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VIDEO: SBIFF Day 2 - Filmmakers interviewed on the red carpet

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Steve Pinder and Julia Aks interviewed before the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award ceremony during the 39th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival at The Arlington Theatre on February 08, 2024 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for SBIFF) Red Carpet interview Day 2 at SBIFF! By Mark Bennett ...
 

 

VIDEO: SBIFF Honoring Bradley Cooper with the Outstanding Performer Of The Year Award

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Honoree Bradley Cooper, Carey Mulligan, and Brad Pitt pose with the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award during the 39th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival at The Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for SBIFF). Bradley Cooper was honored on Thursday, February 8, 2024 for his critically acclaimed portrayal of Leonard Bernstein in MAESTRO from Netflix.     Bradley Cooper, born in Philadelphia, ...
 

 

VIDEO: Follow the Santa Barbara Festival red carpet, awards and talent Interviews from the comfort of your own home

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Nine Lives : Jessie Davidson - Director & Trey Betts - Cinematographer Photos by Mark Bennett, Video courtesy of  SBIFF Follow our Youtube channel:   Lisa Landers (Director) & Dawn Fitzgerald - Giants Rising Until The Music’s Over: Gustavo Galvao, Cristiane Olivera. First We Bombed New Mexico : Kat Douglas Disconnect Me: George H. Xanthis, Alex Lykos MADU: Matthew Ogden - Director & Joel Kachi Benson - Director     ...
 

 

VIDEO: Santa Barbara International Film Festival opening Night 2024

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MADU directors Joel Kachi Benson and Matthew Ogens at Santa Barbara International Film Festival opening night February 7. Images by Mark Bennett The 39th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival opened February 7 with the World Premiere of Disney Original Documentary’s MADU  directed by Matt Ogens and Kachi Benson (Both directors in attendance); Producers Jamie Patricof, Katie McNeill, and Rachel Halilej, Editor Georgia Dodson, Composer Jackson Greenberg. L...
 

 

Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Kirk Douglas Award Honoring Ryan Gosling

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Ryan Gosling speaks onstage while accepting award at Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Kirk Douglas Award Honoring Ryan Gosling at The Ritz Carlton Bacara on January 13, 2024 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for Santa Barbara International Film Festival) After a joyous pre-reception, attendees joined the award recipient for an upscale dinner. During the evening’s festivities, a wide range of figures, including SBIFF Executive Dir...
 
 

Santa Barbara Fest Montecito Award honoring Jeffrey Wright

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  Jeffrey Wright will be honored with the Montecito Award at the 39th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Wright will receive the award on Thursday, February 15th, 2024 at an in-person conversation about his career leading up to this year’s performance in Orion Pictures / Amazon MGM Studios’ AMERICAN FICTION, written and directed by Cord Jefferson. Wright has received lead actor nominations from the Gotham Awards, Spirit Awards, Golden Globe Awards and the Critics...
 

Virtuosos Award honoring Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo, America Ferrera and Andrew Scott

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  Virtuosos Award honoring Danielle Brooks (THE COLOR PURPLE), Colman Domingo (RUSTIN & THE COLOR PURPLE), America Ferrera (BARBIE), Andrew Scott (ALL OF US STRANGERS) . Saturday, February 10th, 2024 8:00pm  Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara, CA   The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is honored to announce the second group of recipients to receive the Virtuosos Award, an honor created to recognize a select group of talent...
 

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Santa Barbara Outstanding Performer of the Year Award honoring Bradley Cooper

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Bradley Cooper will receive the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award at the 39th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Cooper will be honored on Thursday, February 8, 2024 for his critically acclaimed portrayal of Leonard Bernstein in MAESTRO from Netflix. Thursday, February 8th, 2024 8:00pm Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara, CA Bradley Cooper, born in Philadelphia, is an acclaimed actor, filmmaker, writer, and producer. A nine-time Oscar nominee, Grammy winner, and...

 

2024 SBIFF American Riviera Award honoring Mark Ruffalo announced!

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American Riviera Award honoring Mark Ruffalo Sunday, February 11th, 2024 8:00pm Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara, CA CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS Mark Ruffalo will be honored with the American Riviera Award at the 39th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Ruffalo will receive the award on Sunday, February 11, 2024 at an in-person conversation about his career, leading up to this year’s performance as Ducan Wedderburn in the upcoming Yorgos Lanthimos’ “...
 

