Christmas Festivals

A festival doesn’t have to be a movie festival to be awesome! Since the Xmas season is coming up, here’s a list of some of the best Christmas festivals around the world:

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, London, England.

Christmas Festival of Lights in Portland, OR.

Christmas festivals - Festival of Lights

Budapest Christmas Fair

Christmas festivals - Budapest Fair

Santa Claus Christmas Celebration in Santa Claus, IN

Christmas festivals - Santa Christmas Celebration

Santa’s Enchanted Forest in Miami, FL

Christmas festivals - Santas Enchanted Forest

Christmas in Ice at North Pole, AK

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    by Newsletter on July 3, 2020 at 10:26 PM

    THE FESTIVAL BEAT MAKER SINCE 1995! SHARING MOTION AND EMOTION Welcome to the N°922 release of our weekly newsletter View in your browser Featuring news from Cannes, Locarno, London, Buffalo, Santa Barbara, Cine las Americas, SR Socially Relevant Fest, RIFF, KVIFF, Provincetown, Göteborg and many more great events.   Our Newsletters documenting the festivals experience reach 196 000 subscribers:  Email us to be featured FOLLOW US ON THE SOCIAL NETWORKS:            > CANNES / MARCHE DU FILM ONLINE PREVIEWS   A look back at the stats, facts and figures from Marche du Film Online Marché du Film Online comes to a close, the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes announces the numbers of its first virtual edition. Over the course of five days, the Marché du Film Online welcomed 10,002 participants from all around the world. The most important delegation came from the USA (1,500 participants), followed by France (1,400 participants) and the UK (950 participants). More than half of the participants were coming from Europe with 5,900 participants. The Marché du Film Online recreated the Cannes experience with conferences, one-to-one meetings, screenings and informal get-togethers and gathered attendees from 122 countries (compared to 121 countries at the physical Marché du Film  in 2019). The Marché du Film Online welcomed 61 virtual pavilions, home to institutions from around the world and 262 virtual sales agents booths...MORE Catch Up Sessions from the Market...All yours   Marché du Film 22-26 June 2020 Press "replay" The Marché du Film Online wrapped up on Friday 26 June after 5 full days packed with no fewer than 200 conferences. Experience and learning shared all together live are now available for replay. Throughout the summer you can dip into our conferences about diversity, new technologies, virtual reality or co-production. Until we can toast again in Cannes, stay safe, take care and vive le cinéma!   Ca...   The 2020 Marché du Film Online featured wrapped positively with a whole new experience of the market The 2020 Marché du Film Online featured 10 002 particpants, 323 booths, 1235 screenings, 200 conferences, over 3500 films and projects discussed.     A global pandemic was no match for our annual Marché du Film event. Thank you so much for making the virtual trip to this year’s market. We hope it was a success for you and we couldn't have done it without all of you. After last year’s 60th anniversary record-breaking attendance, this year’s e...     Catch up with the exclusive concerts from the Market Join us: meet & listen... Meet & Listen Spot the Composer concerts provided music lovers with opportunities to enjoy online live shows from world-renowned composers Mark Isham online concert Camille Bazbaz online concert Ryūichi Sakamoto online concert Chloé Thévenin online concert Gabriel Yared online concert   ...   The Cinéfondation Selection 2020 Following on from the Official Selection, the online Marché du Film and the short films, the Festival de Cannes reveals Cinéfondation’s 2020 Selection of films submitted by film schools from around the world.   The Cinéfondation Selection © FDC ...     Interview with Marché du Film Executive Director Jérôme Paillard Jérôme Paillard in conversation with Bruno Chatelin     Facts and figures on the 2020 marchédu Film online, the first edition of its kind. Quite a challenge on many fronts   A few figures about attendance  trends this year? when is the marchedufilm.online opening, why 5 days only? How many of the Cannes official selection  titles will be screening in the virtual Marché do you see a trend ? I see 16 conferences and panels a...     New acquisition from Uncork'd Entertainment: Sasquatch Among Wildmen   SASQUA...     Watch the Nostradamus session from Marché du Film Online Making Choices: How to Build for a Better New Normal Last week, the Göteborg Film Festival’s Nostradamus project returned to Cannes NEXT at the Marché du Film Online in a dynamic session on the near future of the industry in the light of the COVID-19 crisis. See it today! In an ambitious three-part seminar broadcast from Göteborg’s Stora Teatern, the Nostradamus Project invited experts to reflect on the near future of the film and scripted television indus...     As the Cannes market comes to an end, the Far East market opens its doors! Udine - 30 June / 2 July 2020 FOCUS ASIA 2020 As the Cannes market comes to an end, the Far East market opens its doors! More than 600 requests for one-to-one meetings. 9 projects selected for the market, 7 projects selected for the 'in progress' section. Over 600 requests for one-to-one meetings between accredited professionals. Nine projects selected for the All Genres Project Market. Seven films selected for the new Far East in progress section. These are the numbers that t...         IFFAM Macau takes part in Fantastic 7 initiative in Cannes for Second Year International Film Festival & Awards Macao (IFFAM), jointly organized by the Macao Government Tourism Office and the Macau Films & Television Productions and Culture Association, is pleased to be participating for a second year in Fantastic 7, a Cannes Market initiative that has taken place online this year between  June 22-26.   An initiative of the Marché du Film, Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia and international expert Bernardo Bergeret, ...     Psychological thriller "Alone Wolf" Starring Cara Gee and Richard de Klerk picked up for distribution A new gripping psychological thriller! Jonathan's Dark Apocalyptic View Keeps Him Locked inside, Self-Quarantined, until He and His Camera Witness a Murder on His Doorstep. Alone Wolf trailer link: https://youtu.be/PvS7kvy3k0M     PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER ALONE WOLF STARRING CARA GEE AND RICHARD de KLERK ACQUIRED BY GRAVITAS VENTURES FOR DIGITAL HD, CABLE VOD, BLU-RAY AND DVD RELEASE JULY 3, 2020   Jonathan's Dark Apocalyptic View Keeps Him...     Arclight Films closes North American deal with Grindstone Entertainment Group for haunting thriller LET IT SNOW Leading international sales company Arclight Films has finalized its North American distribution deal for the haunting thriller Let It Snow with Grindstone Entertainment Group, a Lionsgate company, it was announced today by Arclight Films’ Chairman Gary Hamilton. The film will be released On Demand on September 22, 2020. Grindstone Entertainment Group recently announced the renewal of their longstanding partnership with Lionsgate.   “We are delighted to have our long-time frie...     