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    SEDONA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2016 DIRECTORS CHOICE AWARDS

    Audience Choice Winners Will be Revealed Sunday

     

    Despite the Falling Snow, a love story that brings a rare female perspective to the Cold War, received the Directors Choice Award for Best Feature Film – Drama; Landfill Harmonic, a film that follows a Paraguayan musical group playing instruments made entirely of garbage, was named the Best Documentary; and Is That A Gun in Your Pocket, the story of women in a gun-loving Texas town who withhold sex until every gun is vanquished, was named Best Feature Film – Comedy at the 2016 Sedona International Film Festival.

                Audience Choice Awards will be revealed at Sunday morning’s Awards Luncheon.  The 22nd festival closes Sunday evening.

                Other 2016 Director Choice Awards winners were:

    • Stink!, Best Environmental Film: Stink! Iifts the veil of secrecy over the thousands of common chemicals linked to serious health issues used in everyday products.

    • In Harmony (France), Best Foreign Film: based on a true story about courage, passion and tenacity in the wake of life-changing events.

    • Flight of the Refugees, Best Short Documentary: documents the harrowing journey of families as they cross the Macedonian border from Greece to Germany.

    • Winter Light, Best Short Film: an escalating battle between an aging college professor and two hunters that tests the professor’s faith in everything he holds dear.

    • The Loyalist (South Korea), Best Student Short Film: A North Korean general checks on his daughter at a Swiss boarding school to test her loyalty to her motherland.

    • The Present (Germany), Best Animated Film: a look at Jake, who spends most of his time playing video games indoors until his mum decides to give him a present.

                For more information about the Sedona International Film Festival, visit www.sedonafilmfestival.org


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    Fantasporto one of the leading Genre Festivals in the World will have a special screening of Exodus to Shanghai on March 3rd at 9 pm in an hommage to Peace and Understanding Between Humans Called Fantasporto for Peace!

    Anthony Hickox the director was thrilled and told Mario how much he loved his festival.

    "Dear Mario  I've always wanted to go to your fest! I've won Avoriaz and Brussels Fantastic etc. never yours!!! Hahaha 

    I will be really happy to come and introduce the movie and talk about it ! It's actually more fantasy than reality! It's a Tintin world with MUCH more blood!!! "

    The event will also feature Ensemble a short film featuring the true story of the Imam who saved thousands of young Jews during WW2 giving them muslim identities which allowed them to escape from occupied Paris.

    On that occasion white doves will be released.

    The true story of Dr Ho, the chinese consul in Vienna, against his government, who offered escape visas to Shanghai to thousands of jews when Anschluss was announced.

    These stories teach us how all races and religions can live together inpeace and defy blind fury.

    Ensemble by Mohamed Fekrane (17 minutes) Imam from Paris Mosque saved over a thousand young jews from Nazis in ouccupied Paris by teaching them arab, prayers and offering a new identity.


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     HISTORY OF FANTASPORTO 

    The festival was born in 1980 at a table of a small coffee shop in   the center of Oporto, heritage world town by UNESCO, in a   conversation between the three founders, film critics Mário   Dorminsky and Beatriz Pacheco Pereira and the painter José   Manuel Pereira.

    It immediately presented in the first edition (1981)   the structure of a festival although still non-competitive, which has   happened in the following edition. 

     

    The name Fantasporto had its origin in the reference used in the   first letters- Fantas, because the festival started with a fantasy competition, and Porto, the name of the city. 

     

    From the start, and due to the quality of its programming, the   festival had access to the best productions from all over the world.   In 1981, in its first edition, the festival screened the first Chinese   animation feature, for example, and later on it discovered for   Europe New Zealand and South Korean films.   

    It started with fantasy films, a hit in the eighties, when names such   as Spielberg, George Lucas or Ridley Scott were new to the film   business.

    Fantasy films have been a must all through the history of   the cinema.   From Méliès to our own Manoel de Oliveira, from Murnau to   Spielberg, all great classics of the imaginary have been screened   in Fantasporto.   The festival grew to become a general film event with the   introduction of the Directors Week in 1991 and the Orient Express   (for Asian Films). The festival was the first to introduce with their   first films directors such as Almodovar or the cinema from South   Korea, buildings its strategy around unreleased and never to be   seen again films.  Fantasporto has been the beacon for many film festivals in the   world and has received the acknowledgement of such publications   as Variety and the International Film Guide. 

    Fantasporto was the first festival to cross the arts and sciences   with the film world since its first edition in 1981. Concerts, art   exhibitions, workshops, book presentations, theatre plays and   street performances, all have been welcomed in festival.

     

    The   Special Programme, existing as a parallel event within the film   festival since 2009, has established this sector as a must for   festival goers, with Architecture, Robotics or the Fine Arts as the   highlights of the latest editions. In 2012, the theme is the Future,   with lectures, films, theatre and performances, science   demonstrations and a hologram exhibition. The Vampires Ball in   the closing party of Fantasporto. 

    Fantasporto is a regular visit of the Cannes Film Markets with a   stand in the premises, enlarging thus the international influence of   the event, as it can clearly be seen in the use of the name and   logo of Fantasporto in the official poster and site of the selected   films. The coverage by the media is unprecedented in Portugal   with numerous international references. In 2011, the festival had   63 newspapers, 44 TV channels, 23 radio stations and 88 sites   covering the event.   Fantasporto has a unique media coverage in Portugal, due to the   presence of the many professionals, most of them repeating the   visit. News agencies, newspapers and tv channels cover the   festival on a daily basis, with many live reports.

     

    A professional   meeting place for all.   

     

    The festival has screened first hand the first films of the greatest   film creators of all times, one of the top merits of the event. David   Cronenberg, André Tarkovsky, Brian de Palma, John Carpenter,   Alain Resnais, David Lynch, Andrezj Zulawski, Bigas Luna, Ridley   Scott, Luc Besson, Peter Greenaway, Jean-Jacques Beinex, Neil   Jordan, Joel and Ethan Coen ou Lars von Trier showed their first   films in the first 5 years of Fantasporto. Also Pedro Almodóvar,   Sam Raimi, Leos Carax, Vincent Ward, Peter Jackson, Hal   Hartley, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, Anthony Minghella,   Peter Weir, Quentin Tarantino, Tim Robbins, Guillermo del Toro,   Roberto Rodriguez, Vincenzo Natali, Danny Boyle, Lee Tamahori,   the Waschowski brothers, Nick Cassevetes, Scott Hicks, David   Fincher screened their first films in Fantasporto, making it a special   place for new talents.  Fantasporto is a regular name in the sites of directors who had   their films presented in the festival. Pedro Almodóvar, Paul   Anderson, Luc Besson, Danny Boyle, James Cameron, Nick   Cassavetes, Joel Coen, David Cronenberg, John Carpenter,   Roland Emmerich, David Fincher, Terry Gilliam, Peter Greenaway,   Michael Haneke, Peter Jackson, Neil Jordan, David Lynch,   Takashi Miike, Danny Boyle, Anthony Minghella, Vincenzo Natali,   Tim Robbins, Roberto Rodriguez, Ridley Scott, Quentin Tarantino,   Guillermo del Toro, Lars von Trier or Larry Wachowski refer the   official selection of their films or the awards they have received in   Fantasporto in their sites.   

     

    The festival is a place for the promotion of the most recent Portuguese cinema, with tributes to the most relevant   personalities.   

     

    The retrospectives have enriched the festival along the years,   reaching all kinds of filmmakers and countries, themes and film   personalities. Jean Cocteau, Louis Feuillade, Seguei Paradjanov,   Jorge Grau, Karel Zeman, Jacques Tourneur, Orson Welles,   Vivente Aranda, Juan Luis Bunuel, Brian de Palma, Bigas Luna,   Dario Argento, George Mélies, André Delvaux, Mario Bava,   Terence Fisher, David Cronenberg, René Laloux, Tobe Hooper,   Georges Franju, Luis Bunuel, Andrzej Zulawski, Paul Verhoeven,   Harry Kumel, René Clair, Marcel Carné, John Waters, Andy   Warhol, Leni Riefenstahl, Michele Soavi, David Lynch, Walt   Disney, Alfred Hitchcock, Bill Plympton, Julio Bressane, Mojica   Marins, Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Jesus Franco, Alex Cox,   Julien Temple, Oswaldo Caldeira, Hershell Gordon Lewis, Lucio   Fulci, Christpher Lee, Takashi Miike, Sabu, Shynia Tsukamoto,   Jean Renoir or Ed Wood.   

     

    Fantasporto as a brand with state and private sponsors, has been   a partner of Unicer for the last twenty years and is the only film   festival in the world with a model of a car named after it (Toyota   Fantas Aygo) in 2007.  Due to a highly specialized organizing team, the festival has   brought the event to the front line of similar events – three decades   under the leadership of the founders. An example of dedication   and professionalism. 

    The festival was granted the recognition of the Portuguese   Government and the Town Halls   of Oporto and Gaia with the greatest honours, the Gold   MedalsPorto and Gaia, and the Medal of Cultural Merit given by   the Portuguese Government. 


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    Fantasporto for peace March 3 with screening of Exodus to Shanghai and Ensemble

    Fantasporto one of the leading Genre Festivals in the World will have a special screening of Exodus to Shanghai on March 3rd at 9 pm in an hommage to Peace and Understanding Between Humans Called Fantasporto for Peace! Anthony Hickox the director was thrilled and told Mario how much he loved his festival. "Dear Mario  I've always wanted to go to your fest! I've won Avoriaz and Brussels Fantastic etc. never yours!!! Hahaha  I will be really happy to...

    BLIND SUN by Joyce A. Nashawati (Fra/Gre) showing in Fantasporto

    Ashraf, an immigrant, get a job taking care of a mansion of beach. With the lack of water, a wave of heat and the animosity of the places, all the prejudices appear. A selection of the festival of sitges, fipresci prize winner in thessaloniki. ...
     

    Fantasporto day 5 Everyone's Wally by Paolo Sedazzari (UK)

    Everyone's Wally by Paolo Sedazzari (UK) - V.O.Ingl. On the birth of musical festivals at the beginning of the 70 s, with the occupation of land to create an area of cultural expression free. Influence of Woodstock? Documentary about this movement festivaleiro and still about festivals, such as the Glastonbury Festival and the Stonehenge Free Festival. In the presence of the director. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHzaBMEToqY ...
     

    Day 4 Fantasporto 2016

    February 29 Grande Auditório 15.00 – Zenaida- Alexis Tsafas, Yannis Fotou- 66’ – Grécia/Cabo Verde- SR Zenaida, uma mulher metida à força nas redes de tráfico, vive desenraizada e perdida nas ruas da Europa. Antecedido por... The End-  Cédric  Blondelle, Irene Cunat, Louise Labbé, Stéphane Lugiery, Simon Moreau, Olivia Pietra - 5’47’’ – Fra- P&P Um  pro...
     

    Day 3 Fantasporto 2016

    February 28 Grande Auditório 15.00 – Hellions- Bruce MacDonald- 83’-Canadá- CF Outro dos grandes filmes britânticos do ano “fantástico”, considerado pelos media como do melhor do FrightFest. Imagine que no Halloween não quer dar nada àquelas criancinhas embirrentas e elas decidem reclamar o seu bébé por nascer. Antecedido por... Vimana – Faruk Virani – 17’ 33’’ &ndas...
     
     

    Day 2 Fantasporto 2016

    Grande Auditorium 14.45 – The Lesson- Ruth Pratt – 97’ – UK- CF Um dos mais falados filmes de terror do ano na Grã -Bretanha. Enorme êxito no FrightFest, com reacção crítica excepcional. Dois estudantes delinquentes decidem  fazer a vida negra ao seu professor. Este decide dar-lhes uma lição que nunca mais esquecerão...porque o saber está acima de tudo. V.o.ingl. Antecedido por… Juli...
     

    Day 1 Fantasporto 2016 opening with Ice (Gelo) by Luís and Gonçalo Galvão Teles

    The 36th Fantasporto – Porto International Film Festival opended on 26 February after the usual pre fantasporto warm up with the world premiere of the Portuguese film 'Gelo' by Luís and Gonçalo Galvão Teles. The festival lines up over 200 titles from 40 countries and runs till March 6. GELO (Teaser), a film by Luís & Gonçalo Galvão Teles with Ivana Baquero from Fado Filmes on Vimeo. ...
     

    A look back on the history of Fantasporto

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    Berlinale Previews and Dailies February 11 - 20, 2016

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    Berlin Classics BAKUSHU by Ozu - Alex Deleon review

    Alex for <filmfestivals.com> Early Summer (麦秋 Bakushū) is a 1951 film by Yasujiro Ozu.  One of the most interesting minibars at the 2016 Berlinale was a slate of six digitally restored classics from East and West, two from the Far East, two from Germany, and two from the heart of Hollywood. The titles: Bakushu (Early Summer), Ozu, Japan, 1951 Fat City, John Huston, USA, 1972 Der Müde Tod (Destiny, or, Tired Death), Fritz Lang, Deutschl...
     

    Interview with Sales Agent Yannick Rudynski (EastWest-Filmdistribution) @ 2016 Berlinale

    In recent years there has been a lot of talk about change of pace in the film marketplace with many sales agents and distributors complaining of heavy losses and a dim outlook on future business. The word that many agents used to describe this year's EFM was, “slow”. But when I asked Austrian sales agent Yannick Rudynski of East-West Distribution how his market had gone, he had a big smile on his face and said, “Fantastic!” Curious to know why many agents are experi...
     

    Success for German films and co-productions at the 2016 Berlinale…

      It was a very successful 2016 Berlinale for the young German director Anne Zohra Berrached: programmed in the Competition, her second feature film 24 WEEKS (zero one film, Filmakademie Baden-Württtemberg), which focuses on the polarising subject of a late abortion, moved the audience on its world premiere in the Berlinale Palast. The film team led by the filmmaker and the lead actors Julia Jentsch and Bjarne Mädel were rewarded with long, enthusiastic applau...
     

    Death of the Berlin Catalog

    Death of the Berlin Catalog and Navigating the City Geography  By Alex Delon              The Last Berlin Catalogue is now a Museum Piece   A significant change in the Berlinale infrastructure this year was the absence of the  traditional catalogue. Long a hallmark of the festival and a collectors item for journalists with detailed reports on every single festival film long or short, capsule biographies of all directors on every pa...
     

    XVIII entertainment JJ Roogers reveals his latest projet Linda Vista Project Do YOU believe in ghosts?

      JJ Rogers tells us more about haunted places, real hauntings in the hospital in LA where he was allowed to stay alone at night with his paranormal team...and came up with his film which started  4 years ago. The Linda Vista Project.     ...
     

    Learn from Gabriel Padilla about the icentives on filming in Panama

    Interview during Berlinale with Gabriel Padilla from the Panama Film Commission. The Panama Film Commission is a division under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, created to promote and facilitate the filming industry to be developed in this country by giving the producers and directors of movies and tv programs the support and benefits in order to open new opportunities in our country. Under the Law Nº 36 of 19 of July of 2007 which establishes the norms, regulations an...
     

    Michel Reilhac latest work 'Viens!' invited to Berlinale after a Sundance premiere

      Michel Reilhac designs innovative story based experiences, using digital platforms (cinema, tv, mobile, tablets, …) and real life events.His creative approach to storytelling ambitions to offer viewers/ participants a unique opportunity for an immersive, participatory and interactive experience. Viens ! is Michel's newest VR film which premiered at Sundance in the New Frontier section at the end of January 2016 and also showed at Berlinale.   3 women and ...
     
     

    Sino-European Production Seminar wraps with optimistic outlook for Chinese-European co-productions

      copyright: Christian Lima Dehne On Wednesday, 17th February 2016 the European Film Market and Bridging the Dragon in cooperation with Movie View successfully wrapped the first Sino-European Production Seminar for selected European producers who are developing feature film projects with China. Among the 42 participants from Austria, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, UK were Ulf Israel (Senator Film Produktion), Segole...
     
     

    TomCat Films rises as subsidiary under Rising India, Inc.

        TomCat Films has negotiated and executed a Letter of Intent for RSII to acquire TomCat Films and its sister company Summer Hill Films as a wholly owned subsidiary of Rising India, Inc. (OTC: RSII), a company focused in undervalued opportunities in hospitality and media.        TomCat Films LLC is a vertically integrated film sales, licensing and distribution company helmed by industry expert Ted Chalmers. The company is headquartered in Ph...
     

    A look back at Berlinale opening with Hail Caesar

    BERLIN 66 opened rousingly on Thursday, February 11 with multiple screenings of the new Coen Bros. Hollywood send-up "Hail Caesar By Alex Deleon, <filmfestivals.com>,  Caesar Photo call, L-R: Swinton. Clooney, Alden Eirenreich, Josh Brolin, and Tatum Channing Berlin 66 opened rousingly on Thursday, February 11 with multiple screenings of the new Coen Bros. Hollywood send-up "Hail Caesar" and a turn away overflow press conference crowd for the Jury led by Meryl S...
     
     

    Review from MILES AHEAD -- non competition special. World Premiere at Berlin 2016

    By Alex Deleon   An Incandescent reincarnation of legendary American Jazz Musician Miles Davis by Don Cheadle, directing, producing, playing trumpet, and playing Miles himself in bushy Afro hairdo in a multi-faceted one man tour de force.  This very special biopic took the Paying non-professional German audience in the cavernous  Friedrichstadt Palast by storm, arousing enthusiastic ten minute ovations (two of them! -- once at end of the film itself and again after the en...
     

    Homage to The Fabulous Baker Boys in review

    BERLIN 66 Reviews by Alex. Panorama.   "The Fabulous Baker Boys" 1989, by one shot director Steve Kloves who later made the Harry Potter films. Seen as part of a retrospective  of the films of famed Berlin born DOP, Michael Ballhaus, Now 82, who gets a Silver Bear this year for his prodigious life's work as an ever dependable Hollywood cinematographer.   Film features the real life brothers Beau and Jeff Bridges as two fictional Brothers, Frank and Jack Baker, ...
     

    GENIUS, Competition, World Premiere. A Throwstone Product.

         Max Perkins and Tom Wolfe  in "GENIUS"   "Genius" Stars Jude Law as genius novelist Thomas Wolfe and an austere Colin Firth who never took hat off until the final scene.  Sepia tone photography and meticulous period reconstruction with streets full of proper vintage cars starts out promisingly. New York, 1929. Scribners publishing Co. Thomas Wolfe played by Jude Law as a frenetic young writer from the sticks of north Carolina arrives ...
     

    Full Video Capture of the Press Conference with Award Winners | Berlinale 2016

    Gianfranco Rosi Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea) Prizes of the International Jury, Best First Feature Award, Prizes of the International Short Film Jury - The Winners of the 66th Berlinale with: Gianfranco Rosi, Danis Tanović, Lav Diaz, Mia Hansen-Løve, Trine Dyrholm, Mohamed Ben Attia, Tomasz Wasilewski, Mark Lee Ping-Bing, Dora Bouchoucha Fourati, Leonor Teles, Mahdi Fleifel, Chiang Wei Liang Tomasz Wasilewski for Zjednoczone stany miłości(United Stat... 

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    Southern Circuit September 1, 2016 – April 30, 2017

    Regular deadline February 29, 2016

    Southern Circuit is accepting film submissions from independent filmmakers living in the UNITED STATES for their 2016-2017 Season Tour! Starting in 1975 as the nation's first regional tour of independent filmmakers, Southern Circuit provides directors with the unique opportunity to screen their films to new, engaged audiences across the Southern United States. Selected as one of MovieMaker Magazine’s 50 Film Festivals worth the Entry Fee in 2015, Southern Circuit brings communities together by transforming film viewing into a shared experience!

