Festivals, events, awards and deadlines

Aussie film finance corp. hosts industry consults; the EBU issues a call for EU-themed projects; Sundance Institute plans a conference for indies
May 22, 2003

The Film Finance Corporation Australia (FFC) is holding a series of industry consultations to discuss its draft investment guidelines. On May 29, 2003, a roundtable session will be held with the Screen Producers Association of Australia, the Independent Producers Initiative, the Australian Directors Association, the SPAA/ASDA Documentary Council, and the Australian Writers Guild. Other meetings will be held in Sydney (June 2), Melbourne (June 3) and Brisbane (June 4). The guidelines will be finalized by the FFC’s board June 11. For further information visit

The Brussels, Belgium-based European Broadcasting Union is calling for media proposals, including documentary projects, that address three themes: the enlargement of the European Union, the future of Europe, and ‘general information on the EU.’ The call is open only to broadcasters and producers from the EU’s 15 member states; grants will range from 100,000 euros to 300,000 euros (US$120,000 to $350,000). The deadline for theme one closes June 30, while theme two and three both close September 15. For further information, visit

The Sundance Institute’s 18th annual Independent Producers Conference (July 31 to August 3, 2003) in Sundance, U.S., gives novice and experienced filmmakers a chance to brainstorm on issues they face, from pitching their project to financing, marketing and distribution. To apply, go to or email for more information. The application deadline is May 28, 2003.

The 43rd Monte-Carlo Television Festival has joined forces with the Format Recognition and Protection Association (FRAPA) to hold an awards ceremony recognizing achievement in the international TV formats industry. Two awards will be presented during the 43rd Gold Nymph Awards Ceremony on July 5th: the International Format of the Year award and the International Format Masterpiece award. This year, an honorary Gold Nymph award will be presented to Ted Turner in honor of his ‘pioneering role in global television’.

Television Sports Awards were presented on May 19, 2003, in London, U.K. The winner of a sports doc award was The Game of their Lives (VeryMuchSo Productions in association with Passion Pictures) for BBC4.

Festival Deadlines

May 31: Telluride Indiefest (August 29 to September 1, 2003) in Telluride, U.S.

June 1: Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival (September 22 to 27, 2003) in the U.S.

June 15: Georgetown International Film Festival (September 18 to 21, 2003) in Washington, D.C., U.S.

June 15: Silver Lake Film Festival (September 10 to 18, 2003) in Los Angeles, U.S.

June 16: Venice International Film Festival (August 27 to September 6, 2003) in Italy. For more info, go to and click on Cinema.

June 20: Film South Asia (September 25 to 28) in Kathmandu, Nepal. A documentary festival of films with South Asian subjects.

June 30: Docupolis International Documentary Festival of Barcelona (October 23 to 26, 2003) in Spain.

July 31: Medimed 2003 (October 18 to 19, 2003) in Sitges, Spain. For more information, visit

The Australian Film Commission is reminding filmmakers of the following upcoming deadlines for applications to its film fund:

Strand L (Shooting Time-Critical Material for Documentary, formerly known as Quick Response): July 4, 2003

Strand J and K (Documentary Development): July 18, 2003

Strand N (Documentary Production): July 4 2003

Check the funding guidelines for more details about these strands at

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.