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    QUENTIN TARANTINO (Writer/Director) is one of the most celebrated filmmakers of his generation. He truly embodies the essence of the independent filmmaker with seminal films like Pulp Fiction, The Kill Bill series, Django Unchained and many more, earning countless awards and accolades for his brilliant filmmaking.



    According to Bruce Dern, Quentin is not only a directing genius but he is also very approachable.
    Quentin has repeatedly praised Bruce’s work, featuring him in unforgettable roles in Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight.

    FestForums is pleased to announce that Quentin Tarantino will be presenting Bruce Dern with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to film. Only at FestForums - November 21st.

     


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    Media Arts Center San Diego has been chosen by San Diego County Office of Education to take reign of its annual student film competition, known as the Innovative Video in Education (iVIE) Awards. Started in 2001 to encourage and reward teachers who utilize video as a project-based learning tool in their classrooms, iVIE has grown into a major student video competition attracting hundreds of students each year from around the county. Through iVIE, hundreds of students each year use film and visual literacy to demonstrate their understanding of classroom concepts. This year’s 17th Annual iVIE Awards & Film Celebration will take place in May 2017. Entries will be accepted up until March 2017. 

    “MACSD is honored that SDCOE has entrusted our organization with this one-of-a-kind event celebrating the best in San Diego County student filmmaking,” states Ethan van Thillo, Founder/Executive Director. Mr. van Thillo continues, “The iVIE Awards aligns perfectly with MACSD’s long history of promoting, celebrating and training young filmmakers; and we’re excited to see this important event continue to grow for many years into the future.”

    “This is an exciting transition for iVIE,” said SDCOE Assistant Superintendent of Integrated Technology Services Karen Connaghan. “Media Arts Center’s stewardship of the program will allow iVIE to grow while still offering a pathway for K-12 teachers and students to use video to demonstrate and showcase their skills and abilities.”

    An official announcement will be sent out by November 2016 with all the Call for Entries details and final date(s) of the 2017 iVIE Awards Competition. In the meantime, for more information on the 2017 iVIE Awards, please contact Media Arts Center San Diego at 619-230-1938 or visit: www.mediaartscenter.org/ivieawards

    Media Arts Center San Diego, a 501 c(3) non-profit organization, has been promoting independent cinema and teaching the art of filmmaker for over 24 years in the San Diego - Baja California Region. Its programs and services include the 24th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival, Digital Gym CINEMA North Park, Youth Media & Tech Camps, Teen Producers Project, and Community Video Production Services. 


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    Film Budgeteers is awarding all winners at the 2017 New York City Independent Film Festival with gift cards to create an introductory budget for your film! Visit http://bit.ly/1Jcd2Q1 to submit today. 


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    Film Budgeteers is awarding all winners at the 2017 New York City Independent Film Festival with gift cards to create an introductory budget for your film! Visit http://bit.ly/1Jcd2Q1 to submit today. 


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    The Boston Jewish Film Festival has announced the official selections for this year’s festival.  Thirty-eight films have been selected and will be screened from November 9-21, 2016.  Covering topics from same sex marriage to how the Holocaust is represented in the world of social media, the 2016 Boston Jewish Film Festival will explore the evolution of the Jewish identity in the 21st century and how individual characters wrestle with linking the past to who they are now.  

     

    Some of the highlights of the 2016 festival include Sand Storm, Israel’s official entry to the 89th Academy Awards, a film that examines gender inequalities in a Bedouin village, through the eyes of a young woman who struggles to make her own way in a traditional family; First shown at the Tribeca Film Festival this year, Keep Quiet follows Csanad Szegedi, who rose through the ranks of Hungary’s far-right extremist party before learning his grandmother was a Jewish Auschwitz survivor; and The Tenth Man, an Argentinian film that follows the return of a young man to the Jewish neighborhood in Buenos Aires where he grew up.

     

    There will be four featured screenings at the 2016 Boston Jewish Film Festival, including an Opening Night event, the Mid-Fest event, the Spotlight Screening and the Closing Night event.  In addition to the featured screenings, the 2016 Boston Jewish Film Festival will include a several series and special programs, designed to appeal to a wide variety of audiences.  The festival will also hold a live taping of the podcast Ronna & Beverly, a live chat show hosted by America’s favorite fictional Jewish mothers from Marblehead and Swampscott.

     

    The 28th annual Boston Jewish Film Festival will open on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 with the Boston Premiere of A.K.A. Nadia at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.  The narrative film from Israel explores the life of Maya Goldwasser, a mom, successful choreographer and wife of an Israeli official at the Ministry of Justice.  Born to a Palestinian family as Nadia, Maya abandoned her roots after becoming involved with a PLO activist in her youth and took on a new identity as an Israeli Jew. But leaving the past behind isn’t always possible. A.K.A. Nadia won The Israel Critics’ Forum Award for the Best Feature Film at the 2015 Jerusalem Film Festival.

     

    Can we laugh about tragedy?  That’s the question raised by The Last Laugh, the Mid-Fest event at the Festival on Wednesday, November 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.  Through interviews with individuals such as Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Etgar Keret, Abraham Foxman and many others, along with clips from comedians, TV shows and movies, The Last Laugh offers insights into the Holocaust, our own psyches and our senses of humor. This screening will be followed by a conversation with the director, Ferne Pearlstein, producer Robert Edwards, author of The Big Book of Jewish Humor, Rabbi Moshe Waldoks, and moderated by journalist James Carroll.

     

    The Spotlight Screening, held at the Coolidge Corner Theater on Nov. 15 at 6:45 p.m. will be One Week and A Day, a dark comedy that deals with the aftermath of loss. When Eyal and his wife finish the week of shiva for their son, she urges him to return to his usual routine.  Instead, he enlists his young neighbor to join him in smoking his son’s medical marijuana. The film won awards at the 2016 Jerusalem Film Festival and at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

     

    Finally, the festival will close on Sunday, November 20 with a 7 pm screening of the film Who’s Going to Love Me Now? at the Museum of Fine Arts. This Massachusetts premiere tells the story of Saar, raised on an Orthodox kibbutz in Israel, who moves to London after coming out to his family as a gay man.   When he learns he is HIV positive, he struggles to reestablish relationships – both with his family and his homeland. 

     

    “The line-up for the 28th annual Boston Jewish Film Festival is one of the best we’ve had in years,” said Ariana Cohen-Halberstam, the Artistic Director at the BJFF.  “The films selected represent all genres, from documentaries to comedies.  What they have in common is the unique perspectives offered by a group of accomplished filmmakers into how daily life is shaped by Jewish identity.  We are really looking forward to sharing these films with a wide audience across Greater Boston.”

     

    Designed for young professionals, the FreshFlix series will celebrate new voices in Jewish film.  8 screenings will be held throughout the festival, including a short film competition honoring Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. 

     

    Other series include Pushing Boundaries, a short film program about individuals who are stepping outside their comfort zone; BJFF Jr., an afternoon screening of family-friendly films; TLV-TV, featuring some of the biggest television hits out of Israel; and a series of surprise screenings that will be announced as the festival draws closer.

     

    The Boston Jewish Film Festival will take place at 11 theaters, including AMC Framingham, Arlington Capital Theatre, Brattle Theatre, Coolidge Corner Theatre, JCC Greater Boston Riemer-Goldstein Theater, Maynard Fine Arts Theatre Place, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, NewBridge on the Charles, Showcase Cinema de Lux at Patriots’ Place, Somerville Theatre, and the West Newton Cinema.  Tickets for individual screenings can be purchased online at www.bjff.org, by phone at 888-615-3332 or in person at cinema box offices. Festival passes are available online or by phone from the BJFF office. For the full film schedule or for additional information, visit www.bjff.org

     

    The Boston Jewish Film Festival, a not-for-profit arts organization, celebrates the richness of the Jewish experience through film and media. Throughout the year, the Festival engages and inspires the community to explore the full spectrum of Jewish life, values, and culture. 


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    32nd International Short Film Festival Berlin

    14 - 20 November 2016

    500 films in 50 programs, 6 competitions, 9 cinemas and 4 inner-city districts
    Check out the festival program - and timetable - and  trailer

    Program

    6 Competitions
    The festival flagships: International Competition, Confrontations Competition, Documentary Competition, German Competition, Green Film Competition and Eject - more here

    2 Foreign Focuses
    This year's focus is on Italy and China - more here

    Delikatessen
    A thematic treasure trove comrising 13 programs - more here

    Clips & Tracks
    Rhythmically visual indulgence - more here

    Guest Programs
    Exciting programs from visiting international guests  - more here

    Extended Vision
    New technologies, new challenges and visions - more here

    interforum
    The Script Pitch, masterclasses, talks, meet & greets and much more - more here

    be a better being
    Partner project with Die Junge Akademie at Deutsche Kinemathek - more here

    Events
    An overview of all events - click here

     

    New events and new locations

    #new - Zeiss Großplanetarium Kino
    Tue., 15.11. - Relief - Best of Courant 3D - and daily screenings

    #new - Hackesche Höfe Kino
    Wed., 16. 11. - Zebra Poetry Gala - and daily screenings

    #new - Zeiss Großplanetarium Kuppelsaal
    Wed., 16.11. - 360 Degrees - Virtual Reality meets Full Dome

    #new - Eiszeit Kino
    - daily screenings

    and classic interfilm locations:

    Volksbühne
    Mon., 14.11. - Festival Opening Gala / Thur., 17.11. - Sound & Vision / Fri. 18.11. - Eject Night

    Babylon
    Screenings at 3 cinemas

    Roter Salon and Grüner Salon at the Volksbühne
    Daily screenings

    Passage Kinos Neukölln
    Daily screenings

    Il KIno
    Daily screenings

    Heimathafen Neukölln
    Sun., 20.11. - interfilm Awards Ceremony

    The Grand
    Sat., 19.11. - The Grand Party - and diverse interforum sessions

     

    News

    Festival pass: Early bird discount
    Order a festival pass before November 2nd and pay only € 42 instead of € 50 click here

    Seeking accommodation for Festival filmmakers
    We're expecting 400 guests from all over the world. Got a spare bed or couch for visiting filmmakers?  click here

    Wanted- Festival volunteers!
    Join the interfilm team: We're still looking for volunteers for the festival - click here

    Accreditation registration now open
    Industry professionals and members of the press are welcome to apply - click here

    Register for interforum
    interfilm's fringe program for industry guests and film afficionados comprises the Script Pitch, masterclasses, talks, meet & greets and much more - click here - please register via interforum@interfilm.de.
     

    We're looking forward to a wonderful festival and heaps of guests from near and far!

     

     

     

     

     

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    Academy Award winning actress Natalie Portman will be honored with the 2016 Israel Film Festival Achievement in Film Award, Oscar nominated and Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actress Sharon Stone will receive the 2016 Israel Film Festival Career Achievement Award and Jay Sanderson will accept the 2016 Israel Film Festival Community Leadership Award on behalf of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, at the 30th Anniversary of the Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles gala dinner on Wednesday, November 9th at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, announced Festival Founder and Executive Director Meir Fenigstein. Serving as Honorary Chairman of the Festival is Arnon Milchan, owner of New Regency Productions. 

    The 30th edition of the Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles runs November 9th – 23rd.  Festival screenings will take place at the Laemmle Ahrya Fine Arts (Beverly Hills) and the Laemmle Town Center 5 (Encino).  The Opening Night film, on November 10th, is Emil Ben-Shimon’s The Women’s Balcony, a US Premiere, to be held at the Steve Tisch Cinema Center in the Saban Theatre (Beverly Hills).  

    “Celebrating three remarkable decades as the undisputed leader in enriching U.S audiences with the award winning and critically praised productions of Israel’s thriving film and television industries, I am absolutely thrilled that the Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles continues to highlight the incredible forces behind Israel’s internationally recognized creative community,” noted Fenigstein.  “In addition, the magnificent body of work of this year’s honorees Natalie Portman and Sharon Stone as well as The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles contributions to helping bridge Hollywood to Israel, continually emboldens and inspires audiences worldwide to the best that Israel has to offer.”  

    Among this year’s highlights are the narrative feature films Beyond the Mountains and Hills, The Last Band in Lebanon, One Week and a Day, Our Father, Sand Storm, Wounded Land and Amor.  The documentaries include On the Map, which is the Festival’s Centerpiece event, Forever Pure, Presenting Princess Shaw, The Settlers and Who’s Gonna Love Me Now.

    Filmmakers from Israel will attend this year’s Festival, accompanying their films and participating in Q & A sessions, include:

    Elite Zexer, Director of Sand Storm
    Asaph Polonsly, Director of One Week and a Day
    Meni Yaesh, Director of Our Father
    Maya Zinshtein, Director of Forever Pure
    Dani Menkin, Director and Nancy Spielberg, Executive Producer of On the Map
    Itizk Krichli, Director & Producer and Elad Gavish, Producer of The Last Band in Lebanon
    Raphael Rebibo, Director of Amor
    Estee Mecklberg, Producer of Sand Storm & AKA Nadia

    Natalie Portman has won international recognition for her work on screen and stage, as well as behind the camera. On screen, Portman has starred in over twenty-five films. She made her debut in Luc Besson's 1994 film, THE PROFESSIONAL, and went on to star in HEAT, ANYWHERE BUT HERE (Golden Globe nomination), WHERE THE HEART IS, COLD MOUNTAIN, GARDEN STATE, CLOSER (Academy Award® nomination and Golden Globe Award), V FOR VENDETTA, THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL, NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU, THE OTHER WOMAN, BROTHERS, YOUR HIGHNESS, THOR and its sequel THOR: THE DARK WORLD. Additionally, she starred in George Lucas' STAR WARS: EPISODE 1 THE PHANTOM MENACE, STAR WARS: EPISODE II ATTACK OF THE CLONES, and STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH.  

