Organizers of the Tribeca Film Festival (May 3 to 11) in New York, U.S., announced the members of this year’s competition juries. Nick Broomfield (Kurt and Courtney and Biggie and Tupac) will chair the jury for first and second-time directors of feature-length docs. Other jury members include Egyptian actor Youssra; American actor Parker Posey; Queen Noor, the American-born widow of King Hussein of Jordan; Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos; fashion designer Miuccia Prada; and producer R.J. Cutler (The War Room). Additionally, Sheila Nevins, executive VP of HBO and Cinemax, will chair the ‘Documentary >2′ jury (for films by directors who have made more than two doc features). Her fellow jury members include Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, USA and American Dream); Michael Moore (Bowling for Columbine); U.S. actors Candice Bergen and Whoopi Goldberg; Graydon Carter, editor of magazine Vanity Fair; and Nancy Buirski, founder of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, U.S.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the schedule of voting events for the 76th Annual Academy Awards (February 29, 2004), which are held in Hollywood, U.S. The deadline for the documentary categories is September 2, 2003. For details, visit http://www.oscars.org.
The first Independent Film Festival of Boston in the U.S. gets under way May 1 and ends May 4. Among the day-long industry events on May 3 will be such panels as ‘Making Docs that Rock’ and ‘Fighting for American Independents’. For more information, visit http://www.iffboston.org
BAFTA Cymru, the Welsh branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, held its awards ceremony in Cardiff last week. Among the winners was pubcaster S4C’s Ar y Stryd (Ffilmiau’r Nant), a documentary about homeless heroin addicts, by Angharad and Sara Penrhyn Jones Bo (best current affairs program). For the complete list of winners, go to http://www.bafta-cymru.org.uk.
The Overseas Press Club announced the winners of its annual awards last week in New York, U.S. The Edward R. Murrow award for best TV interpretation or documentary on international affairs went to Paul Yule, Susannah Shipman, Roy Ackerman and Jennifer Hyde of CNN Productions, for House of War: The Uprising at Mazar-e Sharif; a citation went to Paul Mitchell, Tania Rakhmanova and Stephen Segaller of PBS affiliate Thirteen /WNET New York and Wilton Films for Greetings from Grozny.