look Like People

    Winner of a slew of awards at Slamdance and other fests, here's a genre-bending psychological tale of love, loyalty, and living nightmares. Suspecting that those around him are actually malevolent shape-shifters, Wyatt (MacLeod Andrews) flees to New York City to seek out his estranged childhood friend Christian (Evan Dumouchel). As the mysterious horrors close in on Wyatt, he questions whether to protect his only friend from an impending war, or from himself. An incredibly well scripted and directed first feature from Perry Blackshear, who also co-produced, edited, and shot it. "It boggles my mind that the slight movement of someone’s jaw, a bottle of sulfuric acid and a nail gun combine for the most terrifying film I’ve seen this decade." — Slug Magazine

    DIR/SCR Perry Blackshear; PROD Kimberly Parker, Perry Blackshear. US, 2015, color, 80 min. NOT RATED

    Preceded by:

    Invaders A pair of home invaders consider their potential character choices just prior to their planned invasion.

    DIR Jason Kupfer. US, 2015, 6 min


    9:00 p.m.

    German Angst

    Introduced by producer Eli Savada

    Partnering with Jörg Buttgereit (NEKROMANTIK) and Andreas Marschall, Spooky Movie alum Michal Kosakowski (ZERO KILLED, from the 2012 Fest) is back with a disturbing collection of three tales of love, sex, and death in Berlin. A calculated slashing is the centerpiece of FINAL GIRL, about a young girl victimized by years of abuse. MAKE A WISH explores xenophobia via torture-laden role reversals between victim and perpetrator. ALRAUNE harkens back to the early days of German expressionism, showcasing a too-adventurous photographer caught up in erotic nightmare over-stimulated by the pleasure-inducing mandrake root. Fresh of its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest."A striking horror statement that proves that Germany horror is alive and kicking." — Horror Movie Diary

    DIR Jörg Buttgereit, Michal Kosakowski, Andreas Marschall; SCR Jörg Buttgereit, Goran Mimica, Andreas Marschall; PROD Michal Kosakowski. Germany, 2015, color, 112 min. NOT RATED

    Preceded by:

    Iris A hitman uses his smart phone to aid in burying a dead body. DIR Richard Karpala. UK, 2015, 10 min.


    Saturday, October 17 - Closing Night


    Peaches Christ presents the 40th Anniversary Screening of

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show


    Underground drag performer, emcee, filmmaker, and actor, Peaches Christ (who was last seen at the AFI Silver with her wonderful horror comedy, ALL ABOUT EVIL) returns to the AFI Silver Theatre to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the legendary cult musical THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW with two very different shows that will close out the 10th annual Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival.


    9:00 pm – TRHPS with special Peach Christ produced pre-show.

    Midnight – TRHPS with DC All Star Shadowcast, introduced by Peaches Christ.


    Recently engaged Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) stumble upon a castle in the middle of the night that is definitely not a hunting lodge for “rich weirdos.” A jump to the left and a step to the right later, and before they know it Brad and Janet find themselves as guests of Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry). The sweetest of sweet transvestites, Frank N. Furter does his best to make them shiver with anticipation at what he has in store for everyone at the Annual Transylvanian Convention. A satirical tribute to classic science fiction and horror B movies, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is the longest-running theatrical release in film history. Starring Curry, Sarandon, Bostwick, Meatloaf, Patricia Quinn, “Little” Nell Campbell, and filmmaker Richard O’Brien, ROCKY HORROR has become more than just a movie. For generations of fans young and old, the weekly experience has been a beacon and a touchstone, and for many, a way of life.


    Expect two completely different screenings! The first will include a hysterical and passionate pre-show filled with songs and surprises, and a second will include a once-in-a-lifetime “shadowcast” performed by all-star performers from the Washington, D.C. area. Come for one, or come for both! Virgins are always welcome!

    DIR/SCR Jim Sharman; SCR Jim Sharman, Richard O'Brien. UK/US, 1975, color, 100 min. RATED R



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    Montreal at TIFF 2016 - Programming Animated short and long films


    Animaze director Laurie Gordon and programmer Martin Petrov at TIFF 2016 party for "Sky" with Diana Kruger.

    Looking for new and exciting shorts and features is not so simple. Film festivals dedicate solely to animation are few. So seeking

    animation at all festivals i therefore even more important since many animation producers have limited choice and smaller wndows to 

    get their films out on the festival circuit. Getting animation lost in live action films lineup is an art of skill and chance- seek and thou shall find.

    Festival director Laurie Gordon and Rebekah Louisa Smith who represented Bird in a Cage and premiered at Animaze meet again at TIFF 2016 in the UK Film HQ's. Bird in a Cage also based on the story of the just released Suffragette feature live action starring Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter and Carey Mulligan


    The Montreal International Animation Film Festival submissions are open. We are excited to announce the opening of our festival submissions for 2016. Festival dates are June 2-5 2016 in Montreal Canada a working together again with our favourite festival partner!

    All forms and genres short and long submissions are welcome including live action with more than 30% VFX.

    Film selections are wide open and all topics are welcome including fantasy to documentary, children to adult theme. 

