Festivals, Events, Awards and Deadlines

NATPE sets earlier date for 2004 conference, new Canadian arts event attracts sponsors; Banff Rockies handed out
June 12, 2003

The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) announced that it is moving its 2004 annual conference and exhibition back by one week to January 18 to 20, 2004, at the Venetian Hotel and Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, U.S. It will also be shorter by one day.

The inaugural ARTS & Performance 2003, the World Congress of Arts Producers and Performance (November 5 to 8, 2003), will take place in Ottawa, the capital of Canada. The Banff Television Foundation, organizer of the forum, announced that the event will be sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts and the federal government’s Department of Canadian Heritage. In addition, Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson will act as the event’s patron. The forum will bring together an international group of industry executives to discuss key issues and trends in arts and performance genres of TV programming. The host broadcasters will be Canadian pubcaster CBC and Radio-Canada, in association with Canadian digi channel ARTV.

The 27th San Francisco International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (June 12 to 27, 2003) is under way in the U.S., with more than 40 documentaries slotted for screenings. For more information, visit

Registration is still open for ‘Found the Clips- What Now?’, a one-day seminar in London, U.K., on the process of finding and using library clips for use in docs and other forms of media. Put on by the Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries International (FOCAL), the event takes place on July 2, 2003. To download a registration form, go to


The 24th Banff Rockie Award winners were announced during the Banff Television Festival on June 9. The grand prize winner of CDN$50,000 (US$37,000), was the Republic of Ireland’s Chavez – Inside the Coup (an international copro produced by Power Pictures 2002). The NHK President’s Prize of CDN$25,000 (US$18,500) for best high-definition TV entry went to Japanese doc Drawing A-Bomb Memories (produced by Tokyo, Japan-based pubcaster NHK), which was also named best history and biography program. Ted’s Evolution (Sydney-based Film Australia) took home the award for best popular science and natural history program. The award for best social and political documentary was Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero (produced by Helen Whitney Productions), a doc from American PBS strand ‘Frontline’. For a complete list of prize winners, visit

Also awarded at Banff were the CTV Canadian Documart prizes. Eight finalists pitched their projects to an international panel of 33 commissioning editors. The grand-prize winner of CDN$50,000 (US$37,000) was one-off doc George, from Athens to Beijing, which was pitched by Mila Aung-Thwin and Daniel Cross of Montreal , Canada-based EyeSteelFilm. Second place [CDN$30,000 ($22,000)] went to Maya Gallus and Justine Pimlott of Toronto, Canada-based Red Queen Productions for Fag Hag: A documentary about women, gay men and the perfect relationship. Garnering the third-place prize of CDN$20,000 ($15,000) was Dugald Maudsley of Toronto-based Infield Fly Productions, for his pitch, The Most Dangerous Job.

The CTV Canadian Documart competition was open to Canadian independent producers and to international indie producers with a Canadian partner. The commissioning editors voted by secret ballot, who judged each project on the basis of quality (worth 20% of the marks), viability (30%) and potential for the program to attract large, mainstream audiences (50%).

The Canadian Film Centre‘s Worldwide Short Film Festival wrapped up in Toronto over the weekend. Scooping up the prize for best documentary short was Terminal Bar, by Stefan Nadelman of the U.S.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences‘ 30th annual Student Academy Awards were doled out in Los Angeles, U.S. The documentary winners wereChristof Putzel‘s Left Behind (gold medal); Elizabeth Pollock‘s Indiana Aria (silver medal); and Renee Fischer‘s Those Who Trespass (bronze medal). For more info, visit


June 14: The deadline for film and video entries to the 10th Sheffield International Documentary Festival (October 13 to 19, 2003) in the U.K. has been extended to June 14. Entry forms can be found at

June 15: Early deadline for the 11th Raindance Film Festival (October 24 to November 7, 2003) in London, U.K. The festival showcases independent film from the international community and specializes in films by first-time directors. Raindance accepts documentary and experimental features, short films and children’s films for the Raindance Kids Film Festival. The final deadline for entries is July 15. For more info, go to

June 25: The deadline for entries to the 11th annual Hamptons International Film Festival (October 22 to 26, 2003) has been extended (original deadline: June 13). Feature-length docs (50 minutes and over) and short films (25 minutes and shorter) are welcome. Visit their website at

July 10: The Vermont International Film Festival (October 16 to 20, 2003) in Burlington, U.S., accepts docs of any length in three categories: justice and human rights, war and peace, and the environment. Visit to download an entry form.

September 1: Deadline for entries to IDFA, the 2003 International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (November 20 to 30) and the Forum (November 24 to 26). For details, go to

October 1: Deadline for Docs for Sale (November 21 to 28), which runs parallel to IDFA. Again, more info can be found at

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