Archive for category: NEWS

/ 08/20/2012 4:41 PM

Wuxing / BBC co-pro doc about “Kung Fu” starts shooting in West China (sina.com)

The documentary “Kung Fu” (Gong Fu) co-produced by Beijing Wuxing Legend Production and the BBC has started shooting in Dunhuang, Gansu province.  Mark Harris, who have won three Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature, will be the executive producer of the doc. He will also write the script for the doc, which will be composed of interviews on the famous [...]

/ 08/16/2012 11:50 AM

Ariel Snar : “International film makers who want to make docs in Afghanistan should work with Afghan film-makers”

In this exclusive interview to ADN, the Canadian / Afghan director Ariel Snar speaks about his film “Boxing girls from Kabul”. He is also pushing international doc-makers to do more docs about Afghanistan and to work with emerging local film makers. . Could you introduce yourself ? I’ve been making films for about six years. After studying history, believing that [...]

/ 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 [...]

/ 08/06/2012 2:32 PM

KBS and BBC join together to create a K-Pop documentary and concert

KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) and the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) have decided to join forces for the creation of two K-pop projects. A representative of KBS stated on August 3rd KST, “The president of KBS, Kim In Kyu, met with the current director general of the BBC, Mark Thompson, and soon-to-be director, George Entwistle. He received an offer to hold [...]

/ 08/04/2012 2:40 PM

Mohammed Naqvi (Canada / Pakistan) “I am very open to the idea of exploring different countries through a non-fiction lens”

In this exclusive interview for ADN, the Canadian/Pakistanese director and producer Mohammed Ali Naqvi speaks about his last and new documentaries. He also explains the difficulties and importance of doing docs in and about Pakistan. . Could you introduce yourself  ? I was born in Montreal in 1979. After about four years my family moved back to Karachi, Pakistan. We [...]

/ 07/23/2012 6:59 PM

Al Jazeera English launches an Open Call for filmmakers in Asia.

The Open Call invites Asian based filmmakers to submit their proposals for participation in the October Documentary Workshop. If the proposal is accepted, the doc maker will be selected to participate in the Al Jazeera Observational Documentary Workshop. The Workshop will be held in October, 2012 in partnership with BIFF’s Asian Network of Documentary. At the conclusion of the workshop, [...]

/ 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 [...]

/ 07/19/2012 6:27 PM

China’s Modern Dancers Emerge on Screen (Wall Street Journal)

Choreographer Tere O’Connor flails his arms and gyrates an invisible Hula-Hoop, struggling to convey the idea of improvisation to members of the Beijing Modern Dance Co. The dancers, already grappling with the language barrier, simply mimic his moves — not the point, as he tells them in the new documentary “Taste of Body.” It is one of several cultural collisions [...]

/ 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 [...]