Festivals & Events

Festivals & Events


Sundance 2020 Announces 118 Feature Films

Elisabeth Moss and Odessa Young in Shirley (Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Thatcher Keats)

For independent filmmakers the most eagerly awaited announcement of the year is here: the 118 feature films selected for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. The films hail from 27 countries and were chosen from a dizzying record high of 3,853…  Read more

By Dec 4, 2019

Spectacle, Controversy and the Septic: Pingyao International Film Festival 2019

Pingyao Film Palace

This is a strange place to have a revelation. I’m sitting in a movie theatre in Pingyao, Shanxi Province, China. I have shrunken into a cosy corporate space which, once the house lights are put out, is soothingly anonymous. I’m…  Read more

By Nov 27, 2019

“How Do You Know If the Festival is a Scam?” Martha Shane on Narrowsburg

Richard Castellano in Narrowsburg

A well-meaning regional film festival can be welcoming and tightly curated—a true community endeavor. A bad one can be a deceitful scam. Such was the case with the Narrowsburg International Independent Film Festival, founded in 2001 by a couple from…  Read more

By Nov 26, 2019

“I Chose to Yell, You Chose to Whisper:” Zhang Yimou and Jia Zhangke at Pingyao International Film Festival

Jia Zhangke, Zhang Yimou and translator at the Pingyao International Film Festival

I was loitering around the ticket office of the Pingyao International Film Festival, waiting for the day to begin. This was the second morning of the festival and, like all international delegates, I was still adjusting to being in China.…  Read more

By Nov 26, 2019

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