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Tolyatti Adrift, Russia, 2022, Laura Sistero, Spain

Premiering at the Toronto Hot Docs documentary film festival, TOLYATTI ADRIFT is a persuasive account of the decline of Tolyatti, a city created by the Soviet Union in 1966 as a response to the US car industry and built by Russian and Italian engineers. Built on virtually empty lands, huge car factories and a large city were constructed. The city was named after Palmiro Togliatti, leader of the Italian Communist party, and manufacturing was carried out with the Fiat corporation building Lada c...

Hot Docs 2022

Founded in 1996 and based in Toronto,  Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival has developed into the largest North American documentary film festival.  As a no-profit enterprise, it has the objective of supporting Canadian and international filmmakers and fostering excellence in documentary filmmaking. From April 28 – May 8, 2022, the 27th edition of Hot Docs was held, organized as a hybrid festival with live audiences in Toronto and nationwide online streaming of...

Interview: Director Robert Clem on insider Gospel music for doc HOW THEY GOT OVER

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent After watching documentary HOW THEY GOT OVER, directed by Robert Clem, more than the music of the Soul Stirrers, Dixie Hummingbirds, Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, Sensational Nightingales, the Davis Sisters, and other featured artists stays with you. There’s Sister Rosetta Tharpe in all her glory, guitar on the lap, kind of changing the world for all to see. Released this month from First Run Features, Clem’s sonic odyssey is a his...

Their Algeria / Leur Algerie; France, Algeria, Switzerland, Qatar; Lina Soualem, 2020

It took a long time before the Western powers and Japan engaged in a critical examination of their colonial pasts and the crimes they committed in the occupied regions. France, which colonized Algeria from 1830 to 1962, is a case in point. The best known documentation is the 1966 feature Battle of Algiers by Gillo Pontecorvo which illustrates the escalating violence and atrocities committed by French armed forces against civilians and the response by the liberation movement FLN. Several years ...

The Territory, Alex Pritz, Documentary, 2022

Alex Pritz’s case study of an indigenous Brazilian Amazon rain forest tribe focuses on the perspectives of the tribe, defending their existence and their forest. The documentary reflects the current systemic problems faced by many others in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia; the disappearance of rain forests, destruction and disregard of indigenous cultures, absence of medical services for tribal and other minority groups, and the domination of policy making by powerful economic int...

Can you like me a bit ( Artist- memoir ) 。

https://vimeo.com/680136165  Can you like me a bit ( Artist- memoir ) 。 你可不可以喜欢我一下 ( 艺术家回忆录 ) 。

Submissions open now on FilmFreeway

Mirror Mountain Film Festival is now open for submissions on FilmFreeway! We’re looking for shorts, medium-length films and features in all genres, including drama, comedy, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, documentary, animation, experimental, music video, dance film and more. For the first time ever, we’re also welcoming submissions of interactive media pieces for exhibition in our festival lounge. If you’re an independent filmmaker with a unique creative voice, then submit your wor...

Trailer for World Premiere 1341 FRAMES OF LOVE AND WAR - Doc portrait of war photographer Micha Bar-Am

Trailer has now been released for Berlinale World Premiere 1341 FRAMES OF LOVE AND WAR (World Premiere, Berlinale Special Section), a documentary portrait of one of the world’s most important living war photographers, Micha Bar-Am.    Festival Trailer (JUST RELEASED):     Born in Berlin in 1930, Israeli photojournalist Bar-Am became an internationally recognized photographer in the 1960’s. Today, at the age of 91, he looks at his ph...

2022 Sundance Film Festival: latest additions announced

 Two World-Premiere Documentaries Added to Festival Lineup;   The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced today the addition of two world premiere feature films for the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. The Festival will  take place online at Festival.Sundance.org; on The Spaceship, a bespoke immersive platform; and in person at seven Satellite Screens venues around the country during the Festival’s second weekend. The Festival takes place January 20–30, 2022; tic...

IFFI 52, 047: 2021 will have been the last IFFI where FD participated and contributed

IFFI 52, 047: 2021 will have been the last IFFI where FD participated and contributed At every IFFI, the Films Division (FD) of the Union Government of India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB), plays a prominent role. It provides technical support and runs a stall, among other things. Along with the Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF), the Children’s Film Society of India (CFSI) and the National Film Archive of India (NFAI), it is to be merged with the National Film ...

NATURETRACK FILM FESTIVAL ~ WRAPPING UP 2021 EDITION

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(Los Olivos, CA)  Combining the 4th Annual NatureTrack Film Festival with the Los Olivos celebration of small-town life  ‘Day in the Country’ brought out record numbers of people, especially after the long lockdown. This was the first time the NTFF was live and in-person for one-day since its’ abrupt halt in the face of COVID-19 in March 2020.  Festival organizers followed the Pop-Up live with a two-week virtual run of the all-nature...

DOC NYC 2021 Interview with Alessandro Rossellini, Director of THE ROSSELLINIS ~ By Claire Varney

Alessandro Rossellini is the grandson of Roberto Rossellini (ROME, OPEN CITY), one of Italy's most prominent directors of Italian neorealist cinema.    Alessandro is a photographer who struggled with drugs for years before becoming a drug rehabilitation counseler.     He discusses why he wanted to make this documentary about his famous family. The film that delves deep into their past and present, and examines the ongoing impact of family relations and influence....