Germans in Cannes On 26 June, Deadline presented, in partnership with German Films, a panel with three German top industry players discussing their perspectives regarding the current situation of the film industry titled "Back to Business: A German Perspective". The panel consisted of director and actress Maria Schrader (UNORTHODOX), Martin Moszkowicz (chairman of the executive board of Constantin Film AG) and Michael Weber (The Match Factory). The panel was seen by about 500 industry partic...     Voltage Pictures has launched international sales on director Thor Freudenthal’s upcoming YA romance Words on Bathroom WallS Voltage Pictures has launched international sales on director Thor Freudenthal’s (Carnival Row, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Diary of a Wimpy Kid) upcoming YA romance Words on Bathroom Walls, starring Charlie Plummer (“Looking for Alaska”, All the Money in the World), Andy Garcia (Ocean’s Eleven, The Godfather Part III) and AnnaSophia Robb (“Little Fires Everywhere”, “The Act”), it was announced today by President and COO Jonathan Deckter. &nbs...     Karl Bardosh Cell Phone Cinema Humanitarian Award, second AFI World Peace edition in the market   World Peace and Tolerance Smartphone Gala Live@Cannes took place Jun 26, 2020 07.00 PM London filmfestivals.com Bruno Chatelin joined as jury to Karl Bardosh Cell Phone Cinema Humanitarian Award, second AFI World Peace , the awards ceremony was live on Zoom! Humanitarian smart phone films and smart phone films highlighting "COVID - 19"  will have a voice during Marché du Film through a United Nations supported organizati...     STX takes worldwide rights for RUN RABBIT RUN starring Elisabeth Moss Next-generation media company STX Entertainment, has secured worldwide distribution rights to Run Rabbit Run from Emmy-nominated “Handmaid’s Tale” director Daina Reid (The Outsider) and starring Emmy award winner Elisabeth Moss.  Moss recently starred in another genre hot property, The Invisible Man, which raced to a worldwide box office of $125m, making it not only one of the top performing films of the year but also one of the most profitable given its low budget.  ...     First images of the documentary ALL OF US by Pierre PIRARD   We're happy to share the first images of the documentary ALL OF US by Pierre PIRARD.  Please reply to this e-mail to receive the trailer. A few words from the director about this ambitious documentary: "In a few words, this feature documentary addresses the issue of living together in our societies. However, against the current of widely circulated narrative discourses, this documentary wants to be a source of inspiration by showing stories o...     “ROONEY” a revealing documentary about England and Manchester United’s record goal-scorer goes into production A documentary about England and Man United’s record goal-scorer, Wayne Rooney, has gone into production. Produced by Lorton Entertainment, the London based team behind smash hits such as Maradona, Make Us Dream and Supersonic, ROONEY will be a feature length documentary that lifts the lid on an extraordinary player known the world over for his performances on the pitch. With unprecedented access and directed by BAFTA award winning filmmaker Matt Smith (Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad), au...     Piki Films inks deals with three indigenous writers unearthing untold colonial stories Off the back of 2020 Academy Award-winning Jojo Rabbit, Carthew Neal and Taika Waititi’s production company Piki Films embarks on three projects with Māori writers from Aotearoa New Zealand that turn an indigenous eye on the effects of colonisation.    The projects will be developed by Neal, and producer Morgan Waru who has taken a full-time position at the company, after having worked with Piki over a number of projects. “It's fantastic to be working with the best o...     More than 90 films and around 100 filmmakers are part of the International Catalogue of Chilean Cinema   During a historical period in which the entire world has been living a common experience, the need to maintain a united audiovisual community is the spirit that gives shape to our International Film Catalogue 2020, which inspires us to share with the world what we are and what we do. In the pages of our new catalogue the diverse cinematic vision of Chilean authors is woven together, personal views of cinema that when placed side by side, reflect the collective experience of living in a c...     10 New Movies - Official Uncork'd Entertainment Cannes Lineup - Science Fiction, Action, Horror, Thriller, Adventure     ...     Winner's Announcement IEFTA-Marché Docs-in-Progress Award The International Emerging Film Talent Association (IEFTA) In Collaboration For The Second Year With The Marché Du Film Presents A 10,000€ Prize For Documentary Works-In-Progress At The Marché’s Virtual Doc Corner   Prize Awarded To HOLY CRAFT Directed by: Joseph Mangat Presented as part of the Showcase PHILIPPINES   The Monaco-based International Emerging Film Talent Association (IEFTA), in the second year of its Docs-In-Progress collaboration wi...     The "Gold Standard" Of Film Festival Training! with Film Festival Mastery   •• The "Gold Standard" Of Film Festival Training! •• FILMMAKERS: Want to learn how to get into top-tier fests on a budget? Want to learn how to leverage that experience into better reps, paying gigs, and sales/distribution? Then watch our FREE 90-minute webinar that breaks down all the insider secrets you didn't know you needed to know! FILM FESTIVALS: Want to develop more revenue streams? Attract top films and filmmakers? Struggling with ...   VIDEO: Transcript of Cloud 21 and Kultura PR 3rd Annual Global Entertainment Showcase during Online Marché du Film Cloud21 International and Kultura PR International  co-presented the third annual "Global Entertainment Showcase: Cannes 2020” on June 24, 2020, virtually, during this year’s Online Marché du Film.  The ZOOM event featured panelists Threshold Entertainment Group CEO Larry Kasanoff (producer Mortal Kombat, Terminator 2), Roskino CEO Evgenia Markova and E! founder | Metan Global Entertainment Group President/CEO Larry Namer, with award-...   > FILMS IN FOCUS ...    Revelation announces live special intriguing event: A live show that LOOKS like a film Revelation Film Festival has announced a special live horror film will be included in their inaugural Couched online Film Festival. A groundbreaking event, In The Shadow It Waits is a horror film performed live and edited in real-time. With 61 scenes, 58 camera setups and actors performing live from their own homes in different states across Australia, the film is made live as the audience views it. ...   Boys Will Be BOYS STATE, in This Raucous Caucus Set for Summer by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Boys, Texas, a mock election, what could go wrong? Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner for 2020, BOYS STATE, chronicles 1100 eager teenage mini-men as they vie for a week-long bid to make their own state government, in this Apple Original to hit theaters on July 31. Directed by Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine, this all-male shindig down in the Lone Star State may come off as tone-deaf in a ‘woke,’ hashtag MeToo environment, but boys wi...   Touch Wood: Wood Entertainment drops in with Pro Skater Tony Hawk in August by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Who else was a skateboarder in their misspent youth? Once a skater, always a skater, and this new Tony Hawk documentary set for 9/18 is "rad" as they used to say in the skate parks. If you don't know who Tony Hawk is, then a quick spin around any search engine will reveal the mystique of this self-made boarder. Hawk is also the guy who jumps off his kitchen counter on a custom-tuned skateboard for grins. Now this billion-dolla...     