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50 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee 2014: Savannah Film Festival

It’s finally here: MovieMaker‘s annual list of the 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, 2014 edition! We’ll be releasing the list in five alphabetical installments, a new one every Wednesday, for the next month – so keep checking back to see if your favorite festivals made it in. Or read the full article in [...]

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Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Cinequest Film Festival isn’t shy about its home’s rich history of technological revolution. In fact, as it enters its 25th year in 2014 (opening next Tuesday, March 4 and running to March 16), the festival continues to embrace and tout new innovation in technology and storytelling—highlighting films that [...]

Southern Circuit

Attention all moviemakers! If you thought being paid to travel around the South and screen your movie sounded too good to be true, think again. The South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is just that – a tour that gives you the opportunity to travel to small communities around the South, earning money [...]

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Presented in alphabetical order, the following are 10 moviemakers who made career breakthroughs at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, as nominated by our little team of stalwart movie-watchers. These names represent, for us—induced by the festival’s chaos into a heightened subjectivity, not to mention the inevitable lacunae amongst our coverage (none of us saw Imperial [...]

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Last week at Sundance and Slamdance, we loaned out the MovieMaker Instagram account to four different sets of filmmakers who all had films premiering at Park City: Republic of Rick‘s Mario Kyprianou, Land Ho!‘s Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz, Ivory Tower‘s Andrew Rossi, and The Overnighters‘ Jesse Moss. For 11 days they documented the tinsel-y [...]

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The final entry of Park City correspondent Jeff Meyers’ Sundance Film Festival Diary sees him working hard to squeeze in as many screenings as possible, including Justin Simien’s razor-sharp Dear White People, John Michael McDonagh’s excellent Calvary and the schlockfest that is The Raid 2: Berandal. After the rush and energy of Sundance’s opening weekend, [...]

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In which MovieMaker correspondent Jeff Meyers catches some hitRECord samplings, a Norwegian psychological thriller,  and (what else?) parties parties parties at Sundance 2014. Saturday, January 18th gets off to a slow start. Last night’s midnight movie takes its toll and I decide to abandon the 8:30am showing of Camp X-Ray, starring Kristen Stewart. The choice [...]

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In the second dispatch of his Sundance 2014 diary, MovieMaker correspondent Jeff Meyers talks Locke, international distribution strategy and a creepy-beautiful illustrated book from The Babadook. Friday, January 17 in Park City kicks off with a 9 a.m. screening of Locke by director Steven Knight (writer of Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things amongst others). [...]

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MovieMaker correspondent Jeff Meyers brings us a behind-the-scenes look at independent film’s finest, the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. “A shuttle, a shuttle! My kingdom for a shuttle!” Arriving at Salt Lake City Airport I need a shuttle to Park City. From my hotel to Park City central I need a shuttle. Getting from Sundance HQ [...]

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This is a very big year in Park City, Utah, with Sundance celebrating its 30th birthday and Slamdance its 20th as of next week. Through Sundance’s three decades, it’s impossible to begin to quantify the impact the festival has had on the industry—launching careers, building legacies, defining what cutting-edge independent film means for American audiences. [...]

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This week we’re announcing our 2013 Coolest Film Festivals in the World results, voted by YOU, two categories per day – leading up to the Top 25 General Festival winners on Friday, 11/15! Today we are announcing our final category – the Top 25 Coolest General Festivals of 2013. For the full article and list [...]

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This week we’re announcing our 2013 Coolest Film Festivals in the World results, voted by YOU, two categories per day – leading up to the Top 25 General Festival winners on Friday, 11/15! Today it’s our fifth pair – Experimental/Underground and Outside the Box (formerly known as Other). For the full article and list of [...]

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This week we’re announcing our 2013 Coolest Film Festivals in the World results, voted by YOU, two categories per day – leading up to the Top 25 General Festival winners on Friday, 11/15! Today it’s our fourth pair – LGBT Film Festivals and Ethnic/National Film Festivals. For the full article and list of results, pick [...]

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This week we’re announcing our 2013 Coolest Film Festivals in the World results, voted by YOU, two categories per day – leading up to the Top 25 General Festival winners on Friday, 11/15! Today it’s our third pair – Environmental/Social Cause Film Festivals and Women’s Film Festivals. For the full article and list of results, [...]

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This week we’re announcing our 2013 Coolest Film Festivals in the World results, voted by YOU, two categories per day – leading up to the Top 25 General Festival winners on Friday, 11/15! Today it’s our second pair – Short Film Festivals and Comedy Festivals. For the full article and list of results, pick up [...]

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It’s time! We’re announcing our 2013 Coolest Film Festivals in the World winners, voted by YOU, two categories at a time over the course of the next week – leading up to the Top 25 General Festival winners on Friday, 11/15! Today it’s our first pair – Documentary Festivals and Horror/Sci-Fi Festivals. For the full [...]

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While AFI Fest glitters on in Hollywood as we speak, MovieMaker‘s spotlighting a festival with a totally opposite – but no less fabulous – sensibility: Cucalorus, taking place in downtown Wilmington, NC, November 13 to November 17, 2013. Executive Director Dan Brawley takes a stab at putting into words what makes his festival so damn [...]

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AFI Fest, the incumbent monarch of Los Angeles’ film festivals, rears its glamorous head again with John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks kicking things off at the Chinese Theater tonight. MovieMaker spoke to Associate Director of Programming, Lane Kneedler, about the secret hardships of being a programmer, this year’s rising tide of female filmmakers, and [...]

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The ninth edition of the Film Independent Forum, put on by Los Angeles-based nonprofit Film Independent, took place October 25-27, 2013 at the Director’s Guild of America. MovieMaker not only got to attend, we also got to speak with Josh Welsh, Film Independent president himself, on the successes of both the Forum and his superb organization. [...]

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Founded in 1993, this year the Austin Film Festival celebrates 20 years of tradition, education and good film. Featuring a variety of panels workshops, roundtable discussions and screenings in theaters throughout the Austin area, AFF grants amateurs the opportunity to join interactive panels and roundtables with seasoned film professionals who help illuminate the ins and [...]

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12 Years a Slave week on moviemaker.com concludes with an account of the film’s opening night festivities at New Orleans Film Festival last Thursday, October 10. And then we promise we’ll shut up about 12 Years a Slave… at least for the time being. When Jolene Pinder, executive director of the New Orleans Film Festival, [...]

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Identifying the benefits of fest participation to improve your ROI. Plying the film festival circuit has become as much a part of the independent moviemaking process as crowdfunding, cinematography and editing. Unfortunately, the method of selecting, entering and participating in festivals is, more often than not, impromptu and non-strategic, leading to wasted money, missed opportunities [...]

