Happy Days of Brazilian Documentary

Aug 28th
Amir Labaki_It’s All True

Why does documentary film have a longer tradition than fiction in Brazil? What trends and themes have ruled in Brazilian documentary in the past decade? What films should you definitely add to you ‘to watch’ list? Andrea Průchová has discussed Brazilian documentary with the Founder and Director of É Tudo Verdade festival Amir Labaki in our […]


Aug 28th

Grab your handkerchiefs, summer is coming to a close here at FFL HQ in Berlin. The upside? More deadlines. Autumn’s a busy time for film submissions and September is no exception! One to watch is undeniably Flickerfest International Short Film Festival, another one with an Academy-Award qualifying award. Festival Director Bronwyn Kidd says she wants films […]

Focus • Where Wild Bisons meet Short Films – Zubroffka International Short Film Festival

Aug 27th
Zubroffka International Short Film Festival-2014

A place in-between East and West Europe – the 9th Zubroffka International Short Film Festival is an event not to miss for short filmmakers this winter. The FilmFestivalLife festival is situated at Białystok, one of Poland’s most mystical locations, a place where you can meet wild bisons outside and hot never ending parties inside. We had […]

Barbara Ott and Simon Rühlemann on how ‘SUNNY’ became a festival hit

Aug 15th
Sunny by Barbara Ott poster

SUNNY isn’t the sunniest of flicks, but it’s a bona fide festival smash – that’s what! The story of an 18-year old father, Hajo, who has a new-born baby and is struggling with the transition between adolescence and adulthood, with potentially disastrous results. After winning the 2013 Deutscher Kurzfilmpreis and its premiere at Petaluma International […]

Sarajevo Film Heart Will Beat Again Marking the Festival’s 20th Anniversary

Aug 5th
Sarajevo Film Festival

Balkan documentary filmmaking, and especially the short documentary film format, is now at its prime. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Sarajevo Film Festival, Andrea Průchová talked to Rada Šešić, the head of its documentary film competition, about the local documentary film tradition and the festival’s remarkable jubilee in our guest post. […]

FOCUS • BOFA’s ‘Crowd Judge’ – A New Way for Festival Programming?

Jul 30th
Owen Tilbury Director BOFA

By giving the international film community the chance to be part of the selection committee, Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival‘s Director Owen Tilbury and his team are going a new way with their film selection process this year. The idea behind ‘You be the short film judge’ is that anybody can be a part of the programming […]


Jul 30th

Welcome to August, filmmakers! Here’s whats coming up for you this month. Returnee festival Razor Reel Flanders Film Festival has its Late Deadline coming up. Check out our chat with them at Cannes – where you’ll get some intriguing nuggets about what they thought about this years Marché du Film… Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival is […]

FOCUS • ‘I expected more’ Razor Reel about Cannes’ Marché du Film and Genre Films

Jul 29th

With a new festival name, the Razor Reel Flanders Film Festival – formerly Razor Reel Fantastic Film Festival Bruges – is ready to enter new waters. As a festival that is looking for all kind of genre films, Managing Director Patrick Van Hauwaert and Artistic Director Joke Ruysschaert are expecting a lot of new names […]

Christian Koch on the Berlin film scene, Q&A culture and his film ‘Der Gast’

Jul 22nd
Christian Koch, director

Perhaps it’s obvious, but witnessing FilmFestivalLife success stories is something we love to see. We love to speak with the big guns behind the festival circuses, but what about our filmmakers too? We got going by chatting with Christian Johannes Koch, whose 30-minute short DER GAST, a co-production of the HFF Potsdam-Babelsberg and the RBB, was […]

FOCUS • 6 Ways To The Oscars For Short Filmmakers With FLICKERFEST

Jun 30th
Beach Flickerfest

Four Academy-qualifying awards and also a BAFTA recognised festival – Flickerfest, Australia’s premier international short film festival, is one of the hot new open calls for short filmmakers at FilmFestivalLife. Besides the traditional Best Australian Short Film, Best Short Film and Animation awards for international filmmakers, the festival at the famous Bondi Beach acts also as a […]


Jun 30th

Midsummer has past and it’s time for July’s Deadline List! ‘Our festival exhibits absolute enthusiasm for short films.‘ This is what Roma Creative Contest – Short Film Festival had to say in our interview with them. With a mandate to show the most innovative short films and a crew made up of only under-30′s, it’s a young and 100% forward-thinking fest! Also […]

FOCUS • 5 Facts For Filmmakers About NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL

Jun 17th
Clint Bowie Program Director NOFF

For its 25th anniversary the New Orleans Film Festival wanted to do something new. That’s why the festival added an entirely new category for music videos! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences themselves enabled this years festivals spotlight, which aims to showcase new work from both emerging and established black filmmakers. ‘So we’re on the lookout for […]

FOCUS • 6 Facts about Short Films with ROMA CREATIVE CONTEST

Jun 6th
Roma Creative Contest

‘In Short We Trust’ – The slogan of the 4th Roma Creative Contest – Short Film Festival leaves no questions open what it is about. With a team made up solely of under 30′s and the European Commission as a patron, the festival is one of the hot spots for emerging filmmakers. With a new […]


May 30th
Deadlines JUNE 2014

It’s Deadline List time again! June’s list is one of many highlights, starting with Giffoni Film Festival. ‘For some filmmakers it can be very scary, but at the same time it’s very funny,’ said Deputy Artistic Director Antonia Grimaldi in our FOCUS interview earlier this year. Why’s that? It’s a festival dedicated for films for children and […]

FOCUS • 6 Tips for Independent Filmmakers from LEIDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

May 14th
Evert de Vries LIFF

To act as a gateway for American independent films into Europe is one of the main goals of the Leiden International Film Festival. As the fastest growing festival in the Netherlands, it‘s a great way for American filmmakers to showcase their work to an European audience. Yet, with its Panorama and International Short Film competitions, there’s […]

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