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VIDEO: Palm Springs International Film Awards kicks off awards season



Tonight, the Palm Springs International Film Awards welcomed the stars to the desert, kicking off awards season by honoring the year’s most buzzed about films and performances. The event was presented by American Express and sponsored by Entertainment Tonight and IHG Hotels & Resorts. The event welcomed first time co-hosts - Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner. Honorees were presented with either the John Kennedy "The Entertainer" statue or a Ch...

The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) kicked off with the premiere of ‘80 For Brady’

The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) kicked off last night with its Opening Night screening and World Premiere of ‘80 For Brady’. Guests in attendance from the film included Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, Sally Field, Harry Hamlin, director Kyle Marvin, executive producer Mike Covino, and writers Sarah Haskins & Emily Halpern. Additionally, the PSIFF Opening Day included the World Premiere of ‘Shot in the Arm’ with executive producer Neil deGra...


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RIFF 09, 2023, 02: Second list of films to be screened announced

RIFF 09, 2023, 02: Second list of films to be screened announced 9th edition of the Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF), organised by RIFF Film Club and accredited by the Federation of Film Societies of India (North Region), will be held from 1st to 5th February 2023 at INOX, Crystal Palm, C-Scheme, Jaipur, with the theme ‘Sports in Cinema’. The second list of films to be screened during this festival was released a couple of days ago. A total of 20 films have been off...


Farzi: ‘Fake’ encounter with the team of Amazon Prime Video’s new show and trailer launch

Farzi: ‘Fake’ encounter with the team of Amazon Prime Video’s new show and trailer launch Creators of the mega-hit web series, The Family Man, Raj and DK are back in action with the crime thriller Farzi, which marks the digital debut of Shahid Kapoor and ‘Makkal Selvan’ Vijay Sethupathi (full name: Vijaya Gurunatha Sethupathi). The series also stars Kay Kay Menon, Raashii Khanna, Amol Palekar, Regina Cassandra, Bhuvan Arora and Kubra Sait, in pivotal roles, and w...

Kuttey, Review: Gulp Friction

Kuttey, Review: Gulp Friction Quentin Tarantino can rightfully claim a patent to the format used in Kuttey: prologue, epilogue and a non-chronological structure, with the present merging with the past and the past merging with the present. The co-writer and director of Kuttey (Dogs), Aasmaan Bhardwaj was born one year after Pulp Fiction (1994) was released, bagged top honours at home and abroad, and attained cult status soon afterwards. Twenty-seven years after he was born, Aasmaan has made h...


Lakadbaggha, Review: Hyena in a dog’s world

Lakadbaggha, Review: Hyena in a dog’s world Considering the amount of footage devoted to dogs, Lakadbaggha (Hyena) is more a dog film than a hyena flick. The first and only hyena you see is late in the second half of the film. But, to be fair, that hyena is in sharp focus as the film moves towards its climax. Besides a thought-provoking insight into the world of dogs, the film gives us some raw, bare handed, martial arts, in the krav maga style of combat, which originated in Israel. It ...


Sachin-The Ultimate Winner, Review: No option of a third umpire

Sachin-The Ultimate Winner, Review: No option of a third umpire Sometimes a film is made amateurishly, for home consumption. ‘Home’ here could mean captive audiences, like a chain of schools, some of whose students feature in the film. Sachin-The Ultimate Winner is one such film. It is probably close to what is called a zero-budget movie, has tacky values, a predictable plot, passable performances, and music that leaves much to be desired. It seems stuck in a time warp, and heavil...


Spy thriller G2 launched in Mumbai, with Telugu superstar Adivi Sesh

Spy thriller G2 launched in Mumbai, with Telugu superstar Adivi Sesh In a significant move, a Telugu unit has launched a film in Mumbai, on January 9, 2022, at the PVR Multiplex, Citi Mall, Andheri. It is a spy thriller, starring Adivi Sesh, in continuation of the first instalment of the highly successful G series, Goodhachari (2018, co-written by Sesh), produced by T.G. Vishwa Prasad and Abhishek Agarwal and directed by Vinay Kumar Sirigineedi, who were all present on the occasion. No more ...