FirstGlance Film Festival

MovieMaker’s second Festival Spotlight is another east coast staple, FirstGlance Film Festival Philadelphia. FirstGlance has two homes (soon to be three!) in Philadelphia and Los Angeles with Las Vegas in the works. The fest’s real hometown is Philly, though, where it was effectively born and raised in the basement of a small theater. After the [...]

Queens World Film Festival

This week’s Festival Spotlight goes to Queens World Film Festival—a fest that has seen it all. Queens World Film Festival has bounced back from financial ruin and what could have been the decimation of their reputation to a complete rebirth, coming back better than ever. They now share their love for film with people young [...]

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Washington, D.C. is our nation’s capital, but next week it is also turning into the capital of film—short films, to be exact. DC Shorts Film Festival is celebrating their 10-year anniversary, and we’ve picked them for our Festival Spotlight this week. Starting on September 19, DC Shorts will be screening movies in six different locations [...]

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MovieMaker’s latest dispatch from the Toronto International Film Festival 2013, courtesy of Jeff Meyers. On Day Three, our intrepid correspondent discusses critical ennui, the micro-budget reality, early Oscar instincts, and the films Unforgiven, Dallas Buyers Club, Enough Said, and The Double. As I round the bases into my third day at TIFF the response from [...]

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Toronto International Film Festival 2013 correspondent Jeff Meyers continues his screening diary in this installment, covering screenings of Like Father, Like Son, Le Week-end, Labor Day and 12 Years a Slave. I decided to let Day Two cleanse my embittered palette with more upbeat… or, at least, less depressing film choices. Walking along King St. [...]

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Moviemaker.com’s coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival 2013 continues with correspondent Jeff Meyers’ ongoing fest diary. Today he jots down his thoughts on screenings Borgman, Only Lovers Left Alive, Intruders, and The Fifth Estate. Two years ago when I attended TIFF I kicked off my festival-going with an 8am screening of Lars Von Trier’s [...]

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This is Jeff Meyers, reporting from the Toronto International Film Festival for MovieMaker Magazine. I’m a film writer and critic based out of Detroit, which makes TIFF right in my backyard… if my backyard were 250 miles long. Second only to Cannes, this year’s TIFF will be presenting 356 feature and short films from all [...]

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This week for MovieMaker’s Spotlight we’re celebrating a film festival in a town which guests rave about for its beautiful scenery and welcoming folk. Nope, not Telluride – we’re talking about the Portland Film Festival, which kicked off its inaugural edition on August 27 and runs until September 1, 2013. Ah, Portland. Who doesn’t love [...]

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For the past few months, MovieMaker has been running the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals” contest, asking our readers to nominate and vote for the festivals they think are the coolest in the world. Vote for the coolest Experimental/Underground fests below! This year, we divided the list into categories, to recognize the ever-expanding variety of [...]

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For the past few months, MovieMaker has been running the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals” contest, asking our readers to nominate and vote for the festivals they think are the coolest in the world. Vote for your favorite Ethnic/National fests below! This year, we divided the list into categories, to recognize the ever-expanding variety of [...]

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The Montreal World Film Festival (MWFF), which kicked off yesterday and runs through to September 2, is a particular gem in the festival circuit, widely respected for its cosmopolitan scope and 37 years of illustrious, intelligent programming. The festival (website here) capitalizes upon Montreal’s position as a city that looks outwards as well as inwards [...]

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For the past few months, MovieMaker has been running the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals” contest, asking our readers to nominate and vote for the festivals they think are the coolest in the world. Vote for the most fabulous LGBT fests below! This year, we divided the list into categories, to recognize the ever-expanding variety [...]

Women's Film Festivals

For the past few months, MovieMaker has been running the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals” contest, asking our readers to nominate and vote for the festivals they think are the coolest in the world. Vote for the best Women’s fests below! This year, we divided the list into categories, to recognize the ever-expanding variety of [...]

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Here’s a recipe for a successful short film festival: Throw two ambitious 24-year-olds, a phone call, a cheaply-rentable theater, and a projector together and mix well. The following interview with HollyShorts’ co-director Daniel Sol delves into the (perhaps comically) independent origins of the festival, now in its ninth rendition, yet full of the same enterprising, [...]

Environmental/Social Cause

For the past few months, MovieMaker has been running the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals” contest, asking our readers to nominate and vote for the festivals they think are the coolest in the world. Vote for the most humane, save-the-world Environmental/Social Cause fests below! This year, we divided the list into categories, to recognize the [...]

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For the past few months, MovieMaker has been running the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals” contest, asking our readers to nominate and vote for the festivals they think are the coolest in the world. Vote for the funniest, laugh-out-loud comedy festivals below! This year, we divided the list into categories, to recognize the ever-expanding variety [...]

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As its name suggests, the recently re-launched KahBang Film Festival is boldly shaking up the traditional festival format. Kicking off yesterday with a block party, this unique festival invites you to stay at its campsite, high-five a filmmaker at its Q&A’s, and pay homage to analog at its VHS Night event. Located in the beautiful [...]

Short Film Festivals

For the past few months, MovieMaker has been running the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals” contest, asking our readers to nominate and vote for the festivals they think are the coolest in the world. Vote for the most succinct, concise and coolest short film festivals below! This year, we divided the list into categories, to [...]

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For the past few months, MovieMaker has been running the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals” contest, asking our readers to nominate and vote for the festivals they think are the coolest in the world. Vote for scariest, screamiest, and coolest Horror/Sci-Fi fests below! This year, we divided the list into categories, to recognize the ever-expanding [...]

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No man is an island and no festival is one, either. The Rhode Island International film festival (RIIFF), put on by the Newport Film Society & Arts Collaborative (also known as Flickers), is anything but insular. Featuring over 30 Canadian films in this year’s schedule, RIIFF (official website here) aims to foster artistic exchange between [...]

Coolest Documentary Festivals

For the past few months, MovieMaker has been running the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals” contest, asking our readers to nominate and vote for the festivals they think are the coolest in the world. This year, we divided the list into categories, to recognize the ever-expanding variety of festivals in today’s circuit. So while we’ll [...]

Coolest Festivals: Other

For the past month, MovieMaker has been running our “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals” contest, asking our readers to pare down a list of 80 reader-nominated festivals into a final 25. These 80 festivals comprised our “General” category, all-encompassing festivals, like Cannes and Sundance. While the top 25 voting has ended, we’re happy to announce [...]

