Festivals, Events and Awards

The IDFA sets celebration of Films Transit; IFP and D-Word plan to go live and interactive; Susan Froemke on the art of filmmaking
November 14, 2002

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) will open on November 21 with Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine. One festival highlight will be the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Canadian documentary distrib Films Transit. Six of its films will be screened, including Terry Zwigoff’s Crumb and Jeffrey Freedman’s The Celluloid Closet. The festival runs until December 1.

D-Word, an online discussion forum, will hold a virtual doc conference from December 9 to 13. Co-presented by IFP, the conference will feature Trembling Before G-D director Sandi DuBowski. For more information and/or to register, visit

The New York Documentary Festival presents A Master Class with Susan Froemke as part of its monthly Docshop series on November 19. After the screening of excerpts from some of her films, Froemke will be present to discuss ‘the art of filmmaking’. Reservations must be made by 5 P.M. on November 18. See for more information.

The Visual Communications Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival will be held May 1 to 8, 2003. Documentary shorts and features will be considered. The deadline for entries is November 22. Visit for an entry form and more information.

The deadline for submissions to the 26th Cleveland International Film Festival (March 14 to 24, 2003) is November 30. Submissions accepted online. For more info, visit

The deadline for submissions for the 5th Annual Boston Irish Festival (BIFF), which will take place in the spring of 2003 in Boston, U.S. is December 20. For entry fees and other information, see

The 5th Annual Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal gets under way in Montreal, Canada on November 15. The week-long doc festival offers public screenings as well as workshops, panels and industry meetings. For more information, visit

The HDFEST World Tour kicks off in Paris on December 1 and will tour throughout Europe, ending up in New York, U.S in June 2003. Billing itself as ‘the world’s only high-definition film festival’, the event will feature different projects in each city. Scheduled for its premiere in Europe is Cloning and Conservation, a doc directed by Vivian Trakinski. For more information, check out

This year’s Grierson Awards, honoring British documentary-makers, were presented on November 12 in London, U.K. Sir David Attenborough was presented with a lifetime achievement award. Other highlights include the winner for best international documentary, given to Kate Davies for Southern Comfort, and best newcomer, which was shared between Marc Isaacs for Lift and Azza El-Hassan for This is Palestine/News Time. For a complete list of winners, visit

Don Hewitt, the creator and executive producer of 60 Minutes, received the 2002 Algur H. Meadows Award for Excellence in the Arts on November 9 at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, U.S.

The Museum of Science, Boston (U.S.) presented filmmaker Greg MacGillivray with the Bradford Washburn Award. The award is given annually to an individual who has ‘made an outstanding contribution toward public understanding of science.’ MacGillivray is the president of MacGillivray Freeman Films.

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