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the DIRECTOR & KEY CAST MEMBERS of ‘the usuke boys’ talk about their award-winning film on pages 2 - 7

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THE USUKE BOYS The director & key cast members of this unique film talk about the world of wine.

An interview with DIRECTOR YUJI KAZIZAKI FTM: First, I want to say congratulations on such a great film. The style, the music the scenery the dialogue and the message all worked so well. The film is about the process of wine making and making the ideal wine. Can you compare this to the process of filmmaking? YK: When making wine, first you select the plot of land in the beginning. In film terms, it is the same as searching for an original work or story. Then, you decide what grapes to grow. That’s the same as deciding what kind of actors to cast. As for distillation with the harvested grapes, it is the same as the editing and directing process. Finally, the finished wine or film is just like a single ‘work’. FTM: What fascinated you about Japanese wine and the Usuke Boys?


YK: In Japan, the soil where wine is grown is different to that of Europe, American and South America. In Japan the humidity is heavy, it rains a lot in summer, and the soil is said to be very hard to cultivate wine grapes. Some ten years ago, the megatrend in Japanese wine was importing fruit juice from overseas, adding water and fermenting this into wine. For the most part, Japanese wine lovers drank imported wine. But then, a man Usuke Asai burst on the scene saying that the land that every one thought was not suited for grape cultivation might not be the case. The performance of soil is known as terrior. Asai’s belief was that ‘terrior’ is defined by not only the land but by the people who cultivate it. Clinging to these words and believing these words, a young group of Japanese is making today’s wines. Of course, while the environment in Japan is much more harsh compared to places like France, Italy and Spain, with passion and sincerity, they were able to create wonderful wine that is not embarrassing on a world stage.

FTM: You used familiar actors that you have used before in this film. How did you go about casting the other characters especially the character of Okamura? YK: Dai Watanabe, who plays the role of Okamura, is the son of Ken Watanabe. Actually, over thirty years ago, I co-starred with him and have respected him as an actor since then. When I met his son Dai, I sensed he was a wonderful actor in the power in his eyes and his overall presence, which was not outdone by his father. I was convinced that if it was him, he could play this role well and make it his own so I asked him to appear as the lead. FTM: When shooting this film, what scene sticks out most in your mind? YK: In the film, since we filmed in actual fields and actual buildings and in the real wine environment, every scene leaves a deep impression. If I have to select a theme, what was most memorable for me was being able to incorporate the ideology of wind, forest, fire and mountains, which existed 450 years ago in Japan into the scenes. FTM: As a director, what is the thing you most wanted to tell the audience of this film and why did you think about making this story into a movie?


YK: While I am Japanese and this is a work is a Japanese film, when I was making the film with people from around the world I felt that we people of the world are not divided by race or nationality, as wine is something that is produced and drunk around the world. As for the merits of the film, there are many. The culture of wine in Europe, which attained greatness, was adopted in Japan and enjoying wine is the same as enjoying Western culture. On the contrary, in Japan a breed of grapes called Koshu exist and these Koshu existed some 1000 years ago in Japan. Using their special skills, now, Japan is successful at producing wine even though it was said to be almost impossible. Japanese people have certain greatness in their techniques and passion as well. This is our identity and proof that we have become a part of Western culture. Instead of quarreling that our culture is different, I feel it is better to say that we are one culture that have shared and interchanged or it is most important that we appreciate each other. To European audiences, wine may not equal Japan in their minds. And that is the biggest reason for making this film. I hope that you all will enjoy Japanese wine.



an interview with a c t o r D A I W ATA N A B E FTM: When you saw the script, did it excite you to be part of such a beautiful story? DW: About 14 years ago when I reached the age where I was able to enjoy drinking, there was little opportunity to drink Japanese made wine and restaurants and bars hardly carried it either. That awareness had not changed since being involved in this film. I never thought there were people creating wine in Japan on a worldwide level. But after reading the script, my conceptions were flipped upside down. I thought what a waste if this wonderful story is not told and wanted to get shooting. FTM: Your character was great and showed true dedication in educating himself and understanding the process of making wine. Can you relate this to film and being a better actor? DW: Before shooting, I spent time in the fields with the character that Okamura is based on. I studied how he dealt with nature, the fields, the grapes and wine. He was a very silent person and did not say much. I felt and learned to appreciate the strength in his stillness, as he stood silent in the fields. In order to put what I felt in the fields into this film, I think he totally influenced me. I also learned a great deal about lots of wine from director Kakizaki who made this film. I was able to drink and gain knowledge. Instead of being a good actor in this film, I become a good brewer.

FTM: Did you find yourself more intrigued about the wine making process as the filming went on? DW: Since participating in this film, I was able to fully learn the depth of wine. At the same time, I fully realized the pain in making wine. Maybe just drinking wine suits my personality better (laughing). But if the opportunity arises, my hope is to make wine and drink it myself.

FTM: At the start of the film everyone is in a wine club. Have you ever been part of any clubs yourself? DW: Until the filming, I had not been a big drinker. But thanks to the film, my co-stars in The Usuke Boys have frequently enjoyed drinking wine together. Also, now, the overall degree of recognition for Japanese wine has risen but it is still not there. When I drink with other people, I recommend Japanese wine and hope to contribute a bit to the spread of its popularity. I’d like to establish a wine club and be the presenter to help the spread of Japanese wine.




An interview with A C T O R M A S AY U K I D E A I FTM: When you saw the script, did it excite you to be part of such a beautiful story? MD: I wanted to be a part of this film and studied to do so. When I got the offer from director Kakizaki and received the script, I was engulfed by an indescribable desire. At the same time, this was the first time to be in a film with wine as the theme. The pressure germinated inside me to play the actual people who have built up Japanese wine culture and are active today. FTM: You always bring great emotion to the roles you play, how did you prepare for this one? MD: I asked director Kakizaki about what I didn’t understand. The director made it possible for me to meet the person that my role was based on. I was able to see that person at work tending his fields and making wine in his distillery. I talked to him for a long time. What he said and thought influenced me in playing the role. I told the director how I wanted to play the role and played it.


FTM: Did you ever have days on set where you felt that you had drunk too much or were you always in control? MD: Basically, I’m not the type of person who can drink enough to lose self-control. Actually, I was never able to drink much. But when I heard from director Kakizaki before that he might depict a film about wine, I started drinking wine to prepare. And now, I enjoy drinking wine alone in my home. FTM: At the start of the film everyone is in a wine club. Have you ever been part of any clubs yourself? MD: I have never been a member. During filming and after filming, the director created the chance for us to enjoy wine. Among the actors, the chance to enjoy wine together has increased too. Each day after filming, I’d return to the hotel, buy some wine and drink it with everyone. Since wrapping the picture and returning to Tokyo, I have gathered at my house and the homes of fellow actors bringing wine and drinking together. Wine connects people and actors together and in that sense this is a wonderful film.





An interview with ACTRESS YUKA TAKESHIMA FTM: When you saw the script, did it excite you to be part of such a beautiful story? YT: Yes, I was very excited. Before appearing in this film, I did not know much about Japanese wine. My image of Japanese wine was that it was drunk by only a handful of people who were very status-conscious. From common sense about the world, Japan is not a wine country. I was seriously shocked to learn that Japanese people existed who were risking their livelihoods to create wine on a worldwide level. I was deeply moved to be able to present the lives of these people to the world in this film. FTM: In the film your character feels ‘used’ when she is seen as just an employee, this scene has a lot of emotion, how did you prepare for this? YT: My character is modeled after an actual person. Since this person actually experienced the same thing, before filming, I met the person and heard about various things. The husband of the person that I played said that at the time he thought she would never recover from the experience and was completely devastated. In some sense, this is still a trauma in her life and when I learned that, I wanted to help her overcome her trauma via my performance in the role. I was unable to fully recall the conversation we had at the time, but after going to their home, meeting them and having meals together as well as making wine, going to the fields and sharing as much time as possible, I was able to create my character based on our conversations, her thoughts towards wine and her pride in the world she had done. FTM: Did you find yourself more intrigued about the wine making process as the filming went on? YT: I became very interested. I think the process of winemaking and being an actor in the business is very similar. In preparing for the role, I thought that in this film each actor was like a grape. And when mixed together and fermented the wine that is made in the end… this fresh wine can be enjoyed and after ten or twenty years this wine and the film itself can be enjoyed. In the same way that wine is made, I feel that I am alive as part of it. I totally agree with the idea that creating a good work or good wine is the same. From here on out, I wonder what kind of wine the woman that my character is based on will create. I’d like to keep my eye on her for a long time. As for my thoughts on wine, I’d like to keep studying and keep drinking and hope to share my life with wine. FTM: At the start of the film everyone is in a wine club. Have you ever been part of any clubs yourself? YT: No, I had not been in one. But the director got to know Japanese wine about three years ago. I was there at the time as well and started to have an interest in Japanese wine. The director and other friends as well started to drink wine on a daily basis. Since then I have tasted all kinds of wine.