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MovieMaker’s exclusive interview with Durban International Film Festival’s manager Peter Machen touches on the festival’s rich, emotional history: from apartheid onwards to a more liberal cultural community. This year at DIFF, screenings of both British auteur Michael Winterbottom’s The Look of Love (about real-life soft-pornographer and night-club owner, Paul Raymond) and local moviemaker Jahmil XT [...]

Traverse City Film Festival

Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival is one of the largest fests in the Midwest. Michael Moore has never been shy about sharing his opinions with the world, so it wasn’t strange to find out that the director watched over 300 films this year, searching for the best of the best, from blockbuster to indie, [...]

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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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For the past two weeks, MovieMaker has been running Coolest Film Festival vote-offs, asking our readers to vote for the “25 Coolest Film Festivals—” the sister list to the “50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.” Below are our runners-up in the General category, all encompassing festivals that screen most of the genres you can think of; the [...]

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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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You’re probably aware that every fall, for the better part of a decade, we’ve published a list of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals”—the sister list to our “50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.” After a lot of debate and consideration, we decided to kick the “Coolest” list up a notch this year and let our [...]

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You’re probably aware that every fall, for the better part of a decade, we’ve published a list of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals”—the sister list to our “50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.” After a lot of debate and consideration, we decided to kick the “Coolest” list up a notch this year and let our [...]

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Low key mix of good movies, good people and good times at the 2013 San Antonio Film Festival. San Antonio is probably not the first city that springs to mind when you think of film festivals. It’s not Park City, Austin, or Toronto, but it’s not trying to be, either. San Antonio is world famous [...]

Los Angeles Film Festival

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 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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Gucci Tribeca Documentary fund gives moviemakers artistic and financial freedom. Funding a feature film is never easy. Funding a documentary is even more of a challenge. The good news is that even for those of us who aren’t independently wealthy, there are more viable strategies now than ever. You can go the way of Indiegogo [...]

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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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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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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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As part of our ongoing coverage of NewFilmmakers LA, MovieMaker Magazine is happy to showcase their latest series of new director interviews. NewFilmmakers LA (NFMLA) is a non-profit organization designed to showcase the innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world, providing the Los Angeles community of entertainment professionals and film goers with a constant surge of [...]

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The strongman documentary Bending Steel is an inspiring movie from filmmakers Dave Carroll and Ryan Scafuro that explores the life of 43 year-old Chris Schoeck, a Queens, NY native who is training to become a professional Oldetime Strongman. Bending Steel Official Movie Trailer from Bending Steel Movie on Vimeo. The story follows Chris’ journey from [...]

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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 [...]

Tribeca Film Festival

I always go into the Tribeca Film Festival with a mixture of excitement and dread. Of the 738 (or so) features showing, how many will I be able to see? How many will be terrible? What will the little overlooked gems be this year and will I overlook them (please no!)? This year was a [...]

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This year, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors from director Sam Fleischner was my favorite narrative feature at Tribeca, where it had its World Premiere last week. Sam Fleischner’s film, which was shot mostly in Rockaway Beach and on the New York City subway, tells the story of Ricky (Jesus Sanchez-Velez), an autistic boy who gets [...]

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By now you’ve probably heard about the address Steven Soderbergh gave yesterday at the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) concerning the state of modern cinema. The speech was intended, originally, only for the live audience. The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) documented the address in its entirety for archiving purposes, but never intended to [...]

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Alias Ruby Blade, which had its North American premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last week, tells the story of Kirsty Sword, an Australian activist caught up in revolutionary activities in East Timor. Sword’s efforts to help the Timorese overthrow Indonesian rule in East Timor brought her into contact with pro-democracy rebel leader Kay Rala “Xanana” [...]

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Los Aldeanos is an underground rap duo based in Havana whose lyrics challenge the status quo of Cuba’s dictatorship. Filmmaker Jesse Acevedo went to Cuba to document their movement at the risk of imprisonment. This is how he did it. Initially, I went to Cuba to make a film about a Rumba dance competition, not [...]

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Dan Krauss’ riveting, disturbing, morally probing documentary, The Kill Team, celebrated its world premiere this week at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. The Kill Team tells the story of Specialist Adam Winfield, an American soldier stationed in the Maywand District of Afghanistan in 2010. When Winfield realized that members of his platoon, led by Staff Sergeant [...]

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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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Update, April 8, 2014: We will be announcing the results of the 2014 “50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” list on moviemaker.com 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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Wading through the muck of Tribeca’s programming is always a tricky business. It’s gotten a bit easier in recent years, as the festival’s gotten a bit smaller, and thus more selective. Still, with so many World Premieres from relatively unknown filmmakers (not, in and of itself, a bad thing by any means), programming often seems [...]

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Anyone familiar with the films of Mike Leigh knows that, in the right hands, the seed of a story—a loveable abortionist plying her trade in ultra-conservative 1950′s England; a successful black woman discovering that her mother is not only poor, but white—is sufficient fodder to attract actors and mount rehearsals. But when the young Austrian [...]

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Of the myriad things to do in Austin, film festivals are near the top of the list. And a new kid on the block, RxSM: The Self-Medicated Film Festival, is trying to give SXSW a run for its money. What better way to respond to rejection from a film festival than to create your own? [...]

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The Premiere Vegas Film Festival Vegas Indie Film Fest! (VIFF!), which happens in the spring of each year, programs an impressive showcase of shorts, features, student, LGBT, experimental films, and music videos into its week-long event—which is spread all over Sin City. Purple Carpet premieres at movie theaters, celebrity hosted parties, industry mixers, and special [...]

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If Cinequest were a film, the plot would be too complicated to condense into an elevator pitch. For the last 23 years, the festival has not only been a World Premiere destination in the heart of the Silicon Valley; it’s also been a technology expo, global film education enterprise, and independent movie distributor. This year, [...]

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I have a propensity for severe landscapes. Minimalist architecture excites me. Between a rain forest and a desert, I prefer the desert. When faced with an overstuffed leather couch and a Danish teak bench from 1958, I gravitate toward the bench. Comfort be damned. This predilection for austerity, no doubt, inspires my love for Palm [...]

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I am always excited when I get the chance to return to Memphis. After spending nine months there filming the documentary Undefeated, the city has become a bit of a second home for me. So the call from Erik Jambor, asking me to join the documentary jury for the 15th edition of the Indie Memphis Festival, was the [...]

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The first weekend in May, 2013, fans of the cultural icon Humphrey Bogart—the man that the American Film Institute ranked as “the greatest male star in the history of American cinema”—can head down to the inaugural Humphrey Bogart Film Festival in Key Largo, Florida, and immerse themselves in four days of all things Bogart! The [...]

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You basically have to be crazy to make movies in a city as chaotic and bustling as New York, but for those who pull it off, there’s a NYC film festival for you. There’s a certain “by any means necessary” spirit that pervades the New York indie scene, where shooting without a permit, on as [...]

