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    The program is subject to final changes. Check regularly and Ask filmfestivals.com to receive a unique promo discount code, exclusive to our readers!

    FestForums NYC


    Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

    The Cutting Room - 44 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10010

     

    5pm

    Opening Night Reception
    Opening Cocktail Reception, registration, networking session, and special musical performance.

     

    Thursday, April 28th, 2016
    Time Inc. / Henry R. Luce Auditorium - 225 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10281 


    9-10am 
    Registration and Structured FestForum Networking

    Do you want to meet as many other festivals as you can at the Forum?  
    We’ll help you do just that.   And, win valuable prizes too!   
    Set your alarm clock to be there by 9 a.m., and be sure to bring plenty of your business cards.
    Hint: Memory counts! 

     

    Hosted by:

    Stuart MacNaught - Co-PresidentFestForums
     


    10-11am 
    State of the Festival Industry

    The Festival market is in a state of economic flux. Some festivals sell out months in advance, while others are dying on the vine. What does the future hold for the film, music, food and beverage festival market?  Let’s hear from the experts.

     

    Moderator:

    Laurie Kirby - Co-President,FestForums

    Panelists:

    Peter Shapiro - Publisher,  Relix. Founder, Lockn' Music Festival

    Lee Brian Schrager - Founder & Director, Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach and New York City Wine & Food Festivals

    Tom Russell - Co-Founder, Governors Ball Music Festival

    ​Anne Chaisson - Executive Director,  ‎Hamptons International Film Festival

    ​Superfly​ Productions (Bonnaroo / Outside Lands)  ​(Invited)

    11-11:30am

    Networking & Coffee Break - Sponsored by BusBank
     


     

     

     

    11:30 am-12:30pm
    Talent Buying, Programming and Identity

    How much should you be paying for talent and their expenses (be it musicians, chefs, filmmakers, actors) as a percentage of your budget? Talent aside, what is that secret sauce that makes a festival a must-attend event? How does it maintain an identity without procuring the flavor of the month? Bring sponsors and audience pressure into the mix and you have a host of competing interests. It’s a delicate balance. Let’s figure this out…if we can.

     

    Moderator: TBD

    Panelists:

    Michelle Metter - Co-Producer, San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival

    Doug Richter - Managing Director, Global Partnerships, inVNT

    ​Christiane Pheil - Talent Curator, Firefly Music Festival

    David Beame -  Event Director, Global Citizen Festival, Central Park NYC

    ​Rose Anderson - Executive Director, New York Festivals®​

    ​Julie Barreda - Owner | Tour Operator, Destination-Kitchen.com

     


    12:30-1:30pm
    Lunch

     


    1:30-2:30pm 
    Safety and Security Is Within Your Reach

    The news is flooded with stories of meteorological, medical, and monetary disasters at festivals. Within minutes a festival’s reputation and financial stability can be upended. But what if these disasters could be prevented, minimized or insurable? How can preplanning and on-site crisis management reduce or eliminate risk and reduce your festival’s exposure. We’ll learn how from our panel of professionals.
     

    Moderator:

    Jackie Eaton - Co-President, Duganworks, Event Producers

    Panelists:

    Angela Costello​ - Vice President, Marketing & Client Relations, AdAir

    ​Wes Jackson - Founder, Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival

    Raymond Martinez - Chief of Security, Ultra Music Festival

    ​Maren Steiner - Health & Safety Director, Insomniac

    Evan Korn - Managing Partner, iDEKO Productions

    Scott Mirkin - Co-Founder & Executive Producer, ESM Productions

     


    2:30-2:45pm
    Keynote: Sponsorship Disrupted

    Lesa Ukman - Futures Director & Founder, ESP Properties & IEG
     

     

    2:45-3:15pm

    Networking Break

     


    3:15-4pm
    TNT-Technology N’ Ticketing: Exploding Technology

    New technology: You can’t live without it. Ticketing, RFID, mobile apps & cashless payments are the festival’s best friends, when they work and its worst nightmares…when they crash.   It is also depends on sufficient WIFI. Let’s explore the latest technologies and steps you can take to make sure that they work when you need them.  
     

    Moderator: 

    Parag Bhandari - Founder and CEO, UG Strategies

    Panelists:

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

    ​William Litvack - Co-Founder, SquadUp

    Gillian Zettler - Executive Director, Charleston Wine + Food

    Matthew Belkin - VP Business Development, Live Nation Entertainment

     


    4-5pm 
    ​The Future of Film: Is The Festival Model Broken

    Moderator:

    Laurie Gordon​ - Director,​ Montreal International Animation Film Festival and Industry Conference (Animaze)

    Panelists:

    Amy Berg - Filmmaker

    John Sloss - Principal, Sloss Eckhouse LawCo/Cinetic Media

    ​Alex Gibney - Filmmaker (invited)


    5pm

    Cocktail Party & Networking - Sponsored by


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    FestForum, a festival industry conference occurring in Santa Barbara on November 19-22, 2016 has announced a second program in New York City that will be held April 27-28th.

    Ask filmfestivals.com to receive a unique promo discount code, exclusive to our readers!

     

    The conference is slated to begin Wednesday, April 27th at 5pm at The Cutting Room with an Opening Cocktail Reception, registration, networking session, and special musical performance. The Cutting Room is co-owned by famed actor Chris Noth, who has starred in “Sex and The City," “Law & Order” and "The Good Wife.” Past performers at the club include Judy Collins, Emmylou Harris, Neil Young, Sting, Howard Stern, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow and Pete Seeger.

     

    On Thursday, April 28th, the full-day conference will kick-off at 9 am at the new headquarters of Time Inc., located downtown overlooking the Hudson River. Panelists include the producers of New York Food & Wine, Charleston Food & Wine Festival, Governors Ball, Global Citizens Festival, Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival and dozens of other food, wine, film and music festivals.

     

    After a full day of panels, networking, and keynotes, there will be a cocktail party and an official after-party.

     

    In a joint statement, co-founders Stuart MacNaught and Laurie Kirby stated, “we are excited to continue to assemble the top leaders in music, film, food & wine festivals shaping the experience and future of the festival industry for relevant and trend-setting discussions.”

     

     

    Past participants include Shep Gordon, Dave Mason, Gary Meyer, Alice Cooper, Cat Cora, Roy Yamaguchi, Mike Shea, Kevin Lyman, Richard Glasser and hundreds of festival producers.


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    Montreal 2015 Video Channel on Youtube by  filmfestivals.com : 24 videos  123 minutes

    39th Montreal World Film Festival opening with Muhammad

    Interview with Azahar Iqbal

    sum of histories

    Interview with Cornelia Travnicek for Chucks competing in Montreal

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    Interview with Cornelia Travnicek for Chucks competing in Montreal

    Interview with Jean Jacques Annaud

    Interview with Isen Robbins

    David Puttnam masterclass

    sum of histories

    Interview with Azahar Iqbal

    Video Interview with Susanna Duellmann "Where are you going Habibi"!

    Interview de diane rouxel pour Fou d Amour

    Video Interview with Emma Jaay and Martin Butz for Beijing Beeing

    Interview with Roberto Gervitz for his documentary a matter of courage

    39th Montreal World Film Festival opening with Muhammad

    Interview with Stephan Ivanov DoP of Petrov File in Montreal competition

    Interview with Ma Mingzhu for ARIA of life

    Interview with Manoj Annadurai and Sania Jhankar for Get Happy

    Interview avec Marc Ruchmann et Salam Jawad pour QUI SUIS-JE APRÈS TON EXIL EN MOI

    A CHANCE TO DRESS

    Interview with Ramon Termens for evil that men can do

    Interview with René Frotscher and Michal Rogalski filmakers of Summer Solstice

    Meet Jon Pettersson the director of John Hron: world premiere in Montreal

    Meet Norihito Iki the director of Noboke having its World Premiere in Montreal

    Interview with Actor Charles Lemaire for Now we are Alive

    Meet Nemanja Cipranic Director of Legacy / Amanet

    René Frotscher / Michal Rogalski filmakers of Summer Solstice Best Screenplay at Montreal Fest

    ARTICLES ON FILMFESTIVALS.COM

    Winner of Best Director for Petrov Files : Georgi Balabanov

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    Georgi Balabanov Stefan Ivanov DOSIETO PETROV / THE PETROV FILE 2014, Colour, Germany, Bulgaria, World Competition  Production Team Director : Georgi Balabanov Stefan Ivanov Screenwriter : Jean-Claude Carrière, Georgi Balabanov Cinematographer : Stefan Ivanov Editor : Vessela Martschevski Cast : Mihail Bilalov, Hristo Shopov, Georgi Novakov, Anjela Ndyalkova, Ana Papadopulu, Radina Kardjilova, Bogdan Glishev Music : M...

    09.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Video message in a bottle by Philippe Ramos, Grand Prix of the Americas winner for "Fou d Amour Mad Love

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    Fou D Amour by Philippe Ramos tells the story of man accused of two murders in France (1959). Found guilty, he is condemned to death. He is guillotined. But his head begins to tell the story of his life. He was a priest. He loved life, he loved women, he loved God and preached every Sunday in his church. A perfect life! An admired priest, a wonderful lover, his earthly paradise seemed neverending... “In my earlier film, Ici-bas, I placed all the anguish of the world on the shoulde...

    09.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Video: Award Winners in Montreal 39th

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    09.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Video: The Bronze Zenith for the First Fiction Feature Film: La Linea Delgada Amarilla (The Thin Yellow Line) from Celso Garcia

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    Leopoldo Soto (filmfestivals.com correspondent fromMexico)  accepting The Bronze Zenith for the First Fiction Feature Film: La Linea Delgada Amarilla (The Thin Yellow Line) from Celso Garcia (Mexico) Produced by Guillermo del Toro, Bertha Navarro and Alejandro Springall AWARDS..."LA delgada línea amarilla" The yellow thin line...was awarded in 39o Montreal World Film Festival: Best Latinoamerican Movie - Glober Rocha Award- and also Bronze Zenith, f...

    09.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Jean Jacques Annaud exclusive video Interview on his latest film Wolf Totem

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    Laura Blum and Editor in chief Bruno Chatelin sat down with french icon director Jean Jacques Annaud about his new phenomenal film Wolf Totem, shot over 18 months in Mongolia with wolves...Historical moment where a french filmmaker gets to direct a smashing box office based on the best seller of a chinese book.   We often hear that directing animals and children is hell on a filmmaker. So why is Jean-Jacques Annaud nostalgic about the 200 horses, 1,000 sheep, 35 wolves and smatt...

    09.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Interview with René Frotscher and Michal Rogalski filmmakers of Summer Solstice winners of best screenplay in Montreal Fest

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    LETNIE PRZESILENIE / SUMMER SOLSTICE 2014, Colour, Germany, Poland, World Competition      Production Team Director : Michal Rogalski Screenwriter : Michal Rogalski Cinematographer : Jerzy Zieli?ski Editor : Joanna Brühl, Milenia Fiedler Cast : Filip Piotrowicz, Jonas Nay, Urszula Bogucka, Maria Semotiuk, Steffen Scheuman, Gerdy Zint, Bart?omiej Topa, Agnieszka Krukówna Music : Rainer Oleak Film pro...

    08.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Award Winners of 39th Montreal - Video Interviews

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    AWARDS OF THE MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL MONTRÉAL 2015 Jury  President : Dany Laferrière, writer (Canada) Luis Urquiza, filmmaker (Mexico) Gerardo Salcedo, festival programmer (Mexico) Peter Rainer, writer & film critic (United States) Ventura Pons, filmmaker, (Spain) Tea Falco, actress (Italy)   Features   Grand Prize of the Americas: Mad Love from Philippe Ramos (France) Video interview with Diane Rouxel for Fou d'...

    08.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Fipresci Award in Montreal for "The visitor" by Mehmet Eryilmaz

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      " The visitor" by Mehmet Eryilmaz; was awarded with a FIPRESCI Mention, during 2015 Montreal Festival des Films du Monde, for the "Remarkable contribution to learn more the values of the turkish society". Filmed by Leopoldo Soto   ...

    07.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Signis awarded Guillermo Ivan´s "Havana Moment" in Montreal World Fest

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        Signis awarded Guillermo Ivan´s "Havana Moment" with a 1st. Mention During 39th Montreal Festival Films du Monde, 2015.   UN INSTANTE EN LA HABANA / HAVANA MOMENT 2015, Colour, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, USA, World Competition      Production Team Director : Guillermo Ivàn Duenas Screenwriter : Guillermo Ivàn Duenas Cinematographer : Mauricio Vidal Editor : David Constantino...

    07.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Video Interview with Wang Fan for her first feature Beijing Carmen

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    Wang Fan, directs a free adaptation of classic Prosper Merimee´s Carmen, in a chinesse version. It´s her first feature film, and was produced throught the coproducton forum, in the past Festival du Films du Monde in Montreal. Leopoldo Soto interviewed the director for filmfestivals.com BEIJING CARMEN 2015, Colour, China, First Films World Competition      Production Team Director : Wang Fan Screenwriter : Wang Fan Cinematographer : Han ...

    07.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Video Conference: Bloody January a film from Azerbaijan screened in the Focus on World Cinema

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    Bloody January, a film from Azerbaijan screened in the Focus on World Cinema at Latin Quartier Cinemas in Montreal and held a Press Conference, some highlights by Leopoldo Soto. Baku Film studio shot “Bloody January”, a film dedicated to the 25th anniversary of one of the most tragic events in the history of Azerbaijan    QANLI YANVAR / BLOODY JANUARY 2015, Colour, Azerbaijan, Focus on World Cinema    Production Team Director&n...

    07.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Dr, Norman Cornett, recognized academic of Montreal, talks about FFM

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    What does the future holds for the Festival des Films du Monde?, Dr. Norman Cornett, a recognized academic of Montreal, has a few ideas he shared during the 39th edition with Leopoldo Soto for filmfestivals.com viewers. ...

    07.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Interview with Malin Buska, swedish actress of The Girl King by Mika Kaurismäki premiering in Montreal

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    THE GIRL KING 2015, Colour, Germany, Canada, Finland, Sweden, World Competition  Production Team Director : Mika Kaurismäki Screenwriter : Michel Marc Bouchard Cinematographer : Guy Dufaux Editor : Hans Funck Cast : Malin Buska, Sarah Gadon, Michael Nyqvist, Lucas Bryant, Laura Birn, Hippolyte Girardot, François Arnaud, Patrick Bauchau Music : Anssi Tikanmäki Film production and Sales : Prod.: Marianna Films / Triptyc...

