Archive for April, 2012

/ 04/29/2012 6:17 PM

A doc project about Pakistan received one of the 11 Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Awards

On April 26, the Tribeca Film Institute gave out US$92,000 in funds as part of its Tribeca All Access (TAA) Creative Promise Awards and alumni grants, in a ceremony in Manhattan.  One doc project about Asia received one of the TAA Creative Promise award for documentary’s Alumni grants.   “The Path”, from Senain Kheshgi tells the story of a 80-year-old barber who has rescued more [...]

/ 04/28/2012 6:31 PM

Penny Vozniak (Australia): “very personal stories are actually the stories of the whole world”

Few hours before the world premiere of her first documentary in Toronto, “Despite the gods”, Penny Vozniak speaks about the shooting in Bollywood and her new projects in kabul or Japan. Could you introduce yourself ? I was born in Australia, but these days I live between the US, Europe and Sydney. Like most filmmakers I tend to spend time where [...]

/ 04/28/2012 12:33 PM

He Film (2011, France)

Author/Director: Liliane de Kermadec Producer: Tita Productions Country: France Length: 52′ / 75′ About China SYNOPSIS For 37 years, first on foot, by bike and then motorcycle, He Fu Quang has been travelling the back roads of Sichuan bringing wherever he goes “culture and cinema,” as he says. Offered by the Chinese government, the films are now sent via satellite [...]

/ 04/27/2012 9:17 PM

NHK and BBC join Insefilm Prod. on “Beyond the Wave”

  NHK in Japan, the BBC in the UK, IKON in the Netherlands and WDR Cologne in Germany have joined Berlin-based Inselfilm Production as coproducers of ”Beyond the Wave”. The film sees director Kyoko Myake revisit her mother’s hometown of Fukushima after last year’s tsunami and earthquake. Zurich-based distributor First Hand Films has finalized the coproduction deals as well as pre-sales with SVT in Sweden, YES in [...]

/ 04/27/2012 2:16 AM

Documentary Edge 2012 include 10 films about or from Asia

Documentary Edge (Australasia’s leading international documentary film festival) has selected 72 films from 34 countries for its 2012 Festival edition. Among these 72 films, XX documentaries are from or about Asia Pacific, excluding the 5 films in the NZ section.      World Cinema / Around the world in 8 films. . Bad Weather Germany/UK / 90min. / Bengali with English [...]

/ 04/27/2012 12:08 AM

A+E Networks sells its docs to many Asian broadcasters

Broadcasters in Asia Pacific (China, Japan, Indonesia and Brunei) have licensed a number of  Networks titles, including American Pickers, Big Shrimpin’, and Titanic’s Final Moments: Missing Pieces (pictured). . In Japan, BS-TBS picked up “Ice Road Truckers”, Sukachan acquired “Titanic: 100 Years in 3D”, and Ginga Channel picked up a package of “Biography episodes”. . Multiple deals were closed in China, [...]

/ 04/26/2012 11:43 PM

The 55th San Francisco International Film Festival presents 5 doc feat. from or about Asia Pacific

The 55th San Francisco International Film Festival runs April 19-May 3. As usual, the spring event is an ”extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation”. This year 31 feature docs have been included in the festival’s selection. Among them, 5 films are from or about Asia Pacific. . Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry Alison Klayman,  USA/China, 2012 “Renowned artist and dissident Ai Weiwei has waged [...]

/ 04/25/2012 6:22 PM

“My Chinese Acquaintances” won the doc Gold Remi Award at Houston Int`l Film Festival

5 documentaries from or about Asia won a number of top prizes at the 45th Houston International Film Festival on Saturday 21th April 2012.  Among them, “My Chinese Acquaintances” snatched the Gold Remi Award for documentaries. This doc was directed by Andrew Lone and Shen Xiaomin and produced by Yuezhong Film & TV Co (Shenzhen,China). The film already won the History & [...]

/ 04/25/2012 2:51 PM

The World’s Most Fashionable Prison (2012, Singapore / UK)

Director: CK Mak | 67 minutes | Singapore, UK | 2012 | Language: (Subtitled) English, Tagalog |   SYNOPSIS ” Award-winning fashion designer Puey Quinones and his dresses make regular appearances on red carpet events and celebrity weddings. For the past four years, the petite gay 31-yearold has been leading a double life. Away from the celebrity and public adoration, [...]

/ 04/25/2012 10:51 AM

V. Mirchandani (16th Street Prod. / Australia): “I am currently producing a feature doc on food safety in China”

Indian born Vijaykumar Mirchandani speaks about his new project about food in China and the future of documentary industry in Asia. Could you introduce yourself? I was born in India. Although an engineer by profession with a marketing diploma, my passion was always TV and film-making. I am a seasoned television professional that has been associated with the TV business since [...]