Austin Film Festival

In 2009, my first feature, ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction, screened at the Austin Film Festival (AFF) in the Alamo Draft House. It was fantastic. To watch our movie in that legendary theater—which celebrates so many of the films that inspired my own—was a night I’ll never forget. And the following weekend was one of the most [...]

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Now in its 23rd year, Cinequest Film Festival (CQFF) is devoted to discovering exciting up-and-coming moviemakers, as well as showcasing the most dynamic films, artists and technologies from around the globe. And this year, Cinequest—the first-ever 4K film festival—is gearing up for its biggest and most impactful line-up to date. The 13-day fest runs from February [...]

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With its impressive pedigree and thought-provoking line-up, Focus Forward is quickly emerging as one of the best online documentary showcases around. Presented by GE and strategic media company Cinelan, Focus Forward—Short Films, Big Ideas is a series of 30 three-minute nonfiction films that explore the incredible power of ideas and invention. Made by today’s leading [...]

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The 2013 International Film Festival Rotterdam, as always, awarded some of the most progressive young filmmakers in the world with the coveted Hivos Tiger Award. In this dispatch, MovieMaker chats with Tiger Award-winning Austrian auteur Daniel Hoesl about his film Soldate Jeannette. Hoesl, who made his film for $60,000, cast his actresses before writing the [...]

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Emir Kusturica, founder and director of the Kustendorf Film and Music Festival, pulled in a number of fascinating directors to talk about their work following screenings on the mountaintop. Here are a few highs and lows: Journalist kneecapping: During director Zhang Yimou’s moderated workshop, a Serbian journalist asked about Yimou’s next project. The moderator cut the [...]

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Emir Kusturica haunts every wooden crevice of his village and film festival. You often hear him before seeing him, his gravelly baritone breaking through the smoky rooms and chatter. He barks orders, jokes, and councils. He doesn’t suggest. (For those who don’t know, Kusturica, he is Serbia’s best-known director. The film that established his international [...]

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The Kustendorf Film and Music festival—which runs concurrently with another snowy, high-altitude American film festival—opened Wednesday, January 16th on a soggy night in the mountains of western Serbia. An elaborate light show played over the facade of a replica Orthodox church, followed by brief words from festival founder and director, Emir Kusturica. Then a brass [...]

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In this fifth and final episode, MovieMaker sits down with 2013 Grand Jury and Audience Award-winning director Ryan Coogler of Fruitvale. Later we chat with Audrey Ewell and Aaron Aites, directors of the protest documentary, 99%—The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film. Finally, Amanda Lippert talks with president and founder of Yekra, Lee Waterworth, about the [...]

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It’s natural to have high expectations when you’re looking forward to a first-time experience. We spent weeks reveling in excitement as we prepared for Sundance. The collision of anticipation and reality was an experience unlike anything we could have expected. In some ways, reality exceeded our anticipation. But overall, well… You can say we learned [...]

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In this fourth episode, MovieMaker sits down with director Chad Hartigan and stars Paul Eenhoorn and Richmond Arquette of the Sundance 2013 “Best of Next” winner, This Is Martin Bonner. Later we chat with Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin, directors of the brave and triumphant documentary, Pussy Riot—A Punk Prayer.

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In this third episode, MovieMaker sits down with director Liz Garcia of the much anticipated film, The Lifeguard. Later we chat with Ben Wheatley, director of the completely insane dark comedy, Sightseers.

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In this second episode, MovieMaker sits down with director Kyle Patrick Alvarez and star Jonathan Groff of the US Dramatic Competition film C.O.G. Later we chat with director Jehane Noujaim and subject Khalid Abdalla of the powerful Egyptian Revolution documentary, The Square.

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In this year’s inaugural Park City dispatch, MovieMaker talks with director Alicia Scherson and star Manuela Martelli of the World Dramatic Competition feature The Future. Later, in the New York Film Office on Main Street, we chat with director Robert Stone and author Mark Lynas about their controversial nuclear energy documentary, Pandora’s Promise.  

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Sundance is undoubtedly the mecca of independent moviemakers. Love it or hate it, come January, it’s all you hear about in LA. Which films premiered, who sold what, the next up and coming talent that was discovered. Everyone wants to show up and be part of the inner circle of filmmaking. For one week, you [...]

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Last November, the second installment of the American Film Festival’s “US in Progress” (USiP) brought five unfinished American films to Wroclaw, Poland, where they competed (genially, of course) for marketing and finishing funds from a slew of European post-production and distribution outfits. Invitees to the 2012 festival fraternized with major distributors, including Canal+, Wild Bunch, [...]

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I first got involved with the Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) back in 2009 with my film Spooner. Even then the festival was large, but now NBFF screens over 400 films on 14 screens during their eight-day run. In 2009, Spooner screened at their flagship venue, the Historic Regency Lido Theatre, a beautiful, 600-seat movie [...]

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On the plane home from Sundance last year, I snuggled up to a copy of MovieMaker magazine, trying to ward off a cold (or maybe a hangover) with some hot tea. Digging in, I circled several Top 25 Festivals, and with giddy excitement, starred one: DC Shorts. Why? Actual feedback! From the actual judges! DC [...]

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Maverick Movie Awards (MMA) is not a film festival—or at least not a traditional one. Filmmakers and fans don’t get together in a theater to watch movies. The festivities, such as they are, take place exclusively online. But this isn’t a cost-cutting measure; it’s one of the key ways the MMA judging panel stays anonymous—and [...]

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If you look up Elko, NV on a map, the first thing you notice is how isolated the small, 18,000-person town is. A silver mining outpost 100 miles from the Utah border, there are no cities of any real size within a three hours’ drive. And this is exactly why I decided to attend the [...]

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The Black Maria Film + Video Festival gets its name from the world’s first motion picture studio—built by Thomas Edison in 1893. For more than 30 years, since 1981, Black Maria has been widely acclaimed for advocating and exhibiting short works of film and video by veteran and emerging independent film and videomakers. Black Maria [...]

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by Valentina Valentini | Published January 16, 2013 C.O.G. First Adaptation of David Sedaris’ Work Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez There might not be anything more exciting in the world of satirical comedy than the first-ever adaptation of a David Sedaris story. Written and directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, who wowed fest audiences back in 2008 with [...]

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We make snap judgements about which movies we’re going to see and not see all the time. Usually when picking out a movie we ask “what’s it about?” and then “who’s in it?” As in “it’s the one where the guy beats people up for information,” and “Tom Cruise.” In the case of Sundance films, [...]