Hybrid 25th Ji.hlava is over, 338 films attracted 85,000 viewers

  The 25th edition of the annual Ji.hlava IDFF closed its doors. The festival programme took on a hybrid form: After the physical edition on October 25–30, the online part followed on November 1–14.   The festival presented 338 films and over 100 discussions. There were 5,698 accredited visitors and guests this year, and 85,000 viewers watched the films: more than 30,000 visitors in cinemas and almost 55,000 online viewers. The Inspiration Forum discussions, which are st...

IDFA is in full swing! In case you missed this Industry Talk on innovations in online distribution...

IDFA 2021: The in-person festival edition takes place November 17–28 IDFA Industry Talk on innovations in online distribution, a follow-up to an event from 2019, took place at the Brakke Grond on Sunday afternoon, where representatives of three innovative distribution platforms from the UK, the US and the Netherlands talked about their work with cinemas in the times when the pandemic is not yet over. The talk was moderated by Wendy Bernfeld of...

2021 Award Winners - Bangkok International Documentary Awards and Festival - press release

      It was with great honor that BKK DOC founder and festival director Stephane Lambert revealed the 2021 Bangkok International Documentary Award winners. full list here: http://www.bkkdoc.com/bkkdoc-awardwinners2021.html In the 2021 festival, BKK DOC has continued to offer participating filmmakers enhanced exposure and distribution opportunities under the theme of “Visions on Asia.&rd...

The Awareness Film Festival Shows Powerful Docudrama 'Mercy'

The Awareness Film Festival Shows Mercy, the Powerful Docudrama by UK Actress Wendy Morgan   Film Unveils the Devastation Caused by Animal Agriculture as Seen Through the Eyes of a Pig Named Mercy and All Those Trapped in the Factory Farming Industry     To cap off its over yearlong festival run, the gripping docudrama feature Mercy, written and directed by UK-based actress Wendy Morgan, has been named an official selection of the 12th edition ...

Discover new docs at LFF 2021

  The world's best new docs 6-17 OCT | IN PERSON AND ONLINE   It’s a banner year for documentaries at the 65th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express. Discover the films nominated in Documentary Competition and more! Delve deep into the programme with our discovery passes. There are five curated passes to choose from, Female Filmmakers, Doc Discovery, New Voices, Series and International Perspectives. Choose 3 films for only £30. EXPL...

DOCLISBOA 2021 Complete line-up unveiled

249 Films, 51 World premieres, 46 Portuguese films, 62 Countries represented at DOCLISBOA 2021   The programme of the 19th edition of Doclisboa was unveiled during the press conference that took place today, at Culturgest, with the presence of Joana Gusmão, Joana de Sousa and Miguel Ribeiro (Directors - Doclisboa), Maria João Gonçalves (Member of the Board of Directors - Culturgest), Joana Gomes Cardoso (Chairman of the Board Administration - EGEAC) and Jos&...

The documentary series 'Raphaelismo', a Movistar+ original, will be presented at San Sebastian Festival’s 69th edition

The Movistar+ Gala will take place on Sunday 19 at the Victoria Eugenia Theatre with the presence of Raphael and the exclusive preview of one episode The documentary series Raphaelismo, a Movistar+ original, will be presented at San Sebastian Festival’s 69th edition, to run from September 17-25. Its release on the platform is scheduled for 2022. The series brings an intimate portrait of the artist’s successes, secrets, fears and dreams, including unseen audiovisual footage, m...

The Shadow @ 14th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco

The Shadow, directed by Usama Alshaibi at the [virtual] 14th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco. September 18-19, 2021. The on-Demand [VOD] option is also available from September 20 to 26, 2021. Tickets on Sale Now. www.IranianFilmFestival.org  

Ill Fate @ 14th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco

Ill Fate (Bakht-e-Parishan) directed by Sahar Koshnam at the [virtual] 14th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco. September 18-19, 2021. The on-Demand [VOD] option is also available from September 20 to 26, 2021. Tickets on Sale Now. www.IranianFilmFestival.org  

The United States of Elie Tahari @ 14th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco

The United States of Elie Tahari with Elie Tahari, at the [virtual] 14th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco. September 18-19, 2021. The on-Demand [VOD] option is also available from September 20 to 26, 2021. Tickets on Sale Now. www.IranianFilmFestival.org  

Documentary films @ 14th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco

Documentary films at the [virtual] 14th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco. The first independent Iranian film festival outside of Iran. September 18-19, 2021. The on-Demand option is also available from September 20-26, 2021. Tickets on Sale Now. www.IranianFilmFestival.org

2021 festival photos

  Visit our Facebook page to see some great photos of our 2021 festival by Adrienne Row-Smith! Adrienne snapped awesome shots of the Kimberly Sunstrum x Hingman Leung live music + film performance, our technicians hard at work, and Q&As with filmmakers from the New Visions and Moving Images programs! Photos here: https://bit.ly/3sGT79N ...

Documentaries in competition at the 6th “Beyond Borders” International Documentary Festival of Castellorizo (22-29/8/2021)

A total of 27 documentaries (11 feature films, 5 medium-length films and 11 short films) from 15 countries will be competing at the 6th Beyond Borders International Documentary Festival of Castellorizo. Once again the official selection includes compelling films from around the world. Please, find below a summary and a trailer of all the films in competition:   Short Films in competition: The Method: Captured / Greece, 2017, 13’ Directed by: Haris Gioulatos One night in Octo...

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