    07.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Interview wirh the filmmakers of The last Song before we Go

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      Leopoldo Soto met the director Noé Santillán-López and producer of mexican feel good movie  "La Ultima y nos Vamos" , Last song before we go at at the 39th Montreal World Film Festival. UNA ULTIMA Y NOS VAMOS / LAST SONG BEFORE WE GO 2014, Colour, Mexico, Focus on World Cinema    Production Team Director : Noé Santillán-López Screenwriter : Mauricio Argüelles, César Rodr&iacut...

    07.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Interview with Marc Ruchmann et Salam Jawad "Who am I after your exile in me"

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    Leopoldo Soto sat down withthe filmmakers in Montreal. Palestinan poem, directed by Marc Ruchman, about the atraction of two people, agaisnt the rest of the world. QUI SUIS-JE APRÈS TON EXIL EN MOI / WHO AM I AFTER YOUR EXILE IN ME 2015, Colour, France, Focus on World Cinema - short films    Production Team Director : Marc Ruchmann Screenwriter : Marc Ruchman Cinematographer : Yossi Shalev Editor : Louis Goldschmidt Cast : Ziad Barki, L...

    07.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Meet Selim Evci Dir."Secret"

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    Leopoldo Soto sat with Selim Evci, director of Secret, which was selected at Montreal.  Born in Istanbul in 1975, Turkish filmmaker Selim Evci studied at Maltepe University and took his master’s in film from Beykent University. He directed a documentary, Red, in 2001, and founded his own production company, Evci Films, in 2006. TWO LINES (2008), his fiction directorial debut, premiered at the Venice Festival and showed at several prominent international festivals. He followed ...

    07.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Meet Ilhan Sesen Actor from Secret, turkish film in world competition

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    SAKLI / SECRET 2015, Couleur, Turquie, Compétition mondiale  Production Team Director : Selim Evci Screenwriter : Selim Evci Cinematographer : Ferhat Öçmen Editor : Selim Evci Cast : ?lhan Sesen, Settar Tanriögen, Turku Turan, Pelin Akil, Ümit Cirak, Sehnaz Bölen Taftali, Bala Atabek Music : Cengiz Onural Film production and Sales : Prod.: Selim Evci, Evci Films, ?stiklal Cad./mis Sok. Tan Apt. D:6, Beyo?l...

    07.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Interview with Anna Bofarull director of Sonata for a Cello

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    Filmfestivals.com Leopoldo Soto met with Spanish filmmaker Anna Bofarull in Montreal. She took a humanities degree from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona before studying film at CECC and and Université Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. She participated in the 2011 Berlinale Talent Campus. Filmography: To the Barbed Wire (2003), Pasajes (2004), HAMMADA (2009, shown at the MWFF), FOOTNOTES (2009), Expeditions (2014).  In the concert hall the audience are taking their seats. Julia, ...

    07.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Interview with Nemanja Cipranic in Montreal for his first feature Legacy

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    Filmfestivals.com met with Nemanja Cipranic in Montreal where his debut featured premiered in competition. Born in Belgrade, Serbia in 1986, Nemanja Cipranic studied philosophy briefly at Belgrade University, before switching to cinema at Belgrade’s SAE Institute, from which he graduated in 2013. While there he directed and produced several projects, among them a documentary, The Roman Well, and a short film, The Madness of War. He also authored several music videos and television ...

    07.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Interview with Charles Lemaire 'Et maintenant nous sommes en Vie'

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    ET MAINTENANT NOUS SOMMES EN VIE / NOW WE’RE ALIVE 2014, Colour, Belgium, France, Focus on World Cinema  Production Team Director : Thibault Arbre Screenwriter : Thibault Arbre Cinematographer : Vincent Toujas Editor : Thibault Arbre Cast : Charles Lemaire, Victoria Oberli, Laure Haulet Music : Climax Film production and Sales : Prod.: Gilles Daoust, Title Media, Galerie de la Porte Louise 203/5, 1050 Bruxelles (Belgique), t&e...

    07.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Meet Jon Pettersson the director of John Hron: world premiere in Montreal

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    Filmfestivals.com met Jon Pettersson in Montreal where his film John Hron received its world premiere. Born in 1982, Swedish filmmaker Jon Pettersson enrolled at a very young age in film directing at university and, upon graduation, quickly sold two of his short films to television: Skuggan (2005) and Badvakten (2005). He subsequently directed Skönheten (2007) and A Waking Contradiction (2008). His first feature, JOHN HRON was self-produced and is based on a true story.  JOHN ...

    07.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Meet Norihito Iki the director of Noboke having its World Premiere in Montreal

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    The Director Norihito Iki Professional photographer and former director commercials, Norihito Iki has had his works exhibited widely at national and international exhibitions and competitions, in particular in Vancouver, Busan, New York and at the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial. His filmography includes: Tagboat, Art Line Daegu, Tokyo Front Line.  2015, Colour & B/W, Japan, First Films World Competition    Production Team Director : Norihito Iki Scr...

    07.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    We support Montreal WFF

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            The Montreal World Film Festival is an event wherethere is always something to discover. The 39th edition is the perfect illustration, with more than 80 countries represented: beside the major producing countries, the Festival is hosting works from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bermuda, Congo, Greenland, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Liberia, Malawi, Nepal, Nicaragua.&nbs...

    07.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    BEHIND THE COVE, 2015, Japan by Keiko Yagi

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    BEHIND THE COVE, 2015, Japan by Keiko Yagi   Sunday, September 6, at 4.30 p.m., Cinéma Quartier Latin, Room 17  Monday, September 7, at 2.30 p.m., Cinéma Quartier Latin, Room 14     Synopsis In 2010, THE COVE, a documentary about dolphin hunting in Taiji, Japan, won an Academy Award. The movie certainly brought attention to the whaling issue as a whole. But was the documentary entirely truthful? Did it portray both sides of the story correctly? Or wa...

    07.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    World Premiere of MAGIC WORLD in Montreal, Focus on the World section

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      MAGIC WORLD, the first movie by young director Julien Hosmalin, produced by Pierre-André Marion, will screen at Montreal World Fest. MAGIC WORLD : 2015, Colour, France, Focus on World Cinema - short films    Production Team Director : Julien Hosmalin Screenwriter : Julien Hosmalin Cinematographer : Bertrand Marin Editor : Valentin Feron Cast : Eloise Parramore, Fantin Ravat, Anthony Bajon Music : Julien Besins Film producti...

    05.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Interview with Alice Bouvrie for A Chance to Dress

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    A CHANCE TO DRESS 2015, Colour, USA, Documentaries  Production Team Director : Alice Bouvrie Cinematographer : Tom Curran, Brian Dowley, David Rabinovitz, Jonathan Skurnik, Alice Bouvrie Editor : Bernice Schneider Music : Claes Nystrom Film production and Sales : Prod.: Alice D. Bouvrie, Mineral King Productions, 143 Woodside Lane, Arlington, MA 02474 (États-Unis), tél.: 781 643-6347, abouvrie@comcast.net.     Synopsi...

    04.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Interview with Ramon Termens on The evil that men can do...

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    THE EVIL THAT MEN DO / THE EVIL THAT MEN DO 2015, Colour, Spain, Focus on World Cinema    Production Team Director : Ramon Térmens Screenwriter : Daniel Faraldo Cinematographer : Sergi Bartroli Editor : Anna Térmens Cast : Daniel Faraldo, Andrew Tarbet, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Priscilla Delgado, Nikol Kollars, José Sefami Music : Yuval Ron Film production and Sales : Prod.: Ramon Térmens, Segarra Films, Juan ...

    04.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Interview with Manoj Annadurai and Sania Jhankar for Get Happy

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    GET HAPPY! 2015, Colour, USA, Focus on World Cinema    Production Team Director : Manoj Annadurai Screenwriter : Tom Shipley Cinematographer : Eric Giovon Editor : Matt O’Brien Cast : Chris Riggi, Adam LaVorgna, Rebecca Blumhagen, Jordan Lane Price, Lauren Sweetser Music : Allison Tartalia Film production and Sales : Prod.: Sania Jhankar, Monomyth Enchantment Inc., 300 EAST 42ND STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10017 (États-Unis), t&e...

    04.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Interview with Ma Mingzhu for ARIA of life

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    SHENG MING YONG TAN DIAO / ARIA OF LIFE 2015, Colour & B W, China, World Competition - short films  Production Team Director : Ma Mingzhu Screenwriter : Ma Mingzhu Cinematographer : Yi Ming Editor : Ma Mingzhu Cast : Wang Xian, Han Jingru, Wang Yu, Wang Yi, Yan Fanfan, Liang Jing, Zhang Ye Film production and Sales : Prod.: Yin Pandong, YM Perle Orientale Films, 16/F, Shimao Tower, No.92 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100022 (Chin...

    04.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    World Première of Rainbow without colours

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    World Première of “RAINBOW WITHOUT COLOURS" by Tuyen Quang Nguyen, produced by Leo Media and Technology limited at the First World Competition of Montréal World Film Festival.    The film was about the sexual prejudice from the mother against her borne and adopted sons, who were gay loved each other. When the film was screened in Vietnam in March 2015 , it got special attention from press and audience with with thousands of reviews from the users ...

    04.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    La reine-garçon (The Girl King) Au Festival des Films du Monde les 4 et 6 septembre

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      Triptych Media et Galafilm (Canada), Marianna Films (Finlande), Starhaus Filmproduktion (Allemagne) et Anagram (Suède) sont heureuses d’annoncer la première mondiale du long-métrage La reine-garçon (The Girl King) au Festival des films du monde les 4 et 6 septembre prochains en présence du réalisateur Mika Kaurismäki, de l’actrice Malin Buska et du scénariste Michel Marc Bouchard.   Le réalisateur Finlandai...

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    Interview with Frederike Migom for Nkosie Coiffure

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    2015, Colour, Belgium, World Competition - short films  Production Team Director : Frederike Migom Screenwriter : Frederike Migom Cinematographer : Laurens de Geyter Editor : Tom Denoyette Cast : Nele Vereecken, Kurt Vandendriessche, Awa Sene Sarr, Stella Kitoga, Wivine Ngoy-Mutemba Music : Jens Bouttery, Fredy Massamba Film production and Sales : Prod.: Jules Debrick, 2nd to the Right, Baksteenkaai 50, 1000 Bruxelles (Belgique), jules@2ndto...

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    MARIANGOLA CASTRO, member of the jury, presented the Students Film Awards.

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    Meet the Winners of the Students Film Competition at Montreal World Film Festival

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    FLORENCE PELLETIER, student from Concordia University, was awarded for the short: "Fondue chinoise", in the 39th FFM 2015. Fondue chinoise: by Florence Pelletier, Colour, 6 minutes, Canada, 2014    Saturday August 29, 2015 - 07:00 PM - CINÉMA QUARTIER LATIN 2 Wednesday September 2, 2015 - 03:00 PM - CINÉMA QUARTIER LATIN 2 ...

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    Student Film Festival Awards ceremony

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    The Awards Ceremony ­­of the 46th Student  Film Festival will take place today wednesday September 2, 2015 at 4 :30 pm at Resto Végo, 1720 Saint-Denis Street, Montréal   The following prizes will be awarded :   International Section: First Prize Jury Prize (ex-aequo) Best Fiction Best Documentary Best film, experi...

    02.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Xing Jian, the director of Seven Days speaks on his film at the Press Conference

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    SEVEN DAYS 2015, B&W, China, World Competition    Production Team Director : Xing Jian Screenwriter : Liu Jinkai, Xing Jian Cinematographer : Chen Liyang, Gu Shouzhu Editor : Xing Jian Cast : Wang Deshun, Wang Shiwenqi, Huang Songbo Music : Liu Suola Film production and Sales : Prod.: Xing Jian, Beijing Yijie Film Culture Media Co., tél.: +86 (139) 1141 22 52, xingjian@vip.163.com.     Synopsis In the earl...

    02.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Greg Reitman Invited to Montreal with his film Rooted in Peace

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    Greg Reitman winner of Sundance Audience Award Documentary with his documentary 'Fuel' returns to Montreal with Rooted in Peace ...

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    Director Mehmet Eryilmaz talks about The Visitor, his film in Montreal World Competition

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    MISAFIR / THE VISITOR 2015, Colour, Turkey, World Competition    Production Team Director : Mehmet Eryilmaz Screenwriter : Mehmet Eryilmaz Cinematographer : Cemil Kizildag Editor : Ugur Hamidogullari, Sultan Ilhan, Taner Sarf, Mehmet Eryilmaz Cast : Zümrüt Erkin, Tamer Levent, Ayten Uncuoglu, Hale Akinli, Ersin Umut Güler, Melek Çinar Music : Sema Film production and Sales : Prod.: Sultan llhan, Atlanta Film, Si...

    02.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Under Heaven to screen at Montreal as world Premiere

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     Dalmira Tilepbergen with Bruno Chatelin and Consul of Kyrgyzstan in Montreal UNDER HEAVEN "ASMAN ALDYNDA" Style: Drama Running time: 88 minutes Language: Kyrgyz Subtitles: English, Russian Director : Dalmira Tilepbergen Screenwriter : Dalmira Tilepbergen Cinematographer : Akjol Bekbolotov Editor : Eldiar Madakim Cast : Anvar Osmonaliev, Taalaikan Abazova, Nurjigit Kanaev, Munara Dooronbekova Music : Murzali Jenbaev Film prod...

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    Superb article in The Gazette de Montreal about lord David Puttnam's Masterclass at the Festival

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    Superb article in The Gazette by bbrownstein@montrealgazette.com / twitter.com/billbrownstein "Rather than ask David Puttnam to name the great British films he has made, the easier question could be: What great British filmsdidn’t he have a hand in making? It may be a shorter list. As a consequence of his film success on the other side of the pond, he is now Lord Puttnam, or Sir David. But frankly, he wishes folks would just call him David, or Pu...

    01.09.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    “HAPPY” screening at Regard sur les films du Monde- @FFM 2015, by the youngest director of this year’s festival !

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    Come check out “HAPPY”, official selection - Regard sur les films du Monde- @FFM 2015, written & directed by 24 year-old, NYU- Tisch graduate, Jordan Goldnadel - the youngest director of this year’s festival !   SCREENNING TIMES:   SEPTEMBER 1 / 5pm @ QUARTIER LATIN - L9.01.5 followed by Q&A with writer/director Jordan Goldnadel and leading actress Isabel Ryan.  SEPTEMBER 2 / 9:10am @QUARTIER LATIN - L9.01.5       Synop...

