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Festival Friday Spotlight: Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival Shares Recipe for Perfect Festival Cocktail
by Lara Colocino and Haven Goldstein

Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival (BWiFF) was born to be original. The festival’s name may lead you to imagine a strangely colored alcoholic beverage one might ingest on a beach – and in fact, we still aren’t quite sure what the moniker has to do with film. All we do know is that with over [...]

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Festival Spotlight Friday: San Francisco Frozen Film Festival is Hella Chill
by Lara Colocino

No one can say that the San Francisco Frozen Film Festival (SFFFF) is short on spirit. The festival aims to broaden its community’s film scene by screening great films, showcasing new art, playing music, and more, but the organizers also exude a contagious love of cinema and a genuine desire to help moviemakers share their [...]

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Festival Spotlight Friday: Los Angeles Film Festival Celebrates 19th Year
by Lara Colocino

The Los Angeles Film Festival began with a bang June 13 and runs through this Sunday, June 23rd Our new Festival Spotlight Friday series threads together MovieMaker’s long-running Festival Beat, a collective journal featuring some of the year’s most interesting film festivals. Each week we’ll report from cities across North America and beyond to give [...]

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The New Festival in Coachella: Triumphs, failures, and lessons from the inaugural AMFM Fest
by James Kaelan

The inaugural AMFM Fest, which shares a valley with the Coachella Art and Music Festival, may have been too ambitious. But the future is bright. Starting a new film festival in a big city is tantamount to gentrifying a neighborhood. Not only do you have to program great films, host good parties, and assemble intelligent [...]

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2013 Los Angeles Film Festival: 10 premieres to catch at LAFF
by Josh Ralske

This year’s Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF) offers a uniquely broad-ranging view of contemporary cinema. Aside from their World Premiere-heavy Documentary and Narrative Competitions, the fest has both an International Showcase and a Summer Showcase, featuring a surfeit of well-regarded entries from other festivals (e.g. Drug War, The Act of Killing, Nobody’s Daughter Haewon, Concussion, [...]

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Bringing Film to Coachella: AMFM Fest aims to bring film, art, and more music to the Coachella Valley
by James Kaelan

AMFM Fest, the new acronymic festival in the Coachella Valley, might just be aiming to overthrow that other four-letter film and music event in Austin. Every spring in Austin, any casual scholar of antiquity might recognize—amongst the faces of the SXSW denizens—disciples of Caligula and Nero, stumbling drunkenly from over-crowded bar to over-crowded screening as [...]

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Screenin’ in the Rain: Notes on Cannes 2013, Part I
by Aaron Hillis

It wasn’t until the midpoint of a drizzlier and gustier than usual edition of the Cannes Film Festival that the red carpets seemed to dry—or should I say heat up, as some of the finest competition titles only emerged from behind the clouds in the back half. By then, future Palme d’Or winner Blue is the [...]

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If Only I Could Cannes:
9 Cannes premieres to look out for (that I won’t get to see till they come to New York)
by Josh Ralske

Festival de Cannes is upon us. Like me, you wish you were there. Or unlike me, you are there, which raises the question of why you are sitting around reading this. Go watch some movies. (Our man on the ground is Aaron Hillis, and he’ll be reporting over the next two weeks.) The year’s first [...]

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Newfilmmakers Los Angeles: LA’s only monthly film festival moves to the AT&T Center
by Rory-Owen Delaney

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles — LA’s only monthly film festival — has relocated its screening series from the Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood to the AT&T Center downtown. This is an exciting move for NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, and MovieMaker Magazine is happy for their success. To that end, MovieMaker Magazine is renewing its monthly update with [...]

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Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee: MovieMaker releases its annual list!
by Kyle Rupprecht with Lara Colocino and Sarah Dahnke

Update, April 8, 2014: We will be announcing the results of the 2014 “50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” list on over the next few weeks, starting tomorrow, April 9. Please check back then for the festivals that made the cut this year! Everyone knows about Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, SXSW, Rotterdam, Venice and Berlin. [...]

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