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Come January, when MovieMaker launches its new site, we’ll be doing a monthly update with NewFilmmakers Los Angeles where we look at the slate of films and filmmakers they bring to the screen at Sunset Gower Studios. In the meantime, here’s a look back at the August offerings. Below you’ll find links to interviews with [...]

During MovieMaker’s transition from New York to Los Angeles, one of the awesome features that fell by the wayside was regular updates from NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, the monthly screening series taking place in the heart of Hollywood at the Sunset Gower Studios. The NewFilmmakers Series began over ten years ago in New York at the [...]

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The 2012 CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival (WSFF) has come to a close, and with the fest’s Closing Awards Picnic, held on June 10th, two short films are now one step closer to receiving an Oscar nomination. As one of only four Canadian festivals accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scientists, winners [...]

The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), the country’s largest in terms of both number of films screened and number of attendees, is over for another year. The 25-day fest, which kicked off May 17th, screened 460 films and brought in more than 300 directors, actors and industry professionals—some of whom now have a new award [...]

This weekend marks the final days of the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). The country’s largest in terms of number of films screened and of attendees, this year’s edition of SIFF features 273 features and 187 shorts hailing from 75 countries, screened over 25 days in the Emerald City. Though SIFF has long been a [...]

If you’re reading this, we probably don’t need to tell you that there are a lot of film festivals out there. From the big names like Cannes and Sundance to smaller, more local fests, moviemakers looking for a place to submit their masterworks and moviegoers looking for a place to possibly see the next big [...]

The Croissette was slick with rain again on Sunday night for the 65th Cannes Film Festival’s closing ceremony, which one colleague joked was a tribute to the 1964 Palme d’Or winner The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Inside the Grand Théâtre Lumière, this year’s jury was led by president Nanni Moretti, the Italian filmmaker whose Habemus Papam [...]

Wes Anderson was dining with French friends when he got the call—three months after submitting his resplendent new feature, Moonrise Kingdom, to Cannes—that his eccentrically funny-sad, 1965-set charmer was chosen for opening night at the world’s most prestigious film festival. Sharing such thrilling news with his dinner companions, they all offered up the same reaction: [...]

Independent moviemakers are renowned for having tons of creativity, scads of grit and boatloads of determination, but there’s one crucial element that most of them lack: Cash. If there’s one thing that’s music to a moviemaker’s ears, it’s the simple four-word phrase “No entry fee required.” For a film entered in multiple film festivals, submission [...]

Staten Island’s PS22 Chorus isn’t your normal elementary school extracurricular group. Though the name might not immediately ring a bell, chances are you’ve heard some of their work—or at least heard someone rave about “that amazing elementary school chorus with all the songs on YouTube.” A certified viral sensation after chorus director Gregg Breinberg started [...]

Making the decision to screen at a festival is easy. But which fests are truly worth a withdrawal from your hard-earned Entry Fee Bank Account? Here are 25 festivals worth the entry fee. Be the Film Underground Film Festival New york, NY; BeFilm.net Plenty of BeFilm titles have gone on to further acclaim (read: Oscar [...]

Co-directors of the Oscar-nominated Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud have tackled another one of graphic novelist Satrapi’s works for their second collaboration, the dreamy, fairy tale-esque Chicken with Plums, which debuted at the Venice Film Festival last year and is having its U.S. premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this month. Whereas Persepolis brought [...]

In Benjamin Dickinson’s feature directorial debut First Winter, a group of Brooklyn hipsters at a yoga retreat in upstate New York are forced to learn survival skills the hard way after an immense blackout hits, stranding them a drafty farmhouse with dwindling supplies and miles separating them from any passable roads—or, indeed, the rest of [...]

To get a sense of Finnish director Petri Kotwica’s Rat King, try imagining a standard thriller. Then infuse it with a heavy dose of Hitchcockian suspense, add a dash of high school drama and flavor the whole thing with a cyberpunk aesthetic. Having its international premiere at this month’s Tribeca Film Festival, Kotwica’s third feature [...]

In Irish director Ian Fitzgibbon’s Death of a Superhero, teenager Donald’s creativity, active imagination and innate talent combine to make him a highly talented comic book artist. His future would be bright were it not for one thing: Donald, 15, is dying of leukemia. With a cast that includes Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually) as Donald, [...]

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One of the few facts we can rely on is that things change. And in this age of increasingly advanced technology, it can feel that change is coming at a rate impossible to keep up with, especially when it comes to the world of making movies. New media, transmedia, interactive storytelling… there’s always something new [...]

With today’s announcement of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Spotlight, Cinemania and Special Screenings lineups, cinephiles now have 44 more films to look forward to at this year’s festival, taking place from April 18-29, 2012. Of those films, 24 will be having their world premiere at the festival, among them the documentary Knuckleball!, directed by Ricki [...]

We already know this year’s Tribeca Film Festival will be opening with Nicholas Stoller’s rom-com The Five-Year Engagement, and today the world-renowned fest has given us a more complete look at the films that will be making their way to lower Manhattan this April by announcing the lineup of their World Narrative Competition, World Documentary [...]

The Tribeca Film Festival approacheth. The 11th edition of the festival, founded in 2001 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff as a way to assist the economic and cultural revitalization of post-9/11 lower Manhattan, doesn’t kick off until April 18th, but today movie fans found out one film they’ll have to look [...]

Last month, Josh Gibson went to the Slamdance Film Festival with his short film Kudzu Vine… and came back with his very own Panasonic AG-AF100, a full HD camcorder that retails for $4,995.00. Gotta say, not too shabby. For Gibson, an associate director and instructor of film at Duke University, the boon came courtesy of [...]

A hefty check of $10,000 and year-round support from one of indie film’s leading role models? This fantastic prize has been awarded to four moviemakers courtesy of the Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award, presented by India-based conglomerate the Mahindra Group in cooperation with the Sundance Institute. Designed to recognize and support moviemakers from around the globe, [...]

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The Sundance Film Festival ♥s New York. At the 2012 edition of the celebrated festival, which wrapped up its ten days of indie mayhem yesterday, one in three of the films screened was impacted in some way by a graduate of New York University’s (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts in the form of a [...]

With the 2012 Sundance Film Festival now in full swing, we’ve asked some Park City-bound moviemakers one burning question: Why Sundance? Here’s what they had to say: “We have wanted to work in film since childhood, when a summer trip to Italy led to us being featured extras in Pasolini’s Salo. From that point on, [...]

The Amazonas Film Festival, which took place from November 3-9, completed its eighth annual run with a rich cycle of features from around the globe. The festival takes place in the Brazilian city of Manaus, an urban island of some two million people situated right next to the Amazon rainforest, not far from where the [...]

