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IDFA Announces Nominations

Friday, December 1----As the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA) heads into its final weekend, the speculation is growing on which films will win the major prizes at the ceremonies on Saturday night. There has been, as one would expect at a festival with many heart-felt opinions, many passionate discussions on the merits (or demerits) of certain films. Last evening, the nominations were announced for IDFA’s competition programs: the Joris Ivens Competition for best lon...

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...

Meet The Jurors

2004 VPRO Joris Ivens Award Winners for STAND VAN DE MAAN Saturday, November 25----Members of the juries for the major competitions at the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA) have begun their process of screening films in contention and evaluating their worthiness for a series of top awards. Jurors in four separate competition categories will be among the busiest people as the Festival enters its first big weekend of screenings and events. In the Joris Ivens Competition, ...

Jan Vrijman Fund May Be Discontinued

Wednesday, November 22---A financial assistance fund that has helped several dozen documentary films from developing countries get made over the past 10 years is having its future status debated during the upcoming International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA), the largest showcase of international documentaries on the festival circuit. The Jan Vrijman Fund, founded by IDFA in 1998, has provided financial funding to 36 projects from 29 countries, investing a total sum of over US $5...

2005 IDFA Award Winner To Become A Feature Film

Helen Mirren at New York Film Festival Monday, November 20----The London Observer has reported that the documentary film THE ANGELMAKERS, which won the Silver Wolf Award at the 2005 IDFA for Dutch director Astrid Bussink, will be made into a feature film starring Helen Mirren and John Hurt. The film will be a fictionalized version of the gripping short documentary, which investigated the story of the mysterious killing by hundreds of women of their husbands in a small Hungarian village in the...

Focus on Chinese Documentaries

The dramatic economic growth amidst potent political struggles makes the People's Republic of China one of the most fascinating countries in the world today. Along with the growth of the Chinese film industry as a whole, documentaries from the country of almost 2 billion people have also become objects of fascination. Even more than the fiction films emerging from the former "Red China", non-fiction works portray the conflicts and opportunities as China emerges as one of the most powerful and i...

Alan Berliner Is Festival's Special Guest

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Innovative American documentary filmmaker Alan Berliner will be a Special Guest of the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (idfa), the leading showcase and market for non-fiction film. The Festival, which brings together film, television and industry professionals, as well as a local enthusiastic audience, opens on November 23 in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Berliner has been chosen as a Master of Documentary and will give a special lecture on his varied film...

Focus on Chinese Documentaries at Amsterdam Docu Fest

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The dramatic economic growth amidst potent political struggles makes the People's Republic of China one of the most fascinating countries in the world today. Along with the growth of the Chinese film industry as a whole, documentaries from the country of almost 2 billion people have also become objects of fascination. Even more than the fiction films emerging from the former "Red China", non-fiction works portray the conflicts and opportunities as China emerges as one of the most powerful and in...

Dutch Documentary To Open IDFA

One of the ways that the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (known as IDFA for short) has built strong loyalties with the local audience and visiting professionals is the platform it offers for documentary films of local filmmakers. The first such showcase will be the Opening Night Film, to screen on November 23, of 4 ELEMENTS by Jiska Rickels. The film mixes documentary technique with visual poetry, which illustrates man's battle with his environment. The film focuses on four...

Barbara Kopple To Receive Maverick Award

Monday, October 9----Veteran documentary director Barbara Kopple will be honored with the Maverick Award at the Woodstock Film Festival, which opens on Thursday. She will be honored at a special Awards Ceremony on Saturday evening, with actress-turned-documentarian Rosie Perez giving Kopple her award honors. Perez co-directed her first documentary film this year, the autobiographical I'M BORICUA, JUST SO YOU KNOW! Rosie Perez Kopple, a double Oscar winner for her films HARLAN COUNTRY USA and...

DOK Leipzig Competition Programmes

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- 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...

Sheffield Documentary Festival has a new director

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Sheffield International Documentary Festival is delighted to announce the appointment of its new Director. Heather Croall, formerly Director of the Australian International Documentary Conference, will start in post early April. Heather’s career in the Australian screen industry has included working as a company director, independent documentary producer, festival director and consultant. Heather has also worked for government film funding agency the South Australian Film Corporation, has ga...

Mumbai International Film Festival highlights

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Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) rated as one of the most important top five International events held around the globe.9th edition of Mumbai International Film Festival, happening between February 3-9, 2006; will be an unique festival amalgamating short films, documentaries, animation and electronic films. For well over a decade, it has been playing a pivotal role in identifying and promoting newer vistas in the genre of cinema. MIFF has always been receptive to experimentation in form...

