Posted by Sydney J. Levine

Cult Film Festival

Cult Film Festival’s first edition June 16-19 in Trouville-Sur-Mer by French writer and TV personality Karl Zero who says “Cult is the hyphen between popular and visionary”.

Watch the Cult Film Trailer here Cult or Not Cult?

Oui = Yes, Non = No and Pas Encore = Not Yet.


The Slum Film Festival

Slum Film Festival in Nairobi premiered the short film “Tales from the Slums” from Kenya and was shown in Films Without Borders, the charitable foundation working with young people from troubled countries, helping them make short films. It also screened during Cannes at UK Film Center’s BFI tent and was selected by the UN for its World Habitat Day.

The Slum Film Festival does not aim to legitimize the existence of informal human settlements, but to raise more public attention to them while promoting and celebrating the latent creativity of the people who live in such communities.


About Sydney Levine

Sydney Levine is an executive of longstanding in the international film business. She is a writer of the popular blog on international film business, SydneysBuzz which also has run on Indiewire, IMDbPro and IMDb since 2008 when Amazon acquired her twenty-five year old company FilmFinders. In 1988 Sydney created FilmFinders, the industry’s first database of worldwide features used by distributors, sales agents and festival programmers acquiring features. It became industry standard for organizing and tracking the rights-buying activities of the film business and was adopted by the Cannes Marché and developed into what today is called She and her partner, Peter Belsito continue to provide consulting and strategic planning for producers, national film organizations and other educational initiatives in international film business at Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, Germany's Deutsche Welle Akademie, Talents in Berlin, Sarajevo, and Guadalajara, EICTV the international film school in Los Banos, Cuba, Chapman University, UCLA Extension, Vilnius University, et. al. She organizes, moderates and participates in panel discussions on the international film business, as well as producing white paper research and reports on Sydney works with the markets in Cannes and Berlin in administering buyers’ data for North America, Latin America and Asia and gives tours of the market to newcomers. She opens the Cannes Shorts Corner with a presentation on The International Film Circuit for shorts. She has currently completed a book about Latin American Film Financing published in Spanish by the Guadalajara University Press. The English version on the Iberoamerican Film Business will be published in the fall of 2016.

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