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IEFTA presents ‘Advice for Emerging Filmmakers from Developing Nations’ live streamed to Atlan Khalis Film Festival followers. The Atlan Khalis Film Festival is an independent film festival held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from 3-9 June. The international jury included a strong presence of industry leaders, including the IEFTA and this year selected national and international winners across four categories of short film. In addition to some forty plus film screenings, a range of masterclasses were delivered to participants. Bernadette Schramm Global Film Expression's Director, presented a Masterclass on the topic ‘Advice for Emerging Filmmakers from Developing Nations’ which was live streamed to followers of Atlan Khalis Film Festival helping to widen the reach of our message....

The IEFTA held a private cocktail reception to honour The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) at Plage 45 following the Refugee Voices in Film screening on Sunday May 13, 2018. Over 300 people joined together to celebrate the UNHCR team and talented filmmakers who stand #WithRefugees. 11 representatives from various UNHCR offices attended the events in Cannes to support the 3rd edition of Refugee Voices in Film at the Doc Corner of the Maché du Film and spread awareness of the UNHCR #withRefugees campaign. Among the UNHCR team was UNHCR France Representative Ralf Gruenert. Continue supporting us and our partners by signing the UNHCR #withRefugees petition to stand with refugees and urge decision makers to:  • Ensure every refugee child gets an education. • Ensure every refugee family has somewhere safe to live. • Ensure every refugee can work or learn new skills to support their families. The campaign will continue through 2018 until a global compact for refugees is reached. CLICK HERE to stand #withRefugees today.  ...

Film Screening & Panel Conference for Beyond the Raging Sea On Saturday 12 May 2018, the documentary film by Marco Orsini Beyond the Raging Sea, was screened to a large audience as a work-in-progress at the Cannes Film Festival. The documentary film is a collaboration between DHL, UNHCR, UNDP and IEFTA, and highlights the dangers refugees face when crossing open bodies of water for safety. With an overwhelming attendance the screening and was followed by lively debate and passionate opinions at the panel discussion. The panel consisted of the two leads of the film,Omar Samra and Omar Nour, plus Ralf Gruenert, the UNHCR Representative for France, Randa Aboul-Hosn, Country Director for the United Nations Development Program in Egypt and was moderated by journalist Sydney Levine. Special guest and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Nomzamo Mbatha who attended the screening commented -   “Resilience in a time of complete desperation. What an important, necessary and strong voice to shout to the world about refugees. This story is one for centuries to come.”   Currently in the ultimate stages of film production, Marco aims to use the screening to hone the final cut using audience feedback. ...

Witness the diverse use of film in addressing one of the most poignant global humanitarian crises of our time. IEFTA hosted the 3rd Edition of the Refugee Voices in Film series in partnership with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and Marché du Film. The program explored the power of refugee testimonials with a focus on the Rohingya crisis, Yemen, the Horn of Africa, and Syria. 11 UNHCR team members, including the UNHCR Representative of France, Ralf H.W. Gruenert and UNHCR Head of Video Unit, Michelle Hoffman, attended the festival to represent the program and initiative while answering audience questions related to the series. Other filmmakers that attended the event to represent their films included in the Refugee Voices in Film series included Charlotte Carroll (Red Crayon), Patrick Bodenham (Amina, My Sister) and Marco Bollinger (Safe Zone). Every seat in the Doc Corner screening room was filled by filmmakers and industry professionals interested in watching the films, meeting the UNHCR team and finding out more about the UNHCR’s #withRefugees program.  The Sunday screening of the program was followed by a private reception at Plage 45 to honour the UNHCR. Find out more here. ...

Call for Ethiopian Filmmakers to meet with International Film Professionals The International Emerging Talent Films Association (IEFTA) invites Ethiopian Filmmakers to apply for the chance to meet with Film Producers and Film Festival Directors from the United States and Europe. 12 Filmmakers will be selected to meet one-on-one with the professionals to discuss and receive advice on developing their current projects. Projects can be at any stage of development, from initial idea to post-production, and the projects can be short or feature length and either narrative or documentary. The meetings will take place in Addis Ababa between 15 – 17 December 2017. To apply please submit the following information via email to info@iefta.org by 20 November 2017: One-page project description featuring a log-line, a short synopsis, a long synopsis and the stage of project development One-page biography and CV All applications must be submitted in English. Applications received after 20 November will not be taken into consideration. Finalists will be contacted by 1 December 2017 by IEFTA and collaborating partner, ACTION, to provide more information about the professionals and the meeting schedule for the finalists.  ...

Filmmakers Pietro Novello, Lubna Sharmin, Md Abid Mallick, Tsengel Davaasambuu, and Mungunkhuu Distabazar are honored at the From Dhaka to Cannes: A Celebration of Talent hosted by the International Emerging Film Talent Association (IEFTA) at La Plage Royale on May 19, 2017 in Cannes, France. Photo by Kaidi Photography....

The Dhaka to Cannes initiative - the first ever of its kind - is launched in Bangladesh Organised by the International Film Initiative of Bangladesh (IFIB) in partnership with International Emerging Film Talent Association (IEFTA) the Dhaka to Cannes initiative is kicked off with the selection of three emerging Bangladeshi filmmakers: Lubna Sharmin, Kazi Mahadi Muntasir and Md Abid Mallick, who are chosen to attend Cannes Film Festival 2017 as a part of the opportunity, mentorship and workshop programme. Read more...

The association IEFTA, based in the Principality, promotes young directors from emerging countries in Cannes, and takes advantage of the Festival du Film to reflect on the issue of refugees....

The 2nd annual Refugee Voices in Film screenings with Doc Corner at this years Cannes Film Festival explored UNHCR's innovative approaches to refugee messaging, with a particular focus on the Mediterranean and mixed migration movements....

In a statement the International Emerging Talent Films Association (IEFTA) said it was “deeply saddened” by the French embassy's decision to reject visa to two Bangladeshis expected to join the Cannes Film Festival. The Marché du Film had approved participation of all three candidates of the International Film Initiative of Bangladesh (IFIB), but the French Embassy in Dhaka denied visas for the two male applicants, 'Malick' and 'Muntasir'. The third finalist, Lubna Sharmin, has been granted visa. IEFTA’s President Marco Orsini said the IEFTA is “committed to the success of IFIB in Bangladesh and will continue to support filmmakers from Bangladesh”. Read more ...

Dear IEFTA supporters, The Festival de Cannes is just around the corner. Mark your calendars and be sure to save these dates. IEFTA SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR THE 70th CANNES FILM FESTIVAL RSVP today to secure a place - lacey@iefta.org Click here to see the original newsletter....

Watersprite international student film festival returns to Cambridge The Cambridge Watersprite International Student Film Festival returns to the city this weekend with a host of screenings and special events. Back for its eighth year, the festival will showcase 25 student films shortlisted from over 350 productions encompassing 42 countries, including Myanmar, South Africa and Turkey. Read more...