Festivals, Events and Awards

The Sundance Festival announces doc award winners; the Berlinale reorganizes its shorts; Miami fest announce its full lineup
January 30, 2003

The Sundance Film Festival (January 16 to 26) announced this year’s winners of its Independent Feature Film Competition. The documentary winners were: Andrew Jarecki’s Capturing the Friedmans (grand jury prize); Jonathan Karsh’s My Flesh and Blood (audience and directing awards); Dana Kupper, Gordon Quinn, and Peter Gilbert for Steve James’s Stevie (the excellence in cinematography award); and Judith Katz, Madeleine Gavin, and Gary Sunshine’s What I Want My Words to Do to You (the Freedom of Expression award, given to a doc that informs and educates the public on issues of social or political concern). Special jury prizes were also handed out to The Murder of Emmett Till, by Stanley Nelson, and A Certain Kind of Death, by Blue Hadaegh and Grover Babcock.

The Berlin International Film Festival (February 6 to 16) has reorganized its short-film program. Unlike previous years, when shorts were screened with full-length films, shorts will now be programmed into their own slots.

The remaining lineup for the 20th edition of the Miami International Film Festival (February 21 to March 2) was announced by festival director (and former Sundance co-head) Nicole Guillemet. In its non-competitive Special Screenings sections, two docs will be screened under the heading ‘Big Picture: Issues for Our Time’. They are Rory Kennedy’s Pandemic: Facing AIDS, and Andrew Levine’s The Day My God Died. Following the screenings, the filmmakers will participate in a moderated panel discussion that will include invited speakers and activists. For more information, go to

The deadline for submissions to the third annual Media That Matters Film Festival (MTMFF) is February 6. The New York festival highlights films, videos, and new media that inspire people to effect social change. For more information, see

The International Short Film Festival Hamburg (June 4 to 9) is accepting submissions to its ‘No Budget’, International and several other programs until February 15. For info on how to qualify for these categories, visit

The Lisbon International Documentary Film Festival – DocLisboa (May 31 to June 8) has issued a call for submissions to its second edition. DocLisboa is organized by the the Portuguese Association for Documentary (AporDOC) and attracted more than 600 submissions its first time around. The deadline for applications is March 31. For details about the rules, visit

The Independent Cinema Expo will be held on March 8 and 9, 2003 in Las Vegas, U.S. The two-day seminar will feature speakers the business of funding, making and selling independent feature films. For more information, visit

Park City, U.S.’s other festival, Slamdance, gave out its awards as well. They included Karin Hayes and Victoria Bruce’s Missing Peace, which took home the audience award; and Jack Cahill and David Eberhardt’s Long Gone, the winner for best documentary.

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