Tag: filmfestival

Australia Korean Fest 2021: End of Lockdown Brings Major Genre-fuelled Hallyu Wave

Assuming COVID lock-down ends in Australia (good luck Sydney), the long-standing always quality Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) may provide some excellent in-cinema viewing in Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane this September. Assuming of course that lock-down actually ends, as...

Popcorn Frights 2021: Supernatural Thriller THE NIGHT HOUSE Leads First Wave

This week, the grandparent of all film festivals, namely, the Cannes Film Festival, is unfolding in France. We have a great interest because many genre titles are unveiled there, along with many business deals. And the stars who show up...

Popcorn Frights 2021: In-Person Horror Returning in Florida

As challenging as it is, has been, and will be for major film festivals in the pandemic era, it's even more challenging for all the genre-focused film festivals around the world. We salute you! The scrappy Popcorn Frights Film Festival...

Neuchâtel 2021: Festival Outlines Its New Hybrid Ecosystem

As the global pandemic continues to persist in varying degrees this year, film festivals around the world are also faced with a daunting challenge: how do you plan an event that will be able to cope with limitations that are...

JFF Australia 2020: Film Festival Goes Free, Online And Through Time

From time travel tales to enchanting animated adventure, the Japanese Film Festival returns 4th – 13th December with JFF Plus: Online Festival, a free streamed event that features a thoughtful curated program of Japanese cinema through the years. The 2020...

Melbourne 2020: Australia-Wide Digital Showcase Infuses Streaming

The impact of Coronavirus left little doubt the annual slate of festivals that kept every type of cinema across metropolitan Melbourne engaged would be severely impacted this year. Thankfully we adapt, and as streaming, and the proliferation of media available,...

Calgary Underground Film Fest 2020: Online-Up and Drive-In Edition June 22-28

As a film festival enthusiast, and a fan of independent genre cinema, you are no doubt by now familiar with the 2020 film festival circuit moving to an online format due to gather restrictions and health and safety measures all...

Japan Cuts 2020: Festival Going Virtual, SPECIAL ACTORS Opening

Film festivals large and small have been faced with the same challenge in this, the year of the pandemic: delay, cancel, or go virtual? Based in New York City, and beloved home to North America's largest annual program of contemporary...

Trieste 2019: Brian Yuzna, Phil Tippett in Person to Watch Science + Fiction Films in Italy

For we poor souls who are not in Italy right now, attending the 19th edition of Trieste Science + Fiction Festival, it all sounds like a fantasy out of genre-film heaven.

L'Etrange 2019 Review: TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG, an Entertaining Farcical Yarn

Based on the fictional Peter Carey novel of the same name, True History of the Kelly Gang is a far-flung reimagining and mythologising of the legacy of the armoured clad outlaw. Although the film is less affecting as a result...

L'Etrange 2019: Celebrating Rosto With RERUNS, Plus So Much More

The French film festival is presenting a lovely array of the weird and wonderful.

Melbourne 2019 Review: MATTHIAS ET MAXIME, Xavier Dolan's Intimate Epic

French-Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan (there is no other word to describe him) has had a busy year. He has two films releasing in 2019, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan with a top-billed cast, and this far more...

Japan Cuts 2019 Interview: DEMOLITION GIRL Director Matsugami Genta, Star Kitai Aya Talk Teenage Crushing

Demolition Girl places a coming-of-age story against the backdrop of the sketchy world of fetish videos.  At Japan Cuts 2019, LMD had an exclusive chat with director Matsugami Genta and actress Kitai Aya, who has a standout performance as the...

Japan Cuts 2019 Preview: Dance the Summer Away With Great New Films

"New York, New York, a helluva town!" So declare the lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, set to music by Leonard Bernstein, in On the Town (1944), and it applies equally well today to the city that will host...

Arrow Video FrightFest Announces 20th Year Line-up

Big, bold, horror, fantasy, Dario Argento. What's not to love about the 20th year line-up of Arrow Video FrightFest? Sure, there are higher-profile titles that will open in the U.S. this year, including Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark...

Popcorn Frights 2019: Second Wave Aims to Scare Florida in August

It's hot. It's sticky. And it promises to scare. Yes, it's this year's edition of the Popcorn Frights Film Festival, which is headed to Florida in August with a full head of frightening steam. The second wave of titles has...

Fantasia 2019: Final Wave of Films and Events Includes SADAKO, VIVARIUM, Joe Bob Briggs, And More!

We are less than a month away from the Fantasia International Film Festival and the full lineup of this year's edition has just been announced. The festival has been reaching out to all corners or the world and international genre...

Melbourne 2019: Premiere Funded Australian Films Break Records

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is changing hands this year. No longer will long-standing Artistic Director Michelle Carey be steering the ship (into Francophile waters), instead Al Cossar (former festival programmer) presents a no-doubt well curated program with,...

Edinburgh 2019: Once Upon a Time in Spain

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019 (19 - 30 June) will include a special focus on Spanish cinema, featuring a retrospective celebration of modern Spanish cinema, an in-depth look at the work of acclaimed filmmaker Icíar Bollaín, and topped off with...

Night Visions 2019: Springtime for Horror in Finland

Our friends in Finland have prepared a springtime feast that promises to be quite horrible. And that's a good thing! Night Visions is the name of the festival, and it describes itself as "the biggest festival in Scandinavia focusing on...