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    Come Away With Me will have its Canadian Premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival.

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    Come Away With Me is a powerful, heart-felt short film relating to the issues of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Alzheimer's Disease. It won the Platinum Remi Award at WorldFest in Houston this year, the Best Director Award in the Woods Hole Film Festival, and recently came back from the Diversity in Cannes Film Festival. The cast includes actor/director Ellen Gerstein (Shameless, Southland, & James Dean) and actor, Charlie Robinson (Night Court, Hart of Dixie, & The Game). Las...

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    SIN & ILLY Still Alive Coming of Age Drama selected at Montreal World Fest

    SIN & ILLY STILL ALIVE selected at Montréal Film Festival will screen Tuesday September 1, 2015 - 02:00 PM - CINÉMA QUARTIER LATIN 12     SIN & ILLY STILL ALIVE - Winner of the White Bembel - MBF AWARD for best feature film, 8th LICHTER Filmfest Frankfurt International 2015 further festival participations: achtung berlin - new berlin film award, Germany 4/2015 Neiße Film Festival, Germany, 5/2015 Montréal World Film Festival, Can...

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    Only for the Week End premieres in Montreal

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    The screening will be on September 6th at 6:30 PM / Quartier Latin Screen 10 (350 Rue Emery - Montreal - Quebec) Check the trailer of "Solo per il Weekend" We have attached the Digital Press Kit of the film in PDF format.    'SOLO PER IL WEEKEND' A film by Director Kobayashi Produced by Director Kobayashi and Indiana Production   All your life can change in a weekend   It may seem like Las Vegas, but it's Milan. A...

    31.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    World premiere of Yony Leyser's debut feature DESIRE WILL SET YOU FREE

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    World premiere of Yony Leyser's debut feature DESIRE WILL SET YOU FREE   in Montreal.  Venue:  Cinema Quartier Latin Cinema 15   DESIRE WILL SET YOU FREE is Yony Leyser's debut fiction feature and his follow up to his acclaimed 2010 documentary feature "William S Burroughs: A Man Within" which was released theatrically in several countries including the USA via Oscilloscope.    Ezra, an American writer of Palestinian and Israeli parentage...

    31.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Premiere of Invention for Destruction a film by Karel Zeman from Czech Republican

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    INVENTION FOR DESTRUCTION 1958 / N&B / 78 min / Czech Republic   Dir.: Karel  Zeman Cast: Lubor Tokos, Arnost Navrátil, Miroslav Holub, Frantisek Slégr, Václav Kyzlink, Jana Zatloukalová. Prod.: Ondrej Beranek, Punk Film   Synopsis THE FABULOUS WORLD OF JULES VERNE (Czech: Vynález zkázy, literally The Deadly Invention or An Invention for Destruction) is a 1958 Czech adventure film directed by Karel Zeman. Based on ...

    31.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    A Sunday Kind of Love to have World Premiere in Montreal

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    Synopsis Adam Loule, 31, is trying to write the next great novel.  It isn’t going well. His previous books have all been failures, and now he’s only surviving thanks to his girlfriend Tracy, 29, a successful lawyer. His blind obsession for greatness has recently put a strain on their relationship, not that Adam's noticed.  He does however notice the beautiful and flattering Emma, 25, especially when she tells Adam she also goes by another name, Death…and sh...

    31.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    God Will Provide Has its World Premiere at Montreal World Film Festival

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    The short-film "God Will Provide", directed by Luís Porto, will have its world Premiere at Montreal World Film Festival today at 4pm, in the Quartier Latin 11. It will also screen on the 7th September, at 11:30am, in the Quartier Latin 9.   1984. Maria lives alone in the countryside, on a remote village. She is a woman of strong moral and religious beliefs. Alone and isolated, she has no way of justifying a sudden and unwanted pregnancy. Title: God Will Provi...

    31.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Projects at the Festival Market...

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      Let us hear about the Montreal Canada China Film Festival By Leopoldo Soto ...

    31.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Box of Freedom Romanian project in preproduction takes co production meetings in Montreal

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    Meet some of the players at Montreal Industry Office and Market . ...

    31.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Interview with Sabine Hiebler and Gerhard Ertl who return to Montreal with Chucks

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    Chuck had its world Premiere in Montreal World Film Festival August 30   CHUCKS - Live. Love. Dance. Now!  The team behind "Coming of Age (Anfang 80)", Montreal 2012 Festival Audience Award Winner (and best actor Award), returns to the Montreal with a new drama/comedy having its world Premiere in competition. A film by Sabine Hiebler and Gerhard Ertl After the novel by Cornelia Travnicek   CHUCKS, the new film by Sabine Hiebler and Gerhard ...

    31.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    The truth about lies screens at Montreal Festival, we sat down with the producer Isen Robbins

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    Do not miss this beautiful romantic comedy THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES. Come see THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES at the 2015 MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL! Meet the producer Isen  Robbins with whom we sat down in Montreal and shared about the film and the vast festival experience he has. Sunday Aug. 30, 2015 - 11:00 AM Tuesday Sept 1, 2015 - 01:30 PM CINEMA QUARTIER LATIN 13 THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES stars Fran Kranz, Odette Annable, Chris Diamantopoulos, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Miles Fisher, and...

    31.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Wanja to screen in the Focus On World Cinema Section

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    FLICKFILM proudly presents WANJA WANJA to receive North American Premiere at Montreal World Film Festival, in the Focus On World Cinema Section     Feature film, 4K, 87 Min., Germany, 2015 Written and directed by Carolina Hellsgård Produced by Johanna Aust / FLICKFILM GbR Cast: Anne Ratte-Polle, Nele Trebs, Viktor Minich, Marko Dyrlich, Michael Baderschneider and Mehmet Yilmaz The former bank robber Wanja is released from a long prison sentence. As her f...

    31.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Interview with Cornelia Travnicek the author of Chucks

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    We met Cornelia the author of Chucks, avery successful book turned into a film. Chucks, The film, has had its world premiere today in Montreal: the directing couple Sabine Hiebler and Gerhard Ertl return to the festival, 3 years after their Audience Award Prize. A Conversation with Cornelia Travnicek   Was there a scene or statement that led you to write the novel CHUCKS? In hindsight, of course, that’s always hard to say – there’s that nice word “i...

    31.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Kurdistan screens at the WFF

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    KURDISTAN-KURDISTAN Réal./Dir.: Bulent Gunduz. Monday, August 31st, 4.10 pm, Cinéma Quartier Latin, Room 16 Synopsis In the 1990s, Delil Dilanar, one of the great Kurdish singers, who continues to keep alive a tradition of a rich and complex musical style of dengbej that he has inherited from master Egîtê Cimo, was forced to leave his homeland and go into exile in Europe. After 20 years of exile, he finds that his heart hasn’t followed him. During a concert in...

    31.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Sum of Histories: Interview with the filmmakers attending Montreal Festival

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    TERUG NAAR MORGEN / SUM OF HISTORIES Lukas Bossuyt (director and scriptwriter) and Ivy Vanhaecke in Montreal  2015, Colour, Belgium, Netherlands. The, First Films World Competition  Production Team   Director : Lukas Bossuyt Screenwriter : Lukas Bossuyt Cinematographer : Stijn Van der Veken Editor : Philippe Ravoet Cast : Koen De Graeve, Matteo Simoni, Robrecht Vanden Thoren, Karina Smulders, Charlotte Anne Bongaerts, Bart Holland...

    30.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Interview with Azahar Iqbal

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    David Puttnam Masterclass ambiance

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    Susanna Duellmann in Montreal to present "Where are you going Habibi"!

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    Susanna Duellmann 2015, Colour, Germany, Focus on World Cinema    Production Team Director : Tor Iben Screenwriter : Tor Iben, Kristina Spitzley, Samir Moussa, Niklas Peters Cinematographer : Manuel Ruge Editor : Markus Morkötter Cast : Özay Fecht, Neil Malik Abdullah, Tuncay Gary, Ilknur Boyraz Music : William Kudahl, Sørensen, Bartosz Bludau, Tele Film production and Sales : Prod.: Susanna Duellmann, Duellmann Film...

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    Video Interview with Emma Jaay and Martin Butz for Beijing Beeing

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    2015, Colour, Australia, China, Focus on World Cinema  Production Team Director : Emma Jaay Screenwriter : Emma Jaay Cinematographer : Husain Amer Editor : Ryan Walsh Cast : Emma Jaay, Martin Butz, Carlotta Trevisan, Levi Woodard, Shao Yue Heng, Zhou Le, Fu Song Music : Travis Ash Film production and Sales : Prod.: Emma Jaay, Em Jaay Productions, 12 Lang Road, Centennial Park, Sydney NSW 2021 (Australie), emjaay51@gmail.com / Beijing Meishao M...

    29.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    39th Montreal World Film Festival opening with Muhammad

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    28.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Video Interview with Roberto Gervitz director of 'A matter of Courage' feature film in Montreal Fest 2015

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    PROVA DE CORAGEM / A MATTER OF COURAGE 2015, Colour, Brazil, Uruguay, World Competition    Production Team Director : Roberto Gervitz Screenwriter : Roberto Gervitz. D’après/Based on: Horse Hands. De/By: Daniel Galera Cinematographer : Lauro Escorel Editor : Manga Campion Cast : Armando Babaioff, Mariana Ximenes, Áurea Maranhão, Daniel Volpi, Cesar Troncoso Music : Luiz Henrique Xavier Film production and Sales&nb...

    28.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Lord David Puttnam, my former boss at Sony to give a masterclass today at Montreal Fest

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    Lord David Puttnam will teach a master class on the importance of the audio visual world in Montréal for the WFF. The class will be held at cinema Impérial at 2 PM this Friday August 28th. It's free and for everyone. First arrived first enlightened! ...

    28.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    'Under Construction' written and directed by Rubaiyat Hossain as her second feature film

    'Under Construction' had its world premiere at Seattle International Film Festival 2015 the film is participating in this year’s Montreal World Film Festival. This is a film about a modern Muslim woman struggling to find herself in the sprawl of urban Bangladesh, written and directed by Rubaiyat Hossain as her second feature film.  2015, Colour, Bangladesh, Focus on World Cinema    Production Team Director : Rubaiyat Hossain Screenwriter : Rubai...

    28.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Dany Laferrière will head the Jury at FFM 2015

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    DANY LAFERRIÈRE, President Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1953, Dany Laferrière left his native country following the killing of his colleague and friend, journalist Gasner Raymond. His first novel, Comment faire l’amour avec un nègre sans se fatiguer was published in 1985 and became an overnight success, propelling him into the front ranks of the new generation of Quebec writers. The novel was later adapted into a sccreenplay by Laferrière and Richard Sadl...

    28.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Get Happy, a romantic comedy, will be having its world premiere at the 39th Montreal World Film Festival

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    The romantic comedy, Get Happy, which will be having its world premiere at the 39th Montreal World Film Festival.  The film previously had a test screening at the Manhattan Film Festival were it won Best Romantic Comedy!    The lead actor, Chris Riggi, well known for his role on Gossip Girl, among other prominent movies and TV shows, will be in attendance during the festival screenings.   Get Happy is about about a perpetually miserable...

    28.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    AUTOUR DE MAÏR by Hejer Charf at Montreal World Film Festival

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    The documentary Autour de Maïr (In Maïr's Company), directed and produced by Hejer Charf, has been selected by the 39th Montreal World Film Festival (Festival des Films du Monde de Montréal), August 27 to September 7, 2015 and figures in the section Documentaries of the World (Documentaires du Monde). There will be two showings of this world premiere: Saturday, September 5 at 18h30 (6.30 pm.) and Sunday, September 6 at 12h00 (noon.) They will both take place in the Quartier Latin movi...

    28.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Montreal 2012 Audience Award Winners return to win the Audience Award with Chucks, a film by Sabine Hiebler and Gerhard Ertl

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    Chucks had its world Premiere in Montreal World Film Festival August 30, 2015 and received the Audience Award   CHUCKS - Live. Love. Dance. Now!  The team behind "Coming of Age (Anfang 80)", Montreal 2012 Festival Audience Award Winner (and best actor Award), returns to the Montreal with a new comedy having its world Premiere in competition. A film by Sabine Hiebler and Gerhard Ertl After the novel by Cornelia Travnicek   CHUCKS, the...

    28.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Muhammad by Iranian director Majid Majidi will open Montreal FFM 2015

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    The latest film by renowned Iranian director Majid Majidi (3-time winner of the Grand Prix des Amériques) will open the festival and have its world premiere at the 39th Montreal World Film Festival, it was announced. This 171-minute epic on the early years of the prophet of Islam is, with a budget of over $50 million, the most expensive film ever made in Iran, and has been in production for five years. “The Festival is very proud to be able to host the premiere of this imp...

    27.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    DISSONANCE, short film blending animation and live-action will screen at Montreal

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    Till Nowak’s amazing, award-winning short film, DISSONANCE will screen at Montreal. Written and directed by Nowak, the film features a stunning blend of animation and live-action, and a gripping story about a lonely musician’s struggles to separate fantasy and reality. After premiering at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year, DISSONANCE went on to win the Best Animation Award at the Aspen Shortsfest, the Grand Prix at Brazil’s Anima Mundi and has played in countless...

    26.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    MINA WALKING has its North American premiere at the 39th Montreal World Film Festival in the Focus on World Cinema category

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    September 3, 2015, at 6 p.m. September 4, 2015, at 11:40 a.m. at Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin Minerva Pictures and Baraki Film are delighted to announce that the film Mina Walking by Yosef Baraki will be screened at the Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin theatre as part of the Montreal World Film Festival, which is being held from August 27 to September 7. Acclaimed for its documentary-style portrait of contemporary Afghanistan and for the tour-de-force performance of its 12-year-old star ...

    26.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    The Montreal World Film Festival had added the world premiere of The Girl King, directed by Mika Kaurismäki to the competition

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    The Montreal World Film Festival had added the world premiere of The Girl King, directed by Mika Kaurismäki to its official competition, it was announced. Co-produced by Galafilm and Triptych Media(Canada), Marianna Films (Finland), Starhaus Filmproduktion (Germany) and Anagram (Sweden). “I was seduced by Michel-Marc Bouchard’s script,” says producer Arnie Gelbart. “It’s an unusual  story of an extraordinary woman. The characters are very contempora...

