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'IRUVAM' by Manoj Annadurai pre launched in Cannes

'IRUVAM' by Manoj Annadurai pre launched at Cannes from May 17-20, 2024, in the "Let's Spook Cannes 2024 Selection" (one of the 4 selected projects!

It is currently gearing up to it's release on Indian mobile platforms. It is regarded as one the boldest and most creative initiatives bridging anticipation among cinema and game enthusiasts.

Available on Android and iPhone.Scheduled for late-June 2024. This ensures "Iruvam" delivers a fully immersive and polished gameplay experience. Scheduled for mid-June 2024. This ensures "Iruvam" delivers a fully immersive and polished gameplay experience.

"Lala my readhead" picked up in Cannes by Bruno Chatelin in his BEST FOR FESTS line-up

Feature film by Nellie K. and Deniz Nala
in development stage, with a finalised script
Looking for support: partners and financiers.

Love and poverty, betrayal and wealth - centuries of traditions put to the test! A compelling story intricately woven into a comprehensive exploration of women’s status against the backdrop of the Roma culture. From the director of an award-winning film in Cannes 2023.


Iruvan one of the 4 selected projects for Let’s Spook Cannes 2024 joins Bruno Chatelin BEST FOR FESTS line-up

The Fantastic Pavilion in Cannes and Maquinitas joined forces to promote the video game industry through Let’s Spook Cannes, a networking space to showcase and promote projects within the Marché du Film in Cannes. Check out the selected projects here:

Video Game Lounge Showroom (May 16-20, 9 hrs.-18 hrs. at Riviera J1, Palais des Festivals)
Iruvam (ManMar Games, India)

Iruvam merges the thrill of FMV games with the intrigue of ‘lost phone’ mechanics, set against a rich tapestry of thrill and horror. Players navigate Aruvi’s journey through choices that dictate her fate, blending cinematic storytelling with interactive gameplay. As India’s pioneering venture into this genre, it offers a narrative where decisions impact the storyline, leading to multiple endings. Set for a 2024 release, Iruvam invites players into a world where every shadow harbors a story, and every light, a decision. Ready to explore how choices define our paths in a realm where fate is yours to command?

Malta’s Mediterrane Film Festival "Future Visions programme strand", will be headed up by Michel Reilhac

13 International Projects Selected Across the Strand’s 360 Videos, VR Standalone and Immersive Installations Categories

Malta’s Mediterrane Film Festival - taking place from 22nd June to 30th June 2024 in the enchanting capital of the island, Valletta - has selected 13 immersive virtual reality projects for its Future Visions programme strand, which is headed up by the independent interactive story architect Michel Reilhac. The international projects will span 360 Videos, VR Standalone and Immersive Installation categories – sitting under the Mediterrane Film Festival’s overall theme for 2024: ‘Unity through Film’.

Michel Reilhac is an immersive storyteller, making films in Virtual Reality, creating participatory experiences in real life and across media. He is the founding curator of Venice VR, the official competition of creative VR content for the Venice Biennale International Film Festival. He is Head of Studies for the Venice Biennale College Cinema and for the Venice Biennale College Cinema VR, alongside the curator of the VR section for Series Mania.

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) launches new Doc@PÖFF competition programme


Tallinn Black Nights Festival adds the sixth competition programme, Doc@PÖFF, to it's 28th edition taking place in November 2024. Submissions are open until the 25th of August.

Doc@PÖFF will join the existing competitions - The Official Selection, First Feature, Baltic Film, Critic's Picks and Rebels with a Cause - and will showcase up to 15 feature documentaries handpicked by the new Doc@PÖFF programming team. The new team is led by Estonian documentary director, producer and Associate professor at the Baltic Film & Media School of Tallinn University, Marianna Kaat (The Last Relic, PÖFF 2023). The other three programmers are: self-shooting producer/director Mike Arnott, who has also worked on documentaries for BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, Discovery, ITV, National Geographic, PBS and Showtime; long-time PÖFF programmer Edvinas Pukšta; and the head of Youth and Children's Film Festival Just Film, Mikk Granström.

The 71st Sydney Film Festival (5-16 June) in full gear

The 71st Sydney Film Festival (5-16 June) opened tonight at the State Theatre with the World Premiere of Midnight Oil: The Hardest Line.

Festival Director Nashen Moodley opened the Festival to a packed auditorium including Midnight Oil: The Hardest Line director Paul Clarke and Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett.

Sydney Film Festival Board Chair, Darren Dale said, “I am delighted to welcome everyone to the 71st edition of the Sydney Film Festival. It’s a wonderful opportunity to immerse ourselves in stories and experiences from all over the world and in doing so, perhaps understand each other just a little bit better.

Marc-Antoine d’Halluin nommé Président de Technicolor Group

Technicolor Group a le plaisir d'annoncer la nomination de Marc-Antoine d'Halluin en tant que Président du Conseil d'Administration, à la suite de sa réunion du 22 mai 2024. Dans ses fonctions, il soutiendra et accélérera la stratégie en trois piliers du Groupe – talents, technologie et expansion des services – dirigée par Caroline Parot, Directrice générale du Groupe. En tant que dirigeant expérimenté dans le domaine des médias et doté d’une grande expérience internationale, il s’appuiera sur ses connaissances approfondies du secteur et son leadership pour mener le Groupe vers des succès créatifs et technologiques toujours plus importants, dans un contexte de transformation rapide de l'industrie.

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