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Sundance 2014: Lanyards, Lines, and Libations

Jan 26, 2014 at 5:56 AM in Entertainment Industry News, Film Festivals by Scott Prestin · Comments Off

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Sundance 2014… a sunny and crowded Park City Utah.  Film-fans and production-pros proudly donning event lanyards like they were Mardi Gras beads.  A charming snow-covered ski-town where corporate-sponsorship and independent-artistry collide every January.

See Klip Collective’s 3D mapping projection on the facade of the famed Egyptian Theatre (above).  The fest was founded in 1978 to attract more bellbottom-clad filmmakers to Utah. In the last 30+ years it has evolved into the premier American film festival, attracting 45,000+ attendees this season.

My cohorts  [

Jason Priestley’s Narrative Directorial Debut Looking Good

Dec 12, 2013 at 5:40 AM in Celebrities, Entertainment Industry News, Film Festivals, Movies by Scott Prestin · Comments Off

Jason Priestly

Jason Priestly has helmed a doc and numerous TV shows, and the 90210 alumn has now added a full-length narrative to his directorial resume.

Priestly recently delivered “Cas & Dylan”, a dramatic comedy about a dying Doctor who plans to “check out” on his own terms.  The terminal physician’s scheme takes an unexpected detour when he winds up on the lam with an unique 22-year-old girl.  The film stars Richard Dreyfuss and Tatiana Maslany, and has just won the  [read more →]

FilmFestivals.com, Connecting Film To Festivals

Oct 13, 2013 at 5:16 PM in Entertainment Industry News, Film Festivals by Scott Prestin · Comments Off


If you’re a filmmaker or festival enthusiast, do yourself a favor and become familiar with filmfestivals.com.

This wonderful online community was created in 1995 as a resource for filmmakers and festivals alike.  To quote it’s editor, Bruno Chatelin (pictured below), filmfestivals.com’s mission is to “connect films to festivals and documenting the world of festivals worldwide.”

The site offers a comprehensive directory of over 6,000 festivals, industry and fest news, as well as a very handy film submission tool called  [read more →]

“Great Gatsby” To Kick Off Cannes Film Festival

May 15, 2013 at 5:54 AM in Celebrities, Film Festivals, Movies by The itsFILM.com Staff · Comments Off


Director Baz Luhrmann, Leonardo DiCaprio and British co-star Carey Mulligan will walk the red carpet as their new film “The Great Gatsby” opens the annual film festival in Cannes, France.  The lavash $105 million adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel has already opened in America with decent early earnings and fairly favorable reviews.

Festival organizers and fans are hoping Luhrmann can top his 2001 opening, considered the last truly extravagant Cannes launch, which featured a red carpet flanked with can-can girls to  [read more →]

CIMMfest Is In Full Swing

Apr 20, 2013 at 4:57 PM in Entertainment Industry News, Film Festivals by Scott Prestin · Comments Off


CIMMfest, the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival, is a kinetic four-day showcase of films, bands, VJ/DJs, and any thing else celebratory of movies and music.

This year’s festival runs from April 18-21.  The festivities are city-wide, but radiate from the Windy City’s Wicker Park/Bucktown neighborhood.

If you’re in Chicago this weekend, stop by Constellation tonight (3111 N Western Ave., 9:30 ) for the “Melvin Van Peebles Baadasssss Awards Show”.  Attendance is free and the festivities feature a musical performance by  [read more →]

“Great Gatsby” To Open The 66th Cannes Film Festival

Mar 13, 2013 at 6:16 AM in Celebrities, Entertainment Industry News, Film Festivals, Movies by The itsFILM.com Staff · Comments Off


Australian director Baz Luhrmann’s  ”Great Gatsby” will kick off the 66th Festival de Cannes, on Wednesday 15th May, in the Grand Théâtre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals.  The project is out of Competition in the Official Selection.

“Great Gatsby” is an adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel of 1925 of the same name. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke.  The story chronicles the roaring 20′s life and times of millionaire Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio) and his neighbor  [read more →]

Sundance 2013, The Cliffsnotes

Jan 12, 2013 at 7:37 AM in Entertainment Industry News, Film Festivals by The itsFILM.com Staff · Comments Off


Sundance 2013 is just around the corner, and for those of you who have been too busy to cyber-stalk America’s answer to Cannes, here is a cheat sheet on this year’s festival.

50,000+ filmmakers, fans and industry professionals will descend upon Park City Utah January 17-27 for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  The 10 day event features a colorful array of film debuts, networking events (see itsFILM.com’s event page), musical performances and industry panels and presentations.  The festival  [read more →]

“Lawless” has Red Carpet Premier at Cannes

May 19, 2012 at 8:48 PM in Entertainment Industry News, Film Festivals by The itsFILM.com Staff · Comments Off

"Lawless" Premiere Cannes Film Festival

Depression-era crime saga “Lawless” had a red carpet premier today at the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival.

(See director John Hillcoat, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, and Shia LaBeouf above)

“Lawless” spins the gritty tale of the three Bondurant brothers (Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, and Jason Clark) who get involved in the bootlegging business during the Prohibition in Virginia.  Rocker/Writer/Actor Nick Cave wrote the screenplay which is based on Matt Bondurant’s historical novel, “The Wettest Country in The World.”

Thus far the project  [

Cannes 2012: A Brief History and Preview of the 65th Festival

May 12, 2012 at 9:29 PM in Film Festivals by The itsFILM.com Staff · Comments Off

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The Cannes International Film Festival (French: Le Festival International du Film de Cannes or simply Festival de Cannes), is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France.  Founded in 1946, it is arguably the world’s most prestigious and publicized film festival.  This, the 65th edition, will take place from May 16 to May 27, 2012. The President of the Jury this time around is Italian film director Nanni Moretti.

As an FYI:  The Marche du Film (“Film Market”) is the business  [read more →]

“Miracle Mile Girls” creator packs her bags for the 2012 Cannes Short Film Corner

May 8, 2012 at 4:32 AM in Film Festivals, Movies by The itsFILM.com Staff · 1 Comment »

Miracle Mile Girls

“Miracle Mile Girls” is a short film which follows the lives of two struggling actresses as they deal with the daily trials and tribulations of the Hollywood scene. The project was inspired by the real-life experiences of its creator, screenwriter and first-time producer Magda Marcella (See Photos Above and Left).

The film stars Sid Veda, Andrea Harrison, and Magda herself.  Along with Marcella, the production was helmed by Andrea Harrison (co-executive producer), Kristin West (line producer), Armin Nasseri (assistant producer), Harrison  [read more →]