    We will soon be announcing our 2016 guest lineup and industry and co-production conference. Focus on independent distribution, working in animation today and a few animation superstars will get the ball bouncing high and might far and wide!

    Also we are accepting submissions to our poster design 2016  contest! Lookout for an upcomign announcement here. 


    Animaze director Laurie Gordon and fellow Momtrealer producer Paul Cadieux  of the feature Triplets of Belleville 


    ANy festival is a hunting groudn for great films. ANimation film is harder to come by especially at festivals which are typically dedicated to live action such as Cannes Berlin or TIFF. So our jobs is to seek out hte hidden gems ask questions and keep an open mind and an open eye. 


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    • LA OMISIÓN / THE OMISSION directed by Sebastián Schjaer and produced by Trapecio Cine (Argentina – Germany – France)



    • MEMORIAS DEL CALABOZO directed by Álvaro Brechner and Tornasol Films (Spain - Uruguay)



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    Creative Europe MEDIA, San Sebastian 2016 and the Film Festival will collaborate on a programme of activities on Developing New Audiences


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    During 2016 Creative Europe Media will start collaborating with San Sebastian 2016, European Capital of Culture, and the San Sebastian International Film Festival, with the objective of developing new audiences in the digital era. This field is of enormous importance for San Sebastian 2016, given that it is one of the motors of its cultural programme, and for the Film Festival, which has promoted several initiatives to attract young audiences and open up to new forms of audiovisual creation.

    The initiative is framed within the European Film Forum, a platform created by the European Commission to articulate a dialogue with the audiovisual sector on strategic questions. The Cultural and Creative industries, in particular cinema and audiovisual media, are among Europe’s most precious assets. They promote our cultural and linguistic diversity, and are also an impressive driver of economic growth. The Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy aims to improve access to creative content and reach out new audiences.

    Donostia/San Sebastian, with all the different cultural initiatives being present in San Sebastian 2016, is the perfect place to engage in a dialogue on audience development as a driver for a more creative and diverse Europe.


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    Ayuntamiento de San SebastiánDiputación de GipuzcoaGobierno VascoMinisterio de cultura, educación y deporte

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    Myrtle Beach International Film Festival. Ranked one of the top 25 film festivals in the World worth the submission by Movie Maker Magazine. Ranked one of the best by Film International. MBIFF billed as "The East Coast's answer to the Sundance Film Festival" is in the call for entry stage which will end January 1st 2016. The 11th annual MBIFF will take place April 20th - 23rd 2016.   

    This marks the 11th year for the Myrtle Beach International Film Festival. The MBIFF has continued to grow every year. We are open to all genres, and believe in the independent spirit of film . MBIFF also has a budget category, so a film with a 10 thousand dollar budget does not compete against a project with a 10 million dollar budget (with the exception of the overall winner). Selected by Movie as Maker Magazine one of the top 25 film festivals worth the submission, one of the top festivals in the world by Film International, and touted by many as one of the most important indendepent film festivals in the festival circuit . We are passionate about film and it shows!

    We have selected what we feel to be the most diverse panel in the film festival circuit. From professionals to film makers, liberals to conservatives. If a panel member has a problem with the content it will be placed with a panel member that does not find a problem with content. We are looking for projects that have, a vision, a story, and are done with passion.

    The MBIFF screens projects in a multi-million dollar theater, housing state of the art technology.

    We look forward to viewing your film /project!


    Submit your work now !


    Rules and regulations:

    Films must be submitted on DVD or Blu-ray disc.
    Only complete entries (including fee payment and DVD/Blu-ray screener) will be considered.
    Entrants are permitted to submit works-in-progress (i.e., without final color correction or sound mixing), but please note that the programming committee will only consider the version submitted. Subsequent cuts or replacement copies will only be accepted at the request of the programming committee.
    Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry. 

    We are open to all genres and do not judge on content, only quality. MBIFF also has a budget category, so a film with a 10 thousand dollar budget does not compete against a project with a 10 million dollar budget (with the exception of the overall winner).

    This year's categories will be:

    30 minutes of less
    31 to 200 minutes
    Documentaries can be any length. From one minute to 200 minutes
    Animation can be any length, from 1 minute to 200 minutes
    New or different art forms of motion picture, pushing the limits of film making
    Anything Goes
    It must be legal!
    Music video is a music video. If it is a story about a band or a style of music it should be submitted as a documentary.
    Simple, your best commercial, sometimes independent commercials rival that of large network commercials only better!
    Any project created outside The United States of America
    Withoutabox submissions: Click here:


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    Get onboard with the show that TIME MAGAZINE called last season's “secret weapon” during this NYTVF Opening Night Special Event featuring a debut of an episode from the second season of WGN America’s MANHATTAN, produced by Lionsgate Television, Skydance Television and Tribune Studios. Screening followed by a talkback featuring cast members John Benjamin HickeyRachel BrosnahanAshley ZukermanMichael ChernusKatja Herbers and Mamie Gummer, along with series creator, writer and executive producer Sam Shaw and director and executive producer Thomas Schlamme


    When? Monday, October 19

    Doors open at 6:30 PM for pre-event open bar hosted by Anheuser-Busch

    Screening of MANHATTAN begins at 7:00pm

    Where? SVA Theatre (333 West 23rd Street) 


    Free ticket registration via NYTVF.com

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    From left: Kohei OGURI, Yoshihiro NAKAMURA, Yuko TAKEUCHI,

    The 28th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) today held the press conference to announce lineup of the all sections, jury members, recipients of SAMURAI Award, and related special events at Tower Hall, Roppongi Academyhills in Tokyo.