    Southern Circuit seeks the best films in genres including fiction, documentary, animation, and experimental. Interested filmmakers can find more information on submission guidelines and entering their film(s) by visiting the South Arts website!

    You have until February 29 to apply with their regular deadline rate of $30, and the final deadline to submit your film(s) is March 10!

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     International Film Festival for Environment, Health & Culture (IFFEHC) May 20 – 27, 2016

     

    IFFEHC main mission is to promote films pertaining to environment, health, and culture issues, carrying strong methods of storytelling, produced with excellent technique and crafted with passion and love for humanity. We accept all kind of films besides environment and health, because this festival is also about modern and traditional culture. Our past winners include many Hollywood stars. We conduct press conference, awards ceremony, workshop, and hundreds films are screened. Our awards ceremonies were attended by kings, sultans, queens, ministers, senators, international artists, and leading newspapers.

    International Film Festival for Environment, Health, and Culture is one of the members of a big festivals group internationalfilmfestivals.org which aim is to help promote the goals of the United Nation in celebrating international days of peace, women, anti-discrimination, tolerance, youth, family, humanitarian, human rights, health, autism, disability, etc

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    Animaze Daze in Cannes Screenings Part of Animation Day in Cannes May 18 

    Regular Deadline is March 15

    Submit your best short animated films  for a screening May18th at Cannes Film Festival.
    Enjoy industry visibility in front of the animation professionals attending Cannes during Animation Day in Cannes (second edition). take advantage of free promotion to buyers and media on our Animation Day in Cannes Newsletters, animation Day in Cannes websitefilmfestivals.com pages dedicated to Animation Day in Cannes  and our Youtube  channel, which will be offered for buyers and Media.

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    Golden Trailer Awards May 4


    Early Bird Deadline: Friday February 29th, 2016

    "Call for Entry is NOW open at www.goldentrailer.com

    Trailers, Teasers, Posters, Video Games, TV Spots, Radio Spots, Innovative Theatrical Advertising & More
    Important Dates:

    Regular Deadline: Friday March 4th, 2016
    Late Deadline: March 18th, 2016
    Show Date: May 4th, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA
    Show Tickets on sale February 1st, 2016"

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    The Wiper Film Festival 
    April 6 – 8, 2016


    Regular deadline February 29 , 2016

    The Wiper Film Festival is the premiere online film festival and includes an NYC screening. Your work will have the opportunity to be seen by more than 18 millions users around the globe.

    There is no fee to submit and have your work considered. There are cash grants for Curator’s Choice and Fan Choice winners in each category. Wiper also provides free advertising and promotion budget to its top films. Submit your feature and short length work today!

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    NYC Indie Film Fest 
    April 27 to May 1, 2016!


    Late deadline February 29, 2016

    NYC Independent Film Festival is a celebration of the true independent filmmaker, documentaries, short and feature-length films, music videos, and animation. During the 6th Annual Festival we gave away prizes with a total cash value of over 28,000 USD. All screenings take place in the historic center of NYC, Time Square which is the perfect home for an event geared toward creating incredible opportunities for independent voices.

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    Hollyshorts Film Festival
    August 11 – 20, 2016

     

    Regular Deadline: April 8, 2016

    The 12th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival and Film Conference/Film Market, scheduled for August 11-20, 2016 at the world famous TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, is now accepting submissions.  HSFF, 4 times named to MovieMaker Magazine “Top 25 Fests Worth the Entry Fee” lists, has featured over 400 projects showcasing stars and filmmakers including Sofia Loren, Bill Plympton, Anthony and Joe Russo, and Felicia Day. 

    In 2015, HSFF awarded over $150,000 in prizes, including $60,000 in post services for Best Short, Director, Music Video, Cinematography, VFX, and Commercial, and $15,000 Grand Prize cash .  www.hollyshorts.com

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    WoFF: World of Film International Festival 
    September 29 – October 2, 2016


    Regular Deadline March 31, 2016

    In 2016, WoFF returns for its third edition with great energy and ideas, generated from a wonderful 2015 festival.

    Our focus remains on independent cinema from all around the globe, by showcasing the work of first feature filmmakers and female directors in our two main sections, First Features and The Female Perspective, respectively.

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    Animaze 2016 Montreal International Animation Film Festival  August 18th - 21st, 2016.


    Submit by April 30, 2016

    Montreal  International Animation Film Festival FESTIVAL DATES June 2-5 2016 Montreal Canada Le MIAFF! is a people's film festival and industry conference dedicated to the art of animation for film and technology.  All genres and forms are welcome. Awards & Prizes Software and other award prizes. Visibility in our travelling shows in Berlin, Cannes, Annecy, Glasgow and more. Check 2015 fantastic programming on the website.

     

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    Exodus to Shangai

    Exodus to Shanghai tells a story of two brave lovers, Fannia and Bruce, who stand up to the Nazis and fight against their evil. With the help of music, martial arts and wisdom, they make their escape to Shanghai on the Orient Express, saving many Jews along the journey.   Together with Dr. Ho, the Chinese Consul in Vienna in 1938, who helped thousands of Jews to flee Vienna and escape to Shanghai with free Exit Visas, they make their Exodus to Shanghai.   A Dead Nazi is a Good Nazi.
    Market Premier at EFM February 12 I World Festival Premiere at Fantasporto March 3.

    Trailer I Synopsis I A film by  Anthony Hickox I Produced by Michel Adam I Exodus to Shangai's blog | Website I Ask a screener I @ Mariott 260 Feb 11-17  

     

    Paranoid Girls For Oscar Consideration

    Paranoid Girls Comedy by Pedro del Santo is qualified for Oscar selection running for best film, best original song...

    Ana, Paula and Veronica become fascinated by modeling and the life that it offers. Yet, they gradually begin to discover the dark side of fashion hidden behind the fame and glamour of the spotlights. The women experience downfall as they engage with an antagonistic photographer who drags models into a high stakes abyss of danger. The women learn to value friendship over the lures of fashion pitfalls and enjoy life's simplicities in the end.

     

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    Revolution by Rob Stewart (Sharkwater) 

    over 40 festival wins so far

    Eco Documentary feature film by Rob Stewart (Sharkwater)
    Revolution is a film about changing the world. The true-life adventure of Rob Stewart, this follow-up to his acclaimed SHARKWATER (36 festival wins) documentary continues his remarkable journey; one that will take him through 15 countries over four years, and where he'll discover that it's not only sharks that are in grave danger -- it's humanity itself.

    Get Happy by Manoj Annadurai 

    Feature Feel Good Movie  - World premiered in Montreal World Film Festival Winner best romantic comedy in Manhattan Fest

    Charlie Kane can’t catch a break. He grew into a man who expects the worse out of life and gets it. But that changes when, by chance, he meets a bright, sunny sprite of a woman named Holly who turns him from a dour drip into someone finally allowing himself to be happy.Then a bus flattens her before Charlie eyes. Charlie opts for suicide but can’t even successfully give up on life. Left with no other choice, he adopts Holly’s ethos of positivity and just decides to be happy... by ignoring all the bad things in life. But his cynical best friend isn’t buying Charlie’s new-found happiness and sets out to save Charlie by making him miserable again. 

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    If you are preparing for Cannes, with animation, enter your film and projects in the Animation in Cannes Catalog

    Free listing in the Catalog of Animationin Cannes and Whos who, and where Your entries will show on the website and will be shared with the trade publications in Cannes. We also have paid promotion packages to increase visibility. Email us for details. We will issue in PDF form with contact details. Available to media and buyers (film and TV). Animation Day in Cannes proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world's best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free H...
     
     

    Sedona Film Festival Announces 2016 Directors Choice Awards

     
    SEDONA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2016 DIRECTORS CHOICE AWARDS Audience Choice Winners Will be Revealed Sunday   Despite the Falling Snow, a love story that brings a rare female perspective to the Cold War, received the Directors Choice Award for Best Feature Film – Drama; Landfill Harmonic, a film that follows a Paraguayan musical group playing instruments made entirely of garbage, was named the Best Documentary; and Is That A Gun in Your Pocket, the story of women in a gun-loving Te...
     
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    Films in post-production screened at the Marché du Film 2016   The “Goes to Cannes” series is a Works-In-Progress (WIPs) showcase organized by the Marché du Film in partnership with recognized international festivals. Each festival will present up to five films in post-production from their own program to take to Cannes. This selection of film extracts will be presented during two-hour long market screenings, open to Marché du Film badge holders. The team ...
     

    Exodus to screen at Jewish Museum in Wien

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    Gods of Egypt, Review: With Gods like these…

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    Eddie the Eagle Q&A with Michael Edwards

    EDDIE THE EAGLE Q&A with Michael Edwards: Great Britain's first Olympic ski jumper Michael "Eddie" Edwards, 1988 Winter Olympic winner. By Maria Esteves – February 25, 2016 THE MOMS New York screening of EDDIE THE EAGLE, directed by Dexter Fletcher was held at Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11, Monday, February 22, 2016. A special Q&A session with Eddie the Eagle Michael Edwards moderated by co-founder Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein, The Moms Siriu...
     
     

    20 Chinese films head to Houston Worldfest

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        Hunter Todd (second from left), CEO and founder of WorldFest Houston, introduces the upcoming Panorama China program on Feb 19 in Houston along with China’s Consul of Culture Yang Song (right), Panorama China Chairman Ray Jiang (left) and WorldFest Director Kathleen Haney. May Zhou / China Daily Panorama China will make up part of the 49th WorldFest Houston – the international independent film festival where famous directors such as Ang Lee, the ...
     

    Warner Bros. to Buy DramaFever

     
    Warner Bros. has entered an agreement to acquire DramaFever, a U.S.-based company that operates subscription and on-demand video services, from SoftBank. DramaFever offers hundreds of series, variety shows, films and kids’ programs, in multiple languages, and is available in more than 20 countries globally and growing. The service joins Time Warner’s company-wide efforts to reach audiences directly, including the recent acquisition of iStreamPlanet and the launch of SVOD services wi...
     
     

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    Sedona Film Festival Announces 2016 Directors Choice Awards

     
    SEDONA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2016 DIRECTORS CHOICE AWARDS Audience Choice Winners Will be Revealed Sunday   Despite the Falling Snow, a love story that brings a rare female perspective to the Cold War, received the Directors Choice Award for Best Feature Film – Drama; Landfill Harmonic, a film that follows a Paraguayan musical group playing instruments made entirely of garbage, was named the Best Documentary; and Is That A Gun in Your Pocket, the story of women in a gun-loving Te...
     
     

    Highlights on MiFo LGBT Film Festival

     
    18th ANNUAL MiFo LGBT FILM FESTIVAL WELCOMES BACK SHOWTIME® AND ANNOUNCES GILEAD AS PRESENTING SPONSORS   MiFo Miami: April 22 – May 1, 2016 MiFo Fort Lauderdale: October 7 through October 16    MiFo LGBT Film Festival welcomes back SHOWTIME as Presenting Sponsor for the festival’s 2016 season, and announces that Gilead Sciences, Inc., has also signed on as Presenting Sponsor for MiFo’s Miami and Fort Lauderdale editions.  The Miami Festival k...
     

    HKIFF40 to Open With Chongqing Hot Pot and Trivisa

    Festival will close with Creepy - announced at star-studded press conference The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) revealed today the Opening Films of the 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF40), Chongqing Hot Pot, directed by China’s YANG Qing, and Trivisa, from the Hong Kong trio of Frank HUI, Vicky WONG and Jevons AU.  Chongqing Hot Pot will kick off HKIFF40 on 21 March 2016 with its World Premiere, while that same evening Trivisa w...
     

    HAFF program announced

      The official opening program of the Holland Animation Film Festival (HAFF), the largest animation festival in the Netherlands, is announced. Out of the 450 films HAFF has selected nine short films for the opening night, including the surprising puppet animation and BAFTA winner Edmond from Dutch director Nina Gantz and the world premieres Before Love by Igor Kovalyov (RU) and Ticking Away by Michael Sewnarain (NL). The ope...
     
     

    Festival program and schedule for the 6th Annual Women+Film Festival in Denver

     
    DENVER FILM SOCIETY ANNOUNCES FILMS, SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM FOR 6TH ANNUAL WOMEN+FILM FESTIVAL   - INDIVIDUAL TICKETS AND FESTIVAL PASSES ON SALE NOW -   February 26, 2016 (Denver, CO) - The Denver Film Society announced today its full Festival program and schedule for the 6th Annual Women+Film Festival. The Festival will take place at the Sie FilmCenter March 15 - 20 and individual tickets and all-access passes are on sale now. The Women+Film Festival shines a spotlight on...
     

    Annapolis Film Festival Announces 2016 Slate

        The fourth annual Annapolis Film Festival, March 31-April 3, 2016, will present a critically acclaimed lineup of narrative and documentary feature and short films from 22 countries, including an Academy Award nominee and selections fresh from Sundance and SXSW. The venues for the 70+ films are all in downtown Annapolis and within walking distance of each other. Guests may also catch a free City Circulator trolley to see some of the best new releases.   Christopher Walk...
     

    Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF) kicked off with Baba Joon, and runs for 12 days

     
    One of the largest and most respected Jewish film festivals in North America, the Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF) is an international exhibition of cinema that celebrates the diversity of Jewish history, culture and experience through the moving image. In addition to the annual festival, the WJFF presents an ongoing, year-round film series, in our home venue at the DCJCC.   The WJFF annually serves over 15,000 people through 80+ screenings, nearly all of which are regional, US or w...
     
     

    The 3rd Annual Issaquah International Film Festival Returns March 5 - 6

    A free weekend of films at Cinebarre Issaquah     SIFF and the City of Issaquah present a special weekend program featuring some of the world's best films --a unique combination of family favorites, recent arthouse successes, and new films -- presented at Cinebarre Issaquah. Admission is FREE. Reservations are limited to two tickets per person. Patrons are encouraged to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to screening times. Seating is first come, firs...
     
     

    2016 Indian Film Festival of LA Announces Line-Up

        The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announced today its 2016 lineup of narrative and documentary features, short films, and galas for its 14th annual festival. Opening the festival on April 6th is the U.S. premiere of the ensemble powerhouse ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES, from filmmaker and four-time IFFLA alum Pan Nalin. Anu Menon’s poignant WAITING, starring Nase...

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    Leo gets it, see the full list of Oscar winners

    Best picture Winner: Spotlight - Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, Producers The Big Short - Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers Bridge of Spies - Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers Brooklyn - Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers Mad Max: Fury Road - Doug Mitchell and George Miller, Producers The Martian - Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam, Producers The Revenant - Arnon ...
     

    Closing report for the second edition of SEEYOUSOUND INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FIM FESTIVAL

     
    Four intense days of festivals, large public attendance and a high rate of enthusiasm: this is the end result of the second edition of Seeyousound International Music Film Festival. Viewers have tripled compared to the first edition of the Festival: the inauguration on Thursday, February 25 has sold out with the screening of “B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin from 1979 to 1989” by Jorg A. Hoppe, Heinko Lange, Klaus Maeck collaborate with the English musician and pro...
     
     

    Sedona Film Festival Announces 2016 Directors Choice Awards

     
    SEDONA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2016 DIRECTORS CHOICE AWARDS Audience Choice Winners Will be Revealed Sunday   Despite the Falling Snow, a love story that brings a rare female perspective to the Cold War, received the Directors Choice Award for Best Feature Film – Drama; Landfill Harmonic, a film that follows a Paraguayan musical group playing instruments made entirely of garbage, was named the Best Documentary; and Is That A Gun in Your Pocket, the story of women in a gun-loving Te...
     
     

    Cesar 2016 Awards for Fatima, Mustang, Despleschin, Vincent Lindon and Catherine Frot...

    Vincent Lindon Best actor Winners and nominees Best Film (presented by Juliette Binoche) Fatima Dheepan The Measure of a Man Marguerite Mon roi Mustang Standing Tall My Golden Days Best Director (presented by Gilles Lellouche) Arnaud Desplechin – My Golden Days Jac...
     

     

     
     

    The 14th annual VES Awards

    The VES Awards recognizes and honors the most outstanding visual effects work of the year and honors the artists who created them. 14th Annual VES Awards Ceremony took place Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel   Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature Star Wars: The Force Awakens Roger Guyett Luke O'Byrne Patrick Tubach Paul Kavanagh Chris Corbould Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature The Good Dinosaur Sanjay Bak...
     
     

    The Academy will host live Oscar® viewing parties in New York and London

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    The Academy will host live Oscar® viewing parties in New York and London for its East Coast and European members and invited film industry guests on Oscar Sunday, February 28.  The Oscars, hosted by Chris Rock, will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. Oscar Night London, supported by Swarovski, will gather the celebrants at Soho’s Ham Yard Hotel to view the 88th Oscars® at a two-tier screening venue.  Guests will enjoy a midnight feast...
     
     

    San Diego Jewish Film Festival Awards

      THE WINNERS: FEATURE FILMS: Best Drama Mountain, Best Film To Life!, Best Documentary Projections of America SHORT FILMS:  Best Drama The Loss, Best Film The Divorce, Best Documentary Bernice     The 26th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival, presented by the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS, finished its ten days of screenings. The Festival showcased 60 of the best contemporary Jewish themed fil...

     

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    Sedona Film Festival Announces 2016 Directors Choice Awards

     
    SEDONA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2016 DIRECTORS CHOICE AWARDS Audience Choice Winners Will be Revealed Sunday   Despite the Falling Snow, a love story that brings a rare female perspective to the Cold War, received the Directors Choice Award for Best Feature Film – Drama; Landfill Harmonic, a film that follows a Paraguayan musical group playing instruments made entirely of garbage, was named the Best Documentary; and Is That A Gun in Your Pocket, the story of women in a gun-loving Te...
     
     

    Billblock Media has closed a first-look production deal with Warner. Bros. Pictures

    Billblock Media has closed a first-look production deal with Warner. Bros. Pictures who will handle global distribution for all titles The first film in development under the two-year deal is Sam Raimi’s near-future feature film World War 3, based on predictions in George Friedman’s non-fiction best-selling book The Next 100 Years. Billblock Media optioned the book and is actively developing the adaptation. As part of the production deal, Block has closed a multi-mi...
     
     

    Jonathan Rosenbaum will teach a course in Spain for the first time within the 2016 edition of FILMADRID

    Film Madrid. International Film Festival announces the first confirmation for its 2016 program.  It is the widely acknowledged American film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, who will teach a course for the first time in Spain.  His theoretical works, his efforts in promoting international cinema in the United States and his talent as a programmer, have made of Rosenbaum an unavoidable referent in the film scene. The renowned critic develops an intense activity as a professor, giving ...
     
     
     

    RIP Colin Low: Film pioneer head of NFB animation

    Colin Low began his career with the NFB in 1945  as a graphic artist and rose through the ranks, eventually becoming head of the animation unit. He later moved into documentary filmmaking and produced titles including City of Gold, Corral and Universe, which was among the sources Stanley Kubrick used when making 2001: A Space Odyssey. Hisexperiments in large-format cinema contributed to the development of IMAX 3D film died Wedn...
     
     

    Video capture from Berlinale Talents 2016 conference "Animated Gifts: Welcome to Cartoon Saloon"

    Tomm Moore's THE SECRET OF KELLS  Director, illustrator and animator Tomm Moore has enchanted audiences of all ages with his Oscar-nominated feature films The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea. He was recently honored with the European Film Award. A co-founder of Kilkenny-based studio Cartoon Saloon, Moore is deserving of the comparisons drawn to Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli, resuscitating stories and characters of Irish folklore through a mix of animation t...
     
