FestivalScope is very proud to announce its first partner festival in the U.S.!!
We see the participation of SFIFF in Festival Scope as a substantial benefit for the works programmed to screen at the Festival,” said Rachel Rosen, San Francisco Film Society director of programming. “The site has been thoughtfully planned by people who really understand the industry and provides access to the Festival program to buyers and festival programmers who can’t make the trip to San Francisco.
San Francisco International is a festival we particularly like because of their remarkable programming focusing on new directors. They were among those first festivals who believed in Festival Scope even before it was online, so we are very happy to have it as the first Festival in the US, said Alessandro Raja, CEO and founder of Festival Scope.
Following each film’s initial SFIFF screening, Festival Scope members will be able to view selected films from the Festival’s New Directors and Documentary sections including Florent Tillon’s Detroit Wild City, Alison Bagnall’s ♀ The Dish & The Spoon, Régis Sauder’s Children of the Princess of Cleves, Eric Strauss and Daniele Anastasion’s ♀ The Redemption of General Butt Naked, and Ali Samadi Ahadi’s The Green Wave from the Documentaries section, as well as Isabelle Czajka’s ♀ Living On Love Alone, Oscar Godoy’s Ulysses and Tan Chui Mui’s Year Without a Summer from the New Directors section.
From ScreenDaily June 21, 2011:
Online industry platform Festival Scope has added several new festivals to its roster: Seattle International Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Moscow International Film Festival, and Kaunas International Film Festival.
The online screening platform now has content from more than 40 film festivlas also including Locarno, Rotterdam, Berlinale, and Cannes sidebars.
Hong Kong will offer select Asian titles on Festival Scope. Roger Garcia [pictured], Executive Director of the Hong Kong IFF, said: “The Hong Kong International Film Festival is dedicated to discovering and helping filmmakers and we believe that technologies can help expand the possibilities and opportunities for independent films. We are happy therefore to be collaborating with Festival Scope on this new venture which will help expose the films selected to more potential distributors and buyers.”
The collaboration with Moscow will concentrate on Russian Trace, films about Russia, starring Russian actors or shot in Russia. Kirill Razlogov, Program Director of Moscow IFF, said: “Collaboration with Festival Scope – one of the most ingenious supports for festivals interface and promotion in the present globalised world – is specially important for our festival with its ever-changing policies during the last quarter of a Century. We hope that Festival Scope will help our partners and friends understand the specificity of Eurasian cultural and audiovisual landscape”.
Kaunas will present new Baltic productions on Festival Scope. Ilona Jurkonyte, Director of Kaunas IFF, said: “Festival Scope is a platform which has a big potential to contribute to the higher visibility of film creation from different geographic and creative areas. Kaunas IFF is happy to be the first festival from the Baltics to start the cooperation with Festival Scope. Festival Scope is a great tool for filmmakers and film programmers, distributors, film critics. We strongly believe that this cooperation will increase the insight into filmmaking from the Baltics.”
And Seattle will offer selections from its New American Directors’ and Documentaries sections. Carl Spence, Artistic Director of Seattle IFF, said: “The Seattle International Film Festival is the largest festival in the country in terms of attendance and the number of feature films shown. The size and scope of the festival does not always allow for everyone to cover our entire line-up when visiting. The opportunity to showcase some of the best films curated in our New American Directors and Documentaries sections to buyers and film professionals around the world on Festival Scope provides filmmakers with an amazing opportunity to expand their reach and ensure that they can increase the awareness of their films presented at SIFF.”
Alessandro Raja, Founder and CEO of Festival Scope, added: “We are very happy of expanding our network of festivals, trying to bring to professionals the richest and most diversified offer of quality films from different regions of the world.”