Festivals, Events and Awards

MacTaggart speaker announced; Berlinale doc winners; Women in Cinema fest gets hitched to Seattle event
February 20, 2003

Organizers of the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival announced that Tony Ball, the chief executive of U.K. broadcaster BSkyB, will give this year’s inaugural MacTaggart lecture. The festival takes place August 22 to 24.

The Berlin International Film Festival wrapped up its 53rd edition on February 16 and handed out a slew of awards. A couple of docs were among the winners, including Moglem Byc Czlowiekiem (I Could Have Been Human), by Polish director Barbara Medajska, which took the New York Film Academy Scholarship, and Ich kenn keinen! Allein unter heteros (Talk Straight – The World of Rural Queers), by German director Jochen Hick, which won the Teddy award for best documentary.

The Women in Cinema (WIC) festival is no more – at least, not as an independent event. This year, the Seattle International Film Festival (May 22 to June 15) will absorb the WIC’s mandate to highlight the work of women filmmakers. The submission deadline to the SIFF is March 1. For details on entry guidelines, go to

Canada’s Lions Gate Television and the Banff Television Festival announced the launch of a new award recognizing the accomplishments of a Canadian independent producer. The Lions Gate Innovative Producer Award will be handed out for the first time at the festival in Banff on June 11, during the CTV Canadian Documart pitching session. For more information and to apply visit The deadline for applications is April 4 and the winner will be announced in May.

A new awards initiative aimed at encouraging the development of homegrown documentary projects on audio, video, film and still photography was launched at the Australian International Documentary Festival (February 17 to 20). The Moving Pictures Documentary Awards will be handed out, along with cash prizes, beginning in December. For details, contact Jeni Kendell at

The biennial Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (October 10 to 16) is calling for submissions. The deadlines for entries are as follows: March 31 for films in International Competition; May 31 for the New Asian Currents section (for artists from or living in Asia). For further information, go to

The Encounters South African International Documentary Festival is calling for submissions from international filmmakers. The deadline for entries is May 16. The festival, in its fifth year, will take place from July 20 to 29 in Cape Town and August 1 to 7 in Johannesburg. Further information will soon be available at

The Japan Wildlife Festival has issued a call for submissions to its sixth edition, which takes place in Toyama City, Japan from August 21 to 24. Entry forms must be received no later than April 30 and tapes should arrive at the festival office by May 15. For more info on entry guidelines, go to

HypeFest, a festival whose goal is to provide indie filmmakers with the opportunity to show their stuff to the commercial industry, has extended its early submission deadline to March 31. The event will make its debut on July 25, running till July 27 in Hollywood, U.S. They are accepting shorts, promos and music videos in all genres. See for details.

The U.S. International Film and Video Festival, which bills itself as ‘the world’s leading competition for business, documentary, television, industrial & informational productions’, is calling for entries to its 36th competition. The deadline for entries is March 1. For information, visit

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