    She portrays Jacqueline Kennedy in Pablo Larrain’s film, JACKIE premiered to rave reviews at the Venice International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival and will be released by Fox Searchlight in December 2016.

    Portman has also taken on a variety of roles behind the lens.  She wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the upcoming A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS, which had its world premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and its North American premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.  The story, based on the memoir by Amos Oz, revolves around Oz’s childhood in Jerusalem in the period following the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of the State of Israel, in addition to his teenage years on a kibbutz.  Portman’s credits also include EVE, which she wrote and directed.  She also wrote and directed the short film NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU.

    Portman received her second Academy Award® nomination and first Best Actress win for her performance in Darren Aronofsky's critically acclaimed film, BLACK SWAN. For her role, Portman also received a Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Critics Choice Award.

    Sharon Stone began her career in New York, working as an internationally successful model in print and as an actor appearing in network television. Sharon caught the eye of Woody Allen, and subsequently made her film debut in, STARDUST MEMORIES.  In 1992, she starred in the blockbuster, BASIC INSTINCT, and in 1995, Sharon earned a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award nomination for her role in Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed CASINO.  Other film credits include, THE MUSE, SPHERE, TOTAL RECALL, SLIVER, BOBBY, THE QUICK AND THE DEAD, ALPHA DOG, FADING GIGOLO, and LOVELACE.  Stone earned an Emmy Award for her role on THE PRACTICE, and in 2015 starred in the TNT drama series, AGENT X. Most recently, Stone is appearing in the features, THE MASTERPIECE, directed by James Franco, and MOSAIC, directed by Steven Soderbergh.

    In 1995, at the Cannes Film Festival, Sharon stepped in for Dame Elizabeth Taylor at the amfAR Gala; she has continued her worked with the organization for 20 years as the Global Fundraising Chairperson, raising hundreds of millions to find a cure, and achieving major treatment advances including pediatric care for those suffering from AIDS.  Sharon is a Knight Commander of France, and in 2002, the HRC (Human Rights Campaign) honored Sharon for her contribution in combatting the AIDS epidemic. She was presented the ‘Global Institutes Healthcare & Medicine Humanitarian Award’ by a special assembly of one hundred of the nation’s most prestigious doctors. In 2005, Sharon wrote the lyrics for the title track song, “Come Together Now” for the charity relief album for Hurricane Katrina released by Universal Records Company. In 2007, Sharon received a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Edinboro State University. Sharon is a committee chair with YALA, a ground breaking young people’s peace initiative, and she has co-chaired Planet Hope providing care to single mothers and children for decades. In 2013, Sharon was honored by the Nobel Peace Laureates at the Nobel Peace Summit, in Poland, where she was given the ‘Peace Summit Award’ by His Holiness the Dalai Lama for her continuous humanitarian work.

    Jay Sanderson, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Jewish Federation of Greater LosAngeles, will be accepting the 2016 IFF Community Leadership Award on behalf of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

    Prior to joining the Jewish Federation, Sanderson was an award-winning filmmaker and television executive.  His credits include the landmark PBS series “The Jewish Americans” and “Worse Than War,” the most expansive documentary on worldwide genocide ever produced.  In Jay’s extensive media career, he has produced several major projects and in Israel including “No Safe Place”. 

     

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles began building the bridge between Hollywood and Israel twenty-five years ago.  The Federation’s groundbreaking “Master Class” introduced Israel’s exciting film and television industry to Hollywood.  With the Federation’s countless Hollywood Missions to Israel the Federation has exposed Hollywood’s most prominent executives, producers, directors, agents and actors to Israel and introduced Israel’s leading filmmakers, executives, writers and actors to Hollywood.

     

    FEATURE FILMS:

     

    THE WOMEN’S BALCONY – Opening Night Film
    Dir: Emil Ben-Shimon
    US Premiere

     

    When the women’s balcony of the synagogue collapsed in the middle of a bar mitzvah, nobody assumed that the cause was anything more than bad architecture—that is, until Rabbi David announced that it was actually a message from God. The charismatic young rabbi warns that the men of the community haven’t done enough to ensure the modesty of their women… creating a rift between the community’s men and women that puts faith, friendships, and traditions to the test. See why TIFF called it “a rousing, good-humored tale of women speaking truth to power.”| 2016, 96 Min

     

    2016 TIFF—Official Selection

     

    ONE WEEK AND A DAY
    Dir: Asaph Polonsky

     

    It is one day after the end of shiva, when an Israeli couple’s ritual mourning for their son must end, when the routine of daily life must resume… but not just yet. Desperate for answers, a grieving father steals his late son’s medical marijuana and hangs out with his estranged neighbor’s son while his wife struggles to return to her daily routine—fighting off school teachers, stray kittens, and dental clinic workers. It all takes place in the span of a single, life-changing day, “Confidently directed and beautifully played.”—Hollywood Reporter. “Puts the ‘high’ in l’chayim.”—Variety. | 2016, 98 Min

    2016 Cannes—Official Selection
    2016 Ophir Awards Nominee—Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenwriter

    OUR FATHER
    Dir: Meni Yaish
    US Premiere

    Each night, Ovadia Rachmim dispenses a kind of justice. As the powerful, violent doorman of a Tel Aviv night club, he doesn’t like to start fights, but he knows how to finish them. He’s also trying to become a father: and this is what finally becomes Ovadia’s undoing. Desperate to save his marriage and build a family, this scarred but fundamentally decent man allows himself to be drawn into a life of crime, putting his life and conscience in jeopardy. Real-life husband and wife acting duo, Moris Cohen and Rotem Zisman Cohen, star in this gritty tale of underworld brutality and conflicting loyalties. | 2016, 105 Min

    2016 Ophir Awards Winner- Best Actor & Nominee—Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenwriter

     

    SAND STORM
    Dir: Elite Zexer

    In a remote Bedouin village in southern Israel, a wedding is taking place. It ought to be an occasion to celebrate… but for a Bedouin woman named Jalila, it’s anything but. Tthe groom is her husband—and the marriage is to a second, much younger wife. As she endures this indignity, Jalila must also contend with a  free-spirited daughter who’s determined to pursue a forbidden love. Female empowerment clashes with traditional male dominance in this riveting, intimate tale of love and betrayal. | 2016, 87 Min

    2016 Festival del film Locarno—Official Selection
    2016 Ophir Awards Winner—Best Picture, Israel entry to the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

    BEYOND THE MOUNTAINS & HILLS
    Dir: Eran Kolirin
    US Premiere

    What does it mean to “come home” when the home you knew no longer exists? Discharged from the army after a lifetime of military service, a veteran named David struggles to adapt to the “new Israel” of material success. When a friend suggests working for a company making dietary supplements, David sees it as a chance to rebuild his life. But this decision only gets him further entangled in a dark web of forces that are all too present in modern Israel. Writer-director Eran Kolirin (The Band’s Visit, The Exchange) weaves this intricate tale of a country in transition. 

    2016 Cannes – Official Selection, Un Certain Regard
    2016 Ophir Awards Nominee—Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenwriter

    EVERYTHING IS BROKEN UP AND DANCES
    Dir: Kony Geffen
    US Premiere

    Shy young Nony grew up hearing about his namesake Uncle Amnon, a brilliant musician who never quite broke into stardom. Now a grown man, Nony has been called to the reserves to fight—and, after his frontline experiences in the Third Lebanon War leave him badly traumatized, he returns home shattered and shell-shocked. Then Nony has an astonishing revelation—he is, in fact, his Uncle Amnon, returned to fulfill his musical destiny. Urged by his psychiatrist, his friends and relatives have no choice but to play along. | 2016, 85 Min

     

    ABULELE
    Dir: Jonathan Geva
    US Premiere

     

    Monsters aren’t always to be feared: that’s what 10-year-old Adam discovers when an ancient creature known as Abulele finds him. Ever since losing his brother in a car crash, the boy has been plagued with guilt, struggling with bullies at school and grief-distracted parents at home. Then he meets the Abulele—an ancient creature who turns out to be far gentler than his bear-sized bulk might suggest. The two outcasts soon become fast friends. Abulele helps Adam deal with his tormentors, and Adam puts himself at risk to protect his new friend from Special Forces in pursuit. | 2015, 96 Min

    WOUNDED LAND
    Dir: Erez Tadmor
    Los Angeles Premiere

    How well do you really know the partner who’s watching your back? Officer Kobi Amar and his Region Commander Yehuda Neumann, longtime partners in the Haifa police force, think they know each other inside out. Then a brutal terror attack forces one of them to take sides against the other—pitting professional duty against personal loyalties in a tautly paced thriller with surprise twists at every turn. | 2015, 80 Min

    2015 Ophir Awards - Winner, Best Actor, Best Director & Nominee—Best Picture

    AMOR
    Dir: Rafael Rebibo
    US Premiere

    After years of wandering, Daniel returns to his childhood home in Israel… only to find that the love of his life, a former ballet teacher, lies bedridden and without hope of recovery. Daniel’s love for her faces its ultimate test: can he do the unimaginable and give her the release she cannot bring to herself… and what price will he pay for his decision?  | 2016, 82 Min

    FOUR BY FOUR
    Dir: Shay Kanot
    US Premiere

    A reckless boast leads to catastrophe in this wild tale of an off-road vehicle that goes way off the map. Hoping to win a promotion from his thrill-seeking boss, a high-tech employee named Motti spins tales of a fantastic beach resort—then has to spin a series of increasingly unwieldy lies to keep his boss from finding out that the fabled resort doesn’t exist! Lost in the perilous Sinai Peninsula, Motti and his co-workers wind up on the run from hostile Bedouin and aided by a sheikh’s gun-toting daughter. But who gets the promotion? | 2016, 93 Min

    MR. PREDICTABLE
    Dir: Roee Florentin
    US Premiere

    When Adi was five years old, his father made him swear to be a good boy and always be responsible. Then his father died in the war in Lebanon, leaving Adi no choice but to keep his promise for life. Years later, a computer error causes Adi to believe that he’s got cancer—and suddenly all those years of being “predictable” seem like a tragic waste of time. Fortunately Adi meets sweet, free-spirited Natalia, who seems to have no fear of life… and has to choose between a steady, predictable existence and a chance at genuine happiness. | 2016, 103 Min

    THE LAST BAND IN LEBANON
    Dir: Ben Bachar & Itzik Kricheli
    US Premiere

    Set against the May, 2000 Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, this upbeat, offbeat comedy follows three reserve soldiers, members of a military rock band, who wake up one morning to discover they’ve been left behind. Caught between Hezbollah fighters and disgruntled Lebanese military, the three use the only tools at their disposal—their musical instruments—to chart their way through hostile territory and find a way home. | 2016, 98 Min

     

    TV SERIES

     

    THE WRITER
    Creator: Sayed Nashua, Dir: Shay Capon
    Los Angeles Premiere

    Narrative skirts the line of reality in The Writer, an autobiographical program from Sayed Kashua, the creator of the hit series Arab Labor. The show centers on Kateb, a thinly fictionalized version of Kashua, who’s just created a hit TV series named (you guessed it) Arab Labor. Able to shift easily between the two cultures, Kateb nonetheless feels trapped in the gilded cage of success. The series deftly explores the hybrid Israeli-Palestinian experience and the price of living between two worlds. | 2016, 75 Min

     

     

    SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO THE LATE RONIT ELKABETZ 

     

    GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIAN AMSALEM

    Dir: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elzabetz

    In Israel, there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce. Only a rabbi can legitimize or dissolve a marriage… and both require the consent of the husband, who in the end often has more power than the judges. Trapped in a loveless marriage for three years, Viviane Amsalem is determined to defy both her husband and the authorities to win her freedom. Her husband’s intransigence, the unsparing eye of public opinion, and the ambiguous role of the judges put justice itself on trial. | 2014, 115 Min

     

    THE BAND’S VISIT
    Dir: Eran Kolirin

    Strangers in a strange land, eight Egyptian members of the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra arrive by mistake in a small town in Israel’s Negev Desert. With no means to leave or any hotels to stay at, they’re forced to seek refuge at a restaurant owned by Dina (Ronit Elkabetz) who comes to their rescue—overcoming ethnic barriers to offer food, lodging, and much-needed sympathy to the wandering band. | 2007, 87 Min

     

    DOCUMENTARY FILMS

    ON THE MAP – Festival Centerpiece
    Dir: Danny Menkin
    Los Angeles Premiere

    They called it “The Miracle on Hardwood.” Victorious yet badly demoralized after the Yom Kippur war, Israel in the 1970s was hungry for inspiration and healing. Then a Tel Aviv basketball team—the one nobody thought could win—defied all expectations to challenge the European champions and put Israel “on the map.” Directed by Danny Menkin, On the Map features interviews with the athletes who made history, and offers a pulse-pounding chronicle of Israeli heroes, fans, and a nation re-energized and triumphant against all odds.  | 2015, 78 Min

    TWILIGHT OF A LIFE
    Dir: Sylvain Biegeleisen
    West Coast Premiere

    The mother of director Sylvain Biegeleisen is 94 years old… but in her mind, she is still twenty. Confined to bed, she spends hours with her son—laughing, singing, and offering kisses while he records every moment. At times she’s lucid, recalling her life with assertiveness and astonishing clarity. More and more, though, her loss of memory leaves her no way to communicate except through smiles, gestures, the language of touch and affection. The result is a tale of laughter, optimism, and the joy of life in its last precious hours. “I’m always fighting,” says the mother. “There’s always something worth holding out for.” | 2015, 70 Min

    2016 Ophir Awards Nominee—Best Documentary

    THE WONDERFUL KINGDOM OF PAPA ALAEV
    Dir: Tal Barda, Noam Pinchas
    West Coast Premiere

