Thursday, July 7, 2016

Seeking Female Driven Projects


Los Angeles, California - United States
October 20 to 23, 2016

The 12th Annual LA Femme International Film Festival , a premier event that celebrates, supports and advances content creation by Women Producers, Writers, and Directors from around the world. The Festival offers a powerful platform in the heart of Beverly Hills and Hollywood for emerging filmmakers and screenwriters to be discovered as well as propel their projects. La Femme has first look distribution partners that continually provide great opportunities for all filmmakers that are accepted to the Festival. In 2015 three winners in the Shorts and TV Pilots categories went on to secure one on one meetings with CBS Entertainment Diversity Division. This year CBS Entertainment Diversity as well as Sony Pictures Diversity has joined La Femme again to offer remarkable opportunities to festival winners.

After daily screenings the excitement continues into the night where filmmakers, entertainment professionals, distribution executives and celebrities mix and mingle all festival long at various networking events, parties and a fabulous closing night gala ceremony. In addition to its stellar lineup of features, documentaries, shorts, screenplay competition, TV Pilot competition and webisodes, LA Femme celebrates the power of the female filmmaker with a series of dynamic panels and seminars featuring some of the biggest names in the business. Past panels have included Women Running The Show On Prime Time TV presented by WGA, Finance & Distribution: How To Get The Money To Make Your Film, How To Get Noticed Through Unconventional Ways presented by SAG-AFTRA National Women's Committee, How To Get Your Reality TV Or Alternative Concept Into The Market Place, and many more.

La Femme is recognized by filmmakers and industry leaders as unique event that delivers unprecedented panels with experts in all avenues of the entertainment fields in getting films made, sold, and distributed. The festival uses a select handful of entertainment experts that actually inspire while giving filmmakers the reality of today's entrainment pitfalls. This is where the female indie filmmaker scene shines and is the only festival of its kind in spirit, content, and distribution opportunities for the woman filmmaker and where their work can be enjoyed by everyone.

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July 16, 2016 - Late Deadline

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LA Femme supports and nurtures the artistic entertainment productions of women for the benefit of an international and domestic audience.

LA Femme proudly provides a free festival pass to each filmmaker who submits work to the festival, regardless of whether that project is chosen for screening. The festival's mission is to champion, nurture, and support extraordinary opportunities for talented female filmmakers, and that spirit is best advanced by inviting all LA Femme supporters to celebrate together.

A diverse range of categories are now open that include Films, TV Pilots, Shorts, Games, Webisodes, Scripts, and more - qualify your project today!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

If your film aims to improve the world, COMMFFEST will see it. Submit your work today!

Toronto, Ontario - Canada
October 11 to 16, 2016

July 7, 2016 - Late Deadline

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the 11th Annual COMMFFEST Global Community Film Festival, brings communities together in the heart of Old Town Toronto for social empowerment. A festival dedicated to inclusion, COMMFFEST welcomes films of all genres, including interfaith films, student films, children's films, animation, and cinéma vérité. Welcoming a unique blend of film, filmmakers and audiences creates a dynamic atmosphere to provoke thought and stimulate further understanding and exploration of ideas, attitudes, and emotions that can foster change - starting with the communities in which we live.

Exhibiting filmmakers will receive gift packages, restaurant certificates, and invitations to unforgettable networking and social engagements throughout the run of the festival. Each year, COMMFFEST presents its "Making a Difference Awards" to filmmakers whose work champions social good and community enrichment. Whether young or old, seasoned or just beginning, cinematic storytellers are welcomed into COMMFFEST with open arms and with equal opportunities to engage and inspire audiences from across the planet.

Festival alum Behzad Sedghi shares, "For me, COMMFFEST has been where my films have finally reached their maturity by connecting through the big screen with their audience. It is this connection that is essential for any artistic endeavor. As this may be the case with most other festivals, however, in my direct experience with COMMFFEST I clearly felt that each artist was given special attention, a chance to have a dialogue about their creation and ultimately was embraced in a celebration of their achievement."

