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Weird Weekend: Providing Audio Description in Non-Theatrical Cinema Spaces

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In this blog, Matchbox Cine’s Sean Welsh explains how they’ve managed to reliably and consistently produce and present optional audio description at their Weird Weekend events, which take place in an ‘emerging’ non-theatrical space. Like most exhibitors[1], we’re keen for our events to be as accessible as possible – hardly anyone is anti-access[2]. As professional access...

Ten Bets #4 for TFF #51 / Bits and Pieces / Another One Bites the Dust

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TEN BETS #4 FOR TFF #51 There is a bit of movement in the Ten Bets this week.  One move is the result of Mark Cousin's winning the Crystal Globe, the top prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, last week.  Relatedly, I re-read the Indiewire article about that and discovered this line from its author, Anne Thompson: "Word is, Sean Baker’s Palme...

Sundance Film Festival: Asia Returns to Taipei, Showcasing Global Independent Cinema

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In a celebration of independent filmmaking, the Sundance Film Festival: Asia is set to make its return to Taipei, Taiwan, from August 21-25, 2024. The festival, organized by G2Go Entertainment and the nonprofit Sundance Institute, will transform SPOT-Huashan into a hub for cinephiles and filmmakers alike, offering a carefully curated selection of award-winning features and shorts from the...

Indie Shorts Mag Short Film Festival (ISMSFF) Reveals Finalists for 2024 Edition

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Celebrating Excellence: Congratulations to the ISMSFF 2024 Finalists! We are thrilled to announce the finalists of ISMSFF’s fourth edition (2024)! Your creative vision and dedication have brought your films to this prestigious platform, earning well-deserved recognition from our esteemed judges and critics. It’s an honor and a privilege to be part of a community that not only...

Indie Shorts Mag Short Film Festival (ISMSFF) Unveils Official Selections for 2024 Edition

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We are thrilled to reveal the official selections for the fourth edition of the ISMSFF. Building on the success of our previous events, we opened submissions for this year’s festival in January, and for the first time ever, we accepted AI-generated short films, and the response has been overwhelming in all the categories! ISMSFF 2024 continues its mission to showcase emerging talent while...

Giona A. Nazzaro on Why Locarno’s Competition Features First Works Solely by Female Filmmakers and No U.S. Titles

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New films from well-known auteurs such as Hong Sang-soo, Wang Bing and Ben Rivers will compete for the Golden Leopard against potential discoveries by newcomers and lesser known helmers in a competition that Locarno Film Festival artistic director Giona A. Nazzaro has called “a mosaic that reflects the multiple forms of contemporary cinema.” Interestingly, all […]

“Skywalkers: A Love Story” Takes Love to Unimaginable Heights

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Jeff Zimbalist, Ivan Beerkus, Angela Nikolau, and Maria Bukhonina at the premiere of “Skywalkers: A Love Story” at The Ray Theatre in Park City, Utah, on January 18, 2024. (Photo by Donyale West/ Shutterstock for Sundance Film Festival) By Stephanie Ornelas “Our full potential is on the other side of fear.”  – Angela Nikolau, skywalker...

Filmmaking Mastery

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Today, we’re taking a trip down masterclass memory lane in preparation for the release of the 2024 Programme. Over the years, a remarkable list of industry experts have shared their insights in our masterclass series. Today, we’ve brought together some interesting and thought-provoking reflections from notable figures, such as Sally Potter OBE (Orlando, The Roads Not Taken), Asif...

‘The Last Stop in Yuma County’ Takes Top Prize at Bucheon Fantasy Film Festival

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American-made films took two top prizes at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) in South Korea, ahead of a slew of Korean and Taiwanese titles that took the lesser prizes. “The Last Stop in Yuma County,” a crime thriller directed by Francis Galluppi and set around a restaurant in Arizona, won the KRW20 million […]

“Fly Me to the Moon” Launches Well

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Fly Me to the Moon (Greg Berlanti, 2024) 3½ out of 5 stars On the upcoming July 16, it will have been 55 years since the Apollo 11 mission set off into space. The year was 1969, and on July 20, two of the three astronauts—Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin—became the first humans to set […] The post “Fly Me to the Moon” Launches Well first appeared on Film Festival Today.