    25.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Belgian Rhapsody by Vincent Bal selected as the MWFF closing film

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      Belgian Rhapsody the MWFF closing film will be North-American Premiered (Out of Competition) it was announced. Produced by Peter Bouckaert for Eyeworks (Ben X, The Verdict, Marina presented and awarded at the MWFF) this comedy stars Amaryllis Ouitterlinden, Arthur Dupont, Jos Verbist, Marc Weiss, Koen Van Impe, Philippe Résimont. Two Belgian brass bands, the Flemish “Sint Cecilia” and the Walloon “En Avant”, have both been select...

    25.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    24 films in the World Greats (out of competition) section of the MWFF 2015

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    THE WORLD GREATS SECTION OF THE MWFF PRESENTS NEW FILMS BY NOTED DIRECTORS     Twenty-four features from a score of countries are being shown in the World Greats (out of competition) section of the MWFF. “ Dedicated to experienced filmmakers, this selection offers the latest works by some of the best known directors from around the world, ” said Serge Losique.   Notable among the cineastes included are Majid Majidi whose Muhammad will be getting ...

    25.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Jury of MWFF competition 2015

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    39TH MWFF JURY   DANY LAFERRIÈRE, President Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1953, Dany Laferrière left his native country following the killing of his colleague and friend, journalist Gasner Raymond. His first novel, Comment faire l’amour avec un nègre sans se fatiguer was published in 1985 and became an overnight success, propelling him into the front ranks of the new generation of Quebec writers. The novel was later adapted into a sccreenplay by Laferri&e...

    25.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    MWFF unveiled the line up with a virtual online press conference

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    The 39th edition of the Montreal World Film Festival gets with the times. A digital age requires a digital solution. Over 86 countries will be represented in its 2015 edition, a new record. We wanted to allow domestic and international media simultaneous access to the line-up of films in the World Competition and the First Films Competition. This announcement will be accompanied by an online discussion open to journalists from anywhere and the MWFF will respond directly via chat mode to ...

    25.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Montreal Native Subject of Film Premiering at Montreal World Film Festival

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      TREE MAN, a feature documentary film, will have its world premiere at the 39th Montreal World Film Festival, with screenings on August 28th and 29th at the Cinéma Quartier Latin. Directed by Jon Reiner and Brad Rothschild, Tree Man focuses on Francois, a Montreal native who leaves his wife and children every holiday season to sell Christmas trees on a New York City sidewalk while living out of his van. Francois is one of hundreds of men and women from Quebec and elsewhere who, ove...

    25.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    MİSAFİR "the visitor" will attend at world competition in montreal ff. from Turkey.

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    Some say about the fate of any girl ‘like mother, like daughter’. But, Mum, I swear to God that my little girl’s fate will be nothing like mine.” - NUR Ten years after being thrown out of her parental home, Nur hears that her mother is at death’s door. Taking her young daughter with her, Nurhurries back to her father’s world to see, and reconcile with her mother before it is too late. While the universal theme of mother-daughter relat...

    25.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    An Ode to Italian Silent Film Love Among the Ruins Selected to 39th Montreal World Film Festival

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        The charming Italian faux documentary Love Among the Ruins (Amore tra le rovine) will screen among official selections at the Montreal World Film Festival on Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30.   Following its European premiere at Valdarno Cinema Fedic Festival and North American premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival, this enchanting mock-doc drama continues to delight festival audiences with its blend of earnest tutorial on film restoration and play...

    25.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Film "Now We're Alive" : First feature of the talented young french director Thibault Arbre at Montreal World Film Festival

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    The film started a promising festival circuit with 7 selections and several prizes so far: Montreal World Film Festival, Cleveland Intl. Film Festival, Shanghai Intl Film Festival, Rhode Island Intl Film Festival (Grand Prize for Best Feature), Worldfest Houston (Platinum Award for Best First Feature Film, and Gold Award for Best Original Music), California Film Awards (Orson Welles Award), Skyline Intl Film Festival. From producer Giles Daoust (ex...

    25.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    3 INDIESTORY films are invited to the 39th Montreal World Film Festival!

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        2 features and 1 short from INDIESTORY are invited to the 39th Montreal World Film Festival which is held from August 27 to September 7 in Canada. The 1st feature is STRANGERS ON THE FIELD(Dir. KIM Myeong-joon) invited to ‘Documentaries of the World’ and it deals with Korean-Japanese baseball players in old times. The 2nd is HALF(Dir. KIM Se-yeon), selected for ‘Focus on World ...

    25.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    The 39th MWFF unveils the lineup of its World Competition and first feature competition

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    The Montreal World Film Festival is proud to announce the line-up of its World Competition as well as First Feature Competition. Members of both Juries are also public as of today. “Over the decades, the MWFF has achieved its cultural and an economic mission by offering audiences and professionals a multitude of films, of all genres and provenances,” stated Serge Losique who added “An institution recognized by cineastes the world over, this great cinematic institution has alw...

    13.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Jury of the First Feature Prize Montreal 2015

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      Pierre-Henri Deleau Pierre-Henri Deleau began his career as an assistant director to Jacques Doniol-Valcroze and Pierre Kast and then as a director in educational television. He directed a short, Virginie ou la double rupture, in 1969.  He is the co-founder of the FILMOBLIC production house which produced or co-produced films by Hugo Santiago, Jean-Louis Comolli, Jean-François Dion, Claude Miller, Edouardo de Gregorio and Jean-Pierre Lefebvre. In 1969, he co-founded the Di...

    13.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    PRODUCTION EXCHANGE is a program of the Montreal International Film Market

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    PRODUCTION EXCHANGE is a program of the Montreal International Film Market designed to help producers find the necessary partnerships to complete the financing and distribution of their current projects and to lay the groundwork for new international co-productions. There is no restriction on project format, length, category, language or budget and registration is free. Producers are invited to submit projects now. To do so, simply fill the Co-Production project formand send it b...

    05.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Montreal Forum: China Meets the West (August 29th – 30th)

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    The Forum: China Meets the West is an exclusive 2-day event hosted by the Montreal International Film Market. The Forum will be a unique occasion to meet the most important  decision makers, top-level independent producers and investors of the Chinese film industry. The Official Chinese delegation will be headed by Mr. La Peikang, Chairman of the China Film Corporation, Ltd. He will be accompanied by eight Genenal Managers of subsiduaries of  the China Film Corporation activ...

    05.08.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Record number of short films Submissions to the Montreal Film Festival with a strong filmfestivals.com partnership

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    A record number of short films were submitted to the Montreal Film Festival for this year’s edition. Over 1200 shorts including some 400 Canadian and foreign student films, were submitted prior to the festival deadline, an increase of 42 % over last year’s figures. Seven hundred and twenty-six films from 64 countries have already be tabulated, with more countries sure to come.   “These numbers are evidence of the vitality of today’s young filmmakers,”...

    30.06.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Louis L. Roquet jons the board at FFM

    The Montreal World Film Festival is pleased to announce that Louis L. Roquet, President of Investissement Québec's Board of Directors has agreed to serve on the board of the Festival. “I am very honoured that Louis L. Roquet has accepted my invitation,” declared MWFF president Serge Losique. “The expertise of Mr. Roquet is widely acknowledged and his economic vision of Quebec and his openness to culture meshes perfectly with the mission of the Festival. I am ...

    30.06.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    The Montreal World Film Festival opens Call For Entries

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    The Montreal World Film Festival  August 27, September 7 The regulations and entry forms to submit a film to the 2015 edition of the MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL are available for download. Please follow the links to get a copy.  - 2015 REGULATIONS - ENTRY FORM FOR THE 2015 MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL - ENTRY FORM FOR THE 2015 CANADIAN STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL Click to submit your film The Montreal World Film Festival's blog I W...

    28.01.2015 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    Celebrated UK producer David Puttnam to be honoured by Montreal World Film Festival

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    My boss at Sony in the 90s, the celebrated British producer David Puttnam will be honoured by the Montreal World Film Festival, it was announced.  Famous for overseeing the making of such classics of the 1970s and 80s as Midnight Express (1978), Chariots of Fire (1981), The Killing Fields (1984) and The Mission (1986), Lord Puttnam will will receive the Festival’s highest award, the Grand Prix of the Americas, in a special evening at the 2015 MWFF.  “The Festival is honou...

    02.12.2014 | The Montreal World Film Festival's blog

    ANTONIONI, FELLINI...CAPECE, Italian cinema revives at Montreal's World Film Festival

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    Spectacular camera work, engaging use of irony, superb directing and acting, herald Italian cinema’s return to glory. La Scultura, premiered at Montreal’s World Film Festival,  brilliant critique of hedonism and Mauro John Capece’s unique cinematographic style, held audiences enthralled   Mauro John Capece’s most recent work premiered at Montreal’s World Film Festival, marks a return Italy’s renown for cine...

    Dany Laferrière sera le prochain président du Jury du FFM en 2015

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    Le Festival des films du monde est heureux d’annoncer la nomination de Dany Laferrière comme prochain président du Jury du FFM en 2015. « Dany est le héraut de la culture universelle, a déclaré Serge Losique, qui précise « Cette vision universelle lui vient d’abord de ses connaissance profondes de la culture francophone. Il a beaucoup contribué au rayonnement de cette culture francophone sur l’échiquier mondi...

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    Le film “Mohamed”, réalisé par Madjid Madjidi en première mondiale à Montréal

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    Le plus récent long métrage du célèbre cinéaste Majid Majidi (trois fois lauréat du Grand Prix des Amériques du FFM) sera présenté en ouverture et en première mondiale au 39e Festival des films du monde. Ce film épique de 171 minutes produit en Iran et interprété par les plus grands acteurs de ce pays est l’événement cinématographique de l’année. Ce long m&eac...

    Dany Laferrière sera le prochain président du Jury du FFM en 2015

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    Le Festival des films du monde est heureux d’annoncer la nomination de Dany Laferrière comme prochain président du Jury du FFM en 2015. « Dany est le héraut de la culture universelle, a déclaré Serge Losique, qui précise « Cette vision universelle lui vient d’abord de ses connaissance profondes de la culture francophone. Il a beaucoup contribué au rayonnement de cette culture francophone sur l’échiquier mondi...

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    Le film “Mohamed”, réalisé par Madjid Madjidi en première mondiale à Montréal

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    Le plus récent long métrage du célèbre cinéaste Majid Majidi (trois fois lauréat du Grand Prix des Amériques du FFM) sera présenté en ouverture et en première mondiale au 39e Festival des films du monde. Ce film épique de 171 minutes produit en Iran et interprété par les plus grands acteurs de ce pays est l’événement cinématographique de l’année. Ce long m&eac...

     

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    A new Business platform 

     

    UDINE – The Udine Far East Film Festival, in partnership with MIA - The International Audiovisual Market in Rome and with the collaboration of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund and DG Cinema – MIBACT, presents FOCUS ASIA. It is a first step in the direction of strengthening relations between Europe and Asia in the movie-genres cinema market and offering European buyers the opportunity of getting in-depth knowledge on new western film productions during FEFF in April.

    During its 18 years of activity, FEFF has managed to promote the Asian markets and give in-depth information on its regulations and productive development policies. FEFF has managed to highlight the potentiality of these markets to the Europeans and create the foundations of a bilateral path: a kind of mutual exchange with the European Audiovisual industry as the center of attention. The aim of Focus Asia is to further develop these foundations towards the East, which has always been leader in the film genre production, in the medium to long term business perspective.

    MIA, which is an ANICA and APT brand and also a product of Fondazione Cinema of Rome, is a collective tool of internationalization that supports the Italian audiovisual industry (a market concerning the industry for the industry). Since 1997 the Udine Far East Film Festival has been the main melting pot for popular Asiatic cinema in Europe. The mutual cooperation between these two organizations has enabled to create this new business platform that plans to strengthen relations between the European and Far East film industries.

    TIES THAT BIND – an Asian/European Co-Production Workshop organized by the FVG Audiovisual Fund in partnership with EAVE has been sustaining the Far East Film Community in analyzing any possible market productivity penetration between Asia and Europe for 8 years. It is therefore in this scenario that the First Edition of FOCUS ASIA will create a platform where Eastern and European sales agents and buyers, film distributors, television broadcasters, VOD Platforms and Internet Player Companies have the opportunity to meet and do business together. The first edition of Focus Asia will be held at the Cinema Visionario in Udine during the Far East Film Festival, the 27th, 28th and 29th April and will include film screenings, research panels and individual meetings.


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    The third edition of SR Film Festival opens today

    with 49 films from 32 countries. Take a seat and be moved!

    Tickets & RSVP's

     

    FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS:
    Monday March 14
    6:00 pm - Opening Panel at Albertine Books Adapting the Novel for the Screen with Robert SchenkkanMarc LevyLila Azam Zanganeh & Brigitte Gauthier


    8:30 pm - Opening Party (by Invitation or Tickets)
    Vella Wine Bar & Kitchen 

    Tuesday March 15
    Opening Ceremony (6:30), Red Carpet (5:30) & film Caged No More by Lisa Arnold, starring Kevin Sorbo, Loretta Devine & Cynthia Gibb Tickets 

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

    Friday March 18 5-8pm and Saturday March 19 2-4pm
    Virtual Reality Experience Showcase

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

    2-10pm - Armenian, Dutch, Egyptian, French, US Films Tickets

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

     

    Venues and more information: www.ratedsrfilms.org


    We look forward to seeing you again this year, or meeting you if you are attending for the first time.

     
     

    SR Socially Relevant Film Festival (™) New York, has its 3rd edition March 14-20, 2016. During its first two years the festival showcased 108 films from 33 countries.

    For information and full line-up visit: www.ratedsrfilms.org
    Socially Relevant films touch our lives and the lives of others in a positive way. 

     


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    The Disability Film Challenge is a 48 Hour short film competition that has been established in association with prestigious organizations such as the Media Access Awards and the HollyShorts Film Festival.  It is a competition in which entrants are allotted two days to complete production of their entry into the competition.Among other prizes, winners will have their shorts screened at the Hollyshorts Film Festival in the famous TCL Chinese Theater.

     

    The film challenge's purpose is to motivate disabled and non-disabled film makers to be proactive in the film industry and to supply them with a means of exposure for themselves and their projects.

    “I want this film challenge to empower disabled filmmakers, by taking their careers into their own hands with the support of seasoned veterans. Also creating a gateway for more exposurefor people with disabilities in the media."  ​​

    Nic Novicki, Founder

    The Disability Film Challenge is a 48 Hour short film competition that has been established in association with prestigious organizations such as the Media Access Awards and the HollyShorts Film Festival.  It is a competition in which entrants are allotted two days to complete production of their entry into the competition.Among other prizes, winners will have their shorts screened at the Hollyshorts Film Festival in the famous TCL Chinese Theater.

