The 2023 Macon Film Festival has announced its lineup of nearly 100 films, including both traditional and full-dome immersive content. The 18th annual, four-day festival will be held throughout historic downtown Macon August 17-20. Additional special screenings and celebrity appearances will be announced in the coming weeks.
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Honoring Disability Pride Month and the 33rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the ReelAbilities Film Festival has launched Its accessible streaming platform dedicated to films that celebrate and explore the lives and experiences of people with disabilities.
Cluster Studio, Mexico’s leading post-production studio, has re-invested in FilmLight by upgrading its pair of Baselight Two systems, supporting its move into the entertainment market as they cater to a growing amount of content being produced in the region.
Last night, Sphere lit up the global stage with a captivating display of dynamic, animated content on the venue’s exterior – the Exosphere – transforming the Las Vegas skyline. A signature feature of Sphere, the Exosphere will showcase a wide range of artistic and branded content that will be seen not only by guests at Sphere and the more than 40 million visitors to Las Vegas each year, but also is photographed and shared around the world on social media.
The Tasveer South Asian Film Festival has become the first South Asian Film Festival to earn the status of an Oscar-qualifying film festival in the world. The festival is held annually in Seattle.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held a panel called Destigmatizing Mental Health last week in partnership with the Ruderman Family Foundation, aiming to raise awareness among emerging and experienced filmmakers alike about the importance of mental health in the entertainment industry.
Three Ukrainian directors and screenwriters have been selected for residencies at Göteborg Film Festival. The three selected participants will spend August-September in Gothenburg, working in different ways with their projects at the offices of Göteborg Film Festival and getting introduced to the local film industry. The residency program is a cooperation with HDK-Valand, at the University of Gothenburg, and financed by Region Västra Götaland.
FutureWorks helped to recreate Delhi’s Uphaar Cinema disaster for the recent Netflix drama Trial by Fire, delivering all previs images for the devastating fire scenes. The seven-part miniseries is a dramatization of the tragic events of June 13, 1997, where a fire caused by ill-maintained equipment during an afternoon screening of the war epic Border resulted in the deaths of 59 people, with a further 103 injured in the resulting stampede. Due to multiple safety violations, many cinema-goers were trapped inside, eventually succumbing to smoke inhalation.
Academy Award-nominee Darren Aronofsky is currently directing the feature-length documentary film Postcard from Earth, a first-of-its-kind production set to debut at Sphere in Las Vegas this October. Aronofsky is utilizing the Big Sky camera system to capture content for the immersive production, which will fully-maximize Sphere’s 22nd century technologies – including the world’s highest resolution LED screen, the world’s most advanced concert audio system, and atmospheric elements such as wind and scent – to transport audiences to places both real and imagined.
The American Film Institute has launched a multifaceted partnership with Canva to empower rising filmmakers and improve access to the tools and skills necessary to realize their creative visions. Starting this year, as part of the new endeavor, Canva will establish The Canva Fellowship at the AFI Conservatory which provides scholarships for six AFI Fellows based on merit and financial need.