Festivals, Events, Awards and Deadlines

Jackson Hole and Karlovy announce jury members; upcoming festivals and deadlines
June 5, 2003

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival (September 22 to 27, 2003) in the U.S announced the jury that will choose the winners in 17 categories for its 2003 film competition. It will include David Dugan, chairman of London, U.K.-based prodco Windfall Films; science and technology writer Eugene Linden; Mary Jane McKinven, a former director of science, natural history and explorations programming at the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS); doc producer and former Turner Original Productions exec Cathe Neukum; and wildlife producer and filmmaker Victoria Stone.

The Karlovy International Film Festival (July 4 to 12, 2003) in the Czech Republic also announced its jury members. The jury for the doc competition will be made up of Swedish director Gunnar Bergdahl, who is also chairman of the jury; Czech doc-maker Ivan Vojnar; Dutch film consultant Ludmila Cvikova; Russian film critic and editor of Kinoforum magazine Elena Stishova; and Venezuelan filmmaker Atahualpa Lichy.

The upcoming 14th annual Human Rights Watch International Film Festival (June 13 to 16, 2003) in New York, U.S., will screen a number of docs from Israeli and Palestinian doc-makers. Among them are Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad‘s Ford Transit and Yulie Gerstel‘s My Terrorist (Israel). Abu-Assad is the winner of this year’s Nestor Almendros Prize ‘for courage and commitment in human rights filmmaking.’ Details can be found at http://

The Provincetown International Film Festival (June 18 to 22, 2003) in Cape Cod, U.S., will feature 17 docs in its lineup, including Andrew Jarecki‘s Capturing the Friedmans and What I Want My Words to Do to You, by Madeleine Gavin, Judith Katz and Gary Sunshine. For more info, go to

DocLisboa, the Lisbon International Festival of Documentary Cinema, which was to have been held from May 31 to June 8, was cancelled. According to a notice on its website, the cancellation was ‘due to the sudden withdrawal of key financial sponsors, in particular, Lisbon Municipal Council.’ In its stead, from June 2 to 8 organizers are screening a number of the Portuguese and international films that had been submitted to DocLisboa.


The PLANET Documentary Film Prize was awarded in Munich, Germany, to a project by Polish director Bartek Konopka. Entitled Goat Walker, the project beat out 100 others for the privilege of being produced, and will premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival next February. For more info, visit http:.//


June 15: Deadline for entries to the Ojai Film Festival (October 23 to 26, 2003) in Ojai, U.S. The theme of the festival is ‘Enriching the Human Spirit Through Film’. Visit the festival site at

July 4: Deadline for applications to participate in the fourth edition of the Film Summer School at The University of Lugano (run in cooperation with the International Film Festival of Locarno) in Switzerland (August 3 to 9, 2003). The focus this year will be on the creative process of documentary filmmaking.An application form and more info can be found at

August 15: Deadline for submissions to the American Conservation Film Festival (November 7 to 9, 2003) in Shepherdstown, U.S. For more information, visit

September 10: U.S. pubcaster PBS‘s ‘Independent Lens’ strand is calling for submissions of completed films for broadcast during the 2004/05 season. Programmers are looking for ‘compelling, pro-social stories, well told, with elements suited to attracting a national audience.’ For guidelines and details on how to submit your project for consideration, go to

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