Saturday, December 24, 2016

Maryland International Film Festival Call for entry

Maryland International Film Festival 
March 31 – April 2, 2017
Submit by January 13, 2017
For 6 years, the festival have been bringing in the finest films from around the world. The film festival became a 501(c)3 and launched in 2009 and now screens more then 70 films each year! Hollywood Director Joe Carnahan is the creative director. 

Friday, December 23, 2016

Tokyo International Film Festival 2017 - Call for Entries

The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2017, with festivities running from October 25 to November 3 at Roppongi Hills, EX Theater and other venues in Tokyo.

TIFF was launched in 1985 as Japan’s first major film festival and in the ensuing years, shown a spotlight on excellent films and filmmakers from around the world, screening overs 5,000 films. In 2016, the 29th TIFF expanded its main venues to include EX Theater, and drew 181,031 attendees.

The 30th anniversary edition of TIFF will pursue enhancements in every area, as the festival strives to attract leading filmmakers, to expand its discovery of emerging talents, and to serve as a nexus for cultural interaction between films and cinema lovers, beyond national borders.

©2016 TIFF

30th Tokyo International Film Festival
Date: October 25 (Wed.) – November 3 (Fri.), 2017
Venues: Roppongi Hills, EX Theater and other venues in Tokyo
Hosted by: UNIJAPAN
Official Website:

*Film submissions for the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival will be accepted from late April, 2017.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Digital Box Office Awards + Screening Series Call for Entries!

Santa Monica, California - USA
May 11 to 12, 2017
Digital Box Office Awards + Screening Series, dedicated to providing independent filmmakers a platform to screen their films to Hollywood insiders. Located at the beautiful Laemmle Monica Film Center in Santa Monica, Digital Box Office Awards will screen the brightest and best independent films of the year followed by a star studded reception at the brand new luxury hotel, Dream Hollywood.

Digital Box Office (DBO) is driven by some of the top decision makers from the film and distribution industry. Filmmakers accepted during the preliminary round of judging will be invited to exhibit their film on Digital Box Office's online platform where they will be judged by DBO members. The top performing feature, short and student films will be screened at the Digital Box Office Awards to a theatre full of industry executives and decision makers. This will be followed by a VIP Celebration with other award winning filmmakers, celebrities and major industry heavyweights. One exceptional filmmaker will be awarded a $10,000 USD cash prize, while the filmmaker with the winning film in each category will each receive $5,000.

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January 15, 2017 - Late Deadline

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Screenings will take place at the Laemmle Monica Film Center in Santa Monica, California. The Monica on 2nd Street has been a fixture in the Santa Monica arts scene for 44 years - first as the "Monica Twin" and since 1981 as the "Monica 4-Plex." Now, after a complete rebuild, the venue's storied past projects to an even brighter future. The newly minted Laemmle Monica Film Center features six auditoriums, all with digital projection, wide and plush seating, and optimally proportioned, intimate viewing. The theater also boasts wine and locally-sourced craft beer at the concession stand.

Features, Shorts and Student Films are now being considered - qualify your film today!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

West Chester International Short Film Festival 2017

West Chester, Pennsylvania - USA
April 28 to 30, 2017

13th Annual West Chester International Short Film Festival (WCFF), celebrating indie filmmakers with thrilling parties, outstanding networking opportunities, unforgettable films, and a uniquely engaged artistic community. Offering big-time films in a cozy, small-town environment, WCFF offers a range of compelling categories, including a slew of opportunities for young and student filmmakers to get in the game.

In each of the festival's competitive categories, winning filmmakers are awarded the "Chester," a custom-made, one-of-a-kind, hand-blown glass statuette that signifies a film as being among the best of the best. WCFF also awards the Best Woman Filmmaker with a cash prize presented by the Regional Center for Women in the Arts. There's plenty to celebrate at WCFF for all filmmakers.

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December 31, 2016 - Late Deadline

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Every filmmaker who is accepted to the West Chester Film Festival is entitled to two all-access passes. These "golden tickets" are good for entry into any of the 16 blocks of films, the Opening Night Party, the Closing Night Party and Awards Event, all workshops, the filmmaker meet and greet, and free coffee and WiFi access at the Filmmaker Lounge all weekend long. WCFF partners with a nearby hotel to provide discounted room rates. And, of course, the West Chester community loves visiting filmmakers!

Emerging, established and student filmmakers of all ages are encouraged to submit to WCFF - qualify your work today!

New York Indian Film Festival April 30 - May 7, 2017


Deadline December 31, 2016

Congratulations Pratik Basu - in competition at 46th Rotterdam

46th International Film Festival Rotterdam

25 January – 5 February 2017

 India’s Prantik Basu’s 'Sakhisona'
  selected  for
Tiger Competition for Short Films
      Caption:  still, Sakhisona, 26 mins, Bengali, 2016, world premiere

As a central part of International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017, IFFR Short Film is a unique showcase of artists’ moving image and experimental film for works under 60 minutes. Shown on a variety of formats from 3D to 35mm film, it is a celebration of all forms of film and video.

