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

‘The public are 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 for […]

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Short Feature Films, Workshops and Vinyl – FILMFEST DRESDEN opens for 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 […]

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6 Attempts at Defining ‘Underground’ with the CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

MovieMaker Magazine just listed the Chicago Underground Film Festival as one of the coolest underground film festivals in the world*. Artistic Director Bryan Wendorf didn’t want to define the word ‘underground’. That made us even more curious so we tried it anyways. Is your film ‘underground’ enough to submit… DEADLINE • 15 December 2013   1. […]

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Cannes aftermath: How ‘THE OPPORTUNIST’ team utilize Cannes to launch their festival life

The 52nd Critics Week program featured one sole US short in competition fittingly titled THE OPPORTUNIST.   Filmmakers David Lassiter, Cate Smierciak and Alberto Roldan were heralded immediately following the Cannes section selection, hitting the front cover of the LA times as, “Cannes-do Kickstarter Spirit” and in Hollywood Reporter and Indiewire as, “The only American […]

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FIPRESCI Juror Peter Wintonick: 15 Years With One Of The World’s Great Programmers

“I think my definition these days of cinema really erases national borders because everyone comes from everywhere and the world is everywhere, digitally.”   Thessoloniki Documentary Festival (TDF) FIPRESCI Jury President Peter Wintonick has been returning to the festival for 15 years as a director, producer and mentor. He is, shall we say, the right […]

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Ilian Metev’s first Cannes-winning tour de force: Sofia’s Last Ambulance

SOFIA’S LAST AMBULANCE premiered in the competition section at Semaine de la Critique, Cannes in 2012. This was the green light for the first feature documentary film from Bulgarian filmmaker Ilian Metev. Since then, SOFIA’S LAST AMBULANCE (Poslednata lineika na Sofia) has been honored with the awards including France 4 Visionary Award at Cannes, Best […]

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