‘The Cut’ Scoops International Film Award — Amref Health Africa

Peter Wangugi's The Cut (Kenya) won the prize for best feature at the Africa Diaspora Cinema Festival held in Florence Italy ( July 5 to 8, 2018) and as of late it took part in the big Zanzibar International Film Festival. The movie The Cut takes into focus female genital mutilation (aka excision/female circumcision) - … Continue reading ‘The Cut’ Scoops International Film Award — Amref Health Africa

Submission of films to XXII Black Nights Film Festival is open until the 17th of August

This year Tallinn's Black Nights Film Festival will be held from 16 November to 2 December. It is an FIAPF-accredited (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) competitive feature film festival in the Northern Europe. For submissions regulations, please visit the PÖFF website:https://2018.poff.ee/eng/festival/regulations. Or here:https://filmfreeway.com/BlackNightsFilmFestival. Ahh-wooooooo!  

Erik Gandini’s The Rebel Surgeon won Viewers’ Choice Award at the XXXII Pärnu Film Festival in Estonia

XXXII Pärnu Film Festival's (25 June - 1 July) Grand Prix was awarded to a German film-maker with Syrian roots Talal Derki for his film "Of Fathers and Sons" (Germany 2017). Best Estonian Documentary Film Award went to Jaanis Valk for his film "Ahto. Unistuste jaht" (transl: Ahto. Chasing a dream) (Estonia 2017). I enjoyed watching … Continue reading Erik Gandini’s The Rebel Surgeon won Viewers’ Choice Award at the XXXII Pärnu Film Festival in Estonia

Any familiar faces at the Sydney Film Festival?

Sydney Film Festival ran from 6 to 17 June and today, on the last day is the award ceremony. I was checking whether or not I would recognize a face or two from the Australian actors at the festival. As they show from time to time Australian TV series on Estonian TV channels, I was … Continue reading Any familiar faces at the Sydney Film Festival?

Yes, that’s right – 40th Moscow International Film Festival was in April this year!

So you missed out on this film festival? No wonder, instead of the usual June celebration, this year the festival was held in April. They did not want to be overshadowed by the FIFA World cup that starts on the 14th of June. Well the 40th MIFF simply had to be put on a pedestal … Continue reading Yes, that’s right – 40th Moscow International Film Festival was in April this year!

Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s Shoplifters wins Cannes’ Palme d’Or

    On the 8th of May, The Cannes Film Festival opened with Everybody Knows, starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. On the 19th of May, Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote closed the film festival. The film that took decades - 20 years! - from funding problems to set disasters and legal … Continue reading Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s Shoplifters wins Cannes’ Palme d’Or

Tribeca Film Festival 2018: Must-watch movies as women filmmakers spotlighted — Monsters and Critics

By the way, is Tribeca Film Festival an indie film festival? There are so many film festivals in every country that one can get lost. To make some order you may start even by classifying them geographically by continents. Then you can sort them out by indipendent factor (indie films take center stage) or whether … Continue reading Tribeca Film Festival 2018: Must-watch movies as women filmmakers spotlighted — Monsters and Critics

Rock Steady Row – the big winner of Slamdance Film Festival 2018 – or where are Trevor Stevens and Heston Horwin right now?

Last Friday as I was reading Josh’s review of Rock Steady Row that was shown at the Chattanooga Film Festival (chattfilmfest.org, 5-8 April, Tennessee, USA) and before that at the Slamdance Film Festival (Grand Jury Prize, slamdance.com, 19-25 January, Utah, USA), it hit me that the same movie was about to open Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival (2018.hoff.ee, 27-29 April, Estonia) here in Estonia.  From America arrived the film director Trevor Stevens and the leading actor Heston Horwin to present Rock Steady Row at the international premiere in Europe. Both are young and unknown to the larger public, so another reason to talk about them here 🙂

 

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From left to right: Heston Horwin, Maria Reinup (artistic director at HÕFF) and Trevor Stevens on 27 April in Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival, Estonia. Photo courtesy of: https://www.facebook.com/hoffestival/.

Josh from https://clydeumney.wordpress.com saw Rock Steady Row at the Chattanooga Film Festival. The Chattanooga town with an American Indian sounding name is located in the state of Tennessee, USA, not far from Atlanta, Georgia (I googled to be sure :). Please read Josh’s review to know more about the movie. It seems to be quite a film regardless the low budget.

Thank you for sharing your review, Josh! 🙂

Umney's Alley

For the past several years, I’ve gone down to the Chattanooga Film Festival – it’s one of my favorite weekends for film every single year. (You can see my previous year write-ups since moving to this blog here.) A festival that’s in love with genre films, trash cinema, and embraces the weird and wild, CFF’s philosophy is that every film is worth watching in some way, and it’s an idea I can always get behind. This year, I managed to get back down there for all four days, which means there’s a lot to talk about. Let’s kick it off with the first day, which featured an entertaining low-budget effort and then hit me with the low point of the festival, if not my moviegoing year. 


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Ken Loach was at the Belfast Film Festival

    Belfast Film Festival (12-21 April; https://belfastfilmfestival.org/) hosted a very special guest - Ken Loach, film director from the UK - they say he's one of the best in the directing field. He received the Réalta Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema. The first film that comes to my mind is his "I, Daniel … Continue reading Ken Loach was at the Belfast Film Festival