Articles Tagged Film Festivals

Under-the-radar Features from the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma

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If you’ve never been to Montréal, Québec you’re missing out. With cheap rent, creative industries, and multiculturalism seeping out all of its pores, this port city is crawling with artsy & cinematic characters from the très hip to the downright derelict, a cross between Brooklyn, New Orleans, Marseilles and maybe Istanbul. Summer is tropical and… Read more »

Borat's Aftermath: A Romanian Town Seeks Damages

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I had the pleasure of seeing Carmen Meets Borat at the International Women’s Film Festival in Seoul, and was deeply moved. Carmen tells the story of a young Romanian woman with big dreams but who lives in a poor town. Moviegoers may recall her village, Glod, as a stand-in for Kazakhstan in Sacha Baron Cohen’s… Read more »

Exhibitor FAQ: Enzian Theater

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For 25 years, Orlando area audiences have flocked to the Enzian Theater to enjoy independent films in a unique atmosphere. Instead of the usual stadium seating, the intimate Maitland, Florida art house cinema has four floors with tables for two and four. In its front section, gorgeous purple velvet captains’ chairs and couches with coffee… Read more »

Exhibitor FAQ: Olympia Film Society

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The Olympia Film Society (OFS) has been bringing independent, experimental, and underrepresented film to the Olympia, Washington community since 1980. The society programs the Weekly Film Series, a series of independent and international films that sometimes includes one-time screenings and discussions with filmmakers. OFS also programs the annual Olympia Film Festival, which attracts 5,000 to… Read more »

No-Fee Film Festivals

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Note: additions were made to this story on February 10, 2010 October 12, 2011, and August 3, 2012. Whether you’re a new or a seasoned filmmaker, festivals provide a supportive and constructive atmosphere to show your work. Established festivals such as Cannes, Tribeca and Sundance are not only respected venues, but they can give otherwise… Read more »

How To Get a Hollywood Star for Your Independent Film

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Sometimes you have to take 10 steps backward in order to move one giant step forward. That’s exactly what writer/director Shana Feste did with her directorial debut, The Greatest, a story that combines grief, pain, love and reveals the emotional suffering of a couple who tragically looses their teenage son in a car crash. The… Read more »

Filmmaker Q&A: "Con Artist" Director, Michael Sládek

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Brooklyn-based filmmaker Michael Sládek directed and produced, as well as shot and co-edited the film Con Artist. The riveting, hilarious portrait of ’80s art star Mark Kostabi, whose addiction to fame hit its extreme with his kitschy public access TV show Title This, where contestants vie for the chance to title his paintings. Con Artist… Read more »

Shorts at the Aspen Shortsfest

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The Independent caught up with a few of Aspen’s featured directors to talk briefly about their films, careers, and Aspen experiences. Martina Amati, director of A’Mare A’Mare, a haunting film about two Italian children finding something unexpected in the water, is director Martina Amati’s debut drama. Amati was trained in Theatre Set Design at Milan’s… Read more »

The Sarasota 350: Reject This!

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“I don’t think we should see each other anymore.” “It’s not you, it’s me.” “I just want to be friends.” “Thanks, but no thanks.” However it’s put, rejection sucks. It makes us question our worth and, yes, even our very existence. It happens when we get dumped, passed over for a job, or, if you’re… Read more »