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Film Festival Roundup: Philadelphia Film Festival Announces Lineup, To Save and Project Reveals Slate And More

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column.



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Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Full Lineup Announcements

– The Philadelphia Film Society has announced the full film lineup of the 25th Philadelphia Film Festival, spanning from October 20 – October 30 on four theater screens throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. Opening on October 20 with Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land “and closing on October 30 with “Arrival,” the 11-day festival will showcase over 110 feature length and short films, curated by our programming committee who chooses each selection from multiple international festivals throughout the year. The full Festival schedule and digital Festival Program Guide is available now right here.

– The San Francisco Film Society has announced the lineup of programs for the second annual Doc Stories festival, November 3 – 6 at the Vogue Theatre, the Castro Theatre and the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. Doc Stories gives the Bay Area a voice in the end-of-year awards season conversation by celebrating the year’s most important long- and short-form documentaries. The lineup features brand-new films yet to be released, alongside in-depth conversations with the makers of the documentaries that have electrified the festival circuit throughout the past year. Highlights include “13TH,” “Fire at Sea” and “Into the Inferno.” Check out more information here.

– The Museum of Modern Art presents the 14th annual edition of To Save and Project, an international festival dedicated to celebrating newly preserved and restored films from archives, studios, distributors, foundations, and independent filmmakers. Running from November 2 – 23, To Save and Project is organized by Joshua Siegel, Curator, and Dave Kehr, Adjunct Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art. This year’s festival includes some 40 newly restored features and shorts from 13 countries — including many North American or New York premieres — by filmmakers as diverse as Youssef Chahine, F. W. Murnau, Suzan Pitt, and Andy Warhol. Many of the films will be receiving their first American screening since their original release; others will be shown in meticulously restored versions that recapture the long-lost sound and image quality of their initial release; and some will be publicly screened for the first time ever in New York. Check out more information here.

La La Land

“La La Land”


– The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) has announced its lineup of films for the 2016 Savannah Film Festival, including Gala Screenings, Signature Series, Docs to Watch and a new Global Shorts Forum. The festival will launch on October 22 with “Jackie” and will feature a Spotlight Gala Screening of “La La Land” and a Centerpiece Gala Screening of “Arrival.” Hosted by SCAD, the annual event has celebrated cinematic creativity from award-winning professionals and emerging filmmakers for 19 years. The festival will be held in downtown Savannah, Georgia, and runs from October 22 – 29. Check out more information here.

– The San Francisco Dance Film Festival (SFDFF) has announced the full programming for its 7th fall festival, October 20 – 23 at the Brava Theater Center in San Francisco. Seventy films from all around the globe, including many U.S. premieres, will offer Bay Area audiences a kaleidoscopic look at dance in its varied forms, both old and new. Highlights include the U.S. premiere of “Rudolf Nureyev – Dance to Freedom,” “Graceful Girls,” “The Running Tongue” and “Black Ballerina.” Check out more information here.

– The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival has announced the complete lineup for its 2016 event, which runs October 28 – November 6 at Chicago’s Facets Theatre, Music Box Theatre, ArcLight Cinemas, Alliance Française de Chicago, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, and Lake Forest’s Gorton Community Center. Established in 1983, the Festival is the nation’s largest for children and teens and will present over 280 all new animated, live action, documentary and experimental shorts and features from approximately 44 countries. You can check out their full schedule right here.

– The Alexandria Film Festival commemorates a decade of local, national and international films with four-day celebration running November 10 – 13 in Alexandria, VA. The festival returns with more than 40 films, free screenings, discussions, special events, live musical performances, and the Alexandria premiere of season two of PBS series, “Mercy Street.” The four-day event kicks off with a free screening of the documentary, “Nighthawks on the Blue Highway,” profiling local blues band, The Nighthawks, and the challenges and triumphs of four decades in the music industry. The event will feature a live musical performance by the band following the screening. Check out more information here.

