FILM FESTIVALS

As the 2016 edition of the acclaimed Cannes Film Festival is right around the corner, now is as good a time as any to check out the lineup of films being showcased throughout the event. From competition films to pieces being considered in the Un Certain Regard section, Indiewire has compiled the full list here.

Since the Austin Film Festival started over two decades ago, it has worked hard to champion screenwriters through its numerous conferences, programs and competitions geared towards writing. Now, AFF is proud to present its inaugural list of 25 screenwriters to watch in 2016. Check out the full line-up, in no particular order, via MovieMarker here, and start getting acquainted with the talent, the faces and the finely crafted words that are sure to be popping up on the indie circuit over the next few years!

What a week!!! The first annual Indie Street Film Festival came to a close on Saturday July 9th after 4 days of screening 75 new independent films! And what an amazing experience the whole festival was, bringing together a community in the spirit of independent film and art!  Women Who Kill directed by Ingrid Jungermann won the award for Best Narrative Feature and Romeo Is Bleeding directed by Jason Zeldes took home the award for Best Documentary Feature.  The Jury also chose to honor the Ensemble Cast of Sam Kretchmar’s Keep In Touch with the Special Jury Award.  Short film winners were: BEST ANIMATED SHORT – The Past Inside the Present directed by James Siewert BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT – Love Wins directed by Robin Kampf BEST NARRATIVE SHORT – Thunder Road directed by Jim Cummings  The Awards ceremony took place on stage at the Count Basie Theatre prior to the closing night screening of Ira Sachs’ Little Men.  Encore screenings of the winning films took place at the Red Bank Middle School on Sunday, July 10.  The Jury for the Inaugural Indie Street Film Festival was comprised of New York Magazine chief film critic David Edelstein, Founder and Director Emeritus of the Black Maria Film Festival John Columbus, IHeartMedia co-host/News Director Shelli Sonstein, Emmy-winning film producer Sylvia Caminer (Chosen), Co-Founder and CEO of Cartuna James Belfer, and Indie Street partner filmmakers Alex Steyermark (The 78 Project Movie) and Benjamin Wiessner (Ornana Films).  ISFF Audiences had a chance to vote on their favorite films throughout the festival and the Audience Awards were handed out to: BEST SHORT: The House Is Innocent (Documentary) directed by Nicholas Coles BEST FEATURE: Auld Lang Syne (Narrative) directed by Johanna McKeon BEST NEW JERSEY FILM: After Sandy (Documentary) directed by Joe Minnella  ISFF Feature competition included the World Premiere of Johanna McKeon’s Auld Lang Syne and New Jersey premieres of James Morrison’s Diverge, Juan Pablo Arroyo Abraham’s Day Six, Sam Kretchmar’s Keep In Touch and Ingrid Jungermann’s Women Who Kill.  Documentaries included: Joe Minnella’s After Sandy, Livia Ungur and Sherng-Lee Huang’s Hotel Dallas, Beatrice Alda’s Legs: A Big Issue in a Small Town, Adam Irving’s Off the Rails and Jason Zeldes’ Romeo is Bleeding.  Indie Street Film Festival Director of Programming Bill Augustin said “I am extremely proud of the inaugural program of the Indie Street Film Festival.  It was a diverse and artistically rich mix of independent films that exemplified our motto of ‘Story over Budget’.  We received nearly 350 submissions from over 20 different countries and were excited to bring unique voices from around the world to Red Bank.”  Since ISFF is more geared toward cooperation than competition, all feature films accepted into the festival have been awarded the opportunity to join Indie Street as a partner filmmaker and be promoted through its VOD platform. Winners from each feature film category will enjoy a minimum 1-week theatrical release in NYC. Short film winners from each category will be considered for coop inclusion and will be presented and promoted through the Indie Street platform.  It was an amazing week and we look forward to already planning for next year’s second annual Indie Street Film Festival!! Keep checking out indiestreetfilmfestival.org to keep up to date on winners and more!

We are excited to announce that the inaugural Indie Street Film Festival kicks off today! From now until July 10th, you can catch over 70 films across the entire town of Red Bank! From short films to feature films, documentaries to fiction films, special events and everything in between - there's something for everyone! Check out the official line-up and more info over at indiestreetfilmfestival.org and join us as we kick off this amazing event!

IndieWire has just compiled and released their weekly film festival round-up column and none other than our very own Indie Street Film Festival has made the list! In only a few short days, the inaugural festival will hit the Red Bank area, offering an impressive line-up of films, entertainment, parties, panels and more! We are gearing up for a memorable week in support of the local arts community and independent film community all over! You can check out the full ISFF 2016 schedule here and while you are at it, hop on over to IndieWire's article to explore and support even more amazing, upcoming festivals around the world!