TCM’s Carl Reiner Shiner: Moving Picture Memorial to This Funny, Funny Man by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Before you can say you knew him well, Carl Reiner (1922-2020), who left earth on June 29 for better comedic opportunities, will be feted by TCM for a life very well lived on July 28. Mr. Reiner was not only a funny, funny man, but once Garry Marshall told me that Reiner dismissed his writing as “one liner” comedy. Marshall (1934-2016), who has also left us for comedy heaven, never forgot those words, and said he incorp...     "Touch" wins BEST DOCUMENTARY at Diogenes 2020: Stay Home & Make Movie Festival  "Touch" has won the BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD at the Diogenes 2020: Stay Home & Make Movie Festival out of Tbilisi, Georgia on July 3, 2020. Written and presented by 91-yr-old retired metallurgist and poet Donald G. Westlake, the film was directed/edited by his daughter Dawn Westlake, as they were both self-isolating during the COVID19 pandemic, 2001 miles apart. Westlake used family films going back to the early 1900s to illustrate her father's story about the importance of...     Kali Pictures & SoulFire Creations present INTO LIGHT biopic of Women Voting Rights activist Inez Milholland This election year, August 18th is the Centennial of women's Suffrage in the US, granting women the right to vote. Even after 100 years, voting rights have never been more important than they are right now.    We feel this is a timely opportunity to celebrate the suffragists' legacy in film and inspire people to vote, which is why we've produced an epic short about civil and voting rights activist Inez Milholland, called Into Light.    Made wi...       Work and labour in the spotlight during Doclisboa 2020   The next edition of Doclisboa will have a cycle dedicated to work. From October 22 to November 1, we will present a programme of 20 films, by directors such as Harun Farocki, Helke Sander, Hervé Le Roux, among others. Film production during the Portuguese revolutionary period will also be highlighted in this cycle. This programme arises from a partnership between Doclisboa and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), which aims to promote the discussion, through cinema...     "terroir" accepted to SAGA Film Festival in Australia! "terroir" has been accepted to the SAGA International Women's Film Festival in Adelaide, Australia for August 7-21, 2020. Written, helmed and performed by Dawn Westlake, and produced under her Ron de Cana Prods, Inc. shingle, "terroir" is a musical documentary about how the mother-child relationship can influence our perceptions of very capable female leaders in all sectors of society. The film was shot on location by Pol Carrizo Vilarroig of Imatge Barcelona in Wheaton &...     GTE Productions Presents Leah McKendrick’s short film Pamela & Ivy, the untold, feminist origin story of Poison Ivy McKendrick and Owen Writer/Director Leah McKendrick’s provocative new short film Pamela & Ivy, the untold, female-made, feminist origin story of DC anti-heroine, Poison Ivy, debuted on May 11, 2020.  The film tells the origin story of Poison Ivy, illustrates the series of events which led to the materialization of the supervillian, and offers a gritty exploration of the childhood trauma of one of Gotham City’s most notorious figures. Aria Lyric Leabu (Young Pamela) &n...   > FESTIVALS IN FOCUS        Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) is now live with the best in fantasy NIFFF TV SUMMONS THE BEST IN FANTASY The Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) unveils details about its daily live NIFFF TV show. Every day at 9 p.m. from July 3rd to July 11th, the festival invites all its audience members to watch an original TV programme developed and produced by the NIFFF, with artists in attendance! Get ready for interviews with major directors, the latest industry news, and futuristic debates about utopia and dystopia. NIFFF TV wil...     The Viennale 2020 will take placeend of October: first preview   The 58th edition of Austria’s largest film festival will be presented in a more concentrated format, featuring additional cinemas, more screenings and a stronger Austrian focus. We’re pleased to announce the current planning status for the Viennale 2020. The conditions and requirements for organizing a film festival of our size this fall were initially unclear for a long time and then changed almost weekly, due to announcements of a gradual relaxation of the Covid-19 measure...     The 39th Istanbul Film Festival sets new dates to 9-20 October 2020. The 39th Istanbul Film Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) with the support of Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism, was postponed to a later date due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The largest, most established, and most influential film festival in Turkey, Istanbul Film Festival will hold its National Competition and National Short Film Competition in cooperation with Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) between 17 and 28 July...     Ischia Film Festival is hosting the 18th International Movie Tourism Convention The eighteenth edition of the Ischia Film Festival is taking place with a hybrid modality: partly in presence, in the wonderful setting of the Aragonese Castle and partly online with 70 audiovisual works being screened on the website www.ischiafilmfestivalonline.it. Started on Saturday, June 27th, the festival is ending on the upcoming July 4th, by exploring the bond between cinema and location, according to the fair’s format. The festival keeps following its path, long-time bound...     BFI London Film Festival announces a new format for its 2020 edition The BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express today reveals its plans to deliver an edition of the Festival from 7-18 October 2020. In the most accessible version of the festival to UK audiences yet, film lovers will be given an opportunity to connect for a unique and innovative festival experience, enjoying both live and digital screenings across the 12 days of the Festival. Adapting to the extraordinary challenges of the year, the Festival will deliver up to 50 Virt...     Locarno 2020: cinema theaters re-open their doors The twin pleasures of discovery and seeing movies in the theater, two of the hallmarks of the Locarno Film Festival, will not be missing even in an edition taking place mainly online. Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films will feature live streaming, video on demand, virtual master classes and Q&A sessions, but will also be physical, offering screenings in three different theaters in Locarno, with genuine premieres and repertory screenings over the eleven days of the Festival. There...     Buffalo International Film Festival presents Racial Justice in View   Free, Open Call for Racial Justice in View Submissions until August 10th! The Buffalo International Film Festival is committed to diversity, inclusion, and community collaboration programmatically and organizationally. Our mission is to amplify diverse voices by creating and maintaining open platforms with which to tell stories through cinema. Recent events in our nation, as well as those occurring locally in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery ...       