An interview with ACTRESS TSUKASA ITOH

work and carefully cultivated their wine as if they were raising children. In the end, it really piqued my interest in making wine.

FTM: When you saw the script, did it excite you to be part of such a beautiful story?

FTM: Your role was the daughter of Usuke Asai, an actual pioneer of a Japanese wine. Did you pay special attention in preparing for this role?

TI: I was surprised and moved that these kind of people where in Japan and felt so strongly about wine. Generally, we had never seen the process for making wine and did not know much about it. Normally, I had only had the pleasure of drinking this delicious wine. The biggest appeal for me was to learn the backstory into how this wine is made.

TI: Since I was unable to actually meet the person that my role is based one, I had to imagine what she was like. I imagined that her family must get along well and that she must have praised and supported her father in his life long devotion to his work and played the role accordingly. FTM: When watching this movie, what scene impresses you the most?

FTM: Did you find yourself more intrigued about the wine making process as the filming went on?

TI: It is very hard to come up with just one, but if I have to then it would be when Dai Watanabe playing the role of Okamura is successful in cultivating wine grapes. In this scene he is rewarded for his hardships, so I think as a human we can appreciate this to a great extent.

TI: I didn’t get to go see the fermentation, but I heard from the other actors, read books about it and thought, “I see so this is how wine is made”. I learned quite well that all the brewers poured their hearts into their





THE USUKE BOYS - THE STORY A story about the Japanese winemaking industry, the film is based on the award-winning non-fiction book, Usuke Boys: Nippon Wine no Kakumei Ko-tachi by Kaori Kawai, that was published in 2010. The Usuke Boys follows the efforts of people trying to make high quality wine in Japan. Okamura (Dai Watanabe), Shiroyama (Masayuki Deai), Kamimura (Yuka Takeshima), Takayama (Kenta Uchino) and Itoh (Satoshi Judai) meet regularly at a group for wine experts, where they enjoy sampling wines from all over the world. When they encounter one of the world’s best wines, the Kikyogahara Merlot, produced in Japan by Usuke Asai (Isao Hashizume), they realise that Japanese grapes are just as flavoursome as those from Europe.


So full of admiration are they for this inspirational winemaker and his wonderful Merlot, they decide to change their lives. Okamura quits his job and plans to make wine by renting some land to raise grapes with the help of Itoh and Uemera and other college classmates. Meanwhile, Shiroyama starts cultivating wine grapes at a fruit grape farm owned by his wife’s family. And taking over his family winery, Takayama overcomes his parent’s objection to him raising wine grapes. Under Asia’s guidance, as these winemakers implement his methods, they start to make great wine.




Run Time: 102 Mins



LIVING MY ILLUSION episode 1, the truth hurts Created by Joel & Timea Van der Molen and Tony Jeton Selimi


A Documentary Series following the midlife transformations of Joel Van der Molen with life coaching and teachings of the acclaimed International Best Seller and world’s leading authority in human behaviour, Tony J. Selimi. Nearly every decision that people make is out of fear and based on what other people will think of them. Consciously and unconsciously lying to themselves and others on a daily basis, labelling and judging themselves, and comparing their situation to others. We are born into a fast-paced, technological advancing, and demanding world, that influences every aspect of our lives. We go

in search of the dreams we are told to go in search of without questioning; buying the house, the car, getting married, having children, and getting a dog or a cat to complete the illusion. We end up living other people’s values and their expectations of us, whether they are our parents, friends, society, culture or religion. We reach milestones in life but remain unfulfilled. As a result, billions of people are suffering in silence, afraid of speaking and honouring their truth for the fear of what society will think of them. They remain in jobs they are not interested in, stay in unfulfilled relationships, and end up physically ill, or in the worst case scenarios, commit suicide. The typical midlife crisis age is 43 for men, and 44 for women. The suicide rate in the UK has increased by 40% since 2008 and 80% of this is men. That’s good people giving up


in believing that things will get better for them, too modest to seek help for fear of criticism, unable to share personal struggles with anyone, including those closest to them. Men are taught not to share emotions, but to be macho and be a man, don’t cry like a girl. Living in a Facebook/Instagram and Fake News world comparing their success to others, many create high expectations, leading to depression and loneliness. Living My Illusion inspires people globally to break the silence that entraps their soul and take action before it’s too late. We follow Joel’s journey through midlife crisis, and how he has built the perfect life. Anyone looking in through the kitchen window would think he’s ‘made it’; A successful businessman, husband and father. However, what one perceives as the perfect life masks an inner pain.



about tony j. selimi Tony J. Selimi is one of the few people in the world who has become a masterful teacher, seeing through people’s disempowered states, emotions and beliefs to acknowledge what stands between them and the inner peace they desire. He serves as a perfect mirror to Joel, and his job holds the huge responsibility of helping him at the deepest levels to confront, challenge and transform the parts of his being that are not aligned to his true authentic self. The way Tony communicates with direct honest, home-hitting truths to Joel makes the audience sit up in agreement and watch fixated on what he will say next. Joel’s daring to speak his truth without fear leaves the audiences gasping for breath. Because of the remarkable teachings and monumental realisations, Joel and his wife Timea gained the strength and inspiration to be willing to share very real, gut-wrenching and depressing experiences with honest candid detail for the viewer to acknowledge and see the suppressed truth in their own lives. In this revealing documentary we see personal battles with inner truth, and through each episode learn the resulting effects that our choices and decisions have on the way we live our lives. The transformation that is documented with Joel gives inspiration to others, that it is possible to fulfil your dreams, if you are willing to sacrifice your greatest illusion.


Nice Film Market screening: 10th May

Nice Film Festival screening: 15th May

Nice Film Festival screening: 17th May

Screening at the Nice Film Market on the 10th May at 19:30, followed by Q&A with creators Joel Van der Molen and Tony J. Selimi.

Screening at the Nice Film Festival on the 15th May at 18:00, followed by Q&A with Creators Joel Van der Molen and Tony J. Selimi.

Screening at the Nice Film Festival on the 17th May at 19:30, followed by Q&A with Creators Joel & Timea Van der Molen and Tony J. Selimi, with an audience after party at 20:30 including Drinks & Canapes and interviews.






Inspiring Personal Vision


Thriving Film Business

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“Tony teaches you how to overcome adversity, empower all of the eight key areas of life, and live a more balanced, healthy and peaceful life.” JACK CANFIELD, AMERICA'S #1 SUCCESS COACH

LEARN HOW TO PITCH YOUR FILM, INCREASE YOUR PROFITS AND UNLEASH YOUR GREATNESS WITH TONY J. SELIMI'S: Game-changing consultations for leaders, business owners, filmmakers, distributors, actors & musicians. Keynote speeches for your film festival, award ceremonies, corporate events, lunch or evening functions. Vital Planning for Elevated Living Five-Day Life Optimising, Wealth & Business Accelerating Workshop. Custom made training, workshops and seminars addressing specific film business needs & objectives. Integrated and holistic personal, professional, relationship coaching and business growth mentoring. Tony J. Selimi is an award-winning filmmaker, speaker, cognition specialist and an internationally recognized leader in personal development and peak performance strategies. For over 20 years, he has been teaching entrepreneurs, filmmakers, educators, corporate leaders, and people from all walks of life how to create the life they desire and maximise their power, potential and everevolving purpose in life. His award-winning and #1 Amazon bestselling books A Path to Wisdom, #Loneliness and Fit for Purpose Leadership have impacted the lives of millions of people. Organisations seek his help to teach them how to mindfully engage, empower and increase their leaders and teams efficiency and wellbeing. Appearances on over 200 Radio and TV stations across the world include interviews by Ian PelhamTurner, an award-winning Royal Commentator, Jack Canfield and Brian Tracy for SKY, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and their affiliates reaching over 50 million viewers, listeners and readers worldwide. His vision in life is to inspire decisive action in the lives of one billion people by 2030. For further information, please visit https://tonyselimi.com or to book send an e-mail to info@tonyselimi.com






events are in as much danger of indulging in caricature and ham-handed dialogue as anything from the realm of pure fiction. Three decades is what it took for Tony to go from living homeless, to becoming a multiaward-winning filmmaker in Hollywood.