    Nearly 80, Allo “Papa” Alaev rules his celebrated folk music clan with an iron tambourine. Since the day he decreed his family would immigrate to Israel, he’s micro-managed every aspect of their lives, onstage and off. From every meal they prepare to the instruments his children play, his word has been absolute law. Now Papa is growing too old to maintain control. How will the family adapt to new musical directions and long-suppressed personal dreams? The show must go on—but who will keep this extraordinary family band together?  | 2016, 74 Min

    2016 HotDocs Official Selection

    FOREVER PURE
    Dir: Maya Zinshtein
    Los Angeles Premiere

    For years, Beitar Jerusalem F.C. was the only Israeli football club never to sign an Arab player. Then, midway through its 2012-13 season, the popular club’s owner, Russian-Israeli oligarch Arcadi Gaydamak, took the extraordinary step of bringing on two Muslim players from Chechnya. It was meant to begin a bright new era in Israeli sports: instead it inspired a racist backlash that sent the club spiraling out of control and exposed an ugly divide within Israeli society that has yet to heal. | 2016, 85 Min

    2016 Jerusalem Film Festival Official Selection

    PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW
    Dir: Dalya Mevorach, Danny Dotan

    Thousands of times each day, men and women around the world post their innermost selves to YouTube… like so many messages in bottles, cast on an indifferent ocean. Few of these “bottles” are ever seen again—but one such video did find an audience, and it wound up changing a great many lives. This is the true story of New Orleans native Samantha Montgomery, who each night sang her heart out on YouTube as “Princess Shaw,” reaching only a handful of listeners—until Tel Aviv musician Ophir “Kutiman” Kuitel discovered her, and brought her extraordinary voice to a whole new audience. | 2015, 83 Min

    2016 Ophir Awards Winner—Best Documentary

    THE SETTLERS
    Dir: Shimon Dotan
    Los Angeles Premiere

    Who are the settlers? What motivates them to uproot their families to make their homes in the most contested areas in the world, surrounded by hostile neighbors? The answers may surprise you. To some, they are patriots and heroes… to others, they are invaders and troublemakers. Yet, in stark contrast to the image created by the news, the settlers are a diverse community with deeply personal reasons for living on the knife’s edge. This astonishing documentary seeks answers that go far beyond the headlines. | 2016, 100 Min

    2016 Ophir Awards Nominee—Best Documentary

    WHO’S GONNA LOVE ME NOW?
    Dir: Barak Heymann & Tomer Heymann
    Los Angeles Premiere

    A 39-year-old Israeli living in London discovers he is HIV-positive and begins a journey of reconciliation with his deeply religious family in Israel. This profoundly moving British-Israeli co-production contrasts the expatriate’s difficulties finding acceptance at home with the life he’s built in England as a member of the London Gay Male Chorus. This film does not keep its distance: family, friends, and the film’s protagonist are seen in close, spontaneous moments of laughter, confrontation, and forgiveness.  | 2016, 85 Min

    2016 Berlin International Film Festival Winner—Best Documentary

     

    SHORT FILMS

     

    AN AVERAGE STORY
    Dir: Yaniv Segalovich
    US Premiere

    How average are you? Avi Cohen gets the answer to that question—with a vengeance—on the day he learns that he’s officially the most average man in Israel. This ought to be good news, since it instantly transforms him into a national icon. Unfortunately, Avi’s plans with his wife to capitalize on their good fortune goes unpredictably awry. | 2015, 18 Min

    2016 Ophir Awards Nominee—Best Short Feature

     

    ANNA
    Dir: Or Sinai
    Los Angeles Premiere

    In the dog days of summer, a woman in her thirties finds herself unexpectedly alone. She wanders her small desert hometown, yearning to feel like a woman again… even in the arms of a complete stranger. This debut film from Or Sinai took first prize at the Cinefondation Selection, the world’s highest-profile film school student competition. | 2016, 40 Min

    2016 Ophir Awards Nominee—Best Short Feature
    First Prize—Cinefondation Selection 

    THE AMBASSADOR’S WIFE
    Dir: Dina Zvi-Riklis
    Los Angeles Premiere

    After the murder of her diplomat husband, an Eritrean woman named Yerusalem is forced to flee Paris and now finds herself an illegal refugee in a decrepit area of Tel Aviv. The short film is the creation of award-winning director Dina Zvi-Riklis, whose feature Three Mothers was nominated for nine Ophir Awards. | 2016, 40 Mins

    2016 Ophir Awards Nominee—Best Short Feature

     

     

    SHORT DOCS

     

    DOWN THE DEEP, DARK WEB
    Dir: Tzachi Schiff, Duki Dror

    If you’ve heard anything at all about the Darknet, you’ve most likely been taught to fear it: this hidden side of the Internet is said to be a den of hitmen for hire and outlets for the most depraved aspects of the human psyche. If this is all you know, then prepare to have your expectations overturned. This short film goes beyond rumor and hype to reveal the deepest secrets of the Internet’s hidden side, exposing how activists from around the world fight on the frontier of this invisible battleground, protecting the freedoms we all hold dear. | 2016, 56 Min

    2016 Jerusalem Film Festival Official Selection
    2016 Ophir Awards Nominee—Best Short Documentary

    THE MUTE’S HOUSE
    Dir: Tamar Kay
    Los Angeles Premiere

    Abandoned by its Palestinian owners, the deserted building in Hebron is known to Israeli soldiers as “The Mute’s House”—its only occupants are a deaf woman, Sahar, and her eight-year-old son Yousef. The family’s unique story, a touching counterpoint to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is told through the eyes of the young and charismatic Yousef as he goes about his daily routine in the heart of a city torn apart by hatred and violence. | 2015, 31 Min

    2015 IDFA—International Documentary Film Festival
    2016 Ophir Awards Nominee—Best Short Documentary 

    SHALOM ITALIA
    Dir: Tamar Tal Anati
    US Premiere

    One night, three brothers fled their home in Tuscany and hid in a cave to escape the Nazis. Seventy years later, they return to a region famous for its zest for life, searching for the cave that sheltered them, hoping it will reconcile their conflicting memories of that night. | 2016, 70 Min

    2016 DocAviv—Official Selection
    2016 Ophir Awards Nominee—Best Short Documentary

     

    For 30 years, the Festival has presented over 900 feature films, documentaries, television dramas and short films to close to million filmgoers and brought hundreds of Israeli filmmakers to the U.S. to share their art.  The Israel Film Festival is produced by IsraFest Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization created in 1982.  Among the Sponsors of the 30th Israel Film Festival are long-time partners Saban Charitable Fund, Adelson Family Foundation, Millennium Films, Israel Film Fund, The Hollywood Reporter, Rabinovich Foundation, Variety, Eclipse, The IAC (Israeli American Council), The ATLS World Wide, Maurice Marciano Family Foundation, Diane & Guilford Glazer Foundation, Bank Leumi USA, Four Seasons Hotel, The Orlando Hotel, Clear Channel, New Regency Productions and the Israel Consulate in Los Angeles, to name a few. 

     

    Ticket sales start OCTOBER 27th

    To attend the 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner of the Israel Film Festival, or to purchase tickets contact IsraFest Foundation:

    Office: 310.247.1800 • Email: info@IsraelFilmFestival.org

     

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    Today the program of the 27th edition of the Stockholm International Film Festival is announced. 200 films from 70 countries will be screened during the festival November 9-20.

    - We are very proud over this year’s exciting program with 200 films from 70 countries. Our new section Discovery presents only new directors which results in a large number of new filmmakers. Stockholm Visionary Award is awarded to the French director François Ozon and Spotlight: Identity presents films about the journey to a new identity, says Git Scheynius, festival director of Stockholm Film Festival.   

    The Stockholm Film Festival inaugurates with Ken Loach’s praised film I, Daniel Blake. The middle film is Birth of a Nation by Nate Parker. Kenneth Lonergans Manchester by the Sea closes the festival. The festival will, as previously mentioned, be visited by Francis Ford Coppola who will attend two events during the festival.

    Tickets are for sale starting today, Tuesday October 18, 11 am exclusively for members, at www.stockholmfilmfestival.se. The Festival Centre at Kulturhuset opens October 25. You can purchase the tickets and get the festival program there.  

    Press releases about this year’s program:

    The Program

    http://files.stockholmfilmfestival.se/press/releaser/2016/161018_program_eng.pdf

    Up and coming actors nominated for Stockholm Rising Star Award

    http://files.stockholmfilmfestival.se/press/releaser/2016/161018_rising_star_eng.pdf

    Stockholm Film Festival presents this year’s finalists of the 1 km Film 

    http://files.stockholmfilmfestival.se/press/releaser/2016/161018_1_km_film_eng.pdf

    Stockholm Visionary Award 2016 goes to director François Ozon

    http://files.stockholmfilmfestival.se/press/releaser/2016/161018_Francois_Ozon_eng.pdf

    This year’s Spotlight at the Stockholm Film Festival is Identity

    http://files.stockholmfilmfestival.se/press/releaser/2016/161018_spotlight_eng.pdf

    Guests

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    > AFM DAILIES & PREVIEWS  American Film Market | November 2 - 9, 2016 | Santa Monica  

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    AI Film announced that it will fully finance Craig Gillespie’s upcoming “I, Tonya" (Harding)

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    Sales Executive Kristen Figeroid Joins BLOOM as President of International Sales & Distribution

    BLOOM announced today that Kristen Figeroid is joining the team as the President of International Sales & Distribution.  Figeroid will report to Alex Walton and will oversee the international licensing and distribution of BLOOM’s growing film slate.    BLOOM’s Alex Walton said: “Kristen comes with great experience, she is a highly regarded sales agent and incredibly well-liked among buyers, producers, and agents.  She has a great eye for material and...
     

    Neil Goetz New movie marketing company

    Renowned entertainment industry research outfit Screen Engine/ASI (SE/ASI) and award winning motion picture marketing executive Neil Goetz have teamed up to launch The Engine Room as a strategic creative think tank.   The Engine Room’s initial clients include Sony, The Weinstein Company, Fox and Lionsgate. The company is currently working on a number of upcoming studio and independent feature film projects.   The Engine Room has been designed as the first resource of its kind...
     

    Visual Effects master Paul Franklin (Inception, Interstellar) has come on to direct the action thriller Resurface

    FIRST TITLE GREENLIT UNDER PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN COVERT MEDIA AND BROKEN ROAD PRODUCTIONS   Visual Effects master Paul Franklin (Inception, Interstellar) has come on to direct the action thriller Resurface, it was announced today by Covert Media’s CEO Paul Hanson (District 9, W.) who is producing the film alongside Broken Road Productions’ Todd Garner (Knight and Day, True Memoirs of an International Assassin).   Written by Pete Bridges, writer of the upcoming Amblin En...
     

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    Masterclass by Asghar Farhadi today, a packed house, no photos allowed

    Farhadi was born in Homāyūnshahr (literally; auspicious city) . After 1979 the city was renamed due to Islamic Revolution to Khomeyni Shahr (literally; city of Khomeini) a city which located at Isfahan province nearby Isfahan city. He is a graduate of theatre, with a BA in Dramatic Arts and MA in Stage Direction from University of Tehran and Tarbiat Modares University, re...
     

    October 22 festivities @ Antalya Film Festival

    13.00 Festival Road Music Concert  14.00 TMR Conferences: Online Coaching with Jenna Edwards (Glass Pyramid – Attalia Hall)  16.00 Festival Road Dance Performance 17.00 Festival Road Book Signing: Kemal İnci 19.30 Sixpack Festival Road Concert Film Schedule ...
     

    October 21 festivities @ Antalya Film Festival

    13.00 Festival Road Music Concert  14.00 Familiar Faces at Festival Road (TALK)  16.00 Festival Road Dance Performance 17.00 Festival Road Book Signing: Feyzi Tuna 19.30 Festival Road Concert 21.30 Konyaaltı Open-Air Cinema Open-Air Cinema Sixty One (Film Crew in Attendance) Film Schedule ...
     

    Interview with Lamis Ammar for Sandstorm

    When their entire lives shatter, two Bedouin women struggle to change the unchangeable rules, each in her own individual way. Written and directed by  Elite Zexer, starring   Lamis Ammar, Ruba Blal, Hitham Omari The film plays in Antalya FF Out of Competition   ...
     

    The Light of Cinema Shines from Antalya during Antalya Film Festival October 16 - 23, 2016

      53rd INTERNATIONAL ANTALYA FILM FESTIVAL Opened on Sunday October 16th to a star studded black tie event was broadcast live from the Turkish Riviera.  Hosted by Festival President: Menderes Türel, The Mayor of Antalya Metropolitan Municipality and Festival Director Elif Dağdeviren, IAFF is one of the oldest and most popular film festivals in Europe and Asia, where glamor and art mingled with cinephiles and international film professionals for the week-long event in Oct...
     

    October 20 festivities @ Antalya Film Festival

    10.00 Screenwriting Workshop with Burak Göral (Glass Pyramid – Attalia Hall) 12.00 Short Film Workshop: Short Film Distribution In Europe (Glass Pyramid – Attalia Hall) 15.00 TMR Conferences: That’s a Wrap! What’s Next? (Glass Pyramid – Adrian Hall) 14.00 Familiar Faces At Festival Road (TALK) 17.00 Festival Road Book Signing: Hülya Uçansu + Arif Keskiner 13.00 Festival Road Music Concert 19.30 Festival Road Concert 21.30 Open-Air Cinema...
     