2024 SBIFF Virtuosos announced!

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Virtuosos Award honoring Lily Gladstone (KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON) Da’Vine Joy Randolph (THE HOLDOVERS) Greta Lee (PAST LIVES) Charles Melton (MAY DECEMBER) MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED Saturday, February 10th, 2024 8:00pm Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara, CA The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is honored to announce the first group of recipients to receive the Virtuosos Award, an honor created to recognize a select group of talent whose noteworthy performanc...
 
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  Maltin Modern Master Award honoring Robert Downey Jr. Friday, February 9th, 2024 8:00pm Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara, CA The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is honored to announce that cinema icon Robert Downey Jr. will receive the Maltin Modern Master Award, its highest accolade, at the 39th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Downey Jr. will receive the prestigious award on Friday, February 9, 2024.   The ceremony will include an in-...
 

BERLINALE EFM IN FOCUS  15-25 february

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  Going to Berlin?  TomCat Films will be in Berlin this year for EFM from February 16 to Feb. 20.  Stand Number 137, on the 1st floor of the MGB.  Please contact Ted Chalmers to set up a meeting or click below:   Check out some exciting shark releases for international and Non-U.S. territories from TomCat Films!  FEATURED SHARK RELEASES:   COMPLETED. An explosion at a lab lets...
 

 

Berlinale politics: disinvitation of AfD politicians for the opening

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Over the past few days, there has been an intense discussion in the cultural sector, in the press and on social media as well as within the Berlinale team about the invitations of AfD politicians, a right-wing extremist party, to the Opening of the Berlinale. Today, the directors of the Berlinale have decided to disinvite the five previously invited AfD politicians. The current discourse has once again made it very clear how much the commitment to a free, tolerant society and standing again...
 

 

Berlinale 2024: Diversity and Inclusion

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The Berlinale is constantly working to remove existing barriers and to develop more inclusive services. All offers on diversity and accessibility at the 74th Berlinale can be found online. Furthermore, the Berlinale has an Anti-Discrimination Code of Conduct that sets out the rules of social interaction for all areas of the festival.    The Berlinale is committed to diversity, inclusion and accessibility, and is constantly working to further develop inclusive events....
 
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On January 22, 2024 the Executive Director Mariette Ris

The Berlinale 2024 Juries and News from Generation and Berlinale Talents announced

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Meet with Ted Chalmers/Summer Hill Films at EFM

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ATTEND EFM WITH SUMMER HILL!  Contact Us: Ted Chalmers President of Summer Hill Films ted@summerhillfilms.com www.summerhillfilms.com 10645 N. Tatum Blvd., #200-130,  Phoenix, AZ 85028 USA +1-480-535-8711   Check out some exciting films from Summer Hill at AFM! We will be represented by Ted Chalmers at MGB 1st Floor, Stand #137 from Feb. 16 to 19. Ted can be contacted by clicking the meeting link below.  We look forward to meeting with you!   Be&nb...
 
 

FESTIVALS IN FOCUS   

12th Palestinian Film Festival Australia Announces 2024 Program

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The Palestinian Film Festival Australia has announced its highly anticipated 2024 program featuring a mix of Australian premieres, award-winning features and ground-breaking documentaries. Navigating universal themes of people, place and politics, this year’s Festival delivers yet another enthralling program of the finest and newest Palestinian films to Australian audiences in Sydney (7-10 March), Canberra (8-10 March), Brisbane (8-10 March), Adelaide (8-10 March), Hobart (8-10 Mar...
 

 

5th Annual Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival unveils Programming and Event Slate, February 15-18

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  32 Films, Filmmaker Awards, Live Performances, Champions Award Gala, Celebrity Golf Classic, and More Pack Schedule   Waco, Texas (February 4, 2024)—The Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival has finalized its event programming and film slate, presenter GB Lindsey Family Charitable Fundannounced. The 5th edition will screen 11 feature films and 21 short, student, or animated films from around the world at venues across Waco, Texas, inc...
 

 

The 19th edition of Haapsalu Horror & Fantasy Film Festival (HÕFF) takes place 26.-28. April 2024.