Following last week’s dual Sundance announcements (of its competition and much of its out-of-competition lineup), the Sundance Institute has today announced the films screening in the Premieres and Documentary Premieres section of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, taking place from January 19-29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Odgen and Sundance, Utah. With its selection [...]

Following on the heels of yesterday’s announcement of the films selected to screen in the four competition categories of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, the Sundance Institute has announced the lineup for its out-of-competition categories: Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, NEXT and New Frontier. “In many ways, the extremes of the Festival’s program are most [...]

With less than two months to go until the annual electrification of the indie film scene that occurs courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival, the films selected for the festival’s U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competition categories have been announced. Of the over 4,000 feature films submissions the festival received, only 110 were [...]

Founded in 2001 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, the Tribeca Film Festival is unique in its origins: It is a film festival established to instigate the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan after the attacks on the World Trade Center while helping emerging and established moviemakers reach a broad range [...]

Houston, Texas is internationally recognized for its vibrant and varied art scene, and the Cinema Arts Festival Houston taps into the city’s creative energy by celebrating and advancing the collaboration between film and art. In addition to the wealth of foreign and independent films screening at this year’s festival—among them !Women Art Revolution, Over Your [...]

In his feature directorial debut A People Uncounted, director Aaron Yeger sheds light on the story of the Roma, commonly referred to as Gypsies. While the Roma have been romanticized in popular culture, the real-life intolerance and persecution, both past and present, inflicted upon them has been largely ignored. With his documentary, Yeger explores the [...]

I was on page 60 of my first draft when I got the bad news. I was in a groove. The story was flowing out of me. My fingers could barely type fast enough, and I wanted nothing more than to get the whole thing down on paper. I was right in the middle of [...]

Indie moviemakers take note. With everyone’s focus on where the next avenue for indie distribution will be, a brand new site called itzon snuck a step ahead. The site streams a lineup of independent film content which viewers can watch for free like they would a TV channel. That’s great for indie movie fans, but [...]

Hot Docs, the largest documentary film festival in North America, has just announced the winners of their 2011 festival, which took place from April 28-May 8, 2011 in Toronto. 199 films were screened at this year’s festival, which saw an 11% jump in attendance. “Our audiences are clamoring for great docs, and our filmmakers are [...]

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival is underway, and with that comes not only world premieres and up-and-coming indie superstars, but also increased awareness of the year-round efforts of the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) to encourage the independent moviemaking community. The TFI Latin American Media Fund, together with Tribeca Film Festival’s longstanding partner Heineken USA, today [...]

Editing a narrative feature is difficult enough. The logistics of it have the potential to be frustrating–the clips aren’t labelled well enough, so you can’t find that one shot you really like, and when you do find it, you can’t use it because Character A’s hair isn’t the same as in the rest of the [...]

The award winners for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival were announced on Saturday night, at a ceremony hosted by actor-writer-director Tim Blake Nelson. Drake Doremus’ romantic drama Like Crazy, starring Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones and current Oscar-nominee Jennifer Lawrence, won the Grand Jury Prize (the fest’s top award) for American dramatic film. The talked-about movie [...]

For the past few years we at Greenberg Traurig have participated in Tribeca All Access (TAA), a networking/mentoring program taking place during the Tribeca Film Festival that selects 20 new film voices to meet with a range of industry professionals. Stepping in on the industry side as legal and business counsel, we were excited to [...]

The Palm Springs International Film Festival announced yesterday that two Chinese films set to screen at the 2010 festival, City of Life and Death and Quick, Quick, Slow, have been withdrawn. This news comes in response to the festival’s decision to screen Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam’s documentary The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle [...]

So, by luck or sheer bribery, your movie somehow has made it into a festival. You are totally excited, and you can’t wait to tell your mom the news. Then you start doing a little bit of research on said festival, and you find out that they are also screening about 149 other films. 149. [...]

“Oh, yeah, you guys are infamous,” said Bruce Fletcher as he leaned back in his chair, his trademark jack-o’-lantern grin stretching across his face. “You’re downright notorious.” He was referring to the reaction our documentary about film festivals, Official Rejection, generated when it came up in conversation during a recent informal gathering of various festival [...]

You’ve made your little independent feature film, financed with love, credit cards and some spare change from mom and dad. Now you’re going to take it to Sundance, where it will be watched by excited buyers from all of the major distributors. One of said distributors will cut you a big check, gather your movie [...]

Depending on the era in which one grew up, what is “cool” can be a very different thing. But whether you watched James Dean on the big screen, were introduced to cinema through Quentin Tarantino or believe that great movies begin and end with Michael Bay, “cool” cinema takes us beyond the expected, captures the [...]

One of the film industry’s most revered journalists, Anne Thompson recently announced that her popular blog, ”Thompson on Hollywood,” will moved from Variety.com to indieWIRE. “I couldn’t be more pleased to be working with indieWIRE and SnagFilms, which have both proven to be innovative movers and shakers in the online space,” says Thompson. IndieWIRE has [...]

This year has been a bit surreal for me. Humpday is my third feature and the first of mine to be accepted into the Sundance Film Festival. I made the film on a shoestring budget in Seattle, the town where I live, with talented, wonderful friends whom I love—just as I have made my previous [...]

In late November of 2008, I found out that Adam, the film I’d spent most of the past two years and parts of the previous four writing and directing, had been accepted into the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Of course I felt joyfully validated for being accepted into the “Sundance Club,” but the reality of [...]

The name Michael Worth may not ring a bell, but his face should prove familiar. With a steady flow of performances scattered throughout the action realm, Worth built an extensive acting resume before recently deciding to enter the directing ring and take a seat behind the camera. His debut as writer-director came with Killing Cupid, which [...]

The Internet offers moviemakers a unique opportunity for sharing their work with the world. But distribution is not the only way the Web can assist aspiring and seasoned auteurs alike. From pre-production through post, millions of Websites help today’s cinema artists further their careers. How can you separate the best from the rest? For starters, [...]

Every short film that’s ever won an Oscar has started out at a film festival and that’s because the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences selects nominees from a list of festival winners around the world. Out of 7,000 film festivals worldwide, only 63 have Oscar-qualifying accreditation. The following list of 26 are located [...]

The Palm Springs International ShortFest has moved from the dog days of August heat to the refreshing air of June. The most acclaimed short film showcase will now kick off at the Camelot Theater on June 23rd and will end on the 29th. “The early summer dates should show off Palm Springs to its best [...]

Big Apple Film Festival APPLE OF THE CITY’S EYE • Out of all the festivals that are held in New York City, the Big Apple Film Festival, held November 14 – 17, 2007, is one of the few that focuses on the city. “Our primary goal is to celebrate the city of New York through [...]

