Deadline kicks off the New Year and movie awards season with our first edition of Contenders International, which gets underway this morning at 8 a.m. PT. The event showcases 22 titles from 15 studios, streamers and distributors with presentations including clips and filmmaker/talent Q&As. In all, 19 of the films are official submissions to the Best International Film category at the 93rd Academy Awards.
Due to the pandemic Contenders International will be presented virtually, so click here to register and join the livestream. You can additionally follow along for the day on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram via @Deadline and #DeadlineContenders. See the full schedule of panels below.
While international markets have been a profit center for the studios for many years, local films have begun to take on greater importance outside festivals and indeed their home countries. That was particularly the case in 2019 with South Korea’s Parasite, which went on to become the first foreign-language film to win the Best Picture Oscar, doing so in February 2020.
Indeed, talent abounds abroad and we at Deadline are pleased to shine a spotlight on worthy movies that don’t always get the attention they deserve, as well as providing filmmakers with a chance to discuss their work and inspirations in front of a dedicated, discerning audience. Among the high-profile names involved in Contenders International are Sophia Loren, Edoardo Ponti, Nina Hoss, Andrei Konchalovsky, Philippe Lacôte, Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Vinterberg, Javier Cámara, Fernando Trueba, Alexander Nanau and more.
Countries represented include Serbia, Greece, Colombia, Belarus, Switzerland, Chile, Hungary, Finland, Poland, Romania, France, Georgia, Russia, Ivory Coast, Italy, Mexico, Denmark, Slovakia, Indonesia, Guatemala and India.
Below is today’s full schedule, and stay tuned for Deadline’s Contenders Documentary tomorrow (January 10) and Contenders Film on January 23-34.
CONTENDERS INTERNATIONAL PANEL SCHEDULE
(all times PT)
8 a.m. – WELCOME
8:04-8:34 a.m. – Samuel Goldwyn Films
The Auschwitz Report
8:34-8:57 a.m. – Neon
Night of the Kings
8:57-9:12 a.m. – 101 Studios
Dara of Jasenovac
9:12-9:27 a.m. – XYZ Films
Lijo Jose Pellissery
9:28-9:38 a.m. – MORNING BREAK
9:40-9:50 a.m. – Cohen Media Group
El Olivido Que Seremos
10:11-10:21 a.m. – Kino Lorber
Never Gonna Snow Again
10:2-10:31 a.m. – Outsider Pictures
Kill It and Leave This Town
10:32-11:02 a.m. – LUNCH BREAK
11:03-11:19 a.m. – Film Movement
My Little Sister
11:19am – 11:44 a.m. – Shudder
11:44-11:58 a.m. – Gravitas Ventures
The Mole Agent
11:59 a.m.- 12:13 p.m. – Greenwich Entertainment
Preparations To Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time
12:14-12:29 p.m. – Helsinki-filmi
12:30-12:40 p.m. AFTERNOON BREAK
12:41-1:02 p.m. – Magnolia Pictures
Two Of Us
1:02-1:17 p.m. – Mubi
1:18-1:41 p.m. – Netflix
The Life Ahead
I’m No Longer Here
Fernando Frías De La Parra
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