    Following a welcoming address from Yasushi SHIINA, Director General of TIFF, programing directors introduced the whole lineup of the each section in addition to the earlier announcement of Opening film, “The Walk”
    (Director: Robert ZEMECKIS) and Closing film, “TERMINAL” (Director: Tetsuo SHINOHARA)

    For the Competition section, 16 films were selected from a total of 1,409 titles from 86 countries and regions. At this main section, three films are from Japan, whose directors are from different generations. Kohei OGURI (“FOUJITA”), the internationally acclaimed veteran director, Yoshihiro NAKAMURA (“The Inerasable”), one of the most active and successful director in Japan, Koji FUKADA (“Sayonara”), the up-and-coming director who won several awards in international festival circuit. The guests from each films were welcomed on stage.

    *Lineup of the Competition section is attached to this press release.

    The recipients of SAMURAI Award in its second year are the internationally acclaimed masters, John WOO (“The Yong Dragons”, “A Better Tomorrow”, “Broken Arrow”, “Red Cliff”, The Killer”, Hard Boiled", “Face/Off”, “Mission: Impossible II”, and “The Crossing”) and Yoji YAMADA (“Tra-san” series, “Where Spring Comes Late”, “The Yellow Handkerchief”, “The Twilight Samurai”, “About Her Brother”, “Tokyo Family”, and “The Little House”).

    During the 10-day celebration, more than 200 films will be screened and there will be daily film-related exciting events at the festival venues with stage appearance, QA session and symposium by celebrated guests from all over the world.
    The 28th TIFF will take place October 22-31, 2015 at Roppongi Hills, Shinjuku Wald 9, Shinjuku Piccadilly, TOHO Cinemas Shinjuku and other theaters in Tokyo.



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    Cellar Door Film Festival Offers Audiences a World Tour of Speculative Cinema!


    Festival returns with a mix of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy films from around the world.


    29 September, 2015

    For Immediate release


    OTTAWA, ON – Cellar Door Film Festival (CDFF) returns for a second year of strange and unusual cinema. After a successful first year featuring a sold-out opening night and enthusiastic audiences, Ottawa’s first film festival devoted to films in the speculative genres is opening up the cellar again to showcase sinister and supernatural films to Ottawa audiences November 5-7.


    CDFF originated from a small cinema club whose members gathered to share their love and curiosity for strange and unusual films, and has grown to include an opening night at Ottawa’s historic Mayfair Theatre and screenings at the new arts venue LIVE! on Elgin on Friday and Saturday. “We’re very excited with the scope of this year’s line-up,” said Pat Mullen, Senior Programming Coordinator. “Our team received over three times the submissions from our previous year with films coming in from 45 countries across 6 continents, and the range of films was equally diverse.”


    This year’s festival opens with Liza, The Fox Fairy (dir. Károly Ujj Mészáros), an enchanting Hungarian fantasy/comedy that’s been winning acclaim on the festival circuit with prizes from festivals including Fantasporto, Seattle, and Madrid’s Nocturna Festival where it won every prize in the Official Selection competition. Friday night includes “We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes,” a global selection of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy films, and the Russian/German horror film III (dir. Pavel Khavleev). Saturday offers two feature film presentations with the Canadian premiere of the Greek arthouse horror film Norway (dir. Yannis Veslemes), followed by the Closing Night screening of the acclaimed Mexican sci-fi film The Incident(dir. Isaac Ezban), which comes to Cellar Door after screening at festivals such as Busan, Fantastic Fest, and Sitges.


    CDFF 2015 includes the premieres of three films that showcase the talent of the Ottawa film scene. CDFF screens the local horror/comedy Boots(dir. Magill Foote) and the sci-fi film Odd One Out (dir. Christopher Rohde), the latter of which won the prize for Best Experimental Film at the inaugural Ottawa Independent Video Awards earlier this year. The shorts selection also includes the Toronto-made horror film George (dir. Jullian Ablaza), which boasts writing and producing credits from Ottawa native/Algonquin grad Alix Van Pelt. The filmmakers of all three films will attend the festival and engage audiences in post-screening Q&As. The films were curated by the CDFF programming team of Patrick Mullen, Ramin Khanjani, and Renuka Bauri.