Mumbai International Film Festival schdeduled for early feb

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MIFF-2006... Mumbai International Film Festival is happening in Mumbai.Films Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India, has contributed immensely for the promotion of documentaries, short and animation films, through its biennial edition of the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF).MIFF began way back in 1990 and is now entering into its 9th edition, scheduled between 3-9 February, 2006 in Mumbai.MIFF is a unique festival amalgamating short films, documentary, animatio...

What's new at Jakarta International Film Festival (7th)

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The 7th Jakarta International Film Festival will open December 9 and will conclude 9 days later on the 18th! Words from Orlow Seunke, JiFFest Director JiFFest has always included documentary films, but this year, for the first time, we’ve created a special section for documentaries. These days, the documentary form is enjoying an exciting revival. Captivating and entertaining, they no longer resemble that dry ‘serious’ genre we love to hate. We’ve selected the best documentaries of recen...

Copenhagen Docu fest cph:dox has just wrapped

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3rd COPENHAGEN INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVALNOVEMBER 4-13 2005In only 3 years the festival has become on of the biggest doc events in Europe.The festival has enjoyed a lot of positive response and attention from our large local audience as well as from international producers and distributors, the national and international press and the many international guests visiting cph:dox 2005. cph:dox strongly believe in the many opportunities this new platform has created for a future and possibly...

Sheffield International Documentary Festival wrapped

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Once again the Sheffield International Documentary Festival has enjoyed a resounding success. Between the 10th and 16th October 2005, an international crowd descended on the Showroom Cinema to be involved in the UK’s premiere event for documentary film. There were nearly 9,000 admissions and delegate pass sales were up over 13% on 2004. The festival also welcomed over 45 filmmakers from around the globe who came to support their films.This year saw one new competition, the Sky One Development ...

Taiwan International Documentary Festival

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The 4th Annual Taiwan International Documentary Festival presents 120 films from December 11th -17th. Organized by the Chinese Taipei Film Archive and sponsored by Council for Cultural Affairs, the festival explores social issues and the documentary form through a dialogue between Taiwanese and international filmmakers and local audiences.The festival focuses on independent and experimental documentaries that push formal and thematic boundaries. It includes three juried sections, the Internati...

10th Sheffield International Documentary Festival

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SHEFFIELD INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL: 8-14 NOVEMBER 2004Bringing together confessions in Jesus and the freezing of Grandpa in Colorado, the Sheffield International Documentary Festival presents a colourful collection of the most thought provoking, entertaining and influential documentaries from around the world. Now in its 10th year, the Sheffield International Documentary Festival, which runs 8–14 November 2004, is the UK’s premier festival dedicated to the documentary genre and its...

Prague Fest: focus on docus on Human Rights

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One World, 6th Annual Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Prague, Czech Republic, 15-22 April 2004 Organised by People in Need - Czech TV Foundation, One World has quickly emerged as one of the largest and most important human rights film festivals in Europe and is firmly established as one of Prague's premier cultural and media events. One World 2004 will present 155 films from around the world. The Festival center will be located at the Archa theater. Other screenings will be held in popula...

Full Frame docu fest awards

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The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival wrapped up its seventh year with record attendance resulting in sixteen sold-out screenings and events. The number of passes issued this year was 1520 compared to last year's 1000. Tickets also exceeded last year's totals. By Saturday evening, 12,495 tickets had been issued; at that point last year the festival had issued 11,670. As of Sunday's Award Barbecue, tickets issued climbed to 13,278 and, with the balance of Sunday's afternoon and evening scree...

D- Fest on Digital cinema network

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Launch of the the first nationally syndicated film festivalEmerging Pictures and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival have recently announced at the Sundance Film Festival that they are jointly developing a nationally syndicated festival utilizing Emerging Pictures’ digital cinema network. The syndicated festival will be contemporaneous with the flagship festival in Durham, North Carolina and exhibit in as many as 20 cities. The deal will allow audiences throughout the country—for the ...

Marcel Ophuls honored at full Frame docu fest in april

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FULL FRAME DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL TO HONOR MARCEL OPHULS AT THIS YEARS FESTIVAL, APRIL 1 – 4, 2004 HBO’s film Elaine Stritch at Liberty, based on Elaine Stritch’s Tony Award-Winning One-Woman Broadway Show, to have its World Premiere; Stritch will join Ophuls, Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana, Harry Shearer and others as special guests Elaine Stritch at Liberty, HBO’s documentary film on Elaine Stritch’s one-woman Broadway show will open this year’s Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The...

Danes are learning to love docus

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C O P E N H A G E N I N T E R N A T I O N A L D O C U M E N T A R Y F I L M F E S T I V A L 0 7 - 1 6 . N O V E M B E R 2 0 0 3 Reality Rockscph:dox, The first Copenhagen International Documentary Festival, surpassed all expectations.Danes are learning to love documentary films. At least judged by the admission numbers for Copenhagen's first international documentary festival, cph:dox, which ended Sunday, November 16.With 11.706 admissions to the 81 films, the festival al...

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