    October 19 festivities @ Antalya Film Festival

    10.00 Screenwriting Workshop with Burak Göral (Glass Pyramid – Attalia Hall) 12.00 Short Film Workshop: Festival Strategies with Roger Gonnin (Glass Pyramid – Attalia Hall) 14.00  Familiar Faces At Festival Road (TALK) 13.00 Festival Road Music Concert 16.00 Festival Road Dance Performance 17.00 Festival Road Book Signing: Menderes Samancılar 19.30 Taksim Trio Festival Road Concert Film Schedule ...
     

    October 18 festivities @ Antalya Film Festival

    10.00 Industry tour at Perge and Antalya with alunch at Arma 10.00 Screenwriting Workshop with Burak Göral (Glass Pyramid – Attalia Hall) 14.00  Familiar Faces at Festival Road (TALK) 14.00 Directors and Actors Views with Nazan Kesal & Onur Saylak 13.00 Festival Road Music Concert 16.00 Festival Road Dance Performance 17.00 Festival Road Book Signing: Harika Uygur 19.30 Festival Road Concert Film Schedule ...
     
     

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    The Light of Cinema Shines from Antalya

    53. INTERNATIONAL ANTALYA FILM FESTIVAL Opens at the newly renovated EXPO 2016 Festival Center during star studded Ceremony   IAFF run from 16-23 October 2016   The International Antalya Film Festival (IAFF) opened to a star studded black tie event which was broadcast live on A Haber from the Turkish Riviera.  Hosted by Festival President: Menderes Türel, The Mayor of Antalya Metropolitan Municipality and Festival Director Elif Dağdeviren, IAFF is one of the ...
     

    Audrey Tautou and vintage cars are the stars of the 53rd opening of Antalya Fest

    French Star Audrey Tautou Honor Award at the festival, with Festival President, sec Menderes TÜREL and agriculture and animal Minister...   ...
     

    Hugh Hudson heads Jury for International Antalya Film Festival’s International Competition

            The jury lineup for the International Competition of the 53rd International Antalya Film Festival has been completed. British filmmaker Hugh Hudson will serve as president, alongside Andie MacDowell, Rutger Hauer, Najwa Najjar, Nursel Köse, Wash Westmoreland and Mirsad Purivatra.   Organized by Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, these respected film industry professionals will perform their duties between 16-23 October, 2016.   The jury will be ...
     

    New initiatives at 53rd Antalya Film Fest

    2016 sees the International Antalya Film Festival celebrating its 53rd edition; it continues to be the most important calendar fixture for Turkish cinema. Taking place in the ancient city of Antalya – renowned for its feasts, celebrations and festivals for over 2,500 years – the festival will once again host national and international cinema professionals and cinephiles between the 16th and 23rd of October. The Festival’s press conference was held in ...
     

    Twelve nominees are announced for the 53rd International Antalya Film Festival’s National Feature Film Competition category.

    The 53rd International Antalya Film Festival kicked off yesterday, October 16. The Festival, co-hosted by Menderes Türel, Mayor of Antalya Metropolitan Municipality and Festival President, and Elif Dağdeviren, the Festival’s Director, twelve films – including two documentaries – will contend for the Golden Orange award in the festival’s National Feature Film Competition category.   Featuring both internationally- and nationally-acclaimed films, this year...

    Presenting The Antalya Film Forum

     

    The Antalya Film Forum will be held between 19-22 October 2016, with Fiction Pitching, Documentary Pitching and Work in Progress platforms, panels, Master Classes and Case Studies. The Antalya Film Forum is a co-production and project development market established with the aim of expanding co-production opportunities primarily in Turkey, as well as in its neighboring territories and around the world, encouraging producers and directors to produce new films, and ensuring the recognition of th...

    Overview of ANTALYA Hotspot of the Turkish Riviera

    With its palm trees, year-long warm climate and roughly 200 Blue Flag-certified beaches, Antalya is one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world. But there is much more to Antalya than sea, sun and beach. Whether you are a history buff or an avid golfer, Antalya will offer you a peerless experience. Discover #Turkey #HomeOf #Antalya. Be our guest! ...

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    TALLINN BLACK NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEWS 

    The freshly unveiled 13 films in the First Features Competition trigger strong industry attention

      TALLINN BLACK NIGHTS FIRST FEATURES COMPETITION  GENERATES EARLY BUZZ   The freshly unveiled 13 films in the First Features Competition is getting considerable industry attention already, with Screen Daily and The Hollywood Reporter higlighting the dystopian UK drama The White King (on the photo) with The Littl...
     

    Man with the Binoculars makes it to Tallinn & MAMI

    by Siraj Syed Assam-born Rima Das’s first feature, Man with the Binoculars, which was screened at Cannes in the Marche (Market) du Film section on May 18, finds its place in the programmes of two prestigious festivals in successive months. First, it is the Jio MAMI Mumbai International Film Festival with STAR, which starts this week, and then it will be part of Tallinn’s Black Nights 20th year. The Man with the Binoculars is Rima Das' tender and poignant slice-of-life debut ...
     

    Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival announces First Features Competition programme line-up

    The 20th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival unveils first of the two international competition programmes, dedicated to showcasing the first feature films of filmmakers in the First Features Competition Programme. With an aim to discover and promote new talent, the festival has selected 13 world and international premieres from diverse regions. Festival Director Tiina Lokk says, “We were quite confident to return with the First Features Competition after a successful ina...

    Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary

    Reaching its 20th edition this year, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival aka PÖFF (derived from the festival’s name in Estonian), the only FIAPF-accredited (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) competitive non-specialized film festival in Northern Europe takes place on 11-27 November. Spanning over the two biggest cities of Estonia – the capital Tallinn, and Tartu – and screening at nine locations which include two Apollo multiplex cinemas, ci...

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    Mental Health Channel Online Film Festival
    December 1st 2016


    Regular Deadline October 15, 2016

    2ND ANNUAL MHC ONLINE FILM FEST

    Seeking great short films on mental health, to show them to the world

    If you have a short documentary under 20 minutes, narrative or animation featuring any kind of mental health issue, with great storytelling and powerful characters to engage audiences, we want to show it here – and we’re offering cash prizes for the best submissions. Please see the 2015 Winners and Selections here.

    The MHC OFF was created by the Mental Health Channel (MHC), a new online network creating engaging, enlightening, informative programming to help all viewers improve their mental health. SUBMIT NOW

     

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    CINEFANTASY International Short Film Screenwriting Competition 2016
    Macau (IFFAM) (December 8-13, 2016)

    Deadline October 28

    CINEFANTASY International Short Film Screenwriting Competition 2016 organized by ICFT and IFFAM 2016 OPEN for online submission via www.cineytp.com from September 30 until October 28. You will have a chance to meet closely influential film professionals and investors, win a trip to 1st International Film Festival & Awards Macau (IFFAM, December 8-13, 2016), cash prizes and even more surprises! It is a good opportunity for young filmmakers and screenwriters to show their talents on an international platform and connect directly with young talents from other countries! 

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    Ramsgate International Film and TV Festival March 23 -26, 2017

    September 30, 2016 Regular Deadline

    The first Ramsgate International Film and TV Festival will be held in Ramsgate with its stunning Royal Harbour, unique in England. It is run by the Ramsgate Film & TV Institute, which will also run a variety of screenings throughout the year to bring international independent cinema to local audiences.

    President of the Festival is Brenda Blethyn (Secret & Lies, Vera,...), BAFTA, Globe and Cannes Best Actress Winner and Oscar Nominated. Brenda will also pick the winner of the First Feature Film Category.

    The Festival focus is to show new works and help promote film makers. Screenings are complemented by a strong programme of quality events and seminars, with industry professionals of high reputation, who have already confirmed their attendance. Do check the website for more all news as they come. 
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     Garden State Film Festival 2017
    March 30 - April 2, 2017

    Deadline November 15

     

    Founded to celebrate the independent film genre, The Garden State Film Festival, a not for profit organization, offers independent filmmakers the chance to exhibit their work and gives New Jersey audiences a chance to experience new, cultural, and artistic endeavors through the medium of film.

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    Montreal International Animation Film Festival - ANIMAZE August 17 – 20, 2017


    Earlybird Deadline November 1, 2016

    In partnership with filmfestivals.com

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

     

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    New York Festivals  
    The 2017 Television & Film Awards gala will take place at the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas on April 25th, 2017

    Deadline October 15

    The New York Festivals International TV & Film Awards honors the World’s Best TV and Films at its annual gala at NAB Show in Las Vegas on April 25th. Founded in 1957, NYF TV & Film Awards offers a powerhouse of categories including: 30 categories for documentaries and dozens of categories for news, drama and performers. New York Festivals welcomes network, studio, independent, and student productions of all lengths across all platforms. Late entries accepted until January 5th, 2017. For more information visit: http://www.newyorkfestivals.com/tvfilm/

    NYF TV & Film Awards New Categories for 2017: Heroes, Ecotourism, and Best Use of Technology

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    The Myrtle Beach International Film Festival April 19 – 22, 2017

    The Myrtle Beach International Film Festival has been awarded several prestigious awards including one of the "Top 25 film festivals worth the entry fee" by Movie Maker Magazine. The MBIFF screens projects in a multi-million dollar theater, housing state of the art technology. 
    Being billed as the East Coast's answer to Sundance, the MBIFF has a reputation for outstanding films including writings and blogs making the statement that the MBIFF has the best film line up in the World. We continue to be a venue for up and coming film makers as well as seasoned professionals. Many of the filmmakers will be in attendance with their films, and will be available for Q&A sessions.

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    Fantasporto 2017 February 24 - March 4, 2017

    EARLY ENTRY DEADLINE: OCTOBER 30TH, 2016!  

    Fantasporto’2017 | Oporto International Film Festival announces our Call for Film Entries for the 37th annual festival, running February 24th till March 4th.

    This Call is for Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi features and shorts in the Fantasy competition. The Director’s Week is for features only, in all genres except fantasy.

    Deadlines for Entries for 2017 edition are October 30th (Early Call) and December 5th (Final Call).

    Films can be submitted now using the film submission website www.fantasporto.com

    Fantasporto enjoys incredible loyalty and support from the large film-appreciating community all over the World. In the last edition, Fantasporto was attended by over 20,000 enthusiastic genre film fans and over 200 members of the film press and industry.

    Considered in 2015 as the first of the independent film festivals in the world by TRIPPER, Fantasporto is among the top film festivals  for the discovery of new talent, having revealed countless of now famous directors, producers and actors.

    The World Heritage City by UNESCO of Porto, twice considered Europe’s Best Touristic Destination,  is another factor adding interest . Founded in 1981, the 37th edition has the support of the Portuguese State.

    Check the  Regulations on the site www.fantasporto.com.

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    India’s tiny northern neighbour Bhutan at Jio MAMI’s 18th Mumbai FF with Star

    India’s tiny northern neighbour Bhutan at Jio MAMI’s 18th Mumbai FF with Star A nine-member Bhutanese delegation, led by Dasho Karma W Penjor, Honourable Secretary of Ministry of Information and Communications, will participate in the Mumbai. Other members will include important members of Department of Information and Media, and members from the Bhutan Film Association. Bhutan is known as ‘The Land of the Thunder Dragon’ at the Festival. Supported by governme...
     

    WIM WENDERS AND ERROL MORRIS present acclaimed doc "NATIONAL BIRD" directed by SONIA KENNEBEC

    ATIONAL BIRD, directed by SONIA KENNEBECK and executive produced by WIM WENDERS and ERROL MORRIS opens in Los Angeles on November 18 and other cities nationwide including San Francisco and New York. Winning audiences over at Berlin, Tribeca, San Francisco, and Sheffield Film Festivals, NATIONAL BIRD follows the incredible dramatic journey of three whistleblowers who are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial current affairs issues of our time: the secret U.S...
     

    Twelve of the most recent Eastern European films will premiere at FilmFest Cottbus, compiting for the 'Lubina'

     
    Twelve entries from 18 co-production countries will compete for the main prize and the Lubina award sculpture at the FilmFestival Cottbus. The Short Feature Competition will feature ten more premières, including four international premières. From 8 to 13 November, the festival will present for the 26th time contemporary Eastern European cinema with about 200 individual entries from 45 countries.   Mature débuts and repeated success - With Rusudan Glurjidze (HOUSE OF O...
     
     

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    Enoc The Resplendent Stargate by Martha Marin Premiering in Cannes

    World premiere in Cannes

    An artistic journey between fiction and documentary film at the same time, throughout space, time, dimensions, light and music, that are conducting through the full sequence to a live experience of Enoc the Resplendent Stargate Energy®

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    Paranoid Girls 

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

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

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    Revolution by Rob Stewart (Sharkwater) 

    over 40 festival wins so far

    Eco Documentary feature film by Rob Stewart April 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. 

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    Stockholm Film Festival presents this year’s film program

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    30th Israel Film Festival in LA: Portman, Stone, JFed, Movies, more

    Academy Award winning actress Natalie Portman will be honored with the 2016 Israel Film Festival Achievement in Film Award, Oscar nominated and Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actress Sharon Stone will receive the 2016 Israel Film Festival Career Achievement Award and Jay Sanderson will accept the 2016 Israel Film Festival Community Leadership Award on behalf of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, at the 30th Anniversary of the Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles gala dinner on Wed...
     

    The lineup of the 32nd International Short Film Festival Berlin

      32nd International Short Film Festival Berlin 14 - 20 November 2016 500 films in 50 programs, 6 competitions, 9 cinemas and 4 inner-city districts Check out the festival program - and timetable - and  trailer Program 6 Competitions The festival flagships: International Competition, Confrontations Competition, Documentary Competition, German Competition, Green Film Competition and Eject - more here 2 Forei...
     