Openers, Closers and Other Additions

– The 39th Denver Film Festival (DFF39), produced by Denver Film Society (DFS), has announced the lineup of Red Carpet screenings, special presentations and films in competition. Recognized as one of the nation’s premier film events, the Festival will open on November 2 with “La La Land,” directed by Damien Chazelle, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. The Festival will close on Saturday, November 12 with “Jackie,” directed by Pablo Larraín and starring Natalie Portman. Rounding out the Red Carpet schedule are “Lion,” the drama directed by Garth Davis and starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, screening as the festival’s Centerpiece presentation on November 4, and “The Edge of Seventeen” by writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig as the Red Carpet Matinee on Saturday, November 12.



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– Australia’s premier genre film festival, Monster Fest, returns to Melbourne for its 6th edition, running November 24 – 27. Following announcements that the official Opening Film will be Julia Ducournau’s controversial “Raw,” with Jim Hosking’s “The Greasy Strangler” as Closing Film and keynote speaker Ted Kotcheff presenting retrospective screenings of his films, Monster Fest has now announced its first wave of new feature film titles. Highlights include “Free Fire,” “The Autopsy of Jane Doe,” a new digital restoration of Andrzej Żuławski’s sci-fi epic “On the Silver Globe” and Jesse Moss’ “The Bandit.”

Honors and Tributes

– The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced that AFI FEST 2016 presented by Audi will honor acclaimed actress Isabelle Huppert with a Tribute and a Gala screening at the festival. The Tribute will celebrate her storied career and will include a conversation with the actress, followed by a Gala screening of Sony Pictures Classics’ “Elle” on November 13 at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre. “Isabelle Huppert is a masterful actress,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, AFI FEST Director. “Her fearlessness and precision shine in ‘Elle,’ and we are thrilled to honor her illustrious career at the 30th edition of AFI FEST, as she exemplifies the best of world cinema.”

– Jeff Nichols’ “Loving” will be honored with the Victor Rabinowitz & Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice by the 2016 Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF,) where it has also been given the prestigious Opening Night slot for its U.S. premiere. The annual award is handed to a film that exemplifies the values of peace, equality, global justice and civil liberties; and is named after iconic civil rights lawyer Victor Rabinowitz and his wife Joanne, an author, filmmaker and journalist.

Submissions and Prizes

– The Green Film Fest 2017, taking place April 20 – 26, has opened its submissions. They “are seeking compelling and relevant new films on the environment and sustainability. As well as the opportunity to screen your film in the San Francisco Bay Area, being a part of the Festival will connect you with local partners to support the ongoing success of your film.” The festival is open to new or established filmmakers from anywhere in the world and there are no restrictions on length or genre. For full guidelines and to submit online, visit their section on Film Freeway.


– Last week, Fantastic Fest announced this year’s Fantastic Fest Award winners. Big winners included “Bad Black,” “Zoology,” “Colossal” and “The Autopsy of Jane Doe.” You can check out the rest of the winners right here.



 – Winners of the 2016 Louisiana Film Prize were announced at a sold out awards ceremony held on Sunday, October 2. The Film Prize’s top award of $50,000 cash — judged by a mixture of audience and celebrity judge votes and is one of the world’s largest prizes awarded to a short film — went to “The Man From Mars” directed by Jonnie Stapleton. The Top 5 films, as judged by audience and judge votes, receive iTunes Distribution through Shorts International along with automatic festival appearances around the country. Those films are: “Memoir,” co-directed by Alexander Jeffrey and Paul Peterson; “The Man from Mars,” directed by Jonnie Stapleton; “Native,” co-directed by Travis Champagne and Stephen Kinigopolous; “The Stand,” directed by Eva Contis and “Ya Albi,” directed by Christine Chen.

– The Raindance Film Festival announced its award winners last week. Legendary British Filmmaker Ken Loach received the festival’s first Raindance Auteur Award and participated in a memorable discussion about his iconic career in the industry. “The Shepherd” was the biggest winner of the festival, receiving three awards: Best Film, Best Director for Jonathan Cenzual Burley and Best Actor for Miguel Martin. You can check out the rest of the winners right here.

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