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  • 16th Myrtle Beach International Film Festival (April 20-24, 2021) calling for entry
    by Myrtle Beach International Film Festival on December 31, 2020 at 9:28 PM

      Call for entry MBIFF 16 now open     October 2, 2020 Earlybird Deadline I November 20, 2020 Regular Deadline I December 11, 2020 Late Deadline  I December 31, 2020 Extended Deadline I  SUBMIT I Website I Profile on filmfestivals.com I  Email contact I Facebook I Twitter     Submission Deadlines for MBIFF 16   October 2, 2020 Earlybird DeadlineNovember 20, 2020 Regular DeadlineDecember 11, 2020 Late Deadline       The MBIFF is a World Class Event. Submissions end December 31st,  20éà, submit through filmfreeway.com, or through the festivals website, myrtlebeachfilmfestival.com Selected by Movie Maker Magazine as one of the top 25 film festivals worth the submission, one of the top festivals in the world by Film international and touted by many as one of the most important independent film festivals in the circuit. We are passionate about film and it shows! The MBIFF screens projects in a multi-million dollar theater, housing state of the art technology.   We look forward to viewing your film /project!&nbs

  • 33rd TIFF - Tokyo International Film Festival to Open with Underdog and Close with Hokusai
    by Tokyo International Film Festival on September 18, 2020 at 8:37 PM

      The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is pleased to announce this year’s Opening and Closing Films. Underdog, directed by Masaharu Take, will open the festival on October 31, and Hokusai, directed by Hajime Hashimoto and starring Yuya Yagira and Min Tanaka, will close the festival on November 9.Underdog stars Mirai Moriyama, Takumi Kitamura and Ryo Katsuji, and is Take’s first boxing-themed film in six years, since 100 Yen Love (2014). It depicts the lives of three fighters who have been abandoned in life, as they cross fists in the ring to attempt their comebacks. Hokusai is the story of legendary Japanese ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai and his “Secret of Three Waves,” providing a unique perspective and interpretation. Hokusai is best known for his “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” and his works inspired such artists as Van Gogh and Monet. The film stars Yuya Yagira as young Hokusai and Min Tanaka as the artist in later years, and marks the end of the festival memorably in this year of the 260th anniversary of Hokusai’s birth. TIFF plans to hold physical screenings in Tokyo theaters to enable audiences to experience the joy of watching films on the big screen, and these two remarkable films will provide additional excitement to the 33rd TIFF.     The screening schedule will be announced on the official TIFF website (www.tiff-jp.net/en/) in early October. OPENING FILM Underdog (2020/Japan) – World Premiere Director: Masaharu Take Cast: Mirai Moriyama, Takumi Kitamura, Ryo Katsuji Release Date (Japan): November 27, 2020 Distribution (Japan): Toei Video Company, Ltd --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dwelling on his past humble glory, a man whose life has hit rock bottom tries to emerge from his despair and shine once again. A story that will stir your soul. Comment from Masaharu Take I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the people who have made it possible to hold TIFF despite the coronavirus pandemic. Underdog was filmed in January and February 2020, capturing scenes we have lost due to COVID-19. Boxers, the lonely people in the ring, cannot continue to beat and be beaten without the audiences’ cheers. The audience creates the match and continues to talk about it. Sometimes it’s an incredible match. But it's not a match with only one viewer. Life is similar to this, and I think filmmaking is, too. The audience completes the film in the end. I’m grateful that audiences can watch Underdog at the TIFF opening in 2020. The final conclusion is left to them, and I hope they will continue to pass the story on. Please stay safe. CLOSING FILM Hokusai (2020/Japan) – World Premiere Director: Hajime Hashimoto Cast: Yuya Yagira, Min Tanaka Release Date (Japan): 2021 Distribution (Japan): SDP --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A film about Hokusai, the most famous Japanese artist in the world. "The Man Mad about Art” was once a struggling artist, but after winning fame, continued to pursue his artistic talent, striving his entire life to improve. Comment from Hajime Hashimoto The history of film was nurtured in the darkness of movie theaters. Now this darkness is undergoing rapid change. It is easy to say that this is the flow of time. Darkness is a place where strangers sit together, cry, laugh, get angry and enjoy themselves. We put our hopes for Hokusai in such a place. Please enjoy it…in the dark.     The full lineup of the Tokyo Premiere 2020 will be announced at the press conference on September 29.             33rd Tokyo International Film Festival: Oct. 31 – Nov. 9, 2020 tiff-jp.net     &nbs

  • Festival Stop Motion Montreal Home Sweet Home 12th Edition from September 14-20
    by Editor on September 18, 2020 at 7:42 PM

    Festival Stop Motion Montreal is proud to present its 12th edition this week, which is being held virtually until September 20. There's something for everyone in the programming designed for young and old alike; from the youth films program to the less conventional T.N.T. program (Terrifying, Naked and Twisted).  The 90 short films presented, as well as the special guest conferences, will be available worldwide via the VUCAVU platform during the seven days of the Festival. Technical skills animation workshops will also be available on Zoom. An unbeatable opportunity to satisfy all stop motion lovers or to learn about this unique film genre!   The films in competition deal with a variety of themes and techniques that will appeal to film lovers from all ends of the spectrum: Alan the Infinite (Mikey Please and Dan Ojari) portrays a young adult on their first day at work, while Sororelle (Louise Mercadier and Frédéric Even) tells the story of three sisters facing a cataclysm. Younger viewers will enjoy the presentation of Quma y las Bestias (Iván Stur, Javier Ignacio and Luna Crook), which will transport them to prehistoric South America in following the rite of passage of a young boy as he explores the wild savannah on his own.   Kang-min Kim's South Korean short film KKUM explores a son's obsession with his mother's premonitory dreams, while French director Héloïse Ferlay's À la mer poussière (To the Dusty Sea) features two children trying to catch their mother's fleeting glance. Un coeur d'or (A Heart of Gold) by Simon Filliot will leave a lasting impression with this story of a young underprivileged mother who is forced to make an important sacrifice for her child. Among others, this film was animated by Julia Peguet, one of this edition’s special guests, who is leading a workshop to perfect one’s character animation skills via Zoom.   In addition to the films and activities available on the Festival’s VUCAVU platform and the technical animation skills workshops on Zoom, the Festival will light up its Facebook page with even more exclusive fun and free content! A virtual tour of Alicia Eisen's studio (Old Man, FSMM 2016 and Deady Freddy, FSMM 2019) and pre-recorded interviews with filmmakers in this year's competition programs will be made available on the social network in interactive Watch Parties where festival goers can watch, react and comment together in real time, which will then be reposted to IGTV following their Facebook broadcasts.   The Festival is pleased to work with the VUCAVU platform this year for its special Home Sweet Home edition. Festival-goers can go directly to the website to rent individual short film programs and conference replays à la Carte.   Ticket purchase of à la Carte programs on VUCAVU To view individual program activities à la Carte, festival-goers must first create a user account on the VUCAVU platform. The creation of a user account is free of charge. The activities are accessible from September 14 to 20 and billed individually. The cost is $5 per short film program and $7 per conference replay. Each purchase will be available for 48-hour viewing period, until the Festival comes to a close on September 20.     Festival Stop Motion Montreal Home Sweet Home 12th Edition Official 2020 Trailer: vimeo.com/452321969 For more information: www.StopMotionMontreal.com Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn

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