Film Festival News - Lineups, Announcements

Ithaca 2015 Review: LAKE NOWHERE Treads Nostalgic Waters

I recently attended the fourth annual Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival, and was privileged to see many strange, art house, and offbeat films, one of which was Lake Nowhere, a made-in-New York homage to B-grade (some might list a lower... More »

Kevin Smith And Rob Zombie Headline Sundance Midnight Lineup

Sundance have announced the nine films that will make up their Midnight At Park City lineup at the 2016 edition of the festival, a US-centric list that mixes established names such as Kevin Smith and Rob Zombie, with young up... More »
By Todd Brown   


The 2015 edition of AFI Fest wraps up tonight with the gala premiere of The Big Short. But before things get swept up at Hollywood & Highland, the festival has announced its Jury and Audience Awards for this year's fest.... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

Los Cabos 2015 Dispatch: DEMOLITION, Rock 'n' Roll And The Red Carpet

The Los Cabos International Film Festival opened last night with a red-carpet gala presentation of Jean-Marc Vallee's Demolition. The event was a living representation of the conflicts dramatized in the film. Jared Leto, resplendent in red hair and black leather... More »
By Peter Martin   

Five Flavours Serves Up John Woo, Taiwanese Wuxia Films And More For 9th Edition

Poland's top destination for Asian cinema, the Five Flavours Film Festival, is setting the table for its 9th edition, which kicks off on Friday this week (November 12th). Opening with the recently restored version of A Better Tomorrow (1986) and... More »
By Pierce Conran   

Raven Banner Joins THE HEXECUTIONERS' Ranks Of Death Doulas

Word from our friends at Raven Banner Entertainment is that they have picked up the World sales rights for Jesse Thomas Cook's rural horror flick The Hexecutioners. Raven Banner lands cult thriller "THE HEXECUTIONER'S"Toronto, Canada - Raven Banner Entertainment has picked... More »
By Andrew Mack   

AFI Fest 2015: VR Tech Showcase Takes Place This Weekend

There's no doubt that "Virtual Reality" and "Immersive Storytelling" are buzzworthy terms in media these days. With consumer-ready VR setups just around the corner and first-person narratives (like Hardcore) already arriving, it feels like we are right on the precipice... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

Morbido 2015: Watch Gigi Saul Guerrero's Opening Ceremony Video PALOMA

Okay. So Morbido came to a close last night and I am already back home in Toronto and dipping into the varieties of Mezcal I brought back with me. Hint. They vary by the numbers of worms at the bottom of... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Tokyo 2015 Awards: NISE - THE HEART OF MADNESS Wins Grand Prix

After ten days of screenings and events, the Tokyo International Film Festival 2015 wrapped for another year with a closing ceremony announcing the winners of its many awards. For the festival's 30th year, director Bryan Singer took time away from... More »

Austin Film Fest Exclusive Clip: Meet Malorie In Darkly Comic HER COMPOSITION

Premiering in competition at the 22nd Austin Film Festival, Stephan Littger's debut feature Her Composition stars one of my favorite indie actors Joslyn Jensen (Without, Funny Bunny) as talented but socially awkward composition student Malorie, who starts visiting high-end escort... More »
By Ben Umstead   

New York Korean Film Fest Gets Its Own Cool Trailer

As you may have seen from our lineup announcement a little while back, the New York Korean Film Fest is coming to town November 6 and they've put together a killer program. Now they've got their own awesome trailer culled... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

Tokyo 2015: Of Death And Robots, A Conversation With SAYONARA Director Fukada Koji And Actress Bryerly Long

Starting life as a short stage play back in 2010, Sayonara made headlines internationally thanks to its novel use of an 'android' cast member. The artificial actor sat opposite human counterpart Bryerly Long as the two engaged in an... More »

Watch Adorably Evil Kids In Horror Short PARTY 85

One of the highlights of being a programmer is bringing back filmmakers whose work you love, and love to see develop. Last year, for the FrightFest shorts, we screened Dan Auty's Aphelion Point, a trippy throwback to 70s sci fi,... More »

Hey, Filmmakers! Fantasia 2016 Is Now Open For Submissions!

Hey, you! Are you a filmmaker looking to show your work at the largest genre event in Canada? Because you're in luck, if so. The epic Fantasia Festival in Montreal is now accepting submissions for their 2016 edition, so now's... More »
By Todd Brown   

Kyoto 2015: Veterans Of Japanese Cinema Honored At Nostalgia Packed Festival

Kyoto International Film & Art Festival wrapped up at the weekend after four days of screenings, events and celebrations. Set in Japan's ancient capital, and the birthplace of the country's movie industry, the festival reveled in the old-world charm and culture... More »


After 10 days of sunshine, rioja and fantastic films, Karyn Kusama's slow-burn psychological thriller The Invitation picked up the award for Best Feature at Sitges 2015 this past weekend, an honour I can heartily endorse. The Final Girls, directed by... More »

The New York Korean Film Festival 2015 Returns With An Impressive, Eclectic Lineup

Cinema fans in New York City will be in for a treat next month with the return of the New York Korean Film Festival, which will have its 13th edition at the Museum of the Moving Image from November... More »

Ithaca 2015 Unveils Second Wave

Upstate New York is in for a crazy mix of cinema next month --- the 2015 Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival lifted the lid on its second wave of features today. (You can read about our first wave announcement here.) Additions... More »

Kyoto 2015 Preview: A Lineup Celebrating The City's Film History

Last year Kyoto Film Festival, which has been running since 1997, underwent a significant change when entertainment company Yoshimoto Kogyo stepped in to oversee a revamp. The company, home to many of the most popular comedians in Japan and organizers... More »

Frontières@Brussels: Submissions For Annual Co-Production Market Are Open

What was one of my best kept secrets, for about a year and half, was that if there was any weekend to attend the Fantasia International Film Festival it was the second weekend during the Frontières Co-Production Market. But like all... More »
By Andrew Mack   
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