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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  • Early Bird Deadline Coming Up: happy submitting to NYCIFF!
    by NYC Indie Film Fest on January 31, 2020 at 4:06 PM

    May 10 – 17, 2020 August 31, 2019 Earlybird Deadline I November 30, 2019 Regular Deadline I December 31, 2019 Late Deadline I January 31, 2020 Extended Deadline The Early Bird Deadline for the 2019 New York City Indie Film Festival is steadily approaching! Don't miss out on it and submit by August 30th!  Profile on I Website I Facebook I Twitter I Instagram I SUBMIT I Email NYC Indie Film Fest is a celebration of the Independent Filmmaker, documentaries, short and feature-length films, music videos, and animation. Whether a submission is comedic, dramatic, or something in between, The NYC Indie Film Fest is eager to embrace fresh ideas and storytelling. The festival aims to discover the Artist Filmmaker, showcasing them to the entertainment industry and the NYC public. All NYC Indie 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. NYC Indie Film Festival honors the Best in Category which includes Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Super Short, Best Music Video, as well as Best Director and Best Screenplay. The NYC Indie Film Festival provides a showcase for the best in independent cinema, including short films, feature films, music videos, and animated works. With panels, parties and a week-long gathering of fellow indie filmmakers The NYC Indie Film Festival is the place to be May 10 - May 17, 2020. Awards & Prizes Trophies and certificates are awarded to all winners. Some of the confirmed prizes for 2020 are! Shorts and Super Shorts Winners - ShortTV Distribution deal offers. (non Exclusive)  All accepted Shorts and Super Shorts - ShortTv US Broadcast offers. (non Exclusive) *All prizes subject to change*   Rules & Terms Please be sure to read the submission guidelines before you mail and/or attach a link to the entry. We will try to accommodate people as much as possible. Depending on the number and date of submissions we may have limited time and resources to figure out application mistakes. Please try and be as accurate as possible. Submissions online are the only way we can review your film, either through Filmfreeway, Vimeo or YouTube. If your film is selected we will be screening all films from hard drives. Final file details will be posted here soon. But an .mov and .mpg always work. If your submission is selected, we will notify you approximately March 1, 2020 by email. Often when we send our first email to people our emails can go to spam. Around February 15 please start to check you spam folder before deleting everything! If your film is selected to be in the festival, you will be given free admission to the festival. All filmmakers may also choose to be part of one of our panels. (We cannot help with any transportation, food or housing costs.) If you are coming to the festival and want to be a part of a panel during the festivities we need to know by April 1, 2020 so we can make arrangements such as number and size of panels, etc. It will depend on the number of people coming to the festival; both fans and artists. GENERAL RULES  We hope everyone has fun and enjoys themselves at the festival. but a few suggestions... Please submit as soon as possible. We accept online submissions. You may submit through FilmFreeway online secure video as well as a password protected vimeo/youtube link. Film should have been completed no earlier than January 1, 2017. Please note that the ONLY difference in the early submission deadline versus the final submission deadline is the fee discount. The submission process and consideration by the Programming Committee is not affected by the date you submit your film as long as it is postmarked by our final deadline - your chances are equal regardless of the day your film makes it into our offices, as long as it is postmarked by the final deadline. ALL films submitted to the festival are seen and scored by