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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Afghanisthan and Burma feature in 2017 IFFR’s Limelight section


 International Film Festival Rotterdam
                         25 january - 5 february 2017

IFFR announces first Voices titles  ...

which include films from Afghanisthan and Burma !

The Limelight programme gives an overview of international award winners, festival favourites and remarkable films that will screen in Dutch cinemas after the festival. For example, the poetic, committed documentary Burma Storybook (the Netherlands, 2017) by filmmaker Petr Lom will have its world première this edition ... The Hubert Bals Fund supported the mystical Wolf and Sheep (Afghanistan, 2016) by filmmaker Shahrbanoo Sadat, which deals with old traditions, customs and stories that are still a vital component of a small shepherding community in the mountains of Afghanistan.

Burma Storybook

Wolf and Sheep

In  its Voices section, – one of the festival’s four programme sections, 2017 International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) shows films driven by their story or theme, many of which are by established directors with a distinct, assured voice. Alongside this main programme, Voices is made up of the programme elements Limelight, Scopitone and IFFR Live.

In Voices, IFFR presents a harvest of interesting recent films – future arthouse cinema classics. Hakim Belabbes’ Sweat Rain (Morocco, 2016), about a man who will do anything to keep his family’s land, will have its European première in Rotterdam. Belabbes, originally a documentary maker, retains his poetic style in this fiction film. New Wave director Amir Muhammad made Voyage to Terengganu (Malaysia, 2016) – an at times surreal portrayal of colourful characters from Terengganu in East Malaysia – with Badrul Hisham Ismail. Filmmaker Milagros Mumenthaler also returns to IFFR with her playful family drama La idea de un lago (Switzerland/Argentina/Qatar, 2016), in which photographer Inès wants to know the identity of her vanished father but has only an old photograph to go on. Alongside fiction films, series will also be shown. These include the Swedish/French series Midnight Sun (2016) – a dark new mystery from the makers of The Bridge.
The Voices main programme also includes the Big Screen Competition. The eight titles nominated for the VPRO Big Screen Award will be announced in early January

The Scopitone programme (admission free) shows remarkable music documentaries in the Kleine Zaal of the Rotterdam Schouwburg. The fifth edition of this series of film will again be introduced by music connoisseur and film collector Fenno Werkman, and includes the documentaries Blackhearts (Norway, 2016) and Cairo Jazzman (Germany, 2017).
IFFR announced the first five titles of IFFR Live, which screens film premières in Rotterdam simultaneously in dozens of cinemas elsewhere in the world, in mid-December. The programme is now complete – the sixth and final title is Prevenge (GB, 2016) by Alice Lowe, the directorial debut from the British actress and screenwriter. A humorous, feminist horror film about a pregnant widow who loses herself in a bloody string of murders on behalf of her unborn child.
Film titles already confirmed for the Voices section is given below. 
Remaining selection, including Big Screen Competition,, will be announced early January.

VOICES: VoicesPremieres
Atrás hay relámpagos, Julio Hernández Cordón, Mexico/Costa Rica, world premiere
A Bride for Rip Van Winkle, Iwai Shunji, Japan, European premiere
Fake, Mori Tatsuya, Japan, European premiere
The Mole Song – Hong Kong Capriccio, Miike Takashi, Japan, European premiere
Sweat Rain, Hakim Belabbes, Morocco, European premiere
Town in a Lake, Jet Leyco, the Philippines, European premiere
Voyage to Terengganu, Amir Muhammad, Badrul Hisham Ismail, Malaysia, European premiere
We The Workers, Huang Wenhai, Hong Kong/China, world premiere
The World of Wubbe, Jan Louter, the Netherlands, world premiere
Also confirmed
Au-delà des murs, Hervé Hadmar, France, TV series
Beau séjour, Nathalie Basteyns, Kaat Beels, Belgium, TV series
The Donor, Zang Qiwu, China
Ember, Zeki Demirkubuz, Turkey
Gimme Danger, Jim Jarmusch, USA
The Girl with All the Gifts, Colm McCarthy, Great Britain
Hermia & Helena, Matías Piñeiro, Argentina/USA
La idea de un lago, Milagros Mumenthaler, Switzerland/Argentina/Qatar
Jean of the Joneses, Stella Meghie, USA/Canada
Lola Upside Down, Ulrika Bengts, Finland, TV series
Midnight Sun, Björn Stein & Måns Mårlind, France/Sweden, TV series
National Treasure, Marc Munden, Great Britain, TV series
A Quiet Dream, Zhang Lu, South Korea
La ragazza del mondo, Marco Danieli, France/Italy
The Road to Mandalay, Midi Z, Taiwan/France/Germany/Myanmar
The Eye's Dream, Sato Hisayasu, Japan/USA
Three, Johnnie To, Hong Kong/China
The Wedding Ring, Rahmatou Keïta, Niger
A Woman from Jawa, Garin Nugroho, Indonesia