Tony Jeton Selimi spent over two decades working in business private and public sectors, managing large teams and leading multi-million-pound technology programs before pursuing his calling to travel the world, teach, educate and transform the lives of one billion people. I met up with Tony in London to find out how someone born in the remote town of Gostivar, Macedonia makes it to Hollywood.

As a child, Tony was an ordinary boy who loved to dream about being a doctor, a scientist, an engineer, a writer and captain of a spaceship. He was born into a hard-working family whose main objective was to ensure he got the best education. Unbeknown to his family, at the age of five he was sexually abused, causing emotional and mental troublings, and due to illness at the age of ten he almost died. Throughout his primary and secondary education, he was bullied for being different and not conforming to the societal norms that promoted inequality and demonised sexuality. To free himself from the pain he felt deep inside, he drove himself to study and become one of the best students in every school he attended. Tony received various achievement awards in science, physics and maths, and in 1998 he earned a place to study at one of the top engineering universities in Zagreb, Croatia. This happiness was short-lived, as in the summer of 1989 the Yugoslav civil war fell upon his country and he was forced to join the army and fight his own people. Miraculously his life was saved in 1990 when his mother put him on a one-way flight to London. Adrift, after being faced with such trauma, he found himself homeless and alone, desperate and helpless with no one to turn to for help. He would stare in the mirror at the person trying to heal his excruciating pain, and educated himself to climb the corporate ladder, and fill the voids he felt inside.

prospect of living homeless again, he took time to re-assess, reflect and decided to make a bold move and start his own business. Looking back, he realized that every misfortune was a stepping stone to bring him joy, wisdom, connection, courage and certainty following his troubled upbringing. He knew that it was time to write a life manual, that as a child, he used to dream about. Using everything he had learnt, he extracted a robust conscious framework for overcoming personal challenges, healing the body-mind and awakening one’s true greatness. In April 2014, ‘A Path to Wisdom – How to live a Balanced, Healthy and Peaceful Life’ was born. This book became an International Bestseller, winning multiple awards, and put him on a life trajectory that fulfilled his childhood dreams to travel the world educating and guiding others to achieve greater levels of self-mastery, achievement and fulfilment. At one of his private talks at Inspired Stage in Mayfair, London, he crossed paths with Joel Van der Molen, who after hearing him on stage, intuitively decided to hire him as his business coach. After just a few months of working with Tony, Joel’s wife Timea began the programme to address personal challenges. Being inspired by the transformational breakthroughs that Joel and Timea experienced in their private and business life, they wanted to tell the world about Tony, his books, the wisdom they encountered and the teachings of his TJSeMethod: ALARM™.

This “pain”, as Tony recalls, drove him to overcome a multitude of mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, relationship, social, career and financial barriers. Studying many life disciplines and the lives of the well-afforded, he successfully climbed the corporate ladder which became his saviour.

The idea to create Living My Illusion, a documentary series to share the experience and teachings with the world began. Since its completion, Living My Illusion has won many major Film and Documentary awards, and it plays a key role in the dissemination of Tony’s groundbreaking teachings for the benefit of mankind.

He bought his first property, and just when he thought his life was finally on track, in 2009 another adversity hit. He was made redundant from a job he loved. Facing the

For many of us, Tony’s journey through the most challenging of circumstances is also a reminder that the depiction of real-life


Travelling around the world he started to notice how lonely people are. He felt a calling to write his second book, ‘#Loneliness – The Virus of the Modern Age’, as a global call for people to redefine themselves amidst adversity. In each chapter you will find many reasons why people are lonely and how loneliness affects our mental, emotional and physical health, our social life, relationships, wealth and business building development. As an international speaker he has taken the stage at The United Nations, TEDx, and The London Business Show to name a few. Tony has been featured in many global magazines and appeared on over 200 TV and Radio stations across the world including interviews with Ian Pelham-Turner, an award-winning Royal Photographer and Commentator, Jack Canfield, the co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul, and the legendary Brian Tracy for ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and their affiliates reaching over 50 million viewers, listeners and readers worldwide. As a business consultant, Filmmaker and Mentor, Tony provides answers to questions and gives practical solutions to life’s challenges with his one-to-one consultations, corporate training programmes, his Vital Planning for Elevated Living retreats, and through regular contributions to diverse media outlets, TV programmes, podcasts, Udemy online courses and downloads of his TJS Evolutionary Meditation Solutions™. If you are a Filmmaker, Actor, Director, Musician or a Business owner looking to take your life to a whole new level, then do not miss Tony’s exclusive talk at The Nice International Film Festival on Saturday May 18th at 12.00 in Screening Room 1, “Turn your Filmmaking Struggles into a Roadmap for Wealth”. Tony is well known for leaving people feeling elevated, inspired and with a sense of inner peace. To learn how Tony’s integrated solutions can help you accelerate your personal and business life, and his timely, important work that supports the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, visit https://tonyselimi.com. To your success, Anila Gremi, Award-winning Journalist and Radio Presenter. Documentary


Run Time: 45 Mins





WIND OF SUNSET Written, directed & edited by Hideki Oshima


Mutsu lives in the village located in Nishi-noKuni. He is the flutist and usually can play the flute very well. However, he can not play it these days… One day, he had a dream. In the darkness of his dream, he met an old guy and he gradually understood the true meaning of ‘play the flute’.



We created this movie based on Japanese mythology, dream, the human mind, and memories that we can’t see through our eyes. This film was made to remind of us of these elements using the style of ‘fiction’. We used to live with nature, protect it and was pleased by its existence. What do you think of this modern materialistic world? We should stop and look around at our surroundings. It is time to face ‘wealth’ and ‘truth’.




Run Time: 20 Mins



NO NEWS Written & directed by Miguel Berzal de Miguel

Sin novedad (No News) is a 2017 Spanish psychological and social drama film. It’s the debut feature of Spanish writer and director Miguel Berzal de Miguel (1991). The film, starring Silvia Espigado, was premiered at Alicante International Film Festival in 2018.


Lola (Silvia Espigado) lives alone with her son, Jorge (Ignacio Jiméne Lz), near to an industrial estate in Madrid. She works a lot of hours for a stingy and strict boss (Gonzalo de Castro) in a storage company. One night, Jorge confesses to his mother that he has begun to keep in touch with his father, Marcos (Fernando Guillén Cuervo), who abandoned them a long time ago.



No News got 19 candidatures for the 2019 Goya Awards and 7 selections (including ‘Best Film’) at the prestigious 2019 Forqué Film Awards. It has also received great critical reviews at national and international film festivals and from film critics in Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, United Kingdom, Iceland, Austria, Malta, Netherlands, Chile and the USA. Comments include: “A raw film”; “A great film with a great cast of actors and intriguing storyline”; “Such a thrilling ride and powerful performances”; “Deep and thought provoking film”; “Fresh and innovative with a gripping storyline”; and “Excellent acting and art direction”. In addition, AISGE, a very important cultural Spanish media said about No News: “The independent cinema of 2018 in Spain can boast of a new jewel. A personal and shocking drama. Spectacular Silvia Espigado.”


The original music was composed by Javier Berzal de Miguel (1995), the younger brother of the director. Javier has been candidate for ‘Best Original Music’ at the Goya Awards, and he has also won ‘Best Original Score’ at the London Independent Film Awards 2019 and at the Oklahoma Cine Latino Film Festival 2019 in the USA.