multiple judges. All films that have a high rating average go on to final deliberations. The curators have final say as to the films in the Festival. Film Submissions are non-returnable for any reason. If a film is accepted, entrants will be solely responsible for delivering their promotional materials to and from the festival venue. Press kits will be needed as soon after notification as possible. The Festival cannot be held liable for your exhibition print/video materials which are lost or damaged. In 2020 the awards will be juried. The jury will submit their ratings which will then be tracked and the results calculated. the third party until the evening of the awards where the results will be announced. The process for calculating the winners are;  1 - The films/videos are shown to the judges.  2 - The judges mark the ballots rating the films and other appropriate categories from 1 to 10, 10 being the best.  3 - All the scores are totaled and then divided by the number of ballots.  4 - Highest score wins.  5 - The decision of the festival is final. Please note festival dates are subject to change. Unfortunately, the Festival does not provide room, board or travel for filmmakers. Documentary Feature  A Documentary is a film that depicts true facts, true information presented in a reasonably balanced and accurate way. With a length of between 71 to 140 minutes.  Mid-Length Films Any non-documentary film from 41 minutes to 70 minutes in length is acceptable. Mid-Length Documentaries have their own category.  Short Film  Any non-documentary film from 11 minutes to 41 minutes in length is acceptable. Short Documentaries have their own category.  Super Short Film  A Super Short Film is any film 10 minutes or less that is NOT a music video or a documentary. Music Videos and Short Documentaries have their own categories.  Music Video  A Music Video is a video/film that is produced around a song. Its purpose is to enhance the song by adding visuals.  Narrative Feature Films  A full length Feature Narrative Film. A work of fiction from 71 to 140 minutes n length. Animation  We will accept, Classical (hand drawn, traditional), Digital, Stop-motion, Clay, Cut-out, Paint-on-glass, Drawn-on-film and Experimental animation. Tell a good story and be creative we want to see it!  Short Scripts  We accept original, short screenplays between 5 and 30 pages in length. Scripts cannot yet have been produced and cannot yet be in production.  Art Film (Experimental)  We accept works in film or video of experimental or art or whatever you want to call it (narrative or documentary) on any subject. Be creative and break the rules! The length should be between 1 and 10 minutes. MISSION & OBJECTIVE  We are proud to present the 11th Annual New York City Independent Film Festival. This year's festival will run from May 10 to May 17, 2020. The festival will strive to promote an open and nurturing environment for artists, writers, actors, film-makers and fans, and will focus on offering great networking opportunities for its participants. Thanks to each year's success, New York City Independent Film Festival is growing. We are proud to add the TV Pilots and Web Series categories and look forward to all the great submissions we are sure will follow. We will be screening more films and offering more panels and discussion groups. We will screen narratives, documentaries, short films, super shorts, animation shorts and music videos. We are looking for documentaries where the filmmaker had a passion, which he/she put into the film. No matter the subject, if the work has merit and the filming is well done; be it a full-length feature, a short or a super short - we are interested in viewing it. We are looking for all genres of narratives from comedy to drama and from thrillers to love stories. RELEASE FORM for New York City Independent Film Festival As a condition of entering the New York City Independent Film Festival, hereafter known as NYCIFF, I/we hereby certify that:  1. I/we am/are the sole creators of the film, script, short stories, poems which I/we have submitted to the NYCIFF. 