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4 Fests You Should Enter This Week

Fantastic Fest 
September 18 – 25

Early Deadline: February 20

“Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world.”

Accepts horror, sci-fi, fantasy, or related genre films (black comedy, crime, magic realism, action, suspense, etc) feature-length and short films.

website: http://fantasticfest.com/submit

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Where Are The Brown Women Filmmakers?

A weekly spotlight on inspiring female directors of color and their latest projects.  

peeples_teamTina Gordon Chism and Stephanie Allain

It’s always exciting to see another female director and producer duo on the scene. Writer/director Tina Gordon Chism and producer Stephanie Allain are the dream team behind the comedy “Peeples” starring Kerry Washington and Craig Robinson (now in theaters). Chism is the writer behind “ATL” and “Drumline”; “Peeples” is her directorial debut. In between producing independent films, Allain is also the director of the LA Film Festival. The next collaboration for these ladies will be Inheritance”a New Orleans thriller script sold to Sony in April.

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QUEUE IT UP: Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake” Episode 1 Now Free On iTunes


“A detective investigates the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant daughter of a local drug lord.” Starring Elisabeth Moss, Cohen Holloway and Holly Hunter.

Looks like we can all catch a sneak peek of Jane Campion’s new mini-series before the official March 18th broadcast premiere on Sundance Channel. Watch the first hour of the six-episode mini-series on iTunes now. The show was featured at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in a one-day only, six-hour screening that I unfortunately could not make. The trailer caught my eye and I’m intrigued by film directors crossing over to television like David Fincher (“House of Cards” on Netflix) and now Campion.
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Emerging Filmmaker Reflects On Screening At Cannes 2012 (Guest Post)

A brief intro: I met filmmaker Michael Daye (based in south-west England) when we were both participating in the Visions Film Festival in North Carolina in March. When he mentioned that he would be attending Cannes later in May, I humbly asked him if he wouldn’t mind sharing the experience on the blog. You can watch the official Shorts Corner selection, “Aldilà” HERE and see more at http://michaeldaye.com/. A big thank you again to Michael for offering this great recap for us all. — Christina B.

As a filmmaker just starting out, one of my ‘bucket list’ checkboxes has been to attend the Cannes Film Festival at some point. When the opportunity presented itself to me a few months back, I just couldn’t bear to say no, even though I was maybe not as ‘ready’ as I would have liked to be. Nonetheless, it was a massively worthy endeavour, and something I would recommend to anyone wanting a leg-up in the film business.

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“The Pendulum Swings” (Petitions and Podcasts about Women at Cannes)

“La Barbe (The Beard) feminist direct action group” spearheaded the first petition against lack of women in the Palme d’Or competition lineup at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

There is an important conversation being held both on the French Riviera and around the world. The topic: Where are the women? To be more specific, where are the women directors in the Palme d’Or Competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival? There were four females selected last year and yet there is zero today. I recently read a few articles on this issue and many said the same things. Where are the women (in competition)? I couldn’t help but grow more and more frustrated as bloggers/critics were wagging their fingers at the festival director (a man) for the lack of representation. I put my two cents on the blog last week and proposed that these critics might also want to look at who the festival programmers/directors are first. If there were more females helming the top festivals, perhaps we’d see more balanced lineups (read more HERE). But the rabbit hole goes even deeper. Currently there are two petitions circling the internet calling attention the male-dominated films in competition.

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