Festivals, Events and Awards

Discovery and AFI introduce Silverdocs; IWFF seeks more entries; Banff TV Foundation streamlines the CyberPitch
January 9, 2003

Discovery Channel and the American Film Institute are now accepting entries for their inaugural Silverdocs Documentary Festival. Held in Washington, D.C. June 18 to 22, organizers plan to screen roughly 60 docs and videos. Visit and apply by March 1.

The Missoula, U.S.-based International Wildlife Film Festival has extended the deadline for entries for this year’s event (April 19 to 26) to January 31 from January 17th. Entry forms and registration packets can be found at

Canada’s Banff Television Foundation and its partners have streamlined the CyberPitch new-media pitching format and added a mentor program. Winning pitches take home CDN$10,000 (US$6,400). The 2003 CyberPitch schedule includes Toronto’s Hot Docs (April 25 to May 4), the Banff Television Festival (June 8 to 13) and Brundell River’s International New Media Festival (October 17 to 19). To apply, contact each festival for the specific submission form.

Distribs including Montreal, Canada’s Distraction Formats, Mastiff Media in Santa Monica, U.S., U.S-based MTV International and Stockholm, Sweden-based Strix Television are slated to attend the 2nd edition of DISCOP Formats Market Europe, taking place in Lisbon, Portugal February 5 to 7, 2003. Nearly 100 broadcasters from the continent are expected to attend; scheduled events include one-to-one meetings, company presentations and networking functions. For further details go to

The Shoah Visual History Foundation has been recognized for digitally archiving 120,000 hours of World War II footage and Holocaust interviews by the Entertainment Asset Management Conference. Also, Gordon Castle, the senior VP of CNN’s technology division, will receive an individual achievement award for developing the digital asset management systems installed at the news network. The First Annual Pioneer Award will be handed out in West Hollywood, U.S. on January 21.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.