Festival News

San Francisco International Film Fest, Ann Arbor Film Fest and Bird and Nature Festival in Somme, France set deadlines
October 3, 2002

The San Francisco International Film Festival has issued a call for submissions for docs, shorts, animation, experimental and TV works in 10 categories. The festival takes place April 17 to May 1, 2003, and deadline for submissions is November 15, 2002. For more information, visit the San Francisco Film Society’s website at

Entries for the Ann Arbor Film Festival (taking place March 11 to 16, 2003) must be postmarked by the deadline of December 1, 2002. Docs, animation, experimental, narrative and personal documentary films are eligible. See for more information.

The deadline for submissions to the 13th Bird and Nature Festival, in Baie de Somme, France, is November 30, 2002. The festival will take place April 5 to 13, 2003. For more information, check out

With one successful run under its belt, the Taos Mountain Film Festival will hold its second annual event from October 11 to 13, 2002, in Taos, U.S., which is in northern New Mexico. This year’s focus will be on human rights. For more information, visit

The Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries (FOCAL International) will hold its rights conference in London, U.K., on November 5, 2002. The conference is aimed at anyone who has to acquire footage and clear rights for use in any type of production. The focus of the conference will be third-party clip and stills rights, which are often overlooked. To register, contact the FOCAL International office at 44-020-8423-5853, or visit

Enter your short film (under 10 minutes) for screening at the Big Issue International Film Festival, which will take place in the last week of November 2002. Videotapes must be submitted by October 25, 2002, and the focus of the films must be homelessness or unemployment. A complete set of contest rules can be found at

The ASTRA Film Festival, an international festival of documentary and anthropological film, will take place October 21 to 26, 2002 in Sibiu, Romania. This year, the festival’s focus is on the Balkans; organizers have invited Robert Kaplan, author of Balkan Ghosts, to be the keynote speaker. Further information can be found at

The DISCOP Organization is hosting DISCOP Formats Market China in Beijing from November 27 to 29, 2002. This event is an opportunity for international distributors and TV format creators to meet with Chinese broadcasters, producers and formats buyers. Participants will also learn about current production trends in China. At least 35 Chinese TV stations will be represented. For more information, visit

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