VOICES: Limelight
Burma Storybook, Petr Lom, the Netherlands/Myanmar, world premiere
Het doet zo zeer, Heleen van Royen, the Netherlands, world premiere
De keuze van mijn vader, Yan Ting Yuen, the Netherlands, world premiere
Knife in the Clear Water, Wang Xuebo, China, European premiere
Also confirmed
After the Storm, Kore-eda Hirokazu, Japan
American Honey, Andrea Arnold, Great Britain/USA
Asura: City of Madness, Kim Sungsoo, South Korea
Beyond the Mountains and Hills, Eran Kolirin, Israel/Germany/Belgium
Free Fire, Ben Wheatley, Great Britain
The Handmaiden, Park Chan-wook, South Korea
Harmonium, Fukada Koji, Japan/France
Jackie, Pablo Larraín, USA
Lady Macbeth, William Oldroyd, Great Britain
The Night of a 1000 Hours, Virgil Widrich, Luxembourg/Austria/Belgium/the Netherlands
Orpheline, Arnaud des Pallières, France
Paterson, Jim Jarmusch, USA
Personal Shopper, Olivier Assayas, France
Porto, Gabe Klinger, France/Poland/Portugal/USA
Raw, Julia Ducournau, France/Belgium
La región salvaje, Amat Escalante, Mexico/Denmark/France/Germany/ Norway/Switzerland
Réparer les vivants, Katell Quillévéré, France/Belgium
Sieranevada, Cristi Puiu, Romania/France/Bosnia and Herzegovina
Train to Busan, Yeon Sangho, South Korea
Tramontane, Vatche Boulghourjian, Lebanon
White Sun, Deepak Rauniyar, Nepal/USA/Qatar/the Netherlands
Wolf and Sheep, Shahrbanoo Sadat, Afghanistan/Denmark/Sweden/France

VOICES: Scopitone -Premières
Cairo Jazzman, Atef Ben Bouzid, Germany, world premiere
New Voices in an Old Flower, Quino Piñero, Ethiopia/Spain/Great Britain, European premiere
War of Words, Craig Tuohy & Tom Worth, United Kingdom, international premiere
Also confirmed
Blackhearts, Fredrik Horn Akselsen & Christian Falch, Norway
Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape, Zack Taylor, Great Britain
Placebo: Alt.Russia, Charlie Targett-Adams, Great Britain
Two Trains Runnin', Sam Pollard, USA
The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev, Noam Pinchas &Tal Barda, France/Israel

The Man, Charlotte Sieling, Denmark, world premiere
Also confirmed
The Giant, Johannes Nyholm, Sweden/Denmark
Home, Fien Troch, Belgium
Mister Universo, Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel, Austria/Italy
Prevenge, Alice Lowe, Great Britain
A Wedding, Stephan Streker, Belgium/France/Luxembourg/Pakistan


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

12th IFFT-KW JOSEPH AWARD - 4th Edition

12th International Film Festival of Thrissur


The aim of the K W Joseph film award, organised by the International Film Festival of Thrissur & K W Joseph Smaraka trust is to select feature films of cinematic, thematic and aesthetic excellence, for the promotion of film art through competition among debut filmmakers

BEST FILM: Rupees ONE LAKH with Certificate.
Films selected to competition will be screened  in 12th IFFT.

Festival Regulation
1. Sections
 National Competition for the first or second film of a Filmmaker.

2. Eligibility
2.1 Only films made in India by an Indian citizen during 1st January 2015 and 31st December 2016.
2.2 The film should be in any Indian language.
2.3 Silent Films are also eligible.
2.4 The title of the film should be registered in India..
2.5 The Director should be an Indian national.
2.6 The applicant should submit a declaration stating the date of completion of the film.
2.7 Films certified by CBFC during the period 1st January 2015 and 31st December 2016 are only eligible..
2.8 Films shoud be in any Indian language in 35 mm or in a wider gauge or digital/video format and as a feature film above 70 min.duration. .

3. Procedure:
3.1 An applicant has to fill the required fields and upload the bio-data, photographs etc. and also provide the details of entry fee paid electronically.
3.2 Entry Fee Rs. 10000/-.
3.3 The entry fee is non refundable.
3.4 Entrants are required to submit 2 DVDs (Tested / All Code), Promos, Trailers and a separate DVD containing Directors Photograph, Bio-data, Synopsis of the film, Stills of the Film, Posters, Pamphlets etc. packed properly and freight pre-paid.
3.5 Film should be sub-titled or dubbed in English.
3.6 Entries should be submitted along with a certificate by the Applicant that the film      is    the first or second film of a Director.

