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Ambiance and events @ IDFA 2017 International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam

IDFA 2017. Opening of the IDFA 2017 at Carre Theater. Introduction former festival director Ally Derks after receiving royal distinction Member of the Order of Orange-Nassau. Photo: 31pictures.nl / (c) 2017, www.31pictures.nl Amstel river with banners Photo Felix Kalkman The 30th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam - IDFA 2017. IDFA Industry Talk: Master Class Ed Lachman, co-hosted bij Arri Academy. From left; moderator Henning Rädlein, cinematographer dop Ed Lachman. Ph...

World Documentary Awards Invites You to Submit Your Work by December 10

World Documentary Awards final deadline approaching. The festival is opened for professionals and newcomers in the industry globally. Various languages with English subtitles or dubbing are welcome.   The Festival greets all documentary filmmakers to show their talents and passions through their films. We are looking for intelligent, well-produced, smartly edited documentary films with interesting storytelling. Documentary filmmakers have a series of categories entries to enter; and, to...

21st Ji.hlava IDFF is over with Awards Announced

Almost 4,500 festivalgoers including over a thousand film professionals visited the 21st edition of the Ji.hlava IDFF, which took place on October 24-29, 2017. Out of 342 screened films, 70 were shown in their world, 12 in their international and 22 in their European premiere. This year, the films competed in 10 sections and the programme offered over 150 discussions and Q&A sessions. The total number of spectators reached 40,000. Dozens of accompanying and industry events took place durin...

Extensive IDFA Talks program

During the upcoming festival, IDFA is organizing a large number of Talks to accompany its film program, giving unique insights into the makers’ backgrounds and the stories behind the films. These Talks are divided into three categories. Five Filmmaker Talks will delve deep into a specific filmmaker's body of work (including the Master Talk with Jonathan Harris). Over fifty Doc Talks will present in-depth conversations with makers and a well-known moderator following film screenings. ...

The Beat Dox Sessions at RIDM 2017

Local artists fill the festival’s evenings with free music   The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is pleased to announce the return of the Beat Dox Sessions for the festival’s 20th anniversary edition, starting this Thursday, November 9. This year’s Beat Dox Sessions, programmed by Ouss Laghzaoui, are free evening concerts showcasing local artists at the RIDM Headquarters, in the Cinémathèque québécoise (335 de Maisonneuve ...

Visions du Réel - International Film Festival 49th edition with new visual identity

      A NEW STEP AND A NEW VISUAL IDENTITY     49th edition: a new step Six months away from its next edition, which will be held from 13 to 21 April 2018, Visions du Réel unveils its new visual identity. A year before it celebrates its 50th edition, Visions du Réel is in fact embarking upon a new step with its new artistic direction and a new logo. ...

dok.incubator is searching for documentary projects for 2018 edition!

    Deadline for applications – January 31st 2018 Czech filmmakers can apply for regional mentoring programme until 15th March 2018.  Applications will be opening shortly. dok.incubator is an international workshop supporting directors, producers and editors with late-stage documentary projects. Don’t miss the opportunity to develop your rough-cut into an outstanding feature film with a tailor-made release strategy! Meet ...

The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) announces the programming of its 20th edition

  The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) will hold its 20th annual edition this November 9 to 19. With 142 films from 47 countries and a program of special free screenings in different Montreal neighbourhoods, the RIDM is more committed than ever to its mission of democratizing and promoting auteur documentaries.   The festival will present 18 world premieres, 19 North American premieres, 28 Canadian premieres ...

SOUFRA executive produced by Susan Sarandon, will have its North American Premiere at the DOC NYC Film Festival

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EXECUTIVE PRODUCER SUSAN SARANDON AND DIRECTOR THOMAS MORGAN, REBELHOUSE GROUP, AND PILGRIM MEDIA ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF THE FEATURE DOCUMENTARY SOUFRA AT THE DOC NYC FESTIVAL THE FILM TELLS A WILDLY INSPIRATIONAL STORY OF THE  WORLD’S MOST UNLIKELY ENTREPRENEUR, MARIAN SHA’AR —A GENERATIONAL REFUGEE WHO LAUNCHED A CATERING COMPANY AND THE FIRST-EVER FOOD TRUCK BUSINESS FROM INSIDE A REFUGEE CAMP. U.S. SCREENINGS OF SOUFRA TO FOLLOW IN LOS ANGELES ST...

SAVING BRINTON documentary feature to screen at DOC NYC

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The RIDM announces the opening and closing films for its 20th edition!

The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), which returns for a 20th year this November 9 to 19, is pleased to announce the opening and closing films for this anniversary edition. 24 Davids, an essay by Céline Baril filmed on three continents, will have its world premiere on Thursday, November 9. To close this major documentary festival, Nothingwood by Sonia Kronlund, an unforgettable portrait of Afghanistan’s king of Z-movies, will be shown on November 18. Two bold film...