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Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival (HÕFF) is a feast of the darker side of the cinema. Organised by Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, HÕFF has developed into a internationally highly appreciated art house festival in the the Nordic area. The festival offers eclectic selection from freshly premiered horror & sci-fi to forgotten classics and cult film retrospectives. In 2012, HÕFF became a part of the M...
 

 

The XV Odesa International Film Festival reveals the official poster

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The XV Odesa International Film Festival, which will take place in Kyiv from July 12 to 20, unveiled this year's official poster. "Today, Ukrainian cinema, like the entire country, is going through turbulent times. We do not yet know what Ukrainian cinema will be like after our Victory, but without knowledge of the past, it is impossible to build a successful future. That is why, on our 15th anniversary, we decided to delve into the history of Ukrainian cinematography, explore wha...
 

 

 

Line up for the 13th edition of the McMinnville Short Film Festival

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ANNOUNCING THE LINEUP FOR THE 13th EDITION OF THE MCMINNVILLE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL FEBRUARY 23rd-25th  McMinnville, OR becomes a destination for art and culture this February for the 13th edition of the McMinnville Short Film Festival, happening virtually and in-person! MSFF is excited to announce the lineup for 2024, with over 100 short films from filmmakers all over the world screening in the heart of Oregon Wine Country and virtually during February 23rd-25th. All films...
 

 

Competition Films Selected for the 36 Filmfest Dresden

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36 Filmfest Dresden (16.–21. April 2024) 60 Short Films from 28 Countries in the International, National and Central German Competitions // 22 German and World Premieres // 16 Awards with Prizemoney totalling €72,000 A total of 60 short films from 28 countries have been invited to contend in the three competition sections of the 36 Filmfest Dresden (running from 16 to 21 April 2024). From the 3,100 films submitted, the Selection Committees chose 30 (co-)productions for the Interna...
 

 

The Asian Pop-Up Cinema film festival revealed a look at its upcoming 18th edition : March 20 - April 21, 2024

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   ASIAN POP-UP CINEMA RETURNS MARCH 20 - APRIL 21, 2024   Sneak Peek Presentations Lead Up to 18th Season of Groundbreaking Festival    The Asian Pop-Up Cinema film festival today revealed a look at its upcoming 18th edition, running March 20 - April 21, 2024. Each week throughout the festival is dedicated to works from a different region, with films available via streaming during the week and in-person presentations at AMC Newcity 14 on weekends. Leading up to t...
 

 

Luxembourg City Film Festival Unveils Programme 2024

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Wang Bing, Abderrahmane Sissako and Gaspar Noé among special guests Ira Sachs, Vicky Krieps and Sebastian Koch confirmed for international jury LuxFilmFest, the annual international film festival in Luxembourg, has unveiled the programme for its 14th edition, along with its guests of honour and jury members. Chinese filmmaker Wang Bing will kick off the festivities with an exhibition that can already be seen from 8 February. Running from 29 February - 10 March, the festiv...
 

 

Film entries for 12h Chania Film Festival are now open

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Online submissions for films started for Chania Film Festival and CFF Edu .   The festival will take place from 16.10.2024 – 26.10.2024 in Chania Crete Greece . Deadline for submission of applications is 26th of May 2024 We note that from this year's event there is a special section for documentary podcasts. Submission guidelines and entry form links are below : https://chaniafilmfestival.com/en/12-cff/  https://filmfreeway.com/CHANIAFILMFESTIVAL-93152...
 

 

The 10th Hollywood Intl Diversity Film Festival is now accepting films and screenplays!

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A celebration of the values of Southern California and the future of film from around the world, reflecting the diversity of our region. The Hollywood International Film Festival will screen independent films 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 companies including: THE GREEN ROOM ELEVATE ENTERTAINMENT VELOCITY ENTERTAINMENT PARTNERS HEROES AND VILLAINS ENT...
 

 

 
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FILMS IN FOCUS

Argylle, Review: Spyurious stuff

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Argylle, Review: Spyurious stuff Don’t even try. To make sense of this one. It’s a tribute to James Bond, Jason Bourne, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon. That is what the makers want you to believe. Well, it’s one tribute the ‘quartet’ can do without. There is a cat in the film, getting a fair amount of footage. Maybe that’s a tribute to Solomon, the cat of the Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who appears in several 007 films, a white, blue-eyed Turkish Angora. In...
 