Cine Las Americas is back this summer — virtually!   The Cine Las Americas 2020 Virtual Showcase will be held July 16-19 & 23-26 in co-presentation with the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.   The program includes 49 films (7 features, 32 shorts, and 10 music videos) hailing from 12 different countries. All will be eligible for Audience Awards in their respective categories.   All films and videos presented in the CLA2020 Virtual Showcase will be offered free of charge, with prior registration. Regi...     RIFF | Deadline prolonged Due to many requests RIFF's deadline is prolonged until July 14, 2020. ...     WeAreOne: A Global International Film Festival As with other public institutions ranging from the arts to education, the coronavirus pandemic has forced the film festival industry to reorient the delivery of its services. Large established festivals have been forced to cancel or postpone their programs, or search for hybrid solutions, combining restricted public screenings, following local pandemic rules, with digital screenings, frequently aimed at selecting target audiences of distributors and buyers. Some of the smaller n...       NFFTY is launching its inaugural virtual festival   ANNOUNCING NFFTY ONLINE 14TH FESTIVAL EDITION EXPANDS TO OCTOBER 23 - NOVEMBER 1   Now in its 14th year, Seattle-based NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth) remains the world's largest and most influential film festival for emerging directors, showcasing young talent from all over the globe. In an effort to keep young filmmakers connected and growing professionally during COVID-19, NFFTY will release all official selections online October 23 - Novemb...       efp and kviff kick off training and networking programme for young directors Dimitris Tsakaleas, Kristian Håskjold, Lida Vartzioti, Tadeusz Łysiak, Amanda Adele Björk, Rosa Friedrich, Constanze Klaue, Matúš Ryšan, Brúsi Ólason, Juno Álvarez, Maria Lorente, Yaiza de Lamo, Mariona Vázquez, Adam Martinec The up-and-coming European directors selected for EFP FUTURE FRAMES - Generation NEXT of European Cinema - will be taking part in the Industry Days (KVIFF Eastern Promises) of this year’s Karlovy Vary Int...     Indy Shorts International Film Festival moves to drive-in and virtual format, July 21–26, at Tibbs Drive-In and your home   COVID-19 has hit the arts industry hard, but it’s not stopping the third annual Indy Shorts International Film Festival presented by Heartland Film from showcasing 18 programs featuring 128 shorts in Academy Award®-qualifying event.   Today, Heartland Film announced the entire lineup of short films available for streaming from the comfort of your home during the festival week of July 21-26, 2020. To provide the true cinematic experience, there will also be four screeni...     The Cuban opens the Lavazza Drive-in Film Festival   The Toronto Premiere screening of the critic-favourite, The Cuban, directed by Canadian filmmaker Sergio Navarretta, will open the Lavazza Drive-In Film Festival at Ontario on July 20th.    The touching film, starring Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. and the talented Ana Golja, explores the unlikely friendship between a young nurse and the elderly man she cares for who is suffering from dementia, and the magical effects that music can have on our memories. ...     Provincetown Film Festival Reimagined: July 16 - July 19, 2020 opens with I AM A TOWN and SAVE YOURSELVES Opening Night Films at the Wellfleet Drive-In, Actress Mya Taylor to receive Next Wave Award PROVINCETOWN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES MODIFIED 2020 FILM FESTIVAL The Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) announced today “Provincetown Reimagined,” presented by WarnerMedia, a modified festival with drive-in and virtual screenings running July 16-19, 2020. The Festival will kick off with two nights of screenings at the Wellfleet Drive-In including Mischa Ric...       TIFF unveils plans for Festival 2020; Industry registration opening July 9 2020 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL There’s no stopping great storytelling. Inside every storyteller is an urgent need to push limits, change minds, lift voices, drop jaws, draw tears, or spark laughter. For them, stories don’t ask to be told. They demand it. That's why TIFF will go on. We remain committed to supporting the film industry and bringing it together, this time digitally, by creating connections, talent development, and business opportunities onli... > AWARDS WATCH            Santa Barbara Fest Student Showcase-in-Place Winners Announced! The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is proud to announce the winners of its first-ever online student film festival showcasing the work of local high school and college students.   The event was created to address the fact that area student filmmakers were going to miss out on screening their films publicly due to the coronavirus pandemic, and to give these students a platform to do just that.   “We are thrilled with how our first online student film festival ...     Italian director Antonio Tibaldi's project wins the new Far East in Progress section!   His We Are Living Things is a China/US/Italy co-production.   Press release for 3 July 2020 For immediate publication/release UDINE – The fifth edition of FOCUS ASIA, the industry section of the Far East Film Festival, concluded this year with a rigorously virtual awards ceremony. Thanks to its collaboration with 108 MEDIA, it offered a prize of $20,000 in international distribution this year to the best project selected in the new Far East in Progress section. Competi...     Winners of My Kenya My Story mobile phone film competition   Kenya Film Commission (KFC) has announced the winners of My Kenya My Story mobile phone film competition. For the second year in a row, David Waronja scooped the top prize of Ksh 200,000 courtesy of his film Automedic. The film 2024 by Mandela Midamba emerged second winning a cash prize of Ksh 150,000 while Mmoja by Omar Hamza Hassan was third and got a cash prize of Ksh 100,000. Muzzled by Sammy Mwaura and Covid 19 by Paul Gaturu scooped Ksh 25,000 each as Jury Special Mentions;...     The Americas Film Festival NY Announced the Winners of its 2020 Virtual Cinema   Breaking record numbers of viewers, the 7th The Americas Film Festival NY Announced The Americas Award Winners in Its First Ever Virtual Closing Night Ceremony, followed by the online Premiere of Powerful Documentary SISTERS RISING, in Partnership with the National Museum of the American Indian  Directors Willow O’Feral and Brad Heck, and Producer Jaida Grey Eagle in Digital Attendance to the audience via Livestream after the Screening   Best Experimental: CAM...     LORIK wins SR Socially Relevant™ Fest Grand Prize LORIK is the winner of the Grand Prize - Award Winners Announced by SR Socially Relevant™ Film Festival NY 2020 - ONLINE -- Narrative Feature Grand Prize goes to International Jury favorite 'Lorik' - -- 'A Call for Peace', Juan C. Borrero and Melodie Carli production on the Colombian peace process, wins best documentary -- 'Mother, Daughter, Sister' wins Vanya Exerjian- Empowering Women & Girls Award      SR Socially Relevant Film F...     > PARTNERS FESTIVAL AND MARKET NEWS     Windrider Virtual Film Forum  offering seven Sundays of weekly short films   Windrider Film Forum celebrates artists as they inspire us to find solutions to our problems through the “Lens of Hope”.  