EDN Announces Project Selection for Lisbon Docs 2017

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  EDN - European Documentary Network announces the final selection of projects to take part in Lisbon Docs, the international financing and co-production forum taking place from 15-21 October in Lisbon, Portugal. Lisbon Docs is one of EDN's flagship programmes focusing on strategies to create top-quality documentary projects and delivering them to audiences worldwide. This year's edition of Lisbon Docs - New Gateways to Your Audience features an exciting selection of 22 internatio...

CALL FOR ENTRIES #VDR2018

Français CALL FOR ENTRIES – YOUR FILM AT VISIONS DU RÉEL 2018 Call to all filmmakers: we are preparing the 49th edition, to be held from 13 to 21 April, submit your film now! And discover what is new in the programme structure for Visions du Réel 2018. Submit a film and what is new for 2018 > EUROPEA...

A new platform will be launched at the 21st Ji.hlava IDFF for non fiction filmmakers

            Newly launched Ji.hlava Academy receives applications     A new educational, networking and inspiring platform open to talents representing various elements in contemporary non-fiction cinema will be launched at the 21st Ji.hlava IDFF. Over the course of four days, Ji.hlava Academy will offer a creative lab for those who are observing and broadening the limits of visual style, authorial approach, and audience perception. The h...

EDN Launches 'Media and Society' Initiative in Support of European Documentary Sector

The European Documentary Network (EDN) has launched a new initiative designed to support the European documentary sector and set out a blueprint for a sustainable future. The project, entitled 'Media and Society: European Documentary in a Changing Media Landscape – Bringing Together Policy and Practice', brings together academics, documentary filmmakers, key documentary organisations, media policy makers and a wide range of media stakeholders. EDN has recently published a present...

8 talents presented at dok.incubator preview (Nordisk Panorama, September 24)

  dok.incubator day at Nordisk Panorama 2017 Sunday 24th September, Nordisk Panorama hosts the events of its partner dok.incubator for the second year running. Nordisk Panorama itself takes place from 21st – 26th September. dok.incubator Preview Eight hand-picked international documentary talents on the point of release will be presented at the dok.incubator preview. The high-end documentaries from 11 different countries will be introduced ...

SFFILM Announces Winners of Significantly Expanded Documentary Film Fund.

Significantly Expanded Fund Awards a Total of $125,000 to Six Projects for Postproduction   San Francisco, CA – SFFILM today announced the six winners of the 2017 SFFILM Documentary Film Fund...

DOK.fest München calling

     We kindly invite filmmakers, production companies and distribution labels to submit their current documentary films. DOK.fest München is one of the largest festivals for documentary films in Europe. The international programme includes three relevant competition sections and ten awards (2,500 to 10,000 Euros). In 2017, the festival celebrated a new record of over 43,000 visitors. Premiere celebration at DOK.fest 2017 ...

NORTH PITCH - Below ZERO 2018: Call for Submissions

Filmmakers from around the world are invited to submit their documentary projects on every aspects of life above the Arctic Circle for the next edition of NORTH PITCH — Below Zero. Selected projects will be pitched to a panel of international decision makers and compete for The Arctic Documentary Award and The Below Zero Award. The deadline for submitting projects is 27 November 2017. NORTH PITCH — Below Zero is an international pitching session for documentary projects focusing o...

The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival calling all documentary filmmakers...

    The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is amongst the world’s newest documentary film festivals and is one of the most fun and interesting stopovers on the international documentary film festival circuit.   Each year the festival curates world class feature and short documentaries direct from some of the hottest most prestigious documentary film festivals in the world, such as Sheffield Doc Fest, Traverse Ci...

Facing Facts: Documentaries at Adelaide Film Festival 2017

  #AdlFF IS THIS THE REAL LIFE? IS THIS JUST FANTASY?                     Yes, it is real life, or at least a good slice of it. Documentaries ...

Documentary masters and an exclusive retrospective at the 20th annual Montreal International Documentary Festival

  The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), which will present its 20th annual edition this November 9 to 19, is proud to announce some of the high-profile filmmakers featured in its program as well as an exclusive retrospective devoted to Singaporean filmmaker Tan Pin Pin. Big names in documentary The Golden Leopard winner at this year’s Locarno Festival, Mrs. Fang by Wang Bing is a deeply metaphysical and political work that meticulously chronicles the slow death of...

Antenna Documentary Film Festival unveils its 2017 program,

ANTENNA DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FULL LINE-UP FOR 7TH EDITION October 10-15, 2017 Antenna Documentary Film Festival today unveils its 2017 program, presenting a captivating line-up of the most creative and thought-provoking documentaries from Australia and around the world. The program includes 50 films from 20 countries, three film competitions with cash prizes, DocTalk sessions, filmmaker Q&A’s and Gala events. “We have...
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