I was actually thinking about how it was only three years ago (since our first festival) whereby the process was the following; The filmmaker would submit online. Then they’d have to send us the DVDs, which we then had to give to the all our programmers to watch. DVDs could get lost on-route or wouldn’t work and things like that… If I’m honest, it was all quite a nightmare. So FilmFestivalLife makes it so much simpler. It’s clean, easy and enjoyable to use. It also looks beautiful – that’s another bonus!


Rich Welch, Program Manager and Co-Director of Antenna Documentary Festival in our interview: http://www.blog.filmfestivallife.com/2014/04/18/focus-antenna-documentary-festival

Submit now exclusively on FFL: http://www.filmfestivallife.com/Antenna-Documentary-Festival

It’s quite simple. There is nothing more important than purpose. Clear storytelling. Good character development. You see so many beautiful films nowadays, but you ask yourself – why did you actually make this film? I can forgive a film if it cuts corners on scenery or the colour/sound isn’t perfect, but if the film doesn’t have a point – that’s unforgivable.


Dennis Cieri, Executive Director, NYC Independent Film Festival.

More here: http://www.blog.filmfestivallife.com/2014/04/23/focus-nyc-independent-film-festival


"Grace of Monaco" (Olivier Dahan)

"Adieu au langage" (Jean-Luc Godard)
"The Captive" (Atom Egoyan)
"Clouds of Sils Maria" (Olivier Assayas)
"Foxcatcher" (Bennett Miller)
"The Homesman" (Tommy Lee Jones)
"Jimmy’s Hall" (Ken Loach)
"La Meraviglie" (Alice Rohrwacher)
"Maps to the Stars" (David Cronenberg)
"Mommy" (Xavier Dolan)
"Mr. Turner" (Mike Leigh)
"Saint Laurent" (Bertrand Bonello)
"The Search" (Michel Hazanavicius)
"Still the Water" (Naomi Kawase)
"Two Days, One Night" (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
"Wild Tales" (Damian Szifron)
"Winter Sleep" (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)

"Coming Home" (Zhang Yimou)
"How to Train Your Dragon 2"
"Les Gens du Monde" (Yves Jeuland)

OPENER: “Party Girl” (Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis)
"Amour fou" (Jessica Hausner)
"Bird People" (Pascale Ferran)
"The Blue Room" (Mathieu Amalric)
"Charlie’s Country" (Rolf de Heer)
"Dohee-ya" (July Jung)
"Eleanor Rigby" (Ned Benson)
"Fantasia" (Wang Chao)
"Harcheck mi headro" (Keren Yedaya)
"Hermosa juventud" (Jaime Rosales)
"Incompresa" (Asia Argento)
"Jauja" (Lisandro Alonso)
"Lost River" (Ryan Gosling)
"Run" (Philippe Lacote)
"The Salt of the Earth" (Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado)
"Snow in Paradise" (Andrew Hulme)
"Titli" (Kanu Behl)
"Tourist" (Ruben Ostlund)

"The Rover" (David Michod)
"The Salvation" (Kristian Levring)
"The Target" (Yoon Hong-seung)

"The Bridges of Sarajevo" (various directors)
"Eau argentee" (Mohammed Ossama)
"Maidan" (Sergei Loznitsa)
"Red Army" (Polsky Gabe)
"Caricaturistes – Fantassins de la democratie" (Stephanie Valloatto)

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We’re a small festival, but we also have a great, well-educated audience, one well-versed in short films. What we offer you could term with the slogan – ‘all night long’ conversation. The festival organizers, juries, special guests programmers and the public are having conversations with one another every night after the screenings. They can analyze the films with a glass of vine in one hand and with a pen and a business card in the other.

- Anna Veilande Kustikova, Program Director, Riga International Film Festival 2ANNAS. More in our interview: http://www.blog.filmfestivallife.com/2014/04/16/focus-2annas/

Short filmmaking in Bosnia is still new and underdeveloped and people see it as a kind of practice for then making feature films. But I think that’s not something typical to just Bosnia, it is a general problem. It‘s rare for people who’ve made a feature film to then go back and make a short film – it‘s the other way around that’s more commonplace.


Vladan Petkovic, Program Director of the 8th International Film Festival Kratkofil Plus in our interview.

