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Davinci International Film Festival hosts first live event in two years

After an inconsistent two years, fall film festivals are back in full swing, including the DaVinci International Film Festival (DIFF). Established in 2017, founder and CEO Chadwick Pelletier says it’s the birth child of nearly three decades of entert...

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Women's Weekend Film Challenge co-founders on creating opportunity

Does making an original film from start to finish over a weekend sound exciting to you? If so then you might want to check out the Women’s Weekend Film Challenge.

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How ‘88’ writer-director updates the political conspiracy thriller

One of the great things about being a writer is the ability to fall in love with a concept for a story, and then create it. For writer/director Eromose, it was his fascination with political conspiracy thrillers and curiosity about how Super PACs (po...

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Films depicting women and families of color reign supreme at SXSW 2022

Photo courtesy of Allyson Riggs/SXSW. Check the hashtags #SXSW #SXSW2022 and #SXSW22 to see what kinds of things have been going on at the first week of a massive cultural event we know as SXSW. It just wrapped, and the remaining three days are expec...

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International Sports Film Festival Houston and Event Horizon Films launch Sports Script Championship

If you've ever dreamed of penning the next Rocky or Rudy or Hoop Dreams, or think you have the next Field of Dreams on your hands, then you might consider submitting your script to the Sports Script Championship, which is sponsored by the the Interna...

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Auntyland Film Festival's founder and director Sylvia Wong Lewis on flipping the script

The new Auntyland Film Festival (AFF) is accepting short-length indie films by and for women and BIPOC artists for its inaugural film festival now through January 30, 2022. The film festival touts itself as the only film festival that "embraces matur...

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: AFI Fest shorts embrace apocalyptic feel

AFI Fest (back in person) wrapped up last Sunday with Halle Berry’s directorial debut Bruised. The movie tackles a disgraced MMA fighter returning to the ring and Berry was quoted as saying the flick is the biggest challenge of her career. The fest a...

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The Austin Film Festival: A first timer shares her AFF experience

Another year is over for Austin Film Festival and as a virgin in the context of this professionally revered event, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’m home, unpacked, and I can honestly say that for me it was worth the money to get to Texas and immerse...

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Broaden Your Horizons: All about Dallas International Film Festival's screenwriting competition

The Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) is scheduled to take place Oct. 8-15, giving emerging screenwriters an opportunity for their scripts to be read by award-winning judges.

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