    Boston Jewish Film Festival Announces 2016 Official Selections

     
    The Boston Jewish Film Festival has announced the official selections for this year’s festival.  Thirty-eight films have been selected and will be screened from November 9-21, 2016.  Covering topics from same sex marriage to how the Holocaust is represented in the world of social media, the 2016 Boston Jewish Film Festival will explore the evolution of the Jewish identity in the 21st century and how individual characters wrestle with linking the past to who they are now.   ...
     

    Film Budgeteers Award at the New York City Independent Film Festival

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    IVIE Student Film Awards To Be Produced by MEDIA ARTS Center San Diego

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    Director Quentin Tarantino to Present Lifetime Achievement Award to Actor Bruce Dern at Fest Forums Santa Barbara

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    60th BFI London Film Festival draws to a close

     
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    7th London Iranian Film Festival (28 Oct - 2 Nov) will open with 'The Salesman'

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    Camerimage film festival unveils competition lineups for Directors debut, Cinematographers debut and TV pilots

     
    DIRECTORS' DEBUTS COMPETITION 2016 LINE-UP!   Directors’ Debuts Competition was initiated in 2010 due to the Festival’s increasing openness to the noteworthy artists and the new film phenomena they create. The idea of creating additional competition sections was a natural consequence of our previous activities. For years we have been promoting innovative projects that combine intellectual freedom, remarkable insight into world affairs and a desire to inspire other artists ...
     

    Sketches by Nesta Morgan on Venice Film Festival : from LaLaLand to the Voyage of Time,

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    Kick off of the second annual FEELFEST the international online Festival of Documentaries, Animation and Short Films

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    Chelsea Film Festival Lineup 2016

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    Youth Film Workshop 2016 Announced

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    'A Quiet Passion' by Terence Davies and Home' by Fien Troch win at the 43rd Film Fest Gent internatinal competition

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    Carter Burwell is Best Film Composer of the Year at the 16th WSAwards, Jeff Beal is Best Television Composer of the Year

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    Awards 14th International Festival Signes de Nuit

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    Best Actress Award to Emma Stone in LaLaLand directed by Damian Chazelle at Venice Film Festival 2016 by Nesta

    Director Damian Chazelle is hitting the double chord joyously as Emma Stone wins best actress, with modern dance we’re going into a dream in the real world, playing out the rhythms of a speech pattern, nursing fantasies in La La Land until lights out…
     

    Paula Beer wins best young Actress with Frantz at Venice Film Festival by Nesta

    La Culture Francaise - Allemande is brought to the front by director Francois Ozon with Frantz, as Paula Beer wins best young actress for her portrayal, in both tongues, of a love torn soul drawn into mourning and faced with the imagery of Manet’s painting, Le Suicide
     

    Amy Adams with Nocturnal Animals director Tom Ford at Venice film Festival 2016 by Nesta

    Tom Ford directs Nocturnal Animals and Amy Adams, who he professes to be “a female version of me”, and goes onto describe “The absurdity” of “my head inside the artist, I fell in love with these women, my true self… and the red velvet sofa”, not surprisingly as Ford’s designs on colour furnish the production, and go as far as to bring inspiration to actor Jake Gyllenha
     

    Liev Schreiber as The Bleeder at Venice Film Festival 2016 sketch by Nesta

    Jaeger Le Couture winner and Actor Liev Schreiber, describes his part in The Bleeder as “The right choice”, with humour as director Philippe Faladreau provides “Something gritty and sexy in the design of the film, and embraces the flaws of the hand held camera”.
     

    Venice Film Festival, from LaLaLand to the Voyage of Time, sketches by Nesta Morgan

    Teapots and Modern Dance, at Venice   Director Damian Chazelle is hitting the double chord joyously as Emma Stone wins best actress, with modern dance we’re going into a dream in the real world, playing out the rhythms of a speech pattern, nursing fantasies in La La Land until lights out… the music casts a thin veil, a dream space as trumpeter Lee Morgan, plays blue notes on his life in Kasper Collins’s documentary, I Called Him Morgan. I draw Actress Alicia Viksa...
     

    Diane Keaton Will Receive The 45th AFI Life Achievement Award

    Actress, icon and legend Diane Keaton — one of the most beloved leading ladies in American film — will be the recipient of the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film. The award will be presented to Keaton at a Gala Tribute on June 8, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. ...

     

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          Kevin Lyman (4fini, Vans Warped Tour Owner-CEO) will moderate thisintersting panel at Fest Forums       “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”  These festival producers are leading the charge in this multib...
     

    Annette Bette Kellow- the period English rose rising to International Stardom

    Annette Bette Kellow is widely known in the UK for her vintage dance and acting roles in film, but she has now played two period International roles, both set in early century worlds. Harley and the Davidsons has just been released on Discovery Channel with an audience of 4.5million viewers on its first showing whilst BBC's Taboo, starring Tom Hardy is to be released early 2017. Taking a break from her new live show Glitterati, Annette explained that, 'Through dance, acting and movemen...
     

    EDN Online Pitching Session: Women in Opposition

     
      EDN - European Documentary Network is calling all filmmakers to submit their documentary projects for EDN's upcoming online pitching session focusing on 'Women in Opposition'. The unique format allows filmmakers to pitch their projects to financiers and decision makers in an online video conference. The submission deadline is 11 November 2016 at noon. EDN Online Pitching Sessions offer filmmakers and producers an easy and innovative way to enter the market and get access ...
     

    The Chelsea Film Festival Official 2016 Jury will select the Grand Prix Award ($10,000 camera package sponsored by Panavision), Petite Prix Award ($5000 camera package sponsored by Panavision) and 22 other prizes. • Jayce Bartok JAYCE BARTOK has appeared in numerous films and television shows as an actor, most notably Richard Linklater’s SUBURBIA, Sam Raimi’s SPIDERMAN and Tom McCarthy’s THE STATION AGENT. TV Series appearances include frequent roles on THE FOLLOWI...Digital Gym

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

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    In addition to the film program, festival venues Caligari FilmBühne, Murnau Filmtheater and Kulturpalast will also play host to a diverse supporting program featuring numerous special events from November 11th to the 20th (a full schedule can be found here).

     

    Jarmusch, Jodorowsky, Berben – Indie Star Power on the Festival Screen

     

    Getting a jump on the films’ official theatrical release dates, exground filmfest will be screening the two most recent additions to indie icon Jim Jarmusch’s filmography in the scope of the American Independents series. With PATERSON, a moving outsider portrait of a bus driver and closet poet, the American director has managed to create a literal poem of a movie (see below for details regarding a press screening of the film on Oct. 31st), while his Iggy Pop documentary GIMME DANGER turns up the volume considerably for an engaging look at the proto-punk legend and his compatriots from The Stooges.

     

    The International section also features the most recent works of two further extraordinary directors, this time from Chile. In NERUDA, Pablo Larraín (¡NO!, EL CLUB) tells the story of the beloved Nobel Prize winning poet of the same name. In ENDLESS POETRY, cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky (LA DANZA DE LA REALIDAD) reminisces on the avant-garde scene of the 1940s and 50s in a journey that is by equal turns poetic and mad.

     

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    Bringing People Together - exground filmfest’s International Guests

     

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    The guests from the Hessian documentary film EUROPA – EIN KONTINENT ALS BEUTE, which treats the root causes of the European financial crisis, are sure to provide for an interesting panel discussion. In addition to directors Christoph Schuch and Reiner Krausz, several of the film’s protagonists will also take part in the discussion after the screening, including European Parliament member Fabio De Masi and economic expert and “Mr. Dax” himself Dirk Müller.

     

    The 13th edition of the exground youth days promises to treat its young viewers to exciting stories from a wide variety of countries and cultures as well as numerous special guests, including Iranian director Mehrdad Oskouei, who will be presenting his highly acclaimed documentary STARLESS DREAMS. In his film, Oskouei manages to provide rare glimpses into the otherwise closed world of a “correctional and rehabilitation centre” for young women in Iran.

     

    Director Renārs Vimba, who won the Crystal Bear for Best Youth Film at this year’s Berlinale with his fiction feature MELLOW MUD, will be joining the festival all the way from Latvia. In Vimba’s film, 17-year-old Raya has to reconcile the topsy-turvy ups and downs of first love with her responsibility for her little brother.


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    In a record 6th edition of US in Progress Wrocław industry program (October 26-28th) taking place in the frame of the 7th American Film Festival  8 projects were presented, while 7 were eligible for the post-production in-kind awards (post-production services sponsored by the partners of the program).

    The winners of are the following:

    -           20 Weeks by Leena Pendharkar will receive a free pass to Producers’ Network at 2017 Cannes Film Festival;

    -           Desolation by David Moscow receives a soundtrack composed by Maciek Zieliński of Soundflower, Warsaw;

    -           The Inheritance by Laura Davis and Jessica Kaye is invited to color correct the movie at ColorOffOn in Warsaw;

    -           Savage Youth by Michael Curtis Johnson gets a final sound mix at Toya Studios in Lodz and acquisition offer from Ale Kino+ channel;

    -           La Barracuda by Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund is invited to benefit from color correction and deliverables at Orka Film in Warsaw as well as take the Ale Kino+ channel acquisition offer;

    -           An American in Texas by Anthony Pedone gets color correction and deliverables in Multilab (part of Krakow Technology Park) as well as creative sound design from Soundflower in Warsaw;

    -           Untitled Hasidic Film by Joshua Z. Weinstein gets image post-production (including effects and deliverables) at Warsaw’s Fixafilm.

    The awards execution will be negotiated with project producers individually on the basis of the studio’s availability.

    Western Wonderland by Reza Sixo Safai  was presented as a special screening.

    Besides presenting the projects to the professional audiences, the producers of the above projects took part in one on one meetings with European festival programmers, sales agents and distributors as well as less formal meetings. 2016 edition of US in Progress included presentations of European projects’ seeking American partners as well as discussion panels on European production system and successes and challenges of coproducing with Europe. 

    Congratulations to all the participants and many thanks to the partners and attendees!


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    AFM Events China Conference sponsored by China Beijing Film Delegation and Beijing Weying Technology Co., Ltd. Time: 9:15pm - 12:45pm Location: Fairmont Hotel, Starlight Ballroom   9:15am – 10:45am Producing in China Leaders from China’s film industry will reveal how producing in China can be different than the west. From talent and crews to culture and restrictions to the daily realities of producing and co-producing, everything will be...
     

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    Halloween is over but horror is not... Check out Horror titles from TomCat Filkms Summer HillFilms at AFM 2016

     
    HORROR LINE-UP FOR AFM 2016 FROM SUMMER HILL FILMS & TOMCAT FILMS   Unlisted Owner Horror Unlisted Owner compiles crime scene evidence of the horrific events known as the “Owner Killings” that took place on October 23,2010 and March, 23 2011. The video evidence was captured on three different personal hand held cameras and one police dash camera. Watc...

    Phone at the show 310.458.6700 ext. 333.  Line Up  I Contact Ted Chalmers I www.tomcatfilmsllc.com I www.summerhillfilms.com/

     

    NEPHILIM an animation feature film by Danny WILSON premiering at AFM

    NEPHILIM an animation feature film by Danny WILSON premiering at AFM
    Some are born, some are made, some are chosen.Based on the comic book series, NEPHILIM is a supernatural action-thriller following an atypical young priest into a mystical world of blended realities as he is cast between the ultimate confrontation between good and evil. Completed Oct 1 Genre: Animation, Action/Adventure, 3D   
    Meet Gilbert Nash during AFM I Trailer I Screener on Cinando I +1 (310) 925-3660

    Saga of Love: The Kingdom of Angels (2017) at AFM with Oksana Angel

    The inspirational fantasy film will take you on a medieval journey of two soul-mates through time, enchanting worlds, magical kingdoms and awe-inspiring dimensions of the sublime Universe. Saga of Love is an entertaining family movie and emotionally uplifting fairy tale, designed for young audiences that appreciate similar genre pieces such as Harry Potter, Avatar, Twilight, Lord of the Rings, Thor.
    Our goal is to create a film that will be commercially exploitable to a mass audience through a large worldwide distributor (Universal Pictures, Lionsgate, Netflix) by means of a theatrical exhibition, pay-per view, streaming, Virtual Reality (VR), cable broadcast and all home-video formats.

    Contact oksanaangelfilms@gmail.com I Tel: (818) 770-0222 I  www.SagaofLove.com I www.OksanaAngel.com I Facebook I Twitter I 

    PICAROON & PINKY Animation premiering at AFM

    PICAROON & PINKY Animated TV Series premiering at AFM   
    Unlikely trials and mishaps thwart a pirate's attempts to escape his predicament of isolation on an uninhabited island. Central to his failed attempts is the unlikely monkey goddess statue who suddenly springs to life. A face-off between the pair escalates to the highest level when the pirate shoots the monkey, but the monkey won't die. Instead, he attacks the pirate again and again. From here, new events unfold as we meet new animal characters and places on this enormous island. Eventually, a friendship develops between the monkey and pirate ahead of their endless misadventures and foolery.

    Screener on Cinando  I Meet Gilbert Nash at AFM  I +1 (310) 925-3660

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    AFM: IM Global’s Mundial Strikes Four-Pic Deal with MGM’s Orion (EXCLUSIVE)

    ‘A Movie Life,’ starring ‘Black Swan’s’ Vincent Cassel, leads slate Mundial Films, IM Global’s Latino film sales company, has struck a four-feature rights deal with MGM’s Orion Pictures for a Brazilian movie quartet led by “A Movie Life,” starring Vincent Cassel.   Deal represents Mundial’s first U.S. partnership, but an ever-more common combination between Hollywood studios and independent companies as majors drive ...
     

    Jessica Chastain in Susanna White’s Woman Walks Ahead from Black Bicycle Entertainment

    First-look image of Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain in Susanna White’s Woman Walks Ahead from Black Bicycle Entertainment who is financing and producing alongside Bedford Falls in association with Potboiler. IM Global is selling the international rights at AFM, with CAA handling domestic. ...
     