     

    Look back at IAD Poster 2015 – created by Rastko Ciric

    Rastko Ciric http://www.rastkociric.com/ A very nice initiative from The International Animation Day: Each year a famous animator is selected to create the poster of IAD. Previous posters were created by well known animators such as Iouri Tcherenkov, Paul Driessen, Abi Feijo, Eric Ledune, Noureddin Zarrinkelk, Michel Ocelot, Nina Paley, Raoul Servais, Ihab Shaker and Gianluigi Toccafondo. ...
     
     

    Sino-European Production Seminar wraps with optimistic outlook for Chinese-European co-productions

      copyright: Christian Lima Dehne On Wednesday, 17th February 2016 the European Film Market and Bridging the Dragon in cooperation with Movie View successfully wrapped the first Sino-European Production Seminar for selected European producers who are developing feature film projects with China. Among the 42 participants from Austria, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, UK were Ulf Israel (Senator Film Produktion), Segole...
     
     

    Morgan Freeman, John Legend to present along with J.J. Abrams, Sacha Baron Cohen and Henry Cavill for the 88th Oscars® telecast

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    Oscar® winners Morgan Freeman and John Legend have been added to the list of presenters along with J.J. Abrams, Sacha Baron Cohen and Henry Cavill for the 88th Oscars® telecast. Oscar producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin also announced a special performance by Dave Grohl for the 88th annual event, hosted by Chris Rock, airing live Oscar Sunday, February 28, on ABC.   The most recent list of presenters marks the return of Sacha Baron Cohen, Morgan Freeman and John...
     

    Producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin today announced 14 key members of the production team for the 88th Oscars®

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    Producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin today announced 14 key members of the production team for the 88th Oscars®, which will air live on Sunday, February 28, on ABC. This year, Glenn Weiss makes his Oscar® telecast debut as director.  Weiss has directed numerous televised events, including 15 Tony Awards® shows, for which he has garnered three directing Emmys®.  Other directing credits include the “38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors,” “Billboard...
     
     

    Colin Farrell and the Lobster to close CRAIC FEST March 5 NYC

    Since 1999 the Craic Fest has been the premier Irish film and music festival in the U.S. This year is no exception with an eclectic mix of Irish features, documentaries and short films.    This year marks the 18th annual Craic Fest, presented by Castle Brands and Stella Artois. Opening night is the NY premier of Irish boxing documentary Hardy (about the local Irish female boxer Heather “The Heat” Hardy) Heather and Director Natasha Varma will be in attendance for Q...
     

    Watch an Answer to #OscarsSoWhite...hilarious and serious too....from Lloyd Kaufman

    Lloyd Kaufman and The Troma Team have AT LAST found a solution to the diversity problem found in the Academy Awards... watch this video to discover the answer to #OSCARSSOWHITE and remember to check out TROMA NOW at http://watch.troma.com ...
     

    A new governance for Cinemed with ex minister Aurélie Filippetti onboard

    Christophe Leparc and Aurélie Filippetti © Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole     On Friday 19th of February, 2016, Philippe Saurel, Mayor of Montpellier and President of Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, announced the new governance structure for Cinemed, Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier. Auré...
     

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    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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    Découvrez le palmarès du Nikon Film Festival

    Le Nikon Film Festival dévoile son palmarès À l'issue de plus de 5 mois de compétition, Nikon est fier de vous annoncer les prix décernés lors du 6ème Nikon Film Festival qui avait pour thème JE SUIS UN GESTE. ...
     

    Le Festival Ecrans Mixtes sera présent à Lyon du 2 au 8 mars.

    Cette nouvelle édition portera sur le cinéma français :    Rétrospective intégrale Alain Guiraudie en sa présence, dans 3 cinémas. Invitation à la réalisatrice Catherine Corsini pour 2 séances cultes au CNP Bellecour.   Ouverture au Comoedia avec «Théo et Hugo dans le même bateau»,  nouveau film d’Olivier Ducastel et J...
     
     

    Christian Lorin revient sur la disparition de François Dupeyron

    Je suis triste de la disparition de François Dupeyron. Son dernier film tourné à Fréjus et sa région 'Par toimon âme guérie' était excellent. Il vivait la moitié du temps dans cette région . Que son âme resplendisse dans les étoiles. Christian Lorin ...
     

    Disparition du réalisateur François Dupeyron

    Le réalisateur de La chambre des officiers s’est éteint à l’âge de 65 ans. François Dupeyron diplômé de l'IDHEC2. Il a cofondé, avec Mireille Abramovici, Jean-Denis Bonan, Richard Copans et Guy-Patrick Sainderichin, du collectif de cinéma militant d'extrême gauche Cinélutte (1973-1976).   Lors du Festival de Cannes 2009, il a reçu le « prix France Culture Cin...
     
     

    Aqua-ciné à la piscine des Chartreux à Troyes: au programme L’Age de glace 4 : La dérive des continents

    La Ville de Troyes organise vendredi 11 mars prochain un évènement inédit à la piscine des Chartreux : un aqua-ciné ! A partir de 19h, plongez dans l’aventure de Sid, Manny et Diego à travers la projection du film  L’Age de glace 4 : La dérive des continents. Dans une eau chauffée exceptionnellement à 32°C, vivez ou revivez l’histoire de Scrat et son inlassable malchance sur écran g&e...
     

    20ème festival Aventure et Découverte

     
    FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DU FILM AVENTURE ET DECOUVERTE 20 ANS ET ONZE FILMS EBOURIFFANTS !   Le cinéma, l'aventure, la découverte, et un 20ème anniversaire : entrez dans le tourbillon détonnant d'un rendez-vous qui dose à la perfection merveille et inattendu. Du 18 au 21 avril, Sylvain Tesson nous emmène de rencontres exceptionnelles en films saisissants et remplis de fougue ! Reste une question : où l'Aigle d'Or s...
     

    Aurélie Filippetti et Christophe Leparc à la tête de Cinemed

    Christophe Leparc et Aurélie Filippetti © Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole   Le vendredi 19 février 2016, Philippe Saurel, maire de la Ville de Montpellier et président de Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole a annoncé la nouvelle gouvernance de Cinemed, Festival du cinéma méditerranéen de Montpellier. Ainsi, Aurélie Filippetti, ancienne ministre de la Culture, sera la no...
     

    Ciné Latino Figures d'Amérique latine : personnalités et mythes

    Chaque année, Cinélatino dédie son Focus a une thématique particulière. Cette année, le festival s'intéresse aux grandes figures d'Amérique latine : hommes et femmes, politiques, artistes, sportifs qui ont marqué l'Histoire. Cette année, la section « Focus » de Cinélatino sera particulièrement dense en histoires exceptionnelles. Dédier cet espace de notre programme ...
     

    Prix de la relève : Les cultures autochtones à l’avant-plan

    Le rêve d’Okpik, long-métrage de Laura Rietveld, s’est mérité le prix Œuvre de la relève par le Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec lors d’une cérémonie organisée par Culture-Montréal dans le Studio 2 de Télé-Québec, le 22 février 2016. Le film dresse un portrait de Harry Okpik, un Inuit qui, surmontant un handicap physique important, est devenu un éleveur et un con...

     


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    Southern Circuit September 1, 2016 – April 30, 2017


    Regular deadline February 29  

    Southern Circuit is accepting film submissions from independent filmmakers living in the UNITED STATES for their 2016-2017 Season Tour! Starting in 1975 as the nation's first regional tour of independent filmmakers, Southern Circuit provides directors with the unique opportunity to screen their films to new, engaged audiences across the Southern United States. Selected as one of MovieMaker Magazine’s 50 Film Festivals worth the Entry Fee in 2015, Southern Circuit brings communities together by transforming film viewing into a shared experience!

    Southern Circuit seeks the best films in genres including fiction, documentary, animation, and experimental. Interested filmmakers can find more information on submission guidelines and entering their film(s) by visiting the South Arts website!

    You have until February 29 to apply with their regular deadline rate of $30, and the final deadline to submit your film(s) is March 10!

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    International Film Festival for Environment, Health & Culture (IFFEHC) May 20 – 27, 2016

    IFFEHC main mission is to promote films pertaining to environment, health, and culture issues, carrying strong methods of storytelling, produced with excellent technique and crafted with passion and love for humanity. We accept all kind of films besides environment and health, because this festival is also about modern and traditional culture. Our past winners include many Hollywood stars. We conduct press conference, awards ceremony, workshop, and hundreds films are screened. Our awards ceremonies were attended by kings, sultans, queens, ministers, senators, international artists, and leading newspapers.


    International Film Festival for Environment, Health, and Culture is one of the members of a big festivals group internationalfilmfestivals.org which aim is to help promote the goals of the United Nation in celebrating international days of peace, women, anti-discrimination, tolerance, youth, family, humanitarian, human rights, health, autism, disability, etc

    I Website  I Awards  I Submit I Contact Irene Christina

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    Animaze Daze in Cannes Screenings Part of Animation Day in Cannes May 18 

    Regular Deadline is March 15

    Submit your best short animated films  for a screening May18th at Cannes Film Festival.
    Enjoy industry visibility in front of the animation professionals attending Cannes during Animation Day in Cannes (second edition). take advantage of free promotion to buyers and media on our Animation Day in Cannes Newsletters, animation Day in Cannes website, filmfestivals.com pages dedicated to Animation Day in Cannes  and our Youtube  channel, which will be offered for buyers and Media.

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    Golden Trailer Awards May 4

    Regular Entry Deadline: Friday March 4th, 2016

    "Call for Entry is NOW open at www.goldentrailer.com

    Submit your: Trailers, Teasers, Posters, Video Games, TV Spots, Radio Spots, Innovative Theatrical Advertising & More
    Regular Deadline: Friday March 4th, 2016

    Twelve New Categories this year/ Best Independent Trailer (under a million), Golden Fleece Foreign, Best Foreign Independent Trailer, Best Foreign Music Trailer, Best Foreign Thriller Trailer, Best Foreign Trashiest, Best Foreign Teaser, Best Sound Editing TV Spot, Best Teaser TV Spot, Best Radio/Audio Spot, Best Trailer for Legit Theater or Broadway Trailer, Best Trailer for a book or novel  

    Show Date: May 4th, 2016 at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, CA

    For information on Industry Sponsorship, advertising in the GTA 17 program book and Web Banners on GoldenTrailer.com please email GBrahney@goldentrailer.com.

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    The Wiper Film Festival April 6 – 8, 2016


    Regular deadline February 29 , 2016

    The Wiper Film Festival is the premiere online film festival and includes an NYC screening. Your work will have the opportunity to be seen by more than 18 millions users around the globe.

    There is no fee to submit and have your work considered. There are cash grants for Curator’s Choice and Fan Choice winners in each category. Wiper also provides free advertising and promotion budget to its top films.

    Submit your feature and short length work today!

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    NYC Indie Film Fest

    April 27 to May 1, 2016!


    Late deadline February 29, 2016

    NYC Independent Film Festival is a celebration of the true independent filmmaker, documentaries, short and feature-length films, music videos, and animation. Whether a submission is comedic, dramatic, or something in between, The NYC Indie film Fest is eager to embrace fresh ideas and storytelling.

    In addition to showcasing the best indie films to the entertainment industry and the NYC public, the festival will also offer a variety of prizes. During the 6th Annual Festival we gave away prizes with a total cash value of over 28,000 USD. 

    All screenings take place in the historic center of NYC, Time Square which is the perfect home for an event geared toward creating incredible opportunities for independent voices.

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    Hollyshorts Film Festival
    August 11 – 20, 2016

    Regular Deadline: April 8, 2016

    The 12th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival and Film Conference/Film Market, scheduled for August 11-20, 2016 at the world famous TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, is now accepting submissions. (www.withoutabox.com/login/4655)   HSFF, 4 times named to MovieMaker Magazine “Top 25 Fests Worth the Entry Fee” lists, has featured over 400 projects showcasing stars and filmmakers including Sofia Loren, Bill Plympton, Anthony and Joe Russo, and Felicia Day. 

    In 2015, HSFF awarded over $150,000 in prizes, including $60,000 in post services courtesy of COMPANY 3 and METHOD STUDIOS for Best Short, Director, Music Video, Cinematography, VFX, and Commercial, and $15,000 Grand Prize cash courtesy of ZYPE.  www.hollyshorts.com

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    The Havana Film Festival NY (www.HFFNY.com), flagship project of the nonprofit organization American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (AFLFC), announced the eighteen films competing to receive the Havana Star Prize for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Actress and Best Screenplay, as well as the Havana Star Prize for Best Documentary, which will be awarded on Friday, April 15th at the Closing Night Ceremony (Directors Guild Theater, 6:30 pm).  The festival takes place April 7-15 in venues throughout the city, including Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx; the Village East Cinema (2nd Ave and 12th Street) in Manhattan is its main venue. All foreign language films are subtitled in English.

     

    The recipients will be chosen by prominent members of the film industry and art world. In the Fiction Category the jury is: film programmer Zita Morriña; Spanish actor and writer Txemi Parra; Vice Chancellor of Universidad del Cine of Argentina Mario Santos; and art historian and curator Kevin Moore. In the Documentary Category, the jury is: Guatemalan filmmaker Rafael Rosal; Colombian writer and documentarian Carmen Alarcon; and writer and journalist Kevin Canfield.

     

    The 18 films selected come from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, and the United States. Many of the filmmakers will be in New York to present their films.

     

     

     

    The films competing for the Havana Star Prize in Fiction are:

    1. EL ACOMPAÑANTE / THE COMPANION 

    Pavel Giroud | Cuba | 2015 | Fiction | 104min

     

    1. LA GUNGUNA / THE GUNGUNA 

    Ernesto Alemany | Dominican Republic | 2015 | Fiction | 87min

     

    1. EL BOSQUE DE KARADIMA

    Matías Lira | Chile | 2015 | Fiction | 98min 
     

    1. BAILANDO CON MARGOT / DANCING WITH MARGOT 

    Arturo Santana | Cuba | 2015 | Fiction | 105min
     

    1. EVA NO DUERME / EVA DOESN'T SLEEP 

    Pablo Agüero | Argentina | 2015 | Fiction | 85min
     

    1. ZOOM 

    Pedro Morelli | Brazil - Canada | 2015 | Fiction | 96min
     

    1. CUBA LIBRE 

    Jorge Luis Sánchez | Cuba | 2015 | Fiction | 120min

     

    1. MAGALLANES - N.Y Premiere

    Salvador del Solar | Peru-Colombia | Fiction | 109 min

     

    1. PRESOS / IMPRISONED - N.Y. Premiere

    Esteban Ramírez | Costa Rica | 2015 | Fiction | 97min

     

    1. LA PATOTA / PAULINA 

    Santiago Mitre | Argentina | 2015 | Fiction | 103min

     

    1. MI AMIGA DEL PARQUE / MY FRIEND FROM THE PARK

    Ana Katz | Argentina-Uruguay | 2015 | Fiction | 86min  

     

     

     

     

    The films competing for the Havana Star Prize in Documentary are:

    1. EL TREN DE LA LÍNEA NORTE / THE TRAIN ON THE NORTHERN RAILWAY

    Marcelo Martín | Cuba | 2015 | Documentary | 80min
     

    1. ALLENDE, MI ABUELO ALLENDE / BEYOND MY GRANDFATHER ALLENDE

    Marcia Tambutti Allende | Chile | 2015 | Documentary | 100min

     

    1. PACIENTE / PATIENT - N.Y. Premiere

    Jorge Caballero | Colombia | 2015 | Documentary | 73min
     

    1. EL CUARTO DE LOS HUESOS / THE ROOM OF BONES 

    Marcela Zamora | El Salvador - Mexico | 2015 | Documentary | 60min

     

    1. MADE IN BANGKOK 

    Flavio Florencio | Mexico | 2015 | Documentary | 75min

     

    1. LA PRENDA / THE PAWN

    Jean-Cosme Delaloye | Guatemala - Switzerland | 2015 | Documentary | 78min
     

    1. TIEMPO SUSPENDIDO / TIME SUSPENDED

    Natalia Bruschtein | Mexico | 2015 | Documentary | 64 min 

    This year HFFNY turns 17, making it the longest-running and most established festival celebrating Latin American cinema in the New York tri-state area. HFFNY 2016 will run April 7-15, featuring award-winning films from Cuba and Latin America, many US and NY premieres. 

     

    The presenting sponsor of the 17th HFFNY is NBC/Telemundo 47. Additional sponsorship is provided by El Diario/La Prensa, Cuba Travel Networks, Xael Charters, Pod39 Hotel, Latino Artists Round Table (LART), WBAI Radio, The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, Habanero Films, Aguijón Films, The Sound of Two, the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York. HFFNY is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Honorable Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York State legislators and supported, in part, by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the City Council.

     

    The Havana Film Festival New York is a project of American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (AFLFC), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization building cultural bridges between the U.S. and Cuba through programs in the arts.

     

    For Havana Film Festival New York information and schedule visit www.HFFNY.com. For screeners, interviews with directors, and high-res photos/images please contact Samantha Choos: 

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    UDINE – What’s on the other side? This question has been nourishing our soul for millenniums. It doesn’t actually matter if the “other side” is physical or metaphorical, if there’s a closed door or an open space. What matters is that it arouses curiosity. It awakens our instinct of discovery and research, of searching for something that catches our eyes. The Udine Far East Film Festival knows this and since 1999, has been exploring the “other side” called Asia, just like the graphic artist Roberto Rosolin that has captured these explorations in one graphic image.

    The new FEFF poster hints at giving a possible answer to this question through the movement of our eyes, which, at the end of the journey, eventually set themselves on the profile of a young woman with oriental features, style icon of the next future or of the distant past and also in her eyes, which we can see look far in the distance as if searching for something else to explore. The “West” maybe?

    Rosolin created the image using the light painting technique where light is literally painted into the scene by using spotlights which are cast directly on the face of the girl, without the aid of graphic software tools. He created a glowing portrait where high-tech meets tradition and where science fiction meets dreamlike elements.

    Hence dreams versus reality, the Far East Film Festival is about to come “of age”: from the 22nd to the 30th April, in fact all spotlights will be on its Eighteenth Edition! The 60 film titles scheduled in the programme are from amongst the best productions of the last season (blockbusters, cult movies, outsiders or art films from Asia).

    The #FEFF18 agenda will be enriched by a network of collateral events that will be held in the centre of Udine. Other activities include the FEFF Campus, school of journalism for young European and Asian talents and Ties That Bind, international workshop that brings together film producers from Asia and Europe. The deadline to buy accreditation passes at a promotional price is 14th March (all info at www.fareastfilm.com).

     

    Roberto Rosolin was born in Gorizia in 1980. After his studies, he started his career as a graphic designer in Friuli Venezia Giulia before moving to London, where he now lives and works. He is currently Art Director of Fabric, one of London’s premier venues, and of his own record label, which have received much international attention. Recently his work with photographer Mads Perch has been used as the cover of the annual photo book Creative Review.


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    The Sonoma International Film Festival celebrating the best in film, food, wine and spirits is proud to announce the line-up for the 19th edition. The five day program will take place Wednesday, March 30 to Sunday, April 3.  Considered one of the nation’s top destination film festivals, SIFF presents over 100 films shown at 6 venues, all within walking distance from Sonoma’s historic plaza -- dubbed SIFF VILLAGE -- in the heart of California Wine Country and will host nearly 200 filmmakers from around the world.

     

    “Every year we set out to bring unique films with new, provocative and inspiring ideas, accompanied by their filmmakers which add a certain pizzazz to our five-day festival,” said Executive Director Kevin McNeely. “We are thrilled to present fresh films that have not been seen at many of the world’s festivals, unique entertainment and celebrities, all adding to the mix of our welcoming and entertaining festival.” 