4. Payment of Entry Fee
4.1 The entry fee may be sent by electronic transfer using IFSC code mentioned below under intimation to International Film Festival of Thrissur (IFFT).

4.2 Account Holder: International Film Festival of Thrissur.
           Account No. 40261100101892
           Bank: KERALA GRAMIN BANK
           Branch THRISSUR  MAIN
           IFSC CODE: KLGB0040261

4.3 If the entry form is submitted manually, the entry fee should be attached as a Bank draft in favour of:
 INTERNATIONAL Film Festival of Thrissur
payable at THRISSUR
5. Cut off Date
National Competition: 10th January 2017.
5.1 Final Submission:  All selected films in prescribed format should be received by the Festival Authorities by 10th January 2017.
5.2 Each entry form shall be accompanied by the material detailed below (soft copy of the same to be sent to IFFT).
5.3 Acceptable formats for feature films are:- DCP (Unencrypted), Bluray ,Full HD along with two DVD copies.
5.4 Synopsis (precise and not exceeding two hundred words) of the film, Director & Producer’s profile.
5.5 Director’s note in English and details of cast and crew.

The following should also be sent separately by e-mail to:
1. Film Stills (5-nos) (200-300 dpi).
2. Director’s working stills (2-nos) (200-300 dpi).
3. Producer’s stills or Logo (200-300 dpi).
4. Posters.

5.6  A declaration shall be furnished by the applicant, declaring that the information furnished are true to  and he is responsible for  the data/material furnished.

 6. Notifications:
6.1 Successful entries will be acknowledged via e-mail.
6.2 Only selected applicants for Competition  will be informed.

7. Pre-Selection Process:
7.1 Entries will be previewed by Pre-Selection Committee and the shortlisted films  will finally be selected ..

8. Selection Process:
8.1. The decision of the selection committees will be final & binding on all and will not be subject to any dispute..
8.2. Films once selected and submitted for the final screening will not be allowed to be withdrawn under any circumstances. Participation in the festival implies acceptance of Festival Regulations.
8.3. In the case of faulty projection, the festival cannot be held liable for intangible losses incurred by Director, Producer or Distributor.

 9. Rights of Festival Authorities:
9.1 Decisions of the Festival Authorities regarding all matters shall be final & binding on all parties. 

10. Copyright:
10.1 It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to secure clearance from the copyright holders. IFFT will not be held responsible for the unauthorized inclusion of any copyrighted materials within or relating to the submitted film. IFFT reserves the right to disqualify any film of any unauthorized inclusion of copyrighted materials.
10.2 Films should be censored between 1st January 2015 and 31st December 2016.

11. Jury:
11.1 The Jury selected by the Festival Authorities will determine the winning films. The decision of Jury will be final and binding to all.
11.2  The Jury has the right to withhold an award in any category, where no entries, in the Jury’s opinion, meet its standards for award / recognition.

12. Archive:
12.1 The DVDs sent for selection as well as digital tapes / media sent for the final screening will be retained for the Festival Archive. Also, DVDs containing photographs & publicity material received with the Entry Form will not be returned.
12.2 The Festival Authorities will have the right to screen award winning films in different centres in Kerala on non-commercial basis.

 13. Insurance:
13.1 Insurance cost on films in transit will be borne by the entrant.
13.2 The Festival Authorities undertake to insure tapes / media against technical damage, fire, destruction, loss, theft during the period between their arrival at the Festival Office and despatch from Festival Office.

Should any dispute or difference arises between the Producer and the IFFT in respect of the films referred to, the decision of the Executive Director, INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL of THRISSUR (IFFT 2017) shall be final and binding on both the parties. The Arbitration Clause will not apply on the decision of Juries, which will be final and binding on both the IFFT and the applicant for K W JOSEPH AWARD 2017

15. General:
15.1 IFFT is under no obligation to comments or feedbacks regarding the submitted film to applicant or any other representative of the submitted film.
15.2 For promotional / publicity purposes, clippings from any film entered in the festival may be shown on the National / International Television / Local network / Internet, etc.
15.3 Clippings of selected films will be put online on the official website of the festival.