    Actor Ye Liu is attached to the upcoming production THE LADY AND THE PANDAS by director, Justin Chadwick

    Brian O'Shea, The Exchange CEO, announced today that Chinese super star actor Ye Liu is attached to the upcoming production THE LADY AND THE PANDAS by director, Justin Chadwick (THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL) joining Golden-Globe nominee Rebecca Ferguson (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE franchise) as her love interest.   Through his amazing performances, Ye has captured the attention of directors internationally, and has continued to reach viewers in unique and remarkable ways. Ye's talent has been...
     

    Inversion, Facing East’s $130 million sci-fi epic movie directed by Peter Segal is set to begin shooting end february

    Inversion, Facing East’s $130 million sci-fi epic movie directed by Peter Segal is set to begin principal photography on February 27th at Babelsberg studios in Berlin, and will continue in Shanghai and Chicago.   Academy Award® nominated Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained, Pulp Fiction) is in final negotiations to star as senior Homeland Security investigator John Bailey. Chinese actress Liu Yifei (“Once Upon a Time,” The Forbidden Kingdom) has...
     

    Sales on A MOVIE LIFE, THE TRACE, THE CARETAKER and SOUNDTRACK will launch at AFM

     
    Mundial, the Latino film sales subsidiary of prolific independent entertainment studio IM Global, has signed a four-picture deal with Orion Pictures, an arm of MGM, for their original language productions in Brazil, it was announced today by Mundial’s Vice President Cristina Garza and Orion Pictures.   Said Garza, “We’re incredibly excited to be working with Orion in a deeper partnership. We couldn’t be more proud to bring these movies to the international market a...
     

    Film Mode Entertainment premieres sci-fi thriller, THE GRACEFIELD INCIDENT at AFM16

    Film Mode Entertainment announces the international market premiere of sci-fi thriller, THE GRACEFIELD INCIDENT starring Mathieu Ratthe (LOVEFIELD, THE TALISMAN), Kimberly Laferriere (IN FE, SAVING HOPE), Victor Andres Turgeon-Trelles (HENRI HENRI, LE TORRENT, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD), Juliette Gosselin (19-2, EMBRASSE-MOI) and Alex C. Nachi (STONEWALL, EMOTIONAL ARITHMETIC). The film was written and directed by Mathieu Ratthe and is Ratthe’s feature directorial debut. “We’re ex...
     

    13 Films’ action thriller Extortion has been acquired by the Grindstone Entertainment Group for all North America

    13 Films’ action thriller Extortion has been acquired by the Grindstone Entertainment Group for all North America and will be distributed by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.   Written and directed by Phil Volken, the film stars Academy Award nominee Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Eion Baily (Band Of Brothers and hit TV shows “Once Upon A Time,” “Ray Donovan”), Bethany Joy Lenz (TV’s “One Tree Hill,” “Dexter”) and Danny Glover (Let...
     

    Film news (UK) Marcia do Vales set to star in supernatural horror QUAIL HOLLOW

    Having kick-assed her way through Brit zomcom Ibiza Undead, Brazilian-born actress Marcia do Vales is set to star in Quail Hollow (working title), in which she plays identical twins with some pretty scary powers.   Directed by Spaniard Javier De Prado, and produced by UK’s Templeheart Films, the supernatural horror begins shooting in locations around New Orleans in early 2017. Storyline: Identical twin sisters Sunny and Mila (played by Marcia Do Vales) are born wit...
     
     

    Killing is Killing is the horror thriller prequel to Thiago Moyses's fourth feature Hopekillers.

    Killing is Killing is the horror thriller prequel to Thiago Moyses's fourth feature Hopekillers. Synopsis Ten middle-class students invade a mansion seeking to do justice with their own hands. They are after Lord Henry Alberich, a noble man charged with raping and murdering women, released by a corrupt judge. They don’t know that the mansion is haunted by an evil creature who lives in the shadows and enjoys human blood. Now, they will attempt to escape alive from this grim beast. So...
     

    Wickid Pissa Films Announces 2016 AFM Film Slate

    Wickid Pissa Films has unveiled its slate of projects they will be pitching at the 2016 AFM in Santa Monica this week. They will be meeting with buyers and investors to produce these original screenplays and bring them to distributors and festivals across the globe in 2017. GODS & GANGSTERS The story centers on the life of Julian Toula, a Greek mobster from Hollywood and the second leader of the infamous Juicy Jive Gang. He was the right-hand man to Jimmy &ld...
     

    “BEHIND THE COVE” to be at American Film Market First US Public Screenings in L.A. and NYC.

    “BEHIND THE COVE” to be at American Film Market First US Public Screenings in L.A. and NYC. The documentary “BEHIND THE COVE: The Quiet Japanese Speak Out!” will be attending the American Film Market, one of the largest film markets in the U.S., held between November 2nd and 9th in Santa Monica, California. The filmmakers of the documentary will be present during the above dates at the Japan booth 17, and look forward to meeting industry insiders and members of the pr...
     

    Ballad in Blood by Massimo Esposti for Bell Film and distributed worldwide by TVCO premieres at AFM 2016

    BALLAD IN BLOOD by Ruggero Deodato American Premiere AFM 2016 Screening at Monica Film Center 3, Nov. 3 at 3pm Ballad in Blood, produced by Massimo Esposti for Bell Film and distributed worldwide by TVCO, marks the great return behind the camera of Ruggero Deodato, historic leading Italian horror director. His past films, like Cannibal Holocaust, just to name one, have been sold all over the world and have become "cult movies". Ballad in Blood intends to revive those glories, upd...
     

    THE NIGHT WATCHMEN By Mitchell Altieri screens today

    AFM 2016 Screening at Monica Film Center 1, Nov. 3 at 1pm From a producer of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the director of The Hamiltons, comes the next “cult movie” horror-comedy gore-fest The Night Watchmen. In this highly anticipated movie, a mistaken warehouse delivery unleashes a horde of hungry vampires and it’s up to three inept night watchmen, aided by a young rookie and a fearless tabloid journalist, to fight an epic battle against the scourge of undead that thre...
     

    I-mage Films proudly presents Space Opera, the fifth feature film by Thiago Moyses, currently in pre-production.

    I-mage Films proudly presents Space Opera, the fifth feature film by Thiago Moyses, currently in pre-production. Two astronauts are sent to the confines of the universe with a very important cargo, genetic material to colonize a new planet alike Earth. Lonely into the deep space, they will live the biggest adventure in human history, traveling a thousands years journey through the galaxy, facing supernovas, haunted space stations, strange humans from a distant future, and the ominous Star Des...
     

    Leomark Studios Named Official Film Acquisitions Officers for Olympia World Cinema Project

    Leomark Studios has been appointed to represent the World Film Institute (WFI) in acquiring titles for its Olympia World Cinema VOD Project, a joint endeavor of Dark City Media Group, WFI, and WFI sister organization The Olympia Awards. According to WFI Founder Antonio Gellini, Leomark Studios will “represent our selective taste in acquiring films for our Olympia World Cinema Project in order to give these independent filmmakers the opportunity to have their art viewed by a global audie...
     

    Devilworks enters ‘The Suicide Theory’ for AFM.

    Genre outfit Devilworks announces new titles for their AFM lineup, which includes intense Australian thriller ‘The Suicide Theory & USA Crime thriller ‘Criticsized’.   Released on NETFLIX in North America, Devilworks are repping International sales for The Suicide Theory. Directed by Dru Brown, the film tells the story of Percival, who after failing to commit suicide, pays a hit man to kill him. When that doesn't work, Percival learns that he's cursed with...
     

    Angel Grace Worldwide (AGW) brings three new titles to AFM

    THRILLER, COMEDY AND ROMANCE ADD MARKET APPEAL   Casts Include Academy AwardÒ winner Mira Sorvino, Castle’s Stana Katic, and respected award-winning UK actors Mark Lewis Jones and Michael Jibson.   AGW founder and president Michael Fister and head of sales Terese Linden Kohn will be in Santa Monica with the trio of films that feature Academy AwardÒ winner Mira Sorvino among others.   OscarÒ winner Mira Sorvino stars in Quitters, a sexy dark com...
     

    Flourishing Films LLC, a new boutique film sales outfit, introduces a new catalogue of diverse film content to AFM

     
    Flourishing Films Makes AFM Debut Selling Diverse Content      Flourishing Films LLC, a new boutique film sales outfit, announced it would introduce a new catalogue of diverse film content to worldwide distributors during the 2016 American Film Market. The company made its debut earlier this year, picking up its first film 2016 Berlin International Film Festival award-winner The Revolution Won’t Be Televised.   After previously having worked in feature acquisitions...
     

    Evolutionary Films are collaborating with FutureDude Entertainment on OCEANUS: ODYSSEY ONE

    London based production company and sales agent Evolutionary Films are excited to announce that they are collaborating with FutureDude Entertainment on OCEANUS: ODYSSEY ONE - an amazing aquatic epic, set onboard a spectacular underwater research facility which becomes humanity’s last hope for survival after an earth shattering cataclysm in the mid-21st Century.   Created as the ultimate city beneath the sea, the Oceanus Research Facility is a wondrous structure housing more than 3...
     

    Corbus, Independent Michigan Film Company, Launches I Victim Interactive Horror Film

    Independent Michigan Film Company Launches Interactive Horror Film Southfield, Michigan: Three people down on their luck get the opportunity of a life time. All they have to do is survive the killing grounds of six sadistic serial killers. Who will live? Who will die? That's the synopsis for local Filmmaker Damon Merchant's upcoming horror film titled "I, Victim." The entire film was produced in Michigan with Michigan talent. This is the thrill ride you've been waiting ...
     

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    Sci-Fi and Action in "Genesis: Fall of the Crime Empire"! from TomCat Films/Summer Hill Films

     

    367 exhibiting companies and more than 7,500 attendees from over 80 countries expected in Santa Monica

    Taking place this year from the 2nd through the 9th of November, the American Film Market (AFM) opens tomorrow for its 37th edition with 367 exhibiting companies and more than 7,500 attendees from over 80 countries expected in Santa Monica over the course of the week.   This year the market will experience a significant rise in UK exhibitors, with 38 registered companies, which marks nearly a 16% rise from last year and the highest number on record since 2009. In addition, the AFM highl...
     

    Roland Joffé’s THE FORGIVEN starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana Lands North American Distribution with Saban Films

    Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Academy Award® Nominee Roland Joffé’s The Forgiven, starring Academy Award® Winner Forest Whitaker (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Arrival, Lee Daniels' The Butler, The Last King of Scotland) and Eric Bana (Lone Survivor, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Munich, Black Hawk Down, Chopper).   Co-written by Joffé and Michael Ashton and based on Ashton’s play “The Archbishop and The An...
     
     

    AFM Unveils Screening Line-Up Including World & Market Premiers

    Global stars featured include Alec Baldwin, Gerard Butler, Bryan Cranston, Penelope Cruz, Elle Fanning, James Franco, Salma Hayek, Demi Lovato, David Oyelowo, Aaron Paul, Rosamund Pike, Noomi Rapace, and J.K. Simmons, amongst others   The American Film Market (AFM®) has today announced its list of films screening, including 71 world and 250+ market premieres, for the upcoming edition running November 2-9 in Santa Monica. Over 300 films are scheduled to be screened with more titles t...

     


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  • 11/04/16--05:39: AFM Today Nov 4, 2016
  • Finance Conference I: The Future of Global Film Finance

    9:15am – 10:45am
    The 360 View

    Leading CEOs, filmmakers, financiers and studio executives converge to explore the future of independent film financing, emerging trends and the impact of new platforms on global film finance.

     

    Moderator
    Joe Chianese, EVP, EP Financial Solutions

     

    Panelists
    Yolanda T. Cochran, Producer/Production Consultant
    David Glasser, President/COO, The Weinstein Company
    Micah Green, Co-Head, Film Finance, CAA
    Myles Nestel, Co-Founder/Partner, The Solution Entertainment Group
    Miguel Palos, CFO, IM Global

     

     

    11:15am – 12:45pm
    How Equity is Successfully Investing in Film

    The film equity market is active with pro-investor models for high net worth individuals and private equity and hedge funds. This session will explore the deal structures that attract equity and the types of projects that generate the most interest.

     
    Moderator
    Brad Sharp, CFA, Managing Director, Valuation & Financial Advisory Services, FTI Consulting
     

    Panelists
    Mark Manuel, Partner, Kilburn Media
    Richard Saperstein, Principal, Storyscape Entertainment
    Robert Sherman, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
    Don Starr, Chairman & CEO, Grosvenor Park Media

    MCLE Credit: One hour of MCLE credit is available for attorneys for the second session.

    CE Credit: Three hours of CE credit is available for CPAs for the full Finance I Conference.

     

    Friday, November 4
    2:00pm – 4:00pm
    Shoot the Book! LA: French Publishers Present Original Literary Works with Film Adaptation Potential

    Five Paris publishing houses – Albin Michel, Belfond, Dargaud, Denoël and Plon – will pitch titles selected by a jury of professionals headed by Howard A. Rodman, President, WGAW and comprised of Bob Bookman, Senior motion picture and television agent, Paradigm, Franklin Leonard, founder of The Black List and Andrea McCall, Senior Vice President, DreamWorks.

    The Roundtable will be followed by a wine reception, where audiovisual rights licensors and producers can discuss the day’s events and future contacts.