Other awards include: ‘Best Director: Miguel Berzal de Miguel’ at the Mediterranean Film Festival 2019 in Italy; ‘Best Actor: Fernando Guillén Cuerv’ at the London Independent Film Awards 2019, ‘Best Director: Miguel Berzal de Miguel’ at the Around International Film Festival 2019 in Paris; Monthly winner of ‘Best Director: Miguel Berzal de Miguel’, ‘Best Actress: Silvia Espigado’, ‘Best Supporting Actor: Fernando Guillén Cuervo’, ‘Best Scenography: María Jesús de Miguel’ and ‘Best Make-Up: María Jesús de Miguel’ at the Oniros Film Awards 2019 in Italy.




Run Time: 70 Mins


the drifting post Directed by Kento Shimizu This is a true story that took place in a devastated area. Having lost her friend Kyoko in the Great Tohoku (East Japan) Earthquake, Nozomi lives her life, but in her heart she still can’t come to terms with her friend’s death. One day, Nozomi finds a time capsule they both buried when they were students that contains letters that were written to their future selves. It brings back Nozomi’s beautiful memories and the guilt over an irreparable mistake that she still regrets. As she thinks about the past, she finds out about ‘The Drifting Post’, a mailbox that receives letters containing undelivered words and feelings to those who died in the earthquake.


To move on from her past, Nozomi decides to deliver a letter to Kyoko and sets out for ‘The Drifting Post’, built in the mountain side in Yamagata Prefecture. There are around 500 letters delivered to ‘The Drifting Post’, all of them written by people who have lost an important person in the disaster and are still seeking to be healed. It is thought that writing these letters can ease people’s sorrow and help them to face their future.

through the post. I then used their true story to make my film. All the letters that appeared in the film are real letters. Through them, I was able to emphasise the true extent of what happened in the disaster.

From my own experiences, I was worried about the memories of the disaster fading away. When I worked as an assistant, I knew of ‘The Drifting Post’, so I contacted to Mr. Akagawa who holds the post. I wanted to make the movie that could not only ease people’s sorrow but stop memories fading away. It was this motivation that inspired me to make this movie. I did a lot of interviews with people who visit ‘The Drifting Post’ and send letters

Through focusing on people who were injured by the disaster, we learn that our daily lives are precious and yet people don’t seem to mind how fragile it is. Therefore, it is difficult for people to accept the reality when their important person loses their precious life.

When I conducted interviews with the people who wrote the letters, all the actors joined us so they could face the reality and make full use of the humanity they were witness to.

However, finally, there will come a time when they accept everything, when they need to live their lives because of this loss of life, time and themselves.




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AIM POINT Directed by Keishi Suenaga


Subaru Moritani is a cop who is chasing down the criminal who killed her father, when he was also a cop. Ten years after his death, Subaru waits for her best friend, Nanayo Ohmori at the bar that his father’s former buddy Kenzo Deme opened after his retirement. Subaru and the other two are supposed to spend a peaceful and relaxing night, however, Nanayo has something else in mind...

abOUT THE director

Keishi Suenaga is Japanese Independent Film Director/Producer/Writer. Born in 1976, after working in a record store following graduation from high school, Keishi worked in South Korea from 2000 to 2003, and worked in China from 2003 to 2006, before moving back to Japan in 2007. While working at Japan Post in 2011, he established Starsea Films Production, an independent movie production group. He is responsible for producing, directing, scripts, and editing. Aim Point was completed in June 2018.


Tadareru/Becomes Sore (2014/Short Film) (www.youtube.com/watch?v=zprhYOrbs2Q) Inherit The Stars: The Director’s Cut (2016/Feature Film) (www. youtube.comwatch?v=wNHwPAkPj0I) Till the End of the World (2016/Short Film) (www. youtube/QpvSpMZhKrs) Cold Feet (2017/Short Film) (www. facebook.com/tsumetaiyukacoldfeet) Aim Point (2018/Short Film) (https://youtu.be/kdCpCgH8YFI)




human relationships developed during the harsh times of war and how they changed even the purest souls forever, leaving wounds not only in the flesh but above all, in the mind.

Written by Agnese Pagliarani

Now someone may ask, “how is this script different compared to other biopics and war movies?” The answer is that firstly, there aren’t many movies that address this part of WW2 in Europe: The Italian Campaign has been overlooked in the worldwide cinema and there are few movies about it – the last one possibly being Miracle at St. Anna by Spike Lee, in 2008.

AND BACK In the dictionary, the word hero is described as ‘a person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities’. Our world, since humans took over, has billions of heroes in its story. Generals who conquered lands, kings who expanded their empires, but also simple men who fought giving it all they had for their country. This script is based on this last case.

Drama//Film Noir/LGBTQ

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War Drama

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Secondly, the movie focuses on the humanity of the characters instead of battles and the war itself. It treats this topic with sensivity and dignity, without avoiding in any way gory scenes, staging the horror of the war in the most realistic way.


To Hell and Back is based on Audie Murphy’s biography, about his experience during the campaigns of Italy and Southern France. Even though he was rejected from some corps, once in the army he proved himself and the rest of his squad, a valuable fighter and commander, becoming at the end of the war ‘the most decorated soldier of WW2’. While the book was already made into a movie in the 1950s, the script adaptation I made is not only about him, but about his comrades and friends. It’s also about how


Ultimately, the goal of the film was not to glorify the main characters or condemn the ‘villains’ of the story – not even to make military propaganda – my purpose was to make a faithful adaptation of a book I loved, giving space to all the characters in it, all the while keeping in mind that some of them were real people who died. Apart from the book, my inspirations are Apocalypse Now, Band of Brothers and in some sense, even The Avengers saga.




rosa and the black tulip Adapted script by Gena Ellis

A humble prison-keeper’s daughter falls in love with a falsely imprisoned war hero, while helping him secretly grow the impossible black tulip in 17th century Holland, and she saves them all, and herself, in this witty, romantic drama. She dared to grow the impossible! A great tagline, then and today. While Alexandre Dumas’ novel, The Black Tulip, starts with the historical lynching of the De Witt brothers and the fictional prize money offered by the Haarlem Botanical Society for the black tulip, with film’s linear style, Rosa not only shares the stage with the tulip but towers over it. I wrote original scenes with Rosa on page one, giving a glimpse of what she truly has at stake as a woman- Rosa’s ‘me too’ moment. True to Dumas’, Rosa deals with themes of greed, corruption, desire and obsession wrapped around a single flower’s stem. From Rosa and Cornelius’ blossoming romance to the jealous neighbour Boxtel and the ambitious Prince William, you’ll recognise this global story that resonates

“She dared to grow the impossible! A great tagline, then and today.”

even today, when the most powerful country then was to be toppled. But not the tulip. And certainly not Rosa. I am the award-winning writer and co-producer of Angela’s Decision (Australia). I published the companion book, Angela’s Decision: A Journey of Adaptation, on Amazon. I adapted my BBC-awarded radio drama into a feature script. I co-produced two Columbia University MFA films, Crick in the Holler, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant winner, and For George On His 30th Birthday, both written and directed by my filmmaker daughter, Ursula Ellis. I am co-writing a memoir about a tea farmer in the U.S. and writing the feature script. Rosa, the screenplay and synopsis are available upon request. Rosa and the Black Tulip was winner of the 2018 London International Film Festival plus other awards, and a Live Read in Toronto. Historical Romantic Drama



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THE BIRD A film by Shomsuklla Das

The Bird is the story of a corporate woman, successful, a wife and mother. Her world revolves round her small loving family and her work family. But there are a lot of sacrifices to be in the corporate world and to be successful. She is at the crossroads. What is she wanting more and more – corporate success, or the simple pleasures from her family, to spend quality time with her husband and daughter?