 All Communications, Entries, DVDs, and Documentation should be sent freight prepaid, addressed to:
Executive Director
International Film Festival of Thrissur,
5th Floor,Cochin Devaswam Board Building,
SWARAJ Round North, Thrissur 680001.
Mob: 9496168654, 0487 2333818

Monday, December 26, 2016

Hamptons International Film Festival - Screenwriters Lab

East Hampton, New York - USA
April 7 to 9, 2017
17th annual Hamptons International Film Festival - Screenwriters Lab, welcoming scripts of all types and about any subject matter for its 2017 retreat. The Lab develops emerging screenwriting talent by pairing established writers and creative producers with up-and-coming screenwriters. The mentors advise in a one-on-one creative laboratory setting while additional events bring the participants together with board members, the local artistic community, and other friends of the festival. One selected writer will also have the opportunity to present their script in a staged reading at the Festival in October.

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January 2, 2017 - Late Deadline

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The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate the Independent film and to introduce a unique and varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to audiences.

Filmmakers will have the opportunity to attend the Hampton's International Film Festival in October just a few months after honing their work at the Lab. Using the valuable experience from their mentorship and newly developed relationships, the filmmakers will be able to confidently represent their work to high level industry players that will be in attendance at the festival. Guests and attendees of the last few Festivals included Meryl Streep, Jessica Chastain, Joel & Ethan Coen, Edward Norton, Mahershala Ali, Morgan Freeman, Brie Larson, Richard Gere, Mike Nichols, Charlie Kaufman, Todd Haynes, Holly Hunter, Aaron Eckhart, Olivia Wilde, Sir Ben Kingsley, Harvey Weinstein, Adam Driver, and many more.

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Women filmmakers from India - consider entering your film!

The Bentonville Film Festival (BFF)

Can you tell us a little about Bentonville Film Festival's commitment to women and diverse voices across features, shorts, and episodic content?
One of BFF's co-founders is Geena Davis; it was her work at the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media that inspired our initial formation. Today, we are proud to amplify voices from women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, filmmakers with disabilities, and veterans. 

This commitment manifests itself in two ways: 

1. We offer flights and hotel accommodations for the entire festival to all qualified filmmakers in an effort to foster a truly intimate, mission-centric, week-long collision of filmmakers, artists, and industry leaders.

 2. We are the only festival to offer guaranteed distribution across all platforms to our jury award winners; we do this because we believe distribution, getting underrepresented stories seen by as big an audience as possible, is one of the big steps we can take toward progress.

What is the first thing BFF programmers take note of while reviewing submissions?
BFF strives to program films that explore issues surrounding gender and diversity made by and about underrepresented people. We want to push boundaries with our content while also programming films with commercial viability. At the end of the day, we program films with good stories, told in interesting ways, about places and people that we don't often see represented.

What advice would you give to someone submitting their film to BFF?
For the film to qualify for competition in the Festival, the film must have an Underrepresented Group in two (2) or more of the following roles:

  • Director
  • Producer
  • Writer
  • Lead Character
  • At least fifty-percent (50%) of cast, crew or extras are from an Underrepresented Group
The definition of "Underrepresented Group" includes:
  • Women
  • People of Color
  • The LGBTQ community
  • People with disabilities
  • Veterans

How does BFF work with the entertainment industry to secure distribution for filmmakers? Can you provide some examples of filmmaker success stories?
Three of our founding sponsors are Walmart, AMC Theaters, and Lifetime television. Their commitment to the mission-driven content we discover, in addition to the commitments of partners like TV One and Starz, allow us to make meaningful offers of exposure to deserving filmmakers. The 2015 Audience Award Winning Documentary, In My Father's House, premiered on Showtime in early 2016. Jack of the Red Hearts, our 2015 Jury Award for Best Narrative, enjoyed airings on Lifetime and a limited theatrical run in 25 AMC Theaters. The 2016 Audience award winner, Floyd Norman: An Animated Life had a limited theatrical run, a collaboration screening co-sponsored by Essence Magazine, and is now available on Netflix.

What can filmmakers expect from screening their film in Bentonville, Arkansas?
Filmmakers can expect a Q & A to follow their screening. In addition to personalized technical support during their screening, festival staff are available 24/7 the entire week to ensure that guests feel like Bentonville is their home away from home. Time and again, filmmakers tell us how close-knit our festival feels. There's really nothing like it. The space that exists between our industry guests, panelists, filmmakers, and sponsor partners is minimal; over the course of a week, everyone runs into each other at the hotel, in restaurants, or at festival functions. We've been told it feels a little like summer camp for grown ups. We're all there for the same wonderful reason and everyone is incredibly supportive of each other. Because of the actual design of the town square, you're never more than a 5-minute walk to your next screening or panel.

December 26, 2016 - Regular Deadline

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