Victoria-Ek Rahasya, Review: The Untold Tale of Victoria Hotel

Victoria-Ek Rahasya, Review: The Untold Tale of Victoria Hotel Any film-maker venturing into the spirit world has the following things to keep in mind: 1. Is he going to endorse the existence of spirits/ghosts? 2. Is he going to give the audience genuine scares, or jump scares/hallucinations? 3. How convincingly is he going to explain the goings-on in the climax? Marathi-English film Victoria-Ek Rahasya (Victoria, A Secret) leaves the first clause vague, goes halfway down the jump scare/hallu...


New Year’s Special: Distributor Anil Thadani in an exclusive interview with Siraj Syed, Part II

New Year’s Special: Distributor Anil Thadani in an exclusive interview with Siraj Syed, Part II Siraj Syed: Any films that you are currently releasing in partnership with producers? Anil: I have done many films like this. Siraj: Do you tie up with distributors to jointly release films? Anil: No. I usually get solo world rights, which include both India and overseas rights. Siraj: Have you been involved with some films right from the launch till the release? Anil: Most of the Excel ...


Göteborg Film Festival TV Drama Vision unveils more 2023 programme highlights

We're delighted to present additional speakers, talks and showcases for the TV Drama Vision! The full programme will be released on January 23.  Among this year's edition highlights are the world's leading game creator and award-winning film director Josef Fares. We will present an exclusive work in progress for the first Netflix-commissioned Finnish drama, Dance Brothers. In the programme we also highlight the need for shared stories and industry-wi...


The 18th Annual Children’s Film Festival Seattle Presents the Best in Global Children’s Cinema from February 3-12, 2023

Fantastical Films! Wondrous Workshops! Spectacular Special Events! Enjoy 150 animated and live-action films from 40 countries tailored for families to enjoy at home and in the theater. In-person screenings hosted at Northwest Film Forum; virtual screenings are pay-what-you-can, $5-$25 sliding-scale Festival passes are also available for families and individuals. View Full Program Now   ...


Iris Prize - the ‘Oscars’ of the LGBTQ+ short film world opens for submissions

Cardiff to host the world’s best LGBTQ+ short films once again in 2023 14 awards, including new for 2023, Iris Prize Best British Performance Beyond the Binary, sponsored by Out    Organisers of the world’s largest LGBTQ+ short film festival have today (16 January 2023) announced that submissions are open for the 17th edition of the Iris Prize LGBTQ+ Film Festival to be held in Cardiff, Tuesday 10 October to Sunday 15 October 2023. The Iris Prize LGBTQ+...



The film programme for Berlin Critics’ Week 2023 is finalized and revealed

  Directors who get mixed up in history. Films that subtly revolutionize consciousness. Care and caring, translated into images and sound. Cameras that probe urban life. Pop and politics, reflected by male bodies. The film programme for Berlin Critics’ Week 2023 is finalized. We expect a particularly intense debate about our Reaction Shot programme, which brings together films exploring their creators’ involvement in contemporary history. In the essay-film&nbs...
Berlinale Special Berlinale Special captivates audiences with its variety of formats and a multifaceted programme. In addition to the films already announced eight more films have been confirmed with guests such as Jeon Do-yeon, Pierfrancesco Favino, Felix Lobrecht, Mario Martone, Helen Mirren, Peter Simonischek and David Wnendt.   Please find enclosed the press release and the film list.   Berlinale Shorts 2023 Berlinale Shorts – Fiction Against a Real-Life Backd...


RIDM’s 25th edition: Celebrating a quarter-century of encounters

  The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM)’s 25th edition ended on November 27. After two pandemic years, this anniversary edition allowed audiences to enjoy the festival entirely on the big screen. Film enthusiasts and the documentary community once again had the opportunity to gather around 157 screenings, 3 listening sessions and 5 virtual reality installations, but also during 9 festive evenings, 8 networking activities, 4 workshops, and 11 conferences. More than ...


Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Announces 2023 Official Selections, World Premieres

The official selections of the 20th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival were announced today by the Big Sky Film Institute. The milestone year features the second consecutive hybrid format for the festival, with nearly 150 nonfiction films screening in downtown Missoula, Montana, between February 17th and the 26th, with subsequent screenings in the festival’s virtual theater running from February 20 through March 1. The 20th year lineup includes 51 features and 83 sh...


