Night Visions 2015: Inaugural 'Nordic Genre Industry Days' - The Nordic Challenge

Held in conjunction with the Night Visions film festival in Helsinki, Finland, the inaugural edition of Nordic Genre Industry Days presented panel discussions and pitch sessions for projects that are currently in development. As might be imagined from the title,... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Night Visions 2015 Review: AMERICAN BURGER Serves Up Cross-Cultural Beef

Watching an English-language splatter comedy, made in Sweden by a married British / Swedish couple, at a film festival in Helsinki, Finland, in a bar converted into a screening room, certainly ranks among my top 10 most unusual cross-cultural experiences... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Istanbul 2015 Review: THESE ARE THE RULES Provokes With Civil Horror

Dramas which keep the tension tightly under the lid while eschewing a boiling melodramatic outburst can be challenging. On the other hand, de-dramatized dramas with smoother edges are easier to chew on for laid-back, cerebral viewers. Croatian director Ognjen... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Night Visions 2015 Review: SERIAL KILLER CULTURE, Why So Fascinating?

What drives ordinary-looking men and women to become obsessed with serial killers? Is it a dark corner of their psyche that makes them feel that they have something in common with horrible people who have caused untold pain and suffering... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

INSIDE OUT: Did Everyone's First Day At A New School Start Like This?

Hot on the heels of the announcement that Disney-Pixar's Inside Out will have its World Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this Summer the first clip from the film has been released. In the clip, Joy, voiced by Amy Pohler, is... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Audiard, Kore-Eda, Van Sant Among Strong Cannes 2015 Official Lineup

The Cannes Film Festival announced their official lineup today with all the pomp and circumstance fitting the French fest. Our own Ben Croll was there and will have a full report along with many more details on the films picked.... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Interview: Mary Elizabeth Winstead On ALEX OF VENICE, Her Admiration For Indie Film, And More

I really admire Mary Elizabeth Winstead's career choices. She started out as a Scream Queen and then dabbled with big, bad studio movies. Lately her focus has been on roles in smaller films that really make an impact. Winstead still... More »
By Chase Whale   
  

Tribeca 2015: TwitchFilm Raises The Curtain With 10 Must-See Films

The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, which runs through April 26, kicked off with its opening night presentation at the Beacon Theater of Live From New York!, Bao Nguyen's documentary on Saturday Night Live, that venerable 40-year old comedy institution. The... More »
  

Night Visions 2015: THE GUNMAN, Starring Peter Franzen And A Lot Of Sean Penn's Muscles

Peter Franzen is not the star of The Gunman -- that would be the clench-jawed Sean Penn, unbelievably bulked up, muscle groups well defined, as though he were auditioning for an art house version of The Expendables -- yet the... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

World Premiere Of Australian Film RUBEN GUTHRIE To Open Sydney Film Festival 2015

Ruben Guthrie, an Australian film about a hard-partying Sydney ad man who seeks to start a new chapter in his life, has been announced as the Opening Night Film at this year's Sydney Film Festival. It is the directorial debut... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

Buenos Aires Gears Up For BAFICI 2015

With more than 400 films being shown across the city of Buenos Aires at sites as diverse as an outdoor amphitheater, the planetarium and the city's opera theater, Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de cine Independiente (BAFICI) is set to roll... More »
By Wendy Gosselin   
  

Hey, Latin Filmmakers, Submit Your Work To Fantasic Market!

If you have a fresh film pitch you are dying to get off your chest, or a work-in-progress that needs some intelligent eyes on it, then you may be in luck. Submissions to the 2015 Fantastic Market at Fantastic Fest... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Dallas 2015 Dispatch: CARTEL LAND, SWEET KANDY, And THUNDER BROKE THE HEAVENS

The ninth edition of the Dallas International Film Festival is well underway here in Texas, and I'm pleased to report that it continues to provide a much-needed boost to the local film culture. I moved to the city in 2006,... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Night Visions Preview: Finland's Biggest Genre Fest Kicks Off

The biggest and oldest genre festival in Finland, Night Visions, will kick off tomorrow, Wednesday, April 15, and run through Sunday, April 19. Because I drew the lucky straw, I will be attending the fest for the first time, and... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Dallas 2015: THE STOMACH, A Meeting Point For Infernal And Criminal Underworlds

"I just want to be empty," Frank (Simon Meacock) tells his brother Tom (Ben Bishop). Wide-eyed, bearded Frank is at breaking point. Thanks to his freakish ability to become impregnated with the spirits of the deceased, he was born a... More »
By Anton Bitel   
  

Have Your Say: What Was Your Best Film Festival Ever?

The past six days I've been visiting the Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam a lot, and have been enjoying myself immensely: meeting old film buddies, meeting new film buddies, a great line-up, Amsterdam in spring weather... it has been sheer bliss... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

FrightFest And Icon To Pummel The UK With Genre Film

Genre fans living in the United Kingdom and Ireland are in for a real treat. In fact, I'm jealous. Icon Film Distribution (formerly owned by Mel Gibson) and FrightFest have teamed up in an exclusive partnership to bring genre films... More »
  

TIFF Kids Talk Film: SHAUN THE SHEEP

TwitchFilm's tiniest film reviewers continue their coverage of TIFF Kids Film Festival, currently happening at Toronto's Lightbox Cinema. Willem (age 12) and Miranda (age 10) delight in the slapstick sheep spectacle spinoff Shaun The Sheep, from the masters of claymation at... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Dallas 2015: SOME BEASTS Poster Debut

The Dallas International Film Fest kicked off last night and today sees the first full day of screenings. One of the films making its premiere tonight is Cameron Nelson's Some Beasts and we've got the debut of the film's very... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Tribeca 2015 Exclusive: BETTER TO LIVE Trailer, College Kids Sing And Dance To Save Lives

I've never been the type to sing and dance, but the first trailer for Better to Live makes me wish that I could -- and for a good cause. Set to debut shortly at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, the... More »
By Peter Martin   
  
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