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Karlovy Vary 2016: Central and East European Cinema in the Spotlight

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival wrapped its 51st edition and the display of new Central and East European cinema with the award-giving ceremony. Hungarian filmmaker Szabolcs Hajdu was picked for the Grand Prix in the main competition for his independently...

Preview: Japan Cuts 2016, As Dynamic as Ever

Japan Cuts, Japan Society's annual festival of contemporary Japanese cinema, turns 10 this year. What the value of a film festival is may seem easy to talk about in terms of age and program focus. It  can also be hard...

Asian Film Festival of Dallas Starts Thursday, July 14 With An Awesome Lineup

The 2006 edition of the Asian Film Festival of Dallas (AFFD) was the first time I ever wrote about film for the public, so it has a special place in my heart.  This year marks the 15th anniversay of the...

Preview: New York Asian Film Festival Celebrates 15 Gonzo Years

Picture it: The early part of the 21st Century. Dial-up modems sing shrilly throughout our homes. Bush & Cheney plot and scheme like Batman villains. A young Canadian music and movie enthusiast starts a website to talk about the stuff...

Human Rights Watch 2016 Offers Powerful, Topical Films On Women's Rights, LGBT Issues, More

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, now in its 27th year, once again presents powerful, topical films encompassing a great number of burning political and social issues. The festival screens through June 19 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center...

Cannes 2016: Next's VR Programming Round Up + The Quest For Monetization

Like most major film festivals these days, Cannes has jumped into the exploration of VR programming as well. The market sidebar dubbed Next has been around for a while, but this year was expanded to a much more prominent location...

Seattle 2016 Preview: Twitch Picks 10 From A Mighty Program

Seattleites are blessed with one of the world's largest and best attended film festivals and it's time to turn our attention to the PacNW. Yes it's SIFF time again and although the festival officially kicked off last Thursday, don't you...

Cannes 2016 Preview: 5 Picks From The Sidebars

Cannes is already fully packed with travelers from around the film world and we wrap up our preview series today with a look at 5 films from the Directors Fortnight and Critics Week sections. Not an easy task but we...

Cannes 2016 Preview: 5 Picks Out Of Competition

We've already taken a quick glimpse at the Palme d'Or competition and the Un Certain Regard program. Today we pick just 5 films to highlight from the other Out of Competition programs including the high profile (and often big budget)...

Cannes 2016 Preview: 5 Un Certain Regard Picks

It's Cannes time again. Yesterday we attempted the difficult feat of naming only 5 Picks from the Palme d'Or Competition. Today we tackle the nearly impossible task of choosing just 5 from the Un Certain Regard program. They all sound...

Cannes 2016 Preview: 5 Picks From The Palme d'Or Competition

La Croisette will soon be alive with the tuxedos of the film industry's elite and the rumpled suits of foreign sales agents vying for that big money deal. But the handshakes and copious amounts of rosé are all a sideshow...

Panorama Europe 2016 Thrills, Challenges and Transports Viewers

Now in its eighth edition, Panorama Europe - screening from May 6 through May 22 at the Museum of the Moving Image and the Bohemian National Hall - has consistently proved itself to be an essential addition to New York...

Imagine 2016: What The Audiences Liked Best

Two weeks ago the Imagine Film Festival ended, and as usual it had provided me with a ridiculously high batting average: every film I saw there was either very good or excellent. It's a testament to the festival's rigorous programming,...

Tribeca 2016: VR Round-Up

Pretty much every film festival these days has a Virtual Reality component and it's always interesting to see how festivals handle the emerging platform differently. Sundance's New Frontier is on the forefront of VR exhibition but even that stalwart has...

Tribeca 2016: TAXI DRIVER At 40 - The Final Noir

Don't look now, but 2016 marks 40 years since the release of Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver ... and the end of film noir as audiences had come to know it. "There's No Escape" If you know Taxi Driver, you probably...

TIFF Kids 2016: The Kids Review THE BOY AND THE BEAST

TwitchFilm's tiniest film critics return to cover the TIFF Kids Film Festival, currently running from April 8 - 24th in Toronto, the children's arm of the Toronto International Film Festival group.     Willem (age 13) and Miranda (age 11) watch...

Tribeca 2016 Preview: Midnight, Spotlight, Viewpoints, & More

Tribeca 2016 officially kicked off last night but screenings really get down to business today. We've already taken a look at the US and International Narrative Competitions and the Documentaries playing across a few sections. Today we wrap up our...

Tribeca 2016 Preview: Documentaries

The Tribeca Film Fest has really carved a place out in the US festival landscape as one of the main homes for documentaries. This year's selection looks to be another strong program. Here are a few of the many docus...

Tribeca 2016 Preview: US & Int'l Narrative Comps

The Tribeca Film Festival kicks off its 2016 edition Wednesday and we've got a few previews for you throughout the week. We start things off with what is undoubtedly the most notable change to this year's festival. The good folks...