Final Deadline for the 7th Hollywood International Diversity Film Festival

The final deadline is approaching for the 7th celebration of the values of Southern California, celebrating the future of film from around the world and reflecting the diversity of our region. The Hollywood International Film Festival will screen independent films from around the world in the heart of Hollywood, with an emphasis on promoting female and culturally diverse voices. Top films and short films will be considered by Hollywood professionals at representation and production comp...


17th Santa Monica Film Festival Returns Jan. 22 with the West Coast Premiere of Moby's "Punk Rock Vegan Movie"

Santa Monica Film Festival ‘23 will take place in-person on January 22 in Santa Monica, CA and virtually from January 22-31 on http://XOLO.TV The Santa Monica Film Festival returns for it’s 17th edition on Sunday Jan 22nd with a fully hybrid film festival offering in-person screenings at AMC 4 in Santa Monica and virtual screenings streaming on (Santa Monica, CA) — The 17th Santa Monica Film Festival returns to showcase award winning independent films from local, nat...


DPA Gift bag - Golden Globes 2023

THE DPA 2023 GOLDEN GLOBES NOMINEES GIFT BAG: A WORLD OF WONDERS! It’s again Christmas in January as Ms. Nathalie Dubois, from DPA entertainment strategist company, made the tour de force of putting together an impressive number of glamourous brands in a hand delivered gift bag worth $3,500! Golden Globes nominees can celebrate as if they had already won. Some of this year’s gift bag recipients were Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried, Angela Basset, Austin Butler, Colin Farrell, Di...


News from Perspektive Deutsches Kino, Berlinale Classics, Retrospective and Berlinale Co-Production Market

Perspektive Deutsches Kino 2023: Kisses, Conflicts, Collisions Under the leadership of new section head Jenni Zylka, Perspektive is going all-out: This year’s Perspektive Deutsches Kino programme is cutting-edge, controversial and emotional. Four full-length fiction films, three documentary films and two mid-length fiction films illustrate our sometimes painful attempts to understand the world – and improve it. Please find enclosed the press release and the film list. Berlina...


EFM and Berlinale 2023 previews

THE MARKET BEAT FROM THE FILMFESTIVALS.COM TEAM! Welcome to the release of our first newsletter from Berlin View in your browser NEWSLETTER 1 I 2 I 3 I 4 I 5 I 6  Promote your line up during EFM I email us for a quote FOLLOW FILMFESTIVALS.COM              Contact us for advertising options Every winter, the Global Film Industry Converges in Berli...


Cittador International Film Festival 2022 - Catalog

After the first edition of the Cittador International Film Festival 2022, the catalog remains as an important document of the Cittador International Film Festival. The catalog contains information about the festival, which took place on December 27, 2022 in Vienna, Austria, and provides information about the participating short films, presents the winning films including the jury statement and includes short interviews with the filmmakers. Projector Edition #1, Paperback, 80 Pages, ISBN: 979-8...


African Stream takes on Western Media to Re-Shape the Narrative by Telling African Stories through African Voices

African Stream’s mission is to reshape conversations and narratives about – as well as knowledge and appreciation of – Africa and its people   “Until the lions learn how to write, every story will glorify the hunter.”  For most of its modern history, Africa’s stories have been twisted by colonial-era and Western-oriented narratives.   Social media-based platform African Stream officially launched...



She Came to Me by Rebecca Miller will open the 2023 Berlinale - out of competition

Peter Dinklage © Protagonist Pictures The 73rd Berlin International Film Festival will open on February 16, 2023 with the world premiere of the US production She Came to Me. The romantic comedy by director and screenwriter Rebecca Miller boasts a cast of international stars that includes Peter Dinklage, Marisa Tomei, Joanna Kulig, Brian d’Arcy James and Anne Hathaway.   The delightful comedy about love in all its forms weaves together the tales of a charming cast of characte...

ALL ABOUT EVE ... A classic film review of a Classic

All About Eve (1950) The Divine Bette Davis at her peak -- Fasten your seatbelt ... By Alex Deleon. An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends -- and DOES she ever!!'  Viewed at the Berlin Film Festival, 2010.   Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz.  Writer: Mankiewicz,written for the screen by the director himself. Stars: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, wit...

