FOCUS • 6 Tips for Documentary Filmmakers from ANTENNA DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL

Apr 18th
Rich Welch, Antenna Documentary Festival

‘As a programmer, you start to have a kind of instinctive feeling about films,’ – when it comes to documentaries, Rich Welch, Program Manager and Co-Director of Antenna Documentary Festival, knows his stuff. Only in its third edition the festival has become Sydney’s major meeting point for the international and local documentary industry. As one […]

FOCUS • The Baltics, Contemporary Avant-Garde and First Feature Films with 2ANNAS

Apr 16th
Anna Veilande Kustikova

‘The public is hungry for good films,’ Program Director Anna Veilande Kustikova begins, aware of the regional importance of Riga International Film Festival 2ANNAS, as the only festival last year in Latvia. In its 19th edition the festival knows what films the Latvian audience are after. In response to this, the festival opened a new competition program […]

Short Feature Films, Workshops and Vinyl – FILMFEST DRESDEN opens for 2014

Apr 15th
Logo Dresden 2014

‘This years program is very colorful, diverse and different with 300 films from 40 countries around the world,‘ begins Katrin Küchler, FILMFEST DRESDEN‘s Co-Director. With prizes and awards worth €64,500, FILMFEST DRESDEN is not only well-known in the festival circuit, it’s also one of the most renowned short film festivals in Europe. As the exclusive […]

FOCUS • 4 Facts about Short Films and Bosnia with KRATKOFIL PLUS

Apr 2nd
Vladan Petkovic, photo: private

‘We are looking for short films, but the shorter the better,’ says Vladan Petkovic, Program Director of the 8th International Film Festival Kratkofil Plus, at the start of our conversation. Every summer, the festival brings the best short films as an open air cinema spectacle to Banja Luka in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Petkovic gave us four facts […]


Mar 31st
Deadlines APRIL 2014 ©FilmFestivalLIfe

It’s the end of March and we can truly say that the sun is shining and Spring is here at FilmFestivalLife HQ in Berlin. And that’s not all. The start of Spring also heralds a ton of brand-new deadline dates for all filmmakers. It’s April Deadline List time! Big this month is Edmonton International Film […]

FOCUS • Doclisboa about Doc Alliance, Round Tables and Fake Documentaries

Mar 18th
Deadlines APRIL 2014 ©FilmFestivalLIfe

‘Doclisboa is a big festival in its own way,‘ says Program Coordinator Miguel Ribeiro with a smile on his face. Since 2002 the festival shows the best documentaries from around the world and becomes a place where everybody is welcome to stay and meet. As a member of Doc Alliance, Doclisboa is standing right next […]

FOCUS • 6 Tips for Filmmakers from Edmonton International Film Festival

Mar 18th
Kerrie Long EIFF

To show the power of film is one of the mantras of the Edmonton International Film Festival. Festival Producer Kerrie Long is all about that. With her energetic vision the festival has grown over the last few years to an event not to be missed. For its 28th edition, Alberta’s longest running international film festival […]


Feb 28th
DeadlinesMarch14 ©FilmFestivalLife

Here is this months Deadlines list, designed to help you and your film festival life! A big one this month to look out for is FEST –  New Directors|New Films Festival, whose late deadline falls on Mar 09. If the setting on the Portuguese coast, or the panels and talks that make up the FEST Training […]

FOCUS • 5 Tips for Emerging Filmmakers from FEST – New Directors|New Films Festival

Feb 27th
Filipe Pereira FEST © FilmFestivalLife

‘Filmmakers, don‘t submit only to the festivals: go to the festivals!‘ Filipe Pereira, Festival Director of the 10th FEST – New Directors|New Films Festival, knows what is important for upcoming filmmakers. They need to build a network, therefore filmmakers need to attend festivals. With the panels and workshops that make up FEST’s Training Ground, networking […]

FOCUS • GDAŃSK DOCFILM FESTIVAL about Prison Films and the Documentary Golden Age

Feb 25th
Katarzyna Warzecha Gdanks DocFilm Festival

‘The documentary film is experiencing its golden era. Nowadays, you can go nearly anywhere with a camera.‘ Katarzyna Warzecha, Festival Coordinator and Programmer of the 12th Gdańsk DocFilm Festival believes 2014 is the Golden Age for documentaries. We talked with Warzecha about a variety of topics such as their brand-new category about prison films, the features of a […]

FOCUS • 3 Big Reasons for choosing the Australian Film Market and SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

Feb 20th
Nashen Moodley Sydney Film Festival ©FilmFestivalLife

Even though it is in its 61st year, the Sydney Film Festival is still far away from being an old lady. From an online archive to the HUB – the festival exhibits a youthful vibe and energetic appearance. Nashen Moodley, Sydney’s Festival Director, personifies the festival spirit. We met him for a coffee at the […]

FOCUS • 4 Tips for Short Filmmakers to get into DC SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL

Jan 30th
Jon Gann Festival Director DC-Shorts 2

‘This year we are having a big focus on Spanish films,’ begins Jon Gann, Festival Director of the 11th DC Shorts Film Festival. Turns out having a Spanish short film is a good way to get into the largest shorts festival on the US east coast. But of course that isn’t the only type of […]


Jan 29th
Deadlines February 2014 ©FilmFestivalLife

Hi there! We hope 2014 has gotten off to a flying start for you. Here is this months Deadlines list, designed to help you and your film festival life! On this months list we have the Sydney Film Festival, who’s open call come to a close on February 27th. Running now for over 60 years, […]

FOCUS • 4 Tips for Filmmakers Applying to the GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL

Jan 22nd
Giffoni Film Festival

‘Be Different’ is the theme of the 44th Giffoni Film Festival – an event aimed at showing new and fresh films. The festival is dedicated to children and teenagers. Standing in front of a full packed cinema with an international, young and very honest audience is the kind of challenge you will face as a filmmaker […]

FOCUS • 6 Points Filmmakers should know about GLOBAL VISIONS FESTIVAL

Jan 13th
Guy Lavallee Global Visions

‘Our goal is to become the premiere documentary film festival for Western Canada,’ begins Guy Lavallee, Program Director of the 31st Global Visions Festival. Expanding from a 3 day to a 8 day festival, Global Visions declares itself as a growing force in this years’ festival circuit. This mean more opportunities for filmmakers to have […]

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