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NY Portuguese Short Film Festival Brings Lisbon to Lincoln Center


Featuring the work of filmmakers from Portugal and Portuguese directors abroad, the NY Portuguese Short Film Festival (NYPSFF) will be running at Lincoln Center Howard Gilman Theater and the Tribeca Film Center May 30 - 31.

The first of its kind, the festival highlights the work of new and young Portuguese filmmakers. The Director of Arte Institute and the NY Portuguese Short Film Festival, Ana Ventura Miranda, says  that “The Portuguese Cinema has develop very much in the past years, especially  the short film format and that the NYPSFF showcases the new directors but also the country itself and its creativity”.

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The NY Portuguese Short Film Festival
May 30 - 31, 2018

Lincoln Center Howard Gilman Theater
144 West 65th St.

Tribeca Film Center
375 Greenwich St.
New York, NY 10013

Cannes Film Festival 2018: Global Greats of Cinema



It is not truly festival season until Cannes returns. Running May 8 to 19, the legendary Cannes Film Festival returns to the scenic French Riviera with the usual parade of cinematic glitz and pomp. The Un Certain Regard section of the fest this year is chaired by actor Benicio Del Toro, alongside a jury of 3 women and 2 men who will reveal the prizewinners on Friday 18 May, during the Closing Ceremony. The new film by Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa, Donbass, will be the Opening film, and will be screened on Wednesday 9 May in the Debussy Theatre.

The American Pavilion features “Industry In Focus” Series and “In Conversation” lectures with directors and producers on topics shot as short films at Cannes, how technology can affect the film industry, the power of genre films, and more. To learn more, go to:

The competition includes films such as Kore-Eda Hirokazu’s Shoplifters in which a family that survives through petty crime adopt a young girl abandoned in the cold. In David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake, Sam (Andrew Garfield) is a disenchanted 33-year old who discovers a mysterious woman, Sarah (Riley Keough), frolicking in his apartment's swimming pool. When she vanishes, Sam embarks on a surreal quest across Los Angeles. Legendary French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard brings Le Livre D’image (Picture Book), a mysterious film that wants to let you know that “war is here.”


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Cannes Film Festival
May 8 - 19, 2018


Fists Fly from New Filmmakers at the Anthology Film Archives

Greg Melia in Rishi Gandhi's Mr. Muay Thai Nation

Featuring the work of new and up-and-coming filmmakers, the New Filmmakers series at the Anthology Film Archives (32 2nd Ave, NY, NY) features a range of rising talent in cinema but on May 16, New Filmmakers will be showing a special program centered documentary and narrative shorts involving martial arts and boxing.

Rishi Gandhi’s Mr. Muay Thai Nation is a documentary following kickboxer Greg Melia of Westchester, and an intimate look into what drives a man to enter the ring again and again. Black N’ Blue, directed by Julius B. Kelly is about a Marine returning home from Afghanistan, struggling with PTSD, only to find a cop has profiled and killed one of his younger friends, leading to a grim confrontation. In Amydee, directed by Amy DePaola, A violent assault forces a 30 year-old bartender to re-examine her life and place in the world. In Red Sweat, directed by Andrew Merto, an underground fighter falls in love with a call girl who must escapes the clutches of sadistic crime lord. Not knowing who he can trust, he must fight for his and her life in hopes of escaping the consequences of his actions.

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New Filmmakers: Boxing & Martial Arts
May 16, 2018

Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003

Emerging International Film Talent at Cannes


The Monaco-based International Emerging Film Talent Association (IEFTA) returns to the Cannes Film Festival (May 8 - 19, 2018) with unique works of international cinema and initiatives to help filmmakers from around the world.

Focusing on the world’s developing regions, IEFTA’s Global Film Expression provides opportunity and education to budding filmmakers from countries such as Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Palestine, and Egypt. This is the eighth year of IEFTA’s GFE program to be presented in Cannes.

It is also the first year of IEFTA’s new partnership with the Princess Grace Foundation-USA to sponsor filmmaker, Heidi Saman’s latest work, The Armenian Club.

This year, IEFTA will be sponsoring three filmmakers in the Producers Network to encourage international co-productions and facilitate networking.

IEFTA will also present a documentary work-in-progress: Beyond The Raging Sea, which follows ttwo Egyptian athletes and adventurers, Omar Samra and Omar Nour (known as Team O2), as they take on the perilous 3,000 nautical mile journey from the Canary Islands to Antigua. The screening and a panel will be Saturday, May 12 at 12:00 in Palais K in the Palais des Festivals.

IEFTA presents screening of the 3rd Edition of UNHCR’s Annual Refugee Voices in Film, in collaboration with the Marché du Film and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Refugee Voices in Film addresses humanitarian crises through film, with a focus on the Rohingya crisis, Yemen, and Syria. Refugee Voices in Film screens on Friday, 11 May and Sunday, 13 May from 14:00-15:30, in the ‘Doc Corner’ of the Marché du Film in the Riviera.

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