VIDEO: Exclusive Teaser Trailer to Wages of Sin, thriller by Victor Rios

Betrayed by the mob, framed by the Police .... Watch out for this new crime thriller coming out this 2023   A directorial debut by Victor Rios, written by  Stephen Cyrus Sepher, produced by Nazo Bravo (Dead on Arrival) and Stephen Cyrus Sepher Starring Paul Sloan (Green Book), Danny Trejo (Machete), Stephen Cyrus Sepher (Heist), Jeremy Luke (The Irishman)  Production Companies - 333 Pictures and Boatyard Productions   The crime thriller stars Paul Sloan...


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Punto de Vista presents the first retrospective in Spain of the work of German director Peter Nestler

The book Punto de Vista publishes every year will also deal with his career, as yet little known in Spain Punto de Vista is to devote one of the two retrospectives in this year's edition, held from 27th March to 1st April 2023, to the work of Peter Nestler (b. Germany, 1937), in a programme showcasing the films he made together with his wife Zsóka Nestler (b. Hungary, 1944), as well as with other collaborators. This is one of the most important bodies of work in contemporary Euro...


The Academy has promoted Jenny Galante to Executive Vice President, Revenue and Business Development

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has promoted Jenny Galante to Executive Vice President, Revenue and Business Development, Academy CEO Bill Kramer announced. Galante will report directly to Kramer. In this newly created position, Galante will drive global revenue growth for the Academy across platforms, including special events, Academy member initiatives, international programs, digital platforms, the Academy Screening Room, talent development and inclusion programs, an...


397 artists and executives invited to Academy membership

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 397 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Membership selection is based on professional qualifications, with an ongoing commitment to representation, inclusion and equity remaining a priority.  The 2022 class is 44% women, 37% belong to underrepresented ethnic/racial communities, and 50% are from 53 countries and t...


Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the 95th Oscars®

JIMMY KIMMEL RETURNS TO HOST 95TH OSCARS®   THE OSCARS IS SET TO AIR LIVE ON MARCH 12, 2023, ON ABC     LOS ANGELES, CA – Emmy® Award-winning late-night talk show host and producer Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the 95th Oscars®, executive producers and showrunners Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner announced today. Kimmel hosted back-to-back broadcasts in 2017 (89th Awards) and 2018 (90th Awards). Molly McNearney will also...


Producer Janet Yang has been elected president of the Academy

Producer Janet Yang was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organization’s Board of Governors. “Janet is a tremendously dedicated and strategic leader who has an incredible record of service at the Academy.  She has been instrumental in launching and elevating several Academy initiatives on membership recruitment, governance, and equity, diversity, and inclusion,” noted Academy CEO Bill Kramer.  “I am thrilled that sh...


Academy promotes Jeanell English to Executive Vice President, Impact and Inclusion

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has promoted Jeanell English to Executive Vice President, Impact and Inclusion, Academy CEO Bill Kramer announced today. English will report directly to Kramer. In this newly created position, English will lead the Academy’s initiatives designed to address underrepresentation across the industry and to discover, empower, and advance the work of emerging and diverse film artists. As part of this portfolio, English will oversee the Academy&r...


Welcoming the newly elected 2022–2023 Board of Governors

THE ACADEMY ELECTS 2022–2023 BOARD OF GOVERNORS The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced its newly elected 2022–2023 Board of Governors.  The governors will take office at the first scheduled board meeting of the new term.  Elected to the Board for the first time: Marlee Matlin, Actors Branch Richard Hicks, Casting Directors Branch Dion Beebe, Cinematographers Branch Jason Reitman, Directors Branch Chris Hegedus, Documentary Branch Na...


Steven Spielberg's "The Fabelmans" receives award tonight at PSIFF Gala

Previous award winners "The Shape of Water," and "The Green Book," went on to win the Academy Award. "The Fablemans" with Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Gabriel LaBelle and Judd Hirsch is a worthy selection as it exemplifies the underlying them of this year's festival  celebrating the Magic of Cinema.   That’s what movies do, elevate our perceptions, thrill our senses, perhaps revealing incites we might not see on the evening news....



Winners of the Golden Globes 2023: See the complete list

The Banshees of Inisherin led all movies with eight nominations , Spielberg took best picture (drama) and best director for the Fabelmans   Film Best Motion Picture — Drama Avatar: The Way of Water Elvis WINNER: The Fabelmans Tár Top Gun: Maverick Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy Babylon WINNER: The Banshees of Inisherin Everything Everywhere All at Once Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery Triangle of S...


