The 11th Seattle South Asian Film Festival closed Sunday with a screening of the tender comedic drama Waiting (2015) from Indian director Anu Menon (London Paris New York, X: Past is Present). Short filmmaker Saad Khan was on site to talk about his short film Brother, Omar Mateen (2016), which engages with the intersection of sexuality, religion, and extremism in the aftermath of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting. After a filmmaker Q&A and before the festive Closing Night Gala that followed, the SSAFF 2016 Audience Awards in three categories were announced.
The Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment film La La Land will screen on November 15 at the TCL Chinese Theatre as part of AFI Fest 2016, presented by Audi. The film is directed by Academy Award nominee Damien Chazelle and stars Academy Award nominees Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.
For the second year in a row the Jio Mami 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star, October 20-27 used Qube Wire to showcase films of all genres from around the world.
Christie is providing 4K projection to the British Film Institute London Film Festival at a unique temporary cinema that could become a blueprint for others. The Embankment Garden Cinema has also been built in celebration of the LFF’s 60th anniversary. For 11 days, with a 16-meter screen bigger than most London cinemas, the rigid-bodied structure will seat 800 people at London’s Victoria Embankment. It will also screen the LFF’s Official Competition and Strand Gala premieres.
Mirja Wester has been named CEO of the Göteborg Film Festival. Wester is well-established in the film industry and has worked at the festival for several years in different capacities, most recently as festival manager.
The creative team behind VariousArtistsTV.com, an online network for independent filmmakers to showcase their work, will be accepting submissions November 1 for their new online film festival competition, the Various Artists Independent Film Festival. The festival accepts submissions from filmmakers of all ages, ethnic groups and backgrounds from all over the world in various categories and genres.
The 8th annual DTLA Film Festival, presented by Toyota Mirai, will once again showcase some of the best in indie filmmaking by women. From narrative features to documentaries and shorts, from L.A. to Berlin to Cuba, the 14 women-directed films in the 2016 line-up tell original, compelling stories and highlight the complex realities of the modern female experience.
In the wake of the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, Santa Monica-based Ultramedia and London's SC Films, have signed a distribution deal with Nettai Museum in Japan for the new sci-fi, 2307: Winter’s Dream, written and directed by Joey Curtis. The deal was negotiated by Fumie Suzuki Lancaster for the sales team and Fumiaki Ikeda for the distributor.
The Bangladeshi drama Aynabaji will open the 11th annual Seattle South Asian Film Festival, which runs October 14-23. The festival will include 23 feature films and 22 shorts from nine countries, plus a landmark community symposium about film censorship in South Asia and topical film programs centered on youth, sexual minorities, and mental health.
The 8th Downtown L.A. Film Festival, September 21-28, which is being held at Regal Cinema’s L.A. Live has announced its feature films and special series. The line-up includes films from all genres and curated programming covering a wide range of topics Income Inequality, Art, Architecture & Design, Actions Sports, and The People and The Police.