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COMMFFEST's mission is to advance education by raising the cultural, artistic and aesthetic expression of the community and to advance the public's appreciation of the arts through related artistic workshops and panel discussions, while promoting the works of filmmakers and artists alike.

Filmmakers that screen at COMMFFEST will have the great opportunity of meeting young cinema fans that will likely be their biggest champions. Through COMMFFEST's local educational engagement program, over 1,000 children from local schools now enthusiastically enjoy the festival experience as part of their annual curriculum.


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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

7 Days for First Deadline - Co-Production Market 2016

Force of Destiny: Paul Cox (April 16,1940 - June 18,2016)

Dutch-born Australian writer-director Paul Cox waged a fierce, valiant battle with liver cancer, first diagnosed in February 2009 and doctors giving him six months to live. He retaliated by saying, “I cannot imagine a world without me in it”. 

He gained another seven years through a liver transplant. Fueled by a stubborn tenacity, he used this precious time to do the things he loved most, specially the making of his last film, ‘Force of Destiny’. He finally had to submit to not being invincible. He died on June 18, age 76, in his adopted home town, Melbourne.

Paul Cox loved India with an abiding passion and Kolkata in particular. His film, ‘Force of Destiny’ is a requiem to all that he held dear in life. The film, an acceptance of both life and death, pays homage to the Indian way of life and thinking.

It is difficult to recall when I first met Paul. Neither could he, when we met on the joyous occasion of the India premiere of ‘Force of Destiny’ at the 2015 Kolkata International Film Festival. I initially got an insight into his distinct mode of filmmaking at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival, which unanimously toasted him for his feature film, ‘Man of Flowers’. The film is about a middle-aged reclusive oddball who enjoys the beauty of art, flowers, music and watching pretty women undress. I participated in the prolonged applause accorded to the film, and later, took in the fulsome praise that came his way at the Press Conference.

It was a few years later, in the autumn of 1987, when a lifelong friendship was ignited at the wonderfully hospitable and inspiring 1987 Vancouver International Festival. Its director, Hannah Fisher, another India lover, had assembled a fantastic array of world names, among them Shashi Kapoor and Ismail Merchant. Paul arrived fresh from another festival success. Since then, I kept tabs on Paul’s work and met him regularly at festivals the world over and especially, almost annually, at film festivals in India, where he was a perennial favourite.

Despite being from the Netherlands (he was born in 1940 in Venlo), he migrated to Australia when he was 25-years-old to work as a professional photographer. Never looking at filmmaking as a career, he discovered that he could not live without it. “It was pure compulsion”, he said, “I had no option”.

Post the 80’s, he came to be known as the icon of Aussie cinema. Prolific Paul Cox has to his name a total of 31 feature films, 12 documentaries and 19 narratives, His early features, ‘Lonely Hearts’ in 1981, ‘Man of Flowers’ in 1983 and ‘My First Wife’ in 1984 were acclaimed in Australia and internationally. His documentaries included ‘Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent van Gogh’ in 1987, ‘The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky’ in 2001 and the fictionalized ‘Molokai: The Story of Father Damien’ (1999).

Cox worked invariable worked with people who became his friends for life. Norman Kaye has acted in 16 of his films. Cox’s films have been described by film writer Peter Sobczynski as thematic meditations on love, art, solitude and mortality. They tend to be love stories that revolve around persons who are artists of one kind or another, such as a theatre actor (‘Lonely Hearts’), musicians (‘Innocence’), painters (‘Man of Flowers’), dancers (‘Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky’) and arts teachers (‘Human Touch’).