     

    This year SIFF will honor actor and director Meg Ryan with a SONOMA SALUTE AWARD at a Tribute event on Thursday, March 31.  Beginning with a special screening of Ryan’s directorial feature film debut, Ithaca, the Tribute will follow with a Conversation moderated by Eliot Kotek, filmmaker and publisher of Beyond Cinema Magazine, and a presentation of the award.  Meg Ryan’s comedic appeal was widely recognized in her first Golden Globe-nominated performance as Sally Allbright in When Harry Met Sally. She went on to star in Nora Ephron’s hit romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle, opposite Tom Hanks. Her last collaboration with Ephron and Hanks was the romantic comedy You’ve Got Mail. Other distinctive dramatic roles have been in Courage Under FireWhen A Man Loves A Woman, and Promised Land. Her more recent films that showcase her powerful dramatic portraits include: Serious MoonlightIn the Land of the WomenKate & LeopoldThe Presidio, and the forever popular Top Gun.  Ryan has gone on to distinguish herself as one of Hollywood’s top actresses starring in over 40 films. SIFF has the pleasure to screen her directorial film debut: Ithaca written by Erik Jendersen and based on a novel by William Saroyan and starring Tom Hanks, Ryan, Jack Quaid and Sam Shepard.

     

    “We are honored to screen Ithaca, Meg’s directorial film debut,” commented McNeely.  “She is a critically-acclaimed actress whose films reflect a wide range of dynamic roles that make her a unique talent in the motion picture industry.  We are thrilled she will be a part of our 19th festival!”

     

    Opening this year’s festival is Joachim Trier’s Louder Than Bombs, which stars Amy Ryan, Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne and Rachel Brosnahan.  A few years after a war photographer’s death in a car crash, her husband, Gene (Byrne), and two sons Jonah (Eisenberg) and Conrad, have to reopen old wounds when a retrospective of her work is being held at an art gallery.  Just like how a photograph’s meaning can be altered by framing and depth of field, so too can these three men’s memories and feelings offer a unique perspective on their wife or mother.  The opening night festivities will take place at the historic Sebastiani Theatre on Wednesday, March 30.

     

    SIFF concludes with The Sense of Wonder, a romantic comedy directed by French director Éric Besnard.  At the heart of the Drôme Provencale, Louise (Virginie Efira) raises her two children while trying to preserve the family farm.  One evening she almost crushes a stranger with her car.  She takes care of him, even though he’s not really wounded.  It turns out that he has mental disorders and that they can help each other much more than they thought.  The festivities will come to a close with a party in the Backlot Tent featuring music by the Grateful Blue Grass Boys Band.

     

    Festival Highlights & Local Offerings

     

    As the Sonoma International Film Festival has grown over these past 19 years, it has established itself as a destination festival as well as continuing to expand and broaden its scope for filmmakers and guests alike.  Every film has been selected for the integrity of the storytelling, dedication to the filmmaking craft and always keeping the audience in mind.

     

    Complementing its diverse and truly international program of independent cinema, SIFF offers a unique blend of world-class cuisine from local artisans and exceptional wine from Sonoma vintners, making for an epicurean experience few film festivals in the world can match.  Renowned filmmakers, industry leaders and celebrities have enjoyed its intimate ambiance, while many filmmakers who have premiered at SIFF return with future projects.   Following are just a few special highlights the festival has to offer:

     

    Opening Night Reception – SIFF is thrilled and honored to begin the Film Festival libations at the Backlot Tent in the middle of the historic Sonoma Plaza.  Attending filmmakers, festival sponsors and pass holders will be treated to the epicurean delights of the girl & the fig, Café La Haye, the Swiss Hotel, Della Santina, Harvest Moon and Touché Mobile Chefs, as well as bubbles by Gloria Ferrer, still wine from Madrone, Lake Sonoma, Clos Du Bois, Buena Vista Winery, Corner 103 and Petroni Winery.

    v  Preceding the opening night film, SIFF will present the Sonoma Salute Award to Producer/Screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen, in honor of his dedication and support of the festival.   A Sonoma resident and owner of Kamen Estate Wines, Kamen has been writing screenplays for 35 years and is best known for such films as TAPS, The 5th Element, and the Karate Kid, Transporter& the Taken franchises.  His next film to be released is Warriors Gate.  In addition, Kamen will give a Screenwriting Master Class on Saturday, April 2, from 11:45 – 12:30 pm, in which he will talk about the mechanics of a screenplay.

    From Script to Distribution Panel, Saturday, April 2, 10:30-11:30 am - Filmmakers will be able to ask questions of these industry experts and receive invaluable information.   Panel will feature this year’s jurors, listed below.

    v  An exciting new hospitality and party venue have been adopted for this upcoming edition of the Festival: the “SIFF VILLAGE.” The Village will add convenient facilities and new levels of fun and engagement to this annual celebration. Located at the eastern lot of Sonoma’s Veterans Hall, just off First Street East, the SIFF Village will consist of a main hospitality tent, known as “The Backlot Tent” and a new, European-style tent called “Le Tigre”, that will serve as a 110- person screening venue during the day, and at night it will be transformed into a magical space for Burlesque and Vaudeville performances.

    v  SIFF Village will have a food court and also welcome multiple food trucks as well as the “Feast It Forward” VIP area with their Airstream lounge. Weather permitting, there will be a variety of seating areas sprinkled around the Village. The Backlot Tent main hospitality area will feature a daily happy hour from 3 – 6pm with music, local premium wines and festive cocktails. SIFF Village will serve as a showcase for the Festival’s food and beverage sponsors, allowing Festival goers to enjoy their premium products and flavors.

    Sonoma Valley High School Student Films, Thursday, March 31 – Sonoma Valley High School Media Arts Program is in its 13th year and the student shorts will be shown Thursday morning at the Sebastiani Theatre.  SRO!

    FAMILY PROGRAM, Saturday, April 2 – The Family Program will start with Everybody is a Star/Alchemia Performers and short videos by director Peter McEvilley.   The Feature presentation is Oddball, the true story of how a dog saves an Australian village. 

    Awards Ceremony, Saturday, April 2 (5-6pm) – Come for the announcement of this year’s Award winners at the Sebastiani Theatre.

     

    During the evening hours, the Backlot Tent will host spirited themed parties inspired in centerpiece festival films:

     

    Hemingway & Havana, Thursday, March 31 (8-11pm) – In the spirit of Havana Motor Club and Papa, celebrate the food and music of Cuba.   An array of empanadas and tortas cubanas provided by the girl & the fig.  Sample a Cohiba cigar, sip on a Don Julio tequila and dance the night away with Freddy Clarke and the Wobbly World.

    Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves, Friday, April 1 (8-11pm) – Continue the party after Yard Dog Road Shows screens.  Get your groove on with the gypsy jazz band Vignes Rooftop Revival, followed by a local DJ.  Sample some deliciousness from one of Sonoma’s best caterers.

    Old Hollywood, Saturday, April 2 (8-11pm) – Celebrate with the juried award winners, following the Awards Ceremony, dance, drink and eat in style.  Wear your Hollywood best.  Music by recording artist Roberta Donnay and local DJ.

    Closing Night party, Sunday, April 3 (8-10pm) – It’s a Wrap!  One last hoorah after the closing night film, featuring music by the Grateful Bluegrass Boys. 

     

     

    Film Categories & Sidebars

     

    SIFF will continue its commitment to feature exciting, culturally enlightening, and entertaining programming and sidebars.  Over 100 films from around the world will be brought together to form an incredibly unique and diverse festival experience.

     

    This year’s jury members are:  David Dinerstein (producer), Mike Repsch (Breaking Glass Pictures), Ariane Rocchi (Magnolia Pictures), Steve Chagollan (Variety) for Features; James Cromwell (actor), Sir Nigel Daly (producer/director), Michael Howell (E.D. Devour Festival/Chef) for Documentaries; Leslie Vanderpool (E/D. Bahamas International Film Festival) and Lucy Walker (Academy Award-nominated director) for Short films..

     

    Films from the following categories will be shown:

     

    v  American Indies                                                           

    v  Documentaries

    v  World Cinema

    v  Environmental/Social Causes

    v  Food & Wine

    v  LGBT

    v  Extreme Sports

    v  Music/Arts/Design

    v  Health & Wellness

    v  Cinema en Español

    v  Family

    v  UFO

     

    JURIED AWARDS:

     

    v Best American Independent Feature

    v Best World Feature

    v Best Documentary Feature

    v Best Narrative Short

    v Best Documentary Short

     

    AUDIENCE AWARDS:

     

    v The A3 Audience Award of $1,000 for Best Documentary

    (named in honor of Amar A. Archbold, a longtime supporter and extraordinary Board member)

    v The Stolman Audience Award of $1,000 for the Best American Independent Feature

          (named in memory of Caroline and Ed Stolman, founders of the Sonoma International Film Festival)

    v SIFF Audience Award Best World Feature of $1,000

     

    The full list of films is below or at www.sonomafilmfest.org

     

    Ticket Information:

     

    The best way to experience the Festival and have access to all films is by getting a SIFF pass. SIFF can be enjoyed at different levels:  Patron, Cinema Soiree, and Cinema Pass levels. All pass holders will have access to both “Le Tigre” and the Backlot Tent in SIFF Village. For information about tickets, festival passes, prices, and benefits visit www.sonomafilmfest.org.

     

     

     

    About the Sonoma International Film Festival:

     

    The Sonoma International Film Festival is presented by the Sonoma Valley Film Society, a 501(c)3 dedicated to promoting independent film, supporting filmmakers around the world, and inspiring film lovers. Most films screened at the Festival have attending filmmakers and actors making for spirited Q&As.  This unique five-day event offers world-class cuisine from local artisans and exceptional wine from Sonoma vintners. Renowned filmmakers, industry leaders and celebrities such as Bruce Willis, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams and Danny Glover, Demián Bichir and Mary-Louise Parker have walked the festival red carpet and enjoyed its intimate ambiance.

     

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    2016 SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    FILM LINEUP

     

    NARRATIVE FEATURES

     

    All in Time, USA

    Directed by Chris Fetchko, Marina Donahue

    Cast:  Seam Modica, Vanessa Ray, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Lynn Cohen, Joshua Burrow, Rob Bartlett

    Charlie quits his job in New York to move home to Pennsylvania to manage his favorite hometown rock band, firmly believing the band’s glory days are ahead of them.  His supportive girlfriend shares his love for the band, but the band’s guitarist, who has experienced the harsh reality of the music business, doesn’t share Charlie’s wide-eyed optimism.  His attitude derails Charlie’s best efforts to bring the band success and sends Charlie spiraling into an emotional, financial and romantic tailspin.  Charlie hits rock bottom when he loses both the band and his girlfriend, but gets some unexpected help from his elderly neighbor who sets him back on his path.

     

    Always Worthy, USA

    Directed by Marianna Palka

    Cast:  Amberlee Colson, Eric Edelstein, Ian Gomez, Lukas Haas

    A quirky aspiring actress is determined to make her dreams come true in Hollywood, but first she’s got to overcome her biggest obstacle – herself.

     

    Booger Red, USA

    Directed by Brendt Mader

    Cast:  Deborah Abbott, Tim Ajro, Dakota Carrasco, Rebecca Chulew

    A veteran reporter searches for the truth behind the largest child-sex ring in Texas history.  On his journey through the bowels of East Texas, he’s forced to confront his own history with abuse while he discovers that the allegations at the root of his investigation might never had happened.

     

    Coming Through the Rye, USA

    Directed by James Sadwith

    Cast:  Chris Cooper, Stefania LaVie Owen, Adrian Pasdar, Alex Wolf, Eric Nelson

    Jamie Schwartz is stumbling through disastrous relationships at a boy’s boarding school.  He runs away with a local girl to the mountains of New Hampshire in search of J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye.

     

    Fire in the Sky, USA

    Directed by Robert Lieberman

    Cast:  D.B. Sweeney, Robert Patrick, Peter Berg, James Garner, Henry Thomas

    An Arizona logger mysteriously disappears for five days in an alleged encounter with a flying saucer in 1975.

     

    First Girl I Loved, USA

    Directed by Kerem Sanga

    Cast:  Briana Hildebrand, Pamela Adlon, Dylan Gelula, Cameron Esposito

    Seventeen-year-old Anne just fell in love with Sasha, the most popular girl at her LA public high school.  But when Anne tells her best friend Clifton, who has always harbored a secret crush, he does his best to get in the way.

     

    Her Composition, USA

    Directed by Stephan Littger

    Cast:  Joslyn Jensen, Heather Matarazzo, Christian Campbell, Margot Bingham

    A talented, artistically stuck composition student starts seeing escort clients after failing to secure her scholarship.  Struck with unexpected sounds during her sexual encounters, she turns them into music and the clients into her muse.

     

    How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town, Canada

    Directed by Jeremy LaLonde

    Cast:  Jewel Staite, Katharine Isabelle, Lauren Lee Smith, Lauren Holly

    When a famous sex columnist attempts to host an orgy with old high school acquaintances in her conservative hometown, keeping secrets becomes the least of her problems.

     

    Ithaca, USA      

    Directed by Meg Ryan

    Cast:  Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, Jack Quaid, Sam Shepard

    Fourteen-year-old Homer Macauley is determined to be the best and fastest bicycle telegraph messenger anyone has ever seen.  His older brother has gone to war, leaving Homer to look after his widowed mother, his older sister and his 4-year-old brother Ulysses.  And so it is that as spring turns to summer, 1942, Homer Macauley delivers messages of love, hope, pain…and death…to the good people of Ithaca.  And Homer will grapple with one message that will change him forever.  Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Saroyan’s 1943 novel, The Human Comedy, Ithaca is a coming-of-age story about the exuberance of youth, the abruptness of change, the sweetness of life, the sting of death, and the sheer goodness that lives in each and every one of us.

     

    Jack of the Red Hearts, USA

    Directed by Janet Grillo

    Cast:  Famke Janssen, Scott Cohen, Israel Broussard, John D’Leo

    A streetwise teenage runaway scams her way into a job as a live-in caregiver of a severely autistic child.  Her name is Jacquelyn but don’t call her anything but Jack.  Their lives are forever changed when Jack has a positive impact on the child, and the family has one on her.

     

    Lost and Found, USA

    Directed by Joseph Itaya

    Cast:  Justin Kelly, Benjamin Stockham, Cary Elwes, Jason Patric

    Sent to spend the summer with their uncle on a remote island, young brothers Andy and Mark learn that their eccentric grandfather once owned the island, but vanished without a trace taking with him the secret to a vast fortune.

     

    Louder Than Bombs, Norway – OPENING NIGHT

    Directed by Joachim Trier

    Cast:  Isabelle Huppert, Gabriel Byrne, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Ryan, Rachel Brosnahan

    A few years after a war photographer’s death in a car crash, her husband Gene (Byrne) and two sons, Jonah (Eisenberg) and Conrad, have to reopen old wounds when a retrospective of her work is being held at an art gallery.  Just like how a photograph’s meaning can be altered by framing and depth of field, so too can these three men’s memories and feelings offer a unique perspective on their wife or mother.  Louder Than Bombs is a familiar story told with surprising complexity and thoughtfulness, restraint and respect.

     

    Papa, Cuba

    Directed by Bob Yari

    Cast:  Giovanni Ribisi, Mariel Hemingway, Minka Kelly, Joely Richardson

    A young Miami Herald journalist is befriended by Ernest and Mary Hemingway and witnesses Hemingway’s decline into depression and alcoholism with the backdrop of the Cuban Revolution.

     

    Showing Roots, USA

    Directed by Michael Wilson

    Cast:  Uzo Aduba, Maggie Grace, Elizabeth McGovern, Adam Brody, Cicely Tyson

    Set in a small southern town during the premiere of the miniseries Roots, Showing Roots is about two young women – one white and one black – who forge an unlikely friendship that sparks a journey of independence, self-discovery and ultimately results in the perfect hairdo.

     

    The Colossal Failure of a Modern Relationship, Canada

    Directed by Sergio Navarretta

    Cast:  Krista Bridges, Enrico Colantoni, David Cubitt, Brooke Palsson

    Cat has been cheating on her long-term partner with his boss, Richard.  She is understandably guilt-ridden and breaks it off.  She decides to join Freddy on a work-related trip, but things quickly go awry when she learns Freddy’s boss has decided to join them.

     

    The Great and the Small, USA

    Directed by Dusty Bias

    Cast:  Melanie Lynskey, Ritchie Coster, Ann Dowd, Louisa Krause

    Scott is living on the streets and trying to find his way back into society while on probation for petty crimes.  He attempts to navigate his complex relationships with his two-bit criminal of a boss, an enigmatic detective and his ex-girlfriend.

     

     

    DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

     

    10 Billion What’s on Your Plate, Germany

    Directed by Valentin Thurn

    By 2050, the world population will grow to ten billion people.  In the middle of the heated debate about food security comes this broad and analytic look into the enormous spectrum of global food production and distribution – from artificial meat, insects, industrial farming to trendy self-cultivation.

     

    A Line Across the Sky, USA

    Directed by Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer

    The Fitz Roy Traverse is one of the most sought-after achievements in modern alpinism:  a gnarly journey across seven jagged summits and 13,000 vertical feet of climbing.  Who knew it could be so much fun?  Join Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold on the inspiring – and at times hilarious – quest that earned the Piolet D’or.

     

    André Villers:  A Lifetime in Images

    Directed by Marketa Tomanova

    An intimate portrait of French photographer and visual artist Andre Villers, who as a young man met and befriended Pablo Picasso in the South of France.  Through Picasso, Andre photographed some of the most famous European artists of the 20th century.

     

    Big Voice, USA

    Directed by Varda Bar-Kar

    A high school’s choir director’s passion for choir fuels his desire to exceed all expectations.  Following a series of competitive auditions, Mr. Huls convenes his dream choir ensemble only to discover that these 32 teenagers are the most unwieldy group he has ever taught.

     

    Chasing the Win, USA

    Directed by Chris Ghelfi, Laura Sheehy

    After a surprising victory at the Dubai World Cup, a rookie trainer and small-time owner are invited to compete around the world with their imperfect racehorse as they try to find their place in the sport of kings.

     

    Colin Hay - Waiting for my Real Life, USA

    Directed by Nate Gowtham, Aaron Faulls

    This tells the story of Colin Hay’s personal and artistic journey from the heights of superstardom with Men At Work, to the depths of obscurity, to finding salvation through song as a solo artist.

     

    Cooking up a Tribute, USA

    Directed by Ben Knight

    In their quest to innovate, the Roca brothers, co-owners of El Celler De Can Roca, closed the restaurant for five weeks to tour the world with the entire staff and design 57 new dishes paying tribute to local food traditions and ingredients and the power of global food culture.

     

    Gordon Getty:  There Will Be Music, USA

    Directed by Peter Rosen

    About composer Gordon Getty, the son of J. Paul Getty, the richest man in the world.  He was the head of a family dynasty known for scandal: suicides, drug overdoses and kidnapping.  All suffered from the curse that comes with great wealth.

     

    Harold and Lillian, USA

    Directed by Daniel Raim

    Harold and Lillian eloped to Hollywood in 1947, where they became the film industry’s secret weapons.  Nobody talked about them, but everybody wanted them.  Theirs is the greatest story never told – until now.

     

    Havana Motor Club, Cuba

    Directed by Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt

    As a fifty-year ban on racing is lifted, Cuba’s top underground drag racers prepare their American classics to compete.  The vast changes sweeping Cuba are evident in these drivers’ hopes and struggles, as they gear up for the first official race since the Revolution.