    Liza, the Fox Fairy (Liza, a rókatündér)

    Dir. Károly Ujj Mészáros Hungary | Fantasy/comedy | 2015 | Ottawa Premiere

    Liza, the Fox-Fairy is a sarcastic fairy tale for grown-ups. Still single at thirty, Liza (Mónika Balsai) has only her imaginary friend, Tomy Tani (David Sakurai), the ghost of a Japanese crooner from the 50s, to guide her. Some bizarre dating games ensue, but as Liza’s beaus pile up in a comical body count, it seems that love isn’t for her. This offbeat film takes a flight of the imagination as Liza’s she sees herself becoming a fox-fairy, which is a demon of Japanese folklore that takes the lives of men. Liza’s power becomes deadlier the more she blossoms from dowdy old-maid to foxy lady. Dark, strange, and sexy, Liza, the Fox-Fairy enchants with its black humour and magical aesthetics as director Károly Ujj Mészáros dresses Liza’s frisky world in vibrant colours and fixings tailor-made for the Mad Men crowd. This smart, sophisticated fairy tale opens a door to a world one never wants to leave.



    Dir. Pavel Khvaleev | Russia/Germany | Horror | 2015 | Ottawa Premiere

    When a mysterious epidemic devastates a village in an unnamed European country, sisters Ayia and Mirra promise to look after each other to the end of their lives. When Mirra, the younger sister, falls victim to the disease, Ayia turns to the local priest for guidance. Ayia soon discovers a collection of Shamanic books containing a series of mystic drawings that she deciphers as a ritual for spiritual healing, which she believes will save her sister. The Shamanic cure involves a complete immersion into the patient’s mind, a journey into the deepest most hidden depths of their subconscious where terrifying monsters and demons roam. III channels layers of the subconscious world in a fever dream of nightmares as Ayia plunges into the depths of Mirra’s mind. This visionary first feature by Pavel Khavleev, co-founder of the electronic music project Moonbeam, intertwines myth, folklore, and religion to shake the foundation of the narratives that create our innermost fears. The film creates a visceral and all-consuming dream world with spectacular visuals and affecting score as Ayia confronts the dark demons that live within her sister and herself. The closer to the bottom of the ocean, the darker it gets…


    Norway (Norviyia)

    Dir. Yannis Veslemes | Greece | Horror | 2014 | Canadian Premiere

    The newest product of Greek underground culture of film and music (director Yannis Veslemes himself has a renown as a musician), Norway recruits staples of horror together with a dash of meta-narrative elements for an unusual experience in alternative horror. Though there are hints at a parallel between blood drinking as a kind of addiction and use of drugs in the manner of Abel Ferrara’s Addiction, this is not the central point of the film. Instead, the vampirism is tied metaphorically to the underground music. The zany vampire of the film—fittingly dubbed Zano —is characterised by his unabated dancing to the beats, which, as he claims, are his lifeblood. Correspondingly, the Athens presented in the film has nothing to do with our typical idea of the city. Instead of the touristic landmarks, it is materialised in nightclubs and suburbs thronged by hustlers. This is a minimalist view of the city’s nights reflected through the mirror of the cult scene. References to the local underground culture and events abound, adding to the quirky pleasure of the film as they enrich the mystery, enshrouding the capering Zano and equally curious folks he meets along the way


    The Incident (El incidente)

    Dir. Isaac Ezban | Mexico | Sci-fi/horror | 2014 | Ottawa Premiere

    Rust Cohle’s musing “Time is a flat circle” gets a head-tripping spin in The Incident as director Isaac Ezban whirls a terrifying time loop. The film features two parallel storylines with characters trapped in endless cycles: A police officer and two brothers find themselves stuck in a stairwell that keeps going up and down, while a family on a road trip plays a frightening game of “Are we there yet?” The repetitions are absurdly funny and horrifying alike. In between these stories are images of aging bride who rides an around and around, much like the hamster who spins on a wheel and connects the fates of them all.





    Dir. Bhargav Saikia | India | Horror | 2015 | Ottawa Premiere

    A governess confronts dark forces in this inspired re-imagining of Henry James’s timeless ghost story The Turn of the Screw.





    Blade of the Maiden

    Dir. Keith Sicat | The Philippines | Fantasy | 2015 |

    The big day has arrived for every warrior across the land to square off and prove their prowess in combat that is half dance and half martial arts. What award awaits the victor of these ceremonial fights?



    Dir. Magill Foote | Canada (Ottawa) | Horror/Comedy | 2015 | World Premiere

    An impoverished worker takes the opportunity to have a modicum of luxury in his life in this fun send-up to Soviet cinema. Everything has its price though, where do you draw the line?



    Dir. Erin Coates and Anna Nazzari | Australia | Horror | 2015 | Canadian Premiere

    A couple invokes the ire of a ghost in their once viable whaling community. After inscribing onto one of the whale’s last remnants, a tooth, the cetacean spirit forces them into the murky depths where he once reigned.


    Curl Up and DYE!

    Dir. Duduzile Chinyenze | Zimbabwe | Horror/Experimental | 2014 | North American Premiere

    Snips to one’s face, fat re-assignment surgery - whose perceptions of beauty are actually being created? This African experimental films puts a psychological twist on body-horror and questions to what point are we willing to let others manipulate us?



    Dir. Jullian Ablaza | Canada | Horror | 2015 |

    Egg and his friend George remind us that the scariest monsters can reside in ourselves with this chilling tale of bullying directed by Jullian Ablaza and produced/co-written by Algonquin grad Alix Van Pelt.


