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TIFF 16 - It's A Wrap

It’s a wrap! For a “non-competitive” film festival, the Toronto International Film Festival handed out plenty of prizes at its star-studded Awards Brunch this past Sunday. TIFF’s reputation was established as one of the five most important film events of the year because of its great audiences and their People’s Choice Awards presage major Academy Award buzz. The People’s Choice Award this year went to “La La Land” starring Ryan Gosling an…

Women In Film, Los Angeles and Sundance Institute Hire Alison Emilio

Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles have hired Alison Emilio to the newly-appointed position of Director for the Systemic Change Project, a joint initiative of both organizations. Emilio, a seasoned executive who has more than 25 years of experience working in entertainment marketing, communications, branding, strategic partnerships, media relations, fundraising, cultural arts advocacy and nonprofits in both the U.S. and Canada, will begin working with WIF in July. The Sy…

Vision Films Enters into a Distribution Deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

  Vision Films, an international sales agent and North American distributor for independent feature films and feature length documentaries, has signed a deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) to distribute their new feature film releases across home entertainment platforms in the United States and Canada. Lise Romanoff, Managing Director/CEO of Vision Films states, “We are so pleased to be joining the SPHE family who has a proven track-record of success in the U…

Hebe Tabachnik Named Artistic Director Cine Latino Minneapolis Saint Paul Film Festival

Hebe Tabachnik has been named Artistic Director of the Cine Latino Minneapolis Saint Paul Film Festival presented by the The Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul. Hebe Tabachnik The showcase will present some 30 Latino and Ibero American films, panels, workshops and special events with the invited filmmakers and talent. Minneapolis, Minnesota and Saint Paul, Minnesotaare home to an incredible diverse population with great passion for the arts. Says Tabachnik, “I can’t wai…

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T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival: New Horizons Studio 2016

Organized within the framework of the 16th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival, the 7th edition of the New Horizons Studio took place from 24 to 26 July in Wrocław, the 2016 European Capital of Culture.     The most important training program of the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival has two objectives: to teach, during three days, young European directors and producers about the workings of the international film market, particularly producti…

Jews in the News: ‘Dough’ is Definitely Not Kosher

“Dough” will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and On Demand on August 2nd from Menemsha Films. The film tells the story of an old Jewish baker who struggles to keep his business afloat until his young Muslim apprentice accidentally drops cannabis in the dough and sends sales sky high. Starring Jonathan Pryce (“Game Of Thrones”), Pauline Collins (“Shirley Valentine”), Jerome Holder, Malachi Kirby (“Roots”) and Ian Hart, it is direct…

Black Lens Program Lineup Announced by Milwaukee Film Festival

  The Black Lens Program Showcases fiction and documentary films from emerging and established African-American directors.   The 8th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival (September 22 — October 6)announced the return of the Black Lens Program for a third year. Featuring work from both emerging and established African-American filmmakers, this series presents eight programs of short and feature-length fiction and documentary films. In 2015, Black Lens film screenings attracte…

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Polish Days at the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival 2016

Launched in 2013 in cooperation with the Polish Film Institute, Polish Days is the top industry event of the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival. According to Magdalena Sroka, the general director of the Polish Film Institute, this joint initiative of the Polish Film Institute and the festival has become one of the most interesting events dedicated to promoting Polish cinema. Indeed, the importance of Polish Days for the international promotion of Polish cinema cannot be ov…

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T-Mobile International Film Festival: A Sunday in the Country 2016

For the 5th time, “A Sunday in the Country,” one of the most inventive and out of the box workshops for young European film critics and journalists, was organized within the framework of the 16th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival in an old guest house by the Bystrzyckie lake during the first weekend of the cinematic event (21-24 July, 2016).   There, in Zagórze Śląslie in Lower Silesia, during three days, the group watched and discussed films,…

Women to Watch: Katayoon Shahabi, Producer and International Sales Agent

Katayoon is CEO of the first private Iranian company to distribute Iranian-made movies and documentaries around the world. Knowing Katayoon for many years, sharing many experiences as we got to know one another at the festivals and markets, I want to share this heroic woman’s special place in our world for those who do not know her yet. When not at the film festival events supporting her film, Behnam Behzadi’s “Varoonegi” aka “Inversion” aka “Un…

Edinburgh International Film Festival and its Shorts

Established in 1947, EIFF was one of the world's first international film festivals. It has an established reputation for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema - and for heralding and debating changes in global filmmaking. Intimate in its scale, ambitious in its scope, and fuelled by pure passion for cinema in all its manifestations, EIFF seeks to spotlight the most exciting and innovative new film talent, in a setting steeped in history. The new artistic dir…

Review: The Daniels’ Heartfelt ‘Swiss Army Man’ is a Zany Existentialist Buddy Comedy

Finite and unrecoverable, that’s what our time on this earth is. Mortality comes with the default set of traits for mankind, and such unalterable realization about our expiration date should, in theory, encourage people to live fully before facing the ultimate goodbye. In the Daniels (Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert) uncompromising and highly singular debut feature, “Swiss Army Man,” the restrains that societal codes place on human happiness and our desire to seek fulfill…