Archive for May, 2012

/ 05/31/2012 1:00 PM

Bali seeks young filmmakers (The Jakarta Post)

Amid the minimum appreciation for documentary films nationwide, the third Bali Documentary Film Festival keeps on striving to uncover more of the island’s hidden young talents in film making. BY AGNES WINARTI ON The Jakarta Post (2012-05-18)  “The Balinese are born and raised in an atmosphere of cultural and artistic lives. They already have such powerful artistic flair and thus, [...]

/ 05/30/2012 7:51 PM

5 of the 10 new PUMA.Creative Catalyst Awards winners for 2012 speaks about Asia

BRITDOC Foundation and PUMA just announced the ten new first PUMA.Creative Catalyst Award winners for 2012. Among these projects, 5 are about Asia. Concurrent with the announcement of the winners, PUMA.Creative and BRITDOC Foundation announced the second call for PUMA.Creative Catalyst Awards for 2012 applications open. For more information on applications, you can visit the website. Applications for Summer Call are now [...]

/ 05/30/2012 8:36 AM

Movie review: When China Met Africa (The Ottawa Citizen)

Documentary explores fascinating power shift By Jay Stone, Postmedia News (May 25, 2012) When China Met Africa — ★★★1/2 Directed by: Marc Francis and Nick Francis Parental guidance: Coarse language (In English and Chinese with English subtitles) More information: www.whenchinametafrica.com There’s a scene in the fascinating documentary When China Met Africa where an entrepreneur named Mr. Liu — a chain-smoking businessman [...]

/ 05/29/2012 3:18 PM

Drug mules share their story (New Strait Times)

Viewers get a first-hand account from women who have been tricked into smuggling in the documentary, “Malaysian Drug Mules” WHEN Rosna Shariff, 43, was offered US$60,000 (RM186,750) to pick up “important documents” from Peru, she thought she had found her dream job. Without hesitation, the mother of three quickly accepted the offer. When she entered Peru’s international airport, her luggage [...]

/ 05/29/2012 8:54 AM

Sydney Film Festival 2012 likes Asian docs

Since its inception in 1954, Sydney Film Festival (SFF) has become a key cultural event for Sydney and well-established in the international film festival calendar. Across 12 days and nights (from 6-17 June), the 59th Sydney Film Festival offers screenings of over 150 films and showcase the best in cinema from across Australia and around the world, including features, documentaries and [...]

/ 05/27/2012 10:56 AM

2 docs from Asia won AIBD World TV Awards

The 2 asian winners of 2012 Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD)’s World TV Awards are: . “DHARMA – WHERE DOES HAPPINESS LIE?” directed by Chan-Gyu, Yun and Geun-Young, Choi and broadcast by KBS - Korea won the CATEGORY HUMANITY for the Best TV Documentary Promoting Religious Understanding and Tolerance” . “OZONE – THE HUMAN FACTOR” directed by Rehan Ahmed and [...]

/ 05/25/2012 11:53 AM

Korean EBS’s education contents go global on Google’s YouTube

Korea Educational Broadcasting System (EBS), Korea’s largest free-to-air public education broadcaster, has agreed to make EBS education contents available on Google’s YouTube, the world’s largest video sharing site. On May 15, at the headquarters of Google in California, US, EBS signed a contract of providing EBS contents to YouTube. This contract has paved the way for distributing EBS contents legally [...]

/ 05/25/2012 6:37 AM

What makes “A Bite of China” so popular? (People’s Daily)

“A Bite of China”, a mouth-watering late-night documentary television series featuring delicious Chinese food, has attracted countless viewers, and moved many to tears. By Fan Zhengwei (People’s Daily) 07:55, May 24, 2012 Given its subject matter and time slot, A Bite of China was initially considered a “weak player” on TV. Surprisingly, the documentary became popular immediately after airing, and [...]

/ 05/24/2012 8:18 PM

Duncan Jepson (HK): “It is very nice to win awards but it is much more satisfying to get people to support a subject”

The HK based producer and director Duncan Jepson presents its current documentary film about Youth in Hong Kong and speaks about the doc industry in Asia. . Can you tell us your personal and professional story ?  I was born in Sheffield, UK to a Chinese mother and English Father. My mother had moved from Singapore in the 1950s and [...]

/ 05/24/2012 12:09 PM

Discovery Channel Korea announces the winners of FTFM Korea initiative (Onscreen Asia)

Five directors selected to film uniquely Korean stories for premiere in late 2012 as part of Discovery Korea’s first anniversary celebrations. by Shreya Gopi OnScreen Asia (22 May 2012) Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific (DNAP) announced the five winners of the Discovery Channel Korea First Time Filmmakers (FTFM) Korea initiative, a project designed to help develop the documentary storytelling skills of Korean [...]