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENt This film is very interesting to me, as I shot it in four hours in an office space. I used two cameras and I did the shoot like a documentary. I wanted to challenge myself whether I could shoot a film like this. I was highly influenced by David Cronenberg and his film after watching his Cosmopolitan. It is a very important film to me, because of the way I shot and how I shot. I took great care in the edit too. And of course, the film has my signature style, which is experimental. cuttocut.ent@gmail.com



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A Shomshuklla Film

A Shomshuklla Film

Music Ankur Mukherjee Dop Alex Megaro

Bunch of Grapes

Bunch of Grapes It is the story of mother and daughter, their relationship of love and hate. The daughter comes to visit her mother, and gets into fights. But at the end they patch up, as both of them realise that they care for each other with all their failings. Watch the trailer now : www.bit.ly/bunchofgrapes Written & directed by Shomshuklla Actors : Sharmila Saha Catherine Black Music Ankur Mukherjee Dop Alex Megaro Produced by Amit Sen, Bhaskar Das

Sharmila Saha Catherine Black

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BUNCH OF GRAPES A film by Shomsuklla Das Bunch of Grapes is the story of an over obsessed mother and her troubled daughter and the working relationship between the two. A story of love and hate, the film was shot by ace cinematographer, Alex Megaro, against

the scenic backdrop of a vineyard in Los Angeles, USA. It was wonderful to work with Catherine Black, an award-winning director and actress who I met at a festival. Having gelled so well, we spontaneously decided to work together, which was a fantastic experience – as was the experience with Sharmila. So well suited was Sharmila to playing a mother that when delivering harsh dialogues,


she broke down. It was so intense. Added to which, when dealing with food, we avoided nuts as Cat was allergic to them. A seven-day shoot involving long hours, we started just after breakfast and wrapped up in the evening. Aside from the vineyard, we also travelled to different locations and had awesome shoots there too. Our first collaboration with American actresses, it was a very pleasant experience.



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T H e C R E AT R E S S Written & directed by Jason Cook

Young, bestselling author Eryn Bellow concludes her bookstore tour with her agent selling film rights and closing a six figure advance for her follow-up. Headwinds arise as critics get offended by the claims that Eryn is being declared a living literary legend. The storm gathers force as the assaults gravitate from bad reviews to a fake-memoir designed to obliterate her from the field. Through the noise, Eryn attempts to write her way out of the public fray, and reclaim her voice in the minds of her readers. Along the way, she hopes to prove a happy ending is not always a bad thing. The Herculean task for any artist is to climb to the shoulders of those who have come before, then point the direction forward. The ascent is difficult, and to develop the sight and point the right direction always contains risk. Saul Bellow used to liken authors and artists to the antennae of society. In The Creatress, Eryn Bellow (Lindy Booth) scouts the way, allowing the audience to follow along and feel her struggle. Finally, when she gathers her epiphany, the gambit of this film is to make the audience feel this moment when she falls into herself and finds a way to reflect that in her words, and hopefully, find something worthwhile, unexpected, and new. I feel there is a universal fascination with writing a book. There are plenty of people in my family that talk about doing it. I think it comes from a curiosity about what it must feel like. So I set out to deconstruct that

fantasy, and craft the experience the best that I know it, in only a way that a movie can do. So the film is as much about the feeling of writing as it is the story of Eryn Bellow’s journey of finding her next story worth telling. Storytelling has evolved over the years— from the classic literature to post modern, self-aware, meta texts. It is difficult to find the next thing worth writing about. I think a writer seeks the truth of their time. Sometimes that means deploying a new technique. Sometimes that means using a classical technique. Regardless, they are all paths to unlock truth. This film explores that journey and hopefully gives the audience the satisfaction of figuring it out...along with the protagonist.

their craft, and Fran Drescher and Peter Bogdanovich because of all their experience they brought to the film. Without their A-game, we would not have half the movie we ended up with. Especially Lindy Booth. That woman is a rock star.

The experience working on this film was both exhilarating and exhausting. We could only afford 15 days of production, and the story covered 29 locations. So time, which is always limited, was more limited on this production due to the amount of company moves in and around Los Angeles...which is famous for its traffic, among other things.

The concept was conceived from an expression that everyone has heard about movies based on books—that the movie is never as good. Though I often agree, I also find myself playing devils advocate when talking with my friends on the subject. What I point out is just how different the mediums truly are. Similar to how speaking and writing are different. The experience of reading a book requires the active participation of the reader with the guidelines laid down by a writer years, or sometimes decades before. This exchange often happens over the course of ten hours. Or more. Proust...150 hours? At least? A film is designed for one sitting, and the image is realized. So I looked for a way to bridge the difference between the two experiences, and craft a film that encourages the audience to participate with their imagination.

We were truly blessed with the actors that wanted to come along for this ride. Not only was the material challenging, with lots to keep track of, but we could not afford much time to discover on set. So everyone came as prepared as you must be for a play, and invention began in blocking. We often shot rehearsals. So the pressure was on. I’m grateful to each of their dedication to

I’m a big reader. My love of stories was born first in books. Movies came shortly after. I also have always looked at things historically, and how storytelling in both books and film evolve. It’s also interesting the differences in the mediums. So, as a craftsman, I’m interested in pushing the boundaries. How far we got is up to the audience. Comedy Drama



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twisted tales of inhuman nature / FLESH IS HEIR TO Dale Johnson - Cinema eVerite LLC The Cinema eVerite’ LLC project Dale Johnson’s Twisted Tales of Inhuman Nature is an incredible series of socially conscious yet entertaining short films. They are twisted, dark, powerful, meaningful, intensely creative, and shine a light on human nature and the sins that plague our personal and group relationships within society. Imagined as a blend of the Twilight Zone and Black Mirror, each mini bite-sized fiveto twelve-minute ‘Tale’ offers insights into a contemporary human issue affecting our ethical and moral behaviours and often society as a whole. Each Tale is presented truthfully yet artfully without bowing to financial or censorship pressure, and each group of film artists are encouraged to examine the meaning of humanity through their individual Tale. Yet these Tales are meant to be an entertainment, not a lecture, and to offer classic storytelling and mainstream filmmaking style. This highly unusual, multi-purpose film short story platform was created for a variety of socially conscious reasons: (1) Because the film shorts are ultra-micro budget and therefore low risk, they allow artists

to take chances to create unique, intriguing, risk-taking ideas and stories. (2) They allow a multitude of minority voices and stories to be heard. (3) They can be shot anywhere with anyone, allowing talented minority writers, directors and crew anywhere in the world to learn and grow. (4) They deliver specific socially conscious messages to audiences thirsting to hear truths not conveyed in mainstream films. Flesh Is Heir To, a recently completed fulllength paranormal thriller, offers art film lovers a unique story with spiritual and fourth dimensional physics overtones, unfolding in an original concept of neo noir settings in Brooklyn, NY. The carnival ride plot twists and turns are offbeat and sometimes surreal, with a surprise ending that audiences find to be logical yet almost un-guessable. This psychologically probing film delves into the feminine psyche and society’s sexuality standards, offering insights into female sexuality and society-imposed gender roles. Erotic and confrontational, it features two strong, bold, female leads who empower themselves to do what only men are privileged to do in most societies in their quest for a serial killer of Red Hook, Brooklyn women. It includes dynamic original music and performances by the talented rock group, Kill The Standards.


ABOUT CINEMA eVERITE’ Founded by veteran theatre writer/ producer Dale Johnson in 2010, joined by producer Alexandra Tebano in 2017, Cinema eVerite’ LLC has shot both fulllength movies and shorts. It has a multiple-goal Mission Statement: (1) Make substantial profits for investors and participants. (2) Advance the career opportunities of talented minorities, particularly women. (3) Shine a light on controversial issues with an uncompromising approach. (4) Merge the best intentions of Off Broadway and independent filmmaking. Cinema eVerite’ LLC therefore welcomes collaborations and co-partnerships with diverse and talented filmmakers with a unique style and voice.





FRIED DUMPLINGS & BIKE s (Báhn Bao Bikes) Co-directed & produced by Brenda Mattick

A self-funded, low budget documentary made in Hanoi, Vietnam over four years. As a young boy during Vietnam’s harsh ‘Subsidy Era’ (1975-1986), Mr Tuan remembers when bicycles cost more than houses. His father had owned a bicycle, but neither Tuan nor his six siblings were allowed to touch it, let alone ride it. This bike was their only form of transport: a precious asset. Today Mr Tuan runs a busy fried dumpling street stall with his family. In his spare time – sometimes way after midnight – he finds, buys, restores and rides vintage bicycles from the French colonial era. He set up the Hanoi Old and New Bicycle Club, a popular community group that has often been featured on local Vietnamese media. Hanoi was once a city of bicycles. It is now congested, polluted and noisy thanks to the so-called increased standard of living. Nonpolluting bicycles are generally considered only as transport for the poor – those who cannot afford a motor bike or car.