    The film challenge's purpose is to motivate disabled and non-disabled film makers to be proactive in the film industry and to supply them with a means of exposure for themselves and their projects.

     

    Listen to Nic Novicki's Interview on Digital Production BuZZ.

    Radio show Digital Production BuZZ conducted an interview with Disabilty Film Challenge founder Nic Novicki, in which he went into detail explaining what the challenge is all about. Click above to take a listen and click the logo to the right to check out more great content from Digital Production BuZZ.

    Inspiration behind the challenge.

    I have been a working actor for thirteen years, on such shows as "Boardwalk Empire", "The Sopranos", and "Private Practice". As a disabled person myself, I rarely see disability present either in front of or behind the camera. As a producer, I realized that I have the power to change that. Since then, I have produced a multitude of projects and enlisted in the PGA.


    I want this film challenge to empower disabled filmmakers, by taking their careers into their own hands with the support of seasoned veterans. Also creating a gateway for more exposure for people with disabilities in the media. 

     
     

     


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    THE LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 32 YEARS WITH OVER 130 OUTSTANDING FILMS FOR THE 2016 EDITION APRIL 21 – 28

     

    World Premiere of Lena Khan’s Dramatic Comedy “THE TIGER HUNTER”

    Starring Danny Pudi, Rizwan Manji, Jon Heder, Karen David,

    Kevin Pollak, Sam Page and Iqbal Theba

    Kicks Off the Eight Day Fest Presenting the

    Best of Asian American and Asian International Films

     

    Dramatic Feature “PALI ROAD” Directed by Jonathan Lim and

    Starring Michelle Chen, Sung Kang, Elizabeth Sung and Jackson Rathbone

    Bookends the Fest as the Closing Night Offering

     

    Acclaimed Documentary “TYRUS” – A Film by Pamela Tom

    Will Be Featured as the Festival’s Centerpiece Offering

    Visual Communications (VC), the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, announced the Opening, Closing and Centerpiece film programs for the upcoming 32nd edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) running April 21-28, 2016. This annual film celebration will be presented across Los Angeles from Little Tokyo to Downtown Los Angeles to Koreatown and to West Hollywood featuring 140 films from over 20 countries. 

    VC will celebrate 32 years as Southern California’s largest and most prestigious film festival of its kind.  The LAAPFF launches the pre-celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month through this year’s slate of over 130 films from both Asian Pacific American and Asian international directors from over 20 countries.  For over three decades, the Festival has presented nearly 5,000 films and shorts by Asian American and Asian international artists. 

    Opening this year’s Festival at the Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo is the World Premiere of dramatic comedy THE TIGER HUNTER from an amazing new director Lena Khan.  The film centers upon Sami Malik (Danny Pudi of NBC TVs - COMMUNITY), a young South Asian man who travels to America to become an engineer in order to impress his childhood crush and live up to the legacy of his father — a legendary tiger hunter back home. When Sami's job unexpectedly falls through and he ends up living in a tiny co-op with two oddball roommates, he must resort to constructing an elaborate charade with the misfit accomplices in hopes of convincing his sweetheart that he's far more successful than he truly is...or perhaps ever could be. As Sami tries to pull off the farce of a lifetime, what ensues is a series of adventures involving outlandish schemes, an arch-nemesis in an absurd office environment, and a somewhat functional Dodge Charger with a character of its own. Together, although their plans may contradict each other with terrible consequences, Sami and his rag-tag group must work together while meeting the usual host of obstacles — the "usual," that is, if back-alley brawls, trips to prison, or catastrophic LSD-related misunderstandings are just your usual, everyday fare. The film also stars Rizwan Manji, Jon Heder, Karen David, Kevin Pollak, Sam Page and Iqbal Theba.

    Jonathan Lim’s powerful drama PALI ROAD starring Michelle Chen, Sung Kang, Elizabeth Sung and Jackson Rathbone will close out the eight - day film extravaganza at the Directors Guild of America on April 28, 2016.  PALI ROAD centers on Lily (Michelle Chen), a Chinese doctor doing her residency in a Hawaiian hospital under Dr. Kayne (Sung Kang).  She had fallen in love with schoolteacher Neil (Jackson Rathbone) — at least this is what she remembers. But after a terrible car accident, Lily wakes up to discover, in horror, a married life with Dr. Kayne, that includes a 5-year-old son she has never seen. With everyone around her denying Neil's existence, Lily begins to question her own sanity, but memories of Neil force her to embark on a journey to retrace her past and discover the truth.

    The LAAPFF Centerpiece offering this year is the moving and insightful documentary TYRUS from director Pamela Tom which brings the life of Chinese American painter, production illustrator, lithographer, and kite builder Tyrus Wong to the big screen.  Wong is best known for his concept art for Walt Disney's feature animated film BAMBI. His strikingly beautiful concept paintings and sketches continue to influence the work of generations of animators and production designers. TYRUS celebrates not only the beauty of his art, but reveals to a larger audience a lesser known part of the Chinese American experience — that of its artists and creators.

    “We are excited and proud to present these three films as our celebrations,” states VC Executive Director Francis Cullado.  “Having Lena Khan’s THE TIGER HUNTER as our opening, Jonathan Lim’s PALI ROAD as our closing night, and Pamela Tom’s TYRUS as our centerpiece film certainly highlights the amount of Asian American directorial talent out there. The big word this year in Hollywood has been ‘diversity’ and the Festival is one of the ways we address this issue at Visual Communications and for our community. For us, it’s not just about diversity – it’s about inclusivity. We will be releasing more of the Festival line up in the next week and everyone will be able to celebrate inclusion and diversity on the screen, as it should be.”

    For program information, a complete listing of sponsors and partners, and to purchase tickets, log on to www.vconline.org/festival or contact Visual Communications at (213) 680-4462.  Tickets are available to the general public on Monday, March 21st.

    The Festival is proud to be partnering with our following screening venues across Los Angeles:

    • Aratani Theatre @ Japanese American Cultural & Community Center – Little Tokyo

    244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA  90012

    • Tateuchi Democracy Forum @ Japanese American National Museum – Little Tokyo

    111 N. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    • Downtown Independent – Downtown LA (DTLA)

    251 S. Main Street, (between 3rd and 2nd Streets), Los Angeles, CA  90012

    • CGV Cinemas – Koreatown – Mid-Wilshire

    621 Western Avenue (between 6th Street and Wilshire Blvd.), Los Angeles, CA 90005

    • The Great Company – Downtown LA (DTLA)

    1917 Bay Street (between Wilson and Mateo Streets), Los Angeles, CA  90021

    • Directors Guild of America – West Hollywood

                 7920 Sunset Blvd. (at Hayworth), West Hollywood, CA  90046

     

    The 2016 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is sponsored by:

    PLATINUM: Comcast NBC Universal; Sony Pictures Entertainment

    GOLD: HBO; Directors Guild of America; Nielsen; Wells Fargo

    SILVER: AT&T, Pechanga, FIlmLA

    BRONZE: SAG Indie

    STAR: Motion Picture Editors Guild; SAG-AFTRA; Writers Guild of America/west; Simple DCP;

    VENUE SPONSORS: Aratani Theatre/Japanese American Cultural & Community Center; Directors Guild of America; Japanese American National Museum; Downtown Independent; CGV Cinemas; The Great Company; USC Pacific Asian Museum; Far Bar; Far East Lounge

    MEDIA SPONSORS: AngryAsianMan.com; LA18 KSCI-TV; MYX TV; TRAKTIVIST.com; International Documentary Association

    GOVERNMENT: National Endowment for the Arts; Los Angeles County Arts Commission; Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; California Humanities

    FOUNDATION: Aratani Foundation; James Irvine Foundation; SAG-P IACF; Asian Pacific Community Fund; M.A. & Josephine R. Grisham Foundation

    RECEPTION: The Park’s Finest; Asahi; Kirin; Stella Artois; LA18 KSCI-TV; Twinkle Brown Sugar; AFC Soy Foods

    IN KIND: The Park’s Finest; HBO; Bruce Tea; Peter Ly; Shiftboard.com; FestPro; Telepath Corporation; IKON Office Supplies; Meiji; LA18 KSCI-TV

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     Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

     

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    The amazing artist Tyrus Wong in his kite studio in a scene from the acclaimed documentary TYRUS - A FILM BY PAMELA TOM, the festival's centerpiece film.

    Photo Courtesy of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

     

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    Photo Courtesy of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

     

     

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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 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...
     

    In Your Face is the first feature film in virtual reality in world’s first VR cinema!

    Experts already named 2016 the year of virtual reality. The technique was first adopted by gaming fans but now many more industries are embracing virtual reality. Still VR is not accessible for everybody and a lot of people are new to this experience. The VR Cinema is here to change all that. The VR Cinema is a concept by &samhoud media that originated in the form of Europe’s first virtual reality pop-up cinema which toured through several big cities in The Netherlands, Germany, S...
     
     

    States General of Italian Animation: the revival of the cartoon made in Italy

        The commitment of the Italian Government and RAI. Silvia Costa, Chairman of the Culture Committee at the European Parliament: “It’s essential that all media  operators guarantee the respect of production quotas”   In March, in Rome, were held the States General of Italian Animation, promoted by Cartoon Italia (the Italian Association of Animation Producers) and ASIFA Italia (the Italian Association of Authors and Animation Professionals) in collabo...
     

    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...
     

    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 ...

     

     
     

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    Celebrating recent winners (from October 2015 onwards) and festival directors attending the Animation Day in Cannes

    If your animation (short of feature) won in a major festival: enter the Accolade channel and celebrations in Cannes.

    Winners and festival directors attending will pick the honor and the visibility in front of the whole animation profession gathered on the occasion of The AnimationDay in Cannes..

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    Fan Boy Festival July 15 - August 26, 2016

    Regular deadline July 1st

    2016 Fan Boy Film Festival Awarding 16K+ in Prizes

    Submissions are NOW open at www.FanBoyFilmFestival.com

    Over $16,000 in Cash Prizes to be awarded to filmmakers!

    NO Submission fee to enter. SUBMISSION DEADLINE is July 1st. FESTIVAL DATES JULY 15th-AUGUST 26th.

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    The Disability Film Challenge April 1 - 3, 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

    Late Deadline – April 30, 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 @ 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


    LAST CALL FOR GTA17
    Deadline extended to March 18th, 2016

    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  now. 

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

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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

    Profile on filmfestivals.com I Website I Winners I Facebook I Twitter I SUBMIT 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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    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  

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    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

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    Revolution by Rob Stewart (Sharkwater) 

    over 40 festival wins so far

    Eco Documentary feature film by Rob Stewart 2015, 82 minutes (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.

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    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. 

    Website I Epk on filmfestivals.com I Trailer I  Email us for a screener

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    Imagine Film Festival announces opening and closing films

     
    Opening and closing film announced! The 32nd Imagine Film Festival takes place at EYE Amsterdam from the 14th until the 24th of April. At the grand opening on Thursday, April 14, the American film Midnight Special by Jeff Nichols will be shown. The Korean action film Veteran will be the opening film for the general public that same night. The impressive Norwegian disaster film The Wave will c...
     

    16.03.2016 | Editor's blog

    “Focus on Korean Cinema” Series at The 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival

    The 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival Presents  “Focus on Korean Cinema” Series; South Korean Filmmaker PARK Ki-yong to Explore Challenges for Film Students at “Training for a Global Industry” Seminar   The 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival will present “Focus on Korean Cinema”, a programme of new and classic films from one of the world’s most dynamic centres of popular and art-house films.  The HKIFF also will ...
     

    16.03.2016 | Editor's blog

    World's first feature documentary about the taboo subject of masturbation is available to screen at Festivals around the World

     
    Sticky: A (Self) Love Story is now available for festival screenings and Q&As with writer/director Nicholas Tana.   ABOUT THIS GROUNDBREAKING DOCUMENTARY   Sticky: A (Self) Love Story is the world’s first feature documentary about a subject that touches us all: masturbation.  After being shamed as a child by fellow students for admitting that he masturbated, writer/director Nicholas Tana, interviewed over sixty sexologist, authors, religious figur...
     

    15.03.2016 | Editor's blog

    Main Cast and Details of Omnibus Film Production Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016 Revealed

    The Japan Foundation Asia Center and the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) announced today the main cast for the omnibus film co-production project Asian Three-Fold Mirror, which was launched in 2014, as part of the collaboration between the Japan Foundation Asia Center and TIFF. The project aims to deepen interactions between neighboring countries within Asia, as well as enriching cultural u...
     

    14.03.2016 | Editor's blog

    Annapolis Film Festival’s Environmental Showcase Highlights Climate Change

     
    The Annapolis Film Festival’s Environmental Showcase, scheduled for Friday, April 1 at 2:00 pm at St. Anne’s Parish House on Duke of Gloucester Street, highlights the increasing dangers of climate change. The Showcase, presented by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, features a distinguished panel of experts to discuss the issues raised by the famous American economist, Jeffrey Sachs, in Climate: A Few Degrees Less. The panel is moderated by the Alliance’s Executive ...
     

    14.03.2016 | Editor's blog

    Bergamo Meeting, Day Six

    Four Jancsós today: two winners, two losers. And a rousing conference with his widow and long term editor, Zsuzsa Csákány. 1. 9:30AM Fényes Szélek (Venti Lucenti, or The Confrontation, 1968. Color, 78" Loser, with modern day setting. 1947. The Communist party has just come to power. Young people in shirtsleeves. Okay, kids -- lets all hold hands, line up, and recite the catechism. Lots of repetitious political declamation.  Some horses. S...
     

    11.03.2016 | ALEX FARBA's blog

    BERGAMO Meetings, 2016, Day Four.

    Alex Deleon, <filmfestivals.com> This is an all European film festival with no American junkfood and surprizes every day.    Chantal Akerman, 1950 ~ 2015   Tuesday, day 4 was an unbroken streak of Six features. 1. "Sirokkó", Early Jancsó, 1961. His "French film" with Marina Vlady and Jacques Charrier. By no means the best of Jancsó, but has all of  the usual suspects; naked woman, horses flashing by and people co...
     

    10.03.2016 | ALEX FARBA's blog

     

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    Highlights on the 32nd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival April 21 - 28 in LA

    THE LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 32 YEARS WITH OVER 130 OUTSTANDING FILMS FOR THE 2016 EDITION APRIL 21 – 28   World Premiere of Lena Khan’s Dramatic Comedy “THE TIGER HUNTER” Starring Danny Pudi, Rizwan Manji, Jon Heder, Karen David, Kevin Pollak, Sam Page and Iqbal Theba Kicks Off the Eight Day Fest Presenting the Best of Asian American and Asian International Films   Dramatic Feature &ldqu...
     

