Archive for category: Japan

/ 08/04/2012 2:06 PM

TVF secures major Asian deals (rapidtvnews.com)

Distributor TVF International has acquired several new Asian programmes, and made a number of UK documentary sales. It has picked up “Special Forces” from History Channel Asia, a documentary series that looks at Asia’s elite special ops unit; “Asia’s Underworld” from C&I Network Asia, which looks at the face of crime in the region; “Property Hunter” from Channel NewsAsia and [...]

/ 08/03/2012 1:59 PM

Taiwan public television joins Asian Pitch (taiwantoday.tw)

PTS President Sunshine Kuang (second left) and representatives from Japan’s NHK, Singapore’s MediaCorp and South Korea’s KBS shake on their future collaboration in The Asian Pitch July 31. (CNA) Taiwan Public Television Service has been invited to take part in The Asian Pitch to assist in the selection of high-definition documentaries for funding, broadcast, marketing and distribution, according to PTS [...]

/ 07/12/2012 9:43 AM

Rick Minnich (Germany): “I’m open to collaborate with Asian filmmakers, producers and broadcasters on their projects or my own”

In an exclusive interview to ADN, the American filmmaker Rick Minnich explains why his new doc project about Bering Strait is very linked to China and Asia. He also speaks about his career and other projects in or about Asia.  • Could you introduce yourself ? I’m an American independent filmmaker based in Berlin, Germany. After getting my B.A. in [...]

/ 07/11/2012 12:20 AM

Sundance Institute backs 5 new doc projects from or about Asia

The Sundance Institute has bestowed US$490,000 in grants to 27 feature-length documentary projects, including 5 projects from or about Asia. The grants, made via the Institute’s Documentary Film Program and Fund (DFP), come as the DFP celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Since its inception, it has awarded grants to more than 425 documentary filmmakers in 61 countries. Sundance Institute [...]

/ 07/03/2012 10:23 AM

Charlene Shih (Dynamic): “even with little funding, Taiwan has more opportunities for people who want to make docs”

Charlene Shih, the Taiwanese doc director and producer speaks about her last and new projects, some strong stories about China, Taiwan and even Japan.  Could you introduce yourself ? I was born and raised in Taiwan. At 19, I went to the United States to further my education, studied fine arts in undergrad, and received MFA in Experimental Animation in [...]

/ 06/11/2012 6:42 PM

Tokyo Waka (2012, USA/Japan)

Directors: John Haptas, Kristine Samuelson | 63 minutes | USA, Japan | 2012 | Language: English, Japanese  About Japan SYNOPSIS “TOKYO WAKA is a 63-minute documentary essay about Tokyo’s crows, with digressions into art, history, and culture. It is a poem about Tokyo and its people, and the relentless tenacity of nature in a most unnatural world. Tokyo. A resilient [...]

/ 06/11/2012 5:35 PM

6 doc films about Asia at Silverdocs 2012

For its 10ths anniversary, Silverdocs will have some Asian flavour. During 7 days (June 18-24, 2012), audience will be able to discover 6 doc films about Asia, from Canada,  China, Korea and USA. THE VANISHING SPRING LIGHT Xun Yu “Fish”  | 2010 | China  | Silver Spectrum | 112 min. Director Xun Yu uses a thoughtful approach to look at the loss of [...]

/ 06/10/2012 4:10 PM

9 Asian docs at Shanghai tv & film festivals 2012

Almost 10 docs about Asia will be screened at this year Shanghai International Film and TV festivals. Some of them will compete for Magnolia TV Awards. 15th Shanghai International Film Festival There are no doc in the 16 films which are competing for Golden Goblet Award of the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival.  But Mida Docu, one of the section [...]

/ 06/04/2012 5:29 PM

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012 will show docs from Philippine, Japan and China

The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), the world’s oldest continuous film festival started in 1947, is taking a new road under the management of a new artistic director, the American critic, author and lecturer Chris Fujiwara.  The festival, which runs from June 20 to July 1, just announced its program with a global spread of 121 productions from 52 countries [...]

/ 05/11/2012 11:21 PM

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2012 with a strong taste of Asia

Doc/Fest’s 19th edition will bring to Sheffield some of this year’s documentary heavy-hitters and will also show the best of docs from or about Asia. The festival programme includes 120 films from dozens of countries, including 16 films from or about Asia, 300 speakers from the digital and docs sector and over 150 buyers and decision makers from 20 countries participate [...]