‘Early Sunday morning shoot in Hanoi’, Brenda Mattick, co-director.

Tuan is a passionate bicycle advocate. He hopes that more Hanoians will get back on their bicycles for a cleaner, calmer, and more community-minded city. Co-director and producer Brenda Mattick is an Australian bicycle and film enthusiast, formerly based in SE Asia where she worked in communications under the Australian Volunteers for International Development programme. “I made this self-funded short film with a team of talented Vietnamese, including filmmakers, musicians, editors and interpreters.” Backstory: Co-director Trinh Quang Tùng and his wife had boy/ . girl twins during the making of this film! ‘Vietnam & Australia together’, twin daughter of Trinh Quang Tùng, co-director. .

This documentary has screened at the Bicycle Film Festival in New York and Quebec, Ethnografilm Festival in Paris, International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema, Berlin, Milan International Film Festival, and Hanoi Cinematheque with thanks to Friends of Vietnam Heritage. It won the Global Urbanism award at the 2017 New Urbanism Film Festival, Los Angeles.



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Esto le paso a Usted? (this happened to you?) A film by Ana Maria Estrada Ana Maria Estrada is a renowned Peruvian actress, writer and producer who currently resides between the cities of New York and Miami. In 2014, she created her own company production, DAKINI PRODUCTIONS, based in Lima Peru, which has produced the famous Peruvian series Santa Rosa de Lima, amongst others. She wrote, produced and directed her first short film Esto le Paso a Usted? (This Happened to You?), which was nominated by recognised international film festivals that include The Nice International Film Festival in France, and The South European Film Festival in Valencia, Spain. As a director, Ana Maria was inspired to show the concerns of people vulnerable to the threat of Alzheimer’s disease, who are preyed upon and swindled by scammers taking advantage of their situation.


Our character Fausto’s memory is challenged when he encounters Jaime who pretends to know Fausto. As he tries to remember Jaime, the situation prompts Fausto to follow Jaime. However, at the end of the film, Fausto learns that Jaime has swindled him and is left deceived. Drama



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LIVING OFF THE MANHOLE friends who all wanted to be part of the hotel life. The film also features the hotel staff, their stories, corruption, voodoo, as well as various writers and artists who visited the hotel.

City. He started a Steel company and built hotels that companies could not afford to finish during the depression, so he finished them on his own dime and became a Hotelier overnight.

The Beverly was the last of my family’s chain of hotels, The Dreier Hotels, which at one time was bigger than Hilton.

Living Off The Manhole documents the turn of events that contributed to the hotel’s final demise in 1997, the staff’s reactions and panic that ensued. The film also documents the history of my family and how they became hotel owners.

Living Off the Manhole highlights pivotal history in New York including the building of the World Trade Center and the plane crash that hit the Empire State Building in 1945.

Filmed in 1996/97, the film documents the story of my past, about a girl living in her family’s hotel, much like a grown up Eloise. The film follows me and my collection of crazy

My great Grandfather Abraham Dreier came to the United States from Russia speaking no English. He fell into an open coal chute and patented the first Manhole cover in New York

A documentary film by Lisa Eastman Living Off the Manhole is a film about the final two years of my life living in the Beverly Hotel on 50th Street and Lexington Avenue in New York City.


The film explores the passing of time, of generations, and how hard it is to keep up with the changing world. It is a quirky portrayal of New York Characters at their finest who became part of the hotel’s fading identity in the ever changing landscape of New York City. Documentary


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CAPTAIN VIVID A film by Taku Kuroda Set in present day in Japan, the main character is awakened to beauty of bad taste. He makes a utopia around distorted beauty with his comrades who are also obsessed with biased delusion. When his utopia is close to completion, the main characters are attacked by a group who have opposite thoughts about beauty. The main characters then decide to fight the group to protect their utopia.




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and LUNLUN Directed by Hiroyuki Miyagawa

Terrolun has lost his father in an explosive accident. As his father was held responsible for the accident, Terrolun is being called “son of the terrorist”, and has been living in the garage for a long time. Despite being worried about Terrolun, his mother takes care of him and brings food to him every day. Meanwhile, Terrolun’s younger brother worries about his mother. When Terrolun was a high school student, he was losing his hearing ability. He was not only struggling with his new life at school, but with his relationship with his mother who was recently divorced. Gradually, he became isolated from his family and his classmates. One day, when trying to fly an remote controlled airplane, Terrolun meets with Lunlun through the garage window. While initially wary of each other, they gradually open up their hearts. However, their circumstances make their time together more crazy than peaceful. Drama



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anna Directed by Sena Tunali A couple of years ago, I started working in a big company and met a pure angel-hearted co-worker. The first thing I saw on her was the bruises on her arms. I got worried and couldn’t stop myself asking her, “what has happened?” She started to tell me the story... It was her boyfriend who kept beating her up and taking her money away from her. He was an abusive boyfriend and a drug addict - as she stated “a monster”. She told me that he beat her up until blood came from her nose and mouth. During his visits, he raped her as well. She went to the police and reported everything but the abusive boyfriend didn’t take any orders and kept on coming to her house. However, eventually he got arrested and ended up in jail. My friend told me that after her abusive boyfriend was arrested, she finally got the chance to live fear free. She said, “finally, I am breathing.” However, she also said, “now I am dealing with another thing.” I asked her what it was. She said she was pregnant from that monster and it had been three months. I was speechless. She told me that that it would be the only baby she could have in her life due to a problem in her uterus. The doctors


said her uterus would be taken away in surgery after she gave birth. So, my friend went back and forth between the thoughts of giving birth to that monster’s child or not, as it would be the only chance she had to have a baby. Although she was going to her doctor for the routine control appointments and to see how the baby was doing, she had a huge fear that something would go wrong with the baby. Unfortunately, what she feared the most happened to her. In one of her routine doctor appointments, she learned something that would change her entire life. I saw her struggle and felt her pain, for she now had to make the decision of whether or not to give birth to a child who had Down Syndrome. I was so affected by my friend’s story that it inspired me to create my film, Anna.


In the end, my friend made the decision to give birth no matter what, because she loved her baby so much. She gave birth to the baby, even though she didn’t have enough money to provide for it. If you ask now how they are doing today? They are doing great. Her baby girl is now five-years-old. And while yes, she has Down Syndrome and it can be very difficult to look after her, think about it this way: If you do something with huge love, it’s never going to be hard. Love will always win. Love conquers all.




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KANEMASA Directed by Youdai Uenishi Mari has been abused all of her life. She doesn’t get enough food and lives in a house with no water or heat. One day, a bad man sneaks into Mari’s house. A repeat criminal with a long list of offences, his name is Kaneda.


As Kaneda was also abused when he was a child, as soon as he sees Mari, he sympathises with her and her bad situation. Kaneda wants to save Mari, but even though the girl has been abused, she still loves her mother. So Kaneda tries to force Rin, Mari’s mother, to become a better person and take care of her daughter. However, Mari’s mother also had a very tough childhood and doesn’t know how to love Rin. Mari, Kaneda and Rin all start to live together, in order to feel the warmth and love of one another. They try to be a real ‘family’.



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the BUFFALO HUNT Directed by Philip Di Flore

AN INTIMATE AND VISCERAL PORTRAIT OF ONE OF THE MOST EXTREME PLACES IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE - THE PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION, SOUTH DAKOTA. Pine Ridge is a place where time ticks to unique rhythms and the day-to-day struggle for survival is etched deep into the rock formations and onto the faces of all living things. The Buffalo Hunt is at once beautiful and desolate, tender and bawdy, funny and dark, poetic and realistic, grim and hopeful. All of the complexities of this enigmatic place dance together as ingredients in the communal soup that feed the Lakota Sioux.


Philip Di FLore, Director, The Buffalo Hunt Philip Di Flore is an award-winning filmmaker. His first film, Stranger, Berni Worrell on Earth was about the otherworldly keyboard/synth genius of Parliament Funkadelic and Talking Heads. The film features David Byrne, Mos Def, George Clinton and Bootsy Collins. It won best film awards in the US and Europe before receiving a special screening at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Di Flore’s music videos for Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Sinkane, Caveman and others have been described as thrilling, cinematic and beyond the cutting edge. He has made films and videos for vanguard record labels DFA, Daptone Fat Possum, Atlantic and Island Records. His work has premiered at festivals and museums around the world and on Vevo, Pitchfork, Noisey, The Fader, IFC Stereogum, Rolling Stone, Funny or Die, VH1 and MTV, Rai (Italy) and Arte (France/Germany).

