FILMMAKERS ALERT // Deadlines July 2014

Dungog Festival
Dungog, Australia
Regular Deadline: Jul 07, 2014

All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival
Los Angeles, United States
Early Bird Deadline: Jul 12, 2014

THESS International Short Film Festival
Thessaloniki, Greece
Late Deadline: Jul 15, 2014

Telluride Horror Show
Telluride, United States
Regular Deadline: Jul 15, 2014

Roma Creative Contest - Short Film Festival
Rome, Italy
Late Deadline: Jul 15, 2014

Zagreb Film Festival
Zagreb, Croatia
Late Deadline: Jul 15, 2014

Sunscreen Film Festival West
St Petersburg, FL & Los Angeles, CA, United States
Regular Deadline: Jul 15, 2014

Ploiesti International Film Festival
Ploiesti, Romania
Late Deadline: Jul 20, 2014

People for Peace Film Festival
Sydney, Australia
Regular Deadline: Jul 21, 2014

Indie Fest USA International Film Festival
Garden Grove, United States
Regular Deadline: Jul 31, 2014

TOHorror Film Fest
Turin, Italy
Regular Deadline: Jul 31, 2014

For more deadlines: 

http://www.blog.filmfestivallife.com/2014/06/30/festival-deadlines-july-2014/

An Academy Award qualification status makes a festival very competitive and I guess the pinnacle of short films some would say is the Oscars, whilst some others would say it’s the national award. The goal for a short film should be to be seen by audiences at as many festivals as possible.

- Flickerfest’s Festival Director Bronwyn Kidd in our interview: http://www.blog.filmfestivallife.com/2014/06/30/focus-flickerfest/

Sydney Film Festival Winners List 2014!

Congrats to all those at the Sydney Film Festival who won prizes at the weekend. Special shout out to the winners of the Dendy Awards, ALL submitted via FilmFestivalLife!

Sydney Film Prize: Two Days, One NightJean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary: 35 Letters, Janine Hosking

The Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films

Live Action Short: I Want To Dance Better At Parties, Matthew Bate, Gideon Obarzanek

Yoram Gross Animation Award: Phantom Limb, Alex Grigg

Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director: Grey Bull, Eddy Bell

Event Cinemas Short Screenplay Award: Welcome to Iron Knob, Dave Wade

Bravo to all from everyone here at FilmFestivalLife! See you next year, Sydney!

Festivals offer some of the best ways for filmmakers to connect with others around their film: to connect with audiences, to connect with other filmmakers, and to connect with film industry representatives. You just can’t get that when relying strictly on online distribution or even traditional theatrical distribution. This human element of physically interacting and exchanging ideas with festival attendees is wholly unique.

- Clint Bowie, NOFF’s Program Director in our interview: 5 Facts for Filmmakers about New Orleans Film Festival.

All Winners of the 12th Gdańsk DocFilm Festival submitted via FilmFestivalLife!

MAIN AWARD. THE GREAT GATE OF FREEDOM (5.000 Euro) for:

Blood, dir. Alina Rudnitskaya

For the organic cohesion of form and content as well as the combination of realistic andsymbolic ways of storytelling. For a touching image of the modern Russian society shown from a captivating perspective.

Special Mention:

My name is salt  dir. Farida Pacha

For the artistic discipline maintained as the story is told, which shows the austerity of the plain life which the small community leads as well as for the use of cinematic devices – intriguing images and a slow rhythm in which the story is told. It goes far beyond the level of an ordinary account.

Killing Time dir. Jaap van Hoewijk

For the ability to show the customs accompanying executions in the USA precisely and for a convincing outline of varied reactions to this extreme situation.

Joanna dir. Aneta Kopacz

For the warm, intimate and non-sentimental portrait of a family dealing with death. For the skillful observation and approach to the human relations in such a dramatic situation. For handling it without pathos and respecting the borders of human integrity.

Public Award:

Fish’r’us , dir. Maciej Głowiński

Gdańsk DocFilm Festival on FilmFestivalLife.

Olhar de Cinema: Go for the international competitions

'I think we are in the beginning phase, we are looking for a different vision of a festival here in Brazil. We are one of the only festivals that has an international competition in Brazil. Even though we have huge festivals here, most don‘t have an international competition. São Paulo International Film Festival is an example of this, screening more than 300 films. We want to do a festival with only a few films. Next edition we want to work with 80 films both shorts and features. It‘s not so much, but it is important for us to give every film the attention they deserve. We haven‘t had this kind of festival in the past. It‘s a new way to see films.'
Artistic Director and Programmer of the International Feature Films competition, Antônio Junior, explains how Olhar de Cinema can be your stepping stone into Brazil’s film industry. The festival is on right now...
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