A delegation of Australian doc-makers will attend the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA) November 21 to December 1, and a reciprocal delegation of European filmmakers will travel to the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) in Byron Bay in February. Australian director Curtis Levy has been chosen to pitch his documentary The President Versus David Hicks at the Docs for Sale pitching forum.
Film Movement, a subscription-based distribution company in the U.S., has announced a program by which it will support more than 50 film festivals in 2003. In the pursuit of broadening access to indie and foreign films, Film Movement will offer festivals on-going access to Film Movement titles, counsel to participating filmmakers regarding the marketing and distribution of their films, and financial support through sponsorship and profit sharing. The distrib’s advisory board includes Nicole Guillemet of the Miami International Film Festival, Christian Gaines of the AFI Fest, and Rich Raddon of IFP West.
The AFI Fest 2002 wrapped earlier this week in Los Angeles, U.S. Films from all over the world competed for awards in both the feature and short categories. Winners included A Wedding in Ramallah, by Sherine Salama, which won the grand jury prize in the international documentary competition. Family, by Sami Saif and Phie Ambo, took home a special mention award for emotional courage and cinematic artistry. The audience award for best international documentary film was won by Tasha Oldham for The Smith Family. AFI Fest 2003 will take place from November 6 to 16.
U.S. film supporter Carole Dean is in New Zealand promoting two new grant competitions for New Zealanders. The Roy W. Dean grant provides goods and services to a filmmaker making a documentary. The closing date for the grant is January 15. For more information, visit http://www.fromtheheartproductions.com/grant_newzealand.html.
The Santa Fe Film Festival will follow up its sophomore effort by showcasing130 films from around the globe. About 22 documentaries will screen at the festival, which runs from December 4 to 8.
The seventh edition of the Alliance Atlantis Banff Television Executive Program will take place from January 10 to 17, 2003 in Banff, Canada. The sixth installment closed on Friday November 15.
The BBC has been kept busy recently receiving honors. BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the Beeb, was recognized at the International Business Awards for outstanding export achievement. Meanwhile, the U.K’s Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Tessa Jowel presented the Beeb with the Investors in People Award.
The Durango Film Festival is being held March 1 to 9 in Durango, U.S. The deadline for submissions is December 1. For more information, see http://durangofilmfestival.com.