Angelus Student Film Festival TEACHING STUDENT MOVIEMAKERS THE POWER OF POSITIVE VALUES • For a film festival created by the people behind “The family that prays together stays together” billboards, the Angelus Student Film Festival is not as overtly religious as one might think. While the festival, which screened its winning films on October 27, [...]

The Almost Famous Film Festival PROUD TO GIVE MOVIEMAKERS MORE FEATHERS FOR THEIR CAPS • Offering its participants the opportunity to compete in 24- and 48-hour challenges, the Almost Famous Film Festival’s International Short Film Festival, which took place February 13 – 14, saw a boon in interest this year, attracting a record number of [...]

While no one can say that Hollywood isn’t a great place to be as a moviemaker, with its star power and extensive history, it’s not necessarily the only place to be. In fact, in the past few decades, the thriving film community of Wilmington, North Carolina has been giving Hollywood a run for its money. [...]

Seems like all those promos must have paid off—first at Cannes, then the TV commercial onslaught—as Kung Fu Panda kicked some serious butt at the box office over the weekend, out-grossing Adam Sandler’s new film, You Don’t Mess With the Zohan, by 50 percent. The animated action flick, featuring the voices of Jack Black, Angelina [...]

AFI Dallas International Film Festival FIRST-CLASS ENTERTAINMENT FROM THE FIRST NAME IN FILM • From March 27 to April 6, the American Film Institute hosted the AFI DALLAS International Film Festival, presented by Target. While the festival, in its second year, employs the same hospitality and mix of independent and gala features as other AFI [...]

Indiana Jones proved he’s still got what it takes—at least in box office clout—as the latest film in the George Lucas-Steven Spielberg franchise, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, whipped the competition, with a box office total on track to be the second biggest Memorial Day movie opening ever. The film, which [...]

Four years after Carrie Bradshaw bid au revoir to Paris, the sex columnist and her trio of best friends—Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha—are back on the big screen, and women are clinking their cosmo glasses all over. As fans of the TV show gear up for next week’s long-awaited release of Sex and the City: The [...]

Today’s stars keep themselves in better shape than ever before, and audiences seem to like that. In fact, box office receipts for recent flicks featuring some of our favorite aging action heroes are so encouraging that studio execs are practically rubbing their hands together in anticipation of the new Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones and the [...]

In the tradition of all things animated finding appreciation at Cannes (from Shrek to Persepolis), Jack Black and Angelina Jolie’s new film, Kung Fu Panda, made its debut on the French Riviera. Angelina Jolie arrives at the Kung Fu Panda Party at Carlton Beach during the 61st International Cannes Film Festival. Photo: 2008 Getty Images

Of the three women who have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director, not one has taken home the little golden man. Lifetime Movie Networks has always been known for prizing stories involving women and this year, it is lending its power to help advance the female moviemaker to new heights with the [...]

Film geeks like to show off; it’s in their job description. Whether it’s debating the merits of Lars von Trier or discussing which Evil Dead film is the true masterpiece, it’s just what they do. Well, thanks to entrepreneur Mike Ford, what they do has just gotten a bit easier to show off.  Ford’s UK-based [...]

It’s really impossible to hear something like “sorting hat” or “invisibility cloak” and not feel at least a little of the allure of Harry Potter’s universe. When the films brought the J.K. Rowling books to life, it was through the costuming, set design and props. In 2009, “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” will bring 10,000 square [...]

As U.S. audiences start counting down the days until Iron Man, one of this spring’s most anticipated movies, is released in theaters on May 2nd, film fans across the pond got a sneak peek at the hero in action when the film premiered yesterday at the Odean in London’s Leicester Square. Iron Man presides over [...]

When working on a project as research-intensive as this one, the word you never want to encounter is “unpredictable.” But as entertainment professionals and consumers alike have lately discovered, that’s an appropriate description for the current state of the film industry. From the writers’ strike, still ongoing at press time, to possible actors’ and directors’ [...]

Lech Kaczynski, the president of the Republic of Poland, opened the 15th annual Plus CamerImage International Festival of the Art of Cinematography this week by welcoming hundreds of moviemakers and students. It was a dream come true for Marek Zydowicz, who founded the festival in 1993 with the goal of bringing moviemakers from around the [...]

I interviewed cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC for the first time about 30 years ago to talk about The Deer Hunter. At the time, I had no idea the film was destined to become a classic. After patiently answering my questions, Zsigmond politely suggested that I should be writing about another cinematographer: Laszlo Kovacs, ASC. I [...]

In an industry that can be very fickle, longevity and consistent success are often elusive. Since the Mill Valley Film Festival came to exist in 1977, it has managed to remain a cornerstone of the film festival circuit, encouraging the careers of many beginning moviemakers and offering great programming for movie aficionados, selling approximately 40,000 [...]

Have you got a hankering to cook up a food and film festival close to home? Here’s some handy information about the dollars and cents you’ll need to make it all happen. Bryan Pu-Folkes of the 7 International Arts Express Jackson Heights Film & Food Festival ballparked the total cost of his event at $60,000-$80,000. [...]

Indie film director Nick Bertelsen didn’t know what to expect when his six-minute short, The Coffee Shop, was invited to screen at the Tucson Slow Food & Film Festival this past January. Bertelsen had stumbled across the niche festival’s call for entries while browsing through listings on Withoutabox.com. “It sounded kind of interesting,” explains Bertelsen [...]

Jim Muscarella, Morgan Spurlock & ECFF Best Music Video Winner, POZ (Mindless Self Indulgence/ Straight to Video) In a city overrun with film festivals and screening events, it takes a lot to get noticed. Or maybe it just takes a punk rock attitude. Inspired by the indie artist roots of its East Village location, the [...]

Jim Boyd Part entrepreneur and part revolutionary, Nodance Film Festival founder Jim Boyd has been changing the Park City, Utah landscape since 1998. Boyd, who became interested in film during his college years at SMU in Dallas, started as a screenwriter (he was a Nicholl Fellowship semifinalist) and turned to directing with 1997′s The New [...]

Rick Friedman Though currently enjoying enormous success as the president and co-founder of Mindshare Ventures, don’t expect Rick Friedman to bask in the glory for too long. The man who is helping to bring the first of what he hopes will be many DV events to the Big Apple has made a career of keeping [...]

Film festivals have traditionally been compact events held in single municipalities that span anywhere from two or three days to two or three weeks. But the founders of Slamdunk are on the cutting edge of a trend that has seen an increasing number of festivals take their shows on the road, with very successful results. [...]