    16.03.2016 | Editor's blog

    The Disability Film Challenge - The Mission!

     
    The Disability Film Challenge is a 48 Hour short film competition that has been established in association with prestigious organizations such as the Media Access Awards and the HollyShorts Film Festival.  It is a competition in which entrants are allotted two days to complete production of their entry into the competition.Among other prizes, winners will have their shorts screened at the Hollyshorts Film Festival in the famous TCL Chinese Theater. ...
     

    SR Film Festival opens today in NY

     
    The third edition of SR Film Festival opens today with 49 films from 32 countries. Take a seat and be moved! Tickets & RSVP's   FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS: ...
     

    14.03.2016 | Editor's blog

    Far East meets Europe in Udine from the 27th to the 29th April

     
    A new Business platform    UDINE – The Udine Far East Film Festival, in partnership with MIA - The International Audiovisual Market in Rome and with the collaboration of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund and DG Cinema – MIBACT, presents FOCUS ASIA. It is a first step in the direction of strengthening relations between Europe and Asia in the movie-genres cinema market and offering European buyers the opportunity of getting in-depth knowledge on new western...
     

    14.03.2016 | Editor's blog

    Montreal 2015 Full Coverage Videos, images and Text

     
    Montreal 2015 Video Channel on Youtube by  filmfestivals.com : 24 videos  123 minutes 39th Montreal World Film Festival opening with Muhammad Interview with Azahar Iqbal sum of histories Interview with Cornelia Travnicek for Chucks competing in Montreal chucks chucks Interview with Cornelia Travnicek for Chucks competing in Montreal Interview with Jean Jacques Annaud Interview with Isen Robbins David Puttnam masterclas...
     

    FestForums Announces second conference for 2016: Get our discount code

     
    FestForum, a festival industry conference occurring in Santa Barbara on November 19-22, 2016 has announced a second program in New York City that will be held April 27-28th. Ask filmfestivals.com to receive a unique promo discount code, exclusive to our readers!   The conference is slated to begin Wednesday, April 27th at 5pm at The Cutting Room with an Opening Cocktail Reception, registration, networking session, and special musical performance. The Cutting Room is co-owned by famed a...
     

    12.03.2016 | Fest Forums's blog

    FestForums NYC Program April 27 - 28, 2016

    The program is subject to final changes. Check regularly and Ask filmfestivals.com to receive a unique promo discount code, exclusive to our readers! FestForums NYC Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 The Cutting Room - 44 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10010   5pm Opening Night Reception Opening Cocktail Reception, registration, networking session, and special musical performance.   Thursday, April 28th, 2016 Time Inc. / Henry R. Luce Auditorium - 225 Liberty Street, ...
     

    12.03.2016 | Fest Forums's blog

    New York Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, 2016

    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 discussio...
     

    12.03.2016 | Claus Mueller's blog

    Havana Film Fest in NY Announces: 18 Films from Latin America and U.S.

     
    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...
     

    11.03.2016 | Editor's blog

    Chelsea Film Festival® Celebrates WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

    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 ...
     

    10.03.2016 | Editor's blog

    3rd edition of SR – Socially Relevant Film Festival NY coming up next week

    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 ...
     

    10.03.2016 | Editor's blog

    The 2nd annual Irish Film Festival returns Thursday 07 until Sunday 10 April, 2016 at the Chauvel Cinema, Paddington

    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 ve...
     

    10.03.2016 | Editor's blog

    Migration in all its aspects at AFRIKA FILMFESTIVAL 11 > 26 MARCH 2016

    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 ...
     

    10.03.2016 | Editor's blog

    Brussels Film Festival – Dedicated to European Cinema Highlights of 14th edition

     
    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...
     

    10.03.2016 | Editor's blog

    The 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival Presents “French Night”

    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 Be...
     

    10.03.2016 | Editor's blog

    Bergamo Film Meeting 34, March 2026

     
    By Alex Deleon, Bergamo, Italy Beautiful small town. No frills festival. No red carpets, no hullabaloo. Just terrific films all day long at two xlnt venues. Everything centralized within short walking distance. Mainly a public festival for a town full of film buffs. In focus, retros of four film directors, Full retrospective, Jancsò. focus on Meadows, Zbanić, Zelenka, and  Star festival guest, Anna Karina, princess of the French Nouvelle Vague. Seen so far on first three d...
     

    10.03.2016 | ALEX FARBA's blog

    20th Festival of Nordic Cinema in Rouen, 2007

     
    The 20th edition of this specialized festival in north-western France (March 21-- April 01, 2007) was a bit of a disappointment this year in terms of competition films and visiting personalities, at least compared to the four previous times I have made it my business to be here. In the past there have always been unusual films in the competition section and visitations by major figures, actors and/or directors, from the countries covered here, which includes, incidentally, Belgium, Holland an...
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    Laurent Lafitte, the new Master of ceremonies at the 69th Festival de Cannes

    Laurent Lafitte © DR     On the invitation of the Festival de Cannes, the actor Laurent Lafitte has agreed to be Master of Ceremonies throughout the 69th Festival, to be held from 11th to 22nd May under the presidency of Australian director George Miller. No doubt he will enjoy the huge international visibility. Anyone wants to cast a smart and funny actor inenglish speaking films? The actor and comedian will host the Opening Ceremony on We...
     

    16.03.2016 | Cannes's blog

    IFF Panama 2016 special guests

    As with every edition of the International Film Festival of Panama, IFF Panama 2016 will host a select group of prominent representatives from the global film industry. Between April 7thand 13th, audiences will be able to interact with our guests through post-screening discussions, seminars, workshops, lectures and panels.   Lucía Bosé Lucía Bos&...
     

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    Hong Kong International Film Festival Announces Jury Members for Young Cinema, Documentary and Short Film Competitions

     
    The 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival announced the international jury member lineup for its Firebird Awards in three competition sections: Young Cinema, Documentary and Short Film. The Young Cinema Competition jury includes Taiwan’s Sylvia CHANG (Jury President), one of Asia’s foremost women filmmakers, whose works include Passion (1986), 20 30 40 (2004), and 39th HKIFF opening film, Murmur of the Hearts (2015).  CHANG, an award-winning director, producer and actress,...
     

    ASFF 2016 Jury Announced

    BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival is delighted to announce the new Jury for 2016, including film-world professionals whose expertise span film production, directing, editing, TV, music, branding, fashion and more. ASFF 2016 Jury includes: Mark Herman, Oscar Nominated Screenwriter & Director James Stevenson Bretton, Award-winning Stuido Blinkink Craig McNeil...
     

    16.03.2016 | Editor's blog

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    2nd Mountain & Adventure Film Festival Awards

    Following the conclusion of the 2nd Mountain & Adventure Film Festival, Film Festival Flix is pleased to announce the 2016 award-winning films. This past February, 70 finalists competed in 11 categories over 29 days. Viewers were able to watch and vote for their favorite films through their computer, tablet, smart phone, or Internet connected TV. "We couldn't be more pleased with the quality of this year's films, our audience's react...
     

    16.03.2016 | Editor's blog

    Golden Gate Award Feature Film Competitions Announced for SFIFF59

     
    Juried Awards Champion Emerging Artists and Global Cinema with a Selection of Narrative and Documentary Features from 23 Countries Around the World    The San Francisco Film Society today announced the films in competition for the Golden Gate Awards (GGA), which will distribute nearly $40,000 in total prizes this year in various narrative and documentary categories. Among the most significant a...
     

    14.03.2016 | Editor's blog

    Cinequest Film Festival Wraps: Award Winners, Highlights, 2017 Dates

     
    Cinequest Film Festival wrapped Sunday with 720 world leading artists and innovators presenting 129 World and U.S. premieres and cutting-edge media technologies to record audiences topping 105,000 (in San Jose / Silicon Valley). Cinequest Film Festival 2017 will occur February 28 - March 12. This year's Cinequest Award Winners are:  MAVERICK SPIRIT AWARD RECIPIENTS Please watch Cinequest's Maverick Spirit Award video. MEDIA LEGACY AWARD RECIPIENT Owen Gleiberm...
     

    14.03.2016 | Editor's blog

    2016 BlueCat Short Screenplay Finalists Announced!

    2016 BlueCat Short Screenplay Finalists Announced!     The Winner will receive $10,000, with the three Finalists receiving $2000 each.   The Winner will be announced on March 28th.   Apart by Elizabeth Capot Changelings by Nic Yulo I Sleep Easy by Tess Carrol When We Run by Nikki Tran   See on Website   2016 BlueCat Screenplay Semi-Finalists ...
     

    14.03.2016 | Editor's blog

    The Peace on Earth Film Festival (POEFF) announces the winners of this years film awards

     The Peace on Earth Film Festival (POEFF) announces the winners of this years film awards. Every film that played at the 8th Festival (March 3-6th) is eligible to win an award.  The festival directors and review committee select entries into the festival and the award winners. POEFF celebrates and supports independent filmmakers and their work from around the world on the themes of peace, nonviolence, social justice and eco-balance. POEFF aims to contribute to a culture of peac...
     

    10.03.2016 | Editor's blog

    Hungary Celebrates Oscar Triumph of Son of Saul

      Sándor Deleon, Budapest Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes with Oscar on Magyar TV   The big news on Magyar TV all day long on Monday, February 29 -- leap year day -- was Endless repetitions every hour of young Hungarian director, Laszlo Nemes Jeles, accepting his Oscar in Hollywood for the Best Foreign Language film of the year. The other Oscar prizes were barely alluded to.   Another Oscar for Hungary has been a long time coming. The one and only previous Hungarian...

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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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    Premiers temps forts de Visions du Réel dévoilés!

     
    Avant-Première, Grand Angle et projection spéciale : humour et révélations Animations, gastronomie, vitrines, célébration : ancrage local confirmé   La délicieuse comédie documentaire JesusTown, USA ouvrira la 47e édition de Visions du Réel, Festival international de cinéma Nyon. Cette traditionnelle Avant-Première offerte au public aura lieu le jeudi 14 avril. La section Grand...
     

    16.03.2016 | Editor's blog

    La 30e édition du FIFF s’est ouverte sur une note féminine

      30e Festival International de Films de Fribourg 11 - 19.03.2016   Le Festival International de Films de Fribourg (FIFF) a débuté vendredi soir au Théâtre Equilibre. Dans une salle comble, le public a pu redécouvrir Alice Guy, la première femme réalisatrice de l’histoire du cinéma et profiter de la projection du film de Charlie Chaplin The Kid, spécialement accompagné par l’Orchestre de c...
     

    14.03.2016 | Editor's blog

    Clément Bodeur-Crémieux est nommé Secrétaire général de l’Institut français.

    Diplômé de l’Université Paris I Sorbonne et ancien enseignant d’histoire-géographie, Clément Bodeur-Crémieux a occupé les fonctions de Directeur des affaires culturelles de la Ville de Grenoble depuis janvier 2012. Il a auparavant servi à la Direction des affaires culturelles de la Ville de Paris, en tant que Chef du bureau de la musique de 2008 à 2011. Il a pu lors de cette expérience coordonner les projets d...
     

    11.03.2016 | Editor's blog

    Pierre-Yves Bournazel élu Président de la Commission du Film d’Ile-de-France

        Le conseil d’administration de la Commission du Film d’Ile-de-France, qui s’est réuni le mardi 8 mars, a élu à l’unanimité (moins une abstention) son nouveau Président Pierre-Yves Bournazel et son vice-président Thierry Solère.   Pierre-Yves Bournazel est conseiller de Paris et conseiller régional Les Républicains, délégué spécial de Valérie P...
     

    10.03.2016 | Editor's blog

    Top 10 des entrées hebdo France du 02/03/2016 au 08/03/2016

    Top 10 des entrées hebdo France du 02/03/2016 au 08/03/2016 Rang Titre du film Distributeur Entrées semaine France Nbre de copies M/C Cumul entrées  S 1 THE REVENANT TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX 984 527 546 1803 2 393 704 2 ...
     

    10.03.2016 | Editor's blog

    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...

    Ticket to Ride! Qu'est-ce qui fait circuler les films européens ? Conférence de l'observatoire à Cannes

     
    Traversez la rue pour la conférence de l'Observatoire !    Samedi 14 mai 2016 9h30 - 11h30   ...
     

    16.03.2016 | Cannes's blog

    ACID 2016 Poster

    C'est à Pierre La Police, célèbre dessinateur et auteur de BD issu de la scène graphique underground, que l'ACID (Association du Cinéma Indépendant pour sa Diffusion) a donné carte blanche pour réaliser cette année son visuel cannois.   Du 12 au 21 mai, l'ACID présentera 9 longs métrages à Cannes, seule section du festival — rappelons-le — à être proposée ...

     


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    SIFF and Elttaes Theatres LLC are delighted to announce that the renowned Majestic Bay Theatre in Ballard will host some of the best cinema from around the world during the 42nd Seattle International Film Festival, scheduled to delight audiences of all ages across the Pacific Northwest from May 19 through June 12, 2016.
     
    SIFF 2016 will feature a wide-ranging lineup across all genres and budgets from star-studded blockbusters to fiercely independent and international fare, along with films appropriate for young and old alike. A favorite with visitors as well as locals, SIFF presents the opportunity to meet filmmaking talent and stars, attend gala screenings with parties, and participate in forums and panels during the largest and most highly-attended film festival in the United States.
     
    Owned and operated by Elttaes Theatres LLC, Majestic Bay is a locally-owned independent cinema with a classic, intimate feel. This popular landmark venue, elegantly updated to include modern amenities in a stylish movie house setting, will serve as the site for almost twenty SIFF screenings of all kinds during the first week of Seattle’s longest-running and widely beloved film festival, May 20 through 26.

    Shoreline Community College in Shoreline and Ark Lodge Cinemas in Columbia City also play host for SIFF 2016, rounding out a slate of theaters and venues that range in scale from the 2,900-seat Susan Brotman Auditorium at McCaw Hall on Opening Night to modern cineplexes and intimate art houses where filmgoers engage with and participate in cinema as a life-changing, immersive community experience. 

    Carl Spence, SIFF’s Artistic Director, says, “SIFF has played a significant role in ensuring that neighborhood cinemas remain a living and vibrant part of Seattle’s community with the preservation of our flagship SIFF Cinema Uptown and Egyptian theaters. Expanding our presence west, north, and south to embrace Ballard, Shoreline, and Columbia City makes perfect sense. Our new venue partners have embraced this groundbreaking collaboration and will be invaluable ambassadors as we bring the world-class roster of SIFF 2016 films to movie lovers of our region.”

