Independent Filmmakers

Göteborg Presents New Film Fund

Mon, 05/10/2021 - 12:34 -- Nick Dager

Beginning today, May 10, filmmakers from four different parts of the world will be able to submit their applications to Göteborg Film Fund 2021. The fund aims to contribute to a diversified media landscape, with increased artistic freedom and free speech. During severe crisis the area of culture often is deprioritized. The on-going pandemic has severely affected the access to distribution channels as well as financing for film production. A situation that may undermine democracy, especially in regions with an unstable economic or political system.

AFI Docs Film Festival set for June 22-27

Mon, 05/10/2021 - 12:05 -- Nick Dager

AFI Docs, the American Film Institute's annual documentary celebration will once again offer an opportunity for movie fans to view documentary films online and anticipate welcoming a limited number of festivalgoers back to the storied AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland for in-person screenings. Now in its 19th year, the festival will be held June 22-27.

Chilean Documentary Premiering at Tribeca Film Festival

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 10:56 -- Nick Dager

The Tribeca Film Festival has selected the Latin American documentary Primera to participate in the 20th anniversary of the international film festival. This year's festival, to be held June 9-20 offers a hybrid of in-person events and Tribeca at Home, the festival’s exclusive online premiere screenings and virtual events. Primera, which will premiere at the festival, was selected among foreign films and documentaries due to its vibrant Latin American production quality, story, and vision.

AAPI Storytellers Festival Starts Today

Mon, 05/03/2021 - 11:29 -- Nick Dager

The streaming platform Kinema, in partnership with a coalition of business, entertainment and creative leaders and GoFundMe.org, today announced it will leverage its virtual screening technology to host the first annual Asian American Pacific Islander Storytellers Festival, in celebration of AAPI Heritage Month. The Festival starts tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET with the global virtual premiere on Kinema of The Paper Tigers, an action comedy starring Alain Uy, Ron Yuan, and Mykel Shannon Jenkins ahead of its wide release date of May 7.

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NYWIFT Names Winners of Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grants

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 10:37 -- Nick Dager

New York Women in Film & Television has named Lisa Denker the winner of the Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant for her documentary feature Still Judy. The first-ever Honorable Mention award was given to Alyscia Cunningham for her documentary feature I Am More Than My Hair. The film completion grant, now in its 14th year, is provided through the generosity of longtime disability rights advocate Loreen Arbus and awards $7,500 to a woman filmmaker for a film on physical or developmental disability issues; the Honorable Mention winner receives $1,500.

Post Tremors

Tue, 03/30/2021 - 10:41 -- Nick Dager

Pace Pictures provided complete post-production services for Tremors: Shrieker Island, the latest installment in the cult horror franchise about giant, worm-like creatures that prey on humans.

Identifying Features Wins PIFF Future/future Competition

Mon, 03/29/2021 - 10:37 -- Nick Dager

The winner of the 44th Portland International Film Festival’s Future/future competition is Identifying Features, directed by Fernanda Valadez. The film, an intriguing and confident first feature following a mother’s journey to find out what happened to her son along the Mexican border, was awarded the honor as well as a $1,000 prize.

NYWIFT Plans Weekend of Screenings and Celebration

Thu, 03/25/2021 - 08:10 -- Nick Dager

New York Women in Film & Television culminates its month-long recognition of Women’s History with a weekend of screenings celebrating female creators in film, television, and media. NYWIFT will screen IFC Films’ critically acclaimed Farewell Amor March 26-27 as part of its annual Support Women Artists Now Day celebration in partnership with SAG-AFTRA, FF2 Media, Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, HerFlix, In Creative Company, The Gotham, African American Women in Cinema, and Women Make Movies, followed by a talkback with filmmaker Ekwa Msangi on Saturday, March 27 at 12 p.m. EDT. Then the 41st Annual NYWIFT Muse Awards celebrating women of vision and achievement will have its educational broadcast on CUNY TV on Sunday, March 28 at 8 p.m. EdT.

Cinenso Launches Channel for Independent Filmmakers

Thu, 03/18/2021 - 09:27 -- Nick Dager

Cinenso has launched the Cinenso Channel, a secure platform, with multi-digital rights management, and payment infrastructure and storage at a nominal cost for global programmers of independent film content, from short films to niche genre films. It will enable curators – including scholars, rights holders and programmers – to create channels for film screenings, discussions, and archival content.

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