     

    In Search of Balance, USA

    Directed by Adam Pfleghaar

    Exploring a vision of health, science and nature that recognizes the importance of the interconnections between us, the food we consume, how we produce that food and the natural world at large including the mysterious, invisible world of the human microbiome.

     

    Jack London, USA

    Directed by Chris Million

    By turning his globe-trotting adventures into classics like The Call of the Wild, Jack London became the nation’s highest-paid author and first mass-media celebrity, in the process of documenting the vast cultural and societal changes sweeping early Twentieth Century America.

     

    Kampai, For the Love of Sake, Japan

    Directed by Mirai Konishi

    A British sake brewer, an American journalist and a young president of a century-old sake brewery in Japan join together to explore the mysterious world of sake, or Japanese rice wine.  The film illustrates how these unique individuals who have been fascinated with this extraordinary beverage of Japanese origin meet the challenges of the current sake industry, investigating the rich, complex and spectacular world of sake.

     

    Pumped Dry, USA

    Directed by Ian James, Steve Elfers

    Around the world, supplies of groundwater are rapidly vanishing.  As aquifiers decline and wells begin to go dry, people are forced to confront a growing crisis.  USA Today and The (Palm Springs) Desert Sun investigate the consequences of groundwater depletion.

     

    The C Word, USA

    Directed by Meghan O’Hara

    A personal, important, surprising and funny documentary about the industries of death that give us cancer, and the unheralded science of prevention.

     

    The Last Man on the Moon, USA

    Directed by Mark Craig

    When Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan stepped off the moon in December 1972, he left his footprints and his daughter’s initials in the lunar dust.  Only now is he ready to share his epic but deeply personal story of fulfillment, love and loss.

     

    The Messenger, Canada

    Directed by Su Rynard

    An artful investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion and the compassionate people who are working to turn the tide.  The film takes viewers on a visually stunning journey revealing how the problems facing birds also pose daunting implications for our planet and ourselves.

     

    The Nature of Modernism:  E. Stewart Williams, Architect, USA

    Directed by Jake Gorst

    In the desert of Palm Springs, Frank Sinatra looked to build a Georgian-style house but was convinced to explore the benefits of modernism by E. Stewart Williams.  The two had no idea how far-reaching and influential that decision would prove to be.  The house was the first in a string of mid-century modernist gems that still define the look and feel of the Coachella Valley today.

     

    Travis: The True Story of Travis Walton, USA

    Directed by Jennifer W. Stein

    In November of 1975, seven Arizona loggers encounter a UFO and one goes missing, igniting a firestorm of controversy aimed at the logging crew.  This film provides an accurate in-depth coverage of how this event changed their lives forever.

     

    Women He’s Undressed, Australia

    Directed by Gillian Armstrong

    Orry-Kelly was a Hollywood legend, his costume designed adored by cinema’s greatest leading ladies – but in his native country of Australia, his achievements remained unknown.  Now acclaimed director Gillian Armstrong is bringing the legend home and celebrating the life of this extraordinary Aussie.

     

    Yard Dog Road Shows, USA

    Directed by Flecher Fleudujon and Zebu Recchia

    Three friends accidentally formed a jug band while trying to make a short movie and that jug band transformed into a fifteen-piece theatrical show traveling the world.

     

     

    WORLD CINEMA FEATURES

     

    Between Sea and Land, Columbia

    Directed by Manolo Cruz, Carlos del Castillo

    Cast:  Manolo Cruz, Vicky Hernandez, Viviana Sema, Jorge Cao, Mile Vegara

    Alberto lives on a swampy marsh adjacent to the Caribbean Sea.  Afflicted with a neurological disorder that confines him to his bed, his mother Rosa lovingly protects and takes care of him.  But the life he imagines with his would-be sweetheart feels just as close-yet-out-of-reach as the sea he looks upon.

     

    Dias Santana, South Africa

    Directed by Chris Roland, Maradona Dias Dos Santos

    Cast:  Paulo Americano, David O’Hara, Hakeem Kae-Kaxim, Neide Van-Dunem Vieira

    When Dias and Matias discover the man who murdered their parents 35 years ago, one seeks justice, the other revenge.  The only thing standing in their way is each other.

     

    Happy 140, Spain

    Directed by Gracia Querejeta

    Cast:  Maribel Verdú, Antonio de la Torre, Eduard Fernández, Nora Navas

    On her 40th birthday, Elia gathers together a few select relatives and friends at a luxury country house to tell them some extraordinary news:  she has won a jackpot of 140 million Euros!  Watch how happiness turns to greed.

     

    La vanité, Switzerland

    Directed by Lionel Baier

    Cast:  Patrick Lapp, Carmen Maura, Ivan Georgiev

    David Miller is sick and has decided to end it all.  But despite choosing the place, the date and the method, nothing goes according to plan.  Does death lie at the end of this night which is supposed to be his last?  Based on a true story, vanity isn’t simply just a deadly sin.

     

    Last Cab to Darwin, Australia

    Directed by Jeremy Sims

    Cast:  Michael Caton, Jacki Weaver, Emma Hamilton, Mark Coles Smith, Ningali Lawford

    Rex is a loner, and when he’s told he doesn’t have long to live, he embarks on an epic drive through the Australian outback from Broken Hill to Darwin to die on his own terms; but his journey reveals to him that before you can end your life, you have to live it, and to live it, you’ve got to share it.

     

    Les Mauvaises Herbes (Bad Seeds), Canada

    Directed by Louis Bélanger

    Cast:  Alexis Martin, Gilles Renaud, Emmanuelle Lussier-Martinez, Luc Picard

    Jacquest Thériault, an actor with big gambling debts, takes refuge in the country where he is found by Simon, a sly, uncouth farmer.  Simon forces a “reasonable association” between the two.  The men end up becoming friends and begin to grow cannabis.  They meet Francesca, a young Hydro-Québec employee who embraces their project.  During the winter harvest, they learn to live together with a degree of happiness.  Yet a threat from the outside comes to disturb this delicate balance.

     

    My Big Night, Spain

    Directed by Álex de la Iglesia

    Cast:  Mario Casas, Blanca Suárez, Raphael, Hugo Silva, Carolina Bang

    Chaos ensues during a TV network’s New Year’s Eve special.  The hosts are bickering, a crane wipes out an extra, a pop star is duped by a semen-thief, and a legendary diva is stalked by an armed and angry failed songwriter.

     

    Oddball, Australia

    Directed by Stuart McDonald

    Cast:  Shane Jacobson, Alan Tudyk, Sarah Snook, Deborah Mailman, Frank Woodley

    With persistent fox attacks threatening to close down the main tourist attraction of a small town in southern Australia, an eccentric chicken farmer teams up with his granddaughter to save the penguins using a very odd method:  his rambunctious, troublemaking sheep dog.

     

    Standing Tall (Le Tête Haute), France

    Directed by Emmanuelle Bercot

    Cast:  Catherine Deneuve, Rod Paradot, Benoît Magimel, Sara Forestier, Diane Rouxel

    Malony has been in conflict with the school and with the law since he was six.  Some are convinced that they can save him from the spiral of revolt and violence in which he seems to be caught for the rest of his days.

     

    Sunset Song, UK

    Directed by Terrence Davies

    Cast:  Agyness Deyn, Kevin Guthrie, Peter Mullan, Ian Pirie, Niall Greg Fulton

    The daughter of a Scottish farmer comes of age in the early 1900s.  Family trauma merges into global catastrophe as the First World War devastates her village.  Based on the novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbons.

     

    Taj Mahal, France

    Directed by Nicolas Saada

    Cast:  Stacy Martin, Gina McKee, Alba Rohrwacher, Louis-Do de Lencques, Frédéric Epaud

    One evening, 18-year-old Louise, alone in her hotel room at Taj Mahal Mumbai, hears strange noises out in the corridor.  Within minutes, she realizes that a terrorist attack is underway.  Louise must spend a long night alone.  She will never be the same again.

     

    The Parisian Bitch Princess of Hearts, France

    Directed by Eloïse Lang, Noémie Saglio

    Cast:  Camille Cottin

    A young woman, unsatisfied with her social class, decides to marry someone rich and powerful to be able to stop working and have whatever she wants for the rest of her days.  This movie is entirely shot with hidden cameras.

     

    The Sense of Wonder, Norway – CLOSING NIGHT

    Directed by Éric Besnard

    Cast:  Virginie Efira, Benjamin Lavernhe

    At the heart of the Drôme Provençale, Louise raises her two children while trying to preserve the family farm.  One evening she almost crushes a stranger with her car.  She takes care of him, even though he’s not really wounded.  It turns out that he has mental disorders and that they can help each other much more than they thought.

     

    The Violin Teacher, Brazil

    Directed by Sérgio Machado

    Cast:  Lazaro Ramos, Elzio Vieria, Kaique Jesus, Sandra Corveloni

    The movie tells the story of Laerte, a talented violinist who after failing to be admitted into the Osesp orchestra, is forced to give music class to teenagers in a public school in Heliopolis.  His path is full of difficulties, but the transforming power of music and the friendship arising between the professor and his students opens the doors into a new world.

     

    The Wave, Norway

    Directed by Roar Uthaug

    Cast:  Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Thomas Bo Larsen, Fridtjov Såheim, Arthur Berning

    Based on the fact that mountain pass Åkneset, located in the Geiranger fjord in Norway, one day will fall out and create a violent tsunami of over 80 meters that will crush everything in its path before it hits land in Geiranger.  A geologist gets caught in the middle of it and a race against time begins.

     

    Viva, Cuba

    Directed by Paddy Breathnach

    Cast:  Jorge Perugorr, Luis Alberto Garcia, Mark O’Halloran, Héctor Medina. Luis Manuel Alvarez

    When everything is for sale, what’s the value of love?  Jesus does make up for a troupe of drag performers in Havana, but dreams of being a performer.  When he finally gets his chance to be on stage, a stranger emerges from the crowd and punches him in the face.  The stranger is his father Angel, a former boxer, who has been absent from his life for 15 years.  As father and son clash over their opposing expectations of each other, Viva becomes a love story as the men struggle to understand one another and become a family again.

     

     

    SHORT FILMS

     

    142 Miles From Monday, USA, directed by Alex Witkowicz

     

    A Child For Sale, USA, directed by Fiona Bock, Eric Paul Fournier

     

    A Man Wakes Up, USA, directed by Voki Kalfayan

     

    An Apprentice, USA, directed by Shane Harper

     

    Avaatara, Lebanon, directed by David Lama

     

    Bernie & Rebecca, USA, directed by Melissa Kent

     

    Bottomless, USA, directed by Veronique Vanblaere

     

    Chapa (The Grill Man), Brazil, directed by Golts

     

    Come Away With Me, USA, directed by Ellen Gerstein

     

    Cooking Up a Storm, USA, directed by Tim Wilson

     

    Dear Governor Brown, USA, directed by Jon Bowermaster

     

    Denali, USA, directed by Ben Knight

     

    Eye for an Eye, USA, directed by Antoneta Kusijanovic

     

    Hand Over Hand, USA, directed by Padraic Lillis

     

    Lobster Fra Diavolo, USA, directed by Oriana Oppice

     

    Lower Piddle, USA, directed by Keith English

     

    LunaFest, USA – A collection of six short films by, for and about women.

     

    Mermaids on Mars, USA, directed by Jon V. Peters

     

    Merry Xmas, USA, directed by Boman Modine

     

    Mindful Vineyards, USA, directed by Chris Jordan-Bloch

     

    Mothers for Justice, USA, directed by Erik Ljung

     

    Nature Rx (Parts 1,2,3), USA, directed by Justin Bogardus

     

    Opt Out, USA, directed by Steve Utaski

     

    Parent Teacher – The Musical, USA, directed by Austin Klinger

     

    Passing Orion, Canada, directed by Sean Thonson

     

    Phone Life, USA, directed by Ivan Cash

     

    Pulp Free, USA, directed by William Papadin

     

    rated, USA, directed by John Fortson

     

    Reservations for Three?, USA, directed by Steven Bennett

     

    Reset, Canada, directed by Jeremy Lutter

     

    Rosa, USA, directed by Sean Kusanagi, Hanah Gregg

     

    Sanjay’s Super Team, USA, directed by Sanjay Patel

     

    Shift, USA, directed by Rachel Lincoln, Amelia Rudolph

     

    Sonoma, USA, directed by Timothy Wetzel

     

    Stalker Breakup, USA, directed by Thomas Michael

     

    Stealth, USA, directed by Bennett Lasseter

     

    The Art of Flying, Netherlands, directed by Jan van Ijken

     

    The Burden, USA, directed by Roger Sorkin

     

    The Cannoli, USA, directed by Stephen Donnelly

     

    The Denver Bread Company, USA, directed by Gareth Burghes

     

    The Firefly Girls, USA, directed by Katie Micay

     

    The Lake, Canada, directed by Michael Buie

     

    The Loneliest Stoplight, USA, directed by Bill Plympton

     

    The Man Who Shot Hollywood, Canada, directed by Barry Avrich

     

    The Mountain King, USA, directed by Peter Brambl

     

    The Offer, Canada, directed by Winnifred Jong

     

    The Story of Percival Pilts, Australia, directed by Janette Goodey and John Lewis

     

    Writing on Stone, Canada, directed by Gillian Armstrong

     


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    The full Leeds Young Film Festival 2016 (LYFF16) programme has been revealed onleedsyoungfilm.com and features over a week of the best international films, animations, workshops and masterclasses. LYFF16 takes place from 24-31 March 2016 at venues across the city, inviting young people and their families to discover a whole new world of cinema.

     

    LYFF16 is lead by the newly launched Animation Central, supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

    Taking place at Carriageworks Theatre over Easter weekend, Animation Central is a four-day programme of hands-on activity for young people aged 5-15, and forms the UK's only dedicated event for young people and their families to create animation and digital projects using the latest technology. It will feature workshops and masterclasses by artists behind Clangers, Bob The Builder™, Mr Bean and Peppa Pig, as well as a special BAFTA Kids Adventure Time preview, and Minecraft, Lego Animation, Stop Motion and Blender Digital Effects workshops. The programme has been co-curated by animator David Bunting, whose credits include Thunderbirds, The Tigger Movie and Shaun the Sheep.

    The festival will also present the very best in new and classic cinema from around the world for young people, with short and feature films from 60 different countries. Leeds Town Hall will be host to an opening night preview of Disney's Zootropolis (Thursday 24 March, 6.00pm), as well as reprise screenings of both Star Wars - Episode VII: The Force Awakens and a double bill of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 & 2 on its giant screen, which makes it one of the largest screening venues in the North. The Animation Central film programme will showcase a selection of animated feature favourites, including Frozen Sing-a-long, The Spongebob Squarepants Movie, Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride and Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal.

     

    The city’s iconic Edwardian cinema The Hyde Park Picture House will feature a whole week of international cinema, including a closing preview of Selma Hayek-produced The Prophet. Based on the popular poem anthology, which has sold over 100 million copies worldwide, the anticipated anthology film from Lion King director Roger Allers will screen on Thursday 31st March, 6.00pm with a live Skype Q&A from segment director Tomm Moore, Oscar-nominated in 2015 for both The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea.

     

    The Hyde Park Picture House programme also includes a late evening 30th anniversary screening of James Cameron’s classic Aliens in partnership with Creatures of the Night; documentary He Named Me Malala, about a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate targeted by the Taliban; a selection of the best films from Leeds International Film Festival (Assassination Classroom,Breaking A Monster, Crow’s Egg); and 25th Anniversary Screenings of Delicatessen and Wes Craven’s The People Under the Stairs.

     

    Together with Sneaky Experience LYFF16 will present two live cinema productions for older viewers. Leeds Town Hall will once again be transformed into The Film House for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory for Grown-Up Kids,and will invite audiences to enrol in the Shawshank State Penitentiary for all-time favourite The Shawshank Redemption.

     

    Debbie Maturi, Director of Leeds Young Film Festival said "We are delighted to be able to offer our largest ever festival this Easter, from the best new cinema for young people at Hyde Park Picture House to some classic film experiences at Leeds Town Hall, with the support of the BFI Film Festival Fund, awarding funds from The National Lottery. Our new Animation Central programme, supported using public funding by Arts Council England, brings some of the UK's top animation professionals to Leeds to ensure that not only do the city's young people have fun this Easter, but they get a chance to develop their creative skills and learn about this important and thriving British industry."           


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  • 03/08/16--03:38: News from fantasporto
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    Program Fantasporto 36th: March 3

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    Fantasporto for Peace screening today at 9 pm

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    03.03.2016 | Fantasporto's blog

    Fantasporto for Peace today at 9 pm

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    03.03.2016 | Fantasporto's blog

    Project M by Eric Piccoli screens March 3

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    Deep Trap by Kwon Hyung-Jin premieres in Fantasporto March 3

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    Full program March 2

    Grand auditorium   14.15 • Sensoria of Christian Hallman (Sue) - 81 ' - cf Caroline has lost everything and is now looking for a new beginning in an old house. Early notice that you're not alone. And while she's looking for something new, something old come looking for her. Selection of the fantastic fest, Austin. In the presence of the director. Preceeded by... Alien inside of Alfonso Garcia Lopez (ESP) - 6'53 '' - CF In the near future,...
     

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    Charming Chasuke's journey de Sabu (buddy) showed today march 2 at Fantasporto

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    hommage screening of Mothers Milcho Manchevski March 1st at Fantasporto

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    02.03.2016 | Fantasporto's blog

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    02.03.2016 | Fantasporto's blog

    BLIND SUN by Joyce A. Nashawati (Fra/Gre) showing in Fantasporto

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    Animation Day in Cannes May  18

     

    If you are preparing for Cannes, with animation, enter your film and projects in the Animation in Cannes Catalog

    Free listing in the Catalog of Animation in Cannes and Whos who and where Your entries will show on the website and will be shared with the trade publications in Cannes. We also have paid promotion packages to increase visibility. Email us for details. We will issue in PDF form with contact details. Available to media and buyers (film and TV). Animation Day in Cannes proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world's best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free H...
     

    Holland Animation Film Festival Line up

    Competitions 2016    The Holland Animation Film Festival 2016 organizes the following competitions.  The competitions for features, shorts, student films and Dutch films are open for films that had their premiere after January 1, 2015. Subscription for these competitions starts at the beginning of September. Deadline for application is 1 December 2015 (when the film is not yet completed on December 1, the deadline for the preview copy is 1 Ja...
     

    Zootopia, Review: Viewtopia

    Zootopia, Review: Viewtopia By Siraj Syed Zootopia (known as Zootropolis in some countries) is Disney’s 55th animated feature, in 3D computer graphics. The theme--unlikely buddies teaming-up to solve a crime--is not exactly a novel idea in Hollywood productions, but buddy comedy-drama takes an entirely new meaning when the buddies happen to be a rabbit and a fox, and the villains are animals too, for this make-believe tale is set in Zootopia, a highly civilised, modern and auto...
     

    Leeds Young Film Festival 2016 launches Animation Central

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        The full Leeds Young Film Festival 2016 (LYFF16) programme has been revealed on leedsyoungfilm.com and features over a week of the best international films, animations, workshops and masterclasses. LYFF16 takes place from 24-31 March 2016 at venues across the city, inviting young people and their families to discover a whole new world of cinema.   LYFF16 is lead by the newly launched Animation Central, supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Taking place ...
     

    Preliminary program for the Animation Day in Cannes 2016, May 18

    A Musivision FILMS / ANIMAZE   Filmfestivals.com Production The objective of the first edition of Animation Day May 2015 was to test and validate the interest in  the concept. The objective of the second edition is gaining strength and going louder in  celebrating the success and powerful rise of animation for short, long documentary and related technologies  Our goal is to set up networking tools gradually and for the long ...