    Moderator
    Steven Gaydos, Vice President / Executive Director, Variety

    Speakers
    Marie Dormann, Director of Subsidiary Rights & Derivatives Editions, Albin Michel
    Alexandra Buchman, Rights Director, Belfond
    Judith Becqueriaux, Rights Manager, Editions Denoël
    Laurent Duvault, Film & TV Rights Manager, Dargaud
    Nathalie Carpentier, Audiovisual Rights Manager, Plon



    DIVERSITY WORK$
    Time: 2:30pm - 5:000pm (no charge for all AFM participants)
    Location: Fairmont Hotel, Starlight Ballroom


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  • 11/04/16--10:17: AFM Newsletter November 4
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    AFM Today Nov 4, 2016

    Finance Conference I: The Future of Global Film Finance 9:15am – 10:45am The 360 View Leading CEOs, filmmakers, financiers and studio executives converge to explore the future of independent film financing, emerging trends and the impact of new platforms on global film finance.   Moderator Joe Chianese, EVP, EP Financial Solutions   Panelists Yolanda T. Cochran, Producer/Production Consultant David Glasser, Presi...
     

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    Wow, it's out if this world! See TomCat Films Summer Hill Films sci-fi line-up for AFM 2016

      SCI-FI LINE-UP FOR AFM 2016 FROM SUMMER HILL FILMS & TOMCAT FILMS   ALIENS VS TITAN1C Sci-fi Offering only the finest amenities, the ‘TITAN 1C’ space-cruiser is considered the most luxurious star-liner ever built. Future spring-breakers on board are excited to be touring through space with some of the world’s elite. A sudden meteor storm smashes into the hull, and...

     

    Phone at the show 310.458.6700 ext. 333.  Line Up  I Contact Ted Chalmers I www.tomcatfilmsllc.com I www.summerhillfilms.com/
     

    NEPHILIM an animation feature film by Danny WILSON 
    Some are born, some are made, some are chosen.
    Based on the comic book series, NEPHILIM is a supernatural action-thriller following an atypical young priest into a mystical world of blended realities as he is cast between the ultimate confrontation between good and evil. Completed Oct 1 Genre: Animation, Action/Adventure, 3D   

    PICAROON & PINKY Animated TV Series premiering at AFM  
    Unlikely trials and mishaps thwart a pirate's attempts to escape his predicament of isolation on an uninhabited island. Central to his failed attempts is the unlikely monkey goddess statue who suddenly springs to life. 
    Meet Gilbert Nash during AFM I Trailer I Nephilim Screener on Cinando I Picaroon & Pinky screener I +1 (310) 925-3660

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    > AFM DAILIES & PREVIEWS  American Film Market | November 2 - 9, 2016 | Santa Monica  

     
     
     

    China Conference Day 2 Spotlight on Producing in China, as well as Marketing & Distributing in China.

    Leaders from China’s film industry gathered today as the AFM kicked off its annual Conference series with a spotlight on Producing in China, as well as Marketing & Distributing in China.   Bruno Wu, Founder/Co-Chairman and CEO of Sun Seven Stars Media Group Limited, Mike Mao, CEO of UNI Pictures Culture & Media (Beijing) Co., and Yang Xianghua, Senior Vice President of iQIYI's, speak at the American Film Market China Conference at the Fairmont Hotel on Thursday... ...
     

    Cheers at American Film Market China Reception

    Jonathan Wolf, Executive Vice President & Managing Director of the American Film Market, Haifeng Chen, Vice President of Weying Technology, Jean M. Prewitt, President & CEO of IFTA, Jing Zhang, Peng Chen, China Beijing Film Delegation, and Luke Xiang, VP and Head of International of Beijing Weying Technology Co., Ltd., cheers at American Film Market China Reception at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel on Wendeday, Nov. 2, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision fo...
     
     

    Karl Urban (Star Trek, upcoming Thor: Ragnarok) to join Brenton Thwaites in the action thriller Entry Level

     
    International star Karl Urban (Star Trek, upcoming Thor: Ragnarok) is in negotiations to join Brenton Thwaites (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales; The Giver) in the action thriller Entry Level, it was announced today by producers Craig Perry and Sheila Taylor (the Final Destination and American Pie franchises) of Practical Pictures and Tannaz Anisi, President of 13 Films.   Written by Benjamin Hurley, Entry Level will be directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker Franck Kha...
     

    Stunt actor Lisa Chandler puts the thrills in popular film and TV including Poltergeist, Once Upon a Time, Lucifer, Supernatural

    Talented stunt actor Lisa Chandler is gearing up for an extremely busy season on the big and small screen with her latest roles in Untitled Siege Picture, Lucifer, and Altered Carbon. Lisa is a multi-talented performer who often switches gears from stunts to acting, and incorporates the two depending on the role. From Anne Hathaway to Charlize Theron and a host of many others in-between, Lisa’s career has enabled her to work with some of Hollywood’s A-list actors. F...
     

    Latest additions to One Eyed Films line up

      The High Frontier / Dir Wojciech Kasperski / Poland / 98’ / 2016 Genre  Thriller Action Drama   Austin Fantastic Fest Official Selection Audience Award, Best Music, Best Actor - Koszalin Film Festival Gdynia Film Festival Official Selection Special Jury mention - Krakow Off Camera Festival   ‘’Slow-burning thriller… fabulous use of hostile n...
     
     

    IM Global has acquired international rights to horror thriller BOARDING SCHOOL, produced by Maven Pictures

     
    Prolific independent entertainment studio IM Global has acquired international rights to horror thriller BOARDING SCHOOL, produced by Maven Pictures’ co-founders Trudie Styler (Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, American Honey) and Celine Rattray (The Kids Are All Right, American Honey) as well as Scott Lochmus (The Joneses, London Town), and Jason Orans (Goodbye Solo, Night Catches Us). Executive Producers are Jonathan Gray, Jeffrey Arsenault (OGCP), Hadar Burger (O...
     

    The Gilligan Manifesto, is among Showcase Entertainment’s newest documentaries on the roster at this year’s AFM

    “THE GILLIGAN MANIFESTO” UP FOR GRABS AT 2016 AFM   Writer-Director Cevin Soling’s highly anticipated documentary, The Gilligan Manifesto, is among Showcase Entertainment’s newest documentaries on the roster at this year’s AFM.   Just one year after the Cuban Missile Crisis, radio and television writer Sherwood Schwartz began filming his comedy classic Gilligan's Island, which depicts seven Americans shipwrecked on a deserted island.   S...
     

     

    Summer Hill Films and TomCat Films Line-up for AFM 2016

     

    TomCat Films/Summer Hill Films is now setting appointments for the American Film Market to be held in Santa Monica at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel from November 2nd to 9th. Our office number will be Suite 333. Our phone at the show will be 310.458.6700 ext. 333.  

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    Halloween is over but horror is not... Check out Horror titles from TomCat Filkms Summer HillFilms at AFM 2016
     

     

    AFM: IM Global’s Mundial Strikes Four-Pic Deal with MGM’s Orion (EXCLUSIVE)

     

    Sci-Fi and Action in "Genesis: Fall of the Crime Empire"! from TomCat Films/Summer Hill Films

     

    367 exhibiting companies and more than 7,500 attendees from over 80 countries expected in Santa Monica

     
    Taking place this year from the 2nd through the 9th of November, the American Film Market (AFM) opens tomorrow for its 37th edition with 367 exhibiting companies and more than 7,500 attendees from over 80 countries expected in Santa Monica over the course of the week.   This year the market will experience a significant rise in UK exhibitors, with 38 registered companies, which marks nearly a 16% rise from last year and the highest number on record since 2009. In addition, the AFM highl...
     

    AFM Unveils Screening Line-Up Including World & Market Premiers

    Global stars featured include Alec Baldwin, Gerard Butler, Bryan Cranston, Penelope Cruz, Elle Fanning, James Franco, Salma Hayek, Demi Lovato, David Oyelowo, Aaron Paul, Rosamund Pike, Noomi Rapace, and J.K. Simmons, amongst others   The American Film Market (AFM®) has today announced its list of films screening, including 71 world and 250+ market premieres, for the upcoming edition running November 2-9 in Santa Monica. Over 300 films are scheduled to be screened with more titles t...

     

     

     


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    The 57th Thessaloniki International Film Festival opened last night with an original and fresh start for the new director of the festival, Greek Film critic, editor and former Athens Film Festival Director Orestis Andreadakis, who took her from Dimitri Eipides at the beginning of the year. 

     

     

    At the historic Olympion Theatre, the ceremony hosted Greek actors Themis Batzaka and Stelios Mainas, who managed with spot on jokes and great vibe to welcome the audience and speak about the festival’s history and activity, pointing out the great line up of the 57th festival, showing over 200 films in the Greek city until November 13th. 

     

    “When festival started, with Venice making the first step over 70 years ago, it was all very different in the festival world. Today festivals work as a platform to make new connections and proactively stimulate the future film production..” said mr. Andreadakis in his very first opening speech. 

     

     

    Although Jim Jarmusch was not present to greet the audience and present his film Paterson that opened the festival, he sent a pre-recorded message, expressing his warmest wishes for wonderful festival to the city with great audiences and ‘the best food in the world’. 

     

    The ceremony was followed by the opening party with many events to follow in the next days including the opening of the Film Market tomorrow Saturday and special free events, masterclasses and networking parties throughout the festival. 


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    The Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema is a non-profit organization established to support the development of Independent Filmmakers and help expand the audiences of independent cinema from around the globe.

     

     

    ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

    The Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema was founded by four local independent filmmakers with a passion to get movies made and to have those artistic voices heard. Understanding the struggle in todays film environment in showcasing independent cinema, their goal is to establish a presence and awareness of cinematic creativity throughout Kew Gardens Queens and the neighboring communities.

    For its inaugural year The Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema aims to become influential in bringing the community together over a ten day period consisting of film screenings and other activities. With encouraging Q&A's and industry panels we expect to broaden the appeal of Independent film and promote audience participation.

    As a competitive festival, our program will consist of over 100 remarkable short and feature length films from all genres around the globe, including often overlooked categories such as Documentary, Horror, Comedy, Animation and Experimental. Each film will then be judged, in their respected categories, by our specially selected panel of industry professionals. Winners in each category will receive a statuette at our Grand Awards Gala on the final night of the festival.

    Playing exclusively at the historic Kew Gardens Cinemas in NY, Queens only Art House theater. We expect to draw not only artists and filmmakers from around NYC but from all over the world. We are giving the residents of Kew Gardens and its neighboring communities Forest Hills, Rego Park, Glendale and Woodhaven the opportunity to experience Hollywood in their own backyard.

    ORGANIZERS

    Caroline Lim (Festival Treasurer); Jayson Simba (Festival Founder/ Director); John Fallon (Festival Director); Mauricio Zapata (Festival Director)

    GENERAL RULES

    Entry Rules and Regulations
    1. Objectives: Our Mission is to celebrate the art of filmmaking and the contribution of filmmakers by hosting an international film festival to support the development and expand the audience reach of independent cinema from around the globe

    2. Dates: The Inaugural Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema will take place from August 4, 2017 to August 13, 2017

    Programs: Films will be considered for inclusion in the following programmatic categories

    Narrative Short (40 min or under)
    Documentary Short (40 min or under)
    Documentary Feature
    Narrative Feature
    Animation
    Experimental
    Foreign Feature
    Student


    4. Competitions:

    Audience Award

    Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
    Audience Award for Best Short

    Jury Prizes

    Independent Visionary for Best Narrative Competition
    Best Narrative Short Competition
    Best Documentary Feature Competition
    Best Documentary Short Competition
    Best Animated/Experimental Competition
    Best Director Feature Competition
    Best Director Short Competition
    Best Actor/Actress in a Feature Competition
    Best Supporting Actor/Actress in a Feature Competition
    Best Actor/Actress in a Short Competition
    Best Supporting Actor/Actress in a Short Competition
    Best Editing Competition
    Best Sound Competition
    Best Screenplay Competition
    Best Cinematography Competition


    5. Submission Guidelines

    A. Submission Formats: For programming consideration, the festival accepts DVD (NTSC only), WAB Online screeners, or Vimeo links for the complete film. The Festival will not consider trailers or rough edits for selection purposes.

    Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for consideration, all films must meet the following requirements:

    i. be available to screen by August 4, 2017. Filmmakers must provide the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema with a clean, clear print for projection. Filmmakers must provide the film for presentation in DCP or other acceptable HD digital formats (MUST be professionally authored) at the Festival’s sole discretion. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the digital transition of our screening location, we are unable to show film, HDCAM, or BetaCam formats.

    ii. not have been commercially screened in the US, or available for video or internet distribution prior to August 4, 2017.

    iii. be in their original language with English subtitles when applicable.

    iv. have been completed production within 2014-2017.

    v. films previously submitted to the Festival and not programmed will only be considered for the 2017 Festival if they meet all the other eligibility requirements as outlined here, and only if it has changed significantly from the previous version submitted.

    vi. Entries must be received at our New York office address (NOT postmarked), by May 7, 2017.

    Deadlines: Early submission is strongly encouraged with reduced entry fees until January 8, 2017. Final submission deadline is April 23, 2017. The Festival is not obliged to view late entries.