Colin Farrell & Brendan Gleeson will be honored with the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 38th Santa Barbara Festival

  Cinema Vanguard Award Honoring COLIN FARRELL and BRENDAN GLEESON Thursday, February 16th, 2023 8:00pm Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara, CA Colin Farrell & Brendan Gleeson will be honored with the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 38th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, on Thursday February 16th, 2023. The event will be an in-person conversation about their careers where they speak on their performances including Martin McDonagh’s THE BANSHEE...


Casting Society’s 38th Artios Award film nominations.

The film nominees for the 38th Artios Awards are:   ANIMATION THE BAD GUYS – Christi Soper Hilt  LIGHTYEAR – Natalie Lyon, Kevin Reher, Kate Hansen-Birnbaum (Associate Casting Director) MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON – Jessica Kelly, Kate Geller (Associate Casting Director) PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH -  Christi Soper Hilt TURNING RED – Natalie Lyon, Kevin Reher, Kate Hansen-Birnbaum (Associate Casting Director)   BIG BUDGET - COMEDY BROS ...


14 students as winners of the 49th Student Academy Awards® competition

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted 14 students as winners of the 49th Student Academy Awards® competition.  This year, the Student Academy Awards competition received a total of 1,796 entries from 614 colleges and universities around the world.  The 2022 winners join the ranks of such past Student Academy Award® winners as Patricia Cardoso, Pete Docter, Spike Lee, Patricia Riggen and Robert Zemeckis. The winners are (listed alphabetically by catego...


VIDEO: Palm Springs International Film Awards kicks off awards season

Tonight, the Palm Springs International Film Awards welcomed the stars to the desert, kicking off awards season by honoring the year’s most buzzed about films and performances. The event was presented by American Express and sponsored by Entertainment Tonight and IHG Hotels & Resorts. The event welcomed first time co-hosts - Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner. Honorees were presented with either the John Kennedy "The Entertainer" statue or a Ch...


Zoe Awards
April 27, 2023

March 1, 2023 Regular Deadline

The Zoie Films Festival is now the ZOE AWARDS FESTIVAL that celebrates independent works of film shorts, animations, documentaries, web series, smartphone films. And, we are excited to announce our expansion to include podcasts, Alexa Skills and NFTs.

CALL FOR ENTRIES November 18th-February 2023:  The ZOE AWARDS Festival is accepting short films, animations, documentary including branded film shorts.  In addition, this is our first year to accept podcasts, web series, NFTs and Alexa Skills!   Visit - ZOEAWARDS.COM

– Official Competitions
Short Films, documentaries, animations under 25 minutes, all genres except

– Animation Competition
Animation film shorts under 25 minutes, all genres.

– Smartphone Shorties
All genre shorties under 15 minutes shot on smartphones.

– Branded Shorts
Film shorts under 20 minutes that communicates a positive brand message.

– Podcasts
All types including True Crime,

– Alexa Skills *NEW
All types including games, health/wellness, food, kids, education, etc.

– Podcasts
All types including True Crime,

– NFT Creations *NEW
ZOE AWARDS wants to celebrate excellence in the new NFT space for digital arts, audio, video.

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14th NYC Independent Film Festival 
June 4-11, 2023  

NYC Indie Film Fest

February 15, 2023 Extended Deadline

Home of the NYC Indie Awards the festival aims to discover the Artist Filmmaker, showcasing them to the entertainment industry and the NYC public. All NYCIndieFF screenings take place in the historic center of NYC, Time Square which is the perfect home for an event geared toward creating incredible opportunities for independent voices.

NYCIndieFF honors the Best in Category which includes Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Super Short, Best Covid Diaries, as well as Best Director and Best Screenplay.

NYCIndieFF provides a showcase for the best in independent cinema, including short films, feature films, music videos, and animated works. With panels, parties and a week-long gathering of fellow indie filmmakers NYCIndieFF is the place to be June 12 to June 19, 2022 This dates may move to accommodate any and all government regulations.

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New York Festivals TV & Film Awards 

Late Deadline january 18, 2023

New York Festivals TV & Film Awards honors content in all lengths and forms from over 50 countries. Embracing all aspects of the Television and Film industries, categories mirror today's global trends and encourage the next generation of story-tellers by recognizing innovators in our 14 Category Groups: News Programs, News Reports/Features, Sports Programs, Documentary, Entertainment Programs, Entertainment Specials, Program Crafts, Promotions/Station IDs & Opens, Promo/ID & Open Crafts, Streaming, Student, Films, Corporate Image, and Film Crafts.

