The Cannes Film Festival got under way May 14, and it’s clear that docs won’t have the spotlight they had last year (when Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine broke through tradition to become the first doc in competition). A glance at the out-of-competition lineup, however, reveals at least three feature docs vying for an audience against the Hollywood blockbusters: James Cameron’s Ghosts of the Abyss and Kenneth Bowser’s Easy Riders, Raging Bulls (both of the U.S.), and Rithy Panh’s S21, La Machine de Mort Khmère Rouge (Cambodia). The festival continues till May 25.
Organizers of the Hong Kong International Film & Television Market, which was originally scheduled for June 25 to 27, have responded to concerns about travel to the area by postponing the event. (Hong Kong is one of the areas that have been hardest hit by cases of severe acute respiratory system, or SARS.) The market has been moved to the fall, September 24 to 26. For details, go to http://www.hkfilmart.com.
BAFTA’s British Academy Television Craft Awards ceremony was held on May 11 in London, U.K. The list of winners included Sahara with Michael Palin (photography, factual); The Dinosaur Hunters (graphic design); The Giant Claw (A Walking With Dinosaurs Special) (visual effects); and SAS: Embassy Siege (editing, factual and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee for sound, factual). Alice Yglesias won the award for new director, factual, for Death.
Dokfest, the international documentary film festival of Munich, wrapped up its 18th edition on May 10. This year’s winners were Israeli director Anat Zuria’s Tehora (‘special documentary’ award) and Russian director Victor Kossakowsky’s Tishe! (Bavarian Television documentary film award).
The final deadline for entries to the 11th Hamptons International Film Festival (October 22 to 26, 2003) in the U.S. is June 13. For more information, visit http://www.hamptonsfilmfest.org.
Also due on June 13 are entries to the Hawaii International Film Festival (October 30 to November 9, 2003). Online entries are encouraged. Visit the festival site at http://www.hiff.org for details.
June 16 is the deadline for submissions to NaturVision (September 11 to 14, 2003) in Freyung and Neuschönau, Germany. Details about the international nature and wildlife film festival can be found at http://www.natur-vision.de.
Entries to the 17th Leeds International Film Festival (October 2 to 12, 2003) in the U.K. must be postmarked June 30. To download an application form, go to http://www.leedsfilm.com.