  IFFR's Short Film programme 2017

     23 films confirmed for Tiger Competition for Short Films

As Without So Within by Manuela de Laborde, USA/Mexico/UK, 25'
August by Omer Fast, Germany, 15', world premiere
Cloacinae by Serge Onnen & Sverre Fredriksen, Netherlands/China, 25', world premiere
El cuento de Antonia by Jorge Cadena, Colombia/Switzerland, 30', international premiere
Deletion by Esther Urlus, Netherlands, 11', world premiere
Fajr by Lois Patiño, Spain/Morocco, 12', world premiere
From Source to Poem by Rosa Barba, Germany, 12', world premiere
Fuddy Duddy by Siegfried A. Fruhauf, Austria, 5', international premiere
Holy God by Vladlena Sandy, Russia, 25', international premiere
Information Skies by Daniel van der Velden & Vinca Kruk, Netherlands/South Korea, 24', international premiere
Into All That Is Here by Laure Prouvost, Belgium/United Kingdom, 9', world premiere
Joanne by Simon Fujiwara, UK, 12', international premiere
Last Days of Leningrad by Maria Zennström, Sweden, 28'
The Lost Object by Sebastian Diaz Morales, Netherlands, 13', world premiere
Lunar Dial by Gao Yuan, China, 15'
Meridian Plain by Laura Kraning, USA, 18', international premiere
No Shooting Stars by Basim Magdy, Egypt/Switzerland, 14', world premiere
Nyo vweta Nafta by Ico Costa, Portugal/Mozambique, 20', world premiere
On Generation and Corruption by Makino Takashi, Japan, 26', world premiere
Rubber Coated Steel by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Lebanon/UK, 21', world premiere
Sakhisona Prantik Basu, India 26', world premiere
Super Taboo by Su Hui-yu, Taiwan, 19', world premiere
What the Heart Wants by Cécile B. Evans, Germany/United Kingdom/Belgium/Australia, 41', 
world premiere

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

New Hope Film Festival | Seeking Films, Webisodes, TV Pilots, and more!


New Hope, Pennsylvania - USA
July 21 to 30, 2017
8th Annual New Hope Film Festival (NHFF), named "Sundance East" by The Huffington Post . NHFF prides itself in placing a strong emphasis on artistic expression - NHFF reviews each submission regardless of representation making it a popular showcase to discover under the radar talent. With a clear and consistent emphasis on artistic quality, NHFF pays no mind to production budgets or big stars; at this festival, artistry and creativity are paramount. The festival welcomes Features, Documentaries, Shorts, Music Videos, Webisodes, TV Pilots, and Student Films.

Invited filmmakers will receive two all access festival passes that includes access to the closing night awards ceremony. Last year's ceremony included the presentation of New Hope Film Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award to former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather. Screenings throughout the day and seminar events bring attendees, artists, and distributors together for inspiring collaborations and long-term relationships.

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December 30, 2016 - Regular Deadline

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NHFF is a place where artists come together to celebrate great work, great films, and great opportunities. Over several years, the charming borough of New Hope has attracted and been home to many talented producers, screenwriters, actors, playwrights, and performance art enthusiasts. Home of the Bucks County Playhouse, where actors such as John Travolta, George C. Scott, Robert Redford, Helen Hayes, Andrea McArdle and Colleen Dewhurst have graced the stage, the village is centrally located less than an hour from Philadelphia and an hour and a half from New York.

NHFF believes filmmakers are their own best advocates - submit your film today for a chance to be seen and heard!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Award winners, 21st International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK)

Vidhu Vincent - trimphant with her debut film, "Manhole' 
winner of two major awards,  Rajatha Chakram for Best Debut Director
and the Fipresci Award for Best Malayalam Film  

Awards at the 21st IFFK

1.      MICHEL KHLEIFI, Jury Chairman

1. Paolo Ballesteros (Actor) for DIE BEAUTIFUL | Director: Jun Robles Lana
2. EcemUzun (Actor) for CLAIR OBSCUR (Tereddüt) | Director: YesimUstaoglu

MANHOLE | Director: Vidhu Vincent

The jury feels the director expressed, an everyday unnoticed social issue in a simple and important, yet a powerful visual image narrative. The human and realistic story was brought to life on screen.
We find a true cinema potential in the director and look forward for her future works.
CLAIR OBSCUR (Tereddüt) | Director: YesimUstaoglu

For its subtle, but effective cinematic treatment of a global dimension across social classes from the perspective of psychological wounds affecting women.
CLASH (Eshtebak) | Director: Mohamed Diab

The Jury unanimously underlines and applauds the excellent cinematographic work, that so aptly explains the historical shock of his country and sketches a living portrait of all the socio-political currents represented by real, authentic and truly human characters.

CLASH (Eshtebak) | Director: Mohamed Diab

1.      RADA SESIC
2.      SAM HO

COLD OF KALANDAR | Director: Mustafa Kara
forthe purity of its cinematic brilliance in bringing out the universality of the struggle between Man and Nature, beauty and danger, love and hope....

