Festivals, Events and Awards

The German Screenings: chock-full of docs; Nevins and McGhee to be honored in Banff; people from far and wide descend on NYC for the International Emmy Awards
November 28, 2002

The 27th German Screenings event will take place in Hamburg, Germany, from December 1 to 5. More than 200 programs will be screened for buyers from around the world, including the three-part doc Stalingrad, by documentary producers Sebastian Dehnhardt, Christian Deick and Jörg Müllner.

Two well-respected members of the factual community are being honored by the Banff Television Foundation for their contribution to the TV industry. Sheila Nevins and Peter McGhee will each receive a lifetime achievement award at its June 2003 festival. Nevins, the executive VP of original programming at HBO, has been head of its documentary unit for more than 20 years. McGhee recently retired as VP of national production at WGBH, the PBS station in Boston, U.S., after a career in public broadcasting that spanned nearly 40 years. The awards are part of a special tribute recognizing the contribution that U.S. broadcasters and program developers have made to world television. The celebration is planned for June 10, 2003, in the middle of the festival.

Those who register for the Banff Television Festival by January 31, 2003, will receive a special discount. For more information, visit after December 2.

The International Emmy Awards were handed out in New York on November 25. Among the winners was Nicholas Winton – The Power of Good, by Matej Minac and Patrik Pass, for Best Documentary. The film is about Winton, a man who kept secret for 50 years the fact that he saved 669 Czechoslovak Jewish children from Nazi death camps in 1939. Another winner was Faking It, produced by Stephen Lambert and Jamie Simpson. The RDF Media production follows real people as they attempt to ‘fake’ their way through such professions as chefs or DJs. The series tied with The Kumars at No. 42 for the Popular Arts program award. The president of Japanese pubcaster NHK, Katsuji Ebisawa, accepted the Directorate Award for ‘outstanding contribution to the arts and sciences of international television’.

The Miami International Film Festival gave a preview of the lineup for its 20th anniversary event (February 21 to March 2, 2003). Some of the featured documentaries include Stevie, by Hoop Dreams director Steve James, a film that examines James’s relationship with a troubled young man that he once mentored; Balseros (The Rafters), which catches up with a group of Cubans who had escaped to the U.S. by raft; and Pandemic: Facing AIDS, which looks at the devastating effect AIDS in countries around the world.

The Pusan International Film Festival wrapped up on November 23. One of the awards handed out was the Woonpa Fund, which supports Korean documentary filmmakers with a cash prize earmarked for the winner’s next project. Unable to choose just one winner, the jury awarded the prize to Lee Ji-young for On The Right Track and Park Ki-bok for Mudang – Reconciliation of the Living and the Dead.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.