2. I/we warrant as sole and exclusive owner(s) of all legal right and title thereto have absolute authority to submit the enclosed material to NYCIFF. 3. I/we understand that the NYCIFF will not return and is not obligated to return my film or any other materials I/we have submitted to the NYCIFF. 4. I/we hereby grant the NYCIFF the nonexclusive right to use my name, photograph, and likeness in connection with any and all publicity and promotional activities regarding the NYCIFF. 5. For filmmakers: NYCIFF may transfer the submitted material to a computer for screening, if needed, and if the submitted material is selected for screening a compilation of films may be used by NYCIFF for promotional purposes. 6. I/we will indemnify and hold harmless NYCIFF, its judges, sponsors and partners, individually and collectively, from and against all claims, demands, losses, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses including legal expenses arising out of or in connection with any and all claims, or third party claims based on material submitted to NYCIFF. 7. I/we shall be solely responsible for taking all necessary steps to establish and protect my/our copyright in the submitted material, and the NYCIFF shall have no obligation with respect thereto. The NYCIFF shall have the right to reproduce all or part of said material for use in its publicity and any and all related communication directly associated with NYCIFF. 8. I/we have read all of the festival rules, regulations and releases, understand them, and have complied with them. I/we understand that the festival rules, regulations and releases may change or be updated, and that it is my responsibility to read, understand and comply with any changes or updates.    Check out our official website for all the details! Happy submitting!  Submit now

  • Fantasporto 40 Program Complete
    by Fantasporto on January 23, 2020 at 9:46 PM

    68 COUNTRIES WHICH SUBMITTED FILMS FOR  THE 2020 SELECTION    South Africa , Germany, Argentina, Austria , Australia , Bangladesh, Belgium, Belarus , Bolivia, Bulgaria , Brazil , Canada , Kazakhstan, Chile, China , Cyprus , Colombia, South Korea , Croatia , Cuba, Kurdistan , Denmark, Slovenia , Spain, United States of America , Egypt , Ecuador , Slovakia, Estonia,   Philippines, Finland, France, Georgia , Greece, Hong Kong, Netherlands , Hungary, India , Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland , Israel , Italy, Japan , Lebanon, Macedonia, Mexico , New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Kenya, United Kingdom , Romania, Russia , Serbia, Singapore ,  Switzerland, Thailand, Taiwan, Tjakistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uganda, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela .   TOTAL: 68 countries submitted films for selection in 2020 . (in 2015- 52, 2016 - 67 countries, 2018 - 59 countries, 2019 - 59 countries , 2020 - 64 )     OPENING Official Opening Film: Adverse- Brian J. Metcalf -92 '(USA) - WORLD PREMIERE CLOSING NIGHT Closing Film: Loop - Bruno Bini - 100 '(Brazil) Globo Filmes   FANTASTIC CINEMA / FANTASY FILMS ( Competition ) Feature Films Infection - Flavio Pedota - 97 '(Mex) -Jinga Clarita - Roderick Cabrido- 87 '(Philippines) G u itarist - Jason Orfalas- 107 ' ( Fili pinas) - WORLD PREMIERE I Am Toxic - Daniel de la Vega - 83 '(Arg ) Gone - Arttu Haglund-91 '(Finland) - INTERNATIONAL PREMIÈRE Dead Dicks- Chris Bavota, Lee Paula Springer - 83 '(Can ) Bullets of Justice- Valeri Milev- 76 '(Kazakhstan / Bulgaria) - EVENTUALLY SHOCKING SCENES Koko-Di Koko-Da - Johannes Nyholm- 86 '(Sweden / Denmark) Ghostmaster - Paul Young- 91 '(Jap ) Dancing Mary- Sabu - 106 ' ( J ap) Untrue - Sigfrid Andrea Bernardo - 105 '(Philippines) Detention- John HSu- 102 ' (Taiwan) Fallen- Lee Jung-Sub - 124 '( South Korea) Precarious- Weston Turray- 106 '( USA ) Loop- Bruno Bini - 100 '(Brazil) Globo Filmes - CLOSING SESSION Howling Village- Takashi Shimizu -109 '(Jap) The Soul Conductor- Ilya Maximov- 90 '(Russia) Entangled- Gaurav Seth- 90 '(Canada) Welcome to the Circle- David Fowler -98 '(Can) - INTERNATIONAL PREMIÈRE   Short Films   Lady Isobel and the Elf Knight - Cashell Horgan- 8 '(Ireland) Kobudai - India Casson- 1 5'50 '' (GB) Moros en la Costa - Damiá Serra Cauchetiez - 16'50 (Esp) Hurlevent - Fréderic Doazan- 6 '25' (Fra) Metamorphosis - Carla Pereira, Juan Fran J acinto - 10'35 '' ( Esp / Fra ) Pulsion- Pedro Casavecchia- 6 '54' ( Arg / Fra ) Giltrude's Dwelling- Jeremy Lutter- 14 '27' '(Canada) Epilogue - Mehdi Azari- 10 '(Iran) El Gran Corelli - Abel Carbajal- 7'42 '' (Esp) Facelift - Jan Riesenbeck, Dennis Stein-Schomburg- 6 '46' '(Alem) I Have no Home- Volodymyr Vlasenko - 3 '(Ukraine )   DIRECTORS WEEK (Competition / Features)   Adverse- Brian J. Metcalf -92 '(USA) - WORLD PREMIERE - OPENING SESSION Exile - Vassilis Mazomenos - 110 '(Greece) - INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE Lola Igna- Eduardo Roy Jr - 114 '(Philippines) Immobilia Crime Story - Khaled al Hagar - 123 '(Egypt) In the Name of The Mother- Joel L amangan- 99 '(Philippines) - WORLD ANTESTREY Omar and Us - Mehmet Bahadir Er , Maryna Er Gorbach - 103 '(Turq) Valan-Valley of the Angels- Béla Bagota- 113 '(Hun) U n Chica Invisible - Francisco Bendomir- 80 '(Argentina) -PREMIÈRE INTERNATIONAL Bring Me Home- Seung-Woo Kim- 109 '(South Korea) - EUROPEAN PREMIERE Willow- Milcho M anchevski - 91 '(Republic of Macedonia / Hung / Belg ) Cry of the Sky - Shahram Qadir - 82 '(Kurdistan / Iraq) - 2018- WORLD PREMIERE   ORIENT EXPRESS ( Competition )   Bring Me Home- Seung-Woo Kim- 109 '(South Korea) - EUROPEAN PREMIERE In the Name of The Mother- Joel Lamangan- 99 '(Philippines) - WORLD ANTESTREY Lola Igna- Eduardo Roy Jr - 114 '(Philippines) Clarita - Roderick Cabrido- 87 '(Philippines) Gitarist - (Philippines) - WORLD ANTESTREIA Ghostmaster - Paul Young- 91 '(Jap ) Dancing Mary- Sabu - 106 '(jap) Untrue - Sigfrid Andrea Bernardo - 105 '(Philippines) Detention-John H s u- 102 '(Taiwan) Fallen- Lee Jung-Sub - 124 '( South Korea )   PREMIÈRE & PANORAMA ( Out of Competition )   Deathcember - Dominic Saxl, Isaac Ezban, Sonia Escolano, Michael Varrati, Burg Sayn, Ema Leca, Sadrac Gonzalez Perellon, Julian Richards, Vivienne Vaughn, Ruggero Deodato, Sam Wineman, Andreas Marshall, Milan Todorovic, Pollyanna M cIntosh, Remi Frechette, Jason Rostovsky, John Cook Lynch, Anita Marx and others - 147'- (Alem / EUA / Serbia / Esp / Hol / UK / Jap / Ita / Can) A Night of Horror- Nightmare Radio- Oliver Park, Jason Bognacki, AJ Briones, Joshua Long, Sergio Morcillo. Adam O'Brien, Luciano Onetti, Nicolás Onetti. Pablo S. Pastor, Matthew Richards- 93 '( Argentina / New Zealand / GB) Trumbull Land- Grégory Wallet 49 '(Fra) - P & P- Documentary   PORTUGUESE CINEMA AWARD   PORTUGUESE CINEMA AWARD - BEST FILM (ABSOLUTE WORLD Premiere ) ( Competition )   Short films   Intersect Mappings III: Saturated Mirrors - Luís Miranda- 4'20 '' (Port) Jacinta- Joana Pinto - 2'47 '' (Port) Chasing Sparks- Lucas Moreira - 5 '(Por t ) Syco - Sara Santos- 6 '32' '- Experimental (Port) Special Delivery- Bruno Ceia- 17 '(Port) Bunker or Tales I Heard After the World Ends- João Estrada- 38 '(Por t) Alvorada- Carolina Neves- 11'30 ' (Port) - Univ Católica A Gag- António Sanganha- 10'35 '' (Port) - Cinereactor24 The Witch - Maria Eduarda Rodrigues- 9 '17' '(Port) Heresia- Miguel Nunes- 5'38 '' (Port) UM Inside - Tiago Piment e l - 16'22 '' (Port ) Castle- José Augusto Silva-15 '(Port) Leucot u mia- Gabriel a Abreu, João Barros, Sara Aguiar, Marco Cabral, Lourenço Soares, Amanda Sant'ana, Marcilena Hermes- 6 '(Port) Konvergência- Daniel Leal- 6 '05' '- (Port) Four Void- Pedro Sen n Nunes - 12 '(Port)   Feature films   40 years of Fantasporto - Isabel Pina -110 ' (Port) - - WORLD ANTESTREIA Behind the Currency- Luís Moya- 93 '(Port) - WORLD ANTESTREIA The Councils of the Night - José Oliveira- 123 '(Port) - WORLD ANTESTREIA   PORTUGUESE CINEMA AWARD - CINEMA SCHOOLS   PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES 2020   Technical School of Image and