Accepting entries for the 2023 competition since September 7th 2022. If you need additional assistance or have any questions about our categories, please contact Rose Anderson at


World Trailer Awards 
25 February 2023 


Extended deadline is January 18 2023

Honouring the world's best creatives, marketing the world's best entertainment.
Entries are open, the venue is booked and we are excited to be well into the preparations for 2023.

International Awards Program with International Judging Jury:

The work you submit is going to be seen by hundreds of judges. All are senior executives from production companies, distributors, broadcasters, streamers, advertising agencies and film, television and gaming studios.

32 Categories for Best Trailer, Best Audio Trailer, Best Poster, Best Motion Poster, Best Story, Best Experiential Marketing, Best Online Advertising, Best Outdoor Advertising, Best Print Advertising.

World Trailer Awards Regional Winners are announced and celebrated in early February 2023.

Winners for the World Trailer Awards 2023 will be announced on 25 February 2023 at Tivoli Marina Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal. The high profile awards event is attended by industry guests, entrants and judges. This is followed by a by a virtual broadcast on 26 February on

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Julien Dubuque Film Festival
April 26 – 30, 2023


January 16, 2023 Late Deadline

January 30, 2023 Extended Deadline

RANKED AGAIN IN 2022 AS ONE OF THE TOP 50 FILM FESTIVALS WORTH THE SUBMISSION FEE BY MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE AND ONE OF THE TOP REVIEWED ON FilmFreeway, JDIFF is known for its networking opportunities, best communication, quaint location, great programming, friendly staff & volunteers, inquisitive audience, multiple screening opportunities, workshops, panels, amazing events and parties and so much more! JDIFF is ALL about the independent filmmaker and is truly geared for the best experience!

Dubuque, Iowa, located right alongside the Mississippi River, is a perfect place to host the festival. As quoted in Filmmaker Magazine "The festival is smartly situated downtown, with an assortment of handsome venues all within walking distance" from the Festival Headquarters, located in the grand HOTEL JULIEN, the same hotel where Al Capone used to hide out from the Chicago Feds.

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Worldfest Houston 56 
April 25-30, 2023


January 15, 2023 Late Entry Deadline

January 31, 2023 Final Brick Wall Deadline

WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival offers international competition in Ten Major Competition Categories! Features, Shorts, Docs/Business Films, Student, Experimental, Screenplays, New Media, TV Production, TV Commercials, & Music Videos! More than 200 sub-categories for fair competition. Only at WorldFest-Houston are you selected as a Remi Award Winner on the basis of your numerical score from the juries, which greatly increases your chance to win a Remi, unlike other festivals that only give out one Gold, one Silver and one Bronze! Only 10%-15% of entries actually win the coveted Remi Award!

You may enter Online via our entry platform -, or via - we now accept entries via Vimeo & YouTube, in addition to DVD/BR Entries, & USB/Jump Drives. Screenplay entries must be bound. We will confirm when we receive your entry and we provide personal Jury Results, and festival details when you are selected for screening at the 56th WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival!

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French Riviera Film Festival 

May 19-20, 2023



February 12, 2023 Regular Deadline

March 11, 2023 Late Deadline

April 11, 2023 Extended Deadline

The fith annual French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) will recognize and celebrate short-form content created for film, television, Web and all digital platforms. In the glamorous South of France setting, FRFF invites filmmakers from around the globe to participate in the two-day festival that includes screenings, awards ceremony, and closing gala party. FRFF will place the spotlight on the best short-form filmed content during the time period of the annual Festival de Cannes. A prestigious jury panel will select Best Drama Short, Best Comedy Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Animation Short, Best Experimental Short, Best Lifestyle Short, Best Fashion Short, Best Music Video, Best Female Filmmaker Award, Best Director Award, Best Actor Award, Best Actress Award, Best Activism Short, Best Micro Short Award, Industry Excellence Award, and Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Attendees and participants will include filmmakers, industry executives, celebrities, media, and influencers.

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Chelsea Film Festival
October 12 – 15, 2023

March 31, 2023 Regular Deadline

May 31, 2023 Late Deadline

The Chelsea Film Festival (CFF) has been selected in the "TOP 10 BEST FILM FESTIVAL IN NORTH AMERICA" (#6) by USA Today in 2019 among 19 other film festivals in the USA.

