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

May 21st
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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
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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 […]

DEADLINES • MAY 2015

Apr 30th
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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
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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
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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
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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 […]

FILMFEST DRESDEN 2015 Announces Full Competition Program

Apr 1st
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FILMFEST DRESDEN has selected over 300 short films from around the world for its 27th edition. This year the short film festival has chosen 71 films for their international and national competition, all in the hunt for one of the coveted Golden Horsemen. As FilmFestivalLife’s exclusive submission partner, all the selected films were submitted through the platform […]

DEADLINES • APR 2015

Mar 31st
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Springtime usually heralds a spot of cleaning but instead maybe it’s time to get submitting? Big this month includes the renowned Bosnia and Herzegovina festival International Film Festival Kratkofil Plus. We had a chat with Program Director Vladan Petkovic last year about the festival, which pioneered bringing short films to Bosnia & Herzegovina and why festivals are important […]

Join FilmFestivalLife at Digital Landscape in Cannes – Panel, Screening & Networking

Mar 26th
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FilmFestivalLife, Jeune chambre économique de Cannes, Festival du film Merveilleux & Imaginaire , cloud 21, Cineuropa and Utopia Film Festival calling filmmakers, producers, and distributors. Discover how to improve your strategies of digital marketing, film festival placement, sales, and distribution in a dynamic digital landscape. Learn how to effectively integrate and adopt new business techniques. […]

A Syrian Filmmaker in Berlin: Jalal Maghout discusses SULEIMA and his film festival career

Mar 17th
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Is Berlin the perfect place for foreign filmmakers to create their art? It’s certainly that way for Jalal Maghout, a FilmFestivalLife filmmaker from Syria who currently resides in the German Hauptstadt. Working in the narrow genre of animated documentary, his work has spanned many topics. Topical events in Syria exist along more idiosyncratic topics in his repertoire, […]

Focus • The Progression of LGBT Cinema and Challenging the Mainstream – Pushing Boundaries with Queer Lisboa

Mar 12th
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As the only film festival dedicated exclusively to Queer Cinema in the country, the 19th Queer Lisboa – International Queer Film Festival is undoubtedly a gateway for Portuguese audiences to discover more. Queer Cinema encompasses all gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and transsexual themed films, but Queer Lisboa doesn’t stop here: „we search for films that […]

Join the Kino Maidan Movement!

Mar 11th
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For the 8th time, One World Romania festival awakens the screening halls of Bucharest with the power of people’s and documentary accounts of injustice, problems of contemporary democracy and the significance of civil protests. Why does this year’s edition carry the title Kino Maidan? The Festival Director Alexandru Solomon will give you the answer in […]

How to Master Your Crowdfunding Campaign with Indiegogo’s Head of Film UK Miranda Fleming

Mar 5th
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Crowfunding platforms have changed the game of film funding. The possibility to go online and ask your friends and followers for money has revolutionized the process of film financing. So far, in America, it’s been arguably more forward thinking than in Europe. Even well-known American directors such as Zach Baff and Spike Lee raised considerable money with a crowdfunding campaign […]

DEADLINES • MAR 2015

Mar 1st
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Happy March, filmmakers! FEST – New Directors|New Films Festival has a big deadline coming up first of all. It’s a great chance to submit to a festival that’s more than a festival, a training ground for new filmmakers based on the Portuguese coast. We had a chat with them last year which you should definitely check […]

Focus • ‘Australia has a strong culture of cinema going’ Sydney Film Festival on Australian cinema, Documentary Filmmaking and the Importance of Festivals

Feb 25th
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With the Dendy Award and the Yoram Gross Animation Award, the 62th Sydney Film Festival has two awards that can bring your short film to the Oscar party. As an Academy-qualifying festival with an 156,000-strong audience, the Australian festival is a FFL partner festival you shouldn’t miss out on. Last year we met Festival Director […]

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