Invitation to our Film Community As a follow up to the Annual Windrider Film Festival which took place June 27th, Windrider is kicking off a NEW Summer Film Series. The film series will showcase seven independent short films and conversation with the filmmaker, over seven weeks beginning July 5th. Each film screening will be at 7PM PDT.  Easy registration to follow along with the Summer Film Series at: Windrider Bay Area Email List  Happy Summer Film Viewing! -Windrider Bay Area:  http://www.windriderbayarea.org ____________________________________________________    Your Script Produced competition                      Season 2 July 20, 2020  Regular Deadline Introducing Season 2 / 2020 of “Your Script Produced!” International Film / Tv / Short Film Screenwriting Competition sponsored by Doval Bacall Films. The sponsor will fully finance, develop, package and produce the Grand Prize Winning Feature Script for $250,000.00. We've raised the stakes! Season 2 will accept Features, Tv Scripts, AND SHORT FILM SCRIPTS! Winners will be promoted in the Variety Magazine and THR! Open to writers of all levels. 18 years old or older. Anyone 16 or 17 years of age can submit, must have a parental consent form. WE DON’T SET YOU UP WITH MEETING AFTER MEETING. WE DON’T SELL YOU DREAMS. WE DON’T SELL YOU HOPE. WE PRODUCE YOUR SCRIPT! PERIOD. SUBMIT: FEATURE FILM SCREENPLAY I TV SCRIPT I WEBSITE I CONTACT BY EMAIL ____________________________________________________  Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival   October 3 - 8, 2020 August 20th, 2020 Extended Deadline Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival launched its 1st edition in June 2019 to a spectacular success. The 2nd edition of the festival returns in October 2020  in association with the Municipality of Kandanos-Selinou. The 'Lost World' of Paleochora nestles between the Mountains and Sea in South West Crete and is the perfect location for Filmmakers to convene to show their work, network with colleagues and enjoy our fabulous Cretan hospitality. We may be at the most southern point of Europe, but there are BIG Film things happening here and on the entire Island of Crete. Our main aim will be to select films which focus on great storytelling, whether fiction, documentary or any other accepted genre. Screenings are held Under the Stars in the Town Hall Square with daytime programmes held at the fabulous Pearl Cavo oceanside venue. SUBMIT I Website I Profile on filmfestivals.com I Facebook I Twitter I Email  contact ____________________________________________________  The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival November 6 – 22, 2020 August 1, 2020 Late Deadline Celebrating its 35th annual festival in 2020, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) presents American indies and studio films, international films, student films, special tributes, seminars and introduces filmmakers to South Florida audiences. The festival runs November 6 – 22, 2020, and screens 200 films in Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise, Hollywood, St Augustine, and The Bahamas. Considered one of the most important regional film festivals in the U.S., the Festival's commitment to first-time filmmakers and innovative programming make it the perfect test market for your film. SUBMIT I Website  I Facebook I Twitter I Profile on filmfestivals.com I  Email contact     > PEOPLE ON OUR RADAR   She’s not famous yet, but after LaToya Morgan does LOVE & BASKETBALL, she will be by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Did you ever see LOVE & BASKETBALL? In light of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and the others who passed away this year, a movie like this just gives us a moment to reflect. Maybe even enjoy the good things about B-ball, and the hoopsters who have given us so much joy. AFI Alum LaToya Morgan, a writer/producer, will tell you about it in this clip from AFI Movie Club, and let’s give this Phi Beta Kappa honoree a hand for such a g...     A Message from the Sundance Festival Director Tabitha Jackson Although this planning had started as a response to an economic downturn and global health crisis, it became an opportunity for creative and expansive thinking. So enough of the conceptual stuff — what might this look like on the ground? Seven months out, we are actively planning for the following public health scenario: We are allowed to gather, but there is no widely available COVID-19 vaccine. With the knowledge that as of now socially distanced gatherings are permitted in Utah and o...     "Moved to Tears" by "The World is my Country" Club Meeting! Don't Miss the Next Three Zoom meetings Futurewave launched their Club with David Gallup's eye-opening talk the World Service Authority and it's issuance of World Passports, World Marriage and Birth Certificates and other powerful human-rights tools.   See "moved to tears" below.* Please join our next three Zoom meetings of The World is My Country Club -- all at 10 AM Pacific (12 Central, 1 PM Eastern) July 1, 2020 Hazel Henderson Hazel Henderson is evolutionary economist, syndicated columnist and me...     Good Bye Carl Reiner: rest in peace Carlton Reiner (March 20, 1922 – June 29, 2020) was an American comedian, actor, director, screenwriter, and publisher whose career spanned seven decades. During the early years of television comedy from 1950 to 1957, he co-wrote and acted on Caesar's Hour and Your Show of Shows, starring Sid Caesar. In the 1960s, Reiner was best known as the creator, producer, writer, and actor on The Dick Van Dyke Show.[3][4] Reiner famously formed a comedy duo with Mel Brooks in "2000 Year O...     Sad to hear Malo Girod de l'Ain passed away, the original co founder of filmfestivals.com Filmfestivals.com is extremely saddened by the news of Malo 's passing after a long disease. The company owes much to Malo: in 1995 he registered the domain, and started filmfestivals.com as a directory of festivals.com (3 years before Google started). The company built the first website for Cannes and Gilles Jacob, and did official an  CD Rom  for the festival. We had raised money and launched the brand into a portal in 2000. Since we have been able to keep the brand alive thro...   > YOUTUBE FEST CIRCUIT CHANNEL > YOUTUBE FESTIVAL TRAILERS PARK > THE CANNES CHANNEL > "THE BEST FOR FESTS : ONES TO WATCH FOR FESTIVAL CONSIDERATION   LOST GIRLS by Julia Verdin USA, 107 minutes, June 2020 One girl’s nightmare. A nationwide reality. After escaping from a sex trafficking ring, one teenage girl struggles to reconnect with herself and her family after her ordeal. Ultimately, in order to find herself and rescue her helpless friends, she must confront her own fears and help lead the police to her traffickers - no matter the cost. Synopsis Sixteen-year-old Angie Morgan feels like her parents don’t understand her. After she is befriended by the charming and handsome Mario, everything seems to change for the better. He understands her desire to be a musician and promises to help her fulfill her dreams. However, her innocent, suburban life is upended when Mario lures her away to sell her to a local sex trafficking ring. Angie is shocked and scared at her new found situations but clings to the belief that Mario loves her and that they will eventually both escape.  