It’s an exciting time to be in the Red Bank area this summer as the inaugural Indie Street Film Festival is set to take over the town, July 6-10! We are thrilled to announce the launch of the first ever ISFF festival line up, featuring a variety of events and films which are sure to please audience goers of all types. The event will include screenings of more than 75 different independent feature and short films, plus a performance by comedian Lisa Lampanelli at the Count Basie Theatre Friday, July 8th.  Chad Hartigan’s Sundance hit Morris from America starring Craig Robinson will also open the festival. Other highlights include a public screening, presented by Sony Pictures Classics and its co-founder / co-president and area resident Tom Bernard, that will take place on July 7th outside the Molly Pitcher hotel. Fans can visit http://www.facebook.com/IndieStreetFilmFestival to cast their vote amongst several Sony Pictures Classics titles, including Welcome To The Dollhouse, SLC Punk, The Wackness, Moon, and Junebug. “Indie Under The Stars” is also made possible by ShoreFlicks, Flying Fish Brewing Company and popchips.  Indie Street’s Feature competition will include the world premiere of Auld Lang Syne by director Johanna McKeon, an associate director on Broadway Idiot, the documentary that detailed the transformation of Green Day’s American Idiot into a hit musical. New Jersey premieres of Diverge by James Morrison, Mexican filmmaker Juan Pablo Arroyo Abraham’s DIA6EIS (Day Six), Michael Covino’s Keep In Touch and Ingrid Jungermann’s Women Who Kill will be featured, along with winning films from the Basie’s PROJECT FX statewide student film festival.  After Sandy, the post-superstorm film from Tinton Falls filmmaker Joe Minnella, will be amongst several documentary features. Documentarians Livia Ungur and Sherng-Lee’s Hotel Dallas – detailing the adventures of a Romanian woman who travels to the U.S. under the influence of the early 80s television hit Dallas – will also be screened. Beatrice Alda’s Legs: A Big Issue in a Small Town, Adam Irving’s Off the Rails and Jason Zeldes’ Romeo is Bleeding will also compete in the documentary category.  Also featured will be 57 short films from over a dozen countries in 7 competitive programs, including shorts by directors Danny DeVito and Matthew Modine.  Shorts will be broken down into seven categories; three narratives, two documentary sets, a set of animation shorts and a special “Jersey Shorts” screening featuring narrative and documentary shorts by local filmmakers.  Like others of its kind, Indie Street Film Festival is both a showcase and competition of up-and-coming films and filmmakers. Winning films will be selected by a jury consisting of industry gurus, including producer / director and three-time Emmy winner Sylvia Caminer, movie critic and Q104.3 radio host Shelli Sonstein, and John Columbus, Founder and Director Emeritus of Jersey City’s Black Maria Film Festival. Award winners will be honored onstage at the Count Basie Theatre prior to the festival-closer.  A complete schedule of events is listed at www.indiestreetfilmfestival.org.Festival passes and tickets to individual screenings are on sale now via www.indiestreetfilmfestival.org and theBASIE.org. For more information on the Indie Street Film Festival, contact info@indiestreetfilmfestival.org.

It's a wonderful time of the year! Summer is just around the corner and festival season is still in full swing! As the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival is set to kick off this week, Indiewire has compiled a list of 11 must-see films at the event. From directorial debuts to comedy films and even a reimagining of "High Noon", there's something for all film lovers. Check out the list of top films to watch out for here.

Yesterday, we shared with you the list of every Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or Winner from over the past 4 decades. Piggybacking off of that, we now share with you, via IndieWire, a list of where to watch (almost) every winner. Unfortunately, not all of the amazing prizewinners are available for immediate online streaming, but from DVDs to Youtube, the list is still pretty comprehensive. If you've yet to experience what these films have to offer, this is a great place to start. Check out the full breakdown by platform here.

As the 2016 edition of the Cannes Film Festival nears its final days and another batch of award-winning films will soon be entering into the playing field, Telegraph UK took a look back at the past 40 years of Palme d'Or winners. From 1975's "Chronicle of the Years of Fire" to 2015's "Dheepan", the talent is certainly out of this world. We can't wait to see what 2016 has to offer! In the meantime, check out the full gallery and break down of winners here.

Though the Tribeca Film Festival is set to wrap up this weekend, it just held its annual awards ceremony on Thursday, announcing the official winners of the 15th edition of the festival. Top prizes included Demteri Martin's "Dean" taking home the Best U.S. Narrative Feature Award and "Junction 48" being named Best International Narrative Feature. Read here for a complete list and breakdown of this year's winners!