     

    Leeds Young Film Festival 2016 launches Animation Central

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    The full Leeds Young Film Festival 2016 (LYFF16) programme has been revealed on leedsyoungfilm.com and features over a week of the best international films, animations, workshops and masterclasses. LYFF16 takes place from 24-31 March 2016 at venues across the city, inviting young people and their families to discover a whole new world of cinema.   LYFF16 is lead by the newly launched Animation Central, supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Taking place ...
     
     
     

    Fantasporto live from Porto - february 26 march 6  

    Christian Hallman's Sensoria wins Audience Award in Fantasporto 2016

    Caroline, a woman in her late thirties, has lost everything and is searching for a new beginning. She moves into an old apartment and starts to realize that she is not as alone as she thought she was. Just as she is searching for something new, something old is searching for her. The film tied in audience award with I am a Hero ...
     

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    The Lure wins big at Fantasporto 2016

    FANTASPORTO AWARDS 2016 PRIZES - AWARDS   FANTASY INTERNATIONAL JURY     The International Jury of the Fantasy Section on the 36th Oporto International Film Festival - Fantasporto 2016 has DECIDED to grant awards The Following:     GRAND PRIX BEST MOVIE - FANTASPORTO 2016     The Lure - Agnieszka Smoczynska - 89 '- Poland    Jury's Special Award    Queen of Spade...
     

    06.03.2016 | Fantasporto's blog

    Program Fantasporto 36th: March 3

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    Programming Thursday (March 3) Great auditorium :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: 11.00 • 3st meeting of film schools Floor 3-free entry 14.00 • JUST JIM de Craig Roberts (UK) - 84’ - SR Jim, a young Welsh shy, make a deal with your neighbor American. Will become the most popular in your neighborhood? A selection of the festival of Odessa. 15.45 • Deep Trap of Kwon Hyung-Jin (color. Africa) - 96 ' - CF / EO - International first ...
     

    03.03.2016 | Fantasporto's blog

    Fantasporto for Peace screening today at 9 pm

        FANTASPORTO 2016 - INTOLERANCE AND RACISM IN SPECIAL SESSION March 3rd   join us to show your support for peace for a flasmob March 3rd at 8.30 in front of Rivoli. Those who dress us fantastic will be rewarded. Bring a sign for peace. Olive tree, cardboard reading 'Peace', 'Live together without prejucdice',  'Fantasporto for peace'.   Two films that focus on the themes of religious intolerance and racism are th...
     

    03.03.2016 | Fantasporto's blog

    Fantasporto for Peace today at 9 pm

        FANTASPORTO 2016 - INTOLERANCE AND RACISM IN SPECIAL SESSION March 3rd   join us to show your support for peace for a flasmob March 3rd at 8.30 in front of Rivoli. Those who dress us fantastic will be rewarded. Bring a sign for peace. Olive tree, cardboard reading 'Peace', 'Live together without prejucdice',  'Fantasporto for peace'.   Two films that focus on the themes of religious intolerance and racism are th...
     

    03.03.2016 | Fantasporto's blog

    Project M by Eric Piccoli screens March 3

      Thursday, 3 March - grd. Auditorium | 19.15 h Project M by Eric Piccoli (ANC)-99 ' - cf Four astronauts are 1000 days in space to prove that it is possible to a trip to Europe, a moon of Jupiter. Pure Science fiction at its best.   ...
     

    03.03.2016 | Fantasporto's blog

    Deep Trap by Kwon Hyung-Jin premieres in Fantasporto March 3

    Deep Trap by Kwon Hyung-Jin (color. Africa) - 96 ' - CF / EO - International premiere Jun sik and so-YEON HAVE BEEN MARRIED 5 years but are afraid of making love for fear an abortion. One day, jun sik back later home, on the very day of your wedding anniversary. In the presence of the director. ...
     

    03.03.2016 | Fantasporto's blog

    Full program March 2

    Grand auditorium   14.15 • Sensoria of Christian Hallman (Sue) - 81 ' - cf Caroline has lost everything and is now looking for a new beginning in an old house. Early notice that you're not alone. And while she's looking for something new, something old come looking for her. Selection of the fantastic fest, Austin. In the presence of the director. Preceeded by... Alien inside of Alfonso Garcia Lopez (ESP) - 6'53 '' - CF In the near future,...
     

    03.03.2016 | Fantasporto's blog

    Dust (2001) by milcho manchevski , part of his hommage

    DUST (2001) de Milcho Manchevski (UK/Ale/Ita/Mac) - v.o. leg. ingl. - RETROSPECTIVA MILCHO MANCHEVSKI Duas histórias paralelas de redenção. Um ladrão é obrigado a sentar-se e a ouvir uma história. Na volta do século XX, dois irmãos lutam por uma mulher. Com Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love) e Vera Farmiga (The Judge).   Wednesday, 2 MARCH - SM. Auditorium | 23.15 h Dust (2001) by milcho manchev...
     

    03.03.2016 | Fantasporto's blog

    Charming Chasuke's journey de Sabu (buddy) showed today march 2 at Fantasporto

    Sabu's back to port. This time without Takashi Miike, but he even with their creations visionary. Chasuke serves tea in the sky, he is an angel helping scriptwriters commanding the lives of humans. But he decided to come to earth to help yuri for who he is attracted to. From The Director of " D.A.N.G.A.N. runner "" And "miss zombie" Grand Prix of fantasporto 2014. Selection of the Berlin Festival. Preceeded by... Sub otika - land of wonders de Peter peop...
     

    03.03.2016 | Fantasporto's blog

    Jury of Fantasporto 36

    Fantastic competition   Ate de Jong- Director  “Drop Dead Fred” e  “Highway to Hell” (Hol)   Romain Basset- Director “Horshead”, Prémio de Realização Cinema Fantástico Fantasporto 2015 (Fra)   Drew Casson- actor Director “Hungerford”. Menção| Pémio Especial do Júri Fantasporto’2015 (UK)   Marc Carreté- Director ...
     

    02.03.2016 | Fantasporto's blog

    Cru by John Mayer-80 ' has world premiere today march 2

    Premium Cinema Portuguese - best film Cru by John Mayer-80 ' - world premiere The troika lands in Lisbon to impose draconian austerity measures. With them, that's enough also an outbreak of violence. Zombies are everywhere and Louise has to fight, while your world is crumbling. In the presence of the director.   ...
     

    02.03.2016 | Fantasporto's blog

    Laut by Luigi Lagdameo Ignacio (Filip) has International premiere

      Laut by Luigi Lagdameo Ignacio (Filip) - International premiere The communities islamizadas badjao, originating in the southern Philippines, are known as "the sea gypsies". The protagonist is nadia that wait to marry the man you love. In the face of old ways, modernity is slowly. In the presence of the director. ...
     

    02.03.2016 | Fantasporto's blog

    Sensoria by Christian Hallman screens today March 2 in Fantasporto

    Sensoria of Christian Hallman (Sue)-81 ' - cf   Caroline has lost everything and is now looking for a new beginning in an old house. Early notice that you're not alone. And while she's looking for something new, something old come looking for her. Selection of the fantastic fest, Austin. In the presence of the director. ...
     

    02.03.2016 | Fantasporto's blog

    hommage screening of Mothers Milcho Manchevski March 1st at Fantasporto

    MOTHERS (2010) de Milcho Manchevski (Mac/Fra/Bul) - v.o. leg. ing. Milcho with bruno chatelin ...
     

    02.03.2016 | Fantasporto's blog

    Amazing screening last evening of I am a Hero with full team in attendance and Toho executives

    I AM A HERO de Shinsuke Sato (Jap) screened Mrch 1st at Rivoli Grand From The Director of "The Princess Blade". Winner of the prizes of the public and special effects of the festival of sitges. In the presence of the director and crew. Impressive company of 30 people to represent the film, packed audience, amazing reactions during the screening. My best experience in Fantasporto EVER ...
     

    02.03.2016 | Fantasporto's blog

    BLIND SUN by Joyce A. Nashawati (Fra/Gre) showing in Fantasporto

    Ashraf, an immigrant, get a job taking care of a mansion of beach. With the lack of water, a wave of heat and the animosity of the places, all the prejudices appear. A selection of the festival of sitges, fipresci prize winner in thessaloniki. ...
     

    01.03.2016 | Fantasporto's blog

    Fantasporto day 5 Everyone's Wally by Paolo Sedazzari (UK)

    Everyone's Wally by Paolo Sedazzari (UK) - V.O.Ingl. On the birth of musical festivals at the beginning of the 70 s, with the occupation of land to create an area of cultural expression free. Influence of Woodstock? Documentary about this movement festivaleiro and still about festivals, such as the Glastonbury Festival and the Stonehenge Free Festival. In the presence of the director. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHzaBMEToqY ...
     

    01.03.2016 | Fantasporto's blog

    Day 4 Fantasporto 2016

    February 29 Grande Auditório 15.00 – Zenaida- Alexis Tsafas, Yannis Fotou- 66’ – Grécia/Cabo Verde- SR Zenaida, uma mulher metida à força nas redes de tráfico, vive desenraizada e perdida nas ruas da Europa. Antecedido por... The End-  Cédric  Blondelle, Irene Cunat, Louise Labbé, Stéphane Lugiery, Simon Moreau, Olivia Pietra - 5’47’’ – Fra- P&P Um  pro...
     

    01.03.2016 | Fantasporto's blog

     

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    Southern Circuit September 1, 2016 – April 30, 2017

     

     

    Late Deadline March 10, 2016 

    Southern Circuit is accepting film submissions from independent filmmakers living in the UNITED STATES for their 2016-2017 Season Tour! Starting in 1975 as the nation's first regional tour of independent filmmakers, Southern Circuit provides directors with the unique opportunity to screen their films to new, engaged audiences across the Southern United States. Selected as one of MovieMaker Magazine’s 50 Film Festivals worth the Entry Fee in 2015, Southern Circuit brings communities together by transforming film viewing into a shared experience!

    Southern Circuit seeks the best films in genres including fiction, documentary, animation, and experimental. Interested filmmakers can find more information on submission guidelines and entering their film(s) by visiting the South Arts website!

    You have until February 29 to apply with their regular deadline rate of $30, and the final deadline to submit your film(s) is March 10!

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     International Film Festival for Environment, Health & Culture (IFFEHC) May 20 – 27, 2016

     

    IFFEHC main mission is to promote films pertaining to environment, health, and culture issues, carrying strong methods of storytelling, produced with excellent technique and crafted with passion and love for humanity. We accept all kind of films besides environment and health, because this festival is also about modern and traditional culture. Our past winners include many Hollywood stars. We conduct press conference, awards ceremony, workshop, and hundreds films are screened. Our awards ceremonies were attended by kings, sultans, queens, ministers, senators, international artists, and leading newspapers.

    International Film Festival for Environment, Health, and Culture is one of the members of a big festivals group internationalfilmfestivals.org which aim is to help promote the goals of the United Nation in celebrating international days of peace, women, anti-discrimination, tolerance, youth, family, humanitarian, human rights, health, autism, disability, etc

    Website  I Awards  I Submit I Contact Irene Christina

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    Animaze Daze in Cannes Screenings Part of Animation Day in Cannes May 18 

    Regular Deadline is March 15

    Submit your best short animated films  for a screening May18th at Cannes Film Festival.
    Enjoy industry visibility in front of the animation professionals attending Cannes during Animation Day in Cannes (second edition). take advantage of free promotion to buyers and media on our Animation Day in Cannes Newsletters, animation Day in Cannes websitefilmfestivals.com pages dedicated to Animation Day in Cannes  and our Youtube  channel, which will be offered for buyers and Media.

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    Golden Trailer Awards May 4


    Regular Entry Deadline extended to March 8th, 2016

    "Call for Entry is NOW open at www.goldentrailer.com

    Trailers, Teasers, Posters, Video Games, TV Spots, Radio Spots, Innovative Theatrical Advertising & More
    Important Dates:

    Late Deadline: March 18th, 2016
    Show Date: May 4th, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA
    Show Tickets on sale February 1st, 2016"

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    The Wiper Film Festival 
    April 6 – 8, 2016


    The Wiper Film Festival is the premiere online film festival and includes an NYC screening. Your work will have the opportunity to be seen by more than 18 millions users around the globe.

    There is no fee to submit and have your work considered. There are cash grants for Curator’s Choice and Fan Choice winners in each category. Wiper also provides free advertising and promotion budget to its top films. Submit your feature and short length work today!

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    NYC Indie Film Fest 
    April 27 to May 1, 2016!


    NYC Independent Film Festival is a celebration of the true independent filmmaker, documentaries, short and feature-length films, music videos, and animation. During the 6th Annual Festival we gave away prizes with a total cash value of over 28,000 USD. All screenings take place in the historic center of NYC, Time Square which is the perfect home for an event geared toward creating incredible opportunities for independent voices.

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    Hollyshorts Film Festival
    August 11 – 20, 2016

     

    Regular Deadline: April 8, 2016

    The 12th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival and Film Conference/Film Market, scheduled for August 11-20, 2016 at the world famous TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, is now accepting submissions.  HSFF, 4 times named to MovieMaker Magazine “Top 25 Fests Worth the Entry Fee” lists, has featured over 400 projects showcasing stars and filmmakers including Sofia Loren, Bill Plympton, Anthony and Joe Russo, and Felicia Day. 

    In 2015, HSFF awarded over $150,000 in prizes, including $60,000 in post services for Best Short, Director, Music Video, Cinematography, VFX, and Commercial, and $15,000 Grand Prize cash .  www.hollyshorts.com

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    WoFF: World of Film International Festival 
    September 29 – October 2, 2016


    Regular Deadline March 31, 2016

    In 2016, WoFF returns for its third edition with great energy and ideas, generated from a wonderful 2015 festival.

    Our focus remains on independent cinema from all around the globe, by showcasing the work of first feature filmmakers and female directors in our two main sections, First Features and The Female Perspective, respectively.

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    Animaze 2016 Montreal International Animation Film Festival  August 18th - 21st, 2016.


    Submit by April 30, 2016

    Montreal  International Animation Film Festival FESTIVAL DATES June 2-5 2016 Montreal Canada Le MIAFF! is a people's film festival and industry conference dedicated to the art of animation for film and technology.  All genres and forms are welcome. Awards & Prizes Software and other award prizes. Visibility in our travelling shows in Berlin, Cannes, Annecy, Glasgow and more. Check 2015 fantastic programming on the website.

     

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    > "FILMFESTIVALS.COM ONES TO WATCH ON THE CIRCUIT" FOR FESTIVAL CONSIDERATION 

    Exodus to Shangai

    Exodus to Shanghai tells a story of two brave lovers, Fannia and Bruce, who stand up to the Nazis and fight against their evil. With the help of music, martial arts and wisdom, they make their escape to Shanghai on the Orient Express, saving many Jews along the journey.   Together with Dr. Ho, the Chinese Consul in Vienna in 1938, who helped thousands of Jews to flee Vienna and escape to Shanghai with free Exit Visas, they make their Exodus to Shanghai.   A Dead Nazi is a Good Nazi.
    Market Premier at EFM February 12 I World Festival Premiere at Fantasporto March 3.

    Trailer I Synopsis I A film by  Anthony Hickox I Produced by Michel Adam I Exodus to Shangai's blog | Website I Ask a screener I @ Mariott 260 Feb 11-17  

     

    Paranoid Girls For Oscar Consideration

    Paranoid Girls Comedy by Pedro del Santo is qualified for Oscar selection running for best film, best original song...

    Ana, Paula and Veronica become fascinated by modeling and the life that it offers. Yet, they gradually begin to discover the dark side of fashion hidden behind the fame and glamour of the spotlights. The women experience downfall as they engage with an antagonistic photographer who drags models into a high stakes abyss of danger. The women learn to value friendship over the lures of fashion pitfalls and enjoy life's simplicities in the end.

     

    Longer synopsis I Trailer I Casting I Website I Electronic Press Kit I Facebook I Paranoid Girls the song running for Best Original Song I Contact the director I Ask for a  screener

    Revolution by Rob Stewart (Sharkwater) 

    over 40 festival wins so far

    Eco Documentary feature film by Rob Stewart (Sharkwater)
    Revolution is a film about changing the world. The true-life adventure of Rob Stewart, this follow-up to his acclaimed SHARKWATER (36 festival wins) documentary continues his remarkable journey; one that will take him through 15 countries over four years, and where he'll discover that it's not only sharks that are in grave danger -- it's humanity itself.

    Get Happy by Manoj Annadurai 

    Feature Feel Good Movie  - World premiered in Montreal World Film Festival Winner best romantic comedy in Manhattan Fest

    Charlie Kane can’t catch a break. He grew into a man who expects the worse out of life and gets it. But that changes when, by chance, he meets a bright, sunny sprite of a woman named Holly who turns him from a dour drip into someone finally allowing himself to be happy.Then a bus flattens her before Charlie eyes. Charlie opts for suicide but can’t even successfully give up on life. Left with no other choice, he adopts Holly’s ethos of positivity and just decides to be happy... by ignoring all the bad things in life. But his cynical best friend isn’t buying Charlie’s new-found happiness and sets out to save Charlie by making him miserable again. 

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    Berlin 66 Two novel adaptations

    One sparkling, One Lame  By Alex Deleon <filmfestivals.com> "Indignation" (Panorama, sparkling) and "Alone in Berlin" (Competition, lame) The first of these, indignation, is a very close adaptation of Philip Roth's 29th novel, published in 2008. Roth, born 1933, is still alive and kicking at age 82 and a number of his his earlier works, such as "Goodbye Columbus" were successfully adapted for the screen (1969). Directed by Columbia Professor Jam...
     
     

    The 88th Academy Awards

    By Maria Esteves – March 2, 2016 The 88th Academy Awards hosted by Chris Rock commenced Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Dolby Theatre & Highland Center, Hollywood, C.A. Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.), the Oscars honor outstanding film achievements of 2015. Mad Max: Fury Road was top winner with six Oscars including Best Film Editing MARGARET SIXEL and Best Production Design COLIN GIBSON. Three Oscars went to The Revenant including Best Dire...
     
     

    LES MAUVAISES HERBES (Bad Seeds) My New Favorite Movie!

    LES MAUVAISES HERBES, directed by Louis Bélanger and written by Louis Bélanger, Alexis Martin, and starring Alexis Martin, Gilles Renaud, Emmanuelle Lussier-Martinez, Luc Picard... is my new favorite movie!! And as of the time of the Santa Barbara Film Festival, it has no U.S. distribution yet. WTF?! I got up at 7:45 am for the 8:30 screening. It was a full house - the movie had its world premiere in Santa Barbara that weekend. I want everyone to see this movie! I laughed ha...

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    The Sonoma International Film Festival announces line-up

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    The Sonoma International Film Festival celebrating the best in film, food, wine and spirits is proud to announce the line-up for the 19th edition. The five day program will take place Wednesday, March 30 to Sunday, April 3.  Considered one of the nation’s top destination film festivals, SIFF presents over 100 films shown at 6 venues, all within walking distance from Sonoma’s historic plaza -- dubbed SIFF VILLAGE -- in the heart of California Wine Country and will host nearly ...
     

    07.03.2016 | Editor's blog

    FAR EAST FILM FESTIVAL The Poster, 2016!

    www.fareastfilm.com    UDINE – What’s on the other side? This question has been nourishing our soul for millenniums. It doesn’t actually matter if the “other side” is physical or metaphorical, if there’s a closed door or an open space. What matters is that it arouses curiosity. It awakens our instinct of discovery and research, of searching for something that catches our eyes. The Udine Far East Film Festival knows this and since 1999...
     