When it becomes clear to her that this will never happen, Angie is so overcome with shame and remorse for the life she is now trapped in and all seems hopeless. When her closest friend and fellow victim, Zoe, finds out that Angie is about to be sold and shipped off to Miami, Zoe finds a way for them to escape. They make a desperate run for it. Angie escapes, but Zoe is not so lucky. Alone and heartbroken for her friend still imprisoned by their traffickers, Angie returns home to find that “normal” life is now anything but normal. Burdened by her severe PTSD and guilt, Angie shies away from both her family and the police.  She is terrified that her traffickers will return for her (or worse, her little sister) if she provides any information to the police.  Luckily, Angie meets Rachel, a sex trafficking survivor turned caseworker, who is desperately searching for the girl who was in her care but taken back by her traffickers: Zoe. As Rachel lends her strength, Angie begins to consider standing up to the traffickers, and after witnessing brutal murders and mutilations of other girls at hands of the traffickers, Angie considers standing up to the traffickers. Will Angie’s fear hold her back? Or will she persevere to protect her family and help rescue Zoe and the others?  EPK I Poster I Synopsis I Cast & Crew Credits I Trailer I Julia Verdin's Bio I Interview with Julia I IMDB I Cinando I Lost Girls short (2016) I filmfestivals.com profile   FINDING MANNY by Kacey Cox Canada, 56 minutes documentary, june 2020 The chance discovery of an online article sends a Holocaust survivor on an unexpected trip to visit the orphanage where he was rescued to after the war.   Manny Drukier narrowly escaped the war by jumping from a “death train” at age 16, finding refuge at a unique home for orphans and displaced children. 71 years later, Manny—who lives in Toronto—is tracked down by a German researcher who has dedicated a decade of her life to locating the surviving children from the home. She invites Manny to return to the orphanage, which has since become a grade school, to share his story with the next generation. Manny must now revisit the places of his darkest memories, to reconcile the past and educate the future. Synopsis I Cast & Crew I Trailer I IMDB I Cinando I Filmfestivals.com I  Website I  Festival placement I  Sales   BLUE MOTEL Award winning script by Ted Campbell Feature film in production by Doval Bacall Films Grand Winner Your Script Produced season 1  Platinum Remi Award WorldFest Houston When his bank robber father injured in a recent heist seeks refuge at the desolate motel where he works, a motel clerk is forced to confront the truth behind a botched heist from his past. Originally from Boston, Mass, Ted Campbell is a screenwriter and director who specializes in thoughtful, character driven thrillers. Ted will direct his heist thriller "Underground" with producer Ellen Wander of Film Bridge International. His contained, crime thriller “Blue Motel” won the Grand Prize in Your Script Produced screenplay competition. Ted will direct “Blue Motel” with Doval Bacall Films producing. Ted is a member of ISA’s Development Program. And was named to ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters To Watch list. Ted finds inspiration in the works of the great noir writers Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald as well as his screenwriting idols Scott Frank, Shane Black, Tony Gilroy and Richard Wenk. Ask for Ted Campbell’s script SAVING NORTH - A RUSSIAN AMERICAN ODYSSEY by J Mitchell Johnson Russia USA Feature documentary April 2020 Director's cut: 79 minutes What happened, what can happen to the centuries old amazing wooden churches in north of Russia. Photographer Richard Davies trips to Russia and USA tell stories on human soul, hope and russian american…cooperation in restoring beauty. Saving North is the story of a struggle for human and cultural survival in the mysterious and insular world of the Russian North. An outsider from England, photographer Richard Davies, enters this mysterious and vast region of the world with the hope of documenting both the glory and the tragic demise of its rapidly disappearing Wooden Churches. As Davies meets and becomes friends with the some of his Russian photo subjects, he finds himself getting emotionally involved with their struggle. He decides to put down his camera and get involved with church restoration. Early on in our story Davies befriends the famed Russian architect Alexander Popov who is deeply involved in working to preserve and share with the world the beauty and value of these ancient structures. Popov has uniquely discovered and reinvigorated both the tools and processes that restore life back to the North. But it’s an uphill battle against strong and powerful forces. Together, Davies and Popov uncover the circumstances that led to the demise of the churches, and then join a small but growing group of passionate Russian citizens and outsiders from all walks of life who join the cause of Saving North. Temp edit director s cut (music is not final)   I Trailer I Profile on filmfestivals.com I Cast I Crew I IMDB SEKURITAS written and directed by Carmen Stadler Romantic dark comedy 117 minutes 2019 Switzerland Starring Kathrin Veith, Duraid Abbas Ghaieb, Jeanne Devos, Daniel Kasztura, Vilmar Bieri, This Maag First feature film by Swiss director Carmen Stadler, produced by Claudia Wick for Abrakadabra Films AG An office complex wishes for a love story before demolition. It chooses the lonely misfits for this story; those who go through security rounds at night, scrub toilets, experiment with recipes or rehearse their final speech. A poetic and twisted kaleidoscope that centers around desire, security and melodious noises which move through the entire fabric of the building.   Synopsis I Cast I Crew I IMDB I Cinando I Filmfestivals.com I Instagram I  Website I  Festival placement I   Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible written  and directed by Matthew Taylor USA 2019 Documentary 89 minutes Duchamp: Art of the Possible is a feature documentary that explores the life, art, and philosophy of the 20th century’s most influential modernists, Marcel Duchamp, and how his work single-handedly changed the course of art, and over time, culture itself. Website I Trailer I Profile on filmfestivals.com   THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA, directed by Elena Demidova The documentary film «THE MYSTERY OF A BURYAT LAMA», directed by Elena Demidova, tells a story of one of the most famous lamas, Pandido Khambo Lama Dashi Dorzho Itigelov. His body is recognized as one of the sacred Buddhist objects of Russia and is being kept in the Ivolginsky Datsan. The Buddhist monks approach him as a living person.   