    A Good Deal (Une bonne affaire)

    Dir. Denis Larzillière | France | Fantasy/comedy | 2014 | Canadian Premiere

    A factory worker in the daytime, Guillaume spends every evening obsessively scouring flyers and coupons. Imagine his dismay, then, when one day he finds all his treasured flyers already picked up. Dripping with a stellar dark humour, A Good Deal is a scathing glance at the culture of consumerism that trespasses into the territory of sci-fi.


    Mr. Dentonn

    Dir. Ivan Villamel | Spain | Horror | 2014 | Ottawa Premiere

    Be leery of where you find your bedtime books, or else prepare to for an uninvited guest hailing from the realm of shadows!


    Odd One Out

    Dir. Christopher Rohde | Canada | Sci-fi/Experimental | 2014 | Ottawa Premiere

    An odyssey six years in the making, Odd One Out envisions a thoroughly original universe built by practical effects. Winner of the Ottawa Independent Video Award for Best Experimental Film.


    The Prime of Life (La force de l’âge)

    Dir. Quentin Lecocq | France | Thriller | 2014 | North American Premiere

    Three young men, two employees and a nuisance of a trainee, are on their way to a new service assignment, but they are surprised by how they are received at their destination.


    The Stomach

    Dir. Dan Dixon | UK | Horror | 2014 | Ottawa Premiere

    Body horror filters through Brit-gangster- flick fare in this tale about brotherhood and double-crossing. To recover a stashed sum of money the assistance of a ‘ventro-medium’ is sought, but the medium is already fed-up with ardour of his hosting experience.


    The Urge 2: It Lies Within

    Dir. Christopher Angus | Canada | Horror/Animated | 2014 | Ottawa Premiere

    An inept vampire is foiled by his own uncontrollable flatulence when he tries to consume his victims in this animated send-up of horror films of yore. Trapped by a rising sun (and fierce woodland creatures), he finds freedom and redemption in the unlikeliest of places. Or is it?



    Dir. Helena Hufnagel | Germany | Horror | 2015 | Canadian Premiere

    Two lovers waiting for a train find themselves in limbo in this haunting adaptation of a short story by Stephen King. Willa culminates with a spectacular shot that freezes time, space, life, and death.


    Advance tickets are $9 will be available online through Uniiverse or before each screening for $12 (cash only).

    CDFF also offers festival passes for all 5 screenings for $40.


    All screenings are generously supported by CDFF’s Major Sponsors The School for Studies in Art and Culture at Carleton University and Used Ottawa, as well as Supporting Sponsors the Alumni Association of Carleton University and The Haunted Walk of Ottawa, and Friend of the Festival Sponsors Stella Luna Gelato Café, The Odds and Sods Shoppe, Escape Manor, Bridgehead, Film Freeway, Can Con, and Ottawa Geek Market.



    AboutCellar Door FilmFestival

    Cellar Door Film Festival (CDFF) provides Ottawa with a showcase of speculative cinema: horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and everything else in between! From celebrating the creativity of the local film scene, to spotlighting the City as a setting for the sinister and supernatural, CDFF is committed to film culture, education, and production on local, national, and international levels.




    For high-res stills and other press materials, please visit:


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    TenUkrainiantelevisionstudiosandrepresentativesfromeightcountriesoftheworldhavewonprizes, Cups and diplomas of the VII International Children's Television Festival “Dytiatko”. Prizes will be sent to Canada, Belgium, the USA, Croatia, Australia, Singapore, Iran and Italy.

    At the closing ceremony of the festival its mastermind and head of the organization committee, Chairman of Kharkiv Regional Council, Sergii Chernov stressed that “each year more and more people join “Dytiatko”, people united by the aspiration to make this world better, to develop children screen works, cultivate in young generation a taste for creativity, search of beauty in the surrounding world and in themselves”.

    Progression of festival development in seven years of its existence impresses. “If the first “Dytiatko” festival received 149 works from 53 participants, this year the  organization committee had to choose 100 works from almost 1000 application forms which were sent from over 80 countries”, Sergii Chernov said.

    Foreign participants in the 7th Television Festival won in the following nominations: best fiction and animated movie of the children studio; for television program, full-length, short-length and animated movies for children; for camerawork and acting technique.

    At the same time Ukrainian members of a television crew became laureates in the following nominations: In juries opinion, children from studio “Our world” (“Nash Svit”) from Kharkiv have created the best fiction movie, and children from the workshop “Children television” were chosen as the best journalists; “Grani” from Zaporizhzhia has received prizes for the best television program, “School of radio presenters” from Chernihiv made the best radio program; participants from “Veselka TV” from Kyiv won in the nomination “The best TV presenter”; due to creativity and original approach children from Kherson and Poltava have won in the nomination of creative task.

    Studio of author programs “Maiak” from Dnipropetrovsk has become an award winner in the nomination “We are the local self-government”. Now, thanks to the support of the office of the Council of Europe, members of the studio will have a chance to visit Strasbourg.

    Iranian director Reza Fahimi has won the CIFEJ Prize.