Gregory von Hausch, Ingrid Rubio- Actress, Eduardo Mignogna- Director, Florencia Bertotti- Actress, Bonnie Adams- Senior Program Director Founded in 1986, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival is an event that can count even the Guinness Book of World Records impressed. It holds the title for the world’s longest film festival, clocking in most recently at [...]

Avignon Film Festival Founder Jerome Rudes with Actress Jacqueline Bisset. Though born and educated in America-Texas, to be exact-Jerome Rudes’ entrepreneurial spirit first took hold when he created the French-American Film Workshop in Avignon, France 19 years ago. Today, that event continues to prosper-though it’s now known as the Avignon Film Festival-and its American sister [...]

L. Mimosa Jones After a number of years in Washington, DC, working for the likes of Bill Clinton and Edward Kennedy, the often shark-infested waters of the entertainment industry proved no match for L. Mimosa Jones. In just three short years, she has transformed the Entertainment Development Corporation (EDC) of Las Vegas from a start-up [...]

Julien Bessette (l) presents an award to George Marshall for his work with the Franco community. The desire to bring quality cinema to an appreciative audience struck George Marshall at a young age. In 1978 he began running films with friends at dinner parties, screening movies they could not see elsewhere. In 1982 these informal [...]

Monika Moreno with 2001 Angelus Award winners Shane Savanapridi (left) and Greg Marcks (right). With hundreds of film festivals to choose from and more springing up each year, students with a completed project-and desire to have it screened by an audience of industry professionals-have a lot of work ahead of them. Figuring out the best [...]

Michael Gallo For many years New York moviemakers have had to travel to L.A. or Las Vegas to check out the latest in technology, but this October, the East Coast’s largest production conference is happening right in their own backyard. Announced at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, ProductionEAST will debut October 30 – 31st at [...]

The Exorcist-The Version You’ve Never Seen There’s no better time of year for horror fans to see their interests rewarded than October. But if the onslaught of genre-related television programming isn’t enough to satiate your taste for the thrilling and the horrifying, why not see if there’s a horror film festival in your area? From [...]

For Elizabeth English, the Moondance International Film Festival is about more than just film screenings and an opportunity for up-and-coming moviemakers to network-it’s a chance to right the historical wrongs of an industry that has long demeaned the role of women and promoted destructive behavior. She founded the Boulder, Colorado-based event in 1999 because of [...]

Peter Baxter of Slamdance Since its founding in 1995, the Slamdance Film Festival has established itself as one of the premier alternative film festivals in the world. Initially, of course, it simply provided an outlet for filmmakers who didn’t make the cut at Sundance, but who wanted access to the mob of distributors and press [...]

In a world where new film festivals sprout up faster than bad Michael Bay films, the Oxford International Festival of Films is distinguishing itself from the pack with one simple but distinct approach: Films with a message. As the city of dreaming spires gears up for this year’s event, which will be held May 2 [...]

Ever thought you knew more-or had better taste-than a film critic or festival jury? Well, now’s your chance to prove it! Celebrating its sixth year, the Manhattan Short Film Festival decided to go online-and give the first 100,000 visitors to their Website the chance to “be the judge” of their film festival, broadcast live from [...]

How long does it take to complete the making of a certain film? The answer, of course, differs from director to director. For some, crafting a script, assembling a cast and crew, shooting, editing and exhibiting can take just a few months. For others, the process takes several years. But for participants in Mark Ruppert’s [...]

  The Kansas International Film Festival may be located only halfway to Hollywood, but their dedication to innovative and socially conscious films extends to the moviemaking capital and beyond. Founded in 2001, the fourth annual Kansas International Film Festival will take place this September—but MM sat down with festival founder Ben Meade to discuss how [...]

Scott Gentry Setting goals and taking on challenges is nothing new for Scott Gentry. At the age of five he began acting in commercials, and by the time he reached 15 he had appeared in more than 70 television commercials. After college, he returned briefly to acting with somewhat regular walk-ons on All My Children. [...]

For more than a decade, American Short Shorts President and Co-Founder Douglas Williams has been working to bring together American and Japanese cultures. He returned to the United States in 1997 after an eight-year stint as a reporter and anchor for both American and Japanese television. While a correspondent for NBC Asia in Tokyo, he [...]

Perhaps even before George Lucas informed the movie industry that there is life after film, Issac Alexander and Marisa Cohen were in the planning stages of HDFEST-the world’s first festival dedicated solely to the exhibition of high definition products. After co-producing and directing the Chicago-shot HD feature Inside Out and Backwards, the pair decided to [...]

FirstGlance Film Festival founder Bill Ostroff is quite adept at juggling many responsibilities. When not working as a full-time moviemaker, writer or production coordinator, he finds the time to run the world’s first and only bi-coastal film festival, FirstGlance. Taking place in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, Ostroff hopes to eventually franchise FirstGlance to cities throughout [...]

Richard Pena (center) at the 2000 NYFF. Photo by Stephanie Berger. Dear to New Yorkers for its long-standing tradition of provoking audiences with spellbinding films from top-notch, international auteurs, over its 38-year history the New York Film Festival has been responsible for introducing the likes of Godard, Bertolucci, Fassbinder, and Scorsese to American audiences. “If [...]

Peter Baxter of Slamdance In 1995, a group of energetic young moviemakers decided they wouldn’t let a little thing like not making the cut for the Sundance Film Festival stop them from screening their films in Park City. Legend has it that they simply banded together and started a festival of their own, cheekily calling [...]

Celebrating the short film at Aspen Shortsfest in Colorado In a given year, an independent moviemaker can spend hundreds—sometimes thousands—of dollars in film festival fees. With new festivals popping up every day, and all of them pushing their own particular bennies, it can become a confusing chore to weed through the dross and decide where [...]

Gowanus, Brooklyn’s Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck wait quietly for the chance to talk to actor Mark Ruffalo at Sundance Marketing is the message. So says Steven Grasse, director of the direct-to-video Bikini Bandits series. In the opinion of Grasse, “As filmmakers, we suck; but as promoters, we’re great.” You may snicker and pat yourself [...]

Making it through the entire 10-day run of the Sundance Film Festival is a feeling akin to the completion of a marathon run—a combination of elation, exhaustion and satisfaction at the cross of the finish line… followed almost instantly by a bittersweet nostalgia. Saul Rubinek as Howard Kauffman and director-star Mario Van Peebles as his [...]

If there’s any consensus on what leads to success in the festival circuit, it’s this: you have to make a great movie. Cynics lament the star-catering and commercialism festivals give in to these days, but each year crops of unknowns still manage to find their way from fests to distribution, proving that great movies still [...]