CFF is an organization dedicated to supporting films and the artists who create them by providing a creative forum for exchange and discovery with the public.

The Festival attracts filmmakers, artists and audience members from across North America and around the globe. It premieres independent feature-length, documentaries and short films with a Global Focus.

Chelsea Film Festival aims to raise an awareness about foreign independent films and discover upcoming talents.

The Chelsea Film Festival is an international film platform for world lovers.


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ONES TO WATCH FOR FESTIVAL CONSIDERATION  carefuly curated by Bruno Chatelin

Gotham: The Fall and Rise of New York - Feature Documentary by Matthew Taylor

December 2022, USA 2 hours 4 minutes

Gotham tells the true story of what happened in New York City during the twenty years from 1993 to 2013. How did a city with over 2200 murders, 93,000 violent robberies and 147,000 car thefts in 1990 become the capitol of the world a mere handful of years later? This feature documentary explores what happened during these decades, told by the people who did the hard work, some at great personal and professional cost.

From Fear City to the City of Dreams. Hear about the greatest American turnaround story from the people who made it happen.

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'Tales of Babylon' to screen at Berlin, first look of the feature film available for sneak-peek



First look at "Tales of Babylon" by Pelayo De Lario
Synopsis:  In this ultra-hip crime thriller, X and Y are two hitmen which storyline is interwoven with other two hitmen: Mother Nature and The Professional. The lives of these hitmen, a bartender, a kid, her brother, and their gangster leader grandfather intertwine in these wild tales of violence, family and redemption.  In this tale of family, crime, and violence in London, the Modern day Babylon....
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ECO VILLAGE by Phoebe Nir
First Feature Film by Phoebe Nir (USA: 81 minutes November 2022)

When Robin hitch-hikes to an eco village she read about online, she is seduced by a highly musical parallel universe, in which wholesome earth skills blend vertiginously with Bacchanalia and Sadomasochism.


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ABSOLUTION by Lauren Spohn

Short film by Lauren Spohn (UK: 6 minutes 24 seconds 2022)

Labelled BEST FOR FESTS by curator Bruno Chatelin former head of Fox and Sony in France, founder and editor


"I am in a dark forest and something is chasing after me,  some sort of creature that reeks fire or something: one part of me wants to run but I cannot move my legs? I am totally paralysed..." 

"One last thing"he said : "it's not your fault !"


A man sees his psychiatrist for help with a difficult hidden family secret. The conversation takes a sinister turn as the psychiatrist pushes deeper into the man’s past. All is not what it seems: 

Can he take the tension, will you?

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PIERRE ET JEANNE by Clémentine Célarié

First Feature film 2022 99 minutes

France 2021 99 minutes  First feature film by Clémentine Célarié, produced by Matthieu Rubin - Sazia Films.

Starring Loris FREEMAN, Elodie GODART, Clémentine CÉLARIÉ, Philippe UCHAN, Mathieu AMALRIC, Sergi LOPEZ, Dominique PINON, Tom LEEB, Jacqueline CORADO, Marie DURET...

Sibling Rivalry and truth untold emerge after the unexpected inheritance of Jeanne

"Pierre et Jeanne" recounts the devastation caused by an inheritance intended for Jeanne, Pierre's younger sister. This poisoned gift from a friend of the parents will instill discord, jealousy, discord and sibling rivalry until an untold truth is revealed.


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RETURN TO EDEN written and directed by Jeff Gross: 87 minutes April 2022

Starring Gary Kohn, Jade Struck, Claude Duhamel, Jim Kinney...

Jeff Gross is a novelist and film maker. He has several writing collaborations with Roman Polanski to his name, including "Frantic" and "Bitter Moon"
Returning to the small town of Eden, Oregon after 30 years in France,  Josef, a writer, filmmaker, and self-described permanent exile, tries his best to fit in. Unable to write,  the world is so crazy that he can't keep up, he starts coaching the girls' tennis team at one of the local high schools. Lonely, adrift, he develops a friendship with Hope, a remarkable woman who dances in Puritan Eden's only strip club.  But as the dark clouds of fascism roll in, rumors run rampant, and soon enough, inevitably, the two worlds collide, with tragic consequences.