Thus far in 2019, The Buffalo Hunt, has been awarded Best Feature Length Documentary Prague Film Awards, Best Feature Length Documentary at the Canada International Film Festival, the Award of Excellence at the Utah Film Festival and is nominated for Best cinematography at the Nice International Film Festival.




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the sky’s the limit FILM: THE MAGAZINE/NICE/MAY 2019


Meet THE AMAZING Writer, Director & Producer

Shihyun Sherry Wang Why do people make films? According to a report by Forbes this year, 80% of films lose money. And only about 200 out of tens of thousands end up with a decent release. Obviously, most films are not likely to make to the big screen. So why do people still make films? And why are you in the film market to buy? The answer is simple; Because you don’t want to miss this ‘sure’ bet. People say the film industry is changing. And that anyone with a camera can make a film. Well, is that a bad thing? Let me show you a filmmaker who: - Has won over 300 film festival awards in 2.5 years - Was watched by eight million viewers in 3.5 years - Won five Accolade Awards in nine months - Built a 30,000 subscriber YouTube channel with eight million views - Got 1,300 film festival official selections in three years - Broke into the Chinese YouTube market and obtained 750,000 views in 100 days I know it is hard to believe, but it is all true. When many in the film industry refuse to acknowledge YouTubers as filmmakers, she proved that she could do both. Now She has with

she wants to move to another level. wants to win major awards. She great stories, but needs partners experience to partner with her.

Check out her many films and consider them ‘live stream’ scripts. Check out her brilliant work and imagine how great it could be with your contribution. You don’t need to read scripts. Every one of her short films could be made into a feature. Maybe you like to take risk, but you don’t have to if you want to work with her. If you are in the market to buy but not to produce, check out her line up. Whether it is documentary, fiction or biography, the only problem you may have is which one to choose, as she has made so many great films. Actually, why not stop by Nice Film Market on May 9th 2019 at 13.00, or on May 10th at 17.00? You will see trailers of her five films that were nominated by International Filmmakers Festival over the last two years. This includes the nine-minute long The Messenger, which won Best International at Gala del Cinema Internazionale - Venezia 2017 and received 51 Official Selections.

In addition, there’s her first investor-funded project, The Possessed, which won 12 IMDb awards and received a nomination for Best Story and Best Short at the Milan Filmmaker festival.


There’s also her doomsday documentary, Game Over, which was nominated in London last year, and her Biography type Docudrama, Mary Queen of Scots. Lastly, there is Her Last Word and her documentary, Wake up the Psychic in You, both of which were nominated at this year’s Nice Filmmakers festival. As an added bonus, you will be shown Chess Song, with lyrics by her and composed by Brandon Fiechter. This song was searched 13,000 times in last 18 months and won Best Music Video at the 3rd annual Hell Chess Film Festival. It is a unique song as it won over the judges with only music and lyrics, without any vocals. And to prove that only the sky is the limit, she has now introduced her channel to her Chinese viewers in Taiwan. In 110 days, she gained 900,000 views and 3,754 new subscribers. Taiwan has only 23,000,000 people. Can you imagine what she can do in the Chinese market? Come to see her at the Nice Film Market, or come to see her films at Nice International Filmmaker Festival on May 12th 2019 at 17:10 in Room 1. Her films may not be perfect, but that is where you come in.


ABOUT THE FILMMAKER Shihyun Sherry Wang started making films

after retiring as a realtor and CPA. In three years, she directed over 300 films and had 1350 film festival official selections or nomination and over 200 festival awards. Shihyun has won multiple awards as Writer, Director, Editor, and won Best female filmmaker, 3 festival awards on “Best Film”, many “Best Music Video” awards, “Best Soundtrack”, “Best Sci-fi”, “Best Horror”, “Best Biography”, “Best Documentary” in feature, short, super short and Best trailers. Her YouTube channel mystery decoder has had over eight million hits in 3.5 years with 31,000 subscribers. Her few Chinese videos debuted in Taiwan YouTube and had a million views in four months. Dramas/Documentaries




THE laws of the universe - Part i Directed by Isamu Imakake Music by Yuichi Mizusawa VFX Creative Director Yumiko Awaya

A story about travelling

back in time to 330 million years ago on ea rt h

The French Premiere! The Box Office Hit Movie, The Laws of the Universe-Part I is more than just a Sci-Fi Anime adventure. The creators talk about their must see film. Why did we make this film? There are a lot of mythologies from various cultures representing the world in their own ways. But there are not many mythologies about the Earth itself. Through creating Laws of the Universe series, we challenged to connect to the Earth and space – beyond this timeline that we’re living right now, by creating “Mythology of the Earth”.

However, we believe that this movie will provide you with the hints and the keys to solve these fundamental issues we are facing today. In order to realise true peace of the world, it is essential for us all to accept diversity and understand each other, rather than to fight and hate one another. We should abandon our egos and choose to love, and ultimately look upon what Universal God wishes for us, who has been watching over us since the very beginning of Earth’s history.

UFOs, aliens, the existence of other planets and its civilizations, are things which we cannot see and yet scientifically proved to be existed. However, by paying attention and seeking those mysterious world we will enhance our cognitions and it becomes the power to open and create our future.

How does the universal theme relate to you personally? Love is one of the main themes of this film. There are different kinds of love, such as love for your family, neighbours, nations, ethnicities, religions and more. We believe there is even bigger love which embraces us all and everything on Earth.

We hope this movie will open up your heart and provide you with an opportunity to view the world differently from a universal perspective.

This film has many battle scenes because it is the message that “to keep fighting for love and justice to protect something or someone” is essential to bring true peace to the world.

Why should you watch this film? The world today is facing difficult times with so many unsolved issues, such as racial and gender discriminations, conflict among ethnicities and differences in religions, the danger of expansion of militarism and hegemonism – the list goes on...

Even if you have hurt someone in the past or you have been hurt by others, by awakening to true love and forgiveness, you can grow and improve your soul to become a better person and contribute to be part of making a brighter future for the world.


Synopsis of the Movie University students, Ray, Anna, Tyler, Halle, and Eisuke are enjoying college life and pursuing their dreams, but in reality, they have a secret mission – to fight against invading reptilians from outer space. One day, Ray travels back in time to 330 million years ago on Earth, to find his missing friend Tyler who has fallen into a trap set by the evil alien, Dahar. During that time, Alpha, the God of the Earth, was planning to create a new civilization on Earth and invited Queen Zamza and her fellow Reptilian from the planet Zeta, to Earth. What was the first civilization on Earth like? What is the intention of Dahar? And why did Alpha invite space aliens from other planets?

A contender on Oscar’s Best Animated Feature shortlist, The Laws of the Universe – Part I directed by Isamu Imakake (famous for Neon Genesis Evangelion, Captain Tsubasa, Cowboy Bebop and more), was one of the mega hit movies in Japan, taking the number one spot in the Japanese Box Office for two weeks in a row upon its release in October 2018. We are so pleased to have the opportunity for a French Premiere of this film at this festival. The Laws of the Universe – Part I will be showing May 16th, 13:55 at screening room 3.



Run Time: 120 Mins




tumble dry Directed by Delia Kelly and Stephen Riscica Written by Gabe Waldman

Following his therapist’s advice to be more social, aspiring NYC playwright Gary, channels his obsessive compulsive tendencies toward online dating. But whether they love him or hate him, it seems as if these women would rather see his “hit” play, ‘The Waiting Room’ then go on a second date! With opening night fast approaching, Gary risks exposing his neuroticism to the world, but could this be the key to a true awakening. Co-directors Delia Kelly and Stephen Riscica are excited to return to the Nice International Film Festival. Their previous films Gravedigger and It Gets Better? won awards in the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor categories. Previous festival winner and collaborator Tyler Stone also returns as the film’s composer in this comedy that legendary critic Michael Musto has described as “Blissfully Funny”.

