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Peeter Simm’s film ON THE WATER is the official international feature film Oscar entry from Estonia for the 94th Academy Awards. Estonian director Peeter Simm’s coming-of-age dramedy premiered in competition at The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. A veteran of Estonian cinema and an alumnus of the Moscow State Institute of Cinematography, the Kiviõli-born director, Peeter Simm, rose to fame with his 1980 directorial debut, “Ideal Landscape,” which, although was banned during the Soviet Union years, was subsequently anointed as one of the best Estonian films of all time. The story of “On the Water” is based on the book…

AFI FEST 2021 takes place online and in theaters from November 10 to November 14. AFI FEST Premieres, Documentaries, World Cinema, Shorts and filmmaker conversations. Showcasing some of the best films from across the globe in a hybrid film festival: Documentaries. Shorts. World Premieres. Filmmaker Q&As. & Feature Films. To learn more about AFI FEST 2021 we had an interview with Sarah Harris, Director of Programming, AFI Festivals: https://vimeo.com/642123824 Sarah Harris has been a film festival programmer for over 14 years. She is currently the Director of Programming for AFI Festivals, curating films and events for AFI FEST, AFI DOCS…

14th Annual Iranian Film Festival – San Francisco, the first independent Iranian film festival outside of Iran has announced 2021 winners . This year, the festival presented 60 films from Iran, USA, United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, Germany, France, China, Bulgaria and Tunisia. https://youtu.be/X459ccYCUBw Winners of the 2021 ‘Sepanta Awards’ Best Film: African Violet Best Director: Mona Zandi Haghighi Best Actor: Amir Hossein Fathi for The Slaughterhouse Best Actress: Fatemah Motamed Aria Best Screenplay: Hamidreza Bababeigi for African Violet Best Cinematography: Mehdi Rezaei for KulbarF Best Documentary: Duchenne Boys by Sohrab Kavir Best Short Film: Tattoo Best Director for a Short…

New York Film Festival With its tableau aesthetics and mechanical humor (in Bergsonian terms), Social Hygiene is a hilarious take on the ridiculousness of performative decorum in our social interactions. A satire of social norms and human communication in long static shots immediately reminds us of the master of this cinema, Roy Andersson, with his “human trilogy.” But Denis Cote’s film is full of dialogue, unlike the quiet cinema of Andersson. While Andersson focuses on humans’ inability to communicate with each other, Cote is more interested in how we waste words, time, and our own emotions by depending on arbitrary…

The New York Kurdish Film and Cultural Festival, founded by NY-based educator and human rights activist Xeyal Qertel, is proud to announce its fifth edition. This year’s programming centers Kurdish women and their contributions to human rights discourse, feminism, literature, and egalitarian social organizing. The festival includes feature and short film screenings, live music performance, and book talks. New York’s landmark movie theater, Village East by Angelika will host us. The event will take place Friday September 10th from 6 PM – 10 PM and on Saturday and Sunday from 2 PM – 10 PM. NYKFCF is sponsored by Justice…

The 21st edition of the Iranian Film Festival in Stockholm – YARI- will be held in 30-31 October 2021 with the slogan of global friendship. All artists who want to participate in the category of short films should send their short films to the Yari Film Committee before October 15. Send your film to: E-post: helen@yari.se Layout conditions: – The subject must relate to education, children, women and the environment / climate! – The short film should be less than 15 minutes – The short film’s production date must be from 2019 to date. Deadline: 10/01/2021 * If any film is…

Asghar Farhadi’s A Hero was screened in Cannes Film Festival today and was faced with longest standing ovation in history of this festival. The following is an interview with Asghar Farhadi  by Nick Vivarelli for the variety about A Hero.   Asghar Farhadi, an Oscar winner for “A Separation” and “The Salesman,” is in Cannes with “A Hero,” the Iranian auteur’s fourth film to world premiere in the festival’s competition after “The Past,” “The Salesman” and Spanish-language “Everybody Knows.” https://vimeo.com/574644653 “A Hero,” which sees Farhadi returning to filmmaking in Iran, is about a man named Rahim who is in prison because…

Kitty, the imaginary friend addressed in Anne Frank’s diaries, jumps off the page as a pen-and-ink version of a flesh-and-blood girl in Ari Folman’s vividly rendered Where Is Anne Frank. Given that the Anne we meet in the film is an ardent movie fan, it’s fitting that Kitty’s exploits cover a Hollywood-style narrative range — historical drama, action-adventure, romance, social commentary. There’s a lot going on in this feature — at times too much, although that surfeit of story is designed to click with the younger viewers the film aims to reach. The son of Auschwitz survivors, Folman set out to make…

The Palm Springs International Film Society annual Palm Springs ShortFest becomes the first film festival in the state to hold all of its screenings in-theatre in 2021. The event returns to the Camelot Theatres (Palm Springs Cultural Center) from June 22-28. To learn more about the ShortFest 2021, we had  video interview with Liliana Rodriguez, Artistic Director of Palm Springs International Film Society: https://vimeo.com/566200766 ShortFest Forum will return with virtual classes and panels featuring industry representatives, filmmakers and additional guests to maximize audience participation and connect with international filmmakers unable to attend. Accredited industry guests will have virtual access to the…

Cinema Without Borders has announced Primavera directed by Carlos Porto de Andrade Júnior from Brazil as the winner of the Mozaik Bridging The Borders Award at  the 2021 Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival, UK. The Soul of a Cyclist  directed by Nuno Tavares from Portugal also receives Bridging The Borders Award Honorary Mention. This was the first time that Cinema Without Borders and Mozaik offered Bridging the Borders Award at Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival. In a live virtual award ceremony on the festival site, Keely Badger one of the CWB jury members and Executive Director of MOZAIK,…

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