Festivals, Events and Awards

Berlinale names jury; deadline looms for Toronto Doc Forum; discussing Latino docs
January 23, 2003

Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan will head up the jury for the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival (February 6 to 16), which will also include Sundance Film Festival director Geoffrey Gilmore. The jury will select the winners for the Golden and Silver Bears in the competition section.

If you’re interested in pitching your project at Hot Docs’s next Toronto Documentary Forum, the deadline for consideration is February 14, 2003. The pitch slots are open to doc-makers from around the world working in the social, cultural and political genres. For more information, visit The online entry form can be found at

On January 31, a one-day forum entitled ‘Latinos and the Documentary: Form, Function and Politics’ will be held in Cambridge, U.S. The event, sponsored by Boston, U.S. pubcaster WGBH will feature workshops on indie and station-produced docs and the history of Latino doc-making. For more information, visit and click on Latinos and the Documentary.

The early-bird deadline for registration to the Banff Television Festival (June 8 to 13) is January 31, 2003, after which fees will go up. To register and for details go to

Women in Film and Television – Toronto announced the launch of the new Warner Bros. Entertainment Banff Mentorship Program to be awarded annually. One female Canadian producer or director will have the opportunity to prepare for attending the 2003 Banff Television Festival through an intensive three-month market mentorship and festival bursary. The award will include festival registration, airfare and accommodations, as well as individual coaching by top industry executives to help develop a project pitch. The deadline for applications is February 17, 2003. Eligibility criteria, guidelines and application forms are available at

Applicants to the Canadian Television Fund should note that submissions will be accepted between February 26 and March 12, 2003. For more detailed information, go to their website at

The deadline for early submissions for shorts to HypeFest (July 25 to 27, 2003 in Hollywood, U.S.) is February 15. Visit their website at for more information.

The New York Festivals, an organization that applauds the media arts, has awarded U.S. pubcaster PBS’s doc Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy a gold medal as last year’s best U.S. television series on national and international affairs from around the world. The documentary also claimed three others awards – a silver medal for direction and honors for best documentary writing and narration.

Swiss Films announced the winners of its annual film prizes. The award in the category of Best Documentary Film (and the prize of 50,000 Swiss francs toward the director’s next film) went to Shepherd’s Journey into the Third Millennium, by Erich Langjahr.

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