Itigelov was born in 1852 and began his religious education at the age of sixteen years. In 1911, he was appointed the twelfth Pandido Khambo Lama as the Head of Russian Buryat Buddhists. Between 1913 and 1917, Itigelov was prominent in the spiritual life of Russian Empire. He took part in the Tercentenary celebrations of the House Romanov and opened first Buddhist temple in St. Petersburg. During First World War Itigelov presided over the society of "Buryat brothers", an organization helping the Russian army. After October Revolution, Itigelov resigned as head of the Buddhists. In 1927, aged seventy-five years, he asked other lamas to begin meditation ceremonies and funeral rites, since he said he was about to die. Itigelov left a testament asking to be buried as he was at the time of his death, sitting in lotus posture. On September 11, 2002, Itigelov's body was eventually exhumed in the presence of the leaders of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha of Russia and transferred to Ivolginsky Datsan. Synopsis I Trailer I Stills I Elena Demidova Director's filmography I Team I Request a screener I Festivals in Russia I EPK THE CREEPY LINE a film by M.A.Taylor 2018 "A film that Google does not want you to see  - filmfestivals.com Best for Fest" An eye-opening documentary, The Creepy Line reveals the stunning degree to which society is manipulated by Google and Facebook and blows the lid off the remarkably subtle – hence powerful – manner in which they do it. The Creepy Line is a title culled from the words of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, when during a 2010 interview he explained Google’s code of conduct: “The Google policy on a lot of things is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.” However, as Dr. Robert Epstein explains in the film, “Google crosses the creepy line every day”.  Offering first-hand accounts, scientific experiments and detailed analysis, The Creepy Line examines what is at risk when these two tech titans have free reign to utilize the public’s most private and personal data to manipulate society. There is no question that the “creepy line” is getting ever-creepier, and that the tech giants have crossed it. Trailer I Website   Sharkwater: Extinction by Rob Stewart Documentary Canada 2018   Rob Stewart “Conservation is the preservation of human life on earth. And that, above all else, is worth fighting for” Watch Rob Stewart doing what he loved most of all, swimming with sharks, in exclusive footage from his third film, Sharkwater: Extinction. Sharkwater: Extinction is a follow up to his first two award-winning films, Sharkwater and Revolution. Sharkwater exposed the devastating issue of shark finning, while Revolution brought the destructive effects of Ocean Acidification to light. Rob taught the world to not fear sharks, through his iconic images of hugging these majestic creatures and free diving with them. www.Sharkwater.com     www.TheRevolutionMovie.com   Revolution by Rob Stewart  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. Website I Epk on filmfestivals.com I Trailer I Email us for a screener   > NEWS IN FRENCH     Des partenariats forts avec les plus grands festivals et marchés Nous sommes très fiers des bonnes relations et des partenariats signé avec les plus grands festivals et marchés : Venice Production Bridge, FestForums Santa Barbara, AFM, Animaze, Tallinn Black Night International Film Festival, Houston WorldFest, Fantasporto, et Cannes Market bien entendu et beaucoup d'autres. Nous sommes heureux de pouvoir grace à ces parteneriats pouvoir apporter news et dailies à ...   > MOVIES THAT MATTER Promoting Movies that Matter / des films qui font grandir... With contributions from Abbé Jean-Luc Maroy, Alex Deleon, Bruno Chatelin French English Les raisins de la colère (The Grapes of Wrath) de John Ford (USA, 1940) Les films qui ont une densité spirituelle évidente mettent souvent en scène le voyage, l’itinéraire initiatique, mais aussi la souffrance qu’implique de quitter sa terre, ses racines, son pays, son existence. On se rend compte, avec Les raisins de la colère que la modernité a constitué le terreau indispensable de la modernité liquide (Zygmunt Baumann). Le film est en effet réalisé en 1940, bien avant que la phi...   La fièvre dans le sang d’Elia Kazan (Splendor in the Grass, USA, 1961) Le désert rouge de Michelangelo Antonioni (Il deserto rosso, Italie, 1964). Le Cabinet du docteur Caligari (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, Allemagne, 1919) The Sunset Limited (Hbo films) de Tommy Lee Jones (USA, 2011). Le procès du siècle (Denial) de Mick Jackson (UK, USA, 2017) La Légende du saint buveur (La Leggenda del santo bevitore) d'Ermanno Olmi (Italie, 1988) Le Désert des Tartares (Il deserto dei Tartari) de Valerio Zurlini (Italie, 1976) Le Guépard (Il Gattopardo) de Luchino Visconti (Italie, 1963) Les raisins de la colère (The Grapes of Wrath) de John Ford (USA, 1940) La Source (Jungfrukällan) d’Ingmar Bergman (Suède, 1960)  La Sélection de la Cinéfondation 2020   Après la Sélection officielle, le Marché du film online, et les courts métrages, le Festival de Cannes dévoile la Sélection 2020 de la Cinéfondation, issue des écoles de cinéma du monde entier.     Depuis 1998, la Sélection de la Cinéfondation, qui présente des courts métrages issus de..   Top 10 des entrées hebdo France du 24/06/2020 au 30/06/2020 Source : CBO     ...     Impact des bandes-annonces diffusées dans les cinémas au 30 juin Enquête hebdomadaire réalisée auprès d’un échantillon de 35 000 individus représentatifs de la population française. Parmi ces individus, 2 000 spectateurs étant allés au cinéma au cours de la semaine cinéma concernée sont interrogés sur les bandes annonces vues au cinéma.   ...     Palmarès du Festival du Film de Cabourg, Journées Romantiques Palmarès 2020 de la 34e édition  COMPETITION LONGS METRAGES Le jury, présidé cette année par Benoît Magimel (acteur) et entouré d’Aurélie Dupont (directrice de la danse du ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris), Ahmed Hamidi (scénariste), Hissam Krimi (compositeur et producteur de musique), Isild Le Besco (actrice) et Dora Tillier (actrice) a décerné les prix suivants, parmi les huit longs... ÉCRAN TOTAL - un nouveau rendez-vous cinématographique estival à Bordeaux ÉCRAN TOTAL 27 ➜ 30 JUILLET 2020 À BORDEAUX films cultes - avant-premières - documentaires musicaux  Organisé dans le cadre d'Un Ét&eac...       Journée mondiale des OVNI : Stranger Things, série extraterrestre la plus populaire   A l'approche de la Journée Mondiale des OVNI, ce jeudi 2 juillet, SEMrush, spécialiste du Marketing digital a mené l'analyse sur les « petits hommes verts » dans la culture populaire. Quels sont les aliens et films et séries avec des aliens les populaires ?   Méthodologie : pour chaque mot-clé, SEMrush comptabilise les recherches effectuées sur Google.fr sur la période de mai 2019 &a...     Élection du nouveau Conseil d’administration du Syndicat des Distributeurs Indépendants (SDI)   Le SDI vient de procéder au renouvellement de son Conseil d’administration pour 2020-2021, dont voici les nouvelles administratrices et les nouveaux administrateurs :   Co-présidents                                 Étienne OLLAGNIER (Jour2Fête)     ...       Un FIFF inédit en Octobre 2020 Le FIFF 2020, c'est du 2 au 9 octobre et qui dit contexte inédit...dit édition inédite ! Après avoir imaginé une série de scénarios possibles pour l'édition 2020 du FIFF Namur, notre équipe s'est finalement accordée sur une formule de Festival qui soit tout à la fois réaliste, insolite et conviviale ! Et le moins qu'on puisse dire, c'est ...     Nouvelle affiche et nouvelles dates en Septembre pour le Mashup film festival ...     Les compétitions internationale et française du FID Marseille   Découvrez aujourd'hui les films sélectionnés dans les compétitions internationale et française ainsi que leurs jurys respectifs. COMPÉTITION INTERNATIONALE                                        A Dança do Cipreste (The Cypress Dance)     Mariana Caló, Francisco Queimadela Portugal / 2020 / Couleur / HD, Stere... _______________________________________  For more details, visit filmfestivals.com,  email bruno@filmfestivals.com &nbs