    Aaron Alhadeff, President of Elttaes Theatres LLC, which has operated the Majestic Bay in Ballard since 2000, says, "We are delighted SIFF is bringing the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival to the vibrant community of Ballard, and thrilled to host their screenings in our neighborhood. Like Majestic Bay, SIFF is a Seattle tradition that brings the joy of film to the people of this city and creates memorable experiences that last a lifetime.”

    "We are excited to partner with Shoreline Community College in welcoming SIFF to Shoreline,” says City of Shoreline Mayor Chris Roberts. “Shoreline is a diverse community with a long history of celebrating the arts and cross-cultural understanding. Hosting the Seattle International Film Festival is a natural fit for us. We look forward to having it here for many years to come.”

    Venues for the 42nd Seattle International Film Festival include McCaw Hall, Cinerama, AMC Pacific Place, Majestic Bay Theatres, Ark Lodge Cinemas, and SIFF’s own theater locations, operated year-round to present the best in international, independent, art house, and archival film: SIFF Cinema Uptown in the Uptown neighborhood of Queen Anne, SIFF Cinema Egyptian on Capitol Hill, and SIFF Film Center on Seattle Center campus. SIFF 2016 returns to Lincoln Square Cinemark Theatres in Bellevue, Kirkland Performance Center, Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center, and adds this year Shoreline Community College for its fourth venue in partnership with communities in neighboring cities.
     


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    Watch the complete program of Go Short - International Short Film Festival Nijmegen online now. The eight edition of the Dutch festival for short film takes place from 6-10 April. Go Short selected the best 300 recent European films. This edition Go Short reflects on what’s going on in the world right through the medium of cinema. Fear is Not An Option and World Matters are part of the special film programs of Go Short 2016: a program which taps into the feeling of fear that exists in our society nowaday. Also the online platforms De Correspondent and Vice are invited to the festival and present their most profound and enlightening shorts about what’s going on in the world nowadays. 

     

    Fear Is Not An Option
    A look at the state of the world today may inspire a lot of things. Wonder, excitement – but in many people: fear. Terrorism, economic malaise, global warming: there is a lot to be afraid of. But fear, though understandable, does not make those problems go away. Sometimes, fear is just not an option. Festival de Nouveau Cinéma Montreal, Vienna Independent Shorts and Go Short have joined forces to put fear on the map.


    World Matters

    The triangle program Fear Is Not An Option isn’t Go Short’s only collaboration: this edition Go Short also worked together with the Dutch film festival Movies That Matter for the first time. Together they curated the program World Matters in which they show documentaries and fiction films that approach current issues all in their own unique way. Topics range from the outbreak of Ebola to getting confronted with the death penalty.
    Movies That Matter Festival is the annual international film- and debate festival about human rights. The festival starts at Friday 18th of March in The Hague.

     

    Start ticket sale

    The ticket sale for Go Short 2016 has started! Watch the complete program of Go Short 2016 online now. Tickets for Fear Is Not An Option, World Matters - and for all other film programs, focus programs, workshops, lectures and talk shows of Go Short - can be purchased at the box office and through www.goshort.nl.

     

    Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen is the Dutch festival for short film. For five days, over 300 short films are screened in and around LUX in Nijmegen. Besides screenings there are VR programs, workshops, performances, parties and more. The festival takes place from 6 – 10 April 2016. More information on the festival at www.goshort.nl.  


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    For six whole days in April, Germany's one and only women's film festival will again be putting the public spotlight on films made by women. Over 800 works by women film-makers from across the world were viewed and sifted for the various sections: Panorama | desired! film lust & queer | Country Focus: Mexico | Debut Feature Film Competition | National Competition for Women Directors of Photography and the Schools Programme.  From 19 to 24 April, then, you can see around 100 films of all lengths and genres at selected Cologne cinemas by women film-makers from all corners of the globe were viewed and sifted for the final stages of the Debut Feature Film Competition with its prize money of 10,000 EUR. The works nominated come from Bulgaria, Belgium, Germany, England, Ecuador, Israel, Hungary and the USA. This time round, the central theme for many of the directors is the challenging circumstances faced by the young protagonists.


    Opening the festival on 19 April is the Israeli contribution SUFAT CHOL (SAND STORM) by Elite Zexer – about a Bedouin family living in Israel's Negev desert. All the competition films are to be screened during the festival at the Odeon Cinema in Cologne. The prize is awarded by a jury of three international specialists. Director, screen writer and producer Ana Cruz Navarro; director and screenwriter Angelina Maccarone and producer Marilyn Watelet have already agreed to sit on the 2016 jury.

     

    The Panorama section aims to show new, exciting, challenging and entertaining films. Feature films, documentaries, essays, avant-garde, experimental and short formats – anything goes!

    Catherine Deneuve plays a juvenile court judge in the acclaimed social drama LA TÊTE HAUTE (Standing Tall, F 2015) by Emmanuelle Bercot. It opened the Cannes Festival last year. Over the years, the judge has repeatedly had a lot to do with Maloney (acted splendidly by Rod Paradot). In fact, he first appeared before her the age of six! Thanks to her outstanding cast, Bercow comes up with a true tour de force, an accurate portrait of a problem child – without becoming maudlin.

    Sibylle Berg somehow always manages to provoke. From East German refugee to best-seller author, her life story sounds almost as if she had written it herself. Whereas previously Berg went searching for happiness, though, today she's looking for a house. WER HAT ANGST VOR SIBYLLE BERG? (Who's Afraid of Sibylle Berg?) is the title of the documentary by Sigrun Köhler and Wiltrud Baier about this unique ironic author and playwright. We learn what the masculine form of "writers" is; why on photos they rest their heads in their hands; what useful things one could do in communist East Germany – ice diving, for instance; and, not least, that behind every shy author a shy person does hide. Plus, a still from the film forms the key visual for this year's festival.

    I Don’t Belong Anywhere - The Cinema of Chantal Akerman

     


    The desired! film lust & queer section is here to present a best-of selection of the latest queer feminist film, films like SUMMERTIME, REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG, FEMALE TO WHAT THE FUCK and many more.

    Country Focus: Mexico
    Within the framework of the official Mexico Year in Germany 2016/2017, the Dortmund|Cologne International Women's Film Festival is pleased to organise a Country Focus on Mexico.

     

    Please find more information about the program 2016 in the enclosure and on our website www.frauenfilmfestival.eu
     


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     Affiche 2016

    With nearly 2,700 films received from 85 different countries, the Annecy International Animation Film Festival has once again set a new record!
    Check out the short films, TV (series/specials), commissioned films and graduation films in the 2016 Official Selection.


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  • 03/17/16--11:30: FMX 2016 a great trailer
  • FMX Logo

    Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia

    April 26-29, Stuttgart, Germany

    The FMX trailers are traditionally created by students of the Institute of Animation, Effects and Digital Postproduction at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in their third year of study. The trailer Jazz Orgie was created by Irina Rubina.


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    Another moment in the history of consciousness-the spawning of Machine Consciousness through ART-For the first time in the history of the man/machine interface-the Artificial Experience has been born.

    new media film festival banner 2016

    In the Spotlight today are the 2016 early selects for the 7th Annual New Media Film Festival, named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the "Top 25 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" - New Media year after year impresses international audiences with its diverse genres and cutting edge methods of storytelling. Offering more than 20 competitive categories that collectively celebrate a broad spectrum of storytelling - from web series to tablet media to 3D extravaganzas. With Virtual Reality and Drone newly added categories, Huffington Post aptly describes the festival, "Makes the cutting edge accessible."

    From USA, UK, Germany and Sweden, Years & Years: An Artificial Experience Music Motion Picture will have it's LA Premiere at the 7th Annual New Media Film Festival June 7-9 2016 in Los Angeles CA.

    "The truest confirmation of the dawn of human consciousness occurred 49,000 years ago with the unexpected and simultaneous appearance of cave art throughout the planet. We are at another moment in the history of consciousness - the spawning of Machine Consciousness through ART. For the first time in the history of the man-machine interface, the Artificial Experience has been born. It is truly a new paradigm of artificial intelligence for the creative mind. Humans and machines now share a consciousness and they both want to dream and make ART." - Director Brian Harrison, Years & Years: An Artificial Experience Music Motion Picture

    From Tel Aviv, Israel comes LIVYATANIM: Myth an interactive web based virtual reality short film, featuring the music of LIVYATANIM directed by Or Fleisher, will have it's LA Premiere at the 7th Annual New Media Film Festival June 7-9 2016 in Los Angeles CA.

    From USA, We Built A Ship 3D, directed by Stefan Sargent, is about 150 volunteers In Sausalito, California who are building a traditional wooden ship based on a 1891 brigantine design by local shipwright, Matthew Turner.

    Over 3 years in the making, the ship is scheduled to sail this year and will have it's LA Premiere at the 7th Annual New Media Film Festival June 7-9 2016 in Los Angeles CA.

    Oscar winner, Nicholas Reed marvels at the festivals innovative programming, "The New Media Film Festival seemed like an outlier when it started in 2010, with their strange categories, web series, 3D storytelling, digital comics, now all of a sudden these phrases are the new normal. The NMFF is always looking to the future, challenging creators, the market and the audience to discover new storytelling. There are not many festivals pushing the limits - go NMFF!" The festival extends its forward thinking to promote a positive future and proudly honors luminaries with its Socially Responsible Conservationist Award. The festival honored Leonardo DiCpario with the award after his film Worst Shark Attack Ever premiered as part of the SRC - Socially Responsible Content Category in 2015. The Director of this film and International Surfing Champion, Veronica Grey accepted the award on behalf of DiCaprio.

    Judges at the New Media Film Festival include representatives from HBO, Marvel, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Television Academy and other pioneers in the entertainment industry. There's even a competitive category for Sniplers®,30-second mini-trailers featured to garner attention for films not yet made. Filmmakers vie for a chance at $45,000 USD value in awards. Submit through April 25th 2016 to be considered to screen this year, programming locks May 1st 2016. The festival also offers further screening opportunities to winning works on the newly launched New Media 2D & 3D channels and other distribution opportunities.

     

    New Media Film Festival logo, We Built a Ship 3D, Years & Years Artificial Intelligence & Livyatanim Myth Virtual Reality

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    info@newmediafilmfestival.com I www.NewMediaFilmFestival.com I +1 310-288-1100

     


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    NFFTY -  National Film Festival for Talented Youth - Celebrates 10 Years of Providing a Showcase
    and Lab for Emerging Filmmakers

    The largest film festival for filmmakers ages 24 and under marks its 10th anniversary with their biggest program yet. The lineup includes four days and over 227 films from 24 countries.
     

    APRIL 28 - MAY 1
    www.nffty.org

     
     
     

    NFFTY(pronounced “nifty”), The National Film Festival for Talented Youth, is proud to announce the complete lineup for their 10th anniversary festival, taking place April 28 - May 1, 2016 in Seattle. In addition to a stellar lineup, NFFTY continues a commitment to supporting emerging female directors, with 40% of titles directed by women, a major accomplishment compared to Hollywood where women direct less than 9% of films. The 2016 selection includes 227 movies from 24 countries and 33 states, from filmmakers ranging from age 5 to 24.

    NFFTY’s programming reflects the interests and concerns of the next generation, with films covering all topics and genres, from compelling and provocative, to hilarious and uplifting.

    Highlights include:

    • Opening Night Gala: presented by Volvo Car USA
      The Opening Night kickoff lineup includes a stunning selection of short films, ranging from music video to animation. Program available to preview.
    • Femme Friday: A collection of some of the strongest films from NFFTY female filmmakers around the world.
    • The Human Race: Powerful documentaries that explore race and culture, including “There Will Be Boats,” a Norwegian film about volunteers who travel to Greece to assist with the refugee crisis; and “Hands Up,” a documentary that captures the spirit of the #BlackLivesMatter movement as it transcends state boundaries and into the hearts of millions of Americans.
    • Closing Night’s Around the World in 10 Films: A global tour that includes titles from Romania, the United Kingdom, and the indigenous communities of the US.
    • Masterclass by Oscar-Nominated Danish filmmaker Christian E. Christiansen: Christiansen is producer and director whose short film “At Night” was nominated for an Academy Award. He developed the short into the 2008 feature, “Crying For Love.” His 2001 film, “The Roommate,” was the first ever film directed by a Dane to go straight to number one at the American box office.
       

    Although NFFTY searches the globe for the best new directors, there are some incredible gems from the Northwest featured in NFFTY 2016.

    • “The Fawn Response” (Screening: Edge of Your Seat) directed by Wynter Rhys (16), about two serial killers arguing over who has rights to a certain victim, proves Winter’s tremendous promise as a director. It is available for preview and Winter is happy to arrange an interview about her work.
    • “Ernie” (Screening: Cinematic Journey) and “Reincarnation, Inc.” (Screening: Centerpiece) directed by Hadley Hillel (19) are two inventive short films made by a PNW-born filmmaker who is currently studying at Chapman University. Both are available for preview.

    With its panels, discussions, and networking opportunities, the festival has served as an incubator and proving ground for a generation of filmmakers, including Seattle-native Ben Kadie (20), who has participated in the festival every year. His work has gotten stronger each year; for 2016 he’ll be sharing his film “Bail” (Screening: Turn Back The Clock), a period piece about cross-dressing lounge singers in the ‘50s.

    The 2016 program also includes an international collaboration between Bothell, WA resident Daniel Halligan and Norway’s Emilie K. Beck. The pair met at the NFFTY film festival two years ago. They created a music video project, called “Another Place Without You,” (Screening: Northwest is the Best) thousands of miles apart by sending each other pieces of the video via the internet.

    NFFTY has also launched its first annual screenwriting competition in 2016: Story Starts Here. Screenwriters age 24 and under from around the world submitted scripts to receive feedback and for consideration to be featured at the festival as one of the finalists. The finalists will receive individual feedback from an esteemed panel of industry professionals who have built their careers on solid storytelling. The panel includes Chris Grunden (VP of Film Programming at HBO), Erica Sterne (Former Head of Post Production for The Weinstein Co.) and Wilbert Plijnaar (Storyboard Artist, “Ice Age,” “Despicable Me,” “The Princess & the Frog”). One finalist will be chosen to receive a $500 cash prize, announced at the Closing Night Awards Ceremony on May 1. This year’s first finalists are: Claire Dimitriades, AJ Lodge, Zach Madden, Mattie Mcintosh and Judy Suh.