Deadline is April 7, 2014. Submit now, smarter: http://www.filmfestivallife.com/International-Film-Festival-Kratkofil-Plus

(Source: blog.filmfestivallife.com)

Filmmakers Alert // Deadlines April 2014

Athens International Short film festival Psarokokalo
Athens, Greece
Late Deadline: Apr 01, 2014

Salento International Film Festival
TRICASE – Salento, South Italy, Italy
Late Deadline: Apr 04, 2014

International Film Festival Kratkofil Plus
Banja Luka,  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Regular Deadline: Apr 07, 2014

Telluride Horror Show
Telluride,  United States
Earlybird Deadline: Apr 15, 2014

One Shot
Yerevan, Armenia
Regular Deadline: Apr 10, 2014

Hollyshorts Film Festival
Hollywood, CA, United States
Regular Deadline: Apr 12, 2014

Syros International Film Festival
Hermoupolis, Greece
Late Deadline: Apr 15, 2014

Bicycle Film Festival
New York, United States
Regular Deadline: Apr 17, 2014
Late Deadline: Apr 27, 2014

Plymouth Film Festival
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Late Deadline: Apr 20, 2014

Antenna Documentary Festival
Sydney, Australia
Regular Deadline: Apr 25, 2014

Sydney Underground Film Festival
Sydney, Australia
Regular Deadline: Apr 25, 2014

Edinburgh Short Film Festival
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Late Deadline: Apr 28, 2014

DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition
Washington, DC, United States
Late Deadline: Apr 30, 2014

Edmonton International Film Festival
Edmonton, Canada
Regular Dealdine: Apr 15, 2014
Late Deadline: Apr 30, 2014

Filmstock Film Festival
Albuquerque, NM; Denver, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; Tempe, AZ, United States
Regular Deadline: Apr 30, 2014

Rolling Deadlines:

Fester: The Mindfuck Festival
Los Angeles, United States
Rolling Deadline: Apr 10, 2014

More deadlines in our monthly Deadline list here: http://www.blog.filmfestivallife.com/2014/03/31/deadlines-april-2014/

Taos Shortz Award Winners 2014

Taos Shortz came to a conclusion in New Mexico on Sunday night, and we’re sending a big FFL congrats out to all the award winners! A large bunch of the lucky recipients were also submitted via FilmFestivalLife, who we’ve assigned stars.

Here’s the list for your perusal…

Director’s Choice WinnerEfímera, Diego Modino.

*** Dramatic Fiction Winner:  Dios Por El Cuello (God By the Neck), José Trigueiros.

Dramatic Fiction Honorable Mention: Sució Por Fuera (Dirty on the Outside), Leonardo Lafferte.

*** Comedy Fiction Winner: Чиппендейл (Chippendale), Kamila Safina

*** Comedy Fiction Honorable MentionIl Passo Della Lumaca (Snail’s Pace), Daniele Suraci.

Animation WinnerEl Ruido del Mundo (The Noise of the World), Coke Riobóo.

*** Animation Honorable MentionHumanexus, Ying-Fang Shen.

Animation Honorable MentionThe Hopper, Alex Brüel Flagstad.

*** Documentary WinnerFamilies Are Forever, Vivian Kleiman.

*** Documentary Honorable MentionThe German Who Came To Tea, Kerry Kolbe.

OOTO WinnerOne Shot, Dietrich Brüggeman.

OOTO Honorable MentionEat, Moritz Krämer.

*** Emerging Artist WinnerGood Night, Muriel d’Ansembourg.

*** Emerging Artist Honorable MentionBreakdown, Brayden Yoder.

*** ZIA WinnerComplementary, Christopher Zappe.

Zia Honorable MentionThose That Play Your Clowns, John Broadhead.

*** Zia Honorable Mention: The Silence, Echota Killsnight.


People’s Choice WinnerPro Kopf (The Maid), Sascha Zimmerman.

People’s Choice Honorable MentionDeath The Loser, Seiki Watanabe.

People’s Choice NM ZIA WinnerThe Princess and the Musician, Alejandro Montoya Marin.

*** People’s Choice TAOSEÑO Winner: Going Home Homeless, Taos Levi Romero.

Well done everyone! 

(*** = FFL filmmakers)



Good films bring to the viewer something new, whether it’s in the structure, the way the story is told, their point of view, or how the filmmaker sees the world – that’s all important. A good film has a point of view, a direction, somewhere you can go to.


Doclisboa’s Program Coordinator Miguel Ribeiro in our interview.

More here: http://www.blog.filmfestivallife.com/2014/03/18/focus-doclisboa/