    Ukrainian winners have received awards from Sergii Chernov and the jury. The head of the jury of this year's festival Andrii Kulykov said that great number of foreign winners triggered two-way feeling: on the one hand, it was sad that Ukrainian works still somewhat inferior in quality, on the other hand it was surprisingly nice that countries around the world compete for victory at the Television Festival “Dytiatko”.

    Overall four days of the Television Festival “Dytiatko” have passed for its participants in a very fast, interesting and meaningful way. At the masterclasses children learned about the multiple-camera filming from a Belarusian director Angelica Averkova. The specific of children movies was explained by a Serbian playwright Dragan Milinkovich. Director of production at the Warsaw studio of short movies Eugeniusz Gordziejuk talked about animation production. This was possible thanks to the support of The expert in mass media, television and radio presenter Andrii Kulykov shared the secrets of professionalism in radio-journalism. Ukrainian director Serhii Bukovskyi taught the basics of documentary.

    Finalists of the festival who came to Kharkiv found out how to make effective still for photo reportage, transform main character of the movie with the help of make-up, edit video of a high quality and announce aloud about your project in social network.

    The whole complex of necessary knowledge for young members of a television crew were complemented by the meeting with the star of the movie "Toreadors from Vasiukivka" Oleksandr Bartieniev and Ukrainian film critic Volodymyr Myslavskyi.

    Movie screenings were conducted for children every evening, among them the program “Film it like Méliès” in cooperation with Children Kinofest and selection of one-minute social movies from UNICEF Ukraine.  

    According to all the finalists of the 7th "Dytiatko" who four days in a row studied together and had fun, the most valuable heritage of the festival is new friends and a sense of shared television business, which shall be brought to a new level by this generation of domestic journalists in the foreseeable future.

    International Children Television Festival "Dytiatko" will again bring together all its friends and those who care about the fate of children's movies and television in 2016. The festival will take place from September 21 to September 24.

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    The Best Live Action Film by Children's Studio

    'The Battle',7'48''

    Canada, 2014

    Director: Peter Bundic, Joshua Costea

    If you can't beat the competition, join them.


    The Best Documentary by Children's Studio

    'I am dancing',5'37''

    Ukraine, 2015

    Children TV Studio "Our world"

    Director: Polina Kugeleva

    Film is a self portrait of the author's admiration of ballroom dancing. The film tells about the first steps, difficulties, support of family and friends, victories and motivation.


    The Best Television Program by Children's Studio


    Ukraine, 2014

    Junior teleradiostudiia "the Verge"

    Authors: Anastasia Verbovetskа, Elizabeth Kоlodnickа, Pavlo Ishchenko, Anastasia Budarina, Kateryna Timchenko

    This program is dedicated to views of children of different age on structure of the Universe.


    The Best Animated Cartoon by Children's Studio


    Belgium, 2014


    Coco the chick was born into a penguin family. It's hard to learn how to swim and to fish like his brother and sister...


    The Best Radio Program by Children's Studio

     ‘We are Ukraine’, 11'33''

    Ukraine, 2014

    Studio "School radio"

    On regional contest “I am the real Ukrainian”.


    We Are Local Self-Government

    'We are self-government!'16'51''

    Ukraine, 2015

    Studio of author's programs "The Beacon"

    Children talk about their civic position and their contribution to formation of a strong and independent Ukraine.


    The Best Television Program for Children

     ‘Lost Treasure Hunt’28'46'

    United States, 2014

    Directors: Richard Bazley, Roque Ballesteros

    A document from 1492 sends two teen treasure-seekers on an adventure to solve the mystery before the treasure falls into enemy hands. They discover multiple sides to the Columbus voyage while decoding clues and escaping from counterspies.


    The Best Feature Film for Children

    'The Ghost in the Swamp'90'56''

    Croatia, 2015

    Director: Branko Istvancic

    This film for children shows the efforts by a community to help animals survive the winter but they are confused when a child raves that he was attacked by a ghost in the swamp and begin searching for this mysterious attacker.


    The Best Short Film for Children

    'Bunny New Girl', 5'54''

    Australia, 2015

    DirectorNatalie van den Dungen

    7 year old Annabelle arrives for her first day at a new school wearing a home made rabbit mask. And despite the gentle reassurance of kindly teacher Mr Borbidge, her classmates are soon wondering what it is she’s hiding. When the class bully exposes her secret, the empathy of a new friend gives her the courage to by seen, just the way she is.


    The Best Animated Film for Children

    'Princess', 7'07''

    Singapore, 2014

    School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University

    Directors: Andre Quek, Abdul Hadi Bin Abdul Wahab, Vivien Tan

    Lucas, an average Singaporean boy, tries to take matters under his control. Upon realizing that sincerity comes from the heart, he finally breaks the ice with his neighbour, Angie.


    The Special Prize of Jury

    'Kaleidoscope', 9'23''

    Ukraine, 2015

    Lozova city Council of seniors "New wave", TRK "Sigma"

    This program is dedicated to dance style “jumpstyle”.


    CIFEJ Prize

    'Cloudy Children', 18'05''

    Islamic Republic of Iran, 2014

    Director: Reza Fahimi

    The story of two rural kids who have struggle over thing‘s that cannot be earned .Finally all of a sudden they share all their lacking.


