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14th Jun 2012 Posted in: News Comments Off

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 of the Toronto-based festival’s Best Live-Action Short and Best Animated Short Awards—Aly Muritiba’s The Factory (A Fábrica) and Christopher Kezelos’ The Maker, respectively—are now in the running for an Oscar nod.

11th Jun 2012 Posted in: News Comments Off

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 to place on their mantelpiece.

9th Jun 2012 Posted in: News Comments Off

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 supporter of independent moviemakers—2012 marks the festival’s 38th year—this year they’re turning their attention to a different sort of indie director: The catalyst.

30th May 2012 Posted in: News Comments Off

If you’re reading this, we probably don’t need to tell you that there are a lot of film festivals out there. So what sets Los Angeles’ Dances With Films (DWF) apart? For the answer, look no further than the “defiantly independent” part of its tagline. Kicking off its 15th year tomorrow, May 31st, DWF has always stayed true to its original mission of supporting and discovering unknown moviemakers. Unlike most other independent film festivals, you won’t see any big names on the program at DWF… and that’s just how co-founder Leslee Scallon likes it.

30th May 2012 Posted in: News Comments Off

If you’re reading this, we probably don’t need to tell you that there are a lot of film festivals out there. So what sets Los Angeles’ Dances With Films (DWF) apart? For the answer, look no further than the “defiantly independent” part of its tagline. Kicking off its 15th year tomorrow, May 31st, DWF has always stayed true to its original mission of supporting and discovering unknown moviemakers. Unlike most other independent film festivals, you won’t see any big names on the program at DWF… and that’s just how co-founder Leslee Scallon likes it.

22nd May 2012 Posted in: News Comments Off

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 fees alone can run into the hundreds of dollars, and it’s important to submit your film to a festival that won’t put you in the poorhouse. With that in mind, join us as we take a look at 10 diverse, cost-effective fests with zero dollar entry fees.

23rd Apr 2012 Posted in: News Comments Off

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’s our 2012 list of 25 festivals worth the entry fee.

8th Mar 2012 Posted in: News Comments Off

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, among them Julie Delpy’s 2 Days in New York, Morgan Spurlock’s Mansome, Persepolis directors Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s Chicken with Plums and Tanya Wexler’s historical rom-com Hysteria.

6th Mar 2012 Posted in: News Comments Off

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 Competition and out-of-competition Viewpoints sections.

29th Feb 2012 Posted in: News Comments Off

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 forward to at the fest: The Five-Year Engagement, directed by Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek), which has been chosen as Tribeca’s opening night film.

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