Archive for August, 2011

/ 08/27/2011 11:57 AM

Asia’s first documentary on AIDS patient’s family debuts (Focus Taiwan)

Taipei, Aug. 27 (CNA) A documentary depicting the internal struggles of a mother whose son is infected with HIV/AIDS made its debut on Friday in Taipei, marking the first time a family member of an Asian AIDS patient was willing to speak out on the big screen, according to an association. By Wang Shu-fen and James Lee In Focus Taiwan, [...]

/ 08/25/2011 12:12 PM

Students documentary contest bids to save forests (Vietnam News)

HCM CITY — The 2011 Southeast Asian Student Documentary Awards encourage young people in the region to raise pressing social and environmental issues through films. Vietnam News, August, 25 2011 Organised by Germany’s Goethe cultural institutes in the region, the competition is for students aged between 18 and 28 in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam. Titled “Tree[s] [...]

/ 08/24/2011 9:45 PM

BBC sells “Frozen Planet” in China to CCTV (Realscreen)

The BBC has sold its blue-chip natural history series Frozen Planet into China, with state broadcaster CCTV acquiring the title at the second annual BBC Showcase China event in Beijing this week. by Adam Benzine in Realscreen, August 24, 2011 The seven-part series, helmed by Alastair Fothergill (Planet Earth, The Blue Planet) and made by the BBC’s Natural History Unit, [...]

/ 08/22/2011 4:46 PM

China: dearth of the Documentary (Global Times)

BEIJING, Aug. 22 (Xinhuanet) — The 2009 French nature documentary Oceans, with a commentary by noted director-actor Jiang Wen, was finally released in China earlier this month. Yet despite a rapturous welcome from media, it only secured distribution in 1,000 cinema nationwide, leading critics to urge Chinese theaters to give more attention to documentaries. By Zhang Xiang In Global Times [...]

/ 08/20/2011 10:45 AM

GZ DOC 2011: competition and screening application open

The Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, GZ DOC, 2011 will be held in Guangzhou, China, from 5 to 9 december 2011. As usual, GZ DOC 2011 will include the following sections: Documentary Market, Competition, Screening , Seminars, as well as Screening Premiere Ceremony, Opening Ceremony, Award Ceremony. The registration for GZ DOC 2011 has been launched recently. The organization comitee is looking [...]

/ 08/17/2011 1:38 PM

SUNTV launched the first Chinese Documentary online Award

With the slogan of “Show your mind, Vote your eyes”, iSuntv Chinese Documentary Award is a new online documentary event organised by SUNTV (Hongkong). This is a unique doc competition on internet with film exhibition, netizen voting and jury reviewing. According to SUNTV announcement, “netizens after registering can watch the 180 submissions from Mainland China, Hongkong, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia. Netizens after [...]

/ 08/13/2011 9:36 PM

French director Jacques Perrin joins CCTV (China Daily)

The 70-year-old filmmaker Jacques Perrin joined China Central Television (CCTV) as foreign consultant for documentary. By Liu Wei In China Daily, 2011-08-13 Jacques Perrin will help the largest Chinese TV network’s newly established documentary channel evaluate co-production projects, find international documentary-making talents and train local teams. “Documentaries are mirrors of life and society,” he says. “I appreciate CCTV’s efforts to set [...]

/ 08/09/2011 10:30 PM

Asia Cinema Fund backs diverse slate (Film Business Asia)

The Busan International Film Festival 부산국제영화제’s Asia Cinema Fund has announced financial support for some 31 film and documentary projects at different stages of completion. By Patrick Frater In Film Business Asia (Tue, 09 August 2011) Organisers report that applications grew by 30% to 285. In the Script Development section it backed two projects from the Philippines and two from [...]