    The Best Director Work

    'Story of a dog'3'05''

    Autonomous Republic of Crimea, 2014

    Multitude "Magic lantern"

    Authors: Liza Lenia, Katia Bondarenko

    The film is dedicated to the dogs, the first four astronauts who paved the way into space.


    The Best Camera Work

    'Cloudy Children', 18'05''

    Islamic Republic of Iran, 2014

    Director: Reza Fahimi

    The story of two rural kids who have struggle over thing‘s that cannot be earned .Finally all of a sudden they share all their lacking.


    The Best TV Presenter

    'Safetyrules – rulesoflife'18'33''

    Ukraine, 2015

    Children's Studio of TV presenters "Veselka TV"

    Upon hearing alarm call savers go to the places of emergency every day. Who are these brave people?


    The Best Television Journalist


    Ukraine, 2015

    Studio "Children's television"

    Games, entertainment and interesting stories of young broadcasters about their pets.


    The Best Actor

    Carlotta Ligalupo

    'The Fly', 7'11''

    Italy, 2015

    Director: Marco Di Gerlando

    Carlotta and her class have been assigned the task to draw animals starting with the M. While the rest of the kids have no problem drawing them, Carlotta is experiencing an artistic block.


    For the creativity and originality of creative tasks

    "Nessie", School TV Studio "TV SGT"

    "A secret to Everyone. Everyone. Everyone". Studio of film and television "Alpha"

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    The 63rd San Sebastian Festival, which ended on September 26, had a total of 174,901 spectators, meaning a rise of 5,891 with respect to last year’s edition (3.5%) and of 19,841 spectators with respect to the 2010 edition (13%).

    The total number of accredited guests this edition were 3,650, 252 more than last year. Of these accredited guests, 1,495 were professionals who participated in the Industry Club activities, 176 more than last year (meaning an increase of 13%) and 511 more than in 2010 (an increase of 51%).

    On the other hand, 1,068 journalists covered this edition of the Festival for 569 media from 39 countries, i.e. the same figure as last year (with a slight increase of 17 accredited guests).



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    Welcome filmmakers to the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown.

    We are excited about our 5th year coming up in April 1-3, 2016. For 5 years, we've been bringing in the finest films from around the world. The film festival became a 501(c)3 and launched in 2009 and now screens more then 70 films each year! Hollywood Director Joe Carnahan is our creative director. He has brought us such films as "The Grey" and "The A-Team" with Liam Neeson and now has Bad Boys 3 in pre-production. He also directs some of the hottest television shows like "The Blacklist." He has been a powerful partner in our festival! Most of our previous winners of Best Feature have obtained distribution. Last year's winner BEREAVE just signed a distribution deal and said, " I wish to take a moment to tell you that your hospitality and your wonderful festival helped our film stand out for distribution. Thank you for that and we'll be sending you more of our work in the future.” So join us! We look forward to having you screen at our 5th year anniversary!

    The festival is conveniently located downtown, we're in the middle of the arts and entertainment district. And after the films we host some of the best after parties with live bands and fantastic food and drinks!
    About the city of Hagerstown, MD:

    Hagerstown, Maryland was founded in 1762 by Jonathan Hager and quickly transformed into an avant-garde community. It is not only a beautiful and historical city, but it is also conveniently located near some of the most spectacular and historical monuments in the United States. Situated just outside of Washington D.C., Hagerstown boasts many recreational and cultural events. It is the truly the perfect location for the artistically inclined to celebrate their achievements, camaraderie and films.

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    Welcome filmmakers to the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown. We are excited about our 5th year coming up in April 1-3, 2016. For 5 years, we've been bringing in the finest films from around the world. The film festival became a 501(c)3 and launched in 2009 and now screens more then 70 films each year! Hollywood Director Joe Carnahan is our creative director. He has brought us such films as "The Grey" and "The A-Team" with Liam Neeson and now has Bad Boys 3 in pre-production. He also directs some of the hottest television shows like "The Blacklist." He has been a powerful partner in our festival! Most of our previous winners of Best Feature have obtained distribution. Last year's winner BEREAVE just signed a distribution deal and said, " I wish to take a moment to tell you that your hospitality and your wonderful festival helped our film stand out for distribution. Thank you for that and we'll be sending you more of our work in the future.” So join us! We look forward to having you screen at our 5th year anniversary!

    The festival is conveniently located downtown, we're in the middle of the arts and entertainment district. And after the films we host some of the best after parties with live bands and fantastic food and drinks!

    Submission Rules for MDIFF 2016

    Submission Guidelines: Entries must be submitted on DVD Region 0,1 mailed to the festival directly or's or Withoutabox's online screener option. We prefer online screeners.
    Entry Fees: Checks or money orders must be made payable to Maryland International Film Festival. Shipping is the responsibility of the entrant. DVDs must be sent to the festival prepaid. C.O.D.'s will be refused. DVDs must be labeled with the title of the entry, run time and the name of the director. The festival cannot accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit. The festival is not responsible for sending back any DVDs to the filmmakers. 

