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Festival Spotlight Friday: Larger Than LIIFE
by MM Editors

The Long Island International Film Expo had the honor of being deemed one of the coolest film festivals in the world by our readers last year. What sets LIIFE apart from the myriad of other film festivals (aside from its really cool name) is its community, says director Debra Markowitz. Now in its 17th year, […]

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Cannes Do: A Filmmaker’s Personal Guide To Cannes, Day Seven
By Patricia Chica

Independent filmmaker Patricia Chica has been covering the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for us. You can read part one of Patricia Chica’s personal Cannes diary right here, part two here, part three here, part four here, part five here, and part six here. This is her last blog post from the festival! Patricia recaps her experience and shares insight into […]

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Cannes Do: A Filmmaker’s Personal Guide To Cannes, Day Six
By Patricia Chica

Independent filmmaker Patricia Chica is covering the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for us. You can read part one of Patricia Chica’s personal Cannes diary right here, part two here, part three here, part four here, and part five here. Today, on day six, Patricia Chica speaks to distributor Roman Güttinger of Ascot Elite Entertainment Group, currently representing the film […]

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Festival Spotlight Friday: The Founding and Future of Dances With Films
By Leslee Scallon and Michael Trent

It started on a dark and stormy night…no wait… that’s another story.  Dances With Films started with festival founders, Michael Trent and Leslee Scallon (that’s us!), in the days of indie film still being shot on (gasp!) film. and Robert Rodriguez had just sold his blood to finance his indie epic El Mariachi. Inspired, as […]

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Cannes Do: A Filmmaker’s Personal Guide To Cannes, Day Five
By Patricia Chica

Independent filmmaker Patricia Chica is covering the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for us. You can read part one of Patricia Chica’s personal Cannes diary right here, part two here, part three here, and part four here. Today, on day five, Patricia takes a much-needed “Day Off” and tells us where a filmmaker can get some food […]

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Cannes Do: A Filmmaker’s Personal Guide To Cannes, Day Four
By Patricia Chica

Independent filmmaker Patricia Chica is covering the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for us. You can read part one of Patricia Chica’s personal Cannes diary right here, part two here, and part three here. Today, on day four, Patricia interviews Caterina Scrivino Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Industry Works Pictures, about discovering the newest film […]

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Cannes Do: A Filmmaker’s Personal Guide To Cannes, Day Three
By Patricia Chica

You can read part one of Patricia Chica’s personal Cannes diary right here. Today, on Day Three, Patricia interviews journalist Tanya Lapointe about what it’s like to cover a festival.   Day Three Today I bumped into Tanya Lapointe at the SODEC cocktail party. Tanya is the journalist reporting for the CBC from Cannes. I have always wondered, […]

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Festival Spotlight Friday: Rooftop Films Hits New Peaks
by Jason Lam

Today marks the beginning of the 18th edition of Rooftop Films, a New York-based, non-profit, outdoor screening series that takes the year’s best independent titles to brilliantly diverse venues across the city. We spoke to co-founder Dan Nuxoll about why alternative-location screenings are the best way to watch movies. Continuing the retaliation movement against VOD and […]

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Cannes Do: A Filmmaker’s Personal Guide To Cannes, Day Two
By Patricia Chica

You can read part one of Patricia Chica’s personal Cannes diary right here. Today, in Part Two, she lets us in on some tips and tricks to make the most of a Short Film Corner experience.  With her Badazz Films team members Annabella Hart (supporting actress), Richard Duquette (producer/DP), Richard Cardinal (actor/producer) and Jenimay Walker (lead actress), director/producer […]

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Cannes Do: A Filmmaker’s Personal Guide To Cannes, Day One
By Patricia Chica

Patricia Chica is an independent Canadian filmmaker taking three of her short films to the 2014 Cannes Film Market. Luckily for all of us, she has agreed to keep a  personal diary for MovieMaker, about how filmmakers like her can get the most out of their Cannes adventures. Patricia will be sharing her day-to-day experiences […]

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