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THE THRILL  by Gordi de st. Jeor 8 minutes USA Jan 29 2022

Starring Aidan Browne and Sofia Masson

A young guitarist is about to play the biggest show of his life. Things don't quite go as expected...


TIME IS ETERNAL by Dreamteam filmmaker duo of Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir - Starring berite labelle

Short Film Fantasy  USA  December 2021 - 14 Minutes 20 seconds  

A prestigious feminine writer examines in her most recent novel what it means to be a woman across history and conjures up Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt and fierce feminine writer/philosopher Mary Wollenstonecraft(mother of Mary Shelley, author of Frakenstein) who have crossed deserts of eternal time to meet.

The women materialize into her present time environment and recount their greatest victories, defeats, loves, regrets and dreams.

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HOT MONEY by Susan Kucera (director of Jeff Bridges Living in the future’s past)

Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, General Wesley Clark and his son Wes Clark Jr. take us on a journey through the complicated realities of our financial system and its profound exposure to climate change. Hot Money outs the whole game, the whole charade, the whole crapshoot of the money system with all the humor and intelligence of a New Yorker cartoon. Combined with the wisdom of international business experts and academics, Hot Money is rich with historical context. It severs the knot of economic and political forces that may lead to societal collapse.


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12TH HOUR narrated by David Morse

Documentary by Susan Kucera (director of Jeff Bridges Living in the future’s past)

USA July 2021 51 minutes 48 seconds

Much of our population currently lives with hopeful delusions about climate change. These delusions, many of which are built in by evolution, hamper our ability to meaningfully address the problem.

Our brains evolved to solve short-term challenges for our survival. Climate change is a long-term challenge to our survival. Can we bridge the gap between these modes of thinking?

Emmy-nominated actor David Morse narrates the brutally honest 12th hour with insight from noted evolutionary biologists, climate scientists, cognitive researchers and psychologists.

Visionary thinkers like Peter Russell, Dr. Paul Piff, Dr. Kari Norgaard and dozens of the brightest minds in academia lay out an unflinching look at mankind: our past, our abilities, our shortcomings and what may be humankind's final destination.

If we have any hope to survive the changes we’ve locked in to our climate, we need to be honest with ourselves and our limitations. The 12th Hour lays out our biases so that we may overcome them.


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ENOUGH Lebanon's Darkest Hour

Documentary by Daisy Gedeon second feature documentary
Australia  june 2021 90 minutes (in post)

ENOUGH! Lebanon’s Darkest Hour follows Australian-Lebanese filmmaker Daizy Gedeon’s personal and independent introspection into how her ancestral homeland, the place her family was forced to flee in the 1970s because of the Civil War, has ended up in a state of complete catastrophe. It is a story of awakening in which Daizy is forced to abandon her idealism about Lebanon and face the cold, harsh truth about the country’s dark underbelly which is its most sinister enemy.

Daizy prosecutes the case against the corrupt political class which has reduced a proud people to beg for garbage collection instead of greatness and negotiate potholes rather than peace.

ENOUGH! is the plea and the prayer, the feeling and fierce determination of the 4.5 million Lebanese in Lebanon as well as the 16 million members of the Lebanese diaspora scattered around the world, whose hearts continue to bleed for a homeland they are desperate to return to and so deeply want to believe in...once again.


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The Sound of Us directed by Chris Gero


"The Sound of Us" illustrates that during this critical time in world and U.S. history, music gives sound to hope and courage, allows us to grieve and be honest, and is the great, universal language that unites us all.

As the world grapples with unrest the profound truth remains that, through music, we are not alone.

The Sound of Us weaves inspiring stories about the beauty and goodness of music with interviews and performances by artists such as Ben Folds, Sarah McLachlan, Avery*Sunshine, Eric Whitacre, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Hiromi, Antonio Sanchez, Butch Walker, Will Wells, Patti Smith, and many more. Combined, these powerful vignettes illustrate how music heals us, gives us hope for the future through our children, keeps our heritage and history alive, allows us to have the most difficult of conversations, sheds light on current struggles, and continues to invite us back to the thing that unites us all - music.

The film is directed by Chris Gero, a Grammy nominated, American music industry executive, concert producer, record producer, songwriter, film director and composer, founder of Yamaha Entertainment Group of America and Chief Artist Relations Executive for Yamaha Artist Relations Group

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