Acclaimed film critic Roger Ebert remained an unabashed admirer (and friend) of Paul Cox. To quote him, “Paul Cox has never followed a formula, and his characters are stark originals. He operates outside genres, conventions, archetypes and established cinematic patterns. He begins fresh, with these people, in this situation.” He notes ‘A Woman’s Tale’ (1991) as Cox’s best film and as “an act of astonishing empathy”. The film looks at the last days in the life of an elderly cancer victim played by Sheila Florance, who was dying of cancer herself while filming and passed away nine days after receiving the AFI Best Actress award. Roger Ebert’s well-known Eberfest in Chicago hosted Cox as a featured director as many as six times – the last being just before he passed away, for the US premiere of , ‘Force of Destiny.’ The semi autobiographical film stars Australia’s talented David Wenham as a sculptor who is forced to re-examine his relationships with his daughter, ex-wife and a young Indian woman who comes into his life.

I attended the last day of this shoot in Trivandrum and was amazed at Cox’s relentless energy over extended hours of shooting. Terminal illness had in no way sapped his spirit or his passion for cinema. He said, “It’s very healing. When you suddenly do something together, it all disappears. In ‘Force of Destiny’ I had no fear at all and it was a wonderful film to make. We laughed a lot.” We all did, alongside this amazing man. His impish, and at times acerbic and even insulting remarks, were never held at bay.

‘Force of Destiny’ has been produced by avant-garde Kerala producer Baby Mathews (also the producer of Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s new film, ‘Pinneyum’, made after a gap of 8 years).

There is a move to screen ‘Force of Destiny’ in India as not only a tribute to Cox but as a film that so eloquently espouses the awareness and cause of organ donations.

Courtesy:  - India's first independent on-line daily which was launched on January 27, 2014. Reproducing Uma da Cunha's column

Monday, July 4, 2016

Call for entries - 39th Women's International Film Festival, March 10-19th 2017

The Festival International de Films de Femmes - hosted at the Maison des Arts de Créteil - is a one-of-a-kind annual film event, a major worldwide showcase for women filmmakers. A privileged platform for filmmakers, it has become over the years the most important professional event on major international women’s cinema de auteur, still poorly distributed.
The 39th edition of the Festival will run from March 10th-19th, 2017.

Submissions are now open!
 Please send us your new projects before November 20th, 2016. 

Please find rules and the online entry form here :
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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Call for Entries!


Louisville, Kentucky
- United States

October 13 to 15, 2016

The 8th Annual Louisville's International Festival of Film (LIFF) is 
uniquely designed to support film education in Kentucky and to 
celebrate a wide range of international talents. 

Enhanced by high school and college student volunteers, LIFF screens 
more than 150 films that is an exciting blend of big-screen storytellers 
of today with some of the up-and-coming filmmakers of tomorrow. 

Set amidst gorgeous bluegrass farms and just a stone's throw from the 

site of the Kentucky Derby, LIFF has been praised by Breaking Bad's 
Bryan Cranston as a mix of "old charm and dynamic new energy." In 2014 
the festival's opening night event included the screening of Druid Peak
a thrilling coming of age film set in Yellowstone National Park, filmmaker 
Spencer Treat Clark was in attendance to join discussions after the film.

Cash and prizes are on hand for many of the Festival's strongest performers 

including the Best of Fest Award ($3,000 USD) awarded to an attending filmmaker, 
and a special Kentucky Youth Festival allows participating high school and college students the thrill of pitching, producing, and promoting their work in unprecedented ways. No matter the age, the interest, or the level of experience, LIFF truly does offer something for everyone.
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LIFF showcases independent film and supports the cultural diversity of 

Louisville, Kentucky.
In addition to its impressive roster of films and seminars, LIFF proudly hosts a Kentucky Legends of Fame series, which has thus far honored country music superstar Naomi Judd, renowned character actor Warren Oates, and comedy legend Lily Tomlin. Upon her induction to the Legends of Fame, Tomlin performed her one-woman show to a sold-out crowd and raised thousands of dollars for LIFF's charity that provides programs and assistance for aspiring filmmakers in Jefferson County public schools.

Open categories include Feature, Short, Documentary, Animation, Horror, Sports, Webisode, and more. Submit your project today!