Jul 29th

Fancy seeing your film screened in Georgia, a land of impressive mountains, green valleys and vineyards? Then get submitting to BIAFF – Batumi International Art-house Film Festival, who has its Late Deadline at the very start of the month – so get on your skates, filmmakers! LGBT issues are a hot topic right now, particularly with the legalisation […]

Focus • Five Teasers from THESS International Short Film Festival

Jul 13th

Thessaloniki has it all. Great gastronomy, sultry weather and a dynamic history spanning the Hellenic, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. And Greece’s second city also has the THESS International Short Film Festival every October. An annual event devoted to the most cutting edge of cinema, it’s a festival not to miss out on. We spoke with their Festival Director Yiannis Zachopoulos about what […]


Jul 1st

What’s cooking in July? Here’s what. A veritable ton of deadlines. Los Angeles International Short Film Festival is one to enter into your notebooks. Academy Award-qualifying, and BAFTA-qualifying to boot, a submission to this festival could herald the start of a very successful festival career. And it’s in LA, where the sun never stops shining. The Late […]

Focus • LIFF and The Challenge of Defining ‘American Independent Film’

Jun 24th

‘We’re interested in ‘crossover’ films, not too commercial and not too art-house.’ Alexander Mouret, Artistic Director of the Leiden International Film Festival (LIFF) defines the films they are searching for. Since 2006, LIFF has become one of the leading film festivals in the Netherlands, showcasing films that explore the border between art-house and mainstream. With […]

Stop-motion in Cannes: An Interview with the Makers of ‘wHole’

Jun 16th

To screen a film at the Cannes Film Festival is the dream of every filmmaker. For the team behind the stop-motion short film WHOLE, it came true. The film students of the Technische Hochschule Nürnberg created a surreal drama about a couple living isolated in a yurt on the Eurasian Steppe. After invitations from national festivals such […]

Focus • New ways of Looking at Documentaries: Doclisboa in Cannes

Jun 12th

For many a festival programmer, the Cannes Film Festival marks the starting point of the arduous process of scouting films. No surprise then that we find Doclisboa at the prestige festival at the Cote d’Azur. Even before it became a member of DocAlliance in 2013, the Portuguese festival was well-known as a festival dedicated to […]

Focus • The ‘Wild East’ and ‘Westerners’ – Building Bridges with CinEast

Jun 10th

One of the mantras of the CinEast – Central and Eastern European Film Festival is to make the ‘wild east’ just a little bit more familiar by showcasing the cinema of the post-communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Every year the festival screens around 50-60 features and short films. Now in its 8th edition, CinEast is […]

Focus • Amanda Duthie About Cannes, Indigenous Filmmakers and The Adelaide Film Festival

Jun 4th

Big news for the Adelaide Film Festival. The FilmFestivalLife submission partner has just announced that Cannes Film Festival’s Christian Jeune will lead the international jury at this year’s festival. Since 2002 the festival in South Australia has relished its status as a premiere film event, one celebrating contemporary on-screen culture from both Australia and the wider world. […]


May 31st

Welcome to the European Summer, filmmakers! Outdoor festivals, al fresco dining and long sunlit evenings. There’s much to look forward to, but don’t forget, there’s still plenty of deadlines to get stuck into… One to watch out for is the DocLisboa – International Film Festival. We had a chat with their Program Coordinator last year, Miguel Ribeiro, […]

Focus • Axe Throwing, Rocky Horror and All-Round Quirkiness with Portland Film Festival

May 21st

Coolest city in the world? Portland, Oregon, is a bona-fide candidate, known for being a craft-beer swigging, alternative culture pioneer. And it’s also the home of the Portland Film Festival. Launched in 2013 by Josh Leake and Jay Cornelius, it’s still a relative newbie but it’s pioneering approach to film programming has seen them create a […]

FilmFestivalLife Filmmakers Selected For Sydney Film Festival 2015

May 8th

The Sydney Film Festival is upcoming, and it’s looking like a vintage year for the festival. And the stats don’t lie. According to Festival Director Nashen Moodley, ‘as well as adding two new screening venues in Newtown and Liverpool, the numbers of titles to be screened have jumped from 183 last year to 251 this […]


Apr 30th

FFL partner festivals have many big deadlines this month, including HollyShorts Film Festival. The short film festival is showcasing the best short films from around the globe, the festival, as you’ve probably guessed, has Hollywood as its home. Where else?! Edmonton International Film Festival’s call for entries is also coming to an end this month. We spoke […]

Interview with FFL filmmaker Liwaa Yazji

Apr 27th

With its 8th edition, the prestigious Doc Alliance Selection Award moves to Locarno, Switzerland. There, one of the seven directors nominated for the award designed primarily for emerging documentary talents will receive the award on August 8. With her debut HAUNTED, Syrian native Liwaa Yazji enters this year’s competition. Read about the success of her film […]

Focus • How To Be Fantastic with TOHorror

Apr 22nd

La Dolce Vita – or in the case of TOHorror, it’s less about the good life, and more about the supernatural life. Indeed, the Turin-based festival is focused on the fantastic genre, the old literary genre defined by an ambiguous presence of supernatural forces. It’s a genre which is constantly posing questions – most notably what’s real, and what’s not. […]

FFL Filmmakers Selected for Cannes Film Festival 2015

Apr 21st

Cannes Film Festival is less than a month away. While we’re preparing our trip to the Côte d’Azur, we’d like you to meet the six FFL filmmakers who will be showing their short films in competition at the prestigious festival in France.   The 2015 Short Films Competition: The 2015 Short Films Competition comprises nine films  – a […]

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