Communication (ETIC / EPI) (Lisbon) - since 2012 ESAP- Porto Artistic School - since 2012 Catholic University of Porto (School of Arts) - since 2012 University of Minho (Institute Of Social Sciences) - since 2012 UTAD- University of Trás os Montes and Alto Douro - since 2013 Artistic school the Soares dos Reis (Porto) - since 2012 Portuguese Institute of Photography (Photography and Cinema Course ) - since 2019 Soares dos Reis Artistic School (Porto) since 2010 Cine - Reactor 24 I (Lisbon) - since 2020   MOVIES OF SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES IN COMPETITION  :   UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO (INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES )   Galdino Gal and Rua-Bruno Peters, Tryce de Melo- 12'03 '' (Port) - UM Start Getting Bothered- Rafaela G omes, Sofia Sumavielle- 52 '' (Port) - UM Heresia- Miguel Nunes- 5'38 '' (Port) UM -tb PCP-F Riva- Rafaela Gomes, Claudia Rocha, Ana Margarida Nogueira, Carolina Martins, José Luís Brás- 5 '(Port) UM  The Writer- Miguel Nunes- 2'57 '' (Port) UM Fugaz- Carina Fernandes, Joana Mafalda Gomes- 3 '8' '(Port) - UM     CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF PORTO (SCHOOL OF THE ARTS)   Dois Dias- Beatriz Ferreira- 9 ' 36' '(Port) Alvorada- Carolina Neves- 11'30 '(Port) - tb PCP-Filme Raízes- António Paula- 12 '(Port)   UTAD - TRÁS-OS-MONTES AND ALTO DOURO UNIVERSITY   Leucot u mia- Gabriel a Abreu, João Barros, Sara Aguiar, Marco Cabral, Lourenço Soares, Amanda Sant'ana, Marcilena Hermes- 6 '( P ort) UTAD - tb PCP-F Flores- Barbara Trigo, David Ferreira, Pedro Seabra, Ricardo Correia, Rui Alves, Luís Pereira, Diana Gouveia-3 '(Port) UTAD An Inexplicable Love- Filipe Cunha, Maria Castro, Nuno Azevedo, Pedro Teixeira - 6 '(Port) UTAD Lilly Prozac- Bernardo Moscato, Cátia Teixeira, Diana Cunha, Joana Santos, Júlia Neto- 11 '(Port) UTAD   EPI / ETIC (Lisbon)   Special Delivery- Bruno Ceia- 17 '(Port) - ETIC - tb PCP-F This is not an American Film- André Amaral- 15 '(Port) ETIC Soledad- Filipe Oliveira- 6'50 '' (Port) - ETIC It Rains at the Window of the World- Tiago Nunes - 3 '(Port) - ETIC   ESAP- PORTO'S SUPERIOR ARTISTIC SCHOOL   Leo- Maria Eduarda Rodrigues -15 '17' '(Port) The Witch - Maria Eduarda Rodrigues- 9 '17' '(Port) No Man's Land- André Amaral- 10 '42' '(Port)   PORTUGUESE INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY- COURSE PHOTOGRAPHY AND CINEMA- PORTO   Konvergências- Daniel Leal - 6 '05 - (Port) - IPF 10 Bags- Sara Moinhos- 4 '17' (Port) - IPF Almas- Catarina Ferreira - 1 '02' '(Port) - IPF Next - Nathalia, Pedro, Tiago - 1'10 '' (Port) - IPF Identitity - Sandra Reis - 4 '59'- (Port) - IPF O Silencio - Tiago Fonseca- 4'- (Port) - IPF Sacrificium - José Vieira- 7 '34' '(Port) - IPF The Boy W ho N ever Dream ed - Tiago Lopes- 3'42 '' ( Port ) - IPF Rural Life - Marco Almeida- 5 '(Port) - IPF Mordan ç age- Rui Gonçalves / Gonçalo Almeida- 1 '38 ' ' (Port) - IPF   SOARES DOS REIS ARTISTIC SCHOOL - PORTO   Syco - Sara Santos- 6 '32' '- Experimental (Port) The Dance of the Insecure Narcissus- Ana Matos - 8 '05' '- Experimental (Port) Discovered Sky - Maria Maio Dias- 9'45 '' Documentary (Port) Perhaps the Butterflies Murdered Him- Maria Leal - 4 '21' 'Experimental (Port)   CINEREACTOR24 (Lisbon)   The Gag - António Sanganha- 10'35 '' (Port) Mátria- Joelma Garcia -8'37 '' (Port)       JULIAN RICHARDS HOMAGE   Reborn - Julian Richards —80 '(USA) - 2018 Darklands- Julian Richards - 90 '- (GB) 1996 Shiver - Julian Richards -81 '(USA) - 2012 The Last Horror Movie - Julian Richards - 90 '(GB) 2003 Silent Cry - Julian Richards —95 '(GB) - 2002 Summer Scars- Julian Richards- 73 '(GB) - 2007   JINGA ON SELECTED Ã OFFICIAL   Infection - Flavio Pedota - 97 '(Mex) -Jinga I Am Toxic - Daniel de la Vega - 83 '(Arg ) Deathcember - Dominic Saxl, Isaac Ezban, Sonia Escolano, Michael Varrati, Burg Sayn, Ema Leca, Sadrac Gonzalez Perellon, Julian Richards, Vivienne Vaughn, Ruggero Deodato, Sam Wineman, Andreas Marshall, Milan Todorovic, Pollyanna mcIntosh, Remi frechette, Jason Rostovsky , John Cook Lynch, Anita Marx and others - 147'- (Alem / USA / Serbia / Esp / Hol / UK / Jap / Ita / Can) - 2019   THE FILMS OF JINGA FRIGHT NIGHT   Our Evil - Samuel Galli- 92 '(Brazil) - 2017 Still / Born- Brandon Christensen- 97 '(Can) - 2017 A Serbian Film- Srdjan Spasojevic- 104 '(Serbia) - 2010 The House at the End of Times - Alejandro Hidalgo - 101 '(Venezuela) - 2013 The Lesson - Ruth Pratt- 97 '(GB) - 2015 The Night of the Virgin - Roberto San Sebastián - 106 '(EUA) 2016 Big Bad Wolves - Aharon Keshales, Novot Papushado- 101 '(Israel) - 2013 Rabies - Aharon Keshales, Novot Papushado -90 '(Israel) - 2010 Shadow - Federico Zampaglione - 77 '(Ita) - 2010- Timer - Jac Schaeffer- 100 '(USA) - 2009   CLASSICS FANTASIES     40 YEARS PREMIERE Raging Bull_ Martin Scorses— (USA) 1980   BEST OF FANTASPORTO Blade Runner- Ridley Scot - 1982 Bram Stoker's Dracula - Francis Ford Coppola   RETRO TAIWAN 2020 THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE   For the 3rd consecutive year, the representatives of Cinema in Taiwan collaborate with Fantasporto, sending films restored, or only recovered, from its collection. Whether from fictional narratives, documentaries or even experimental, this is a unique opportunity to get to know this rich and innovative cinema. After having addressed the great classics in 2018, the role of women and the influence of cinema in the emancipation of Taiwanese women in 2019, we now present, in this 40th edition of the festival, this retrospective which, under the generic title of one of the films that integrate it, THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE, takes us to classic films from 1969 or 1998 and to more recent ones, even from 2019.   For the th ird consecutive y ear, the official entity that represents Taiwanese Cinema co-operates with Fantasporto, sending us, this time, a selected group of restored or even just recovered films from its archive. This is a unique opportunity to know this cinema, so rich and innovative. After approaching the great classics in 2918, the role played by woman in the cinema which helped their emancipation in society in 2019, we present a program in this 40 th edition of the festival under the name of one of the features integrating it, THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE , a group of classical films dating back to 1969 or 1998, till more modern ones, even from 2019. To the Taiwan Cinema Toolkit, our thanks.   THE FILMS   The Rice Dumplings Vendors-Hsin Ch i - 84'-1969 (Taiwan) Binging- Chen Ting-ning-23´- 2019 (Taiwan) Foolish Bride, Naïve Bridegroom-Hin Chi-99'- 1968 ´ (Taiwan) Like Father, Like Daughter - Leong Siew-hong - 21'-2019 (Taiwan) The Wheel of Life - Pai Ching-Jui, LI Hsing, King Hu-105'- 1983 (Taiwan) God Man Dog- Singing Chen- 119 '-2007 (Taiwan) The Horrible Thirty: Me, My Father and Richard the Tiger- Rina B. Tsou- 23'-2018 (Taiwan) The Last Documentary Fossil- Lin Tay-Jou- 25 '(Taiwan) Spectrum of Nostalgia- Chen Yi-Zhu- 24 '´- 2017- (Taiwan) Swimming on the Highway- Wu Yao-tung- 49 '- 1998 (Taiwan) Goodnight & Goodbye - Wu Yao-tung- 65 '- 2018 (Taiwan)

  • Brad Pitt Admits Turning Down THE MATRIX, But Maltin Master’s Life Has Been Surreal
    by Quendrith Johnson on January 23, 2020 at 7:04 PM

    by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent SANTA BARBARA, CA (1/23/2020): Brad Pitt continued his victory lap around the Awards Circuit with the Maltin Modern Master Award from 35th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) presented by UGG last night. The festival pulled out the big guns with Leonard Maltin conducting the sold-out tribute to Brad Pitt like the maestro of media that he is with this eponymous award. The Hollywood Leading Man admitted up front, “I did pass on The Matrix. I took the red pill. That’s the only one I’m naming.” “I wasn’t offered two or three. Only the first [Matrix]. Just to clarify that. I come from a place, maybe it’s my upbringing, if I didn’t get it, then it wasn’t mine. I really believe [the role] was never mine. It’s