 

Award-Winning Documentary Feature “The Last of the Winthrops” Named Official Selection of DaVinci International Film Festival

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  Dr. Viviane G. Winthrop's award-winning documentary The Last of the Winthrops, chronicling her unexpected journey into the meaning of love, belonging and family, has been named an official selection of the DaVinci International Film Festival (DIFF), scheduled from February 23-25th, 2024 at AMC Theatres at The Grove in Los Angeles.   The Last of the Winthrops will screen on February 24 at 2:30 pm PST in Theatre A.&nb...
 

 

Farewell, Mr. Haffmann (2021)

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Farewell, Mr. Haffmann is a highly rated 2021 French feature film directed by Fred Cavaye based on the price winning stage play by Jean-Philippe Daguerre. The film opened North America in 2022 in and has been selected by more than 13 Jewish Film festivals thus far, distributed by the Santa Monica based Menemsha Films. Superbly photographed by Denis Rouden with a screenplay by Fred Cavaye and Sarah Kaminsky,  the Haffmann story takes place in German occupied Paris from 1941 to late 1942. T...
 

 

Can I go Home Now FeatureTrailer

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A Pritan Ambroase Film. Filmed in the current war zone of Ukraine. Original Soundtrack by Two-Time Oscar Winner A.R. Rahman. Website - https://www.canigohomenow.com Trailer Launched at Cannes Film Festival 2023! Cinessaince Motion Pictures presents a production of Hollywood Insider / Human of our World Foundation / Studio 32 ‘Can I Go Home Now?’ is a heartbreaking, moving, and powerful documentary film that gives a voice to Children suffering from the ongoing horrific war in Ukraine....
 

 

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Clermont-Ferrand Festival : Partner prizes

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For the second time, partner prizes were announced in a dedicated ceremony today Thursday at the festival, which was taking place on site. Here is the first part of prize winners from this year's official selection. Prizes from the three official juries, student juries and audience prizes will be disclosed during the first closing ceremony, Saturday 10 February at 18:00 (CET). PARTNER PRIZES OF THE CLERMONT-FERRAND FESTIVAL 2024   CANAL+ / CIN&Eacut...
 

 

VIDEO: SBIFF Honoring Bradley Cooper with the Outstanding Performer Of The Year Award

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Honoree Bradley Cooper, Carey Mulligan, and Brad Pitt pose with the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award during the 39th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival at The Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for SBIFF). Bradley Cooper was honored on Thursday, February 8, 2024 for his critically acclaimed portrayal of Leonard Bernstein in MAESTRO from Netflix.     Bradley Cooper, born in Philadelphia, ...
 

 

Winners at Göteborg Film Festival 2024 announced

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  Mother, Couch, directed by Niclas Larsson, wins Dragon Award Best Nordic Film.   ...
 

 

Winners of the IFFR 2024 Tiger Award and VPRO Big Screen Award announced.

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Rei and The Old Bachelor take top IFFR 2024 awards International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) announces the 2024 winners from its two feature competitions: the Tiger Competition and the Big Screen Competition. The prizes were handed out during the IFFR Awards Ceremony on Friday 2 February, along with the FIPRESCI, NETPAC and Youth Jury awards.          ...
 

 

IFFR Pro winners announced at CineMart 2024

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  Seven awards handed out during the 2024 edition of IFFR’s co-production market CineMart Seven awards were handed out to projects presented at the 41st edition of IFFR’s co-production market CineMart during the IFFR Pro Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 30 January, which was co-hosted together with Catalan Films. The winners were selected from the 16 features and 4 immersive projects in development presented at CineMart alongside the 4 features and 2 immersive projects nea...
 

 

Tiger Short Competition winners 2024

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Three titles receive equal Tiger Short Awards, each worth €5,000, as the KNF Award winner and nomination for European Short Film Award are also announced.   53rd...
 

 

Sydney Film Festival announces the launch of the First Nations Award, with a cash prize for Indigenous filmmaking at $35,000

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    SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NEW FIRST NATIONS AWARD PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY TRUANT PICTURES WITH WORLD’S LARGEST CASH PRIZE FOR INDIGENOUS FILMMAKING 2024 SFF Film Submissions Close 01 March Sydney Film Festival announces the launch of the First Nations Award, establishing the world's largest cash prize for Indigenous filmmaking at $35,000, proudly supported by Truant Pictures. Open to First Nations filmmakers from across the globe, the First Nations Award c...
 

