Archive for category: FESTIVALS / EVENTS

/ 08/14/2012 6:41 PM

EIDF 2012: 15 doc films in the 2 competitions

On August 17, EBS will open its 9th International Documentary Festival. As usual, EIDF will showcase a selection of film and TV docs from all over the world. Some of these films will be part of the 2 official competitions (Festival Choice and Edu Choice ). Others will be shown in different non competition sections such as KOrean Panorama, World Showcase, [...]

/ 08/11/2012 5:17 PM

(China) indie innovation (Global Times)

The outpouring of Chinese documentaries over the past decade has inspired and impressed audiences all over the world. However, the problem for audiences on the Chinese mainland is that accessing such films isn’t always easy.  One forum in particular that provides a platform for such work to be enjoyed while at the same time giving Chinese filmmakers an opportunity to [...]

/ 08/09/2012 5:29 PM

“The World Before Her” wins at Traverse City Film Festival

The Traverse City Film Festival, the Michigan-based fest founded by Michael Moore, has wrapped and given out prizes to 10 docs, including “The World Before Her”. At the eight annual festival, which ran from July 31 to August 5, The Founders Prizes were handed out in three categories. The best picture award went to “5 Broken Cameras”, from Emad Burnat [...]

/ 08/01/2012 2:16 PM

EIDF Docu fest zooms in on school life (koreatimes.co.kr)

EBS, the Educational Broadcasting System, is airing a number of socially conscious documentaries from around the world for its nineth festival. “Education has become a very important concern around the globe,” said Kwak Duk-hoon, CEO of EBS, during a press conference held in Seoul on Tuesday. “And many countries have become interested in integrating education and documentary films.” Launched in [...]

/ 07/24/2012 6:36 PM

A documentary about Chinese painter Liu Xiaodong wins top prize at Taipei festival

The documentary “Hometown Boy”, about Chinese painter Liu Xiaodong, won the NT$1 million (US$33,369) grand prize at the Taipei Film Festival on Saturday. The film also won in the categories of Best Director and Best Documentary, becoming the biggest winner of the night. The film is directed and shot by Yao Hung-I — a protégé of the great Taiwanese filmmaker Hou [...]

/ 07/19/2012 7:50 PM

“China Heavyweight” and “Golden Slumbers” get awards at Asian Film Festival of Dallas 2012

The Best Documentary Feature award was given to “China Heavyweight”, while French/Cambodian “Golden Slumbers” by Davy Chou won the Special Jury Mention at the 11th Asian Film Festival of Dallas where the film was screened the 17th of July. During the week (July, 12-19), other docs about Asia were shown, including “Where Heaven Meets Hell” (with filmaker in attendance), “Death [...]

/ 07/14/2012 2:15 PM

6 docs about Asia are nominated for News and Doc Emmy Awards

On July 12, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominations for the 33rd Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. Among the nominees are 6 docs and programs from or about Asia, “Armadillo,” which received four nods “Enemies of the People,” which received three, “Last Train Home” which received 2, “The Battle For Marjah”, “Bhutto” and ”Marathon Boy”. . BEST [...]

/ 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 10:31 AM

In 2012, 17 projects will benefit from the Asian Network of Documentary [AND] Fund.

The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has just announced 31 Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) recipients this year (19 Asian projects, 12 Korean projects), including 17 projects which will benefit from the Asian Network of Documentary [AND] Fund. AND Fund winners include Tamara Stepanyan’s Embers, a Lebanese documentary about the older generation, and Shahin Parhami’s documentary about the downfall of a [...]

/ 06/24/2012 5:05 PM

“Planet of snail” receives the Best World Feature at Silverdocs 2012

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival announced its distinguished award winners for 2012. This year’s Sterling Award for Best World Feature went to PLANET OF SNAIL, directed by Seungiun Yi. The poetry of the cinema merges fantastically with the poetry of touch, taste and smell when the filmmaker encounters the deaf and blind South Korean poet Young-Chan, who is unwilling to [...]