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    HFFNY Announces the Line-Up of 18 Films Competing to Receive the Havana Star Prize

      The Havana Film Festival NY (www.HFFNY.com), flagship project of the nonprofit organization American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (AFLFC), announced the eighteen films competing to receive the Havana Star Prize for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Actress and Best Screenplay, as well as the Havana Star Prize for Best Documentary, which will be awarded on Friday, April 15th at the Closing Night Ceremony (Directors Guild Theater, 6:30 pm). &nb...

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    10th Asian Film Awards : Director YUEN Wo-ping and Japanese Actress KIKI Kirin To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

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    10th Asian Film Awards : Hong Kong action choreographer-director YUEN Wo-ping and Venerable Japanese Actress KIKI Kirin To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award (March 3, 2016, Hong Kong/Tokyo) Organized by the Asian Film Awards Academy (AFA Academy), the 10th Asian Film Awards (AFA) will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to veteran Hong Kong action choreographer-director YUEN Wo-ping and venerable Japanese actress Kiki Kirin ...
     

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    Cinemasia Tiger Beer Award 2016 for Zinnia Flower

        Today at the closing of the 9th edition of the CinemAsia Film Festival, the Tiger Beer Jury award 2016 has been presented to a Taiwanese film ZINNIA FLOWER by director Tom Shu-Yu Lin. The jury declared “A fundamental human tale on how we continue living in the face of pain and loss.”   CinemAsia Tiger Beer Jury Award is given to a film in the Competition Program which distinguishes itself by having a clear vision and strong voice of the director. The jury,&nb...
     

    Green Bay Film Festival: And the Winners Are...

     
    Future Filmmaker Awards (2016 Wisconsin High School & Middle School Competition) Competition Winner: Rise of Zorror (Jonathan Horkman) 1st Runner-Up: Superhero Superstar (Sophie Goska) 2nd Runner-Up: The Sick One (Anna Johnson)   Winners took away prizes of $250, $150 and $75, respectively.    Audience Choice Awards Best Feature: Remittance (Patrick Daly, Joel Fendelman) 1st Runner-Up: The Saver (Wiebke von Carolsfeld) 2nd Runner-Up: Maybe Tomorrow (Michael Wolfe) ...
     

     

     

    Closing report for the second edition of SEEYOUSOUND INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FIM FESTIVAL

     
    Four intense days of festivals, large public attendance and a high rate of enthusiasm: this is the end result of the second edition of Seeyousound International Music Film Festival. Viewers have tripled compared to the first edition of the Festival: the inauguration on Thursday, February 25 has sold out with the screening of “B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin from 1979 to 1989” by Jorg A. Hoppe, Heinko Lange, Klaus Maeck collaborate with the English musician and pro...
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    Jury of Fantasporto 36

    Fantastic competition   Ate de Jong- Director  “Drop Dead Fred” e  “Highway to Hell” (Hol)   Romain Basset- Director “Horshead”, Prémio de Realização Cinema Fantástico Fantasporto 2015 (Fra)   Drew Casson- actor Director “Hungerford”. Menção| Pémio Especial do Júri Fantasporto’2015 (UK)   Marc Carreté- Director ...
     

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    Sedona Film Festival Announces 2016 Directors Choice Awards

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    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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    Le festival l'Europe autour del'Europe ouvre avec le Bal d' Ettore Scola

    Cérémonie d’ouverture de la 11ème édition du festival de films « L’Europe autour de l’Europe »   Hommage au cinéaste italien disparu Ettore Scola (1931-2016) avec la projection du film Le Bal en présence de Jean-Claude Penchenat et Geneviève Rey-Penchenat Mercredi 16 mars à 20h00 au cinéma l’Entrepôt 7 rue Francis de Pressens...
     
     

    Le 34e Festival Cinéma d'Alès - Itinérances aura lieu du 18 au 28 mars 2016.

    Plus de 200 films seront projetés à Alès et dans le Gard, dont une cinquantaine de longs métrages inédits et en avant-première (liste en bas de ce mail). Le réalisateur polonais Jerzy Skolimowski sera l'invité d'honneur de cette édition, depuis Le couteau dans l'eau, premier long métrage de Roman Polanski dont il co-signa le scénario jusqu'à son tout nouveau film, 11 minutes, encore sans distr...
     

    Le 32ème Festival international de cinéma Vues d'Afrique aura lieu du 17 au 24 avril 2016

     
    32ème Festival international de cinéma Vues d'Afrique  NollywoodWeek Paris Musique & Politique du 17 au 24 avril 2016 à la Cinémathèque québécoise. En primeur au Canada, Vues d'Afrique et son festival partenaire la NollywoodWeek Paris présenteront 3 longs métrages farfelus, sous-titrés en français, issus de la 2ème plus grande industrie du film dénommée « Nollywood...

     


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    And Face-to-Face Conversation with Sophie MARCEAU & Karena LAM

    The 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival will present “French Night” on 22 March 2016 with Paris-born filmmaker Audrey ESTROUGO’s Jailbirds (2015), co-presented by the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong & Macau and UniFrance. International star Sophie MARCEAU will introduce the screening on 22 March and conduct a Face-to-Face conversation the following night (23 March), with Golden Horse Best Actress Karena LAM as guest moderator.

    MARCEAU gives a compelling performance as Mathilde, a woman jailed to save the man she loves, even at the cost of her own child.  While the prisons of men have provided a powerful scenario for French cinema, ESTROUGO devoted months to trying to understand the lives of womenin prisons – both their creation and the destruction society imposed upon them. MARCEAU transmutes this portrait of injustice into a powerful work of art.

    HKIFF40 will continue its focus on French cinema with other recent films, including 21 Nights with Pattie (2015) by Arnaud LARRIEU and Jean-Marie LARRIEU; Marguerite (2015) by Xavier GIANNOLI; The White Knights (2015) by Joachim LAFOSSE; All Three of Us (2015) by KHEIRON; Les Cowboys (2015) by Thomas BIDEGAIN; and Night Fare (2015).  The director Julien SERI and producer Raphaël COHEN of Night Fare will meet the audience at screenings on 1st and 3rd April.  Mr. COHEN is also the producer of well-known recent French films Carlos and Je Suis Charlie.

    In addition, the festival will present the Asian premieres of three French films: Tomorrow (2015) by Cyril DION and Mélanie LAURENT; A Childhood (2015) by Philippe CLAUDEL; and Love 3D (2015) by Gaspar NOÉ.


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    14th edition of the Brussels Film Festival will take place from the 17th to 24th June 2016. Therefore, we would very much appreciate if you could make us visible on your website. The Festival takes place every year in the Flagey building and the Place Sainte Croix in Brussels. 

    The Brussels Film Festival is getting ready for a new edition, the 14th since its establishment at Flagey. From the 17th to 24th of June, as usual, the team is willing to demonstrate you the richness of European cinema, which is alive and kicking. « I’ve always wanted to be a European filmmaker » claimed Woody Allen who expressed his love for European film. That’s perfect because it’s exactly what we are doing : celebrating European films.      
     
    From 17 to 24 june 2016 > a festive, competitive and addictive event
     
    8 days of exploring more than 20 european countries, 100 feature and shortfilms selected out of more than 1000 movies, more than 50.000 euros in prizes to encourage the cinematographical creation and promotion in Europe, a Panorama Section, avant-premières, Belgian short films, and Movie Docs. Of course a diverse, but convinced European jury, a very expected guest of honor, actors and directors who come to defend their film. Also on the program : debates, conferences master classes, DJ sets and of course our famous open-air screenings, free and convivial.

    European Cinema stands for cultural diversity. The Brussels Film Festival encourages this. And you?

    During our festival we also organise a Cinema and Music Flea-Market on Sunday 19th June, and it would be great if you could also mention this. All the necessary information can be found on our website. Here is a direct link:
    http://www.brff.be/fr/news2/item/2672-brocante?bb=75


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    Tomorrow, Friday 11 March, the Afrika Filmfestival 2016 opens its doors with the Ethiopian film Lamb. More than 650 people signed up, we are fully booked. Thank you for your enthousiasm, sorry for those who weren't able to book a ticket. The film Lamb is part of the program Afrika Filmfestival goes Youth 2.0. We will try to screen the film again after the festival.
    And don't forget, the opening is just the start of a two-week lasting festival with many films worth seeing. Migration is one of the themes of this year's edition. Not only the dramatic side as shown in Mediterannea and Simshar, but also the beautiful side of migration as shown in L'Africain qui voulait voler.
     

    MIGRATION IN ALL ITS ASPECTS

    14 mrt, 17.30 & 15 mrt, 22.30, Cinema ZED, Leuven
    Red Leaves

    Meseganio Tadela, 74, immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia 28 years ago with his family. He has chosen to zealously retain his culture, talks very little, and hardly speaks Hebrew. After losing his wife, Meseganio sets out on a journey that leads him through his children’s homes. He comes to realize that he belongs to a rapidly disappearing class that believes in retaining Ethiopian culture. As this harsh reality begins to hit him, he struggles to survive according to his own rules.

    17 mrt, 20.00, Cinema ZED, Leuven
    L'Africain qui voulait voler

    The African who wanted to fly tells the extraordinary life of Luc Bendza, a young Gabonese who dreamed of flying like the fighters in martial arts films. He moved to China in the 1980s and with determination and perseverance he realized his dream: today he is master in the Queen of Kung Fu discipline ‘Wushu’.

    21 mrt, 17.30 & 22 mrt, 17.30, Cinema ZED, Leuven
    Simshar

    Based on astonishing true events, Simshar tells two parallel stories of survival at sea which unravel on and around the Maltese islands. . Young Theo is sent on his first trip with his Maltese sea faring family, but things go terribly wrong when the 'Simshar' sinks, leaving the crew stranded in the Mediterranean... Simultaneously, Alex - a medic reluctantly dispatched onto a Turkish Merchant vessel which has rescued a group of stranded African boat people between Malta and Italy - gets stuck on the boat as the countries wage a bureaucratic war over who should take in the migrants... 

    22 mrt, 20.00, Kinepolis Leuven
    Mediterranea

    Ayiva recently left his home in Burkina Faso in search for a better life. He takes advantage of his position in an illegal smuggling operation to get himself and his best friend Abas across the Mediterranean to Italy. Ayiva adapts to life in Italy, but when tensions with the local community rise, things become increasingly dangerous. But Ayiva remains determined:  here his life will be better, regardless the price.
    Mediterranea was screened at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival (International Critics' Week section).

    26 mrt, 11.15, Museum M, Leuven
    Beautiful Tree, Severed Roots

    This film raises issues about being a refugee, being displaced, losing your mother country, bringing your belief system to your host country, adapting, assimilating or not assimilating - all the issues that all displaced persons must confront. It is also an examination of her own identity as a white girl born in Africa; an Eastern European in a British colony; and a non-Jewish Jew. The result is a poetic collage of narration, moving images, voices, music and still shots. 


    26 mrt, 14.00, A conversation with:
    Ronny Mosuse

    In 1964, the father of Ronny Mosuse' came as a student from Congo to Belgium. He married a Belgian and never returned to Congo. Why? Ronny Mosuse goes to Congo in search of his family history and finds out that the colonial chapter is very sensitive. The result of his search can be seen in the documentary and read in his book The Hidden History of my Father. More info.

    The entire program: www.afrikafilmfestival.be

     


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    Irish Film Festival

    The 2nd annual Irish Film Festival returns in 2016 boasting a melting pot of films to provide a window into Irish culture. The Festival will open in Sydney on Thursday 07 until Sunday 10 April, 2016. The Festival screens at the Chauvel Cinema, Paddington and will present eight feature films and three shorts.

     

    From action packed mob chases, to weekend love affairs, and films to commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising, the Irish Film Festival presents audiences with the very best of contemporary Irish culture. Ireland has a rich history of struggle for social justice and the films programmed in the 2016 Festival uncover rich and rare stories that capture the spirit of the Emerald Isle.

     

    Festival Director, Dr Enda Murray says “The films in the festival shine a light on contemporary Ireland. The big story in Ireland this year is the commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising which saw Ireland strike for its freedom from British colonial rule. It's easy to see some parallels with Australia and the debate around the impact of a republic. Why was it such a big deal in Ireland? You'll have to come and see the films!”

     

    The opening night celebrations include a screening of Glassland (Thur 07 April). Glassland stars Australia’s own Toni Collette as an alcoholic mother whose addiction pushes her son into the underground world of human trafficking. The award winning film has been praised for its two leads’ bold and understated performances which saw Collete nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award and co-star Jack Reynor taking out the World Cinema Special Jury Prize for Acting at Sundance Film Festival. 

     

    The opening night gala screening will also include a pre-screening reception hosted by The Consulate of Ireland. Irish food, drink and music are guaranteed to flow, providing movie goers at the Chauvel with a taste of Ireland in Sydney.

     

    Other films on the bill include the landmark documentary 1916: The Irish Rebellion (Fri 08 April), which examines the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin and the subsequent events that led to the establishment of an independent Irish State and indirectly to the breakup of the British Empire. Narrated by acclaimed actor and Irishman, Liam Neeson, this is a fresh look at the events and their significance in Irish and international history.

     

    Continuing the theme of the Easter Rising, After ’16 (Fri 08 April) presents 9 short films in a range of styles from animation to live action, drama and documentaries that capture the filmmakers’ responses to the events that took place in 1916. Older Than Ireland (Sun 10 April), is a touching documentary that looks into the lives of centenarians, people who were born in the dawn of Irish Independence and the immense social, political and technological change they encountered throughout their lives.

     

    Something that will have the little one’s bursting with delight, the Festival has programmed their first family film with and the critically acclaimed Irish folk animation Song of the Sea (Sat 9 April). The film follows the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse, the last seal-child, who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea.

     

    For a modern turn, Pursuit (Sat 09 April), takes audiences on a high speed chase with a contemporary take on the Irish legend of Diarmuid and Gráinne. This road-movie employs all the great aspects of a truly engaging thriller - pursuit of power, class, love and the chance to start again.

     

    Relationships are also a focus of the Festival with Lost in the Living (Sun 10 April), a complicated love story set in Berlin. The director of Lost in the Living, Robert Manson will introduce his film in person as well as attend the opening night of the Festival. Game of Thrones’ Aidan Gillen stars in You’re Ugly Too(Sat 09 April), which won Best Irish First Feature at the 2015 Galway Film Fleadh and is a touching take on modern family relationships.

     

    Three stand out shorts also compliment the program. Two of the shorts explore aspects of being Irish and in Australia. @Home looks at Melbourne’s ageing Irish community using social media to close the distance between Ireland and Australia while Follow the Rainbow to Ireland follows the Sydney Queer Irish group as they prepare to march in the 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras ahead of the Irish marriage equality referendum. A third short, Ballsy, is an uplifting documentary on a cancer sufferer’s search for meaning in the world.

     

    The Irish Film Festival provides an essential window onto contemporary Irish culture for all Australians. Whether you’re of Irish heritage or just have an affection for the Emerald Isle and its people, the Irish Film Festival is a must.


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     March 14th-20th

    The third edition of SR Film Festival takes place next week, take a seat and be moved!


    FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS:
    Tickets & RSVP's

    Monday, March 14
    Opening Panel at 6:00 pm Albertine Books "Adapting the Novel for the Screen" with Robert Schenkkan, Marc Levy, Lila Azam Zanganeh & Brigitte Gauthier

    Monday, March 14
    Opening Party at 8:30 pm 
    Vella Wine Bar & Kitchen 

    Tuesday, March 15
    Opening Ceremony, Red Carpet (5:30) & film "Caged No More" by Lisa Arnold, starring Kevin Sorbo, Loretta Devine & Cynthia Gibb

    Wednesday, March 16
    SAG-AFTRA Workshop for Filmmakers at 11 am
    SAG-AFTRA New York 

    Wed–Sun, March 16–20
    Features, Docs, Shorts
    Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas

    Friday, March 18 
    Virtual Reality Experience Showcase, 5–8 pm

    Saturday, March 19
    Industry Panels: "Revisiting Distribution" & "Shaping the Documentary" 10am–2pm

    Sunday, March 20
    Closing Awards Ceremony
    7:30 pm, Tenri Cultural Institute

     
     

     

    SR – Socially Relevant Film Festival NY –2016
    SR Socially Relevant Film Festival (™) New York, a relatively new non-profit film festival, has its 3rd edition March 14-20, 2016 at the Bow Tie Cinemas in Chelsea, The School of Visual Arts MFA SocDoc and the Center for Remembering and Sharing.

    SR Socially Relevant (TM) Film Festival New York shines the spotlight on filmmakers who tell compelling, socially relevant, human interest stories across a broad range of social issues. 

    During its first two years the festival showcased 108 films from 33 countries. The 3rd edition opens on the 14th of March with a panel on Adapting the Novel to the Screen at Albertine Bookstore with Panelists Robert Schenkkan, Marc Levy, Brigitte Gauthier and others. For more information and full line-up visit: www.ratedsrfilms.org


    Socially Relevant films touch our lives and the lives of others in a positive way. We look forward to seeing you again this year, or meeting you if you are attending for the first time.
     


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     The Chelsea Film Festival KINO & VINO Series® in partnership with Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea celebrates Women's History Month on Monday, March 14th at 7PM.

    The upcoming event will present the feature film SOLITARY (NY Premiere at CFF 2015) written, produced and edited by 3 Women, one being transgender (Katharine Lee McEwan, Sarina Taylor, Mari Walker). SOLITARY has already won 8 Best Picture Awards and 3 Best Director Awards across the world.
     

    Kino & Vino Series® is a refreshing & sexy networking event taking place every 2nd Monday. Get ready for some exciting schmoozing while sipping French wine, eating fine cheeses, and conclude the night at a secret lounge location in NYC (for VIP Tickets holders only). Event included in the Inaugural HeForShe Arts Week Calendar.

    Sasha Krane trained from an early age as a Method actor in New York and developed a passion for theater and film. Krane is the nephew of legendary acting teacher Lee Strasberg. Krane moved to Los Angeles, began writing and directing stage plays. In addition to writing and directing, Sasha is the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute’s resident director, where he teaches acting for film and television.

     

    7pm - Screening | 9pm - Q&A with Sasha Krane (Director) and Katharine Lee McEwan (Lead Actress/Writer/Producer), moderated by Actress Margaret Ladd (from LAByrinth Theater Company).
    9.30pm - Red Carpet + Private Cocktail | 11pm - Private After-Party at Secret Location
    Previous secret location: Beautique Dining.

     


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    17th HAVANA FILM FESTIVAL NEW YORK - APRIL 7-15, 2016

    Celebrates the Many Voices of Cuban and Latin American Cinema

    Honors Cuban actors Isabel Santos & Enrique Molina

     

    18 Films Compete for the Coveted Havana Star Prize

     

    New York, March 10, 2016-The 17th Havana Film Festival New York presents an exceptional program in celebration of the diversity of voices found today in Cuban and Latin American cinema and the inspirational stories they tell. Festival highlights include a tribute to the highly acclaimed and well-loved Cuban actors Isabel Santos (Vestido de novia, Cuba Libre) and Enrique Molina (La cosa humana); a retrospective commemorating the 20th anniversary of the late Tomás Gutierrez Alea, one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century; panels about filming and acting in Cuba; a special presentation of short documentaries about Cuban music; and World, U.S., and N.Y. premieres of award-winning features from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Ireland, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, and U.S. Latinos. Havana Film Festival New York, a project of American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (AFLFC) takes place April 7-15, 2016.

     

    "I applaud HFFNY, its organizers, and supporters for fostering cross-cultural exchange and advancing the film industry here in our city and beyond," says Mayor Bill de Blasio in his letter to HFFNY.