    D. Entry Fee Schedule:
    All entry fees must accompany your submission for consideration in the Festival.

    FEATURE FILMS (70 minutes and above, fiction or non-fiction)
    Early Deadline for all Entries By January 8, 2017
    $30.00

    Regular Deadline for all Entries From January 9, 2017 - February 19, 2017
    $45.00

    Late Deadline for all Entries From February 20, 2017 - March 26, 2017
    $60.00

    Final Deadline for all Entries By April 23, 2017
    $75

    SHORT FILMS (40 minutes or less)
    Early Deadline for all Entries By January 8, 2017
    $20.00

    Regular Deadline for all Entries From January 9, 2017 - February 19, 2017
    $35.00

    Late Deadline for all Entries From February 20, 2017 - March 26, 2017
    $50.00

    Final Deadline for all Entries By April 23, 2017
    $65

    STUDENT FEATURE FILMS (with photocopy of current student ID)
    Early Deadline for all Entries By January 8, 2017
    $25.00

    Regular Deadline for all Entries From January 9, 2017 - February 19, 2017
    $40.00

    Late Deadline for all Entries From February 20, 2017 - March 26, 2017
    $55.00

    Final Deadline for all Entries By April 23, 2017
    $70.00

    STUDENT SHORT FILMS (with photocopy of current student ID)
    Early Deadline for all Entries By January 8, 2017
    $15.00

    Regular Deadline for all Entries From January 9, 2017 - February 19, 2017
    $30.00

    Late Deadline for all Entries From February 20, 2017 - March 26, 2017
    $45.00

    Final Deadline for all Entries By April 23, 2017
    $60.00


    Submission Materials:

    Mail all submissions to:
    Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema
    ATTN: Submissions
    60 1 avenue 12C
    New York, NY 10009

    Send a printed copy of your completed Entry Form.

    ii. A clearly marked DVD (NTSC) or Blu Ray Region (0 or 1) of your completed film, labeled with title, tracking number, running time and screening format. We also accept Withoutabox online screeners and Vimeo links, but we require ALL submissions to be registered with one of our submission platforms. We cannot return submitted copies of films.

    iii. Applicable entry fee submitted

    Electronic Press Kits only. Hard copy materials submitted with the films will be discarded.

    Selections: Films will be selected and entrants will be notified prior to June 15, 2017.

    H. Requirements for Selected Films:
    Once an entry has been reviewed and selected for the festival, a preliminary notification letter will be issued by email. All selected applicants will be notified by June 15, 2017. Upon notification, the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema may request additional press kits and press screeners for each film, sent to the Festival via priority mail, complete with any additional promotional and marketing items needed.

    Any unused press materials may be picked up at the press office at the conclusion of the Festival. Posters must remain displayed through the end of the day Sunday August 13, 2017. All unclaimed materials will be disposed of immediately upon conclusion of the Festival.

    Promotional Usage: Participants agree that all materials related to their film may be published in the Festival Guide, website, ticketing system, and other promotional materials or property and in all media. Posters and images of the film may be used independently as well as in combination with images from other films to promote the film and the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema

    J. Clearances: If selected for screening, all commercial/private property including trademark and/or copyrighted materials shown and recorded in the project must come with authorized permission for screening. The filmmaker remains entirely liable for any claims that may occur in result of screening the film.

    K Print Liability: The Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema holds no responsibility for prints damaged upon arrival and may reject or replace the film in the Festival if this requirement is not met. The Festival will insure the safety of film prints only from the time of delivery to the Festival through the time the print is delivered to a shipping agent for return. In case of loss or damage to a print, the Festival must receive notification and independent verification immediately. The Festival’s obligation is limited to compensating the producer only for the cost of replacing the drive(s).

    Print Shipping:

    Selected film prints must be received by PREPAID courier no later than 10 days prior to first screening date unless pre-approved by the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema

    Prints must be clearly marked with the film’s title and the sender’s return address exactly as listed below.

    Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema
    ATTN: Projection
    90-60 union tpke 8A
    Glendale, NY 11385

    Prints will be returned to the Submission Contact within 10 days after the close of the Festival unless pre-arranged with the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema prior to August 1, 2017.

    Please clearly indicate on all waybills that transportation and customs charges will be billed to the sender. For custom’s purposes please indicate under declaration “Goods on loan for cultural and educational purposes only. No Commercial Value.” And indicate fair market value not to exceed U.S. $50 for drives.

    Please request/obtain confirmation of delivery through the courier tracking service.

    For more information please refer to the Festival website at www.kewgardensfestivalofcinema.com or contact the Programmer at:

    Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema
    60 1 ave 12C
    New York, NY 10009
    Phone: (929) 278-5432
    Fax (718) 849-3457
    info@kewgardensfestivalofcinema.com

     

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS

    I agree to the following terms and conditions;

    - Submission Guidelines -

    - Submission Formats: For programming consideration, the festival accepts DVD (NTSC only), WAB Online screeners, or Vimeo links for the complete film.

    - Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for consideration, all films must meet the following requirements:

    i. be available to screen by August 4, 2017. Filmmakers must provide the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema with a clean, clear print for projection. Filmmakers must provide the film for presentation in DCP or other acceptable HD digital formats (MUST be professionally authored) at the Festival’s sole discretion. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the digital transition of our screening location, we are unable to show film, HDCAM, or BetaCam formats.

    ii. not have been commercially screened in the US, or available for video or internet distribution prior to August 4, 2017.

    iii. be in their original language with English subtitles when applicable.

    iv. have been completed production within the 2014-2017.



    - Requirements for Selected Films -
    Upon notification, the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema may request additional press kits and press screeners for each film, sent to the Festival via priority mail, complete with any additional promotional and marketing items needed.

    Any unused press materials may be picked up at the press office at the conclusion of the Festival. Posters must remain displayed through the end of the day Sunday, August 13, 2017. All unclaimed materials will be disposed of immediately upon conclusion of the Festival.

    Promotional Usage: Participants agree that all materials related to their film may be published in the Festival Guide, website, ticketing system, and other promotional materials or property and in all media. Posters and images of the film may be used independently as well as in combination with images from other films to promote the film and the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema

    Clearances: If selected for screening, all commercial/private property including trademark and/or copyrighted materials shown and recorded in the project must come with authorized permission for screening. The filmmaker remains entirely liable for any claims that may occur in result of screening the film.

    Print Liability: The Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema holds no responsibility for prints damaged upon arrival and may reject or replace the film in the Festival if this requirement is not met. The Festival will insure the safety of film prints only from the time of delivery to the Festival through the time the print is delivered to a shipping agent for return. In case of loss or damage to a print, the Festival must receive notification and independent verification immediately. The Festival’s obligation is limited to compensating the producer only for the cost of replacing the drive(s).

    Print Shipping:
    Selected film prints must be received by PREPAID courier no later than 10 days prior to first screening date unless pre-approved by the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema.

    Prints will be returned to the Submission Contact within 10 days after the close of the Festival unless pre-arranged with the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema prior to August 1, 2017.

    Please clearly indicate on all waybills that transportation and customs charges will be billed to the sender. For custom’s purposes please indicate under declaration “Goods on loan for cultural and educational purposes only. No Commercial Value.” And indicate fair market value not to exceed U.S. $50 for drives.

    Please request/obtain confirmation of delivery through the courier tracking service.

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  • 11/05/16--05:13: AFM Today Nov 5, 2016
  • Pitch Conference

    sponsored by I AM FILM

     

    9:15am – 12:45pm
    Pitching Essentials
    A good pitch can get a bad film made while a bad pitch can leave a terrific project languishing on the shelf. Pitching is part art (it’s creative), part science (it needs to follow a tight script) and part sales (you have to wow them). Conference attendees will learn the essential rules and tools of pitching from the experts.

     

    The 2-Minute Pitches
    Volunteers selected in advance will pitch to our expert panel. They will give unvarnished feedback on each pitch – explaining what worked, what didn’t – and why.

     

    Presenter/Moderator
    Pilar Alessandra, Instructor/Consultant, On The Page

     

    Panelists
    Tobin Armbrust, President, Virgin Produced
    Cassian Elwes, Independent Producer/Agent

     

    To be considered to pitch on stage, you will need to submit a 2-minute video pitch. For details on how to submit your pitch, read AFM Pitch Conference Guide To Creating An Effective Video Pitch.

     

    Saturday, November 5
    3:00pm – 4:30pm
    AFM Orientation

    Speaker
    Jonathan Wolf, Managing Director, American Film Market

    We recommend that producers read How to Work the AFM in advance.

     
     

    Saturday, November 5
    5:00pm – 6:30pm
    Making an Impact: How Telling LGBT Stories Can Pay Off 
    Presented in partnership with Outfest.

    Film and TV content featuring LGBT characters has become increasingly visible. LGBT stories simultaneously reflect and affect the culture and historical moment they are produced in. This Roundtable will discuss all the ways LGBT stories pay off, from box office gross and awards recognition, to the role of cultural impact and audience engagement. Our panel of industry executives and filmmakers will reveal how you will benefit by including an LGBT character in your next film.

    Moderator
    Lucy Mukerjee-Brown, Director of Programming, Outfest

    Speakers
    J. Todd Harris, Executive Producer, The Kids Are All Right
    Cassian Elwes, Independent Producer/Agent, Dallas Buyers Club
    Melissa Coghlan, Producer, Below Her Mouth
    Tina Mabry, Writer/Director/Producer, Queen Sugar; Mississippi Damned

     


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    Awardwinners

    Annecy Fetsival just added two new sections to the Short Film Competition: 

    "Le prix Jeune public" (Young Audience Award)  and  "le prix de la Ville d’Annecy"   (City of Annecy Award)

    http://www.annecy.org/festival/presentation:en


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    Laurie Gordon and Kirrill Razlogov confrim a collaboration between Animaze - Montreal International Animation Film Festival and the Moscow International Film Festival June 23-29 2017. 

    Razlogov will curate a special Russian focus and present a masterclass during Animaze in August 2017.

    Gordon will curate 12 hours of Canadian animation program during one of Russia's oldest and most prestigeous film festivals in the world held annually in Moscow in the early summer.

    The idea of presenting animation during the Moscow Festival was initiated and confirmed during the recent Antalya International Film Festival October 17-25 in Antalya Turkey.

    Seen here are Nesim Bencoya International programmer Antalya Film Festival, Laurie Gordon festival director Animaze - Montreal International Animation Film Festival and Kirrill Raslogov director Moscow Film International Film Festival

    Submission are open to Canadian films new and classic. 

    Submit to Animaze Canadian Animation in Moscow Focus if you are a Canadian FIlmmaker via Film Freeway. Is under separate category deadline is March 31st 2017

     

     


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  • 11/07/16--05:14: AFM Today Nov 6, 2016
  • Production Conference

    sponsored by .film

     

    9:15am – 10:45am
    Producing for the Pre-Sales Marketplace
    Pre-Selling to territorial Buyers is key to financing most independent films. What are they looking for? Which genres and talent? How do you set a budget that will reflect the marketplace? Discover which projects are most likely to sell globally before they are made.

     

    Moderator
    Paul Hertzberg, President & CEO, CineTel Films, Inc.

     

    Panelists
    Tannaz Anisi, President, 13 Films
    Paul Bales, Partner & COO, The Asylum
    Tamara Birkemoe, President & COO, Foresight Unlimited
    Eric Brenner, President, ETA Films
    Caroline Couret-Delègue, Managing Director, Truffle Pictures

     

     

    11:15am – 12:45pm
    Working with Talent Agents
    Most independent films hope to attach a name actor/actress. They help secure presales, raise production financing and foster interest with audiences and the media. Our panel of agents and producers will explore how to work with talent agents to get the best cast for your film.

     

    Moderator
    Kevin Iwashina, Founder & CEO, Preferred Content

     

    Panelists
    Mark Ankner, Partner, Global Finance & Distribution, WME
    Jessica Lacy, Partner/Head, International & Independent, ICM
    Maren Olson, Agent, CAA
    Rena Ronson, Partner/Head, Independent, UTA

     
     

    Tuesday, November 8

    Distribution Conference

    9:15am – 10:45am
    Working with Sales Agents
    To reach the global audience, an independent producer’s best ally is their international Sales Agent. Our panel of experts will discuss how to find and work with the right Sales Agent.

     

    Moderator
    Clay Epstein, President, Film Mode Entertainment

     

    Initial Panelists
    David Lancaster, Producer, Rumble Films
    Douglas Mankoff, Producer, Echo Lake Entertainment
    Kathy Morgan, President, KMI Films

     

     

    11:15am – 12:45pm
    The Future of Video On Demand

    VOD is now the largest source of revenue for many films. Are we heading towards a future where all films will be available worldwide and where every film will be discoverable by its audience? Producers, distributors and platforms will disclose who is making money, how they are doing it, and what the future holds – separating fact from fiction.

     

    Moderator
    Bruce Eisen, President, Digital Advisors

     

    Panelists
    Steve Nickerson, President, Home Entertainment, Broad Green Pictures
    Erick Opeka, EVP Digital Networks, Cinedigm
    Hanny Patel, Vice President, Video Marketing, AT&T Entertainment Group
    Meyer Shwarzstein, President, Brainstorm Media

    Monday, November 7
    5:00pm – 6:30pm
    Distributing and Monetizing Feature Documentaries
    Presented in partnership with the International Documentary Association.

    Moderator
    Kevin Iwashina, Founder & CEO, Preferred Content

    Speakers
    Alexandra Johnes, Producer, Special Projects
    Lesley Chilcott, Director/Producer, Invented By Girls, LLC
    Mike Runagall, Managing Director, Altitude Film Sales
    Lise Romanoff, Managing Director/CEO Worldwide Distribution, Vision Films

     

     

    Tuesday, November 8
    3:00pm – 4:30pm
    Working with the U.S. Guilds

    With
    Matthew Gamarra, Senior Manager, Special Events & Independent Organizing, DGA
    Darrien Michele Gipson, National Director, SAGindie
    Kay S. Wolf, Independent Film Executive, Writers Guild of America, West

     

    __________________________________________________________________

    Roundtable Location:
    Loews Hotel, AFM Studio – 1700 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica  AFM Campus Map

    Additional Information
    Speakers are announced as confirmed on this page.
    See Badges & Prices for more information about how to attend the Roundtables.
    For Speaking Opportunities: contact Clay Pruitt.

    Unless otherwise noted, access to all Roundtables requires a current AFM badge.

     


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