KAMMATIPAADAM| Director: Rajeev Ravi
for giving an epic dimension to the issues of  friendship, violence and illicit profiteering inherent to gangster films and for masterfully animating genre conventions with social, political urgency.


WAREHOUSED (Almacenados) | Director: Jack Zagha
For the way in which it challenges the conventional form, content and language of cinema interms of use of space, narration that reaches beyond cultural, linguistic and time barriers.

MANHOLE | Director: Vidhu Vincent
For the raw reality with which the film sheds light on the persistent inhumanity of manualscavengers in India, despite its being legally banned, in a cinematically eloquent manner.

Best Media Reporter – Television
Greeshma S Nair – Jai Hind TV

Special Mention
Naina Sunil – Kairali TV

Best Online Reporting
Manorama Online

Special Jury Mention
Reporter Live

Best Media Reporter – Print
Aravind – Metro Vartha

Best Radio Reporting

Special Mention
Club FM and PravasiBharathi Broadcasting Corporation

Best Theater – Technical
SreePadmanabha Theater

Best Theater – Facilities
Kairali – KSFDC

Congratulations, winners Ilashree and Manassvi Nirupma Goswami

1st International Film Festival, Macao,  2016 
Screen writing Competition
First Prize: talented sisters from India 
Co-writers of 'Legacy of Dreams' ...
Ilashree Goswami and Manassvi Nirupma Goswami

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Congratulations, Deepak Rauniyar from Nepal !

34th Co-production Market 


26 promising projects 


Nepal,  Brazil,  France, the Netherlands, 

Spain, Ecuador and China. 

The selection also includes two Art:Film projects.

Nepalese Director Deepak Rauniyar will introduce his new film 'A King'
His earlier film White Sun won the Interfilm Award in Venice this year will screen at IFFR 2017 

 Selected titles qualify for three awards:
-              Eurimages Co-Production Development Award of €20,000;
-              ARTE International Prize of €6,000;
-              Wouter Barendrecht Award of €5,000.

Marit van den Elshout, Head of IFFR PRO and CineMart, on the selection for CineMart 2017: “Having received more applications than in the last years (over 450) proved to us that our responsibility of making a focused selection, is bigger than ever. The format of bringing talent together with their potential financiers still works, however in order for the industry to adapt to the world today and to stay realistic, we have to look carefully at the projects we present. Once made into films, what kind of life will these projects have, rather than them being 'just nice festival films'. With this selection I feel we manage to present a very diverse line up of story tellers and projects which are solid in their setup and teams presenting them.”

Full selection list for CineMart 2017:

(Art:Film) After London - Ben Rivers - UK - Rook Films
Almost in Love - Leonardo Brzezicki - Argentina - Ruda Cine
Aquilo que arde - Oliver Laxe - Spain - Miramemira
Asia - Ruthy Pribar - Israel - Gum Films
Centre of the Earth - Gabriel Mascaro - Brazil - Desvia
Death on the Streets - Johan Carlsen - Denmark, USA - Makrorama
Fear Eats the Soul - Maria Eriksson - Sweden - Anagram Film & TV
Les Filles du Soleil - Eva Husson - France - MANEKI FILMS
Die Frau des Piloten - Anne Zorah Berrached - Germany - Razor Film Produktion GmbH
Goeree - Peter Hoogendoorn - The Netherlands - Circe Film
Iniciales SG - Rania Attieh / Daniel Garcia - Argentina - Frutacine
January - Andrey Paounov - Bulgaria - Portokal
Jumpman - Ivan I. Tverdovsky - France, Russia - New People Film Company
(Art:Film) Kindness - Stefan Tsivopoulos - Greece - HOME Artist Film (UK)
A King - Deepak Rauniyar - Nepal - Aadi Production
Martin Eden - Pietro Marcello - Italy - Avventurosa
Martyr’s Lane - Ruth Platt - United Kingdom - Ipso Facto Productions
Ningdu - Lei Lei - China - Chinese Shadows (Hong Kong)
De Omweg - Klaartje Quirijns - The Netherlands - Submarine Film
La Piel Pulpo - Ana Cristina Barragán - Ecuador - Caleidoscopio Cine
Poissonsexe - Olivier Babinet - France - COMME DES CINÉMAS
A Spectacle - Michael O'Shea - USA/UK - Pierpoline Films
Sticks and Stones - Martin Skovbjerg - Denmark - Snowglobe
Three Sisters of Cukurca - Emin Alper - Turkey - Liman Film
Vaca que canto una cancion sobre el futuro - Francisca Alegria - Italy, Chile - Jirafa
Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash – Edwin - Indonesia – Palari Films

This year, the CineMart selection is expanded with the BoostNL projects, which have been presented at the Holland Film Meeting during the Dutch Film Festival this fall. In addition, a first selection of VR projects will be presented as part of the new collaboration with VR days.