A( K I DNN A NP P E AR ) www.imdb.com/title/tt9125472/



Run Time: 30 Mins


Run Time: 27 Mins

Directed by Kaichi Satou Anna (Kidnapper) is a short animation by a Japanese production studio. Using 2.5DCG technology to describe watercolor illustration, this film aims to ‘re imagine’ an image of film and music produced in Europe in the 1960’s. The film is completed with a very unique style, making you feel both “nostalgic but innovative”. The story is in 196X and is based on a ‘two-man trip’ (tandem riding) with ‘Anna’ who riding a large bike and ‘Professor’ who is kidnapped by Anna.





D R A M A Directed by Cheng Yuanzhi

Monkey Drama tells the story of the once endangered folk art of monkey drama and the survival and development of the Chinese village against the backdrop of the unique architecture of China’s traditional rural communities. This movie emphasises the theme of “recognizing nostalgia and inheriting civilization”. It gives us a slice of life in the traditional village of XinYe, in Henan province, where Chengen Wu, the writer of ‘Journey to the West’, took office as a county magistrate during the Ming Dynasty. The stage of this story: the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the buildings and landscape of China’s rustic landscape.

Cheng Yuanzhi Head of Department, Director. Artist, China. Graduated from VFX studio. Fine Arts Department of Beijing Film Academy.

This story shows the preservation and continuation of tradition through folk art and performance, preserving the “national intangible cultural heritage” of the people. This is the Monkey Drama. Finalist at the Nice International Filmmaker Festival “The movie most worth recommending to college students award”- Cherry Blossom Film Festival “Maple Leaf Award, Third Winner in Contest” - 6th Vancouver Chinese Film Festival

Production Company: Beijing Jiangong Architectural Design and Research Institute; Beijing University of Civil Engineering & Architecture and Anbound Institute, Department of Video.



Run Time: 30 Mins



BOUNDLESS LOVE Directed by Wang Yimin


A diary with almost 50 years closely links the Chinese young man Chen Chang and the Indonesian girl Nova together. The puzzle of the story happened 50 years ago is unraveled along with the two hearts getting closer. Their love, which should have been blessed, has instead encountered many oppositions and obstacles, and also withstood various tests. In the end, can the love supersede the differences of nationality, culture, religion, and bring positive fruits?

director’s statement

In this film, the love between young people in different countries is by no means common. Nevertheless, I believe you will resonate with the characters in this film. Definitely, you will be immersed in love! In the diary, the lonely love for more than 50 years is the ultimate love I want to showcase! I don’t want an author-oriented film. It’s better to make the audience reflect on themselves in their step-by-step emotional feelings. Thus, they will aspire for beautiful love, draw lessons from the past, and make a review of the present. That’s enough. I like love-based films. It’s an excellent mode of emotional expression that the audience is deeply touched while the characters free themselves from crying. I hope that this love will be deeply implanted into the memories of the audience. It is advisable to recall these emotional feelings in this film after a week or more. That is its ultimate import. Life is great, and such a sincere love in our rush is enough, irrespective of results. Life is short. May our love be forever! Producer: Liu Qinglu Director: Wang Yimin Scriptwriter: Zhang Yuan, Wang Yimin Starring: Shen Hao, Putri Ayudya, Wang Ji, & Sahetapy (Indonesia)

ABOUT wang yimin Works: Microfilms Hongyan (2013), Flappy Wings (2018), The Road Home (2014), Offspring of Mount Tianshan (2015), etc. He has gotten more than 70 awards in Asia Micro Films Art Festival, China Pingyao Micro Film Festival, American International Independent Film Festival, China Image Film Festival, etc. He was selected into the ‘Young Filmmakers Training Programme’ of Focus on China in the 74th Venice International Film Festival, 2017. Drama/Romance



Run Time: 102 Mins

The Film Industry Network The Film Industry Network & Film Fest International

Across many years of attending festivals and markets, Ray Davies has advised industry professionals on Script Analysis, Sound, Routes to Market & Finance, Film / TV Production. His background across 16 years of Music, Media, Film & TV development stimulated an idea to collaborate with trusted industry connections, peers and former work colleagues to develop and create ‘The Film Advisory’ (TFA) and ‘The Film Industry Network’ (TFIN). Ray has had the honour of working with Film Fest International’s team and their group of festivals across Europe. He was inspired in the spring of 2016 after joining the Nice International Film Festival’s Q&A advisory team, where he gave one-to-one advice to filmmakers seeking to place content in the industry mainstream. The experience of speaking with groups of people from around the world stimulated his idea to develop a new concept to support producers’ focus and creative business requirements.

filmmaker Services

Outside of steering, the filmmakers steer clear off the rocks. TFIN & TFA provide each client with a recognised industry mentoring model, recommending and providing services to writers, developers and producers needing both elevation and support. With partnerships in place, these have been developed to create routes to very different pathways, a) ‘Industry’ b) ‘Education’.

filmmaker support

The Film Advisory professional panel discusses distribution and looks across a ten-year radius reviewing trends like changes in film, digital tv and other platform media. Subject to location, time and pre-arranged bookings, these specialist presentations run with Film Fest International and their scheduled events across the festival circuit. Topics reviewed include the acquisition, sales, development and packaging of commercial film & tv media content.

“Writers have found commissioned work building relationships with producers. They have presented concepts to financiers or consortiums looking for opportunities in Film & TV and have gone forward.”

“The Film Industry Network’s successful mentor programmes have seen the journey of now, seasoned film creatives, enjoying environments where creative people potentially gather and discuss collaboration.”

Both TFA & TFIN offer one-to-one production concierge services that can run across the duration of a production life cycle as a guiding hand, or as a one day sitting. For as little as $300, they can help you review and assess your film’s development, production and or its distribution, and then lock this down with either verbal feedback or create a support package that stems across a production life cycle.

Mentoring Filmmakers

TFIN presents a new workshop for distribution. This 101 class applies to services both referral and inhouse that can be obtained across membership packages. Now, it is also open to candidates seeking to take part in the proposed master courses. Workshops will address but will not be limited to a) development b) production planning and c) placing commercial content.

Working With Filmmaker content

TFIN offers a unique script to screen, route to market service to the seasoned film professional working with groups and private clients seeking its support services. To date, it’s helped around 450 industry creatives across its inception roll out period with Film Fest International by offering: 1) Practical Assessments on scripts & coverage. 2) Bespoke ‘one to one’ tailor-made advice. 3) Q&As with experts from film, TV & music. 4) Q&As with writers, DOP’s, execs, directors & producers. 5) Solutions to guide through market landscapes. 6) Market approach to support RTM planning. 7) International producers lounge & pitch corner. 8) Bespoke presentations & creative workshops. 9) Routes to Amazon, Netflix, Apple, Hulu, Roku, Sony & others. 10) Routes to trusted international sales agents for TV, film & documentaries.

the film industry network & amanda sykes master course The modules will spear head filmmakers and creators of TV content looking to gain ground by advancing on their pre-existing skill set approach.

Industry professionals Ray Davies & AJ Sykes are both qualified mentors that holding curriculum recognised degrees, and will roll out term with an end of year red carpet expose for candidates already in development. The partnerships coming together are rolling out four practical assignment modules and delivering five workshops across the Festival term, with assessment support to all participants. Across the entire year, TFIN will support and guide the Head of Education, AJ Sykes, by supporting the development and roll out of each module and practical workshop, with modules aimed at developing film and content makers seeking to sharpen skills, expand on their skill set and enhance their knowledge of the business.

Working in The Education Sector

Its successful, unique one-to-one mentoring model has expanded over the last 24 months to accommodate consulting and launch its alliance with new partnerships across the board. It starts with the curriculum-focused education model on industry standard skill set, through a partnership with Ariel Blake. As of May 2019, TFA, TFIN & Ariel Blake will launch their first set of modules through Film Fest International, with creator and president Mr Carl Tooney, whose partnership will take the first of many successful module concepts forward this year. ,

For further details on The Film Industry Network and the opportunities it can bring, please contact: Ray Davies: +44 (0) 7392 758696

www.thefilmindustrynetwork.com ray@thefilmindustrynetwork.com

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Issue 021 - Nice 2019  

The 21st edition of Film The Magazine, printed in conjunction with the NICE International Film Festival 2019.

Issue 021 - Nice 2019  

The 21st edition of Film The Magazine, printed in conjunction with the NICE International Film Festival 2019.