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 […]

Focus • The Women Kick Ass Project: Artemis Women In Action Film Festival

Feb 18th
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Watch out ladies; The first film festival devoted exclusively to female action films is rolling out this year. The Artemis Women In Action Film Festival aims to celebrating action films and furthering social change through showing off images of empowered women. From female superheroes to super stuntwomen, the festival in Los Angeles wants to spotlight women in film […]

Interview with FFL filmmaker Gabriele Urbonaite, Director of THE SWIMMER

Feb 18th
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The Berlinale is great for many things, but one of the most worthwhile arms of the festival is the Berlinale Talents. We had a chat with some of the participants this year, including Gabriele Urbonaite, a FilmFestivalLife writer-director, who is in Berlin to develop her thesis film at the Short Film Station. A short filmmaker with a penchant […]

FOCUS • Filmmaking, Festival Strategy and Could-Get-You-Arrested Material with SYDNEY UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

Feb 16th
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Selecting films for an underground film festival comes with a more open perspective than festival programmers usually imagine. Katherine Berger, Festival Director of the 9th Sydney Underground Film Festival, wants films with an edge.”[...] just look at our past programming and know we aren’t the one to program your polite, heartfelt Bambi pic!’ We talked […]

Focus • The Documentary Golden Age with MAKEDOX FILM FESTIVAL

Jan 31st
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Five years of MakeDox have passed! And it’s a festival well worth submitting too. The Republic of Macedonia and it’s capital Skopje might not be somewhere you are accustomed to, something MakeDox, specialising in creative documentaries, offers you the chance to change. Situated in the grandest of Ottoman buildings, it’s a friendly, innovative festival with a […]

DEADLINES • FEB 2015

Jan 31st
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The first month of the year is done, and now we’re deep into film festival season. Here in Berlin, we’re getting ready for the Berlin International Film Festival. Yet, all around the world there’s many a film festival to submit to. So, what’s big this month? The Academy-qualifying Sydney Film Festival goes without saying that you […]

Landshut Unveils Its 2015 Program

Jan 14th
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The 16th Landshut Short Film Festival has unveiled its program with 220 short films in competition. As an FFL partner festival, all the submitted films are members of our very own FilmFestivalLife family. Festival Director Michael Orth is happy with this years selection; ‘we have a very strong program. Because of the very high standard of […]

From SUNDANCE To OSCAR Shortlist: Réka Bucsi On How SYMPHONY NO. 42 Got Into The Festival Circuit

Jan 7th
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SYMPHONY NO. 42 sends you on an unexpected surreal and emotional journey. Réka Bucsi‘s graduation film from the MOME (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design) has definitely left a mark on the festival circuit. After premiering at the Berlinale last year, the unconventional animation begun a long festival run and it looks like it will not […]

Focus • From Florida to Hollywood – SUNSCREEN FILM FESTIVAL salutes 10 years

Dec 23rd
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Sunscreen Film Festival turns 10! Big anniversaries demand some extra oomph, and the upcoming edition of the Florida-based festival has that in spades – parties, concerts and big-name stars galore. Not bad for a festival already with a MovieMaker magazine ’25 Coolest Film Fest’ status and name recognition that saw it expand into a Los Angeles […]

DEADLINES • JAN 2015

Dec 23rd
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It’s an early Deadline List this month, as it’s holidays time! Lo and behold, there’s a veritable avalanche of deadlines – January is after all, all about getting things done. Here’s what’s coming up in the first month of the year for you, filmmakers… ‘The operative word in short film is S.H.O.R.T.S.’ Sounds simple, but sometimes it’s the simple advice […]

Focus • The Future of Short Filmmaking with Hollyshorts Film Festival

Nov 25th
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‘We’re always excited to see the new crop of films!’ Daniel Sol’s passion for short films goes seamlessly in hand with his work. As the Festival Co-Director of the largest short film festival in Hollywood he stands at the cutting edge of short filmmaking. Since its beginning in 2004 the Hollyshorts Film Festival has devoted […]

DEADLINES • DEC 2014

Nov 25th
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2014 is nearly over…but there’s a ton of deadlines to come first in the month of Christmas! FILMFEST DRESDEN’s Festival Director Katrin Küchler has given her big tips in our FOCUS interview with her right before their open call is coming to an end. Here’s one to whet your appetite – ‘Filmmakers should show more […]

Stefano Casertano on the ‘THE LAST DAYS OF TACHELES’, crowd funding and online distribution

Nov 24th
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The name Tacheles is one that hits a spot with any Berliner, native or not. That’s something that’s clear when I see the crowd assembled outside Mindpirates, close to our FFL HQ. The atmospheric, smoky den chosen for the German premiere of FFL filmmaker Stefano Casertano’s THE LAST DAYS OF TACHELES… Casertano’s film is one […]

Interview with FFL Member Petros Silvestros, Director of ‘MIKE’

Nov 17th
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Mike has to give up his Saturday plans to take his younger brother Jack to get a haircut. Instead of going with him, he decides to wait in the car, still trying to make the most of his afternoon. As minutes go by and night begins to fall, Mike starts to worry. Why is Jack […]

FOCUS • 7 Insider Tips For Getting Your Film Festival Career Started With FILMFEST DRESDEN

Nov 13th
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Filmmakers with a short fiction or animation film: it‘s time for the Golden Horsemen. With prizes and awards worth over 62,000€, the 27th FILMFEST DRESDEN is not only one of the most important, it‘s also one of the best endowed short film festivals in Europe. The FilmFestivalLife festival has a brand new prize this year […]

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