Archive for November, 2011

/ 11/29/2011 12:38 PM

In Amsterdam, Four Asian docs win awards at 24th IDFA

The winners of the various IDFA competition programs were just announced in Escape, during the awards ceremony of the 24th International Documentary Festival Amsterdam / IDFA. 4 docs about and from Asia received award.   (“The vanishing spring light”, “Bitter seeds”)  Seung-Jun Yi’s “Planet of Snail” (South Korea) won the VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary. The Special Jury Award [...]

/ 11/29/2011 1:46 AM

Canada/China boxing documentary received European support

European broadcasters in the UK and Scandinavia have joined Canadian EyeSteel for the financing of a rare Canadian-Chinese copro, a film about poor, rural Chinese teenagers training in Western-style boxing school. Canada’s EyeSteel Film has just announced presales of the film “China Heavyweight” to YLE in Finland, Channel 4 in the UK, TV2 in Denmark. Two Canadian networks also jumped on board: Superchannel and [...]

/ 11/25/2011 1:25 AM

Canadian Breakthrough signs Asian deals

Canadian producer-distributor Breakthrough Entertainment has sold more than 130 hours of content to broadcasters in Asia. . Thai network TrueVisions acquired several one-off docs including “Crackberry’d – The Truth About Information Overload” and “Parkour Takes Vegas“, “China – A Century of Humiliation” and “The Truth About Shoplifting” . Vietnam Television bagged the doc series “Future Revealed” and “Future Medicine” . RTB in Brunei bought [...]

/ 11/24/2011 2:55 PM

Over 700 hours from A+E Networks sold in Asia Pacific

Broadcasters in South Korea, Australia and China have acquired factual entertainment and documentary titles from A+E Networks. . In South Korea, CJ Media has acquired “Seriously Funny Kids”, while Skylife has picked up “The Universe in 3D” and KBS has licensed “America: The Story of US”.  Science TV has picked up “Crime 360″, “Mega Disasters”, “Jaws: The Inside Story”, “Silence [...]

/ 11/21/2011 7:35 PM

Roger Garcia (HAF / Hong Kong): “we will include four documentary projects in HAF 2012″

14 months after his appointment to the role of executive director at the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society and head of HAF, Roger Garcia explains why the major Asian Film Financing platform is opening its scope to documentary films. As a long time consultant, advisor, curator and juror for many film festivals in Asia, America and Europe, Roger Garcia also [...]

/ 11/13/2011 5:45 PM

Documenting the changes on film (China Daily)

The iDOCS International Documentary Forum provides a rare chance for audiences in China to explore this genre through the best productions, and a chance to talk to the master producers and directors behind the cameras. By Han Bingbin In China Daily (2011-12-11 ) Since 2009, the forum has screened more than 20 films every winter from countries such as The [...]

/ 11/11/2011 6:39 PM

US HBO selects Longinotto’s “Pink Saris” for its next India season

Sundance-winning director Kim Longinotto (INTERVIEW on this website) has secured for the first time a U.S. network for her India-set documentary Pink Saris (pictured).  HBO2 picked up the title to air later this month as part of the special programming event “This is not America. This is India”. (see the trailer on YouTube) The film, produced by Vixen Films and Ginger [...]

/ 11/11/2011 1:27 PM

“Loneliness of Lake Urmia” / Mohammad Ehsani / Iran (post-production)

                    Synopsis: The documentary deals with the possibility of salt tsunami happening to Lake Urmia which is becoming completely dry, and the changes it can bring about to the region’s environment. Experts have expressed that if the Lake dry; temperate weather of area will be change into tropical air with salty [...]

/ 11/10/2011 12:53 AM

US PBS will launch in Mainland China with a CETV branded block

American public broadcaster PBS is expanding into China, through a major deal with China Educational Television (CETV) to launch a PBS-branded programming block on the network, starting next year.      The multi-year broadcast and distribution deal was agreed by PBS International, the distribution and sales arm of the U.S. network. CETV has committed a daily primetime slot on weekdays for PBS-branded [...]

/ 11/01/2011 3:20 PM

New BBC channels to be launched in Thailand and Taiwan

BBC Worldwide (BBCWW), the commercial arm of the UK broadcaster, is expanding the BBC brand and presence in Asia, with new channel launches in Taiwan and Thailand, and further expansion in Indonesia.   . In Thailand, the company will launch BBC Knowledge, BBC Entertainment, BBC Lifestyle and kids channel CBeebies this coming January. . In Taiwan, BBC signed a deal with Chunghwa Telecom [...]