     

    Our main venue this year is Village East Cinema, with other screenings and events taking place at the Directors Guild Theater (DGA), King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU (KJCC), and Instituto Cervantes in Manhattan; the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens; and The Bronx Museum of the Arts in the Bronx. All foreign language films are subtitled in English.

     

    HFFNY starts with our ever-popular kick-off event First Fridays! at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, April 1st at 6pm with a free screening of Oliver Hill's La rumba me llama / Rumba Calling, the story of the rumba, from its roots to today, followed by a live performance with Cuban singer Melvis Santa.

     

    Thurs. April 7 starting at 5:30pm at the DGA Theater, HFFNY rolls out the red carpet to officially launch its 17th edition with the N.Y. premiere of the critically acclaimed, independent Cuban drama El acompañante / The Companion, set during the AIDS epidemic in late 1980s Havana. Pavel Giroud (La edad de peseta, Omertá),one of Latin America's most influential directors, will be at the screening presenting the film alongside Orishas front man and leading actor Yotuel Romero. 

     

    Fri. April 15 at 6:00pm the festival closes with the Havana Star Prize ceremony followed by the N.Y. premiere of Papa, the first Hollywood picture filmed in Cuba since 1959. The film tells the story of a young journalist who becomes friendly with Ernest and Mary Hemingway and witnesses Hemingway's decline with the backdrop of the Cuban Revolution. Director Bob Yari will be presenting the film, followed by a Q&A and A Latin Night Party.

     

    "No doubt Latin American cinema is having an extraordinary moment. Its strength comes from not only the fresh cinematic forms found in these movies, but the audacity and boldness of their filmmakers," says Diana Vargas, artistic director of HFFNY, who adds "In our 2016 line-up, we offer a raw worldly view of intimate stories and national histories that challenge us to expand our perspectives."

     

    18 films are in competition for Havana Star Prizes: Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Actor, Actress and Documentary.

     

    Fiction Competition: La patota / Paulina (Santiago Mitre, Argentina), Zoom (Pedro Morelli, Brazil), El bosque de Karadima / The Church of Karadima (Matias Lira, Chile), Magallanes (Salvador del Solar, Peru-Colombia), El acompañante / The Companion (Pavel Giroud, Cuba), Bailando con Margot / Dancing with Margot (Arturo Santana, Cuba), Cuba Libre (Jorge Luis Sanchez, Cuba), Eva no duerme / Eva Doesn't Sleep (Pablo Agüero, Argentina), Mi amiga del parque / My Friend from the Park (Ana Katz, Argentina), La Gunguna (Ernesto Alemany, Dominican Republic) and Presos / Imprisoned (Esteban Ramirez, Costa Rica).

     

    Documentary Competition:Allende, mi abuelo Allende / Beyond my Grandfather Allende (Marcia Tambutti, Chile), El tren de la línea norte / The Train on the Northern Railway (Marcelo Martin, Cuba), Paciente / Patient (Jorge Caballero, Colombia), Made in Bangkok (Flavio Florencio, Mexico), Tiempo suspendido / Time Suspended (Natalia Bruschtein, Mexico), La prenda / The Pawn (Jean-Cosme Delaloye, Guatemala), El cuarto de los huesos / The Room of Bones (Marcela Zamora, El Salvador).

     

    Special presentations will include Paddy Breathnach's Viva, Ireland's Oscar submission for best foreign language film; Cuban filmmaker Jessica Rodriguez's Espejuelos oscuros/ Dark Glasses and Ernesto Padrón's film for children Meñique / Tom Little and the Magic Mirror.

     

    Queens joins HFFNY with screenings at Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI). Fri. April 8, 7:00 pm, from executive producer Benicio del Toro comes Viva, the story of a young man struggling to decide whether to pursue his dreams of performing in drag or repair his relationship with his father. Sat. April 9, 1:30 pm, a film for all ages, Meñique / Tom Little and the Magic Mirror, by Ernesto Padrónbased on emblematic Cuban writer Jose Martí's story for children, this film follows Tom Little, a peasant who rescues his family from poverty. 4:00pm, MoMI hosts the N.Y. premiere of Brazilian Pedro Morelli's Zoom, a multi-dimensional interface between a comic book artist, a novelist, and a film director. 7:00pm, MoMI screens Pavel Giroud's El acompañante / The Companion wherein an unknown destiny awaits two men who find themselves confined behind a wall due to an epidemic.

     

    Featured films screening at the Village East Cinema: Fri. April 8, 3:00pm HFFNY welcomes Made in Bangkok by Mexican Flavio Florencio, an award-winning documentary about the sex transformation of a Mexican opera singer. Saturday, April 9, 7:30pm, Chilean Marcia Tambutti Allende's documentary about her grandfather, Salvador Allende, in Allende, mi abuelo Allende / Beyond my Grandfather Allende.

     

    Sun. April 10, 4:45pm, Argentina's Sundance award winning film, Mi amiga del parque / My Friend from the Park, a quirky, provocative story ofa mother struggling to adjust to her new life as a stay-at-home mom, presented by director Ana Katz, followed by a Q&A. 8:45pm, Cuban film Bailando con Margot / Dancing with Margot has its U.S. premiere, followed by a Q&A with its director, Arturo Santana. Mon. April 11, 7:00pm, Paciente / Patient, director Jorge Caballero's monumental indictment of the barbaric bureaucracy controlling the Colombian health care system told through the story of a mother fighting for the life of her daughter. Tues. April 12, 7:00pm, Dominican box office hit La Gunguna, a highly-stylized portrait of Santo Domingo's seedy underbellyis presented by its director, Ernesto Alemany.

     

    Wed. April 13, 6:45pm, Costa Rica's Presos / Imprisoned, a tale of forbidden love by Esteban Ramirez. Thurs. April 14, 7pm, El bosque de Karadima / The Church of Karadima, a Chilean box office hit based on true events surrounding the pedophilia scandal of a powerful Catholic priest. 9:30pm, HFFNY honors actor Enrique Molina, a longtime friend, with the U.S. premiere of La cosa humana / The Human Thing in which the actor plays a boss mob turned antihero literary agent. Followed by Q&A with director Gerardo Chijona. Presented in association with Tribeca Film Festival.

     

    Highlights of HFFNY 2016 include the world premieres of La ballerine, by Miguel Rueda-an animated short inspired by an urban legend of a ghost sighting at the Elizabeth Theater in New Jersey; La rueda de la vida / The Wheel of Life by Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider, which follows the founder of Casino-the Cuban dance that launched salsa; and Espejuelos oscuros / Dark Glasses, directorial debut of Jessica Rodriguez starring international Cuban stars Laura de la Uz and Luis Alberto García, the film tells a love story in four different eras in Cuban history.

     

    SPECIAL PROGRAMS -FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

     

    HFFNY is proud to collaborate with the prestigious Instituto Cervantes, one of NYC's premiere cultural entities. Mon. April 11, 6:00pm, we co-present a tribute to adored Cuban actress Isabel Santos. The program includes the screening of Vestido de novia / His Wedding Dress, which won her the Havana Star Prize as Best Actress and El camino de la vida / The Path of Life, a documentary she co-directed with husband, cinematographer Rafael Solis. Following is The Actor and the Camera: a conversation between Santos and Solis moderated by Prime Latino Media director, Louis Perego.

     

    Tues. April 12, 6:00pm, NYU's King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (KJCC), HFFNY commemorates the 20th anniversary of the late Tomás Gutierrez Alea with the program In Memory: Celebrating Tomás Gutiérrez Alea's Legacy featuring a screening of two of his works: El arte del tabaco / The Art of Cigars plus documentary Titón, De la Habana a la Guantanamera/ Titón, From Havana to Guantanamera made by his wife, actress Mirtha Ibarra. 6:30pm, book launch of La biblia de cinefilo / The Cinephile's Bible by Luciano Castillo, Director of Cuban Film Archives; 7:00pm the panel Filming in Cuba featuring Papa's director Bob Yari, NYC-based Cuban director Asori Soto, U.S. filmmaker, activist, and educator Catherine Murphy, and film professor Michelle Farrell as moderator. Wed. April 13, 5:45pm, Las doce sillas / Twelve Chairs, a merchant, a revolutionary and a priest search for a chair containing hidden jewels in Tomás Gutiérrez Alea's classic film; 7:30pm screening of Cuban classic Video de familia / Family Video as tribute to Enrique Molina, who will host a conversation to follow.

     

    "We are so grateful for the level of support that has allowed us to achieve success year after year and provide a very special platform for filmmakers from Cuba, Latin America and Latino's in the U.S.," says Carole Rosenberg, President of American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba

     

    The presenting sponsor of HFFNY 2016 is NBC/Telemundo 47. Additional sponsorship is provided by El Diario/La Prensa, Xael Charters, Cuba Travel Network, Horns of Havana, Latino Artists Round Table (LART), The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, LatAm Cinema, Habanero Films, Centro de Capacitación Cinematogáfica de México, Aguijón Films, and The Sound of Two. Media patrons are Pie Derecho, Queens Latino, Latinos en Foco, and EnRola TV. HFFNY is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Honorable Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York State legislators and supported, in part, by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the City Council. 

     

    About the American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (AFLFC)

    AFLFC is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. Since 2000, we have been working with our partner the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (LFC), a non-governmental, autonomous, non-profit art and cultural institution in Havana, founded in 1995. Together we have been building cultural bridges between the U.S. and Cuba through art programs that include visual and performing arts, educational and cultural exchange and professional development opportunities for artists, art professionals and students; the annual Havana Film Festival NY. We inspire artists, assist researchers, disseminate art information, provide instruction on new technology and software, excite audiences and facilitate communication between the art communities in both countries. We offer unique cultural travel programs to the island that expose American travelers to Cuba's cultural riches while generating meaningful personal connections.

     

    About the Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY)

    AFLFC's flagship project, HFFNY, collaborates with Havana's International Festival of New Latin American Cinema to introduce its audience to prominent and emerging filmmakers by showcasing the latest award-winning films and classics from and about Cuba, Latin America, the Caribbean and Latinos in the U.S. HFFNY seeks to cultivate audience-artist dialogue through panel discussions designed to give a behind-the-scenes look at an industry that continues to gain global recognition. The festival program offers directors, actors, and producers an opportunity to exchange ideas, enriches and expands the vision of Latino culture, and provides a multi-cultural experience for a diverse audience.

     

    For interviews with HFFNY's directors, guests, and for high resolution images please contact Melany Walter or Samantha Choos at press@hffny.com / 212.687.2146.

     

    Detailed information about all festival programs available at www.hffny.com

     


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    The Disability Film Challenge April 27, 2016

     

    Late Entry Deadline March 30th

    Register today for the Disability Film Challenge, an annual weekend short film race April 1st-3rd. Entrants are given 48 hours to make a three-to-five-minute film based on assigned genre.  Participants don't need to be disabled to enter the challenge, however each film must have either an actor, writer, director, producer, or crew member with a disability on their team. Sign up today and join in on this opportunity to bring awareness of the disability community through filmmaking and storytelling. 

    Winners of the challenge will be mentored by top industry professionals like writer producer Shawn Ryan (creator of The Shield, The Unit, Lie to Me, Last Resort, Mad Dogs).  Emmy winning writer producer David Isaacs (Mad Men, Frasier, Cheers, Mash),  Famed casting director Pam Dixon (City Slickers, The Green Lantern),  Roy Ashton, Head of the TV Literary & Packaging Dept. at The Gersh Agency.  
    Winning films will also screen at the TCL Chinese Theatre during the HollyShorts Film Festival and receive Dell Tablets and Dell Mobile Workstations.

     
     
     
     

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    The International Black Film Festival (IBFF) October 5 – 9, 2016

    Regular Deadline – March 15, 2016

     

    Through the art of film, we celebrate the richness, diversity and creativity of storytelling for the cultural enrichment, progression and education of communities worldwide.

    Each year the International Black Film Festival (IBFF) invites filmmakers from all over the globe to submit their projects to be considered as an “official selection” during the festival. Judges select films to be screened to a energetic festival participants. Filmmakers take advantage of the opportunity to interact with the audience and share their personal journey about their film project via Q&A sessions and networking events.  

    Awards are given in the following categories: Best Documentary, Best Short, Best Feature, Best Animation, Best of the Festival, Audience Choice, Best International Film, Honorable Mention, Best Faith-Based Film, Best Student Film, Best Web Series, Best of Tennessee.

    Website I Past winners I Facebook I Twitter I Submit I Contact Ingrid Brown

     

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    Animaze Daze in Cannes Screenings Part of Animation Day in Cannes May 18 

     

    Regular Deadline is March 15

     

    Submit your best short animated films  for a screening May18th at Cannes Film Festival.
    Enjoy industry visibility in front of the animation professionals attending Cannes during Animation Day in Cannes (second edition). take advantage of free promotion to buyers and media on our Animation Day in Cannes Newsletters, animation Day in Cannes websitefilmfestivals.com pages dedicated to Animation Day in Cannes  and our Youtube  channel, which will be offered for buyers and Media.

    Info I Submit Now I  Website I  Facebook Twitter I Contact Laurie Gordon

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    Golden Trailer Awards May 4

     

    Late Entry Deadline: Friday March 18th, 2016

    "Call for Entry is NOW open at www.goldentrailer.com

     

    Submit your: Trailers, Teasers, Posters, Video Games, TV Spots, Radio Spots, Innovative Theatrical Advertising & More
    Regular Deadline: Friday March 4th, 2016

    Twelve New Categories this year/ Best Independent Trailer (under a million), Golden Fleece Foreign, Best Foreign Independent Trailer, Best Foreign Music Trailer, Best Foreign Thriller Trailer, Best Foreign Trashiest, Best Foreign Teaser, Best Sound Editing TV Spot, Best Teaser TV Spot, Best Radio/Audio Spot, Best Trailer for Legit Theater or Broadway Trailer, Best Trailer for a book or novel  

    Show Date: May 4th, 2016 at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, CA

    For information on Industry Sponsorship, advertising in the GTA 17 program book and Web Banners on GoldenTrailer.com please email GBrahney@goldentrailer.com.

    Profile on filmfestivals.com I Website: http://goldentrailer.com/ I Awards I Facebook Twitter I Submit I Contact

     

     

     

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    Hollyshorts Film Festival
    August 11 – 20, 2016

     

    Regular Deadline: April 8, 2016

     

    The 12th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival and Film Conference/Film Market, scheduled for August 11-20, 2016 at the world famous TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, is now accepting submissions. (www.withoutabox.com/login/4655)   HSFF, 4 times named to MovieMaker Magazine “Top 25 Fests Worth the Entry Fee” lists, has featured over 400 projects showcasing stars and filmmakers including Sofia Loren, Bill Plympton, Anthony and Joe Russo, and Felicia Day. 

    In 2015, HSFF awarded over $150,000 in prizes, including $60,000 in post services courtesy of COMPANY 3 and METHOD STUDIOS for Best Short, Director, Music Video, Cinematography, VFX, and Commercial, and $15,000 Grand Prize cash courtesy of ZYPE.  www.hollyshorts.com

    Profile on filmfestivals.com I Website I Winners I Facebook I Twitter ISUBMIT I Contact Daniel Sol

     

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    WoFF: World of Film International Festival 
    September 29 – October 2, 2016


    Regular Deadline March 31, 2016

     

    In 2016, WoFF returns for its third edition with great energy and ideas, generated from a wonderful 2015 festival.

    Our focus remains on independent cinema from all around the globe, by showcasing the work of first feature filmmakers and female directors in our two main sections, First Features and The Female Perspective, respectively.

    Profile on filmfestivals.com I Website I Winners I Facebook I Twitter ISUBMIT I Contact Martin Petrov

     

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

    Deadline Extended

    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. 
     
     
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    Animaze 2016 Montreal International Animation Film Festival August 18 - 21, 2016

     

    Submissions close April 15, 2016

    In partnership with filmfestivals.com

     

    Montreal International Animation Film Festival is a people's film festival an dindutry conference dedicated to the art of animation for film and technology. 
    All genres and forms are welcome.
    Software an award prize. Visibility in out travelling show in Berlin, Cannes Annecy, Glasgow and more.

    Animaze - Montreal International Animation Film Festival's blog I Website I Submit I Facebook Twitter I Contact Laurie Gordon

     

     

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    Held at New York’s Metropolitan Pavilion from March 3-6 the eleventh edition of the art fair presented an international showcase of the contemporary art market. The fair is held annually in Miami and New York, featuring established and emerging art galleries. In New York, galleries from Europe, Africa, and the Americas presented more than 120 artists. Four  parallel platform programs were held:  ‘Perspectives’ offered  a series of panel discussion between industry leaders and the public on building art collections, artistic practice and cultural identity; ‘Play’ was dedicated to new media and video works; at ‘Prize’ a jury selected a cash grant to a solo exhibition artist, and ‘Projects’  included ‘Stacked Datsun’ a work by Janairo Roth, a metallic pixel installation by Mia Taylor, and Macon Reed’s  immersive ‘Eulogy For The Dyke Bar’ strikingly set up at the entrance of the show. Use of the internet has made acquisition simple. Once Pulse and the name of the artist is entered contact between the potential buyer and the gallery can be established.

    Numerous pieces of art certainly stood out, though there were also many of passing interest.  THE RISING is a solo installation by the Russian artist Sergeii Isopov who is now living in the USA and is represented by Forrin Contemporary. It featured a tall more than life size figural sculpture surrounded by paintings with smaller sculptures. ‘Risen’ is a standing male figure with back to back paintings of male and female images made from completely illustrated interlocking sections. It is covered  in part by tattoos and paintings reflecting the erotic  surrealism Isopov aims at,  setting contrasting dimensions,  male and female, as well as surface and structure.

    The Milan based Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea gallery juxtaposed in its space expressionist dystopian work by Giuliana Sale as in the distorted excessive image in his ‘Wine Lady’ to the readily accessible surrealistic paintings of Fred Stonehouse. Be it ‘The Sound of Failure’ or the ‘Mark of the Immigrant’ Stonehouse presents a fantasy alternative to our conscious perceptions in a manner that reminds of outsider crude and naive art, yet is very appealing given its deranged and often absurd content, like the black headed devil clothed in green shooting eggs from tubes attached to his limbs in the ‘Sound of Failure’ or the large tearing man’s head of numerous snakes  in ‘Mark of the Immigrant’.  His work reflects a dreamscape that is witty, puzzling and intriguing.

    Mu Pan’s superbly executed work was presented by the Copenhagen based Morten Poulsen gallery. The artist from Taiwan was raised here and is living in Brooklyn. Mu Tan is prompted by storytelling and spending much time by himself  “imagining the reasons for explaining children’s stories…”. When older, after exposed to  the history of the United States, Japan, and China he ”began re-recreating the historic scenes as well as scenes from daily lives of common people and people in animal forms…wondering what I have observed if I were at the scene”. [Poulsen website]. As in ‘Squirrels’ from 2016, his paintings and drawings are characterized by an outstanding mastery of detail and precision with surreal elements, contrasting humans versus nature, iconic imagery and frequent political satire. In ‘Squirrel’ we can follow an exact depiction of many small and large squirrels vigorously battling in a tree top for food.

    Hailing from Koream, Jaehyo Lee’s sculpture Go To Fair (2011) was one of the most impressive pieces I encountered at Pulse. Striking by its intricate simplicity and sophistication Go To Fair is a round log measuring 100 x 23 ½ inches standing upright. Covering the entire surface Lee attached to the burnt-black wood straight and bent stainless nails and bolts in alternating dense and wide configurations and size. The nails and bolts are sticking out creating multifaceted images because their surface has been polished and contrasts with the black background of the wood. The sculpture is sensuous and appealing. Lee’s gallery is Cynthia-Reeves from North Adams, Massachusetts.

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