    Submit through here

    Submit through here

    Terms and conditions: The festival will accept works in progress but the final screener must be received 30 days prior to the festival should your film be selected. All entry fees paid are non refundable. Checks returned due to NSF will be assessed a $25 return check fee and may be assigned to collections. All entered films grant MDIFF non exclusive limited use agreement to use film titles or trailers or film posters for festival promotional use only including online, print, broadcast media to promote the festival and selected films to the industry and general public. Filmmakers fully retain all rights, title and interest in their films and all intellectual property. Official selection films must provide their final exhibition copy to the festival programming department 20 days prior to the festival. The Maryland International Film festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. Any submitters shall indemnify and hold harmless the Maryland International Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos. 

    OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue on Withoutabox.

    50 minutes or longer
    45 minutes or longer
    Under 22 and must be enrolled in junior high, high school or college.
    Under 45 minutes in length.
    Films of any length under 30 min.
    All films over 50 minutes produced outside the U.S.


    September 30, 2015 Earlybird Deadline  Fee 30.00 

    November 27, 2015 Regular Deadline Fee 40.00

    January 8, 2016 Late Deadline Fee 50.00

    February 5, 2016 Extended Deadline ​Fee 65.00


    Documentary ​​

    September 30, 2015 Earlybird Deadline Fee 30.00 

    November 27, 2015 Regular Deadline Fee 40.00

    January 8, 2016 Late Deadline Fee 50.00

    February 5, 2016 Extended Deadline ​Fee 65.00



    September 30, 2015 Earlybird Deadline Fee 25.00

    ​November 27, 2015 Regular Deadline Fee 30.00

    January 8, 2016 Late Deadline Fee 40.00

    February 5, 2016 Extended Deadline Fee 45.00



    September 30, 2015 Earlybird Deadline Fee 25.00

    ​November 27, 2015 Regular Deadline Fee 30.00

    ​January 8, 2016 Late Deadline Fee 40.00

    February 5, 2016 Extended Deadline Fee 45.00


    September 30, 2015 Earlybird Deadline Fee 25.00

    ​November 27, 2015 Regular Deadline Fee 30.00

    January 8, 2016 Late Deadline Fee 40.00

    February 5, 2016 Extended Deadline Fee 45.00

    High School Contest:

    Theme: Produce a film of any subject with a Maryland landmark in a scene

    Scene selection requires teacher approval

    Length: 3-7 minutes / Entry Deadline March 5, 2016

    No excessive or gratuitous profanity, violence, or nudity

    No racial, cultural, religious, or gender discrimination

    To download an application click here.




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    The world’s largest short film prize is a whopping £30,000 and is presented annually in Cardiff to the Best LGBT short film as decided by an independent jury, chaired this year by popular actress Lynn Hunter.

    The Iris Prize, known to film aficionados as the Gay Short Film Oscars, is now in its 9th year and to some the best kept secret Cardiff has, opens on Wednesday 7 October.

    As the organisers prepare for the 10th anniversary in 2016, they are determined that the 2015 festival will also make a mark! Taking place at the same time as the Rugby World Cup, the festival’s opening night film is a documentary called Scrum, which follows the trials and tribulations of three men competing during the Bingham Cup – the gay rugby world cup.

    The fresh new slogan adopted by the festival team dictates “Watch films. Party nightly. Repeat.” - this is possibly why the festival is popular with both film makers and members of the public, with attendances last year hitting 7,000.

    “Access to the film makers is a big part of the Iris appeal,” Festival Director Berwyn Rowlands feels.

    “We have an access all areas policy, which basically means members of the public have easy access to the talent attending the festival. The VIP area is shared by everyone – because we don’t have one – every part of the festival is VIP and open to the public,” he added.

    2015 is proving to be another popular year for attracting talent to Cardiff, with film makers attending from all over the world. These are just some of the film makers who will introducing their films at screenings in Cardiff:

    Baggage, Dir: Sarah Ball (UK)
    Bunker, Dir: Vibeke Heide (Norway)
    Chance, Dir: Jake Graf (UK)
    Charlie, Dir: Shawn Ryan (USA)
    Charlie, Prod: John Ainsworth (USA)
    Closets, Dir: Lloyd Eyre-Morgan (UK)
    Daniel, Dir: Dean Loxton (UK)
    An Afternoon (En Eftermiddag), Dir: Soren Green (Denmark)
    Hora, Dir: Yoav Brill (Israel)
    Intrinsic Moral Evil, Dir: Harm Weistra (The Netherlands)
    Mirrors, Dir: Neil Ely (UK)
    Quixotic Player, Dir: Jay Bedwani (UK)
    Roxanne, Dir: Paul Frankl (UK)
    Showboy, Dir: Samuel Leighton-Dore (Australia) (pictured above)
    Sundar, Dir: Rohan Kanawade (India)
    Sundar, Crew: Vikrant Pednekar (India)
    Thirst, Dir: Guy Sahaf (Israel)
    No Strings, Dir: Eoin Maher (Ireland)
    Paper Thin, Dir: Nataly Leboulex (UK)
    Morning is Broken, Dir: Simon Anderson (UK)
    Morning is Broken, Prod: James Walker (UK)
    Want it, Dir: Lee Haven Jones (UK) 

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