  • THE FESTIVAL BEAT ! Proud to support our community - Volume 922
    by Editor on July 3, 2020 at 9:54 PM

    Boys Will Be BOYS STATE, in This Raucous Caucus Set for Summer by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Boys, Texas, a mock election, what could go wrong? Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner for 2020, BOYS STATE, chronicles 1100 eager teenage mini-men as they vie for a week-long bid to make their own state government, in this Apple Original to hit theaters on July 31. Directed by Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine, this all-male shindig down in the Lone Star State may come off as tone-deaf in a ‘woke,’ hashtag MeToo environment, but boys wi...

  • Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) is now live with the best in fantasy
    by Editor on July 3, 2020 at 8:26 PM

    NIFFF TV SUMMONS THE BEST IN FANTASYThe Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) unveils details about its daily live NIFFF TV show. Every day at 9 p.m. from July 3rd to July 11th, the festival invites all its audience members to watch an original TV programme developed and produced by the NIFFF, with artists in attendance! Get ready for interviews with major directors, the latest industry news, and futuristic debates about utopia and dystopia. NIFFF TV will be there for the whole duration of this year’s special digital issue, and it’s all about fantastic films.   NIFFF TV © Miguel Bueno, NIFFF HORS-SÉRIE The show will be hosted by actress/director/writer Audrey Cavelius, word magician and producer of radio shows. For nine days, she will receive a team of exceptional speakers who will discuss the selected films or offer comical breaks and news flashes: Benoît Forgeard (Director, FR) and Natacha Seweryn (Programmer, FR) with GRANDS ANONYMES DU CINEMA, Philippe Congiusti (Journalist, Couleur 3, CH) and his NiFFFiFiLMS, Manlio Gomarasca (Journalist, Nocturno, IT), Boris Bruckler (Centre de BD de Lausanne, Comics historian, Haute Ecole de Genève, CH), Nicolas Dufour (Journalist, Le Temps, CH), Marina Richter (Journalist, RS), Loïc Valceschini (Programmer NIFFF, CH) and many more.NIFFF TV is the festival’s way of immersing the audience in this year’s experience. You can watch it at home on NIFFF.CH or anywhere with the NIFFF app, now available to download on the App Store and Google Play. NARCISSE OF HONOUR: PAUL SCHRADER For the first time ever, the NIFFF will give out an honorary career award. The first H. R. Giger Narcisse of Honour will be awarded to Paul Schrader, American writer and director emblematic of New Hollywood.  Close collaborator of Martin Scorsese for whom he wrote some of his most famous films (RAGING BULL, TAXI DRIVER) or Sydney Pollack (YAKUZA), Paul Schrader is also a major contemporary filmmaker. He has made iconic movies such as AMERICAN GIGOLO (1980), AFFLICTION (1997) or, more recently, THE CANYONS (2013) written by Bret Easton Ellis. Paul Schrader will be on NIFFF TV on July 11th for an interview .   THE FIRST UNMISSABLE EVENTS Every day, our speakers will be joined by creators of the films from the programme, as well as special guests calling in remotely or visiting our studio.The complete schedule of each show will be made available the day before on our website and on the NIFFF app. Stay tuned! Discover our first unveiled events, day by day   THE 2020 SELECTION The directors, producers and actors of this year’s films will give some exclusive interviews.   Full guests list   NIFFF EXTENDED HORS-SÉRIE: IMAGINATION AS A VEHICLE FOR PROGRESS World class guests will speak every day to ponder on the importance of imagination and the genre of fantastic films in a time of pandemic. Big names in literature – Jean-Marc Ligny (ALLIANCES), ZEP (TITEUF), Pierre Bordage (LES GUERRIERS DU SILENCE), Antoinette Rychner (APRÈS LE MONDE) – will debate with figures from Swiss institutions and research groups – Martin Vetterli (EPFL), Ludovic Maggioni (Neuchâtel Natural History Museum), Yannick Rumpala (Researcher) – as well as VFX experts. All these speakers will draw up a fascinating picture of how technology adapts to our post-lockdown reality, and think about how the climate crisis will evolve and what all of this means for audiovisual productions.   MUSIC@NIFFF &nbs

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