Michael Moore is using his film festival, the Traverse City Film Festival to be exact, to challenge the issue of sexism in the film industry. How? By making every official selection, all 32 of them, films directed or co-directed by women. And what’s the name of the one programmed sidebar at the festival? How about, “Men Make Movies - The Struggle Continues.” Moore spoke to Indiewire on the topic, “Every film in our Official Selection (US), fiction and nonfiction, is directed or co-directed by a woman . . . And they’re all incredible movies. As an expression of tokenism usually reserved for women, I am bringing five films by American men in a sidebar called, ‘Men Make Movies —The Struggle Continues.'” The initiative is freaking fantastic for the continuing recognition of females in the industry as well as the sidebar being a hilarious stab at the establishment and high profiling of male filmmakers. However, it does signal a sad state of affairs when things like this can be seen as gimmicks, news-worthy stories that should actually be something expected and accepted. That being said, this is an amazing push for films that may otherwise be overlooked or only seen as fulfilling circumstantial programming measures. Hopefully this festival initiative will become a beacon and inspiration for many festivals to come! Read more on Moore’s lady-filled festival here!
Ah, the short film. A creative, bite size piece of media that has become all the rage on digital platforms, social media, and everywhere in between. But what about short films that are winning on the festival circuit, at bigger festivals like SXSW or Sundance? As the visual, moving image calling cards of the privileged few, where can these filmmakers find a balance between exposure and profit with their shorts? Indiewire recently sat down with a dozen directors of 2016 festival favorites to find out the secrets behind the short film market. The interview is an interesting look at the different options popping up and the advantage of putting your content out there for free. Interview also features friend of Indie Street, the collective Ornana! Check it out!
The annual Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival has just announced its full lineup for 2016 and is happy to unveil that it will be home to over 200 buzzworthy documentaries this year. For its 23rd edition, programmers shifted through almost 3,000 submissions in order to narrow it down to just 232 titles from over 50 countries. 40% of their filmmakers are females as well. With titles from both Canada and abroad, it’s easy to see Hot Docs will continue to bring a high calibre of documentary films to Toronto with highly anticipated films such as “Operation Avalanche”. For more info, head on over to Indiewire’s announcement or get the complete lineup over at the festival's official website.
In anticipation of the exciting start to SXSW this week, we know it can be a bit overwhelming to know exactly where to begin when looking at the schedule. With an abundance of film offerings, in addition to TV, music, interactive technology and everything in between, there’s bound to be something to do and somewhere to be at every turn. Looking for something a little different? Indiewire has you covered by highlighting their top 8 most exciting (and lesser known) indie films to be on the lookout for. From competitive chicken shows to a Korean karaoke killer entry, these type of lesser known entries are pure gems and will be showing across a wide variety of venues. Time to get out your schedule and marker and start hunting! The festival runs March 11-20. Read more about Indiewire’s highlights and be sure to keep an eye on the schedule here. And remember, the Indie Street Team will be on the ground throughout SXSW giving out cool swag in anticipation of #ISFF2016!!
Just in time for Oscar Sunday, lots of people are focusing in on one independent documentary filmmaker that seems to be doing things right. Joshua Oppenheimer and his debut film, “The Act of Killing”, was a fascinating, jaw-dropping look at the individuals that participated in the Indonesian genocide of the 1960s. His second film, Oscar-nominated “The Look of Silence”, follows up on the continuing impact of those horrors. Read his interview with Indiewire here and learn more about his films’ impact, his approach to filmmaking, and what’s next.
Kaleidoscope is one of the world’s largest and most active communities for virtual reality creators. The news is that they have just officially announced their 2016 Kaleidoscope World Tour, an international festival tour that will showcase all the best in virtual reality film, art, and interactive, immersive experiences. Starting off in Paris, the festival will travel across different parts of the world, including London, Amsterdam, Cologne, Berlin, Stockholm, Tel Aviv, Melbourne, Pangyo, and Tokyo. Unfortunately no U.S. dates at this time! If you’re going to be in one of those lucky cities or if you’re just interested in what’s going on in the VR community, be sure to check out the dates, locations and full line up of the festival over at Indiewire.
Writer/Director Tobias Nölle's feature film debut "Aloys" weaves the twisted, unraveling tale of private investigator Aloys Adorn after a life-changing death and the subsequent loss of his surveillance tape collection. The noir style twists and turns of this Kaufman-esque film promise to keep its audience fully immersed in seeing how the plot will play out. Watch the exclusive trailer now on Indiewire and look out for the film's world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival later this month!
Following the success of its inaugural year, the Financial Times and OppenheimerFunds recently announced the launch of their second annual Emerging Voices Awards, an initiative to recognize talent within emerging nations. Focused on three categories, including art, fiction and film, winners of the 2016 awards will be accounced in September and will receive prizes ranging from $5,000 to $40,000.The competition is only open to residents or passport holders of emerging-market nations, including Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean.For more information on the global initiative and awards scheme, get onboard and read here.
Until now, Eline Jongsma & Kel O’Neill, an award-winning Dutch-American filmmaking team, has been best known for "Empire," the Emmy-nominated interactive documentary which appeared at The New York Film Festival in 2013 before being acquired by POV.
The filmmaking team was recently awarded the inaugural Tim Hetherington Visionary Award in memory of the celebrated British photojournalist and filmmaker ("Restrepo") who was killed covering the civil war in Libya in 2011. They received the award for their latest project, "The Ark," a virtual reality documentary that will tell the stories of the African and American rangers and scientists who are fighting to conserve the world's last four remaining northern white rhinoceros. Read more
Ernesto "Neto" Villalobos' feature debut, "Por las plumas" ("All About the Feathers"), premiered simultaneously at TIFF 2013 and San Sebastian 2013 and was selected by 30 other festivals, including Rotterdam, Vancouver, San Francisco and the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Latinbeat series. This deadpan comedy tells the story of Chalo, a security guard who wants to get into the cockfighting game and acquires a rooster, whom he names Rocky. Read More.
The Tribeca Film Festival has announced its call for submissions and dates for its 2016 installment, which runs April 13-24.
For those looking to submit, the submission dates are:
September 14: Submissions open for feature films, short films and interactive storytelling projects.
October 16: Early deadline for feature films and short films.
November 25: Official entry deadline for feature films, short films and interactive storytelling projects
December 23: Late entry deadline for feature length world-premiere films only. Read more