    To talk to participating filmmakers or NFFTY staff, or obtain press passes, preview links, and high-resolution stills, please email Ryan Ann Davis at ryan@smarthousecreative.com.
     

    More About NFFTY

    Founded by three then-teenagers Jesse Harris, Kyle Seago and Jocelyn R.C. in 2007, NFFTY has since expanded its reach to an ever-growing number of young artists and audiences of all ages. It expects an audience of over 12,000 for 2016.

    Tickets are available at nffty.org. The festival is held at the Cinerama (2100 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121) and Uptown Cinema (511 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109).

     

    A Brief History of NFFTY

    NFFTY was founded by Seattle native Jesse Harris, who, after producing and distributing his feature film “Living Life” as a college student, realized there was no festival specializing in presenting the work of young people. He teamed up with Kyle Seago and Jocelyn R.C., and in 2007 the first NFFTY took place as a one-night event, showing work from around the country.

    By 2008 the festival was a three-day affair, with a full program of screenings, panels and two concerts.

    In 2009 the organization began accepting international submissions, making the festival a truly worldwide event, and by 2011 NFFTY was officially the world’s largest film festival for emerging filmmakers.

    Over the years NFFTY has featured the work of some truly tremendous talents with a strong group of alumni. Former NFFTY filmmakers are now working for prestigious companies such as Paramount, Pixar, HBO, Trigger Street Productions including Kevin Klauber who edited the Academy Award winning documentary “20 Feet From Stardom.”

    Though Jesse has since moved on to pursue his own film projects, the festival now boasts award winning producer and nonprofit executive Stefanie Malone as the director of the organization. Under her leadership, in 2014 NFFTY created the Young Women in Film initiative, a year-round effort to support young female filmmakers around the world and in 2015 launched Works in Progress to support filmmakers as they work through the creative process. NFFTY also formally launched an in-house production company known as NFFTY Creative with the mission of connecting sponsors and brands with the festival’s most promising alumni to work on original branded content projects. The first major project, “A Supporting Role,” has earned multiple accolades including ADDY Awards and a Telly Award.

    The organization hasn’t stopped growing. Last year the festival had a record breaking 248 films representing 30 states and 25 countries. The festival continued to support female filmmakers with a closing night screening called Femme Finale and a record 48% of the films screened at the 2015 festival directed by young women.

    NFFTY now looks toward its 10th Anniversary festival, happening April 28 - May 1. Over 1,000 emerging filmmakers from around the globe submitted their work for considering in this major milestone of the festival’s history. The festival will also launch its first ever Screenwriting Competition to be operated as both a component of the annual event and also in the off-season.

    Visit the official website, nffty.org for more information about this year’s event, and to purchase tickets.

     

     

    NFFTY 2014 Photo by Jason Gu

     
     

     

     

     

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    Building on the momentum that propelled the Illuminate Film Festival into the Huffington Post’s prestigious Top 24 Film Festivals to Revitalize Your Soul in 2016, the third annual 22-film mind-body-spirit festival, June 1-5 in Sedona, will feature at least five world premieres, two sneak peeks and newly added focuses on family film, episodic television and web content, and a line-up of films under the theme, Social Issues, Conscious Solutions.

                “In just three short years, we’re proud to have become an industry leader in the conscious cinema movement,” said Illuminate Film Festival Executive Director Danette Wolpert.  “After all, the power of story is arguably the single-most affecting tool we have at our fingertips to shape the human experience.  Filmmakers, now on the frontier of a global conscious shift, are speaking with their cameras, and Illuminateprovides these brilliant visionary filmmakers of our time a vehicle to enlighten our world.”

                Following the launch of five world and five U.S. or Southwest premieres in 2015 and appearances by more than 40 of the nation’s top veteran filmmakers, producers, actors, distributors, writers and strategists, the 2016 Illuminate Film Festival will feature the Festival world premieres of:

    ·       MantraSounds Into Silence, about the revolution underway in world Kirtan, yoga’s call-and-response form of devotional music. Sneak peek clips of the film will be followed by a Q&A and live concert with world-renowned Kirtan artist Jai Uttal.

    ·       Tree Story, a series of mini-documentaries dedicated to our relationship with humanity’s oldest living companions.

    ·       Planting Seeds of Mindfulness, an animated mixed-media family film narrative starring Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and featuring music by Tina Turner.

    ·       The Connected Universe, the first film selected for the new on-demand partnership between Indiegogo and Vimeo, revealing Nassim Haramein’s new vision of the science behind the interconnection of all things in the universe, and

    ·       Love Sweat and Tears, a new documentary on menopause and women’s health featuring Joan Rivers in one of her final appearances, Jenny McCarthy and Michael Beckwith.

                 “We’re adding three new festival sections this year to meet growing demand – one for families interested in imparting mindful wisdom to their children; a second reflecting the exciting expansion of conscious content into serialized television and episodic web series; and a third that explores the rich and untapped intersection of humanitarian or social issues and modalities offering conscious solutions,” said Illuminate Film Festival Managing Director Morgan Richmond.  One increasingly pressing social issue, the well-being of our veterans, will be brought to light in Thank You For Your Service, a gripping documentary about four Iraq War veterans struggling with PTSD who explore the healing aspects of meditation, native ceremony and equine therapy.

    The full selection of films will be announced in early April and will include topics from

    the science of the mind-body connection, the human journey from all lenses, the power of meditation and spirituality, secrets and scientific learnings about our body and nutrition, the world of art and uber-creative expression and riveting stories about our planet, nature, herbs and sustainability.

    Illuminate is at the forefront of a paradigm shift that is transforming the way the world

    experiences film,” explained Anna Sirotin, Head of Programming for the Illuminate Film Festival.  “Catalyzed by the moving image, our audiences are discovering deeper meaning in life, spiritual connection and a sense of purpose that transcends normality.”

    The Festival will continue its tradition of experiential and educational programming through:

    Reel Healing view and do events, the Healing Lounge and Healing Happy Hours;

    • the Conscious Film Convergence for developing and distributing mind-body-spirit films;

    • the Conscious Cinema Accelerator, a 20-minute speed-pitch program for personalized project and career coaching from veteran film professionals, and

    • the Conscious Cinema Summit, a roundtable discussion for the nation’s top conscious film industry visionaries.         

    The Festival opens with the free-to-the-public Illuminate Launch Party and Outdoor

    Screening on June 1. The opening night reception is June 2 at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village with a Sedona Experience planned June 3.  The Festival closes with a Saturday night party from 9 p.m. to midnight.

                Major Sponsors include Centers for Spiritual Living, Science of Mind Magazine, the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, ChocolaTree Organic Eatery and Spirituality & Health.

                Films will be screened at the Mary D. Fisher Theater and on two screens at the Sedona Performing Arts Center.

                Early Bird all-access passes can be purchased online for $349 until April 20 ($444 after that date). Convergence Passes to all panels, conversations, three film screenings and admission to parties and receptions Friday through Sunday are $249. Individual tickets ranging from $11-$40 will be sold based on availability beginning May 6.

                For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.illuminatefilmfestival.com.

     


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    The first feature film competition hosted by MOTELx - Lisbon International Horror Film Festival will be exclusive to European horror films. The winner will be nominated for the international Méliès d'Or feature film competition, hosted annually by the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation. MOTELx is Portugal's representative in the Federation.

    Another highlight is the return of the MOTELx Award - Best Portuguese Horror Short Film, the highest money price given to short films in Portugal (€5,000). The winner also gets an inspirational weekend at Belver Hotels, one of the Festival's sponsors, and is nominated for the Méliès d'Or short film competion.

    MOTELx returns between 6 and 11 September to Cinema São Jorge, in Lisbon, for an unforgettable 10th anniversary.

     


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  • 03/20/16--12:07: New York: Doc Fortnight 2016
  • In its 15th edition Doc Fortnight, the international festival of non-fiction films, presented from February 19-29 at the Museum of Modern Art 20 features and nine short films including numerous premieres were selected from 400 productions. The thematic range covered current events such as the refugee crisis, migration, the Syrian war, biographical portraits, colonialism, and ethnographic explorations.  Though traditional documentaries with archival footage, interviews and linear narratives still had a place, innovative boundary breaking productions offering new ways of understanding prevailed.  They included sophisticated found-footage  montages, expressionist color and sound uses, virtual reality, digital effects,  staged  scenes, fictional recreations and animation, to name but a few. Doc Fortnight 2016 demonstrates the dramatic changes the medium of non-fiction films is experiencing.  To focus on some significant selections:

    La France est notre patrie ( France is our mother country,  Rithy Panh, France/Cambodia, 2015

    Using fast moving montages Rithy Panh offers a satirical and ironic presentation of colonialism in Cambodia juxtaposing in his exposure  images of his country’s exploitation by France with an on screen text  celebrating the benefits and superiority of French and white  rule. “The great events have been the work of the white race”, there is in Cambodia a “poverty of ignorance but France brings freedom of knowledge” and “France does not forget its civilizing mission, all people will know equality and progress”. Images selected show the ‘happy’ life of the colonizers and the oppression of the Cambodians, the denigration   of their culture, the imposition of French customs, forced labor, and the exploitation of Cambodian resources for the benefit of France. However the footage at the end show demise of the French colonial power juxtaposing the killing of guerrillas with images of their dead corpses. The film is a powerful critique and refutation of the hypocrisies of France’s colonial ideology.

    Out of Norway, Thomas Ostbye, Norway, 2014

    For this non-directive depiction of the attempts of Emanuel Agara, an undocumented immigrant in Norway, to return to his home in Liberia Ostbye provides Agara with cameras to record his efforts in a video diary, thus giving him control of the documentation. Since Emanuel has no papers it is illegal for him to stay in Norway but also to leave. Having lived in Oslo since 2001, including one year in a detention camp, he had no steady work or home and believes that Norway cares more for animals than for people. Agara records his vain multiple encounters with officials from Norwegian and international agencies, which either flatly reject him or ask to apply again though he has done so many times before. Having no papers there is no exit for him and Emanuel’s desire for a family is eluding him.  He feels that he does not exist. Using funds from the prize money Ostbye received for his prior ‘Imagining Emanuel’ film Emanuel has the means to get false travel papers. He finally can leave Norway. Successfully passing through Europe and Africa he reaches his village Ibuchana. He gets married and trains to become a pineapple farmer. A happy ending yet few undocumented refugees are able to buy false papers.

     Utopia 1.0,  Annie Berman, USA, 2015

    One of the most startling productions was the superbly executed Utopia 1.0: Post-neo-Futurist-Capitalism in 3D directed in 2015 by the New York film maker Annie Berman. Presenting the digitally created in-between world Second Life with stunning images Berman explores the on-line reality of a utopian community suspended in time and space which was created in the past as a mental alternative to our existence. People express their creativity by living there through the avatars they assume, the creative environments they establish with no boundaries set on their self-expression, in short they are offered an escape from the first life. Yet when Berman takes form of an avatar to visit Second Life it turns out to be paradise lost. From the thousands once existing there few avatars are now visible, building are abandoned, the homes  are empty, shops have no products just their images, and  the art gallery has only some books and pictures.  This virtual reality world could not escape economic constraints. People left this phantasy world after an apparent economic crisis as indicated by numerous signs of real estate for sale. Looking back into the future the assumed identities and lives do not hold. The new means of digital pseudo worlds and self-presentations are socially grounded and cannot be disconnect from our actual experience of capitalism. Her elegant provocative short film is thought provoking, documenting the malaise of our current existence and imagination.

     

    Time Passes, Anne Hortje, Norway, 2015

    In her documentary Hortje applies the unusual approach of setting up a documentary where an art student uses taped field observations of her spending many days with a homeless Roma woman as her class project. Sitting next to her she helps her begging and provides some resources. Seminar sessions with her fellow students and an instructor parallel her investigation of the everyday life of the migrant. The performance project serves to elucidate the plight of the migrant, but generates questions by other students and faculty about the merit of the project as a performance piece. The boundaries of art and the motivation and objectives of the project are questioned. Though some ethnographic insights emerge on the social condition of Roma migrants and economic and political changes needed to integrate the migrants discussed, Hortje’s approach leads to more issues than answers.  The Roma woman leaves Norway to spend time in Romania and the student ends her project not knowing which way to take.

    Long Story Short Natalie Bookchin, USA, 2015

    In this path setting and unique representation Bookchin provides a compelling perspective of how members of the most disenfranchised and dispossessed from the underclass articulate their conditions.  Over 100 people from homeless shelters, foodbanks and job training centers from Los Angeles and Northern California discuss constant challenges they are facing.  This world premiere of the documentary offers answers of those most affected by the ongoing economic crisis. We listen to the experts of their own experience rather than to commentaries on poverty by outsiders. Their first person narrations are captured on webcams and cameras attached to laptops responding to a list of questions provided on paper by Bookchin and presented on the screen in a row of numerous small frame videos. With limited resources it took Bookchin three years to edit the complex Long Story Short and generate individual and collective comments.  There is the simultaneous articulation of terms such as food stamps, hunger and eviction by the character in the small videos recorded in different locations.  The film maker organizes the contents of the many interviews according to underlying themes thus there is little manipulation of the response patterns. What clearly transpires in the voices and self-presentations of the disenfranchised are the conditions of extreme growing inequality in the United States, the everyday struggle of survival, the marginalization and out casting as well as the absence of an exit.  This is an outstanding production with an approach I have not come across before. It is a distillation of the conditions of poverty. Because the voices of those most affected are heard this documentary is more persuasive and real than textbooks and academic studies assigned to students.

    The Great Wall, Tadhg O’Sullivan, Ireland, 2015

    This transnational meditation on separation through walls, fences and barbed wires with segments filmed in eleven European countries features the barricades enclosing outsiders and migrants. There is no narration elucidating underlying themes and problems but a commentary on the images shown drawn from Kafka’s allegorical “The Building of the Great Wall in China”. The viewer has to create a meaning structure but can readily see the parallels. As with the great wall in China the new walls erected in and around Europe serve to redefine national identities. O’Sullivan uses vignettes to show the progressive enclosure of and in Europa with disturbing footage of its victims from the Melilla the Spanish enclave in Morocco to Athene’s mass demonstration, the borders of Bulgaria, and the City of London.  The protective walls we are building around us with the fear of the outsiders, the strangers, a fear which is reinforced by official measures like physical, electronic and bureaucratic means. The viewer enters the world of the migrants the public is afraid of but also the control rooms of agencies charged with protecting borders.  O’Sullivan’s documentary is a great visual achievement with an impressive wide ranging musical score.

    Claus Mueller,  filmexchange@mail.com   

     

     


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