Crossing Rachmaninoff selected for film festivals in USA, Scandinavia

Posted Saturday 27 Aug 2016

We are delighted to announce that the New Zealand feature film documentary Crossing Rachmaninoff, directed and produced by WIFT member Rebecca Tansley, has been selected for two more offshore festivals, the Napa Valley Film Festival 2016 and the Scandinavian International Film Festival 2016. We offer Rebecca our hearty congratulations!

Napa Valley Film Festival (9 to 13 November) is a well-regarded event with a history of presenting high quality, independent films from around the world alongside a programme of industry events. Its programmers have invited Crossing Rachmaninoff to screen in its prestigious Special Screenings section.

Before then, Crossing Rachmaninoff will screen in official selection in the inaugural Scandinavian International Film Festival (8 to 10 September) in Helsinki, Finland.

These selections follow the film's premiere and nationwide screenings in the 2015 New Zealand International Film Festival, selection for official competition in the 2016 Festival International des Programmes Audiovisuels (FIPA) in France, and its appearance at the 2016 Mendocino Film Festival. The film was also a semi-finalist in the Golden Kapok Awards in the 2015 Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival.

Crossing Rachmaninoff recently completed a successful general release season in New Zealand, screening in more than 30 theatres nationwide and will be released on DVD in New Zealand next month.

Crossing Rachmaninoff follows aspiring Italian-born pianist Flavio Villani, now resident in New Zealand, as he prepares Rachmaninoff's famous Piano Concerto No. 2 for his first performance with an orchestra back in his homeland. It explores Flavio's relationship with the music, his personal struggles, the story behind the music and the commitment it takes to be a professional musician.

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Last reminder about Athena FF

Posted Saturday 27 Aug 2016



The Athena Film Festival submissions for 2017 are open through to September 15. They accept features, documentaries, and short films that feature courageous and bold women leaders as the protagonist of the story; films can be made by both women and men. There is no submission fee for the festival.

The festival will be held Feb. 9- 12, 2017 in the heart of New York - at Barnard, the most sought-after women's college in the nation. The Founding Sponsor of the Festival is Artemis Rising Foundation, Regina K. Scully, CEO and Founder.

For more information on how and where to submit your film,  click here.

In addition to film submissions they are also accepting Athena List scripts. An annual slate of between 3-5 screenplays with female leaders or strong female protagonists that have yet to be made into films.

For more information on the Athena List and how to submit,  click here.