not mine. It was someone else’s and they go and make it. I really do believe in that. If we were doing a show on the great movies I’ve passed on, we would need two nights.” While Pitt most recently appears in Quentin Tarantino's ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD from Columbia Pictures, he also took a turn in space in 2019 with AD ASTRA for New Regency. But, true to his multi-hyphenate Nice Guy demeanor, the A-Lister reflected on his first years in the business. "I thought, I’m going to try it, and so I went, 'Would you like anything else?' And I heard the first assistant director go 'Cut! Cut! Cut!'  And he said, 'If you pull that again, you’re out of here.' So I didn’t get [the SAG card] then." Director David Fincher, who helmed critically acclaimed films starring Brad Pitt, including Seven and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, handed out the actual Maltin hardware. His speech encapsulated the good will in Hollywood toward the once walk-on hunk in THELMA & LOUISE.Fincher spoke in glowing terms, revealing that “the task of acting is multi-faceted. There’s the grand overriding two-hour arch that one might call the performance. There are the subtle behavioral hints at a lifetime of backstory, often referred to as the characterization. And then, there is the moment. And that is the character at rest. A person, idling. And for me, this is the test. The ultimate challenge. No intention. No witty banter. No dramatic change of trajectory. You just roll the camera and be. And this is the gift to your film that Brad Pitt brings.” “Like a supple suede jacket, [Brad] form-fits his characters to the overall narrative and he shows up for more than the big beats. He idles smoothly at 3,000 RPMs in the most fractal of moments. Between speeches. Between stunts. Between moments that most actors actually choose a role few people in the history of movies have been good at this, that we annex them to a special tier. People like Bogart, or Cary Grant or Jimmy Stewart or Paul Newman. They exist on celluloid in a way that mere mortals can’t. They have a comfort and ease that cannot be faked, or sadly, duplicated. And they are as rare as albino pandas. They are movie stars. And this is one of them,” Fincher said to rousing applause. Pitt, whose star turns have included a range from Vampires to Benjamin Button to a Coen Bros foil in BURN AFTER READING, was humbled by Fincher’s intro. He said, "Wow, it's things like this and nights like these that tell me I'm old. I've been around a while and I've been doing this for a bit.” He continued breaking up the crowd at the Arlington Theater with this wry delivery. “I can't do night shoots anymore, and I'll gladly hand a stunt over to a stunt man. I no longer remember the first rule of Fight Club.” “But it's also nights like this where I get to look back and feel really, really blessed. I feel so fortunate to all the amazing people I've been able to work with who have taught me so much and who've touched my life. From editors and composers and amazing directors who have sent me on a trajectory that has meant so much to me... I feel really blessed to be here and I feel grateful for this.” The FIGHT CLUB star also gave a huge nod to the neighborhood. "You guys don’t know this, but I hang out here a lot. I have been in Goleta since 1999. This [area] is home.” Leonard Maltin’s Masterful Legacy Award  The Modern Master Award was established in 1995 and is the highest accolade presented by SBIFF. Created to honor an individual who has enriched our culture through accomplishments in the motion picture industry, it was re-named the Maltin Modern Master Award in 2015 in honor of long-time SBIFF moderator and renowned film critic Leonard Maltin.  Past recipients include Glenn Close, Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton, Bruce Dern, Ben Affleck, Christopher Plummer, Christopher Nolan, James Cameron, Clint Eastwood, Cate Blanchett, Will Smith, George Clooney and Peter Jackson. 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