 

CIFF 2024 has officially ended, but the past 10 days have been unforgettable. Thank you again for watching, submitting, and participating in our 8th annual festival. It wouldn't have been possible without all of you!   Congratulations to all the winners, nominees, and official selections! WHAT A FESTIVAL!!!     ... 

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PEOPLE IN FOCUS

Guest Registration NOW OPEN! Join the expanded HAF at the HKIFF Industry Project Market 2024

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    Only LESS THAN ONE MONTH LEFT for you to register with the HKIFF Industry Project Market 2024! HKIFF Industry Project Market will take place from 11 to 13 March at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre in conjunction with the Hong Kong FILMART. This year’s the newly expanded HKIFF Industry Project Market includes the 22nd edition of Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF22) and the inaugural section HKIFF Industry - CAA China Genre...
 

 

Rest in peace and power, dear Norman Jewison

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I had such a pleasure meeting you and working with you on the release of ONLY YOU! Charming fairy tale/ romantic comedy! I am sharing a message from The Canadian Film Center which he was running! It is with great sadness that the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) acknowledges the passing of its beloved founder – iconic and award-winning filmmaker Norman Jewison. Jewison passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2024 in Los Angeles at the age of 97. “Norman had such charisma, ...
 

 

 

Bruno Chatelin, your editor, will be a documentary jury member at SR - Socially Relevant Film Festival NY

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SR - Socially Relevant Film Festival NY 2024 will run it s 11th annual edition March 12-21, 2024.    WHAT IS SRFF?   SR Socially Relevant™ Film Festival New York is a film festival that focuses on socially relevant film content, andhuman interest stories that raise awareness to social problems and offer positive solutions through the powerfulmedium of cinema. SR believes that through raised awareness, expanded knowledge about diverse cultures, andthe ...
 

Movie Talks at Fantasporto 44

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Specially dedicated to cinema training. Taking advantage of the availability of some of the national and foreign guests at Fantasporto 2024, a program of debates/conferences/workshops was organized aimed at a younger audience, young filmmakers and film students . The aim of this extra-exhibition program of festival films is to promote debate and gatherings, reflecting and pointing out ways for new filmmakers and film lovers FREE ENTRY.   Sunday, 3 March , 5pm   AN APPROACH TO AM...
 
 

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Golden Trailer Awards 
20 May 2024

Early Deadline: January 26th, 2024 (Midnight PST)

Regular Deadline: March 29th, 2024 (Midnight PST)
Late Deadline: April 5th, 2024 (Midnight PST)

The Golden Trailer Awards is the award show honoring the best in feature film previews and global marketing. The show is an audio visual extravaganza of non-stop entertainment and adrenaline-pumping fun. Packing a year’s worth of explosions, laughs, surprises and hit music into a fast and furious thrill ride, the press has dubbed the GTA’s “the Academy Awards for the short attention span.” 

Taking only 90 minutes to roll through 17 categories ranging from Best Drama to the Golden Fleece, the Golden Trailer Awards is as diverse and exciting as the art form to which it pays homage.
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New York Festivals TV & Film Awards

April 16, 2024

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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 Program, News Reports/Feature, Sports Program, Documentary, Entertainment Program, Entertainment Special, Craft Program, Promotion/Open & ID,  Craft Promotion/Open & ID, Streaming, Student, Films, Corporate Image, and Craft Films/Productions.

 

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Global Entertainment Awards 

 

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The Global Entertainment Awards honour the role marketing and promotion play in powering the entertainment industry. We celebrate the creative people around the world whose work drives us to want, play, watch and listen to entertainment.

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26 Awards Categories. Pricing

Early Bird Entry Deadline 31 December 2023.

Regional Winners announced February 2024.
Global Entertainment Awards Winners announced March 2024.

 

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NYC Independent Film Festival

June 5 - 8, 2024

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January 15, 2024 Late Deadline
February 15, 2024 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.

New York City Independent Film Festival (NYCIndieFF) will hold a physical festival this year. We will celebrate the Independent Filmmaker, documentaries, short and feature-length films and animation. Whether a submission is comedic, dramatic, or something in between, The NYCIndieFF is eager to embrace fresh ideas and storytelling.

