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Doc News / 16-31 January 2011

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twitter documentary = twittamentary (28/01/11)


The Twittamentary is a documentary cum movie, directed by Singapore’s very own filmmaker, Tan Siok Siok. It is created based on people’s opinions and experience with Twitter across America. The same question was asked throughout Siok Siok’s journey: What is the most interesting thing that happened to you because of Twitter?

Penn Olson

New award to honor documentaries with a big impact on the world (26/01/11)

PUMA.Creative and Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation have announced the launch of the PUMA.Creative Impact Award, a major new annual award to honour the documentary film creating the most significant impact in the world, this 50,000-euro award acknowledges the film’s makers and will help the continuation of the film’s campaign work.

Submissions close on April 1, 2011 when Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation will assess applications and produce a shortlist to be assessed by an international Peer Review Committee including: Carol Cone, Executive Vice President of Cone@Edelman; Diana Barrett, President and Founder of Fledgling Fund; Yvette Alberdingkthijm, Executive Director of WITNESS; Pat Aufderheide, Director of Center for Social Media, American University; Isabelle Schwarz, Head of Strategic Programmes at European Cultural Foundation; and Sarah Hunter, Head of UK Public Policy at Google. Five final nominated films will then be put forward to the Jury for consideration. Filmmakers interested in applying for the PUMA.Creative Impact Award should go to

Oscar nominations divide Asia (26/01/11)

The nominations for the Academy Awards in the US eliminated Asia’s lone contender in the foreign-language film category, but gave prominence to Australian and Indian talent in overseas productions. … Beijing-based Chinese-American Ruby Yang (楊紫燁), who in 2007 won an Oscar with documentary short The Blood Of Yingzhou District (潁州的孩子), is nominated in the same category, this time with The Warriors of Qiugang (仇崗衛士). The 39-minute film tackles the politically sensitive subject of a group of Chinese villagers who put an end to the poisoning of their land and water by a local chemical factory.

Film Biz Asia

Nat Geo Wild, Fox is tops among Southeast Asian audiences (24/01/11)

FOX International Channels (FIC) continued to see strong momentum from various channels throughout the Southeast Asia region in December last year, with particularly strong viewership recorded for its FOX and Nat Geo Wild brands. Both channels have shown impressive rating performance, as they further gain in popularity in particular geographies and markets around the region. … Geo Wild maintains its #1 factual channel ranking in Malaysia-which it has held since its launch in August -out-rating the competition by a double-digit margin. Nat Geo Wild is also the most-watched factual channel in Hong Kong. Nat Geo Wild’s 24-hour dubbing in local languages, including Bahasa Malay, Cantonese and Mandarin, (and very soon Tamil) offers Asian viewers a fully-localized viewing experience. … Great Migrations, which airs on the National Geographic Channel and premiered in November, has lifted the channel’s year-to-date timeslot rating in Singapore by 170 per cent, in Malaysia by 70 per cent and in Taiwan by 44 per cent.

On Screen Asia
Sundance: Fox Searchlight Cages ‘Bengali Detective’ (24/11/11)

Fox Searchlight Pictures President of Production Claudia Lewis announced today that the company has acquired worldwide remake rights from Native Voice Films to the entertaining original feature documentary, THE BENGALI DETECTIVE, directed by Philip Cox and produced by Giovanna Stopponi, Annie Sundberg and Himesh Kar.


Documentary Shows Rare Look at Dissent in Myanmar Military (22/01/11)

Myo Myint, left, is a former Burmese soldier who joined the democratic opposition led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Mr. Myo Myint is the central figure in a new documentary called “Burma Soldier,” a film that traces his life from the battlefield, where he lost a leg and an arm, to his 15 years in prison after joining the opposition and then his departure through a Thai refugee camp to the United States in 2008.

New York Times

Three Indian films at the Berlin film festival (20/01/11)

This year’s Berlin International Film Festival will screen three Indian films in the Panorama section – Vishal Bhardwaj’s 7 Khoon Maaf, Kaushik Mukherjee’s Gandu and Phil Cox’s The Bengali Detective. … British filmmaker Phil Cox lets viewers experience the city of Calcutta up close in The Bengali Detective; the film takes one to the darkest corners of the metropolis with private detectives whose businesses are booming because the police can no longer be trusted.

Indian Television

Film South Asia 2011 calls for entries (18/01/11)

If documentary is your form of expression than here’s your chance to screen your creativity for the world to see. Film South Asia (FSA), the biennial festival of South Asian documentaries is now calling for entries. Organized for the last 12 years, the festival provides a platform for non-fiction filmmakers across South Asia. It can be about any subject such as people, culture, lifestyle, adventure, development, environment, politics, education and history. The eighth edition of the festival is scheduled to be held in Kathmandu from 29 September to 2 October, 2011.

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Sundance Channel Europe & Asia Celebrate the Sundance Film Festival With a 10-Night Special Programming Event (16/01/11)


Sundance Channel will celebrate the world renowned Sundance Film Festival in Europe and Asia with a 10-day lineup of films spanning the Festival’s rich history, with new titles airing each night. The special programming event, which runs 21-30 January and coincides with the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, will also feature the Sundance Channel premieres of selections from last year’s Festival, the award-winning His & Hers and the nominated The Imperialists are Alive…

On-Air Film Festival Airs 21-30 January.


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