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Hot Docs retrospectives and national programs

Celebrating its 16th edition next year, Hot Docs will present more than 150 films from April 30 to May 10, 2009.Hot Docs retrospectives and national programs for 2009 will include: * A showcase of films by celebrated Canadian filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, the recipient of this year's Outstanding Achievement Award. * Focus On Ron Mann, a retrospective highlighting the Toronto filmmaker's over 25 year career of exploring alternative and dissident cultures. * Spotlight on the NFB at 70, a program of ...

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New Year - New Blog

Ok - this is a new year and a chance to start a fresh right? Well 2007 saw the launch of my website - and it seemed my genius web guru decided to opt me in for a mandatory blog. Great idea - everybody knows that a blog is the best way to self-market and to get your opinion out there. However it soon became to me like that empty journal you feel guilty about not writing in. Sure I made a point of posting while on the circuit at Tribeca Film Festival and then nearly 6 mont...

New initiatives for Dubai Industry Office

The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has introduced a number of new initiatives for its Industry Office, including a Project Market, a producer's training program, and a screenwriting master class.   Under the guidance of Associate Director Jane Williams (industry consultant for reputed organizations such as Cinemart and  The European Commission), the DIFF Industry Office has been designed to provide a platform for information exchange and share of best practice between Arab f...

Heddy Honigmann Honored With Two Festival Awards

  Friday, March 30------Celebrated Dutch documentary filmmaker Heddy Honigmann is being honored by two back-to-back film festivals next month. The prolific director will be honored at both the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, where she will be presented with the prestigious Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement Award, and the San Francisco Film Festival will similarly honor her with its Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award, honoring the lifetime achievement of a singul...

Explosion of Documentary-Only Film Festivals

Thursday, November 30----While it is true that most major international film festivals do showcase important documentary films, the explosion of documentary-only film festivals, as evidenced here at the International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) in Amsterdam, is nothing less than an explosion. With brochures littering the industry areas, it is amazing and heartening to see such a massive public interest in the documentary form. So, instead of writing a long article, I am simply going to l...

DOK Leipzig Competition Programmes

- International Competition Documentary Film | Traditions, Families, Political IssuesA total of 19 films from 15 countries have made it into this year’s International Competition Documentary Film. Productions come also from countries rather exceptional for documentary film-making, such as Myanmar or Thailand ("Buddha's Lost Children", "The Longest Day"). Just as in 2005, the selection committee for the category documentary film was made up of festival director Claas Danielsen, film-maker Matt...

Hot Docs line up

Yesterday, Hot Docs announced its official programming line-up for the 2006 festival, coinciding with the opening of the CBC Newsworld Advance Box Office, where tickets and passes for Hot Docs screenings can be purchased from now until the end of the festival. Hot Docs will screen 99 films from 23 countries between April 28 - May 7, including 18 world premieres, 17 international premieres, 13 North American premieres, 30 Canadian premieres, and seven Toronto premieres. Hot Docs' Canadian Spectru...

A Conversation With Danish filmmaker Jorgen Leth

Jorgen Leth interview by Wendy Dent Festival dei Popoli, Florence 7 December 2005WD: This festival was very unique in that it expanded my definitions of what documentary is and this is what stunned me about your films, is they were staged and it really broadened my idea of what documentary is but made me wonder where is the line, where is the definition? Once you start to have actors and you make a comment about society, but even drama is a comment on humanity so I am wondering what you feel abo...

Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival

2005 Guangzhou International Documentary Film FestivalDecember 6-10,2005TThe 2005 Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival (GZDOC 2005) will be held from 6th to 10th in December of this year in Guangzhou, China.Its goals are:1. To hold thematic and inspiring seminars for documentary films.2. To award documentary filmmakers for their excellent work. 3. To build a channel of communication between documentary investors, producers and distributors.4 To promote Chinese documentary films and ...

Hot Docs appoints sean Farnel as Fest Programmer

HOT DOCS ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF LEADING DOCUMENTARY PROGRAMMER SEAN FARNEL TO POSITION OF DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is proud to announce that, from an international field of highly talented applicants, leading documentary programmer Sean Farnel has been appointed the organization's new Director of Programming. Currently a staff programmer specializing in documentary films and learning programmes with the Toronto International Film Festival Gr...

Thank Doc It's Friday!, inaugural Hot Doc panels

NEW INDUSTRY PANELS FOCUS ON DOC AND FACTUAL SERIESHot Docs is delighted to introduce a new event for 2005, closing the week of industry sessions with a nod to our many delegates - both producers and broadcasters - working in documentary series programming. The three Thank Doc It's Friday! panels focus on behind-the-scenes intelligence for those developing and distributing non-fiction series television. Events will be held on Friday, April 29 from 11:00 am to 5:15 pm, on the Second Floor of Vict...

Atlantic film fest jury is split in 2 groups

The 24th Atlantic Film Festival (AFF) announced today that Brett Hendrie, Michael Melski and Stephen Reynolds have been selected for the Atlantic Jury and Charles Bishop, Duncan Hall and Paul Quinn have been selected for the Canadian Jury for this year’s Festival, September 17-25, 2004. The Atlantic Jury chooses 11 Atlantic awards while the Canadian Jury chooses two awards.“We made the decision to divide the jury into two this year because the intensive jury process for such a large program...

Final Solution ban protest

The Censor Board of India recently banned Rakesh Sharma's internationally-acclaimed documentary - Final Solution. An online petition has been created by Anand Patwardhan to protest against the ban. The petition asks Central Government to intervene and revoke the ban immediately. As you may already know, under clause 6 and 9 of the Cinematograph Act, the Central Government is empowered to overturn any decision/ recommendation by the Censor Board.People who have already signed the petition include...

Peak at Hot Docs

CELEBRATE THE 11TH YEAR OF DOCUMENTARY EXCELLENCE AT THE HOT DOCS FESTIVAL RUNNING APRIL 23 – MAY 2, 2004This spring, Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary film festival and market, celebrates its 11th year of presenting the best documentary cinema from Canada and around the world. In 2003, Hot Docs was voted Toronto’s Best Big Film Festival by Toronto’s Now Magazine and public attendance climbed to over 32,000. Hot Docs was established in 1993 by the Documentary Organisation of ...

Michael MacLear honored at HOT DOCS

Hot Docs' Board of Directors has selected multi-award winning documentary, producer and broadcast journalist Michael Maclear as the recipient of its annual Outstanding Achievement Award and Retrospective. Mr. Maclear will receive his award at the annual awards presentation during the festival. Always a precise, informed, and thorough journalist, Maclear has produced a distinguished body of informative and factual television over the past five decades. His work ranges from incisive pieces for CBC...