 

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Julien Dubuque International Film Festival

April 24 – 28, 2024

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PARTNER FESTIVAL WITH FILMFESTIVALS.COM

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Late Deadline March 9, 2024
Extended Deadline April 9, 2024

The 6th 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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ONES TO WATCH FOR FESTIVAL CONSIDERATION  carefuly curated by Bruno Chatelin

Can I go Home Now?

Documentary bt Pritan Ambroase USA 2024 1hour 42 minutes "Movie that Matters Award in Cannes"

The film is a cry of revolution from Children all around the world who continue to ask "Can I Go Home Now?" while being terrorized by wars. Filmed in the current war zone of Ukraine as missiles flew overhead, 'Can I Go Home Now?' is a heartbreaking, moving, and powerful documentary film that gives a voice to Children suffering from ongoing horrific wars. No adults are allowed to speak in this film. Rarely do Children get to have a say in a war fought by adults, and this film gives the Children a voice and a chance to speak up as they tell the story of this war in their own words. The film bears witness to their experiences, fears and hopes in a war zone. Despite their circumstances, they continue to dream and hope for a better future. The film is a lesson in courage about the impact of wars on Children all over the world and a testament to human resilience. This film is a testament to the fact that wars that affect Children cannot be allowed to happen anymore, anwhere in the world.

 

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Wild Genius by Susan Kucera (Living in the future's past, Hot Money, 12th hour...)
Social impact documentary on evolutionary biologist Robert Travis,  1h:12minutes USA December 2023

Wild Genius portrays the exceptional life, career and mental health challenges of living legend Robert Trivers, the evolutionary biologist TIME magazine named as “one of the greatest scientists of the 20th Century”. Harvard psychologist and best selling Author, Steven Pinker calls him “an under-appreciated genius, and one of history’s greatest thinkers in the analysis of behavior and emotion.” An advocate for civil rights, Trivers’ straightforward logic makes an empowering case: understanding our evolutionary past isn't a life sentence but a liberating force.  Wild Genius is an entertaining and intellectual odyssey that challenges us to confront our evolutionary roots and societal taboos, daring us to think differently about ourselves and our place in the natural world. This isn't just the story of a groundbreaking scientist; it's an invitation to transform our understanding of life itself. We have the cognitive tools to know ourselves better and, by extension, to make a better world.

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Maya by Julia Verdin
USA 2023 1hour 44 minutes written and directed by Julia Verdin

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Teenage Maya is raised in a household stricken by her father’s abandonment.
Maya makes the wrong encounter on social media and meets Ray a handsome stranger she falls for: he encourages Maya to run away from home...she ends up being set up for appointments with Ray’s “clients” until Police finds her. Can Maya's mother help her get back on her feet, or will Maya be forever lost to the dark world she has fallen prey to?

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Gender Transformation The Untold Realities 
USA 2023 1 hour 23 minutes written and directed by Tobias Elvhage and Liza Morberg

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Through the real-life experience of several transgender youth and expert interviews, this docudrama provides an uncensored look into the forces behind this movement and reveals untold stories you have never heard.

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Unseen Crisis Documentary by Cindy Drukier
Canada 2023

Some who took vaccine with the noblest of intentions experienced unexpected debilitating aftereffects. Instead of compassion, they were met with skepticism; instead of being helped they were shunned; instead of being heard, they were silenced. Join us as we bring their stories out of the shadows so they can be heard and seen and no longer alone.

And yet nobody's coming to the rescue of truth?

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Rear View Cataclysm by Eric Frodsham

2023 USA 96 minutes

Rear View Cataclysm is the story of two brothers and an ex-girlfriend who try to recapture the love and passion and of their past. Edison is trapped in a toxic marriage and invites down-on-his-luck brother, Blake (Jason Liebrecht), to a popular local music festival. Broke and depressed, Blake agrees, not realizing that Edison has also invited Mazie (Caroline Ducey), his ex-girlfriend.  No one can predict the course of desire, reconciliation and regret that unfolds. Set against the barren landscapes of rural Texas and featuring the hypnotic sounds of Grouper and Govinda along with Punk Rock Bands Zounds and The Jesus LizardRear View Cataclysm is a feast for the heart and senses.

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